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Equine nonprofit expands horizons of people with special needs

(This story was originally published in December 2017 on MiamiStories.net.) Whispering Manes, a therapeutic horseback riding nonprofit located in Miami Horse Country, has since its inception served hundreds of riders with special needs. It began in 2010 when Nancy Hector, a philanthropist and champion of children’s causes, decided to create a service to meet the needs of children and adults ...

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Heavy metal dad and his band spread awareness and raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis

Meet Diego Sandoval, the bassist for the heavy metal band, Sevensins. A Cuban native who came to the United States when he was 24, Sandoval now headlines shows at bars and motorcycle clubs with his friends. But the love he has for his band is nothing compared to the love he has for his son, James. When James was born, Diego said ...

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New Little Haiti trolley and bike rental station changes how residents move around the city

City of Miami officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 9, for a new trolley route and Citi Bike station that could potentially change how residents move around Little Haiti. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Director of Transportation Sandra Harris and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kirwin spoke at the ceremony, held at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Suarez stressed the importance of providing new transportation alternatives to the neighborhood. “Having a ...

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World War II vet receives tombstone 73 years after burial, thanks to cemetery volunteer

After being buried for more than 73 years without a headstone, a World War II veteran has at last received recognition for his time in service, thanks in part to an unpaid cemetery worker.   A self-proclaimed “Miami history freak,” Ronnie Hurwitz spent the last 30 years tending to the 10-acre Miami City Cemetery without pay. He has taken a special interest in keeping the headstones ...

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The cat man of Biscayne Boulevard: Living in the wild with his feline family

They bound out of the thin line of trees and brush, tails aloft, when they hear him arrive—a dozen cats scampering toward the sound of their human caretaker. Until five months ago, he’d lived with them for nearly half a decade in the tangled woodland area behind a busy street corner in North Miami. John Williams, the cat man of ...

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Father-and-son antique warehouse sells pieces of history, big and small, junky and priceless

Gary Stone, owner of Stoneage Antiques, has provided rare antiques to filmmakers and consumers for more than 50 years. The store, at 3236 Northwest South River Drive, is a long warehouse containing different indoor and outdoor rooms filled with clusters of artifacts. It began as a landscaping project but, over time, changed into a source of historic artifacts including cannons, ...

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One year after landmark law, medical marijuana still an uphill battle

One year after Amendment 2 went into action, permitting the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients, and Floridians are still having to jump through hoops to get medical marijuana. The law, which was voted on in November 2016, became effective in January 2017. Julie Anderson, manager of Certified Marijuana Doctors, said her patients are unhappy with how difficult obtaining ...

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A fair forgotten: Poor turnout during festival season has some questioning quality

A carnival worker sat on the tilt-a-whirl, smoking a cigarette, waiting on someone, anyone, to come and board the ride. On a breezy Sunday afternoon, the skies were clear and empty, much like the turnout at the 163rd Street Mall Fair. In the peak of festival season, turnout at the fair was poor. On Jan. 21, the few families attending ...

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The Museum of Ice Cream still has a sprinkle problem

Despite being issued an environmental hazard notice and fine by local authorities, the Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles can still be found scattered around the City of Miami Beach.  Early in January, the often Instagrammed museum received a $1,000 fine from the city for the sprinkles, scattered throughout the streets along Collins Avenue, which were deemed an environmental hazard.   The museum issued a statement claiming that multiple cleaners had been hired to sweep the nearby area around the clock and that multiple blowers had been installed to blast loose ...

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Girls’ coding club culminates in digital storytelling collaboration

On a Saturday morning, three young girls in the Girls Who Code club made shapes and moved pictures of animals on computer screens inside of the Carnival Center for Excellence east of Little Havana. Mabel Colon, a social worker and coordinator of academic programs for the mentoring nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, brought laptops to the room where the ...

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