Polish Village Parma is a volunteer group of people who formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Their mission is to to facilitate the development and revitalization of the Polish Village community (Ward 2) by uniting and empowering residents, businesses, and the city with plans and initiatives focused on enhancing the area’s business climate and long-term economic viability. They bring you events such as the Polish Constitution Day Parade and After Party, Ward 2 Wide Garage Sale, International Taste of Polish Village, which is a sampling of all the flavors the Polish Village businesses district offers, Adopt-A-Pot, those lovely large flower pots along Ridge Road, and the very popular Treat & Greet, which occurs the Saturday before Halloween, and in 2020 the Covid-19 Cash Mob which helped support small businesses in Ward 2. Sadly the pandemic has squashed several of these annual events for the time being, but, slightly different, additional family fun events are planned for 2021 and forward.
Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique is honored to have the works of Raymond Swyers, a modern abstract artist, on exhibit this month. The exhibit has a “fluid energy”, is very colorful and has a celestial feeling. The show opened on February 26th and runs through March 21st. Raymond is a Cleveland Heights native, currently living in New York with French Canadian roots. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated from Cleveland State University in 1996 with a B.F.A. He is contemplating a move to Europe where there is a growing market for his work. Please wear your mask, if you forget yours, they are available to purchase on site. Social distance please while in the gallery. Private appointments are also available upon request. Prama is located at 5411 Pearl Rd. in Parma. Follow Prama on Facebook and Instagram, or view the website www.pramaartspace.com.
O From CWRU School of Law, Human Trafficking Project….Learn more about how these folks help victims of sex & labor exploitation. Click here:http://bit.ly/3tfEFW2 If your organization needs a speaker for your next virtual meeting consider giving these folks a call.
A Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) student from Parma will continue his nationally recognized work on election participation with the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. Sebastian Canales has been selected to serve on the 2021 Advisory Board for the coalition, a nonpartisan network dedicated to increasing college student voter participation in the United States. The 15-member board includes students and faculty members from campuses across the country. They will look to build on efforts that led to historic highs in young voter turnout during 2020 elections. “The 2021 Advisory Board and Executive Committee will help us continue this work as we move closer to a more equitable democracy,” said Clarissa Unger, director of the coalition.
The Board of Trustees of the City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2021 award season. In its thirteenth year, the Foundation will once again offer three to five scholarships with a minimum award of $1,500 each. One of these scholarships will be designated for an applicant exhibiting an exceptional commitment to community service. Applications are available on the City of Parma website at http://www.cityofparma-oh.gov. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to high school seniors or equivalent who are residents of the City of Parma wishing to pursue post-secondary education during the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Financial need, work ethic, community service and accomplishments are among the selection criteria for the scholarship. The application deadline has been extended to May 14, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information or to donate to the Foundation please contact Parma City Council President and Board of Trustees Member Sean Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-885-8091.
This month I want to introduce you to one of Parma’s own who recently joined my colleagues and me on Parma City Council. Recently, Parma lost a fine leader, Councilman Brian Brochetti, who decided to resign his position on city council to spend more time with his beautiful, growing family. Happily, his replacement is a woman I have known for years who is approachable, positive, and full of energy with a work ethic to match. May I introduce you to Kammy Coyle Shuman – Parma’s new ward seven councilwoman.
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This month, Rumpke began collecting trash and recycled items from Parma residents while Republic Services, which formerly provided the service, continued removing its carts from the city.
Happy 2021! We are hopeful that vaccinations and continued focus on health measures such as masking and social-distancing will allow us all to enjoy a much more normal year than 2020 presented!
O From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland….Learn of upcoming programs and more about the organization by clicking here: https://www.collabtoendht.org/
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) through a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.
Recently, I met with Tom Lix at Panera at the Shoppes at Parma for coffee. I wanted to learn more about this fascinating man who has made Parma his home. You see, Tom knows what you and I know about Parma – it is a great place to live. I am happy to report that, like me, Tom is a huge cheerleader for Parma, specifically, and the Cleveland region, in general.
The pandemic forced sweeping changes last year to school sports and community recreation programs and continues to challenge coaches and recreation directors as they grapple with how to keep athletes active and safe.
The City of Parma Tax Department is offering online filing through Tax Connect Online, which will make filing city taxes for Parma residents easy and safe. The online service allows residents to see what payments and credits they have for the current year or past years. Parma residents are able to prepare their taxes, e-file and, if needed, pay their taxes online when they visit www.cityofparma-oh.gov, go to the Tax Department page and then click on the Tax Connect Online link in the right blue column under "Quick Links."
Riverside Cemetery Calendar - The year certainly started out right for Sean Mabin, owner/operator of Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, when he won first place in the photo contest for Riverside Cemetery. The contest ended 12/31/20 and he was notified on 1/2/21. Riverside Cemetery is located at 3607 Pearl Road in Cleveland. It was conceived in 1875 and opened in 1876. In 1876 the Riverside Cemetery Association purchased 102.5 acres of land from Titus N. Brainard. Riverside was the first garden style, large park, cemetery on the west side of Cleveland. The winning photo was of the Riverside Cemetery Gatehouse which was completed in 1897. The building is constructed of red brownstone. The Gatehouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The cemetery is park-like and very beautiful. Notable families buried there are Brainard, Lamson, Sessions, and Rhodes. For more information on Riverside Cemetery, visit their web page, www.riversidecemeterycleveland.org, or follow them on Facebook. Both have many beautiful photos of the grounds, statues and monuments.
We have previously announced that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will not be offered in the Southwest Cuyahoga County District this coming tax season. Our usual sites in Cuyahoga County libraries at Parma Snow Road, Parma Powers, North Royalton, and Middleburg Heights, and the Brecksville Human Services Department, Broadview Heights Human Services Department, Brook Park Methodist Church, and the Strongsville Senior Center are not available to prepare tax returns on site. We also do not have leaders and volunteers necessary to implement virtual tax preparation methods developed by AARP Foundation, which use only preparer-taxpayer contact over the internet. However, other northern Ohio districts are offering these methods.
General Motors Co. plans to invest more than $6 million in the Parma metal stamping plant. The Parma investment will be used to construct four new metal assembly cells to support increased truck production of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. “GM continues to invest to strengthen our core business and respond to growing customer demand for our full-size pickups,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. He added that the company's investment reflects its confidence in the Parma plant. "This is great news for our GM stamping plant, UAW Local 1005 employees and plant management. GM is one of largest employers in Parma. This investment shows the hard work that is being done at the plant and its continued long-term growth," Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
Rumpke Waste & Recycling will be the new waste and recycling service provider for the City of Parma beginning Feb. 1, 2021 and over the next five years. Under the new service agreement, Rumpke will provide weekly trash, recycling and bulk-waste collection for residents, including the use of Rumpke trash and recycling carts. The company is delivering around 60,000 new carts starting Jan. 4, 2021. Residents should not use the new carts, however, until Feb. 1. Rumpke is mailing instructional information to residents prior to its service beginning. “The current garbage provider, Republic Services, will be collecting rubbish throughout January,” said Service Department Director Brian Higgins. “In order to make this transition as seamless as possible, we are asking residents to use only the Republic Services carts in January. Although they will already have their Rumpke carts, they should not begin to use those carts until February.”
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) through a partnership with Care Alliance Health Center.
Parma has been home to many famous Americans, including the likes of John D. Rockefeller, automobile pioneer Ransom Olds, Hector “Chef Boyardee” Boiardi, astronaut James Lovell, musician Benjamin Orr, and wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, among others. This month I want you spotlight an American hero in our midst that I have found few know of, but all should be aware of. His name is Frank Herda.
Zoom! Screencastify! Peardeck! Google Meet! Please mute your microphone! Um, you’re muted, can you turn on your microphone? Please go to your learning space! Could we have ever imagined last New Year’s that these phrases would become a part of our regular discourse? 2020 has presented many challenges to all of us as we navigated truly once-in-a-lifetime circumstances.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a pair of Super Saturday enrollment events at Western Campus in January to help students register for spring classes and apply for financial aid.
We regret to announce that due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will not be offered in the Southwest Cuyahoga County District this coming tax season. This will affect our usual sites at Brook Park United Methodist Church, Parma Snow Road County Library, Parma Library, Brecksville Human Services Department, Broadview Heights Human Services Department, North Royalton County Library, Middleburg Heights County Library, and the Strongsville Senior Center. The facilities at those locations will not be available to prepare tax returns on site. We also do not have leaders and volunteers necessary to implement virtual tax preparation methods developed by AARP Foundation, which use only preparer-taxpayer contact over the internet. Once developed, information concerning alternate tax preparation may be forth coming.
Cox Communications Temporarily Doubles Speed Of Service For Connect2Compete Customers Through The End Of The School Year
Cox Communications today announced it will temporarily double the download speed of service for its low-income internet service Connect2Compete through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This increase will be effective Friday, December 11, 2020 through Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
O From The Cleveland Rape Crises Center….This year’s Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team Conference is scheduled to be held virtually (ZOOM) from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. Nationally and regionally recognized experts will be presenting topics relevant for multiple disciplines, including law enforcement, medical professionals, sexual assault nurse examiners, advocates, social workers, and prosecutors. Registration is FREE but required at www.clevelandrapecrisis.org/sart.
O From Futures without Violence….Some facts:
>> 1 in 4 US women experienced violence by a partner at some point in her life.
>> 2 out of 3 children are exposed to trauma and violence.
>> 1 in 5 tweens knows a victim of dating violence.
>> 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college.
>> Learn more here: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/resources-events/get-the-facts/
O From Parma Council of PTA’s.:
>> To learn about upcoming the PTA Council’s projects & events ….go here.
O From OCALI (www.ocali.org).... As an organization committed to promoting access and inspiring change for people with disabilities, OCALI and the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children are partnering to support educators, education professionals, families, and others during this pandemic to help them find the information and resources needed to support learning and successful outcomes for their students or children during this very unique time of learning. Go here https://www.ocali.org/project/InspirED to learn more & to register for any one of the 3 sessions scheduled for December.
O From Buckeye Health….If you know of or have clients who may be members of any of Ohio’s five Medicaid Managed Care Plans (Buckeye Health Plan - 1.866.531.0615, CareSource – 1.800.488.0134, Molina Healthcare – 1.866.642.9279, Paramount Advantage – 1.866.837.9817, and United Heathcare Community Plan – 1.800.269.4190 make sure they know that their plan provides members with no-cost transportation services to and from food banks, food pantries, food clinics, and grocery stores as part of their plan benefit. For more information or to schedule, call the respective plan’s transportation service number as shown above.
O From LEARNING AID OHIO….The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child's Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. Applications can be submitted at https://www.learningohio.com/.
O From Ohio Dept of Education: Has posted new resources on the Reset and Restart Education website to assist mandatory reporters in preventing abuse and neglect, as well as a new resource guide for families and caregivers. The Champions for Ohio’s Children and Families resource outlines important information about who is required to report suspected abuse or neglect. It also offers tips for how to identify individuals, including students, who may be in danger and ways to help families that need support. Additionally, a new Resource Guide for Families and Caregivers provides helpful ideas and advice about how to support students as they navigate remote learning.
O From Starting-Point & OST (Out of School Time) Provider Network:
>> YALC - The 4-H Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition is a civic leadership program for youth ages 13-17 in Cuyahoga County. The YALC develops young adult leaders by training and supporting them in advocating for youth issues and links them to their communities through service-learning experiences. Joining YALC is easy. There are no requirements or commitments to join. YALC is free for any teen in Cuyahoga County. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/YALC-Signup
>> Upcoming YALC related virtual events/opportunities include:
> Equity Guided Dialogues for Youth….a series of lessons designed to bring youth together to deliberate, reflect, and take action on social justice issues. For more information & to register go here:https://tinyurl.com/Equity-Dialogue
> Leadership Team…. Teens who join the Leadership Team will receive a stipend of $300/year and an additional $1,500 upon high school graduation. Leadership Team members will have the opportunity to develop workshops on important topics impacting teens and educate the community and their peers through hands-on activities. For more information & to sign up go here:https://tinyurl.com/Leadership-Team-Appl
>> The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is offering tips on reducing the extra stresses of the holiday season and a pandemic in its Coping with the Holidays and a Pandemic booklet. Click here to review the booklet. It’s well worth a look-see.
O From Eventbrite….Looking for something different to do at home & still stay connected? Check out Eventbrite’s online event guide. Some require a fee while others are free. There’s….
>> Streaming Sounds: Online Concerts, DJ sets, Dance Parties, and Classes at https://www.eventbrite.com/c/streaming-sounds-online-concerts-dj-sets-dance-parties-and-classes-cwwrkfd/ or
>> Do-It Yourself: Online Arts and Crafts Workshops, Classes and Events at https://www.eventbrite.com/c/do-it-yourself-online-arts-and-crafts-workshops-classes-and-events-cwwrkgg/ or
>> Entertainment Tonight: Online Culture, Comedy and Fine Arts Events at https://www.eventbrite.com/c/entertainment-tonight-online-culture-comedy-and-fine-arts-events-cwxbtcw/
O From Parma City Schools:
>> Visit the District’s web site & scroll through for current 2nd quarter/semester teaching information, the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard & information/links re: current programs, services & up-coming events.
O From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/Univ. Settlement:
>> Beech Brook Family Center is offering Anger Management & Parenting Classes. For more information and/or to register call 216.391.4069.
>> Do you need rent or utility assistance? MyCom in partnership w/the County Board of Health may be able to assist you w/rent or utility payments up to $3,000. Go here https://mycomcle.org/articles/mycom-the-cuyahoga-county-board-of-health-may-be-able-to-assist-you-with-rent-or-utility-payments-up-to-3000/ for more details & to apply.
>> Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow) their FB page for updates. And/or find out what’s new with MyCom at www.mycomcle.org, sign up for their e-newsletter, join in their Wisdom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization.
O From CCPL….Important NEW update related to the County’s stay-at-home advisory. The system has reverted to curbside/drive-through service at all 27 branches effective Thursday, November 19. Public access to library buildings will not be available. Go here for details https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/LP/COVID-19.aspx .
I am currently training to complete my 100th full 26.2 mile marathon, which I will be running to benefit those in need. As the founder of the annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive, I have found that COVID-19 has resulted in a greater need for food assistance in our community and that the ability to collect donations is quite challenging. Determined to make the 10th annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive, sponsored by Rumpke Waste & Recycling, the most successful to date, I plan to parlay my personal achievement to ensure the success of the Drive.
The Donna Smallwood Activities Center and Office on Aging offers a variety of programs that benefit residents ages 60 and older. One program, which is available to Parma residents, is the Cuyahoga County Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For residents’ convenience, a HEAP Office is located in the Activities Center. Residents should note, however, that HEAP is a county program, not a city program.
PARMA, OH – (November 19, 2020) – Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Cox Communications Community Grant program, which supports non-profit organizations providing summer enrichment and after-school programming aligned with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning initiatives. The call for applications is open now through January 20, 2021 and all non-profit groups within Cox’s service areas are eligible to apply via the Cox Charities website, located at https://www.coxcharitiesne.org/.
This year has been especially challenging for our customers. Throughout the year, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has been advocating to federal, state, and local officials to seek financial relief to customers who are struggling with their sewer and stormwater bills.
Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, is now open by appointment only, due to a family emergency. The much publicized photo exhibit, Images of Haunted Ohio, will continue to run through December. In addition to the exhibit, the gallery also has a boutique with many various affordable hand made merchandise, suitable for stocking stuffers. Call (216)336-5585 for an appointment. View the web site for a sample of what’s offered at, www.pramaartspace.com, or follow on Facebook and Instagram.
On Sunday, December 6th at 7 PM, grab the kids and log onto the We Are Parma Proud Facebook page for an enjoyable hour, with Santa! Yes, Santa! Santa has made arrangements with the We Are Parma Proud non-profit to take a break from his busy schedule to live stream a virtual visit and reading directly to your home.
The City of Parma is unable to have the Christmas Parade this year due to the pandemic. So, two Parma councilwomen teamed up to bring a parade to your door with Santa On Parade.
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.