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Police Body Cameras Coming Soon To Parma

Shortly after the commencement of my first term on council in 2014, the City was named in a lawsuit accusing one of our officers of excessive force. After hearing the details of the case, it seemed likely that the accusations were false. However, the taxpayers still got stuck paying for the cost associated with the lawsuit. It also gave the city as well as our fine police department a black eye. I began to research and found that the city had paid nearly $200,000 over the previous ten years on similar cases. Through my research I started to read more and more about police body cameras. To me it was a common sense approach to not only save the taxpayers money, but also to protect the reputation of the city and the police department.  

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:49 PM, 11.01.2017

Parma Launches Into Small Business Month

For the fifth consecutive year the City of Parma - along with Parma City Council and the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce - will celebrate Small Business Month, which culminates on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma City Council have embraced the nation-wide designation of Small Business Saturday and will continue this year to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:49 PM, 11.01.2017

The President's Corner

Like many cities around the country, Parma and its residents were hit hard by the “housing bubble” and impending economic downturn of 2008-2009. Sadly, many families lost their homes and neighborhoods were left with vacant structures that fell into disrepair. The impending blight was of great concern to citizens and elected officials, alike. I am pleased to say that Parma weathered this storm and has emerged strong. One of the programs utilized by the City to address this crisis was our Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in which homes no longer safe for human habitation are demolished, thereby eliminating blight and enhancing property values, as well as the quality of life of Parma’s residents.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:49 PM, 11.01.2017

Drones Are New Tool For Parma Police Department

Though a popular recreational pursuit, drones are not just fun and games. The Parma Police Department is putting two newly purchased UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to use as an important part of its crime-fighting efforts. Officers demonstrated use of the drones to city council members and members of the public in attendance at a local council meeting recently.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

Senior Trick-or-Treaters Celebrate Halloween

A merry crowd of smiling area seniors, in a festive array of colorful costumes, gathered together at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center in October to welcome the spirits of Halloween! The Center was ablaze with colorful leaves, cornstalks, scarecrows, grinning pumpkins, witches, and autumn decorations, as the joyful senior trick-or-treaters sang and danced in their costumes, laughing and sharing stories of their elaborate attire at the Center’s Annual Halloween Party.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

Ron Mottl Sr. Avenue

Soon you will be able to walk or drive on Ron Mottl Sr. Ave. - the part of York Rd from Independence Blvd. to the Southern border of Cuyahoga Community College. Mr. Mottl was at City Hall recently to receive proclamations from Parma City Council, presented by co-sponsors of the resolution, Brian Brochetti and Allan Divis, and also a proclamation from Cuyahoga County Council, presented by Parma's representative, Scott Tuma. Mr. Mottl was first elected to Parma City Council in 1960 and also served as City Council President, in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. He also served as a U.S. Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975-1982. He served on the Parma School Board and as its president. A veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, he was also a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball, which led to his being a charter member of the Parma Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Street signs will be made to replace the York Rd. signs on the appropriate parts of the street. Congratulations, Mr. Mottl.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

If you’re a parent of a child in a Parma City School, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) is the acronym that refers to the District’s anti-bullying initiative implemented several years ago and it s/b familiar to you. If not, or if you’d like more information go to any of these sites: https://www.parmacityschools.org/pbis, http://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/Oct-16-2017/Addressing-bullying-what-parents-want-to-knowhttps://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/School-Safety/Safe-and-Supportive-Learning/Anti-Harassment-Intimidation-and-Bullying-Resource/Anti-Bullying-Resources-for-Parents, http://www.pbis.org/
O  If your organization has a safety focus or component of any kind & you’re looking for programs, information or material visit: http://www.injurypreventioncenter.com/. The initiative is a service of University Hospitals Rainbow & Children’s Hospital with the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center working with local, state and national legislators to advance the health and safety of children and families. Their web site contains a host of links to information and resources of all kinds. It’s well worth a visit. Also, membership in the coalition is Free to anyone wishing to volunteer to promote safety in NE Ohio.  Meetings are bi-monthly, generally the first Tuesday of the month @ 10:00 am at changing locations across the county.  Questions or requests for more info can be directed to Cyndee Bratz @ 440-888-8889 or cyndeebratz@aol.com.
O  From the County Library…..
    >>  ASPIRE Greater Cleveland
- What used to be PCSD’s Adult Education program is now part of this service available as a result of a collaboration between CCPL, Cleveland Public Library and the County’s Dept of Job & Family Services. For more information call 833-ASPIRE2 (833.277.4732) or visit: https://www.aspiregreatercleveland.org/.  
    >>  Benefit Navigators -
All CCPL branches offer residents the ability to submit the documentation needed to maintain benefits by fax and/or apply online for services. Library staff are trained "Benefit Navigators," and can help residents find the online programs and applications that meet their needs.
    >>  After-School Homework Help - Students in grades K - 8 don't just do their homework in our branches. They receive free homework assistance from trained staff through our Homework Centers and Homework Mentors programs. 90 percent of parents surveyed said their child's grades improved after coming to our Homework Centers. Learn more at: http://cuyahogalibrary.org/homework
O Some FYI’s from Parma City Schools….
    >>  Focus on the Future – The first group meeting of all seven of the FOTF committees took place on  Monday, Oct 16th at Parma Sr. H.S.Attendance was strong as was participation and feedback. Additional meetings are being scheduled w/the next one set for Thursday Nov 16th. Go here to follow their progress: https://www.parmacityschools.org/Domain/1707.
   >>  If you have any used/slightly used adult sized baseball gloves collecting dust in the basement consider donating them to Shiloh Middle School. As part of their observance of Veterans Day Shiloh students will turn over donated gloves to A1 Glove Repair to be refurbished and forwarded on to military men & women serving overseas. Deadline for donations (gloves or check) is Friday, November 10.  Contact Heidi Dzur at dzurh@parmacityschools.org w/questions or to schedule a pickup.
O   From the Parma Area Family Collab….
  
>>  The Collab is once again coordinating the community’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program, soliciting donors (both individuals & organizations) to adopt a family/s.  If you’re interested, please contact the Collab by Friday, November 10th at 440.887.4873 or collabsupport@parmacityschools.org.
   >>  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be this Thursday, November 9th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
   >>  Visit the Collab’s  updated web site at: http://familycollaborative.com/, for details about the Adopt-a –Family as well as other programs & available services. While there make your voice heard & click on the the links to either or both the PAFC Satisfaction or Neighborhood surveys.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

Asset Corner #95

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  PRAISE MORE; CRITICIZE LESS. November’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

October In Polish Village

As a resident of Polish Village, and one of the Polish Village Volunteers, I wanted to share with you, the many reasons why I love living here.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 8:02 PM, 10.28.2017

News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

PSO Concert 10/15 Featuring Combined Choirs

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. 

Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock presents: Schubert Mass in G featuring the combined choirs of Parma, Normandy, Valley Forge, Padua Franciscan High Schools and Cuyahoga Community College Choir. Also Jolly Robbers Overture by Suppe and Passacaglia in C minor by Bach/Stokowski

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Run For A Reason: Tri-Cís Autumn Blaze 5K

Dash through the fall colors while doing some good this October during the third annual Autumn Blaze 5K or new mile fun walk at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Proceeds from the run/walk will be divided evenly between Greater Cleveland Community Shares, the United Negro College Fund and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Tri-C launched the event in 2015 as part of its annual giving campaign to benefit the community. Last year’s race raised $10,000 for the nonprofit agencies. This year’s goal is $12,000.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Does Your Vote Count?

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.”  Lotte E. Scharfman former League of Women Voters President of Massachusetts

The Anti-gerrymandering Movement Needs You! Gerrymandering is the process of manipulating district boundaries to give an unfair advantage to the governing political party over the opposing party. In so doing, gerrymandering predetermines the outcome of our elections and negates the voting power of the people. In Ohio, we have had our votes manipulated to give the best possible result to the governing party. Ohio would have one or two more Democratic representatives in Congress and an extra five Democrats in the Ohio House had our congressional districts not been gerrymandered. In another election cycle in which Democrats were in the majority, this situation could easily be reversed. Now is the time for action.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Young Professionals Of Parma Celebrates One Year

Many people know that I’m one of Parma’s biggest cheerleaders, but a lot might not know that wasn’t always the case. I actually used to have a bad impression of Parma. I grew up in Independence, and when it came time to get my own place, like many young people I looked no farther than Lakewood. Cities like Lakewood and Tremont are known around Cleveland for being vibrant, popular places to live. Parma, unfortunately, doesn’t have this reputation (yet!). So when I got married and moved into my husband’s home in Parma, I was less than thrilled. I liked to say I was dragged there “kicking and screaming” from Lakewood.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Parma Art News

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Fall Into Art Arts/Craft Show at the Smallwood Center, located at 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive, on Saturday, October 21st, 10am to 4pm. This show is sponsored by the Parma Area Fine Arts Council, net proceeds go towards arts programming in 2018. All items are handmade and provide you with the opportunity to purchase unique one of a kind items. Free admission, open to the public, and refreshments will be available. Space is still available for vendors of handmade items. If interested visit www.parmafinearts.org to download an application. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

Treat N Greet

The much anticipated Polish Village's Treat N Greet is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11am to 2pm. This marks the seventh year for Treat N Greet. The children, all decked out in their costumes, accompanied by adults, walk Ridge Road, Trick-Or-Treating the participating businesses. Families are to go directly to Treat N Greet Headquarters, located at 5755 Ridge Road, and receive a Passport that lists the locations of the participating businesses. As each family goes to a business the Passport is stamped. When the passport is filled, or when the adults become exhausted, they return to the Headquarters and turn in the Passport. Depending on how many stamps they receive, they are given tickets to enter in a raffle for prizes, which consists of baskets of goodies, or gift certificates from local merchants. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017

The President's Corner

My wife and I chose to purchase our home and raise our family in Parma over a quarter-century ago because of its many assets. This month I am spotlighting one of those assets that, seems to me, is oft-underestimated. I suggest that this is due, in part, to the fact that many of us are there often and may take for granted its many vibrant activities, while others may have never entered the campus. That asset is Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus located at 11000 West Pleasant Valley Road adjacent to York Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:42 AM, 10.05.2017

Wing Ding Fundraiser-Sponsored By KOFC Council #15614

Wing Ding Fundraiser-Sponsored by KofC Council #15614. October 28th from 6 pm to 9 pm. $25 per ticket provides you beer, wine, bottom shelf alcohol- All you can eat wings, pasta, stir-fry, hot dog buffet & french fries with Side Boards, 50/50 and Raffle baskets. The annual event benefits community charities such as Camp Cheerful, Holy family Hospice. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:42 AM, 10.05.2017

Parma Honors Business, Citizen Of The Month

State Road Pizza was named the Mayor’s Business of the Month for July, and the Citizen of the Month was Chris Knebusch. Both were honored at an August meeting of Parma City Council. State Road Pizza owners Paul and Sue Horkey celebrated 70 years in business for State Road Pizza. The business is well-known for heart-shaped pizza for special occasions. The business also recently added home delivery. Citizen of the Month Knebusch was accompanied by plenty of family when he came to be honored by City Council. He was honored for his considerable volunteer work staging City-sponsored parades. This can often be a thankless job and the city is appreciative of his volunteer efforts, not just for city parades, but also for the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and the former Jaycees. Chris and his wife Fran have been married 31 years and have three kids and many grandkids. He is a concerned, committed and active resident and that makes a better Parma for all of us.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:06 PM, 09.01.2017

News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:06 PM, 09.01.2017

All Faiths Pantry Presents Reggae For Food 9

The 9th annual Reggae for Food benefit concert, featuring Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Umojah Nation and Jah Messengers, will take place Friday, September 8 at Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave., on the West Bank of the Flats. Reggae for Food raises funds for All Faiths Pantry 501(c)3, an award-winning organization which delivers groceries at no cost to local seniors with limited incomes.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:06 PM, 09.01.2017

Tri-C Encore 55+ Adult Education Program Offers Learning Opportunities

The Encore Campus Fridays program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins a new session of classes Sept. 22 to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The fall program runs every Friday for seven weeks at Western Campus in Parma and Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six classes for one low fee of $99. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:04 PM, 09.01.2017

Honoring Our Korean War Veterans

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne and Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquilla are seeking Korean War veterans to attend a tri-city program in their nonor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:04 PM, 09.01.2017

MyCom Youth Corner

The MyCom Youth Council hosted a Back to School Ice Cream Party on Tuesday, August 15 from 2:00-4:00 at the Parma Library on Powers Blvd. Youth learned about the MyCom youth initiative and the benefits of having a youth council for the youth and for the community.  They participated in a planning exercise related to a mini-community project, played a variety of group games, learned about the MyCom programs MyMedia and FLOW (Future Leaders of the World), enjoyed custom ice cream sundaes and then played spoons to top off the afternoon.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:04 PM, 09.01.2017

Common Thread Quilters

Common Threads Quilt Guild was established in Parma, Ohio, in September, 1986 and is a member of NEORQC ( North East Ohio Regional Quilters Council). They are dedicated to sharing the art of quilting and welcome all interested individuals regardless of their skill levels.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:04 PM, 09.01.2017

The President's Corner

Last month I shared the first half of a two-part story about the public life of Parma’s Mary Dunning. Her fascinating and inspirational life simply could not be covered in only one column. Therefore, this month, I will complete my short biography of Ms. Dunning, although I know that this, too, does not do service to someone who has given so much of herself to our community.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:03 PM, 09.01.2017

Seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) For Youth

CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. 

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:01 PM, 09.01.2017

Parma Art News

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture came to Parma:  On Saturday July 29th the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted a workshop for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. The workshop was one of four held to assist nonprofits that had applied for 2018 grant funding. The workshops walk you through the process and offer tips to help you succeed. The staff at CAC are friendly and helpful and are readily available by phone or email for individual assistance. 

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:01 PM, 09.01.2017

Asset Corner #93

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  Tell Them About Yourself. September’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:01 PM, 09.01.2017

Sewer District Open House: Missing Out Would Stink

Whether it’s number one or number two, have you always wondered what happens once you flush the toilet? Find out at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the largest wastewater treatment plant in Ohio and learn all about wastewater treatment from the knowledgeable tour guides. Join the lab tours, get up close with the huge work trucks, or step inside the Sewer Simulator. There is an activity for your whole family.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:01 PM, 09.01.2017

Delegation From China Visits Parma On July 26

Parma was host to a delegation visiting from The People's Republic of China on July 26, here as part of a U.S. Department of State sponsored Program entitled "Environmental Issues at the Municipal level in the U.S.". The purpose of their visit was to observe the Fernhill Stormwater Treatment Wetland, created at the Lower Fernhill Picnic Area in the Metroparks in 2016. This group of five visitors was invited here through the efforts of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs with the cooperation of the State Department International Leadership Program. The mission is to "explore how biodiversity and sustainability are encouraged in this country and to explore municipal efforts to address climate change, pollution, and responsible development". Their reason for visiting this particular site was to focus on how local government and non-profit organizations have collaborated to create a wetland area for the purpose of stormwater treatment and water quality assurance. 

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:32 AM, 08.02.2017

The President's Corner

Many who know me know that I am a huge fan of anything Parma, especially our city’s history. Recently, I had the honor of meeting with one of Parma’s finest citizens. A woman who has served us in many different capacities and whom many of you voted for or waved to in an Independence Day parade. Her legacy of work helped lay the foundation for many institutions that continue to thrive in our fine community. What was expected to be a one-hour meeting, ended up lasting nearly five hours! I found myself enthralled in the story of her life and the fascinating stories of Parma’s past that she shared so vividly. In fact, I have so much captivating information to share that this column will be continued next month. Out of my deep respect for her, I call her Judge, but many Parma residents know her as Mary Dunning.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:32 AM, 08.02.2017