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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

3/28/2017: Cumberland Island; Money Matters; Collaborate And Give; 'Science Of Parenthood"


  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard the controversy over developing of up to 10 homes on Cumberland Island National Seashore with former Georgia legislator and Camden County resident Bill Bruce. We heard about the program “Money Matters” with Holly Tyrrell of Legacy Trust Family Wealth Offices and Chriss Spires of Montoya & Associates, who teach young men and women proper financial management. We discussed a new collaborative with Matt Mannick from Forking Amazing Restaurants and Amy Pierce, director of development for the Jacksonville Humane Society and we spoke with writer Norine Dworkin-McDaniel about her latest book “Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Baffling Parenting Situations.” 

Cumberland Island

It’s Georgia’s largest barrier island — wild and unspoiled — accessible only by ferry. Some descendants and associates of the island’s wealthy owners want to build up to 10 homes on an 88-acre swath of central Cumberland near the island’s popular campground. Environmental groups and lovers of the island are railing against the idea, since Cumberland is a federally designated seashore preserve and the agreement between owners and the federal government is for the land to remain preserved.     

Money Matters

Since January, the teenage members of Beaches Boys & Girls Clubs have been participating in a financial literacy program called “Money Matters.”

The program was created by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with the Charles Schwab Foundation, to provide behavior-changing financial education to help teens get on the path toward budgeting, saving, college and financial freedom.

Collaborate and Give

Collaborate and Give is a new program announced by the Forking Amazing Restaurants group comprising of Ovinte, Bistro Aix, Il Desco and eventually the Cowford Chophouse. The group selects a nonprofit organization to receive a 5 percent donation of food sales in each restaurant over a three-day dining period, usually the last Monday through Wednesday of the month. The donation is automatic so patrons don’t need to inform their server. This month the Jacksonville Humane Society in the nonprofit getting the funds.          

Science of Parenthood

Longtime magazine writer Dworkin-McDaniel takes a look at the lighter side of parenting in the “Science of Parenthood.” Her book reached  No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Parenting Humor Releases and won the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Parenting/Family Independent Book Publishers Association and the Forward Reviews’ Silver IndieFab Award for Humor. She will be appearing Thursday night at  the Jewish Community Alliance.            

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