25 cities in 25 days: NewsChannel 5 Kicks-off Building Better Neighborhoods 2014

The Mission:

WEWS NewsChannel 5 is taking viewers to 25 cities in 25 days, selecting five communities in five different counties throughout Northeast Ohio. Each city will participate in our Building Better Neighborhoods: Keeping You Safe Where You Live program.

Who’s Involved:

Cuyahoga County: Parma, Bay Village, Chagrin Falls, Maple Heights, Cleveland Heights

Lorain County: Avon, Oberlin, Columbia Township, LaGrange, Elyria

Lake County: Painesville, Mentor On The Lake, Wickliffe, Eastlake, Madison

Summit County: Peninsula, Stow, Barberton, Copley, Macedonia

Medina County: Brunswick, Lodi, Spencer, Montville Township, Wadsworth

The Plan:

NewsChannel 5 has partnered with the mayors, city managers, trustees and the safety forces in the above communities. Each of the 25 cities will select 5 streets or neighborhoods to be trained as Block Watch streets or will hold a community safety forum to give residents sound safety advice. On March 21st at 8:30pm, NewsChannel 5 will broadcast a ½ hour special showcasing this program.

Then beginning Monday, March 24 and for the following 25 days, NewsChannel 5 will broadcast stories about each of these communities during LIVE ON 5 (weekdays 5pm to 6pm) and NewsChannel 5 at 6pm. The stories will showcase why these communities are a great place to live and inform residents which streets or neighborhoods are selected to participate in the block watch training or community safety forum. The whole community will then get to vote on newsnet5.com for which neighborhood will become a NewsChannel 5 featured neighborhood.

Our Goal:

NewsChannel 5 wants to empower residents to become more involved in their communities and enable neighbors to get to know each other.

To help achieve this goal, NewsChannel 5’s Building Better Neighborhoods has teamed up with a free APP called Nextdoor. This is a private social network just for neighborhoods. The goal of Nextdoor is to bring back that sense of community by utilizing social media. With the support of Community leaders, The Nextdoor App, and The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, this program is positioned for success.

“This 2014 Building Better Neighborhoods program will create positive and measureable changes in the local communities we serve,” said station VP & General Manager, Sam Rosenwasser. “Keeping people safe is only a part of our long-term project. As the station that’s On Your Side, we’re eager to further empower residents and improve lives.”

Available online:

  • A poll where viewers can vote for the street/neighborhood they want to be the Building Better Neighborhoods featured street. This street will be featured in a broadcast and will also receive a Building Better Neighborhoods sign to commemorate the achievement. (NOTE: This poll will open Monday, 3/24 at 5pm)
  • A volunteer toolkit. This is a 5 step, quick start guide to help residents organize their own neighborhood clean-up, from start to finish.
  • A list of local organizations that are helping make a difference with links and other information on how to create/join volunteer efforts.
  • Stories and a live video stream of community projects as they are conducted by NewsChannel 5.

Anyone can email BBN@newsnet5.com to send pictures and information about community projects, meetings, and other exciting things happening in local neighborhoods.

Building Better Neighborhoods History:

NewsChannel 5 originally launched Building Better Neighborhoods (BBN) in 2012. The BBN mission at that time was to help clean up (revitalize) Northeast Ohio neighborhoods making communities a safer place to live. In 2012, we focused on helping demolish dozens and dozens vacant and condemned properties. In 2013, NewsChannel 5 teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to renovate dozens of homes for families in need. NewsChannel 5 also promoted neighborhood clean-up events in communities throughout Northeast Ohio.