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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

11/30/2016: JEA Follow-up; PACE Center For Girls; Art & Antiques Show; Judy Wells; Jeff Bradley

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, JEA employees Al Johnson and Terence Adams joined the show to discuss the complaint they field with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the utility of discrimination. PACE Center for Girls President and CEO Mary Marx talked about their latest grant to help at-risk girls. Anna Neal, co-chair of 40th Arts and Antiques Show benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital, joined us to talk about this weekend’s event. Travel expert Judy Wells told us about her recent trip to China and comedian and performer Jeff Bradley joined us live in studio. 

JEA Follow-Up

Employees at JEA say the utility can be a hostile work environment for minorities. Since WJCT broke this story earlier this month, more employees at JEA are coming forward to accuse the utility of discrimination against African-American workers.

Five workers have come forward after filing a complaint with the EEOC.

PACE Center For Girls

The PACE Center for Girls, which started in Jacksonville, is making a national impact. It’s helping girl serving organizations across the country. Recently, PACE received a $311,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice.

The grant “Reducing Reliance on Confinement and Improving Community-Based Responses for Girls At Risk of Entering the Juvenile Justice System” will allow PACE to serve the unique needs of vulnerable girls statewide.

Arts & Antiques Show

Oscar winner Goldie Hawn will be the star attraction at the the 40th anniversary Art & Antiques Show, benefiting Wolfson Children's Hospital.

This cultural event showcases more than 40 art and antiques dealers from across the country.

The weekend includes lectures from, designers, architects and party planners, as well as renowned antiques dealers from around the country and Europe.Also, the much-loved Children’s Fashion Show will feature current and former Wolfson patients. It will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Prime Osborn Center.

Judy Wells
She has traveled around the world and written about her adventures on her blog WellsWorld. A former longtime writer for the Florida Times-Union, Wells recently took a trip to China, hitting many places off the beaten path.

Jeff Bradley
Take one part standup comic, mix in a bit of Penn & Teller, add a dash of Cirque du Soleil, and you might come close to describing Jeff Bradley’s show.

Rescheduled after Hurricane Matthew, Bradley will be performing his comedy, stunts and illusions show Thursday at the Mudville Grill Listening Room. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.      

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.