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FCA’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS CELEBRATES SPIRITUAL SIDE OF SPORTS
 

There’s an aspect of athletic excellence that has nothing to do with strength, physical endurance, or agility. It’s an attribute separate from how fast a person’s reflexes are, or how high he or she can jump, or accurately throw a ball – but it’s something almost every great athlete possesses. I’ve been involved in sports my entire life, as an athlete on... Read More »

 
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FIGHTING FOR THE WORKING FAMILIES THAT OUR ECONOMY IS LEAVING BEHIND
 

Don’t be fooled by the low unemployment rate. Miami-Dade has a jobs problem. Our businesses, universities, and startups are thriving, but working people are being left further and further behind. Miami was named by Bloomberg as the most unequal U.S. city, with the greatest gap among big cities between rich and poor. Two out of ten households in our county are living in poverty, and nearly six out of ten households struggling to make ends meet...  Read More »

 
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COLLEGE: KNOWING HOW TO WORK HARD, SO YOUR CHILD CAN PLAY HARD
 
You’ve heard it before. ‘Yes, mom, I’m keeping up with my studies’. However, every now and then, there’s a small chance that we are sitting with a daunting amount of work before us. Between school and jobs, it can be difficult to find time to have to ourselves. Most of the time it is because we don’t do well with managing our time so here’s a few suggestions I think would be of great help for your child. Often times, students find themselves in class for a large part of their day, only to spend whatever is left of their time working. Organization is key in keeping up. It is always best that your child understands how to structure their schedule so they understand what to prioritize. That way, your child can avoid feeling overwhelmed and stressed... Read More »
 
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ROMANZA RISES: PALMETTO BAY’S POPULAR RESTAURANT IS BACK
 
After Palmetto Bay’s Trattoria Romanza abruptly closed on April 27, 2017, I and so many others found ourselves craving the delicious cuisine Fernando Cortez and his wife Ana Maria served up nightly. Imagine the joy I felt when I heard that Romanza was back. You’ll travel a bit further to get your favorite dish, but it’s well worth it. It’s the same great menu (and pricing) with the same great staff that we’ve come to know and love. The only thing missing... Read More »
 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – MELODY RIZO
 

Palmetto High School rising senior Melody Rizo has a habit of winning awards. She won an award for Outstanding Leadership as a freshman, the Outstanding Sophomore Social Science Student Award and in April, she won the Wellesley Book Award. “I personally, would categorize myself as a nerd. I find education to be so important,” she says. “I recognize the importance of school. I’m building a foundation I need to prosper in college.” Rizo works hard at her academics and she appreciates the need for everyone to get a good education. She’s donated to many of the collection drives at Palmetto for good causes but this
upcoming school year she hopes to start her own. She plans to collect school supplies to give to... Read More »

 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – JOSEPH KRAVETZ
 

Palmetto Senior High incoming senior Joseph Kravetz has a desire to help others. He and a friend, Ryan Rosner, created a community service project called Rescue Garden with the mission of planting gardens at local homeless shelters. “We planted 72 square feet of garden space at the Miami Rescue Mission (in Overtown),” he says. The garden features bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and eggplant. “Those go straight to the kitchen,” Kravetz says. “They can be made into meals for the residents.”  Those residents are in programs that teach them how to become more self-sufficient. Miami Rescue Mission program graduates help tend the vegetable garden on days Kravetz can’t go by. “We planted the first garden in April,” he says... Read More »

 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – EMMA ANGELETTI
 
Palmetto High School rising senior Emma Angeletti is passionate about the environment. She and her siblings have created a community service project and environmental non-profit called back2earth with the goal of educating people about the environment and convincing them to begin composting, among other things. One of the problems is full landfills and food waste in those landfills. “A lot of people end up throwing away food,” she says. That food waste creates problems in the form of methane gases. “Huge amounts of methane are created in landfills,” she says. The solution is compost piles or boxes in yards. “That’s one of the ones we promote,” she says. Composting creates rich nutrients that can be put back in the soil. That helps... Read More »
 
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