Help create the future! Attend upcoming community planning meetings!

March 19th, 2014 by Joy Johnson

Join  us to plan the future of the Kinsman and Central neighborhoods. Enjoy the fun and contribute to the transformation of these neighborhoods.

Central Community

George Washington Carver

2200 East 55th Street

6pm, March 25, 2014

Lower Kinsman Community

Anton Grdina Elementary

East 71st, South of Kinsman

6pm, April 1, 2014


Bridgeport Mobile Market Now HIRING!

March 11th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

If you have seen the Bridgeport Mobile Market in your neighborhood, then you know that it is doing a great thing for the community! The market, which launched in June 2013, is currently taking applications for an operator assistant.


Position Summary:
The purpose of the Bridgeport Mobile Market is to provide fresh food access to residents in the ward 5 community and surrounding neighborhoods. The Bridgeport Mobile Market Assistant will assist in all the daily functions of the mobile market. The operator will need assistance with picking up and receiving deliveries of produce from vendors, stocking shelves, driving the truck to assigned destinations, promoting sales, operating the cash register, managing inventory, quality control , and clean as needed. Strong interpersonal skills and positive attitude are a must!

Position Requirements:

  • Must have basic math skills for handling cash transactions and counting inventory
  • Self-motivated with strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven sales ability
  • Ability to work with minimal direction
  • Be able to work flexible shifts
  • Valid OH driver’s license
  • Committed to the mission of the Bridgeport Mobile Market
  • Able to work in cool environment for a long duration
  • Able to work year round (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with possible weekends)

Physical Requirements:

  • Bending
  • Carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Pulling
  • Standing

To Apply:
Interested applicants must forward a cover letter and resume to Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104, Cleveland, OH 44104, email to, or fax to 216-341-2683

Would you give Bridgeport Cafe a positive review?

March 10th, 2014 by jsugalski

We appreciate any and all positive reviews of Bridgeport Cafe! Reviews help us get the word out about the cafe and encourage new potential customers to visit, which ultimately helps it remain successful.

If you’ve enjoyed Bridgeport Cafe in the past, would you please consider leaving a positive review?

Here are some websites on which you can give a review:

Bridgeport Cafe on Yelp
Bridgeport Cafe on Urbanspoon
Bridgeport Cafe on Google
Bridgeport Cafe on Facebook

Thank you!

Help design the E 79th St Blue/Green site

March 7th, 2014 by jsugalski



We’ve previously blogged about how we received funding from Reimagining Cleveland to beautify the large vacant parcel located directly south of the E 79th St RTA Blue/Green Rapid Station.  Our goals for the project are to improve a long-time neglected vacant property, make access to the rapid station better and safer to ultimately boost transit use, and change perceptions of the Kinsman neighborhood.

In February, BBC hosted a community meeting for residents and community stakeholders to share their visions and tell us what kinds of elements they would like to see incorporated into a master plan for the site.

BBC’s Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow Erick Rodriguez has prepared a preliminary plan based on the ideas collected at the first community design meeting.

He will be presenting his draft plan for feedback on Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm at BBC, 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104.  Your opinions are valued and appreciated, and we hope you will contribute to a very important project in the Kinsman neighborhood.

Construction on phase I of the plan will begin in the spring or summer.

E 79th Blue/Green Site Design Session #2
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:00 – 7:30pm

at Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104

For more information, please call (216) 341-1455.

Become a Mentor for Youth in the Central Neighborhood

March 6th, 2014 by jsugalski

boyonbikeResearch has proven that those students, who have a network of  caring adults that support them, are more likely to be successful. BBC would like to invite adult men and women to become mentors for eight graders in the Central neighborhood. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, in partnership with the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, launched a new mentoring program for eight grade students.

The goal of this mentorship campaign is to provide each eight grader with a caring adult mentor that will support them as they transition from middle school to high school and on to post-secondary success! The Promise Neighborhood initiative is committed to a vision that all children living in Central will have an opportunity to go off to college and a meaningful career.

To become a mentor is an easy process and very rewarding for both the mentor and mentee. This program matches an adult volunteer who provides social support and shares experiences with a child in need of an added source for positive direction, seeing their mentee a minimum of four hours a month. Most matches stay together for over two years and for many it is a lifelong relationship that is very rewarding for both the mentor and mentee.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you must be eighteen years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and proof of personal auto insurance, and have four hours of free time per month.

You could make the difference in a child’s life. To apply to become a mentor, contact BBC at 216.341.1455.

FREE tickets to CLE Int’l Film Festival at Bridgeport Cafe

March 5th, 2014 by jsugalski

Beginning this Friday, make a $15 purchase at Bridgeport Cafe and receive a pair of tickets to the Cleveland International Film Festival for FREE!*

Buy any combination of food, beverages, produce, gift cards, or other goods from Bridgeport Cafe amounting to at least $15.  Bring your receipt next door to Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. to receive two vouchers that can be used for any film at the festival.  It’s as simple as that!

Bridgeport Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

*Limit one pair of tickets per person and per transaction. Promotion begins 3/7/2014. Purchases made prior to this date not eligible for the promotion. While supplies last.  We sincerely appreciate any and all positive online reviews of Bridgeport Cafe!

New Tenant at Bridgeport Place

February 28th, 2014 by jsugalski

BBC is elated to welcome The Art Palace as our neighbor in Bridgeport Place!

The Art Palace is a community-owned and -operated pop-up art gallery and artist incubator located between Bridgeport Cafe and Cleveland Public Library Garden Valley Branch at 7201 Kinsman Road.  The  intent is for the Artist Palace to be an inviting gathering space for artists and the community that inspires people to create, realize their creative potential, and explore unlimited possibilities of self.

The Art Palace is a initiative of Gwendolyn Garth, an active resident of the Central neighborhood who founded and currently serves as executive director of a collective called The Artists Bank.  The Artists Bank’s primary focus is to create an arts district in the Central neighborhood.

BBC has supported the project by offering The Artists Bank substantially reduced rent at the space at Bridgeport Place.

The Art Palace is open Monday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. For more information, please call (216) 339-0571 or email


Be a Part of the Blueprint Roundtable at Question Bridge!

February 27th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Join established and emerging black male leaders from the Central Neighborhood and Cleveland Community for an evening of discussion around leadership, work, education, family structure and community issues, as well as how to overcome challenges faced by black males! The event will be an opportunity to break down the boundaries between generations through an honest conversation.

**This is a part of the Hank Willis Thomas exhibition on display until March 9 at the Cleveland Museum of Art & March 8 at the Transformer Station.

WHEN: Thursday March 6th, 2014
WHERE: Friendly Inn Settlement House | 2386 Unwin Road | Cleveland, Ohio
TIME: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Program begins at 5:45 p.m. after dinner!!

To register for this free event call 216.431.7656 (Ext. 140)or register online at

Panelists include:

Cordell Arellano, Central Resident, Promise Ambassador
Jerome Baker, Founder, Men of Central
Bill Cobbs, Actor, Central Native
Edgar Hoyle, Student, East Technical High School
Nathaniel Johnson, Tri-C Student, Promise Ambassador
Donald Jolly, Academic Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools
Gerard Leslie, Principal, Marion-Sterling 
Prester Pickett
, Coordinator, Dr. Howard A. Mims African-American Cultural Center @ Cleveland State University
Amir El Hajj Khalid Samad, CEO, Peace in The Hood
Michael L. Walker, Executive Director, Partnership For A Safer Cleveland
Peter Whitt, Owner/President, Enlightenment Consulting Group

MODERATED BY: Neal Hodges, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator

Visit the Hank Williams Thomas Exhibition 

Through March 9, 2014
Visit The Exhibition
The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Now through March 9, 2014
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Transformer Station
1460 West 29 Street
Now through March 8, 2014
Wednesday – Saturday
12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

For additional exhibit information go to

Bike program kicking off in Central this spring

February 26th, 2014 by jsugalski

By Marvin Ranaldson, Bike Cleveland

Bike Cleveland, in partnership with the Sisters of Charity, Greater Cleveland YMCA, Cleveland Metroparks, and Ohio City Bicycle Co-op are launching Central Bikes, a year-long project to increase bicycling awareness, safety and usage in Cleveland’s Historic Central neighborhood.

We are partnering with local stakeholders and reaching out to the community with programs and events to empower residents to become leaders and advocates not just for safer biking but also for a more livable community.  Our goal for 2014 is to engage the community with events and activities that increase bicycling awareness and safety.

Beginning in April, we plan to hold three bike fix-a-thons to get more working bikes into the community. Fix-a-thons are open to all.  Free bike inspections and repairs will be provided.  Every participant will receive a bike light.

This spring, we will also be holding an Earn-a- Bike Camp at which young people can earn a new bike, helmet and a bike lock.  We are also planning to host a family bike skills class which provides residents with skills needed to ride safely.

In the summer, we will have group rides or cruises to get the community moving together on their bikes. By the end of the summer, we hope to have the first bicycle club on the East Side that advocates for safer streets for everyone in Cleveland. This club will be modeled after successful African-American bicycle clubs in Oakland, Atlanta and Washington DC, that have been successful in building support for bicycling in their communities.

For more information, please call 216-288-2733 or visit our website


Some interesting facts about bicycling in the USA.

African-Americans are the fastest growing segment of bicyclists, with number of trips by bike doubling between 2001 and 2009.

60% of people of color say more bike facilities like bike lanes would encourage them to ride.

The fatality rate for African-American bicyclists is 30% higher than that of white cyclists.

CIFF Film Line-Up Released Today

February 21st, 2014 by jsugalski

BBC is elated to be a Neighborhood Outreach Partner of the Cleveland International Film Festival every year. The event is a lot of fun, entertaining, and enlightening, and we look forward to it.

Today is a huge day for film fans: The line-up of films was announced this morning on the CIFF website.

If you’d like to go to the festival on us, keep on eye on our blog and Facebook page.  Soon we’ll be posting info about a promotion at Bridgeport Cafe whereby you can receive a pair of tickets to any film free.

You will be able to purchase tickets for a discounted price if you use the code BBC when they go on sale in two weeks.

Maybe this year our staff will write brief blog posts about what we saw and what we thought, too.

Official press release below.

Contact:         Debby Samples                                             For immediate release:  2.21.14

Marketing Director

216.623.3456 x14 /


Announces Program Line-Up

THE HOME FOR STORIES.  The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), presented by Dollar Bank, announces its program line-up at  The 38th CIFF will take place March 19th – 30th at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations.  The Festival will showcase 185 feature films and 168 short subject films representing 68 countries during its 12 day run.  Be sure to continue to check for program updates between now and March 30th.  You can also download our free Android and iPhone apps for all the latest 38th CIFF info.

Tickets go on sale to members only on Friday, February 28th and to the general public on Friday, March 7th.  Not a member?  Become one at or by calling 216.623.3456 x10.

Ticket prices for films are $12 per film for CIFF members and $14 for non-members.  Once on sale, tickets can be purchased online at, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

Program Guides will be available throughout the region, including all Dollar Bank locations, the week of March 3rd.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.