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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Constitution Revision Commission


Congratulations, Floridians. Each and every one of you is special. But possibly not for the reasons you think. Floridians are special because our state’s process for constitutional reform might be the weirdest in the country. Just once every 20 years, we convene something called the Constitution Revision Commission. Thirty-seven people are appointed by our state government to hold a year of public hearings  .   and at these hearings, Floridians can directly propose constitutional amendments. During the year, the CRC reviews and votes on public input, and proposes amendments of their own. In November, the approved proposals go right on the ballot. So the CRC is an exercise in expedited democracy. But of course, politics is never simple, and this year …
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Spotlight: A Look Back At The Restaurants That Opened, Closed And Made News


Before we jump into a new year of eating, here’s a re-accounting of the restaurant reviews and news from 2017. Notable Openings included: Muddy Waters, which brought the food and ambience of New Orleans to Thornton Park. Hunger Street Tacos — continued the gourmet taco trend. Reyes Mezcalaria — took over the Citrus restaurant space. Mai Bistro — brought the fast-casual concept to Vietnamese cuisine. Nonno’s Italian Restaurant — The LaCommare family is back with their comfort cuisine from the Old Country. Luke’s Kitchen and Bar — A third restaurant from the folks who brought you Luma on Park and Prato. Ace Cafe Orlando — The first North American franchise of a motorcycle and music themed restaurant in North London. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Lack of housing in Central Florida for Puerto Rican Evacuees


More than 100 days after Hurricane Maria’s apocalyptic winds tore through Puerto Rico leaving floods, collapsed houses and bodies in its wake, the island remains shrouded in darkness. Half of 3.4 million U.S. citizens on the American territory are living without power three months after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 – and many will likely remain that way until May. As Puerto Rico’s situation continues to deteriorate, hundreds of thousands of people have escaped to Florida for a respite from the despair. Instead, they’ve fled headfirst into the state’s affordable housing crisis. Local officials and nonprofits have been scrambling to accommodate evacuees who haven’t been staying with family members into hotels and temporary lodgings as they wait for relief. …
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The Daily City

Spotlight: New Year’s Eve Events


Orlando Date Night Guide has a huge list of things to do in Orlando on New Year’s Eve so I say to myself I says… why replicate their effort myself when I can just copy it? So full credit for the raw data included in my segment today goes to OrlandoDateNightGuide.com. For people who chose to have babies will enjoy Baldwin Park’s New Year’s Eve street party. Food and drink is for sale and at midnight walk to the lake to enjoy a countdown and a fireworks show. Domu restaurant inside East End Market is offering an open bar with the good stuff, party gear, GIF booth, DJ Ricky Rico and a midnight champagne toast with a live stream of …
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Spotlight: Mai Bistro In Mills 50


Mai Bistro, a Vietnamese restaurant, has opened in the Mills 50 district, bringing a bit of difference to the Asian-restaurant-rich neighborhood. Not only different, but very good. The menu features street foods of Vietnam — nothing new there, Hawkers and Mamak are also in the street food business. But Mai — that’s M-A-I —brings a combination of fast- and quick-serve. And instead of the small-plate, Asian-style tapas servings, Mai Bistro offers full sized portions. You’re going to want a complete serving of the Sticky Rice, one of Mai Bistro’s specialties and a dish that is surprisingly hard to find locally. I love sticky rice and it’s one of my go-to street foods whenever I’m in New York’s Chinatown. In Vietnam, …
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WPRK has been off the air for nearly 3 months, but will return


Those who have tried to tune their radio dials to WPRK 91.5 in recent months have been met with one of two things: all-out static or the occasional crackle of what sounds like Sunday morning church. No, Rollins College’s storied WPRK hasn’t had the plug pulled. That’s the bleed-over from its Christian contemporary neighbor on the dial, WHIF 91.3. The problem is simple: WPRK’s antenna has been down for months, leaving them no way to broadcast a signal.On September 8th, less than two days before Hurricane Irma made landfall, the station staff made the decision to sign off for safety, says Greg Golden, director of student media. It was supposed to be a temporary hunker-down, but the silence on the …
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The Daily City

David A. McElroy One Man “A Christmas Carol”


The cheapest most profitable show for an actor or theatre to put on is a one-man show. I should know. I’ve done a bunch at Fringe. There’s one actor so no big cast to pay, typically there’s no set to create and pay for so it’s heaven for the actor and the theatre. The audience? Well it depends on the actor. So roll the dice this weekend on this one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol written and performed by David A. McElroy Saturday and Sunday at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. Remember, you can always request a refund after any theatre show and if they don’t give it to you, you’re screwed. So maybe don’t take a chance on …
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