While admitting that balancing the 2015 city budget keeps him awake at night, Mayor Tim DeGeeter said on 2/23 that he is confident that Parma has a bright future because it is filled with residents who care enough to get involved. “Whether it’s working on projects … or on city policies to move Parma forward – I know this to be true: We either go up or down together as a community,” he said in his annual State of the City address. “It’s always a privilege to talk about Parma, the place we have chosen to live and raise our families. I appreciate your continued belief in our collective future.”
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes. This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM)
While tornadoes can occur at any time, late spring and summer are the prime tornado season in Ohio. To remind and prepare residents for the danger of tornadoes, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all communities to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 am on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Although the weather is cold now, the warmth of spring will soon be upon us. With the warmer weather will also come the call of peddlers and solicitors in our Parma neighborhoods. In my several years on City Council I have received an untold number of complaints from residents about these two types of door-to-door “funds seekers.” Therefore, I, like my Council colleagues, was pleased to support the “do-not-knock” ordinance crafted by the Parma Law Department and its director Timothy Dobeck. Sponsored by Councilman Brian Day, the legislation was modeled after the “National Do-Not-Call Registry” and has been adopted by cities throughout Ohio. Further, it has become an effective deterrent for residents who do not wish to be interrupted by wraps on their door from solicitors and peddlers.
The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Branch 12 in Cleveland, Ohio will honor the bard of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko, in the month celebrating his birth and commemorating his death. Discover the art and poetry of this gifted visionary poet, thinker, and accomplished painter. Born into serfdom, he experienced firsthand the neglect and brutality of the repressive regime under the Russian tsar. Despite being exiled and ostracized, his life came to symbolize a universal will for human freedom. Shevchenko’s prophetic poetic images have direct relevance to the events occurring in territorial-occupied Ukraine today. His work resonates with the current national struggle of Ukrainians to sever themselves from the vestiges of Russian imperial hegemony.
After a long hard winter, like we've had, with mounds of snow, brutal cold, and slippery walks and driveways, as mailboxes begin to fill with those colorful garden catalogs, we long for the warmth of the sun, the chirping of the birds, the lush green of the grass, and the multicolors of a floral garden. When that happens I also think of lawn ornaments, gnomes, gazing balls, ducks and geese, but most of all I think about pink plastic flamingos. So I spent an afternoon researching these flamboyant feathered friends, and here is what I discovered.
Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in variety of mediums. This article is the ninth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
Although I may not walk with kings, let me be big in little things.
Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition are hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 11,950 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community. County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday evenings and Saturdays. Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way First Call for Help.
On February 21 at the Astrodome Event Center in Parma, the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce held their 2015 Gala and celebrated their 60th. Anniversary. Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy Gilligan was the Master of Ceremonies, and the 35th annual Pride Award Presentation honored The Illuninating Company for the Business Category, the Parma ABLE Program for the Organization Category, and past President of the UH Parma Medical Center Terrence Deis in the Individual Category. As You Like It Catering and the Astrodome Event Center supplied dining that can only be described as wonderfully delicious. The Chamber welcomes a new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ken Burdzinski, who thanked the outgoing Chairman Barry Axelrod, as well as everone else in the Chamber for their hard work and dedication. He has promised to dedicate himself to the role of increasing opportunities for business in the Parma Area to grow and be in the best position to profit in the future. This was a great celebration of 60 years of organizing and representing the interests of businesses in the 7th. largest city in Ohio, and the next 60 years will undoubtedly offer Chamber Members the same environment that has allowed business organizations to thrive here.
This month students in Ohio’s public and private schools will be taking the state proficiency tests (now part of Common Core) to measure their academic achievement. Those test scores are then used to measure the effectiveness of the individual school those students attend as well as the public school district as a whole. The results of the public school effectiveness rankings will be published in the Plain Dealer sometime this spring showing how well the public school districts in the northeastern Ohio region fared as far as academic achievement.
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February 5, 2015 - FEBRUARY IS AMD AWARENESS MONTH!
After years of arguing with the County about property taxes being over evaluated and losing the battles, the dawn has come to me. There would be statements that your property is evaluated properly. If you could show where your property had just cause to get a lower valuation submit reasons and consideration would be taken. After that step in which the powers that be would consider your evaluation again a judgment would be done. Isn’t it convenient that the department that judges your evaluation, judges whether or not the valuation of your property is correct and should be adjusted? If there is further concern about your evaluation one process is to find, as I was told, 10 houses in your neighborhood that sold for less within the past three years, then adjustments could be made. Well indeed there were numerous houses sold that were well below assigned property value. When notified of the addresses, all of which were not only in the neighborhood but on one street, these properties were brought to the attention of the County via telephone. One reason after another was given as to why these houses were exceptions to the valuations. These “reasons” varied from; foreclosed to divorce to abandoned etc. to what was perceived as no reason is viable to reduce the evaluation of your property, or you can have an outside building inspector evaluate the structure at your expense and this may not be accepted.
I am a member of an internet group called “Find-A-Grave”. I have discovered that there are 577 people buried in the Parma Heights Cemetery on Pearl Road, next to the Reservoir. Of these people there are 53 that served in all of the wars going back to the Revolutionary War. Two of these people were women.
To honor cancer survivors and encourage women to get mammograms, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is sponsoring Think Pink Night at the March 6 Lake Erie Monsters hockey game at Quicken Loans Arena. Survivors and their physicians and nurses will be saluted, participating in a ceremonial puck drop at the start of the 7:30 p.m. game and a post-game skate with Monsters’ players.
The full-service ElderCenter at University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center gives meaning to each day for adults of all ages and abilities. With participants from ages 44 to 103, days are tailored to each individual’s needs. Nurses with decades of experience administer medication, an activities coordinator organizes music, crafts and reminiscence sessions, and the manager is on a first-name basis with every participant and their family members.
As a part of its commitment to supporting a healthier community, UH Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center provides a variety of opportunities for total wellness. Classes are designed to improve and maintain physical, emotional and mental health and are for all ages and ability levels.
I was blessed in March of 2014 to attend a screening/panel discussion of Michael Rossato Bennett's multi-award winning documentary Alive Inside at the Cleveland International Film Festival. What began as a one day adventure for Michael,following Dan Cohen's interaction with Alzheimer's/Dementia victims via the vehicle of an I-Pod Shuffle loaded with "Personal" music that had meaning to them as an individual and a pair of headphones for listening turned into a 3 year long labor of love, a journey of discovery,enlightenment and hope that ultimately resulted in a divine mission for both Dan and Michael. Firstly they are committed to providing PMD's (Personal Music Devices) uploaded with personalized playlists and headphones to everyone suffering from these deadly,identity-stealing diseases. Secondly, their ultimate hope is to see that the government allows those devices to be made available by prescription with the costs being reimbursed by either Medicare/Medicaid or other insurance providers.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE 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.
As I travel around Northeast Ohio, I continue to hear that small businesses are struggling to comply with the president’s health care law. That challenge is even greater for small, seasonal employers.
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will host the Eighth Annual Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Polaris Career Center, located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts, Ohio, 44130, will host this event.
March 1-7 is Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be prepared for the upcoming severe weather season: flooding, tornadoes, and super cell thunderstorms with dangerously large hail and very high winds. Here are important severe-weather safety facts and tips.
Tornadoes cause an average of 62 deaths and 1,500 injuries per year in the United States.
Know your community’s warning system, and pick a ‘safe room’ if a tornado is headed: basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
Prepare for strong winds: remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees; secure lawn furniture, trash cans, and hanging installations that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
Know the tornado danger signs – dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or a roaring noise.
Thunderstorms can occur frequently in the spring and summer and can include high winds of over 125 miles per hour.
Lightning results in an average of 55-60 deaths and 300 injuries per year in the United States. Remember, if thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Watch for storm signs: darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds. Always take shelter in a building or a vehicle with the windows and doors closed securely.
Flash flooding results in an average of 70+ deaths per year in the United States. Flash floods can occur suddenly. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Remember the mantra – Turn Around – Don’t Drown! Do not attempt to move through flood waters. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
The following are necessary safety precautions:
Disaster Supplies Kit
Assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation or if you need to shelter-in-place. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers. The kits should include food, water, clothes, important financial documents, and medical supplies. A complete list of items can be found at ready.cuyahogacounty.us.
Family Emergency Plan
Learn your community’s warning signals and evacuation plans.
Meet with your family to create a plan. Select emergency meet-up locations: a spot outside your home and a location away from your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
Practice your plan. Inspect your home for potential hazards. Learn CPR and first aid; how to use a fire extinguisher; and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.
Spring weather can be unpredictable. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.
For more information visit the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s web site at ready.cuyahogacounty.us or contact us at 216-443-5700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the US Census Bureau 2012 American Community Survey, 14.6% of Parma residents lived in poverty in 2012, a 114% increase from 6.8%, in only 5 years, and nearly one in three residents aged 65 or older, more than 4,500 residents, qualified in 2012 for food assistance programs such as those offered by All Faiths Pantry.
Jacob J. Froehlich came from Germany sometime between 1837 and 1839 and settled in Independence Township in the area now know as Seven Hills. He was not yet twenty years old. After working on the construction of the canal, he was able to bring his parents to the area from Germany. His father was also named Jacob.
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The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock will present: Brian Bigley on Uilleann Pipes performing “The Brendan Voyage” by Shaun Davey. Also on the program are Polovetsian Dances by Alexander Borodin, and Beethoven’s “Lenore Overture #2.”
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter is set to deliver his fourth State of the City address this year. Continuing his tradition of delivering the speech out in the community, this year’s address will be given at OSG Tap & Die, Inc., a thriving Parma business at 12502 Plaza Drive. The speech is scheduled for Monday evening, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. on the manufacturing floor at OSG. The Mayor recently met with OSG Vice President Ed Segula to inspect the site and to finalize details.
The staff of Holy Family Home & Hospice was honored as Citizens of the Month for January. The nomination, written by Ward Six Councilman Larry Napoli, states that "the staff has taken it upon themselves to go the extra mile to make sure that the families and patients are treated lovingly and with compassion." Members of the Holy Family staff came to City Council on to accept their award. Also honored was Avalon Jewelers, as the Mayor's Business of the Month for January. Congratulations to Manager Andrew Leszczynsky, who was mentioned in six nominations the business received. Andrew was noted for his considerable involvement in Parma school and community events and for his efforts on behalf of Parma's Ukrainian community. He also has 25 years of experience in the jewelry business and is a certified diamontologist.
We continue to discover that the Parma Area is blessed with an abundance of talented artists, and their fabulous creations can be seen in places that you might not expect, including the Pleasant Lake Villa Nursing Facility at 7269 Ridge Rd. I attended an Art Walk there in December, and what a profound experience this event turned out to be! Georgeta Hanna, the Art Therapy Instructor for the past 10 years, is surely one special lady. First of all, she is from Transylvania (how cool is that!) and is certainly a delightful woman to have a conversation with. Not only that, but she obviously has a gift of being able to help her students find their artistic soul, even with some people who have never before created art. Five of her artists who entered their work in the Annual Art Show at the Cuyahoga County Fair were awarded first place ribbons.
Four years ago on Jan. 13, an elderly couple froze to death in a Maryland field, lost on their way to visit one of their three children. Today, a nurse at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center was recognized with an award in their memory aimed at preventing similar tragedies.
The Board of Trustees of the City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2015 award season. In its eighth year, the Foundation will once again offer three to five scholarships with a minimum award of $1,500 each. One of these scholarships will be designated for an applicant exhibiting an exceptional commitment to community service. Applications are available on the City of Parma website at http://www.cityofparma-oh.gov. Applications may also be obtained at Parma City Hall, any of the Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library branches or any high school located within the Parma City School District. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to high school seniors or equivalent who are residents of the City of Parma wishing to pursue post-secondary education during the 2015 – 2016 academic year. Financial need, work ethic, community service and accomplishments are among the selection criteria for the scholarship. The application deadline is March 31, 2015. For more information or to donate to the Foundation please contact Parma City Council President and Board of Trustees Member Sean Brennan at email@example.com or (440) 884-0489.
Please join us for an 15th Anniversary Open House! Maggie’s Place is a community that provides homes of hospitality for expectant women who wish to achieve their goals in a dignified and welcoming atmosphere.
Recently, I was speaking to a young couple in Parma. They moved into their first home with their newborn last fall. Both work steady jobs, but are finding it difficult to save for retirement or for their child’s college fund. In the midst of our conversation, they asked me advice on how to save money. I provided several suggestions, including the one I am going to share in this column.
This writer is no stranger to bashing our levy-bloated Cleveland Metroparks because of its annual deer slaughter. But what must now be published is a rebuttal to a recent article, the mother lode of B.S. in a long line of it, published by the only game in town that calls itself a daily newspaper. We’ll call it the “daily.”
Slipping through my fingers
Time comes again for a revenue shortfall for the city of Parma. Estimates of a three million dollar shortage will possibly dictate furloughs for the hourly employees again. Certainly for some, it may pose economic hardship, for others it may mean cutting back on the items that they have become accustomed to having such as cell phones, cable television, getting into the car every time they go somewhere instead of walking to your destination (if you belong to a gym this can take the place of the membership) and a host of other items. It’s time to tighten your belts when the income is reduced. That, for most part, is the only alternative. The adage of living within one’s means becomes a bit of a harsh pill to swallow. Now there are those who have extended their credit while they assume the job will always be there. What do you do to get income to pay for the items you really couldn’t afford? Panic is often a frequently resorted to ally. Worry is also relied on. You will find that panic solves nothing. Worry is in the same category. If you worry about something and all goes wrong, worry didn’t change anything, and if you worry and things work out, you did all that worrying for nothing. It will be more difficult, most certainly, to be furloughed, but you will make it through this difficult time. As long as everyone shares the burden of a reduced income, somehow the sharing seems not to be as bad.
It was a nice summer afternoon and I was home a little early from work, so I 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 until it was time to go in and start supper. The yard looked good and I was glad to be done. As I reached for the front door knob I heard some strange sounds. I went inside, kicked off my shoes, but something wasn’t right. I went back outside and I listened closer to the strange combination of sounds. There was a dog, maybe two, barking…a lady yelling…and another lady screaming frantically.
A feeble compromise between Godly and worldly will satisfy neither.