News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the Ohio Dept of Education…. In-Demand Jobs Week is scheduled for May 7 – 11, and communities throughout Ohio are gearing up to host events to inspire students and job seekers about local career opportunities. More than 30 events are planned to date and the list is growing. 
Access the In-Demand Jobs Week web site here:  and scroll down to access both the Event Map and the Business-Education Partner Search Map. While there click on the link to view details of Ohio’s 200+ in-demand occupations. It contains some really great information.

Before going out to buy fresh maple syrup this season check out this new project: Scout’s Own Maple Syrup, an entrepreneurial initiative of the Lake Erie Council of Boy Scouts of America. The scouts are involved w/the tapping of trees on the Beaumont Camp Reservation and turning over 70,000 gallons of maple sap into bottled syrup. Go to for details and to purchase.

The next meeting of the Parma Hts. PACT Unit’s Youth Group will be 6:00 – 7:30 pm,  Wednesday, May 2nd at Cassidy Theater.  Mark you calendar & watch for details re another Town Hall Meeting scheduled for June 6th .  Find various sign-up documents for PACT Unit programs, i.e.: the Senior Knock and Talk service, and follow PACT’s progress at

Have you heard of the “Hot Chocolate Talk” campaign? It’s an initiative developed by the Committee for Children to help address issues related to child sexual abuse. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Committee for Children launched the Hot Chocolate Talk, encouraging families to have this critical safety conversation. Find tips, tools, and resources at And, developed by the Joyful Heart Foundation, click here: for some common signs a child may be suffering abuse.

If you’re a runner (or walker, for that matter) you need to start thinking about registering for the 8th Annual Parma Run – Walk for the Pierogies, taking place on June 30th at Tri-C’s Western Campus. This is one of the highlight event of the summer & attracts well over 600 participants. A registration form w/all the details is attached.

O  Mark your calendar & plan on participating in the 2018 Parma CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, June 2. Registration begins at 9:30 am at Anthony Zielinski Part Splash Pad on W. Ridgewood across from the Shoppes at Parmatown. Twenty-five percent of proceeds will go to the Family Collaborative to help fund their summer youth programs & food pantry.
By now you s/b aware of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall, a 360 foot, 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. that will be installed on Tri-C’s Western Campus from June 28th through July 1st. To defray costs, in addition to individual donations, 4 levels of sponsorships, from $500 to $5,000 have been established. Checks can be made payable to American Legion Post 703 and sent to Tom Mastroianni, 7263 Maplewood Rd., Parma, OH  44130. In addition, a significant number of volunteers will be required to help man tents and assist visitors to the wall, 24/7 through July 1st. To volunteer, email or call 440.885.8812. Visit their Facebook page - for event updates & information re: training, sponsorships, donations, etc.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab / Tri-City MyCom….
     >>  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, May 10th . 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.
     >>  Keep in mind that the Collab also hosts a Clothing Center every Thursday starting at 2:00 pm.
     >>  Also being offered is a Free Money Management workshop offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. See attached flyer for details.
     >>  Visit the Collab’s web site at for additional details on available resources, 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 Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….
      >>  Master Builders – Third Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m.; Grades 4 – 6. Are you a LEGO® fanatic? Want to tackle building challenges with friends? Bring your imagination and we'll supply the bricks.. Register here:
      >>  Adapted Storytime – April 28th at 2:00 p.m. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged.   Register here:

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 7:32 AM, 05.03.2018