Archive for November, 2010

BBC Staff Notes

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Here are a few notes about what’s happening with BBC’s staff:

Larry LaPrade works the grill at the Model Block Housing Fair

Larry LaPrade, who served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer with BBC for the last two years, ended his service in early October.  Acknowledging the hard work that he has done in his tenure, Larry was welcomed back in a role as part-time code enforcement officer.  In this position, Larry will survey neighborhoods served by BBC and work with property owners to correct code violations.  He is also charged with working with real estate development staff to implement a code enforcement program completely new to the organization.  This fall, he started coursework towards his Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development at Cleveland State University.

Akanni Thomas completed her term as an Americorps VISTA volunteer last Friday.  She effectively performed community organizing, created a volunteer management and recruitment program, and was a critical part of a team that successfully pursued and coordinated a KaBOOM! playground in Central this summer.  She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in Black Studies and is a recent graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program.  BBC is greatly appreciative of the many talents Akanni shared and contributions she made to the organization over the last two years.

Kayla Hodges BBC’s new high school intern, began working with us in mid-October.  Kayla is a resident of the Villages of Central.  She is a volunteer at Lonnie Burten Recreation Center and is also a member of the East Tech Transformation committee.

Emily Wheeler, BBC's new Americorps VISTA

And last but not least, the newest addition to BBC’s staff is Emily Wheeler.  She is joining us as an Americorps VISTA volunteer via the Ohio CDC Association.  Emily, a Northeast Ohio native, received her Bachelor of Arts in government from Skidmore College in New York, and has previously worked in a variety of government-related roles in Washington, D.C.  Her goal for her experience at BBC is to learn as much as possible about community development, as well as help improve and assist the residents of the neighborhoods the agency serves.  If you see Emily working in the BBC office or out in the community, please welcome her.

CMHA Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Heritage View Homes

Friday, November 19th, 2010

BBC congratulates CMHA  on their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Heritage View Homes,  which was held November 10, 2010. The first phase of  Heritage View Homes, formerly Garden ValleyEstates are located between E.  69th Sideway and E. 71st  along Kinsman Rd.  It  consists of 81 housing units.

There were many dignitaries who attended the elegant affair. Many of those dignitaries are people who help make the development process happen.  There were many guest speakers including Mr. Jeffrey Patterson Chief of Operations for CMHA,( Host Speaker), Executive Director Mr. Phillip Olivia of CMHA, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, Mr. Doug Shelbyof HUD, Mr. Michael Polite and Ralph Falbo of Falbo-Penrose, Ms. Nadine Head President, of the Local Advisory Council and Mrs. Anita Kennedy former Precinct Committee person and Community Advocate

Our very own Mr. Tim Tramble, Executive Director of Burten, Bell Carr Development and Ms. Zenobia Lane, Work Force Development Assistant were also guest speakers for this event.

Mr. Tramble spoke highly of the redevelopment of Garden ValleyEstates into Heritage View Homes and of Bridgeport Place other community development.  He also spoke highly of his staff members at BBC who dedicate their time and effort to reach out to the Kinsman and Central Area in which we provide services for, enhancing the community.

BBC Staff Participate in Foreclosure Film

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Did you see BBC staff in your neighborhood with a film crew this week?  That is because BBC staff were asked to participate in a video about responses to the foreclosure crisis sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank.  Cleveland is one of 3 cities to be highlighted in a film that highlights creative responses to the foreclosure epidemic.

BBC staff members Jeff Sugalski and Joy Johnson led a film crew through the Central and Kinsman neighbrohoods, filming in St. John’s Village (E. 38th Street near Stanley Toliver and E. 39th near Community College), the Urban Acgriculture Innovation Zone (E. 81st St & Otter Ave),  Colfax Rd. near E. 75th St  and Fuller Avenue  near E. 93rd St.

BBC would like to thank the residents of Fuller Avenue who graciously participated in the video and the other neighborhood residents who lent us their street over the past few days. 

When complete the video will be released online.  Check back to BBC’s website to see when the video will be released.


Friday, November 19th, 2010








For: Greater Cleveland High School Students and Parents, Grades 9-12

When: Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 9:AM to 12:30PM

18909 South miles Rd.
warrensville Hts. Ohio  


Scholarship Aid & Grant Information Session (9 AM to 10 AM)

Dr. Clarence W. Mixon, Former Director of the Cleveland Scholorship Programs. Presenting KISS (Keep It Simple for Students) Financial Aid Information for Parents and Students.

Black College Admissions Information Session (10 AM to 13:30 PM)

INformation about College Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarships from:

  • Over 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Upward Bound & project talent search Programs
  • the Cleveland Scholarship Programs
  • Pre-College Engineering Opportunity Programs of Case Western Reserve

 DOOR PRIZES (DRAWING AT 11:00AM, 11:45 AM & 12:15 PM)

Additional information can be obtained from your high school coundelor or by calling:

Louis Brownlowe-216-587-2254

Mary E Rice-216-932-4639

Lytle T. Davis-216-561-2900

Carolyn Grimes-216-382-6166


Friday, November 19th, 2010


As the 2010 fall semester moves forward, it is time for E CITY students to begin creating their business plans for a small business venture. As you may recall, each semester we reach out to our volunteer base to recruit supporters who are passionate about helping our students harvest their creativity and motivation to create their own business plans.

As the business plan competition approaches, we are in need of volunteer Business Plan Coaches to help assist our students in developing their business plans. The total commitment for the coaches will range from 5-7 hours for one week during the month of November or December.

Description of Role:
Each Business Plan Coach works one-on-one with a student to help shape and develop the business plan into Power Point slides and prepare their presentation. The students need the guidance of an adult to help optimize the language of their business plan, double-check the math, and boost their confidence. Coaches will be provided with orientation prior to service.

You must be college age or older. Individuals with a business background preferred, but not necessary. Comfort in using computers and doing basic math are essential, as is a general willingness to work with a teen. Must complete a $25 background check prior to volunteering, unless you have volunteered with us in the last year.
Signing Up:
Please see the timetable below and indicate which school you’d like to work with and what your availability would be. We ask that you pick a school and commit for that week of service, so that our students have the opportunity to have the same mentor. Please sign up indicating the interested school, availability and your contact information (name, phone number and e-mail address) via e-mail by contacting Benjamin Gregg at

 For questions, you can also contact Ben by phone at 216-373-7802. Background check processing information will be detailed after initial interest is confirmed.

E CITY Program Site Coaching Dates
John F. Kennedy High School
(20 students, 20 volunteers needed)
17100 Harvard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44128
Teacher: Tanisha Jackson-Long Tuesday, 11/30/2010 9:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 12/1/2010 9:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 12/2/2010 9:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Friday, 12/3/2010 9:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Glenville High School
(20 students, 20 volunteers needed)
650 E. 113th St.
Cleveland, OH 44108
Teacher: Marcie Gray Forrest Monday, 11/29/2010 11:57 a.m.-12:51 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/30/2010 11:57 a.m.-12:51 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/1/2010 11:57 a.m.-12:51 p.m.
Thursday, 12/2/2010 11:57 a.m.-12:51 p.m.
Friday, 12/3/2010 11:57 a.m.-12:51 p.m.


Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Join Dr. Eugene Sanders, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO, as he shares updates on the District’s Academic Transformation Plan. Parents, Students and community members are encouraged to attend and learn about the prograss of this bold initiative


6 PM- 8 PM

Monday November 22, 2010 @ Langston Hughes Center 2390 E. 79th Street

Monday December 6, 2010 @ Estabrook Recreation Center 4125 Fulton Rd.

Monday December 13,2010 @John F. Kennedy Recreation Center 17300 Harvard Rd.

Thursday December 16, 2010 James A. Garfield School 3800 W. 140th St.

Light refreshments will be served…


For more imformation please contact the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Family & Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.) AT 216-858-0117 or visit their website at

Author of “The Search Of Community” in Cleveland

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

In Search of Community

Peter Lovenheim, author of in the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street one Sllepover at  a Time, will discuss his book and talk about his search for community on his street.

Hear from others in Greater Cleveland on the importance of building community, what they are doing to get to know their neighbors, and why it’s so important to creating healthy neighborhoods.

Wednesday, November 10th


10:30am to 12:30pm

Trinity Commons Cleveland


RSVP by calling 216-925-4901 or visit