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5 Year Old Parma Heights Resident Raises $300 For The Homeless

Scarlett sorting her haul before making the bags.

Scarlett Karpus lives on Springwood Road in Parma Heights. A few weeks ago during our last real cold bout of the season, she saw her mother give a homeless man a few dollars and ask him if he had somewhere warm to sleep that night. He did, but Scarlett wanted him to move in with us and live in our guest bedroom. We explained that wasn't practical with 6 children of our own. She that proclaimed her father could build homes on the sides of highway exits for them, again this wasn't a viable solution. Alas we came up with a yard sale to raise money to buy much needed items like razors, feminie products, toothbrushes and more. Scarlett and her siblings sold their own items, friends and family donated items to sell, as well as baked goods for a mini bake sale. I posted on social media and people came from all over NE Ohio to support her. Mayor Byrne came by to visit her and make a donation, she also took the opportunity to show him her new skills on a 2 wheeler! Her grand total was $316.42 and with that we made 100 you matter bags to deliver to the city mission. All because a 5 year saw the need to make a difference. 

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Flooding Assistance For Parma Heights Residents Continues

The Ohio Flags of Honor return to Parma Heights August 11.

After last week’s torrential rains, the City of Parma Heights is continuing to work to assist residents who experienced problems due to flooding. The unusually heavy rainfall Wednesday night April 19 resulted in severe flooding problems for many Parma Heights residents. Our Service Department employees responded immediately and began assisting residents Wednesday night. They’ve done a fantastic job.  The flooding was something we could never have predicted. 

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Seven Hills Voter REVOLT Needed!

The May primary election will bring Issue 4 to ballot. Issue 4, if passed, will cause the Seven Hills Charter to be amended. That amendment will cause the mayor's current part-time position to be changed to full-time. The part-time position - 32 hours per week - costs taxpayers $14,000.00 plus benefits. The proposed change to full-time - 40 hours per week - will raise the salary to $70,000.00 plus benefits. The cost of benefits could amount to $15,000.00+. The net result is that extra 8 hours per week will cost taxpayers approximately $1000.00 per week. WOW!

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Polish Constitution Weekend 2017 In Parma's Polish Village

On Polish Constitution Day, this vintage fire truck features a Polish flag. | Photo © 2015-2017 Stefan P. Stefaniuk

Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 69-year tradition during the weekend of May 5 through May 7, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!

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Safety Town Sign-Ups

Safety Town of Parma is a home and pedestrian safety course for children going into kindergarten. Residents of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills are eligible. The course is two hours per morning for two weeks:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  or 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Sessions are:  June 19-30 and July 10-21. Class Fee is $28. This year, the site for Safety Town is Greenbriar Middle School Annex, the prior Forrest Elementary.

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PSO Concert May 7 At Valley Forge Auditorium

Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock presents Spring Concert Sunday May 7th 3:00pm VF Auditorium

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. 

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Seeking Tri-City Veterans Of The Korean War

After the City of Parma honored veterans of World War II as Citizens of the Month last September, that idea has been expanded to neighboring cities Seven Hills and Parma Heights. The three cities would like to honor Korean War veterans this September.

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Friends of the Parma Libraries Honor "Friend Of The Year" At Annual Meeting

President of the Board Dianna Kall presents Pat Hilfer with The Friends of the Parma Libraries "Friend of the Year" award.

Pat Hilfer was named "Friend of the Year" at the Friends of the Parma Libraries annual board meeting on Saturday, April 22. Hilfer, who was been a member of the Parma Friends Board for many years, was so honored because of her dedicated time as a board member, officer, program chair and consistent volunteer at book sales. Pat retired as a teacher of  20 years and 15 years as a principal in the Parma City School District.

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P Jay's Pizza Is Business Of The Month

This month’s Business of the Month is P Jay's Pizza located in the heart of Polish Village at 5859 Ridge Road. Mayor DeGeeter is honoring this business, not only for the food, but for the sense of community pride in this clean and well-run establishment. P. Jay’s opened in April, 1993 and has given back to the community in various ways during those 24 years - donating their famous pizza to numerous schools, churches, and charity events in the Parma area, sponsoring dozens of Parma Recreation leagues with t-shirts, and sponsoring Polish Village events. P. Jay’s Pizza has brought plenty of good publicity to Parma as well, with numerous awards for the pizza - Final Four Finalist in the Plain Dealer (Judge’s Choice Best Pizza in the southwest region in 2011), Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Specialty Pizza award for the Pierogi Pizza in 2012, and for two years in a row, People's Choice Specialty Pizza winner (Potato Pierogi Pizza) at the Old Brooklyn Pizza Brawl at St. Mary's Byzantine Church. Congratulations to P. Jay’s Pizza and owner Chris Mastroianni, pictured here with Economic Development Director Erik Tollerup and Ward Two Councilwoman Debbie Lime, for being named Business of the Month.

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Volunteers Give More Than 47,000 Hours To UH Parma Medical Center

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The Parma Hospital Auxiliary's 332 volunteers donated 47,391 hours and $68,000 to UH Parma Medical Center in 2016.

The Parma Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 332 volunteers during National Volunteer Week in April. This mighty force - who donate their time directing visitors at the Information Desk, transporting patients, delivering newspapers and comfort care items to inpatients, and providing a welcoming presence – gave 47,391 hours of service to the hospital in 2016.

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Free Stroke Screening At UH Parma Medical Center On May 25

One American dies from a stroke every four minutes. A simple screening during National Stroke Awareness Month in May can protect you from the leading cause of long-term disability in the country. Attend a free stroke screening at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Thursday, May 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. Preregistration is not required. University Hospitals Neurological Institute features the largest and most experienced program in northeast Ohio dedicated to caring for stroke patients. Visit UHhospitals.org/StrokeRisk to learn more.

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UH Parma: Partner For A Healthy Pregnancy, Birth

Prepare for a healthy pregnancy and delivery with parenting classes at UH Parma Medical Center. Learn what to expect in labor, relaxation techniques and medication for labor and postpartum recovery in Prepared Childbirth classes starting on Thursday nights in May or Saturday mornings in June. Other single-session classes packed with useful information include Caring for Your Newborn (also for adoptive parents) on May 20 and June 15 and Preparing to Breastfeed on May 7. Tours of the beautiful, tranquil Maternity Center are held the third Thursday of every month. For a full list of Parenting classes, go to www.UHParma.org/classes or call 440-743-4932.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Tri-C Grads Make Movie Magic

Two Parma residents — Virginia Beischlag and Steve Fixel — used training at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to land behind-the-scenes jobs filming White Boy Rick, a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey now shooting in Cleveland. Beischlag is working as a set production assistant while Fixel is a production assistant in the locations department.

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Parma Armory Now Open!

5301 Hauserman Road. Silently sitting for over a decade, the building once again shows signs of life. I officially took ownership in 2015 and immediately went to work. The algae that sat like a bad five o’clock shadow on the building was cleaned. The drab and dying bushes removed for a more vibrant and inviting landscape. What stood as an eyesore on this lovely street, will now be a beacon for education and safety. 

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Asset Corner #89

May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING Commitment to learning doesn’t happen naturally in all young people. Instilling this important trait involves a combination of values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one’s own ability. This commitment is strongly influenced by the school environment and relationships with family and peers. The more committed a child is to learning, the more likely it is that she or he will grow up healthy.      

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Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss And Unforgiven Guilt

So many people suffer without understanding the root of their pain. For many the answer they are looking for may be held in understanding about Soul Injuries. Professionals and community members are invited to learn about this condition at two events being held locally.  

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The Real Problem With The ACA

Last month Lee Kamps wrote a piece about how bad the Republican alternative to the ACA was. Well, sort of. Actually, only the title and the first paragraph were about that. The rest was an attempt to defend the ACA. But there was a common thread to the piece. It was all far left talking points that, as usual, were nothing more than spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies.

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May Art Show

The annual spring art show and sale, sponsored by Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC), will be held on May 20, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Donna Smallwood Center. This show is free and open to the public. Great selection of raffle prizes this year. Refreshments will be served. Great Lakes Wood Carvers will be demonstrating their carving techniques during the show. Also on display will be one of a kind dolls from the High On Dolls club.

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History Of The Parma Heights Logo

Have you ever wondered the history of the Parma Heights logo that sits in front of the Parma Heights fire station? It was originally a section of a pillar from in front of a downtown Cleveland bank. In 1926, Philip Bentz, a monument builder on Scranton Road, cut and engraved the stone in honor of the first centennial of the city of Parma, which until 1911 included Parma Heights. The eagle was added a short time later. Myron Kronenberger, a member of the Paul Cassidy team, was the first to use it as his calling card. Paul Cassidy and city hall then made it the official logo of the city where now you can see it everywhere: city signs, letterhead, mailings, and on city vehicles.

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Donít Mess With Mother Nature, She Strikes Back

Recently someone posted a picture taken from the air of the Cuyahoga River emptying into Lake Erie in Cleveland that was taken back in 1967. The picture shows the Cuyahoga River as a rust colored river spreading a rust colored plume into Lake Erie..

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Business

There isn’t any business that comes to mind that doesn’t want to increase its income. That is the purpose of the business. Depending on the business you have, commercial or retail, you attempt to put your best foot forward. By placing your best foot forward, not only do your customers notice but the community that surrounds you also takes note, although it may not be on a conscious level. One of the tenants of good business is to embrace not only your customers but the community. That would translate into having a good rapport with other business and individuals in that community. Along with these attributes, maintaining a good appearance comes into play. Maintaining walkways and landscaping, if it applies, compliments the business, along with keeping the property clean and easily traveled not only by vehicles but by pedestrians. Which brings to mind something that is obvious to most pedestrians. During the winter months there are a number of businesses that, while the parking areas of their businesses are taken care of, the walkways surrounding their properties are woefully neglected. If this is read correctly, they are saying that they care neither for the pedestrians nor the city in which they reside. Why else would they only clear the path for perceived customers but for no one else in the city? Is this a dominant thought in society, to have no respect for the other person unless it effects me directly? For those businesses that fail to care for all people of the area there is an action that can easily get them to become conscious of the situation. If they only care about their own income, the best way to make them aware of the situation is to think twice if you want to patronize the business.

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MyCom Youth Corner

The Tri-City MyCom Youth Council attended Advocacy Day on March 30, 2017 at the Statehouse in Columbus. The youth had previously attended Advocacy Training provided by Voices for Ohio’s Children at the Neighborhood Leadership Institute.

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The Gift

It’s a stroke of luck or a wish come true when you’re shopping for something very special and the person behind the counter knows exactly what you’re looking for. This is especially important when the item you’re hoping to find has to do with an extremely wonderful day in your life. I’m talking about looking for the perfect wedding dress and I know a saleslady that can produce your heart’s desire. She can read the expression on your face and fill in the blanks of your description. She can sense the design that fills your request with a touch of something extra. She has the skills of a fashion stylist, the listening qualities of a best friend and the charisma of a respected socialite. Her name is Kimberly. And she has the “Gift.”

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2016 Water Quality Report Now Available

We are proud to announce Cleveland Water’s 2016 Water Quality Report is now available. This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and information.

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Parma Heights Promotes Two Veteran Law Enforcement Officers

Parma Heights Police Captain Steve Scharschmidt (left), Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne (center), and Parma Heights Sergeant Dan Kravanis.

Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne has promoted two veteran law enforcement officers within the Parma Heights Police Department. Detective Sergeant Steve Scharschmidt has been promoted to the rank of Captain, and Detective Dan Kravanis has been promoted to the rank of  Sergeant.

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