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Thank you so much! When I receive the link (to my interview with Mauro on SOAPBOX), I will post it on all of my social media sites. I am most appreciative you gave me the time. Mauro was a wonderful host. I enjoyed our conversation.   Have a lovely rest of the day! Thank you again. With a smile and much gratitude, Darlene C “

” Tracy, thank you very much for working with me to be on the show today. We didn’t meet but I think I saw you. Mauro, I appreciate you for engaging in our work by asking the important questions that you asked. I also thank you for wanting to help us get an office here in Worcester and to secure funding avenues. Jermoh K “

WCCA TV Mourns the loss of a dear friend and colleague Sidney Dorfman age 99

It is with deep sadness, All of us at WCCA TV mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague Sidney (Sid) Dorfman.

Sidney A. Dorfman,99, died on the evening of Sunday, August 5, 2018 in the Jewish Healthcare Center.

He was Husband to his wife of 71 years, Phyllis, who died in 2014, a father, grandfather, a WWII Veteran. He was also a business owner of the Warren Oil Company and the Home Oil Company, many also remember him as “Sid the Oil Man”.

He was a prominent figure in community theater as an actor and writer.

Sid was an outstanding volunteer, and long time member of WCCA TV host of his own show “SID SAYS” and a senior Anchor person for “WCCA TV COMMUNITY VISION NEWS” and “TV 13 NEWS”, and he also participated in producing many Public Service announcements (PSA’s). His friends and associates at WCCA TV bridged all age gaps. He is loved and will be missed.

He always brought a smile to the conversation and to the Television screen.

Our prayers and condolence go out to his family especially his children Robert, Ellen, and all his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. God rest your soul Sid.

For funeral details visit https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/sidney-dorfman-obituary?pid=189828453

WCCA TV new state of the art TV and Video creation technology is rockin’ it !

WCCA TV has broadened it’s studio and field resources and technology taking the collective stories of the all the People and organizations of Worcester further than ever. WCCA TV distribution has expanded to include more streaming channels and with our Video production and world class editing systems YOU, the community members of WCCA TV can produce Hollywood quality productions. So whether it’s for Creative Artisitic applications and learning, or Outreach or to simply share your story and mission, WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” is your MEDIA PARTNER YOUR CHANNEL YOUR TV Station and more.

” Hello Tracy, Thank you so much for all you guys do and I love the new equipment! All my best.” Melissa Boucher, Administrative Assistant Worcester District Medical Society

Melissa is one of Community Producers for the Worcester District Medical Society’s HEALTH MATTERS show seen on WCCA TV

” This new tool gives us the “magic bullet” that we’ve needed!” Ron Motta host and Community Producer of ACTIVE WORCESTER

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WCCA TV 194 and Worcester Magazine Present: WORCESTER VOTES 2015, AN EVENING WITH THE CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR. On Wednesday, OCTOBER 7th, at 7 PM, join the WCCA TV Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, and the Worcester Magazine editor, Walter Bird Jr., for a debate on the issues facing Worcester and a closer look at the three candidates vying for mayor, as we head into the November 3 general election. Incumbent Mayor Joe Petty, At-Large Councilor Mike Gaffney and At-Large candidate Bill Coleman have been invited to take part in an intimate, live televised and webcast debate in the studios of WCCA TV. The debate will be also covered live online at www.wccatv.com and at www.worcestermag.com . Although it’s a closed set. Everyone can catch this exciting event on cable channel 194 in Worcester, and watch it streaming live at wccatv.com. Worcester Magazine will also cover this and provide a live action blog. WCCA TV intends to also archive this debate on its webpage for future On Demand viewing.

Another CANDIDATE OPEN MIC will be held at the studios of WCCA TV on Wednesday, OCTOBER 14th, at 5:30 PM. WCCA TV invites ALL candidates for City Council and School Committee to attend our Candidate Open Mic. Candidates will appear on a ‘First Come, First Serve’ basis and given up to 5 min to speak freely about their platform. Candidate Open Mic is part of the WCCA TV ‘Voter Education Project’. This event will be televised on WCCA TV 194 and on www.wccatv.com streaming live and on-demand. For more information contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or email him at mauro@wccatv.com , and be sure to leave your contact information. We urge all voters to attend or watch, as well as to make the effort to vote on November 3. Thank you for your support!

WCCA TV volunteers and other community members have been capturing and submitting other “Candidate” events, debates and festivities and submitting them to WCCA TV for cable and webcast. These can all be seen on cable ch 194 in Worcester and at streaming at wccatv.com .

Check our listings or call us for further details. Please do not forget to VOTE ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 at WCCA TV: TV BY THE PEOPLE, OF THE PEOPLE , FOR THE PEOPLE , is the place where YOUR VOICE MATTERS !

WCCA TV is Getting a New Face Lift in September

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Thanks for your support.

WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 17, 2015


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

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated
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WORCESTER YOUTH PRODUCE a program giving voice to youth and Worcester’s recent surge of violence and shootings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 9

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

130 Main St., Sandwich


Thursday, Sept. 17

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

449 Broadway, Cambridge


Thursday, Sept. 24

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

41 Elm St., Southbridge


Thursday, Oct. 8

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Avon Town Hall

65 East Main St., Avon

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

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

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

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

Media are welcome to attend.

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

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


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Worcester about to loose a music venue icon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WCCA TV NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: August 6, 2015

NOTE: This particular blog entry may be updated during the date of release.

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WCCA TV is TV BY, FOR, and OF, the PEOPLE / public access community media. WCCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, MEDIA LITERACY and Creative Innovation in Worcester, MA.
WCCA continues to be one of Worcester most vital and diverse STEAM ED, and creative maker spaces since 1986

Learn, Create and Connect at WCCA TV. Participate and empower yourself while building community through electronic media. We are a place a cable and web network where people share stories, promote local events, express themselves, offer views and opinions, and discuss Worcester. Get involved as a volunteer, Intern, or financial supporter.

Dozens of first run television programs are produced at WCCA each week. In fact more local community centric programming programming is produced at WCCA than any of all the cable channels on the cable spectrum. And it’s offered free on wccatv.com.

At WCCA TV, all of Worcester residents, workers and organizations, have the opportunity to take WCCA technology classes and workshops to learn how to create and distribute their quality video content, to distribute it on our network of channels, to participate in fun creative partnerships, to perform on camera, and to market ideas and community opportunities and even promote businesses through our Circle of Friends Memberships.

AT WCCA TV you find ALL types of programs, in many languages, all reflecting WORCESTER. NO OTHER Television better reflect the interest of Worcester and it’s people than WCCA TV. Why? Because it is programming that is produced by the people.

To find out more or become a member of WCCA TV, contact mauro@wccatv.com or browse this web site, we curate have one of the largest public access video archives in the UNITED STATES, or visit us at 415 Main street, Worcester, MA.

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Worcester County leads the state in farmland acreage, but not everyone is convinced Central Massachusetts needs a new way to connect its farmers with retailers. Among farmers in Central Massachusetts there is a mix of anticipation and caution. Yet the farmers are unsure if the food hub organizers really understand what they need.
“They haven’t sat down at the table with the farms like they need to,” said Michael Pineo, who runs a produce farm in Sterling. “There’s a lot more talking that needs to be done. Without the farmers there’s no food.” READ MORE click on the link:


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WCCA TV “WCN” is Worcester’s Community TV NEWS seen exclusively on WCCA TV cable 194 and on line at wccatv.com . Check it out, be the media, submit YOUR video news clips, up to 3 -5 minute interviews to Jen Picherri here at WCCA, apply for consideration for one of our weekly episodes simply by submitting your video work to us. Submissions may be used subject to space and needs of each show. Submit your clip on a standard DVD [ or MOV or AVI video file ]. Why wait for a reporter when YOU CAN BE THE MEDIA and do it YOURSELF? Video record an event yourself and submit it WCCA TV’s “WORCESTER COMMUNITY NEWS” good, news, events, or fun stuff like what’s on your summer reading list?

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Swearing in ceremony to celebrate new chief of Worcester Fire Department
City to welcome Chief Gardell and say farewell to Chief Dio

Worcester –Deputy Chief Geoffrey Gardell will be sworn in as the new chief of the Worcester Fire Department as the city bids adieu to retiring Chief Gerard A. Dio at a ceremony on Friday, August 14.

EVENT: Swearing in ceremony of Chief Gardell
DATE: Friday, August 14, 2015
TIME: 4:00 p.m. (guests should plan to arrive a few minutes before the start time)
PLACE: Levi Lincoln Chamber (Room 309), City Hall, Worcester

Chief Gardell has been with the WFD for 31 years, serving as the deputy chief since August 2011. He is also the department’s public information officer.

Chief Dio is retiring after a 35-year career in the department. He has been chief since 2000. # # #

FROM WCCA TV “THANK YOU CHIEF DIO” to new Chief Gardell, “welcome to your new post and best wishes”
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Worcester Mayor Defends City Police efforts

Statement by Mayor Joseph M. Petty on recent proposals to increase the presence of
outside law enforcement agencies in Worcester:

I have full confidence in Chief Gemme and the Police Officers of Worcester. The
Worcester Police know our community and our neighborhoods. We have a great
community policing program as well as the Police Summer Impact Unit. Law
Enforcement on all levels are already working together to solve the problem of
violence in our community. They are working under the leadership of Police Chief
Gary Gemme. But when guns are easy to obtain, you end up with guns in the wrong
hands. Unfortunately right now, we have gang members with small minds carrying big

I am disappointed in some of my council colleagues who try to have it both ways.
You can’t vote against funding for the police and then claim that they don’t have
enough money. You can’t call for level funding the budget and then say we don’t
have enough cops. You can’t file orders one day supporting the police and then show
a total lack of respect for their professionalism the next.

I am asking my colleagues to stand with me in my support of the Worcester Police
Department. We need everyone in this fight. We need the Worcester Police, we need
neighborhood crime watch groups and we need community groups, all who know the
neighborhoods of Worcester.

Issued by
Daniel J. Racicot
Chief of Staff
Mayor Joseph M. Petty

City Hall Room 305
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608-1892

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Worcester Arts Council releases 2016 Grant application
Funding Available for the Arts and Culture!

Worcester, MA – Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications
for its 2016 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15,
2015. Based on community input received during 2015, WAC will give preference to
community projects in the following categories: Public Art (murals, monuments,
street art etc.), Visual Art (Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking,
photography, and video), Music/Performing Arts (including theater and dance).
However all projects within the realm of arts, sciences and humanities will be
considered. WAC will accept grant applications from the following: individuals,
non-profit organizations, associations that can establish a non-profit objective,
schools, libraries and other public agencies.

WAC will be offering two types of competitive grants in 2016: Project Grants and
Fellowship Grants.

Fellowship Grants are awarded to assist artists, scholars and literary persons in
developing and exploring their work outside the structure of a specific project or
presentation. Two Fellowship grants will be awarded in 2016 in the amount of
$5,000.Through these grants, WAC intends to honor innovative individuals who
demonstrate excellence in their field and represent the best of Worcester’s creative
community. Fellowship applicants must maintain a residential, commercial or studio
address in the City of Worcester.

Project Grants are offered to encourage Worcester County individuals or
organizations to develop projects and programs that are innovative, collaborative in
nature, provide a public benefit, reach under-served populations and demonstrate
artistic excellence. All projects must occur within the city of Worcester within the
2016 calendar year.

To download a copy of the 2016 guidelines and the applications please

Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2015

To assist applicants, WAC will host Grant Writing Workshops:

Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00pm and Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00pm.

Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Conference Room, 3rd floor

Worcester Arts Council is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by
the City Manager, who annually distribute grant monies provided by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council. The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote
excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and
interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and
contribute to the economic vitality of Worcester.

For more information please contact Lindiana Flores at 508.799.1400 x 261 or
email FloresL@Worcesterma.Org

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

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

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

WCCA TV – learn, create, distribute and connect


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

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


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

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WCCA TV Newsletter for July 2015

I am constantly amazed at the level and volume of programming produced by our community media members, volunteers, staff and interns. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of you who selflessly spend your time, generously, to building community through electronic community media at WCCA TV. This is a massive creative undertaking and really is a result of team work. A team that works very hard for the benefit of all of Worcester. This newsletter represents a tip of the iceberg of ALL THAT IS HAPPENING at WCCA TV. There is something here for everyone.
Please feel free to share this tweet it, facebook it and “like” us, and to tell your friends to sign on to our newsletter.
Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV
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Great news! Worcester’s WCCA TV NEW VOICES winner, Trinity, has won her way to the finals of Community Auditions. She won her spot on CA by winning the grand prize on the WCCA TV New Voices Awards. She is the real deal and she’s got VOICE! Trinity shares her talent this week on the show. Be sure to tune in and show her some support:
Ellen Ganley of the Worcester Community Action Council wrote: ‘Thanks to Mauro DePasquale and WCCA TV for having WCAC on as a guest on Soapbox last week to chat about our Youth Works Summer Jobs Program. Pre-employment training and work readiness skills underway this week for some 350 youth who next week will be placed in jobs throughout the City! Thanks to WCCA for helping us spread the word about this important program and thanks to the many, many community partners who make it possible.’ Watch WCCA’s SOAPBOX on Cable Channel 194 and at http://www.wccatv.com. There are over 1,000 episodes of Soapbox and many are available on demand at http://www.wccatv.com/video

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Have you heard of TED TALKS ? Well now Worcester has it’s own version. If you like TED you will love “ROTARY COMMUNIITY SERVICE TALKS”


A special presentation on Bravehearts Championship Ring Ceremony at Fitton Field in Worcester has been posted on our website: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/BRAVEHEARTSRING2015 . The event was recorded by our intern Jeremy Johnson and edited by WCCA TV’s Adam Rice.

A special presentation on the 2015 Food Truck Festival has been posted on the WCCA website:
Anne-Marie Aigner, Executive Producer of the Food Truck Festival, describes how festival featured more than twenty of the region’s most popular food trucks serving up a variety of fan favorites, including local seafood, BBQ, whopee pies and much more. This presentation features Fathers Day shout outs from the locals as well!

WCCA TV’s Joseph Townsend and Adam Rice recently attended the College Community Connections Banquet at Worcester Technical High School. WCCA TV is proud to be one of the founding partners of this beneficial program over a decade ago. It has been a great program with the youth this year, in partnership with the Worcester Public Schools. The youth are a blessing every summer and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Worcester Public Schools in the future! Also, thank you Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for being a supporter of the WCCA TV programming!


Tune into SOAPBOX, a WCCA TV flagship program that has welcome more than 2,000 community people and organizations to share their stories and missions. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, talks to Claire Schaeffer-Duffy about her recent experience in Jordan and Lebanon: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1025 . In another episode, Mauro’s guests are Charla Hixson, Grace Sliwoski, and Chad McClain from the Worcester Community Action Council: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1026 . To find out more about the REC Farmers Market, watch this episode with guests Krista Burden and Noel Allen: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1023 . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, now seen on Cable Channel 194!

There have been five talks on race in Worcester. What has been accomplished? Watch ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE221

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 two Worcester High School Salutatorians: Nicole from Sough High School and Yen from University Park Campus School. Find out what they talk about: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT200

Time for a coffee break and another episode of COFFEE WITH KONNIE! Join host Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode Konnie chats with romance novelist Loretta Chekani: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE454

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. The program is hosted by Molly Finn. Molly welcomes Father Daniel J. Becker from St Paul’s Parish to talk about Fatima: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME445

HEALTH MATTERS is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society that focuses on important health related issues. Host Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes to the show Dr. John Fisher and Dr. Hugh Silk to talk about Protecting Public Health and Community Water Fluoridation: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS159 . Because your health matters!

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER spotlights local entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show creator and host Amy Mosher welcomes Paul Robinson, Wendy Harrop, and DJ George Whitehouse: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER38

ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE (RCS) is a program produced by the Rotary Club of Worcester and rotarian Rich Prager, in association with WCCA TV, featuring keynote speakers from the rotary meetings. This episode features the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from District 2060 North East Italy: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY25 . Another episode features J. Martin Shanahan from the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY27

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a WCCA TV show that informs viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show Ron Madnick talks about the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS194

HEALTH BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. Paul’s guests, Gail Epstein and Deb Shrier, are here to talk about Addressing the Behavioral Health of Elementary School Youth: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES19

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your stunning host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today playlist includes: Dash Berlin & Syzz, Cariad Harmon, Blowup Hollywood, New Black Shades, Evan Stone & The Translucent Ham Sandwich Band, Steve Aoki ft. Lincoln Park, Alina Baraz and Galimatias, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM856 . Tune into Video Jam for some the newest and finest tracks out there. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!!

SOUND CHECK, produced by the WCCA TV intern Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester local area. This Xmas in July episode is sort of Late Night with Sean Connolly: http://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECKSPECIAL . Another episode features Peyote Radio Theatre, a tribute to Jeff Buckley: http://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECK6 . Exclusively on WCCA TV!

Ramona Pokoly is the host of RAMONA INTERVIEWS, one of the longest running and most successful talk shows produced at WCCA TV. The show has featured hundred of interesting guests, from all backgrounds and walks of life. This time Ramona’s guest is Joseph Raulinaitis from the FDA: http://www.wccatv.com/video/ramona-interviews/RAMONAINTERVIEWS198

HIDDEN TREASURES, by Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill welcomes the owner of The Gun Parlor, Justin Gabriel, back to the show: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES33

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. The show has been aired on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA15_201507

Tune into our new show IN THE HOUSE and learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying, and housing issues with host George Russell. George welcomes Mullen Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Oak Hill CDC and Neighbor Works in Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE3

SENIOR SPEAK is a delightful and informative show for seniors and by seniors, hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK591 . Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, on Tuesdays at 2PM. Stop by and be part of the show! Stop by the Senior Center on Thursday afternoons to play bingo with WCCA TV show hosts Gary Rosen and Ron Motta.

STATIC FUSION ‘Experimental Television’ has been posted on the WCCA website:
http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION318 . Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Allen Levine.

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*To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
*To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
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