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The La Griteria celebration ended on Dec. 9 with a dance from La Gigantona and El Enano Cabezon. These characters are parodies of the Spaniards during the time of conquest. (Elizabeth Soza/SFNS)

Nicaraguan-Americans celebrate “La Griteria”

On a chilly Saturday night, 24-year-old Edwin Torres, and his 13-year-old sister, Valeria Torres, stood in front of an altar dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by roses and blue Christmas lights. On Dec. 9, Nicaraguans gathered in Sweetwater to celebrate La Griteria, a Roman Catholic celebration where they yell and sing in joy. “After singing, ...

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Unused train track corridors are being converted into paved, multi-use trails for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles throughout the state as part of Florida’s $25-million-per-year SUN Trail program. (SFNS/Jesse Scheckner)

Planned South Beach trail part of larger regional and statewide project

State officials have earmarked $3 million to create a pedestrian and bicycle path in South Beach, part of a larger project to connect all of Miami Beach’s neighborhoods, itself part of a statewide plan for such trails. Upon completion, the project will create an uninterrupted paved trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles from South Pointe Park, located at the southernmost tip ...

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A sign advertising the opening. (Maria Gil/SFNS)

Books & Books opens eighth location

The eighth Books & Books store located in Pinecrest, officially opened earlier this month with the aid of two authors: a Pulitzer winner and FIU professor. The former pop-up officially cemented itself as a part of the Pinecrest community at the Sunland Plaza Shopping Center on Dec.3. Longtime residents and nearby elected officials said they don’t believe the city has ever ...

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Kelley Montalvo at work (Amanda Gala/SFNS)

Barry University hires pro as assistant softball coach

Barry University has hired its first professional softball player as an assistant coach. Kelley Montalvo has played eight years for the Akron Racers in Ohio, part of the National Pro Fastpitch League. She will continue to play in addition to coaching. “This is a rebuilding year here at Barry, and what we’re trying to achieve is a winning mentality,” she ...

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One of the rooms in the Satellite show in early December. (Natalie Sarracino/SFNS)

The art fair that’s #NotBasel

The non-conventional Satellite art show made its third-year appearance in Miami Beach last week once again hoping to tackle the elitist stereotypes typically associated with Art Basel and Miami Art Week said the show’s founder. Satellite is setting itself apart from the rest by branding themselves as #NotBasel said Brian Whiteley. According to its website the show is the “antagonist to ...

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