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First Coast Connect

11/13/2018: Cure Violence; Moveable Feast; FCC Book Club

Ben Frazier from the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville appeared on First Coast Connect Tuesday. Frazier is pictured during a 2016 episode.

Tuesday we looked at the likelihood of curing Jacksonville’s violence issues by treating crime as a public health issue.

We were joined by Ben Frazier, who runs the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville. He discussed theCure Violence program, which Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is investigating as one possible solution to successfully lowering crime.

The program has been used in other U.S. cities including Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Curry has set aside $7,500 of his mayor’s contingency fund to pay for an assessment from the Cure Violence organization.

Moveable Feast

Thursday night, the 28th annual Signature Chefs Competition benefiting the March of Dimes will be held at the downtown Omni Hotel.

Award-winning Chef Eric Espinoza, head chef at Mezza at the Beaches, won the Top Chef competition at last year’s event. He sat down with Leigh Cort to tell us more.

First Coast Connect Book Club

Stacey Goldring of Chapter Endnotes leads the First Coast Connect book club. This month she’s recommending some titles from her four-part LiterARTure programming series.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, she discussed a few books that she says all Americans can be proud of and thankful for.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.