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MATV Newsletter, March 2018

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Announcements

Studio Closings 

-The MATV Studio will be closed on Friday, March 30th, in observance of the beginning of Passover and Good Friday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, April 1st,
at 9 a.m.

Monthly Orientation

-Thursday, March 22nd, 7-8:30pm
-Learn about your community media center. Drop by the studio for a tour and introduction to getting involved with MATV productions.
-Space is limited to 25 people. Please RSVP to info@miltonaccesstv.org or call 617-698-0814.

Town-wide Candidate Debates

MATV will televise four debates among candidates for town-wide office.
All will be broadcast, either live or taped (see below) on the
Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3).

The Milton Speaks Candidates Forum for Town-wide Contested Offices

Broadcast LIVE
Monday, March 26th, at 7pm at the Council on Aging
More details to follow as the event gets closer

The Fuller Village Debate

RECORDED – Check schedule for broadcast times and dates
Monday, April 9th, at 7:00pm at Fuller Village

The East Milton Neighborhood Association Candidates Forum

RECORDED – Check schedule for broadcast times and dates
Thursday, April 12th, at 7:30pm at East Congregational Church

The Milton Council on Aging Debate

Broadcast LIVE
Thursday, April 19th, at 1:30pm at the Council on Aging

Awards Deadline Approaching

Deadline is March 15th!!

The deadline to enter your program into the running for the ACM Hometown Media Awards -- the biggest public media competition in the country -- is fast approaching! Get your submissions in! If you don't know what to do, ask us, and we'll help. Check them out here at: http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/hometown-media-awards

Opportunities

Get involved in media! Crew a show, cover a game, start your own program —  get in touch!

Spring Sports Camera Operator

-Camera operators needed to cover MHS Spring Sports. 
-Boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, softball and rugby.
-Start in mid-March.
-Great way to get your community service hours or a small stipend. Training is quick and easy.
-Also seeking play-by-play announcers. 

New Programs in Past 30 Days

MATV Studio Hours 
Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm 
Friday, 9am-1pm 
 
451 Central Ave. (Behind Pierce Middle School)
Sign up for our newsletter and to volunteer, email  info@miltonaccesstv.org
 
Call us at 617-698-0814
 
MATV broadcasts throughout Milton, 24 hours a day on three stations: 
Government (Comcast 8/RCN 3)
 
Most MATV programming is also available online through our streaming Video On Demand service.

What’s New on MATV, Feb. 8, 2018

Sally Snowman is the full-time keeper of Boston Light. She recently came to speak at Fuller Village …

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

And, 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.)

Sally Snowman is the full-time keeper of Boston Light. She recently came to speak at Fuller Village, describing the over-200-year history of this Boston Harbor beacon, as well as the grounds on which she lives and her daily routine, which includes two trips up to the top of the 89-foot tower. Tune in for this unique perspective and slice of Boston maritime history when this lecture airs during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Examining the views of John and Abigail Adams on the subjects of women’s equality as well as foreign policy, Curry College’s Dr. John Hill delivers Part II of his Fuller Village lecture series on the letters of the Adamses. This program is currently airing in the Monday Forum evening slot at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

A discussion of major and controversial changes to state employees’ health care is on top of the agenda on a new episode of “Fuller Talks.” The panel also takes on the topics of the opioid epidemic and the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, along with other issues. Take a look and a listen when this new episode 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).

DPW officials recently gave a visual presentation on the environmental impacts of stormwater runoff as well as ways to help mitigation, including how to build your own rain garden. There are also some helpful tips on what can and cannot be picked up in the town’s curbside recycling program. This program is currently airing daily at 2 p.m. on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3).

The town recently held a public presentation and input session that was all about planning the future of Milton’s roads, sidewalks, paths and other transportation byways. Leading a discussion about the Complete Streets program and developing a comprehensive vision for the future were officials from Town Hall as well as the consultant team at Howard Stein Hudson. Tune in for this program that is currently airing seven days a week on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) at 1 p.m.

What’s New on MATV, Feb. 1, 2018

James West is the guest on a new “Reel Talk with Eileen Maher,” as the Milton movie experts take a closer look at blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” …

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

And, 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.)

James West is the guest on a new “Reel Talk with Eileen Maher,” as the Milton movie experts take a closer look at blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Also on the table for discussion are Oprah Winfrey’s “Me Too” speech from the Golden Globes and director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming release, “The 15:17 to Paris.” Tune in for this new episode that is currently airing on Friday nights at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Founder and managing director of a student tutoring and education coaching company, Eliza Wagner Srestha is the guest on this month’s installment of “Broad Appeal.” Host Melissa Fassel Dunn leads a discussion about trends in education and strategies for parents to help get the best opportunities for their children, as well as hearing the story of how her guest made the jump from teaching to running her own company. This new episode airs Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. as well as Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

For parents with children who have turned 5 years old before Sept. 1 of this year, the Milton Public Schools recently held its Kindergarten Information Night where staff and administrators outlined details of the program offered by the district during the 2018-19 school year, as well as important information such as the registration timeline. Tune in for this program when it airs daily at 8 p.m. on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15).

On this month’s Milton Public Library Update, viewers will get to meet a new member of the library staff, as well as get a look at the famous Teddy Bear Picnic. Director Will Adamczyk gives the scoop on upcoming events for Milton Reads, librarians preview highlights from the month ahead, and staff give their book picks. Tune in during the usual time slot for this program: Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. as well as Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Jan. 25, 2018

“Kill It To Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph over Democracy” is the book up for discussion on a new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette.” …

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

And, 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.)

“Kill It To Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph over Democracy” is the book up for discussion on a new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette.” Stonehill College professor Corey Dolgon, who lives in town, is the author of this examination of the current state of America, including the effects of globalization, neoliberalism and changing public institutions. He sits down with host Suzette Standring on this new episode that is airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. as well as Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Richard Fernandez recently spoke at B.I.D. Medical Center-Milton about his personal experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1958, Fernandez first interviewed King during the aftermath of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and then served as the organizer of King’s famous 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York, one year to the day before his assassination. This lecture is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m.

Solarize Milton is a town-wide program designed to encourage the installation of residential and small-scale solar energy generation. The town’s chosen solar installer, Solar Flair, recently gave a presentation at the public library explaining the details of the program as well as technical aspects of panel installation. A recording of this discussion is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Jan. 18, 2018

Board of Selectmen Chairman David Burnes recently visited the MATV studio to sit down with “My Town Matters” host Frank Schroth …

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

And, 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.)

Board of Selectmen Chairman David Burnes recently visited the MATV studio to sit down with “My Town Matters” host Frank Schroth to talk about the state of hot-button in issues around town including the Hendries building demolition, cut-through traffic, the future of the waterfront, expanding the Board of Selectmen, commercial development and expanding the tax base. Tune in for this brand new episode as it airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

On Monday, Jan. 15, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and the Milton community gathered at the Concord Baptist Church for Milton’s annual celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity, community and equality were common themes touched upon by local clergy, community leaders and citizens, including many musical performances by young artists. The entire ceremony is currently up online at www.miltonaccesstv.org under “Video On Demand,” or watch it Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

For parents with children turning ages 3 or 4 before Sept. 1 of this year, the Milton Public Schools recently held its Preschool Information Night where preschool staff and administrators outlined the similarities and differences in the programs offered by the district during the 2018-19 school year. Tune in for this program when it airs at 7 p.m. on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) seven days a week.

What’s New on MATV, Jan. 11, 2018

Bestselling science-fiction author Gene Doucette joins host Suzette Standring on the set of “It’s All Write with Suzette” to discuss …

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

And, 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.)

Bestselling science-fiction author Gene Doucette joins host Suzette Standring on the set of “It’s All Write with Suzette” to discuss his craft as well as his popular novel, “The Spaceship Next Door,” and it’s brand new sequel, “The Frequency of Aliens.” The author talks about how he has progressed in style and subject matter, what drives him to take on certain projects, as well as how he receives different interpretations of his writing. Tune in for this new episode that is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

Somerville-based singer-songwriter Greg Klyma recently stopped by the Milton Art Center to play a concert. His style orbits around the genres of Americana, folk, classic rock and old-school country, and he was recently announced as a 2017 grantee of the Passim Iguana Music Fund. Catch this brand new show as it airs during Music Thursdays on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) at 6:30 p.m.

Ted Reinstein, host and reporter for WCVB-TV Boston’s award-winning nightly news magazine program “Chronicle,” was back at the Milton Public Library recently to talk about his newest book, “New England’s General Stores.” Quaint nostalgia as well as regional commercial history are blended in this talk that is currently airing in the top slot during the Monday Forum at at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Jan. 4, 2018

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

Happy New Year! We’re keeping the great programming going in 2018, and continuing to expand. Here’s to another great year!

And, 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.)

“Broad Appeal” is kicking off 2018 with a nod to getting healthy, as the interview guest is health coach and yoga instructor Mary Keohane of Soulstice Health. Host Melissa Fassel Dunn leads the conversation that offers simple tips for a healthier life, as well as goes into deeper strategies for creating new and better habits. This is the second episode of this new series that is all about female leaders, and it is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) every Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. and Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

Get a hands-on look at a honey bee honey extraction, as Fuller Village’s new bee hive gets its first harvest. Sebastian Wright of Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee Project lends his expertise to this involved process and produces honey that was created right down the street. This brand new episode of “A Fuller Life” is currently airing 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).

It’s a new year with a whole new set of issues. As the ink dries on the new federal tax law, the Fuller Talks panels takes a closer look. Also up for discussion are the results of the Blue Hills Deer Hunt and some controversial bills that are being considered at the state level. Tune in for this new episode as 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).

The Milton Public Library has made a number of upgrades for 2018, and library Director Will Adamczyk goes over a number of them in this month’s “Page Turner” library update. Also hear what’s new with the Friends of the MPL from Connie Spiros, as well as all the activities planned for the month in all the different departments. The January library update is now playing on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. as well as Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

What’s New on MATV, Dec. 28, 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.

Milton Community Concerts returns for its 2017-18 season, kicking things off with world-champion accordion player Cory Pesaturo, who is accompanied by another world champion, fiddler Mari Black. This unique concert is fresh, new and totally unexpected. Enjoy it while it plays on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Part II of Curry College professor Dr. Grant Burrier’s series of lectures on the history of environmentalism focuses on the dispute over the Hetch Hetchy meadow near Yosemite Valley that set the stage for an issue that is still being debated today: preservation versus conservation. Films clips help illuminate this influential conflict, in a lecture that is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Photographer and teacher Barry Pell recently gave a presentation at the Milton Public Library titled “A Year in Chile.” Pell and his wife lived in the Chilean capital, Santiago, for a year teaching English, and documenting the country’s landscape and culture through photographs. This visually engaging lecture is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Get the scoop on a new science book for kids on the latest episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette.” Jenn Dlugos and Charlie Hatton come back on the set with host Suzette Standring to talk about their latest book, “Bizarre Space,” which is all about the latest and weirdest stuff outer space has to offer. This program is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

MATV Holiday Programs

By Michael Lynch

MATV Executive Director

We’re running a special holiday programming schedule starting Thursday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Dec. 27. Check out our program guide below for showtimes.

Please also note that the MATV studio will be closing at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, for the Christmas holiday. The studio will reopen for normal business hours beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2. The studio will be open with limited hours during the week of December 26-29. Please call us at 617-698-0814 or email info@miltonaccesstv.org before visiting to make sure a staff member is present.

Here are descriptions of some of our holiday programs:

Students recently put their wide-ranging musical talents on display in a series of seasonal concerts that were captured by MATV cameras, including the Pierce Middle School 6th and 7th Grade Fall Concert, their 8th Grade Fall Concert, and the MHS Winter Concert.

Christmas has an interesting and often surprising history, and the story of the holiday in New England is far from what you might expect — it was even all but outlawed at one time. Join Historical New England’s Ken Turino as he explores the fascinating backstory of this major holiday, in the first installment of a new lecture series from Milton’s Eustis Estate.

There’s still time put together an elegant but simple holiday centerpiece from greenery your can find in your backyard, and MATV has your step-by-step guide. Christine Paxhia shows you all the tips and tricks to this craft on a new episode of “The Milton Garden Path,” with a few different approaches for you to learn.

Wintertime movies and TV shows go under the microscope on a new installment of “Reel Talk” with Eileen Maher. To round things out, Sia’s new Christmas album also gets a full review.

On “Super Tuesday,” host Ron Bell is talking with Larry Ellison of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers about a holiday season initiative that starts as a toy and clothing drive but becomes a way to link those in need with important services such as job search and training, family support and more.

The Milton Rotary Club recently held its annual Memorial Tree Lighting ceremony at the Town Hall gazebo, remembering the names of loved ones and honoring their memory. Santa also made a special pre-Christmas appearance, with an escort from the Milton Fire Department.

As families have gathered ‘round through the years to listen to classic holiday tales, join Jeff Stoodt on the December installment of “You’ve Got To Have Art,” as the host shares a Christmas story that brings out the true spirit of the season.

The annual “Great American Songbook Christmas Special” is back again, with Jeff Stoodt & Co. singing holiday classics that go perfect with a cup of hot cocoa and a seat by the fire. Mixed in with standards like “O Holy Night” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” are wintertime stories and poems, as well as a few songs that might be new to you.

As has become an annual holiday tradition, the Milton High School Chorus hopped on the bus and put on a Holiday Concert at Fuller Village, sponsored by the Rotary Club. These talented singers always have some fun tricks up their sleeves with new takes on the old classics.

The Very Merry Dickens Carolers recently dropped by the Milton Public Library to spread cheer and holiday spirit. Stories behind the songs, merry banter and period costumes add to the atmosphere, while this quartet sings all the favorites.

Another holiday tradition in town, Caroling on the Common at the First Congregational Church featured both the MHS Holiday Choir and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Cabaret in this performance that brings an element of theatricality to familiar and popular Christmas music.

The December installment of the Milton Art Center’s Open Mic features many of the usual suspects playing holiday tunes you may not be used to hearing from them.

The Quincy Choral Society, featuring many Milton residents, recently held its annual holiday concert at St. Mary of the Hills School. This esteemed group of musicians offers a refined catalogue of seasonal songs that goes beyond the familiar carols.

The Fuller Chorus recently held its annual Holiday Concert, replete with Christmas and Hanukkah classics, and even a few sing-a-longs. This resident-only chorus’ repertoire also includes a few less familiar songs to keep things fresh.

You can also view all of the above programs once they start running on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.