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What’s New on MATV, Oct. 12, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week. You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.

The devastation in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Congressional push to pass a tax bill, state efforts to curb the opioid crisis, major building developments in East Milton, and more issues are all on the table for discussion in the newest episode of “Fuller Talks.” Get a fresh perspective on the topics that are in the news by tuning into this new episode when it airs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Looking ahead to the town’s Nov. 11 Veterans Day Observance, “Reel Talk” host Eileen Maher speaks with town Director of Veterans Services Kevin Cook as well as Barbara Martin of the Selectmen’s Office. In addition to discussing a number of outstanding war documentaries and fictional films about armed conflicts, the group weighs in on what to expect at the annual observance at Town Hall as well as larger issues relating to veterans and the U.S. military at-large. Tune in for this new episode when it airs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m.

 

Parkway United Methodist Church hosted its Jazz Concert on the Lawn recently, featuring the music of Milton High School jazz band False Lightning. Tune into this outdoor musical showcase for the tunes as well as words from congregants and members of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association. This program is currently airing on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) during Music Thursdays.

 

Porches and verandas all along Central Avenue and surround neighborhoods were transformed into stages on a recent Saturday afternoon, as the Milton Porchfest saw families strolling through the streets and taking in the live music at many different locations. MATV cameras captured some of the action, and you can take a look yourself as some highlights from the Milton Porchfest 2017 are broadcast on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Oct. 5, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

 

MATV has just launched a series of “how-to” training videos that will show volunteers and residents how to set-up and use the studio’s equipment. We tried to make them fun, too. If you’re curious, visit our website, www.miltonaccesstv.org, and navigate to the OnDemand page to check them out. Maybe you’ll even get inspired to get involved!

 

On a new episode of “A Fuller Life,” resident and civil rights pioneer Elaine Pinderhughes reads from her personal memoir reflecting on actions she took long ago to push equal rights forward, and how that has affected her life. Following, the show takes a look at the myriad and varied paintings of resident and prolific artist Myrtle Flight, who talks about her craft, inspirations and techniques. Tune in for this program as it airs Wednesday evenings, at 8 p.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

“Step Inside Your Center for Living” is new this week, with a presentation from a new senior living community that is right down the road. In addition to this information, you’ll also get the rundown of all the events coming up at the Milton senior center during the month of October. This new episode is currently airing Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Did you know that smoke detectors only last 10 years? And did you know that the town has a program that will replace yours for free? Fire Chief Jack Grant and Fire Lt. Mitchell Sumner recently came to the Council on Aging to talk about smoke detector as well as carbon monoxide detector safety, as well as some other helpful fire prevention tips in the home. Tune in for this important but brief presentation as it airs on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Sept. 28, 2017

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

It’s time for a very spooky episode of “Actin’ Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe” … well, not too spooky! Everyone’s favorite giraffe takes a trip to Scotland to look at the region that gave birth to Halloween, while the kid crew gets some expert help with face-painting and creating their own costumes. Kids can follow along from home when they tune in for this brand new episode seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in the morning at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

“Meet Me in the Kitchen” took another trip to the Milton Farmers Market this past week, cooking up delectables like zucchini turkey lasagna, shiitake mushroom polenta and pesto roasted chicken. Chef Connie Spiros shows you how it’s all done on this new episode that airs Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. and all weekend long at 7 p.m., both on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

October is full of events and surprises at the Milton Public Library, as your local librarians fill everyone in on what’s coming up for kids, teens and adults. And, of course, Sally is back with her book recommendations for the month, too. Tune to find out what’s happening at the library when this month’s episode of “The Page Turner” airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Most MATV programs are also available OnDemand, 24 hours a day, via the www.miltonaccesstv.org website.

If you are interested in learning TV production, filming events and shows, or want to explore creating your own show, please send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or call us at 617-698-0814.

Sign up for the monthly MATV newsletter by emailing info@miltonaccesstv.org with the subject line “Newsletter.”

What’s New on MATV, Sept. 14, 2017

By Michael Lynch
MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

Milton High SportsMilton High sports are back in action for the fall, and MATV will be recording and rebroadcasting many of the home games on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15), with set times for specific teams.

For boys soccer, tune in at noon Monday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; girls soccer at 2 p.m. during the week and 4 p.m. on the weekends; field hockey at 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends; volleyball at 10 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on the weekends; and football at 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

This week watch field hockey and boys soccer take on the Natick Redhawks, while volleyball goes up against the Tiger of Newton North, and football faces off against the Belmont Marauders.

 

New original programs:

HydrangeasHydrangeas are one of New England’s favorite flowers, and they are the focus of this month’s episode of “The Milton Garden Path.” Host Christine Paxhia takes viewers on an educational and technicolor tour of the many different varieties; far beyond just blue, pink and white. Learn what you can do to make your hydrangeas pop and be ready for next season, as this episode airs Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Jazz Classics, Ethan StoneJazz pianist Ethan Stone has been playing around New England for years, and he recently brought his talents back to Fuller Village for a lively concert featuring many familiar and fun favorites. Combined with his entertaining and always pleasant sense of humor, this performance is one that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face and get their feet tapping. Take a look and a listen when this concert kicks off Music Thursdays at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

The street and sidewalk in front of the Collicot and Cunningham elementary schools has recently been undergoing a lot of construction, and MATV cameras were on-hand to cover a public meeting with town officials covering all the details. This program is currently airing on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Most MATV programs are also available OnDemand, 24 hours a day, via the www.miltonaccesstv.org website.

If you are interested in learning TV production, filming events and shows, or want to explore creating your own show, please send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or call us at 617-698-0814.

Sign up for the monthly MATV newsletter by emailing info@miltonaccesstv.org with the subject line “Newsletter.”

What’s New on MATV, Sept. 7, 2017

By Michael Lynch
MATV Executive Director

Starting this September, MATV is launching a brand new monthly e-newsletter: Milton Connected. It’ll keep you informed about things like opportunities to help on production crews, innovative new equipment and things we’re doing at the station, behind-the-scenes content as well as keep you up to date on the shows your neighbors are creating. It’s a great way to keep up with what your local media center is up to. Just send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org to sign up.

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

With everyone back in town for the fall, the public library has packed its schedule with events for kids, teens and adults. In this look forward to September’s offerings, library Director Will Adamczyk also interviews Kathy Fagan of the Friends of the Milton Public Library about the upcoming library gala. See what’s in store at your own town’s library when this program airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

“My Town Matters” is new this week, with Town Moderator Bob Hiss coming to the set to discuss the outlook for October’s Special Town Meeting, including the issues that the Warrant Committee will be tackling as well as the large number of new faces on that committee. Join host Frank Schroth as this program airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Labor Day has just passed, but you can still watch and listen to a recent musical lecture about the connection between folk music and the American labor movement. Stonehill College professor and folk musician Corey Dolgon entertains and educates the audience at Fuller Village, as well as at home, when this program airs during Forum Night on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

All MATV programs are also available OnDemand, 24 hours a day, via the www.miltonaccesstv.org website.

If you are interested in learning TV production, filming events and shows, or want to explore creating your own show, please send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or call us at 617-698-0814.

Weekly Update for August 31, 2017

Residents and talented classical musicians Rose Moerchsel, violin, and Rita Moerschel, piano, recently played a concert together at Fuller Village, performing a number of double concertos by composers such as Beethoven and Edward Elgar. This intimate presentation airs on Music Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The state-run deer hunt in the Blue Hills will occur for the third year this November, and Department of Conservation and Recreation officials recently held a public meeting in the MHS auditorium. The session included a presentation about the hunt and DCR’s deer population management program, as well as comments and questions from community members. A full recording of the meeting is currently airing on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) at 10 a.m. daily.

 

“Fuller Talks” is new this week, as host Pearl Wachman is back in the captain’s chair leading a wide-ranging discussion that covers topics including the new residential/commercial building proposal in East Milton, the Blue Hills deer hunt and the countless items of national and international news from the past month. Get a local perspective from the Fuller pundits as this program airs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Report from the national community media conference

MATV staff attended the annual Alliance for Community Media conference in Minneapolis earlier this summer. The event brings together public television stations and local community media centers from across the country to share knowledge, discuss common issues and share ways of bringing better services to their communities.

The theme of this year’s event was “Rivers To Cross,” a reference to the fast-changing landscape of what the terms “community media” and “public access” mean today, as well as how they are governed.

A major topic of discussion was the future of funding for community media, in the face of “cord-cutting” as well as regional consolidation, trends which are both undercutting support for local stations and centers. Much more information, including strategies to address these issues, can be found on the ACM’s policy page by clicking here.

The good news is that Massachusetts has done perhaps the best job in the country as far as protecting its community media outlets and keeping them local, so you, the citizens, can continue to have a voice. But that can only stay that way if you stay involved!

Aside from that, we learned a lot about new technology that is becoming ever cheaper and faster, 360-degree video and virtual reality, partnering with community organizations, and a whole lot more…and we’re eager to share it with you so you can use it for your own projects!

Get in touch with us!

Why can’t I see MATV’s schedule on my TV’s guide???

Have you ever wondered why you can’t set your DVR device to record something on the Milton Access TV channels? Or you can’t easily see what programs are coming up next via the electronic programming guide?

Well that is because cable companies are not required to give local public, education, and government access stations access to the electronic programming guide.

Mass Access, an organization that we belong to that advocates for community media in Massachusetts, is pursuing legislation to make this a requirement. But they need your help!

There is a rumor that no one watches public access TV, which we know is not true! Therefore, we are asking that you write letters of support for public access stations, and the need for public access stations to appear in the electronic programming guide.

Please submit your letters to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or mail them to Milton Access TV, P.O. Box 362, Milton, MA 02186 so that we may send these letters of support to the local legislators working tirelessly to get this legislation passed.

You can learn more about Mass Access by clicking here.

Weekly Update for August 24, 2017

A vigil was held August 17 on the Town Green in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Va. The Board of Selectmen partnered with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Milton Persists and other community organizations to host this event. Part of a statement released by the town announcing the vigil stated, “No demonstration should involve violence and there is no place in our country for the kind of hate we saw in Virginia.” A recording of the proceedings is currently airing at 8 p.m. on Monday evenings, as well as at noon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Showmanship and harmony were both on display at the town gazebo concert this past week, as Riverside Theatre Works’ performance groups Mixed Emotions and Sweet Harmony brought their choreographed snazzy style of show tunes and pop favorites to the Summer Concert Series. There aren’t many of these left, so tune in on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

“You’ve Got To Have Art” is rerunning host Jeff Stoodt’s interview with the late musician Michael Johnson, who recently passed away. Tune in for a performance from this exceptional singer-songwriter and a look back at his legacy when this program airs on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Thursdays at 4 p.m., Mondays at 1 p.m. and all weekend long, also at 1 p.m.

Weekly Update for August 17, 2017

Gigi is back from summer camp and ready for more fun with her buddy Mel and the whole Kid Crew. In this new episode of “Acting Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe,” Gigi learns all about China and its culture, while the kids get a crash-course in how to make hats, animals and more out of balloons. Get in on all the fun when this program airs seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in the morning at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

It’s hosta time on “The Garden Path.” The hardy, green, low-lying hosta plant is a staple in many backyard gardens. In this episode, Christine Paxhia is joined by a former president of the New England Hosta Society to discuss the many varieties of this species, as well as a local gardening pro who shows how to transplant a hosta safely. Take a look at this useful and interesting episode Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Sciencetellers are the latest act to come to the stage of the Library Children’s Hour. These wacky performers take the stuff that’s in the textbooks and bring it to life in front of a live audience with hands-on demonstrations and all kinds of surprising miracles of science. Take a look when this program airs at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Qigong is the focus of a new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette,” as author and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine Steven Cardoza comes to the studio to talk about holistic healing techniques, as well as provide some hands-on demonstrations to practice at home. Take a look when this program airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and all weekend long at 8:30 p.m, all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Milton Art Center is back with its Open Mic for August with local acts as well as featured headlining performer. Catch it on Music Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The three minstrels of Curragh’s Fancy returned to the Town Hall gazebo stage this past week with folks classics for everyone. If you couldn’t make it out to the lawn, have a look and a listen from your own home as this new installment of the Summer Concert Series airs at 5 p.m., starting off Music Thursdays, on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).