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Mansfielder Selected As President/CEO Of Philadelphia’s African American Museum

9 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A Mansfielder has been chosen to head one of the foremost institutions in the country focusing on the story of African Americans, the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Dr. Ashley Jordan was selected in a process that took almost an entire year, who brings significant experience and expertise in leading cultural institutions in the field. Her most recent position was Senior Director of Development for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Jordan has also held a position with the National Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce, and has also taught at North Central State College here in Mansfield.


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Coming Soon: Splash Pads At Two Mansfield Parks

10 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from the North End Community Improvement Collaborative

The North End will have some aquatic fun to partake in come later this summer, as the City of Mansfield plans to install splash pads at North Lake and Johns Parks.

“I think the opportunity to put splash pads at North Lake and Johns represents an opportunity to provide a service to an underserved area of the city,” said Mark Abrams, Manager of the City of Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department. “A lot of kids who live in those areas don’t have access to transportation to get to the public pool at Liberty (park), so this will give them the opportunity to participate in some aquatic activities where they might not have been able to.”

Abrams said the splash pads will be located in the two parks which are both located in residential areas and within walking distance to those who live in the neighborhood. More…

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North End Farmers Market Returning

20 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

With the steady rise in temperatures, produce is appearing in larger quantities on store shelves.

The time is approaching when locally grown goods will be available for purchase directly from producers.

The NECIC North End Farmers Market will return on June 3 from 4 PM through 7 PM, and will be taking place every Thursday, rain or shine. The Market will be located at the NECIC Urban Farm at 311 Bowman Street, adjacent to the nearby railroad crossing. More…

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NECIC 60/60 Clean Up Set

11 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an annual opportunity to give back to your community, to possibly find some new friends and acquaintances, and to improve situations right here at home.

NECIC is presenting its Tenth Annual 60/60 Clean Up on Saturday, May 27 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

It’s actually a rather nifty combination. Participants can meet new folks, possibly find some interesting items, get some exercise, and beautify the north side of Mansfield. More…

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EbaNee Bond Is Proud To Be From The L-Block

2 May , 2021  

“I think I might have had a unique upbringing because literally on my block, I had like six aunts,” she said of Lily Street. “I had my aunt Hattie Flowers (on) Orchard Street, my brother’s aunt and his grandma; Up the street were Murdis and Kay then my mother right next door and then we had Ms. Young. Sherri lived also there and right around the corner (were) Barbara Young and Joan Day lived right next door (to her).” “So literally, I had a layer of protection and a sense of community while growing up. Everybody in the neighborhood had your best interest in mind and heart.” More…

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NECIC Receives Prestigious Award From The Ohio State University

15 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State’s University Outreach and Engagement Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact.

Recipients were recognized on April 13 at “OSU Engages: Celebrating Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State”

The Community Partner Award is presented to a community agency/group/institution that demonstrates collaborative work with university faculty, students and staff, resulting in a partnership that produces positive impact in the community and at Ohio State. Nominations can come from faculty, staff, students and community organizations. The 2021 Award was made to the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) of Mansfield. More…

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NECIC Continues Look At Starting A Business

13 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Since the start of 2021, the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) has been publishing posts aimed at Mansfielders looking to start their own small business.

This series has been posted as NECIC has been holding its Microbusiness Development Course.

Click on any of the post titles below to be taken to additional information concerning one aspect of the business development process. More…

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NECIC Offering Microbusiness Development Course

25 Jan , 2021  

The main barrier to starting your own business? Not taking action.

By Edward Akinyemi/NECIC

Imagine this scenario. You have a great business idea that you know would fix a problem that many of us have. Not only is it a very real problem, but it’s also one that costs people a lot of wasted time, energy, and money. Would people be willing and able to pay for a product/service to solve this issue? You’re not entirely sure, but you have a pretty good hunch that the answer might be yes. More…

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The Sky’s The Limit For Adrian O’Dell

26 Oct , 2020  

Written by Cheyla Bradley

As a new group is scheduled for our Microbusiness Class on October 21, we would like to introduce another African American businessman who has benefited from working with course instructor, Edward Akinyemi.

Adrian O’Dell is currently one of Edward’s clients through MBAC, the Minority Business Assistance Center. His business is called ARO Aerial Inc., an Aerial Photography/Videography Business in Mansfield City and surrounding areas.” More…

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NECIC Welcomes New Recruitment Coordinator

28 Sep , 2020  

Crystal Weese‘s new role as NECIC’s Recruitment Coordinator is through the Area 10 Workforce Development Grant, with a goal to connect residents of color to our workforce partners.

The Coordinator is responsible for the outreach to minority owned businesses and African American males to inform them of the services of the Ohio Means Jobs Centers in Richland and Crawford counties.

The sub-reward that is granted to the Richland Area Chamber is to hire someone to train local businesses for a community opportunity/connecting employers and businesses in web base platform across the state. More…

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Stories From The North End: Meet Sam Dunn

10 Sep , 2020  

“Drove a prison bus” isn’t likely on Sam Dunn‘s resume.

You’ll find customer service, masonry, banking, and city councilmen, but you won’t find “prison bus.” Yet, he’d tell you it had been one of his favorite jobs of all time.

It started the way most of Sam’s ideas start, as a solution to a problem. NECIC‘s elder program was providing activities, lunches, and speakers to the older population of Mansfield city. Part of that group, Sam learned, no longer drove, leaving them isolated from the community. He fixed the problem by buying a retired prison bus to provide transportation. More…


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North End Farmers Market Is Returning

20 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

NECIC has shared the good news that the North End Farmers Market will indeed be open for the the coming season.

The North End Farmers Market is a part of NECIC’s North End Local Foods Initiative (NELFI). Established in 2014, it focuses on providing fresh, healthy food for North End residents, as well as boosting the local economy by helping North End residents launch their own small market business. More…

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Don’t Cancel Your Ambitions During COVID-19: If Fact, Why Not Start A Business?

17 Apr , 2020  

Almost all in-person events have been postponed or canceled and yes, many people are at home because of remote working or feeling the pain of being temporarily (hopefully) unemployed.

Mansfield’s North End Community Improvement Corporation (NECIC) is asking whether or not this might not be a good time to set the stage for success in a post-COVID-19 world. To that end, NECIC is beginning the second round of its Microbusiness Development Program this May,

What kind of opportunity comes from being stuck at home? More…

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NECIC Annual Meeting Highlights Successes, Looks Forward

3 Mar , 2020  


The Board of Directors of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) invited the public to attend its Annual Meeting held recently at their downtown Mansfield office.

Founder and Executive Director, Deanna West-Torrence, discussed the successes of the prior year. New initiatives launched in 2019, such as the Urban Farm/Mansfield Microfarm Project, the African American Leadership Initiative, and the Microbusiness Development program, were highlighted. More…

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NECIC Offers Self Help Legal Clinics

14 Feb , 2020  

The law can be confusing for a lot of us – the use of phrases like “herewith” and “be it ordained” seem to exist only to keep everyday people from understanding legal documents and proceedings. Even so, most people need to have some foundational knowledge of legal language to help them at some point in their life.

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) wants to help with this issue. They are holding a series of workshops that will provide people with basic legal information, and give them the opportunity to reach out for assistance later. More…

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