AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. Our tax preparation sites are in Strongsville, Parma (2), Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Middleburg Heights. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP.
Tri-City Parma community members were invited to attend four community meetings (9/29/15, 10/20/15, 12/1/15, 3/15/16) to explore the resources and needs of youth in our communities. A diverse group of community members (youth, parents, families, schools, businesses, faith based organizations, civic organizations etc.) worked together to develop a three year neighborhood plan to help our youth become successful adults. The results are listed below.
Both U.S. and British statistics show that one in four of us experiences a mental illness in a given year. And if you aren’t affected directly, mental illness will have an impact on your life through a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague, or through a chance encounter in the grocery store or on the street.
Cuyahoga Community College has been awarded $80,000 to help establish a Veterans Services Center at Western Campus in Parma and expand existing programs for those who served the nation. The Kisco Foundation named Tri-C a recipient of its Kohlberg Prize, given annually to increase support for veterans attending community colleges. The grant was announced during a recent ceremony at the White House in Washington. “This support from the Kisco Foundation will have a major impact on the lives of thousands of veterans,” said Alex Johnson, president of Tri-C. “The Kohlberg Prize enhances the College’s ability to help more veterans secure rewarding careers and position themselves for successful futures.”
The phone is ringing and family is coming over within weeks! What will you serve? What will you drink? Fortunately I have the latter covered for you. Stress not. Pinot Noir and sparkling wine is traditional, but this year is better than all others. Let's get fancy now that we are a city of champions! Not just any Pinot Noir will do this year! Perhaps a Pinot Nero would be good if you are Italian or would like to pretend to be Italian if only for the holidays. Pinot Nero red is an Italian produced Pinot noir which can be found at a few wine shops or select grocery stores with a well stocked wine section. If no Pinot Nero is found look for anything from Willamette Valley and you will have fodder for great conversation. "Willamette Valley produces great Pinot Noir because it shares the same latitude as one of the most historic regions of Pinot Noir grapes on the planet, Burgundy. For champagne, I recommend G.H Mumm which can be found locally for $35 approximately and isn't your family worth it? No? Well, then you'll have to offer up some exquisite Cava or California sparkling which may be more agreeable to your family members who may not have yet discovered the wonders of such affordable sparkling wine as of yet! A good Cava can be bought for $10-15 and a California sparkling for about the same. If neither of these delicate offerings are suitable go for whatever the visiting family members usually drink. Everyone feels at home with what they are used to. Comforting wine and comforting family. Nothing could be more precious and more enjoyable! Happy Holidays! Cheers.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, December 4, 2016 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 a pop concert featuring: Franz Lehar’s Overture to the Opera “The Merry Widow”, Highlights from “Show Boat” by Jerome Kern, “George Gershwin in Concert”, as well as a collection of Traditional Holiday favorites including Arthur Harris’s “Medley of Well-Know Christmas Carols”, “Christmas at the Movies” selections from Miracle on 34th St, The Polar Express, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Home Alone, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”
Help Cleveland Metroparks keep stormwater runoff out of West Creek! Learn more about a stormwater project and lend a hand maintaining rain gardens installed in the right-of-way of this neighborhood-scale project on Wednesday, November 2 in Parma. Volunteers will be removing leaves and weeds, trimming back grasses, and removing sediment to prepare the gardens for winter. Volunteers should meet at Parkhaven Drive. Clean-up will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.
I am writing this month to appeal to my fellow voters in the Parma City School District (PCSD). As a homeowner, public schoolteacher of 22 years (in a neighboring district), an elected official and as someone who loves this community and the people in it, I want to urge you to vote YES on ISSUE 118 – the PCSD renewal levy. Passage of this issue WILL NOT RAISE TAXES.
I totally understand the concern that many residents have regarding the recent controversies involving our school district. However, we cannot simply throw gasoline on the fire and make matters worse. Our children, our property values and our ability to attract new families depend upon our continued support of the PCSD. Failure of this levy would only serve to further damage a challenged district.
As a community, we must stand united to fight for the cities that we love and the children who depend upon us to fund their schooling so that they can receive a world-class education that will prepare them for success in the 21st century. Today's youth will not only be competing against their peers here in northeast Ohio, but against those throughout the ever-shrinking and interdependent world. China reportedly has more honors students, for instance, than we have students in America. We have a responsibility to equip our youth for success in this hyper-competitive work environment. America's exceptionalism and continued superpower status depends upon everyone doing their part.
If you are still not convinced, maybe the Founders can appeal to you. Despite the fact that they were political enemies, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both fierce advocates of publicly funded education for the masses. In fact, Adams wrote, "The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it...Education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant." Jefferson added, "The tax which will be paid for this purpose [education] is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance."
Please VOTE YES ON ISSUE 118 on November 8 – "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest" (Benjamin Franklin).
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Everyday 8,000 people turn 65 in America. Today older adults live longer in reasonable health, longer with more health issues, and longer in a home alone than ever before. Most Older Adults say they want to live in their own homes as long as possible, but 50% of them say they haven’t planned for their own future as an aging person. Additionally, 73 % of their adult children say they have neither thought about nor planned for the care of their aging parents. This raises serious challenges for anyone hoping to maintain their independence throughout the aging process. Staying in their own home and preventing hospitalization then placement into a nursing home requires planning. That’s what the free course, “Staying Independent Through Aging – Building Your Independence Took Kit” is all about.
This month’s column continues my series covering Parma’s places of worship by spotlighting Bethlehem Lutheran Church located at 7500 State Road, just south of Pleasant Valley Road. To prepare this writing, I met with Bethlehem’s Pastor, Rev. Robert Green.
Autumnal greetings, savvy sippers and beer chippers alike. What spooky spirits are you drinking right now? PumKing? Pumpkick? Spooky Tooth or Warlock? Nitro Pumpkin Latte in a can? There are more and more ales every year. This year I’ve noticed at least five new ones that weren't around last year! What do they have in common? Pumpkin, yes but also one other thing. Mid to high (or what we used to call high) alcohol content. 9-12%Alcohol By Volume. Well not anymore, my friends. Free at last! The end of August marked a new day in brewing in Ohio. The 12% cap limit has been removed. House Bill 37 broke the limit on alcohol content brewed and sold in the Buckeye state. You may be saying to yourself, “Why did the cap need to be removed? I get drunk enough on 4.2% Bud Lite in the Muni lot before crying my Browns make-up off into my pillow.” Ohio ranks fourth in the entire U.S for beer production. This brings an economic “buzz” of over 2 BILLION dollars into Ohio. Removing the cap unleashes our great breweries to offer even more diverse product in the realm of beer production in which the U.S is now officially the global leader thereof. What can you do? Buy some more Ohio beer like Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth and let freedom ring! Who knows, next year we may be drinking pumpkin ales with the same kick as a nice sherry wine to make our cheeks shine. Cheers!
The much anticipated Polish Village's Treat N Greet is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016. This marks the sixth year this event has been in existence. The children, all decked out in their costumes, accompanied by adults, walk Ridge Road, Trick-Or-Treating the participating businesses. Families go directly to the Headquarters, located at 5773 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.
Register Now For Fall Art Classes! After school youth art classes Wednesday's 4:30pm to 6:30pm for ages 7 to 17. $8.00 for a two hour session, supplies are included. Call 440-843-6474.Adult Watercolor with Emery Bogardy Wednesday's 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Adult Acrylics & Mixed Media with Michelle Behal, Wednesday's 7:00pm to 9:00pm. $8.00 to $10.00 for a two hour session.All classes are held at the Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W Ridgewood Drive. Call 440-888-4514.
Dash through the fall colors while doing some good this October during the second annual Autumn Blaze 5K at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®). Proceeds from the run/walk will be divided evenly between United Way of Greater Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Community Shares and United Negro College Fund. Tri-C launched the race in 2015 as part of its annual giving campaign to benefit the community. Last year’s race raised more than $7,000 for the nonprofit agencies. This year’s goal is $8,500.
October’s Asset Category: SUPPORT. Supportive, healthy relationships make a big difference. Many studies over the years confirm that caring, supportive relationships with adults are critical for raising young people who are healthy and resilient. Support means freely giving young people love, affirmation, and acceptance; surrounding young people with caring families, guardians, friends, teachers, neighbors, and other adults; and helping young people know they belong, are not alone, and are both loved and lovable.
Parma is home to a great talented individuals, artists and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in variety of mediums. This article showcases a Parma area artist and introduces you to one of your talented neighbors.
An hour can pass quickly, and it is certainly not a long time at all in which to prepare for a truly historic event. This is such a tale. When Vice president Joe Biden visited Parma recently for a campaign rally at the UAW Local 1005 Hall, he mentioned to Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter that he would like to visit a business in Parma on his way in from the airport. This presented a bit of a dilemma- which business would this be? Difficult choice, since we have so many fine businesses in Parma, but a decision had to be made quickly, and the Mayor picked Rudy's Strudel & Bakery at 5580 Ridge Rd. in the Polish Village Neighborhood of Parma. "Owners Lidia Trempe and her mother have become icons in Parma" said Mayor DeGeeter. "They are a full service bakery in business for 68 years and are completely pro-Parma", he added.
The City of Parma and The Shoppes at Parma collaborated on a memorial service to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 in events in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The highlight of the Sept. 11 ceremony was the dedication of a World Trade Center I-beam, recovered from the rubble, which was donated to the Parma Fire Department by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey after a two-year application and approval process.
On Monday, September 19, the City of Parma provided an unforgettable evening for nearly 40 World War II veterans, their families and friends and many who made it a point to come and say to those veterans: “Thank you for your service.”
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, October 16, 2016 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: Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 2 and the powerful Carmina Burana by Carl Orff featuring the combined choirs of Parma, Normandy, Valley Forge, Padua Franciscan High Schools and Cuyahoga Community College Choir and soloist Kira Seaton and Brian Keith Johnson.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at its Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.
Happy Birthday to Brittanie Marie Childs, who was born on September 18, 1998! I want you to know how proud I am of the way you have grown into a fine young woman who is thoughtful, ambitious, spontaneous and quick to find the good in others. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up and never give up on something you desperately want. I LOVE YOU!
Registration Now Open for “Together We Can Overnight” Help and support are available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. For the convenience of families from Parma and surrounding southwestern communities, camp transportation will be provided from the Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th St. Drop off times and additional camp details will be included in registration packets. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838.
The dog days of summer are slowly slipping away and the sweet days of September are sliding into our fray. What better way to savor summer than to find a thirst quenching wine to appreciate every moment? But which wine will we find? I'll make it easy. RIESLING! (pronounced "Ree-Zling). At one time this ,member of the 'Noble Grapes' was thought of as, "the World's Greatest White Grape". Today we have slighted it's nobility ,a bit, by thinking of Riesling as only a sweet white wine. While partly true, this does not give this great grape its just reward. Widely grown in Germany, Riesling did not make its debut until the late 15th Century. Known to grow best in cool climate, some of the world's best Reislings come from Germany. And as Germany's climate has changed over the years it is putting out some of the most interesting and flexible wines in the history of, "The Fatherland". This great grape is known to give us fantastic fruit flavors of apple, pear, and other white fruits. If the wine is young ( a few years) it shows aromas of flowers. If aged it can hit the nose with sweet honey notes or even a touch of gasoline. What?! Gasoline in my wine?! Blech! No! The hints of what they call, "petrol" is merely something that we can recognize and associate with gasoline,but if you smell hints of gasoline in a wine it is only a side effect in the Riesling. It is sometimes a combination of smells, in an old Riesling, of the smells of sage,lemongrass, lime marmalade, honey, consomme’, and toast. But one thing is for sure...Riesling is fantastic cooling spicy foods. It also pairs with sweet foods, salads, and seafood.
Ok, so maybe you haven’t heard of it yet, and if you have, you might think pickleball is a silly name for a serious sport. The point is, it is a serious sport, and Claudia Fontana’s goal is to make sure you try it out.
On Sunday, August 7th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council held their 10th Annual Chalk Drawing Event. The day was sunny, warm and breezy. The families that attended had a fun time celebrating summer. In addition to the youth, adults joined in on the fun, and created some outstanding pieces. This year the Fine Arts Council partnered with the City of Parma and held the event in the parking lot adjacent to Parma City Hall. Parma Mayor, Tim DeGeeter was on hand, with son Jack, to offer tours of the Mayor's Office. Parents took photos of their children in the Mayor's chair. The newest member of Parma's K9 Unit and his handler mingled with the families attending, passing out key-chains and hand sanitizer. The Parma Fire Department attended and passed out fireman hats and stickers. Fine Arts Council member, Christine Vodicka, provided unique, creative, face-painting. The chalk, cold bottled water, and lemonade was also provided by the Fine Arts Council. Gift certificates for the first place winner in two age categories was provided by Mayor DeGeeter.
This month I continue exploring Parma’s places of worship in my continuing series that spotlights our community’s rich religious diversity and heritage. The church I visited recently for this column was St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) located at 5375 Broadview Road, just south of Brookpark Road. The young Pastor, Jason Soltysiak, was gracious enough to take time during a very busy week at his Parish to provide me with the information for this writing.
The Encore Campus program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) begins a new session of classes Sept. 23 to enrich the minds and lives of those ages 55 and older.
September’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING. A love of learning will take them far Education has improved immensely in the past 20 years. Today, more young people are taking high-level courses, fewer of them are dropping out, math and science scores are on the rise, and more students are entering college after high school. But that doesn’t mean a commitment to learning happens naturally in all young people. Instilling this important trait involves a combination of values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one’s own ability. This commitment is strongly influenced by the school environment and relationships with family and peers.
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Calling all alumni of Parma Senior High and Parma Schaaf who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion! The PSH Alumni Association is holding its “Fourth Annual Golden Reunion” on Saturday, August 27th for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1966 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun, casual day in the PSH Ballroom (cafeteria) featuring a school tour, light lunch and refreshments, and lots of reuniting with old classmates, hugs, reminiscing and memories. Over 250 attended the third reunion last year, and it's getting better every year!
As many of you may know, I have been blessed with the opportunity to act as the Outreach & Advocacy Director for the Alive Inside Foundation since it was formed in 2015 by Michael Rossatto Bennett. Michael directed the multi-award winning Alive Inside documentary & created the Alive Inside Foundation as a means of addressing the issues facing an aging population living with Dementia. The Foundation has made amazing progress in many areas during the relatively short time we have been in existence, launching Adopt An Elder Programs in 21 cities across the USA including our most recent effort here in Parma, with music students from Kristopher Morron's Valley Forge High School band & orchestra working with residents from the Parma Care Center on Broadview Rd. under the guidance of Martha Polenz LPN and Clinical Liaison for the facility. The program was recently featured on a segment of WKYC's "See The Possible" with the cooperation of WKYC's Dawn Kendrick (see link).
This particular program also benefited from an event on June 18th that featured performances by the legendary Emerson , Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer with the ELP Legacy Band along with a couple acts from Nashville.
Brother Trouble and Ira Dean were gracious enough to add their talents to our efforts. Ira even took the time to visit and play a few songs for the group at Parma Care Center during one of their Adopt An Elder sessions.
We have plans to expand our Adopt An Elder Program in other NE Ohio communities and eventually across our state. As part of our continuing growth we are always looking to expand our network and devise new ways to not only raise awareness but to raise funds. I'm delighted to announce that we have found a local partner in the amazingly creative Lidia Trempe and Rudy's Strudel, who are brain-storming to develop something special that is guaranteed to bring the world's taste buds "Alive".We are ALL going to be SURPRISED on Saturday August 20,2016 when we will be launching their creation with a Rudy's ROCKS Dementia event from Noon until 3 PM featuring Music,Food and Fun for All.
Details will be announced ASAP.
Mark your Calendars NOW.You won't want to miss this.
The great build and even greater divide along Cleveland’s north shores has come and gone, but not in the fundamental principles of so many that impassionately involved themselves in events throughout the week, as around every corner there were all walks of life hustling and bustling their stance on where we currently sit as a not so united “state” of America.
The Parma Area Dog Park Association presents Yappy Hour!!!
Please join us as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of a Historic Rescue By Garrett A Morgan and the workers who laid the groundwork for our water service today. FREE TO ALL.
Fees for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program returned to bills beginning July. The Sewer District is hosting informational workshops to help customers learn more about the program’s benefits to Parma and how residents can apply for residential credits to reduce their bills.
This year I was pleased to introduce a pilot program to our Ridgewood Junior Golf Program with The First Tee of Cleveland. We had two classes of 24 students each held on Tuesday mornings. Talking to the kids and parents, this year was a big success. The kids had fun and learned some things along the way. I also added a junior day on Thursday. The goal was to approach high school golfers and give them a day to work on their golf skills during the summer months. We mixed it up with head-to-head competition as individuals and team events while providing coaching areas along the way. People say our kids are the future - if that if true our future is getting stronger each year.
A special invitation from the City of Parma … We are looking to honor our Parma veterans of World War II and so we’re on the lookout now to locate them. If you served in World War II or know someone who did, please let us know! We appreciate your service and want to honor you for it.