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Councilwoman Lime Recognized

Parma Councilwoman Debbie Lime, Ward 2, Polish Village, was one of six, honored by the Polonia Foundation of Ohio, Knights and Grand Ladies, on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at a banquet held at Holy Spirit Party Center in Parma. She was awarded for her accomplishments to promote Polish culture and ideals through her commitment to support the Polish Constitution Day Parade and After Party, which takes place in Polish Village Parma annually in May. Also honored for their accomplishments were, Andrew Bajda, Jacqueline Jaros, Agnieszka Kotlarsic, Cara Florence Milcinovic, and Fr. Robert Ramser. 

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020

Wipes Clog Pipes

Only flush the “3 Ps!” – pee, poop and (toilet) paper

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020

The President's Corner

Let me begin by saying that I am praying for your safety and health as our world is turned upside down due to COVID-19.  Like you, I use reading as an escape from the world’s problems. This month, after a long hiatus, I return to my series on Parma’s places of worship. Weeks ago I visited Father Ray Sutter at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church at 1200 West Sprague Road, located literally on Parma’s far southeast corner. In fact, I owe him a big apology for not writing this sooner, but other stories got ahead of me.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the “Cleveland Rape Crises Center”: Sexual violence doesn’t stop during times of crisis, and the most vulnerable among us are facing even greater challenges to meet their needs.  The Center’s offices will remain closed until further notice, but staff members are working remotely and continuing to provide critical services during this time:
     >>  for assistance and/or to make an appointment for any service, contact the hotline 24/7: Call or Text (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020, or chat online at www.clevelandrapecrisis.org/chat.
     >>  go here https://tinyurl.com/CRCC-Counseling  for remote counseling via video conference or phone.
     >>  go here https://tinyurl.com/CRCC-VicAsst  to display services for survivors as they report to law enforcement, or consider legal options, are available to survivors by phone.

O  From“Futures Without Violence”….has developed an extensive resource page for DV survivors, their communities, and for domestic and sexual violence advocacy providers/programs.  Check it out here https://tinyurl.com/FWOV-CrisisInfo and share those that you find helpful with your networks.

O  From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….
Remember that any child from birth to 4 1/2  years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive, completely free, a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month. Enroll that child on-line by going here: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/ . If you have any questions or concerns regarding a child’s registration status, you can contact our local affiliate, Joan Spoerl, Coordinator at 216.577.7585 or email at jspoerl@literacycooperative.org.

O  Free Educational Web Sites for Kids….
Doing a "Search" on that phrase generates a number of “hits”. You can try this one as an example: https://www.verywellfamily.com/best-free-educational-websites-for-kids-3129084

O  From NORA (Northern Ohio Recovery Resources)….If you’re working or know of someone dealing with addiction issues visit
http://norainc.org/ to learn more about the broad & expanded range of services they now offer.

O  From ASPIRE Greater Cleveland (www.aspiregreatercleveland.org) : 
Has announced that all classes & orientations have been cancelled through April 3rd. Visit their FB page for any updates to this revised schedule.  

O  From TEAM NEO….This is a hard time for many who have suddenly been laid off or will be soon. Multiple area businesses are still open and hiring now, i.e.:  Amazon,  Giant Eagle, Heinen’s, Marc’s, Discount Drug Mart, GOJO, Parisco, Other essential retail, Healthcare. Visit these job resource sites prepared by the Greater Cleveland Partnership INGEAR (https://tinyurl.com/GCPJobs) & Cleveland 19 Job Alert (https://tinyurl.com/CLE19JobAlert).

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020

Parma Art Scene

Parma Area Art Council, Inc., has suspended all art classes until further notice. Check the web page, www.parmafinearts.org for updates or follow on Facebook. 

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020

Parma Schools: Issue 31 - Not A New Tax

The 2020 portion of this school year has begun on an extremely positive note as the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently informed us that we no longer require their oversight and are now released from Fiscal Caution status. We must continue to be very diligent in reinforcing the importance of fiscal responsibility throughout our district, but we are also excited that ODE has a renewed sense of confidence in our ability to manage our finances.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020

Parma Symphony Orchestra Concert Sunday 3/8/2020

Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Classical Music Concert on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights performing: Massenet’s - Le Cid Ballet Suite, Chabrier’s – Espana and Tschaikovsky - Symphony No. 4

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020

International Taste Of Polish Village

The 2nd Annual International Taste of Polish Village will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at St. Charles Parish Hall Basement, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, located at 5891 Ridge Road. This event is a fundraiser brought to you by Polish Village Parma, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Proceeds from this event are used to fund events and projects held in the Polish Village community, such as the Polish Constitution Day Parade and After Party held in May, and the annual Treat & Greet in October, or the beautiful flowers in the pots in Polish Village, Christmas wreaths at various locations, and the maintenance of the Pocket Park on Ridge Road. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
     >>  The group continues to meet every other Tuesday from 6 – to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater, alternating between a group activity and discussion meeting agenda.
      >>  All area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: pactunit@gmail.com; ph: 440.884.1235.
     
O  From OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) & PAVE (Partnership for Action, Voices for Empowerment)….Families with disability concerns take extra care when planning for emergencies. Go here https://tinyurl.com/DisasterPrepHelp for links links to the Red Cross disaster preparedness for families w/disabilities page, another from FEMA, and a very specific planning tool kit from Virginia Commonwealth University.

O  From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….Children from birth to 5 years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month.
Funded by sponsors, organizations & individual donors the program is designed to instill a love of books & to facilitate/encourage family reading from an early age. Go here to register your child, learn more and/or to donate: https://www.literacycooperative.org/imagination-library/

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020

The President's Corner

I have had many residents in recent weeks ask me questions about the presidential election process. Therefore, I have been moved to explain the basics in how we select the president of the United States in this month’s column. The first major step in the presidential election process is the one in which we are currently in the midst: primary elections and caucuses. When we vote in the primaries and caucuses throughout the nation, we are actually voting for delegates who are pledged for the candidate we choose. If a candidate receives a certain percentage of the popular vote in a state, they win delegates who will attend the party’s national nominating convention in the summer. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020

Teddy Bears And The Worlds' Largest Double Deck Gun Range Joined Forces To Send A Valentine To Parma Police K9 Heroes

February 25, 2020 – Parma, OH -- Parma Armory Shooting Center showed its love and respect for all law enforcement officers over the Valentine’s Day weekend, by hosting over 100 participants in their Target-a-Teddy fun event. Benefactors, who purchased the Teddy Bears onsite, found them to be an interesting alternative to shooting at typical paper targets. On February 25, 2020, $1095 raised at this event was donated to the Parma Police Department K9 Unit, which has a crucial role in the safety of the entire Parma community. The money will be used to help support and enhance the quality of life for our four-legged police officers. Target- a-Teddy is only one example of ways Parma Armory Shooting Center has contributed to the welfare of our city. As a life-long resident of Parma, and a former Auxiliary for the Parma Police Department, my goal is to give back to the community that gave me so much in my youth. That includes providing a recreational facility stressing gun safety education for CCW carriers and home defense gun owners; ‘demystification’ gun training for non-shooters who need not fire a shot to turn their gun-fear into knowledge of what guns themselves can and cannot do, and how Parma residents can, as parents and grandparents, make children safer around guns they might encounter anywhere.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020

Pinzone's Earned January Business Of The Month

Family-owned Pinzone's Market Fresh Meats was named Business of the Month in January. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 9 Councilman Roy Jech presented Tony Pinzone with a proclamation at last month's council meeting.

Pinzone's has been at the historic West Side Market for decades, providing the best cuts of beef and pork while creating a large and loyal customer base. In 1995, Pinzone’s expanded when it opened a butcher shop at 6046 Broadview Road, Parma and increased its product line to include poultry, seafood, deli and bakery.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:17 PM, 03.01.2020

Aldi Opens At Quarry Square

There was a big turnout for the new Aldi grocery store at Quarry Square, formerly known as Midtown Plaza. Many people withstood cold temperatures Dec. 12, lining up outside the entrance before the doors opened. The first 100 shoppers each received a gift card in the amount of $10, $25 or $100, and nearly all the shoppers were handed free reusable grocery bags and keychains. There were also food samples and a chance to win free produce for a year.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:17 PM, 03.01.2020

Parma Art Scene

PRAMA ARTSPACE GALLERY, located at 5411 Pearl Rd, latest show is titled Gastronomy. In celebration of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras the food themed show is a feast for your eyes, including the works of several fine artists. The show opened Saturday, February 22nd with a celebration that included real Mardi Gras food choices and music by Floyd Unplugged, who also did a recitation from his new screenplay. Parma Fine Arts watercolorist and instructor Emery Bogardy, has several paintings in this exhibit, which closes on March 22nd. The following exhibit will open March 27th, featuring Shawn Sloburn, Jennifer Gleason and Samantha Vickers. Follow Prama on Facebook, or check out their new web page, www.pramaartspace.com for details on this show and future events.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:17 PM, 03.01.2020

Fresh Produce For Households With Limited Incomes

Baba's Yard, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, distributed 86 tons of fresh produce at no cost to hundreds of low income Greater Parma household in its premier 2019 season of programing, in partnership with Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the City of Parma and the Parma Board of Education, distributions in Parma were on the parking lot that previously served State Road Elementary School. This year the Parma giveaways have moved to the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, at 2121 Snow Road, 44134. Neighbors in need are invited to the Parma Snow library branch between 3:30 and 5:30, on the first Tuesday of each month in 2020, from April through October. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:17 PM, 03.01.2020

Parma Mayor Will Give State Of The City At Watershed Stewardship Center

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter will give his 2020 State of the City address at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The presentation is open to the public, and parking is free. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will highlight a community partner by taking his address outside of Parma City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in West Creek Reservation, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma. The presentation will be in the multipurpose room.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:30 PM, 02.02.2020

Parmas Second Annual Pizza Bake Off A Huge Success

The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP), in conjunction with the cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills, hosted the Parma area’s second-annual pizza bake off last month. More than 600 guests attended the event at the city’s UAW hall enjoying pizza from a variety of local pizza shops and bars. A portion of proceeds benefited the Parma Animal Shelter. 

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:30 PM, 02.02.2020

The President's Corner

“Representatives . . . shall be apportioned among the several states which shall be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers. . .The actual enumeration shall be made . . .within every subsequent Term of ten years.”  This quote from Article I of the U.S. Constitution set up our decennial census in 1790 and we have been counting up the population every ten years since. 

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:30 PM, 02.02.2020

Paramedic Looks Out For His Neighbors

Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter recognized Dennis Gerlich as Citizen of the Month at a January council meeting. Lime nominated Gerlich because she said he is always looking out for his neighbors.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:30 PM, 02.02.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

News You Can Use
(and where to find it)

More re: Human Trafficking

From The Polaris Project (https://polarisproject.org)
>>  Understanding the federal law …. Action-Means-Purpose (AMP) Model:
Human trafficking occurs when a perpetrator, (the trafficker), takes an Action, and then employs the Means of force, fraud or coercion for the Purpose of compelling the victim to provide commercial sex acts or labor or services. At a minimum, one element from each category must be present to establish a potential situation of human trafficking.
Action = Induce, Recruits, Harbors, Transport, Provides, or Obtains
Means** = Force, Fraud, or Coercion
Purpose = Commercial Sex (Sex Trafficking) or Labor/Service (Labor Trafficking
**Minors induced into commercial sex are human trafficking victims – regardless if force, fraud or coercion is present.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  The group’s  next bi-weekly meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb 4th, at Cassidy Theater. The meeting’s discussion topic will be today’s “Vaping”.
      >>  All area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: pactunit@gmail.com; ph: 440.884.1235.
     
O  From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….As recently featured in the Plain Dealer, children from birth to 5 years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month. Funded by sponsors, organizations & individual donors the program is designed to instill a love of books & to facilitate/encourage family reading from an early age. Go here to register your child, learn more and/or to donate:  https://www.literacycooperative.org/imagination-library/

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:29 PM, 02.02.2020

Parma Art Scene

Great Lakes Wood Carvers is celebrating their 45th anniversary year. Congratulations to a great group! The carvers meet every Tuesday evening at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center for an open carve night. This group welcomes new members, if you are interested stop in and say hello.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:29 PM, 02.02.2020

Tri-C Western Campus Program Examines Media Bias And The Information Ecosystem

Learn how to look past sensationalized headlines and determine the legitimacy of news sources during an upcoming discussion at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The free program — “The Media Bias Chart: The Importance of Rating News Sources for Reliability and Bias” — will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Tri-C’s Western Campus Theatre in Parma.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:29 PM, 02.02.2020

Sirl's Automotive Earns Trust Award

Robert Oravec from Sirl's Automotive of Parma, received the American Towman Trust Award in Atlantic City on December 6th, 2019 at the world's largest trade show for towing professionals, the American Towman Exposition. A towing company that receives the award was nominated by a third party organization in the towing trade who has a working relationship with that towing company and the towing company also scored high on customer reviews on the internet (Google, Yelp). The Trust Award is presented by American Towman Magazine, the towing industry's premier trade publication.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:29 PM, 02.02.2020

PCSD Board Of Education Approves Master Plan

The GPD Group, a national architectural firm with local offices in Cleveland and Akron, recently presented their recommendation for Strategic Consolidation of the Parma City School District. 

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020

Parma Mayor Swears In Eight New Police Officers

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter swore in eight officers Dec. 16 to the Parma Police Department. The officers will fill positions opened due to police retirements. The new officers' family members had the honor of pinning on the badges during the ceremony in a full Parma Council Chamber. Family and friends, as well as the Safety Department Director Tom Weinreich and police department command staff joined the new officers at a brief reception in Parma Memorial Hall following the ceremony.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:50 PM, 01.01.2020

Register Now For Next Sessions Of Tri-C's Encore Campus Fridays At Western Campus

The Encore Campus Fridays program at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins new sessions of classes in January and March to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The winter program begins Jan. 24 and runs every Friday for seven weeks at the campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six courses for a $99 fee. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:50 PM, 01.01.2020

Healthy Watersheds Help Communities Thrive

West Creek Conservancy, formerly West Creek Preservation Committee, formed in 1997 when several concerned Parma citizens began meeting at a local library to discuss preserving the area’s greenspace and improving its accessibility to the public. Following the creation of West Creek Reservation, now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks, the organization recognized the need for its land conservation and watershed restoration services. Over the past 22 years, West Creek Conservancy (WCC) has expanded its reach into five Northeast Ohio counties, yet its mission has remained the same: protection, restoration and connection. “We acquire land to protect it, restore its functional integrity, and then we connect it to the people,” said WCC Executive Director Derek Schafer.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:50 PM, 01.01.2020

AARP Tax-Aide Free Tax Preparation Announcement

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 2020. 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 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020

Parma Council Members And Mayor Recognize Citizens

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 6 Councilman Larry Napoli and members of council honored Normandy Drama Workshop students in December for the dramatic 9/11 presentation they gave in the Parma Council Chamber on Sept. 11.  Additionally, the council recognized the graduates of the Fall 2019 Citizens Police Academy. These Parma residents received a behind-the-scenes look at Parma police work and saw firsthand what officers do to keep citizens safe. The academy also helps cultivate a stronger relationship between police and residents.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

Education/training opportunities & options
From Cleveland Rape Crisis Ctr:

>>  For Students: Up to 11 programs/events spread over these three categories, > Classrooom & After-School Programs for Children & Youth, > Gender Specific Programs, > Youth Leadership Development
>> For Teachers and Staff: Three programs /events
>>  For Parents: Five programs/events
Visit https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/prevention-education/ for details on these programs plus more.

AG’s Human Trafficking Summit coming up on January 9, 2020 in Columbus.
Go here:
https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Human-Trafficking-Summit for information and/or to register.
Watch for more information re Human Trafficking in the next issue.
Compliments of the Imagine Foundation.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020

The President's Corner

2020 will be an important year in the history of our nation, and we can all play a role in making that history through exercising our civic duty to vote. This year we will be voting for President of the United States, our respective member of the U.S. House of Representatives, state representative, state board of education member, county council member, county prosecutor, several judge positions, the county health and human services levy, and a Parma City School District renewal levy. It is especially important that we here in Cuyahoga County vote, as our county determines in large part how our state and nation goes in the Presidential election.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020

The Cuyahoga County Boaard Of Elections Is Holding A Job Fair And Hiring Thousands For The March, 17 2020 Presidential Primary Election

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is inviting the public to attend a job fair as part of our effort to hire over 4,000 individuals to assist voters on Election Day as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs). In addition, there are openings for Ride Along Officials, Drop-off Assistants, Rovers and over 300 openings for in-house full-time temporary Clerks. 

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020

A Look Back At 2019 - We Are Parma Proud

In the Spring of 2019 a handful of people met to discuss the creation of a new nonprofit, We Are Parma Proud, based on, Proud of Parma, an organization that served Parma well for a great many years. The mission is to advance, develop and improve the image of Parma. A mission that is as viable today as it was back in the day, when Proud of Parma was created.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:49 PM, 01.01.2020