News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….

       >>  The group continues to be active, alive & well, meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 pm every other Tuesday at Cassidy Theater. Any child 12 to 17 years of age living in Parma Hts. or attending any school in the city is encouraged and welcome to attend. For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at:

O  From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE)….. When older siblings use drugs, the risk for use among their younger siblings increases substantially. Go here to learn more about the Big Sibling Effect & how to talk about it w/your kids.
O  From Parma City Schools….
Schools in the District are gearing up for the Holidays. Visit your child’s school website to view their schedule of programs, events and please show your support for those that you can.

         >>  And, don’t forget thatquestions or comments to Administration are welcome via e-mail at If the matter is urgent, contact your school's principal or call the Parma City School District's main phone number at (440) 842-5300.  

O  From CBS Connects the district’s career readiness program ….
Learn how this PCSD grant supported program can help connect your student to area professionals as well as career & higher education opportunities by visiting
       >>  Learn more about the district’s award winning Career Tech program by visiting:
       >>  For free assistance navigating the current college landscape visit the GearUp/College Now page of the district’s web site -

O  From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group….
        >>  Our local MyCom Youth Council will be meeting on Thursdays after school from 3-5pm at the Hanna building beginning in November through and including December 20 (no meeting on Thanksgiving, 11/22).  Join them for fun activities, food, discussions and planning future events and service opportunities. Bring a friend and join in!
        >>  Learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and it’s programs & event by visiting

If you the families or clients you serve require food assistance, check out this calendar of west side food pantries…. Clicking on any of the Pantry names will display its hours, address, requisites, etc.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
Interested in becoming a Community Elf for the Holidays?
Here’s how….
>>  Please use this link to register yourself as an Elf:
>>  Giving Tree and Santa Shop experience:
          > Shop for gifts and stocking stuffers
for infants to 18 years of age. Gifts should come to us UNWRAPPED please.
          > Gift wrap and tape make excellent donations as well.
          > Need ideas? 
We’ll provide a wish list but be creative in your purchases!
          > Drop gifts off by Friday, December 7th – Gifts can be dropped off Monday -  Friday, 8:30 – 5:30 pm at the Family Collaborative, PCSD Hanna building at 11212 Snow Road in Parma
          > Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcomed.
  Questions or concerns about this new way to give?  Give Amanda Keeler a call at 440-887-4873- or email us at and we’ll talk with you about our holiday program.
>>  Learn more about the Family Collaborative, its programs, services, events & resources available in the community by visiting: or call the Collab at 440.887.4873.

If you know of, or are a woman 18 or older, in the midst of a transitional stage of her life, you should be aware of Tri-C’s Women in Transition Program. It’s a free, 8-week, non-credit course designed to help women in areas of personal development, career exploration & computer usage. Assessing financial aid resources & help w/financial literacy, health & safety issues, resume writing, interviewing/presentation skills and more are all available along the way. Go to for details.

O  Collab partner, College Colleagues
is offering its professional tutoring/test prep/counseling services at a discounted rate thru the end of the year. Visit  ph: 216.978.6524, email:
O  From the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
….Do you think you qualify for Food Stamps? Need help applying for Medicaid? Do you need alternative sources for fresh produce in the area?  Need housing, employment, and healthcare resources? Reach out to Benefits Outreach Counselor, Devin McNulty at ph: 216-314-9871 or email:  If you would like for Devin to come to your church? Agency? Or business? Please email her and she will be able to talk to residents/clients directly.

O  From the Parma Snow Library….
  Go here:  to display the event calendar for November.
         >>  And, look for the series of adaptive programs created especially for customers w/special needs.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….      
         >>  The Homework Center is now open — Two 75 minutes sessions, 4 – 5:15 pm & 5:15 – 6:30 Monday thru Thursday; for Grades K – 8.  Go here for more detail & to register:
         >>  Master Builders-- The third Thursday of every month starting September 20th at 6:30 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 at:
         >>  Brick Builders Club-- The last Tuesday of every month starting September 25th at 4:00 p.m.; Grades K-3.  Do you love LEGO? Come build with us! We supply the bricks, you supply the imagination. Register at:
          >>  Art Experiences— Sept 28th to December 14th, Fridays at 4:00 pm; 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 are included. Register at:  
          >>  Maker Club (Fall Session): Wednesdays starting Sept 5 – Dec 12, 4:15 – 5:30; Grades 5 – 8. Program includes photography, batik & mask making, electric art, social and emotional learning. Click here for more information and/r to register:
O  From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
         >>  Kids Café - Are you 18 or younger?  Get a brown-bag meal, courtesy of the Cleveland Food Bank, Monday through Friday 4:00 - 4:30pm.

        >>  Fall Storytimes at the Library: Saturday, 9/1 - Wednesday, 11/28.  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 11, Posted 4:59 PM, 11.01.2018