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Parma Mayor Will Give State Of The City At Watershed Stewardship Center

Watershed Stewardship Center At Metroparks Westcreek Reservation

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter will give his 2020 State of the City address at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The presentation is open to the public, and parking is free. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will highlight a community partner by taking his address outside of Parma City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in West Creek Reservation, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma. The presentation will be in the multipurpose room.

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Parma’s Second Annual Pizza Bake Off A Huge Success

The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP), in conjunction with the cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills, hosted the Parma area’s second-annual pizza bake off last month. More than 600 guests attended the event at the city’s UAW hall enjoying pizza from a variety of local pizza shops and bars. A portion of proceeds benefited the Parma Animal Shelter. 

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The President's Corner

“Representatives . . . shall be apportioned among the several states which shall be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers. . .The actual enumeration shall be made . . .within every subsequent Term of ten years.”  This quote from Article I of the U.S. Constitution set up our decennial census in 1790 and we have been counting up the population every ten years since. 

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Nurse Navigator Eases The Cancer Journey For Patients

Susan Lawrence, UH Seidman Cancer Center's Nurse Navigator at UH Parma Medical Center, helps coordinate scheduling and accessing services for oncology patients.

A nurse navigator can be the invaluable guide in the complicated and unpredictable journey of a cancer patient. This is the critical role at UH Seidman Cancer Center for a nurse like Susan Lawrence, BSN, RN, at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. She can help a man with multiple myeloma, under the care of a hematologist at University Hospitals’ main campus, arrange regular infusions close to home as he prepares for a bone marrow transplant. She can schedule more convenient chemotherapy appointments for a woman with breast cancer, whose surgeon is based on the east side. And for patients whose specialist is only at UH main campus for a rare kind of cancer, she can ensure that thrice-weekly bloodwork is at least obtained at UH Parma, preventing a trip downtown.

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Parma Dad Running For US House Of Representatives

A few weeks ago a woman knocked on my door for the "Karpus for Congress" campaign, it was freezing, so she stepped inside. Standing in my foyer she began telling me about Ronald Karpus III a congressional candidate. She told me he was born and raised in Parma, a graduate of Parma Senior High School, and that he was a husband and they had 6 kids. My mouth about hit the floor as I repeated "did you say 6 kids?" the woman laughed and nodded. She further explained he was a member of the Democratic party and a blue collar worker.

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State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman Asks You To Support This Years Census.

State Representative Jeffrey A. Crossman

Welcome to 2020-- a new decade begins and, with that, the U.S. Constitution requires the government conduct another count of all of its citizens. The efforts to complete this extremely important count are now underway and each time the Census occurs there are always questions. We answer the most common questions related to the count below and we strongly encourage everyone to support the Census this year so we can maximize the investment we receive in our community! 

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Paramedic Looks Out For His Neighbors

Dennis Gerlich's grandchildren join him for a photo in the council chamber with Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Councilwoman Debbie Lime. 

Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter recognized Dennis Gerlich as Citizen of the Month at a January council meeting. Lime nominated Gerlich because she said he is always looking out for his neighbors.

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I Believe

According to the Bible, marriage is an institution put in place by God, in which two adults of different gender choose to share an intimate, personal, and lasting relationship. Doing otherwise does not change this. As a society, we are moving in the direction of doing-away-with morality from our way of life. This has resulted in an increase of senseless acts of violence. Matters can only become worse with each succeeding generation. Godly living involves our service to others via the use of our time, talents, abilities, and material possessions.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

News You Can Use
(and where to find it)

More re: Human Trafficking

From The Polaris Project (https://polarisproject.org)
>>  Understanding the federal law …. Action-Means-Purpose (AMP) Model:
Human trafficking occurs when a perpetrator, (the trafficker), takes an Action, and then employs the Means of force, fraud or coercion for the Purpose of compelling the victim to provide commercial sex acts or labor or services. At a minimum, one element from each category must be present to establish a potential situation of human trafficking.
Action = Induce, Recruits, Harbors, Transport, Provides, or Obtains
Means** = Force, Fraud, or Coercion
Purpose = Commercial Sex (Sex Trafficking) or Labor/Service (Labor Trafficking
**Minors induced into commercial sex are human trafficking victims – regardless if force, fraud or coercion is present.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  The group’s  next bi-weekly meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb 4th, at Cassidy Theater. The meeting’s discussion topic will be today’s “Vaping”.
      >>  All area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: pactunit@gmail.com; ph: 440.884.1235.
     
O  From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….As recently featured in the Plain Dealer, children from birth to 5 years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month. Funded by sponsors, organizations & individual donors the program is designed to instill a love of books & to facilitate/encourage family reading from an early age. Go here to register your child, learn more and/or to donate:  https://www.literacycooperative.org/imagination-library/

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Parma Art Scene

Great Lakes Wood Carvers is celebrating their 45th anniversary year. Congratulations to a great group! The carvers meet every Tuesday evening at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center for an open carve night. This group welcomes new members, if you are interested stop in and say hello.

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Tri-C Western Campus Program Examines Media Bias And The Information Ecosystem

Learn how to look past sensationalized headlines and determine the legitimacy of news sources during an upcoming discussion at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The free program — “The Media Bias Chart: The Importance of Rating News Sources for Reliability and Bias” — will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Tri-C’s Western Campus Theatre in Parma.

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Cassidy Theatre, Inc. Board Has New Leader In Michael Caraffi

PARMA HEIGHTS -- As he indicated he intended to do more than 18 months ago, Bob Stoesser has now formally stepped down from his leadership role as Board President at the Cassidy Theatre, Inc., having held that position for 10 years. New at the helm is President Michael “Mike” Caraffi, who works for PNC Bank and has an extensive background as a business analyst. He has been a longtime volunteer actor, performer and director at our local community theatre gem. Caraffi is a good choice for heading up the theatre’s Board. The Cassidy, which has struggled to fill seats for years since the decision to privatize it. The municipality still owns the building, but no longer has the responsibility for its day-to-day operation. Caraffi, an accomplished pianist and performer, knows both sides of the theatrical and business equation – something that will come in handy as he works to chart a new course for our local community theatre, founded by the late Parma Heights Mayor Paul W. Cassidy for his wife, Elise, a former actress, in 1974.

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Give Them Bread And Circus...

Davidione Pearl

America, At this time in history the best way we can honor our nation's only King, Dr. Martin Luther King, is not in recurring platitudes and vapid utterances of momentary pride on his given holiday - returning as usual shortly after to a collective state of social dismissal and spiritual decay; on the contrary, it is to raise high your ballots in the voting booth with at minimum the same gusto and zeal we choose to exhibit in the fanaticism of sport, and three hour lines in eager anticipation of a new fried chicken sandwich, neither of which support a future consistent with the mechanisms necessary to fundamentally advance our most sacred investment, each other...  

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Asset Corner #122

February’s Asset Category: Positive Values. You are what you believe. Values shape young people’s relationships, behaviors, choices, and sense of who they are. Although positive values help young people avoid risky behavior, they also help guide their day-to-day actions and interactions. Thus, values inspire, not just prohibit. Young people who have positive values are more likely to listen to their conscience, help others, be independent, tell right from wrong, and feel happy. Ultimately, positive values help young people make their own decisions rather than imitate friends or follow trends.Search Institutehas identified these six assets in the Positive Value category that are crucial for helping young people: 

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Sirl's Automotive Earns Trust Award

Trust Award Pin

Robert Oravec from Sirl's Automotive of Parma, received the American Towman Trust Award in Atlantic City on December 6th, 2019 at the world's largest trade show for towing professionals, the American Towman Exposition. A towing company that receives the award was nominated by a third party organization in the towing trade who has a working relationship with that towing company and the towing company also scored high on customer reviews on the internet (Google, Yelp). The Trust Award is presented by American Towman Magazine, the towing industry's premier trade publication.

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Proud of Parma

Amanda Boyd is a proud Parma resident who serves on the city's Board of Building Appeals. She just had to visit our city's namesake when she visited Italy last fall.

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What A Year It Was, Part Two

Last month I wrote a column with a trip back to a pivotal year in history, exactly 100 years ago. After a break, let’s go to Sherman and Peabody’s “way back” machine again to 1920. I believe that I was mentioning the world of sports in 1920 when we left. Here we go.

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PCSD Board Of Education Approves Master Plan

The GPD Group, a national architectural firm with local offices in Cleveland and Akron, recently presented their recommendation for Strategic Consolidation of the Parma City School District. 

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Parma Mayor Swears In Eight New Police Officers

New Parma police officers:

(Back Row) Safety Director Tom Weinreich, Police Chief Joseph Bobak, Officer Marshall Gallo, Officer Michael Sefcik and Mayor Tim DeGeeter

(Front Row) Officer Kandice Straub, Officer Kyle Smith, Officer Tyler Renicker, Officer Michael Pissos, Officer Francesco Sidoti and Officer Kevin Yohman

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter swore in eight officers Dec. 16 to the Parma Police Department. The officers will fill positions opened due to police retirements. The new officers' family members had the honor of pinning on the badges during the ceremony in a full Parma Council Chamber. Family and friends, as well as the Safety Department Director Tom Weinreich and police department command staff joined the new officers at a brief reception in Parma Memorial Hall following the ceremony.

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Register Now For Next Sessions Of Tri-C's Encore Campus Fridays At Western Campus

The Encore Campus Fridays program at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins new sessions of classes in January and March to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The winter program begins Jan. 24 and runs every Friday for seven weeks at the campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six courses for a $99 fee. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Demonstrate Your Civic Pride

It’s that time again. The Parma Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2020 Pride Awards. The awards will be presented Saturday, March 14 at a planned Roaring 20’s gala at Stillwater Place on the grounds of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland.

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Asset Corneer #121

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  RESPECT THEM. Help young people bring out their best
The way people feel about themselves can fluctuate with circumstances. Depending on what’s happening, you may feel confident or unsure, optimistic or pessimistic, in control or not in control. What’s important is what a person’s identity is like most of the time. People who have a strong, positive sense of self maintain these qualities even when difficulties arise. They continue to be hopeful and optimistic, and believe they can make a difference.

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Remembering Robert M. Verdile

Two Parma Area legends together on Memorial Day 2016- Left-Bob Verdile, Right-Judge George Spanagel 

The Greater Parma Area will begin 2020 mourning the loss of a community leader like no other. It is hard to estimate just how many lives were touched by Bob Verdile during his 84 years of life. The real question seems to be, what didn't Bob do? He was a U.S. Army Veteran, served the City of Parma Heights for 30 years as a Councilman and also Economic Director, was once the President of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for 17 years at Parma General Community Hospital and a Health Foundation Member, a parishioner at St. Bridget of Kildare Church, and a Holy Name Society Member. He also put a smile on the face of everyone he ever spoke with. He was a friend of us all. We have lost a wonderful member of our community and he will be missed forever.

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What A Year It Was

As the world flips the calendar over to a new year, we are also entering a new decade as well. Therefore, I feel it is appropriate to go back and review another year in history. Like the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show with Sherman and his genius dog Peabody, let’s enter their “way back” machine and take a trip way back to another year in our history. Let’s go back 100 years ago to the year 1920.

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Healthy Watersheds Help Communities Thrive

West Creek Conservancy's preservation efforts restore unsustainably developed lands to a natural state, thus improving watershed functionality.

West Creek Conservancy, formerly West Creek Preservation Committee, formed in 1997 when several concerned Parma citizens began meeting at a local library to discuss preserving the area’s greenspace and improving its accessibility to the public. Following the creation of West Creek Reservation, now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks, the organization recognized the need for its land conservation and watershed restoration services. Over the past 22 years, West Creek Conservancy (WCC) has expanded its reach into five Northeast Ohio counties, yet its mission has remained the same: protection, restoration and connection. “We acquire land to protect it, restore its functional integrity, and then we connect it to the people,” said WCC Executive Director Derek Schafer.

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AARP Tax-Aide Free Tax Preparation Announcement

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will be getting underway again this year starting the first week in February and ending the 15th of April 2020. This IRS-supported FREE tax service is offered on a non-discriminatory basis without consideration of race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. We give special attention to those with low or moderate incomes and/or aged 60 and older. Taxpayers do NOT have to be retired or a member of AARP.  

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Prama Artspace And Gallery

Obviously inspired by a recent work of art that received a great deal of attention, this display at Prama Artspace and Gallery is maybe something that we can relate to so much more.

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Parma Council Members And Mayor Recognize Citizens

Parma City Council honors the Normandy High School Drama Workshop at a December council meeting.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 6 Councilman Larry Napoli and members of council honored Normandy Drama Workshop students in December for the dramatic 9/11 presentation they gave in the Parma Council Chamber on Sept. 11.  Additionally, the council recognized the graduates of the Fall 2019 Citizens Police Academy. These Parma residents received a behind-the-scenes look at Parma police work and saw firsthand what officers do to keep citizens safe. The academy also helps cultivate a stronger relationship between police and residents.

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I Believe

All of our thoughts can be divided into two basic categories: right and wrong. Right thoughts are God-centered and wrong thoughts are self-centered. Any use of sex except as an expression of love and procreation in marriage is sinful and breaks the Seventh Commandment. Being gracious is difficult. It could mean letting go of grudges and prejudices and going beyond what is fair to what is merciful. Children respond to tragedy differently. They look to adults for guidance on how they should react to grief. If adults absorb it and continue their lives, children assume they should do likewise. Generous behavior reduces adolescent depression and suicide. Several studies have shown that teenagers who do volunteer work are less likely to fail a subject in school, get pregnant, or abuse substances.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

Education/training opportunities & options
From Cleveland Rape Crisis Ctr:

>>  For Students: Up to 11 programs/events spread over these three categories, > Classrooom & After-School Programs for Children & Youth, > Gender Specific Programs, > Youth Leadership Development
>> For Teachers and Staff: Three programs /events
>>  For Parents: Five programs/events
Visit https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/prevention-education/ for details on these programs plus more.

AG’s Human Trafficking Summit coming up on January 9, 2020 in Columbus.
Go here:
https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Human-Trafficking-Summit for information and/or to register.
Watch for more information re Human Trafficking in the next issue.
Compliments of the Imagine Foundation.

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Young Professionals And City Of Parma Held Annual Holiday Lights Contest

The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP), in conjunction with the City of Parma, hosted the city’s annual Holiday Lights contest. More than 40 households entered and members of the YPOP Board of Directors voted to select 10 finalists. Then, YPOP held a free judging event open to the public. Company Car & Limousine provided a limo bus complete with red and green lights and holiday music to chauffeur participants around to assess each finalist on coverage, showmanship and aesthetics.  “In past years, we’ve had a car caravan and a smaller bus, but this year was the culmination of what we think the event should be,” Jackie Baraona, YPOP president, said. “It’s a chance for residents to come out, have fun and see how clever some of our homeowners are with their holiday lights!” 

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Script Parma Picture Of The Month

Harry Paul and daughter, Stamy Paul at his Parma home. Ms. Paul is Founder and President of Graffiti HeArt - a non-profit that offers a platform for graffiti writers and aspiring artists to practice their artistic talent on a stage that promotes approved commissioned projects and beautifies and revitalizes communities while funding educational opportunities for underserved youth.

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The President's Corner

Primary Election Day: Tuesday, March 17

General Election Day: Tuesday, November 3

2020 will be an important year in the history of our nation, and we can all play a role in making that history through exercising our civic duty to vote. This year we will be voting for President of the United States, our respective member of the U.S. House of Representatives, state representative, state board of education member, county council member, county prosecutor, several judge positions, the county health and human services levy, and a Parma City School District renewal levy. It is especially important that we here in Cuyahoga County vote, as our county determines in large part how our state and nation goes in the Presidential election.

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The Cuyahoga County Boaard Of Elections Is Holding A Job Fair And Hiring Thousands For The March, 17 2020 Presidential Primary Election

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is inviting the public to attend a job fair as part of our effort to hire over 4,000 individuals to assist voters on Election Day as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs). In addition, there are openings for Ride Along Officials, Drop-off Assistants, Rovers and over 300 openings for in-house full-time temporary Clerks. 

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