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We Are Parma Proud

We Are Parma Proud, Inc. is a newly created 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance, improve and develop the image of the City of Parma, by informing the public on subjects and events which are beneficial to the community. This organization modeled itself after the Proud of Parma, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which was created in the 1970s. Proud of Parma, Inc. thrived for decades and brought many memorable projects to the City of Parma. This new nonprofit hopes to move forward in building upon those traditions of bringing together businesses, government, nonprofit groups, and individuals for the purpose of strengthening and promoting pride in our city, with fresh new ideas, enhanced projects, and community-wide events.

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Parma Police Chief Recognized By NOPEC

Parma Officials with Parma Police Chief Joseph Bobak.

Since 2016, NOPEC has instituted a recognition program to identify exemplary employees in cities throughout the Greater Cleveland Area. This year our Chief of Police Joseph M. Bobak had the honor of being singled out for this special recognition. As a lifetime resident of Parma, am I pleased and proud to learn that this has occurred? You bet. Am I surprised? Not even one little tiny bit. For even the casual observer, it is quite apparent that our police department is a top-notch organization, and our tremendous statistics making us one of the safest cities in Ohio and the nation is proof positive that the citizens of Parma enjoy a special relationship with their police department that people in other cities hope and wish they had. Our police officers are part of a highly functioning department that consistently achieves excellent results with what can only be described as limited resources for a city of 80,000 people, the 7th largest city in Ohio. A good part of the reason for that is the relentless training that is always ongoing, along with the prime effective leadership that is present from the top all the way down. Make no mistake- the performance of our police department here in Parma plays a major role in making our city a desirable place to live. Congratulations Chief Bobak.

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Parma Police Make Arrests In Explosives Case

On Friday, June 28, 2019, the Parma Police Department, along with ATF special agents, and investigators from the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Southwest Enforcement Bureau (SEB) Bomb Unit, arrested the son of a local father and son duo for manufacturing and selling large quantities of homemade explosive devices. The father was later charged in Parma Municipal Court.  

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Calling All Grads - Valley Forge Class Of 1979

The Valley Forge High School Class of 1979 is having their 40th Year Class Reunion on Saturday, August 10. The reunion will be held at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15 Hall, 716 W. 130th Street in Brunswick, Ohio 44212, from 4:00 PM through midnight. Join us for an evening filled with good friends, dinner, drinks, 50/50 charitable raffle, photo booth, and so many pictures of classmates from the '70s! It's sure to be an evening of many laughs. 

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Celebrate Summer With The Ultimate Parma Scavenger Hunt

How well do you know your city? The Young Professionals of Parma is giving you the chance to put your knowledge to the test while having fun discovering Parma with a summer scavenger hunt.

Follow the link to the Google Form at parmayps.com/events/ to see the list of hints. Then, throughout July drive around the city on your own time snapping photos of the items and places described. Then, simply upload the photos on the Google Form and submit before July 31.

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Yang 2020 And The War On Normal People

Maybe you've seen them on your Facebook news feed or heard about them from a friend. Local Yang Gang chapters are already cropping up all over the country, which include the Cleveland, OH Yang GangParma, OH Yang Gang, and other nearby chapters.

Recently, I had an opportunity to meet up at Tremont's Civilization café with fellow members of the Cleveland, OH Yang Gang, who support 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. At the meeting, the Cleveland, OH Yang Gang, whose members span the political spectrum, engaged in an energetic discussion about Yang's policies, the looming threat of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, the best ways to best promote his many ideas, and upcoming events to raise awareness about his candidacy to potential voters. 

In a crowded field of two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America and author of The War on Normal People, seems to have distinguished himself in a way few other candidates have. Yang describes himself as the opposite of Donald Trump - an Asian man who likes math - and proposes as his flagship policy a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. As it turns out, UBI is very much an American idea and, in one form or another, has found advocates over the years in the likes of Thomas PaineRichard NixonMilton FriedmanMartin Luther King, Jr., as well as Elon MuskMark ZuckerbergHillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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March Of Dimes Event 7/26/19

Premature birth is one of the biggest causes of death in the United States. The babies that do survive are faced with a lifetime of serious health problems. March of Dimes is an organization that leads the fight for the health of all babies by using research, advocacy, and education to find out why premature births happen. The 6th Annual Heels & Wheels fundraiser benefiting the Northeast Ohio Division of March of Dimes will be held on Friday, July 26th at the Axelrod Collison Center 4850 Brookpark Road. The past chair of the board for the NE Ohio Division of the March of Dimes Sara Costanzo reached out to Mayor Tim DeGeeter six years ago about this mission. Mayor DeGeeter had this to say about the event and mission, “Anytime our city can help and raise awareness about premature births with the ability to make a difference we feel honored.”

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The President's Corner

Take a moment to contemplate who the most influential resident has been in Parma’s history. Maybe some famous folks who called Parma home come to mind like John D. Rockefeller who lived here for a short time, Ettore Boiardi (A.K.A. Chef Boy-Ar-Dee) who lived here later in life and died here, or astronauts Jim Lovell or Michael Good who also lived here for a time. Certainly, they all made their marks on our nation, but they’ve got nothing on the subject of my column this month - a man who lived much of his life here, served in so many different capacities, and has had such an impact on our community. That man is Ronald M. Mottl.

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Get Your Irish On At The Hooley House Hoedown

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC), a Northeast Ohio nonprofit organization serving children involved with the Juvenile Court, invites you to “Get Your Irish On” at the Hooley House Hoedown-a benefit concert featuring eclectic live music with an Irish twist! 

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UH Parma Medical Center Granted Provisional Adult Level III Trauma Status By The State Of Ohio

UH Parma Medical Center is now operating as a provisional Level III trauma center. The process to apply for this status was led by David Linz, MD, Trauma Medical Director, and Kristen Tarase, MSN, RN, Trauma Coordinator.

Following a consultative visit from the American College of Surgeons in April, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS has confirmed that UH Parma Medical Center has met the requirements to operate as a Level III Adult Trauma Center under provisional designation, effective immediately.

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When America Was Great

I was very impressed watching the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the D Day Normandy invasion during the Second World War. The courage and dedication of those men as well as the entire country during that war was remarkable. The entire nation was united in a common cause.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

More re: Human Trafficking. Raising Awareness. Futures without Violence (https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/) is a nationally recognized resource for information and support for victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse/assault. A recent focus is on workplace harassment…how to recognize gaps in equity, safety, respect, & what to do about it. From their home page above, click on the #CheckYourWorkplace graphic to learn more.

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Westcreek Conservancy Receives Award

Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter and Ward 9 Councilman Roy Jech presented Westcreek Conservancy with the Outstanding Support Organization Award during the council meeting on June 17. Executive Director Derek Schafer said "With support from the mayor and city, this organization has been able to expand the work it has done in Parma to five counties".

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Global Cleveland: Inclusivity And The Future Of America

There is a burgeoning recognition that is emerging again throughout the nation. A force that once heralded the coming of the Industrial Age – fires that would forge and define an era from sea to sea, continuing through to the height of its power on the world stage, cementing what would carve out history and become our legacy as a global leader.

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A Conversation With A Classic: Richard Sterban Of The Oak Ridge Boys

He’s a Jersey boy who went country, and while that is unusual, it's not the most compelling part of his story. Richard Sterban took a colossal risk and called it the most important decision he has ever made. He left singing backup for the King of Rock and Roll — Elvis Presley — to join the dual-genre band (country and gospel), the Oak Ridge Boys, a group he was always a big fan of.

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Dempsey Sarapa Serves It Up At Parma Heights' Favorite Spot, The Club House

Dempsey Sarapa behind the hostess desk at The Club House.

It’s easy to see that Dempsey Sarapa loves what she does. Maybe it’s the ever-present mega-watt smile that never seems to leave her face, no matter how busy she is. Or maybe it’s simply that she loves her work. Sarapa, 27, is a server and bartender at one of Parma Heights’ most popular restaurants, The Club House, located at the corner of Pearl Road and Kingsdale Boulevard. She’s been there for 13 years, having started at age 14. Her grandmother, Bobbi Peschock, owns the restaurant and bar. The bar opened in 1988, and the restaurant in 1995. The Club House is known for its chicken paprikash.

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Asset Corner #115

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  DELIGHT IN THEIR UNIQUENESS.. July’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME

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I Believe

A mind that is disciplined and purified is ready for victorious actions. All of us are expected to be a servant in one capacity or another. Because we have a “skinny” belly doesn’t mean we don’t have a “fat” head. Discipline is absolutely necessary and it is a positive thing. Every generation seems to have to cope with its own unique set of problems and challenges. False teachings (non-Biblical) lead to violence and cruelty. Eventually, they result in utter destruction.
For the first time in history, factors other than parents have become the dominant influence in child rearing. Hating people is like taking poison and hoping they die. In God’s presence we experience love, forgiveness, and acceptance.

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Parma Art Scene

Congratulations to Bob Pohm, board member of the Parma Area Fine Arts Council. Bob Pohm will appear in a show with Polina Yavorsky at the Beachwood Community Center Art Gallery, located at 25325 Fairmount Blvd., in Beachwood Ohio, in July. 

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Script Parma Picture Of The Month

Parma Warriors 11U: David Bania, Langston Lucus, Grant Mahle, Kyle Kalinowski,Max Ritter, Ronnie Morlan, Luke Prosinski, Gavin Jakub, Sean Frank, and Jack DeGeeter.

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Movie Night Will Feature ‘Incredibles 2’ At James Day

Everyone is invited to Family Movie Night at James Day Park, Friday, July 12. Admission is free. This year’s feature film is Incredibles 2. The big outdoor screen will be located on the soccer fields. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. A concession stand will be open for snacks. The movie will start around 9 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. For those who arrive early, carnival games and corn hole will keep families entertained until the movie begins. “This is always a popular event,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi. “We’re happy to host it every year.” In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday, July 13.

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Script Parma Sign To Inspire Pride

I am very happy to report that after months of fundraising and many planning meetings, the city of Parma is now the home to a script Parma sign. Our sign was inspired by the script Cleveland signs that have become all the rage of selfie fans in the region. As an avid runner, I often include the script Cleveland signs as a part of my training routine. The Cleveland signs have really boosted the cool-factor of Cleveland and I know that the Parma sign will do the same for our community. This is just one way I wanted to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.

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UH Parma Medical Centers Earns "A" Grade In National Patient Safety Experts

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes UH Parma Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from preventable harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

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It's Starting To Look A Lot Like Summer In Parma Heights

The slides at the Parma Heights Pool and Waterpark are extremely popular.

 It’s finally starting to look a lot like summer, although it does not officially arrive until a bit later this month, at least on the calendar, anyway. The Parma Heights Pool and Waterpark Complex open at Noon on Saturday, June 1. Season and daily passes can be purchased at the pool beginning on that date. Season passes for resident students/seniors are $50. Adults are $60, and family passes are $200. Daily admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Seniors swim free on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. The pool and waterpark are located within the Greenbrier Commons complex at 6200 Pearl Road.

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Yang 2020 And The War On Normal People

In a crowded field of two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America and author of The War on Normal People, seems to have distinguished himself in a way few other candidates have. Yang describes himself as the opposite of Donald Trump - an Asian man who likes math - and proposes as his flagship policy a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. As it turns out, UBI is very much an American idea and, in one form or another, has found advocates over the years in the likes of Thomas PaineRichard NixonMilton FriedmanMartin Luther King, Jr., as well as Elon MuskMark ZuckerbergHillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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Upcoming Recreational Activities

Ries Park's new playground equipment keeps children active outdoors.

Swimming
Pool passes go on sale 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1 at the Recreation Department. From June 3 to July 12, passes can be purchased Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on July. Proof of residency is required. The season begins Saturday, June 1 and ends Saturday, Aug.10. Regular pool hours are 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Starting Saturday, May 25, the Splash Pad at Anthony Zielinski Park is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily until Labor Day and then on weekends only in September. Admission is free.

Tennis
Youth (age 4 and older) and adult tennis registration is 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for the first session and 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 2 for the second session. There are four levels: tot, beginner, intermediate and advanced. More details are at www.cityofparma-oh.gov on the Recreation Department page or call the Recreational Department at 440-885-8144. Register online or at the Recreation Department. Payment at the Recreation Department is cash or check only.

Junior Golf
Ridgewood Golf Course’s Junior Golf Program continues to grow. The season begins Tuesday, June 11, but parents need to register their children now because the program fills quickly. Go to www.golfridgewoodohio.com or call the golf course at 440-888-1057.

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Parma Rocks July 4th - Party In The Park

Hello there Tri-City area friends. Many of you will recall when the 4th of July gave rise to a grand celebration for the Tri-City area while being dismayed and saddened when that ended due to financial / logistical issues.
There is GOOD news. For the past few years I have been speaking with Mayor DeGeeter , Mickey Vittardi and other leaders about doing something at Anthony Zielinski Park after the Parade ends at the Shoppes Of Parma about 11:30 AM. They all agreed it was a great idea but the City wasn't in the position to or really shouldn't bear the responsibility for organizing it. As a musician who is also involved in the business side of the industry I finally decided to take this on by hosting our first Parma Rocks Party In the Park featuring Live Entertainment and some Recorded music 
Details TBA The party will begin at Noon on July 4th and last until a time TBD. The entertainment will be using the Pavilion closest to the Splash Pad and Roycroft at Anthony Zielinski Park. We hope you will join us for what we would like to see become an Annual event. Look for Updates and Event Flyers to be available soon along with Social Media posts. Remember PARMA ROCKS !

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Fallen Police Officer

Death, while a tragedy, is comforted knowing a man who was also a dedicated police officer and devoted husband and father gave his life in defending his friends, family and community. Sergeant Bennett, a 44 year old veteran police officer, gave his life in the performance of his duty. Bennett strongly believed a man was born to honor God and his Country, began a career in the Navy serving in the Pacific Fleet for four years. After obtaining a honorable discharge in 1949, Bennett married his wife, Mary Lou and began his family. Bennett was appointed to the Parma Heights Police Department on June 1, 1957, and promoted to Sergeant on January 26, 1965. He was a dedicated policeman who was an expert in police photography, weapons, firearms and fingerprinting. Bennett was the Range Officer who later had dedicated in his memory the SGT. ROBERT BENNETT POLICE FIREARMS TRAINING RANGE.

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I Believe

A positive approach succeeds more than any other approach. All stand to benefit when we reach out with love to others. Amazing things can be accomplished when we resolve to live out our faith in unity.  At times our burdens can seem so heavy that the joy in our hearts is all but crushed. Attention towards the needs of others is a healthy sign. Give not advice without being asked; and when desired, do it briefly. God loves us with even greater love than we can even imagine.God welcomes us into a kingdom of peace that passes all human understanding.

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Asset Corner # 114

June’s Asset Category:  BOUNDARIES and EXPECTATIONS: 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. Today, we’re going to be focusing attention on Asset # 11, Family Boundaries.

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La'Var Howell Named Cox Charities Community Hero

Parma, OH – As part of its commitment to celebrating employee contributions to the communities where they live and work, Cox Communications has recognized La’Var Howell as its Community Hero in Cleveland for 2019. Mr. Howell has devoted his time to USO Northern in Cleveland by helping veterans reacclimate to civilian life and through initiatives designed to support active military overseas.

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Parma Residents Invited To Walk In Memory Of Loved Ones

Krisit Capels returns this year as honorary media chair and emcee.

Walk to Remember, co-sponsored by Huntington Bank and Medical Mutual of Ohio, will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, June 9. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The event benefits Hospice of the Western Reserve and is open anyone wishing to celebrate the memory of a loved one. Registration includes all-day admission to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest and fun for the whole family!  This year’s Walk will commemorate Hospice of the Western Reserve’s 40th anniversary in the community. 

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Parma Art Scene

Samantha Bias 

Medley of Art Show at the Smallwood Center The annual Parma Area Fine Arts Council’s Medley of Arts Show & Sale was held on Saturday, May 18th. Participating in the event were 40 local talented artists from the area, showcasing approximately 100 diverse pieces of art. There was a steady stream of attendees throughout the day. The show was divided into seven categories. Best in Show, First Place in each category, and People’s Choice winning artists received cash awards. Ribbons were also awarded to those categories along with second and third place ribbons. The winners were as follows: Best In Show: Mother’s Are Dying by Ashley Nagel, Watercolor: 1. Samantha Bias – Eye For An Eye, 2. Poppin’ Poppies – Marge Horvat 3. Robin Prestien – Red House With Fence. Three-Dimensional: 1. Debra Newell – Vintage Sounds, 2. Donata Rahne – Winged Isis, 3. Debra Newell – Flash Of Sunset, Acrylic/Mixed Media: 1. Samantha Bias – In The Garden Of Eden, 2. Mary O’Hearn – Evening At The Dock, 3. Gary Nass – Three Forest Dances, Photography: 1. Anthony DeMarco – The Alter of Notre Dame, 2. Samantha Bias – Daisy In My Lazy Eye, 3. Anthony DeMarco – The Train On Time Graphics: 1. Sean Mabin – False Start, 2. Kathleen Dregella – Sheep, 3. Alexa Thompson – Breakfast, Fiber Art: 1. Debra Newell – Thrownaways, 2. Barbara Gorman – Felted Wool Neck Piece, 3. Jane Zampedro – Mermaid, Wood Carving: 1. Acorns – Stan Stary. 2. Angry Bird – Gerald Hoeltge, 3. Patricia Perchinske – Gryffin. People’s Choice went to Kathy Kijek for her Rotten Watermelon acrylic painting.

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High-On-Dolls

Medley of Arts Show - 2019 Mermaid by Jane Zampedro

High-On-Dolls is a group of talented women who enjoy creating fiber art dolls. The group began meeting informally in 1998 following a class taught by Doll Artist, Eleanor Peace Bailey, at Pins-N-Needles Shop in Middleburg Hts. In 1999 they formally organized their club. The club met once a month and grew to a membership of forty plus, with a waiting list to join, due to the limited meeting space at Pins-N-Needles. 

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El Salvador: Rise Of Gang Warfare And The Mexican Border Effect

The Americas have historically been faced with war. From violent regime takeovers and citizen rebellions broadcasted throughout the world, to lesser known Black Ops missions sponsored by outside interests to ensure transitions of power, the western hemisphere has become all too familiar with elevated circumstances that lead to armed conflict.

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