Carlet Cleare


Carlet Cleare is a Reporter/Producer at WXXI News. Carlet reports on news topics relevant to the community and helps to create and develop story ideas to produce comprehensive and compelling news stories. Prior to joining WXXI, she worked at RNews as a Desk Assistant. Carlet earned her Associate’s degree in Communications & Media Arts from Monroe Community College in 2004, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism at St. John Fisher College in 2006. Her work has been honored by the New York State chapter of the Associated Press.


5:33 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Two Newly Remodeled City Schools Open For 2014-2015 School Yr

A remodeled classroom at John Williams School No. 5
Credit WXXI News

Upgrades to two Rochester schools are complete just in time for the new school year.  

State and local officials joined school staff and families to cut the ribbon on the newly remodeled John Williams School No. 5 and Henry Hudson School No. 8 buildings on Thursday.

"We're so excited. Our young people are going to be in awe when they see this building!"

That's School No. 5 principal Joanne Wideman. She believes the new improvements will boost student achievement.

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6:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Astorino Talks Jobs In ROC

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Robert Astorino at the Cobbs Hill Reservoir outlining his jobs plan with his wife and children.
Credit WXXI News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Astorino stopped in Rochester on Tuesday to outline his jobs plan.

The Westchester County executive wants to review hundreds of thousands of state regulations and mandates that he says is increasing the cost of doing business in New York

"Jobs, jobs, jobs, that's what this campaign is about. That’s what this region needs. Lower taxes, less regulations that's how this economy is going to improve with the private sector taking a chance here, not government."

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4:54 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

USAF Thunderbirds Arrive In ROC For Airshow

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4:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Excellus & Red Wings Team To Improvement ROC Health

A third of the 1.5 million people in upstate New York who have high cholesterol don't take their prescriptions as directed.  That's according to a new study released by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

The report finds that patients who aren't taking their medications on-time can cause their illness to progress, lower their quality of life or even increase the likelihood of a premature death. 

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1:45 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Fight To Keep Old Voting Machines From Sticking Around

Credit WXXI photo

Being allowed to use the old lever voting machines in local elections around New York State is being called a "huge step backwards."

That's according to David Sutliff-Atias, the assistant director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

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6:56 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Drum Corps Associates Return to ROC for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Defending world champions of Dansville, New Yok, the White Sabres
Credit Leslie Amico, Drum Corps Associates

Rochester is playing host to the 50th anniversary of the international drum and bugle corps competitions this Labor Day weekend.

"It’s a whole three day extravaganza,” says Allen Buell, the vice president of Drum Corps Associates.

After two years away from the area, the Drum Corps Associates returns to Rochester. More than 35 drum and bugle corps groups from around the country will help celebrate the 50th anniversary by kicking off the Labor Day Parade, which has been moved to Friday, August 29th. 

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6:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Schumer Pushes For More Lights Along Summerville Pier To Avoid Boating Accidents

Summerville Pier

Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to install more lights on a Lake Ontario pier to increase nighttime visibility for boaters.

“Installing lights is no brainer," says Schumer during a stop in Rochester on Monday. “It's a simple solution that has the potential to save lives.”

The Summerville Pier has been the scene of two late-night boating accidents this summer. And a fatal accident back in 2008.

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6:31 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

RPD Unveils Five-Section Policing Model


Rochester's mayor and police chief released the city's new policing strategy on Friday.

The reorganization plan transitions the police department from a two-division structure to a five-section patrolling model. Each section will have a captain.

There will be a total of 37 patrol beats, up from the current 22 Police Service Areas, or PSAs.

The new model has a one-time, upfront capital cost of $350,000 to get started. City officials say that pays for four additional police cars, technical equipment and renovations to the downtown substation in the Sibley’s Building.

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3:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rochester Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Drinking Foundation

Ms. Midge Thomas accompanied by City of Rochester employees on the 25th anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Drinking Fountain.

City of Rochester officials commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Public Drinking Fountain in the Liberty Pole Plaza on Wednesday.

The three-headed, brass Miss Jane Pittman water fountain is symbolic of the era when blacks and whites could not sip from the same drinking fountains.

"It represents liberty, equality and humanity for the city of Rochester,” says Midge Thomas, the wife of late Dr. Freddie Thomas, the driving force behind the fountain.   

“I needed a drink of water 25 years ago, and I wanted to make sure that people had free drinking water in the downtown area."

In 1987, Thomas was charged $.10 for a cup of water in downtown in order to take her medication.

The public drinking fountain earned its historical name based on the Ernest Gaines' novel “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” 

“We wanted this drinking fountain to have more meaning than just having a drink of water. It talks about the history of this country of America," Thomas says.

The Freddie Thomas Foundation donated the fountain back in 1989. Thousands shared in the unveiling ceremony on July 30, 1989, while Mayor Ryan, Ernest Gaines and Midge Thomas took their ceremonial drink from the brass fountain.

Mayor Warren declared July 30th Midge Thomas Day for her many contributions to the Rochester community.