Community Connector Newsletter

The Community Connector is a quarterly newsletter brought to you by Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. featuring community news, upcoming events, important information, available resources, and much more. Readership is approximately 8,000 persons.

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The Community Connector: Fall 2017
Starting the School Year Off Strongly in Central; Annual Marshall Avenue Back-to-School Safety Fair; Delivering Fresh Fruit & Vegetables to Your Office; Money Saving Maintenance Projects that Should Top Every New Homeowner’s Checklist; Fighting Food Waste; Eat Healthy Be Active Community Workshop Series; Problems Related to Money, Housing, Health, Work or Family? Legal Aid May be Able to Help; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2017
BoxSpot Spurring Opportunity for New Businesses on Kinsman Road; CiCLEvia; Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Seeks 2017 Applicants; Homeownership can be an Easy Process; Bring in the Summer in a New Home; Apply to Become a Healthy Eating, Active Living Ambassador; Rise Up to Support Youth Programming in Kinsman; more

The Community Connector: Spring 2017
MyCom 2.0 at Anton Grdina Elementary School; Invest in Cleveland by Purchasing a New Home in Central!; Quality Affordable Housing Options for Limited Incomes in Kinsman and Central; BBC Staff Member Co-Authors Neighborhood REtail Commercial Study; HEAL Network Member Spotlight: YMCA’s We Run This City Youth Marathon Program; Join the Climate Party this Spring; more

The Community Connector: Winter 2017
Tax Preparation Services in the Kinsman and Central Neighborhoods; BBC’s 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration; Hillside Park, a New Play Space for Kinsman Residents; Volunteer to Help Increase Cleveland’s Tree Canopy; All Scholars are able to Succeed at George Washington Carver STEM; more


The Community Connector: Fall 2016
Positioning Anton Grdina Elementary School for an Impactful Academic Year; Voting Preparation for the 2016 General Election; Buy a Brand New Home in Historic Central for $109,900; Home Repair Tips for the Fall Season; Free Gutter Cleaning Program; Arts and Technology Classes Offered this Fall at NewBridge; Looking Out for the Well Being of Seniors; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2016
11th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade; Improving Healthy Eating and Active Living; Understanding Climate Change in Central and Kinsman; Central Kicks Youth Soccer is Here; Community Creates Blueprint for Future Development; Looking for a Job? Use the Skills You Have to Get Hired; BBC Welcomes Devin Cotten to the Staff; more

The Community Connector: Spring 2016
BBC’s 25th Anniversary “Momentum” event; CIFF40 – Welcome Home; Ways to Celebrate Sustainable Transportation; Start an Indoor Garden; Family Money Tips During the Tax Season; School Quality Fair; Have Breakfast or Lunch at Bridgeport Cafe; 11th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade; more

The Community Connector: Winter 2016
Helping Students Stay Warm During the Winter Season at Anton Grdina School; Free Tax Preparation Services in the Kinsman and Central Neighborhoods; BBC Welcomes Brittany Aniton to the Staff; Renovation of Browder Field Brings New Recreation Space to Central Neighborhood; Volunteer Opportunities at George Washington Carver STEM; Walk Your Way to Fitness in the New Year; More


The Community Connector: Fall 2015
Climate Ambassadors Work to Make Kinsman & Central Healthier, Green, and Safer; Jump Start Your Student’s Success; Cooking with Cuyahoga’s Kids; Resources for Homeowners this Fall; Health and Wellness Classes Held in Cornucopia Place; At School! On Time! Ready to Learn! Campaign at Anton Grdina; BBC Welcomes Omelia C. Thornton to the Staff; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2015
Being the Best that We can Be at George Washington Carver STEM; Tools to Help Families Find the Best Schools for their Children; Free Legal Aid Clinics; Scholarship Program Available Through School Choice Ohio; Free Rain Barrels Available to Central and Kinsman Residents; Get you Produce Perks from the Bridgeport Mobile Market; BBC Supports Youth Employment Through Youth Opportunities Unlimited; Drop a Business Card in the Fish Bowl at Bridgeport Café; 10th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade

The Community Connector: Spring 2015
The United Way of Greater Cleveland Supports Kinsman & Central; New Income Tax Preparation Sites in the Kinsman and Central Neighborhoods; Colfax Green Links – Keeping a Healthy Lake; BBC Announces Winners of the 2014 Best Yard Award; Need Housing? Arbor Park Village is Now Leasing; Breakfast is Still the Most Important Meal of the Day; CIFF39; Neighborhood Clinic to Open in the Central Neighborhood; more

The Community Connector: Winter 2015
A New Vision for Kinsman and Central; Resident Spotlight: Prisicella Fayne; Outstanding Academic Improvements at Anton Grdina; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center Coming to the Neighborhood; Unique Employment and Training Program for Residents in Ward 5; BBC Welcomes New High School Intern Destiny Camp; NFL Foundation invests $200,000 in Central; more


The Community Connector: Fall 2014
Bridgeport Mobile Market Turns One; Urban Agriculture Exposure Trips Coming this Fall; Construction Jobs Available for the Expansion of Heritage View Estates; Resources for Homeowners this Fall; Sow, Seed, and Plant the New Hillside Community Park; New Additions to Bridgeport Cafe; Down Payment Assistance; Building Up Safety and Community in the Kinsman Neighborhood; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2014
Approximately 275 street trees to be planted in Central in 2014; CMHA Choice Bringing New Neighborhood to Central; Same Faces in New Places; Community Clean-up at New Hillside Community Park; New Class for Beginning Master Gardener Volunteers; BBC Welcomes Jason Minter; Financial Assistance Available to Beautify Ward 5 Storefronts; Making Great Strides in Transforming Anton Grdina Investment School; Bike Program Kicking Off in Central this Spring; 9th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade; more

The Community Connector: Spring 2014
Best Wishes to BBC’s Joseph Jones as He Retires; BBC Honors Homeowners with Best Yards in 2013, Awards to be Given for Exemplary Landscaping Again this Year; Become a Mentor for Youth in the Central Neighborhood; BBC to Revitalize Site Next to East 79th Blue/Green Rapid; City/State Exploring Potential to Reroute Kinsman at East 55th Street; Free Rain Barrels Available; Cooking Classes at CornUcopia Place; Volunteers Needed!; Fast and Free Care for Your Sick Child in Central; Neighborhood Planning for Kinsman and Central; more

The Community Connector: Winter 2014
Paving the way for a New Plan for the Kinsman and Central neighborhoods; BBC’s Guiding Principles; Community Creates Plan for a Safer Kinsman Road; BBC Provides Urban Farm Diet Field Experiences for Cleveland Students; National Program Brings Architectural Fellow to Central and Kinsman; BBC Supports Anton Grdina through Partnership with United Way; Bridgeport Mobile Market Thriving and Expanding to a Neighborhood Near You!; Richard Fields BBC’s New High School Intern; Tri-C’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Presents Wellness Wednesdays; more


The Community Connector: Fall 2013
New Farm Joins the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone; CMSD Invests in Kinsman and Central Neighborhood Schools; Bridgeport Mobile Market Open for Business; Climate Change: What Is It and Why Should You Care?; CMHA Seeks Additional Funding to Help Make Central a Choice Neighborhood; Healthy Cooking Healthy Lives Cooking Series; Caitlyn Neely is BBC’s New AmeriCorps VISTA; Planning for a Better, Safer Kinsman Road; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2013

BBC Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Bring New Homes to the Kinsman Neighborhood; Got a Green Thumb? Win a Prize!; Bridgeport Mobile Market, a Farm Stand on Wheels!; Kinsman Farm Kicks into Gear for 2013 Growing Season; A Healing Garden, A Place of Peace and Openness for Everyone; Help BBC Plan a Safer Kinsman Road for Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Motorists; Working Together to Build a Brighter Community; Marion Sterling Elementary School Receives Farm to School Grant; more

The Community Connector: Spring 2013

Benefits of Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables; Attention Cyclists in Ward 5; Bites by Bridgeport Cafe; Important Tips for Energy Choice Shoppers; Free Backyard Garden Kits Available to Families to Grow Vegetables; Save Money and the Environment with a Free Rain Barrel; Food Assistance for Seniors; Cooking with Chef Eric Wells; Cleveland International Film Festival; Around the World Wine Tasting Event


The Community Connector: Fall 2012

Goodbye Food Desert, Hello Local Food!; Revol Wireless is the Newest Tenant at Arbor Park Place; Central, A Choice Neighborhood Full of Promise; Rebuilding Together Cleveland Tackles “Rebuilding Day” in Kinsman; Welcoming New Residents to Central; Home Energy-Saving Program for Kinsman Residents; Free Produce from The Word Church; Newest Additions to the BBC Staff; Introducing the Bridgeport Cafe Mobile Market; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2012

Community Engagement Meetings Geared for Community Input; Orchard Coming Soon to Kinsman; Summer Internships and Job Training for Youth; Join Us for the 7th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade; Home Repair and Yard Resources; Cleveland Energy Savers; Free Rain Barrels Available to Central & Kinsman Residents; Paint Program Canceled for 2012; 5th Annual Black History Live; Learn the Steps to Homeownership; BBC Recognized for Its “Community Impact” on East 73rd Street by Dominion East Ohio; Opportunities to Learn about Green City Growers Cooperative; more

The Community Connector: Winter 2012

Major Investments Transform the Lower Kinsman Neighborhood; Free Tax Preparation through the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition; Senior Transportation Service in Ward 5; Urban Farming Opportunities at the Kinsman Farm; Live in a Brand New Home that You Can Own; BBC Introduces New Staff Members; Homework Help for Students at Anton Grdina; more


The Community Connector: Fall 2011
New and Affordable Living in the Central Neighborhood; Small Grant Rebate Program Available to Homeowners; Acts of Promise Grant Opportunity for Central Residents; A Way Out for Tenants with Landlords Facing Foreclosure; Try Composting this Fall Season; Stop Illegal Dumping in the Kinsman and Central Neighborhoods; Get Ready for Winter Weather with the Weatherization Program; Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight; Youth Skateboarding at Grant Park; Free Computer Classes at Cleveland Public Libraries; more

The Community Connector: Summer 2011
Urban Agriculture rising up this summer with Rid-All; Freshlink is in your neighborhood; The Kinsman Farm comes to BBC’s Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone; New housing available for lease in the Central neighborhood; Refresh your home with free paint; Rain barrels free of charge to Cleveland residents; Street improvements on Cedar Avenue; Active Neighbors for Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Living Campaign; 6th Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade; more

The Community Connector: Spring 2011
BBC’s Healthy Living Campaign; More new homes taking root in Central; Cleveland Opportunity Corridor; Leasing Opportunities at East Central Townhomes; Makeover your home through the City of Cleveland; Lower Kinsman neighborhood selected for Target Area Planning process; Makeover your home’s exterior through free paint program; Advocates for Budget Legislation Equality; Free Housing Counseling; A Night with the Stars;  Ward 5 Festival and Parade

The Community Connector: Winter 2011
Anniversary Celebration: A Night with the Stars, Green Jobs in Ward 5, Urban Farming Opportunities in Kinsman Neighborhood, You Can Be a Homeowner, The Newest Addition to BBC’s Staff, Media Arts Program for Youth in the Central Neighborhood, Technical Assistance for Small Businesses, Healthy Living and Community Building in 2011, more


The Community Connector: Fall 2010
Transformation of the Kinsman Neighborhood in Progress, New KaBOOM! Playground for Youth in the East Central Neighborhood, Experience Corps Volunteer Opportunities, BBC Welcomes Graduate Interns,  Century-old Rowhouse Building will be Rejuvenated!, Cleveland Central Weed & Seed Site Celebrates Five Wonderful Years of Service, Healthy Reasons for Eating at Home, BBC’s Anniversary Extravaganza: Celebrating 20 Years, more

The Community Connector: Spring 2010
Liquor License revoked in Garden Valley Neighborhood, Celebrate Cleveland Bicycle Week with BBC, Cleveland City-Wide Housing Fair, Avoid Foreclosure by Calling for Help!, Did the Harsh Winter Damage your Gutters? Free Programs May Help, Paint Program Available Again in 2010, Beautiful Homes in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood Available for Sale Now!, Bicycling: Get Ready to Pedal!, Community Spotlight:  Delores Walton, founder of Voices over Inter City Exchanges Solution (VOICES), BBC’s 4thAnnual Black History Live and Living History Award, more

The Community Connector: Winter 2010
Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. Celebrating Twenty Years of Serving as a Beacon for a Brighter Community, Experience Corps Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors, Burten, Bell, Carr Launches Redesigned Website, Cleveland City Council Ward Re-districting Slated for January 1, 2010, FREE Mortgage Assistance Available – Call Now!, Make the Difference in the 2010 Census Count, Like a Good Neighbor Volunteer in 2010, more


The Community Connector: Summer 2009
BBC’s Neighborhood Landscaping Enterprise: A New Way to Address Blight in Ward 5, Thanks to Councilwoman Cleveland, BBC Hosts Three Summer Job Programs, How is the Economy Affecting You?, Study Finds Garden Valley Ripe for Tree Growing, Purchase a New Home Through BBC’s Neighborhood Housing Rehabilitation Program, Beautify Your Home with Free Paint, Annual Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade, Community Spotlight: Jerome Baker and the Cleveland Leadership Cleveland Program, more

The Community Connector: Spring 2009
Own One of these Homes for Only $599 a Month, Passing of BBC’s Board Vice President James L. Reese, BBC’s 3rd Annual Black History Live: Celebrating Black History through Theater, Colfax Residents Complete Block Watch Training, Low-Interest Loans for Home Repairs and Improvements, BBC Partners with National City Bank to Provide Down Payment Assistance, Give Your Home a New Look with Free Paint, You May Now Be Eligible for Weatherization, Free Rain Barrels Available, Free Financial Fitness Classes for Fathers, BBC Awarded Community Impact Award, Ward 5 4-H Club: Empowering Youth to Reach Their Full Potential, Lifeline, American Red Cross Medical Alert Service, Ward 5 Community Family Festival and Parade, BBC’s Website and Blog, Marshall and Colfax Avenue Block Clubs Start Community Gardens in the Kinsman Neighborhood, more

The Community Connector: Winter 2009
Minority Business Enterprise: Success at Arbor Park, Cleveland Weed & Seed Coalition First Annual Family Empowerment Conference, Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign, City Year and CSU “Make a Difference” in Central, BBC Distributes Turkeys to Seniors, Neighborhood Landscaping Enterprise: BBC’s Workforce Development & Neighborhood Development Initiative, BBC Welcomes Three More Staff Members, Residents Take Steps in Building Model Blocks, Housing Court Utilizes Violator’s Skill to Benefit Ward 5 Residents, Education Pays – Get Yours, Experience Corps: Tutor and Mentor Opportunities for Seniors, Neighborhood Connections, Scenarios USA Real Deal Film Premiere of “Manchild,” Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Available at Weed & Seed Safe Haven and City Mission, Census Bureau Jobs, and more


The Community Connector: Fall 2008
Our Stories: Preserving Our Cedar/Central Pillars, Tips about Voting November 4, BBC Welcomes Two Case Western Reserve University Interns to Staff, East 73rd Street Residents Triumph Over Abandoned Properties Crisis, Weaving the Social Fabric in City-Designated Model Blocks, Digital Television Transition, Neighborhood Back-to-School Events “Block Party Style,” Foreclosure Rescue Scams, and more

The Community Connector: Summer 2008
2008 Black History Live and Living History Luncheon, Cleveland Botanical Garden Green Corps Urban Youth Program in the Central Neighborhood, City Year Volunteers Give Their Power to Colfax Resident, Colfax Residents Band Together to Make a Difference, Refresh Your Home with Free Paint, BBC Welcomes Americorps VISTA to Staff, Emerging Neighborhood Groups Transforming Ward 5 with the Support of Neighborhood Connections and Cityworks Matching Grant Program, Summer Steps to Physical Fitness, How to Conserve Gas this Summer, and more

The Community Connector: Spring 2008
Community Family Parade and Festival, Free Paint and Supplies Available for a Limited Time, Bridgeport Place Grand Opening, Community Gardens Create Healthier Neighborhoods, Residents Striving to Make Colfax Road & Fuller Avenue Model Blocks, Check the Locks!, Ameridream Down Payment Gift Program, Attention Ward 5 Senior Citizens!, Turn Off Your Car, 5 Tips to Financial Health, and more

The Community Connector: Winter 2008
Bridgeport Place, Neighborhood Groups Receive Neighborhood Grants for Neighborhood Improvements, Renovated Townhomes Now for Sale in Hill Place, BBC Strategically Improving Ward 5 Neighborhoods One Block at a Time, Look for BBC’s Newest Staff Members, BBC’s Housing Programs Keeping You Warm this Winter, Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, BBC’s Financial Literacy Workshop Series, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program Opportunity, Put the Freeze on Winter Asthma Triggers: Tips from Steps to a Healthier Cleveland, Black History Live, and more


The Community Connector: Fall 2007
Kinsman: A Community on the Move, New Committee Oversees Building Designs along Neighborhood’s Main Streets, $25,000 Property Tax Exemption, Opportunity Loan Refinance Program, Home Weatherization Services Available, Emergency Furnace Repairs for Senior Citizens, Residents from Marshall Avenue Help Youth Prepare for School, Exciting New Living Opportunities Available in Central for Seniors, Lease a Landmark, more

The Community Connector: Summer 2007
Bridgeport Place: Burten, Bell, Carr’s Newest Development, Central Neighborhood Clean-Up and Crime Prevention Fair, Free Home Maintenance Workshops, Help Keep Cleveland Clean, Stop Unwanted Mail, Neighborhood Grant Opportunity Ranging from $500 to $5,000, Central Family Festival, Free Air Conditioners, Free City Mission Camps, Green Around Town, more

The Community Connector: Spring 2007
BBC Awarded, $3,000 Available to Neighborhood Groups, Gateway Townhomes, Home Repair Programs, Free Paint and Supplies for a Limited Time, Fire Prevention and the Red Cross, 18th Annual Cleveland Senior Day, Wire-Net’s AIM Camp, and more

The Community Connector: Winter 2007
Buy a New Home in Central!, Learning Garden Comes to Central, Help on the Way for County Residents, Free Income Tax Return Preparation Available, Grandparent/Kinship Care Program, and more


The Community Connector: Fall 2006
Central Community Family Festival, Marshall Avenue Residents Prepare for School, Volunteers Make a Difference in Ward 5 This Summer, Homestead Programs, Job Seekers Corner, Ward 5 Master Planning, Get Rid of Hazardous Waste, Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List, BBC Welcomes New Board Members, BBC Welcomes Nailah Ingram to the Staff, Programs Available to Assist with Utilities, and more

The Community Connector: Summer 2006
Spring Clean-Up & Crime Prevention Fair, St. John’s Square Reading Garden, BBC East Tech Internship Program, Residents Receive Painting and More on Rebuilding Day, Free Paint Available for a Limited Time, Updates on BBC Projects, and more

The Community Connector: Spring 2006
Over 100 Area Youth Witness Black History Live, Grants of up to $3,000 Available for Community Groups, Warning: Predatory Lenders on the Prowl, County Offers Foreclosure Prevention Assistance, Free Home Maintenance Workshops, Central Neighborhood Clean-Up & Crime Prevention Fair, Contractor Acceleration Program, BBC Housing Programs Brochure, and more

The Community Connector: Winter 2006
Celebrating St. John’s Village West, Ward 5 Residents Honored by CPD Third District, Grants Available for Block Clubs and Neighborhood Groups, Financial Fitness, Direct Deposit of Social Security Payments, Free Tax Preparation Assistance, Ask BBC: The Forgotten Triangle Master Planning, BBC Assists Area Small Businesses, Cleveland Central Weed & Seed Update, Events, and more


The Community Connector: Fall 2005
Ward 5 Councilman Jackson: Sixteen Years of Dedicated Service to Ward 5, BBC Welcomes Weed & Seed Site Coordinator, All About Payday Lending, Cuyahoga County Outreach Department, Put Your Business Plan into Action, Ward 5 Forgotten Triangle Master Planning, Newly Redeveloped RTA Station East 55th Street Bridge, BBC Calendar, Upcoming Events, and more

The Community Connector: Summer 2005
Arbor Park Place Receives Award of Excellence, Neighborhood Groups Get Money for Projects, Beware of Predatory Lenders, Home Repair Applications Now Online, Crime Prevention & Safety Fair, Central Family to Family Collaborative, BBC Blog, Bessemer Homes, and more

The Community Connector: Spring 2005
BBC Celebrates Annual African-American Living History with Honoree Priscilla Walton, Home Maintenance Workshops, Paint Refund Program, Community Garden Workshops, Benefits Check-Up, Kinsman-East 72nd Development Project, and more

The Community Connector: Winter 2005
The Grand Opening of Arbor Park Place, East Central Place, Homeownership Assistance Program, Neighborhood Connections, Free Apprenticeships, Woodland Village, Ask BBC, and more


The Community Connector: Fall 2004
BBC’s Celebration Luncheon, Central Weed & Seed, Arbor Park Place, NeighborhoodLink, and more

The Community Connector: Summer 2004
Congrats to graduates of BBC’s Spring Financial Fitness Class, Save the Date for BBC’s Annual Event, Contractor Mentoring Program Presses Forward, Neighborhood Housing Services of Cleveland Works for Ward 5, Ask BBC, Block Club Schedule, and much more

The Community Connector: Spring 2004
Word from Councilman Jackson, The 3rd Annual African-American Living History Celebration, New Neighbor on East 55th Street, Central Weed & Seed Update, Financial Fitness Update, Upcoming Projects, and more

The Community Connector: Winter 2004
Contractor Mentoring Program Takes Off, East Central Place Phase II, Cleveland Recycles, Construction Training Program, Healthy Family/Healthy Start, Update about Current and Upcoming Projects, more


The Community Connector: Summer 2003
BBC Receives James Rouse Vision in Affordable Housing Award, BBC East Tech Internship Program, Health Care and Service Worker Training Program, Workforce Orientation at King Kennedy North, Update about Current and Upcoming BBC Projects, and more

The Community Connector: Spring 2003
Living History Awards Honors Judge Jean Murrell Capers, Word from Councilman Jackson, Senior Informational Sessions, Info about Various Housing Programs Available to Residents, Spotlight on Life-Long Central Resident James Calgie, more

The Community Connector: Winter 2003
The Very First Edition of the Community Connector, About BBC Development, Homebuyer Education, Senior Citizen Needs in Ward 5, Community Leadership Development Academy, Villages of Central, Peace Garden, Info about Current and Upcoming BBC Projects, more