Parma and the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission are hosting a public meeting later this month to solicit residential ideas surrounding the city’s developing Town Center. The meeting – which will be one of three to seek public feedback – will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Large Meeting Room B of the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s (CCPL) Powers Boulevard Branch. This event will kick-off the effort to create a Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan to harness the on-going development around the Ridge Road-West Ridgewood Drive intersection – spurred on by millions of dollars in investments into The Shoppes at Parma, the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, and the CCPL’s Parma Branch. “This area is about as close to a downtown as we have in Parma,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “All of the pieces are in place to make this a real focal point by incorporating all that is offered in this vital part of our community – the Shoppes, the hospital, the library, Parma City Hall, Byers Field, Ridgewood Golf Course, Stearns Farm and Homestead, and the Day Drive Corridor.”
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O Some FYI’s from Parma City Schools….
>> Focus on the Future – The group met again at 6:30 pm on November 16th in the Parma Sr. H.S. Cafeteria. To get a more personal appreciation for the state of our buildings a tour of the District’s oldest school. Thoreau Park, was included as part of the agenda. The tour generated considerable discussion as did a review of current finances and the steps planned for subsequent meetings that will define our strategy for the future. Go here for meeting details: https://tinyurl.com/ycv4ffqx .The next meeting has been scheduled for January 10th. Go here for www.parmacityschools.org/future for more information about this planning initiative.
>> Holiday Giving Tree – We are looking for Community Elves to “adopt“ a child for the Holidays. A community "Elf" will be assigned a specific child and be given a wish list for items to purchase for the child. Call 440.887.4865 with questions.
>> Stuff a Bus – In partnership with the PCSD Transportation Department we will be hosting our Annual Stuff A Bus Event on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00am -1:00pm. We will have a bus parked at the Transportation Garage - 7600 Day Drive. Please join us and drop off an unwrapped toy, youth clothing, or monetary donation.
O From the Parma Area Family Collab….
>> The Collab has a whole slew of holiday projects currently in the works for which they could use some help. If you’re interested in volunteering this holiday season, the Collab's the perfect place & now’s the perfect time to give the Collab a call at 440.887.4873.
>> A new Parenting Partners class will be starting up beginning January 9th & run through February 27, 2018. Classes are every Tuesday morning from 10:00 am to noon; childcare is provided & refreshments are served. Cost for the entire program is just $20. For information or to register, visit their web site or call 440.887.4873.
>> The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, December 14th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
>> Visit the Collab’s web site at http://familycollaborative.com/ for additional details on services offered and volunteer opportunities. While there, make your voice heard & click on links to either or both the PAFC Satisfaction or Neighborhood surveys.
I haven't written for the Parma Observer in four years; since I came in to visit over Labor Day Weekend, I realized that I was long overdue. I'm writing my opinion of what I've seen during my visit to Cleveland and specifically the Parma Area. We arrived on September 3 after a long ride from Tampa, Florida and settled in for a family reunion, in Brunswick, Ohio at Spring Mist Farms (Goodyear Barn).
December’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.
10th Anniversary MyCom Youth Voice Award Winners!
The GM Foundation and Parma’s Metal Center have announced $35,000 in grants to Greater Cleveland nonprofit organizations through its Community Grants program. “Through the GM Foundation, these important community organizations are able to drive programs that continue to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Lamar Rucker, Parma’s plant manager. “We are proud to be a part of a company and community that both work hard to support education, enhance community revitalization and help those in need.”
The Young Professionals of Parma have again partnered with the City of Parma to declare the city's best holiday lights. The Young Professionals group has produced a welcome video that includes the contest rules; the video can be viewed on the group's website at www.ParmaYps.com and on the Facebook page of the Young Professionals of Parma and the Facebook page of the City of Parma.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan, along with key community partners, including Lamar Advertising, Parma Animal Shelter, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and the Parma branches of Cuyahoga County Public Library, present the 7th Annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive. Proceeds benefit All Faiths Pantry (AFP), an award-winning nonprofit organization that delivers groceries at no cost to low-income seniors in the Parma area.
In December of 1773 a group of Bostonians, upset about the British imposing a higher tax on tea and fueled by whisky and beer dressed as native Americans and boarded several ships in Boston Harbor that were bringing tea to Boston. They then dumped the tea into Boston Harbor in protest of the tea tax in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.
For the 2nd year in a row, Padua has been victorious as the States Volleyball Champion. Congratulations to the team, coaches, and supporting parents, relatives, and friends. This was a great finish for a great group of athletes.
Music Director Randolph P Laycock presents Parma Symphony Orchestra performing two very different concerts this December. On Sunday, December 3 features: Alexander Wasserman performing: Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Also on the programs is Adagio from Spartacus by Khachatarian, Spanish Dances by Moszkowski and a collection of Holiday Favorites. General admission for the December 3rd concert 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.
When you see a beautiful landscape or a laughing child, maybe a sailboat on the lake, do you wish your eyes could print a copy so the image could be shared and remembered? Talented photographers take these types of pictures, but in most fields of visual expertise, there are certain necessary components of photography that some of us don’t comprehend. These rules are responsible for the breathtaking memories of an awesome sunset, waves crashing on the shore, a close-up of an owl, a complex cityscape and many other subjects that flood our senses.
All of us have good in us, just as we all have bad. All will experience anger, despair, and hurt. As we think in our heart, so are we. As we feed our minds with positive thoughts, the negative ones will be displaced. Becoming a better person is loving and being loved. Before we can truly live in the present, we must let go of the past.
On November 15 Broadview Multi-Care Nursing Facility in Parma hosted a Hometown Heroes Luncheon honoring the service of Veterans in recognition of Veteran's Day. The luncheon was well attended, and veterans from all branches of service were present. They were addressed by Isaac Lifshutz, Administrator, and there were remarks from Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter as well. It is always uplifting to see and hear retired veterans gather together to be recognized for their service to our nation. The good natured bantering between members of the different branches never ceases to amuse everyone, but we know they are all heroes, and we wonder where our nation might be without them.
On October 26th, Pleasant Lake Villa, a 5 star and deficiency free facility celebrated their 30th Anniverisary providing short term rehabiliation, long term care and assisted living to the community. An Art Walk was featured highlighting residents and their award winning artwork. Parma mayor Timothy J DeGeeter presented a city proclamation in recognition of Pleasant Lake Villa's commitment to healthcare and the community.
This year will be Robert Oravec’s 40th year working at Sirl’s Automotive. However, that is not the only achievement that he has had this year. On Saturday, November 18th, Robert was awarded his second Order of the Towman award in Baltimore, Maryland. He was pinned by his daughter, Kristyn Oravec, who was there alongside her mother, Laura Oravec, and close friend, Paige Clark, to witness the momentous occasion. Since Robert already was sworn into the Order of the Towman once, he is considered to be a captain of the order and helps swear in new honorees who are getting their first award.
Sometimes liberals have good intentions. At least that's what I tell myself. But they screw it up in the end and then argue to the death that they saved all us little people from ourselves. For example, they decided we needed “comprehensive health care reform” so they gave us the ACA and now they keep arguing how great it is because fewer people are uninsured. But the ACA did not reform healthcare. It made it easier for a minuscule percentage of the population to buy health insurance and penalized everyone else. But having insurance and getting healthcare are two different things and having insurance does not mean you can get healthcare. Just one obvious example is all the people who were required to buy insurance under the ACA but can't use it because they can't afford the deductibles.
The city officially kicked off the 2017 Holiday season on Sunday, November 26 by lighting the official Parma Heights Christmas tree. Festivities began at 5 p.m. in the city gazebo in the Greebrier Commons complex. Mayor Michael P. Byrne hosted the event, which drew more than 100 residents and families to the heart of Parma Heights. Fourth grade music students from Parma Park Elementary School, under the direction of Pamela Owens, peformed two musical selections. Students from Holy Name and Padua Franciscan High Schools led attendees in a series of three holiday carols: Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Angels We Have Heard on High. That was followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself, who arrived in a Parma Heights police car with lights flashing.
The Cassidy Youth Theatre will present Pinocchio with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, December 9 and 16, 2017.
The Cassidy Theatre will present Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Musical, December 1-17, 2017, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. The production is both directed and musically directed by Michael Caraffi. Choreography is by Melanie Leibold.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is once again upon us, and what is perhaps most important to all of us is spending time with family and friends. One can’t help but be a bit reflective as we get ready to say good-bye to another year and start a new one. It’s been an amazingly busy year in the city of Parma Heights and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their assistance and support. I hope during this joyous time you will find something fun to do and experience with your family, and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas as well as a happy and healthy New Year!
On December 7, 1941, 2,403 Americans died at Pearl Harbor. On September 11, 2001, 2,996 Americans were killed. In 2015, the United States lost over 33,000 – about 2,750 souls per month - to the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our nation. In fact, Parma has lost many residents this year, not to mention the lives saved daily by Parma’s safety forces who revive opioid addicts from overdoses. This growing problem is costing our nation, our state and our city many lives and taxpayer dollars. Someone has to pay for this attack.
Shortly after the commencement of my first term on council in 2014, the City was named in a lawsuit accusing one of our officers of excessive force. After hearing the details of the case, it seemed likely that the accusations were false. However, the taxpayers still got stuck paying for the cost associated with the lawsuit. It also gave the city as well as our fine police department a black eye. I began to research and found that the city had paid nearly $200,000 over the previous ten years on similar cases. Through my research I started to read more and more about police body cameras. To me it was a common sense approach to not only save the taxpayers money, but also to protect the reputation of the city and the police department.
Mark your calendars now and join the city of Parma Heights from the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 26 at the Gazebo at Greenbrier Commons.
PARMA, OHIO – Parma Police have arrested an 18 year-old Parma Heights man in connection with a double stabbing that occurred last night at a residence located in the 10000 block of Moore Drive in Parma.
For the second time in five years, the City of Parma Heights has been recognized by Auditor of State Dave Yost with the prestigious Auditor of State Award. The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Parma Heights received a clean audit report.
For the fifth consecutive year the City of Parma - along with Parma City Council and the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce - will celebrate Small Business Month, which culminates on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma City Council have embraced the nation-wide designation of Small Business Saturday and will continue this year to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.
Like many cities around the country, Parma and its residents were hit hard by the “housing bubble” and impending economic downturn of 2008-2009. Sadly, many families lost their homes and neighborhoods were left with vacant structures that fell into disrepair. The impending blight was of great concern to citizens and elected officials, alike. I am pleased to say that Parma weathered this storm and has emerged strong. One of the programs utilized by the City to address this crisis was our Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in which homes no longer safe for human habitation are demolished, thereby eliminating blight and enhancing property values, as well as the quality of life of Parma’s residents.
In last month’s Parma Observer, Carmen Luna wrote an open letter to me and accused me of selectively lifting selected passages from President Lyndon Johnson’s and Donald Trump’s speeches to the Boy Scout National Jamboree. His “open letter” was in response to my column from September where I compared the speeches of Lyndon Johnson at the 1964 Boy Scout National Jamboree and Donald Trump’s speech from this past summer. To answer Mr. Luna, space limitations prevented me from including more excerpts from those speeches. But I did provide links where any reader with internet access could go and read the entire speech from each President. Even without the links I provided, anyone with internet access could do a search and find the texts of those speeches.
Though a popular recreational pursuit, drones are not just fun and games. The Parma Police Department is putting two newly purchased UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to use as an important part of its crime-fighting efforts. Officers demonstrated use of the drones to city council members and members of the public in attendance at a local council meeting recently.
The elderly man, compromised by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), was admitted to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center four times in six weeks. Then he met Lora Raudins, a respiratory therapist uniquely focused on educating patients to cope with this disease, and he has not returned since.
Parma Police have charged the following individual in connection with a double stabbing that occurred last night at a residence located in the 10000 block of Moore Drive in Parma.
A merry crowd of smiling area seniors, in a festive array of colorful costumes, gathered together at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center in October to welcome the spirits of Halloween! The Center was ablaze with colorful leaves, cornstalks, scarecrows, grinning pumpkins, witches, and autumn decorations, as the joyful senior trick-or-treaters sang and danced in their costumes, laughing and sharing stories of their elaborate attire at the Center’s Annual Halloween Party.
Sometimes I think the NFL protesters are suffering from a bad case of the stupids. But probably not for the reasons you think.
Trailblazing fighter pilot Harold Brown flew 30 missions during World War II before the Nazis shot his P-51 Mustang out of the sky in May 1944. The Tuskegee Airman lived to tell his story.
Over the recent summer, as Mayor I had the opportunity to have conversations with a large number of residents. In my role, I feel it is important to be personally connected to the people I represent. We live in a close-knit community where that connectivity is readily apparent. For me, it often happens one person at a time.