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Dancers perform at the North Miami Beach Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 4, 2018 (Nick Rodriguez / SFNS)

North Miami Beach celebrates Chinese New Year a bit early

North Miami Beach hosted a Lunar New Year and Chinese Cultural Celebration at the North Miami Beach Library Friday evening, a bit ahead of the Feb. 16 turn of the calendar. The reception kicked off with a lion dance, which is a traditional dance that brings good luck and fortune to the New Year. It was followed by other traditional ...

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Sleepover at Frost Museum of Science promises “Overnight Adventures”

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will introduce the first sleepover for guests at its new location in the heart of Downtown Miami on Feb. 9 under the title, “Overnight Adventures.”   Frost Community Programs Manager Daniel Mannina said the event is inspired by similar programming by other science centers around the world and from the “overwhelming positive feedback“ received from their famous laser show, Laser Fridays.  “We look to them for inspiration while at the same time ensuring that our efforts would be ...

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Humphrey biographer Samuel Freedman lectures on book, civil rights and journalism

On Wednesday evening, Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning author and Columbia University journalism professor, delivered a lecture at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus about his upcoming biography of civil rights activist and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Freedman said his fascination with the post-World War II era inspired him to write the book, his ninth, noting that Humphrey’s civil rights actions before his vice presidency often went unnoticed.  ...

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Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens in "The Man Who Invented Christmas." (Kerry Brown/Bleecker Street)

A movie of the story behind the story of “A Christmas Carol”

There is probably no holiday tale told more famously than Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Ebenezer Scrooge, the rich and crotchety miser who transforms into a grandfatherly soul after seeing where his life is going, has been a symbol of the holiday spirit for centuries, along with Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and the other classic characters from the British story. ...

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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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Sweetwater City Hall. (Photo courtesy Miami Herald)

Three newcomers win seats on Sweetwater commission, two incumbents defeated

In a shakeup Tuesday at Sweetwater City Hall, three newcomers were elected to the city commission, one current member discarded her “interim” tag and two incumbents lost their seats. David Borrero won the Group One seat while Marcos Villanueva, Joniel Diaz and Cecilia Holtz-Alonso received voters’ nods for the Group Two, Three and Four seats, respectively. Holtz-Alonso, the interim commissioner ...

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The Sweetwater Trolley (Photo courtesy city of Sweetwater)

Nine running for four seats on Sweetwater Commission

Three incumbents and six challengers are looking to fill four seats on the Sweetwater Commission during the city’s election on Tuesday. Group One Both Group One commission candidates, David Borrero and Isidro Ruiz, are running for the first time. Borrero, a three-year resident, believes his direct experience with city government makes him the right candidate. He said got his start ...

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Biscayne Park Village Hall (Photo via Miami Herald)

Voters to choose replacement for Biscayne Park commissioner Tuesday

After a late withdrawal, the race for an open Biscayne Park commission seat is down to two residents. Harvey Bilt and Daniel Samaria are the two remaining candidates in Tuesday’s special election, made necessary after Vice Mayor David Coviello announced in December he would be resigning on March 31 with 19 months left in his term. MacDonald Kennedy, who withdrew ...

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Voting guide for Broward and Palm Beach counties

Some Broward and Palm Beach County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose city and town leaders. Municipalities holding elections include: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Lighthouse Point, Ocean Ridge, Miramar and Weston. In Hillsboro Beach, charter changes are on the ballot. Where do I vote? Polls will be open from ...

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Isabella Menendez (left) and Laura Guerra-Lopez (right) after a Saturday training. (Courtesy photo)

Two teens from Kendall to serve as Miami Open ball persons

After four weeks of training, two Kendall teenagers will get to work up close and personal with some of tennis’ biggest stars at the Miami Open. Best friends Isabella Menendez, 14, and Laura Guerra-Lopez, 15, trained once a week for five hours at Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Tennis Center before being selected as two of the 400 ball persons needed ...

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