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64th Annual Hungarian Festival

Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival returns! Festivities include delicious food, live musical entertainment, colorful authentic folk costumes, folk dance lessons and more at the 64th annual Hungarian Festival, presented by the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the German Central Park, 7863 York Rd., in Parma, Ohio.   

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City Of Parma Works To Address Flooding Issues And Seeks Assistance

Two meetings at Parma City Hall that addressed the July 5 storm and flash flooding drew large crowds.

On July 5, a severe storm impacted the southwest portion of Parma in the afternoon, dumping a massive amount of rain. Local media reported 4.1 inches of rain in less than an hour, and the National Weather Service reported 5.5 inches in some areas. As a result, flash flooding occurred in Parma, Parma Heights, and North Royalton. Some residents reported that their basements flooded for the first time in homes where they have resided for more than 20 years.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019

Saturday, August 10 Will Be A Big Day In Parma Heights

Among the groups involved in the Kids in the Commons event is the Parma Heights Police Department.

Celebrate summer with the city of Parma Heights as a new pop-up handmade festival is coming to town. Making its debut from Noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, the Big Creek Handmade Fest will feature a handmade artisan/crafter market in conjunction with the city’s annual Kids in the Commons event

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019

Ukrainian Village Parade & Festival On Saturday, August 24

Photo © 2018, 2019 Stefan P. Stefaniuk

On August 24th, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its 10th annual Ukrainian Independence Day Parade in Parma’s Ukrainian Village. The Committee invites all to join them and celebrate this special occasion! The parade procession begins at 11 a.m. on Grantwood Drive, continues north along State Road, and ends at Ukrainian Heritage Park, located across the street from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (5720 State Road).

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019

5th Annual Touch A Truck Parma Rolling In August 24

After attending a local pre-school big truck day in 2014, I was inspired to put on an event of her own for the Parma Early Childhood PTA and the City of Parma. A once small idea has now turned into the 5th year of the popular Touch a Truck in Parma. 

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:20 PM, 08.01.2019

State Senator Nickie J. Antonio Applauds State Budget

Senator Antonio working in her office at the Statehouse.

Last week in Columbus, I voted yes on House Bill 166, the state’s two-year, $69 billion budget bill. Ultimately, I was pleased to vote in favor of this budget. Some concerns remain, especially regarding education measures that were not sufficiently addressed in this budget, including academic distress commissions, state report cards, and graduation requirements. Overall, this budget makes real investments in our communities. It also shows our commitment to the people of Ohio, as we continue working to make our state the best place for people to choose to live and raise their families.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019

The President's Corner

Congressman (and former President of Parma City Council) Ronald M. Mottl and current Parma City Council President Sean Brennan at Parma City Hall.

Last month I commenced a two-issue column about one of Parma’s most notable residents – Ronald M. Mottl.  Following years of distinguished elected service on Parma City Council and in the Statehouse in Columbus, the voters rewarded Mr. Mottl’s hard work in 1975 by sending him to Washington, D.C. to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, he served for eight years in the nation’s capital.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

More re: Human Trafficking Raising Awareness
Understanding the long-term impacts on HT survivors’ ability to access and maintain safe and well-paid employment opportunities is key to their successful placement and ultimate recovery. “Future Without Violence” has made available a copy of their Jun. 26th webinar: Human Trafficking and Its Impact Employment. It offers, among other things, insight into the unique types of education and employment-related challenges that survivors of human trafficking may face after they are no longer in the trafficking situation. If you’re in a position that may require you to counsel an HT survivor, or would just like to learn more about this issue, then this webinar is for you. www.futureswithoutviolence.org/htemploymentimpacts

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:15 PM, 08.01.2019

Pooch Party To Benefit Northeast Ohio SPCA

Northeast Ohio SPCA has been a staple in the Parma neighborhood beginning in 2004. Since then, our shelter has helped over 35,000 dogs, cats, and small animals find their forever homes. We believe very strongly that no healthy animal should ever have to be put to sleep due to overcrowding. Unfortunately, not every shelter works this way and nearly 1.5 million animals are euthanized each year due to overcrowding. In our effort to combat this epidemic, we regularly rescue animals from kill shelters by transporting them and caring for them at our NO-KILL shelter until they are able to find their new families. 

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I Believe

As God’s representatives, we should make it our goal to influence as many people as possible in a positive direction. Communication evolves in more ways than words. Consider the following: a smile, a greeting, a thought, or a helpful deed. Each one of us hopes for something. Hope gives us the strength to keep going in the face of need, great or small. Hope is essential to life. Even when all our physical needs are met, emotional desires, such as friendships, love, and hope, are great enhancements to life. In this life, what we have, how we look, and what we can do dominates our existence. Externally, no part of who we are is more important that whose we are.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:14 PM, 08.01.2019

Venezuela: A Nation Rich In TurmOIL

To fully comprehend the gravity of the nation of Venezuela and its immense fabric of complexity today, one must at once endeavor first to better understand the lasting effects of its Middle Ages monarchal rule under the crowns of both Spain and the Napoleonic Empire of France.  

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:14 PM, 08.01.2019

Asset Corner #116

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  Let Them Make Mistakes. August’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:14 PM, 08.01.2019

Remembering A Memorable Summer Fifty Years Ago

I am old enough to clearly remember that memorable summer of 1969. Like Sherman and his dog Peabody from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show would say, let’s go into the way back machine to that summer of 1969.

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They Died In Each Otherís Arms

Where does one start
To describe from the heart
The haunting sight of bodies on the shore
Their loving embrace
In such a sad place
Their hopes died along with so much more
 
Politicians rush to blame
To them it’s just a game
Immigration is the dirtiest word in town
“Please, share the dream!”
We hear countless scream
In silence, Valeria and Oscar were found
 
Tucked under his shirt
So she wouldn’t be hurt
Overtaken by the swift Rio Grande 
We share the blame
We share the shame
Won’t someone share a loving hand?
 
Humanitarian
Pandemonium
Two precious diamonds in the rough
A father and daughter
Frozen by warm water
And we think we have it so tough
 
The horrific picture
The relentless mixture
Our planet grows cold without a care
The haves and have-nots
The gap begins to rot
In a world where the rules are unfair
 
So where do we go?
So what do we know?
We should rescue one another from harm
Valeria and Oscar
Are anything but monsters
They died helplessly in each other’s arms
 
Copyright © 2019 Jack P. Marschall

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:14 PM, 08.01.2019

From Pittsburgh To Parma: One YPís Thoughts On Moving To The Flamingo City

“Why would you want to move to Cleveland?” is a question I’ve been asked in the last year more times than I can count since finding out I was transferring. I’ve been asked by friends, co-workers, neighbors and even strangers. To be honest, I would have asked myself the same questions 10 years ago. 

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:14 PM, 08.01.2019

Parma's William Scheffler Graduates From Power Systems Institute At Tri-C

William Scheffler of Parma has been hired by The Illuminating Company after graduating from its utility worker training program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®). Scheffler was among 24 graduates in the third class since FirstEnergy Corp. reinstituted the award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program at Tri-C in 2014. The Illuminating Company is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 3:14 PM, 08.01.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

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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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019

Asset Corner #115

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

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