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ALL HAPPENING AT WCCA TV (194) : News Letter January / February 2016

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Happy New Year 2016 from all of us at WCCA TV!!

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The successful second season of the WCCA TV Annual NEW VOICES AWARDS, a vocal talent competition at WCCA TV, is now uploaded and curated for FREE ON_DEMAND VIEWING at wccatv.com. More than a vocal competition, New Voices 2015 showcased young local talent between the ages of 14 and 19. These young singers received valuable guidance from our esteemed judging panel of music industry experts. Judges for the show were Cliff Goodwin, Victor Infante and Trinity Faith, the winner of last year’s competition. Viewers get a look behind the scenes as the singers audition: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/NEWVOICES12015 . Other episodes will take you through the award competition process up to the finals. Watch to find out who’s the 2015 New Voices Awards winner: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/NEWVOICES32015

SOAPBOX with host, Mauro DePasquale, is all new in February. This meaningful and educational public service television staple features such topics as the Brownfield Development, Ascentria Care Alliance and the Language Bank Program, Greg White of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Local artist and poet Judith Ferrara, and Yes Health and the Disability Policy Consortium.
SOAPBOX can be seen on Wednesdays at 8:30pm, Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. It also streams live at those times at http://www.wccatv.com
Past shows can be downloaded anytime at our website by going to ‘Video on Demand’ and entering the name ‘Soapbox’. Thanks for watching!

CONNECTING THE DOTS is a new WCCA TV presentation. This is a non-traditional legal program with emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the show is Attorney Liz Myska. Liz welcomes Nancy Cahalen, from the Central MA Better Business Bureau, to the premier episode: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS1 In the second episode, Liz welcomes Marianne Delorey to talk about lack of planning for the inevitable: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS2


WCCA TV ran a media Tour day for Youth. NHS students came to our studio to learn and play with our state of the art TV equipment for a real world, out of the classroom/school, experience. They also learned a lot about public access community media, WCCA TV, it’s scope and impact on community, and how to access this empowering media for themselves. Students participated in a hands on live production project, working with WCCA TV’s staff, they interviewed Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, and he, in turn interviewed them as well. It was instructive, creative and FUN! We hope to air their work at the studio in the very near future. Stay tuned to WCCA TV ch 194 or wccatv.com for details.

Quote : Peter Ventresca, teacher at North High School writes: “Thanks again for a wonderful studio tour today! All of the students were “buzzing” on the ride home. Thanks again to you and Adam for letting them experience a studio production.”


WCCA TV Programming

    BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. The show is hosted by State Senator Harriette Chandler. Senator Chandler welcomes Dr Marco Rodrigues, the acting Worcester School Superintendent: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT215

    Will Worcester raise the age of purchasing tobacco products to 21? Watch this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE, a political and current issue program, to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about this topic: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE242 . In another episode, the guys talk about the Worcester City Council view on taxes: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE241

    Time for a coffee break and another episode of COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Host of the show, City Councilor Konnie Lukes, and her guests discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Robert Cross: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE465

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show Ron Madnick talks about Iran Since 1981: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS214 . In another episode, Ron talks about Law Suits Against the City of Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS215 . Tune into WCCA TV to know your rights!

    CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. This WCCA-TV produced program is hosted by Molly Finn. Molly talks about abortion and the March For Life: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME460

    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’s guests are Dr. Esteban Cardemil, Dr. Rosalie Torres Stone and Cassandra Andersen. Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment is the topic of discussion: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES24

    WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV entertaining and informative talk show definitely worth watching! Host of the show Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Bob Perrone. It’s football time and Bob is back to talk about the pigskin: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH326. In another episode, Tommy welcomes Patricia Burke to the show to discuss the dangers and health risk of RFDs and WiFi: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH327

    EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a program that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes three female entrepreneurs from Clinton – Rhonda Messer, Kristen Livoti, and Cynthia Cannon: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER51

    THIS IS WORCESTER is a program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. This episode features postcards and photos of Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER29 . In another episode, Bill’s guest is Cheryl Rosen: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER28

    ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE TALKS (RCST) 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 the Annual Glogg Party and the Seven Hills Show Choir: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY39

    VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. VIDEO JAM is one of the, if not, THE, longest running music showcase programs in New England. Tracy Foley, a WCCA TV star, leading editor and voice over specialist, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 19 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s playlist includes: Dulcie Taylor – Not Here, Not Today; Jenaux – Renegades; Francesca Blanchard – Rame; Robot Garden – Fountain of Youth; Secret Friend – I Don’t Know You; Secret Friend – Orbital Velocity, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM883 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

    Spend an hour enjoying VIDEO JAM COUNTRY, the latest and greatest in country music, with host Tracy Foley. This episode will feature: Callie Twisselman – Hung Me on the Line; Mo Pitney – Boy and Girl Thing; Leslie Cours Mather – Hell Hath No Fury; Lindsey Bryant – Get Down and Giddy Up; Jon Wolfe – Don’t It Feel Good; JD Shelbourne – Hometown; JB and The Moonshine Band – Shotgun, Rifle, and a .45; Cindy G – Jailbreak; Brandi Carlisle – Wherever Is Your Heart; Rodney Atkins – Eat Sleep Love Repeat; Kyle Douglas – Clean Hands; Amanda Lamb – Barefoot; Aofie O’Donovan – Magic Hour: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY131

    ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. TAKE BACK WORCESTER with Ron. Ron’s guest is Jim Knowlton, the Chairman of the Worcester Republican Committee: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER133 . In another episode, Ron’s guest is Mike Bottos: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER134

    Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Meaningful TV. Weeks before his untimely death in July 2015, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., met with Camilla Rees, founder of ElectroMagneticHealth, to discuss concerns about wireless technologies, including smart meters, and their link to serious health concerns. Worcester is the site of the National Grid smart meter pilot. Despite nationwide reports of harm from smart meter installations, there is no health or environmental monitoring:

    IN THE HOUSE with GEORGE RUSSELL is a WCCA TV production that helps viewers learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. The show is hosted by George Russell. George welcomes two local real estate agents, Vu Huynh and Jammie Geddis, to talk about two New Year’s resolutions – I Want To Buy A House and I Want To Get Involved With Real Estate: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE8 . In another episode, George welcomes Mike Madulka to the house: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE9

    Tune into WCCA TV for another episode of HIDDEN TREASURES. Host Bill Safer shows you how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode, Bill talks about seashells: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES38


    BANDEDGE No other music show case places the spotlight on local music like WCCA TV’s BANDEdge. Shot live BANDEdge is all about the bands and all about the music. Solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalist. ‘Jesse and the Hogg Brothers’ is the featured band on this episode of BandEdge: http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE60. TEXAS COUNTRY PUNK Yee Haw ! Only on WCCA TV ! !

    NUESTRA ESPERANZA Hope in Salvation is the theme of Lucy’s ministry. This is a Spanish-language religious program airing on WCCA TV since 1990! The show is produced and hosted by one of our veteran producers, Lucy Tomey. 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/NUESTRA24

    STATIC FUSION is unique. You will not this this type of cultural program anywhere else on TV, an alternative performance art and musical variety program, produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. This episode features the talent at the Open Mic night at The Raven: http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION324

    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. WCCA TV is a Pioneer leader in STEAM education. Support award-winning WCCA TV programming! We also stream live on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com . Come and visit our art/maker space at 415 Main Street.


    WCCA offers Media classes and workshops: Basic Studio Production, Field Production, Video Editing, TV Journalism, Internships, plenty of volunteer opportunities, and more. We programs to help business and organizations outreach and gain exposure while building community through community media. While we are on the subject of WCCA TV impact in our community. Congratulations to a former alum of WCCA TV Certificate TV Production training program, Angelique Webster, who recently won a Gold Start for excellence in community arts and culture from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her work with the Worcester Media Collective N-Cite. You can make a difference too with WCCA TV, visit our website or contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com to find out more.


    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, and empowering the people of Worcester and beyond Since 1986!

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 17, 2015

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

Next episode will feature upcoming hit artist musician Bhi Bhiman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOOD FOR THE Senior Center

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

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

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

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