Sunday, March 30, 2014

     Cable Advisory Council Scholarship Applications Available
Applications are now available for the Justin Hinds Scholarship, sponsored by the Northern Middlesex County Cable Advisory Council. Graduating seniors entering a communications program after high school, who live in Middletown, Middlefield, Portland, East Hampton and Cromwell are eligible for the scholarship.

The Northern Middlesex County Cable Advisory Council represents the towns of Middletown, Middlefield, Portland, East Hampton and Cromwell. 
In 2013, the Council initiated a scholarship program for graduating seniors from member towns who plan to study communications or a communications related field after high school.   The scholarship is in memory of Justin Hinds (1988 – 2011). 

Justin Hinds joined the Public Access family in 2007 with the help of MARC Community Recourses.   He began as an “Intern” learning the behind the scenes ropes of Television Production.   He participated in all the trainings that were offered including Lighting, Set Design, and the Director’s Workshop, and to supplement his training, volunteered for all the shows he possible could.   He was a camera man, ran audio, graphics and at times filled in as Director.  He worked on live shows such as:The Variety Hour, The Edge, The Sebastiano Show, Up and Coming, Ralph and Friends, and Portland on the Move, just to name a few.  He also participated in skits becoming Big Boss J, and sat in as a co-host when needed. 

In early 2008, eager with his love of sports, it was now time for Justin to start his own show and Sports Talk was born. With a lot of love and hard work a set was created with sports pictures in the background and completed with a news desk holding various sports props.  Justin asked his long-time friend Justin Danielewicz to sit in as co-host and on the 3rd Friday of the new month at 8pm the first live show was on its way.  Every month a new live show went off without a hitch. 
Justin’s crew came from all the friends he had made the previous year through all the work he did for others around the studio.  His expansive knowledge of sports was an attraction for various guests that appeared throughout the year, and his dedication and hard work paid off as viewership grew and live calls began to roll in.

At the end of 2008 Justin was ready to start the next chapter in his life, college.  With a very successful show now running, he pasted the torch to his co-host Justin Danielewicz (JD).  Justin left many fond memories at the studio and to this day when we mention his name, several fun and unique stories begin to be told.

Justin embodied what Public Access is all about.  We are a family, and Justin became part of all of ours.

2014 will be the first year for students to be eligible for this scholarship.

Applications are available by sending an e-mail to Marco Iacoviello at:


and through the Guidance Offices of the following High Schools: Cromwell High School (for residents of Cromwell), Xavier High School, Mercy High School, Snow School, Middletown High School (for Middletown and Middlefield residents), Valley View School (for residents of Portland) and East Hampton High School (for residents of East Hampton).

Scholarship applications are due March 31 and official notifications are made by the high schools during Senior Year Award ceremonies. 

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