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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: December 10, 2015

CABLE OUTAGE for at least 1/3 of Worcester today

WCCA ch 194 is off the air for allegedly 1/3 rd of Worcester’s Cable Subscribers.
It was reported to us that a Truck struck one of CHARTER’s major Fiber Hubs serving Worcester. Charter Technicians tell us that as a result of this accident 1/3rd of Worcester will not have cable. It is expected that it will take a day to repair the situation. We regret that our cable channel 194 is not available due to that accident. You can watch WCCA TV at wccatv.com . Writer’s comment: Let’s hope when they plan to redevelop Worcester’s Main Street they have accounted for public safety and such catastrophes when it comes to truck and delivery traffic.
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CALL FOR ARTIST
ArtsWorcester and the Worcester Center for Crafts
are exhibiting the next generation: regional artists in the early-to-mid stages of their careers, born since 1975. All artistic and craft media are eligible. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2016.

The First Prize winner will be given a cash prize of $250, and the opportunity of curating a show OR having a solo exhibit at the Krikorian Gallery, scheduled at the convenience of the artist and the Worcester Center for Crafts. Second Prize will receive a cash prize of $150, and Third Prize, $100.

The exhibit will be juried by Roger Hankins, Director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. All submissions will be made electronically through Submittables here.

We will notify all artists of the status of their submission by mid-February, with drop-off taking place March 3-5, 12-4 PM (should your work be accepted, we will let you know at which venue it will be exhibited).

• Artists must be in the early-to-mid stages of their career and be born since 1975.
• Artists must live and/or work in Worcester County or the following communities of Middlesex County: Lowell, Stow, Hudson, Marlborough, Framingham, Ashland, Hopkinton, and Holliston.
• Artwork must be completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in Worcester.
• Works will be limited to five feet in any direction; any part of a three-dimensional work may not exceed 40 pounds in weight. Fiber works may exceed five feet but must be hung or exhibited in a space not to exceed five feet
• Installation artists must make themselves available to assist with the preparation and mounting of their work.
• Two-dimensional artwork must be ready for exhibition under accepted gallery standards.
• The juror reserves the right to exclude works after viewing them in person.
• Works may be exhibited at either venue (ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, or the Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road) at the discretion of the juror.
• Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of the work(s), and insurance to and from the assigned venue. No work will be accepted by shipment, nor will any be shipped back to the artist.
• Artists receive sixty percent of each sale for this collaborative exhibition only.

Submission fees must be received in full by January 15th, 2016:
ArtsWorcester Members: $25 for up to three works
Non-Members: $35 for up to three works
New-to-ArtsWorcester: $70 for a one-year membership and up to three works (restricted to artists who have never been members of ArtsWorcester)
Please pay submission fees through the PayPal button the Calls and Grants page on ArtsWorcester’s website, or mail a check marked “Now! submission” and postmarked January 14th to ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610.
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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

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

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 17, 2015

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

Next episode will feature upcoming hit artist musician Bhi Bhiman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next weekend at the Sprinkler Factory Healing Fibers: War and Peace show curated by Bayda Asbridge…more speakers!! Have we got a great set of talks for you.

They are:

Saturday November 21 at 1 pm Katie Green – story telling – Sekmet the Egyptian goddess of war. She will be accompanied by a musician!!!

Sunday November 22th Retired head of the Worcester Art Museum Jim Welu The Monument Men 1 pm

Sunday November 22th Dr. Ora Szekely 2:30 pm Understanding the Syrian War— Clark professor whose specialty is war in the Middle East —VERY TIMELY

Sunday November 22 Dr. Marty B. Ukraine and Avoiding Nuclear War. Russia and the Ukraine – also Very timely Retired professor – 4:00 pm

Come and hear these spectacular speakers. Coffee,tea and cake!!!

Also when you come take time to look at all the creative and wonderful art pieces in the show

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GOOD FOR THE Senior Center

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.
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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 2, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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WCCA TV’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.

-more-

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 NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept 16, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated 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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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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Reminder: CAR HOP – Wednesday, September 16 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.MT.Carmel Parish

Remember HAPPY DAYS are here again. Join us with music from the 50’s, and good old fashion curb side service without getting out of car, as our waitresses serve hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, milk shakes, soft drinks and a few surprises

YOUR SUPPPORT IS NEEDED!!!

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 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

Thanks for your support.
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WORCESTER YOUTH PRODUCE a program giving voice to youth and Worcester’s recent surge of violence and shootings

WCCA TV partners with the United Way and Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program members to produce a short video work with a focus on local violence and easy access to guns in Worcester. Youth share their ideas. Students came for a tour of WCCA and in minutes they transformed their visitin into a creative video making experience with the help of WCCA’s executive director Mauro DePasquale, and WCCA’s youth media specialist Adam Rice. and the completed work has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/PROMOUNITEDWAY2

This remarkable feat offers a point of view that has rarely presented in media anywhere. Participants from the Youth Leadership Program of the United Way/Chamber of Commerce visited WCCA TV in the summer of 2015 and got to learn basic TV production as they also created and co-produced WCCA TV station channel ID’s which will also be aired on WCCA cable channel 194 and on the internet at wccatv.com.

LEARN CREATE and CONNECT at WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”, Worcester, MA

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UPDATE: With high temperatures predicted to hit the 90s for much of this week, City Manager Edward Augustus and Assistant Commissioner of Parks Rob Antonelli have decided to keep the Crompton Park Pool open an additional five days. The Pool will now close for the season Friday, Aug. 21. The pool hours are unchanged – noon until 7 p.m. The spray parks at Greenwood and East parks will remain open through Labor Day.
John F. Hill
Communications Specialist
City of Worcester
(508)-799-1175

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: August 13, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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STAND TALL FOR THE CAP ACT TO PRESERVE PUBLIC ACCESS:
Read this link if you claim to support public access / community media, if you claim to support media democracy, if you believe WE THE PEOPLE deserve our equal place in the media.
If you agree with the above then thank you for supporting public access media in your community. Here in Worcester it’s WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s1244/BILLS-114s1244is.pdf

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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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STAND TALL FOR THE CAP ACT TO PRESERVE PUBLIC ACCESS:
Read this link if you claim to support public access / community media, if you claim to support media democracy, if you believe WE THE PEOPLE deserve our equal place in the media.
If you agree with the above then thank you for supporting public access media in your community. Here in Worcester it’s WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s1244/BILLS-114s1244is.pdf

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 12, 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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Worcester Rotary Meeting

The Worcester Rotary will meet Thursday August 13 at Leo’s Restaurant at noon. A buffet lunch will be served costing $20. Raffle tickets can be purchased one for $2 and three for $5.

Their speaker will be Lynn Thomas author of WOW! Your Way to Profit – Learn How 5% of WOW! Can Boost Profits By Up To 85%!

In this country (USA), we lose 180 million customers a year!

Go Rotarty !

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Worcester schools see big boost in Title 1 funds

By Scott O’Connell
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Aug. 11, 2015 at 7:13 PM
Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 7:15 PM

WORCESTER – The city’s school system has received a major bump in federal funding this year, because of a recent increase in the number of low-income students enrolled in the district.

According to the state’s records, Worcester was scheduled to receive last month slightly more than $12.3 million in Title 1 money for fiscal 2016 – a nearly $2 million increase over the $10.5 million the district got a year ago.

The School Department also budgeted roughly $10.5 million in Title 1 funding for the current fiscal year, which means that extra $2 million is effectively a surplus.

“There are strings attached to Title 1 programming,” however, said the district’s chief financial and operations officer, Brian E. Allen, who said the School Department is presently working to find out how they might apply and preparing a recommendation to the School Committee on how to use the money at either the committee’s meeting next week or in early September.

Currently, 30 of the district’s 33 elementary schools are Title 1 schools, and therefore eligible to use Title 1 money, Mr. Allen said. About a quarter of Worcester’s fiscal 2016 allocation is specifically intended to support low-achieving students in the district’s lowest-performing Title 1 schools, for example.

But the School Department could also shift some funds around in this year’s budget to make the additional funds have an impact beyond those schools, Mr. Allen said.

The district is grappling with an approximately $600,000 hole in the fiscal 2016 budget caused by a lower than expected charter school reimbursement from the state budget, for instance.

“We are balancing all of these factors and evaluating district class size and other needs and will incorporate these in that report that is forthcoming,” Mr. Allen said.

A federal program intended to help districts with large numbers of low-income students, Title 1’s fiscal 2016 allocations are calculated based on 2013 Census estimates provided by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the latest Title 1 allocation sheet released by the state, Worcester had 8,040 students who fell within the federal poverty definition – roughly one-third of the district’s entire student enrollment.

The city schools’ low-income population has grown the past few years, Title 1 data shows; five years ago, for instance, the district had 6,803 students in poverty, according to 2010 Census estimates, accounting for slightly more than one-fourth of the school system’s population.

The Worcester schools’ budget-makers had expected some sort of increase in Title 1 funding this year, Mr. Allen said, based on other metrics showing an upward trend in low-income students in the city. The state’s calculations determined Worcester saw the biggest jump in Massachusetts in low-income students between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, for example, he said.

But the district’s final Title 1 amount was above even the School Department’s projections, Mr. Allen added.

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KNIGHT’s Tale
The Knight in shining armor conjures a thousand images and captures the imagination. What were the strengths of armor? What were its weaknesses? Learn about all the different kinds of arms and armor that were used by knights and soldiers of the past in this interactive program at the Worcester Art Museum on Wednesdays, August 12th-26th from 2:30-3:30pm. Follow this with a visit to the Knights! exhibition and immerse yourself in the world of chivalry!

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City Manager orders Crompton Park Pool open an extra week

WORCESTER – Summer has been extended! By order of City Manager Edward Augustus, the Crompton Park Pool will be open an extra week. The pool will be open every day this week, from noon to 7 p.m., until Sunday, Aug. 16.

The pool had been scheduled to close Aug. 9. The pool typically closes in early August because of the difficulty in retaining certified lifeguards as young people get ready to head back to college. With hot weather expected to continue this week, the city will keep the pool open an extra week.

The city’s two spray parks – at East Park and Greenwood Park – will remain open until Labor Day. The city’s beaches shut down for the summer Aug. 9.

For information on the state-run pools in Worcester, visit: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/swimming-pools-wading-pools-and-spray-deck.html

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 11, 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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Increased Direct trips between Boston and Worcester? Great Idea ! Read more . . .
http://www.timmurray.org/2015/08/commuter-train-to-worcester/

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PET ROCK FEST 2015 AT BECKER COLLEGE FEATURES HEADLINER ROOMFUL OF BLUES

Pet Rock Fest, presented by World’s Best Cat Litter and By Nature, is excited to announce that the 17th annual festival will take place at Becker College on its Leicester Campus.

This annual event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. (with a rain date of Sept. 20), and will be bigger and better than ever. The event features all of the popular attractions, and continues to put the spotlight on the animal welfare organizations of New England that work hard to promote kindness to animals.

Becker College is eager to host the fest, and is welcoming Pet Rock Fest enthusiastically. Since the College offers nationally recognized degree programs in animal studies, has an Equestrian Center for academic and athletics programs, and offers an on-campus clinic open to the public, the relationship between Pet Rock Fest and Becker is symbiotic.

“On behalf of Becker College President Robert Johnson and the entire College community, we are very excited to offer a home to Pet Rock 2015,” said Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., dean of Animal Studies and allerton chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College. “This festival, which promotes animal care and helps give pets a voice, resonates with our educational mission and core value of teaching social responsibility. This partnership will be rewarding not only for the students enrolled in our animal studies program, but for the entire Central Massachusetts community of pet owners and those interested in the health and welfare of animals.”

Held on the campus property close to Leicester Common, the venue offers easy access from Route 9, plenty of parking, and space to bring back all of our attractions, including K9 demos, the Frisbee dog team, live music, the Adoptable Pet Parade, Amateur Dog Contest, vegetarian vendors and our wonderful sponsors and animal welfare organizations. The property also offers a large, wooded area with picnic tables, where you and your dog can hang out and relax.

Pet Rock Fest will send updates soon with event schedules, attractions and this year’s sponsors.

Pet Rock Fest features live music, including headliners Roomful of Blues as well as Just for Kicks and Chuck and Mud. More are to be announced. It also features performances and games for kids, Bobi the Clown, a Book Nook sponsored by Annie’s Book Stop, Pups in the Air Frisbee Dog Team, clinics and presentations by Becker College, doggie massages, photos of your pets, animal mascots, vegetarian food court, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, photos with your pets, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. All animals.

This is an alcohol-free event, and drones are prohibited.

Pet Rock Fest gives its proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to farm animal sanctuaries.

For updates on the plans for the day, groups signed up to attend, and other official or not so official news, visit petrockfest.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petrockfest and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.
Celebrating 17 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Becker College is ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best 379 colleges in the U.S. With a 95 percent graduate placement rate for employment or further study, Becker serves more than 2,000 students from across the country and around the world. Becker offers a wide range of quality degree programs—from nursing to veterinary science, and a variety of adult learning options—that prepare world ready graduates for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century. Becker’s undergraduate video game design program has been top-ranked by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years, and is the only institution on the East Coast, and one of four nationally, to maintain this longstanding distinction. In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Becker is also ranked first among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for pre-licensure nursing graduates in 2013. Fifty-four percent of Becker students are enrolled in STEM-based programs of study. With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Mass., Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions—one founded in 1784 and the other in 1887—and has more than 18,000 alumni worldwide.

If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.org.

“They Can’t Talk, So We Will”
Charlene Arsenault
Founding Partner, Pet Rock Fest Inc.
PO Box 310, Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-8918

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Worcester Common to host 3rd Annual UnCommon Job Fair
WHO: City of Worcester; Workforce Central Career Centers; Central MA Workforce Investment Board; Veterans, Inc.; SnapChef; Grafton Job Corps

WHAT: Approximately 70 employers with hundreds of available jobs will participate in the 2015 UnCommon Job Fair. Last year’s event attracted close to 900 local job seekers.

WHERE: Worcester Common, behind Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St..

WHEN: Friday September 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Rain date: Friday, September 18th same time and location)

WHY: With the unemployment rate in Worcester County (*5.2 percent) remaining higher than the state average (*4.9 percent), and many job seekers still struggling to find gainful employment, the UnCommon Job Fair allows people looking for their next opportunity a chance to connect with area employers looking to hire.

DETAILS: The UnCommon Job Fair is a unique variation on the traditional job fair format and offers businesses and job seekers a more relaxed environment to connect and network.

*Mass.gov Labor Information: http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/lmi_lur_b.asp?A=04&GA=000027&TF=1&Y=&Sopt=&Dopt=TEXT

John F. Hill

Communications Specialist

City of Worcester

(508)-799-1175

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 10, 2015

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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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In deal with HUD, Worcester to repay $3.4 million for not meeting grant regs From the Worcester Telegram.

WORCESTER — The city has agreed to repay $3.4 million to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for community development block grant allocations it made for contracted activities over a three-year period that did not comply with federal regulations.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said Friday the city will repay that money by Sept. 1.

He said the full tab will be picked up by the city, adding he does not intend to go after any of the agencies or programs that received the block grant funding in question to have them repay their share.

Upon receiving the city’s payment, Mr. Augustus said, HUD will return the full amount of the audit repayment to the city’s line of credit for this year’s block grant program.

That means the city will have additional block grant funding to spend on projects, such as public facility improvements, including streets, sidewalks, parks, water and sewer infrastructure in eligible low-and moderate-income neighborhoods of the city.

“We are finally ready to call it a day,” Mr. Augustus said in an interview regarding the HUD audit. “We feel this is the cleanest and best way to put this to rest. The city will do the repayment for this because the logic is that the city bears responsibility for it.

“We learned some painful lessons from this, but HUD is satisfied that the city has put into place the proper oversight to proceed going forward, to prevent something like this from happening again,” he added. “At the end of the day, city of Worcester taxpayers will not be out any money.”

Robert Shumeyko, director of HUD’s New England area office, said since publication of the audit report in July 2013, the city has worked with his office to develop a corrective plan to address identified deficiencies and to implement recommendations detailed in the audit.

“Throughout this process the city has been an open and enthusiastic partner in implementing the corrective action plan, and has proactively addressed policy and practice deficiencies in their program,” Mr. Shumeyko said. “HUD is confident that the city has implemented the proper administrative measures to assure compliance and meet all federal grant requirements.”

Former City Manager Michael V. O’Brien asked HUD officials in the summer of 2012 to audit Worcester’s block grant program, after an initial audit faulted some local nonprofit housing agencies for a range of noncompliance issues.

The HUD audit cover calendar years 2009-2012.

Under HUD rules, block grant money must be spent directly on housing production or on other services that help low-income residents, such as foreclosure counseling.

There were instances when the city provided block grant funding to an organization to plan and construct housing, but because the housing did not come online or secure occupancy until after the contract period, the funding was deemed ineligible.

Mr. Augustus said the HUD audit originally identified nearly $6.5 million worth of ineligible activities.

He said Andrew Taylor, assistant chief development officer/grants management and compliance, and the city’s Executive Office of Economic Development worked extensively with HUD to reduce its original exposure amount.

Through those discussions, the city was able to reduce the financial exposure by $3.5 million, meaning that $2.98 million would have to be repaid to the agency.

But during the audit resolution period, city officials and HUD identified additional activities that were deemed non-compliant, totaling $436,975, the manager said.

Mr. Augustus said that is money that would also have to be repaid at some point. As a result, the city has decided to include the additional financial exposure amount into the overall payment, which stands at $3.4 million.

Mr. Taylor said once HUD receives the city’s payment, which must come out of non-federal funds, it would likely take only a couple of days at most before the city’s line of credit for its block grant program would be increased by a corresponding amount.

Thomas F. Zidelis, the city’s chief financial officer, said the additional line of credit cannot be used to fund social service organizations and programs that fall under the 15 percent block grant allocation cap.

Each year, no more than 15 percent of the city’s annual block grant entitlement can be spent on those types of programs and the city has already reached that cap.

Even though the city’s line of credit will be increasing, Mr. Zidelis said that does not mean more money will be available for those programs. Instead, he said, the money must be spent on projects like public works and parks improvements in eligible block grant areas.

With the city acknowledging and accepting all finding identified in the HUD audit, Mr. Augustus said it is time for the city to put the matter behind it.

He said attempting to make the agencies that received the money repay it could end up putting some of them out of business and create a legal struggle that could drag on forever.

Contact Nick Kotsopoulos at nicholas.kotsopoulos@telegram.com.

http://m.telegram.com/article/20150807/NEWS/150809443/13406/NEWS

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Comcast PEGs looking to go HD:
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/gv_20150708/index.php#/18 from Donna Liu

Maybe Worcester will someday follow suite. WCCA TV’s Executive Director fought hard to have our PEG channels seen in HD. The licensing authority (City) was not successful in negotiating for that unfortunately. Well, maybe next time.

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Berkshire Hathaway buying Wyman-Gordon parent, Precision Castparts
By The Associated Press ( Posted Aug. 10, 2015 at 7:40 AM Updated Aug 10, 2015 at 9:20 AM)

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying Precision Castparts Corp. for about $32.36 billion.

Precision Castparts is the parent company of Wyman-Gordon, which has operations in Worcester and Grafton.

The announcement ended a weekend of speculation that a deal was in the works between the legendary investor and the maker of components for aircraft, power plants and other industrial uses.

Berkshire will pay $235 per share in cash for Precision Castparts’ outstanding stock. The deal is valued at about $37.2 billion, including debt.

Precision Castparts will keep its name and continue to be based in Portland, Oregon.

Berkshire Hathaway is known for being involved in large transactions, among them the combination of Kraft and Heinz. It owns various businesses, including insurance and railroad companies, utility, clothing, furniture, brick, carpet, jewelry and pilot training firms. Berkshire Hathaway also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola, IBM and Wells Fargo & Co.

Precision Castparts does a lot of business with the energy sector, and it’s taken a hit with oil prices now nearing a six-year low.

Buffett told CNBC that he would have bought the company even if he knew that energy prices were in the midst of a multiyear slump.

“We’re going to be in this business for 100 years, so it doesn’t really make any difference what oil and gas does in the next year,” Buffett said.

The boards of Precision Castparts and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2016’s first quarter.

Shares of Precision Castparts surged $38.37, or 19.8 percent, to $232.25 in Monday premarket trading.

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EVENTS for upcoming week(s):

Latin Festival on August 15 behind City Hall in the common.

India Festival on August 15th at Mr. Carmel Parish Recreations / Italian Cultural Center Mulberry St. Worcester, MA

Summer Gospel Festival on August 15 Institute Park, Worcester, MA

Mt. Carmel Parish announces it’s Parish / Italian American Festival August 21 through 23rd on the Parish campus. Mulberry Street, Worcester. It promises to have great tasting homecooked food, concessions, music and entertainment, fun for the whole family.

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Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You

The CASA Project is looking for new volunteers to work with us on cases involving abused and neglected children who have been removed from their parents’ care and are currently residing in foster care throughout Worcester County. CASA volunteer advocates fact-find on behalf of the judges of the Worcester County Juvenile Court (WCJC) in order to help ensure the optimal permanent placement decision for each child. Our volunteers also advocate for needed educational, medical, mental and behavioral health services for the children throughout litigation. We believe that every child has the right to a caring, consistent adult who is willing to stand up and represent their Best Interests in court proceedings so that a safe, permanent home can be found as quickly as possible.

Our next new volunteer training starts on September 14, 2015. Please call Sinead Fitzmaurice at (508) 757-9877 x11 or visit our website at www.casaworcestercounty.org for more information. All upcoming training cycle dates and times are listed below.

September 2015

Monday & Wednesday, 9:30am-1:00pm

September 14 & 16

September 21 & 22

September 28 &30

October 2015—**NEW** schedule, I full day Saturday class plus 4 additional evening classes

Saturday, 9:00-am-4:00pm (All day Saturday class)

Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00pm-7:30pm

October 24
October 27 & 29

November 3

Sinead Fitzmaurice

Coordinator, Volunteer Recruitment & Retention/Grant Writer Tel: (508) 757-9877

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Who will you nominate as the 2015 Great Guys Award ?

It’s that time of year. The YWCA is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Great Guys Award. This award is presented annually to men of good conscience who have demonstrated a commitment to domestic violence services in our region, local community or on college campuses.

All nominees must show a commitment preventing domestic violence and promoting health relationships – and meet a certain set of criteria as outlined on the attached nomination form.

Who do you know that is worthy of a nomination? Who do your colleagues, friends or family know that has done amazing things to help end domestic violence?

Attached you will find the 2015 Great Guys Award nomination form. You can also submit your nomination on line at http://www.ywcacentralmass.org/2015/10/19

Please consider nominating someone who meets the criteria and truly makes a difference in our community. We ask that you pass along this email to your networks and encourage them to share this email with their own networks. This year self-nominations also will be accepted.

Those candidates that are selected as 2015 Great Guys Award recipients will be honored at the 2015 YWCA Daybreak Breakfast held Monday, October 19, 2015, at the College of the Holy Cross Hogan Center. Mark your calendar now and save the date for this truly inspiring event.

Don’t hesitate. Nominate a worthy candidate now and together, we can all make a difference toward protecting the rights and lives of those impacted by domestic violence.

Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks in advance for sharing this information with your e-networks.

Evelyn Cabrera Director Of Residential Services YWCA Central Massachusetts Administrative office: 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608 Leominster office: 54 Main Street Suite 001, Leominster, MA 01453

C: 978-407-8778 F: 508-755-1191 E: ecabrera@ywcacentralmass.org

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2015 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE
COMES TO WORCESTER ON AUGUST 14, 2015

Friday, August 14. Presented by Preservation Massachusetts with local host Preservation Worcester, and
with the support of the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition, this event allows attendees to share ideas,
network, discuss challenges, and learn from each other to strengthen our collective preservation efforts
across the state.
An expected crowd of 400 attendees will begin the day at Mechanics Hall, host for the opening plenary
activities for the conference. Keynote speaker Theodore (Ted) Landsmark, Boston Redevelopment
Authority Board member, will set the tone of the day with his opening address on the theme of
“resiliency.” Over 60 speakers and panelists will carry that theme throughout their interactive
discussions on topics that include: How to Finance Your Project, When to Hire a Professional for Added
Value, Preservation Techniques and Technologies, Protecting Heritage Landscapes, Gateway Cities
Program, and Preparing for Climate Change. Presentations and panel discussions will take place at the
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Worcester campus at 10 Lincoln Square.
In addition, attendees can join one or more of six guided tours of historic preservation sites, including
Lincoln Square, Crown Hill local historic district, Canal District, Hope Cemetery, Washington Square
and Union Station, and Hanover Theater. Attendees get the chance to see up close the results of local
preservation projects, talk with some of the architects and planners involved, and ask questions relating
to their own preservation projects. The conference will come to a close with an entertaining networking
reception at Mechanics Hall at the end of the day.
The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is made possible by the contributions of the
Keen Charitable Fund, conference venue hosts Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
as well as Mechanics Hall, the City of Worcester, and our many generous sponsors. It is with great pride
and appreciation that we look forward to hosting a comprehensive and meaningful historic preservation
conference on the 14th of August.
Registration is now open for attendees. General admission: $50 ($65 after July 31). Students: $35 (with
valid ID).
Visit the conference website to register, learn more about the schedule and sessions offered,
speaker biographies, and our sponsors and donors. www.mapreservationconference.org

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Congratulations to Dolly and best wishes

http://m.telegram.com/article/20150809/NEWS/150809334

WCCA TV NEWS and Information Round Up July 29, 2015

From the UNITED WAY:

Spotlight on Our Summer Youth Volunteer Program!

United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Summer Youth Volunteer Program is in its sixth year. The program offers youth ages 13-17 numerous opportunities to participate in community service projects throughout central Massachusetts beginning in June and running through August. Youth are invited to volunteer with United Way on fun and interesting community service projects. Projects focus on issues such as youth mentoring, fitness, environment, culture, art, literacy, and more! The program is free for all students residing in the United Way of Central Massachusetts’s service area, which includes Worcester and its surrounding towns.

Located at a site in the greater Worcester area, each project will be completed in one day. Depending on the time of the project, United Way will provide either lunch or a snack for all volunteers in addition to a FREE T-shirt. The program’s calendar currently includes service opportunities at the AIDS project, the Big Dipper Ice Cream Festival, Community Harvest Project, and more. For the past five years, youth in the Worcester area have been volunteering their time, making new friends, and making a difference within the community.

United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Volunteer Center coordinates many volunteer opportunities throughout the year to encourage community involvement. Volunteerism is experiencing a surge across our country and United Way of Central Massachusetts is poised to help residents find volunteer opportunities to match their time and interest. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health. For more information about United Way of Central Massachusetts, go to www.unitedwaycm.org.
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The Federal Communications Commission wants to ensure that LPTV stations are preserved after the spectrum incentive auction, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said during a House oversight hearing Wednesday. The FCC will help them locate new channels if needed; propose that they share channels, similar to full-power stations; and allow them to remain in place until wireless bidders need the spectrum, Wheeler said. In related news, the House panel questioned whether the FCC had made sufficient progress with its AM revitalization effort and its push to curtail pirate radio stations
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/wheeler-fcc-will-try-preserve-lptv-voices/142883

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

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HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

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

HAPPENING AT WCCA TV :

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

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