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WCCA TV Local News and Information Roundup: January 4, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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WCCA TV’s New Voices Awards- Auditions has been posted on the WCCA website at https://lnkd.in/erXC5KH This is the second season of the New Voices Awards vocal talent competition at WCCA TV. The competition showcased young local talent between the ages of 14 and 19. Judges for the show were Cliff Goodwin, Victor Infante and Trinity Faith, the winner of last year’s competition.This show is the singer auditions.

And then…
Start right into your NEW VOICES AWARD 2015 binge watching: We are pleased to announce that New Voices 2015 – Semi Finals has also been posted on the WCCA website at https://lnkd.in/ekqZ4eQ This is the second season of the New Voices Awards vocal talent competition at WCCA TV. The competition showcased young local talent between the ages of 14 and 19. Judges for the show were Cliff Goodwin, Victor Infante and Trinity Faith, the winner of last year’s competition.This show is the semi finals for five singers.

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WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
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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.
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.

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: December 10, 2015

CABLE OUTAGE for at least 1/3 of Worcester today

WCCA ch 194 is off the air for allegedly 1/3 rd of Worcester’s Cable Subscribers.
It was reported to us that a Truck struck one of CHARTER’s major Fiber Hubs serving Worcester. Charter Technicians tell us that as a result of this accident 1/3rd of Worcester will not have cable. It is expected that it will take a day to repair the situation. We regret that our cable channel 194 is not available due to that accident. You can watch WCCA TV at wccatv.com . Writer’s comment: Let’s hope when they plan to redevelop Worcester’s Main Street they have accounted for public safety and such catastrophes when it comes to truck and delivery traffic.
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CALL FOR ARTIST
ArtsWorcester and the Worcester Center for Crafts
are exhibiting the next generation: regional artists in the early-to-mid stages of their careers, born since 1975. All artistic and craft media are eligible. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2016.

The First Prize winner will be given a cash prize of $250, and the opportunity of curating a show OR having a solo exhibit at the Krikorian Gallery, scheduled at the convenience of the artist and the Worcester Center for Crafts. Second Prize will receive a cash prize of $150, and Third Prize, $100.

The exhibit will be juried by Roger Hankins, Director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. All submissions will be made electronically through Submittables here.

We will notify all artists of the status of their submission by mid-February, with drop-off taking place March 3-5, 12-4 PM (should your work be accepted, we will let you know at which venue it will be exhibited).

• Artists must be in the early-to-mid stages of their career and be born since 1975.
• Artists must live and/or work in Worcester County or the following communities of Middlesex County: Lowell, Stow, Hudson, Marlborough, Framingham, Ashland, Hopkinton, and Holliston.
• Artwork must be completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in Worcester.
• Works will be limited to five feet in any direction; any part of a three-dimensional work may not exceed 40 pounds in weight. Fiber works may exceed five feet but must be hung or exhibited in a space not to exceed five feet
• Installation artists must make themselves available to assist with the preparation and mounting of their work.
• Two-dimensional artwork must be ready for exhibition under accepted gallery standards.
• The juror reserves the right to exclude works after viewing them in person.
• Works may be exhibited at either venue (ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, or the Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road) at the discretion of the juror.
• Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of the work(s), and insurance to and from the assigned venue. No work will be accepted by shipment, nor will any be shipped back to the artist.
• Artists receive sixty percent of each sale for this collaborative exhibition only.

Submission fees must be received in full by January 15th, 2016:
ArtsWorcester Members: $25 for up to three works
Non-Members: $35 for up to three works
New-to-ArtsWorcester: $70 for a one-year membership and up to three works (restricted to artists who have never been members of ArtsWorcester)
Please pay submission fees through the PayPal button the Calls and Grants page on ArtsWorcester’s website, or mail a check marked “Now! submission” and postmarked January 14th to ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610.
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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
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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.
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.

WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: Dec. 2, 2015

“Concentrate on the positive, be creative, do something to place a smile on the face of another. Be intentional about that.”

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First Night Worcester ready for New Year’s Eve
Exciting new performers, venues and activities set for First Night ‘16

WORCESTER, MA – [December 1, 2015] – First Night Worcester is set and ready to go for this year’s arts celebration. Heading into its 35th year of operation, the nonprofit is the oldest First Night in the nation and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981. “We’re really excited for this year’s show,” said Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. “Our schedule is final; we’ve got exciting new performances, a terrific new venue (Jillian’s Worcester) and, best of all, a brand new mobile app so folks on the go can get the most out of their First Night experience!”

First Night’s first-ever Apple mobile app is available for free in the App Store. “Users will have access to the entire event schedule with links to venues, performers, activities, sponsors and maps, right on their Apple device,” said McGinn. “It’s going to change everything!”

Nearly 60 performances will take place on 12 stages this year including a spectacular opening act – a performance by the Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” group at Tuckerman Hall, sponsored by Saint-Gobain. Artists will present an Asian fusion dance incorporating a dazzling traditional Chinese Lion Dance, a graceful traditional Thai dance, finishing up with a relaxed performance of a traditional Vietnamese dance.

First Night artists run the gamut from musicians to acrobats, jugglers to comedians, hypnotists, dancers, and for the second consecutive year, psychic mediums. “Our psychic medium venue was absolutely packed last year,” said McGinn. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this special experience once again at the Courtyard by Marriott.”

In addition to a robust line-up of First Night performances, there will be many activities around town to take advantage of, all free with a First Night button. “There will be pony rides and, new this year, guided tours by Canal District Horse & Wagon Tours, a local favorite,” said McGinn. “Up on the Common we’ll have free ice skating sponsored by baystateparent and hot cocoa sponsored by Becker College. The Worcester Art Museum will be hosting a special craft project, sponsored by FLEXcon, and we’re bringing back the incredibly popular Kids Zone at Veteran’s Inc., sponsored by UniBank.” MassLive, new to First Night this year, will be sponsoring Ralph’s Rock Diner. Jillian’s Worcester, First Night’s newest venue partner, will be hosting a free pasta bar for First Night attendees as well as giving out free $10 gift cards to use in its game room. Other activities include open houses at the Joy of Music Program (with family-friendly drumming circles, student performances and creative movement groups) and the Worcester JCC (with swimming, Gaga, a basketball clinic, bounce house and craft projects).

Returning this year will be the First Night trolleys – two of them – sponsored by Bay State Savings Bank and SG&D Insurance Agencies. “For obvious reasons, the trolleys were a big hit last year,” said McGinn. “We’re so grateful to to be able to offer this service again this year so folks can travel in comfort to all the performances they want!”

As in years past, a First Night button grants free access to the area’s leading cultural centers. Museum partners include the EcoTarium, Museum of Russian Icons, Old Sturbridge Village, Salisbury Mansion, Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Historical Museum. “This is a terrific perk for First Night button holders. Last year it added up to literally hundreds of dollars in savings for a family of four. That’s a pretty great deal!”

Buttons are on sale now – $10 before December 25, $12 after December 25, $15 at the door. Kids 7 and under are free. The full event schedule and button details can be found at www.firstnightworcester.org.

First Night Worcester is made possible through the generosity of the following:

Presenting Sponsors: PENTA Communications, Inc., Polar Beverages, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Platinum Sponsors: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Magazine

Gold Sponsors: FLEXcon, IMMEDIA, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Price Chopper, Worcester Rotary, WRTA

Silver Sponsors: Atlas Pyrovision Productions, Inc., baystateparent, CVS, EcoTarium, Grafton News, Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Leominster Champion, MassLive.com, Millbury Sutton Chronicle, Museum of Russian Icons
Old Sturbridge Village, Saint-Gobain Corporation, Salisbury Mansion, The Landmark, UniBank, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum

Bronze Sponsors: AAA Southern New England, AbbVie Bioresearch Center, Assumption College, Bay State Savings Bank, Becker College, MCPHS University
Rand Whitney Container, LLC, Reliant Medical Group, SG&D Insurance Agencies, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

Supporters: Armenian Cultural Center, Commerce Bank, Courtyard by Marriott, Epworth United Methodist Church, Hilton Garden Inn, Jillian’s Billiard Club, MarketKING
Millbury Federal Credit Union, National Grid, Ralph’s Rock Diner, Southbridge Savings Bank, Spencer Bank, The Berry Group, Trinity Lutheran Church, Tuckerman Hall
Veteran’s Inc., Wegmans Food Market, Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester JCC
About First Night Worcester
Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing access to the Arts. Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, the non-profit work of First Night Worcester continues throughout the year with educational programs and community outreach initiatives. Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all.
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REMEMBERING THE FALLEN HEROES SIX
Please be advised that there will be a gathering at the Franklin Street fire station, 266 Franklin Street (Worcester, MA), on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00pm to remember the Worcester Six.
District Chief Robert J. Courtney
Worcester Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
Office: 508-799-1851

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The Central MA Housing Alliance is changing its Housing Counseling Hours effective January of 2016 to 4:30 pm to 6:30pm. Please help us spread the word so case managers and clients have enough time to be aware of the new time frame for Thursdays ONLY. Thank you!
Thank you,
Miurka Torres
Housing Counselor
6 Institute Road P. O. Box 3
Worcester, MA 01609
Tel. 508-791-7265 ext 131
Direct Line 774-243-3831

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Frank Kartheiser. writes :
December 1, 2015

Raise Up Massachusetts Submits Final Signatures for Constitutional Amendment Campaign to Raise Additional Revenue for Transportation and Public Education

Over 157,000 Signatures Collected for 2018 Constitutional Amendment

BOSTON – Workers, community members, faith leaders, transportation and education advocates, and business leaders rallied today to celebrate a successful first step in the campaign to invest in transportation and public education by creating an additional tax on annual income above $1 million. This morning, the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition rallied on the steps of the State House and submitted signatures to the Secretary of State that will advance the coalition’s constitutional amendment toward the 2018 ballot.

“With these signatures, we are moving forward our campaign to invest in better schools and safe transportation infrastructure by asking millionaires to pay their fair share,” said Maria Elena Letona, Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor. “The best way to help working families and build a stronger economy for us all is to make sure that we have quality public schools for our children, affordable higher education, and a transportation system that lets people get to work and customers get to businesses.”

This grassroots effort was made possible with the support and leadership of thousands of coalition members and unpaid volunteers across the Commonwealth, who spread the word of the campaign by hosting signature-gathering events statewide. The coalition collected over 157,000 signatures, all without using paid signature gathering companies.

“Our grassroots coalition of community, labor, and faith groups won in the Legislature with the first increase in the state minimum wage since George Bush was in office,” said Barbara Gutman of the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA). “We won at the ballot with the strongest statewide earned sick time law in the country. Today, we take the next step towards winning in our state constitution with a tax on annual income over $1 million to make needed investments in transportation and public education.”

Local supporters have been out every day for months, talking to voters in front of supermarkets, at youth sports games, outside MBTA, bus, and commuter rail stations, at religious congregations, on busy street corners, at community events—anywhere and everywhere as they collect signatures from their neighbors and community members.

“I stood outside supermarkets on many occasions, but more importantly, we utilized our amazing grassroots membership network,” said Kamillah Hamilton, an organizer with 1199SEIU. “Our members, who work in nursing homes, hospitals, community centers, and home care, collected signatures from their co-workers, in their communities, and from their family members because we know, this is a group effort—we all had to get involved.”

The constitutional amendment would create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 million. The more than $1.5 billion in new revenue generated by the tax could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. To ensure that the tax continues to apply only to the highest-income residents, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.

“If passed, this amendment would make a huge difference for students in badly underfunded schools and for students in our public colleges and universities who are burdened by too much debt,” said Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

“Across the state, people need better transportation, including safer roads and bridges, public transportation that works, and safe ways to walk and bike around town,” said Kristina Egan, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts. “Right now, our transportation network is stuck in the last century. For the state to compete against other regions around the globe, we need to step up and invest in modern, reliable transportation.”

“Our tuitions and fees are among the highest in the country, and students are forced to take on enormous debt to receive a degree,” said Kimberly Selwitz, President of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM). “We need to invest in public higher education, to make it affordable for low- and middle-income students in our state.”

The petition must now go to a Joint Session of the Legislature and be approved by 25 percent of legislators (50 votes) in 2016. The petition will then need a second approval by 25 percent of legislators in a Joint Session in 2017 or 2018 to appear on the ballot on November 6, 2018.
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WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
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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.
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.

WCCA TV NEWSLETTER November 2015

WCCA Newsletter November 2015

All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV extends warm wishes to all for a happy and healthy and PEACEFUL holiday season.
We thank you for choosing to watch WCCA TV and for choosing to support and to be a members of our public access community media organization.

Be sure not to miss the fantastic holiday season programming that has already started appearing on WCCA TV’s channel.

Please consider making a donation to support WCCA TV see instructions on the home page of our website at http://www.wccatv.com

Congratulations to Dr. Satya Mitra (aka Guru Tax Services), a former Board member of WCCA TV, celebrating 25 years in business in Worcester. He has been a friend and supporter of WCA TV for the entire time.

If you’d like more exposure for your business, you should become a member of WCCA TV’s CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, as an underwriting supporter of the station, and you’ll have an opportunity to be seen every day on TV! This special membership starts at as little as $100 per month. For details on how to become a Friend of WCCA TV, contact joseph@wccatv.com or call us at 508-755-1880, ext 19. Happy Holidays!!

SOAPBOX, with host Mauro DePasquale, is all new in December. The show will feature topics such as school safety at the Worcester Public Schools, the “stART’ at the Station” , that’s Union Station , in December, the Worcester Free Tax Service, and more. Soapbox can be seen on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm on WCCA TV, now on Channel 194. It also streams live online at those times at www.wccatv.com . Past shows can be downloaded anytime on our website, just click on Video on Demand. To be a guest on the show, email Tracy at tracy@wccatv.org

Soon WCCA TV will air the final season of SHILLING SHOCKERS, with host Penny Dreadful and her cast of goblins and ghouls. They offer such horrific delights at Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, The Devil’s Messenger, I Bury the Living, Vengeance of the Zombies, and much more.
This will be the final season of Shilling Shockers, after their beloved Magoo Gelehrter (who portrayed Garou the Wolfman) passed away from cancer in May of 2014. May he rest in peace!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

The Corporator Council launched the CORPORATOR’S BALL, a new black-tie gala in celebration and support of the Worcester Art Museum’s mission to connect art and community. The WCCA TV crew was there. Co-Chairs were Jennifer C. Glowik and Luke M. Vaillancourt. Highlights included red carpet arrival and cocktail reception, a sumptuous dinner served under the glow of lanterns in the Stoddard Garden Court, finely-curated silent and live auctions, and a festive after-dinner party including dancing and entertainment: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/CORPORATORSBALL

WCCA TV COMMUNITY Programming

Should Worcester go after the Central Mass Striders plan to make the old Wyman Gorden brown box site on Madison Street? The proposed facility includes an indoor track, a soccer field, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, fitness and exercise rooms, meeting rooms, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. Watch this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE236

BEACON HILL CHAT is a talk show featuring interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the show, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes newly-elected Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT209

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about legal decisions affecting the city of Worcester. The topics covered are Panhandling and Promoting Police Officers: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS207 . In another episode, Ron talks about the attack on Paris and what should Not be done: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS206

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Host of the show Amy Mosher welcomes to the show Lynn Stromberg, David McMahon, and Jean McMurray: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER47

WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show Tommy Colletta chats with the Executive Director of Preservation Worcester, Deborah Packard: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH322

HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. Paul welcomes Kevin Hines, author and mental health advocate: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES23

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly welcomes Frank and Trudy Bonack to talk about the Living Rosary Apostolate: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME455

ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE TALKS (RCS) is a program produced by the Rotary Club of Worcester and rotarian Rich Prager, in association with WCCA TV. The program showcases keynote speakers from the Rotary meetings. This episode features Eric Batista from the Worcester City Manager’s Office and Cassandra Andersen of the Worcester Health Department, speaking on Opioid Addiction: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY37

Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Citizens filed an appeal with Maine’s Supreme Court that Maine’s Public Utility Commission and Central Maine Power have not adequately addressed smart meter safety. Oral arguments were held on November 3, 2015. Challenges about Maine’s smart meters are also relevant to Worcester’s smart meter pilot: http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/ABOUTSMARTMETERS34

THIS IS WORCESTER is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill’s guests are Elizabeth Bacon, Lawrence Madden, and Jarelys Castillo, members of the Roberto Clemente Partnership: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER24

Learn the in’s and out’s of real estate, home buying, and housing issues by watching IN THE HOUSE, a WCCA TV program hosted by George Russell. In this episode, George welcomes Gordon Hargrove from the Friendly House: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE7

Tune into HIDDEN TREASURES and learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host of the show Bill Safer educates viewers about hints and tips for finding hidden treasures all year long: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES37

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your stunning host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. This episode features an interview at the WCCA studio with folk and rock singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman, as well as his single ‘Guttersnipe’ performed live in our studio. This show will also feature The Chainsmokers/Roses, Matt Pond/Take Me With You, and more : http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM874 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

Tune into VIDEO JAM COUNTRY with host Tracy Foley, and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music. Today’s playlist includes: James Robert Webb/ Makin’ Love Tonight, Paul Bogart/ Cowboy Ride, Rodney Atkins/ Eat Sleep Love Repeat, Kyle Douglas/ Clean Hands, Moonlight Social/ Rub a Little Dirt on It, Payton Rae/ Stomp the Fire Out, Matt Balie/ Everyday You, Aaron Lewis/ Endless Summer, The McClymonts/ I Could Be A Cowboy, Katie Armiger/ Better in a Black Dress, Hank Williams Jr./ That Ain’t Good, Scott McCreery/ Water Tower Town, and Denae Gardner/ Welcome to America : http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY128

BANDEDGE is a WCCA TV local music show, shot live, that spotlights Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and local instrumentalist. LOVE TAP band is the featured artist on this episode of BandEdge: http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE59

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/SENIORSPEAK610 . Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, on Tuesdays at 2PM. Stop by and be part of the show! Stop by the Senior Center on Thursday afternoons to play bingo with WCCA show hosts Gary Rosen and Ron Motta.

Welcome to another yummy episode of COOKING WITH GEORGIA + DEZ. Today’s menu will feature baked chicken stuffed with brown rice, and other yummies: http://www.wccatv.com/video/cooking-with-georgia/COOKINGWITHGEORGIA314 . Real Food, Real People, Real Simple!

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. The show has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA23

This was just a glimpse of our diverse and multi-cultural programming. WCCA TV 194 is a free-speech venue and a regional public access leader that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation. Support award-winning WCCA TV programming! We also stream live and offer FREE “ON-Demand” programs of some of your favorite WCCA TV shows on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!

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

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

WCCA TV, Channeling Community Since 1986!

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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

TELL YOUR FRIENDS. 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.

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: November 23, 2015

ALL OF US AT WCCA TV WISH YOU TO HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEK !

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WCCA TV’s Soapbox, with host, Mauro DePasquale, is all new in December.

December shows will feature such topics as school safety at the Worcester
Public Schools, the “stART” at the Union Station in December, the
Worcester Free Tax Service ( formally called EITC ), Bullying and more.

Soapbox can be seen Wednesdays at 8:30pm, Saturdays at 10:30pm and
Sundays at 6:30pm on WCCA TV -now on Channel 194-and as it streams live on line at those
times at wccatv.com. Past shows can be downloaded anytime at wccatv.com
Just click on Video on Demand. To be a guest on SOAPBOX, email Tracy at tracy@wccatv.org

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BUSINESSES enter the homes of our viewers just in time for Holiday shopping.

Who are these businesses? They are WCCA TV current CIRCLE OF FRIENDS members. Becaome a member of WCCA TV’s Circle of Friends as an underwriting supporter of the station and you have an opportunity to be seen every day on TV.
This special membership starts at as little as $100 per month. For details on how contact joseph@wccatv.com or call us at 508-755-1880. Happy Holidays
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Get the latest on ALL that is happening at WCCA TV every month sign up for our WCCA TV News letter. It’s Easy and you will be glad you did. Go to WCCA’s home page at wccatv.com and look for the bar that says sign up for our news letter.

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Stop Arresting Kids at School (SAKAS) Petition to City Council sends out an invitation:to be present at City Council Meeting, TuesdayDecember 1, 2015, 7 PM at Worcester’s City HALL

According to SAKAS at least 10 children have been arrested in Worcester Public School since September 2015.

They write that City of Worcester does not have a clear policy about the use of cops in the
schools.There is NO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Worcester Police
and Worcester Public Schools as required by statute. The MOU details the duties
and restrictions of the police in the schools. The Superintendent, the City Manager,
the Mayor, and the Police Chief have refused to discuss the lack of policy.

The umbrella group, Massachusetts Human Rights Commission, and the Progressive Labor
Party are petitioning the City Council to stop arresting kids at school and
release information regarding the MOU.

They ask that you please join them on December 1, 2015 at City Hall.

For more information: Gordon T. Davis 508 757 5873

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The NAACP-Worcester branch is having a Community General Membership Meeting
tonight at 6:30p at the YWCA located at 1 Salem Sq. in Worcester
.

*WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!! *With all that is going on all over the world, we really
need to come together, unite, and develop ways on how we can impact social
change. Those of you that are current members, your efforts, dedication,
and prayers are greatly appreciated and never go un-noticed. The agenda
for the upcoming meeting includes:

· Planning for the Annual Christmas Party being held on December 14th.

· The At-Large City Council recount scheduled for next week.

· Preparation for a Community Dialogue in January 2016
to discuss what the NAACP will focus on in the upcoming year.

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City receives Community Development Achievement Award for Union Hill revitalization
efforts

Worcester, MA – The city of Worcester’s multi-pronged approach to revitalizing the
Union Hill neighborhood is one of six projects in New England to be honored by the
National Community Development Association.

NCDA has announced that Worcester has won a 2015 Community Development Achievement
Award in recognition of the Union Hill Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

“I announced the Union Hill Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in my
inauguration speech in January of 2014, and I’m thrilled our efforts are being
recognized,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty. “We knew that turning this
neighborhood around would require a whole-of-government approach, and the
participation of anchor institutions as well as community members. We would not have
been able to move this program forward without the hard work and collaborative
efforts of many city employees, as well as Ron Ceno at Worcester Academy, Mullen
Sawyer at Oak Hill CDC, and Principal Marie Morse at the Union Hill Elementary
School.”

Through the Community Development Block Grant program, the city of Worcester is
investing $4 million in improvements in public health and safety, housing and code
enforcement, and streets and sidewalks. The specific projects include housing
rehabs, new sidewalks, road resurfacing and school health partnerships.

“This effort has cut across nearly every department in the city, and involves
numerous community partners, all working together to improve the lives of the people
of Union Hill,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I’m honored the city’s
efforts are being recognized, but the real reward will be better schools, street,
sidewalks, homes, and neighborhoods for our residents.”

The NCDA award honors communities who exemplify outstanding achievement in serving
low-to moderate-income residents and/or addressing slum and blight issues, through
exemplary use of funds including: Community Development Block Grant, the Home
Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS , and Emergency
Solutions Grants program.

Award recipients were selected based on: local impact, measurability of results, the
extent to which the project can be sustained over time; innovation; the potential
for replicating the project in other communities; collaboration involving local
partners and a mix of public and private entities; and to what extent the project
has attracted other funding sources.

NCDA is a national nonprofit professional organization for local governments who
complete community development work with federal entitlement funds such as CDBG,
HOME, etc. The NCDA is comprised of regional chapters and offers technical training,
conferences, and policy advocacy.

WCCA extends a “Congratulation” to City Manager Augustus and his administrative team.

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Nuestra #23 Thanksgiving

A Spanish-language religious program hosted and produced by Lucy Tomey. Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey.
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WCCA TV SOAPBOX hosted by Mauro DePasquale

Is an exclusive award winning WCCA TV program created and designed by Mauro DePasquale to provide an opportunity to empower as many individuals, organizations and business in Worcester through public access television. WCCA offers many program opportunities from Do it yourself, Internships, and staff facilitated programming to give everyone a voice on a first come first serve basis. Seen on WCCA ch 194 and at wccatv.com

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EXCLUSIVELY ON WCCA TV
EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER highlights business potential and more

Exposure With Mosher spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Amy welcomes Lynn Stromberg, David McMahon, and Jean McMurray to Exposure with Mosher.

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EXCLUSIVELY ON WCCA TV
Know Your Rights #207 Legal Decisions Affecting the City of Worcester

Produced by Civil Rights activist Ron Madnick, Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about Legal Decisions Affecting the City of Worcester: Panhandling and Promoting Police Officers
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Congratulations and best wishes to Chris Sinacola, former chief editor of the Worcester Telegram, has now joined the local Worcester Sun.

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We were experiencing technical Difficulties: Thanks to John and our support team we are back up and running strong/strong>
WCCA TV’s playout network automated server had unexpectedly failed due to what we believe was a power outage/surge to our building. If that ever happens again, and we hope it will not. please know you may still be able to watch many of your favorite WCCA community programs on our free “On-Demand web page. Enjoy !

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: November 12, 2015

Special announcement at the bottom of this news round up. You will not want to miss out.
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Worcester ROTARY was instrumental in supporting the restoration of the footbridge at ELM PARK by donating $50,000 toward it with money it raised at it’s 2013 Celebrate Community Fund Raiser event.
The City Managers office has scheduled a dedication event for the Myra Hiatt
Kraft footbridge at Elm Park to take place Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 11:00 at the park. Thank you Rotary for your service above self! Staty tuned for more on this story at WCCA TV.
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School Committee Member John Monfredo writes us to say:
“The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day….Read With Your Child”
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Changes in the air for Worcester’s Main Street

The state has finally scheduled their 25% design hearing on the Main Street Reconstruction project. It is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Worcester Public Library in the Saxe Room (3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608).

This meeting will be your opportunity to express your thoughts, concerns and suggested alterations to the plan being proposed. I have attached the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) official meeting notice as it has the time, location, a description of the proposal and where written comments can be submitted by those who are not able to attend the meeting or do not wish to speak at the public hearing.

For further information contact:
W. Stuart Loosemore, Esq., General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
446 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608 Tel: (508) 753-2924 X. 222
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COMMUNITY TALKS FOR PEACE and NON-VIOLENCE
AE911Truth New England Tour Film Premier
Firefighters, Architects & Engineers: Expose 9/11 Myths:
From November 11 through November 22, the new documentary “Firefighters Architects Engineers: Expose 9/11 Myths” will premiere in 12 cities throughout the Southwest. At each stop along the Northeast Tour, Richard Gage, AIA, will be introducing the film and hosting the Q&A.

This 90-minute film features a landmark joint presentation by Erik Lawyer, the founder of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, and Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects & Engineers.

Together, Lawyer and Gage dismantle two-dozen myths that comprise the official account of the WTC destruction. They also expose the failure of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to comply with the requirements of NFPA 921 – the national guideline for fire and explosion investigations. They then take a penetrating look at the scientific forensic evidence of the destruction of all three World Trade Center skyscrapers.

The information-packed “Firefighters Architects Engineers” (FAE) DVD is expected to be a go-to educational tool — particularly for 9/11 Truth activists who are reaching out to firefighters and fire protection professionals all over the country.

The FAE New England Tour was created from the three-day educational outreach to 10,000 architects, who will be attending the annual ABX convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Nov 17 to 18 in Boston, MA. AE911Truth will be showing the architects who pass by our exhibit booth the evidence for the explosive destruction of World Trade Center 7. The effort is expected to attract another 200 AIA member co-sponsors of the 2016 resolution calling upon the AIA to reinvestigate the collapse.

Another point that booth volunteers will be making is that the official story about the attacks of September 11, 2001, falls apart when one looks squarely at the facts and applies fundamental scientific principles to interpret them. As Gage has long been saying, “After nearly ten years, don’t we all need and deserve to know the truth?”

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Press Release

Gage is a San Francisco Bay Area architect of 25 years, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the founder and CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth.org), a 501(c)(3) educational charity representing more than 2,300 degreed/licensed architects and engineers who have signed a petition calling for a new, independent investigation, with full subpoena power, into the destruction of the Twin Towers and the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11.

The petition’s 20,000-plus non-architect/engineer signatories include many scientists, attorneys, teachers, and other responsible, educated citizens in the US and abroad. Backed by extensive research, AE911Truth cites overwhelming evidence for the explosive controlled demolition of the three towers.
As an architect, Gage has worked on most types of building construction, including numerous fire-proofed, steel-framed buildings. Most recently, he worked on the construction documents for a $400M mixed-use urban project with 1.2 million square feet of retail space, a parking structure, and 320,000 square feet of mid-rise office space — altogether some 1,200 tons of steel framing.
> He became interested in researching the destruction of the WTC high-rise buildings when, in 2006, he heard on the radio the startling conclusions of reluctant 9/11 researcher David Ray Griffin. Since then, Gage has been on his own unyielding quest for the truth about 9/11. In the nine years he has presided over AE911Truth, Gage has given the live multimedia presentation 9/11: Blueprint for Truth in more than 450 venues in 37 foreign countries and 85 American cities to groups ranging in size from 100 to 3,000. In addition, he has appeared in more than 400 radio interviews and television spots.

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City Council Election may not be over yet: Juan Gomez stated in an email sent to media, that he intends to hold a press conference today at ” City Hall at
3:30PM, as he turns in signature sheets to request the recount. We stated that he will lay out some
of his concerns at that point.
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Worcester Pride
Worcester Pride will be launching 6 Teams to propel our
Community forward For the 2016 Program Year . Each team respectively will be facilitating plans to address: Outreach, Annual LGBTQ+ events, Social Justice, Pride Week Events, Fund Raising and Youth. For more visit the link herein.
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f9307035b7eb95adb70e0a7b5&id=4de0b54f8f&e=b8ca5b1659

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YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION INITIATIVE Grant To Fund Trained Outreach Workers
To Engage Highest Risk Youth

The City of Worcester has received a $25,000 grant for the city’s Youth
Violence Prevention Initiative from Attorney General Maura Healey G HEALEY AWARDS $25,000 GRANT TO CITY OF WORCESTER FOR youth violence prevention
Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office has awarded the City of Worcester a $25,000 grant to implement its Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
The funds will be distributed to two nonprofit organizations that will employ trained outreach workers to work with 20 to 25 of city’s highest risk young men (ages 17-24)
and connect them with needed social,behavioral and employment services.
The goal of the year long initiative is to curtail gang violence and make the city safer

The city will use the partnerships it has developed through these programs and input from other orga
nizations to identify the high risk young men it will target for the program.
The workers will use intensive street outreach efforts to connect with identified
high risk young men and assist them as they go through job skills training and drug
treatment programs.
Outreach workers will also monitor and coach the young men
throughout the program to prevent relapses into violent behavior and conflicts.
The program’s service area includes the entire city, but efforts will be focused on
areas where more youth violence is located including areas around the southern and
eastern parts of the city.
The initiative will be underway this spring and will conclude in December of
2016. The grant is being funded with money from federal criminal forfeit.
The two organizations to be receiving the money from the City, from this grant, was not announced.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: November 9, 2016

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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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WCCA TV News and Informatin Round Up: October 15, 2015

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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!
Watch BANDEdge ONLY on WCCA TV cable ch.194 or streaming live and free On-Demand at http://www.wccatv.com

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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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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: October 14, 2015

Subscribe to WCCA TV’s Newsletter TODAY . It’s good for you.
Click here and join in on all the fun, and informative News and information. Learn why you will want to be a part of WCCA TV as a communty organization that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation:
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MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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TONIGHT at 5:30PM
CANDIDATE OPEN MIC (for City Council and School Committee Candidates 2015)
Will be held at WCCA TV Studios, 415 Main Street, Worcester Ma . Wednesday October 14th at 5:30 PM.
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WCCA TV’s hit music showcase featuring live local music acts of all genres publishes a new episode featuring the Lou Borelli Octet
Monday Oct. 19 at 10pm
Saturday Oct 24 at 6:30pm
Band Edge #58 Lou Borelli Octet has be reposted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE58

Band Edge is a WCCA TV produced local music show shot live
spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and
instrumentalist. The Lou Borelli Octet is the featured artist on this
episode of Band Edge.

If you like that cool ’50’s jazz sound you will dig this edition of BANDEdge ONLY on WCCA TV your home for local music and more.

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ALLIANCE OF COMMUNITY MEDIA ( across the USA ) ask the FCC to deny the merger of the Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks

October 13, 2015
The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the Alliance for Communications Democracy
(ACD) today asked the FCC to deny the merger of the Charter Communications, Time
Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
The organizations cited Charter’s lack of attention to the public interest commitments
of localism and Public Educational and Government (PEG) Access channels as a key
reason for denying the merger, which would make “New Charter” the second largest
cable and broadband provider in the United States. Additionally, Charter’s mishandling
of PEG channels in its current service area indicates that a merger will mean decreased
public service for many areas of the country currently served by Time Warner Cable.
“The merger will amplify bad practices across the nation and will harm local
communities,” said Mike Wassenaar, President of the Alliance for Community Media. “Further, a
‘New Charter’ will have incentives to stifle local PEG Access channels. Therefore,
if the Commission were to grant the merger, strong protections need to be in place
to insure local governments and communities still can use this important resource.”
View the Joint Petition to Deny the Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Merger
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001OOK5r2y5YX3qADwL9oZiqIz3FSWtOLqBqg1SuXCzzEVShRz8bD-jrZ9qrukF2mLbMoC_oqfJakjifNQ9IM0FQtWGTgNnEAxO8608zwog6c_BccwxRHPv7SPfQ3XSB8nBta_e7RLbqn3wnuGF2l0IhLdnvRYN9ceKzBrV-jAu03ugx9ee2DB0IOX7IBIvzPasf2LKevi7D2GaZhbLfHZHuCyO4VS2p7S1-jXdIG54MgyFT9P70lQ_wS57j_fZNnqu6ir6gJwTlBma4orEvLWQBQ==&c=nB7CIaXfOyyISGZ9W7VAvfOsOHJonFy16k9P4usgSXGCA36qI1Pb-g==&ch=DkuYKn-NYLQFLQj61nsZMAawpRn3cxxyQciSCceu6s06X7u7EBgERQ==
filed today at the FCC on behalf of the ACM and ACD

WCCA JOINS THE ACM in the this pursuit.
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WCCA TV’s SOAPBOX episode about Vaccine dangers has been recieveing many favorable comments. Thank you to all who took time to write in and to share their comments and encouraging words with us.

“Bless you Harry, Gina and Elias. You’re extraordinary witnesses and spokespeople for us all.Thank you, also, to Mauro DePasquale and the People’s Channel.”

Posted by: Theresa Cedillo | October 13, 2015 at 09:01 PM

“Mr Tembenis, my heart goes out to you and your family for your son’s murder by injection of poisons. This is a heinous crime and the murderers should be held accountable. I thank you for coming out in public with your story. I think the murderers should also receive death by injection in prison. I mean everyone involved in the death of your son should also die; evil pharmaceutical companies, doctors, nurses, etc.”

Posted by: beverly gardner | October 13, 2015 at 08:48 PM

“Good for you, Gary, writing that letter. They may not respond, but I hope it gives them nightmares and one day they will be held accountable.

True Laura, vaccines not only cause autism. VACCINES KILL.”

Posted by: Linda1 | October 13, 2015 at 04:14 PM

“An articulate and knowledgeable spokesman for sanity is Harry Tembenis. Kudos, also to the host. I agree with you, Laura Hayes and Bob Moffitt. I would add Pan to the list. Prison with hard labor. How many AoA readers know that Ben Allen, Pan’s partner in crime, is the protégé of Henry Waxman, the author of the infamous 1986 NVCIA? Incestuous. Shortly after our idiot governor signed SB 277,I prepared a seven-page (five of text and two of citations) complaint to the medical board, asking them to revoke his license, based primarily on Section 2001.1 of the Business and Professions Code, as well as a copy to the AG for violations of relevant criminal statutes. I’m not holding my breath for any action by them (the Dems stick together just like the Reps), but it was immensely satisfying to do this, just as it will be immensely satisfying to picket the CDC ten days hence.”

Posted by: Gary Ogden | October 13, 2015 at 03:40 PM

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NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT ACE

September has been a jam-packed month! Our 2015 school year programs have begun and some restructuring with our program has taken place! Traditionally, our Program Director handled all aspects of program management as well as handling operations and finances of ACE. ACE has grown substantially since our inception in 2006 and we have taken the last year as an opportunity to restructure by splitting the Program Director position and creating a new Operations Director position!

It is with great excitement that I introduce our new Program Director, Kwame Bidi, and our new Operations Director, Amy Connery! You can read more about our directors and our new After School Program Coordinator, Tina Baygboe, below!

ACE’s success stems from the ability to recognize and draw on the unique strengths and experiences of our diverse team, who represent many countries across the world. I would like to thank all of my staff, your contributions are a source of help, healing, and hope to our families, regardless of where they come from, as they join our community here in Worcester. I am also grateful to all our partners and supporters, your support has allowed us to provide a holistic approach to addressing our mission and provided the helping hands we need for ACE to continue to grow!

Thank you,
Kaska Yawo

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: Sept 9, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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Thanks to ALL those persons who cared enough for our City to run for a council seat during the primary election. There are no real losers you have all inspired dialogue and discussion. Best to wishes to all and especially to those who did win for a run in November. To the rest of us please do not forget to Vote in November exercise your voice, your free speech, your choice.

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WCCA TV about to paint it’s facade at 415 Main St.

WCCA Facade Painting has been pasted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/FACADEPAINTING2015

WCCA TV, at 415 Main Street in Worcester, is getting a facelift thanks in part to funding from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. A feasibility study was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Mass. Cultural Council. Funds were generously matched by George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.

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