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ACMi's latest on Ukraine: 'Journalist in a war zone'

Since March, ACMi News Director Jeff Barndt has been in touch with many people in Ukraine as that nation continues to be pounded by Vladimir Putin’s military might. We had the chance recently to talk to a journalist who is working overtime to report on the horrors of the Ukraine war.

His name is Anton Semyzhenko, a reporter working for Babel.ua, a Ukrainian news outlet reporting on the war. Anton also works to debunk anything coming from Russia’s state-run propaganda outlets. He tells us his nation, his culture, his world is at stake.

For other videos in this series, click here >> 

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ACMi wins national news-access award

ACMi News logoACMi News has won the Hometown Media Nationwide Award in the category of news access.

Arlington Community Media inc. (ACMi), Arlington’s community-access television studio and a YourArlington media partner, submitted a newscast from Oct. 15, 2021 – anchored by Paul Wehrlin and ACMi intern Nicole Garay.

The newscast featured a report by ACMi News Director Jeff Barnd about Arlington's participation in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, an area coyote attack and a follow-up interview by ACMi's Communications Manager James Milan with Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty, an interview with Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine regarding the town's ARPA framework, an APD Gun Buy-Back Program and an update on AHS events produced by ACMi Field Production Coordinator Anim Osmani.

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Firsthand perspective: What has happened to your local newspaper? You can help

The Arlington Advocate has been the town's paper of record ...."

                                                                                                            -- Town website



The weekly remains valuable as an archived, historical source,
not as a 'paper of record.'

UPDATED May 21: The Arlington Advocate, a storied weekly delivering news here since 1871, is no more. As of Thursday, May 12, it became the Advocate & Star, a newspaper merger of two highly distinct towns, Arlington and Winchester.

The demise began slowly after the Jorgensen family sold the paper in 1986 to Harte-Hanks, the first of many newspaper-chain owners. The Gannett Corp. of McLean, Va., is only the latest.

As editor of The Advocate in 1994-95, I saw the early decline firsthand. Not two months after I began, two men in dark suits arrived at 5 Water St., where the paper then was located, and measured the offices, without comment. Turns out, they were from Fidelity Investments, which included the paper in its many purchases later that fall. After that, the new owner cut the share it paid for employee health benefits.

To be fair, Fidelity supported the weekly. Sometimes the paper was 36 pages deep, had a full-time editor and reporter (Marc Levy, now of CambridgeDay.com) and a full-time sports editor (Walter Moynihan, who died in 2013). 

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FCC votes to support threat to local cable-TV funding

McLeod sees cable group going to court if measure adopted

UPDATED, Aug. 2: The Federal Communications Commission voted on rules Thursday, Aug. 1, that are expected to have a direct impact on ACMi, the cable-TV outlet in town.

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The 3-2 vote aims to limit the benefits that communities get in return for the corporate use of public property. Read a report about the details >>

The Alliance for Community Media, a national group representing public-access cable stations, says the move will cost communities millions of dollars in fees to cable companies and opens the door to further action that may defund community public-access television in the future.

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First AHS journalism symposium draws local talent

Panelists wrestle with current media issues as students yearn for print

left to right: Claire Kitzmiller, Isabella Scopetski, Dave Denison, David Whitford, Heather Beasley Doyle, Abbi Matheson, Brenda MahoneyFrom left are Claire Kitzmiller, Isabella Scopetski, Dave Denison, David Whitford, Heather Beasley Doyle, Abbi Matheson and Brenda Mahoney. / Susan Gilbert photo

UPDATED, Dec. 13: Arlington High School sponsored its first-ever journalism symposium Friday, Dec. 7.

Held in the school’s Old Hall, the forum provided an opportunity for students and staff, as well as town residents, to learn about journalism and how it’s changing in response to social media and our current political climate.


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Approximately 150 people, mostly AHS students, attended the panel discussion, hosted by Claire Kitzmiller and Isabella Scopetski, members of the school’s journalism club.

Kitzmiller and Scopetski are also editors-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, the Ponder Page, an online publication.  Long known as The Ponder Report, the paper ended print production about 2011. However, students are making plans to print the newspaper again, a rare occurrence these days. “Claire made it our mission to change that,” said Scopetski. 

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ACMi puts spotlight on Regent Theatre’s Stein

Leland Stein with ACMi awardLeland Stein, co-owner of the Regent.

Arlington Community Media inc. (ACMi), Arlington’s community-access television studio, has honored Leland Stein, co-owner and manager of the Regent Theatre, with the 2018 Executive Director’s Choice Award.

This award recognizes those individuals who have dedicated themselves to creating and supporting the arts, and to developing a vibrant cultural environment in Arlington.

Stein was recognized for a long list of contributions to Arlington’s arts and culture scene. That includes providing residents with opportunities to see and hear distinguished artists, such as Mickey Rooney, Yo-Yo Ma and Odetta; to hosting film premieres, such as the 50th-anniversary reissues of “Singing in the Rain” and “The Seven Samurai,” as well as providing a venue for countless community and charity events from kids’ singalongs to fund-raisers for local nonprofits.

It was fitting that, on the night Stein received this award, just two blocks away the Regent, a cultural icon in Arlington since 1916, was presenting a rousing stage version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” to a full house, with the actor who played Jesus in the 1973 film on hand.

Stein has been in charge of the Regent for 16 years, and he and his team have been responsible for revitalizing the 100-year-old theater. In so doing, they have booked, promoted and hosted an impressive number of groups, individual acts and movies, all of which have now become part of Arlington’s cultural heritage.

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ACMi welcomes familiar face to new position

Katie ChangChang

Arlington Community Media inc. (ACMi) has hired a new production and media coordinator, Katie Chang.

Although new to this full-time position, Chang has been a member of the ACMi team for more than two years. Joining the Arlington cable-TV station in 2016 as an intern with an eight-year background in science, but a lifelong passion for digital media, she quickly impressed with her maturity and how quickly she achieved a sure grasp of the technical aspects of video production, a Feb. 16 news release says.

Chang made a smooth transition from intern to part-time employee at ACMi, providing steady guidance to a host of member-producers and developing a thorough command of the lighting, editing and sound components so vital to in-studio production and field shoots.

She also mastered many elements of website management, graphic design and social-media communications. Chang brings to her new position all of those skills, plus an unflappable approach to troubleshooting.

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2 national video awards go to ACMi

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Two Arlington Community Media Inc. (ACMi) productions have been chosen as Hometown Video Award Winners for 2017.

The Alliance for Community Media is the national organization that sponsors the Hometown Video Awards, which this year received more than 1,000 nominations from all over the country.

ACMi's two winners are "Recycle Right," which received the Hometown Video Award for government activities, and "A. Book's Review," which won in the category of mixed and transmedia. See the video here >>

"Recycle Right" was produced by Charlotte Milan, Arlington's recycling coordinator, along with members of the town's Recycling Committee. It is a primer on what can and can't be recycled that conveys essential information in a highly entertaining way by involving a number of presenters of different ages who make full use of a very creative set they constructed in ACMi's main studio.

ACMi member-producer Cyn is the creative force behind "A. Book's Review," a wholly original blend of animation, puppetry and live action, in which "Alastair Book" -- yes, that's right, he IS a book -- reviews all kinds of literary works and interviews their authors. Suffused with dry humor and sharp insights, this series is a true crowd-pleaser. See the video here >>

If you’d like to see these award-winning programs, just search for them on the Video on Demand tab on ACMi's website at acmi.tv.  


This news announcement was published Wednesday, June 14, 2017. 

Comcast cable-TV deal includes $50K for upgrades, senior discount

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UPDATED, March 2: For the first time, residents 65 and older who get Medicaid and Social Security and are Comcast subscribers are eligible for a discount -- $2 off its digital starter package.

The offer is part of a new, 10-year agreement cable-TV agreement endorsed Monday, Feb. 27, by selectmen, leaving Verizon the last of three cable providers lacking a contract. An agreement with RCN was signed first, last September.

That accord also provides that Comcast will:

-- Provide 5 percent of its gross revenues to ACMi, the town's cable-TV station, which broadcasts local-government meetings, educational programs, resident-created shows;

-- Give ACMi $50,000 per year for capital -equipment upgrades over 10 years, for a total of $500,000, an increase of $170,000; and

-- No longer be responsible for I-Net, the town's network, which transmits channels from school buildings to viewers, and pay the town $25,000, making RCN responsible for it.

John Maher, chair of the Cable Advisory Committee and the former town counsel, called the negotiation "very contentious." Included on the town side were Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Town Counsel Doug Heim and special counsel Peter Epstein.

Selectman Joseph Curro Jr. expressed disappointment about Comcast's refusal to broadcast ACMi programming in high definition, despite ACMi's capability to do that. Comcast also did not agree to video on demand.

Maher said RCN had agreed to high-definition programming in its contract.

Noting that the agreement does not include the former Gibbs School which is to renovated for sixth-grade classrooms, Maher said that provision can be added later.

The beginning date of the Comcast agreement Oct. 1, 2016.

Comcast customers enrolled in a senior discount program will retain their existing discount until making a change of service or receiving advance notice from Comcast, wrote Gregory Franks, Comcast senior manager of government and regulatory affairs in a Feb. 21 letter to selectmen.

Comcast reserves the right to modify or eliminate such program at its sole discretion, Franks wrote. In the event Comcast adopts and offers a statewide senior-citizen discount program, Comcast reserves the right to implement such program, after reasonable written notice to your office, he wrote.


This news report was published Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and updated March 2, to correct numbers.

Mystic Valley NAACP's 'Statistic' finalist for award

UPDATED, April 26: A PSA produced by the Mystic Valley Area NAACP and McGoldrick Marketing has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rosoff Award, InsideMedford has reported. 

"Statistic" has been the subject of thought-provoking articles in The Boston Globe and CNN.com, among others. National Public Radio’s Robin Young (WBUR) conducted an on-air interview with Neil Osborne, NAACP Mystic Valley Area branch president; Jack McGoldrick, president of McGoldrick Marketing; and Medford High School students Max Tilus and Tyler Holness, two of the students in the video.

Now "Statistic" has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rosoff Awards in the "Marketing to Promote Inclusion" category. The award, presented by the Ad Club, the trade association for the New England marketing and communications industry, recognizes brands and their marketing partners who have created campaigns promoting acceptance and inclusion, with the purpose of changing perceptions or behavior, and ultimately creating a conversation around topics of diversity and inclusion. The PSA, along with all the stories it has generated in the local and national press, has certainly been part of an important nationwide conversation regarding race and acceptance.


Feb. 9 Globe feature provides background


An eye-opening TV commercial features nearly 20 Medford High School students who are the collective face of a powerful message, says Neil Osborne, president of the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP.

The black-and-white commercial called "Statistic" begins with an unexpected opening line. While three African-American young men look directly at the camera, one says, "I am a statistic." He continues with, "I am the one out of three who will go to college."

Next we see four young African-American men. Three of them say, "I am the three out of four who don’t do drugs. The commercial continues with progressively larger groups of young African- American men articulating other positive statistics about their demographic.

The goal is to increase self-confidence in young African-American men while dispelling some preconceived opinions that may exist in the general public. All of the statistics quoted are factual and have been obtained from sources such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, among others.

"When asked if the branch could support this type of public-service announcement project, we responded immediately, yes," Osborne said. "At a time when too many negative images of young African-American men flood our airways, we are ecstatic to have commissioned this high quality factually accurate positive image of young black men."

The commercial was produced by Jack McGoldrick, president and chief creative officer of McGoldrick Marketing of Medford.

"You can't argue with cold hard facts, and that's what this commercial is about ... using the truth as evidence that young black men are important," said McGoldrick. "And it took a village. This commercial would never have happened without all the young men who came forward to act in the spot, and more than a dozen other dedicated Medfordites doing what it took to make it happen."

He gave a special thanks to Nick Tucci, assistant principal at Medford High School, who was instrumental in getting the word out to the student actors.

Team Medford, an initiative of the Health Department with offices at Medford City Hall, also played a big role in the production by providing research assistance and organizational help during and after the shoot, with Jemima Valdouin wearing several hats.

Osbourne participated in December at the Black Lives rally in Arlington Center that drew an estimated 400 people.


This announcement was originally published at InsideMedford and was republished here Jan. 26, 2015, because that site and YourArlington are partners. It was updated April 26 to add award angle.

 

Tweet, tweet: Town joins social-media landscape

Twitter imagePart of the Town of Arlington's continuing efforts to improve communications to residents, several social-media channels have been created on Facebook and Twitter. These provide an additional way for residents to learn about town governance, ongoing initiatives and events, plus provide the ability to share and discuss these issues more easily with Arlington friends and neighbors.

"We’re pleased to be offering different ways for residents to stay informed about the town," Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said in a news release. "We hope these additional communication methods not only provide convenience to residents, but also enhance citizen engagement and reach more members of our community about issues that are important to them."

These methods are not intended to replace existing communication channels; they are offered to enhance the ways residents can connect with the town. Requests for information or services should continue to be made through the Request/Answer Center at arlingtonma.gov or directly to the relevant department. Emergency calls should always be directed to 911.

Here is a list of Twitter and Facebook channels available:

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Watch School Committee on cable

School Committee on cable

Camera logoIf you can't attend, you can watch it live on your local cable station's education channel (Comcast Ch. 9, RCN Ch. 13, Verizon Ch. 24). Some may see this on Verizon Ch. 26.

For reruns, check the schedule at http://acmi.tv/.

You can also watch the meeting live on the Web here >>

 

 

Watch Redevelopment Board on cable

Camera logoIf you can't attend, you can watch a rebroadcast on your local cable station's government channel (Comcast Ch. 10, RCN Ch. 15, Verizon Ch. 26).

For reruns, check the schedule at http://acmi.tv/.

You can also watch rebroadcasts live on your computer >>

Watch selectmen on cable

Camera logoIf you can't attend, you can watch it live on your local cable station's government channel (Comcast Ch. 22, RCN Ch. 15, Verizon Ch. 26).

For reruns, check the schedule at http://acmi.tv/.

You can also watch the meeting live on the Web here >>

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