BAPA Launches the BAPA Cares Campaign Amongst COVID-19 Changes 

By Cathriona Fey, BAPA Community Outreach and Improvement  In response to the changes brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) has organized the BAPA Cares Campaign as a way to locally connect, educate and uplift the residents and businesses in the Beverly/Morgan Park community during these uncertain times.   Over the last month, BAPA has been continuously working to provide support […]

Village Viewpoint, May 2020: Hope and Gratitude 

By Mary Jo Viero  BAPA Executive Director   Other than love, the two most important things we have in life are hope and gratitude.  They are simple words but so powerful if we take the time use them. Every time I begin to feel down — which is a lot lately — I use these words to help me.  I start with […]

Clean, Green, and COVID-19 

  BAPA Encourages the Community to Keep the Environment in Mind During the Stay at Home Order  By Cathriona Fey, BAPA Community Outreach & Improvement  For 50 years, the month of April has been the month to honor our Earth and bring attention to ways to protect our planet for future generations. This April, Earth Day celebrations were put on hold as we found […]

Are You Hungry to Help? 

  “In times of uncertainty such as this, we seen the best of Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood and others emerge,” wrote Karen Overstreet, Executive Director of the Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all who have asked, ‘How can I help?’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.”  According to Overstreet, the […]

Pettiford, Halversen and Larisey Join BAPA Board 

  Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) Board of Directors recently voted to welcome three Beverly/Morgan Park residents to join them as Board members. Each of these people brings to BAPA a wealth of professional experience, a deep connection to our community and a heartfelt commitment to serving our neighbors by serving BAPA.   Michele Pettiford didn’t know […]

Safety Tips as Stay-At-Home Order Continues   

By Gary Jenkins  BAPA Community Safety Liaison  As we begin another month of the City of Chicago’s stay at home order it’s good to review some important safety guidelines.  Following common sense health and safety precautions is paramount to each of us for coming out on the other side of this pandemic in a better place.  Stay home, save lives. If you must […]

New Neighbors 

  Patrick and Lauren Roth   Patrick and Lauren Roth moved into their West Beverly home in August 2019, and feeling like part of the community was facilitated by the wagging tail of their sociable beagle, _____. “We’re getting to know our neighbors, it helps that we have a dog that wants to say hi to everyone,” Patrick said.    Lauren is […]

Growing for Good: Edna White Garden 

By Kristin Boza  The Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., is known as a place to unwind, gather, and grow a variety of vegetables and plants. This year, the garden and its organizers are re-starting a vegetable growing program to benefit the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, donating fresh foods all throughout the summer and early fall.   […]

School Update 

By Tina Jenkins Bell, BAPA School Liaison  Teachers, principals, and school families are finding extraordinary ways to keep in touch with their students during school closures and social distancing. Here’s a snippet of what some local schools are doing.   Morgan Park Academy  “Pomp and Circumstance” is the graduation march that makes our chests swell with pride […]

How to Survive Remote Learning 

By Kristin Boza  With the news that all Illinois schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year, teachers, parents and students alike scrambled to make sense of a new normal. Within a short timeframe, educators and administrators developed programs to keep kids busy and engaged in the middle of a pandemic.  In mid-April, Cory Overstreet, principal […]