Parma was host to a delegation visiting from The People's Republic of China on July 26, here as part of a U.S. Department of State sponsored Program entitled "Environmental Issues at the Municipal level in the U.S.". The purpose of their visit was to observe the Fernhill Stormwater Treatment Wetland, created at the Lower Fernhill Picnic Area in the Metroparks in 2016. This group of five visitors was invited here through the efforts of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs with the cooperation of the State Department International Leadership Program. The mission is to "explore how biodiversity and sustainability are encouraged in this country and to explore municipal efforts to address climate change, pollution, and responsible development". Their reason for visiting this particular site was to focus on how local government and non-profit organizations have collaborated to create a wetland area for the purpose of stormwater treatment and water quality assurance.
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Blood shortages reach a critical state in the summer, as the number of high-school and college donors drop during break and ERs become busier with incoming patients. The statistics are staggering: every two seconds, someone needs blood; a person injured in an automobile accident can use up to 50 pints or more of blood.
University Hospitals brings to breast cancer patients a revolutionary new treatment that spares surrounding organs from unnecessary doses of radiation particularly dose to the heart.
Citizen first responders trained in CPR can now receive text alerts of those in need of CPR in their vicinity through a new app. The PulsePoint Respond app was unveiled by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and the Parma Regional Dispatch Center, which covers Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn and Brook Park.
Many who know me know that I am a huge fan of anything Parma, especially our city’s history. Recently, I had the honor of meeting with one of Parma’s finest citizens. A woman who has served us in many different capacities and whom many of you voted for or waved to in an Independence Day parade. Her legacy of work helped lay the foundation for many institutions that continue to thrive in our fine community. What was expected to be a one-hour meeting, ended up lasting nearly five hours! I found myself enthralled in the story of her life and the fascinating stories of Parma’s past that she shared so vividly. In fact, I have so much captivating information to share that this column will be continued next month. Out of my deep respect for her, I call her Judge, but many Parma residents know her as Mary Dunning.
The cities of Parma, Seven Hills and Parma Heights are planning an event to honor their living veterans of the Korean War. If you served or know someone else in Parma, Parma Hts. or Seven Hills who served in the Korean War, please let us know. A special email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – has been created to collect contact information so that we can be in touch with veterans regarding our ceremony. Veterans of the this war can also call Parma City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni at (440) 885-8812 or Communications Director Jeannie Roberts at (440) 885-8181 to confirm their attendance.
The City of Parma and its Department of Public Safety are holding the second in a series of quarterly public safety forums on Wednesday, August 16. This one is entitled: The Growing Opiod Epidemic and How It Affects our Community.
It seems hard to believe, but summer will soon be coming to an end. Before that happens, we invite you to make the most of the rest of season in our community. There is plenty going on.
Blowing out the candles on 100 birthday cakes at one time seems almost impossible. It’s less of a challenge, however, if it’s one candle-lit birthday cake a year. Just ask Ellen Polacek who will be showing how it’s done when she blows out the candles on her 100th birthday cake this year! Fellow residents and staff of Southern Hills Skilled Nursing Center in Middleburg Heights, along with family and friends, will gather on her birthday Tuesday, August 22, to cheer Ellen on and to sing “Happy Birthday” to an exceptional lady. Her celebration activities will begin the previous Sunday with a gathering of family and friends.
FREE TEEN CLASSES – BEGINNING POTTERY
Sixteen year old, Normandy High School student, Nica Zampedro won 1st place in the adult category at the International Godzilla Fest held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. The 24th Annual G-FEST was held July 14th to July 16th this year. G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju (strange beast) genre. Interactive sessions with actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films are a favorite, as they encompass many topics of interest for fans. Additional attractions are films, both new and old, gaming and of course contests. G-FEST also has the western world's largest kaiju-oriented dealers room.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers an innovative way for adults with children to obtain their GED this summer. The Families Learning Together Program is for GED students with children entering grades 1 – 5.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Be Excited When You See Them. Subject: Build a Network of Support
Recently much has been said and written in the media about Medicaid and who receives Medicaid. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding Medicaid eligibility and who actually receives Medicaid. Much of this information was reported in Cleveland.com, the web site of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and it is information that is readily available to the public. I feel that it is very important to share this information so people can have a better understanding about a very important part of our health care system.
There will be a Historical Talk given by Kenneth Lavelle inside the Parma Heights Library Saturday, August 19, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. The topic will be the Founders’ of Parma Heights as a Village after 1911 from Parma Township. Several sessions will be held lasting 30 to 40 minutes using a brief Power Point presentation and research presented concerning the early Mayors of Parma Heights Village. General questions are encouraged after each presentation. This is sponsored by the Parma Heights Historical Society. Participants are encouraged to visit the next door 1876 Wooster Pike Road Tollgate House replica in the Greenbrier Commons. Members of the historical society will be there to discuss area history and any other questions one may have concerning local history of Parma Heights, Ohio.
For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Parma Heights proudly welcomes the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation August 11-13, 2017. The Ohio Flags of Honor (OFOH) was founded by Gino Zimmer, the father of fallen hero Army Specialist Nicholaus Zimmer, who was killed in Iraq on May 30, 2004. Zimmer created OFOH to honor the men and women from Ohio who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The City is currently accepting registrations for the Fall/Spring season for Soccer and Flag Football. You can register in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road, using cash or a check only.
Sometimes it's the drama I find most hilarious. Like Nancy Pelosi saying Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord was tantamount to murder. Sometimes it's the spin. Like, Lee Kamps saying “more than 90% of climate scientists agree that human activity is accelerating the warming of the earth.” The truth about that lies at ProCon.org. The site, in a fairly unbiased manner, provides both sides of whether or not humans are responsible for global warming. The “more than 90%” figure was erroneously taken from studies like the 2013 Cook review of 11,944 peer-reviewed studies on climate change which found that 97% of the studies expressing a position on the issue said that humans are causing global warming. Environmentalists translated that to 97% of all climate scientists. Per ProCon, the Cook study actually said:
The Cassidy Theatre presents “You Can’t Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman August 4-6 and August 18-27. There will be no performances during the weekend of August 11-13 because of the Parma Heights “Kids in the Commons” event. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $14 for Students and Senior Citizens. The production is directed by Dan Sekanic.
With today’s knowledge of investment portfolios, living trusts, C.D.’s and various properties, attention is focused on a monetary or tangible inheritance to leave our children. Though this is a generous gesture, there is another more valuable commodity that, most likely, could enrich the lives of our offspring. It’s not as positive as a rare antique or as visible as prime real estate. Rather these priceless entities are seeds of recollection that have been planted throughout the years and bloom for a lifetime. We scatter and sow these granules during contact with our kids, friends and relatives. They are nurtured during the times we shared, cherished through the memories they made, revered by the love they created and passed on. These remembrances become the silent catalyst of our busy existence; the anchor in our reason for being. Even William Wordsworth, in his Ode on Intimations of Immortality wrote, “…rather, find strength in what remains behind.”
The city will host a Hazardous Waste Collection event this Saturday, July 8 at the Service Garage, 6140 Pearl Road.
As told by Gary Koval. Wanted to share this with forum members. Back in 06’ my son and his best friend were attending BGSU as Juniors. Joe (my Son) and friend Tom were members of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Tom was President at the time and Joe, Vice President. Both boys had come home for the Easter holiday. On Easter Sunday morning about 2:00 A.M. while Tom was returning home from another friend’s house, he was broadsided by a drunken driver and died two days later. My son was overcome with grief, but made it through the rest of the term as President of the Fraternity. The University donated a tree and the Fraternity bought a memorial stone for the base of the tree, on campus. Friends and family back home set up a make shift memorial at the intersection, bringing flowers and balloons over the years. Well, someone continued to remove these items to clear the area. So with the permission of Tom’s parents I made a memorial plaque with the hopes that the city, Parma Heights, Ohio, would in some way remember Tom, (who by the way worked his summers for the city). Two years have passed since I made the plaque and gave it to the Mayor’s Office. I received a call from Tom’s parents on 9/10/09, (Tom’s birthday), to tell me that the city had erected the plaque. So now at the intersection of Denison Ave. and Ridgewood Dr. is Tom’s permanent plaque recognizing the intersection as The Tom Hayn Memorial Intersection. The case that that plaque is enclosed in was paid for by the Thomas D. Hayn Memorial Fund at the Bowling Green State University Foundation. This Memorial fund that is funded by a yearly golf outing in Tom’s name provides three yearly scholarships to incoming freshmen. Take a look at www.tomhayn.org for more information.
Calling all alumni of Parma Senior High and Parma Schaaf who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion! The PSH Alumni Association is holding its “Fifth Annual Golden Reunion” on Saturday, August 26th for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1967 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun, casual day in the PSH Ballroom (cafeteria) featuring a school tour, light lunch and refreshments, and lots of reuniting with old classmates, hugs, reminiscing and memories. Over 250 attended the fourth annual reunion last year, and it's getting better every year!
A policy of separation of church and state is totally different from separation of God and state. God is on our side as long as we are on His side and hold fast to His clearly revealed Word. God’s attitude towards individuals is determined by their love of truth rather than knowledge of the truth. Greed is a human weakness present in all societies. Helping those who refuse to work only makes matters worse. If people were angels, no government would be necessary.
We put together some fun points any Parmidian will understand. You know you’re from Parma when…
Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma returned from the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. convention held on June 5-7 in Perryburg Ohio. They received 5 First place, 8 Second place, 7 Third place awards. The awards were for gardening and service projects completed in the city of Parma. Working with youths, garden related projects completed in Parma. They received 2 awards from the National Garden Club, Inc. for projects completed. Congratulation to Barbara Okleson who belongs to RGC. for receiving the prestigious 2017 Mildred Heter Buckingham Award which is given out to only one person in Ohio for Outstanding service. Thank-you to everyone for there dedication for making this a great club.
The Cassidy Theatre continues to undergo a major transformation both inside and out. The theatre’s two community rooms have been completely renovated using a $50,000 grant the city received from the State of Ohio with the assistance of State Rep. Martin Sweeney (D-14). The funding came from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, according to Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
More than 100 Parma streets will be either repaved, repaired or crack-sealed this summer and fall by the city’s Service Department, and in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, portions of five major thoroughfares are also being repaired.
On the evening of Monday, June 19, 2017 a devastating, and ultimately fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Snow and State Roads. Though one is often hard pressed to find the silver lining of such an occurrence this particular incident was blessed by an angel of mercy. A quiet, unassuming cardiac care nurse employed at The University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, by the name of Andrea Delfs became difference between life and death of one young child.
Summer is in full swing in the City of Parma Heights. Summer means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Produce grown in the Parma Heights Community Garden is donated to our local Parma Heights Food Pantry to help those in need in our city.
Last year, the City of Parma honored our city’s veterans of World War II. This year, with Seven Hills and Parma Heights participating as well, the cities would like to honor veterans of the Korean War.
In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Child Care Center has received a Four-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.
Back in 1972 I was a high school science teacher at a semi rural school district in northwestern Ohio. One of my students, call him Bob, came up to me after class and said to me that he didn’t need to learn “all that boring stuff” because his father was going to get him in at a local Ford plant when he turned 18 years old. Bob was 15 then, in the 9th grade and failing my class as well as his other classes. He also said that his father didn’t even get that far in school and was making more money at the Ford plant than our high school Principal.
At last, summer brings us the long-awaited abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. Who can resist a warm, succulent tomato right off the vine that rewards our hunger with a warm, juicy taste of a lost memory. How about biting into a perfect peach that tops the list of eating wholesome, delicious fruit. Not to be outdone, carrots and corn vie for attention and supplement our grilled burgers with tasty side dishes. We’re so fortunate to have devoted farmers that keep us healthy with the fruits of their labor.
A long time ago in a paradise that today seems so far, far away, there were two political parties. In paradise we all wanted essentially the same things. We wanted to live our lives as we saw fit, free from crime and other interference. We wanted prosperity. We wanted the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. The difference between the parties was how to best provide the opportunity for us achieve what we wanted and when they disagreed, they compromised for the good of paradise. But then factions of the two parties moved so far to the extreme left and right that the two became, in essence, four. And the extremes became inflexible and compromise became taboo. And paradise was lost.
For the last 53 years, Tony Suppa has come to work each day to a place where he gets to spend time with the people he calls friends and family. They'd greet him with a smile as they walked in the door to take a seat in his chair at Total Image. The barber shop has been in operation in the same building since 1960.
It is heard every day in newspapers and on television stations across the nation but especially here in Northeast Ohio. “Heroin overdoses on the rise”. To combat the growing epidemic Chief Mike Lasky of the Parma Fire Department knew something had to be done.
You may find this a little difficult to swallow but we are blessed to live in this area of the Great Lakes. As far as can be seen, we will have enough water to last for so great a time as to not be concerned about going thirsty. There is hope that there will not be some sort of disaster that would alter the situation, perhaps a meteor that would displace the lakes or an invasion from outer space or mass pollution by industry, something along the these lines. Just look at other areas of the United States. California can’t make up its mind if is going to burn, earthquake or mud slide off of the face of the earth. The South has no water then it is deluged with rain, the Plains first are running out of ground water then get flooded, the East Coast has plenty of hurricanes to keep them guessing. There is an outside possibility that we may drink the Lakes dry. It is a rare sight when one is seen without a bottle of water. Sitting at a desk where water is close at hand, wouldn’t want to dehydrate from the stress of working a key pad. Walking outside, one is often seen with a bottle in hand. What would be the consequences of having to go to a water fountain and get hydrated? Although water fountains are becoming less conspicuous with all the water being purchased. Look at the sport venues, not a water fountain to be seen, smart, the venue can sell much more water, you have a captive audience. Whatever happened to grabbing a drink from a water spigot? That used to be a frequent occurrence in by-gone days.
We had a wonderful experience representing MyCom at the 2017 Parma Safety Fair. Many parents and young people stopped by our table to learn about the opportunities MyCom offers youth in the Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills neighborhoods. In addition we were grateful to partner with AT & T to have their representative, Kevin Lynch, Director of External Affairs, demonstrate the text and drive simulator. This simulator helps both adults and young people experience the dangers of texting while driving. The results prove that distracted driving is dangerous. Hopefully each participant will remember their experience and make the decision to not text and drive.
Parma may be known for its pierogies and other Eastern European menu items, but the city and surrounding area also serve up delicious fare from a number of other nationalities. Here are some you have to check out.