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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: January 18, 2016

Mauro DePasquale interviewed by Steven Jones D’Agostino on WICN’s Buisness
Beat
on Jan 17th 2016 enjoy this “On-Demand” listening:

http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/mauro-depasquale-wcca-tv-and-jazzed-all-new-episode

Thanks for listening

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STATEMENT BY CITY MANAGER EDWARD M. AUGUSTUS, JR.

Regarding recent arrests at the Worcester Common

“Recently, I asked Chief Gemme to make a concerted effort to increase foot patrols and make other tactical adjustments to ensure the safety of the Common and surrounding streets. These arrests show the matter is being taken seriously. While the city is working on multiple levels to combat drug addiction with prevention and recovery-focused efforts, we will not tolerate drug transactions in our public spaces and will continue to work to maintain downtown Worcester as a safe place to live, work, and play.”

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Original release from the Worcester Police Department:

Two Men Arrested at City Hall Common on Drug Offenses

Worcester, MA (January 14, 2016) – On Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at approximately 10:25 AM two Worcester police officers assigned to the Operations Division, City Hall foot beat, were conducting surveillance around City Hall. The officers were spending additional time in the Common due to complaints received about open air drug transactions that were taking place in the downtown area. This area has been designated as a (TRA) Tactical Response Area which is a geographical area in which divisions within the police department allocate resources tailored to the specific problems within the response areas.

The officers working in the Common observed two males meeting at the entrance way of 22 Front Street. One of the males in the group was later identified as Joshua Evans, 32-years-old of 25 Queen Street, Worcester. Mr. Evans appeared to be engaging in a drug transaction with another male, identified as Angel Torres, 37-years-old of 74 Wall Street, Worcester. The men then proceeded to make a second hand-to-hand transaction.

The officers approached the two men and recovered more than 30 packets of synthetic marijuana (class C substance), also known as the product K2, and $3,754 cash from Mr. Evans. Mr. Torres was in possession of three packets of synthetic marijuana.

Angel Torres was charged with Possession of Class C Substance.

Joshua Evans was charged with Distribution of Class C Substance, Possession of Class C Substance with Intent to Distribute and Drug Violation within 100 Feet of a Park.

Both men will be arraigned on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.
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City welcomes new Chief Diversity Officer

Worcester– City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. announced today that he has selected Dr. Malika Carter as the city of Worcester’s first Chief Diversity Officer

Most recently the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Carter has more than 10 years’ experience developing policies and programs that will help Worcester meet its goals of being an inclusive and diverse city government. She will start work in February.

The Chief Diversity Officer position was established as part of an overarching strategy outlined by the City Manager to create a more diverse and inclusive approach to city government. While the City will always hire the most qualified candidate for a position, the Chief Diversity Officer will work to broaden the pool of candidates for city jobs to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented.

“Being an increasingly diverse city, it’s important we recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve,” said City Manager Augustus. “I believe this position will be critical in making sure that happens.”

The main duties of the position will include developing and monitoring recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, and retaining strategies to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who work and volunteer for the city. Dr. Carter will also oversee the development and implementation of the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity and Inclusion Plan and making sure that the city is in compliance with all federal, state, and local Equal Employment Opportunity laws. She will also serve as the administrative liaison to the newly restructured Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, formerly the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.

Possessing a strong understanding of issues facing underrepresented populations, Dr. Carter has worked her entire career to build cultural competency, improve relations and collaboration among people of diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Carter has her PhD in Institutional Analysis from North Dakota State University, a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and a BS in Middle Childhood Education from Cleveland State University.

Dr. Carter was selected based after a lengthy and inclusive review process whereby candidates were evaluated by a newly developed rubric hiring system. The job description was created based on input from the City of Worcester Human Rights Commission, as well as the public.
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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

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

Mauro DePasquale of WCCA TV featured guest, WICN’s BUSINESS BEAT

A great way to learn about WCCA TV and our Executive Director’s passion for communicating through TV and music. TUNE INTO WICN this SUNDAY, Jan. 17 at 10 PM

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Mauro DePasquale of WCCA TV and Jazzed Up featured guest, WICN’s BUSINESS BEAT

Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Mauro DePasquale, executive director of Worcester Community Cable Access and band leader, singer and pianist for Jazzed Up.
 
WCCA is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit corporation that administers public-access cable television for Worcester. WCCA operates WCCA TV on Channel 194 – formerly Channel 13 – on Charter Cable’s Worcester system.
 
The mission of WCCA is to:
Advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
Provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
Promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
Promote communication through community use of media
 
During the past four years, award winning Jazzed Up has served as “house band” for Luciano’s at Union Station, Byblos, Coral Seafood and Summer Series at Wayside Inn, has made regular appearances at Oxford’s Casual Dining, and Marlboro’s Fish Restaraunt and Wine Bar. They performed at Governor Charlie Baker’s Inaugural, on WCCA TV, and right here on 90.5 WICN.
 
Jazzed Up can also be made available as a quartet or full orchestra. The trio can fit any music need, including cocktail hours, concerts, fundraisers, dinner music, holiday parties, corporate events, lounges, film- and recording-session support, and more.

http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/mauro-depasquale-wcca-tv-and-jazzed-all-new-promo

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
WCCA TV
The People’s Channel. Contact the station and find out how you might qualify to be entered into a contest to win a nice prize by getting your friends to sign up for our e-news letter.

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

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

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 30, 2015

‘Tis the season. All of us at WCCA TV wish you and yours a joyful and happy holiday season !

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The Worcester Alliance of Photographers and the Seven Hills Camera Club in partnership with Preservation Worcester are excited to announce the Worcester Windows new winter exhibition “Stone, Brick, Glass and Metal: Worcester’s Buildings and Monuments”.

Located at the Community Gallery in City Hall, 455 Main St, Worcester MA; this new exhibit will open on Friday, December 4th at 6:00pm in conjunction with the city’s annual Festival of Lights celebration.

The new exhibition pushed photographers to look at the city through a different lens. Susan Ceccacci of Preservation Worcester noted that: “Worcester’s streets are full of architectural riches and outstanding monuments; yet as we whiz by in our cars, they often go unnoticed. For this exhibition Preservation Worcester has collaborated with Seven Hills Camera Club and the Worcester Alliance of Photographers to challenge members to look closely at the city’s built environment and to ferret out the beautiful and the unexpected that surrounds us in our daily lives.” Thirty different submissions will be on display through the winter. Photographs selected for the show highlight geometrical shapes, texture, and play with creative angles to express a different perspective of the city’s built architecture, both modern and historic.
“Worcester has such a rich and interesting history, and you can still see so much of it in our architecture thanks to the efforts of Preservation Worcester and others who care about the city’s past” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I’m thrilled we are able to host this exhibit, to give people a different viewpoint on some of our community’s greatest, and too often unnoticed, gems.”

Curated by Priscilla Messinger of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers, participating artists whose works are on exhibit will include but is not limited to: Judy Belben, Dick Tranfaglia, Don Ricklin, Joyce Vincent, Lisa Hoag, Matt Wright, Ed Mc Dowell, Michele Loftus, Mike McCool, Mike Zeis, Pricilla Messinger, Sheila McDowell, Robert Keirstead, and Ron Jolicoeur.
Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown area. In addition, Worcester Windows provides display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically by successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City. This initiative brings artwork to the public and showcases local talent, and establishes itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists sell their artwork.

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers is an organization where both amateur and professional photographers meet to talk about technical aspects of photography, be creative, and share ideas. The Seven Hills Camera Club, under the New England Camera Club Council organization, meets to enhance photographic knowledge and exhibit photos.

Worcester Windows is produced by the Worcester Cultural Coalition, in partnership with the City of Worcester, funded in part by the Greater Community Foundation.

For more information contact:
Lindiana Flores
508-799-1400×223
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Mayor of Worcester Calls for Statewide Gun Buyback Day as Central Massachusetts Sets Gun Buyback for Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

WORCESTER – For the fourteenth annual Goods For Guns Day, 16 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts have scheduled their guy buyback day for December 12th, in honor of the victims who were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, on December 14th, 2012. Mayor Joseph M. Petty is calling on his fellow mayors to join him to make the anniversary of the massacre the yearly, statewide gun buyback day.
“Today I’m asking my fellow mayors to work within their own cities, and with their elected officials and community partners, to join us and honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by making our cities safer and healthier.” Mayor Petty said, “The date of this gun buyback effort marks three years since the tragic shooting in Newtown. We remember those victims in a special way, and are dedicating this program in their memory, and to all of those that have been lost in these shocking incidents.”
“There have been so many mass shootings: Aurora, Virginia Tech, Charleston, Umpqua, Littleton, Fort Hood and so many more. The list just keeps growing. I can think of no better way to remember this and every other tragedy than by honoring it with a day dedicated to gun safety,” said Mayor Petty. “This is not just about getting guns off the streets, it’s about making sure that if you have a gun in your home, that it’s secured. It’s about safer streets and healthier homes and making sure that the violence we saw in Newtown doesn’t happen here.”
Dr. Michael Hirsh is the medical director for Worcester’s Division of Public Health, as well as a pediatric trauma surgeon and longtime gun safety advocate. “This isn’t just about crime; it’s about health,” said Dr. Hirsh. “An unsecured weapon in the home is a public health danger that leads to more frequent homicides, burglaries, lethal domestic violence, accidental shootings and suicide in the home.”
“Any additional efforts to remove guns from the streets of our community are a positive step forward,” said Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme. “This program is a part of the department’s comprehensive, multipronged approach to reduce gun violence. Anytime you remove unwanted guns from the community, you have the potential to save lives.”
“Last week officials from the Mayor’s office, the WPD, and the Worcester Division of Public Health attended Mayor Walsh’s Regional Gun Summit in Boston and had many productive discussions about strategies to reduce gun violence in our community,” said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “One of those discussions surrounded the dangers of real-looking replica guns, which as we’ve seen in other cities can lead to needless violence. As a result, we’ll be including replica guns in this year’s buyback program. We will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of a healthier, safer community.”
The yearly Goods for Guns program in Worcester is sponsored by both UMass Memorial Hospital and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.’s office.  “We use funds from civil forfeitures and drug dealer convictions to fund this program,” said DA Early.  “One less unsecured gun in a home benefits us all. It removes the possibility of the theft of that gun and the use of it in a crime or accident in the household.”
“Hospital emergency rooms across this country have seen all too often the damage gun violence can do to individuals, their families, and their communities,” said Eric W. Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care. “The money and resources spent to support a gun buyback program is much more preferable to the costs of treating theses victims and, most importantly, the cost in human lives lost due to gunshot wounds. I’m proud UMass Memorial, under the leadership and tireless efforts of Dr. Michael Hirsh, continues to play a major role in this program.”
The Goods for Guns program has been a gun buyback program for the last fourteen years in Worcester, exchanging firearms for gift cards. Police departments in Worcester, Millbury, Grafton, Leicester, Southbridge, Oxford, Sturbridge, Northbridge, and Webster will exchange guns for gift cards of varying amounts; ($25 rifle, $50 pistol, $75 semiautomatic weapon of any kind). Residents of any city or town may drop off their weapons anonymously, in exchange for gift cards. Gun owners are further welcomed to pick up a trigger lock free of charge from the police stations listed above.
The 2014 Good for Guns program produced almost 150 firearms in one day as well as 18 lbs of TNT that was being improperly stored in Leicester. Since the inception of the Goods for Guns program, over 2500 guns have been returned to law enforcement officials in Central Massachusetts.
Using FBI data and media reports, Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in America, developed an analysis of mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July 2015. The analysis found that there have been at least 133 mass shootings in the nearly seven-year period.

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
WCCA TV
The People’s Channel. Contact the station and find out how you might qualify to be entered into a contest to win a nice prize by getting your friends to sign up for our e-news letter.

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

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