PERSPECTIVES

Perspectives: Full Summer

May 12, 2016

Come June 4, hundreds of Tallahassee area volunteers will be packing thousands of summertime meals for kids who are on summer break and are not receiving their schools’ breakfast and lunch service.  It’s the fourth year for the Full Summer initiative.  The guests are: Jim Croteau Interim CEO America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend; Becky Liner, Executive Vice President The James Madison Institute and member, First Baptist Church; Laurye Messer, Adjunct History Instructor, TCC and member, St.

Perspectives: Aging Issues

May 5, 2016

When it comes to getting older, “everybody’s doing it”.  The steady aging of the nation, the state and even younger-than-average Tallahassee means significant changes in everything from the way we design and build our homes to public transportation and healthcare policy.  On hand to discuss all these matters are: Dr. Alice Pomidor and Suzanne Baker from the FSU College of Medicine and Dr. Walter “Wally” Boot with the school’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Perspectives: Gaines Street Development

Apr 28, 2016

Take a drive through Tallahassee and you’ll see development in nearly every neighborhood. And one might say the epicenter of that growth is right along Gaines Street. But along with growth spurts come growing pains and not everyone sees eye-to-eye when it comes to Tallahassee’s changing identity. So, what does it take to balance the needs of a growing city while maintaining the small-town charm that attracted many of its residents in the first place? 

Joining the Conversation are:

Cherie Bryant, Director of planning for the city of Tallahassee Leon County

It’s the sixteenth year for the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in downtown Tallahassee.  Providing this year’s preview are: Festival Chair Kelly Dozier; LeMoyne Executive Director Ann Kozeliski; and Festival Patron Jim Davis, who also heads Sustainable Tallahassee.

Back in the fall, several Tallahassee business people, former elected officials, along with public policy and budgeting experts, joined forces in opposition to the City of Tallahassee’s proposed 27% property tax increase.  Ultimately, that effort was partially successful and now the group wants to be an ongoing force in helping craft the City’s fiscal priorities.  Talking about this effort is former Tallahassee City Commissioner/Mayor and real estate company owner Penny Herman, along with local insurance executive Bobby Bacon.

Perspectives: Developmental Screening

Mar 31, 2016

On Friday, April 8, dozens of area agencies and providers join forces for the bi-annual free developmental screening at Children’s Medical Services in Tallahassee.  To talk about the event and how it’s designed to help kids and their caregivers are:  Courtney Atkins, executive director of Whole Child Leon; Catie McRae, chair of the Developmental Screening Committee; Tallahassee Pediatrician Dr. Mary Beth Seay; and Sarah McElhaney with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine in the FSU College of Medicine.

Perspectives: Guardian Ad Litem

Mar 24, 2016

Last year, about 700 neglected and abused children in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties found a friend in the judicial circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem program.  Talking about that program and its many community partners and an upcoming fundraiser on April 16 are: Deborah Moore, circuit director of the program; Omega Wynn, president of Child Advocates II, which helps support the effort; and Kristine Lamont, chair of the “Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids” fundraiser.

Perspectives: Fresh from the Farm

Mar 17, 2016

The newly-relocated Frenchtown Heritage Market is just one of many area outlets for locally grown produce and homemade edibles.  We talk about the resurgence of the old-fashioned neighborhood vegetable stand with: Lauren Chappell Harris, Frenchtown Heritage Market Manager; Jim Bellamy, executive director of the Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association; David Newman, co-owner of Tallahassee urban farm “Ripe City”; and Rose Marie Garrison, owner and purveyor of “Marie’s Jellies, Jams & Herbs”.

Perspectives: Birds and Birding

Mar 10, 2016

There are around 11,000 species of birds worldwide and a surprising number of these species can be found in North Florida and South Georgia.  That’s what makes this area a paradise for birders, many of whom come from all over the world.  At the same time, a healthy bird population is critical to the health of the ecology as a whole.  To talk about it are: Former Leon County Commissioner, member of Sustainable Tallahassee, Apalachee Audubon Society member and world traveler Bob Henderson; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Information Specialist Andy Wraithmell; and Jim Cox, director of

The fascinating history and legacy of Florida Territorial Governor William Duval comes alive in the words of historian and author James M. Denham, professor of history and director the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.  Joining the conversation, Denham’s local colleagues Bob Holladay and David Proctor from the Tallahassee Community College History Department.

Perspectives: Bees

Feb 25, 2016

Bees don’t only make honey; they also serve as an early-warning device when it comes to environmental threats and are critical in the production of food crops and other important plants.  Members of the Apalachee Beekeepers talk about their hobby and offer tips for those wishing to pursue beekeeping: President Bob Steele; Master Beekeeper Bob Livingston; and Beekeepers Rick Flagg, Michelle Byng, Alan Strout and Charles Futch are the panel.

Perspectives: Keeping Our World Beautiful

Feb 18, 2016

From picking up roadside litter to helping neighborhoods organize their own beautification efforts, the state and local offshoots of Keep America Beautiful are hard at work improving our communities’ quality of life.  We talk about it with: Keep Florida Beautiful Executive Director Mary Jean Yon;  Jo Ann Palmer, executive director of Keep Wakulla County Beautiful; and Executive Director of Keep Tallahassee/Leon County Beautiful Diana Hanson.

Perspectives: Canopy Roads Protection

Feb 11, 2016

The Leon County Commission is set to consider the possible dismantling of the long-standing Canopy Road Citizens Committee.  Now a group called the Canopy Roads Protection Coalition are petitioning to keep the committee in business.  Making that case are: Tabitha Frazier, current Citizens Committee chair; Stan Rosenthal, recently-retired Leon County Forester; Scott Davis, vice-chair Leon County Native Plant Society; Marjorie Turnbull, former state representative, Leon county commissioners and principal advocate for the creation of the committee in 1992; and Former Leon County Commissioner C

Perspectives: Working Well Update

Feb 4, 2016

Leon County’s Working Well program is celebrating its tenth year.  In addition to traditional employee wellness programs, the initiative has expanded to include resources that promote less stressful, more productive and collaborative workplaces.  To talk about it: Mary Barley with Leon County, Working Well’s executive director; Melissa Dancer-Brown, director of colleague health and wellness at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare; and Business Health Manager for Capital Regional Medical Center, Mary Weller.

Perspectives: Special Olympics

Jan 28, 2016

Organizers, volunteers and athletes connected with Leon County’s Special Olympics talk about the program and the positive impact it has on everyone who’s involved with it.

Perspectives: Gerald Ensley

Jan 21, 2016

Recently retired from the Tallahassee Democrat, Gerald Ensley’s news coverage and columns have been a fascinating source of information about Capital City people, places and history for many years.  He talks about his long career, while life partner Dr. Sally Karioth adds fascinating context to the conversation.

Perspectives: Innovation Park

Jan 14, 2016

The past, present and future of Tallahassee’s center for public/private research and development activity is the topic for Leon Research and Development Authority Chair Anne Longman, Immediate Past Chair and Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier and Authority Executive Director Ron Miller.

Among the many events during the Florida Legislative Session this month will be the 21st Annual Children’s Week (Jan. 24-29) and Second Annual Seniors’ Day (Jan. 27).  To talk about those events, as well as the issues facing Florida’s younger and older folks, are: Children’s Week/Seniors’ Day Coordinator Jason Zaborske; Ted Granger, president of United Way of Florida; and 4Generations Institute Founder and Human Services Advocate Jack Levine.

Perspectives: Holiday Music Program

Dec 17, 2015

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Darko Butorac and Tom Flanigan spin their favorite seasonal sounds, not all of which could be considered “traditional”.

Perspectives: Benjamin Chaires

Dec 10, 2015

The man considered by some to be Florida’s first millionaire left a legacy mostly lost until now.  Author and researcher Sharyn Heiland Shields has written a history of Benjamin Chaires, who founded the massive Verdura Plantation in east Leon County before the Civil War and also had dreams of transporting the area’s cotton harvest by railroad to the Gulf.  Joining Shields is Bob Holladay from the Tallahassee Community College history department.

Perspectives: Community School

Dec 3, 2015

The plan is to turn South Tallahassee’s former Leonard Wesson Elementary School into a full-service community school.  It would provide not only education, but also health and other services to the area’s young children and their parents.  Talking about the concept and proposed execution are:  Tallahassee City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox; Early Childhood Development Consultant Alisa Ghazvini; and Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins.

Perspectives: Alternative Christmas Market

Nov 19, 2015

This is the 29th year for Tallahassee’s Alternative Christmas Markets, during which shoppers support worthy causes and organizations on behalf of friends and loved ones who receive a card acknowledging the charitable gift made in their behalf.  Talking about it are: Debbie Gibson, representing John Wesley United Methodist Church, which hosts the Market on December 5th and 6th; and Pastor Danny Dieth of Christ Presbyterian Church, where the Market takes place December 11th and 12th.

Perspectives: University Commercialization

Nov 12, 2015

Florida’s higher education institutions are a brain trust of innovation and research, some which rarely leaves academic circles. But much of it has broader applications for everyday use. And schools are working to bring that work from the classroom to the marketplace.

Perspectives: Two Regimes

Nov 5, 2015

The emerging tale of the Holocaust from long-forgotten paintings and first-person documents could form the heart of a school curriculum for Florida and beyond. Talking about these powerful images and words are: Sheila Costigan, executive director of the Foundation for Leon County Schools; FSU Art Education Department Head and Art Therapist Dr. Dave Gussak; and Mimi Shaw who has assembled the “Two Regimes” collection as a way to promote tolerance and understanding among young people.

Perspectives: Constitution Revision Commission

Oct 29, 2015

Every 20 years, a special constitution revision commission looks at possible changes to the state’s foundational document.  That body meets next in 2017 and already there’s an effort to make sure as many everyday citizens as possible are part of the process.  Speaking about it are:  Carol Weissert, head of the LeRoy Collins Institute at FSU;  Steve Uhlfelder was was a member of the 1977-78 commission; and Bob Nabors and Martha Barnett who both sat on the 1997-98 commission.

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