Please Support BAPA’s Work in Our Community


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.


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
  • 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


  • 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


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.

Beverly Resident Brings Mutual Aid Initiative to the South Side 

By Cathriona Fey 
BAPA Community Outreach & Improvement 

Neighbors helping neighbors. It is a simple concept and in the Beverly/Morgan Park community something we see often as residents regularly come out to help neighbors experiencing difficult times. During the pandemic, the number of residents experiencing a difficult time has increased. Neighborhood resident Tim Noonan recognized the importance of organizing as a community to meet the needs of residents who need help. He has assembled and is leading the 19th Ward Mutual Aid initiative to assist residents in Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood.  

After donating to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, Noonan felt he could do more to help during COVID-19. Upon learning about a Mutual Aid initiative recently launched in Bridgeport, Noonan knew this was something that our community not only needed, but could support. As the Vice President of the Beverly Improvement Association (BIA), Noonan brought the idea to his directors. The idea was received with the support to move forward but it was clear that in order to do so more community would be needed 

Meanwhile, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) launched BAPA Cares to provide support to local groups and initiatives that are working to help residents and businesses weather this storm. Noonan made a call to BAPA Executive Director, Mary Jo Viero, and the two organizations decided to merge their efforts.  

In addition to BIA and BAPA, the 19th Ward Mutual Aid initiative has attracted groups such as the Beverly Art Alliance, South Side Ancient Order of Hibernians, local churches and Turpin Cares to help advance efforts. Since its launch in May, a 19th Ward Mutual Aid Facebook group has been started and a website domain name secured. While Chicago COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups have been active in other neighborhoods throughout the city, the 19th Ward Mutual Aid is still very new and the group is working toward identifying specific community needs.  

“There is no blueprint for this,” Noonan said. “Everything we do is to serve the residents in our community and what their needs are right here in the 19th Ward.”  In addition to setting up channels to request assistance, the group has reached out to local pastors and church leaders to better understand the needs of their congregations, especially the elderly and those homebound. 19th Ward Mutual Aid is also partnering with the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry to identify gaps in resources and food supplies available.  

With the help of BAPA and Turpin Cares, the 19th Ward Mutual Aid group has organized a weekly Free Store that will be open on Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m., at the BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Thanks to an existing channel of donations and coordination from Turpin Cares, people are able to come to the Free Store to request and receive a variety of first-aid and hygiene products.  

In partnership with the Beverly Art Alliance, 19th Ward Mutual Aid is also working to advance Art Heals, an initiative to support local artists by providing opportunities to showcase their workbringing the benefits and pleasure of art to area residents during these difficult times. 

Noonan said the Mutual Aid group will be active as long as there is a need. According to the 19th Ward Mutual Aid Facebook group, this is nondenominational and nonpolitical, just neighbors helping neighbors.  

To learn more about the 19th Ward Mutual Aid, follow them on Facebook for news and updates. If you have an idea, would like to assist, or need assistanceemail or call 773-980-6043.  


BAPA Teen Corps 

Providing an opportunity for teens impacted by school closures is a priority at BAPA, which is organizing the BAPA Teen Corps. Through the program local teens can volunteer to help address needs identified by the Mutual Aid group. They will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and respond to community requests. 

 Through BAPA Teen Corps students can complete service hours and build up service credentials while helping their community. For information contact Mary Jo Viero, 



Social Distance Community Calendar 


Smith Village invites caregivers, family and friends of older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to attend a free memory care support group via conference call, Tues., June 2, 6:30 p.m. Interested participants can join by dialing the conference call center number, 312-667-4792 musing the password 929028. Smith Village social service director of long-term care Diane Morgan will host the call in an open topic format and address issues about the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to people with dementia.  

Bethany Union Church of Chicago is offering online worship services via, Sundays, 10:30 a.m.  For people who miss the live version or just want to listen again, the service will remain on the church Facebook page. To receive the monthly Bethany Union Church Unifier newsletter, send a note to 1750 W. 103rd St., or email   

Even though this year’s Vanderpoel Art Association Student Art Show has been canceled, work by  student artists can be viewed in the 2020 class project comic books, “Comic Bork 3: The Empire Strikes Bork, at There is a volume for each of the classes showing the talents of the artists and storytellers. The graduating 8th graders whose work is included are James Miller, Jade Madden and Patrick O’Malley. Plans call for Vanderpoel art classes to resume in the fall. 

Marist High School will be offering virtual summer campto help kids improve skills in a variety of sports as well as science, chess and cheerleading. Camps are for children in kindergarten through 8th grade, and offered in sessions that begin June 2, June 9, June 16 and June 23. View camp offerings and registration deadlines at    

Beverly Arts Center has adapted its class curriculum to provide safe and socially distant options for students. The summer session will begin June 8 and be offered online through Zoom. Learn how to dance, play an instrument, paint a portrait, direct a film, or be a star of the stage, all from the comfort of your own home. Info/registration: 

The following Local School Council (LSC) meetings will be held virtually. Visit the school websites for links and access code. Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Jun. 4, 6 p.m. Sutherland School LSC, Mon., Jun. 15, 6:30 p.m. Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Jun. 17, 6 p.m. 


BAPA Launches the BAPA Cares Campaign Amongst COVID-19 Changes 

By Cathriona Fey, BAPA Community Outreach and Improvement 

In response to the changes brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) has organized the BAPA Cares Campaign as a way to locally connect, educate and uplift the residents and businesses in the Beverly/Morgan Park community during these uncertain times.  

Over the last monthBAPA has been continuously working to provide support through various initiatives and programs to reach people in a variety of ways while practicing social distancingWith BAPA spring events cancelled due to efforts to control the spread of the virus and encourage sheltering in place, BAPA prioritized its community support efforts through the following initiatives: 

BAPA Cares WebinarOn April 9, Beverly/Morgan Park area business owners and residents joined the BAPA Cares Webinar led by BAPA Executive Director Mary Jo Viero and Business Liaison Brittany Wiley. The webinar highlighted local and federal financial support available for businesses, and included information and tips for individuals on how the COVID-19 pandemic and economic climate can impact personal finances, from Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Angie Wright.  

Brittany Wiley presented on the importance of online marketing and social media to connect with customers and other local businesses and organizations during this time. Webinar attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and also comment on their experience so far navigating business, finances and connecting during COVID-19.  

BAPA looks forward to hosting additional topic-specific webinars in the near future. For more information or to receive news on upcoming webinars, contact Brittany Wiley   

Resources for Neighbors and BusinessesFor many, the amount of information being shared right now can be overwhelming and sometimes not up-to-date. In an effort to organize and prioritize COVID-19 resource information for both residents and business owners in Beverly/Morgan Park, BAPA has included a link on its, to a thorough list of resources to assist both neighbors and businesses. This newly launched webpage includes important information and relevant links to lists and content that is updated often.  

For questions regarding the COVID-19 Resources webpage or to provide important information to be added to the page, 

Infographic with 25 ways to support small businesses

ILoveLocal Shop Local CampaignThe week of Apr11 to18, communities throughout Illinois participated in a statewide initiative to encourage shopping locally. Now more than ever, small businesses need the support of their community. BAPA promoted the event through its weekly e-newsletters and a social media campaign. BAPA has also been keeping an updated list of local businesses and their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic that residents can access online 

To find the latest information on restaurants and shops in our community, and information on how you can support local businesses, visit   

Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry Donation: On Apr. 17, BAPA presented a $1,000 check to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry11030 S. Longwood Dr., which serves residents in the 60643 and 60655 zip codes. Funds were donated by residents and community supportersMonetary donations allow the Food Pantry to purchase food items at a discounted cost.   

To learn more about how you can donate to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, call 773-239-3013. Or participate in their safe, contact-free curb-side drop off event Wed., May 6112 to 4 p.m. 

Uplift Smith Village ParadeOn Sat., Apr. 18, BAPA organized a neighborhood car parade around Smith Village to show support to our senior neighbors and healthcare workers. More than 100 cars met in the Beverly Arts Center parking lot and lined 111th Street. Vehicles were decorated with balloons, positive messages, and signs with the names of family members and friends living in Smith Village. With a police escort, paraders circled the Smith Village facility beeping, waving, and playing music while residents waved from decorated windows and staff lined the north entrance. It was truly an uplifting experience for all involved and the level of participation from the community was amazing.  

Through its BAPA Cares campaign, BAPA will continue to organize and provide support to residents and businesses throughout these trying times. If you have an idea or initiative that you think would help our community or would like assistance at this time, each out to BAPA at or call 7732333100. 

Are You Hungry to Help? 


“In times of uncertainty such as this, we seen the best of Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood and others emerge,” wrote Karen Overstreet, Executive Director of the Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all who have asked, ‘How can I help?’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

According to Overstreet, the best way to help is by making a monetary donation.  

On Wed., May 6, 12 to 4 p.m., there will be a safe, contact-free dropoff event for donations of non-perishable food items and donations of check or cash in sealed envelopes in the pantry parking lot, Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr.,  on the west side of the building off 110th Place.  

The pantry is in desperate need of hot and cold cereals, bottled water, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned salmon, condiments, bottled juice, wrapped frozen packaged meats, bar soap, dish detergent, facial tissue, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, spaghetti and pastas, Stove Top dressing, macaroni and cheese, disposable face masks, latex gloves (medium and large), hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, diapers and hygiene items. Other canned foods are not needed at this time. (Food regulations require that non-perishable food items must be sealed, unopened and unused.) 

Monetary donations enable the pantry to purchase a large number of food items from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and local vendors at bulk rates and without paying sales tax.  

At this time, 1,500 of our most vulnerable neighbors are being served by the pantry and the lines of pantry patrons is overflowing. Many area pantries have closed, but our neighborhood pantry will remain open. The pantry is open for food distribution in the parking lot on Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m.  

During this challenging time, they committed to the safety of the volunteers as well as the neighbors who receive food assistance.  

While donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated and accepted, monetary donations maximize the effectiveness of helping neighbors in need. 

It takes just $20 to provide a full emergency meal for a family in need in the 60643 or 60655 zip codes.  

Gifts are accepted in any amount and monthly recurring gifts are very much appreciated. Send checks to Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago IL 60643.  

The Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry was founded in 1983 

“For 37+ years, our community always rises to every challenge, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” Overstreet wrote. “Our community knows how to get really hard things done. Rest assured, every day I am passionately driven by our cause, ‘Feeding the hungry amongst us.’”  

For more information on the pantry and how you can help, call 773-239-3013.  

Growing for Good: Edna White Garden 

By Kristin Boza 

The Edna White Community Garden, 1850 W. Monterey Ave., is known as a place to unwind, gather, and grow a variety of vegetables and plants. This year, the garden and its organizers are re-starting a vegetable growing program to benefit the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, donating fresh foods all throughout the summer and early fall.  

Kathy Figel, Community Organizer for the Edna White Community Garden, has worked tirelessly to ensure the mission of the garden as an open community space has persevered, despite many obstacles over the decades. The vegetable growing and donation program is back after a hiatus, particularly now that the food pantry is in need of even more food for needful families in the 60643 and 60655 zip codes. Volunteers are greatly needed to help garden, harvest, and deliver the fresh vegetables to the Food Pantry, which is located at 110th and Longwood Drive. 

“It’s relatively easy to grow vegetables in our garden; we have great soil, ample water, and full sun. The difficult part is the labor involved in picking and delivering the yield,” Figel said. “The greens especially grow so fast that you need to be out there daily to harvest them. We are asking for volunteers who have any level of experience and the time to consistently help out.” 

To propel the program forward, Figel has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension, which has offered three Master Gardeners to help volunteers cultivate and harvest the crops, as well as planning the garden 

“We will pair volunteers with a Master Gardener who will teach them how to plant seeds correctly and properly harvest the plants,” Figel said. “We are growing these vegetables to help people survive, so it’s essential that we maintain a certain amount of organization! Having the knowledge from the Master Gardeners will help us greatly with what will work best in our plots.” 

Aside from the plots dedicated to the food pantry, anyone in the community is welcome to rent a bed for $30 a year, plus 10 hours of community service in the garden, according to Figel. Beekeepers are also welcome for a $30 fee, and the garden is greatly stimulated by the abundance of pollinators at the site.  

“The whole idea behind the garden is to cultivate community by bringing people of all walks of life together,” Figel said. “People have been practicing social distancing and cleaning up and prepping the garden in April. The beds are ready to go for planting as soon as we get an extended amount of warm weather. 

To get involved in volunteering to grow vegetables for the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, contact Kathy Figel,, and join the Edna White Gardens group on Facebook.   







Chicago Technology Loan Program

By Tina Jenkins Bell, BAPA School Liaison

According to Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer LaTanya McDade, CPS has and will continue to disburse laptops and iPads to schools to lend to students in need of technology to access remote learning instruction, lessons, and activities. In a PBS Chicago Tonight interview on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, McDade said 100 CPS schools received 1100 devices last week during spring break to distribute to students in need. Another 400 schools received a total of 60,000 laptops or tablets this week, which also marked the transition from enrichment to remote learning. McDade said, for the next two weeks, from April 20 through the end of the month, another 37,000 devices will be distributed.

Does your child need a laptop or tablet to access remote instruction? Contact your school for assistance.

Pandemic Curriculum

Not sure if your student is putting in enough instructional hours?  Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer LaTanya McDade, in a Tuesday, April 14, 2020, PBS Chicago Tonight interview, offered these guidelines.

Pre-K – 60 minutes

K-2 – 90 minutes

3-5 -120 minutes

6-8 -180 minutes

9-12 -270 minutes

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

Barnard FUSE and STEM Programs Empower, Engage Student Learning

By Tina Jenkins Bell, BAPA School Liaison

“I can feel the hum of learning every time I pass by,” Kathleen Valente, principal of Alice L. Barnard Elementary School, said. Valente was describing the didactically, positive happenings in Barnard’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) Design class as a result of FUSE, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) based program.

Valente credits MYP Design class instructor Patricia Flannigan with FUSE’s acquisition. FUSE, a student-centered program,  empowers students to discover success in learning and creating in ways they may not have experienced in core instruction.

Last spring, Flannigan wrote a proposal to the Dart Foundation to help the school purchase the platform, along with two 3-D printers. Both Valente and Flannigan are more than pleased with the results.

“FUSE allows students to pursue their interests. It engages them in ways they haven’t been,” Flannigan said. The online platform offers numerous design challenges in the areas of music, design, fashion, engineering, and technology. “I’ve had students create LED lights, Mario-like games, t-shirts with LED lights, ring tones for their cell phones, and key chains. They also have the potential to create online “mini-me” {avatars} and design miniature homes and even communities.”

According to Valente and Flannigan, the program is so engaging that students do what’s necessary to complete their projects without prodding. This includes collaborating with other students, returning to the design class on their own time, and persisting with the project to completion, despite the challenges.

“Sometimes in other classes they may give up with paper and pencil exercises. But in the Design class, they may get frustrated, but they stay with these projects until they figure them out,” Valente said, adding the students become “global thinkers.”

Flannagan mentioned a student who struggled in his core classes but became an expert in 3-D printing. With the tables turned, suddenly, other students were depending on him for his knowledge and expertise.

“Diverse learners can shine in and beyond my design class, too, because they become experts in certain designs, techniques, or processes, like 3-D printing. Now, all of a sudden, students are turning to him for help or guidance. That does something for a kid’s morale,” Flannagan said.

As much as the program has been a morale booster, it has also tethered connections between MYP Design projects and core learning.  Flannagan was able to help another student learn how to solve algebraic equations by challenging him to write an expression to figure out how he could make a profit from the sales of the promotional key rings he had made in design class to advertise his YouTube channel.

“[FUSE] is a challenge for me because I can no longer be the source for their answers. They become the experts, figuring things out. It’s a productive struggle with a worthy outcome,” Flannigan said.

Both the International Baccalaureate MYP and FUSE share the common goal of helping students make practical connections between core skills and the real world.

Barnard, 10354 S. Charles St., has utilized FUSE with its middle school students (grades 5-8) since the spring of 2019. According to Flannigan, the school plans to continue FUSE, considering its success and popularity among students, but they may need to locate a new funding partner because their Dart Foundation grant is not renewable. For more information or to recommend funding sources, contact Kathleen Valente, 773-535-2625.

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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.

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