The North Royalton Republican Club is sponsoring a “Convention of Conservative Clubs” with local, state and national organizations. The event will be a live broadcast with Nick Phillips from radio "the Advocate" to host interviews with special guests. Day to share video feeds from the podium of our speakers with Ashland’s Mayor, Matt Miller, as Emcee. Some speakers will be Jim Renacci on Economics, David Jenkins on conservative Environmentalism, Judge Matt Lynch on Judicial conservatism and Chris Long on Religious conservatism.
In his eighth annual State of the City speech Monday evening, Mayor Tim DeGeeter highlighted Parma’s success stories to illustrate the community’s progress. DeGeeter touted new business development, the strength of the city’s neighborhoods, the community’s reputation as a safe city and the infrastructure improvements made over the past year to about 100 people gathered in the Galleria on Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He also spotlighted the work of Parma’s council members and citywide officials, as well as local organizations and individuals. “We ought to be proud of our city, of the people who reside here and how we work together to make Parma a great place to live and work,” DeGeeter said. “Every day, we’re trying to build one success story after another in Ohio’s seventh-largest city.”
Three Parma women celebrated three-figure birthdays in February. What’s the secret to their longevity? Can it be attributed to delicious paczkis and pierogies? Is it because they live in safe neighborhoods with easy access to quality health care? Or, maybe it is because Parma is one of the best cities for retirees, according to Forbes magazine. Whatever the reason, these women have lived through 17 U.S. presidential administrations, five wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, moon landings, the Great Recession and numerous other historical moments. To recognize their special birthdays, all three received visits from elected city officials.
The Parma Police Department is accepting applications for this spring’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy is 10 weeks long, beginning April 23. It is free and will run weekly on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited. The Citizen Police Academy opens the lines of communication between the community and the police department, giving citizens a firsthand look at the rules, regulations, and policies the police follow. “The objective is not to train individuals in becoming police officers but to produce informed citizens. The citizens and police officers meet in a neutral, friendly setting and get to know each other,” said Lt. Thomas Siedlecki. “In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform. Now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.”
Last month I began a new series on Parma’s three branches of government by reporting on Parma City Council’s committee structure. My plan for 2019 is to report on various aspects of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of your local government. This month I interviewed Parma Municipal Court Judge Deanna O’Donnell.
Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Concert on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights Featuring Antonin Dvorak Symphony #7, Xylophone & Marimba Soloist George Kitely performing “Xylophonia” & “Fluffy Ruffles“ and “Soiree” an original composition by Darren Allen dedicated to the Parma Symphony Orchestra in celebration of our 50th Anniversary Season The orchestra, in its 50th season consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the entire Greater Cleveland area. They meet weekly for rehearsals and present at least four concerts annually. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children. All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 PM. Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools. For more information can be found on Facebook, website www.parmasymphony.org or calling Business Manager Joe Germana 440-882-2012.
O 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: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: email@example.com; 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: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 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; https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/5303
>> Go here https://www.parmacityschools.org/feedback 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.
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Learn to Draw Superheroes
Gary G. Nass, Abstract Artist
You’ve probably visited the West Side Market downtown (and if not, you definitely should), but did you know that three of the vendors have locations in Parma too? Here’s why Parma’s plentiful meat shops love serving the city and what delicious offerings you should try at each!
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will showcase vibrant ceramic artworks created by local artists during a monthlong exhibit now on view at Western Campus. The exhibit runs through March 28 at Gallery West, located on the second floor of the campus library. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The exhibit is titled NOC Showcase Exhibition. The show features work by more than 30 members of the Northern Ohio Clay group. Free parking is available at Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. For more information, call 216-987-5322 or visit www.tri-c.edu/gallerywest.
Lucas Woronischtsche, age 4, is the City of Parma's Citizen of the Month for January. He came to the council meeting on January 22nd sporting his tie, vest, new police haircut and adorable smile. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban presented Lucas and his mother, Rebecca Woronishchtsche, with the proclamation on Jan. 22 for his generosity toward the Parma Police Department and K9 Unit. Lucas was surprised when he saw that four of the K9 officers and their dogs attended the meeting to honor him. Two of his favorite K9, Dexter and Beny, were there to greet him with their tails wagging.
Scholarships grants of up to $3,000 are awarded annually by College Club West to greater Cleveland women ages 25 or older in a four-year-degree-granting program or graduate program. The Scholarship Committee selects recipients on the basis of maturity, academic record, promise, goals, and financial need. Applications are due March 18, 2019. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. More information and application at www.collegeclubwest.org/scholarships.
The Young Professionals of Parma, in conjunction with the City of Parma and the City of Parma Heights, hosted its inaugural Parma-Area Pizza Bake Off on Thursday, January 24 at German Central. The event attracted an overwhelming response, bringing more than three times the attendance the group originally expected. The large attendance helped generate more proceeds than expected, which enabled the Young Professionals of Parma to donate a greater amount to the Parma Hunger Center. The group is grateful for the pizza vendors, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and music group The Baker’s Basement for making the event a success. “We were amazed, but excited, by the turnout,” said Jackie Baraona, president of the Young Professionals of Parma. “We got a lot more people than we expected, especially those who bought tickets at door, but we are touched by the community support and plan on holding the event at a bigger venue next year. Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and pizza vendors for making the event possible!”
Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter will offer his 2019 State of the City address on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his address outside of Parma City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, 11000 West Pleasant Valley Road, Parma. The presentation will be in the Galleria, located in the center of the campus. The mayor chose Tri-C to highlight the college’s expansion, which includes the new STEM building, Advanced Automotive Technology Center expansion and second phase of the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center.
Happy 2019! Occasionally a resident will attend a meeting of Parma City Council and wonder why there is sometimes little discussion about the items upon which members of Council are voting upon and why most items pass unanimously. The reasoning for this is because members of Council have already discussed, debated and compromised on the items they are voting on in the Council meeting in their respective committee meetings. This month’s column is dedicated to making you aware of the various committees of Parma City Council and who serves on each of them.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a visitation day for prospective students on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18), with sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The day provides an opportunity to discuss academic programs with faculty and counselors; learn more about enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; discover the variety of student services available; and explore the buildings.
O 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: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph: 440.884.1235
The Pleasant Lake Villa Chorale, a newly formed group of singing residents, debuted on Christmas Eve morning as part of a “living” Nativity program entitled A Precious Gift Given in Love enjoyed by fellow residents, family and friends. They joined volunteer children and adults to reenact the Christmas story in drama and song. The program ended with a visit from Santa who distributed candy canes with the help of the angels and shepherds. The choir is preparing for their Easter performance.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 6 Councilman Larry Napoli presented On The Spot Dry Cleaners with the Business of the Month Award on Jan. 22. The family-run dry cleaners has been in business at its 7399 State Road building for 12 years. Its original location in Broadview Heights functions as plant operations. Owners Bernard and Kim Darusz have lived for 27 years in Parma, where they are raising their four children. Bernard graduated from Parma Senior High School in 1969. “Bernard and Kim are committed to their customers and the community. They provide dry cleaning for the Parma Area Family Collaborative, which helps families in need of winter coats and other essential items,” DeGeeter said. “They also clean band uniforms, choir robes and theater costumes for local and surrounding school districts, as well as support local businesses, such as nursing and rehabilitation facilities.”
Learn about the racialized settlement patterns that turned Cleveland into one of the nation’s most segregated metropolitan areas during an upcoming discussion at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The free program — “Changing Neighborhoods Then and Now: Race and Suburbanization in Cleveland” — will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Tri-C’s Western Campus Theatre in Parma.
School classes were canceled with dipping temperatures prompting authorities to ground all airline flights. Alerts flashed crossed the television screen urging residents to stay indoors. The polar vortex had arrived. Interestate highways were starting to close. My husband and I would have to travel back roads to pick up our daughter from college. “What is that noise?” I asked. “Oh, it's probably just ice on the tires. We're fine.” my husband assured me. As we drove further into the darkness of a desolate rural area, the noise became louder and the car began to intermittently stall out. I made a frantic call to my brother. Upon relaying the last mile marker I recalled seeing, he was sure there was a gas station not too far down the road. As the blizzard continued to obscure our vision, we finally caught sight of a brightly lit area just ahead. My brother arrive as our car stalled out for the very last time.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and council members presented proclamations to standout citizens at the Dec. 17 council meeting. Parma native Nicholas Celebrezze was recognized for his years of service as a state representative, councilman and civic activist. In 2006, he formed a small family-owned law firm. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Parma Ward 3 councilman. Since 2012, he has been an elected member of the Ohio General Assembly. He has served as the assistant minority leader of the Ohio House of Representatives and was appointed commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood. He recently was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star of Family Law in Ohio.
Did you know that the Parma area has more than 20 pizza shops, not even counting chains or bars that serve slices of everybody’s favorite pie? With that many shops, The Young Professionals of Parma thought if smaller areas like Lakewood and West Park hold bake-offs, why shouldn’t Parma? The non-profit organization is proud to announce it has partnered with the City of Parma, City of Parma Heights and the City of Seven Hills to host a pizza bake-off Thursday, January 24, 2019. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at German Central at 7863 York Rd. Attendees will be able to sample pizza slices from various vendors and vote for their favorite.
Two major projects will be beneficial to Parma’s economic development and will offer more job opportunities for residents. Pitt Ohio, a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Pittsburgh, is building a new complex in Parma that will bring nearly 200 jobs to the city. The 100,000-square-foot trucking terminal on Chevrolet Boulevard will rely heavily on wind energy produced from its eight newly constructed vertical wind turbines. The trucking company’s $3.3 million complex will also include solar panels in an effort to make the facility independent of the energy grid. Pitt Ohio prides itself on sustainability. “Anytime you have a great company like Pitt Ohio wanting to locate in your city, you want to partner with them on projects of this magnitude, and that’s what we’ve done,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
The Board of Trustees of the City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2019 award season. In its twelfth year, the Foundation will once again offer three to five scholarships with a minimum award of $1,500 each. One of these scholarships will be designated for an applicant exhibiting an exceptional commitment to community service. Applications are available on the City of Parma website at http://www.cityofparma-oh.gov. Applications may also be obtained at Parma City Hall, any of the Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library branches or any high school located within the Parma City School District. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to high school seniors or equivalent who are residents of the City of Parma wishing to pursue post-secondary education during the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Financial need, work ethic, community service and accomplishments are among the selection criteria for the scholarship. The application deadline is April 1, 2019. For more information or to donate to the Foundation please contact Parma City Council President and Board of Trustees Member Sean Brennan at email@example.com or 440-885-8091.
Homes and residences in Cox Communications’ serviceable areas in Parma now have access to gigabit Internet speeds, providing ultra-fast connectivity for the latest online technology advancements, including video-chatting, gaming and movies and TV shows.
I attended the PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) Conference in Burbank, California, November 9,10,11. I attended in 2010 when it was held at their San Andreas Sanctuary where the tigers and elephants reside. They have another sanctuary in Galt, which houses all other rescued species.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is presenting a retrospective of artworks created by the late David Wilder, a former adjunct instructor of art, during a two-month exhibit at Western Campus. Drawing and paintings by Wilder — who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Cleveland in March 2017 — will be on sale throughout the show to raise money for a scholarship created in his memory.
The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch a new session at Western Campus on Jan. 14. The free program empowers women in their pursuit of education and professional training. Participants build confidence and self-esteem through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy. The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The eight-week, noncredit program is free and open to the public.
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Before you read this column, define the word “impeachment.” If you are like most, you may have answered something along the lines of, “to remove an official from office.” However, if that were the definition, then why did Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton – the only presidents to have been impeached - remain in office following their respective impeachments? The answer is that the word impeach means to accuse of wrongdoing. It is the equivalent of a criminal indictment, when a defendant is accused of a crime by a grand jury. Both Presidents were accused of breaking the law, but neither were found guilty of the crimes, nor, subsequently, removed from office.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will be getting underway again this year starting the first week in February and ending the 15th of April 2019. This IRS-supported FREE tax service is offered on a non-discriminatory basis without consideration of race, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. We give special attention to those with low or moderate incomes and/or aged 60 and older. Taxpayers do NOT have to be retired or a member of AARP.
Tax-Aide sites in southwest Cuyahoga County are located at:
Our neighbors and friends in the Parma area are known for philanthropy, giving spirit and volunteerism. We watch out for each other and support each other in tough times. The generosity of the community over the years is heartwarming. Last year alone, the response to the Family Collaborative’s Giving Tree program and ‘adoption’ of financially needy children was quite impressive. The Family Collaborative was able to give to just over 1,000 kids at Christmastime due to the kindness of those in our communities.
“Sunday, November 11 (6:39 pm): Dispatch Message – At 1631 hours PPD and PFD Responded to . . .Wexford Ave for a 74 YO Male with self-inflicted gunshot. House appeared to be secure and there was nothing suspicious about death - coroner has come to claim the body.” When I received this message from the Parma Dispatch Center last month, my heart sunk and it has been bothering me ever since. I did not know this gentleman, but I cannot help but be saddened knowing that he was, no doubt, suffering from loneliness and depression. His death awakened the memory of my Uncle Eugene who took his own life when I was a young teenager, as well as the students at the school where I teach that have either attempted or succeeded in ending their own lives. It also reminded me of the young man who shot himself last year in Parma soon after returning from serving our country.
O The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
>> Congratulations to the PACT Unit Youth Group and co-facilitators, Ptl. Eric Taylor and Case Manager Kelly Latevola for being recognized & receiving a MyCom Network Agency Award for Youth Engagement. This is given to those organizations “….actively & authentically engaging youth in decision making about youth programming, community activities for children and young adults and/or community planning.” The award was presented during the 2018 Annual MyCom Youth Awards banquet held on November 15th.
>> For announcements & detailed information re. their bi-weekly (6:00 – 7:30 pm., Tuesday) meetings visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police.
O Save the Date – The Ohio Association of Foodbanks, in partnership with the Ohio Dept of Education, will be hosting the 8th annual statewide Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Summit in 2019! When: Tuesday Feb 12, 2019; Where: Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Grove City (just south of Columbus); Target Audience: a returning sponsor or site, a partner, or an organization considering whether SFSP is a fit for you. Registration for the event will opens in early January 2019.
O From Parma City Schools….
>> IF YOU VOTED “NO” FOR THE SCHOOL LEVY, Supt. Smialek is inviting you to attend his next Town Hall meeting starting at 6:30, on Wednesday, December 5th at the Parma (Powers Blvd) Branch Library. Following a structured format, you’ll be given an opportunity to express the rationale for your vote….w/the request that folks discuss only matters within the district’s control.
>> Schools in the District are gearing up for the Holidays. Visit the district’s and/or your child’s school website to view their schedule of programs, events and please show your support for those that you can.
>> Consider a donation to help students from Valley Forge H.S. complete an on-campus memorial to 15 alumni killed during the Vietnam war. They’re hoping to set the actual memorial in May and complete landscaping work shortly thereafter. A check memo’d as “Vietnam Memorial” sent to Valley Forge H.S. or an in-kind donation, i.e.: landscaping and/or concrete services are specifically needed, would both be appreciated. Contact Amy Byrne, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Stringer, email@example.com for more information.
Henry Fambrough is the last original member of the Motown group, The Spinners, and has insight to share. Fambrough, who recently turned 80 years old, say he still feels the same as he did when he was 20. As an 80-year-old, Fambrough is able to share a depth of wisdom and experience with readers.
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