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JAZZED UP swings at CORAL SEAFOOD August 17 at 6:30PM

JAZZED UP Trio brings in the swing for part two of Restaurant week at CORAL SEAFOOD, Sat. August 17 starting 6:30-8:30.

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Mauro DePasquale on vocals and piano , Ed Conley on drums and Phil Madison on bass.

Treat yourself to a swanky elegant atmosphere, great food, super nice service.

If you like the music of Buble’, Sinatra, Bennett, Connick Jr., you will love JAZZED UP !

See you Saturday kids! And don’t forget  JAZZED UP is good for you.

Contact us to see if JAZZED UP may be available for your next event .

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JAZZED UP

WCCA TV 13 Public Access Community Media. Empowering Community for over a quarter of a century

Watching the station known affectionately by all as “THE PEOPLES CHANNEL”, WCCA TV 13, I am constantly amazed by the volume of works produced by our community members and the scope of the topics of community interest reflected in TV 13’s program schedule and the level of diversity. Every day there are people coming together at WCCA studios to collaborate on a project. Look at the program schedule, while certain groups are battling elsewhere in the World, at WCCA they’re peacefully sharing the channel and our studio technology, as they share their point of view or communicate important information and or events. It’s a window into Worcester and the world. Congratulations to all who participate at WCCA. You are phenomenal !

WCCA recently conducted a community media assessment and, as always, we continue to welcome your ideas on how we can improve the services and programing we provide.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel”

Learn, Create, Connect !

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WCCA TV’s BANDEdge Holiday Special part 2

WCCA TV’s BANDEdge Holiday Special part 2

WCCA TV 13 BandEdge Holiday Special part 2 ( aka Bandedge #39 2012 Holiday Music Festival, part 2) has been posted on the WCCA website for your enjoyment and convenience at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/bandedge39
John Marderasian, Paul and Delores, Mauro DePasquale are featured in the spirited episode. If you are looking for a great holiday music gift to give for that music lover special friend, this double DVD set of BandEdge is the perfect gift idea and it can be available as WCCA TV’s gift to you for your donation of $32.00 to the station. Your donation check should be made payable to WCCA TV , 415 Main Street , Worcester, MA. 01608 ( Be sure to mention BandEdge holiday special 2012 in the check memo. Enjoy and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

My Op Ed piece in today’s Telegram

Many people have told me that they recognize WCCA as a community anchor institution that is democracy in action every day. It really is.

My OpEd piece published in today’s telegram may help explain why that is a fact.

Thank you for your support and friendship and please enjoy the holidays.
Mauro

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Another WCCA TV milestone

Another WCCA TV milestone

Community wide collaborative shows quantitative results. WCCA TV 13 Public Access is continually evolving as it builds community through electronic media online and on cable.

Father Michael Bafaro Humanitarian Award 2012 – call for nominees

Still time to nominate the person you believe should win the Father Michael Bafaro Humanitarian Award 2012.

Nomination Form

NOMINATION PROCESS:
To be considered for the 2012 Fr. Bafaro Lifetime Achievement Award, an official Nomination Form must be completed and submitted by June 15, 2012 as described below.

Nominations must include contact information for both the Nominee and the Nominator, including address and phone number (and email, if applicable)

Nomination Forms can be submitted as a hard copy or by email:

Hard Copy Nominations: can either be delivered personally or by Mail to:
WCCA-TV Fr. Bafaro Award Nominations
c/o WCCA-TV 13
415 Main Street, 1st Floor
Worcester, MA 01608
Electronic Nominations can be submitted to:
award@wccatv.com

All nominations must be received/post-marked by midnight June 15, 2012

A DESCRIPTION OF THE AWARD:

In recognition of Father Michael Bafaro and his commitment to justice and equality for all, this award is presented to an individual or organization that has exhibited a long, steadfast, and established allegiance to ensuring that people in Worcester and Central Massachusetts are able to live their lives in a free and open society without discrimination, and they are able to experience the full benefits guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

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MBI mission will not be fulfilled unless it includes Public Access Television centers as primary anchor institutions

The MBI plan to broaden broadband connections in Massachusetts will not be a fulfilled mission if it does not include public access television centers such as WCCA TV 13 as primary ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS.
When it comes to broadband inclusion in that network project, centers such as WCCA TV 13 are anchor institutions second to none when it comes to the need for community inclusion for broadband use. Let’s not forget cable was the first broadband. The public access mission should not be compromised because of moving from cooper to glass modes of transmission. Furthermore a move from distribution from linear to non-linear to move data, video and other forms of communication is irrelevant as there will always be a segment of the community in need of a means to connect, or tools of producing content, training and more, as public access centers provides on a day to day basis. For Public access the bottom line is one built upon community participation, inclusiveness with a goal to empower. Broadband should NOT be just be about serving profit driven initiatives or limited to government use. This is electronic common space we are talking about.

In today’s Telegram we read the following:

Speedy Internet on its way
Mass. Broadband Institute on mission

By Lynne Klaft CORRESPONDENT

FITCHBURG — If the Massachusetts Broadband Institute fulfills its mission, high-speed, high-volume Internet service will be in every corner of northern Central and Western Massachusetts in the next few years.

Gov. Deval Patrick created the agency in 2008 to bring low-cost high-speed Internet access to all homes, businesses and public buildings in the region. The groundwork for a north-to-south underground conduit from the Connecticut state line to Vermont is now complete.

MBI Director Judith Dumont said at a Fitchburg State University forum last week that her agency worked with the state Department of Transportation to lay miles of fiber-optic cable along Interstate 91. The network, MassBroadband 123, is being tested now and is expected to be “lit” in December.

That network will eventually bring high-speed Internet service to more than 120 cities and towns in Western and northern Central Massachusetts.

“The cable that was laid has 576 strands of fiber. One fiber is enough to support all the voice traffic in Massachusetts, so you can see we are overbuilding, building for the future,” said Ms. Dumont.

Once the network is up and running, Internet providers can sign contracts with MBI to lease space on the network with the goal of providing service to areas that lack Internet access or are underserved. Eight providers have already signed letters of intent.

The agency also plans to connect 1,300 community “anchor institutions” — schools, town halls, police and fire stations, hospitals, libraries, colleges and state government offices. The anchor institutions are being reviewed, building by building.

The fiber cable will be strung to the pole in front of the building and a connection made to the building. However, the anchor institution must pay service fees and for internal network computer equipment.

MBI has also completed a survey of 35,000 utility poles on which fiber-optic cables will be placed.

“Many of these are jointly owned telephone and electric company poles, and agreements will be signed with all of the owners. Considering that we have had two tornadoes, one hurricane and a record-breaking snowstorm in October since we started, work has slowed a bit,” said Ms. Dumont.

Steps to put the network infrastructure in place include the permitting process at state and local levels, securing access approvals and the scheduling with pole owners to complete work necessary to string fiber optic cables.

“We’ve had storms and strikes. What’s next? Locusts? Cost estimates are coming in higher than expected, but we are looking into other funding resources,” said Ms. Dumont.

The agency expects to complete stringing cable in 2012.

The MBI was awarded $45.4 million in federal stimulus funding, and the state is providing $26.2 million in matching money for the MassBroadband 123 network.

Completion of the network is scheduled for 2013. The network will use 1,338 miles of cable and serve 333,500 households and 44,000 businesses in an area populated with about 1 million people.

Fitchburg State University’s Regional Economic Development Institute has been mapping northern Central Massachusetts using a geographic information system.

The database that the college has compiled for MBI includes estimated cable services, estimated DSL services, and business sites by address, including specific business Internet needs. Teams of students drove through northern Central Massachusetts with smartphones to collect the data, measuring broadband availability; then confirming it with the communities that they were in.

MBI is mapping broadband availability across the state. The information will be incorporated into the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Map.

The institute was awarded $1 million from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to help local small businesses with technical plans, digital learning and training.

Another $1 million grant will be used to develop a “veterans’ portal,” to connect veterans to the resources they need and to create an online veterans services site that is streamlined and accessible.

Mayor Lisa A. Wong of Fitchburg sees broadband as the future.

“I needed a translator at first to understand what MBI was doing, but I have seen what it can do

“Broadband is the future of the city and the future of our nation. We have to close that digital divide, connect the unconnected,” said the mayor.