Everyone is invited to Family Movie Night at James Day Park, Friday, July 12. Admission is free. This year’s feature film is Incredibles 2. The big outdoor screen will be located on the soccer fields. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. A concession stand will be open for snacks. The movie will start around 9 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. For those who arrive early, carnival games and corn hole will keep families entertained until the movie begins. “This is always a popular event,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi. “We’re happy to host it every year.” In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday, July 13.
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I am very happy to report that after months of fundraising and many planning meetings, the city of Parma is now the home to a script Parma sign. Our sign was inspired by the script Cleveland signs that have become all the rage of selfie fans in the region. As an avid runner, I often include the script Cleveland signs as a part of my training routine. The Cleveland signs have really boosted the cool-factor of Cleveland and I know that the Parma sign will do the same for our community. This is just one way I wanted to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes UH Parma Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from preventable harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
It’s finally starting to look a lot like summer, although it does not officially arrive until a bit later this month, at least on the calendar, anyway. The Parma Heights Pool and Waterpark Complex open at Noon on Saturday, June 1. Season and daily passes can be purchased at the pool beginning on that date. Season passes for resident students/seniors are $50. Adults are $60, and family passes are $200. Daily admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Seniors swim free on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. The pool and waterpark are located within the Greenbrier Commons complex at 6200 Pearl Road.
In a crowded field of two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America and author of The War on Normal People, seems to have distinguished himself in a way few other candidates have. Yang describes himself as the opposite of Donald Trump - an Asian man who likes math - and proposes as his flagship policy a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. As it turns out, UBI is very much an American idea and, in one form or another, has found advocates over the years in the likes of Thomas Paine, Richard Nixon, Milton Friedman, Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Pool passes go on sale 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1 at the Recreation Department. From June 3 to July 12, passes can be purchased Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on July. Proof of residency is required. The season begins Saturday, June 1 and ends Saturday, Aug.10. Regular pool hours are 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Starting Saturday, May 25, the Splash Pad at Anthony Zielinski Park is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily until Labor Day and then on weekends only in September. Admission is free.
Youth (age 4 and older) and adult tennis registration is 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for the first session and 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 2 for the second session. There are four levels: tot, beginner, intermediate and advanced. More details are at www.cityofparma-oh.gov on the Recreation Department page or call the Recreational Department at 440-885-8144. Register online or at the Recreation Department. Payment at the Recreation Department is cash or check only.
Ridgewood Golf Course’s Junior Golf Program continues to grow. The season begins Tuesday, June 11, but parents need to register their children now because the program fills quickly. Go to www.golfridgewoodohio.com or call the golf course at 440-888-1057.
Hello there Tri-City area friends. Many of you will recall when the 4th of July gave rise to a grand celebration for the Tri-City area while being dismayed and saddened when that ended due to financial / logistical issues.
There is GOOD news. For the past few years I have been speaking with Mayor DeGeeter , Mickey Vittardi and other leaders about doing something at Anthony Zielinski Park after the Parade ends at the Shoppes Of Parma about 11:30 AM. They all agreed it was a great idea but the City wasn't in the position to or really shouldn't bear the responsibility for organizing it. As a musician who is also involved in the business side of the industry I finally decided to take this on by hosting our first Parma Rocks Party In the Park featuring Live Entertainment and some Recorded music
Details TBA The party will begin at Noon on July 4th and last until a time TBD. The entertainment will be using the Pavilion closest to the Splash Pad and Roycroft at Anthony Zielinski Park. We hope you will join us for what we would like to see become an Annual event. Look for Updates and Event Flyers to be available soon along with Social Media posts. Remember PARMA ROCKS !
Death, while a tragedy, is comforted knowing a man who was also a dedicated police officer and devoted husband and father gave his life in defending his friends, family and community. Sergeant Bennett, a 44 year old veteran police officer, gave his life in the performance of his duty. Bennett strongly believed a man was born to honor God and his Country, began a career in the Navy serving in the Pacific Fleet for four years. After obtaining a honorable discharge in 1949, Bennett married his wife, Mary Lou and began his family. Bennett was appointed to the Parma Heights Police Department on June 1, 1957, and promoted to Sergeant on January 26, 1965. He was a dedicated policeman who was an expert in police photography, weapons, firearms and fingerprinting. Bennett was the Range Officer who later had dedicated in his memory the SGT. ROBERT BENNETT POLICE FIREARMS TRAINING RANGE.
A positive approach succeeds more than any other approach. All stand to benefit when we reach out with love to others. Amazing things can be accomplished when we resolve to live out our faith in unity. At times our burdens can seem so heavy that the joy in our hearts is all but crushed. Attention towards the needs of others is a healthy sign. Give not advice without being asked; and when desired, do it briefly. God loves us with even greater love than we can even imagine.God welcomes us into a kingdom of peace that passes all human understanding.
More re: Human Trafficking Raising Awareness – Some More Basic Indicators:
June’s Asset Category: BOUNDARIES and EXPECTATIONS: Boundaries are important to young people because they give clear messages about what’s expected, what is approved and celebrated, and what deserves censure. By the same token, caring adults who expect young people to do their best help them to learn good judgment. Every day young people face many options and choices. Boundaries and expectations provide young people with the support they need to choose wisely. Today, we’re going to be focusing attention on Asset # 11, Family Boundaries.
Parma, OH – As part of its commitment to celebrating employee contributions to the communities where they live and work, Cox Communications has recognized La’Var Howell as its Community Hero in Cleveland for 2019. Mr. Howell has devoted his time to USO Northern in Cleveland by helping veterans reacclimate to civilian life and through initiatives designed to support active military overseas.
Walk to Remember, co-sponsored by Huntington Bank and Medical Mutual of Ohio, will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, June 9. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The event benefits Hospice of the Western Reserve and is open anyone wishing to celebrate the memory of a loved one. Registration includes all-day admission to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest and fun for the whole family! This year’s Walk will commemorate Hospice of the Western Reserve’s 40th anniversary in the community.
FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), the unregulated subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. and current supplier to the City of Parma Electric Aggregation Program, cancelled the sale of its retail electric business to Constellation.
Medley of Art Show at the Smallwood Center The annual Parma Area Fine Arts Council’s Medley of Arts Show & Sale was held on Saturday, May 18th. Participating in the event were 40 local talented artists from the area, showcasing approximately 100 diverse pieces of art. There was a steady stream of attendees throughout the day. The show was divided into seven categories. Best in Show, First Place in each category, and People’s Choice winning artists received cash awards. Ribbons were also awarded to those categories along with second and third place ribbons. The winners were as follows: Best In Show: Mother’s Are Dying by Ashley Nagel, Watercolor: 1. Samantha Bias – Eye For An Eye, 2. Poppin’ Poppies – Marge Horvat 3. Robin Prestien – Red House With Fence. Three-Dimensional: 1. Debra Newell – Vintage Sounds, 2. Donata Rahne – Winged Isis, 3. Debra Newell – Flash Of Sunset, Acrylic/Mixed Media: 1. Samantha Bias – In The Garden Of Eden, 2. Mary O’Hearn – Evening At The Dock, 3. Gary Nass – Three Forest Dances, Photography: 1. Anthony DeMarco – The Alter of Notre Dame, 2. Samantha Bias – Daisy In My Lazy Eye, 3. Anthony DeMarco – The Train On Time Graphics: 1. Sean Mabin – False Start, 2. Kathleen Dregella – Sheep, 3. Alexa Thompson – Breakfast, Fiber Art: 1. Debra Newell – Thrownaways, 2. Barbara Gorman – Felted Wool Neck Piece, 3. Jane Zampedro – Mermaid, Wood Carving: 1. Acorns – Stan Stary. 2. Angry Bird – Gerald Hoeltge, 3. Patricia Perchinske – Gryffin. People’s Choice went to Kathy Kijek for her Rotten Watermelon acrylic painting.
High-On-Dolls is a group of talented women who enjoy creating fiber art dolls. The group began meeting informally in 1998 following a class taught by Doll Artist, Eleanor Peace Bailey, at Pins-N-Needles Shop in Middleburg Hts. In 1999 they formally organized their club. The club met once a month and grew to a membership of forty plus, with a waiting list to join, due to the limited meeting space at Pins-N-Needles.
The Americas have historically been faced with war. From violent regime takeovers and citizen rebellions broadcasted throughout the world, to lesser known Black Ops missions sponsored by outside interests to ensure transitions of power, the western hemisphere has become all too familiar with elevated circumstances that lead to armed conflict.
This spring I entered my second year of sobriety.
For years Parma residents have asked me why Parma does not have more competition in the cable and internet industry. Many are under the impression that the city government has authority over which companies can offer these services in our community and that the officials have stifled competition. In fact, nothing can be farther from the truth. First, cities in Ohio do not have the power to regulate which companies offer internet and television services to residents, due to deregulation in Columbus years ago. Further, speaking as a consumer of these products myself, I welcome competition and the better prices and services it theoretically brings. That is why I am happy to report that Parma will soon have another option, as WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone is coming to Parma.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion — a deadly mission that changed the course of World War II — during an evening vigil Wednesday, June 5, at Western Campus.
The City of Seven Hills Farmers Market will open at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 and continue every Thursday through September 26th, 4-7 p.m., at the corner of Hillside Road and Broadview Road. For most of us, there’s no better place to buy fruits and vegetables than at a farmers market. Markets offer food of superior quality and help support locally owned smaller-scale farms. A weekly trip to the Seven Hills Farmers Market is a perfect opportunity to learn more about how and where the food you are purchasing is grown and harvested. Meeting and talking to the farmers is a great way to learn about sustainable growing techniques plus obtain some free advice on cooking tips and meal ideas. As the saying goes, "know your farmer, know your food." The same can be said for the other artisans that are vendors at the market. Any one of them will be happy to share how they create swoon-worthy bakery, syrup, jams, healthy-for-you skincare products, pet treats, and more! Take this wonderful opportunity to savor the diversity that our vendors bring.
On May 10 2019 I attended the dedication ceremony for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Valley Forge High School. The ceremony was very moving and impressive as the community honored those 15 young men who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. Four of the men honored were from my class of 1966 and I knew three of them. Two I knew from my homeroom and one lived in my neighborhood and we grew up together at Ridge Brook Elementary School. That ceremony and memorial made me proud to be an alumnus of Valley Forge High School. It certainly epitomized the meaning of “Patriot Pride.”
On May 10 a remarkable ceremony was held at Valley Forge High School. A brand new Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, near the front entrance, was dedicated. The presentation ceremony held in the auditorium was virtually packed with grateful community members. The story behind this was truly extraordinary. Members of the History Club noticed a plaque in the hallway of the school that commemorated 15 students from Valley Forge High School who had lost their lives while fighting in the Viet Nam War. They felt that now 50 years later, these former students deserved more attention and respect for their ultimate sacrifice. It turns out that 15 students killed in action was just about the highest number for any school district in the country.
If there’s one thing that defines the beginning of summer in Parma to me, it’s not the end of school or the increasing temperatures, it’s the Parma Rib ‘N Rock. Growing up, it was the perfect foray into summer vacation, going from the final days of school to a weekend of entertainment, rides, and of course, lots of food. The event started off at what was then Parmatown Mall, where for $4.00 you could partake in the festivities throughout the weekend. Yes, the price of admission is actually a dollar lower than it was back in the 90s. Now in its fourth year at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, it has continued to grow with its new location into the event we know today.
Did you know that there are close to 50 different local organizations working in concert to address issues related to human trafficking and the needs of its victims? Efforts by the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, are lead by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland . Learn more about both these groups by visiting:
Parma’s May Show Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Parma Area Fine Arts Council will host their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Dr. This year in addition to the show, which features the work of local artists and craftsmen in seven different categories, the show will feature ongoing demonstrations in doll making by High On Dolls, and wood carving by Great Lakes Wood Carvers, as well as watercolor painting and wood burning. Refreshments are available, as well as some great Chinese Auction items. Attendees will also be able to vote the People’s Choice Award for the most popular item. Meet the artists and craftsmen, and watch them create unique one-of-a-kind items. Best of all, admission is free.
The City is repairing catch basins, improving large stormwater detention areas and rebuilding water mains as it continues to upgrade the city’s infrastructure. This year, the city will invest about $500,000 to replace around 150 catch basins throughout neighborhoods after restoring 117 of them along its major thoroughfares last year. “These are important improvements that will rebuild our infrastructure and help with our stormwater management and flooding issues within the city,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “This is a major priority for us.”
The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and nonprofit Solar United Neighbors are co-sponsoring a free informational meeting for residents interested in going solar. The meeting is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the Council Chamber at Parma City Hall, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma. Residents can learn about an emerging green technology without sitting through a high-pressure sales pitch.
Here is something for all of you classical music lovers out there. The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform their final spring concert for this season at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in the auditorium of Valley Forge High School, 9999 Independence Boulevard. Our local symphony orchestra, in its 50th season, will present a program including "Concerto for Bassoon" by Carl Maria Von Webber, featuring Andrew Machamer of the faculty of the prestigious Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Machamer is a lecturer of Music Harmony at B-W, and is an active performer and teacher in Northeast Ohio. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, as well as a Master of Music Degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Minnesota. He has also completed a separate Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A dedicated teacher and pedagogue, Machamer has taught students of all ages across the country from elementary school to college level. The orchestra’s program will also include the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky, and selections from The Planets by Gustav Holst. The orchestra consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the 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 p.m. Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra. More information can be found on Facebook, on the orchestra website -- www.parmasymphony.org -- or by calling Business Manager Joe Germana at 440-882-2012.
Help Keep Big Creek Clean (Saturday, June 1) A collaboration between many environmental organizations for several years, volunteers are needed once again to help clean up one of Parma’s most important watersheds. All individuals and organizations interested are asked to meet at 9:00 am at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Snow Road Picnic Area along Big Creek Parkway. Bags and gloves will be provided, but it is suggested you wear long pants and boots. The event will go until noon when a light lunch and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Amy Roskilly at the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580 (x1005).
Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 71-year tradition during the weekend of May 3 through May 5, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
Many property lots in Parma are of a small size which creates difficulties in choosing appropriate sized trees. While most lot sizes in northern Parma are in the 40-foot wide range, those in the more southern area of Parma may have a little more room to work with. Colorado Blue Spruces (Picea pungens) and Norway Spruce (Picea abies ) are two evergreens that are easy to obtain but can grow extremely large in both height and diameter. As a matter of fact, in the wild both of these trees can grow over 100 -150 feet tall, although that height will most likely not be reached in an urban area.
When I was a boy, I would sit on the back porch with a little glass jar in my hand observing the movement of gray skies when storm clouds would usher in. I would try and jump as high as I could to catch and save the clouds in my jar because they were closer to the earth when rains would build. In Haiti, my motorbike driver referred to me as a missionary the very first day we met. I immediately rejected the notion in my mind, as missionaries to me often brought more harm than good. To him, however, simply being there present and aware for journalistic purposes, was mission enough.
There is a well-known saying in the art world, “L’art pour l’art.” A phrase first coined by 19th-century French Philosopher Victor Cousin that translates to“art for art’s sake” in Modern English. Cleveland native and driftwood sculpture artist Linda Dempsey sees the world in very much the same way. A long journey from photography school in California has brought her current expressions to life along the shores of Lake Erie and twisting environs of nearby rivers and streams. This is where she often calls home, creating exotic pieces of leftover earth and arbor she then animates and anthropomorphically brings to life.
"It's only one straw," said 8 billion people. Did you know that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day? It’s no wonder that straws are one of the top items that end up in our waterways ー such as Lake Erie ー harming wildlife and impacting the health of humans and communities.
According to recent studies, physical and mental activities help reduce weight, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, sadness, stress, and more; plus, people’s outlooks on life become more positive. All of us are faced with a second birth. The first one is physical which we have nothing to do with. The second birth is spiritual which we have everything to do with because it is a choice we make. It is a gradual unfolding process that continues throughout life as we become more God-centered and less self-centered.
I am old enough to remember some great speeches by national and world leaders. I remember President John F Kennedy’s inaugural address on January 20, 1961, when he began “Let the word go forth that the torch has been passed to a new generation” and concluded with “Ask not what your country could do for you, but what you could do for your country.” His strong words inspired a generation.
May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING These five assets have dual power: they are crucial in the long run for vocational success and engaged citizenship and they also play a prevention role, inhibiting some forms of health-compromising behavior. Commitment to learning has a number of sources in the journey through childhood and adolescents. Parental attitudes, encouragements, involvement, and modeling are all important. The quality of schooling – through its formal and informal curricula - also matters. Norms that encourage high attention to educational tasks, on the part of the peer group and community, are also instrumental and important. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #22 – School Engagement