Acclaimed Author to Visit Ottoson


Author Eoin Colfer

ACMi will be covering a very special event on Monday, April 7 at Ottoson Middle School.

The Ottoson Media Center has once again teamed up with Barnes and Noble to bring a nationally acclaimed author to Ottoson.

Eoin Colfer, Author of the Artemis Fowl series will be speaking at Ottoson on Monday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the Wood Gym. 

In addition to the Artemis Fowl series, Colfer is known for “Benny and Omar,” “Supernaturalists,” “The Wish List,” and more.

Mr. Colfer will be presenting his new Middle Grade Series “W.A.R.P. the Reluctant Assassin” which is being released on April 7. The event will last 90 minutes, during which time Colfer will read an excerpt from his new book, talk about his life and career, and answer audience questions.

Please note: in order to attend this event, families need to have pre-ordered a copy of “W.A.R.P. the Reluctant Assassin” or “Artemis  fowl: The Last Guardian.” Mr. Colfer will sign all pre-ordered books. You may also purchase a book at the event.

Learn more about the event here. 

ACMi’s Election Coverage

This Saturday, April 5, are town elections and Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi) will be providing live coverage of the returns beginning at 7:30 with special coverage from Town Hall.

The ACMi News Team, Arlington Public News (APN), will be conducting interviews and providing analysis of the elections. At 8 p.m. when the polls close, APN will continue to broadcast from Town Hall with ongoing election coverage until all the precincts are counted. Don’t miss any of the election coverage on Saturday.

ACMi’s live coverage will be broadcast on your cable’s public access channel: Comcast, channel 8, RCN, channel 3, and Verizon, channel 31.

Programming and Workshop Preview – April 2014

April Programming Preview

Town Talk
Beginning April 1, don’t miss ACMi member Joel Rothstein’s latest edition of Town Talk. This month’s episode is an interview with Town meeting Moderator John Leone. Tune in or watch the show in our video on demand section of the website and learn all about the upcoming Town Meeting on April 28.

Members producing the Arlington Public News (APN) program have been busy lately, most recently with producing candidate profiles and covering the League of Women Voters sponsored Candidates’ Night. The crew continues to produce pieces for the news program and there are now ramping up for Town Meeting coverage. Don’t miss an edition of APN. If you can’t watch it live, check it out on our APN page.

Just Cook It!
Stop fretting over what to make for dinner and Just Cook It!. Tune in to this new season to watch Dave Sammarco whip up four dishes in under 30 minutes.

Wellness Campaign
Are you ready to get healthy right now? Jump start your life by learning how to eat right and stay active in this new series.

Circle of Songs Outdoor Spring Concert
Enjoy a warm and musical hour outside with Hugh Hanley as he performs songs that you will find yourself humming all day long.

The Women’s Networking Breakfast
Tune up your life with Amy Matias as she talks about setting priorities, identifying roadblocks, and staying on track personally and professionally.

ACMI Field Production Workshops

Contact our production manager, Jonathan Barbato, if you’d like to participate in any of the following events / productions.

Town Elections                                                             April 5
Youth Workshop                                                         April 7               At OttosonMiddle School
Patriots’ Day Parade                                                  April 21             8:30 a.m.
Villian vs Heroes 5K Run                                         April 27            8:30 a.m.
Japanese Sister City Event                                      April 27
Town Meeting Coverage                                           April 28
48 Hour Film Festival  Workshops                      April 2, 16, 30  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Green Screen Music Video Workshop                April 25              10 a.m.
Editing Workshop                                                        April 23              11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Battle Royale

Assistant News Director and new ACMi Holiday Queen, Lauren Alicandro

It’s St. Patrick’s Day.

For most of us, it’s a day of joy and festivity, spent with family and friends. Parades abound and traditional Irish food is served up in kitchens all over America.

Here at ACMi, however, there’s a palpable tension in the air. Tension as thick as your grandmother’s corned beef hash.

What could possibly mar such a festive holiday, you ask? Continue reading

League of Women Voters to Sponsor Debate

It’s become an annual tradition in Arlington.

In the spirit of New England town politics, the Arlington League of Women Voters will host Candidates’ Night on March 20 at the Town Hall, located at 730 Mass Ave. All are welcome to attend and if you can’t make it to Town Hall in person, you may watch coverage on your cable TV station, courtesy of Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi). We will broadcast the debate live and will replay the debate periodically until Election Day on Saturday, April 5.

Candidates for Town offices, including those running for Town Meeting, will be available to talk with the public from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. The debate itself and the live TV coverage will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Arlingtonians may watch the debate on ACMI’s Government Channels 15 (RCN), 22 (Comcast), and 26 (Verizon). Replays will appear on those same channels shortly after the debate.

For complete channel information and additional viewing times please visit the schedule page each Thursday in the Arlington Advocate and check out website.


Election Season Begins

It’s that time of year again. The snow is melting. The days are getting longer. Candidates are honing their messages. Spring must be right around the corner!!

As, too, are Arlington town elections. Below you’ll find the ACMi election coverage schedule as well as the listings for the candidate profiles.

Please be sure to watch our coverage and check out the profiles It’s a terrific way to learn more about each candidate’s position on the issues.

ACMi Election Coverage and Candidate Profile Schedule

All programs will air on ACMi’s Government Channel (Comcast 22, RCN 15, and Verizon 26) 

Please note: In addition to watching the debates and profiles on TV, you  may also find them on our video on demand page.

ACMi Candidate Profiles
3/13 – 4/5: Mondays @ 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays @ 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., Wednesdays @ 6:30 a.m, Thursdays @ 10 a.m., 5 p.m., and 11 p.m., Fridays @ 6:30 a.m., and Saturdays @ 10 a.m.

ACMi Candidate Debates
3/13 – 4/5: Mondays @ 5 p.m., Tuesdays @ 6:30 a.m., Wednesdays @ 5 p.m., Thursdays @ 6:30 a.m., and Saturdays @ 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

League of Women Voters Candidate Night
Watch it live on 3/20 @ 8 p.m.
Watch it in reruns between 3/21 – 4/5: Sundays @ 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Thursdays @ 8 a.m., Fridays @ 8 a.m. and Saturdays @ 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Live Election Coverage
Watch it live on 4/5 @ 8 p.m.

Town Meeting Coverage
Watch it live on 4/28

Aspiring Filmmakers Take Note!

There’s a lot to look forward to at this time of year. Daylight Savings is this weekend, a sure indication that we’ve seen the last of the snow. Wishful thinking?!  Town elections are coming up. Another sign of the coming of spring.

If you’re a filmmaker, one event to put on your calendar and anticipate is the upcoming Rough Cut viewing and evaluation taking place on Sunday, March 9 from 3 – 5 p.m., at the Uniun Arts and Entertainment Center at 11 Sanborn Court in Somerville. Continue reading

Programming Preview – March

This may go down as one of the stormiest, coldest winters in New England. As we deal with yet another storm, it’s a good thing we have the Olympics to divert our attention.

Here at ACMi it sometimes feels like we are hosting our own Olympic games! An incredible amount of programming is being produced by our very active and dedicated membership base. Our main facility at 85 Park Ave. is constantly busy between shows being shot in the studio, editors working on pieces that have already been recorded, and news teams checking out our mobile equipment so they can hit the streets of Arlington to produce stories for Arlington Public News. Our Studio B facility, on Mass Ave. across from the high school, is filled with youthful energy and creativity from Arlington High School student volunteers.

Below are just a few samples the current ACMi activities and programming either on air or in production. If you haven’t been in for a while (or ever!), stop by for a visit, bring a friend, and see what you’ve been missing! We’d love to reconnect with you. Pitch a new show idea, resuscitate one that you’ve had on hold for a while, or ask one of the ACMi staff members how you can get involved in one of the many projects that are currently in production. We provide training and support from story and project development to how to use our equipment to post production and editing.

There’s something for anyone interested in TV production, journalism, documentary film, animation, script writing, or short story film production. Get in touch with us. Contact: Community Outreach Coordinator, Dave Casanave.

Currently or Soon To Be Airing on ACMi

Arlington Public News Open House (APN): APN just held a very successful open house. More than 25 people were in attendance to hear from news team members about production and to learn about what opportunities exist on the APN team. If you missed this event but would like to be part of news team, contact news director Sara Alfaro Franco.

Black History Month: In honor of Black History Month,  APN  is airing a series of segments with historians and professors to highlight important moments in our country’s history and discuss how remembering the past is vital to understanding our contemporary world. 

Teen Video Contest: If you’re an Arlington teen (or if you know one!), don’t’ forget about the A-Town Teen Video Contest. With a $500 first place cash prize on the line what better incentive to get creative and participate in this fun film making event. All submissions will be shown and judged at the Regent Theater on March 21 at 7:00 p.m. Read complete details here.

Town Talk: ACMi producer Joel Rothstein’s new show explores the different departments of Arlington’s town government. Meet the important people behind the scenes in Arlington. The first episode premiered Sunday, February 2nd. Joel sat down with Mike Rademacher, the director of Arlington’s Public Works, to learn all about snow removal in Arlington. If you missed it, check it out here. In next month’s episode, Joel will meet with Arlington’s Finance Committee chair, Al Tosti, to talk about everything Arlington residents need to know about how our town’s money gets spent.

Coming Soon: ACMi production teams are working on many programs including one about the life and work of artist Winfred Rembert, part two in a series about adolescents (watch part one here), and a couple of shows which are both timely and seasonal–LINKS and SnowCrew, about two programs that provide shoveling services to elders and the disabled.

School Committee: If you’d like to catch up on the most recent School Committee meeting, click here. The next one will air live on 2.27.14 at 7 p.m. (Comcast channel 22, RCN channel 15, and Verizon channel 26).

Town Elections: Election season is upon us. Watch for upcoming candidate profiles, beginning to air on the government channel in March.



Arlington Public News Tells Its Story

On an early February evening, in between a week full of snowstorms, Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi) threw open its doors to host the Arlington Public News (APN) Open House.

ACMi Executive Director Norm McLeod and APN News Anchors

ACMi Executive Director Norm McLeod and APN News Anchors Michelle Marino and Paul Wehrlin

The gathering was another in an on going series of ACMI events hosted by APN to share with the community the success of its volunteer news team. The open house was also an open call to the community, inviting Arlingtonians to take action and participate in producing news and other types of programming.

The APN staff welcomed more than 25 guests, including at least five new faces. “We’re here because we got the post card in the mail,” said one father who was in attendance with his high school aged daughter. “She’s interested in news and video and we thought this would be a good way to learn some skills and get exposed to all that goes in to making a program.

“It’s a great resource, especially for high school students preparing for college.”

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