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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

Thanks for your support.
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 is Getting a New Face Lift in September

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

Worcester, MA. August 27, 2015:
Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) is soon going to have a nicer looking facade. On the week of September 14th, with generous funding support from The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, WCCA TV will have the current façade concrete “accents” painted a greyish color with the letters WCCA TV placed across them. Time has worn the paint of the old concrete “accents” that many people driving in downtown Worcester, through many years, have used as a landmark for directions. When this paint job is completed, the “accents” will still be there, but we hope they will be more pleasing to the eye of the beholder, and they will be a means to help identify WCCA TV when drivers and pedestrians are in the vicinity.

wccaThe 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.

Visit and learn how you can participate at WCCA TV at http://www.wccatv.com or by viewing us at cable channel 194.
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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 ( 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.

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 17, 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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WORCESTER YOUTH PRODUCE a program giving voice to youth and Worcester’s recent surge of violence and shootings

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

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

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

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

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 12, 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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Worcester Rotary Meeting

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

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

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

Go Rotarty !

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Worcester schools see big boost in Title 1 funds

By Scott O’Connell
Telegram & Gazette Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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City Manager orders Crompton Park Pool open an extra week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 9

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

130 Main St., Sandwich


Thursday, Sept. 17

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

449 Broadway, Cambridge


Thursday, Sept. 24

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

41 Elm St., Southbridge


Thursday, Oct. 8

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Avon Town Hall

65 East Main St., Avon

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

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

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

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

Media are welcome to attend.

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

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


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Worcester about to loose a music venue icon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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 TV’s Summer YOUTH MEDIA CREATION TEAM launches it’s project for TV

WCCA TV’s MCAS Super Heros 2015 has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV’s partnership with the WPS addresses struggles students may have preparing and taking the MCAS Test. Our MCAS SUPPER HEROES come to the rescue and save the day !

Great job !

Watch their fun work “on-demand” at wccatv.com


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WCCA TV and WPS team up for some summer fun. These young students , working with WCCA TV’s Video Porduciton Youth COordinatore Adam Rice, wrote their own fun flick from scratch, offering MCAS tips that not only help when taking a nerve wracking test, but will come in handy throughout life experiences,

Promo 2015 Summer MCAS has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV continued to partner with the Worcester Public Schools with their College Community Connection program in the summer of 2015 with WCCA TV Youth Coordinator Adam Rice. WCCA TV serves as a site that
> provides a classroom for tutoring for the students as well as offering them basic TV production classes. The College Community Connection program makes a difference in students’ lives as over 80% of them have subsequently passed the MCAS exam. The program also provides them with work and learning skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

WCCA TV – learn, create, distribute and connect


The Massachusetts Bankers Association in partnership with Bank of America, BayCoast Bank, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, PeoplesBank and The Savings Bank have produced an entertaining program to introduce and re-emphasize basic financial education concepts called “Common Cents”. You can see the informative program right here on WCCA TV this month. Email Tracy Foley for a listing of show times at tracy@wccatv.org.

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Jan Lewis, a former TV host for WCCA TV now produces her show in Upton and it’s called “Be Our Guest”. Jan’s show this month features author, Ursula Wong, who has written a fiction novel called “Purple Trees” about seventeen year old orphan, Lily Phelps. Tune into WCCA TV this month to see Be Our Guest or email tracy@wccatv.org for a listing of show times.


As a community service, WCCA TV will air 2 introductory videos by the The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority -also known as the MWRA. It is a public authority in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that provides wholesale drinking water and sewage services to certain municipalities and industrial users in the state, primarily in the Boston area. The authority receives water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs and the Ware River in central and western Massachusetts. For sewage, it operates a tunnel in Boston Harbor for treated sewage as well as a treatment center on Deer Island at the mouth of the harbor, among other properties. The two videos WCCA TV will air will take complex topics and frequently asked questions about the MWRA and break them down with simple, understandable answers. See the videos right here on WCCA TV- public access TV for Worcester.

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Industry News
Google cuts lobbying budget but still ranks No. 1 among media, tech
Google cut its lobbying budget by 16% in the second quarter, compared with Q1, but still ranked No. 1 among media, marketing and technology firms, with $4.62 million in outlays. Among others on the list: NAB at $4.17 million, AT&T with $4.1 million, Comcast at $3.8 million and Verizon with $3.08 million

Press Release July 21, 2015

Press Contacts: Ms. Grace Sliowski, 508-799-9139; Mr. Will Pickens 508-755-1228, Mr. Frank Kartheiser, 508-754-5001, Ms. Dania Flores, 508-754-7793.

Worcester Legislative Delegation to tour summer youth job sites to gain perspective on how State YouthWorks funding and other State funded programs are impacting poor and low income youth.

Youth unemployment is at the highest it has been since the government has kept those records. On top of that, wealthy youth are employed at a disproportionately higher rate than young people from poor and low income families. YouthWorks, the line item in the state budget that has funded the vast majority of youth jobs since 2005, is targeted to employ young people from the poorest families in the Commonwealth. Last summer in Worcester over 400 young people were employed at over 60 different work sites. Unfortunately, four times as many young people were eligible and needed a summer job, but that was not enough funding available.

For most of the youth this is their first job where they begin to learn the habits of paid work. Many youth work in their own neighborhood and receive important training opportunities as well as a chance to give back.

The Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) recruits youth workers through the WPS and oversees the payroll. Sufficient funding, along with strong partnerships, are the significant ingredients that have made this program so successful.

Worcester Interfaith has provided leadership in advocating for state funding for YouthWorks and other state youth jobs programs over the past decade. In an attempt to broaden the advocacy effort, increase youth development, and further training opportunities, Worcester Interfaith is spurring the development of the Central Mass. Youth Jobs Coalition (CMYJC) as an arm of the statewide Youth Jobs Coalition.

The CMYJC is providing a tour of five local youth job sites on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The tour will begin at the Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St., Worcester at 9:00am and include stops at the Marie Anne Center, the Pleasant St Neighborhood Network Center, Pernet Family Health and the Regional Environmental Council. The tour will highlight the Coalition’s work, raise-up a site in each of the State Representatives’ and Senators’ districts, and further develop youth voices.

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Youth workers at Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center in Worcester invite you to an ice cream social this Friday, July 24. The social will take place at Cool Licks on 325 Pleasant Street in Worcester from 12:30-1:30 P.M. We hosted this fundraiser to support Tom, the owner of Cool Licks, with his business. We realize that supporting small business means supporting our community. Please bring a donation for PSNNC to support the cost of running our center. Please bring cash for your ice cream purchase. See you soon!

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Pasadena Proudly hosts the Special Olympics world games
Pasadena welcomes Special Olympics delegations, including athletes and coaches, from Namibia, Tanzania, and Singapore as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town Program. In the days before the World Games begin on July 25, these delegations will be among more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries that will be welcomed by our community. They will spend July 21-24 in and around Pasadena visiting our city’s landmarks, and preparing to compete at the World Games. The Host Town Pasadena committee is excited to provide food and housing so that these delegations can experience a ‘hometown’ experience while in Pasadena.


July 21, 2015

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

BOSTON MA – July 21, 2015 –The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports today that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in two areas during the month of June and increased in 22 areas in the state.

According to data from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Nantucket and Vineyard Haven were the two areas where unadjusted unemployment rates dropped in June.

Eleven of the 15 areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in June, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Framingham, Pittsfield, and Lawrence-Methuen, and Salem, NH.

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

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent for the second consecutive month. The unemployment rate is down 1.1 percent over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 10,500 job gain in June and an over the year gain of 72,700 jobs.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, up 0.5 of a percentage point from last month.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts is based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES: The preliminary July 2015 and revised June 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, August 20, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.


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“Thanks to Mauro DePasquale and WCCA TV for having WCAC on as a guest on Soapbox last week to chat about our YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program. Pre-employment training and work readiness skills underway this week for some 350 youth who’ll next week be placed in jobs throughout the City! Thanks to WCCA for helping us spread the word about this important program and thanks to the many, many community partners who make it possible. #CommonwealthCorporation ” Soapbox: Soapbox #1026 Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) “.

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