The latest lineup of Neighborhood News Correspondents have published videos, articles, and a podcast to introduce themselves to our readers, viewers, and listeners. Here’s a sample of their newest posts:
The latest lineup of Neighborhood News Correspondents have published videos, articles, and a podcast to introduce themselves to our readers, viewers, and listeners. Here’s a sample of their newest posts:
A teacher once told nothing is for sure in life, except for death and failure. I have failed many times and will fail many more. The Neighborhood News Correspondent program has been an experience I will never forget. I saw, I learned, I did.
I believed that in order for a community to be great, the media need to be unbiased and be built on the youth. This program gave me the opportunity to see the change I could make as a young person. Before this program, I considered myself as a rhetorical person. I am on my school debate team, I used to debate to win but now I have learned how to argue for the truth. The first few articles and videos I have done for the NNC, I admit, was done with a pre-existing bias. I made them with an intention to convince people to my side of the argument, to imposed an opinion on the audience. I’m glad to have a team to correct my mistake.
The team has done me favors I do not think I could repay in a lifetime. They taught me that bias invalidates me as a writer, as speaker, and a reporter. They taught me not with strict punishment, but with kindness and compassion. They nurture my growth as a writer, but also trust me to improve on my own.
I learned to write with the confidence that my new founded unbias has authenticated as me a trustworthy reporter- to become a reporter who is there to tell the unadulterated truth. I owe thanks of my growth to the Neighborhood News Correspondent team.
Now dear future Neighborhood News Correspondent, there are a couple of things I would advise you to do. First and foremost, do not plan a project so big you could not finish on time. I made this mistake many times and thanks to Isaac and the team I was able to correct it (for the most part). Second, change your smoke alarm battery so it would not beep when you are doing a voice over! I haven’t changed my smoke alarm in two years and Isaac was the one that pointed it out. The noise was so common that my brain did not register it anymore. Third, have fun and be yourself. For me, this program has been a path to self-discovery. I hope that you will have fun and enjoy what you do!
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On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Access Sacramento will be participating in the Big Day of Giving; A 24-hour on-line giving event for non-profit orgranizations. Access Sacramento is a proud media partner in the Sacramento Regional Foundation’s BIG Day of Giving, highlighting the great work of nonprofits across our community.
Access Sacramento has positively touched the lives of thousands of households across the Sacramento community with our cable television and radio programming that supports freedom of speech, local filmmaking, the arts, and promotes diverse cultural awareness – We’re Making a Difference, One Voice at a Time.
With our mascot Quentin Sacrametno’s help, Access Sacramento plans to make a BIG splash too. In case you missed it, check out Quentin’s dramatic rescue of a local gym patron.
Be our hero and help us raise our goal of $10,000 in those 24-hours. Your support will help us continue our ongoing effort to enrich our community through original cable television and radio programming.
All donations through BigDayofGiving.org are 100% tax deductible.
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Whether you are giving $25, $500, $1,000 or promoting Access by forwarding this message on, we appreciate your ongoing support for Access. Thank you for your efforts, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Access Sacramento event.
Watch our LIVE TV coverage of the Big Day of giving on Access Sacramento Cable Channel 17 Tuesday May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Watch the Finale of the Access Sacramento Big Day of Giving Rally on LIVE TV Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Access Sacramento can be seen on Comcast and Consolidated Communications channel 17, AT&T U-Verse Channel 14 and live streamed from AccessSacramento.org.
Access Sacramento is a 501(c3 non-profit foundation operating public access television channels 17 and 18 on Comcast and Consolidated Communications, and channel 14 on AT&T, with radio operations on cable and on KUBU-LP 96.5 FM from downtown Sacramento. For more information on Access Sacramento or the Big Day of Giving campaign call Gary Martin Executive Director (916) 456-8600. ext #100
Hi, my name is Sage Lauwerys. I’m currently a junior at West Campus High School, a small, college-preparatory school in Southern Sacramento. I have a passion for music, linguistics, and helping others, and I’m excited to be returning as an author for AccessLocal.Tv.
Over the past several months I have done my best to bring new and important stories to AccessLocal.Tv. I am now
returning, joined by new and old Neighborhood News Correspondents, with hopes of bringing more exciting stories to local readers and viewers.
Journalism in and of itself has been a challenging and surprising experience. Spreading messages of community involvement, as well as getting involved in the local scene, has been increasingly rewarding for me as a young reporter. I’m happy to be returning to the Neighborhood News Correspondent Team, and I hope to continue to improve as a journalist as I reach out to local groups and organizations.
What surprised me the most about being a Neighborhood News Correspondent was discovering the passion shared by community members throughout Sacramento, particularly in Oak Park. Filming local events focused on community involvement and improvement, and interacting with local residents who have a vision for change, has been inspiring.
I’m looking forward to working with new Neighborhood News Correspondents in order to share and spread this unique experience. As a mentor, I have hopes of being as helpful as my mentor was when I began as a Correspondent.
I enjoy reporting on local events for the benefit of all interested viewers. Every local event that the Neighborhood News Bureau reports on brings new people, new experiences, and new lessons to my attention and the attention of AccessLocal.Tv viewers, which is incredibly valuable. Spreading this message of community involvement is an important aspect of journalism that is frequently neglected, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to share that message.
Hi, my name is Sage Lauwerys. For the past several months, I have shared important community news through accesslocal.tv. For me, being a Neighborhood News Correspondent was a journey and a learning experience. In this video, I look back a multitude of lessons and events.
Driving by the American River and Folsom Lake provides one with visual evidence that we are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts on record in California’s history. According to Normitisu Onishi in a recent New York Times article, the lack of rain and snowfall this winter will affect the lives of 25 million people who will not be receiving water from the Sacramento water district this year, and have severe implications for our states multi-billion dollar agricultural industry.
This intense drought has forced local businesses and organizations like the Sacramento Tree Foundation to reevaluate the way it uses water in our state. They have started sharing their knowledge with local homeowners in the hopes that we can all make different choices when it comes to water use.
The Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF) has been dedicated to the growth and maintenance of a healthy urban forest since 1982. Their long term goal has always been to plant as many trees as possible in the Sacramento region, but along the way they have educated countless neighbors in tree care and the basics of urban forestry- maintaining populations of trees planted in efforts to improve air and soil quality.
A drought like this has all the makings of undoing their hard work- on January 14, the city adopted a “Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan”, mandating a 20 to 30% water consumption reduction per household and once-weekly watering for yards. However, the Sacramento Tree Foundation is doing everything possible to insure the survival of trees in the region through education and smart planting.
Earlier this month, Executive Director Ray Tretheway released information to the members and supporters of the Sacramento Tree Foundation outlining the importance of urban forestry and water conservation. He explains the importance of conserving our urban forest and using water wisely in the meantime.
“The region’s economy, environment and quality of life reap the benefits of over 7 million trees,” Tretheway says. “The vast majority of these trees have been planted by hand, not nature.” For an environment that was never accustomed to naturally supplying water for these 7 million trees, this limitation is especially prevalent in times of drought. But the STF has several helpful hints for keeping our trees healthy without wasting water. Tip #1? Add mulch.
“Mulch is good for soil and trees year round…[and] holds water in the soil,” Tretheway advises. “Mulch is nutrient rich, reinvigorating the health of the soil and trees.”
You can buy mulch at any gardening store, but one easy way to get a hold of cheap, high-quality mulch is through composting. The material that composting creates is called ‘humus’, which is filled with essential nutrients plants need to fight disease while retaining moisture. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is a major advocate of household composting for more reasons than growing healthy plants.
According to the EPA, the “composting process has been shown to absorb odors and treat semivolatile and volatile organic compounds, including heating fuels, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and explosives. The compost process degrades and, in some cases, completely eliminates wood and preservatives, pesticides, and both chlorinated and non chlorinated hydrocarbons in contaminated soil.”
By composting to support trees, we can also reduce several major carcinogens from our atmosphere that contribute to respiratory diseases and cancer.
Other tips Tretheway suggests are to eradicate weeds and unwanted plants that outcompete your tree for water, and to choose the right tree for planting.
“More shade is better than less,” he suggests, “Choose the largest tree that will still fit comfortably in the planting area when it is mature. Choose trees based on longevity, water use, and pest and disease resistance.”
Ultimately, with the current drought limiting our water supply, it is important take every measure into consideration before we decide to use this vital resource. For more information in regards to tree care, and the conservation of water during the drought, visit sactree.com, and consider volunteering.
“Trees are connected to economic prosperity and to the health and well-being of the region’s citizens.” Tretheway reminds us. “Today, this remarkable hand-planted urban forest is a defining feature of our region.”
In order to keep our trees alive during the drought, we all must take extra precautions to prevent dehydrating them while being conscious of the current lack of resources.
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“A Week Before the PCS Deadline…”
It’s been an exciting summer with ups and downs for the Filmmakers, but mostly ups. Over the summer 10 films have been in production around Sacramento County and on the outskirts of town on location. Each of the films have faced their share of challenges as well as the exhilaration of completing each task required to make a film. Most of the films are now in their last week of Post Production with a few last minute fixes here and there.
“Running Into Traffic” has been putting final touches on their film and is now in post production.
“Resolution” is in it’s end stages of editing and is ready to be put into it’s final format. It’s putting the icing on the cupcake.
“To Pith or Not to Pith; That is the Question (an entomologic fantasy) “ has completed all of it’s pick up shots and celebrated with a cast pizza party.
“The Tailypo” added some final touches last week after filming their last couple of pick up shots and is working hard to keep the secret of what’s in the mysterious box that is the ‘shiny object’ of the film.
“The Lottery Ticket” filmed it’s final scene in a local market thanks to some great networking from friends and family. It went into post-production a couple of weeks ago.
“The Players” has been filming at pool playing hot spots around town and cleaning up some audio. They are just about ready to turn in their finalized film.
“The Within” has been working hard at editing and adding their cool F/X. They are even promoting the film online with teaser trailers and fun extras.
“Off the Mark” just finished filming early this month after a tromp around midtown filming at various locations. They are now in post-production.
“American River” suffered a few bumps in the road with scheduling, but are recovering quickly from lost production time. They are in the home stretch.
“Scratch” is just one of the many film and entertainment projects the Ian and the Wynton Family has completed this summer and their family efforts are showing fruition while they prepare for their final rendering of the film.
All the films will be showcased at “A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival” at the Crest Theatre on Sunday, October 6th at 1pm.
The PCS Film Festival likes to share other good works and organizations at the festival. In the past we have featured other short films, improv groups, and poets. This year there is going to be a special presentation of the first local short film produced by the Northern California Filmmakers Coalition. It is called “Marcus’ Coffee Habit” and it was written and produced by Wanda Madors who is part of the NCFC. You’ll need to come to the festival to see it’s premiere on the big screen.
Tickets will be available soon through Tickets.com and the Crest Box Office. There will be tickets available at the door the day of the event as well. Tickets are $10 for all seats and seating is first come, first served. This is a fundraising event for Access Sacramento and the Neighborhood News Youth Correspondents for AccessLocal.tv. Please share with your friends and family. All ages are welcome.
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“For the Children”
This week LiveWire is happy to welcome back guests from 2 local organizations that help children’s education and overall well -being. We have guests from the Krazy Sac Ladz and also from Chalk It Up! To Sacramento.
The Krazy Sac Ladz have been doing good work the last several years in our local community. They are a non-profit organization that started out as an organization that helped children of all ages with getting school supplies. They now do so much more including their Saturday Sac Lunch Program, Back to School Program, and Christmas for Forgotten Youth. Their annual Kid’s Bash is happening on August 17th in Sacramento. Tune in to LiveWire to get the details.
For more information log onto their website at KrazySacLadz.com
Chalk It Up to Sacramento! Will be happening on Labor Day weekend this year and it’s going to be a blast! There will be artists, kid’s activities, food trucks, live music and so much more. Chalk It Up is a non-profit organization that helps with grants and scholarships for children’s art programs. Jerry Perry, Executive Director and Entertainment Coordinator will be on LiveWire along with a special musical guest.
For details on how you can get involved with Chalk It Up to Sacramento! Please visit ChalkItUp.org
Tune in to LiveWire on Access Sacramento at 5pm on channel 17 or watch the simulcast at the same time at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’.
By Wendy Ngo
For many students, it is hard to focus and learn in a traditional classroom environment. Budget cuts are also a big contribution to the struggles with getting help from teachers. Class sizes are rapidly growing at almost 40 students per classroom making it hard for teachers to spend one on one time with students. Therefore the student is left unable to understand the lessons.
For myself, it was hard to focus because I didn’t catch on as quickly as others. I was often talking instead of paying attention. Teachers saw it as a class disruption. I got sent out a lot. Slacking off was the main reason I’m now credit deficient. I had to find a school where I could focus on my work and get the extra help. I needed to learn what I missed out on.
I decided to go to American Legion, a continuation school. They put me into their academy for freshman and sophomores. It very different from a traditional school. We were separated from the actual school building by a gate. In the academy, they separated the boys and girls. The only time we would interact was during Lunch and P.E. There were only three classrooms. There were only three teachers. One teacher per classroom. 2 periods for each teacher. This was not working for me.
At this point I had to find a school that did work for me. I wanted to try an independent study. This way I could work independently with my teacher at my own pace. I found a school that was recently opened near my house. I enrolled at Heritage Peak Charter School.
Its first location was in the Rio Linda Unified School District in 2005. Four years later, they opened learning centers in Vacaville, Broadway, Elk Grove, and West Sacramento. I’m currently attending the Broadway location.
They offer many classes such as: Yoga, Dance, Art, Math, and English. There are also tutors for students who need extra help. We have a school counselor on site for anyone who needs guidance and advice. Students are welcome to come in and work on site any day of the week from Monday through Friday. We are allowed to use the computers and they even have everyday breakfast for us. The teachers are wonderful. They are willing to help us in every way possible. They truly put effort into creating successful students. Thanks to all their support, I have kept up with my graduation plan. I’ve been attending HPCS for about two years and my experience has been rewarding. I would recommend this school to anyone who is aiming to achieve great goals.
By: Zack Johnson
People who are new to Sacramento or know very little about it all have the same problem. The majority of them see Sacramento at a very basic level. It is true, we do not have the initial visual impact like New York or The Bay, but I want to say that there is so much more to this city than a brief glance. Sacramento is beautiful in its depth, its pages between the ends of the covers. When one gets to really know the City of Trees, the warm hug of Sacramento embraces you and it never lets you go. I was born and raised here and I am constantly finding similar feels and images of Sacramento abroad. The hidden gems of the 916 area code make it what it is today. A diverse, eclectic, loving community with pride in its niche neighborhoods and unified spirit it its love for everything Sacramento.
One of the places I go to eat in order to really feel Sac after a long hiatus is Harry’s Café on 16th. Owned by a humble family, they serve a wide range of breakfast both American and Asian style. Truth be told I’m a sucker for their Spam fried rice. The portions are enormous and Harry, the owner, serves up Loco Moco as well. A native Hawaiian dish, Loco is comprised of white rice, topped with a burger patty, fried egg, green onion, and brown gravy, personally I throw a little Sriracha hot sauce on there too. Another gem has to be Roxie Deli. Half grocery store/sandwich spot, Roxie hits home with amazing Pastrami and other deli sandwiches served by friendly SF Giants fans. Its never super crowded, they have a chill little patio out front to eat on and certain days of the week they barbeque tri-tip in a huge smoker right out front.
Aside from food Sac has a range of places to go and experience. The American River is blessed with little tiny nooks and crannies to lounge and enjoy a Saturday, try between mile markers 18 and 19. The backdrop in late August and September reminds me of the book The Indian Paint Brush with amazing sunsets stripped with rusty reds and the gentlest blues. The range of art galleries in town seems to be growing at a rapid pace. The Sac State gallery is chalk full of circulating displays often showcasing local talent and artists. You get rewarded in Sac for adventure, for stepping out of a preconceived bubble and engaging the unknown. You never know, you might just happen to stumble into little Juno Café, or Curbside Cuisine’s food truck, or Mama Sues Kitchen, or coffee at Old Soul at The Weatherstone, or McKinley Park’s Rose Garden, or the Tower Theater. The point is no vinyl record was truly great because of the album artwork, what mattered was the music on the inside. Much like an old LP, what’s on the inside of Sacramento is what truly makes this city righteous and beautiful.