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The 2.93-mile path around Lake Hollingsworth ranked 20th on a list of mostly big-city runs compiled based on the number of times the routes were recorded by users of the MapMyRun app. The lake is particularly popular at 7 a.m. Saturdays, and 57 percent of MapMyRun users there are women.
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Robert Palmer, whose high school graduation took place at The Lakeland Center 19 years ago, announces that the building will carry his initials now that its name is being changed to the RP Funding Center. Palmer's mortgage-lending company has signed a five-year naming rights deal for the building that opened in 1974 as the Lakeland Civic Center. RP Funding is also founding partner of the Lakeland Magic NBA D-league team that will be headquartered at the renamed center.
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The Ledger: The five-year naming rights deal was part of a larger package involving the building, the Lakeland Magic and the Orlando Magic likely exceeding $5 million.
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The Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-2 in a game that paired Boston pitching ace Sale, a 2007 Lakeland High School grad, against Baltimore’s Alec Asher, a 2010 LHS grad. “As he has all season, Chris Sale looked good,” the article noted.
Lakeland bicyclists and families will gather Saturday at First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth for the second annual Light the Lake and Bike Rodeo, an event to raise awareness about safe bicycling, which includes being visible to drivers.
The Lakeland native and head of RP Funding and homevalue.com was recognized at the Magic game Wednesday, the same day the team revealed his companies are founding sponsors of the NBA team’s D-League affiliate in Lakeland. Homevalue.com has been incorporated into the team’s logo and RP Funding’s branding will appear on team uniforms.