State Road Pizza was named the Mayor’s Business of the Month for July, and the Citizen of the Month was Chris Knebusch. Both were honored at an August meeting of Parma City Council. State Road Pizza owners Paul and Sue Horkey celebrated 70 years in business for State Road Pizza. The business is well-known for heart-shaped pizza for special occasions. The business also recently added home delivery. Citizen of the Month Knebusch was accompanied by plenty of family when he came to be honored by City Council. He was honored for his considerable volunteer work staging City-sponsored parades. This can often be a thankless job and the city is appreciative of his volunteer efforts, not just for city parades, but also for the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and the former Jaycees. Chris and his wife Fran have been married 31 years and have three kids and many grandkids. He is a concerned, committed and active resident and that makes a better Parma for all of us.
Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.
The 9th annual Reggae for Food benefit concert, featuring Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Umojah Nation and Jah Messengers, will take place Friday, September 8 at Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave., on the West Bank of the Flats. Reggae for Food raises funds for All Faiths Pantry 501(c)3, an award-winning organization which delivers groceries at no cost to local seniors with limited incomes.
The Encore Campus Fridays program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins a new session of classes Sept. 22 to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The fall program runs every Friday for seven weeks at Western Campus in Parma and Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six classes for one low fee of $99. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne and Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquilla are seeking Korean War veterans to attend a tri-city program in their nonor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017.
The MyCom Youth Council hosted a Back to School Ice Cream Party on Tuesday, August 15 from 2:00-4:00 at the Parma Library on Powers Blvd. Youth learned about the MyCom youth initiative and the benefits of having a youth council for the youth and for the community. They participated in a planning exercise related to a mini-community project, played a variety of group games, learned about the MyCom programs MyMedia and FLOW (Future Leaders of the World), enjoyed custom ice cream sundaes and then played spoons to top off the afternoon.
Sign Of Success: Parma Business Owner Graduates From Tri-Cís Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
John Grigoli of Epic Signs & Graphics in Parma took a step toward greater business success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
Common Threads Quilt Guild was established in Parma, Ohio, in September, 1986 and is a member of NEORQC ( North East Ohio Regional Quilters Council). They are dedicated to sharing the art of quilting and welcome all interested individuals regardless of their skill levels.
Last month I shared the first half of a two-part story about the public life of Parma’s Mary Dunning. Her fascinating and inspirational life simply could not be covered in only one column. Therefore, this month, I will complete my short biography of Ms. Dunning, although I know that this, too, does not do service to someone who has given so much of herself to our community.
Youjin Lee and Ian Phillips of Parma have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.
Parma’s Department of Community Services and Economic Development will spend $230,000 on its 2017 Sidewalk and Streetscape programs; the money for these improvements comes from federally funded Community Development Block Grants.
CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture came to Parma: On Saturday July 29th the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted a workshop for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. The workshop was one of four held to assist nonprofits that had applied for 2018 grant funding. The workshops walk you through the process and offer tips to help you succeed. The staff at CAC are friendly and helpful and are readily available by phone or email for individual assistance.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Tell Them About Yourself. September’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
Whether it’s number one or number two, have you always wondered what happens once you flush the toilet? Find out at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the largest wastewater treatment plant in Ohio and learn all about wastewater treatment from the knowledgeable tour guides. Join the lab tours, get up close with the huge work trucks, or step inside the Sewer Simulator. There is an activity for your whole family.
Parma was host to a delegation visiting from The People's Republic of China on July 26, here as part of a U.S. Department of State sponsored Program entitled "Environmental Issues at the Municipal level in the U.S.". The purpose of their visit was to observe the Fernhill Stormwater Treatment Wetland, created at the Lower Fernhill Picnic Area in the Metroparks in 2016. This group of five visitors was invited here through the efforts of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs with the cooperation of the State Department International Leadership Program. The mission is to "explore how biodiversity and sustainability are encouraged in this country and to explore municipal efforts to address climate change, pollution, and responsible development". Their reason for visiting this particular site was to focus on how local government and non-profit organizations have collaborated to create a wetland area for the purpose of stormwater treatment and water quality assurance.
Many who know me know that I am a huge fan of anything Parma, especially our city’s history. Recently, I had the honor of meeting with one of Parma’s finest citizens. A woman who has served us in many different capacities and whom many of you voted for or waved to in an Independence Day parade. Her legacy of work helped lay the foundation for many institutions that continue to thrive in our fine community. What was expected to be a one-hour meeting, ended up lasting nearly five hours! I found myself enthralled in the story of her life and the fascinating stories of Parma’s past that she shared so vividly. In fact, I have so much captivating information to share that this column will be continued next month. Out of my deep respect for her, I call her Judge, but many Parma residents know her as Mary Dunning.
It seems hard to believe, but summer will soon be coming to an end. Before that happens, we invite you to make the most of the rest of season in our community. There is plenty going on.
Blowing out the candles on 100 birthday cakes at one time seems almost impossible. It’s less of a challenge, however, if it’s one candle-lit birthday cake a year. Just ask Ellen Polacek who will be showing how it’s done when she blows out the candles on her 100th birthday cake this year! Fellow residents and staff of Southern Hills Skilled Nursing Center in Middleburg Heights, along with family and friends, will gather on her birthday Tuesday, August 22, to cheer Ellen on and to sing “Happy Birthday” to an exceptional lady. Her celebration activities will begin the previous Sunday with a gathering of family and friends.
FREE TEEN CLASSES – BEGINNING POTTERY
Sixteen year old, Normandy High School student, Nica Zampedro won 1st place in the adult category at the International Godzilla Fest held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. The 24th Annual G-FEST was held July 14th to July 16th this year. G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju (strange beast) genre. Interactive sessions with actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films are a favorite, as they encompass many topics of interest for fans. Additional attractions are films, both new and old, gaming and of course contests. G-FEST also has the western world's largest kaiju-oriented dealers room.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers an innovative way for adults with children to obtain their GED this summer. The Families Learning Together Program is for GED students with children entering grades 1 – 5.
Calling all alumni of Parma Senior High and Parma Schaaf who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion! The PSH Alumni Association is holding its “Fifth Annual Golden Reunion” on Saturday, August 26th for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1967 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun, casual day in the PSH Ballroom (cafeteria) featuring a school tour, light lunch and refreshments, and lots of reuniting with old classmates, hugs, reminiscing and memories. Over 250 attended the fourth annual reunion last year, and it's getting better every year!
Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma returned from the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. convention held on June 5-7 in Perryburg Ohio. They received 5 First place, 8 Second place, 7 Third place awards. The awards were for gardening and service projects completed in the city of Parma. Working with youths, garden related projects completed in Parma. They received 2 awards from the National Garden Club, Inc. for projects completed. Congratulation to Barbara Okleson who belongs to RGC. for receiving the prestigious 2017 Mildred Heter Buckingham Award which is given out to only one person in Ohio for Outstanding service. Thank-you to everyone for there dedication for making this a great club.
More than 100 Parma streets will be either repaved, repaired or crack-sealed this summer and fall by the city’s Service Department, and in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, portions of five major thoroughfares are also being repaired.
On the evening of Monday, June 19, 2017 a devastating, and ultimately fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Snow and State Roads. Though one is often hard pressed to find the silver lining of such an occurrence this particular incident was blessed by an angel of mercy. A quiet, unassuming cardiac care nurse employed at The University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, by the name of Andrea Delfs became difference between life and death of one young child.
Last year, the City of Parma honored our city’s veterans of World War II. This year, with Seven Hills and Parma Heights participating as well, the cities would like to honor veterans of the Korean War.
It is heard every day in newspapers and on television stations across the nation but especially here in Northeast Ohio. “Heroin overdoses on the rise”. To combat the growing epidemic Chief Mike Lasky of the Parma Fire Department knew something had to be done.
We had a wonderful experience representing MyCom at the 2017 Parma Safety Fair. Many parents and young people stopped by our table to learn about the opportunities MyCom offers youth in the Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills neighborhoods. In addition we were grateful to partner with AT & T to have their representative, Kevin Lynch, Director of External Affairs, demonstrate the text and drive simulator. This simulator helps both adults and young people experience the dangers of texting while driving. The results prove that distracted driving is dangerous. Hopefully each participant will remember their experience and make the decision to not text and drive.
FREE ART CLASSES! For seniors age 55 plus, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Drive! Classes are limited to 10 students each, in order to offer individualized attention. Supplies are included. These classes are for the beginner.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Help Them Become An Expert In Something. July’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME All work and no play can be boring and stressful The pace of everyday life varies depending on the activities young people participate in. These fluctuations are normal, even healthy. As long as young people don’t consistently have too much to do or not enough to do, they’re right on track. Problems arise when the balance begins to tip too far to one side or the other. Too much involvement can lead to stress or anxiety. Too little involvement can be a sign of depression or isolation. Ensure that young people constructively use their time for both fun and learning. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #17 Creative Activities
“St. Peter String Sensation” is meeting a need for violin lessons for youth in the Tri-City area. Due to the financial situation of the Parma City School District, the fourth grade strings program was cut. That was the impetus for Laurie Septaric, owner of Cappas Cakes and member of the Parma Symphony Orchestra, to fill that gap.
The MetroHealth System is announcing plans to convert facilities in Cleveland Heights and Parma to community hospitals. The locations will focus on caring for patients who benefit from shorter hospital stays. The current medical office in Parma, located at 12301 Snow Road, has an emergency department and services including lab, pharmacy and radiology. The site will become a community hospital with the addition of 16 single-occupancy patient rooms. Patients requiring more intensive specialty care can access MetroHealth’s main hospital campus, which is less than 12 miles away.
This month I return to my series on Parma’s Places of Worship, spotlighting Good Shepherd United Methodist Church located at 5930 State Road. On Ash Wednesday, prior to 7:00 pm services, I had the honor of meeting with their pastor, Rev. Dr. Tim Morrison. Below is what I learned about him and the parish he leads.
Saturday, May 20th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale at the Smallwood Center. This year they are celebrating their 55th anniversary serving Parma and the surrounding communities. The show was open to the public with free attendance. This was the largest show they have had in a number of years. Thirty-three artists participated. Ninety-four pieces of art were on display. Attendees commented on the quality and variety of the pieces. Which made it difficult for the panel of three judges, Wanda Ullman, Kathy Hunsicker, and Debbie Lime to choose the winners. Best in Show went to Anthony DeMarco for his enamel piece. First place winners were as follows: Robert Pohm for Watercolor, Stephen Sens for Acrylic, Michelle Behal for Graphics, Anthony DeMarco for Photography, and Stan Stary Jr. for Three Dimensional. In addition to paintings, there were numerous outstanding wood carvings, phyrography (wood burning) and jewelry. Cash prizes were awarded to the first place winners and Best In Show. Ribbons were awarded to second and third place winners. Additionally, a very popular category is the People's Choice Award, where attendees get to vote for their favorite piece. This year Kathy Kijek won People's Choice cash prize and ribbon.
Hospitality leader HMShost will be hiring an estimated 300 full- and part-time food and beverage positions for travel plazas on the Ohio Turnpike.
Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 69-year tradition during the weekend of May 5 through May 7, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
Safety Town of Parma is a home and pedestrian safety course for children going into kindergarten. Residents of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills are eligible. The course is two hours per morning for two weeks: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Sessions are: June 19-30 and July 10-21. Class Fee is $28. This year, the site for Safety Town is Greenbriar Middle School Annex, the prior Forrest Elementary.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.