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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: September 21, 2015


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 – A Worcester police officer has been indicted in connection with assaulting a prisoner in a holding cell, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

After an extensive, months-long investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Michael Motyka, age 50, of Rochdale, was indicted today by a Worcester County Grand Jury on one count of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (shod foot). He will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date.

The AG’s Office began an investigation in May 2015 after the matter was referred by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.

Motyka is a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department. He was assigned to the department’s Services Division and mainly worked in the booking room and in the department’s reception area.

Authorities allege that on Dec. 1, 2014, Motyka physically assaulted a prisoner who was handcuffed and shackled in a holding cell at the Worcester Police Station while the prisoner was waiting to be transferred to court for arraignment.

These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta, through AG Healey’s Public Integrity Division, and Assistant Attorney General John Verner, Chief Trial Counsel of the AG’s Criminal Bureau, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Rebecca Auld, of the AG’s Victim Services Division. The investigation was handled by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.

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Under Secretary visits Cav Soldiers

By Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf
3rd ABCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

FORT HOOD, Texas –Acting Under Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning spent time with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and the 215th Brigade Support Battalion here Tuesday.

He stopped by to watch Soldiers operate their fighting vehicles during a live-fire exercise, and to learn how units order the parts needed to keep those vehicles operating safely on the range.

Soldiers had the opportunity to meet Fanning and brief him on their roles, and how they perform their particular duties. https://www.flickr.com/photos/greywolfbrigade/sets
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CANAL FEST 2015 on WCCA TV watch it today!

CanalFest 2015 has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV was a media sponsor of the Blackstone Canalfest 2015 held at Water Street in Worcester, Massachusetts on Sept 12, 2015.

WCCA TV is your window to Worcester.

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Baby Shower For Worcester Babies In Need

Because they are all our babies

The Department of Children and Families in Worcester helps 3000 children annually.

There is a tremendous need for new baby items.

Support the most vulnerable members of our community and join us for a special event.
Tuesday September 29, 2015


Worcester East DCF

151 West Boylston Drive, Worcester MA

-Bring your new baby items-

-Enjoy a children’s fashion show featuring the latest looks from Worcester boutique Button Tree Kids-

-Delicious complimentary appetizers & desserts-

-Shop the latest fashions & accessories from Button Tree Kids-

Special Guest: Miss Massachusetts USA

Tour the new DCF office, meet the staff & special guests,

and enjoy complimentary appetizers & desserts

Presented by the DCF Worcester East Area Advisory Boards

Contact: Catherine Pisacane: 774-232-0000


*Can’t attend but want to help babies in need?*

Drop off new baby items Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at Worcester East

Or, visit our Babies R Us online registry

Search for DCF Worcester, Registry: #56853569

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City unveils series of PSAs targeting opioid epidemic

Officials, parents, Worcester Bravehearts, parents and recovering addicts team up to deliver powerful messages

Worcester, MA – A series of 13 city-produced public service announcements, targeting the opioid epidemic facing Worcester, the state and the rest of the nation, will begin airing this week on cable television and social media.

The spots will begin airing on Charter TV3 this week. They will also be rolled out on the City of Worcester’s social media channels throughout the rest of the month, and are all currently available to watch on the city’s youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofwooofficial.

“Opioid addiction is an epidemic, and the City of Worcester is treating it with a sense of urgency. These videos are just part of a coordinated strategy to fight this epidemic,” City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. said. “We want to deliver the message to every member of our community that the city cares, help is available, and recovery is possible.”

The English- and Spanish-language videos feature messages from Mayor Joseph M. Petty, City Council Public Health Subcommittee Chair Sarai Rivera, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme, members of the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team, parents of drug-addicted children and community members in long-term recovery.

Each announcement conveys a different message – including where to find resources for those struggling with addiction, signs of addiction for parents to look for in their children, and information about where to safely dispose of potentially dangerous unused prescription drugs.

The spots were produced by the city’s Division of Cable Services, with support from the Division of Public Health and the City Manager’s Office.

The public services announcements are part of the city’s coordinated efforts to deal with the rising problem of opioid addiction. In the past year, Worcester has also trained every firefighter and police officer with the overdose-reversing drug NARCAN – in the last 12 months Worcester Police and Fire Department personnel have reversed more than 130 overdoses. In addition, the City’s prescription drug take back initiative has resulted in more than 230 pounds of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications being taken out of circulation. The Division of Public Health has also provided outreach and training to healthcare workers and community members on overdose prevention and the dangers of overprescribing pain medication.

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WCCA TV’s Soapbox is slated to shoot 7 half hour episodes in one day this Monday.

SOAPBOX is a public service production of WCCA TV and can bee seen on demand at wccatv.com/video or streaming live at wccatv.com or as scheduled on WCCA ch 194.

To be a guest and to participate in WCCA TV’s open and inconclusive public forum contact Tracy at 508-755-1880 or email tracy@wccatv.com


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Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending


For immediate release, September 21, 2015 Contact: Grace Ross, 617-291-5591

Democrats Vote Unanmiously to Create A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Thousands of Democratic Party delegates to the 2015 State Party Convention in Springfield passed a resolution for “ A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures in This Ongoing Crisis” (see full text below).

“We had an overwhelming, positive support from Democrats – garnering 280 petition signatures and then sharing the resolution with Convention participants,” explained Bonnie MacCracken, Delegate from Amherst, NAACP member, and herself a title examiner, “I got involved in this effort because I see the damage to my neighbors and the damage in our property records, and it must be fixed to protect the integrity of our land records and the titles to all our homes. There must be justice and accountability.”

Retired federal prosecutor and Amherst delegate, Sarah McKee, elaborated, “Confronted with the many thousands of illegal foreclosures in Massachusetts, the loss of billions of dollars to our Commonwealth, and the need for swifter, fairer, and less costly access to justice for both foreclosed homeowners and post-foreclosure buyers, delegates saw a Court specifically for this purpose as the clear answer. Delegates’ overwhelming, unopposed endorsement is gratifying.”

“Senator Elizabeth Warren’s clarion call to hold banks accountable inspired us to challenge the wrongful and improper foreclosure of our home. We are grateful for the SJC decision that reversed our foreclosure, but obtaining justice was stressful and costly and has eluded thousands of others who have lost their homes in our Commonwealth, especially those on the margins. We are heartened that the Democratic State Convention wisely voted to endorse the establishment of a Foreclosure Review Court to more timely and effectively address our foreclosure crisis. We encourage our legislature and judicial leaders to move swiftly toward this goal,” Convention Delegates, Linda Pinti & Lesley Phillips.

For more information or to speak with homeowners or advocates, please contact MAAPL at 508-630-1686 or maaplinfo@yahoo.com.


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WCCA TV News and Activities: August 31. 2015


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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WCCA TV will cable cast throughout the month of September
the Assabet Valley Mastersingers presentaton of “Annelies”, by James Whitbourn, based on the Diary of Anne Frank. Dr. Robert P. Eaton was the Artisitc Directo

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A new rising young star on the film industry horizon has released his latest creation to WCCA for distribution.

Mark Aiello of Worcester has produced and directed a movie, titled “CAPICOLA”, a Comedy/Crime ( SOPRANO spoof)
about a character named Jackie, a young hood in the Mafia and a failing stand up comic, struggles to find his identity and place in the world. One day, his boss decides to put him on a job to which if he succeeds, he could become a made man in the Mafia. However, on the way to do the heist, Jackie remains unsure if life as a criminal is best for him or not. With the help of his godfather/mentor Vito, he will have to decide which path he should take.

This short film will will air exclusively on WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” at about 10:30pm on Fridays, Sept 4 and Sept 11 on WCCA TV Ch. 194 in Worcester and stream live online at those times at wccatv.com.

We hope to also soon have it archived for on-demand viewing as well here at wccatv.com.

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WCCA TV is Getting a Newly Painted Façade in September
And A more permanent Transformation Is In The Future

Worcester, MA. August 27, 2015: Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) is soon going to have a nicer looking facade. On the week of September 14th, with generous funding support from The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, WCCA TV will have the current façade concrete “accents” painted a greyish color with the letters WCCA TV placed across them. Time has worn the paint of the old concrete “accents” that many people driving in downtown Worcester, through many years, have used as a landmark for directions. When this paint job is completed, the “accents” will still be there, but we hope they will be more pleasing to the eye of the beholder, and they will be a means to help identify WCCA TV when drivers and pedestrians are in the vicinity.
The building at 415 Main Street was originally built in 1890 as a bank, and it went through significant changes in 1974 and a serious renovation in 1998 in order to accommodate WCCA TV and its move downtown. Since 1998, little of the building has changed at the WCCA TV facility. One thing that has changed is the slow weathering and deterioration of the façade. In 2014, it was necessary to make minor repairs and to have sidewalk scaffolding for the safety of pedestrians. These repairs were completed.
Currently, WCCA TV is performing a feasibility study on how to address needed upgrades and renovations to enhance the WCCA TV facility and downtown presence as well as improve conditions to better meet community media needs. What is clear to the architects, engineers, and leadership at WCCA TV is that the transformation of the building must and will be more than simply the renovation of a building for appearances; it will be a development that may change the social, cultural, and commercial dynamics of this part of Worcester. The results of this study are almost completed, and the planning process for how to raise the funds and implement the renovations has already begun. It won’t be long before WCCA TV announces the new plans for what is being called, the WCCA TV iSMARTT Center (in Studio Media Arts and Recording Technology Training Center) WCCA′s iSMARTT Center development will involve the expansion of our studio facility space and a renovation of the facade of our building at 415 Main St., members of Worcester’s will be able to see the vision behind this project. In the meantime, people will be able to see a better looking building façade by the end of September (The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation).

WCCA TV is a public access and community media center that has stood for media democracy, media literacy, and creative innovation since 1986.

If anyone has questions, please contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or e-mail him at mauro@wccatv.com.

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Ed Gardella seeking support for JIMMY FUND. Here’s a fun way to help him out:

Beginning Tuesday 1 September and every Tuesday in September, “Not Your Average Joe’s” restaurant on Route # 9 in Westboro will donate 15% of your check to the Jimmy Fund. Whether it’s lunch, dinner or at the bar all you need to say to your server is “JIMMY FUND” and the donation will be made. The food is good. You won’t be disappointed.

Feel free to please forward this to everyone on your e-mail list?

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Longest running music spotlight show in Central New England, WCCA TV’s VIDEO JAM , shares an artist testimonial

“Hi there Tracy,

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 Harmon ”

About Cariad : “Like Joni Mitchell by way of Broad City” – Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone Magazine

2013 International Songwriting Competition semifinalist. new episodes of VIDEO JAM can be seen weekly exclusively on WCCA TV cable ch 194 and at wccatv.com The window to Massachusetts REAL music scene is WCCA TV.

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Happy Labor Day

WCCA TV’s facility will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 7. Enjoy !

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 6, 2015

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BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office will hold four free educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state this fall. The AG’s Office will also offer two live web-based trainings on the law.

The forums are part of a broad effort by the AG’s Office to assist public bodies in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law. State, local, regional, and county public bodies are required to comply with the Open Meeting Law. The Open Meeting Law educational forums will be conducted by attorneys from the AG’s Division of Open Government and are open to the public.

Fall 2015 regional educational forums will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 9

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

130 Main St., Sandwich


Thursday, Sept. 17

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

449 Broadway, Cambridge


Thursday, Sept. 24

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

41 Elm St., Southbridge


Thursday, Oct. 8

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Avon Town Hall

65 East Main St., Avon

The educational forums are being offered free of charge. All members of public bodies, municipal employees, and members of the general public are encouraged to attend. Individuals interested in attending an educational forum are asked to register in advance by calling (617) 963-2925 or by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us, and providing: 1) their first and last names; 2) town of residence; 3) the public body/organization they represent, if appropriate; and 4) the location of the educational forum they will attend.

The AG’s Office is also conducting online webinars on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Attendees can participate entirely online and will be able to submit written questions during the training and receive real-time responses from Division attorneys. Those interested in registering or receiving additional information about the webinar may do so by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us.

Since assuming responsibility for enforcement of the Open Meeting Law at all levels of government in July 2010, the AG’s Division of Open Government has responded to more than 11,000 telephone and email inquiries from members of public bodies, municipal counsel, and the public. The Division has also conducted 29 regional trainings across the state, 11 webinars, and issued more than 640 written determinations.

For more information on the Open Meeting Law, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.mass.gov/ago/openmeeting.

Media are welcome to attend.

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This is why we need to encourage sTRONGER support for public access stations such as WCCA TV. Main stream media is controlled by fewer corporations our news and inforamtion becomes more and more propagand for the interest of a select few.

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership, the parent of Bright House Networks, have filed applications seeking Commission approval to transfer control of their licenses and authorizations in connection with their merger. The proposed transaction would bring together fourth (Time Warner Cable), seventh (Charter), and tenth (Bright House Networks) largest multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) in the country to create the third largest provider in the country, serving roughly 17.3 million customers. Additionally, the new company would bring together 19.4 million broadband subscribers, creating the second largest broadband internet provider in the country and would provide services to customers across portions of nearly 40 states.


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Worcester about to loose a music venue icon

T&G Victor Infante writes:
Owner says it’s time to sell Lucky Dog Music Hall

WORCESTER — The owner of the Lucky Dog Music Hall says the venerable music venue is for sale, but he is denying assertions that the venue is closing Aug. 29.

“The past 16 years of my life has been filled with many terrific memories and has forged so many life-long friendships,” said club owner Eric Godin, in a statement. “As with any ‘job’ you hold down for that long, you start to get a little worn out and stir crazy. I have elected to put the club on the market, and my landlord has trusted me to find a buyer. I am looking for the right person or team of people that have a ‘live music’ idea to propel the nightclub into something that I haven’t had the time or the energy for as of late. So, what I’m saying is I’m trying to have this club NEVER go away.”

A Craigslist advertisement lists the Lucky Dog Music Hall for an asking price of $120,000. The building at 89 Green St., assessed at $377,500, is apparently not part of the sale. It is listed as being owned by trustee Elvira Diliddo.

Chip Emerson, of the real estate broker George & Company, confirmed that the company is handling the club’s sale, but declined to comment on particulars, including how the business was being valued or how much time was left on the business’ lease.

Mr. Godin’s statement comes on the heels of rumors fueled by a band’s promotion of its upcoming show at the venue.

Musician Rob Therrien, of the band Moulton Llama, has been promoting an Aug. 29 show by his band there as the Lucky Dog as “the Last Saturday Night at the the Dog Ever.”

In a message to the Telegram & Gazette, Mr. Therrien said, “Eric (Godin) is giving up he hopes to have it sold by the beginning of September, but nothing solid yet. So we’re trying to make this something special for all involved.”

In his statement, Mr. Godin said there is no final date set. “As far as the ‘last show at the Dog,’ that date doesn’t exist and is especially NOT August 29,” he wrote. “So, please put that rumor to bed.”

Musician Duncan Arsenault, a stalwart of the Worcester music scene who has performed frequently at the Lucky Dog with bands such as the Curtain Society and the Curtis Mayflower, confirmed that he had knowledge of the business being for sale, and added that he had been working with other local musicians to put together a potential “closing” show for when the business eventually sells, but had not set a date for that concert.

The Lucky Dog Music Hall, previously known as Sir Morgan’s Cove, has been a mainstay of Worcester music for decades, and has featured musicians such as the Rolling Stones, Jim Carroll, and members of the metal band Korn.

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