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June 22nd, 2015

City’s Rising Stars hoops program helps inner-city youth with their handle on life

June 22, 2015


WOONSOCKET – Rising Stars, a Woonsocket-based organization that works with at-risk inner city youths, is using the basketball court as another means to save inner-city children from drugs, incarceration and feelings of hopelessness about the future.

Police: Suspect in River Street shootings linked to armed robbery

June 22, 2015


WOONSOCKET – The teenager accused of wounding four people in a shooting on River Street last Friday has also been charged in connection with an armed robbery a week earlier in which he also fired a gun at a female store clerk.

Woonsocket Police Detective Jamie Chamberland said 19-year-old Zackary Alvarado was linked to the robbery of the Metro PCS store at 1078 Social St. on June 13 by detectives investigating Friday’s shooting in front of Aly’s Riverside Pub.

June 21st

100-year-old graduate Louis Collamati shows it's never too late

June 21, 2015


BELLINGHAM – Louis Collamati is a simple man. Before he retired, he was the owner of his own small refrigeration and air conditioning business, and before that he lived on a farm on Locust Street in Bellingham. His family owned Collamati’s Supermarket in Woonsocket. He’s an avid gardener. He loves to tinker with things, and considers himself a regular old Mr. Fix-it. There’s just one thing that separates him from most people.

He celebrated his 100th birthday this past Thursday.

June 20th

Lawman Guglietta has enforced it all

June 20, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – In the field of law enforcement, Major Lareto “Larry” Guglietta has worn a multitude of hats over the years.

Corrections officer at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions. Military policeman. Acting chief of the town’s 22-member police force.

Now, after nearly four decades in law enforcement – including 28 years with the Burrillville Police Department – Guglietta has heard the siren song of retirement calling. The last day on the job for the second-in-command of the police department will be Friday.

June 19th

Four shot in Woonsocket; suspect in custody

June 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET — A 19-year-old Woonsocket man wanted for allegedly wounding four people in a fusillade of gunfire outside a River Street bar early Friday morning turned himself into police late yesterday afternoon and now faces several charges, including four counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, police said.

Zackary Alvarado turned himself in at the Woonsocket police station around 4 p.m. and was charged with four counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, firing in a compact area, disorderly conduct, and license or permit required for carrying pistol.

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June 19, 2015

Arrest warrant issued for alleged shooter who injured four in Market Square

June 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET - Police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 19-year-old city man who allegedly wounded four people in a fusillade of gunfire outside a River Street bar early Friday.

The victims were not identified, but Detective Jamie Chamberland said they were transported to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Zackary Alvarado fired at least nine rounds in the parking lot across the street from Aly's Bar, 80 River St., shortly before 1:16 a.m., Chamberland said.

June 18th

Free ride from RIPTA now requires some work

June 18, 2015

In recent years, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority offered free bus service on Air Quality Alert days, giving riders the opportunity to take the bus at no cost on days when extra-high concentrations of ground-level ozone were predicted.

While that program has been discontinued this year, RIPTA will soon offer an alternative for riders – a new program that is designed to encourage Rhode Islanders to improve air quality by leaving their cars at home and opt instead for public transportation.

June 17th

Council, union plan suit to halt RISE opening

June 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The City Council and the Woonsocket Teachers Guild could jointly file suit in Superior Court as early as next week in attempts to prevent RISE Mayoral Academy from opening later this summer.

Council President Albert G. Brien and Jeffrey Partington, president of the WTG, said the council and the teachers union will be co-plaintiffs in the suit because the city and the teachers’ union have a shared interest in preventing the school from opening.

State budget moves to Senate following House approval

June 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island House on Tuesday unanimously approved an $8.67 billion state budget proposal.
"We put out a pro-jobs, pro-economy budget," Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said. "The members rallied around it."
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican, voted for a budget for the first time since being elected in 2008. He praised the tax cuts, changes to the Medicaid system and other initiatives to help businesses.
"This budget is as good as you're going to get in a Democratic state," he said.

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