Medfield TV Documentary on Mike Sullivan
Friday evening I was fortunate to be invited a pre-release showing of the Medfield TV movie, “The Open Door Policy,” a documentary about Mike Sullivan at The Center. The movie recounts Mike’s career as the long time Town Administrator by means of interviews with those with whom Mike worked. Former selectman and current town historian, Richard DeSorgher was positioned as the de facto narrator. There were also clips of Mike at BoS meetings and at town meetings.
About sixty people attended, more than half were Mike’s family, including many nieces and nephews, and their families, as well as his brother Dennis Sullivan, who had flown up from Virginia to attend. The balance in attendance were the town employees who had been interviewed for the movie and the Medfield TV staff who had distilled the hours of video interviews to create the movie. I know that my interview lasted for about an hour, and accounted for only maybe two minutes in the movie.
The world premier of the movie will be this coming Friday at the Medfield High School auditorium.
It was nice to see that my neighbor, Olivia Deval, got credit in the movie for her production assistance work on it. Olivia interned at Medfield TV while at MHS, graduated last June, and is now at Babson.
Chris Allan nominated for the Medfield Foundation volunteer lifetime achievement award
I would like to nominate Christopher Allan for the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his work with the Annual Town Meeting. An Audio Engineer by profession, Chris has volunteered his time, expertise and personal equipment to outfit each town meeting with the best possible audio quality available. He is currently spending the month in PyeongChang, South Korea, as the lead Audio mixer for Figure Skating & Short Track Speed Skating events televised via NBC from the Gangneung Ice Arena. Although his work takes him away from Medfield for weeks, even months, at a time, he always finds time in his travel schedule to be home for the town meeting. He handles the microphone and speaker setup, interfacing with the school system when possible, and mixes the output to ensure that Medfield residents have the best chance to understand the Warrant Committe’s recommendation as well as make their voices heard during the meeting.
In the past, he also sat on the board of Medfield.TV (“Cable 8”) and worked on the broadcasts for residents that could not make the town meeting in person. He had also worked the Cable 8 Thanksgiving Day High School football game broadcast as well as the Graduation Ceremonies for years.
The public is invited to the reception to honor all the nominated volunteers at 3PM on Sunday April 8 at The Center. The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.
Medfield TV is Live Again
This email from Medfield TV about fixing its problem –
Selectmen and Town Administrator,
I am very happy to say that the issues with our Selectmen Meetings has been resolved. We were getting interference sending out our signal back to the station through the Town’s Network. We hooked up a separate router that allowed us to better our flow back to the station to send out our signal.
Thank you for you patience both from the Selectmen and the Town.
Selectmen meetings have not been broadcast live
Last night I asked Rachel about the Medield TV broadcast of selectmen meetings not going out live, as I had been told that recently the meetings were not being broadcast live. I learned that Medfield TV has a new piece of equipment in the Medfield TV equipment box in the selectmen meeting room that has not been functioning properly, preventing the live broadcasts.
For your information, last night’s broadcast would have been 4+ hours, as we finished after 11PM and after the extended inning all star game had ended.
This email came this afternoon from Medfield TV. I think my “source” must have called Medfield TV too.
First let me apologize that your meeting was not live last night. I watched the intro to the meeting last night and wanted to send a reassuring email your way. It seems people are under the misconception that we “no longer go live”, or “haven’t been live in months”.
We have had some problems with our encoder at the Town Hall. The purpose of that device is to send our video signal back to our station so it can go live to our audience. We received a phone call, and so did you, about your meetings not going live. Only two meetings have missed being live broadcast. The gentleman we spoke to has been frustrated and seems to have embellished to me and I hope not to you as to the extent of the issue.
I believe Medfield TV is a service to the people and to this town. The town meetings are absolutely the single most important part of our job. I want to assure you that this issue is being fixed and is a priority to our station.
I wanted to send this message to let you know what is going on on our end. This has been an issue in some places around us and so we are going through a process of research to find the correct fix to this issue which may take some time. I promise if the meeting is not live it will air within the next day or two.
I do not live in this town but from what I can see you gentlemen do a great job serving this town.
I look forward to working with all of you soon. Perhaps we can do a Selectman show sometime. Any takers?
From Gil Rodgers –
“Let’s Go Farming” Video Available for Viewing on Medfield TV YouTube
Local farm products help safeguard our health and ensure healthier and better tasting food. Knowing where our food comes from and how it is grown enables us to choose fresh nutritious and safe food.
A new video series at Medfield TV “Let’s Go Farming” explores and demonstrates the benefits of local agriculture to the community, schools, restaurants, environment, parents, and kids. Based on experiences in running successful Community Supported Agricultural (CSAs) farms for many years, Medfield resident Gil Rodgers discusses with Laura Tangerini (Tangerini Farm, Millis, MA) and Andrew Rodgers, (Clark Farm, Carlisle, MA) how local farms provide organic and nutritious food, demonstrate the heritage of local agriculture, contribute to food and educational programs with schools, and offer consequential work opportunities for residents and students.
The Medfield Foundation’s recent volunteer awards reception is now online. Hear the inspiring stories about the volunteer work and why the people do it. –
Medfield Foundation Awards – Medfield TV You tube link below:
The sign in the window at the former Strata Bank building announces that site as the new future home of Medfield.TV. There is a lot of build out to accomplish, so the move in date will not be for months. Medfield.TV is currently located in a too small studio space that is part of the Medfield High School building. They are physically across the small parking lot from the cafeteria door, or, from inside the building, just down the hall from Room 125.