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Las Olas Capital Arts holds reception for environmental artist and Haiti benefactor, Phoenix

On March 1, 2018, Las Olas Capital Arts hosted the opening reception exhibiting the work of environmental photographer, Phoenix. Las Olas Capital Arts, founded by Jodi-Jeffreys-Tanner, selects artists to display and sell their artwork in the Las Olas Capital Advisors office for a four-month period. The artists keep 100 percent proceeds from sales. Phoenix said she will donate part of her ...

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Softball player Kelley Montalvo brings her personal and pro experience to Barry University

This story originally ran in December 2017 on MiamiStories.net. When she was five, Kelley Montalvo dropped her gymnastics and piano lessons and picked up a ball and a glove. That’s when it all started. Now 30, Montalvo has acheived what many pro players, men and women, can only wish to accomplish–from being one of the top high school recruits in the nation and ...

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SOBE Fest Kidz Kitchen recap

On Feb. 24, as part of Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the Badia Spices’ Fun and Fit as a Family Featuring Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen was held at the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami.   The two-day event included live demos, hands on opportunities and book signings by celebrity chefs including, Food Network Chef ...

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Little Haiti artist says his new mural is for the community–and those who threaten it

Little Haiti artist Serge Toussaint’s latest mural is for and about his home, but according to him, it’s also for those who threaten to hurt it.   The three-part mural, “Smile Lil’ Haiti,” is meant to serve as a beacon of pride for the community and a warning to developers who want to wipe out its culture.   Its first part features a cameraman wearing a Haitian flag T-shirt recording onlookers on a beach. Flanking him are words written in red. “Smile,” it says ...

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Bites on the Beach highlights include key to the city, Smash Mouth and more than 30 top chefs

Giada De Laurentiis received a key to City of Miami Beach from Mayor Dan Gelber Thursday night at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, one of many events occurring this weekend at the 17th annual Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF).  “There’s nothing like Miami anywhere,” she said. “And you know I love Italy, but there is something very special in this town.”   De Laurentiis hosts Food ...

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Charlamagne Tha God talks education, individuality and modern opportunities at FIU lecture

Radio personality Charlamagne Tha God encouraged college students to  create their own opportunities by emphasizing individuality, ongoing education and technology in a lecture Thursday evening at Florida International  University’s Biscayne Bay Campus. The 39-year-old New York Times Best Selling author and host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” was a guest speaker at FIU’s Student Government Association Lecture Series for Black History Month.  The event, held in the Wolfe University Center Ballrooms, was free ...

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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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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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