WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 11, 2015


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Pet Rock Fest, presented by World’s Best Cat Litter and By Nature, is excited to announce that the 17th annual festival will take place at Becker College on its Leicester Campus.

This annual event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. (with a rain date of Sept. 20), and will be bigger and better than ever. The event features all of the popular attractions, and continues to put the spotlight on the animal welfare organizations of New England that work hard to promote kindness to animals.

Becker College is eager to host the fest, and is welcoming Pet Rock Fest enthusiastically. Since the College offers nationally recognized degree programs in animal studies, has an Equestrian Center for academic and athletics programs, and offers an on-campus clinic open to the public, the relationship between Pet Rock Fest and Becker is symbiotic.

“On behalf of Becker College President Robert Johnson and the entire College community, we are very excited to offer a home to Pet Rock 2015,” said Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., dean of Animal Studies and allerton chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College. “This festival, which promotes animal care and helps give pets a voice, resonates with our educational mission and core value of teaching social responsibility. This partnership will be rewarding not only for the students enrolled in our animal studies program, but for the entire Central Massachusetts community of pet owners and those interested in the health and welfare of animals.”

Held on the campus property close to Leicester Common, the venue offers easy access from Route 9, plenty of parking, and space to bring back all of our attractions, including K9 demos, the Frisbee dog team, live music, the Adoptable Pet Parade, Amateur Dog Contest, vegetarian vendors and our wonderful sponsors and animal welfare organizations. The property also offers a large, wooded area with picnic tables, where you and your dog can hang out and relax.

Pet Rock Fest will send updates soon with event schedules, attractions and this year’s sponsors.

Pet Rock Fest features live music, including headliners Roomful of Blues as well as Just for Kicks and Chuck and Mud. More are to be announced. It also features performances and games for kids, Bobi the Clown, a Book Nook sponsored by Annie’s Book Stop, Pups in the Air Frisbee Dog Team, clinics and presentations by Becker College, doggie massages, photos of your pets, animal mascots, vegetarian food court, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, photos with your pets, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. All animals.

This is an alcohol-free event, and drones are prohibited.

Pet Rock Fest gives its proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to farm animal sanctuaries.

For updates on the plans for the day, groups signed up to attend, and other official or not so official news, visit petrockfest.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petrockfest and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.
Celebrating 17 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Becker College is ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best 379 colleges in the U.S. With a 95 percent graduate placement rate for employment or further study, Becker serves more than 2,000 students from across the country and around the world. Becker offers a wide range of quality degree programs—from nursing to veterinary science, and a variety of adult learning options—that prepare world ready graduates for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century. Becker’s undergraduate video game design program has been top-ranked by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years, and is the only institution on the East Coast, and one of four nationally, to maintain this longstanding distinction. In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Becker is also ranked first among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for pre-licensure nursing graduates in 2013. Fifty-four percent of Becker students are enrolled in STEM-based programs of study. With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Mass., Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions—one founded in 1784 and the other in 1887—and has more than 18,000 alumni worldwide.

If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.org.

“They Can’t Talk, So We Will”
Charlene Arsenault
Founding Partner, Pet Rock Fest Inc.
PO Box 310, Auburn, MA 01501

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Worcester Common to host 3rd Annual UnCommon Job Fair
WHO: City of Worcester; Workforce Central Career Centers; Central MA Workforce Investment Board; Veterans, Inc.; SnapChef; Grafton Job Corps

WHAT: Approximately 70 employers with hundreds of available jobs will participate in the 2015 UnCommon Job Fair. Last year’s event attracted close to 900 local job seekers.

WHERE: Worcester Common, behind Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St..

WHEN: Friday September 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Rain date: Friday, September 18th same time and location)

WHY: With the unemployment rate in Worcester County (*5.2 percent) remaining higher than the state average (*4.9 percent), and many job seekers still struggling to find gainful employment, the UnCommon Job Fair allows people looking for their next opportunity a chance to connect with area employers looking to hire.

DETAILS: The UnCommon Job Fair is a unique variation on the traditional job fair format and offers businesses and job seekers a more relaxed environment to connect and network.

*Mass.gov Labor Information: http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/lmi_lur_b.asp?A=04&GA=000027&TF=1&Y=&Sopt=&Dopt=TEXT

John F. Hill

Communications Specialist

City of Worcester


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