A. Colleen DeGuzman

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Colleen DeGuzman is a staff writer for The Monitor, covering features and general assignments. She can be reached at (956) 683-4424 or cdeguzman@themonitor.com.

DHR Health holds parade for youngsters who survived cancer

Nine-year-old Miranda Gloria’s favorite color is gold, not just because it’s the color of the sun, but because it reminds her of the strength...

Local naturalists host “Beer with a Biologist” event, benefiting food bank

Three nature centers. Three biologists. Three beers. Two goals: conserving the Rio Grande Valley’s wildlife, and alleviating hunger in the region. Nonprofit Friends of Laguna...

Interest in homeschooling grows in distance-learning era

Families across the region are a few weeks into virtual learning, but a growing number of local parents are deciding to take matters into...

Trio of RGV natives compete in ‘American Ninja Warrior’ on NBC

There are two new ninja warriors in town. Valley natives Holly Cavazos and Gloria Orta were first-time contestants on NBC’s latest season of “American Ninja...

Edinburg CISD repurposes buses, drivers to deliver meals, school supplies 

EDINBURG — The last time Juan Heredia drove a school bus full of students, it was March. Since the pandemic hit, the school bus driver...

Feelings of profound loss pervade during pandemic

Grief isn’t limited to death. It can come from the loss of a job, or the loss of financial security and routines. It can come...

Local counselor worries prolonged distance learning may stunt social development

It is important for students, especially elementary students, to be taught in classrooms, a local licensed professional counselor said. There are components of the learning environment schools provide that don’t translate into online lessons, Edward Acosta of Piña & Acosta Psychological Associates said Monday. The transition to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic puts a hold on the critical social lessons students pick up from being at school. “Many of us learned our social skills from our teachers,” Acosta said. “We had learned social regulation from our school, not just from our parents but from our teachers. If you recall, we probably spent more time with our teachers than we did with our parents, and they were our models of prosocial behavior, of how to interact with people.”  Read more at TheMonitor.com.

Six candidates vying for two seats on Sharyland school board 

Two seats on Sharyland ISD’s school board are being contested this year with both incumbents defending their places. Ricardo Longoria, Place 1 board member, has three challengers: Jozabad “Jay” Palacios, Cesar Ramirez and Matthew Richter. Alejandro Rodriguez is vying for Julio Cerda’s seat as a Place 2 board member. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Community fridge looking for new home

A group of local volunteers seeking to assist with food insecurity issues is searching for a new home for its communal refrigerator, which had...

Hidalgo County, La Joya housing authorities receive more than $124k

Nearly $125,000 in federal funds have been secured for Hidalgo County and La Joya housing authorities to continue supporting families through the COVID-19 pandemic,...