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The President's Corner

In recent weeks, I have had many questions about the structures of our local, state, and federal governments. As an American government teacher for many years, I love these questions. So, for the next several months, I will utilize my column to provide you with what I hope to be helpful information about the different levels and branches of government in a series I will call Civics 101. This month I will begin with your local municipal government, focusing on Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 1:06 PM, 01.03.2022

AARP Tax Aide - Free Tax Preparation

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 2022. 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. 

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 1:06 PM, 01.03.2022

Apex Dermatology Named 2021 Weatherhead 100 Winner

Apex Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center announced today it has been named a 2021 Weatherhead 100 Winner by Case Western Reserve University School of Management. The notable award recognizes Northeast Ohio companies with net sales of $100,000 to $1 million that demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurship skills, dedication to growth, and serve as an inspiration to area business owners.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 1:06 PM, 01.03.2022

The Purple Heart Project Offers Hope To Wounded Combat Veterans

Apex Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center founder Dr. Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga understands the physical scars born from military duty cut deeper than what the eye can see. Serving as a Marine flight surgeon opened his heart to helping others and left an impression on him, inspiring Dr. Garcia to create his nonprofit organization The Purple Heart Project to aid fellow veterans. “The Purple Heart Project at Apex is a way for me to combine my two passions of dermatology and military service. It’s a way for our group to give back to those who serve us,” Dr. Garcia-Zuazaga stated.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 9:45 PM, 12.02.2021

Parma Recognized As A Purple Heart Community

Parma was recently named a Purple Heart Community. During an October city council meeting, American Legion Post 572’s Honor Guard posted the colors and assisted in a Purple Heart ceremony. Several veterans attended the special meeting. Randy Howson, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, was the special guest speaker at the ceremony. An Army Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Howson presented Mayor Tim DeGeeter with Purple Heart Community signs and a plaque. Purple Heart cities are known for their commitment to veterans. Parma is home to many military families, active duty and retired service members and has active veteran groups such as American Legion Ohio Post 572. Those traveling into the city can now see Purple Heart Community signs at the city's main entryways.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

The Presidentís Corner

On Saturday, November 13, I was honored to be invited to attend the Holodomor commemoration at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on State Road. Having been an international studies major, concentrating in Soviet and East European studies, at the University of Dayton, I recall studying one of the 20th century’s most horrific events.  What is unfortunate is how few people are aware of this tragic story.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

Senator Antonio Announces Relief Funds To Support Adult Day And Senior Centers

I am happy to share the exciting news three adult day and senior centers in Parma and Cleveland will be awarded CARES Act relief funding to support nutrition services, including home-delivered and congregate meals, and to assist with the purchase of Covid-19 personal protective equipment. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the closure of many adult day and senior centers, cutting older Ohioans off from the services they relied on, including critical meal programs. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, this funding will go a long way toward supporting providers and ensure they can safely re-open to serve our community. I recognize the extraordinary sacrifice of all the hardworking individuals who administer these services and will continue to do everything possible to support them.

The Ohio Department of Aging awarded more than $5.3 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding to 53 senior centers and 22 adult day services across the state, including three in Parma and Cleveland. The Donna Smallwood Activities Center in Parma is set to receive $9,600. The Senior Citizens Resources senior center in Cleveland will receive $62,200, and the Your Second Family adult day service in Cleveland will receive $21,000. Providers will begin receiving relief payments this month.

If you have questions about nutrition programs that may be available for you or someone you know, contact the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging at 216-621-0303 or go online here. For a full list of providers receiving funding, click here.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

It's Time For The 11th Annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive

Parma City Council President Sean Patrick Brennan will run a half marathon on December 12th to raise funds in support of the community through the 11th Annual Parma Peanut Butter drive. All Faiths, a local award-winning non-profit is honored to be a part of the Parma Peanut Butter drive. For 15 years they have been raising awareness about senior food insecurity while delivering nutritious groceries at no cost to qualifying seniors in the Parma and surrounding communities. In 10 years, the drive has raised over 5 tons of peanut butter and thousands of dollars, thanks to the generosity of the community.   

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

The holidays are fast approaching, as we contend with supply chain issues this year it makes more sense to shop small, shop local. Buying local from small businesses, independents, artists and craftsmen is a wonderful way to ensure the dollars spent will support your neighbors and community. 

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

Christmas In Polish Village

On Saturday, December 11, 2021 the non-profit Polish Village Parma invites you to the inaugural event, Christmas in Polish Village. Polish Village is the business district in Ward 2 that runs along Ridge Rd. Although the name denotes Polish ethnicity, Polish Village is a melting pot of various nationalities and many small family owned businesses. This event is a combination of Polish and American customs. 

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
      >>  Visit Collab’s website a/o Follow them on Facebook.
 
O  From ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force….
Visit their website for a host of available resources & program opportunities addressing this issue.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

Frosty's Fest And More!

Frosty's Fest is back!!!!  Frosty's Fest immediately follows the Parma Christmas Parade on December 5, 2021. The parade begins at 1:00 PM on Ridge Road near Stearns Homestead and will travel north on Ridge and end at the Ridgewood Golf Course on Hollywood Drive.  Frosty's Fest is brought to you by the non-profit We Are Parma Proud, corporate sponsor Little Birdie's Wine Nest, and 20 other sponsors. Santa, of course, is the star of this event. There will be family-friendly activities both indoors and outside.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021

Police Sport Facial Hair, Pink Patches And Ball Caps To Raise Awareness And Funds

Fall fashion this year for the Parma Police Department will include vibrant pink patches, beards, mustaches and police ball caps – all in the name of charity. In early October, police officers began sporting pink police patches on their sleeves in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Male officers who paid $60 each were allowed to put down their razors and grow facial hair. Female officers who paid $60 each were permitted to wear blue Parma Police baseball caps. The money raised will be donated to The Gathering Place, a facility which offers free programs and services to help support, educate and empower individuals and their families coping with cancer. “I am proud of our police officers’ participation in this fundraiser. My mother died from breast cancer, so this is personal to me,” said Mayor Tim DeGeeter.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

The President's Corner

Do you have any unused and/or expired medications in your medicine cabinet? Do you know the best way to dispose of them? Well, the Parma Police Department has the answer. All too often unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs end up in the wrong hands or are literally flushed down the toilet. Stories of family members and visitors stealing them abound. In fact, there are some folks who visit homes on the market simply to raid medicine cabinets. Further, all too often drugs can end up in the hands of curious children, sometimes with tragic consequences. Drug disposed of down the drain have shown to have negative environmental impacts.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

Frosty's Fest Is Back!

We Are Parma Proud proudly announces the return of Frosty’s Fest 2021. Frosty’s Fest will follow the Parma Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the Ridgewood Golf Course Clubhouse. Admission to this event is FREE. Many freebies and family oriented activities during this indoor and out event, as well as items for sale. The star is Santa, of course! S’mores, food trucks, bakery, face painting, children’s crafts, holiday music, professional photos with Santa, and so much more! Follow We Are Parma Proud on Facebook for details and updates.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

News You Can Use (and where to find it)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:
 O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
     
>>  Their technical assistance program can assist organizations to align with the State of Ohio’s Human Trafficking Standards and develop strategies for program growth to better serve survivors.
      >>  From the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety (related to the above) ....Download a copy of the Governor’s
Human Trafficking Resource Guide for Ohio’s Public Children Services Agencies released September 2021.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
      >>  Learn more about how the issue of Human Trafficking is being effectively addressed locally. Follow the Collab on Facebook here and visit the Collab’s website where clicking on the PARTNERS tab will display the more than 60 organizations working together to address this issue. To stay current in regards to HT-related events and activities sign up for their E-newsletter here.
 
O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
(https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/) ...Services for Survivors During COVID-19, i.e.:  counseling, victim assistance, and case management are available by telehealth and teleservices, accessible by smartphone, computer or phone.  Learn more about accessing services remotely. For an immediate response call (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020 24/7, or request an appointment online.
   
LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
O  From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE)...Ohio’s Safety and Security Grant Program - Funding is now available for safety and security enhancements at religious institutions, chartered nonpublic schools, licensed preschools and nonprofit organizations. Go here for more information and a link to the application page. Deadline to apply is November 12th.

O  From Cuyahoga Community College...
Learn more about TRI-C’s ACCESS CENTERS. The purpose of the Access Centers is to support individuals and families by providing affordable as well as no-cost community-based educational and workforce programming. If you’re looking to sharpen your job skills and/or expand your career options or goals, give this site a visit.

O  From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful:

      >>  Looking for a unique, feel-good volunteer opportunity? Consider Camp Cheerful’s Equine Assisted Services/therapeutic horsemanship program. Click here for details. Or, perhaps working w/kids in one of their Adapted Sports programs, i.e.: tennis (new), football, soccer, basketball, or baseball would be more appealing. Go here to learn more.

O  From Down  Syndrome Association of NE Ohio (formerly the Up Side of Downs)...Visit their website at https://www.dsaneo.org/ to learn about the wealth of services, resources, events & activities available.  

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Go here to check out ANOTHER SET of five grantors identified by the MyCom network. Considering the wide range of areas supported I would expect you to find at least one match.

O  From OCALI (https://www.ocali.org/) ... In case you missed it, October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. If you’re an employer considering bringing someone on board, know of, or are working w/someone having a disability, or are disabled, here are some tools that may prove helpful:
      >>  Employability/Life Skills Assessment – Format for Families;  Format for Transition Team Professionals
      >>  
Community Health & Safety Training & Job Seeker’s Guide
      >> 
The Disability Benefits 101 (DB 101) will assist in determining the impact of employment on an individual’s benefits.
      >>  What Works for Work, is a free, 12-session online resource that uses evidence-based practices on how to support people with disabilities.

O  From Cox Communications: Federal EBB = Emergency Broadband Benefit
– If you’re a Cox Connect2Compete or Lifeline Phone plus internet customer you may be eligible to receive up to $50 off your monthly bill. Click on this link for details: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/ebb.html  

O  Parma Council of PTA’s (PCPTA -
https://www.parmacityschools.org/PCPTA  or FB at: https://www.facebook.com/parmacouncilpta/ )
      >>  Click here to join a local PTA unit

O  From Parma City Schools:

      >>  The schedule for a series of Town Hall Meetings, has been set as follows:  Dec. 9th, March 10, 2022 & June 9, 2022. All meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and be held on Facebook Live - www.facebook.com/parmaschools.
      >>  The Parent University course is back. All classes are virtual & begin at 5:30 pm. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday November 17th. Click here to view the schedule and to register.
     
>>  The District’s Workforce Development service can 1) help connect students to local companies offering valuable work experiences, i.e.: internships, part-time employment, job shadowing, etc., and 2) facilitate the participation of employers in this program. Check it out here:  https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/8449
     >>  Senior Passes - Residents of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills 60 years of age and older are eligible for free admission to all Great Lakes Conference (GLC) athletic contests taking place at Byers Field or any of our district’s middle or high schools. Eligible residents are asked to show their driver's license at the event entrance to receive a GLC Senior Citizen Pass. The pass must then be presented to enter a contest for free.
      >>
 Visitwww.parmacityschools.org for the most current information regarding COVID protocols, Extended Day Care Enrollment, Orientations, Open Houses, and more. Be sure to scroll down a bit to view the latest “PCSD in :60” video.

O  From Southwest Community Based Svcs (SWCBS)/University Settlement & Starting Point:
      >>
  SWCBS has begun planning its programming for the upcoming holiday season and will be needing volunteers. Call Evy Ash at 440.887.4873  if you’re interested. Also, give her a call if you know of a student in need of a backpack or supplies.
      >>  Starting Point’s (
http://starting-point.org/) Out-Of-School Time Provider Network’s recent email highlighted issues related to supporting families experiencing homelessness & housing instability. If you know of, or have clients in this situation, these websites may prove helpful: A Parent’s Guide to the Rights of Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Updates to Services & Resources In NE Ohio During Covid-19.

O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
      >>
  Consistent w/current CDC guidelines all CCPL branches have returned to requiring masks of all customers aged 2 and older upon entry. If a visitor does not have a mask, the Library will provide one.
      >>
  At-home COVID-19 testing kits are available via DRIVE-THOUGH ONLY at the Parma & Parma-Snow locations. Learn more here.
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry.
      >>  For help w/technology, a new DIGITAL NAVIGATOR service will be available at Parma-Snow from Nov 1 – 10. The service offers one-on-one assistance to help you connect to the internet, get a device, set up a telehealth appointment and more. To make an appointment, email digitalnavigators@cuyahogalibrary.org.
      >>  Use your CCPL library card (or get one here) to take advantage of just some of these more unique services/programs available at your library.
            >
Get access to these free online learning platforms taught by professionals in their fields
            >
WiFi Access & Computer Classes
            >
Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
            >
Learn more or register for any of 50+ virtual programs for adult learners
            > Take your pick from thousands of streaming movies & TV shows from Hoopla, Kanopy & Overdrive
            >
Design something & use the 3D printing capabilities of the Parma-Snow Innovation Center           
            > Learn more about Library2You, their homebound delivery service
            > Check out programs available for pre-school & school-aged youth. From there scroll down to see resources available for Teachers.
            > Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services
            > Sign up to receive the Library Insider e-Newsletter
            > Click here to visit CCPL’s Home Page

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

Senator Antonio Recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on October 5th, I was honored to be presented with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network's Croucher Family Award for Outstanding Leadership. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) created the Croucher Family Award to recognize Jim and Elsa Croucher of Monroe, Ohio who were trailblazers for domestic violence education in Ohio. The Crouchers became advocates after their youngest child, Tina, was tragically killed by an abusive ex-boyfriend. They founded Citizens against Domestic Violence in 1996 and created a Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program.

I want to thank both ODVN and the Croucher family from the bottom of my heart for the important advocacy they do on behalf of survivors of domestic violence in Ohio. More than a million women in the United States are physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year, and more than one in three women in the United States will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.  The increased isolation and closure of support services resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic have only made domestic violence situations more dangerous.

In past operating budgets, I have always advocated for additional dollars for domestic violence services, as well as the creation of the Domestic Violence Programs line item in 2019. In House Bill 110, the operating budget passed earlier this year, I successfully championed the inclusion of $7.5 million for domestic violence support services across Ohio, which will be used to sustain current programs and serve more survivors seeking help.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

AARP Tax Aide Volunteers Needed

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. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP. We plan 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and additional sites in neighboring cities. 

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

Next Century Of Sirl's Automotive

Welcome to the "New" Sirl's Automotive, but still Sirl family owned and operated. Serving all your automotive repair, body and paint and towing needs. Stop in, and say hi to Dale Sr., and see our improvements and meet the best people in the automotive repair field.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, located at 5411 Pearl Rd is currently showing Rock and Roll Nightmare. Owner/operator Sean Mabin loves Halloween and he loves Rock. Overjoyed that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are here in Cleveland this year, he decided to join his loves for this exhibit. This exhibit has rock, shock, and horror all rolled into one fantastic show. Artists include; Kendall Hogan, Ryan Jones, Tabbitha Kirkpatrick, George Kocar, LTP Art, Sean Mabin, Victor Melarango, Karen Novak, Nico Pico Train, Jill Sampson, Shawn Sloburn, and Patrick Tighe. The exhibit runs through November 21st. In addition to outstanding art exhibits, Prama also has boutique items for sale. These are unique, hand made items, made by local artists. Prices are reasonable and start under $10. Great place to find stocking stuffers. Follow Prama on Facebook and Instagram. Prama Artspace also has a YouTube channel, and web page. 

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

Polish Village's Treat & Greet Recap

This year’s Treat & Greet fell on Saturday, October 23rd. It was a cool, overcast morning, and as the day moved forward the weather cooperated, the sun was shining and the kids accompanied by adults grew in volume. This event has occurred for the last ten years, with one cancellation due to the pandemic. Several volunteers work diligently to bring this to the community. Supply chain issues, higher costs of candy, printing and decorations, and less donors were experienced this year. But through all this, the Polish Village Parma non-profit volunteers, with the assistance of Ward 2, Councilwoman Debbie Lime persevered. 

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2021

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:
 O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
      >>  Some possible Indicators of Sex Trafficking & Recruitment:  > Any minor engaged in sex acts for anything of value;  > Individual of any age or gender appears to be watching and approaching youth, systematically trying to befriend strangers, promoting ‘modeling agencies’, traveling crew employment, talent search websites or other employment;   > Crimes (theft, drug crimes) appear to be committed under the watch and for the benefit of someone else.
      >>  Some possible Indicators of Labor Trafficking:  > Individuals selling items to or begging;   > Signs of physical abuse, force, restraint, sleep deprivation, untreated injuries or illness. Groups of traveling sales or work crews sleeping in vehicles in parking lot;    > Lack of knowledge of whereabouts or destination, numerous inconsistencies in their story.
      >> 
Go here to view/download related awareness material.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
      >>  Learn more about how the issue of Human Trafficking is being effectively addressed locally. Follow the Collab on Facebook here and visit the Collab’s website where clicking on the PARTNERS tab will display the more than 60 organizations working together to address this issue. To stay current in regards to HT-related events and activities sign up for their E-newsletter here.
      >>  If you haven’t yet,  consider joining a “Human Trafficking 101” class. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 pm.  Go here to register for this free, virtual session.

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/
) ...Services for Survivors During COVID-19, i.e.:  counseling, victim assistance and case management are available by telehealth and teleservices, accessible by smartphone, computer or phone.  Learn more about accessing services remotely. For an immediate response call (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020 24/7, or request an appointment online.
   
LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
O  From OCALI...Their InspirED Video Gallery has recently been reorganized by audience – for families and professionals – and by topic, including accessibility, autism, early childhood, family and community, PBIS, remote learning, transition, universal design for learning, wellbeing and self-care, along with assessment and data for professionals.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 1:11 PM, 10.03.2021

Pierogi Festival

October is National Polish Heritage Month and October 8th is National Pierogi Day. So it’s time to celebrate in Polish Village. Come join us on Sunday, October 10th for the outdoor Pierogi Festival at the parking lot of Unity Catholic Federal Credit Union, located at 5839 Ridge Rd, corner of Ridge & Alber. You will enjoy the sounds of live Polka Bands, be amazed by the dancers of the Piast Polish Dance Ensemble who perform traditional Polish dances in the colorful traditional garb, imported from Poland, and fill your tummies with the delicious foods and beverages available for sale. Food trucks, arts & crafts vendor and the Polish American Genealogical Society will be on hand for your enjoyment. Free admission to this family friendly event under the tents. Hope to see you there, October 10th 2 PM to 6 PM. This event is brought to you by Polish Village Parma in partnership with the Polish American Congress in Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

Whistling past the Graveyard; Cemeteries & Graveyards of Cuyahoga County is a one man photo exhibit of Sean Mabin’s photo tour of local cemeteries. This exhibit is at Negative Space Gallery, located at 1541 E 39th St and runs September 25th through October 27th. This exhibit is just in time for fall and Halloween. Sean has photographed over 40 cemeteries and graveyards around Cuyahoga County. His images capture their romantic beauty, forgotten monuments and statues, melancholic moods, gothic architecture, misty fogs and dewy spiderwebs. 

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Family Connectionsí SPARK Program Is Now Serving Families In Parma

Parma children who are 3 and 4 years old can now participate in a FREE kindergarten readiness program known as SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids). Every month, a parent partner meets with the family, either in-person or virtually, to provide parents with the skills and confidence they need to prepare their children for success in kindergarten and beyond. The parent partner demonstrates a lesson that supports the state standards, then supplies a book, an activity card, and materials so that the parent can continue the learning between visits.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

The President's Corner

Our military veterans have always had a special place in my heart. This was probably triggered by the stories my grandfather would tell me about his service during World War II. This is why Honor Flight Cleveland is so near and dear to me. In fact, over the years I have acted as volunteer and raised funds for the organization. 

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Trash Crawl

The Parma non-profit We Are Parma Proud, is hosting a Trash Crawl on Saturday, October 16th along State Road from 1 to 4 PM. The Spring Crawl was such a huge success they decided to do it again! Meet your neighbors, support local businesses, clean up your city, and take pride in our community. Several rest stops are planned for along the way for food and refreshments. Door prizes, loads of fun, and supplies will be provided. For details and to register visit Facebook, We Are Parma Proud.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Treat & Greet In Polish Village

Saturday, October 23, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Ridge Road in Polish Village will be teeming with young trick-or-treaters and their parents for the Annual Treat & Greet. This much anticipated family oriented annual event has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Senator Antonio Recognizes Importance Of Unions On Labor Day

On September 4th, I joined North Shore AFL-CIO for their Labor Day Rally at Lakewood Park to speak on the importance of workers' rights and protecting our unions. We have all heard about the labor shortage right now, but the fact is that there isn’t a labor shortage; there is a wage and workers’ rights shortage. During the early days of the pandemic, we celebrated frontline and essential workers. We cheered, banged pots and pans, and called them heroes, but we still do not pay many of those workers a wage they can survive on.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:50 PM, 10.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, 5411 Pearl Rd., is now showing an exhibit titled “#naming Emilys Show; The Art of Emily Szalkowski”. Emily says “Welcome to the Little World Inside my Head.” Emily’s work is a whimsical characterization of the mischievous monsters she imagines. They are sure to bring a smile to your face. This exhibit is on display until September 12th. 

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:49 PM, 09.01.2021

WWII At Stearns Homestead

You are invited on Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Stearns Homestead, located at 6975 Ridge Road, will be showing us how life was on the farm during the WWII years. WWII re-enactors and historical interpreters will be stationed around the farm where you, the visitor, can speak with them to learn about the roles they played during the war era. The American Red Cross, Women's Army Corps, Rosie the Riveter, Victory gardens, rationing, US Crop Corps and Books for Victory will be represented. Also on display will be farm equipment from the 1940’s in the historic 100 year old Gibbs House. Of course the farm animals will also be there to greet you. It will be a free, fun, educational event for adults and children alike.  Stop by and learn about how people lived in the 1940's.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:49 PM, 09.01.2021