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Man Charged In Parma Double Stabbing

Joshua Harvey

Parma Police have charged the following individual in connection with a double stabbing that occurred last night at a residence located in the 10000 block of Moore Drive in Parma.

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Police Body Cameras Coming Soon To Parma

Shortly after the commencement of my first term on council in 2014, the City was named in a lawsuit accusing one of our officers of excessive force. After hearing the details of the case, it seemed likely that the accusations were false. However, the taxpayers still got stuck paying for the cost associated with the lawsuit. It also gave the city as well as our fine police department a black eye. I began to research and found that the city had paid nearly $200,000 over the previous ten years on similar cases. Through my research I started to read more and more about police body cameras. To me it was a common sense approach to not only save the taxpayers money, but also to protect the reputation of the city and the police department.  

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:49 PM, 11.01.2017

A Holiday Tradition Continues

Mark your calendars now and join the city of Parma Heights from the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 26 at the Gazebo at Greenbrier Commons.

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Parma Police Arrest 18 Year Old In Stabbing Incident

PARMA, OHIO – Parma Police have arrested an 18 year-old Parma Heights man in connection with a double stabbing that occurred last night at a residence located in the 10000 block of Moore Drive in Parma.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:40 PM, 11.13.2017

Parma Heights Wins Auditor Of State Award

Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne (left) holds the prestigious Auditor of State Award as longtime Parma Heights Finance Director Terrence B. (Terry) Hickey (right) looks on.

For the second time in five years, the City of Parma Heights has been recognized by Auditor of State Dave Yost with the prestigious Auditor of State Award. The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Parma Heights received a clean audit report. 

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Treat-n-Greet 2017

Despite less than ideal weather, fa,ilies still flocked to the 2017 Treat-n-Greet held in the Polich Village Neighborhood in Parma on October 28. This was the seventh annual event, and the popularity of this unique celebration seems to grow every year.

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Parma Launches Into Small Business Month

For the fifth consecutive year the City of Parma - along with Parma City Council and the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce - will celebrate Small Business Month, which culminates on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma City Council have embraced the nation-wide designation of Small Business Saturday and will continue this year to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.

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The President's Corner

Like many cities around the country, Parma and its residents were hit hard by the “housing bubble” and impending economic downturn of 2008-2009. Sadly, many families lost their homes and neighborhoods were left with vacant structures that fell into disrepair. The impending blight was of great concern to citizens and elected officials, alike. I am pleased to say that Parma weathered this storm and has emerged strong. One of the programs utilized by the City to address this crisis was our Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in which homes no longer safe for human habitation are demolished, thereby eliminating blight and enhancing property values, as well as the quality of life of Parma’s residents.

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Comparing American Presidents

In last month’s Parma Observer, Carmen Luna wrote an open letter to me and accused me of selectively lifting selected passages from President Lyndon Johnson’s and Donald Trump’s speeches to the Boy Scout National Jamboree. His “open letter” was in response to my column from September where I compared the speeches of Lyndon Johnson at the 1964 Boy Scout National Jamboree and Donald Trump’s speech from this past summer. To answer Mr. Luna, space limitations prevented me from including more excerpts from those speeches. But I did provide links where any reader with internet access could go and read the entire speech from each President. Even without the links I provided, anyone with internet access could do a search and find the texts of those speeches.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:54 PM, 11.01.2017

Red Circle Grand Re-Opening

Red Circle Lanes in Parma held a Grand Re-Opeing celebration on October 27, after being closed for remodeling. Here the owners and their supporters pause to cut a ribbon signifying a new era at this historic Parma landmark.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

Drones Are New Tool For Parma Police Department

Though a popular recreational pursuit, drones are not just fun and games. The Parma Police Department is putting two newly purchased UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to use as an important part of its crime-fighting efforts. Officers demonstrated use of the drones to city council members and members of the public in attendance at a local council meeting recently.

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Breathing Easier: Reducing Readmissions For COPD Patients

Respiratory Therapist Lora Raudins works with COPD patients to help them understand their chronic disease and keep them from being readmitted to the hospital.

The elderly man, compromised by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), was admitted to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center four times in six weeks. Then he met Lora Raudins, a respiratory therapist uniquely focused on educating patients to cope with this disease, and he has not returned since.

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Senior Trick-or-Treaters Celebrate Halloween

The Winners!  4th Place-Christine Diedrick as the Energizer Bunny; 2nd Place-Dennis Tyburski as R2D2; 3rd Place Joan Annen as the Spooky Alien; 1st Place-Bernie Puchaja as the Chubby Bikini Lady!

A merry crowd of smiling area seniors, in a festive array of colorful costumes, gathered together at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center in October to welcome the spirits of Halloween! The Center was ablaze with colorful leaves, cornstalks, scarecrows, grinning pumpkins, witches, and autumn decorations, as the joyful senior trick-or-treaters sang and danced in their costumes, laughing and sharing stories of their elaborate attire at the Center’s Annual Halloween Party.

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Making A Difference One Person At A Time

Michael P. Byrne is the Mayor of Parma Heights.

Over the recent summer, as Mayor I had the opportunity to have conversations with a large number of residents. In my role, I feel it is important to be personally connected to the people I represent.  We live in a close-knit community where that connectivity is readily apparent.  For me, it often happens one person at a time.

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Twice Blessed

These past few months have been busy, but gratifying for the things that have happened. Along with wonderful weather and family functions, there was an additional celebration---a first for our family. My out-of-town daughter, Patti, had successfully fulfilled all the requirements for the adoption of two children. She will be a single mom to a brother and sister, Amanda, 8 and Nicholas, 7. 

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Ron Mottl Sr. Avenue

Left to right-  District 4 Cuyahoga County Councilman Scott Tuma, Parma Councilman Brian Brochetti, Ron Mottl Sr., Parma Councilman Allan Divis.

Soon you will be able to walk or drive on Ron Mottl Sr. Ave. - the part of York Rd from Independence Blvd. to the Southern border of Cuyahoga Community College. Mr. Mottl was at City Hall recently to receive proclamations from Parma City Council, presented by co-sponsors of the resolution, Brian Brochetti and Allan Divis, and also a proclamation from Cuyahoga County Council, presented by Parma's representative, Scott Tuma. Mr. Mottl was first elected to Parma City Council in 1960 and also served as City Council President, in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. He also served as a U.S. Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975-1982. He served on the Parma School Board and as its president. A veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, he was also a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball, which led to his being a charter member of the Parma Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Street signs will be made to replace the York Rd. signs on the appropriate parts of the street. Congratulations, Mr. Mottl.

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News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

If you’re a parent of a child in a Parma City School, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) is the acronym that refers to the District’s anti-bullying initiative implemented several years ago and it s/b familiar to you. If not, or if you’d like more information go to any of these sites: https://www.parmacityschools.org/pbis, http://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/Oct-16-2017/Addressing-bullying-what-parents-want-to-knowhttps://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/School-Safety/Safe-and-Supportive-Learning/Anti-Harassment-Intimidation-and-Bullying-Resource/Anti-Bullying-Resources-for-Parents, http://www.pbis.org/
O  If your organization has a safety focus or component of any kind & you’re looking for programs, information or material visit: http://www.injurypreventioncenter.com/. The initiative is a service of University Hospitals Rainbow & Children’s Hospital with the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center working with local, state and national legislators to advance the health and safety of children and families. Their web site contains a host of links to information and resources of all kinds. It’s well worth a visit. Also, membership in the coalition is Free to anyone wishing to volunteer to promote safety in NE Ohio.  Meetings are bi-monthly, generally the first Tuesday of the month @ 10:00 am at changing locations across the county.  Questions or requests for more info can be directed to Cyndee Bratz @ 440-888-8889 or cyndeebratz@aol.com.
O  From the County Library…..
    >>  ASPIRE Greater Cleveland
- What used to be PCSD’s Adult Education program is now part of this service available as a result of a collaboration between CCPL, Cleveland Public Library and the County’s Dept of Job & Family Services. For more information call 833-ASPIRE2 (833.277.4732) or visit: https://www.aspiregreatercleveland.org/.  
    >>  Benefit Navigators -
All CCPL branches offer residents the ability to submit the documentation needed to maintain benefits by fax and/or apply online for services. Library staff are trained "Benefit Navigators," and can help residents find the online programs and applications that meet their needs.
    >>  After-School Homework Help - Students in grades K - 8 don't just do their homework in our branches. They receive free homework assistance from trained staff through our Homework Centers and Homework Mentors programs. 90 percent of parents surveyed said their child's grades improved after coming to our Homework Centers. Learn more at: http://cuyahogalibrary.org/homework
O Some FYI’s from Parma City Schools….
    >>  Focus on the Future – The first group meeting of all seven of the FOTF committees took place on  Monday, Oct 16th at Parma Sr. H.S.Attendance was strong as was participation and feedback. Additional meetings are being scheduled w/the next one set for Thursday Nov 16th. Go here to follow their progress: https://www.parmacityschools.org/Domain/1707.
   >>  If you have any used/slightly used adult sized baseball gloves collecting dust in the basement consider donating them to Shiloh Middle School. As part of their observance of Veterans Day Shiloh students will turn over donated gloves to A1 Glove Repair to be refurbished and forwarded on to military men & women serving overseas. Deadline for donations (gloves or check) is Friday, November 10.  Contact Heidi Dzur at dzurh@parmacityschools.org w/questions or to schedule a pickup.
O   From the Parma Area Family Collab….
  
>>  The Collab is once again coordinating the community’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program, soliciting donors (both individuals & organizations) to adopt a family/s.  If you’re interested, please contact the Collab by Friday, November 10th at 440.887.4873 or collabsupport@parmacityschools.org.
   >>  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be this Thursday, November 9th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
   >>  Visit the Collab’s  updated web site at: http://familycollaborative.com/, for details about the Adopt-a –Family as well as other programs & available services. While there make your voice heard & click on the the links to either or both the PAFC Satisfaction or Neighborhood surveys.

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Parma Police Arrest 3 Robbery Suspects

Harry Ramon Velez

Parma Police have arrested and charged three men in connection with the armed robbery and kidnapping of a Seven Hills man that occurred this past weekend. The men are identified as the following individuals:

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Asset Corner #95

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  PRAISE MORE; CRITICIZE LESS. November’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT

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October In Polish Village

Parma Theater Memorial

As a resident of Polish Village, and one of the Polish Village Volunteers, I wanted to share with you, the many reasons why I love living here.

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Parma Observer Is 8 Years Old

Daniel P. McCarthy Parma Observer Publisher

Eight years publishing the thoughts and dreams of people in the Greater Parma Area has certainly been a unique pleasure and a learning experience as well. One thing that has certainly remained constant is the ever present need to find answers to a host of persistent issues that have been part of this area for as long as I can remember. Whether it is roads, business development, cultural resources, walkability, effective marketing, etc., these are challenges that are best faced when community partners work together in order to move in the right direction and meet with success. Regardless of outcomes in the past, these are times that demand new pragmatic approaches and fresh perspectives well suited for dealing with challenges and issues encountered by inner suburban areas like ours all over the nation. We are no different in that respect. Where we are different, happily, is in the category of safety. Parma was only recently named one of the top 100 Safest Cities in America, the only city in Ohio to make the list. Make no mistake about it- this was certainly no accident. This is a direct reflection of the excellent relationship that exists between Parma citizens and our Safety Forces. We want them to be effective, we give them the resources and support they need, and they in turn consistently deliver excellent service that has proven results and makes our city a safe place to live, work and raise a family. The same goes with Parma Heights and Seven Hills. As far as I'm concerned, that puts us way ahead of other communities when it comes to finding our way along the path of sustainability and prosperity in the 21st Century. Growth, opportunity and excitement will continue as long as we are willing to embrace ideas from as many community stakeholders as we possibly can when we are making decisions that affect the future of everyone. Can't lives on Won't Street- we've got to be willing to consider and try new solutions if we want to achieve new results. In the words of AOL founder Steve Case when asked what he thought the Cleveland Area needed for positive growth, "They need to be more fearless and less risk averse". The crowd at the Annual Cleveland Foundation meeting burst into applause when he said that- I was there. People know it's true- our leaders need to recognize that if they want to be part of the future that matters.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 8:02 PM, 10.28.2017

John Allender Returns

John Allender Parma,Ohio 2011

John Allender is a friend of us all. He is a Graduate of Valley Forge High School Class of 1989. He wrote for the Parma Observer and even snapped the iconic front page photo through the fence of the movie set in Parma when a scene from the Avengers was filmed in 2011. John is also a well known and admired Blues guitar player with his own band, the John Allender Band, and he won the coveted International Blues Competition (IBC) contest where he now lives in Fort Myers, Florida in 2015, and went on to represent South Florida in the main competition in Memphis. More and more doors opened for John and his amazing talent. Tragedy has a cruel way of striking artists just when they are doing so well. Sadly John was not spared this persistent curse. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

PSO Concert 10/15 Featuring Combined Choirs

Dr Randolph Laycock to direct PSO & combined Choirs of Parma, Valley Forge, Normandy & Padua High Schools and CCC-West

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. 

Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock presents: Schubert Mass in G featuring the combined choirs of Parma, Normandy, Valley Forge, Padua Franciscan High Schools and Cuyahoga Community College Choir. Also Jolly Robbers Overture by Suppe and Passacaglia in C minor by Bach/Stokowski

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Run For A Reason: Tri-C’s Autumn Blaze 5K

Dash through the fall colors while doing some good this October during the third annual Autumn Blaze 5K or new mile fun walk at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Proceeds from the run/walk will be divided evenly between Greater Cleveland Community Shares, the United Negro College Fund and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Tri-C launched the event in 2015 as part of its annual giving campaign to benefit the community. Last year’s race raised $10,000 for the nonprofit agencies. This year’s goal is $12,000.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Asset Corner #94

October’s Asset Category: SUPPORT Many studies over the years confirm that caring, supportive relationships with adults are critical for raising young people who are healthy and resilient. Support means freely giving young people love, affirmation, and acceptance; surrounding young people with caring families, guardians, friends, teachers, neighbors, and other adults; and helping young people know they belong, are not alone, and are both loved and lovable. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #5 – Caring School Climate

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UH's New Family Medicine Clinic Takes Appointments, Walk-Ins

Michael Saridakis, DO, supervises the Family Medicine Residency Clinic along with Michelle Amoroso, RN. They are pictured here with Drs. Charita Ray and Brad Jones, both second-year residents.

Family medicine residents, supervised by longtime UH family practice physicians, are now accepting patients at their new clinic at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

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Does Your Vote Count?

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.”  Lotte E. Scharfman former League of Women Voters President of Massachusetts

The Anti-gerrymandering Movement Needs You! Gerrymandering is the process of manipulating district boundaries to give an unfair advantage to the governing political party over the opposing party. In so doing, gerrymandering predetermines the outcome of our elections and negates the voting power of the people. In Ohio, we have had our votes manipulated to give the best possible result to the governing party. Ohio would have one or two more Democratic representatives in Congress and an extra five Democrats in the Ohio House had our congressional districts not been gerrymandered. In another election cycle in which Democrats were in the majority, this situation could easily be reversed. Now is the time for action.

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"Read All About It"

Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy a Musical Theater production revealing the efforts of newsboys in the early 1900’s. It got me thinking about the newspaper industry and how attached we are to our daily delivery of information. And, how this enterprise influenced my growing up years.  

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Ultimately The Character Of The Person Determines The President’s Success

Last year during the campaign, someone asked me what Donald Trump has done to me to cause me to oppose him so much. My answer was very simple. While he never did anything to me, I believe that his character makes him grossly unfit to be President and that he represents the worst elements of this country. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Young Professionals Of Parma Celebrates One Year

Many people know that I’m one of Parma’s biggest cheerleaders, but a lot might not know that wasn’t always the case. I actually used to have a bad impression of Parma. I grew up in Independence, and when it came time to get my own place, like many young people I looked no farther than Lakewood. Cities like Lakewood and Tremont are known around Cleveland for being vibrant, popular places to live. Parma, unfortunately, doesn’t have this reputation (yet!). So when I got married and moved into my husband’s home in Parma, I was less than thrilled. I liked to say I was dragged there “kicking and screaming” from Lakewood.

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Parma Heights Announces Halloween Hours

Children are invited to trick or treat in the city of Parma Heights on October 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Trick or treating in the city will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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