Thursday on “First Coast Connect, we spoke with the new director of Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Caitlin Doherty. We heard about an upcoming seminar regarding cochlear implants from Dr. Elizabeth Selle of The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute. New York artist Michael Alan told us about his upcoming his live show Friday at Space 42 and Tree Hill Nature Center executive director Mark Mummaw told us about Saturday’s Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival.
Attorney for former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown says her staff betrayed her in financial transactions that led to fraud charges against her. In the first official day of her corruption trial, the 24-year veteran of Congress faces 22 charges of fraud and conspiracy, mostly stemming from her connection to a shell education charity, One Door for Education, prosecutors allege was really her personal slush fund. Prosecutors said Brown’s chief of staff Ronnie Simmons routinely withdrew money from the group, which his then-girlfriend ran and deposited the funds into Brown’s personal bank account, with her knowledge. Government lawyers detailed how Simmons would withdraw the maximum daily allowed amount from One Door at one Maryland bank — $800 — and then deposit it in Brown’s Bank of America account just miles away. Prosecutor Tysen Duva told jurors the story of Corrine Brown is one of “lying, cheating and stealing” and it started long before One Door for Education. “You wish that was
Anyone with ideas for how to change Florida’s Constitution is invited to speak up Thursday. The state Constitutional Revision Commission is stopping in Jacksonville on its listening tour, and the ideas it hears could appear on a ballot next year.
Jacksonville’s Native Sun Food Markets has eliminated the use of plastic grocery bags in all three area stores, opting instead to use paper bags made from recycled materials. While the Jacksonville Beach location never provided plastic bags due to its proximity to the ocean, the other two stores now offers a “Take a Bag, Leave a Bog” program in which shoppers can donate reusable bags, borrow a big or use a recycled cardboard box to take groceries home. Reusable bags are also for sale. Appearing on First Coast Connect Wednesday, community relations manager Megan Fivash said they always tried to be environmentally conscious. “We’ve actually only offered compostable or biodegradable plastic bags for the past several years, however Jacksonville doesn’t have the infrastructure to recycle.” she said. “You can’t break them down responsibly with our municipalities so we decided to just eliminate them all together.” Fivash said the response from customers has been generally positive since they
Wednesday on “First Coast Connect, Virginia Hall, senior director for Advocacy and Community Engagement at St. Vincent’s HealthCare told us about Saturday’s Medical Mission at Home. Megan Fiveash, the community relations manager for Native Sun Food Market, discussed the company’s new policy to stop offering plastic grocery bags. Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library’s president Sylvia Wren and board member Margaret Smith told us about the upcoming book sale, and travel blogger Judy Wells talked about her recent trip to Hawaii.
After it passed the Jacksonville City Council unanimously , Mayor Lenny Curry signed into law Tuesday the biggest policy priority of his administration: pension reform.
Jacksonville businesses are being targeted by scammers pretending to employees of the JEA public utility. Stacey Goldberg, owner of downtown’s Urban Grind Coffee Company, said scammers targeted her about a month ago.
Tuesday on “First Coast Connect, Florida Times-Union reporter talked about what is expected at the trial of former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown for federal mail and wire fraud. Jacksonville field coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons Justine Conley discussed some concerns seniors have over proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. Shay Hill and Theresa Bennett Hill from the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council told us about The Great Electric Emergency and we heard from Don’t Miss a Beat artistic director Ulysses Owens Jr. about an album recorded last week in New York City.
While public schools across the country are struggling to find enough qualified teachers to fill classroom vacancies, Duval County is actively recruiting non-educators and promising to help them become elementary school teachers through a new initiative called “Ready, Set, Teach!”