🌱 I Heart Mac & Cheese Coming To Kissimmee + Vigil Held At Pulse Site

Hi all. It’s me, Carlos Hernandez, your host of the Orlando Daily. Let’s get this weekend started off right, with a quick guide to everything you need to know about what’s happening in town these days.

First, today’s weather:

A shower and thunderstorm. High: 90 Low: 72.

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Here are the top five stories today in Orlando:

1. A vigil was held on Thursday night at the Pulse memorial site for the victims of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, organized by the nightclub’s owner Barbara Poma. “The epidemic of mass shootings in America must come to an end. How many more innocent lives must be taken and families shattered to senseless gun violence?” The OnePulse Foundation asked on social media. (Orlando Weekly)

2. Boca Raton-based I Heart Mac & Cheese is opening two new locations in Kissimmee, according to a news release. An opening is planned by February 2023, though no specific opening date has been provided. (Subscription: Orlando Business Journal)

3. Three years after a man was fatally shocked with a stun gun outside of his Ocoee home, his family is now calling for law enforcement to change their tactics. Footage showed officers shocking the victim at least four times with stun guns while they were on top of him trying to subdue him until he stopped breathing. (Click Orlando)

4. A young man from Orange County who has been battling brain cancer for almost a decade had one last wish: to graduate from Boone High School. His dream came true on Thursday thanks to support from hospice workers and school staff. (WESH)

5. Orange County deputies have made an arrest in a local ATM theft. According to deputies, Deontrae Walden, 23, Carlos Reed, Jr., 22, and Wendell Harp, Jr., 23, are the men caught on video using a pickup to tear open an ATM at the Chase Bank on East Colonial Drive and making off with the cash inside. Police also believe they are responsible for similar crimes in Central Florida. (WFTV)

Today in Orlando:

  • Life Model Drawing In The Garden at Harry P. Leu Gardens. (9 am)
  • Memorial Day Flag Ceremony at Founders Park Celebration. (10 am)
  • Orlando Kids Fringe Festival at Orlando Garden Club. (10 am)
  • Soca Guardians Orlando Carnival at The Lot On I-Drive. (4 pm)
  • Orlando City SC Vs. FC Dallas at Exploria Stadium. (7:30 pm)

From my notebook:

  • Bite30 starts Wednesday, June 1. Diners can enjoy $33 three-course prix fixe menus at top restaurants around Central Florida. (Instagram)
  • A large brush fire forced the evacuation of several homes near Port St. John in Brevard County on Friday. At least one home may have caught fire in the blaze, according to officials. (WFTV)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is now hiring for graphic design and digital media specialist, order clerk marketing and development interns. (Twitter)
  • Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted in light of the recent Uvalde, Texas shooting, “My pledge to you is you will never see @VolusiaSheriff deputies stand by while a mass shooter wipes out a classroom. We will stop the threat. I will do it myself if I’m the first one there. Deputies are well-trained and equipped to take action, not to stand down for an active killer.” (Twitter)
  • The city of Winter Garden has voted to pause New permits for on-site alcohol service in its historic downtown for future restaurants. The moratorium will last until May 26, 2023. (Subscription: Orlando Business Journal)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Saturday off right! I’ll see you back in your inbox tomorrow morning with another update.

β€” Carlos Hernandez

About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.

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