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Sow, Seed and Plant Volunteer Day!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

After several community planning meetings for the site of the new Hillside Community Park located at East 79th Street and Hillside, construction is finally underway! The site, which will be undergoing changes in several phases, is beginning with brand new walkways, lighting, and seating.  To accompany the new changes, Burten, Bell, Carr Development will be hosting a volunteer day in which friends, neighbors, and community groups will join together to clean up the area and plant new flowers and shrubbery in order to make the park beautiful and special for then neighborhood.

Please join us Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00AM until 12 Noon at East 79th Street and Hillside near the East 79th Street Blue/Green Rapid Stop.

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer, please call BBC at 216-341-1455!

If you are interested in making a donation to the help with the new project, please submit via paypal on our website and we will be sure it is directed towards our second phase of work.

Download Our Fall Newsletter

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of “The Community Connector,” our quarterly newsletter, is now online.

Download your copy by clicking here.

Work for BBC – Employment Opportunity

Thursday, August 7th, 2014




The AmeriCorps VISTA Associate will assist in Increasing BBC’s capacity to continue and sustain support for Anton Grdina in the Garden Valley Neighborhood. This VISTA will work on expanding the Homework Help Program, as well as developing and supporting additional in-school and after-school programs and events that promote student academic achievement.

Anton Grdina is an Investment School that is currently implementing the wraparound/community school model. This national model is based on the entire community being engaged in the academic success of the building. Anton Grdina was named an Investment School in May 2013 as part of a state-backed Cleveland Plan to turn around the low performing schools in the Cleveland Municipal School District and to leverage direct resources toward areas of greatest need. This VISTA role is critical for assisting in the implementation of the community school model.


- Manage current tutoring program for 3rd-5th graders and expand program to enhance student performance outcomes for students at Anton Grdina.

- Work with school and community organizations to identify additional student enrichment opportunities through service learning and healthy living activities.

- Develop and manage volunteer opportunities for in-school and after school programming at Anton Grdina.

-Identify and develop student programs, events and activities.

- Recruit community members to serve as volunteers and volunteer leaders.

- Engage community members in volunteer opportunities (through our Managed Projects and Days of Service)

- Research and apply for funding to support educational initiatives for youth and programs in the Lower Kinsman neighborhood.

- Complete monthly and bi-weekly VISTA reporting in addition to attending VISTA trainings

- Other duties as assigned

The AmeriCorps VISTA must have satisfactory oral and written communication skills and ability to interact effectively with the public, particularly low-income, minority, and youth. Must have satisfactory computer skills, including Microsoft Office and social media outlets. Minimum college degree required.

This is a full time position (40-50 hours per week) with requirements to work evenings and/or weekends if required. VISTA members are prohibited from working outside of VISTA position.


Approximately $946/month, with choice of $1,175 education award or $310 cash stipend at the conclusion of service.


This position will be posted until filled. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Monique Williams, Site Coordinator 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 posting, please click here.

BBC will be closed Tuesday, August 5

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Our office will be closed Tuesday, August 5 for a staff retreat. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, August 6.

Looking for a good job?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

From our friends at Neighborhood Connections. Please note that Central is considered a Greater University Circle neighborhoods


Are you looking for a good job? 

Check out Step Up to University Hospitals, a unique partnership between University Hospitals, Towards Employment and Neighborhood Connections that helps job seekers from Greater University Circle find entry-level work at University Hospitals. You must be a resident of Greater University Circle to apply. Click here for more information.

To register for an information session, please call 216-229-0555 or send an email to jobs@neighborhood-voice.comPlease include your name, phone number, email address, home address and neighborhood in your message.

Looking forward to seeing you at an information session!

Information sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, August 4
3 to 4 p.m.
Neighborhood Connections
5000 Euclid Ave., Ste. 310
(inside the Agora)

Tuesday, August 5
11 a.m. to noon
Neighborhood Connections
5000 Euclid Ave., Ste. 310
(inside the Agora)

Traffic Advisory for Cedar Avenue

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

We received this from the City of Cleveland:

Thursday July 31, 2014

Cedar Ave. Phase 3 Project


Work Zone Revision
This traffic advisory will remain in place until August 1, 2014
Expect additional traffic notices as work progresses


Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects
Division of Engineering & Construction
Richard J. Switalski P.E., Manager


CLEVELAND –   On Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 7:00 A.M., the contractor will close the following intersections on the south side of Cedar Ave.: E. 80th St., E. 81st St., E. 82nd St., E. 84th St., E. 85th St., E. 86th St. and E. 87th St. in order to pave a new full depth concrete lane from E. 79th St. to E. 89th. Detour signs will be posted.  Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction. All intersections will be re-opened by 3:00 P.M. on Friday, August 1, 2014.

This Project extends along 1.40 miles of Cedar Ave. from E. 55th St. to E. 89th St. The project includes pavement replacement, new curb, sidewalks, driveway aprons, drainage improvements, watermain replacements, pavement markings, and streetscape. The project is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2015


Presentations from Central & Kinsman meetings here

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

On Thursday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 29, BBC and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland hosted community meetings regarding master plans for Kinsman and Central, respectively. These were the second set in a series of three community meetings for residents and stakeholders to express their needs and desires for future development for their neighborhoods.

Here are the draft plans, which were created with community input as the foundation.

Kinsman  |  Central

These plans are not final, and we welcome your feedback.  Please feel free to either leave a comment below, email, or tweet at us or post on our Facebook page.

We will also have paper copies of the plans in our office.  They will be available for viewing during regular business hours.


Kinsman Community Planning Meeting

planning central

Central Community Planning Meeting

Central Community Meeting Tonight!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Calling all Central residents! Your voice was heard in the last community meeting about your needs in the neighborhood. Now, come and see your ideas in pictures tonight! The second community meeting for the Central neighborhood is TONIGHT at Friendly Inn Settlement House.

Date: Wednesday, July 29th
Time: 6-8pm
Address: Friendly Inn - 2386 Unwin Road

Join the meeting to contribute to the transformation of the neighborhood. The first 100 people will receive a prize and delicious food will be available for all!

The best way to predict your future is to create it!

For more information, please call Burten, Bell, Carr Development at 216-341-1455!

Cyclist hit and run on Kinsman Road

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Please keep an eye out for a Honda Accord with some front-end damage. The vehicle is dark-colored, either dark blue, green, or gray. If you see a vehicle that fits this description, please call the CPD Fourth District at (216) 623-5400.

A cyclist was hit by a motorist on Kinsman Rd near E 73rd St this morning shortly after 9am. The motorist pulled over to check on the cyclist, went back to his/her car to call EMS, and left the scene, according to the victim and a witness.


The cyclist, who lives in the Kinsman neighborhood, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center to be treated. He was alert, but was in a fair amount of pain.


PLAN, develop, celebrate Kinsman tomorrow

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Just a reminder…

Join us tomorrow as we plan for the future of Kinsman. A community meeting will take place at Heritage View Community Room, 7230 Kinsman Rd on Thursday 7/24 at 6:00 PM.

Plans are important because they guide future development.  Community members’ participation in the planning process is crucial because no one knows their neighborhood better than the people who live, work, or otherwise have a stake there. They generally have a sense of their community’s needs and wishes.

Join us for fun, food, and prizes!

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