Imagine being stranded without a ride to the doctor or arriving hours late to medical appointments that your life literally depends on. Those are Florida patients’ most common grievances with a company the state pays to arrange medical transportation for people with disabilities.
Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:14). We heard some retirement investment advice from Adam Wolf of Wolf Retirement Navigation (32:23), and we spoke with the play-by-play voice of the Florida State Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gene Deckerhoff (41:02).
Jacksonville elected officials would be able to serve 12 consecutive years instead of eight, if a bill passes the City Council on Tuesday. Opponents of the legislation are touting a new poll that suggests most Jacksonville residents oppose more time in…
The Jacksonville Historical Society is getting ready to put the wrap on its contest gathering photos that best represent life today in Jacksonville. Appearing on “ First Coast Connect ” Thursday, Historical Society board member Wayne Wood said the idea is to collect more current photos of life in Jacksonville. He said the archives have tens of thousands of photos, but most are from decades gone by. A grant from William Jeter and Deanne Clark is helping put on the contest. “It could be a birthday party. I saw a friend’s picture the other day on Facebook pushing her child on a swing. It was an adorable picture,” Wood said. “So, that’s part of Jacksonville’s life.” The Through the Lens contest ends Tuesday, Aug. 22. The top prize is $1,000, second prize is $500, third prize is $300 and there are two honorable mentions at $100 each. The contest is open to anyone including professional photographers, and it’s limited to four entries per person. Entries must have been taken after Aug. 1,
As school starts this week in Duval County, more than 30 teachers are finding themselves reassigned to new jobs at the last minute — state’s orders. Duval Superintendent Patricia Willis was touring Northwestern Middle School on Monday, the first day of the school year, looking at the progress as a portion of the school is being converted into a computer science academy .
Jacksonville residents now have a mobile grocery store downtown. The Saturiwa Trading Company grocery truck is a new addition at The Court Urban Food Park on Hogan Street, where food trucks line up on weekdays midday.
A celestial event that astronomy fans have been anticipating for years, Monday’s solar eclipse will block out the sun in a path that crosses the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. While the First Coast isn’t in the path of total darkness, it should still be something to experience, experts say. Appearing Wednesday on First Coast Connect , Jacksonville University associate professor of physics Brian Lane said more than 90 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon’s shadow in Jacksonville . “The eclipse comes from the moon coming between the earth and the sun, so depending on where you are on the Earth, you see it at a different angle. You are seeing a different amount (of sunlight) covered up,” he said. Lane describes the effect the moon creates as a “crescent sun,” much like a crescent moon but much more dangerous to look at directly. It’s very important not to look at the eclipse with the naked eye, said Director of the Gulani Vision Institute, Dr. Arun Gulani. “The external
8/16/2017: Trump GOP Reaction; The Great American Solar Eclipse; Neighborhood Newspapers; ‘Hometown’
Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the negative reaction from several Florida Republican politicians to President Donald Trump’s most recent comments on the Charlottesville tragedy and possible reaction to Jacksonville’s considering removing Confederate monuments from public places with University of North Florida political science Professor Matt Corrigan (1:06). Ahead of Monday’s Great American Eclipse, we were joined by Jacksonville University associate physics Professor Brian Lane; NASA Solar System Ambassador Bharath Muthyala; Museum of Science and History planetarium Director Eddie Whisler and Dr. Arun Gulani, Director of the Gulani Vision Institute (16:09). Resident News publisher Seth Williams talked about the importance of neighborhood and small-town newspapers (34:20), and WJCT television producer Carlos Bouvier gave us a preview of Thursday’s edition of “Hometown.” (42:32)
Federal Judge Timothy Corrigan ruled Wednesday that former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is not entitled to a new trial and should not be acquitted of 18 counts of fraud.
The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Virginia.