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MOVIE: An article about fans coming to Southgate Shopping Center to watch filming of a Disney film this week ends with quotes from a woman who drove from Clearwater in hopes of spying Angelina Jolie. Guess nobody told her that Jolie is a voice actor in the partially animated movie.
PHOTO: A famous 1943 photograph of George Bernard Shaw by Yousuf Karsh has been donated to the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern by Robert and Malena Puterbaugh in memory of John Rodda.
ENTRERPRENEUR: After winning a meeting with WalMart execs, Jo-Ann Tilghman of Lakeland doesn’t have her Granny Jo products for seniors on the store’s shelves yet, but they are on the retail giant’s website | See them here
Auditors said the university kept poor records on spending of $2 million in state funds to work with a contractor on design of a statewide anti-hazing course for college freshmen that was ultimately taken by only 184 students, Fox 13 News reports.
To test the effects of downsizing Florida Avenue in Dixieland, planners anticipate separating cars from pedestrians with a low, four-foot-wide concrete barrier and decorative planters.
After seeing artists’ concepts for the planned “road diet” today, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority board member Eric “Bro” Belvin said he views the test as a needed boost for Dixieland businesses, their customers and nearby residents.
It took summer a little longer to get here this year, but it’s hit with a vengeance. Still, as the Lovin’ Spoonful told us, at night it’s a different world: “Come-on come-on and dance all night. Despite the heat it’ll be alright.” Check our local music calendar below to find some cool tunes for a balmy, Southern night.
City Commissioner Michael Dunn is pushing an idea he heard on the campaign trail last year: that people be allowed to carry alcoholic drinks from bar to bar downtown. Bay News 9 talked to a bar owner who was excited by the idea, but the director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority questions the idea because of unintended consequences it would bring. Before Dunn was elected, his wife sparked the move that led to Sunday morning alcohol sales in Lakeland when she told the City Commission that people should be able to order mimosas at brunch before noon.
Until now, no company has offered home delivery of Publix groceries in Lakeland. But by next week, Lakeland customers will be able to choose between two delivery services. A day before Shipt service starts here (we wrote about it June 9), Publix has announced that Instacart-powered Publix Delivery delivery comes to Lakeland June 28.