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WCCA TV Studio Closed today due to severe winter storm conditions 2/9/17

2/9/17
WCCA TV Studio and In Facility Activities Closed today due to severe winter storm conditions.

All Community Productions, Intern and Student classes and workshops,and volunteer activities are cancelled for today.

You can still watch all your favorite WCCA TV programs on Cable ch 194 or streaming at wccatv.com or our new Facebook live stream at WCCA TV now Streams on Facebook Too!!

Be safe

Thank you

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

Be sure to watch us on Worcester’s cable channel 194 or at wccatv.com or follow us and our friends at:

Facebook/WCCA-TV-13-THE-PEOPLES-CHANNEL
Twitter: @WCCATV13
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WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
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WCCA TV
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.
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WCCA TV’s Monthly NEWS LETTER: October/November 2016

HAPPENING AT WCCA TV 194 and at wccatv.com “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”

YOU’RE INVITED!!!
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This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary along with other achievements and events, including our annual FATHER MICHAEL BAFARO HUMANITARIAN AWARDS. This prestigious event will take place on November 17th at 6 pm, at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. All proceeds of the event will provide support to our Youth Media Clubhouse, Arts and Cultural Programs, Training and Workshops, and to our iSMARTT Center Capital Campaign. Recipients of the awards are Mary DeFeudis, the Rotary Club of Worcester, Gordon Hargrove, and Dr. H. Martin Deranian.

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The event will feature great live music by the Bare Hill Band, delicious food, cash bar, and a silent auction! It’s going to be a lot of fun!! Come celebrate our 30th anniversary and the recipients of this year’s WCCA TV’s Father Michael Bafaro Humanitarian Awards! For tickets and more information, email Joseph at joseph@wccatv.com
2016 has been a great year for WCCA TV! Let’s celebrate we really hp[e all our friends and supporters join us. In doing so it will help us continue to serve and facilitate ALL the fine COMMUNITY programming seen ONLY on WCCA TV 194. We only make this special ask once a year. Contact Joseph here at WCCA TV get your ticket. It will be a rockin’ event !


WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV presents MEET THE RAILERS! Our intern and Railers HC fan, Jeremy Johnson, interviewed Eric Lindquist, the VP of Communications and Marketing for the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, at the WCCA TV studios to discuss the 2017 season and upcoming events for the team: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/MEETTHERAILERS2

The WCCA TV crew recently recorded the Worcester State University event ‘EMBRACING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION’. This presentation is posted on our website: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/WSUCIVICFORUM

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WCCA TV PROGRAMMING

BEACON HILL CHAT
is a talk show with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. The program is hosted by Massachusetts State Senator Harriette Chandler. Senator Chandler welcomes Kent Russell from the Museum of Russian Icons: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT237 . In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Representative Hannah Kane: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT236

A sanction site for the homeless in Worcester? Tune into this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about it: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE275 . In another episode, guest host Walter Bird and panel members Gary Vecchio and Ray Mariano review the questions that will be on the Massachusetts ballot in November: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE277 . And what’s the big deal with all day parking at the Library Parking Lot? Watch and learn: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE276

Your coffee break is not complete without COFFE WITH KONNIE! Join host and City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has coffee with Carl Gentile: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE476 . In another episode Konnie goes to the library to chat with Geoffrey Dickinson, the Head Librarian: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE475

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about November 2016 Voting in Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS240

A BRIDGE TO BETTER MENTAL HEALTH explores topics that reduce stigma and increase public awareness on matters related to mental health. Host Rebecca Lynch talks about Art and Wellness and how David Sebastian help bring them together: http://www.wccatv.com/video/a-bridge-to-better-mental-health/BRIDGE28_201610

HIDDEN TREASURES
is a program that helps you find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host of the show, Bill Safer, has an interesting conversation with Lyn Lincourt, the author of the book ‘Mansions Of Magnates: America In The Mad 20th Century’: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES46

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes three amazing guests to the show – Donna Mosher, Stephen Mita, and Cheryl Mita: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER68 . In another episode, Amy welcomes Ginny Wholley to talk about the power of mindfulness: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER69

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 show, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Thaddeus Thompson from the Tower Hill Botanical Garden: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS14

IN THE HOUSE is a WCCA TV show that helps viewers learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. Host George Russell welcomes real attorney Steven Platten back to the show to chat about the process of buying a home: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE16

HEALTH MATTERS is a program by the Worcester District Medical Society with an emphasis on important health issues. Host Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff to the show. The topic of discussion is Prostate Cancer: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS166 . In another episode, the topic of discussion is November 2016 Ballot Question 4 ‘Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts’: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS167 . If you want to learn about Emerging Infectious Disease, tune into this episode featuring Dr. Bruce Karlin and Dr. Douglas Waite: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS169

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host Worcester’s own Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s playlist features: Sulan + Shepard/ Love Me Crazy, Matt Boroff/ What a Shame, K./ Disoriented, AV Super Sunshine/ Baby Goodbye, Protohype/ Lights On, Logan Lynn/ Go There When You Want to Be Loved, Fictionist/ Free Spirit, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM9141 . Another episode features songs and an interview with ‘The Dead Daises’: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM914

BEN BEHIND THE SCENES is a show that features music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is hosted by Ben Allotey, one of the WCCA TV longest active producers. Tune into another episode of groovy music and pure entertainment: http://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES16

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly’s guest is CJ Doyle. Watch this episode to find out what they talk about: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME480

SENIOR SPEAK is a show for seniors and by seniors hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at Worcester’s Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK654 . Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be part of the show!

Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Some of the topics featured are – Wireless Frequencies from smart meters cause nerve block; Astronomer Carl Sagan speaks about risks in science and technology decision-making; CeCe Doucette of Ashland questions candidates about protecting the public from radio frequency exposures: http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/ABOUTSMARTMETERS65

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT! WORCESTER’S OWN TELEVISION STATION.

NOTE to OUR PRODUCERS: Please submit your program news, metadata, and updates to tracy@wccatv.com by the 15th of each month to be entered here in our news letter.

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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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

Be sure to watch us on Worcester’s cable channel 194 or at wccatv.com or follow us and our friends at:

Facebook/WCCA-TV-13-THE-PEOPLES-CHANNEL
Twitter: @WCCATV13
Instagram : wccatv13

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
WCCA TV
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.
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WCCA TV Newsletter: September 2016

WCCA TV Newsletter, September 2016

All Happening at WCCA TV

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This fall we celebrate our 30th Birthday please join us as we also take the opportunity to celebrate and present the Annual Reverend Michael Bafaro Humanitarian Awards. November 17. This year we celebrate in Gala fashion at the Beechwood Hotel. For tickets or for sponsorship information please contact joseph@wccatv.com . THis is WCCA TV’s annual fundraiser. We hope to see you there and thanks in advance for supporting our public access and education mission. AT WCCA TV YOU ARE THE MEDIA ! Slide1

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WCCA TV PRESENTS: NEW VOICES AWARDS 2016!! We’re looking for young SINGERS and young POETS for the New Voices Awards. We’ll be doing the televised singing competition in later October and November. This year we’re also looking for young poets’ poems, as we’re having a poetry competition as well as a singing competition!! Ages 14 – 21, sign up as soon as possible! Sign up and submission deadline is October 15, 2016, contact Joseph at 508-755-1880 ext.19 or joseph@wccatv.com

SOAPBOX, hosted by our Executive Director Mauro DePasquale, is all new in October. The show will feature Girls Inc., the Bull Mansion Restaurant in downtown Worcester, Worcester Center for Crafts, High Frequency Living, and Smart Meters. Soapbox airs on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm, Thursdays at 1 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 pm, and Sundays at 6:30 pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194. It also streams live online, on the same days and times, at www.wccatv.com .See past episodes anytime on our website by clicking Video on Demand. To be a guest on Soapbox, email Tracy at tracy@wccatv.org
Thanks for watching and supporting WCCA TV, The People’s Channel!!
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ELECTION SEASON:
WCCA TV has it’s annual voter education project on cue and ready to launch. Basically we rally our
volunteers and they produce debates, candidate profiles, issues
analysis, registration and polling information, or election night or
post-election results and analysis in partnership with us. Public Access
is doing all of it, with the exception of voter results in real time. Our
City Hall Government Channels does a great job with that. BE SURE YOU VOTE !

Look for Gary Rosen’s production of the Worcester’s 17th District Debates in October 2016


WCCA TV Special Presentations
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This summer at WCCA TV, we taught a group of aspiring video-makers about writing, producing, and editing their own videos. We had a blast creating our own short films and TV programs: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/VIDEOMAKERSCLUBHOUSE2016

WCCA TV was at Worcester’s ‘Out to Lunch Concert Series’ the summer of 2016.
The final concert of the season featured the jazz trio, Jazzed Up, at the Common Oval in Worcester. WCCA TV’s Joseph Townsend and our crew of interns were there to capture the band, the vendors, and the concert-goers, as they celebrated the end of a great concert season: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/OUTTOLUNCHJAZZEDUP

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WCCA TV PROGRAMMING

BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the show State Senator Harriette Chandler welcomes Maria Vazquez, an advocate for Pathways For Change: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT234

ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE is a political and current issue program hosted by Gary Rosen. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio and Tom Quinn. The topic of discussion is the character of Worcester neighborhoods: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE273 . In another episode, the guys chat about money matters at Centro: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE272

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show Ron Madnick talks about Question 4 on The Ballot – Marijuana: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS237 . In another episode, Ron talks about Police Using Body Cameras: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS236

ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Ray Hanna back to the show: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER158

A BRIDGE TO BETTER MENTAL HEALTH explores topics that reduce stigma and increase public awareness on issues related to mental health. Host Lorie Martiska, Vice President of Advancement, interviews Noraishah, Thaw Ray Htoo and Baw Meh from the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project. The topic of discussion is Minority Mental Health – Children of Refugees Speak Out: http://www.wccatv.com/video/a-bridge-to-better-mental-health/BRIDGE27

WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show Tommy Colletta talks to Judy and Robert about the 2016 Columbus Day Parade: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH342

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes to the show Ike McBride, a Youth Development Professional/Trainer: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREMOSHER67

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 show, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Peter Leasca, World War 2 Veteran: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS13

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly welcomes John Souza and Bishop Michael Flynn to talk about Holy Love: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME478

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: Phil Wickman/ Your Love Awakens Me, Meresha/ Love Has Come,
AKA V/ Always Go Home, Clay Melton Band/ Home, Tavares Now/ Heaven 24, The Coathangers/ Down Down, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM911

And for all our country music fans, here comes another episode of VIDEO JAM COUNTRY. Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Featured playlist: Tony McKee/ Lightning Bugs, Michael Tyler/ Crazy Last Night, Ruthie Collins/ Dear Dolly, Wayne Garner/ Voodoo Queen, American Young/ Be Here, Doug Lawler/ Most of it Left, Leslie Cours Mather/ We Are America, Ryan Daniel/ Feel Good Feelin, Steve Dorian/ Edge Of 18, April Kry/ Fireflies, Casey Donahew/ Kiss Me, Skye Claire/ Pawnshop: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY136 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

BEN BEHIND THE SCENES is a show that features music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is hosted by Ben Allotey, one of the WCCA TV longest active producers. Tune into another episode of music and pure entertainment: http://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES14

STATIC FUSION is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. In this episode, Jim and Allen take us around kooky, quirky Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION

SENIOR SPEAK is a show for seniors and by seniors hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at Worcester’s Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all:http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK650 . Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be part of the show!

Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Dr. William Rea of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine discusses the issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which has been associated with smart meter installations: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/ABOUTSMARTMETERS63

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. The show has been airing on our channel 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/NUESTRA42

A mile stone : Congratulations to Luz Silva and David Silva of El Joven celebrating their 15 year on WCCA TV. Thank you for all your great work. and God Bless you.

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!

Please consider making a donation today to WCCA TV, 415 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

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: September 26, 2016

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NEWS FROM WCCA TV’s YOUTH MEDIA and FILM Department

Video Maker’s Clubhouse 2016 has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/VIDEOMAKERSCLUBHOUSE2016

This summer at WCCA TV we taught a group of aspiring video-makers about writing, producing, and editing their own videos. We had a blast creating our own short films and TV programs.
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PIPE ORGAN FESTIVAL WEEK AT THE AUD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct 9 & 14, 2016 – Worcester Memorial Auditorium Extravaganza
• Great Hall Concerts: The Mighty Kimball Pipe Organ —first Silent Film (with organ) ever at the AUD!
• Memorial Hall—Chamber Music Concerts:
The Finest Concert Acoustics in Worcester (7 sec. reverb.) – the first concerts ever in this space!
Schedule of Events – Largest of the Year at AUD http://www.WorcAUD.com
Oct 9 Sunday
• Memorial Hall:
3PM Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble, Alesia Tringale, soprano – acclaimed performances
Memorial Hall Tour (Preservation Worcester)
• 3:30 – Kimball Organ demo (WorcAGO) and Great Hall tour (Preservation Worcester)
• 4PM William Ness in Concert – dazzling technique grips audiences with awe
(Wagner Meistersingers, Vierne Symphony, Patriotic Masterpieces, Shostakovich Symphony)
• Memorial Hall:
5:30PM St John’s Schola Cantorum vocal ensemble – one of Worcester’s finest professional choirs
6PM Coriolis Chamber Players – a fresh approach to chamber works
Memorial Hall Tours (Preservation Worcester)
• 6:20 –Great Hall docent introduction (Preservation Worcester)
• 6:30 PM Silent Film– Wings Over Worcester (WINGS-full-length 2-hour Academy-award-winning film)
accpd by Peter Krasinski, international improvisation competition winner & silent film meister
introduced with Veterans HonorGuard
Oct 14 Friday
• Memorial Hall:
6PM String Quartet Concert – hear the mesmerizing warm sounds of this fine group
Memorial Hall Tours
• 6:30 – Kimball Organ demo and Great Hall tour
• 7PM International Organist Peter Richard Conte introduced with Veterans HonorGuard
– organist titulaire of one of the most famous and largest pipe organs in the world: Wanamakers
Brainstorming Hooks/Headlines:
• Fanfares to Replace The Sounds of Silence at the AUD
• The Re-invigoration of a Worcester Jewel
• Hand-Crafted Live Music Returns to AUD – First concerts since 1990s
• Piping Hot! Organists Pull Out All The Stops at the AUD

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WCCA TV named to SHINE HALL OF FAME

The award to be given to WCCA is induction to the SHINE Initiative Hall of Fame, in recognition of the exposure and voice Mauro, Adam, and the Staff at WCCA have provided the “SHINE Initiative” in promoting and sharing our mission with people throughout Worcester and nearby communities in Central Massachusetts. The event is October 5 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester. For tickets and information visit www.shineinitiative.org

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Wish a HAPPY 30th Birthday to WCCA TV
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Soapbox is all new in October. Join host Mauro DePasquale as he features Girls Inc., the Bull Mansion Restaurant in downtown Worcester, Worcester Center for Crafts, High Frequency Living and Smart Meters on Wednesdays at 8:30pm, Thursdays at 1pm, Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm on WCCA TV Ch. 194 and live online those days and times at wccatv.com. See past episodes anytime at wccatv.com, video on demand. To be a guest on Soapbox email tracy@wccatv.org

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

Be sure to watch us on Worcester’s cable channel 194 or at wccatv.com or follow us and our friends at:

Facebook/WCCA-TV-13-THE-PEOPLES-CHANNEL
Twitter: @WCCATV13
Instagram : wccatv13

WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
http://wccatv.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=48f898c016d0899151f159717&id=3c4fdd54f6
WCCA TV
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.

The “STOP” SMART METER PEOPLE are asking questions as they seek clarification relative to the so called “Smart Meter” controversy

HALT SMART METER PEOPLE are asking questions as they seek clarification relative to the so called “Smart Meter” controversy:

This query is pertinent to the question of cost overruns for the Worcester
pilot program *MA DPU 16-28 *and the question of whether the National Grid
Worcester pilot program should be extended *MA DPU 16-149. *

In reference to the Sustainability Hub which is a cornerstone of National
Grid’s smart meter pilot program in Worcester, it was recently reported in
the press that:
*”Since it opened in 2013, the hub has had more than 6,000 visitors.”*

http://www.wbjournal.com/article/20160523/PRINTEDITION/305209985/smart-grid-pilot-at-55m-and-counting

Can MA ratepayers please receive the following clarifications::

1.The Hub opened in Oct. of 2013, therefore we are approaching the 3 year
mark in October 2016.

Roughly, would this indicate that the average may have been 2,000 visitors
per year?

2. How many hours for each year of the pilot program was the Sustainability
Hub opened?

3. The Hub was used for many purposes, from having road race participants
pick up numbers, to girl scout troops visit, to classes with students from
Clark University, and many visitors came in groups. How did National Grid
define a “Visitor?”

4. How many visitors to the Sustainability Hub were actually
a. pilot participants who are not employees of National Grid or vendors,
etc. *
b. general public seeking information about smart meters and the pilot but
not in the pilot?
c. other

*NGrid has its own employees in the pilot program:
*http://www.telegram.com/article/20141128/NEWS/311289970/0/SEARCH
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5. Of the 6,000 total number of visitors reported, what was the percentage
whose visit was directly related to the pilot program?

6. Of the total number of hours the Sustainability Hub was open in the last
3 years, what was the percentage of hours that the Hub was used to directly
serve the pilot program with face to face interactions in the center with
customers?

7. When the staff of the Sustainability Hub was not directly interacting
face to face with customers, what were their job responsibilities? Did the
staff participate in surveys, social media, etc.? Is there a log of the
tasks that were accomplished during the hours of operation?

8. Were the Hub hours convenient for customers? Were pilot related special
event programs offered during the weekdays, or weeknights, or week-ends?
How were they promoted?

Thank you for your kind consideration of the question of $50,000 vs.
$800,000 being charged to the MA ratepayers.

Patricia Burke

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Are iPads in school a waste of money? Here is what one report says:
http://www.emfacts.com/2015/11/are-ipads-in-schools-a-waste-of-money-oecd-report-says-yes/

and then there is this:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/are-ipads-in-schools-a-waste-of-money-oecd-report-says-yes-20150914-gjmnqf.html#ixzz3qzEn4pAX

What do you think?

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Hoping to put college in your future?
Come to an Adult College Fair!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

3rd Floor, Denholm Building,

484 Main Street, Worcester, MA

Get access to and information about college-level adult

educational programs and financial aid.

Sponsored by:

Anna Maria College | Bay Path University | Becker College | Cambridge College

Clark University | Dean College | Fitchburg State University | Framingham State University

Lesley University | Mount Wachusett Community College | Nichols College

Quinsigamond Community College | UMass Amherst | Westfield State University

Worcester State University | Mass Bay Community College

The Clemente Course in the Humanities (Bard College) | and more
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FREE TAX SERVICE
Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition (formerly Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition) would like to invite your organization to an information session on Wednesday, December 9th 2015
from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM at YWCA Central Massachusetts Board Room. Please enjoy free and delicious coffee/refreshments while learning how you can refer your clients to our free tax preparation service .
Call Monica for details.
Please feel free to contact me with your questions or comments! Thank you so much, and I hope you can make it on December 9th!

Sincerely,
Monica Vance
Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition Intern
United Way of Central Massachusetts
484 Main Street
Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01608
508-757-5631, x315
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GOMEZ seeks a recount
According to Worcester Magazine:
http://worcestermag.com/2015/11/09/breaking-worcesters-gomez-says-he-will-seek-recount-in-council-race/37725
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Are you ready for higher property taxes
T&G writes:
http://www.telegram.com/article/20151108/NEWS/151109283
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Legislators, Advocates, & Community Leaders Push for Justice Reinvestment

BOSTON – During a Joint Judiciary Committee public hearing today legislators,
advocates, and community leaders joined together to push for comprehensive criminal
justice reform measures that include Justice Reinvestment as a core tenet. Those
present included Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (Boston) and Representative Mary Keefe
(Worcester) who spoke on their jointly filed bill, the Justice Reinvestment Act (S.
64/ H. 1429). Fran Fjana, attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and
representative from the Jobs Not Jails Coalition; Pastor Roland E. Cooper, Senior
Associate Pastor of Jubilee Christian Church in Boston; and Reverend Paul R. Ford,
Executive Director of the Boston Workers Alliance also spoke in support of the bill.

Incarceration is expensive, costing the Commonwealth $53,043 per inmate, per year,
and comes with a 20% recidivism rate during the first year of release. It also
disproportionately impacts Black and Latino communities, who comprise just under one
fifth of the total state population, but over half of the inmate population in
Department of Corrections (DOC) custody.

The Justice Reinvestment Act seeks to address these economic and racial imbalances
in the state’s criminal justice system. It includes four primary reforms in criminal
sanctions:
· the repeal of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes;

· a reduction in certain non-violent felonies (e.g. shoplifting and larceny)
to misdemeanors with shorter terms of incarceration;

· the creation of medical parole regulations for inmates who are terminally
ill or permanently incapacitated; and

· the elimination of automatic collateral sanctions at the RMV for drug
related offences that are unrelated to operating a vehicle.

What sets the Justice Reinvestment Act apart from many criminal justice reform
measures is that it also requires the savings accrued from these sentencing and
reentry reforms to be calculated, tracked, and reinvested into community education
and workforce development programs.

“Policies from the failed War on Drugs have been disrupting communities, destroying
families, and wasting taxpayer dollars for years. Massachusetts voters have told us
time and time again that they don’t want their tax dollars wasted on punishing
addicts, and instead want their government to focus on growing the economy and
creating good jobs,” said Representative Mary Keefe (D-Worcester). “However,
Massachusetts currently spends more than 570 million for the Department of
Corrections operating budget and only 13 million for the Department of Early and
Childhood Education. We need to move away from spending large portions of the state
budget on increasing our prison and jail capacity, and start investing in programs
that prevent people from committing crimes and going to prison in the first place.
Justice Reinvestment ensures that we are focused on the priorities that the voters
have demanded.”

“Our corrections system is broken. Tax payers are footing a bill of over $53,000 per
inmate, per year, with few returns on that investment,” said Senator Sonia
Chang-Díaz (D-Boston). “Meanwhile, the criminalization and mass incarceration of our
citizenry over the last several decades, particularly in communities of color, has
widened disparities in access and opportunity at every stage of the lifespan. It’s
time to end practices that drain state coffers, fill our prisons, and devastate
communities, and to reinvest in programs that offer pathways out of poverty.”

“The reforms proposed in the Justice Reinvestment Act could save the Commonwealth
over $110 million, diminish racial disparities through repeal of mandatory minimum
drug sentences, and promote reintegration of those processed through the system,”
said Fran Fjana, representative from the Jobs Not Jails Coalition. “And changing the
felony larceny threshold amount is a long overdue reform. Connecticut’s threshold
amount is $2,000, Rhode Island is $1,500 while Massachusetts is $250, the third
lowest in the country.”

“The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The vast
majority of those incarcerated are Black and Latino. Even in our own state,
communities of color are paying a higher price for crime than are other
communities,” said Pastor Roland E. Cooper, Senior Associate Pastor at Jubilee
Christian Church in Boston. “I recently wrote a letter of recommendation for a young
man who had been incarcerated, but who is now back home and trying to get a job. His
record was an obstacle, but he was also unable to get a driver’s license, and so he
was also unable to take care of his family. When a young man is locked away, it’s an
expense on all of us. His family, his congregation, his community, all of us pay a
price. When he comes home, the young man and his community continue to pay a price
because there are so many barriers to getting and staying on the right path.”

“Fighting for reforms to the criminal justice system has been a fundamental piece of
the Boston Workers Alliance mission, since our founding in 2005,” said Reverend Paul
R. Ford, Executive Director of the Boston Workers Alliance. “We work to empower the
men and women who have been incarcerated and are seeking to successfully reenter
society. People need to be able to get good paying jobs, regardless of their
backgrounds and past mistakes. We need to divest from mass incarceration and invest
in workforce development and training. The Boston Workers Alliance established
itself in the fight for CORI reform five years ago, and we see the Justice
Reinvestment Act as a next step in the fight for justice for our communities and for
our members.”

Caroline Sherrard
Legislative Aide
Office of Representative Mary Keefe

State House, Room 473F
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-2210

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Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.6 Percent in September

BOSTON, MA – October 15, 2015 -The state’s total unemployment rate dropped to 4.6
percent in September, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
announced Thursday.

The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate
Massachusetts lost 7,100 jobs in September. The job losses occurred in Education
and Health Services, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Construction, and
Manufacturing sectors. However, year-to-date Massachusetts has added 46,900 jobs.

The preliminary estimates show 3,406,700 Massachusetts residents were employed in
September, and 163,100 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,569,800.

The labor force decreased by 21,900 from 3,591,700 in August, as 17,200 fewer
residents were employed and 4,600 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

The statewide unemployment rate in August was 4.7 percent. Over the year, the
state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 1.0 percent from 5.6 percent in
September 2014.

The September state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.1
percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The Massachusetts unemployment rate continues to decline. Although the state
experienced job losses in September, the overall jobs picture is strong,” Labor and
Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II said.

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or
older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks
– decreased 0.4 of a percentage point to 64.9 over the month. The labor force
participation rate over the year has decreased 0.6 of a percentage point compared to
September 2014.

September 2015 estimates show that 3,406,800 residents were employed and 163,100
were unemployed. There were 35,400 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared
to September 2014.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional,
Scientific and Business Services; Leisure and Hospitality; and Education and Health
Services.

September 2015 Employment Overview

Leisure and Hospitality added 2,800 (+0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Leisure and Hospitality added 10,000 (+2.9%) jobs.

Financial Activities gained 900 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Financial Activities added 2,500 (+1.2%) jobs.

Education and Health Services lost 4,700 (-0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Education and Health Services gained 18,300 (+2.5%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 3,000 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over
the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 100 (0.0%) jobs.

Construction lost 2,000 (-1.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction
has added 2,200 (+1.7%) jobs.

Manufacturing lost 1,700 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing
lost 600 (-0.2%) jobs.

Other Services lost 800 (-0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services
are up 3,100 (+2.3%) jobs.

Information lost 700 (-0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added
1,400 (+1.6%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services lost 200 (0.0%) jobs over the month.
Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 21,500 (+4.1 %)
jobs.

Government added 2,300 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government
gained 8,800 (+1.9%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The September estimates show 3,406,800 Massachusetts residents were employed and
163,100 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,569,800. The unemployment
rate was 4.6 percent. The September labor force decreased by 21,900 from 3,591,700
in August, as 17,200 fewer residents were employed and 4,600 fewer residents were
unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working
age population employed and unemployed, was 64.9, a decrease of 0.4 of a percentage
point over the month. The labor force was 3,100 below the 3,572,900 September 2014
estimate, with 32,500 more residents employed and 35,400 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates
are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two
statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES:
The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those
unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four
weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has
assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs
estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the
month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing
Current Employment Statistics (CES) State
estimates.< http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm>

Local area unemployment statistics for September 2015 will be released on Tuesday,
October 20, 2015. The preliminary October 2015 and revised September 2015
unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be
released on Thursday, November 19, 2015. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual
schedule
http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/Newsrelease/media2015.pdf for a complete list of
release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi.
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WCCA TV’s BANDEdge Local music spotlight

THis weeks edition featured the cool 50’s jazz sounds of the Lou Borelli Octet. Here is what they thought of this episode:
” Love it. Thank you so much. Janet Borelli “
Groovy Man!
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PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION EMPOWERS our mission at WCCA TV is to empower YOU !
She must know the value and effectiveness or else she wouldn’t be wasting her valuable time.

Sometimes when I talk with our own longtime community volunteer producers they tell me when people compliment their shows, they find it humbling and almost unbelieveable that others take time to watch their simple public access TV program.

It’s interesting to me, when it comes to PUBLIC ACCESS TV and those who make it have some difficulty to believe they can be so empowered through the medium of public access television / community media and that their simple local public access TV show actually can be and is seen by a very large mass audience. In Worcester it rivals many of our print and radio stations. It certainly outshines all including other TV stations, in it’s high level of local originated program volume and diversity.

WCCA TV demystifies the process and provides the support, tools, education, and network capacity for everyone to share their story, experience, outreach, and contribute new and fresh ideas, to “Learn, Create and Connect”, as our slogan says.

Let your Federal, state and local legislators know you value stations like WCCA TV and that you feel it is important for these public non-profit stations to thrive as “TV BY, FOR, and OF, the PEOPLE”.

Thanks you to our volunteer producers, our staff of top professionals, and our viewers and supporters. YOU are WCCA TV.

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Happy October Everyone !

WCCA TV is TV BY FOR and OF The PEOPLE. It is your place to Learn, Create and Connect . Empower yourself with WCCA TV classes and workshops and community access television and media programs for ALL ages.
For a hint of Worcester’s diversity and to what a public access regional leader is all about visit http://www.wccatv.com/video and see for your self. We are ALL ABOUT ACCESS. Make your own show, be a guest on our “easy access programs”. Ask about our membership programs for youth, individuals, and businesses and organizations. It’s all happening at WCCA TV. Contact Mauro at 508-755-1880 to learn more. We hope you enjoy our Community news TV and blog programs. Look for WCCA COMMUNITY NEWS on cable and on line, and also our WCCA TV News and Information Round Up on our website at wccatv.com

Enjoy our beautiful New England Fall Season. See you on WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept. 17, 2015

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Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.7 Percent in August Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us

BOSTON, MA – September 17, 2015 -The state’s total unemployment rate remained at 4.7
percent in August, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced
Thursday.

The new preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate
Massachusetts gained 7,200 jobs in August, marking the twelfth consecutive month of
jobs gains. Year to date, Massachusetts has added 56,500 jobs.

Preliminary August estimates show the number of employed residents declined by
20,600 and the number of unemployed residents decreased by 2,500, reducing the labor
force by 23, 100.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent
from 5.6 percent in August 2014.

The August state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.1
percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Massachusetts continues to add jobs that strengthen our economy, and the
unemployment rate is holding steady, lower than the national average,” Labor and
Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II said. “We recognize there are
still more than 160,000 people looking for work, and are aligning strategies to
better help them find employment.”

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or
older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks
– decreased 0.5 of a percentage point to 65.3 over the month. The labor force
participation rate over the year has decreased 0.1 of a percentage point compared to
August 2014.

August 2015 estimates show that 3,424,000 residents were employed and 167,500 were
unemployed. There were 33,200 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared to
August 2014.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional,
Scientific and Business Services; Construction; and Information.

August 2015 Employment Overview

Leisure and Hospitality added 3,100 (+0.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year,
Leisure and Hospitality added 6,700 (+2.0%) jobs.

Education and Health Services gained 2,300 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the
year, Education and Health Services gained 21,200 (+2.9%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 2,100 (+0.4%) jobs over the
month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 23,800
(+4.6%) jobs.

Construction gained 1,500 (+1.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction
has added 4,800 (+3.7%) jobs.

Financial Activities added 900 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial
Activities added 2,700 (+1.3%) jobs.

Information gained 800 (+0.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added
2,800 (+3.3%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 600 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the
year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 15,500 (+2.8%) jobs.

Other Services added 300 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services
are up 3,900 (+2.9%) jobs.

Manufacturing lost 2,600 (-1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing
lost 400 (-0.2%) jobs.

Government lost 1,800 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained
9,300 (+2.1%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The August estimates show 3,424,000 Massachusetts residents were employed and
167,500 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,591,500. The unemployment rate
was 4.7 percent. The August labor force decreased by 23,100 from 3,614,600 in July,
as 20,600 fewer residents were employed and 2500 fewer residents were unemployed
over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age
population employed and unemployed, was 65.3, a decrease of 0.5 of a percentage
point over the month. The labor force was 24,400 above the 3,567,100 August 2014
estimate, with 57,600 more residents employed and 33,200 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates
are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two
statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES:
The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those
unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four
weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has
assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs
estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the
month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing
Current Employment Statistics (CES) State
estimates.

Local area unemployment statistics for August 2015 will be released on Tuesday,
September 22, 2015. The preliminary September 2015 and revised August 2015
unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be
released on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi .

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the State Treasurer

Treasurer Goldberg Hosts Regional Wage Equality Roundtable in
Shrewsbury
Highlights Commitment to Engage Directly with Private Employers Across
the State

SHREWSBURY, MA – State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and her statewide
Advisory Committee on Wage Equality will host a panel discussion this
afternoon at the UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine campus.
They will collaborate with business and thought leaders from across the
Greater Worcester region to explore and develop best practices to close
the wage gap.
“Wage equality is a business imperative critical to the economic
stability of our state,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “These regional
roundtables will help develop strategies for eliminating the wage gap
across public and private sectors.”
Today’s discussion will be the third in a series of five regional
roundtables where the Treasurer and her Advisory Committee solicit input
on closing the wage gap from business leaders, academics, and employees.
The Committee will then use this data to develop a wage equality toolkit
for businesses and organizations.
The panel will includeKristin Lewis, Vice President of Government
Affairs and Public Policy at Tufts Health Plan, Paul Matthews, Executive
Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, Joyce A. 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 and
Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

“Wage equity in Massachusetts is an issue we should all take seriously,”
said Murphy, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine.
“The Commonwealth’s fiscal strength is rooted in its wage earners,
and closing the wage gap is crucial for economic vitality.”
In March Treasurer Goldberg announced the creation of a new statewide
Advisory Committee on Wage Equality, focused on helping both government
agencies and private employers to review their pay structure and put a
clearer focus on pay equity in hiring decisions and salary offers.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a leader on wage equality through his
Women’s Workforce Council, serves as the honorary chair of the
committee.

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Today is our United Way’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring.

There will be 1300 volunteers all over central Massachusetts engaged in 75 service
projects; 1300 volunteers all making a difference; 1300 volunteers all “Living
United”.

My rough math shows that in our 22 years of Day of Caring more than 20,000 people
have volunteered and more than 100,000 hours of service has been performed.

To all volunteers, to all businesses and organizations – THANK YOU!

We will be hosting a lunch gathering/celebration at noon at the Italian American
Cultural Center at 28 Mulberry Street.

In addition to a tasty and nutritious meal and many, many smiles from the
volunteers; we will be making 2 presentations: the Spirit of Volunteerism Award, and
a special surprise announcement. We hope that you will join us.

Finally – We wish to bring great and positive attention: to our sponsors, to all
businesses participating (I believe that every one is a member of the Worcester
Regional Chamber of Commerce!), to our volunteers, to the service projects, and to
the spirit of volunteerism. Please follow us on Facebook (United Way of Central
Massachusetts) and on Twitter @UnitedWayofCM. We will be using the hashtag of
#DoC2015. Take photos and post them too.

Finally – Thank You to all of you; Day of Caring is a HUGE undertaking; what all of
you teach me is that Day of Caring happens every day in our lives. Thanks!

Tim

Tim Garvin
President and CEO
United Way of Central Massachusetts

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Worcester residents envision sports facility at Wyman-Gordon property
By Brad Petrishen
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER – In a meeting in which ideas for the land ranged from well-groomed townhouses to the relocation of the police station, Canal District residents Wednesday settled upon a premier athletic complex as the preferred future for the long-vacant Wyman-Gordon property.

Whether such a vision will ever come to reality will depend upon a litany of factors – including acquisition of the site and potentially costly cleanup – but city officials Wednesday said the session was a step in the right direction.

“Tonight was an educational exercise,” Michael E. Traynor, the city’s chief development officer, said following a 90-minute meeting at the Crompton Collective. About 30 people, including area professors, businessmen and politicians, turned out to discuss ideas for the site, which the Worcester Redevelopment Authority is working to redevelop as part of a larger urban renewal plan.

As part of that process, the city is required to solicit public input. Wednesday night, Jeff Fasser, a project manager hired by the WRA, got the discussion going by presenting meeting participants with three concepts for the 14-acre property. The concepts, which were displayed on maps, were only for the purposes of inspiring discussion, he said, not concrete suggestions.

The options were a new police station, a neighborhood of townhouses or an athletic complex. While housing and mixed-use development were supported by many in attendance, the idea that excited people the most was the athletic complex.

Ramon Borges-Mendez, an associate professor of international development at Clark University, said he believes an Olympic-size pool would be a huge asset to Worcester because they are scarce in New England.

City businessman Allen Fletcher said he liked the idea of a multisport facility, perhaps one that could include a pool, hockey rink, practice field and/or open space. The idea, he and others said, would be to build something that would attract visitors to the city and at the same time spruce up the blighted area.

“Wide open and desolate” were the words state Rep. Mary Keefe, D-Worcester, used to describe that part of her district. She suggested a school as a possible addition, noting children who live there now are bused to schools in other sections of the city.

Paul Harrington, owner of Paul’s Auto Glass on Madison Street, said whatever the future of the space, traffic will be a prime concern.

“There’s nothing there now, and traffic is a mess,” he said.

Before city officials can worry about traffic, though, there remain more immediate obstacles in the path to redeveloping the site.

The former longtime home of metal-part manufacturer Wyman-Gordon, the property is now owned by Precision Castparts Corp., an Oregon company that was recently bought by business magnate Warren Buffet.

Mr. Traynor said the city has not reached out to Precision to discuss the future of the site. Even if the owners were willing to sell – or the city decided to take it via eminent domain – the property is likely contaminated, and could cost many millions to clean.

Mr. Traynor said that for now, the city’s focus is on soliciting feedback from residents to assist in the larger urban renewal plan. He said the hope is to submit such a plan to the state Department of Housing and Community Development by the end of the year.

Even if the plan was approved, the city would not be guaranteed state funding. Rather, it would likely have to petition to the Legislature if it wanted funding, Mr. Traynor said, since a state-created pot of money for urban renewal projects has long since dried up.

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SO CALLED SMART METER Watch by Pat Burke

https://malegislature.gov/Events/EventDetail?eventId=2215&eventDataSource=Hearings

There are 27 bills listed and the smart meter bill is currently scheduled to be heard last.

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H2868

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: August 15, 2015

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For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

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NOTE this blog may be updated
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Try to make this fabulous event TODAY at Mechanics Hall Hosted by the Massachusetts Preservation Society.
http://www.mapreservationconference.org/

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ACE’s 2015 Annual Meeting
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4a05ec8c0bda4fb24e82ebca2&id=647dfc545d&e=a4578b3f6f
Our 2015 Annual Meeting will take place on
Wednesday, August 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library
(http://acechildren.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4a05ec8c0bda4fb24e82ebca2&id=8a747d7083&e=a4578b3f6f)

The meeting is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
We encourage everyone to attend, hear about our past year.

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For Immediate Release: 8/13/15
Media Contact: John Hill, 508-799-1175

City, partners to outline Union Hill Revitalization Initiative
Projects already under way to improve, stabilize neighborhoods

Worcester, MA – The City of Worcester’s Union Hill Neighborhood Revitalization
Initiative is already helping to make the city’s Union Hill neighborhood a safer and
more attractive place to live. Local and state officials as well as representatives
from the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, and
Worcester Academy will gather on Monday, August 17 to discuss the comprehensive
strategy, its progress and goals.

WHAT: Press conference to discuss the revitalization initiatives that are planned,
programmed, and/or currently underway on Union Hill

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Monday, August 17

WHERE: Worcester Academy Alumni House, 51 Providence Street, Worcester

The ceremony will include a brief walk up the street to view the progress of current
projects.

Through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, the City of Worcester
in investing $4 million towards a plan that includes improvements in: public health
and safety, housing and code enforcement, and street and sidewalk. Projects include
housing rehabs, new sidewalks, road resurfacing, and school health partnerships.

The efforts are the result of cooperation among multiple City of Worcester’s
multiple departments and divisions, in collaboration with the Oak Hill Community
Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Worcester Academy, the U.S. Housing
and Urban Development Department (HUD), and community residents.

John F. Hill
Communications Specialist

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CAR WASH and LEMONADE STAND
From MT. Carmel Parish in support of their youth education classes CYC.
End of Summer Celebration – Car Wash and Lemonade Stand – Sunday, September 20th
from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. We are looking for donations of baked goods for our Lemonade
Stand

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Have a great weekend everyone !

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