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FYI …

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WCCA TV’s sign was blown down at 415 Main St., and the wind also damaged our marquee.

We are asking for donations – nothing is too small to help repair the sign.

Please send donations to:

WCCA TV
Tracy Foley
415 Main St., Floor One
Worcester, Mass. 01608

Thank you!🌺

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Dorrie, where’s your Easter basket?!🌻

The First Congregational Church of Brimfield is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 at 2 p.m.

20 Main St., Brimfield

This is a FREE community event!

Bring your own basket!🎵

Meet the Easter Bunny in person!🐰

Participate in games and activities! ⚾

Enjoy refreshments!☕🍰

ALL AGES WELCOME!💐

Downtown: WCCA TV is Getting a Newly Painted Façade!

A Transformation is in the Future!

Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) is soon going to have a nicer looking facade.  On the week of September 14th, with generous funding support from The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, WCCA TV will have the current façade concrete “accents” painted a greyish color with the letters WCCA TV placed across them.

Time has worn the paint of the old concrete “accents” that many people driving in downtown Worcester, through many years, have used as a landmark for directions.  When this paint job is completed, the “accents” will still be there, but we hope they will be more pleasing to the eye of the beholder, and they will be a means to help identify WCCA TV when drivers and pedestrians are in the vicinity.

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

Currently, WCCA TV is performing a feasibility study on how to address needed upgrades and renovations to enhance the WCCA TV facility and downtown presence as well as improve conditions to better meet community media needs. The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.

What is clear to the architects, engineers, and leadership at WCCA TV is that the transformation of the building must and will be more than simply the renovation of a building for appearances; it will be a development that may change the social, cultural, and commercial dynamics of this part of Worcester. 

The results of this study are almost completed, and the planning process for how to raise the funds and implement the renovations has already begun. 

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

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

Some updates: Worcester City Council passes resolution in support of CAP Act and Stand for Children testifies in support of Health Benefit reform

WCCA TV 13, on behalf of EPG channels everywhere, expresses gratitude to the members of Worcester City Council for passing a resolution in support of the Community Access Preservation Act (CAP Act).

The resolution was co-sponsored by Mayor Joseph O’Brien and City Councilor Barbara Haller.

The resolution was adopted unanimously, after I spoke before the council last night, March 8, 2011, and explained, in brief, detail about the dangerous impact state issued franchise licenses have had upon PEG channels and what the CAP Act will accomplish.

The resolution illustrates to our Federal and State Legislators that the City of Worcester stands with the Public Access [PEG] Community and other community media organizations in support of changes to the Telecommunication Act to protect and guarantee assurances for the advancement of PEG.

We thank the City of Worcester for recognizing the importance and value of PEG community access and also thank the many WCCA TV members who petitioned on behalf of localism and PEG community media access everywhere.

– Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director
WCCA TV, “The People’s Channel”
Worcester

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STAND FOR CHILDREN TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF HEALTH BENEFIT REFORM

Framingham Teacher Speaks Out in Support of Health Benefit Reform

BOSTON: Stand for Children testified in support of Municipal Health Benefit Reform to the Joint Committee on Public Service at the State House today. As skyrocketing health care costs continue to strain municipal budgets, Stand for Children is advocating for provisions that will ameliorate the financial burden on cities and towns and ensure that taxpayers’ dollars are being invested where they can make the most difference – in the classroom.

Stand for Children’s recommendations will allow cities and towns to direct at least $136 to $151 million towards saving educators’ jobs and protecting valuable community services across the Commonwealth. Included are provisions implementing good-faith bargaining measures to negotiate health care design, moving eligible municipal employees into Medicare, and transitioning to a system of global payment. These provisions would significantly lower health care costs in municipal budgets while still providing excellent benefits to municipal workers.

“Mitigating the skyrocketing cost of insuring municipal employees is an urgent issue that directly affects teachers’ jobs,” stated Jason Williams, Executive Director of Stand for Children. “Stand for Children supports this common-sense solution and legislators need to act now to help keep teachers in the classroom because our kids can’t afford to wait.”

“As a teacher in Framingham Public Schools, I believe Stand for Children’s recommendations are amenable to both parents and teachers,” stated Rosangela Caixa, a Stand for Children member and first grade teacher at the Potter Road School. “We need to pass health benefit reform now to help protect the jobs of teachers across the Commonwealth and to ensure that education is a viable career choice for the next generation of teachers.”

“Stand for Children’s recommendations will allow a greater proportion of education funding to support teachers and the important work they do in the classroom,” stated Jim Stockless, a Stand for Children member in Framingham. “Cities and towns are spending too much money on skyrocketing health insurance costs and we need to start spending this money on protecting teachers’ jobs and investing in our children.”

“Stand for Children’s recommendations reflect a vested interest in collective bargaining and provide both management and labor with a voice at the negotiating table,” stated Juli Brazile, a Stand for Children member in Arlington. “We need to retain teachers’ jobs and critical school services, but this will be impossible if we don’t address the soaring cost of health care now.”