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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
As a child I was always amazed at how much my mother knew about where I had been and what mischief I had been up to. Often I would come home and be asked questions about my day that made it seem like she had been watching me from around the corner. How did she know that I had been at the local playground or had been causing trouble near my school? I finally asked her about this and received an interesting answer. She said, “When you live someplace you have to make connections.” I see the truth in those words every day I work at BAPA.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
Sometimes we are confronted with what appears to be an insurmountable obstacle. But if we work together and we all do our part, there is nothing that we cannot overcome.
 
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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

 

(April 2011) -- Sometimes we lose sight of all the good things around us. 

 
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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
May 2011 -- Our recent ‘spring’ weather shows us that hard work can take some of the worry out of life.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, Executive Director of BAPA 
 
June 2011 --“…common sense and a little looking out for the other guy.” Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, Executive Director of BABA 

 

(July 201) -- When deciding where you are going to live, where you are going to put down roots, you have to first decide what type of community you are looking for. Some of us like isolation and search for a place where our neighbors are few and far between. Others like the hustle and bustle of a crowded area with apartments as the primary style of housing. I remember the exact moment I saw an example of the type of neighborhood I wanted to live in. Little did I know then that I would find just such a place here on the southwest side.

 
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By Matt Walsh 

(Aug. 2011) -- As the heat of summer descends upon the neighborhood it is tempting to slow down and relax until things cool off. We see children enjoying their summer vacations playing in sprinklers or splashing in pools. We see our neighbors lounging in the backyard, maybe firing up the barbeque. And we may be planning a little time away from the hectic activities of the city to partake in some rest and relaxation. But at BAPA summer is the busiest time of the year. And this year we are doing even more to keep Beverly/Morgan Park strong, especially for our businesses.

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPAExecutive Director 
 
When we have to cancel
 
Sept. 2011 -- The only thing we worried about was the one thing we couldn’t control. The tables were set up and covered. The sponsors had arrived to meet our guests and promote their businesses. The jumping jack was inflated and just needed the children to arrive. The vendors had their tents ready and their food prepared. Our first shift of volunteers had reported for duty and had already sold tickets to the early birds. The orchestra was arriving and their sound check had been completed. Yes, everything was in place and we were ready for Music Under the Stars.
 
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Where BAPA Stands

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

(October 2011) -- In previous Village Viewpoints I have offered something I call BAPA 101. In those articles I communicated what BAPA does each and every day for our community. I hope that information gave neighbors a better idea of how the organization they support works to support them in turn. BAPA is constantly striving to keep Beverly Hills/Morgan Park a great place to call home. We are always on the watch for anything that can be used to improve the area, and anything that might be harmful. This month I will update you on BAPA’s position concerning three current issues.

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
(Nov. 2011) -- As your neighborhood association,  BAPA is always ready to assist Beverly/Morgan Park residents. We serve as a source of information when neighbors have questions about city services, local events or other issues. Many of the phone calls we receive have to do with people’s concerns. These can range from a vacant house on a block to fly dumping in an alley, from missing street signs to empty storefronts. Sadly, these trying economic times have left us with a slower housing market and more difficulty attracting businesses. Even though we are a strong community we have been caught up in the nationwide economic slowdown. And this leaves many of us looking for answers.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
(Dec. 2011) -- I thought I was prepared. I had written what I would say a few days before and I had been rehearsing so that I wouldn’t forget anything.  I knew that I’d be expressing the feelings of everyone else who would testify and those who attended but chose not to speak. I had my three arguments ready and the background information to bolster those points. Yes, I thought I was prepared. But I didn’t expect the applause.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
Jan. 2012 --  The New Year brings with it the promise of progress. Each of us sees this time of the year as a chance to make changes and plan ways to be in a better place twelve months from now. For some of us this takes the form of resolutions. At BAPA it takes the form of strategic plans and new initiatives to keep the neighborhood strong.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
February 2012 -- A neighbor dropped by the BAPA offices last week asking for information. She had decided to get more involved in the community and wanted our advice on what volunteer opportunities were available. It seems like a simple question but it posed some difficulties. You see, the more we thought about it the more options we found. There are many ways that you can make our neighborhood a better place.
 
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By Matt Walsh,BAPA Executive Director 
March 2012 -- Winter will soon be over. So now is a good time to start thinking about getting ready for all of those warmer weather activities our neighborhood has to offer. 
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Setting a Safe Pace for Traffic - BAPA Initiates Pace Car Program

 
  
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Don't Take Our Neighborhood for Granted

 

BAPA has received so much positive feedback over the past several months about Willie Winter’s recent letter to the Beverly/Morgan Park community. We are reprinting it here with our sincere thanks to all those who stand at our side in BAPA’s important work.  If you haven’t sent your 2005 membership donation to BAPA yet, please take a moment and read his message.”

--Melody Camp, BAPA President

 
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This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege – my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 – 1950) 
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Village Viewpoint

By Willie Winters BAPA Executive Director 
Traditions are born of shared experience. Eating the same foods, singing the same songs while gathered with family and friends on a special day are almost universal. The difference of course is what foods are eaten, what kind of songs are sung and what day is celebrated. 
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There’s No Place Like Home

By Willie Winters, Executive Director 
  
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Village Viewpoint

By Willie Winters, BAPA Executive Director  
 
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“The weak can never forgive; forgiveness is the attribute of the strong” -- Mahatma Gandhi Most of us have been injured or wronged at some point in our lives. 
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BAPA’s move to new offices last month may not have been historic, but it did mark a new era in our organization’s history. Sixty years after our formation, BAPA, for the first time, owns its own building (thanks to the Beverly/Morgan Park Community Development Corp.) and we even have a Longwood Drive address! 
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Village Viewpoint

By Willie Winters, BAPA Executive Director 

Early in January a brochure arrived at BAPA from the Department of Cultural Affairs promoting their neighborhood tours program. Beverly Hills/Morgan Park was once again not on the schedule. This bothered me and prompted yet another phone call to Cultural Affairs asking why our neighborhood was left out when virtually every other community in the city was featured. Their not very clear answer was that they had run a tour down here some time ago and it didn't sell particularly well, so no further tours were scheduled. This is not acceptable. Our community deserves the same amount of attention as many of the other featured communities. We are one of the largest urban historic districts in the country. We have the most architecturally diverse housing stock anywhere in the city. We have the Beverly Arts Center , the Ridge Historical Society, the Irish Castle , plenty of places for food and refreshments. 
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Willie Winters, BAPA Executive Director 

“Change is inevitable – except from vending machines.” -- Robert C. Gallagher

 “This American Life” heard weekly on public radio by 1.7 million listeners, including my wife Kerry and sometimes myself, tells stories. Ira Glass, the show’s creator and narrator, weaves these stories around life themes such as regret, reality check, the ghosts of family dinners past, the allure of mean friends and much more. I enjoy hearing stories that teach me something about human nature and how varied all our lives can be.

 

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Melody Camp, BAPA Interim Executive Director 


1947 – A Very Good Year!

By Melody Camp, President and Interim Executive Director

My dad had recently returned from service in World War II. He bought 100 acres of land for $1,000. A loaf of bread cost 12 cents. I was born in a small North Carolina town called Waynesville.

 
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Village Viewpoint

 

We have just finished two of our biggest BAPA annual events – our traditional long running Home Tour, now in its 37th year (!) and the Ridge Run celebrating 30 years. Many of you probably participated in some way and (we hope) all of you knew about them. So maybe this is a time to reflect on the community of Beverly/Morgan Park and the community spirit of Beverly/Morgan Park.  And as we do reflect on this, the idea of volunteerism is key.

 
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Village Viewpoint

 
When you stop to think about it, as all of us do from time to time, we all truly treasure our lives here in Beverly/Morgan Park. It is really a great place to live. But for all the satisfaction we get, and it’s a lot, we are also quite properly aware of the minor shortcomings here and we should be aware of them – complacency would be just plain wrong. It is only our awareness that stimulates us to work for improvement. 
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Our Neighbors and Our Community

If you missed it, you should really try to get a reprint of Maureen Cullnan’s feature story on Beverly/Morgan Park in the Sun Times Real Estate Section on Fri., July 13. She showcased the great attributes of our neighborhood – our housing stock and how important the quality of the residential stock is to developers. It was a must read! Thanks, Maureen.

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Melody Camp 

 

Ageless Neighbors

By Melody Camp, BAPA President and Interim Executive Director

At our block party the other day, a seven year old gave me an idea for focusing on “seniors” in the Village Viewpoint. She took a chair someone else had been sitting in and when asked if she would move, she said “No, I’m saving it for my gramma, you know the old lady who was sitting here with me.”  Well that old lady sits for her grandchildren, takes them to the park, and seems to have the energy of a 30-something mom, yet from the eyes of babes she seems old. 

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Melody Camp, BAPA Interim Executive Director 

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BAPA’s Strategic Initiatives and Our Community Culture

Economic Development
Safety
Housing
Education
Fund Raising

 
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Contemplate Giving

Melody Camp, President & Interim Exec. Director 
I’m writing this Thanksgiving weekend and that reminds me of the need to give thanks and to give. As a result, I am taking this opportunity to share ideas about giving that I have accumulated over the last few months.  
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Village Viewpoint

By Melody Camp, BAPA Interim Executive Director 

What Do Neighbors Call Us About?

Reviewing past columns, it looks like we haven’t talked much about some of the day-to-day services BAPA provides to the community.

 
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Living in a Winter Wonderland

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
When a snowstorm hits the neighborhood in January or February, or even during the work week, its one thing. But when we get hit with a foot or so of the white stuff on the weekend before Christmas it is something all together different. During the hectic week we look on a major storm as a huge inconvenience. We’ve got to get up earlier than usual, shovel or snow-blow the driveway and the sidewalks, then dig out the car. And all of this is before we head off to a full day of work. I know many of us like to exercise in the morning. However, we aren’t too pleased to do it in heavy boots and our warmest winter coat. 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
It might have been chilly outside but it was warm inside the Beth Eden Baptist Church on 111th and Loomis. The warmth came from the smiles on the faces of old and young, parents and children, friends and strangers, blacks and whites. It came from the feeling of friendship and togetherness that often accompanies a good old fashioned sing-along. And it came from the voice, guitar and harmonica of a seasoned 83-year-old entertainer, Ella Jenkins.
For over 20 years Ella Jenkins has been performing a family concert in the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park community to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. –
a tradition for many families.
 
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Got Any Plans?

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
For years now I’ve heard the same comments from people in the neighborhood. They usually come up when we are discussing plans for the weekend. I will hear people compare our wonderful neighborhood to the ‘North Side’ (and not in a good way). I will leave aside the obvious imbalance that comes from contrasting one neighborhood to half of the entire city. But listen and you will hear people say we need more places to eat. They bemoan the lack of nightlife or what they consider an acceptable number of entertainment options here on the far Southwest side. 
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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director

 
In my new position here at BAPA I am often asked how I got involved with the organization in the first place. What series of events led me to making our community my full time occupation? I am also asked what someone can do to become better acquainted with the neighborhood and local events.  All of these questions have the same answer. All it took was joining my local homeowners or civic association.
 
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Making Changes

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December 2008 Village Viewpoint

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By Alice Collins, BAPA Coordinator of Community Sa 
 
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The Power of Power Cords

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
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The Season of Wishes

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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Cleveland, BAPA President 

 

June 2012 -- The other day I found myself riding a trolley through Beverly/Morgan Park and it hit me, no not the trolley, but the realization that I didn’t know where I lived.  Okay, to be honest, I actually know where I live  (that is, I know my address and generally recognize my house when I come home from work every day), but I realized that I did not know that much about my own community and its rich history.  So, imagine my surprise when I learned on the BAPA Home Tour that Pottawatomie means more than just a casino that advertises on television, but a Native American tribe that was indigenous to the Beverly area.  And, brace yourself, there are other churches in Beverly/Morgan Park that are NOT Catholic – and they are beautiful.

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
July 2012 -- Every day BAPA works to become your trusted friend in the neighborhood. We do this through information distribution, through our Trades Referral program and now through our online community calendar.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
Sept. 2012 -- BAPA is moving and we are doing it by staying right where we are. When we are done we believe our new offices will give us more opportunities to serve the community.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
Oct. 2012 -- There is an old Russian saying “You don’t buy the house, you buy the neighborhood.” I think that is true, especially here in Beverly/Morgan Park, because living here makes you part of a community as much as the occupant of your building. And being part of that community comes with certain benefits and responsibilities.
 
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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
The Place to be on December 8!
Nov. 2012 -- You’ve probably seen the signs around the neighborhood, or read the articles in The Villager. You may have checked out a posting on Facebook or in the weekly Villager E-Update. You might have heard people discussing it while you shopped throughout the area, enjoyed lunch at a local café or dropped the kids off at school. I’m talking, of course, about the return of the legendary Snowflake Ball, the holiday party for our entire community.
 
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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
December 2012 -- The old song says “tis the season to be jolly.”  But the holidays can be the season for so much more than that. They give you a chance to do some good while showing your community pride and support for Beverly Hills/Morgan Park. And you can have lots of fun along the way. This year why not spend your holiday time dancing the night away with neighbors, shopping right down the street or attending a show nearby?
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
Jan. 2013 -- About 11:30 I took a moment to stop and just look at the dance floor which was packed with smiling, dancing and laughing people. Everyone was enjoying themselves. The ladies were dressed in ball gowns and cocktail dresses. Some of the men were in tuxedos. I saw neighbors from all parts of the community, younger and older, longtime residents and new homeowners. The scene was just what we had hoped it would be for so many months. The Snowflake Ball was a wonderful success and I had to say to myself “neighbors helping neighbors”.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

 

Feb. 2013 -- The early part of the year is always an interesting time at BAPA. We create strategies for the upcoming year on how we are going to address neighborhood issues, attract new businesses and keep our community strong. We make plans for our special events, with committee meetings, sponsorship mailings and permit applications. And we wonder how we are going to pay the mortgage, the light bill and the property taxes.

 
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By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
March 2013 – has relocated our offices to the first floor of our building on the corner of 111th and Longwood. Construction crews have built walls, painted offices, updated bathrooms and installed carpeting. Generous donations by the Joyce Foundation, McTigue Financial, Local One Hotel Workers Union, and neighbors like you brought us desks, file cabinets, folding tables and chairs as well as other office needs. The new space will have a uniform and pleasing look and we will have be ability to hold much larger meetings in our new Community Room. But most important is the fact that your community association will be easier to find and easier to access. The new offices will help us serve Beverly/Morgan Park even better. We are very excited about making the move.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
 
(April 2013) -- Every issue of The Villager is filled with information about what’s going on in the neighborhood and about BAPA programs. This edition of the paper is no exception. It features our annual in-depth report on the state of the neighborhood housing market written by BAPA’s Housing Coordinator, Marcia Walsh. As always, she has done a great job on it. I hope that you will spend some time reading Marcia’s article. It is the most comprehensive information you will find on where our housing market is today and how it compares to the past several years. You will also find data gathered from new neighbors that paints a demographic picture of our population.
 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
(May 2013) -- The recent wet weather made me think about planning for tomorrow. Even as we see storm after storm we know that sunny days are on their way. However, we have to make plans during the rain to be prepared for days to come. At BAPA we can see clouds are already lifting and we look with confidence toward the future. 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh  

What do a bakery, a florist, a maternity clothes shop and a sports travel agency have in common? They are all looking for better ways to reach their customers and market their products. And they all attended an informative and lively business breakfast on June 20 in the new BAPA Community Room. The event showed the diversity of local businesses and was an example of neighborhood organizations pooling their efforts for everyone’s benefit.

 

 

 

 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh 
One of the most popular sections of The Villager is the Orchids and Onions column. BAPA gives ‘orchids’ to neighbors who do things to keep the community strong. And we give ‘onions’ to remind others that some things they do can have the opposite effect. We encourage you to send in your ideas and we publish those that we think best fit the tone of the newspaper. Normally you will see about four or five items listed on any particular month. But, in thinking about all of the great things that happen in our community I realized that we could probably fill the whole paper with orchids. So this month I decided to highlight three kinds of acts that deserve this recognition and note how they showcase what makes Beverly Hills/Morgan Park such an outstanding neighborhood.

 
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BAPA Does . . .

 
BAPA staff members Marcia Walsh and Alice Collins frequently access information about neighborhood properties in their work monitoring sales of area homes and property preservation. In their research, they have discovered instances of fraud related to deeds for Beverly/Morgan Park homes.  
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Local Author's New Book Focuses on Domestic Violence

Kristin Boza 

Melda Beaty's reasons for writing extend beyond the urge to share her thoughts and imagination with others. Beaty strives to leave a lasting impression on her readers. She achieves this through her latest work, "Lime," a novel about fashion, beauty and domestic violence.

 

 

 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

As our name implies, the Beverly Area Planning Association is always looking ahead. Whether we are planning better ways to share information, improve our special events or attract new businesses to the community, our goal is always to serve you in the best way possible.

 

 
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A Vibrant Community

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

I was walking down 103rd Street recently and passed a mother and son having a drink at Starbucks. I had just been thinking what a beautiful morning it was and how lucky I was to be living here when I heard that age old complaint of youth.  “I’m bored” the little boy said. He continued with the classic line, “there’s nothing to do here.” I shook my head, half remembering that I used to say things like that, and half thinking how wrong he was. As I continued along my walk I started considering what a vibrant community we have and, if you’re willing to get up and get active, how nearly impossible it is to be bored here in Beverly/Morgan Park.

 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
Planning - it’s right there in our name - the Beverly Area Planning Association.   BAPA is always looking toward the future of Beverly Hills and Morgan Park, while being mindful of the rich history and tradition so cherished by our neighborhood. BAPA brings together neighbors, businesses and institutions to keep our neighborhood safe, beautiful, vibrant and united. Our work takes us to local schools, civic associations, commercial, charitable and religious groups for the purpose of enriching our community and maintaining our quality of life. Over the years, and with the help of neighbors like you, we have had great success making our part of Chicago a desired place to live.  
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Help BAPA Help You! BAPA Begins Strategic Planning Process this Fall

Abe Lentner  

This fall, BAPA will work to revise and update its strategic plan and set new goals for the next five years.  Last updated in 2007, the strategic plan sets goals and measures for what the organization should accomplish in the near future.  The BAPA board is seeking input from residents and business owners on BAPA’s past work and priorities for the future.  BAPA has hired strategic planning expert, Larry Share, to help guide the process.  The new strategic plan is expected to be complete in February and it will outline new goals and strategies for the organization.

 

 
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Villlage Viewpoint

Commander Dan Godsel, 22nd District Police 

Dec. 2013 -- It gives me a great deal of pleasure to address the members of the Beverly/Morgan Park community in this forum, as the 22nd District Commander, and I am especially grateful to members of the Beverly Area Planning Association who afforded me this opportunity.

 
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It’s worth repeating

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

Regular readers of The Villager and of this column will have noticed that BAPA places a strong emphasis on shopping locally. The Deals of the Day (which we created with the Morgan Park/Beverly Hills and the 95th Street Business Associations and which now includes the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association) is designed to alert our neighbors to the shopping possibilities right here at home. The Shop The Village campaign, noticeable in signage at local businesses, on our reusable shopping bags and through our Facebook posts, serves as a reminder to make your purchases where they benefit you the most. We often list the statistics that show money spent at family owned businesses stays in the community. That money spent at a national retailer does so at a much lower level. And that money spent online does not benefit our neighborhood at all.

 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

(February 2014) -- During the past year BAPA has been working on our plans for the future. We asked you for your input with a survey that was posted online and in this newspaper. Over 600 people responded with ideas on how we can lead the neighborhood forward. We held all day planning sessions with members of our Executive Committee, Council of Delegates, staff and other interested community members. Ideas generated at those meetings were used to formulate specific strategies we might employ to improve safety, schools, businesses, housing and other areas of community life. In the next few weeks we will be solidifying our long term goals.

 
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BAPA Completes its Strategic Planning Initiative

Abe Lentner,Vice President,BAPA Executive Commitee 

A little over a year ago, the staff at BAPA asked the BAPA Executive Committee to draft a new strategic plan for the organization. The reason was pretty straight-forward: without a guiding set of goals and strategies, it becomes very easy for an organization to lose its way. 

 

 

 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 

Well, that was certainly a tough winter! With temperatures dropping below zero on more days that I care to remember, and the snow needing to be shoveled more times than I care to count, it seemed like it would never end. But, we do see the temperature moving up a bit each day. The piles of snow have melted. And even though there may be a cold day here and there we can see that spring is truly on its way. Another sign of spring is the April edition of The Villager.

 
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Village Viewpoint

By Matt Walsh, BAPA Executive Director 
June 2014 -- There are many reasons to be proud of our community. To begin with, ours is the prettiest neighborhood in Chicago. Our naturally rolling landscape and tree-lined streets create the perfect backdrop for our beautiful houses and public buildings. I’ve always said that the only thing we are missing is a view of Lake Michigan. But I guess you can’t have everything.
 
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Village Viewpoint

Matt Walsh 
(July 2014) -- The first Village Viewpoint I ever wrote was for the January 2008 issue of The Villager. In it I discussed observations I'd made as a winter storm rolled through the neighborhood; how the skies can be gloomy but our hearts can be happy watching kids build a snow man, how the accumulation can add to driving issues but can also add a charming look to our commercial strips, how the cold we feel while brushing off the car can be transformed into warmth by just looking around at festive holiday lights. I concluded that there is happiness and charm and warmth in our community, even on the coldest days. 
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