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.
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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: email@example.com; 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.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center earned the highest possible quality rating in the latest scores released in February by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare. CMS rates hospitals from one to five stars, based on their safety, efficiency and patient experience. Only 293 of the 4,500 hospitals in the nation achieved a Five-Star rating in the latest calculations for 2019.
The recent scandal regarding wealthy people and celebrities bribing people and gaming the system to get their children into prestigious colleges has made the news. Wealthy families were paying “consultants” to help their children take the exams, even going so far as to hire a “ringer” to take the exam for their child. Others were trying to portray their child as an athlete when they never played the sport. This doesn’t surprise me one bit that this scandal hit the news.
He is one of the voices behind the most played record in the history of American radio: "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.'" If you’ve had the time of your life, you may have been dancing with Patrick Swayze, but the track’s timeless male vocals belong to none other than Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Today, Bill Medley never thought he would be performing without his original second half, Bobby Hatfield, who passed away in 2003. The blue-eyed soul brother once believed his singing career would be put to rest with the passing of Hatfield. "I thought I was pretty much done, but fans and friends convinced me that people still wanted to hear that music," Medley says in a phone interview.
Open up a newspaper or your search engine and the news is laced with violence and destruction. Walking into a restaurant, attending a University, or even waking up in the morning can make anyone apprehensive about the events that lie ahead. Personal safety has become a priority to everyday living.What can be done about your day to day safety? There are many options available to those who are looking to improve their safety. Some options include weapons such as, guns, stun guns, mace, and knives. There are laws and regulations associated with every type of weapon and weapons are not always the answer to your safety solutions. For instance, training is needed in order to use any weapon. Guns need to be cleaned and taken care of. There is always the chance of premature discharge or loading the weapon in time for immediate use. Stun guns may have to be charged or need batteries replaced in order to ensure effective use. Mace has to be in a prime location handy for quick access and be pointed in the right direction when released. Knives are weapons that require a professional touch, but amateurs try their hand at using them. Taking a knife from an attacker requires professional training. Considering the chances of surviving a weapon attack, taking some type of self-defense, karate, or martial art should be number one on your list. Students not only learn skills to fend off an attacker, but they gain insight into how to become more aware of their surroundings and ways to increase personal safety measures. No matter what type of weapon you use to defend yourself, there is a chance of failure. Self-defense techniques are not full proof, but when weapons fail your techniques will not.
This is a list of the Top 25 batters in Major League Baseball during the 2018 season. Please check out americanbaseballfan.com for more information.
In his eighth annual State of the City speech Monday evening, Mayor Tim DeGeeter highlighted Parma’s success stories to illustrate the community’s progress. DeGeeter touted new business development, the strength of the city’s neighborhoods, the community’s reputation as a safe city and the infrastructure improvements made over the past year to about 100 people gathered in the Galleria on Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He also spotlighted the work of Parma’s council members and citywide officials, as well as local organizations and individuals. “We ought to be proud of our city, of the people who reside here and how we work together to make Parma a great place to live and work,” DeGeeter said. “Every day, we’re trying to build one success story after another in Ohio’s seventh-largest city.”
The North Royalton Republican Club is sponsoring a “Convention of Conservative Clubs” with local, state and national organizations. The event will be a live broadcast with Nick Phillips from radio "the Advocate" to host interviews with special guests. Day to share video feeds from the podium of our speakers with Ashland’s Mayor, Matt Miller, as Emcee. Some speakers will be Jim Renacci on Economics, David Jenkins on conservative Environmentalism, Judge Matt Lynch on Judicial conservatism and Chris Long on Religious conservatism.
University Hospitals has appointed Brian S. Monter, MSN, RN, MBA, as President of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, effective March 4. Monter has proven himself as an experienced and successful leader in the University Hospitals system. He came to UH in 2016 to serve as President of UH Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals. Under his guidance, the hospitals improved quality scores, recruited and aligned physicians to eliminate service line gaps, increased employee engagement and established a hospital transfer program in collaboration with UH Cleveland Medical Center.
Last month, I had the pleasure of sharing with you the 'progress' of a few large developments and many new partnerships that Seven Hills has recently entered into. This month I'm excited to announce some community pride.
As a child, Andrew Fowler used to fall asleep to CDs of bagpipe music. He also used to listen to them at his paternal grandfather’s house. Fowler, 26, began playing the bagpipes at age six and began participating in bagpipe competitions at age 9. Today, the Parma Heights resident of Springwood Road is a member of two local pipe bands – he’s the Pipe Sergeant of the 87th Cleveland Pipe Band, and the bass drummer for the Great Lakes Pipe Band -- and regularly plays for weddings, funerals and other occasions. “I love the sound of well-tuned bagpipes,” Fowler said on a recent rainy Wednesday evening.
Three Parma women celebrated three-figure birthdays in February. What’s the secret to their longevity? Can it be attributed to delicious paczkis and pierogies? Is it because they live in safe neighborhoods with easy access to quality health care? Or, maybe it is because Parma is one of the best cities for retirees, according to Forbes magazine. Whatever the reason, these women have lived through 17 U.S. presidential administrations, five wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, moon landings, the Great Recession and numerous other historical moments. To recognize their special birthdays, all three received visits from elected city officials.
The Parma Police Department is accepting applications for this spring’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy is 10 weeks long, beginning April 23. It is free and will run weekly on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited. The Citizen Police Academy opens the lines of communication between the community and the police department, giving citizens a firsthand look at the rules, regulations, and policies the police follow. “The objective is not to train individuals in becoming police officers but to produce informed citizens. The citizens and police officers meet in a neutral, friendly setting and get to know each other,” said Lt. Thomas Siedlecki. “In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform. Now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.”
Last month I began a new series on Parma’s three branches of government by reporting on Parma City Council’s committee structure. My plan for 2019 is to report on various aspects of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of your local government. This month I interviewed Parma Municipal Court Judge Deanna O’Donnell.
Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Concert on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights Featuring Antonin Dvorak Symphony #7, Xylophone & Marimba Soloist George Kitely performing “Xylophonia” & “Fluffy Ruffles“ and “Soiree” an original composition by Darren Allen dedicated to the Parma Symphony Orchestra in celebration of our 50th Anniversary Season The orchestra, in its 50th season consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the entire 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 PM. Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools. For more information can be found on Facebook, website www.parmasymphony.org or calling Business Manager Joe Germana 440-882-2012.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
>> The group is alive and 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 p.m. at Cassidy Theater. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
>> For announcements and detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph: 440-884-1235
O From UH/Parma Medical Center
>> A Women’s Health Expo to include a panel of experts to answer questions, a cooking demo, and a range of free health screenings will be held at the Health Education Center, 7300 State Rd. on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; panel presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. Space is limited – register at 440-743-2651
>> Surgical suites/operating room expansion – Construction activity on this major construction project should be underway this month.
>> Emergency Department Refresh….designed to improve privacy, comfort and patient flow, this several month project should begin in April
O From Parma City Schools….
>> Phase Two Middle School community meetings scheduled for this month include Hillside M.S. on Monday, Mar 11th at 6:30 p.m., Greenbriar M.S. on Monday, Mar 25th at 6:30 p.m. and at the Parma Hts Library on Saturday, Mar 30th at 10:00 a.m. Go here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 to view the schedule, meeting minutes and other related documents.
>> The Feb 11th issue of the Monday Monitor, among other things, has information about major administrative changes being made, details regarding Kindergarten Registration scheduled for Mar 6 and 7 and a piece explaining steps being taken to ensure the safety of our students, Go here to display a copy; https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/5303
>> Go here https://www.parmacityschools.org/feedback to check out any current/active district surveys and/or to ask questions or offer feedback on district issues.
O Some other school-related events….
>> Normandy High School’s 50th Anniversary Open House is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th from 5 - 8 p.m. Tour the building, enjoy student entertainment and stay for a short program at around 6 p.m.
>> The Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Annual Pierogi Dinner will be held at the Parma Sr H.S.Cafeteria on Friday, March 8 from 3 - 7 p.m. ADVANCE SALE TICKETS ONLY available at all schools, Central Office and P.I.E. members; must be purchased by Feb. 25th. The Parma City Schools Foundation will hold a Basket Raffle at the event with many great offerings.
O From Parma Council of PTA’s….
>> Take a break and support your schools by reserving a Parma Council of PTA Family Night at Kalahari Water Park on March 14th….$139 features 2 Queen beds and include waterpark passes. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-525-2427.
Asset Corner #111 SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: TELL THEM STORIES IN WHICH THEY ARE THE HERO. March’s Asset Category: Social Competencies Learning social skills is a lot like learning to play the piano in that you need to learn some basic competencies and you need someone to teach you those skills. You need time to practice, guidance as you gain experience, and feedback along the way. Social competencies are the skills and life perspectives young people need to develop into healthy, competent adults. These skills are important daily, but they’re even more crucial when young people encounter the tough times in life. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset 33: Interpersonal Competence
UH Joins Study To Identify Genetic Mutations In Endometrial Cancer Patients That Indicate Higher Risk For Other Cancers
At 40, Maria-Elena Hill was crushing it – working out and walking daily, eating healthy and avoiding fast food, living a sweet life. But on a dream trip to Greece, the occasional monthly symptoms that arose during her menstrual periods grew ominously unusual. Bloated and agonized by shooting pains in her pelvis, she had trouble buttoning her size 4 pants.
February Highlights The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view! Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org !!!!
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A contented person has learned to accept the bitter with the sweet. A rewarding life is about more than self. It means sharing with others. Being different is not easy; it is one reason that conformity is so popular.Being helpless, ungodly, sinful, and God’s enemy does not make one ineligible to receive God’s grace. Being in Christ frees us from judgment, since He has already borne our judgment. Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.
This month, on March 15 the buzzards will make their annual return to Hinckley signaling the beginning of spring. But do the buzzards actually return every year on the same date? Do they actually migrate south for the winter, and how did this story begin? Well, the story behind the famous buzzards of Hinckley is based on some history as well as some folklore. Two hundred years ago most of northeastern Ohio was a forested wilderness, inhabited by many wild animals including some that would like to make a meal of livestock as well as humans. The forests of northeastern Ohio were teeming with game as well as wolf packs, bears and mountain lions. Following the end of the War of 1812, the threat from hostile Indian tribes was ended in much of Ohio and more settlers arrived in northeastern Ohio. Many had been granted land by Connecticut for their service in the War for Independence since this part of Ohio was originally the Connecticut Western Reserve.
The Pure Food and Drug Act passed in 1906 due to the fervor of Harvey Wiley, chief chemist in the Department of Agriculture. He studied food products and educated the public about adulterated food. Formaldehyde was added to meat and dairy products, borax, copper sulfate, sawdust, floor sweepings etc. were added to food products. A plethora of products simply weren't what they said they were, contained toxic substances or flat out gross stuff. The book goes into shocking detail about this and the fight between manufacturer's and legislation for safe food, authentic food, and labeling such. The poison squad was a group of men that volunteered to ingest substances believed to be toxic to record the results. For decades Wiley battled for legislation to ensure authentic food and proper labeling as well as to eliminate toxic substances in food. Frustrated, he left public office to write uncensored for Good Housekeeping and eventually published, 'The History of a Crime Against the Food Law,' venting his frustrations of a corrupt government that bent to industry pressure and ignored public welfare. Despite the numerous poisonings and deaths over the years, it wasn't until over 100 people died, many were children, from a cough syrup containing diethylene glycol (found in antifreeze) that legislation greatly expanded the previous act and replaced it with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. It corrected deficiencies and gave real authority to what we call the FDA, Food and Drug Administration. The mid-nineteenth century marked the beginning of Europe enacting protective measures and banning many American food products. Today, the EU, Russia and many other countries have banned Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's). They dominate our groceries, yet are banned for sale within and import to those countries which have bans in place. Much of the American food supply is still tainted, not just with GMO's, but an abundance of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides that are known to be toxic, so there is still work to done to purify our food supply.
You’ve probably visited the West Side Market downtown (and if not, you definitely should), but did you know that three of the vendors have locations in Parma too? Here’s why Parma’s plentiful meat shops love serving the city and what delicious offerings you should try at each!