Mayor Tim DeGeeter has appointed Michael C. O'Malley as Parma’s new Safety Director. O'Malley replaces Greg Baeppler, who recently retired after serving more than 11 years in that position, which oversees various departments, including Police and Fire.
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In true small-town fashion, we invite all our neighbors and friends to come out and enjoy our Party in the Commons August 7-9, 2015. You won’t find expensive food and crazy rides, but you will find people getting together to enjoy the better things in life: good food, good music and each other’s company.
When a resident or business owner is recognized and honored by Parma City Council, it is customary to ask the recipient to stand before the Council while the resolution is being read aloud. Parma’s most recent Citizen of the Month did exactly that. Usually the Council Chamber, which is not generally crowded, remains quiet while this happens.
The Cities of Parma and Parma Heights in partnership with Cox Communications proudly present another year of outdoor summer band music concerts. All concerts start promptly at 6:30 p.m.
From June 22nd to 26th, Parma was home to a unique and important program. ICan Bike, a 5-day intensive camp teaching individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike independently, took place at Ries Rink. This program was able to teach 40 riders over 5 sessions how to ride, building skills and confidence through intensive instruction and assistance.
Ukrainian immigrant Stepha Lyuta firmly believes that coming to the United States – and finding University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center – saved her life.
PARMA – Farm-fresh produce and local specialties come to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center later this month with the return of Farmers' Markets. The market will take place under the covered patio outside the hospital’s main entrance every Tuesday from June 30 - Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Recruiting is underway for volunteers to address the spiritual needs of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center patients and families. Spiritual care aides work in the Emergency Department and the Surgery Waiting Room, providing comfort to patients and their families. They also visit patients in their rooms, provide directions and information to visitors, and stand in for clergy when the family’s priest or minister is unavailable.
Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the thirteenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
The City of Parma Heights is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and holding a joint event on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Both events will run simultaneously from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. at the Parma Heights Service Garage located in the Greenbrier Commons. Proof of residency is required.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: LISTEN TO THEIR FAVORITE MUSIC WITH THEM. 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 #20 - Time At Home
I was living in Lexington, KY in 1986 when a coal company headquartered there was acquired by BP and they wanted to transfer their executive and management personnel to Cleveland. Most of those affected that I met were taking the outplacement services rather than accept a transfer to Cleveland. Their impression of Cleveland was very negative.
With the King v. Burwell decision quickly approaching, our goal will remain to protect families and patients no matter the outcome. The Supreme Court is poised to rule on the legality of Obamacare’s exchange subsidies. The President’s health care law states that some individuals who receive health insurance through state-run exchanges are eligible to receive subsidies in order to make the plans affordable. There is no mention in the law, however, as to whether individuals in federally-run exchanges can receive these subsidies. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has interpreted the law to allow the federal government to offer subsides to individuals who reside in states that did not choose to create a state-run exchange. If the Supreme Court finds that the federal government is not legally authorized to offer these subsidies, health insurance costs will increase for millions of Americans.
Each year the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE) honors a select few outstanding adult education instructors. This year, the honor hits close to home. Two of the instructors from the Parma Adult Education ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) program were chosen among the top instructors in the state.
Be not ignorant of this one thing—that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.
During the fifties and sixties, recalling the quality of American made products actually made you proud to be a part of this country. Appliances were sturdy, would operate efficiently, for that time, and nothing would cause them to break down. Automobiles were made of steel with a sturdy frame. They had sturdy chrome bumpers that wound not only protect the vehicle from damage but the people inside. Now when there is an accident they fold up like an accordion and the entire car is scrap. They were made with vent windows an inside vent and you could choose the color that you wanted. The choice of color of the vehicle was yours, not only on the outside (which may have been two- tone) but also the color of the interior. Whatever the customer wanted the manufacturer would try to please. We came a long way from Henry Ford who said you can have the car in any color as long as it is in black. The biggest joke was Japanese merchandise that permeated the market as throw away junk that would be cheap to purchase, wouldn’t last very long and was cheaper to replace than to repair.
Summer in Parma is full of many fun activities, but finding out about them can sometimes be elusive. This month’s column is dedicated to some of my favorites. On a side note, my failure to list every event in Parma this summer is by no means a slight to anyone. I am limited by the space of this column. I apologize in advance to any that I have left out.
Parma Heights has a long, proud history of supporting fair housing and to help ensure that that will always be the case in our town, we are once again hosting a Fair Housing & Landlord/Tenant Rights class on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Police Training Classroom in the Greenbrier Commons, 6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights. Seating is limited. The class is free to the public.
“Only when the last tree has died and the river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money.”
Many improvements have been implemented since the formation of the newly organized Parma Heights Historical Society in 2008. The following is the latest. There are 8 active members that reside in Parma Heights, although this is not a requirement to join the group. Anyone is welcome to join us.
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Recently, Parma Area Kiwanis was very busy continuing its mission to "Serving the Children of the World." The Parma Area Kiwanis has arranged for Ridge-Brook Elementary to establish a "Buddy Bench." The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. It is believed that peer support is a critical factor in combating school bullying and aids in suicide prevention. The hope is that students who are playing at recess will go to the buddy bench and include the children who are sitting there to play or talk with them. It is a learning opportunity to show care about others when we ask others to play. It also is a hope that new friendships will be made because of the buddy bench.
The cat said to the little mouse who was peeking from a hole, “Let’s be friends and go that extra mile!" The mouse’s tiny pink nose kept twitching while the cat’s tail was swishing. But the cautious little mouse sat calmly nibbling on a small piece of chunky cheddar cheese.
The latest lifesaving weapon in the arsenal of area police departments is deployed with a small atomizer, courtesy of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. UH Parma Medical Center’s EMS Training & Disaster Preparedness Institute is training police officers from Parma and Parma Heights to administer Nasal Narcan, a powerful pharmaceutical drug that reverses the effects of heroin and other opioids in minutes. Each officer and sergeant who patrols in these cities will be armed with Narcan, following passage of Ohio House Bill 170 last year that permits police officers and lay people to administer the opioid-reversing drug naloxone (commonly known as Narcan).
Nicholas Poghen was selected to be the Parma Mayor’s Citizen of the Month for April because his quick thinking during a traffic incident saved a fellow citizen’s life. But Nick couldn’t make it to a City Council meeting to be honored for his award until May, so the presentation itself was delayed.
Make The City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market your Thursday destination. A fresh air market featuring neighborhood farmers, producers, artisans & vendors who grow and/or produce their own goods. Happy, Healthy, Homegrown; the Seven Hills Farmers’ Market is a convenient stop to get all your fresh, seasonal produce and more.
It’s time to go out to purchase a new pear of running or walking shoes to break them in for the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Fifth Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies coming up on Sunday, July 5 at 8:30 am. My co-director, Gary Uveges, and our team of volunteers have been working hard to make this year’s event even more memorable than ever. We are fortunate to have the continued support of Cuyahoga Community College’s (CCC) Western Campus (11000 West Pleasant Valley Road) who will be hosting us again this year. The flat course has been the PR of many a local 5k runners. Walkers will enjoy the 3.1 mile or 1 mile courses.
Welcome to the 2015 City of Seven Hills Home Days! The City of Seven Hills is ready to host the 42st annual Home Days Festival, July 24th, 25th, and 26th. Held behind City Hall, 7325 Summitview Drive. Seven Hills Home Days always has fabulous food, riveting rides, and magnificent musical entertainment. This year promises to be equally entertaining! The area surrounding City Hall will be packed with food, games, rides, vendors and various musical performances over the three day event. Fireworks, sponsored by Saber Healthcare Group are scheduled for Friday night at 9:45PM. Opening ceremonies with Mayor Dell’Aquila and VFW Post 7609, are Friday July 24th at 6PM. Home Days hours are Friday 6-11PM, Saturday Noon-11PM, Sunday Noon-6PM.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary will hold a garage sale on June 19 to benefit patient care. The sale, held in the covered patio area outside the main entrance of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Members of the public can reserve tables for $30 each and keep their own profits. Call the Auxiliary Office at 440-743-2372 for more information. Participants are responsible for set-up, pricing, take-down and staffing their tables.
Maggie's Place Ohio/The Zechariah House is seeking women who are willing to sacrifice a year of their lives to the service of our mothers and their infants. Full-time, live-in volunteers called MissionCorps members provide non-professional case management to the moms by helping them set personal goals, providing emotional support, accountability, helping them learn about life skills such as budgeting, job searching, how to utilize community resources, locating permanent housing and selecting a child care program. MissionCorps members receive a compensation package including room and board, health insurance and monthly stipend.
Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter came to the Shiva Vishnu Temple to help kick off a Free Health Clinic Event there on May 17. Members of the temple organize an event in which medical professionals volunteer their tme and expertise in an effort to diagnose and treat those with medical ailments of one kind or another. This involves setting up an effective triage area, separate sections for screening and examination, and counseling patients on recomendations for further steps in the health process. The mayor seemed quite impressed at the level of commitment, organization and professionalism on display by all of those involved in this most worthwhile service. Go to the Parma Observer Facebook Page to see a video of this event.
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
Medley of Arts Show & Sale – May 16, 2015
Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the twelfth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
Adolescents who identify their primary motives, such as helping others, are three times happier than those who lack such altruistic motivation.
Recently, the founding members of the Parma Youth Commission completed their first year of service and leadership in our community. I was honored to serve as their advisor and felt that an update to the community was in order. Therefore, this month’s column is dedicated to reporting on and commending the members of the Commission for their fine service to Parma and its residents.
At a time when our national debt is more than $18 trillion, it is more important now than ever that Congress makes the tough but necessary decisions to get our country back on a path to fiscal sustainability.
Last month, my column focused on how some for-profit colleges are abusing the system by enrolling marginal students, then getting them government guaranteed student loans to finance their tuition and often few of those students complete the program. Then, those young adults are saddled with student loan debt to repay, but without any hope of a good job that could give them the money to repay those loans.
What a wonderful concept, Democracy. You get everyone’s input on a particular issue and the majority decides the route to be taken. When a society gets to the point of being too large for all to have input, they select a representative to express their desires. This allows for less confusion and a streamlined approach for decision making. These representatives are elected by the majority and represent that section of society. Should there be opposing points of view, there can be another group to select a representative and oppose others of conflicting views. Now a peculiar thing occurs. In order to get people familiar with a message there is a need to communicate the point of view to as many voters as possible. This requires funds usually from those who support a particular point of view. Often the ones who provide the funding for a candidate will expect consideration beyond the concept of the vote, for the donation of whatever funds provided. This is how the democratic process starts to wobble a little. The favor may not be within the proper realm of decision making. Here is where the candidate feels obligated to appease the donor.
Lettuce, cucumbers and all kinds of greens are almost ready to pick at the 10 farms owned by the farmers of Geauga Family Farms. GFF is a co-op of 10 farmers who grow certified-organic produce for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program.