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Ribbons spell good news

You may not have noticed that today’s edition of the News-Herald is a special “ribbon-cutting” edition.

That’s right — no fewer than four ribbon-cuttings have taken place in the last week that wound up in today’s edition, and that’s not even counting the Kroger ribbon-cutting that was in yesterday’s edition.

Plenty of people are happy to see the return of a grocery store in the former Farm Fresh space. It took quite some time, but Kroger has opened, and folks celebrated on Wednesday morning with a ribbon-cutting, giveaways for the first shoppers and more.

In today’s edition, you’ll find news about two expanding businesses, the long-awaited completion of a dual-city road project and the opening, in a renovated restaurant space, of a facility designed for a nonprofit that assists families facing homelessness.

On the Business page, you can read about Home Instead Senior Care, which has existed in the city since 1999, moving to safer, more spacious accommodations. You can also read about an Edward Jones office expanding to a new office space.

On the front page, you’ll find a story about the aforementioned road project, the widening of Nansemond Parkway and Portsmouth Boulevard, which has been under way for most of this decade. You’ll also find a story about the ForKids opening, the former Kelly’s Tavern building on West Constance Road that will provide space for staff and volunteers to work, a space for programming, a space for thrift store donations and a more visible presence in the community.

All of these ribbon-cuttings spell good news for Suffolk. It’s a place where businesses are successful, public works projects get done and citizens in need of a hand up are served by nonprofits and volunteers willing to help.

We couldn’t be more proud of all of this good news in our city.