Plus, where to shop this weekend for a good cause, “good” news out of AdventHealth, and Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center makes some policy changes.

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Plus, where to shop this weekend for a good cause, "good" news out of AdventHealth, and the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center makes some policy changes.

By Katie Johnston

Twenty whole years. That’s how long it’s been since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. I was 18 when I watched the planes crash into the World Trade Center towers from my advanced calculus class. A freshman in college who just months before had convinced my brother to not join our three childhood friends in enlisting in the Marines. At that point, I’d never even been to New York, but I dreamed of it. And when I picture the moment now, it still feels like a movie scene.  

Tomorrow morning, you can join me in observing six moments of silence:

  • 8:46 a.m.: When American Airlines Flight #11 collided with the World Trade Center North Tower
  • 9:03 a.m.: When United Airlines Flight #175 collided into the World Trade Center South Tower
  • 9:37 a.m.: When American Airlines Flight #77 crashed into the Pentagon
  • 9:59 a.m.: When the World Trade Center South Tower collapsed
  • 10:03 a.m.: When United Airlines Flight #93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
  • 10:28 a.m.: When the World Trade Center North Tower collapsed

And then tomorrow night, I recommend tuning in to the Orlando Fire Department's Virtual 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Ceremony at 7 p.m.

As we remember the events of that day and honor our first responders, I wanted to point you to the story of an Orlandoan who has since been credited with helping to deny U.S. entry to the man who would’ve been the 20th hijacker of the 9/11 attacks. Head here to read more about the account from then-OIA Immigration Inspector Jose Melendes-Perez.

Now, onto the rest of today's news, summed up in six minutes or less...

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What Orlando is talking about

🏥 AdventHealth downgraded its status from red to yellow on Thursday. The hospital group said that while it’s seeing a downward trend in hospitalizations, capacity is still high. The change in status means some surgical procedures that were put on pause can now resume but with restrictions. (WESH

  • Related: Leaders at the hospital said that we should expect continuous surges in COVID-19 cases, and the only way to keep them at bay is through vaccination. “I feel very confident that if we move forward with strong vaccination efforts, we may not 100% prevent those surges, but we’ll make them much milder and much easier to handle,” said Dr. Eduardo Oliveria, executive medical director of critical care services for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division.

🚰 Universal Orlando is joining the city in its efforts to reduce its water usage in hopes of preserving the liquid oxygen needed to treat COVID-19 patients. The theme park is one of OUC’s largest accounts and has changed its cleaning methods and irrigation efforts to do its part. You can do your part too by continuing to hold off on washing your car, not leaving the water running when you brush your teeth, and waiting on that weekend pressure washing. Otherwise, we'll all be boiling our water soon... 😬 (Orlando Sentinel

🎟 Starting Oct. 1, you'll need to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to see a show indoors at the Dr. Phillips Center, and masks are mandatory. A press release about the changes was sent yesterday around the same time President Joe Biden ordered vaccine requirements for any businesses with 100 or more employees. According to Fox35, the Dr. Phillips Center said the timing was completely coincidental and that it's been working on the new policy for a while. The outdoor Frontyard Festival remains unaffected by the changes. (Fox35)

In feel-good Friday news… 

💌 Everybody’s got a story to tell and local mailperson Dennis Winston Jr. is no different. Read about what his day-to-day is like and why he’s still choosing this profession and the same route 21 years later. (The Community Paper

☕️ Popular coffee pop-up Sam and George Co. has finally found its furrever home. After getting their feet wet in Curry Ford West last year, the coffee company/dog cafe, named after the owners’ two pups, will soon make itself at home at a permanent spot off Kaley Ave. (Bungalower

🛍 Delaney Street Baptist Church is hosting a massive indoor rummage sale this weekend that you should attend! Today and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop used toys, furniture, tools, electronics, sporting goods, puzzles, etc., and raise money for a good cause while you’re at it. Fifty percent of proceeds go directly to local nonprofits United Against Poverty and The Russell Home for Atypical Children. (Delaney Church) 

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📅 5 things to do this weekend

No plans for the weekend? Need ideas? We got you — er — our Pulptown+ members covered. Every Friday we provide a specially curated weekend guide for our paying readers as a heartfelt thank you for supporting us. Besides sharing events and cool things to check out that you won’t find elsewhere in the newsletter, we also dish on local food and reading recs. 

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🗣Sign the kiddos up for free interactive improv and creative writing workshops (Parramore)

🍿Watch a doubleheader of "Malignant" and "Reminiscence" on the big screen at the Silver Moon Drive-in (Lakeland)

🎶 Dance like no one is watching at this Taylor Swift x Olivia Rodrigo pop-up party happening at Neon Beach (Downtown)

🖼 Check out local photographer Jim Hobart's latest solo exhibit "HYDRA" featuring his new underwater art (College Park)

🍿Watch the cult classic, "Beetlejuice", on the big screen in the parking lot of Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🔮 Awesomos Maximo! Make your way to Downtown Kissimmee for a wizarding world experience (Kissimmee)

🎶 Jam out to three days of country music at this outdoor fest through Sunday (Kissimmee)


🛍 Support local biz while getting your eating/drinking/shopping on at Virginia Live (Ivanhoe/Mills 50)

🎃 Get your fill of local Halloween-themed items at this pop-up shop happening at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🏈 Cheer on UCF to a win over Bethune-Cookman College (UCF)

🎶 RSVP for the Bach Festival Society's free concert commemorating 9/11 (Downtown)

🍿Watch the movie trash that is "Grease 2" at The Nook on Robinson weekly (Milk District)

⚽️ Root for the Orlando Pride to secure a W against Racing Louisville FC (Parramore)


🍿 Don't miss this purrfect opportunity to watch the best cat videos on the web, on the big screen, at this year's Cat Video Fest happening at the Enzian (Maitland)

🎶 Head to Timucua Arts for an open house performance by PolyJamorous(SoDo/Online)

🛍 Shop local artisans at this traveling pop-up then sample local beers at Hourglass Brewing (Curry Ford West)

🛍 Peruse the wares of local makers at this monthly pop-up outside of Will's Pub (Mills 50)

🍿 Reserve your "pod" to watch "Despicable Me" on the big screen outdoors at the Frontyard Festival (Downtown)

🛍 Support local BIPOC makers at this weekly pop-up in Hannibal Square (Winter Park)

🎟 Will it be you in the library with a candlestick? Don't miss an interactive version of the fan-favorite movie, "Clue" (Winter Garden)


🎟 Whack-a-Ouiser at Breakthrough Theatre's version of "Steel Magnolias" playing now through Sept. 20 (Winter Park)


🗺️ Learn how to find your dream job and how to make useful work connections for the future (Online)


🍽️ Help Axiom Bank fight hunger and feed hope in September (Online)


🏠 Meet the authors of "Battle of the Bands" at this virtual panel discussion about what it takes to put together an anthology (Online)

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One more thing

In cool news, the SpaceX Inspiration4 space crews arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, and they’re just five days away from the first all-civilian launch. Space is so cool. So is making history. Amirite?  

Alright, I’ll be seeing you in your earbuds on Monday for the next episode of 15 Minutes in Pulptown and then back here in your inboxes on Tuesday. 😉

Take care of yourselves out there, and do your best to embrace the forecasted rainy weekend ahead!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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