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Monday, February 11, 2013

Focus on Florida: Preventing Violence in our Schools

MEDIA CONTACT: Arlene Sweeting
941.894.6469  |

February 11, 2013 (Sarasota, FL) – WSLR-LP 96.5, Sarasota’s community radio station is reaching out to engage the community in a series of conversations on issues facing Florida.  Conversations take place from 6-8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center (525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota) on the last Thursday of each month from February through April.

On February 28 at 6pm, the conversation will focus on Preventing  Violence in our Schools, and will be moderated by the hosts of WSLR’s Maternally Yours, Sarasota’s Conversation About Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood.  This Community Conversation is co-sponsored by the Sarasota Chapter of the NAACP, the Sarasota News Leader, and the ACLU of Sarasota/Manatee. Joining us for the conversation are Monica L. Cherry, Bernadette DiPino, Dr. Laura Kingsley, and Heart Phoenix. Monica L. Cherry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults.  Bernadette DiPino is the new Chief of Police for the City of Sarasota. Dr. Laura Kingsley is the Principal of Fruitville Elementary School. Heart Phoenix is Board President of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, founded in her son’s honor.

The first hour will be a fairly structured conversation between the moderators and panelists. This hour will be broadcast live on WSLR 96.5 at 6pm (also available via live stream at  At 7pm the audience will be invited to share their insights and join the conversation with the featured guests.  On March 28 the Forum will focus on Election Reform, and the topic on April 25 will be Health Care.

 The Focus on Florida Conversation Series is free and open to the public.  Those that attend are welcome to bring snacks/dinner.  Beverages will be available for purchase. For more information please contact WSLR at (941) 894-6469 or email

About Maternally Yours:  Maternally Yours is Sarasota's Conversation about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood. The mission of Maternally Yours is to support our listeners in growing empowered families by encouraging community and providing evidence-based information for their journey into the childbearing years and beyond. For more information, please visit Conversation airs on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm ET on YOUR Community Radio Station, WSLR 96.5 LPFM. The hostesses of Maternally Yours are Cheryl Kindred, Carmela Pedicini, Ryan Stanley and Laura Gilkey. 

About WSLR 96.5 LPFM: WSLR is an innovative, listener-supported, non-profit, non-commercial FM radio station dedicated to serving the Sarasota community. WSLR features locally produced programming and presents cultural, artistic, and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media. Our goal is to inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community. WSLR’s programming promotes equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, and social and economic justice. For more information, please visit

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