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    Nido Águila Soccer School Opens Location in Homestead

     

     

    Nido Águila Soccer School Miami has officially expanded, opening a second location in South Florida. Now, the academy trains future soccer stars in their original Hialeah Gardens location, as well as in their brand-new school in Homestead. The schools are located at located at 10953 NW 138 St., Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018 and 27401 SW 127 Ave., Homestead, FL 33032. With this expansion, Nido Águila Miami counts with 18 trainers and 92 students, 80 of whom regularly compete in the area. “We are so proud and excited to serve a larger community in South Florida,” said Rainer Lorenzo, founder of Nido Águila in Miami. “Soccer is a passion of many South Floridians, and also a great way to teach children the discipline, commitment, perseverance and good sportsmanship of a team sport.”

     

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    Terra Makes Earth Day Count With Plastic Recycling Project

     

     

    In the spirit of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the multi-year campaign to “End Plastic Pollution,” the students at Terra Environmental Research Institute in Kendall have completed an enormous project which both embraces and highlights this very theme. Since 2011, the ninth grade students in Deborah Hibbitt’s English classes have been collecting reusing, re-purposing and recycling thousands of pieces of plastic — the final tally this year is close to 70,000 items. Through this massive collection process, the students have learned about the different types of polymers in plastic, how each type of plastic is used, the safety issues of each type, and the best way to recycle or reuse each one. Because recycling is a complicated business, the students have learned how to recycle clean, well sorted plastic in the proper way.

     

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    Engineering Students Inspire High Schoolers With Capstone Projects

     

     

    Before FIU, Andres Archila attended Robert Morgan High School, where every student was required to select a career academy to be a part of. Archila’s friends chose the automotive academy and he thought he had as well, until he was told he had selected the engineering academy. Darian Perez moved from Florida to Georgia and applied to a school he thought offered architecture, but turns out it did not. His advisor recommended engineering and he went for it. A few semesters later, he moved back to Miami and was accepted into the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Archila and Perez accidentally fell into engineering and fell in love with it. This past spring semester, Archila, Perez and more than 90 electrical and computer engineering students presented their senior design projects to local high schoolers, hoping to ignite in the young students a love of the discipline.

     

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    The Miami Web Fest Celebrates 4th Annual Festival

     

     

    The Miami Web Fest is proud to celebrate its 4th anniversary this year from Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29. A new type of film festival for a new type of filmmaker, The Miami Web Fest showcases the best web series content from around the world. Web series are TV pilots, divided into segments and shown on the Internet. Miami Web Fest finds the best of these programs and presents them in Miami theaters. Along with screenings, the event also includes master classes with celebrities and industry experts, informative discussions, exclusive themed parties at some of the hottest nightclubs in South Florida and an elaborate Red Carpet Academy Awards styled awards ceremony.

     

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    Featured Restaurant: A Taste Of The Quartier Latin

     

     

    Just the thought of a trip to the Quartier Latin is enough to get the imagination going, thoughts of bohemian Paris at it’s height, coffee shops, art, history, an electric energy that comes from being the intellectual center of the left bank, it’s almost enough to make you pack your bags and go! Of course, it’s much easier to just head over to La Boulangerie Boul‘Mich. This artisan French bakery with a Latin twist is currently serving Miami in four locations: Key Biscayne, Aventura, Coral Way and Pinecrest. Something about La Boulangerie hits you the moment you walk in. Although the decor is simple, its subtle elegance lets you know that you’re in for a culinary experience unlike any other. Benigno Armas, one of La Boulangerie Boul‘Mich’s founding partners, takes great pride in making everything they serve in house, from scratch. All the goods are baked fresh, made for that day, and you can taste the difference.

     

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