Mayor Tim DeGeeter will offer his 2018 State of the City address on Monday evening, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his address outside of City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at the offices of the Sheet Metals Workers Local 33 at 12525 Corporate Drive. “I am grateful for the Sheet Metal Workers’ accommodation for the speech, and I look forward to Parma residents seeing this impressive facility,” the Mayor said.
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Due to increased seasonal influenza activity, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has temporarily revised its visitor policy. Effective immediately, we will restrict visitors to all patient areas, including the emergency and maternity departments. The restriction applies to anyone under the age of 18, or anyone (of any age) who exhibits flu-like symptoms. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.
Police Chief Daniel D. Teel has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2018. He was appointed Chief of Police for the Parma Heights Police Department in August 2006. Teel graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1981 and began his law enforcement and Air Force ROTC studies at Akron University. In 1985 he started serving the City of Brooklyn as a part time police officer where he remained until his appointment in 1987 as a full time officer with the City of Parma Heights. After serving as a patrol officer, sergeant and captain, Teel was chosen as acting chief January, 2006. He was named Chief of Police on August 3, 2006.
Our efforts to implement various capital improvement projects in the city are continuing. One prominent example is the work to both maintain and upgrade the Cassidy Theatre which has been an important part of the community since its opening in 1974. Work recently was completed to install heavy duty commercial grade vinyl siding on the entire exterior of the building. The project was paid for using a $50,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Supplemental Grant program. A portion of those grant funds additionally paid for the purchase of a much needed new main stage curtain. Earlier in 2017, a separate grant, also in the amount of $50,000 from the State of Ohio, allowed for the completion of a major renovation to the community rooms on the lower level of the theater. This included upgrading the lighting, electrical system, floors and ceilings of both lower level rooms. Both rooms are now available to Parma Heights residents to rent. One has the capacity for 50 guests, and the other, 100. The rooms are adjoining and can also be rented together for functions with up to 150 guests. If you’re interested, contact our recreation department at 440.884.9606 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Now in its second year, the Young Professionals of Parma is looking to increase participation and awareness of the group and its mission. To achieve these goals, the group will host a meeting, which will take place Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at the Parma Ridge library. Attendees are invited to enjoy paczkis from Rudy's Strudel and Bakery while learning more about the group and opportunities to participate in its various committees, including Volunteering & Philanthropy, Business Engagement, Political Advocacy & Community Development and Social & Events.
The group invites anyone interested in learning more about its mission or interested in getting involved to attend. The group focuses on engaging with people ages 20 to 40 but all ages are welcome to come to the meeting. In conjunction with the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals of Parma looks to serve the interests of young professionals in Parma and the Parma area including Seven Hills and Parma Heights. Living or working in Parma is not a requirement to attend the meeting or become involved in the group. Anyone who has a passion for Parma or interest in the city is encouraged to attend.
"As we enter our second year, we really want to reignite interest in the group and make sure people understand what we're about and what our goals are," said Jackie Baraona, YPOP president. "We want to be more than a social group. We're trying to become a non-profit and we've established committees to launch some of our other initiatives. But we need more people to support our efforts to take the group to the next level."
Young Professionals of Parma's mission is to strengthen the community of Parma through networking, activism and local pride. Wife and husband Jackie and Bill Baraona founded the group in July 2016. Learn more about the event and group on parmayps.com
O The Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) community policing unit is alive and well. Officers are making progress knocking on doors, introducing themselves to residents and where appropriate informing/offering to enroll folks in a “Knock and Talk” seniors’ welfare check type program; the Youth Group continues to grow & meets on a regular basis for fun events/activities or for discussion of relevant topics. Find various sign-up documents for these programs and follow the unit’s progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police.
You may be thinking you still have several months of learning ahead of you before your next progress report or report card. You can take it easy for now since most of the projects are due in May. Well, think again…because Spring Fever is right around the corner. The weather will begin to warm up, the birds will chirp again, and the days will become longer.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a visitation day for prospective students on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 19), with sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This month I return to my long-running series on Parma Places of Worship by spotlighting St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 7700 Hoertz Road. To prepare for this piece I had the honor of meeting with Pastor, Rev. Ihor Kasiyan and Church Secretary, Anna Lukasik.
Veterans and active members of America’s armed services travel great distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty. Now you can honor and show your respect for their contribution by visiting the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and AVTT Traveling Wall and/or donating to defray costs of bringing the Traveling Wall to Parma.
Mayor Michael P. Byrne is pleased to announce that Police Officer Stephen Lindh has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) ushered in a new era in academic instruction and workforce training with a January groundbreaking ceremony for its new Western Campus STEM Center.
February’s Asset Category: POSITIVE VALUES.
He is not just a teacher. He is not just a twentysomething looking for a purpose in life. Brian is a gifted, dedicated and fun loving architect of minds, aspirations and guidance for those lucky enough to be in his classes. He not only makes learning a treasured pleasure, but leaves an imprint on all those he touches.
Many interesting events have been held in Parma Heights Village. One event was the Ohio field hunting championship trials for pointer dogs. On October 29, 1936 a four-day event was held beginning at the Parma Heights (horse) Riding Academy located at 6321 Pearl Road. Area Judges, dog owners along with spectators rode horses across rural farm land in Parma Heights, Middleburg, and Brookpark Villages on a nineteen mile course. It was very common for area farmers to allow hunters to track small animals that lived on their property.
The shutdown has come and gone. However, we're still hearing a lot of spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies about it. And since the shutdown was ended with temporary funding that expires February 8, it will undoubtedly rear its ugly head again. Consequently, it's time to lock and load some facts about shutdowns in general and this one in particular.
Recently some members of congress suggested requiring “able bodied” adults whose income makes them eligible for Medicaid should either be working, engaged in a full time job search or pursuing education that would lead to gainful employment. Such an idea may have a great appeal; but in practice it would be an administrative nightmare and will not remove many from the Medicaid rolls.
That first step is always the hardest to make when you begin any journey, as we all know. I myself have experienced this first hand recently as I go about making an important change in my life. What I found is that it is really not as difficult as I feared it would be once I actually decided to begin and the time for excuses was over. My friend Dan McCarthy is fond of saying "Can't lives on Won't Street" and this simple truth has guided me in my own personal journey. The Parma area is in a similar situation. All cities face a moment in time where they need to embrace new ideas that will keep them moving forward into an uncertain future where they will need to be ahead of the curve and have the most successful outcomes possible. The need to avoid unnecessary risk goes without saying, but being frozen in place as the world changes is simply not an option for anyone, anywhere.
A few people always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble. After establishing the right priorities, we must maintain our focus on each of those priorities. Compassionate (kind) actions involve working with ourselves as much as working with others. Diligent work and effort always precede fruitful blessings and rewards. Even a good thing can become a bad thing when it becomes a ruling force in our life.
JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS…MyCom Quarterly Meeting
The Cassidy Theatre will present its production of the Neil Simon classic, “Barefoot in the Park,” from February 2-18, 2018.
Just before Christmas, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter was searching for last-minute stocking stuffers at The Shoppes at Parma. A woman who knew the mayor approached him near the front entrance of Fast Eddie’s, where he was picking up gift certificates. “I just want you to know mayor – I’m doing all my shopping in Parma this year,” she said. DeGeeter smiled and thanked her. When at restaurants, or grocery stores, or other places, residents who recognize DeGeeter usually come up to him. “It’s a good way to take the pulse of the community,” he said. “People aren’t shy about expressing their opinions. I hear about issues they’re having in their neighborhoods, or listening as they express their frustrations. But I’m hearing more often than not about the pride people have in our city and the progress we’re making in Parma.”
Being Close Matters. MetroHealth has reimagined the hospital experience by opening two new hospitals in Parma and Cleveland Heights. The Parma facility is located at 12301 Snow Road and will open to patients on January 3.
UH Parma Medical Center earned the highest possible quality rating in the latest scores released on Dec. 20 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare. CMS rates hospitals from one to five stars, based on their safety, efficiency and patient experience. UH Parma Medical Center achieved a rating of five stars for 2018.
With the year coming to an end, it's important to stop and recognize everything that makes Parma special. As the 7th largest city in the state, with nearly 80,000 residents, we have a lot to be proud of. How do we choose the best of the best? To ask our great citizens, like you!
O The Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) unit Youth Group will be celebrating the holidays at their meeting tomorrow, Wednesday Dec 27th starting at 6:00 pm at Cassidy Theater. The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Jan 10th & will focus on the importance of goal setting. Two additional core components of the P.A.C.T. unit include a police officer assigned to each of nine zones within the city. They’ll be knocking on doors, introducing themselves, sharing contact information & offering to answer questions, assist with and/or facilitate resolution of any non-emergency issue that might arise. A “Senior Knock & Talk” program is also part of the initiative. Find various sign-up documents and follow the unit’s progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
The Cuyahoga Cuyahoga County Public Library will host its third annual children's book drive January 3-15, 2018. The event will benefit Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids Book Bank. Donations of new and gently used children’s books appropriate for ages birth through eight years are being sought. You can make donations at the circulation desk in any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch during normal hours of operation. Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank will distribute donated books to children throughout the county. Last year, the Cuyahoga County Public Library collected more than 13,000 books for Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.
The city will host a Holiday Lights recycling event from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
President Donald Trump said that he wanted to “roll back regulations to 1960 levels”. Of course, this would undo most progress that has taken place over the past 58 years. I am old enough to remember what it was like back in 1960. Let’s take a trip in the “way back machine” that was a feature on Sherman and Peabody, a cartoon segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show that was popular back in 1960, and return to 1960.
While areas like Lakewood, Tremont and Ohio City are popular for people in their 20s and 30s to live, Parma has its own appeal for young professionals. Here’s why.
The ballroom of the Hotel Olmsted was once filled with the 'Ohs' and 'Ahs' of Cleveland's cat lovers. Cleveland Persian Society, CFA's second oldest club, put on it's very first show within the ballroom's elegant walls in 1918. Fifty of the most purr-fect Persians were on display, much to the delight of both exhibitors and spectators. In the following years, the show moved around visiting the Hotel Statler in 1924, but continued to delight all ages.
“Yeah, we’re here,” shouted my grandkids from the car’s back seat. Our recent trip to this famous landmark had us parking, grabbing sunglasses and heading for the entrance. Even though today’s visit would only be for a few hours, it would be my first time to see “Dollywood.” This huge amusement park in Tennessee was named after the famous resident and singer, Dolly Parton. My daughter had passes to the park, so waiting in line was not going to slow us down. The many holiday decorations were sparkling on every sign, roof, edifice, barrel, bench and tree. It was a gorgeous Christmas card that came to life. And we were here to enjoy it!
Our investigation took us past many usual park rides but we also found great photo opportunities. We had pictures taken of us inside an adult- size snow globe which we entered via two doors and carefully measured air quality. We spent time watching the artistry of glass-blowing and then followed the aroma of tasty food awaiting our purchase. Bumper cars enticed the youngsters as well as visiting with Santa and writing him a note. We took a train ride around the perimeter of the park, then shared parade photos of the characters marching around the walkway.
But my most enjoyable memory of that day began with calliope music. The minute I heard that identifying beat my feet aimed in that direction and we all ran to board the welcoming carrousel. I found a movable horse and managed to climb on his saddle. The ride started and the “up and down” movement took me to a place in my heart that’s reserved for quiet meditation, happy thoughts and days of long ago. It was a moment in time that promised me the world at my feet. I smiled as the memories flowed through my mind like a movie in motion. I didn’t want anything to spoil my dream. And yes, I admit. It did make me feel like a kid again.
My father died of at the young age of 54, then his brother at 48. Both lived sedentary lifestyles and did not eat well. In late 2007, I had my annual physical and was told by my doctor that, because I was also relatively sedentary and overweight for my body type, he could not make me any guarantees that I would outlive them, if I continued on this trajectory. Needless to say, this put the fear of God in me and on January 1, 2008, I made the only New Year’s resolution that I have ever kept, as far as I recall. I decided to change my lifestyle.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: ADMIT WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE. January’s Asset Category: Positive Identity 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. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #38 - Self-Esteem
Patrolman Jack Darnell and his colleagues in the Parma Heights Police Department are hoping a new community policing program will have a long-lasting positive impact in the community. After a Police and Citizens Together (PACT) town hall meeting November 15, the PACT Youth Program Kick-off event took place December 27 at the Cassidy Theatre. The December event was a holiday party for youth, and thereafter will be followed by twice-a-month meetings designed to tackle different important community issues – things like bullying, drug and alcohol use, truancy, goal-setting and character development. One of the two monthly meetings will be a recreational activity to promote fun for youth, and the second will focus on a particular issue. Topics to be discussed with youth will be selected by a “collaboration board,” made up of hand-selected community leaders, business owners, educators and police officers, Darnell said. Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne is among the members of that board.
A record number of students graduated from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) at the 2017 Fall Commencement in December, continuing an upward trend of academic achievement. Parma’s Nicole Vaughn was among those earning associate degrees. Here is her story:
The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch a new session at Western Campus on Jan. 16. The free program empowers women in their pursuit of education and professional training. Participants build confidence and self-esteem through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy. The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The eight-week, noncredit program is free and open to the public.
An increase in cheating reflects deep anxiety and insecurity in America nowadays, desperation even, as well as arrogance among the rich and cynicism among ordinary people. As first teachers, parents must equip and enforce reasonable guidelines and parameters for their children; if they choose to deviate from that later, that is their prerogative. As parents, we are to teach our children when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. Children respond to their environment. It makes a big difference in how they turn out because it is recorded in their minds forever.