The Cassidy Theatre continues to undergo a major transformation both inside and out. The theatre’s two community rooms have been completely renovated using a $50,000 grant the city received from the State of Ohio with the assistance of State Rep. Martin Sweeney (D-14). The funding came from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, according to Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
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More than 100 Parma streets will be either repaved, repaired or crack-sealed this summer and fall by the city’s Service Department, and in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, portions of five major thoroughfares are also being repaired.
On the evening of Monday, June 19, 2017 a devastating, and ultimately fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Snow and State Roads. Though one is often hard pressed to find the silver lining of such an occurrence this particular incident was blessed by an angel of mercy. A quiet, unassuming cardiac care nurse employed at The University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, by the name of Andrea Delfs became difference between life and death of one young child.
Summer is in full swing in the City of Parma Heights. Summer means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Produce grown in the Parma Heights Community Garden is donated to our local Parma Heights Food Pantry to help those in need in our city.
Last year, the City of Parma honored our city’s veterans of World War II. This year, with Seven Hills and Parma Heights participating as well, the cities would like to honor veterans of the Korean War.
In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Child Care Center has received a Four-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.
Back in 1972 I was a high school science teacher at a semi rural school district in northwestern Ohio. One of my students, call him Bob, came up to me after class and said to me that he didn’t need to learn “all that boring stuff” because his father was going to get him in at a local Ford plant when he turned 18 years old. Bob was 15 then, in the 9th grade and failing my class as well as his other classes. He also said that his father didn’t even get that far in school and was making more money at the Ford plant than our high school Principal.
At last, summer brings us the long-awaited abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. Who can resist a warm, succulent tomato right off the vine that rewards our hunger with a warm, juicy taste of a lost memory. How about biting into a perfect peach that tops the list of eating wholesome, delicious fruit. Not to be outdone, carrots and corn vie for attention and supplement our grilled burgers with tasty side dishes. We’re so fortunate to have devoted farmers that keep us healthy with the fruits of their labor.
A long time ago in a paradise that today seems so far, far away, there were two political parties. In paradise we all wanted essentially the same things. We wanted to live our lives as we saw fit, free from crime and other interference. We wanted prosperity. We wanted the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. The difference between the parties was how to best provide the opportunity for us achieve what we wanted and when they disagreed, they compromised for the good of paradise. But then factions of the two parties moved so far to the extreme left and right that the two became, in essence, four. And the extremes became inflexible and compromise became taboo. And paradise was lost.
For the last 53 years, Tony Suppa has come to work each day to a place where he gets to spend time with the people he calls friends and family. They'd greet him with a smile as they walked in the door to take a seat in his chair at Total Image. The barber shop has been in operation in the same building since 1960.
It is heard every day in newspapers and on television stations across the nation but especially here in Northeast Ohio. “Heroin overdoses on the rise”. To combat the growing epidemic Chief Mike Lasky of the Parma Fire Department knew something had to be done.
You may find this a little difficult to swallow but we are blessed to live in this area of the Great Lakes. As far as can be seen, we will have enough water to last for so great a time as to not be concerned about going thirsty. There is hope that there will not be some sort of disaster that would alter the situation, perhaps a meteor that would displace the lakes or an invasion from outer space or mass pollution by industry, something along the these lines. Just look at other areas of the United States. California can’t make up its mind if is going to burn, earthquake or mud slide off of the face of the earth. The South has no water then it is deluged with rain, the Plains first are running out of ground water then get flooded, the East Coast has plenty of hurricanes to keep them guessing. There is an outside possibility that we may drink the Lakes dry. It is a rare sight when one is seen without a bottle of water. Sitting at a desk where water is close at hand, wouldn’t want to dehydrate from the stress of working a key pad. Walking outside, one is often seen with a bottle in hand. What would be the consequences of having to go to a water fountain and get hydrated? Although water fountains are becoming less conspicuous with all the water being purchased. Look at the sport venues, not a water fountain to be seen, smart, the venue can sell much more water, you have a captive audience. Whatever happened to grabbing a drink from a water spigot? That used to be a frequent occurrence in by-gone days.
We had a wonderful experience representing MyCom at the 2017 Parma Safety Fair. Many parents and young people stopped by our table to learn about the opportunities MyCom offers youth in the Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills neighborhoods. In addition we were grateful to partner with AT & T to have their representative, Kevin Lynch, Director of External Affairs, demonstrate the text and drive simulator. This simulator helps both adults and young people experience the dangers of texting while driving. The results prove that distracted driving is dangerous. Hopefully each participant will remember their experience and make the decision to not text and drive.
Parma may be known for its pierogies and other Eastern European menu items, but the city and surrounding area also serve up delicious fare from a number of other nationalities. Here are some you have to check out.
Yorktown Lanes, 6218 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, will be one of seven area facilities to welcome the 2017 Junior Gold Championships, July 15-21, 2017.
FREE ART CLASSES! For seniors age 55 plus, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Drive! Classes are limited to 10 students each, in order to offer individualized attention. Supplies are included. These classes are for the beginner.
UH Parma Medical Center is holding two free screenings this summer that could catch deadly diseases in an early stage when there are no symptoms.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Help Them Become An Expert In Something. July’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. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #17 Creative Activities
After much anticipation, the Parma splash pad opened to the public on May 27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am. The impressive zero depth water playground is built on the former site of Ridgewood Pool at Anthony Zielinski Park, on Ridgewood Drive directly across from the Shoppes at Parma complex. Admission is free, and the park will be open 7 days per week from 11 am to 8 pm, except in dangerous weather and if the temperature is below 70 degrees. The splash pad is surrounded by decorative metal fencing, features chairs and picnic tables with decorative umbrellas, and is fully handicapped accessible. The project was funded in part by a $225,000 donation from a Parma family, and a memorial plaque of commemoration is in place near the front gate.
The Cassidy Theatre will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum June 9-25, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays.
A Parma Heights, Ohio woman has been named the 2017 Support Services Professional of the Year by the state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities.
It seems hard to fathom, but the end of another school year and beginning of summer vacation is upon us….and it will be a busy month of June for the residents and families of Parma Heights. Our outdoor Waterpark complex opens for the summer season at Noon on Friday, June 9. Pool passes are available for purchase online (www.parmaheightsoh.gov), at City Hall, or at the pool when it opens. If you are in need of some laughter as we head into summer, The Cassidy Theatre, our community’s hidden gem, will be presenting “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” June 9 through 25. Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this fast-paced farce combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. Tickets are available by calling the theatre box office at 440.842.4600, or online at www.cassidytheatre.com.
“St. Peter String Sensation” is meeting a need for violin lessons for youth in the Tri-City area. Due to the financial situation of the Parma City School District, the fourth grade strings program was cut. That was the impetus for Laurie Septaric, owner of Cappas Cakes and member of the Parma Symphony Orchestra, to fill that gap.
The 2017 City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Taleris Credit Union, Inc., will open on Thursday, June 29th, 4:00 -7:00PM. The Market is located at the corner of Hillside Road and Broadview Road adjacent to Fire Station No.1, 7195 Broadview Road, Seven Hills. 44131. There will be giveaways and musical entertainment by Gwendolyn.
Bryan L. Miller was sworn-in as the city’s newest Patrolman by Mayor Michael P. Byrne at the start of Monday night’s City Council Meeting (May 22). He begins his new position on Monday, June 5, 2017.
The Parma Schaaf High School Alumni Association was founded in 1941 at Parma Schaaf High School by Principal William Bassett, George Red Rees ’34, and Lee Bailey ’29. In 1953, Parma Seniorr High was opened as the Queen of High Schools. For the past 76 years, the PSH Alumni Association has continued its role as part of Parma Sr. High and the Parma community as a whole. We have continued our responsibility of helping with PSH class reunions, including class updated rosters and information about reunion dates. Each year through our Golf Outing (this year June 16 at Ridgewood Golf course) and donations from alumni we are able to award scholarships to deserving graduates of PSH of about $12,000 plus a teacher grant. We furnish and maintain an Alumni courtyard that is used by students and staff. We sponsor a tailgate event for Homecoming. We have an annual meeting (this year August 7 at the Parma Recreation Center at 6:30) open to all Alumni. Our Golden Reunion is annual event open of all Alumni that have celebrated their 50th reunion. This year’s event will be August 26 at the PSH cafeteria at 10 am. We continue to communicate to our Alumni with a Newsletter “The Tradition”, a Facebook Page and our website- pshalumni.org. communicating dates, times, and events. We maintain an archival room/museum that contains history of Parma High and memorabilia that we have collected over the past 96 years. “Loyalty Eternally” Submitted by Anthony DeMarco ‘62 PSH Alumni Board.
The MetroHealth System is announcing plans to convert facilities in Cleveland Heights and Parma to community hospitals. The locations will focus on caring for patients who benefit from shorter hospital stays. The current medical office in Parma, located at 12301 Snow Road, has an emergency department and services including lab, pharmacy and radiology. The site will become a community hospital with the addition of 16 single-occupancy patient rooms. Patients requiring more intensive specialty care can access MetroHealth’s main hospital campus, which is less than 12 miles away.
Here’s a topic that should make everyone happy. Politicians by design are placed in office by the majority of the populace, in theory. They may be placed there by a circumstance such as a position vacated for whatever reason. What is the purpose of having the politician? They are in office to assist in the operation of the area as defined by the election. They are elected, hired, by the people to serve the people. According to logic that makes them employees of the people who placed them in office. The thought process is, they would appreciate you for selecting them for their position. They do appreciate you for their position when it comes to election time. Other than that it is rare to see hide nor hair of them, and to achieve something positive from them at any time is next to impossible. When they are up for election they will promise you the world. The trick is to get them to do anything, much less the world. One big indication of a poor political atmosphere is when there is no competition for the various offices. That is an indication that the people of the involved area are in despair. They simply have given up. The thought process is that nothing can be done, so why bother? That only creates complacency of the elected even more. No one will compete for this position so why even do any work? Because every elected official in an area may be so busy covering for one another the mind- set is why worry about security, we all cover for each other?
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: LET THEM TELL YOU HOW THEY FEEL. June’s Asset Category: BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS Boundaries are important to young people because they give clear messages about what’s expected. 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.
Because the safety of our residents is our top priority, smoke detectors were recently purchased for residents who expressed a need at no cost to the homeowners. The smoke detectors were purchased through the generosity of the Greenbrier Senior Living Community, 6455 Pearl Road, Lowe’s, Parma Heights Councilman Jim McCall, and Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
It was a very quiet evening. After a busy day with my two grandchildren, the evening solitude was totally welcomed. My visit to North Carolina included babysitting while my daughter’s job required her to be out of town for a few days. After checking the kid’s homework and getting them to bed, I ate a few snacks while I watched some TV. One more bed-check at 9:30 and I could settle down to watch my favorite show.
This month I return to my series on Parma’s Places of Worship, spotlighting Good Shepherd United Methodist Church located at 5930 State Road. On Ash Wednesday, prior to 7:00 pm services, I had the honor of meeting with their pastor, Rev. Dr. Tim Morrison. Below is what I learned about him and the parish he leads.
At the Cleveland International Film Festival back in April I saw an excellent documentary titled The Age of Consequence. The movie dealt with the subject of climate change, but approached it from a different angle; that of national security. Retired, former and active duty military personnel from the United States gave evidence that many word events and unrest are a direct result of climate change and that this poses a definite threat to our nation’s security. Global warming and the spread of deserts in parts of the world are creating refugees on a massive scale not seen since the end of the Second World War. Many military officials see the resulting displacement of people as well as crop failures leading to failed states and a rise of terrorist organizations looking to exploit this problem.
About half of Americans believe that an ongoing trend of people turning their backs on religion is bad for the country according to a recent Pew poll. Americans have the right to live as they please, as long as they are not interfering with the rights of other Americans to do the same. Choosing to live a Godly life is what the Bible refers to as one’s second (spiritual) birth; this new life will be demonstrated by one’s love and concern for others.
Saturday, May 20th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale at the Smallwood Center. This year they are celebrating their 55th anniversary serving Parma and the surrounding communities. The show was open to the public with free attendance. This was the largest show they have had in a number of years. Thirty-three artists participated. Ninety-four pieces of art were on display. Attendees commented on the quality and variety of the pieces. Which made it difficult for the panel of three judges, Wanda Ullman, Kathy Hunsicker, and Debbie Lime to choose the winners. Best in Show went to Anthony DeMarco for his enamel piece. First place winners were as follows: Robert Pohm for Watercolor, Stephen Sens for Acrylic, Michelle Behal for Graphics, Anthony DeMarco for Photography, and Stan Stary Jr. for Three Dimensional. In addition to paintings, there were numerous outstanding wood carvings, phyrography (wood burning) and jewelry. Cash prizes were awarded to the first place winners and Best In Show. Ribbons were awarded to second and third place winners. Additionally, a very popular category is the People's Choice Award, where attendees get to vote for their favorite piece. This year Kathy Kijek won People's Choice cash prize and ribbon.
It is no secret that Parma is known for all things pierogi, and one of the fun festivals involving this delicious delicacy happens at Broadview Mutli-Care Center at 5520 Broadview Rd. in Parma on June 4th. Every year this event seems to grow and improve. Featuring a selection of vendors selling all kinds of pierogis, along with other enticing food and drink, exhibit booths from many businesses and community partners, as well as a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day. There is a judging for the winner of the best pierogi- not an easy decision to make, I'm sure. The proceeds from this event benefit area charities, including the All Faiths Pantry. The event kicks off at 12;30 PM, rain or shine. See you there.
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.
The Cassidy Theatre’s Youth Theatre Summer Classes will take place June 19-August 5, 2017.
Hospitality leader HMShost will be hiring an estimated 300 full- and part-time food and beverage positions for travel plazas on the Ohio Turnpike.
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.