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CANCELLED

The pandemic forced the cancellation of BAPA’s major fundraising events – Home Tour, Ridge Run & Memorial Day Parade, and Beverly Hills Cycling Classic Bikes & Brews – eliminating funding sources vital to our operations.

ACCOMPLISHED

Restrictions inspired BAPA to invest our scarce resources into free programs to meet the changing needs of our neighborhood. Here are some of the things we accomplished:

Small Business Support

  • Promoting your business on Instagram webinar with expert Maggie O’Reilly
  • Digital marketing webinar with expert Jason Wiley
  • Business planning webinar with Ivan Ruiz from Beverly Bank & Trust
  • Special business coverage in The Villager

Community Spirit

  • Bike Beverly initiative with online maps of safe local bike routes
  • Support of Divvy bikes
  • Retooled History Mystery Bike Adventure for summer/fall family-friendly games
  • Friday Night Live livestreamed porch concert series supporting local musicians
  • We Love Smith Village vehicle parade
  • Happy Birthday to Korean War vet Rico Miller vehicle parade
  • Remembering Brian Piccolo vehicle parade

Community Outreach

  • Donated Home Tour booties to a hospital in need during COVID-19 treatment crisis
  • Slow Down safe driving campaign
  • Delivered senior meals donated by Franconello restaurant
  • Supported 19th Ward Youth Foundation free meals to area first responders and medical personnel
  • Donated to and supported Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry
  • Brought Beverly Bakery donuts to 22nd District police officers
  • Developed BAPA Cares COVID-19 Response resources at bapa.org
  • Co-hosts weekly Free Store with Turpin Cares and 19th Ward Mutual Aid
  • Hosted a job search webinar with expert Megan Connolly
  • Listed local business/restaurant updates to promote shopping and eating locally in weekly enews and The Villager

School and Teens

  • Presented CPS Community Service Awards to students in neighborhood public schools
  • Launched the BAPA Teen Service Corps volunteer group
  • Presented the BAPA Cares pandemic response webinar

Beautification

  • Socially distant spring clean and green clean-ups
  • Weeding Wednesdays at area parks and public areas
  • Pitch in for the Parks special park clean-ups

PLEASE HELP!

As a not-for-profit organization, BAPA depends on donations from residents and businesses to continue working on the issues that keep our community strong, safe, connected and thriving. Support us by making a donation or joining as a BAPA residential or business member.

Neighbor Wins Driehaus Award for Home Landscape  

By Kristin Boza 

Living in Beverly/Morgan Park, we know what a special place this is. Incredible architecture and carefully crafted landscaping are prominent in our community. 

One neighborhood resident has been singled out for his landscaping efforts. Tommie Harris earned the Chicago Bungalow Association’s 15th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Award in Landscape Design. Harris has spent years perfecting the lushness of his lawn and the incredibly large plants that dot his yard’s perimeter.  

“The key is fertilizing early,” Harris said. “I fertilize the lawn in March, and I usually don’t have to do it again in the season. I apply a healthy dose of it to give it a good start to spring.” 

Harris, a retired Chicago police officer, began his landscaping adventure as a way to promote some privacy in his yard. He cultivates many of his plants inside during the winter to ensure they grow strong when the weather cooperates in the spring and summer. 

“I pull up my bulbs in the winter to make sure they stay warm,” Harris said. “I really think that is what helped my perennials grow to the size that they are — which is quite large!” 

While local wildlife, from bugs to bunnies to coyotes, often find solace in his garden, Harris takes the time to make sure they don’t destroy his hard work. “I actually remove beetles by hand to make sure they are gone for good. Spraying the leaves with a pest killer is bad for the plant, so I take the extra step to remove bugs that could kill the garden,” he said.  

Overall, Harris spends a lot of time in his yard paradise, making sure each plant is properly watered and has the nutrients it needs to thrive. Aside from the fun he’s having in the garden, Harris was excited to earn the Driehaus Award to meet other winners. “There was a reception for all of the winners, and it was incredible to meet with other bungalow owners and hear their stories,” Harris said. “I met people from all over the city who did different projects on their homes, and we shared a lot of great tips as well.’ 

According to the Driehaus Foundation, there are an estimated 80,000 Chicago bungalows that represent one-third of the city’s single-family housing stock. Chicago developed the Chicago Bungalow Association (CBA) in 2000 to ensure the preservation of this type of home; additionally, the CBA encouraged the renovation and preservation of more than 20,000 bungalows since its inception.  

In late 2019, seven Driehaus Award winners were announced and each won a cash prize of $1,000 and a handcrafted copper plaque made by local artisan Frank Glapa of FMG Design. Seven honorable mentions earned a $250 cash prize and plaque.  

Check out Harris’ garden, and all of the other nominated projects, at ChicagoBungalow.org. CBA is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Driehaus Awards; nominate yourself or a neighbor at ChicagoBungalow.org. 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Block  

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, the yards on 99th and Campbell are transformed into a wonderland of cartoon characters, Christmas scenes and reminders of the meaning of the holidays. The elaborate display began in the yard of Matt Doherty and, year by year, has expanded into the yards of neighbors creating the most-viewed Christmas display in our neighborhood, and, surely, an annual destination for many other area families. Kids who grew up visiting Campbell Avenue each year are bringing their own children. 

Doherty may be the mastermind of the Christmas block, but, just like at Santa’s workshop, it takes a team of elves to bring his vision to reality. Doherty’s helpers include his wife, Sherry Doherty; his brothers, Michael and  Marty Doherty; and his friends, Nora Collins, Stacy and Kim Kouzios and Cathy Sorich. New pieces must be crafted and painted, and some of the older pieces touched up, and it all has to be installed for the season.  

New this year is a thank you to people in the U.S. armed forces who are on active duty overseas, an interactive toyland and a display based on Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  

Children are invited to mail their letters to Santa at the special mail box; remember to include your address so Santa can send a reply!  

Word about Doherty’s holiday cheer is spreading! This year, he is setting up displays at La Rabida Children’s Hospital.  

 

Coloring books make great holiday gifts

Two coloring books featuring local landmarks are available this holiday season, Color Me Beverly II and Color Me Morgan Park.

These books are the innovative and unique creations of Beverly artist Judie Anderson and local historian and writer Carol Flynn. Each book retails for $10 and features 12 illustrations accompanied by text explaining the origins and importance of the landmark to the community.

Coloring is a fun and relaxing activity for all ages. For children, coloring fosters self-expression and helps develop motor skills. For adults, studies show that just a few minutes of coloring have the same benefits as meditation – a restless mind calms down, reducing stress, enhancing relaxation and sleep.

These coloring books are also unique collectors’ items. They are very popular with ex-patriates nostalgic for the old neighborhood. They make great stocking stuffers and are very easy to mail as gifts.

The books will be available at two craft fairs that will be held at Olivia’s Garden at 10730 S. Western Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Locations in the community that carry the books are: Bookie’s bookstore, 10324 S. Western Ave.; Turkey Chicago gift shop, 9913 S. Walden Parkway; Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd Street; the Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave.; and Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W. 111th Street. In addition, Sacred Heart Church at 11652 S. Church St. has the Morgan Park book, and the Beverly Unitarian Church at the Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Drive, has the Beverly II book.

For those who live out of town and would like to have copies shipped to them, contact Carol Flynn at cflynn2013@yahoo.com.

City Grange to Open Holiday Pop-up Shop  

Shop Will Offer Holiday Decorating and Shopping Opportunities Inspired by Nature 

 

City Grange, Chicago’s only independent social-enterprise gardening center focusing on education and organic and sustainable plants, will open its first pop-up destination just in time for the holiday decorating and shopping season. 

Located at Joplin Marley Studios at 9911 S. Walden Pkwy., the City Grange Holiday Pop-up Shop will offer seasonal greens, wreaths, garlands, cut floral, holiday containers and other décor items, as well as holiday decorating demos and classes. Select merchandise can be ordered for delivery. 

City Grange Founder and President LaManda Joyan Illinois Extension Master Gardener and founder of Peterson Garden Project, is excited to bring City Grange to a new part of the city. “I believe the world would be a better place with more gardeners,” she says. “I started City Grange to inspire, motivate and help more people garden successfully. Our first location on the north side has been an overwhelming success, and I look forward to welcoming everyone in Beverly and the surrounding communities for holiday decorating and shopping at City Grange.” 

The City Grange Beverly Holiday Pop-Up store will be open on Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m., 

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Nov. 22 through Sun., Dec. 22.  

City Grange is America’s first independent social enterprise gardening destination focusing on organic and pesticide-free plant material, education and community-building. City Grange sells organic and pesticide-free plants, garden tools and supplies, hosts gardening workshops and offers a job-training program for at-risk individuals called United We Blossom. City Grange takes inspiration from the historic Grange movement of the 1800s to advance modern-day urban gardening for everyone and promote the social and economic needs of communities. 

City Grange plans to open its second location in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood in springFor more information, visit www.citygrange.com. 

Ten Things to Do in the Fall Garden  

By Barbara Gyarmathy, Master Gardener 
Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly Hills 
  1. Sit back and be proud ofthis year’s garden, then get back to work!  Whether this was your first attempt, or one of many, gardening is a learning experience that requires lots of patience. Do an honest evaluation of your garden. What worked? What didn’t?  Which plants should be divided or moved to another spot? As your garden is fading through the fall, think about what you can plant that will provide longer color, interest and pollinating benefits at this time next year. 
  2. 2.Remove annuals from containers and landscapes. This can be hard to do when they still look good. Supertunia Vistas and SalviaRockin’s look like they could bloom forever, but they won’t. As soon as the first frost hits you will wish you had cleaned them up earlie  
  3. 3.Now is a good time for additional planting and some redesigning. Still warm soil and relatively cool air temps can continue to promote healthy root growth in plants forhopefully another six weeks. Take advantage of endofseason sales on trees and shrubs, and divide and move perennials around in the garden.   
  4. 4.Plant springblooming bulbs. Fall is the only time to plant bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocus.These plants need to experience cold winter temperatures in order to bloom in spring. Milkweed seeds also need the extreme winter cold to germinate. Plant bulbs among specimens like hostas and catmint so once the bulbs have bloomed, the fading foliage will be hidden by the leaves of the later-emerging  If squirrels are a problem, try spraying bulbs with animal repellant or cover them with chicken wire. 
  5. 5.Tend theperennialsIt is not necessary or recommended to cut back your entire garden. Once certain perennials go dormant, it’s a good idea to clean some of their foliage out of the garden bedsCut down hostas that have been damaged by slugs (slugs lay eggs in the dormant foliage so removing it will reduce slug issues next year)Many types of bees and small beneficial insects happily overwinter in garden debris and their welfare is very important. Some perennials should not be cut back, such as evergreen or semi-evergreen perennials like pinks, coral bells, foamy bells, foamflower, creeping phlox and red hot poker, and perennials with woody stems like hibiscus, Russian sage, lavender and butterfly bush. Perennials with winter interest like False Indigo, coneflowers, ornamental grasses, autumn sedum, alliums or lenten roses will add a fourth season to your garden because their shades of brown and gray and textures will stand up to the snow. 
  6. 6.Continue to water. Evergreen perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as anything you’ve recently planted, will need to be watered until the ground starts to freeze.  
  7. 7.Rake, shred and mulch with leaves. Nature delivers natural mulch at our feet every fall when deciduoustrees drop their leavesToo often these humble leaves are raked, bagged and dumped into the alley for the trashman. Finely textured leaves from willow or honey locusts will easily degrade on their own and don’t need to be raked, but broad leaves from maples, sycamores, oaks and the like need to be raked to prevent them from matting down which delays decomposition and could smother grass and perennials. Take time to shred these leaves and rake them back into garden beds in late fall as the ground begins to freeze. Leaf mulch will keep weeds at bay, insulate plants over the winter months andmost importantly, enrich the soil as the leaves break down. It’s all about the soil in a healthy garden and leaf mulch is nature’s great gift to us! 
  8. 8.Protect sensitive and newly planted perennials and shrubs.If you are pushing the hardiness zone on a few of your plants, heaping a pile of shredded leaves or evergreen boughs on top of them once they are dormant may help them make it through the winterMulching newly planted perennials and shrubs can prevent the root ball from heaving out of the ground during the freeze/thaw cycles of winter by keeping the temperature more consistent 
  9. Bring the outdoors in! Gather cut branches and dried flowers from the garden to use in your indoor decorating.Hydrangea, berried branches, ornamental grass plumes and plants with seed pods can all make the beauty if this season last.   
  10. Start dreaming about next year’s garden! The catalogues start comingin winter and gardeningrelated events and expos begin as early as January. Well worth the trips are the Porter County Master Gardener’s Association Gardening Show in Valpo at the end of January and the Wisconsin Public Television Garden and Landscape Expo in Madison in February. There will be more information on these two informative and inspiring shows in our next article.   

(The Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly Hills was established in 1926, and members are dedicated to beautifying the neighborhood and educating themselves and others about garden caretaking.    

Call for Nominations for Bungalow Awards

It’s time to celebrate Chicago’s historic bungalows and their owners’ dedication to renovating and restoring them with the 14th Annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Bungalow Awards. Created by the Chicago Bungalow Association with the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the awards honor the creativity and efforts of bungalow owners for home improvement and restoration projects both large and small. 

Awards are given in the following categories: 

Exterior Rehabilitation demonstrating appropriate rehabilitation projects and/or compatible additions. 

Interior Rehabilitation demonstrating a contemporary use of space while maintaining significant features.  

Interior Restoration accurately recovering the details and forms of the Chicago bungalow. 

Small Project preserving historic detail and form while improving a room or the exterior at a cost of $5,000 or less. 

Green Project demonstrating energy-efficient design and renovation while maintaining classic features. 

Landscape Design demonstrating a creative design solution and enhances the bungalow’s overall visual impression. 

Window Restoration preserving historic detail, materials and repair/restoration methods of original wood windows.  

“The number of Driehaus Award nominations from throughout the City increases each year,” said Mary Ellen Guest, CBA Executive Director. “This is a reflection of homeowners who take pride in caring for their bungalows.” 

The first place winner in each category will be awarded $1,000 and a handcrafted bronze plaque. 

Nominations must be of CBA-certified brick Chicago-style bungalows located in the City of Chicago. Nominations can be made by bungalow owners themselves, a neighbor, friend or neighborhood association. Nominated projects can be whole homes, single rooms, or small projects and will be judged by a panel of architects, preservation experts and civic leaders. Any project completed within the last five years is eligible.  

All nominations are due by Tues., Oct. 30 and on-site viewing of the finalists’ bungalows will be conducted on Fri., Nov. 9 and Sat., Nov. 10. 

Nominations can be submitted online at www.chicagobungalow.org, or mailed to CBA at 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 740, Chicago, IL 60604. Submissions must include before and after photographs of the project.

Composting Made Easy

By Abby Johnson

“Going Green” is a common phrase, but what does it mean? For Beverly/Morgan Park resident Marty Walsh, the answer is composting, which is why he decided to join forces with Healthy Soil Compost, a Chicagoland composting service. Healthy Soil Compost partners with licensed organic recyclers to turn local, organic waste into nutrient-rich energy that increases soil health and reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. 

“Composting is an easy way to develop a more sustainable approach to city waste disposal,” Walsh said. “And it’s great for the environment.” 

Healthy Soil Compost recently began serving the Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood neighborhoods.  

According to Walsh’s sources, 30 percent of waste currently sent to landfills is made up of organic compostable materials. This waste often consists of food scraps, paper towels, coffee grounds and paper. With numbers like these, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency estimates the state of Illinois will run out of space for garbage in the next 20 years, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

“It’s pretty terrifying,” Walsh said. “That’s why it’s important to make sure that if something can be recycled, it gets recycled.” 

Unfortunately, it often doesn’t. According to the EPA, 38 billion tons of food waste was generated in 2014, yet only 5% was recycled/composted.  

But it’s about more than saving space. The amount of organic food waste sent to landfills levies a rather heavy environmental tax: When the waste decomposes, it produces methane gas, which accounts for 10% of the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. 

“Organic waste can play a major role in climate change,” Walsh said. “Most people don’t grasp the harm of throwing away food or other recyclable materials.” 

And it happens a lot. The USDA estimates that Americans throw away approximately 20 pounds of food waste a month per person.  

The need to compost is clear. But how does one go about composting? That’s where Healthy Soil Compost comes in. The company provides customers with a compostable bag and a five-gallon bucket with a lid to collect organic waste. The customer is given a new bag and bucket upon collection. Monthly plans start at $20 and customers have the option of monthly collection, twice monthly collection or weekly collection. 

Once the waste is collected, what happens to it? Healthy Soil Compost hauls the organic waste to a licensed organic recycler (a worm farm) who turns it into nutrient-rich compost for community urban farming.  

“We’re hoping that once people learn how easy it is then they’ll want to participate,” Walsh said. “It really is in everyone’s best interest.” 

For information regarding monthly subscription plans, services and a guide to compostable items, visit www.healthysoilcompost.com. To contact Marty Walsh, email healthysoilcompostsouth@gmail.com. 

Weeding Wednesdays Keep Public Spaces Tidy

 By Abby Johnson 

Mary Jo Viero didn’t like the weeds she saw piling up alongside the train tracks at the 103rd Street Station. It was a jarring sight, she said. Hideous greenery had burst from the ground and settled into the cracks and crevices of the pavement, much like unwelcome house guests.  

“It was a terrible representation of our neighborhood,” said Viero, who is the Community Organizer for BAPA. “We had to do something about it.” 

So they did. BAPA workers Grace Kuikman, Jennifer Alving and Margot Holland tossed a few brooms and rakes into the back of Viero’s SUV and drove to the disheveled lot. There they spent the morning removing weeds and picking up trash and leaves. Three hours later, the area looked transformed. The unwanted greens had been removed, and the seed for BAPA’s Weeding Wednesdays had been planted.  

This summer marks the third year of what began as Viero’s drive to remove an eyesore. Starting this month, a different clean-up location will be selected every Wednesday. BAPA staff and volunteers will meet from 8:30 to about 10 a.m. to pull weeds, remove litter and trim overgrown plantings.  

Volunteers are welcome to join. Viero said she understands that time constraints can make it hard for people to give back to their community, but hopes that people who love gardening and love our beautiful community can find some time to help out on a Wednesday morning this summer and early fall.  

“People are always so busy that going out and doing some good for the community can fall to the wayside,” she said. “We want to present them with some opportunities so they see how easy it is to get involved.” 

And Weeding Wednesdays are good for the neighborhood, too. Areas around the Rock Island Metra and the Forest Preserves rarely see primping and are always in need of rejuvenation.  Viero wants Weeding Wednesdays to serve as inspiration. Even if you can’t participate in the weekly cleanups, Viero said, try to do something similar on your own time.  

“Find your own infuriating outdoor mess and spend some time cleaning it up. Where ever it may be.” 

Going Green: Tips for a Healthy Environment

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day is Sun., Apr. 22 and there are lots of environment-friendly way you can celebrate leading up to, on and beyond that date.

Lights Out!

Even though Earth Hour was held in March as a global effort to help save our planet by reducing use of electricity, you can schedule your own Earth Hour at home. Pick a day, then turn off the lights for one hour, starting at 8:30 p.m. Make some noise to celebrate your commitment to saving the earth’s resources. Info: www.earthhour.org.

Take a Hike!

Experience the glorious beginnings of spring by taking an Earth Day walk in Dan Ryan Woods! The woods are beautiful, and there are hiking trails and open areas where you can observe birds, enjoy nature and celebrate this amazing resource right in our community. Check out programs at Dan Ryan Woods sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County at fpdcc.com or volunteer to help the Friends of the Forest Preserves at monthly work days in Dan Ryan Woods; info: fotfp.org.

Save Money & Save the Earth

BAPA is hosting a Utility Bill Clinic with representatives from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Tues., Apr. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Bring copies of your utility bills for the experts to review so they can give you tips on how to save on your gas and electric bills. Spots are limited, so make a reservation at www.bapa.org.

Clean Up Our Community

BAPA invites neighbors to help clean up parks, train stations, schools and other public places in a community wide clean and green, Sat., Apr. 21, 9 a.m. Volunteers who register by Apr. 18 will receive a BAPA Love Where You Live t-shirt. Bring gardening/work gloves, rakes and brooms, if you have them. Students can receive community service hours. Sign up for a location near you at www.bapa.org.

Plant a Tree / Pull Weeds

BAPA continues to work with Openlands to secure tree planting grants throughout Beverly/Morgan Park. Help is needed to identify areas that need parkway trees and to recruit homeowners in contiguous areas who need trees and will be willing to help plant them.

If you’re around on weekdays, join the BAPA team for Weeding Wednesdays. Each week throughout the summer, public places are targeted for removal of debris and weeds. Volunteers receive a BAPA Love Where You Live t-shirt. Info: contact Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or mjviero@bapa.org.

Every Day Earth Friendly Habits

Conserve water: Do not let water run when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.

Use low flow faucets, shower heads and toilets.

Try Plogging! Pick up trash as you jog or walk through the neighborhood. On Apr. 21, 7 a.m., the Running Excels running group will be plogging. They meet at the store, 10328 S. Western. Info: 773- 629-8587.

Leave the car at home and walk or bike to your destination.

Invest in a reusable coffee cup.

BYOB grocery bags – even when you’re shopping in the suburbs.

Use earth friendly cleaning products

Reduce, reuse, recycle every day.

House Doctor Series Focus is Recycling

Eileen Klees from the Beverly Unitarian Church (BUC) Green Sanctuary group will present a program on recycling for the House Doctor series, Sun., Apr. 7, 2 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley. Klees will explain what you can or cannot put into blue bins as well as the theory and economic impact of recycling.

“Reduce – Reuse – Recycle was a mantra started in the early 1970’s when Earth Day became an official date on the calendar,” Klees said. “Despite its longevity and obvious value, we are a long way from zero waste.”

In the House Doctor program, Klees will clarify what should be reduced/reused/repaired, what can be recycled, what should be replaced, and why knowledge and options make sustainable living more enjoyable and less expensive.

A Q&A will follow the program. Admission is $5 for RHS members and $10 for non-members. Reservations requested: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com (provide your name and phone number).

The BUC Green Sanctuary group sponsors environmental events, including the hazardous waste collection every October.  For more information, visit www.beverlyunitarian.org/green-sanctuary-group.