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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 5, 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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Myles & C. Jean McDonough Foundation Announces More than $15 Million in Commitments
to Seven Leading Cultural Institutions in Worcester and Central Massachusetts

WORCESTER, MASS. – The McDonough family, on behalf of the Myles & C. Jean McDonough
Foundation, is pleased to announce $15.25 million in commitments to seven leading
cultural institutions in Worcester and central Massachusetts. In a sweeping
philanthropic act that will have profound and lasting benefits to Worcester and surrounding
communities, the commitment will be used to support initiatives at the American Antiquarian Society,EcoTarium, The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Music Worcester, Tower Hill
Botanic Garden, Worcester Art Museum, and Worcester Historical Museum.
C. Jean McDonough and her late husband Myles, founder of Spencer, Mass. manufacturer
FLEXcon, have shown their passion for these seven institutions for decades, through
philanthropic generosity and direct involvement. “These extraordinary institutions
have long been a part of the cultural heart of central Massachusetts. We felt the
time was right to present each with a gift to show our continued adoration of the
role each plays in our community, with the desire to support their initiatives for
years to come,” said C. Jean McDonough. “Worcester takes great pride in our cultural institutions and in the city’s support of all things creative and historic. These organizations are the lifeblood of the heart of the Commonwealth,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “This gift is perhaps the biggest to the Worcester cultural community this century, if not
of all time. I’m so grateful to the McDonough family for its overwhelming support
of these vital pillars of our community.”Representing some of the oldest and largest cultural organizations in central Massachusetts,the seven institutions combined represent more than 850 years of serving the Worcester community and attract nearly 580,000 visitors each year. The impact of this gift to central Massachusetts in providing communities the opportunity to engage with culture in science, nature, art, music, performing arts and history, will be far
reaching for decades to come. The Myles & C. Jean McDonough Foundation gifts were committed as follows:

* $4 million to the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). Founded in 1812 by
Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian
Society is both a learned society and a major independent research library.
The AAS library today houses the largest and most accessible collection of
books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, music, and graphic
arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, as well
as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary texts, bibliographies,
and digital resources and reference works related to all aspects of American
history and culture before the twentieth century. AAS was presented with the
National Humanities Medal by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House,
the only research library to ever receive such an award.

* $4 million to the Worcester Art Museum (WAM).Founded in 1896, the Worcester
Art Museum’s encyclopedic 38,000 piece collection covers fifty one centuries
of art.Highlights include the Medieval Chapter House, Renaissance Court, and
Worcester Hunt Mosaic, as well as the recently acquired John Woodman Higgins
Armory Collection of arms and armor. Internationally known for its collection
of European and American art, WAM was the first art museum in Americato acquire
paintings by Monet and Gauguin, one of the first to collect photography, and
one of the first to collaborate with local schools.

* $2.5 million to Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The Worcester County
Horticultural Society, incorporated in 1842, is the third oldest active horticultural society
in the United States. The society is a nonprofit educational organization for
the purpose of advancing the science, and encouraging and improving the practice
of, horticulture. Its public garden, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, showcases
carefully planned gardens and trails that enhance the natural features of this
beautiful 132-acre property and is the first and only comprehensive botanic
garden in New England.

* $2 million to EcoTarium. Founded as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History
in 1825 and incorporated as the Worcester Natural History Society in 1884,
the EcoTarium is well rooted in the Worcester community as an organization
dedicated to the study of science and nature, and is the second oldest
natural history society in the United States. With a three floor museum, historic
collections, wildlife, educational programs and 55 acres of grounds, EcoTarium
offer hands-on exploration of natural and physical sciences and the New England

* $1.5 million to the Worcester Historical Museum (WHM). The Worcester Society
of Antiquity was founded in 1875 with the purpose to increase an interest in
archaeological science, and to rescue from oblivion such historical matter
as would otherwise be lost. WHM is the only institution devoted to local history.
It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses
thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study
of Worcester history.

* $750K to Music Worcester. Music Worcester, Inc., formerly called the Worcester
Music Festival, was founded in 1858 to bring live music and cultural events
to the greater Central Massachusetts region. Music Worcester presents
world-renowned musicians and artists from across all performing arts disciplines in addition
to serving its community through far-reaching educational and outreach activities.
Music Worcester programs include international orchestras, Grammy-award winning
headliners, and celebrated soloists and chamber ensembles to inspire tens of
thousands of audience members each season. The Worcester Music Festival was
recognized by the Library of Congress as one of the oldest performing arts
organizations in the country and the oldest music festival in continuous

* $500K to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Hanover Theatre
opened in March of 2008 following a $32 million historic renovation. Over
the last seven seasons, the theatre has established its place as a world-class
performing arts venue, acting as a catalyst for the economic development of
downtown Worcester and gaining recognition by Pollstar as one of the top theatres
in the world. Serving the youth, education and accessibility are some of the
values behind the theatre’s mission to foster a love and appreciation of the
performing arts in audiences of today and tomorrow.
These commitments provide renewed vigor for the cultural institutions, which will
use these gifts for current capital campaigns or endowments.
On behalf of all seven institutions, Joseph P. Cox, president of the EcoTarium and
chair of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, said, “Words cannot express nor encompass
the generosity and passion for culture that remains the legacy of Myles McDonough,
and that has been the continuing mission of one of Worcester’s most gracious ladies,
Jean McDonough.” He added, “Jean’s energetic enthusiasm and nurturing support for
central Massachusetts remains unparalleled, enabling all of us to successfully fulfill
our missions and inspire future generations of children and families to develop
a passion for science, nature, art, music, performing arts and history. As we have
inspired others, so she continues to inspire us.”
For more information about each of the cultural institutions, visit their websites:
American Antiquarian Society at americanantiquarian.org

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WORCESTER – City police and environmental law enforcement officers tracked a moose in the area of Chamberlain Parkway for much of Friday morning. Worcester’s west side a few minutes from downtown. https://shar.es/17Qqxm

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New Round of Cultural Facilities Fund Grants Available

Governor Charlie Baker has allocated a new appropriation for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. These funds will allow the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and MassDevelopment to support capital projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences that expand access and education; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

Intent-to-Apply Deadline: October 30, 2015
Final Application Deadline: December 4, 2015 5pm (ET)
Grant Decisions Announced: Spring 2016

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QCC to host a Fall JAZZ workshop October 17, 2015

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WCCA TV News Round Up: September 4, 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

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NOTE this blog may be updated
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THESE NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP blogs are a public service provided by WCCA TV .
We support all things local. If you have news to share with our community please email press releases to jen@wccatv.com and mauro@wccatv.com thank you.

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Baby Shower For Worcester Babies In Need
Baby Shower for Worcester
to access the event flyer.
to access the registration form.
Questions? Contact Danielle at CMHA at 774-243-3810 or

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You’re Invited to PPAL’s Open House

Please join our PPAL Staff & Youth Leaders in celebrating our new Worcester Office

Who: Parent/Professional Advocacy League and

Youth M.O.V.E Massachusetts

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: 40 Southbridge Street, Suite 310 (next to Hanover Theatre)

Parking: Federal Plaza Municipal Garage and Street Meters

Questions: (508)767-9725

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August has been a very exciting month for ACE! From being in the hiring process for multiple staff and service positions to welcoming new members to our team to getting ready to re-open the After School and Saturday Programs to having our Annual Meeting and releasing our FY15 Annual Report, this past month flew by! We’ve got another full newsletter for you filled with all of our exciting updates, spotlights, and opportunities to get involved! Make sure you check out our FY2015 Annual Report, see the photos from our Annual Meeting just last week, and share our job and volunteer openings!

Thank you for all of your support!
Kaska Yawo
Executive Director

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Visiting the WATER SHOPS: The Beating Heart of Armory Production

Springfield MA: Springfield Armory National Historic Site invites you to join Rangers Richard Colton and Susan Ashman discovering & rediscovering the Armory’s Water Shops in the upcoming program, The WATER SHOPS: The Beating Heart of Armory Production on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at 1:00 pm. See & walk the historic grounds along the Mill River just south of the Armory’s Hill Shops where the National Historic Site & Museum now is. This Ranger-led program is FREE.
Your journey of discovery begins in the Museum’s theater with a half-hour slide show & orientation followed by a short one-mile drive (in your own vehicle) to meet at the present Water Shops and ending at the site of the older Lower Water Shop about a mile down the Mill River. Paper handouts with maps & images will be available.
Water power was essential to the Armory from the moment it was established in 1794. There, the heavy rough work of shaping the wooden gunstocks, iron barrels, and iron & steel components and bayonets were done. Shipped by wheeled vehicles up Walnut Street to the Hill Shops as mile away, the pieces shaped, new smaller iron & steel pieces forged & filed, and the muskets and rifles finished and stored in large Arsenals like the one the Museum is in. The Water Shops, though listed in the National Historic Register, were not included in the National Historic Site but were sold to private owners who maintain it as an industrial site with extensive industrial rental opportunities.

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794 –1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. The park is open daily 9am – 5pm after Memorial Day until October 31st. There is ample parking and the event is wheelchair accessible. For further information and weather cancellation call (413) 734-8551 or check the website at www.nps.gov/spar

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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: September 1, 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 Community Media and Television Studio facility at 415 Main Street is about to get a temporary face lift

WCCA TV is Getting a Newly Painted Façade in September. WCCA is also happy to announce that a possible longer term Transformation for the building is in it’s 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 Resources Technology and Training Center), and the community members of Worcester 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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Glad to see WCCA’s RON MADICK, host and producer of “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” will be referencing his WCCA TV show in tonight’s ( Sept. 1st 2015 ) City Council Meeting item 9 CC . Ron tells us that this will be in regards to his investigation with the police dept. “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” is seen exclusively on WCCA TV ch 194 and ON-Demand and Streaming live simulcast at wccatv.com . It’s another WCCA program that empowers viewers through informative and educational information regarding social justice, civics, and more.

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Worcester PRIDE Parade and Festival Announcements

Worcester Pride Announces our Kick-off event September 2nd 7PM At Electric Haze 26
Milbury St. It is an eclectic group of Abstractions from Oil on canvas to three
dimensional paint and sculpture!
This is a 21+ event due to the venue, however it is free and open to the public.
7-8:45PM Wine and Cheese will be served.
PLEASE Join us! Including the following Artists:
Brian Bishop
Sally Bowditch
Jane Campion
Carlos W. Encarnacion-Vasquez
Jonathan Riordan
John Trobaugh
Jessica WalshArt show at electric haze 7pm invite image

9-10AM LINE UP Spread the word, Loving Couples lead the parade. Couples, please
march at the front. Please line up on Humbolt St. at Institute St. If you have not
registered, you may do so bit.ly/WP-parade Please bring a copy of your registration
form with you. See a volunteer at check-in table. We will start on time, you will be
assigned placement in the parade ON SITE. We will try to distribute the types of
groups, however, the later you are, the further back you will be. The nearest
facilities are at the Lutheran Church or the Museum, be prepared.

11-12PM MARCH We begin PROMPTLY at 11AM to Worcester Common, please encourage your
friends and family to come out and see Worcester Pride’s biggest parade ever!
Marching groups keep to the right side of the street to allow for the Canal Diggers
Race to pass on the left. If you are a group leader, please make sure you do not
allow less than 10′ or more than 20′ between your group and the group ahead of
yours. At Worcester Common pay attention to volunteers instructions as the runners
will need to cross the parade route on Franklin St. at Church St.


9-11AM Festival Check-in/Set up Festival will open at noon, but people come to the
common before the parade begins! Please have a representative from your table go to
Main St to cheer on the Parade! If you have not registered for the festival, please
do so here: bit.ly/WP-festival Your registration entitles you to hand our literature
on the common, a table and two chairs. If you have a need for a tent, please bring a
10×10′ with 20# weights for each corner, city regulations. City inspection occurs at
11AM, please be set up by this time. NOTE: Elected Officials and Candidates are
asked to register for a table if you plan to hand out any literature to cover park
fees. All registered officials will be announced from the Main Stage.

12NOON Festival Kick Off! We have an eclectic selection of artists performing again
this year! If you are interested in a particular artist we will be posting the
Artist line up with the approximate times on our website by Wednesday, Sept 9th.

ATTENDANCE: to the festival is Free and Open to the Public. Please thank our
Sponsors for making this possible! We encourage you to CHEER on the Parade Marchers!
Loving Couples are LEADING the Pride Parade in honor of the recent Supreme Court
Decision AND our 40th Anniversary!

TICKETS for Bocado Wine Dinner, Pride Pageant are available online. Youth Pride Dance
tickets available at door, or volunteer at Pride for complementary entry! OTHER
EVENTS have tickets sold or donations taken at door! Please see link below or our
website for more information!

September 2nd ~6-8PM Opening reception of Worcester Pride Art Show @ Electric Haze
26 Millbury St. The show is on exhibit 9/2/15-10/6/15 ADD HERE Art Show Reception

September 9th ~Pride Kick off Night at Bocado featuring their Wine Dinner
ADD HERE kick Off Dinner/ Networking

September 10th ~3PM Pride Flag Raising at City Hall flag raising.

September 11th ~7-10PM LGBTQI Pride Pageant at Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St.
Worcester Pride Pageant!

September 11th ~10:30PM- 1:00 AM After Pageant Party @ Electric Haze 26 Millbury St.
featuring the Worcester Pride Art Show

September 12th ~11AM Worcester Pride Parade march from
Institute Park down Main St to Worcester Common)
– Grand Marshals are “Loving Couples” and
– Honorary Grand Marshal City Manager Edward Augustus

September 12th ~Noon-6PM Worcester Pride Festival on the Worcester Common – featuring Glen Stewart and dozens more of local talent, community Vendors, Food, the Woo Church Kids Zone, as well as community and elected leaders.

September 12th ~7PM-10PM Worcester Youth Pride Dance (16-20)
at Wycked Java Café 100 Water St

September 12th ~7PM-2AM Pride Block Party at MB Lounge 40 Grafton St.

September 12th ~11PM-2AM Sweet After Pride Party $5 Cover goes to Pride at Sweet
Kitchen and Bar 72 Shrewsbury St.
Sweet Pride After Party! – $5 COVER GOES TO PRIDE

For more information and details contact worcesterpride@gmail.com
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A Great Opportunity To Improve Your Child’s reading ability for FREE

WCCA TV is looking for a family, with 2 parents living together, with a
student in the 4th grade to work with Dr. Robert Kirk for approximately
5 weeks to learn better study habits for an upcoming WCCA TV local
originated program. Dr. Kirk is the author of Make MIS-TAKES for Better
Grades and he uses the Self Correction Program. If interested please
call Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880.

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A local couple seeks help


After putting down one pet with Cancer, they are left with a financial burden that is difficult for them to bear. They still have pets a t home and make things are dealing with being laid off from work. They asked us to help spread the word.

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Worcester Police Department (Official)

Goddard Memorial Drive ATV Accident Update

Worcester, MA (September 1, 2015) – The female passenger in the ATV accident that occurred on August 19, 2015 in the area of 51 Goddard Memorial Drive succumbed to her injuries early Sunday morning. On August 30, 2015 at approximately 1:50 AM, Ms. Paola Alba, 23-years-old of Worcester, died as a result of a head injury that she received while ridding as a passenger on an ATV.

The Worcester Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate this incident. During the investigation the operator of the ATV, Luis Pena, 24-years-old of Worcester was charged with Operating to Endanger (negligence), Operating at a Speed Greater than Reasonable, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

Since the accident resulted in the death of Ms. Alba additional charges may be pending.

This investigation is ongoing.

Original Press Release:

On Wednesday August 19, 2015 at approximately 9:10 PM Worcester police received a report of a single ATV Crash in the area of 51 Goddard Memorial Drive. Upon arrival, officers attended to a 23-year-old female of Worcester who was unresponsive. The female was identified as the passenger in the ATV. The operator was identified as a 24-year-old male of Worcester. The male was suffering from non-life threatening injuries to his arm. The pair was rushed to a local hospital to be treated from their injuries.

The female passenger is currently listed in very critical condition. The male operator was treated and released.

The Accident Reconstruction Team was immediately called to the scene.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the ATV was traveling east on Goddard Memorial Drive when it flipped over in the right travel lane.

According to witnesses, a group of dirt bike and ATVs were traveling on Goddard Memorial Drive doing “wheelies” and swerving on the road. The witnesses reported seeing the ATV rollover approximately 5-6 times.

After the crash, the other riders stopped and got off their bikes and ATVs to view the accident, then returned to their vehicles and fled prior to police arrival.

Earlier in the evening, police were called the area of Orient Street and Hamilton Street for reports of ATVs and dirt bikes riding dangerously through the streets. Officers were unable to track down the group at the time. The Worcester Police Department has received numerous reports of similar activity over the past several weeks. Callers have stated that the group drives hazardously in all areas of the city disrupting traffic and putting residents in danger.

Officers have also been in contact with the Environmental Police to assist with the investigation.

Criminal charges against the operator of the ATV are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: August 6, 2015

NOTE: This particular blog entry may be updated during the date of release.

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WCCA TV is TV BY, FOR, and OF, the PEOPLE / public access community media. WCCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, MEDIA LITERACY and Creative Innovation in Worcester, MA.
WCCA continues to be one of Worcester most vital and diverse STEAM ED, and creative maker spaces since 1986

Learn, Create and Connect at WCCA TV. Participate and empower yourself while building community through electronic media. We are a place a cable and web network where people share stories, promote local events, express themselves, offer views and opinions, and discuss Worcester. Get involved as a volunteer, Intern, or financial supporter.

Dozens of first run television programs are produced at WCCA each week. In fact more local community centric programming programming is produced at WCCA than any of all the cable channels on the cable spectrum. And it’s offered free on wccatv.com.

At WCCA TV, all of Worcester residents, workers and organizations, have the opportunity to take WCCA technology classes and workshops to learn how to create and distribute their quality video content, to distribute it on our network of channels, to participate in fun creative partnerships, to perform on camera, and to market ideas and community opportunities and even promote businesses through our Circle of Friends Memberships.

AT WCCA TV you find ALL types of programs, in many languages, all reflecting WORCESTER. NO OTHER Television better reflect the interest of Worcester and it’s people than WCCA TV. Why? Because it is programming that is produced by the people.

To find out more or become a member of WCCA TV, contact mauro@wccatv.com or browse this web site, we curate have one of the largest public access video archives in the UNITED STATES, or visit us at 415 Main street, Worcester, MA.

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Worcester County leads the state in farmland acreage, but not everyone is convinced Central Massachusetts needs a new way to connect its farmers with retailers. Among farmers in Central Massachusetts there is a mix of anticipation and caution. Yet the farmers are unsure if the food hub organizers really understand what they need.
“They haven’t sat down at the table with the farms like they need to,” said Michael Pineo, who runs a produce farm in Sterling. “There’s a lot more talking that needs to be done. Without the farmers there’s no food.” READ MORE click on the link:


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WCCA TV “WCN” is Worcester’s Community TV NEWS seen exclusively on WCCA TV cable 194 and on line at wccatv.com . Check it out, be the media, submit YOUR video news clips, up to 3 -5 minute interviews to Jen Picherri here at WCCA, apply for consideration for one of our weekly episodes simply by submitting your video work to us. Submissions may be used subject to space and needs of each show. Submit your clip on a standard DVD [ or MOV or AVI video file ]. Why wait for a reporter when YOU CAN BE THE MEDIA and do it YOURSELF? Video record an event yourself and submit it WCCA TV’s “WORCESTER COMMUNITY NEWS” good, news, events, or fun stuff like what’s on your summer reading list?

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Swearing in ceremony to celebrate new chief of Worcester Fire Department
City to welcome Chief Gardell and say farewell to Chief Dio

Worcester –Deputy Chief Geoffrey Gardell will be sworn in as the new chief of the Worcester Fire Department as the city bids adieu to retiring Chief Gerard A. Dio at a ceremony on Friday, August 14.

EVENT: Swearing in ceremony of Chief Gardell
DATE: Friday, August 14, 2015
TIME: 4:00 p.m. (guests should plan to arrive a few minutes before the start time)
PLACE: Levi Lincoln Chamber (Room 309), City Hall, Worcester

Chief Gardell has been with the WFD for 31 years, serving as the deputy chief since August 2011. He is also the department’s public information officer.

Chief Dio is retiring after a 35-year career in the department. He has been chief since 2000. # # #

FROM WCCA TV “THANK YOU CHIEF DIO” to new Chief Gardell, “welcome to your new post and best wishes”
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Worcester Mayor Defends City Police efforts

Statement by Mayor Joseph M. Petty on recent proposals to increase the presence of
outside law enforcement agencies in Worcester:

I have full confidence in Chief Gemme and the Police Officers of Worcester. The
Worcester Police know our community and our neighborhoods. We have a great
community policing program as well as the Police Summer Impact Unit. Law
Enforcement on all levels are already working together to solve the problem of
violence in our community. They are working under the leadership of Police Chief
Gary Gemme. But when guns are easy to obtain, you end up with guns in the wrong
hands. Unfortunately right now, we have gang members with small minds carrying big

I am disappointed in some of my council colleagues who try to have it both ways.
You can’t vote against funding for the police and then claim that they don’t have
enough money. You can’t call for level funding the budget and then say we don’t
have enough cops. You can’t file orders one day supporting the police and then show
a total lack of respect for their professionalism the next.

I am asking my colleagues to stand with me in my support of the Worcester Police
Department. We need everyone in this fight. We need the Worcester Police, we need
neighborhood crime watch groups and we need community groups, all who know the
neighborhoods of Worcester.

Issued by
Daniel J. Racicot
Chief of Staff
Mayor Joseph M. Petty

City Hall Room 305
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608-1892

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Worcester Arts Council releases 2016 Grant application
Funding Available for the Arts and Culture!

Worcester, MA – Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications
for its 2016 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15,
2015. Based on community input received during 2015, WAC will give preference to
community projects in the following categories: Public Art (murals, monuments,
street art etc.), Visual Art (Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking,
photography, and video), Music/Performing Arts (including theater and dance).
However all projects within the realm of arts, sciences and humanities will be
considered. WAC will accept grant applications from the following: individuals,
non-profit organizations, associations that can establish a non-profit objective,
schools, libraries and other public agencies.

WAC will be offering two types of competitive grants in 2016: Project Grants and
Fellowship Grants.

Fellowship Grants are awarded to assist artists, scholars and literary persons in
developing and exploring their work outside the structure of a specific project or
presentation. Two Fellowship grants will be awarded in 2016 in the amount of
$5,000.Through these grants, WAC intends to honor innovative individuals who
demonstrate excellence in their field and represent the best of Worcester’s creative
community. Fellowship applicants must maintain a residential, commercial or studio
address in the City of Worcester.

Project Grants are offered to encourage Worcester County individuals or
organizations to develop projects and programs that are innovative, collaborative in
nature, provide a public benefit, reach under-served populations and demonstrate
artistic excellence. All projects must occur within the city of Worcester within the
2016 calendar year.

To download a copy of the 2016 guidelines and the applications please

Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2015

To assist applicants, WAC will host Grant Writing Workshops:

Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00pm and Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00pm.

Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Conference Room, 3rd floor

Worcester Arts Council is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by
the City Manager, who annually distribute grant monies provided by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council. The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote
excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and
interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and
contribute to the economic vitality of Worcester.

For more information please contact Lindiana Flores at 508.799.1400 x 261 or
email FloresL@Worcesterma.Org

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: August 5, 2015

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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here, 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.

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2015-2016 Exhibition Schedule

September 11 – October 9, 2015
Material Needs: Steve Belz, Stephanie Chubbuck, Eugenie Lewalski Berg, Chris Markman, Victor Pacheco, Tyler Vance, and Catherine Wilcox-Titus
The Aurora

September 11 – January 22, 2016
Janet Schwartz, Inspired Work
The Hadley

October 30 – November 20, 2015
Leslie Graff, Volumes
Carlotta Miller, House Collides With A School Bus
Joan Ryan, Words Can Only Point
Lesia Sochor, A Needle and a Spool of Thread
The Aurora

November 18, 2015 – March 22, 2016
Jackie Penny, Goodnight Worcester, Revisited
The Hanover

December 4 – December 24, 2015
January 7 – January 16, 2016
Grayscale: A Members’ Exhibit in Collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum
The Aurora

February 5 – February 26, 2016
The 12th Annual College Show
The Aurora

February 5 – July 28, 2016
Robb Sandagata, Character Education
The Hadley

March 18 – April 16, 2016
Now! New Art by New Artists:
A Juried Exhibit In Collaboration with the Worcester Center for Crafts
The Aurora

March 31 – July 12, 2016
Neil Wilkins, Flux
The Hanover

May 6 – May 27, 2016
Camilo Ramirez, The Gulf
Terra Firma: A Members’ Exhibit
The Aurora

June 10 – June 30, 2016
The Fourth Annual “One” Members’ Exhibit
The Aurora

July 20 – November 1, 2016
Susan Sedgwick, Functional Spaces
The Hanover

Save The Date
On Friday, September 11, at 6:00 PM, we will hold our very brief Annual Meeting–and recognize the recipient of the 34th ArtsWorcester Award. The ArtsWorcester Award is given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to arts and culture in this city. The announcement of this year’s recipient will be made later this summer.

The Annual Meeting will be immediately followed by the openings of Material Needs at the Aurora and Inspired Work at the Hadley.
Many of you have heard that vandalism marred the opening of this year’s Art In The Park. City officials are stepping up to insure that this doesn’t happen again, and some have led the way by donating personal funds to help compensate the artists for the damage and in one case, total loss. If you wish to join them, please donate through Art In the Park’s website. In the meantime, there are twenty-five beautiful works remaining in Elm Park for you to enjoy this summer. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this terrific event happen.

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Sanctuary Cities ? Boston Herald reports
What say YOU ????

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Congressman McGovern, Mayor Petty Statements on Worcester Shooting on Everett Gaylord Boulevard

WORCESTER, MA – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) and Worcester Mayor Joe Petty released the following statements in response to the shooting of a mother and her 2-year-old child Monday night in Plumley Village on Everett Gaylord Boulevard in Worcester.

“I am heartbroken by last night’s tragic shooting of a mother and young child in Worcester,” Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family. I am grateful to the medical professionals who have helped to stabilize the condition of the mother and child and to the law enforcement officials working tirelessly to bring the perpetrator to justice. I am shocked by this unthinkable violence. Now is a time for Worcester to come together as a community to understand how this happened and how we can prevent this violence from happening again.”

“This kind of violence cuts our City to the core, particularly when the victims are a toddler and mother—the very definition of innocent bystander. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family tonight,” Worcester Mayor Joe Petty said. “Every incidence of violence should shock us and outrage us. Every time we hear about another gun victim we should stop in our tracks and ask how we as a City can do better. We owe it to our neighbors to take this outrage and join together and say, enough. We will work together at all levels of government to ensure that our public safety officials have the support and resources they need. To be clear, the full weight of the Worcester Police Department will be put behind finding the shooter and taking them off the streets.”

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For Immediate Release From the CITY OF WORCESTER: 8/4/15

Media Contact: John Hill, 508-799-1175


Residents urged to cover up, use bug spray to avoid getting bitten

WORCESTER –The Worcester Division of Public Health announced today that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Worcester for the first time this year. The WNV infection was confirmed by the State Public Health Laboratory Tuesday in several mosquito samples which were collected on July 31 in multiple quadrants of the city. No human or animal cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected so far this year. There is no elevated risk level or risk level change associated with this finding.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In 2014, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals
Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

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WCCA NEWS ROUND UP: August 4, 2015


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On shooting at Everett Gaylord Boulevard:

“I, like the rest of the community, am outraged by the senseless act of violence the occurred last night in our city. My thoughts and prayers and the support of the entire city go out to the victims of this terrible crime. The perpetrators have demonstrated an appalling disregard for human life, and the City of Worcester and the Worcester Police Department pledge to work tirelessly to bring them to justice.”
John F. Hill

Communications Specialist

City of Worcester

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish writes:

On Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. our present CYC will host a “Welcome Cookout” All young people in grades 7th – 12th (old and new) and their parents are cordially and sincerely invited to come to this cookout. The CYC will provide the hotdogs. If you would like to attend please call 508-791-6139 in advance so that we may get a head count and plan the food. Also new and old members are asked to bring potluck dishes for example, salads, casseroles , desserts, etc.
Come and find out what CYC is all about. Again, WELCOME!!!!
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Benton Welcomes New Benton Faculty Research Fellow Dr. Colin Rhinesmith

The Benton Foundation named Dr. Colin Rhinesmith the new Benton Faculty Research Fellow. In this role, Dr Rhinesmith will conduct original Benton research as well as advise the foundation on new research opportunities. In his first project for Benton, Dr Rhinesmith is conducting a study of low-cost Internet and digital literacy training programs in low-income communities across the U.S. The goal of the study is to provide data and outcomes-based measures that can be useful to policymakers, Internet service providers, and other digital inclusion stakeholders, particularly as the Federal Communications Commission and Congress seek to reform the Universal Service Fund.

“At a time when federal regulators are considering addressing the digital divide by refocusing the FCC’s Lifeline program,” said Benton Foundation Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss, “Benton is investing in research to support data-driven policy decisions rather than divisive ‘Obamaphone’-type rhetoric. We need the best thinking to reach and connect those who have yet to embrace the Internet.”

Dr. Rhinesmith is also working with Benton Fellow Raphael Leung to compile research resources on the impact effects of broadband availability on vulnerable communities. A fall 2015 report will look at the need for robust broadband among low-income communities and address what the minimum services standards should be for low-income telecommunications programs.

“I am honored to be affiliated with the Benton Foundation as a Faculty Research Fellow,” said Dr. Rhinesmith. “For the past 13 years, I have followed the Foundation’s tireless efforts to create more equitable access to information and communication in the digital age. I look forward to working with the Benton Foundation as a researcher to help inform how policymakers and practitioners design, implement, and evaluate digital inclusion and broadband adoption strategies.”

Dr. Rhinesmith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Rhinesmith’s research investigates digital inclusion and broadband adoption. Recent research looks at how community anchor institutions, such as public libraries and community technology centers, promote digital inclusion through public access computing, home broadband access, and digital literacy training. Rhinesmith’s work has been published in the following journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings: Government Information Quarterly; International Journal of Communication; Journal of Education for Library and Information Science; Community Informatics Research Network Conference Proceedings; and the Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded Information in Society Fellow. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Previously, Rhinesmith was a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The Benton Foundation is a private operating foundation that works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. We pursue this mission by: 1) seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity; 2) demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all; and 3) providing information resources to policymakers and advocates to inform communications policy debates.
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