Village Viewpoint – April 2024 

 By Mary Jo Viero    As we look ahead to April, some exciting events are happening. Epic events!  I am talking about the Great North American Solar Eclipse that takes […]

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 I recently attended a retreat that left me with so many great pieces of advice. I want to share one of my favorites that I now have on several sticky […]

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Every winter in the bitter cold, after cleaning off our cars and shoveling heavy snow, we ask ourselves, “Why do we live in Chicago?” There is always a day when […]

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Happy New Year!   Many of us are making lists of resolutions right now. They often include resolutions or new goals for fitness, finances, education, or travel. I would like to […]

Village Viewpoint November 2023 

By MaryJo Viero I must admit, this is a tough column to write this month when everything feels so sad, stressful, and overwhelming. Our problems are so big, nothing is […]

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   One thing about this job is that every day is different.  I can never really get into a rhythm because things pop up all the time. Here are some […]

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  This past weekend, my brother Joe held a birthday party for his house.  It is a 125-year-old Victorian in Worth.  He’s been working on it and restoring it inside […]

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BAPA was recently part of an event celebrating our local Black-owned businesses. A meet-and-greet networking event was held at Afro Joe’s on 99th Street. It was a first-time event which […]

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How is it possible the year is half over already? Time is going so fast.  I’m happy it’s July because that means BAPA has accomplished a lot and our community […]

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We can take our seatbelts off now.  We made it through the busy month of May and now it’s SUMMER!  BAPA continues to work throughout the summer, just at a […]