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“Tracy

Thank you so much! When I receive the link (to my interview with Mauro on SOAPBOX), I will post it on all of my social media sites. I am most appreciative you gave me the time. Mauro was a wonderful host. I enjoyed our conversation.   Have a lovely rest of the day! Thank you again. With a smile and much gratitude, Darlene C “

” Tracy, thank you very much for working with me to be on the show today. We didn’t meet but I think I saw you. Mauro, I appreciate you for engaging in our work by asking the important questions that you asked. I also thank you for wanting to help us get an office here in Worcester and to secure funding avenues. Jermoh K “

WCCA TV unmatched “FREE” On Demand Viewing ON LINE

There are now 5,000 videos in the Video On Demand library at the WCCA
website, http://www.wccatv.com/video
Current shows and past shows are available for viewing any time. Some
were produced at WCCA as early as 1990.

From Off The Hook to Rosen’s Roundtable. You’ll find it online.
Cooking With Georgia, Exposure with Mosher, BandEdge, COMMUNITY NEWSNew Voices Awards! The best in local original community shows and special presentations produced at WCCA.

The flagship Soapbox show has 487 episodes available for viewing.
You can watch the newest show produced at WCCA, Connecting The Dots.
There are 350 special presentations available in the library.

Special thanks to our vast pool of community volunteer producers, guest, community supporters, Circle of Friends, and to our programming and technical staff for making this miles stone possible. WCCA TV’s Tech, John Simakauskas gets a special acknowledgement for his work and effort to upload thousands of video hours to make this available for you.

Have you taken advantage of the offerings in the WCCA Video On Demand
library? Let us know. Send an email to Tracy@wccatv.com

Congratulations Worcester ! This is WCCA TV Community media, local television at it’s best.

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: February 4, 2016

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The 12th Annual College Show
and Robb Sandagata: Character Education

Friday, February 5, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
660 Main Street
Open and free to all.
Music by DJ Andy Morris.
Free parking in the paved lots belonging to the Freemasons, at 1 Ionic Street.
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Barbara Roberts local artist featured at a gallery opening
Barbara Roberts of Worcester, is having an art opening at Express Yourself Coffee on Pleasant St in Worcester (near the old synagogue) on February 20th from 4 to 7 pm. Music and light refreshments. Unframed artwork will be available for purchase. Come have a good time and enjoy yourself. Snow date February 22 at 4 to 7 pm.
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FROM MEMBER Patricia Burke

”Report from the Science and Wireless 2015 event in Australia” the 2014 book, Science For Sale by David Lewis PhD is relevant reading.

The sub title is:
How the US government uses powerful corporations and leading universities to support government policies, silence top scientists, jeopardize our health, and protect corporate profits.

However the title would be just as accurate if it alternatively read: How powerful ‘US corporations use the government, etc’- considering the “revolving door” between corporate America and the government where govt. agencies are effectively given over to corporate control in exchange for large election donations. If it was in a 3rd World country it would be condemned as outright corruption. In the USA however, its just accepted as business as usual…

From the book:

The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices. Organizations dealing with scientific integrity are designed only to weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they work. The greatest threat of all is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best…

Review by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.:

“David Lewis has been a beacon of integrity against the apocalyptical forces of ignorance and greed endeavoring to divert science from the noble pursuit of truth and pervert it into a tool that supports the most destructive policies of industry and government.”

Read the post here as it is not found in many other media TV platforms: http://www.emfacts.com/2016/02/science-for-sale-by-david-lewis-recommended-reading/
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Worcester receives $500,000 to support youth violence prevention
Worcester-
City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced today that the Worcester
Police Department will receive a Shannon Community Safety Initiative award in the
amount of $506,992 to reduce citywide gang violence and youth crime.
The state-funded, competitive grant will allow Worcester to address priorities
outlined in the citywide Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, which launched in
June 2015. Worcester’s 2016 Shannon strategy is a multidisciplinary approach with
three core components: suppression, social intervention, and opportunity provision.
The strategy aims to provide recreational, educational, and job opportunities for
youth while simultaneously providing positive development and mentorship
opportunities for at-risk youth. The strategy is detailed in the city’s application,
attached to this email.
“Youth violence is a problem that tears apart our neighborhoods and families across
generations, and the city of Worcester is working across many fronts and with dozens
of community partners to address it,” said City Manager Augustus. “We are thankful
to Gov. Baker and his administration for continuing to support the Shannon program,
which will help support the City’s efforts to attack the root of these problems.”
Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety
and Security Dan Bennett announced Wednesday the statewide release of $6.7 million
in Shannon grant funds to 15 communities and 10 local partners to bolster their
efforts to combat gang violence.
Last year, nearly 2,000 youth benefited from services funded by the Shannon grant,
276 known to be gang involved. The most served age group was youth ages 12-17,
though programs help residents ages 5 to over 30.
Worcester is also one of the communities that received funding for a Local Action
Research Partner. Clark University, which received nearly $60,000, serves as
Worcester’s LARP in providing research and analytical support to the city’s Shannon
program.
The 2016 Shannon Strategy aligns with the strategies of the initiative, specifically
targeting childhood health, education, and overall well-being; community outreach to
interrupt violence and connect youth to resources; and re-entry/anti-recidivism
programs that better support young people.
A network of organizations partner with the Worcester Police Department to enact the
Shannon strategy, including: Worcester Police Gang Unit, Worcester Public Schools,
Worcester Juvenile Probation, Worcester District Court Probation, Clark University,
Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, The Worcester Youth Center, Straight Ahead
Ministries, Worcester Community Action Council, and Worcester House of Corrections.
Programs administered by the Worcester Police Department enable police officers to
have direct contact with residents, such as monitoring probationers and juvenile
offenders, and provide safe and structured environments for youth, such as summer
camp and athletic activities. Community nonprofits provide summer employment
programs and support for caseworkers.
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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
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: November 17, 2015

WCCA TV’s “VIDEO JAM” produced by Tracy Foley, is one of NEW ENGLAND’s longest running quality music showcase TV shows

Next episode will feature upcoming hit artist musician Bhi Bhiman.

Bhiman ( Pronouced B-Man ) visited the WCCA TV studios recently and was
interviewed by Mauro DePasquale for Video Jam. Bhi Bhiman is an American
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States folk and rock
singer-songwriter.
Tune in to Video Jam this Friday, Nov. 20at9pm and Saturday, Nov. 21 at
7:00pm exclusively on WCCA TV cable ch. 104 and streaming simulcast and for free “on-Demand” viewing at wccatv.com
Get your act seen and considered for Video Jam, submit a DVD and band/artist website to VIDEO JAM c/0 WCCA TV 415 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608

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Scott Schaeffer-Duffy writes:
“The Saints Francis & Thérèse Catholic Worker community will be sponsoring a vigil today from 4- 5 PM at Lincoln Square, in Worcester to encourage Governor Baker to welcome Syrian refugees.

The terrible violence in Paris does not justify closing our doors to the innocent victims of war in Syria. The United States conducts a very thorough vetting of all refugees, a process that can last two years or more. We believe the decision of many governors to refuse to accept refugees is an overreaction to the Paris attacks. We believe that hospitality is our duty and in the interest of our country, which bears a heavy responsibility for the violence in the Middle East.”

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Worcester Division of Public Health to collect smoke-free pledges at WRTA Hub downtown
Event to celebrate Great American Smokeout

Worcester, MA – The Great American Smoke Out, an annual event promoted by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to set a quit date while providing access to resources and educational materials. This event is held annually on the third Thursday in November – this year on Thursday, November 19th.

To celebrate, the Worcester Division of Public Health will be staffing a table with the Healthy Options for Prevention Education (HOPE) Coalition from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Hub, 60 Foster Street in Worcester. WDPH will be there with a pledge form and a poster that smokers can sign pledging to quit. Come by and make your pledge!

For additional information please contact WDPH at health@worcesterma.gov or call 508-799-8531. Also follow on Facebook, Twitter (@WorcesterDPH) and Instagram (worcesterdph).

To access cessation resources, visit http://makesmokinghistory.org/quit-now/ , call 1-800-QUITNOW or para Español 1-800-8-DEJALO, or see the attached Worcester cessation resource guide.
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Community Harvest Project Donates Apple to Worcester South High

CHP Highlights partnership with Worcester South High and raised funds to help donate apples to Thanksgiving meal
Worcester, MA – On Wednesday, November 18, Community Harvest Project (CHP) will joining Worcester South High School at their annual Thanksgiving Lunch – a special meal provided free through the school to all students just before Thanksgiving. This meal ensures that all South High students will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal during the holiday season. CHP has donated apples to the kitchen staff to create a healthful seasonal dessert for each student and will be helping Principal Maureen Binienda serve the dish. Additionally, CHP will be distributing bags of apples to students unable to attend this meal, including those enrolled in the pre-school program for children with Autism and students in the Special Education Program.

Jodi Koeman, the Executive Director of Community Harvest Project says “CHP is thankful for the commitment of Worcester South High School’s incredible students and we feel honored to be part of their Thanksgiving meal.”

Community Harvest Project highlighted this partnership with Worcester South High School at their annual Harvest Home Festival & 5K, and raised funds from community members to distribute apples to South High. At South High School, 83% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and through the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, all South High students have the option of receiving free breakfast and lunch at school.

Volunteerism is promoted by South High Principal Maureen Binienda, and all of her students volunteer at Community Harvest Project’s farm in North Grafton. In November 2014, Prospect Hill Farm, a 75 acre property with a 30 acre orchard in Harvard, was donated to CHP. Not only will this provide CHP opportunities to grow, but it also provides Principal Binienda a new volunteer experience to share with her students and an opportunity for South High to expand their Student Ambassadors program. Volunteering at Community Harvest Project gives students from an urban environment a hands on educational experience about how food is grown, a chance to strengthen relationships with teachers, and a place to work together and create new friendships. Principal Binienda says, “Everyone leaves feeling a huge sense of pride- faces are full of smiles- knowing what they did will make a difference in our community.”

About Community Harvest Project
Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is the only non-profit in the area dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement. Through their volunteer farming programs, education, and leadership programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families in need across Worcester County. In 2014, thanks to 9,900 volunteer visitors, CHP grew and donated over 1.2 million servings of fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in our community who otherwise may not have access.
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Check out this event at Worcester’s Sprinkler Factory Healing Fibers: War and Peace show curated by Bayda Asbridge.

Next weekend at 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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GOOD FOR THE Senior Center

The facilitating partners of 2015 Community Health Assessment will be presenting a public release of the 2015 CHA Report!

After over a year of planning, the Community Health Assessment for the municipalities of the Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance is complete. Please join us to hear about the findings of the report, the next steps in using the findings to shape the 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and ongoing mechanisms of community engagement in the health improvement process.

Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
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.
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WCCA TV New and Information Round Up: November 17, 2015

WCCA TV’s “VIDEO JAM” produced by Tracy Foley, is one of NEW ENGLAND’s longest running quality music showcase TV shows

Next episode will feature upcoming hit artist musician Bhi Bhiman.

Bhiman ( Pronouced B-Man ) visited the WCCA TV studios recently and was
interviewed by Mauro DePasquale for Video Jam. Bhi Bhiman is an American
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States folk and rock
singer-songwriter.
Tune in to Video Jam this Friday, Nov. 20at9pm and Saturday, Nov. 21 at
7:00pm exclusively on WCCA TV cable ch. 104 and streaming simulcast and for free “on-Demand” viewing at wccatv.com
Get your act seen and considered for Video Jam, submit a DVD and band/artist website to VIDEO JAM c/0 WCCA TV 415 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608

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Scott Schaeffer-Duffy writes:
“The Saints Francis & Thérèse Catholic Worker community will be sponsoring a vigil today from 4- 5 PM at Lincoln Square, in Worcester to encourage Governor Baker to welcome Syrian refugees.

The terrible violence in Paris does not justify closing our doors to the innocent victims of war in Syria. The United States conducts a very thorough vetting of all refugees, a process that can last two years or more. We believe the decision of many governors to refuse to accept refugees is an overreaction to the Paris attacks. We believe that hospitality is our duty and in the interest of our country, which bears a heavy responsibility for the violence in the Middle East.”

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Worcester Division of Public Health to collect smoke-free pledges at WRTA Hub downtown
Event to celebrate Great American Smokeout

Worcester, MA – The Great American Smoke Out, an annual event promoted by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to set a quit date while providing access to resources and educational materials. This event is held annually on the third Thursday in November – this year on Thursday, November 19th.

To celebrate, the Worcester Division of Public Health will be staffing a table with the Healthy Options for Prevention Education (HOPE) Coalition from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Hub, 60 Foster Street in Worcester. WDPH will be there with a pledge form and a poster that smokers can sign pledging to quit. Come by and make your pledge!

For additional information please contact WDPH at health@worcesterma.gov or call 508-799-8531. Also follow on Facebook, Twitter (@WorcesterDPH) and Instagram (worcesterdph).

To access cessation resources, visit http://makesmokinghistory.org/quit-now/ , call 1-800-QUITNOW or para Español 1-800-8-DEJALO, or see the attached Worcester cessation resource guide.
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Community Harvest Project Donates Apple to Worcester South High

CHP Highlights partnership with Worcester South High and raised funds to help donate apples to Thanksgiving meal
Worcester, MA – On Wednesday, November 18, Community Harvest Project (CHP) will joining Worcester South High School at their annual Thanksgiving Lunch – a special meal provided free through the school to all students just before Thanksgiving. This meal ensures that all South High students will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal during the holiday season. CHP has donated apples to the kitchen staff to create a healthful seasonal dessert for each student and will be helping Principal Maureen Binienda serve the dish. Additionally, CHP will be distributing bags of apples to students unable to attend this meal, including those enrolled in the pre-school program for children with Autism and students in the Special Education Program.

Jodi Koeman, the Executive Director of Community Harvest Project says “CHP is thankful for the commitment of Worcester South High School’s incredible students and we feel honored to be part of their Thanksgiving meal.”

Community Harvest Project highlighted this partnership with Worcester South High School at their annual Harvest Home Festival & 5K, and raised funds from community members to distribute apples to South High. At South High School, 83% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and through the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, all South High students have the option of receiving free breakfast and lunch at school.

Volunteerism is promoted by South High Principal Maureen Binienda, and all of her students volunteer at Community Harvest Project’s farm in North Grafton. In November 2014, Prospect Hill Farm, a 75 acre property with a 30 acre orchard in Harvard, was donated to CHP. Not only will this provide CHP opportunities to grow, but it also provides Principal Binienda a new volunteer experience to share with her students and an opportunity for South High to expand their Student Ambassadors program. Volunteering at Community Harvest Project gives students from an urban environment a hands on educational experience about how food is grown, a chance to strengthen relationships with teachers, and a place to work together and create new friendships. Principal Binienda says, “Everyone leaves feeling a huge sense of pride- faces are full of smiles- knowing what they did will make a difference in our community.”

About Community Harvest Project
Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is the only non-profit in the area dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement. Through their volunteer farming programs, education, and leadership programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families in need across Worcester County. In 2014, thanks to 9,900 volunteer visitors, CHP grew and donated over 1.2 million servings of fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in our community who otherwise may not have access.
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Check out this event at Worcester’s Sprinkler Factory Healing Fibers: War and Peace show curated by Bayda Asbridge.

Next weekend at 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

# # #
GOOD FOR THE Senior Center

The facilitating partners of 2015 Community Health Assessment will be presenting a public release of the 2015 CHA Report!

After over a year of planning, the Community Health Assessment for the municipalities of the Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance is complete. Please join us to hear about the findings of the report, the next steps in using the findings to shape the 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and ongoing mechanisms of community engagement in the health improvement process.

Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
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.
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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: August 15, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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Try to make this fabulous event TODAY at Mechanics Hall Hosted by the Massachusetts Preservation Society.
http://www.mapreservationconference.org/

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ACE’s 2015 Annual Meeting
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4a05ec8c0bda4fb24e82ebca2&id=647dfc545d&e=a4578b3f6f
Our 2015 Annual Meeting will take place on
Wednesday, August 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library
(http://acechildren.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4a05ec8c0bda4fb24e82ebca2&id=8a747d7083&e=a4578b3f6f)

The meeting is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
We encourage everyone to attend, hear about our past year.

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For Immediate Release: 8/13/15
Media Contact: John Hill, 508-799-1175

City, partners to outline Union Hill Revitalization Initiative
Projects already under way to improve, stabilize neighborhoods

Worcester, MA – The City of Worcester’s Union Hill Neighborhood Revitalization
Initiative is already helping to make the city’s Union Hill neighborhood a safer and
more attractive place to live. Local and state officials as well as representatives
from the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, and
Worcester Academy will gather on Monday, August 17 to discuss the comprehensive
strategy, its progress and goals.

WHAT: Press conference to discuss the revitalization initiatives that are planned,
programmed, and/or currently underway on Union Hill

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Monday, August 17

WHERE: Worcester Academy Alumni House, 51 Providence Street, Worcester

The ceremony will include a brief walk up the street to view the progress of current
projects.

Through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, the City of Worcester
in investing $4 million towards a plan that includes improvements in: public health
and safety, housing and code enforcement, and street and sidewalk. Projects include
housing rehabs, new sidewalks, road resurfacing, and school health partnerships.

The efforts are the result of cooperation among multiple City of Worcester’s
multiple departments and divisions, in collaboration with the Oak Hill Community
Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Worcester Academy, the U.S. Housing
and Urban Development Department (HUD), and community residents.

John F. Hill
Communications Specialist

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CAR WASH and LEMONADE STAND
From MT. Carmel Parish in support of their youth education classes CYC.
End of Summer Celebration – Car Wash and Lemonade Stand – Sunday, September 20th
from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. We are looking for donations of baked goods for our Lemonade
Stand

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Have a great weekend everyone !

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WCCA TV NEWS ROUND UP August 3, 2015: FCC Might Crack Down On Sneaky Cable Broadcast TV Fees

FCC Might Crack Down On Sneaky Cable Broadcast TV Fees

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FCC-Might-Crack-Down-on-Sneaky-Cable-Broadcast-TV-Fees-134582

Cable operators and broadband ISPs have started placing a sneaky “broadcast TV” fee below the line on customer bills. Companies use this fee to pass programming costs below the line, so they can increase your bill without increasing their advertised rates. It’s technically false advertising, given programming is something you’re already supposed to be paying via your consistently-skyrocketing cable TV bill.

The practice may have finally gotten the attention of the FCC.

The FCC Media Bureau’s latest request for comment and data for its next video competition report is looking for feedback on the subject of sneaky fees. The inquiry could lead to FCC enforcement, with misleading pricing covered under the transparency requirement of the FCC’s net neutrality rules.

“Some MVPDs have added various video-related fees to monthly billing statements,” the Media Bureau said. “Such fees include, for instance, a broadcast fee to partially recoup retransmission-consent fees charged by local broadcast stations and a sports fee to defray the cost of sports programming.”

The Bureau proceeds to note that “some MVPDs may raise subscribers’ total monthly bills using these fees without raising the advertised package prices.” Of course burying these kinds of sneaky fees below the line has been a wireless and wired pastime for years,

“While broadcast stations distribute their signals over the air using free spectrum granted to them by the federal government, they charge Charter significant amounts to carry their TV signals,” Charter’s website informs customers. Charter was one of the first cable companies to start charging the fee. When Comcast was asked whether the fee was misleading last year, they informed media outlets it was simply their attempt at being transparent.
The FCC Media Bureau’s inquiry into sneaky fees may not lead to any meaningful FCC action, but it’s good to see such behavior isn’t flying entirely under the regulatory radar.

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Clean living forum to be held Aug. 5

Panel discussion, Bravehearts reception to recognize many paths to recovery

Worcester, MA –The month of August is typically the worst time of year in Central Massachusetts for opioid overdoses. As part of its efforts to fight this summer spike, the City of Worcester is partnering with the Worcester Bravehearts, Saint Vincent Hospital, and Spectrum Health Systems for a day of discussion focused on opioid addiction, treatment, and the many paths to recovery.

On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, community members will join local and state leaders and officials as well as medical experts for a Clean Living Forum focused on the drug epidemic in Worcester County and opportunities for assistance and recovery followed by a pregame reception at the Worcester Bravehearts game that evening.

The day will feature the following:

3:00 p.m.

Panel discussion focused on “The Many Paths to Recovery”

Saint Vincent Hospital Atrium, 123 Summer Street, Worcester, MA

5:30 p.m.

Worcester Bravehearts “Clean Living Night” non-alcoholic pregame reception with buffet

Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

7:05 p.m.

Baseball game– Worcester Bravehearts vs. Nashua Silver Knights

Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. will serve as moderator of the panel discussion. In the audience will be members of Worcester’s recovery community. The panel is open to the public. Resource tables will be available with information on treatment and recovery support. A series of public service announcements with vital information about opioid addiction and support services featuring local officials and community members will premiere at the event.

Forum panelists include: former Red Sox great Bernie Carbo; Matilde Castiel, MD, Executive Director of the Latin American Health Alliance; Charles Faris, President and CEO of Spectrum Health Systems; Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director of Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery; and Douglas Waite, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Vincent Hospital.

The pregame reception will include the opportunity to meet members of the Regional Response to Addiction Partnership and District Attorney Early’s Opioid Task Force. In addition, Bernie Carbo’s birthday will be celebrated with cake, an on-field ceremony, and a commemorative bobblehead giveaway.

Free tickets and wristbands for the reception and game will be available to all who attend the Clean Living Forum.

The Clean Living Forum is sponsored by Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., Saint Vincent Hospital, the city of Worcester, the Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Team, and the Q 90.1.

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Happening at WCCA TV
Worcester ROTARY makes Worcester Television NEWS:

Our applause goes out to WCCA TV member producer Amy Mosher ( Exposure With Mosher) and to those Worcester Rotarians who braved the camera.

We are pleased to share the news that EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER and all WCCA TV programs can be seen on
Worcester’s cable channel 194 and found streaming live and “On-Demand” for free(24/7)
at http://www.wccatv.com

ALSO FOR MORE ROTARY TV at WCCA there is this to share: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service

(Thank you Rotarian Rich Preger !)

You can follow WCCA also: TWITTER: @WCCATV13
and on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/WCCA-TV-13-The-Peoples-Channel

GO ROTARY !!!

WCCA TV is a community anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. It’s a place to LEARN, CREATE, DISTRIBUTE and CONNECT .

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All Happening on WCCA TV “THE PEOPLE’S CHANNEL

HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

EVERYTHING !

HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

WCCA TV and WPS team up for some summer fun. These young students , working with WCCA TV’s Video Porduciton Youth COordinatore Adam Rice, wrote their own fun flick from scratch, offering MCAS tips that not only help when taking a nerve wracking test, but will come in handy throughout life experiences,

Promo 2015 Summer MCAS has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/PROMOSUMMER2015MCAS

WCCA TV continued to partner with the Worcester Public Schools with their College Community Connection program in the summer of 2015 with WCCA TV Youth Coordinator Adam Rice. WCCA TV serves as a site that
> provides a classroom for tutoring for the students as well as offering them basic TV production classes. The College Community Connection program makes a difference in students’ lives as over 80% of them have subsequently passed the MCAS exam. The program also provides them with work and learning skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

WCCA TV – learn, create, distribute and connect

HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

The Massachusetts Bankers Association in partnership with Bank of America, BayCoast Bank, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, PeoplesBank and The Savings Bank have produced an entertaining program to introduce and re-emphasize basic financial education concepts called “Common Cents”. You can see the informative program right here on WCCA TV this month. Email Tracy Foley for a listing of show times at tracy@wccatv.org.

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HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

Jan Lewis, a former TV host for WCCA TV now produces her show in Upton and it’s called “Be Our Guest”. Jan’s show this month features author, Ursula Wong, who has written a fiction novel called “Purple Trees” about seventeen year old orphan, Lily Phelps. Tune into WCCA TV this month to see Be Our Guest or email tracy@wccatv.org for a listing of show times.

HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

As a community service, WCCA TV will air 2 introductory videos by the The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority -also known as the MWRA. It is a public authority in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that provides wholesale drinking water and sewage services to certain municipalities and industrial users in the state, primarily in the Boston area. The authority receives water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs and the Ware River in central and western Massachusetts. For sewage, it operates a tunnel in Boston Harbor for treated sewage as well as a treatment center on Deer Island at the mouth of the harbor, among other properties. The two videos WCCA TV will air will take complex topics and frequently asked questions about the MWRA and break them down with simple, understandable answers. See the videos right here on WCCA TV- public access TV for Worcester.

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TESTIMONIAL : WCAC is a great jewal of our City

Ellen Ganley of the Worcester Community Action Council has mentioned WCCA on line and she wrote:

“Thanks to Mauro DePasquale and WCCA TV for having WCAC on as a guest on Soapbox last week to chat about our YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program. Pre-employment training and work readiness skills underway this week for some 350 youth who’ll next week be placed in jobs throughout the City! Thanks to WCCA for helping us spread the word about this important program and thanks to the many, many community partners who make it possible. #CommonwealthCorporation ” Soapbox: Soapbox #1026 Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) “.

Watch WCCA’s “SOAPBOX” on cable channel 194 or here at http://www.wccatv.com. There are well over 1,000 episodes of Soapbox, many are available on demand on http://www.wccatv.com/video

WCCA TV is happy to assist, this is COMMUNITY PUBLIC ACCESS MEDIA in action !

We thank the WCAC for ALL THEY do to help those in need.

#WCCATV13, #PUBLICACCESS,

Happy Valentine’s Day !

Happy St. Valentine’s Day everyone. As with the Worcester Public Schools, WCCA TV 13 had cancelled today’s in-studio community production activities and all after school youth media workshops, as well as, our community computer lab. We know you need more time to watch the now over 3,700 Worcester produced WCCA TV videos on demand at http://www.wccatv.com/ so keep watching. Enjoy Monday’s President’s Day holiday. Basic TV studio Workshop is scheduled for tommorrow ( Saturday Feb. 15th). All other WCCA TV TV/media/journalism classes, intern activities, will all resume on Tuesday, February 18. Have a great weekend.