Village Viewpoint November 2022

November is probably my favorite month of the year. It’s the time of year that is ALL ABOUT GRATITUDE.  For me, it starts with feeling grateful for my family, friends, health, home, and, finally, my job.  

Gratitude goes to a whole other level when I consider my job at BAPA.  My job encompasses all that I value: like the kindness of neighbors who take care of each other, the passionate people who take action for the betterment of their community, and the strong work ethic that is present every day in our community.  

When someone in Beverly/Morgan Park is struggling, no matter what the circumstances, neighbors step up to help.  For that, I am grateful.  

I am grateful for the passionate people like the officers at the 22nd District Police Department who do their very best every day to keep us safe.  You will see a great example of this in The Villager this month. I hope you take the time to read the story. 

I am grateful for the neighbors who took the time to advocate for saving our trees and for the Alderman and the City Departments who worked with us to address the problem by planting hundreds of new trees this fall.   

I am grateful to the local Park Advisory Council members who are working to improve our parks, and the passionate neighbors who are working to preserve our historic homes and buildings like the Pike House. 

I am grateful for all the teachers and administrators who work so hard to make our schools exceptional.  

I am grateful to every small business owner who works hard at bringing their passion to our community in their own special way. Whether it is a retail business, trade, service, or a delicious restaurant, I am grateful to you.   

I need to also share my immense gratitude for the people who support and donate to BAPA as members, sponsors, and high-level donors.  Without you, BAPA can’t provide our programs and events.  

Most importantly, I want to say that I am grateful to be a part of this community and for being able to work to serve, strengthen and showcase this incredible and unique place to live.  


Mary Jo  


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