Latest Election Polls; Hospice Care; Keep Jax Moving; What's Good Wednesdays

Oct 21, 2020

With early voting underway since Monday, the turnout has been strong.

Meanwhile, a new poll from University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab shows the race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump to be a close one in Florida.

Mike Binder, Faculty Director of the Lab and Associate Professor of Political Science at the UNF, joined us with his analysis of the numbers.  

Related: Local, State, and National Coronavirus Coverage 

Hospice Care and the Pandemic

In this pandemic, people are paying closer attention to their advanced directives and care they’d like to receive if the worst should happen. This is happening just as Community Hospice of Northeast Florida expands. Susan Ponder Stansel, CEO of Alivia Care Inc shared the details with us. 

Keep Jax Moving

The pandemic has forced numerous companies to rethink their business model, both here in Northeast Florida and throughout the nation. One of them, 904 Happy Hour, has pivoted from producing and promoting events to partnering with Baptist Health on an initiative called “Keep Jax Moving” to help promote the physical and mental well-being of Jacksonville residents.  We had 904 Happy Hour founder and President Charles Wagoner, and Terrie Andrews, PhD, clinical psychologist and system administrator for Baptist Behavioral Health tell us more about it.

What's Good Wednesdays 

This Wednesday, our good news featured River Garden Senior Services in Mandarin, which is working with the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida (JFF) to coordinate volunteers who help grocery shop for the senior members of The Coves at River Garden. Over the past seven months, more than 100 volunteers have fulfilled more than 1,750 grocery lists for more than 80 members!

More good news this week includes:

  • Rethreaded is hosting its first limited-capacity gathering since March. The networking event Women Empowering Women will be a hybrid affair, with some attending in person at the Rethreaded warehouse on Barnett Street, and others virtually.
  • Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser is going virtual. All this month, you can purchase digital medallions at your local Firehouse Subs restaurant or online at FirstRespondersMonth.org to help save lives. Jackie Kotos, Director of Marketing and Communications with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gave us more information. 
  • The CEO of the local organization Once a Soldier is holding a socially-distanced forum in St. Augustine this weekend that focuses on veterans’ issues, particularly their high rates of suicides and PTSD stemming from overseas tours. David Barbush will be on Thursday's show to share more with us.  

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Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org