Entries by BAPA Intern

Local Catholic Schools to Lead South Side Irish Parade  

“Thankful for Catholic Elementary School Teachers,” representing 16 area schools, is Grand Marshal of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Leading the parade in the Grand Marshal unit on Sun., Mar. 15 will be principals, teachers and staff from Beverly/Morgan Park parishes, Christ the King School, St. Barnabas School, St. Cajetan School, St. John Fisher […]

Biz Spotlight: Keir Foot & Ankle Specialists 

By Kristin Boza  Spring is nearly here, followed soon after by sandal weather. Now is the time to address foot and ankle issues that have been put off over the winter to ensure healthy feet, especially in time for the Ridge Run.   Keir Foot & Ankle Specialists, 11628 S. Western, opened in Sept. 2019, and is owned and operated by […]

Ridge Run Team Spotlight: Pat Mac’s Pack 

  Patrick Thomas McNamara was only 13 years old when he died following an 11+ year battle with recurrent brain tumors. During his battle, family and friends – his “pack” — began raising funds and awareness for pediatric brain tumor research. In 2014, Pat Mac’s Pack officially became a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to assisting young cancer patients.  Through annual events like Pat Mac’s Pack St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. […]

School Teams Invited to Compete in Ridge Run  

  Now is the time to start training for BAPA’s 43rd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 25, and a great place for kids to start is right at school.  BAPA’s popular free 5K training program for schools provides a detailed training schedule of group and independent training goals as well as exercises that help the kids build up skills, strength and health. School […]

‘Real’ American Girls of the Ridge 

 By Carol Flynn  The Ridge Historical Society (RHS) is wasting no time putting to use the five American Girl dolls recently donated by Beverly/Morgan Park resident Joan O’Connor. Beginning Mar. 1, just in time for Women’s History Month, they will form the nucleus of a new exhibit, “Real American Girls of the Ridge.”  The award-winning line of 18-inch dolls was started in 1986 by Pleasant […]

Reilly’s Daughter Irish Soda Bread Contest Entries Sought 

By Kristin O’Neill Boza  The simple truth about Irish soda bread is that as vital to the ingredients families mix in bowls and bake in ovens is the pride, tradition and heritage with which they make it. Soda bread is not just a food, it’s a cultural experience that’s as personal as each family’s recipe.   Every year, area bakers bring […]

Tech Smart Seniors Survey

19th Ward, BAPA Reach Out to Seniors with Technology Survey  The 19th Ward and Beverly Area Planning Association are collaborating to offer two free series of Smart Tech Seniors classes hosted by Smith Village in June and Mercy Circle in September.    Seniors who participated in BAPA’s Tech Tuesday classes at Smith Village and the Smart Tech Seniors classes at Mercy Circle are invited to […]

Village Viewpoint

By Mary Jo Viero  BAPA Executive Director  I don’t know about you, but the day after Valentines Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Why? Because for me, it’s the start of spring.   I put away all of my winter decorations, from snowflakes to pinecones to hearts, and I replace them with shamrocks.  It puts a smile on my face all day.  The color green throughout my […]

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center Continues Tradition of   Catholic Health Care on Chicago’s Southwest Side 

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center officially became part of the OSF HealthCare Ministry on Feb. 1, making it the 14th hospital in the Peoria-based health system.   The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Little Company of Mary Sisters align themselves with the philosophy, mission and values that guide decision-making in a way that respects the dignity of […]

Full Circle: Rotary Club Officially Back in Beverly/Morgan Park 

By Kristin Boza  Rotary International was founded by Beverly/Morgan Park resident Paul Harris in 1905 as a way for professionals to befriend one another, network together, and work to improve their communities. His home at 10856 S. Longwood Dr., where many of the first Rotary Club of Chicago meetings were held, is currently under renovation and attracts numerous Rotary visitors each year to see where it all began. Many […]