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The Banana Flambé French Toast was the featured dish at La Fresa Francesa's fundraiser to help Hurricane Irma victims in Key West on Sept. 17. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

Local businesses come together for hurricane relief

Within the last few weeks, businesses nationwide have come together to provide aid for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In South Florida, two small businesses stood out in making a difference. On Sept. 3, La Fresa Francesa, a French restaurant in Hialeah, started to help by conducting a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Along with Councilman Paul ...

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A mountain scene available as part of the "Scenic Room" project at the Dade Correctional Institution. (Photo courtesy Florida Department of Corrections)

“Scene Room” project aims to calm inmates with natural setting — indoors

The Florida Department of Corrections has recently launched the “Scenic Room” project at Dade Correctional Institution. Spokeswoman Ashley Cook said the project is an out-of-cell room, that allows inmates to immerse themselves in a nature-like environment. Inmates participate by request. “Inmates are able to choose from a variety of images, like, beaches, mountains, and desert settings, and listen to the sounds that ...

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Dynamic Message Signs, like this one mounted over the northbound Turnpike in Miami Dade County, are used through Florida. And, without exception, they display English only. (Jesse Scheckner / SFNS)

Miami Dade electronic highway signs: English only

Though Miami-Dade County is home to the nation’s largest Cuban, Colombian, Honduran and Peruvian communities, one would never know it by reading the electronic signs on the highways. Close to 1 million signs are spread throughout the county to “assure the safe and efficient flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic,” according to the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the ...

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Manos unidas en Doral (foto por María Fernanda Becerra)

Manos unidas tras el paso de Irma

Gabriela y Juliana, dos hermanas de 8 y 5 años, invirtieron su mesada en algo diferente esta semana. No fueron dulces ni algún juguete lo que se llevaron a casa, sino la lección aprendida de extender la mano a quien lo necesita. “Queremos que esto vaya a los que no tienen casa porque sabemos que vino el huracán Irma y ...

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New Routes and App for North Miami Beach Trolley

North Miami Beach recently improved its trolley service by way of added routes and a tracking app, city officials said. What was originally a one-route service has now turned into three routes for the retro-looking trolleys. Though the exterior looks like a vintage mode of transportation, each offers Wi-Fi and is equipped with surveillance cameras. During operating hours, one trolley ...

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A hurricane as seen from space. (image via Pixabay)

Officials urge residents to prep for above-average hurricane season

As they face down an above-average hurricane season, South Florida residents need to be especially prepared this year, officials said. A report released in late May by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states  that this year’s hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, is expected to be especially heavy, with as many as 17 storms forming. ...

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Fence headaches in Surfside

A Surfside resident, who has waited for four months to get approval from board members to install a fence — and is still waiting — said she feels town officials dragged their feet. Elena Rodriguez recently moved from downtown Miami to Surfside. She renovated the home at 500 Surfside Blvd., completing most work in February 2017. However, an essential component was missing. “I ...

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Humane Society of Greater Miami logo

Seeking humans for “furrever” homes in North Miami Beach

Dayle Fragin held a three-dog leash in a tight grip on a recent Saturday as she talked to a child petting the salt-and-pepper Schnauzer at her side. She has six at home, all of which she’s adopted from the Humane Society’s Adoption Clinic in North Miami Beach. After retiring from her job as a Liberty City middle school teacher, Fragin ...

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A Texas Roadhouse (Image via Flickr)

Sweetwater cops fundraising for disabled services organization

Off-duty Sweetwater police officers are serving customers at the Texas Roadhouse on Flagler Street Tuesday evening from 4-10 p.m. as part of the department’s second annual “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser. The event is part of Sweetwater Police Department’s “community oriented policing” initiative, said Manuel Saavedra, a neighborhood resource officer. Officers are paired with servers, he said, and tips received by cops go to ...

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Mario Rojzman, rabino de Beth Torah Rok Campus, en Aventura, en su oficina durante su entrevista con (SFNS / Sergio Sacristán)

El antisemitismo tambien golpea al sur de la Florida

“El pueblo judío tiene un Ph.D. en sufrimiento”, dice Mario Rojzman, rabino de Beth Torah Rok Campus, en Aventura, al referirse a los cientos de ataques a cementerios y amenazas sufridos por esa comunidad en las últimas semanas en varios estados de la unión americana. La Florida no es la excepción. El pasado martes, la policía de Miami Beach detuvo ...

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