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.

The Best of Times: Rock group STYX returns to RGV

Even after releasing 16 studio albums since 1972, James Young “JY,” vocalist and lead guitarist of American rock band STYX, is still astounded by...

Community leader driven by pride, faith

In high school, Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar’s dream was to become a missionary. But as fate would have it, she instead pursued a different mission, one that landed her at the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen. Going on her third year as CEO of the nonprofit organization, and being the youngest to ever hold that position, Gonzalez-Alcantar is also a community leader in other ways: She sits on the city of McAllen’s Mayor’s Wellness Council, the UTRGV Enactus Advisory Board — a global learning platform dedicated to developing college students’ entrepreneurship and social innovation skills — and the Leadership Development Board of Texas State (her alma mater) as a representative of South Texas. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

FRIO! McAllen to open Wednesday, run through Jan. 6 at convention center

For the first time, starting Wednesday, the McAllen Convention Center will be hosting the closest thing the city will experience this season to a...

‘We are all dreamers’: Hope, community engagement focus of TEDxMcAllen event on Tuesday

The theme of this year’s TEDxMcAllen event came from a Post-it Note that read “dreamers.” During a meeting months ago with some TEDxMcAllen organizers and a variety of community leaders, Marcos Silva, the curator of the event, said that they were asked to write down the words that came to mind when they thought about the Valley. One answer stood out. “We were organizing all the responses into themes, and the one Post-it said ‘dreamers,’” Silva said. “And it hit us that every section we were organizing had somehow been, or is connected to a dreamer. “We realized that in one way or another, we are all dreamers.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

To see her smile

DONNA — It’s been more than three months since Luz Perez has smiled. The 11-year-old Donna girl suffers from Rett syndrome, a severe neurological and...

Art takes center stage at event in memoriam of the Rio Grande 

MISSION —  Clutching onto homemade artwork and signs that mournfully honored the river here, protesters marched a mile-long trek Sunday towards the Rio Grande,...

Valley accordionists win 2019 Big Squeeze contest

BY A. COLLEEN DeGUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR Rio Grande Valley natives were crowned champions of the Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Youth Accordionist competition May 11...

Force awakened

Force awakened Star Wars Day celebrated with lightsabers, good memories By COLLEEN DeGUZMAN STAFF WRITER McALLEN — Adrian Salinas, 36, learned English by watching “Star Wars.” At...

New man in blue

ALTON — Arms were extended in prayer from all angles of the Alton City Hall Friday night. While the mayor, Salvador Vela, led the...

Squeeze play

Young accordionists record auditions for state competition BY A. COLLEEN DeGUZMAN STAFF WRITER PALMVIEW — Johnny Joe Gutierrez, a sophomore at Palmview High School, said that when...