After much anticipation, the Parma splash pad opened to the public on May 27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am. The impressive zero depth water playground is built on the former site of Ridgewood Pool at Anthony Zielinski Park, on Ridgewood Drive directly across from the Shoppes at Parma complex. Admission is free, and the park will be open 7 days per week from 11 am to 8 pm, except in dangerous weather and if the temperature is below 70 degrees. The splash pad is surrounded by decorative metal fencing, features chairs and picnic tables with decorative umbrellas, and is fully handicapped accessible. The project was funded in part by a $225,000 donation from a Parma family, and a memorial plaque of commemoration is in place near the front gate.
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The Cassidy Theatre will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum June 9-25, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays.
A Parma Heights, Ohio woman has been named the 2017 Support Services Professional of the Year by the state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities.
It seems hard to fathom, but the end of another school year and beginning of summer vacation is upon us….and it will be a busy month of June for the residents and families of Parma Heights. Our outdoor Waterpark complex opens for the summer season at Noon on Friday, June 9. Pool passes are available for purchase online (www.parmaheightsoh.gov), at City Hall, or at the pool when it opens. If you are in need of some laughter as we head into summer, The Cassidy Theatre, our community’s hidden gem, will be presenting “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” June 9 through 25. Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this fast-paced farce combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. Tickets are available by calling the theatre box office at 440.842.4600, or online at www.cassidytheatre.com.
“St. Peter String Sensation” is meeting a need for violin lessons for youth in the Tri-City area. Due to the financial situation of the Parma City School District, the fourth grade strings program was cut. That was the impetus for Laurie Septaric, owner of Cappas Cakes and member of the Parma Symphony Orchestra, to fill that gap.
The 2017 City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Taleris Credit Union, Inc., will open on Thursday, June 29th, 4:00 -7:00PM. The Market is located at the corner of Hillside Road and Broadview Road adjacent to Fire Station No.1, 7195 Broadview Road, Seven Hills. 44131. There will be giveaways and musical entertainment by Gwendolyn.
Bryan L. Miller was sworn-in as the city’s newest Patrolman by Mayor Michael P. Byrne at the start of Monday night’s City Council Meeting (May 22). He begins his new position on Monday, June 5, 2017.
The Parma Schaaf High School Alumni Association was founded in 1941 at Parma Schaaf High School by Principal William Bassett, George Red Rees ’34, and Lee Bailey ’29. In 1953, Parma Seniorr High was opened as the Queen of High Schools. For the past 76 years, the PSH Alumni Association has continued its role as part of Parma Sr. High and the Parma community as a whole. We have continued our responsibility of helping with PSH class reunions, including class updated rosters and information about reunion dates. Each year through our Golf Outing (this year June 16 at Ridgewood Golf course) and donations from alumni we are able to award scholarships to deserving graduates of PSH of about $12,000 plus a teacher grant. We furnish and maintain an Alumni courtyard that is used by students and staff. We sponsor a tailgate event for Homecoming. We have an annual meeting (this year August 7 at the Parma Recreation Center at 6:30) open to all Alumni. Our Golden Reunion is annual event open of all Alumni that have celebrated their 50th reunion. This year’s event will be August 26 at the PSH cafeteria at 10 am. We continue to communicate to our Alumni with a Newsletter “The Tradition”, a Facebook Page and our website- pshalumni.org. communicating dates, times, and events. We maintain an archival room/museum that contains history of Parma High and memorabilia that we have collected over the past 96 years. “Loyalty Eternally” Submitted by Anthony DeMarco ‘62 PSH Alumni Board.
The MetroHealth System is announcing plans to convert facilities in Cleveland Heights and Parma to community hospitals. The locations will focus on caring for patients who benefit from shorter hospital stays. The current medical office in Parma, located at 12301 Snow Road, has an emergency department and services including lab, pharmacy and radiology. The site will become a community hospital with the addition of 16 single-occupancy patient rooms. Patients requiring more intensive specialty care can access MetroHealth’s main hospital campus, which is less than 12 miles away.
Here’s a topic that should make everyone happy. Politicians by design are placed in office by the majority of the populace, in theory. They may be placed there by a circumstance such as a position vacated for whatever reason. What is the purpose of having the politician? They are in office to assist in the operation of the area as defined by the election. They are elected, hired, by the people to serve the people. According to logic that makes them employees of the people who placed them in office. The thought process is, they would appreciate you for selecting them for their position. They do appreciate you for their position when it comes to election time. Other than that it is rare to see hide nor hair of them, and to achieve something positive from them at any time is next to impossible. When they are up for election they will promise you the world. The trick is to get them to do anything, much less the world. One big indication of a poor political atmosphere is when there is no competition for the various offices. That is an indication that the people of the involved area are in despair. They simply have given up. The thought process is that nothing can be done, so why bother? That only creates complacency of the elected even more. No one will compete for this position so why even do any work? Because every elected official in an area may be so busy covering for one another the mind- set is why worry about security, we all cover for each other?
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: LET THEM TELL YOU HOW THEY FEEL. June’s Asset Category: BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS Boundaries are important to young people because they give clear messages about what’s expected. 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.
Because the safety of our residents is our top priority, smoke detectors were recently purchased for residents who expressed a need at no cost to the homeowners. The smoke detectors were purchased through the generosity of the Greenbrier Senior Living Community, 6455 Pearl Road, Lowe’s, Parma Heights Councilman Jim McCall, and Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
It was a very quiet evening. After a busy day with my two grandchildren, the evening solitude was totally welcomed. My visit to North Carolina included babysitting while my daughter’s job required her to be out of town for a few days. After checking the kid’s homework and getting them to bed, I ate a few snacks while I watched some TV. One more bed-check at 9:30 and I could settle down to watch my favorite show.
This month I return to my series on Parma’s Places of Worship, spotlighting Good Shepherd United Methodist Church located at 5930 State Road. On Ash Wednesday, prior to 7:00 pm services, I had the honor of meeting with their pastor, Rev. Dr. Tim Morrison. Below is what I learned about him and the parish he leads.
At the Cleveland International Film Festival back in April I saw an excellent documentary titled The Age of Consequence. The movie dealt with the subject of climate change, but approached it from a different angle; that of national security. Retired, former and active duty military personnel from the United States gave evidence that many word events and unrest are a direct result of climate change and that this poses a definite threat to our nation’s security. Global warming and the spread of deserts in parts of the world are creating refugees on a massive scale not seen since the end of the Second World War. Many military officials see the resulting displacement of people as well as crop failures leading to failed states and a rise of terrorist organizations looking to exploit this problem.
About half of Americans believe that an ongoing trend of people turning their backs on religion is bad for the country according to a recent Pew poll. Americans have the right to live as they please, as long as they are not interfering with the rights of other Americans to do the same. Choosing to live a Godly life is what the Bible refers to as one’s second (spiritual) birth; this new life will be demonstrated by one’s love and concern for others.
Saturday, May 20th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale at the Smallwood Center. This year they are celebrating their 55th anniversary serving Parma and the surrounding communities. The show was open to the public with free attendance. This was the largest show they have had in a number of years. Thirty-three artists participated. Ninety-four pieces of art were on display. Attendees commented on the quality and variety of the pieces. Which made it difficult for the panel of three judges, Wanda Ullman, Kathy Hunsicker, and Debbie Lime to choose the winners. Best in Show went to Anthony DeMarco for his enamel piece. First place winners were as follows: Robert Pohm for Watercolor, Stephen Sens for Acrylic, Michelle Behal for Graphics, Anthony DeMarco for Photography, and Stan Stary Jr. for Three Dimensional. In addition to paintings, there were numerous outstanding wood carvings, phyrography (wood burning) and jewelry. Cash prizes were awarded to the first place winners and Best In Show. Ribbons were awarded to second and third place winners. Additionally, a very popular category is the People's Choice Award, where attendees get to vote for their favorite piece. This year Kathy Kijek won People's Choice cash prize and ribbon.
It is no secret that Parma is known for all things pierogi, and one of the fun festivals involving this delicious delicacy happens at Broadview Mutli-Care Center at 5520 Broadview Rd. in Parma on June 4th. Every year this event seems to grow and improve. Featuring a selection of vendors selling all kinds of pierogis, along with other enticing food and drink, exhibit booths from many businesses and community partners, as well as a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day. There is a judging for the winner of the best pierogi- not an easy decision to make, I'm sure. The proceeds from this event benefit area charities, including the All Faiths Pantry. The event kicks off at 12;30 PM, rain or shine. See you there.
Scarlett Karpus lives on Springwood Road in Parma Heights. A few weeks ago during our last real cold bout of the season, she saw her mother give a homeless man a few dollars and ask him if he had somewhere warm to sleep that night. He did, but Scarlett wanted him to move in with us and live in our guest bedroom. We explained that wasn't practical with 6 children of our own. She that proclaimed her father could build homes on the sides of highway exits for them, again this wasn't a viable solution. Alas we came up with a yard sale to raise money to buy much needed items like razors, feminie products, toothbrushes and more. Scarlett and her siblings sold their own items, friends and family donated items to sell, as well as baked goods for a mini bake sale. I posted on social media and people came from all over NE Ohio to support her. Mayor Byrne came by to visit her and make a donation, she also took the opportunity to show him her new skills on a 2 wheeler! Her grand total was $316.42 and with that we made 100 you matter bags to deliver to the city mission. All because a 5 year saw the need to make a difference.
The Cassidy Theatre’s Youth Theatre Summer Classes will take place June 19-August 5, 2017.
Hospitality leader HMShost will be hiring an estimated 300 full- and part-time food and beverage positions for travel plazas on the Ohio Turnpike.
After last week’s torrential rains, the City of Parma Heights is continuing to work to assist residents who experienced problems due to flooding. The unusually heavy rainfall Wednesday night April 19 resulted in severe flooding problems for many Parma Heights residents. Our Service Department employees responded immediately and began assisting residents Wednesday night. They’ve done a fantastic job. The flooding was something we could never have predicted.
The May primary election will bring Issue 4 to ballot. Issue 4, if passed, will cause the Seven Hills Charter to be amended. That amendment will cause the mayor's current part-time position to be changed to full-time. The part-time position - 32 hours per week - costs taxpayers $14,000.00 plus benefits. The proposed change to full-time - 40 hours per week - will raise the salary to $70,000.00 plus benefits. The cost of benefits could amount to $15,000.00+. The net result is that extra 8 hours per week will cost taxpayers approximately $1000.00 per week. WOW!
Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 69-year tradition during the weekend of May 5 through May 7, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
Safety Town of Parma is a home and pedestrian safety course for children going into kindergarten. Residents of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills are eligible. The course is two hours per morning for two weeks: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Sessions are: June 19-30 and July 10-21. Class Fee is $28. This year, the site for Safety Town is Greenbriar Middle School Annex, the prior Forrest Elementary.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
After the City of Parma honored veterans of World War II as Citizens of the Month last September, that idea has been expanded to neighboring cities Seven Hills and Parma Heights. The three cities would like to honor Korean War veterans this September.
Pat Hilfer was named "Friend of the Year" at the Friends of the Parma Libraries annual board meeting on Saturday, April 22. Hilfer, who was been a member of the Parma Friends Board for many years, was so honored because of her dedicated time as a board member, officer, program chair and consistent volunteer at book sales. Pat retired as a teacher of 20 years and 15 years as a principal in the Parma City School District.
This month’s Business of the Month is P Jay's Pizza located in the heart of Polish Village at 5859 Ridge Road. Mayor DeGeeter is honoring this business, not only for the food, but for the sense of community pride in this clean and well-run establishment. P. Jay’s opened in April, 1993 and has given back to the community in various ways during those 24 years - donating their famous pizza to numerous schools, churches, and charity events in the Parma area, sponsoring dozens of Parma Recreation leagues with t-shirts, and sponsoring Polish Village events. P. Jay’s Pizza has brought plenty of good publicity to Parma as well, with numerous awards for the pizza - Final Four Finalist in the Plain Dealer (Judge’s Choice Best Pizza in the southwest region in 2011), Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Specialty Pizza award for the Pierogi Pizza in 2012, and for two years in a row, People's Choice Specialty Pizza winner (Potato Pierogi Pizza) at the Old Brooklyn Pizza Brawl at St. Mary's Byzantine Church. Congratulations to P. Jay’s Pizza and owner Chris Mastroianni, pictured here with Economic Development Director Erik Tollerup and Ward Two Councilwoman Debbie Lime, for being named Business of the Month.
Congratulations to members of the Parma Police Auxiliary (flanked in photo by Dept. Chief Joe Manning, far left, and Chief of Police Joe Bobak, far right) for being chosen at Citizens of the Month. Their outstanding and tireless work on behalf of the Parma Police Department and the City of Parma make them an easy choice.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 332 volunteers during National Volunteer Week in April. This mighty force - who donate their time directing visitors at the Information Desk, transporting patients, delivering newspapers and comfort care items to inpatients, and providing a welcoming presence – gave 47,391 hours of service to the hospital in 2016.
One American dies from a stroke every four minutes. A simple screening during National Stroke Awareness Month in May can protect you from the leading cause of long-term disability in the country. Attend a free stroke screening at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Thursday, May 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. Preregistration is not required. University Hospitals Neurological Institute features the largest and most experienced program in northeast Ohio dedicated to caring for stroke patients. Visit UHhospitals.org/StrokeRisk to learn more.
Prepare for a healthy pregnancy and delivery with parenting classes at UH Parma Medical Center. Learn what to expect in labor, relaxation techniques and medication for labor and postpartum recovery in Prepared Childbirth classes starting on Thursday nights in May or Saturday mornings in June. Other single-session classes packed with useful information include Caring for Your Newborn (also for adoptive parents) on May 20 and June 15 and Preparing to Breastfeed on May 7. Tours of the beautiful, tranquil Maternity Center are held the third Thursday of every month. For a full list of Parenting classes, go to www.UHParma.org/classes or call 440-743-4932.
Two Parma residents — Virginia Beischlag and Steve Fixel — used training at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to land behind-the-scenes jobs filming White Boy Rick, a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey now shooting in Cleveland. Beischlag is working as a set production assistant while Fixel is a production assistant in the locations department.
5301 Hauserman Road. Silently sitting for over a decade, the building once again shows signs of life. I officially took ownership in 2015 and immediately went to work. The algae that sat like a bad five o’clock shadow on the building was cleaned. The drab and dying bushes removed for a more vibrant and inviting landscape. What stood as an eyesore on this lovely street, will now be a beacon for education and safety.
May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING Commitment to learning doesn’t happen naturally in all young people. Instilling this important trait involves a combination of values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one’s own ability. This commitment is strongly influenced by the school environment and relationships with family and peers. The more committed a child is to learning, the more likely it is that she or he will grow up healthy.
So many people suffer without understanding the root of their pain. For many the answer they are looking for may be held in understanding about Soul Injuries. Professionals and community members are invited to learn about this condition at two events being held locally.
Last month Lee Kamps wrote a piece about how bad the Republican alternative to the ACA was. Well, sort of. Actually, only the title and the first paragraph were about that. The rest was an attempt to defend the ACA. But there was a common thread to the piece. It was all far left talking points that, as usual, were nothing more than spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies.
The annual spring art show and sale, sponsored by Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC), will be held on May 20, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Donna Smallwood Center. This show is free and open to the public. Great selection of raffle prizes this year. Refreshments will be served. Great Lakes Wood Carvers will be demonstrating their carving techniques during the show. Also on display will be one of a kind dolls from the High On Dolls club.
Have you ever wondered the history of the Parma Heights logo that sits in front of the Parma Heights fire station? It was originally a section of a pillar from in front of a downtown Cleveland bank. In 1926, Philip Bentz, a monument builder on Scranton Road, cut and engraved the stone in honor of the first centennial of the city of Parma, which until 1911 included Parma Heights. The eagle was added a short time later. Myron Kronenberger, a member of the Paul Cassidy team, was the first to use it as his calling card. Paul Cassidy and city hall then made it the official logo of the city where now you can see it everywhere: city signs, letterhead, mailings, and on city vehicles.