Community & Services

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Protecting Children: Orange County Public Works Installs Raised Crosswalks at Most Dangerous School Crossings

It’s a frightening sight: a car or truck speeding through school crossings with students nearby. Based on complaints from parents and school officials, Orange County Public Works Traffic Engineering Division recently conducted evaluations at some of the most dangerous school crossings.

The results? Raised crosswalks were installed as proactive remedy. The division used funding from its safety budget to install the crosswalks around various Orange County Public Schools.

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Local CARES Act Funding Helps Feed Orange County Families

Food insecurity in Central Florida is estimated to be at a historic high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly one in five residents...

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Valencia College Student Presented with Orange County Appreciation Award for COVID-19 Testing Volunteer Work

Mayor Jerry L. Demings and Orange County Health Services Department recently presented 20-year-old Cesar Londoño-Jaimes with a volunteer award in appreciation for his commitment...

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Girl Scout Project Tackles Recycling Containers for Fishing Lines at Orange County Boat Ramps

In early 2020 Meagan Fawcett, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Lake Highland Preparatory School, approached Orange County Parks and Recreation with a detailed plan...

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Dragon Boating is a Passionate “Oar Deal” for Orange County Residents

The sport of dragon boating began in China more than 2,500 years ago. It originated from a movement to commemorate the life of the...

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A Not-to-Miss Orange County Experience: Pompeii: The Immortal City Exhibit Opens

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Pompeii and the neighboring city of Herculaneum were buried by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Originally thought...

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Community Cuddles: Orange County Animal Services Sees Record Live Release Rate in 2020

Orange County Animal Services has had a record live release rate for fiscal year 2020, the most in over half a century. With 6,436...

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2020 Orange County Government’s Community Conference Names Community Award Winners, Distinguished Citizen of the Year

At the 2020 Orange County Community Conference, which was held virtually on October 17, 2020 on the County’s social media platforms and hosted by...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: The Passing of a True Public Servant and Latina Trailblazer

On June 3, 2020, Orange County lost a committed community servant who epitomized what it means to be a tireless advocate for others. Mary...

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Orange County Domestic Violence Commission Member Speaks from Experience

When Mayor Jerry L. Demings reconvened the Orange County Domestic Violence Commission in 2019, he did so in response to higher rates of cases...