It was on my flight back home from attending Margaret McSweeney’s induction into the TASTE AWARDS Hall of Fame on March 10 when it became clear that something serious was happening. The joyful innocence of Margaret’s earlier cover shoot for the magazine, and then a glamourous couple of days in Hollywood to celebrate with her, were eclipsed by observations that something was wrong. My son had picked me up at LAX a few days earlier and the airport and streets were unusually empty. The heavy schedule of international flights had stopped.
We now have a deeply greater appreciation for our front line medical, emergency, and food distribution workers—of farm, in store, and on the road. Our cover story showcases local heroes who created a replacement plan for the meals missed by children being out of school. We are thankful for their ingenuity and commitment. We could not have traveled into our local hospitals to gather stories, so not an oversight. We are forever grateful for the dedication and skill of our medical and other essential professionals.
We have temporarily paused some of our usual content like Quintessential People, where in-studio photography is on hold. Great photos from BACOA’s Dancing with the Barrington Stars and other event photos were shot earlier.
We hope you see glimmers of help, hope, and local heroes in this issue. A special thanks goes to our loyal advertisers. They are committed to providing you with excellent service.