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11/13/2017: FCN Irma Documentary; David Thomas; Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Flooding in San Marco during Hurricane Irma.
Jessica Palombo

Monday on First Coast Connect we were joined by First Coast News reporter/producer Anne Schindler to talk about the documentary on the flooding from Hurricane Irma the station will air on Thanksgiving (01:09).    


Ahead of his appearance this week in Jacksonville we spoke with author and parenting expert David Thomas (24:55).      

We heard about this week’s 100th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service with One Jax Executive Director Nancy Broner, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Kyle Reese and Rabbi Matt Cohen from Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple (35:44).   

Cole Pepper talked about wild win by the Jaguars on Sunday and big changes on the college football front moving towards the College Football Playoff (46:00).  



First Coast New Irma Documentary

It’s been a little over two months since Hurricane Irma plowed through Florida, causing massive damage across the state. Here in Jacksonville, historic flooding was how Irma left her imprint.

Families across this area are still struggling to recover and rebuild. A new documentary, “5 Feet High and Rising” that traces the stories of eight families in San Marco is set to air 5 6 p.m.Thanksgiving Day on both WTLV 12 and WJXX 25.

David Thomas

If you’re the parent of sons, mark your calendar for this Thursday night.

Parenting expert and best-selling author David Thomas is in town for a free seminar based on his book, a guide that plays off the themes in the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book,  “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Thomas will speak about the ideas in his book, co-written with Stephen James: “Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys.” The talk will be held 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra.

Wild Things addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of a boy, written by two therapists who are currently engaged in clinical work with boys and their parents. The therapists are also fathers raising five sons. It’s free and open to the public.  

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

OneJax Institute and the faith community will celebrate the 100th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Congregation AhavathChesed—The Temple.

The service will begin at 6:00 PM with a fellowship reception following at 7:00 PM. It will include a procession of faith leaders and clergy. Expressions of gratitude from each tradition will follow and will include representatives from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Native American faiths, among others.  An interfaith choir will also participate.

The service is free and open to the entire community.  Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring canned goods and dry goods, which will be donated to Feed a Needy Neighbor.

Cole Pepper

If  you left the Jaguars game early or shut off the TV you missed a lot as the Jags came from behind to beat the Chargers 20-17 in overtime. The Jaguars have won three games in a row and are 6-3 with a playoff spot likely.     

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 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.