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WCCA TV awarded $207,000.00 Grant

May 14, 2018

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WCCA TV, Worcester Community Cable Access Inc., is pleased to announce, the board of MassDevelopment, the Mass Cultural Council’s partner in the administration of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, have met to approve grant recommendations for the 2018 round of the Cultural Facilities Fund.

 

WCCA TV has been approved for a Capital grant in the amount of $200,000. In addition, our organization has also been approved for a Systems Replacement Plan (SRP) grant in the amount of $7,000.  The SRP is a 20-year capital needs assessment of a facility and its mechanical systems.

 

This funding will be utilized to support WCCA TVs facility / fixture update, and repair project, known as WCCA TVs “in-Studio Media Arts Resource and Technology Training Center” (iSMARTT CENTER)

 

The first phase of the project is to address façade and fixture updates, safety improvements, and to increase accessibility of its production and digital arts amenities. Through this first phase the front entranceway would be greatly improved which will make our part of downtown Worcester more attractive and well lit.  It will, also, enhance content creation by improving its creative space and allowing programming and operational efficiency.

 

WCCA TV has previously completed a feasibility and planning study, and is continuing to pursue other grants and funding for the project.  During recent months WCCA has met with representatives from Mass Development, City Officials, and area organizations and community members to explore avenues to move the project forward. WCCA TV hopes to have the funds raised for the scope of phase one of the Façade by the end of this year, and we hope to begin work on the façade soon afterwards.  This amount required for the project is above and beyond the public access funding and the contractual equipment and facilities funds that WCCA TV receives through the City Cable franchise provisions.

 

WCCA recently made some improvements with its community media center digital creation tools.  The community media television station recently secured over $160,000 in new content creation technology that raises its television studio technology to a new state-of-the-art level.  This has led to an increased integration of our traditional cable television with a diversified online presence by using multi-casting and multi-sourcing technologies, while further empowering and engaging all participating communities and citizens of Worcester.  It has also further empowered the community to access more dynamic video production options in an increasingly efficient and effective manner.

 

WCCA TV has expanded its presence and can be viewed on multiple platforms worldwide, including Charter Cable 194, wccatv.com, FaceBook, YouTube, Roku, and others. It can be seen on multiple devises as well.

 

Stay tuned for more good news to come.

 

Mauro DePasquale,

Executive Director

(508) 755-1880 or mauro@wccatv.com

EAST SIDE OF ADDICTION one of WCCA TV’s most watched sows this month

The count at archive.org for Soapbox #1074 The East Side of Addiction indicates interest in this episode. I’ve Tweeted a link to the show http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1074

A compelling educational DON”T MISS show on WCCA TV cable 194 and at wccatv.comEastSide of Additiction

WCCA TV Local News and Event Round Up: January 12, 2016

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WCCA TV is the media weapon of the PEOPLE ! MEDIA WEAPON YOUR VOICE YOUR VISION YOUR RIGHT !

WCCA TV is a charitable organization that stands for MEDIA DEMOCRACY, MEDIA LITERACY, and CREATIVE INNOVATION. Let’s do it !

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Worcester ROTARY’s “CELEBRATE COMMUNITY” Gala dinner event places the spot light upon the Opioid Crisis

WCCA TV is happy and honored to be a part of the Rotary’s “CELEBRATE COMMUNITY ” Annual fund raising event serving as a media sponsor for the third year in a row. This year’s event will be in early June 2016. This year the organizers are responding to a request from the City of Worcester, to help educate, to help raise funds and awareness to the Opioid Crisis in our region. Together we can be the solution.

The planning for this years gala celebration at the DCU is well underway. Stay tuned for details. Festivities will include the Service Above Self Awards, Live music from the Bare Hill Band, Live Auctions, great food and more. Go Rotary !

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This Sunday 1/17 at 10 pm on WICN 90.5 FM Catch Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV:
http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/mauro-depasquale-wcca-tv-and-jazzed-all-new-promo

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FIND YOUR WAY AROUND WORCESTER a lot easier:

Worcester to host Wayfinding presentation Jan. 20th
Project includes public art, creative signage, information kiosks and more
Worcester – A public presentation will be held to highlight the progress and
timeline of the Worcester Wayfinding Project, a system for guiding visitors through
the city using signage, destination identifiers, and information kiosks.
The presentation will be held on Wed., January 20th from 1-2 p.m. at the EcoTarium,
222 Harrington Way, Worcester.
The City of Worcester, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the
colleges and universities of Worcester, Discover Central Massachusetts, and others,
will unveil a final work plan and estimated project schedule for the City’s new
Wayfinding system.
The Wayfinding system is intended to spur economic growth especially in the area of
cultural tourism. Not only will Wayfinding help people navigate the city
geographically, but it will inform visitors of important social, cultural, and
historical information while supporting public art and stirring interest in the
city’s many cultural attractions.
The Wayfinding project is supported by grants from the City of Worcester,
Massachusetts Office of Transportation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council John and
Abigail Adams Arts Program, and the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
Selbert Perkins Design, a nationally recognized urban design firm with offices in
California and Massachusetts, is assisting with the effort.
The event is open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the
presentation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016
Contact: Colleen Quinn (617) 626-7121
Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $181,000 in Workplace Safety Grants

BOSTON, MA, JANUARY 11, 2016 – Twelve Massachusetts employers were awarded grants,
totaling more than $181,000 to help train their employees to prevent workplace
injuries, illnesses and death, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L.
Walker, II announced today.

The Department of Industrial Accidents Office of Safety administers and manages the
Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant program to promote safe, healthy
workplace conditions through training, education, and other preventative programs
for employers and employees covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law.

“The Commonwealth makes it a priority to keep workers safe by setting aside
resources for safety training every year,” Governor Charlie Baker said.

“Each year thousands of workers in Massachusetts receive training through these
grants, making themselves and their work environments safer,” Lt. Governor Karyn
Polito said.

“As workers receive more training through these grants, they enhance their skill
set, making it easier to move into new positions,” Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II
said.

With $800,000 budgeted annually for the Safety Grant program, the Department of
Industrial Accidents (DIA) has funded hundreds of programs that have educated
thousands of employers and workers in the Commonwealth.

The maximum grant amount per employer is $25,000. Employers are awarded training
grants through a competitive application process.

The Department of Industrial Accidents is opening another round of applications this
month.

Organizations that received grants:

1. Family Continuity – $24,824: Family Continuity is a private, non-profit
mental health and social service agency. The proposed training plan includes agency
specific training for FC staff.

2. NorthEast Arc – $11,490: NorthEast Arc is a social service agency that
serves 7000 children and adults with disabilities in 150 eastern Massachusetts
cities and towns. The proposed training includes safety awareness for social
workers, de-escalation, managing workplace violence, and car and public Transport.

3. MHPI, Inc. – $4,815: MHPI is a non-profit organization that develops
housing for people with behavioral and developmental disabilities. Their proposed
training includes training in FA and CPR.

4. Tri State Trucking – $5,885: Tri State Trucking is a full service trailer
truck dealership of freightliners, mac trucks. Their proposed training includes
driver simulator training and workplace violence training.

5. Boston Plasterers – $16,493.79: Local 534 Apprentice and training fund
finances, plans, supervises and implements apprentice training and journey person
upgrade. This grant will provide OSHA 30 training, Aerial Lift and Fall Protection.

6. Riverside Industries, Inc. – $14,712.50: Riverside Industries, is
non-profit organization that provides transportation, life enrichment and employment
services to more than 265 adults living with developmental disabilities in western
Massachusetts. Riverside proposes to train employees in ergonomic lifting and back
safety.

7. Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) Corp. – $3,820: Best Corp is a
non-profit organization providing education, skills and training for members of
Unite Here/Local 26 Hotel Workers Union and those seeking entry into the hospitality
industry. Best Corp will train members in injury prevention/ergonomics.

8. Accutech Packaging – $12,305: Accutech Packaging manufactures plastic
thermoformed packaging, paper mailers and envelopes. They also offer in-house
tooling, design and contract packaging services. Accuteck training will include
OSHA 10, Forklift, Lock Out / Tag Out, Electrical Safety and First Aid/CPR.

9. Project Hope – $13,241: Project Hope helps families overcome homelessness
and move out of poverty. Project Hope’s proposed training includes critical incident
management that is designed to prepare and assist organizations when situations
become threatening.

10. Bald Hill Builders – $24,610: Bald Hill Builders is a general contracting and
construction management company, based in Sharon. The company’s proposed training
plan includes OSHA 10, OSHA 30, scaffolding, PPE training, forklift & hoisting
training and trenching & excavation.

11. Capital Driver Leasing – $24,868.41: Capital Driver Leasing is a commercial
driver staffing company. The company also supplies experienced drivers for
forklifts, aerial lifts (boom and scissor) as well as hazardous material
transportation. The training will include truck driving simulation training,
warehouse forklift training, aerial lift (both boom and scissor lifts) training,
ergonomics specialist with emphasis on back and dismount safety, DOT/RCRA,
transportation of hazardous goods and associated documentation training.

12. Cape Cod Safety Trainers – $24,877.50: Cape Cod Safety Trainers provide
CPR/First Aid, blood borne pathogens and emergency response training. Cape Cod
safety proposes to train 320 employees within six surrounding towns on the Cape.
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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

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 Roundup: December 22, 2015

ENJOY the holidays and BE SAFE. Look for great Holidays specials on WCCA TV ch. 194 and at wccatv.com

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WCCA TV VIDEO interfaces local talent with National and Regional Stars

This week Video Jam featured Renne Morin , Contestant from New Voices , WCCA TV’s local vocal award
show 2015 and Trinity Faith,Winner from New Voices , WCCA TV’s local vocal award show 2014

The link is: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM878

ARTISTS ALSO FEATURED ON VIDEO JAM 878
The Brinks/ Hide Your Love/ Sony Modern Baseball / Rock Bottom/ Run for
Cover
Rachele Lynae & Jaime O’Neal/ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Kanisha K/ I’ll Be Home for Christmas/ Daddy Rock Ent.
Breathe Carolina feat KARRA/ Platinum Hearts/ Armada Tree
Rebecca Perl/ Ordinary/ Perl Jams

If your band has a video for VIDEO JAM’s consideration please submit it, along with a band bio, to “VIDEO JAM” c/o WCCA TV, 415 Main St., WOrcester, MA 01602. Materials are not returned.

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

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: December 1, 2015

Young Singers ages 14 -19 compete in WCCA TV’s annual “NEW VOICES AWARDS” 2015.

This year it’s a bigger production featuring a new set by master craftsman at WBZ TV Mike Nosel.

WCCA TV shoots the semifinalist episode of NEW VOICES 2015 tonight. Congratulations to the fine singers who will be appearing on tonight edition of “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2015” at WCCA TV.

Winners compete for recognition in this prestigious competition plus amazing prizes all made possible from underwriters and sponsors: Worcester Arts Council, Union Music, Starfleet Recording Studio, Kirby Foundation, Music Revolt, Community Auditions Star of the Day NYC, LJ’s Hair Salon.

New Voices is a true community enterprise. Thanks also to local area music schools, music teachers, Youth Organizations, and the Worcester Public Schools.

Be sure to catch this fun and entertaining show in late December, only on WCCA TV cable channel 194 and also streaming at wccatv.com .

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GREAT NEWS ! Congratulations !

The New England Patriots Difference Maker of the Week is Bill & Donna Moore
< http://www.patriots.com/community/volunteerism>
http://www.patriots.com/community/volunteerism (read article now) and in
print materials including Patriots Football Weekly, Patriots Game Day
magazine and website.

Bill & Donna Moore will also be recognized during a special ceremony at the
Patriots final regular season home game against the Tennessee Titans on
December 20, 2015

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VIRGINIA SWAIN seeks YOUR help:
She writes,
“Please help me continue to expand a program with children as part of the public discourse by making a donation to the Center for Global Community and World Law? Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To learn more about our philosophy, watch this short video
(
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In his universal call to action to transform our world beyond 2015, United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says young people will be the torchbearers of the next
sustainable development agenda through 2030. I ask for your support in helping
children prepare for this challenging role.

Our torchbearers are Yeshi, Maia, Casey, Elliott, Olivia, Shane, Caleb, Caleb E,
Gong, Ding, Jonathan and the Nelson Place 3rd grade children. They told United
Nations Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury about their climate change project. To see
their shows, visit this link on WCCATV
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You can help awaken an expanding group to the wisdom of children, as we take it to a
larger audience, helping generations learn from one another. Children’s voices are
missing. I have pledged to be a listening and empowering ear for children while
keeping them safe from harm by using only their first names.

Contribute with your check payable to Center for Global Community and World Law, Inc
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Founded in 1993 by Joseph Baratta, Ph.D. and myself, Center for Global Community and
World Law, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity and educational institution incorporated
in the State of New York and A Civil Society Organization in ECOSOC Consultative
Status at the United Nations.
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You may also consider a donation as a gift that helps those on your holiday list to
support this effort too. We’ll send you a card to personalize for them, to show the
meaning of your gift to us, in their name. May this holiday season bring joy, love
and peace to you—and to all.

Virginia Swain
Executive Director, Co-Founder

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WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
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The People’s Channel. Contact the station and find out how you might qualify to be entered into a contest to win a nice prize by getting your friends to sign up for our e-news letter.

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

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

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

Congratulations to WCCA TV INTERN Stephanie Pasquale.
Stephanie is a volunteer intern at WCCA TV
and has been honored with a volunteer award.
She will be attending the upcoming “Celebrate Self-Sufficiency” Luncheon. The keynote speaker is Joi Gordon, CEO Dress for Success Worldwide. She will inspire all in attendance. Clients will share personal stories and Stephanie Pasquale, who volunteers with WCCA as a news anchor, will be receiving our “Volunteer” award.

The luncheon is this Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross.

Watch Stephanie on WCCA TV’s Worcester Community NEWS program seen weekly on WCCA TV cable ch 194 and at wccatv.com .
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Worcester SUN Writes:
Binienda plans to apply for Worcester schools superintendent
http://worcester.ma/2015/11/binienda-superintendent-candidate/?utm_source=Worcester+Sun+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ceaa404b65-ICYMI_Nov_8_11_10_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4cc3ffd66b-ceaa404b65-79826481
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Roundtable Discussion of Closed Captioning for Public Access and Governmental Programming

November 10, 2015, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

The FCC will hold a forum on November 10, 2015, to promote discussion about closed captioning of public access and governmental programming shown on television. The event will include discussions about the benefits of captioning such programming, the relevant captioning obligations of programmers and stations, and effective captioning solutions. The event will engage local government professionals, policy makers, captioning vendors, consumer groups, engineers, representatives from the programming industry, and others as appropriate. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding captioning of public access and governmental programming, and to ensure the accessibility of such programming for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as other individuals who may benefit from the availability of closed captions on this programming.

What: Tools for Expanding Closed Captioning of Public Access Programming
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

Additional information about the event will be made available here and distributed to subscribers of DRO’s “AccessInfo,” a DRO service that provides regular e-mail updates on disability-related rulemakings, notices and events. To subscribe to AccessInfo, send an email to accessinfo@fcc.gov, and write “subscribe” in either the subject header or body of the e-mail.

The event will be free and open to the public. Live, captioned video of the event will be available at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
Public Notice

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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

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: October 22, 2015

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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( 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 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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City officials to tour newly acquired Donker Farm
23 acres part of city’s effort to protect open spaces

Worcester – City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Mayor Joseph M. Petty will join
other city officials, members of the Greater Worcester Land Trust (GWLT) and
Conservation Commission for a walking tour of Donker Farm, one of the city’s newest
conservation land acquisitions.

The tour of Donker Farm will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from
2:00-3:00pm, with event parking provided across the street from 46 Fort Tory Lane,
Worcester. The event is open to the public and press.

The 23 acre Donker Farm was purchased in April 2015 by the GWLT, which partnered
with the city of Worcester’s Conservation Commission to protect the land.

The city owns the Conservation Restriction, which is under the care and custody of
the Conservation Commission, for the land, assuring that the property will remain in
its “present natural, scenic, and open condition” for conservation purposes, while
allowing passive recreation such as hiking, bird watching, educational activities,
and more.

The Donker property is one of three recent conservation land acquisitions by the
city of Worcester. The city purchased 13.7 acres at Crow Hill North in June 2014 and
a 6.3 acre conservation restriction at EcoTarium West, owned by the Worcester
Natural History Society (aka EcoTarium), in May 2015.
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Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for
healthy dogs and cats in the United States

It doesn’t have to be according to the No Kill Revolution in America and author and film maker,Nathan Winograd and a group called “NO KILL.ORG”

WCCA TV will cable and web cast the film, “Redemption” all month long on
WCCA TV Ch. 194 and also seen at wccatv.com , in Worcester. For more information on The No Kill Revolution go to http://www.nokill.org .
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Mark up your calendars for some great art and great talks on War and Peace in November.
Bayda Asbridge’s show entitled Healing Fibres: War and Peace. Below is a list of the speakers. Lots of good food; lots of good art; and lots of talks throughout the month of Novmber. Here’s the agenda of talks.Let me know if you can make it; I will be in the show and have arranged for almost all of the speakers.

The Sprinkler Factory is on Harlow St (39) – off of Lincoln near Hahnamann hospital. The show is on the second floor.

Questions: contact Barbara at 508 868 6710

Healing Fibers: War & Peace agenda of events during the month of November

Saturday 7th November: (4pm) Professor Predrag Cicovacki (Philosophy Professor at Holy Cross College specialized in the Philosophy of War, Peace, and Ethics ). He will discuss ‘War, peace and the role of media.’

Saturday 7th November: (6-9 pm) artists’ reception with food, drink, raffle raising funds for Syrian refugees, live music and entertainment. Free to the public.

Sunday 8th November (1pm) Chris Horton (Head of Worcester Unemployment Action Group ). He will discuss ‘ The Economic Impact of wars’.

Sunday 8th November (2 pm) Walter Iwanicki, master Yoga teacher, presents the impact of yoga on veterans.

Sunday 8th November (3pm) Martin Fitzgerald (WPI student of philosophy/ junior) presents ‘Futurism and Art as National Myth”

Saturday 14th November (1pm) Genevieve Fraser (a freelance journalist at the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals and is a faculty member at Uni. of Phoenix. She is the author of In the Claw of the Tiger). This is a WWII story of three young men from Athol MA who thought they would escape the war in Europe by joining the US Navy and going to Hawaii… ‘In the Claw of the Tiger’.

Sunday 15th November (1pm) Claire and Scott Schaeffer –Duffey. Claire is a reporter for Catholic Worker; as a reporter she has covered the refugee crisis in Syria last year. She and her husband have also been to Afghanistan & Gaza. Scott wrote a book about their experiences titled: ‘Nothing is Impossible’. www.nothingisimpossiblebook.com

Monday 16th November (6pm) Richard Gage( Architect and Engineers for 9/11 truth) Presentation. AE911truth is an American non-profit organization of architects and engineers who dispute the results of official investigations into the September 11 attacks, including the 9/11 Commission Report. It supports the conspiracy theory that the World Trade Center was destroyed by explosive demolition. Founded in 2006, the group demands that the United States Congress pursue “a truly independent investigation” into the September 11 attacks as they believe government agency investigations into the collapse of the World Trade Center have not addressed what it calls “massive evidence for explosive demolition.” wikipedia $3 to $10 dollar donation

Saturday 21st November ( 1 pm) Katie Green – story telling. Katie is telling a story about Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war.

Sunday 22nd November (1 pm) Jim Welu (director of Worcester Art Museum1986 to 2011) discusses The Monument Men: George Stout (director of Worcester Art Museum 1947 to 1954) was one of more than 350 art experts from more than a dozen countries who were recruited into the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section, MFAA, hence they were known as the Monuments Men. They went with the Allied front line as it liberated Europe to rescue art from the Nazis. At least two Monuments Men were killed.

Sunday 22nd November (2:30) Ora Szekely (Assistant professor of political science at Clark Uni) Understanding the Civil War in Syria!

Sunday 22nd November (4pm) Marty A. Barroll (Retired Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; analyst of imperialism) discusses ‘Ukraine and Avoiding Nuclear War’.

Saturday 28th November ( 1 pm) an afternoon with a group of poets, not to be missed: Richard Fox, David Williams, and Jeff Cannon, Eric W. Veterans for Peace & David Hahn poetry.

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Great Cultural Experience
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil. In commemoration, the choir of Trinity Church interprets this enthralling and influential achievement of modern sacred music in a special performance presented by the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative. Often referred to as the Vespers, the All-Night Vigil features richly layered settings of traditional melodies, and the composer’s own ‘conscious counterfeits’ of historic chants from the Russian Orthodox liturgy. The 90-minute performance will also include pieces by two earlier composers, Dmytro Bortnyansky and Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Prior to the performance, at 6:30 pm, BRAI Executive Director Anna Winestein will give a free talk in the Parish Hall of The Mission Church about the Vigil, the history of secular Russian composers creating sacred music, and Rachmaninoff’s legacy in the US. Click HERE to watch a variant of the lecture, or read MORE.

For ticket and discount information visit: www.trinityvespers.eventbrite.com .

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept 10, 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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Worcester PRIDE raises the flag

9/10 Thursday 3PM at City Hall 455 Main St. We will have our annual Flag raising at city hall. Our tradition is to have a ceremony at city hall with the previous and current year’s Official Grand Marshal. This year we will be joined by our two previous Grand Marshals (Pride ’13) Tim Murray and (Pride ’14) Erica Kay-Webster. Visit Worcester Pride on face book or here for more information: http://www.worcesterpride.org/

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Baker-Polito Administration Receives $2.9 million Federal Grant to Grow Apprenticeship Programs in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2015

Baker-Polito Administration Receives $2.9 million Federal Grant to Grow Apprenticeship Programs in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015…The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development was awarded a $2.9 million federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries in Massachusetts.

The American Apprenticeship Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will enable the state to help 300 residents gain apprenticeship training in industries with a growing demand for new employees, such as healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing.

The funds will support the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) to increase the number of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in those industries. There are more than 7,500 registered apprentices in the state in 2015.

“As many employers in Massachusetts struggle to find the skilled labor to fill available jobs, this grant will enable training for individuals in high-demand industries and provide more job opportunities for the people of the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 awardees across the nation to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development will use the grant to build upon apprenticeship opportunities and address the skills gap for underserved residents.

“Our team worked incredibly hard to be awarded one of these highly competitive grants. These funds will help us in our mission to meet employers’ demands for highly-skilled workers so they can continue to grow their businesses. Businesses cannot grow if they cannot find enough skilled workers,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II, who chairs the Workforce Skills Cabinet.

Created by the Governor through an executive order, the Workforce Skills Cabinet’s goal is to align education, economic and workforce development programs and policies to increase opportunities for training and employment for residents while helping businesses meet their growth needs. The Cabinet consists of Secretary Walker, education Secretary James Peyser and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.

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Local activist ask us to share this views and opinions on this blog may or may not be those of WCCA TV or it’s writer:

Is Monsanto planning a sneak attack?

https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/will-monsanto-launch-another-%E2%80%98sneak-attack%E2%80%99-congress

Your thoughts? We invite local activist and local farmers to contact us to speak about this on TV. Contact mauro@wccatv.com

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CITY ELECTIONS WCCA TV VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT 2015

If you are a candidate heading for the November 3rd City elections contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or at [mauro@wcatvc.om]to inquire how you may be a part f WCCA TV’s VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT. We plan on conducting candidate profiles, and a MAYORAL DEBATE.

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FEEL THE HEAT
The Heat wave is not totally over. After a brief cool down, the heat is expected to pick up again next week, although not as high however with high humidity. Stay cool Worcester ! Rest, stay in air conditioned areas, check in on the elderly and those shut in, be sure pets are in a place where air is circulating and as cool as possible. Drink plenty of water.

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Testimonial Words of Encouragement
“WCCA TV has done and will continue to do great things for the Worcester community. Best of luck the rest of the way..” Anthony Ortiz

Thanks Anthony , your kind words mean a lot to all of us at WCCA TV.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: September 2, 2015

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2015

MCC Approves $12M for Public Programs in the Arts, Sciences & Humanities

(Boston, MA)-The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) today approved a spending plan
for the coming year that will invest more than $12 million in grants to nonprofit
cultural organizations, local cultural councils, education programs, and working
artists across the Commonwealth.

MCC-s FY16 spending plan benefits from a $2 million increase to its state
appropriation, overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature last month. The increase
represented another important step toward restoring funding for the arts,
humanities, and sciences that was lost through recession-driven budget cuts. The MCC
Board voted unanimously to approve a plan that will invest in the following:

Nonprofit Cultural Organizations: $4.5 million – The Cultural Investment Portfolio (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAGkwAJBsc ) (CIP)
comprises 389 nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations across
Massachusetts. These organizations connect children and adults to theatre, music,
visual art, and film; teach them about history, literature, and the environment; and
introduce them to new languages and cultural traditions. Cultural Investment
Portfolio grants must be matched one to one, and range from $2,500 to $56,500. See
FY16 CIP funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAIyQAJBsc ) .

Communities: $3 million – MCC-s 329 Local Cultural Councils (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAJ-gAJBsc ) (LCCs) make
up the largest public grassroots arts network in the nation. They provide funding to
every city and town in Massachusetts through the efforts of more than 2,300
volunteers. The councils support local arts and history, fund school field trips,
and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions. Grants to LCCs range from $4,400 for the
smallest towns to $117,400 for Springfield and $179,000 for Boston, according to a
formula that reflects the state’s local aid system. See FY16 LCC allocations (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAMYQAJBsc ) .

Creative Youth Development: $2.1 million – MCC works to expand access to quality,
creative learning experiences in school and community settings. This year-s budget
increase allows the agency to continue to deepen its investment in this work and
meet growing demand statewide.
* The YouthReach Initiative (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAO-AAJBsc ) makes
grants to cultural and community-based organizations to support in-depth arts,
humanities, and science programs for young people at risk. See FY16 YouthReach
funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAQEwAJBsc ) .

* SerHacer ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAARKgAJBsc
) supports a growing number of intensive, ensemble-based music programs that use
music as a vehicle for youth development and social change. Through grants,
technical assistance, and project support the MCC will foster this emerging field
of music making in the Commonwealth. See FY16 SerHacer funding list (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAStAAJBsc ) .

* STARS Residencies (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAATxwAJBsc ) connect
artists, scientists and other creative teachers with elementary and secondary
schools for deep learning experiences that help students grow, develop new skills,
and expand their imaginations.

* Big Yellow School Bus (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAVjQAJBsc ) grants help
schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural
institutions across Massachusetts.
* Poetry Out Loud (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAXBQAJBsc ) is a
national competition in which high school students memorize and perform classic and
contemporary poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and
theatre in their English and drama classes. Over ten years the Huntington Theatre
Co. has expanded this program to more than 50,000 Massachusetts students.

Creative Economy: $1 million – This includes new grants for state-designated
Massachusetts Cultural Districts (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAZowAJBsc ) , and a new
Festivals Program, along with the 10-year-old Adams Arts Program (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAadgAJBsc ) that
supports partnerships that use arts and culture to drive community development. And
the Cultural Data Project (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAbVgAJBsc ) , which
measures the economic impact of the nonprofit cultural sector. See FY16 Adams
funding list ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAcLAAJBsc
) .

UP Accessibility Program: $145,000 – UP (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAdZAAJBsc ) will support
the growth and development of organizations that recognize the power of inclusive
design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all, and that embrace
inclusivity as core to their mission.

Artist Fellowships: $441,000 – This year MCC celebrates 40 years of support for
working artists through its Artist Fellowships (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAfmQAJBsc ) . Additional
funds allow MCC to boost Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines to $12,000.

Mass Humanities: $528,420 – The MCC provides an annual partnership grant to Mass
Humanities ( http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAhSAAJBsc )
, which supports public programs in history, literature, and other humanities
disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in the Commonwealth.

New England Foundation for the Arts: $50,000 – The MCC continues its investment in
the New England Foundation for the Arts (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAjDgAJBsc ) ,
collaborating on mutually supportive activities that serve the citizens of
Massachusetts and provide opportunities for Mass. artists, presenters, and
communities to benefit from programs that serve the six New England states and
beyond.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve
the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission
through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural
organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for the current
fiscal year is $15.7 million, which includes annual grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit
www.massculturalcouncil.org (
http://masscultural.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=AMET5j4ADgABAAAmlAAJBsc ) .

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Massachusetts Receives $500,000 Grant to Boost State Exports

BOSTON – On Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:15PM, Secretary Jay Ash of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
and Senior Officials from the SBA will convene a joint press event to announce
increased funding to increase Massachusetts export sales.

The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) was awarded a
$500,000 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant through the SBA that will
enable MOITI (in collaboration with the MA Export Center and Massachusetts Small
Business Development Center Network), to reimburse eligible Massachusetts small
businesses for qualified export-promotion expenses including trade show
participation, overseas marketing and localization, and subscription services from
the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Media Invited to Attend
Who:

* Jay Ash, Secretary, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of
Housing and Economic Development

* Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International
Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing and Economic
Development

* Seth Goodall, SBA New England Regional Administrator

* Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director

What: Announcing a $500,000 SBA grant received by the Massachusetts Office of
International Trade and Investment (MOITI)
Where: MA State House, Governor’s Press Conference Room (157)
When: Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 at 2:15pm

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Brookline Public Access fights for a just renewal

Dear Friend, BIG still needs your support at the second public hearing regarding the
Town’s renegotiation with Comcast. Can you write a letter and/or come show your
support at a public hearing that will support the future of community media and BIG
in Brookline for the upcoming hearing on Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm at
Brookline Town Hall?
Below you will find links to our flyer and a FAQ about these hearings, held by the
Town, in support of its upcoming negotiation with Comcast. Please RSVP or direct any
questions to:
mailto:kathy@brooklineinteractive.org
kathy@ brooklineinteractive.org.
http://brooklineinteractive.org/files/FAQ.pdf

We are focusing our specific requests
around the asks for Comcast below, but please share anything about why supporting
continued funding for community media in Brookline, and why BIG’s services are
important to you and to our community.
Each speaker will have 3-5 mins, and it’s perfectly fine to read from a letter of
support. The goal is to get testimony on the public record so that Comcast can’t say
the community did not ask for these important items during the process.
– Full operational and capital funding for community media in Brookline (BIG) based
on community need (let the Town know why you value BIG’s resources, staff,
services, educational programs, equipment, trainings, cable channels, use of BIG’s
space and facilities, etc)
– Inclusion in Comcast’s Program Guide (detailed program listings for BIG) &
Funding for Closed Captioning

– Provide Community Channels in HD to Brookline (Many cities and towns are now
getting HD from Comcast….Philadelphia, Manhattan, Portland and Eugene OR,
Longmeadow, MA, and others)Thank you for your continued support of community media
in Brookline!
Warmly,Kathy –Kathy Bisbee Executive Director, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)
http://www.brooklineinteractive.org/
www.brooklineinteractive.org

GOOD LUCK KATHY, We hope your town administration understands the value and strategic benefits of public access.

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JOB NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/2/15

Contact:Janice Weekes Director, Workforce Central Career Center, 508-373-7628
weekesj@workforcecentralma.org

Worcester Common to host 3rd Annual UnCommon Job Fair

WHO: City of Worcester; Workforce Central Career Centers;
Central MA Workforce Investment Board; Veterans, Inc.; SnapChef; Grafton Job Corps

WHAT: Approximately 70 employers with hundreds of available jobs
will participate in the 2015 UnCommon Job Fair. Last year’s event attracted close to
900 local job seekers.

WHERE: Worcester Common, behind Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St.

WHEN: Friday September 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Rain date:
Friday, September 18th same time and location)

WHY: With the unemployment rate in Worcester County (*5.2
percent) remaining higher than the state average (*4.9 percent), and many job
seekers still struggling to find gainful employment, the UnCommon Job Fair allows
people looking for their next opportunity a chance to connect with area employers
looking to hire.

DETAILS: The UnCommon Job Fair is a unique variation on the
traditional job fair format and offers businesses and job seekers a more relaxed
environment to connect and network.
*Mass.gov Labor Information:
http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/lmi_lur_b.asp?A=04&GA=000027&TF=1&Y=&Sopt=&Dopt=TEXT

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INDIE MUSIC ARTIST TESTIMONIAL: WCCA TV , Worcester’s longest running and most prestigious network for music talent helps promote and encourage music innovation and the creative economy.

An artist, featured on Video Jam, wrote
the show to say thank you .

” Hi there Tracy ( producer of Video JAM ),
I hope this email finds you and the team at Video Jam doing well and enjoying the summer!
I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for showing my video for “I Wanna Be Famous” some love and for giving us some wonderful exposure recently. Myself and the director worked very hard on our labor of love and we sure appreciate the coverage.
Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!
Cariad ”

Thanks for sharing your music with Worcester and the world. As they say make music not war ! Get your talent seen in the spot light it deserves contact mauro@wccatv.com .

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