Still impressed by community

Published 10:05 pm Friday, April 3, 2020

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We continue to be impressed by the creativity, resourcefulness and innovation being demonstrated during these times.

The Suffolk Public Library has had 3D printers for a while now and uses them as an educational tool for a variety of projects as part of the “maker movement” that started a few years ago.

However, if you had told library staff in November that their 3D printers would be used in March to manufacture components for face shields for local first responders because there was a global pandemic and supplies were critically short — well, they probably would have been blown away.

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But that’s been happening, and we applaud the Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk’s front-line first-responder agencies and so many other individuals, groups, agencies and organizations for their innovation.

A week ago, we reviewed all of the positive coverage we have done about the great things friends and neighbors throughout Suffolk have done in the face of this crisis. It seems like an appropriate time to go through the past week and do so again. Maybe we’ll even make it a regular thing for as long as this lasts.

In addition to the 3D printing story, we’ve published all of this in the last week. We hope you got the chance to read some of these stories when they ran, and if not, you’ll go online to and seek them out:

  • ForKids is moving its regular fundraiser online and hopes to raise even more to help families affected by this crisis.
  • Nansemond-Suffolk Academy students and teachers are adjusting to full online learning, and even having fun doing it.
  • The Chick-fil-A in Harbour View changed its schedule to take advantage of what’s already mostly a closure and closing fully to renovate the restaurant entirely, minimizing the future disruption for employees and the community.
  • Molly Brennan may not have felt the love from her community on her Sweet 16th birthday, but she definitely heard it. Neighbors obeyed a sign to honk for her birthday, and although she did have to stay indoors, it wasn’t a quiet birthday by any means.
  • The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association is partnering with Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote “Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Take Out Week.” Many local restaurants say they are surviving on the strength of takeout and delivery business.
  • The ACCESS College Foundation is still helping college-bound students with needs like financial aid and college application issues.
  • Community Church kept its commitment to hold a blood drive on Monday, helping fill a critical need.
  • Last Saturday’s giveaway of ready-to-eat meals, canned food, bleach and toilet paper by local businessmen LeOtis Williams, Tyrone Burks, Boo McGee and Mike Duman was a success.