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We Are Parma Proud

We Are Parma Proud, Inc. is a newly created 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance, improve and develop the image of the City of Parma, by informing the public on subjects and events which are beneficial to the community. This organization modeled itself after the Proud of Parma, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which was created in the 1970s. Proud of Parma, Inc. thrived for decades and brought many memorable projects to the City of Parma. This new nonprofit hopes to move forward in building upon those traditions of bringing together businesses, government, nonprofit groups, and individuals for the purpose of strengthening and promoting pride in our city, with fresh new ideas, enhanced projects, and community-wide events.

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

Parma Police Make Arrests In Explosives Case

On Friday, June 28, 2019, the Parma Police Department, along with ATF special agents, and investigators from the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Southwest Enforcement Bureau (SEB) Bomb Unit, arrested the son of a local father and son duo for manufacturing and selling large quantities of homemade explosive devices. The father was later charged in Parma Municipal Court.  

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.02.2019

Celebrate Summer With The Ultimate Parma Scavenger Hunt

How well do you know your city? The Young Professionals of Parma is giving you the chance to put your knowledge to the test while having fun discovering Parma with a summer scavenger hunt.

Follow the link to the Google Form at parmayps.com/events/ to see the list of hints. Then, throughout July drive around the city on your own time snapping photos of the items and places described. Then, simply upload the photos on the Google Form and submit before July 31.

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

Yang 2020 And The War On Normal People

Maybe you've seen them on your Facebook news feed or heard about them from a friend. Local Yang Gang chapters are already cropping up all over the country, which include the Cleveland, OH Yang GangParma, OH Yang Gang, and other nearby chapters.

Recently, I had an opportunity to meet up at Tremont's Civilization café with fellow members of the Cleveland, OH Yang Gang, who support 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. At the meeting, the Cleveland, OH Yang Gang, whose members span the political spectrum, engaged in an energetic discussion about Yang's policies, the looming threat of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, the best ways to best promote his many ideas, and upcoming events to raise awareness about his candidacy to potential voters. 

In a crowded field of two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America and author of The War on Normal People, seems to have distinguished himself in a way few other candidates have. Yang describes himself as the opposite of Donald Trump - an Asian man who likes math - and proposes as his flagship policy a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. As it turns out, UBI is very much an American idea and, in one form or another, has found advocates over the years in the likes of Thomas PaineRichard NixonMilton FriedmanMartin Luther King, Jr., as well as Elon MuskMark ZuckerbergHillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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

March Of Dimes Event 7/26/19

Premature birth is one of the biggest causes of death in the United States. The babies that do survive are faced with a lifetime of serious health problems. March of Dimes is an organization that leads the fight for the health of all babies by using research, advocacy, and education to find out why premature births happen. The 6th Annual Heels & Wheels fundraiser benefiting the Northeast Ohio Division of March of Dimes will be held on Friday, July 26th at the Axelrod Collison Center 4850 Brookpark Road. The past chair of the board for the NE Ohio Division of the March of Dimes Sara Costanzo reached out to Mayor Tim DeGeeter six years ago about this mission. Mayor DeGeeter had this to say about the event and mission, “Anytime our city can help and raise awareness about premature births with the ability to make a difference we feel honored.”

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

The President's Corner

Take a moment to contemplate who the most influential resident has been in Parma’s history. Maybe some famous folks who called Parma home come to mind like John D. Rockefeller who lived here for a short time, Ettore Boiardi (A.K.A. Chef Boy-Ar-Dee) who lived here later in life and died here, or astronauts Jim Lovell or Michael Good who also lived here for a time. Certainly, they all made their marks on our nation, but they’ve got nothing on the subject of my column this month - a man who lived much of his life here, served in so many different capacities, and has had such an impact on our community. That man is Ronald M. Mottl.

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

Get Your Irish On At The Hooley House Hoedown

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC), a Northeast Ohio nonprofit organization serving children involved with the Juvenile Court, invites you to “Get Your Irish On” at the Hooley House Hoedown-a benefit concert featuring eclectic live music with an Irish twist! 

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

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

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

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

A Conversation With A Classic: Richard Sterban Of The Oak Ridge Boys

He’s a Jersey boy who went country, and while that is unusual, it's not the most compelling part of his story. Richard Sterban took a colossal risk and called it the most important decision he has ever made. He left singing backup for the King of Rock and Roll — Elvis Presley — to join the dual-genre band (country and gospel), the Oak Ridge Boys, a group he was always a big fan of.

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

Parma Art Scene

Congratulations to Bob Pohm, board member of the Parma Area Fine Arts Council. Bob Pohm will appear in a show with Polina Yavorsky at the Beachwood Community Center Art Gallery, located at 25325 Fairmount Blvd., in Beachwood Ohio, in July. 

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:27 AM, 07.02.2019

Movie Night Will Feature ‘Incredibles 2’ At James Day

Everyone is invited to Family Movie Night at James Day Park, Friday, July 12. Admission is free. This year’s feature film is Incredibles 2. The big outdoor screen will be located on the soccer fields. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. A concession stand will be open for snacks. The movie will start around 9 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. For those who arrive early, carnival games and corn hole will keep families entertained until the movie begins. “This is always a popular event,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi. “We’re happy to host it every year.” In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday, July 13.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:53 PM, 06.03.2019

Script Parma Sign To Inspire Pride

I am very happy to report that after months of fundraising and many planning meetings, the city of Parma is now the home to a script Parma sign. Our sign was inspired by the script Cleveland signs that have become all the rage of selfie fans in the region. As an avid runner, I often include the script Cleveland signs as a part of my training routine. The Cleveland signs have really boosted the cool-factor of Cleveland and I know that the Parma sign will do the same for our community. This is just one way I wanted to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:53 PM, 06.03.2019

Yang 2020 And The War On Normal People

In a crowded field of two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America and author of The War on Normal People, seems to have distinguished himself in a way few other candidates have. Yang describes himself as the opposite of Donald Trump - an Asian man who likes math - and proposes as his flagship policy a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. As it turns out, UBI is very much an American idea and, in one form or another, has found advocates over the years in the likes of Thomas PaineRichard NixonMilton FriedmanMartin Luther King, Jr., as well as Elon MuskMark ZuckerbergHillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.04.2019

Upcoming Recreational Activities

Swimming
Pool passes go on sale 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1 at the Recreation Department. From June 3 to July 12, passes can be purchased Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on July. Proof of residency is required. The season begins Saturday, June 1 and ends Saturday, Aug.10. Regular pool hours are 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Starting Saturday, May 25, the Splash Pad at Anthony Zielinski Park is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily until Labor Day and then on weekends only in September. Admission is free.

Tennis
Youth (age 4 and older) and adult tennis registration is 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for the first session and 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 2 for the second session. There are four levels: tot, beginner, intermediate and advanced. More details are at www.cityofparma-oh.gov on the Recreation Department page or call the Recreational Department at 440-885-8144. Register online or at the Recreation Department. Payment at the Recreation Department is cash or check only.

Junior Golf
Ridgewood Golf Course’s Junior Golf Program continues to grow. The season begins Tuesday, June 11, but parents need to register their children now because the program fills quickly. Go to www.golfridgewoodohio.com or call the golf course at 440-888-1057.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:53 PM, 06.03.2019

La'Var Howell Named Cox Charities Community Hero

Parma, OH – As part of its commitment to celebrating employee contributions to the communities where they live and work, Cox Communications has recognized La’Var Howell as its Community Hero in Cleveland for 2019. Mr. Howell has devoted his time to USO Northern in Cleveland by helping veterans reacclimate to civilian life and through initiatives designed to support active military overseas.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:53 PM, 06.03.2019

Parma Residents Invited To Walk In Memory Of Loved Ones

Walk to Remember, co-sponsored by Huntington Bank and Medical Mutual of Ohio, will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, June 9. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The event benefits Hospice of the Western Reserve and is open anyone wishing to celebrate the memory of a loved one. Registration includes all-day admission to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest and fun for the whole family!  This year’s Walk will commemorate Hospice of the Western Reserve’s 40th anniversary in the community. 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:53 PM, 06.03.2019

Parma Art Scene

Medley of Art Show at the Smallwood Center The annual Parma Area Fine Arts Council’s Medley of Arts Show & Sale was held on Saturday, May 18th. Participating in the event were 40 local talented artists from the area, showcasing approximately 100 diverse pieces of art. There was a steady stream of attendees throughout the day. The show was divided into seven categories. Best in Show, First Place in each category, and People’s Choice winning artists received cash awards. Ribbons were also awarded to those categories along with second and third place ribbons. The winners were as follows: Best In Show: Mother’s Are Dying by Ashley Nagel, Watercolor: 1. Samantha Bias – Eye For An Eye, 2. Poppin’ Poppies – Marge Horvat 3. Robin Prestien – Red House With Fence. Three-Dimensional: 1. Debra Newell – Vintage Sounds, 2. Donata Rahne – Winged Isis, 3. Debra Newell – Flash Of Sunset, Acrylic/Mixed Media: 1. Samantha Bias – In The Garden Of Eden, 2. Mary O’Hearn – Evening At The Dock, 3. Gary Nass – Three Forest Dances, Photography: 1. Anthony DeMarco – The Alter of Notre Dame, 2. Samantha Bias – Daisy In My Lazy Eye, 3. Anthony DeMarco – The Train On Time Graphics: 1. Sean Mabin – False Start, 2. Kathleen Dregella – Sheep, 3. Alexa Thompson – Breakfast, Fiber Art: 1. Debra Newell – Thrownaways, 2. Barbara Gorman – Felted Wool Neck Piece, 3. Jane Zampedro – Mermaid, Wood Carving: 1. Acorns – Stan Stary. 2. Angry Bird – Gerald Hoeltge, 3. Patricia Perchinske – Gryffin. People’s Choice went to Kathy Kijek for her Rotten Watermelon acrylic painting.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:52 PM, 06.03.2019

High-On-Dolls

High-On-Dolls is a group of talented women who enjoy creating fiber art dolls. The group began meeting informally in 1998 following a class taught by Doll Artist, Eleanor Peace Bailey, at Pins-N-Needles Shop in Middleburg Hts. In 1999 they formally organized their club. The club met once a month and grew to a membership of forty plus, with a waiting list to join, due to the limited meeting space at Pins-N-Needles. 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:52 PM, 06.03.2019

The President's Corner

For years Parma residents have asked me why Parma does not have more competition in the cable and internet industry. Many are under the impression that the city government has authority over which companies can offer these services in our community and that the officials have stifled competition. In fact, nothing can be farther from the truth.  First, cities in Ohio do not have the power to regulate which companies offer internet and television services to residents, due to deregulation in Columbus years ago. Further, speaking as a consumer of these products myself, I welcome competition and the better prices and services it theoretically brings. That is why I am happy to report that Parma will soon have another option, as WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone is coming to Parma.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:52 PM, 06.03.2019

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

Did you know that there are close to 50 different local organizations working in concert to address issues related to human trafficking and the needs of its victims?  Efforts by the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, are lead by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland . Learn more about both these groups by visiting: 

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 AM, 05.01.2019

Parma Art Scene

Parma’s May Show Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Parma Area Fine Arts Council will host their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Dr. This year in addition to the show, which features the work of local artists and craftsmen in seven different categories, the show will feature ongoing demonstrations in doll making by High On Dolls, and wood carving by Great Lakes Wood Carvers, as well as watercolor painting and wood burning. Refreshments are available, as well as some great Chinese Auction items. Attendees will also be able to vote the People’s Choice Award for the most popular item. Meet the artists and craftsmen, and watch them create unique one-of-a-kind items. Best of all, admission is free.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:36 AM, 05.01.2019

City Of Parma Continues To Tackle Major Water Infrastructure Projects

The City is repairing catch basins, improving large stormwater detention areas and rebuilding water mains as it continues to upgrade the city’s infrastructure. This year, the city will invest about $500,000 to replace around 150 catch basins throughout neighborhoods after restoring 117 of them along its major thoroughfares last year. “These are important improvements that will rebuild our infrastructure and help with our stormwater management and flooding issues within the city,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “This is a major priority for us.”

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:36 AM, 05.01.2019

Cuyahoga County And City Of Parma Invite You To Learn About Going Solar

The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and nonprofit Solar United Neighbors are co-sponsoring a free informational meeting for residents interested in going solar. The meeting is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the Council Chamber at Parma City Hall, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma. Residents can learn about an emerging green technology without sitting through a high-pressure sales pitch.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 AM, 05.01.2019

The President's Corner

Help Keep Big Creek Clean (Saturday, June 1) A collaboration between many environmental organizations for several years, volunteers are needed once again to help clean up one of Parma’s most important watersheds. All individuals and organizations interested are asked to meet at 9:00 am at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Snow Road Picnic Area along Big Creek Parkway.  Bags and gloves will be provided, but it is suggested you wear long pants and boots. The event will go until noon when a light lunch and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Amy Roskilly at the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580 (x1005).

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:36 AM, 05.01.2019

Summer Band Concert Series

Parma and Parma Heights recreation departments have partnered again this season to host the Summer Band Concert Series. Residents from both communities are invited to attend all the concerts, which start at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 AM, 05.01.2019

Buy Tickets For Parma Night At Progressive Field And First Pitch Raffle

Parma residents are invited to watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 for Parma Night at Progressive Field. There will be a pre-game parade on the Indians’ field, open to all Parma children and coaches involved in Parma recreation sports who attend the game. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for those attending is the Mayor’s First Pitch Raffle. Following his own tradition, Mayor Tim DeGeeter is forfeiting his opportunity to throw out the first pitch. Instead, he holds a yearly raffle for a child to throw out his pitch. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open to children who are Parma residents ages 17 or younger and who have purchased tickets in advance. The drawing occurs after tickets are sold out or returned to the Indians, which is typically about a week before the game. Tickets will soon be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Parma Recreation Department, 7335 Ridge Road. Tickets are $26 each in the family deck section.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 7:35 AM, 05.01.2019

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From Parma City Schools….
       >>
  The Phase Three – High Schools Strategic Consolidation meeting schedule is as follows:
6:30 pm, Monday, April 8th at Normandy H.S.;  6:30 pm, Monday, April  29th, Parma Sr. H.S.; 
6:30 pm, Monday, May 13th at Valley Forge H.S.; 1:30 pm, Saturday, May 18th, Parma-Snow Library.

          Providing another opportunity to experience a “21st Century Facilities”, see how that translates into real life by meeting at North Olmsted Secondary Campus (27301 Butternut Ridge Rd.), at 10:30 am, Saturday, April 6th.
        >  Go here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 to view the schedule of meetings, their minutes and other related documents.
     >>  On April 6th, Young Entrepreneurs (students grades 3 through 6) will be presenting their ideas & related business plans developed over the past several months to a panel of student judges & the public. A sampling of their products will also be offered for sale. The event sponsored by UH/Parma Medical Center is being held at Normandy H.S. from 8:00 am to Noon.
       >> To share general information & get community feedback, Superintendent Smialek will be hosting a Town Hall formatted meeting, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Parma-Snow Branch Library Conference Room A/B; 2121 Snow Road, Parma, 44134.
       >>  The District has announced the return of paper recycling bins at all of its schools. Accepted items include, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard & soft cover books, office/school paper, cardboard & mail. Money earned will accrue to the benefit of the individual school.

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. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: pactunit@gmail.com; ph: 440.884.1235

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:34 AM, 04.01.2019