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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Florida Employment Still Strong…But Why Did Orlando Slip From Top Spot For Job Growth?


Florida’s latest jobs report shows the Sunshine State still going strong, growing by nearly three percent over last year with unemployment holding steady at just over four percent. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says overall the July report is a win…but why did Orlando lose out to Tampa as number one for Florida job growth?
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Spotlight: Bowling, Eatonville, Hip Hop Fest, Surf Films and Kid Expo


Aloma Bowl is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday because Winter Park City Council and some brave intelligent high schoolers saved it from getting knocked down to become another Orchard Supply Hardware, the Wawa of hardware stores. Bowlers can enjoy reduced prices on games and shoes this Saturday 9 to 2 at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park. And speaking of anniversaries, the town of Eatonville its celebrating its 130th Anniversary! Enjoy free food, music, health screenings and more Saturday 12 to 3 at the Eatonville Branch Library. Enjoy live graffiti, spoken word, break dance battles and live DJs during the Elements of Life Orlando Hip Hop Festival Saturday starting at 5 at Henao Contemporary Center. Screenings of two surfing-themed films, Under …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

A Farmers Market is Coming to Parramore this Fall


A federal grant awarded to the city of Orlando last year is finally coming to fruition. City officials say they are working to open a new farmers market in Parramore by October, giving residents a more convenient option to buy fresh produce. Parramore has been deemed a “food desert,” meaning at least 33 percent of the population lives more than a mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. In October 2016, the city won a USDA grant to expand healthy food options in West Orlando. The grant initiatives include creating 10 to 15 large vegetable gardens in residential front yards, based on the Fleet Farming model; teaching classes on healthy cooking in partnership with Hebni Nutrition; and establishing a …
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Image: photograph from “Roadsides and Skylines” by Jenn Allen, orlandoweekly.com
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Spotlight: Choir, Knowledge Forum, Art and Drunk Spelling Bee


Enjoy child choirs, adult choirs and an orchestra from Central Florida Community Choir perform John Rutter’s Mass of the Children tonight at 7:30 at Maitland Presbyterian Church. For tickets go to cfcarts.com. An international knowledge-forum of top researchers, teachers, authors and innovators in consciousness and awareness will present talks at the New World Consciousness Conference & Expo all weekend at Caribe Royal Resort. For tickets go to newworldconciousness.com. Studios, galleries and local businesses open their doors showcasing works by local artist all evening long during the Mount Dora Art Stroll tonight to 8 in downtown Mount Dora. For more information go to mountdoracenterforthearts.org. Meet and listen to the artists featured in the current exhibition at the Gallery at Avalon Island …
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Spotlight: El Pueblo


El Pueblo’s sign says it is a grocery as well as a restaurant, but unless I missed something I saw nothing in the way of a market. It operates as a quick-serve — order at the counter and the friendly staff member will bring your food to you when ready. What the sign should say is: We serve authentic and good Mexican food I chose No. 4 on the menu, the Chilaquiles. As is traditional in Mexico, the chilaquiles is available with a red or green sauce and a choice of meat. It’s a simple dish with squares of tortillas as the base, with sauce, meat and cheese on top. I cheated. I got the green sauce and requested some …
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Image: Max Gracia’s funeral, courtesy of Willine Gracia, Orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Max Gracia died in Orange County jail after being bitten by a police dog. His family wants answers.


The last time Willine Gracia saw her son alive was at the beginning of August 2015. The mother says she took 22-year-old Max Gracia to the courthouse to get his passport because he was soon leaving for airline training. Days later, on Aug. 6, Max Gracia would be arrested by Orlando Police officers who accused him of robbing a convenience store with a gun. Gracia tried to escape by hiding in Lake Mann, but officers sent in a K9 after him. The police dog bit him multiple times before he was captured and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment and then the Orange County Jail. Four days after his arrest, detectives told Willine her son was dead, killed …
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Image: Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief (1955)
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Spotlight: Model Trains, Movies and Pop Up Shops


See a convention center full of the latest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more when Orlando gets a visit from the National Model Train Show Saturday and Sunday at Orlando Convention Center. For info go to nationaltrainshow.org. Set in 1995, a teenager in Manhattan discovers her father is having a 1995 affair in 1995. The film “Landline” is playing all weekend at Enzian Theater, recently named by some national magazine (don’t ask me which one because I don’t read magazines because I am a millennial) as the coolest theater in Florida. For tickets and info go to enzian.org. Local entrepreneurs and creatives show off their wares in a friendly apartment lobby environment at Sip & Shop Pop Up …
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Spotlight: Brooklyn Coffee


For a place called Brooklyn Coffee Shop, there is quite an extensive food menu at this new Mills 50 spot. Also, for a place named after a New York borough, there’s a lot of South American influences. Seattle, too. Also Miami. It takes the space most recently occupied by Restaurant Ash, which was also the original Funky Monkey Wine Co. So there’s a kitchen to be put to use. It’s clear that empanadas are a specialty, so I had the Pastel de Carne when I stopped in for a late lunch. It was filled with lots of shredded brisket, seasoned with garlic, onions and chili spicing. The turnover-like device had a wonderfully flaky crust, at least on the top. When …
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