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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 4 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

Happy New Year!
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

On behalf of the City of Winter Park, I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

City Hall closed

City Hall will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. There will be no Waste Pro services on New Year’s Day, however, recycling will still be collected. Normal collection services will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.

New Year’s Eve and fireworks

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, remember to leave fireworks up to the professionals. In Florida, virtually all fireworks, except sparklers, are considered illegal and can turn any amateur fireworks festivity into a tragedy. Keep your friends and family safe this year by letting professionals do the show. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Recycle gift wrap and Christmas trees

Holiday wrapping paper and gift boxes can be recycled with the exception of foil and flocked papers. Please, however, pitch any packing materials such as plastic bubbles and Styrofoam peanuts into your regular garbage cart. Be sure to bag first, especially those flyaway Styrofoam peanuts.

Cut your real Christmas tree in 4-foot lengths and then place curbside for yard waste pickup on your regular yard waste pickup day. Be sure to remove all lights and decorations first!

Only 10 days left to ice skate!

The last day to skate at the city’s “Winter in the Park” ice skating rink is Sunday, Jan. 10. If you haven’t already taken a spin on the ice, there’s only 10 days left. Bring your friends and family to experience some cool fun before it’s all over. Open daily from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more freezing information, please call 407-599-3203 or skate onto our blustery website at

Dinner on the Avenue tables on sale Jan. 4

The city is proud to announce the 15th Annual Dinner on the Avenue will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Hosted by the city, this unique, fun-filled dining experience has become the social event of the year.

Tables will go on sale Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 a.m. at the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave.

Tables of eight are available for just $125 each. Only the table, white linen tablecloth and chairs are provided – everything else is up to you. Creativity is encouraged and each group is challenged to develop its own unique look and individual décor. Awards will be presented to winners in various categories including most colorful, most elegant, most original, best TV or movie-themed and honorable mentions. New this year to recognize Earth Month, Earth Day, and Winter Park’s Sustainability initiatives, Keep Winter Park Beautiful and Winter Park Blooms are sponsoring an award category for “greenest” décor. The judging will begin at 7 p.m. sharp, and awards will be presented once the judges have decided on the winners. For more information regarding this unique dining experience, please visit or call 407-643-1613.

CoffeeTalk with Police Chief Brett Railey

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of CoffeeTalk where the community can talk one-on-one with city leaders. At 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 citizens can join Police Chief Railey for CoffeeTalk, at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Let’s enjoy a cup of conversation about our award winning fire-rescue team and great coffee provided by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Side by Side

Register now to attend SIDE BY SIDE – “A celebration to pause and honor the gifts of our community,” at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29.

Join in this community celebration presented by First Congregational Church of Winter Park and Rollins College, in partnership with the City of Winter Park and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. The celebration will be held in Knowles Memorial Chapel at 8:30 a.m., followed by refreshments near the rose garden at 9:30 a.m. To register:

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