FCA Documentary Awarded 1st Place in Video Festival

Matt Muirhead plays his trumpet and talks candidly about the FHS Jazz Ensemble's participation at the Ellington competition and the impact of the experience in their lives.

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Community Media, Northeast Region announced the finalists in their Fall Video Festival.  “Essentially Ellington” produced by Cooper Vacheron was selected for 1st place in the Documentary Events category.  The eight minute program features interviews with several members of the Foxborough High School Jazz Ensemble speaking about their participation in the 15th annual high school jazz band competition at Lincoln Center in New York last spring. Their insightful comments are interspersed with actual footage of the Foxborough students in performance with Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. Coop is an eleventh grade trombonist with the Jazz Ensemble and conceived the program’s in-depth approach from the student musician’s point of view.  Over the course of two weeks, he shot the interviews and edited them with parent-provided performance footage at the Foxboro Cable Access studio using Final Cut Pro on the Mac computer. “This was his first time using this software, “ said Michael Webber, FCA’s Executive Director, “ and I was impressed with how quickly he mastered the techniques and used them to tell the story, but more than that – how he took charge of the project and followed through on his idea.”

The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization which advocates the use of public access television for creative expression and civic information, and provides support and networking to local stations across the country.  The Northeast region includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The Video Festival offers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in a wide variety of categories for both professional and non-professional producers.  Three other programs by FCA producers will be recognized:  “Pops – An Inside Look” produced by Michael Everson and Marc Chavous (2nd place in the News and Magazine Format), “Thanksgiving

Celine Haddad talks about the emotional impact the experience had on her.

Day Football 2009” produced by Michael Everson (3rd place in the Sports Category) and “Neponset Valley Philharmonic Spring Concert” produced by Michael Everson (3rd place tie in Music and Performance category). There were more than 450 entries in the Video Festival, eight of them from FCA producers. The awards will be presented on November 13th at the Fall Conference in Concord, NH.

The award winning programs have been shown on Foxborough’s public access channels 8 & 39, and will be re-scheduled in the coming weeks.  Viewers can also watch them on streaming video at the FCA website:  www.fcatv.org. For more information about Foxboro Cable Access or training programs that are available to town residents at no charge, please contact Executive Director Michael Webber at 543-4757.

FCA Launches New Website Design

FOXBORO, MA: Foxboro Cable Access, a local non-profit community television station is proud to announce the launch of a new website design, released earlier this week.

“The site offers a fresh new look, with an updated navigation menu that is more user-friendly than our old site”, says Michael Webber, Executive Director of FCA.  “We’re excited about the integration with Social Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, which allow vistors to better interact with us.”

The new website design follows a YouTube style community video portal site launch several months ago – http://video.fcatv.org.  On this site residents can easily access Selectmen and School Committee Meetings, as well as, Music and Sports videos.  Foxboro residents are also encouraged to submit their own videos to the site.

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Benefit Auction – November 6th

Control Room personnel at Foxboro Cable Access will be ready to beam the auction live to our faithful viewers. We will also post a live stream number so the auction can be viewed from anywhere

Once again, the work of legendary artist Homer White will be featured in the annual Foxboro Cable Access / Doolittle Home auction, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, as it has been since the fund-raising event was launched with the help of the Foxboro Jaycees seven years ago.

Another one-of-a-kind item will be a small hand-made quilt, suitable for hanging, that features nine images of familiar buildings around town reproduced on squares of cloth and shown into place by Dawn Pratt, daughter-in-law of Doolittle President Joanne Pratt. Shown are the Steamer Shed, Foxborough State Hospital, Town Hall, the Common, Foxborough Senior Center, Memorial Hall and Doolittle Home.

For anyone who knows a home handyman who also enjoys Chess, tthe auction could prove most interesting. Imagine a totally hand-crafted chess board in contrasting colors of wood with chessmen created in the form of various hand tools – a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, a drill, pliers and the like. It was created by a true craftsman, Kester Flagg, whose mother was a resident of Doolittle Home until she passed away earlier this month.

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COACHES REQUIRED TO TAKE CONCUSSION EDUCATION COURSE

Coaches at Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) member schools will be required to take a concussion education course offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) prior to the start of the Winter season. The MIAA Board of Directors voted recently to add this requirement to its existing wellness program for students, coaches and others involved in high school athletics.

“This summer the state enacted a Concussion Law directed at MIAA member schools. We now are waiting for the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop resultant regulations,” Barry Haley, Athletic Director of Concord Carlisle High School and MIAA President said. “Meanwhile, we have advised our members to follow the wellness protocols already in place for many years and any other aspects of the new law they can meet until new regulations are established by the DPH.”

As part of the wellness program MIAA member school coaches are required to participate in an education course within one of year being hired. The course includes first aid instruction, recognizing the signs of head injuries and drug or steroid use among other wellness issues. In addition, member schools continue to require physical examinations for student/athletes and submission from a parent or guardian of a health history. The MIAA has long had a rule requiring a medical clearance before an athlete who has suffered a head injury can return to play.

“Many of our schools go beyond the Association’s requirements and programs, working with physicians, trainers, school nurses, parents and outside consultants to expand awareness of safety issues in different sports,” Haley said. He reported that more than 4,700 Massachusetts people have taken the NFHS on-line concussion program voluntarily this Fall. Visit the MIAA website (www.miaa.net) for a comprehensive concussion resource menu, developed by the Association’s Sports Medicine Committee.

The MIAA Wellness Program is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of promoting the health and safety of the student-athlete. The program consists of extensive programming and policies focusing on helping students make healthy life choices. This month the MIAA held its 14th Annual Wellness Summit at which hundreds of students, coaches and administrators participated in the daylong conference.

Physician Focus Talks Autism this August

Physician Focus: Autism
Watch Physician Focus on FCA's Public Access Channel 8/39

Autism is one of three autism spectrum disorders, along with Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified, that include a group of developmental disabilities that cause social, behavioral, and communication challenges for those affected. Autism can occur in all racial, ethnic and social groups, and is four times more likely to affect boys than girls. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.

Guests:
Robin Adair, M.D., Medical Director, Early Childhood Clinic at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, Worcester, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School;
Jean Frazier, M.D., Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and holder of the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Host:
Lynda Young, M.D., Physician with Chandler Pediatrics, Worcester, Mass., and President-Elect, Massachusetts Medical Society.

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