2/7/2018: Adam Wolf; Michael Stanski; Children's Champion Awards; Black Panther

Feb 7, 2018

Wednesday  on First Coast Connect we spoke with retirement planner Adam Wolf about the recent volatility in the stock market and how it could affect your retirement portfolio (01:13).

Local attorney and former Secret Service agent Michael Stanski talked about the importance of the Nunes memo in Washington (11:11).

Executive Director of Episcopal Children Services Connie Stophel and Board president Derrick Smith told us about their upcoming Children’s Champion Awards, and political consultant Obi Umunna told us about raising funds to bring  students in Jacksonville to see the movie Black Panther (46:00).     

Adam Wolf

The stock market is trying to rebound after a volatile couple of days, which includes Monday’s big free fall that resulted in the Dow and the S&P wiping out all of their recent gains.

But what does all this mean for your retirement portfolio? and should you consider moving away from stocks for the time being? "Jacksonville’s Retirement Coach" Adam Wolf is a certified financial planner who helps people ensure they're financially ready for retirement.  

Michael Stanski

A controversial memo put together by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has been the talk of Washington for weeks.

Some of his fellow Republicans say the memo shows bias at the top of the FBI, but Democrats say that’s not true, and the FBI's investigation is proving links between Russia and the Trump campaign.

The White House is reviewing a Democratic counter memo, which will be up to Trump to decide whether to release to the public.   

Jacksonville attorney Michael Stanski is a former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and a former U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General.

Children’s Champion Awards

For decades, Episcopal Children’s Services has helped thousands of kids and families here on the First Coast as the second-largest nonprofit in Jacksonville.

Since 2006, ECS has presented the Children’s Champion Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations that make children’s wellbeing a top priority.

This year’s honorees are outgoing UNF President John Delaney, retiring Edward Waters College President Nat Glover, longtime Jacksonville pediatrician Dr. Richard G. Skinner, Jr., and Florida Blue.

First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross will emcee the event.

Black Panther    

What Wonder Woman did to empower girls, New Yorker Frederick Joseph is hoping the new Marvel Studios movie Black Panther will do for young children of color, and for that reason, he's determined to make sure as many of them as possible see the film.

The 28-year-old marketing consultant is not a father yet, but he is excited about Black Panther — which will hit movie screens next week — because the movie features a black superhero, T'Challa, who returns to his home after the death of his father to lead as the humble king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

Joseph started a campaign to raise enough money to send 300 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem to see the movie.

In just five days, the campaign made over $30,000, three times more than its goal.

Now Joseph is launching what he is calling the "Black Panther Challenge, encouraging others to do what he did for the children in Harlem.

Jacksonville political consultant "Obi" Umunna is leading the Black Panther Challenge here.

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