Just before Christmas, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter was searching for last-minute stocking stuffers at The Shoppes at Parma. A woman who knew the mayor approached him near the front entrance of Fast Eddie’s, where he was picking up gift certificates. “I just want you to know mayor – I’m doing all my shopping in Parma this year,” she said. DeGeeter smiled and thanked her. When at restaurants, or grocery stores, or other places, residents who recognize DeGeeter usually come up to him. “It’s a good way to take the pulse of the community,” he said. “People aren’t shy about expressing their opinions. I hear about issues they’re having in their neighborhoods, or listening as they express their frustrations. But I’m hearing more often than not about the pride people have in our city and the progress we’re making in Parma.”
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Being Close Matters. MetroHealth has reimagined the hospital experience by opening two new hospitals in Parma and Cleveland Heights. The Parma facility is located at 12301 Snow Road and will open to patients on January 3.
UH Parma Medical Center earned the highest possible quality rating in the latest scores released on Dec. 20 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare. CMS rates hospitals from one to five stars, based on their safety, efficiency and patient experience. UH Parma Medical Center achieved a rating of five stars for 2018.
With the year coming to an end, it's important to stop and recognize everything that makes Parma special. As the 7th largest city in the state, with nearly 80,000 residents, we have a lot to be proud of. How do we choose the best of the best? To ask our great citizens, like you!
O The Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) unit Youth Group will be celebrating the holidays at their meeting tomorrow, Wednesday Dec 27th starting at 6:00 pm at Cassidy Theater. The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Jan 10th & will focus on the importance of goal setting. Two additional core components of the P.A.C.T. unit include a police officer assigned to each of nine zones within the city. They’ll be knocking on doors, introducing themselves, sharing contact information & offering to answer questions, assist with and/or facilitate resolution of any non-emergency issue that might arise. A “Senior Knock & Talk” program is also part of the initiative. Find various sign-up documents and follow the unit’s progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
The Cuyahoga Cuyahoga County Public Library will host its third annual children's book drive January 3-15, 2018. The event will benefit Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids Book Bank. Donations of new and gently used children’s books appropriate for ages birth through eight years are being sought. You can make donations at the circulation desk in any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch during normal hours of operation. Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank will distribute donated books to children throughout the county. Last year, the Cuyahoga County Public Library collected more than 13,000 books for Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.
The city will host a Holiday Lights recycling event from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
President Donald Trump said that he wanted to “roll back regulations to 1960 levels”. Of course, this would undo most progress that has taken place over the past 58 years. I am old enough to remember what it was like back in 1960. Let’s take a trip in the “way back machine” that was a feature on Sherman and Peabody, a cartoon segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show that was popular back in 1960, and return to 1960.
While areas like Lakewood, Tremont and Ohio City are popular for people in their 20s and 30s to live, Parma has its own appeal for young professionals. Here’s why.
The ballroom of the Hotel Olmsted was once filled with the 'Ohs' and 'Ahs' of Cleveland's cat lovers. Cleveland Persian Society, CFA's second oldest club, put on it's very first show within the ballroom's elegant walls in 1918. Fifty of the most purr-fect Persians were on display, much to the delight of both exhibitors and spectators. In the following years, the show moved around visiting the Hotel Statler in 1924, but continued to delight all ages.
“Yeah, we’re here,” shouted my grandkids from the car’s back seat. Our recent trip to this famous landmark had us parking, grabbing sunglasses and heading for the entrance. Even though today’s visit would only be for a few hours, it would be my first time to see “Dollywood.” This huge amusement park in Tennessee was named after the famous resident and singer, Dolly Parton. My daughter had passes to the park, so waiting in line was not going to slow us down. The many holiday decorations were sparkling on every sign, roof, edifice, barrel, bench and tree. It was a gorgeous Christmas card that came to life. And we were here to enjoy it!
Our investigation took us past many usual park rides but we also found great photo opportunities. We had pictures taken of us inside an adult- size snow globe which we entered via two doors and carefully measured air quality. We spent time watching the artistry of glass-blowing and then followed the aroma of tasty food awaiting our purchase. Bumper cars enticed the youngsters as well as visiting with Santa and writing him a note. We took a train ride around the perimeter of the park, then shared parade photos of the characters marching around the walkway.
But my most enjoyable memory of that day began with calliope music. The minute I heard that identifying beat my feet aimed in that direction and we all ran to board the welcoming carrousel. I found a movable horse and managed to climb on his saddle. The ride started and the “up and down” movement took me to a place in my heart that’s reserved for quiet meditation, happy thoughts and days of long ago. It was a moment in time that promised me the world at my feet. I smiled as the memories flowed through my mind like a movie in motion. I didn’t want anything to spoil my dream. And yes, I admit. It did make me feel like a kid again.
My father died of at the young age of 54, then his brother at 48. Both lived sedentary lifestyles and did not eat well. In late 2007, I had my annual physical and was told by my doctor that, because I was also relatively sedentary and overweight for my body type, he could not make me any guarantees that I would outlive them, if I continued on this trajectory. Needless to say, this put the fear of God in me and on January 1, 2008, I made the only New Year’s resolution that I have ever kept, as far as I recall. I decided to change my lifestyle.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: ADMIT WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE. January’s Asset Category: Positive Identity Help young people bring out their best. The way people feel about themselves can fluctuate with circumstances. Depending on what’s happening, you may feel confident or unsure, optimistic or pessimistic, in control or not in control. What’s important is what a person’s identity is like most of the time. People who have a strong, positive sense of self maintain these qualities even when difficulties arise. They continue to be hopeful and optimistic, and believe they can make a difference. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #38 - Self-Esteem
Patrolman Jack Darnell and his colleagues in the Parma Heights Police Department are hoping a new community policing program will have a long-lasting positive impact in the community. After a Police and Citizens Together (PACT) town hall meeting November 15, the PACT Youth Program Kick-off event took place December 27 at the Cassidy Theatre. The December event was a holiday party for youth, and thereafter will be followed by twice-a-month meetings designed to tackle different important community issues – things like bullying, drug and alcohol use, truancy, goal-setting and character development. One of the two monthly meetings will be a recreational activity to promote fun for youth, and the second will focus on a particular issue. Topics to be discussed with youth will be selected by a “collaboration board,” made up of hand-selected community leaders, business owners, educators and police officers, Darnell said. Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne is among the members of that board.
A record number of students graduated from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) at the 2017 Fall Commencement in December, continuing an upward trend of academic achievement. Parma’s Nicole Vaughn was among those earning associate degrees. Here is her story:
The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch a new session at Western Campus on Jan. 16. The free program empowers women in their pursuit of education and professional training. Participants build confidence and self-esteem through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy. The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The eight-week, noncredit program is free and open to the public.
An increase in cheating reflects deep anxiety and insecurity in America nowadays, desperation even, as well as arrogance among the rich and cynicism among ordinary people. As first teachers, parents must equip and enforce reasonable guidelines and parameters for their children; if they choose to deviate from that later, that is their prerogative. As parents, we are to teach our children when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. Children respond to their environment. It makes a big difference in how they turn out because it is recorded in their minds forever.
DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS…MyCom Quarterly Meeting. Our quarterly meeting was held at the Parma Heights Library on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. College Colleagues representative Ashley Kennedy presented on tutoring opportunities available to area youth. Patrolman Jack Darnell introduced Police and Citizens Together (P.A.C.T.), a grant funded program for Parma Heights and area youth.
To repay this great nation for all it has given me, I am devoting my golden years to improving the quality of life for everyone in it by exposing the spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies that continuously come from the liberal elite and are blindly repeated by the little liberals who are unable to think for themselves. It's a hot, dirty, never-ending job so I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient.
On December 12, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission held the first of three public meetings regarding the future of the Parma City Center, also referred to as the Crossroads of Parma, in which information was presented and input was solicited.
Those who were unable to make the meeting can still provide their input into the process and have an opportunity to review the information provided via the County Planning presentation and display boards.
The information provided at the first public meeting can be viewed here:
To provide input, the Community Vision Survey can be accessed here:
The Community Vision Survey will remain open until December 22.
O Some FYI’s from Parma City Schools….
>> Focus on the Future – The group met again at 6:30 pm on November 16th in the Parma Sr. H.S. Cafeteria. To get a more personal appreciation for the state of our buildings a tour of the District’s oldest school. Thoreau Park, was included as part of the agenda. The tour generated considerable discussion as did a review of current finances and the steps planned for subsequent meetings that will define our strategy for the future. Go here for meeting details: https://tinyurl.com/ycv4ffqx .The next meeting has been scheduled for January 10th. Go here for www.parmacityschools.org/future for more information about this planning initiative.
>> Holiday Giving Tree – We are looking for Community Elves to “adopt“ a child for the Holidays. A community "Elf" will be assigned a specific child and be given a wish list for items to purchase for the child. Call 440.887.4865 with questions.
>> Stuff a Bus – In partnership with the PCSD Transportation Department we will be hosting our Annual Stuff A Bus Event on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00am -1:00pm. We will have a bus parked at the Transportation Garage - 7600 Day Drive. Please join us and drop off an unwrapped toy, youth clothing, or monetary donation.
O From the Parma Area Family Collab….
>> The Collab has a whole slew of holiday projects currently in the works for which they could use some help. If you’re interested in volunteering this holiday season, the Collab's the perfect place & now’s the perfect time to give the Collab a call at 440.887.4873.
>> A new Parenting Partners class will be starting up beginning January 9th & run through February 27, 2018. Classes are every Tuesday morning from 10:00 am to noon; childcare is provided & refreshments are served. Cost for the entire program is just $20. For information or to register, visit their web site or call 440.887.4873.
>> The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, December 14th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
>> Visit the Collab’s web site at http://familycollaborative.com/ for additional details on services offered and volunteer opportunities. While there, make your voice heard & click on links to either or both the PAFC Satisfaction or Neighborhood surveys.
I haven't written for the Parma Observer in four years; since I came in to visit over Labor Day Weekend, I realized that I was long overdue. I'm writing my opinion of what I've seen during my visit to Cleveland and specifically the Parma Area. We arrived on September 3 after a long ride from Tampa, Florida and settled in for a family reunion, in Brunswick, Ohio at Spring Mist Farms (Goodyear Barn).
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.
10th Anniversary MyCom Youth Voice Award Winners!
The GM Foundation and Parma’s Metal Center have announced $35,000 in grants to Greater Cleveland nonprofit organizations through its Community Grants program. “Through the GM Foundation, these important community organizations are able to drive programs that continue to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Lamar Rucker, Parma’s plant manager. “We are proud to be a part of a company and community that both work hard to support education, enhance community revitalization and help those in need.”
The Young Professionals of Parma have again partnered with the City of Parma to declare the city's best holiday lights. The Young Professionals group has produced a welcome video that includes the contest rules; the video can be viewed on the group's website at www.ParmaYps.com and on the Facebook page of the Young Professionals of Parma and the Facebook page of the City of Parma.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan, along with key community partners, including Lamar Advertising, Parma Animal Shelter, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and the Parma branches of Cuyahoga County Public Library, present the 7th Annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive. Proceeds benefit All Faiths Pantry (AFP), an award-winning nonprofit organization that delivers groceries at no cost to low-income seniors in the Parma area.
In December of 1773 a group of Bostonians, upset about the British imposing a higher tax on tea and fueled by whisky and beer dressed as native Americans and boarded several ships in Boston Harbor that were bringing tea to Boston. They then dumped the tea into Boston Harbor in protest of the tea tax in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.
For the 2nd year in a row, Padua has been victorious as the States Volleyball Champion. Congratulations to the team, coaches, and supporting parents, relatives, and friends. This was a great finish for a great group of athletes.
Music Director Randolph P Laycock presents Parma Symphony Orchestra performing two very different concerts this December. On Sunday, December 3 features: Alexander Wasserman performing: Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Also on the programs is Adagio from Spartacus by Khachatarian, Spanish Dances by Moszkowski and a collection of Holiday Favorites. General admission for the December 3rd concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children. All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 PM.
When you see a beautiful landscape or a laughing child, maybe a sailboat on the lake, do you wish your eyes could print a copy so the image could be shared and remembered? Talented photographers take these types of pictures, but in most fields of visual expertise, there are certain necessary components of photography that some of us don’t comprehend. These rules are responsible for the breathtaking memories of an awesome sunset, waves crashing on the shore, a close-up of an owl, a complex cityscape and many other subjects that flood our senses.
All of us have good in us, just as we all have bad. All will experience anger, despair, and hurt. As we think in our heart, so are we. As we feed our minds with positive thoughts, the negative ones will be displaced. Becoming a better person is loving and being loved. Before we can truly live in the present, we must let go of the past.
On November 15 Broadview Multi-Care Nursing Facility in Parma hosted a Hometown Heroes Luncheon honoring the service of Veterans in recognition of Veteran's Day. The luncheon was well attended, and veterans from all branches of service were present. They were addressed by Isaac Lifshutz, Administrator, and there were remarks from Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter as well. It is always uplifting to see and hear retired veterans gather together to be recognized for their service to our nation. The good natured bantering between members of the different branches never ceases to amuse everyone, but we know they are all heroes, and we wonder where our nation might be without them.
On October 26th, Pleasant Lake Villa, a 5 star and deficiency free facility celebrated their 30th Anniverisary providing short term rehabiliation, long term care and assisted living to the community. An Art Walk was featured highlighting residents and their award winning artwork. Parma mayor Timothy J DeGeeter presented a city proclamation in recognition of Pleasant Lake Villa's commitment to healthcare and the community.
Honey The Parma Observer Dog Wishes Everyone In The Parma Area A Very Merry Christmas And The Happiest Of Holidays
Parma and the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission are hosting a public meeting later this month to solicit residential ideas surrounding the city’s developing Town Center. The meeting – which will be one of three to seek public feedback – will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Large Meeting Room B of the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s (CCPL) Powers Boulevard Branch. This event will kick-off the effort to create a Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan to harness the on-going development around the Ridge Road-West Ridgewood Drive intersection – spurred on by millions of dollars in investments into The Shoppes at Parma, the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, and the CCPL’s Parma Branch. “This area is about as close to a downtown as we have in Parma,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “All of the pieces are in place to make this a real focal point by incorporating all that is offered in this vital part of our community – the Shoppes, the hospital, the library, Parma City Hall, Byers Field, Ridgewood Golf Course, Stearns Farm and Homestead, and the Day Drive Corridor.”
This year will be Robert Oravec’s 40th year working at Sirl’s Automotive. However, that is not the only achievement that he has had this year. On Saturday, November 18th, Robert was awarded his second Order of the Towman award in Baltimore, Maryland. He was pinned by his daughter, Kristyn Oravec, who was there alongside her mother, Laura Oravec, and close friend, Paige Clark, to witness the momentous occasion. Since Robert already was sworn into the Order of the Towman once, he is considered to be a captain of the order and helps swear in new honorees who are getting their first award.
Sometimes liberals have good intentions. At least that's what I tell myself. But they screw it up in the end and then argue to the death that they saved all us little people from ourselves. For example, they decided we needed “comprehensive health care reform” so they gave us the ACA and now they keep arguing how great it is because fewer people are uninsured. But the ACA did not reform healthcare. It made it easier for a minuscule percentage of the population to buy health insurance and penalized everyone else. But having insurance and getting healthcare are two different things and having insurance does not mean you can get healthcare. Just one obvious example is all the people who were required to buy insurance under the ACA but can't use it because they can't afford the deductibles.