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A Message From The PCSD Superintendent

We are excited to present to our voters this November a ballot issue that has the potential to dramatically renew the education we provide to our students and, in a larger sense, revitalize our three communities. If voters approve our construction bond issue, we will build two new secondary campuses (Grades 6-12) on the current sites of Normandy and Valley Forge and transform Parma Senior High School into a Community Educational and Wellness Center, in partnership with University Hospitals. The state of Ohio, through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will contribute $69 million toward the cost of these projects and the homeowners will contribute $18.08 per month per $100,000 of their property value.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020

Ace Hardware Coming To The Shoppes At Parma

Ace of Parma, “the helpful place hardware store,” is scheduled to open in the former A.C. Moore store location at The Shoppes at Parma in December 2020. The store at the West Ridgewood Drive shopping development will span 18,000 square feet and stock numerous product lines for the home and garden. This is the first Ace franchise in Parma. “Ace is committed to providing home maintenance solutions, neighborly advice and resources to Parma residents,” said David Mott, who is managing the Mott family-owned Ace of Parma. “We’re excited to be part of the community, and we look forward to making a positive impact for many years to come.”

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

 From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland:
      >>  For information re the current status of HT, check out the following…. Trafficking in Persons 2020 Report, www.state.gov to access the report itself and https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-06-29/us-report-shows-big-strides-human-trafficking-advocates-say-message-misleading , one of several commentaries about the validity of ratings.
      >>  And this report by the Polaris Project Resources “Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic: A Snapshot: April 2020” at https://polarisproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Crisis-in-Human-Trafficking-During-the-Pandemic.pdf. This PDF presents an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on human trafficking and suggests policy recommendations.
     
O  From Cleveland Rape Crises Center:  
Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.

O  Time is getting short. Go here
https://ioby.org/project/welcome-parma-mural  to learn more about and to support a “Welcome to Parma” mural to a wall on one of the entranceways into the city of Parma. Your donation, up to $500 will be matched if you go there now.

Connecting For Kids: Just recently became aware of this organization. Would STRONGLY recommend a visit to its web site.“Our mission is to provide education and support to families in Northeast Ohio who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. Our families: a) have a child younger than 13 years of age, b) live in Cuyahoga or Lorain County, and c) have a concern about their child. Resources are available for concerns including anxiety, attention issues, developmental delays, epilepsy, and sensory issues. Help is also available for  families whose children are having difficulty making friends, struggling academically or facing a major life change such as parents divorcing. No concern is too big or too small.”

O  From Islamic Center of Cleveland (6055 W. 130th St., Parma):
      >> Monthly Food Pantry (normally held 10:30 to 12:30 pm the 1st Saturday of each month)….D
ue to Labor Day weekend the Cleveland Food Bank will not be delivering in September. We will be back to our normal schedule of the first Saturday in October (10/03/2020). We have been also trying our best to add on staple items like oil, sugar, condiments whenever we have the funds. As a reminder, the pantry is for low income families. Federal income guidelines apply. Please bring ID & your own bags/carts. If you would like to help as a volunteer, call Sr. Ameena at 440.552.2190.
      >> Ibn Sina Free Health Clinic…The clinic has been providing telemedicine for the past 5 months. However, they have reopened as of Saturday, August 15 for patients visits adhering to strict COVID-19 protocol to deliver quality care. Telemedicine will continue to be available for patients. Their number is  (440) 644-0511 for anyone who would like to make an appointment. 

O  From The Ohio Dept of Insurance July E-newsletter….
With open enrollment for health insurance  coming up in a few months I thought that perhaps this excerpt w/reference links would be of value to you and/or the clients many of you serve. “When choosing a health plan, it's important to consider the differences between options. Some plans provide more generous coverage, while others could leave a person responsible for high medical bills. The NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) provides many tools to assist you in learning which health plans best meet your needs. They include Questions to Ask and the NAIC Health Insurance Shopping tool.”

O  From Parma City Schools:
    >>  Visit the District’s web site for current re-opening information to include:  Distance Learning & Schedules, Device Pickup Info & Athletics Info.
     >>  Re: PCSD Parent Academy….
Each Tuesday, for the four weeks leading up to school, we will be showing how to use key tools that our district will be utilizing this school year. Here is the schedule of live events that will begin at 7 p.m.:   August 18 - Google Suite Overview                        August 25 - Google Classroom Overview
September 1 - Clever and the Online Help Dashboard   September 8 - Home Access Center for online grades and report cards.  All events will be held on our Facebook page. Click here for more details.
     >>  Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & more.
     
O  From the Education Service Ctr of NE Ohio (ESCNEO)…. “START SMART. STAY SMART.
As advertised on TV, follow along for the latest news, tips, and resources for families and students as they navigate this new normal and what returning to school looks like this.”  Connect to the program by clicking here. If you have any question call 216.910.HELP (4357).

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020

Script Parma Picture Of The Month Contest

Starting in September, I will be commencing the “Script Parma Picture of the Month Contest.”  I lead the effort to bring the script Parma sign to our community in hopes of boosting community pride. Needless to say, I could not be happier with the results. Simply snap your selfie, family shot, work group, etc. and email it to me at councilmanbrennan@msn.com. Be creative! The winning photo will be published in the Parma Observer and the person submitting it will win a $25 gift card to a Parma business. Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number in your email.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020

Abby & Jay Boutique Offers French Inspired Fashion In Parma

Abigail Kennedy has had a passion for fashion for her entire life. Originally from Southern France, Kennedy always attended fashion shows that inspired her to start an online business. When she moved to Parma in 2018, she decided to open a boutique.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020

Huntington Learning Center Launches New Program To Support Families With Virtual Schooling

The upcoming academic year looks very different for students and families from previous years, and Huntington Learning Center has developed additional resources to support families as they navigate the uncertain start to school this fall. Regardless of the environment and learning track parents choose for their children, Huntington is proud to offer a variety of programs and resources that will set students up for success, including its newly launched Huntington Study Hall program. 

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020

Caldwell Earns Basketball Coach Of The Year

Rich Caldwell had to patiently wait for Parma City Council and the Mayor to honor him with the 2019-2020 Youth Basketball Coach of the Year. He would have received the award in early spring, but when Gov. Mike DeWine shut down Ohio, public attendance at council meetings stopped and so did recognition for outstanding coaches and citizens. Fast forward to Aug. 3, and Coach Caldwell finally got his moment during a Parma City Council Monday evening meeting. It wasn’t quite the same as it would have been back in March. Everyone was wearing masks. Council representatives and a small group of citizens, including Caldwell’s family members and some of the players he coached this past winter, were spread throughout the chamber. But for the Dartmouth Drive resident, whose eyes beamed with enthusiasm over a mask that concealed a smile, he did not seem to mind the change in protocol.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:32 AM, 09.01.2020

Winner! Winner!

The Polish Village nonprofit has created a unique way to help the small businesses in their community, it’s called Covid-19 Cash Mob. For every $10 spent at a one of the numerous participating business you receive an entry for a raffle. There will be lots of prizes awarded. Your $10 purchase can win you a prize valued up to $500. This promotion lasts until the end of September, so you still have time to enter and win. A wide range of businesses are included. Barber, hair and nail salon, diner, take out, bakeries, deli, comic book shops and so many more. Look for signs at the participating businesses on Ridge and Pearl Roads. For a list of participating businesses follow Polish Village on Facebook. 

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:32 AM, 09.01.2020

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace & Gallery located at 5411 Pearl Road.- Now through September 19th – George Kocar, well known Cleveland based artist is on exhibit. His illustrations have been featured in many publications, such as, Esquire, New York Times, Playboy, and The Washington Post to name a few. His recently published book, The Flying Banana: The Art of George Kocar is for sale on Amazon. Stop in and view this fantastic showing.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:32 AM, 09.01.2020

The President's Corner

It is a cliché to say that the upcoming election will be the most important in our nation’s history. However, few would argue that it might just be true for the general election that will take place on Tuesday, November 3. Our ballots will include not only the race for President of the United States, but our members of the U.S. House of Representatives, two of the seven spots on the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio House of Representatives, as well as several judgeships and issues.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:32 AM, 09.01.2020

Election 2020 Process Outlined By Senator Nickie J. Antonio

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives; what we wear, where we go, and who we can visit- but it does not change your vital role in our democracy. With the 2020 General Election right around the corner, it is important to be aware of upcoming deadlines and processes to make your vote count and your voice heard. 

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:31 AM, 09.01.2020

Parma Document Shredding & Food Drive Scheduled Aug. 8

For those who want to safely dispose of confidential documents, the City of Parma is hosting a Document Shredding & Food Drive, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 8 at 6285 West 54th St., Parma Senior High School, rear parking lot. Residents should enter the lot from Longwood Avenue.

Participants will be asked to show proof of residency. A driver’s license, gas bill or electric bill are acceptable forms of identification. There will be no limit on the amount of documents shredded, but residents are being asked to make a donation to All Faiths Pantry. Monetary donations are preferred because the Pantry can receive food from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at a discounted rate.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the July 2020 issue of the IdeaStream e-newsletter:
      >>  Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio – A Modern Day Form of Slavery.
This piece was one of six stories/programs recognized by The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & honored w/an Emmy at last year’s Annual Emmy® Awards ceremony. Click here to read the report.   
O  From the Greater Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking….
      >>  Check out the attached document summarizing the status of active HT related legislation under consideration in Columbus. You might be surprised by the number of bills being reviewed. Note also HJR-4This proposal, if approved. will finally amend Section 6 of Article I of the State's Constitution prohibiting slavery or involuntary servitude in Ohio for the punishment of crime.
O  The Office on Trafficking in Persons and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center are offering a free 1.5-hour virtual SOAR to Health and Wellness training, which teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Interested participants can register for one of the trainings below:         
Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.    or    Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   

O  Go here
https://ioby.org/project/welcome-parma-mural to learn more about and to support a “Welcome to Parma” mural to a wall on one of the entranceways into the city of Parma.. 

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center….If you’re not already aware, UH/PMC is participating in the Kids Summer Food Program which continues
through August 21, from 11 am to Noon, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free healthy bag lunch. Pick-up takes place at the drive through before you reach the main entrance .

O  From Ohio Dept of Health -  Coverage for Asthma Related Services in Ohio In 2019…
     
      >>   The Ohio Department of Health Asthma Program (ODHAP)distributed a survey to Medicaid managed care plans and one private insurance provider to help understand asthma related services that they cover. Their responses are captured in a table format & can be viewed by going here & clicking on the “ATTACHMENT DOWNLOAD” button on the right-hand side of the screen. If this is an issue for you or your organization, it’s well worth a visit.

O  From Search Institute:
      >> 
Search Institute’s research is demonstrating that when young people experience developmental relationships with parents, educators, youth program staff, and other adults their outcomes are better, their risk behaviors are lower, and they are more likely to be on the path to thrive in life. See how you’re doing during this restrictive period caused the COVID pandemic.  Click this link to download their “Relationships Check” list: https://www.search-institute.org/relationships-check.
      >>   To learn more about S.I.’s Developmental Relationship initiative visit www.keepconnected.info, their companion website focusing on tips, tricks, tools & techniques for parents, families & youth serving organizations.

O  From “The Kids Free Book Bank”: Learn how your organization can provide free books for kids in our community!  Keep kids reading by giving away free books.  Books come pre-boxed by reading level.  Mixed reading level boxes are available by request. Order books online at: www.kidsbookbank.org/request. Questions?  Delivery needed? Call us 216-417-1803 or email:  info@kidsbooksbanks.org. They are located at 3635 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland Ohio  44114

O  From Parma City Schools:
     >> 
Click here to read the PCSD 2020 -2021 Re-opening Plan and related detail information. Note that the first day for students has been changed to Tuesday, September 8th. If you’d like you can read  Governor DeWine’s “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Schools and Districts by clicking here.
      >>  Click here to learn more about the district’s “Embrace All” inclusivity initiative planning for which began in October but has gain greater importance w/the killing of George Floyd.
      >>  Parma Virtual Academy…For those families not yet comfortable sending their kids back to school. “….The Parma Virtual Academy will have the same curriculum, it will have our teachers and it will have a director who serves as a principal. The difference will really only be the location of the learning.” Go here for a list of FAQ’s.
      >>  By this time you should be aware of interest in potentially changing the Redmen mascot & logo for Parma Sr. H.S. To that end Superintendent Smialek has established a process for soliciting input via a survey, community meetings & student panels. Go here for details regarding this process.
      >>  Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & school district programming,  Emergency Food Distribution, Class of 2020 Info & Upcoming Events, links to Monday Monitor E-newsletter, etc.
     
O  From Southwest Community Based Services (SCBS):
      >>  University Settlement has partnered with LegalWorks to provide free or low-cost legal services every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Services will include: foreclosure avoidance, obtaining driving privileges, sealing of criminal records and more. Go here & click on the LegalWorks graphic for details.
 
    >>  Click here & scroll down the page for details about a new Parenting Partners session beginning today, Tuesday, July 21st. These are parenting classes for GOOD parents who want to be GREAT parents!
      >>  Call 440.887.4873 w/questions & check (Follow)  their FB page for updates.

O  From MyCom & Starting Point….Go here https://mycomcle.org/covid-19-community-resources-stay-healthy-engaged-safe/ for an exhaustive list of “….Covid-19 Community Resources to help you and your family get through this unprecedented time.”  A lot of stuff here – worth a visit.

O  An update from the County Library
:
      >>  Click here for details and a list of FAQ’s: https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/LP/COVID-19.aspx related to the opening of CCPL branches.
      >>  Families are invited to participate in the Summer Reading 2020 game.  Play online or use a game board, which will be available for youth only.  Drive-up window service is available at select branches, including Parma, Parma-Snow, Middleburg Heights and North Royalton Branches.  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information and instructions at https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Summer-Reading-Program.aspx   Note that the program has been extended for an additional two weeks – through August 16th.      
      >>  Free Summer Lunches for youth
ages 18 and under at the Parma area branches will be held from July 6th through August 7th.  Youth can pick up a brown bag lunch, Mondays through Fridays, on a first come, first served basis at the following locations: > Parma Branch:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm,
> Parma Hts Branch:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm  and  > Parma-Snow Branch:  11 am - noon  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lunches are served in a “grab and go” style. 
      >>  Is your child ready for kindergarten?... This month the Kindergarten Club video series focuses on building the math skills kids need to make a successful transition to kindergarten. You can watch on their YouTube channel or website. A new series of lessons is posted each month. These videos are intended to be viewed in order as each lesson builds upon the last one.
      >>
 Have a soon-to-be teen driver? They can practice sample Ohio Permit tests as many times as they need — until they’re ready to take the real DMV test! Other than having a library card there’s no special registration or fees required. Try it here.
      >>  Given your library card allows access to a “….robust digital collection of eBooks , eAudiobooks , movies , music and online learning platforms. Our What to Read LIVE program on Facebook offers rapid-fire reading recommendations from our expert librarians every Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Our Ask Us Online service is available on the Library’s website to provide you with: Library account help, Digital collection support,  Answers to your reference questions & Live homework help via Tutor.com ….”

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

So What's Up With Parma And Flamingos?

Often I’m asked what’s this obsession Parma has with flamingos? You see them everywhere in Parma, plastic lawn ornaments and in logos for businesses and nonprofits. So here’s the Parma flamingo story.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

Improve Kindergarten Readiness And Family Reading Habits

FREE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO AGE 5 are available in our community from The Literacy Cooperative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.

Did you know that the “single most important factor influencing a child’s educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school”? (National Commission on Reading). As a parent or caregiver, snuggling up and reading daily with your child is one of the most important actions you can take to help set them up for future success.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

Parma Charitable Fund Awarded Grant

The Parma Charitable Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that I started with family and friends about ten years ago.  The mission of the Fund is to serve as a community booster by supporting other non-profits and community projects. Over the years, we have raised thousands of dollars primarily from the annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, which, unfortunately, had to be cancelled this year. In that time, the monies raised have been donated to many charities, including local Boy and Girl Scout troops, All Faiths Pantry, the Parma Senior High School hockey program, the American Cancer Society, the American Liver Foundation, Tri-C Scholarships, among several others. The Fund also raised the monies for the Script Parma sign, which was, subsequently, donated to the City of Parma. We are currently assisting with raising funds for the Welcome to Parma mural.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

The President's Corner

Last month I unveiled the Welcome to Parma mural project. This month I thought I would bring you up to date on where we are with the project. I am happy to report that it is coming together, as planned. In case you were not aware, let me bring you up to speed on the project. Earlier this year, I contacted Stamy Paul, a Valley Forge High School graduate and founder of Graffiti Heart, to commission a Welcome to Parma mural. I was so pleased that Stamy, whose name rhymes with Tommy, loved the idea and agreed to partner on it.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace & Gallery, located at5411 Pearl Rd is proud to feature Cleveland based artist George Kocar’s paintings in an exhibition which runs August 15th through September 19th. His paintings are colorful, lively, humorous and frequently satrical. His illustrations have been featured in many publications, such as, Esquire, New York Times, Playboy, and The Washington Post to name a few. His recently published book, The Flying Banana: The Art of George Kocar is for sale on Amazon. Stop in and view this fantastic exhibit. Masks are required, capacity is limited to five (5) individuals. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 PM to 7 PM. The gallery also has a small boutique with items such as hand sewn masks, jewelry, and prints reasonably priced. Prama is a participating business in the Polish Village Cash Mob. For every $10 spent you receive an entry to win prizes, now through the end of September. For more information on Prama, or to view previous exhibits, log onto www.pramaartspace.com, or follow on Facebook.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

Ohio House Speakerís Alleged Criminal Enterprise Hurt Us All

On Tuesday July 21st, news broke that the Speaker of the Ohio House, Larry Householder (Republican, Glenford), had been arrested and arraigned on criminal charges stemming from his work to get House Bill 6 passed in 2019. This is now the second Ohio House Speaker in the past three years that will leave under the cloud of an FBI investigation (although as of this writing the Speaker has not resigned, it is expected that he will). Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation under similar circumstances in 2018 opened the door for Householder seize the Speaker’s gavel. 

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

Cash Mob Invades Parma!

The Covid-19 Cash Mob has invaded small businesses in Parma’s Polish Village, located in Ward 2, along sections of Ridge Rd., and Pearl Rd. in Parma. For every $10 purchased at a participating business you receive an entry to win multiple prizes. Drawings held monthly, with a grand prize in October. Covid-19 Cash Mob runs now through the end of September. To see a list of participating businesses follow Polish Village on Facebook, or look for the signs in participating businesses. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win!

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020

Welcome To Parma

If you are reading this article, then you probably love Parma as much as I do and are willing to do your part to make it even better. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on 2020. In fact, normally I would be devoting much of my time recently to planning the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies. It was very saddening to have to cancel this fun summer event. However, I have diverted the time I typically spend on the Run-Walk to a new, exciting project for Parma.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 07.01.2020

Parma's Christmas In July Pivots To An Online Campaign

Nothing is quite the same these days. That includes the City of Parma’s annual Christmas in July Food Drive, which will be an online campaign this year from July 1 through July 31 to benefit the Parma Hunger Center. Why the change? A large quantity of food donated is collected during the Independence Day Parade, but this summer due to COVID-19, the July 4 parade was canceled. Several of the locations, such as the Donna Smallwood Activities Center that accept residents’ food donations, have not reopened. Also, many hunger center volunteers, many who are senior citizens, find it easier and healthier to handle food donations purchased through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 07.01.2020

Senator Antonio Named Small Business Advocate Of The Year

We all know that small businesses are the foundation of economic vitality in our communities and critical to our state’s financial success. Last week, I was honored to receive the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). Along with Lt. Governor John Husted, we received the award that honors elected officials whose initiatives have promoted the success of small businesses. This year, I was selected for the award due to my work on Senate Bill 11, the Ohio Fairness Act.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 07.01.2020

St. Charles Carnival Cancelled, But Raffle Continues

Recently, Fr. John Carlin, Pastor of my Parish, St. Charles Borromeo, informed me that our summer carnival was being canceled due to the pandemic. In fact, the only other time the carnival has been canceled since 1932 was during World War II! Although this is sad news for our Parish and the community at-large, it was the right thing to do to keep people safe. The St. Charles carnival is one of Parma’s premier family events and raises needed funds for the Parish. As a result, the carnival raffle will continue this summer.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 07.01.2020

From The Literacy Cooperative Of Greater Cleveland

Free books for children from birth to age 5 are available in our community from The Literacy Cooperative and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library! Did you know that “the single most important factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before starting school”? (National Commission on Reading). As a parent or caregiver, snuggling up and reading daily with your child is one of the most important actions you can take to help set them up for future success.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

The President's Corner

When I first joined Parma City Council, one of my goals was to create a city of Parma scholarship to assist our young residents with college costs. Those of you who read this column regularly know my story. My single mother simply could not afford to assist me financially with college costs. So, I had to work – often two jobs – and apply for scholarships so that I could attend. I knew that attending college would go a long way in pulling myself up the socioeconomic ladder. With the help of, then mayor, Dean DePiero and Law Director Tim Dobeck, we created the Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

Small Business Apocalypse

Parma is a community of small businesses. These small businesses are the life blood and backbone of our community. Polish Village Parma, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers and dedicated to the 9/10 of a mile commercial district, on Ridge Rd., called Polish Village. This nonprofit has been increasing made aware of the devastation the last few months have done to the small business community. The nonprofits mission is the ongoing development of the community by uniting residents, businesses and the government with plans that focus on the long term economic viability of the area. 

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

Cash Mob!

So how do you stimulate the local small business economy? Cash Mob!!!!! So how do you reward the consumer? With lots of prizes!!!!!! Small Business Cash Mob with a twist is the brainchild of Polish Village’s nonprofit organization Polish Village Parma, Inc. For every $10 spent at a participating small local business you’ll receive a ticket for entry in several drawings which will occur over a three month long period. Lots of prizes, lots of chances to win. Drawings monthly! Participating businesses will be along the stretch of Ridge Rd from Pearl & Ridge to Thornton, and on Pearl Rd from Pearl & Ridge to Snow Rd. These businesses are located in Parma’s Ward 2, home of Polish Village. Look for the promotional signs that will be coming real soon! 

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace Gallery, located at 5411 Pearl Rd., is excited to finally reopen. The opening exhibit is titled Visual Hallucinations and features the works of three artists, Samantha Ann of Intention Studio, Jennifer Gleason of JAG Artistry and Shawn Slowburn. Masks are required, and capacity is limited to five (5) people at a time. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays, from 2 to 7 P.M. Scheduled private appointments are also available. Surreal digital photography and mixed media. This exhibit runs through July 19th. Come and let your mind wander. 

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the Greater Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking….
      >>  Go here for a copy of “A Parent Guide to online Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking During COVID-19”. Some good stuff here especially near the end of the piece.
      >>  From ECPAT-USA: Go here for Online Safety Guides for Youth and Adults
O  The Office on Trafficking in Persons and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center are offering a free 1.5-hour virtual SOAR to Health and Wellness training, which teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Interested participants can register for one of the trainings below:         
Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   

O  From Cleveland Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund….
Announced its 9th round of grants to to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community totaling $928,000 to 18 organizations & groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake & Geauga counties. I’m pleased to see that this time there are several organizations that are recipients of this email & provide services to our area.  If you’re a nonprofit incurring costs related to the COVID-19 crises response email covid19response@clevefdn.org to learn more about the streamlined funding process & how you might qualify.  Learn more here.

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center…. Announced that they are once again participating in the Kids Summer Food Program. Starting June 4 through August 21, from 11 am to Noon, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free healthy bag lunch. Pick-up takes place at the drive through before you reach the main entrance.

O  From OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence -
https://www.ocali.org/ ):
      >>  Some items of interest picked up from their monthly newsletter:
            > Resources related to their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement:
               
Systemic Racism Explained via ACT.TV
                Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History
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            >  Just two of a number of professional development opportunities for people with disabilities and those supporting them—families, educators, caregivers, service providers, and others:
Promoting Access for People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, or Visually Impaired. Try “The Center for the Young Child’s” new suite of resources 
      >>  And for resources/support of all kinds go here: https://www.ocali.org/project/stay-safe-strong-and-supported

O  From Aspire Greater Cleveland….
They’ve been successful at adapting to the new normal & have implemented an online learning program featuring online classes, one-on-one tutoring & distance education work programs. Current offerings include: GED/HSE Test Prep, ESOL Classes, Citixeenship Test Prep & Basis Reading classes for non-reading or low-level reading adults. Call 1.833.ASPIRE2 (1.833.277.4732) or you can complete a registration form at https://tinyurl.com/AGCorientation .

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

James M. Cox Foundation Donates $25,000 To Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Cox Communications and Cox Automotive are working together to help feed families in Ohio through local food pantries with a $25,000 donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank from The James M. Cox Foundation. The grant will support local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020

City Of Parma Strives To Mitigate Flooding With Storm-Water Projects And Requests For Funds

Two downpours since March 29 have frayed the nerves of Parma residents and frustrated city leaders as they deal with the ongoing dilemma of regional flooding. “Fixing a city’s infrastructure requires research and money. Flooding is a complex regional issue because all the municipal sewer systems are interconnected, which means a problem in one city contributes to issues in another community. We have been working with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) and West Creek Conservancy to find solutions,” said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 8:58 AM, 06.01.2020

Smallwood Center Staff Stays Connected To Its Members During COVID Crisis

Randy Hayne, 68, meticulously packs and then folds the tops of 30 brown paper lunch bags in the nearly empty dining hall of the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located behind Parma City Hall. Retired from his Borden Dairy supervisor job one year ago, the Parma resident started working at the Smallwood Center in January, pre-COVID and before it shuttered in early March. The West Ridgewood Drive multipurpose center, which serves Parma area seniors, closed before the governor’s directive, a proactive move to protect its vulnerable 6,000 members. Two other workers, whose faces are partially hidden with face masks, physically distance themselves as they pack lunches with gloved hands. In the kitchen, three staff members fill and then seal food trays for hot meal deliveries. After all the meals are packaged, half the staff members stay to clean the kitchen, while the other three leave to deliver meals.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 8:56 AM, 06.01.2020

Don't Forget The New Deadline For City Taxes Coming Soon

In March when Gov. Mike DeWine was telling Ohioans to stay home, the deadline to submit city income taxes was extended to July 15. With the warmer weather, restaurants and retail reopening, and some activities resuming, it's easy to forget that taxes are due if they were not filed by the initial deadline this past April. As a safety measure to prevent people from congregating and waiting in long lines, the Parma Tax Department will continue to help residents prepare city taxes via mail. A resident can mail a tax return to: Parma Tax Department, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129. A W-2, along with other information needed to prepare city taxes, should be included in the envelope. The Tax Department will then mail the completed tax return back to the resident and will indicate if any further action is required.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 8:56 AM, 06.01.2020