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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-27-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY MARY LHOWE, of Warwick, dances to the music of "The Squeezebox Stompers" while at the 26th annual Mardi Gras Ball at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center last Saturday. See more photos on page 7. 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 deliv- ered a digital camera to his shop a few weeks ago to be used during inspections. The person inspecting the vehicle is now required to snap five photos of the car inside and out, before uploading the images and sending them to a digital archive. The cam- eras, which were distributed to every inspection station in the state this month, tie into the R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles. Each inspection now requires a minimum of five photographs, including one each of: • The front of the vehicle, showing a properly displayed plate. • The driver's side window, rolled halfway down, to check for tint. • The rear of the vehicle, including the plate. • The vehicle information tag inside the driver's door. • And the instrument cluster, with the vehicle running, to check for any lights and for mileage. "If any light comes on, you'll auto- matically fail," Fox said, with the only exception being the tire pres- sure indicator. Fox said the changes give drivers State's new car inspection system is much more strict By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Dance fever BLACKSTONE – When Nancie Gaucher first started out as a delivery driver at Richco in Smithfield, she said, there weren't many women in the auto parts industry. Now, 42 years later, that's just one of the things that's changed. "It probably used to be a surprise," she said. "It's not a surprise any- more." Gaucher, the manager of Advance Auto Parts on Social Street in Blackstone, retired last week after more than four decades in the indus- try. A Warwick native, she said she stumbled into the industry when her daughter was a 1st-grader, bringing with her no automotive background but a strong willingness to learn. Gaucher, a pioneer in the auto parts industry, retiring after 42 years By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See GAUCHER Page 6 NORTH SMITHFIELD – About three times each week, Gerry Champagne and his wife, Wendy, walk down Route 146 to catch the bus in front of the Travelers Motor Lodge. When they arrive at the intersec- tion with Sayles Hill Road, the Champagnes, who live on the oppo- site side of Route 146, press the but- ton on the signal to cross the four lanes of traffic. After a short time waiting, the signal gives them the go-ahead to walk and they begin to cross. The problem, said Champagne, DOT: Sayles Hill intersection doesn't support full stop to help pedestrians By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com FOX See INSPECTION, Page 7 See TRAFFIC SIGNAL, Page 10 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 4, 2020 "Your One Stop Automotive Center" NORTH SMITHFIELD AUTO BODY, INC. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 770 EDDIE DOWLING HWY., RT. 146 NORTH NORTH SMITHFIELD RHODE ISLAND 02896 WE ARE HIRING 830 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 769-8128 OPEN: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. www.Pepinlumber.com 1947–2020 Decking & Railings Windows • Doors Paint • Stains Ship Lap & Trim 8 Foot & Shorter Shop Cherry, Walnut & Maple NEW! Get Your Home Ready for Spring

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