onePulse Foundation announces date for next town hall forum, continues series of community talks

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation announced that the date for their next town hall forum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Orlando Repertory Theater.

The town hall forum’s topic will focus on the impact of gun violence in the community and in the country.

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2016 was the worst year ever, and 2017 was the year we found our footing

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In these very pages one year ago we proclaimed 2016 to be the worst year ever. It started off with so much promise and optimism, with the official passing of the torch as the former owner of Watermark turned the reins over to new owner Rick Claggett and Watermark Media became Watermark Publishing Group.

President Barack Obama was heading into the final year of his second term and everything seemed in place for another torch to be passed, that of the first black president passing the country off to the first female president.

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Orlando approves temporary memorial at Pulse

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ORLANDO | Orlando City Council approved a temporary memorial outside of and around the Pulse nightclub Oct. 9.

The onePULSE Foundation submitted the plans to the city which includes removing the existing fence put around Pulse by the FBI and replacing it with a “more durable and artistic” fence that will incorporate murals as a tribute to the victims and survivors of the tragedy.

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onePULSE Foundation launches Pulse memorial survey, schedules town hall

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation launched the final phase of the Pulse Memorial Survey Sept. 13 asking for opinions on how the memorial should be constructed.

The survey launched over the summer for victims’ families and survivors, as well as first responders from law enforcement and healthcare. The final phase is currently open to anyone around the world who would like to provide input on the future memorial.

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GayDayS and the onePulse Foundation came together for LOVE

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GayDayS and the onePulse Foundation came together to present LOVE, a cabaret-style event June 3.

13 acts, including performances from Blush and FHB, wowed and entertianed. Proceeds raised from LOVE went to the onePulse Foundation.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Univision banned, MegaCon invites and Pink Collar Comedy is coming

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Uni-vited

On May 4, Pulse survivors, families of the victims, city and county officials and various media representatives gathered for an announcement regarding the future of the Pulse nightclub site. As people were checked and moved behind the fence, one news outlet was turned away.

Latin outlet Univision was denied access, and when questioned why, they were referred to the onePULSE Foundation’s public relations contact.

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Festival veteran David Lee rises to the challenge of making a dark reality into an Orlando Fringe show

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The lights went out at the Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival 2017 local teaser show. A hush dawned over the audience that filled the sold-out theatre.

Twelve groups had performed two-minute excerpts from their shows in the festival that starts May 16. The 13th performance started completely dark. A light went on from center stage, illuminating the face of a woman. She stood in the dark for a moment before beginning to speak.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Billboards, heroes and Pepe plays ball

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Billboard of love

Based on a rumor that a North Carolina “Gays for Trump” group was looking to purchase billboard space near/around Pulse, organizer Michael Vacirca created a GoFundMe account hoping to raise $15,000 to buy the Clear Channel space before the group was able to do so.

Although the pro-Trump group didn’t succeed in buying the ad space, the Billboards for Love group has been able to use nearly $12k raised to buy this space. Bringing back memories of so many businesses like Clear Channel that had “Orlando Strong” rainbow colored ads on their digital billboard soon after the Pulse attack, some of which still remain.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love for Orlando, stick figure stickers and a Thirsty film

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Good morning Baltimore!

It’s great to see the love that continues to come from all over the world. Sometimes that love comes in the form of donations, sometimes it comes in the form of expression by artistic mediums. The Baltimore Love Project completed their “LOVE” hands mural, now on the side of the Kaley Street Einstein Bagels.

The project has taken four months to be completed, raising money to cover the cost of the mural and additional funds will benefit the OnePulse Foundation. We were advised that they have exceeded their goal of $3,000. The new mural will feature giant hands spelling out one word: LOVE. It will feature forty nine Orange Blossoms (the state flower) in honor to those who lost their lives on June 12.

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