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Amid COVID-19, boutique offers unique items

HARLINGEN — Featured in a leopard pattern, military green or even a floral design, a new portable door opener is making it easier to...

RGV cities cited again for health efforts

HARLINGEN — Once again, the Valley is being awarded for being healthy. The cities of McAllen, Harlingen and Los Fresnos were all winners of the...

Fashion on the Road: Local boutique makes home visits

There’s a better option now to shopping for an outfit – and it comes on wheels. Quelle Boutique owner Kelly Sanchez, along with her daughter Ellie, is bringing clothes to customers in their new “mobile boutique”. In a way to adapt to the new normal, Sanchez thought of a way to take clothes to customers without putting them and other clients in danger. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Thrift shop owners consolidate, open new location

Donna Burgess of Donna and Tom West of Harlingen have decided to turn their two thrift shops into one. The co-owners of Trunk Full of Junk opened their new location Wednesday in downtown Harlingen at 109 W. Jackson Ave. Burgess said the decision was for financial reasons, but the plans of relocating and consolidating had been in the works before COVID-19 restrictions. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Harlingen native recognized for work with community, education

In what could have been a bigger celebration, Maribel De La Fuente was honored and presented with a Texas flag. Because of her hard work and involvement with the community as well as education, state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. presented her on Thursday afternoon with an honorary proclamation. De La Fuente was born and raised in Harlingen but now resides in Pharr. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Human remains found are suspected to be of missing Harlingen attorney

Police are investigating to determine whether human remains found in La Feria are those of missing Harlingen attorney Ernesto Gonzales. The Harlingen Police Department posted a press release on Wednesday regarding a search warrant received Tuesday by the Harlingen Police Major Crimes Unit and Texas Rangers for a property along Kansas City Road in La Feria. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Reopening tattoo shops busier than ever

After being closed for two months, many businesses struggled to get traffic back. But that is not the case for tattoo shops. As businesses began closing in March, tattoo shops were affected. Now as part of the reopening phase in Texas, tattoo businesses are back to work, like others such as barber shops and nail salons. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen native, NFL business manager opens path for other Hispanic athletes

Sometimes history repeats itself, and that’s exactly what is happening in 2020. Rolando Cantu was the first Mexican to become an active player in the NFL coming out of Organización Nacional Estudiantil de Fútbol Americano. He joined the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, but his career came to an end after an injury. Now, he’s a mentor to Isaac Alarcón, a fellow Monterrey native who will be joining the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys, and Cantu could not be prouder. For many, Cantu is a pioneer of the sport in Mexico. The former McAllen football player is currently the International Business Manager for the Arizona Cardinals and conducts commentary for Fox Sports in Mexico, as well as on the radio for the Cardinals. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Monterrey native joins Cowboys practice squad

Isaac Alarcón was well known in México for his football skills, but in late April his stardom went through the roof. Alarcón, 21, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, surprised his more than 20,000 followers on social media by sharing he had been selected as a player for the Dallas Cowboys practice squad as a part of the International Player Pathway Program started by the NFL in 2017. Along with Alarcón, three other international players will be joining NFL teams. According to the NFL official website, David Bada will join the Washington Redskins, Matt Leo, the Philadelphia Eagles and Sandro Platzgumme, the New York Giants. Alarcón is the only player from Mexico in this group. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Valley community unites for peaceful protest

More than 30 people could be counted chanting with force. “No justice, no peace,” and “Say his name, George Floyd,” could be heard as a crowd gathered at Harrison and Third streets Tuesday morning to express support and solidarity to the black community in Harlingen. Posters had messages such as, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” and “together we rise” as cars passed by and honked to show support. Read the full story at themonitor.com.