Friday, August 01, 2014

A Gift For Teaching's Back to School Drive Back-to-School Drive

Back-to-School is right around the corner and AGFT is kicking off the largest Back-to-School Drive campaign between August 1st and September 16th, and wants to partner with you to help stock its shelves with new school supplies for the upcoming school year.

AGFT's goal is to raise funds and collect millions of school supplies during the Back-to-School Drive. For every dollar received, AGFT can provide up to $10 worth of school supplies that go back into the classroom and into the hands of students in need. The top five needs for the 2014-2015 school year are:
  • Notebook paper
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • 24-count Crayons
  • 8-count Marker packages
  • 12-count of Colored Pencils packages
Through hosting a supply drive, giving product donations and dropping them off during business hours, or making a financial donation, we can stock the shelves for the 2014-2015 school year to enable success for our students in need. Please contact if you would like to host a supply drive. Has Sights Set on Uber and Lyft: Wants to End Illegal Cabs


With Uber and Lyft coming to Orlando recently, the topic of ridesharing is hot right now. A group called (Website | Facebook | Twitteris a coalition that organizes cities, individuals, and transportation professionals to end illegal cabs. They have an interactive map showing news stories about Uber and Lyft. 

According to the site, Uber admits illegality of "ride-sharing" on CNN and Tech Crunch

The site claims that illegal cab operators co-opted the term ridesharing, when in fact it does not apply. The US Department of Transportation says that “ride sharing is the alternative to driving to work alone (e.g. Carpooling)."

BAR-BQ-BAR Closing August 31 #ripbarbqbar

BAR-BQ-BAR (Instagram | Facebook) at 64 N Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando is shutting its doors August 31at after sixteen years in business.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lyft Car Service Starts in Orlando Tonight at 7pm


Lyft, the app for friendly, affordable rides, launches in Orlando Thursday July 31st at 7pm. 

All new Orlando passengers will be able to become "Lyft Pioneers" and receive two weeks of free rides when they download the app. 

Lyft's Orlando coverage zone extends from Kissimmee north to Sanford, East to UCF and West to Walt Disney World. 

Food truck note: if readers wanted a ride on Lyft to one of the three Food Truck Bazaars this weekend, Lyft could get you there and nooo driving for you!

With Lyft, passengers are connected via smartphone to background-checked community drivers.

According to Lyft's Katie Dally, "Some of the friendly drivers in Orlando include a marine animal caretaker, prescription glasses-maker and pre-med student.." 

Users of the car service will easily recognize the Lyft cars by the furry pink mustaches on the front. 

"These safe, reliable rides are 20-30% less than a cab, and and offer another way to get around Orlando for business or leisure." accoridng to Dally.

Deli Sammich Workshop Taught By Food Truck Owner


Do you miss Ronnies, the 39 year old deli landmark? Local food truck owner George Markward of the Pastrami Project food truck is bringing its spirit back August 3rd 4pm-5pm in the Cypress Room at the downtown Orlando Public Library (101 E Central Blvd) in a deli sammich cooking class. He will share recipes, techniques and samples on how to recreate your favorite traditional old world delicatessen sandwiches of the past. Free. REGISTER ONLINE or call 407.835.7323.

New Beefy King Signage Maintains Original's Yellow Charm

Beefy King (Twitter | Website) located at 424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 replaced the top half of its sign this week. The bottom half is still the original pole. The original panels are now being restored and saved by a family friend. 

Shake Shack Opens in Winter Park

The Shake Shack burger chain celebrated its opening day on July 30, 2014. It brings the expected fresh, modern interior and tasty burgers fans familiar with the chain expect. Also included, and quite unexpected, is a lovely outdoor lakeside seating area and a ping pong table! 

Think about parking before you go (aka don't park in the parking lot) and enjoy a simple, basic fast food meal in a lovely modern interior. 

Fun note: the concrete named "Key Lime Pie Oh My" is made with real key lime pies from P is For Pie bake shop (Facebook | Instagram) which is located in the Audubon Park Garden District. 

Shake Shack
119 N Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Sunday – Thursday, 11 AM – 10 PM
Friday & Saturday, 11 AM – 11 PM

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beefy King Begins Beefing Up Its Signage

Work began yesterday on Beefy King's sign refurbishment. Here are photos sent in by a reader.