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Scientist Wins Award for Work On Particle Accelerators

By Howard Ludwig

Dr. Sandra Biedron will soon have an award recognizing her work in the field of particle accelerator science for her mantel in Beverly/Morgan Park.

Biedron won the prestigious Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It will be presented in May 2018 at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Every two years, the IEEE gives the award to two individuals – one to a long-time contributor in the field and another to an individual earlier in his or her career.

“I have had a great career so far, doing very interesting research and development with people around that globe that I consider family,” said Biedron, who will receive the award along with Dr. Hermann Grunder.

The pair both worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont – a Department of Energy laboratory. There, Biedron held several key positions including the director of the Department of Defense Project Office. Grunder served as Argonne’s overall director from 2000 to 2005.

Biedron joined the University of New Mexico’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a research professor this fall and will expand the school’s program in accelerators. There are more than 30,000 particle accelerators in operation around the world. Research from these facilities has led to improvements in medicine, industry, energy, environmental science, national security and other scientific discoveries.

Biedron’s husband, Stephen Milton, received the same award courtesy of the IEEE’s Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in 2003 along with colleague Dr. Keith Symon. Milton is now the division leader of accelerator operations and technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The couple considers the South Side of Chicago home, but they live and work throughout the world, often collaborating with scientists in Italy, Sweden and the United States. They also have a home in Colorado.

“My neighbors here in Beverly/Morgan Park are always so supportive. It’s like having my own cheerleading team, and I owe a great deal of thanks to them and my entire family,” Biedron said.

Biedron’s work has also included several projects at Fermilab in west suburban Batavia, including research into high-power electron sources for security and environmental engineering applications. One example is a project conducted at Fermilab for the Department of Energy with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to purify waste streams.

She has worked on similar projects with other companies throughout the Chicago region, including Meyer Tool and Manufacturing in Oak Lawn. And she received a Letter of Commendation in 2010 from the chief of naval research.This letter followed Biedron’s work on a high-power laser prototype for the Navy. She later continued with this research as the deputy lead engineer for integration and testing for the project. The project was contracted through Boeing and conducted, in part, at Argonne.

Biedron has also sat on several NATO electronics committees and worked to connect these advanced technologies to end users by bringing her research team to meet with Naval recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station and elsewhere.

Biedron was raised in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and took graduate courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology with a minor in mathematics from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. She went on to receive a doctorate in accelerator physics from Lund University in Sweden.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) is also among the winners of this prestigious award. Foster won the prize in 1999 for his work that led, in part, to the discovery of the top quark – the heaviest known form of matter.

“I feel like this prize is a union card to go on and do more research, more service and more mentoring,” Biedron said. “It is an affirmation that my efforts are in the correct direction.”

Howard Ludwig is a media specialist in Chicago. He can be reached at howardaludwig@yahoo.com.

Climbing Mountains for Kids in Foster Care

By Kristin Boza

Terry Herr is turning a personal goal into a charitable endeavor. An accomplished hiker and climber, Herr decided to check off an item on his bucket list, all while raising money to support children in foster care through the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois. In May, Herr will climb to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal and attempt to summit Kala Patthar (18,514 feet elevation) and Island Peak (20,305 feet elevation). With the help of the community, his fundraising goal for Children’s Home and Aid Society is $29,029 — or the elevation of Mount Everest.

Herr’s campaign is called “Cairn for Kids,” and 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Children’s Home and Aid. “A cairn is a pile of stones used by hikers and climbers to mark the trail,” Herr said. “Foster children need ‘cairns’ in their lives to guide their path.”

Herr says he always found Mount Everest fascinating and tossed around the idea of climbing it for years. After discussing it seriously with his wife, Carla, Herr decided it was time to take on the climb.

“I knew that if I was going to do this, I’d have to also do something for charity,” he said.  As a project of the Beverly Hills Junior Women’s Club, Carla was involved in collecting 800 pieces of luggage for children in foster care with Children’s Home and Aid Society, and she won a Make a Difference Day award from USA Today for the luggage drive. The charity is close to the Herrs’ hearts. “We learned more and more about the challenges faced by foster kids. My wife and I come from very large families; we’ve always had people in our lives to help us,” he said.

Knowing that there are children in foster care who may not have that support drives the Herr family to raise money and awareness. “Picture a child entering the foster care system. Their parents are no longer involved, for whatever reason, they move an average of eight times, and each time they move, there is excitement about the potential of a new stable home, anxiety of a new house and people, never really feeling comfortable in yet another stranger’s home . . . yet, they do it,” Herr said. “Everything they own is often put in a garbage bag. The bag sometimes breaks and they lose some of the few possessions they can call their own. It’s heartbreaking.”

Herr also feels anxiety about the climbing trip — and finding a group to go with. “It’s hard to describe the anxiety this has caused me . . . and I am only talking about one month of my life! These kids deal with this on a daily basis and never know when they might have to move again,” he said. “We all have various things that cause us anxiety, but the challenges most of us experience — while deeply personal — can be overcome. Not having a parent or stable home in early childhood, these kids need resources and to feel loved.”

Herr credits the great work of the Children’s Home and Aid Society in making a difference in the lives of children in foster care. “I was going to climb the mountain either way, but raising funds through the climb lets me be a part of their amazing daily efforts,” he said.

To prepare for the climbs, Herr attended Colorado Mountain School to gain some valuable mountaineering skills. “I’ve done rock climbing in the past, so I’m not unfamiliar with ropes and harnesses. But trying to climb a glacial mountain is different than a vertical rock face,” he said.

Herr will need crampons, a harness, ropes and an ice axe. The biggest challenge will be learning to hike in what are essentially ski boots. “My boots are ultra light, at about three pounds each. But I have to walk in a certain way in order to save energy for the climb,” he said.

Herr will endure 15 days of walking and hiking at altitude before reaching the mountain. He plans to be on the mountain for 19 days, with the total trip taking about 25 days. Getting to Nepal and the mountain will be an adventure in itself. “Some of the most dangerous parts of the trip don’t involve the mountain. Flying into the airport will be dangerous, as the pilot has to land going up the side of the mountain. It’s one of the most dangerous airports in the world and pilots have to train for three to five years before they can land there,” Herr said.

After the flight, Herr will trek from village to village as he makes his way to base camp. “If the tea houses have room for you to stay, you can. But as you go up the mountain, the tea houses are more like plywood boxes — they’re fairly primitive by our standards. If they don’t have room, you camp in their yard, essentially,” he said. The climb of Kala Patthar is more of a walk on an incline; Herr won’t need crampons or be tied in. That will change once he summits Island Peak, where he anticipates hiking a significant incline covered in snow. While he won’t be traveling with a group, he will have the assistance of mountain guides.

Herr hopes to summit on his 47th birthday. In the meantime, he will continue to train and hold fundraisers. The first is Midnight at the Masquerade, a murder mystery dinner on Sat., Oct. 28. He will also sell Carson’s Coupon Books, and encourage the community to “adopt” families through Children’s Home and Aid Society at Christmas time. He also intends to hold a couple of community events in the spring.

Herr hopes people will become inspired to act due to the awareness surrounding the climb, either by donating money, items, or even becoming a foster or adoptive parent. “I want to hit my fundraising goal, but in the end if it just makes people more sensitive to these issues, then it’s worth it,” he said.

To get involved in Herr’s fundraising campaign for Children’s Home and Aid Society, visit CairnForKids.com. To follow Herr’s story, like “CairnForKids” on Facebook.

Lizzie G Brings Positive Messages to CPS Students

By Kristin Boza

Lifelong Beverly/Morgan Park resident, Lizzie G, turned her love for the performing arts and rap into a career by motivating Chicago Public Schools middle and high school students. Through her company, Lizzie G Entertainment, she partners with schools to bring in programming that they often don’t have the funding for. Lizzie G’s impact on the lives of the youth throughout Chicago — and the world — is life-changing for many.

“A lot of schools are lacking in the arts, so I felt it was up to me to provide the space for children to be able to express themselves,” Lizzie G said. She creates after school programming for CPS schools, where middle and high schoolers can learn more about music, art, music management, creative writing, and more. Each program is tailored to the specific school’s needs.

Lizzie G also offers special programs during the day. “I perform concerts, motivational speaking, anti-bullying workshops, and more,” she said. “I am a partner with CPS, but I also bring my message to children all over the world.” Lizzie G is traveling to Haiti for the sixth year in a row, bringing school supplies and other donations to the neediest kids in Haiti.

A CPS graduate, Lizzie G attended Clissold Elementary School for 7th and 8th grades. Already bitten by the performing arts bug, Lizzie G attended Curie High School, which has an extensive performing arts program. After earning a BA from Northern Illinois University and a masters degree from Roosevelt University, Lizzie G decided to take her knowledge and give it back to the community by starting her company.

“Music was a hobby, but I started making it a career,” Lizzie G said. “Giving back to young people who will become the game-changers of tomorrow is very fulfilling. I can share my experiences with the kids and tell them how I pursued my dreams, and they can do it too.”

Lizzie G knows her music career has been helped tremendously by earning her undergrad and masters degrees. “A lot of the high school students I talk to think that they have to drop out of school to pursue a music career,” she said. “They think they can be rappers, and I’m trying to tell them to stay in school because college is a platform to perform music, get a fan base, and soak up all the knowledge you can.”

Beverly/Morgan Park helped shape Lizzie G’s life, which is one reason why she still calls it home. “I’m grateful that I’ve always been in a safe environment where I can go outside and practice rap for hours on my porch and not be bothered or in trouble with the police,” she said. “I could be creative here and I also appreciate the level of education I gained. I’m in a community with like-minded people who want to strive for success.” She reminisces about swimming in Kennedy Park pool and running laps on Morgan Park High School’s track. “I’ve been in the same house for my entire life. I love to travel, but it’s great to come home to this community.”

To assist her former elementary school, Lizzie G started a GoFundMe to benefit Clissold and four other South Side schools in getting new sound systems for their performing arts programs. To donate, visit gofundme.com/schoolsoundsystem.

We’re BAPA Members. Are You?

Bookie’s

Bookie’s has brought together the community for 28 years; the last three under the helm of owner Keith Lewis and now at a new location on Western Avenue. “BAPA ties things together in our community,” Lewis said. “BAPA makes it seem like there’s always something happening in the community. From the Cookie Crawl to the Cycling Classic, the community is more vibrant for the activities BAPA puts on.” Lewis believes supporting BAPA as  a business member is essential to continuing to grow the sense of community. “BAPA helps get the names of the businesses out there. They make sure people are thinking about the area,” he said.

Sharon & Gary Jenkins

“We are very proud to be members of the Beverly Area Planning Association. We support this community organization, and feel supported by them. They are in partnership with stores that we patronize. We love the discounts we receive as BAPA members through the use of our BAPA Card. We are also members of the Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA), which BAPA supports by copying the flyers and newsletters that are distributed to VIA members. When we attend the monthly CAPS meetings, a member of BAPA is usually in attendance. They realize the importance of knowing what’s going on in the community and the concerns they may be able to help address. BAPA is about partnership and caring for all the residents of Beverly/Morgan Park We will always be members of such a supportive organization. Will you?”

 

Jeff and Michele Pettiford

“Jeff and I are ‘transplants’ to the community. I really love BAPA’s tag line, “come for a visit stay for a lifetime” because that is our family. Jeff and I used to come this way from downtown to visit his grandma. We would drive down Longwood Drive, looking at all of the beautiful houses and Jeff would say, “Pick one.  Any one you want!”  I would laugh – I wanted to pick ALL of them!  My personal favorite BAPA event is Home Tour. I love how people open up their homes to welcome others from all over, share a piece of them, their house history, and why we love to live here. BAPA brings the community together in a modern and family orientated way. That is a community. That is Beverly/Morgan Park.

 

Frank J. Williams

“I moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in 1974. I’ve seen a lot of things in our neighborhood, and, years ago, a lot of it was not so good. But I have also seen a steady improvement in our community’s ability to deal with our diversity on all levels — political, ethnic, economic and educational. This is a community that needs a strong organization like the Beverly Area Planning Association, and needs neighbors who make their diverse opinions known to their association. The beauty of BAPA today is that the folks heading it have the sensitivity to deal with all aspects of our community.”

Marilyn Stone and Linda Lamberty

“Our family has roots on the Ridge that go way back, and we know it has always been a very special place.  The ethnic make-up here has evolved considerably over that time, but what has remained the same is that everyone continues to care so deeply.  They love the place; they support their neighbors; they give of themselves to the community. Even after moving away, this is still HOME and it turns out that you CAN go home again, because while faces may change, the neighborliness here remains the same. BAPA has been a constant here for many years.  It has supported us and helped us navigate the tricky waters of racial change, and it keeps us on our toes as times change in other ways. You see BAPA’s hand everywhere, and in the smiling faces of people who are always working to help us preserve this wonderful place to live. Oh, and we love The Villager!”

Aaron and Leslie Chenoweth

“BAPA creates a true sense of community for the neighborhood. It acts as a convener whether that be its big events like the Ridge Run, its information forums like High School 101 or simply opening up its community room to other local organizations. BAPA is a partner with local businesses, arts organizations and schools.  BAPA makes Beverly/Morgan Park feel like home.  It embodies the motto ‘Love Where You Live.’ We strongly believe in being active members of our community.  For many, this involvement starts with supporting their church or kid’s school.  BAPA should be at the top of that list as well.  Making our community a great place to work, live and play is in all of our best interest.  BAPA’s work takes financial support and volunteer support. It truly takes a village.”

Barney Callaghan’s Pub

Bernard and Mary Callaghan have owned the spot now known as Barney Callaghan’s Pub for over 30 years. Avid supporters of BAPA, the Callaghans appreciate BAPA’s efforts to bring a greater awareness of local businesses to the community. “I love all the new and exciting things BAPA is doing, like the Sip & Shop,” Mary said. “It’s great that they’re trying to creatively drum up business for local businesses.” Mary is looking forward to being a part of this year’s Cookie Crawl. “From the Cycling Classic to the Ridge Run, BAPA does so many great things. Every one of these events bring business our way and new life into the community,” she said.

 

Baird and Sal Campbell

“We feel lucky to live in a beautiful, unique, diverse, thriving neighborhood. If you love where you live, you should support BAPA — it is a simply a smart way to invest in the continued success of our community! BAPA is our community’s biggest cheerleader, celebrating the unique character of our neighborhood and the wonderful people who live here. They help local businesses thrive and connect with the community, which helps both the character and economy of our neighborhood. As a founder of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, a local non-profit organization, I am extremely grateful for the assistance we’ve received from BAPA over the last four years. They have been there for us many times – often at a moment’s notice. It’s these little things BAPA does every day that have the biggest impact on our community.”

Matt and Ellen King

“My husband Matt and I have lived in the Beverly/Morgan Park area on and off for over 40 years with the exception of a few years on the north side.  We feel strongly about preservation of our neighborhood and keeping an eye on the future Beverly/Morgan Park that we are passing on to our kids. With its forward-thinking leadership and willingness to create events and programs that meet the needs of the people living here, BAPA is an organization that is perfectly aligned with this desire. Becoming a part of BAPA has really opened our eyes to the positive impact that a dynamic neighborhood organization can have throughout the community. For us, supporting BAPA is crucial to feeling like we’re part of the bigger picture. Being BAPA members strengthens our pride in where we live. We’re very grateful that BAPA exists!”

 

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The Neighborhood is the Gallery Beverly Art Walk Day

Start seeing art in unexpected places throughout Beverly/Morgan Park. The 4th annual Beverly Art Walk on Sat., Oct., 7, 12 to 7 p.m., will feature work by more than 200 artists in over 60 alternative exhibition spaces. The Beverly Art Walk is a free family-friendly event. Walk, bike, or park and jump on one of the three free trolleys to experience all the Art Walk has to offer.

Event planners, the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, work with local small business, organizations, and artists to transform the neighborhood into a temporary gallery district. Art is housed in storefronts and restaurants, vacant buildings and outside courtyards, as well as schools and churches.  Not to be missed highlights include an East Beverly yard, which will be transformed into a performance and sound space for artists Cecil McDonald and Brother El; the currently vacant Olivia’s Garden building will be a hub of art from Bridgeport, Blue Island, Pullman, and Cleveland; and the historic Ingersoll-Blackwelder house will return to its artistic roots in displaying work by eight artists, including former owner Jack Simmerling.

Events and activities abound for people of all ages. Trinity Unites Methodist Church, 99th and Winchester, will open its stage for music and performances; at Ridge Historical Society, photographer Mati Maldre will demonstrate how a Deardorff Camera, which uses 4 x 5 sheets of film, is used for architectural photography; and five talented artists in Beverly/Morgan Park, Judie Anderson, Ray Broady, Jomo Cheatham, Pat Egan, and Brian Ritchard open their home studios for an insight on the artistic process, their inspirations, and the work they produce.

Clissold School will host the popular Children’s Park on their front lawn, 110th and Western. Artist Cindy Wirtz and Clissold student and family volunteers will offer a variety of children’s art activities, including kite making, creations from recycled materials, origami peace cranes, and more. Live music, storytelling, a food truck, the Peaceful Playground, a performance by the Pack Drumline, and an interactive public art project will all be featured.

Venues, inside and out, will also be alive with music. More than 30 local music performances will occur throughout the day, including acoustic acts, classical quartets, blues, rap, and rock-n-roll. Chicago’s vibrant music scene will be showcased across the neighborhood and at the Horse Thief Hollow main stage for featured acts. The Beverly Art Walk is also thrilled to host Front Porch Concerts, a pop-up concert series set on front porches throughout Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Their goal is to create a unique live music experience while building community and promoting city exploration. FPC will perform in Beverly/Morgan Park—for the first time—at two locations, Brian Ritchard’s and Judie Anderson’s home studios.

For more information about Beverly Art Walk events and activities, view the program book and map online at www.beverlyarts.org. Program books will also be available at each participating venue on October 7th.

The Beverly Art Walk would not be possible without the generous financial support of local small businesses and families, as well as countless volunteer hours by the Alliance board, artists, and neighbors. Support the local arts community: purchase art, shop participating venues, and attend Alliance events. They are driven by a love for art and the people who make it, and are thankful for local businesses and organizations who embrace the arts. The Beverly Area Alliance is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

 

AND Hosts 2017 Benefit

A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND), the local domestic violence agency, will host its 2017 fundraiser on Sat., Oct.  21, 7 to 10 p.m. at Ridge Country Club, 10522 S. California Ave.  Live entertainment provided by the Megan Curran Combo, open bar and hors d’oeuvres highlight this annual event, along with a grand raffle and silent auctions.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the ANDi award to The Quilter’s Trunk, 10352 S. Western.  The ANDi award is an annual partnership award given to an individual, business or agency that helps AND fulfill its mission “to provide counseling, education, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by domestic violence.”

Since opening The Quilter’s Trunk in 2015, owner, Katie Nathwani, and store manager, Lisa Wilberding recognized that giving back to the community is an important facet of their business. They became active participants in Quilting Magazine’s One Million Pillowcases program, which encourages quilt shops around the country to collect handmade pillowcases for donation to charities.

The Quilter’s Trunk expanded the scope of the program by hosting sewing events to create pillowcases, as well as to collect quilts for donation.

The quilts and pillowcases donated to AND are given to women and children served by the agency. Through daily contact with The Quilter’s Trunk customers, word spread about Nathwani and Wilberding’s program and the response has been remarkable. In its first 18 months with the program, The Quilter’s Trunk donated more than 200 pillowcases and 50 quilts.

“Quilters quilt out of love and are very generous with their time,” said Wilberding.

Kristy Arditti of A New Direction, views the program as a way for men and women in the community to connect with and support the agency’s survivors. “Making things by hand is a lost art and we have been witness to the tremendous comfort these quilts and pillowcases have brought our clients.” Arditti said. “The feeling that they are worthy of such beautiful and painstaking creations is not to be undervalued. They also serve as a physical reminder that our clients are not alone and that they deserve safety and comfort.”

Jessica McCarihan, AND Board president agrees. “Our agency depends on community involvement like this to be successful. We are so grateful to The Quilter’s Trunk for supporting our agency in this way.”

The Quilter’s Trunk is the sixth recipient of the ANDi award. Others are The Women of the Castle; Amy Moran, Alphagraphics; Julie Partacz, Standard Bank; Katie and Patrick Murphy, Sweet Freaks; and Jean Catania and the Morgan Park Juniors.

This AND benefit grand raffle first prize is a week vacation at the Playa Grande Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico and an $800 voucher for airfare.  Second prize is two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets anywhere Southwest flies in the continental United States.  Third prize is an Amazon Echo and three Amazon Dots. Featured silent auction items are: jewelry including a beautiful diamond bracelet; sports tickets; tech items, wine and other gourmet items.

AND provides confidential counseling and advocacy services at no charge to clients as they navigate their journey to safety.  AND’s vision is to have every home be safe and free of domestic violence and abuse.  The goal for the 2017 fundraiser is to increase the amount of funds generated through last year’s event in order to continue to grow and provide services to those affected by domestic violence.

AND invites businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring the event or donating items for the silent auctions to contact Monica Carey, monica@anewdirectionbmp.org.  For more information about A New Direction or to purchase tickets visit www.anewdirectionbmp.org.

Home Cooking: Swanson’s Deli

By Kristin Boza

Swanson’s Deli and Catering, 2414 W. 103rd St., has been a neighborhood staple for over 50 years. Under new ownership since December, Swanson’s continues to offer Swedish specialties and American fare, and it is important for new owners Todd Thielmann and Greg Dix to continue the neighborhood tradition.

“Swanson’s was historically a Swedish deli, and we continue to offer Swedish items like Limpa bread, Gottenburg sausage, Bondost cheese and potato sausage,” said Thielmann. “The Swedish offerings are expanded during Christmas.”

Thielmann said that customers expect their delectable best sellers, including potato salad, chicken salad and the ever-popular cheeseballs. “My idea of a perfect sandwich is chicken salad on a buttercrust roll with lettuce, tomato and red onion,” Thielmann said. “Throw in a side of potato salad and it’s heaven.”

Dix and Thielmann grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park and felt it was essential to continue the Swanson’s role within the community.

“Whether it’s news at the different parishes, talk about local sports teams or the goings-on around town, it feels like Swanson’s is in the middle of it all,” Thielmann said. “Customers always thank us for taking over and continuing the legacy. It’s sad when a long-time business closes their doors, and we are excited about breathing new life into a community cornerstone.”

Fresh, high-quality food is essential to the pair as they retain the community favorites and enhance their menu.

“Greg and I look at it like we are now the caretakers of a loved and established deli. Customers have high expectations of the quality and consistency of the food we offer,” Thielmann said. For example, the chicken used in the chicken salad is cooked in-house and cut by hand, and the potatoes are peeled and diced by Dix and Thielmann.

“Our customers are very loyal because they know that we work very hard to present the best product,” Thielmann said.

Try to capture the best of Swanson’s flavors at home by making your own version of their chicken noodle soup. Or if all else fails, stop in for a cup to enjoy at home.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Makes approximately 3 quarts

Ingredients:

2 quarts chicken stock

1 1/2 cups carrots, diced

1 1/2 cups yellow onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 cups egg noodles

1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped

Salt & pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup water or chicken stock, cold

Bring chicken stock to a boil and immediately turn down heat to a simmer. Add vegetables and garlic. Simmer until vegetables are soft (about 7 to 10 minutes) add noodles and simmer another 5 to 7 minutes. When noodles are cooked, add chicken, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Remember to never let soup reach a boil. Adjust seasoning, if needed, and serve hot with crackers or crusty bread.

Shop at Swanson’s Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. Order ahead by calling 773-239-1197. More info: www.swansonsbeverlydeli.com.

Sculpt and Shred Offers Nutrition and Fitness Programs

By Kristin Boza

Sculpt and Shred, 1741 W. 95th St., a fitness studio dedicated to ensuring healthier lives and helping people battle specific diseases and conditions, opened in May with a hard-hitting program to improve the overall health of participants.

“We train from the inside out,” said owner Andrew Sanders. “We cater to people who are dealing with diabetes and high blood pressure. We also cater to the elderly and anyone dealing with severe joint problems, sciatica or kidney disease. The foundation of Sculpt and Shred is to deal with those diseases.”

Sanders is a dietician, nutritionist and fitness expert. He works with his clients to create specialized meal plans that focus on their particular ailment. The fitness program is designed to build muscle and quickly lose inches. “You’ll never do the same exercise twice at Sculpt and Shred. When you work those muscle fibers differently, you’ll get different results,” he said. “We are creative and completely hands off the book — we put together workout plans from our skill sets and the gift we possess.”

Through the Sculpt and Shred weight loss programs, Sanders said that his clients can lose 15 or more pounds per month, depending on their individual goals. “We have been so successful at it. We guarantee those results and, if you don’t achieve it the first time, we will train you for free until you do achieve that success,” he said.

In October, Sculpt and Shred is offering an unlimited class package for $79/month. For information, visit their website at SculptAndShredFitness.com.

Sanders’ background in fitness ranges from body building to power lifting to martial arts. He is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a certified EMT.

The Way I See It: Importance of Neighborhood Schools

By Meg Burns, Principal, Sutherland Elementary

As a Beverly/Morgan Park resident for 25 years, I have a profound commitment to the success of my local public school. We are privileged in this neighborhood to have outstanding educational choices. One of those choices has always been Sutherland Elementary.

I have been privileged to have many conversations with parents and community members about the future growth of Sutherland. There is so much this wonderful school has to offer, and I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to enlist the trust of the community who for years has revered and respected the Sutherland name.

Despite recent challenges, Sutherland has always had a core of unwavering community support and dedicated parents, talented teachers and staff who have worked hard to keep the school moving forward.  The goal of any neighborhood school is to be filled with children from the community it serves. As the new principal of Sutherland, my pledge is to make Sutherland a viable and desirable choice for Sutherland neighborhood families.

Sutherland is where my own children attended and thrived. As a Sutherland parent, it’s where I was inspired to begin a career in education. My continuing goal will be to ensure that Sutherland is a place where local children can receive an outstanding education, connect with neighborhood families and grow to become strong members of our community.

Frank Williams Named to CAR Hall of Fame

This month, Frank J. Williams will be inducted into the Chicago Association of Realtors Hall of Fame. A community activist and fair housing advocate, as well as a successful real estate professional, Williams is fine candidate for this honor.

It’s not Williams’ first recognition, by far!  In spring, he was awarded the 2017 Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award by Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. The award is presented annually to a person who exemplifies leadership, innovation and passion in the making their community a better place to live. Williams, owner of F. J. Williams Realty, 9730 S. Western, received the award for his longtime efforts to ensure fair housing practices throughout Chicago.

Williams opened his realty company in 1969 and moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in 1974. At the time, organizations like BAPA were fighting for fair housing and open communities. Williams advocated for fair housing legislation in Springfield and Chicago following the Civil Rights movement.

Working to desegregate historically white neighborhoods, he found homes for black buyers on the Southwest side, including in Beverly/Morgan Park. His dedication to civil rights and fair housing came at a price: Williams was the target of harassment and threats, including having a bomb set off at his front door.

Williams is active with the Chicago Association of Realtors, and served as the organization’s second African American president. In 1991, he was first recipient of the Illinois Realtors Distinguished Member Award for Community Service, and in 1992 was named Realtor of the Year by Chicago Association of Realtors.

Williams’ personal and professional emphasis is on mentorship, education and the hiring and placement of minorities in real estate careers. He has taught for the Realtors Real Estate School, engaging and influencing people starting in real estate.

In addition to his important work on behalf of fair housing, Williams served as president of the Southside Chicago branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1979 to 1985.