We are excited to present to our voters this November a ballot issue that has the potential to dramatically renew the education we provide to our students and, in a larger sense, revitalize our three communities. If voters approve our construction bond issue, we will build two new secondary campuses (Grades 6-12) on the current sites of Normandy and Valley Forge and transform Parma Senior High School into a Community Educational and Wellness Center, in partnership with University Hospitals. The state of Ohio, through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will contribute $69 million toward the cost of these projects and the homeowners will contribute $18.08 per month per $100,000 of their property value.
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Parma Heights is now one step closer to the construction of a retention basin at Nathan Hale Park to help alleviate the flooding problem residents have been experiencing primarily in the area south of Pearl Road and west of York Road. After a long and complicated process that begin in 2017 and involved administration, residents and community partners, the city has filed and is awaiting approval of a comprehensive application required by the National Park Service before construction can begin. Funding for the project is in place by way of a $1 million Community Infrastructure Grant from the Northeast Ohio Sewer District (NEORSD).
Ace of Parma, “the helpful place hardware store,” is scheduled to open in the former A.C. Moore store location at The Shoppes at Parma in December 2020. The store at the West Ridgewood Drive shopping development will span 18,000 square feet and stock numerous product lines for the home and garden. This is the first Ace franchise in Parma. “Ace is committed to providing home maintenance solutions, neighborly advice and resources to Parma residents,” said David Mott, who is managing the Mott family-owned Ace of Parma. “We’re excited to be part of the community, and we look forward to making a positive impact for many years to come.”
Phase One of the largest construction project at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center in more than 30 years has been completed. A large modern addition to the front of the hospital and extensive renovation in existing space now houses the expansion of the Surgery Department. This phase includes five new operating rooms, three endoscopy suites and 30 private bays for pre-operative and post-operative care. The new section also has an expanded waiting room and a new discharge elevator for outpatients to bypass the hospital’s main lobby to exit the building.
Sudden loss of energy and shortness of breath set off alarm bells for Dale Kline. The Parma man, who works extremely long days as an award-winning food salesman, was used a busy life. He spent 38 years coaching basketball, soccer and baseball in Parma. But since the pandemic hit, the 60-year-old was spending more time sedentary as the vast majority of his business with party centers, restaurants and schools stalled. He noticed that he was getting winded doing yardwork. Though he smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, he could previously complete yardwork with no problem. In mid-June, Kline went to an urgent care and learned he was on the verge of pneumonia. He returned home to recover but was feeling increasingly worse. Wracked with chills and with a grayish pallor, he was shaky on his feet and had difficulty standing and walking. On Father’s Day, his daughter insisted on bringing him to the Emergency Department at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. His daughter’s insistence – and his physician’s expertise - saved his life.
O From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland:
>> For information re the current status of HT, check out the following…. Trafficking in Persons 2020 Report, www.state.gov to access the report itself and https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-06-29/us-report-shows-big-strides-human-trafficking-advocates-say-message-misleading , one of several commentaries about the validity of ratings.
>> And this report by the Polaris Project Resources “Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic: A Snapshot: April 2020” at https://polarisproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Crisis-in-Human-Trafficking-During-the-Pandemic.pdf. This PDF presents an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on human trafficking and suggests policy recommendations.
O From Cleveland Rape Crises Center: Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.
O Time is getting short. Go here https://ioby.org/project/welcome-parma-mural to learn more about and to support a “Welcome to Parma” mural to a wall on one of the entranceways into the city of Parma. Your donation, up to $500 will be matched if you go there now.
O Connecting For Kids: Just recently became aware of this organization. Would STRONGLY recommend a visit to its web site.“Our mission is to provide education and support to families in Northeast Ohio who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. Our families: a) have a child younger than 13 years of age, b) live in Cuyahoga or Lorain County, and c) have a concern about their child. Resources are available for concerns including anxiety, attention issues, developmental delays, epilepsy, and sensory issues. Help is also available for families whose children are having difficulty making friends, struggling academically or facing a major life change such as parents divorcing. No concern is too big or too small.”
O From Islamic Center of Cleveland (6055 W. 130th St., Parma):
>> Monthly Food Pantry (normally held 10:30 to 12:30 pm the 1st Saturday of each month)….Due to Labor Day weekend the Cleveland Food Bank will not be delivering in September. We will be back to our normal schedule of the first Saturday in October (10/03/2020). We have been also trying our best to add on staple items like oil, sugar, condiments whenever we have the funds. As a reminder, the pantry is for low income families. Federal income guidelines apply. Please bring ID & your own bags/carts. If you would like to help as a volunteer, call Sr. Ameena at 440.552.2190.
>> Ibn Sina Free Health Clinic…The clinic has been providing telemedicine for the past 5 months. However, they have reopened as of Saturday, August 15 for patients visits adhering to strict COVID-19 protocol to deliver quality care. Telemedicine will continue to be available for patients. Their number is (440) 644-0511 for anyone who would like to make an appointment.
O From The Ohio Dept of Insurance July E-newsletter….With open enrollment for health insurance coming up in a few months I thought that perhaps this excerpt w/reference links would be of value to you and/or the clients many of you serve. “When choosing a health plan, it's important to consider the differences between options. Some plans provide more generous coverage, while others could leave a person responsible for high medical bills. The NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) provides many tools to assist you in learning which health plans best meet your needs. They include Questions to Ask and the NAIC Health Insurance Shopping tool.”
O From Parma City Schools:
>> Visit the District’s web site for current re-opening information to include: Distance Learning & Schedules, Device Pickup Info & Athletics Info.
>> Re: PCSD Parent Academy….Each Tuesday, for the four weeks leading up to school, we will be showing how to use key tools that our district will be utilizing this school year. Here is the schedule of live events that will begin at 7 p.m.: August 18 - Google Suite Overview August 25 - Google Classroom Overview
September 1 - Clever and the Online Help Dashboard September 8 - Home Access Center for online grades and report cards. All events will be held on our Facebook page. Click here for more details.
>> Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & more.
O From the Education Service Ctr of NE Ohio (ESCNEO)…. “START SMART. STAY SMART. As advertised on TV, follow along for the latest news, tips, and resources for families and students as they navigate this new normal and what returning to school looks like this.” Connect to the program by clicking here. If you have any question call 216.910.HELP (4357).
Earlier this year my administration put together a Water Management Task Force. We felt that it was time to bring relevant people into one room to address, what in some cases, has been a decades long problem. This approach is consistent with how we have addressed important issues over the last few years; perform due diligence to identify the root issues and bring in subject matter experts to provide guidance.
Starting in September, I will be commencing the “Script Parma Picture of the Month Contest.” I lead the effort to bring the script Parma sign to our community in hopes of boosting community pride. Needless to say, I could not be happier with the results. Simply snap your selfie, family shot, work group, etc. and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be creative! The winning photo will be published in the Parma Observer and the person submitting it will win a $25 gift card to a Parma business. Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number in your email.
Six high-achieving students from Parma Observer communities have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books on the journey toward graduation.
Abigail Kennedy has had a passion for fashion for her entire life. Originally from Southern France, Kennedy always attended fashion shows that inspired her to start an online business. When she moved to Parma in 2018, she decided to open a boutique.
The upcoming academic year looks very different for students and families from previous years, and Huntington Learning Center has developed additional resources to support families as they navigate the uncertain start to school this fall. Regardless of the environment and learning track parents choose for their children, Huntington is proud to offer a variety of programs and resources that will set students up for success, including its newly launched Huntington Study Hall program.
Rich Caldwell had to patiently wait for Parma City Council and the Mayor to honor him with the 2019-2020 Youth Basketball Coach of the Year. He would have received the award in early spring, but when Gov. Mike DeWine shut down Ohio, public attendance at council meetings stopped and so did recognition for outstanding coaches and citizens. Fast forward to Aug. 3, and Coach Caldwell finally got his moment during a Parma City Council Monday evening meeting. It wasn’t quite the same as it would have been back in March. Everyone was wearing masks. Council representatives and a small group of citizens, including Caldwell’s family members and some of the players he coached this past winter, were spread throughout the chamber. But for the Dartmouth Drive resident, whose eyes beamed with enthusiasm over a mask that concealed a smile, he did not seem to mind the change in protocol.
The Polish Village nonprofit has created a unique way to help the small businesses in their community, it’s called Covid-19 Cash Mob. For every $10 spent at a one of the numerous participating business you receive an entry for a raffle. There will be lots of prizes awarded. Your $10 purchase can win you a prize valued up to $500. This promotion lasts until the end of September, so you still have time to enter and win. A wide range of businesses are included. Barber, hair and nail salon, diner, take out, bakeries, deli, comic book shops and so many more. Look for signs at the participating businesses on Ridge and Pearl Roads. For a list of participating businesses follow Polish Village on Facebook.
Anything parents can do to minimize procrastination in the children will reap great dividends in their later years. As the family weakens, so does the vertical transmission of family values. This promotes the horizontal transmission of values of the culture. Blamers point the finger at someone else or thing for their own problems. It is so popular because it temporarily liberates them but does not get to the root of the problem. Exercise will keep our energy level high, strengthen our immunity, improve our mood, and reduce the effects of negative stress, to name a few benefits.
Prama Artspace & Gallery located at 5411 Pearl Road.- Now through September 19th – George Kocar, well known Cleveland based artist is on exhibit. His illustrations have been featured in many publications, such as, Esquire, New York Times, Playboy, and The Washington Post to name a few. His recently published book, The Flying Banana: The Art of George Kocar is for sale on Amazon. Stop in and view this fantastic showing.
It is a cliché to say that the upcoming election will be the most important in our nation’s history. However, few would argue that it might just be true for the general election that will take place on Tuesday, November 3. Our ballots will include not only the race for President of the United States, but our members of the U.S. House of Representatives, two of the seven spots on the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio House of Representatives, as well as several judgeships and issues.
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) during fall semester through a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.
As the summer winds down into autumn and the political season heats up toward the November election; this year has brought back an iconic American tradition, the road trip. Whether it is just a day trip locally, a weekend trip or a longer excursion to some place in another part of the country, the road trip is an American institution that has gained favor in this year of the COVID pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives; what we wear, where we go, and who we can visit- but it does not change your vital role in our democracy. With the 2020 General Election right around the corner, it is important to be aware of upcoming deadlines and processes to make your vote count and your voice heard.
A Message from PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.
Happy Summer! I hope this summer season you have been able to take a break from the challenges 2020 has presented us and focus on all of the wonderful things that come with the season. When I took the oath of office about seven months ago our plans for 2020 were quite different. On one hand the time has passed in a blink of an eye yet at times it seems it was an eternity ago. I am sure my experience this year is not unique.
University Hospitals has announced expanded roles for three leaders at UH Parma Medical Center. This operating model aims to deliver the highest value health care for the West Market communities from Parma to Ashland and Westlake to Elyria, including affiliated UH health centers and other patient access points in the western region of Northeast Ohio.
For those who want to safely dispose of confidential documents, the City of Parma is hosting a Document Shredding & Food Drive, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 8 at 6285 West 54th St., Parma Senior High School, rear parking lot. Residents should enter the lot from Longwood Avenue.
Participants will be asked to show proof of residency. A driver’s license, gas bill or electric bill are acceptable forms of identification. There will be no limit on the amount of documents shredded, but residents are being asked to make a donation to All Faiths Pantry. Monetary donations are preferred because the Pantry can receive food from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at a discounted rate.
O From the July 2020 issue of the IdeaStream e-newsletter:
>> Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio – A Modern Day Form of Slavery. This piece was one of six stories/programs recognized by The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & honored w/an Emmy at last year’s Annual Emmy® Awards ceremony. Click here to read the report.
O From the Greater Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking….
>> Check out the attached document summarizing the status of active HT related legislation under consideration in Columbus. You might be surprised by the number of bills being reviewed. Note also HJR-4 – This proposal, if approved. will finally amend Section 6 of Article I of the State's Constitution prohibiting slavery or involuntary servitude in Ohio for the punishment of crime.
O The Office on Trafficking in Persons and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center are offering a free 1.5-hour virtual SOAR to Health and Wellness training, which teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Interested participants can register for one of the trainings below:
Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. or Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
O Go here https://ioby.org/project/welcome-parma-mural to learn more about and to support a “Welcome to Parma” mural to a wall on one of the entranceways into the city of Parma..
O From UH/Parma Medical Center….If you’re not already aware, UH/PMC is participating in the Kids Summer Food Program which continues through August 21, from 11 am to Noon, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free healthy bag lunch. Pick-up takes place at the drive through before you reach the main entrance .
O From Ohio Dept of Health - Coverage for Asthma Related Services in Ohio In 2019…
>> The Ohio Department of Health Asthma Program (ODHAP)distributed a survey to Medicaid managed care plans and one private insurance provider to help understand asthma related services that they cover. Their responses are captured in a table format & can be viewed by going here & clicking on the “ATTACHMENT DOWNLOAD” button on the right-hand side of the screen. If this is an issue for you or your organization, it’s well worth a visit.
O From Search Institute:
>> Search Institute’s research is demonstrating that when young people experience developmental relationships with parents, educators, youth program staff, and other adults their outcomes are better, their risk behaviors are lower, and they are more likely to be on the path to thrive in life. See how you’re doing during this restrictive period caused the COVID pandemic. Click this link to download their “Relationships Check” list: https://www.search-institute.org/relationships-check.
>> To learn more about S.I.’s Developmental Relationship initiative visit www.keepconnected.info, their companion website focusing on tips, tricks, tools & techniques for parents, families & youth serving organizations.
O From “The Kids Free Book Bank”: Learn how your organization can provide free books for kids in our community! Keep kids reading by giving away free books. Books come pre-boxed by reading level. Mixed reading level boxes are available by request. Order books online at: www.kidsbookbank.org/request. Questions? Delivery needed? Call us 216-417-1803 or email: email@example.com. They are located at 3635 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44114
O From Parma City Schools:
>> Click here to read the PCSD 2020 -2021 Re-opening Plan and related detail information. Note that the first day for students has been changed to Tuesday, September 8th. If you’d like you can read Governor DeWine’s “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Schools and Districts by clicking here.
>> Click here to learn more about the district’s “Embrace All” inclusivity initiative planning for which began in October but has gain greater importance w/the killing of George Floyd.
>> Parma Virtual Academy…For those families not yet comfortable sending their kids back to school. “….The Parma Virtual Academy will have the same curriculum, it will have our teachers and it will have a director who serves as a principal. The difference will really only be the location of the learning.” Go here for a list of FAQ’s.
>> By this time you should be aware of interest in potentially changing the Redmen mascot & logo for Parma Sr. H.S. To that end Superintendent Smialek has established a process for soliciting input via a survey, community meetings & student panels. Go here for details regarding this process.
>> Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & school district programming, Emergency Food Distribution, Class of 2020 Info & Upcoming Events, links to Monday Monitor E-newsletter, etc.
O From Southwest Community Based Services (SCBS):
>> University Settlement has partnered with LegalWorks to provide free or low-cost legal services every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Services will include: foreclosure avoidance, obtaining driving privileges, sealing of criminal records and more. Go here & click on the LegalWorks graphic for details.
>> Click here & scroll down the page for details about a new Parenting Partners session beginning today, Tuesday, July 21st. These are parenting classes for GOOD parents who want to be GREAT parents!
>> Call 440.887.4873 w/questions & check (Follow) their FB page for updates.
O From MyCom & Starting Point….Go here https://mycomcle.org/covid-19-community-resources-stay-healthy-engaged-safe/ for an exhaustive list of “….Covid-19 Community Resources to help you and your family get through this unprecedented time.” A lot of stuff here – worth a visit.
O An update from the County Library:
>> Click here for details and a list of FAQ’s: https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/LP/COVID-19.aspx related to the opening of CCPL branches.
>> Families are invited to participate in the Summer Reading 2020 game. Play online or use a game board, which will be available for youth only. Drive-up window service is available at select branches, including Parma, Parma-Snow, Middleburg Heights and North Royalton Branches. Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information and instructions at https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Summer-Reading-Program.aspx Note that the program has been extended for an additional two weeks – through August 16th.
>> Free Summer Lunches for youth ages 18 and under at the Parma area branches will be held from July 6th through August 7th. Youth can pick up a brown bag lunch, Mondays through Fridays, on a first come, first served basis at the following locations: > Parma Branch: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm,
> Parma Hts Branch: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and > Parma-Snow Branch: 11 am - noon In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lunches are served in a “grab and go” style.
>> Is your child ready for kindergarten?... This month the Kindergarten Club video series focuses on building the math skills kids need to make a successful transition to kindergarten. You can watch on their YouTube channel or website. A new series of lessons is posted each month. These videos are intended to be viewed in order as each lesson builds upon the last one.
>> Have a soon-to-be teen driver? They can practice sample Ohio Permit tests as many times as they need — until they’re ready to take the real DMV test! Other than having a library card there’s no special registration or fees required. Try it here.
>> Given your library card allows access to a “….robust digital collection of eBooks , eAudiobooks , movies , music and online learning platforms. Our What to Read LIVE program on Facebook offers rapid-fire reading recommendations from our expert librarians every Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Our Ask Us Online service is available on the Library’s website to provide you with: Library account help, Digital collection support, Answers to your reference questions & Live homework help via Tutor.com ….”
The hit movie Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks playing the central character gave the world a great expression; “Stupid is as stupid does”. That well known expression perfectly describes the condition of the United States in the summer of 2020. There has been a pandemic raging across the country and it has killed more Americans than all the wars since 1945 combined. Yet it seems that many people are behaving as if they are invincible or are just plain stupid.
Cox Communications Offers Two Months Of Free Internet Service To New Qualifying Families In Time For Back-to-School
As back-to-school fast approaches, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company’s low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has expanded its comprehensive pain management program to a new location in the North Royalton YMCA, further enhancing its already robust presence at 11409 State Road.
Often I’m asked what’s this obsession Parma has with flamingos? You see them everywhere in Parma, plastic lawn ornaments and in logos for businesses and nonprofits. So here’s the Parma flamingo story.
FREE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO AGE 5 are available in our community from The Literacy Cooperative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.
Did you know that the “single most important factor influencing a child’s educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school”? (National Commission on Reading). As a parent or caregiver, snuggling up and reading daily with your child is one of the most important actions you can take to help set them up for future success.
The community members at Vista Springs, Ravinia in Independence have learned what it takes to earn a Boy Scout Eagle Badge; ingenuity, hard work and accepting assistance from family and friends! Nick Finn, 17, from Brooklyn, Ohio took on quite a challenge when he agreed to build a compost tumbler for the community members at Vista Springs, Ravinia. Nick, currently a hard working manager at Dairy Queen at South Park Mall, has been involved with the Boy Scouts since he was five years old! As a student and parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Nick started as a Cub Scout with Pack 73 and 12 years later is working toward achieving his Eagle Badge as a member of Boy Scout Troop 221 under the guidance and leadership of Mr. Grademes. “When Nick phoned last summer, he was interested in doing a community based project at our Assisted Living property. I thought, this is GREAT! We can have an intergenerational connection, where our community members and youth can watch an idea grow!” exclaimed Allie Zabrosky, Director of Life Experiences at Vista Springs Ravinia. “He initially participated in our first ever Flag raising and our folks fell in love with Nick! He has a special sweetness and genuine nature that instantly endeared him to our hearts. When I suggested a compost tumbler for his project, Nick didn’t miss a beat. “
A prescription for joyful living includes something to hope for, something to do, and someone to love. Being slow to criticize and quick to forgive is a good way to go. Everything we really need, we already have.
Faithfulness is our guide to salvation and an anchor for eternity. God forbids favoritism of any kind except His word.
God is the one who defines sin (disobeying His Word). He will make the ultimate judgment. God loves each one of us equally.
The Parma Charitable Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that I started with family and friends about ten years ago. The mission of the Fund is to serve as a community booster by supporting other non-profits and community projects. Over the years, we have raised thousands of dollars primarily from the annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, which, unfortunately, had to be cancelled this year. In that time, the monies raised have been donated to many charities, including local Boy and Girl Scout troops, All Faiths Pantry, the Parma Senior High School hockey program, the American Cancer Society, the American Liver Foundation, Tri-C Scholarships, among several others. The Fund also raised the monies for the Script Parma sign, which was, subsequently, donated to the City of Parma. We are currently assisting with raising funds for the Welcome to Parma mural.
Last month I unveiled the Welcome to Parma mural project. This month I thought I would bring you up to date on where we are with the project. I am happy to report that it is coming together, as planned. In case you were not aware, let me bring you up to speed on the project. Earlier this year, I contacted Stamy Paul, a Valley Forge High School graduate and founder of Graffiti Heart, to commission a Welcome to Parma mural. I was so pleased that Stamy, whose name rhymes with Tommy, loved the idea and agreed to partner on it.
The ancient Latins referred to it as religare, “to bind together,” and colere, “to worship” - what today we refer to as religion and culture. Be that as it may, what we now see steadily rising out of the collapsed ashes and decay of objectivity, democracy and reason itself, is the burgeoning hysteria of Qanon, a populist occultist right-wing caliph group of knee-jerk conspiracy theorists that hail an anonymous supreme leader known only as, “Q”.
July 26th marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal law prohibiting discrimination based on disability, both mental and physical. It also requires reasonable accommodations be provided to employees with disabilities and creates accessibility requirements for public places. This legislation continues to be an important step in creating a more equitable society and guaranteeing that every American can reach their fullest potential.
Prama Artspace & Gallery, located at5411 Pearl Rd is proud to feature Cleveland based artist George Kocar’s paintings in an exhibition which runs August 15th through September 19th. His paintings are colorful, lively, humorous and frequently satrical. His illustrations have been featured in many publications, such as, Esquire, New York Times, Playboy, and The Washington Post to name a few. His recently published book, The Flying Banana: The Art of George Kocar is for sale on Amazon. Stop in and view this fantastic exhibit. Masks are required, capacity is limited to five (5) individuals. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 PM to 7 PM. The gallery also has a small boutique with items such as hand sewn masks, jewelry, and prints reasonably priced. Prama is a participating business in the Polish Village Cash Mob. For every $10 spent you receive an entry to win prizes, now through the end of September. For more information on Prama, or to view previous exhibits, log onto www.pramaartspace.com, or follow on Facebook.
On Tuesday July 21st, news broke that the Speaker of the Ohio House, Larry Householder (Republican, Glenford), had been arrested and arraigned on criminal charges stemming from his work to get House Bill 6 passed in 2019. This is now the second Ohio House Speaker in the past three years that will leave under the cloud of an FBI investigation (although as of this writing the Speaker has not resigned, it is expected that he will). Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation under similar circumstances in 2018 opened the door for Householder seize the Speaker’s gavel.
The Covid-19 Cash Mob has invaded small businesses in Parma’s Polish Village, located in Ward 2, along sections of Ridge Rd., and Pearl Rd. in Parma. For every $10 purchased at a participating business you receive an entry to win multiple prizes. Drawings held monthly, with a grand prize in October. Covid-19 Cash Mob runs now through the end of September. To see a list of participating businesses follow Polish Village on Facebook, or look for the signs in participating businesses. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win!
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has made the safety of patients and caregivers its top priority. The hospital has adjusted its visitation policies effective June 23. “Allowing visitors into the hospital is a welcomed transition to partner with friends and families, focusing on the care and well-being of our patients,” says Chief Medical Officer Kimberly Togliatti-Trickett, MD. “But masking is important for the safety of all.”
If you are reading this article, then you probably love Parma as much as I do and are willing to do your part to make it even better. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on 2020. In fact, normally I would be devoting much of my time recently to planning the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies. It was very saddening to have to cancel this fun summer event. However, I have diverted the time I typically spend on the Run-Walk to a new, exciting project for Parma.