Did you know that there are close to 50 different local organizations working in concert to address issues related to human trafficking and the needs of its victims? Efforts by the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, are lead by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland . Learn more about both these groups by visiting:
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Parma’s May Show Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Parma Area Fine Arts Council will host their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Dr. This year in addition to the show, which features the work of local artists and craftsmen in seven different categories, the show will feature ongoing demonstrations in doll making by High On Dolls, and wood carving by Great Lakes Wood Carvers, as well as watercolor painting and wood burning. Refreshments are available, as well as some great Chinese Auction items. Attendees will also be able to vote the People’s Choice Award for the most popular item. Meet the artists and craftsmen, and watch them create unique one-of-a-kind items. Best of all, admission is free.
The City is repairing catch basins, improving large stormwater detention areas and rebuilding water mains as it continues to upgrade the city’s infrastructure. This year, the city will invest about $500,000 to replace around 150 catch basins throughout neighborhoods after restoring 117 of them along its major thoroughfares last year. “These are important improvements that will rebuild our infrastructure and help with our stormwater management and flooding issues within the city,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “This is a major priority for us.”
The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and nonprofit Solar United Neighbors are co-sponsoring a free informational meeting for residents interested in going solar. The meeting is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the Council Chamber at Parma City Hall, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma. Residents can learn about an emerging green technology without sitting through a high-pressure sales pitch.
Here is something for all of you classical music lovers out there. The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform their final spring concert for this season at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in the auditorium of Valley Forge High School, 9999 Independence Boulevard. Our local symphony orchestra, in its 50th season, will present a program including "Concerto for Bassoon" by Carl Maria Von Webber, featuring Andrew Machamer of the faculty of the prestigious Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Machamer is a lecturer of Music Harmony at B-W, and is an active performer and teacher in Northeast Ohio. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, as well as a Master of Music Degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Minnesota. He has also completed a separate Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A dedicated teacher and pedagogue, Machamer has taught students of all ages across the country from elementary school to college level. The orchestra’s program will also include the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky, and selections from The Planets by Gustav Holst. The orchestra consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the Greater Cleveland area. They meet weekly for rehearsals and present at least four concerts annually. General admission 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 p.m. Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra. More information can be found on Facebook, on the orchestra website -- www.parmasymphony.org -- or by calling Business Manager Joe Germana at 440-882-2012.
Help Keep Big Creek Clean (Saturday, June 1) A collaboration between many environmental organizations for several years, volunteers are needed once again to help clean up one of Parma’s most important watersheds. All individuals and organizations interested are asked to meet at 9:00 am at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Snow Road Picnic Area along Big Creek Parkway. Bags and gloves will be provided, but it is suggested you wear long pants and boots. The event will go until noon when a light lunch and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Amy Roskilly at the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580 (x1005).
Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 71-year tradition during the weekend of May 3 through May 5, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
Many property lots in Parma are of a small size which creates difficulties in choosing appropriate sized trees. While most lot sizes in northern Parma are in the 40-foot wide range, those in the more southern area of Parma may have a little more room to work with. Colorado Blue Spruces (Picea pungens) and Norway Spruce (Picea abies ) are two evergreens that are easy to obtain but can grow extremely large in both height and diameter. As a matter of fact, in the wild both of these trees can grow over 100 -150 feet tall, although that height will most likely not be reached in an urban area.
When I was a boy, I would sit on the back porch with a little glass jar in my hand observing the movement of gray skies when storm clouds would usher in. I would try and jump as high as I could to catch and save the clouds in my jar because they were closer to the earth when rains would build. In Haiti, my motorbike driver referred to me as a missionary the very first day we met. I immediately rejected the notion in my mind, as missionaries to me often brought more harm than good. To him, however, simply being there present and aware for journalistic purposes, was mission enough.
There is a well-known saying in the art world, “L’art pour l’art.” A phrase first coined by 19th-century French Philosopher Victor Cousin that translates to“art for art’s sake” in Modern English. Cleveland native and driftwood sculpture artist Linda Dempsey sees the world in very much the same way. A long journey from photography school in California has brought her current expressions to life along the shores of Lake Erie and twisting environs of nearby rivers and streams. This is where she often calls home, creating exotic pieces of leftover earth and arbor she then animates and anthropomorphically brings to life.
"It's only one straw," said 8 billion people. Did you know that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day? It’s no wonder that straws are one of the top items that end up in our waterways ー such as Lake Erie ー harming wildlife and impacting the health of humans and communities.
According to recent studies, physical and mental activities help reduce weight, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, sadness, stress, and more; plus, people’s outlooks on life become more positive. All of us are faced with a second birth. The first one is physical which we have nothing to do with. The second birth is spiritual which we have everything to do with because it is a choice we make. It is a gradual unfolding process that continues throughout life as we become more God-centered and less self-centered.
I am old enough to remember some great speeches by national and world leaders. I remember President John F Kennedy’s inaugural address on January 20, 1961, when he began “Let the word go forth that the torch has been passed to a new generation” and concluded with “Ask not what your country could do for you, but what you could do for your country.” His strong words inspired a generation.
May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING These five assets have dual power: they are crucial in the long run for vocational success and engaged citizenship and they also play a prevention role, inhibiting some forms of health-compromising behavior. Commitment to learning has a number of sources in the journey through childhood and adolescents. Parental attitudes, encouragements, involvement, and modeling are all important. The quality of schooling – through its formal and informal curricula - also matters. Norms that encourage high attention to educational tasks, on the part of the peer group and community, are also instrumental and important. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #22 – School Engagement
Of the 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, an estimated 25 percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. For those with chronic non-healing wounds and ulcers, the outpatient Wound Care Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center now has new hyperbaric oxygen chambers as another alternative treatment.
In early April, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s two-year transportation budget, House Bill 62.
Leading Animal Law Expert: Repeal Parma’s Breed-Specific Pit Bull Ban, Adopt Breed-Neutral Dog Control Law Instead
Cities are trending towards humane, more effective solutions dealing with aggressive dogs. The purpose of this article outlines reasons to repeal Parma’s existing pit bull ban at the polls on May 7. It’s also a rebuttal to the article “Your Neighbor Was Attacked” in last month’s edition of Parma Observer. Rather than denying the pain and suffering described in the dog attack from last month’s article, residents should consider that repealing the existing pit bull ban would actually make way for a safer, more comprehensive ordinance.
Hard to believe we are already in the month of April! The Cleveland Indians are playing ball and flowers are starting to bloom. The same can be said for several projects in Seven Hills. Our EPA mandated Hemlock Project is already at full steam and will be completed this year. The 305 homes that are part of this project are the last in Seven Hills to move from septic tanks to City sanitary sewers. The long-awaited water main replacement on Mapleview Dr.and East Hill Circle will be getting started soon. Upon completion, we plan to resurface both streets in their entirety.
Parma and Parma Heights recreation departments have partnered again this season to host the Summer Band Concert Series. Residents from both communities are invited to attend all the concerts, which start at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday.
Parma residents are invited to watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 for Parma Night at Progressive Field. There will be a pre-game parade on the Indians’ field, open to all Parma children and coaches involved in Parma recreation sports who attend the game. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for those attending is the Mayor’s First Pitch Raffle. Following his own tradition, Mayor Tim DeGeeter is forfeiting his opportunity to throw out the first pitch. Instead, he holds a yearly raffle for a child to throw out his pitch. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open to children who are Parma residents ages 17 or younger and who have purchased tickets in advance. The drawing occurs after tickets are sold out or returned to the Indians, which is typically about a week before the game. Tickets will soon be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Parma Recreation Department, 7335 Ridge Road. Tickets are $26 each in the family deck section.
This year, Free Comic Book Day is celebrating its 18th year introducing readers to the wonders of comics and falls on Saturday, May 4th.
This May, the Parma City School District will have on the ballot a request to renew an operating levy of 4.2 mills. This renewal is NOT a new tax and will NOT cost taxpayers ANY additional money.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has broken ground on the largest construction project in the main hospital in more than 30 years. The $27.5 million renovation and expansion of the Department of Surgery was boosted by the Parma Hospital Health Foundation, which announced a $2 million lead gift to support this transformational project. Fencing has been constructed in a large section of the main parking lot for the first phase of the project, a new addition of 7,700 square feet to the building that will modernize and alter the front of UH Parma Medical Center. The project will proceed in multiple phases over a two-year period, including a complete renovation of the existing Department of Surgery, to avoid disruption to surgery operations.
The Parma Heights Historical Society will present an old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt for children in the community ages 10 and under beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Gazebo at Greenbrier Commons. Children ages five and under can participate from 10-10:15 a.m. on the green space surrounding the gazebo. Those ages 6-8 can take part from 10:20-10:30 a.m., while those ages 9 and 10 can enjoy the fun from 10:35-10:45 a.m. Bring a basket to collect eggs. Parents should also bring a camera or their cell phone to take photos. The Easter Bunny will make a special guest appearance.
O From Parma City Schools….
>> The Phase Three – High Schools Strategic Consolidation meeting schedule is as follows:
6:30 pm, Monday, April 8th at Normandy H.S.; 6:30 pm, Monday, April 29th, Parma Sr. H.S.;
6:30 pm, Monday, May 13th at Valley Forge H.S.; 1:30 pm, Saturday, May 18th, Parma-Snow Library.
> Providing another opportunity to experience a “21st Century Facilities”, see how that translates into real life by meeting at North Olmsted Secondary Campus (27301 Butternut Ridge Rd.), at 10:30 am, Saturday, April 6th.
> Go here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 to view the schedule of meetings, their minutes and other related documents.
>> On April 6th, Young Entrepreneurs (students grades 3 through 6) will be presenting their ideas & related business plans developed over the past several months to a panel of student judges & the public. A sampling of their products will also be offered for sale. The event sponsored by UH/Parma Medical Center is being held at Normandy H.S. from 8:00 am to Noon.
>> To share general information & get community feedback, Superintendent Smialek will be hosting a Town Hall formatted meeting, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Parma-Snow Branch Library Conference Room A/B; 2121 Snow Road, Parma, 44134.
>> The District has announced the return of paper recycling bins at all of its schools. Accepted items include, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard & soft cover books, office/school paper, cardboard & mail. Money earned will accrue to the benefit of the individual school.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
>> The group is alive & well, continuing its bi-weekly meeting schedule, alternating between an activity of some type one week with a group discussion of a consensus topic the next. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
>> For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph: 440.884.1235
Safety Town of Parma, now in its 47th year, will be offering four two week sessions at Greenbriar Middle School Annex, 11810 Huffman Rd, Parma, Oh. Safety Town teaches children home and pedestrian safety. Residents of the Parma City School District whose child will be entering kindergarten, public or private, in the fall are eligible. Registration will be Saturday April 6th 2019, 9:00am to 12:00 noon, at Four Star Insurance Agency, 5835 Pearl Road. Parma. Registration fee is $28.00. Questions will be answered business hours at 440-882-2014.
The 18th Annual Parma Safety Fair and Document Shredding & Food Drive were both moved from April to Saturday, May 11 this year. Another change is the location of the document shredding, which will be at Parma Senior High School.
“We changed the date due to the Easter calendar,” said Safety Director Tom Weinreich. “We relocated the document shredding to reduce traffic congestion. We also ordered two shredding trucks this year to keep up with the demand.”
The Document Shredding & Food Drive runs 9 a.m. to noon at Parma Senior High at 6285 West 54th St. Residents are asked to show proof of residency. A driver’s license, gas bill or electric bill are acceptable forms of identification. There is no limit on the amount of documents shredded, but residents are being asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Parma Hunger Center, which will be on-site collecting the donations. Residents are not required to stay while their confidential documents are being shredded, but they are expected to secure their documents if they choose to leave. Community Services Coordinator Gloria Wohl said bagged documents should be tied, and boxed documents should have a lid. “We don’t want to risk confidential documents blowing out of the bags or boxes if we have a windy day,” Wohl said.
Residents should make sure their paper documents are not bound with rubber bands or paper clips and binders. Also, no plastic folders or sleeves can be included. "Plastic, rubber bands and clips can jam the shredding machine,” Wohl explained. Gateway Products Recycling will be shredding the documents. A grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is covering the cost of the shredding.
The Safety Fair will be staged at the same location as last year – the Parma Justice Center on 5555 Powers Boulevard. The community family event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety experts will offer advice and safety giveaways, including bike helmets, smoke alarms and gun locks, while supplies last. Several activities are planned, including fire extinguisher and grease fire demonstrations; free fingerprinting for children; tours of the police station, firing range and jail; and visits with the K9 Unit, Metroparks mounted police, bomb squad and SWAT team. Children can climb into fire trucks and see police cars and motorcycles up close. There will also be face painting and a climbing wall. New this year will be a drone demonstration.
Pleasant Lake Villa will be opening an on-site hemodialysis unit in collaboration with the Centers for Dialysis Care. The dialysis unit scheduled to open early April, will have 6 chairs for residents. “We are very excited to be able to provide this service to our residents and community, shared Sharon Santoli, Administrator at Pleasant Lake Villa. “Residents will benefit by having the convenience of the dialysis center on site which will reduce travel time and a more efficient time to dialyze. A reception was held at Pleasant Lake Villa on March 21st to highlight the unit.
Like you, I am so happy with the warmer temperatures we have been experiencing after a long, cold winter. As an avid runner, this weather is much more conducive to being active. Along those lines, I have been very busy preparing for the 9th annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, which will take place on Saturday, July 6 at Cuyahoga Community College’s Parma Western campus at 8:30 am. There is no better time to sign up than now.
A mature person thinks twice before offending someone over a personal issue. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it is the only thing that ever has. Avoid looking backward or forward and try to keep looking upward. God can restore us and does not count our trespasses against us. God instructs, we obey, and He performs. It is a deadly mistake to follow those who choose worldly ways over Godly ways. It is possible that the most significant acts of all are carried out in secret, seen by no one but God.
The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view! Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org. Summer Jobs 2019: Are you 14-24 years of age? Looking for a summer work experience? Apply today for the Y.O.U. Summer Employment Program. The Youth Opportunities Summer Jobs Registration Site is open. Go to youthopportunities.org and register for summer jobs.
It was a nice summer afternoon and I got home early from work. As I reached for the front door knob I heard some strange sounds. I went in the door, kicked off my shoes, but something didn’t sound right. I went back outside and I listened closer to the strange combination of sounds. There was a dog barking, maybe two…a lady yelling…and another lady screaming frantically. I ran in the house, got my shoes, my phone, ran back out, grabbed a rake, a long sharp stick, and ran like crazy toward the neighbor’s back yard where the sounds came from. Tracy, my neighbor, was running in the side door of her house. She was frantic, she was bitten several times, and she was bleeding. She seemed like she was scared crazy and yet strangely composed at the same time. She said: “the dog wouldn’t stop biting…wouldn’t let go…wouldn’t let go. ”She was calling her friend on her cell phone; I was calling 911. The Parma rescue squad was there in no time flat, but the paramedics couldn’t come in the yard until the police came…that was because I told the operator that my neighbor was bitten by a pit bull. The severity of Tracy’s wounds kept her in the hospital for a week and in bandages for longer than that. Her parents went through their own grief as they came from out of town to attend to their daughter’s needs. Tracy moved away 5 months later because the nightmares of what happened in her back yard wouldn’t stop. The last time I spoke to her she loved her new job in Oregon.
Mother...Born March 3rd 1933. Reached 86 years of age one month ago. Pictures of her have long since reached a point of remaining best left away from the public eye, as she is calmly and quietly facing the final stages of neurological departure. A mother now fully bed bound; a once full world now lessened to that of mere inches.
April’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT. Young people are empowered when they feel valued, valuable and safe. They need to believe that adults like and respect them. Finally, they need plenty of opportunities to contribute to their communities through volunteering, working in paid jobs and sharing their ideas, knowledge and creativity. One of these days, the young people in your home, school, neighborhood and workplace will be in charge – in charge of their own lives and in charge of the world. You can help young people get ready for their future role by empowering them now.
It was a nice summer afternoon. I got home a little early from work, had a chance to clean up the yard and do some other chores. I was going in and out of the house and putting stuff away. Finally finished, it was time to go in and start supper. As I reached for the front door knob I heard some strange sounds. I went in the door, kicked off my shoes, but something didn’t sound right. I went back outside and I listened closer to the strange combination of sounds. There was a dog barking, maybe two…a lady yelling…and another lady screaming frantically. I ran in the house, got my shoes, my phone, ran back out, grabbed a rake, a long sharp stick, and ran like crazy toward the neighbor’s back yard where the sounds came from. Tracy, my neighbor, was running in the side door of her house. She was frantic, she was bitten several times, and she was bleeding. She seemed like she was scared crazy and yet strangely composed at the same time. She said: “the dog wouldn’t stop biting…wouldn’t let go…wouldn’t let go.”
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center invites the public to the reopening of the Radiation Oncology Department at its UH Seidman Cancer Center following a $3 million renovation. At a community open house on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon, visitors can tour the facility, enjoy breakfast and meet two new oncologists and a cancer navigator to guide patients through their cancer journey. Visitors also can participate in health screenings and see the state-of-the-art linear accelerator that delivers radiation treatments to patients.