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Left to right: Principal Michael Castellano Michael Castellano, student attendee, Commissioner Iris A. Siple (Photo by Maria Fernanda Zarate)

Pembroke Pines Commissioner hosted presentation educating families growing up in digital world

Pembroke Pines Commissioner Iris Siple hosted a free showing of the award-winning documentary “Screenagers.” as part of an initiative to inform parents and students about the dangers of growing up in a world filled with technology. The second in a series of presentations, the city held “Raising Positive Children: Growing Up In A Digital Age” May 17 at the Charles F. ...

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Crowd at Yellow Green Market (Photo by Paola Alarcon)

A farmer’s market brings in thousands of people every weekend

Right off I-95, nestled between Sheridan and Taft Street, the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market is located right in the heart of South Florida. Offering 100,000 square feet of open space, the market houses more than 300 vendors selling everything from seasonal fresh foods to artisanal goods. Whether you’re in the market for organic herbal remedies, fresh fruits and vegetables, or ethnic ...

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Abraham Smith, FIU graduate student in his lab (Photo by Orianna Cardoza)

FIU’s risk assessment laboratory tests ecotox all around us

Graduate student Abraham Smith studies the stressors on organisms in the environment and gives researchers a better understanding of ecotoxicology. Under the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment program (CREST), Dr. Rand and Dr. Crowl conduct tests of chemical and temperature stressors such as UV light and copper. By Orianna Cardoza South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Ecotoxicology is something people ...

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Dog at Dog Dude Ranch (Photo by Elizabeth Soza)

A dog ranch in Miami — it is not what you expect

Dog owners going on vacation may feel a certain guilt in leaving their dogs in a kennel or at a “pet hotel,” or those who simply may not have enough time to walk their dogs daily. Located in Miami’s Horse Country, Dog Dude Ranch is a guilt-free solution for many dog owners. What makes Dog Dude Ranch unique and different from ...

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Safety ting by the bay (Photo by: Amanda Gala)

Social boating scene in Miami raises questions of safety

Two years ago, my father spent three months house ridden and in need of a serious operation on his leg. The cause? He fell off a boat. I remember him calling to say he was on his way to the hospital, but not to worry. So I didn’t. Not until about a month later, when I saw how depressed he ...

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Local developer and President of Frenchtex Don Waters objects to community center at April town hall meeting (Photo by Fabienne Fleurantin)

Residents concerned about costs of Palmetto Bay community center causes concern among residents

A land purchase by the Village of Palmetto Bay to prevent the construction of a charter school now has some community members outraged over a proposal to build a community center in its place. During an April 5 town hall meeting, some attending residents complained that building a community center at the corner of Park Drive and 180th Street would ...

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Private mausoleum in Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum in Little Havana (Photo by Elizabeth Soza)

Nicaragua’s “ex-dictator” buried in Miami

An ex-president of Nicaragua, or ex-dictator— depending on whom you ask— is buried in Miami, not in Nicaragua or in Paraguay, where he was assassinated, but in Miami, home of the largest Nicaraguan population in the nation, according the 2010 Census. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaragua’s de-facto ruler from 1967-1979, is buried alongside his wife in a private mausoleum in Caballero ...

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“A Night of Queer Cinema and Performance” showed Miami’s queer culture from the past and present. (Photo credit: Janel Rizzo)

Flaming Classics and O, Miami host “A Night of Queer Performance and Cinema”

Two Miami-based arts organizations recently united to present “Club Jewel Box: A Night of Queer Cinema and Performance,” a one-night art installation celebrating Miami’s queer culture. The event, held on April 13 inside The Jewel Box on the National YoungArts Foundation campus near Wynwood, celebrated art that pushed the boundaries of homosexuality and eroticism with six avant-garde films and accompanying ...

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Ethan M. Aldridge and an advance reader copy of “Estranged” (Photo by: Maria Gil)

Local watercolor artist receives publishing deal by chance

When Ethan M. Aldridge, a 26-year-old watercolor illustrator residing in Wilton Manors, Florida, began posting his webcomic on Tumblr, he was only trying to keep himself busy. At the time he was waiting for the final edits of a book he illustrated for author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek. Little did he know, his side-project would become his debut novel. ...

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Janettsy Chiszar (Photo courtesy of Janettsy Chiszar)

Zumba instructor Janettsy Chiszar finds life through dance

Janettsy Chiszar is a Venezuelan Zumba instructor who wants to make a difference in the world. The personal trainer, fitness model and motivational speaker came to the Miami with a purpose: to inspire people to live healthy lifestyles. By Clementina Machado South Florida Uncovered @SoFloUncovered • Facebook • Instagram Through Instagram, she shows more than 180,000 followers how to be healthier. On Facebook, she gives ...

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