Everyone is invited to Family Movie Night at James Day Park, Friday, July 12. Admission is free. This year’s feature film is Incredibles 2. The big outdoor screen will be located on the soccer fields. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. A concession stand will be open for snacks. The movie will start around 9 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. For those who arrive early, carnival games and corn hole will keep families entertained until the movie begins. “This is always a popular event,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi. “We’re happy to host it every year.” In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Saturday, July 13.
I am very happy to report that after months of fundraising and many planning meetings, the city of Parma is now the home to a script Parma sign. Our sign was inspired by the script Cleveland signs that have become all the rage of selfie fans in the region. As an avid runner, I often include the script Cleveland signs as a part of my training routine. The Cleveland signs have really boosted the cool-factor of Cleveland and I know that the Parma sign will do the same for our community. This is just one way I wanted to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.
In a crowded field of two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America and author of The War on Normal People, seems to have distinguished himself in a way few other candidates have. Yang describes himself as the opposite of Donald Trump - an Asian man who likes math - and proposes as his flagship policy a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1,000 per month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. As it turns out, UBI is very much an American idea and, in one form or another, has found advocates over the years in the likes of Thomas Paine, Richard Nixon, Milton Friedman, Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Pool passes go on sale 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1 at the Recreation Department. From June 3 to July 12, passes can be purchased Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on July. Proof of residency is required. The season begins Saturday, June 1 and ends Saturday, Aug.10. Regular pool hours are 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Starting Saturday, May 25, the Splash Pad at Anthony Zielinski Park is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily until Labor Day and then on weekends only in September. Admission is free.
Youth (age 4 and older) and adult tennis registration is 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for the first session and 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 2 for the second session. There are four levels: tot, beginner, intermediate and advanced. More details are at www.cityofparma-oh.gov on the Recreation Department page or call the Recreational Department at 440-885-8144. Register online or at the Recreation Department. Payment at the Recreation Department is cash or check only.
Ridgewood Golf Course’s Junior Golf Program continues to grow. The season begins Tuesday, June 11, but parents need to register their children now because the program fills quickly. Go to www.golfridgewoodohio.com or call the golf course at 440-888-1057.
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Parma, OH – As part of its commitment to celebrating employee contributions to the communities where they live and work, Cox Communications has recognized La’Var Howell as its Community Hero in Cleveland for 2019. Mr. Howell has devoted his time to USO Northern in Cleveland by helping veterans reacclimate to civilian life and through initiatives designed to support active military overseas.
Walk to Remember, co-sponsored by Huntington Bank and Medical Mutual of Ohio, will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, June 9. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The event benefits Hospice of the Western Reserve and is open anyone wishing to celebrate the memory of a loved one. Registration includes all-day admission to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest and fun for the whole family! This year’s Walk will commemorate Hospice of the Western Reserve’s 40th anniversary in the community.
FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), the unregulated subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. and current supplier to the City of Parma Electric Aggregation Program, cancelled the sale of its retail electric business to Constellation.
Medley of Art Show at the Smallwood Center The annual Parma Area Fine Arts Council’s Medley of Arts Show & Sale was held on Saturday, May 18th. Participating in the event were 40 local talented artists from the area, showcasing approximately 100 diverse pieces of art. There was a steady stream of attendees throughout the day. The show was divided into seven categories. Best in Show, First Place in each category, and People’s Choice winning artists received cash awards. Ribbons were also awarded to those categories along with second and third place ribbons. The winners were as follows: Best In Show: Mother’s Are Dying by Ashley Nagel, Watercolor: 1. Samantha Bias – Eye For An Eye, 2. Poppin’ Poppies – Marge Horvat 3. Robin Prestien – Red House With Fence. Three-Dimensional: 1. Debra Newell – Vintage Sounds, 2. Donata Rahne – Winged Isis, 3. Debra Newell – Flash Of Sunset, Acrylic/Mixed Media: 1. Samantha Bias – In The Garden Of Eden, 2. Mary O’Hearn – Evening At The Dock, 3. Gary Nass – Three Forest Dances, Photography: 1. Anthony DeMarco – The Alter of Notre Dame, 2. Samantha Bias – Daisy In My Lazy Eye, 3. Anthony DeMarco – The Train On Time Graphics: 1. Sean Mabin – False Start, 2. Kathleen Dregella – Sheep, 3. Alexa Thompson – Breakfast, Fiber Art: 1. Debra Newell – Thrownaways, 2. Barbara Gorman – Felted Wool Neck Piece, 3. Jane Zampedro – Mermaid, Wood Carving: 1. Acorns – Stan Stary. 2. Angry Bird – Gerald Hoeltge, 3. Patricia Perchinske – Gryffin. People’s Choice went to Kathy Kijek for her Rotten Watermelon acrylic painting.
High-On-Dolls is a group of talented women who enjoy creating fiber art dolls. The group began meeting informally in 1998 following a class taught by Doll Artist, Eleanor Peace Bailey, at Pins-N-Needles Shop in Middleburg Hts. In 1999 they formally organized their club. The club met once a month and grew to a membership of forty plus, with a waiting list to join, due to the limited meeting space at Pins-N-Needles.
For years Parma residents have asked me why Parma does not have more competition in the cable and internet industry. Many are under the impression that the city government has authority over which companies can offer these services in our community and that the officials have stifled competition. In fact, nothing can be farther from the truth. First, cities in Ohio do not have the power to regulate which companies offer internet and television services to residents, due to deregulation in Columbus years ago. Further, speaking as a consumer of these products myself, I welcome competition and the better prices and services it theoretically brings. That is why I am happy to report that Parma will soon have another option, as WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone is coming to Parma.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion — a deadly mission that changed the course of World War II — during an evening vigil Wednesday, June 5, at Western Campus.
Did you know that there are close to 50 different local organizations working in concert to address issues related to human trafficking and the needs of its victims? Efforts by the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, are lead by the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland . Learn more about both these groups by visiting:
Parma’s May Show Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Parma Area Fine Arts Council will host their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Dr. This year in addition to the show, which features the work of local artists and craftsmen in seven different categories, the show will feature ongoing demonstrations in doll making by High On Dolls, and wood carving by Great Lakes Wood Carvers, as well as watercolor painting and wood burning. Refreshments are available, as well as some great Chinese Auction items. Attendees will also be able to vote the People’s Choice Award for the most popular item. Meet the artists and craftsmen, and watch them create unique one-of-a-kind items. Best of all, admission is free.
The City is repairing catch basins, improving large stormwater detention areas and rebuilding water mains as it continues to upgrade the city’s infrastructure. This year, the city will invest about $500,000 to replace around 150 catch basins throughout neighborhoods after restoring 117 of them along its major thoroughfares last year. “These are important improvements that will rebuild our infrastructure and help with our stormwater management and flooding issues within the city,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “This is a major priority for us.”
The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and nonprofit Solar United Neighbors are co-sponsoring a free informational meeting for residents interested in going solar. The meeting is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the Council Chamber at Parma City Hall, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma. Residents can learn about an emerging green technology without sitting through a high-pressure sales pitch.
Help Keep Big Creek Clean (Saturday, June 1) A collaboration between many environmental organizations for several years, volunteers are needed once again to help clean up one of Parma’s most important watersheds. All individuals and organizations interested are asked to meet at 9:00 am at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Snow Road Picnic Area along Big Creek Parkway. Bags and gloves will be provided, but it is suggested you wear long pants and boots. The event will go until noon when a light lunch and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Amy Roskilly at the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580 (x1005).
Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 71-year tradition during the weekend of May 3 through May 5, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
"It's only one straw," said 8 billion people. Did you know that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day? It’s no wonder that straws are one of the top items that end up in our waterways ー such as Lake Erie ー harming wildlife and impacting the health of humans and communities.
In early April, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s two-year transportation budget, House Bill 62.
Parma and Parma Heights recreation departments have partnered again this season to host the Summer Band Concert Series. Residents from both communities are invited to attend all the concerts, which start at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday.
Parma residents are invited to watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 for Parma Night at Progressive Field. There will be a pre-game parade on the Indians’ field, open to all Parma children and coaches involved in Parma recreation sports who attend the game. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for those attending is the Mayor’s First Pitch Raffle. Following his own tradition, Mayor Tim DeGeeter is forfeiting his opportunity to throw out the first pitch. Instead, he holds a yearly raffle for a child to throw out his pitch. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open to children who are Parma residents ages 17 or younger and who have purchased tickets in advance. The drawing occurs after tickets are sold out or returned to the Indians, which is typically about a week before the game. Tickets will soon be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Parma Recreation Department, 7335 Ridge Road. Tickets are $26 each in the family deck section.
This year, Free Comic Book Day is celebrating its 18th year introducing readers to the wonders of comics and falls on Saturday, May 4th.
O From Parma City Schools….
>> The Phase Three – High Schools Strategic Consolidation meeting schedule is as follows:
6:30 pm, Monday, April 8th at Normandy H.S.; 6:30 pm, Monday, April 29th, Parma Sr. H.S.;
6:30 pm, Monday, May 13th at Valley Forge H.S.; 1:30 pm, Saturday, May 18th, Parma-Snow Library.
> Providing another opportunity to experience a “21st Century Facilities”, see how that translates into real life by meeting at North Olmsted Secondary Campus (27301 Butternut Ridge Rd.), at 10:30 am, Saturday, April 6th.
> Go here: https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/7883 to view the schedule of meetings, their minutes and other related documents.
>> On April 6th, Young Entrepreneurs (students grades 3 through 6) will be presenting their ideas & related business plans developed over the past several months to a panel of student judges & the public. A sampling of their products will also be offered for sale. The event sponsored by UH/Parma Medical Center is being held at Normandy H.S. from 8:00 am to Noon.
>> To share general information & get community feedback, Superintendent Smialek will be hosting a Town Hall formatted meeting, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Parma-Snow Branch Library Conference Room A/B; 2121 Snow Road, Parma, 44134.
>> The District has announced the return of paper recycling bins at all of its schools. Accepted items include, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard & soft cover books, office/school paper, cardboard & mail. Money earned will accrue to the benefit of the individual school.
O 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. Kids between the ages of 12 – 17 living in and attending school in the city are welcome.
>> For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police; email: email@example.com; ph: 440.884.1235
The 18th Annual Parma Safety Fair and Document Shredding & Food Drive were both moved from April to Saturday, May 11 this year. Another change is the location of the document shredding, which will be at Parma Senior High School.
“We changed the date due to the Easter calendar,” said Safety Director Tom Weinreich. “We relocated the document shredding to reduce traffic congestion. We also ordered two shredding trucks this year to keep up with the demand.”
The Document Shredding & Food Drive runs 9 a.m. to noon at Parma Senior High at 6285 West 54th St. Residents are asked to show proof of residency. A driver’s license, gas bill or electric bill are acceptable forms of identification. There is no limit on the amount of documents shredded, but residents are being asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Parma Hunger Center, which will be on-site collecting the donations. Residents are not required to stay while their confidential documents are being shredded, but they are expected to secure their documents if they choose to leave. Community Services Coordinator Gloria Wohl said bagged documents should be tied, and boxed documents should have a lid. “We don’t want to risk confidential documents blowing out of the bags or boxes if we have a windy day,” Wohl said.
Residents should make sure their paper documents are not bound with rubber bands or paper clips and binders. Also, no plastic folders or sleeves can be included. "Plastic, rubber bands and clips can jam the shredding machine,” Wohl explained. Gateway Products Recycling will be shredding the documents. A grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is covering the cost of the shredding.
The Safety Fair will be staged at the same location as last year – the Parma Justice Center on 5555 Powers Boulevard. The community family event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety experts will offer advice and safety giveaways, including bike helmets, smoke alarms and gun locks, while supplies last. Several activities are planned, including fire extinguisher and grease fire demonstrations; free fingerprinting for children; tours of the police station, firing range and jail; and visits with the K9 Unit, Metroparks mounted police, bomb squad and SWAT team. Children can climb into fire trucks and see police cars and motorcycles up close. There will also be face painting and a climbing wall. New this year will be a drone demonstration.
Like you, I am so happy with the warmer temperatures we have been experiencing after a long, cold winter. As an avid runner, this weather is much more conducive to being active. Along those lines, I have been very busy preparing for the 9th annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, which will take place on Saturday, July 6 at Cuyahoga Community College’s Parma Western campus at 8:30 am. There is no better time to sign up than now.
The NEW MYCOM website is up and ready to view! Check out what MyCom is and does on MyComCLE.org. Summer Jobs 2019: Are you 14-24 years of age? Looking for a summer work experience? Apply today for the Y.O.U. Summer Employment Program. The Youth Opportunities Summer Jobs Registration Site is open. Go to youthopportunities.org and register for summer jobs.
It was a nice summer afternoon and I got home early from work. As I reached for the front door knob I heard some strange sounds. I went in the door, kicked off my shoes, but something didn’t sound right. I went back outside and I listened closer to the strange combination of sounds. There was a dog barking, maybe two…a lady yelling…and another lady screaming frantically. I ran in the house, got my shoes, my phone, ran back out, grabbed a rake, a long sharp stick, and ran like crazy toward the neighbor’s back yard where the sounds came from. Tracy, my neighbor, was running in the side door of her house. She was frantic, she was bitten several times, and she was bleeding. She seemed like she was scared crazy and yet strangely composed at the same time. She said: “the dog wouldn’t stop biting…wouldn’t let go…wouldn’t let go. ”She was calling her friend on her cell phone; I was calling 911. The Parma rescue squad was there in no time flat, but the paramedics couldn’t come in the yard until the police came…that was because I told the operator that my neighbor was bitten by a pit bull. The severity of Tracy’s wounds kept her in the hospital for a week and in bandages for longer than that. Her parents went through their own grief as they came from out of town to attend to their daughter’s needs. Tracy moved away 5 months later because the nightmares of what happened in her back yard wouldn’t stop. The last time I spoke to her she loved her new job in Oregon.
It was a nice summer afternoon. I got home a little early from work, had a chance to clean up the yard and do some other chores. I was going in and out of the house and putting stuff away. Finally finished, it was time to go in and start supper. As I reached for the front door knob I heard some strange sounds. I went in the door, kicked off my shoes, but something didn’t sound right. I went back outside and I listened closer to the strange combination of sounds. There was a dog barking, maybe two…a lady yelling…and another lady screaming frantically. I ran in the house, got my shoes, my phone, ran back out, grabbed a rake, a long sharp stick, and ran like crazy toward the neighbor’s back yard where the sounds came from. Tracy, my neighbor, was running in the side door of her house. She was frantic, she was bitten several times, and she was bleeding. She seemed like she was scared crazy and yet strangely composed at the same time. She said: “the dog wouldn’t stop biting…wouldn’t let go…wouldn’t let go.”
He is one of the voices behind the most played record in the history of American radio: "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.'" If you’ve had the time of your life, you may have been dancing with Patrick Swayze, but the track’s timeless male vocals belong to none other than Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Today, Bill Medley never thought he would be performing without his original second half, Bobby Hatfield, who passed away in 2003. The blue-eyed soul brother once believed his singing career would be put to rest with the passing of Hatfield. "I thought I was pretty much done, but fans and friends convinced me that people still wanted to hear that music," Medley says in a phone interview.
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The North Royalton Republican Club is sponsoring a “Convention of Conservative Clubs” with local, state and national organizations. The event will be a live broadcast with Nick Phillips from radio "the Advocate" to host interviews with special guests. Day to share video feeds from the podium of our speakers with Ashland’s Mayor, Matt Miller, as Emcee. Some speakers will be Jim Renacci on Economics, David Jenkins on conservative Environmentalism, Judge Matt Lynch on Judicial conservatism and Chris Long on Religious conservatism.
In his eighth annual State of the City speech Monday evening, Mayor Tim DeGeeter highlighted Parma’s success stories to illustrate the community’s progress. DeGeeter touted new business development, the strength of the city’s neighborhoods, the community’s reputation as a safe city and the infrastructure improvements made over the past year to about 100 people gathered in the Galleria on Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He also spotlighted the work of Parma’s council members and citywide officials, as well as local organizations and individuals. “We ought to be proud of our city, of the people who reside here and how we work together to make Parma a great place to live and work,” DeGeeter said. “Every day, we’re trying to build one success story after another in Ohio’s seventh-largest city.”
Three Parma women celebrated three-figure birthdays in February. What’s the secret to their longevity? Can it be attributed to delicious paczkis and pierogies? Is it because they live in safe neighborhoods with easy access to quality health care? Or, maybe it is because Parma is one of the best cities for retirees, according to Forbes magazine. Whatever the reason, these women have lived through 17 U.S. presidential administrations, five wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, moon landings, the Great Recession and numerous other historical moments. To recognize their special birthdays, all three received visits from elected city officials.
The Parma Police Department is accepting applications for this spring’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy is 10 weeks long, beginning April 23. It is free and will run weekly on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited. The Citizen Police Academy opens the lines of communication between the community and the police department, giving citizens a firsthand look at the rules, regulations, and policies the police follow. “The objective is not to train individuals in becoming police officers but to produce informed citizens. The citizens and police officers meet in a neutral, friendly setting and get to know each other,” said Lt. Thomas Siedlecki. “In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform. Now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.”
Last month I began a new series on Parma’s three branches of government by reporting on Parma City Council’s committee structure. My plan for 2019 is to report on various aspects of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of your local government. This month I interviewed Parma Municipal Court Judge Deanna O’Donnell.