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The 13th Annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival is this weekend (April 20-21) in downtown Tallahassee. On hand to talk about it and the community’s artistic endeavors are: LeMoyne Board Member Kelly Dozier and Executive Director Ann Kozeliski; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and festival artists Gustavo, Randy Brienan and Quincie Hamby.

Perspectives: Literacy: Verbal and Financial

Apr 11, 2013

Two units within the United Way of the Big Bend are helping community partner organizations teach kids how to read and both children and adults handle money better. R.J. Gillum is in the charge of the BEST Program that focuses on financial literacy and Courtenay Garcia handles the Reading Pals program.

Perspectives: Lymphedema

Apr 4, 2013

This persistent, uncontrolled swelling often follows cancer treatment. To talk about symptoms, treatment and prevention of lymphedema are: Tallahassee Memorial Therapists Kelly Uanino and Patrictia Quinsey, along with TMH Rehabilitation Center Program Manager Sheree Porter and lymphedema patient Pamela Carlow.

Perspectives: Veterans Stand Down

Mar 28, 2013

It’s the first service supermarket in Leon County for military veterans who need help. Event organizers Washington Sanchez and Robert Streater, both with the Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc. talk about the April 5-7 Veterans Stand Down at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

After 26 years with the Tallahassee Fire Department, Chief Cindy Dick is retiring. She recalls those years and also talks about the challenge of operating a top-notch fire fighting organization.

Perspectives: Non-Profits

Mar 14, 2013

Leon County has more non-profit organizations than any other Florida county. There’s a real trick to effectively running these entities and we get sage advice along that line from Kelly Otte, executive director of the PACE Center for girls and her co-columnist Alyce Lee Stansbury, founder and president of Stansbury Consulting.

Perspectives: International Festivals

Mar 8, 2013


Tallahassee has become the site of many ethnic and cultural celebrations. Organizers from four of the area’s festivals talk about the food and fun they feature: Elizabeth Ricci with the Italian Family Festa; Dr. Thayumanasamy Somasundarum from the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee; Harriet Kanelidis with the Greek Food Festival; and April Katine, organizer of the Tallahassee Jewish Food and Cultural Festival.

Perspectives: Legislative Session Preview

Feb 28, 2013

What’s likely to happen during the upcoming 2013 Florida lawmaking session? Tallahassee State Representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Alan Williams and State Senator Bill Montford give their take on everything from state worker benefits to the “Stand Your Ground” law.

Perspectives: Jobs and Job Training

Feb 14, 2013

Sometimes it’s more about re-creating workers than it is about creating jobs. We talk it over with Workforce Plus Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Moore, Lisa Jones with the Leon County School District’s Adult Education program, Lourena Maxwell, Tallahassee Community College recruitment and outreach coordinator, and Tim Center, executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency.

Perspectives: Violence Against Women

Feb 7, 2013

A worldwide event called “One Billion Rising” happens Feb. 14 to focus attention on violence against women and aggression at all levels. Licia Balance Berry, prime organizer for the local component of the event, joins Oasis Center for Women and Girls Counselor Sarah Sturges to discuss the issue behind the event.

Perspectives: Heart Month

Feb 5, 2013

Perspectives: Working Well Tallahassee

Jan 24, 2013

Working Well Tallahassee holds its Seventh Annual CEO Breakfast on Jan. 29th. In advance of the event and to explain how the initiative is producing healthier, happier, more productive employees, we talk with: Len Harvey of Premier Health and Fitness; Capital Regional Medical Center’s Mary Waller; Glenda Atkinson from FBMC; and Bart Gunter of Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance.

Perspectives: Restorative Justice

Jan 17, 2013

Two Tallahassee families devastated by murder have made peace with those who brought them so much pain. Kate and Andy Grosmaire’s daughter was killed by her fiancée in 2010. Agnes Furey lost a daughter and grandson at the hands of a daughter’s acquaintance. Both families are now vigorous advocates for “Restorative Justice.”

Perspectives: Kinetic Learning

Jan 10, 2013
Bill Carney

Active bodies promote active minds. That’s the theory behind Kinetic Learning and a first-of-its kind research study on the subject will soon be underway in Florida. Guests for this program are: Dr. John Ratey with the Harvard Medical School; Dr. Frances Prevatt from Florida State University and Mike Higgins with the Kinetic Learning Academy at the Coral Springs Charter School where the study will take place.

Perspectives: God Squad

Dec 20, 2012

The subject is religion in politics and public policy and three members of the Village Square’s “God Squad” bring their unique views to the subject. On the program, Reverend Betsy Oulette of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Reverend Dave Killenn from St. Johns Episcopal Church, Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel and Liz Joyner, executive director of the Village Square.

Perspectives: Buy Local

Dec 13, 2012

Shop local and, whenever possible, shop “green”. Discussing the many advantages of supporting community-based enterprise are: Fair Trade authority Allen Joseph; Independent Business Advocate Joe Berg; family farmer and restaurant owner Ruben Fields; Tony Demaria, property manager of Railroad Square; and Kim Ross, director of Rethink Energy Florida.

Perspectives: Viva Florida

Dec 6, 2012
Tom Flanigan sitting in the studio with guests.

Between 2013 and 2015, Florida marks the 500th anniversary of its discovery by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon. That occasion will include a massive campaign to commemorate the state’s history and many local events connected with the “Viva Florida” observance. To provide the details are: Kerri Post with the Florida 

Perspectives: Alternative Christmas Market

Nov 29, 2012
Perspectives Guests: Alternative Christmas Market

For more than a quarter-of-a-century, the Alternative Christmas Market has provided Tallahassee area gift-givers with a different way to show their love for friends, family and the worldwide community. We talk it over with regular shopper Lisa Foran, Debbie Gibson from John Wesley United Methodist Church (one Alternative Christmas Market location) and Pastor Danny Dieth from Christ Presbyterian Church (the Market’s other location).

Perspectives: Local 2012 Election Breakdown

Nov 15, 2012

The results of the 2012 election cycle are in and Tallahassee and Leon County residents have made their choices for everything from circuit judge, to city and county commissioner. This recent election has brought with it familiar faces and some new names, and is also yielding some potential power plays for the upcoming mayoral race in 2014. But it’s also been marked by what some people call dirty politics and heavy spending.


Jeff Howell, Leon County Republican State Committeeman and Treasurer of the Republican Party of Florida.

Perspectives: A Salute to Veterans

Nov 8, 2012

Veterans Day (Nov. 12) will be a busy time in Tallahassee. Besides all the events, it’s also a time to reflect on the continuing contributions of veterans to the community and veterans concerns and challenges.

Perspectives: Sustainability Update

Nov 1, 2012

In the wake of this week’s Sustainable Communities Summit in Tallahassee, four local sustainability experts discuss their individual and collective efforts to save resources and money thorough conservation and education. On the panel: Leon County Sustainability Coordinator Maggie Theriot; Stewart Parson, executive director of Sustainable Tallahassee; Bill Berlow, project manager for policy and planning with the Leon District Schools; and Florida State University Sustainable Campus Initiative Director Elizabeth Swiman.

While both candidates are invited to the program, only Incumbent two-term Superintendent Jackie Pons is able to appear and he makes his case to retain that seat for another term. Pons is being challenged by veteran school teacher Sabrina Allen.

Incumbent Representative, Democrat Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Republican Challenger Bradley Maxwell, compare and contrast their qualifications for the job.

Most of what was Florida Senate District Six has become District Three in the wake of redistricting. The former District Six senator, Democrat Bill Montford, discusses the issues facing the region with Republican John Shaw.

The state attorney for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit is on the November sixth ballot. Long-time incumbent Willie Meggs and challenger, former statewide prosecutor Pete Williams, compare and contrast their prosecutorial philosophies.