News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

More re: Human Trafficking. Raising Awareness. Futures without Violence ( is a nationally recognized resource for information and support for victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse/assault. A recent focus is on workplace harassment…how to recognize gaps in equity, safety, respect, & what to do about it. From their home page above, click on the #CheckYourWorkplace graphic to learn more.

O  Check out this detailed analysis of our area’s long-term care scene just released by the Center for Community Solutions. Whether you plan on or currently serve this population, or are trying to understand/figure out options available to you as an individual, this report will go far in helping you navigate & understand the system’s complexities. Click here:

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  The group’s summer schedule is now be down to an activity type meeting just once in July and again in August. Watch for information regarding the summer meetings & plans for the upcoming school year.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.

O  9th Annual Parma Run – Walk for Pierogies….
Registration for this area’s signature, chip timed race at Tri-C’s Western Campus is coming down to the wire. Mail entries must be received by Wed, July 3rd while on-line registrations closes on Friday, July 5th at 9:00 am….on-site registration/check-in starts race day, Saturday July 6th at 7:00 am to 8:15. Visit for more detail.

O  From Parma City Schools:
  Stay informed about the district’s academic achievements & activities related to consolidation by attending one of the two Town Hall type meetings scheduled this summer: Wednesday, 6:30 pm, July 17th at the Parma Branch Library and Saturday, 10:00 am, July 27 at the Parma Heights Branch Library. Four similar Town Hall meetings have been set for the coming school year
      >>  September
will begin another series of meetings where specific ideas/recommendations focused on “right-sizing” the district will be proposed & discussed. The first of these 12 meetings will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Sept 3rd at Green Valley Elementary.
          >  Go here to view schedules, minutes of Superintendent meetings & status of various initiatives.
      >>  Mark your calendar now & plan on attending the 3rd Annual PCSD Opening Kick-off on Saturday, August 17th at Byers Field from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visit: for all the details.
      >>  If your kids are looking for something to do on a Friday afternoon try “Fun Friday” from 11:30 to 1:00 pm every Friday through August 2nd at Greenbriar M.S. Also available are a host of activities at our local libraries. Check out their entries below.
      >>  To find out about free summer lunch programs, i.e.: the schools’, libraries & others click here: 

  Go here for a new source of local youth/family activities/events. This calendar is updated almost daily so visit often ….

Is a family member on the autism spectrum or has a low incident disability? Is your organization serving (treating/educating, etc.) that population?  If so, consider visiting the Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence Disabilities (OCALI) at  Content includes a Family Center, a Center for the Young Child, a Lifespan Transition Center, Teaching Diverse Learners, Universal Design for Learning Center plus so much more. This is a particularly resource/feature rich web site, well worth a visit.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  Though far from completely settled in, the Collab should now, or very shortly, be in its new home….Parkview Elementary, 5210 Loya Pkwy. (immediately south of Parma Sr. H.S. on W.54th St.); their main number remains the same: 440.887.4873.
  Watch your  emails & check the Collab’s web site for any changes in programming, services, events, classes, etc.

  From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group:
      >>  The County’s MyCom initiative is partnering with Mt. Pleasant NOW, The Literacy Cooperative, and Seeds of Literacy to sponsor an event designed to promote literacy, community engagement, family support and more!  The event will be in conjunction with Family Unity in the (Luke Easter) Park on Friday, July 19th from 3pm-7:30pm. You can learn more about this event at:
  Our local Tri-City MyCom initiative is currently undergoing an organizational restructuring which, among other things, will see Cuyahoga County Public Library taking over from Ohio Guidestone as lead agency. Watch for more exciting changes coming soon.
      >>  Find out what’s new & learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and its programs & events by visiting

O  July 8 – 13 is National Summer Learning Week. Avoid summer learning loss, go here: to find an event or register one your organization will be hosting.

O  From the County Library System
      >>  From the LIBRARY INSIDER…..
             >  Promote the fact that your child is a “Summer Reader” by placing a yard sign in your front yard. They’re available at all CCPL branches. And, there’s still plenty of time to registration for the Summer Reading program. Go here to participate:
            >  Learn a new skill online, on your time for free via LinkedIn, Lynda-com. Go here to learn how it works & what’s available:
      >>  There are also computer classes for both beginners or for those looking to sharpen and/or learn specifics skills. Go here to learn more:

O  From the Parma-Snow Library:
  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Are you familiar w/ P.A.L.S. (Programs for all Lives)? It’s a year-long series of adapted programs created especially for customers with special needs. Consider attending a P.A.L.S. Sensory Friendly Movie, “How to Train Your Dragon: the Hidden World” on July 15th or “A Dog’s Way Home” on August 5th. Call 216.661.4240 to register or check it out on their calendar.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):
      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
>>  Summer Lunch – Ages 18 & under.  Monday — Friday / June 3rd — August 9th.  11:30 a.m.  We will serve free brown-bag lunches provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last. Kids in attendance will receive a free book from the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.       
      >>  Summer FUN for Everyone! – Entering Grades 1 - 8.  Monday - Friday / June 10th — August 2nd. 11:30 am - 3:30 pm. Join in the fun on weekdays after Summer Lunch.  Different activities each day.  Weekly themes include animation, puppetry, building challenges and maker days.  

O  From the Parma Hts. Branch Library:
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Summer Storytimes at the Library: For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families.  Saturday, 6/1 - Wednesday, 7/31. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more... Please call 440.884.2313 for more information. 
      >>  Summer Lunch at the Library: For those 18 or younger; 11:00am-11:30am, Monday to Friday from June 3rd to August 9th. Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the Library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019