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The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
      >>  The group is alive & well, continuing its bi-weekly meeting schedule, alternating between an activity of some type one week with a group discussion of a consensus topic the next. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235

O  From Tri-C West…..
      >>  Tri-C’s Career Center (similar to the district’s CBS Connects program) has introduced a new initiative that connects Tri-C students to local business leaders and industry professionals. Industry Connections is a speakers bureau from which Tri-C faculty can request presenters to come into the classroom and share topics and experiences that align with their course material. For more information, Director, Employer Outreach, Career Center Cuyahoga Community College

O  Some more resources….
For those of you dealing w/issues related to Mental Health, Substance Abuse and various other disabilities give either of these two sites a visit. OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence) at and/or SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at  and Both provide a host of services/information on either a state or national level.

O  From Parma City Schools….
  Three StrategicConsolidation Town Hall type meetings are scheduled for February; 6:30 pm, Monday, Feb 11th at Ridge-Brook, 10:00 am, Saturday, Feb 16th at the Parma Powers Branch Library and 6:30 pm, Monday, Feb 25th at Shiloh. Go here: to view the schedule & questions/issues being considered.
      >>  Go here to read Superintendent Smialak’s reorganization plan presented at the BOE’s Jan 16th work session:
      >>  Brand new & just announced: Camp Invention - Supercharged for kids K – 6 & Camp Invention - Leaders in Training for kids grades 7 – 9. When: June 3 – 7, 2019. For details on this new, STEM-focused initiative go to:
       >>  Go here to check out any current/active district surveys and/or to ask questions or offer feedback on district issues.

O  From CBS Connects our career readiness program ….
  A total of 108, 7th Grade Girls from Hillside, Shiloh, and Greenbriar Middle Schools will have the opportunity to participate in the Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) event at General Motors Parma on May 16th.   The girls will be motivated and inspired by female engineers, participate in hands on activities, receive a tour of the plant, and have a chance to win prizes. Watch for more information at or

O  Registration is now opened for the 8th annual statewide Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Summit taking place at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City on Tuesday Feb 12th. If you’rea returning sponsor or site, a partner, or an organization considering whether SFSP is a fit for you than this is a program you want to attend. Find the agenda here:; to register go to:

O  From the Cleveland Food Bank….
     >  Due to the Government Shutdown, Food Stamps for February were distributed in January. You will need to carefully spend your benefit to make sure it last both months. At this time we do not know if Food Stamps benefits for future months will be available. If you need help, you can call the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for assistance locating food pantries and hot meals at 216-738-2067.  If you need direct assistance and have specific questions, you can call or text Devin McNulty—Benefits Outreach Counselor at the Cleveland Food Bank at 216-314-9871

This is a unique event where you create and design everything for a dinner party all while raising money for Parma Council of PTAs Scholarships. Scheduled for Sat., Feb. 16th at the Holy Spirit Party Center, 5500 W.54th St, this fun event gets better every year. See photos from previous events on their Facebook page.

O  From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group….
      >>  Activities coming up…. Advocacy Day Training and Advocacy Day are coming up soon! Youth are being invited to participate in MyCom Strategic Planning Sessions in January and February.  Check out their article elsewhere in this Observer issue.
      >>  Learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and it’s programs & events by visiting

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
     >>  Re: Staffing Announcements – Our best to Bruce Chamberlin as he moves on to a new opportunity in Lakewood. And, congratulation to Kristi Forsyth, who has been selected to fill the vacated position of Supervisor, Parma Area Family Collaborative. Kristi has been a member of the Collab team for the past 12 years and brings that wealth of experience & strong leadership skills to the position.
     >>  The next Food Pantry is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 14th. Help with set-up beginning around 8:45 am & distribution starting at 2:30 would be appreciated.
     >>  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.

O  Re: Adult Education – ASPIRE Greater Cleveland….
      >>  If you know of anyone, perhaps clients you are serving, employees, a neighbor, etc.,
seeking GED® /HSE Test Prep, Adult Basic Education, English Language/Civics Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). consider referring them to Aspire Greater Cleveland! FREE year-round classes for adults are offered at over 30 different locations spanning the Greater Cleveland area making it easy to find a class that fits any busy schedule. Distance education opportunities are also available to students who are unable to attend a traditional classroom setting. Visit: or call 1-833-ASPIRE2 for more information.

O  Check out CCPL’s impressive selection of Digital Services at: One in particular is KANOPY, a free video streaming service that competes w/Netflix, Hulu,  Amazon Prime & other streaming video services. All you need is your library card. Check it out here:

O  From the Parma Snow Library….
  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….
      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.  
      >>  The Homework Center is 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:
      >>  Check out their calendar for these events of special  interest: 
         >  A Wrinkle in SLIME and Space Workshop
—Grades  4 – 8; Saturday, January 26th at 11:00 am;
         >  Saturday Family Matinee: A Wrinkle in Time— Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 pm. Big screen viewing of "A Wrinkle in Time." Bring a pillow and blanket to spread out on the floor. Popcorn will be provided.
         >  Brick Builders Club -- Grades K-3.  Last Tuesday of each month.  January 29th at 4:00 pm
         >  Adapted Storytime— Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00 a.m. For children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged..
         >  Art Experiences— Grades K-8.  Begins February 1st. Fridays at 4:00 p.m. All materials are included.
         >  The Wonderful World of Bubbles—Families. Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. The Bubble Lady will inflate tiny bubbles, long bubbles, giant bubbles, and an amazing square bubble. See a person inside a bubble!     

O  From the Parma Hts. Branch Library….
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
     >>  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 THIS SERVICE IS AT RISK OF BEING ELIMINATED FOR LACK OF PARTICIPATION. HELP PROMOTE THE PROGRAM BY POSTING THE ATTACHED FLYER.
Winter Storytimes at the Library: Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families;  Wednesday, 1/2 - Wednesday, 2/27. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Call 440.884.2313 for more information.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019