Mayor Tim DeGeeter signed a resolution recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a particularly touching moment for Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban, who sponsored the resolution. Saban lost her Aunt Kathy Samanich to breast cancer earlier this year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the United States this year. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
During these difficult times the Parma Symphony is not performing in a live concert setting. They are preparing a virtual season until they can all perform again in a live venue. Their next virtual performance will broadcast on Cox Communication station 74 in collaboration with PACT-TV will be on December 6th at 3:00pm. It will feature members of the Parma Symphony Orchestra performing solos and small ensembles with Holiday Favorites and various classical pieces.
O From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland….Go here https://www.collabtoendht.org/resource-guide.html to download a copy of their Resource Guide listing available programs & service in Cuyahoga & surrounding counties.
O From Cleveland Rape Crises Center:
>> Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, very popular, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.
O From The Literacy Cooperative:
>> If you haven’t yet, visit https://www.literacycooperative.org/ to sign up your age B – 5 year old child to received their own free, age appropriate book mailed to him/her each month.
O From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful….Thursday, Nov. 12th at noon is the kick-off of their 80th Anniversary Celebration virtual event commemorating 80 years of service to children & adults w/disabilities and their families. Subsequent unique, fun events are scheduled daily, culminating w/the main event on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Learn more, try your luck at Barnyard Bingo & register to participate in all the festivities at https://AchievementCenters.org/celebration.
As we all know, there is a problem in our nation with guns getting into the wrong hands. In fact, all too often we hear about children getting ahold of guns and preventable tragedies occurring – even in our own community. That is why I worked with Parma Law Director Timothy Dobeck and Ward Five Councilman Allan Divis to bring a free gun lock program to Parma a couple of years ago.
It was a brisk Sunday afternoon in Parma on October 25, but that did not stop a group of about 50 Parma advocates from showing up, socially distanced and wearing masks, to witness the unveiling the newest piece of public art in Parma – the Welcome to Parma mural.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. We plan 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and additional sites in the neighboring cities of Middleburg Heights, Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Strongsville. We also plan sites in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, and the Old Brooklyn and Puritas-Longmead neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland that are part of another Tax-Aide district. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP.
Incarnate Word Academy Fourth Graders Learn From Ethan Holmes, CEO Of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce, What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur!
At the young age of 15, Ethan Holmes, Shaker Heights native, decided to pursue an entrepreneurial dream. Along with the mentorship and skill set of his grandfather, he attempted to innovate an applesauce recipe and after implementing the design process along with a lot of persistence. Ethan is now the CEO of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce! Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce can be found in stores all across Northeast Ohio! Teaching the students the core values of his company: quality, nutrition, social responsibility, customer service, teamwork and entrepreneurship, Ethan explained that being an entrepreneur is more than being a business person. The desire to innovate, solve a problem, and serve a need are all a component in the journey, one he says does not end once the product or service is launched. It is ongoing.
Election Day 2020 is only a few days away, but with early and mail-in voting, you can submit your ballot today. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is open for early in-person voting now through Monday, November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. You can also request your absentee ballot up until three days before the election. Once you have received and completed your ballot, it must be postmarked and sent to the BOE or placed in the ballot drop box prior to election day; however, voters should submit or send their ballots as soon as possible.
Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, opened the highly publicized photo exhibit, “Images of Haunted Ohio”, on October 23rd. This exhibit includes photos from Franklin Castle, The House of Wills, Mansfield Reformatory, cemeteries in Ohio and more. This show is a peek at those haunted places through the eyes of local photographers, Markus Abdelmasih, Laura D’Alessandro, Jennifer Gleason, June Hund, Sean Mabin, Shawn Slowburn and Jim Szudy. It’s a spooky show. Opening night featured the sounds of a noiseadelic set with Shawn Slowburn and Jim Szudy. This hauntingly beautiful exhibit closes November 22 so you have plenty of time to stop and visit.
We have welcomed our students back to school through both distance and in-person learning as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. We hope that our communities continue to become healthier so that we can return to the closest version of “normal” that we will be able to create as we emerge from our COVID era!
They show up at parades, football games, funerals, concerts, teen dances and city council meetings. From directing church carnival traffic to PTA meetings, Parma Auxiliary Police handle security and traffic control at citywide public events. They also help write winter parking ban warnings, handle special attention details and assist at sobriety checkpoints. When Parma police need additional support, these officers come to their assistance.
Parma Craft Garage Sale, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 1, 2, & 3. Go to City of Parma Facebook for a list of participating addresses. The Parma City Garage Sale event was such a popular event in August that home businesses and crafters decided to jump in on the trend. Due to the health crisis craft shows have been canceled and postponed until next year, leaving these small home-based businesses with limited outlets to show their wares. So, start your holiday shopping early and support your local creatives.
October 8th is National Pierogi Day and what better place to start the celebration but Rudy’s Strudel at 5580 Ridge Road, with Lidia the Parma Pierogi Princess. From 11 to 7 P.M. drive up/pick up pierogi, live D.J., pierogi eating contest, and giveaways. All following social distancing safety mandates.
As of this writing over 203,000 Americans have died due to complications from corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Sadly, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 53,402 American soldiers died in World War I, 33,739 in the Korean War, 47,434 in the Vietnam War, 148 in the Persian Gulf War, 3,528 in Iraq between 2003 and 2011, and 1,833 in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014. Further, 2,605 Americans died on September 11, 2001. Thus far, over 7,000,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the U.S., including friends of mine. Recently, I interviewed one of those friends on the condition of anonymity about his experience for this story.
Ohioans have made substantial contributions to mitigating the effects of the Opioid crisis throughout the state. From state initiatives to community support, we have been able to save many lives. In fact, since its inception, 15,000 people have sought help from the RecoveryOhio Crisis Text Line. Despite these significant efforts, there was a disconnect in the education surrounding the life-saving antidote, naloxone.
By the time you read this article Polish Village’s Covid-19 Cash Mob will have ended. If you didn’t participate you’ll be sorry you didn’t. During the three month long promotion of businesses participating, nineteen prizes were awarded to customers, eighteen prizes ranging in value from $100 to $250 a month for the three months, plus the grand prize valued at $500. Wow! A $10 purchase got you an entry ticket. Lots of great prizes!
As Cleveland’s largest suburb, Parma has so much to appreciate and enjoy. Knowing this, last year, City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni suggested that We Are Parma Proud produce a Visitor’s Guide that would showcase the very best that the city has to offer. This resource would show the world beyond our city limits why Parma is so appealing, and it could become our premier promotional piece year after year after year.
The Power of Education: The Illuminating Company Hires Local Graduates Of Power Systems Institute At Tri-C
Four residents of Parma and Seven Hills have been hired by The Illuminating Company after graduating from its utility worker training program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
As a follow-up to the wildly successful Parma Patriotic Pride photo initiative this past July 4th, the nonprofit We Are Parma Proud is encouraging all Parma residents to decorate and photograph their homes to celebrate the arrival of autumn and Halloween. This initiative ends October 31st. Residents who submit their photos will have them published on the We Are Parma Proud Facebook page and will also be entered in a random drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. Please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. for a chance to win. Follow and share the hashtag #WelcomeFallParma to spread the word.
“Tech Boosts” Program From Cox Communications Seeks Nominations For $30K In Grants To Local Nonprofits
Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the call for nominations for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission.
O From Futures without Violence: Responding to the today’s pressures on families & potentially their children F. w/o V. has developed several new unique programs to a) help prevent & address trauma at ChangingMindsNow, and b) build healthy bonds, and break intergenerational cycles of violence and trauma at Thriving Families, Safer Children,
O From The Renee Jones Empowerment Center….Visit their web site at http://rjecempower.org/ & click on the TRUTH graphic to virtually tour the “….survivor-created, interactive art exhibit invokes an honest and raw look into understanding the underworld of human trafficking and sexual assaults with the lasting impact on its victims.”
O From The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center….Consider participating in this upcoming webinar at noon on Oct 16th: LGBT+ Survivors. Learn more and/or register visit https://www.dvcac.org.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will extend hours during a special enrollment event Oct. 13 at Western Campus to help students register for an upcoming eight-week session of fall classes.
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) through a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.
In August of 2016 our family received the terrible news that my mother had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. These types of tumors are extremely aggressive and most people diagnosed with this type of cancer succumb to the disease within 16 months. This is obviously devastating news for any family to receive and our family received this twice. First in 1986 with my grandfather and my mother’s 30 years later.
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.
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.
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.”
O 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.
O 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)….Due 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).
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 email@example.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.
Six high-achieving students from Parma Observer communities have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books on the journey toward graduation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing will be offered at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) during fall semester through a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.
A Message from PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.