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Laura Florio and Candlebox lead singer, Kevin Martin, talk to participants of Peanut Butter & Jelly Project following a feeding. (Photo by Christopher Salas / South Florida News Service)

PBandJ Project: Local Non-Profit Organization Feeds The Homeless In Downtown Fort Lauderdale

When Laura Florio, 33, and her husband, Micah Harris, 38, were at a local grocery store with a cart full of food for themselves, Florio decided she wanted to make a difference in the community.  She began filling the cart up with food for others: loaves of bread, bologna, cheese, two cases of water, mustard and mayo. Harris stopped his ...

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Nicole Mejia shows the proper form of stretching at the Chicago Stay Fit Within Tour in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Production)

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 is an Instagram-inspired movement that ...

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Juan Pablo Hernandez, Saul Jaramillo and Sindy Arenas brainstorm ideas to enhance the DescribeMe app. (Photo by Daniela Rios / South Florida News Service)

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 the semester, classmates told me ...

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SFNS enters the finals for the SPJ Florida Pro Chapter 21st Annual Sunshine State Awards

SFNS is a finalist in three student categories for the SPJ Florida Pro Chapter 21st Annual Sunshine State Awards. Winners will be announced Aug. 15. Best Website (High Frequency) South Florida News Service – Chris Delboni, South Florida News Service – SFNSonline.com Spinnaker – Lydia Moneir, Lee Watters, Spinnaker News The Miami Hurricane – Staff, themiamihurricane.com Best News Photo (High Frequency) ...

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Bottle & Bottega hosts paint parties at venues around the city, like Bin 18, which offers guests a large variety of drink options. (Photo by Cata Balzano, South Florida News Service)

The art of drinking: Paint Nite parties popular at Miami-area bars and restaurants

When Angie Rubio arrived at Chevy’s Mexican restaurant in Doral on a recent Saturday to celebrate her 34th birthday, she was surprised to find her friends gathered around blank canvases accompanied with food and drinks. “They knew I always wanted to do this,” Rubio said. “I draw stick figures, and this is totally something new.” One of Miami’s painting and ...

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Giovanni Gagliardi uses a coal-fired oven to cook his dishes, which are prepared with specific ingredients imported from Italy, such as the tomato, mozzarella and flour. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Legendary pizza maker from Italy makes the pies at Ironside Pizza in Northeast Miami

Three years ago, Giovanni Gagliardi left Naples, Italy, for Las Vegas, to compete in the International Pizza Challenge, representing the “International Region” of foreign competing countries. Gagliardi, known in the pizza world as “La Leggenda” — or “The Legend,” placed second in the competition’s Traditional Division. “I came to market the flour that we use for pizza in Naples,” Gagliardi ...

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A Ms. Cheezious employee holds two grilled cheese sandwiches at the new bricks and mortar, which opened in early February. (Photo by Christian Portilla / South Florida News Service) 

No mystery: Food truck Ms. Cheezious so popular, owners open brick-and-mortar shop

Emily Herman, a private-school teacher in North Miami, remembers standing in line for a half-hour to order from Ms. Cheezious, a local food truck that serves grilled cheese sandwiches. Her signature pick: a short rib grilled cheese with pickled onions and arugula on sourdough bread. “It’s my favorite food truck,” said Herman, 39. “They have interesting combinations.” After five years ...

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On Saturdays, “La Pachanga” musicians arrive and gather at the patio's lit stage to prepare for the night's Latin musical performance. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Little Havana bar offers Saturday night “La Pachanga” musical event

When Rodolfo Tancredi’s yoga instructor mentioned the bar where she also works, Ball & Chain, he decided to check out the Little Havana establishment on a recent Saturday night. “I go to everything I’m invited to,” said Tancredi, a Venezuelan native, 39. “So I came by to see what was going on.” What Tancredi didn’t know was that he chose ...

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Margarita Beckford, the post-high school coordinator at the Overtown Youth Center, informs students about activities planned for the month. (Photo by Daniela Rios / South Florida News Service)

Overtown Youth Center students to participate in career-motivation event

Malyka Joseph, a high school student from the Overtown Youth Center, realized she wanted to major in engineering by accident. In middle school, she fulfilled her credit requirements ahead of time and was one of the only girls placed in engineering electives. “I kept getting talked at and discriminated at because I was a girl interested in engineering, but I ...

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Evon Vela, 30, hostess at Al's Coffee Shop, grabs croquettes for a walk-in customer's order. (Photo by Narciso Iturralde / South Florida News Service) 

Coral Gables coffee shop owners promote adopted heritage with ‘Croqueta Party Tuesdays’

Alphonse “Al” Karborani was a little boy when he and his family had to flee from their home in Bethlehem to Jerusalem and then to Amman, Jordan, when he was 16. Karborani, a Palestinian refugee, was constantly paralyzed by the sounds around him. Explosions. Gunshots. Wailing cries. He could not escape war and yearned to find a normal life. By ...

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