News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

Did you know that there are close to 50 different local organizations working in concert to address issues related to human trafficking and the needs of its victims?  Efforts by the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, are lead by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland . Learn more about both these groups by visiting:

 One of those 50 organizations is the Imagine Foundation, a small but growing human trafficking focused non-profit located in Parma Hts. Visit our table at the Safety Fair on May 11th and watch for more information coming soon.

O  From Center for Community Solutions:
If you’re covered by Medicaid, working closely w/clients eligible for or currently covered by Medicaid, or just interested in the impact recent changes may have on the state’s budget, you may find this recent post from Community Solutions to be of interest:
O  Two mobile food pantries
have recently opened. Baba’s Yard a new 501(C)(3), in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will be hosting distribution events of fresh fruit and vegetables, at no charge to low-income families, from now through November come rain or shine.
     >  Parma: Time/Day/Location:  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. / First (1st) Tuesday of each month / the parking lot of the old State Rd Elementary, 6121 State Rd (State Rd and Grantwood).
      >  Brooklyn: Time/Day/Location:  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. / Fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month / behind Brooklyn City Hall , 1719 Memphis Ave.

Plan now to attend the always popular Parma Safety Fair at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd. and Shredding Day (shredding svcs limited to Parma residents) and Canned Food Drive at Parma Sr. H.S., 6285 W. 54th St , scheduled for Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If your organization would like to reserve a table call Linda Cross at 440-885-8093. Questions regarding the event can be directed to City Council’s Safety Chair at

O  From the Ohio Dept of Education – Just announced…..
      >>  This month, the departments of Education and Job and Family Services are looking for participants for a stakeholder committee under the Preschool Development Grant recently awarded to Ohio. Here’s your opportunity to influence the direction of early childhood care and education in Ohio. Go here for details and to apply:

The Parma Heights PACT (Police and Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  A serious, facilitated group discussion about relationships and dating in the age of Social Media and an opportunity to practice their soccer skills were agenda items during April’s well-attended meetings. Kids between the ages of 12 - 17 attending school in the area are welcome.
      >>  For announcements and detailed information visit their Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440-884-1235.

O  From Parma City Schools:     
  The Phase Three - High Schools Strategic Consolidation meeting schedule is as follows:   6:30 p.m., Monday, May 13th at Valley Forge H.S.  -  1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18th, Parma-Snow Library
          >  Go here: to view the schedule of meetings, their minutes and other related documents.
      >>  Don’t forget, that you can learn about more community events by visiting PCSD Flyer Central at
      >>  The Valley Forge H.S. on-site Vietnam Memorial honoring and remembering alumni that gave the ultimate sacrifice during that conflict will have its dedication ceremony on Friday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. starting in the school’s Auditorium. A reception w/light refreshments will follow in the cafeteria.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  As a reminder, for those providing care for someone else’s child, consider stopping by the Collab from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the 2nd Monday of each month for KINSHIP KOFFEE. Share your concerns, issues, learn about available support and resources, receive encouragement….light refreshments are served and free childcare is available. Call 440-887-4873 for more information.
      >>  At last week’s BOE meeting the decision was made to relocate the Family Collaborative from the Hanna building to share space with the Head Start program at Parkview, located on the corner of Loya and W.54th, next to Parma Sr.H.S. The move is scheduled to take place the week of June 10th. Due to the building’s age and needed repair, Hanna will be demolished within the year.

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  It’s not too early to think about school supplies….
      >>  The PACC Parma Area Community Crusaders is encouraging attendees of the May 23rd Chamber luncheon or any “Power of More” Golf Outing to bring schools supplies that can be donated to the Parma Area Family Collaborative’s Back-to-School Backpack initiative. Supplies may also be dropped off at the Midtown Plaza and Southland Shopping Center Office Max.

O  From the Parma Area Fine Arts Council:
      >>  Entries for the 2019 Medley of Arts Show are being accepted now through May 8th. Go here: to download show details and an application.

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

O  From Pathway - Caring for Children:
      >>  Save the date - Wednesday, June 26th
.   Where: Parma Library, Powers Blvd. Pathway will be hosting a free Parent and Child Wellness Seminar with a focus on the mental health of our youth. Topics include anxiety/depression, suicide prevention and family self-care. Call 216-267-7070 to register.

O  A couple of unique summer camp opportunities:
  It was recently brought to my attention that Make Believe Family Fun Center on Day Drive offers a number of unique, reasonably priced, flexible camp options. Check it out at   
Check out the various camping alternatives at the Achievement Center for Children’s Camp Cheerful facility. Just 20 or so minutes away on Rt 82, east of the I-71 interchange, offerings include a Summer Day Camp, a Sensational Day Camp for children w/autism, an Overnight Camp and a Weekend Respite Camp. Go here for details:

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.):

     >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.  Check these programs of special interest:
English Language Learners Family Sing – All ages.  Monday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m.  Join other English Language Learning families to sing fun songs that teach basic English skills. Presented by educator and musician, Sheela Das.
       >  Engage with Me: How Full is Your Bucket? Giving and Receiving Compliments— Families of students in K-8th grade; Tuesday, May 7th at 6:45 p.m.  Come together to learn about resources and ideas to help your children succeed in life, and meet other people from your community to share ideas and support.  Pizza served.
      Brick Film Animators – Grades 3 – 5; Saturday, May 11th at 2:00 p.m.  Build a LEGOTM set and props, write your story and use stop motion animation to film your movie!.

O  From the
Parma Hts. Branch Library:
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Reader Boost Camp: Grades K-2; 4-week series Mondays 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, and 5/13, 6 p.m. to 7  p.m.
For parents and children who are struggling with their reading skills. For the first part of the program, parents remain with a teacher to gain tips for working with their child at home, while children go with a librarian for fun reading-based activities. During the second half, families will participate in an activity together. Space is limited; please register at

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 AM, 05.01.2019