Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2003

Smile: For nearly two dozen members from Heath and Lori Gay’s Sunday school group at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, who spent a recent Saturday volunteering to help clean up the lingering remnants of Hurricane Isabel from the yard of a home in Chuckatuck.

Scowl: For the Suffolk School Board for its refusal to provide Title I funding for additional supplemental services such as tutoring at two middle schools that did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress Benchmark of the No Child Left Behind Act. While the decision to use all Title I funding at the elementary school level certainly makes sense in order to address problems earlier, the decision nonetheless leaves Title I students at John F. Kennedy and King’s Fork Middle schools behind.

Smile: For Suffolk Presbyterian and West End Baptist churches, which recently concluded a combined vacation bible school that raised more than $1,400 for Edmarc, a children’s hospice based in Chesapeake.

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Smile: For the 17 officers who graduated from

the 46th session of the Chesapeake Public Safety Academy’s Basic Police School. The new Suffolk Police Officers are T.M. Davenport Jr., M. Uriah, E. Edmoundson, C. Pavao, D. Wellford, A. Huddleston, J. Edwards, T. Cain, P. Hutta, A. Ott, B. Wainscott, J. Pond, T. Mason, J. Lyons, B. Loveless, A Brown and H. Brooks.

Smile: For champions of the Nansemond County Training School, which last week was one of 16 historic sites in the state named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Smile: For Mr. Peanut, one of 25 advertising icons vying for one of five coveted spots on the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame.

Smile: For the City of Suffolk and the Suffolk Police Department for the completion of the nearly $1 million, high-tech communications center that will greatly improve public safety.

Smile: For Dena Hall, M.D., a family medicine specialist and a member of the Obici Hospital Medical Staff, recently named president of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.

Smile: For Suffolk City Council members who have raised concerns over the proposed anti-begging ordinance. It’s a matter that needs addressed, but should not be rushed.