SFNS_Logo_2012_mini

Kendall Woman Makes Balloons Her Business

By Maria Saavedra and Kristen Mayoral Published in The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and The Stuart News As a present from his daughter Rosa, former airline pilot Jorge Velilla, 79, took his first ride in a hot air balloon on a recent Saturday morning. Along with six other family members, Velilla drove 40 minutes to arrive at 6 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in ...

Read More »
SFNS_Logo_2012_mini

Kendall Woman Makes Balloons Her Business

By Maria Saavedra and Kirsten Mayoral Read in The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel and The Stuart News As a present from his daughter Rosa, former airline pilot Jorge Velilla, 79, took his first ride in a hot air balloon on a recent Saturday morning. Along with six other family members, Velilla drove 40 minutes to arrive at 6 a.m. at the Holiday Inn ...

Read More »

In Davie, An Authentic Taste of Mexico

By Silvana Ordonez Read in The Miami Herald At least three times a week, Jorge Aguilar goes to El Agave Azul to enjoy his favorite carne asada taco, and savor the friendly, homey atmosphere at the Davie restaurant. “This is the most authentic Mexican restaurant I have come across in this area,” said Aguilar, 37, who has been a customer for ...

Read More »
SFNS_Logo_2012_mini

Fast-Food Franchises Can Keep Business In The Family

By Jorge Valens Read in The Miami Herald Gabriel and Oscar Rodriguez didn’t go to camp during their childhood summers. While other kids enjoyed their time off, they were busy learning the ins and outs of their family’s business: owning and operating McDonald’s franchises. Now the brothers are looking to take over the business as third-generation McDonald’s owners and operators. “In the ...

Read More »
SFNS

Swoop! And There You Are

By Silvana Ordonez Read in The Miami Herald Alexander Smith’s frustration with traffic and the trouble he faced finding a parking spot in South Beach drove him to launch his own business: Swoop, a free taxi service. “It’s is very congested and you pay a lot for taxis,” said Smith, 29. “For short distances, it didn’t make sense to me.” ...

Read More »
SFNS_The Pioneers

Reflections On Students, Past And Present

By Chris Delboni October 31, 2012 The Editor’s Note will be a place for us to reflect on some of the work our reporters are doing in – and out – of the South Florida News Service.  It will also be a whiteboard to showcase and discuss issues and stories beyond the scope of SFNS. I couldn’t think of a ...

Read More »

Closed Flight School Didn’t Have FAA Certification

By Karla Ortega and Diane Lade, Sun Sentinel Read in The Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel 10D Adrian Garcia, a 20-year-old from Spain, knew he wanted to be a pilot by the time he turned 9. After high school, he began working at a small airport in his native country and soon was searching online for a flight school. He picked Aussie Air, an ...

Read More »

Project Helps Teens Discuss Mental Health

By Christin Erazo Read in Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post Anger and anxiety were two internal struggles Haylee Becker battled with as a 9-year-old diagnosed with bipolar and severe anxiety and depression disorders. Becker, now 16, uses her personal experience to help educate young people about mental health and emotional issues through “Breaking the Silence,” a project created by a ...

Read More »

College Sports May Not Be Winning Proposition

By Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel Read in Sun Sentinel 2A Students at the University of Florida pay about $46 a year to support the powerhouse Gator athletic program, a bargain price that hasn’t changed in a decade. At schools with less established sports programs, such as Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University, students must pay more than $340 a year, even ...

Read More »
SFNS_Logo_2012_mini

American Children’s Orchestra For Peace Teaches Music To At-Risk Kids

By Salvatore Fazio Read in The Miami Herald Marian Paula Chacon, 5, sat graciously in a classroom with a fipple-flute recorder on hand, as she and 14 other young music students learned to read music and play songs in Little Havana’s José Martí Park. Her mother, Laura Rodriguez, 47, watched proudly as her daughter, a student at Riverside Elementary, sang, clapped and played her recorder. “She is ...

Read More »