Allied Development of Great Neck, New York has purchased the 765.000 square feet shopping complex known as The Shoppes at Parma for $81.6 million dollars, it has been reported. Parmatown Station LLC, an affiliate of Prep Property Group, had redeveloped the former Parmatown Mall through several years of intensive reconfiguration. The results were apparently very appealing to Allied Development, as they expressed great optimism in what they view as a promising opportunity, with 95% of existing space filled and an additional 10 acres available on the property for future retail development. The acquisition of Shoppes at Parma is the first investment in Northeast Ohio for the New York based company.
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Cox Communications $5,000 Donation Ensures Civic Engagement Program Continues To Impact Local Students
With an increased interest in the government process during an election year, the City of Parma’s Leadership for Tomorrow program takes on new levels of relevance in its goal of educating Parma City School District fourth graders about the importance of civic engagement. This year, Leadership for Tomorrow has partnered with the offices of State Representative Jeff Crossman and State Senator Nickie Antonio, which issued proclamations of support for the program’s mission. A $5,000 donation from Cox Communications provides an additional boost by covering the entire cost of the program, which encompasses nine visits by eight public schools in the district. As students explore different functions and features of their local government offices, Representative Crossman and Senator Antonio will provide an extra layer of insight into what it means to perform the duties of an elected official in a close-knit community like Parma. “The City of Parma and Cox Communication’s commitment to providing students with unfettered access to their local government operations represents a tremendous opportunity for our young people,” Representative Crossman said. “Senator Antonio and I are excited to participate and help Parma students gain an appreciation for what it means to be engaged in the civic process.”
Celebrate the holidays Parma style, on Sunday, December 8, 2019! The 2019 Parma Christmas Parade kicks off at 2 PM at Ridge Road and Selwick Drive, near The Stearns Homestead. The parade travels north this year to Hollywood Drive and the Ridgewood Golf Course, which was designed in 1925. Immediately following the parade, We Are Parma Proud, a newly created 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is hosting the first annual Frosty’s Fest.
Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock will feature “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt, “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas” by Craig Courtney accompanied by the combined choirs of Parma, Valley Forge, Normandy and Padua Franciscan High Schools and CCC-West Collegiate Choir. Also featuring a transcription by orchestra member Everett Brandt and cartoon video of “Corny Concerto” shown with music performed by the orchestra. Christmas favorites to be featured are the Robert Bowden arrangement of “A Christmas Treat”, “Christmas on Broadway” arranged by John Higgins and everyone’s favorite “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
Mark your calendars now for this special program at the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which you don’t want to miss. Award-winning authors Fran Golden and David G. Molyneaux, former travel editor of the Plain Dealer, will visit our library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 to discuss their latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland, and will also discuss some of the people who built Cleveland’s most iconic restaurants. Golden and David G. Molyneaux have been writing and eating their way through the Forest City for decades. They’ll appear in Meeting Room A of the library, 6206 Pearl Road. Register online for the program at Cuyahogalibrary.org.
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When I first moved to Parma, one of the first things I did was plant three trees in my front yard. This choice wasn't environmentally motivated. I'd simply grown up around trees and missed the greenery. Eight years later my Red Maple has doubled in size and offers enough shade to picnic with my kids on the lawn. The two cherry blossoms on the treelawn flower each year with beautiful white and pink petals, before quietly shedding their spring coat and switching to photosynthesis full-time. To me this is relief. My road, Maplecrest, is curiously short of maples. It's short of trees, period.
December’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. All work and no play can be boring and stressful. The pace of everyday life varies depending on the activities young people participate in. These fluctuations are normal, even healthy. As long as young people don’t consistently have too much to do or not enough to do, they’re right on track. Problems arise when the balance begins to tip too far to one side or the other. Too much involvement can lead to stress or anxiety. Too little involvement can be a sign of depression or isolation. Ensure that young people constructively use their time for both fun and learning.
Nine years ago I read an article about rising peanut butter prices. The article made me think about growing up the son of a single-mother, following my father abandoning us. As a young boy I never thought about why I ate so much peanut butter, but the article made me realize that it was our main source of protein in those lean years due to its relative affordability. The article made me concerned for families like mine growing up.
Gary G. Nass, a Parma Area Fine Arts Board Member, is a participant in the Scatterings: 3-Dimensions On the Wall & Off Show, brought to you by Cleveland Photo Fest at Doubting Thomas Gallery located at 856 Jefferson Avenue in Tremont. This event is also a part of the Tremont Artwalk. The show features sculptures and assemblages incorporating photo-based imagery from 13 creative individuals. You may remember reading an artist profile of Gary’s work in the March 2019 issue of the Parma Observer, which detailed his unique and lengthy process, involving wood, handmade paper and photographs. This event opens Friday, December 13, 2019 6 to 9 PM. Closing reception is January 3, 2020 from 6 to 10 PM with a Multimedia performance by Jim Szudy and Shawn Sloburn.
On November 20th my son Bill and I traveled to Pittsburgh to meet Jay Allen where we witnessed a very special performance of his song Blank Stares. Jay had been watching his mother fight her battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer's for the last 5 years seeing her memory and her personality continue to slip away. Sadly at the young age of 55 she lost that battle this past February. Jay wrote Blank Stares to honor his mother and to share some of the pain that families and Care Partners face. The video of Jay singing this song with his mother on stage has been viewed Millions of times around the world. His performance at the Transform Aging Town Hall was more a Prayer than a song and it touched me on a personal level. I applaud his courage as he continues to perform this tribute because I felt his sadness and realized that it must break his heart every time he does. I know it broke mine.
Much has been said in the media over the past decades about the “culture wars” in the United States. I believe that this is a bogus issue. The United States is a nation composed of many different cultures from all over the world. It was recently reported that there are more than 300 different languages spoken in the United States. Many are obscure native American languages only spoken by a few tribes, but practically every language in the world may be spoken in the United States.
At a recent media event at the Ohio Statehouse, members of the Ohio House Democratic caucus outlined their legislative successes so far in this General Assembly with respect to “family first” legislation. According to the legislators, they intend to continue pressing additional family focused legislation as part of the “Ohio Promise” framework rolled out earlier in the year.
A difficult past can be overcome by continuing to move on. A good friend is cheaper than therapy. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all people. Biblical baptism requires choice, faith, repentance, and commitment on the part of the participant. Every aspect of our lives should be so ordered as to glorify God in whatever we think, say, and do. Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and wait for an answer.
God is “ready to forgive” everyone. He will never turn away those who approach Him with repentant hearts.
If we are looking for trouble, we will soon find it. If we are not happy single, we will not be happy married. The same principle applies to having children. If we compare ourselves with others, we could become vain and bitter—not a good thing to do. It is not too much to proclaim that Christ’s resurrection is the most certain fact in all of history. It is not what other people think of us, it is what we think of ourselves. Nurture strength of spirit to shield us in sudden misfortunes. Obedience to God’s commandments is an expression of our love for Him.
There is a stretch of contested land rising out of the Caribbean ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, at a very neighboring latitude/longitude of 21.5218 N/77.7812 W. A nation remarkably close in proximity to our own, yet so incredibly distant in what we have historically been permitted to know of one another beyond the Iron Curtain and the Cold War campaign - a virulent posturing of superpower ideologies on the world stage by the United States and former Soviet Union, which culminated in a bitter debilitating twentieth century military and political standoff over allegiance and control of her shores. This nation, The Republic of Cuba, consequently found herself in the midst of a severe push-pull dynamic between The Soviet Union and United States, and would ultimately be used by the U.S and U.S.S.R as the pretext and catalyst to lay the groundwork towards what would become the single-most largest scale arms race in the history of the world, with the central pursuit being the development of nuclear warheads and their delivery systems. Her developing leader at the time, Fidel Castro, would eventually align with Soviet support and a campaign of armed insurrection, which triggered an immediate cultural and financial shutdown between the United States and Cuba by means of sweeping embargoes orchestrated through American policy.
Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County invites you to become an advocate for abused and neglected children. What is a CASA volunteer? A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained community volunteer appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child. Join us to learn what it means to be a CASA volunteer in our community. Invite a friend or coworker to come with you! Find out how you can help end the cycle of abuse. Please RSVP to Michele Blazina at firstname.lastname@example.org. The session will be held at the Lakewood Public Library (Main Branch) at 15425 Detroit Road, Lakewood, OH 44107 on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
Ken Sikora lay in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, dozing on and off while breathing 100 percent oxygen. With each breath, the oxygen traveled through Ken’s tissues, delivering healing properties to the deep wound in his big toe. A diabetic with poor blood circulation and feeling in his feet, Ken was unaware that the new boots he received last Christmas were causing an ulcer on his great toe. Mary Alice, his wife of 45 years, was the first to notice the hole in the bottom of his left foot, which was so deep that the bone was visible. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and 25 percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Untreated ulcers can lead to amputations, which can drive up the mortality rate.
Lung nodules detected on chest X-rays and CT scans, such as coronary calcium scoring, will receive expedited care through the new Lung Nodule Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The Center, located within UH Parma’s Community Care Clinic in Medical Arts Center 1, Suite 205, will ensure that patients are seen quickly and continually tracked to receive follow-up care. “The Lung Nodule Center at UH Parma allows patients expedited access to the highest-quality academic care in the heart of our community,” says James Hill, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer at UH Parma Medical Center.
San Antonio-U.S. Air Force Airman Sutone Napoleon Tasavanh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The Airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
The talent of eight emerging Northeast Ohio artists who work in a variety of mediums will be highlighted during a monthlong exhibit at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission presented an overview of the draft Town Center Master Plan to City Council on Monday, October 21, 2019. This draft master plan is a direct result of a Town Center Task Force that was created in 2014 and composed of stakeholders in the area surrounding the new Shoppes of Parma. The report from the task force recommended the formulation of a master plan that would reflect the vision defined by the members. The task force was composed of residents, West Creek Conservancy, UH Parma Medical Center, RTA, Parma City Schools, Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and others.
Parma mayor and council members honored an exceptional business, coach and citizen during the month of October.
Other than perhaps the promise to “build that wall,” nothing is more emblematic pf President Trump’s 2016 campaign than his promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although thus far the effort to repeal and replace the popular healthcare plan has been unsuccessful, Trump may soon get his wish as a Federal Appeals Court in Texas considers legal arguments in a case involving the constitutionality of the ACA. Meanwhile, two members of the Ohio House of Representatives have proposed adopting protections from the ACA into Ohio law to preserve certain protections for patients with preexisting condition should the court undo the law. Legal experts predict a decision in Texas v. U.S. any day and also predict that this case is likely to be resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court next year.
I am contacted often by senior and disabled residents in our community who are seeking financial and other assistance. I find that, all too often, they are not aware of the programs offered by the local, state and federal governments or non-governmental organizations. That is why I recently reached out to Stacey Boycik, Manager of the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, to ask if she and her staff would consider partnering to put together a Senior Benefits Fair. Always willing to sponsor programs that benefit the community, she excitedly agreed.
Parma engineers met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo, N.Y., late this summer. They were seeking section 205 program funds to address surface-flooding concerns. The meeting stemmed from the city’s 2018 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers application regarding targeted flooding areas: Antoinette Drive, Thoreau Drive and Rousseau Drive; Regency Drive and Ridge Road; West Ridgewood Drive; and York Road and Pleasant Valley Drive. City engineers also discussed other areas that experienced flooding during a July 5 downpour: Bonnie Banks and Stormes Drive. Any awarded funds would be a 65/35 split with all the neighborhoods. “We keep pushing for these critical funds. We’ll do whatever they ask us on our end to seek these federal dollars for our city,” said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter. “We continue to look at different areas that got hit hard. We have had meetings with West Creek Conservancy and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District searching for solutions to our storm water management challenges.”
Cleveland’s cycling community is once again gathering food for disadvantaged families and senior citizens this holiday season! Bike Cleveland and Bike Parma are hosting Cleveland’s seventh-annual Cranksgiving, a food drive by bicycle that begins and ends at the Parma Hunger Center. There is no cost to join the event, but cyclists usually spend about $15 (or however much you can) on food and supplies for others. Last year the event raised over $2000 worth of food and supplies for the Euclid Hunger Shelter and we are hoping to crush that goal this year. This event has historically been the largest single-day donation of the year for all of the food banks involved and Bike Parma is honored to be co-hosting this year.
How does Cranksgiving work? Riders of all ages and skill levels receive a map of nearby grocery stores and are challenged to ride their bikes – regardless of weather — to about four of the stores to purchase one or more food items specified for each. Everything purchased must be hauled by bicycle, either in a bag, pannier, rack, or trailer. You will return to donate the food you collected to benefit the Parma Hunger Center. You can ride anywhere from a few miles to 15 during the event.
Want to contribute even more? Clean out your pantry and bring nonperishable food items to the event. Organize a mini-food drive at your work or in your neighborhood. Or, if you cannot attend, you can make a donation to Bike Cleveland or Bike Parma (specifying that it is for Cranksgiving) and a Bike Cleveland or Bike Parma board member will fetch groceries on your behalf.
Here’s the timeline for the event:
Event Date: Saturday, November 23rd 2019
Event Home Base: Parma Hunger Center 5280 Broadview Rd, Parma, OH 44134
10:30AM – Registration, plus coffee and donuts
11:00AM – Brief program and send off
1:00-1:15PM – Return to Parma Hunger Center and donate food
1:30PM – Closing program and traditional group photo
An orthopedic injury clinic, with care provided by the experienced physicians of the Center of Orthopedic Surgery, will handle walk-in injuries of an orthopedic nature at this landmark outpatient center just off I-77 at Route 82 in Broadview Heights. Opening on Nov. 1, this clinic will see patients five days a week and will have the capability to schedule next-day surgery at a UH Parma Medical Center, if needed.
October’s Asset Category: Empowerment. Young people are empowered when they feel valued, valuable and safe. They need to believe that adults like and respect them. Finally, they need plenty of opportunities to contribute to their communities through volunteering, working in paid jobs and sharing their ideas, knowledge and creativity. One of these days, the young people in your home, school, neighborhood and workplace will be in charge – in charge of their own lives and in charge of the world. You can help young people get ready for their future role by empowering them now. This month’s column will focus on Asset #10 – Safety: Combating fear, and growing up safe in an unsafe world
One of the points in the Boy Scout law is that a scout is loyal. Loyalty is a key virtue and essential for the success of any business and the nation. However blind loyalty can be a danger as well as false loyalty. It is expected that employees of a company or elected official will be loyal and support the organization. However, it is important to realize that loyalty is also a two way street. If an employee or partner is loyal to one person; the other person should be loyal in return. That means that an employee should be free to disagree with their supervisor or manager in a civil manner without fear of retaliation. At the same time, it should be expected that a loyal employee should also report wrongdoing or any violation of ethics without retaliation as well. This keeps a company and government running in an honest and efficient manner.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. We have 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and additional sites in the neighboring cities of Middleburg Heights, Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Strongsville. We also have sites Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Heights, and the Old Brooklyn and Puritas-Longmead neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland that are part of another Tax-Aide district. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP.
I usually gasp upon entering stores in early October ~ November when what to my wondering eyes do appear, decorations for Christmas right into the New Year.With universal news of political, educational, economic disdain, and truly much worldly concern, I have decided, “I choose HAPPY”!
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. God does not abandon us in our distress; He sticks with us through thick and thin.
LRC Realty is in the midst of an $8.5 million overhaul of Midtown Plaza, giving the shopping center a modern look and a new name, Quarry Square. The project includes a 20,000-square-foot Aldi and a new Planet Fitness. The redevelopment will add energy-efficient LED lighting, improvements to the parking lot and an update to the façade.
From vibrant pink patches on their uniforms to trendy beards, police officers are making a fashion statement this fall. In October, many of the officers donned vibrant pink police patches on their sleeves in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They also collaborated with University Hospital’s Seidman Cancer Center to bring awareness about breast cancer detection during Polish Village’s Treat & Greet, passing out literature at the event with UH staff. Furthermore, they raised money through City of Parma dress-down Fridays to help cover transportation costs for cancer patients traveling to and from treatments. The money was donated to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery transportation program.
Perhaps you are a Parma homeowner looking to add a large, unique tree specimen not only for your own sake, but for your neighbors and future generations alike. The Dawn Redwood, with the scientific name Metasequioa glyptostroboides, could fill that void along with including a unique historical perspective. I have not noticed any in Parma but have seen some in the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or are fatigued during the day, a sleep study at UH Parma Medical Center’s Sleep Center can help you determine why. Find out if you suffer from a sleep disorder and learn treatment options.
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Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will honor the courageous men and women who served in the nation’s military during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Western Campus. The remembrance will take place at the Veterans Memorial Garden and Galleria. “Veterans Day provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have defended this nation,” said Rick DeChant, executive director of the College’s Veterans Initiative. “The peace we enjoy is because of those who served.”
Save the date, Sunday, December 8, 2019, Parma’s Christmas Parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m. from Stearn’s Farm and marches north on Ridge Road to the Ridgewood Golf Course.