Earlier this week, the Orange County School Board approved a controversial salary package for teachers. Essentially, teachers have said it’s not enough. And while some members of the board agreed, the package was passed anyway with the board feeling like their hands were tied.
The salary package provides a slight pay raise (a whole $500 a year in addition to bonuses for “effective” and “highly effective” teachers) but the increase isn’t proportionate to the rising costs of living and health care in the area. A pay raise also means an increase in insurance costs.
Teachers showed up in droves wearing red t-shirts in opposition of the salary increase, but the school board passed it anyway because they were afraid of legal ramifications if they didn’t. This now puts the power in the teachers’ hands.
More than 14,000 Orange County public school teachers will put it to a vote next month. Even though the teachers have never voted down a proposal, it’s likely they will come the third week of July.
In other news…
This Sunday, celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall riots with a memorial and mass at St. Matthew’s Tavern. The memorial starts at 10:30 a.m. and mass is at noon. (Orlando Weekly)
Special beetles will be released in Orlando today to combat the spread of invasive Air Potato plants that alter whole habitats and displace native species. These creepy little critters survive on a diet wholly consisting of (you guessed it) Air Potato leaves. The Orlando Parks Department will be releasing a Volkswagen’s worth of them at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Turnbull and Commander Drives. (Bungalower)
The Hourglass District is converting an abandoned car wash into multiple specialty retail shops and adding a yet-to-be-announced restaurant. The intersection of Bumby and Curry Ford will be even more bustling once the project is completed. (The Daily City)
Here’s a list of the best food options at 11 of our local breweries. (Orlando Date Night Guide)
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Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa has been a Mills 50 staple now for almost five years. It was the first of its kind in a neighborhood most widely-known for its Asian concepts, and owner Thomas Ward said that was intentional.
“Bringing in barbecue and tacos started changing the atmosphere and now it (Mills 50) has become kinda the restaurant row of the downtown Central Florida area,” said Thomas.
First gaining popularity with his food truck, Treehouse Truck, Thomas has been experimenting with flavor profiles and unique spins on sandwiches in Orlando for almost a decade. Whether it’s pulled pork you’re looking for, tacos or bahn mi, there is something for everyone at Pig Floyd’s. Or at least that’s the hope.
“Orlando is the mecca of chains. We were trying to translate a difference between bringing in different flavor profiles from different parts of the world. Like Cheesecake Factory has a menu item for every person, we are trying to achieve that with a much smaller menu,” Thomas said.
Feast your eyes on our full interview with Thomas here.
This is our second video in our Neighborhood Spotlight series on the Mills 50 neighborhood. Have a question about the area you’ve been dying to know? Something that’s on your mind? Send your Qs our way and we might answer one for you.
Consider this your invitation to our first-ever MORNING Monthly Meet-Up. Every month, we’re hosting a meetup to get a little face time with all the people that make Pulptown great, you. The best part, the event is free!
Last month, we gathered for cocktails at Frosty’s but this month, we’re changing it up and grabbing coffee at one of our favorite Orlando businesses.
💃 Tomorrow, June 29 Meet us at the annual Florida Miracle dance-a-thon at ORMC. We’re putting on our dancing shoes for four hours and raising money for kids through the local chapter of the Children’s Miracle Network. (SoDo)
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🎵 Play it “Crazy, sexy, cool” at this 90s throwback concert (Universal)
🚽 Go on a tour de toilet with @theshittybeautiful (Lake Eola)
🚲 Bike with PRIDE with the Critical Mass crew for the Pulse 49 (Loch Haven)
🍿 Take the kids to a dive-in movie feat. Spider-Man (Altamonte Springs)
🌈 Celebrate love and benefit OnePulse (Lee Vista)
⚽ Cheer the USWNT on to a victory at Lion’s Pride (Downtown)
🗣 Keep up with these 9 speakers, 20 slides, 20 seconds each (Downtown)
🍻 Witness the second ever Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Day (Ivanhoe)
✊ Rally for gun violence research (Loch Haven Park)
🍱 Pinch the perfect dumpling (Audubon Park)
🤓 Celebrate six years of Body//Talk at the Geek Easy (Winter Park)
💜 Cheer on the Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars (Parramore)
📽 Trade in popcorn for yoga at this movie night (Audubon Park)
🍸 Drink negronis for a good cause (Mills 50)
😻 Calling all cat ladies (East Orlando)
🍲 Master the basics of vegan cooking (Eatonville)
🌑 Whip out your drums for the new moon circle (Thornton Park)
✌️ Practice yoga in the beer garden (Airport)
🖼️ Fuse your love for art and Star Wars (I-Drive)
🗣️ Put in your two cents about the vision plan for Curry Ford (Curry Ford West)
🐢 Learn about plant ecosystems from turtle experts (Leu Gardens)
🎙️ Belt it all out (Thornton Park)
🍿 Spend your morning with the kids and Snow White (Loch Haven Park)
Before we go, here’s a short list of things to do this weekend:
Enjoy your weekend, Orlando.
We’ll see you on Monday!