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CAPE ANN TV LUNCH AND LEARN: BASICS OF LOCATION AUDIO

Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series: “Basics of Location Audio”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, February 22 at
12 Noon with “Basics of Location Audio”.  Presentation and demonstration
by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

We’re listening! Thanks for your feedback about what you’d like to learn
next at Cape Ann TV’s lunch and learn series. Keep those emails coming, we
want to plan our upcoming sessions knowing what you want to know.

Sometimes sound is an afterthought in video productions—
But it shouldn’t be.  Bad audio can make your video unwatchable!

It’s good to know when to use a hand mic, a lav mic, or a shotgun mic. And
what’s the best mixer if you’re using more than one microphone?

Join award-winning local video producer ted reed at our next lunch and
learn at the Cape Ann TV studio on Wednesday February 22nd at noon. Bring
your audio questions and we’ll take a look at what sounds good when it
comes to video.

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot.

Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “Deep Diving Into Your Camera’s Menu”

Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “Deep Diving Into Your Camera’s Menu”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Thursday January 19, 2016
at 12pm with Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to start on that New Year’s
resolution to do more video! In support of that, our next Lunch and Learn
at Cape Ann TV will concentrate on getting the most out of your video
camera with something you already have—its menu of controls.

Even the most basic camcorders have ways of adjusting exposure, focus and
color manually, so whether you just got a new camera, or want to find out
more about one you’ve had for a while, bring it in at noontime on Thursday
January 19 to Cape Ann TV’s latest Lunch and Learn workshop. Emmy
award-winning director Ted Reed will answer your questions and give you a
head start at shooting the videos you’ve always wanted to make.

Promo Video Here: https://youtu.be/ZAxPPcwuNXY

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot.

Proposed building plans Sawyer Free Library, City Hall…Whoa! In the news plus the 1973 appeal led by Joseph Garland, universal access, and archives

“No finer place for sure, downtown.”

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“Fate of historic buildings uncertain” Gloucester Daily Times, Ray Lamont, Jan 3 2017

Seeing double? Yes, you’re supposed to. The Sawyer Free Library addition was designed to mirror Cape Ann Museum as a balanced and nuanced architectural symmetry in deference to City Hall, and catalyst for a graceful center.

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Cape Ann Museum, December 2017

 

Sawyer Free Library has announced a public meeting January 11th for discussions of a new building. (See the flyer at the end of this post.)

City Hall may have some upcoming construction on the Dale Avenue side as well.

Both projects are largely in the name of accessibility of a physical nature. Can they be cost effective, worthy of our history and culture, protect our significant buildings, and address current and future needs? The following are some of the issues, local coverage, links to resources, and archival material for your interest.

HANDICAP PARKING SPACES BY CITY HALL- Do we have enough?

Although there are several new handicap parking spaces along Dale Avenue by City Hall, carving out the landscape on the left for more spots is in the cards because of grant money. Why? Several people told me that Dale Avenue parking spaces are hazardous for anyone exiting on the street. Although I do not want to minimize any pressing needs, I still ask, “Really?” Have we become so car dependent we would rather a thoroughfare here than the elegant streetscape we have (once a tree lined walk from the train station.) I was also told that it will increase visitation counts. It is an unfair advantage that historic sites with access to more funding (Monticello, Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and more) are better equipped to face these seemingly no-win situations. But there are creative retrofitting options for Gloucester, too.  Universal design is about balance, not chasing funding sources at the expense of preservation and beauty, nor backwards planning.

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Dale Avenue c.1910

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City Hall, December 2017

 

 

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The site of possible razing and paving

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NEW LIBRARY 2016. And 1973.

Before the current 2015-16 library outreach, the library hosted extensive visioning sessions throughout 2013. I went to a couple, and I was invited to take part in a focus group (on schools and the library.)  A completely new library and jettisoning of the historic Saunders library building was not an expressed community value. What were some common discussion points? A strategy for digitization of historic archives and newspapers, more staff, more hours of operation (Sundays), better bathrooms, parking issues, air conditioning, electrical work, maintenance, security, maximizing technology/ content access with schools, ditto Cape Ann TV, and attendance (see this great video from Lisa Smith by kids for kids ) were some goals that were mentioned.

So it was a surprise to see the unveiling of new architectural renderings that did not showcase the Saunders house. It’s like the White House not featuring the White House. I think the Saunders house should be key and central to any building overhaul, not tossed aside. Providing universal access should preserve the intended awe factors if there are any, FOR EVERYBODY–such as the architectural details, proportion, welcoming entrance and unique heritage of a historic building. In this proposal, with Saunders severed there is zero physical access to the main event. What a missed opportunity. And for a library. What do you think?

Today’s paper mentioned that the Saunders house could be used for other purposes instead of the library. Why can’t that be the case and the library maintain its #1 asset? The downtown cultural district (which is not going forward in the same capacity) and other organizations could use the library meeting spaces. Do we really need to conjure up another stand alone endeavor?

Back in 1973, the Trustees of the Library began a fund drive for the new library addition; the city of Gloucester paid 2/3. As the Library’s General Chairman, Joe Garland led that campaign. Not surprising, the text of the brochure is a good read! The architect was Donald F. Monnell. (In 1971 Monnell was quoted in the papers speaking about the attributes of Central Grammar.  One likes him more and more.) The population served was 27,000–nearly what it is today.

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Awesome design  on this 1973 brochure for the fundraising campaign for the Sawyer Free library– led by the Joe Garland (cover). See photos of complete pamphlet

 

 

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See “Preserving our Civic Center,” great letter to the editor by Prudence Fish, Gloucester Daily Times, December 23, 2016

 

Working together

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2016 Planning term and movement- “Scaling Up”

A quip about the concept of Scaling UP that I remember from a conference this past September at Peabody Essex Museum and hosted by Essex National Heritage was to “think about the farm not just a barn”; in this case a downtown, or an entire city and region. I like thinking this way in general–architecture and planning, art, and schools. But this conference pushed me to add overlays beyond my areas of expertise or focus like wildlife and waterways. Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts–there’s so much! Mayor Romeo Theken is committed to working together and feels that planning is important and broad. One example, see Gloucester Daily Times Dec 19, 2016 Officials: City to Prioritize Its (competing) Needs 

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City Looks to Prioritize its Needs, Gloucester Daily Times, Ray Lamont, Dec. 19, 2016

There are several looming questions, evaluations, and decisions.

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Every era has choices. The prior library expansion plans began well before 1972. Possibilities swirled as they do now. (Back then, Central Grammar was also in the news, may or may not have been razed, and possible uses favored senior housing, commercial development, an annex to City Hall, and a courthouse police station.) Today there are competing building needs and uses floated for properties as diverse as: the Cape Ann YMCA on Middle Street, the post office on Dale, the Gloucester Fire Department, police headquarters, St. Ann’s, and the elementary schools–and that’s just to name a few. Let’s celebrate enviable architectural strengths, and not fuss with buildings that should be venerated, unless it’s to help them be accessible and healthy. Let’s get the balance right.

HISTORY MAKING PLEA- Archives for all

The prohibitive costs of best practice historic preservation (ADA compliant, temperature and humidity controls, security, sustainability, in house scanning/OCR/audio transcription, etc) is impossible for all the worthy collections in town, and pits them as foes when vying for funds. Let’s flip that impediment on its head and make Gloucester a model for the state.  Its treasures would be available worldwide if they were truly accessible –digitized.Two words may help accomplish this goal and free up cash for individual operations: shared overhead. It’s one hope I continue to stress–the need to share necessary resources for a state-of-the-art research and warehouse repository. This universal hub should be large enough to encompass any holdings not on view. There could be a smaller downtown central site combined with a larger off site location, such as at Blackburn. The list of sharing institutions could include and is by no means exhaustive: our municipal archives that date back to 1642; Cape Ann Museum; Sawyer Free Library; North Shore Art Association; Beauport; Hammond Castle; the Legion; Amvets and other social clubs; Sargent House; several places of worship; Gloucester Daily Times; Annisquam historical building collections; Lanesville; Magnolia’s historic collections; artists/writers estates; Veterans office; our schools; Isabel Babson Memorial Library, and perhaps businesses such as Cape Pond Ice and Gortons. The library plans don’t appear to retrofit their site(s) for this goal.

If incentives and policy supported neighborhood character over less generic construction collages51

that would be wonderful.  It’s not just Gloucester.

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Before: Awaiting Gloucester Lobster Trap Menorah

at Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA. It would be the third year for this tradition.Upcoming TAA event: movies and Chinese food December 24th at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage.

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Lisa Smith of Cape Ann TV won a national award for her report on Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Tree and Menorah which will soon be linked on the Gloucester HarborWalk marker #32 for the temple.

The new building was designed by Maryann Thompson. Learn more about her design.

She was part of a fantastic symposium at Cape Ann Museum this year. I’ll add that link, too.

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/before-gloucester-

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Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn: Tricky Lighting Situations

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, December 7 at 12 Noon with “Tricky Lighting Situations”.  Presentation and demonstration by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

One of the more challenging things to shoot video of is a meeting presentation. Usually, the speaker is at a podium and referring to a slide show projected on a screen or displayed on a video screen, and the existing lighting is far from optimal.

Dealing with different color temperatures and big exposure variations are just some of the problems—and what if you only have one light? We’ll examine and work out a solution for these and other tricky situations at our next Lunch and Learn atnoon on Wednesday December 7th at the Cape Ann TV studio. (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester)

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot.

Cape Ann TV has a big, beautiful and bold goal: to be one of the premiere community media stations in the country

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How? Executive Director Erich Archer states it plainly:  “The team at Cape Ann TV and this community make that goal possible. There’s something special and local: the characters, stories and the beauty of Cape Ann. People actively participate in this community, which is incredibly important.  Plus, there’s high caliber and diverse talent.”

CATV AND COMCAST

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Cape Ann TV is located at 38 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA, and it’s community television, local, social, and non-commercial. Unlike PBS –which produces shows for a national audience and broadcasts broadly via satellites– community television stations create, produce, and distribute content locally, via a cable provider. There are 350+ active community television stations across the country that operate with a variety of funding sources depending upon how they’re set up. *Since an FCC mandate in 1972, cable providers receive access to rights of way in exchange for funding local cable TV channels by and for the public. The cable television franchise contract fees pay for equipment, training, facilities, studio time and channels (air time). Currently the fiscal model for Cape Ann TV covers operation and capital needs.  Comcast is the local Cape Ann TV cable provider. Archer said that Cape Ann TV has spent more than a year working together with local governments, area schools, partners and citizens to outline and identify what the communities wanted to include in renegotiation terms for the next 10 year contract with Comcast. It was a massive document and effort, and is currently under negotiation.

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The original purpose of cable access continues to be providing TV studios and support for community members so they can make their own content. Our station, CATV, has much to offer that’s relevant. If you need video, CATV can make it for you whether you are an individual, non-profit, for profit or municipality. Make it a point to visit the station and use this invaluable resource. While you’re at it, why not

START YOUR OWN TV SHOW AT CATV

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Here’s your chance. Members can use the cameras, production, and the studio to make their own TV show. You can sign up for film maker and editing classes, lunch workshops, state of the art equipment, cameras, the conference room for community meetings, editing banks, and studio time. Do it. Have fun.

CREATE YOUR OWN PODCAST AT CATV

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There have been upgrades to CATV headquarters: new wall color, original art, and re-design including transposing an under-utilized lobby into a beautiful podcast studio. Podcasts are on an uptick everywhere thanks to easy on demand listening. Since the podcast studio was put in at Cape Ann TV there have been hundreds of downloads–beyond clicking and listening. Invested audiences are saving the shows to listen at their convenience. Archer notes, “We have podcasts about high school sports, one from NOAA about fishery-related issues, arts and variety, and more.” CATV encourages people to start one if they’re interested. “We’ll help them every step of the way.”

WHAT’S ON CATV?

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Cape Ann TV broadcasts original programs and local coverage: area high school sports, city council and municipal meetings, community meetings, Cape Ann Museum programs, library events, local artists and art groups, Cape Ann scenics, and school productions to name just a few. Award winning programs include: The Portrait Series; Awesome Gloucester; GMG podcastsWriters Block with John RonanAll Things Victorian; and the Emmy-winning On the Waterfront, a series about how local seafood gets to your plate.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN HIRE CATV FOR COMMERCIAL CONTENT?

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Does your business or organization need any professional video shot? Cape Ann TV funding sources also include for profit productions for commercial content. So, if you want to make a video for commercial purposes that will not air on Cape Ann TV, you can contract Cape Ann TV to make it. CATV can work at a high quality and any budget. Do you have an exciting event you’d like to capture? Do you need to film a board room meeting? One example- CATV produced film for a permanent display at Cape Ann Museum.

DID YOU KNOW GRANT FUNDERS AND COMMUNITY GET DOUBLE VALUE?

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CATV has strategically partnered with organizations seeking grant funding. If an organization is writing a grant proposal that includes a video element, they can write CATV into the grant, and CATV will match the grant funds with in kind services. So for example Cape Ann Seafood Exchange wrote a big grant, and they won $5000 as part of this big grant to make a video. CATV matched that award which meant Seafood Exchange could make a $10,000 value video. Next time you’re writing a grant, think about ramping up the application with a video component, and plan ahead so it can happen!

A NOTE FROM MAYOR ROMEO-THEKEN

“Cape Ann Television is an invaluable asset to Gloucester and the Cape Ann community. The city turns to CATV for important local news, information and media education opportunities. The dedicated staff members and volunteers at Cape Ann Television through the leadership of Erich Archer work tirelessly to improve and broaden their coverage of public, education, and government events, keeping our citizens informed and entertained. I have been involved with Cape Ann Television for many years, sharing my views as a city councilor, mayoral candidate and finally, today as Mayor. From this personal experience, I have always recognized the value that CATV provides, allowing local citizens the opportunity to share opinions and information. It is a critical piece of our city’s democracy.” Mayor Romeo Theken, City of Gloucester, MA

DIRECTOR CATV

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Erich Archer has been at the helm of Cape Ann TV for three years. He is a filmmaker and editor by profession. “I try to produce at least one original project a year that I’m proud of. The two On the Waterfront episodes are definitely in that category, as are the two Portrait Series pieces.”

Prior to running the station he worked in Los Angeles in TV and advertising. He moved back from LA for…love.  His wife, Tara, is a wardrobe stylist who grew up on the North Shore. They have two children and reside in Beverly. As a boy, Archer spent summers on Wingaersheek beach with his family. His parents recently moved to Rocky Neck; his mother, Kathleen Gerdon Archer, had a gallery on Rocky Neck. That’s her original art on the walls.

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Helpful links:

Mass.gov Massachusetts Community Access Television 

National Alliance for Community Media 

MassAccess (Massachusetts Community Media, INC) state advocacy membership organization and network. Cape Ann TV is a member and Archer is serving as an officer.

*For more information see Cable Communications Act of 1984 

2014 Boston Globe good article by Steven Rosenberg

CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR VIDEO FROM CAPE ANN TV

Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith writes, “Ted Reed produced this video on the Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Competition and Festival. It focuses on the Paint Essex day of the competition. It includes great interviews from some of the fabulous artists from all over the country who came here to paint, with some local artists too! In this video you experience “Paint Essex” as you hear what the artists have to say, and see the beautiful scenery they painted and how they painted it.”

Cape Ann TV video: City Council & School Committee Joint Meeting School Consolidation

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Thanks Lisa Smith! Here is the direct link to Dave’s film of the October 18th Joint Meeting of the City Council & School Committee:

http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01896&video=292415

Next school committee meeting is October 26.

Scary stories-scenes from City Council & School Committee Consolidation meeting

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See GMG for prior school consolidation meetings (with links)

Cape Ann TV link to the video (coming soon)

Building Management that works with MSBA

Samantha Verga’s Facebook Group (250+ and growing): Advocates for the Future of Gloucester Public Schools

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Ray Lamont’s Gloucester Daily Times article about the meeting

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Save the date! Ward 1 follow-up Elementary School meeting Monday 9/26 6:30pm at EGS

from Councilor Memhard:

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Update: Ray Lamont article “Consensus Sought On School Consolidation” in the Gloucester Daily Times

 GMG post on 9/14/16 school consolidation meeting with links to Cape Ann TV and plan 

Gloucester schools consolidation

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Mern Sibley speaking to the Gloucester School Committee Sept 14, 2016 about elementary schools merging

If you missed it, you’re in luck. Busy night of democracy was captured by Dave from Cape Ann TV- direct link if the video isn’t showing below.

The Chair of the School Committee, Johnathan Pope, opened with a power point presentation that went for the first 49 minutes. Questions from the floor began immediately after Pope’s background talk. First question up at minute 50–no surprise –concerned a clarification about the cost of West Parish, quickly followed by Mern Sibley’s remarks at minute 51 which received a large applause as did others throughout the evening. Some residents came prepared to speak. Some were spontaneous. The path to the mike was steady and fascinating. A few residents had more than one take like parent Kylie Mione  who is also by profession a teacher at Veterans.

Here’s a link to the Elementary School Plan Proposal August 2016

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Councilor Ward 1 Scott Memhard Facebook page has several posts about the school proposal.

The audience numbered less than 100 and included Councilors Memhard, Lundberg, Cox and Ciolino.

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Chair Johnathan Pope, School Committee, 9/14/16

Still a Few Seats Left for Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

Still a few seats left!

Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series:

How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

 

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, August 24th,2016 at 12pm with “How To Make A Movie On You iPhone” presented by Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

It used to cost thousands, if not millions of dollars to make a movie. But now the basic production tools are in the hands of millions of people. Your smart phone can capture better video than most top of the line professional cameras did only a few years ago; all you need are a few tips and a few (if any) accessories to produce a festival-ready film. Join independent producer Ted Reed for a Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn discussion that will show you what you need to know and what works best to get high-quality video out of your iPhone. The principles are the same for almost any current smart phone; we’ll concentrate on what the iPhone can do and the free or cheap apps that will help you get your indie feature made.

 

Participants are encouraged to install the ProCam app* which we will do a quick tutorial on, but even the stock Camera app will do the trick.

 

 

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot. 

WOW FIRST LOOK TOUR OF THE NEW WEST PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH SUPERINTENDENT SAFIER

WOW AND DOUBLE WOW!!! Check out this special edition of the Superintendent’s Corner as Dr. Richard Safier, Alex Corbett, and Telena Imel take us on a tour of the new West Parish Elementary School. This video was created by Lisa Smith and Becky Tober for Cape Ann TV.

The West Parish Elementary School open house for the West Parish community is on Thursday, August 25th. The entire Gloucester community is invited to tour the school on Sunday, August 28th. 

How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series:

How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

 

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 12pm with “How To Make A Movie On You iPhone” presented by Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

It used to cost thousands, if not millions of dollars to make a movie. But now the basic production tools are in the hands of millions of people. Your smart phone can capture better video than most top of the line professional cameras did only a few years ago; all you need are a few tips and a few (if any) accessories to produce a festival-ready film. Join independent producer Ted Reed for a Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn discussion that will show you what you need to know and what works best to get high-quality video out of your iPhone. The principles are the same for almost any current smart phone; we’ll concentrate on what the iPhone can do and the free or cheap apps that will help you get your indie feature made.

Participants are encouraged to install the ProCam app* which we will do a quick tutorial on, but even the stock Camera app will do the trick.

 

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot.

*Cape Ann TV in not affiliated nor endorses this application.  Please do your own research and use your own discretion when downloading.

Congratulations to Cape Ann TV for Winning Two National Video Awards!!

Cape Ann TV reeled in two first place awards in the Hometown Media Award Contest.

The two winning videos are Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree & Menorah, and Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015.

Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree & Menorah was entered in the Access Center Professional Division and won in the Community Events-General category. The program was produced by Cape Ann TV staff members, Lisa Smith and Rebecca Tober and was narrated by Cape Ann TV intern, Jill Wach. The ten-minute video profiled the people who created the Lobster Trap Tree on Main Street and the Menorah at the Temple Ahavat Achim, and the importance of these structures to the Cape Ann community.

Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015 was entered in the Independent Producer division and won in the Democracy in Action category. Matt Morris created this short, two-minute video. The video creatively shows the hustle and bustle at City Hall on election night and the live election coverage by Cape Ann TV. Matt Morris won a Hometown Media Award last year for his Awesome Gloucester series. Video link to Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015

The Hometown Media Awards is a national contest, sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, that honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are distributed on community access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

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