WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: August 5, 2015

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2015-2016 Exhibition Schedule

September 11 – October 9, 2015
Material Needs: Steve Belz, Stephanie Chubbuck, Eugenie Lewalski Berg, Chris Markman, Victor Pacheco, Tyler Vance, and Catherine Wilcox-Titus
The Aurora

September 11 – January 22, 2016
Janet Schwartz, Inspired Work
The Hadley

October 30 – November 20, 2015
Leslie Graff, Volumes
Carlotta Miller, House Collides With A School Bus
Joan Ryan, Words Can Only Point
Lesia Sochor, A Needle and a Spool of Thread
The Aurora

November 18, 2015 – March 22, 2016
Jackie Penny, Goodnight Worcester, Revisited
The Hanover

December 4 – December 24, 2015
January 7 – January 16, 2016
Grayscale: A Members’ Exhibit in Collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum
The Aurora

February 5 – February 26, 2016
The 12th Annual College Show
The Aurora

February 5 – July 28, 2016
Robb Sandagata, Character Education
The Hadley

March 18 – April 16, 2016
Now! New Art by New Artists:
A Juried Exhibit In Collaboration with the Worcester Center for Crafts
The Aurora

March 31 – July 12, 2016
Neil Wilkins, Flux
The Hanover

May 6 – May 27, 2016
Camilo Ramirez, The Gulf
Terra Firma: A Members’ Exhibit
The Aurora

June 10 – June 30, 2016
The Fourth Annual “One” Members’ Exhibit
The Aurora

July 20 – November 1, 2016
Susan Sedgwick, Functional Spaces
The Hanover

Save The Date
On Friday, September 11, at 6:00 PM, we will hold our very brief Annual Meeting–and recognize the recipient of the 34th ArtsWorcester Award. The ArtsWorcester Award is given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to arts and culture in this city. The announcement of this year’s recipient will be made later this summer.

The Annual Meeting will be immediately followed by the openings of Material Needs at the Aurora and Inspired Work at the Hadley.
Many of you have heard that vandalism marred the opening of this year’s Art In The Park. City officials are stepping up to insure that this doesn’t happen again, and some have led the way by donating personal funds to help compensate the artists for the damage and in one case, total loss. If you wish to join them, please donate through Art In the Park’s website. In the meantime, there are twenty-five beautiful works remaining in Elm Park for you to enjoy this summer. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this terrific event happen.

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Congressman McGovern, Mayor Petty Statements on Worcester Shooting on Everett Gaylord Boulevard

WORCESTER, MA – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) and Worcester Mayor Joe Petty released the following statements in response to the shooting of a mother and her 2-year-old child Monday night in Plumley Village on Everett Gaylord Boulevard in Worcester.

“I am heartbroken by last night’s tragic shooting of a mother and young child in Worcester,” Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family. I am grateful to the medical professionals who have helped to stabilize the condition of the mother and child and to the law enforcement officials working tirelessly to bring the perpetrator to justice. I am shocked by this unthinkable violence. Now is a time for Worcester to come together as a community to understand how this happened and how we can prevent this violence from happening again.”

“This kind of violence cuts our City to the core, particularly when the victims are a toddler and mother—the very definition of innocent bystander. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family tonight,” Worcester Mayor Joe Petty said. “Every incidence of violence should shock us and outrage us. Every time we hear about another gun victim we should stop in our tracks and ask how we as a City can do better. We owe it to our neighbors to take this outrage and join together and say, enough. We will work together at all levels of government to ensure that our public safety officials have the support and resources they need. To be clear, the full weight of the Worcester Police Department will be put behind finding the shooter and taking them off the streets.”

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For Immediate Release From the CITY OF WORCESTER: 8/4/15

Media Contact: John Hill, 508-799-1175


Residents urged to cover up, use bug spray to avoid getting bitten

WORCESTER –The Worcester Division of Public Health announced today that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Worcester for the first time this year. The WNV infection was confirmed by the State Public Health Laboratory Tuesday in several mosquito samples which were collected on July 31 in multiple quadrants of the city. No human or animal cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected so far this year. There is no elevated risk level or risk level change associated with this finding.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In 2014, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals
Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

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