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Chomicz Receives Shield of Saint Xavier

Saint Xavier University recently honored Beverly Hills/Morgan Park resident, BAPA Executive Committee member and former member of SXU Board of Trustees, Thomas E. Chomicz with the Shield of Saint Xavier. 

Results from BAPA’s Strategic Planning Public Survey

Abe Lentner, Vice President, BAPA Exec. Committee 
Last September, BAPA’s staff and board began a new strategic planning process.  As a first step to get public input about BAPA’s goals, BAPA conducted a public survey.  This nine question survey was meant to gauge how members of the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood evaluated BAPA’s recent performance, what they saw as BAPA’s strengths, and what they would like to see BAPA work on in the future.  The survey results were critical in guiding BAPA’s strategic planning effort over the late fall and winter.   

Springtime means Baseball at RHS

Carol Flynn 

The Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will welcome spring with the program “Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archive” Sun., Apr. 6, 2 p.m. The program will feature the book of the same name released in 2013 by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents.  The speaker will be Kristina Maldre Jarosik, Education Specialist, National Archives at Chicago.


Victorian Home Remodeling Meshes Vintage with Modern

Grace Kuikman  

April 2014 -- When Patty Nolan decided her 1880s Victorian home in Morgan Park needed renovation, she called Tom O’Neill, owner of Beverly Home Construction, Kitchen and Bath Design Center.  Nolan’s mission was to preserve the vintage character of her home while bringing it out of the 19th century and into the 21st.


WISHFIT Tackles Taboo Subject With Total Control

Grace Kuikman 
Unless they’re feeling hungry, full, flabby, bloated, queasy or sexy -- or they have to visit the ladies’ room – most women probably don’t think much about the space between their belly buttons and upper thighs. Missy D. Lavender, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Women’s Health Foundation, thinks about that area all the time, and recommends that other women should, too.  

Local news for April 2014


Scholarship Application Deadline is April 26. The Beverly Hills University Club Scholarship Foundation is accepting application for 2014 scholarships through Apr. 26. Eligible to apply are high school seniors who live in Beverly/Morgan Park, Mount Greenwood and Evergreen Park. Beverly Hills University Club has been awarding scholarships since 1932. For information and applications, visit www.bhuc-sf.org.


Personal Health Coaching. Health coaching for individuals is offered through Little Company of Mary Health Education Center, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, $40 per session.Registration:  708-423-5774.


April Calendar 2014



"I Will Die the Way I Lived," 15 watercolors by Antonio Guerrero, through Apr. 13. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org.



Care 4 Cassell benefit, Fri., Apr. 4, 7 p.m. to midnight. 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Contact care4cassell@gmail.com.

MurdER Mystery Dinner Theatre, sponsored by the Beverly Hills Junior Woman's Club, Sat., Apr. 26, 5:30 p.m. Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. $35. Tickets: Carla Herr, 312-593-1129 or beverlyjuniors@gmail.com.

Council Oak Montessori School "Segue il Bambino 2014 Art Auction," Sat., May 3, 6:30 p.m. $25/person. Ridge Country Club, 10522 S. California Ave. Information: 773-779-7606 or info@counciloakmontessori.org.


Essay Contest Open to Students: Topics Look 100 Years into the Past and Future of Morgan Park


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Village of Morgan Park becoming part of the City of Chicago.  The decision to become a part of Chicago – called annexation – was hotly debated, with many people wanting to keep village life just the way it was, and others envisioning the advantages of city services and amenities. A century ago, the Village of Morgan Park was very different from what it is today. This area was considered “the country,” and many of the lots where homes are today were open land in 1914. Even though many of the beautiful homes that were here 100 years ago still line our community’s streets, what is inside these homes would astound the people of 1914! Things that we take for granted today, were science fiction to the people who came before us.


Local Company Goes ‘Pink’ Breast Cancer Patients Can Win Cabinets


Pink Cabinets, a division of Beverly Kitchen and Bath Design Center has partnered with the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk and Little Company of Mary Hospital to raffle off $1,500 in HomeCrest Bathroom Cabinets to an individual who currently has or has had breast cancer. 


Memorial Day Festivities Honor Veterans

Kristin Boza 

While runners train for the Ridge Run and children anticipate a day off of school, it's important to keep in mind the value of Memorial Day and honor the commitment and sacrifice made by the members of our armed forces. As a thank you to them, BAPA makes sure its Memorial Day events honor those who protect us.


Neighborhood Choir To Offer Uplifting Concert

Janelle Richmond 

Music lifts the soul. 

 That's the message the Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir will celebrate at its annual concert Sun., April 6, 4 p.m., Saint Cajetan Church, 2443 W. 112th St.


The performance marks one of the first of Joseph Haydns' "Stabat Mater" on Chicago's South Side. The piece explores the grief of Mary, the mother of Christ. The Choir will sing four movements and feature soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists. As the piece progresses, the final movement soars in praise of paradise.



Home Buying Advice: Be an Informed Shopper

Markus Keller, Accurate Inspections & Consulting 

As anyone who has been home shopping knows, it takes more time to do the research, make arrangements and drive all over town than we imagine it could. Unfortunately many houses don’t end up looking much like the great pictures on the listing. To reduce frustration and time loss you may want to:


Develop Search Criteria

·         Contact a real estate agent who is familiar with the area in which you are looking in as well as locations you don’t want to see.

·         Make a list of your new home “must haves:” number of bedrooms, bathrooms, type of yard, garage, etc.

·         Make a list of “can’t live with that” items: no basement, house next to a mall, etc.


Refine House Requirements

·         Once you’ve found a house that you think you might want to buy, think about the details:

·         Does the house meet all your needs?

·         How far is it to school, the grocery store, Mom & Dad’s house, work, etc.?

·         Can you afford both the mortgage and the associated costs?



Local Housing Market Improving Real Estate Professionals Expect a Busy Spring

Marcia Walsh, BAPA Housing Coordinator 

“We were extremely busy in 2013; it was much better than recent years,” said Mary Ellen Fitzgerald, who, with her husband Rich, owns Fitzgerald Real Estate Inc.

BAPA tracks home sales through the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and data confirms that the local housing market did improve last year. According to that data, home sales in Beverly/Morgan Park increased 22% in 2013, with 278 single-family homes sold. It was the first time year-over-year sales activity has increased since 2004, a sign that rosier days are ahead for the housing market. 


Preserving Our Historic Districts

Alice Collins 


One aspect of my job at BAPA that I really enjoy is meeting residents from neighboring communities and sharing strategies we use in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park to protect the value of our homes. Over the years I have helped block clubs near St. Margaret of Scotland and elsewhere to address problems with houses that are in disrepair, vacant, hazardous or in foreclosure. Sharing common sense tips and information on how BAPA addresses such problems helps neighboring communities to be stronger and safer, and that benefits our community.



Why We Moved to Beverly/Morgan Park: The Woodsons

Kristin Boza 

Nathan and Julia Woodson moved to Beverly/Morgan Park last March from their previous home in Naperville. Hoping to move closer to downtown Chicago, the Woodsons searched for their new home in Oak Park and Beverly/Morgan Park, before settling into their new space near Kennedy Park.


Why We Moved to Beverly/Morgan Park: Neil Byers & Fran Buckingham

Kristin Boza 
Neil Byers and Fran Buckingham had one mantra when looking for their first home together: Beverly or Bust. Both Neil and Fran grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park. Before heading to college, Neil graduated from Mount Carmel High School and Fran from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.  

LSC Elections


Local School Councils (LSC) elections will take place Apr. 7, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., during report card pick-up for both elementary and Apr. 8, 6 a.m.to 7 p.m., high schools.



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.


About the Ridge Run’s First Aid Doctor

Every year, as Presenting Sponsor of the Ridge Run, Little Company of Mary Hospital provides a first aid staff made up of volunteer professionals. This year, our Medical Director will be Dr. Timothy Wollner, a Family Medicine Physician at Little Company of Mary Hospital. His practice is located in the Mary Potter Physicians Pavilion, 2850 W. 95th St., Suite 101, Evergreen Park. Dr. Wollner earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and did his residency at MacNeal Hospital 

Ask the Expert: The Perfect Choice for a Bottle of Wine

Grace Kuikman 
I recently stopped over at Town Liquors to buy a bottle of wine to bring to my brother’s house. I enjoy a nice glass of wine, and know a little about wine selection, but my brother has a pretty refined palette. I was relieved to see Tom Gibbons at the store. I asked for some advice, and, in turn, Tom asked me a few questions: Would the wine be consumed as a cocktail or with dinner? Dinner. What was being served? Pork. Do the dinner guests usually prefer red or white? Red. What’s your budget? Max $20. Have you tried this rose’ from Spain? 

How to Build a Window Box for Your Chicago Bungalow

Susan Kill Kegan 

April 2014 -- Am I the only one who feels bothered by the rather forlorn sight of so many bungalows with empty brackets where a window box should be? I don’t think so, and, really, what a difference they make, especially in the relatively small front yard of the typical Chicago bungalow. A flower-filled window box is a great way to extend your landscape, right up on the house, while restoring Arts and Crafts authenticity.


Spring Tasks Prepare for Garden Glory

Scott Ware 

We have finally liberated ourselves from the third worst winter on record – third worst in temperature and third worst in snow accumulation. At last we can get out and do something in our yards!