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ALL HAPPENING AT WCCA TV (194) : News Letter January / February 2016

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Happy New Year 2016 from all of us at WCCA TV!!

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The successful second season of the WCCA TV Annual NEW VOICES AWARDS, a vocal talent competition at WCCA TV, is now uploaded and curated for FREE ON_DEMAND VIEWING at wccatv.com. More than a vocal competition, New Voices 2015 showcased young local talent between the ages of 14 and 19. These young singers received valuable guidance from our esteemed judging panel of music industry experts. Judges for the show were Cliff Goodwin, Victor Infante and Trinity Faith, the winner of last year’s competition. Viewers get a look behind the scenes as the singers audition: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/NEWVOICES12015 . Other episodes will take you through the award competition process up to the finals. Watch to find out who’s the 2015 New Voices Awards winner: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/NEWVOICES32015

SOAPBOX with host, Mauro DePasquale, is all new in February. This meaningful and educational public service television staple features such topics as the Brownfield Development, Ascentria Care Alliance and the Language Bank Program, Greg White of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Local artist and poet Judith Ferrara, and Yes Health and the Disability Policy Consortium.
SOAPBOX can be seen on Wednesdays at 8:30pm, Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. It also streams live at those times at http://www.wccatv.com
Past shows can be downloaded anytime at our website by going to ‘Video on Demand’ and entering the name ‘Soapbox’. Thanks for watching!

CONNECTING THE DOTS is a new WCCA TV presentation. This is a non-traditional legal program with emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the show is Attorney Liz Myska. Liz welcomes Nancy Cahalen, from the Central MA Better Business Bureau, to the premier episode: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS1 In the second episode, Liz welcomes Marianne Delorey to talk about lack of planning for the inevitable: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS2


WCCA TV ran a media Tour day for Youth. NHS students came to our studio to learn and play with our state of the art TV equipment for a real world, out of the classroom/school, experience. They also learned a lot about public access community media, WCCA TV, it’s scope and impact on community, and how to access this empowering media for themselves. Students participated in a hands on live production project, working with WCCA TV’s staff, they interviewed Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, and he, in turn interviewed them as well. It was instructive, creative and FUN! We hope to air their work at the studio in the very near future. Stay tuned to WCCA TV ch 194 or wccatv.com for details.

Quote : Peter Ventresca, teacher at North High School writes: “Thanks again for a wonderful studio tour today! All of the students were “buzzing” on the ride home. Thanks again to you and Adam for letting them experience a studio production.”


WCCA TV Programming

    BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. The show is hosted by State Senator Harriette Chandler. Senator Chandler welcomes Dr Marco Rodrigues, the acting Worcester School Superintendent: http://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT215

    Will Worcester raise the age of purchasing tobacco products to 21? Watch this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE, a political and current issue program, to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about this topic: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE242 . In another episode, the guys talk about the Worcester City Council view on taxes: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE241

    Time for a coffee break and another episode of COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Host of the show, City Councilor Konnie Lukes, and her guests discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Robert Cross: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE465

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show Ron Madnick talks about Iran Since 1981: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS214 . In another episode, Ron talks about Law Suits Against the City of Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS215 . Tune into WCCA TV to know your rights!

    CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. This WCCA-TV produced program is hosted by Molly Finn. Molly talks about abortion and the March For Life: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME460

    HEALTHY 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 are Dr. Esteban Cardemil, Dr. Rosalie Torres Stone and Cassandra Andersen. Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment is the topic of discussion: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES24

    WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV entertaining and informative talk show definitely worth watching! Host of the show Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Bob Perrone. It’s football time and Bob is back to talk about the pigskin: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH326. In another episode, Tommy welcomes Patricia Burke to the show to discuss the dangers and health risk of RFDs and WiFi: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH327

    EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a program that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes three female entrepreneurs from Clinton – Rhonda Messer, Kristen Livoti, and Cynthia Cannon: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER51

    THIS IS WORCESTER is a program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. This episode features postcards and photos of Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER29 . In another episode, Bill’s guest is Cheryl Rosen: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER28

    ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE TALKS (RCST) is a program produced by the Rotary Club of Worcester and Rotarian, Rich Prager, in association with WCCA TV. The program showcases keynote speakers from the Rotary meetings. This episode features the Annual Glogg Party and the Seven Hills Show Choir: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rotary-community-service/ROTARY39

    VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. VIDEO JAM is one of the, if not, THE, longest running music showcase programs in New England. Tracy Foley, a WCCA TV star, leading editor and voice over specialist, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 19 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s playlist includes: Dulcie Taylor – Not Here, Not Today; Jenaux – Renegades; Francesca Blanchard – Rame; Robot Garden – Fountain of Youth; Secret Friend – I Don’t Know You; Secret Friend – Orbital Velocity, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM883 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

    Spend an hour enjoying VIDEO JAM COUNTRY, the latest and greatest in country music, with host Tracy Foley. This episode will feature: Callie Twisselman – Hung Me on the Line; Mo Pitney – Boy and Girl Thing; Leslie Cours Mather – Hell Hath No Fury; Lindsey Bryant – Get Down and Giddy Up; Jon Wolfe – Don’t It Feel Good; JD Shelbourne – Hometown; JB and The Moonshine Band – Shotgun, Rifle, and a .45; Cindy G – Jailbreak; Brandi Carlisle – Wherever Is Your Heart; Rodney Atkins – Eat Sleep Love Repeat; Kyle Douglas – Clean Hands; Amanda Lamb – Barefoot; Aofie O’Donovan – Magic Hour: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY131

    ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. TAKE BACK WORCESTER with Ron. Ron’s guest is Jim Knowlton, the Chairman of the Worcester Republican Committee: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER133 . In another episode, Ron’s guest is Mike Bottos: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER134

    Tune into another episode of SMART METERS. Meaningful TV. Weeks before his untimely death in July 2015, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., met with Camilla Rees, founder of ElectroMagneticHealth, to discuss concerns about wireless technologies, including smart meters, and their link to serious health concerns. Worcester is the site of the National Grid smart meter pilot. Despite nationwide reports of harm from smart meter installations, there is no health or environmental monitoring:

    IN THE HOUSE with GEORGE RUSSELL is a WCCA TV production that helps viewers learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. The show is hosted by George Russell. George welcomes two local real estate agents, Vu Huynh and Jammie Geddis, to talk about two New Year’s resolutions – I Want To Buy A House and I Want To Get Involved With Real Estate: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE8 . In another episode, George welcomes Mike Madulka to the house: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE9

    Tune into WCCA TV for another episode of HIDDEN TREASURES. Host Bill Safer shows you how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode, Bill talks about seashells: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES38


    BANDEDGE No other music show case places the spotlight on local music like WCCA TV’s BANDEdge. Shot live BANDEdge is all about the bands and all about the music. Solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalist. ‘Jesse and the Hogg Brothers’ is the featured band on this episode of BandEdge: http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE60. TEXAS COUNTRY PUNK Yee Haw ! Only on WCCA TV ! !

    NUESTRA ESPERANZA Hope in Salvation is the theme of Lucy’s ministry. This is a Spanish-language religious program airing on WCCA TV since 1990! The show is produced and hosted by one of our veteran producers, Lucy Tomey. 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/NUESTRA24

    STATIC FUSION is unique. You will not this this type of cultural program anywhere else on TV, an alternative performance art and musical variety program, produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. This episode features the talent at the Open Mic night at The Raven: http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION324

    This was just a glimpse of our diverse and multi-cultural programming. WCCA TV 194 is a free-speech venue and a regional public access leader that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation. WCCA TV is a Pioneer leader in STEAM education. Support award-winning WCCA TV programming! We also stream live on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com . Come and visit our art/maker space at 415 Main Street.


    WCCA offers Media classes and workshops: Basic Studio Production, Field Production, Video Editing, TV Journalism, Internships, plenty of volunteer opportunities, and more. We programs to help business and organizations outreach and gain exposure while building community through community media. While we are on the subject of WCCA TV impact in our community. Congratulations to a former alum of WCCA TV Certificate TV Production training program, Angelique Webster, who recently won a Gold Start for excellence in community arts and culture from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her work with the Worcester Media Collective N-Cite. You can make a difference too with WCCA TV, visit our website or contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com to find out more.


    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, Channeling Community, and empowering the people of Worcester and beyond Since 1986!


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

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

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The ” Plumley Village Town Meeting”
tackles some very interesting voter concerns:

Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:30pm and 8:30pm
and Tuesday Nov 3 at 12pm and 5:30pm

See this on WCCA TV cable ch. 194 at streaming live at wccatv.com

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Prepping for the Holidays?
Check out WCCA TV’s FREE ON-DEMAND viewing at wccatv.com/video and search for “Cooking With Georgia” or “Cooking With Mary” for great recipes or let our music specials put you in the mood. Check out WCCA TV’s HOLIDAY MUSIC FEST and more including VIDEO JAM and BAND EDGE. Happy Holidays from your TV station WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” seen on cable ch 194 and on wccatv.com
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You may notice a difference in the time on our Station Channel 1

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American Cancer Society to Light Up New England on Black Friday

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, an event that unites those who have been affected by cancer, has created a movement that will celebrate cancer survivors and remember those lost in a simple way during a time that can be especially tough for families who will be missing loved ones or worrying about loved ones currently fighting cancer.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the American Cancer Society will be “Lighting up New England” in a visual tribute and reminder of loss, triumph and hope.

A luminaria is a bag, with a candle or glow stick inside it that is personalized, decorated, and lit in memory of someone lost to cancer, in honor of someone still fighting, or in special recognition of someone who has beaten the disease.

Community members will place these glowing tributes on their front porches, front steps, or at the end of their driveways, to honor those who have been touched by cancer, helping Light up New England at dusk Black Friday, Nov. 27. To learn more, please visit lightupne.org or find the event on Facebook.

Tom Flanagan | Director, Communications Strategy Integration

American Cancer Society, Inc.
30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
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Worcester Domino’s® and NFPA Partner with Worcester Fire Department to Promote Fire Safety
Local residents may receive free pizza for properly functioning smoke alarms

WORCESTER, Ma., Sept. 28, 2015 – Worcester Domino’s, located at 413A Park Ave., and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are teaming up with the Worcester Fire Department to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 – 10). On Oct. 6 – 7 from 3 – 8 p.m., anyone who orders a Domino’s pizza may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard an F-250 fire truck. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free. If the smoke alarms are not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries.

“Fire safety is extremely important,” said Henry Askew, Worcester Domino’s franchise owner. “We’re very excited to partner with NFPA and the fire department for a program that not only promotes the safety of our friends and neighbors, but rewards those who make fire safety a priority.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

“Half of all home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep,” said Worcester Fire Department Lt. Annie Pickett. “That’s why having a fully functioning smoke alarm in every bedroom is so important. Smoke alarms save lives.”

Customers can call Worcester Domino’s at 508-754-2236 to place their order and be eligible for the fire truck delivery.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.

About Domino’s Pizza®

Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, with a significant business in carryout pizza. It ranks among the world’s top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of more than 11,900 stores in over 80 international markets. Domino’s had global retail sales of over $8.9 billion in 2014, comprised of more than $4.1 billion in the U.S. and nearly $4.8 billion internationally.

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Democrats Vote Unanmiously to Create A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Thousands of Democratic Party delegates to the 2015 State Party Convention in Springfield passed a resolution for “ A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures in This Ongoing Crisis” (see full text below).

“We had an overwhelming, positive support from Democrats – garnering 280 petition signatures and then sharing the resolution with Convention participants,” explained Bonnie MacCracken, Delegate from Amherst, NAACP member, and herself a title examiner, “I got involved in this effort because I see the damage to my neighbors and the damage in our property records, and it must be fixed to protect the integrity of our land records and the titles to all our homes. There must be justice and accountability.”

Retired federal prosecutor and Amherst delegate, Sarah McKee, elaborated, “Confronted with the many thousands of illegal foreclosures in Massachusetts, the loss of billions of dollars to our Commonwealth, and the need for swifter, fairer, and less costly access to justice for both foreclosed homeowners and post-foreclosure buyers, delegates saw a Court specifically for this purpose as the clear answer. Delegates’ overwhelming, unopposed endorsement is gratifying.”

“Senator Elizabeth Warren’s clarion call to hold banks accountable inspired us to challenge the wrongful and improper foreclosure of our home. We are grateful for the SJC decision that reversed our foreclosure, but obtaining justice was stressful and costly and has eluded thousands of others who have lost their homes in our Commonwealth, especially those on the margins. We are heartened that the Democratic State Convention wisely voted to endorse the establishment of a Foreclosure Review Court to more timely and effectively address our foreclosure crisis. We encourage our legislature and judicial leaders to move swiftly toward this goal,” Convention Delegates, Linda Pinti & Lesley Phillips.

For more information or to speak with homeowners or advocates, please contact MAAPL at 508-630-1686 or maaplinfo@yahoo.com.


Full text of Resolution:

“A Court to Clear Title and Remedy Foreclosures in this Ongoing Crisis

Whereas more than 68,000 Massachusetts homeowners have been foreclosed since 2005 and hardest hit have been homeowners of color and women targeted for predatory mortgages with high fees and interest rates and foreclosures have increased again substantially;

And whereas these foreclosures have pulled up to $40 billion out of the Mass. economy, mostly to “foreign” banks, destabilizing our neighborhoods and undermining municipal tax bases; the majority of these foreclosures being illegal, e.g., the foreclosing party did not own the mortgage;

And whereas illegal foreclosures cloud titles to foreclosed properties, jeopardizing the investment of anyone who later buys a foreclosed home;

And whereas these cases are complex and time-consuming, clogging the dockets of existing courts, and can require filing the same case in different venues to resolve the matter fully;

Therefore be it resolved that the 2015 State Convention of the Massachusetts Democratic Party supports establishing a statewide court venue to review foreclosures; to clear titles to illegally foreclosed homes more rapidly, fairly and at a lower cost to the Commonwealth; to restore foreclosed families to their homes where possible while ensuring that post-foreclosure purchasers recover all damages for being sold property with clouded titles; and this court will have a five year renewable term,

And be it further resolved that we affirm and support a bill to this effect, presently filed whose lead sponsors are the Honorable Senator Thomas McGee and Honorable Representative Aaron Vega,

And be it further resolved that this resolution be distributed to all appropriate media.”

– Passed September 19th, 2015, 2015 State Convention of Massachusetts Democratic Party

Grace C Ross
Grace Ross Committee

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WCCA ROCKs you tonight, Monday, Nov. 2 at 10pm
Band Edge #59 Love TAP Band has been posted on the WCCA website at

Band Edge is a WCCA TV13 produced local music show shot live spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalist. Love TAP Band is the featured artist on this episode of Band Edge.

Please be sure to share this on Facebook and all of the social media world you are connected with.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: September 2, 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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We support all things local. If you have news to share with our community please email press releases to jen@wccatv.com and mauro@wccatv.com thank you.

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September 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Massachusetts Receives $500,000 Grant to Boost State Exports

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

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

Media Invited to Attend

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

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

* Seth Goodall, SBA New England Regional Administrator

* Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director

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

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Brookline Public Access fights for a just renewal

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

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

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

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

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Contact:Janice Weekes Director, Workforce Central Career Center, 508-373-7628

Worcester Common to host 3rd Annual UnCommon Job Fair

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

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

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

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

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

DETAILS: The UnCommon Job Fair is a unique variation on the
traditional job fair format and offers businesses and job seekers a more relaxed
environment to connect and network.
*Mass.gov Labor Information:

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

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

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

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

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Have a nice day !

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WCCA TV is a media sponsor of the WCRN Block Party

WCCA TV is a media sponsor of the WCRN  Block Party on Thursday, June 27, 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. , along Salem Street in Downtown Worcester.  THIS WILL BE FUN !

RAIN DATE: Friday, June 28. ACTIVITIES & EVENTS  include Horse-drawn wagon rides. Stagecoach rides. Face painting. Animal-balloon making. Sailboat demonstrations. Live music.
HOST: WCRN 830 AM News & Talkradio, serving Worcester, MetroWest and Boston 24/7 with 50,000 watts of power.
· Best Rate of Climb
· Cargill Chevrolet – Home of the Chevy Volt
· Eric’s La Patissierie
· LJ Salon
· Largess Farm
· Mary Kay Cosmetics
· Regatta Point Community Sailing
· TLC Pet Haven
· WCCA TV13 – The People’s Channel
· Worcester Regional Flight Academy
· YWCA of Greater Worcester
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Chris Thompson at 508-792-5803 ext. 222 or christhompsonwcrn@gmail.com