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WCCA NEWS ROUND UP: August 4, 2015


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On shooting at Everett Gaylord Boulevard:

“I, like the rest of the community, am outraged by the senseless act of violence the occurred last night in our city. My thoughts and prayers and the support of the entire city go out to the victims of this terrible crime. The perpetrators have demonstrated an appalling disregard for human life, and the City of Worcester and the Worcester Police Department pledge to work tirelessly to bring them to justice.”
John F. Hill

Communications Specialist

City of Worcester

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish writes:

On Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. our present CYC will host a “Welcome Cookout” All young people in grades 7th – 12th (old and new) and their parents are cordially and sincerely invited to come to this cookout. The CYC will provide the hotdogs. If you would like to attend please call 508-791-6139 in advance so that we may get a head count and plan the food. Also new and old members are asked to bring potluck dishes for example, salads, casseroles , desserts, etc.
Come and find out what CYC is all about. Again, WELCOME!!!!
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Benton Welcomes New Benton Faculty Research Fellow Dr. Colin Rhinesmith

The Benton Foundation named Dr. Colin Rhinesmith the new Benton Faculty Research Fellow. In this role, Dr Rhinesmith will conduct original Benton research as well as advise the foundation on new research opportunities. In his first project for Benton, Dr Rhinesmith is conducting a study of low-cost Internet and digital literacy training programs in low-income communities across the U.S. The goal of the study is to provide data and outcomes-based measures that can be useful to policymakers, Internet service providers, and other digital inclusion stakeholders, particularly as the Federal Communications Commission and Congress seek to reform the Universal Service Fund.

“At a time when federal regulators are considering addressing the digital divide by refocusing the FCC’s Lifeline program,” said Benton Foundation Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss, “Benton is investing in research to support data-driven policy decisions rather than divisive ‘Obamaphone’-type rhetoric. We need the best thinking to reach and connect those who have yet to embrace the Internet.”

Dr. Rhinesmith is also working with Benton Fellow Raphael Leung to compile research resources on the impact effects of broadband availability on vulnerable communities. A fall 2015 report will look at the need for robust broadband among low-income communities and address what the minimum services standards should be for low-income telecommunications programs.

“I am honored to be affiliated with the Benton Foundation as a Faculty Research Fellow,” said Dr. Rhinesmith. “For the past 13 years, I have followed the Foundation’s tireless efforts to create more equitable access to information and communication in the digital age. I look forward to working with the Benton Foundation as a researcher to help inform how policymakers and practitioners design, implement, and evaluate digital inclusion and broadband adoption strategies.”

Dr. Rhinesmith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Rhinesmith’s research investigates digital inclusion and broadband adoption. Recent research looks at how community anchor institutions, such as public libraries and community technology centers, promote digital inclusion through public access computing, home broadband access, and digital literacy training. Rhinesmith’s work has been published in the following journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings: Government Information Quarterly; International Journal of Communication; Journal of Education for Library and Information Science; Community Informatics Research Network Conference Proceedings; and the Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded Information in Society Fellow. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Previously, Rhinesmith was a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The Benton Foundation is a private operating foundation that works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. We pursue this mission by: 1) seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity; 2) demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all; and 3) providing information resources to policymakers and advocates to inform communications policy debates.
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WCCA TV Newsletter for July 2015

I am constantly amazed at the level and volume of programming produced by our community media members, volunteers, staff and interns. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of you who selflessly spend your time, generously, to building community through electronic community media at WCCA TV. This is a massive creative undertaking and really is a result of team work. A team that works very hard for the benefit of all of Worcester. This newsletter represents a tip of the iceberg of ALL THAT IS HAPPENING at WCCA TV. There is something here for everyone.
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Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV
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Great news! Worcester’s WCCA TV NEW VOICES winner, Trinity, has won her way to the finals of Community Auditions. She won her spot on CA by winning the grand prize on the WCCA TV New Voices Awards. She is the real deal and she’s got VOICE! Trinity shares her talent this week on the show. Be sure to tune in and show her some support:
Ellen Ganley of the Worcester Community Action Council wrote: ‘Thanks to Mauro DePasquale and WCCA TV for having WCAC on as a guest on Soapbox last week to chat about our Youth Works Summer Jobs Program. Pre-employment training and work readiness skills underway this week for some 350 youth who next week will 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.’ Watch WCCA’s SOAPBOX on Cable Channel 194 and at http://www.wccatv.com. There are over 1,000 episodes of Soapbox and many are available on demand at http://www.wccatv.com/video

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Have you heard of TED TALKS ? Well now Worcester has it’s own version. If you like TED you will love “ROTARY COMMUNIITY SERVICE TALKS”


A special presentation on Bravehearts Championship Ring Ceremony at Fitton Field in Worcester has been posted on our website: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/BRAVEHEARTSRING2015 . The event was recorded by our intern Jeremy Johnson and edited by WCCA TV’s Adam Rice.

A special presentation on the 2015 Food Truck Festival has been posted on the WCCA website:
Anne-Marie Aigner, Executive Producer of the Food Truck Festival, describes how festival featured more than twenty of the region’s most popular food trucks serving up a variety of fan favorites, including local seafood, BBQ, whopee pies and much more. This presentation features Fathers Day shout outs from the locals as well!

WCCA TV’s Joseph Townsend and Adam Rice recently attended the College Community Connections Banquet at Worcester Technical High School. WCCA TV is proud to be one of the founding partners of this beneficial program over a decade ago. It has been a great program with the youth this year, in partnership with the Worcester Public Schools. The youth are a blessing every summer and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Worcester Public Schools in the future! Also, thank you Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for being a supporter of the WCCA TV programming!


Tune into SOAPBOX, a WCCA TV flagship program that has welcome more than 2,000 community people and organizations to share their stories and missions. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, talks to Claire Schaeffer-Duffy about her recent experience in Jordan and Lebanon: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1025 . In another episode, Mauro’s guests are Charla Hixson, Grace Sliwoski, and Chad McClain from the Worcester Community Action Council: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1026 . To find out more about the REC Farmers Market, watch this episode with guests Krista Burden and Noel Allen: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1023 . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, now seen on Cable Channel 194!

There have been five talks on race in Worcester. What has been accomplished? Watch ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE221

BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the show, Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes two Worcester High School Salutatorians: Nicole from Sough High School and Yen from University Park Campus School. Find out what they talk about: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT200

Time for a coffee break and another episode of COFFEE WITH KONNIE! Join host Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode Konnie chats with romance novelist Loretta Chekani: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE454

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. The program is hosted by Molly Finn. Molly welcomes Father Daniel J. Becker from St Paul’s Parish to talk about Fatima: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME445

HEALTH MATTERS is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society that focuses on important health related issues. Host Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes to the show Dr. John Fisher and Dr. Hugh Silk to talk about Protecting Public Health and Community Water Fluoridation: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS159 . Because your health matters!

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER spotlights local entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show creator and host Amy Mosher welcomes Paul Robinson, Wendy Harrop, and DJ George Whitehouse: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER38

ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE (RCS) is a program produced by the Rotary Club of Worcester and rotarian Rich Prager, in association with WCCA TV, featuring keynote speakers from the rotary meetings. This episode features the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from District 2060 North East Italy: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY25 . Another episode features J. Martin Shanahan from the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY27

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a WCCA TV show that informs viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show Ron Madnick talks about the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS194

HEALTH BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. Paul’s guests, Gail Epstein and Deb Shrier, are here to talk about Addressing the Behavioral Health of Elementary School Youth: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES19

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your stunning host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today playlist includes: Dash Berlin & Syzz, Cariad Harmon, Blowup Hollywood, New Black Shades, Evan Stone & The Translucent Ham Sandwich Band, Steve Aoki ft. Lincoln Park, Alina Baraz and Galimatias, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM856 . Tune into Video Jam for some the newest and finest tracks out there. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!!

SOUND CHECK, produced by the WCCA TV intern Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester local area. This Xmas in July episode is sort of Late Night with Sean Connolly: http://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECKSPECIAL . Another episode features Peyote Radio Theatre, a tribute to Jeff Buckley: http://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECK6 . Exclusively on WCCA TV!

Ramona Pokoly is the host of RAMONA INTERVIEWS, one of the longest running and most successful talk shows produced at WCCA TV. The show has featured hundred of interesting guests, from all backgrounds and walks of life. This time Ramona’s guest is Joseph Raulinaitis from the FDA: http://www.wccatv.com/video/ramona-interviews/RAMONAINTERVIEWS198

HIDDEN TREASURES, by Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill welcomes the owner of The Gun Parlor, Justin Gabriel, back to the show: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES33

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. The show has been aired on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA15_201507

Tune into our new show IN THE HOUSE and learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying, and housing issues with host George Russell. George welcomes Mullen Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Oak Hill CDC and Neighbor Works in Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE3

SENIOR SPEAK is a delightful and informative show for seniors and by seniors, hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK591 . Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, on Tuesdays at 2PM. Stop by and be part of the show! Stop by the Senior Center on Thursday afternoons to play bingo with WCCA TV show hosts Gary Rosen and Ron Motta.

STATIC FUSION ‘Experimental Television’ has been posted on the WCCA website:
http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION318 . Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Allen Levine.

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Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:
*To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
*To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
*To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
*To promote communication through community use of media

WCCA TV, is a community anchor institution that stands for MEDIA DEMOCRACY, MEDIA LITERACY, and CREATIVE INNOVATION. We’ve been Channeling Community Since 1986!

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” OMG I emailed 10 towns, you’re the only one that replied so far, and your the biggest town, you just made my week
God bless you, I have to tell you it’s hard working with no budget and being the only one working on this.

You’re a God sent.
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A very big Xss thank you
Brenda Dubey ”

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