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The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
      >>  The group is alive and well, continuing its bi-weekly meeting schedule, alternating between an activity of some type one week with a group discussion of a consensus topic the next. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Cassidy Theater. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
      >>  For announcements and detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: pactunit@gmail.com; ph: 440-884-1235

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center
      >>  A Women’s Health Expo
to include a panel of experts to answer questions, a cooking demo, and a range of free health screenings will be held at the Health Education Center, 7300 State Rd. on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; panel presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. Space is limited – register at 440-743-2651
      >>  Surgical suites/operating room expansion – Construction activity on this major construction project should be underway this month.
      >>  Emergency Department Refresh….designed to improve privacy, comfort and patient flow, this several month project should begin in April

O  From Parma City Schools….
      >>
  Phase Two Middle School community meetings scheduled for this month include Hillside M.S. on Monday, Mar 11th  at 6:30 p.m., Greenbriar M.S. on Monday, Mar 25th at 6:30 p.m. and at the Parma Hts Library on Saturday, Mar 30th at 10:00 a.m. Go here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 to view the schedule, meeting minutes and other related documents.
       >>  The Feb 11th issue of the Monday Monitor, among other things, has information about major administrative changes being made, details regarding Kindergarten Registration scheduled for Mar 6 and 7 and a piece explaining steps being taken to ensure the safety of our students, Go here to display a copy; https://www.parmacityschools.org/Page/5303 
       >>  Go here https://www.parmacityschools.org/feedback to check out any current/active district surveys and/or to ask questions or offer feedback on district issues.

O  Some other school-related events….
      >>  Normandy High School’s 50th Anniversary Open House is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th from 5 -  8 p.m. Tour the building, enjoy student entertainment and stay for a short program at around 6 p.m.
      >>  The Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Annual Pierogi Dinner will be held at the Parma Sr H.S.Cafeteria on Friday, March 8 from 3 - 7 p.m. ADVANCE SALE TICKETS ONLY available at all schools, Central Office and P.I.E. members; must be purchased by Feb. 25th. The Parma City Schools Foundation will hold a Basket Raffle at the event with many great offerings.

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s….
      >>  Take a break and support your schools by reserving a Parma Council of PTA Family Night at Kalahari Water Park on March 14th….$139 features 2 Queen beds and include waterpark passes. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-525-2427.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 03.01.2019

MyCom Youth Corner

February Highlights The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view! Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org !!!!

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.01.2019

Parmaís Butcher Shops Love Serving The City's Families

You’ve probably visited the West Side Market downtown (and if not, you definitely should), but did you know that three of the vendors have locations in Parma too? Here’s why Parma’s plentiful meat shops love serving the city and what delicious offerings you should try at each!

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.01.2019

Clay Display: Tri-C Gallery West Spotlights Ceramic Art In New Exhibit

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will showcase vibrant ceramic artworks created by local artists during a monthlong exhibit now on view at Western Campus. The exhibit runs through March 28 at Gallery West, located on the second floor of the campus library. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The exhibit is titled NOC Showcase Exhibition. The show features work by more than 30 members of the Northern Ohio Clay group. Free parking is available at Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. For more information, call 216-987-5322 or visit www.tri-c.edu/gallerywest.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.01.2019

Youngest Citizen Of The Month Supports Parma Police And K9 Unit

Lucas Woronischtsche, age 4, is the City of Parma's Citizen of the Month for January. He came to the council meeting on January 22nd sporting his tie, vest, new police haircut and adorable smile. Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban presented Lucas and his mother, Rebecca Woronishchtsche, with the proclamation on Jan. 22 for his generosity toward the Parma Police Department and K9 Unit. Lucas was surprised when he saw that four of the K9 officers and their dogs attended the meeting to honor him. Two of his favorite K9, Dexter and Beny, were there to greet him with their tails wagging.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019

College Club West Scholarship Grants Available For Women, 25 And Over.

Scholarships grants of up to $3,000 are awarded annually by College Club West to greater Cleveland women ages 25 or older in a four-year-degree-granting program or graduate program. The Scholarship Committee selects recipients on the basis of maturity, academic record, promise, goals, and financial need. Applications are due March 18, 2019. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. More information and application at www.collegeclubwest.org/scholarships.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 8:55 AM, 02.21.2019

Highly-Attended Pizza Bake Off Could Lead To New Parma Tradition

The Young Professionals of Parma, in conjunction with the City of Parma and the City of Parma Heights, hosted its inaugural Parma-Area Pizza Bake Off on Thursday, January 24 at German Central. The event attracted an overwhelming response, bringing more than three times the attendance the group originally expected. The large attendance helped generate more proceeds than expected, which enabled the Young Professionals of Parma to donate a greater amount to the Parma Hunger Center. The group is grateful for the pizza vendors, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and music group The Baker’s Basement for making the event a success. “We were amazed, but excited, by the turnout,” said Jackie Baraona, president of the Young Professionals of Parma. “We got a lot more people than we expected, especially those who bought tickets at door, but we are touched by the community support and plan on holding the event at a bigger venue next year. Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and pizza vendors for making the event possible!”

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019

Parma Mayor Will Present State Of The City At Tri-C

Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter will offer his 2019 State of the City address on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his address outside of Parma City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, 11000 West Pleasant Valley Road, Parma. The presentation will be in the Galleria, located in the center of the campus. The mayor chose Tri-C to highlight the college’s expansion, which includes the new STEM building, Advanced Automotive Technology Center expansion and second phase of the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019

The President's Corner

Happy 2019!  Occasionally a resident will attend a meeting of Parma City Council and wonder why there is sometimes little discussion about the items upon which members of Council are voting upon and why most items pass unanimously. The reasoning for this is because members of Council have already discussed, debated and compromised on the items they are voting on in the Council meeting in their respective committee meetings. This month’s column is dedicated to making you aware of the various committees of Parma City Council and who serves on each of them.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019

Visit Tri-Cís Western Campus On Presidents Day

The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a visitation day for prospective students on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18), with sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The day provides an opportunity to discuss academic programs with faculty and counselors; learn more about enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; discover the variety of student services available; and explore the buildings.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
      >>  The group is alive & well, continuing its bi-weekly meeting schedule, alternating between an activity of some type one week with a group discussion of a consensus topic the next. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: pactunit@gmail.com; ph: 440.884.1235

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 02.01.2019

Pleasant Lake Villa Christmas Play.

The Pleasant Lake Villa Chorale, a newly formed group of singing residents, debuted on Christmas Eve morning as part of a “living” Nativity program entitled A Precious Gift Given in Love enjoyed by fellow residents, family and friends. They joined volunteer children and adults to reenact the Christmas story in drama and song. The program ended with a visit from Santa who distributed candy canes with the help of the angels and shepherds. The choir is preparing for their Easter performance. 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:34 AM, 02.01.2019

On The Spot Gets The Spotlight At Council Meeting

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward 6 Councilman Larry Napoli presented On The Spot Dry Cleaners with the Business of the Month Award on Jan. 22. The family-run dry cleaners has been in business at its 7399 State Road building for 12 years. Its original location in Broadview Heights functions as plant operations. Owners Bernard and Kim Darusz have lived for 27 years in Parma, where they are raising their four children. Bernard graduated from Parma Senior High School in 1969. Bernard and Kim are committed to their customers and the community. They provide dry cleaning for the Parma Area Family Collaborative, which helps families in need of winter coats and other essential items,” DeGeeter said. “They also clean band uniforms, choir robes and theater costumes for local and surrounding school districts, as well as support local businesses, such as nursing and rehabilitation facilities.”

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:34 AM, 02.01.2019

Changing Neighborhoods: Tri-C Program Examines Race And Suburbanization In Cleveland

Learn about the racialized settlement patterns that turned Cleveland into one of the nation’s most segregated metropolitan areas during an upcoming discussion at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The free program — “Changing Neighborhoods Then and Now: Race and Suburbanization in Cleveland”  — will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Tri-C’s Western Campus Theatre in Parma.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:34 AM, 02.01.2019

Winter's Celestial Companion

School classes were canceled with dipping temperatures prompting authorities to ground all airline flights. Alerts flashed crossed the television screen urging residents to stay indoors. The polar vortex had arrived. Interestate highways were starting to close. My husband and I would have to travel back roads to pick up our daughter from college. “What is that noise?” I asked. “Oh, it's probably just ice on the tires. We're fine.” my husband assured me. As we drove further into the darkness of a desolate rural area, the noise became louder and the car began to intermittently stall out. I made a frantic call to my brother. Upon relaying the last mile marker I recalled seeing, he was sure there was a gas station not too far down the road. As the blizzard continued to obscure our vision, we finally caught sight of a brightly lit area just ahead. My brother arrive as our car stalled out for the very last time.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:34 AM, 02.01.2019

Mayor And Council Members Present Parma Residents And Businesses With Proclamations

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and council members presented proclamations to standout citizens at the Dec. 17 council meeting. Parma native Nicholas Celebrezze was recognized for his years of service as a state representative, councilman and civic activist. In 2006, he formed a small family-owned law firm. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Parma Ward 3 councilman. Since 2012, he has been an elected member of the Ohio General Assembly. He has served as the assistant minority leader of the Ohio House of Representatives and was appointed commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood. He recently was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star of Family Law in Ohio.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:09 AM, 01.02.2019

Parma Area Celebrates Its Pizza Shops With Bake-Off January 24

Did you know that the Parma area has more than 20 pizza shops, not even counting chains or bars that serve slices of everybody’s favorite pie? With that many shops, The Young Professionals of Parma thought if smaller areas like Lakewood and West Park hold bake-offs, why shouldn’t Parma? The non-profit organization is proud to announce it has partnered with the City of Parma, City of Parma Heights and the City of Seven Hills to host a pizza bake-off Thursday, January 24, 2019. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at German Central at 7863 York Rd. Attendees will be able to sample pizza slices from various vendors and vote for their favorite.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:10 AM, 01.02.2019

Pitt Ohio And Midtown Plaza Projects Have Positive Economic Impact On Parma

Two major projects will be beneficial to Parma’s economic development and will offer more job opportunities for residents. Pitt Ohio, a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Pittsburgh, is building a new complex in Parma that will bring nearly 200 jobs to the city. The 100,000-square-foot trucking terminal on Chevrolet Boulevard will rely heavily on wind energy produced from its eight newly constructed vertical wind turbines. The trucking company’s $3.3 million complex will also include solar panels in an effort to make the facility independent of the energy grid. Pitt Ohio prides itself on sustainability. “Anytime you have a great company like Pitt Ohio wanting to locate in your city, you want to partner with them on projects of this magnitude, and that’s what we’ve done,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. 

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:09 AM, 01.02.2019

2019 City Of Parma Scholarships Available

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 2019 award season. In its twelfth 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. Applications may also be obtained at Parma City Hall, any of the Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library branches or any high school located within the Parma City School District. 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 2019 – 2020 academic year. Financial need, work ethic, community service and accomplishments are among the selection criteria for the scholarship. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.  For more information or to donate to the Foundation please contact Parma City Council President and Board of Trustees Member Sean Brennan at sbrennan@cityofparma-oh.gov or 440-885-8091. 

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:09 AM, 01.02.2019

Confronting Captivity Conference

 I attended the PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) Conference in Burbank, California, November 9,10,11. I attended in 2010 when it was held at their San Andreas Sanctuary where the tigers and elephants reside. They have another sanctuary in Galt, which houses all other rescued species.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:10 AM, 01.02.2019

In Memory Of David Wilder: Tri-C Gallery West Hosts Exhibit Featuring Work Of Beloved Instructor

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is presenting a retrospective of artworks created by the late David Wilder, a former adjunct instructor of art, during a two-month exhibit at Western Campus. Drawing and paintings by Wilder — who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Cleveland in March 2017 — will be on sale throughout the show to raise money for a scholarship created in his memory.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:10 AM, 01.02.2019

Tri-Cís Women in Transition Program Opens Spring Session Registration At Western Campus

The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch a new session at Western Campus on Jan. 14. The free program empowers women in their pursuit of education and professional training. Participants build confidence and self-esteem through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy. The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The eight-week, noncredit program is free and open to the public.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:10 AM, 01.02.2019

MyCom Youth Corner

December Highlights: The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view!  Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org !!!!    

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:10 AM, 01.02.2019

The President's Corner

Before you read this column, define the word “impeachment.” If you are like most, you may have answered something along the lines of, “to remove an official from office.” However, if that were the definition, then why did Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton – the only presidents to have been impeached - remain in office following their respective impeachments? The answer is that the word impeach means to accuse of wrongdoing.  It is the equivalent of a criminal indictment, when a defendant is accused of a crime by a grand jury. Both Presidents were accused of breaking the law, but neither were found guilty of the crimes, nor, subsequently, removed from office.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:09 AM, 01.02.2019

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 2019.  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. 

Tax-Aide sites in southwest Cuyahoga County are located at:

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 12:09 AM, 01.02.2019

Family Collaborative Seeks Donors For "Giving Tree"

Our neighbors and friends in the Parma area are known for philanthropy, giving spirit and volunteerism.  We watch out for each other and support each other in tough times. The generosity of the community over the years is heartwarming. Last year alone, the response to the Family Collaborative’s Giving Tree program and ‘adoption’ of financially needy children was quite impressive. The Family Collaborative was able to give to just over 1,000 kids at Christmastime due to the kindness of those in our communities. 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.01.2018

The President's Corner

“Sunday, November 11 (6:39 pm): Dispatch Message – At 1631 hours PPD and PFD Responded to . . .Wexford Ave for a 74 YO Male with self-inflicted gunshot. House appeared to be secure and there was nothing suspicious about death - coroner has come to claim the body.” When I received this message from the Parma Dispatch Center last month, my heart sunk and it has been bothering me ever since. I did not know this gentleman, but I cannot help but be saddened knowing that he was, no doubt, suffering from loneliness and depression. His death awakened the memory of my Uncle Eugene who took his own life when I was a young teenager, as well as the students at the school where I teach that have either attempted or succeeded in ending their own lives. It also reminded me of the young man who shot himself last year in Parma soon after returning from serving our country.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.01.2018

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….
       >>  Congratulations to the PACT Unit Youth Group and co-facilitators, Ptl. Eric Taylor and Case Manager Kelly Latevola for being recognized & receiving a MyCom Network Agency Award for Youth Engagement. This is given to those organizations “….actively & authentically engaging youth in decision making about youth programming, community activities for children and young adults and/or community planning.” The award was presented during the 2018 Annual MyCom Youth Awards banquet held on November 15th.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information re. their bi-weekly (6:00 – 7:30 pm., Tuesday) meetings visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police.

O  Save the Date – The Ohio Association of Foodbanks, in partnership with the Ohio Dept of Education, will be hosting the 8th annual statewide Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Summit in 2019! When: Tuesday Feb 12, 2019; Where: Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Grove City (just south of Columbus); Target Audience: a returning sponsor or site, a partner, or an organization considering whether SFSP is a fit for you. Registration for the event will opens in early January 2019.

O  From Parma City Schools….
       >>  IF YOU VOTED “NO” FOR THE SCHOOL LEVY,
Supt. Smialek is inviting you to attend his next Town Hall meeting starting at 6:30, on Wednesday, December 5th at the Parma (Powers Blvd) Branch Library. Following a structured format, you’ll be given an opportunity to express the rationale for your vote….w/the request that folks discuss only matters within the district’s control.
       >>  Schools in the District are gearing up for the Holidays. Visit the district’s and/or your child’s school website to view their schedule of programs, events and please show your support for those that you can.
       >>  Consider a donation to help students from Valley Forge H.S. complete an on-campus memorial to 15 alumni killed during the Vietnam war. They’re hoping to set the actual memorial in May and complete landscaping work shortly thereafter. A check memo’d as “Vietnam Memorial” sent to Valley Forge H.S. or an in-kind donation, i.e.: landscaping and/or concrete services are specifically needed, would both be appreciated. Contact Amy Byrne, byrnea@parmacityschools.org or Mike Stringer, stringerm@parmacityschools.org  for more information.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.01.2018

MyCom Youth Corner

November Highlights The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view!  Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org !!!! 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.01.2018

Castle Noel Offers New Christmas Themed Attractions

The spirit of Christmas, and decorating for the holiday has been in Mark Klaus’ blood since his youth in Seven Hills. It’s not surprising then that the Normandy High School graduate  parlayed the purchase of a church, a school and two storefronts in Medina into Castle Noel, an enterprise he calls “America’s Largest Indoor, Year ‘Round Christmas Entertainment Attraction.” “Our home was a Christmas wonderland,” Klaus said. (Klaus sounds like “Claus,” as in "Santa.") “We always had ornaments in the ceiling and Santa flying over the house.” 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.01.2018

Whatís With The Flamingo?

What comes to your mind when you think of Parma? There are many answers depending on who you ask. You have locations such as Stearns Farm, West Creek, or The Shoppes at Parma, and you have both Polish Village and Ukrainian Village. The first thing that comes to mind for many, however, isn’t a place at all, but a thing: pink flamingos.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.01.2018

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed

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. We have 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and additional sites in the neighboring cities of Middleburg Heights, Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Strongsville. We also have sites Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Heights, and the Old Brooklyn and Puritas-Longmead neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland that are part of another Tax-Aide district. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP. 

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 5:00 PM, 11.01.2018

Parma Peanut Butter Drive 8!

Parma City Council President Sean Brennan is again uniting community partners to collect peanut butter for local low income seniors throughout the month of December.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 5:00 PM, 11.01.2018