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Training Saturday in South Miami for would-be therapy dogs

Training a dog: Amaris Hess tests a dog’s temperament to see if he can qualify to be a therapy dog. Dogs must be calm, collected and open to a stranger’s touch to become certified therapy dogs. Mike Gerneau.         By Maria Soledad Lorenzino Read in Miami Herald For the last year, David Moss, 66, and his 3-year ...

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Take the test, you could win a Vespa

By Abraham Galvan Read in Miami Herald For LGBT pride month, Out of the Closet thrift stores throughout South Florida are giving away five new Vespa scooters to encourage HIV testing. “The mission is for more individuals, gay men in particular, get tested and know their status,” said Will Acosta, 25, assistant manager of Out of the Closet in Wilton Manors. “This will ...

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Tablets coming into the classroom

Learning Aid: Brandon Lopez, 11, and other pupils use their eBolt tablets at the Alpha Charter School of Excellence. DANIEL BOCK / The Miami Herald         By KATIE LEPRI Read in Miami Herald Imagine a modern day David and Goliath story. But instead of slinging a rock at a giant competitor, Jose Espejo created his own tablet ...

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Jennifer Puig Class

Dance movement therapy is incorporated into preschool curriculum

Jennifer Puig, 30, the creative movement teacher and certified dance movement therapist at Play and Learn Preschool in Miami, Fla., teaches her students how to express themselves through body movement. Photo by: Matias J. Ocner / South Florida News Service     By Crystal Chew and Matias J. Ocner At Play and Learn Preschool, 10 children gather around a blue and red ...

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A newborn gets a second chance at life at Miami Children’s Hospital

Gaetano Picarelli, 3 months old in this photo, with his parents, Melissa DiBiasi and Brendan Picarelli. Gaetano was born with a condition that prevented his right lung from developing. He was rushed from Fort Meyers to Miami Children’s Hospital, where he was treated for three months. His parents will speak Thursday at a fund-raising event for the hospital. Photo by ...

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Founder Marta Viciedo shares her vision of transit for Miami at TrAC’s launch party held on Sept.,15, 2013.  Photo by Rachel Johnson.

Nonpartisan PAC aims to increase the priority of public transportation in Miami-Dade

  Founder Marta Viciedo shares her vision of transit for Miami at TrAC’s launch party held on Sept.,15, 2013. Photo by Rachel Johnson.       BY PAULA CALLEJAS-CUZA Read in Miami Herald For Carolina Levy, a South Miami resident, public transportation is a necessary hassle. “If you don’t have a car here, it’s really hard to get around,” said Levy, ...

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SPJ-FIU: 1st Annual Media Conference

  The SPJ chapter at Florida International University is hosting an all-day conference with five panel discussions on Journalism Ethics, Social Media, How to Brand Yourself, War Reporting and Photojournalism.     The first ever Listen, Learn and Connect conference aims to train and inform, as well as provide a space for journalists to network. We invite you to attend ...

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Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed in Journalism

Students and staff listen intently to WLRN’s Julia Duba and Maria Murriel at SPJ-FIU’s “Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed in Journalism” workshop held on Feb. 20, 2014.         By Katie Lepri South Florida News Service   SPJ-FIU hosted a workshop with special guests from WLRN Julia Duba and Maria Murriel. Duba is the morning producer for WLRN-Miami ...

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Bachelors posing

Women to bid on bachelors for charity

Bachelors from last year’s event pose with Singles for Switchboard Bachelor Auction’s host (middle).  Photo courtesy of Switchboard of Miami.           BY MATIAS JOAQUIN OCNER Read in Miami Herald When Catalina Rueda, 30, attended last year’s Singles for Switchboard Bachelor Auction, she went with no expectations. But things changed quickly when Brock Metcalf, 30, walked on stage. Rueda was the winning ...

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Redland Heritage Festival set for Jan. 11-12

Kendall resident Jeremy Witcoski introduced his children Savannah and Jayden to a goat during the 2012 Redland Heritage Festival at Fruit and Spice Park.         BY LISBET CASTILLO Read in Miami herald When Rogelio Blanco is not learning how to build energy-efficient construction machinery, he is teaching visitors to South Miami-Dade’s Fruit and Spice Park about 500 ...

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