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National Cinema Day 2023: Daisy Morales, Senior Groups to Give Away 100 Tickets, Including Free Popcorn and Drinks



Regal Cinemas 16 (Regal The Loop) The Loop Shopping Mall

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – On Sunday, August 27, National Cinema Day 2023 kicks off a full day of $4 theater tickets to your favorite flicks of the summer, new releases, and classic re-releases.

Approximately 30,000 screens across 3,000 locations are expected to take part in the one-day event, according to The Cinema Foundation, the non-profit organizing the event. Popular cinema chains, including AMC Theatres, Regal Movies, and B&B Theatres have also announced their participation in the event and are offering discounted popcorn.

Former Florida State Representative Daisy Morales has teamed up with Compassion City and other senior groups to give away 100 Blue Beetle movie tickets, free popcorn and drinks to seniors in celebration of National Cinema Day.

“In celebration of National Cinema Day, we selected Blue Beetle because the film is written by, directed by and starring Hispanics,” said Morales, who’s of Puerto Rican descent and previously represented Florida’s largest Puerto Rican population.

“This movie is about the Hispanic family and DC’s first ever live-action Hispanic superhero movie,” stated Morales. “This is the right moment to show our community support for the outstanding work of Latinos in the film industry, especially ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month in September.

“I want Blue Beetle‘s film director Angel Manuel Soto [Puerto Rican], actors Xolo Mariduena [Mexican descent], George Lopez [Mexican descent] and the film cast to proudly celebrate their work and look forward to what’s possible in the future of film,” Morales expressed.

Morales has worked and continues to work closely with community groups to provide resources to fixed income seniors and the Hispanic community, both of which were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and high inflation.

“We want to buy out the Blue Beetle screenings at the Regal Cinemas 16 at The Loop Shopping Mall for National Cinema Day, and we’re still welcoming donations right now to make that happen,” Morales noted.

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to Compassion City to support the event can contact Daisy Morales.



Hispanic leaders and senior groups support the Blue Beetle movie screening in celebration of National Cinema Day 2023

Tickets are issued on a first come and first served basis, until they’re gone.


Event Organizers:

  • Daisy Morales, former Florida State Representative and Orange County Volunteer Elder Ambassador
  • Compassion City
  • Seniors community residents 55 and older


Sunday, August 27, 2023, 4:25 pm

Seniors must arrive no later than 3:45pm to secure their ticket and seat.


Regal Cinemas 16 (Regal The Loop)
The Loop Shopping Mall
3232 North John Young Parkway,
Kissimmee, Florida 32741
(Orange and Osceola County line)


Regarding donations and interviews:

The Honorable Daisy Morales
(321) 438-6315

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Zaxby’s Voted as Having the Speediest Drive-Thru in Orlando



ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Zaxby’s has been recognized for having the fastest drive-thru service in Orlando, delivering quick and efficient service to its customers. This accolade highlights Zaxby’s commitment to providing a great dining experience with minimal wait times.

According to research by SIXT, the average fast food drive-thru wait time typically ranges between 3 to 5 minutes. However, the car rental brand has identified that Zaxby’s outpaces all other fast food chains in Orlando with an impressive average drive-thru time of just 52 seconds.

Zaxby’s Claims the Fastest Drive-Thru Time in Orlando, Averaging Just 52 Seconds!

Zaxby’s is known for its signature chicken fingers, wings, and distinctive sauces, offering a menu centered around Southern-style comfort food in a fast-casual dining experience.

They strive to provide fast, casual, and friendly service. Zaxby’s locations across the Orlando area take service to the next level; not only are they speedy with a 52-second drive-thru time, but they also maintain a stellar 4-star reputation.

Where else in Orlando can you receive speedy drive-thru service? See below.



Average Drive-thru Speed of Orlando Area Chains

Avg. Review Score (Out of 5)



52 seconds




90 seconds




2 minutes and 52 seconds




3 minutes 22 seconds




3 minutes 30 seconds



Dairy Queen

4 minutes



Taco Bell

4 minutes and 40 seconds




4 minutes and 50 seconds



Burger King

4 minutes and 50 seconds




5 minutes


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State Attorney’s Office Hosts Free Workshop to Help Citizens Clear Non-Violent Arrest Records



Orange & Osceola State Attorney Andrew Bain was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the NAACP Orange County Branch, in Orlando. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce a free sealing and expungement workshop for people seeking to seal or expunge an eligible non-violent single arrest record in Orange County.

Event Details:

Sealing & Expungement Workshop

Friday, July 12
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Holden Heights Community Center
1201 20th Street
Orlando, FL 32805

CareerSource Central Florida will also host federal bonding workshops at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to help those with a criminal record secure employment.

This event is only available for eligible Orange County cases. While it is free, a nonrefundable money order or cashier’s check for $75 made payable to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) must accompany the application. Please note, FDLE does not accept cash, gift cards or temporary personal checks.

Adult and juvenile walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is strongly encouraged at A government-issued ID is required for all attendees.

Please visit our website for additional details and eligibility requirements.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following community partners: Orange County Clerk of Courts, Central Florida Urban League, African American Council of Christian Clergy, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Orange County Branch, Orange County Parks and Recreation, Florida Voters League, Inc., Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida, CareerSource Central Florida and Community Legal Services.

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Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell Re-Elected Unopposed & Installed as President of Statewide Clerks Association



ORLANDO – Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell, Esq., has been re-elected unopposed to another term as the Orange County Clerk of Courts. With no challenger in the race, Clerk Russell was re-elected and will serve another four-year term.

Clerk Russell has also been installed as President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) Association 2024-2025 Board of Directors. Clerk Russell was also sworn in to serve another term on the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) which is a statutory entity that oversees Florida clerks’ budgets.

“It is such an honor to serve my community and as President of the FCCC. One of my top priorities is to elevate the Clerk of Courts brand in order to amplify our statewide influence which in turn helps our local offices serve the local community. I will also focus on strengthening our posture as digital record keepers especially in a time when cyber security is a threat. I look forward to leading my local office and this great organization of elected Clerks and Comptrollers,” said Clerk Russell.

The FCCC is an association representing Florida’s 68 independently elected Clerks of Court and Comptrollers who provide critical public services that have a positive impact on public safety, commerce, and access to justice. Clerks and Comptrollers have over 1,000 statutory responsibilities in service to constituents, the court system, and justice partners.

Clerk Russell was sworn in by Judge Alicia Latimore, 9th Judicial Circuit on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, and her FCCC presiding term begins July 1, 2024. During the conference, Clerk Russell also announced her presidential theme which will guide initiatives during her tenure: “Let’s Change the Game Together.”

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