The ULI (Urban Land Institute) Cleveland Building Healthy Places Series presents Developing Healthy Multifamily Housing on Thursday, July 24 at Hummingbird Pointe Apartments, 6871 Ames Rd., Parma. The program begins at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
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Much like the swallows that return to Capistrano, and the buzzards that return to Hinckley, the Flamingos are flocking to Parma. Beginning in the spring, the lawns in Parma start to sprout bright bursts of color in the form of pink colored flamingos. They are as much of a harbinger of Spring as the robins are. Although many local communities welcome these fantastic tropical beauties into their gardens and on their lawns, they are more frequently found in Parma.
Carol Vanek changed many lives in her 31 years working at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. Her co-workers saw it every day. Now everybody knows it. Vanek has been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for contributions toward the benefit of humankind after age 60, or for a continuation of efforts begun before that age.
Holy Name High School celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 14th, 2014. The all-alumni reunion weekend included an all-class reunion dance on Friday and a fun-run and festival on Saturday. An historical marker dedication ceremony to commemorate the centennial kicked-off the festival with welcoming tributes by the President and Principal, Benjamin Famer, followed by prayer and a blessing by Father John T. Carlin, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Speakers at the dedication included Laura Herron, Ohio Historical Society; Dr. Brian Adams, M.D., Holy Name Advisory Board Chair; and the Mayor of Parma Heights, Michael P. Byrne. Jennifer DiGeronimo, class of 2015, led the National Anthem and the Alma Mater.
Looking for something fun to do this summer? This year, the Parma Chess Club is holding its first annual Ukrainian Heritage Park Chess Tournament for players of all ages and skill levels in Parma's Ukrainian Village! Slated for Saturday, August 9th, the tournament will be held at Ukrainian Heritage Park, located just north of the intersection of State and Snow Roads directly across the street from St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church on State Road. Rain date is Sunday, August 10th.
The votes are in and Polish Village in Parma, Ohio was voted #1 in Channel 5's Building Better Neighborhoods. The Building Better Neighborhoods program began in the spring of this year, when Channel 5 chose 25 cities at random in the 5 counties in their viewing area. A Community Safety Forum, sponsored by Channel 5, was presented in each community. Five neighborhoods or streets were chosen within each to compete. Residents from the viewing area were given the opportunity to vote their choice on NewsNet5.com. The winner is featured on a Channel 5 news segment. Polish Village won by a slight margin over Ukrainian Village for the number one slot in Parma.
The City of Seven Hills held a June 10, 2014 ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the opening of the new University Hospitals (UH) Parma Medical Center Therapy Services unit at the city’s Recreation Center. In attendance were a number of representatives of the hospital, the local business community and the city.
June’s choices for Citizen of the Month and Business of the Month were honored at City Council’s June 16 meeting. Cyndee Bratz was nominated by Dianna Kall to receive Citizen of the Month because of her long and extensive community involvement. For more than 30 years, Bratz has been active in community and school events. She has served in various officer and chairman positions in the PTA and for several years on the Board of Directors of the Ohio PTA. Bratz is the creator of the Community Scholarship Fund – sometimes known as the “loose change” fund - in which anyone can donate money throughout the year. That money is then given to a deserving graduating senior of the Parma City School District.
The 2014-2015 school year will be my 20th year as a schoolteacher. After teaching middle social studies for 14 years and high school American government and world history for five years, going on six, my love of working with our youth is as strong as ever. I am very blessed by the fact that almost every day when I get up, I look forward to going to school and being with my students. This is why I was so happy that Mayor Timothy DeGeeter asked me earlier this year to lead up the City of Parma Youth Commission.
University Hospitals plans to break ground on a $28 million state-of-the-art outpatient health center and freestanding emergency department in Broadview Heights later this year with a projected completion date in fall of 2016. The proposed 52,000-square-foot ambulatory health center and freestanding emergency department will sit on more than six acres of land highly visible from I-77 and easily accessed from the Route 82 interchange.
Health care reform, increasing the minimum wage, reducing carbon emissions and global warming, reducing interest rates for college student loans; the list of current issues goes on and on where the conservatives in congress have blocked legislation from being passed. But throughout history, conservatives have usually been on the wrong side of history.
On the 1st of July, we observe National
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.
I turned the TV on today, and again I see another shooting, this time at an Oregon school. Yesterday, a couple in Las Vegas went crazy and killed three innocent people, including two police officers. When is this going to stop? When will our country, states, and cities impose laws to keep powerful weapons off our streets and out of the hands of people who are not stable enough to have them?
Recruiting is underway for volunteers to address the spiritual needs of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center patients and families. Now in their 20th year at UH Parma Medical Center, spiritual care aides work in the Emergency Department and the Surgery Waiting Room, providing comfort to patients and their families. They also visit patients in their rooms, provide directions and information to visitors and stand in for clergy when the family’s priest or minister is unavailable.
The Tollgate House is a replica of the one operated by the Brooklyn & Parma Plank Toll Road Company from 1876 to 1907. It was originally located at the intersection of Olde York and Pearl Road. Horses, local farm wagons, and stagecoaches rode on the wooden planks to avoid the mud. The wooden planks that were secured to the ground along the route were replaced by brick pavers and the Tollgate was no longer necessary as the cost and maintenance went from private investors to local county government control. Several interurban electrical train routes were proposed along the Wooster Pike and Olde York Rd. starting in 1897 to 1915. None were ever built. The Tollgate House replica was built in 1980 with donated supplies and labor from the members of the Historical Society of Parma Heights. During the 2011 Centennial celebration held for the establishment of Parma Heights Village from the Parma Township in 1911, bricks were purchased by residents. Each brick had the purchaser’s name inscribed in it and placed in a walkway created leading to the wooden planks securely laid in front of the replica of the tollgate house in the Greenbrier Commons. The Parma Morning Kiwanis took care of the tollgate house between 2004 and 2009. The new Parma Heights Historical Society has been maintaining the tollgate house since 2013.
The community is invited to a free Health & Senior Resource Fair on Thurs., July 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hummingbird Pointe Apartments Grand Room, 6871 Ames Road, Parma. A variety of local health and senior service vendors will offer information about the services and programs available for the community. Highlights include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings by Parma Hospital, massages from Gold-in-Touch Massage and the Parma Heights Fire and Rescue ambulance.
“A new commandment I give you: Love one another as I have loved you.” Each of us is called to follow the example of Jesus.
One of the most wonderful creatures ever domesticated has to be the dog. Why else would there be such a proliferation of them? They come in such a variety of sizes colors attitudes and dispositions, similar to man. Nothing can be as warming as when you come home and there, at the door, is the dog wagging its tail so hard its entire body is wagging along with the tail, saying” I’m so glad to see you.” How can anyone not be filled with joy to have that type of reception?
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 first in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
The Gannett Woods comprise a large part of West Creek Reservation. Prior to the ownership by Gannett, the hilltop area was a plant nursery. But even earlier the area was called Herbst Hill and the intersection at Broadview and Ridgewood was called Herbst Corners. It was named for the original settler, John Herbst. John Herbst came to this area from Germany in 1795. His land extended up Broadview Road, then known as Town Line Road, and along Ridgewood Drive. He was the first tavern keeper at Herbst Corners. According to legend, John moved his tavern from Whiskey Island, carting it on his wagon. Its true "salt box" construction indicates an early origin. And it was known that many early settlers rejected owning land along the lake. They preferred the stability of land farther inland.
Parma’s newest K-9 Officer, Coney, was sworn into the Parma police force by Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter on June 7th at Veterans Memorial Park. Coney was accompanied by his handler, Patrolman Nick Schuld. Citizens of Parma joined at the park to watch as Coney, Parma’s third K-9 officer, was sworn in. The ceremony concluded with taking Coney’s paw print and stamping it on the official paperwork. Coney joins K-9 Officers Felix and Tyson on the force. Shortly after this, Mayor DeGeeter was joined by Officer Schuld, Coney, Police Chief Robert Miller, as well as other residents and their dogs, on a walk around the park which kicked off the Adopt-A-Thon at the Parma Animal Shelter. Just two short weeks after Coney’s swearing in, he was involved in his first arrest. Saturday morning, June 21, Coney had his first taste of success, defending his city. A bank robbery suspect–fled from the scene, being pursued by the Parma Police Department. The suspect fled to the woods by foot shortly before being thwarted by K-9 Officers Coney and Felix.
Basista Furniture has been a hidden gem in Parma for almost 60 years. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter was recently invited to tour the store, along with Ann Marie Powers and Randy Carpenter of COSE, and President of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Dave Nedrich. Basista Furniture got its start in 1941 when Stan Basista Sr. bought out West Park Appliances. In 1957, he started selling furniture rather than appliances. After Basista had moved the business to 5296 State Road, its current location, he changed the name from West Park Appliances to Basista Furniture.
As the year winds down for our students, I want to share with you some of the many learning opportunities available this summer. Research shows that students lose about a month's worth of learning in the summer, especially in the areas of reading and math. By keeping your child engaged in learning exercises all summer long, you can help to keep your child's skills fresh and mind progressing in its development. Check out some of these great programs:
A longtime member of the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center medical staff has been honored as Family Physician of the Year. The award was presented to Manuel P. Saridakis, DO, by the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) at its annual symposium, attended by more than 300 physicians.
Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. has been chosen for the city’s third Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up event. According to Michelle Teresi, Building, Housing & Recycling Coordinator, the event will be held at the Parma Heights Service Garage located at 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons. Proof of residency is required.
Shoppers and sellers – as well as patients – will benefit from the Parma Hospital Auxiliary's garage sale on Friday, June 20.
When Mayor Tim DeGeeter realized something that a city in Indiana was doing might be useful right here in Parma, he went right to work. He formulated a plan, chose someone to implement it, and voilà - the Parma Youth Commission is born.
About 30 residents, along with several members of City Council, gathered at the Parma Library to hear what’s been happening so far in the meetings of the Mayor’s Town Center Task Force. According to the overall tone of the comments, most of them like what they are seeing from the people charged with making the Town Center move from concept to reality.
Petite Picasso's & Mini Monet's I received an invitation to attend the 2nd Annual Children's Art Show, May 1, 2014, at the First Federal of Lakewood branch located on Snow Rd, just west of Broadview Rd. As a long time member of the Parma Area Fine Arts Council, I support all types of artistic events and decided to attend. I was greeted at the door by Brian Winslow, Branch Manager of the Parma office. I learned that in addition to the Artist Reception, the artwork is on display for an extended period of time, which allows the public to view the creations. Brian told me his customers really enjoy the opportunity to view the children's artwork during their visits to the branch. Brian Winslow is a member of C/B/S.
Hello, my name is Vince Baginski. I have been performing magic and twist balloon art for over 15 years. I would like people in the city to know where I do this. Because kids eat free. The thing I hear the most from parents is that they didn’t know kids eat free and there was a balloon artist and magic guy there. So, I would like everyone to know where I do this. I have been doing magic and balloon art at restaurants for 3 years now. I do table magic using sleight of hand. Very visual kids magic that is exciting. And twist some crazy balloon hats. Fun and entertaining. Please let the people and kids know where to go for a magical time.
Would you want to have a meal in a restaurant where the waitress taking your order is coughing and sneezing? Or where the person cooking the food is also sick? Would you want to stay in a hotel room if you knew that the person who cleaned the room earlier in the day came to work sick? Of all the developed nations in the world, only the United States lacks any government policy mandating paid time off for illness. Most of us who work full time tend to take paid time off for sickness for granted. Very often we use a sick day when we are just “sick of work” and need a day off. The coughing and sneezing waitress is obvious. But millions of low wage service employees do not receive any paid time off for illness. Paid time off for sickness is a benefit only available to full time employees and is denied to part time workers and many in low wage occupations in the service sector.
The sounds of children laughing and water splashing are familiar sounds on warm summer days. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Following some safety tips can help ensure safety at pools and spas. Adding an extra safety step in and around the water can make all the difference. Pool safety means adopting critical steps whether at a residential or public pool or spa.
Bring your blankets, chairs, food and drink (no alcoholic beverages) and enjoy Disney's animated big screen adventure, FROZEN, under the moon and stars in Greenbriar commons on Saturday, June 28 beginning at 9:00 P.M. In the event of rain, the movies will be presented indoors at the N.E.O. soccer facility. The City of Parma Hts. and Cox Communincations are excited to be presenting the highest-grossing anmated film of all time.With the popularity of FROZEN and of our "Movie-in-the-Commons" events, I know this will be an enjoyable evening for the whole family.
The Farmers' Market at Stearns Homestead opens its new season, Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9am-1pm and is operated by the Parma Area Historical Society in cooperation with the City of Parma. This historical working farm is a wonderful way to spend the day with your family. Come enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery, soaps, organic products, meats, honey and eggs from local vendors such as Cossel Farms, Don Anna Farms, Wildtree Oils, Bread Lady Bakery, Sweet Lorraine's Treats, Go Green with Tupperware, Just Nutrolls, Fresh the Deli, Butcher and Cafe, Stearns Farms, S&R Farm Market, and more. This outdoor market will be open every Saturday from 9am-1pm until October 4. Please check the website (www.stearnshomestead.com) for other activities going on monthly. Also, there is a bus stop in front of the farm and the farm is handicap accessible. You can have a picnic here and tour the two museum houses and country store. Enjoy the animals and feed or adopt one to visit. Senior coupon programs and WIC accepted here by certain vendors. Stearns Homestead is located at 6975 Ridge Road in Parma, Ohio. For more information call Debbie at 440-882-6234.
It is important that residents of Parma, Parma Heights, North Royalton and Seven Hills be aware that the Parma Health Ministry (PHM, a free clinic that offers medical care) is still open and available to those individuals without, or who cannot afford, health insurance. They must also meet our eligibility requirements, which include:
Every student, regardless of where they live, deserves access to a quality education. Ensuring that the next generation has the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed is the America our Founders envisioned, and it is also the key to a healthy economy. Charter schools play an integral role in our nation’s educational system and our effort to promote school choice. Nearly 6,500 charter schools exist in the United States, just 6 percent of all public schools. They are in 42 states, including Ohio and Washington, D.C. Charter schools provide America’s young students with an opportunity to escape underperforming schools and empower parents to play a more active role in their children’s education. They pave the way for teachers to implement innovative methods and encourage competition at the state and local levels.
The City of Seven Hills biggest gathering of family, friends, and neighbors is July 25, 26, and 27, 2014 when Home Days comes back to Seven Hills for its 41st year! Held behind City Hall, 7325 Summitview Drive, Home Days always has fabulous food, riveting rides, magnificent music, and more. This year the Home Days musical entertainment will pay homage to the Golden Age of Rock-n-Roll. There will also be various vendors with a variety of items for purchase and two nights of fireworks. Mark the calendar! The firework displays will be Friday night, July 25th and Saturday night July 26th at 10:00pm. Home Days hours are Friday 6-11pm., Saturday 3-11 pm., Sunday 12-9pm.