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Parma Chef Stands Out In The Big Apple

Here I am in New York with Parma native Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky, along with her brother Sasha, in her restaurant "Bear," named for the bear signs along Interstate 80 on the path to her new home.

Television crews captured Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky, a Parma native, working feverishly in the kitchen, trying to match culinary wits with celebrity restaurateur Bobby Flay on a September episode of the popular Food Network show. While she didn't win the contest against the award-winning chef on Beat Bobby Flay, it was another example of growing national exposure for Pogrebinsky, who also has appeared twice on Food Network's Chopped. But I hope Parma residents won't simply have to rely on their televisions to see Pogrebinsky, who is the chef and owner of the "New European Cuisine" restaurant Bear in Queens, NY. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk with her, I try to encourage her to open a restaurant in Parma, and we honored Pogrebinsky in July for her successful career and continued support of her hometown. She had visited City Hall with her brother and parents. Pogrebinsky grew up in Parma from the age of 10, when she and her brother, Sasha, moved here with their parents from Kiev, Ukraine. She and her brother opened Bear seven years ago to supportive reviews of dishes infused with culinary experiences developed in the Ukrainian community, from stuffed cabbage to pierogies. 

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Friends Of Parma Theater Continue Effort To Save Historic Landmark

As the demolition of the Historic Parma Theater looms large, the Friends of Parma Theater held a demonstration and candlelight vigil on October 24th to bring attention to their cause to save the theater for future generations. Beyond the theater, their ongoing mission is to cultivate a creative arts district dedicated to cinema, theater, music, and the performing arts that will become an economic development catalyst for the surrounding community. Pictured here (left to right) are: Sharon Schneider, Tom Kall, Debbie LeWalk, Paulette Kall, Patricia Haller, William Subjoc, Kathryn Mabin, and Annette Mannion. | Photo © 2014 Stefan P. Stefaniuk.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:54 AM, 11.03.2014

Seven Hills-VFW Post 7609 Children’s Christmas Party December 7, 2014

VFW Christmas Raffle table.

The 2014 VFW Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 7th at the Seven Hills Community Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This free family event is provided by the City of Seven Hills and VFW Post 7609.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:45 AM, 11.03.2014

Small Business Saturday Is Nov. 29

State Meats, located in Parma's Ukrainian Village, proudly displayed a Shop Small poster last year.

Even though it’s a national observance, Small Business Saturday has become something of a local big deal in Parma. In the past two years, City leaders have taken extra steps to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.

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The President's Corner

As we approach the colder winter months and holidays, I thought it was time to bring to your attention various programs to assist you and your neighbors and friends with heating and other costs. Over the years I have come to the realization that many residents do not know about many of the public and private assistance programs that offer savings to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.

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Sparkle, Cheer In The Gift Shop

Santa’s Elves have been busy in the Gift Shop at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center putting out all kinds of wonderful holiday merchandise. This year's finds include a selection of items from the hit Disney movie “Frozen,” snowmen, ornaments, nativity sets, winter accessories, and more holiday décor. 

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Winter Overnight Parking Ban Information for Parma

Overnight parking is prohibited on all city streets in Parma from November 1 through April 15 during the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Permits to park on the street can be issued if there is insufficient room in the driveway to park the vehicles or there is a doctor documented medical hardship. In order to obtain a permit, the following information must be provided: A request must be made in writing addressed to the Safety Director outlining the reason why the permit is necessary. Please include your name, address, and phone number, along with a list of all of the vehicles in the household, including year, make, model, license number, serial number, and to whom the vehicle is titled to. This information can either be mailed or brought in to the Safety Department. The Safety Department, located at Parma City Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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5th Annual Race For Maggie's Place Raises $15K

Maggie's Place Race Volunteers Joe Steets and Patrick Ferrell celebrate Race Day.

Nearly 300 people laced up their sneakers to run/walk/stroll on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Cleveland Zoo in order to support vulnerable pregnant women served by The Zechariah House in Parma. The 5th Annual Race for Maggie’s Place, presented by Spectrum Surgical and Minute Men Staffing, raised over $15,000 in operating support for the home which serves single pregnant women who may be alone, homeless, or facing other difficult circumstances when expecting a baby.  

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Artist Of The Month

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 fifth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.

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Local Doctor Receives Advanced Training

Having a doctor trained in Koren Specific Technique (KST) helps the community. This revolutionary technique was developed and taught by world renowned chiropractor, author, and educator, Tedd Koren, D.C. Doctors from all over the world have attended KST seminars. With Koren Specific Technique there is no twisting, turning, "cracking," or "popping" of joints; instead you receive gentle, specific corrections to your spine and structural system. 

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Irrational Fear And Panic Worse Than The Disease Itself

A few months ago, I recorded a television program on the History Channel about the Black Plague that devastated Europe during the mid 14th century. This pandemic began when invading Mongols from Central Asia were besieging the city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). Instead of catapulting stones and burning oil into the city, the Mongols began catapulting the bodies of their dead who had died from a disease we now know as the bubonic plague. This early example of biological warfare introduced the plague to Constantinople. Soon, residents of the city began dying from that disease. 

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News About Electric Aggregation Services

Recently, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), the competitive subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., sent letters to residential customers who had selected FES as their supplier outside of the City of Parma Aggregation Program. The letters are to inform them that FES is no longer going to serve individual, mass market customers and that customers would need to choose another supplier or be returned to the utility’s standard service offer at the end of the contract. 

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Asset Corner #59

November’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT The empowerment assets focus on community perceptions of youth & the opportunities they have to contribute to society in meaningful ways. 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.

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Nov. 15 Holiday Art & Craft Show To Benefit Maggie's Place

Midtown Towers Apartments hosts 1st Holiday Craft Fair at University Hospitals Parma Health Education Center November 15th to benefit Maggie’s Place. Get ready shoppers and exhibitors, it’s that time of the year again! Midtown Towers Apartments is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair to benefit Maggie’s Place at University Hospitals Parma Health Education Center on November 15th, 2014 from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Shoppers have an widespread selection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products to select from including holiday decoration, handmade crafts from local vendors, jewelry, toys, food items, and more. Shoppers can also visit and take photos with Santa and participate in our Chinese raffle. 

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The VA Appeals Backlog Must Be Addressed Expeditiously

Ohio is home to more than 800,000 veterans and I am honored to represent thousands living in Ohio’s 16th District. Those who have sacrificed so much to serve our country deserve to receive the benefits they have earned once they return home, yet widespread mismanagement within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to stand in the way. 

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:42 AM, 11.03.2014

Calling All Bridge Players

Bridge players who have taken a break for some reason and would like to get back into the game are welcome to come to the Donna Smallwood Activities Center (formerly Parma Senior Center). The game starts at 12:30 p.m. every Friday and some come earlier just to practice. No partner is necessary. The following poem will remind you of some basic rules. The author is unknown.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 10:42 AM, 11.03.2014

Putting The Garden To Bed

The Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma would like to share the following tips that Cookie Krizmanich, Master Gardener from the Cuyahoga County Ohio University Extension, gave the members at their October 20th meeting:

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I Believe

A prescription for joyful living includes something to hope for, something to do, and someone to love.

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The Parma Post Office 1827-1901

Prior to 1827, the U.S. Mail for Parma, Ohio residents was delivered and outgoing mail was picked up by stagecoach drivers at the Old Stone Tavern (built in 1817) along the Wooster Pike (a.k.a. Pearl Road). Early area residents living in this section of Parma Township would travel to the tavern to pick up their mail and packages. The Old Stone Tavern near Mill Street was operated by the Conrad Countryman family. The stagecoaches with passengers aboard had begun traveling along the Wooster Pike from Cleveland southward to Columbus, Ohio in 1820. The Old Stone Tavern later became an apartment building at 6363 Pearl Road and was torn down in 1959 for a gas station.    

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What Happens Here Affects All Cuyahoga County

Sinister things are brewing adjacent to the trio of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills, and the outcome could affect the entire county, perhaps even the state. Because it is no longer considered a local issue - any idiot knows deer don’t respect boundaries - North Royalton Mayor Bob Stefanik, along with the majority of Cuyahoga County mayors and city managers, are pushing the state to take responsibility for the large, stable herds of deer CAUSED by “maximum sustainable yield” (MSY). 

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Review Of Last Season's Snow Removal

As a citizen of this city, the thought of improvement of city services along with the cost containment certainly is in the forefront. Living in a utopia would be desired, but reality quickly comes to light. In regards to one aspect of evaluation, snow removal always comes to mind (in the winter). Unless one is involved with these services, a complete and thorough assessment can’t truly be completed. Without traveling the entire city completely, on a constant basis, one must say that the Service Department did a superior job of snow removal. Granted each side street may not have been completed in a fashion that each of us would like, but that is not possible unless there would be a truck for each street and that would be economic suicide, unless you would care for much higher taxes. If you can’t negotiate the side street in a little snow, chances are you shouldn’t be driving anyhow. Just look at the difficulties that are had with home owners clearing their own walks. Now clear the city streets with the same competency, not as easy as you may have thought. So, a hearty well done to the Service Department.         

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Tales From The Tollgate House

These are some of the people that helped shape Parma Heights to what it is today. This area started with the 1817 arrival of Conrad Countryman, his wife, three sons, Peter, John, Jacob, and his brother, William, all from Mohawk, New York. They settled in the area of Stumph Road and Pearl. He ran a sawmill and a blacksmith shop and some reports say he also kept an inn nearby, possibly the one that became known as the Old Stone Tavern. A Connecticut Yankee named Pelitiah Bliss also came to claim the piece of land he purchased from the Connecticut Land Company in 1821. He built a log cabin home at York and Pearl Road. Later in 1821, the population rose with the arrival of Asa Emerson, Jesse Nicholas, Amos Hodgman, Joseph Small, and William Steele. They were all from Bowdoin, Maine. A half brother of Lorenzo Carter, John Ackley settled later after working as an engineer on Cleveland's first stone pier and other Harbor installations. All of these people were strong believers in education and religion.  

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Parma Observer Is Five Years Old

The Small Business Administration keeps statistics on business failures, among other things. They claim that 8 out of 10 small businesses fail within their first 3 years; the general wisdom is that if a business can survive the first 5 years, then the chance of that business maturing towards healthy stability is greatly increased. For this reason we are celebrating our first 5 years in existence. What a rapid 5 years it has been so far, indeed the quickest 5 years of my life as far as I'm concerned. I've learned a great deal about this business, made all of the necessary mistakes (let's hope so!) inevitably required in order to chart the best course for the paper to achieve stability in the long run. We have all found things about our community which were after all waiting to be discovered. My heartfelt appreciation extends to each and every person who has helped the Parma Observer to grow in any way whatsoever; our readers, writers, editors, and advertisers - not one single contribution was insignificant.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club Doubles Blanket Donations For Area Children In Foster Care System

The North Royalton 4-H Club presenting their blankets to Cuyahoga County Child Services Representative Lydia Galindez. 

North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club doubled their blanket donations to children in the Cuyahoga County foster care system in their second annual create-a-blanket donation project. The North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club, with guidance from My Very Own Blanket (www.mvob.org), created and donated over 30 hand-made blankets to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), who distributed the blankets to children currently living in foster care arrangements. The 4-H members were recognized by DCFS at a recent meeting for their hard work, dedication, and unselfish giving of their time to help those in need. Last year, the group received a proclamation from County Executive Edward FitzGerald (July 17, 2013) for their outstanding community service.   

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

Woman Up - Get Your Mammogram!

Ladies: It's time to take control of your health. Woman Up to prevent and beat breast cancer. Women 40 and older should receive an annual mammogram, according to Sherry Hillier, MD, a radiologist at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Dr. Hillier also advocates for the added specificity of tomosynthesis, an advanced 3-D digital imaging for early detection of breast cancer. UH was the first health care provider in Northern Ohio to offer tomosynthesis. This technology is available locally at UH Parma Medical Center's Outpatient Center.

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I'm Mad As Hell, And Not Going To Take It Anymore

Swallowtail on Cupplant.

A med student walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I wouldn’t worry about whether to eat genetically modified foods or not,” The bartender asks, “Why not?” The med student replies, “Because the pesticides will kill you first!” Just before sitting down to write this, I walked out of the nearest Giant Eagle with one thing in hand: a pricey, organic, non-GMO half gallon of soy ice cream. Seven bucks, to be exact.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

The Froelich House

Froelich family marker in Town Line Cemetary.

One mile south of the Henninger Homestead and quarry is another house made of sandstone from the Henninger quarry. It sits on the east side of Broadview Road in Seven Hills. It was built by John Froelich in 1843.

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Continuation Of: Who Was Oscar Fitz Nicholas?

Oscar was an active member of the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Cleveland, Ohio and a past President representing all the people from the Parma area who fought in the Civil War. His name is etched in stone in the Soldiers and Sailors monument.

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Tales From The Tollgate House - Do You Remember....The C.L.&W / B&O, Ohio Depot Station.?

Map of C.L.&W. Railway Co. Parma, Ohio is indicated on map.

Early Residents of Parma Township like many other townships in Cuyahoga County had only small dirt roads and wooden plank roads to travel along on horseback, on foot, by bicycle, by stagecoach or by wagon for many years. The Brooklyn and Parma Wooden Plank Road Company along the Wooster Pike and York Road was established in 1876 and ceased operations in 1907. A railroad route was not built until 1894 in a small northwestern section of Parma Township. The Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling Railroad (C.L.&W.) was both a passenger and freight route from 1895 to 1926. C.L.&W depot stations were built at five-mile intervals south of Cleveland in 1895. The C.L.& W. Parma depot station was constructed in a rural area in Rockport Township where it served no major businesses or industries. There was no telegraph operator assigned to work there. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

Editor's Observation: Time Passages

“Seventy-Four Has More!” The Parma Senior High Class of 1974 held its 40th reunion August 9, 2014 at Tony Maloney’s. Out of a class of over 1,200 graduates, about 200 classmates attended. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

Over 450 Guests Celebrate Foundation's Work At Casino Royale

Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation Board Chairman Angelo Pimpas, right, co-chaired the Casino Royale event on September 13. 

More than 450 community members celebrated the philanthropic work of the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation at a black-tie gala that raised $211,000 to benefit the health of the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

The President's Corner: An Interview With Former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero

Mayor DePiero and I hard at work in 2006.

I received a lot of positive feedback regarding last month’s column in which I interviewed former Parma mayor John Petruska. As a result, I was prompted this month to interview and write about our most recent former mayor, Dean DePiero. In fact, rarely a week goes by that someone does not ask me what “Dean” is up to these days and whether or not he is planning to get back into public service.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

Is Our Government For Sale?

The 2012 election campaign was the most expensive political campaign in history. Just in Ohio alone, the amount of money spent by both candidates for the senate seat occupied by Sherrod Brown was the most expensive campaign in Ohio’s history. That does not include the amount of money spent on the presidential campaign in Ohio as well as the nation. According to the final report in 2013, Democratic incumbent (and ultimate winner) Sherrod Brown spent more than $24 million to retain his seat while GOP challenger Josh Mandel spent a little more than $18 million on his campaign. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

Flamingo Fever 2014

On Saturday, September 20th, the 2nd Annual Flamingo Fever Banquet & Auction was held in the St. Charles Parish Hall. This annual event was brought to you by Polish Village/Old World Parma, and the net proceeds from the event are earmarked for the upcoming pocket park on Ridge Rd, right in the heart of the business district. Flamingo Fever is Parma's very unique, one of a kind, public art event. In the early spring, artists design their flamingos and submit their drawings for entry. The committee reviews the submissions and gives the go ahead. Artists complete their entries and drop them off for display. Businesses throughout the Parma area display the flamingos through summer. The event culminates with a banquet in the fall. This year the weather for the banquet was great, the food was out of this world, the adult beverages were priced just right, and most folks ended up carrying home raffle items, in addition to their favorite flamingos.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

Asset Corner #58

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Use your ears more than your mouth. October’s Asset Category: SUPPORT 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.

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Artist Of The Month

59K to Westport Ireland.

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 fourth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.

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