BAPA’s Ridge Run Offers Paces and Races for All Runners; 

BAPA’s Ridge Run Offers Paces and Races for All Runners; 

Memorial Day Parade Follows Races to Ridge Park 

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) invites runners of all ages, paces and distances to participate in the 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27Runners can compete for a share of the $1800 in cash prizes or simply race to place in age categories ranging from 6 to 80 or beat their personal best time.   

The Ridge Run, long considered Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race, takes participants through the Ridge Historic District to run the 10K run, 5K run and walk and Youth Mile run routesCheering spectators line the route, offering encouragement, water and energy to the runners. Races start and finish at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.  

Runners who are training for the Chicago Marathon are also encouraged to sign up for the 10K since completing a 6.2mile race by June is a benchmark in marathon training. 

The Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women in the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country, will be held at 9 a.m. at Ridge Park. The ceremony includes the laying of the wreath, taps and a solemn remembrance of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  

The running events are followed by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, starting at 110th Place and traveling north down Longwood Drive to join the Ridge Run post-race festival at Ridge Park. Run and parade spectators and participants are invited to enjoy food, beverages, information from event sponsors, Team Town and more. The Kids Zone, sponsored by Marquette Bank, will feature a visit from Captain America, the popular Tot Trot, jump houses and more.  

The presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run is Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH)Evergreen Park, which generously provides the day’s health necessities including the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, as well as with general health information. The hospital has been a vital health resource for the community for nearly 90 years and continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations. LCMH was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. 

Ridge Run registration continues until race day for participants signing up for the 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile.  Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt. Sign up online until May 20 at www.bapa.org, then sign-up and pick up race packets through May 26 (see www.bapa.org for complete registration schedule). Fees increase for race-day registration, which opens at 6:30 a.m.  

Volunteers are needed to help with the Ridge Run, and a variety of dates and tasks are available. Sign up at www.bapa.org on the Ridge Run page or call 773-233-3100 for more information.  

Memorial Day Parade 

The Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade, planned and presented by BAPA  steps at about 10 a.m. The parade features a variety of units including military vehicles, antique cars, floats, scouts, bands, the Jesse White Tumblers and the Bluesmobile 

Beverly/Morgan Park resident Tim Noonan, founder of the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers (CCGSM), will lead the parade as Grand Marshal. The Road Home Program Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center is the parade presenting sponsor.  

A few years ago, Noonan formed CCSGM with the mission of restoring and preserving a forgotten monument erected nearly a century ago to honor Chicagoans who gave their lives serving in World War I. His tireless efforts have led to the restoration of that monument, which was installed last fall in a place of honor in the Dan Ryan Woods and rededicated in an official ceremony in time for the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended WWI. 

The CCCSM relied on what Noonan called “blind faith” to get the project completed. They ordered a new bronze plaque from a Chicago manufacturer who, according to Noonan, used the same techniques employed on the longlost original plaque. The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers guided the hands of apprentice masons in rebuilding the monument, also using century-old techniques, with the original stones supplemented by local stones collected by Noonan. The Forest Preserves District of Cook County built the new concrete footing for the memorial.    

The CCGSM continues to raise funds to cover the costs of the restored memorial, and the costs of preserving the memorial as well as adding benches and amenities for visitors. For more information about the history behind the monument, the restoration effort and how you can make a donation, visit Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers on Facebook.  

Parade presenting sponsor, The Road Home Program, provides individualized care to veterans and their families to help heal the “invisible wounds of war.”  The program helps veterans returning home to address service and combat-related health and mental health issues as well as family challenges. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Modie Lavin is the Community Outreach Coordinator; call her at 312-942-8354.  

Registration for participating in the Memorial Day Parade continues through May 20. Applications are available online at www.bapa.org  on the Ridge Run page or you can request a paper application by emailing bapa@bapa.org 

Thank you to all of the Ridge Run sponsors: Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Marquette Bank, Whole Foods, The Road Home, CIBC, Beverly Hills Animal HospitalSouthtown Health Foods, Berlshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Smith Village, County Faor, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Original Rainbow Cone, The Beverly Review, Running Excels, State Farm Insurance – Agent John Harrell, Home Run Inn Pizza, 670- The Score, Meijer, Beverly records, Calabria Imports, Chicago Park District,  

For more information about the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100, bapa@bapa,org or www.bapa.org. 

BAPA Board Profile : Brian Wilson: Maintaining Positive Momentum 

 

By Kristin Boza 

With an entrepreneurial spirit, BAPA Board Vice President Brian Wilson is spearheading the economic development committee and assisting in BAPA’s efforts related to economic development within the community. 

As a Board member for the last five years, Wilson has sought ways to bring a fresh perspective to BAPA initiatives, particularly as they relate to finance. Wilson owns his own investment banking firm and works with entrepreneurs, start-ups and Fortune 1000 businesses.  

“It’s been interesting to see which things translate well between businesses and non-profits/community organizations, and which things don’t translate as well,” he said. “I believe the BAPA team has done a tremendous job at refreshing its programs, communications platform, and events and has collaborated more with community organizations and stakeholders.” 

Wilson’s future goals for BAPA are to maintain the positive momentum to ensure forward motion. “We will continue to collaborate with community schools, businesses, and organizations for events and programs, as well as helping local groups best utilize BAPA’s unique communications platform,” he said. “We also want to try to establish relationships with new families in the area soon after they move here.” 

BAPA is dedicated to ensuring every community member and organization within the community is assisted in any way possible. By developing programs, events and assistance opportunities, the BAPA Board and core team can fulfill its mission.  

New Ideas for Vintage Homes

BAPA Home Tour + Home Expo Give Before-and-After Insights to Gracious Living

On Sun., May 19, the old and the new come together as the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) launches the new Home Expo on the morning of the popular Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour. Together, the events offer before-and-after insights to gracious neighborhood living.

The BAPA Home Expo will take place at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., Chicago, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Home Tour will start at the same location, with tour check-in and ticket sales 12 to 3 p.m. Home Tour locations are open 12 to 5 p.m.

BAPA Home Expo

Designed to give property owners a range of accessible expert advice, the Home Expo invites attendees to talk to interior designers, wood restoration experts, people who offer eco-friendly services, and companies that offer roofing (including slate roofing), heating and air conditioning, plumbing, decks, landscape design, composting, paint and more.

People considering home projects are welcome to participate in the AIA Chicago Ask and Architect program that connects residential architects with homeowners looking to expand or improve their homes. Bungalows, two-flats, or new construction—architects will be standing by with free, personalized advice.  The architects will be available for short consultations on a first come/first served. Bring plans, drawings, ideas, or any other pertinent information so the architects can assist in the best possible way.

The Chicago Bungalow Association will present information on its Stop the Pop campaign that encourages bungalow owners who are planning home additions to maintain the exterior integrity of the original architectural design. This presentation, scheduled for 10:15 a.m., can benefit all property owners who are considering additions.

Oak Brothers Architectural Restoration will present information on restoring and caring for vintage windows, woodwork and architectural elements at 11 a.m. The Oak Brothers are specialists in repairing original windows, providing custom millwork and hand carving, refurbishing vintage hardware, plaster repair and more.

Representatives from the Citizens Utility Board will be available with tips on saving money on utility bills, CHI 311 will provide information on Chicago’s expanded 311 service and the new easy-to-use 311 app, and the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will offer a variety of service information and give away 100 free tree saplings.

BAPA Home Expo admission and presentations are free. The Expo is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour

This year’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour takes a look at how savvy renovations, inspired decorating, new construction and down-to-the studs restoration add an exciting variety to traditional architectural designs in the historic Beverly/Morgan Park community.

The Home Tour begins at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The sanctuary was designed by noted architect Raymond M. Hood soon after he won the contest to design the Chicago Tribune Tower, and erected in 1926. It features carefully preserved Norman Gothic details and as well as a cloister Garth paved with Hudson River blue stone and featuring an open-air stone pulpit. Founded in 1872, Bethany Union Church will also be sharing artifacts and information about it’s long and interesting local history.

Homes being showcased on the tour are:

A stunning home built just ten years ago and designed with an English Eclectic influence that fits beautifully into the vintage character of the surrounding neighborhood. Inside the house is a spectacular combination of vintage amenities, contemporary lifestyle and carefully incorporated elements that make the house handicapped accessible to accommodate the needs of aging parents. From the basement party room with its expansive bar and sparkling disco ball to the perfect-for-entertaining open floor plan kitchen and family room to the fully furnished patio, this house was designed with welcome in mind. Experiences in this house include the Calumet Paint/Benjamin Moore Interior Paint Showcase and a beverage sampling in the back yard.

A handsome French Eclectic home designed by Murray Hetherington and built in 1935 on a secluded lot nestled at the edge of the forest preserves. The home offers a seamless meshing of original construction and renovation projects including a spacious addition with design-perfect details that incorporate original exterior brick and windows that match the unique windows in the front of the house that are protected as historic. Artwork throughout the house has been collected on family vacations and selected for its beauty, diverse media and styles, and as reminders of world travels. Experiences in this house include plein air painting by artist Judie Anderson.

A charming Mediterranean Revival with a brand new, custom-designed kitchen that combines function with contemporary beauty. This welcoming home is filled with elements including lovely casement windows and woodwork, decorating that uses a rich and warm palette of colors, and extensive collections of African American art and literature. Experiences in this house include tastings from guest chefs.

A stately North Beverly Georgian Revival with a warm and welcoming traditional appeal carried through from the original home into a stunning two-story addition. Be prepared to “ooh” and “aah” as every room features styles and decorating that make it special: the gorgeous fireplace in the sunken living room, the elegant dining room with its faux painting; the spacious master suite with walk in closet and spa bath, the comfortable family room that opens into a three-season room; even the cozy TV-room for two! Experiences at this house include beverage tastings on the deck.

A special feature of the Home Tour is the Longwood Drive historic home once owned by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International, the global organization dedicated to taking action on some of the world’s most persistent issues. The house is currently undergoing a cellar-to-rooftop restoration by Rotary, bringing it back to what it was like when Harris lived there in the 1940s. Members of the Rotary Club will act as guides, offering insights into the home’s fascinating history and its amazing transformation back in time. Experiences include a candy tasting.

Home Tour attendees will get a chance to walk through each of these outstanding sites for an up-close look at the details of design, decorating, art collections and lifestyle that make each of them a unique example of gracious living in Beverly/Morgan Park – the Village in the City.

Many thanks to Home Tour sponsors including Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Calumet Paint and Wallpaper, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Southtown Health Foods, County Fair Foods, PRS professional real estate services, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Benjamin Moore Paint, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Solution 3 Graphics, Pacor Mortgage, Green Apple Cleaning, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, The Beverly Review, Smith Village, Horse Thief Hollow, Open Outcry Brewing Co., Sweet Freaks, The Blossom Boys, Steuber Florist & Greenhouse, RMH Interiors + Design, The Music Scene, Nine-One-One BBQ Shack and Chef Alvin Green.

For more than four decades, BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour has been opening the doors to some of the neighborhood’s most remarkable private residences. Home Tour tickets are $30 in advance and available at Steuber Florist, 2654 W. 111th St., The Blossom Boys, 1810 W. 103rd St., Sweet Freaks, 9927 S. Wood St., and County Fair, 10800 S. Western (cash or checks only) or online at www.bapa.org. The price increases to $35 on the day of the tour. Home Tour locations are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m.

Information about the BAPA Home Expo and or Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour contact BAPA, 773-233-3100 or bapa@bapa.org,

Run, Walk, Trot or Cheer 

BAPA Hosts 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day 

Expect some new challenges and fun changes at BAPA’s 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Mon., May 27. The race course has been recertified and will take 10K runners on a slightly different route, and the festival will offer new vendors and kid-friendly activities.  

We keep the event fresh and exciting for participants, but some things will never change for the Ridge Run,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “The spirits of the runners will always be lifted by cheers from the spectators and beauty of our neighborhood, and participants will always be challenged by making it up Chicago’s highest hill.” 

The community’s signature event takes runners, walkers and marchers through the historic district to run the 10K, 5K and Youth Mile Ridge Runs followed by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade down Longwood Drive. 

The Ridge Run is Chicago’s favorite neighborhood race because it expresses such a strong sense of community,” Flood said. “The cheering spectators all along the route are neighbors who have become friends and friends who have become family. It’s a symbol of belonging that, like the race, runs through the heart of our neighborhood. 

The presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run is Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH), which generously provides the day’s health necessities including the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, as well as with general health information.  

A Catholic, not-for-profit hospital, LCMH been a vital health resource for the community for nearly 90 years. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations and was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. 

Presenting sponsor of the parade is the Road Home Program Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center (find more information on page ).  

Start Training Now! 

April is the time to get in the full swing of training for the Ridge Run. If you’ve never run before, check out the new 5K training at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western (read more on page __.) 

Students and families at local schools are also training to run as teams and compete for the 2019 school team trophy presented by BAPA. School teams are supervised by volunteers and training guides developed by Jenny Harkins of Treadfit Beverly are available for free from BAPA, contact Gary Jenkins, gjenkins@bapa.org 

Registration 

Ridge Run registration continues until race day for participants signing up for the 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile. (The wee ones can compete in the Tot Trot in the kids’ zone).  Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt. Sign up online until May 20 at www.bapa.org, then sign-up and pick up race packets through May 26 (see www.bapa.org for registration schedule). Fees increase for race-day registration.  

Registration for participating in the Memorial Day Parade continues through May 20. Applications are available online at www.bapa.org  on the Ridge Run page or you can request a paper application by emailing bapa@bapa.org 

Race Day 

The Ridge Run begins with the 10K at 8 a.m. followed by the Youth Mile at 8:10 a.m. The Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in Ridge Park and the 5K run and walk starts at 9:30 a.m.  

Make your way or stay on Longwood Drive once the 5K runners pass by! The Memorial Day Parade steps off immediately following the last runner at about 10:30 a.m., starting from 110th and Longwood Drive and proceeding north to Ridge Park.  

Post-race festivities at Ridge Park feature runner awards, food trucks and children’s activities 

Be a Ridge Run Volunteer 

BAPA’s neighborhood race travels through the heart of our community, and we need volunteers to help as course marshals at selected corners to make sure runners stay on the route, at aid stations where they hand out water and at Ridge Park. Volunteers get a great volunteer t-shirt. Interested? If you have questions, call BAPA, 773-233-3100.Sign up to volunteer at www.bapa,org on the Ridge Run page.   

 

Thank You Sponsors  

Ridge Run sponsors help to ensure the success of the event, and sponsorships are still available; for information contact Anna Fratto, 773-233-3100 or afratto@bapa.org 

Thank you to Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick GMC Volkswagen of Oak Lawn, Beverly Bank, Road Home Program, Southtown Health Foods, CIBC, County Fair, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Marquette Bank, Smith Village, Whole Foods, ExcellCare Physical Therapy, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Home Run Inn, Chicago Park District, 670 Score Sports Radio, State Farm Agent John Harrell, IMPACT Physical Therapy, Chicago Recovery Room, Calabria Imports, Running Excels, The Beverly Review and Beverly Records.  

For more information about participating in or volunteering for the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100, bapa@bapa.org or www.bapa.org. 

 

 

 

 

BAPA Staff Profile: Talie Leeb

BAPA is continuing to grow its team to better serve the community. Talie Leeb is the new office assistant tasked with being the first point of contact when the community calls or visits the BAPA office at 1987 W. 111th St.  

Leeb is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has steadied the helm of the BAPA front desk for the last two months. 

BAPA is available to answer questions from the community, and Leeb is responsible for ensuring the right person gets the call. “Whether the caller wants to talk to another BAPA employee, or a local business, tradesperson, historian, or someone else, I will be able to refer them to the right person,” she said. “I also handle memberships, donations, and other payments to BAPA, as well as writing some features for The Villager. 

Leeb has volunteered for the Ridge Run, although this is her first official position at BAPA. In college, she worked as a shop manager in the theater department. “The years I spent learning how to wrangle actors absolutely gave me a leg up on being able to manage multiple different tasks at once!” 

Leeb is also responsible for determining how to streamline various aspects of BAPA’s internal systems in order to best serve the community. “I’m most looking forward to working with other groups and other neighbors of mine in the community to bring more exciting programs and events to the neighborhood,” she said. 

BAPA News

O’Brews & Views & YOU! 

Join BAPA to raise a pint on the Open Outcry rooftop, cheering our community and watching the South Side Irish Parade, Sun., Mar 17 

The 21 and over party begins at 10:30 a.m. and features eats, beats, brews and an exclusive birds-eye view of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the new rooftop seating area at the brewpub, 10934 S. Western. The ticket price includes a delicious spread of Irish favorite foods, two complimentary drinks plus drink specials, Irish coffee bar, live Irish music by Bohola, Irish dancers, and a wrist band that gives revelers the option to roam and then return to the rooftop.  

Call your clan and make a date to enjoy the festive South Side Irish atmosphere. Wondering about the weather? Don’t be! All rooftop guests are invited to drop in downstairs at Open Outcry if parade day is chilly or damp.  

Tickets are $75 for BAPA members or $85 for non-members and available at www.bapa.org. Sorry, no children. Proceeds will benefit BAPA’s work in Beverly/Morgan Park. Many thanks to Compass – Jeni Nelson Real Estate, O’Brews and Views Sponsor. 

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Alexa, Did You Just Say ‘Visit the Village in the City?’  

BAPA and the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association have partnered on a year-long campaign to promote The Village in the City, Beverly/Morgan Park. Geared to encouraging people to visit for the neighborhood’s wide variety of events and entertainments, audio spots will stream on the digital formats of WXRT, WBBM, SCORE and B96. Spots will change frequently, but messaging will focus on Beverly/Morgan Park as a great place to visit, live, play, shop and open a business. All spots will direct listeners to learn more at VillageintheCity.org. March spots will promote Irish culture events including the South Side Irish Parade and Liz Carroll concert at the Beverly Arts Center. Tune in to any of the participating stations on your streaming devices to hear the spots.  

 

 

Get in Step for the Ridge Run. BAPA and Running Excels offer Walk to Run Training that can take you from the couch to the finish line for the Ridge Run 5K on Memorial Day. Weekly training sessions begin Sat., Apr. 6. Details and sign-up https://www.eventbrite.com/o/beverly-area-planning-association-2888906775  or call 773-233-3100.  

 

March to Remember 

The Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest neighborhood parades in Chicago, and its purpose is to remember the men and woman who fought and died for our freedom. Be a part of the event that brings our community together to honor our United States Armed Forces. For an application or information, contact Grace Kuikman, 773-233-3100 or gkuikman@bapa.org. 

 

42nd Annual Ridge Run is May 27 

Registration is underway for BAPA’s 42nd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27. Choose from the 10K run, 5K run/walk, 10K/5K Ridge Run Challenge or 1 mile youth run to challenge your athletic skills or just have fun. Sign up is easy online at www.bapa.org. Register by May 1 to guarantee getting your Ridge Run t-shirt.  

The Ridge Run is one of the best days to be in Beverly/Morgan Park! Whether you’re running or walking in the races, marching in the Memorial Day Parade, or lining the route cheering on the racers and the parade, don’t miss the fun! Join in the fun at Ridge Park too! Food, beverages and family activities continue until 1 p.m.  

For more information about the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, call 773-233-3100 or email bapa@bapa.org. 

 

Help Us Honor Our Veterans 

Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep.Fran Hurley, BAPA and the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association, will host the 19th Ward Veterans Day Breakfast in November to honor all those who have served or are currently serving our country. The organizations request that 19th Ward veterans or their families contact Margie Olsen, 773-238-8776 and provide the veteran’s name, address, phone, email and branch served. Information can also be submitted at www.the19thward.comHelp us honor the men and women who have given so much for our country.  

 

Home Tour Doors Will Be Opening Soon! BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour will be held Sun., May 19, 12 to 5 p.m. One of Chicagoland’s longest running Home Tours, the event will bring visitors into private homes and an historic church and feature a variety of tastings and experiences.  

 

BAPA and Running Excels Launch Ridge Run 5K Walk to Run Program   

BAPA and Running Excels are launching a Ridge Run 5K Walk to Run program designed to get non-runners from the couch to the starting line on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27.   

Specifically designed by Running Excels for walkers, the eightweek plan starts Sat., Apr. 6 and breaks down, week by week, a walker’s journey to becoming a runner. Participants will meet at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, on Saturdays for group walk/runs led by experienced running specialists, including Running Excels owner Beverly Lynch and nine-time marathon finisher, Stephanie Ramirez.   

The power of a program combined with the support of a group is unstoppableand this plan will get walkers started off on the right foot, according to Ramirez.   

Running can be intimidating, she explained, but this program is specifically designed for beginners and includes information sessions, weekly encouragement emails and Q&As, along with local business partnerships and discounts.   

People interested in joining up for the chance to improve their fitnessparticipate in Beverly/Morgan Park’s iconic Ridge Run and have some fun along the way can sign up at www.bapa.orgThe cost is $100. Sign up with a friend and save $10 each by using the code Buddy.  

Housing: Awareness is Key to Preventing Deed Fraud

By Liam Millerick, Coordinator of BAPA Housing Services

A few short years ago Beverly/Morgan Park was the location of a housing scam. Criminals who falsely identified themselves as owners illegally rented properties to victims or laid claim to vacant properties under the auspice of adverse possession, what most people know as “squatting.”

Through the efforts of the 19th Ward office, 22nd District Police, BAPA and others, the people responsible for the deed fraud are now serving time in prison.

BAPA continues to work with community partners to ensure deed fraud does not occur again. Local homeowners, however, should be aware that empty homes can be targets of this crime.

Homeowners going on an extended vacation, selling your home that won’t immediately be occupied by the new owner, or otherwise leaving your property vacant for a period of time can help reduce the risk of having a home illegally taken over.  Alert your neighbors if your property will be vacant, maintain a “lived-in” look about your house: cancel newspaper delivering, arrange to have your mail picked up and for snow to be shoveled or grass to be mowed, and put lights on timers so it looks like people are home in the evening.

All neighbors should keep an eye on properties that they know are empty for any signs of intruders. If you observe an unauthorized person entering a property, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Homeowners who are worried about others making false title claims on their property should contact the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to create a Property Fraud Alert. This free service will alert you if any documents that effect your property are filed. Learn more and sign up at Cook County Recorder of Deeds website, cookrecorder.com.

Green Initiatives for Neighborhood Homeowners

Energy saving technologies can simultaneously reduce environmental impact and save homeowners money. However, many energy-saving technologies have prohibitively expensive upfront costs. Although adoption of these technologies reduces overall costs, it often takes several years before savings cover the initial purchase. 

As a result, federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, and businesses have created incentive programs intended to reduce upfront costs and make the adoption of sustainable practices available to everyone.   

Beverly/Morgan Park residents are eligible for the following incentive programs. More complete information is available at www.bapa.org under the resources tab.  

This information was researched, summarized and coordinated by Thomas Dowling through a fellowship from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) to create a new sustainability initiative in the BAPA service area. 

Dowling’s project is designed to demonstrate the value of sustainability and the economic benefits it can provide for communities and identify resources for funding for neighborhood sustainability. 

 

Rebates and Free Upgrades 

ComEd Home Energy Assessment. A ComEd-authorized energy advisor will collect information about your home’s energy use by looking at your heating and cooling systems, water heater and attic then provide recommendations for ways to save energy and money.  

The energy advisor may install free energy-saving products such as Energy Star LEDs, programmable thermostats, WaterSense certified shower heads and faucet aerators and hot water pipe insulation. 

The average customer saves over $100 a year on utility bills with the products installed during the assessment.  

Owners of single-family homes, two-flats, condos, and townhomes who are ComEd residential delivery service customers are eligible for the free assessment. Information and appointments: 855-433-2700, Have your ComEd and natural gas utility account numbers available when you call.  

ComEd Appliance Rebates. Appliances are expensive to purchase, and, if they are not energy-efficient, expensive to run. ComEd offers rebates for Energy Star certified appliances that range from $25 on room air conditioners to $400 on central air conditioning. Eligible products include air purifiers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, heat pumps, insulation and much more.  

To be eligible you must be a current ComEd residential delivery service customer. Applications must be submitted within 60 days from purchase date or by Feb. 28, 2019, whichever comes first. Appliances must be new and purchased in Illinois. Application information is available at www.comed.com under the Ways to Save tab.  

ComEd Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling. ​​​​​​Refrigerators over 15 years old can use twice as much energy as newer models and could be costing you about $110 a year in electricity. ComEd will recycle your old, working fridge or freezer, and send you $50 and an additional $10 if recycling a room A/C at the same time. Refer to ComEd’s website to check eligibility and apply. 

Peoples Gas Home Energy Rebate Program. Peoples Gas provides rebates on HVAC, water heaters and weatherization to owners of single-family homes, two-flats and individually-metered condos, apartments, and townhomes on a wide range of energy-saving improvements to their homes. Eligible products include natural gas boilers and water heaters, insulation and duct sealing. Find a list of products at www.bapa.org  

Equipment must be new and installed in Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas customer dwellings with a Service Classification 1 Account, which can be found listed at the top of monthly bills.  

Refer to Peoples Gas’ website for eligibility and applications. To speak with a program representative and learn more, call 855-849-8928. 

 

Tax Credits 

The Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit applies to energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes and for the purchase of high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating equipment. Tax credits are worth 10% of the cost of upgrading the efficiency. Installation costs are not included and the credit is capped at $500.  

Eligible improvement must meet the requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Among the eligible improvements are exterior doors and windows 

The Residential Renewable Energy Tax credit is up to a 30% credit on qualified expenditures for renewable energy systems installed in homes owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Systems must meet requirements, and include solar electric, solar water heating, fuel cells, geothermal heating and small wind energy.  

Credit are claimed on income tax filings with the IRS. 

 

Special Assessment for Solar Energy Systems 

Illinois offers a special assessment of solar energy systems that can reduce your property tax liability. 

Eligible equipment includes qualifying active and passive solar energy systems. To have solar energy property valued, file the State of Illinois PTAX-330 property tax form with the county assessor’s office.  

Thank You Neighbors!

Once again, our generous Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors have come through to support BAPA and our community. Donations reached, then exceeded, the $25,000 challenge for a matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

“The tremendous response from our community is so gratifying,” said BAPA Executive Director Susan Flood. “Our mail box and inbox were filled with not just donations, but messages wishing BAPA success and thanking us for our work.”

Originally offered as a Giving Tuesday challenge, the grant deadline was extended to Dec. 31. “So many neighbors stepped up to the challenge right away in November, but the early deadline caught us a little short,” Flood explained. “The extension brought about a great response! The Driehaus Trust will double the value of contributions from our community and greatly enhance BAPA’s 2019 programs.”

This generous matching grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust enables BAPA to expand its grassroots work in the community. In 2019, BAPA will be taking a special focus on protecting and promoting our historic neighborhood, beautifying important community spaces, attracting new, exciting business investments, strengthening local schools, creating initiatives to welcome new homeowners to the community, refreshing our mission-based special events to become even better at serving our community, but also in attracting new visitors to experience our Village in the City, and developing strategies to help our neighbors age safely and happily in the homes they love.

BAPA relies on financial support from neighbors who understand our mission to keep Beverly/Morgan Park strong and beautiful. When our neighbors support BAPA with such generosity, it affirms the important role BAPA plays in our community.

BAPA leaders and staff look forward to 2019 and exciting new opportunities to serve our neighbors.

Everyone who supported BAPA with membership donations in 2018 will be recognized in the February issue of The Villager. All donations are greatly appreciated!