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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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Bookshelves at the Kendall Book Exchange (Photo credit: Maria Gil)

South Florida’s secondhand bookstores do things differently to stay afloat

Of the seven well-known secondhand bookstores standing in Miami-Dade and Broward in 2015, only four remain in business today, but their owners maintain a reserved optimism for the future. In an age of rapidly advancing technology, allowing readers to purchase books online, bookstores are gradually disappearing. By Maria Gil South Florida Uncovered @SoFloUncovered • Facebook • Instagram Bookstore sales were $684 million in October ...

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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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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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Dancers perform at the North Miami Beach Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 4, 2018 (Nick Rodriguez / SFNS)

North Miami Beach celebrates Chinese New Year a bit early

North Miami Beach hosted a Lunar New Year and Chinese Cultural Celebration at the North Miami Beach Library Friday evening, a bit ahead of the Feb. 16 turn of the calendar. The reception kicked off with a lion dance, which is a traditional dance that brings good luck and fortune to the New Year. It was followed by other traditional ...

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Sleepover at Frost Museum of Science promises “Overnight Adventures”

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will introduce the first sleepover for guests at its new location in the heart of Downtown Miami on Feb. 9 under the title, “Overnight Adventures.”   Frost Community Programs Manager Daniel Mannina said the event is inspired by similar programming by other science centers around the world and from the “overwhelming positive feedback“ received from their famous laser show, Laser Fridays.  “We look to them for inspiration while at the same time ensuring that our efforts would be ...

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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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