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05/24/16: Hemming Park; Stroke Litigation; Radical Collabortaion; Florida Folk Festival

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the group in charge of running the downtown park, said this week that it needs $250,000 from City Hall or it will have to cease operations.

This puts the group’s long-term vision for beautifying and programming the downtown space in doubt.

Vince Cavin, CEO of Friends of Hemming Park, joins us to discuss their future.

Stroke Litigation

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the number one cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Your independence following a stroke depends on many factors: getting immediate medical attention when symptoms first appear; where you get treatment; and how you’re medically treated could mean the difference between a full recovery or a permanent disability.

We speak with attorneys Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour M.D. from the Terrell Hogan Law Firm. They’re national leaders in stroke litigation and represent stroke victims and their families locally and nationwide.

Radical Collaboration

The upcoming Radical Collaboration Workshop aims to help companies build trust between employees, and transform adversarial relationships into partnerships.

We learn more about the workshop from Ron Luyet and Jim Tamm, co-authors of Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness, and consultant Celeste Blackman, co-founder of the Green Zone Culture Group.

Florida Folk Festival

It’s a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique.

From Irish fiddle tunes and kumquat pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, throughout the Memorial Day weekend more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida's heritage at the Florida Folk Festival.

Spokesperson Richard Borders and performer Madison Carr, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, join us with a preview.

Watch Madison Carr perform in our studio, courtesy of our partner TV Jax.


Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.