We've just celebrated the first "official" day of fall. In this season of changing leaves and cooler temperatures, there is one local organization which helps hundreds of people each year -the Parma Heights Food Pantry.
The Cassidy Theatre will present the musical Pippin, October 6-22, 2017, based upon the book by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
After a very busy and productive summer, we are excited to welcome fall. School is back in session, the days and nights get cooler, and the leaves begin to change.
The Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will present a three-part program entitled, "Hearfulness Meditation," from 7-8 p.m.on three consecutive Wednesdays in September: September 13, 20 and 27.
A Civil Service examination will be given for the position of entry-level Firefighter/Paramedic in the City of Parma Heights on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:15 A.M.
The Cassidy Theatre, 6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, is pleased to announce its 2018 season.
They came, they saw, they had fun. The City of Parma Heights' second annual Kids in the Commons weekend was a rousing success. Held August 12 and 13, 2017 at the Greenbrier Commons Complex, the event was purely designed for family fun. "This event has become a summer tradition in Parma Heights," said Mayor Michael P. Byrne. "We were so happy to see so many members of the community join us and take part in the fun."
There will be a Historical Talk given by Kenneth Lavelle inside the Parma Heights Library Saturday, August 19, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. The topic will be the Founders’ of Parma Heights as a Village after 1911 from Parma Township. Several sessions will be held lasting 30 to 40 minutes using a brief Power Point presentation and research presented concerning the early Mayors of Parma Heights Village. General questions are encouraged after each presentation. This is sponsored by the Parma Heights Historical Society. Participants are encouraged to visit the next door 1876 Wooster Pike Road Tollgate House replica in the Greenbrier Commons. Members of the historical society will be there to discuss area history and any other questions one may have concerning local history of Parma Heights, Ohio.
For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Parma Heights proudly welcomes the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation August 11-13, 2017. The Ohio Flags of Honor (OFOH) was founded by Gino Zimmer, the father of fallen hero Army Specialist Nicholaus Zimmer, who was killed in Iraq on May 30, 2004. Zimmer created OFOH to honor the men and women from Ohio who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The City is currently accepting registrations for the Fall/Spring season for Soccer and Flag Football. You can register in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road, using cash or a check only.
The Cassidy Theatre presents “You Can’t Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman August 4-6 and August 18-27. There will be no performances during the weekend of August 11-13 because of the Parma Heights “Kids in the Commons” event. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $14 for Students and Senior Citizens. The production is directed by Dan Sekanic.
The city will host a Hazardous Waste Collection event this Saturday, July 8 at the Service Garage, 6140 Pearl Road.
The Cassidy Theatre continues to undergo a major transformation both inside and out. The theatre’s two community rooms have been completely renovated using a $50,000 grant the city received from the State of Ohio with the assistance of State Rep. Martin Sweeney (D-14). The funding came from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, according to Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
Summer is in full swing in the City of Parma Heights. Summer means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Produce grown in the Parma Heights Community Garden is donated to our local Parma Heights Food Pantry to help those in need in our city.
For the last 53 years, Tony Suppa has come to work each day to a place where he gets to spend time with the people he calls friends and family. They'd greet him with a smile as they walked in the door to take a seat in his chair at Total Image. The barber shop has been in operation in the same building since 1960.
Yorktown Lanes, 6218 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, will be one of seven area facilities to welcome the 2017 Junior Gold Championships, July 15-21, 2017.
The Cassidy Theatre will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum June 9-25, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays.
It seems hard to fathom, but the end of another school year and beginning of summer vacation is upon us….and it will be a busy month of June for the residents and families of Parma Heights. Our outdoor Waterpark complex opens for the summer season at Noon on Friday, June 9. Pool passes are available for purchase online (www.parmaheightsoh.gov), at City Hall, or at the pool when it opens. If you are in need of some laughter as we head into summer, The Cassidy Theatre, our community’s hidden gem, will be presenting “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” June 9 through 25. Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this fast-paced farce combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. Tickets are available by calling the theatre box office at 440.842.4600, or online at www.cassidytheatre.com.
Because the safety of our residents is our top priority, smoke detectors were recently purchased for residents who expressed a need at no cost to the homeowners. The smoke detectors were purchased through the generosity of the Greenbrier Senior Living Community, 6455 Pearl Road, Lowe’s, Parma Heights Councilman Jim McCall, and Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
The City will host its sixth Household Hazardous Waste Round-up event from 9 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Parma Heights Service Garage, located at 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons complex. Proof of residency is required.
The City will host a Community Shred event from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Parma Heights Service Garage, 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons complex.
Scarlett Karpus lives on Springwood Road in Parma Heights. A few weeks ago during our last real cold bout of the season, she saw her mother give a homeless man a few dollars and ask him if he had somewhere warm to sleep that night. He did, but Scarlett wanted him to move in with us and live in our guest bedroom. We explained that wasn't practical with 6 children of our own. She that proclaimed her father could build homes on the sides of highway exits for them, again this wasn't a viable solution. Alas we came up with a yard sale to raise money to buy much needed items like razors, feminie products, toothbrushes and more. Scarlett and her siblings sold their own items, friends and family donated items to sell, as well as baked goods for a mini bake sale. I posted on social media and people came from all over NE Ohio to support her. Mayor Byrne came by to visit her and make a donation, she also took the opportunity to show him her new skills on a 2 wheeler! Her grand total was $316.42 and with that we made 100 you matter bags to deliver to the city mission. All because a 5 year saw the need to make a difference.
The Cassidy Theatre’s Youth Theatre Summer Classes will take place June 19-August 5, 2017.
After last week’s torrential rains, the City of Parma Heights is continuing to work to assist residents who experienced problems due to flooding. The unusually heavy rainfall Wednesday night April 19 resulted in severe flooding problems for many Parma Heights residents. Our Service Department employees responded immediately and began assisting residents Wednesday night. They’ve done a fantastic job. The flooding was something we could never have predicted.
Have you ever wondered the history of the Parma Heights logo that sits in front of the Parma Heights fire station? It was originally a section of a pillar from in front of a downtown Cleveland bank. In 1926, Philip Bentz, a monument builder on Scranton Road, cut and engraved the stone in honor of the first centennial of the city of Parma, which until 1911 included Parma Heights. The eagle was added a short time later. Myron Kronenberger, a member of the Paul Cassidy team, was the first to use it as his calling card. Paul Cassidy and city hall then made it the official logo of the city where now you can see it everywhere: city signs, letterhead, mailings, and on city vehicles.
The Parma Heights Garden Club will host a flower and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday May 13, 2017 in the Gazebo at Greenbrier Commons, 6200 Pearl Road.
The City is planning its second Sustainable Gardening Seminar of the spring season at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Council Chambers at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road.
I am pleased to announce that the City of Parma Heights is hosting the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors (ACAR) at the Cassidy Theatre on Thursday, March 23, 2017, for a pilot program called “Becoming Familiar with Cuyahoga County Municipalities.” Realtors in attendance will receive one continuing education credit.
The Historical Society has made significant improvements in 2016. In addition to our monthly meetings, informal weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Parma South Presbyterian Church as an opportunity for available members to discuss any new or old business updates.
Area farmers felt an economic and social need existed to establish a farm family organization to meet their future expectations. Thus, in December 1909, The Grange, was chosen to be their local model of a farm family organization to be established in Parma, Ohio. Local land developers had begun to enter the Parma area in 1901 - 1908 time period to build residential homes. There were many local farms operating in Parma Township. The interest in land development had started with the announced plans in 1892 for an interurban steam powered train route along the Wooster Pike to Berea, Ohio and later to Medina, Ohio. These early interurban steam powered or electric powered routes had been approved by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners to use existing county roads. However, no construction was ever began due to an Ohio Supreme Court case ruling in 1902. The case of SCHAAF, ET AL v. THE CLEVELAND, MEDINA & SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY, ET AL. 66 Ohio St. 215, 225-233; 64 N.E. 145; 1902 Ohio LEXIS 170 ceased development plans.
Mis-matched socks, dirty stuffed animals, curtains from the ‘80’s, things you wouldn’t donate but don’t want to throw away....when it comes to recycling, everyone thinks of paper, bottles and plastics but clothing, shoes and household goods like these are also highly recyclable. As the winter months and cold weather return, we start to shift our focus inside our homes to housework and seasonal wardrobe changes and that’s where the city’s Simple Recycling program comes in to help clear the halls so you can deck them.
PARMA HEIGHTS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN AMERICA TO RAISE A FAMILY AND ONE OF THE BEST CLEVELAND SUBURBS FOR YOUNG COUPLES. As young families search for the best place to move and/or raise a family, they need not look farther than Parma Heights. Wallethack.com recently named Parma Heights as one of the best places to raise a family in the United States (https://wallethacks.com/2016-best-places-raise-family/). “Good schools, plenty of things to do (especially outdoors), affordable housing, low unemployment, low crime, and a strong sense of community” were the criteria used to determine attractive places for families.
The Ohio Flags of Honor visits towns and cities throughout the State of Ohio to honor the men and women who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The second week in August, the Ohio Flags of Honor, made their fourth stop in Parma Heights and spent the entire weekend displaying the flags in our Greenbrier Commons.
Efforts at “Greening Parma Heights” have made significant strides. A recently released report of 2015 Residential Recycling Percentages shows that Parma Heights has the second greatest percentage recycling increase of all communities in Cuyahoga County.
The old stone tavern Inn was built in 1817 by Conrad Countryman with family members. They had traveled by wagon to Parma Township in the spring of 1817. Mr. Countryman operated a blacksmith shop, sawmill and the old stone tavern inn. This old stone tavern inn was an overnight stage coach stop inn along the Wooster Pike beginning in 1820. The tavern was a regular stop where mail or packages were delivered and picked up before the local postmaster was appointed. Horse teams were exchanged at the old stone tavern used to pull stagecoaches. Wooden Wagons that hauled goods parked in the tavern’s wagon yard. No established banks existed. Money and valuables were hidden to not be stolen. The tavern was robbed of its hidden currency and valuables.
It’s good to be home. I am happy to announce our return to Parma Heights City Hall at 6281 Pearl Road. The arson fire, which occurred two days before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, destroyed two offices, but it could have been much worse. I am most grateful that no one was injured.
I had the privilege to work with several volunteers of the Parma Heights Baptist Church, performing landscaping duties in the wooded area surrounding this beautiful Pavilion. Even though I am not a member of this church, I wanted to help in any way I could. I had been observing the progress from the initial ground breaking ceremony on October 20, 2013, to the completed dedication service on June 14, 2015. It is built in a cross shape, better seen from elevation. This natural wood structure is awe-inspiring. It is in a natural, peaceful setting. This is built on land that was once a chicken farm. I'm sure that all of the church members are very proud to have this pavilion as their outdoor sanctuary. I met Pastor Dan Barfell, who also volunteered his time, along with other faithful church members. We all shared in the chores at hand and helped one another. In just 4 hours, the perimeter was cleared of debris, wood split and stacked for use in the huge fireplace, and a walking trail was laid down with ground wood chips. There are wooden pegs that have been inscribed with church member names that are imbedded in the support structures. What a fitting tribute to these people for future generations to see. This is a structure that should last for over 100 years.
In 2014, Parma Heights was named one of the safest cities in Ohio by SafeWise, in part because of our city’s unique safety initiatives and security programs. Those safety efforts paid off this last month as a robbery ring operating was quickly brought to justice once they acted in our city. On July 13, 2015, the Parma Heights Fifth Third Bank was robbed by a single armed male and on July 17, 2015, the Parma Heights Citizen Bank was robbed, also by a single armed male. The suspect and an accomplice, a female, were quickly captured on Sunday, July 19, and their arraignment scheduled for July 20, 2015. It was later discovered this same team had participated in a bank robbery in Parma on June 26, 2015.
In true small-town fashion, we invite all our neighbors and friends to come out and enjoy our Party in the Commons August 7-9, 2015. You won’t find expensive food and crazy rides, but you will find people getting together to enjoy the better things in life: good food, good music and each other’s company.
The Cities of Parma and Parma Heights in partnership with Cox Communications proudly present another year of outdoor summer band music concerts. All concerts start promptly at 6:30 p.m.