Christine DiMattei

Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative nighttime gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news . . . and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.

In her other life, she has been married to 12 husbands (including a not-so-wild boar and a garden slug), given birth to 15 children, died four times, twice taken vows as a nun and once been abducted by pirates in the Caribbean. And all this by doing English language dubbing for dozens of foreign films, soap operas and cartoons. 
 
Both lives, she says, have been "a most excellent adventure."

It will be months before we see fir trees covered in tinsel or hear "Frosty the Snowman" on the radio, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for homeless children and teenagers in Broward County.

The county's two Kiwanis Club Divisions and Broward government are teaming up once again for "Christmas In July." The campaign and event -- now in their 18th year -- benefit homeless children and help them prepare for the upcoming school year.

Although scuba diving might seem like a great adventure and snorkeling a stress-free, almost Zen-like activity, both still carry certain risks. In the last month, five people died in separate diving and snorkeling incidents in the Florida Keys. All but one were over the age of 55.

The Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1. That means people have likely begun begging you to get your hurricane emergency plan in order and not wait until the last minute to stock up on water, canned food and other supplies (including us).

But a lot of people in South Florida can’t afford to do that.

During Florida’s 2019 Legislative session, lawmakers had two months to debate hundreds of bills. In the end, the House and Senate worked a half-day of overtime to approve a $91-billion budget -- with record spending on the environment and even more planned for public schools.

But the session closed with hundreds of measures left undebated and a number of high-profile issues that didn’t pass.

Virtually all of us will have to endure some aches and pains in the course of growing older. Maybe a bad back that makes getting out of bed a grueling ordeal. Or arthritic knees that seem to throb in protest after the slightest attempt at bending.

The state Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would dissolve Miami-Dade County’s toll roads agency, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX).

The proposal, sponsored by two Miami Republicans, Rep. Bryan Avila of Miami Springs and Sen. Manny Diaz of Hialeah Gardens, would replace MDX with a new board, which would take over MDX’s five expressways. Current MDX board members would  not be able to join the new board.

The only stand-alone children’s hospital in Miami-Dade — also one of the county’s top private employers — recently laid off 135 employees. That represents more than three percent of the workforce at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Nicklaus executives say it had to be done to preserve the financial health of the organization.

But the round of layoffs comes at the same time Nicklaus plans to open a second hospital near Miami International Airport.

It's common for many young musicians to join a youth orchestra for a variety of reasons: some join for performance experience that might help snag a scholarship; others for fellowship or for  the sheer love of the music.

But perhaps what's not as common is performing solely for a good cause.

As five U.S. states deal with outbreaks of measles, a case was reported recently in Broward County.

While one individual case does not mean an outbreak, South Florida health officials are stressing the importance of vaccinations. And they want to make sure people of all ages here are well-informed about the disease and who might be most at risk.

The Ultra Music Festival returns Friday to South Florida.

This year, the three-day electronic dance music concert, which was held for years in Bayfront Park, has been set up in a new location – Virginia Key Beach, a nearly 900-acre barrier island in Biscayne Bay.

Some environmentalists are concerned the loud music will harm wildlife in the coastal area.

An American icon just turned 60 years old.

On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. The creation of Barbie by the Mattel company represented a turning point in toy lore and doll collection history; she was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. 

Many South Floridians who rent an apartment or house are spending too much to keep the roof over their heads. Recent studies show that more than a third of renters in the region spend over half their income on housing.

So you snagged some great seats to a show you’ve waited a LONG time to see. Then, all of a sudden, right behind you:

“Gosh, that costume is atrocious! But she sure can sing!”

Oh, no. It’s the Chatty Theatergoer. And then to make matters worse, somewhere a few rows down: Ring! Ring! 

When Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach on October 10, 2018, it made history as the strongest storm to hit the mainland United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Just shy of Category Five strength, the storm cut a path of destruction through ten North Florida counties, killing at least 47 people before heading into Georgia. Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation recently reported that the insured losses from the storm have topped $5.8 billion.

Miami-Dade County is getting ready to host next year’s Super Bowl. And with the Super Bowl and other huge sports events, come concerns about an uptick in human trafficking -- which is already a problem for Florida.

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