Archive for October, 2012

Bridgeport Cafe & CornUcopia Place progress slideshow

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Here’s the slideshow that we displayed during the Bridgeport Cafe & CornUcopia Place grand opening last week. It shows the progress of the project over the last year.  Enjoy!

Bridgeport Cafe website is live!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Bridgeport Cafe website is live!

Visit for the menu, news, and more.

BBC celebrates opening of Bridgeport Café, CornUcopia Place

Monday, October 15th, 2012

October 11, 2012 may have been the day that the Kinsman food desert was permanently abolished.

Over 150 people celebrated the grand opening of Bridgeport Café and Cornucopia Place on that day.  Both projects are cornerstones of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.’s Healthy Food Access Initiative, which aims to drastically change how low-income inner-city residents think and act when it comes to healthy food.

In addition to touring the spaces during the grand opening, visitors were able to see Chef Eric Wells prepare some culinary delights, watch a slideshow depicting the history and progress of the project, peruse the Bridgeport Café menu, and speak with BBC staff about facets of the project.  The Bridgeport Mobile Market, a refrigerated food truck that will deliver fresh produce to residents throughout the Cleveland’s east side, was also open for tours.

The program featured remarks by Mayor Frank Jackson and Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland.  Ronn Richard of the Cleveland Foundation, Susanna Krey from Sisters of Charity Foundation, and Maria Thompson of the Third Federal Foundation spoke about why their organizations supported the project and how they view it as a major catalyst for improving the wellness of those living in the inner-city.  Resident Priscilla Fayne offered another perspective of the project, proclaiming her excitement for the healthy food options of which her neighborhood has been devoid for decades.

Following the program, attendees were invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments, including wraps and cookies prepared by the staff of Bridgeport Café.

Bridgeport Café is open weekdays from 7am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm.  To learn more about Bridgeport Café, please visit For more information about CornUcopia Place, including upcoming cooking and nutrition classes, please visit

Rid-All Green Partnership on

Monday, October 15th, 2012 has an excellent piece about Rid-All Green Partnership in the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, listing the group’s many accomplishments over the last year.

Check out the article and video here.

Cuyahoga County Voter Info

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Voters in all of Cuyahoga County’s municipalities will cast ballots for President, U.S. Senate and Members of Congress, Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, County Prosecutor and County Council members, judicial candidates, State Board of Education seats, the Brook Park Charter Review Commission, as well as local and state issues.

It is important for voters to be prepared to cast their ballots.  The voter registration deadline is October 9th.  Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card. After a voter has registered they will receive a post card that lists their ward, precinct, and voting location.

To avoid lines on Election Day and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website:, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-3298, and at all public libraries.

Voters who are interested in serving as poll workers may call 216-443-3277 or apply on-line at:


Change in Vote by Mail for the November 6th Presidential General Election:

  • The Ohio Secretary of State will automatically mail all voters a Vote by Mail Ballot Application for this election. 
  • Ballot applications are also available on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website:, all public libraries, or by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-3298.


October 2, 2012 – Vote by Mail Opens:

  • The Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots to voters who have requested a ballot and voters may begin to vote early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Early Voting Hours: (Please check the Board of Elections website for possible changes to early voting hours)

October 2nd – 5th, 8am to 5pm       October  9th, 8am to 9pm    October 10th – 12th, 8am to 5pm

October 15th – 19th, 8am to 5pm      October 22nd – 26th, 8am to 7pm

October 29th – November 1st, 8am to 7pm     November 2nd, 8am to 6pm


October 9, 2012 – Close of Registration:

  • Voter registration and change of address deadline for the November 6th General Election is at 9:00 p.m.  Voters who have not registered, have moved, or have changed their name and have not updated their registration, must do so by this date. Registration cards are available at all public libraries and at the Board of Elections website:


November 2, 2012 – Last Day to Vote Early at the Board of Elections:

  • 6:00 p.m. is the deadline to hand deliver Vote by Mail ballot applications to the Board of Elections and the close of early voting.


November 3, 2012 – Mailed Vote by Mail Ballot Application Deadline:

  • The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections must receive mailed ballot application requests by noon on November 3rd for voters to be eligible to Vote by Mail.


November 5, 2012 – Ballots Mailed in the U.S. Must be Postmarked on or Before this Date:

  • Put a stamp on your ballot return envelope.  Ballot envelopes are not postage-paid.


November 6, 2012 – Election Day – Polls Open at 6:30 a.m. and Close at 7:30 p.m.

  • Bring proper identification when voting:  a current and valid photo identification card, driver’s license or state issued identification, military identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.
  • Voters need to know their ward, precinct, and voting location.  Voters may check at: or call the Voter Information Hotline at 216-443-3298.
  • Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots returned in person must be received at the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m.
  • Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots CANNOT be dropped off at a voting location.

For additional election information visit: or call 216-443-3298.

Woodland Avenue Reconstruction Meeting

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Apply now for BBC’s High School Internship Position!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Open now for the Fall Semester, BBC’s High School Internship Program is perfect for HS Seniors looking for some part time work in the neighborhood, and experience in the field of community development.

Our High School Intern assists full-time staff members on program intake and management.  They assist staff in file preparation, document management, data tracking, program promotion and community event planning, and other general office duties.

Applicant requirements:


Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Moderate typing skills.

Favorable interpersonal skills and the ability to complete tasks efficiently. Must also be dependable.

Ability to work at minimum 10 hours per week.

If you, or a HS Senior you know, would like to apply please click on this link

Feel free to call our office at 216-341-1455 for more information

Submit a Recipe to Woodland Cemetery’s Cookbook

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Woodland Cemetery Foundation is preparing for their next fundraiser which is a tastetempting custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from friends.

Recipe submissions could be based upon:

1. Cultural Reflections,

2. Family Memories (Recipes of cemetery residents), or

3. Your favorite recipes.

These cookbooks will be professionally published and contain special pages of interest, a table of contents, an index, helpful hints, and recipe category dividers. It is sure to be treasured for years to come.

Please submit 3-5 of your favorite recipes so you can be represented in the group’s cookbook. Follow the instructions below. Your name will be printed with each recipe and your help in contributing recipes will ensure that the cookbook will be a big success.

There are various ways to submit your recipes:

1. Use the attached recipe collection sheet. Remember to write legibly.

2. Email the recipe to with the subject title Cookbook Recipe using the recipe collection sheet format.

3. Submit your recipe online at Group Login is WCFCLE and the contributor password is fresh893. If you find you need to make a correction to the recipe after it has been submitted please contact us and we can make that correction for you.

4. Copy the recipe and email it to or mail to PO Box 1966, Cleveland, OH 44106

Divider category titles:

1. Appetizers & Beverages

2. Soups & Salads

3. Vegetables & Side Dishes

4. Main Dishes

 5. Breads & Rolls

6.  Desserts

7. Cookies & Candy

 8. This & That

 You can reserve one or more for yourself and your family at this time to be assured of receiving a cookbook. Please submit your proofed recipes to the committee by October 15, 2012.

The group is offering a pre-order discount of $15.00 per book (plus shipping if needed) on purchases by October 1st. After this date, books will be $20.00.

Note: You do not need to have family buried in Woodland Cemetery. Anyone can submit a recipe for this fundraiser cookbook.

Cooking Class with Chef Eric Wells at BBC’s Cornucopia Place

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

 Join Chef Wells for a hands-on cooking demonstration that will develop your cooking skills while creating a festive atmosphere. Come alone or bring friends. Arrive 15 minutes before class begins. Events are held at the new state-of-the-art kitchen at Cornucopia Place. Everything you need will be provided.

All this for $30 per event (a retail value of $70!)

In the first event “Tomato, Tomato,” you will prepare Panzanella Salad (Italian bread salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and fresh basil in a Balsamic Vinai-grette), Tomato and Basil Bruschetta, Pan Seared Chicken Breast topped with Fresh Tomato Salsa, Rice Pilaf and Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Tarte Tatin for dessert.

Chef Eric Wells is a personal chef, caterer and culinary instructor. He is a strong advocate for healthy eating, especially for America’s youth. He has appeared on Food Request Live on Fox 8 and WEWS Newsnet 5 in Cleveland, as well as “Help I Need a Makeover” and “Another Look” channel 21.

To Register, Contact Julia DiBaggio at BBC : jdibaggio@bbcdevelopment or by phone at (216) 341-1455