We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

BAPA’s work could not be accomplished without the support of our resident and business members. The following people shared some of their thoughts about why making their annual membership donation is an important part of what they do for the community, and for their own quality of life as Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors. You can learn more about becoming a BAPA member on our website https://bapa.org/support-bapa/ or by calling the BAPA office, 773-233-3100.  

 

Nate & Sonia Hollister 

We moved to the Beverly area five years ago, with little knowledge of and few connections to the neighborhood. As we considered different areas to put down roots, Beverly became a frontrunner in part due to the work of BAPA. We began hearing about things like the Ridge Run, home tours, parades and other neighborhood festivities. For us, this evidence of local community involvement was exciting and exactly the type of neighborhood environment we wanted. Five years later, as the co-owners of a new local business, Two Mile Coffee Bar, the work of BAPA is just as important to us. We opened Two Mile to improve and enhance our neighborhood – and BAPA helps us get that message out and connect with our neighbors. BAPA provides a valuable service to the neighborhood. It’s a platform for community involvement and interaction. It’s an advocate for helping voice and solve real community issues. It connects people who care about where we live and want to make it a better, even more beautiful place to live. 

Molly Sullivan Thomas Murphy 

Organizations like BAPA work to encourage community participation at every level and provide support for a variety of important neighborhood initiatives. It’s important work; great places to live and raise a family don’t happen by accident. The support for community events from the Ridge Run to promoting the local retail and food businesses are vital to helping keep our neighborhood strong and vibrant. One of the most important events BAPA sponsors is the annual Home Tour which provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to see all that Beverly has to offer and why newcomers and longtime residents love where they live! 

Beth & Kevin Malloy 

We moved here 4 years ago because of the strong community that makes truly makes Beverly/Morgan Park a neighborhood. We support BAPA because BAPA supports us and our neighbors! It provides both residents and visitors alike examples of how the community comes together for great events such as the Ridge Run and Bikes & Brews, instilling a general sense of pride in our community. We see BAPA as continuing to build on its history of strengthening our community by being a resource for homeowners. We love where we live! 

 

 

  We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

 

Terrence, Grayson and Carla Herr 

We are BAPA members because we believe that BAPA is the foundation of the neighborhood.  They are the eyes and ears of Beverly.  If we have questions or concerns, need a trade referral or have suggestions on community improvement, they are there to help.  BAPA supports the community in so many ways and we enjoy supporting the activities they arrange.  The Cookie Crawl is one of our favorites but we like that there are a variety of events ranging from family friendly events to adult only events.  We love that the activities highlight the wonderful businesses in the area.  We have discovered so many gems through these activities.  BAPA has also been a wonderful partner in supporting the individual clubs we are involved in.  Thanks BAPA for all you do! 

 

We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

BAPA’s work could not be accomplished without the support of our resident and business members. The following people shared some of their thoughts about why making their annual membership donation is an important part of what they do for the community, and for their own quality of life as Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors. You can learn more about becoming a BAPA member on our website https://bapa.org/support-bapa/ or by calling our office, 773-233-3100.  

 

Karen Truitt 

Marquette Bank  

BAPA’s work is good for the neighborhood! BAPA supports the community in countless ways and is a unifying friendly organization that has been instrumental in defining Beverly/Morgan Park as it has evolved over the years. As a business member, Marquette Bank has benefited from the visibility and exposure at Ridge Run & Memorial Day Parade, Bikes & Brews Fest, Family Fun Nights and more. BAPA has been particularly helpful in amplifying our presence as a business by providing social media, and newspaper and online exposure, as well as use of the BAPA community room for our Business After Hours events. 

 

 

Jessica Bell
Bell Advocate LLC 

“Discovering that I could join BAPA as a business member was heaven sent. My primary office is in the West Loop, but as a servicer of many elderly individuals, I quickly saw the benefits of being able to use BAPA’s business center for meetings that were more convenient for my clients. Being a business member also opens up avenues for networking and advertising in my own community on a much more personal scale.” 

 

Ed & Chris Slattery 

Strong neighborhoods don’t just happen.  We give to BAPA and support its events to keep our neighborhood strong and expand our own community of support. We love The Villager and information on areas that need attention as well as news on successes.  BAPA’s events bring neighbors together and help newcomers feel like they’re part of the Village in the City.  Knowing that BAPA that has been working for decades to ensure that our community stays stable, safe and diverse is important to us.  

 

 

Peggy & Ken Gilbertsen 

We used to drive through the neighborhood when we were dating thinking “one day this would be a great place to live.”  It was true then and it is today – 35 years later.  Like BAPA, we saw and felt the sense of community here. BAPA works hard to maintain and strengthen that spirit through activities and programs designed to expand the quality of life we all enjoy. It’s important to remember that our friends and neighbors at BAPA are only able to accomplish this through our personal involvement and financial support. 

 

Howard & Kathryn Ludwig 

BAPA plays an important role in our vibrant community. When people see folks invested in their communities, they feel more comfortable getting involved too. BAPA’s events stand as a showcase of what we can do together. BAPA works for all of us – serving as a glue that holds all of us together by our mutual interest in maintaining the success of our neighborhood. We live in a very special part of the world. Beverly/Morgan Park stands out because of how we all come together to celebrate good times and support each other when times are tough.  

 

Megan & Morgan McGarry 

We are lifelong neighborhood residents, and now reside here with our four children. This community is unlike any other. The people who live here support and love one another. BAPA is such a strong part of our community, which is why we support it. They put on so many wonderful events for people of all ages. BAPA makes it easy to love where you live.  As small business owners, we feel like it is important to support BAPA’s mission  BAPA is constantly promoting local businesses through their social media posts, The Villager and their events. Beverly/Morgan Park has so much to offer and BAPA helps to showcase what a truly amazing area we live in.  

 

Kathy & Tom Gibbons  

BAPA watches out for all aspects of the community. Over the years, it has been instrumental in making Beverly/Morgan Park a strong, successful, vibrant, diverse neighborhood by focusing on housing, schools, public safety and businesses. The organization has worked with our elected officials to instill confidence and pride on our residents. We live in one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. BAPA’s work requires money. Finances come from homeowners and business owners, and it behooves all of us to give what we can to support the fine work of this proven apolitical organization.  Raising a family and owning a business in Beverly/Morgan Park for most of our lifetime has been a privilege.  

 

Allie Bowles & Graham Elliot 

BAPA is a crucial part of the community. We witness the community growing and diversifying with new exciting businesses opening. We see neighbors supporting one another and creating even stronger bonds. Our family purchased a house in 2010 and never looked back. Our neighborhood is the perfect balance of small community feel but with a calendar of fun, family activities, art/music/culture events, businesses, shops and restaurants. It’s the best of both worlds. BAPA’s support helps all of these activities and businesses to continue to thrive and grow our community. We are proud members of BAPA and the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood.  

Americanos Brings a Fresh Twist to Neighborhood Diners 

By Talie Leeb 

Whether it’s a date for Taco Tuesday or an any-day-of the week craving for empanadas, Beverly/Morgan Park residents can visit Americanos, 11060 S. Western Ave., for the flavors of authentic traditional Mexican American cuisine. 

Americanos offers a delicious connection to a rich history of Mexican American culture and cuisine, using “ingredients and flavors that are very authentic, traditional Mexican American, but with a new, modern twist” said owner, A.J. Castillo 

Castillo, a lifetime South Side resident and St. Rita alum, returned to the neighborhood to open the restaurant last year, bringing what he describes as “a new flair” to the culinary scene.  

When diners come to Americanos they can begin their meal with an order of chips and guacamole  standard Mexican restaurant fare. From there the menu choices expand to include entrées that feature selections such as grilled shrimp served with rice and tequila-guajillo salsa to the popular a la carte taco bar that enables people to selection from tacos filled with steak, chicken and pork as well as fried sweet potato and chorizo, each topped with a unique salsa crafted to celebrate and elevate the tried and true classic dish. 

Americanos also offers a full bar, stocked with over 30 varieties of tequila as well as other spirits, wine and beer. They also serve a variety of margaritas including their signature Jalapeno Strawberry Margarita, and wide selection of other mixed drinks.  

Americanos recently became a BAPA Business Member and is offering a BAPA Card discount to other members.  

In just a year Castillo has worked to create a destination dining experience for the neighborhood and he said he can’t wait to get more involved. 

“It makes it fun when you get people who become regulars, and with joining BAPA we’re looking forward to being a part of the community.”  

The crew at Americanos is looking forward to its first Southside Irish Parade on Mar. 17 and will be open for hungry and thirsty parade goers.  

Head on over to Americanos Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The full bar features specialty house cocktails and margaritas. For BAPA members, show your BAPA card and get a discount on tacos with purchase of a margarita pitcher (offer not valid on Tuesdays). 773-941-6787, www.americanosrestaurant.com 

 

Say I Love You (Local) for Valentine’s Day

BAPA LOVES our business members and sponsors! We hope our neighbors will also show them some LOVE for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ways to show some love to several of the businesses that support BAPA and our community.

Say it in the Morning

B-Sides Coffee + Tea

Metropolis coffee, Rishi organic tea and classic love tunes on vinyl.

9907 S. Walden Pkwy. – 773-629-6001

 

Original Pancake House

One apple pancake, two forks. Mmmmm.

10437 S. Western – 773-445-6100

 

Beverly Bakery & Café

Cuddle up and share the Irish breakfast.

10528 S. Western – 773-238-5580

 

Ellie’s Café

Breakfast – simple to sublime – all day.

10701 S. Hale – 773-941-4401

 

Say it With Appetite

Americanos

Delicioso! Authentic Mexican ceviche, taco bar, craft margaritas! Specialty plates for 2 on Valentine’s Day, 5-10pm.

11060 S. Western – 773-771-0743

 

Franconello’s

Spice things up with Italian specialties. Mangia!

10222 S. Western – 773-881-4100

 

Fox’s Beverly PIZZA

The Fox family bought the place from Al Capone’s sister. How’s that for a Valentine’s Day connection?  Guys and dolls can dish up great pizza and lots more.

9956 S. Western – 773-239-3212

 

Top Notch

Burger, fries, shake: Love for generations.

2116 W. 95th St. – 773-445-7218

 

Home Run Inn

Pizza fans love this Chicago signature pie.

10900 S. Western – 773-432-9696

 

Say it With Style

Everything’s Relative

Complete Aveda concept salon services. Love to be pampered!

10548 S. Western – 773-941-6565

 

RMH Design + Boutique

Designer + vintage clothes + accessories.

1802 W. 103rd St. – 773-233-5811

 

Sally Ann Corset Shop

Did we mention unmentionables?

10500 S. Western – 773-298-1031

 

Say it On the Go

County Fair

Find the perfect items for your romantic dinner for two.

10800 S. Western – 773-238-5576

 

Milano’s

Heart shaped pizza delivered to your love nest.

10945 S. Western – 773-445-4010

 

Swanson’s Deli

We love a hot, home cooked dinner!

2414 W. 103rd St. – 773-239-1197

 

Calabria Imports

  1. Step off the train. 2. Stop at Calabria.
  2. Savor with your sweetheart.

1905 W. 103rd St. – 773-396-5800

 

Waldo Cooney’s

Love this: Order online, dinner meets you at the door.

2410 W. 111th St. – 773-233-9781

 

Say it With Flowers

The Blossom Boys

Elegant gifts and florals, plus fun classes!

1810 W. 103rd St. – 773-779-4400

 

Plump Chicago Florals & Events

Do you hear bells ringing? Plump offers wedding planning.

1834 W. 95th St. –  773-614-8225

 

Steuber Florist & Greenhouses

Exquisite florals and plants, and 75 years of local love.

2654 W. 111th St. – 773-238-2013

 

Say it With a Toast

Barney Callaghan’s

Say cheers at a cozy table for two.

10618 S. Western – 773-233-6829

 

Open Outcry Brewing Company

Craft beers, crafty cocktails, yummy menu.

10934 S. Western – 773-629-6055

 

Say It to Music

Beverly Arts Center

Choose from a great schedule of concerts for date night.

2407 W. 111th St. – 773-445-3838

 

Dance Gallery

Get cheek-to-cheek with ballroom dance classes.

10628 S. Western Ave. – 773-445-8910

 

Say it in Good Health

Beverly Yoga Center

Relationship Karma: Take a yoga class together.

1917 W. 103rd St. – 773-239-9642

 

Light House Yoga & Wellness

Recharge: Yoga, Massage, Meditation

11240 S. Western – 773-569-1015

 

Blazin’ Cycle

Take a spin class side-by-side.

10227 S. Western – 708-669-6476

 

Southtown Health Foods

Love is organic! Healthy from head to toe.

2100 W. 95th St. – 773-233-1856

 

Little Company of Mary Hospital

Love is holistic! Resources for health and wellness.

2800 W. 95th St. – www.lcmh.org

 

Say it On Wheels

Mike Haggerty Buick GMC

Nothing says I love you like a new set of car keys!

9301 S. Cicero – 877-879-8868

 

Say it Before You Say Goodnight

Hilton Oak Lawn

Call the babysitter! Book a night away from home.

9333 S. Cicero – 708-425-7800

 

Say it Every Day

SHOP BEVERLY/MORGAN PARK

Support the businesses that support our neighbors! Check our Business Directory for more BAPA members.

 

BAPA Welcomes Maureen Kelly, Jayne Corcoran to Board of Directors

By Kristin Boza 

 

 Maureen Kelly: Strengthening the Volunteer Experience 

Maureen Kelly joins BAPA’s board this year, continuing a long history of volunteering with the organization. As a Beverly/Morgan Park resident since 1985, Kelly has been a Home Tour co-chair, Ridge Run volunteer, and, along with her husband Jack, chairman of the now retired Snowflake Ball. She hopes to engage others in volunteerism as not only a way to serve the community, but to make new friends as well — just as she has. 

With a strong background in government relations, Kelly has served as an aide to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and is currently the Director of Government Relations at Governors State University. She previously served as the Chairman of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce and is currently the co-chair of their Government Relations Committee. 

“In my work experience, I have tracked and analyzed legislation, worked with legislators and their staff, and various stakeholders and community organizations to advance the mission and goals of my employers and the community,” Kelly said. “I look forward to utilizing my skills, experience, and network to the BAPA Board.” 

Kelly is team-oriented and is eager to get to know her fellow Board members and find new ways to impact the Beverly/Morgan Park community. “I have been very happy to see the energy and vitality that has become part of BAPA over the last few years,” she said. “I love the willingness to try new things as BAPA remains committed to its core mission. BAPA has made great strides in beautifying the community, holding consumer and safety workshops, and developing the BAPA Card to support our local businesses.” 

A commitment to advocating on BAPA’s behalf is central to Kelly’s goals for her tenure on the Board. “I hope to quickly familiarize myself with BAPA’s finances and goals, but in the meanwhile, I will engage and re-engage community members and highlight the critically important work BAPA does,” she said. “I also look forward to evaluating the cost effectiveness of BAPA’s special events and brainstorming on creative and fun events that will draw a great deal of support from the community. The Dreihaus Challenge is a great example of creative fundraising and the partnership speaks volumes about BAPA.” 

 

Jayne Corcoran: Telling Others About Our Village in the City 

Jayne Corcoran recently joined the BAPA Marketing Committee, and then agreed to take a seat on the Board of Directors. She brings two decades of marketing communication experience to the BAPA team. As a relative newcomer to the neighborhood — she and her family moved to Beverly/Morgan Park five years ago — Corcoran first learned about BAPA when she received a brochure welcoming her to the neighborhood. She became further involved after learning about the Openlands tree planting partnership with BAPA that provides complimentary saplings to fill in the spaces left when older trees succumb to disease or storms. 

“I saw BAPA’s name on the Home Tour, Bikes & Brews, Ridge Run and Family Fun Nights; I then realized that they really cover a lot of ground for residents and businesses,” Corcoran said. “It’s pretty incredible that their team can have a dual focus on our community in that way.” 

Corcoran’s career as a marketing communications and graphic design/branding expert in the Chicago real estate industry gave her the background to understand the ways that communities and businesses can grow together, and the absolute necessity of bridging the idea that one cannot succeed without the other. “By doing good and weaving your efforts and intentions into your community, you see a ripple effect and success coming full circle,” Corcoran said.  

“BAPA’s mission is to foster a safe, friendly, diverse and family-oriented neighborhood, and we are very fortunate that this is true of our community. Existing residents are loyal and find a great sense of community here, while newbies are pleasantly surprised by the way residents rally for one another,” Corcoran said. “There is a great selection of events, schools, and resident-owned businesses, including those that created this community and new entrepreneurs that regularly pop up. It’s an exciting time to see Beverly/Morgan Park grow.” 

Through her work on the Marketing Committee, Corcoran seeks to find innovative ways to communicate BAPA’s mission to the community and attract visitors from all over the area. “I am hopeful that I can help BAPA continue the message that Beverly/Morgan Park truly is unique and helps foster their tagline ‘A Village in the City,'” she said. 

BAPA Board Profile: Maureen Gainer Reilly

By Kristin Boza

Meet Maureen Gainer Reilly, BAPA board president. Gainer Reilly has served on the board for three years, the past two as president. Her role at BAPA is to work to promote the Beverly/Morgan Park community to residents throughout the city, while also connecting neighbors and acting as an advisor to BAPA staff.

Gainer Reilly spent the early part of her career in a variety of non-profit and social service organizations. In 2003, she started her own consulting firm, GO Consulting, which provides services in Project Management and Process Improvement. “My work enables me to assist BAPA and its small but mighty staff as they work to constantly improve the organization,” she said.

A native Beverly/Morgan Park resident and part of a family that routinely supported BAPA, she, like many, moved away from the area for a while. However, again like many in the neighborhood, she knew she would make her way back once she started her family. “I am part of BAPA because my hope is that my children will be drawn back to live a couple blocks from us after they have traveled the world. I share my time with BAPA because I also hope that people from all over the city will be drawn here, bringing their ideas, energy, and fresh perspective,” Gainer Reilly said. “People are drawn here because we have incredible talent in this neighborhood in so many groups, alliances, and businesses that are collaborating to bring art, culture, beauty, and amenities to our streets.”

The excitement and commitment to the cause of creating a vibrant and whole community is what drives Gainer Reilly. “BAPA events that connect neighbors and build community feed the programs that support our schools, preserve our historic homes, beautify our streets, and keep our neighborhood vibrant,” she said. “The Richard Driehaus Charitable Trust is known to support only organizations that have a track record of success, strong leadership, and efficient management. The response to our recent Dreihaus campaign was overwhelming! People believe in the mission and the show of financial support is humbling and motivating to our staff and Board of Directors.”

Connect with BAPA in 2019; come to an event, read about neighbors in The Villager, volunteer, call the office for a quality trade referral, plant a tree with us, and help us make you Love Where You Live.

 

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!

BAPA Member Profiles

We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

Ryan Steinbach & Steve English, The Blossom Boys 

“Ten years ago we discovered this mysterious place called Beverly, intrigued by a flower shop for sale. Like too many North Siders, we had never been here. We chose to stay, opened The Blossom Boys and purchased our home. We were different in many ways and decided that’s the reason we should be here. We have reopened The Blossom Boys and have been astounded by the support and generosity of our neighbors – including a donation of emergency toilet paper prior to BAPA’s Sip and Shop. BAPA’s work contributes to the spirit of community we embrace. We are here to stay.” 

 

Monica and Chris Wilczak  

“When we moved to Beverly more than 13 years ago, the owner of the bungalow we were buying made us promise we would get involved in the neighborhood. He knew, firsthand, the impact volunteering can have on a community — he was Chuck Shanabruch, former Executive Director of BAPA and founder of the Chicago Bungalow Association. While we had a fixer-upper and a newborn, we joined the Southwest Beverly Improvement Association (SWBIA), and later joined the board of BAPA. Beverly is a great community, but as North Side transplants, we had to yet feel like it was our community. Art is such an integral part of our lives, yet we had to leave the neighborhood to see it. So we sought to be the change we wanted to see. From the beginning, BAPA was a great supporter and advocate for the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, and five years later, the Beverly Art Walk has become as engrained in our community as the Southside Irish Parade or the Ridge Run. This is why we support BAPA and believe in their community leadership and fellowship. 

BAPA Member Profiles

Bill & Aileen Halvorsen “We bought our house in Beverly/Morgan Park in 2005 and have benefited from BAPA ever since, starting with the new neighbor packet that BAPA sent us when we moved in. We’ve attended so many fun BAPA-sponsored events over the years — Ridge Run, Beverly Cycling Classic, the pub crawl — and are very appreciative that BAPA lets local organizations like the Beverly Area Arts Alliance and Words by Friends use their Community Room as a gathering place. Supporting BAPA through annual membership and volunteering is an easy decision because of the hard-working, creative staff that are constantly trying to improve quality of life in our neighborhood.”  

 

Marlon Eastmond & Shirley Blazejczyk, Blazin’ Cycle Spin Studio “We proudly joined BAPA because we love our neighborhood and want to improve it, benefit the community and have a connection with the other businesses. We live in Beverly, we work in Beverly and we spin in Beverly. As business owners it is essential that we participate, network and provide assistance to each other. We have seen positive results from our BAPA membership, our business.”

 

 

 

 

Maureen and Tom Gavin  “We give because BAPA is such an integral part of this fantastic neighborhood. We give because we want to nurture the spirit of generosity in those around us. We give because we feel the responsibility to an organization that exists for us.”  

 

 

 

 

Sara and Pat McGann “BAPA helps our beloved neighborhood consistently thrive and evolve. BAPA guarantees that our residents enjoy a dynamic, safe, welcoming and kind environment in our great city. Through their insightful communications, BAPA ensures that every resident has an opportunity to celebrate local achievements and accolades, mourn our losses, stay up to par on current local happenings and engage in thoughtful discussion about issues that affect our community. As lifelong South Siders, we returned ‘home’ because, after years of living out-of-state and elsewhere in Chicago, we fully realized that there is no better community to raise our children and live fulfilling lives as adults. Anyone who visits our neighborhood would be impressed by our warm residents, committed politicians, attractive public landscape, beautiful homes, robust school offerings and vibrant local shops. BAPA is essential for this neighborhood’s preservation and growth, and we are so thankful that the staff and board invest their time and brilliance into this outstanding community.”  

 

 

Joshua Mercer, Allstate Insurance “I think it’s important to support BAPA as a member because whether it be education, business, or safety they are champions for the Beverly community. As a Beverly native, parent and business owner it is important to be a part of a well-established network that can help me navigate through life and build relationships.” 

 

 

 

 

Carol Macola “BAPA brings the community together through so many diverse and fun events throughout the year. With the Home Tour, I see unique houses and get great ideas for decorating, remodeling, and landscaping for my own ‘this old house.’  In years past, I challenged myself in the Ridge Run, enjoying the camaraderie of the event. Now I work with other BAPA volunteers on the Memorial Day Parade that follows the Run, remembering the lives of those from our area that gave their lives in service to our country. I am so proud of those participants in the parade that help to honor this day. At Bikes and Brews, I meet friends and neighbors.  These BAPA events and the others throughout the year showcase our community’s charm and enthusiastic lifestyles. BAPA reflects the caring that has made Beverly/Morgan Park a community that encourages long term commitment. Being a BAPA member exemplifies my own commitment to our community. I love where I live, and I am proud to be a BAPA member.” 

 

Robin Harmon, RMH Design “Great communities are built on the people who live in them, and our neighbors who work at BAPA do a good job of making this a great community. BAPA’s events keep people coming together for activities then staying involved in the neighborhood. BAPA helps small business owners grow their businesses, and makes sure everyone knows each other, connecting business owners with homeowners. BAPA creates a community feel that just does not happen in other neighborhoods. BAPA is awesome.”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheila Gainer “Growing up in Beverly/Morgan Park there was always a thought in the back of my mind that I would come back to here to raise my own family. We’ve been back for five months, and in some ways, it feels like I never left. What made this such a great place to grow up is also what makes it such a great place to live as an adult: the people you have chosen to live around care about you and your family and care about the neighborhood we all call home. That feeling is personified in BAPA. As the daughter of a former BAPA board president and the sister of the current board president, I know first-hand how much time and dedication it takes to make a neighborhood successful, and how much BAPA is behind so many of the things we love. Being a member seems like the least I can do!”         

 

 

 

 

Shirley Conley “I’m proud to support BAPA’s work in our neighborhood. The three areas most important to me are 1. The family oriented events like the Ridge Run, the adult events like the fun Sip and Shop, and Tech Tuesdays for seniors like me. 2. The references for reliable contractors and other service providers. 3. The BAPA Card – when I’m thinking about going outside the community to shop, it reminds me to support local businesses.”