ACMi is located in Arlington Heights, between Massachusetts Ave. and Route 2, on Park Ave, at the Corner of Paul Revere Rd. Studio B is located directly across the street from the Arlington High School.
It may not come as news to you that Arlington is facing a number of challenges related to rapidly increasing student enrollments and the state of the facilities in the two high schools that serve the vast majority of our population in the upcoming Special Town Election. On Tuesday, June 14, Arlingtonians will go to the polls to decide Yes or No on three separate questions that ask residents to accept increased taxation to support major projects addressing necessary renovations and expansions in several schools.
In an effort to ensure that voters have the most complete picture possible about what is being asked and what is at stake with the three debt exclusion questions, ACMi conducted interviews with various well-informed citizens to flesh out the details for this Special Town Election. You will find links to those included below.
QUESTION 3 solicits voters to agree to fund Arlington’s allocable share of the bond required to rebuild the Minuteman Vocational Technical High School, which serves to educate more than 100 Arlington students on average each year. You can find our conversation with Selectman Dan Dunn, who supports a Yes vote, AND our interview with Finance Committee member Charlie Foskett, who argues that Arlingtonians should reject this question, at: http://news.acmi.tv/segments/school-debt-exclusion-question-3/
Arlington Community Media will be covering the 2016 Patriots’ Day Parade in Arlington, MA happening this Sunday. Focus Media, the youth media producers, along with volunteer members will be on site to record the battle reenactment happening in front of the Jason Russell House at noon. Then Arlington Public News will be on site to report on the parade and join in the festivities.
To tune in LIVE go to http://acmi.tv/publive/ or watch us on Comcast channel 8, RCN channel 3, and Verizon channel 31.
Airing back-to-back in an Election Block, you can see all the candidate profiles and debates. These will be airing Daily at 6AM-9AM and 6PM-9PM all the way up until the election on April 2nd.
The School Committee debate features candidates Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Len Kardon, and James Doherty. The Selectmen debate features Kevin Greeley and Maria Romano. To watch these streaming online now go to ACMi’s VOD Election site. For more information about polling centers, Town Meeting candidates, and other general election information go to Arlington’s Town website.
Candidates Night League of Women Voters – March 22nd
ACMi will produce LIVE coverage of the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night, happening Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm.
Election Day – April 2nd
Follow LIVE coverage of the ballot returns beginning at 7:30pm. Tune in to catch the show as we follow the final ballot and explain the process, talk about the Arlington issues, and then announce the ballot results in real time.
We are delighted to introduce the two newest members of our full-time staff! While we will always be grateful for the many contributions of former Media Coordinator Sean Snyder and former Youth Coordinator Jessica Barnthouse, we feel very lucky to have landed such worthy successors in those positions. Welcome, Meagan and Kevin!
Meagan O’Brien, Digital Media Coordinator
After six years working as a professional freelance developer and designer, Meagan joins ACMi as our Digital Media Coordinator. Her job includes creating print and web marketing materials, making graphics packages for productions, curating social media outreach, and managing the website. Meagan has experience working for a wide variety of non-profits, small organizations and start-up companies, and she has been on the Board of Directors for a public access station in the past. In her free time, Meagan enjoys throwing dinner parties and working on social art projects like Portrait for a Story.
Kevin Wetmore, Youth Coordinator
As Youth Coordinator, Kevin manages ACMi’s Studio B location at 892 Massachusetts Avenue. He also teaches youth production classes and works with Arlington’s youth production crews. After serving for three years with AmeriCorps, where he ran after-school programs in Boston and Cambridge public schools, Kevin’s lifelong love of cinema led him to pursue a career in video production. He has directed short documentaries and narrative projects, and has produced videos for a variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining ACMi, Kevin worked at Wellesley Public Media as their Community Producer. In his free time, Kevin enjoys scouring local record stores and spinning vinyl.
In just a couple of months, the Regent Theatre will once again screen the entries and host the ATown Awards Ceremony for this Showcase of youth filmmaking in Arlington. But of course it can’t happen without the films themselves, and that’s where YOU come in! Please help us get the word out about this opportunity to any young filmmakers you know, and encourage them to submit their work. The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2016. There is no submission fee for the first entry, so that is no obstacle. We look forward to seeing your talents on display!
As you can see in the photo above, we are all Wrapped Upand ready to head off for the holidays ourselves. Before we go, we wanted to alert you to our special Holiday Hours. For the next two weeks, our schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Dec 24 – CLOSED Friday, Dec 25 – CLOSEDMonday, Dec 28 – OPEN 10-6 Tuesday, Dec 29 – OPEN 10-6 Wednesday, Dec 30 – OPEN 10-6 Thursday, Dec 31 – CLOSED Friday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
On an unusually balmy Saturday evening in early December, ACMi’s Studio A was the site for First Lights festivities that included:
A visit from Santa,
a selection of carols,
and the official Tree Lighting..
to open the holiday season!
Scores of Arlington’s youngest residents showed up to hear Santa read “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and they brought their parents along to join in the fun! A children’s chorus from the nearby Park Ave Congregational Church led the crowd through a series of beloved holiday chestnuts, cookies and hot cider were provided by host ACMi, and winners of a raffle sponsored by participating local businesses were selected. The event drew residents from all over Arlington (and beyond) to the Heights for an evening marked by high spirits and a palpable sense of community, leaving many with the feeling that a new holiday tradition had been born…
Are you one of our members who has asked before about how you can join the Katsos Crew? Would you like to get involved right from the start in the latest season of a variety show that has aired in 16 countries and has featured more than 330 performances by New England artists?
THIS is your chance!!
Who could turn this face down?
Come to the Season 7 Launch Meeting!
Date: Tuesday, December 8
Place: ACMi Studio A, 85 Park Ave.
Agenda: Fun, FUN, FUN!!
We have 40 crew positions on every show so there’s always something to do and new things to try. Our crew is a group of dedicated volunteers who prove that community television can be a professional product and reach million of homes!