“13 Most Haunted Crime Scenes Beyond Boston” with author Sam Baltrusis

Listen up guys and ghouls! Neighborhood View’s Sam Baltrusis, author of the new book “13 Most Haunted Crime Scenes Beyond Boston,” writes about the things that go bump in the night. He assembled a motley crew of the area’s most haunted crime scenes in a show airing on MATV on Fridays at 10 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. in October. He also penned a book perfect for the Halloween season. The 30 minute Halloween-themed TV show “13 Most Haunted Crime Scenes Beyond Boston” will be available to public access stations across the state by DVD or digital download on October 13. The Sea Witch smells like death. “It’s the paint,” joked one of the volunteers who greeted me as I clumsily stumbled aboard the historic USS Salem in Quincy. “There were hundreds of dead bodies on here during the earthquake in Greece in 1953 and many of them died from burns … so that could explain the peculiar smell as well.” One of the first things I was told when […]


Muslim festival dispels myths and celebrates community

Malden was host to the first ever New England Muslim festival on Sunday, September 25. Official estimates report that close to 3,000 people attended the vibrant family event from noon – 6 p.m. A dazzling array of hijabs wove strands of color throughout the crowd on Malden City Hall Plaza. The stage featured hip hop artists, comedians, traditional music, folk dances, Chinese martial arts, speeches and the Muslim call to prayer. A traditional souk (marketplace) boasted a wide array of arts, henna, Arabic calligraphy, local information and international foods. There was even a booth where non-Muslims could try on a hijab (Muslim headcovering). According to the organizers, the vision of the Muslim Festival was to celebrate the diversity within the American Muslim community and to create a greater awareness of their rich cultural heritage. “In the midst of the election season, terrorist attacks in Europe and instability in the Middle East,” says festival director Mohammad Shadid, “the Muslims in the United States and in particular in New England believe that their culture and image have […]


TV SHOW: Special Halloween edition of “What’s New?”

In this special Halloween edition of Neighborhood View’s “What’s New?” Go behind the scenes of one of the state’s most haunted locations, the USS Salem in Quincy, and learn about world-class haunted house attraction called Ghost Ship Harbor. Travel back in time with Salem Witch Trials expert Kathryn Rutkowski who will talk about the spooktacular new event called The Haunting at Witch Hill in Topsfield. Co-hosts Sam Baltrusis and Sharon Fillyaw chat with “Halloween Nation” author Lesley Bannatyne about trends associated with All Hallow’s Eve. The monthly program airs 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Noon Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays on MATV’s Channel 3 on Comcast, 28 (Verizon). The special Halloween-themed edition will be available to public access stations across the state by DVD or digital download on October 1, 2016.


TV SHOW: “Overcoming Addiction” pilot with Paul Hammersley

In the first edition of “Overcoming Addiction,” recovery coach and Malden Overcoming Addiction chair Paul Hammersley talks with his fellow coach and MOA member Dan Ko, pastor of Seven Mile Road Church in Malden. Together, we can make a difference. Here’s your host, Paul Hammersley. The new “Overcoming Addiction” TV show will premiere Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.


WHAT’S NEW? Seven deadly picks for Halloween

With Halloween creeping around the corner, the team from What’s New? assembled a motley crew of spooktacular events scattered throughout the Bay State. With our seven deadly picks for Halloween, we promise plenty of tricks and treats throughout October. MATV’s HAUNTED STUDIO: Coming in at No. 7 is Malden Media Center’s annual event the Haunted Studio. Kids and parents from the Malden Community trick or treat their way through MATV’s creepy maze of spooks held on Halloween weekend. OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW: At No. 6 is Old School Game Show’s Halloween edition in Cambridge. Michael D’Angelo, host of the devilishly camp Old School Game Show, serves up 1970s-era slasher-flick sensibility in this killer live theater/game show cacophony which includes Boston’s burlesque queen Ginny Nightshade. Based on D’Angelo and Nightshade’s previous Halloween creations, Old School Game Show deserves two Freddy Krueger-style thumbs up. 7 p.m. Saturday, October 15. Oberon, 2 Arrow St. Harvard Square in Cambridge, oldschoolgameshow.com. HAMMOND CASTLE: For 29 years, this Gloucester haunt transforms into one of the most spooktacular haunted houses in New […]


Malden High School welcomes Principal Ted Lombardi

During the early spring of 2015, Lawrence High School Principal Ted Lombardi was strolling down his school’s empty hallway when his phone received a SchoolSpring alert of a high school principal opening. Lombardi appreciated these alerts not as a job search, but as an administrator’s news feed of job transitions in the state. This alert plucked a familiar chord since Lombardi vaguely knew Malden High School’s Principal Dana Brown.   Lombardi flagged a fellow educator who knew the Malden School District very well.  “Did you know that Dana Brown is leaving Malden High School?” The quick reply, “yes, he decided last year”, resonated with Lombardi. Lombardi continued on for another thirty feet down the hallway, when he heard the fellow educator banter,  “You are going to apply for that position, right?” Lombardi stopped in his tracks and spun around,“I don’t know. I haven’t updated my resume in a decade.” Lombardi thought to himself, “ I love Lawrence and plan to continue working here for years.” Lombardi has been teaching or leading at the Lawrence Humanities […]


Malden Reads mulls book pick for 2017

The Malden Reads Book Selection Committee has been busy reading all summer as they considered the contenders for the 2017 pick. The popular One City, One Book program will be entering its seventh year of promoting literacy, encouraging a love of reading and building community in the city of Malden. The program is organized collaboratively by MATV, Malden’s Media Center, and the Malden Public Library in collaboration with a dynamic group of community volunteers. Whittled down from a long list of suggestions from the community, here are the top 10 contenders: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Using letters to his teenage son, Coates talks in lyrical, yet uncompromising, prose about race in America and how it has shaped our history.   A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy, Stephen Fried The youngest son of Ted Kennedy describes his personal and political struggle with addiction and the hidden damage to his famous family.   A Man Called Ove by Frederik […]


TV SHOW: “What’s New? Malden” for September

In the September edition of Neighborhood View’s What’s New? Malden: In the September 2016 edition of Neighborhood View’s “What’s New? Malden.” Get a taste of Malden’s newest restaurants including Sillari’s Pizza on Medford Street. Go behind the scenes at the Alliance for Community Media’s national convention and learn about Malden Overcoming Addiction’s plans to launch a new monthly show with sober coach Paul Hammersley. Co-hosts Sharon Fillyaw  and Sam Baltrusis from MATV’s Neighborhood View talk about community, pizza and their spooktacular Halloween edition scheduled for October in this monthly TV show. The monthly program airs 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Noon Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays on MATV’s Channel 3 on Comcast, 28 (Verizon).


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.