Parma Police have arrested a 21 year-old Cleveland man in connection with an armed robbery and fatal shooting that occurred last evening at the Sunoco gas station, located at 5385 Pearl Road in Parma.
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The Parma Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who was involved in the attempted abduction of a 14 year-old Parma girl.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, December 6, 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 feature Andrew Sords, violin & Sawyer Thomson, cello performing: Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 and a selection of Holiday Favorites The orchestra, in its 47th season consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the entire Greater Cleveland area. They meet weekly for rehearsals and present at least four concerts annually. General admission 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.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools. For more information can be found on Facebook, web-site www.parmasymphony.org or calling Business Manager Joe Germana 440-882-2012.
On May 2, 2013, Mr. and Mrs. William Heiman (Bill and Penny) purchased the property at 7777 York Road. They were well aware of the extensive renovation needed to turn this Historic House, built in 1818, into its former glory and splendor. Bill is a contractor and Penny is a carpenter. Both of these people know what quality workmanship is. This is why they chose this house. They could see and had the vision to make this dream a reality. This house was built with detail to the best craftsmanship. Most of the work to date has been done by Bill and Penny.
Patients long familiar with University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s outstanding cardiovascular capabilities now have access to the larger network of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, with more than 20 locations across Northeast Ohio.
Heart failure doesn’t mean you’ve run out of options… even in your late 80s. Helen Miller, a patient of University Hospitals, turned a diagnosis of heart failure into a success.
Fragmented And Complex System Of Health Care Drives Up Cost While Doing Little To Improve Quality And Outcomes
In the 42 years that I have worked with Medicare, Medicaid and private health I have been saying for a long time that the fragmented nature of health care and health insurance in the United States is the major cause for our nation's high cost of health care. Health care is the actual delivery of health care services by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Health insurance is what actually pays for health care. It is impossible to separate one from the other since only the very wealthy can afford to self insure for their health care costs.
October honorees for the Parma Mayor’s Citizen and Business of the Month represent good service personified. Tammy McQuillen, Citizen of the Month, was nominated by a customer at Unity Catholic Federal Credit Union as someone who makes time for everyone and every issue given to her. That’s clear in her personal life as well. Tammy is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Charles Borromeo and is very involved with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus. Tammy and her husband John have three children - Megan, Andy, and Erin. The Mayor’s Business of the Month, Kohl’s (6860 Ridge Road), is honored because of its great commitment to the community. During its Kohl's Cares for Kids Program alone, the store donates more than 800 stuffed animals and 600-800 books a year to the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Do you like living in Parma? Are you happy with where the city is headed? A small group of write-in candidates hopes the answer is no. Candidates as diverse as Mary Galinas, a former councilwoman; Denise Geschwender, a pit bull activist; and Steve Bayt, a cat sanctuary advocate, have their own ideas about what will reverse the current trend of decline facing the city and hope that voters are willing to take a chance on their long-shot candidacies to make Parma great again.
The photos fell from the album as I rearranged the crowded shelf of memories. I looked at the pictures and instantly remembered the weeks that contributed to the images captured on film. Those were the rainy days of that particular summer when bulging clouds hung over our house like bursting tanks at a water slide. The weatherman was viewed with negative murmurings of my four young daughters who desperately wailed, “Mom, when can we go outside?”
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. Our tax preparation sites are in Strongsville, Parma (2), Brook Park, Broadview Heights, and Middleburg Heights. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP.
In this month’s rendition of my series on “Parma’s Places of Worship,” I focus on the Ridge Road United Church of Christ (RRUCC) located at 6050 Ridge Road. This resulted from my meeting recently with Pastor Rev. Kurt Schaller Blaufuss, who educated me on the history of the UCC, the parish, and the church itself.
November’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT. Feeling valued and appreciated is important to all of us. For young people, this means feeling safe and believing they’re liked and respected. These feelings can go a long way toward empowering children and youth. Providing opportunities and recognizing accomplishments helps young people build self-esteem. This, in turn, gives them the confidence to share their ideas, knowledge, and creativity by volunteering and working in paid jobs. By paying attention to young people, you show that you value them.
After reading two recent stories in the Parma Observer, one by Lee Kamps and the other by Jeannie Roberts, I have to laugh and continue to be amazed by the lies and misinformation (or lack of information) that these two have pointed out.
Marijuana is also referred to by those who use it as weed, reefer, pot, dope, ganja and grass; seems to be entering more and more into the public debate in Ohio. The reason is that a political action committee named “Responsible Ohio” has brought it to the voters in the upcoming election. Issue 3 will legalize recreational use of Marijuana for adults 21 and over. That may sound all well and good, but is it really? Let’s consider the facts as related to the individual user.
The active drug in the marijuana plant is THC. Its primary and secondary effects are numerous. Let’s start with the brain. Short term memory loss is a well-documented effect. While under the influence of this drug, visual perception difficulty is also a well documented effect, especially as it relates to driving. Students that begin to use Marijuana regularly experience a drop in grades and the ability to recall information as efficiently as the non-user. Marijuana use also causes sleep disturbances, making it very difficult to drift off to sleep while impaired. A secondary effect of the short-term memory loss produced by the drug is the tendency to misplace items. Though harmless, this poses a continual challenge to the chronic user. Paranoia and self-isolation are some other common behavioral patterns seen in regular users.
Let’s now look at the habit. Marijuana is touted to be non-physically habit-forming; however the psychological addiction is powerful. It’s no secret that the high is a pleasurable feeling. One of the reasons why it’s so popular is because we are an ever increasing “sensate culture,” that craves to make ourselves feel good, as much as and as often as we can! “It’s all about me,” is a popular cliché. Individuals who live by such a philosophy find that marijuana use fits well with their way of life. When users run out of the drug, they will often scrape their pipes with a paper clip in order to remove the thick, black resin that has formed on the inside. Then they will put the resin ball back into the pipe and smoke it. This is a much more concentrated dose of THC, as one can imagine that resin ball being lit on fire and then re-deposited into the lungs of the user. Again, the force of habit and expected sensations will always override the user’s natural inclination toward safety and health.
Some of the effects of marijuana use on the body are as follows: The active compound THC is a vasodilator, meaning is produces an opening of the blood vessels and pupils of the eyes. Reddening of the eyes is also a pronounced side effect with use of this drug. Hypersensitivity to light is another side affect; with users often preferring low-light areas, shade and use sun glasses when outdoors to compensate. Increased appetite is a pronounced effect. The effect of increased appetite can be so strong, that users are given to eating at all hours of the day or night, thus throwing off a normal 3-square-meals schedule. Although there are exceptions, the combined primary effects mentioned above often lead to an increasing sedentary, indoor lifestyle. Other secondary effects such as loss of motivation and lax personal hygiene cause the regular user to become frustrated with themselves and the way they look when the are straight; so they naturally prefer the way they feel while stoned.
Since the regular user of the drug marijuana prefers to remain high, that powerful psychological draw, makes nearly all other personal and social priorities take a lesser position. Work becomes something they no longer feel like doing, unless it is viewed a means of producing income needed to maintain a supply of marijuana. Generally speaking, when given the choice, an impaired individual will choose to lounge around, instead of work. They tend to get drawn off task, and begin focusing on even the minutest details around them, that non-user would ignore. Motivation is not a word used to describe the regular user. The user’s thoughts are now focused on the sensation or “high,” as responsibilities drop off the radar. A lack of concern for one’s physical appearance and personal hygiene, as previously mentioned, becomes apparent. What does this say about the regular user’s workplace performance? I submit that the regular user of the drug is, by far, a less productive and less self-directed employee than the non-user.
Like birds of a feather, marijuana users tend to flock together, usually small groups. As individuals transition from being a non-user to a user, there are certain social changes that occur. Old friends tend to drop off and new friends arrive on the scene, or old friends are themselves influenced to become users. Users tend to unite around the common goal of getting high and passing time feeding the five senses, which are in a heightened state. Along similar lines, marijuana also seems to create exaggerated perceptions of what is funny. So often the impaired individuals will laugh at things that the straight world sees no humor in at all. They are observed laughing and giggling at socially inappropriate times, simply due to the effects of the drug. The group of impaired users can laugh and joke for hours, finding endless humor in each others quips and clever remarks.
Finally, safety is a major concern in marijuana use. Today’s hybrid strains of the plant are the result of intentional, careful growing that utilizes advanced horticultural methods in order to produce extremely potent forms of the drug. Lacing of marijuana with toxic substances like ammonia, are not uncommon. The second paragraph described how that impaired users experience problems with visual perception as related to driving. Studies have shown a significant crash risk, directly related to the concentration of THC in the user’s blood. When marijuana and alcohol are used in combination, both in quantities that produce serious impairment, the combined level of impairment is compounded to the extent that serious safety hazards are created. Operating a motor vehicle while in that state is extremely dangerous. It is a fact that marijuana users tend to share social networks with users of other drugs. Users of cocaine, crack, opium, hashish, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and heroin tend to cross into the same social circles where marijuana is found. The same can be said about synthetic drugs and illegal prescription narcotics. After all, don’t all of these drugs alter sensory perceptions and appeal to the same inherent demand for that type of experience in individuals? Many of the named substances circulate in the underground drug markets where violence and crime are present. Although small-time users of marijuana would not be considered a violent offender; the supply networks just a couple levels up, will require the use of violence to secure their monetary interests and enforce their market territory. You may have heard it said, “Who could a marijuana user possibly be hurting?” Hmm…
Rudy's Strudel & Bakery Competition
This paper seeks to explicate sound reasons for comprehensive reform of the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife (ODOW) based on the principles set forth in “A Conservation Institution for the 21st Century: Implications for State Wildlife Agencies,” co-authored by Cynthia A. Jacobson, as well as independent, scientific research and observation by Lucy McKernan concerning Ohio white-tailed deer.
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 sixteenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
Learn why good sleep is necessary for optimal health in a free physician talk by neurologist John Andrefsky, MD, at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The free talk will be held in the Auditorium from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Maggie’s Place Ohio will offer a Halloween-themed Open House to the community on Saturday, October 30 from 6:30-9 PM at The Zechariah House located in Parma. The Open House will feature a potluck supper, house tours, fall crafts, candy treats, and weather permitting, an outdoor bonfire. Adults and children are welcome to attend in (not too scary) costumes! A main dish will be provided; guests are welcome to bring side dishes, non-alcoholic beverages or deserts to share.
Sitting here contemplating this Veterans’ Day there have already been exchanges about the Day. You don’t have to look very far to see a department store or furniture store having a Veterans’ Day Sale. Many restaurants have offered something free with the meal for Vets and in some cases a free meal. There have been Grand Marshals of parades who are veterans, sporting events are commemorators of these armed forces veterans, although one wonders if these honors are paid for by the taxpayer or how sincere the honor. Is it really an homage for these men and women, or a marketing ploy by the armed forces? Are these vets being used by the government again or is there true respect for what these individuals did in a time of true horror? You’ll have to pardon my cynicism, but one sees the governments’ actions in many questionable areas this becomes a natural reflex. It has come to light that the armed forces often market these events for recruiting purposes. The question then becomes, should we have such activities on veterans’ day? Are there better alternatives to a free side of fried onions? There is no question that such a day set aside for the Vets is one of the markings on the calendar that should be held in high esteem. A few words or some free food doesn’t come close to what these Vets have earned, although it seems to be a nice gesture. What is normally not seen is the vet that can not find employment or that has taken to the bottle or to drugs. Also not seen, by the government, is the vet whose body has been invaded by foreign objects and deemed not as useful as prior to service. These vets who have lost body parts and struggle now more than they did in combat. They knew, through training how to react in combat but no one ever told them how to cope with the effects after combat. Yes, some injuries can’t be seen. What happens to these vets? The cure for them is to bring out their experiences through vocalization with a professional.
The ceremony posthumously honoring Jim Konya, celebrated metal musician from Parma has had a change of venue. The event which will take place at 6:45 pm on Thursday November 19 has been changed from the Parma Snow Branch to the UAW Hall Local 1005 at 5615 Cheverolet Blvd. The event is free and open to the Public.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter will honor metal drummer Jim Konya Jr., who recently passed away at 44 after a series of strokes, with a Key to the City presented posthumously. Konya’s parents, Jim Sr. and Linda, will accept the award on their son’s behalf at the presentation, scheduled for Nov. 19 at 6:45 p.m. at the Parma-Snow library branch auditorium.
Start your holiday shopping early at the Parma Hospital Auxiliary’s Gallery of Gifts, their biggest fundraiser of the year. The arts and fine crafts show takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
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.
Residents of Parma, Parma Hts., Middleburg Hts. and the surrounding Southwest suburbs are invited to join Hospice of the Western Reserve staff and volunteers at the nonprofit agency's 37th annual meeting, "Tell Your Story,” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Cleveland Convention Center Ballroom, 300 Lakeside Ave. Admission is free; complimentary valet parking will be provided. Keynote speakers are Ivan Schwarz, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and award-winning actor, director and producer James Madio, well known for his role as Sgt. Frank Perconte in the award-winning HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served at 5 p.m.; the evening’s program begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration (requested) is available online at hospicewr.org/story or by phone at 216.383.5291.
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 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.
On Saturday morning, while most are sleeping, recovering from a week of school or work, our athletes are on the ice ready for practice. They are the Cleveland Rockin' Wildcats, a hockey team composed of children and adults ages 7-40 years old that have developmental or physical disabilities.
Its’ been two years ago since the Adopt a Family Association moved its operating location to our larger location at 5753 Chevrolet Blvd, Parma, Ohio from the city of Cleveland. Adopt a Family Association has been warmly welcomed by the City of Parma because it provides services to low income families with children and aged-out foster teens with basic needs assistance. The Adopt a Family Association is also a proud member of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and has participated in many area events through the Chamber.
What's wrong with the trees?! They seem to be infected with some sort of disease which makes their leaves yellow and fall! Disgusting. Should I apply ointment or salve? This, surely, is a mark of fall and means we are approaching,"Turkey time!". There is one important thing to remember when pairing wine to Thanksgiving dinner. No matter how well cooked, turkey is a dry meaty dish which requires tasty liquidity to make it rise to perfection! Gravy is okay, but wine makes a turkey fly! Which wine should you choose? A Pinot Noir is a fine choice. The juicy flavor aromas of red fruits like raspberry strawberry, and red cherry make a nice addition to turkey or cranberry sauce. While the earthier flavor notes of mushroom and,"forest floor" match the brown gravy and potato elements of any harvest dinner table. (For the curious..."forest floor" is an actual aroma marker for Pinot Noir's wet oakiness which resembles a downtrodden wet oak filled forest floor.) Pinot Noir is one of the most adaptable red wines for pairing with food. The juicier ones match many food flavors. While the slight oakiness can pair with truffles or mushroom sensations.
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.