Letters to the Editor

Boston Public Market now open daily

Dear Editor:

Since the Boston Public Market opened last summer, you’ve welcomed us with open arms, and helped us succeed in our mission to provide fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels, nourish our community and educate the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation.

In just 11 months, we’ve welcomed over 1.6 million visitors, and our 40 local vendors have seen over $11 million total in sales – both surpassing initial projections. We’re proud that the community’s support for local food has allowed five of the Market’s vendors to expand their spaces since the market opened, including four farms. We’ve hosted dozens of school groups, recently formalized a field trip program and continue to debut engaging curriculum for young eaters.

Because of your overwhelming support, we’re incredibly excited to reach a desired milestone—we’re extending our hours to be open every day of the week, year-round. We are grateful for the opportunity to watch the market grow, support small businesses and supply you – our neighbors – with fresh, local food.

Beginning Monday, July 18, the Market’s opening hours will be 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. Monday — Saturday and 10 a.m. — 8 p.m. on Sundays. On behalf of all of us at the Boston Public Market, we look forward to welcoming you to the market — to shop for groceries, grab a bite to eat or learn something new — every day of the week.

Cheryl Cronin

CEO, Boston Public Market

Grateful for being named Quinn Scholar

Dear Editor

I want to apologize for the delay in getting this letter of gratitude out. It’s been a whirlwind of a couple weeks, with school ending and summer jobs beginning. It’s also the time of much paperwork, in order to prepare for my first semester at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.

I’m writing today to thank the Michael Quinn Scholarship Foundation for selecting me for this tremendous award. Although my achievements and accomplishments are my own, I cannot accept this award without acknowledging all those who have helped me get to this very moment in life. I commend the honorable men and woman of the foundation for helping push forward the ambition of further education on the youth of Charlestown. They have given me such a blessing, and I plan to make not only the Foundation proud, but everybody in Charlestown who has supported me.

As I use this summer to reflect on my youth and where I am today, I have begun to make a list in my head on who I need to thank. The first has to be my dearest mother Julia, for whose love and support has made me the man I am today, and in which words cannot describe my debt to her. It is at this time in which I remember my father, Peter, who passed away when I was only seven years old. Although he was gone from my life in the physical sense, I have always felt his spiritual presence, from my highest accomplishments to my lowest (moments). I thank my brother for guiding me, ensuring that I always stayed on the right path. I thank Mark for his continue support and guidance. I have my countless aunts and uncles, cousins and friends to thank for also shaping me into who I am. Lastly, I cannot end without thanking Malden Catholic, for the school and the people in it for having allowed me to develop my own physically and spiritual self.

Hugh Benard O’Donnell

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