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Best of #1: Best Delivery Entrepreneurs 

By Kristin Boza  Small business owners have been getting really creative lately. A new brand of small business has taken Beverly/Morgan Park by storm: small batch food and cocktail delivery. These home cooks, chefs, and mixologists featured in our first “Best of” series are some of the coolest new delivery entrepreneurs in our community. Be prepared to break all of your New Year’s resolutions […]

Village Viewpoint: The Power of Our Community 

By Mary Jo Viero  BAPA Executive Director  Where do I start?  Reflecting on 2020 is difficult. Just the month of December had big highs and the lowest of lows. The highs being the roll out of vaccines and the lows being the increase in senseless violence.  From my perspective, the only way to sum up the year […]

BAPA Board Welcomes Pettiford as New President 

  This month, Michele Pettiford steps into her new role as president of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) Board of Directors. She plans to “hit the ground running,” looking back at the lessons of 2020 to evaluate BAPA’s goals for 2021.   “We are still navigating an international pandemic that has impacted every aspect of […]

New Neighbors: The Heimach-Snipes Family 

By Kristin Boza  The surname Heimach-Snipes, the subject of this New Neighbor feature, likely looks familiar. Ben Heimach-Snipes is the pastor at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, and his wife Abbi is also a Presbyterian pastor finishing up an interim position at the Presbyterian Church of LaPorte in Indiana. The family, along with two-year-old Esther, moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in […]

Beat the Winter Blues with Outdoor Activities 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach  January is here and with it come the snowy, cold Midwest weather we all know, but may or may not love. Don’t let the drop in temperatures keep you from experiencing the many benefits of being outdoors. Improve stress levels, lower blood pressure and give your physical and mental health a boost by getting outside this winter.   Beverly/Morgan Park residents are fortunate to have […]

Bird Watching in Winter 

By Kristin Boza  Bird afficionados tend to, pardon the pun, flock together. Like many interests in Beverly/Morgan Park, there’s a Facebook group for that! The 19th Ward Birding group is a great way for local bird lovers to share their knowledge and bond over the interesting birds that can be seen right in our own backyards.  Carolyn Leeb is […]

Seniors Learn New Ways to Connect with Smart Tech Seniors 3.0 

  Seniors are learning how to use more features on their smartphones and tablets thanks to Smart Tech Seniors 3.0, a series of free, live online classes organized by the19th Ward office and BAPA to help seniors better use technology so they can enjoy more fulfilling connections with family, friends and neighbors while staying safe at home.   Now in its […]

Making Green Resolutions for 2021 

By Cathriona Fey  BAPA Community Outreach Liaison  As we welcome in the New Year, many people are creating resolutions. In 2020 we found ourselves cleaning more, disposing of more, clicking on and ordering more; not necessarily prioritizing the impact of these actions on the environment, but more so the importance of these actions to our day-to-day lives during a pandemic – and […]

Beverly/Morgan Park Area Schools:  Quality Education Wherever You Go 

By Tina Jenkins Bell  BAPA School Liaison  Do you see it? The light at the end of the tunnel. As I write this column,  Americans were notified that we have an authorized, recommended vaccine to prevent COVID-19. For Beverly/Morgan Park schools and families, the news of the vaccine is music for the soul. As we see more schools welcome […]

Beverly Arts Center Serves Chicagoland with Fine Arts Programs 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., has been a cornerstone of the Beverly/Morgan Park community since 1967.  Since it’s inception, it has been providing the Chicago area with “high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film and theater.”   The 40,000 square foot space is home to a 400-seat Baffes Theater, the Jack Simmerling Art Gallery, exhibition […]