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Young Girl Missing: Last seen at Solomon Pond Mall

FROM ROBIN CURRIE’s Facebook Page:

URGENT – PLEASE keep an eye out for my daughter Maria Snell. She disappeared at the Solomon Pond Mall yesterday. Those of you who are close to us know that Maria is an extremely high risk child, and every minute that she is out there on her own puts her in serious danger.

Maria Snell

If seen contact : CONTACT 911 or Robin at 781-223-6347

Many of her friends are friends on Facebook with me. We are certain that she has made her way back to Worcester and is staying with a friend. WHOEVER you are, know this – you are NOT helping Maria, she needs to be located immediately. Do not close ranks on us – if you are truly her friend you will contact us, or the Worcester Police RIGHT NOW. That is the BEST thing you can do for her if you are truly her friend. If you are an adult, you should be aware that you are breaking the law by holding a minor against her parents’ knowledge. This is now considered a serious crime and will be prosecuted, unless we are informed, or she is returned to us immediately.
You all know me and know that Maria comes from a loving home, and we will never give up on her. There will be NO questions asked if you help us find her. PLEASE share this and watch for her. Right now she has serious bruising on her face and eye from an accident earlier this week. She has a concussion and is having difficulty with vision in her left eye. She needs medication. She needs the care of her family right now—if she is with you this should be obvious to you. Please help us bring her home and remember, at this time, there will be no questions asked and anyone who helps us will remain anonymous—for now.

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: January 7, 2016

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*Increased Foreclosures Devastating Communities – Increased Lawlessness and
Softened Enforcement the Cause*

“What once was my American Dream to own a home and start a life-long
investment at the age of 22 turned into being years and years of
devastating financial burden ruined credit and constant fear of failure
loss and homelessness,” explains Kate Palmaccio of Lunenberg, mother of a
toddler. Palmaccio is one of the many homeowners swept up in the massive
increase in foreclosures in 2015. The Warren Group today released figures
that the first 11 months of 2015 saw a 50 percent increase over that period
in 2014.

Although industry analysts claim these foreclosures are an upswing because
banks have figured out how to follow the laws, those on the ground are
seeing no such indication.

“They are not successfully navigating the process. They are getting away
with more; it is that the enforcement of the regulations has softened.
HomeCorps is essentially over and they are not even attempting to follow
HAMP guidelines,” explained Jon Marien, Foreclosure Inervention and Default
HUD Counselor, at the Neighborworks Homeownership Center in Worcester.

“We are canvassing over 50 properties every other week and finding the bulk
of them vacant as people are leaving and abandoning their properties when
banks refuse to modify their loans further destroying our neighborhoods and
community,” said Rose Webster-Smith, lead organizer for Springfield No One
Leaves and a homeowner fighting herself to save her home “post-foreclosure”.

As homeowner activists and their allies having been continuing work to hold
off the new Law that is designed to sweep illegalities of past foreclosures
under the carpet if former homeowners do not act in a year to protect their
rights, those working on this issue on the ground are concerned.

“The bad legislation has not even gone into effect, and its like they were
waiting to make the attack and they see no re-enforcements,” explained
Silas Sanderson, an outreach leader for the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure
Team. Worcester County has seen the largest increase with an almost 100%
increase year to date in petitions to foreclose, the first visible step in
the foreclosure pipeline.

Meanwhile, experts in the field point to real solutions to the massive
surge in those in the foreclosure pipeline which will stop the damage of
foreclosures and actually save lenders money.

“As a lawyer who knows this area and a long-time professional neutral
mediator, I know that those who have not seen the transformative power of
face-to-face mediation may not appreciate it. But I am not surprised that
Lynn’s short period of pre-foreclosure mediation resulted in 97% of
participants receiving affordable loan modifications,” stated David L.
Evans, Murphy & King, “Given the massive increases of those in the
foreclosure pipeline and the fore-shortened right to cure period in
Massachusetts, now is the time for a pre-foreclosure mediation program
statewide.” An Act Facilitating Alternatives to Foreclosure is positioned
to move this legislative session if legislators act soon.

As Jane Brady of Newton MA explained what mediation could have done for
her, “My flight has been a long, stressful & horrible ordeal. I was forced
to declare bankruptcy to stop the 1st foreclosure attempt, which is now
held against me in any court hearings to fight & reverse a wrongful
foreclosure. The private investor who holds my loan refused to negotiate
nor did they offer mediation to avoid a foreclosure. CitiMortgage allegedly
sold my loan to a Private Hedge Fund Investor, while my HAMP Modification
was in the underwriting process. This was my 4th HAMP Modification request.
I finally was truly eligible & met all criteria for approval, but was
denied because ‘my loan was sold & now paid’”

To learn more about this issue or to speak with homeowners or advocates,
please contact MAAPL at 508-630-1686 or maaplinfo@yahoo.com.
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Grace C Ross
Grace Ross Committee
774-271-7677
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Announcement from “The WORCESTER JOURNAL”

We’re happy to announce that the Winter 2015-16 issue is now live. It is filled with our usual mix of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from new writers, and we trust you will find it entertaining, informative, and insightful.

Two exciting new announcements: Firstly, We will begin paying our writers with the Spring 2016 issue. Our writers (and photographers) put a lot of time and effort into their pieces, and we hope that some compensation, no matter how modest, will affirm the value of their productions.

Secondly, we have established the Not Man Apart Award of $1,000 for writing published in the Journal concerning the relationship between our planet and humankind. The prize of $1,000 will be awarded from time to time to an author who, in the opinion of the editors, has produced memorable and insightful writing on this subject.

Both of these initiatives are the result of the continuing support o the Judy and Tony King foundation, for whose generosity and belief in the crucial importance of art and literature in our lives we are endlessly grateful.

More information is to be found in the current issue.

Please be so kind as to share the Journal on any platform and in any venue where it might reach those who will appreciate it, and, especially, those who might want to write for it.

Sincerely,

Jim Dempsey
The Worcester Journal
Bancroft School
Shore Drive
Worcester
MA 01605
(508) 854-9204
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January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. An outdoor
Rally on the steps of City Hall (Main Street) from 8:00AM – 9:00AM has been planned
by the City Manager’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. Excellent speakers
(WAASE, a survivor, others working in outreach) will outline what is going on in our
City and will definitely raise awareness about this tragic crime.

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Happy New Year! I am writing to inform you that The Worcester Free Tax Service
Coalition (formerly the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition) will hold its
Annual Kickoff Event on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Woo Church
, 875
Main Street, Worcester, MA. We would be pleased to see you at this event.
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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: December 10, 2015

CABLE OUTAGE for at least 1/3 of Worcester today

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

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

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

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

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

Submission fees must be received in full by January 15th, 2016:
ArtsWorcester Members: $25 for up to three works
Non-Members: $35 for up to three works
New-to-ArtsWorcester: $70 for a one-year membership and up to three works (restricted to artists who have never been members of ArtsWorcester)
Please pay submission fees through the PayPal button the Calls and Grants page on ArtsWorcester’s website, or mail a check marked “Now! submission” and postmarked January 14th to ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610.
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WCCA TV News and Informatin Round Up: October 15, 2015

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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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Legislators, Advocates, & Community Leaders Push for Justice Reinvestment

BOSTON – During a Joint Judiciary Committee public hearing today legislators,
advocates, and community leaders joined together to push for comprehensive criminal
justice reform measures that include Justice Reinvestment as a core tenet. Those
present included Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (Boston) and Representative Mary Keefe
(Worcester) who spoke on their jointly filed bill, the Justice Reinvestment Act (S.
64/ H. 1429). Fran Fjana, attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and
representative from the Jobs Not Jails Coalition; Pastor Roland E. Cooper, Senior
Associate Pastor of Jubilee Christian Church in Boston; and Reverend Paul R. Ford,
Executive Director of the Boston Workers Alliance also spoke in support of the bill.

Incarceration is expensive, costing the Commonwealth $53,043 per inmate, per year,
and comes with a 20% recidivism rate during the first year of release. It also
disproportionately impacts Black and Latino communities, who comprise just under one
fifth of the total state population, but over half of the inmate population in
Department of Corrections (DOC) custody.

The Justice Reinvestment Act seeks to address these economic and racial imbalances
in the state’s criminal justice system. It includes four primary reforms in criminal
sanctions:
· the repeal of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes;

· a reduction in certain non-violent felonies (e.g. shoplifting and larceny)
to misdemeanors with shorter terms of incarceration;

· the creation of medical parole regulations for inmates who are terminally
ill or permanently incapacitated; and

· the elimination of automatic collateral sanctions at the RMV for drug
related offences that are unrelated to operating a vehicle.

What sets the Justice Reinvestment Act apart from many criminal justice reform
measures is that it also requires the savings accrued from these sentencing and
reentry reforms to be calculated, tracked, and reinvested into community education
and workforce development programs.

“Policies from the failed War on Drugs have been disrupting communities, destroying
families, and wasting taxpayer dollars for years. Massachusetts voters have told us
time and time again that they don’t want their tax dollars wasted on punishing
addicts, and instead want their government to focus on growing the economy and
creating good jobs,” said Representative Mary Keefe (D-Worcester). “However,
Massachusetts currently spends more than 570 million for the Department of
Corrections operating budget and only 13 million for the Department of Early and
Childhood Education. We need to move away from spending large portions of the state
budget on increasing our prison and jail capacity, and start investing in programs
that prevent people from committing crimes and going to prison in the first place.
Justice Reinvestment ensures that we are focused on the priorities that the voters
have demanded.”

“Our corrections system is broken. Tax payers are footing a bill of over $53,000 per
inmate, per year, with few returns on that investment,” said Senator Sonia
Chang-Díaz (D-Boston). “Meanwhile, the criminalization and mass incarceration of our
citizenry over the last several decades, particularly in communities of color, has
widened disparities in access and opportunity at every stage of the lifespan. It’s
time to end practices that drain state coffers, fill our prisons, and devastate
communities, and to reinvest in programs that offer pathways out of poverty.”

“The reforms proposed in the Justice Reinvestment Act could save the Commonwealth
over $110 million, diminish racial disparities through repeal of mandatory minimum
drug sentences, and promote reintegration of those processed through the system,”
said Fran Fjana, representative from the Jobs Not Jails Coalition. “And changing the
felony larceny threshold amount is a long overdue reform. Connecticut’s threshold
amount is $2,000, Rhode Island is $1,500 while Massachusetts is $250, the third
lowest in the country.”

“The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The vast
majority of those incarcerated are Black and Latino. Even in our own state,
communities of color are paying a higher price for crime than are other
communities,” said Pastor Roland E. Cooper, Senior Associate Pastor at Jubilee
Christian Church in Boston. “I recently wrote a letter of recommendation for a young
man who had been incarcerated, but who is now back home and trying to get a job. His
record was an obstacle, but he was also unable to get a driver’s license, and so he
was also unable to take care of his family. When a young man is locked away, it’s an
expense on all of us. His family, his congregation, his community, all of us pay a
price. When he comes home, the young man and his community continue to pay a price
because there are so many barriers to getting and staying on the right path.”

“Fighting for reforms to the criminal justice system has been a fundamental piece of
the Boston Workers Alliance mission, since our founding in 2005,” said Reverend Paul
R. Ford, Executive Director of the Boston Workers Alliance. “We work to empower the
men and women who have been incarcerated and are seeking to successfully reenter
society. People need to be able to get good paying jobs, regardless of their
backgrounds and past mistakes. We need to divest from mass incarceration and invest
in workforce development and training. The Boston Workers Alliance established
itself in the fight for CORI reform five years ago, and we see the Justice
Reinvestment Act as a next step in the fight for justice for our communities and for
our members.”

Caroline Sherrard
Legislative Aide
Office of Representative Mary Keefe

State House, Room 473F
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-2210

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Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.6 Percent in September

BOSTON, MA – October 15, 2015 -The state’s total unemployment rate dropped to 4.6
percent in September, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
announced Thursday.

The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate
Massachusetts lost 7,100 jobs in September. The job losses occurred in Education
and Health Services, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Construction, and
Manufacturing sectors. However, year-to-date Massachusetts has added 46,900 jobs.

The preliminary estimates show 3,406,700 Massachusetts residents were employed in
September, and 163,100 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,569,800.

The labor force decreased by 21,900 from 3,591,700 in August, as 17,200 fewer
residents were employed and 4,600 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

The statewide unemployment rate in August was 4.7 percent. Over the year, the
state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 1.0 percent from 5.6 percent in
September 2014.

The September state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.1
percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The Massachusetts unemployment rate continues to decline. Although the state
experienced job losses in September, the overall jobs picture is strong,” Labor and
Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II said.

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or
older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks
– decreased 0.4 of a percentage point to 64.9 over the month. The labor force
participation rate over the year has decreased 0.6 of a percentage point compared to
September 2014.

September 2015 estimates show that 3,406,800 residents were employed and 163,100
were unemployed. There were 35,400 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared
to September 2014.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional,
Scientific and Business Services; Leisure and Hospitality; and Education and Health
Services.

September 2015 Employment Overview

Leisure and Hospitality added 2,800 (+0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Leisure and Hospitality added 10,000 (+2.9%) jobs.

Financial Activities gained 900 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Financial Activities added 2,500 (+1.2%) jobs.

Education and Health Services lost 4,700 (-0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Education and Health Services gained 18,300 (+2.5%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 3,000 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over
the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 100 (0.0%) jobs.

Construction lost 2,000 (-1.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction
has added 2,200 (+1.7%) jobs.

Manufacturing lost 1,700 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing
lost 600 (-0.2%) jobs.

Other Services lost 800 (-0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services
are up 3,100 (+2.3%) jobs.

Information lost 700 (-0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added
1,400 (+1.6%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services lost 200 (0.0%) jobs over the month.
Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 21,500 (+4.1 %)
jobs.

Government added 2,300 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government
gained 8,800 (+1.9%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The September estimates show 3,406,800 Massachusetts residents were employed and
163,100 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,569,800. The unemployment
rate was 4.6 percent. The September labor force decreased by 21,900 from 3,591,700
in August, as 17,200 fewer residents were employed and 4,600 fewer residents were
unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working
age population employed and unemployed, was 64.9, a decrease of 0.4 of a percentage
point over the month. The labor force was 3,100 below the 3,572,900 September 2014
estimate, with 32,500 more residents employed and 35,400 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates
are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two
statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES:
The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those
unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four
weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has
assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs
estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the
month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing
Current Employment Statistics (CES) State
estimates.< http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm>

Local area unemployment statistics for September 2015 will be released on Tuesday,
October 20, 2015. 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. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual
schedule
http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/Newsrelease/media2015.pdf for a complete list of
release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi.
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WCCA TV’s BANDEdge Local music spotlight

THis weeks edition featured the cool 50’s jazz sounds of the Lou Borelli Octet. Here is what they thought of this episode:
” Love it. Thank you so much. Janet Borelli “
Groovy Man!
Watch BANDEdge ONLY on WCCA TV cable ch.194 or streaming live and free On-Demand at http://www.wccatv.com

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PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION EMPOWERS our mission at WCCA TV is to empower YOU !
She must know the value and effectiveness or else she wouldn’t be wasting her valuable time.

Sometimes when I talk with our own longtime community volunteer producers they tell me when people compliment their shows, they find it humbling and almost unbelieveable that others take time to watch their simple public access TV program.

It’s interesting to me, when it comes to PUBLIC ACCESS TV and those who make it have some difficulty to believe they can be so empowered through the medium of public access television / community media and that their simple local public access TV show actually can be and is seen by a very large mass audience. In Worcester it rivals many of our print and radio stations. It certainly outshines all including other TV stations, in it’s high level of local originated program volume and diversity.

WCCA TV demystifies the process and provides the support, tools, education, and network capacity for everyone to share their story, experience, outreach, and contribute new and fresh ideas, to “Learn, Create and Connect”, as our slogan says.

Let your Federal, state and local legislators know you value stations like WCCA TV and that you feel it is important for these public non-profit stations to thrive as “TV BY, FOR, and OF, the PEOPLE”.

Thanks you to our volunteer producers, our staff of top professionals, and our viewers and supporters. YOU are WCCA TV.

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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: September 22, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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MAYORAL DEBATE 2015 (with epic coverage)

WCCA TV 194 and Worcester Magazine Present:
Worcester Votes 2015 An Evening with the Candidates for Mayor

WHAT: Mayoral Debate

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 7

WHERE: WCCA TV Studios, 415 Main St., Worcester

WHO: Candidates for Mayor of Worcester

TIME: 7-8:30 p.m.

Join WCCA TV 194 Executive Director Mauro DePasquale and Worcester
Magazine editor Walter Bird Jr. for a debate on the issues facing
Worcester and a closer look at the three candidates vying for mayor as we
head into the Nov. 3 general election. Incumbent Mayor Joe Petty, At-Large
Councilor Mike Gaffney and At-Large candidate Bill Coleman have been
invited to take part in an intimate, live, televised and webcast debate in
the studios at WCCA TV. Covered live on-line at http://www.wccatv.com and at worcestermag.com . WCCA TV intends to also archive this debate on it’s webpage for future On-Demand viewing.

Worcester Magazine and WCCA TV 194 are proud to be among the organizations
offering debates for candidates seeking election in Worcester this year.
We urge all voters to attend or watch as many dates as possible, and to
make the effort to vote on Nov. 3 for candidates running for City Council
and School Committee.

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5th Annual Saint Peter Marian High School Craft Fair

Saturday, October 17th 9:00am – 3:00pm

SPM HS Gymnasium/Cafeteria

781 Grove Street, Worcester 01605

Contact: Meg Mulhern at 508-853-4700

Saint Peter Marian Jr./Sr. High School will be having a Craft Fair on
Saturday, October 17th , from 9-00am – 3:00pm in the High School Gymnasium,
Cafeteria, and first and second floor hallways. Over 50 crafters, vendors
and reps from some of the favorite companies in one place. Two full floors
of handcrafted articles, wood creations, jewelry, Christmas items, spices &
food, children’s clothing, cosmetics, pet accessories, books, kitchen items,
lotions and soaps, note cards, pottery, silver, planters etc.

When patrons are shopping and looking to satisfy their hunger, they can pick
from lunch items, snacks and drinks served by our excellent food vendor. If
they chose something sweet, there will also be a bake sale run by the SPM
15-40 Club to raise money to fund their upcoming year.

Included in the day will be raffle baskets that have been donated by each
vendor. Ticket prices will be $1/ticket, $5 for ten tickets, and $10 for
twenty tickets.

SPM Craft Fair’s mission is to showcase the very best of independent
handmade crafts in a marketplace which reflects the work of today’s modern
makers. Please see our website
www.spmguardians.org for any additional information you may need.

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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA, September 22, 2015 – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports today that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in all local labor market areas during the month of August.

The Worcester, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Leominster-Gardner areas added jobs over the month. Three areas had no change in job levels while seasonal losses occurred in the remaining eight areas.

Compared to August 2014, unemployment rates are down in all labor markets measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,200 job gain in August and an over the year gain of 90,200 jobs.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.5 percent, down 0.4 of a percentage point from the July 2015 rate.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the month of August. The unemployment rate is down 0.9 percent over the year.

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 September 2015 and revised August 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, October 15, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

Colleen Quinn | Communications Director

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Office: 617-626-7121 | Cell: 617-894-4550

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You’re Invited!

ACE is pleased to announce our 2015 Fall Fundraiser which will be held on October 29th!

Please join us for a night of African dance, drumming, food, and exciting auction items from all over the world! Your support allows us to continue offering life-changing educational programming to incoming African refugee and immigrant youth in Worcester! This year’s fall fundraiser is focused on our Youth Leadership Program, where students develop positive interpersonal skills and participate in internships and community service.

Get your ticket in advance and SAVE! Tickets are being offered at a $10 discount until October 25th, so get yours today! Student discounts are also available.
Get your ticket via EventBrite here!
For more information and to RSVP, click here!
Thank you,
Kaska Yawo
Executive Director
African Community Education
24 Chatham Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-799-3653

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HUD AWARDS $101 MILLION TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

read all about it here: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2015/HUDNo_15-104

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WSBA set to launch
Webster Sq. Block Party

WORCESTER—A first-ever “Webster Square Block Party” scheduled for Saturday, October 10 in the Webster Square Plaza will serve as a fundraiser for the Webster Square Business Association’s beautification and landscaping efforts in the neighborhood, the Association announced.

The inaugural event is being held in the southeast corner of the plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. and will feature food, music by Soloist P.E. James and the group 2 Left, vendor booths, a
kids’ zone and a prize raffle.

Sponsors include FASTSIGNS, Polar Beverages, Shaw’s Supermarket, the Worcester
Bravehearts, Zorba’s Taverna, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Bay State Savings Bank, Omniverse Financial & Insurance Services, Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home, Goddard House/Homestead Hall, Maureen Wilczynski/Independent Aflac agent, SpencerBank and Nuthin’ But Fun.

Rain date is Sunday, October 11 from noon to 4:00.

For more information about participating, contact Rod Lee at 774-232-2999 or
rodlee.1963@gmail.com.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 26, 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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Family sues Fay School in Southboro, claims Wi-Fi made son ill
http://www.telegram.com/article/20150824/NEWS/150829606

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A call to Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs.

Worcester, MA- After two successful seasons the Worcester PopUp is thrilled to be back for an eventful Fall and Winter season. Located at 20 Franklin Street in the heart of down town, the Worcester PopUp location is a unique gallery where artists and entrepreneurs can bring creativity to life through rotating art exhibitions, live performances, inspiring hands on activities and delicious cuisine. Worcester PopUp is now seeking applicants to fill our creative space for this upcoming season with hopes to inspire new creativity to flow within the community, and to provide accessibility for artists to showcase their works. Running September through December, artists and creative entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to use the space with openings available Thursday through Sunday. The PopUp location willbe open based on demand with free admission to the public.

Last year’s season included a wide range of participants such as performances from The Hip Swayers, Ghost Guests, and Eve’s Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Co, to interactive workshops lead by Edmy Ortiz and Worcester’s Think Tank. With support from the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the Worcester Business Development Corporation and funded in part by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the use of the space is free and encourages active engagement and visibility for Worcester’s creative community.

Applicants may contact Erick Bilides at Bilidese@worcesterma.gov. To learn more about the location please visit the Worcester PopUp website at www.WorcesterPopup.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worcesterpopup. Worcester PopUp is eager to see what new, exciting, and innovative ideas the creative community has to share with our city and beyond.

The Worcester PopUp is brought to the City of Worcester by the Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with the Business Development Corporation, funded in part by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. For more information please visit: http://www.worcestermass.org/arts-culture-entertainment/arts-culture

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 17, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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WORCESTER YOUTH PRODUCE a program giving voice to youth and Worcester’s recent surge of violence and shootings

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

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

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

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

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: August 13, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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

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FROM the T&G:
The owner of the former Boys & Girls Club building on Ionic Avenue in Worcester has
filed for bankruptcy.
T&G Staff/Christine Hochkeppel

By Bob Kievra
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Aug. 12, 2015 at 6:55 PM
WORCESTER – The development company for the old Boys & Girls Club on Ionic Avenue
has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is asking a judge to approve selling the
building to a Westwood carpentry business.
Developer James E. Levin’s Whiz Kids Development LLC sought bankruptcy protection
Tuesday, listing more than $620,000 in liabilities and assets of only $20,000 – the
valuation placed on the 40,000-square-foot property he had hoped to develop into 21
units of market-rate and affordable housing.
The city of Worcester and the state Department of Environmental Protection are among
the largest secured creditors. DEP has a $180,000 lien on the property in connection
with nonpayment for cleanup costs associated with the January 2011 leakage of more
than 100 gallons of fuel oil at the site, a DEP spokesman said.
In February 2011, the city gave Whiz Kids Development a $350,000 affordable housing
deferred loan. The property is also subject to an affordable housing restriction
which is part of the loan program. The city also holds a tax title to the property
for unpaid taxes and water bills for fiscal 2012.
In court papers, Whiz Kids took issue with the city’s assessed valuation for the
building, which was built in 1920.
“The market value of the debtor’s property is difficult to determine. It is a
derelict building that only has value as a teardown to someone seeking to develop
the block on which the property is situated. The property is assessed by the city of
Worcester at $620,000. This figure is a fantasy.”
According to online Worcester records, the property had an assessed value of
$680,300 for fiscal 2015.
Whiz Kids Development acquired the old Boys & Girls Club building in December 2010
for $250,000. In court papers Wednesday, Barry R. Levine, a lawyer for Whiz Kids,
said Peter Heaney, doing business as On-Site Carpentry of Westwood, has offered to
purchase the building for $107,000.
In 2012 Mr. Levin sought to immediately demolish the building. But the Worcester
Historical Commission rejected his request for a waiver to the one-year delay
required for the demolition of buildings listed in the Massachusetts Cultural
Resource Information System.
A meeting of creditors has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the John W.
McCormack Post office and Court House in Boston.
Mr. Levin was also the businessman behind 5 May St., a failed 13-unit housing
project. The city acquired that property after it forced the sale by claiming that
Five May St. LLC failed to meet its obligation to provide 13 units of affordable
housing in 2011, as it originally contracted with the city to do.

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

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

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 12, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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Worcester Rotary Meeting

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

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

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

Go Rotarty !

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Worcester schools see big boost in Title 1 funds

By Scott O’Connell
Telegram & Gazette Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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City Manager orders Crompton Park Pool open an extra week

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

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

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

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

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

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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In deal with HUD, Worcester to repay $3.4 million for not meeting grant regs From the Worcester Telegram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The HUD audit cover calendar years 2009-2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EVENTS for upcoming week(s):

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

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

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

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

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Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You

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

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

September 2015

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

September 14 & 16

September 21 & 22

September 28 &30

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

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

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

October 24
October 27 & 29

November 3

Sinead Fitzmaurice

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

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Who will you nominate as the 2015 Great Guys Award ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Dolly and best wishes

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