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We Say Farewell To Another Good One

Bryan N. Griffin, Jr.

On August 13 Bryan N. Griffin, Jr. passed away at the age of 47. Bryan was one of our citizen journalists and often contributed stories in the Parma Observer over many years. He graduated from Brooklyn High School and studied Journalism, Literature and Creative Writing at Tri-C and Cleveland State University. and he was a freelance writer. His style was unique and we were lucky to feature his work in our publication. He attended many meetings where we had loads of fun discussing everything from journalism to his favorite subjects, including metal music, comic books, horror films, WWF, and just about anything else. Even though he was frequently dealing with medical issues, Bryan always had a sunny outlook, was as brave as anyone I've met, and never failed to make the rest of us laugh. I will always remember the last time that i had the pleasure of speaking with him one Tuesday at the Arabica in Parma Heights. He will be greatly missed. Farewell Bryan N. Griffin, Jr.

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Parma Named One Of America's Safest Cities

The City of Parma has been named one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, an organization comprised of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries.  

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Soup Social on Sept. 15

The popular soup social returns to UH Parma Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 15. Area restaurants will feature their best soups in this fundraiser for the Parma Hospital Auxiliary, which takes places from 11 a.m – 1:30 p.m. under the covered patio in front of the hospital.

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Parma Honors Business, Citizen Of The Month

State Road Pizza owners Paul & Sue Horkey with Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward Four Councilman Mark Casselberry.

State Road Pizza was named the Mayor’s Business of the Month for July, and the Citizen of the Month was Chris Knebusch. Both were honored at an August meeting of Parma City Council. State Road Pizza owners Paul and Sue Horkey celebrated 70 years in business for State Road Pizza. The business is well-known for heart-shaped pizza for special occasions. The business also recently added home delivery. Citizen of the Month Knebusch was accompanied by plenty of family when he came to be honored by City Council. He was honored for his considerable volunteer work staging City-sponsored parades. This can often be a thankless job and the city is appreciative of his volunteer efforts, not just for city parades, but also for the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and the former Jaycees. Chris and his wife Fran have been married 31 years and have three kids and many grandkids. He is a concerned, committed and active resident and that makes a better Parma for all of us.

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Fall In Full Swing In Parma Heights

After a very busy and productive summer, we are excited to welcome fall. School is back in session, the days and nights get cooler, and the leaves begin to change.

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News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

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All Faiths Pantry Presents Reggae For Food 9

The 9th annual Reggae for Food benefit concert, featuring Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Umojah Nation and Jah Messengers, will take place Friday, September 8 at Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave., on the West Bank of the Flats. Reggae for Food raises funds for All Faiths Pantry 501(c)3, an award-winning organization which delivers groceries at no cost to local seniors with limited incomes.

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Assets

What a wonderful word assets, if you have any. What a waste if you have assets and are not wise enough to nurture and develop them. Let’s look at the suburb in which we live. There is an ice rink which is used for some recreational skating but mostly for the benefit of the schools. Education is worth the expense. Parks are always welcome for the relaxation and sporting events. Stearns Farm could be a larger asset if the Historical Society would take advantage of improvements that have been offered, but it appears they are more interested in their personal stature.

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Comparing Two Different American Presidents

I am a former Boy Scout. I never made Eagle Scout; but came close, reaching the rank of Life Scout. A major part of why I never made Eagle was that there wasn't a scout troop in my neighborhood until I was almost 14 years old. So when I was 16, I joined an Explorer Post which is more attuned to high school age boys. However I did attend the 1964 Boy Scout National Jamboree that was held at Valley Forge Pennsylvania. For me it was exciting to be at Valley Forge PA since my high school was named after that location in history. I graduated from Valley Forge High School in 1966.

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Tri-C Encore 55+ Adult Education Program Offers Learning Opportunities

The Encore Campus Fridays program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins a new session of classes Sept. 22 to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The fall program runs every Friday for seven weeks at Western Campus in Parma and Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six classes for one low fee of $99. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Three-Part Program At Parma Heights Library

The Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will present a three-part program entitled, "Hearfulness Meditation," from 7-8 p.m.on three consecutive Wednesdays in September: September 13, 20 and 27.

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Honoring Our Korean War Veterans

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne and Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquilla are seeking Korean War veterans to attend a tri-city program in their nonor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017.

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MyCom Youth Corner

The MyCom Youth Council hosted a Back to School Ice Cream Party on Tuesday, August 15 from 2:00-4:00 at the Parma Library on Powers Blvd. Youth learned about the MyCom youth initiative and the benefits of having a youth council for the youth and for the community.  They participated in a planning exercise related to a mini-community project, played a variety of group games, learned about the MyCom programs MyMedia and FLOW (Future Leaders of the World), enjoyed custom ice cream sundaes and then played spoons to top off the afternoon.

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"Stuff"

There are those of us who collect and save a treasure-trove of items that evoke a special memory of a special time in our lives. These occasions are treated with respect. Care is given to preserve any souvenir that conveys the story behind the articles we carefully display or box up for safe keeping in the attic. We all have stuff we just can’t throw away. 

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Common Thread Quilters

2017 Queen Size Raffle Quilt

Common Threads Quilt Guild was established in Parma, Ohio, in September, 1986 and is a member of NEORQC ( North East Ohio Regional Quilters Council). They are dedicated to sharing the art of quilting and welcome all interested individuals regardless of their skill levels.

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A Welcome Change

One of my daughters married an athlete. They have two sons and a daughter. The boys are also athletes and their games are family affairs with everyone from both sides of her family attending. The girl is is the youngest of the three, just seven years old. After attending the boys' games most of her life, she decided she wanted to play baseball. She wound up as the only girl on her team. Folks, I'm a realist and the reality is that in a sport like baseball girls just don't have the physical attributes to compete with boys. So, on the afternoon of my granddaughter's first game I headed out to the ballpark burdened with low expectations and armed with words of encouragement and consolation.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:03 PM, 09.01.2017

The President's Corner

Parma City Council President Sean Brennan and Judge Mary Dunning

Last month I shared the first half of a two-part story about the public life of Parma’s Mary Dunning. Her fascinating and inspirational life simply could not be covered in only one column. Therefore, this month, I will complete my short biography of Ms. Dunning, although I know that this, too, does not do service to someone who has given so much of herself to our community.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:03 PM, 09.01.2017

New Location For Larock Healthcare Academy

On 8/22 Larock Healthcare Academy had a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new location at 6500 Pearl Rd. in Parma Hts. They moved from their location in Northfield, Ohio in order to be more conveniently accessible for their students in Northeast Ohio. They have other locations in Canton and Columbus. 

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I Believe

A person with good character is accountable, caring, fair, honest, kind, sincere, trustworthy and more. Biblical principles never change; they are the same “yesterday, today and forever.”Chances are children are going to worship the god of their parents, whoever or whatever it is. Contentment is one of the most precious gifts we can choose to experience and to wish for others. Effective listening is an important part of communicating. Good character is what we look for in others, and this is what others look for in us. Improper conduct is the number one reason employees are fired and not promoted. In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.

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Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Kids In the Commons 2017 A Huge Success

Balloons by Blake proved to be one of the most popular attractions for children and their families during the "Kids in the Commons" weekend.

They came, they saw, they had fun. The City of Parma Heights' second annual Kids in the Commons weekend was a rousing success. Held August 12 and 13, 2017 at the Greenbrier Commons Complex, the event was purely designed for family fun. "This event has become a summer tradition in Parma Heights," said Mayor Michael P. Byrne.  "We were so happy to see so many members of the community join us and take part in the fun."

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Physician Talk On Cholesterol: What You Need To Know

Learn the latest information about the risks and benefits of cholesterol in a free talk presented by Bradley Banko, MD, MS, at UH Parma Medical Center on Thursday, Sept. 14. This program will be held from  6 – 7 p.m. in UH Parma Medical Center’s Auditorium. Call 440-743-4932 to register. View the full schedule of classes and programs at UH Parma Medical Center.

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Sept. 9 Boot Camp Energizes Parkinson's Patients

University Hospitals teaches Parkinson’s research, the benefits of exercise, medical and surgical therapies and more at its Ninth Annual Parkinson’s Boot Camp, held this year on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street in Akron.

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Parma Art News

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture came to Parma:  On Saturday July 29th the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted a workshop for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. The workshop was one of four held to assist nonprofits that had applied for 2018 grant funding. The workshops walk you through the process and offer tips to help you succeed. The staff at CAC are friendly and helpful and are readily available by phone or email for individual assistance. 

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Asset Corner #93

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  Tell Them About Yourself. September’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

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Sewer District Open House: Missing Out Would Stink

Plant tours, lab tours and activities for all ages at the Sewer District Open House on Sept. 16.

Whether it’s number one or number two, have you always wondered what happens once you flush the toilet? Find out at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the largest wastewater treatment plant in Ohio and learn all about wastewater treatment from the knowledgeable tour guides. Join the lab tours, get up close with the huge work trucks, or step inside the Sewer Simulator. There is an activity for your whole family.

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Delegation From China Visits Parma On July 26

Parma was host to a delegation visiting from The People's Republic of China on July 26, here as part of a U.S. Department of State sponsored Program entitled "Environmental Issues at the Municipal level in the U.S.". The purpose of their visit was to observe the Fernhill Stormwater Treatment Wetland, created at the Lower Fernhill Picnic Area in the Metroparks in 2016. This group of five visitors was invited here through the efforts of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs with the cooperation of the State Department International Leadership Program. The mission is to "explore how biodiversity and sustainability are encouraged in this country and to explore municipal efforts to address climate change, pollution, and responsible development". Their reason for visiting this particular site was to focus on how local government and non-profit organizations have collaborated to create a wetland area for the purpose of stormwater treatment and water quality assurance. 

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Critical Blood Shortage: Give Blood At UH Parma's Blood Drive On Aug. 16

Blood shortages reach a critical state in the summer, as the number of high-school and college donors drop during break and ERs become busier with incoming patients. The statistics are staggering: every two seconds, someone needs blood; a person injured in an automobile accident can use up to 50 pints or more of blood.

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UH Funds Mobile App For Citizen First Responders

Grace Wehner performed CPR on her husband Tom, left, at a dance at German Central two years ago, saving his life until paramedics like the one pictured here responded to her 9-1-1 call. Recently, they celebrated the rollout of PulsePoint, a first responder app funded by UH and now availalbe in Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn and Brook Park through the Parma Regional Dispatch Center. PulsePoint alerts users to 9-1-1 calls within a quarter-mile and the location of the nearest AED, one of which is now located at German Central.

Citizen first responders trained in CPR can now receive text alerts of those in need of CPR in their vicinity through a new app. The PulsePoint Respond app was unveiled by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and the Parma Regional Dispatch Center, which covers Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn and Brook Park.

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The President's Corner

Many who know me know that I am a huge fan of anything Parma, especially our city’s history. Recently, I had the honor of meeting with one of Parma’s finest citizens. A woman who has served us in many different capacities and whom many of you voted for or waved to in an Independence Day parade. Her legacy of work helped lay the foundation for many institutions that continue to thrive in our fine community. What was expected to be a one-hour meeting, ended up lasting nearly five hours! I found myself enthralled in the story of her life and the fascinating stories of Parma’s past that she shared so vividly. In fact, I have so much captivating information to share that this column will be continued next month. Out of my deep respect for her, I call her Judge, but many Parma residents know her as Mary Dunning.

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Still Seeking Veterans Of The Korean War

The cities of Parma, Seven Hills and Parma Heights are planning an event to honor their living veterans of the Korean War. If you served or know someone else in Parma, Parma Hts. or Seven Hills who served in the Korean War, please let us know. A special email address – koreaveterans@cityofparma-oh.gov – has been created to collect contact information so that we can be in touch with veterans regarding our ceremony. Veterans of the this war can also call Parma City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni at (440) 885-8812 or Communications Director Jeannie Roberts at (440) 885-8181 to confirm their attendance.

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Parma Public Safety Forum Deals With Opiod Epidemic

The City of Parma and its Department of Public Safety are holding the second in a series of quarterly public safety forums on Wednesday, August 16. This one is entitled: The Growing Opiod Epidemic and How It Affects our Community.

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August Ablaze With Activity In Parma Heights

It seems hard to believe, but summer will soon be coming to an end. Before that happens, we invite you to make the most of the rest of season in our community.  There is plenty going on.  

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