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  We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

 

Terrence, Grayson and Carla Herr 

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

 

Shopping, Sampling & Smiling: 3rd Annual Sip & Shop  

Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), 19th Ward Office and Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association will present the 3rd annual Sip & Shop Girls Night Out on Thurs., Sept. 26, 6 to 11 p.m. Shoppers are invited to take advantage of free bus transportation that will travel between the 99th and 103rd Street shopping districts continuously that evening.  

Businesses in the train station districts at 99th Street and 103rd Street will offer special sales, beverage and food tastings, demonstrations and more from 6 to 9 p.m. starting at Beverly Barre9909 S. Walden Pkwy.  

Participating stores in the 99th Street shopping district are Beverly Barre, Cakewalk Chicago, Capsule, Color Me Beauty Bar, Joplin Marley StudiosMarkland Hubbard, Pizzeria Deepo, Sweet Freaks, Tranquility Salon Co. and Turkey. 

In the 103rd Street shopping district, participating stores are BHive, Calabria Imports, Bani’s Beets, Belle Up Boutique, The Blossom Boys, The Heritage Gallery, Ohana Ice & Treats, Starbucks, RMH Design and Root Consignment. 

Pop-up shops include Beverly Dry Goods and Mayta Design in Joplin Marley Studios, 90+ Cellars in Pizzeria Deepo and Traveling Vineyard in Root Consignment.  

Free raffle tickets will be offered at every participating stop, so the more places you visit the better your chance to win merchandise from Sip and Shop businesses 

An after party with a DJ, signature pasta dish from Calabria Imports, and beverages will be held in the Beverly Bank & Trust parking lot at 103rd and Walden Parkway from 9 to 11 p.m.   

Admission of $1in advance or $20 at the event covers the goodies and giveaways including a souvenir shopping bag (while supplies last) and the after- partyOrder advance tickets online at www.bapa.org; there is no processing fee for online orders 

BAPA Staff Profile: Meet Gary Jenkins, Education and Safety Program Coordinator 

By Kristin Boza 

Last month, Gary Jenkins joined BAPA’s core team as the new Education and Safety Program Coordinator. In this role, Jenkins will be a resource for local schools and parents, as well as work with the 22nd District Police and 19th Ward Office to promote neighborhood safety initiatives. 

Jenkins has lived with his wife Sharon in the neighborhood for over 15 years and they have been married for nearly 19 years. Sharon is a South Side Chicago native but Jenkins is a New York City native, born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx 

His background as an investigator for CPS and the Inspector General’s office, as well as a community leader has primed him to take on this new role. He is entering his second term as president of the Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA), and has served as the CAPS Beat Facilitator for Beat 2213 for the last 10 years. Knowing the ins and outs of the public school system allows him to knowledgeably develop key relationships with local public and private school principals and LSC groups. 

“I have a vast institutional knowledge of CPS, particularly when it comes to how parents, businesses and the community work with CPS,” he said. “With almost 40 years of work experience, I’ve worked with many different people in different environments and learned valuable ways to communicate with a variety of people.” 

BAPA’s initiatives to engage younger families in the Beverly/Morgan Park communities is integral to ensuring steady community support. Jenkins says he is looking forward to working with this population when it comes to questions about area schools and personal safety. 

As he begins his tenure at BAPA, Jenkins will be building relationships to find out what types of support schools need and how BAPA can help. He will also work with the safety committee to ensure it is a viable and long-lasting resource for the community. 

“I’m looking forward to getting out in the neighborhood and introducing myself. My goals are simple: to get out there and do good things,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been working in this community since we moved here and BAPA is a natural fit for me to expand my reach.” 

We’re BAPA Members. Are You?

By Craig & Rebecca Huffman

“BAPA plays an important role in continuing Beverly/Morgan Park’s legacy as a family-friendly community. BAPA helps keep our neighborhood strong on so many level by working with businesses, community groups and local government. And it’s an excellent resource!  When we first moved to the community and had a lot of work to do on our house, the trades referrals were enormously helpful. Before our children were school age, BAPA’s events provided a way for us to get to know the neighborhood better and meet people. It was great to know there is a group here that’s organized to help create stability and community.”