Village Viewpoint

By Susan Flood, BAPA Executive Director 

I love “a fresh start.” Doesn’t everyone? First day of school, first day of a new job, first dates and all the excitement that comes with them.  

It’s been a year of new beginnings for me and it’s been exhilarating. I’m a new empty nester riding the wave of a new job serving my own neighborhood. The possibilities are endless. 

I am surrounded by passion for Beverly/Morgan Park and all its beauty, culture, community spirit and challenges. But I am not alone. The BAPA office bursts at the seams daily with  

Interns, volunteers and dedicated staff who are committed to only the best for our neighborhood. We stand together on the front line watching vigilantly and springing into action to keep the community beautiful, historic, safe and welcoming. We field calls on such a vast array of topics, and have cultivated dozens of expert resources who help make a difference each and every time we call.  

BAPA has your back. 

We move forward programs that support the schools, keep residential property beautiful, preserve our historic character and support the business community. BAPA’s events connect our residents to each other in an era when technology frequently keeps people apart.  

Fall is a time of fresh starts. BAPA is focusing on offering more of what our members and residents are asking for and making it easier to access. Our community calendar, new trades referral portal, and sharper focus on delivering accurate and timely information online, in print and in person are at the top of our list.   

This month I’m asking all of you to join us. Become a BAPA member and be part of the solution. We will face challenges, some we know are on the way, other will surprise us, but we’ll face them together.  

It is because of the support from each and every one of you that BAPA can do this work. If not for you, it would not get done.   

Take me up on this opportunity if you can. All donations of every size make a difference.     

Together we can do so much more. 


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