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OSF HealthCare and Smith Village Offer Grief Support
Two of the Southland’s leading sponsors of adult support groups  OSF HealthCare and Smith Village  are joining forces to offer a free six-week adult bereavement program available via Zoom, Wednesdays, July 15 through Aug. 19, 1 p.m. 

Each week, the hour-long sessions dealing with the loss of a relative, friend or close colleague will be led by three experts: Chaplain Dennis Shelton and social worker Jessica Allison MSW, both of OSF HealthCare, and Diane Morgan, Smith Village social service director of long-term care. 

“Deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have touched many more people than in normal times,” said Allison. “We thought addressing this topic from three points of view would be greatly beneficial to survivors.”  

The first meeting will focus on the grieving process.  

The sessions will be presented via Zoom, a video conferencing platform that can be accessed on computers or mobile telephones. To download the software, go to 

Pre-registration is required to participate in the weekly sessions. To register contact Jessica Allison, 708-229-6913 or The meeting ID and password needed to participate will be provided.  

OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. The OSF HealthCare Ministry includes 14 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan. Smith Village is a life plan community in Beverly/Morgan Park.  



OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Names New President 

OSF HealthCare has named Kathleen Kinsella president of OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park.  

Kinsella has served as the hospital’s chief operating officer since 2018 where she was responsible for operational issues with a focus on safety and positive clinical outcomes for patients. She was instrumental in facilitating the successful transition of Little Company of Mary to OSF HealthCare in February.  

Kinsella has more than 30 years of health care experience in ambulatory and hospital medicine consulting and implementing solutions for operational, financial, quality and regulatory issues in varied professional environments. She received her Bachelor of Science in occupational health and safety education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Science in health care administration from the University of St. Francis.  

“Kathleen is a shining example of our Mission to serve with the greatest care and love and I am thrilled to welcome her into her new role as president of OSF Little Company of Mary,” said AJ Querciagrossa, chief executive officer, Metro Region, OSF HealthCare.  

Kinsella takes over for John Hanlon, MD, who is retiring after a nearly 40-year career, the last two years as president of OSF Little Company of Mary. The transition will be effective July 10.  



History Mystery Bike Adventure 

More Mystery, More Adventure & More Fun for the Whole Family 

As most community events are being cancelled, BAPA is bringing back a retooled, social distancing-friendly version of its popular History Mystery Bike Tour. An exciting way to see the neighborhood, harness sleuthing skills, and get in some active outdoor time with family and friendsnew History Mystery Bike Adventure offers four all new puzzle-solving challenges with some updates, prizes and family-friendly options.  

In its heyday, the History Mystery Tour was held as a one-day family focused biking event, coupled with food and music. For the new version, people will participate on their own using clues and maps printed in The Villager starting this month and available on BAPA’s website.   

As many residents take to the streets on two wheels to enjoy the warmer weather and stay active, the resurrected History Mystery Bike Adventure is an option for families to add some fun to their rides and discover new routes in the community. It is just one of multiple BAPA alternative events being held this summer that allow residents to practice social distancing, but still get out and participate in a community-wide activity 

The new History Mystery Bike Adventure starts pedaling in West Beverly. Every month through September, the series will take residents to a new area of the neighborhood to solve clues using the printed map in that month’s Villager and at 

Clues will cover a wide range of topics specific to each area of the neighborhood. From architecture and history, to local businesses and everyday sights, residents can spend the summer discovering everything that makes the Beverly/Morgan Park community so unique.  

Once participants have completed the clues, they will be able to solve the History Mystery puzzle. Each month, completed puzzle answercan be submitted to BAPA via email ( with the subject line History Mystery to be qualified for prizes for that month. Prize winners will be randomly selected from the correct puzzle answers received, one entry per family pleaseFuture adventures will take residents to East Beverly in July, North Beverly in August, and Central Beverly in September. 

BAPA encourages bicyclists to always practice bike safety and etiquette when riding. For more tips and recommendations on how to bike safely in our community, check out Bike Safety Information. To get started on the first History Mystery Bike Adventure of the summer, find your map and list of clues here. Good luck! 



CORE Fitness Redefines Postpartum 

By Kristin Boza 

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy, 2940 W. 95th St., is known for its wide range of offerings in Pilates and physical therapy, all in an effort to help strengthen the core and promote overall health and well-being. 

An essential part of CORE’s philosophy is to promote women’s health at all stages of life, particularly addressing the changes that occur after a pregnancy.  

“I like to think once postpartum, always postpartum,” said Cathriona Fey, Women’s Health Fitness Specialist at CORE, with certifications in pre/postnatal care. “The changes that are required of our bodies to carry and birth children can impact our deep core and how we move for the rest of our lives.”  

From a fitness approach, CORE’s prenatal and postnatal classes are geared toward helping women feel stronger and more connected to their bodies. “Our goal is that they can return to their regular exercise routine more confident and supported, armed with these essential techniques to train safely and more effectively postpartum,” Fey said. “Postpartum recovery started during pregnancy and a lot of the techniques we teach can prevent common postpartum issues, like incontinence, diastasis recti, low back pain, prolapse, and more.” 

Issues like pelvic pain, painful intercourse, urge incontinence, and post-surgical therapies can be treated through physical therapy and fitness classes at CORE. Even if insurance doesn’t cover physical therapy, women can find help through the fitness classes, or they can graduate to the fitness classes after completing a physical therapy program. All classes are designed to provide a safe and effective full-body workout while promoting a functional and stronger core.  

“It’s so important to shed light on women’s health therapy and pelvic floor therapy because it’s not usually talked about,” said Terri McCabe, Studio Manager at CORE. “Most women experience issues at some point, and these issues are related to pregnancy and deliveryFor us culturally, we’re sent home from the hospital without a prescription for physical therapy and told to ‘just rest.’ If we were given the proper tools and rehabilitation opportunities or therapeutic interventions immediately following labor and delivery, we may not have issues feeling out of alignment or offbalance years later.” 

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy is in the insurance network for BCBS PPO, and they also accept self-pay and workman’s comp individuals. Since physical therapy is an essential service during the shelter-in-place orders, CORE is able to see these patients; telehealth appointments are also available. Online fitness classes are available for a drop-in price of $10 per class; register online at 

Safe Crossings and Emptier Streets Add to Local Bikeability 

By Kristin Boza 

Bike riding in an urban community is challenging; often, only the most experienced riders will even attempt to bike down a major thoroughfare like Western Avenue. However, promoting walkability and bikeability is essential to bringing even more traffic to small businesses in Beverly/Morgan Park — without the polluting effects of cars.  

UrbanMain is one organization seeking to find ways to encourage walking and biking on Western through a grant to the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business AssociationSeveral local organizations, businesses and individuals are working on ideas to spur economic vitality in our community along Western Avenue.  

Beverly/Morgan Park resident Anne Alt is committed to working with UrbanMain on initiatives to attract more bike and foot traffic and generate more ideas for businesses that can fill the low-activity gaps on Western 

“Part of the potential for this project is encouraging people to visit businesses on Western by walking or biking,” Alt said. “I’ve been working on ideas for better pedestrian and bike access, and event ideas for promoting non-car visits to businesses there. If we improve some crossings with treatments like median refuge island and curb bumpouts, that could encourage more people to visit destinations on Western without getting into cars. Businesses could serve more customers with less parking.” 

While riding and walking down Western is great for local businesses, alternate routes are needed that keep biking families with young kids safe in transitAlt recommends a few alternative bike routes that let families stretch their legs, get some much-needed fresh air and exercise, and avoid traffic and stay safe as much as possible while traveling to their destinations: 

For east-west routes, 91st, 100th, and 109th Streets are quiet and easy for families to follow the rules of the road. 

Wood, Hoyne and Bell are quieter north-south street alternatives to Longwood and Prospect. 

Leavitt has stop signs and traffic lights which make is useful for crossing major streets, though it’s not ideal for little kids because of the amount of traffic it attracts, particularly between 94th and 99th Streets.   

West of Western gets challenging, since many streets are one-way and change direction in inconvenient locations.   

Above all, Alt stresses that families adhere to general bike safety rules, no matter what roads they travel on: 

Ride with the flow of traffic. Drivers are not expecting people to be riding at them in their lane, particularly at intersections or driveways. This opens up the potential for accidents. 

Use a mirror attached to handlebars, helmet or glasses to see what’s coming behind you. Don’t be shy — wave at cars coming up behind you to ensure they see you in their lane. 

Use reflectors. While bike lights are a part of Illinois law, be sure to also use reflectors and reflective bands on your ankles. This combination increases your visibility and makes it obvious to oncoming drivers that you’re riding a bike.  

In Illinois, one important bike law to follow is to affix a white, front-facing headlight and a red rear-facing reflector or light to your bike. This makes the rider visible from at least 500 feet when used at night.  

Use hand signals to alert drivers to your direction changes. Learn more about hand signals at 

Find out more about Illinois bike laws at 







Teletherapy Options Offer Help Coping with Pandemic

Mental health is as important as physical health during the pandemic. Being isolated from loved ones and friends, being quarantined with your spouse and kids, being separated from loved ones who are ill and being unable to properly say goodbye to people you have lost, and simply being afraid of what’s going to happen next produce anxiety, stress and depression.

Lisa Catania, LCSW of Beverly Therapists said, “Many fears and hardships that are getting triggered by the pandemic, causing stress, anxiety, and depression to increase for most people.” The constantly changing news reinforces a loss of control. Most people fear that they or a loved one will become sick.

“While fear or anxiety helps us to be cautious and adopt new shelter-in-place behaviors quickly, many feel petrified to the point of experiencing sleeplessness, irritability, fear of leaving their house and any contact with others.  We can have a hard time knowing where to draw the line between caution and paranoia,” Catania said.  

Other stressors like working from home or losing a job, homeschooling and even doing essential tasks like going to the grocery store provoke emotional responses and fears that affect relationships as well as a sense of personal safety.

“Very few of us have been through such a historical hardship,” Catania said. “As a society, we are collectively experiencing the discomforts of vulnerability. Thankfully, counseling lends itself well to telehealth, and most insurance policies are covering teletherapy during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Given the strain of the pandemic, regarding many issues such as isolation, financial stress, illness, grief, trauma, it is very important that people are accessing therapy,” said Kathleen McShane, MA, LCPC, CCTP, Director of Begin Within Therapy. Their practice is advocating for longer term coverage for Telehealth therapy, and they have a petition with over 16,000 signatures supporting that need as the stay-in-place executive orders are extended.

Mental health professionals advise people who are feeling stressed by the pandemic to a break now and then from watching the news during the pandemic, make sure to eat healthy meals and get exercise, get plenty of sleep, take deep breaths and meditate, engaging in activities you enjoy, talk to people you trust about your concerns, and avoid alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Sometimes it takes more than following these simple suggestions to help cope with overwhelming circumstances and thoughts.

To help neighbors take care of the added stress and uncertainty created by the restrictions of COVID-19, counseling is available as a telehealth option, and locally provided by therapy offices.

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 773-310-3488 or The team of therapists at Beverly Therapists has shifted to offer counseling assessment and ongoing therapy through telehealth during this uncertain time. Sessions are private and available by phone or computer with therapists who are trained in teletherapy. Access this option through their website, where you can also read helpful blog posts, find mental health resources and find comfort in empowering advice.

​Begin Within Therapy, 3301 W. 111th St., 312-469-0486 or This group of therapists is available to help current and new clients manage the uncertainty of these times. Sessions are provided online and confidential.

Mirjam Quinn & Associates, 10801 S. Western, 2B, 708-586-7357 or

“Life doesn’t stop during shelter-in-place, and neither should your mental health support.” That excellent advice is on the Mirjam Quinn & Associates website, along with a link to easy online talk therapy ( Services include “coping during shelter in place,” one-time, one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor as well as regular sessions. 

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center can connect people in need with SilverCloud, a secure, anonymous and interactive platform to help you manage the feelings and causes of depression, anxiety or stress. The free app is available on phone, tablet or computer and consists of up to seven interactive modules that include mindfulness exercises, interactive journaling, and mood or lifestyle charting. Connect at

Free mental health counseling resources are available to Chicago residents. Among them are:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago Helpline, 311 or 833-626-4244;

Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers, 312-747-1020.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, free and confidential support 800-273-8255;

Illinois Department of Human Services Mental Health Division free emotional support text line for people suffering from mental health issues related to COVID-19; text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0.

Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Goes Virtual

The OSF Beverly Breast Cancer Walk has been a Mother’s Day tradition in Beverly/Morgan Park for 20 years. The walk provides a way for the community to come together to support breast cancer treatment and services for patients, survivors and their families at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center and to honor breast cancer patients, survivors and victims with the message to fight, admire, honor and hope.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSF HealthCare will host the Beverly Breast Cancer Virtual Walk on Sun., May 10. According to the Facebook event post, “The virtual walk is a fun, interactive way to get up and move safely during the coronavirus pandemic while still honoring and supporting our friends, family and all those who have or are currently facing the fight against breast cancer.”
Participants can walk around their houses, on treadmills or in the neighborhood following the rules of social distancing and using masks. Walkers will use social media to cheer each other on.

Organizers posted, “Make sure to take a picture of yourself walking, tag it with #OSFBBCW and share the names of those who you walk for or the reason why you walk. With everything going on, we recognize that the need for breast cancer services, treatment and support doesn’t stop – and neither does our commitment to supporting patients and their families during these critical times.”
Proceeds from the walk will continue to benefit the Cancer Center and Comprehensive Breast Health Center at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center to provide state-of-the-art treatment and services to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. Funding will continue to sustain breast health programming and the BBCW Crisis Fund to assist breast cancer patients with emergent financial needs through treatment.
Keep up to date on the virtual walk the OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center Facebook page under events.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Update

As we all keep our social distance it’s more important than ever that we are a community of neighbors helping neighbors: check on one another, follow the common-sense rules for keeping yourself and others safe, and remember to support local businesses. Thank you to all medical people, first responders and others who are staying on the job to make sure our country keeps running. BAPA will keep sharing community information and updates in The Villager, in our weekly enews, on social media and at

 BAPA staff is currently working from home and can be reached via email: Mary Jo Viero, Executive Director,; Grace Kuikman, Assistant Director and Villager editor,; Brittany Wiley, Business Liaison,; Cathriona Fey, Community Outreach and Improvement,; Tina Jenkins Bell, School Liaison,; Gary Jenkins, Community Safety Liaison,; and Talie Leeb, office manager,  

BAPA Cares Resources

Now more than ever, businesses and community residents need access to resources that will help them weather the pandemic financially, physically and emotionally. The new BAPA Cares resources website provides links to a wide variety of local, city, state and federal programs that can provide the kind of help you need. Click here to connect.

Ways to Help

Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., needs donations of money and dry goods to meet increased emergency needs for people in 60643 and 60655. Needed are boxed cereal, canned chicken, tuna and salmon, bottled water and juice, pancake mix and pasta, as well as cleaning and hygiene products such as soap, disposable face masks, sanitizing wipes and diapers. Monetary donations also needed to purchase food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository; place cash and checks made out to Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry in sealed envelopes. Info: 773-239-3013 or Karen Overstreet

19th Ward Office staff and volunteers continue fundraising, organizing and delivering meals that are prepared by local restaurants for first responders, medical personnel and seniors. Support this ongoing effort through the GoFundMe

Turpin Cares is collecting food, hygiene products and donations to help homeless people and others in need in nearly communities. Find out what they need and how to donate

Get details and sign up for the Meal Train providing meals for OSF Little Company of Mary ICU, Emergency Room and Nursing Staff.

Quilters Trunk, 10352 S. Western, and 19th Ward Office are providing fabric to make face masks for medical personnel and first responders. Here is how it works:  Find plastic bags with 4 pieces of fabric (enough for 8 masks) in the blue tub that is being placed at The Quilter’s Trunk front door; make masks with two different fabrics (inside and outside); place completed masks back in the plastic bag and return them to the blue tub.  Questions?

At Beverly Bakery, 10528 S Western, the little food pantry in the front hall is open for those in need, accepting donations and giving food away, weekdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Beverly Bakery is also taking orders for carryout food weekdays until 1 p.m. Info: 773-238-5580.

Ways to Stay Healthy

Find teletherapy opportunities locally and learn about staying mentally healthy in The Villager

Telehealth services for those at risk of COVID-19 are available through OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center for people who show COVID-19 symptoms or are at a high risk for contracting the virus, but do not require emergency or inpatient care. To seek care through the program, call 833-673-5669. OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary also offers expert advice on staying well during the pandemic, including a live chat. Click here to access the website

Beverly Yoga Center is offering classes online through their website

Barre it All Fitness offers online classes at  and click “on demand access” to sign up.

Do Good Movement, daily yoga for adults and children at

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy offers a “virtual studio” option, Pilates and fitness classes 7 days a week, and physical therapy and telehealth appointments. Registration/info

Beverly Barre offers live Instagram workouts; get details at

Treadfit is posting workout challenges on Facebook,

Things to Do At a Distance

The Great Connections Beverly Discussion Group is now online to read and discuss excerpts from classic texts with powerful relevance to modern life. To join, RSVP Questions? Email Felicia or call 773-677-6418.

Chicago Public Schools remote learning continues. Visit your child’s school website, and .

Edna White Community Garden and Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be planting gardens to supply fresh produce to the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry. Keep up on the details and learn how to volunteer at the Edna White Garden Facebook page

Chicago Public Library tutoring and homework assistance through Brainfuse, 2 to 11 p.m. A valid library card may be necessary to access services. Visit

The Chicago Police Department has compiled a list of Internet Safety tips for parents and school aged youth

Community Resources

The City of Chicago has a created a Coronavirus Response Center website to provide residents with access to the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19.

19th Ward Service Offices, 773-238-8766 or

Get COVID-19 updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health at

Eat, Drink and Shop Local

Our restaurants and stores need your business! Purchase gift certificates, order carryout meals from restaurants, shop online. Dollars spent helping our business neighbors helps our community stay strong. BAPA is updating local business info If you have a business update, email info to Brittany Wiley, BAPA Business Liaison,

Food and Drink

For many of the following businesses, details about their hours and offerings are available on their Facebook pages.

County Fair Foods, 10800 S. Western, is open from 7 to 8 a.m. for senior shoppers only; all others can shop after 8.

Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., is now limiting 10 customers at a time in the store. Curbside pickup and juice bar orders accepted via phone, 773-233-1856.

Markland Hubbard Gourmet Provisions, 1739 W. 99th St., 773-233-0632, is selling coffee by the cup or by the pound, as well as some pastries and gourmet packaged foods from Stonewall Kitchen and Frontier Soups. More about Markland Hubbard

 Ain’t She Sweet Café, Beverly, 773-840-3309. Carryout & Delivery through GrubHub.  Details

AndySunflower Café, 312-961-3171. Mobile, drive-up orders.

 Bani’s Beets, 773-599-9764. Curbside pickup and delivery.

Nine One One BBQ Shack, 773-238-9111. No-contact curbside delivery.

Americanos, 773-941-6787. No-contact curbside delivery and margaritas-to-go.

Original Rainbow Cone, 773-238-7075. Carry-out or delivery.

Waldo Cooney’s Pizza, 773-233-9781. Delivery.

Pizzeria Deepo, 773-840-3087. Curbside pick-up.

Horse Thief Hollow, 773-779-2739. Curbside pick-up Tues. through Sat., 4 to 9 p.m. New carryout menu.

 Nicky’s Grill, 773-233-3072. Carryout & delivery.

 Fox’s Beverly Pub, 773-239-3212. Carryout & delivery.

 Franconello, 773-881-4100. Curbside pickup and delivery.

Beverly Bakery and Café, 773-238-5580. Pick-up and delivery, until 1 p.m.

Calabria Imports, 773-396-5800. Curbside pickup and delivery, Mon through Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Manzo’s Burger was temporarily closed; check in at 773-779-5945 or

Swanson’s Deli, 2414 W. 103rd St., 773-239-1197, is open for pickup and delivery, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon. through Fri., and is now offering meal kits along with regular menu and take home meals.

Open Outcry Brewing Co., 773-629-6055. Curbside pick-up and delivery.

 Two Mile Coffee Bar, 773-614-8115. Order over the phone for pick up (assistance available on request).

Ken’s on Western, 773-238-0234: Free delivery and curbside pick-up, 4 to 8 p.m.; daily specials in addition to the regular menu.

Top Notch, 773-445-7218. Carryout.

 Hearty Café, 773-881-1000 carry outs; delivery via Uber Eats, Door Dash and Grub Hub.

 Lume’s Pancake House, 773-233-2323.  Curbside pickup, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Barracos 95th Street, 773-881-4040. Area locations open 24 hours for carryout and delivery.

Business Services

SCORE mentor Kevin Scanlan is offering free virtual mentoring.  See Kevin’s profile here.  For more information, email

Support Local Businesses

Despite closures, businesses owners are staying connected with customers. Check out these options.

 Brach’s Auto Center, 10333 S. Western, provides all repair services with free vehicle pickup and drop off, no contact dropbox, and vehicle sanitization after service. Info: 773-238-0606 or

 Beverly Records, 773-779-0066. Shop via Facetime appointments.

 Turkey Chicago, 773-941-4751. Shop online or via social media.

 Belle Up, 773- 233-2442. Shop online or via social media.

Bookie’s – Chicago.  Shop online including digital and audio books.

Tranquility Salon.  Shop online.

Olivia’s Garden, 10730 S. Western, opens Sat., May 2, 10 to 4 p.m., limit of 12 customers at a time for social distancing. Details on Facebook

City Grange Beverly will be opening May 9 at 1818 W. 99th Street, using social distancing with customers and delivery  Find more info on Facebook  or the website 

Running Excels, 773-629-8587. Curbside pickup and delivery within a 5 mile radius; regular store hours open. Details

C&D Family Farms offers products from some of the favorite vendors from the 95th Street Farmers Market on their website The opening of the market has been postponed until further notice, but items ordered through C&D will be delivered to Beverly/Morgan Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the 95th Street Farmers Market Facebook for updates.



Beverly Unitarian Church is offering worship services via Facebook on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. followed by Zoom coffee hour chat. Archived services are available on the church’s YouTube page).

Trinity United Methodist Church, offering services at and church Facebook, Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Morgan Park Presbyterian Church is offering video streaming and phone-in worship. Details

Pitch Your Protective, One-Use Gloves in the Garbage

Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say consistent handwashing is far more valuable than wearing protective gloves. Still, the coronavirus can live for several days on surfaces. You can’t be too safe, right?

If you choose to wear them, please throw your disposable, one-time use gloves in the trash. Another option is to keep plastic bags in your car or on your person; when done with your gloves, toss them into the bags, then throw the bags into a “regular” garbage bin.

Here’s why:

  • Gloves are like any surface. If they are contaminated with coronavirus, they become a public health concern to essential workers who dispose of them or small children who often pick things up off of the ground, despite their parents’ eagle eyes.
  • Improperly disposed gloves can end up in storm drains, contaminating our local water source or our lake or rivers, causing environmental risks.
  • Disposing of blue gloves on public ways in Chicago can garner a fine of $150 to $1500 per offense.

For the entire month of April, BAPA is encouraging residents to participate in Clean and Green efforts to beautify the community. Due to the quarantine, the usual communal clean up gatherings are not possible, but simple actions, like proper disposal of protective masks and gloves, are. Remember, disposable blue gloves are not recyclable, so please do not throw them into recycle bins.

Need more info? Click here

Barre it All Offering Mom and Child Yoga 

By Kristin Boza 

Yoga is known as an amazing workout and stress reliever, for both adults and children. Barre it All Fitness, 3202 W. 111th St., introduced Mother/Child Yoga classes to help moms connect with their children while engaging in a fitness practice that promotes mind/body wellness. Children should be at least five years old, or able to handle staying in a designated area for close to an hour, to participate with their moms in the class. 

“The benefits of offering a class for moms and their children are endless, with the biggest benefit being connection,” said Kelly Lucio, founder of Barre It All. “We live in a world where we are constantly distracted by electronics; this class gives parents and their children an opportunity to disconnect from the world for a full 50 minutes.” 

Lucio got the idea for mother/child yoga classes from her cousin, who posted the idea to Moms of Beverly and Moms of Mt. Greenwood Facebook pages to gauge interest. More than 100 moms said they would love to see a mom/child yoga option in the community. 

“This concept really took off in our community and spun into classes for birthday parties, sports teams, and Brownie troops,” Lucio said. “All of the classes and parties have been a positive experience for all. 

Mindfulness is a big part of yoga, and especially in the stressful times our country is experiencing now, participating in yoga will benefit moms and kids in numerous ways.  

“We teach participants about the power of your breath. No matter how crazy life gets, we can always come back to our breath!” Lucio said. “Meditation and mindfulness have real benefits and can reduce both stress and anxiety, which are both things that adults and children can suffer from. By teaching these techniques early on to children and teens, they become more resilient and we are better equipped to handle the potential challenges that life throws at them.” 

Lucio hopes to be back in the studio in April. However, if the studio must still be closed due to the “stay at home” directive, she intends to live stream the mother/child yoga classes online. Stay informed and follow them on Instagram (Barre_It_All_LLC_Fitness) and Facebook ( 

“The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. To see moms hold hands with their children in poses or during shivasana (a mindfulness practice), just warms my heart!” Lucio said. 

To sign up, visit To schedule a private event, email Kelly Lucio at 



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

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center officially became part of the OSF HealthCare Ministry on Feb. 1, making it the 14th hospital in the Peoria-based health system.  

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Little Company of Mary Sisters align themselves with the philosophy, mission and values that guide decision-making in a way that respects the dignity of the whole person and puts the needs of the patient first. It is the mission of OSF HealthCare to serve with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life. 

“On January 19, we celebrated 90 years of our health care ministry in Evergreen Park,” said John Hanlon, MD, MMM, president of OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary. “This merger between OSF and Little Company of Mary assures the continuation – and strengthening – of Catholic health care in the southwest Chicago suburbswhile allowing us to join with OSF in leading health care transformation throughout our community.” 

At the stroke of midnight Feb. 1, the process began to switch all information technology systems, including patient medical records, lab, pharmacy, and every other technology that runs a hospital, over to OSF. The process took several hours, with no disruption to patient care. 
Personalized, innovative care is a priority for OSF HealthCare. Our innovation teams have partnered in and committed to the advancement of care at the most personal level,” said Bob Sehring, CEO, OSF HealthCare. “OSF HealthCare believes that through this partnership, better health can be created and value delivered across our communities.” 

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the change of ownership exemption application between OSF and Little Company of Mary in mid-December, with the merge of the organizations receiving canonical approval from the Vatican a week later. 

Technology Feat 

On the OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center website, the changeover was described in detail 

After months of planning that involved thousands of people across the OSF ministry, the systems that powered everything at Little Company of Mary were converted to OSF systems at midnight on Feb. 1It took about two and a half hours to get everything up and running, and then the process of getting everything settled comfortably into place began. 

It was an impressive transition that was accomplished while the hospital continued caring for more than 200 patients during switchover, not including those coming into the emergency department. The conversion covered more than 600 different systems, bringing them live all at one time, explained Jim Mormann, CEO, Integrated Solutions and Chief Information Officer for OSF HealthCare. “There’s a lot of sequence of events and a lot of pieces that have to occur to ensure that patient safety is kept to the highest a degree possible along with keeping all of our systems functioning effectively,” he said in the website coverage.  

Members of the integrated solutions team and others remained onsite to make sure everything is running smoothly and that the new OSF Little Company of Mary Mission Partners are comfortable with them. 

Sharing a Mission 

The merger was more than just the coming together of two hospitals, it was also linking both congregations of Sisters that oversee the organizations. Special moments were woven into their first Mass, celebrated on Feb. 1 by Father William Grogan, Vicar for Health Care for the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

The ritual enhanced the understanding for the transference from the Little Company of Mary Sisters to The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Featured was a table with the baptismal record of the many thousands of babies born at Little Company.
Mary Jo Quick, Director of Mission Services for OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, said it was important to have a prayerful way for both congregations to share the history of their communities, light a candle in front of a photo of each Foundress, and from there light a single candle, together, to symbolize the two communities coming together and continuing to provide care for those they have been called to serve. 

The Little Company of Mary Sisters are dedicated to caring for the suffering, the sick and the dying. The order was founded in 1877 in Nottingham, England by Venerable Mary Potter. The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis were founded in Peoria, Illinois on July 16, 1877, by Mother M. Frances Krasse, O.S.F., the first Major Superior of the religious community, and Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. They are committed to serving the sick, the poor, and all those the Lord sends their way with the greatest care and love.
With the addition of Little Company of Mary, OSF HealthCare employs 23,678 Mission Partners at more than 147 locations including 14 hospitals.  

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center operates 12 unique facilities, including the hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., which has strong community connections. Learn more at