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WCCA TV Newsletter, August 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! WCCA TV recently aired their 70th live “Daily Breaking” show. The show began in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak as the state ordered shutdown of many businesses. According to WCCA’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale, the show was originally intended to provide information as to where people could find much needed services when so many places were forced to close. The show has featured an array of guests from many sectors – school teachers, students, counselors, restaurant owners, religious leaders, and directors of dozens of social service organizations. The “Daily Breaking” has been a community collaborative and public service of WCCA. It not only squarely expresses the community’s response to the pandemic, but also empowers the community through honest and unfiltered dialogue, as it addresses issues of the day, such as Racism and other social justice matters. The show airs live at noon Mondays through Thursdays on Worcester Cable Channel 194, and streams live at the same time on www.wccatv.com and on the station’s Facebook page: facebook.com/wccatv. Shows are re-aired at various times during the week and a directory can be found on our website. Thanks for watching and participating! WCCA TV is here for you!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Editions

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bill Wallace from the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill talks about the Museum’s COVID-19 Chronicles – a project capturing the stories, images and sounds of the Worcester community living through the pandemic. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Edward Madaus, Executive Director of Guild of St. Agnes Early Education and Child Care, which was established in 1913 and is the largest early education and care agency in Central Massachusetts. Ed will explain how they dealt with COVID-19 and the closure of all centers, and how the organization reopened and is now welcoming families back.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Melody Beach, founder of Melody L. Beach Consulting Group, who talks about her HR business and the expansion of the HR businesses in Central Mass; facilitating 4 out of 17 Fifty+ Job-Seekers Networking Groups in Mass; and her radio show Connections Count on 97.9 Unity Radio.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Carl Gomes – President of the Indian Lake Community Association, Rich Cameron – Assistant Director at Woodward Day School, Matthew Morse – Principal of Forest Grove Middle School, and Andrea Cameron – Teacher at Forest Grove Middle School. They inform the viewers about the development of the Community Teaching Garden literacy project, as well as their partnership with the Worcester Public Schools and the Central Massachusetts Collaborative.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Juliet Feibel, Executive Director at ArtsWorcester. She shares news of re-opening the galleries and the Gravity/Levity exhibition, the first-ever sculpture show in their 40 years of exhibiting regional and contemporary artists. For more information, visit www.artsworcester.org.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mayor Joe Petty, who will discuss how the city is reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown. The mayor will also talk about ‘Worcester Together’ – a nonprofit collaboration & response to the pandemic crisis that has raised over $8.5M and distributed millions to over one-hundred organizations across the city; the Worcester Economic Recovery Committee; Worcester Public Schools and the distribution of over 4,100 Chromebooks to allow students to continue their education over the course of summer, and other local updates.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Nate Nakhid, Business Partner at Secret Touch Mobile Detailing that serves all of Worcester County with affordable auto detailing. Nate will explain the process of detailing your automobile safely in your own driveway. They come to your home or workplace to clean, wax and sanitize your car or truck. Tune in to learn about this convenient mobile auto-detailing service.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Carl Rushton, a local author, who will talk about his thoughts on COVID-19 and its impact on creating the next generation of latchkey kids and Generation X. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Frederick Douglass Communal Reading 2020 was funded by Mass Humanities and was recorded & produced at WCCA TV 194 in Worcester. ”What to the Slave is 4th of July?” is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history, delivered at a Rochester, N.Y. Independence-Day event in 1852 by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. “It is the birthday of your national independence and of your political freedom,” he said, noting, “The distance between this platform and the slave plantation from which I escaped, is considerable.” Across Massachusetts, communities come together to read the speech aloud during the July 4th holiday. The tradition started 11 years ago. This special presentation features several community members, including Mayor Joe Petty, and was produced by Cedric Arno with WCCA TV.

Ending Racism is a candid and on-going series of discussions, produced and hosted by Peace Activist, Barbara Roberts. This episode features George R. Ingham, Ph.D., Lecturer on US History at Assumption University and retired Clinical Social Worker. Barbara and George will address issues about Systemic Racism at both local and national levels, and possible causes of widespread racism through history.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Should the kids return to school? Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members will talk about what will happen with the Worcester Public Schools this academic year.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join former City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has a cup of joe with Katie Toomey, the Register of Deeds for Worcester.
  • Welcome to a new episode of Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode, Bill provides tips for navigating at yard sales and flea markets.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine’s guest is Owura Sarkodieh to talk about his journey.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with functional dietitian Tamara Luck. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is pharmacist Gary Kracoff.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva and Hank Stolz, features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima’s guest is Dr. Suraj Yengde. The Untouchables in the Hindu Caste system in India is the topic of discussion.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Flight Attendant, Persons of Interest, Harloe, Deadmau5, Sankoh, Omar Courtz, and Jack the Radio. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will talk about how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, the importance of wearing masks, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

About WCCA TV

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2020

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Auditions for WCCA TV’s New Voices Awards 2020 start on March 9th. Do not miss out! This is our 4th year celebrating young talent in the Worcester area. This event is free, no registration fee! Entry is based upon opened auditions.There are three rounds for contestants. It begins with Round One when participants sing acappella. Five semi-finalists move on to Round Two at a later date when they will sing with their own instrument or bring an audio file for accompaniment. Our judges make the difficult decisions to select three finalists who move on to Round Three. These finalists are asked to perform again and then the overall winner is selected. Great prize opportunity includes professional Recording Session at Star Fleet Studios, Cash Gifts, Television Appearances, and more. A great and unique experience! This invitation is for young talent – vocalists, instrumentalists, musicians of all genres including Hip Hop. Spread the word! For details, contact michael@wccatv.com or 508-755-1880 ext 119.

Our next TV Production Class starts on Saturday, March14, 2020. The class will cover how to use our production equipment, cameras, lights, Adobe Premiere editing software, and studios. The cost is $75.00 (with membership included) and covers 4 Saturdays of instruction with a test to be given on the 5th Saturday. The class is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve your seat, call 508-755-1880, ext. 114. Embark on your exciting TV Production journey today!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

The Mayor’s Forum hosted by the City of Worcester Mayor, Joe Petty, is now produced at WCCA TV! The show debuted on Tuesday, February 25th. It will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM and 9:00 PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. There will be two new productions each month. Mayor Petty will host local guests and discuss a wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. ”The Mayor’s Forum” adds to the diverse, hyperlocal programming that WCCA TV is known for. In the first episode, The Mayor welcomes Laura Brand, a private investigator. Tune in to WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV was there when the League of Women Voters presented The Juvenile Justice Forum – a timely discussion about interrupting the juvenile to prison pipeline. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!

Hye Lights Show – An Armenian cultural show highlighting the country’s history, culture, and faith through the performing arts – has been posted on the WCCA TV website. Enjoy!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in March. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, welcomes Priscilla Ress to discuss Massachusetts Good Neighbor Fund; Pawsitively 4 Pink to discuss how they financially and emotionally support women diagnosed with breast cancer; Dr. Jay Fong, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at UMass, to tell us about Chrons and other IBD issues; and Eduardo Rivas to talk about the Worcester Free Tax Coalition VITA. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 PM and Sundays at 6:30 PM. To be a guest on the show, contact tracy@wccatv.org
  • Congratulations to City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members on their 400th episode of Rosen’s Round Table produced at WCCA TV!! ”Rosen’s Round Table” is a political and current-issue program. Among the topics discussed on this show are Polar Park and the projects surrounding it; Community Activists and their impact in our community, etc. ”Rosen’s Round Table” airs on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester on Mondays at 9:30 AM and Sundays at 9:30 PM. Stay tuned!
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a talk show that features interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes to the show Mary Frandsen, the Executive Director of Audio Journal.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. Bill welcomes activist John Haynes Honeycutt to the show. In another episode, Bill chats with Priscila Espinosa, the Founder & CEO of Sprout Change.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the show Dr. Donald Pelto welcomes Dr. Neil Feldman, his partner at Central Mass Podiatry. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is Andre Brisson to
    discuss Diet and Nutrition.
  • Congratulations to the WCCA TV show Health Matters and the Worcester District Medical Society on producing their 200th show!! Host Dr. Michael Hirsh welcomed Dr. Sara Shields and Vanessa Villamarin to talk about the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative. The first “Health Matters” show was broadcast in 2003. You can view past shows, on demand, at www.wccatv.com
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Lee Crowley. The 40 Days For Life campaign is the topic of discussion. In another episode, Molly’s special guest is the Pastor of St. Anne Church in North Oxford, Father Michael Lavallee.
  • 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 to the show Juliet Feibel from Arts Worcester. In another episode, Liz chats with Chantel Bethea, the President and CEO of Women In Action.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Bonnie Johnson, a candidate for
    Republican State Committee. In another episode, Ron chats with another candidate for Republican State Committee, Bill McCarthy.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine explains the relationship between refugees and their host countries.
  • BANDEdge is a WCCA-TV produced local music show that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Featured on this episode is singer, guitarist, songwriter, aka ‘Internet Sensation’ Mark Belanger.
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill and his guest, auctioneer Wayne Tuiskula, chat about all kinds of different treasures.
  • A Journey of Words is a WCCA TV program hosted by author and poet, Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages to take a journey of words through poems. Catherine’s guest is Joan Erickson, a poet and a painter.
  • Welcome to Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Host of the show Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly welcomes Kathryn Rose, Founder & CEO of wiseHer whose mission is to help women accelerate their businesses or careers. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Sound Check, with Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local musicians/bands and song writers in the Worcester area. ”Local Mix 11” is an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic, music-video show ,Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from: Pearl Jam, Stereo Jane, Sam Smith, The Inoculated Canaries, viseMènn, James Cole, and Terry Robb. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features country-music artists: Roger Jaeger, Nick Brennan, Johanna Winkel, Tim Dugger, Tracy Lawrence, Carrie Underwood, and more. Shout out to all our country music fans!!
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St, on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

About WCCA TV

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

Happening At WCCA TV “Your Vision Television”

The WCCA TV Newsletter, December 2017

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members, friends and
supporters! Start the new year right by taking a TV Production
certification course and becoming a producer member at WCCA TV in
2018. Our next TV Production Course starts on January 6th and it’s
held at our facility, in downtown Worcester. The course is a MUST for
all aspiring TV producers, as it provides valuable information about
all components involved in the TV-production process. The course is
offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve your seat, call
508-755-1880 ext. 114 today. Have a fantastic 2018!!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Joseph Townsend, of WCCA TV, interviews Extreme Skater, Dean
Moriarity, and Touring Publicist, Julie Desmarais, of Cirque Du
Soleil Crystal
.
The topic of discussion is their recent show at the DCU Center in
Worcester, MA.

The League of Women Voters of the Worcester area held a public
forum on fake news and media literacy at the First Baptist Church in
Worcester. The forum, titled Media Literacy and Fake News: Decoding
Media in 2017
,
featured a panel of journalists to address questions regarding the
distortion of truth in the modern media world and how news influences
civil discourse.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in January, hosted by the WCCA
    TV Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. New episodes will feature
    Representative James
    McGovern
    ; Samual
    Kariuki, the founder of FOCUS Dream
    Center
    , and James
    Cahill from J.F. White Contracting; Joseph Sabato, MD from the UMASS
    Medical Center, to teach us about Cardiopulmonary
    resuscitation
    (CPR),
    as well as James Monette, a volunteer at the Worcester Free Tax
    Assistance
    . Soapbox
    can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live
    online at wccatv.com on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and
    Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest, contact tracy@wccatv.org.
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a program with interesting people talking
    about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host
    of the program, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes Worcester
    Fire
    Chief

    Michael Lavoie to the show.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA-TV produced
    program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in
    Worcester. Ron welcomes Edward O’Connor, the Director of
    Veterans
    Services

    in Worcester.
  • 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 Debra
    Pallatto-Fontaine
    from Becker College. In another episode, Liz chats with Andrew Freilech, the Executive Director at The Willows of Worcester and Andrew Salmon, the Director of Network Development at The Willows of
    Worcester
    .
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that
    features interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is
    Daniel Hartwell, the author of the book Saint John
    Lennon
    . In
    another episode, Ramona welcomes Masheri Chappelle, the author of the
    book The Oracle Files:
    Escape
    .
  • Perspectives with Asima Silva is a WCCA TV program that features
    local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics,
    current events, mental and emotional health,
    as well as religion. Today’s episode features Humayun Kabeer from
    Helping Hand for Relief and
    Development
    .
    In another episode, Asima talks with Adam Carroll from the Burma Task
    Force
    .
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program, hosted and produced by
    community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting
    Worcester facts. In this episode, Bill talks about the World War II
    Honor Roll Worcester Citizens of Color Monument Rededication
    Ceremony
    .
  • Tune into Hidden Treasures as host Bill Safer helps you learn
    how to find that hidden antique or
    collectible that just may add cash to your life. Today’s hidden
    treasure is Bill’s guest Mike Leatherdale, here to educate us about
    homing
    pigeons
    .
  • Health Matters is a WCCA TV program from the Worcester District
    Medical Society. Host Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes to the show
    Angelina Cocoand and Tina Grosowsky. The topic of discussion is
    tobacco and
    cigarettes
    .
    Because your health matters!
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Traficante, is a real-life,
    unscripted music program featuring the local talents of bands and song
    writers in the Worcester local area. This episode features Local Mix
    #4
    – an
    arrangement of local talent and images.
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music
    videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and
    hosted by Ben Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune
    into another episode of pure
    entertainment.
  • Tune into WCCA TV for a special edition of Video Jam: Video Jam
    Christmas 2017
    . This special presentation, hosted by your favorite
    host Tracy Foley, will feature: Jerrod Niemann – Winter Wonderland,
    Lee Brice – O Holy Night, Mallory Hope – Just a Baby, Love and Theft –
    Silver Bells, Dylan Scott – White Christmas, Dick Van Dyke & Jane
    Lynch – We’re Going Caroling, Laust – Xmas Morning, Victory –
    Christmas Love. Enjoy and have yourself a Merry Christmas!!
  • Tune into Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the
    latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s
    playlist features: The Castus Blossoms – Stoplight Kisses, Melanie
    Meriney – Life Boat, Jerrod Niemann – I Got This, Olivia Lane – Wrong
    Girl, Olivia Lane – Devil and You, Lucas Hoge – Dirty South, Lucas
    Hoge – Ho Ho Home for the Holidays, Chrisian Lopez – I Don’t Want to
    Say Goodnight, Paul Boggart – All That Cowboy Jazz, Jenna Paulette –
    Coolest Girl, Maggie Baugh – Catch Me, Stephen Hunley – Oklahoma,
    Wayne Garner – Love Drunk Fool, Steven Ybarra – What I Really Want to
    Say, Suzi Oravec – Long Drive Home, Jillian Cardarelli – ReRun, and
    Holly Tucker – Dallas on Your Boots. Shout-out to all country music
    fans!!
  • Band Edge is a WCCA produced local music show that is shot live
    and spotlights Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and
    instrumentalists. Today’s featured artist is The WPI Jazz Band
    performing Big
    Band
    holiday music.
    Another special Christmas
    2017
    episode
    features music by Justin Dearborn, Cara Brindisi, Mauro DePasquale,
    and Bare Hill.
  • Time for another episode of Workout Worcester! Learn, educate,
    inspire and motivate yourself with fitness expertise by Yenny
    Polanco
    .
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the
    Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time
    is had by all. Senior
    Speak
    is
    recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence
    St., on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

About WCCA TV

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

WCCA TV Local News and Event Round Up: January 12, 2016

WCCA TV has excellent INTERNSHIP opportunities. If you have mad skills in journalism, video editing, videography, audio applications, social media, content management, marketing and if you like the idea of media justice, and service to building community in an open forum, WCCA TV IS FOR YOU.

WCCA TV is the media weapon of the PEOPLE ! MEDIA WEAPON YOUR VOICE YOUR VISION YOUR RIGHT !

WCCA TV is a charitable organization that stands for MEDIA DEMOCRACY, MEDIA LITERACY, and CREATIVE INNOVATION. Let’s do it !

Contact mauro@wccatv.com subject INTERNSHIP

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Worcester ROTARY’s “CELEBRATE COMMUNITY” Gala dinner event places the spot light upon the Opioid Crisis

WCCA TV is happy and honored to be a part of the Rotary’s “CELEBRATE COMMUNITY ” Annual fund raising event serving as a media sponsor for the third year in a row. This year’s event will be in early June 2016. This year the organizers are responding to a request from the City of Worcester, to help educate, to help raise funds and awareness to the Opioid Crisis in our region. Together we can be the solution.

The planning for this years gala celebration at the DCU is well underway. Stay tuned for details. Festivities will include the Service Above Self Awards, Live music from the Bare Hill Band, Live Auctions, great food and more. Go Rotary !

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This Sunday 1/17 at 10 pm on WICN 90.5 FM Catch Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV:
http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/mauro-depasquale-wcca-tv-and-jazzed-all-new-promo

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FIND YOUR WAY AROUND WORCESTER a lot easier:

Worcester to host Wayfinding presentation Jan. 20th
Project includes public art, creative signage, information kiosks and more
Worcester – A public presentation will be held to highlight the progress and
timeline of the Worcester Wayfinding Project, a system for guiding visitors through
the city using signage, destination identifiers, and information kiosks.
The presentation will be held on Wed., January 20th from 1-2 p.m. at the EcoTarium,
222 Harrington Way, Worcester.
The City of Worcester, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the
colleges and universities of Worcester, Discover Central Massachusetts, and others,
will unveil a final work plan and estimated project schedule for the City’s new
Wayfinding system.
The Wayfinding system is intended to spur economic growth especially in the area of
cultural tourism. Not only will Wayfinding help people navigate the city
geographically, but it will inform visitors of important social, cultural, and
historical information while supporting public art and stirring interest in the
city’s many cultural attractions.
The Wayfinding project is supported by grants from the City of Worcester,
Massachusetts Office of Transportation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council John and
Abigail Adams Arts Program, and the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
Selbert Perkins Design, a nationally recognized urban design firm with offices in
California and Massachusetts, is assisting with the effort.
The event is open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the
presentation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016
Contact: Colleen Quinn (617) 626-7121
Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $181,000 in Workplace Safety Grants

BOSTON, MA, JANUARY 11, 2016 – Twelve Massachusetts employers were awarded grants,
totaling more than $181,000 to help train their employees to prevent workplace
injuries, illnesses and death, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L.
Walker, II announced today.

The Department of Industrial Accidents Office of Safety administers and manages the
Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant program to promote safe, healthy
workplace conditions through training, education, and other preventative programs
for employers and employees covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law.

“The Commonwealth makes it a priority to keep workers safe by setting aside
resources for safety training every year,” Governor Charlie Baker said.

“Each year thousands of workers in Massachusetts receive training through these
grants, making themselves and their work environments safer,” Lt. Governor Karyn
Polito said.

“As workers receive more training through these grants, they enhance their skill
set, making it easier to move into new positions,” Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II
said.

With $800,000 budgeted annually for the Safety Grant program, the Department of
Industrial Accidents (DIA) has funded hundreds of programs that have educated
thousands of employers and workers in the Commonwealth.

The maximum grant amount per employer is $25,000. Employers are awarded training
grants through a competitive application process.

The Department of Industrial Accidents is opening another round of applications this
month.

Organizations that received grants:

1. Family Continuity – $24,824: Family Continuity is a private, non-profit
mental health and social service agency. The proposed training plan includes agency
specific training for FC staff.

2. NorthEast Arc – $11,490: NorthEast Arc is a social service agency that
serves 7000 children and adults with disabilities in 150 eastern Massachusetts
cities and towns. The proposed training includes safety awareness for social
workers, de-escalation, managing workplace violence, and car and public Transport.

3. MHPI, Inc. – $4,815: MHPI is a non-profit organization that develops
housing for people with behavioral and developmental disabilities. Their proposed
training includes training in FA and CPR.

4. Tri State Trucking – $5,885: Tri State Trucking is a full service trailer
truck dealership of freightliners, mac trucks. Their proposed training includes
driver simulator training and workplace violence training.

5. Boston Plasterers – $16,493.79: Local 534 Apprentice and training fund
finances, plans, supervises and implements apprentice training and journey person
upgrade. This grant will provide OSHA 30 training, Aerial Lift and Fall Protection.

6. Riverside Industries, Inc. – $14,712.50: Riverside Industries, is
non-profit organization that provides transportation, life enrichment and employment
services to more than 265 adults living with developmental disabilities in western
Massachusetts. Riverside proposes to train employees in ergonomic lifting and back
safety.

7. Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) Corp. – $3,820: Best Corp is a
non-profit organization providing education, skills and training for members of
Unite Here/Local 26 Hotel Workers Union and those seeking entry into the hospitality
industry. Best Corp will train members in injury prevention/ergonomics.

8. Accutech Packaging – $12,305: Accutech Packaging manufactures plastic
thermoformed packaging, paper mailers and envelopes. They also offer in-house
tooling, design and contract packaging services. Accuteck training will include
OSHA 10, Forklift, Lock Out / Tag Out, Electrical Safety and First Aid/CPR.

9. Project Hope – $13,241: Project Hope helps families overcome homelessness
and move out of poverty. Project Hope’s proposed training includes critical incident
management that is designed to prepare and assist organizations when situations
become threatening.

10. Bald Hill Builders – $24,610: Bald Hill Builders is a general contracting and
construction management company, based in Sharon. The company’s proposed training
plan includes OSHA 10, OSHA 30, scaffolding, PPE training, forklift & hoisting
training and trenching & excavation.

11. Capital Driver Leasing – $24,868.41: Capital Driver Leasing is a commercial
driver staffing company. The company also supplies experienced drivers for
forklifts, aerial lifts (boom and scissor) as well as hazardous material
transportation. The training will include truck driving simulation training,
warehouse forklift training, aerial lift (both boom and scissor lifts) training,
ergonomics specialist with emphasis on back and dismount safety, DOT/RCRA,
transportation of hazardous goods and associated documentation training.

12. Cape Cod Safety Trainers – $24,877.50: Cape Cod Safety Trainers provide
CPR/First Aid, blood borne pathogens and emergency response training. Cape Cod
safety proposes to train 320 employees within six surrounding towns on the Cape.
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Letter In Support of WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

We thought this would be a nice thing to share. Thanks to our friend and Board member BILL SAFER.

Dear Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA-TV

I would like to write this letter in support of WCCA-TV. The content of
it’s programs are informative, entertaining and educational.

A program on “Senior Speak”, a WCCA-TV program talked about an
organization at the senior center, that would help seniors with their
prescription drugs.

I called the senior center and obtained an appointment for my Aunt. It
came to pass that my aunt was paying horrible prices for her medicines,
and this counselor at the senior center got her on a program that saved
her hundreds of dollars a year, and she could now afford all of her
medications.

I learned to cook some Greek dishes on “Cooking With Georgia” and about
the superb Veterans center we have here in Worcester, on “Soapbox”, two
superb programs on WCCA-TV.

There is just so much you get out of WCCA-TV, there is not enough room to
mention them all. It is my hope that in the future, they can even get
more programs on the air.

Students can come to WCCA-TV and start their path in the world of TV, and
the person who has a vision or a point of view, can express it, without
having to have a super fund, or mortgage the house.

Feel free to contact me for any other comments you may require.

Most Sincerely,

William S. Safer -President Sea breeze Antique Auction Seminars
Worcester, MA

WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: Dec. 2, 2015

“Concentrate on the positive, be creative, do something to place a smile on the face of another. Be intentional about that.”

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First Night Worcester ready for New Year’s Eve
Exciting new performers, venues and activities set for First Night ‘16

WORCESTER, MA – [December 1, 2015] – First Night Worcester is set and ready to go for this year’s arts celebration. Heading into its 35th year of operation, the nonprofit is the oldest First Night in the nation and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981. “We’re really excited for this year’s show,” said Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. “Our schedule is final; we’ve got exciting new performances, a terrific new venue (Jillian’s Worcester) and, best of all, a brand new mobile app so folks on the go can get the most out of their First Night experience!”

First Night’s first-ever Apple mobile app is available for free in the App Store. “Users will have access to the entire event schedule with links to venues, performers, activities, sponsors and maps, right on their Apple device,” said McGinn. “It’s going to change everything!”

Nearly 60 performances will take place on 12 stages this year including a spectacular opening act – a performance by the Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” group at Tuckerman Hall, sponsored by Saint-Gobain. Artists will present an Asian fusion dance incorporating a dazzling traditional Chinese Lion Dance, a graceful traditional Thai dance, finishing up with a relaxed performance of a traditional Vietnamese dance.

First Night artists run the gamut from musicians to acrobats, jugglers to comedians, hypnotists, dancers, and for the second consecutive year, psychic mediums. “Our psychic medium venue was absolutely packed last year,” said McGinn. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this special experience once again at the Courtyard by Marriott.”

In addition to a robust line-up of First Night performances, there will be many activities around town to take advantage of, all free with a First Night button. “There will be pony rides and, new this year, guided tours by Canal District Horse & Wagon Tours, a local favorite,” said McGinn. “Up on the Common we’ll have free ice skating sponsored by baystateparent and hot cocoa sponsored by Becker College. The Worcester Art Museum will be hosting a special craft project, sponsored by FLEXcon, and we’re bringing back the incredibly popular Kids Zone at Veteran’s Inc., sponsored by UniBank.” MassLive, new to First Night this year, will be sponsoring Ralph’s Rock Diner. Jillian’s Worcester, First Night’s newest venue partner, will be hosting a free pasta bar for First Night attendees as well as giving out free $10 gift cards to use in its game room. Other activities include open houses at the Joy of Music Program (with family-friendly drumming circles, student performances and creative movement groups) and the Worcester JCC (with swimming, Gaga, a basketball clinic, bounce house and craft projects).

Returning this year will be the First Night trolleys – two of them – sponsored by Bay State Savings Bank and SG&D Insurance Agencies. “For obvious reasons, the trolleys were a big hit last year,” said McGinn. “We’re so grateful to to be able to offer this service again this year so folks can travel in comfort to all the performances they want!”

As in years past, a First Night button grants free access to the area’s leading cultural centers. Museum partners include the EcoTarium, Museum of Russian Icons, Old Sturbridge Village, Salisbury Mansion, Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Historical Museum. “This is a terrific perk for First Night button holders. Last year it added up to literally hundreds of dollars in savings for a family of four. That’s a pretty great deal!”

Buttons are on sale now – $10 before December 25, $12 after December 25, $15 at the door. Kids 7 and under are free. The full event schedule and button details can be found at www.firstnightworcester.org.

First Night Worcester is made possible through the generosity of the following:

Presenting Sponsors: PENTA Communications, Inc., Polar Beverages, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Platinum Sponsors: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Magazine

Gold Sponsors: FLEXcon, IMMEDIA, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Price Chopper, Worcester Rotary, WRTA

Silver Sponsors: Atlas Pyrovision Productions, Inc., baystateparent, CVS, EcoTarium, Grafton News, Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Leominster Champion, MassLive.com, Millbury Sutton Chronicle, Museum of Russian Icons
Old Sturbridge Village, Saint-Gobain Corporation, Salisbury Mansion, The Landmark, UniBank, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum

Bronze Sponsors: AAA Southern New England, AbbVie Bioresearch Center, Assumption College, Bay State Savings Bank, Becker College, MCPHS University
Rand Whitney Container, LLC, Reliant Medical Group, SG&D Insurance Agencies, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

Supporters: Armenian Cultural Center, Commerce Bank, Courtyard by Marriott, Epworth United Methodist Church, Hilton Garden Inn, Jillian’s Billiard Club, MarketKING
Millbury Federal Credit Union, National Grid, Ralph’s Rock Diner, Southbridge Savings Bank, Spencer Bank, The Berry Group, Trinity Lutheran Church, Tuckerman Hall
Veteran’s Inc., Wegmans Food Market, Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester JCC
About First Night Worcester
Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing access to the Arts. Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, the non-profit work of First Night Worcester continues throughout the year with educational programs and community outreach initiatives. Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all.
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REMEMBERING THE FALLEN HEROES SIX
Please be advised that there will be a gathering at the Franklin Street fire station, 266 Franklin Street (Worcester, MA), on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00pm to remember the Worcester Six.
District Chief Robert J. Courtney
Worcester Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
Office: 508-799-1851

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The Central MA Housing Alliance is changing its Housing Counseling Hours effective January of 2016 to 4:30 pm to 6:30pm. Please help us spread the word so case managers and clients have enough time to be aware of the new time frame for Thursdays ONLY. Thank you!
Thank you,
Miurka Torres
Housing Counselor
6 Institute Road P. O. Box 3
Worcester, MA 01609
Tel. 508-791-7265 ext 131
Direct Line 774-243-3831

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Frank Kartheiser. writes :
December 1, 2015

Raise Up Massachusetts Submits Final Signatures for Constitutional Amendment Campaign to Raise Additional Revenue for Transportation and Public Education

Over 157,000 Signatures Collected for 2018 Constitutional Amendment

BOSTON – Workers, community members, faith leaders, transportation and education advocates, and business leaders rallied today to celebrate a successful first step in the campaign to invest in transportation and public education by creating an additional tax on annual income above $1 million. This morning, the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition rallied on the steps of the State House and submitted signatures to the Secretary of State that will advance the coalition’s constitutional amendment toward the 2018 ballot.

“With these signatures, we are moving forward our campaign to invest in better schools and safe transportation infrastructure by asking millionaires to pay their fair share,” said Maria Elena Letona, Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor. “The best way to help working families and build a stronger economy for us all is to make sure that we have quality public schools for our children, affordable higher education, and a transportation system that lets people get to work and customers get to businesses.”

This grassroots effort was made possible with the support and leadership of thousands of coalition members and unpaid volunteers across the Commonwealth, who spread the word of the campaign by hosting signature-gathering events statewide. The coalition collected over 157,000 signatures, all without using paid signature gathering companies.

“Our grassroots coalition of community, labor, and faith groups won in the Legislature with the first increase in the state minimum wage since George Bush was in office,” said Barbara Gutman of the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA). “We won at the ballot with the strongest statewide earned sick time law in the country. Today, we take the next step towards winning in our state constitution with a tax on annual income over $1 million to make needed investments in transportation and public education.”

Local supporters have been out every day for months, talking to voters in front of supermarkets, at youth sports games, outside MBTA, bus, and commuter rail stations, at religious congregations, on busy street corners, at community events—anywhere and everywhere as they collect signatures from their neighbors and community members.

“I stood outside supermarkets on many occasions, but more importantly, we utilized our amazing grassroots membership network,” said Kamillah Hamilton, an organizer with 1199SEIU. “Our members, who work in nursing homes, hospitals, community centers, and home care, collected signatures from their co-workers, in their communities, and from their family members because we know, this is a group effort—we all had to get involved.”

The constitutional amendment would create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 million. The more than $1.5 billion in new revenue generated by the tax could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. To ensure that the tax continues to apply only to the highest-income residents, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.

“If passed, this amendment would make a huge difference for students in badly underfunded schools and for students in our public colleges and universities who are burdened by too much debt,” said Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

“Across the state, people need better transportation, including safer roads and bridges, public transportation that works, and safe ways to walk and bike around town,” said Kristina Egan, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts. “Right now, our transportation network is stuck in the last century. For the state to compete against other regions around the globe, we need to step up and invest in modern, reliable transportation.”

“Our tuitions and fees are among the highest in the country, and students are forced to take on enormous debt to receive a degree,” said Kimberly Selwitz, President of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM). “We need to invest in public higher education, to make it affordable for low- and middle-income students in our state.”

The petition must now go to a Joint Session of the Legislature and be approved by 25 percent of legislators (50 votes) in 2016. The petition will then need a second approval by 25 percent of legislators in a Joint Session in 2017 or 2018 to appear on the ballot on November 6, 2018.
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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: December 1, 2015

Young Singers ages 14 -19 compete in WCCA TV’s annual “NEW VOICES AWARDS” 2015.

This year it’s a bigger production featuring a new set by master craftsman at WBZ TV Mike Nosel.

WCCA TV shoots the semifinalist episode of NEW VOICES 2015 tonight. Congratulations to the fine singers who will be appearing on tonight edition of “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2015” at WCCA TV.

Winners compete for recognition in this prestigious competition plus amazing prizes all made possible from underwriters and sponsors: Worcester Arts Council, Union Music, Starfleet Recording Studio, Kirby Foundation, Music Revolt, Community Auditions Star of the Day NYC, LJ’s Hair Salon.

New Voices is a true community enterprise. Thanks also to local area music schools, music teachers, Youth Organizations, and the Worcester Public Schools.

Be sure to catch this fun and entertaining show in late December, only on WCCA TV cable channel 194 and also streaming at wccatv.com .

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GREAT NEWS ! Congratulations !

The New England Patriots Difference Maker of the Week is Bill & Donna Moore
< http://www.patriots.com/community/volunteerism>
http://www.patriots.com/community/volunteerism (read article now) and in
print materials including Patriots Football Weekly, Patriots Game Day
magazine and website.

Bill & Donna Moore will also be recognized during a special ceremony at the
Patriots final regular season home game against the Tennessee Titans on
December 20, 2015

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VIRGINIA SWAIN seeks YOUR help:
She writes,
“Please help me continue to expand a program with children as part of the public discourse by making a donation to the Center for Global Community and World Law? Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To learn more about our philosophy, watch this short video
(
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In his universal call to action to transform our world beyond 2015, United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says young people will be the torchbearers of the next
sustainable development agenda through 2030. I ask for your support in helping
children prepare for this challenging role.

Our torchbearers are Yeshi, Maia, Casey, Elliott, Olivia, Shane, Caleb, Caleb E,
Gong, Ding, Jonathan and the Nelson Place 3rd grade children. They told United
Nations Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury about their climate change project. To see
their shows, visit this link on WCCATV
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You can help awaken an expanding group to the wisdom of children, as we take it to a
larger audience, helping generations learn from one another. Children’s voices are
missing. I have pledged to be a listening and empowering ear for children while
keeping them safe from harm by using only their first names.

Contribute with your check payable to Center for Global Community and World Law, Inc
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Founded in 1993 by Joseph Baratta, Ph.D. and myself, Center for Global Community and
World Law, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity and educational institution incorporated
in the State of New York and A Civil Society Organization in ECOSOC Consultative
Status at the United Nations.
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You may also consider a donation as a gift that helps those on your holiday list to
support this effort too. We’ll send you a card to personalize for them, to show the
meaning of your gift to us, in their name. May this holiday season bring joy, love
and peace to you—and to all.

Virginia Swain
Executive Director, Co-Founder

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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

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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 News and Information Roundup: November 30, 2015

‘Tis the season. All of us at WCCA TV wish you and yours a joyful and happy holiday season !

Please consider making a donation to WCCA TV. WCCA TV is a non-profit 501(C)3 charitable organizations dedicated to empowering you through electronic media. WCCA is a private organization that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation. Send a check payable to WCCA TV to WCCA TV 415 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608. We accept credit cards in our lobby, or you can visit us at http://www.wccatv.com/donate
THANK YOU
We look forward to seeing YOU on WCCA TV !
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The Worcester Alliance of Photographers and the Seven Hills Camera Club in partnership with Preservation Worcester are excited to announce the Worcester Windows new winter exhibition “Stone, Brick, Glass and Metal: Worcester’s Buildings and Monuments”.

Located at the Community Gallery in City Hall, 455 Main St, Worcester MA; this new exhibit will open on Friday, December 4th at 6:00pm in conjunction with the city’s annual Festival of Lights celebration.

The new exhibition pushed photographers to look at the city through a different lens. Susan Ceccacci of Preservation Worcester noted that: “Worcester’s streets are full of architectural riches and outstanding monuments; yet as we whiz by in our cars, they often go unnoticed. For this exhibition Preservation Worcester has collaborated with Seven Hills Camera Club and the Worcester Alliance of Photographers to challenge members to look closely at the city’s built environment and to ferret out the beautiful and the unexpected that surrounds us in our daily lives.” Thirty different submissions will be on display through the winter. Photographs selected for the show highlight geometrical shapes, texture, and play with creative angles to express a different perspective of the city’s built architecture, both modern and historic.
“Worcester has such a rich and interesting history, and you can still see so much of it in our architecture thanks to the efforts of Preservation Worcester and others who care about the city’s past” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I’m thrilled we are able to host this exhibit, to give people a different viewpoint on some of our community’s greatest, and too often unnoticed, gems.”

Curated by Priscilla Messinger of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers, participating artists whose works are on exhibit will include but is not limited to: Judy Belben, Dick Tranfaglia, Don Ricklin, Joyce Vincent, Lisa Hoag, Matt Wright, Ed Mc Dowell, Michele Loftus, Mike McCool, Mike Zeis, Pricilla Messinger, Sheila McDowell, Robert Keirstead, and Ron Jolicoeur.
Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown area. In addition, Worcester Windows provides display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically by successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City. This initiative brings artwork to the public and showcases local talent, and establishes itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists sell their artwork.

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers is an organization where both amateur and professional photographers meet to talk about technical aspects of photography, be creative, and share ideas. The Seven Hills Camera Club, under the New England Camera Club Council organization, meets to enhance photographic knowledge and exhibit photos.

Worcester Windows is produced by the Worcester Cultural Coalition, in partnership with the City of Worcester, funded in part by the Greater Community Foundation.

For more information contact:
Lindiana Flores
508-799-1400×223
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Mayor of Worcester Calls for Statewide Gun Buyback Day as Central Massachusetts Sets Gun Buyback for Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

WORCESTER – For the fourteenth annual Goods For Guns Day, 16 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts have scheduled their guy buyback day for December 12th, in honor of the victims who were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, on December 14th, 2012. Mayor Joseph M. Petty is calling on his fellow mayors to join him to make the anniversary of the massacre the yearly, statewide gun buyback day.
“Today I’m asking my fellow mayors to work within their own cities, and with their elected officials and community partners, to join us and honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by making our cities safer and healthier.” Mayor Petty said, “The date of this gun buyback effort marks three years since the tragic shooting in Newtown. We remember those victims in a special way, and are dedicating this program in their memory, and to all of those that have been lost in these shocking incidents.”
“There have been so many mass shootings: Aurora, Virginia Tech, Charleston, Umpqua, Littleton, Fort Hood and so many more. The list just keeps growing. I can think of no better way to remember this and every other tragedy than by honoring it with a day dedicated to gun safety,” said Mayor Petty. “This is not just about getting guns off the streets, it’s about making sure that if you have a gun in your home, that it’s secured. It’s about safer streets and healthier homes and making sure that the violence we saw in Newtown doesn’t happen here.”
Dr. Michael Hirsh is the medical director for Worcester’s Division of Public Health, as well as a pediatric trauma surgeon and longtime gun safety advocate. “This isn’t just about crime; it’s about health,” said Dr. Hirsh. “An unsecured weapon in the home is a public health danger that leads to more frequent homicides, burglaries, lethal domestic violence, accidental shootings and suicide in the home.”
“Any additional efforts to remove guns from the streets of our community are a positive step forward,” said Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme. “This program is a part of the department’s comprehensive, multipronged approach to reduce gun violence. Anytime you remove unwanted guns from the community, you have the potential to save lives.”
“Last week officials from the Mayor’s office, the WPD, and the Worcester Division of Public Health attended Mayor Walsh’s Regional Gun Summit in Boston and had many productive discussions about strategies to reduce gun violence in our community,” said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “One of those discussions surrounded the dangers of real-looking replica guns, which as we’ve seen in other cities can lead to needless violence. As a result, we’ll be including replica guns in this year’s buyback program. We will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of a healthier, safer community.”
The yearly Goods for Guns program in Worcester is sponsored by both UMass Memorial Hospital and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.’s office.  “We use funds from civil forfeitures and drug dealer convictions to fund this program,” said DA Early.  “One less unsecured gun in a home benefits us all. It removes the possibility of the theft of that gun and the use of it in a crime or accident in the household.”
“Hospital emergency rooms across this country have seen all too often the damage gun violence can do to individuals, their families, and their communities,” said Eric W. Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care. “The money and resources spent to support a gun buyback program is much more preferable to the costs of treating theses victims and, most importantly, the cost in human lives lost due to gunshot wounds. I’m proud UMass Memorial, under the leadership and tireless efforts of Dr. Michael Hirsh, continues to play a major role in this program.”
The Goods for Guns program has been a gun buyback program for the last fourteen years in Worcester, exchanging firearms for gift cards. Police departments in Worcester, Millbury, Grafton, Leicester, Southbridge, Oxford, Sturbridge, Northbridge, and Webster will exchange guns for gift cards of varying amounts; ($25 rifle, $50 pistol, $75 semiautomatic weapon of any kind). Residents of any city or town may drop off their weapons anonymously, in exchange for gift cards. Gun owners are further welcomed to pick up a trigger lock free of charge from the police stations listed above.
The 2014 Good for Guns program produced almost 150 firearms in one day as well as 18 lbs of TNT that was being improperly stored in Leicester. Since the inception of the Goods for Guns program, over 2500 guns have been returned to law enforcement officials in Central Massachusetts.
Using FBI data and media reports, Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in America, developed an analysis of mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July 2015. The analysis found that there have been at least 133 mass shootings in the nearly seven-year period.

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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

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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 20, 2015

ATTENTION WCCA TV COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PRODUCERS:
The Happy Holiday season is here. Be sure to have all programming expected for holiday play through the weeks of the December 21, and 28th, edited and submitted , ready to be cued, no later than December 10th, 2015 Happy Holidays !

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Congratulations to Dr. Satya Mitra ( aka GURU TAX SERVICES ), a former Board member of WCCA TV, celebrating 25 years in business in Worcester. He has been a friend and supporter of WCA TV for the entire time.
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The Sprinkler Factory Healing Fibers: War and Peace show curated by Bayda Asbridge…more speakers!! Have we got a great set of talks for you.

They are:

Saturday November 21 at 1 pm Katie Green – story telling – Sekmet the Egyptian goddess of war. She will be accompanied by a musician!!!

Sunday November 22th Retired head of the Worcester Art Museum Jim Welu The Monument Men 1 pm

Sunday November 22th Dr. Ora Szekely 2:30 pm Understanding the Syrian War— Clark professor whose specialty is war in the Middle East —VERY TIMELY

Sunday November 22 Dr. Marty B. Ukraine and Avoiding Nuclear War. Russia and the Ukraine – also Very timely Retired professor – 4:00 pm

Come and hear these spectacular speakers. Coffee,tea and cake!!!

Also when you come take time to look at all the creative and wonderful art pieces in the show

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TODAY, Nov. 20, 2015, Juan Gomez is to Hold Press Conference in front of Election Commission Office of City Hall to outline additional details relating to his challenge of the
outcome of the most recent municipal election .

In an interesting development, Candidate for Worcester City Council At-Large, Juan
Gomez, has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow, Friday, November 20, at
4:30PM, in front of the offices of the Election Commission, on the second floor of
city hall.
Gomez is expected to outline additional details relating to his challenge of the
outcome of the most recent municipal election, and his subsequent call for a recount
of the votes cast in that election.
No further details were given, exept that his campaign expects Boston-based
Univision and Telemundo, (the Spaish-language networks), as well as NECN, to cover
the press conference.
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VETERANS INC. TO HOST ANNUAL HOLIDAY HARVEST

Event Sponsored by MorphoTrust USA to Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Veterans in Need
and Family Members

WHAT: Veterans Inc.’s Holiday Harvest in Worcester provides hundreds of Thanksgiving
meals, including turkeys and trimmings, to veteran families in need across the
region. Along with a turkey, each family is given potatoes, carrots, cranberry
sauce, stuffing, assorted vegetables, and fresh produce harvested via the Worcester
County Sheriff’s Office. The event is supported by MorphoTrust USA, “The Identity
Company,” which provides market-leading solutions and services to state and federal
agencies as well as businesses that simplify, protect, and secure the lives of
Americans.

WHO: Veterans Inc. is New England’s leading provider of support services to veterans
and their families. Sponsors of the event include MorphoTrust USA and Table Talk
Pies. Spokespeople available for interviews during the event include:

* Vincent J. Perrone, U.S. Air Force Veteran, President & CEO of Veterans Inc.
* Denis M. Leary, Executive Director of Veterans Inc.
* Amanda Riik, Senior Manager of Communications & Events at Veterans Inc.

* Bob Eckel, President and CEO, MorphoTrust USA

* Julie Zomar, Director of Marketing Programs, MorphoTrust USA

* Mark DiFraia, Sr. Director of Market Development, MorphoTrust USA

WHEN: Tuesday November 24th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Schedule:
o 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Registration
o 11:00 am – 1:45 pm – Harvest Commences

o 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm – Thank you, Conclusion

WHERE: Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA

***Members of the news media are welcome to attend and cover this event; we ask that
you notify us in advance via e-mail or by phone at 1-508-791-1213 x145 and check in
upon arrival, for the purpose of assisting Veterans Inc. in our efforts to protect
the confidentiality of homeless or struggling veterans in attendance who may not
wish to be identified.
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