(Plain Press, November 2014) The Stockyard Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Center Community Development Office (SCFBC) held its annual Community Celebration on October 2nd at the W. 58th Church of God.
The organization, which serves over 26,000 residents in an area that spans parts of five City Council Wards, distributed its annual report to those in attendance at the celebration. SCFBC boundaries stretch from I-90 and Train Avenue on the North and the Brookside Valley on the South and from W. 25th Street to W. 82nd Street going east to west.
The annual report indicates the organization’s expenditures in 2013 were $786, 292. The 2013 expenditures exceeded income by $14,068. The bulk of the organization’s expenses went to cover staff and administrative costs. SCFBC has fifteen staff members, including three that work on the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which the office administers. In addition to HEAP, SCFBC lists its accomplishments in the annual report under Code Enforcement and Housing Development; Economic Development; Greenspace Development and Vacant Land Reutilization and Community Involvement.
This past year SCFBC experienced a transition in staff leadership. Long time Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Executive Director Jeff Ramsey moved his office to the SCFBC Community Development Office to directly administer the program. The former director of SCFBC, Megan Meister, moved on taking a position with Neighborhood Family Practice. SCFBC also has a twelve member Community Advisory Council chaired by Gloria Ferris with Bill Graham serving as Vice Chair.
Advisory Council Chair Gloria Ferris offered an example of the organization’s effectiveness in its efforts to monitor and contribute to the reconstruction of Denison Avenue. She noted residents’ influence in the design of the bike lanes along Denison. She said residents also stepped up and forced the delay of the start of the reconstruction of Denison when they feared the short notice of the pending construction would have caused severe problems for RTA passengers, area school buses and area businesses. Ferris outlined a number of accomplishments of the organization over the past year and urged all to attend an upcoming meeting on MetroHealth Medical Center’s Campus Transformation Plan and the Stockyard Neighborhood Bike-a-thon.
Cyle Dixon, age 17, and Alexis Davila, age 15, members of the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs, entertained the audience with a dance performance. In August of this year, the pair won the Junior World Lindy Hop Championship in Washington D.C. The Junior Jitterbugs started when instructor Valerie Salstrom started teaching dance to students at Denison School. At the urging of students, who wanted to practice dance beyond the time allotted at school, Salstrom began offering the program at Archwood United Church of Christ after school. Later in the program, Junior Jitterbugs were awarded a Community Spirit Award.
City Council representatives presented a number of Community Awards to organizations and individuals for their contributions to the community over the past year.
Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman presented gardeners from the International Village and Frontier Gardeners with Green Thumb Awards.
Councilman Brian Cummins presented a Neighborhood Improvement Award to artist John Rivera Resto for the “It’s Up To Us” mural on the side of the Medical Office building on the corner of W. 25th and Clark Avenue. Cummins noted youths from the Mural My Neighborhood Program were among those who assisted Rivera Resto with the project which took over two years to reach completion.
Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone presented a Community Spirit Award to Prince of Peace Outreach and Delivery Ministries POPCE for their Hot Dog Fundraisers.
Sachsenheim Hall, an institution in the neighborhood for over eighty years, was presented the Business of the Year award by Councilman Matt Zone.
Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman presented Bonnie Walker with a Community Champion Award for her work in the W. 70th and Camden neighborhood.
Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins presented members of the Brookside Stadium Preservation Society with a Community Champion Award for their work.
Ward 12 Councilman Tony Brancatelli announced SCFBC partner of the year as Edward Rybka, Chief of Regional Development for the City of Cleveland.
Councilman Bracatelli also presented a proclamation honoring St. Rocco Church for 100 years of hosting a Labor Day celebration.