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ROSEN’s ROUND TABLE: Discusses Mt. Carmel

ROSEN’s ROUND TABLE

Among the “what is Worcester Talking about topics” of this weeks episode, the ROUND Table panel this weekly WCCA TV show discusses the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the issues imposed upon it by the 290 Highway. This is more MUST WATCH TV on WCCA TV 194 and at wccatv.com . Please feel free to share the email and link with others.

This show will also be televised on WCCA TV, Channel 194 on the following days and times.
Friday, Feb. 19, at 8:30 P. M.
Sat., Feb, 20, at 11:30 P. M.
Sunday, Feb., 21, at 9:30 P.M.
Mon. Feb., 22, at 9:30 A. M.

http://ia801508.us.archive.org/23/items/ROSENSROUNDTABLE246/ROSENSROUNDTABLE246.mp4

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WCCA TV morning activities are cancelled this morning due to severe ice and travel conditions. 2/16/16

2/16/16
WCCA TV morning volunteer, intern, community production, and educational activities are cancelled this morning due to severe ice and travel conditions. The facility will be opened today at 12:00 noon. For further info call 508-755-1880.
Be safe.

Bill Coleman looks back on the life of Senator Edward W. Brooke, R. MA

This is the Life #30“, with host, William Coleman, III., looks back on the life of Senator Edward W. Brooke. R. Massachusetts whom Mr. Coleman was senate aid to in Washington in 1976.

Senator Edward W. Brooke was the first Black American elected to the United States Senate by popular Vote in 1966.
He was also the first Black American Attorney General in US History. Senator Brooke died in January of 2015
and is buried in Arlington National.

This will be seen exclusively on WCCA TV cable channel 194 and at wccatv.com

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept. 17, 2015

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

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

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Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.7 Percent in August Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us

BOSTON, MA – September 17, 2015 -The state’s total unemployment rate remained at 4.7
percent in August, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced
Thursday.

The new preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate
Massachusetts gained 7,200 jobs in August, marking the twelfth consecutive month of
jobs gains. Year to date, Massachusetts has added 56,500 jobs.

Preliminary August estimates show the number of employed residents declined by
20,600 and the number of unemployed residents decreased by 2,500, reducing the labor
force by 23, 100.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent
from 5.6 percent in August 2014.

The August state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.1
percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Massachusetts continues to add jobs that strengthen our economy, and the
unemployment rate is holding steady, lower than the national average,” Labor and
Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II said. “We recognize there are
still more than 160,000 people looking for work, and are aligning strategies to
better help them find employment.”

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 0.5 of a percentage point to 65.3 over the month. The labor force
participation rate over the year has decreased 0.1 of a percentage point compared to
August 2014.

August 2015 estimates show that 3,424,000 residents were employed and 167,500 were
unemployed. There were 33,200 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared to
August 2014.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional,
Scientific and Business Services; Construction; and Information.

August 2015 Employment Overview

Leisure and Hospitality added 3,100 (+0.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Leisure and Hospitality added 6,700 (+2.0%) jobs.

Education and Health Services gained 2,300 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the
year, Education and Health Services gained 21,200 (+2.9%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 2,100 (+0.4%) jobs over the
month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 23,800
(+4.6%) jobs.

Construction gained 1,500 (+1.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction
has added 4,800 (+3.7%) jobs.

Financial Activities added 900 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial
Activities added 2,700 (+1.3%) jobs.

Information gained 800 (+0.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added
2,800 (+3.3%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 600 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the
year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 15,500 (+2.8%) jobs.

Other Services added 300 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services
are up 3,900 (+2.9%) jobs.

Manufacturing lost 2,600 (-1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing
lost 400 (-0.2%) jobs.

Government lost 1,800 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained
9,300 (+2.1%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The August estimates show 3,424,000 Massachusetts residents were employed and
167,500 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,591,500. The unemployment rate
was 4.7 percent. The August labor force decreased by 23,100 from 3,614,600 in July,
as 20,600 fewer residents were employed and 2500 fewer residents were unemployed
over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age
population employed and unemployed, was 65.3, a decrease of 0.5 of a percentage
point over the month. The labor force was 24,400 above the 3,567,100 August 2014
estimate, with 57,600 more residents employed and 33,200 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 August 2015 will be released on Tuesday,
September 22, 2015. The preliminary September 2015 and revised August 2015
unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be
released on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi .

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the State Treasurer

Treasurer Goldberg Hosts Regional Wage Equality Roundtable in
Shrewsbury
Highlights Commitment to Engage Directly with Private Employers Across
the State

SHREWSBURY, MA – State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and her statewide
Advisory Committee on Wage Equality will host a panel discussion this
afternoon at the UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine campus.
They will collaborate with business and thought leaders from across the
Greater Worcester region to explore and develop best practices to close
the wage gap.
“Wage equality is a business imperative critical to the economic
stability of our state,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “These regional
roundtables will help develop strategies for eliminating the wage gap
across public and private sectors.”
Today’s discussion will be the third in a series of five regional
roundtables where the Treasurer and her Advisory Committee solicit input
on closing the wage gap from business leaders, academics, and employees.
The Committee will then use this data to develop a wage equality toolkit
for businesses and organizations.
The panel will includeKristin Lewis, Vice President of Government
Affairs and Public Policy at Tufts Health Plan, Paul Matthews, Executive
Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, Joyce A. Murphy, Executive
Vice Chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School, Maeghan
Silverberg, Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Technology
Collaborative, Steve Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and
Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

“Wage equity in Massachusetts is an issue we should all take seriously,”
said Murphy, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine.
“The Commonwealth’s fiscal strength is rooted in its wage earners,
and closing the wage gap is crucial for economic vitality.”
In March Treasurer Goldberg announced the creation of a new statewide
Advisory Committee on Wage Equality, focused on helping both government
agencies and private employers to review their pay structure and put a
clearer focus on pay equity in hiring decisions and salary offers.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a leader on wage equality through his
Women’s Workforce Council, serves as the honorary chair of the
committee.

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Today is our United Way’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring.

There will be 1300 volunteers all over central Massachusetts engaged in 75 service
projects; 1300 volunteers all making a difference; 1300 volunteers all “Living
United”.

My rough math shows that in our 22 years of Day of Caring more than 20,000 people
have volunteered and more than 100,000 hours of service has been performed.

To all volunteers, to all businesses and organizations – THANK YOU!

We will be hosting a lunch gathering/celebration at noon at the Italian American
Cultural Center at 28 Mulberry Street.

In addition to a tasty and nutritious meal and many, many smiles from the
volunteers; we will be making 2 presentations: the Spirit of Volunteerism Award, and
a special surprise announcement. We hope that you will join us.

Finally – We wish to bring great and positive attention: to our sponsors, to all
businesses participating (I believe that every one is a member of the Worcester
Regional Chamber of Commerce!), to our volunteers, to the service projects, and to
the spirit of volunteerism. Please follow us on Facebook (United Way of Central
Massachusetts) and on Twitter @UnitedWayofCM. We will be using the hashtag of
#DoC2015. Take photos and post them too.

Finally – Thank You to all of you; Day of Caring is a HUGE undertaking; what all of
you teach me is that Day of Caring happens every day in our lives. Thanks!

Tim

Tim Garvin
President and CEO
United Way of Central Massachusetts

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Worcester residents envision sports facility at Wyman-Gordon property
By Brad Petrishen
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER – In a meeting in which ideas for the land ranged from well-groomed townhouses to the relocation of the police station, Canal District residents Wednesday settled upon a premier athletic complex as the preferred future for the long-vacant Wyman-Gordon property.

Whether such a vision will ever come to reality will depend upon a litany of factors – including acquisition of the site and potentially costly cleanup – but city officials Wednesday said the session was a step in the right direction.

“Tonight was an educational exercise,” Michael E. Traynor, the city’s chief development officer, said following a 90-minute meeting at the Crompton Collective. About 30 people, including area professors, businessmen and politicians, turned out to discuss ideas for the site, which the Worcester Redevelopment Authority is working to redevelop as part of a larger urban renewal plan.

As part of that process, the city is required to solicit public input. Wednesday night, Jeff Fasser, a project manager hired by the WRA, got the discussion going by presenting meeting participants with three concepts for the 14-acre property. The concepts, which were displayed on maps, were only for the purposes of inspiring discussion, he said, not concrete suggestions.

The options were a new police station, a neighborhood of townhouses or an athletic complex. While housing and mixed-use development were supported by many in attendance, the idea that excited people the most was the athletic complex.

Ramon Borges-Mendez, an associate professor of international development at Clark University, said he believes an Olympic-size pool would be a huge asset to Worcester because they are scarce in New England.

City businessman Allen Fletcher said he liked the idea of a multisport facility, perhaps one that could include a pool, hockey rink, practice field and/or open space. The idea, he and others said, would be to build something that would attract visitors to the city and at the same time spruce up the blighted area.

“Wide open and desolate” were the words state Rep. Mary Keefe, D-Worcester, used to describe that part of her district. She suggested a school as a possible addition, noting children who live there now are bused to schools in other sections of the city.

Paul Harrington, owner of Paul’s Auto Glass on Madison Street, said whatever the future of the space, traffic will be a prime concern.

“There’s nothing there now, and traffic is a mess,” he said.

Before city officials can worry about traffic, though, there remain more immediate obstacles in the path to redeveloping the site.

The former longtime home of metal-part manufacturer Wyman-Gordon, the property is now owned by Precision Castparts Corp., an Oregon company that was recently bought by business magnate Warren Buffet.

Mr. Traynor said the city has not reached out to Precision to discuss the future of the site. Even if the owners were willing to sell – or the city decided to take it via eminent domain – the property is likely contaminated, and could cost many millions to clean.

Mr. Traynor said that for now, the city’s focus is on soliciting feedback from residents to assist in the larger urban renewal plan. He said the hope is to submit such a plan to the state Department of Housing and Community Development by the end of the year.

Even if the plan was approved, the city would not be guaranteed state funding. Rather, it would likely have to petition to the Legislature if it wanted funding, Mr. Traynor said, since a state-created pot of money for urban renewal projects has long since dried up.

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SO CALLED SMART METER Watch by Pat Burke

https://malegislature.gov/Events/EventDetail?eventId=2215&eventDataSource=Hearings

There are 27 bills listed and the smart meter bill is currently scheduled to be heard last.

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H2868

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept 16, 2015

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For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

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REMINDER:

10th Annual Beggar’s Bowl is Tuesday, October 13th from 5:30-7:30pm at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester MA.

10 Soups for the 10th Anniversary, which will taste even better in our hand-thrown bowls with artisan bread and homemade cookies.

Call or email for tickets.

Frank Kartheiser
Lead Organizer, Worcester Interfaith
111 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 754 5001
E-mail: worcester.interfaith@verizon.net
Website: http://worcesterinterfaith.net/
Check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/worcesterinterfaith
Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/worcinterfaith

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The New York Times recognized that cord cutting is the wave of the future. They agree with the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, and other advocates for local telecommunications authority that the FCC should take steps to remove barriers to local Internet choice created by states on behalf of cable and telco lobbyists.

The Editorial Board notes that laws limiting municipal networks block the ability for consumers to take full advantage of this phenomenon:

Among other things, they should override laws some states have passed that make it difficult or impossible for municipalities to invest in broadband networks.

Even though consumers are moving away from cable TV subscriptions, large corporate providers are making up for losses by an increase in Internet access subscriptions. As a result, they still maintain a significant leverage and consumers still face the same old problem – a lack of competition. Striking down anti-competitive state laws blocking munis would create a healthier balance, argues the Times Editorial Board.

This is an opportunity to respond to customer demand and make policy changes the consumers need, argues the NYTimes. Time to act! READ MORE . . .

http://muninetworks.org/content/new-york-times-supports-local-authority

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Springfield Symphony Opens 72nd
Season with High Energy!

October 3rd

Opening Night Gala Includes Symphonic Workouts by Dvořák, Sibelius and Bartók

Antonín Dvorák described his work, Carnival Overture, as depicting a “wanderer reaching at
twilight a city where a festival is in full swing.” And in full swing it will be, as the Springfield
Symphony Orchestra rings in its 72nd
season with this famously celebratory composition!

On Saturday, October 3rd
, Maestro Kevin Rhodes will lead the orchestra in performances of works
by Dvořák, Bela Bartók, and Jan Sibelius. Each composition finds its roots deep in the composers’
native countries, providing the audience with a sonic tour of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Finland
respectively. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala will be performed on
Saturday, October 3rd
at Symphony Hall in Springfield, 34 Court St., Springfield, MA 01103. Doors
open at 6:00 p.m., Classical Conversations (pre-concert discussion) begins at 6:30 p.m., and the
performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Challenges and Aspirations
The opening notes of Antonín Dvořák’s Carnival Overture will set an appropriately vibrant and
vital tone for this 72nd
season of classical music from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The
second in a triptych composed by Dvořák, Carnival celebrates life with Czech-flavored melodies
and infectious rhythms.

The centerpiece of this evening’s performance will be the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 by Jan Sibelius.
A famously complex piece, the Violin Concerto is said to reflect Sibelius’s lifelong (and unrealized)
ambition to become a concerto violinist. The composition presents a litany of technical challenges
to its soloist – challenges that will be met in this performance by internationally known violinist
Philippe Quint. Quint made his orchestral debut at age nine and has recorded Grammy-nominated
performances of works by William Schuman and Wolfgang Korngold. His eclectic career has
included leading his own chamber music festival in Mexico City, performing in independent film,
and appearing in several international music festivals. Says Rhodes, “The musicians and I are really looking forward to playing the landscape and drama that is the Sibelius violin concerto with
Philippe.”
The evening’s closing composition, Bela Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, will feature each
member of the symphony – though all playing at once. Bartók explained that he considered his
work as a concerto rather than a symphony because it treated each member of the orchestra “in a
soloistic and virtuosic way.” Of this work, Maestro Rhodes said, “The musicians of the SSO will
take center stage for this work. Concerto for Orchestra is the ultimate orchestra musician showpiece.
Like an Olympic Games for musicians, each section of the orchestra is put through their paces one
after the other in what remains to this day, over 70 years after its composition, one of the most
challenging works a group of musicians can tackle!” The evening’s performance on a
Massachusetts stage will provide Bartók’s work something of a homecoming, as it first debuted in
Boston shortly after the composer fled Europe during World War II.

Every Ticket Includes Free, Secure Parking
Single tickets & subscription packages are available now – with adult tickets starting at $22, and $10
for full-time college students and children aged 4 – 17. You can also save up to 25% on a variety of
subscription packages, which allow you to lock in your preferred seating, and help the symphony
sustain their community enrichment programs throughout the region.

This year’s parking arrangements will prove as accessible as in years past. “We have plenty of
parking, all very close to Springfield Symphony Hall,” said Marketing Director, Ann Rasmussen.
“We’re working closely with our parking partners to ensure that SSO concertgoers are not
inconvenienced. Even during the I-91 viaduct and MGM construction work, ticket holders should
find it easy and convenient to get downtown and park.” According to Rasmussen, all ticket holders receive free-of-charge parking at the I-91 South and I-91 North Springfield Parking Authority
(SPA) garages, as well as the Tower Square / Marriott garage – all of which will remain open and
accessible, all season long.

Easy, Convenient Ordering
For live, helpful assistance with single tickets & subscriptions, contact the Springfield Symphony
Box Office at 413-733-2291 or in person at 1350 Main Street, Springfield MA 01103 (facing Court
Square, next to Palazzo Café). The SSO’s online ticketing service is also available for easy
ordering, 24/7 – at www.tickets.SpringfieldSymphony.org. All concerts begin at 7:30pm in
Springfield Symphony Hall (34 Court Street, Springfield MA 01103). MassMutual Financial Group
is the official sponsor of the 72nd concert season. To preview the upcoming concert season, visit the
SSO’s website at www.SpringfieldSymphony.org.

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TREASURER DEB GOLDBERG TO HOLD REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE ON WAGE EQUALITY BEST PRACTICES

SHREWSBURY – Treasurer Deb Goldberg and members of her statewide committee on wage equality are hosting a Greater Worcester Regional Roundtable to get input from businesses and the public on how to close the wage gap. These best practices will be used to develop a wage equality tool kit for businesses and organizations committed to closing the pay gap.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2015
TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
WHERE: UMass Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine
333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
WHO: Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Alayna Van Tassel, Deputy Treasurer and Executive Director of Economic Empowerment

Kristin Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Tufts Health Plan

Paul Matthews, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership

Joyce Murphy, Executive Vice Chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School

Maeghan Silverberg, Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

Steve Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church

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You’re Invited to PPAL’s Open House

Please join our PPAL Staff & Youth Leaders in celebrating our new Worcester Office location!

Who: Parent/Professional Advocacy League and

Youth M.O.V.E Massachusetts

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: 40 Southbridge Street, Suite 310 (next to Hanover Theatre)

Parking: Federal Plaza Municipal Garage and Street Meters

Questions: (508)767-9725

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Light refreshments will be served

Great raffle prizes will be given away

No RSVP required-Stop on by!!!!!!

Meri Viano

Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships

Parent/Professional Advocacy League
The Massachusetts Family Voice for Children’s Mental Health

Educate Collaborate Advocate

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Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending

www.maapl.info
Contact: Grace Ross, 617-291-5591

Sep. 16, 2015 Homeowners Tell Their Story of Illegal Foreclosure: “STOP S1981 – DON’T LET THE TITLE COMPANIES TAKE AWAY YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Boston, MA – This Wednesday, Sep. 16th, over a dozen homeowners will participate in a MAAPL event – “Story Day” – to speak directly with each of the majority of Senators about their stories with Massachusetts legislators – stories about how their homes were taken from them by illegal foreclosures, the pain and damage of losing a home against your constitutional rights and the time needed to win their ongoing fight. Many of these stories will be from families who have already lost their homes, while other stories will be shared by those who continue to be victimized and bullied by the banks with no relief in sight, often fighting for years in what can be an exhausting, seemingly endless battle with little or no support from the institutions that are supposed to help them.

This even is part of a grassroots action to defeat Senate #1981: An Act “Clearing Title” to Foreclosed Properties. S1981 dramatically shortens the centuries-old time limit during which one can sue to get property back if illegally taken. Historically, when an illegal foreclosure occurs, a homeowner has 20 years to sue to correct it. This has been a fundamental right of homeowners in Massachusetts for hundreds of years. However, the sponsors of are trying to take away the rights of homeowners so that they don’t have to deal with problems that are going to continue to plague us for decades into the future. The time limit would go from 20 years to 3 years for foreclosures in the future and a mere one year for those that have been foreclosed already.

Senate #1981:
· Steals our Constitutional right to protect our property in court from illegal bank practices;

· Refuses to notify people that their 20 year window to sue is slammed down to 1 year;

· Will codify illegal foreclosures and worsen the divide between white homeowners and people of color–already the worst in the US AND in violation of the 14th amendment.

68,000 Massachusetts residents were illegally foreclosed: Only a court can sort out this mess!

These 68,000+ households conservatively represent $20-$40 billion in wealth pillaged from their communities. The vast majority of that wealth has gone out of state. A significant percentage of those who lost wealth to foreclosures came from communities of color in Massachusetts. That wealth can only come back through lawsuits brought by the wronged homeowner.

The vast majority of subprime mortgages were foreclosed between 2005-2009. It will take an estimated 2 to 3 generations to recoup the 66% median wealth loss from Latino households; the 54% median wealth loss from Black households; and the 54% median wealth loss from Asian households between 2005-2009 unless we insure these mostly illegal takings can be reversed.

Senate 1981 strips homeowners of their private right to take action in response to illegal foreclosure of their property. These homeowners, from communities of color and more broadly, must retain their rights. They must have access to adequate legal redress. Denying them the ability to sue to regain title to their illegally foreclosed home is not justice.

MAAPL members and advocates are encouraging Massachusetts legislators to vote against S1981, and put S871 in its place. That bill creates a special Foreclosure Review Court. This court will clear title and do it fairly.

Homeowners will be at the state house available for interview TODAY, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 or by phone.

To learn more about this issue or to speak with homeowners or advocates, please contact MAAPL at 508-630-1686 or maaplinfo@yahoo.com.

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WORCESTER – A Wellesley-based real estate development firm has entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement for a key swath of downtown Worcester office and retail property.

Franklin Realty Advisors of Wellesley has entered into an agreement with Boston-based Berkeley Investments Inc. to purchase Front + Center, a 640,000-square-foot office and retail complex located next to the CitySquare development and bounded by Front, Mercantile, Commercial and Foster streets. Included in the property are the 20-story Telegram & Gazette tower at 100 Front St., the 9-story People’s United Bank tower at 120 Front St., the 1,647-space Commercial Street Parking Garage, and retail space along Front Street. Berkeley has owned the property since 2004.

Charles F. “Chip” Norton, Jr., president of Franklin Realty Advisors, said he could not discuss a sale price, and the closing date of the sale has not been set.

The city of Worcester has assessed the six parcels that make up the property at $50 million.

The property also includes retail space that was once the Worcester Common Outlets, which faces Front Street on one side and on the other, a newly-renovated public walkway space called Mechanics Plaza, located between 100 Front St. and the Commercial Street Parking Garage. The property also includes the former Foothills Theatre, which closed in 2009. Current tenants in the former mall retail space include the Worcester Registry of Deeds, Reliant Medical Group, and CVS Pharmacy.

The 20-story tower at 100 Front St., which is nearly fully leased, has tenants that include the Telegram & Gazette; the law firm of Mirick O’Connell; Reliant Medical Group; and the Worcester offices of Boston-based EnerNOC, which purchased World Energy Inc. and kept its lease. The nine-story tower at 120 Front St. is about half leased, Mr. Norton said, to tenants that include People’s United Bank; Harleysville Insurance; and several federal agencies, including the IRS and FBI.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said the city has worked with Mr. Norton and Franklin Realty in other projects and is familiar with his work.

“To us, this is evidence of the success of CitySquare, that the infusion of public dollars into this project has brought a response from the private sector,” he said. “We’re ready to work with someone who’s willing to join forces with the city and other property owners, and realize our goals for downtown Worcester. We’ve got a good partner here in Chip (Norton).”

Formed in 1988, Franklin Realty is “a regional real estate development and advisory firm with specific expertise in public/private partnerships and historic preservation projects throughout the United States.” Over the past 15 years, the firm and its affiliates “have developed, acquired and/or managed more than $1.25 billion of real estate projects throughout the United States,” according to its website.

In more than three decades working in Central Massachusetts, the company has invested more than $200 million in developing office and mixed-use projects in the region.

Among the projects Franklin Realty has been involved in is One and Two Chestnut Place, in downtown Worcester. In 1991, Franklin Realty completed a $42 million renovation of the office buildings at One and Two Chestnut Place with its then-partner, NYNEX. Franklin Realty sold its share of those buildings in 1997. The buildings are 180,000 and 45,000-square-foot office buildings whose current tenants include Fallon Health, UBS Financial Services and Sullivan Group insurance. Hertz Investment Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate development company, bought the buildings for $14 million earlier this year.

Also in Worcester, Franklin Realty renovated, has an ownership stake in, and currently manages the Worcester Business Center at 67 Millbrook St., the former Thom McAn shoe factory. The company also owns the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, formerly an American Optical Co. factory building; and manages the Southbridge Business Center, a 1.2 million-square-foot office park once owned by the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm also owns and manages two medical office buildings at 300 Grove St. and 385 Grove St., whose main tenants are Reliant Medical Group and the Worcester Surgical Center.

According to its website, Franklin Realty has managed or developed projects in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Puerto Rico, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Berkeley Investments, led by president Young Park, had purchased 20 acres of property in downtown Worcester – which at the time included the former Worcester Common Outlets – for $30.3 million in 2004.

Berkeley’s initial vision was to demolish the mall and rebuild the site as CitySquare, a mix of office, residential, retail and hotel developments.

But in 2010, Berkeley sold 10 acres, which encompassed most of the mall property, to a development entity financially backed by Worcester-based Hanover Insurance Group.

Under Hanover’s development, CitySquare is now home to an office tower for the Unum Group, a cancer center for St. Vincent Hospital, as well as an underground parking garage that is under construction and which will serve a 150-room Renaissance Hotel that is planned to open in 2017. A residential and retail development is also in the works, as is a public park.

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: August 13, 2015

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FROM the T&G:
The owner of the former Boys & Girls Club building on Ionic Avenue in Worcester has
filed for bankruptcy.
T&G Staff/Christine Hochkeppel

By Bob Kievra
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Aug. 12, 2015 at 6:55 PM
WORCESTER – The development company for the old Boys & Girls Club on Ionic Avenue
has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is asking a judge to approve selling the
building to a Westwood carpentry business.
Developer James E. Levin’s Whiz Kids Development LLC sought bankruptcy protection
Tuesday, listing more than $620,000 in liabilities and assets of only $20,000 – the
valuation placed on the 40,000-square-foot property he had hoped to develop into 21
units of market-rate and affordable housing.
The city of Worcester and the state Department of Environmental Protection are among
the largest secured creditors. DEP has a $180,000 lien on the property in connection
with nonpayment for cleanup costs associated with the January 2011 leakage of more
than 100 gallons of fuel oil at the site, a DEP spokesman said.
In February 2011, the city gave Whiz Kids Development a $350,000 affordable housing
deferred loan. The property is also subject to an affordable housing restriction
which is part of the loan program. The city also holds a tax title to the property
for unpaid taxes and water bills for fiscal 2012.
In court papers, Whiz Kids took issue with the city’s assessed valuation for the
building, which was built in 1920.
“The market value of the debtor’s property is difficult to determine. It is a
derelict building that only has value as a teardown to someone seeking to develop
the block on which the property is situated. The property is assessed by the city of
Worcester at $620,000. This figure is a fantasy.”
According to online Worcester records, the property had an assessed value of
$680,300 for fiscal 2015.
Whiz Kids Development acquired the old Boys & Girls Club building in December 2010
for $250,000. In court papers Wednesday, Barry R. Levine, a lawyer for Whiz Kids,
said Peter Heaney, doing business as On-Site Carpentry of Westwood, has offered to
purchase the building for $107,000.
In 2012 Mr. Levin sought to immediately demolish the building. But the Worcester
Historical Commission rejected his request for a waiver to the one-year delay
required for the demolition of buildings listed in the Massachusetts Cultural
Resource Information System.
A meeting of creditors has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the John W.
McCormack Post office and Court House in Boston.
Mr. Levin was also the businessman behind 5 May St., a failed 13-unit housing
project. The city acquired that property after it forced the sale by claiming that
Five May St. LLC failed to meet its obligation to provide 13 units of affordable
housing in 2011, as it originally contracted with the city to do.

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