Six years is a decent stretch of time in the life of anyone or anything. Just think about your own life during the past 6 years; the time goes by so fast, but when you look back, so much has occurred and a lot of changes have taken place. The same is true with the Tri-City area of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills. When the Parma Observer came to life in October of 2009, the three cities all had different leaders than they do now, there were businesses and institutions that today are no longer here, just as there were brand new entities just coming into existence, especially the Parma Observer. Although our paper wasn't the first Observer in the Cleveland Area (it was the 4th), the very concept of citizen powered media was, and in many ways still is, completely unique to our particular section of Cuyahoga County.
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The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock will feature Rachel Brandwein, Harp and Judy Naujoks Moore performing: Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto in C, K 29. Also: Festival Overture on “the Star-Spangled Banner” by Buck, and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances Op 64.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at its Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.
Dash through the fall colors while doing some good this October during the Autumn Blaze 5K at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
Attention women: Focus on your own health so you can be healthy and strong for your family at a fun, informative morning retreat presented by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The free Women’s Health Expo, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Embassy Suites in Independence, is an opportunity for women to find answers to all those questions you were afraid to ask.
The public is invited to participate at the event which caps more than eight years of restoration at the former warehouse site where West Creek flows into the Cuyahoga River. West Creek Conservancy is inviting the public to help plant hundreds of native trees and perennials at 6303 Granger Road in Independence on Saturday, October 17, starting at 10:00 am.
All Kids Playground At James Day Park - Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening - Saturday - October 17 At 9 A.M.
Please stop by the All Kids Playground at James Day Park for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9 a.m. We would to thank the community for their support and all the donors. Please remember the project is not complete and we are still looking for sponsorship and donations. The children are enjoying the playground.
The much anticipated Old World Parma/Polish Village Treat & Greet is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015. This marks the fifth year this event has been in existence. The children, all decked out in their costumes, accompanied by adults, walk Ridge Road, Trick-Or-Treating at the participating businesses. Last year, 40 businesses participated. Families go directly to the headquarters (5790 Ridge Rd, Parma) and receive a passport that lists the locations of the participating businesses. As each family goes to a business, the passport is stamped. When the passport is filled, or when the adults become exhausted, they return to the headquarters and turn in the passport. Depending on how many stamps they receive, they are given tickets to enter in a raffle for prizes, which consists of baskets of goodies, or gift certificates from local merchants.
Come and watch the Browns game at Anthony's and help raise funds to build the last phase of the All Kids Playground. The Browns Tailgate Fundraiser begins at 12:30 p.m. (doors open at noon). Attendees can expect food and beverages, sideboards, chinese auction, and fun. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 440-476-1667. Your support is appreciated.
Cuyahoga County’s new mass notification system, ReadyNotify, is launching in Parma. County and City officials encourage you to sign up to receive notifications and emergency alerts via text message, email or phone message.
Parma officials are happy to welcome another retail business to town, and Mayor Tim DeGeeter is especially pleased at the added bonus that Eastwood Company owner Curt Strohacker is community minded and can't wait to get his local store and staff involved.
This summer Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) Western Campus was the site of the University Hospitals (UH) Parma Medical Center’s Fifth Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, sponsored by Perla’s Homemade Delights. The weather was great for the nearly 650 runners and walkers who showed up to keep in shape, finish with a personal record (PR in runners’ terms), assist the efforts of several local charities, and, of course, enjoy Parma’s famous pierogies. As founder and director of the event, I am writing this month to say thank you to all of our participants, volunteers and sponsors.
Whenever a child is struggling in school, the odds are the parent is struggling to figure out how to find the most effective way to help. That is where things can get confusing. Why is my child struggling? How do I start a discussion with the child's teacher or school? Does my child have a disability that interferes with learning? What support is available? Are there effective policies to address my child's needs and provide access to a quality education?
Ever since the first days of our government, politicians have used whoppers to get elected and stay in office. Our history is rife with examples of how politicians have used myths, lies and appealed to the worst elements of the country to get elected. In fact, the men who wrote the Constitution believed that the mass of voters were not intelligent enough to vote directly for an office as important as President of the United States. That is why they created the Electoral College in which the voters voted for “electors” who would vote for president.
More than 250 guests enjoyed Bella Notte, the 3rd Annual “Magic of Motherhood” charitable benefit on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Breezewood Gardens & Gifts in Chagrin Falls. Bella Notte raised just over $75,000 in operating support for The Zechariah House, a Maggie’s Place home for homeless or vulnerable pregnant women located in Northeast Ohio.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: DISPLAY THEIR ARTWORK IN YOUR HOME. October’s Asset Category: SUPPORT. Supportive, healthy relationships make a big difference. Many studies over the years confirm that caring, supportive relationships with adults are critical for raising young people who are healthy and resilient. Support means freely giving young people love, affirmation, and acceptance; surrounding young people with caring families, guardians, friends, teachers, neighbors, and other adults; and helping young people know they belong, are not alone, and are both loved and lovable. Recognizing its importance, Search Institute has focused recent research on identifying a framework of DEVELOPMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS. It identifies five relationship strategies that help kids feel motivated and do their best. These include Express Care, Challenge Growth, Provide Support, Share Power, and Expand Possibilities. More information can be found at www.parentfurther.com/content/power-relationships.
A prescription for joyful living includes something to hope for, something to do, and someone to love.
The deer issue may be just the tip of the antler as far as the Cuyahoga County Mayors/City Managers Association (CCMCMA) is concerned. Though CCMCMA formed a subcommittee addressing the “deer issue” on a regional basis, including Parma and Seven Hills, and which demands that Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) take responsibility for urban deer, it’s listed as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) lobbyist group that employs a powerful Squire, Sanders & Dempsey attorney to lobby at both executive and legislative state levels.
Some of the fondest memories of life are in the time of going to school, now that it is in the past, some not so fond also; learning how to socialize, without realizing it, learning the three r’s, at times with some serious effort. The meeting of new classmates and the renewal of old classmates was an exciting time. Getting dressed appropriately for school, and not in play clothes, because you not only represented yourself, you represented your family. You leave home neat and clean, which changes quickly after fifteen minutes of recess. Now that my personal formal learning has slowed considerably, noticing what the schools and the administrators accomplish is something to take notice of. For instance, Parma Senior High School Principal Chad Coffman held the superintendent position since August 1, and made five hundred dollars a day in addition to his contract.
Have you noticed that the air has turned colder? Have you noticed that your air conditioning is no longer needed? What will you do with all of the money you're saving from not running the air? I know! Buy heartwarming, pulse pounding, conversation rounding WINE! Once a year, at this time, a few autumn blends arrive to offer comfort to the weary wine deficient souls that live here. I will be helping you with three wines that are all limited in buying availability, but unlimited in opportunity for tasty food pairings and feisty friend farings!
The residents of Wooster Parkway have had what is probably Parma's best block party for 20 years running. Their party includes a potluck meal, games with prizes for kids, PFD and PPD vehicles and a variety of entertainment - car shows, the St. Ignatius jugglers, bands and DJs. Most important is the good will and camaraderie among the neighbors. Mayor DeGeeter admires these neighbors so much that he chose them to be Citizens of the Month. As Business of the Month, he chose Parma Hobby and its owners Bob & Sandra Zednik. The business is located at 5275 Ridge Road and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Parma Hobby has, of course, any hobby supply you might need and also holds classes on many subjects. Additionally, you may have noticed the new mural, commissioned by Sandra, on the side of the business.
The Parma Police Department has arrested a man in connection with an early morning disturbance at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, located at 6055 W. 130th Street in Parma. James Remington, age 52, listing an address in the 6000 block of W. 130th Street, is in custody and will be appearing this morning in Parma Municipal Court on a charge of Ethnic Intimidation, a fifth degree felony.
The City of Parma Youth Commission is seeking applicants in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in taking a more active role in their community. During its inaugural year, the members were involved in numerous shadowing, volunteer and charitable activities. Those involved will be given opportunities to participate in local government, network with community business and non-profit leaders, plan and implement community service projects,etc. However, where the program goes from its inception is really up to the volunteer participants who want to make Parma an even better place for young people to live.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter was more than happy to attend recent grand opening events for Rush Truck Center and to welcome the new business to town. More than that, he’s looking forward to the resurgence of that entire business neighborhood.
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.
people dance in mirrors...
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.
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.
Anything parents can do to minimize procrastination in the children will reap great dividends in their later years.
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/