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Parma And Cuyahoga County Still Seeking Input On Town Center Master Plan

Parma residents attended the third meeting conducted by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission in August where the work conducted so far was reviewed and discussions were held concerning further planning and actions.

The city and the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission are still seeking public input through online surveys to help them craft a master plan for the town center concept. In August, officials wrapped up the last of three public meetings over the past nine months to solicit feedback from residents on their ideas surrounding what the city has branded as the town center – the area around the Ridge Road and West Ridgewood Drive intersection and the Day Drive corridor. While the public meetings seeking input for crafting the master plan are over, the county planning commission through mid-September is looking for additional residential input via web surveys, which can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParmaPM3 and www.countyplanning.us/projects/parma-master-plan/ Throughout the public input process, residents have been invited to complete the online surveys. “We truly want the public’s input as we try to harness this vital part of our city where tens of millions of dollars have been invested in The Shoppes at Parma, the UH Parma Medical Center and the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Powers Boulevard branch,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “All of the pieces are in place to make this a real focal point.” Of the surveys filled out at public meetings or online, residents have submitted nearly 400 surveys and about an equal number of comments.

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UH Parma Medical Center's Surgery Department To Undergo $27 Million Renovation, Expansion

UH Parma Medical Center will invest $27.5 million to expand and completely renovate its surgical services.

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center will invest $27.5 million to completely renovate and expand its Department of Surgery, in the largest construction project to be done within the main hospital in 33 years. The project will begin with a new addition to the building and will proceed in multiple phases over a two-year period to avoid disruption to surgery operations.

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Where Does It Go? Sewer District Open House Sept. 15

All exhibits at the Open House have something hands on, educational and fun for visitors of all ages.

Spending so much time on our “thrones” may sometimes lead our minds to wonder: What happens after the flush? Where does it go? How does all that dirty water get clean? On September 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., find out answers to all these questions and more at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House and Clean Water Fest.

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The President's Corner

As many of you who read this column know, a few years ago I began a series of articles that spotlights the many places of worship in Parma. This month I continue that endeavor by reporting on my visit with Father Anthony Suso, Pastor of St. Columbkille Roman Catholic Church, at 6740 Broadview Road.

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West Creek Conservancy Offers Discovery Walks and Trail Run

Local land trust West Creek Conservancy continues its 2018 series of free guided walks to explore areas seldom seen by the public. You are invited to come on out and enjoy! Most outings have been held on properties that the Conservancy owns outright or protected with the help of partner organizations. Walks in September highlight two of the group’s projects.

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9th Annual India Festival USA 2018 Saturday Sep. 15

India Festival USA (Not-for-profit organization) mission is to bridge cultures, generations and communities through one-day of togetherness. It is a day when visitors are encouraged to participate in a thematic display of the rich culture and diversity of two of the greatest nations on earth – India and USA. India Festival USA promises an immersive environment that salutes history, embraces globalization, celebrates communities, and embraces diversity.

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Fair Trade Matters

Direct communication between artisan producers and vendors breaks down barriers and creates transparency.

According to the Fair Trade Federation, fair trade is “an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.”

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Bike Parma

Bike Parma, a cycling advocacy group formed in Parma recently, participated in the Ukrainian Village Parade on August 25. Many interested people are anticipating activity from this group moving forward. Photo by Stefan P. Stefaniuk.

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Seven Hills Business Development

Seven Hills is conveniently located close to two major interstates (I-480 and I-77) that provide easy access to the 3 million people that reside within a 50 mile radius. Factors like this and other’s such as a great safety record make Seven Hills an exceptional location to reside and locate a business in. 

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Asset Corner #105

September’s Asset Category:  COMMITMENT TO LEARNING. Commitment to learning assets reflect how connected young people are to their schools, how motivated they are to achieve and whether they express their curiosity and work ethic in homework and reading for fun. A love of learning will take them far. The more committed a child is to education and learning, the more likely it is that he or she will grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

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Parma Should Keep Its Pit Bull Ban

In 2017 in the U.S., at least 39 people lost their lives to attacks by dogs. Of those 39 reported cases, pit bulls contributed to 74% (29) of these deaths. This shocking statistic comes from the website dogsbite.org, which has conducted extensive research into media reported fatal attacks from pit bulls in order to advocate for victims of these attacks and to provide a factual counterpoint against pit bull apologists. From extended research into the 13 year period from 2005 to 2017, dogsbite.org has found that pit bulls were involved in 65% of 433 deaths in the U.S. alone. These statistics, as well as my personal experience having to defend my dog from a sudden pit bull attack, are why I support Parma's existing ban on pit bull dogs.

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A Free Press And The Media Are Essential For A Free Society

When President Donald Trump recently declared that the some news media is an “enemy of the state”, he was echoing the words of dictators. One of the first things that a dictator does upon assuming power is to shut down any opposition press. Autocrats and dictators cannot tolerate any criticism of their rule.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Nestled in the arms of a suburban mall in Michigan, we found our afternoon enjoyment at the “Ultimate Indoor Lego Playground.” This visit was sure to capture the attention of grandkids, eight year old Sam, and six year old Abigail.  Their mom and dad invited me along to share in the discovery of what can be created with one’s imagination and a handful of Legos.  

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Passage Of Renewal Levy Critical For Firefighters, Paramedics

Parma is seeking to pass a 2-mill renewal levy this November that supports the city’s fire department.
 “This five-year renewal levy, which is not a tax increase, will not only help the fire department’s operations, but provide our firefighters and paramedics with the latest equipment and technology they need to save lives,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “I’m optimistic voters this fall will support the levy because they understand how critical it is for our city. Our residents also know our department provides great service while being responsible with our tax dollars,” DeGeeter added.

Parma City Council approved the measure for the fall ballot because the current levy expires at the end of 2018. In September, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will provide an issue number for when the levy appears on the fall ballot. “Each year, the fire department responds to more emergency calls,” Parma Fire Chief Mike Lasky said. “Passage of the renewal levy is important in helping us continue to provide quality service to our residents as we keep up with increased demands.” In 2017, the fire department responded to 11,782 incidents, a jump from 2016’s 11,062 calls. Five years ago, the department had 9,839. “Even with these increases, our response time to emergencies exceeds the national average,” Lasky said. “The renewal levy will help us maintain our high standard of service.” 

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I Believe

A nation without means to reform is without means of survival. All of us should have the equal opportunity to develop our talents. American politics would be elevated by a renewed commitment to the common good. Authority comes not by telling others what to do, but from doing the things you want others to do. Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. Behind and beyond events we cannot comprehend is God, who cares for us personally and passionately. Being mean to others might make us feel good for a while, but it is bad for all in the end. Belief comes before understanding and on this foundation understanding grows.

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Parma Fine Arts Council - Member Events

Michelle Behal

Michelle Behal, Parma Fine Arts President, and acrylic painting instructor, demonstrated her pyrotechnical (wood burning) skills at the Cuyahoga County Fair. Michelle also won Best In Show for her Dragon Wood Burning. She also received first and second place in wood burning and second and third place for her pen and ink. Her winning entries are currently on display in the lobby of the Donna Smallwood Activity Center. To view more of her creations visit www.beartracksart.com, or follow Bear Tracks Art on Facebook page.

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Endless Summer - September 14th

On Friday, September 14th, Polish Village Parma will be holding their Endless Summer Concert, at German Central Farm, located at 7863 York Rd. in Parma. Polish Village Parma is a nonprofit organization created to bring to the community such events as the ever popular Treat n Greet. Net proceeds from this event help to cover the costs associated with their various community events. This concert features three 60's music bands, Airchiefs, Custard Pie, and Liverpool Lads. Tickets are $20 each. Food trucks like Pierogi Joe's/Rudy's Bakery, Mother Truckin' Tasty, and P Jay's Pizza, will be there, plus beer, soft drinks, Polish Village tees and sweatshirts plus other fun items will be sold. Split the pot and side boards will also be available. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm and ends at 11pm. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are limited and selling fast. For ticket information call 440-845-1714. For additional information visit www.polishvillageparma.org, or follow on Facebook.

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Eleanor Roosevelt To Visit The Parma Heights Library September 19

Rick Haase is a freelance writer from Parma Heights.

If you love history and First Ladies, this program is for you. The Parma Heights Library will present a portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt by local educator Ruth Pangrace from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 in Meeting Room C50. The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Parma Heights Library. Pangrace is a part of Women in History – Ohio. Women in History is dedicated to the education of all people, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status through the dramatic recreation of the lives of notable women in the history of the United States of America. Pangrace joined Women in History in 1998 and portrays Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady Florence Harding, Puritan Ann Hutchinson, Civil War spy Elizabeth (Crazy Bett) Van Lew, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Molly Pitcher, gossip columnist Louella Parsons and Empress of Modern Art Louise Nevelson.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It.)

O  The Ohio Deparment of Education (ODE) & Job & Family Svcs have partnered up & are reminding parents to visit ChildCareSearch.Ohio.gov when searching for before- and after-school care for their children. Searching the database is intuitive and the information comprehensive – worth a look-see. 

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The November 6, 2018 General Election

Voters have many important decisions to make in the November 6th General Election. There are federal, state, county and judicial candidates on the ballot. There will also be state and local issues to be decided by voters. The Board advises people to be prepared to vote by taking a few simple steps: check their registration status and then select their voting method. Voters should check their voting information to make sure they are registered at their current address. The deadline to register and/or update voter registrations is on or before Tuesday, October 9th, at 9:00 p.m.  Voter registration is now available online at www.443vote.com. Registration cards are available at all public libraries. 

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Parmadale Demolition Will Make Way For Greenspace, Public Park Development And Watershed Conservation

The plan to redevelop and re-envision the former Parmadale Orphanage took a major step forward in July when Cuyahoga County awarded $1.35 million to demolish 13 old dormitories at the site. The project will clear nearly 80 acres for greenspace, public park development and watershed conservation. It will also remove a significant amount of impervious surface, decreasing stress on local waterways and infrastructure. The funding includes the demolition of four blighted Parma properties at 7259 Ridge Road, 11599 Kader Avenue, 4418 Pershing Avenue and 7407 Dorothy Avenue. "The repurposing of the former Parmadale campus first came on our radar in 2016 when we learned of its potential sale," said West Creek Conservancy Executive Director Derek Schafer.

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Forty Years On

August 5, 1978- a date which will live in infamy. Well, at least for me. That happens to be the last day that I ever consumed even the tiniest drop of alcohol. In 1978 I was a particularly reckless, stubborn and out of control 17 year old, already a black-out drunk with several scary experiences. My last incident involved a typical night of wayward mindless drunken vandalism, capped off by punching my hand through a plate glass window at the elementary school next door to our house. I managed to slice through 5 tendons, veins and arteries, plus major nerves in my wrist and thumb. I staggered home , steadily and quickly bleeding to death. Were it not for the Parma Police responding to the alarm and subsequently following the blood trail to my residence, I would have undoubtedly not have survived. Recognizing the severity of my injuries, they didn't even wait for an ambulance, choosing instead to place me in the back seat of their patrol car and racing to Parma Community General Hospital at top speed. They saved my life.

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Our Family Caring For Yours

August marks the beginning of Pleasant Lake Villa’s 31st year of serving Parma and the surrounding cities. Family owned and operated, the facility staff takes great pride in their positive impact on the community as a premier healthcare provider.   

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I Believe

A wise person speaks few words. Acknowledging our mistakes helps keep us humble. America does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Be anxious about nothing; give it to God. Courage, persistence, and perseverance guarantee positive results. Do I not destroy my enemies by making them my friends? How much we love God determines how much we love others and ourselves.

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Physician Talk On Acid Reflux - Aug. 21

In a lunchtime talk on Tuesday, August 21, Dany Raad, MD, will discuss Acid Reflux in a talk from 12 – 1 p.m. A gastroenterologist and Medical Director of the UH Digestive Health Institute at UH Parma Medical Center, Dr. Raad will cover symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux. A light lunch will be provided. Register early, as space is limited. The talk will be held in the auditorium of UH Parma Medical Center, 7007 Powers Blvd.

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Search And Rescue

Many families love animals and have a few pets in their homes. When my children were growing up, our house was no exception. We had an assortment of four-legged friends, however, the favorites had to be the variety of dogs that touched our lives. Now, I’m happy to visit my children and share in the fun of playing with their pets. 

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The President's Corner

This month I return to my series spotlighting Parma’s plethora of places of worship. Recently, I had the honor of sitting down with Fr. Mark Peyton, Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church at the corner of State and Snow Roads. Below is a summary of what I learned.

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Sleep Center At UH Parma Medical Center Diagnoses, Treats Sleep Disorders

Tracy MacGregor found the Sleep Center at UH Parma Medical Center offered greater privacy and care than she experienced previously at another sleep lab.

Tracy MacGregor knows the value of a good night’s sleep – and the importance of a sleep study with a reputable, comfortable sleep lab. So the 49-year-old Lakewood woman was eager to try the new Sleep Center on University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s campus when it opened this spring. In a free community talk on Aug. 9, members of the public can learn more about the benefits of this service to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

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A Tribute ~ Traveling Vietnam Wall

~ WELCOME HOME SOLDIER ~

The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall was on display at the Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus the weekend of June 28 - July 1, 2018. With temperatures soaring in the upper 90's, I viewed the Livestream video from the comfort of my home. In spite of the oppressive heat, hundreds of visitors arrived to pay tribute to the 58,318 soldiers, casualties of war. As my eyes gazed across 360-foot-long wall, I was reminded of the two memorial plaques displayed at the entrance of my high school as a tribute to those many students who lost their lives in the Vietnam war. I knew these boys. They were my classmates, my friends. I remember their smiles. Their voices now fall silent at the wall. The impact of seeing the thousands of names left me overwhelmed.

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Kids In The Commons Coming August 11

The weekend of August 10-12 is huge in the city. At 7 p.m. Friday, August 10, the Ohio Flags of Honor opening ceremony will take place at the Gazebo in the Greenbrier Commons complex at 6200 Pearl Road. The Ohio Flags of Honor was founded to honor Ohioans who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Flags will be on display until the closing ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 12. If you have never attended this event, it is definitely worth your time to do so. It is moving and meaningful. We must never forget those who are part of our military service.

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Immigrants Are What Made America Great

Anna Widowski came to the United States during the 1880s from what is now Poland with her family as a young woman. They settled on the plains of Kansas as wheat farmers. When she was 16 years old, she went to work as a “Harvey girl” at one of the Fred Harvey shops that were common at railroad stations where she met a young man who worked for the railroad. They got married and in March 1896, at the age of 17 she gave birth to a son who became my grandfather. Her husband’s railroad job took the family to Cleveland where they settled on the west side.

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Tri-C Student April Graham Claims National Art Award

April Graham and her award-winning drawing.

The lights dimmed in the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) studio and a sense of serenity filled art student April Graham. She gazed at her subject — a sleeping woman — and began sketching.

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