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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-27-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY WYATT BORLAND, 7, of Chepachet, works hard with some help from his mom, Kim, braiding pieces of clothing as he makes a toy for a shelter dog. Local kids were able to make toys for dogs and cats at the Glocester Animal Shelter, during a program at the Harmony Library last Saturday. See more photos on page 16. State's new car inspection system is much more strict LINCOLN – Before driving to the local shop for your next vehicle inspection, it would be smart to read up on the list of rules now being enforced by the state. Local auto shop owners are warn- ing drivers that the state's new inspection system is much stricter than it was in the past, targeting, among other things, license plates and window tinting. Eddie Fox, owner of Larry's Lincoln Auto Repair on Great Road, said the state's emissions and safety testing division delivered a digital camera to his shop a few weeks ago to be used during inspections. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com FOX See INSPECTIONS, Page 2 GLOCESTER – Little Rhody Rescue of Glocester is singing the praises of country music star Miranda Lambert after her organization, MuttNation Foundation, donated much-needed grant money following a devastating canine parvovirus out- break this month. Years of savings from fundraisers and pet adoptions were wiped out when three recently adopted puppies from Little Rhody Rescue were diag- nosed with canine parvovirus days after entering their new homes. Rhody Rescue founder Kate Healey Dubuque, a retired Glocester Animal Control Officer, said the rescue spent $9,000 in veterinary bills for the three puppies that became ill with the Miranda Lambert comes to the rescue in Glocester By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See RESCUE, Page 8 Helping hands Custodians win battle for their jobs SCITUATE – Custodians in Scituate Public Schools slept easier Monday night after the Scituate School Committee unanimously decided not to privatize maintenance services and keep the current staff, said Joshua Homerston, president of the Scituate Custodians Union. Most of the 20-member custodial staff attended the meeting and were ecstatic to hear that the three-month battle was over and they had won. "All those guys can go home and sleep tonight now they know their jobs are secure," Homerston said. He added that Scituate custodi- ans will not need to take a pay cut. Homerston said the bids for privatized service proposed a pay reduction of $7 or $8, or 35 percent, for custodial staff, and they would not be able to continue employment with the district or a private company with that sort of "huge cut." "It's not right to act like they're not worth it. You can't put a value on what they do outside of their regular By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See CUSTODIANS, Page 11 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 4, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401)944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get any place else. Anderson Winfield Funeral Home (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Anderson Winfield Funeral Home Lent A time for Reflection and Positive Change

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