The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Ternopil visited Parma in early June as a prelude to the two communities forming a sister-city partnership. During the visit, Ternopil Mayor Sergiy Nadal and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter signed a memorandum of intent to establish the partnership as a way to foster economic development and educational opportunities as well as strengthen cultural and civic bonds between the two cities. “Mayor Nadal is one of Ukraine’s most progressive mayors, and he reached out to us seeking to establish a relationship with Parma,” said DeGeeter, who exchanged gifts with his Ukrainian counterpart to commemorate the visit. “Both of us believe this developing relationship could prove beneficial to both cities.”
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Throngs of people are expected to line Ridge Road to watch Parma’s annual Fourth of July Parade – one of the city’s biggest events each year. Marching bands, local organizations, and public officials will be part of the more than 1,500 participants who will trek the one-and-a-half mile parade route, which starts at Snow Road and ends at West Ridgewood Drive at The Shoppes at Parma. “It’s a rite of passage for so many of our kids,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “I enjoy seeing them run as close as possible to the parade route as they grab as much candy as they can – or their parents allow.” Said DeGeeter: “But perhaps the best aspect of the parade is watching and hearing the bands march down Ridge Road. This is just a great event, and I truly appreciate the community spirit that makes the parade what it is today.”
Kimberly Togliatti-Trickett, MD, a longtime physician leader and care provider at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has been promoted to the position of Chief Medical Officer, effective June 1. Dr. Togliatti-Trickett had been serving as Associate Chief Medical Officer, working with Chief Medical Officer Christopher Loyke, DO. Dr. Loyke departed to become the Assistant Dean of Clinical Medicine at the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., where he will oversee the education of third-and fourth-year primary care medical students and also will care for underserved patients in Appalachia.
Seventy-five years ago this summer, the USS Cod, a new submarine in the GATO class, received her commission and eventually launched her first war-time patrol, embarking from Australia in October, 1943. The new sub, designed to patrol continent to continent, executed 7 patrols in all, mostly in the South China Sea and around the Philippine islands. While the Cod was built in Groton, CT, Cleveland can claim partial credit as Cod's birthplace, since the submarine's five diesel engines were built by General Motors' Cleveland Diesel plant on the city’s west side.
Elected officials and community representatives joined Cox Communications to award the 2018 Cox Charities Community grants to the Parma City School District and Rocky River Public Library. Cox Charities, the company’s charitable giving initiative, supports after school and summer learning programs focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning.
A growing number of University Hospitals’ cardiovascular specialists will have the opportunity to utilize the high-definition technology of the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute’s new Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UH Parma Medical Center Center.
The City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market 2018 season opened on Thursday, June 28th, 4PM at 7221 Broadview Road in Seven Hills, with plenty of free parking and fabulous vendors! Each Thursday Market features neighborhood farmers, producers, and artisans who grow and/or produce their own goods. Enjoy food trucks? Save the date to grab dinner from Barrio Food Truck on Thursday, July 12th and Swenson’s Food Truck on Thursday, August 9th. Kona Ice Truck will also be stooping by on select Thursdays! Additionally, there will be three wine events, hosted by The Little Birdie Wine Nest on July 12th, August 9th and September 13th.
About the Market The City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market began in 2014 as a way to bring residents and the local surrounding communities together each week to shop for locally produced items and for the freshest, locally grown food available. Now entering its fourth season, the Market continues to give friends and neighbors the opportunity to visit together in the fresh air while listening to live music and browsing through vendor stalls featuring fresh produce, vegetables, microgreens, fruits, perennials, herbs, meats, honey, nuts, soup, bread, jam, maple syrup, pierogis, coffee, baked goods, kettle corn, soap, pastry and more! The Seven Hills Farmers’ Market is an open and flexible market, allowing vendors to join at any time and for as many weeks as fits their schedule. This means the Seven Hills Farmers’ Market might have an unanticipated guest vendor next to weekly favorites!
Christopher J. Yurosko of Parma, Ohio, was among the students who received a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the college’s May 12 commencement exercises.
Hemlock Creek Trail construction begins in Independence; will help link Parma’s West Creek Reservation to Towpath Trail.
All Saints Episcopal Church in Parma, Ohio, celebrated its 46th monthly food distribution on Saturday, June 16th. It was warm with a few threatening clouds, but no rain fell on our 38 volunteers and hundreds of guests.
Rob Telecky, of Parma Heights, Ohio, outshined more than 300 local contestants to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Telecky advances to the semifinal rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking® to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention Saturday, Aug. 25 in Chicago, IL.
Nicholas Ricci, Jr. of Parma and Jacob Theobald of Parma Heights have been hired by The Illuminating Company after graduating from its utility worker training program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Ricci and Theobald were among 27 graduates in the second class since FirstEnergy Corp. reinstituted the award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program at Tri-C in 2014. The Illuminating Company is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.
Many Parma residents, including myself, have been curious about the caravan of children often being towed up and down the Ridge Road area just south of Snow Road in recent months. The children, as many as 18 or 20, are being pulled by a series of three or four wagons – accompanied by music - by a young father who is in excellent shape – seemingly because of all of the weight he is pulling. This mystery will be solved in this month’s column.
With millions of children facing sickness and other challenges in hospitals across the country every year, Take 5 Oil Change is taking an active role in supporting those children in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
We are not always documenting or talking about History. Over the past few years our focus has been on promoting a fun environment for the kids. We want to do a small part that will help the kids have fond memories of their youth as they grow older. We feel some of this fun has been lost during our ever changing world. We would like the kids to have similar good memories as our more senior citizens have had of their youth. Some of the fun promotions that have taken place are, Easter Egg Hunts, Pumpkin Painting, Christmas lighting at the Gazebo, and summer fun events. Our friends from the Vineyard Church on York Road have partnered with us to help with many of these events. Please bring your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to these events for a memorable time that will last them a lifetime.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will elevate first responder training with the construction of Simulation Village at the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center at Western Campus. A streetscape with buildings representing commercial and residential spaces will serve as the center of Simulation Village. The mock town will allow for training drills that more closely reflect real-life settings faced by police, firefighters and rescue workers.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host its annual Bicycle Safety Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, to promote and encourage safe riding habits.
America will never fully accept people of color in this country until it directly addresses the nuances and fallacy of its very own manufactured domination-separation language. Those that consider themselves white are referred to as "Americans", while all others are classified as African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Arab American, Indian, and the like..Not simply, "American".Make no mistake-Conservatives and Progressives that classify yourselves as white: you do not refer to yourselves as European American, yet you routinely uphold and allow assembly for such prevailing language of incomplete association towards all others around you. Re-engage the nature of your words, and you will begin to truly see the upheld subtle divisions and 'norms' of which we must work together to expose, and ultimately heal.
The 2018 Parma Heights Summer Band Concert Series, offered in partnership with the City of Parma and Cox Communications will bring some lively entertainment to the Gazebo in the Greenbrier Commons complex at 6200 Pearl Road. Concerts begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
College Club West is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship recipients. The club provides tuition grants for women age twenty-five and older. The four winners this year will each receive $3,000 tuition grant for the 2018-19 school year towards a bachelor’s degree or higher.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: PAMPER THEM. July’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.
Over the Memorial Day weekend I attended the Jimmy Buffett concert at Blossom Music Center. I have been a big fan of Jimmy Buffett for a long time and have attended many of his concerts and thoroughly enjoy his concerts. I paid good money for a pavilion seat so I could see the show and one of my favorite performers. But my enjoyment of the show was marred by the behavior of the people in front of me who insisted on standing for most of the show. When I politely asked them to sit down, they continued to stand. Then when I asked again for them to sit down, they complained to the usher who did nothing. So where do people think that they are the most important person in the universe and no one else matters?
It’s always fun to watch a child’s eyes light up when waiting for the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, or Santa Claus. In our house a visit from any of these friends evoked such a heart-warming response from the recipient, that the memories were seldom forgotten. In our family of eight children, these practices were carried out, but along the way I must confess, I shed a few tears. These feelings were not because of what we enjoyed with the children when the “visits” took place. No, it had to do with the growing up process.
As parents, the goal is not just to get children to obey, but to help them develop a healthy conscience—an internal sense of right and wrong. Children of all ages, but especially teenagers, need to know precisely what is expected of them and what the consequences of disobedience will be. Do not use harmful words in talking. Use only helpful words, the kinds that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.
O Click on any of the links below to learn more, to volunteer, or to bring yourself up to date re: active projects, initiatives and/or events & activities.
>> American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall – June 28th – July 1st: https://www.facebook.com/AVTTParma/. The need for volunteers is great. If interested contact: Crystal Jardine - email : email@example.com, Ph: 440-570-3054.
>> Parma City School District sanctioned summer programs & activities:
https://www.parmacityschools.org/flyers or https://www.parmacityschools.org/summer.
>> Parma Area Family Collaborative for current programs and local resources: https://familycollaborative.com/
>> Cuyahoga County Public Library Summer Reading Program: https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Summer-Reading
>> Cuyahoga County Public Library Adult Education GED, Benefit Enrollment Assistance, etc.: https://www.aspiregreatercleveland.org/
>> Parma Hts. PACT (Community Policing Initiative): www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
>> Ohio Means Jobs: https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/
>> Stearns Homestead & Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS): http://www.stearnshomestead.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/StearnsHomestead/
O Other announcements:
>> Meet Parma City Schools new Superintendent, Dr. Charles Smialek….Looking for input & feedback re strengths, challenges, etc., Dr. Smialek is hostingTown Hall type meetings on:
> Saturday, 7/14 in Rm A of Parma Library (Powers Blvd) from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and
> Tuesday, 7/17 Rm. A of Parma Heights Library (Greenbriar Commons) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
If you’d prefer, as an alternative, your thoughts can be conveyed by completing an on-line survey at www.parmacityschools.org/survey. The survey will remain open through July 17th.
>> Back to school backpacks….If your child attends a schools in the Parma School District & receives free or reduced lunch visit www.famliycollaborative.com and complete the backpack application to see if he/she may be eligible to receive a free backpack & schools supplies. Application deadline is July 20th; email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
>> Summer Free Lunch Programs for area youth….
> Parma City School’s - June 4 through Aug 10th. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis to all children ages 1 thru 18, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the following locations: John Muir Elementary, Dentzler Elementary, Family Collaborative (Hanna Elementary) & Shiloh Middle School.
> Summer Lunch at the Library – June 11th through Aug 10th at 11:30 a.m. – Noon; For kids 18 & younger; at all 3 local branches (Parma Hts, Parma & Parma-Snow) will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. Youth attending will be offered a free book through the generosity of the Cleveland Kids Book Bank.
> Summer Lunch at UH/Parma Medical Center - June 4th – Aug 10th from 11 am – 1:30 pm; Children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free, healthy lunch. Registration is not required but children must eat in the cafeteria.
>> From ODE - Fight the Summer Slide….combat summer learning loss by encouraging students to access free online tools that promote reading and maintain math skills during the summer break.
>> Save the Date: Saturday, August 18,2018….Plan on attending the 2018 PCSD Opening Kickoff at Byers Field. As compared to last year, there’ll be more groups performing & most school programs will have demos & reps available to answer questions. Returning this year will be the “Drive for Your Students” fundraiser co-sponsored by Barry Axelrod GMC & PCS Education Foundation. Go to www.parmacityschools/kickoff for more information.
O Did you know…. The Cleveland Seed Bank and Cleveland Public Librarieshave created a partnership where residents can, "Check Out," seeds from the Seed Library., at select libraries and plant them, if you fill out a short survey. http://www.clevelandseedbank.org/resources/csb-seed-libraries/
O From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….
>> Ohio Means Jobs (https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/) Mondays – Fridays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. An Ohio Means Jobs Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 440.885.5362 to confirm the Job Specialists availability.
>> Summer Storytime – Saturdays in June and July at 11:00 a.m. Families. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. No registration required. https://tinyurl.com/SummerStorytime
>> Jim Kleefeld's Rockin' Magic Show – July 20th at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4 – 12. Witness astonishing magic tricks with a musical theme, featuring popular rockin' tunes, famous musical groups and some oldies. Registration at https://tinyurl.com/RockinMagic
>> Adapted Storytime – July 21st at 2:00 p.m. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Register at https://tinyurl.com/AdaptedJuly
>> Stuffy Sleepaway Camp – Ages 3 – 5. Party on July 27th at 11:00 a.m. Send your stuffed friend off for a week of fun. Stuffy will mail a letter home, then reunite with you at a Pick Up Party with camp activities, treats and an animated video of all the adventures. Drop stuffy off between July 15th and July 22nd. Register at https://tinyurl.com/StuffySleepawayCamp
O From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
>> Cyber Security & Online Safety: Wed., June 27, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Learn about the risks of using public Wi-Fi, "SMiShing," antivirus software and common cyber scams. Get tips on how to keep your identity and your device safe. Click here to register
>> Summer Storytimes at the Library! Saturday, 6/2 - Tuesday, 7/31.- Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) is an 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. The Traveling Wall will arrive in Parma on Wednesday evening, June 27 and will be escorted to the campus by the Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars. The Wall will also be escorted by a helicopter from UH-Parma Medical Center.
O Significant progress continues re. the Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan. Project details to include renderings of various options were presented and feedback solicited during the 2nd Public Meeting that took place on May 1st. A special shout-out to students from the 3 district high schools and Tri-City MyCom for taking the time to attend and sharing their unique perspective. Go to www.countyplanning.us/parma to follow this project’s progress.
All Saints Episcopal Church, located on West Ridgewood Drive at the boundary between Parma and Parma Heights, celebrated its forty-fifth monthly food distribution on Saturday, May 19th. It was cloudy and a few raindrops fell on our thirty volunteers and our hundreds of guests. We distributed more than 13,100 pounds of perishable food to 249 households (inhabited by 630 residents) in 23 northeast Ohio zip codes. Seniors lived in 67% of the households. Since September 2014 All Saints has provided nutritious, fresh foods to low-income residents of our community free of charge, thanks to our long partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In April of this year we surpassed a half million pounds of food distributed.
CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect.
The Parma Council of PTAs Scholarship Dinner is always a special night for Normandy, Parma and Valley Forge seniors. This year, 115 students were celebrated for their achievements and received scholarships to continue their education at the 65th annual event, held at LaVilla Conference and Banquet Center on May 10, 2018. Almost $100,000 was awarded to students through the PCPTA Scholarship Program. “This is the culminating event, and I wish we could do this every week because when you hear about where these students are going to school and what they are doing, you will be amazed,” PCSD Superintendent Carl Hilling said at the event. “These students are the future, and our future is in good hands.”
The Parma City School District will once again celebrate the beginning of the school year with the PCSD Opening Kick-Off. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, August 18 at Byers Field in Parma. “The 2018 PCSD Opening Kick-Off will provide our parents, students and anyone in the community the opportunity to come and learn more about the Parma City School District,” Dan Rajkovich, Supervisor of Public Relations said. “It’s a fun and relaxed setting where parents and kids can meet their principals, meet the administrators, meet our staff, meet our great students and really find out what the district truly is about. We’re proud of our schools and we want to show that to everyone.” Last year’s all-day event featured students, programs, schools and departments from around the PCSD. Over 40 tables featured information and engaging activities for students. Every department in the PCSD was on hand so parents could have questions answered.
The Normandy Culinary Arts program has always been a source of pride for the PCSD and for our three communities. Now, the Culinary Arts program has another reason to celebrate, as they were recently named a top 10 team at the National Prostart Invitational, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association. The Invitational was held this year in Providence, Rhode Island, from April 27-29. Getting to the National Invitational was not easy. Teams from across the United States first competed in a statewide ProStart competition. Only the top finishing teams from each state are granted the opportunity to compete at the National Invitational. In Ohio, the state ProStart competition was held in Columbus at the end of February.
In honor of Skin Cancer awareness month, Apex Skin held a free skin cancer screening on May 23rd at all 5 locations successfully screening 160 patients. 1in 5 Americans will have skin cancer during their lifetimes, and skin cancer screenings are crucial to diagnose and treat quickly and effectively. The most common type is Basal cell carcinoma, while the deadliest type is Melanoma, often found in young patients.
Receiving public feedback on the Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan is heavily important in making the Parma Town Center a reality. With the use of the public’s input, it becomes possible to update, modify, or eliminate different actions and aspects from the plan to reflect the public’s wants for the Town Center. Parma along with the Cuyahoga Planning Commission held a second public meeting on Tuesday, May 1st regarding the current state of the Master Plan. This meeting was two of three meetings being held to obtain public feedback on the emerging plan. The meeting focused on a numerous goals for the Town Center and the action steps being taken to meet those goals.
At a recent Council meeting, Joseph Gramuglia and CT Logistics were honored for being named the Mayor’s Citizen of the Month and the Mayor’s Business of the Month respectively.
There has been another school shooting in the United States with more "thoughts and prayers" for the victims of this latest mass shooting. But as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, there will be another mass shooting in the United States. Whether it is at another school, or a place of business, a church, a shopping center or just out in public; this is an epidemic that must stop! Most of the time when mass shootings happen in other countries, they are usually isolated incidents or are acts by terrorist groups.
Alive Inside is a documentary film directed by Michael Rossato Bennett released in 2014 that explores the miraculous power of music to help re-kindle memories for Elders living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of Dementia regardless of how far advanced the fatal disease is. The trailer for the film features "Henry"
Excerpt from a Recode.net article posted July 19,2014:
Audiences first encounter Henry hunched over in his wheelchair, head down, hands clasped firmly together, unresponsive to the world around him.As soon as a pair of headphones are placed on his head, the 94-year-old dementia patient opens his eyes, sits up straight and begins swaying and humming along with the music. Henry speaks animatedly about his favorite band leader, Cab Calloway, and even begins to emulate the jazz artist’s style of scat singing — at one point launching into a rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The dramatic transformation, which takes place against the bleak institutional setting of the nursing home where Henry has spent the last decade of his life, is a powerful set piece for Alive Inside.
Last seen in the Cleveland area in March 2014 during the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City Cinemas the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary will be screened at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow Branch Auditorium as part of the annual Make Music Day celebration that takes place around the world on June 21st of every year. There will be multiple musical performances by local musicians beginning at 10 AM and ending at 6:30 PM culminating in the screening of Alive Inside at 7 PM followed by a short discussion.
If you or anyone you know or love have been directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer's / Dementia , if you are a Care-Giver or a Healthcare professional or even a musician looking to make an impact we recommend attending this event, supporting your local musicians and seeing this movie.
Drop-In anytime from 10 Am on to hear some great musical talent
Register here to reserve a seat for the film
Kleenex will be provided,we guarantee you'll need it.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
The City Of Parma
Parma Area Chamber Of Commerce
with help from the Alive Inside Foundation and Parma's own DBA Worldstock Entertainment / Promotions
The month of May certainly holds some reasons for celebrating. Not only is the weather reflecting a positive improvement, but the calendar reveals opportunities for lots of family gatherings. Aside from the holidays that focus on picnics and outdoor activities, my family has a few birthdays to celebrate that add to the festivities.
June’s Asset Category: BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATION Boundaries are important to young people because they give clear messages about what’s expected, what is approved and celebrated, and what deserves censure. By the same token, caring adults who expect young people to do their best help them to learn good judgment. Every day young people face many options and choices. Boundaries and expectations provide young people with the support they need to choose wisely. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset 14 Adult Role Models
As Cleveland’s biggest suburb, it’s not surprising that many Parmidians have gone on to do some pretty cool things. For example, did you know that Ferris Bueller’s best bud Cameron (Alan Douglas Ruck) graduated from Parma Senior High School? More locally, Browns player Jamie Meder is from Parma Heights. There are plenty of other Parma-area natives doing great things in the Cleveland area, too. We’ve reached out to some to hear more about their thoughts on growing up in Parma and the city’s future.