3/6/2018: Crime Study; Political Campaign Seminar; Colon Cancer Awareness Month; Relevnt Inc.

Mar 6, 2018

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Reverend Gregg Kaufman who is a member of the National Issues Forum Institute on a recent study looking at how to reduce crime (01:15).  

We heard about a new Nonpartisan Political Campaign Seminar with Leadership Jacksonville CEO Jill Langford Dame (30:57).

Mayo Clinic doctors Pashtoon Kasi and Douglas Riegert-Johnson talked about March being Colon Cancer Awareness Month (37:08).

Relevnt founder and CEO Winder Hughes told us about his new app, which includes a locally focused section known as #904NOW (46:00).       


Crime Study

Florida lawmakers have voted to enact new gun control measures, weeks after one of the worst school shootings in US history took place in the state.

The state Senate has narrowly passed a bill that would raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21. It would also require a three-day waiting period for most weapons.

The push for gun reform in Florida comes after a recent spike in violent crime in this country.

Interactions between citizens and police are too often ending in violence. People are increasingly worried about safety in their communities, and in their schools.

Against this backdrop, last year, the National Issues Forums Institute invited communities to participate in a national conversation entitled “Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?”

Political Campaign Seminar

It’s a great opportunity for anyone who’s ever thought of running for office, but didn’t know where to start. The nonpartisan political campaign seminar is sponsored by Leadership Jacksonville.

The series has produced graduates who have gone on to run and win local offices.

The series of meetings begins April 6.  The deadline for enrolling is March 15.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

It’s the third most common cancer diagnosis in both men and women.

Despite dramatic reductions in the disease overall, striking disparities by age and race remain.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a call to action to get screened.

Relevnt Inc.

It’s a new app developed right here on the First Coast in the Ponte Vedra area.

Relevnt is a location based mobile network personalized for your interests. It’s kind of like Yelp for local media. The interesting part of the app is that it travels with you. While #904NOW lets you know what’s going on Jacksonville, it’s part of a network that applies to other cities as well.  

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.