First Coast Connect

Weekdays 9 a.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Thursday on First Coast Connect:

 

  • New MOCA director Caitlín Doherty  

  • Dr. Elizabeth Selle, board-certified Audiologist with The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute on Cochlear Implant Community Seminar

  • The Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival at Tree Hill

  • Artist Michael Alan who is partaking in a solo live installation event at Space 42

  • Kerry Speckman with this weekend’s events  

 

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First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

Education coverage is sponsored in part by the Chartrand Foundation.

 

 

It's Hollywood's fourth attempt to capture the magic of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic as Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opens this weekend to much fanfare (and mixed reviews).

But those who've loved and studied the novel for decades say the fact that Jay Gatsby is once again getting the Hollywood treatment is not surprising.

"Fitzgerald was saying something about class, about the romantic American idea we hold of the self-made man," says Dr. Julie Sloan Brannon, Professor of English at Jacksonville University.

Jacksonville University

He's a widely quoted expert with decades of insight into America’s political scene. Now, Dr. Stephen Baker, professor of political science at JU, is preparing to step down from the post he’s held at the campus since 1985.

He'll continue part-time teaching, though, at the university's Public Policy Institute.

www.sheknows.com

In ancient Greece, the word "doula" meant "a woman's servant." But today, doulas serve as the modern-day social support for women during one of the most important phases of their lives: pregnancy and childbirth.

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 3, 2013
asha.org

Hearing loss is the most frequently diagnosed birth defect.  According to Cynthia Robinson, Co-Director of the Jacksonville Campus of the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, 33% of children in Florida do not receive follow-up hearing screenings after initial ones when they're newborns.

"Hearing loss is very devastating educationally," Robinson says.  "The most important thing is to get the community awareness out there that children who are born deaf or hard of hearing can, with modern technology and appropriate intervention, learn to listen and talk like hearing children do."

Indo American Medical Association of NE Florida

For the thousands of uninsured residents here on the First Coast, preventative health care can be hard to come by. 

Local Author Turns Break-Up Into Book Deal

May 1, 2013
Florida Times-Union

After being dumped by her boyfriend of 10 years, First Coast author Caryn Rosenthal decided to turn that negative experience into a positive one. Rosnethal and co-author Maryjane Fahey, who was also dumped by her long term boyfriend, decided to get their lives back together, and used those bad breakups to write a successful book, "Dumped".

VIDEO: Comedian Rob Schneider On "First Coast Connect

Apr 30, 2013

Comedian, actor and SNL alum Rob Schneider was in town to perform at the Comedy Zone last week, and he dropped by Studio 5 to share his particular brand of humor.

www.fancypantspartyjax.com

If Caddyshack is your favorite film, rest assured you'll be in your glory at an upcoming event to help hungry kids on the First Coast. 

The across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration were never supposed to actually happen. They were designed as a deterrent to force Congress to agree to a long-term deal on taxes and spending.

But because warring lawmakers could not come to terms, the sequester went into grinding effect this year, and the painful cuts are already being felt in a number of ways.

Dining Out For Life

Some of the most popular restaurants in town are taking part in a special night of dining this week.

This Thursday, simply by going out for a quick bite, you can do your part to support the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

It’s the 2013 Dining Out for Life event, and there is plenty on the menu.

USA Today Sports

Jaguars season ticket holder Dave Uible didn't anticipate making national headlines when he sent an open letter to team owner Shad Khan recently.

Melissa Ross spoke with those leading the city's first-ever crowd funding festival, and highlighted a few interesting projects from creators at One Spark this morning as First Coast Connect broadcasted live from Hemming Plaza.

Listen to the show on our On Demand page, or check out video from the show below.

City of Jacksonville

Sheriff John Rutherford says his police force is beefing up security for the city's inaugural One Spark Festival. It's a routine precaution in the wake of Monday's deadly bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The attack in Boston killed three and injured nearly 150 more.

Rutherford says to expect added police presence for One Spark, although he urges the public not to worry.

Food Network

She is Florida’s (the nation's?) cupcake queen. 

Hollis Wilder, the proprietor of the Sweet by Holly cupcake shops in Jacksonville and Orlando, became a three-time winner of the Food Network hit Cupcake Wars on Sunday, April 14th.

Wilder is the first cupcake baker in the nation to achieve triple-crown status on the popular program.

"It's incredibly thrilling!" she says.

Working parents know the drill. Every spring it's a scramble to find quality, affordable summer camps for their kids. The best camps fill up quickly, cost a lot, and it can be a logistical nightmare to try to schedule your kids in several different camps that fit their interests over the long summer break.

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