Alan Kaufman is a very active member at Arlington Community Media. He is the creator of shows like In the Tradition and a show where he yodels in blue face makeup. You can also find him participating in Studio Knights and other ACMi events.
Arlington Community Media is dedicated to providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas which reflect the talents, skills, interests, concerns, and diversity of the Arlington community.
Learn new skills by enrolling in a workshop, connect with other by joining a crew, and make your next TV show by requesting equipment and studio time.
The Arlington Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the Jason Russell House and the Society’s collections, and to discovering and sharing information about Arlington’s history. The stories of individuals, families, and events associated with the town are interpreted in the Society’s collections, programs, and Smith Museum exhibitions.
Charlotte is passionate about community engagement and uses the fabulous resources and mentors at ACMI to help translate a vision of a better community into educational and entertaining programming. Both in her free time and as part of her role as the Recycling Coordinator at Public Works, Charlotte enjoys highlighting environmental themes that spark people to learn and take local action.
Before joining the ACMI staff as Administrative/Programming Assistant, Cheryl volunteered during more than a decade at Arlington's local access television studio. Her series production credits during that time included Golden Opportunities, The Front Page, Cable Cuisine and Cable Spotlight as well as several individual programs. She subsequently videotaped several meetings for the Arlington Historical Society . Cheryl was a producer and editor of the program series Inside Arlington and The Family Food Show. She was a member of the board of the Arlington Cable Access (ACA) group where she held the positions of Secretary and Clerk. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, mixed media arts and is an avid photographer. An Arlington resident for more than thirty years, Cheryl has come to appreciate the' unique charms of Arlington. Now that the studio at which she first volunteered has stepped so boldly into the technology of twenty-first century cablecasting, she looks forward to seeing more of her fellow Arlingtonians make use of the ACMi studio facility. You can contact Cheryl at email@example.com
Chris DeBenedictis has been a News Producer at Arlington Public News since August 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Communications. His love for television production has grown immensely since working at ACMi, and he has grown that passion to film reviews. You can catch his reviews during each Newscast and find the full ones on our website.
A student of Arlington Public Schools, Gayatri has joined the news team after being a member of ACMi for the past few years. Her favorite part of Arlington Public News is the sense of community and the many challenges that must be overcome to create successful segments.
George is a regular participant at the Wednesday Studio Knights gatherings. He can also frequently be found working on various ACMi shoots behind the camera! This includes productions like Town Day and the Patriot's Day Parade.
After more than twenty years as a high school teacher, James is relishing the opportunity to pursue various long-time interests, including television production. Being part of the Arlington Public News team has been a particular highlight, and has included work both behind and in front of the camera, in the studio and out in the field. He looks forward to continually expanding the range of contributions he can make to the news team.
A past volunteer in countless productions for his hometown Malden Access TV, Malden, MA, Jeff brings his unique experience to Arlington Community Media Inc.’s stated mission of “…providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas…” and “…providing access to, and training in, telecommunications technology…” With more than ten years’ experience in the cable access industry, Jeff has also worked in this field beyond community access television-both as independent production contractor for local, regional, and national networks such as CN8 and ABC Sports, and as contractor for cable television companies such as HBO. His five years of program development at the former Arlington Studio have served to establish strong and lasting relationships with the community. Jeff is thrilled now to be offering new digital equipment and training to ACMI volunteer producers, as well as fiber-optic cablecasting on all local cablesystems to Arlington residents. You can contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie is currently employed as a Freelance Videographer/Editor/Producer/Director doing TV advertisements for non-profit organizations and for political campaigns. Julie also works at Belmont Media, and as a Videographer filming The Arlington Redevelopment Board and other town meetings for ACMi. She was previously a volunteer Producer for the New England Journal, and was employed as a Producer/Videographer/Editor/Director in the News Department at the Waltham Channel. Her future plans are to continue freelancing, making strides to improve her craft each day, and ultimately to make a movie.
Katie worked for years wading in freshwater streams and identifying insects, but always had a soft spot for video as a kid (https://youtu.be/366rPV1cr8o). She recently transitioned into digital media by volunteering at her local media station in Vermont, attending classes at Emerson, and interning at ACMi. Now she's Production Assistant and can be found editing away or assisting in a production at Studio A.
My name is Kayla Chiara. Being a lifelong Arlington resident, I am happy to contribute to the community in a way that allows me to be a storyteller. My intrinsic love for film and art has led to my interest in all aspects of video production. I enjoy being heavily involved in the creative and formative process as I aspire to become an actor, screenwriter, and artistic director. I am currently a Communications major at UMass Boston, with a minor in Cinema Studies. I am grateful to be at ACMi and find new ways to challenge myself through different mediums and storytelling methods.
As Youth Coordinator, Kevin manages ACMi’s Studio B location at 892 Mass Ave where he teaches youth classes and runs productions. After serving with AmeriCorps, where he ran programs in Boston and Cambridge public schools, Kevin’s love of cinema made him pursue a career in film. He has directed documentaries and produced videos for non-profit organizations. Prior to ACMi, Kevin worked at Wellesley Public Media as the Community Producer. In his free time, Kevin enjoys scouring record stores and spinning vinyls. You can contact Kevin at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
Lenard moved from New Orleans to Boston in 1981. After living in East Arlington from 1997 to 2000, he returned to East Arlington in 2006. Some of his interests include: biology, financial markets and contemporary art.
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. You can contact Meagan at email@example.com
Michael Armanious received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011. He has worked in the software industry for over 25 years in various sales and program management positions. Currently, he is a business analyst and video producer. He also runs a business consultant firm, MA technology, produces educational videos for APN, and spends time volunteering with Young Men's Success Series, a life management program designed to give young men the necessary skills and perspective to efficiently build a successful life.
As the first Executive Director of Arlington Community Media Inc., Norm brings a great deal of strength and diversity of experience from the corporate, academic and non-profit environments. He was the Executive Director for Community Television of the Southern Berkshires in Lee, Mass. where he successfully re-built that station and worked closely with five Western Massachusetts communities served by the station. He served as Media Director for Cazenovia College in Central New York and earlier was the Director of Radio and Television at Northeastern University in Boston. Norm also worked in television equipment sales as well as local audio-visual production houses in the Boston area. He received his Masters degree in Television and Radio Production from Syracuse University, after which he was a news director for the U.S. military. He began his community access career in a small cable station in Newburg, N.Y., and later was a producer for the New York State Educational Television Network.You can contact Norm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul serves as co-anchor of Arlington Public News. As a 26-year Arlington resident, Paul is keenly interested in town issues and events. He is thrilled to be a part of the Arlington Public News team, while pursuing a long-time interest in broadcast journalism. Professionally, Paul works in the telecommuications field. In college, he studied communications and public relations. He grew up in both the U.S. and abroad. Some of his interests include music -- he has been a singer with the Arlington-based Mystic Chorale since 1997 -- history, travel, architecture, and the outdoors.
Long a believer that all issues are local, Peter Bermudes is tickled to be a part of the Arlington Public News team. He aspires to present issues and stories that will empower as well as inform Arlingtonians, and is grateful that he gets to learn so much along the way.
A lifelong Arlington resident, Sean Keane is ACMi’s Government & Programming Coordinator. He first came to ACMi as a high school intern in 2009, taking on additional duties as Program Editor & Scheduling Assistant in 2011. Working concurrently at Cambridge Community Television as their part-time Operations Assistant, Sean has amassed over seven years of experience in public access television. As ACMi’s Government Access Coordinator, he manages the coverage of Arlington’s many local meetings, elections and the annual Town Meeting, and is always looking to generate new content for ACMi’s Government channel. You can contact Sean at email@example.com.
Hi there! I’m Zach Merchant and I’m going to be a senior at Tufts in the fall. In school, I study political science and business. Outside of the classroom, I spend most of my time on the Mystic River rowing for the Tufts men’s rowing team. I’ve always been passionate about journalism, and working at ACMi has offered me a chance to take that passion and put it to work—I’m looking forward to what lies in store this summer!