It’s not tennis, racquetball or squash – it’s pádel

Four blue courts and a giant yellow tennis ball welcome downtown Miami residents to the largest pádel club in South Florida. Pádel is played in doubles and has elements of tennis, racquetball and squash. The court, smaller than the tennis variant, is surrounded by glass, much like a racquetball court. Players swing a small, heavy

2016-04-06T16:11:13+00:00 October 18th, 2015|Lifestyle, Sports|

Miami art therapy program’s Rise Up Gallery exhibits works of disabled artists

  At a friend’s birthday party in summer 2008, David McCauley dove into a pool, hit his head on the bottom and broke his neck. McCauley was in an intensive care unit for two-and-a-half weeks and spent four months in rehabilitation. At 39, he remains impaired in all four limbs, has limited mobility of his

2016-04-06T16:16:00+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle|

Two young college grads from Miami get taste of success selling Mama’s Guava Bars

One September afternoon in 2011, the smell of walnuts and guava filled the air at the Village at Science Drive apartment complex in Orlando. As neighbors began knocking on their door asking for samples, Agustin Guardiola and Alejandro DeZayas knew they had finally pinpointed the start of their business. “I never thought I would pursue

2016-04-06T16:19:41+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Business, Food & Dining|

Yoga on the water: SUP helps build balance and muscles

The bluish-green wall with lotus shapes at Om Beats yoga studio resembles the ocean. Claudia Bustillos, 38, owner of Om Beats, said she planned it to reflect her love of the ocean and yoga, which she developed as a young girl. “Yoga and water sports are my passion. They make me feel alive,” said Bustillos,

2016-04-06T16:22:47+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Business, Lifestyle, Sports|

Nonprofit group helps teenage girls celebrate traditional Quinceañeras

When Addis Acay Hunter turned 15, her family could not afford to give her a Quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday as a symbol of her coming-of-age. Then, Onix Morera, a family friend and founder of the nonprofit organization Talent Artistic Juvenile, thought of a way to help girls such as Addis:

2016-04-06T16:24:27+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle|

Founder returns home as Fit & Thick national tour concludes Saturday in Miami Beach

When Nicole Mejia, international model and fitness instructor, first launched her Fit & Thick tour around the United States a year-and-a-half ago, she had no idea where it was going to lead. “I never thought this was going to be my final tour stop,” said Mejia, 26. “Especially in my hometown, Miami.” Fit & Thick

2016-04-06T16:27:07+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle, News|

Arts for Healing show at Miami Dade College to feature dozens of breast cancer survivors

  In 2012, singer Mary Jo Garrity and art director Alice Billman produced The Heroines Show to promote healing through arts in the Miami area. Three months into the production process, the show came to a halt − Garrity, 53, died. A 10-year breast cancer survivor, she had been diagnosed with another rare type of

2016-04-06T16:31:36+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Education, News|

Miami Developers create DrescribeMe app to allow users to rate each other 1 to 10

When Saul Jaramillo moved from Colombia to Miami 15 years ago, he couldn’t communicate well in English and came off as arrogant. But he was just timid because he couldn’t speak English fluently. “I have an accent, and I was embarrassed by it, so I wouldn’t talk to people in school. By the end of

2016-04-06T16:36:30+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Business, Lifestyle|

Couples, families lock their love on bridge at Kendall mall

  When Joy Medlock went to Paris two years ago, she was inspired to see a bridge with thousands of locks, known as Love Lock Bridge, where couples put padlocks by the river Seine to show their love for each other. Back in Florida, Medlock, vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town

2016-04-06T17:38:51+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle, Politics|