Archive for January, 2014

Four honored as 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

Friday, January 31st, 2014

On December 12th, 2013, four individuals were honored as the 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year by Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels. One of individuals was  from our very own city of Cleveland!

The four winners are:

Joanne Kick-Raack, of Pataskala

Lisa Schacht, of Canal Winchester

Morgan Taggart, of Cleveland

Micki Zartman, of Worthington.

Joanne Kick-Raack works as the state director for the Pesticide Safety Education Program at The Ohio State University Extension, creating the certification process for implementation for the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor program.

Lisa Schacht, with her husband, manage the Schacht Family Farm, assisting in daily operations and managing the market. She is the 2011 and 2012 president of the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, where she is the first female to hold this statewide title.

Morgan Taggart is a program specialist for agriculture and natural resources at The Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County. She has worked for the past 8 years in this role providing training and assistance to both urban agriculture and local food projects in Greater Cleveland. She is also one of the original participants in the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Coalition, partnered with Case Western Reserve.

Micki Zartman known for great contribution to agriculture education working with The Ohio State University, founded Scarlet and Grey Ag Day at The Ohio State University. More recently, she has served as the coordinator for the Ohio World Food Prize program.

Congratulations to all of the winners!! 

Green Thumb Gardening Tips from OSU Extenstion

Friday, January 31st, 2014

This time of year we start to think of spring.  Soon the crocuses and daffodils will start to bloom and planting our vegetable gardens will be close at hand.  There are a couple of different options for starting vegetables.  One way is to purchase vegetable starter plants.  Sometimes this can be costly.  A low cost way would be to grow your own vegetable transplants.  This can be very rewarding and often you will have a few left over to give to family and friends.  You should time planting your seedling so they will be ready to plant outside when the weather is warm enough for the plant to survive.

To start seeds to grow transplants you will need:

  1. Clean containers:  Vegetable starts can be grown in all sorts of container; egg cartons, yogurt containers, etc., but they need to be clean and have holes in the bottom for drainage.
  2. Seed starting mix:  You can get this at garden stores in the spring.  Top soil or garden soil should not be used because it might contain diseases that are harmful to the seed or young seedling.
  3. Seeds of your choice:  Always check that the seeds were packed for 2014.

To plant the seeds, moisten the seed starting mix and fill the containers.  Place the seeds at the depth suggested on the seed packet.  The recommended depth is usually ¼ inch to ½ inches deep.  Often people plant seeds too deep and the seeds rot before it reaches the surface.  Make sure you label the container with what type of vegetable and variety it is.  Place the container in a warm sunny place.  Once the plant emerges, be sure to turn the container often so the seedling will grow up straight.  Every couple of days, stick one finger into the soil and if the soil seems dry at one inch deep, it is time to water (sometimes the surface of the soil seems dry but below the surface the soil is wet).   Water gently.  It takes between 4-8 weeks to grow most vegetable seedlings.


For more information about gardening, contact Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Office at 216.429.8200.

Courtesy of Jacqueline Kowalski, Ohio State University Extension Educator


For more gardening tips, check out Burten, Bell, Carr Development’s Summer newsletter!

FREE Furnace Tune Ups Available for Central and Kinsman Neighborhoods

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


BBC Announces

FREE Furnace Tune Ups for Residents of the Central and Kinsman Neighborhoods

Experts recommend that homeowners have a qualified heating professional inspect their furnace and heating system prior to the beginning of the winter season every year. A routine inspection and “tune-up” can ensure that the furnace works efficiently thereby reducing energy costs and making it easier for individuals to stay safely in their homes longer. In some cases, it may even save a life by detecting health and safety hazards. With the recent frigid temperatures, it is especially important to make sure that furnaces are inspected!

From February 1st- February 28th 2014, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) will offer a free furnace inspection and “tune-up” to income eligible residents of the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods who own and occupy their homes.

Only a limited amount of applicants will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Services include:

Checking the operation of furnace thermostat

Performing a carbon monoxide check

Checking operation of safety limit controls

Checking gas piping and blower operations (lubricate fan and motor assembly as required)

Inspecting and cleaning the heat exchanger, venting system, and flue passages

Checking and adjusting the condition, tension, and alignment of a fan belt

Cleaning pilot assembly/burners and visually set for proper ignition and combustion

Replacing air filters and instructing householder on proper filter replacement

Insuring that heating fuse circuit is identified on electrical service panel

Cleaning furnace exterior

Eligible Income (must be equal to or less than):

1 person

2 person

3 person

4 person

5 person

6 person

7 person

8 person









For more information, or to request an application, please call BBC at 216-341-1455

Employment Announcement: Real Estate Dev Specialist

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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The Real Estate Development Specialist will assist in the planning, implementation, and promotion of real estate development projects, administration of housing repair and improvement programs, and management of community revitalization initiatives.


– Provide assistance on real estate development projects, including, but not limited to, planning, property research and acquisition, assist with the creation and management of real estate development budgets and proformas, pursuit of funding opportunities, garnering local approvals, reporting, promotion, and coordination of community meetings;

– Administer housing repair and improvement programs to residents, including providing information about available resources, helping with contractual agreements, identifying potential contractors, reviewing bids, monitoring the construction process, and approving work financed by grants provided through agency;

– Assist in the management and administration of community revitalization initiatives; and

– Other duties as assigned.


The Real Estate Development Specialist must have exemplary oral and written communication skills and ability to interact effectively with the public, particularly low-income, minority, and/or aging populations. Must have satisfactory computer skills, including Microsoft Office.

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in urban studies, urban planning, real estate, business, finance, marketing, property management, construction management, or related field required. Master’s degree and at least one year experience in community development preferred.

This is a full-time position. The work schedule is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Some weekends and evenings may be required.


Annual salary of $35,000 to $43,000, commensurate with experience.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Joy D. Johnson, Grants Management Director by Friday, February 14, 2014 Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST via email at, via fax at (216) 341-2683 or via mail at 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104, Cleveland, OH 44104.

For more information about the organization, please visit

For a PDF of this employment opportunity, please click here.

Cedar Reconstruction Meeting set for Monday 1/27 CANCELED

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The meeting about the reconstruction of Cedar Avenue between E 55th and 89th Streets that was originally scheduled for January 27 has been CANCELED:

Here is a message we received from the City of Cleveland this morning:

“Due to the extremely cold weather with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees below zero we are going to reschedule the public meeting to a later date. We will keep you posted. Thank you.”

Please continue to check BBC’s blog and social media for an announcement regarding the rescheduling of the meeting. In the meantime, stay warm!

Citizen Police Academy Classes! Register NOW!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to ride with police or go to their firing range?  Now is your chance!!!

The Cleveland Police just announced that they are hosting two (2) citizen police academy classes! The classes begin February 18th, 2014 and February 19th, 2014 and will be a seven (7) week informational course into the duties and nature of police work.

The free courses will be held 6-9p.m.:

Every Tuesday at: Public Safety Central: 2001 Payne Avenue &

Every Wednesday at Kamm’s Corner Development Corporation –  17407 Lorain Road.

Class sizes are limited to 25 students per session.

Information and registration forms are available at each of the 5 neighborhood police districts. The registration deadline is February 14th, 2014!

Applications can be submitted via telephone by calling the Bureau of Community Policing at 216-623-5080 OR they can be mailed to:

Cleveland Division of Police

Bureau of Community Policing

2001 Payne Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Ride the RTA FREE in CLE!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Cleveland Foundation is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. As a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the community for a century, they are giving back monthly!

The first gift is a free ride in Cleveland on the Greater Cleveland RTA  on January 16th!

Be sure to wish the Cleveland Foundation a very happy birthday and wishes for at least another 100 more!

Cedar (E 55th to 89th) Reconstruction Meeting

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Cedar Ave. Reconstruction Public Meeting
(Cedar Avenue, between E. 55th St. to E. 89th St.)

When:          Monday, January 27, 2014
Time:           5:30 P.M.
Where:         City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Blvd.

The $5.1 million Cedar Ave. Reconstruction project will extend from E. 55th St. to E. 89th St. It includes complete pavement replacement, new curb, sidewalks, driveway aprons, drainage improvements, watermain replacement (E. 79th St. to E. 89th St.), new traffic signals, pavement markings, and streetscape including additional trees.


Schedule: March 2013 to March 2014


Agencies represented: 

  • Cleveland City Council Representatives
  • City of Cleveland – Division of Engineering & Construction
  • Terrace Construction Co., Inc. (Contractor)
  • Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.
  • Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
  • Midtown Cleveland


January 4th District Community Relations Meeting CANCELLED

Friday, January 10th, 2014

In the BBC’s winter newsletter, it is mentioned the 4th District Community Relations meeting is going to be held on January 22nd. It has since been CANCELLED.

The next meeting will take place February 26th at 7:00p.m. at the Covenant Community Church on East 119th and Kinsman!

Please help to spread the word!

3 Bedroom Townhouse Now Available in Central

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Looking for a new home to start off your new year? Look no further!

We have a 3 bedroom townhouse for rent located at:

 2284 East 73rd Street!

This newly refurbished unit contains:

  • Full unfinished basement
  • Kitchen containing a refrigerator, stove and microwave
  • Security alarm system
  • Carpeted living and dining rooms
  • 1.5 baths
  • Washer and Dryer Hookups

Rent is $648.00 per month, with a security deposit equal to one months rent.

**Section 8 housing accepted.

For additional questions or to put in an application for this residence, call Nailah at BBC at 216-341-1455.