First Coast Connect

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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Coming up on Thursday's show:

  • The Outcome of One Spark 2014 and What's Next
  • WJCT CEO Michael Boylan
  • Cummer Museum Guest Speaker Charles Birnbaum, President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, on Preserving the American Landscape
  • Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships
  • Around Town with Kerry Speckman

  

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First Coast Connect
1:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tony Allegretti On His New Role As Cultural Council Director

Tony Allegretti
Credit Tony Allegretti / Facebook

Considered by many to be a visionary leader in Jacksonville's cultural landscape, Tony Allegretti is leaving his post at the JAX Chamber to become the next executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

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First Coast Connect
1:31 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Tech Tuesday: The Blood Moon

The total lunar eclipse of April 2014, as seen from Mt. Lemmon, Arizona.
Credit Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

Last night, Mars rose in the east as it passed opposition for 2014, giving lunar observers a rare and ominous treat — the appearance of a "blood moon."

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First Coast Connect
1:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

As FCAT Ends, What's Next For Florida Classrooms?

Credit Greg Daly / Flickr

This week marks the last time state students will take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT.

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First Coast Connect
3:05 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Benjamin Ross To Discuss The 'Rebirth Of American Urbanism' In Downtown Jax

Crowds surge through Jacksonville's downtown during the 2014 One Spark festival.
Credit One Spark / Facebook

Now that the 2014 One Spark festival has concluded, what comes next for downtown Jacksonville?

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First Coast Connect
11:30 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Examining Veterans' Mental Health Issues On The First Coast

Credit DVIDSHUB / Flickr

Veterans' mental health issues are back in the headlines following the recent shooting at Fort Hood — the second fatal incident at the base in five years.

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One Spark 2014
3:23 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

MOCA Jacksonville Expects Big Weekend Crowd During One Spark

An image from Shaun Thurston's "Project Atrium: One Spark" now on display at MOCA Jacksonville. The mural was unveiled Wednesday following the opening ceremony of the 2014 One Spark festival.
Patrick Donges WJCT

With an estimated 85,000 people in downtown Jacksonville over just the first two days of the 2014 One Spark festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville expects an influx of visitors this weekend.

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One Spark 2014
3:10 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Looking Back At One Spark Success, And Looking Ahead With Rethreaded

Credit Rethreaded

Among the big winners at last year’s inaugural One Spark festival was anti-human trafficking advocacy group Rethreaded, and success has kept the group busy.

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First Coast Connect
2:57 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Fourth Annual Farming Tour To Highlight First Coast 'Slow Food' Movement

The cows of Natural Springs Dairy, one of the exhibitors at the 2014 Tour de Farm.
Credit Slow Food First Coast / Facebook

Local farmers, artisans, chefs, and "slow food" advocates are opening their gates for an afternoon billed as the largest food movement event in Northeast Florida.

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One Spark 2014
2:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Jacksonville Music Compilation Released At One Spark

The cover of "Amplified Vol. 1" - a compilation of songs from Jacksonville-based musicians released by downtown marketing group The Elbow.
Credit The Elbow

There’s a new local music compilation being released to celebrate the energy and creativity of the 2014 One Spark festival.

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One Spark 2014
3:34 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Deemable Tech Guys On 'Heartbleed' And One Spark's Tech Creators

From left, Ray Hollister, Tom Braun and Melissa Ross.
Credit Patrick Donges / WJCT

A new internet bug is affecting 60 percent of secure websites. Luckily, the Deemable Tech guys are on the case.

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