February 20th, 2014 by jsugalski
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital brings free and fast health care to the Central neighborhood.
The HealthSpot station is located close to your home and is open during the evening and on weekends – when doctor’s offices are normally closed. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome! Patients will be able to talk to a UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital doctor through a video screen and get a physical exam with the help of a medical attendant. At the end of the visit, you will know what is wrong and what steps to take to help your child get better.
The new UH Rainbow HealthSpot station is located inside Friendly Inn Settlement House (2386 Unwin Road, Cleveland) and offers patients with minor sicknesses a place to go instead of the emergency room. Children between the ages of 3 and 18 can visit the UH Rainbow HealthSpotSM station weekdays from 5:30pm-11pm and weekends from 1pm-11pm. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or Guardian.
For more information please call 216.844.0172.
February 19th, 2014 by jsugalski
The infamous decrepit swing sets and rusted jungle gym on E. 79th Street, could soon be replaced by trees and public art.
Kinsman residents and stakeholders have long expressed a need for improved walkability to and from the East 79th Street Blue/Green Rapid Station, since transit is such a vital part of their daily lives. To achieve this end, community-driven plans have called for the large blighted vacant lot located immediately south of the station to be improved with walking paths, trees and plants, landscaping, and other features.
When a funding opportunity became available from Reimagining Cleveland, BBC pursued it to bring the community’s vision for the East 79th Street site to fruition and would receive a $50,000 grant. Reimagining Cleveland is a program of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Wells Fargo CityLIFT® program, The U.S. Department of Justice, and Cuyahoga Land Reutilization Corporation.
In addition to improving access to the rapid station, the redevelopment of the site could have many other powerful impacts. Hundreds of people ride the rapid daily past the site, which could be considered the door step to the Kinsman neighborhood. Beautifying the lot could potentially transform negative perceptions of Kinsman into positive impressions. Making transit safer and easier to access helps promote transit use, which improves the air quality and the environment.
Planning for the site began in February, with construction following in the spring. If you would like to be involved in the planning process, please contact Jeffrey Sugalski at 216.341.1455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 18th, 2014 by jsugalski
Joseph Jones lecturing a workshop about commercial development.
Joseph Jones, BBC’s Real Estate Development Director, will be retiring after nearly eleven years of service with the organization. Joseph will leave BBC on March 30, 2014. He contributed to all of BBC’s successful real estate development projects including Bridgeport Place retail center, Bridgeport Café and Cornucopia Place, and the Villages of Central among others.
Joseph also worked closely with many community residents, especially senior citizens, through BBC’s home repair assistance program. He counseled many area businesses through our small business assistance program.
Joseph brought a wealth of knowledge to his position. Before joining BBC, Joseph owned his own construction company and worked many years as a Quality Assurance Supervisor at Day Glo Corporation in Cleveland. He is also a licensed realtor. While working at BBC Joseph earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and became a licensed Social Worker by the State of Ohio.
Joseph is known by staff for his words of wisdom and witty sense of humor. A lasting quote from Joseph is “There is the way things appear to be, and there is the way things really are. BBC has succeeded because we always dealt things the way they really are.”
Joseph’s wife Denise retired from the Ohio Office of Unemployment in 2012. Now that Joseph is retiring, they plan to travel the world together and spend more time with their five children and five grandchildren.
We wish Joseph all the best in his retired life and thank him for his years of dedication to Cleveland’s Central and
February 17th, 2014 by jsugalski
BBC is honored to receive the Neighborhood Solution Award from the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Inc. for the Urban Agriculture and Urban Farm Diet Program. In partnership with Rid-All Green Partnership and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, this program exposes youth to unconventional community learning environments while nurturing their understanding and appreciation of urban agriculture, permaculture, sustainability, and health and wellness in the Kinsman neighborhood.
Throughout 2014 youth will be offered a field experience at Rid-All Green Partnership, located at 8129 Otter Road, where they will tour the entire grounds and get hands-on instruction in urban agriculture. Then youth will travel to Cornucopia Place, located at 7201 Kinsman Road, where they will learn nutrition education and basic cooking skills. This field experience will tie together the math and science curriculum that students learn in the classroom with real life exposures to where food comes from the ground to the plate.
For more information or to register a classroom, please contact BBC at 216.341.1455
February 14th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely
Get your taxes prepared for FREE at the Super Refund Saturday Event, February 15, 2014! The event takes place from 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
CLEVELAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC
6550 Baxter Avenue – Cleveland, Ohio 44105
Dial 2-1-1 to make your appointment today
- IRS volunteer certified tax preparers
- Electronically filed returns
- FAFSA application assistance
You will need to bring:
- Photo ID
- Social Security Card for taxpayer, spouse and dependents
- Married Filing Joint, both spouses MUST be present
- Income documents, W2, 1099R, 1099-INT, gambling winnings, etc.
- Bank account and routing number for direct deposit
- A copy of last year’s tax return
Refreshments will be served!
February 13th, 2014 by jsugalski
Julia DiBaggio (to the left of BBC’s Joy Johnson in the middle of the photo) at Rebuilding Day in 2012.
BBC would like to send a sincere thank you to Julia DiBaggio, our extremely talented AmeriCorps VISTA who this week moved on to a full-time business development position with Northeast Shores CDC in the Collinwood neighborhood. Julia began working with us on healthy food access and sustainability initiatives back in the summer of 2012.
Julia left us last Thursday with these departing thoughts for the staff:
To help me get to where I am going, you have all played an instrumental role in helping me to become a profession. I have gained so much from all of you. I hope that in exchange, I have inspired you to become a little more conservation minded in all you do. I will always be grateful for the time I have spent here at BBC.
All the best to you in all that you do, Julia. We will be here for you if you need us.
February 12th, 2014 by jsugalski
The E 55th/Kinsman/Woodland intersection has historically had the highest number of crashes each year.
Dramatic changes could be coming to the East 55th Street, Kinsman Road, and Woodland Avenue intersection
within the next few years.
Historically, the intersection has been one of the busiest and most dangerous in the state. It has been ranked as the worst for crashes within the five county area of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Medina, and Geauga counties.
The City of Cleveland and Ohio Department of Transportation have begun to study the possibility of eliminating one road of the intersection.
They have preliminarily concluded that rerouting Kinsman Road into East 55th Street or Woodland Avenue would have the greatest impacts to safety and traffic flow.
Three alternatives for the intersection will be presented at a community meeting for review and comment this spring. A date and time have not been set prior to publication. To be notified of the meeting, please leave your name, phone number, and address by emailing email@example.com or calling 216.341.1455.
February 11th, 2014 by jsugalski
Are you thinking of applying for BBC’s Real Estate Development Specialist employment opportunity? You have only THREE days left to do so!
The posting is here. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to receive them by Friday, February 14 at 4pm EST for you to be considered.
February 11th, 2014 by jsugalski
Join us as we welcome Erick Rodriguez to the BBC staff!
BBC and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) were awarded one of six Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows through a national competition. The prestigious three-year fellowship allows a well-credentialed architect to be embedded within a community development organization to share his/her skills and expertise in design.
Erick (left) is leading a community design process for the site adjacent to the E 79th St Blue/Green RTA Rapid Station.
Through a highly competitive process, BBC and DSCDO selected Erick Rodriquez as our fellow. Erick, a young architect from Los Angeles, CA, has worked on a variety of projects, from detailed designs of individual buildings to large-scale community plans. He also founded a nonprofit organization called CITY ART PLAY that focuses on creating rich outdoor learning experiences in urban communities.
“My goal is to implement my design skills to help educate and build meaningful spaces that people are proud to call home,” says Erick. “I want to develop a more expansive definition of architecture that goes beyond the building.”
Erick will play a key role in BBC’s neighborhood planning efforts for Central and Kinsman, as well as furthering BBC’s efforts to cultivate the Kinsman as an environmentally sustainable neighborhood. He will spend half of his time working in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on the near west side of Cleveland.
February 10th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely
Environmental Health Watch, in collaboration with Rid-All Green Partnership and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute, will come together again for:
Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014: Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens.
The two-day conference will be held on April 4th-5th, 2014 at Case Western Reserve University.
Friday April 4th, 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. at Case Western Reserve University Allen Memorial Library located at 11000 Euclid Ave and Adelbert Rd. Doors open at 5p.m. and refreshments will be served. FREE street metered parking available after 6, pay parking garages available on Adelbert Rd., Ford Dr. and East Blvd. Speakers include Dr. Monica White , Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dara Cooper, Director NYC Food and Fitness Partnership.
Saturday April 5th, 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m. at University Circle United Methodist Church located at 1919 E. 107th and Chester Avenue. Doors open at 9a.m. with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. Speakers include Mistinguette Smith of the Black Land Project, Malik Yakini of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Jonathan Ferrer of United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park. On Saturday, FREE parking at Judson Manor on E. 107th, Pentecostal Church on 105th/Chester and on MLK Blvd.
For more information contact:
Kim at 216-961-4646 extension 104 or email@example.com
Shelley at 216-368-7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is FREE and open to the public. To register, go to www.brownpapertickets.com