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Mourning The Loss Of A Great Priest And Community Advocate


Our deepest sympathy to Father Michael Bafaro’s family,to the Dioceses, and to the entire City of Worcester.

Father Mike loved and was well loved. A true Priest and Pastor. More than exemplary of our Faith, he embodied it.







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 NEWS and Information Round UP – July28, 2015

City Manager Augustus names Deputy Chief to replace retiring Fire Chief Dio

Geoffrey Gardell to take over post Aug. 15

WORCESTER – City Manager Edward Augustus today announced that Deputy Chief Geoffrey Gardell will assume command of the Worcester Fire Department when longtime Chief Gerard Dio retires on August 15.

“Worcester is blessed with an abundance of talent in our Fire Department, and I am thrilled to appoint Geoff Gardell, who will be able to step into the role of chief and hit the ground running,” Augustus said. “Chief Dio has been a part of the City of Worcester family for 35 years, and we are sorry to see him go. But the department is being left in good hands.”

“I would like to thank the City Manager for choosing me as the next WFD fire chief, I am honored and excited for the opportunity. Chief Dio is leaving big shoes to fill; he is the ultimate professional and I have learned much from his tutelage,” said Gardell. “I would like to wish him much happiness on his well-deserved retirement.”

Gardell, 58, has informed the City Manager he intends to retire in the next 12-18 months. Gardell will serve in the role while the city conducts a thorough assessment of candidates for a long-term replacement.

To replace the slot filled by Gardell’s appointment, District Chief Michael J. Lavoie will be promoted to Deputy Chief. Lavoie’s appointment will be permanent.

Promoted to deputy chief in 2011, Gardell has been in charge of administration and support, overseeing the daily activities of training, prevention, and apparatus and station maintenance. He also served as the department’s public information officer, handling news inquiries and communicating vital information to the public.

Gardell, a native of Great Brook Valley and lower Vernon Hill, has been with the department since 1984. He has served in a variety of roles, including on the SCUBA team and the tech rescue team. While serving as Captain of Heavy Rescue 1, Gardell was one of three firefighters named Worcester Firefighters of the Year for their efforts in a heroic rescue.

Dio has been fire chief since 2000. During his tenure, the department made great strides in modernization, including a new fire station on Franklin Street, new 911 call center on McKeon Road, new burn buildings, SCUBA gear and other dive equipment, and several new fire apparatus through state and federal grants.

The department also made vital improvements in safety under Dio’s watch. Worcester was the first city in the nation to tag vacant buildings as structurally sound for an interior attack, following the devastating 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Chief Dio was a teacher in the Worcester Public Schools prior to joining the department.

“Chief Dio has led Worcester’s fire department through tragedy and triumph, and for 15 years was the heart and soul of one of the finest departments in the nation,” Augustus said. “His leadership will be missed.”

Chief Lavoie has been with the department since 1987 and currently serves as the North End District Chief. He has proven his leadership and communication skills time and again while serving as incident commander at countless fire scenes.

A ceremony will be held Aug. 14 at City Hall to swear in Chief Gardell. More details will be announced as the date approaches.

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Dante Writes:

“StandUp for Kids Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Worcester- StandUp for Kids Worcester will be holding its first annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, August 6th. 5:30pm at the PNI Club. Dante will be serving up his delicious pasta creations of all you can eat marinara, carbonara and bolognese. There will be special guest speakers, live music and raffles. Chef Alina Eisenhauer of Sweet will be providing dessert and Pure Juz will be providing beverages. 100% of the purchase price of $20 will go directly to StandUp for Kids Worcester, a nonprofit devoted to helping homeless and at-risk youth in Worcester. Since opening their drop-in center last year they have helped dozens of homeless youth become self sufficient and contributing members of society.

When: Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 5:30pm
Where: PNI Club – 290 Millbury St. Worcester, MA 01610
What: StandUp for Kids Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Price: Tickets are $20. Raffle Tickets $1

Tickets can be purchase at the door or by donating $20 to the Worcester chapter online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/standupforkid ”

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Library Awards Gala on WCCA TV ch 194 and wccatv.com

> Mass Library Association Gala Awards Dinner 2015 has been posted on the WCCA website at
> http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/MLAAWARDS2015
> WCCA TV recorded, for the second year in a row, the Massachusetts Library Association Gala Awards Dinnerat the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in May 2015.