WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: September 1, 2015


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WCCA TV Community Media and Television Studio facility at 415 Main Street is about to get a temporary face lift

WCCA TV is Getting a Newly Painted Façade in September. WCCA is also happy to announce that a possible longer term Transformation for the building is in it’s future

Worcester, MA. August 27, 2015: Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) is soon going to have a nicer looking facade. On the week of September 14th, with generous funding support from The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, WCCA TV will have the current façade concrete “accents” painted a greyish color with the letters WCCA TV placed across them. Time has worn the paint of the old concrete “accents” that many people driving in downtown Worcester, through many years, have used as a landmark for directions. When this paint job is completed, the “accents” will still be there, but we hope they will be more pleasing to the eye of the beholder, and they will be a means to help identify WCCA TV when drivers and pedestrians are in the vicinity.
The building at 415 Main Street was originally built in 1890 as a bank, and it went through significant changes in 1974 and a serious renovation in 1998 in order to accommodate WCCA TV and its move downtown. Since 1998, little of the building has changed at the WCCA TV facility. One thing that has changed is the slow weathering and deterioration of the façade. In 2014, it was necessary to make minor repairs and to have sidewalk scaffolding for the safety of pedestrians. These repairs were completed.

Currently, WCCA TV is performing a feasibility study on how to address needed upgrades and renovations to enhance the WCCA TV facility and downtown presence as well as improve conditions to better meet community media needs. What is clear to the architects, engineers, and leadership at WCCA TV is that the transformation of the building must and will be more than simply the renovation of a building for appearances; it will be a development that may change the social, cultural, and commercial dynamics of this part of Worcester. The results of this study are almost completed, and the planning process for how to raise the funds and implement the renovations has already begun.

It won’t be long before WCCA TV announces the new plans for what is being called, the WCCA TV iSMARTT Center (in-Studio Media Arts Resources Technology and Training Center), and the community members of Worcester will be able to see the vision behind this project. In the meantime, people will be able to see a better looking building façade by the end of September (The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation).

WCCA TV is a public access and community media center that has stood for media democracy, media literacy, and creative innovation since 1986.

If anyone has questions, please contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or e-mail him at mauro@wccatv.com.

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Glad to see WCCA’s RON MADICK, host and producer of “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” will be referencing his WCCA TV show in tonight’s ( Sept. 1st 2015 ) City Council Meeting item 9 CC . Ron tells us that this will be in regards to his investigation with the police dept. “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” is seen exclusively on WCCA TV ch 194 and ON-Demand and Streaming live simulcast at wccatv.com . It’s another WCCA program that empowers viewers through informative and educational information regarding social justice, civics, and more.

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Worcester PRIDE Parade and Festival Announcements

Worcester Pride Announces our Kick-off event September 2nd 7PM At Electric Haze 26
Milbury St. It is an eclectic group of Abstractions from Oil on canvas to three
dimensional paint and sculpture!
This is a 21+ event due to the venue, however it is free and open to the public.
7-8:45PM Wine and Cheese will be served.
PLEASE Join us! Including the following Artists:
Brian Bishop
Sally Bowditch
Jane Campion
Carlos W. Encarnacion-Vasquez
Jonathan Riordan
John Trobaugh
Jessica WalshArt show at electric haze 7pm invite image

9-10AM LINE UP Spread the word, Loving Couples lead the parade. Couples, please
march at the front. Please line up on Humbolt St. at Institute St. If you have not
registered, you may do so bit.ly/WP-parade Please bring a copy of your registration
form with you. See a volunteer at check-in table. We will start on time, you will be
assigned placement in the parade ON SITE. We will try to distribute the types of
groups, however, the later you are, the further back you will be. The nearest
facilities are at the Lutheran Church or the Museum, be prepared.

11-12PM MARCH We begin PROMPTLY at 11AM to Worcester Common, please encourage your
friends and family to come out and see Worcester Pride’s biggest parade ever!
Marching groups keep to the right side of the street to allow for the Canal Diggers
Race to pass on the left. If you are a group leader, please make sure you do not
allow less than 10′ or more than 20′ between your group and the group ahead of
yours. At Worcester Common pay attention to volunteers instructions as the runners
will need to cross the parade route on Franklin St. at Church St.


9-11AM Festival Check-in/Set up Festival will open at noon, but people come to the
common before the parade begins! Please have a representative from your table go to
Main St to cheer on the Parade! If you have not registered for the festival, please
do so here: bit.ly/WP-festival Your registration entitles you to hand our literature
on the common, a table and two chairs. If you have a need for a tent, please bring a
10×10′ with 20# weights for each corner, city regulations. City inspection occurs at
11AM, please be set up by this time. NOTE: Elected Officials and Candidates are
asked to register for a table if you plan to hand out any literature to cover park
fees. All registered officials will be announced from the Main Stage.

12NOON Festival Kick Off! We have an eclectic selection of artists performing again
this year! If you are interested in a particular artist we will be posting the
Artist line up with the approximate times on our website by Wednesday, Sept 9th.

ATTENDANCE: to the festival is Free and Open to the Public. Please thank our
Sponsors for making this possible! We encourage you to CHEER on the Parade Marchers!
Loving Couples are LEADING the Pride Parade in honor of the recent Supreme Court
Decision AND our 40th Anniversary!

TICKETS for Bocado Wine Dinner, Pride Pageant are available online. Youth Pride Dance
tickets available at door, or volunteer at Pride for complementary entry! OTHER
EVENTS have tickets sold or donations taken at door! Please see link below or our
website for more information!

September 2nd ~6-8PM Opening reception of Worcester Pride Art Show @ Electric Haze
26 Millbury St. The show is on exhibit 9/2/15-10/6/15 ADD HERE Art Show Reception

September 9th ~Pride Kick off Night at Bocado featuring their Wine Dinner
ADD HERE kick Off Dinner/ Networking

September 10th ~3PM Pride Flag Raising at City Hall flag raising.

September 11th ~7-10PM LGBTQI Pride Pageant at Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St.
Worcester Pride Pageant!

September 11th ~10:30PM- 1:00 AM After Pageant Party @ Electric Haze 26 Millbury St.
featuring the Worcester Pride Art Show

September 12th ~11AM Worcester Pride Parade march from
Institute Park down Main St to Worcester Common)
– Grand Marshals are “Loving Couples” and
– Honorary Grand Marshal City Manager Edward Augustus

September 12th ~Noon-6PM Worcester Pride Festival on the Worcester Common – featuring Glen Stewart and dozens more of local talent, community Vendors, Food, the Woo Church Kids Zone, as well as community and elected leaders.

September 12th ~7PM-10PM Worcester Youth Pride Dance (16-20)
at Wycked Java Café 100 Water St

September 12th ~7PM-2AM Pride Block Party at MB Lounge 40 Grafton St.

September 12th ~11PM-2AM Sweet After Pride Party $5 Cover goes to Pride at Sweet
Kitchen and Bar 72 Shrewsbury St.
Sweet Pride After Party! – $5 COVER GOES TO PRIDE

For more information and details contact worcesterpride@gmail.com
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A Great Opportunity To Improve Your Child’s reading ability for FREE

WCCA TV is looking for a family, with 2 parents living together, with a
student in the 4th grade to work with Dr. Robert Kirk for approximately
5 weeks to learn better study habits for an upcoming WCCA TV local
originated program. Dr. Kirk is the author of Make MIS-TAKES for Better
Grades and he uses the Self Correction Program. If interested please
call Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880.

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A local couple seeks help


After putting down one pet with Cancer, they are left with a financial burden that is difficult for them to bear. They still have pets a t home and make things are dealing with being laid off from work. They asked us to help spread the word.

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Worcester Police Department (Official)

Goddard Memorial Drive ATV Accident Update

Worcester, MA (September 1, 2015) – The female passenger in the ATV accident that occurred on August 19, 2015 in the area of 51 Goddard Memorial Drive succumbed to her injuries early Sunday morning. On August 30, 2015 at approximately 1:50 AM, Ms. Paola Alba, 23-years-old of Worcester, died as a result of a head injury that she received while ridding as a passenger on an ATV.

The Worcester Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate this incident. During the investigation the operator of the ATV, Luis Pena, 24-years-old of Worcester was charged with Operating to Endanger (negligence), Operating at a Speed Greater than Reasonable, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

Since the accident resulted in the death of Ms. Alba additional charges may be pending.

This investigation is ongoing.

Original Press Release:

On Wednesday August 19, 2015 at approximately 9:10 PM Worcester police received a report of a single ATV Crash in the area of 51 Goddard Memorial Drive. Upon arrival, officers attended to a 23-year-old female of Worcester who was unresponsive. The female was identified as the passenger in the ATV. The operator was identified as a 24-year-old male of Worcester. The male was suffering from non-life threatening injuries to his arm. The pair was rushed to a local hospital to be treated from their injuries.

The female passenger is currently listed in very critical condition. The male operator was treated and released.

The Accident Reconstruction Team was immediately called to the scene.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the ATV was traveling east on Goddard Memorial Drive when it flipped over in the right travel lane.

According to witnesses, a group of dirt bike and ATVs were traveling on Goddard Memorial Drive doing “wheelies” and swerving on the road. The witnesses reported seeing the ATV rollover approximately 5-6 times.

After the crash, the other riders stopped and got off their bikes and ATVs to view the accident, then returned to their vehicles and fled prior to police arrival.

Earlier in the evening, police were called the area of Orient Street and Hamilton Street for reports of ATVs and dirt bikes riding dangerously through the streets. Officers were unable to track down the group at the time. The Worcester Police Department has received numerous reports of similar activity over the past several weeks. Callers have stated that the group drives hazardously in all areas of the city disrupting traffic and putting residents in danger.

Officers have also been in contact with the Environmental Police to assist with the investigation.

Criminal charges against the operator of the ATV are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

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