SFNS enters the finals for the SPJ Florida Pro Chapter 21st Annual Sunshine State Awards

SFNS is a finalist in three student categories for the SPJ Florida Pro Chapter 21st Annual Sunshine State Awards. Winners will be announced Aug. 15. Best Website (High Frequency) South Florida News Service – Chris Delboni, South Florida News Service – SFNSonline.com Spinnaker – Lydia Moneir, Lee Watters, Spinnaker News The Miami Hurricane – Staff, themiamihurricane.com Best News Photo (High Frequency) ...

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Locks of Love are snapped onto Love Lock Bridge located at The Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service)

Couples, families lock their love on bridge at Kendall mall

  When Joy Medlock went to Paris two years ago, she was inspired to see a bridge with thousands of locks, known as Love Lock Bridge, where couples put padlocks by the river Seine to show their love for each other. Back in Florida, Medlock, vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town & Country, decided to bring ...

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Pride RX workout social. (Photo courtesy Pride RX)

LGBT athletes, allies meet monthly throughout South Florida for PrideRX workouts

When Jorge Sanchez, 36, first started CrossFit, he was looking to make a positive change in his health and his life. He then started a blog, PrideRX, as a platform where he could keep track of his nutrition and workouts. It was meant to be a personal blog, but the idea quickly grew into something bigger after hearing about his ...

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Business partners and friends Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Cassanova hold up their forearms where they have identical tattoos that translate from Italian to mean ‘Good, Clean & Fair,’ a philosophy they apply to the way they live their lives and how they run their restaurant business, Eating House. (Photo by Patricia Laylle / Miami Herald)

Coral Gables restaurant to celebrate counterculture cannabis day with ‘stoner’ menu

According to urban legend, the code-term “420” was first used by a group of Northern California teenagers to note the time they were supposed to meet after school to smoke cannabis. Since then, “420” has become a part of the lexicon for cannabis smokers. As a result, April 20 has become a day of celebration for the cannabis-consuming community. Every ...

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Rodman “Rodddzilla” Davis, at The Void’s art gallery, talks to Miami artist Blake Newton about some of her pieces exhibited that evening. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Young artists, producers say their six-hour gallery parties help fill ‘The Void’

Sean Prosper, his roommate Rodman Davis and mutual friend Ashley Solage have thrown parties in South Florida since they were teenagers. Then, last year, while sitting in a car with rapper Denzel Curry, they thought of creating a networking event that would integrate two creative elements: music and visual arts. Curry came up with “The Void” as the name for ...

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Silvia Vanni plays with Daniella Collazo as she carries her puppy, Olaf, named after the snowman character in her favorite Disney movie, Frozen. (Photo courtesy of Silvia Vanni)

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 nerve tissue with a high ...

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Bottle & Bottega hosts paint parties at venues around the city, like Bin 18, which offers guests a large variety of drink options. (Photo by Cata Balzano, South Florida News Service)

The art of drinking: Paint Nite parties popular at Miami-area bars and restaurants

When Angie Rubio arrived at Chevy’s Mexican restaurant in Doral on a recent Saturday to celebrate her 34th birthday, she was surprised to find her friends gathered around blank canvases accompanied with food and drinks. “They knew I always wanted to do this,” Rubio said. “I draw stick figures, and this is totally something new.” One of Miami’s painting and ...

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Giovanni Gagliardi uses a coal-fired oven to cook his dishes, which are prepared with specific ingredients imported from Italy, such as the tomato, mozzarella and flour. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Legendary pizza maker from Italy makes the pies at Ironside Pizza in Northeast Miami

Three years ago, Giovanni Gagliardi left Naples, Italy, for Las Vegas, to compete in the International Pizza Challenge, representing the “International Region” of foreign competing countries. Gagliardi, known in the pizza world as “La Leggenda” — or “The Legend,” placed second in the competition’s Traditional Division. “I came to market the flour that we use for pizza in Naples,” Gagliardi ...

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John Paul Jebian, a sign language teacher at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High, teaches his high school students American Sign Language alongside Lisa Espineira, 37, a certified sign language interpreter. (Photo by Daniel Hidalgo / South Florida News Service)

Deaf community pushing for state to license interpreters

In a second-floor meeting room at West Dade Regional Library, Lissette Molina Wood recently stood in front of a group of deaf people. Halfway through her first term as president of the Florida Association of the Deaf, Molina Wood, 37, also deaf, is trying to build support for a bill that would require all American Sign Language interpreters to be ...

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A Ms. Cheezious employee holds two grilled cheese sandwiches at the new bricks and mortar, which opened in early February. (Photo by Christian Portilla / South Florida News Service) 

No mystery: Food truck Ms. Cheezious so popular, owners open brick-and-mortar shop

Emily Herman, a private-school teacher in North Miami, remembers standing in line for a half-hour to order from Ms. Cheezious, a local food truck that serves grilled cheese sandwiches. Her signature pick: a short rib grilled cheese with pickled onions and arugula on sourdough bread. “It’s my favorite food truck,” said Herman, 39. “They have interesting combinations.” After five years ...

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