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“Tracy

Thank you so much! When I receive the link (to my interview with Mauro on SOAPBOX), I will post it on all of my social media sites. I am most appreciative you gave me the time. Mauro was a wonderful host. I enjoyed our conversation.   Have a lovely rest of the day! Thank you again. With a smile and much gratitude, Darlene C “

” Tracy, thank you very much for working with me to be on the show today. We didn’t meet but I think I saw you. Mauro, I appreciate you for engaging in our work by asking the important questions that you asked. I also thank you for wanting to help us get an office here in Worcester and to secure funding avenues. Jermoh K “

WCCA TV Local News and Information Roundup: January 4, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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WCCA TV’s New Voices Awards- Auditions has been posted on the WCCA website at https://lnkd.in/erXC5KH This is the second season of the New Voices Awards vocal talent competition at WCCA TV. The competition showcased young local talent between the ages of 14 and 19. Judges for the show were Cliff Goodwin, Victor Infante and Trinity Faith, the winner of last year’s competition.This show is the singer auditions.

And then…
Start right into your NEW VOICES AWARD 2015 binge watching: We are pleased to announce that New Voices 2015 – Semi Finals has also been posted on the WCCA website at https://lnkd.in/ekqZ4eQ This is the second season of the New Voices Awards vocal talent competition at WCCA TV. The competition showcased young local talent between the ages of 14 and 19. Judges for the show were Cliff Goodwin, Victor Infante and Trinity Faith, the winner of last year’s competition.This show is the semi finals for five singers.

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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: December 22, 2015

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

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WCCA TV VIDEO interfaces local talent with National and Regional Stars

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

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

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

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

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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 NEWSLETTER November 2015

WCCA Newsletter November 2015

All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV extends warm wishes to all for a happy and healthy and PEACEFUL holiday season.
We thank you for choosing to watch WCCA TV and for choosing to support and to be a members of our public access community media organization.

Be sure not to miss the fantastic holiday season programming that has already started appearing on WCCA TV’s channel.

Please consider making a donation to support WCCA TV see instructions on the home page of our website at http://www.wccatv.com

Congratulations to Dr. Satya Mitra (aka Guru Tax Services), a former Board member of WCCA TV, celebrating 25 years in business in Worcester. He has been a friend and supporter of WCA TV for the entire time.

If you’d like more exposure for your business, you should become a member of WCCA TV’s CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, as an underwriting supporter of the station, and you’ll have an opportunity to be seen every day on TV! This special membership starts at as little as $100 per month. For details on how to become a Friend of WCCA TV, contact joseph@wccatv.com or call us at 508-755-1880, ext 19. Happy Holidays!!

SOAPBOX, with host Mauro DePasquale, is all new in December. The show will feature topics such as school safety at the Worcester Public Schools, the “stART’ at the Station” , that’s Union Station , in December, the Worcester Free Tax Service, and more. Soapbox can be seen on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm on WCCA TV, now on Channel 194. It also streams live online at those times at www.wccatv.com . Past shows can be downloaded anytime on our website, just click on Video on Demand. To be a guest on the show, email Tracy at tracy@wccatv.org

Soon WCCA TV will air the final season of SHILLING SHOCKERS, 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!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

The Corporator Council launched the CORPORATOR’S BALL, a new black-tie gala in celebration and support of the Worcester Art Museum’s mission to connect art and community. The WCCA TV crew was there. Co-Chairs were Jennifer C. Glowik and Luke M. Vaillancourt. Highlights included red carpet arrival and cocktail reception, a sumptuous dinner served under the glow of lanterns in the Stoddard Garden Court, finely-curated silent and live auctions, and a festive after-dinner party including dancing and entertainment: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/CORPORATORSBALL

WCCA TV COMMUNITY Programming

Should Worcester go after the Central Mass Striders plan to make the old Wyman Gorden brown box site on Madison Street? The proposed facility includes an indoor track, a soccer field, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, fitness and exercise rooms, meeting rooms, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. Watch this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE236

BEACON HILL CHAT is a talk show featuring interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the show, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes newly-elected Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT209

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about legal decisions affecting the city of Worcester. The topics covered are Panhandling and Promoting Police Officers: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS207 . In another episode, Ron talks about the attack on Paris and what should Not be done: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS206

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Host of the show Amy Mosher welcomes to the show Lynn Stromberg, David McMahon, and Jean McMurray: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER47

WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show Tommy Colletta chats with the Executive Director of Preservation Worcester, Deborah Packard: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH322

HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. Paul welcomes Kevin Hines, author and mental health advocate: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES23

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly welcomes Frank and Trudy Bonack to talk about the Living Rosary Apostolate: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME455

ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE TALKS (RCS) is a program produced by the Rotary Club of Worcester and rotarian Rich Prager, in association with WCCA TV. The program showcases keynote speakers from the Rotary meetings. This episode features Eric Batista from the Worcester City Manager’s Office and Cassandra Andersen of the Worcester Health Department, speaking on Opioid Addiction: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY37

Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Citizens filed an appeal with Maine’s Supreme Court that Maine’s Public Utility Commission and Central Maine Power have not adequately addressed smart meter safety. Oral arguments were held on November 3, 2015. Challenges about Maine’s smart meters are also relevant to Worcester’s smart meter pilot: http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/ABOUTSMARTMETERS34

THIS IS WORCESTER is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill’s guests are Elizabeth Bacon, Lawrence Madden, and Jarelys Castillo, members of the Roberto Clemente Partnership: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER24

Learn the in’s and out’s of real estate, home buying, and housing issues by watching IN THE HOUSE, a WCCA TV program hosted by George Russell. In this episode, George welcomes Gordon Hargrove from the Friendly House: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE7

Tune into HIDDEN TREASURES and learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host of the show Bill Safer educates viewers about hints and tips for finding hidden treasures all year long: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES37

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your stunning host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. This episode features an interview at the WCCA studio with folk and rock singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman, as well as his single ‘Guttersnipe’ performed live in our studio. This show will also feature The Chainsmokers/Roses, Matt Pond/Take Me With You, and more : http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM874 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

Tune into VIDEO JAM COUNTRY with host Tracy Foley, and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music. Today’s playlist includes: James Robert Webb/ Makin’ Love Tonight, Paul Bogart/ Cowboy Ride, Rodney Atkins/ Eat Sleep Love Repeat, Kyle Douglas/ Clean Hands, Moonlight Social/ Rub a Little Dirt on It, Payton Rae/ Stomp the Fire Out, Matt Balie/ Everyday You, Aaron Lewis/ Endless Summer, The McClymonts/ I Could Be A Cowboy, Katie Armiger/ Better in a Black Dress, Hank Williams Jr./ That Ain’t Good, Scott McCreery/ Water Tower Town, and Denae Gardner/ Welcome to America : http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY128

BANDEDGE is a WCCA TV local music show, shot live, that spotlights Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and local instrumentalist. LOVE TAP band is the featured artist on this episode of BandEdge: http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE59

SENIOR SPEAK is a show for seniors and by seniors hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at Worcester’s Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK610 . Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, on Tuesdays at 2PM. Stop by and be part of the show! Stop by the Senior Center on Thursday afternoons to play bingo with WCCA show hosts Gary Rosen and Ron Motta.

Welcome to another yummy episode of COOKING WITH GEORGIA + DEZ. Today’s menu will feature baked chicken stuffed with brown rice, and other yummies: http://www.wccatv.com/video/cooking-with-georgia/COOKINGWITHGEORGIA314 . Real Food, Real People, Real Simple!

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. The show has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA23

This was just a glimpse of our diverse and multi-cultural programming. WCCA TV 194 is a free-speech venue and a regional public access leader that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation. Support award-winning WCCA TV programming! We also stream live and offer FREE “ON-Demand” programs of some of your favorite WCCA TV shows on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

*To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
*To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
*To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
*To promote communication through community use of media

WCCA TV, Channeling Community Since 1986!

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

TELL YOUR FRIENDS. 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 Round Up: October 28, 2015

Subscribe to WCCA TV’s Newsletter TODAY . It’s good for you.
Click here and join in on all the fun, and informative News and information. Learn why you will want to be a part of WCCA TV as a communty organization that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation:
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
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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

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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Massachusetts Groups File Smart Meter Fraud Complaints With Attorney General

Millis, MA, October 28, 2015 (Newswire) – A consortium of advocacy groups filed complaints with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey regarding the Worcester smart meter pilot and Department of Public Utilities smart meter order.

The groups are calling for the Baker administration to investigate the $48M National Grid pilot, financed by ratepayers, as “outcome-oriented research” that manufactured consent, concealed unfavorable data, and manipulated public perception concerning credible science, including claims that smart meters have been “proven safe.”

The Worcester pilot is five times more expensive and larger than required by the Green Communities Act. Among the more serious charges is the assertion that the MA DPU mis-characterized FCC exposure limits, misrepresented footnoted resources, and relied on testimony from a career tobacco scientist to negate citizen concerns. The complaints also challenge the controversial smart meter health report by Worcester’s Acting Commissioner of Public Health, and the property value report by Worcester’s Assessor. The complaints note lack of support by Worcester’s elected officials, citing concerns of politically motivated decision-based evidence making.

READ MORE http://www.newswire.com/press-release/massachusetts-groups-file-smart-meter-fraud-complaints-with

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MEANINGFUL and INFORMATIVE TV, WCCA TV’s SOAPBOX educates about FUEL ASSISTANCE

Worcester’s SOAPBOX with Mauro DePasquale features members from teh Worcester Community Action Council to advise the public of fuel assistance programming and opportunities to better save on energy efficiency. Empower yourself this windter with WCCA TV. This Soapbox show has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1033 “Soapbox” was created by Mauro DePasquale in 1990 for WCCA TV is the longest running public service program in Central Mass serving Worcester and all of Central Mass and beyond.
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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 20, 2015

Subscribe to WCCA TV’s Newsletter TODAY . It’s good for you.
Click here and join in on all the fun, and informative News and information. Learn why you will want to be a part of WCCA TV as a communty organization that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation:
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
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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

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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Worcester to cut ribbon on Greenwood Park improvements

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony

WHY: To celebrate recent improvements made by the City of Worcester to Greenwood
Park, including new tennis courts, a new lighted basketball court, playground
upgrades, new shelter, new picnic tables, and accessible walking path upgrades, with
more improvements planned for 2016.

WHO: Mayor Joseph M. Petty, District Three Councilor George J. Russell, City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr., city and state officials.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

WHERE: Greenwood Park, Forsberg Street, Worcester
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for Local Labor Markets
in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA, October 20, 2015 – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates are down in
all labor markets in the state measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared
to September 2014, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports
Tuesday.

From August to September, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in ten
labor market areas, increased in nine areas, and remained the same in five other
areas of the state.

The Springfield, New Bedford, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Worcester, Framingham,
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Leominster-Gardner, and
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead areas added jobs over the month. Seasonal losses occurred in
the remaining six areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for September
remained at 4.5 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the
statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the month of
September. The unemployment rate is down 1.0 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,100 job loss in September
and an over-the-year gain of 67,200 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 October 2015 and revised September 2015 unemployment rate,
labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday,
November 19, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday,
November 24, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi
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Groups File Complaint Re:

Worcester National Grid Smart Meter Pilot, Health Reports

Advocacy groups have filed joint complaints with the Massachusetts Attorney General and Inspector General regarding the Worcester National Grid smart meter pilot and Department of Public Utilities smart meter order 12-76-B.

The groups are calling for the Baker administration to investigate the $48M pilot, financed by ratepayers, as “outcome-oriented research” that manufactured consent, concealed unwelcomed information, and manipulated public perception concerning credible science, included claims that smart meters have been “proven safe.”

Industry articles are reporting this month that the Worcester pilot produced impressive results during “critical peak periods” on days when consumers were asked to limit electric consumption. The pilot is over budget and behind schedule and testing variables that will not be part of future smart meter deployment, including the free opt out and gift incentives.

Among the more serious charges is the assertion that Worcester’s Acting Commissioner of Public Health violated public trust when he issued a misleading health report, and that the DPU mischaracterized FCC exposure limits and misrepresented footnoted resources. The complaint also questions a controversial property value report by Worcester’s Assessor, and lack of support by Worcester’s elected officials to citizen concerns.

StopsmartmetersMASS spokesperson Patricia Burke stated, “Industry safety claims are based on testimony of one unethical mercenary tobacco scientist, who, like the sociopath Bernie Madoff, has contributed to the suffering of millions of people. Electricity is an essential service, not a consumer choice like cigarettes or a particular car model. As scandals like the Volkswagen debacle come to light, in the face of an alarming lack of integrity and transparency, it would be negligent for the Commonwealth to proceed without independent oversight and investigation, especially regarding environmental impacts and human health. It is our hope that all of the candidates running for office in Worcester will call for an audit and public, transparent investigation of the program. ”

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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

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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Happy October Everyone !

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

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

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WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: September 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
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THESE NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP blogs are a public service provided by WCCA TV .
We support all things local. If you have news to share with our community please email press releases to jen@wccatv.com and mauro@wccatv.com thank you.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2015

MCC Approves $12M for Public Programs in the Arts, Sciences & Humanities

(Boston, MA)-The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) today approved a spending plan
for the coming year that will invest more than $12 million in grants to nonprofit
cultural organizations, local cultural councils, education programs, and working
artists across the Commonwealth.

MCC-s FY16 spending plan benefits from a $2 million increase to its state
appropriation, overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature last month. The increase
represented another important step toward restoring funding for the arts,
humanities, and sciences that was lost through recession-driven budget cuts. The MCC
Board voted unanimously to approve a plan that will invest in the following:

Nonprofit Cultural Organizations: $4.5 million – The Cultural Investment Portfolio (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAGkwAJBsc ) (CIP)
comprises 389 nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations across
Massachusetts. These organizations connect children and adults to theatre, music,
visual art, and film; teach them about history, literature, and the environment; and
introduce them to new languages and cultural traditions. Cultural Investment
Portfolio grants must be matched one to one, and range from $2,500 to $56,500. See
FY16 CIP funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAIyQAJBsc ) .

Communities: $3 million – MCC-s 329 Local Cultural Councils (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAJ-gAJBsc ) (LCCs) make
up the largest public grassroots arts network in the nation. They provide funding to
every city and town in Massachusetts through the efforts of more than 2,300
volunteers. The councils support local arts and history, fund school field trips,
and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions. Grants to LCCs range from $4,400 for the
smallest towns to $117,400 for Springfield and $179,000 for Boston, according to a
formula that reflects the state’s local aid system. See FY16 LCC allocations (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAMYQAJBsc ) .

Creative Youth Development: $2.1 million – MCC works to expand access to quality,
creative learning experiences in school and community settings. This year-s budget
increase allows the agency to continue to deepen its investment in this work and
meet growing demand statewide.
* The YouthReach Initiative (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAO-AAJBsc ) makes
grants to cultural and community-based organizations to support in-depth arts,
humanities, and science programs for young people at risk. See FY16 YouthReach
funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAQEwAJBsc ) .

* SerHacer ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAARKgAJBsc
) supports a growing number of intensive, ensemble-based music programs that use
music as a vehicle for youth development and social change. Through grants,
technical assistance, and project support the MCC will foster this emerging field
of music making in the Commonwealth. See FY16 SerHacer funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAStAAJBsc ) .

* STARS Residencies (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAATxwAJBsc ) connect
artists, scientists and other creative teachers with elementary and secondary
schools for deep learning experiences that help students grow, develop new skills,
and expand their imaginations.

* Big Yellow School Bus (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAVjQAJBsc ) grants help
schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural
institutions across Massachusetts.
* Poetry Out Loud (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAXBQAJBsc ) is a
national competition in which high school students memorize and perform classic and
contemporary poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and
theatre in their English and drama classes. Over ten years the Huntington Theatre
Co. has expanded this program to more than 50,000 Massachusetts students.

Creative Economy: $1 million – This includes new grants for state-designated
Massachusetts Cultural Districts (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAZowAJBsc ) , and a new
Festivals Program, along with the 10-year-old Adams Arts Program (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAadgAJBsc ) that
supports partnerships that use arts and culture to drive community development. And
the Cultural Data Project (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAbVgAJBsc ) , which
measures the economic impact of the nonprofit cultural sector. See FY16 Adams
funding list ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAcLAAJBsc
) .

UP Accessibility Program: $145,000 – UP (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAdZAAJBsc ) will support
the growth and development of organizations that recognize the power of inclusive
design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all, and that embrace
inclusivity as core to their mission.

Artist Fellowships: $441,000 – This year MCC celebrates 40 years of support for
working artists through its Artist Fellowships (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAfmQAJBsc ) . Additional
funds allow MCC to boost Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines to $12,000.

Mass Humanities: $528,420 – The MCC provides an annual partnership grant to Mass
Humanities ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAhSAAJBsc )
, which supports public programs in history, literature, and other humanities
disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in the Commonwealth.

New England Foundation for the Arts: $50,000 – The MCC continues its investment in
the New England Foundation for the Arts (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAjDgAJBsc ) ,
collaborating on mutually supportive activities that serve the citizens of
Massachusetts and provide opportunities for Mass. artists, presenters, and
communities to benefit from programs that serve the six New England states and
beyond.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve
the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission
through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural
organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for the current
fiscal year is $15.7 million, which includes annual grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit
www.massculturalcouncil.org (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAmlAAJBsc ) .

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Massachusetts Receives $500,000 Grant to Boost State Exports

BOSTON – On Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:15PM, Secretary Jay Ash of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
and Senior Officials from the SBA will convene a joint press event to announce
increased funding to increase Massachusetts export sales.

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) was awarded a
$500,000 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant through the SBA that will
enable MOITI (in collaboration with the MA Export Center and Massachusetts Small
Business Development Center Network), to reimburse eligible Massachusetts small
businesses for qualified export-promotion expenses including trade show
participation, overseas marketing and localization, and subscription services from
the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Media Invited to Attend
Who:

* Jay Ash, Secretary, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of
Housing and Economic Development

* Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International
Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing and Economic
Development

* Seth Goodall, SBA New England Regional Administrator

* Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director

What: Announcing a $500,000 SBA grant received by the Massachusetts Office of
International Trade and Investment (MOITI)
Where: MA State House, Governor’s Press Conference Room (157)
When: Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 at 2:15pm

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Brookline Public Access fights for a just renewal

Dear Friend, BIG still needs your support at the second public hearing regarding the
Town’s renegotiation with Comcast. Can you write a letter and/or come show your
support at a public hearing that will support the future of community media and BIG
in Brookline for the upcoming hearing on Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm at
Brookline Town Hall?
Below you will find links to our flyer and a FAQ about these hearings, held by the
Town, in support of its upcoming negotiation with Comcast. Please RSVP or direct any
questions to:
mailto:kathy@brooklineinteractive.org
kathy@ brooklineinteractive.org.
http://brooklineinteractive.org/files/FAQ.pdf

We are focusing our specific requests
around the asks for Comcast below, but please share anything about why supporting
continued funding for community media in Brookline, and why BIG’s services are
important to you and to our community.
Each speaker will have 3-5 mins, and it’s perfectly fine to read from a letter of
support. The goal is to get testimony on the public record so that Comcast can’t say
the community did not ask for these important items during the process.
– Full operational and capital funding for community media in Brookline (BIG) based
on community need (let the Town know why you value BIG’s resources, staff,
services, educational programs, equipment, trainings, cable channels, use of BIG’s
space and facilities, etc)
– Inclusion in Comcast’s Program Guide (detailed program listings for BIG) &
Funding for Closed Captioning

– Provide Community Channels in HD to Brookline (Many cities and towns are now
getting HD from Comcast….Philadelphia, Manhattan, Portland and Eugene OR,
Longmeadow, MA, and others)Thank you for your continued support of community media
in Brookline!
Warmly,Kathy –Kathy Bisbee Executive Director, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)
http://www.brooklineinteractive.org/
www.brooklineinteractive.org

GOOD LUCK KATHY, We hope your town administration understands the value and strategic benefits of public access.

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JOB NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/2/15

Contact:Janice Weekes Director, Workforce Central Career Center, 508-373-7628
weekesj@workforcecentralma.org

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

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INDIE MUSIC ARTIST TESTIMONIAL: WCCA TV , Worcester’s longest running and most prestigious network for music talent helps promote and encourage music innovation and the creative economy.

An artist, featured on Video Jam, wrote
the show to say thank you .

” Hi there Tracy ( producer of Video JAM ),
I hope this email finds you and the team at Video Jam doing well and enjoying the summer!
I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for showing my video for “I Wanna Be Famous” some love and for giving us some wonderful exposure recently. Myself and the director worked very hard on our labor of love and we sure appreciate the coverage.
Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!
Cariad ”

Thanks for sharing your music with Worcester and the world. As they say make music not war ! Get your talent seen in the spot light it deserves contact mauro@wccatv.com .

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Have a nice day !

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