Nuevo Caminar in Hialeah offers free help for overcoming addictions

When Jose Velasco, an alcoholic, looked for help, he was consuming a bottle of whiskey per day. He drank while working as a carpenter and got fired. “You see that nobody likes you, that they distance themselves from you because you are an undesirable person,” Velasco said. He fell into depression. “I started to look

2016-04-19T15:19:26+00:00 April 14th, 2016|News, Public Safety|

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

2016-04-06T15:38:53+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Education, News, Public Safety|

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|

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|

Learn-to-Swim program seeks to prevent drownings, No. 1 cause of small kids’ deaths

When Karina Medina took swimming lessons for the first time at age 8, she did not expect to become a lifeguard. Now at 17, her role is to protect others from a frequent occurrence in South Florida: drowning. According to the Miami-Dade Drowning Prevention Coalition, drowning is the county’s leading cause of death for children

2016-04-06T16:28:30+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Education, Public Safety|

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|

Germ-free playground will help 2 year-old cancer patient thrive

As children walked through the lobby of Miami Children’s Hospital last month, 2-year-old Daniella Collazo greeted them with a smile and a wave. “It’s OK. You’ll be OK,” she said to the passing children. About a year earlier, Daniella had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage III cancer, a type of cancer that develops in the

2016-04-06T16:45:51+00:00 April 9th, 2015|News, Public Safety|

Miami Gay Chorus performance to highlight bullying

When Raul Morin was 15, he sat in front of the class jock in school, “the wrestler, football player, big, beefy guy,” who bullied him for being gay. “I was the class nerd, the closeted white elephant no one could talk about,” said Morin, now 33. The bully would write the word “fag” on the

2016-04-06T17:59:16+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Lifestyle, Music, News, Public Safety|