Solidarity at 7

Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times

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Borrowing a page from the Italians, some Piedmont residents have started taking to their front porches every evening at 7 p.m. to clap, yell, or bang pots as a way to show their support for the healthcare workers, police, firefighters and other essential workers within the community who are on the front lines of fighting COVID-19.

Anecdotally, Exedra has heard about residents on Oakland Ave., Scenic, and Mesa Ave. participating after neighborhood emails circulated inviting residents to join in. “People just came outside, clapped, some banged pans — and then many of the adults stood six or more feet apart and talked — many with a glass of wine in hand. We agreed to try to to it again — every night, for anyone who was interested. Definitely felt good, and has led to some email exchanges along the lines of: ‘I’m headed to Costco. Anyone need anything?'” said Maude Pervere who participated in a show of solidarity last night.

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