Amelia Community Theatre

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we learned how President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program will affect the First Coast with Jacksonville immigration attorney Karen Winston and Mario DeCunto, who sits on the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Council (02:09). We spoke about preventing veteran suicides with Daniel Henry of the Veterans Administration Hospital of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida and Katherine Eicher, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the VA on the First Coast (30:15). Associate Director of the Amelia Community Theatre Tener Wade and director Ron Kurtz talked about their production of “Wit,” and Kerry Speckman told us about some upcoming events and the many that have been canceled this weekend due to Hurricane Irma (44:07). 

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the Joshua Phillips re-sentencing hearings with Larry Hannan, writer for Injustice Today with Harvard University’s Fair Punishment Project (01:15) Phillips was convicted in the high-profile murder of 8-year-old Maddie Clifton in 1998. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Nutrition Program Managers Ashley Johnson and Denise Cox talked about their new initiative and a call for volunteers (24:58). We met new Assistant Conductor with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Deanna Tham (34:05), and Toni D’Amico with the Amelia Community Theatre told us about their upcoming production of “Avenue Q” (41:36).   

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we met members of the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment; Pastor James Wiggins from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nancy Ricker from Arlington Congregational Church and Pastor Phillip Baber from Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville talked about Monday’s annual Nehemiah Assembly. We also heard from Mary Ann Myler, U.S. Green Building Council Florida coordinator and Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon about the upcoming Green Lion Festival. We were told about the upcoming “You Don’t Know Me” reading to fight sexual abuse with writer Diana Herman, Program Director Robin Graber and Nassau County Advocate of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville Lori Armstrong. University of Florida’s Nola Miyasaki told us about Thursday’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium.      

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We speak with Jacksonville City Councilman and former mayoral candidate Bill Bishop about his decision to endorse neither incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown nor challenger Lenny Curry in the May general election. Bishop also announced this week that he will run again for the office in 2019.

Jacksonville podiatrist Dr. Earl R. Horowitz, DPM, joins us to discuss National Foot Care Month and keys to good foot health.

We get a preview of the Amelia Community Theatre's production of "Inherit the Wind" from director Laura Swaim.