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|

Girl recovering from critical asthma attack launches foundation to raise awareness

When Ashley Marie Hierrezuelo, 12, left her dance practice three months ago, she didn’t feel well and asked to go to the hospital. Her parents figured it was another asthma attack that could be easily dealt with. But upon their arrival at the hospital, Ashley was given multiple treatments that didn’t help and resulted in

2016-04-06T17:42:59+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Education, News, Public Safety|

Deaf community pushing for state to license interpreters

In a second-floor meeting room at West Dade Regional Library, Lissette Molina Wood recently stood in front of a group of deaf people. Halfway through her first term as president of the Florida Association of the Deaf, Molina Wood, 37, also deaf, is trying to build support for a bill that would require all American

2016-04-06T16:51:12+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Education, News, Politics|

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

2016-04-06T17:34:17+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Business, Education, News|

Eliminating illiteracy in migrant workers: it’s complicated

Isabel Ishkol’s daughter spots her mom outside her classroom at Le Jardin Community Center in Homestead and quickly tumbles over. It’s close to pick up time for the 3-year-old, but not quite. In what sounds like a whisper, motioning with her hands, Ishkol tells her daughter to join her teacher, now busy wrangling other toddlers.

2016-04-06T17:32:01+00:00 December 7th, 2014|Education, Politics|

LGBT students praise FIU for readying campus’ first gender-neutral bathroom

At home, Gaby Benavente dresses as a man and goes by her legal name, Gabriel, to please her parents. At Florida International University, Benavente, 20, a male-to-female transgender student, is able to express herself as a woman, but she still runs into trouble when using bathrooms on campus that are marked “Men” and “Women.” Benavente

2016-04-06T17:30:29+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Education|

The Children’s Award Gala

Dr. Troy Frazer received the first Children’s Hero Award in 2009.  Photo courtesy of Pedro Mendez. By Jessica Cohen South Florida News Service Foster care cases are kept confidential. Until 2009, the general public had little knowledge of what was going on. But that year, the situation changed when the Family Resource Center presented the first Children’s

2016-04-05T22:22:03+00:00 October 19th, 2014|Education|

Game show at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital brings fun to patients

Timothy Stahlsmith, 9, a patient at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, calls the contestant line for the live game show ‘Top 3’ on JoeD TV, which is similar to the popular game show ‘Family Feud. ELI VERA/SOUTH FLORIDA NEWS SERVICE       By Eli Vera and Matias Ocner Read in Miami Herald. Every weekday at 2 p.m.,

2016-04-05T22:22:04+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Education|

Two new high school magnet programs debut this month

Brian Duffie, 14, attended the first week of a summer bridge program to prepare for his freshman year of high school at BioTech. At the Fairchild Lab, Duffie read about orchids in preparation for the Million orchid Project, which students will help conduct along with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden staff.  Rebeca Piccardo / South Florida

2016-04-05T22:22:04+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Education|

Microsoft in Aventura offers free programming classes for kids

On the first day of camp at Dadeland Mall, the children sit in teams of two and play with a Surface Pro tablet and fill out their camper handbooks. Rebeca Piccardo / South Florida News Service         By Rebeca Piccardo Read in Miami Herald Michael Fonseca, 11, taught himself gaming and coding

2016-04-05T22:23:39+00:00 June 19th, 2014|Business, Education, Lifestyle|