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MDC students raise money for Nicaraguan village

BY RODOLFO ROMANSPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALDAn avid walker, Julio Zelaya, 18, walked 14 miles on Friday, but not just to exercise. Instead, Zelaya, who was raised in Nicaragua, laced up his sneakers to walk in honor of children living under poor conditions in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. The chemical engineering major was one of 400 students who walked 1,080 person-miles at ... Read More »

Zoo lights up for holiday nights

Rodolfo RomanSpecial to The Miami Herald Zoo Miami will light up for the holiday season. Animal lovers can enjoy the zoo’s second annual Zoo Lights event, featuring animal-shaped lights, carolers, and holiday entertainment. The event opens Friday and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30, except Dec. 24 and 25, at the zoo, 12400 SW 152nd ... Read More »

Pitbull donates toys in his old neighborhood

BY RODOLFO ROMANSPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALDUnder the rain, Shenandoah Middle School student Anderson Cheatham, 13, played basketball with friends at Wynwood’s Roberto Clemente Park. Anderson killed time shooting hoops, while his mother, brothers and sisters waited in line to enter the park’s Dorthy Quintana Community Center Building to get a new basketball. “I love to play basketball,” he said. ... Read More »

Kwanzaa celebration set for Sunday

BY RODOLFO ROMANSpecial to The Miami Herald African American culture will be celebrated in South Florida this weekend. Florida A&M University’s National Alumni Association along with the Community Builders Holistic Development Corp. will host the 21st annual Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., in ... Read More »

Nicaraguans celebrate La Griteria in Miami-Dade

By Rodolfo Roman Special to the Herald For the past seven years, Fort Lauderdale resident Roberto Landero has rented a U-Haul truck, but not for moving purposes. Instead, Landero has kept a family Nicaraguan tradition alive by renting the truck and transforming its storage space into a decorated altar with an image of the Virgin Mary to celebrate La Griteria, ... Read More »