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Monday on First Coast Connect we talked about a staggering increase in opioid-related deaths on the First Coast and what is being done about it with Gateway Community Services Medical Director Dr. Raymond Pomm and River Region Human Services and Addiction Specialist Dr. Amit Vijapura (01:09).   

Daughters of the British Empire spokesperson Ann Robards told us about the Jacksonville arm of the organization, the Clarence House Chapter (32:30).    

Native Sun founder Aaron Gottlieb told us how to pick out the proper turkey for Thanksgiving (40:50).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars messy win in Cleveland and previewed this Saturday’s Florida - Florida State game and the upcoming schedule of the Jacksonville Icemen (46:00). 

 

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Monday on First Coast Connect we were joined by First Coast News reporter/producer Anne Schindler to talk about the documentary on the flooding from Hurricane Irma the station will air on Thanksgiving (01:09).    

 

Ahead of his appearance this week in Jacksonville we spoke with author and parenting expert David Thomas (24:55).      

We heard about this week’s 100th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service with One Jax Executive Director Nancy Broner, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Kyle Reese and Rabbi Matt Cohen from Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple (35:44).   

Cole Pepper talked about wild win by the Jaguars on Sunday and big changes on the college football front moving towards the College Football Playoff (46:00).  

 


 

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Monday on First Coast Connect, we heard about the upcoming Cardboard City event with Mark Landschoot, executive director of Family Promise of Jacksonville (01:09).  

We spoke with Duduzile Sibanda from the group Nubuntu and pianist Andrew Lee, both performing Tuesday in Jacksonville (24:46).   

Former Jacksonville Suns owner Peter Bragan Jr. told us about an upcoming fundraiser at the Alhambra Theatre (34:23).    

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars win over the Bengals and the Florida Gators loss at Missouri (46:00).  

 

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Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace about some of the development projects downtown (01:13).    

This month’s edition of First Coast Success with Karen Brune Mathis featured local developer Ed Burr (23:14).

As part of the Real Men Wear Pink fundraising month for the National Cancer Society we spoke with participant Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails owner/executive chef Tom Gray (28:12).   

Timucuan Park Superintendent Chris Hughes and Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joined us to talk about the national preserve (34:46) and national park fees.

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news, including the University of Florida firing head football coach Jim McElwain (46:00).  


Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with local activist Nick Thompson about his My Neighbors Project (01:02).   

Ahead of a STEM field trip Wednesday we spoke with Karen Smittle, CH2M Florida Communications Manager, Jaynelle Pemberton, CH2M Engineer and Project Manager and Alex Blahakis, Career and Technical Education Director for Duval Public Schools. (29:45)  

Cole Pepper brought us the weekend’s sports news, including the Jaguars’ 27-0 win over the Colts. He also previewed Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game (37:45). 

California-based band Manhattan Murder Mystery performed live in-studio (45:57). 


Monday on First Coast Connect, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order to end subsidies for health insurance companies we spoke with Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty (01:06).

We heard about  a survey by the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida of the LGBT community and the upcoming sold-out Coming Out Day Breakfast at the Downtown Hyatt. We were joined by LGBT

Community Fund President Michael Meyers and Executive Director of JASMYN, the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Cindy Watson (26:03).   

First Coast YMCA director of corporate and community engagement Dana Troeger told us about this weekend’s Fitness Fusion at Daily’s Place Flex Field (38:23).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars loss to the Los Angeles Rams, this past weekend’s college games and the first game of the Jacksonville Icemen (44:00). 


Monday’s “First Coast Connect” examined a Tampa Bay Times story that states Jacksonville could experience severe flooding if it takes a direct hit from even a weak hurricane. Corey Johnson of the Tampa Bay Times, Nate Monroe from The Florida Times-Union and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:07) joined in on the discussion.   

We spoke with the new CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, Kay Ehas (37:08).  

Cole Pepper brought us the local sports news, including the Jaguars big win in Pittsburgh (44:01). 


Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke about the shootings in Las Vegas and National Mental Health Week with interim President and CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida Tara Wildes and Norma Basford, the former program director for National Association of Mental Illness of Jacksonville (01:17).  

Consumer law attorney Leslie Goller told us about the dangers of water-damaged cars that could hit the used car market after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and warning signs a car may have been damaged (28:55).                

We heard about the group Gratitude America with Executive Director Michael Anthony and social worker and Florida House candidate Tracye Polson about their upcoming retreat for women veterans (38:15).

Cole Pepper brought us the weekend’s sports news including the Jaguars overtime loss to the New York Jets (47:18).   

 

  Monday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with WJCT’s sports analyst Cole Pepper about the Jaguars and other NFL teams protests Sunday of statements made by President Trump (01:18).  

We also spoke with Tony Penna who directs efforts for Enroll America about the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill (29:34).

   

Youth Crisis Center CEO Kim Sirdevan discussed helping kids deal with trauma (39:50).

Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub program director Kathleen Schofield told us about the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative (46:19).


Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard from Jacksonville attorney Richard Vermut (02:02) about a lawsuit that threatens to remove Google’s trademark. This month’s “First Coast Success” segment features Benjamin Hakimian from Hakimian Holdings (25:04). We spoke with E-file.com co-founder Aaron Rosenthal (34:18), and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (41:01).  


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