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Cuban native helps fellow Spanish speakers prep for U.S. citizenship test

Every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., the North Miami Beach Public Library offers a free class to help people prepare for the American citizenship test. At the head of the class stands Cuban-native teacher, Yalilys “Lily” Pérez. She came to Miami in 2006 and became a citizen on 2012. “I know what the whole process is like, which is very difficult ...

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Millennials continue to strive for independence [Video]

As the days go by, it gets increasingly harder for millennials to find their independence. Living under their parent’s roof has become the norm despite their age. According to a ABODO’s analysis of U.S Census data it has been reported that 34.1% of millennials nationwide are still living with their parents. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Florida have ...

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The Student Academic Support Center on FIU's Modesto A. Maidique campus. (Photo by Eduardo Merille, FIU)

FIU’s Cubans react to Fidel Castro’s death

Thousands of Cubans throughout Miami-Dade and elsewhere celebrated the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Saturday, some between study sessions at Florida International University. Students at the college’s main campus near Sweetwater are preparing for upcoming final exams and projects, but some said they were distracted by the news of the longtime dictator’s death. “I am glad in a way, ...

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US Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla),left, responds to questions from moderator from ABC News anchor and correspondent, Tom Llamas during a debate against Democrat challenger Jose Garcia at their alma mater Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami on Thursday, October 13, 2016. (Pool photo by David Santiago, Miami Herald)

Belen Jesuit alumni Curbelo, Garcia debate at alma mater for congressional seat

A raucous Thursday night congressional debate focused on deep policy differences included a striking note of similarity: both candidates and the moderator were alumni of the venue, Belen Jesuit Preparatory in southwest Miami. Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, class of 1998, and Democratic challenger Joe Garcia, class of 1982, went head-to-head at the Belen Roca Theater about issues facing the nation ...

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Hialeah Gardens Middle School receives Gold STEM designation

Acknowledging its leadership in mathematics and technology education, Miami-Dade district officials recently awarded a Hialeah Gardens school Gold STEM designation. This is the first year Miami-Dade County Public Schools is providing the designation. Though several received STEM honors, Hialeah Gardens is the only middle school to receive the Gold level. An official recognition ceremony is scheduled for next month. STEAM ...

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Brian Reedy, right, reveals a print produced by students Katiana Rodriguez, center, and Pamela Cianciarullo, left. (Sam Smith / South Florida News Service)

Art teacher’s students earn accolades for Zelda Glazer Middle School

Brian Reedy’s wood-block prints fuse tradition with “geek culture,” and he teaches his students to do the same. “Brian’s a big pop-culture guy,” said Miguel Balsera, 40. “He’s not just limited to that, but through that is how he connects with and how he hooks these kids.” Reedy and Balsera worked together 15 years ago at the same elementary school. ...

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Students at Archimedean Middle Conservatory, a Greek-based K-12 charter school in Southwest Miami-Dade County, show off their trophies. (Image courtesy Archimedean Middle School)

Archimedean Middle earns 69 medals and first- and second-place trophies

Research, build, create and repeat. This was the daily after-school routine for students at Archimedean Middle Conservatory, a Greek-based K-12 charter school in Southwest Miami-Dade County that holds 1,197 students, as they prepared for the regional and state Science Olympiad Competition. “Many times the students have stayed after school four to five days a week,” said head coach Patricio Mendez. ...

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Frida Exantus paints one of the drawings provided by ArtCares for Kids with help from Liz Portuondo (right) and hospital volunteer Barbara Nunez. (Photo by Jocelyn Talavera / South Florida News Service)

Street artists and muralists come together to benefit ArtCares for Kids

At an art show in 2010, artist Christine Lyall noticed a father and son looking at her painting. While the father admired the painting at eye level, the little boy balanced on his tiptoes trying to get a better look. “I just thought, too bad it’s not low enough for the kid to see it better,” said Lyall, 48, who ...

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A group of Broward County high school student developed a safety kit. (Photo by Adrianne Richardson/SFNS)

Broward County high schoolers develop kit to improve driver safety

As a full-time mother who’s always on the go, Wynne Avellanet said she’s not always prepared for unexpected emergencies while driving. But recently, when her 8-year-old son, Noah, suffered from a bad nose bleed on the way to school, she was able to stop the bleeding. “My son suffers from chronic nose bleeds, and we’ve often been caught in situations ...

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Maria Serrano (far left) visited Cozumel, Mexico in January 2015 with her mother, Claudia Niño, father, Carlos Serrano, and brother, Mauricio Serrano (far right).  Photo: Courtesy of Serrano’s family.

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 power.” Serrano was a full-time ...

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