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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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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.

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 has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
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WCCA TV
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 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,
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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 !

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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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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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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 19, 2015

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100 % of our programming reflects the interest of our community. This is public access television this is WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” since 1986.

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Ribbon Cutting for Worcester’s First Community Aquaponics Greenhouse

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place:
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
at 2:00pm
Behind Stone Soup, 4 King St, Worcester, MA 01610 (come to back lot)

After months of planning and building, the seven partners in the collaborative project will celebrate the completion of the aquaponics greenhouse at the Stone Soup Community Center. Join us for tours of the new greenhouse, demonstrations of the aquaponics system and speakers from several of the partners.

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City of Worcester Officials To Meet Tomorrow with New England Mayors and Law Enforcement Officials to Collaborate on Gun Violence Reduction in the Region

Summit participants will focus on efforts to reduce the trafficking of illegal firearms and explore local measures to prevent violent gun crime
 
BOSTON – Officials from Mayor Joseph M. Petty’s office, the Division of Public Health, and the Worcester Police Department will meet Thursday with New England Mayors and law enforcement officials to discuss specific strategies to address gun safety, security and illegal guns. The meeting will be held at the Shelburne Community Center, at 2730 Washington Street in Roxbury. The meeting is closed to the press but there will be a press availability at noon.

Hosted by City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the New England Regional Gun Violence Summit will bring together representatives from several dozen cities in New England in response to the recent nationwide increase in gun violence. Officials will discuss and collaborate on new ideas and initiatives to address gun violence, strategies and tools focused on illegal guns, firearms education, and violence reduction strategies.

Regional and national policy experts will be on hand to offer presentations on information sharing and local, state and law enforcement best practices to the divert firearms from criminals and prohibited purchasers.
 
Attendees at the Summit will include:
Mayors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Police Chiefs and Commissioners from the New England region
Gun Policy Subject matter experts

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Massachusetts Gained 11,000 Jobs in October Unemployment Rate Remained at 4.6 Percent

BOSTON, MA – November 19, 2015 –The state’s total unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent in October, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.

The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts added 11,000 jobs in October. The largest over the month job gains occurred in Education and Health Services; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; and Other Services sectors. Year-to-date Massachusetts has added 62,800 jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised preliminary job estimates for September that originally indicated Massachusetts lost 7,100 jobs. BLS revised estimates for September show the state lost 2,200 jobs.

The October preliminary estimates show 3,396,900 Massachusetts residents were employed during the month, and 164,000 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,560,900.

The labor force decreased by 8,700 from 3,569,600 in September, as 9,600 fewer residents were employed and 900 more residents were unemployed over the month.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent from 5.5 percent in October 2014. There were 32,000 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared to October 2014.

The October state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.0 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Massachusetts continues to add jobs, and the labor market is strong. We frequently hear from employers that they have jobs to fill, which is a good position for the state to be in,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II said.

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 64.7 over the month. The labor force participation rate over the year has decreased 0.8 of a percentage point compared to October 2014.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Construction; Other Services; Leisure and Hospitality; and Education and Health Services.

October 2015 Employment Overview

Education and Health Services added 5,200 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 23,700 (+3.2%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 3,000 (+0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 26,300 (+5.1 %) jobs.

Other Services added 1,600 (+1.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 4,400 (+3.3%) jobs.

Construction gained 700 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 4,300 (+3.4%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality added 600 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 11,400 (+3.3%) jobs.

Manufacturing gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing added 200 (+0.1%) jobs.

Financial Activities added 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 2,900 (+1.4%) jobs.

Information gained 100 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 1,200 (+1.4%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 500 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 400 (-0.1%) jobs.

Government had no change in its jobs level over the month. Over the year, Government gained 6,700 (+1.5%) jobs.
Labor Force Overview

The October estimates show 3,396,900 Massachusetts residents were employed and 164,000 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,560,900. The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. The October labor force decreased by 8,700 from 3,569,600 in September, as 9,600 fewer residents were employed and 900 more residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, was 64.7, a decrease of 0.2 of a percentage point over the month. The labor force was 17,300 below the 3,578,200 October 2014 estimate, with 14,800 more residents employed and 32,000 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES:
The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.
Local area unemployment statistics for October 2015 will be released on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The preliminary November 2015 and revised October 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, December 17, 2015. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for a complete list of release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.
submitted by
Colleen Quinn | Communications Director
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Office: 617-626-7121 | Cell: 617-894-4550

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: November 12, 2015

Special announcement at the bottom of this news round up. You will not want to miss out.
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Worcester ROTARY was instrumental in supporting the restoration of the footbridge at ELM PARK by donating $50,000 toward it with money it raised at it’s 2013 Celebrate Community Fund Raiser event.
The City Managers office has scheduled a dedication event for the Myra Hiatt
Kraft footbridge at Elm Park to take place Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 11:00 at the park. Thank you Rotary for your service above self! Staty tuned for more on this story at WCCA TV.
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School Committee Member John Monfredo writes us to say:
“The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day….Read With Your Child”
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Changes in the air for Worcester’s Main Street

The state has finally scheduled their 25% design hearing on the Main Street Reconstruction project. It is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Worcester Public Library in the Saxe Room (3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608).

This meeting will be your opportunity to express your thoughts, concerns and suggested alterations to the plan being proposed. I have attached the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) official meeting notice as it has the time, location, a description of the proposal and where written comments can be submitted by those who are not able to attend the meeting or do not wish to speak at the public hearing.

For further information contact:
W. Stuart Loosemore, Esq., General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
446 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608 Tel: (508) 753-2924 X. 222
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COMMUNITY TALKS FOR PEACE and NON-VIOLENCE
AE911Truth New England Tour Film Premier
Firefighters, Architects & Engineers: Expose 9/11 Myths:
From November 11 through November 22, the new documentary “Firefighters Architects Engineers: Expose 9/11 Myths” will premiere in 12 cities throughout the Southwest. At each stop along the Northeast Tour, Richard Gage, AIA, will be introducing the film and hosting the Q&A.

This 90-minute film features a landmark joint presentation by Erik Lawyer, the founder of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, and Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects & Engineers.

Together, Lawyer and Gage dismantle two-dozen myths that comprise the official account of the WTC destruction. They also expose the failure of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to comply with the requirements of NFPA 921 – the national guideline for fire and explosion investigations. They then take a penetrating look at the scientific forensic evidence of the destruction of all three World Trade Center skyscrapers.

The information-packed “Firefighters Architects Engineers” (FAE) DVD is expected to be a go-to educational tool — particularly for 9/11 Truth activists who are reaching out to firefighters and fire protection professionals all over the country.

The FAE New England Tour was created from the three-day educational outreach to 10,000 architects, who will be attending the annual ABX convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Nov 17 to 18 in Boston, MA. AE911Truth will be showing the architects who pass by our exhibit booth the evidence for the explosive destruction of World Trade Center 7. The effort is expected to attract another 200 AIA member co-sponsors of the 2016 resolution calling upon the AIA to reinvestigate the collapse.

Another point that booth volunteers will be making is that the official story about the attacks of September 11, 2001, falls apart when one looks squarely at the facts and applies fundamental scientific principles to interpret them. As Gage has long been saying, “After nearly ten years, don’t we all need and deserve to know the truth?”

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Press Release

Gage is a San Francisco Bay Area architect of 25 years, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the founder and CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth.org), a 501(c)(3) educational charity representing more than 2,300 degreed/licensed architects and engineers who have signed a petition calling for a new, independent investigation, with full subpoena power, into the destruction of the Twin Towers and the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11.

The petition’s 20,000-plus non-architect/engineer signatories include many scientists, attorneys, teachers, and other responsible, educated citizens in the US and abroad. Backed by extensive research, AE911Truth cites overwhelming evidence for the explosive controlled demolition of the three towers.
As an architect, Gage has worked on most types of building construction, including numerous fire-proofed, steel-framed buildings. Most recently, he worked on the construction documents for a $400M mixed-use urban project with 1.2 million square feet of retail space, a parking structure, and 320,000 square feet of mid-rise office space — altogether some 1,200 tons of steel framing.
> He became interested in researching the destruction of the WTC high-rise buildings when, in 2006, he heard on the radio the startling conclusions of reluctant 9/11 researcher David Ray Griffin. Since then, Gage has been on his own unyielding quest for the truth about 9/11. In the nine years he has presided over AE911Truth, Gage has given the live multimedia presentation 9/11: Blueprint for Truth in more than 450 venues in 37 foreign countries and 85 American cities to groups ranging in size from 100 to 3,000. In addition, he has appeared in more than 400 radio interviews and television spots.

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City Council Election may not be over yet: Juan Gomez stated in an email sent to media, that he intends to hold a press conference today at ” City Hall at
3:30PM, as he turns in signature sheets to request the recount. We stated that he will lay out some
of his concerns at that point.
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Worcester Pride
Worcester Pride will be launching 6 Teams to propel our
Community forward For the 2016 Program Year . Each team respectively will be facilitating plans to address: Outreach, Annual LGBTQ+ events, Social Justice, Pride Week Events, Fund Raising and Youth. For more visit the link herein.
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f9307035b7eb95adb70e0a7b5&id=4de0b54f8f&e=b8ca5b1659

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YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION INITIATIVE Grant To Fund Trained Outreach Workers
To Engage Highest Risk Youth

The City of Worcester has received a $25,000 grant for the city’s Youth
Violence Prevention Initiative from Attorney General Maura Healey G HEALEY AWARDS $25,000 GRANT TO CITY OF WORCESTER FOR youth violence prevention
Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office has awarded the City of Worcester a $25,000 grant to implement its Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
The funds will be distributed to two nonprofit organizations that will employ trained outreach workers to work with 20 to 25 of city’s highest risk young men (ages 17-24)
and connect them with needed social,behavioral and employment services.
The goal of the year long initiative is to curtail gang violence and make the city safer

The city will use the partnerships it has developed through these programs and input from other orga
nizations to identify the high risk young men it will target for the program.
The workers will use intensive street outreach efforts to connect with identified
high risk young men and assist them as they go through job skills training and drug
treatment programs.
Outreach workers will also monitor and coach the young men
throughout the program to prevent relapses into violent behavior and conflicts.
The program’s service area includes the entire city, but efforts will be focused on
areas where more youth violence is located including areas around the southern and
eastern parts of the city.
The initiative will be underway this spring and will conclude in December of
2016. The grant is being funded with money from federal criminal forfeit.
The two organizations to be receiving the money from the City, from this grant, was not announced.

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