Ohio Governor Mike DeWine came to Pleasantview Care Center in Parma on December 18 in order to preside over the roll out of the first Coronavirus vaccine, to be administered to healthcare workers and residents there. Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter was there, safely distanced while watching outside on his I-Pad. Parma Fire Chief Michael Lasky was also in attendance. Both made comments in appreciation of the Governor choosing Parma as the place to recognize this extremely significant development in the production and distribution of a vaccine which couldn't come fast enough to our entire country, and represents finally a light at the end of the tunnel of what has been one of the most trying years in the history of Planet Earth.
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University Hospitals is proud to have been the first health system clinical trials site in Northeast Ohio for COVID-19 vaccines. Now, we’re seeing the positive results of participating in those trials.
On December 23, University Hospitals began vaccinating caregivers with its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna. UH is working with ODH, CDC and others and is following regulatory guidelines for vaccine distribution. UH caregivers, regardless of their role, with the greatest risks of exposure to COVID-19 positive patients, are among the first groups to receive the vaccination. More than 16,000 healthcare givers have filled out a survey requesting the vaccine, and we will be working to vaccinate all of these UH caregivers as vaccine doses become available.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UH has leveraged the strength of our 19-hospital system to provide the best care possible for all of our patients. We are proud of our caregivers in clinical and nonclinical positions for their dedication to patients during this critical time. Now that we have received vaccines and begun distribution, we are doing the work to bring this pandemic to an end.
General Motors Co. plans to invest more than $6 million in the Parma metal stamping plant. The Parma investment will be used to construct four new metal assembly cells to support increased truck production of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. “GM continues to invest to strengthen our core business and respond to growing customer demand for our full-size pickups,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. He added that the company's investment reflects its confidence in the Parma plant. "This is great news for our GM stamping plant, UAW Local 1005 employees and plant management. GM is one of largest employers in Parma. This investment shows the hard work that is being done at the plant and its continued long-term growth," Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
Rumpke Waste & Recycling will be the new waste and recycling service provider for the City of Parma beginning Feb. 1, 2021 and over the next five years. Under the new service agreement, Rumpke will provide weekly trash, recycling and bulk-waste collection for residents, including the use of Rumpke trash and recycling carts. The company is delivering around 60,000 new carts starting Jan. 4, 2021. Residents should not use the new carts, however, until Feb. 1. Rumpke is mailing instructional information to residents prior to its service beginning. “The current garbage provider, Republic Services, will be collecting rubbish throughout January,” said Service Department Director Brian Higgins. “In order to make this transition as seamless as possible, we are asking residents to use only the Republic Services carts in January. Although they will already have their Rumpke carts, they should not begin to use those carts until February.”
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) through a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.
During this pandemic, the worst thing is that we don't have much to do or places to go. I'm thankful for Prama Artspace and Gallery at 5411 Pearl Rd. in Parma for maintaining safe, socially distanced shows. The holiday themed show in December was a delightful display of familiar images mixed with some unusual visions as well. Proprietor Sean Mabin understands how to pack as much offerings into this little space as possible, and always produces interesting and thoughtful results. Easily accessed, in the most walkable section of Parma. A fine asset in a neighborhood that many people believe will be Parma's first and badly needed Arts District. Happy New Year 2021!
Parma has been home to many famous Americans, including the likes of John D. Rockefeller, automobile pioneer Ransom Olds, Hector “Chef Boyardee” Boiardi, astronaut James Lovell, musician Benjamin Orr, and wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, among others. This month I want you spotlight an American hero in our midst that I have found few know of, but all should be aware of. His name is Frank Herda.
Zoom! Screencastify! Peardeck! Google Meet! Please mute your microphone! Um, you’re muted, can you turn on your microphone? Please go to your learning space! Could we have ever imagined last New Year’s that these phrases would become a part of our regular discourse? 2020 has presented many challenges to all of us as we navigated truly once-in-a-lifetime circumstances.
As we welcome in the New Year, we at the Seven Hills Recreation Center hope to bring in a happier and healthier year. We look forward to bringing the community back to our community recreation center. If your goals align with ours please see all that we have to offer.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a pair of Super Saturday enrollment events at Western Campus in January to help students register for spring classes and apply for financial aid.
We regret to announce that due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will not be offered in the Southwest Cuyahoga County District this coming tax season. This will affect our usual sites at Brook Park United Methodist Church, Parma Snow Road County Library, Parma Library, Brecksville Human Services Department, Broadview Heights Human Services Department, North Royalton County Library, Middleburg Heights County Library, and the Strongsville Senior Center. The facilities at those locations will not be available to prepare tax returns on site. We also do not have leaders and volunteers necessary to implement virtual tax preparation methods developed by AARP Foundation, which use only preparer-taxpayer contact over the internet. Once developed, information concerning alternate tax preparation may be forth coming.
Last month, we announced a historic, bipartisan overhaul of anti-money laundering laws that we helped secure in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, known as NDAA. As the top Democrat on the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, this is something we’ve been working on for years with members of both parties. We know criminals abuse the U.S. financial system to launder money from drug trafficking, organized crime, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, weapons sales, and human trafficking. And much of this dirty money is then laundered through anonymous shell corporations.
Now and then, it is good to distinguish between our needs and our wants. Needs are food, water, shelter, and clothing. Once we realize we do not have to make ourselves wrong to deliver an apology, we will experience a new power. Parents who do not allow their children to experience failure or sadness give them a false view of the world and do not prepare them for the harsh realities of the adult life. Relationships have a good chance of improving when both partners are willing to look at themselves and make some adjustments or changes.
As I am writing this, the year 2020 is closing out with two weeks left until we put up the calendar for 2021. To say that this year has been one that few will long remember is an understatement. A year ago everyone knew that the election would be contentious and it sure was that. But no one could have predicted a year ago the kind of year that 2020 would become.
Cox Communications Temporarily Doubles Speed Of Service For Connect2Compete Customers Through The End Of The School Year
Cox Communications today announced it will temporarily double the download speed of service for its low-income internet service Connect2Compete through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This increase will be effective Friday, December 11, 2020 through Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
This story is related to Andrew “Andy” Novak, 51, a retired forklift driver from Parma, OH, he began experiencing shortness of breath and severe chest pain on January 20, 2018. Moments after telling his wife he may need to go to the hospital, she found him unresponsive on the couch. Andy’s wife and daughter began CPR while they called 911. The Parma Heights Fire Department arrived at the home four minutes later and quickly transported him to UH Parma Medical Center.
I was really rooting for Parma’s education bill to pass. The schools have desperately needed the funding ever since ex-Superintendent Jeffrey Graham bankrupted the district and fled to Lorain, who then had the audacity to turn around and sue our school system in 2019 for telling the truth: our school district’s money troubles were the direct result of his leadership. I mention this so you, dear fellow Parma resident, may consider this point in future school levies.
2020 has been a year filled with disappointing and hard luck news like no other. Who's ready for an inspirational and uplifting story? When he graduated from Valley Forge High School in 1989, John Allender, like many young people had a dream, and his was to play guitar, Blues guitar to be exact. Making a living was first and foremost, and John became a skilled rough- in plumber, and later a certified Risograph Digital Duplicator technician, but all the while he practiced his trade and played guitar wherever and whenever he could. By the time he lived in Florida in the early 2000's, he was established in the Fort Myers Area on his own, fronting the John Allender Band. In 2015 his band won the International Blues Competition title for South Florida, a contest started by B.B. King, with the winning bands from all over the USA competing in Memphis for a national title and the prestige that goes along with it. The John Allender Band went to Memphis, competed fiercely, but did not win the Grand Prize on their first time. Everything was going well though. Until August 13, 2016, that is.
Exploring rocky, remote elevations fills Alan Studt’s leisure time. So luck was on his side when – just weeks before he was found to have four significant blockages in his coronary arteries through a coronary artery calcium score (CACS) test – the guitarist and graphic designer enjoyed a vacation climbing in the mountains of Idaho with his girlfriend.
O From The Cleveland Rape Crises Center….This year’s Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team Conference is scheduled to be held virtually (ZOOM) from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. Nationally and regionally recognized experts will be presenting topics relevant for multiple disciplines, including law enforcement, medical professionals, sexual assault nurse examiners, advocates, social workers, and prosecutors. Registration is FREE but required at www.clevelandrapecrisis.org/sart.
O From Futures without Violence….Some facts:
>> 1 in 4 US women experienced violence by a partner at some point in her life.
>> 2 out of 3 children are exposed to trauma and violence.
>> 1 in 5 tweens knows a victim of dating violence.
>> 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college.
>> Learn more here: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/resources-events/get-the-facts/
O From Parma Council of PTA’s.:
>> To learn about upcoming the PTA Council’s projects & events ….go here.
O From OCALI (www.ocali.org).... As an organization committed to promoting access and inspiring change for people with disabilities, OCALI and the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children are partnering to support educators, education professionals, families, and others during this pandemic to help them find the information and resources needed to support learning and successful outcomes for their students or children during this very unique time of learning. Go here https://www.ocali.org/project/InspirED to learn more & to register for any one of the 3 sessions scheduled for December.
O From Buckeye Health….If you know of or have clients who may be members of any of Ohio’s five Medicaid Managed Care Plans (Buckeye Health Plan - 1.866.531.0615, CareSource – 1.800.488.0134, Molina Healthcare – 1.866.642.9279, Paramount Advantage – 1.866.837.9817, and United Heathcare Community Plan – 1.800.269.4190 make sure they know that their plan provides members with no-cost transportation services to and from food banks, food pantries, food clinics, and grocery stores as part of their plan benefit. For more information or to schedule, call the respective plan’s transportation service number as shown above.
O From LEARNING AID OHIO….The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child's Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. Applications can be submitted at https://www.learningohio.com/.
O From Ohio Dept of Education: Has posted new resources on the Reset and Restart Education website to assist mandatory reporters in preventing abuse and neglect, as well as a new resource guide for families and caregivers. The Champions for Ohio’s Children and Families resource outlines important information about who is required to report suspected abuse or neglect. It also offers tips for how to identify individuals, including students, who may be in danger and ways to help families that need support. Additionally, a new Resource Guide for Families and Caregivers provides helpful ideas and advice about how to support students as they navigate remote learning.
O From Starting-Point & OST (Out of School Time) Provider Network:
>> YALC - The 4-H Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition is a civic leadership program for youth ages 13-17 in Cuyahoga County. The YALC develops young adult leaders by training and supporting them in advocating for youth issues and links them to their communities through service-learning experiences. Joining YALC is easy. There are no requirements or commitments to join. YALC is free for any teen in Cuyahoga County. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/YALC-Signup
>> Upcoming YALC related virtual events/opportunities include:
> Equity Guided Dialogues for Youth….a series of lessons designed to bring youth together to deliberate, reflect, and take action on social justice issues. For more information & to register go here:https://tinyurl.com/Equity-Dialogue
> Leadership Team…. Teens who join the Leadership Team will receive a stipend of $300/year and an additional $1,500 upon high school graduation. Leadership Team members will have the opportunity to develop workshops on important topics impacting teens and educate the community and their peers through hands-on activities. For more information & to sign up go here:https://tinyurl.com/Leadership-Team-Appl
>> The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is offering tips on reducing the extra stresses of the holiday season and a pandemic in its Coping with the Holidays and a Pandemic booklet. Click here to review the booklet. It’s well worth a look-see.
O From Eventbrite….Looking for something different to do at home & still stay connected? Check out Eventbrite’s online event guide. Some require a fee while others are free. There’s….
>> Streaming Sounds: Online Concerts, DJ sets, Dance Parties, and Classes at https://www.eventbrite.com/c/streaming-sounds-online-concerts-dj-sets-dance-parties-and-classes-cwwrkfd/ or
>> Do-It Yourself: Online Arts and Crafts Workshops, Classes and Events at https://www.eventbrite.com/c/do-it-yourself-online-arts-and-crafts-workshops-classes-and-events-cwwrkgg/ or
>> Entertainment Tonight: Online Culture, Comedy and Fine Arts Events at https://www.eventbrite.com/c/entertainment-tonight-online-culture-comedy-and-fine-arts-events-cwxbtcw/
O From Parma City Schools:
>> Visit the District’s web site & scroll through for current 2nd quarter/semester teaching information, the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard & information/links re: current programs, services & up-coming events.
O From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/Univ. Settlement:
>> Beech Brook Family Center is offering Anger Management & Parenting Classes. For more information and/or to register call 216.391.4069.
>> Do you need rent or utility assistance? MyCom in partnership w/the County Board of Health may be able to assist you w/rent or utility payments up to $3,000. Go here https://mycomcle.org/articles/mycom-the-cuyahoga-county-board-of-health-may-be-able-to-assist-you-with-rent-or-utility-payments-up-to-3000/ for more details & to apply.
>> Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow) their FB page for updates. And/or find out what’s new with MyCom at www.mycomcle.org, sign up for their e-newsletter, join in their Wisdom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization.
O From CCPL….Important NEW update related to the County’s stay-at-home advisory. The system has reverted to curbside/drive-through service at all 27 branches effective Thursday, November 19. Public access to library buildings will not be available. Go here for details https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/LP/COVID-19.aspx .
This past year is certainly one that will not be soon forgotten. The obstacles and hurdles of 2020 have been well documented. Despite this, it has been this administration’s desire and goal to continue to move our city forward. Indeed, it has been our continued purpose to foster an environment in which our City continues to grow and evolve in the 21st century. While we will continue to meet the challenges 2020 has presented head on, we also believe it is just as critical to embrace success and celebrate accomplishments. One initiative that embodies this is Mayor Biasiotta’s Business of the Month Program, realized early on within the new Administration. While it is unquestionably the residents that form the foundation of any city, the businesses within the community provide an avenue for cities to move forward. Therefore, it was an early priority within this Administration to make this idea into a reality.
I am currently training to complete my 100th full 26.2 mile marathon, which I will be running to benefit those in need. As the founder of the annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive, I have found that COVID-19 has resulted in a greater need for food assistance in our community and that the ability to collect donations is quite challenging. Determined to make the 10th annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive, sponsored by Rumpke Waste & Recycling, the most successful to date, I plan to parlay my personal achievement to ensure the success of the Drive.
The Donna Smallwood Activities Center and Office on Aging offers a variety of programs that benefit residents ages 60 and older. One program, which is available to Parma residents, is the Cuyahoga County Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For residents’ convenience, a HEAP Office is located in the Activities Center. Residents should note, however, that HEAP is a county program, not a city program.
Three years ago on Thanksgiving day, Destiny Faye Porter met her fiancé. This year, they will both be giving thanks that she is alive to celebrate the holiday. Two weeks before their October wedding, this otherwise healthy, 25-year-old woman had a medical crisis stemming from new onset diabetes. She went from teaching third grade, planning her wedding and preparing a new home for her and her future husband's life together to not feeling well and suddenly landing at death's doorstep.
When her fiancé, a surgical technician at UH Cleveland Medical Center, was unable to rouse her one morning, he rushed her to the Emergency Department at UH Parma Medical Center. They quickly discovered she was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis – her body wasn't producing insulin, and her blood sugar was off the charts at over 600. She was admitted to the ICU for management.
But the ICU Medical Director Abdullah AlGhamdi, MD, felt strongly that there was more going on and immediately performed an ultrasound on her heart. Her heart was barely pumping due to severe stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Destiny was going into cardiogenic shock, a serious condition that occurs when the heart fails to pump enough blood and oxygen to the brain, kidneys, and other vital organs. They had to act quickly to prevent an imminent cardiac arrest.
Dr. AlGhamdi consulted cardiologist Paul Poommipanit, MD, and cardiac surgeon Masumi Yamamuro, MD. They all decided to initiate ECMO as a lifesaving measure since it was the only available option for her multiple organ failure. This heart-lung machine temporarily takes over pumping for the heart and requires a specific team to administer and manage.
“I knew she'd experience a cardiac arrest without mechanical support," said Dr. AlGhamdi. “A delay of even a couple hours and she would have been dead."
The ECMO team arrived within an hour, connected her to the machine and transferred her to UH Cleveland Medical Center. She suffered a cardiac arrest within an hour of arrival at main campus.
Six days later, Destiny woke up – intubated, with a feeding tube, and paralyzed from the waist down due to neuropathy. It had been a long road. She returned to UH Parma for 37 days of acute rehabilitation, learning to maneuver with a wheelchair. She is stunned by what she's been through, but happy to be alive.
“I'm an otherwise healthy 25-year-old girl, an elementary school teacher – there's no reason to think anything would be wrong," says Destiny, who's eternally grateful to her UH caregivers who looked beyond the obvious. “I can say with certainty that every single person involved in my care had a role in saving my life. There were so many people on top of their game, and being proactive. They listened, and they acted quickly.
As our days come and go with pandemic challenges like wearing face masks and many other changes, I find myself reminiscing of past holiday celebrations with family and friends. There is nothing quite like a gathering where one is embraced with kisses and hugs from those we hold most dear. As I attempt to celebrate with a Covid conscience, my thoughts drift back in time.
PARMA, OH – (November 19, 2020) – Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Cox Communications Community Grant program, which supports non-profit organizations providing summer enrichment and after-school programming aligned with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning initiatives. The call for applications is open now through January 20, 2021 and all non-profit groups within Cox’s service areas are eligible to apply via the Cox Charities website, located at https://www.coxcharitiesne.org/.
This year has been especially challenging for our customers. Throughout the year, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has been advocating to federal, state, and local officials to seek financial relief to customers who are struggling with their sewer and stormwater bills.
On the morning of December 15th, 2019, the lives of several Akron, Ohio families would forever be changed, particularly those of the late Mohammad Isaifan (40), an Akron city resident that made a name for himself in the community as a master car mechanic, and desired to obtain entry into the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).
Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, is now open by appointment only, due to a family emergency. The much publicized photo exhibit, Images of Haunted Ohio, will continue to run through December. In addition to the exhibit, the gallery also has a boutique with many various affordable hand made merchandise, suitable for stocking stuffers. Call (216)336-5585 for an appointment. View the web site for a sample of what’s offered at, www.pramaartspace.com, or follow on Facebook and Instagram.
On Sunday, December 6th at 7 PM, grab the kids and log onto the We Are Parma Proud Facebook page for an enjoyable hour, with Santa! Yes, Santa! Santa has made arrangements with the We Are Parma Proud non-profit to take a break from his busy schedule to live stream a virtual visit and reading directly to your home.
A parent’s responsibility includes viewing every child without showing partiality. America evolved from a Biblical foundation. The majority of its residents have lost sight of this fact. Any permanent progress in life begins on the inside and spreads to the outside. Being in the majority can get us into a lot of trouble. Biblical stewardship (trustee) is a way of living in which our blessings take on primary importance.
The City of Parma is unable to have the Christmas Parade this year due to the pandemic. So, two Parma councilwomen teamed up to bring a parade to your door with Santa On Parade.
In the Broadway musical Les Miserables based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel of 19th century France; there is a poignant musical number in the second act called Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. The scene is where a group of women lament about the students and friends who gathered at the café were all killed when the French army stormed the barricades during a protest against conditions in Paris during unrest in 1830.
Most people are probably aware of how cities have used Arts districts as re-development tools to breathe new life into local spaces, re-imagine areas that lag in foot traffic, and ultimately attract attention. Many may also be aware that Arts districts enhance the quality of life, and a community can successfully create an atmosphere of creative culture that will ultimately attract new businesses, visitors and new residents. Fortunately, we don't have to look very far from Parma to see neighborhoods that have enjoyed success by fostering the Arts in their communities. Gordon Square Arts District has been recognized nationally among other things for their innovative approach of combining the resources of 3 non-profits in order to accelerate the development of the entire neighborhood. It's quite a gem now, but I can tell you that 35 years ago when I worked in the rent-to-own industry and the West 65th and Detroit Ave. area was my territory, this was most definitely not the case, as this historic section of Cleveland had deteriorated tremendously. Houses were selling there for $10,000 cash in some instances. Not long ago, in a housing development not far from Gordon Square, their first $800,000 house was sold. This would not have occurred if the thriving Arts Community established there had not happened first. Tremont is but another example of how a distressed area over time thanks to the positive effects of an Arts Community can be transformed into a destination for investment and development, with people eager to live in the midst of the creative changes grown there.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter signed a resolution recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a particularly touching moment for Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban, who sponsored the resolution. Saban lost her Aunt Kathy Samanich to breast cancer earlier this year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the United States this year. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
During these difficult times the Parma Symphony is not performing in a live concert setting. They are preparing a virtual season until they can all perform again in a live venue. Their next virtual performance will broadcast on Cox Communication station 74 in collaboration with PACT-TV will be on December 6th at 3:00pm. It will feature members of the Parma Symphony Orchestra performing solos and small ensembles with Holiday Favorites and various classical pieces.
O From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland….Go here https://www.collabtoendht.org/resource-guide.html to download a copy of their Resource Guide listing available programs & service in Cuyahoga & surrounding counties.
O From Cleveland Rape Crises Center:
>> Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, very popular, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.
O From The Literacy Cooperative:
>> If you haven’t yet, visit https://www.literacycooperative.org/ to sign up your age B – 5 year old child to received their own free, age appropriate book mailed to him/her each month.
O From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful….Thursday, Nov. 12th at noon is the kick-off of their 80th Anniversary Celebration virtual event commemorating 80 years of service to children & adults w/disabilities and their families. Subsequent unique, fun events are scheduled daily, culminating w/the main event on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Learn more, try your luck at Barnyard Bingo & register to participate in all the festivities at https://AchievementCenters.org/celebration.
Vitalant and the City of Parma are partnering to host a virtual blood donation effort. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic blood donations nationwide have decreased and the national blood supply has reached critical levels at several points. Between the dates of Monday, November 30th and Sunday, December 13th Vitalant is encouraging all eligible blood donors to attend a mobile blood drive or fixed site donation center to donate blood on behalf of the City of Parma. All donors are asked to provide the group code “4834” during the pre-screening process at the time of donation so your donation will be counted in City of Parma drive.