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WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 20, 2015

ATTENTION WCCA TV COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PRODUCERS:
The Happy Holiday season is here. Be sure to have all programming expected for holiday play through the weeks of the December 21, and 28th, edited and submitted , ready to be cued, no later than December 10th, 2015 Happy Holidays !

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Congratulations to Dr. Satya Mitra ( aka GURU TAX SERVICES ), a former Board member of WCCA TV, celebrating 25 years in business in Worcester. He has been a friend and supporter of WCA TV for the entire time.
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The Sprinkler Factory Healing Fibers: War and Peace show curated by Bayda Asbridge…more speakers!! Have we got a great set of talks for you.

They are:

Saturday November 21 at 1 pm Katie Green – story telling – Sekmet the Egyptian goddess of war. She will be accompanied by a musician!!!

Sunday November 22th Retired head of the Worcester Art Museum Jim Welu The Monument Men 1 pm

Sunday November 22th Dr. Ora Szekely 2:30 pm Understanding the Syrian War— Clark professor whose specialty is war in the Middle East —VERY TIMELY

Sunday November 22 Dr. Marty B. Ukraine and Avoiding Nuclear War. Russia and the Ukraine – also Very timely Retired professor – 4:00 pm

Come and hear these spectacular speakers. Coffee,tea and cake!!!

Also when you come take time to look at all the creative and wonderful art pieces in the show

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TODAY, Nov. 20, 2015, Juan Gomez is to Hold Press Conference in front of Election Commission Office of City Hall to outline additional details relating to his challenge of the
outcome of the most recent municipal election .

In an interesting development, Candidate for Worcester City Council At-Large, Juan
Gomez, has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow, Friday, November 20, at
4:30PM, in front of the offices of the Election Commission, on the second floor of
city hall.
Gomez is expected to outline additional details relating to his challenge of the
outcome of the most recent municipal election, and his subsequent call for a recount
of the votes cast in that election.
No further details were given, exept that his campaign expects Boston-based
Univision and Telemundo, (the Spaish-language networks), as well as NECN, to cover
the press conference.
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VETERANS INC. TO HOST ANNUAL HOLIDAY HARVEST

Event Sponsored by MorphoTrust USA to Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Veterans in Need
and Family Members

WHAT: Veterans Inc.’s Holiday Harvest in Worcester provides hundreds of Thanksgiving
meals, including turkeys and trimmings, to veteran families in need across the
region. Along with a turkey, each family is given potatoes, carrots, cranberry
sauce, stuffing, assorted vegetables, and fresh produce harvested via the Worcester
County Sheriff’s Office. The event is supported by MorphoTrust USA, “The Identity
Company,” which provides market-leading solutions and services to state and federal
agencies as well as businesses that simplify, protect, and secure the lives of
Americans.

WHO: Veterans Inc. is New England’s leading provider of support services to veterans
and their families. Sponsors of the event include MorphoTrust USA and Table Talk
Pies. Spokespeople available for interviews during the event include:

* Vincent J. Perrone, U.S. Air Force Veteran, President & CEO of Veterans Inc.
* Denis M. Leary, Executive Director of Veterans Inc.
* Amanda Riik, Senior Manager of Communications & Events at Veterans Inc.

* Bob Eckel, President and CEO, MorphoTrust USA

* Julie Zomar, Director of Marketing Programs, MorphoTrust USA

* Mark DiFraia, Sr. Director of Market Development, MorphoTrust USA

WHEN: Tuesday November 24th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Schedule:
o 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Registration
o 11:00 am – 1:45 pm – Harvest Commences

o 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm – Thank you, Conclusion

WHERE: Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA

***Members of the news media are welcome to attend and cover this event; we ask that
you notify us in advance via e-mail or by phone at 1-508-791-1213 x145 and check in
upon arrival, for the purpose of assisting Veterans Inc. in our efforts to protect
the confidentiality of homeless or struggling veterans in attendance who may not
wish to be identified.
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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: October 20, 2015

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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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Worcester to cut ribbon on Greenwood Park improvements

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony

WHY: To celebrate recent improvements made by the City of Worcester to Greenwood
Park, including new tennis courts, a new lighted basketball court, playground
upgrades, new shelter, new picnic tables, and accessible walking path upgrades, with
more improvements planned for 2016.

WHO: Mayor Joseph M. Petty, District Three Councilor George J. Russell, City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr., city and state officials.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

WHERE: Greenwood Park, Forsberg Street, Worcester
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for Local Labor Markets
in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA, October 20, 2015 – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates are down in
all labor markets in the state measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared
to September 2014, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports
Tuesday.

From August to September, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in ten
labor market areas, increased in nine areas, and remained the same in five other
areas of the state.

The Springfield, New Bedford, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Worcester, Framingham,
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Leominster-Gardner, and
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead areas added jobs over the month. Seasonal losses occurred in
the remaining six areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for September
remained at 4.5 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the
statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the month of
September. The unemployment rate is down 1.0 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,100 job loss in September
and an over-the-year gain of 67,200 jobs.

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 October 2015 and revised September 2015 unemployment rate,
labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday,
November 19, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday,
November 24, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at
www.mass.gov/lmi
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Groups File Complaint Re:

Worcester National Grid Smart Meter Pilot, Health Reports

Advocacy groups have filed joint complaints with the Massachusetts Attorney General and Inspector General regarding the Worcester National Grid smart meter pilot and Department of Public Utilities smart meter order 12-76-B.

The groups are calling for the Baker administration to investigate the $48M pilot, financed by ratepayers, as “outcome-oriented research” that manufactured consent, concealed unwelcomed information, and manipulated public perception concerning credible science, included claims that smart meters have been “proven safe.”

Industry articles are reporting this month that the Worcester pilot produced impressive results during “critical peak periods” on days when consumers were asked to limit electric consumption. The pilot is over budget and behind schedule and testing variables that will not be part of future smart meter deployment, including the free opt out and gift incentives.

Among the more serious charges is the assertion that Worcester’s Acting Commissioner of Public Health violated public trust when he issued a misleading health report, and that the DPU mischaracterized FCC exposure limits and misrepresented footnoted resources. The complaint also questions a controversial property value report by Worcester’s Assessor, and lack of support by Worcester’s elected officials to citizen concerns.

StopsmartmetersMASS spokesperson Patricia Burke stated, “Industry safety claims are based on testimony of one unethical mercenary tobacco scientist, who, like the sociopath Bernie Madoff, has contributed to the suffering of millions of people. Electricity is an essential service, not a consumer choice like cigarettes or a particular car model. As scandals like the Volkswagen debacle come to light, in the face of an alarming lack of integrity and transparency, it would be negligent for the Commonwealth to proceed without independent oversight and investigation, especially regarding environmental impacts and human health. It is our hope that all of the candidates running for office in Worcester will call for an audit and public, transparent investigation of the program. ”

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MAYORAL DEBATE TONIGHT on WCCA TV 194 and at wccatv.com LIVE at 7 PM TONIGHT LIVE (10-7-15)

MAYORAL DEBATE TONIGHT on WCCA TV 194 and at wccatv.com LIVE at 7 PM TONIGHT LIVE

MAYORAL DEBATE 2015 (with epic coverage)

WCCA TV 194 and Worcester Magazine Present:
Worcester Votes 2015 An Evening with the Candidates for Mayor

WHAT: Mayoral Debate

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 7

WHERE: WCCA TV Studios, 415 Main St., Worcester
It’s a closed set however it can be watched as it will be
CABLE CAST LIVE at Ch. 194 in Worcester, and seen streaming live and for free at wccatv.com. This program will also be available for “On-Demand Viewing at wccatv.com as well.
Worcester Magazine will presenting this in a live blog as well.

WHO: Candidates for Mayor of Worcester

TIME: 7-8:30 p.m.

Join WCCA TV 194 Executive Director Mauro DePasquale and 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 Nov. 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 at WCCA TV. Covered live on-line at http://www.wccatv.com and at worcestermag.com . WCCA TV intends to also archive this debate on it’s webpage for future On-Demand viewing.

Worcester Magazine and WCCA TV 194 are proud to be among the organizations
offering debates for candidates seeking election in Worcester this year.
We urge all voters to attend or watch as many dates as possible, and to
make the effort to vote on Nov. 3 for candidates running for City Council
and School Committee.

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WCCA TV News and information Round Up: Sept.28, 2015

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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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Vehicle to be Donated to Worcester Area Veteran

As Part of the National Auto Body Council’s “Recycled Rides” Program

WHO: The National Auto Body Council; Thomas Waldron Auto Body CARSTAR; Esurance;
and Veterans Inc., a 501c3 non-profit serving veterans in need and their families.

WHAT: As part of the “Recycled Rides” Program, an effort of the National Auto Body
Council to provide refurbished vehicles to individuals in need, Thomas Waldron Auto
Body CARSTAR will present a refurbished 2004 Honda Accord, donated by Esurance, to a
Worcester area veteran served by Veterans Inc.

Brief remarks and press availability from:

* Bob Waldron, Owner of Thomas Waldron Auto Body CARSTAR

* Linda Sulkala, Recycled Rides Program Manager, National Auto Body Council

* A representative of Veterans Inc.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 11:00 AM

WHERE: Thomas Waldron Auto Body CARSTAR, 225 Grafton Street, Worcester MA 01604

ABOUT THE RECYLCED RIDES PROGRAM

The National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service
program in which the collision repair community collaborates with other industry
partners to repair and donate a vehicle to families and service organizations in
need. Insurance, rental car and salvage companies donate slightly damaged vehicles,
parts and materials are donated by suppliers, and auto body repairers donate
resources to restore the vehicles. Since its inception in 2007, nearly 1,000
refurbished vehicles have been provided to qualified individuals, families and
organizations.

ABOUT VETERANS INC.

Veterans Inc. is New England’s leading provider of support services to veterans and
their families. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization’s single-minded mission is
to be there for our veterans in their time of need. Incorporated in 1990, Veterans
Inc. has helped more than 60,000 veterans in need and today operates offices and
programs in all six New England states. The support services include housing
programs, counseling, employment & training, family programs, benefits counseling
and advocacy, transportation, temporary financial assistance, health and wellness,
food services, and women & childcare services. Earlier this year, the agency was
honored with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans 2015 “Outstanding Member
Award” in Washington.

Sincerely,
Jason Palitsch
Government & Public Affairs Specialist
Veterans Inc. 69 Grove Street, Worcester MA 01605

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A MAYORAL Debate
This event will be cosponsored by WCCA TV and Worcester Magazine will take place on October 7 at 7 PM where you can watch it on WCCA TV 194 , stream it live at http://www.wccatv.com, or follow it at http://worcestermag.com/blogs. FREE SPEECH TV, ALSO be sure to catch WCCA TV’s Live Candidate Open Mic on October 14 at 5:30 PM Media Democracy in ACTION !

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WCCA’s SOAPBOX: A virtual soapbox in a virtual public forum FREE SPEECH is at the heart of WCCA TV

Soapbox, with host, Mauro DePasquale, is all new in October.
The show will feature the Friendship Network for Children which is a mental health non-profit that provides counseling, groups and advocacy for children and teens with Autism . Soapbox will also feature Clementine Bihiga, an inspirational speaker and author of the book, “Happily Broken, Discovering Happiness Through Pain and Suffering” , which details her escape from the massacre in Rwanda . Topics of other shows included The Actor’s Loft and the Breast Cancer Walk at Elm Park in Worcester.

Soapbox can be seen Wednesdays at 8:30pm, Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pmon WCCA TV -now on Channel 194- and as it streams live on line at those times at wccatv.com.Past shows can be downloaded anytime at wccatv.com Just click on Video on Demand.

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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. In the second quarter of 2015, Domino’s had global retail sales of nearly $2.2 billion, comprised of $1.1 billion in the U.S. and $1.1 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of franchise owners who accounted for nearly 97% of Domino’s stores as of the second quarter of 2015. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino’s generate approximately 50% of U.S. sales from digital channels at the end of 2014, and reach an estimated run rate of $4.0 billion annually in global digital sales. Domino’s features an ordering app lineup that covers nearly 95% of the U.S. smartphone market and has recently introduced several innovative ordering platforms, including Ford SYNC®, Samsung Smart TV® and Pebble Watch, as well as Twitter and text message using a pizza emoji. In June 2014, Domino’s debuted voice ordering for its iPhone® and Android™ apps, a true technology first within traditional and e-commerce retail.

Order – www.dominos.com

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION Round Up: Sept 10, 2015

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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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Worcester PRIDE raises the flag

9/10 Thursday 3PM at City Hall 455 Main St. We will have our annual Flag raising at city hall. Our tradition is to have a ceremony at city hall with the previous and current year’s Official Grand Marshal. This year we will be joined by our two previous Grand Marshals (Pride ’13) Tim Murray and (Pride ’14) Erica Kay-Webster. Visit Worcester Pride on face book or here for more information: http://www.worcesterpride.org/

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Baker-Polito Administration Receives $2.9 million Federal Grant to Grow Apprenticeship Programs in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2015

Baker-Polito Administration Receives $2.9 million Federal Grant to Grow Apprenticeship Programs in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015…The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development was awarded a $2.9 million federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries in Massachusetts.

The American Apprenticeship Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will enable the state to help 300 residents gain apprenticeship training in industries with a growing demand for new employees, such as healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing.

The funds will support the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) to increase the number of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in those industries. There are more than 7,500 registered apprentices in the state in 2015.

“As many employers in Massachusetts struggle to find the skilled labor to fill available jobs, this grant will enable training for individuals in high-demand industries and provide more job opportunities for the people of the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $175 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to 46 awardees across the nation to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development will use the grant to build upon apprenticeship opportunities and address the skills gap for underserved residents.

“Our team worked incredibly hard to be awarded one of these highly competitive grants. These funds will help us in our mission to meet employers’ demands for highly-skilled workers so they can continue to grow their businesses. Businesses cannot grow if they cannot find enough skilled workers,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II, who chairs the Workforce Skills Cabinet.

Created by the Governor through an executive order, the Workforce Skills Cabinet’s goal is to align education, economic and workforce development programs and policies to increase opportunities for training and employment for residents while helping businesses meet their growth needs. The Cabinet consists of Secretary Walker, education Secretary James Peyser and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.

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Local activist ask us to share this views and opinions on this blog may or may not be those of WCCA TV or it’s writer:

Is Monsanto planning a sneak attack?

https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/will-monsanto-launch-another-%E2%80%98sneak-attack%E2%80%99-congress

Your thoughts? We invite local activist and local farmers to contact us to speak about this on TV. Contact mauro@wccatv.com

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CITY ELECTIONS WCCA TV VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT 2015

If you are a candidate heading for the November 3rd City elections contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or at [mauro@wcatvc.om]to inquire how you may be a part f WCCA TV’s VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT. We plan on conducting candidate profiles, and a MAYORAL DEBATE.

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FEEL THE HEAT
The Heat wave is not totally over. After a brief cool down, the heat is expected to pick up again next week, although not as high however with high humidity. Stay cool Worcester ! Rest, stay in air conditioned areas, check in on the elderly and those shut in, be sure pets are in a place where air is circulating and as cool as possible. Drink plenty of water.

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Testimonial Words of Encouragement
“WCCA TV has done and will continue to do great things for the Worcester community. Best of luck the rest of the way..” Anthony Ortiz

Thanks Anthony , your kind words mean a lot to all of us at WCCA TV.

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 26, 2015

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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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Family sues Fay School in Southboro, claims Wi-Fi made son ill
http://www.telegram.com/article/20150824/NEWS/150829606

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A call to Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs.

Worcester, MA- After two successful seasons the Worcester PopUp is thrilled to be back for an eventful Fall and Winter season. Located at 20 Franklin Street in the heart of down town, the Worcester PopUp location is a unique gallery where artists and entrepreneurs can bring creativity to life through rotating art exhibitions, live performances, inspiring hands on activities and delicious cuisine. Worcester PopUp is now seeking applicants to fill our creative space for this upcoming season with hopes to inspire new creativity to flow within the community, and to provide accessibility for artists to showcase their works. Running September through December, artists and creative entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to use the space with openings available Thursday through Sunday. The PopUp location willbe open based on demand with free admission to the public.

Last year’s season included a wide range of participants such as performances from The Hip Swayers, Ghost Guests, and Eve’s Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Co, to interactive workshops lead by Edmy Ortiz and Worcester’s Think Tank. With support from the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the Worcester Business Development Corporation and funded in part by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the use of the space is free and encourages active engagement and visibility for Worcester’s creative community.

Applicants may contact Erick Bilides at Bilidese@worcesterma.gov. To learn more about the location please visit the Worcester PopUp website at www.WorcesterPopup.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worcesterpopup. Worcester PopUp is eager to see what new, exciting, and innovative ideas the creative community has to share with our city and beyond.

The Worcester PopUp is brought to the City of Worcester by the Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with the Business Development Corporation, funded in part by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. For more information please visit: http://www.worcestermass.org/arts-culture-entertainment/arts-culture

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WCCA NEWS and INFORMATION ROUND UP: August 15, 2015

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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.
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Try to make this fabulous event TODAY at Mechanics Hall Hosted by the Massachusetts Preservation Society.
http://www.mapreservationconference.org/

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ACE’s 2015 Annual Meeting
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4a05ec8c0bda4fb24e82ebca2&id=647dfc545d&e=a4578b3f6f
Our 2015 Annual Meeting will take place on
Wednesday, August 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library
(http://acechildren.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4a05ec8c0bda4fb24e82ebca2&id=8a747d7083&e=a4578b3f6f)

The meeting is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
We encourage everyone to attend, hear about our past year.

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For Immediate Release: 8/13/15
Media Contact: John Hill, 508-799-1175

City, partners to outline Union Hill Revitalization Initiative
Projects already under way to improve, stabilize neighborhoods

Worcester, MA – The City of Worcester’s Union Hill Neighborhood Revitalization
Initiative is already helping to make the city’s Union Hill neighborhood a safer and
more attractive place to live. Local and state officials as well as representatives
from the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, and
Worcester Academy will gather on Monday, August 17 to discuss the comprehensive
strategy, its progress and goals.

WHAT: Press conference to discuss the revitalization initiatives that are planned,
programmed, and/or currently underway on Union Hill

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Monday, August 17

WHERE: Worcester Academy Alumni House, 51 Providence Street, Worcester

The ceremony will include a brief walk up the street to view the progress of current
projects.

Through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, the City of Worcester
in investing $4 million towards a plan that includes improvements in: public health
and safety, housing and code enforcement, and street and sidewalk. Projects include
housing rehabs, new sidewalks, road resurfacing, and school health partnerships.

The efforts are the result of cooperation among multiple City of Worcester’s
multiple departments and divisions, in collaboration with the Oak Hill Community
Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Worcester Academy, the U.S. Housing
and Urban Development Department (HUD), and community residents.

John F. Hill
Communications Specialist

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CAR WASH and LEMONADE STAND
From MT. Carmel Parish in support of their youth education classes CYC.
End of Summer Celebration – Car Wash and Lemonade Stand – Sunday, September 20th
from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. We are looking for donations of baked goods for our Lemonade
Stand

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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: August 11, 2015

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Increased Direct trips between Boston and Worcester? Great Idea ! Read more . . .
http://www.timmurray.org/2015/08/commuter-train-to-worcester/

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PET ROCK FEST 2015 AT BECKER COLLEGE FEATURES HEADLINER ROOMFUL OF BLUES

Pet Rock Fest, presented by World’s Best Cat Litter and By Nature, is excited to announce that the 17th annual festival will take place at Becker College on its Leicester Campus.

This annual event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. (with a rain date of Sept. 20), and will be bigger and better than ever. The event features all of the popular attractions, and continues to put the spotlight on the animal welfare organizations of New England that work hard to promote kindness to animals.

Becker College is eager to host the fest, and is welcoming Pet Rock Fest enthusiastically. Since the College offers nationally recognized degree programs in animal studies, has an Equestrian Center for academic and athletics programs, and offers an on-campus clinic open to the public, the relationship between Pet Rock Fest and Becker is symbiotic.

“On behalf of Becker College President Robert Johnson and the entire College community, we are very excited to offer a home to Pet Rock 2015,” said Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., dean of Animal Studies and allerton chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College. “This festival, which promotes animal care and helps give pets a voice, resonates with our educational mission and core value of teaching social responsibility. This partnership will be rewarding not only for the students enrolled in our animal studies program, but for the entire Central Massachusetts community of pet owners and those interested in the health and welfare of animals.”

Held on the campus property close to Leicester Common, the venue offers easy access from Route 9, plenty of parking, and space to bring back all of our attractions, including K9 demos, the Frisbee dog team, live music, the Adoptable Pet Parade, Amateur Dog Contest, vegetarian vendors and our wonderful sponsors and animal welfare organizations. The property also offers a large, wooded area with picnic tables, where you and your dog can hang out and relax.

Pet Rock Fest will send updates soon with event schedules, attractions and this year’s sponsors.

Pet Rock Fest features live music, including headliners Roomful of Blues as well as Just for Kicks and Chuck and Mud. More are to be announced. It also features performances and games for kids, Bobi the Clown, a Book Nook sponsored by Annie’s Book Stop, Pups in the Air Frisbee Dog Team, clinics and presentations by Becker College, doggie massages, photos of your pets, animal mascots, vegetarian food court, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, photos with your pets, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. All animals.

This is an alcohol-free event, and drones are prohibited.

Pet Rock Fest gives its proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to farm animal sanctuaries.

For updates on the plans for the day, groups signed up to attend, and other official or not so official news, visit petrockfest.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petrockfest and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.
Celebrating 17 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Becker College is ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best 379 colleges in the U.S. With a 95 percent graduate placement rate for employment or further study, Becker serves more than 2,000 students from across the country and around the world. Becker offers a wide range of quality degree programs—from nursing to veterinary science, and a variety of adult learning options—that prepare world ready graduates for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century. Becker’s undergraduate video game design program has been top-ranked by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years, and is the only institution on the East Coast, and one of four nationally, to maintain this longstanding distinction. In 2011, Becker was designated by state officials as host of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Becker is also ranked first among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for pre-licensure nursing graduates in 2013. Fifty-four percent of Becker students are enrolled in STEM-based programs of study. With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Mass., Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions—one founded in 1784 and the other in 1887—and has more than 18,000 alumni worldwide.

If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.org.

“They Can’t Talk, So We Will”
Charlene Arsenault
Founding Partner, Pet Rock Fest Inc.
PO Box 310, Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-8918

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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: http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/lmi_lur_b.asp?A=04&GA=000027&TF=1&Y=&Sopt=&Dopt=TEXT

John F. Hill

Communications Specialist

City of Worcester

(508)-799-1175

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The HUD audit cover calendar years 2009-2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EVENTS for upcoming week(s):

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

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

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

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

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Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You

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

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

September 2015

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

September 14 & 16

September 21 & 22

September 28 &30

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

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

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

October 24
October 27 & 29

November 3

Sinead Fitzmaurice

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

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Who will you nominate as the 2015 Great Guys Award ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Dolly and best wishes

http://m.telegram.com/article/20150809/NEWS/150809334

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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BIG NEWS FOR WORCESTER
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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.

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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.

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FOOD HUB HASN’T TAKEN ROOT YET IN CENTRAL MASS

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:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/08/06/foodhub/XqLlrTQDPYcp3LHb3IHBWL/story.html

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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
guns.

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
visit:http://www.worcesterma.gov/WAC

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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