Poinciana’s Vance Harmon Park will serve as the host site for the first ever Back to School Beach Bash. (Photo by Michael Freeman).
POINCIANA – It’s not every day, Jeanette Coughenour said, when a community rolls out something special: a gigantic sand box.
“We’ll have a big old sand box,” said Coughenour. “We’re creating a gigantic sand box in the park.”
That park is Vance Harmon Park off Cypress Parkway in Poinciana, and if it all sounds like, well, something best suited for kids, that’s exactly the idea that the Association of Poinciana Villages had when it first envisioned the creation of a massive sand box.
“The kids will be playing in it, and there will be water balloons to throw around,” said Coughenour, the manager of the APV, which is the homeowners association for the 10 villages in Poinciana. “We’ve coined it the Back to School Beach Bash, because it is the final Saturday before the kids go back to school.” Continue reading
Mikey Maramag’s new EP, “Boracay Planet,” will be released this fall.
SAN FRANCISCO – Growing up in the suburbs of San Francisco, Mikey Maramag loved listening to punk music – so much so that he started performing in local punk bands while he was still in high school.
“I actually used to listen to a lot of punk bands back in high school, and I used to be in hardcore punk bands and play metal and stuff,” Maramag said in an interview with Freeline Media
. “That was my first thing in music. I started playing drums in seventh grade, and I taught myself to play guitar. I was about 12 at the time.”
He even started touring around northern California’s punk nightclub scene.
“We did shows in Sacramento,” he said. “It was very underground. In every show, there were only 30 people in the audience, and we’d go out every weekend and perform, and at the time, it was the most raw type of music possible.”
But Maramag had other influences besides punk – including folk and electronic music. What he found particularly appealing about both is that these two styles of music allowed an individual composer and performer to create songs on their own, without the need for a backup band. Continue reading
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan install a new bird feeder box at Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).
ORLANDO – As Mayor Buddy Dyer used a shovel to dump cement into a small hole in the grass at Lake Eola Park, someone jokingly asked if he was putting up a sign.
The mayor laughed and added, “Politicians have put up signs before.”
But while 2012 is clearly a major election year, with a presidential campaign at the top of the ticket and in one of the nation’s most competitive swing states, for Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, election time is long over.
Both Dyer and Sheehan ran for re-election last April, and won landslide victories in the City Beautiful’s municipal elections. Today they had a very different mission: to inspire visitors to Lake Eola Park to take a moment to check out the lake itself, and the swans, geese and ducks that call it home – and to feed them, albeit safely.
Dyer and Sheehan, Orlando’s District 4 commissioner, joined staff from the city’s Parks Department this morning to install three new swan feeders at Lake Eola Park. The mayor inserted the feeder stands into pre-dug holes, then poured concrete around the stands to hold them securely in place. Continue reading