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Comprehensive Cultural Plan and WCCA TV

Good Morning and an early and grateful wish for a HAPPY 4th to you and yours !

Please read the Cultural Coalitions recently adopted comprehensive plan and also the Mass Cultural Webpage link Executive Summary, visit WorcesterCulture.org where it states:

“In response to this challenge, Barr’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative is an investment in the unique potential of community foundations to generate new opportunities, and connect donors and policymakers with artists and arts organizations whose work enlivens communities. Together, we seek to build local networks for arts and culture, and to help the creative sector become more sustainable, equitable and accessible statewide, not just in Boston.

Creative Commonwealth has three over-arching goals:

To strengthen arts and creativity in communities by deepening financial support, and strengthening local arts policy.
To form a learning community that shares successes and challenges, to enhance the capacity of each participating foundation.
To offer a model of constructive partnership between private and community foundations and civic entities.

Diversity is also a core value for this initiative – recognizing that, as the world changes around us, we depend on arts and creativity to continue to change as well, to help bridge divides, build understanding, and for all to find their voice and place in our communities. This means new kinds of art, cultural explorations, voices, perspectives and genres that takes new forms, and appears in unexpected places.”

Simply put, as an institution that stands for media democracy and creative innovation and as a digital maker space and public access platform, this (above) is exactly the sum of WCCA TV’s accomplishments and mission. Plus, ours is a community of creative activity.


“The Coalition Cultural Plan, in partnership with the CITY, lays out 90 strategies over 10 years, 20 strategic priorities were identified as actionable for 2020 by the City, GWCF, and the Worcester Cultural Coalition. Priorities include shaping cohesive branding and imaging for the “Worcester Story”; engaging “9-to-5ers” in the downtown area through increased offerings and activities; and designing and launching an in-artist residence program to incorporate creative design on the front-end of projects in municipal government, business, and neighborhoods.”

“This plan will enable Worcester to take full advantage of the opportunities for quality of life and economic development that a robust arts, culture and creative sector can bring,” said Ann T. Lisi, CEO and President of Greater Worcester Community Foundation. “Providing a clear strategy regarding our cultural resources, we hope this plan can be a model for others in the Commonwealth to take action in strengthening the arts and culture presence in their communities.”

The above points as I underlined are focal points to the purpose of WCCA TV as it is WCCA TV who is uniquely WORCESTER, carrying the brand of Worcester’s communities forward through our television and social networks, while also providing an electronic common area where Worcester’s story is told. This plan IS WHAT WE DO ( and we’ve been doing it since 1986). This as part of the framework of our everyday conversation about WCCA TV. I hope understanding the value and roll of WCCA the CITY, it’s leadership, and Organizations and Foundations that support the arts will continue to embrace and encourage the work you and our volunteers are all doing.

The full plan is available on the worcesterculture.org website

Mauro DePasquale, Executvie Director, WCCA TV “The People’s Channel
WCCA TV the place to Learn – Create – Connect

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U ! More than SOCIAL MEDIA or having someone video tape you.

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U through charitable Community Media !

While there are new and inexpensive ways to produce video, Public Access television facilities still allow people to produce video in a higher quality and shown to a very broad local audience or a targeted audience.

While you can put a video out on YouTube, the chances of it being seen by significant numbers of people is still very small. Commercial platforms ( social media or otherwise ) place their own profit before your interest, they can be intrusive and they are not truly free speech. They often express rights to censor, delete and or terminate post or video. to suit their own bottom line.

WCCA TV provides access it is commercial free, and it is truly PARTICIPATORY MEDIA at it’s highest. All ages, and people of all backgrounds, are welcomed and encouraged to join in the creative fun of building community through electronic media. There are still some financial obstacles to producing video. Although the technology to produce a decent quality video has increase significantly over the years, there are still many people that simply do not have access to the cameras to shoot the video, or to the computers to edit the video, or to the internet to upload the content.

Many Public Access media or television facilities, such as WCCA TV, also provide technology training and media literacy programs to help new producers make quality video productions and to discern most effective messaging. Sometimes these productions are later shown on other channels, such as PBS, or picked up on other platforms supplemental to Public access presentations. This renders a higher benefit to our participants that may not be available to others. Numerous public access volunteer producers and interns often go on to careers in video production, become media specialist, or simply enjoy the creativity of physically networking in a creative collaborative space with other like minded creators. Also WCCA TV curates community media productions as the video art of our time, as historical and cultural artifacts. WCCA is non-commercial (a charitable 501(c)(3))and dedicated to a mission that is inclusive, participatory, free speech ( free from political whim, or corporate retribution ), and to empower the Citizens of our City and beyond.


WCCA TV is THE place to LEARN, CREATE, and CONNECT like NO other.
Become a member or help support us today.

WCCA TV Launches “FRONT ROW” Local Arts and Culture and the back stories behind them

We are excited to announce the first edition of FRONT ROW episode #1 has been posted on the WCCA website at

The premier episode of Front Row! Front Row, an original WCCA TV production, takes you on location with an intimate and up close and personal view of art and artists and gives you a better than front row seat to the stories, backgrounds, and , at time, the art it self. Episode 1 features the inaugural Production team of Producers Mauro DePasquale (host) Executive Director of WCCA and Producer Adam Rice (WCCA TV) as they interview cast member of the touring musical “The King and I” , Kavin Panmeechao who portrays “Lun Tha” at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Enjoy !

The WICN 90.5 FM HOLIDAY JAZZ JAM A Warm and Wonderful Holiday Treat seen on WCCA TV

The Holiday Jazz Jam 2017 has been posted on the WCCA website at


This is an amazing and festive treat for music lovers everywhere. Enjoy some of the best local music artist !

WCCA TV was at the WICN’s annual “The Holiday Jazz Jam” , a live broadcast from WICN’s Studio 50 with notable performers including Kenny Hadley, Arnie Krakowsky, Michelle Wilson, Bobby Gadoury, Steve Gagliastro, Wendee Glick, Mauro DePasquale, Amanda Carr and Maia and her Fellas, Michelle Willson, Pamela Hines, Bob Simonelli, and Ken Hadley. Hosted by Pamela Hines and Ed Gardella.

WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2016 : All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2016

All Happening at WCCA TV


Congratulations to all the Board of Directors, Staff, and most of all our producing volunteers for all your dedication, time and effort to help build Worcester through electronic media. WCCA is about building social bridges, connecting communities, individuals, and neighborhoods. WCCA is also about empowering the people of Worcester as they share their stories, dreams, aspirations, talents, skills, arts and culture, and points of view in an open forum. WCCA TV is a public space where this is ALL HAPPENING. Thanks to all who support this non-profit mission.

Another SUCCESS STORY for WCCA TV!! Congratulations to Gary Rosen and
his panelists on the WCCA-produced show ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE! They
placed second in Worcester Magazine’s ‘Best of Worcester 2016’ as
‘Best Local Cable TV Show’!!

Rest In Peace, PRINCE! WCCA TV pays tribute to the iconic musician
through this episode of ‘BEN BEHIND THE SCENES’ show:

SOAPBOX, with host Mauro DePasquale, is all new in May. Tune in as
Mauro and his guests discuss how to prevent senior falls, the YMCA,
the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Pernet Family Health and the
Worcester Rotary Club. Soapbox can be seen on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm,
Saturdays at 10:30 pm, and Sundays at 6:30 pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194.
It also streams live at the same times at www.wccatv.com . Past shows
can be downloaded anytime by clicking ‘Video on Demand’. To be a
guest, contact tracy@wccatv.org

Want to learn about the history of meat? What about learning to build
a cafe table? Do you have gems or jewels at home and wonder what they
are worth? Does fly fishing interest you? Or do you want to jam out to
the latest in indie music? You can do all that and more by tuning into
WCCA TV, now on Channel 194, and watching This is Worcester, The
Garage, Hidden Treasures, What It’s Worth, Video Jam, and a variety of
other educational, informative, and entertaining programming on The
People’s Channel!

Tune into a new episode of HIDDEN TREASURES. Host of the show Bill
Safer welcomes Dennis Knight, who is an expert on silver items. They
talk about what is sterling silver, coin silver and silver plate, and
how to tell the difference. Dennis has an online store where he sells
fine quality silver. Hidden Treasures is aired on Monday at 12 pm,
Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Thursday at 8 pm, Saturday at 9 am, and Sunday
at 6 pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194.

DEMOCRACY NOW! is aired on WCCA TV every Monday through Friday
mornings at 8 am. Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent,
award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan
Gonzalez. The program’s War and Peace Report provides our audience
with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.
corporate-sponsored media. The program is also streamed live at


Pat Burke, co-producer of ‘Smart Meters’ writes: “I know some of you
have already seen this show on Youtube, but I want to express my
gratitude again to WCCA TV for being such an important free speech
venue in Worcester. I didn’t hear of coverage through any other venue,
except for the Womag note.”

Bill Safer, host of ‘Hidden Treasures’ writes: “Dear WCCA TV!
Recently, I had the honor of being a guest on the ‘Ramona Interviews’
show. This fantastic show is produced by Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly. If
you have not watched her show, you are missing something fun,
informative, and educational! Ramona was so engaging that the show
flew by. She made me feel so comfortable and at ease, it was a
pleasure speaking to her. The show ‘Ramona Interviews’ IS a HIDDEN


    BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about
    the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the
    show, Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes to the show State Rep. Mary
    Keefe and Worcester Police Department officer Roger Wiseman. The topic
    of discussion is jaywalking and distracted driving:

    Your coffee break is not complete without COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Join
    host Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at
    Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with
    Mark Henderson:

    SOAPBOX is a flagship WCCA TV program, hosted by the WCCA Executive
    Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro’s guests are Bob Mangan and Barbara
    Guthrie from the Rotary Club of Worcester, along with Dr. Matilda
    Castiel: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1065 . In another
    episode, Mauro’s guest is Chris Nelson to tell us about the 2016
    Father’s Fest event: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1060 .
    There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, Channel 194!!

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights.
    Host of the show, Ron Madnick, talks about two cases of Same Sex
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS223 . In
    another episode, Ron talks about the all-time worst decisions of the
    US Supreme Court:

    WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of
    the show Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Gus Gianakis and Paul
    Barber. The guys are here to demonstrate some of the wonderful food
    that will be available at the Grecian Festival, which will be held on
    June 3,4,5 at St. Spyridon’s Cathedral in Worcester:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH335> . In
    another episode, Tommy’s guest is Sharon Henderson, the Marketing
    Communications Director for the Worcester YMCA:

    CONNECTING THE DOTS is a non-traditional legal program with the
    emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor with an
    interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the
    program, attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Susan Winship from the
    Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS9 .
    In another episode, Liz talks to Jayna Turchek, the City of
    Worcester’s Dircector of Human Rights and Disabilities:

    IN THE HOUSE is a WCCA TV show that helps viewers to learn the ins and
    outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. Host George
    Russell welcomes to the show State Rep. Mary Keefe:

    HEALTH MATTERS is a program from the Worcester District Medical
    Society that focuses on important health issues. Host Dr. Michael
    Hirsh welcomes to the show Karyn Clark and Zachary Dyer. The topic of
    discussion is Public Health Accreditation Bureau (PHAB) and Community
    Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):

    THIS IS WORCESTER is a WCCA TV program that sheds light on interesting
    Worcester facts. Host of the show, community activist Bill Coleman,
    talks about the memorial in Worcester to honor African-Americans that
    served in the second World War 2:

    EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a WCCA show that spotlights entrepreneurs,
    innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes two
    graduating seniors at the Worcester State College – Melissa Edberg and
    Kurt Correia:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER58 . In
    another episode, Amy welcomes three entrepreneurs to the show – Ryan
    Canuel, Kyla Pacheco, and Kathryn Meng:

    ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to
    participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Alex Veras
    back to the show. To find out what they talk about, watch this

    A BRIDGE TO BETTER MENTAL HEALTH explores topics that reduce stigma
    and increase public awareness on issues related to mental health. Host
    Rebecca Lynch welcomes Elisa Ouellette and Debra Midgley to the show.
    The topic of discussion is Homeless Services – Bridging the Gap to
    Housing and Services:

    CLOSE TO HOME is a program about people and situations that
    demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn,
    welcomes to the show Suzanne DeCarolis. Watch this episode to find out
    what they talk about:

    Welcome to another yummy episode of COOKING WITH GEORGIA + DEZ.
    Georgia & Dez cook up fried calamari, shrimp panna, and a tangy tarter
    . Real Food, Real People, Real Simple!

    VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host
    Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock music for
    more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s
    playlist features: Mr Vegas/ Dancehall Dabb, Keith Harkin/ Mercy,
    Xavier Toscano / Apologies Wasted, bree/ Damn, I’m Being Me Again,
    VO5/ We’re Getting Old, Era Istrefi/ Bonbon, Builder of the House/
    There is No Hourglass, Alex Cuba/ No Esperes Mas:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM891 . Keep jammin’ with
    WCCA TV!

    Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Petitions to City Council
    for investigation of Worcester National Grid Smart Meter pilot
    regarding inaccurate reporting of retention rates, cost, savings, and
    compliant regarding reliance on tobacco science, as well as song
    ‘Smart Meter Fires, Explosions, & Other Unpleasantries’:

    From a dusty corner of the WCCA video archive vault comes this
    episode of STATIC FUSION. This is an alternative performance art and
    musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA and put
    together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen:

    NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program, hosted by
    Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990!
    Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga
    duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy
    Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA30

    This was just a glimpse of our diverse and multi-cultural programming.
    WCCA TV 194 is a free-speech venue and a regional public access leader
    that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative
    . Support award-winning WCCA TV programming! We also stream
    live on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com


    Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
    administering public access cable television for Worcester,
    Massachusetts. Our mission is:

    *To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to
    electronic media
    *To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and
    cultural expression
    *To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
    *To promote communication through community use of media

    WCCA TV, Channeling Community Since 1986!

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    WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
    to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
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    to the signup form HERE
    The People’s Channel. Contact the station and find out how you might qualify to be entered into a contest to win a nice prize by getting your friends to sign up for our e-news letter.

    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.

WCCA TV taking local artist way beyond Worcester

Here is a wonderful testimonial from one of our recent SOAPBOX guest:

Hi, Tracy,

I am in Ohio helping out my sister, who is ill. I was able to go online
and see the Soapbox interview and was absolutely THRILLED! I am asking my
web manager to create a link for my site’s home page. Thank you for all
the work you did to make such a fine series and show. I am proud to have
been invited.

Judith Ferrara

SOAPBOX” can be seen on WCCA TV cable channel 194 and always at wccatv.com

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


WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
The People’s Channel

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 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 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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Happy October Everyone !

WCCA TV is TV BY FOR and OF The PEOPLE. It is your place to Learn, Create and Connect . Empower yourself with WCCA TV classes and workshops and community access television and media programs for ALL ages.
For a hint of Worcester’s diversity and to what a public access regional leader is all about visit http://www.wccatv.com/video and see for your self. We are ALL ABOUT ACCESS. Make your own show, be a guest on our “easy access programs”. Ask about our membership programs for youth, individuals, and businesses and organizations. It’s all happening at WCCA TV. Contact Mauro at 508-755-1880 to learn more. We hope you enjoy our Community news TV and blog programs. Look for WCCA COMMUNITY NEWS on cable and on line, and also our WCCA TV News and Information Round Up on our website at wccatv.com

Enjoy our beautiful New England Fall Season. See you on WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”
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ON-DEMAND Video issues
Once in a rare while we find downloading on-demand video may not work as good as we’d like. WCCA’s IT Technician John Simakauskas shared his insight on this matter with us.

“There are times when the equipment at the Internet Archive, where the WCCA videos are archived, are overwhelmed with requests that causes a video to be momentarily unavailable.
There are times when the equipment at the Internet Archive is offline for repair/enhancement. This can also result in a video being unavailable for a brief period. Should a video be unavailable for viewing, wait a few minutes and try again. Occasionally you may need to wait for more than a few minutes while the equipment is being repaired.”

Thank you John and to our viewers we thank you for your patience and for watching and supporting WCCA TV.
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Senator Harriette Chandler discusses so called SMART METERS on her show BEACON HIL CHATT seen and produced at WCCA TV. A very informative and interesting topic.
The video is on the WCCA website at http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/beaconhillchat149
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WCCA TV Voter EDUCATION Series continues:
Candidate Forum September 16, 2015

This programs was recorded buy WCCA TV and has been posted on the WCCA website at

Candidate Forum Councilor At – Large Candidate Forum shot on September 16, 2015
Community Development & Neighborhood Revitalization Presented by the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship, Worcester NAACP, and Worcester Common Ground. TUNE INTO WCCA TV for the best in unbiased voter education programming.
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Worcester’s SALISBURY SINGERS will be performing it’s upcoming Life and Remembrance performance on Saturday, November 7th at 7:30pm at Salem Covenant Church

*Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 – 7:30 pm*
*Salem Covenant Church, 215 E. Mountain St., Worcester, MA*

John Rutter – *The Gift of Life: Six Canticles of Creation*
Dan Forrest –* Requiem For The Living*
Those who love the music of John Rutter will want to hear Rutter’s newest
large work, *The Gift of Life*. Salisbury Singers will give this work, a
glorious celebration of life, one of the first performances in New England.
In his *Requiem for the Living*, American composer Dan Forrest portrays
light, peace, and rest – for both the deceased and the living. These two
works, composed in the 21st century, are major additions to the choral
repertoire, and will inspire with sounds both thrilling and ethereal.

*Tickets: $25 adults; $20 seniors*
*Children under 12 $10 at the door*
*College Students: $5 at the door with WOO card*

Purchase tickets at www.salisburysingers.org
call 508.799.3848

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On October 14th WCCA TV invites ALL candidates for City Council and School committee to attend our Candidate OPEN MIC. Candidates will appear on a first come first serve basis and given up to 5 min to speak freely about their platform. WCCA CANDIDATE OPEN MIC STARTS AT 5:30 PM.
CANDIDATE OPEN MIC is a part of WCCA TV’s Voter Education Project. This event will be televised on WCCA TV 194 and on wccatv.com streaming live and on-demand.
For further information contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or email him at mauro@wccatv.com and be sure to leave your contact information.
WCCA TV is a free speech venue opened to all and is a regional public access leader that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation.

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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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