Hunk firefighters ready to unveil their calendar

Orange County Fire Charities is ready to unveil its 2016 Professional Firefighters Calendar.

Orange County Fire Charities is ready to unveil its 2016 Professional Firefighters Calendar.


ORLANDO — Firefighters know that it comes with the job: tackling blazing infernos that are consuming homes, and are dangerously hot.
On the other hand, what if it’s the firefighters themselves who are so darned hot?
The organization Orange County Fire Charities is hoping to test that theory on Saturday, during a special event at 8 p.m. they’re hosting at the Ember restaurant in downtown Orlando.
The occasion is the unveiling of the red-hot 2016 Professional Firefighter Calendar, all part of an event that organizers are promising will be sexy and plenty of fun.
Orange County Fire Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization created to help other non-profits in Central Florida, and it’s administered by firefighters who share a philanthropic desire to support causes like cancer awareness and prevention and pediatric illnesses. Continue reading

Eerie and darkly comic “Bloody Rabbit” now available

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.

“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”

ORLANDO — So begins author Michael W. Freeman’s novel “Bloody Rabbit,” which is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.
“Bloody Rabbit” takes readers on a brooding, dark — and darkly comic — journey that explores the struggle to cope during an economic downturn — and the ugly persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats.
Set in Orlando and loosely based on the author’s own experiences after being downsized in 2011 and his slow climb back up the economic ladder, “Bloody Rabbit” is a haunting and sometimes grotesquely funny look at how quickly social norms crumble when times get tough.
This is an eerie tale that sends readers into a surreal world where people are desperately struggling to find stability, as they cope with a harsh and lingering economic anxiety. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “The Marvelous Wonderettes”

Kate Zaloumes, Lindsay Nantz, Dandia Ahlers and Caitlin Doak star in The Winter Park Playhouse's production of "The Marvelous Wonderettes."

Kate Zaloumes, Lindsay Nantz, Dandia Ahlers and Caitlin Doak star in The Winter Park Playhouse’s production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”


WINTER PARK — It’s 1958 at Springfield High, and the four young ladies who love to sing have been granted an amazing opportunity: the chance to perform as a group at their high school prom.
While on stage crooning ’50’s ditties like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover” and “Stupid Cupid,” our gal singers — Missy, Cindy Lou, Suzy and Betty Jean — revel in the opportunity to demonstrate that girl bands have just as much to offer as their boy counterparts.
In fact, if anyone is wondering if the 1950s happened to be a much different, and far more innocent, era, consider that the boy band originally scheduled to perform that night got cancelled when their leader singer Billy got caught — ready for this? — smoking behind the school. The girls know enough to avoid such a dirty habit. Continue reading

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