The GPD Group, a national architectural firm with local offices in Cleveland and Akron, recently presented their recommendation for Strategic Consolidation of the Parma City School District.
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The holidays bring plenty of joy, but they can also be a source of depression for some. Know the signs and what you can do to cast off the blues.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter swore in eight officers Dec. 16 to the Parma Police Department. The officers will fill positions opened due to police retirements. The new officers' family members had the honor of pinning on the badges during the ceremony in a full Parma Council Chamber. Family and friends, as well as the Safety Department Director Tom Weinreich and police department command staff joined the new officers at a brief reception in Parma Memorial Hall following the ceremony.
The Encore Campus Fridays program at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins new sessions of classes in January and March to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The winter program begins Jan. 24 and runs every Friday for seven weeks at the campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six courses for a $99 fee. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
It’s that time again. The Parma Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2020 Pride Awards. The awards will be presented Saturday, March 14 at a planned Roaring 20’s gala at Stillwater Place on the grounds of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: RESPECT THEM. Help young people bring out their best
The way people feel about themselves can fluctuate with circumstances. Depending on what’s happening, you may feel confident or unsure, optimistic or pessimistic, in control or not in control. What’s important is what a person’s identity is like most of the time. People who have a strong, positive sense of self maintain these qualities even when difficulties arise. They continue to be hopeful and optimistic, and believe they can make a difference.
The Greater Parma Area will begin 2020 mourning the loss of a community leader like no other. It is hard to estimate just how many lives were touched by Bob Verdile during his 84 years of life. The real question seems to be, what didn't Bob do? He was a U.S. Army Veteran, served the City of Parma Heights for 30 years as a Councilman and also Economic Director, was once the President of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for 17 years at Parma General Community Hospital and a Health Foundation Member, a parishioner at St. Bridget of Kildare Church, and a Holy Name Society Member. He also put a smile on the face of everyone he ever spoke with. He was a friend of us all. We have lost a wonderful member of our community and he will be missed forever.
As the world flips the calendar over to a new year, we are also entering a new decade as well. Therefore, I feel it is appropriate to go back and review another year in history. Like the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show with Sherman and his genius dog Peabody, let’s enter their “way back” machine and take a trip way back to another year in our history. Let’s go back 100 years ago to the year 1920.
When a group of volunteers with boundless love for Christmas and Parma gets together, Christmas magic happens.
West Creek Conservancy, formerly West Creek Preservation Committee, formed in 1997 when several concerned Parma citizens began meeting at a local library to discuss preserving the area’s greenspace and improving its accessibility to the public. Following the creation of West Creek Reservation, now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks, the organization recognized the need for its land conservation and watershed restoration services. Over the past 22 years, West Creek Conservancy (WCC) has expanded its reach into five Northeast Ohio counties, yet its mission has remained the same: protection, restoration and connection. “We acquire land to protect it, restore its functional integrity, and then we connect it to the people,” said WCC Executive Director Derek Schafer.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will be getting underway again this year starting the first week in February and ending the 15th of April 2020. This IRS-supported FREE tax service is offered on a non-discriminatory basis without consideration of race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. We give special attention to those with low or moderate incomes and/or aged 60 and older. Taxpayers do NOT have to be retired or a member of AARP.
Reintroducing MyCom! A network that collaborates, advocate, navigate and connect Youth!
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 6 Councilman Larry Napoli and members of council honored Normandy Drama Workshop students in December for the dramatic 9/11￼ presentation they gave in the Parma Council Chamber on Sept. 11. Additionally, the council recognized the graduates of the Fall 2019 Citizens Police Academy. These Parma residents received a behind-the-scenes look at Parma police work and saw firsthand what officers do to keep citizens safe. The academy also helps cultivate a stronger relationship between police and residents.
All of our thoughts can be divided into two basic categories: right and wrong. Right thoughts are God-centered and wrong thoughts are self-centered. Any use of sex except as an expression of love and procreation in marriage is sinful and breaks the Seventh Commandment. Being gracious is difficult. It could mean letting go of grudges and prejudices and going beyond what is fair to what is merciful. Children respond to tragedy differently. They look to adults for guidance on how they should react to grief. If adults absorb it and continue their lives, children assume they should do likewise. Generous behavior reduces adolescent depression and suicide. Several studies have shown that teenagers who do volunteer work are less likely to fail a subject in school, get pregnant, or abuse substances.
Education/training opportunities & options
From Cleveland Rape Crisis Ctr:
>> For Students: Up to 11 programs/events spread over these three categories, > Classrooom & After-School Programs for Children & Youth, > Gender Specific Programs, > Youth Leadership Development
>> For Teachers and Staff: Three programs /events
>> For Parents: Five programs/events
Visit https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/prevention-education/ for details on these programs plus more.
AG’s Human Trafficking Summit coming up on January 9, 2020 in Columbus.
Go here: https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Human-Trafficking-Summit for information and/or to register.
Watch for more information re Human Trafficking in the next issue.
Compliments of the Imagine Foundation.
The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP), in conjunction with the City of Parma, hosted the city’s annual Holiday Lights contest. More than 40 households entered and members of the YPOP Board of Directors voted to select 10 finalists. Then, YPOP held a free judging event open to the public. Company Car & Limousine provided a limo bus complete with red and green lights and holiday music to chauffeur participants around to assess each finalist on coverage, showmanship and aesthetics. “In past years, we’ve had a car caravan and a smaller bus, but this year was the culmination of what we think the event should be,” Jackie Baraona, YPOP president, said. “It’s a chance for residents to come out, have fun and see how clever some of our homeowners are with their holiday lights!”
2020 will be an important year in the history of our nation, and we can all play a role in making that history through exercising our civic duty to vote. This year we will be voting for President of the United States, our respective member of the U.S. House of Representatives, state representative, state board of education member, county council member, county prosecutor, several judge positions, the county health and human services levy, and a Parma City School District renewal levy. It is especially important that we here in Cuyahoga County vote, as our county determines in large part how our state and nation goes in the Presidential election.
The Cuyahoga County Boaard Of Elections Is Holding A Job Fair And Hiring Thousands For The March, 17 2020 Presidential Primary Election
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is inviting the public to attend a job fair as part of our effort to hire over 4,000 individuals to assist voters on Election Day as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs). In addition, there are openings for Ride Along Officials, Drop-off Assistants, Rovers and over 300 openings for in-house full-time temporary Clerks.
In the Spring of 2019 a handful of people met to discuss the creation of a new nonprofit, We Are Parma Proud, based on, Proud of Parma, an organization that served Parma well for a great many years. The mission is to advance, develop and improve the image of Parma. A mission that is as viable today as it was back in the day, when Proud of Parma was created.
The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP), in conjunction with the cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills, is excited to host the Parma area’s second-annual pizza bake off on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Parma’s UAW Hall (5615 Chevrolet Boulevard). This indoor, family-friendly event will benefit the Parma Animal Shelter. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success. More than 750 guests enjoyed pizza from nine vendors in addition to live music and raffles. Four vendors were honored with awards: First place, Giovanni’s Pizza; Second place, Master’s Pizza; Third place, a tie between Napoleon’s Pizza and Fratello’s Pizza. “Last year’s event was a hit,” said YPOP president Jackie Baraona. “We’re taking what we learned last year and applying it to make this year’s event even better. We’re looking forward to an event that is not only fun but helps promote our local pizza vendors.”
Allied Development of Great Neck, New York has purchased the 765.000 square feet shopping complex known as The Shoppes at Parma for $81.6 million dollars, it has been reported. Parmatown Station LLC, an affiliate of Prep Property Group, had redeveloped the former Parmatown Mall through several years of intensive reconfiguration. The results were apparently very appealing to Allied Development, as they expressed great optimism in what they view as a promising opportunity, with 95% of existing space filled and an additional 10 acres available on the property for future retail development. The acquisition of Shoppes at Parma is the first investment in Northeast Ohio for the New York based company.
Cox Communications $5,000 Donation Ensures Civic Engagement Program Continues To Impact Local Students
With an increased interest in the government process during an election year, the City of Parma’s Leadership for Tomorrow program takes on new levels of relevance in its goal of educating Parma City School District fourth graders about the importance of civic engagement. This year, Leadership for Tomorrow has partnered with the offices of State Representative Jeff Crossman and State Senator Nickie Antonio, which issued proclamations of support for the program’s mission. A $5,000 donation from Cox Communications provides an additional boost by covering the entire cost of the program, which encompasses nine visits by eight public schools in the district. As students explore different functions and features of their local government offices, Representative Crossman and Senator Antonio will provide an extra layer of insight into what it means to perform the duties of an elected official in a close-knit community like Parma. “The City of Parma and Cox Communication’s commitment to providing students with unfettered access to their local government operations represents a tremendous opportunity for our young people,” Representative Crossman said. “Senator Antonio and I are excited to participate and help Parma students gain an appreciation for what it means to be engaged in the civic process.”
Celebrate the holidays Parma style, on Sunday, December 8, 2019! The 2019 Parma Christmas Parade kicks off at 2 PM at Ridge Road and Selwick Drive, near The Stearns Homestead. The parade travels north this year to Hollywood Drive and the Ridgewood Golf Course, which was designed in 1925. Immediately following the parade, We Are Parma Proud, a newly created 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is hosting the first annual Frosty’s Fest.
Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8, 2019 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 “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt, “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas” by Craig Courtney accompanied by the combined choirs of Parma, Valley Forge, Normandy and Padua Franciscan High Schools and CCC-West Collegiate Choir. Also featuring a transcription by orchestra member Everett Brandt and cartoon video of “Corny Concerto” shown with music performed by the orchestra. Christmas favorites to be featured are the Robert Bowden arrangement of “A Christmas Treat”, “Christmas on Broadway” arranged by John Higgins and everyone’s favorite “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
Mark your calendars now for this special program at the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which you don’t want to miss. Award-winning authors Fran Golden and David G. Molyneaux, former travel editor of the Plain Dealer, will visit our library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 to discuss their latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland, and will also discuss some of the people who built Cleveland’s most iconic restaurants. Golden and David G. Molyneaux have been writing and eating their way through the Forest City for decades. They’ll appear in Meeting Room A of the library, 6206 Pearl Road. Register online for the program at Cuyahogalibrary.org.
More re: Human Trafficking
Visit the State of Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force Web site for Related Information and Available Resources….. https://humantrafficking.ohio.gov/
>> Go here: https://humantrafficking.ohio.gov/response.html to review a Toolkit for Serving Survivors of Trafficking in Ohio
>> Go here: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/nhth-hhs-online-trainings for an extensive list of available, free online training modules from NHTH & HHS
>> Go here: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/resources/human-trafficking-awareness-educators to view the training video on Human Trafficking Awareness for Educators.
Watch for more information re Human Trafficking in the next issue.
When I first moved to Parma, one of the first things I did was plant three trees in my front yard. This choice wasn't environmentally motivated. I'd simply grown up around trees and missed the greenery. Eight years later my Red Maple has doubled in size and offers enough shade to picnic with my kids on the lawn. The two cherry blossoms on the treelawn flower each year with beautiful white and pink petals, before quietly shedding their spring coat and switching to photosynthesis full-time. To me this is relief. My road, Maplecrest, is curiously short of maples. It's short of trees, period.
December’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. All work and no play can be boring and stressful. The pace of everyday life varies depending on the activities young people participate in. These fluctuations are normal, even healthy. As long as young people don’t consistently have too much to do or not enough to do, they’re right on track. Problems arise when the balance begins to tip too far to one side or the other. Too much involvement can lead to stress or anxiety. Too little involvement can be a sign of depression or isolation. Ensure that young people constructively use their time for both fun and learning.
Nine years ago I read an article about rising peanut butter prices. The article made me think about growing up the son of a single-mother, following my father abandoning us. As a young boy I never thought about why I ate so much peanut butter, but the article made me realize that it was our main source of protein in those lean years due to its relative affordability. The article made me concerned for families like mine growing up.
Gary G. Nass, a Parma Area Fine Arts Board Member, is a participant in the Scatterings: 3-Dimensions On the Wall & Off Show, brought to you by Cleveland Photo Fest at Doubting Thomas Gallery located at 856 Jefferson Avenue in Tremont. This event is also a part of the Tremont Artwalk. The show features sculptures and assemblages incorporating photo-based imagery from 13 creative individuals. You may remember reading an artist profile of Gary’s work in the March 2019 issue of the Parma Observer, which detailed his unique and lengthy process, involving wood, handmade paper and photographs. This event opens Friday, December 13, 2019 6 to 9 PM. Closing reception is January 3, 2020 from 6 to 10 PM with a Multimedia performance by Jim Szudy and Shawn Sloburn.
On November 20th my son Bill and I traveled to Pittsburgh to meet Jay Allen where we witnessed a very special performance of his song Blank Stares. Jay had been watching his mother fight her battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer's for the last 5 years seeing her memory and her personality continue to slip away. Sadly at the young age of 55 she lost that battle this past February. Jay wrote Blank Stares to honor his mother and to share some of the pain that families and Care Partners face. The video of Jay singing this song with his mother on stage has been viewed Millions of times around the world. His performance at the Transform Aging Town Hall was more a Prayer than a song and it touched me on a personal level. I applaud his courage as he continues to perform this tribute because I felt his sadness and realized that it must break his heart every time he does. I know it broke mine.
Much has been said in the media over the past decades about the “culture wars” in the United States. I believe that this is a bogus issue. The United States is a nation composed of many different cultures from all over the world. It was recently reported that there are more than 300 different languages spoken in the United States. Many are obscure native American languages only spoken by a few tribes, but practically every language in the world may be spoken in the United States.
At a recent media event at the Ohio Statehouse, members of the Ohio House Democratic caucus outlined their legislative successes so far in this General Assembly with respect to “family first” legislation. According to the legislators, they intend to continue pressing additional family focused legislation as part of the “Ohio Promise” framework rolled out earlier in the year.
A difficult past can be overcome by continuing to move on. A good friend is cheaper than therapy. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all people. Biblical baptism requires choice, faith, repentance, and commitment on the part of the participant. Every aspect of our lives should be so ordered as to glorify God in whatever we think, say, and do. Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and wait for an answer.
God is “ready to forgive” everyone. He will never turn away those who approach Him with repentant hearts.
If we are looking for trouble, we will soon find it. If we are not happy single, we will not be happy married. The same principle applies to having children. If we compare ourselves with others, we could become vain and bitter—not a good thing to do. It is not too much to proclaim that Christ’s resurrection is the most certain fact in all of history. It is not what other people think of us, it is what we think of ourselves. Nurture strength of spirit to shield us in sudden misfortunes. Obedience to God’s commandments is an expression of our love for Him.
There is a stretch of contested land rising out of the Caribbean ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, at a very neighboring latitude/longitude of 21.5218 N/77.7812 W. A nation remarkably close in proximity to our own, yet so incredibly distant in what we have historically been permitted to know of one another beyond the Iron Curtain and the Cold War campaign - a virulent posturing of superpower ideologies on the world stage by the United States and former Soviet Union, which culminated in a bitter debilitating twentieth century military and political standoff over allegiance and control of her shores. This nation, The Republic of Cuba, consequently found herself in the midst of a severe push-pull dynamic between The Soviet Union and United States, and would ultimately be used by the U.S and U.S.S.R as the pretext and catalyst to lay the groundwork towards what would become the single-most largest scale arms race in the history of the world, with the central pursuit being the development of nuclear warheads and their delivery systems. Her developing leader at the time, Fidel Castro, would eventually align with Soviet support and a campaign of armed insurrection, which triggered an immediate cultural and financial shutdown between the United States and Cuba by means of sweeping embargoes orchestrated through American policy.
Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County invites you to become an advocate for abused and neglected children. What is a CASA volunteer? A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained community volunteer appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child. Join us to learn what it means to be a CASA volunteer in our community. Invite a friend or coworker to come with you! Find out how you can help end the cycle of abuse. Please RSVP to Michele Blazina at firstname.lastname@example.org. The session will be held at the Lakewood Public Library (Main Branch) at 15425 Detroit Road, Lakewood, OH 44107 on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
Ken Sikora lay in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, dozing on and off while breathing 100 percent oxygen. With each breath, the oxygen traveled through Ken’s tissues, delivering healing properties to the deep wound in his big toe. A diabetic with poor blood circulation and feeling in his feet, Ken was unaware that the new boots he received last Christmas were causing an ulcer on his great toe. Mary Alice, his wife of 45 years, was the first to notice the hole in the bottom of his left foot, which was so deep that the bone was visible. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and 25 percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Untreated ulcers can lead to amputations, which can drive up the mortality rate.