Throngs of people are expected to line Ridge Road to watch Parma’s annual Fourth of July Parade – one of the city’s biggest events each year. Marching bands, local organizations, and public officials will be part of the more than 1,500 participants who will trek the one-and-a-half mile parade route, which starts at Snow Road and ends at West Ridgewood Drive at The Shoppes at Parma. “It’s a rite of passage for so many of our kids,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “I enjoy seeing them run as close as possible to the parade route as they grab as much candy as they can – or their parents allow.” Said DeGeeter: “But perhaps the best aspect of the parade is watching and hearing the bands march down Ridge Road. This is just a great event, and I truly appreciate the community spirit that makes the parade what it is today.”
Elected officials and community representatives joined Cox Communications to award the 2018 Cox Charities Community grants to the Parma City School District and Rocky River Public Library. Cox Charities, the company’s charitable giving initiative, supports after school and summer learning programs focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning.
Christopher J. Yurosko of Parma, Ohio, was among the students who received a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the college’s May 12 commencement exercises.
Hemlock Creek Trail construction begins in Independence; will help link Parma’s West Creek Reservation to Towpath Trail.
Rob Telecky, of Parma Heights, Ohio, outshined more than 300 local contestants to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Telecky advances to the semifinal rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking® to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention Saturday, Aug. 25 in Chicago, IL.
Nicholas Ricci, Jr. of Parma and Jacob Theobald of Parma Heights have been hired by The Illuminating Company after graduating from its utility worker training program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Ricci and Theobald were among 27 graduates in the second class since FirstEnergy Corp. reinstituted the award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program at Tri-C in 2014. The Illuminating Company is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.
Many Parma residents, including myself, have been curious about the caravan of children often being towed up and down the Ridge Road area just south of Snow Road in recent months. The children, as many as 18 or 20, are being pulled by a series of three or four wagons – accompanied by music - by a young father who is in excellent shape – seemingly because of all of the weight he is pulling. This mystery will be solved in this month’s column.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will elevate first responder training with the construction of Simulation Village at the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center at Western Campus. A streetscape with buildings representing commercial and residential spaces will serve as the center of Simulation Village. The mock town will allow for training drills that more closely reflect real-life settings faced by police, firefighters and rescue workers.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host its annual Bicycle Safety Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, to promote and encourage safe riding habits.
College Club West is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship recipients. The club provides tuition grants for women age twenty-five and older. The four winners this year will each receive $3,000 tuition grant for the 2018-19 school year towards a bachelor’s degree or higher.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: PAMPER THEM. July’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. All work and no play can be boring and stressful. The pace of everyday life varies depending on the activities young people participate in. These fluctuations are normal, even healthy. As long as young people don’t consistently have too much to do or not enough to do, they’re right on track. Problems arise when the balance begins to tip too far to one side or the other. Too much involvement can lead to stress or anxiety. Too little involvement can be a sign of depression or isolation. Ensure that young people constructively use their time for both fun and learning.
O Click on any of the links below to learn more, to volunteer, or to bring yourself up to date re: active projects, initiatives and/or events & activities.
>> American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall – June 28th – July 1st: https://www.facebook.com/AVTTParma/. The need for volunteers is great. If interested contact: Crystal Jardine - email : firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 440-570-3054.
>> Parma City School District sanctioned summer programs & activities:
https://www.parmacityschools.org/flyers or https://www.parmacityschools.org/summer.
>> Parma Area Family Collaborative for current programs and local resources: https://familycollaborative.com/
>> Cuyahoga County Public Library Summer Reading Program: https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Summer-Reading
>> Cuyahoga County Public Library Adult Education GED, Benefit Enrollment Assistance, etc.: https://www.aspiregreatercleveland.org/
>> Parma Hts. PACT (Community Policing Initiative): www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
>> Ohio Means Jobs: https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/
>> Stearns Homestead & Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS): http://www.stearnshomestead.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/StearnsHomestead/
O Other announcements:
>> Meet Parma City Schools new Superintendent, Dr. Charles Smialek….Looking for input & feedback re strengths, challenges, etc., Dr. Smialek is hostingTown Hall type meetings on:
> Saturday, 7/14 in Rm A of Parma Library (Powers Blvd) from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and
> Tuesday, 7/17 Rm. A of Parma Heights Library (Greenbriar Commons) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
If you’d prefer, as an alternative, your thoughts can be conveyed by completing an on-line survey at www.parmacityschools.org/survey. The survey will remain open through July 17th.
>> Back to school backpacks….If your child attends a schools in the Parma School District & receives free or reduced lunch visit www.famliycollaborative.com and complete the backpack application to see if he/she may be eligible to receive a free backpack & schools supplies. Application deadline is July 20th; email email@example.com with any questions.
>> Summer Free Lunch Programs for area youth….
> Parma City School’s - June 4 through Aug 10th. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis to all children ages 1 thru 18, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the following locations: John Muir Elementary, Dentzler Elementary, Family Collaborative (Hanna Elementary) & Shiloh Middle School.
> Summer Lunch at the Library – June 11th through Aug 10th at 11:30 a.m. – Noon; For kids 18 & younger; at all 3 local branches (Parma Hts, Parma & Parma-Snow) will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. Youth attending will be offered a free book through the generosity of the Cleveland Kids Book Bank.
> Summer Lunch at UH/Parma Medical Center - June 4th – Aug 10th from 11 am – 1:30 pm; Children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free, healthy lunch. Registration is not required but children must eat in the cafeteria.
>> From ODE - Fight the Summer Slide….combat summer learning loss by encouraging students to access free online tools that promote reading and maintain math skills during the summer break.
>> Save the Date: Saturday, August 18,2018….Plan on attending the 2018 PCSD Opening Kickoff at Byers Field. As compared to last year, there’ll be more groups performing & most school programs will have demos & reps available to answer questions. Returning this year will be the “Drive for Your Students” fundraiser co-sponsored by Barry Axelrod GMC & PCS Education Foundation. Go to www.parmacityschools/kickoff for more information.
O Did you know…. The Cleveland Seed Bank and Cleveland Public Librarieshave created a partnership where residents can, "Check Out," seeds from the Seed Library., at select libraries and plant them, if you fill out a short survey. http://www.clevelandseedbank.org/resources/csb-seed-libraries/
O From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….
>> Ohio Means Jobs (https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/) Mondays – Fridays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. An Ohio Means Jobs Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 440.885.5362 to confirm the Job Specialists availability.
>> Summer Storytime – Saturdays in June and July at 11:00 a.m. Families. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. No registration required. https://tinyurl.com/SummerStorytime
>> Jim Kleefeld's Rockin' Magic Show – July 20th at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4 – 12. Witness astonishing magic tricks with a musical theme, featuring popular rockin' tunes, famous musical groups and some oldies. Registration at https://tinyurl.com/RockinMagic
>> Adapted Storytime – July 21st at 2:00 p.m. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Register at https://tinyurl.com/AdaptedJuly
>> Stuffy Sleepaway Camp – Ages 3 – 5. Party on July 27th at 11:00 a.m. Send your stuffed friend off for a week of fun. Stuffy will mail a letter home, then reunite with you at a Pick Up Party with camp activities, treats and an animated video of all the adventures. Drop stuffy off between July 15th and July 22nd. Register at https://tinyurl.com/StuffySleepawayCamp
O From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
>> Cyber Security & Online Safety: Wed., June 27, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Learn about the risks of using public Wi-Fi, "SMiShing," antivirus software and common cyber scams. Get tips on how to keep your identity and your device safe. Click here to register
>> Summer Storytimes at the Library! Saturday, 6/2 - Tuesday, 7/31.- Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) is an 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. The Traveling Wall will arrive in Parma on Wednesday evening, June 27 and will be escorted to the campus by the Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars. The Wall will also be escorted by a helicopter from UH-Parma Medical Center.
O Significant progress continues re. the Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan. Project details to include renderings of various options were presented and feedback solicited during the 2nd Public Meeting that took place on May 1st. A special shout-out to students from the 3 district high schools and Tri-City MyCom for taking the time to attend and sharing their unique perspective. Go to www.countyplanning.us/parma to follow this project’s progress.
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.
As Cleveland’s biggest suburb, it’s not surprising that many Parmidians have gone on to do some pretty cool things. For example, did you know that Ferris Bueller’s best bud Cameron (Alan Douglas Ruck) graduated from Parma Senior High School? More locally, Browns player Jamie Meder is from Parma Heights. There are plenty of other Parma-area natives doing great things in the Cleveland area, too. We’ve reached out to some to hear more about their thoughts on growing up in Parma and the city’s future.
House Bill 523 was signed into law by Governor John Kasich in September, 2016, legalizing medicinal marijuana in the state of Ohio. The law allows patients with certain medical conditions to purchase and use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. The law also permits cities to decide whether or not to allow the cultivation, processing, and/or dispensing of medical marijuana within their jurisdictions. Soon after the passage of the law, Parma’s officials began studying the issue, and after months of debate, approved vendors for all three stages of production. Over the past several weeks, many residents have asked me what the status of medicinal marijuana is in Parma.
May Highlights The spring session of Maker Club at the Parma branch of the Cuyahoga County Library ended May 9. One of the May programs featured a choice of stations including Duct tape, Green Screen, Builder and Art. At the final session, Youth made Everbloom art pieces with different materials including fabric, gems and markers that they could give for Mother’s Day or keep to decorate their rooms.
Friday, May 18th, a small group of volunteers, from the Parma Area Fine Arts Council, gathered at the Donna Smallwood Center, located at 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive. Working frantically, in three hours they installed the display screens, set up numerous tables and chairs, covered the tables with tablecloths, set up food tables, and Chinese Auction item table, all in preparation for the May 19th's art show. Additionally nearly 70 pieces of art work, created by local artists and craftsman, was dropped off, checked in, sorted, tagged, labeled and set up for display. The three judges arrived shortly thereafter and began the process of reviewing each item in the six different categories. Care was taken in order to not reveal the artists name, age or gender to the judges. Nearly two hours later the winners were revealed.
O From the Ohio Dept of Education…. In-Demand Jobs Week is scheduled for May 7 – 11, and communities throughout Ohio are gearing up to host events to inspire students and job seekers about local career opportunities. More than 30 events are planned to date and the list is growing.
Access the In-Demand Jobs Week web site here: http://omj.ohio.gov/indemandjobsweek and scroll down to access both the Event Map and the Business-Education Partner Search Map. While there click on the link to view details of Ohio’s 200+ in-demand occupations. It contains some really great information.
April Highlights Four youth council members participated in Global Youth Service Day at the MetroParks West Creek Reservation on April 21. Patrick from the MetroParks talked about his expectations. The youth learned a valuable life lesson as they went around picking up debris and trash. They all said they would never smoke (due to all the cigarette butts) and all said they had never been to West Creek and wanted to come back. After lunch, we went to the Watershed Stewardship Center. One of the naturalists, Matt, came out and took us into a classroom and let the youth compare possum, raccoon, coyote and deer skulls. Both Patrick and Matt spoke about their education and career paths. All in all, it was a wonderful, educational opportunity.
Take a Hike at West Creek Reservation (Various Dates/Times)
Call For Entries Medley Of The Arts Show & Sale The annual spring art show and sale, sponsored by Parma Area Fine Arts Council, will be held on May 19, 2018, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, at the Donna Smallwood Center. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first place in each of the following six categories: 1)Watercolor 2)Oil & Acrylics 3)3 Dimensional (pottery, carving, jewelry, sculpture) 4)Computer Graphics/Pencil/Pen & Ink/Pastels 5)Photography 6)Fiber Arts, as well as a Best In Show and People's Choice Award. If you are interested in entering this unjuried show and are over the age of 16, please contact Michelle at (216)618-0956 or visit the web site at www.Parmafinearts.org, for an application and more information. No residency or membership requirements. Drop off date for entries is May 19th.
As spring blooms around us, so does the arrival of home improvement season. Projects that have been contemplated and discussed all winter long are now ready to be addressed. Most Cuyahoga County residents don’t know about an extra tool that they may have in their tool belt. That tool is called the Housing Enhancement Loan Program, or HELP loan for short. All residents in communities on the west side could be eligible for this great program. I also encourage contractors and home improvement companies to learn about this program so they can share it with their clients.
The celebration begins with a Wing Ding, Friday, May 4th, at RAXX located at 5513 Pearl Rd. Net proceeds from this event benefit Polish Village Parma, a qualified 501(c)3. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Saturday, May 5th, at 6:00pm is the Polonia Ball in the St. Charles Social Hall. Junior Miss Polonia (ages 15-17) and Miss Polonia (ages 18-24) will be chosen at this event.
Parma’s annual Safety Fair, a community family event for area residents to learn valuable safety information, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd.
Recently, I was contacted by my friend Jeff Fowler, who is a dedicated member of All Saints Episcopal Church. Jeff and I have known each other for several years, often crossing paths in our various volunteer activities. He kindly invited me to his church where I was inspired to write this latest rendition in my running series on Parma’s wonderful places of worship.
The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP) held a public meeting at the Parma library branch on Powers Boulevard on February 22. The group invited the public to come and learn about its newly formed purpose and initiatives, including committees and becoming a non-profit.
Before she tried to fly around the world in 1937, Amelia Earhart’s family wanted her to study medicine. The woman who would become everyone’s favorite lady pilot actually enrolled in Columbia’s pre-medicine program before taking a plane ride at a California air show. Shortly after, she began flight lessons and bought a used plane.
As I mentioned in last month’s issue, I have a huge announcement to make about a project I have had in the works for months. This project illustrates my deep love for Parma and everything about it. It will also give everyone who feels the way I do a space to illustrate our deep pride for our community.
O For residents of Parma Hts., plan on attending the Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) community policing Town Hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Cassidy Theater. Officers will report out on progress and representatives from the Parma Area Family Collaborative, Tri-City Parma Area MyCom, Young Professionals of Parma & the Parma Hts. Library will share information & answer questions regarding the many services they provide to residents (adults & youth) of our community. The next meeting of the PACT Unit’s Youth Group will be 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Mar 7th at Cassidy Theater. Find various sign-up documents for PACT Unit programs and follow its progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
O If you’re a local organization looking for data to support your program or justify a position, consider visiting NEOCANDO (http://neocando.case.edu/) for a suite of innovative data tools of CWRU’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (the Poverty Center). There’s no charge to access the site but you do need to register. The site has recently been redesigned and is well worth a visit.
Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.
March’s Asset Category: SOCIAL COMPETENCIES. Learning social skills is a lot like learning to play the piano in that you need to learn some basic competencies and you need someone to teach you those skills. You need time to practice, guidance as you gain experience, and feedback along the way. Social competencies are the skills and life perspectives young people need to develop into healthy, competent adults. These skills are important daily, but they’re even more crucial when young people encounter the tough times in life. Young people who can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and focus on positive attitudes. Research shows the more personal skills young people have to interact with others and make decisions, the more likely they are to grow up healthy.
West Creek Conservancy announces the recent election of a new member to its Board of Directors and the re-election of four incumbent board members. New director John Daters is Director of Digital Strategy at Ripple Effect Interactive in Cleveland.
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. CASAs collect information that helps the judge make the best decision for a safe, caring, and permanent home for children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. CASAs are everyday citizens who are trained and appointed by the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse or neglect. CASAs are assigned at the earliest stages of a case, and continue to be an advocate for the child through their time in the court system. CASAs work collaboratively with all parties on the case, for the best interests of children. CASAs are only assigned to 1-2 cases at a time and spend approximately 10 hours a month on a case.
Bill Veeck, Indians owner during the 1948 World Series championship season, understood passionate baseball fans. “There’s two seasons,” he once said. “Winter and baseball.”
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will celebrate fashion with a five-week exhibit showcasing the work of Kent State University faculty.
February Highlights Three area youth attended Advocacy Day 2018 at the Statehouse in Columbus on February 22.