Stories written by Raquel Garcia

Bike Action Committee creates campaign to promote safety


Richard A. Cahlin will not tell you he is “over the hill,” but he will say that as he approaches that proverbial hill, he figured it would be easier on his physique to get there on a bike rather than by running. Today the retired distance runner and CPA — who averages about 75 to […]

Avenue 74 Art Gallery hosts blockbuster art show


Avenue 74-A Miami Art Gallery at 4432 SW 74 Ave in the Bird Road Art District, enjoyed a standing room only celebration during the last Bird Road Art Walk when 130 pieces filled the blank walls in bright colors and subtle hues of original South Florida expression. “We had 65 artists from as far north […]

UM Lowe Museum program trains healthcare professionals to view patients as works of art


  When Dr. Eugene Sayfie was stumped as to the sudden death of a diabetic patient, the white band across the top of the patient’s toenails was one indication that led to his conclusive diagnosis of arsenic poisoning and thus murder as the cause of his untimely demise. The silent observation of body posture, demeanor, […]

SoMi Artwalk kicks off the season with fan favorites and event parties


Fall Friday nights in South Miami are full of artsy surprises. One might turn the corner and walk onto Sunset Drive to discover the South Miami Middle School Jazz Ensemble playing Miles Davis’ Seven Steps to Heaven at Shops at Sunset Place or experience sidewalk artists at the easel painting portraits for an admiring crowd […]

Kevin Rhodes lives fearlessly despite his cancer challenges


When Curacao native Kevin Rhodes was 12 years old and still living on the island with his family, they took a car trip and he fell asleep in the back seat. Rhodes awakened a month later in the hospital and found out he had been in a coma. A drunk driver had hit the family […]

Police upset about Commissioner Welsh and Mayor Stoddard’s department research

Notwithstanding a recent $250 fine from the Miami- Dade Ethics Commission and reprimands for meddling in prescribed city business from the manager and colleagues on the dais, maverick Commissioner Bob Welsh (also known as Bicycle Bob for his neighborhood flyering antics) has been touring police departments from Hialeah to Palmetto Bay to determine if the […]

Fashion’s Night Out brings community together for shopping fun


South Miami retailers came together for the “Fashion’s Night Out” on Thursday September 6 with champagne, gift bags, hor d’oeuvres and special discounts to commemorate the start of New York Fashion Week while encouraging fashion lovers everywhere to get their shop on. “We set a precedent for years to come,” said Echo Social Media President […]

Area youth receive backpacks and school supplies at Gibson Bethel

Neighborhood children are ready for their backpacks and school supplies courtesy of Gibson Bethel Community Center and friends,

The store room of the Gibson Bethel Community Center was piled high with large cardboard boxes full of donated back packs and brand new school supplies before the 10th Annual Back Pack Give Away, when over 300 packed back packs were given away to area youth just before the first day of classes. The fall […]

Neighbors hope buyer can be found to preserve historic Milledge House

Neighborhood historian Jill Kramer outside the Milledge Property.

Miami can be perceived as a bit lacking in that classic Southern charm taken very seriously in cities like Savannah and Charleston. But head east on Sunset Drive and take a right onto SW 47 Court and it seems like time slipped into the Antebellum South and landed at the Wilkes’ plantation home of Twelve […]

Yogi Thomas Taulbee shares his transformation story


South Miami resident Thomas Taulbee had the world wrapped around his pinky finger. A University of Miami business graduate, his conference management company—conceived with an old college buddy on the back of a cocktail napkin— was flourishing. He was flying back and forth to New York regularly, wining and dining clients. There was more work […]

Baptist Health Summer Academy introduces students to healthcare

Vasisth Sewnarainsukul remembers being hospitalized at age 10 for a mysterious chronic stomach ailment ultimately diagnosed and treated. The experience sparked the curiosity of the 16-year-old Miami native to find out more about a possible future as a medical scientist. School for Advanced Studies senior Sewnarainsukul is one of 72 recent graduates of the Baptist […]

SMPD ‘Operation Summer Clearance’ hits the streets


You could almost “smell the napalm” the morning of “Operation Summer Clearance” when over 40 suited up SMPD officers, DEA agents, Opa Locka officers and US Marshals hit the streets in 24 vehicles to arrest 13 identified street level narcotics dealers in the conclusion of a two month investigation. Six arrests were ultimately secured in […]

New South Miami Middle School Principal Juan Carlos Boué arrives


It appears Juan Carlos Boué is a master at multi-tasking as evidenced by a recent visit to the new principal of South Miami Middle Community School during his third day on the job. In between unloading boxes, directing the Miami Outreach volunteers on school clean up, and just before tackling the final budget, he was […]

Lobster for all celebration after another successful Tavern Spiny Lobster Tourney


We did a lot of driving around and I decided to go around the patch and found him under a rock…when we got to Government Cut the water was murky, about two feet…I put it next to the other one and then caught a second, and a third… so went the tall fish tales at […]

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