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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.

The above was just a glimpse of the WCCA TV diverse and multicultural programming. We’ve finally gotten around to setting up a new email newsletter program and want to make sure you still want to hear from us. We hope you do, as our newsletter will update you on new programs and happenings at WCCA TV as well as our community in general. If you want to stay on our list, click here to renew your subscription http://eepurl.com/bni84n

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Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:
*To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
*To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
*To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
*To promote communication through community use of media

WCCA TV, is a community anchor institution that stands for MEDIA DEMOCRACY, MEDIA LITERACY, and CREATIVE INNOVATION. We’ve been Channeling Community Since 1986!

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Industry News
Google cuts lobbying budget but still ranks No. 1 among media, tech
Google cut its lobbying budget by 16% in the second quarter, compared with Q1, but still ranked No. 1 among media, marketing and technology firms, with $4.62 million in outlays. Among others on the list: NAB at $4.17 million, AT&T with $4.1 million, Comcast at $3.8 million and Verizon with $3.08 million

Press Release July 21, 2015

Press Contacts: Ms. Grace Sliowski, 508-799-9139; Mr. Will Pickens 508-755-1228, Mr. Frank Kartheiser, 508-754-5001, Ms. Dania Flores, 508-754-7793.

Worcester Legislative Delegation to tour summer youth job sites to gain perspective on how State YouthWorks funding and other State funded programs are impacting poor and low income youth.

Youth unemployment is at the highest it has been since the government has kept those records. On top of that, wealthy youth are employed at a disproportionately higher rate than young people from poor and low income families. YouthWorks, the line item in the state budget that has funded the vast majority of youth jobs since 2005, is targeted to employ young people from the poorest families in the Commonwealth. Last summer in Worcester over 400 young people were employed at over 60 different work sites. Unfortunately, four times as many young people were eligible and needed a summer job, but that was not enough funding available.

For most of the youth this is their first job where they begin to learn the habits of paid work. Many youth work in their own neighborhood and receive important training opportunities as well as a chance to give back.

The Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) recruits youth workers through the WPS and oversees the payroll. Sufficient funding, along with strong partnerships, are the significant ingredients that have made this program so successful.

Worcester Interfaith has provided leadership in advocating for state funding for YouthWorks and other state youth jobs programs over the past decade. In an attempt to broaden the advocacy effort, increase youth development, and further training opportunities, Worcester Interfaith is spurring the development of the Central Mass. Youth Jobs Coalition (CMYJC) as an arm of the statewide Youth Jobs Coalition.

The CMYJC is providing a tour of five local youth job sites on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The tour will begin at the Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St., Worcester at 9:00am and include stops at the Marie Anne Center, the Pleasant St Neighborhood Network Center, Pernet Family Health and the Regional Environmental Council. The tour will highlight the Coalition’s work, raise-up a site in each of the State Representatives’ and Senators’ districts, and further develop youth voices.

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Youth workers at Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center in Worcester invite you to an ice cream social this Friday, July 24. The social will take place at Cool Licks on 325 Pleasant Street in Worcester from 12:30-1:30 P.M. We hosted this fundraiser to support Tom, the owner of Cool Licks, with his business. We realize that supporting small business means supporting our community. Please bring a donation for PSNNC to support the cost of running our center. Please bring cash for your ice cream purchase. See you soon!

Check our event page:


News From Afar:

Pasadena Proudly hosts the Special Olympics world games
Pasadena welcomes Special Olympics delegations, including athletes and coaches, from Namibia, Tanzania, and Singapore as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town Program. In the days before the World Games begin on July 25, these delegations will be among more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries that will be welcomed by our community. They will spend July 21-24 in and around Pasadena visiting our city’s landmarks, and preparing to compete at the World Games. The Host Town Pasadena committee is excited to provide food and housing so that these delegations can experience a ‘hometown’ experience while in Pasadena.


July 21, 2015

Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA – July 21, 2015 –The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports today that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in two areas during the month of June and increased in 22 areas in the state.

According to data from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Nantucket and Vineyard Haven were the two areas where unadjusted unemployment rates dropped in June.

Eleven of the 15 areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in June, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Framingham, Pittsfield, and Lawrence-Methuen, and Salem, NH.

Compared to June 2014, unemployment rates are down in all labor markets measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent for the second consecutive month. The unemployment rate is down 1.1 percent over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 10,500 job gain in June and an over the year gain of 72,700 jobs.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, up 0.5 of a percentage point from last month.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts is based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES: The preliminary July 2015 and revised June 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, August 20, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.


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Bandedge Episode number 57 with PE James and Dana Lewis will air this week

Testimonial from singer songwriter P.E. James

“I just saw the latest show featuring me and Myra MacLeod and Dana Lewis, and I was very pleased! Thank you for the opportunity to spread my music!

I alerted my co-writer just in time so she could see it on the web back in Pittsburgh. She loved it too!

If you get the chance, come on out and see Dana or me at the Grill on the Hill weekends this summer, or Myra with Blackstone Cuil. Take care, and thanks again, P.E. James ”


Bandedge Episode number 57 with PE James and Dana Lewis will air this week and next:

Tuesday May 26 at 4pm
Saturday, May 30 at 6:30pm
Monday June 1 at 10pm
Tuesday June 2 at 4pm
Saturday June 6 at 6:30pm

On WCCA TV cable channel 194 and always streaming live and on demand at wccatv.com

Worcester Resident offers an open video letter to City Manager and City Council


Here is a resident of Worcester with an open letter to the City Manager and the City Council

Her testimony echos what we have documented at all of the community public hearings, cable franchise ascertainment hearings, cable committee meetings, and cable related community forums.
We hope the City Administration and the Council will listen and take this call to action to work to see WCCA’s community media needs are met. We understand Cynthia’s appeal, along with her sentiments, are shared by a great many.

All of us at WCCA TV, including our Board of Directors, Staff, members and participants look for your demonstrated support through the renewed cable license.

The license expired in January and we are waiting patiently for the renewal with improvements to ensure WCCA’s community media needs can be realistically met.

WCCA TV presents “Exposure With Mosher” nuturing the local economy

“Exposure with Mosher” Local Entrepreneurs has been posted on the WCCA website and is now available for ON-DEMAND viewing at Exposure With Mosher
WCCA TV, an institution for Media Democracy and Creative Innovation, is the place for Worcester to LEARN CREATE and23333_10151696751389937_1547964162_n CONNECT !

WCCA TV’s “Exposure With Mosher” spotlights early-stage entrepreneurs and work-ready jobseekers in need of exposure in today’s dynamic marketplace. Created by host Amy R. Mosher, Strategy and Innovation Leader at Workforce Central Career Center, and WCCA TV, these episodes interviews entrepreneurs and jobseekers. Amy’s guests are local entreneurs: Peter Friedland, Gerrie Cook, and Joe Ryan.

Liberty Media Corp is close to buying a 25% stake in US cableco Charter Communications for around USD2.5 billion

Liberty Media Corp is close to buying a 25% stake in US cableco Charter Communications for around USD2.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation. Liberty Media founder John Malone, who is nicknamed ‘the king of cable’ by the US media, controlled Tele-Communications Inc (TCI), which he grew into the largest cable operator in the United States. After a failed merger attempt with Bell Atlantic in 1994, TCI was purchased by AT&T Inc in 1999, and the cable television assets were later acquired by both Charter and the Comcast Corporation.