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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: November 9, 2016


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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.
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Are iPads in school a waste of money? Here is what one report says:

and then there is this:

What do you think?

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Hoping to put college in your future?
Come to an Adult College Fair!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

3rd Floor, Denholm Building,

484 Main Street, Worcester, MA

Get access to and information about college-level adult

educational programs and financial aid.

Sponsored by:

Anna Maria College | Bay Path University | Becker College | Cambridge College

Clark University | Dean College | Fitchburg State University | Framingham State University

Lesley University | Mount Wachusett Community College | Nichols College

Quinsigamond Community College | UMass Amherst | Westfield State University

Worcester State University | Mass Bay Community College

The Clemente Course in the Humanities (Bard College) | and more
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Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition (formerly Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition) would like to invite your organization to an information session on Wednesday, December 9th 2015
from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM at YWCA Central Massachusetts Board Room. Please enjoy free and delicious coffee/refreshments while learning how you can refer your clients to our free tax preparation service .
Call Monica for details.
Please feel free to contact me with your questions or comments! Thank you so much, and I hope you can make it on December 9th!

Monica Vance
Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition Intern
United Way of Central Massachusetts
484 Main Street
Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01608
508-757-5631, x315
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GOMEZ seeks a recount
According to Worcester Magazine:
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Are you ready for higher property taxes
T&G writes:
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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 28, 2015

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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.

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Massachusetts Groups File Smart Meter Fraud Complaints With Attorney General

Millis, MA, October 28, 2015 (Newswire) – A consortium of advocacy groups filed complaints with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey regarding the Worcester smart meter pilot and Department of Public Utilities smart meter order.

The groups are calling for the Baker administration to investigate the $48M National Grid pilot, financed by ratepayers, as “outcome-oriented research” that manufactured consent, concealed unfavorable data, and manipulated public perception concerning credible science, including claims that smart meters have been “proven safe.”

The Worcester pilot is five times more expensive and larger than required by the Green Communities Act. Among the more serious charges is the assertion that the MA DPU mis-characterized FCC exposure limits, misrepresented footnoted resources, and relied on testimony from a career tobacco scientist to negate citizen concerns. The complaints also challenge the controversial smart meter health report by Worcester’s Acting Commissioner of Public Health, and the property value report by Worcester’s Assessor. The complaints note lack of support by Worcester’s elected officials, citing concerns of politically motivated decision-based evidence making.

READ MORE http://www.newswire.com/press-release/massachusetts-groups-file-smart-meter-fraud-complaints-with

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Worcester’s SOAPBOX with Mauro DePasquale features members from teh Worcester Community Action Council to advise the public of fuel assistance programming and opportunities to better save on energy efficiency. Empower yourself this windter with WCCA TV. This Soapbox show has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1033 “Soapbox” was created by Mauro DePasquale in 1990 for WCCA TV is the longest running public service program in Central Mass serving Worcester and all of Central Mass and beyond.
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WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: September 2, 2015


WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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THESE NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP blogs are a public service provided by WCCA TV .
We support all things local. If you have news to share with our community please email press releases to jen@wccatv.com and mauro@wccatv.com thank you.

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September 1, 2015

MCC Approves $12M for Public Programs in the Arts, Sciences & Humanities

(Boston, MA)-The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) today approved a spending plan
for the coming year that will invest more than $12 million in grants to nonprofit
cultural organizations, local cultural councils, education programs, and working
artists across the Commonwealth.

MCC-s FY16 spending plan benefits from a $2 million increase to its state
appropriation, overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature last month. The increase
represented another important step toward restoring funding for the arts,
humanities, and sciences that was lost through recession-driven budget cuts. The MCC
Board voted unanimously to approve a plan that will invest in the following:

Nonprofit Cultural Organizations: $4.5 million – The Cultural Investment Portfolio (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAGkwAJBsc ) (CIP)
comprises 389 nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations across
Massachusetts. These organizations connect children and adults to theatre, music,
visual art, and film; teach them about history, literature, and the environment; and
introduce them to new languages and cultural traditions. Cultural Investment
Portfolio grants must be matched one to one, and range from $2,500 to $56,500. See
FY16 CIP funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAIyQAJBsc ) .

Communities: $3 million – MCC-s 329 Local Cultural Councils (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAJ-gAJBsc ) (LCCs) make
up the largest public grassroots arts network in the nation. They provide funding to
every city and town in Massachusetts through the efforts of more than 2,300
volunteers. The councils support local arts and history, fund school field trips,
and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions. Grants to LCCs range from $4,400 for the
smallest towns to $117,400 for Springfield and $179,000 for Boston, according to a
formula that reflects the state’s local aid system. See FY16 LCC allocations (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAMYQAJBsc ) .

Creative Youth Development: $2.1 million – MCC works to expand access to quality,
creative learning experiences in school and community settings. This year-s budget
increase allows the agency to continue to deepen its investment in this work and
meet growing demand statewide.
* The YouthReach Initiative (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAO-AAJBsc ) makes
grants to cultural and community-based organizations to support in-depth arts,
humanities, and science programs for young people at risk. See FY16 YouthReach
funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAQEwAJBsc ) .

* SerHacer ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAARKgAJBsc
) supports a growing number of intensive, ensemble-based music programs that use
music as a vehicle for youth development and social change. Through grants,
technical assistance, and project support the MCC will foster this emerging field
of music making in the Commonwealth. See FY16 SerHacer funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAStAAJBsc ) .

* STARS Residencies (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAATxwAJBsc ) connect
artists, scientists and other creative teachers with elementary and secondary
schools for deep learning experiences that help students grow, develop new skills,
and expand their imaginations.

* Big Yellow School Bus (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAVjQAJBsc ) grants help
schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural
institutions across Massachusetts.
* Poetry Out Loud (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAXBQAJBsc ) is a
national competition in which high school students memorize and perform classic and
contemporary poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and
theatre in their English and drama classes. Over ten years the Huntington Theatre
Co. has expanded this program to more than 50,000 Massachusetts students.

Creative Economy: $1 million – This includes new grants for state-designated
Massachusetts Cultural Districts (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAZowAJBsc ) , and a new
Festivals Program, along with the 10-year-old Adams Arts Program (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAadgAJBsc ) that
supports partnerships that use arts and culture to drive community development. And
the Cultural Data Project (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAbVgAJBsc ) , which
measures the economic impact of the nonprofit cultural sector. See FY16 Adams
funding list ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAcLAAJBsc
) .

UP Accessibility Program: $145,000 – UP (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAdZAAJBsc ) will support
the growth and development of organizations that recognize the power of inclusive
design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all, and that embrace
inclusivity as core to their mission.

Artist Fellowships: $441,000 – This year MCC celebrates 40 years of support for
working artists through its Artist Fellowships (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAfmQAJBsc ) . Additional
funds allow MCC to boost Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines to $12,000.

Mass Humanities: $528,420 – The MCC provides an annual partnership grant to Mass
Humanities ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAhSAAJBsc )
, which supports public programs in history, literature, and other humanities
disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in the Commonwealth.

New England Foundation for the Arts: $50,000 – The MCC continues its investment in
the New England Foundation for the Arts (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAjDgAJBsc ) ,
collaborating on mutually supportive activities that serve the citizens of
Massachusetts and provide opportunities for Mass. artists, presenters, and
communities to benefit from programs that serve the six New England states and

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve
the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission
through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural
organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for the current
fiscal year is $15.7 million, which includes annual grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit
www.massculturalcouncil.org (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAmlAAJBsc ) .

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Massachusetts Receives $500,000 Grant to Boost State Exports

BOSTON – On Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:15PM, Secretary Jay Ash of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
and Senior Officials from the SBA will convene a joint press event to announce
increased funding to increase Massachusetts export sales.

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) was awarded a
$500,000 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant through the SBA that will
enable MOITI (in collaboration with the MA Export Center and Massachusetts Small
Business Development Center Network), to reimburse eligible Massachusetts small
businesses for qualified export-promotion expenses including trade show
participation, overseas marketing and localization, and subscription services from
the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Media Invited to Attend

* Jay Ash, Secretary, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of
Housing and Economic Development

* Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International
Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing and Economic

* Seth Goodall, SBA New England Regional Administrator

* Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director

What: Announcing a $500,000 SBA grant received by the Massachusetts Office of
International Trade and Investment (MOITI)
Where: MA State House, Governor’s Press Conference Room (157)
When: Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 at 2:15pm

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Brookline Public Access fights for a just renewal

Dear Friend, BIG still needs your support at the second public hearing regarding the
Town’s renegotiation with Comcast. Can you write a letter and/or come show your
support at a public hearing that will support the future of community media and BIG
in Brookline for the upcoming hearing on Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm at
Brookline Town Hall?
Below you will find links to our flyer and a FAQ about these hearings, held by the
Town, in support of its upcoming negotiation with Comcast. Please RSVP or direct any
questions to:
kathy@ brooklineinteractive.org.

We are focusing our specific requests
around the asks for Comcast below, but please share anything about why supporting
continued funding for community media in Brookline, and why BIG’s services are
important to you and to our community.
Each speaker will have 3-5 mins, and it’s perfectly fine to read from a letter of
support. The goal is to get testimony on the public record so that Comcast can’t say
the community did not ask for these important items during the process.
– Full operational and capital funding for community media in Brookline (BIG) based
on community need (let the Town know why you value BIG’s resources, staff,
services, educational programs, equipment, trainings, cable channels, use of BIG’s
space and facilities, etc)
– Inclusion in Comcast’s Program Guide (detailed program listings for BIG) &
Funding for Closed Captioning

– Provide Community Channels in HD to Brookline (Many cities and towns are now
getting HD from Comcast….Philadelphia, Manhattan, Portland and Eugene OR,
Longmeadow, MA, and others)Thank you for your continued support of community media
in Brookline!
Warmly,Kathy –Kathy Bisbee Executive Director, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)

GOOD LUCK KATHY, We hope your town administration understands the value and strategic benefits of public access.

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Contact:Janice Weekes Director, Workforce Central Career Center, 508-373-7628

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:

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INDIE MUSIC ARTIST TESTIMONIAL: WCCA TV , Worcester’s longest running and most prestigious network for music talent helps promote and encourage music innovation and the creative economy.

An artist, featured on Video Jam, wrote
the show to say thank you .

” Hi there Tracy ( producer of Video JAM ),
I hope this email finds you and the team at Video Jam doing well and enjoying the summer!
I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for showing my video for “I Wanna Be Famous” some love and for giving us some wonderful exposure recently. Myself and the director worked very hard on our labor of love and we sure appreciate the coverage.
Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!
Cariad ”

Thanks for sharing your music with Worcester and the world. As they say make music not war ! Get your talent seen in the spot light it deserves contact mauro@wccatv.com .

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Have a nice day !

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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: September 1, 2015


WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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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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The City of Worcester takes a stand to ask Cable Giant Charter Communications to NOT relocate the PEG channels, and now this morning, PUBLIC ACCESS is not as accessable

PAYBACK ???? You may have read this: http://worcestermag.com/2014/10/20/worcester-city-manager-ed-augustus-threatens-lawsuit-charter/28266 and this morning. . .
If you are trying to find WCCA TV 13 on cable in parts of Worcester, GOOD LUCK !
Some might find us on cable channel 194, others will find themselves with Set Top Box problems, confusing preview guides, no reference to WCCA TV, Worcester’s FLAGSHIP PUBLIC ACCESS Television station. WCCA TV is an institution that stands for Media Demoracy and Creative Innovation.
Thanks to “Charter Communication’s” disregard to communities in Massachusetts and especially in Worcester, their decision to relocate PEG channel has serious repercussion . Now we find OUR ( the PEOPLE OF WORCESTER) PUBLIC ACCESS Channel ( WCCA TV ) , our programs, the programs we sponsor, the programs we use to get OUR information and messages out, is being shut out from being easily accessible to subscribers, and communities who depend upon our programming. WCCA TV can not fully monitor it’s own output and return, the set top boxes in our facility do not all work, Charter is forcing us and municipal buildings to pay for additional boxes needed to do our job, which is contrary to why we are supposed to received support from the the Cable license in the first place. The preview guide is even confused, it is displaying our titles on the “NFL” channel, and to make matters worse we are receiving calls form viewers who are confused as well. We called CHARTER late yesterday afternoon, and this morning and are waiting to hear from them still. This is not what the City Cable license intended when they signed the Cable License agreement.
This is costing and hurting WCCA TV, cable subscribers, our viewers and members more than the other local channels, not just because of the unfair costly burden to have to re-brand, but the obligation we have toward the City, our sponsors, our COMMUNITY PRODUCERS and their shows and guest, our volunteers, all who invest in us and the hundreds who depend on WCCA TV for outreach purposes. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE !!! Wait until the schools and other municipal buildings try to access cable the catastrophe will soon be amplified. We just want to go back and do our job and not be force to respond to this CHARTER Bullshit. We notice TV 3 is working fine though. What’s up with that? UNFAIR and UNJUST !
You can still watch us line at http://www.wccatv.com in spite of Charter.