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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF political science and public administration Assistant Professor Josh Gellers and MOSH planetarium director Eddie Whisler about this weekend’s Earth Day (01:08).   

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Brian Teeple discussed the Elevate Northeast Florida regional development strategy (33:56).  

And Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up this week (46:00).


Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski regarding the JEA Board of Directors hiring Aaron Zahn as interim CEO (01:10).

Local attorney Wayne Hogan told us about April being national Distracted Driving Awareness Month (28:15).

Hope McMath from Yellow House talked about a new project at the house called Voices Unearthed (38:39).

WJXT anchor Melanie Lawson told us about next week’s She is Fierce! Spring event (46:00).

ICARE

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE) members Pastor Bruce Havens of Arlington UCC Church and Pastor Tan Moss of Greater Grant Memorial AME Church about ICARE’s upcoming meeting regarding Jacksonville’s criminal justice system (01:14).

We spoke with author Maia Szalavitz who will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Exchange Club Family Center Child Abuse Prevention Conference (28:19).

Cultural Council President Tony Allegretti and Lloyd Washington from the Durkeeville Historical Society told us about the upcoming LaVilla Jazz Festival (46:00).

ProPublica

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local civil rights activists Ben Frazier and Wells Todd about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund investigating how Jacksonville police hand out tickets for jaywalking (01:00).

We spoke with Jacksonville’s Director of Neighborhoods Stephanie Burch and Director of Blight Initiatives Denise Lee on the upcoming Neighborhood and Community Summit (30:26).

We heard about the upcoming A Night at Roy’s to raise funds for the Monique Burr Foundation with Program Director Stacy Pendarvis (38:18).

Cole Pepper talked about a busy week for the Jaguars and the latest regarding the Armada (46:00).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03).  

We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).

One Spark

Thursday on First Coast Connect we discussed the future of the One Spark crowdfunding festival with Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:01).  

We commemorated the local observance of World Holocaust Remembrance Day by speaking with second-generation Holocaust survivor Naomi Chase (26:51) .

It’s National Donate Life Month, and we heard about the upcoming annual Katie Ride for Life with Mayo Clinic transplant specialist Dr. Martin Mai and Katie Caples Foundation spokeswoman Amy Reese (37:19).

Generation W’s Rise and Shine conference is Friday at UNF. We spoke with spokeswoman Angela Spears and speaker and CEO of T3-The Think Tank Gay Gaddis (46:00).        

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with JEA employee unions leaders Randy Hilton, President of the local Professional Employees Association and Valerie Gutierrez, President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2358 about their opposition to a possible sale of the utility (01:01).  

In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Kay Ehas about the proposed Emerald Necklace (29:58).

Donna Fenchel, the owner of several local Orangetheory Fitness franchises and Flagler College’s Leslie Gordon talked to us about an upcoming fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine (38:30).

We heard about how the Jacksonville Public Library is commemorating National Library Week from Assistant Director of Community Relations Chris Boivin (46:00).        

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed Equal Pay Day with Paula Liang, Ellen Wiss and Melanie Patz from the Women’s Giving Alliance (01:12).  

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Dea Sims from Your Pie (29:19).

This month’s First Coast Connect Bookclub with blogger Stacy Goldring featured the novel An Unnecessary Woman. (31:51).

We heard about this weekend’s Mosaic 2018 with organizers Jeanine Hoff from Where’s the Sunshine? and Carmen Joyce of I Still Matter (46:00).    

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri (01:25).

April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. New CEO of Daniel Kids Lesley Wells (36:19) addressed the topic.

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including the winner of The Masters Patrick Reed (46:00).    

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and First Coast Connect producer Kevin Meerschaert (01:06).

We spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and guest speaker Shelley Diamond about next week’s big Gen W conference (46:00).

Florida Immigrant Coalition


Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Basma Alawee from the Florida Immigrant Coalition on recent national news regarding immigrants and what they are doing to help refugees in Florida (01:13).

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured:

 

Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library

Adonnia Toler, Ritz Museum Administrator and Curator

Christa Sylla, director of Culture Moves101 Nan Nkama, Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Hope McMath, former Cummer Museum director and founder of Yellow House (30:53).   

Phase 8 Theatre Company founder JaMario Stills and actress Myles Para told us about their upcoming presentation of the play Noises Off (46:00).

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the upcoming events in Jacksonville (48:02).   

       

 

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg about his support of looking into the possibility of privatizing JEA (01:01).

We heard about next week’s Equal Pay Day with Patricia DeWitt, the Public Policy Director for the American Association of University Women. Co Chair of Equal Pay Day Jax Donna Kuldau also joined us (33:15).

Ahead of this year’s Jax Poetry Fest kickoff Wednesday night at the Jacksonville Art Walk we spoke with Executive Director of Hope at Hand Steffani Fletcher (46:00).    

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Philip Levine said Tuesday his experience as a two-term former Miami Beach mayor and a successful entrepreneur gives him an advantage over his competitors to become the next governor of Florida.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Miami Beach Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Philip Levine (01:03).

Ahead of this week’s One Spark festival we spoke with Board Chairman Peter Rummell and Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith (31:38).

We talked to Bob Boyd, counsel for the Professional Education Network of Florida (PEN), about HB 7055 which was recently signed into law by Governor Rick Scott  (46:00).    

Monday on First Coast Connect we commemorated the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Women’s Center of Jacksonville Executive Director Teresa Miles and Board President Lise Everly (01:03).

We marked Public Art Week in Jacksonville with Director of Art in Public Places Christie Holechek and Patrick Fisher with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (32:53).

Cole Pepper talked about Monday night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the latest sports news (46:00).     

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