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Penney Retirement Community & PET Project

Residents at Penney Retirement Community volunteer their time to help people in need all over the world. The PET Project helps people who have lost their legs due to disease, land mines, or other events. Volunteers build PET (personal energy transportation) vehicles that give people the gift of mobility.

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Hometown 602

On this episode of Hometown, residents at Penney Retirement Community volunteer their time to help people in need all over the world. The Golden Isles Litter Prevention Project combines a community litter prevention program with art in public spaces. Ingrid Yuzly Mathurin talks about her journey as an artist. And local artist and community activist Chip Southworth talks about creating …

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“Moon Feels” by Ether Chambles

2016 Collection 2: 1st Place Winner – Ether Chambles Local singer/songwriter and 1st Place Winner of The Square, Ether Chambles, performs her song, “Downtime”. [divider/] Artist: Ether Chambles Genre: Music Bio: Chantalle Johnson, who performs as Ether Chambles, is a Jacksonville, FL, native and producer-vocalist who integrates hazy synths and heavy beats to create backdrops for lyrics inspired by poetry …

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“Dioskouroi” by Lucas Stanley

2016 Collection 2: 2nd Place Winner – Lucas Stanley Photography student and 2nd Place Winner of The Square, Lucas Stanley explores ancient art through modern photography. [divider/] Artist: Lucas Stanley Genre: Photography Bio: I’m a photography and art history student at the University of North Florida. My interests are mainly Italian & Greek art and studio photography. In 2014, I …

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“I’ve Got the Blues” by Randall Smith

2016 Collection 2: 3rd Place Winner – Randall Smith Singer-songwriter and 2nd Place Winner of The Square, Randall Smith, takes us on a unique musical journey. [divider/] Artist: Randall Smith Genre: Music Bio: I am a registered BMI Singer/Songwriter and I have lived in Bryceville, FL (Nassau County) for over 40 years. I enjoy performing at local festivals and community …

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Lucas Stanley

Lucas is a UNF student majoring in photography. He explores the beauty of ancient art through his his work which includes photographic recreations of Greek and Roman art.

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Ursula Joseph

Growing up, Ursula Joseph didn’t play with dolls. Instead she played with her older brother’s toys. She soon found an interest in art and later earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After seeing an artist using polymer clay to create jewelry, she began sculpting life-like dolls using polymer clay.

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Kathy’s Table

After a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, Kathy Godwin turned to clean eating to help alleviate symptoms of the disease. By eliminating dairy, sugar, and glutens she improved her overall quality of life. Today, Kathy creates foods for the health conscious and those with digestive diseases at Kathy’s Table.

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Skydive Palatka

WJCT producer Carlos Bouvier ventures along with veteran skydiver Art Sheaffer to experience a thrilling tandem jump at Skydive Palatka. Art’s passion for skydiving is explored as well as the adrenaline driven excitement of jumping from 14,000 feet.

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Hometown 601

On this episode of Hometown, Veteran skydiver Art Sheaffer takes us on thrilling adventure at Skydive Palatka. Kathy Godwin serves up clean foods for the health conscious and people with digestive diseases at Kathy’s Table. Artist Ursula Joseph sculpts life-like dolls using polymer clay. And photography student Lucas Stanley explores ancient art through modern photography.

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“Faith” by Ursula Joseph

2016 Collection 1: 2nd Place Winner – Ursula Joseph Local sculptor and 2nd Place Winner of The Square,Ursula Joseph, sculpts realistic dolls using polymer clay. [divider/ ] Artist: Ursula Joseph Genre: Sculpture Bio: My name is Ursula, I live in Flagler County, i work as a Mechanical Engineer and professional doll sculptor. I also paint and currently published my first …

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Hometown 506

On this episode of Hometown, Coach Mark Lowry talks about how he prepares and leads the Jacksonville Armada soccer team. Local artist Suzi West talks about her journey as a model and photographer. And Con MĂ©xico en la Piel (pee-el) performs the “Dance of Fire” – a 2000 years old Aztec ceremonial dance. But first, Nils and Bailey Rowland are …

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TAILS Program

The TAILS program matches together local shelter dogs and inmates for training and rehabilitation.

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Hometown 505

On this episode of Hometown, the TAILS program matches local shelter dogs and inmates for training and rehabilitation. Family Foundation’s 1000 in 1000 program develops personalized strategies to help the working poor escape poverty. And local musician Monique Mancera performs her song, “Know Where to Go”. But first, We Care’s Beaches Health and Wellness program partners with local organizations to …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Lynn Sherman

Lynn Sherman serves as director of community engagement at Baptist Health where she leads community benefit initiatives that are designed to develop strategies to improve the health and quality of life for families. Under her leadership, the nationally recognized Tipping the Scale Mentoring Adolescent Advocacy and Intervention Mentoring Program has touched the lives of more than 1,500 teens and received …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Rachel Rippey, M.S.

Rachel Rippey, M.S., is the project coordinator for Project Achieve, an inclusive higher education initiative for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Florida State College at Jacksonville. FSCJ is a member of the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (along with University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and University of South Florida, St. Petersburg), which coordinates state-wide efforts …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Travis Pinckney

Travis Pinckney is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of the College R-E-D culture. Ten years ago Travis was filling buckets of water from his church for he and his mother to take a bath, earning poor grades in high school, and entrusting drug dealers as his mentors. He made a sharp turn when he saw his close mentor go …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Ronnie King

Ronnie King is certified software engineer and owner of Scratchwerk, LLC, which provides Java development and staffing services, as well as personalized training for entry-level programmers. King is an active community volunteer and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Board of Library Trustees. As co-founder of the MyVillage Project and the MyVillage Project Community Fund, King is helping to bring …

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WJCT’s American Graduate Champions 2016 – Amy Buggle

Amy Buggle founded DLC Nurse & Learn in 1989 as a child care center to serve children with disabilities and medical complications. DLC now provides year round education, nursing care, and therapies to children of all abilities, giving them and their families the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. More than 140 children each year attend the inclusion preschool, after-school …

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Christa Fatoumata Sylla

Christa Fatoumata (fah-two-mah-tah) Sylla (see-lah) is a Pan African Dance Instructor who empowers women through music, dance and spirituality.

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Gwynne Mims

Local entrepreneur Gwynne Mims Minter shares the journey of her namesake salon, Gwynne Mims.

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Sally Ann

Jacksonville based designer Sally Keiser shares the story of her mobile fashion truck turned brand, Sally Ann.

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Mermaid Coral Beth

Beth Sullivan represents Florida and Mexico as Mermaid Coral Beth, a professional mermaid teaching kids to use their talents to positively impact the lives of others.

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Hometown 504

On this episode of Hometown, Professional mermaid Beth Sullivan teaches kids to use their talents to impact the lives of others. Jacksonville designer Sally Keiser shares the story of her mobile fashion brand, Sally Ann. Gwynne Mims Minter shares the journey of her namesake salon, Gwynne Mims. And Christa Fatoumata (fah-two-mah-tah) Sylla (see-lah) is a Pan African Dance Instructor who …

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Hometown 503

On this episode of Hometown, local students create video games in the Video Game Design program at Kirby Smith Middle School. Local artist Hiromi Moneyhun (here-row-me money-hun) talks about her journey as a papercut artist. Local farmer Scott Meyer works the land to grow rice, mayhaws, muscadines, and more at his farm, Congaree and Penn. And David McFee talks about …