Monthly Archives: April 2015 (page 13)

Rediscovering Jax: Hemming Park

In WJCT’s “Rediscovering Jax” series, we’re taking a look at the stories behind familiar places.

Hemming Park has been called “the heart of downtown,” and the nonprofit Friends of Hemming Park have made it their goal to revitalize it. Just as the One Spark festival is opening for voting, the group’s Operations Director Damien Lamar Robinson, is walking through the center of the square next to the fountain.

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Florida House Debates Religious Adoption Agencies’ Right To Refuse Parents

For hours today, the Florida House of Representatives discussed a measure recognizing adoption agencies’ right to refuse prospective parents based on the agencies’ religious beliefs.

Opponents of the controversial measure fear it gives agencies that use state money the license to discriminate against a host of people, including those who are gay, transgender or unmarried.

But bill sponsor, Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford), says religious freedom trumps those concerns.

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One Spark Kicks Off With Speaker Summit

The third annual One Spark is off and running.’The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival’ got off to a slow and thoughtful start Tuesday with a day-long speaker summit.One Spark Communications Director Meredith O’Malley Johnson says the talks covered t…

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Thousands Turn Out For Jacksonville One Spark Opening Ceremony

The third-ever Jacksonville One Spark Festival is underway downtown. Thousands of people turned out for the opening ceremony Tuesday night. 

The crowd funding festival kicked off in Hemming Park as the sun was setting.

“I want you to hash tag #OneSpark2015 until your fingers start hurting, OK?” emcee Doc Waller told the crowd. 

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