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3/1/2018: Bullying Study; First Coast Success- Tim Cost; Art Attack; MOOVE-IT 5K; Kerry Speckman

Ryan Johnson

Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Dr. Madeline Joseph, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at UF College of Medicine Jacksonville, who is looking at bullying as a public health issue (01:15).   

This month’s edition of First Coast Success featured Jacksonville University President Tim Cost (26:54).  

Our latest Art Attack roundtable featured (32:26):

  • Lee Hamby of the 5 and Dime Theatre
  • Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library
  • Robert Arleigh White, Vice President for Development at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History
  • Suzanne Hudson Smith, Development Director at the Florida Theatre
  • Ryan Ali, Director of Development for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

We heard about Saturday morning’s MOOVE-IT 5K beginning at the Cowford Chophouse with race organizer Nicole White and Jamie Rosseland and Michelle Lasky from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up in March around Jacksonville (46:00).   

Bullying Study

It’s a public health issue that increasingly can be seen to have deadly consequences.

Bullying is a form of youth violence that can take many forms, from online harassment to physical intimidation.

Police said the accused shooter in the Parkland massacre at a high school in South Florida had been bullied, and had allegedly started to become a bully himself.

TheAmerican Academy of Pediatrics has developed and published a number of policy statements to address youth violence including bullying prevention.

First Coast Success- Tim Cost

He’s brought energy and excitement to both the JU campus and its surrounding neighborhood.

In Thursday’s First Coast Success, Karen Brune Mathis of the Financial News and Daily Record talks withJacksonville University President Tim Cost. He talked about some of the new projects coming from Jacksonville University that is expected to benefit the Arlington area.

Art Attack

It’s a multi-million dollar industry in Jacksonville that provides work and entertainment for tens of thousands of people, but Jacksonville’s art scene has always had problems getting robust  funding.

Our panel discussed the challenges of getting both private and public funding and how the arts community is a good investment of local, state and federal tax dollars.

MOOVE IT 5K And Kerry Speckman

The second annual MOOVE-IT 5K takes over downtown Jacksonville Saturday morning.

Proceeds from the run will benefit the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in its work as the Northeast Florida direct service provider for the Open Doors Outreach Network.

Open Doors is a public-private partnership administered by Voices for Florida, which improves care, coordination and outcomes for commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children and young adults up to age 24.

Kerry talked several upcoming events including this weekend’s Jacksonville Home and Patio show at the Prime Osborn Center, the March 9 appearance at the Moran Theatre of Steve Martin and Martin Short, the March 10 concert at Daily’s Place of Wyclef Jean and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Saturday’s 10th anniversary celebration of the Riverside Arts Market.   

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.