News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

Significant progress continues re. the Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan. Project details to include renderings of various options were presented and feedback solicited during the 2nd Public Meeting that took place on May 1st. A special shout-out to students from the 3 district high schools and Tri-City MyCom for taking the time to attend and sharing their unique perspective. Go to to follow this project’s progress.

O  Are you confident that your employees, members of your organization, or you personally, for that matter, can safely & effectively respond in an active shooter situation? To be sure, consider scheduling a presentation by representatives from Tri-C’s Security Services on A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). This free, community outreach service can be tailored to your specific needs & time available. To schedule a training session call Ptl. Tom Wieczorek at 216-987-5326, email and/or visit: for additional information.

O  Parma Hts will be holding a Town Hall
Meeting beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday June 6th at Cassidy Theater. Information being shared includes updates re. the Community Policing Initiative (PACT) and various  services available to community residents. Meetings of the PACT Unit’s Youth Group are held every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, w/the next one scheduled for June 13th.  Follow the program’s progress by visiting their FB page at:

For the past couple of months ODE (Ohio Dept of Education)/Project Aware e-newsletters have contained information & links to best practices, resource lists, information briefs, etc. on a variety of topics. The most recent include, among others, the following: Coping Strategies; to learn more, access  Promoting Coping Strategies in Youth information brief. Family Engagement; to learn more about best practices in family engagement, access  Family-School Partnerships information brief. Resilience; to learn more about how to support resilience among students, access Fostering Resilience within a Tiered Framework information brief. For information regarding additional ODE/Project Aware services & information briefs visit:

Coming up on Sunday June 24th starting at 11:30 to 1:00 pm…. A community discussion re: ”What is the Place of Education in our Communities”; presented FREE via a partnership between the Education Svc. Ctr. (ESC) of NE Ohio & the Cleveland Foundation program, Common Ground. Loc: ESC of NE Ohio, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence. Register here:

O   Save the date.…“Hidden in Plain Sight”, An Awareness Program for Parents & Other Adults, being presented at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 18th. It’s the first time I’ve heard of a presentation like this.  For information contact: Clark Fulton MyCom Coalition at 216.459.1222.

O  If you’re a runner (or walker, for that matter) don’t forget to register 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 events of the summer & attracts well over 600 participants. Registration at; email questions to

By now you s/b aware oftheAmerican 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  An FYI from Parma City Schools….
     >>  Save the Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018….Plan on attending the 2018 PCSD Opening Kickoff at Byers Field. As compared to last year, they’ll be more groups performing & most school programs will have demos & reps available to answer questions. Returning this year will be the “Drive for Your Students” fundraiser co-sponsored by Barry Axelrod GMC & PCS Education Foundation. Go to www.parmacityschools/kickoff for more information.      
    >>  Sign up and/or learn about all the summer camps available in the District by visiting or . Additional local summer information is also available & more updates are coming in daily so check back often.
>>   Parma City School’s participation in the Summer Days Food Service program begins June 4 & continues on through August 10th. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis to all children ages 1 thru 18, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the following locations: John Muir Elementary, Dentzler Elementary, Family Collaborative (Hanna Elementary) & Shiloh Middle School.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab / Tri-City MyCom….
The popular SUMMER DAYS program for kids 5 to 14 (or so) begins June 4th, from 11:00  am – 2:00 pm,Monday thru Friday. Supervised activities include fitness, games, arts, crafts & don’t forget about the free lunch. Call the Collab at 440.887.4873 for more information.
    >>  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, June 14th . 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.

Go here to register and/or learn more about the County Library‘s summer reading & camp programs available this year…

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….
 Aspire Greater Cleveland is offering  a special family literacy and GED®/HSE class for parents and children this summer at the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.)! This fun, interactive program will not only prepare students for GED®/HSE testing, but will provide a summer learning experience that the children will enjoy too! The program includes: daily free lunch, free books for you and your child/children, free Kindle for those meeting program requirements. Go here for information or to register:
     >>  Master BuildersThird 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:

O  From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
    >>  Ice Cream Social: Kickoff the Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program with some ice cream! Saturday, 6/2 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; All ages are welcome. There will be a craft for the kids. Please here:     

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

Read More on News
Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 12:37 PM, 06.02.2018