Family connection: McAllen couple wins national reality TV competition

For most of her life, McAllen resident Rebecca Hoyt questioned many aspects of her being — traits, mannerisms, natural habits — and where they...

‘She adds life’: PSJA Pathways grad garners praise in new position at elementary school

Animating the motions of coach Veronica Muñiz, Carolina Vallejo makes “hamburger hands” demonstrating a visual cue to about 20 children inside the Berta Palacios Elementary School gym Thursday morning. Following the instructions, the children gripped and lifted the red, green and yellow parachute as they circled around the object, continuing the game. Vallejo has Down syndrome and graduated in May from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district’s Pathways Toward Independence program, or PTI, which provides vocational training and independent living skills for special needs students. She also currently works at the district as an alumna and staff member. The PTI program also offers employability skills and certificates through South Texas College, according to PSJA’s website. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Advice: You are your child’s life coach

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESChildren react differently to discipline. Some get it right away; they listen and respond when you talk to them. Others are...

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the Texas prickly pear

BY ANITA WESTERVELTDesigners of the “Don’t Mess with Texas” anti-litter slogan may not have been thinking of Texas prickly pear when developing the catchy...

Coalition guiding teens through the pandemic

Teenagers may be aware of the safety measures to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they don’t always know how to deal with the isolation. One of the most difficult things about this pandemic for 14-year-old Jennifer Cruz, a member of the UNITED Youth Group, is not being able to see her nephew due to safety guidelines. The UNITED group is part of the Uniting Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense (UNIDAD) coalition, a program from Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas which serves in Hidalgo County and focuses on topics such as underage drinking, binge drinking, marijuana and synthetics, and prescription medication misuse, according to its website. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Mom’s need a break, too

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESI came across a hilarious meme the other day. While it was funny, it also reminded me how important it is...

Advice: Sometimes you need to take a pause

I wish learning to pause was a mandatory class in elementary. Teaching a child how to pause before he or she responds to an...

McAllen runner driven by health consciousness and determination

BY AMANDA A. TAYLORConsistency is key when it comes to training for marathons and Rollie Rodriguez can certainly vouch for that. He became interested...

Weekend Events — Friday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 24

WEEKEND SMOKIN’ ON THE RIO The largest sanctioned barbecue cook-off in Texas raises funds for youth agricultural projects in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to...

It’s as easy as chicken, salsa and cheese

After a crazy week of rain and flooding, I needed a simple, stress-free slowcooker recipe, preferably one with five ingredients or less.I found this...