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WCCA TV Newsletter, July 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! We hope everyone is having a nice summer while staying safe and healthy! As Massachusetts is about to enter Phase 3 of reopening, WCCA TV continues to prioritize COVID-19 Safety Protocols through its daily operations. Studio procedures have been modified to accommodate a safe, clean, and near-touchless production process. Space in our studio is limited to a total of four people, including camera operators. Staff and volunteer users are required to clean and disinfect all work areas thoroughly before and after each use. Our edit rooms are single-use only and they must be scheduled in advance. People editing are required to wear a mask and gloves. No food is allowed in the studio or edit suites. Staff and community volunteers & guests will wear face mask at all times, where physical distancing is not possible. All staff and WCCA TV members are required to maintain social distancing at all times.

To reserve your time, call 508-755-1880, or contact your WCCA TV production facilitator to schedule production and/or editing. We ask for your patience and understanding during these challenging time as we are working very diligently to be accommodating to both your needs and safety. We appreciate your kindness and support!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sal Arcuri and Eli Velez from Arcuri Moda Salon in Worcester to talk about the reopening of barbershops and salons in the Commonwealth.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Magdelene Barjolo, one of the organizers of the Solidarity Protest at Worcester Common. Magdelene informs us that the purpose of these peaceful protests is to call attention to racial injustices being committed against our black communities and to inspire systemic change.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Brian Sora, Director of Operations with DiLeo Gas in Worcester, to discuss their program of giving away gift cards to clients of the Worcester Community Action Council.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Fred Taylor from Worcester Branch NAACP (Carpenters Union) to talk about recent Solidarity Protests in Worcester. Fred wants to tell people that despite their frustration, violence is not the answer.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, who explains WCCA’s reopening protocol and welcomes back our members and producers.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jason & Linda Grimshaw, both teachers at Leicester Public Schools. They discuss the challenges of teaching separate classes remotely in their house, as well as having their children learning remotely at home.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dennis Lipka & Anna Kosterski from Worcester Regional Transit Authority. They talk about the impact of COVID-19 on public transportation, what has WRTA done during these challenging times, and where to go from here.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Vincent Pedone to discuss his work as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents and as Chairman of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. Viewers will gain insight on how Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities are preparing to repopulate their student body. Vincent also discusses the impact of COVID-19 upon WRA and the many projects that are ongoing, including the Worcester Red Sox Stadium

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark Gallant, owner of The Dogfather food trucks and WooTrucks. Mark addresses the dramatic impact of the pandemic on the food truck business, particularly at a time when many outdoor festivals and concerts have been cancelled.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Peter Dunn, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Worcester, to talk about upcoming developments and events in Worcester.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Michael Onett from Faith and Family Supportive Care & Hospice to talk about the COVID-19 rules related to hospice, the three pillars of hospice structure, and what should a patient or family ask before choosing a hospice.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features two members of the African Community Education – Kaska Yawo, the Executive Director & Co-Founder, and Tim O’Neil, the Marketing & Fundraising Manager. They talk about the ACE organization and programming, how they have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how people can help support their efforts.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Troy Siebels, President & CEO of The Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Troy talks about the ramifications of having to cancel a significant portion of their season due to COVID-19, plans on moving forward, and how will the experience at the theatre be different than before the pandemic.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Gary Benacquista, Director of Operations at Grid Hospitality Group, owner of Worcester Beer Garden & Pavilion. Gary will discuss the reopening of outdoor dining, the new Beer Garden menu, how dining out is going to change, their plans to keep their guests & staff safe, and what dining and live music may look like in the future.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV’s Development Officer, Michael Coogan. Mike talks to WCCA’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about The Jazz Fest which has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, the reopening of the station, and information on how to access WCCA TV.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sulma Rubert-Silva, Interim Director at Worcester Public Library, to talk about the reopening of the library; the curbside pickup service now available for borrowers; summer reading; renovation project, and additional library information.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kathy Gagne, Executive Director at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. She talks about the interruption of the presentations at the hall as a result of COVID-19, as well as the impact of damage from a severe storm this past spring. Kathy also talks about future plans for Mechanics Hall.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to a new episode of Racism, We Can Live Without It – a WCCA TV Special Presentation produced by Barbara Roberts. This is a candid and ongoing series of discussions, with a focus on a caring search for non-violent solutions to unjust problems such as racism that is hurting us all. This episode features Barbara Roberts – Mathematician and Peace Activist, Bil Gardiner – Photographer and Community Activist, Scott Shaeffer Duffy – Catholic Worker in Worcester and Peace Activist, and Mauro DePasquale – WCCA TV’s Executive Director. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • It’s City-Budget time in Worcester! This is the topic of discussion in a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. In another episode, Gary and his panel members talk about the challenges that landlords are facing due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in July. Host of the program and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, interviews Tina Grosowsky, Project Coordinator at the Central Mass Tobacco-Free Community Partnership; Deb Tully and Michelle Scavone from Wholly Cannoli in Worcester; and Jackie Ngo and George Robert from the Worcester Voter Registration Initiative, who talk about the mission of WVRI and the various outreach programs they’ve developed to inspire/encourage people to vote. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV194, The People’s Channel!
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with podiatrist Dr. Chris Bromley. The topic of discussion is toenails and lasers. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s talks to Dr. Joseph Saka about practice management tips.
  • Welcome to a new episode of Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill welcomes to the show Rock & Gem Collector, Larry Bull. Larry has brought some of the rocks, minerals and gems he’s found in New England.
  • WCCA TV’s BANDEdge returns for a new season! This is local music show shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. This episode features Pope, Marcus + Co. ‘BANDEdge’ is a great venue to be seen and heard. All genres are welcome. To be featured on the show, contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com or call 508-755-1880 ext 111.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV program definitely worth watching! Host of the program, Tommy Colletta, chats with WCCA TV’s Executive Director & Professional Musician, Mauro DePasquale, about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon musicians.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva and Hank Stolz, features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima’s guest is Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor, who talks about his journey to Islam.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guest is Frank Rocco, the station Engineer at WCCA TV, to talk about his job and upcoming TV Production classes.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine’s guest is Hillary Ochieng’ Ang’ila to talk about his journey as an immigrant in the US. Augustine also talks about some of the conspiracy theories linked to COVID-19.
  • Sound Check, with Stefano Trafecante, is a documentary-style music program featuring local artists and musicians in the Worcester area. Local Mix 13 is an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from from Laura Bryna, Ksenia & Stevie Mackey, Carmine Appice, Gavin Haley, Lovers & Poets, The Bobbleheads, and Hooked Like Helen. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of Senior Speak. WCCA TV is making sure the show goes on and local seniors stay connected and informed during these challenging times. This episode features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

About WCCA TV

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy!!

WCCA TV is calling restaurants and businesses especially hurting from the shut down: FREE TV Exposure is being offered on a limited time! This is a public service brought to you by WCCA TV it is an opportunity to simply connect to your loyal customers and constituents !
WCCA TV is an all-inclusive interactive and creative venue. Now with our Daily Breaking public-service programming that is designed to address the pandemic impact, we have an open call for participation including those in arts & performance, businesses, social service organizations, and more. We are running FREE opportunities to help those especially challenged during the pandemic, on a limited basis. WCCA TV’s purpose is to engage and empower or community through education and access to media tools, resources and creative space, to facilitate the sharing of local news & information, and to help rebuild our economy.
WCCA TV presents direct perspectives from healthcare providers, wellness groups and social services, educational and self-help information, uplifting expression from the arts and culture community, story telling, business and non-profit news & events, and faith-based messaging. WCCA TV productions are available on cable, as live stream-cast, Facebook live, as podcast, and more. They are replayed as well on Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and live-streamed at www.wccatv.com.
Check out WCCA TV’s latest public service program ‘Daily Breaking’. Productions are currently conducting interviews on Skype or Zoom, and with limited number of people in our sanitized Studio. Let your customers and clients know how you are doing. Contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com for further details.

WCCA TV’s new, live program ‘Daily Breaking’ – designed to allow our community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate, up-to-date information – has generated a lot of interest and engagement in our community. Visit WCCA’s Podcast Central to hear some of the latest ‘Daily Breaking’ shows that have been airing at noon for just over a month. Due to the high number of views even after the show airs, you can now listen to it Anytime, Anywhere, on WCCA’s ‘Podcast Central.’ Just load the SoundCloud app on your phone and search for WCCA TV or visit WCCA’s Podcast Central. For more WCCA TV programs, visit www.wccatv.com/video

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ashley Carter, Farmers Market Program Coordinator at Regional Environmental Council (REC). She informs the viewers about How the Regional Environmental Council Inc (a long time grassroots food justice organization based out of Main South Worcester) has adapted its mobile farmers market to serve SNAP customers safely and enable them to continue use of their Healthy Incentive Program benefits; What is the HIP program and what it means for local farmers and SNAP-users especially during the COVID-19 pandemic; Their partnership with the Worcester Regional Food Hub and local growers; How they are involving youth, and Where you can find the farmers market in June and beyond if the coast is clear.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Troy Lee, Senior Student at Tantasqua Regional High School, to discuss how almost all senior events have been canceled or postponed, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on high-school students, and how they’re adjusting to these challenging times.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Anne Bureau from the Worcester Community Connections Coalition. Anne informs us how the Worcester Community Connections Coalition is working to bring out the voices of Worcester parents at this time to ensure that their needs are being met and to get out important resource information

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Gina Plata-Nino, Staff Attorney at the Central West Justice Center. Gina explains how to access resource information that is important to parents at this time – on housing, food access, or mental health

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Alex Guardiola, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, to provide our business community with information and aid available from the Municipal, State and Federal levels of government. Mr. Guardiola provides important information for both small and large businesses. He discusses programs ranging from micro-loans, forgivable grants and paycheck protection funds. For more information, visit the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Victoria Waterman, CEO at Girls Inc of Worcester. Victoria talks about the “Girls Celebration 2020” event. Like many things, the event became a “virtual celebration” and they did a segment each day of the week electronically. Girls Celebration is one of their biggest events to honor young girls for a variety of achievements.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bryan Levangie, Location Pastor at the Next Level Church in West Boylston. Bryan talks about all they are doing online to bring continued hope to the greater Worcester community and beyond.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kristen Cariglia, the Director of Operations at HMEA’s Autism Resource Central. Kristen provides us with a brief overview of the Center and the challenges they are facing. She also talks about the support the Center continues to provide for families during this difficult time, and the virtual 5k/walk they have running currently. For more information, visit Autism Resource Central’s website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Paula Bushey, Treasurer at the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker. She talks about how the Covid-19 crisis has changed their daily operation & procedures and what they are doing now with weekday meals and the Food Pantry.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features three members of The 365Z Foundation – President Rosemary Ford, Vice President Ed Gardella, and Media Relations Officer Chris Weber. They talk about how the Foundation began and the work they are doing with their fundraising efforts and scholarships they have awarded. The 365Z Foundation was founded in honor of Zachary Ford, who tragically took his own life at age 20. Their mission is to help perpetuate a community-wide kindness movement, raising awareness and personal commitment to helping others. For more information, visit The 365Z Foundation’s website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Heidi Sue LeBoeuf, Counseling and Advocacy Director at Pathways for Change, Inc. She informs viewers that your local rape crisis center is still open and still supporting & believing survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, friends, family, etc. The center also provides support for professionals. Services right now are being provided by phone and telehealth. For more information and to ask about services, call 508-852-7600, Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. Also visit the Center’s website.

This special edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Philip Ozzone, a student at Worcester State University. Philip asks Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, a few questions about our public access TV station and how the organization is facing the challenges of COVID-19.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Matt Hanlon, Co-owner of Breen’s Cafe. Breen’s is a long established neighborhood sports-bar that draws people from across the city and several towns in Central Mass. They serve delicious food and large portions at very affordable prices. Many of the patrons have been friends for decades. Matt will talk about that and also wants to let their customers know that he and other owners & employees miss them at Breen’s.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan from Christ The King Catholic Church in Worcester. He talks about how his parish is impacted by the restrictions posed by COVID-19 and how they’re coping with it. He ended the interview with an uplifting prayer.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Colleen Sullivan, Bartender/Manager at Barber’s Crossing restaurant in Leicester. Colleen talks about restaurant closures and the impact it has had not just financially on the business, but also on her fellow employees and even regular customers who want to Zoom with her.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News. This episode features a special story about Michael Timko, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), who has been put onto a research grant to investigate a new and efficient way to create biofuel. A second story involves college students talking about the transition of having their classes be completely online. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the show doctor Donald Pelto presents some strategies and tips to stay healthy and motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In another episode, Dr. Pelto explains how to use technology to stay in touch with patients remotely and improve patient care during such challenging times.
  • WCCA TV is doing its part to help local seniors stay connected and informed in these challenging times, through its program Senior Speak. Tune in to a new episode that features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Tuesdays at 12:30pm and Wednesdays at 12pm.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester-area facts and history. Bill talks about Worcester’s history on hiring black police officers. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Briannagh D, Rockie Brown, Disq, Raylon, Jack Garratt, and Laura Pieri. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with Video Jam Country, hosted by Tracy Foley. This show will feature new music from Dawn Marie, Calamity Jane, Mags, Tiffany Woys, Ruthie Collins, Head Fake and much more. Tune in on Thursdays, at 11:00 pm, to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Shout out to all our country music fans!!

About WCCA TV

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

WCCA TV is media literacy/democracy. Your support is greatly appreciated.

People turn to the program, Democracy Now!, on WCCA TV,  for ad-free news they can trust.  Maybe they come for the daily headlines. Or maybe it’s for the in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power.  Democracy Now! produces their daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting.  Support Democracy Now! by tuning into the show Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 9am, on WCCA TV Channel 194 and as it streams at our website at wccatv.com .  Please support OUR efforts in continuing to bring you  Democracy Now! by donating to WCCA TV  – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity and support. Donations can be made here:  https://www.wccatv.com/donate  or can be mailed to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester Mass. 01608 . Thank you. 

WCCA TV Newsletter June 2017

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The WCCA TV Newsletter, June 2017

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Last Summer, WCCA TV began a program called the Video Maker’s Clubhouse, which we will offer again in August. It is a great program where young people between the ages of 13-18 learn how to plan, set-up, and create video projects in a professional studio production environment. Unfortunately, there were many youths who were unable to participate due to the cost, as this kind of program is expensive to operate. With this in mind, this year we’re asking for donations to cover the costs of some great kids to be in the program. We want to make this program available to youth of all incomes. Please help provide scholarships to low-income and underprivileged youth. WCCA TV is recruiting underprivileged youth from organizations like the Worcester Youth Center, The Worcester Community Action Council, Boys and Girls Club, and Girls, Inc.. We will make a list of contributors known to the public. Thank you Bay State Savings Bank for contributing! For more information, contact Joseph at 508-755-1880 or joseph@wccatv.com. As always, thank you for your support!!

Antiques and Collectibles Day that was recently held at WCCA TV, turned out to be a successful event and lots of FUN!! Keep an eye for our TV program ‘Hidden Treasures’, hosted by Bill Safer, which will be showcasing this event. Thanks to Zoup of Worcester and George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs for their support!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Broadway comes to Worcester!! WCCA TV volunteer, Cynthia LaPan, interviews Allison Semmes, the star of [Motown the Musical] (http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/MOTOWNTHEMUSICALINTERVIEW), at Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Allison Semmes, who is Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, sits down with Cynthia LaPan to discuss the passion, the joys and the challenges of being an actress in a nationally-touring company today. Exclusively on WCCA TV, now seen on Channel 194 in Worcester!

As part of Make Music Worcester on June 21, 2017, WCCA TV and host, Mauro DePasquale, welcome guitarist and musicologist, Carlos Odria, Ph D. His Latin Jazz performance is featured on this episode of Bandedge.

WCCA TV was at the first Out to Lunch Concert Series of 2017 featuring the ‘Blue Light Bandits’ at the Worcester Common Oval on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Also featured were community Shout Outs.

On June 23, 2017, WCCA TV volunteer, Cynthia Lapan, joined Lt. Governor Karyn Polito as well as local officials, members of the Worcester community and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to help celebrate more than 400,000 passengers being served by JetBlue at the Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). To honor the occasion, Massport hosted a Runway Relay Challenge competition. The event was made possible by sponsorships from Bowditch & Dewey Attorneys, Columbia Tech, Enterprise Cleaning Corporation, Kurlan & Associates, Inc., Mirick O’ Connell Attorneys at Law, Penta Marketing, and Polar Beverages. Through the generosity of these sponsors, a donation will be made to the United Way of Central Massachusetts to celebrate this milestone at ORH, with Massport matching the donations. Cynthia Lapan interviewed Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, City Manager Ed Augustus, Tim Garvin of the United Way, and Worcester Country Sheriff and Massport Board Member, Lew Evangelidis. Tune into WCCA TV, Channel 194, for a special presentation of Runway Relay Challenge.

WCCA TV’s Adam Rice recently joined the Anna Maria Art Department for the celebration of their Senior Art Exhibit.

On June 26, 2017, WCCA TV attented an event in which City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. announced that the City of Worcester has chosen Trinity Financial, a community-driven and diverse real estate development firm with a proven track record for redeveloping complex urban sites from New York to Greater Boston, as developers for the former Worcester County Courthouse. Proposed plans for the currently vacant courthouse include approximately 125 new units of residential housing and ancillary amenity space, with half of the units rented at market rates and the remaining units designated for workforce housing with a creative economy focus. The development will include the historic rehabilitation and preservation of the former Worcester County Courthouse.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in July, hosted by the WCCA TV Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. New episodes will feature Joe Bellil from Easter Seals Massachusetts and Mike Kennedy from the Center for Living and Working; Adriana Ojeda and Dr Matilde Castiel to talk about the WISH Task Force; Calandra Chaney to tell us about REC, the
    Regional Environmental Council, and George Wong to talk about Freedompreneur. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, as well as streaming live online, on Saturdays at 10:30 PM and Sundays at 6:30 PM. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, The People’s Channel!
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee With Konnie. Host Konnie Lukes has coffee with Carmelita Bello and Jane Pastore. The topic of discussion is the preservation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester.
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, Senator Harriette Chandler, chats with Valerie
    Zolezzi-Wyndham and Nicole Cardamone from Worcester Communmity Legal Aid. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Gail Carberry to the show.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Lyn Lincourt, the author of the book Mansions Of Magnates: America
    In The Mad 20th Century
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  • Learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and other housing issues with IN THE HOUSE, a WCCA TV program hosted by George Russell. In this episode, George welcomes attorney Steve Platten to the show to talk about Seller’s Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Activate Worcester is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and
    become active in Worcester. Host Ron Motta welcomes Ray Hanna back to the show.
  • Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about Muslim Mosques Zoned Out. Tune into WCCA TV to know your civil rights!
  • In this new episode of Rosen’s Round Table, host Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about City Councilor Konnie Lukes’ proposal to ban plastic bags in Worcester. In another episode, the Citizen Advisory Council actions are bantered.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program, hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester facts. In this episode, Bill talks about Worcester in 1949.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Michael Hirsh welcomes DA Joseph Early Jr., Benjamin Goldman, J.D., and Reverend Aaron Payson to the show. The topic of discussion is Goods for Guns. Because your health matters!
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Jessica Walsh from Worcester Wares.
  • Tune into Ramona Interviews, a talk show that features people from all walks of life. Host Ramona Pokoly interviews Raquel Castro-Corazzini, the Director of Youth Opportunities in Worcester, and Recreation Worcester Coordinator, Vianna Mercedes.
  • Healthy Bodies, Healthly Minds, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. The SHINE Initiative’s Executive Director, Paul Richard, welcomes Carol Botty and Ali Veinbachs. Frame of Mind is the topic of discussion.
  • Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program, produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. It’s put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. This episode features a trip to Vincent to see the Hip Swayers and then check out some of the mural art in Worcester.
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St., on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist includes: The Dead Daisies/ Make Some Noise, AV Super Sunshine/ I Am Alien, The Chordaes/ Cry Another Day, Zodiak/ Don’t Be Debbie, Koreen Perry/ Dreams in a Bucket, Koreen Perry/ See Through You, Chandani/ Baby Blues, DVBBS ft Belly/ You Found Me, and more! Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!!
  • Host Tracy Foley also brings to you Video Jam Rive Special June 2017. You don’t want to miss this exciting show, featuring artists from Sara Leone to Kevin Downswell. Turn up your volume and enjoy!
  • Tune into Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music, with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Sons of the Palamino/ Countryholic, The Mavericks/ Brand New Day, Smith and Wesley/ The Little Things, Lee Brice/ Boy, Kylie Frey/ Too Bad, James Robert Webb/ Six Strings and the Truth, Jimmy Charles/ Bout Summertime. A special shout-out to all our dedicated country music fans!!
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Nuestra Esperanza is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey.

About WCCA TV

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

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Since 1986, WCCA TV has always bee a creative space and a place that has engaged people of all backgrounds in bringing the city to life through creative expression of story telling, engaging community television talk programming, music, dance, television journalism, dramatic arts and film/video making, public art and multi media works, and to exercise free speech. It’s a space for everyone to get engaged in the arts in an active way.
A diversity of thousands of people attended WCCA educational class and workshops, participated in content creation, our public events, and our programs are seen in Worcester and around the world on line.
We have added over 630 videos to the WCCA website Video On Demand library in 2016! ALL AVAILABLE FOR FREE “ON-DEMAND VIEWING” at http://www.wccatv.com/video . This would not be possible without such an amazing video-prolific community and also with the tremendous work and effort of our own WCCA TV Staff of professional video technicians and video production artist.
WCCA community projects and programs are seen around the world and we have many letters expressing appreciation of this from many different countries. BRAVO !!
There is no denying WCCA TV is an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation.

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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WCCA TV News Letter January – February 2017

WCCA TV Newsletter – January 2017

All Happening at WCCA TV

Testimonial by Bill Safer, Host of ‘Hidden Treasures’:

Many thanks to the WCCA TV staff and all the people who make this station fantastic! Another show done and I am at my 50th show! I get contacted, sometimes in person, about my show. People have given me a shout-out at CVS, supermarkets, and even in front of the studio! Since WCCA is worldwide on the internet, I have received questions from places like Iceland, Italy, China and many others. A gentleman in Florida was watching his computer TV and landed on WCCA and my show! Now we are pen-pals! Thanks again everyone, your work and dedication do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Most Sincerely,
Bill Safer

WCCA Special Presentations:

The WCCA TV ‘New Voices Awards – Singing and Poetry Competition’ is an exciting opportunity for youth in Worcester to showcase their singing as well as their poetry talent and skills. This year it was especially difficult for the judges to make their choice about who would win, because the talent was incredible!! See for yourself: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/NEWVOICESFINALE2016 . This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council. Thanks for watching and supporting WCCA TV, The People’s Channel!!

WCCA TV was recently invited to record the District Attorney and the Central Mass Opiod Task Force ‘Opiod Awarenss Forum’ at the Worcester Technical High School. It was a unique opportunity for Worcester public school parents to hear directly from public safety officials about current state and local efforts to combat the opiod epidemic and to get substance abuse and prevention information: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/OPIODAWARENESSFORUM

WCCA TV PROGRAMMING

Time for a coffee break and another episode of COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Join Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has coffee with Charles Longeway, the author of the book “Worcester’s Forgotten Catacombs”: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE483

Should substitute teachers in Worcester get a pay raise? Watch this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about this issue: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE288 . In another episode, the guys make their predictions about what’s going to happen in Worcester in 2017: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE286

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show that informs viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show, Ron Madnick, talks about U.S. Supreme Court Case: Detention and Torture of Muslim Prisoners in USA: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS249 . In another episode, Ron talks about the history of the separation of Church and State in the US: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS248

CONNECTING THE DOTS 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 program, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomesLindsey Silva, the Quality Improvement Nurse at Family Health Center of Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS20

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes Allison Chisolm, the author of ‘The Presiding Genius of the Place’; Alex Corrales from the Worcester Housing Authority’s ‘A Better Life’ Program; and Chantel Bethea from ‘Women in Action’: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER75

ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guests are Worcester City Councilor, Michael Gaffney, and his wife, Coreen: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER170

CLOSE TO HOME is a WCCA program about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Anne Fox, the president of Mass Citizens For Life: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME488 . In another episode, Molly talks to Father Bill McCarthy: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME486

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA52_201701

HIDDEN TREASURES is a show that helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host Bill Safer welcomes Mark Alzapiedi back tho the show to talk about vintage toys: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES49

IN THE HOUSE is a WCCA TV program that shows the viewers the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. Host George Russell welcomes Amarildo Silva to explain how a kitchen remodel is done: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE18

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist includes: AV Supersunshine/ Love NYD, Hotei/ Move It, Secret Friend/ Something’s Happening, My Silent Bravery / Warning Signs, Mako/ Wish You Back, Virginia to Vegas/ Lights Out, Matt Citron / Stay Down, The Album Leaf/ Between Waves, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM919 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music WITH VIDEO JAM COUNTRY, hosted by Tracy Foley. This show features: Blackberry Smoke/ Sunrise in Texas, Jeff Bates/ That Thing We Do, Stephanie Quayle/ Drinking with Dolly, Jesse Dayton/Possum Ran Over My Grave, Camille Rae/ But I Want You, Cody McCarver/ Rise Up, Mo Pitney/ Everywhere, Drew Baldridge/ Train: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY138 . Enjoy!!

BEN BEHIND THE SCENES is a half hour show of music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced by Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into WCCA TV for another episode of this entertaining program: http://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES23

Tune into a new episode of SMART METERS. Featured in this episode: Canadian EMF activists raise issues about the 5G network and antenna installations; Suzanne Somers speaks against smart meters; Ali McGraw speaks against tower installations; Montgomery activists regarding Wifi in schools: http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/ABOUTSMARTMETERS67

SENIOR SPEAK is a WCCA program recorded at the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed, and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK663. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, now seen on cable Channel 194!

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!

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

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

WCCA TV, Channeling Community Since 1986!

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The People’s Channel. Contact the station and find out how you might qualify to be entered into a contest to win a nice prize by getting your friends to sign up for our e-news letter.

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

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

Broadband for all is needed. WCCA TV PUBLIC ACCESS Community Media thrives toward that end

So we will keep you abreast with the latest Broadband news:
FASTER SPEEDS FOR THE WEALTHY (What about the rest of us?)
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/10/non-cable-internet-providers-offer-faster-speeds-to-the-wealthy/
(Article quotes Hannah Sassaman of Media Mobilizing Project.)

WCCA TV serving community media needs : Media Sponsorship

As a continual part of our Philanthropic mission, WCCA TV is again a proud media sponsor of Fathers Fest on Saturday, June 18 from 12pm-4pm at Institute Park in Worcester. Pernet Family Health Service joins the Fathers and Family Network to present this exciting event, which attracts up to 2000 dads, moms and partners, kids and extended family members for food, fun, games, clowns, music and resource tables.

Thanks for choosing WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 2, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated 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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WCCA TV’s NEW VOICES AWARD COMPETITION ages 14-19 register today.
contact joseph@wccatv.com
We hold auditions the November 5th, selected singers who are chosen to move forward will be attending the television shoot for Episodes 1 & 2 shoots on December 1 and 2 ( maybe also the 3rd)
Sign up ASAP
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Worcester Public Library Partners with Bottom Line

to Host College Readiness Program for Low-Income Students

Worcester, MA – The Worcester Public Library is partnering with Bottom Line to provide college readiness support to low-income students in the Worcester area. The programs are designed to help students navigate the admissions and financial aid process.

Tyrone Brown of Bottom Line will offer College Admissions and Essays with Bottom Line on Friday, October 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Library’s Banx Room. During this program, he will explain how to navigate the college admissions and essay writing process. Brown will also offer College Financial Aid with Bottom Line on Monday, November 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Saxe Room at the Library. This program helps students learn to receive and make best use of financial aid for college. Both programs are free, and no registration is required.

“Providing free college readiness programming is something the library has done successfully in the past, and meshes perfectly with the library mission of democratized access,” said Rachel Moir, Teen Services Librarian of the Worcester Public Library. “We hope that by providing this programming, we will help local teens learn more about the college application and readiness resources available to them in their own community.”

Bottom Line has addressed the low college graduation rates of at-risk urban youth since 1997. Their mission is to help low income, first generation students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life. Their vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of career-ready college graduates.

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The Worcester Public Library serves as a gathering place that actively promotes the free exchange of ideas in our democratic society. The Library makes information and services available to all people while fostering intellectual freedom, protecting privacy, encouraging personal growth and enrichment and celebrating our diverse community heritage. The Library strives to be a welcoming destination and the leading provider of resources to inform, enlighten and enrich our diverse community.

For more information on College Admissions and Essays with Bottom Line and College Financial Aid with Bottom Line please contact Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations and Communications Manager of the Worcester Public Library, at lsheldon@worcpublib.org or 508-799-1654. Students with questions regarding these programs may contact Rachel Moir, Teen Services Librarian of the Worcester Public Library at rmoir@worcpublib.org of 508-799-1667.

3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608 508.799.1655

worcpublib.org facebook.com/worcesterpubliclibrary

Worcester Public Library, a Department of the City of Worcester

Linnea Sheldon

Community Relations & Communications Manager

Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square

Worcester, MA 01608

www.worcpublib.org

P: 508-799-1654

F: 508-799-1652

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To my Youth Development Friends,

I am writing to share information about this exciting program that starts next week, and to ask for your help in spreading the word! A healthy, empowered mother is so important to youth. She is strong, fit and able to take care of the family, and she is a wonderful role model of healthy behaviors for youth! Sometimes too, she can use support and guidance to ensure good health.

Take Shape for Life is a comprehensive health and fitness program for women, that combines group support and exercise, unlimited coaching, independent access to physical activity in a supportive environment. The group meets once weekly, with our inspirational trainer, Cyndi Johnson, when they exercise together, discuss goals, challenges and successes, and work toward individual goals.

The following link will take you to an in-depth program description, and introduce you to Cyndi. There is also a link to register, making it quick and convenient.

http://www.ywcacentralmass.org/uncategorized/take-shape-for-life
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Job Posting for Customer Relations and Community Programs Coordinator

Our mission at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest is to enhance the quality of life of children at-risk, and their families, by matching these children in professionally supported mentoring relationships with responsible and caring volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking a full-time Customer Relations and Community Programs Coordinator for 40 hours a week in the Framingham office to coordinate all functions related to the agency’s community mentor programs, including customer relations, enrollment, interview and assess both youth and volunteer mentors, matching volunteers with mentees, match support, and training. The agency’s Community Programs seek to create effective community-based matches within our 40 town service region. This position ensures programs will provide high-level customer service and professional match support in response to all inquiries.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / Metrowest, Inc.

Tel: 508-752-7868 Mobile: 508-736-4664

www.bbbscm.org

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HURRICANE PREP
Stormwater Preparation: Indian Lake & Coes Pond Drawdown

In advance of possibly significant rainfall amounts from Hurricane Joaquin, the
City of Worcester’s Department of Public Works & Parks is drawing down Indian Lake
and Coes Pond. These steps are only taken in anticipation of hurricane-level events.

While it is still uncertain as to whether the City will see the full effects of the
hurricane, we are taking the opportunity to create additional stormwater storage by
performing these drawdowns. These preemptive measures will help mitigate flooding
effects. City residents should experience virtually no impact from the drawdowns; this
notice is simply informational.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: Sept. 24, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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The Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) Youth Effect members would like to invite you to our Moon Festival on:

Friday, September 25, 2015

From 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Boys & Girls Club

65 Tainter Street Worcester, MA 01610

This is an event for families and their children, which is open to the entire community. Free Admission. There will be free refreshments, community resource tables, face painting, free lanterns for children 13 and under and free moon cakes for all attendants to taste.

You can expect to enjoy cultural performances from our Worcester Youth Nian Dance (WYND) group, martial arts demonstrations and the traditional lantern parade by the WYND Lions to end the Festival.

The celebration of the Moon Festival, which traditionally falls on a full moon, symbolizes the completion of the harvest season. Originally, the Moon Festival came about as a way for parents to make up for lost time with their children after the harvest. The harvesting season is usually done by September (August in the Lunar calendar).

SEAC would like to thank you for your help and support in promoting this program for the entire Worcester community. If you need further information please feel free to contact Kathy Chau, (508-791-4373 or e-mail: info@seacma.org.

Anh Vu Sawyer

Executive Director

Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts

484 Main Street, Suite 400

Worcester, MA 01608

Tel: 508-791-4373
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The Worcester Public Library Hosts

Second Annual Volunteer Fair

on Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Worcester, MA – The Worcester Public Library will be hosting their Second Annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about volunteering in the community but didn’t know where to start, this fair is for you!

Whether you enjoy working with animals, mentoring local youth, teaching people new skills, or helping our immigrant population, representatives from local organizations will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities for all interests and backgrounds, especially for those aged 13 and older. One lucky attendee will even win a basket of goodies!

The event will be held at the Main Library in the Saxe Room & Lobby. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Worcester Public Library and a complete list of events and programs visit www.worcpublib.org.

For more information about the Volunteer Fair at the Worcester Public Library contact Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations and Communications Manager, at 508-799-1654 or lsheldon@worcpublib.org.

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DEBATE SERIES to address the City of Worcester municipal elections

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau & Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
in Partnership with Mechanics Hall are pleased to present a series of debates for contested seats in the City of Worcester municipal elections.

September 28th – Mayoral Candidates

October 5th – City Council At-Large Candidates

October 19th – District Council Candidates

All debates will be held at 7:00pm in historic Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept 16, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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REMINDER:

10th Annual Beggar’s Bowl is Tuesday, October 13th from 5:30-7:30pm at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester MA.

10 Soups for the 10th Anniversary, which will taste even better in our hand-thrown bowls with artisan bread and homemade cookies.

Call or email for tickets.

Frank Kartheiser
Lead Organizer, Worcester Interfaith
111 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 754 5001
E-mail: worcester.interfaith@verizon.net
Website: http://worcesterinterfaith.net/
Check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/worcesterinterfaith
Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/worcinterfaith

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The New York Times recognized that cord cutting is the wave of the future. They agree with the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, and other advocates for local telecommunications authority that the FCC should take steps to remove barriers to local Internet choice created by states on behalf of cable and telco lobbyists.

The Editorial Board notes that laws limiting municipal networks block the ability for consumers to take full advantage of this phenomenon:

Among other things, they should override laws some states have passed that make it difficult or impossible for municipalities to invest in broadband networks.

Even though consumers are moving away from cable TV subscriptions, large corporate providers are making up for losses by an increase in Internet access subscriptions. As a result, they still maintain a significant leverage and consumers still face the same old problem – a lack of competition. Striking down anti-competitive state laws blocking munis would create a healthier balance, argues the Times Editorial Board.

This is an opportunity to respond to customer demand and make policy changes the consumers need, argues the NYTimes. Time to act! READ MORE . . .

http://muninetworks.org/content/new-york-times-supports-local-authority

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Springfield Symphony Opens 72nd
Season with High Energy!

October 3rd

Opening Night Gala Includes Symphonic Workouts by Dvořák, Sibelius and Bartók

Antonín Dvorák described his work, Carnival Overture, as depicting a “wanderer reaching at
twilight a city where a festival is in full swing.” And in full swing it will be, as the Springfield
Symphony Orchestra rings in its 72nd
season with this famously celebratory composition!

On Saturday, October 3rd
, Maestro Kevin Rhodes will lead the orchestra in performances of works
by Dvořák, Bela Bartók, and Jan Sibelius. Each composition finds its roots deep in the composers’
native countries, providing the audience with a sonic tour of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Finland
respectively. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala will be performed on
Saturday, October 3rd
at Symphony Hall in Springfield, 34 Court St., Springfield, MA 01103. Doors
open at 6:00 p.m., Classical Conversations (pre-concert discussion) begins at 6:30 p.m., and the
performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Challenges and Aspirations
The opening notes of Antonín Dvořák’s Carnival Overture will set an appropriately vibrant and
vital tone for this 72nd
season of classical music from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The
second in a triptych composed by Dvořák, Carnival celebrates life with Czech-flavored melodies
and infectious rhythms.

The centerpiece of this evening’s performance will be the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 by Jan Sibelius.
A famously complex piece, the Violin Concerto is said to reflect Sibelius’s lifelong (and unrealized)
ambition to become a concerto violinist. The composition presents a litany of technical challenges
to its soloist – challenges that will be met in this performance by internationally known violinist
Philippe Quint. Quint made his orchestral debut at age nine and has recorded Grammy-nominated
performances of works by William Schuman and Wolfgang Korngold. His eclectic career has
included leading his own chamber music festival in Mexico City, performing in independent film,
and appearing in several international music festivals. Says Rhodes, “The musicians and I are really looking forward to playing the landscape and drama that is the Sibelius violin concerto with
Philippe.”
The evening’s closing composition, Bela Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, will feature each
member of the symphony – though all playing at once. Bartók explained that he considered his
work as a concerto rather than a symphony because it treated each member of the orchestra “in a
soloistic and virtuosic way.” Of this work, Maestro Rhodes said, “The musicians of the SSO will
take center stage for this work. Concerto for Orchestra is the ultimate orchestra musician showpiece.
Like an Olympic Games for musicians, each section of the orchestra is put through their paces one
after the other in what remains to this day, over 70 years after its composition, one of the most
challenging works a group of musicians can tackle!” The evening’s performance on a
Massachusetts stage will provide Bartók’s work something of a homecoming, as it first debuted in
Boston shortly after the composer fled Europe during World War II.

Every Ticket Includes Free, Secure Parking
Single tickets & subscription packages are available now – with adult tickets starting at $22, and $10
for full-time college students and children aged 4 – 17. You can also save up to 25% on a variety of
subscription packages, which allow you to lock in your preferred seating, and help the symphony
sustain their community enrichment programs throughout the region.

This year’s parking arrangements will prove as accessible as in years past. “We have plenty of
parking, all very close to Springfield Symphony Hall,” said Marketing Director, Ann Rasmussen.
“We’re working closely with our parking partners to ensure that SSO concertgoers are not
inconvenienced. Even during the I-91 viaduct and MGM construction work, ticket holders should
find it easy and convenient to get downtown and park.” According to Rasmussen, all ticket holders receive free-of-charge parking at the I-91 South and I-91 North Springfield Parking Authority
(SPA) garages, as well as the Tower Square / Marriott garage – all of which will remain open and
accessible, all season long.

Easy, Convenient Ordering
For live, helpful assistance with single tickets & subscriptions, contact the Springfield Symphony
Box Office at 413-733-2291 or in person at 1350 Main Street, Springfield MA 01103 (facing Court
Square, next to Palazzo Café). The SSO’s online ticketing service is also available for easy
ordering, 24/7 – at www.tickets.SpringfieldSymphony.org. All concerts begin at 7:30pm in
Springfield Symphony Hall (34 Court Street, Springfield MA 01103). MassMutual Financial Group
is the official sponsor of the 72nd concert season. To preview the upcoming concert season, visit the
SSO’s website at www.SpringfieldSymphony.org.

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TREASURER DEB GOLDBERG TO HOLD REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE ON WAGE EQUALITY BEST PRACTICES

SHREWSBURY – Treasurer Deb Goldberg and members of her statewide committee on wage equality are hosting a Greater Worcester Regional Roundtable to get input from businesses and the public on how to close the wage gap. These best practices will be used to develop a wage equality tool kit for businesses and organizations committed to closing the pay gap.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2015
TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
WHERE: UMass Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine
333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
WHO: Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Alayna Van Tassel, Deputy Treasurer and Executive Director of Economic Empowerment

Kristin Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Tufts Health Plan

Paul Matthews, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership

Joyce Murphy, Executive Vice Chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School

Maeghan Silverberg, Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

Steve Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church

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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 location!

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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Light refreshments will be served

Great raffle prizes will be given away

No RSVP required-Stop on by!!!!!!

Meri Viano

Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships

Parent/Professional Advocacy League
The Massachusetts Family Voice for Children’s Mental Health

Educate Collaborate Advocate

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Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending

www.maapl.info
Contact: Grace Ross, 617-291-5591

Sep. 16, 2015 Homeowners Tell Their Story of Illegal Foreclosure: “STOP S1981 – DON’T LET THE TITLE COMPANIES TAKE AWAY YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Boston, MA – This Wednesday, Sep. 16th, over a dozen homeowners will participate in a MAAPL event – “Story Day” – to speak directly with each of the majority of Senators about their stories with Massachusetts legislators – stories about how their homes were taken from them by illegal foreclosures, the pain and damage of losing a home against your constitutional rights and the time needed to win their ongoing fight. Many of these stories will be from families who have already lost their homes, while other stories will be shared by those who continue to be victimized and bullied by the banks with no relief in sight, often fighting for years in what can be an exhausting, seemingly endless battle with little or no support from the institutions that are supposed to help them.

This even is part of a grassroots action to defeat Senate #1981: An Act “Clearing Title” to Foreclosed Properties. S1981 dramatically shortens the centuries-old time limit during which one can sue to get property back if illegally taken. Historically, when an illegal foreclosure occurs, a homeowner has 20 years to sue to correct it. This has been a fundamental right of homeowners in Massachusetts for hundreds of years. However, the sponsors of are trying to take away the rights of homeowners so that they don’t have to deal with problems that are going to continue to plague us for decades into the future. The time limit would go from 20 years to 3 years for foreclosures in the future and a mere one year for those that have been foreclosed already.

Senate #1981:
· Steals our Constitutional right to protect our property in court from illegal bank practices;

· Refuses to notify people that their 20 year window to sue is slammed down to 1 year;

· Will codify illegal foreclosures and worsen the divide between white homeowners and people of color–already the worst in the US AND in violation of the 14th amendment.

68,000 Massachusetts residents were illegally foreclosed: Only a court can sort out this mess!

These 68,000+ households conservatively represent $20-$40 billion in wealth pillaged from their communities. The vast majority of that wealth has gone out of state. A significant percentage of those who lost wealth to foreclosures came from communities of color in Massachusetts. That wealth can only come back through lawsuits brought by the wronged homeowner.

The vast majority of subprime mortgages were foreclosed between 2005-2009. It will take an estimated 2 to 3 generations to recoup the 66% median wealth loss from Latino households; the 54% median wealth loss from Black households; and the 54% median wealth loss from Asian households between 2005-2009 unless we insure these mostly illegal takings can be reversed.

Senate 1981 strips homeowners of their private right to take action in response to illegal foreclosure of their property. These homeowners, from communities of color and more broadly, must retain their rights. They must have access to adequate legal redress. Denying them the ability to sue to regain title to their illegally foreclosed home is not justice.

MAAPL members and advocates are encouraging Massachusetts legislators to vote against S1981, and put S871 in its place. That bill creates a special Foreclosure Review Court. This court will clear title and do it fairly.

Homeowners will be at the state house available for interview TODAY, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 or by phone.

To learn more about this issue or to speak with homeowners or advocates, please contact MAAPL at 508-630-1686 or maaplinfo@yahoo.com.

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WORCESTER – A Wellesley-based real estate development firm has entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement for a key swath of downtown Worcester office and retail property.

Franklin Realty Advisors of Wellesley has entered into an agreement with Boston-based Berkeley Investments Inc. to purchase Front + Center, a 640,000-square-foot office and retail complex located next to the CitySquare development and bounded by Front, Mercantile, Commercial and Foster streets. Included in the property are the 20-story Telegram & Gazette tower at 100 Front St., the 9-story People’s United Bank tower at 120 Front St., the 1,647-space Commercial Street Parking Garage, and retail space along Front Street. Berkeley has owned the property since 2004.

Charles F. “Chip” Norton, Jr., president of Franklin Realty Advisors, said he could not discuss a sale price, and the closing date of the sale has not been set.

The city of Worcester has assessed the six parcels that make up the property at $50 million.

The property also includes retail space that was once the Worcester Common Outlets, which faces Front Street on one side and on the other, a newly-renovated public walkway space called Mechanics Plaza, located between 100 Front St. and the Commercial Street Parking Garage. The property also includes the former Foothills Theatre, which closed in 2009. Current tenants in the former mall retail space include the Worcester Registry of Deeds, Reliant Medical Group, and CVS Pharmacy.

The 20-story tower at 100 Front St., which is nearly fully leased, has tenants that include the Telegram & Gazette; the law firm of Mirick O’Connell; Reliant Medical Group; and the Worcester offices of Boston-based EnerNOC, which purchased World Energy Inc. and kept its lease. The nine-story tower at 120 Front St. is about half leased, Mr. Norton said, to tenants that include People’s United Bank; Harleysville Insurance; and several federal agencies, including the IRS and FBI.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said the city has worked with Mr. Norton and Franklin Realty in other projects and is familiar with his work.

“To us, this is evidence of the success of CitySquare, that the infusion of public dollars into this project has brought a response from the private sector,” he said. “We’re ready to work with someone who’s willing to join forces with the city and other property owners, and realize our goals for downtown Worcester. We’ve got a good partner here in Chip (Norton).”

Formed in 1988, Franklin Realty is “a regional real estate development and advisory firm with specific expertise in public/private partnerships and historic preservation projects throughout the United States.” Over the past 15 years, the firm and its affiliates “have developed, acquired and/or managed more than $1.25 billion of real estate projects throughout the United States,” according to its website.

In more than three decades working in Central Massachusetts, the company has invested more than $200 million in developing office and mixed-use projects in the region.

Among the projects Franklin Realty has been involved in is One and Two Chestnut Place, in downtown Worcester. In 1991, Franklin Realty completed a $42 million renovation of the office buildings at One and Two Chestnut Place with its then-partner, NYNEX. Franklin Realty sold its share of those buildings in 1997. The buildings are 180,000 and 45,000-square-foot office buildings whose current tenants include Fallon Health, UBS Financial Services and Sullivan Group insurance. Hertz Investment Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate development company, bought the buildings for $14 million earlier this year.

Also in Worcester, Franklin Realty renovated, has an ownership stake in, and currently manages the Worcester Business Center at 67 Millbrook St., the former Thom McAn shoe factory. The company also owns the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, formerly an American Optical Co. factory building; and manages the Southbridge Business Center, a 1.2 million-square-foot office park once owned by the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm also owns and manages two medical office buildings at 300 Grove St. and 385 Grove St., whose main tenants are Reliant Medical Group and the Worcester Surgical Center.

According to its website, Franklin Realty has managed or developed projects in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Puerto Rico, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Berkeley Investments, led by president Young Park, had purchased 20 acres of property in downtown Worcester – which at the time included the former Worcester Common Outlets – for $30.3 million in 2004.

Berkeley’s initial vision was to demolish the mall and rebuild the site as CitySquare, a mix of office, residential, retail and hotel developments.

But in 2010, Berkeley sold 10 acres, which encompassed most of the mall property, to a development entity financially backed by Worcester-based Hanover Insurance Group.

Under Hanover’s development, CitySquare is now home to an office tower for the Unum Group, a cancer center for St. Vincent Hospital, as well as an underground parking garage that is under construction and which will serve a 150-room Renaissance Hotel that is planned to open in 2017. A residential and retail development is also in the works, as is a public park.

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Reminder: CAR HOP – Wednesday, September 16 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.MT.Carmel Parish

Remember HAPPY DAYS are here again. Join us with music from the 50’s, and good old fashion curb side service without getting out of car, as our waitresses serve hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, milk shakes, soft drinks and a few surprises

YOUR SUPPPORT IS NEEDED!!!

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