Archive for January, 2010

Nominate Someone for BBC’s Annual Living History Award

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Black History Live – Living History Award

Call for Nominations

Do you know of a resident of Cleveland’s Central, Garden Valley, or Kinsman-Union neighborhoods of any age who deserves recognition for their leadership and commitment to the community?  Help us honor this person by nominating them for the 2010 Living History Award presented by Burten, Bell, Carr, Development, Inc. and Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. 

The purpose of the Living History Award is to honor individuals currently making history in our community just as we celebrate those who made history in the past.  This award will be presented in front of over 300 youth to show them that history is being made in the present and in their community not just what they read in a history book.  Previous honorees include a broad range of history makers from Judge Jean Murrell Capers who was the first African American woman to be appointed to the City of Cleveland’s Law Department Prosecutor’s Office in 1946 to 16-year-old Earlaina Kemp who was the first high school student in Cleveland to win the national Scenarios USA Script and Story Writing Contest for her story, “MANchild” in 2008.


A Living History Honoree is someone who demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Lives in Ward 5;
  • Has made a significant contribution or historical achievement;
  • Individual of any age;
  • Someone youth can relate to and be inspired by.  

 Submission Criteria

Nominators are to submit a brief description and/or resume along with the contact information of the nominee.  The description should illustrate how the person meets the criteria listed above.   Nominations are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010 to: Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104 Cleveland, OH 44104 (postal mail), 216.341.2683 (fax), (email).  If you have any questions, please contact Sherita Mullins, Program Manager at 216.341.1455.


Started in 2006, Black History Live is an annual event hosted by Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. to present youth and their parents of the Central, Kinsman-Union, and Garden Valley neighborhoods with a cultural heritage performance and award presentation of a community leader to celebrate Black History. 

Free Dental Services!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Case Western Reserve University

Hosts Prophy Day!!
Sat ~ January 30th, 2010 ~ 9 a.m. – 12p.m.

Oral Exam, Limited X-rays and Teeth Cleaning!!!

No Appointment Needed, JUST SHOW UP DAY OF!!!

Walk-ins welcome until 12:ooPM

$20.00 Voucher towards Admitting Fee for any participant who becomes a school patient.Over 18 years of age, Please no full mouth dentures, Cannot be an existing school patient.

Clinic located at the corner of Cornell & Emergency Drive (2 blocks south of Euclid)

Questions: Please call (216) 368-3864 or (216) 368-0450.  Please do not leave a message. Selected participants may be invited to participate in additional free dental care.

Free Legal Clinics

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Cleveland Legal Aid Society offers Free Legal Clinic

Civil Matters Only (Not Criminal)


9:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Fatima Family Center

 6600 Lexington Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44103

First-come, First-served •

 Bring important papers with you! •

Questions? Call 216-687-1900; visit

*Attorneys are available for brief advice and referral only. Clinic attorneys do NOT represent you. If you need legal representation you may be referred to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland or another service provider.

BBC Also Welcomes CSU Intern

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

In addition to a high school intern, BBC also has a new intern coming on board through Cleveland State University’s Undergraduate Neighborhood Development Internship Program.  We previously received two really phenomenal interns — Marcelina Sladewska and Elmore Spain — through the program.

Andrew Bryant will be joining BBC this coming Wednesday.  Andrew previously interviewed with BBC, but was unable to participate in the program due to scheduling issues.  But he enjoying meeting staff and was inspired by the work of the organization, and stayed in touch for a year and a half.

Andrew is a senior at CSU majoring in Urban Studies, and has previously worked with the Center for Economic Development as a researcher and has experience in construction.  He will primarily assist real estate development staff on a few different projects.

BBC Hires New High School Intern

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Denise Steel has been selected as our 2010 High school intern!  Denise is senior at East Technical High School and lives in Arbor Park Village.  She will start work Tuesday afternoon.  Please welcome her to the BBC family!

MLK Celebrations Continue

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Honorable
Cleveland City Councilman Terrell Pruitt
The Honorable
State Senator
Nina Turner
The Second Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

JFK 9th grade Students of Promise Program (formerly known as the Governor’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative) invites you to take “ A Day On” instead of a day off to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. at John F. Kennedy High School.

The “A Day On” Celebration program in the JFK Auditorium begins at 12 Noon. The program will feature Inspirational Music and Dance Selections, a Karamu Performing Arts Theatre presentation, Dramatization
and Reenactment of the Woolworth Sit-ins by a JFK 9th Grade English class, Video Vignettes, Student Recognition for Academic Achievement.

Place: John F. Kennedy High School Auditorium

(17100 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44128)
Date: January 18, 2010

 Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Time of Program: 12 Noon 

Doors open at 11:00 AM
(volunteer service project begins at 7:00 AM) ٭

 Program Admission: One can good or non-perishable food item donated to the Lee-Harvard Community Center Food Pantry For more information, individual and/or corporate sponsorship opportunities to support the JFK Students of Promise 2nd Annual 2010 Spring Break College and Civil Rights Tour to Morehouse College, Spelman College,Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee Institute, Please contact Bob Ivory, JFK Students of Promise
Linkage Coordinator at 216-324-9154 or email:

The day will begin with a student-driven service project in collaboration withKaiser Permanente employees, JFK Alumni, Neighborhood Leadership Institute,Sherwin Williams, JFK Student Parent Organization, Amer-I-Can Peace AllianceMembers and various community and faith organizations. Volunteers will assistin the painting of the boys and girls locker room and a peer mentoring/study tablesclassroom and the restoration of display cases in the school’s main hallway.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

BBC will be posting information on MLK Day Celebrations as we receive it.  If you have a community event that you would like us to publicize, please call us at 216-341-1455.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s
John Adams High School in Conjunction
with the Students of Promise Program Present
A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In song, in praise and in Step”
Featuring the following performance by:
New Community Bible Fellowship Gospel Choir
East View United Church of Christ Gospel Choir
Grace Missionary Baptist Church Voice of Praise Gospel Choir
Good Sheppard Baptist Church Youth Group Tru Xample Mimes
John Adams “Men of Tomorrow” Step Team
Keynote Speaker: Councilmen Zachary Reed Ward 2
Spoken Word by Various John Adams Students
Date: January 18, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Place: John Adams High
Location: 3817 MLK Blvd
(Park in rear of building)
Please come and join us in this celebration for more information
please contact Mr. Jackson (Linkage Coordinator) at 216 218 0947
or Mrs. Joyce Hood at 216 571 4374.
Please bring a non-perishable good to be donated to our neighborhood
food bank or donate $1 towards the spring HBCU college tour.
Thank you all for joining us. Refreshments will be served

CALL NOW!!! Help Us Stop K&M Deli From Obtaining A Liquor License

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Attention Residents!!!

Are you aware that K&M Deli has applied for a liquor license on E. 79th Street, in the Kinsman neighborhood after they promised they would not?

Do we actually need another liquor license operation in our neighborhood?


Well, get on the bus with us to the public hearing in Columbus, OH on January 12, 2010.   The bus will leave from Burten, Bell, Carr Development’s office, 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104 at 8:30am.  We will return to Cleveland by 5pm.

If you would like more information or RSVP for a space on the bus, please call BBC’s office at 216.341.1455 and ask for Akanni Thomas.  CALL NOW, spaces are filling up quickly!

Youth in Governance 4-H Clubs in Cleveland’s Ward 5

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

BBC’s Kinsman and Central Youth in Governance 4-H Clubs are starting a new year of activities for youth ages 9-18. If you would like more information, volunteer, or sign up for this program, please contact Sherita Mullins at BBC’s office at 216.341.1455.

Becoming A Homeowner Homebuying Seminar

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Fifth Third Bank Homebuying Seminar

When:  Tuesday, January 12th 2010

Where:  Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St. Euclid, OH 44123

Time:  6:30pm – 8:30pm

FREE Food Will Be Provided!!!

FREE Raffle for Prizes after the End of the Seminar

For more information, contact Phyllis Hart at 216.926.4795