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It is no secret that I've often shared my dismay that to my knowledge, there is no commercial art gallery in Parma. Since it is so apparent that the Arts have brought impressive social and economic benefits to the various neighborhoods in the Cleveland Area where they have flourished, I have found it hard to understand why the seventh largest city in Ohio seems to have missed the boat when it comes to this aspect of modern life. Well, it is my distinct pleasure to report that now Parma has what I believe is the first commercial art gallery in our wonderful city.
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.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan is again uniting community partners to collect peanut butter for local low income seniors throughout the month of December.
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. 9, at Western Campus.
More than 1 million Ohioans have Type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This chronic condition affects the way the body processes blood sugar. What can you do to prevent this common disease?
PARMA HEIGHTS -- Parma Heights artist and the driving force behind the Greenbrier Art League, Susan Kiedio, won the 2018 Grand Prize from the Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS) -- the Gold Buckeye Leaf Award. Her winning artwork, a piece entitled, “The Ring,” was featured on the cover of the latest OWS magazine. It can also be seen on the groups’ website home page.
The City of Parma is excitedly watching the $7 million expansion project taking place at Mount Alverna Village, located off OH-94/State Road. This premier senior living community, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, is adding 42 memory support apartments, expanding their current rehabilitation services, and adding a life enrichment center that will open in 2019.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Ask God each day to give you the thoughts, words, and actions to help you along the way. Be to other’s virtues very kind; be to their faults, a little blind. Correction does much; encouragement does more. Healthy relationships require clear boundaries.
The Pantry at All Saints celebrated its 50th monthly food distribution on Saturday, October 20th. It was a crisp autumn day for our 34 volunteers and hundreds of guests as we distributed the food.
We distributed 12,647 pounds of perishable food to 264 households (inhabited by 657 residents) in 18 northeast Ohio zip codes. Seniors lived in 68% of the households. Thirty-three new households were served this month.
Year-to-date we have distributed 112,789 pounds of perishable food to 2,265 households (721 unique) in 35 northeast Ohio zip codes.
Several students from the cosmetology program at Normandy High School, accompanied by teacher Casey Lehky, gave manicures, light makeup, and braided hair to dozens of our guests. It is a wonderful service that we hope to continue offering at future events. Many people said that they weren't used to being so pampered. Thank you Parma City School District and Normandy's cosmetology students and teachers!
Also, our friend Heiderose Holodnak returned this year to give away her handcrafted hats and scarves, as well as gloves. Heidi crochets these items throughout the year, and they are beautiful. She will be back next month to continue to distribute her wares. Thank you Heidi!
Our next event is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th at 9:00 am.
As always, our thanks to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, the cities of Parma and Parma Heights, and to our loyal volunteers for their steady support. We couldn't do this without you.
We are thrilled to be able to serve our community in this meaningful way.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will showcase the bold, colorful and humorous creations of three regional artists during a monthlong exhibit now on view at Western Campus. The exhibit runs through Nov. 21 at Gallery West, located on the second floor of the campus library. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
This summer, PetFix Northeast Ohio and local firefighters, teamed up to create the 2019 Firefighters and Furry Friends calendar. This much-anticipated calendar is now available for sale and features our local heros with owned and adoptable cats and dogs. The photographs were taken by local Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Amy Sancetta. The calendar makes a great holiday gift for animal-loving friends and family. All proceeds go toward PetFix Northeast Ohio's non-profit mission of offering high-quality, affordable spay and neuter sugeries to end pet homelessness and the need for unnecessary euthanasia due to overpopulation. Show your support for our local heroes and help PetFix create a world in which every pet has a loving home, by purchasing your calendar today for only $20 plus shipping. Calendars can be bought online at petfixnortheastohio.org.
Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) welcomes Tricia Kuivinen as the new Executive Director. Kuivinen’s first day with CFACC will be Monday, October 29, 2018. Kuivinen is a seasoned nonprofit management professional and licensed social worker with over 25 years of broad experience in the nonprofit sector, with a specialty in marketing, external affairs, and organizational consulting. Kuivinen has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities throughout her career, including direct clinical work and case management, advocacy and government relations, healthcare marketing, maternal health program development, fundraising, and as an independent consultant. Kuivinen launched TKConsultingCLE in 2000 to serve a variety of nonprofit organizations through consulting and project development services. She most recently served as the Director of External Affairs at Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), a northeast Ohio disability services organization. In this capacity, she worked to create and advance a comprehensive external affairs strategy, including marketing, public relations, and annual fund campaigns, corporate and community outreach, and the creation of effective program and employment partnerships benefiting persons with disabilities. Prior to her role with LEAP, Kuivinen served as the Director of the Zechariah House in Cleveland, a transitional residence for homeless women, and as a Community Relations Manager with the Cleveland Clinic. Kuivinen also serves as an adjunct Nonprofit Marketing instructor with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has a BA in Social Work, an MA in Practical Theology, and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree (MNO) from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. In 2005, Kuivinen was a recipient of the Northeast Ohio Tobacco Control Coalition’s Distinguished Service Award and was also awarded the Dean’s Academic Medal from the Weatherhead School of Management during the same year. In May 2007, Kuivinen was recognized in the “At Work” column of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kuivinen currently resides in South Euclid, Ohio with her two daughters. She enjoys travel, cooking, keeping up with current affairs, and volunteering with community-based organizations.
November’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT Feeling valued and appreciated is important to all of us. For young people, this means feeling safe and believing they’re liked and respected. These feelings can go a long way toward empowering children and youth. Providing opportunities and recognizing accomplishments helps young people build self-esteem. This in turn, gives them the confidence to share their ideas, knowledge, and creativity by volunteering and working in paid jobs. By paying attention to young people, you show that you value them. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #9 – Service to Others
There are times in my life when I silently check my favorite numbers to see if something I’m considering is okay. It’s similar to approving bingo and raffle ticket digits, even a potential address or sale price can come under scrutiny. Over time I have relied on the numbers 2 and 8 to satisfy my confidence. Because I have eight children, that number is a no brainer. It has become my favorite in many appropriate instances. The number two stems from the fact that all of my kids have a “2” in their birth date. Yes, when each of them was born, a two appeared in the day of their arrival. It’s an amazing occurrence that will forever join all eight of them in a common bond. Especially since their arrival date was not chosen by me, this seemed remarkable .
Two months ago, I visited the JFK Museum and Library in Boston. There I saw a short movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis which included conversations from the President with his generals and advisors.
On Wednesday May 23rd, George Mastrobuono, and Rob Lippucci from SWIAC attended the annual awards ceremony for the Italian American Cultural Foundation (IACF) Italian Literature and Language programs, held at Padua High School, 6740 State Road, Parma. Over 40 students, parents, family and friends attended the event held in the 3rd floor library at Padua. Of course there were some good refreshments including pizza and Italian Pastries! The Library has a special section of Italian Culture related books, many of which were procured using donations from SWIAC. The Padua Italian Language program is one of the largest in the area with over 100 students enrolled.
Over the years I have written quite a lot about religion in this column, as my own faith is very important to me and I have always been fascinated with other faiths. As I pen this article, I am listening to our local public radio station (90.3 FM - WCPN) report about the disastrous attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It is reported that 11 Americans have died practicing their First Amendment right of free exercise of religion. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I write this piece.
The City of Parma and the Parma City School District are partnering on a pilot program at Parma Senior High School to teach students essential leadership skills for future careers and personal development. The Parma Youth Leadership Academy, launched last week, identified 30 Parma Senior High School students who will receive leadership training this fall and winter. Later in the spring, those skills will be utilized through a project focused on helping the schools or the city.
Due to the generosity of Cox Communications, the Leadership for Tomorrow field trips will continue for Parma City School District fourth-graders. The program, which teaches local students about municipal government, again faced termination due to budget cuts but will be fully covered with Cox Communications’ most recent donation of $5,000.
Andy Novak’s heart was shocked six times to restore its beat on a January morning earlier this year. At the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation’s glittering gala on Sept. 15, Novak stood on the stage, flanked by the Parma Heights paramedics and UH Parma Medical Center Emergency Department team that brought him back to life. His emotional story detailed a massive heart attack, intensive care stay on full life support and dramatic recovery, thanks to a strong “chain of survival” that included bystander CPR delivered by the family. Novak’s story launched a flurry of giving at the black-tie celebration at the Embassy Suites in Independence.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
A real danger to this country was exposed by the Kavanaugh hearings and it seems to have been completely overlooked. Had Feinstein chosen to act when she originally received Doctor Ford's letter, it could have been investigated privately and Ford's desire for anonymity could have been honored. Instead, at the end of the hearings the letter was leaked, and liberal Democrats demanded to hear Ford's testinony during which she was asked how sure she was about her memory. “100%,” she replied. We were then told that her story was corroborated by other people she had told it to and that a polygraph test also proved she was telling the truth. Or so they said.
When the Parma Observer was born in 2009, the world was reeling from a number of momentous changes and dire financial issues associated with that particular time. There was a new Administration in the White House, digging out from a massive recession, the worst since the Great Depression itself, the result of the colossal collapse of Wall Street financial markets at the end of 2008. We were losing as much as 800,00 jobs per month during 2009, the stock market was in the basement and consumer confidence was dismal, to say the least. Most would say that this was not the optimum time to start a brand new business, but my timing has not always been in the proper step, so into the arms of fate I jumped. Many of the businesses and institutions we take for granted today were started in hard times.
Demolition work is underway at the former Parmadale Orphanage as part of a redevelopment project to clear nearly 80 acres for greenspace, public park development and watershed conservation at the site. In late September, crews started to demolish 13 old dormitories at the site after Cuyahoga County awarded $1.35 million toward the project. The funding also includes the demolition of four blighted Parma properties at 7259 Ridge Road, 11599 Kader Ave., 4418 Pershing Ave. and 7407 Dorothy Ave. “The addition of the Parmadale land to the West Creek Conservancy also will create new access to the reservation for thousands of citizens,” said West Creek Conservancy Executive Director Derek Schafer.
Issue 7 Builds Stronger Schools, Stronger Communities - A Message From Parma City School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Smialek
What a start to the 2018-19 school year! From Normandy’s Band and dozens of cheering administrators welcoming back our teachers and staff in August to our district’s “Kick-Off” event celebrating the excitement inherent to our district, countless members of our school community have dedicated myriad hours to ensure a positive start to the 2018-19 school year. The social fabric and pride that have made this an iconic school district were so clearly on display throughout all of our opening activities. I feel privileged and, frankly, lucky to join the ranks of our Parma Schools.
Shred-It & Parma Food Bank Fundraiser ~ Goal to raise $2018 & collect 2018lbs food
PARMA, OH: Local land trust West Creek Conservancy invites you to its free ongoing series of guided walks and programs to learn about its conservation work in local communities and the progress being made to develop the 25-mile West Creek Greenway. Upcoming events include:
Parma Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a concert on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. Also celebrating: Dr. Randolph P. Laycock 40 Years as Music Director.
Program will include a world premiere of “Celebrations for Orchestra” to be directed by the composer Loris Chobanian to celebrate our two milestones: Our 50th Season and Rand Laycock’s 40th anniversary as Music Director. Also featuring Guitar Soloist Brian Reichert performing with the orchestra in “Three Romances for Guitar and Orchestra” also by Chobanian, and two numbers from Rand’s first concert with the orchestra Light Cavalry Overture by Franz Von Suppe and Symphony in D minor by Cesar Franck
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is showcasing the three-dimensional works of two Northeast Ohio artists — Shannon Hines and Kortney Niewierski — at Western Campus.
A generation or two ago, children were taught that there was a Creator to whom they were responsible and to whom they had to answer in the afterlife. They were taught that a moral code was given to us to follow. A truly moral nation enacts policies that encourage personal responsibility and discourage self-destructive behavior by not subsidizing people who live irresponsibly and make poor choices. And because someone else pays the bill, the behavior continues and gets worse. Conversations in which people disagree yet respect one another are rare. Hopefully, God’s presence would be felt on both sides of the divide. Every day contains the possibility for a life-transforming encounter with God through some unanticipated new connection.
MAKERS WANTED! Looking for artists, crafters, bakers for a Holiday Boutique Pop Up, hosted by Parma Area Fine Arts Council, to be held November 3, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. This boutique is for handmade artisans only. 8 foot spaces available from $20 to $30. Space is limited so don't wait. Call Michelle Behal at 216-618-0956, call Parma Fine Arts at (440)888-4514 and leave message for call back, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The city of Parma and American Legion Post 572 are promoting a new Hometown Heroes street banner program to honor the service and sacrifice of Parma’s veterans. The 2-by-4 foot patriotic banners will line the road that leads to Veterans Memorial Park at 6328 State Road. The city is purchasing the brackets and will install the banners. When American Legion Post 572 approached the city to partner on the banner program, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter thought it was the perfect fit. “Putting the banners in Veterans Memorial Park is a fitting tribute for those who sacrificed so much for us,” DeGeeter said. “It’s a way to honor our Parma veterans and neighbors.”
When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated recently to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court due to the retirement of Justice Anthony, it appeared that his confirmation by the Senate would be a slam dunk. Now two women have come forward and accused Mr. Kavanaugh when he was in high school at an exclusive prep school of trying to take advantage of them at a party where they were drinking. His supporters are saying that this was long ago and he was a young man doing what young men often do. But really? Should he get a pass on this because that was more than 36 years ago?
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Saturday, October 27th, 2018, Polish Village will hold their 8th Treat & Greet from 11am to 2pm. Treat & Greet is an extremely popular event. Each year it seems to attract more and more participants from our area and the surrounding communities. This is a great, safe, fun family event.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host Fall Visit Days at Western Campus in October to introduce prospective students to academic and career opportunities. The hour long sessions provide a chance to learn about enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; discover the variety of student services available; and explore the buildings. Western’s Fall Visit Days will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Registration is requested. Western Campus is located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. Fall Visit Days will also be offered at Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Metropolitan Campus in Cleveland and Westshore Campus in Westlake. For more information, or to register, visit www.tri-c.edu/visit or call 216-987-6000.