BBC’s office closed the following dates during the holidays…

December 15th, 2014 by jsugalski

Please note that our office will be closed the following dates this holiday season:

– Wednesday, December 24, 2014
– Thursday, December 25, 2014
– Friday, December 26, 2014

– Wednesday, December 31, 2014
– Thursday, January 1, 2015

We will remain open our usual office hours December 22-23, 29-30, and January 2.

May you and your family have a very happy and joyous holiday season!

Public Meeting for NEORSD Central/Kinsman Green Infrastructure Projects

December 1st, 2014 by jsugalski


Want to Start a Garden?

November 19th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Learn about upcoming training programs in urban agriculture!

OSU Extension will offer training programs in the winter of 2015 in community gardening and market gardening. Come to an Information Session to learn more about these Training Programs:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:00 – 6:45 pm
OSU Extension Office
5320 Stanard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103

Description of Training Programs:
Community Gardening
In this eight week training program, participants will learn how to:

  • Locate and assess a good garden site
  • Organize a group of gardeners
  • Plan and design a garden space
  • Identify community resources
  • Access materials for their project
  • Increase neighborhood access to fresh produce
  • * Classes will meet Thursday evenings starting January 29, 2015.

Market Gardening
In this twelve week training program, participants will learn how to:

  • Develop a small business or agriculture based enterprise
  • Grow produce using techniques that create higher yields
  • Bring healthy produce to local markets in urban neighborhoods
  • Be part of Cuyahoga County’s emerging local food market
  • * Classes will meet Tuesday evenings starting January 27, 2015

The Market Gardener Training Program and the Dig In! Community Gardener Training Program are initiatives of The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County.

The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County: 5320 Stanard Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103

For questions contact Nicole Wright: 216-429-8200 x 249 //


CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information:

Thursday: Voice your opinion on the RTA Rapid Transit Stations in Kinsman

November 18th, 2014 by Joy Johnson

Greater Cleveland RTA is hosting a meeting THURSDAY to gather community input on the Rapid Transit Stations along E. 79th Street. The meeting will be held at:

Mt Sinai Baptist Church

7510 Woodland Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44104

6:00 pm

The purpose of this meeting is to gather more information and comments from the public about the E. 34th and E. 79th Street Rapid Transit stations.  Residents may also complete a survey by coming into BBC’s office or visiting

St. John’s Village West Waiting List Now Open

November 13th, 2014 by jsugalski

The waiting list is now open for our Lease to Purchase Homes (St. John’s Village West Family Homes), located between Cedar & Central Avenues.  More information about the project is here.  To inquire about placing your name on the waiting list or for related questions, please contact Nailah Ingram at (216) 341-1455 or

BBC is hiring – Income Tax Prep Site Coordinator

November 12th, 2014 by jsugalski

Posted 11/12/14 at the following link:

Income Tax Prep Site Coordinator
Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc – Cleveland, OH


Overview of Position

Site Coordinators will help to recruit and supervise volunteers at their respective Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Site Coordinators are responsible for troubleshooting minor technical issues with the TaxWise software, answering client and volunteer’s tax questions, attending mandatory site coordinator training and all Site Coordinators must obtain Site Coordinator Certification as well Advanced Level IRS Certification. Site Coordinators will also be responsible for weekly reporting and end-of-season debriefing with Cuyahoga EITC Coalition staff.


Key Responsibilities:

*Assist with the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
*Supervise all volunteers
*Assure all volunteers receive their IRS certification and prepare returns only up to that level.
*Manage volunteers’ schedules and assure volunteer coverage conforms to tax site schedule.
*Publicize free tax preparation.
*Provide expertise and assistance upon request or as needed by volunteers.
*Ensure that portable equipment is under the care of a volunteer and/or the site coordinator at all times.
*Ensure confidentiality of all sensitive information from clients and volunteers.
*Respond to client questions and resolve problems as they arise and in a timely manner.
*E-filing all tax returns within 24 hours of their completion.
*Ensures that Quality Reviews are being completed for all tax returns.
*Ensure that rejected returns are corrected and resubmitted within the allotted time.
*Work directly with IT department if software issues arise
*Work directly with 211/First Call For Help for appointment scheduling and to create and maintain an open line of communication
*Performs all responsibilities that will ensure the safe and efficient operation of the VITA center.
*Follow all IRS and Coalition rules and requirements put forth to ensure taxpayer and volunteer satisfaction and safety.
*Create a positive experience for volunteers and clients seeking services from a VITA site.



*Must be able to work flexible hours from January through April.
*Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
*Strong verbal communication skills.
*Good interpersonal skills and comfort with a wide range of people.
*Demonstrated computer skills to operate tax preparation software and other activities related to tax preparation and volunteer coordination.
*Ability to problem solve and resolve conflict.
*Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision.

Please apply via

IMPORTANT Community Meeting about E 79th St Rapid Stations TOMORROW

October 31st, 2014 by jsugalski

From Greater Cleveland RTA’s enewsletter.  (We have a flyer for the event here.)

RTA community meetings on Nov. 1 & 5

Tell us how you use one Rapid Station on East 34th Street and two stations on East 79th

RTA want to hear your comments on how you use the Rapid Station on East 34th Street and the two on East 79th Street. One meeting begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Community Room at Heritage View Homes, 7230 Kinsman Road. Ride the 14 bus. The other meeting begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the first-floor lounge of the Tri-C Campus Center Buidling, 2900 Community College Ave. Ride bus routes 11, 14 or 15. You are also invited to take a survey.

New Traffic Patterns at E. 30th/Woodland/Orange

October 31st, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Did you know traffic patterns have changed at E. 30th St , Woodland Ave and Orange Ave? Please read about the updated pattern below from ODOT to avoid being ticketed!

There have been changes in the traffic operation in the vicinity of E 30th/Woodland/Orange. Cleveland police have been out enforcing this new traffic pattern and ticketing offenders.

  • Left turns from E 30th Street south onto the ramp to I-77 south are no longer be permitted. Motorists should use Woodland Ave west toward Orange Ave where a NEW left-turn-only lane leads to Orange Ave and on to I-77 south.  Motorists are encouraged to follow all posted signage.
  • Motorists exiting I-77 south to East 30th St/Woodland/Broadway are no longer permitted to cross over traffic in order to take a right turn on East 30th St (toward Broadway). Motorists should instead turn left on East 30th St to Woodland Ave west toward Orange Ave where a NEW left-turn-only lane leads to Orange Ave and on to East 30th St southbound (toward Broadway).  Motorists are encouraged to follow all posted signage.
  • Left turns from Orange Ave to East 30th St will be prohibited (except from the I-77 exit ramp to East 30th St). Motorists will instead follow Woodland Ave toward E 30th St.







For a more detailed map, visit: 

Kinsman Master Planning Presentation

October 29th, 2014 by jsugalski

Last night, about 125 people attended the third and final community meeting for the new master plan for Kinsman. They learned about how the blueprint for future development has taken shape, following several months of community engagement.

Without further ado, here’s the draft master plan for Kinsman.

Please feel free to email your comments to

Just in case, the draft plan for Central can be downloaded here.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the planning process to date.

NLDI Applications are Due This Friday!

October 27th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLDI) has begun recruitment for the 31st Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland (NLC) class.

The purpose of NLC is to cultivate new and experienced leaders to gain confidence, learn skills, and use their voice to actively participate in effecting change. The program will benefit community leaders through skill development, goal setting, discovering their leadership style and becoming more self-aware as community leaders. Participants will join a network of more than 1,000 other grassroots leaders who share the common goal to improve the quality of life for communities in Greater Cleveland through collective leadership and engagement. The 19-week course will begin in January and be held through May, 2015. Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6-9pm, with a dinner beginning at 5:30pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Kayse at 216-812-8700 or

Applications are due on Friday, October 31, 2014.  

For more information, visit: