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

MEANINGFUL MEDIA WCCA TV

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

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

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

Friday, September 25, 2015

From 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Boys & Girls Club

65 Tainter Street Worcester, MA 01610

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

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

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

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

Anh Vu Sawyer

Executive Director

Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts

484 Main Street, Suite 400

Worcester, MA 01608

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

Second Annual Volunteer Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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DEBATE SERIES to address the City of Worcester municipal elections

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

September 28th – Mayoral Candidates

October 5th – City Council At-Large Candidates

October 19th – District Council Candidates

All debates will be held at 7:00pm in historic Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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WCCA TV is Getting a New Face Lift in September

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

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

wccaThe building at 415 Main Street was originally built in 1890 as a bank, and it went through significant changes in 1974 and a serious renovation in 1998 in order to accommodate WCCA TV and its move downtown. Since 1998, little of the building has changed at the WCCA TV facility. One thing that has changed is the slow weathering and deterioration of the façade. In 2014, it was necessary to make minor repairs and to have sidewalk scaffolding for the safety of pedestrians. These repairs were completed.

Currently, WCCA TV is performing a feasibility study on how to address needed upgrades and renovations to enhance the WCCA TV facility and downtown presence as well as improve conditions to better meet community media needs. What is clear to the architects, engineers, and leadership at WCCA TV is that the transformation of the building must and will be more than simply the renovation of a building for appearances; it will be a development that may change the social, cultural, and commercial dynamics of this part of Worcester. The results of this study are almost completed, and the planning process for how to raise the funds and implement the renovations has already begun.

It won’t be long before WCCA TV announces the new plans for what is being called, the WCCA TV iSMARTT Center (in-Studio Media Arts Resources Technology and Training Center), and the community members of Worcester will be able to see the vision behind this project.

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In the meantime, people will be able to see a better looking building façade by the end of September (The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation).

WCCA TV is a public access and community media center that has stood for media democracy, media literacy, and creative innovation since 1986.

If anyone has questions, please contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or e-mail him at mauro@wccatv.com.

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

WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: September 1, 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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WCCA TV Community Media and Television Studio facility at 415 Main Street is about to get a temporary face lift

WCCA TV is Getting a Newly Painted Façade in September. WCCA is also happy to announce that a possible longer term Transformation for the building is in it’s future

Worcester, MA. August 27, 2015: Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) is soon going to have a nicer looking facade. On the week of September 14th, with generous funding support from The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, WCCA TV will have the current façade concrete “accents” painted a greyish color with the letters WCCA TV placed across them. Time has worn the paint of the old concrete “accents” that many people driving in downtown Worcester, through many years, have used as a landmark for directions. When this paint job is completed, the “accents” will still be there, but we hope they will be more pleasing to the eye of the beholder, and they will be a means to help identify WCCA TV when drivers and pedestrians are in the vicinity.
The building at 415 Main Street was originally built in 1890 as a bank, and it went through significant changes in 1974 and a serious renovation in 1998 in order to accommodate WCCA TV and its move downtown. Since 1998, little of the building has changed at the WCCA TV facility. One thing that has changed is the slow weathering and deterioration of the façade. In 2014, it was necessary to make minor repairs and to have sidewalk scaffolding for the safety of pedestrians. These repairs were completed.

Currently, WCCA TV is performing a feasibility study on how to address needed upgrades and renovations to enhance the WCCA TV facility and downtown presence as well as improve conditions to better meet community media needs. What is clear to the architects, engineers, and leadership at WCCA TV is that the transformation of the building must and will be more than simply the renovation of a building for appearances; it will be a development that may change the social, cultural, and commercial dynamics of this part of Worcester. The results of this study are almost completed, and the planning process for how to raise the funds and implement the renovations has already begun.

It won’t be long before WCCA TV announces the new plans for what is being called, the WCCA TV iSMARTT Center (in-Studio Media Arts Resources Technology and Training Center), and the community members of Worcester will be able to see the vision behind this project. In the meantime, people will be able to see a better looking building façade by the end of September (The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation).

WCCA TV is a public access and community media center that has stood for media democracy, media literacy, and creative innovation since 1986.

If anyone has questions, please contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or e-mail him at mauro@wccatv.com.

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Glad to see WCCA’s RON MADICK, host and producer of “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” will be referencing his WCCA TV show in tonight’s ( Sept. 1st 2015 ) City Council Meeting item 9 CC . Ron tells us that this will be in regards to his investigation with the police dept. “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” is seen exclusively on WCCA TV ch 194 and ON-Demand and Streaming live simulcast at wccatv.com . It’s another WCCA program that empowers viewers through informative and educational information regarding social justice, civics, and more.

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Worcester PRIDE Parade and Festival Announcements

Worcester Pride Announces our Kick-off event September 2nd 7PM At Electric Haze 26
Milbury St. It is an eclectic group of Abstractions from Oil on canvas to three
dimensional paint and sculpture!
This is a 21+ event due to the venue, however it is free and open to the public.
7-8:45PM Wine and Cheese will be served.
PLEASE Join us! Including the following Artists:
Brian Bishop
Sally Bowditch
Jane Campion
Carlos W. Encarnacion-Vasquez
Jonathan Riordan
John Trobaugh
Jessica WalshArt show at electric haze 7pm invite image

** PARADE REGISTRATION/LINE UP:
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9-10AM LINE UP Spread the word, Loving Couples lead the parade. Couples, please
march at the front. Please line up on Humbolt St. at Institute St. If you have not
registered, you may do so bit.ly/WP-parade Please bring a copy of your registration
form with you. See a volunteer at check-in table. We will start on time, you will be
assigned placement in the parade ON SITE. We will try to distribute the types of
groups, however, the later you are, the further back you will be. The nearest
facilities are at the Lutheran Church or the Museum, be prepared.

11-12PM MARCH We begin PROMPTLY at 11AM to Worcester Common, please encourage your
friends and family to come out and see Worcester Pride’s biggest parade ever!
Marching groups keep to the right side of the street to allow for the Canal Diggers
Race to pass on the left. If you are a group leader, please make sure you do not
allow less than 10′ or more than 20′ between your group and the group ahead of
yours. At Worcester Common pay attention to volunteers instructions as the runners
will need to cross the parade route on Franklin St. at Church St.

** FESTIVAL REGISTRATION/LINE UP:

9-11AM Festival Check-in/Set up Festival will open at noon, but people come to the
common before the parade begins! Please have a representative from your table go to
Main St to cheer on the Parade! If you have not registered for the festival, please
do so here: bit.ly/WP-festival Your registration entitles you to hand our literature
on the common, a table and two chairs. If you have a need for a tent, please bring a
10×10′ with 20# weights for each corner, city regulations. City inspection occurs at
11AM, please be set up by this time. NOTE: Elected Officials and Candidates are
asked to register for a table if you plan to hand out any literature to cover park
fees. All registered officials will be announced from the Main Stage.

12NOON Festival Kick Off! We have an eclectic selection of artists performing again
this year! If you are interested in a particular artist we will be posting the
Artist line up with the approximate times on our website by Wednesday, Sept 9th.

ATTENDANCE: to the festival is Free and Open to the Public. Please thank our
Sponsors for making this possible! We encourage you to CHEER on the Parade Marchers!
Loving Couples are LEADING the Pride Parade in honor of the recent Supreme Court
Decision AND our 40th Anniversary!

TICKETS for Bocado Wine Dinner, Pride Pageant are available online. Youth Pride Dance
tickets available at door, or volunteer at Pride for complementary entry! OTHER
EVENTS have tickets sold or donations taken at door! Please see link below or our
website for more information!

September 2nd ~6-8PM Opening reception of Worcester Pride Art Show @ Electric Haze
26 Millbury St. The show is on exhibit 9/2/15-10/6/15 ADD HERE Art Show Reception
(http://href=”https://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=amNrNTJlZWpnb2tzOHBuc25mcGJhdGRxYm8gd29yY2VzdGVycHJpZGVAbQ&tmsrc=worcesterpride%40gmail.com)

September 9th ~Pride Kick off Night at Bocado featuring their Wine Dinner
ADD HERE kick Off Dinner/ Networking

September 10th ~3PM Pride Flag Raising at City Hall flag raising.

September 11th ~7-10PM LGBTQI Pride Pageant at Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St.
Worcester Pride Pageant!

September 11th ~10:30PM- 1:00 AM After Pageant Party @ Electric Haze 26 Millbury St.
featuring the Worcester Pride Art Show

September 12th ~11AM Worcester Pride Parade march from
Institute Park down Main St to Worcester Common)
– Grand Marshals are “Loving Couples” and
– Honorary Grand Marshal City Manager Edward Augustus

September 12th ~Noon-6PM Worcester Pride Festival on the Worcester Common – featuring Glen Stewart and dozens more of local talent, community Vendors, Food, the Woo Church Kids Zone, as well as community and elected leaders.

September 12th ~7PM-10PM Worcester Youth Pride Dance (16-20)
at Wycked Java Café 100 Water St

September 12th ~7PM-2AM Pride Block Party at MB Lounge 40 Grafton St.

September 12th ~11PM-2AM Sweet After Pride Party $5 Cover goes to Pride at Sweet
Kitchen and Bar 72 Shrewsbury St.
Sweet Pride After Party! – $5 COVER GOES TO PRIDE

For more information and details contact worcesterpride@gmail.com
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A Great Opportunity To Improve Your Child’s reading ability for FREE

WCCA TV is looking for a family, with 2 parents living together, with a
student in the 4th grade to work with Dr. Robert Kirk for approximately
5 weeks to learn better study habits for an upcoming WCCA TV local
originated program. Dr. Kirk is the author of Make MIS-TAKES for Better
Grades and he uses the Self Correction Program. If interested please
call Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880.

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A local couple seeks help

http://www.gofundme.com/5d5wufqe8

After putting down one pet with Cancer, they are left with a financial burden that is difficult for them to bear. They still have pets a t home and make things are dealing with being laid off from work. They asked us to help spread the word.

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Worcester Police Department (Official)

Goddard Memorial Drive ATV Accident Update

Worcester, MA (September 1, 2015) – The female passenger in the ATV accident that occurred on August 19, 2015 in the area of 51 Goddard Memorial Drive succumbed to her injuries early Sunday morning. On August 30, 2015 at approximately 1:50 AM, Ms. Paola Alba, 23-years-old of Worcester, died as a result of a head injury that she received while ridding as a passenger on an ATV.

The Worcester Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate this incident. During the investigation the operator of the ATV, Luis Pena, 24-years-old of Worcester was charged with Operating to Endanger (negligence), Operating at a Speed Greater than Reasonable, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

Since the accident resulted in the death of Ms. Alba additional charges may be pending.

This investigation is ongoing.

Original Press Release:

On Wednesday August 19, 2015 at approximately 9:10 PM Worcester police received a report of a single ATV Crash in the area of 51 Goddard Memorial Drive. Upon arrival, officers attended to a 23-year-old female of Worcester who was unresponsive. The female was identified as the passenger in the ATV. The operator was identified as a 24-year-old male of Worcester. The male was suffering from non-life threatening injuries to his arm. The pair was rushed to a local hospital to be treated from their injuries.

The female passenger is currently listed in very critical condition. The male operator was treated and released.

The Accident Reconstruction Team was immediately called to the scene.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the ATV was traveling east on Goddard Memorial Drive when it flipped over in the right travel lane.

According to witnesses, a group of dirt bike and ATVs were traveling on Goddard Memorial Drive doing “wheelies” and swerving on the road. The witnesses reported seeing the ATV rollover approximately 5-6 times.

After the crash, the other riders stopped and got off their bikes and ATVs to view the accident, then returned to their vehicles and fled prior to police arrival.

Earlier in the evening, police were called the area of Orient Street and Hamilton Street for reports of ATVs and dirt bikes riding dangerously through the streets. Officers were unable to track down the group at the time. The Worcester Police Department has received numerous reports of similar activity over the past several weeks. Callers have stated that the group drives hazardously in all areas of the city disrupting traffic and putting residents in danger.

Officers have also been in contact with the Environmental Police to assist with the investigation.

Criminal charges against the operator of the ATV are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT>

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

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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
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In deal with HUD, Worcester to repay $3.4 million for not meeting grant regs From the Worcester Telegram.

WORCESTER — The city has agreed to repay $3.4 million to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for community development block grant allocations it made for contracted activities over a three-year period that did not comply with federal regulations.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said Friday the city will repay that money by Sept. 1.

He said the full tab will be picked up by the city, adding he does not intend to go after any of the agencies or programs that received the block grant funding in question to have them repay their share.

Upon receiving the city’s payment, Mr. Augustus said, HUD will return the full amount of the audit repayment to the city’s line of credit for this year’s block grant program.

That means the city will have additional block grant funding to spend on projects, such as public facility improvements, including streets, sidewalks, parks, water and sewer infrastructure in eligible low-and moderate-income neighborhoods of the city.

“We are finally ready to call it a day,” Mr. Augustus said in an interview regarding the HUD audit. “We feel this is the cleanest and best way to put this to rest. The city will do the repayment for this because the logic is that the city bears responsibility for it.

“We learned some painful lessons from this, but HUD is satisfied that the city has put into place the proper oversight to proceed going forward, to prevent something like this from happening again,” he added. “At the end of the day, city of Worcester taxpayers will not be out any money.”

Robert Shumeyko, director of HUD’s New England area office, said since publication of the audit report in July 2013, the city has worked with his office to develop a corrective plan to address identified deficiencies and to implement recommendations detailed in the audit.

“Throughout this process the city has been an open and enthusiastic partner in implementing the corrective action plan, and has proactively addressed policy and practice deficiencies in their program,” Mr. Shumeyko said. “HUD is confident that the city has implemented the proper administrative measures to assure compliance and meet all federal grant requirements.”

Former City Manager Michael V. O’Brien asked HUD officials in the summer of 2012 to audit Worcester’s block grant program, after an initial audit faulted some local nonprofit housing agencies for a range of noncompliance issues.

The HUD audit cover calendar years 2009-2012.

Under HUD rules, block grant money must be spent directly on housing production or on other services that help low-income residents, such as foreclosure counseling.

There were instances when the city provided block grant funding to an organization to plan and construct housing, but because the housing did not come online or secure occupancy until after the contract period, the funding was deemed ineligible.

Mr. Augustus said the HUD audit originally identified nearly $6.5 million worth of ineligible activities.

He said Andrew Taylor, assistant chief development officer/grants management and compliance, and the city’s Executive Office of Economic Development worked extensively with HUD to reduce its original exposure amount.

Through those discussions, the city was able to reduce the financial exposure by $3.5 million, meaning that $2.98 million would have to be repaid to the agency.

But during the audit resolution period, city officials and HUD identified additional activities that were deemed non-compliant, totaling $436,975, the manager said.

Mr. Augustus said that is money that would also have to be repaid at some point. As a result, the city has decided to include the additional financial exposure amount into the overall payment, which stands at $3.4 million.

Mr. Taylor said once HUD receives the city’s payment, which must come out of non-federal funds, it would likely take only a couple of days at most before the city’s line of credit for its block grant program would be increased by a corresponding amount.

Thomas F. Zidelis, the city’s chief financial officer, said the additional line of credit cannot be used to fund social service organizations and programs that fall under the 15 percent block grant allocation cap.

Each year, no more than 15 percent of the city’s annual block grant entitlement can be spent on those types of programs and the city has already reached that cap.

Even though the city’s line of credit will be increasing, Mr. Zidelis said that does not mean more money will be available for those programs. Instead, he said, the money must be spent on projects like public works and parks improvements in eligible block grant areas.

With the city acknowledging and accepting all finding identified in the HUD audit, Mr. Augustus said it is time for the city to put the matter behind it.

He said attempting to make the agencies that received the money repay it could end up putting some of them out of business and create a legal struggle that could drag on forever.

Contact Nick Kotsopoulos at nicholas.kotsopoulos@telegram.com.

http://m.telegram.com/article/20150807/NEWS/150809443/13406/NEWS

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Comcast PEGs looking to go HD:
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/gv_20150708/index.php#/18 from Donna Liu

Maybe Worcester will someday follow suite. WCCA TV’s Executive Director fought hard to have our PEG channels seen in HD. The licensing authority (City) was not successful in negotiating for that unfortunately. Well, maybe next time.

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Berkshire Hathaway buying Wyman-Gordon parent, Precision Castparts
By The Associated Press ( Posted Aug. 10, 2015 at 7:40 AM Updated Aug 10, 2015 at 9:20 AM)

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying Precision Castparts Corp. for about $32.36 billion.

Precision Castparts is the parent company of Wyman-Gordon, which has operations in Worcester and Grafton.

The announcement ended a weekend of speculation that a deal was in the works between the legendary investor and the maker of components for aircraft, power plants and other industrial uses.

Berkshire will pay $235 per share in cash for Precision Castparts’ outstanding stock. The deal is valued at about $37.2 billion, including debt.

Precision Castparts will keep its name and continue to be based in Portland, Oregon.

Berkshire Hathaway is known for being involved in large transactions, among them the combination of Kraft and Heinz. It owns various businesses, including insurance and railroad companies, utility, clothing, furniture, brick, carpet, jewelry and pilot training firms. Berkshire Hathaway also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola, IBM and Wells Fargo & Co.

Precision Castparts does a lot of business with the energy sector, and it’s taken a hit with oil prices now nearing a six-year low.

Buffett told CNBC that he would have bought the company even if he knew that energy prices were in the midst of a multiyear slump.

“We’re going to be in this business for 100 years, so it doesn’t really make any difference what oil and gas does in the next year,” Buffett said.

The boards of Precision Castparts and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2016’s first quarter.

Shares of Precision Castparts surged $38.37, or 19.8 percent, to $232.25 in Monday premarket trading.

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EVENTS for upcoming week(s):

Latin Festival on August 15 behind City Hall in the common.

India Festival on August 15th at Mr. Carmel Parish Recreations / Italian Cultural Center Mulberry St. Worcester, MA

Summer Gospel Festival on August 15 Institute Park, Worcester, MA

Mt. Carmel Parish announces it’s Parish / Italian American Festival August 21 through 23rd on the Parish campus. Mulberry Street, Worcester. It promises to have great tasting homecooked food, concessions, music and entertainment, fun for the whole family.

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Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You

The CASA Project is looking for new volunteers to work with us on cases involving abused and neglected children who have been removed from their parents’ care and are currently residing in foster care throughout Worcester County. CASA volunteer advocates fact-find on behalf of the judges of the Worcester County Juvenile Court (WCJC) in order to help ensure the optimal permanent placement decision for each child. Our volunteers also advocate for needed educational, medical, mental and behavioral health services for the children throughout litigation. We believe that every child has the right to a caring, consistent adult who is willing to stand up and represent their Best Interests in court proceedings so that a safe, permanent home can be found as quickly as possible.

Our next new volunteer training starts on September 14, 2015. Please call Sinead Fitzmaurice at (508) 757-9877 x11 or visit our website at www.casaworcestercounty.org for more information. All upcoming training cycle dates and times are listed below.

September 2015

Monday & Wednesday, 9:30am-1:00pm

September 14 & 16

September 21 & 22

September 28 &30

October 2015—**NEW** schedule, I full day Saturday class plus 4 additional evening classes

Saturday, 9:00-am-4:00pm (All day Saturday class)

Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00pm-7:30pm

October 24
October 27 & 29

November 3

Sinead Fitzmaurice

Coordinator, Volunteer Recruitment & Retention/Grant Writer Tel: (508) 757-9877

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Who will you nominate as the 2015 Great Guys Award ?

It’s that time of year. The YWCA is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Great Guys Award. This award is presented annually to men of good conscience who have demonstrated a commitment to domestic violence services in our region, local community or on college campuses.

All nominees must show a commitment preventing domestic violence and promoting health relationships – and meet a certain set of criteria as outlined on the attached nomination form.

Who do you know that is worthy of a nomination? Who do your colleagues, friends or family know that has done amazing things to help end domestic violence?

Attached you will find the 2015 Great Guys Award nomination form. You can also submit your nomination on line at http://www.ywcacentralmass.org/2015/10/19

Please consider nominating someone who meets the criteria and truly makes a difference in our community. We ask that you pass along this email to your networks and encourage them to share this email with their own networks. This year self-nominations also will be accepted.

Those candidates that are selected as 2015 Great Guys Award recipients will be honored at the 2015 YWCA Daybreak Breakfast held Monday, October 19, 2015, at the College of the Holy Cross Hogan Center. Mark your calendar now and save the date for this truly inspiring event.

Don’t hesitate. Nominate a worthy candidate now and together, we can all make a difference toward protecting the rights and lives of those impacted by domestic violence.

Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks in advance for sharing this information with your e-networks.

Evelyn Cabrera Director Of Residential Services YWCA Central Massachusetts Administrative office: 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608 Leominster office: 54 Main Street Suite 001, Leominster, MA 01453

C: 978-407-8778 F: 508-755-1191 E: ecabrera@ywcacentralmass.org

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2015 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONFERENCE
COMES TO WORCESTER ON AUGUST 14, 2015

Friday, August 14. Presented by Preservation Massachusetts with local host Preservation Worcester, and
with the support of the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition, this event allows attendees to share ideas,
network, discuss challenges, and learn from each other to strengthen our collective preservation efforts
across the state.
An expected crowd of 400 attendees will begin the day at Mechanics Hall, host for the opening plenary
activities for the conference. Keynote speaker Theodore (Ted) Landsmark, Boston Redevelopment
Authority Board member, will set the tone of the day with his opening address on the theme of
“resiliency.” Over 60 speakers and panelists will carry that theme throughout their interactive
discussions on topics that include: How to Finance Your Project, When to Hire a Professional for Added
Value, Preservation Techniques and Technologies, Protecting Heritage Landscapes, Gateway Cities
Program, and Preparing for Climate Change. Presentations and panel discussions will take place at the
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Worcester campus at 10 Lincoln Square.
In addition, attendees can join one or more of six guided tours of historic preservation sites, including
Lincoln Square, Crown Hill local historic district, Canal District, Hope Cemetery, Washington Square
and Union Station, and Hanover Theater. Attendees get the chance to see up close the results of local
preservation projects, talk with some of the architects and planners involved, and ask questions relating
to their own preservation projects. The conference will come to a close with an entertaining networking
reception at Mechanics Hall at the end of the day.
The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is made possible by the contributions of the
Keen Charitable Fund, conference venue hosts Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
as well as Mechanics Hall, the City of Worcester, and our many generous sponsors. It is with great pride
and appreciation that we look forward to hosting a comprehensive and meaningful historic preservation
conference on the 14th of August.
Registration is now open for attendees. General admission: $50 ($65 after July 31). Students: $35 (with
valid ID).
Visit the conference website to register, learn more about the schedule and sessions offered,
speaker biographies, and our sponsors and donors. www.mapreservationconference.org

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Congratulations to Dolly and best wishes

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The City of Worcester takes a stand to ask Cable Giant Charter Communications to NOT relocate the PEG channels, and now this morning, PUBLIC ACCESS is not as accessable

PAYBACK ???? You may have read this: http://worcestermag.com/2014/10/20/worcester-city-manager-ed-augustus-threatens-lawsuit-charter/28266 and this morning. . .
If you are trying to find WCCA TV 13 on cable in parts of Worcester, GOOD LUCK !
Some might find us on cable channel 194, others will find themselves with Set Top Box problems, confusing preview guides, no reference to WCCA TV, Worcester’s FLAGSHIP PUBLIC ACCESS Television station. WCCA TV is an institution that stands for Media Demoracy and Creative Innovation.
Thanks to “Charter Communication’s” disregard to communities in Massachusetts and especially in Worcester, their decision to relocate PEG channel has serious repercussion . Now we find OUR ( the PEOPLE OF WORCESTER) PUBLIC ACCESS Channel ( WCCA TV ) , our programs, the programs we sponsor, the programs we use to get OUR information and messages out, is being shut out from being easily accessible to subscribers, and communities who depend upon our programming. WCCA TV can not fully monitor it’s own output and return, the set top boxes in our facility do not all work, Charter is forcing us and municipal buildings to pay for additional boxes needed to do our job, which is contrary to why we are supposed to received support from the the Cable license in the first place. The preview guide is even confused, it is displaying our titles on the “NFL” channel, and to make matters worse we are receiving calls form viewers who are confused as well. We called CHARTER late yesterday afternoon, and this morning and are waiting to hear from them still. This is not what the City Cable license intended when they signed the Cable License agreement.
This is costing and hurting WCCA TV, cable subscribers, our viewers and members more than the other local channels, not just because of the unfair costly burden to have to re-brand, but the obligation we have toward the City, our sponsors, our COMMUNITY PRODUCERS and their shows and guest, our volunteers, all who invest in us and the hundreds who depend on WCCA TV for outreach purposes. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE !!! Wait until the schools and other municipal buildings try to access cable the catastrophe will soon be amplified. We just want to go back and do our job and not be force to respond to this CHARTER Bullshit. We notice TV 3 is working fine though. What’s up with that? UNFAIR and UNJUST !
You can still watch us line at http://www.wccatv.com in spite of Charter.

Boy Scout Troop 9 visits WCCA TV to give the People’s Channel an award

Boy Scout Troop 9 visits WCCA TV has been posted on the WCCA website at
here

Boy Scout Quinsigamond District Troop 9, led by Scoutmaster, John Atlas, toured WCCA TV 13 in Worcester and presented them with a hand-made poster they created in appreciation of all that WCCA TV does for the community. Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV and WCCA TV host, and City Councilor, Gary Rosen, accepted the poster on behalf of Channel 13.

WCCA TV NEWSLETTER February 2014

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WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2014

All Happening at WCCA TV

Are you a member of WCCA TV’s Circle of Friends? Find out how can help underwrite our fine WCCA TV local programs. Contact joseph@wccatv.com today.

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! It’s cold outside, but don’t worry. There is plenty of love coming through your TV screen directly from our WCCA studios! Yes, we have many interesting programs to keep you entertained. What’s on Channel 13? Lots of great programming such as HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER: Movie Making Tips for Teens. This show teaches independent film production to young adults.

JAZZ FROM THE COMBS is a program featuring live quality jazz, hosted by Harry Platcow.

AROUND THE DISTRICT is a new program hosted by State Representative for the 16th Worcester District, Dan Donahue.

‘ESPERANZA Y SU EXITO ‘, which translates to ‘Hope and Your Success’, is a non-profit, Spanish language TV program co-produced and hosted by local educator, Esperanza Donovan-Pendzic. Each thirty-minute episode covers many topics such as health awareness, finance, politics, socio-economic issues, cultural arts, food and education.

For a complete list of show times, email tracy@wccatv.org or go to our website at www.wccatv.com

-WCCA TV SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS BY THE PEOPLE:

WCCA TV presents ‘Black History Month Special: ‘What’s Next ?’ hosted by community activist Bill Coleman with guests Gordon T. Davis, Keith Scott, Keefe Laporte and Joseph Glover: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/blackhistorymonth2014

SMART METERS SPECIAL: Learn about changing electricity systems in Worcester and beyond. This free community event welcomed the Worcester and Clark communities to explore why we should care about electricity system changes and smart grid development. This event was sponsored by the Clark University Environmental Sustainability Task Force, the Mosakowski Institute, the Marsh Institute, and Clark’s Difficult Dialogue Program. This special WCCA presentation has been posted on our website:
http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/asmSpecial

-PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:

‘Earned Income Tax Prep (EITC) PSA, English and Spanish Version’. YOU deserve your tax refund! Claim it! Free income tax preparation, free E-file and Fast Refund for those that qualify, from the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/psaeitctax http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/psaeitcspanish

In another PSA, Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis tells us about the dangers of texting and driving: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/psasherifftexting

-WCCA TV COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING:

SOAPBOX is WCCA’s flagship talk show and an open platform for our community people to voice their opinions. The show is hosted by the WCCA TV Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro’s guests are Lisa Piehler, the Executive Director of the Red Cross, Liz Wambui, the coordinator for the Hometown Heroes Breakfast of Champions Red Cross Event, and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. They chat with Mauro about the Red Cross as well as the upcoming event Hometown Heroes Breakfast of Champions: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/soapbox924 . In another episode, Mauro’s guest David Gross talks about EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/soapbox920

BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the show, Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes Worcester Commissioner of Department of Public Works & Parks, Robert Moylan. This show was recorded shortly before Mr. Moylan’s retirement: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/beaconhillchat146 . In another episode, senator Chandler welcomes State Representative Jim O’Day: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/beaconhillchat147

AT WCCA TV it’s ‘HEALTH MATTERS’, your health matters! This is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr Bruce Karlin welcomes Dean Terence Flotte, MD from the UMass Medical School. The topic of discussion is research at Umass: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/healthmatters142

WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV talk show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta welcomes a very interesting guy to the show. His guest is Tim Loew, Executive Director of Mass Digital Games Institute: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/whatitsworth284

Host of ‘HIDDEN TREASURES’ Bill Safer helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible treasures that just may add cash to your life. In this episode Bill talks about selling your hidden treasures on eBay, focusing on the plethora of recent changes at eBay: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/hiddentreasures15

‘HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS’, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the Shine Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. The Shine Initiative Executive Director Paul Richard talks about the impact of stigma and mental illness with guests Dr. Stephanie Rodrigues, Angela Wallace and Kim Pehi. Dr. Rodrigues, an assistant professor at the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry, is conducting research on the effect of stigma and people with mental illness. Angela and Kim talk about how stigma affected Michael Wallace, their son and brother, who disappeared 11 years ago following recurring bouts of depression: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/healthybodies5 . Only on WCCA TV13!

A special encore: Before there was Dancing With The Stars, WCCA TV produced ‘SHALL WE DANCE’, Instructional Dance Ballroom featuring the late Steve Montuori and Michelle Nietsche of ‘Poise Style and Motion Dance Studio’. This episode teaches you how to dance the Bolero: http://www.wccatv.com/video/shall-we-dance/shallwedance40 . In a special-treat episode, Steve takes us to the Dancing a la Carte competition: http://www.wccatv.com/video/shall-we-dance/shallwedance47 . Exclusively on WCCA TV!

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock music for more than 7 years on public access TV stations. Today’s playlist features: Awolnation, Augustines, Dark Horses, Fly Away, Fugitive Air, Buried in the Murder, Star Baby, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/videojam788 . Tune into WCCA TV and keep jammin’!

MASS APPEALtv is a locally produced show featuring music videos in an MTV style. Featured on this episode are Chey Lanay, Dutch Rebelle, Bobby O and Chilla Jones: http://www.wccatv.com/video/mass-appeal-tv/massappealtv51

SENIOR SPEAK is a show for seniors, ,by seniors, hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed, Tony provides musical entertainment and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St, on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be part of the show: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/seniorspeak524 . 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. The cold days of winter are upon us. Time for Georgia’s hearty beef stew with mushrooms, served on a bed of pasta. For desert , banana chocolate filo rolls: http://www.wccatv.com/video/cooking-with-georgia/cookingwithgeorgia299 . Real Food. Real People. Real Simple.

VOICE OF ASIAN AMERICANS is a lifestyle-magazine show produced by the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts. Tune into this episode to learn about new happening in the Asian community: http://www.wccatv.com/video/voice-of-asian-americans/voiceofasianamericans122

STATIC FUSION is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative minds of Jim Racicot and Allen Levine. This episode features Seasonal Depression 5, Walking-into-the-vally-of-the-shadow-of-death: http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/staticfusion298

BANDEdge Worcester paramount in-studio music show features local artist from Worcester and beyond. Top artist and up and coming acts in all genres get the spotlight on this great show. Check our website for listings or contact Mauro DePasquale if you would like your act to be considered for this prestigious program. Local Music rules at WCCA TV 13.

Support award-winning WCCA TV programming!

We also stream live on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT
WCCA TV13, Channeling Community Since 1986

Help WCCA continue DemocracyNOW!

The satellite dish, whose sole purpose is to give us ” Democracy Now!”
cost $680.40 per year. Many people in our community have requested WCCA continues to present this program. Hosted by renown journalist Amy Goodman, DemocracyNow! offers a unique view on global issues, news and information.
amy goodman in studio
Please HELP WCCA TV 13 continue to present this type of programming. Please consider making a donation to us. Since 2010, WCCA TV’s funding it receives from the local cable franchise licenses has seen nearly a 15% decrease. This posses substantial challenges upon the non-profit public access mission as a local institution which stands for media democracy and creative innovation. TV BY, FOR, and OF, the PEOPLE NEEDS YOUR HELP ! Please send your check payable to WCCA TV , WCCA TV, 415 Main Street, Worcester , MA 01608 or if after 12 noon, call in a donation , we accept credit cards: 508-755-1880.

WCCA TV 13 to cable/webcast “Candidate Profile: City Council”

soapbox3a-1WCCA TV 13 to cable/webcast “Candidate Profile: City Council”

WCCA TV 13 presents “ Candidate Profile 2013:City Council “ as a part of the station’s continuing Voter Education Programming. This series is hosted by the station’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale.

Presented in three parts the program will feature interviews with participating Candidates for Worcester’s City Council.

Part One with candidates:
Sarai Rivera, Bill Eddy, Jennithan Cortes, Michael Gaffney, Bill Coleman, Konnie Lukes, and William Feegbeh , will air on Friday, August 2 & 16 at 9:30pm and stream live on line at wccatv.com

Part Two with candidates:
Tony Economou, Morris Bergman, Phil Palmieri, Peter Kush, Gary Rosen, and Mesfin Beshir
will air on Fridays, August 9 & 23 and stream live on line at wccatv.com

Part Three with candidate Chris Rich will air on August 2 and 16 and stream live on line at wccatv.com

These episodes can be seen on WCCA TV cable channel 13 on Worcester’s cable system, and also simulcasts on WCCA’s website and also on demand at Here

WCCA TV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Community Public Access Institution for media democracy and creative innovation.

For further information contact: Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV 508-755-1880 or mauro@wccatv.com

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