Saturday, August 24th was a spectacularly beautiful day for a parade in Parma's Ukrainian Village to celebrate Ukrainian independence, just as it was 10 years ago in the Fall of 2009 when the Ukrainian Village neighborhood was dedicated. We were there back then to cover the event for the very first issue of the Parma Observer, so I feel a personal connection, as Ukrainian Village and the Parma Observer have grown together. The success of this neighborhood in Parma since 2009 is more than obvious, and I am proud to live in a city where dedicated people like those in Ukrainian Village demonstrate their ability to create such an attractive district.
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UH Parma Medical Center Announces Plans To Consolidate Delivery And Expand Women’s And Children’s Services
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is shifting its focus from delivering babies to enhancing services that care for women and children throughout their lives. The hospital is expanding women’s services and UH Rainbow pediatric services as it transitions labor and delivery to other UH locations.
Parma got its turn on the “Ohio Promise” tour recently, as State Representative Jeffrey Crossman conducted a Town Hall event at the Parma Library on Snow Road. The Ohio Promise tour this summer, led by Democratic legislators from the Ohio House of Representatives, has focused on explaining the legislative wins from the state’s $70 Billion biennium budget for Ohio House Districts like Parma.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will showcase the work of two evocative Northeast Ohio artists — Justin Brennan and Dana Depew — during a month long exhibit at Western Campus.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: NOTICE WHEN THEY GROW. September’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING. Education has improved immensely in the past 20 years. Today, more young people are taking high-level courses, fewer of them are dropping out, math and science scores are on the rise, and more students are entering college after high school. But that doesn’t mean a commitment to learning happens naturally in all young people. Instilling this important trait involves a combination of values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one’s own ability. This commitment is strongly influenced by the school environment and relationships with family and peers. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #24 – Bonding to School
With patient-centered care, innovation and enhancement as central principles, University Hospitals is re-envisioning and expanding end-of-life care for patients and families across Northeast Ohio.
Eight students from Parma Observer communities have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.
For years, Parma residents have driven past a blank fence on Brookpark Road near the exit ramp of 176 North and probably have not paid much attention to it. Now the fence beams with a colorful design and social media-inspired message: “#MeetmeinParma.”
Kim Monaco, BSN, RN, a longtime nursing leader at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has been named its new Chief Nursing Officer.
HIAS and their affiliate, US Together, a refugee resettlement agency in Cleveland, are partnering with Airbnb’s new Open Homes program to provide temporary housing for refugees. The program is designed to help individuals and families who need temporary housing for several reasons, one of which being refugee resettlement. The temporary housing is provided while the refugees’ permanent housing is finalized. Usually, housing for refugees is secured before they arrive. However, extenuating circumstances occasionally happen, and gap housing becomes necessary. This partnership with Airbnb aims to address the need for gap housing by connecting refugee resettlement agencies to volunteer hosts.
The Republic of Haiti, once regarded for her riches as the “Pearl of the Antilles,” has been in no uncertain terms, a scarred landscape fraught with imperial quests of fortune, and a people that have been historically subjected to seismic transitions in power and resources to which the country remains embroiled today. The island nation was the first ever of its kind to step onto the world stage - an independent black republic by way of a successful coordinated thirteen year armed insurrection against the Napoleonic French that culminated in liberation January 1st 1804. This had never before occurred in a slave colony; such a development in the New World sent shock waves that reverberated deep into the core of western superpowers, as it became a fundamental matter of national security that information surrounding the overthrow remained contained from reaching outlying slave plantation-states. As centuries and time progressed, their land resources continued to primarily remain slanted in favor of unrelenting outside interests and private-sector exploits.
Some of you who have read this column and followed me over the years may recall my story of growing up. My dad left us when I was around nine years old. As a result, my single mother – God rest her blessed soul - lost the house and worked at May Company for slave wages and struggled to raise my sister and me. So, when it came time for me to go to college, luckily I was awarded some academic scholarships and was eligible for financial need scholarships, as well, including the federal Pell Grant. Let’s just say that I would not be where I am today without the help of Uncle Sam (U.S.) and other generous folks when things were rough.
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Raising Awareness To learn more about this issue & network with local experts in law enforcement, our health systems, advocacy & victim service organizations, consider attending the 2019 Annual Luncheon: CLE Unites to End Human Trafficking, Thursday, Sept 26th at Windows on the River. The Keynote Speaker will be Kendis Paris, Exec. Director & Co-Founder of Truckers Against Trafficking, (https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/) Go here https://www.collabtoendht.org/ & scroll down the page for additional detail & to register your attendance.
As the year 2019 winds down toward the next year and the 2020 presidential election; Democrats are in an excellent position to win the Presidency as well as retake control of the Senate and strengthen its majority in the House. It seems that as the year winds down, the Trump presidency is unraveling in front of the nation and world. Polls are now showing that the top Democratic candidates for President soundly defeating Donald Trump if the election were held now.
Friday, September 13th, just may be your lucky day! Polish Village Parma, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is sponsoring a Pasta Dinner at the Southwest Italian American Club, located at 7510 Snow Rd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Your $15 gets you a complete Italian pasta dinner, pasta, meat, salad, roll, bakery, and coffee/water. Other beverages will be available for an additional cost. These meals are prepared by the chefs at the Southwest Italian American Club, and boy are the tasty! For those of you who don’t know, the Southwest Italian American Club is housed in the historic Fire House on Snow Rd., near Ridge Rd. This is your opportunity to see the remodel and enjoy a fabulous meal. Seating is limited, but To-Go dinners are also available. For tickets and more information call Linda Cross at 440-885-8093. Proceeds benefit Polish Village and are used exclusively within the community.
In the 1970’s Clevelanders Danny Greene and John Nardi tried to muscle in on the Cleveland mob’s operations.
Calling all local Art and Craft Vendors
Parma’s only art gallery, Prama Artspace Gallery, located at 5411 Pearl Rd., is one of the over 30 galleries and art spaces participating in the 1st annual Cleveland Photo Fest. TAKE A GOOD LOOK, an exhibition of creative personal photographs by 20 Brush High School Students, curated by their instructor Hadley Conner, opened on August 24th. This exhibit explores a wide range of subject matter, including underwater works, macro photos, and street photography. This is a very interesting and creative exhibit. It runs through September 18th.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, a beautiful summer day with blue skies, no rain in sight and temps in the 70’s, We Are Parma Proud, Parma’s newest nonprofit, hosted their inaugural event, a Picnic in the Park. It was held at Anthony Zielinksi Park nestled by the Splash Pad, Parma Script Sign and Ridgewood Lake. As an inaugural event it was a huge success. They expected about 200 to attend and realized over 500.
Many of you may remember Dan Mihuta who retired from the Parma City Schools in 1978 after 31 years teaching art education. Or you may remember watching his televised art instruction classes, titled, Art Chest, Art Maker and Return of the Art Maker on WVIZ and other PBS stations.
All Saints Episcopal Church on W. Ridgewood Drive in Parma will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Pantry at All Saints series of monthly events on September 21, 2019. Every month 40-50 volunteers gather together at the parish campus to operate a soup kitchen and distribute food and clothing to struggling families in Parma and nearby communities. To date, this group of dedicated people has provided food for more than 300,000 meals.
Legends at 8735 Day Drive in Parma will host Ken Fest '19, a benefit for Allison O'Donnell's Father, on September 29 from 3 to 8 P.M. $10 includes entrance and buffet, with a cash bar. Almost Famous and That 70's Band will play throughout the day, with other entertainment to be presented. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and more. Please come and show much needed support.
A lot of us feel threatened by the many mental and emotional giants that have evolved in our lives. Until these dragons are slain, peace of mind will evade us. Acquiring understanding is critical; however, we must make sure that it is supported by Scripture and not the ever-changing culture. In these days of relativism, situational ethics, and changing mores, it is good to know that we can count on Biblical principles that never change.
Parma City School District Board Members and Administrators discussed during an August 15 meeting the next steps of the district’s Strategic Consolidation process.
Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival returns! Festivities include delicious food, live musical entertainment, colorful authentic folk costumes, folk dance lessons and more at the 64th annual Hungarian Festival, presented by the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the German Central Park, 7863 York Rd., in Parma, Ohio.
On July 5, a severe storm impacted the southwest portion of Parma in the afternoon, dumping a massive amount of rain. Local media reported 4.1 inches of rain in less than an hour, and the National Weather Service reported 5.5 inches in some areas. As a result, flash flooding occurred in Parma, Parma Heights, and North Royalton. Some residents reported that their basements flooded for the first time in homes where they have resided for more than 20 years.
Celebrate summer with the city of Parma Heights as a new pop-up handmade festival is coming to town. Making its debut from Noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, the Big Creek Handmade Fest will feature a handmade artisan/crafter market in conjunction with the city’s annual Kids in the Commons event
After attending a local pre-school big truck day in 2014, I was inspired to put on an event of her own for the Parma Early Childhood PTA and the City of Parma. A once small idea has now turned into the 5th year of the popular Touch a Truck in Parma.
State Representative Jeff Crossman recently announced a town hall meeting in Parma, to be held on August 19, 2019, to address the State’s recently passed budget. All residents are welcome to this free public event.
Last week in Columbus, I voted yes on House Bill 166, the state’s two-year, $69 billion budget bill. Ultimately, I was pleased to vote in favor of this budget. Some concerns remain, especially regarding education measures that were not sufficiently addressed in this budget, including academic distress commissions, state report cards, and graduation requirements. Overall, this budget makes real investments in our communities. It also shows our commitment to the people of Ohio, as we continue working to make our state the best place for people to choose to live and raise their families.
Last month I commenced a two-issue column about one of Parma’s most notable residents – Ronald M. Mottl. Following years of distinguished elected service on Parma City Council and in the Statehouse in Columbus, the voters rewarded Mr. Mottl’s hard work in 1975 by sending him to Washington, D.C. to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, he served for eight years in the nation’s capital.
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More re: Human Trafficking Raising Awareness
Understanding the long-term impacts on HT survivors’ ability to access and maintain safe and well-paid employment opportunities is key to their successful placement and ultimate recovery. “Future Without Violence” has made available a copy of their Jun. 26th webinar: Human Trafficking and Its Impact Employment. It offers, among other things, insight into the unique types of education and employment-related challenges that survivors of human trafficking may face after they are no longer in the trafficking situation. If you’re in a position that may require you to counsel an HT survivor, or would just like to learn more about this issue, then this webinar is for you. www.futureswithoutviolence.org/htemploymentimpacts
Northeast Ohio SPCA has been a staple in the Parma neighborhood beginning in 2004. Since then, our shelter has helped over 35,000 dogs, cats, and small animals find their forever homes. We believe very strongly that no healthy animal should ever have to be put to sleep due to overcrowding. Unfortunately, not every shelter works this way and nearly 1.5 million animals are euthanized each year due to overcrowding. In our effort to combat this epidemic, we regularly rescue animals from kill shelters by transporting them and caring for them at our NO-KILL shelter until they are able to find their new families.
As God’s representatives, we should make it our goal to influence as many people as possible in a positive direction. Communication evolves in more ways than words. Consider the following: a smile, a greeting, a thought, or a helpful deed. Each one of us hopes for something. Hope gives us the strength to keep going in the face of need, great or small. Hope is essential to life. Even when all our physical needs are met, emotional desires, such as friendships, love, and hope, are great enhancements to life. In this life, what we have, how we look, and what we can do dominates our existence. Externally, no part of who we are is more important that whose we are.
To fully comprehend the gravity of the nation of Venezuela and its immense fabric of complexity today, one must at once endeavor first to better understand the lasting effects of its Middle Ages monarchal rule under the crowns of both Spain and the Napoleonic Empire of France.