In his eighth annual State of the City speech Monday evening, Mayor Tim DeGeeter highlighted Parma’s success stories to illustrate the community’s progress. DeGeeter touted new business development, the strength of the city’s neighborhoods, the community’s reputation as a safe city and the infrastructure improvements made over the past year to about 100 people gathered in the Galleria on Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He also spotlighted the work of Parma’s council members and citywide officials, as well as local organizations and individuals. “We ought to be proud of our city, of the people who reside here and how we work together to make Parma a great place to live and work,” DeGeeter said. “Every day, we’re trying to build one success story after another in Ohio’s seventh-largest city.”
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The North Royalton Republican Club is sponsoring a “Convention of Conservative Clubs” with local, state and national organizations. The event will be a live broadcast with Nick Phillips from radio "the Advocate" to host interviews with special guests. Day to share video feeds from the podium of our speakers with Ashland’s Mayor, Matt Miller, as Emcee. Some speakers will be Jim Renacci on Economics, David Jenkins on conservative Environmentalism, Judge Matt Lynch on Judicial conservatism and Chris Long on Religious conservatism.
University Hospitals has appointed Brian S. Monter, MSN, RN, MBA, as President of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, effective March 4. Monter has proven himself as an experienced and successful leader in the University Hospitals system. He came to UH in 2016 to serve as President of UH Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals. Under his guidance, the hospitals improved quality scores, recruited and aligned physicians to eliminate service line gaps, increased employee engagement and established a hospital transfer program in collaboration with UH Cleveland Medical Center.
Last month, I had the pleasure of sharing with you the 'progress' of a few large developments and many new partnerships that Seven Hills has recently entered into. This month I'm excited to announce some community pride.
As a child, Andrew Fowler used to fall asleep to CDs of bagpipe music. He also used to listen to them at his paternal grandfather’s house. Fowler, 26, began playing the bagpipes at age six and began participating in bagpipe competitions at age 9. Today, the Parma Heights resident of Springwood Road is a member of two local pipe bands – he’s the Pipe Sergeant of the 87th Cleveland Pipe Band, and the bass drummer for the Great Lakes Pipe Band -- and regularly plays for weddings, funerals and other occasions. “I love the sound of well-tuned bagpipes,” Fowler said on a recent rainy Wednesday evening.
Three Parma women celebrated three-figure birthdays in February. What’s the secret to their longevity? Can it be attributed to delicious paczkis and pierogies? Is it because they live in safe neighborhoods with easy access to quality health care? Or, maybe it is because Parma is one of the best cities for retirees, according to Forbes magazine. Whatever the reason, these women have lived through 17 U.S. presidential administrations, five wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, moon landings, the Great Recession and numerous other historical moments. To recognize their special birthdays, all three received visits from elected city officials.
The Parma Police Department is accepting applications for this spring’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy is 10 weeks long, beginning April 23. It is free and will run weekly on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited. The Citizen Police Academy opens the lines of communication between the community and the police department, giving citizens a firsthand look at the rules, regulations, and policies the police follow. “The objective is not to train individuals in becoming police officers but to produce informed citizens. The citizens and police officers meet in a neutral, friendly setting and get to know each other,” said Lt. Thomas Siedlecki. “In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform. Now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.”
Last month I began a new series on Parma’s three branches of government by reporting on Parma City Council’s committee structure. My plan for 2019 is to report on various aspects of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of your local government. This month I interviewed Parma Municipal Court Judge Deanna O’Donnell.
Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Concert on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights Featuring Antonin Dvorak Symphony #7, Xylophone & Marimba Soloist George Kitely performing “Xylophonia” & “Fluffy Ruffles“ and “Soiree” an original composition by Darren Allen dedicated to the Parma Symphony Orchestra in celebration of our 50th Anniversary Season The orchestra, in its 50th season consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the entire Greater Cleveland area. They meet weekly for rehearsals and present at least four concerts annually. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children. All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 PM. Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools. For more information can be found on Facebook, website www.parmasymphony.org or calling Business Manager Joe Germana 440-882-2012.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
>> The group is alive and well, continuing its bi-weekly meeting schedule, alternating between an activity of some type one week with a group discussion of a consensus topic the next. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Cassidy Theater. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
>> For announcements and detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph: 440-884-1235
O From UH/Parma Medical Center
>> A Women’s Health Expo to include a panel of experts to answer questions, a cooking demo, and a range of free health screenings will be held at the Health Education Center, 7300 State Rd. on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; panel presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. Space is limited – register at 440-743-2651
>> Surgical suites/operating room expansion – Construction activity on this major construction project should be underway this month.
>> Emergency Department Refresh….designed to improve privacy, comfort and patient flow, this several month project should begin in April
O From Parma City Schools….
>> Phase Two Middle School community meetings scheduled for this month include Hillside M.S. on Monday, Mar 11th at 6:30 p.m., Greenbriar M.S. on Monday, Mar 25th at 6:30 p.m. and at the Parma Hts Library on Saturday, Mar 30th at 10:00 a.m. Go here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 to view the schedule, meeting minutes and other related documents.
>> The Feb 11th issue of the Monday Monitor, among other things, has information about major administrative changes being made, details regarding Kindergarten Registration scheduled for Mar 6 and 7 and a piece explaining steps being taken to ensure the safety of our students, Go here to display a copy; https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/5303
>> Go here https://www.parmacityschools.org/feedback to check out any current/active district surveys and/or to ask questions or offer feedback on district issues.
O Some other school-related events….
>> Normandy High School’s 50th Anniversary Open House is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th from 5 - 8 p.m. Tour the building, enjoy student entertainment and stay for a short program at around 6 p.m.
>> The Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Annual Pierogi Dinner will be held at the Parma Sr H.S.Cafeteria on Friday, March 8 from 3 - 7 p.m. ADVANCE SALE TICKETS ONLY available at all schools, Central Office and P.I.E. members; must be purchased by Feb. 25th. The Parma City Schools Foundation will hold a Basket Raffle at the event with many great offerings.
O From Parma Council of PTA’s….
>> Take a break and support your schools by reserving a Parma Council of PTA Family Night at Kalahari Water Park on March 14th….$139 features 2 Queen beds and include waterpark passes. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-525-2427.
Asset Corner #111 SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: TELL THEM STORIES IN WHICH THEY ARE THE HERO. March’s Asset Category: Social Competencies Learning social skills is a lot like learning to play the piano in that you need to learn some basic competencies and you need someone to teach you those skills. You need time to practice, guidance as you gain experience, and feedback along the way. Social competencies are the skills and life perspectives young people need to develop into healthy, competent adults. These skills are important daily, but they’re even more crucial when young people encounter the tough times in life. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset 33: Interpersonal Competence
UH Joins Study To Identify Genetic Mutations In Endometrial Cancer Patients That Indicate Higher Risk For Other Cancers
At 40, Maria-Elena Hill was crushing it – working out and walking daily, eating healthy and avoiding fast food, living a sweet life. But on a dream trip to Greece, the occasional monthly symptoms that arose during her menstrual periods grew ominously unusual. Bloated and agonized by shooting pains in her pelvis, she had trouble buttoning her size 4 pants.
February Highlights The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view! Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org !!!!
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A contented person has learned to accept the bitter with the sweet. A rewarding life is about more than self. It means sharing with others. Being different is not easy; it is one reason that conformity is so popular.Being helpless, ungodly, sinful, and God’s enemy does not make one ineligible to receive God’s grace. Being in Christ frees us from judgment, since He has already borne our judgment. Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.
This month, on March 15 the buzzards will make their annual return to Hinckley signaling the beginning of spring. But do the buzzards actually return every year on the same date? Do they actually migrate south for the winter, and how did this story begin? Well, the story behind the famous buzzards of Hinckley is based on some history as well as some folklore. Two hundred years ago most of northeastern Ohio was a forested wilderness, inhabited by many wild animals including some that would like to make a meal of livestock as well as humans. The forests of northeastern Ohio were teeming with game as well as wolf packs, bears and mountain lions. Following the end of the War of 1812, the threat from hostile Indian tribes was ended in much of Ohio and more settlers arrived in northeastern Ohio. Many had been granted land by Connecticut for their service in the War for Independence since this part of Ohio was originally the Connecticut Western Reserve.
The Pure Food and Drug Act passed in 1906 due to the fervor of Harvey Wiley, chief chemist in the Department of Agriculture. He studied food products and educated the public about adulterated food. Formaldehyde was added to meat and dairy products, borax, copper sulfate, sawdust, floor sweepings etc. were added to food products. A plethora of products simply weren't what they said they were, contained toxic substances or flat out gross stuff. The book goes into shocking detail about this and the fight between manufacturer's and legislation for safe food, authentic food, and labeling such. The poison squad was a group of men that volunteered to ingest substances believed to be toxic to record the results. For decades Wiley battled for legislation to ensure authentic food and proper labeling as well as to eliminate toxic substances in food. Frustrated, he left public office to write uncensored for Good Housekeeping and eventually published, 'The History of a Crime Against the Food Law,' venting his frustrations of a corrupt government that bent to industry pressure and ignored public welfare. Despite the numerous poisonings and deaths over the years, it wasn't until over 100 people died, many were children, from a cough syrup containing diethylene glycol (found in antifreeze) that legislation greatly expanded the previous act and replaced it with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. It corrected deficiencies and gave real authority to what we call the FDA, Food and Drug Administration. The mid-nineteenth century marked the beginning of Europe enacting protective measures and banning many American food products. Today, the EU, Russia and many other countries have banned Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's). They dominate our groceries, yet are banned for sale within and import to those countries which have bans in place. Much of the American food supply is still tainted, not just with GMO's, but an abundance of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides that are known to be toxic, so there is still work to done to purify our food supply.
You’ve probably visited the West Side Market downtown (and if not, you definitely should), but did you know that three of the vendors have locations in Parma too? Here’s why Parma’s plentiful meat shops love serving the city and what delicious offerings you should try at each!
Deep in the dark arid jungle mountains of the world’s first black republic, there beats a distant drum. Pulsating low-frequency rhythms known as Petwo, Ibo, and Kongo, complimenting murmurs that heighten into shrieks and shrills of song, and swirling plumes of dust underfoot in near bare-body dance.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will showcase vibrant ceramic artworks created by local artists during a monthlong exhibit now on view at Western Campus. The exhibit runs through March 28 at Gallery West, located on the second floor of the campus library. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The exhibit is titled NOC Showcase Exhibition. The show features work by more than 30 members of the Northern Ohio Clay group. Free parking is available at Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. For more information, call 216-987-5322 or visit www.tri-c.edu/gallerywest.
On January 7, 2019 each of the many members of the Ohio House of Representatives joined Ohio’s 133rd General Assembly by taking their oath of office. On that day, the members were neither Republican nor Democrat but Representatives of their respective communities from across our great state who joined together to represent all of Ohio.
Lucas Woronischtsche, age 4, is the City of Parma's Citizen of the Month for January. He came to the council meeting on January 22nd sporting his tie, vest, new police haircut and adorable smile. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban presented Lucas and his mother, Rebecca Woronishchtsche, with the proclamation on Jan. 22 for his generosity toward the Parma Police Department and K9 Unit. Lucas was surprised when he saw that four of the K9 officers and their dogs attended the meeting to honor him. Two of his favorite K9, Dexter and Beny, were there to greet him with their tails wagging.
Scholarships grants of up to $3,000 are awarded annually by College Club West to greater Cleveland women ages 25 or older in a four-year-degree-granting program or graduate program. The Scholarship Committee selects recipients on the basis of maturity, academic record, promise, goals, and financial need. Applications are due March 18, 2019. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. More information and application at www.collegeclubwest.org/scholarships.
The Young Professionals of Parma, in conjunction with the City of Parma and the City of Parma Heights, hosted its inaugural Parma-Area Pizza Bake Off on Thursday, January 24 at German Central. The event attracted an overwhelming response, bringing more than three times the attendance the group originally expected. The large attendance helped generate more proceeds than expected, which enabled the Young Professionals of Parma to donate a greater amount to the Parma Hunger Center. The group is grateful for the pizza vendors, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and music group The Baker’s Basement for making the event a success. “We were amazed, but excited, by the turnout,” said Jackie Baraona, president of the Young Professionals of Parma. “We got a lot more people than we expected, especially those who bought tickets at door, but we are touched by the community support and plan on holding the event at a bigger venue next year. Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and pizza vendors for making the event possible!”
Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter will offer his 2019 State of the City address on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his address outside of Parma City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, 11000 West Pleasant Valley Road, Parma. The presentation will be in the Galleria, located in the center of the campus. The mayor chose Tri-C to highlight the college’s expansion, which includes the new STEM building, Advanced Automotive Technology Center expansion and second phase of the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center.
Happy 2019! Occasionally a resident will attend a meeting of Parma City Council and wonder why there is sometimes little discussion about the items upon which members of Council are voting upon and why most items pass unanimously. The reasoning for this is because members of Council have already discussed, debated and compromised on the items they are voting on in the Council meeting in their respective committee meetings. This month’s column is dedicated to making you aware of the various committees of Parma City Council and who serves on each of them.
It is amazing how fast a year can go. I have just started my 2nd year as Seven Hills Council President, but it feels like the November 2017 election was just last week. When I look back at the year I can’t help but say it is amazing what can be accomplished when you don’t worry who gets the credit! If I had to succinctly define 2018 for the City of Seven Hills, I would choose the words “Partnerships” and “Progress”.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a visitation day for prospective students on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18), with sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The day provides an opportunity to discuss academic programs with faculty and counselors; learn more about enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; discover the variety of student services available; and explore the buildings.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
>> The group is alive & well, continuing its bi-weekly meeting schedule, alternating between an activity of some type one week with a group discussion of a consensus topic the next. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater.
>> For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: email@example.com; ph: 440.884.1235
The Pleasant Lake Villa Chorale, a newly formed group of singing residents, debuted on Christmas Eve morning as part of a “living” Nativity program entitled A Precious Gift Given in Love enjoyed by fellow residents, family and friends. They joined volunteer children and adults to reenact the Christmas story in drama and song. The program ended with a visit from Santa who distributed candy canes with the help of the angels and shepherds. The choir is preparing for their Easter performance.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 6 Councilman Larry Napoli presented On The Spot Dry Cleaners with the Business of the Month Award on Jan. 22. The family-run dry cleaners has been in business at its 7399 State Road building for 12 years. Its original location in Broadview Heights functions as plant operations. Owners Bernard and Kim Darusz have lived for 27 years in Parma, where they are raising their four children. Bernard graduated from Parma Senior High School in 1969. “Bernard and Kim are committed to their customers and the community. They provide dry cleaning for the Parma Area Family Collaborative, which helps families in need of winter coats and other essential items,” DeGeeter said. “They also clean band uniforms, choir robes and theater costumes for local and surrounding school districts, as well as support local businesses, such as nursing and rehabilitation facilities.”
An affair is thought to be the most insurmountable problem in a marriage. Believers are not to be selfish or proud but followers of Jesus: humble, obedient, and servants. Celebrate every day, not just holidays, because every day is special. Christmas is strictly about Jesus, the real reason for the season. Doing something “just this once,” knowing it is wrong, can lead to terrible consequences.
What is the meaning of your name? Have you ever researched it? There are numerous sites that you can visit to learn about the history, characteristics and statistics by state. After researching the meaning of Kim, I learned that over 200,000 babies have been given that name since 1880 and that it's derived from England. However, this is not what this article is about.
Learn about the racialized settlement patterns that turned Cleveland into one of the nation’s most segregated metropolitan areas during an upcoming discussion at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The free program — “Changing Neighborhoods Then and Now: Race and Suburbanization in Cleveland” — will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Tri-C’s Western Campus Theatre in Parma.
This month of February marks the 109th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. It was on February 8, 1910, that the Boy Scouts of America was chartered. The first Boy Scout troop was organized in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then more than 110 million boys have participated in the Boy Scouts.
How much thought do people put into the perennials planted in their yards? Some people put great thought into it and certainly some do the opposite. Simple research can greatly assist in creating a wonderful landscape even in the small forty foot Parma lots. Planning a makeover with select perennials can create a beautiful yard that will not just last a few years but several decades.