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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle, News|

Little Haiti yoga studio reaches out to community

Inhale Miami, a new yoga studio in Little Haiti, is looking to get people into the fold by offering individual classes in November for $7. Rikki Kamensky, who opened the studio in September, said she also is reaching out to neighborhood children, hoping their curiosity brings them in after school for classes. “Yoga helps them

2016-04-06T16:06:58+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Business, News|

DJ sets aside law school to follow his dream and return to spinning records

When Jordan Sanchez was 15, he started practicing to become a disc jockey. But, after playing in some clubs professionally, he decided to leave the DJ world to major in political science. He went on to law school, but something was missing. Sanchez was isolating himself from his closest friends and feeling depressed. Then, he

2016-04-06T16:09:26+00:00 October 18th, 2015|Business, Lifestyle, Music, News|

Student receives certification of appreciation from Hialeah City Mayor

The Hialeah City Council meeting last Tuesday included more than just purchase orders, bids and zoning permits. Mayor Carlos Hernández presented a certificate of appreciation to Ivan Echemendia, 15, in recognition of his volunteer work with the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers. “He is a young man who serves his community from his heart.

2016-04-06T16:12:57+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Politics|

Miami first-grade teacher launches #teachHope70x7 to ‘teach hope’ to the community

When Jocelyn Morffi, a first-grade teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami, was talking to her students two years ago about recent tragedies in the world, she was inspired to show them that there is hope in the community. Then, a year later, she brainstormed with her new group of students about

2016-04-06T17:42:42+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Education, News, Public Safety|

Two young college grads from Miami get taste of success selling Mama’s Guava Bars

One September afternoon in 2011, the smell of walnuts and guava filled the air at the Village at Science Drive apartment complex in Orlando. As neighbors began knocking on their door asking for samples, Agustin Guardiola and Alejandro DeZayas knew they had finally pinpointed the start of their business. “I never thought I would pursue

2016-04-06T16:19:41+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Business, Food & Dining|

Yoga on the water: SUP helps build balance and muscles

The bluish-green wall with lotus shapes at Om Beats yoga studio resembles the ocean. Claudia Bustillos, 38, owner of Om Beats, said she planned it to reflect her love of the ocean and yoga, which she developed as a young girl. “Yoga and water sports are my passion. They make me feel alive,” said Bustillos,

2016-04-06T16:22:47+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Business, Lifestyle, Sports|

Nonprofit group helps teenage girls celebrate traditional Quinceañeras

When Addis Acay Hunter turned 15, her family could not afford to give her a Quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday as a symbol of her coming-of-age. Then, Onix Morera, a family friend and founder of the nonprofit organization Talent Artistic Juvenile, thought of a way to help girls such as Addis:

2016-04-06T16:24:27+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle|

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

2016-04-06T17:38:31+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Business, Politics|