News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
      >>  The group is alive and 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 p.m. at Cassidy Theater. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
      >>  For announcements and detailed information visit their Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440-884-1235

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center
      >>  A Women’s Health Expo
to include a panel of experts to answer questions, a cooking demo, and a range of free health screenings will be held at the Health Education Center, 7300 State Rd. on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; panel presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. Space is limited – register at 440-743-2651
      >>  Surgical suites/operating room expansion – Construction activity on this major construction project should be underway this month.
      >>  Emergency Department Refresh….designed to improve privacy, comfort and patient flow, this several month project should begin in April

O  From Parma City Schools….
  Phase Two Middle School community meetings scheduled for this month include Hillside M.S. on Monday, Mar 11th  at 6:30 p.m., Greenbriar M.S. on Monday, Mar 25th at 6:30 p.m. and at the Parma Hts Library on Saturday, Mar 30th at 10:00 a.m. Go here: to view the schedule, meeting minutes and other related documents.
       >>  The Feb 11th issue of the Monday Monitor, among other things, has information about major administrative changes being made, details regarding Kindergarten Registration scheduled for Mar 6 and 7 and a piece explaining steps being taken to ensure the safety of our students, Go here to display a copy; 
       >>  Go here to check out any current/active district surveys and/or to ask questions or offer feedback on district issues.

O  Some other school-related events….
      >>  Normandy High School’s 50th Anniversary Open House is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th from 5 -  8 p.m. Tour the building, enjoy student entertainment and stay for a short program at around 6 p.m.
      >>  The Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Annual Pierogi Dinner will be held at the Parma Sr H.S.Cafeteria on Friday, March 8 from 3 - 7 p.m. ADVANCE SALE TICKETS ONLY available at all schools, Central Office and P.I.E. members; must be purchased by Feb. 25th. The Parma City Schools Foundation will hold a Basket Raffle at the event with many great offerings.

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s….
      >>  Take a break and support your schools by reserving a Parma Council of PTA Family Night at Kalahari Water Park on March 14th….$139 features 2 Queen beds and include waterpark passes. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-525-2427.

O  A Unique Summer Camp….Camp Kasem at Case Western Reserve University – A free summer camp for kids who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. Go here for details:

O  From Tri-C….A couple of youth and young adult career based programs….
      >>  Advanced Technology Academy (ATA)……
Offers training for young adults, who are between the ages of 18-24 years of age at no cost to the student, and industry-recognized certificates in demand-driven occupations. Students of the Academy are eligible for a paid internship and full time, permanent employment. The ATA program is workforce driven, designed to increase occupational skills, employment opportunities and retention. More info at:, ph: 216-987-6304
      >>  Youth Technology Academy (YTA)…. a one-of-a-kind, STEM-focused high school program designed to train students (ages 14-18) for the technical workforce. Its goal is to ignite the interest of high school students in STEM studies and career pursuits via robotics training, competitions, and college credit in technology courses. More info at:, ph: 216-987-3368.

O  From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group….
      >>  For youth/young adults ages 14 – 24, registration for the Summer Youth Employment Program, coordinated by Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), is now open. Go to https://jobs.youthopportunities.orgs or call their Hotline @ 216-776-3900. The sooner you register the better your chance will be getting a job.
      >>  Learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and it’s programs and events by visiting

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  The Collab has partnered w/United Way 211 and the EITC (Earned Income Tax) Coalition to once again offer free tax preparation.  Clients need to call 211 to schedule their appointment at the Collab. Slots are limited so don’t delay making that call. 
      >>  Learn more about the Family Collaborative, its programs, services, events and resources available in the community by visiting or call the Collab at 440-887-4873.

O From The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center….
An Ambassador Training Workshop open to anyone who would like to learn more about how to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and become more involved in societal change. When: Monday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., March 18th; Where: 1228 Euclid Ave., Ste 200, Cleveland; Cost: Free and open to the public; Registration: clevelandrapecrises/ambassador; Questions: Alex Leslie at

The Senior High Youth Group of Ridgewood United Methodist Church will co-sponsor w/Group Care and Parma’s Mayor Tim DeGeeter this year’s National Group Mission Trip during the week of June 16th - 22nd right here in Parma. Administrations of the cities of Parma Hts. and Seven Hills are also supporting this great community project. If you know of homes in the area that require refurbishing or would like someone to speak to your group email Renita Nohejl at  Visit the following web sites for more information: or

O  Check out CCPL’s impressive selection of Digital Services at:

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.  
      >>  Check out their calendar for these events of special  interest:
        >  Master Builders
– Grades 4 – 6.  Third Thursday of each month starting Feb 21st at 6:30 p.m. Bring your imagination and we'll supply the bricks.
        >  Brick Builders Club – Grades K-3.  Last Tuesday of each month starting Feb 26th at 4:00 p.m. Do you love LEGOTM?  Come build with us!  We supply the bricks, you supply the imagination.
        >  ACT Practice Test - For Gr. 9-12,  Saturday, March 09: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Huntington Learning Center offers an opportunity to take the practice ACT test. Please arrive at 9:15 a.m., bring No. 2 pencils, a calculator and a snack for break.
        > ACT Tips and Results Workshop - For Gr. 9 – 12; Tuesday, March 19: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Receive your results from the March 9th practice ACT Test and get tips to improve your score.

O  From the
Parma Hts. Branch Library….
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Play, Learn, and Grow Baby Club: For ages Birth – 35 months with a parent or caregiver. Boost your baby’s brain through play! Join us for a 5-week club for caregivers and children ages birth to 2, connect with your kids and other families, plus get answers about your growing child. Siblings welcome! Location Parma Heights Library, Fridays, 2/22 - 3/22, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 03.01.2019