Haitians shy away from cash donations in wake of hurricane, wary of waste

For South Florida Haitians, desire to help rebuild their island nation following Hurricane Matthew has been compounded by concerns about whether the donations will be used for its intended purposes. People have been far more generous with supplies than cash, according to local charity officials, who say money is more badly needed for vital infrastructure and

2016-10-22T14:55:36+00:00October 21st, 2016|Business, News, Public Safety|

Miami couple thrives while running Spanish-language publishing house

When a young couple in Miami decided to create an independent publishing company, printing works exclusively in Spanish, almost everyone told them they were crazy. But in 2012, Dago Sasiga and Greity Gonzalez ignored that advice and started La Pereza Ediciones with just $400. They said it was the best decision of their lives. Today,

2019-02-04T12:44:37+00:00July 7th, 2016|Arts & Culture, Business, Export, Lifestyle, News, Pickups|

Miami Springs approves four hotels on Northwest 36th Street, sparking concerns about traffic, development

Miami Springs officials recently approved four hotel projects – all within a mile of one another and adjacent to Miami International Airport – causing some residents to complain the City Council is ignoring traffic and development concerns in this 3-square-mile town. Residents lined up during the June 13 meeting to urge the Council to shut down its

2016-06-29T10:46:00+00:00June 29th, 2016|Business, News, Politics|

Construction in downtown Coral Gables brings mixed feelings

Though city leaders tout the significant downtown development plans in progress for this Mediterranean-style city – a decade in the making – Coral Gables business owners worry about what a protracted construction period will do for their bottom lines. Officials say the project will transform the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, the city’s most vibrant

2016-06-16T10:04:39+00:00June 16th, 2016|Business, Food & Dining, News, Politics|

Dania Beach Commission approves 105-unit Comfort Inn

The Dania Beach City Commission has approved a new hotel project on Federal Highway over the objections of some residents worried about traffic, noise and construction debris. The property is located on the east side of North Federal Highway, south of NE 3rd Street, and adjacent to a residential community. Corrine Lajoie, the city’s planning

2016-06-16T10:05:20+00:00June 14th, 2016|Business, News, Politics|

How a New York Times reporter humanized the AIDS crisis

Two Columbia University professors spoke this week to a packed FIU auditorium about the life and work of a New York Times reporter and editor who gave a human face to the AIDS crisis in the 1990s, before dying of the disease three years later. Samuel G. Freedman, who formerly worked at the New York Times and

2016-04-06T15:40:58+00:00March 3rd, 2016|Business, News, Politics|

Millennial breadwinners

Maria Serrano, then 22, scrambled through her final exam feeling like her head was on the brink of shattering. After turning in her test, Serrano stumbled to the nearest restroom to heave. Hours later, her mother rushed her to Baptist Hospital. “The pressure was too much,” Serrano said. “I lost all control. I lost all

2016-04-06T16:00:14+00:00January 19th, 2016|Business, Education, News|

Prominent international soccer clubs are establishing academies in South Florida

Ever since he was 4 years old, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento has dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. After stints with the now-bankrupt Italian Parma and Argentine Vélez Sarsfield, he is trying to make his dream a reality. Kerry, 14, is enrolled in Inter de Milan’s South Florida youth academy. Inter is one of Italy’s

2016-04-06T15:47:45+00:00January 3rd, 2016|Business, Sports|

Guitars Over Guns mentoring program helps kids express themselves through the arts

When Finest Meridor was 11 years old, he was reserved and felt like he had nothing to do during his free time. Now 18, Meridor is a member of the drama club and vice president of the engineering club at North Miami High School, and handles music production of a band that performs at ArtWalk

2016-04-06T17:42:23+00:00November 29th, 2015|Business, Public Safety|

Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly clean ups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks. But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks. Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out

2016-04-06T16:01:56+00:00November 12th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle, News|