BAPA Update – July 2020 


We Loved Our Piccolo Parade 

Thank you to our neighbors for participating in the car parade on June 16 honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of Chicago Bears legend – and former neighbor – Brian PiccoloSeveral members of the Piccolo family were there, and Fr. Larry Sullivan from Christ the King –Piccolo’s parish – said a few words before the cars circled by Piccolo’s two homes in North Beverly.  


Planning for a Healthy Business 

Ivan Ruiz, Assistant Vice President of Business Banking at Beverly Bank, will present a free online workshop on planning for a financially healthy business Tues., July 7, 9 a.m. The workshop is co-hosted by Beverly Bank and BAPA.  

Ruiz will cover topics that include how an evolving planning process can help business owners make key decisions; how to convert a vague idea into a resource plan; the importance of a healthy personal credit score and relationships with lenders; how a business plan motivates stakeholders to support business ideas; and how to create a day-to-day action plan for running a small business. 

Advance registration is requested. For more info and registration, visit at Beverly Area Planning Association events page on Facebook or contact BAPA Business Liaison Brittany Wiley, 


Trusted Referrals: BAPA Launches Expanded Trades Listings 

Long before Google or Angie’s List or the Moms of Beverly, BAPA was connecting neighborhood residents with businesses they can trust to do good work for a good value. What began decades ago as a simple file listing the business information on index cards, the expanded, updated and easier-to-use online BAPA Trades Referral List is being relaunched this month at 

Neighbors can be confident in the information they are accessing online or via phone through BAPA’s staff. Look for the new BAPA Verified logo that indicates the company is a BAPA business member and has supplied letters of recommendation from local customers.  

Beverly/Morgan Park residents contact BAPA every day for referrals to businesses they can trust. Now, bringing customers and businesses together will be even easier. Businesses interested in signing on to the BAPA referral list can contact BAPA Business Liaison Brittany Wiley,   



On Your Mark, Get Set for 2021 

.We are sorry to announce that BAPA’s Ridge Run/Memorial Day Parade and Beverly Hills Cycling Classic have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will really miss being together for these community events and look forward to bringing them back – bigger and better! – next year. BAPA is working on a video version of the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour this fall. We’ll keep you posted!  


Picture Your Heroes 

Send your photo of essential workers, health care workers, first responders and others who have held down the front lines of safety, services, shopping and support to BAPA’s gallery of Beverly/Morgan Park. Email photos to  


Orchids & Onions 

  • ONIONS to whoever is stealing Black Lives Matter signs from people’s lawns. These thefts are aggressive – and illegal — acts that “silence” people who are standing up against racism.   


  • ORCHIDS to the group of hardworking Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA) volunteers who pitched in to transform an overgrown corner into a beautiful space at 97th and Prospect.  
  • ORCHIDS to the BAPA Teen Service Corps volunteers who are working to make a difference in our community. 
  • ORCHIDS to Horse Thief Hollow for supporting local artists in their new patio project. 
  • ORCHIDS to Southside KIN for providing free lunches for children and families.  
  • ORCHIDS to Two Mile Coffee Bar for opening a second store and bringing their coffee to 99th Street. 
  • ORCHIDS to all the amazing neighborhood gardeners whose hard work makes walking through the community an absolute gift of beauty. 
  • ORCHIDS to City Grange for investing not only in our neighborhood with a fabulous business but for beautifully restoring a historic property with meticulous attention to the original architectural details.  

Orchids to Free Store co-founders and volunteers Lucy Gaillard, Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger and Tim Noonan, and to the people who donate to this important resource.  



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