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50 Artists in Three Parks

Centennial Visions

50 Artists in Three Parks

*Cornish, NH, Woodstock, VT, and Springfield, MA, May 2016* — In
celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the New
England Sculptors Association has joined with three national parks —
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National
Historical Park, and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site — to
create a major exhibition of contemporary sculpture. The exhibit runs all
summer from June 4 through August 22, 2016.

Each park will have an opening event for the exhibit. The Opening at
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in Woodstock, Vermont, will be on Saturday,
June 4th in conjunction with Trek to Taste (www.trektotaste.info). As part
of the event, the park’s curator will offer a walking tour of the exhibit
starting at 10:30 am and welcome ceremony for the artists will take place
at 2:00 pm.

The Opening Reception at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish,
New Hampshire, will be held on Saturday, June 11 from 4–6 pm. Visitors can
stroll the grounds and the indoor gallery to view each sculpture. Light
refreshments will be served.

The Opening Reception at Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts,
will be on Saturday, June 18 from 2-4 pm in conjunction with the park’s
popular *Armory Day event *which includes an evolution of firearms blank
firing, military encampment, and other festivities.

An accompanying exhibition catalog will be available at all three parks and
online, and will feature maps to locate the sculptures and descriptions of
each work of art.

The theme of the centennial is “Find Your Park” and in considering which
sculptures to submit for the exhibit, the sculptors thought about how the
parks influenced their art and have enriched American culture for all these
years.

“This exhibit celebrates the variety of artistic expression — how nature,
industry and art combine to inspire and intrigue us today, just as they did
one hundred years ago,” said Henry Duffy, Ph.D., curator at Saint-Gaudens.
“Visitors will see both figurative and abstract sculptures made from
materials including marble, granite, bronze, metal, steel, porcelain,
alabaster and recycled objects.”

NESA’s established sculptors and emerging artists continually strive for
new creative interpretations that engage viewers — encouraging them to
experience new ideas and bring about change.

“We are delighted to partner with these three national parks and
participate in their centennial celebration,” added William Bloomfield,
president of NESA. “I know that all of our member artists whose work is on
display this summer, myself included, feel honored to be selected to
exhibit in these beautiful and historic locations.”

Artists exhibiting at Saint-Gaudens NHS include: David Adilman, Michael
Alfano, Thomas Berger, William Bloomfield, Kathleen Brennan, Bob Clyatt,
Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Valerie Deveraux, Nancy Diefenbach, Carol
Driscoll, Kevin Duffy, Larry Elardo, Arlene Fins, Yetti Frenkel, Leslie
Fry, Catherine Irvine, Stacy Latt Savage, Madeleine Lord, Valery Mahuchy,
Fred Manasse, Judith Morton, Gary Rathmell, Antoinette Schultze, Karin
Stanley and Alan Weinstein.

Artists exhibiting at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP include: Anne
Alexander, Gregory Barry, Thomas Berger, William Bloomfield, Bob Clyatt,
Jeffrey Cooper, Valerie Deveraux, Nancy Diefenbach, Larry Elardo,Leslie
Fry, Madeleine Lord, Valery Mahuchy, Susan Neet Goodwin, Gary Orlinsky,
Gary Rathmell, Antoinette Schultze, Karin Stanley, Steve Storch and Carolyn
Wirth.

Artists exhibiting at Springfield Armory NHS include: Gilbert Boro, Jeffrey
Cooper, Shawn Farrell, Leslie Fry, Douglass Gray, Stacy Latt Savage, and
Gary Rathmell.

For more information about visiting the parks and details of the
exhibition, including a full exhibit guide, visit the parks’ websites at:
Saint-Gaudens NHS www.nps.gov/saga, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
www.nps.gov/mabi and Springfield Armory NHS www.nps.gov/spar.

*About Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site*

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site preserves the home, collections,
gardens and studio of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America’s
greatest sculptors. The park holds the largest museum collection of
Saint-Gaudens artwork in the world, interprets Saint-Gaudens public
monuments in large cities around the United States, and interprets the
Cornish Colony of artists which formed around Saint-Gaudens in New
Hampshire. http://www.nps.gov/saga

*About Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park*

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller was home to pioneer 19th century
conservationists George Perkins Marsh and Frederick Billings and 20th
century conservationists Mary and Laurance S. Rockefeller. The park was
established to explore the history and evolution of conservation and
demonstrate contemporary stewardship practices. The park is also home to
the Stewardship Institute. http://www.nps.gov/mabi

*About Springfield Armory National Historic Site *For nearly two centuries,
Springfield Armory was the center of innovation for the US Armed Forces and
American industry. Started in 1794, as the first armory in the United
States, weapons designed and manufactured at Springfield Armory were in the
hands of the American military in every major conflict since the War of
1812. Today, Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the
critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting
the world’s largest historic US military small arms collection, along with
historic archives, buildings, and landscapes. www.nps.gov/spar

*About the New England Sculptors Association*

Founded in 1948, the New England Sculptors Association is one of the
leading sculpture organizations in the country. Its juried members work in
a variety of media including stone, metal, wood, glass, clay, fiber, and
recycled objects. NESA welcomes emerging artists and students (with a
special student rate) as well as established sculptors. NESA creates
exhibitions and collaborates with partners to co-sponsor exhibits,
workshops, and events that advance the understanding and appreciation of
sculpture. Our members’ work is featured in National Parks, museums,
galleries, universities, and other indoor/outdoor venues. To learn more
about NESA and view the gallery of our members’ work, visit our website:
www.nesculptors.org.

WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2016 : All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2016


All Happening at WCCA TV

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Congratulations to all the Board of Directors, Staff, and most of all our producing volunteers for all your dedication, time and effort to help build Worcester through electronic media. WCCA is about building social bridges, connecting communities, individuals, and neighborhoods. WCCA is also about empowering the people of Worcester as they share their stories, dreams, aspirations, talents, skills, arts and culture, and points of view in an open forum. WCCA TV is a public space where this is ALL HAPPENING. Thanks to all who support this non-profit mission.

Another SUCCESS STORY for WCCA TV!! Congratulations to Gary Rosen and
his panelists on the WCCA-produced show ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE! They
placed second in Worcester Magazine’s ‘Best of Worcester 2016’ as
‘Best Local Cable TV Show’!!

Rest In Peace, PRINCE! WCCA TV pays tribute to the iconic musician
through this episode of ‘BEN BEHIND THE SCENES’ show:
http://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES3

SOAPBOX, with host Mauro DePasquale, is all new in May. Tune in as
Mauro and his guests discuss how to prevent senior falls, the YMCA,
the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Pernet Family Health and the
Worcester Rotary Club. Soapbox can be seen on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm,
Saturdays at 10:30 pm, and Sundays at 6:30 pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194.
It also streams live at the same times at www.wccatv.com . Past shows
can be downloaded anytime by clicking ‘Video on Demand’. To be a
guest, contact tracy@wccatv.org

Want to learn about the history of meat? What about learning to build
a cafe table? Do you have gems or jewels at home and wonder what they
are worth? Does fly fishing interest you? Or do you want to jam out to
the latest in indie music? You can do all that and more by tuning into
WCCA TV, now on Channel 194, and watching This is Worcester, The
Garage, Hidden Treasures, What It’s Worth, Video Jam, and a variety of
other educational, informative, and entertaining programming on The
People’s Channel!

Tune into a new episode of HIDDEN TREASURES. Host of the show Bill
Safer welcomes Dennis Knight, who is an expert on silver items. They
talk about what is sterling silver, coin silver and silver plate, and
how to tell the difference. Dennis has an online store where he sells
fine quality silver. Hidden Treasures is aired on Monday at 12 pm,
Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Thursday at 8 pm, Saturday at 9 am, and Sunday
at 6 pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194.

DEMOCRACY NOW! is aired on WCCA TV every Monday through Friday
mornings at 8 am. Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent,
award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan
Gonzalez. The program’s War and Peace Report provides our audience
with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.
corporate-sponsored media. The program is also streamed live at
www.wccatv.com

TESTIMONIALS

Pat Burke, co-producer of ‘Smart Meters’ writes: “I know some of you
have already seen this show on Youtube, but I want to express my
gratitude again to WCCA TV for being such an important free speech
venue in Worcester. I didn’t hear of coverage through any other venue,
except for the Womag note.”

Bill Safer, host of ‘Hidden Treasures’ writes: “Dear WCCA TV!
Recently, I had the honor of being a guest on the ‘Ramona Interviews’
show. This fantastic show is produced by Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly. If
you have not watched her show, you are missing something fun,
informative, and educational! Ramona was so engaging that the show
flew by. She made me feel so comfortable and at ease, it was a
pleasure speaking to her. The show ‘Ramona Interviews’ IS a HIDDEN
TREASURE!”

WCCA TV PROGRAMMING

    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 to the show State Rep. Mary
    Keefe and Worcester Police Department officer Roger Wiseman. The topic
    of discussion is jaywalking and distracted driving:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT223

    Your coffee break is not complete without COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Join
    host Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at
    Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with
    Mark Henderson:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE471

    SOAPBOX is a flagship WCCA TV program, hosted by the WCCA Executive
    Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro’s guests are Bob Mangan and Barbara
    Guthrie from the Rotary Club of Worcester, along with Dr. Matilda
    Castiel: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1065 . In another
    episode, Mauro’s guest is Chris Nelson to tell us about the 2016
    Father’s Fest event: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1060 .
    There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, Channel 194!!

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights.
    Host of the show, Ron Madnick, talks about two cases of Same Sex
    Marriage:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS223 . In
    another episode, Ron talks about the all-time worst decisions of the
    US Supreme Court:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS222

    WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of
    the show Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Gus Gianakis and Paul
    Barber. The guys are here to demonstrate some of the wonderful food
    that will be available at the Grecian Festival, which will be held on
    June 3,4,5 at St. Spyridon’s Cathedral in Worcester:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH335> . In
    another episode, Tommy’s guest is Sharon Henderson, the Marketing
    Communications Director for the Worcester YMCA:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH336

    CONNECTING THE DOTS is a non-traditional legal program with the
    emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor with an
    interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the
    program, attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Susan Winship from the
    Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS9 .
    In another episode, Liz talks to Jayna Turchek, the City of
    Worcester’s Dircector of Human Rights and Disabilities:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS8

    IN THE HOUSE is a WCCA TV show that helps viewers to learn the ins and
    outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. Host George
    Russell welcomes to the show State Rep. Mary Keefe:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE12

    HEALTH MATTERS is a program from the Worcester District Medical
    Society that focuses on important health issues. Host Dr. Michael
    Hirsh welcomes to the show Karyn Clark and Zachary Dyer. The topic of
    discussion is Public Health Accreditation Bureau (PHAB) and Community
    Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS163

    THIS IS WORCESTER is a WCCA TV program that sheds light on interesting
    Worcester facts. Host of the show, community activist Bill Coleman,
    talks about the memorial in Worcester to honor African-Americans that
    served in the second World War 2:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER35

    EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a WCCA show that spotlights entrepreneurs,
    innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes two
    graduating seniors at the Worcester State College – Melissa Edberg and
    Kurt Correia:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER58 . In
    another episode, Amy welcomes three entrepreneurs to the show – Ryan
    Canuel, Kyla Pacheco, and Kathryn Meng:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER57

    ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to
    participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Alex Veras
    back to the show. To find out what they talk about, watch this
    episode:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER143

    A BRIDGE TO BETTER MENTAL HEALTH explores topics that reduce stigma
    and increase public awareness on issues related to mental health. Host
    Rebecca Lynch welcomes Elisa Ouellette and Debra Midgley to the show.
    The topic of discussion is Homeless Services – Bridging the Gap to
    Housing and Services:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/a-bridge-to-better-mental-health/BRIDGE21

    CLOSE TO HOME is a program about people and situations that
    demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn,
    welcomes to the show Suzanne DeCarolis. Watch this episode to find out
    what they talk about:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME468

    Welcome to another yummy episode of COOKING WITH GEORGIA + DEZ.
    Georgia & Dez cook up fried calamari, shrimp panna, and a tangy tarter
    sauce:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/cooking-with-georgia/COOKINGWITHGEORGIA316
    . Real Food, Real People, Real Simple!

    VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host
    Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock music for
    more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s
    playlist features: Mr Vegas/ Dancehall Dabb, Keith Harkin/ Mercy,
    Xavier Toscano / Apologies Wasted, bree/ Damn, I’m Being Me Again,
    VO5/ We’re Getting Old, Era Istrefi/ Bonbon, Builder of the House/
    There is No Hourglass, Alex Cuba/ No Esperes Mas:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM891 . Keep jammin’ with
    WCCA TV!

    Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Petitions to City Council
    for investigation of Worcester National Grid Smart Meter pilot
    regarding inaccurate reporting of retention rates, cost, savings, and
    compliant regarding reliance on tobacco science, as well as song
    ‘Smart Meter Fires, Explosions, & Other Unpleasantries’:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/ABOUTSMARTMETERS54

    From a dusty corner of the WCCA video archive vault comes this
    episode of STATIC FUSION. This is an alternative performance art and
    musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA and put
    together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen:
    http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION146

    NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program, hosted by
    Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing 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/NUESTRA30

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Meet and Greet A Potential Next WPS Superintendent

THIS JUST IN:
Worcester, MA
The application materials for the position of Superintendent of the Worcester Public
Schools are now on the website (http://www.worcesterschools.org). The interviews for the four
finalists will take place on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council
Chamber at City Hall. The Meet and Greet will take place on Wednesday, March 9,
2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Doherty Memorial High School and the selection
of the Superintendent will take place on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. in the
Council Chamber at City Hall.

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.

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: December 22, 2015

ENJOY the holidays and BE SAFE. Look for great Holidays specials on WCCA TV ch. 194 and at wccatv.com

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WCCA TV VIDEO interfaces local talent with National and Regional Stars

This week Video Jam featured Renne Morin , Contestant from New Voices , WCCA TV’s local vocal award
show 2015 and Trinity Faith,Winner from New Voices , WCCA TV’s local vocal award show 2014

The link is: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM878

ARTISTS ALSO FEATURED ON VIDEO JAM 878
The Brinks/ Hide Your Love/ Sony Modern Baseball / Rock Bottom/ Run for
Cover
Rachele Lynae & Jaime O’Neal/ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Kanisha K/ I’ll Be Home for Christmas/ Daddy Rock Ent.
Breathe Carolina feat KARRA/ Platinum Hearts/ Armada Tree
Rebecca Perl/ Ordinary/ Perl Jams

If your band has a video for VIDEO JAM’s consideration please submit it, along with a band bio, to “VIDEO JAM” c/o WCCA TV, 415 Main St., WOrcester, MA 01602. Materials are not returned.

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: November 2, 2015

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MORE ELECTION RELATED VOTER PROGRAMMING UP TO THE MINUTE AT WCCA TV
The ” Plumley Village Town Meeting”
tackles some very interesting voter concerns:

Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:30pm and 8:30pm
and Tuesday Nov 3 at 12pm and 5:30pm

See this on WCCA TV cable ch. 194 at streaming live at wccatv.com

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Prepping for the Holidays?
Check out WCCA TV’s FREE ON-DEMAND viewing at wccatv.com/video and search for “Cooking With Georgia” or “Cooking With Mary” for great recipes or let our music specials put you in the mood. Check out WCCA TV’s HOLIDAY MUSIC FEST and more including VIDEO JAM and BAND EDGE. Happy Holidays from your TV station WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” seen on cable ch 194 and on wccatv.com
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American Cancer Society to Light Up New England on Black Friday

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, an event that unites those who have been affected by cancer, has created a movement that will celebrate cancer survivors and remember those lost in a simple way during a time that can be especially tough for families who will be missing loved ones or worrying about loved ones currently fighting cancer.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the American Cancer Society will be “Lighting up New England” in a visual tribute and reminder of loss, triumph and hope.

A luminaria is a bag, with a candle or glow stick inside it that is personalized, decorated, and lit in memory of someone lost to cancer, in honor of someone still fighting, or in special recognition of someone who has beaten the disease.

Community members will place these glowing tributes on their front porches, front steps, or at the end of their driveways, to honor those who have been touched by cancer, helping Light up New England at dusk Black Friday, Nov. 27. To learn more, please visit lightupne.org or find the event on Facebook.

Tom Flanagan | Director, Communications Strategy Integration

American Cancer Society, Inc.
30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
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Worcester Domino’s® and NFPA Partner with Worcester Fire Department to Promote Fire Safety
Local residents may receive free pizza for properly functioning smoke alarms

WORCESTER, Ma., Sept. 28, 2015 – Worcester Domino’s, located at 413A Park Ave., and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are teaming up with the Worcester Fire Department to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 – 10). On Oct. 6 – 7 from 3 – 8 p.m., anyone who orders a Domino’s pizza may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard an F-250 fire truck. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free. If the smoke alarms are not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries.

“Fire safety is extremely important,” said Henry Askew, Worcester Domino’s franchise owner. “We’re very excited to partner with NFPA and the fire department for a program that not only promotes the safety of our friends and neighbors, but rewards those who make fire safety a priority.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

“Half of all home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep,” said Worcester Fire Department Lt. Annie Pickett. “That’s why having a fully functioning smoke alarm in every bedroom is so important. Smoke alarms save lives.”

Customers can call Worcester Domino’s at 508-754-2236 to place their order and be eligible for the fire truck delivery.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

About Fire Prevention Week
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Democrats Vote Unanmiously to Create A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Thousands of Democratic Party delegates to the 2015 State Party Convention in Springfield passed a resolution for “ A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures in This Ongoing Crisis” (see full text below).

“We had an overwhelming, positive support from Democrats – garnering 280 petition signatures and then sharing the resolution with Convention participants,” explained Bonnie MacCracken, Delegate from Amherst, NAACP member, and herself a title examiner, “I got involved in this effort because I see the damage to my neighbors and the damage in our property records, and it must be fixed to protect the integrity of our land records and the titles to all our homes. There must be justice and accountability.”

Retired federal prosecutor and Amherst delegate, Sarah McKee, elaborated, “Confronted with the many thousands of illegal foreclosures in Massachusetts, the loss of billions of dollars to our Commonwealth, and the need for swifter, fairer, and less costly access to justice for both foreclosed homeowners and post-foreclosure buyers, delegates saw a Court specifically for this purpose as the clear answer. Delegates’ overwhelming, unopposed endorsement is gratifying.”

“Senator Elizabeth Warren’s clarion call to hold banks accountable inspired us to challenge the wrongful and improper foreclosure of our home. We are grateful for the SJC decision that reversed our foreclosure, but obtaining justice was stressful and costly and has eluded thousands of others who have lost their homes in our Commonwealth, especially those on the margins. We are heartened that the Democratic State Convention wisely voted to endorse the establishment of a Foreclosure Review Court to more timely and effectively address our foreclosure crisis. We encourage our legislature and judicial leaders to move swiftly toward this goal,” Convention Delegates, Linda Pinti & Lesley Phillips.

For more information or to speak with homeowners or advocates, please contact MAAPL at 508-630-1686 or maaplinfo@yahoo.com.

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Full text of Resolution:

“A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures in this Ongoing Crisis

Whereas more than 68,000 Massachusetts homeowners have been foreclosed since 2005 and hardest hit have been homeowners of color and women targeted for predatory mortgages with high fees and interest rates and foreclosures have increased again substantially;

And whereas these foreclosures have pulled up to $40 billion out of the Mass. economy, mostly to “foreign” banks, destabilizing our neighborhoods and undermining municipal tax bases; the majority of these foreclosures being illegal, e.g., the foreclosing party did not own the mortgage;

And whereas illegal foreclosures cloud titles to foreclosed properties, jeopardizing the investment of anyone who later buys a foreclosed home;

And whereas these cases are complex and time-consuming, clogging the dockets of existing courts, and can require filing the same case in different venues to resolve the matter fully;

Therefore be it resolved that the 2015 State Convention of the Massachusetts Democratic Party supports establishing a statewide court venue to review foreclosures; to clear titles to illegally foreclosed homes more rapidly, fairly and at a lower cost to the Commonwealth; to restore foreclosed families to their homes where possible while ensuring that post-foreclosure purchasers recover all damages for being sold property with clouded titles; and this court will have a five year renewable term,

And be it further resolved that we affirm and support a bill to this effect, presently filed whose lead sponsors are the Honorable Senator Thomas McGee and Honorable Representative Aaron Vega,

And be it further resolved that this resolution be distributed to all appropriate media.”

– Passed September 19th, 2015, 2015 State Convention of Massachusetts Democratic Party

Grace C Ross
Grace Ross Committee
774-271-7677

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ON BANDEDGE TONIGHT WORCESTER PRIMER MUSIC SPOTLIGHT TV SHOW

WCCA ROCKs you tonight, Monday, Nov. 2 at 10pm
Band Edge #59 Love TAP Band has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE59

Band Edge is a WCCA TV13 produced local music show shot live spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalist. Love TAP Band is the featured artist on this episode of Band Edge.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 22, 2015

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City officials to tour newly acquired Donker Farm
23 acres part of city’s effort to protect open spaces

Worcester – City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Mayor Joseph M. Petty will join
other city officials, members of the Greater Worcester Land Trust (GWLT) and
Conservation Commission for a walking tour of Donker Farm, one of the city’s newest
conservation land acquisitions.

The tour of Donker Farm will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from
2:00-3:00pm, with event parking provided across the street from 46 Fort Tory Lane,
Worcester. The event is open to the public and press.

The 23 acre Donker Farm was purchased in April 2015 by the GWLT, which partnered
with the city of Worcester’s Conservation Commission to protect the land.

The city owns the Conservation Restriction, which is under the care and custody of
the Conservation Commission, for the land, assuring that the property will remain in
its “present natural, scenic, and open condition” for conservation purposes, while
allowing passive recreation such as hiking, bird watching, educational activities,
and more.

The Donker property is one of three recent conservation land acquisitions by the
city of Worcester. The city purchased 13.7 acres at Crow Hill North in June 2014 and
a 6.3 acre conservation restriction at EcoTarium West, owned by the Worcester
Natural History Society (aka EcoTarium), in May 2015.
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Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for
healthy dogs and cats in the United States

It doesn’t have to be according to the No Kill Revolution in America and author and film maker,Nathan Winograd and a group called “NO KILL.ORG”

WCCA TV will cable and web cast the film, “Redemption” all month long on
WCCA TV Ch. 194 and also seen at wccatv.com , in Worcester. For more information on The No Kill Revolution go to http://www.nokill.org .
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Mark up your calendars for some great art and great talks on War and Peace in November.
Bayda Asbridge’s show entitled Healing Fibres: War and Peace. Below is a list of the speakers. Lots of good food; lots of good art; and lots of talks throughout the month of Novmber. Here’s the agenda of talks.Let me know if you can make it; I will be in the show and have arranged for almost all of the speakers.

The Sprinkler Factory is on Harlow St (39) – off of Lincoln near Hahnamann hospital. The show is on the second floor.

Questions: contact Barbara at 508 868 6710

Healing Fibers: War & Peace agenda of events during the month of November

Saturday 7th November: (4pm) Professor Predrag Cicovacki (Philosophy Professor at Holy Cross College specialized in the Philosophy of War, Peace, and Ethics ). He will discuss ‘War, peace and the role of media.’

Saturday 7th November: (6-9 pm) artists’ reception with food, drink, raffle raising funds for Syrian refugees, live music and entertainment. Free to the public.

Sunday 8th November (1pm) Chris Horton (Head of Worcester Unemployment Action Group ). He will discuss ‘ The Economic Impact of wars’.

Sunday 8th November (2 pm) Walter Iwanicki, master Yoga teacher, presents the impact of yoga on veterans.

Sunday 8th November (3pm) Martin Fitzgerald (WPI student of philosophy/ junior) presents ‘Futurism and Art as National Myth”

Saturday 14th November (1pm) Genevieve Fraser (a freelance journalist at the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals and is a faculty member at Uni. of Phoenix. She is the author of In the Claw of the Tiger). This is a WWII story of three young men from Athol MA who thought they would escape the war in Europe by joining the US Navy and going to Hawaii… ‘In the Claw of the Tiger’.

Sunday 15th November (1pm) Claire and Scott Schaeffer –Duffey. Claire is a reporter for Catholic Worker; as a reporter she has covered the refugee crisis in Syria last year. She and her husband have also been to Afghanistan & Gaza. Scott wrote a book about their experiences titled: ‘Nothing is Impossible’. www.nothingisimpossiblebook.com

Monday 16th November (6pm) Richard Gage( Architect and Engineers for 9/11 truth) Presentation. AE911truth is an American non-profit organization of architects and engineers who dispute the results of official investigations into the September 11 attacks, including the 9/11 Commission Report. It supports the conspiracy theory that the World Trade Center was destroyed by explosive demolition. Founded in 2006, the group demands that the United States Congress pursue “a truly independent investigation” into the September 11 attacks as they believe government agency investigations into the collapse of the World Trade Center have not addressed what it calls “massive evidence for explosive demolition.” wikipedia $3 to $10 dollar donation

Saturday 21st November ( 1 pm) Katie Green – story telling. Katie is telling a story about Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war.

Sunday 22nd November (1 pm) Jim Welu (director of Worcester Art Museum1986 to 2011) discusses The Monument Men: George Stout (director of Worcester Art Museum 1947 to 1954) was one of more than 350 art experts from more than a dozen countries who were recruited into the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section, MFAA, hence they were known as the Monuments Men. They went with the Allied front line as it liberated Europe to rescue art from the Nazis. At least two Monuments Men were killed.

Sunday 22nd November (2:30) Ora Szekely (Assistant professor of political science at Clark Uni) Understanding the Civil War in Syria!

Sunday 22nd November (4pm) Marty A. Barroll (Retired Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; analyst of imperialism) discusses ‘Ukraine and Avoiding Nuclear War’.

Saturday 28th November ( 1 pm) an afternoon with a group of poets, not to be missed: Richard Fox, David Williams, and Jeff Cannon, Eric W. Veterans for Peace & David Hahn poetry.

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Great Cultural Experience
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil. In commemoration, the choir of Trinity Church interprets this enthralling and influential achievement of modern sacred music in a special performance presented by the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative. Often referred to as the Vespers, the All-Night Vigil features richly layered settings of traditional melodies, and the composer’s own ‘conscious counterfeits’ of historic chants from the Russian Orthodox liturgy. The 90-minute performance will also include pieces by two earlier composers, Dmytro Bortnyansky and Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Prior to the performance, at 6:30 pm, BRAI Executive Director Anna Winestein will give a free talk in the Parish Hall of The Mission Church about the Vigil, the history of secular Russian composers creating sacred music, and Rachmaninoff’s legacy in the US. Click HERE to watch a variant of the lecture, or read MORE.

For ticket and discount information visit: www.trinityvespers.eventbrite.com .

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 2, 2015

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WCCA TV’s NEW VOICES AWARD COMPETITION ages 14-19 register today.
contact joseph@wccatv.com
We hold auditions the November 5th, selected singers who are chosen to move forward will be attending the television shoot for Episodes 1 & 2 shoots on December 1 and 2 ( maybe also the 3rd)
Sign up ASAP
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Worcester Public Library Partners with Bottom Line

to Host College Readiness Program for Low-Income Students

Worcester, MA – The Worcester Public Library is partnering with Bottom Line to provide college readiness support to low-income students in the Worcester area. The programs are designed to help students navigate the admissions and financial aid process.

Tyrone Brown of Bottom Line will offer College Admissions and Essays with Bottom Line on Friday, October 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Library’s Banx Room. During this program, he will explain how to navigate the college admissions and essay writing process. Brown will also offer College Financial Aid with Bottom Line on Monday, November 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Saxe Room at the Library. This program helps students learn to receive and make best use of financial aid for college. Both programs are free, and no registration is required.

“Providing free college readiness programming is something the library has done successfully in the past, and meshes perfectly with the library mission of democratized access,” said Rachel Moir, Teen Services Librarian of the Worcester Public Library. “We hope that by providing this programming, we will help local teens learn more about the college application and readiness resources available to them in their own community.”

Bottom Line has addressed the low college graduation rates of at-risk urban youth since 1997. Their mission is to help low income, first generation students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life. Their vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of career-ready college graduates.

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The Worcester Public Library serves as a gathering place that actively promotes the free exchange of ideas in our democratic society. The Library makes information and services available to all people while fostering intellectual freedom, protecting privacy, encouraging personal growth and enrichment and celebrating our diverse community heritage. The Library strives to be a welcoming destination and the leading provider of resources to inform, enlighten and enrich our diverse community.

For more information on College Admissions and Essays with Bottom Line and College Financial Aid with Bottom Line please contact Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations and Communications Manager of the Worcester Public Library, at lsheldon@worcpublib.org or 508-799-1654. Students with questions regarding these programs may contact Rachel Moir, Teen Services Librarian of the Worcester Public Library at rmoir@worcpublib.org of 508-799-1667.

3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608 508.799.1655

worcpublib.org facebook.com/worcesterpubliclibrary

Worcester Public Library, a Department of the City of Worcester

Linnea Sheldon

Community Relations & Communications Manager

Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square

Worcester, MA 01608

www.worcpublib.org

P: 508-799-1654

F: 508-799-1652

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To my Youth Development Friends,

I am writing to share information about this exciting program that starts next week, and to ask for your help in spreading the word! A healthy, empowered mother is so important to youth. She is strong, fit and able to take care of the family, and she is a wonderful role model of healthy behaviors for youth! Sometimes too, she can use support and guidance to ensure good health.

Take Shape for Life is a comprehensive health and fitness program for women, that combines group support and exercise, unlimited coaching, independent access to physical activity in a supportive environment. The group meets once weekly, with our inspirational trainer, Cyndi Johnson, when they exercise together, discuss goals, challenges and successes, and work toward individual goals.

The following link will take you to an in-depth program description, and introduce you to Cyndi. There is also a link to register, making it quick and convenient.

http://www.ywcacentralmass.org/uncategorized/take-shape-for-life
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Job Posting for Customer Relations and Community Programs Coordinator

Our mission at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest is to enhance the quality of life of children at-risk, and their families, by matching these children in professionally supported mentoring relationships with responsible and caring volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking a full-time Customer Relations and Community Programs Coordinator for 40 hours a week in the Framingham office to coordinate all functions related to the agency’s community mentor programs, including customer relations, enrollment, interview and assess both youth and volunteer mentors, matching volunteers with mentees, match support, and training. The agency’s Community Programs seek to create effective community-based matches within our 40 town service region. This position ensures programs will provide high-level customer service and professional match support in response to all inquiries.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / Metrowest, Inc.

Tel: 508-752-7868 Mobile: 508-736-4664

www.bbbscm.org

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HURRICANE PREP
Stormwater Preparation: Indian Lake & Coes Pond Drawdown

In advance of possibly significant rainfall amounts from Hurricane Joaquin, the
City of Worcester’s Department of Public Works & Parks is drawing down Indian Lake
and Coes Pond. These steps are only taken in anticipation of hurricane-level events.

While it is still uncertain as to whether the City will see the full effects of the
hurricane, we are taking the opportunity to create additional stormwater storage by
performing these drawdowns. These preemptive measures will help mitigate flooding
effects. City residents should experience virtually no impact from the drawdowns; this
notice is simply informational.

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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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Happy October Everyone !

WCCA TV is TV BY FOR and OF The PEOPLE. It is your place to Learn, Create and Connect . Empower yourself with WCCA TV classes and workshops and community access television and media programs for ALL ages.
For a hint of Worcester’s diversity and to what a public access regional leader is all about visit http://www.wccatv.com/video and see for your self. We are ALL ABOUT ACCESS. Make your own show, be a guest on our “easy access programs”. Ask about our membership programs for youth, individuals, and businesses and organizations. It’s all happening at WCCA TV. Contact Mauro at 508-755-1880 to learn more. We hope you enjoy our Community news TV and blog programs. Look for WCCA COMMUNITY NEWS on cable and on line, and also our WCCA TV News and Information Round Up on our website at wccatv.com

Enjoy our beautiful New England Fall Season. See you on WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

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

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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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