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WCCA TV unmatched “FREE” On Demand Viewing ON LINE

There are now 5,000 videos in the Video On Demand library at the WCCA
website, http://www.wccatv.com/video
Current shows and past shows are available for viewing any time. Some
were produced at WCCA as early as 1990.

From Off The Hook to Rosen’s Roundtable. You’ll find it online.
Cooking With Georgia, Exposure with Mosher, BandEdge, COMMUNITY NEWSNew Voices Awards! The best in local original community shows and special presentations produced at WCCA.

The flagship Soapbox show has 487 episodes available for viewing.
You can watch the newest show produced at WCCA, Connecting The Dots.
There are 350 special presentations available in the library.

Special thanks to our vast pool of community volunteer producers, guest, community supporters, Circle of Friends, and to our programming and technical staff for making this miles stone possible. WCCA TV’s Tech, John Simakauskas gets a special acknowledgement for his work and effort to upload thousands of video hours to make this available for you.

Have you taken advantage of the offerings in the WCCA Video On Demand
library? Let us know. Send an email to Tracy@wccatv.com

Congratulations Worcester ! This is WCCA TV Community media, local television at it’s best.

ROSEN’s ROUND TABLE : Digging into the issues on WCCA TV cable ch 194 and at wccatv.com

TESTIMONIAL:

The entire Rosen’s Roundtable panel appreciates all that the WCCA staff and volunteers do. We love doing our show and you folks make it all possible,

Gary

Thank YOU Gary. You are an appreciated part of WCCA TV’s / “The People’s Channel” success.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: February 3, 2016

TAXES DONE FOR FREE (For qualified tax payers) AND A CHANCE TO RECEIVE SOME EXTRA CASH
WCCA TV is a media sponsor of the Worcester Free Tax Service, an organization whose mission is to raise low income families about the poverty line while moving them to financial stability. They bring awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance . There are several locations in the City that can prepare your taxes, for free, if you are eligible. Visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/worcesterfreetaxservice to find out more.

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WCCA TV GALA ANNUAL MICHAEL BAFARO HUMANITARIAN AWARD CELEBRATION 2016

The WCCA TV Board of Directors and I invite you to join our steering committee to help organize and select nominees for the prestigious The Bafaro Humanitarian Award Gala to be held in November of 2016.

The Bafaro Humanitarian Awards will be seeking nominees throughout our community of those who exemplify a life dedicated to humanitarian service.

This event is WCCA TV’s only major fundraising event, raised to support our on-going community programming that serves to empower all who live, work and study in Worcester by providing public access television on cable and the world wide web, cutting edge technology, professional resources, education, a diversity of ethnic, cultural, youth and senior programming and more. This year’s event is the kick off for WCCA first studio / facility renovation project capital campaign iSMARTT Center project.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with comments and suggestions and I look forward to working with you,

To help or for more information contact: Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com or at 508-755-1880

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IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE
A poignant PSA about SEX TRAFFICKING
by our friends at MetroEast Community Media in Gresham, Oregon.

http://yourdream.liveyourdream.org/2016/02/438/

“Her Trafficker told us he was her boyfriend. He went to church with us. But behind closed doors, he was selling her.”

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THANK YOU CITY MANAGER ED AUGUSTS for crediting WCCA TV
A Report to the City Council, submitted at last night’s Council meeting, expressed City Manager’s recognition of the value of WCCA TV as a resource for the City of Worcester and their efforts to make Worcester an ever progressing community. His report referred to two PSA’s addressing voter awareness produced by WCCA TV volunteers Edith Morgan on her show “SENIOR SPEAK” and Senator Harriette Chandler’s Beacon Hil Chat. These productions were produced and aired on WCCA TV and at wccatv.com prior to the local elections. WCCA TV looks forward to continuing all our community collaborations to build our great city and to empower our citizens.

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The national ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY MEDIA opposes the Charter / Time Warner Bright House merger

This week ACM joined with a coalition of programmers, consumer activists and industry to stop the Charter Time Warner Bright House merger. The coalition will help amplify our message to Congress, the Justice Department and the FCC that the merger is not in the public interest.

You can find information about the Coalition at http://www.stopmegacable.com/ Members include Public Knowledge, Consumers Union, Common Cause, Media Alliance, the Greenlining Institute, programmers and cable competitors.

Please share information to your communities, and if you’d like use the hashtag #StopMegaCable
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Commemorate the Blizzard of ’78 with live music, beer, food trucks at the Worcester Common Oval on Feb. 5th

Worcester– It may seem hard to imagine in this winter of 50-degree days, but 38 years ago this week Worcester was digging out from one of the worst winter storms the area has ever seen.

On the anniversary of the infamous blizzard, which buried the Northeast under 50 inches of snow within 33 hours, the City of Worcester will host a Blizzard of ’78 Party on Friday, Feb. 5 from 5-8 PM at the Worcester Common Oval (behind City Hall).

In addition to ice skating, a heated tent on the plaza will house a live music performance by Worcester’s own Dan Burke (from Dan Burke and the Royal Treatment) and beer from Wormtown Brewery. Wormtown will be offering their limited edition Blizzard of ’78 brew in addition to other favorites.

Food trucks, including the Dogfather, Say Cheese, and Press’n It will also be on site offering a variety of tasty options.

ABOUT THE WORCESTER COMMON OVAL:

The 12,000-square-foot rink, which opened in 2012, is 4,000 square feet larger than the rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights, and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity.

Admission for open skate is $2 (free for kids 6 and younger), and $3 for skate rentals with a $25 refundable deposit per skate rental. The Oval will also be available for private group rentals this year. The rink is professionally managed by SMG, the DCU Center’s talented management team.

The rink is open as the weather allows. If the weather’s bad, call (508) 929-0777 or check www.worcestercommonoval.com for cancelations. A limited number of free parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the garage under City Hall.

Additional information about the Oval can be found at www.facebook.com/WorcesterCommonOval.

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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
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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.

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: January 26, 2016

Soapbox, with host, Mauro DePasquale, is all new in February. wcca

The show will feature such topics as the Brownfield Development,
Ascentria Care Alliance and the Language Bank Program, Greg White of the
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, local artist and
poet, Judith Ferrara and Yes Health and the Disability Policy Consortium.

THIS IS MEANINGFUL TV to empower all who live, work, study, and play in Worcester, MA.

Soapbox can be seen Wednesdays at 8:30pm,
Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm
on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester
and streaming live at those times at wccatv.com.
Past shows can be downloaded any time at our website by
going to Video on Demand and entering the name “Soapbox”.

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WORCESTER FREE TAX SERVICE Kick Celebration:

We are excited about celebrating our twelfth year of preparing free tax returns!
Thank you so much for agreeing to attend our Annual Kickoff Event this Friday,
January 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Woo Church, 875 Main Street, Worcester, MA. We
look forward to seeing you on Friday!

WCCA TV has been a strong supporting partner of this since it’s beginning.

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For Immediate Release: 1/26/16

Worcester to offer translation services for more than 90 languages
Partnership with Ascentria will allow city government to be more inclusive,
effective for residents
Worcester- City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced today that Worcester is
implementing a new policy across city government aimed at providing improved
services to Worcester residents who speak languages other than English.
A new partnership with Worcester-based Ascentria Care Alliance will provide language
bank services for more than 90 different languages (list attached) – significantly
improving access to city services for people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).
The contract with Ascentria provides for interpreters to be available either on-site
or by telephone for city employees interacting with the public – including at City
Hall and on site during situations like code inspections and public safety
situations.
“Worcester is a city of immigrants, and the city is taking steps to assure that all
of our residents, no matter what languages they speak, can access important
information and benefit from programs and services,” said City Manager Augustus. “If
we want to become an even more welcoming city, we must do everything we can to
embrace and support people of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.”
This policy is part of a larger effort by the City Manager and numerous city
departments to make municipal government more inclusive, diverse, and reflective of
the community it serves. Since April, when the strategy was first introduced, the
city has hired a Chief Diversity Officer, reconstituted the Worcester Clergy Police
Partnership, appointed seven of nine members to a newly-formed Diversity and
Inclusion Commission, and taken a number of steps to improve police relationships
with diverse communities.
The language policy will ensure meaningful communication between LEP persons and the
city by providing for interpretation and translation services at no cost to the LEP
person being served. Communication services will also be provided for information
contained in private documents, including applications, statements, ordinances, and
relevant forms. Written translation will also be provided for vital documents,
including consent and complaint forms, applications for programs, activities, or to
receive city government benefits or services, etc.
“Worcester resettles the largest number of refugees in the state and has a large,
diverse foreign born population,” said Kaska Yawo, Executive Director & Co-founder
of the African Community Education (ACE) Program. “As the Co-founder and Executive
Director of the ACE Program which works with African immigrants refugees in
Worcester, I have seen how determined and motivated refugees and immigrants are to
make a better life for their families and contribute to this vibrant community. This
policy is a significant step toward making that dream possible.”
The policy for dealing with LEP residents was presented to the City Council on
Friday. Employee training has already begun, and the new policy is expected to be
fully implemented across all city departments by the spring.
“Language and cultural barriers are two of the main culprits that prevent many
immigrants and refugees from quickly becoming self-sustaining,” said Anh Sawyer,
Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts (SEAC). “The
SEAC, with our mission to assist Asian immigrants, refugees and long-term residents
to successfully integrate, thrive and become contributing citizens while preserving
their cultural heritage, believes the City of Worcester’s LEP Language Access
Policies and Procedure will help to alleviate these barriers, narrow disparities,
and help English language learners to access many important resources necessary for
them to thrive.”
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John F. Hill
Communications Specialist
City of Worcester

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2016

Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for Local Labor Markets
in Massachusetts
BOSTON MA, January 26, 2016 – Twenty-three labor market areas in the state
experienced drops in seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates compared to December
2014, and one area remained the same, according to data measured by the Bureau of
Labor Statistics.

During December 2015, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates dropped in one area –
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury. The rate went up in 19 areas of the state measured
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and remained the same in four areas, the Executive
Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Tuesday.

Over the month, five areas – Framingham, Peabody-Salem-Beverly,
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, New Bedford, and Leominster-Gardner – added jobs. The
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem and Pittsfield areas had no change in jobs level over the
month. Seasonal losses occurred in the eight remaining areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for December
is 4.6 percent, up 0.1 of a percentage point from the November rate.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the
statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent for the
month of December. The unemployment rate is down 0.6 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,100 job gain in December
and an over-the-year gain of 73,800 jobs.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas
reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends
than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts is based on
different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau
of Labor Statistics.

NOTES: The preliminary January 2016 and revised monthly 2015 unemployment rates,
labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday,
March 10, 2016; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, March 15,
2016. Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2016 Media
Advisory
annual schedule for
complete listing of release dates.

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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.

Happy Holidays TO ALL From public access community media WCCA TV 194 and wccatv.com

All of us at WCCA TV cable channel 194 and wccatv.com wish a warm, healthy and joyful Happy Holidays to all of you. ENJOY !

See you on WCCA TV !
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !
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Bandedge #60 features the first family of Texas punk “JESSE and the HOG Brothers“, live at WCCA TV studios. This show will air on WCCA TV Ch. 194 in Worcester and stream live, online, at wccatv.com on :

Monday, Dec. 29 at 10pm
Saturday, Jan. 2 at 6:30pm

It will also soon be uploaded to our website and will be available for FREE “On-Demand” viewing at wccatv.com
You can also search for the show at wccatv.com, Video on Demand, Bandedge 60.

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WCCA TV’s “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2015”

The WCCA TV second season of the New Voices Vocal Talent Awards Show will premiere on WCCA TV Ch. 194 and stream live online at wccatv.com:
SHOW 1 : AUDITIONS : Saturday, Dec. 26th 9:30am, 5pm and 9pm and Sunday, Dec. 27th at 9:30am, 5pm, and 11:30pm.
SHOW 2 : SEMI FINALS Mon Dec 28 @ 8pm, Tues., Dec. 29 at 11am & 7pm and Wed., Dec. 30 at 11pm
SHOW 3 FINALE : The winner will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 2 @ 9:30am, 5pm and 9pm and Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9:30am, 5pm, and 11:30pm

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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: December 1, 2015

Young Singers ages 14 -19 compete in WCCA TV’s annual “NEW VOICES AWARDS” 2015.

This year it’s a bigger production featuring a new set by master craftsman at WBZ TV Mike Nosel.

WCCA TV shoots the semifinalist episode of NEW VOICES 2015 tonight. Congratulations to the fine singers who will be appearing on tonight edition of “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2015” at WCCA TV.

Winners compete for recognition in this prestigious competition plus amazing prizes all made possible from underwriters and sponsors: Worcester Arts Council, Union Music, Starfleet Recording Studio, Kirby Foundation, Music Revolt, Community Auditions Star of the Day NYC, LJ’s Hair Salon.

New Voices is a true community enterprise. Thanks also to local area music schools, music teachers, Youth Organizations, and the Worcester Public Schools.

Be sure to catch this fun and entertaining show in late December, only on WCCA TV cable channel 194 and also streaming at wccatv.com .

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GREAT NEWS ! Congratulations !

The New England Patriots Difference Maker of the Week is Bill & Donna Moore
< http://www.patriots.com/community/volunteerism>
http://www.patriots.com/community/volunteerism (read article now) and in
print materials including Patriots Football Weekly, Patriots Game Day
magazine and website.

Bill & Donna Moore will also be recognized during a special ceremony at the
Patriots final regular season home game against the Tennessee Titans on
December 20, 2015

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VIRGINIA SWAIN seeks YOUR help:
She writes,
“Please help me continue to expand a program with children as part of the public discourse by making a donation to the Center for Global Community and World Law? Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To learn more about our philosophy, watch this short video
(
http://centerglobalcommunitylaw.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=57881606258c66ca301884659&id=e5b8e657de&e=19ec22b791).

In his universal call to action to transform our world beyond 2015, United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says young people will be the torchbearers of the next
sustainable development agenda through 2030. I ask for your support in helping
children prepare for this challenging role.

Our torchbearers are Yeshi, Maia, Casey, Elliott, Olivia, Shane, Caleb, Caleb E,
Gong, Ding, Jonathan and the Nelson Place 3rd grade children. They told United
Nations Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury about their climate change project. To see
their shows, visit this link on WCCATV
(http://centerglobalcommunitylaw.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=57881606258c66ca301884659&id=4c7f749c90&e=19ec22b791).

You can help awaken an expanding group to the wisdom of children, as we take it to a
larger audience, helping generations learn from one another. Children’s voices are
missing. I have pledged to be a listening and empowering ear for children while
keeping them safe from harm by using only their first names.

Contribute with your check payable to Center for Global Community and World Law, Inc
(http://centerglobalcommunitylaw.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=57881606258c66ca301884659&id=b9ac560dc6&e=19ec22b791)
., mailed to 32 Hill Top Circle, Worcester, MA 01609. Or donate with Paypal on our
site by clicking the Donate button on this page
(http://centerglobalcommunitylaw.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=57881606258c66ca301884659&id=816a2b2001&e=19ec22b791)
.

Founded in 1993 by Joseph Baratta, Ph.D. and myself, Center for Global Community and
World Law, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity and educational institution incorporated
in the State of New York and A Civil Society Organization in ECOSOC Consultative
Status at the United Nations.
(http://centerglobalcommunitylaw.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=57881606258c66ca301884659&id=a708842db0&e=19ec22b791)
To learn more, go to www.centerglobalcommunitylaw.org

You may also consider a donation as a gift that helps those on your holiday list to
support this effort too. We’ll send you a card to personalize for them, to show the
meaning of your gift to us, in their name. May this holiday season bring joy, love
and peace to you—and to all.

Virginia Swain
Executive Director, Co-Founder

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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 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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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
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NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.
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WCCA TV New and Information Round Up: 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 News and Information Update: November 16, 2015

The writer of this blog expresses his sorrow and heartbreak for what has happened to the innocents in Paris.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/16/15

Statement by Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. regarding the break-in at the United States Army Reserve Center

An unidentified male subject is wanted in connection with the theft of a total of 16 weapons from the Lincoln Stoddard United States Army Reserve Center, at 25 North Lake Ave. Worcester, Massachusetts. The break-in and theft occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. The Worcester Fire Department and Worcester Police Department responded to an 8:39 a.m. Sunday call from an employee reporting smoke and signs of a break-in.

The Worcester Police Department is now actively collaborating with federal and state law enforcement agencies in the investigation. A Worcester police officer assigned full-time to the FBI is coordinating the department’s participation in the investigation.

There is no indication that the crime is linked to any specific threat, according to the FBI. As a precaution, WPD has additional police presence in several key locations throughout the community, until further notice.

Any further information about the investigation will come from the FBI.

Anyone with information about this incident can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message, or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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Shilling Shockers FINAL SEASON (Sadly)
The final season of Shilling Shockers will air soon on WCCA TV with host Penny Dreadful and her cast of goblins and ghouls.
They offer such horrific delights at “Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter”,
“The Devil’s Messenger”, “I Bury the Living”, “Vengeance of the Zombies” and much more.

This will be the final season of Shilling Shockers after their beloved Magoo Gelehrter, (who portrayed Garou the Wolfman) passed away from cancer in May of 2014. May he rest in peace.

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Worcester Armory allegedly robbed:
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/11/15/worcester-armory-break-in-fbi/?cid=twitter_cbsboston
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For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

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

Congratulations to WCCA TV INTERN Stephanie Pasquale.
Stephanie is a volunteer intern at WCCA TV
and has been honored with a volunteer award.
She will be attending the upcoming “Celebrate Self-Sufficiency” Luncheon. The keynote speaker is Joi Gordon, CEO Dress for Success Worldwide. She will inspire all in attendance. Clients will share personal stories and Stephanie Pasquale, who volunteers with WCCA as a news anchor, will be receiving our “Volunteer” award.

The luncheon is this Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross.

Watch Stephanie on WCCA TV’s Worcester Community NEWS program seen weekly on WCCA TV cable ch 194 and at wccatv.com .
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Worcester SUN Writes:
Binienda plans to apply for Worcester schools superintendent
http://worcester.ma/2015/11/binienda-superintendent-candidate/?utm_source=Worcester+Sun+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ceaa404b65-ICYMI_Nov_8_11_10_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4cc3ffd66b-ceaa404b65-79826481
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Roundtable Discussion of Closed Captioning for Public Access and Governmental Programming

November 10, 2015, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

The FCC will hold a forum on November 10, 2015, to promote discussion about closed captioning of public access and governmental programming shown on television. The event will include discussions about the benefits of captioning such programming, the relevant captioning obligations of programmers and stations, and effective captioning solutions. The event will engage local government professionals, policy makers, captioning vendors, consumer groups, engineers, representatives from the programming industry, and others as appropriate. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding captioning of public access and governmental programming, and to ensure the accessibility of such programming for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as other individuals who may benefit from the availability of closed captions on this programming.

What: Tools for Expanding Closed Captioning of Public Access Programming
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

Additional information about the event will be made available here and distributed to subscribers of DRO’s “AccessInfo,” a DRO service that provides regular e-mail updates on disability-related rulemakings, notices and events. To subscribe to AccessInfo, send an email to accessinfo@fcc.gov, and write “subscribe” in either the subject header or body of the e-mail.

The event will be free and open to the public. Live, captioned video of the event will be available at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
Public Notice

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

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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.