The Tollgate House is a replica of the one operated by the Brooklyn & Parma Plank Toll Road Company from 1876 to 1907. It was originally located at the intersection of Olde York and Pearl Road. Horses, local farm wagons, and stagecoaches rode on the wooden planks to avoid the mud. The wooden planks that were secured to the ground along the route were replaced by brick pavers and the Tollgate was no longer necessary as the cost and maintenance went from private investors to local county government control. Several interurban electrical train routes were proposed along the Wooster Pike and Olde York Rd. starting in 1897 to 1915. None were ever built. The Tollgate House replica was built in 1980 with donated supplies and labor from the members of the Historical Society of Parma Heights. During the 2011 Centennial celebration held for the establishment of Parma Heights Village from the Parma Township in 1911, bricks were purchased by residents. Each brick had the purchaser’s name inscribed in it and placed in a walkway created leading to the wooden planks securely laid in front of the replica of the tollgate house in the Greenbrier Commons. The Parma Morning Kiwanis took care of the tollgate house between 2004 and 2009. The new Parma Heights Historical Society has been maintaining the tollgate house since 2013.
Bring your blankets, chairs, food and drink (no alcoholic beverages) and enjoy Disney's animated big screen adventure, FROZEN, under the moon and stars in Greenbriar commons on Saturday, June 28 beginning at 9:00 P.M. In the event of rain, the movies will be presented indoors at the N.E.O. soccer facility. The City of Parma Hts. and Cox Communincations are excited to be presenting the highest-grossing anmated film of all time.With the popularity of FROZEN and of our "Movie-in-the-Commons" events, I know this will be an enjoyable evening for the whole family.
Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. has been chosen for the city’s third Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up event. According to Michelle Teresi, Building, Housing & Recycling Coordinator, the event will be held at the Parma Heights Service Garage located at 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons. Proof of residency is required.
Students from Padua Franciscan High School got some expert advice on how to improve their public speaking to help them ace the regional Ohio Mock Trial competition. Juel Leonard, president of the Chardon Toastmasters Club, visited with the school’s Mock Trial competition team January 30. A Toastmaster who has received several top honors, Mrs. Leonard gave students pointers on how to hone their speaking skills in preparation for the regional competition which will be held February 21 at the Cleveland Municipal Court. “I was there in my capacity as an experienced toastmaster and they also had a lawyer there to help with the legal aspects of a trial,” said Mrs. Leonard. “It was a great experience.”
Parma Heights has been named one of the safest cities in Ohio according to a study completed by SafeWise, a community-focused security organization. Public safety is a critical marker of the quality of life in a community and I have continually said that safety is, and always will be, my top priority. I am proud to announce that we are ranked #20 in the state on the SafeWise 50 Safest Cities in Ohio list. The full list can be viewed at: http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-ohio.
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Transportation Agency (NOACA) announced that the City of Parma Heights was one of only seven cities awarded a highly-competitive Transportation for Likeable Communities (TLCI) grant. The city will use the $75,000 award to conduct a “Pearl Road Complete and Green Streets Initiative” study.
Staring January 15, 2014, property owners in Parma Heights and other communities who are members of NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) will be receiving a mandatory “Opt-Out” mailer for natural gas. NOPEC, the largest governmental public retail energy aggregation in the nation, is required to send the “opt-out” letter to consumers every two years.
Registrations are now being accepted for an Adult Yoga w/Pilates Class to be held at the Cassidy Theatre in the Greenbrier Commons. The six-week, one-hour class will run from November 11 through December 16, 2013, at 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Starting in November, Parma Heights residents will be able to swim for free at Valley Forge High School on selected Tuesdays evenings. “This is the second year we’ve had the program,” said Recreation Director Tom Moran, “No registration is required but you must be able to prove your Parma Heights residency with a driver’s license or utility bill.”
The public and media are invited to the Grand Opening of the Parma Heights–Big Creek Connector Trail linking the Greenbrier Commons to the Cleveland Metroparks Big Creek Reservation trail system on Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. The Grand Opening ceremony featuring as speakers myself and Brian Zimmerman, CEO Cleveland Metroparks, will be held at the entrance to the trail located behind the N.E.O. Soccer Building in the Greenbrier Commons, 6184 Pearl Road in Parma Heights.
Republic Waste will begin one-day waste collection in the entire city beginning on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, eliminating the previous Tuesday-through-Friday segmented collection schedule. This will streamline the entire process.
Ever since the city received a steel beam from the World Trade Center two years ago, the community has been coming together to fund, design, and build a fitting memorial. Now the work has been completed and the Dedication Ceremony for the Parma Heights 9/11 Memorial has been set for Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in the Greenbrier Commons. Our memorial has been an ongoing tribute to those who lost their lives on that fatal day. This is truly a community effort, reflecting the monetary donations of residents, businesses, and employees, and the hard work of many local union members.
This year, the city’s Weekend in the Commons Celebration will bring a deeper meaning to the concept of community with the presentation of the Ohio Flags of Honor, courtesy of the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation. This memorial display honors the men and women from throughout our state that paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Registration will be held at City Hall (6281 Pearl Rd.) from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 9, 2013. Residents and non-residents are welcome both days. Fees are $30/resident and $50/non-resident; we accept cash or checks only, no credit/debit cards. There will be a $10 late fee added beginning March 10, 2013.
Parma Heights has a green solution to those piles of broken, tangled Christmas lights – recycle them at the Service Garage in the Greenbrier Commons on Saturday, January 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
We take great pleasure in inviting all residents of Parma Heights to join him in the city’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m. at the Gazebo in the Greenbrier Commons. Santa Claus will be visiting us from the North Pole!
The City of Parma Heights and the Housing Research & Advocacy Center will present a Fair Housing and Landlord Tenant Law Seminar on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Parma Heights City Hall,6281 Pearl Road.
On Friday, August 24th at 11:00 a.m., the City of Parma Heights experienced its first test call to all numbers in the municipality’s CodeRED Emergency Communications Network database. “If you did not receive the test call on August 24, you are not in the database. If you want to receive emergency messages and weather alerts, it is imperative that you go the website or call the Safety Department to register,” emphasized Brent Collins, Director of Public Safety.
Race Threads owners Betty and Brad Booth, providers of custom embroidery for the racing industry, welcomed two new members into their family-owned business last September: a high-tech digital printer that allows them to be a one-stop shop and a graphic designer who, in addition to creating custom artwork for clients, attended classes to learn how to operate their new machine.
Good food, good music and good friends are a surefire recipe for summer fun and that’s just the package the City of Parma Heights is offering during its Weekend in the Commons, Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th. Parma Heights is, and has always been, a city with a small-town atmosphere, and we wanted this year’s celebration to feel like a block party with neighbors and friends getting to sit back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.
Parma-South Presbyterian Church invites the community to share in the sweetness of summer at its annual Strawberry Festival and Bake Sale on Sunday, June 10.
Economic Development and Recreation Vital to City’s Future
On Thursday, April 19, at the Cassidy Theatre, I delivered my first State of the City Address. As the speech came at the mid-point of my first term, I gave an overview of where we have been, what we have accomplished and what we need to do now to face today's challenges and prepare for the challenges to come.
Cox Communications was on hand to record the address and report that they have added it to their Cox45 and On Demand programming.
The address can be seen on Cox45 on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. The address will air throught the month of May.
According to Amy Krebs of Cox Communications, if you are a Cox Advanced TV subscriber and wish to view the address On Demand, simply "tune your TV to channel 1, select FreeZone, Cox Local, and then Events New & Info. Along the bottom of the screen, there will be different folders, scroll left or right to Parma Heights SOC and select the video".
I invite all of you to join me as I deliver my first State of the City address on Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cassidy Theatre. As the speech comes at the mid-point of my first term, I will give an overview of where we have been, what we have accomplished and what we need to do now to face today's challenges and prepare for the challenges to come.
During a three week period the Builder's Club of Greenbriar Middle School was able to collect hundreds of donations to help the homeless. Under student leadership the Builder's Club students chose a project they felt very strongly about supporting - the Metanoia Project. The Metanoia Project was established in 2007 in the interest of serving the homeless of Cleveland. Much needed supplies for the Metanoia Project’s Hospitality Center were donated by the students, families, and staff of Greenbriar Middle School. The Parma Area Morning Kiwanis Club, businessman Bob Gillingham, and teachers Tom Foley and Kelly Gajewski sponsor the Builder's Club. The Builder's Club meets after school at the Greenbriar Cafe. Goals of the Builder's Club include the development of leadership, character-building, and caring for others. Students continue to work together to make a positive impact upon the community.
Sign-up dates are Saturday, March 3rd and 10th at Parma Hts. City Hall (6281 Pearl Rd.) from 9 to 11 a.m. We offer t-ball, coach pitch, softball and baseball for children 5 to 18 years of age. Resident fees are $30; please bring a utility bill as proof of residency and non-resident fees are $50. We accept cash or checks only; no credit/debit cards. There will be a $10 late fee starting March 11th. Contact us at 440-884-9600 ext. 37 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Parma Heights will officially light-up for the holiday season on Sunday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m. as city officials flick the switch at the official tree lighting ceremony. Residents, business owners and the community-at-large are all invited to the gazebo in the Greenbrier Commons to take part in the event.
Parma Heights Food Pantry founder and Director Ann George was awarded the prestigious AARP Ohio 2011 Andrus Award for Community Service at a special AARP reception held in her honor at Parma Heights Town Hall on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.
Starting the week of January 9th we will again be offering adult yoga, zumba and golf lessons, youth martial arts, soccer footskills and golf lessons. Adult golf fees are $100, youth golf fees $80, soccer footskills fees $30; all other classes are $50. We accept cash or checks only; no credit/debit cards. You can register for all classes at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road. You must be registered for these classes no later than December 16th. If there is insufficient enrollment, classes will be cancelled. For more information go to www.parmaheightsoh.gov or call 440-884-9600, extension 37.
Lizzy Black of Parma Heights was crowned Homecoming Queen at Baldwin-Wallace College’s Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 15. Black, daughter of Jayne and Gary Black, is a senior at Baldwin-Wallace College majoring in International Studies. She is involved in Panhellenic Council for Greek Life, President of Residence Life, Resident Assistant, Senior Auxiliary and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She graduated from Valley Forge High School in 2008.
Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. has been chosen for the city’s Community Shred Event. According to Michelle Teresi, Acting Director of Public Service, the free event will be held at the Parma Heights Service Garage located at 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons. Proof of residency is required.
Dear Loretta, "Thank you so much for suggesting to me that I should consider having a Stephen Minister. As you know, I did that and the relationship certainly made a big difference in my grief walk. She listened to me, cried with me, laughed with me and prayed with and for me. There is no doubt that she helped me heal during a very difficult time in my life."
Trick or Treaters will be out in Parma Heights on Halloween night, Monday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please drive carefully!
The City of Parma Heights won’t officially turn one hundred years old until November of this year, but that didn’t stop the community from taking advantage of the beautiful weather to throw an early birthday party August 6 and 7 in the Greenbrier Commons.
The City of Parma Heights kicks off the Labor Day weekend in a big way this year as it hosts the North Shore Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Labor Parade on Saturday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. We are honored to have the opportunity to host the parade in our community for the first time in the city’s history during this, our Centennial year. The labor federation is also celebrating milestone birthdays in 2011. The Federation of Organized Trades & Labor Unions, now known as the American Federation of Labor, was formed in 1881, making this the 130th year since its founding. The Cleveland Federation of Labor, now known as the North Coast AFL-CIO, was issued a charter in 1887, making this its 125th Anniversary.
Beginning the week of Sept. 12th on the lower level of the Cassidy Theatre we will have Adult Yoga on Thursdays, Zumba on Mondays and Youth Martial Arts on Wednesdays from 6-7 PM for 8 weeks. The cost is $50. There will also be a golf Clinic on Tuesdays for Juniors 8-13 yrs. of age ($80) from 6-7 PM and adults 14 yrs. of age and older ($100) from 7-8 PM for 8 weeks. For more information go to www.parmaheightsoh.gov or call 440.884.9600 ext. 37.
Cuyahoga County Executive Edward Fitzgerald will give the residents of District 4 an update on county government reform on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Fitzgerald will speak at the Cassidy Theatre, located at 6200 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons in Parma Heights at 7:00 p.m.
“The Cassidy Theatre provides the perfect venue for community meetings and Parma Heights is honored to host this event,” said Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
District 4 encompasses the cities of Brooklyn, Parma, Parma Heights, Seven Hills and the Village of Linndale.
The meeting is open to the public and no reservations are required. For further information, contact the Cuyahoga County Executive’s office at (216) 443-7178.
Save the Date: Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. has been chosen for the city’s Community Shred event. According to Michelle Teresi, Acting Director of Public Service, the free event will be held at the Parma Heights Service Garage located at 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons. Proof of residency is required.
A bowl with a spoon beckoned where one stands to await being seated. The smiling Buddha looked on as I dipped the spoon into the bowl and put some roasted, slightly salty fennel seeds in the palm of my hand and tossed them in my mouth. Usually, I don’t like licorice, but this is what licorice tries to be. It was an omen of flavor sensations to come.