Archive for February, 2009

Conversation on Social Inclusion

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

How do we welcome and invite all people to fully participate in neighborhood life?

Learn how individuals and organizations welcome new homeowners and renters,

individuals returning from prison, and people with disabilities to their community.

Hear how communities have benefited using this approach



Bring a few people from your street, block club, neighborhood, faith community,

Or organization to participate in this discussion and to share your wisdom on this topic.

Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 E. BLVD.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

When: Thursday, March 12, 2009

Please RSVP to Cynthia Lewis at Neighborhood Connections at (216) 393-4642 or by email: (LIMITED SEATING)

This Is Also What Foreclosure Looks Like

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A few months ago, BBC staff was contacted by Anne Trubek, a writer working on a book about the houses in which renowned authors lived. Anne was investigating the former home of Charles Chesnutt, America’s first professional African American writer, which had been located on East 73rd Street between Cedar and Central Avenues.

BBC communicated the story of the active block club operating on the street and its recent success in appealing to the City of Cleveland to raze five massive abandoned structures (see the Fall 2008 issue of The Community Connector and the feature about Cleveland Central Weed & Seed in the Sandusky Register). Staff also referred Anne to community members who are committed to making a difference.

What resulted is a wonderful article Anne wrote about how foreclosures can be positive for communities, providing the opportunity for exciting new opportunities to redevelop properties. To read Anne Trubek’s piece called This Is Also What Foreclosure Looks Like, please click here.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009




Would you like celebrate Black History with your friends and family?

Come join us:

February 28, 2009

East Technical High School (2439 E. 55th Street)

From: 12pm -3pm., doors open at 11am.

Experience the soul stirring arrangement of African Rhythms and West African Dances of Senegal.

Community Youth will also perform in a play, Foot Soldiers for Freedom.

There will be a Living History Award Presentation, Raffles, Prizes, and Refreshments.


If you would like to volunteer please contact: Sherita Mullins at (216) 341-1455 or email: