News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

Click on any of the links below to learn more, to volunteer, or to bring yourself up to date re: active projects, initiatives and/or events & activities.
  >>  American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall – June 28th  – July 1st:  The need for volunteers is great. If interested contact: Crystal Jardine - email :, Ph: 440-570-3054.
  >>  Parma City School District sanctioned summer programs & activities: or
  >>  Parma Area Family Collaborative for current programs and local resources:
  >>  Cuyahoga County Public Library Summer Reading Program:
  >>  Cuyahoga County Public Library Adult Education GED, Benefit Enrollment Assistance, etc.:
  >>  Parma Hts. PACT (Community Policing Initiative):
  >>  Ohio Means Jobs: 
  >>  Stearns Homestead & Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS): or

O  Other announcements:
      >>  Meet Parma City Schools new Superintendent, Dr. Charles Smialek….Looking for input & feedback re strengths, challenges, etc., Dr. Smialek is hostingTown Hall type meetings on:
       > Saturday, 7/14 in Rm A of Parma Library (Powers Blvd) from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and
       > Tuesday, 7/17 Rm. A of Parma Heights Library (Greenbriar Commons) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
If you’d prefer, as an alternative, your thoughts can be conveyed by completing an on-line survey at The survey will remain open through July 17th.

      >>  Back to school backpacks….If your child attends a schools in the Parma School District & receives free or reduced lunch visit  and complete the backpack application to see if he/she may be eligible to receive a free backpack & schools supplies. Application deadline is July 20th; email with any questions.           

     >>  Summer Free Lunch Programs for area youth
            >  Parma City School’s -  June 4 through Aug 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.
            >  Summer Lunch at the Library – June 11th through Aug 10th at 11:30 a.m. – Noon; For kids 18 & younger; at all 3 local branches (Parma Hts, Parma & Parma-Snow) will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. Youth attending will be offered a free book through the generosity of the Cleveland Kids Book Bank.
               >  Summer Lunch at UH/Parma Medical Center -  June 4th – Aug 10th from 11 am – 1:30 pm; Children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free, healthy lunch. Registration is not required but children must eat in the cafeteria.

     >>  From ODE - Fight the Summer Slide….combat summer learning loss by encouraging students to access free online tools that promote reading and maintain math skills during the summer break.

      >>  Save the Date: Saturday, August 18,2018….Plan on attending the 2018 PCSD Opening Kickoff at Byers Field. As compared to last year, there’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.

O  Did you know…. The Cleveland Seed Bank and Cleveland Public Librarieshave created a partnership where residents can, "Check Out," seeds from the Seed Library., at select libraries and plant them, if you fill out a short survey.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….    
     >>  Ohio Means Jobs ( Mondays – Fridays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. An Ohio Means Jobs Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 440.885.5362 to confirm the Job Specialists availability.
     >>  Summer Storytime – Saturdays in June and July at 11:00 a.m.  Families. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. No registration required.
    >>  Jim Kleefeld's Rockin' Magic Show – July 20th at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4 – 12. Witness astonishing magic tricks with a musical theme, featuring popular rockin' tunes, famous musical groups and some oldies. Registration at
     >>  Adapted Storytime – July 21st 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 at
     >>  Stuffy Sleepaway Camp – Ages 3 – 5.  Party on July 27th at 11:00 a.m. Send your stuffed friend off for a week of fun. Stuffy will mail a letter home, then reunite with you at a Pick Up Party with camp activities, treats and an animated video of all the adventures. Drop stuffy off between July 15th and July 22nd.  Register at

O  From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
     >>  Cyber Security & Online Safety: Wed., June 27, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Learn about the risks of using public Wi-Fi, "SMiShing," antivirus software and common cyber scams. Get tips on how to keep your identity and your device safe.  Click here to register
 >>  Summer Storytimes at the Library! Saturday, 6/2 - Tuesday, 7/31.- Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:12 PM, 07.01.2018