Sharon Stentiford

NeighborMedia , Cambridge MA
Sharon is a community journalist, editor, and freelance writer.
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July 9, 2009 - 6:37am Poet Willie Pleasant talks about her book of poetry, the inspiration of her father, and writing about the challenges in her life. She also names local poetry venues at which you can hear her perform. Independent filmmaker Tony Darosa returns to BeLive to show his completed horror movie, "Attack of the Zombie" and discuss what it took to create it! To see Tony's film on Utube, go to Utube Stage617. To audition to be a part of future films by Tony Darosa, contact him at: read more
May 23, 2009 - 1:53pm Tony Darosa has always wanted to make a movie. Instead of waiting for "that call" to come, he decided to take things into his own hands and just do it. He is currently producing a short horror movie -- learning along the way, and teaching himself whatever skills he needs to complete this project. He hopes this is the first of many movies he will help to take shape. read more
May 11, 2009 - 6:24pm Rapper Wilder ("Bodega") Etienne talks about his music -- The River Boys and his influences: R&B, Rock and Roll, and the "Miami Style." He discusses the Cambridge music scene, his responsibility as a musician influencing young people, and what musicians inspired him. read more
May 11, 2009 - 6:09pm Many of us have traveled on short boat rides or local cruises: but what is it like to be on a trans-Atlantic cruise ship with nothing but ocean surrounding you for many miles?! Rita Pollock is a cruise ship aficionado, and has taken such a cruise to bring her back to her home continent. read more
May 5, 2009 - 8:37am We spend a good part of our lives at work! Some of us have co-workers who make life both more fun and more interesting. NeighborMedia correspondant Toni Bee has been blessed with such a co-worker, Alison Handy, at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Area 4. read more
May 1, 2009 - 7:26am The Overdose Prevention & Education Network (OPEN) hopes to educate both health professionals and those living with drug users, to help save lives. It provides facts and guidelines to those who live with or in proximity to the user, so they are better prepared to know how to respond when drug abuse by a loved one is an ongoing serious concern. Specific guidance is provided to help individuals identify the point at which they should call for an emergency medical response in the case of ongoing drug usage. Watch the video on read more
March 25, 2009 - 5:37pm Ilan Levy discusses the struggle of East Cambridge residents to be heard at City Hall and with the Planning Committee, concerning the large Alexandria real estate development in their neighborhood. He gives a no-frills assessment of the politics involved and his perspective on current needs versus a neighborhood's long-range outlook for balanced development. read more
March 10, 2009 - 8:30pm PF Soto speaks about the Palestinian conflict and the importance of caring about the human suffering in that area of the world. She highlights the Boston Palestinian Film Festival, as well as the ongoing series of films that she and others host at 243 Broadway Street in the Area 4 neighborhood. read more
January 21, 2009 - 8:29pm Local musician Wilder "Bodega" Etienne discusses his views on the historically momentous day of President Barack Obama's inauguration. Wilder also updates us on his recent musical projects and upcoming concert itinerary. read more
January 10, 2009 - 3:19pm This BeLive features CCTV's Community Media Coordinator Colin Rhinesmith, who presents highlights of the NeighborMedia Program. NeighborMedia gives community journalists the tools to report news in their neighborhood that may not be covered in mainstream media. Training and venues for blogging, videos, radio and live tv are some of the opportunities awaiting NeighborMedia interns. Colin gives the big picture on this resourceful offering at CCTV, which is available to Cambridge residents! read more
November 20, 2008 - 8:05am On Tuesday, 11/19/09, BeLive had as our guest local gardener and community builder Hatch Sterritt. Hatch can be seen pulling his cart of gardening tools around Area 4, interacting with neighbors to help them create beauty in the streets surrounding them. He believes that cleaning weeds and debris, planting bulbs and flowers in tree wells and -- in any way giving our “home streets” a cared-for look – adds immeasurably to the quality of life in our communities. Furthermore, it provides opportunities to meet your neighbors and have positive, bonding experiences with the people you might otherwise pass by day-to-day. read more
November 20, 2008 - 8:01am Ariane Martins is a knowledgeable and talented Brazilian singer and guitarist who BeLive audiences had the delightful experience of hearing perform. Her mesmerizing music can be heard locally at La Luna Café, 403 Massachusetts Ave. in Central Square and at Ryles Jazz Club at 212 Hampshire Street at the “BrazilNut” Dance Party. For more information about Ariane’s performances, visit: and Or you can e-mail her directly at: read more
September 30, 2008 - 5:39am BeLive was fortunate to have guest Justine Deutsche discuss and demonstrate acupuncture (8/19/08). For those of you who were inspired to try acupuncture, or to stop by and learn more, Justine can be reached as follows: Acupuncture Together 2464 Massachusetts Avenue Suite 420 Cambridge, MA 02140 Tel: (617) 499-9993 Clinic Hours: Monday 3:30-7:30 Tuesday 9:30-1:30 Wednesday 1:30-5:30 Thursday 3:30-7:30 Saturday 9:30-12:30 Website: read more
May 28, 2008 - 2:45pm This video explores the Squirrel Brand Community Garden of Area 4, Cambridge, as it begins to bloom on a dreamy day in April. read more
April 15, 2008 - 5:02pm By Sharon Stentiford Many people associate movie night with lighthearted laughter, buttery popcorn, and a cool stroll out on a starry night with friends -- headed for adventure on the big screen. On my recent night out, my solo venture into one Area 4 movie venue proved to be a night on the town that lingered and stirred on the back burner of my thoughts and emotions days and days after. Waking in the damp, cold April air – I was vaguely reminded of the springtime promise of emerging new life, of anticipated blossoms and birds and warmth to come. I arrived at 243 Broadway Street, across the street from the Fletcher-Maynard Academy. Following a trail of carefully placed signs leading me onward from the entrance, I rode down an elevator and stepped into a community room where about a dozen neighbors had gathered. I was greeted by one of the film screening’s organizers who handed me a packet of reading materials, told me to help myself to some food, and introduced me to a strikingly colorful parrot on a perch named Sydney. (I at first mistook Sydney for a pretty table centerpiece -- but to my surprise, he started moving!) I grabbed an already-prepared, free plate of tasty Middle... read more
February 20, 2008 - 6:35pm About 30 attendees spent the evening of February 14th, Valentine’s Day, at the Area 4 Youth Center to discuss with heavy hearts the February 8th loss of 18-year-old Lucien Christalin. Christalin was by all accounts well loved and had bright future prospects for continuing success. He was a role model to younger kids and held two jobs, one at City Hall and one at the youth center. A teacher had already written him a college recommendation. As one attendee said, “Lucien was considered a success story, with distinct goals for his life.” However, continued the speaker, “peer pressure is hard to resist.” Tonight clergy, police and residents tried to comprehend why this young man would find himself on a Friday night with friends playing with a gun. From his family members who are experiencing the unthinkable loss of their loved one; to fellow CRLS students, friends and neighbors who came out in droves to a candlelight vigil -- to new officers fresh out of the police academy who have been involved in the aftermath of the shooting incident -- the community has been profoundly affected. Now all are awaiting the results of an ensuing grand jury investigation and forensic evidence from the... read more
December 8, 2007 - 7:53pm Temperatures were freezing but the cocoa was hot at the Central Square Holiday Fair on Friday, December 7th. The presentations were small-scale and heart warming. My first stop was to hear what sounded like singing angels at Carl Barron Plaza, at the crossroads of Mass. and Western Aves. The Peabody school "Early Bird Singers" lead by Ms. Silverberg spiced up the frigid air with renditions of holiday tunes as proud parents and enchanted passers-by circled the angelic voices with smiles of appreciation. As the frosty darkness of nighttime advanced, I walked briskly along Mass. Ave. to the Salvation Army site where the Boy Scouts saved my fingers from frostbite by offering a steaming cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a complimentary chocolate kiss. This was well worth the $1.50 their fundraiser charged per cup. Back-tracking up the opposite side of Mass. Ave., I found myself in the midst of Christmas cookies and carolers in the foyer of Sovereign Bank – out of the cold at last and ready to enjoy more holiday classics. Three high school groups joined forces to bring youthful exuberance to quaint melodies recalling snowmen, sleighs and sundry splendors of times gone... read more
November 12, 2007 - 5:56pm Faces of Judaism Mural Stimulates Dialog at CRLS By Sharon Stentiford What would cause an African American artist to want to create a mural about Jewish people? Community muralist and teacher Jameel Parker admits that this project has sparked controversy and been full of challenges from the beginning. Parker’s inspiration for the project came from viewing the photography of James Van Der Zee of the Harlem Renaissance. One Van Der Zee’s photo shows a community of unlikely-looking American Jews: members of an African American synagogue standing under a Star of David and banner that reads: “The Moorish Zionist Temple of the Moorish Jews 127 W. 132” – complete with Hebrew lettering on the side. This fascinated Parker and made him ask, “What does being a Jew in America and in the world look like, and who defines that?” When Parker approached the business community of Cambridge for a place to display the mural – which he envisioned as a work of public art visible to all -- there were no takers. Although the mural does not invoke politics or proselytize, perhaps due to tensions in the Middle East and the violence directed toward symbols of Judaism, said Parker, “We (couldn’t) find a... read more
October 31, 2007 - 6:59am Jane Smillie Hirischi lights up when she talks about CitySprouts, a program that teaches children about plants. Inspired by the decades-long phenomenon of school gardens in California, Smillie Hirischi designed and wrote grants for teaching gardens to make their appearance in Cambridge. “Cambridge has a lot of unique things, but CitySprouts is a unique program in the country,” she says. CitySprouts is a program that is integrated with the schools, and the gardens are used by teachers as outdoor classrooms. Youth interns numbered 34 last summer and 40 this summer. The school gardens are accessible after school to the students and families. Cambridge has 5 active gardens with 2 more in development. Last summer, thirty-four 11 to 14 year old participants assumed responsibility for caring for the gardens over the summer: watering, mulching, fertilizing, and weeding. They harvested food, learned how to prepare different delicious servings, and ate the fruits of their labor. And each participant earned $100 for their efforts, an appreciable sum to an 11 year old, and to some 14 year olds as well. Students ventured beyond the classroom as well. At the farmer’s market in Central Square,... read more
October 24, 2007 - 7:07pm Sharon talks about Area 4 and the stories she hopes to cover there. read more