There is no playbook for mayors to guide us through a global pandemic and statewide Stay at Home order. Over the past three weeks, information has changed daily, sometimes hourly, but that is to be expected when federal, state and local governments are dealing with a crisis. The city motto is ‘Progress Through Partnerships,’ and that could not be more evident than now as I observe Parma residents and businesses working together. Parma Area Chamber of Commerce is assisting area small businesses. Some non-profits are providing groceries to residents who are suddenly unemployed. Council members are staying connected with residents in their wards and running errands for elderly neighbors. I have also witnessed neighbors helping neighbors throughout the city. Additionally, council members and I are promoting a new social media campaign, #SupportParmaTakeout, to help sustain our locally owned restaurants. Many of these restaurant owners had to quickly pivot so they could provide takeout or curbside service.
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University Hospitals has secured two clinical trials that will provide the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir to hospitalized adults with a pneumonia due to the novel coronavirus. One trial will focus on COVID-19 patients with moderate illness. The second will focus on patients with more severe illness who may require care in the intensive care unit (ICU).
UH is committed to helping our community understand and manage their health and wellbeing. However, given the rapidly evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the newly confirmed cases in Ohio, we are taking proactive preventive precautions to protect our community.
Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis here in the United States, Ohio’s state legislators have been hard at work crafting solutions to problems created by the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As the number of infected patients have grown, members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, including Parma’s Rep. Jeff Crossman, have been proposing legislation to help every day Ohioans through this crisis. Legislators plan on taking up this legislation when the Ohio General Assembly returns to Columbus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of personal protective equipment worldwide. University Hospitals is working diligently and innovatively to assure we have the supplies necessary to continue to safely and effectively care for our patients, while protecting our caregivers.
Anticipating the short supply of surgical masks, UH has designed a uniform mask prototype that can be sewn by volunteers. This is a proactive way to assure the protection of our caregivers and patients under the most extreme situations. UH Parma Medical Center will be a drop-off point for these masks.
UH will continue to follow CDC guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment. Masks sewn by volunteers are not intended for direct use with patients who have or are suspected of having COVID-19. It’s important for volunteers to follow the UH-specific design.
It seems that our world has been turned inside out, doesn’t it? Residents of Parma Heights, like every other community, are feeling the effects. But hopefully you’ll find this information helpful as we all continue to adjust to our new normal of working at home and social distancing.
Parma Councilwoman Debbie Lime, Ward 2, Polish Village, was one of six, honored by the Polonia Foundation of Ohio, Knights and Grand Ladies, on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at a banquet held at Holy Spirit Party Center in Parma. She was awarded for her accomplishments to promote Polish culture and ideals through her commitment to support the Polish Constitution Day Parade and After Party, which takes place in Polish Village Parma annually in May. Also honored for their accomplishments were, Andrew Bajda, Jacqueline Jaros, Agnieszka Kotlarsic, Cara Florence Milcinovic, and Fr. Robert Ramser.
The president was pressured the third week of March to 'enable' the Defense Production Act - which commissions domestic manufacturers to ramp up productions of emergency items needed during wartime, like the automobile industry switching to building airplanes practically overnight during WW2.
In our case now, mobile hospitals, ventilator beds, masks, and general PPE were the war effort.
Further, DPA measures would have initiated the Army Core of Engineers to full capacity - specifically designed for logistics needed now.
I was a 21 year old student majoring in biology at Kent State University in the fall of 1969 when one of my professors mentioned a new event the following spring. He was talking about the first Earth Day scheduled nationwide on April 22 1970 that was to focus attention to the degradation of our planet’s environment. The Apollo moon landings focused attention to our own planet and what mankind was doing to it.
Only flush the “3 Ps!” – pee, poop and (toilet) paper
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: HELP THEM LEARN SOMETHING NEW. APRIL’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, February 21st at the Snow Road Cuyahoga County Public Library to celebrate the opening of the DEA Museum and Visitors Center. Mayor Tim DeGeeter of Parma performed the ribbon cutting surrounded by elected officials from DEA, Parma and Ohio.
As people advance in years, many wish they had not done certain negative things; instead, they wished they had done more positive things when the opportunity arose. Compromise has become the order of the day. God’s people are choosing to conform to the ways of the world and hold on to God and His principles at the same time. This cannot be done. In time, the consequences will bear this out. Jesus has granted to the believer forgiveness, spiritual blessings, and salvation, and He has paid the debt to deliver us from this sinful world into the eternal world to come.
Let me begin by saying that I am praying for your safety and health as our world is turned upside down due to COVID-19. Like you, I use reading as an escape from the world’s problems. This month, after a long hiatus, I return to my series on Parma’s places of worship. Weeks ago I visited Father Ray Sutter at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church at 1200 West Sprague Road, located literally on Parma’s far southeast corner. In fact, I owe him a big apology for not writing this sooner, but other stories got ahead of me.
O From the “Cleveland Rape Crises Center”: Sexual violence doesn’t stop during times of crisis, and the most vulnerable among us are facing even greater challenges to meet their needs. The Center’s offices will remain closed until further notice, but staff members are working remotely and continuing to provide critical services during this time:
>> for assistance and/or to make an appointment for any service, contact the hotline 24/7: Call or Text (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020, or chat online at www.clevelandrapecrisis.org/chat.
>> go here https://tinyurl.com/CRCC-Counseling for remote counseling via video conference or phone.
>> go here https://tinyurl.com/CRCC-VicAsst to display services for survivors as they report to law enforcement, or consider legal options, are available to survivors by phone.
O From“Futures Without Violence”….has developed an extensive resource page for DV survivors, their communities, and for domestic and sexual violence advocacy providers/programs. Check it out here https://tinyurl.com/FWOV-CrisisInfo and share those that you find helpful with your networks.
O From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….Remember that any child from birth to 4 1/2 years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive, completely free, a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month. Enroll that child on-line by going here: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/ . If you have any questions or concerns regarding a child’s registration status, you can contact our local affiliate, Joan Spoerl, Coordinator at 216.577.7585 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
O Free Educational Web Sites for Kids….Doing a "Search" on that phrase generates a number of “hits”. You can try this one as an example: https://www.verywellfamily.com/best-free-educational-websites-for-kids-3129084
O From NORA (Northern Ohio Recovery Resources)….If you’re working or know of someone dealing with addiction issues visit http://norainc.org/ to learn more about the broad & expanded range of services they now offer.
O From ASPIRE Greater Cleveland (www.aspiregreatercleveland.org) : Has announced that all classes & orientations have been cancelled through April 3rd. Visit their FB page for any updates to this revised schedule.
O From TEAM NEO….This is a hard time for many who have suddenly been laid off or will be soon. Multiple area businesses are still open and hiring now, i.e.: Amazon, Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, Marc’s, Discount Drug Mart, GOJO, Parisco, Other essential retail, Healthcare. Visit these job resource sites prepared by the Greater Cleveland Partnership INGEAR (https://tinyurl.com/GCPJobs) & Cleveland 19 Job Alert (https://tinyurl.com/CLE19JobAlert).
Every year Parma actively supports Shop Small. Shop Small Saturday this year is November 28th. The City of Parma does this because they know how important these small businesses are to our community. One study found that for every $100 spent at a local small business, $68 of it stayed in the local economy. Whereas that same $100 spent at a large business, only $43 stayed local.
Parma Area Art Council, Inc., has suspended all art classes until further notice. Check the web page, www.parmafinearts.org for updates or follow on Facebook.
The Westcreek Watershed Stewardship Center in the Metroparks Westcreek Reservation in Parma was a perfect setting for the State of the City address given by Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter on 2-25-20. Places in Parma like this superb community asset are something the speech specifically focused on as he shared information about the direction of Parma. Calling attention to the humble beginnings of what eventually became West Creek Conservancy, he made it clear that the partnership between this group, the City of Parma and Metroparks has grown into an institution that we all have reason to be proud of. Other groups have emerged that are adding to the fabric of the community. We Are Parma Proud, Young Professionals of Parma, Ukrainian Village, Polish Village, Quarry District; all kinds of new organizations, ideas, and people. This kind of activity has served to make Parma and the surrounding area a magnet for people to visit and hopefully choose Parma as a place to buy a home.
The 2020 portion of this school year has begun on an extremely positive note as the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently informed us that we no longer require their oversight and are now released from Fiscal Caution status. We must continue to be very diligent in reinforcing the importance of fiscal responsibility throughout our district, but we are also excited that ODE has a renewed sense of confidence in our ability to manage our finances.
Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Classical Music Concert on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights performing: Massenet’s - Le Cid Ballet Suite, Chabrier’s – Espana and Tschaikovsky - Symphony No. 4
The 2nd Annual International Taste of Polish Village will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at St. Charles Parish Hall Basement, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, located at 5891 Ridge Road. This event is a fundraiser brought to you by Polish Village Parma, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Proceeds from this event are used to fund events and projects held in the Polish Village community, such as the Polish Constitution Day Parade and After Party held in May, and the annual Treat & Greet in October, or the beautiful flowers in the pots in Polish Village, Christmas wreaths at various locations, and the maintenance of the Pocket Park on Ridge Road.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
>> The group continues to meet every other Tuesday from 6 – to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater, alternating between a group activity and discussion meeting agenda.
>> All area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: email@example.com; ph: 440.884.1235.
O From OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) & PAVE (Partnership for Action, Voices for Empowerment)….Families with disability concerns take extra care when planning for emergencies. Go here https://tinyurl.com/DisasterPrepHelp for links links to the Red Cross disaster preparedness for families w/disabilities page, another from FEMA, and a very specific planning tool kit from Virginia Commonwealth University.
O From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….Children from birth to 5 years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month. Funded by sponsors, organizations & individual donors the program is designed to instill a love of books & to facilitate/encourage family reading from an early age. Go here to register your child, learn more and/or to donate: https://www.literacycooperative.org/imagination-library/
I have had many residents in recent weeks ask me questions about the presidential election process. Therefore, I have been moved to explain the basics in how we select the president of the United States in this month’s column. The first major step in the presidential election process is the one in which we are currently in the midst: primary elections and caucuses. When we vote in the primaries and caucuses throughout the nation, we are actually voting for delegates who are pledged for the candidate we choose. If a candidate receives a certain percentage of the popular vote in a state, they win delegates who will attend the party’s national nominating convention in the summer.
Last weekend was a bittersweet one for the parishoners of Divinity Lutheran Church in Parma Heights. The reason?They said farewell to their longest serving clergy member.
Patients grappling with a challenging diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can access a nationally recognized University Hospitals expert for a face-to-face virtual consult in less than 48 hours. Second opinions are available by video and telephone with Jordan Winter, MD, Chief of Surgical Oncology at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and a nationally renowned pancreatic cancer expert. Dr. Winter will talk with patients to dicuss diagnosis, treatment options and potential clinical trials for those with localized pancreatic cancer or similar lesions. “The data are clear that pancreatic surgery is best performed at high-volume centers to receive the best possible outcome," Dr. Winter says. “However, many patients don't have the resources, connections or geographic proximity to find a specialist. We believe that pancreatic cancer is not only a medical urgency, but a psychologic and emotional emergency. Patients need access to a specialist quickly to get their questions answered and expedite evaluation and treatment."
Rep. Crossman Introduces Bill To Give Local Citizens Voice In Location Of Residential Treatment Facilities
Bill strengthens home rule in Ohio communities. For most people, their house is their single largest investment. Beyond that, your house is a home where you go to find respite at the end of each day. You want your family to feel safe and secure in their home each day. As a City Councilman, Rep. Crossman heard from residents that had their daily lives disrupted when treatment centers opened in their residential neighborhood without any local input. Rep. Crossman aims to change that with House Bill 505 filed on February 12th.
Teddy Bears And The Worlds' Largest Double Deck Gun Range Joined Forces To Send A Valentine To Parma Police K9 Heroes
February 25, 2020 – Parma, OH -- Parma Armory Shooting Center showed its love and respect for all law enforcement officers over the Valentine’s Day weekend, by hosting over 100 participants in their Target-a-Teddy fun event. Benefactors, who purchased the Teddy Bears onsite, found them to be an interesting alternative to shooting at typical paper targets. On February 25, 2020, $1095 raised at this event was donated to the Parma Police Department K9 Unit, which has a crucial role in the safety of the entire Parma community. The money will be used to help support and enhance the quality of life for our four-legged police officers. Target- a-Teddy is only one example of ways Parma Armory Shooting Center has contributed to the welfare of our city. As a life-long resident of Parma, and a former Auxiliary for the Parma Police Department, my goal is to give back to the community that gave me so much in my youth. That includes providing a recreational facility stressing gun safety education for CCW carriers and home defense gun owners; ‘demystification’ gun training for non-shooters who need not fire a shot to turn their gun-fear into knowledge of what guns themselves can and cannot do, and how Parma residents can, as parents and grandparents, make children safer around guns they might encounter anywhere.
Family-owned Pinzone's Market Fresh Meats was named Business of the Month in January. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 9 Councilman Roy Jech presented Tony Pinzone with a proclamation at last month's council meeting.
Pinzone's has been at the historic West Side Market for decades, providing the best cuts of beef and pork while creating a large and loyal customer base. In 1995, Pinzone’s expanded when it opened a butcher shop at 6046 Broadview Road, Parma and increased its product line to include poultry, seafood, deli and bakery.
There was a big turnout for the new Aldi grocery store at Quarry Square, formerly known as Midtown Plaza. Many people withstood cold temperatures Dec. 12, lining up outside the entrance before the doors opened. The first 100 shoppers each received a gift card in the amount of $10, $25 or $100, and nearly all the shoppers were handed free reusable grocery bags and keychains. There were also food samples and a chance to win free produce for a year.
PRAMA ARTSPACE GALLERY, located at 5411 Pearl Rd, latest show is titled Gastronomy. In celebration of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras the food themed show is a feast for your eyes, including the works of several fine artists. The show opened Saturday, February 22nd with a celebration that included real Mardi Gras food choices and music by Floyd Unplugged, who also did a recitation from his new screenplay. Parma Fine Arts watercolorist and instructor Emery Bogardy, has several paintings in this exhibit, which closes on March 22nd. The following exhibit will open March 27th, featuring Shawn Sloburn, Jennifer Gleason and Samantha Vickers. Follow Prama on Facebook, or check out their new web page, www.pramaartspace.com for details on this show and future events.
Cause-and-effect discipline with children really works. Children learn what they live! Children who grow up without responsibilities learn to live a lazy life. Death is the beginning and not the end of our journey. Divorce can be more devastating to family members than death. If children do not learn to obey their parents, chances are they will not obey any other authority. If children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to practice love in the world.
The Democratic party is great at shooting themselves in the foot. This year they are on verge of blowing an election that was theirs to win. President Donald Trump has never polled above 50% approval since he took office and many voters are fed up with his antics. Yet the Democratic party is blowing a great opportunity by rushing to nominate Bernie Sanders as their presidential candidate.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: VISIT THEIR SCHOOLS. March’s Asset Category: Social Competencies
Baba's Yard, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, distributed 86 tons of fresh produce at no cost to hundreds of low income Greater Parma household in its premier 2019 season of programing, in partnership with Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the City of Parma and the Parma Board of Education, distributions in Parma were on the parking lot that previously served State Road Elementary School. This year the Parma giveaways have moved to the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, at 2121 Snow Road, 44134. Neighbors in need are invited to the Parma Snow library branch between 3:30 and 5:30, on the first Tuesday of each month in 2020, from April through October.
The talent of eight Northeast Ohio artists who built their skills at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) are being highlighted during a monthlong exhibit at Western Campus.
Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics have officially opened their new location in Parma’s Medical Arts building to accommodate their patients and better meet the needs of all, conveniently located on the first floor.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter will give his 2020 State of the City address at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The presentation is open to the public, and parking is free. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will highlight a community partner by taking his address outside of Parma City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in West Creek Reservation, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma. The presentation will be in the multipurpose room.