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Parma Heights/Parma Bank Robbers Arrested

In 2014, Parma Heights was named one of the safest cities in Ohio by SafeWise, in part because of our city’s unique safety initiatives and security programs. Those safety efforts paid off this last month as a robbery ring operating was quickly brought to justice once they acted in our city. On July 13, 2015, the Parma Heights Fifth Third Bank was robbed by a single armed male and on July 17, 2015, the Parma Heights Citizen Bank was robbed, also by a single armed male. The suspect and an accomplice, a female, were quickly captured on Sunday, July 19, and their arraignment scheduled for July 20, 2015. It was later discovered this same team had participated in a bank robbery in Parma on June 26, 2015. 

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The President's Corner

This month’s column is a continuation in my series about “Parma’s Places of Worship.”  As a Catholic, I have always been intrigued by Eastern Orthodoxy and hopeful that one day the two biggest divisions within Christianity will be united.  Therefore, I recently traveled to 5913 State Road to meet with Father John Nakonachny, Pastor of St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, to find out more about the parish and faith.  

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:17 AM, 09.01.2015

Enjoy Bella Notte September 19 At Breezewood Gardens

Maggie’s Place Ohio will host the Third Annual “Magic of Motherhood” charitable benefit on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 6 - 10 p.m. to support the continued operation of The Zechariah House, a Maggie’s Place home for homeless and vulnerable pregnant women located in Northeast Ohio. 

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Flamingo Fever Banquet & Auction

I Am Parma by Erin Bruening located at Rudy's Strudel & Bakery.

Saturday, Septemer 26, 2015, Old World Parma/Polish Village will hold their third annual Flamingo Fever Banquet & Auction, at St. Charles Parish Hall. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now! Pre-order by email at KathrynMabin@att.net, or by calling 440-843-6474. $25 for adults, and $10 for children gets you authentic Polish food, a full dinner with pastries, coffee, or soft drinks. There will also be a cash bar. Up for auction will be the 2015 Flamingo Flock, 16 unique table top sculptures, created by local artists and craftsmen. There will also be a Chinese Auction, 50/50 Raffle, Flamingo Match Game, and The People's Choice Award. Lots of fun for everyone. For your enjoyment, over the summer the 2015 Flamingo Flock has roosted in establishments throughout Parma. Join us for the fun of it, September 26th. Bid high and bid often to take home your own unique, one of a kind flamingo. Brought to you by Old World Parma/Polish Village. Be sure to check out our website at PolishVillageParma.com. You can also follow us at Facebook.com/PolishVillage or Twitter.com/PolishVillage

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2015

Parma Citizens Police Academy Begins On September 15

PARMA, OHIO – The Parma Police Department is still accepting applications for this fall’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy will start on September 15, 2015. The academy is 10 weeks long and will run weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The cost is free for those individuals who are selected.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:07 AM, 08.11.2015

Ohioans Shouldn't Be Left In The Dark On Trade

United States Senator Sherrod Brown-D Ohio

Ohioans have seen first-hand what so-called free trade agreements have done to our state and our economy. Bad deals have closed factories, torn apart families, and devastated communities. Americans have every right to be skeptical of new trade deals, particularly theTransPacific Partnership – the largest trade deal ever negotiated. We have heard “just trust me” from politicians too many times before. Americans were promised new jobs through foreign trade, but instead found shuttered factories and a flood of imports from China and Mexico. The TPP deal between the U.S. and nearly a dozen Asian-Pacific nations would affect more than 40 percent of our world’s economy. That’s why we need a transparent process that allows Americans and their elected representatives to see the text of the agreement. 

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Artist Of The Month

By Ariana Brademeyer - Winner in the 2-8 age category.

Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the fifteenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors. 

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UH Parma Medical Center, North Royalton YMCA Collaborating On Walking Program In September-October

UH Parma Medical Center is collaborating with the North Royalton Family YMCA to present a six-week adult wellness challenge. Structured as a walking program preceded by a brief informative talk by a hospital or community health expert, “Mindful in Motion” is kicked off by a comprehensive initial health assessment to give each participant a baseline of their health status. 

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Smallwood Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Gala Party!

Great raffle prizes for lucky winners.

On September 16th, the Donna Smallwood Activities Center and Office on Aging (formerly Parma Senior Center) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala Party and Dance! 2015 marks a half century of providing area seniors 55 and over with lunches, homebound meals, transportation, dozens of fun and informative groups, programs and activities, trips, parties and dances, and activities to promote their health and well-being, in a warm and welcoming “home away from home” Center weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

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Neuromuscular Specialist Joins UH Neurological Institute In Parma

Betsy Garratt, DO, a specialist in neuromuscular disorders, joins John Andrefsky, MD, in the growing UH Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Dr. Garratt will see patients at offices in Suite 204 in Medical Arts Center 4 on the UH Parma Medical Center campus, as well as in the new UH Independence Health Center. She will be performing electromyography (EMG) procedures – a diagnostic tool for identifying neuromuscular diseases such as peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease) – at UH Parma Medical Center.

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CEO of Dynamic City Mission To Speak At Community Prayer Breakfast

Generations of Cleveland’s neediest residents have received sustenance, skills, and hope from The City Mission. At University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, October 15, hear how the mission that began in an abandoned Superior Avenue saloon more than a century ago has become one of Cleveland’s oldest and most vibrant non-profit organizations. 

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Not The Party Of My Father Or Grandfather

Following the 2012 presidential election and Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama, Louisiana governor and current presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that the Republican Party should stop being the “stupid party.” Now that there is another presidential election on the horizon and President Obama is not on the ballot, the Republican Party has gone from the “stupid party” to the “crazy party.” A common definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing, but expecting different results. The Republican controlled House of Representatives had voted more than fifty times to repeal the ACA or Obamacare. Yet each time the bill has died in the Senate. So, according to that definition, perhaps the Republican Party is insane. 

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Asset Corner #69

September’s Asset Category:  Commitment to Learning A love of learning will take them far Education has improved immensely in the past 20 years. Today, more young people are taking high-level courses, fewer of them are dropping out, math and science scores are on the rise, and more students are entering college after high school. But that doesn’t mean a commitment to learning happens naturally in all young people. Instilling this important trait involves a combination of values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one’s own ability. This commitment is strongly influenced by the school environment and relationships with family and peers. 

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I Believe

Anything parents can do to minimize procrastination in the children will reap great dividends in their later years.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:17 AM, 09.01.2015

Fighting Dementia

Rock Against Dementia started as a Project to promote the Alive Inside mission of bringing "Personalized Music" to those with Alzheimer's/Dementia in order to improve their Quality of Life and possibly re-ignite the Spark of Life that many seem to have lost. On Saturday, September 26, 2015, they will continue not just to rock, but also to ride as the 1st Annual "Rock & Ride" Against Dementia takes place.

Starting at Greenbrier Commons in Parma Heights with registration and a blessing at the NEO Soccer Field area beginning at 9:30 a.m., the festivities will culminate with live music, raffles, and a Chinese auction starting at 3 p.m. at the Local Tavern in Parma. Headlining the event will be the Justin McCorkle Band from Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Justin's father, George McCorkle, was a founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, and Justin pays tribute to them as well as performing his own original material. 


Thanks to the Parma Observer and Publisher Daniel P. McCarthy for helping promote this event.
Further information can be found here: http://www.aliveinside.org/rock-and-ride/ 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:40 AM, 09.01.2015

Book Review - Beneath The Surface

Former Senior Orca Trainer at SeaWorld, John Hargrove tells the story of his childhood dream of wanting to become an Orca Trainer at SeaWorld, how he got his dream job, and his heart-breaking decision to quit in 2012 after 14 years. After being interviewed for the movie, “Blackfish,” a documentary of orcas in captivity, John decided to write about his experiences working with orcas and SeaWorld. Working for SeaWorld, he came to realize that it is a corporation that cared about profits more than people and the animals. 

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It Has Been 70 Years Since V-J Day

On Sunday, September 2, 1945, more than 250 allied warships lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay. The flags of the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and China fluttered above the deck of the Missouri. Just after 9 a.m., Tokyo time, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed on behalf of the Japanese government. General Yoshijiro Umezu then signed on behalf of the Japanese armed forces, and his aids wept as he made his signature.

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Pumpkin Ales And September Sales!

A potent parade of powerful pumpkin powerhouses. Pumpkin season is coming!

As September arrives, so does the influence of pumpkin flavored everything! Whether you're shopping at your local grocery store or picking up a few ales at the local pub, you will be assaulted by a barrage of pumpkin infused products from every angle. Of course, pumpkin pie and local squash will be featured at local fruit stands throughout the area. I am here to help guide you through the choices of the season. Rest assured, my friend, I will not steer you wrong. There are so many choices! How can you find the right one for you? 

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Therapeutic Care Is Only Minutes Away

Since 1992, Therapeutic Touch owner Sonya Foradora and her professional, licensed massage therapy staff have been providing quality, affordable therapeutic massage and facial services. The establishment is conveniently located at 8475 Memphis Ave, Suite A in Brooklyn, Ohio, with easy access to and from downtown, I-480, I -71, and I-90. Treatments include traditional and pregnancy massage, deep tissue and hot stone massage by therapists who are members of the American Massage Therapy Association with over 10 years of experience. Other holistic services such as ear candling, sinus therapy, lymphatic drainage massage, and lemon lavender sea salt body scrubs are also available. Choose from half hour to one and a half hour individual sessions. Special packages are offered, the most popular being an hour and a half massage and facial. Biofreeze products are also sold. Call 216-351-7311 for more information. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2015

Free Physician Talk On Managing Chronic Sinusitis

Steve Hunyadi, MD, an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

Steve Hunyadi, MD, an ENT specialist at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, will discuss the diagnosis and management of chronic sinus diseases and both medical and surgical treatments. The talk will take place in UH Parma Medical Center’s auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 440-743-4932 to register. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:15 AM, 09.01.2015

Ukrainian Village Parade, Art Walk, And Festival On August 22

Ukrainian Village Parade, Art Walk, and Festival set for August 22. Parade starts at 11 a.m on State Road.

On August 22nd, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its 6th 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 Rd, and ends at the site of the Ukrainian Heritage Park, located across the street from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral - 5720 State Road, Parma, Ohio. 

This year’s parade is being coordinated by Zoriana Zobniw of the Ukrainian Village Committee and will showcase more than 40 marching units. George Salo, of State Meats (5338 State Road), will serve this year as the parade’s Grand Marshal. George and his family have been in business in Ukrainian Village for many years and George is an active member of the Ukrainian community. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.24.2015

UH Parma Hosts 5K On August 22

Take a 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. 22.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

Parma Considering Garbage Fee After Years Of State Cuts, Declining Levy Revenue

Parma is considering a proposed garbage fee after millions of dollars in state cuts and declining levy revenues. Legislation enacting the garbage fee still was pending before Parma City Council at press time. The exact amount of the fee still was being worked on at publication, but officials said they believe the amount will total roughly $3 per week for most residents. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 PM, 08.02.2015

Sad

There are many things that evoke sadness. There isn’t enough room on this page to cover the various situations that fall under this umbrella. One of the areas is that of politics. What is so sad in one instance is that the City of Parma doesn’t care about the City of Parma. Neither the Administrators nor the residents, as a whole, want to expend any effort into improving the city. It appears that neither care for anything but their own advancement, whether it is financial or social or anything else. 

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A Community Responds To Love

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter stops by the lemonade stand to support these wonderful kids.

When 45 year old Julio Dumeng was diagnosed with undetected terminal stomach cancer and died suddenly, his nieces and nephews were determined to help in some way to raise money in order to help the family pay for funeral expenses and medical bills. They started a lemonade stand with the hopes of producing the needed funds, but it was slow going, until concerned Parma resident Cassie Busta happened to notice them. The situation changed rapidly after that - Cassie contacted local media, including the Parma Observer, and soon the ball was rolling. A television news story, Facebook postings, a Go Fund Me page account, word of mouth, and before you know it, many, many people were more than willing to pitch in, including Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, who stopped by their lemonade stand on July 23. At last glance, the Go Fund Me drive had exceeded their goal, and included an anonymous $500 donation. Over $2,000 was raised at the lemonade stand itself. Our condolences go this family in their time of such a tragic loss, and this story is an uplifting message shining a light on some terrific kids and their tremendous love for their uncle, as well as caring people from all over who chose to help them. This is a great example of a way that social media can be a real blessing and serve to unite people for kind and compassionate purposes in addition to the way that we are accustomed to see it being used. 

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Ridgewood Family YMCA Is Closing, YMCA To Maintain Non-Facility Presence In Parma

YMCA will provide complimentary tours of the North Royalton Family YMCA for all Ridgewood members to introduce them to the facility and what it has to offer. 

If you have a membership at the Ridgewood Family YMCA in Parma, get ready for some big upcoming changes. YMCA of Greater Cleveland has entered into a purchase agreement for the Ridgewood Family YMCA building, located at 6840 Ridge Road, effective July 16, 2015. The facility is expected to transition to the new owners before the end of 2015.

What does this mean to existing Ridgewood Family YMCA members? Your membership will remain active and there will be no interruption of service to you in regard to your membership.  Members will be grandfathered in at the current Ridgewood branch membership rates, but will officially become members of the North Royalton Family YMCA, effective immediately, unless they make a change to their membership status.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 3:34 PM, 07.19.2015

New This Summer, The City Of Seven Hills Farmers' Market!

Make the City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market your Thursday destination. The Market is located on the patio of the Seven Hills Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, Seven Hills, Ohio. The Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday, 4 p.m to 7 p.m., rain or shine. The idea began as a market where local farmers could sell their own produce, local artisans could sell their crafts, and people from Seven Hills would know that they could purchase quality produce and goods at affordable prices. 

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The President's Corner

Здравствуйте (zdravstvuyte) or hello in Russian. This month I return to my series on “Parma’s Places of Worship.” In that vein, I had the honor of recently meeting with Rev. Fr. Ilia Marzev of St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral at 6520 Broadview Road. I was drawn to this church due to my college major of International Studies concentrating in Russian and Soviet history and studying the Russian language while attending the University of Dayton as an undergraduate student. Upon entering, under the iconic “onion domes,” I found more of the many hidden wonders of Parma.  

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Two Major Anniversaries This Summer

This summer celebrates two major anniversaries of events that have had a significant effect on the lives of millions of Americans. Both were controversial when they were enacted, but both have affected most Americans and have changed the entire landscape of the nation. 

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Summer Art News

Marie Anotionette at Amour Events & Design.

The Flamingo Flock Has Landed This is the third year that Old Word Parma/Polish Village is presenting Flamingo Fever. Flamingo Fever is a public art event. Creative individuals are given a pink plastic flamingo lawn ornament. They use their imagination to create very unique table top sculptures. These creations are placed in establishments throughout the Parma area over the summer. The event culminates in a banquet/auction mid-September. The proceeds from this event benefit the Polish Village area and funds are used for other events throughout the year. You have the opportunity to participate by playing the The Flamingo Match Game over the summer. Details to follow. Cash prizes, Chinese Auction, good food, and lots of laughs are in store for you at the banquet/auction held mid-September. Banquet tickets can be pre-ordered by emailing kathrynmabin@att.net. Look for photos in this issue for a teaser of what's to come, and check out the Polish Village Facebook page for more.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Asset Corner #68

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  KEEP THE PROMISES YOU MAKE. August’s Asset Message:  Developmental Assets: A framework that helps guide young people—as well as adults—to a healthy, happy, thriving life. Everyone has the opportunity and ability to help young people succeed

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Artist Of The Month

Jo Ann Worsencroft With Quilt.

Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the fourteenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors. 

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Veteran OB/GYN Joins UH Parma Medical Center

Steven Galun, MD, FACOG, a veteran Obstetrician/Gynecologist, has joined the medical staff of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The former Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marymount Hospital brings a large, established practice with him to his new office in Medical Arts Center 4, Suite 306. In addition to obstetrics, the board-certified OB/GYN focuses on minimally invasive surgery and alternatives to hysterectomy.

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New Plastic Surgeon At UH Parma Medical Center

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center welcomes William F. Schleicher, MS, MD, a plastic surgeon in practice with Vasu Pandrangi, MD. In addition to general plastic surgery, Dr. Schleicher specializes in reconstructive breast surgery, surgical and injectable facial rejuvenation, and aesthetic surgery of the breast and body. 

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