PHOTOS: Alliance for Community Media conference in Boston

Community media professionals from across the country gathered at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel on August 18-20. Our very own Marcia Manong and Karen Lynch, independent producers with MATV’s Neighborhood View, were honored with a national award for their story on family homelessness featuring Housing Families here. –Photos by Elizabeth Scorsello


BEYOND BOSTON TV show launches with Chris Faraone

Hosted by DigBoston’s features editor and Boston Institute of Non-Profit Journalism (BINJ) co-founder Chris Faraone, BEYOND BOSTON is a monthly news magazine collaboration spotlighting the reporting from regional community access centers including BIG in Brookline, CCTV in Cambridge, MATV in Malden and SCATV in Somerville. The pilot episode, produced by MATV’s Sam Baltrusis and SCATV’s Erica Jones, is airing on multiple public access stations in August 2016. “As BINJ moves into its second year, you will see lots of vids and podcasts and more. Starting with ‘Beyond Boston,’ a monthly showcase (hosted by me and the BINJ crew, produced by Sam Baltrusis of Malden Access Television and Erica Jones of SCATV in Somerville) of the best content that community access stations around Boston have to offer,” Faraone said. “There are more than 100 such stations in Mass alone, and this is an effort to get a whole bunch of them on the same page. Alternative and community news outlets can have a big impact, but only when we work together like this,” he continued.  


Community N’ Unity vigil unites Malden

Malden responded to the violence in the U.S. with a powerful Community N’ Unity vigil on Wednesday, July 20 outside of Malden High School. Michelle Brooks-Thompson, a contestant on the third season of “The Voice,” sang a song titled, “Stand up for Love.” People who participated in the vigil did take a stand for love … holding hands in a powerful display of unity. Mayor Gary Christenson kicked off the vigil by thanking the community’s religious leaders for organizing the peaceful gathering. “I was inspired by their commitment and willingness to step forward to plan this event,” said Christenson. “In light of the violence and divisiveness that has gripped our nation, they were determined to bring our community together and help deliver a message of unity, hope and peace.” Neighborhood View interviews participants at the community vigil:


Weaving culture, beauty and business: Fallou’s African Braiding Salon

Growing up in Senegal, Farma Fallou would not have guessed that an everyday activity — braiding hair in the local style — would become the foundation of an American life for herself and the family she would one day have. But since her arrival in the U.S. in 2001, she has built a braiding company that has sent two daughters to college and earned her a respected place in Malden’s business community. Today, the owner of Fallou’s African Braiding Salon in Malden, Massachusetts sees a dozen or more clients each week and employs her daughters, a niece, and other skilled hair braiders part-time. “I am very grateful, and bless God every day,” says Fallou. The salon at 14 Irving Street, just off Main Street in Malden Square, is a long room with four chairs for customers and more for family members and friends to keep customers company. It is common for customers to bring a husband, mother, or friend along, as most braided hair styles take several hours to complete. Every chair has a sight line to the television where, […]


RAW:Boston hosts ShanLeighHair reveal in Malden

Hair as a blank canvas? Shannon Leigh, a South Weymouth-based hair designer and recent guest on “What’s New? Malden,” approaches hair as art. Leigh’s artistic vision will be unveiled by  RAW:Boston in an art exhibit called “REVEAL” with ShanLeighHair. It’s slotted for 7 p.m. Thursday, August 25 at MIXX 360 located at 665 Broadway in Malden. Q: What is your greatest fear? SHANNON LEIGH: My greatest fear is to become my mother. I know that sounds terrible but I fear the addiction that has consumed her for the entirety of my life and I would never, ever want to put my family through that. What is the trait you most deplore? Dishonesty. I can’t stand a liar. Which living person do you most admire? Myself. I have over come so much and I use it to better myself. I live every day like its my last, and make sure that I treat people the way I want to be treated and do whatever I can to better myself. I also always, always put my kids […]


Malden Public Library’s historic gates restored

The Malden Public Library’s historic wrought-iron gates have been restored  to their original condition and returned to the Salem Street entrance where they have enclosed the walled garden, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, at the front entrance, since 1911. They were designed by Ludvig Sandoe Ipsen, purchased in 1910 from a $1,000 donation from Mrs. Lillie A.B. Hill of Malden and produced by W.A. Snow Iron Work, Inc.  L.S. Ipsen, decorative artist, was born in Denmark and a graduate of the Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen.  He arrived in Boston around 1867 and eventually moved to Malden. Expressing himself most famously in the decorative arts and illustration, Ipsen was most noted for his book covers, book titles and book plates according to The American Bookmaker, July, 1886.  His illustrated work of “Sonnets from the Portuguese,” by E.B Browning (Tribner & Co.), was described as having been decorated “with exquisite draughtmanship and engraving and designed with taste and grace such as we rarely find surpassed” by The Athenaeum Journal of Literature, Science, The Fine Arts, Music […]