Archive for April, 2012

E. 73rd St. Block Club Gets a Website and Some Press!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Our friends at the East 73rd St. Block Club, were recently given an opportunity to recieve a complete website, designed by interns from Channel 5, and were interviewed as a part of the project. What a great opportunity to show the amazing work those residents have done in their neighborhood. BBC is very proud to see such great work rewarded in the Central neighborhood, and we look forward to their continued success.

Check out their website HERE!

And the interview about their block club and the website HERE

Summer 2012 Community Connector now online

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The latest issue of The Community Connector is now online.  Download it here.

Apply for Central Promise Grant Program!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Central Promise Neighborhood Connections Grant Program

Grants to support youth and community

Central Promise Neighborhood Connections Grants are available for community groups in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood that seek to become involved in creating and developing positive opportunities for youth particularly as it relates to education, health, safety, and community stability.

Grants up to $3000 for neighborhood groups to support youth and build community in the Central Neighborhood.


Learn more about applying for a Central Promise Neighborhood Connections Grant at one of these workshops:

Grantseeker Workshop-
Tuesday, April 24th
3pm – 5pm
Sterling Branch Library
2200 E. 30th St.
Grantseeker Workshop –
Tuesday, May 1st
5pm – 6:45pm
Woodland Branch Library
5806 Woodland Ave
Grantseeker Workshop –
Thursday, May 10th
6pm – 8pm
Lonnie Burten Rec Center
2511 E. 46th St.
Extra Help Session
Saturday, May 12th
1pm – 4pm
Woodland Library
5806 Woodland

For more information call 216.615.7582 or visit

Proposal Deadline May 15th at 5pm!

Learn About Job Opportunities at Green City Growers – Greenhouse!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Green City Growers – Tour and Meeting

Find out more about future job opportunities opening to Central Residents through Green City Growers!

The Greenhouse will open in November 2012 and will begin hiring employees in October!

If you would like to apply or learn more about this exciting opportunity, we encourage you to attend these meetings.

April 28th – Horticulture tour-
Learn what the Green City Growers facilility will look like and how it will operate
Adults only – meet at Trinity Commons Parking Lot 2 10:30am – 2:30pm
2230 Prospect Ave
Tour the Gardens at the Galleria, and Rid-All Partnership
*Lunch Provided and Registration REQUIRED* (see below)
May 8th – Community Meeting
Trinity Commons – Cathedral Room
2230 Euclid Ave
6pm to 8pm
Learn about Job Opportunities,  the construction schedule, and what it means to be a part of a worker – owned company.
No registration required – Adults only please
To sign up:
-call 216.268.0200
-pick up a registration form at Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc
7201 Kinsman Rd. Suite 104

*Please sign up by Tuesday April 24th!*



Paint Program canceled for 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The ever popular City of Cleveland Paint Program will not be active this year because of city budget constraints and shrinking resources.  As such, free paint and supplies will not be available to residents from BBC and other local development corporations as they have been in the past.

While its future beyond 2012 remains uncertain, please be sure to check future issues of The Community Connector and BBC’s website for updates about the Paint Program.

For information about available home repair and improvement programs, please click here or call BBC at (216) 341-1455.


Special Needs Awareness Fair

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Special Needs Awareness Fair:

Spring Into Success

Save the Date

An Educational Festival

Come One Come All

Saturday, April 21, 2012

10:00 AM — 2:30 PM

Lincoln West High School

3202 West 30th Street

Cleveland, 44109

Great Information

Service Providers

Guest Speaker


Give Aways


Contact Parent Mentor Office

(216) 592-7264/ (216) 592-7265

CMSD Parent University: Spring Session

Monday, April 16th, 2012

CMSD Parent University :


CMSD Parent University is designed to increase the capacity of parents and caregivers to support their children’s education, impact school improvement and improve the quality of life in their communities.

What is Parent University?

CMSD Parent University provides information through workshops on a variety of topics such as: computer basics, reading at home, advocacy for students and college readiness, which will help parents and caregivers increase their ability to advance student learning and promote academic success.

CMSD Parent University is free to all parents and caregivers of CMSD students.

Registration for workshops will be required.

Spring Session April 2 – May 31, 2012

Locations: Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy

Lincoln West

John Adams

James Rhodes

West Side Boys & Girls Club

We will provide dinner, recreational activities for children and raffles for all participants.
For more information, contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.) at 216.858.0117.
In partnership with the Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Learn Urban Gardening Skills through FreshLink!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

FreshLink Neighborhood Working Group members and community partners have joined together to present:

 FreshLink Community Garden Network

This garden network is perfect for you if you want to learn:

How to get volunteer support for your garden

• How to improve your gardening skills

(Examples: Lasagna gardening, vertical growing, season extension)

• How to apply for funding opportunities


All sessions will be held at:
FriendlyInn Settlement
2386 Unwin Road Cleveland, OH 44104
At 5:00 pm

Session 1: Starting the Growing Season Early: Season Extension – Thursday, March 22, 2012

Session 2: Intensive Gardening Methods & Techniques – Thursday, April 5, 2012

Session 3: Companion Planting – Thursday, April 19, 2012

Session 4: Bee Keeping 101 – Thursday, May 3, 2012

Session 5: Funding and skilled volunteers support for your garden – Thursday, May 17, 2012


FreshLink is a neighborhood-led effort to increase access to healthy foods in Hough, Central, East Cleveland and Buckeye-Shaker-Woodland.
To learn more about the Garden Network & other opportunities visit or call 216-368-8513.


Go Green on Model Blocks and Save!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Would you like to save money on your energy and water bills?

Would you like to do your part in making Cleveland a healthier place for your family and neighbors?


Sign up today for the Green Model Block Program

The first 20 households to sign up in your neighborhood will receive an in-home visit by a certified professional.

All participants will receive:

  • Installation of energy saving compact florescent light bulbs
  • Installation of water saving devices – low-flow shower heads,  faucet aerators  and toilet dams
  • Refrigerator energy metering


All homeowners and tenants will receive this service completely FREE of CHARGE, no matter their income. Income qualified residents will be offered access to additional programs to receive replacement Energy Star appliances, and weatherization service.

Call Today!

Contact Patrick Kennedy at (216) 341- 1455 or

This limited time offer is only available until June 15th, 2012—SIGN UP TODAY

Staff Anniversaries

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Congratulations to two staffers celebrating their anniversaries of work at Burten, Bell, Carr this month:

Jeffrey Sugalski is celebrating his 7th year at BBC

Joseph Jones is celebrating his 9th year at BBC

Thanks for all you have done, and keep up the good work!