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Ask the Expert: Beverly Bike & Ski

Grace Kuikman 
July 2014 -- Paul Weise's first bike was a hand-me-down from his cousin. "A girl's bike," he said. "I wasn't happy." In retrospect, that could have been a defining moment for Weise. His urgent need to replace the girl's bike sent him garbage-picking for cast off bikes from which he built "new" bikes. 
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BAPA Executive Committee Profiles

Grace Kuikman 
(July 2014) -- The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is led by an Executive Committee that brings a variety of skills, insights and expertise to the table, benefiting BAPA and the community we serve. This group of talented men and women guide important decisions about BAPA's programs, events and services - they are truly neighbors helping neighbors. For the next few months, The Villager will profile members of the current BAPA Executive Committee. 
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Beverly Hills Cycling Classic Thurs., July 24

 
July 2014 -- Area residents are gearing up for the 12th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, looking forward to an event that's guaranteed to be a thrilling afternoon and evening of professional bike racing. This will be the second year that the race is a criterium event on the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series racing calendar. Last year's event brought a new level of racing to the community, with high level riders competing in both men's and women's races.
 
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Historic Photos: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

By Carol Flynn 

(July 2014) -- The invention of cameras and the photographic process took the documentation and understanding of history into a whole new direction. Up to that time, the visual recording of history had always been a subjective process with paintings and illustrations dependent upon the personal interpretations of the artist. But the camera captures a moment in time with the objectivity of an impartial observer. Of course, photographs can be staged and altered, but for the most part, they are considered reliable "primary sources" for research, that is, original sources of information created at the time under study.

 

 
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Letter to the Editor

 
(July 2014) -- I want to extend a heartfelt and public thank you to Steuber Florist and Greenhouse on behalf of the Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly Hills.  Last year, as a club, we voted to help with the long neglected grounds of the Beverly Arts Center.  Our first year on this project was basically "taming the jungle." Countless hours were spent just pulling weeds. But even then, Steuber Florist and Greenhouse donated some very welcome perennials and annuals, and we were encouraged to continue.   
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New Diversity Group Fosters Unity

Kristin Boza 
July 2014  -- The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) was recently formed to support and celebrate diversity in Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood. Their mission statement reads: "Our aim is to continuously advance as a cohesive, welcoming, cooperative group, providing opportunities and safe spaces for sharing open dialogue, fostering relationships and advocating for the diversity of our neighborhoods."  
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PLAID Academy Students Experience the Art of Justice and History

 
(July 2014) -- Students from PLAID Academy, a private school located in Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, recently experienced unforgettable lessons in justice, history and art on a field trip to downtown Chicago. 
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Rambling ‘Round & About

By L. Patrick "Pat" Stantonj 
July 2014 -- The current "let it all hang out" shirttail look which I wrote about last month may merely be a reaction to recent Concealed Carry gun laws. Those shirttails certainly would do the concealment job. On the other hand, Gary Cooper, the ultimate gunslinger, always had his shirt tucked in, and he always got his man.  How effective are ordinary citizens? 
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School Notebook: St. Walter School

 

July 2014 -- Congratulations to four 7th grade students in Mary Pat Harvey's junior high science class at St. Walter School for winning gold at the city and state science fairs.

 

 
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SXU and MPHS Partner on Wall-to-Wall IB

 
July 2014 -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O'Shea to announce a long-term partnership between Saint Xavier University (SXU) and Morgan Park High School (MPHS). The high school, which is also transitioning to a wall-to-wall international Baccalaureate (lB) School in the 2014-2015 school year will now be able to offer students access to a dual enrollment and credit program in which students earn college credit as well as teacher professional learning supports free of charge. 
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Walsh Steps Down from BAPA Directorship

Grace Kuikman 

July 2014 -- When Matt Walsh became Executive Director of the Beverly Area Planning Association he knew he would gain great satisfaction from serving the neighborhood he loves. He learned about BAPA as a special events volunteer, supporting the organization as a donor and through service with other community associations. Walsh spent the past seven years seeing BAPA and the community through some tough financial times to carry out several successful projects. He recently submitted his resignation to the BAPA Executive Committee, leaving the organization in new offices, with a strong and active executive committee, and a solid plan for the future.

 

 
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Why We Support BAPA: David and Nancy Mishlove

Kristin Boza 
(July 2014) --  Through their generous donations and attendance at BAPA special events, David and Nancy Mishlove understand the importance of reinvesting in their community. Nancy, a Wisconsin native, first moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in 1968 with her three young daughters. David, who previously lived in Hyde Park, joined her in her home after their marriage in 1973.  
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Neighborhood Notes

 
News from around Beverly Hills/Morgan Park for July 2014 
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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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