2015 Election Coverage


Candidate Profiles will be presented back-to-back, followed by the School Committee Debate in an Election Block, on ACMi’s Government Channel (Comcast 22, RCN 15 and Verizon 26) beginning on Saturday, March 14.

This Election Block will air daily at 9AM and 11PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 5PM, and Tuesdays at 6PM, all the way up to the election.

ACMi will cover the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night, scheduled to take place at Town Hall, LIVE on Thursday, March 19 at 8PM.

On Election Day, March 28, ACMi will chronicle the ballot returns in real time, so tune in starting at 7:30PM to get all the results.

And AGAIN! ACMi CLOSED on Tuesday, Feb. 10

There are no new ways to say this, I’m afraid…

ACMi is CLOSED on Tuesday, Feb. 10

because of the unprecedented effects of the back-to-back-to-back (to back to back…) snowfalls of the recent weeks. We will be OPEN on Wednesday, February 11, and hope that the NEXT snow storm will be more manageable than those so far.


The Weather Gods Strike Again! ACMi CLOSED Mon, 2/9

NO Parking,

NO School,


Yes, folks, you’ve heard it before (and before that!) -

ACMi is CLOSED today, Monday, February 9,

due to the (apparently) never-ending wrath of the weather gods.

We expect to be open again on Tuesday, February 10,

although we may delay opening until NOON.

Please check this blog for updates.


“Race Matters” Panel Discussion at Studio A TONIGHT!

Much of the nation’s attention is currently focused on how police departments interact with their communities, and particularly with residents of color. In response to recent events, ACMi hosts an

Arlington Public News (APN) Special Event

Global to Local:

Race Matters


Three panelists representing a variety of perspectives will lead an in-depth discussion that will address these and other questions:
What is the significance for Arlington residents of the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York?
How can we best ensure that our community draws lessons of value from the tragic episodes that have triggered this national conversation?

Date: Thursday, January 8

Time7:00-8:00 pm

Site: ACMi Studio A at 85 Park Ave, 781-777-1115

Our panelists include:

Frederick Ryan
Chief of Police – Arlington

 Bonie Bagchi Williamson
Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Group,
Arlington Vision 2020

 Peniel Joseph
Professor of American History, Tufts University
Author, Historian, Activist

A studio audience will be invited to join the conversation by asking questions of the panelists and taking active part in the discussion.

This Event is FREE and Open to the Public…

All are Welcome! 

The broadcast of this event will be aired regularly on our Public channel (Comcast 8, RCN 3, Verizon 31) starting on Thursday, January 15, and can also be accessed at any time starting January 10th under the Arlington Public News tab on our website at acmi.tv.


ACMi is a scent and fragrance-free environment. If you plan on coming to ACMi, we ask that you use only scent-free cosmetic and personal care products to prevent harming those with respiratory difficulties. Thanks!

Happy Holidays from ACMi!

ACMi lighted 2 12-12-14


Happy Holidays

from all of us at ACMi!


Please note our Hours of Operation for the holiday weeks are as follows:


Wednesday, Dec. 24 – CLOSED

Thursday, Dec. 25 – CLOSED

Friday, Dec. 26 – CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 29 – OPEN 10-6

Tuesday, Dec. 30 – OPEN 10-6

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – CLOSED

Thursday, Jan. 1 – CLOSED

Friday, Jan. 2 – CLOSED

We’ll be back to business as usual on Monday, Jan. 5 –

we hope to see you early and often in 2015!

ACMi Annual Meeting a Success!

ACMi held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 20. A small crowd of members, volunteers, and town residents came to our main studio at 85 Park Ave. to hear from ACMi President John Leone, Treasurer Kathy Colwell, Executive Director Norm McLeod and the entire staff about the many accomplishments of the 2013-14 fiscal year. Highlights from a very busy year include:

– the birth of the Studio Knights, our prolific production group that meets every Wednesday night;

– the impressive expansion of Arlington Public News, which produced over 200 news segments in 2013-14;

– extensive election coverage that brought more than 40 candidates for state and national office into our studio for interviews and debates;

– new T-shirts that featured the ACMi Soundwave, a distinctive step forward in our branding that has generated a lot of buzz around town.

This news and more was greeted with interest and enthusiasm by those who attended, and the festive atmosphere of the evening seemed appropriate, given the exciting developments that were detailed.

APN Posts Candidate Profiles and Debates for Election 2014

MA_State_Election-GraphicArlington Public News (APN) has just completed a very busy time producing political coverage that YOU can use to make a more informed decision when you enter the voting booth on November 4th! ACMi’s Studio A on Park Ave was the site for 13 candidate profiles and 5 debates over the last couple of weeks.

Watch all the Profiles and Debates right here. The debates involved two political races (Secretary of State, State Representative) and three Ballot Questions (Questions 1, 2, and 5). You can also access more profiles (from the run-up to the Primary Election in September) – including Maura Healy, Deb Goldberg, Ken Donnelly, and Sean Garballey – by going to YouTube and searching APN plus the candidate’s name.

Listen to what the candidates and advocates have to say and make up your own mind,

then cast your vote on November 4th!


Jonathan Barbato runs popular workshop at ACM-NE



ACMi’s Production Coordinator Jonathan Barbato teaching a workshop to a packed house at the Alliance for Community Media’s annual Northeast Regional Meeting. The subject is Mobile Storytelling, or how to pre-produce, shoot, and edit a movie entirely on your smartphone (!), a topic Jonathan has presented workshops on regularly in Cambridge over the last year. As you can see, he is doing us proud!

ACMi adds a THIRD site!

ACMi’s new control room in Arlington’s Town Hall is up and running! As you can see in the photo below, this facility (lodged in a former coatroom!) is fully equipped to cover events in multiple venues within Town Hall. At the project’s ultimate completion later this fall, all the IMG_1142sites in which meetings and events occur (Selectmen’s Room, Hearing Room, Auditorium, and Annex) will be fully wired for video and audio. This will result in more seamless coverage than ever before…and much less shlepping of equipment back and forth between Studio A and Town Hall – YAY!!

The addition of the Town Hall control room marks the next step in ACMi’s ongoing expansion of its reach within the Arlington community. When combined with the existing Studio A in the Heights and Studio B across from the High School, we can truly say that ACMi is all over our town, serving Arlington’s residents by connecting them to important information, services, resources, and each other in more ways than ever. Join us yourself and see what all the excitement is about – membership is just a couple of clicks away! Look for a membership form under the Resources tab on the home page of this website – it’s that easy!