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In these overwhelmingly documented times, frequent media coverage concerning negative interactions between police officers and citizens have presented a clear perception that there is a major disconnect between police officers in the US and the communities that they serve. I can't help but to notice, thankfully, that this situation for the most part is not present here in Parma. Why is this? Being the seventh largest city in Ohio, Parma experiences the same crimes that other cities of our size do. Our police department has enjoyed for some time a stellar record of confronting and apprehending perpetrators of unlawful acts in our community, in an extremely expeditious manner. Criminals who unwisely choose Parma have proven, through a series of well publicized incidents that indeed crime does not pay in Parma, Ohio.
Calling all alumni of Parma Senior High and Parma Schaaf who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion! The PSH Alumni Association is holding its “Fourth Annual Golden Reunion” on Saturday, August 27th for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1966 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun, casual day in the PSH Ballroom (cafeteria) featuring a school tour, light lunch and refreshments, and lots of reuniting with old classmates, hugs, reminiscing and memories. Over 250 attended the third reunion last year, and it's getting better every year!
As many of you may know, I have been blessed with the opportunity to act as the Outreach & Advocacy Director for the Alive Inside Foundation since it was formed in 2015 by Michael Rossatto Bennett. Michael directed the multi-award winning Alive Inside documentary & created the Alive Inside Foundation as a means of addressing the issues facing an aging population living with Dementia. The Foundation has made amazing progress in many areas during the relatively short time we have been in existence, launching Adopt An Elder Programs in 21 cities across the USA including our most recent effort here in Parma, with music students from Kristopher Morron's Valley Forge High School band & orchestra working with residents from the Parma Care Center on Broadview Rd. under the guidance of Martha Polenz LPN and Clinical Liaison for the facility. The program was recently featured on a segment of WKYC's "See The Possible" with the cooperation of WKYC's Dawn Kendrick (see link).
This particular program also benefited from an event on June 18th that featured performances by the legendary Emerson , Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer with the ELP Legacy Band along with a couple acts from Nashville.
Brother Trouble and Ira Dean were gracious enough to add their talents to our efforts. Ira even took the time to visit and play a few songs for the group at Parma Care Center during one of their Adopt An Elder sessions.
We have plans to expand our Adopt An Elder Program in other NE Ohio communities and eventually across our state. As part of our continuing growth we are always looking to expand our network and devise new ways to not only raise awareness but to raise funds. I'm delighted to announce that we have found a local partner in the amazingly creative Lidia Trempe and Rudy's Strudel, who are brain-storming to develop something special that is guaranteed to bring the world's taste buds "Alive".We are ALL going to be SURPRISED on Saturday August 20,2016 when we will be launching their creation with a Rudy's ROCKS Dementia event from Noon until 3 PM featuring Music,Food and Fun for All.
Details will be announced ASAP.
Mark your Calendars NOW.You won't want to miss this.
Although I may not walk with kings, let me be big in little things.
The great build and even greater divide along Cleveland’s north shores has come and gone, but not in the fundamental principles of so many that impassionately involved themselves in events throughout the week, as around every corner there were all walks of life hustling and bustling their stance on where we currently sit as a not so united “state” of America.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: CATCH THEM DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. August’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. Community Connections Matter Involving children and adolescents in forms of structure is not just a nice thing to do; it’s essential. Structure provides the opportunity for personal development and adult connection that augments & extends the effect of family. For those young people w/absent, neglectful, overwhelmed or underskilled families – and there are too many – the power and impact of constructive use of time may be a critical factor in whether they become resilient or are trapped by adversity.
If you saw the Republican convention in Cleveland and especially if you saw Donald Trump’s speech that he gave on the final night of the convention; you might think that the sky is falling and only Donald Trump could fix it. Throughout this campaign season, the Republican party and especially Donald Trump have been pandering to our fears while telling the nation that they hold the solution. But much of that fear is irrational.
The first Cafeteria renovation in more than 30 years was greeted enthusiastically by employees and visitors alike at the June 29 Grand Opening of Fresh Inspirations Café. “This is beautiful,” University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy Tinsley exclaimed before cutting the ribbon before a large crowd. “This is just one of many capital improvement efforts that are part of our integration with University Hospitals.”
The Parma Fire Department and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center are piloting a new stroke treatment program – the first of its kind in the State of Ohio – to initiate advanced stroke care in the field, expediting administration of clot-busting drugs once the patient arrives in the ER. Paramedics utilize iPads to livestream their thorough assessments of patients on the scene. The ER physician at UH Parma Medical Center views the neurological exam in real time to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA and prompts pharmacy to prepare the medication. Upon arrival at the ER, only a quick CT scan is necessary to confirm diagnosis and begin treatment.
Karen Fratto was racing to the lobby of the Senior Center to assist an elderly woman in distress. As she ran, Brooklyn’s Coordinator of Senior Services fearfully wondered if she would know what to do when she reached the woman’s side.
I would like to give a special thanks to Council President of Ward 3, JoAnn Koch for all of her hard work organizing the annual Parma Heights Ward 3 Garage Sales. This is in addition to her Council duties. I think that the majority of Councilman are informed about the negative things that take place in all communities. I would like to change the negative trend by letting people know the good things that happen. About a week prior to the Garage sale, JoAnn hands out out a packet of information that has detailed information and suggestions for a successful, fun, garage sale. This has been my 3rd. year as a participant in the garage sale. In addition to the monetary gains, it has been very rewarding, communicating with many people, from local and distant communities. This is the kind of activity that help bring people together in a friendly atmosphere. Thank You, JoAnn.
The Parma Area Dog Park Association presents Yappy Hour!!!
My three year old granddaughter, Abigail, has a smile that lets me know there is something awaiting my discovery. Is she planning a Tea Party, or is there a secret scenario formulating behind those beautiful, blue eyes? What will be revealed for my role in her planned, series of events? Maybe there’s a book that she might “read” to me where she’ll explain every detail of the accompanying illustrations. Then, there are times when her silent, calculating judgment will lead to interaction with a surprised member of the family.
Please join us as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of a Historic Rescue By Garrett A Morgan and the workers who laid the groundwork for our water service today. FREE TO ALL.
Fees for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program returned to bills beginning July. The Sewer District is hosting informational workshops to help customers learn more about the program’s benefits to Parma and how residents can apply for residential credits to reduce their bills.
A very good friend of mine was born into a family that was musically inclined and trained to play various instruments for personal entertainment and enjoyment. At a very young age he started taking guitar lessons and was very diligent about practicing on a regular schedule. He played in many church bands and formal band groups over the years while working a very busy schedule in the Auto Industry for 41 years. In addition to playing the guitar he gave lessons to young and elderly people to help them become accomplished players as he is himself. He currently plays lead guitar for a versatile group called the Northcoast Mix. They are a band that plays to the crowds. They play Rock, Country, Soul, Ethnic, etc. Everyone in the group has various talents which makes for a nice blend of music that is very pleasing. You can view some of their music by going on line at www.gigmaster.com/music/northcoastmix. The theme of this article is to let people know that through hard work and practice it is possible to do anything that you set your mind to. As most people know, nothing comes easy.
This year I was pleased to introduce a pilot program to our Ridgewood Junior Golf Program with The First Tee of Cleveland. We had two classes of 24 students each held on Tuesday mornings. Talking to the kids and parents, this year was a big success. The kids had fun and learned some things along the way. I also added a junior day on Thursday. The goal was to approach high school golfers and give them a day to work on their golf skills during the summer months. We mixed it up with head-to-head competition as individuals and team events while providing coaching areas along the way. People say our kids are the future - if that if true our future is getting stronger each year.
A special invitation from the City of Parma … We are looking to honor our Parma veterans of World War II and so we’re on the lookout now to locate them. If you served in World War II or know someone who did, please let us know! We appreciate your service and want to honor you for it.
Pleasant Lake Villa has been taking advantage of the beautiful summer days. The residents have been reminiscing on the days when the garden was the place to sit and enjoy. You may find our garden area with many exciting new things this summer, from flourishing tomato and bean plants to paintings of poppies along the parameter fence. A small fairy garden has also been created by our residents to enjoy a magical garden display. Our Art Specialist, Christy Clore, has been able to have the residents participate in outdoor art classes to create colorful butterfly stepping stones. Our Administrator, Sharon Santoli takes time to spend a few moments outdoors with the residents on such a lovely day. Families and residents are enjoying the sun and fresh air this summer at Pleasant Lake Villa.
Vista Springs newest senior living community, Vista Springs Greenbriar, is on schedule in the construction process of its master-planned Independent/Catered Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care community. This innovative senior living community is located at (The Shoppes of Parma) 8668 Day Drive, Parma, OH 44129.
Enjoy a scenic, late summer morning run through Ridgewood Golf Course and the mostly flat adjacent residential neighborhoods at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 5K and One Mile Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Attention budding Piccaso's, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 1:00pm to 3pm, come join us for the 10th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Event, sponsored by The Parma Area Fine Arts Council. This year the event will be held in the parking lot alongside of Parma City Hall on W. Ridgewood Drive. There will be prizes awarded for the best drawing in two age categories, 2 to 8, and 9 to 14, free chalk, bottled water, face painting, and tours of Mayor DeGeeter's Office. Registration starts at 1:00pm sharp. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Great summer family fun! Rain date - Sunday August 21st.
The Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC) in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Polish Village, Proud of Parma, and the Parma Chamber of Commerce have brought FREE art classes to 40 area residents. The classes were offered on a first come, first serve basis for this pilot program and are currently underway. The classes filled up fast.
This month I continue my series on Parma’s places of worship by spotlighting Ridgewood United Methodist Church, located at 6330 Ridge Road. Despite her very busy schedule, Rev. Karen Wolcott was gracious enough to take the time to meet with me to teach me about her church. What follows is a summary of what I learned.
This month, the City of Parma offers three events that have become summer family favorites.
An expanded recycling program, managing pharmaceutical waste and virtually eliminating the use of mercury all contributed to recent environmental awards presented to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
We are very excited to be a new part of the Parma area communities and be located near the Shoppes of Parma. Vista Springs is relatively new to Northeast Ohio with communities in Macedonia, Parma and communities under construction in Concord and Willoughby. However, we are well established with nine communities in Michigan where the Corporate Research and Resource Center is located in Grand Rapids. The name Greenbriar was chosen for our name as that was the original name for Parma and Parma Heights in 1806.
The 2016 City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Taleris Credit Union, Inc., opened on June 30, 2016. The Market is located at the corner of Hillside Road and Broadview Road adjacent to Fire Station No. 1. The City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market will continue to provide a place for farmers, backyard gardeners and home food producers a location to sell their items and a place to connect with our wider community. Please shop our Farmers’ Market every Thursday, now through September 29th from 4-7PM.
For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbeques. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents work, or how to feed children nutritious meals without the school lunches they count on throughout the rest of the year. Hundreds of thousands of Ohio students rely on the school lunch program, and many of them don’t have access to healthy and filling meals when school cafeterias close for the summer. Summer break shouldn’t mean going hungry. That’s why every year we work to get the word out about the Summer Food Service Program, and why I’m working to expand it.
Here are all of the Cavs logos going back to the first in 1970. Congratulations to a great team. We are all very proud of you. Lebron James said it best, "Nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have". This team sure worked for what they gave us. The All In Win.
A feeble compromise between Godly and worldly will satisfy neither.
Bags under your eyes? Body fatigued? Voice blown out from screaming in celebration of the Cavs win? Yeah, me too. But buckle up buttercup because Cleveland is still in the spotlight with the GOP convention about to pop off! The world is watching and it's time to bring the very best of what we represent. And that means putting down those boring national brand beers and throwing up (figuratively) the fantastic brews we have here in Northeastern Ohio. More than 50,000 visitors will be in our city! Possibly $200 million dollars of revenue coming in. What a way to introduce them to our superb brews.
MyCom: Connecting Greater Cleveland’s Youth To Their Communities and Their Future
The Parma Area Fine Arts Council has partnered with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Polish Village Community Development Corporation, Proud of Parma and Parma Area Chamber of Commerce to bring a series of FREE art classes to Parma residents. Supplies are also included free of charge. This is a pilot program. These classes are available on a first come first serve basis, and are limited to 10 students for each of the four classes. Must be a Parma resident. A student show and reception will be hosted by Parma Area Fine Council in September to showcase items created during these classes. Each student will have created at least one item suitable for display upon completion of these sessions.
Bobby Shea died five times on the way to the hospital. But UH Parma Medical Center – and Brooklyn EMS – weren’t going to let him go without a fight. It was Halloween, a Saturday morning. The ER called in the Cardiac Catheterization Team. Neelesh Desai, MD, an interventional cardiologist, decided the 62-year-old man with no prior cardiac history was the perfect candidate for a tiny heart pump, which allows the heart to rest until he sufficiently recovers from a massive heart attack to undergo cardiac surgery. Smaller than the width of a pencil, the Impella ventricular assist device is an innovative technology now available to UH Parma as part of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.
“He was dead – he was already dead,” said an emotional Susan Shea, herself a survivor from triple cardiac bypass surgery, recalling that fateful day. “By rights, he should not be here. Dr. Desai and his staff, they did not give up on him. They did not have to keep working on him. But for the dedication of the staff, he’s alive.” The Sheas reunited recently with the Brooklyn paramedics who brought him to the hospital and the UH Parma Medical Center doctors and nurses who carried on the relentless fight to save him. Tears and candor flowed in the hospital auditorium, where everyone wanted to shake Shea’s hand or hug his wiry frame. Despite oxygen deprivation during multiple arrests – including additional arrests in the ER and the Cath Lab - Shea seemed remarkably unaffected.
Dr. Desai held the tiny heart pump, explaining how it continuously pumps blood into the heart to maintain the patient’s circulation, even when the heart isn’t functioning normally. Without this device, Shea would not have survived, Desai declared. Christine Zirafi, MD, Director of UH Parma’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, said Susan Shea’s instinct to call 9-1-1 when her husband became unresponsive en route to another hospital was a perfect example of the right call. Getting trained EMS to the scene markedly improves survivability, she said, adding that UH Parma has a decade of experience implementing rapid Code STEMI care for heart attack patients. But Shea’s heart was too sick for a straightforward STEMI, which involves opening a blocked coronary artery with a balloon angioplasty and inserting a stent to keep the artery from closing again. “This device allowed Mr. Shea’s heart to recover, and it is the only thing that could have saved him,” Dr. Desai said.
After the heart pump was placed, Shea was transferred to UH Case Medical Center for two weeks in the intensive care unit. The Cath Lab staff and the medical transport team were all stunned that this Miracle Man, clinging to life the day they met him, looked so healthy. The oldest of 10, Shea was accompanied by many family members who also wanted to thank the many “invisible heroes” who saved his life.
“When they saved Bobby, they saved a family,” Susan Shea said. “The ripple effects went quite a long way. Every tiny little thing that happened had an impact on Bobby being alive. The treatment and care he received were absolutely essential in his recovery. Everything happened for a reason.”
July’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME All work and no play can be boring and stressful The pace of everyday life varies depending on the activities young people participate in. These fluctuations are normal, even healthy. As long as young people don’t consistently have too much to do or not enough to do, they’re right on track. Problems arise when the balance begins to tip too far to one side or the other. Too much involvement can lead to stress or anxiety. Too little involvement can be a sign of depression or isolation. Ensure that young people constructively use their time for both fun and learning.
Parma's American Legion Post 572 recently held its first annual First Responders Appreciation Night, “Heroes Honoring Heroes” and thanks to all involved it was a huge success.
It’s July and finally the weather is beginning to resemble actual summer. After a weird winter and spring, I was beginning to wonder if the weather was more golf-appropriate in February. I’m glad to see the sunshine and feel the heat, glad to see more golfers out enjoying the new-and-improved Ridgewood.
Polish Village will soon have a pocket park, located in the vacant lot next to Palmiero Brothers, on Ridge Road. The Polish Village Pocket Park is Brian Bowne's, Troup 221, Eagle Scout Project. He has already started planting trees and shrubs. There will be a flag pole, tables, and a garden area, with a brick walkway. Show your support for this greenspace on Ridge Road, by purchasing a brick. Bricks come in two sizes, 8"x4" for $50, and 8"x8" for $75. Memorialize an event, birth, death or anniversary, recognize an individual, promote your business or organization. Leave a legacy, and become a part of Polish Village history. Net proceeds from the sale of bricks will be used to fund the beautification of the pocket park. Contact Brian Bowne by email at email@example.com for details.