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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

For adults seeking GED® Test Preparation, Adult Basic Education, English Language/Civics Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), the Aspire Greater Cleveland program offers FREE year-round classes at over 30 different locations in the Greater Cleveland area.  Distance education opportunities are also available for those unable to attend a traditional classroom setting. Students must be at least 19 years of age or be at least 16 and officially withdrawn from their home school district. Call 1-833-ASPIRE2 (277-4732) for more information. 

To recognize the best of what the City of Parma has to offer go to the inaugural Best of Parma 2017 web site - & register your vote for THE BEST…. in over 40 categories. Nominations began on Dec 13th & will continue through Jan 31st; voting will begin Feb 1st though Mar 1st with winners announced Friday Mar 9th.

O An FYI from Parma City Schools….
        >>  Focus on the FutureThe next group meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm on January 10th in the Parma Sr. H.S. Cafeteria. And, if you haven’t yet seen a copy go here: to read/download “InFocus” the new Focus on the Future newsletter.
       >>  January’s Superintendent’s Open Door Session is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 17 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Admin Bldg.

   From the Parma Area Family Collab….
>>  With the generous support of individuals, organizations and its partners the Collab was able to provide toys/gifts of all types, food & clothing to over 1,000 needy  youngsters & families living in our community. Thank you to our donors and volunteers for making this the best Christmas ever.
>>  Slots are still available for the upcoming Parenting Partners class beginning January 9th. Classes are every Tuesday morning from 10:00 am to noon; childcare is provided & refreshments are served. Cost for the entire program is just $20. For information or to register, visit their web site or call 440.887.4873.
   >>  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, January 11th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
   >>  Visit the Collab’s web site at for additional details on services offered and volunteer opportunities. While there, make your voice heard & click on links to either or both the PAFC Satisfaction or Neighborhood surveys.

O  From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
       >>  Pajama Family Storytime! Brand new for 2018; Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning January 2. For all ages with adult caregiver. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays before bedtime. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to make it even more fun.
O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….
      >> Animation Experience – Dec 29th   drop in anytime between 2:00 - 4:00 pm.; Grades 3 – 6.  Try your hand at stop-motion animation. Make films using LEGO bricks, Claymation and other methods.
      >> Brick Builders Club -- Last Tuesday of each month (12/26, 1/30, 2/27) at 4:00 p.m.; Grades K – 3. Do you love LEGO®? Come build with us! We supply the bricks, you supply the imagination. Registration is required:
      >> Art Experiences – Every Friday (9/29 – 12/15 and 2/2 – 5/11) at 4:00 p.m. ; Grades K – 8. Engage your imaginative self with open-ended art explorations. Examine the works of art masters and explore various mediums, such as paint, pastels and clay. All materials included. Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art. No registration required, but space is limited.
      >> Heinen's Five Star Snacks – January 9th at 4:15 p.m.; Grades 1 – 3. Heinen's Wellness department presents a program for children and their parents. Learn a bit about Kelly Kale Jack Apple and their friends then help prepare and taste a special recipe.  Registration required at

O   From our local Education Service Center – Project Aware e-Newsletter....
Mark your calendars now for the 20th Annual Summer & Beyond Fair: For Children & Youth with Disabilities, Saturday, February 17th at Woodside Event Ctr. 5025 Mill Rd, Broadview Hts. Sponsored by the State Support Team Region 3, visit with representatives from camps and organizations from around Ohio. For further information, contact Theresa Richardson at 216-446-3818 or
    >> If you sense that your child is having difficulty dealing with every day stress, click on the links below for helpful information:

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:01 PM, 01.02.2018