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11/13/15: Media Roundtable Week In Review; 'Aging In Place;' 'Trees For Tracks;' Charlotte's Web

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: TonyaaWeathersbee, columnist for The Florida Times-Union; A.G. Gancarski, reporter for Florida Politics; John Burr, business analyst for WJCT and Fred Matthews, blogger for Examiner.

Topics include the latest gas leak at Eureka Garden Apartments, controversy over Duval County’s program for dyslexic students and a local push to get Medicaid expansion on the 2016 ballot in Florida.

Then later in the show, geriatrician Raphael Balbino, MD, with Baptist Health’s AgeWell Center for Senior Health gives us a preview of the upcoming day-long conference “There’s no place like home: Aging in Place.” The conference will provide tips on how to best help older adults experiencing common aging conditions.

Plus Anna Dooley, Executive Director of Greenscape of Jacksonville; and John Kitchens with CSX are here now to tell us all about “Trees for Tracks Tree Giveaway.”

Greenscape of Jacksonville and CSX are teaming up to give away 800 trees to Jacksonville residents as a part of a nationwide “Trees for Tracks” program. The giveaway is being held at 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204 on Saturday, Nov. 14 starting at 9 a.m. Residents can choose from a bald cypress, red maple or sweet gum tree to plant at home or in the community.

And this December, the Amelia Musical Playhouse will debut Charlotte’s Web the Musical, adapted from the original classic tale by E.B. White. Jill and Gregg Dillingham, co-owners of Amelia Musical Playhouse and volunteer, actor and director Mary Williams all join to give us a preview.

First Coast Connect
Ray Hollister can be reached at, 904-358-6341 or on Twitter at @rayhollister.