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Parma Heights Welcomes New Female Officer

On Wednesday, June 26 joined by Chief Czack, we welcomed Katelyn Romanowski to the Parma Heights Police Department. Before her swearing in ceremony, Katelyn graduated in 2019 from Olmsted Falls High School. During her time at Olmsted Falls, Katelyn attended Polaris Career Center enrolled in the law enforcement program. Katleyn went onto attend Bowling Green State University and received her under graduate degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Investigations. She will received her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University this August. As part of the program, Katelyn will be attending the Cleveland Heights Police Academy from July to December. She is the first female hired since Chief Czack was sworn in as an officer in 1999. “I’m excited to work within such a tight knit community as Parma Heights,” said Katelyn.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 7:28 AM, 07.01.2024

The Representative's Corner

I am very excited to announce that since last month’s column, Governor Michael DeWine signed my first bill into law. For those of you who read my monthly column, you will recall that last May my fellow freshman Rep. Steve Demetriou (R - Bainbridge Township) and I introduced House Bill (H.B.) 195. This bipartisan bill will create an adaptive mobility car dealer license in Ohio.

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Putting Your Tax Dollars To Work

The most important role I have as a member of Congress is helping the federal government work better for the people of Northeast Ohio. Whether I am meeting with constituents, reading emails, or attending events, the priorities of Ohio’s seventh district stay at the top of my mind. Northeast Ohio’s greatest needs primarily lie in public safety, critical infrastructure, and economic development; all areas I have made a priority. During meetings, hearings, and calls, I keep these needs in mind, advocating for the responsible use of our tax dollars. 

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 7:28 AM, 07.01.2024

Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma photo of the month contest winner is Parma's Susan Kuder.  If you have a creative photo of the sign that you would like to have published, email it, along with your address and phone number, to Sean Patrick Brennan at pierogie5k@gmail.com.  You could win a great prize if yours is selected.  

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Seven Hills Farmers Market Tenth Summer Season Is Here!

The Seven Hills Farmers Market (SHFM) opens Thursday, July 11, 4:00- 7:00 PM and continues every Thursday through October 3, 2024 The SHFM has been dedicated to supporting local food systems increasing consumer access to fresh, healthy foods for our community. This approach has boosted marketing opportunities for the farmers and small businesses that make up the market. As a producers-only market, participation is for farmers who sell what they grow or raise on their farm, and for local producers and artisans who hand-craft their specialty products.

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Ten-Cent Beer Night: A Date Which Will Live In Infamy With Author Vince Guerrieri

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Ten-Cent Beer Night: a Date which will Live in Infamy with Author Vince Guerrieri on Tuesday, July 23rd , 2024 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. One of the most infamous MLB games in baseball history happened on June 4, 1974 when the Cleveland Indians hosted the Texas Rangers. Author Vince Guerrieri will talk about the events of that baseball game that included “bad blood” between these two baseball teams, a retrospective look back at an unwise promotion and a full moon. Book signing following the presentation. Mr. Guerrieri is an author who wrote Weird Moments in Cleveland Sports: Bottlegate, Bedbugs and Burying the Pennant – and More! Registration required. To register, please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Author Marianne Novy

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, in partnership with The Adoption Network, will host Author Marianne Novy on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Marianne Novy will talk about her book Adoption Memoirs and share inside stories of adoption not widely reported by the media. Learn about same-race and transracial adoptions in recent times from memoirs from birthmothers, adoptees and adoptive parents. Ms. Novy is a Professor Emerita of English and Gener, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. This in-person author event takes place in partnership with he Adoption Network. Book sale will follow the presentation. Books available for purchase are courtesy of Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry. Registration required.To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Preserving The Richness Of Parma Heights’ Architectural Legacy

In the May issue of the Parma Observer, Emory Pinter’s piece on National Preservation Month in architecture shone a spotlight on the status of the current Parma Heights library branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, with a call for preserving and re-purposing the 60-plus year-old building on Pearl Road.

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When The Nation Watched And A Demagogue Went Down

This spring saw another key anniversary from 1954, seventy years ago that could have some ramifications for the present time. Wisconsin’s Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy was perhaps the most powerful man in Washington DC and at one time had a veto power over presidential appointments. But in a Senate hearing in June 1954, he was brought down by an old lawyer from Boston.

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The Best Seats In Parma Heights

We as Americans spend a lot of time sitting, and Parma Heights does its fair share. Maybe you've never considered which seat on RTA will make your ride better or which barstool is the best barstool. I'll unveil these seat secrets and more, so you might get the most out of your dinner, your day at the park, the library. So read up, have a seat and settle in.

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Knights Of Columbus 16137 St. Charles Has Another Successful Annual Charity Car Show

The Knights of Columbus 16137 at St. Charles Borromeo Church Annual Car Show was a great success on June 22, 2024. Hosted by Robert Porvasnik and the many Knights, it was efficiently run with each Knight doing their part to make things seem effortlessly. The weather was very hot, but the DJ, Frank LaManna Presents, made for good times and cool tunes with their music as well as there being three weddings going on next door inside the church. The variety of food for the event was enjoyed by all.  Brayson’s Ice Cream had ice cream to cool the participants and spectators. P Jays Pizza had pizza available as well as Babcia’s Kitchen with their Polish Food. This is an annual Charitable Event that the proceeds are split and benefits two organizations greatly. The first Organization is the Cyrenians at St. Charles Borromeo Church. The Cyrenians make Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches for the Homeless. The Second organization is Edna House. This organization helps women with a safe sober place to live while helping the women with Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Thank you everyone that worked, came and supported this worthwhile Annual Car Show.

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Coming Soon!

The Annual Picnic In The Park, brought to you by the non-profit We Are Parma Proud, is set for Saturday, August 3rd, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year it’s back to the newly opened Ridgewood Retention Basin Park, by the Splash Pad and the Parma sign. Celebrate summer before going back to school. There’s no admission fee, and it’s a great family oriented event. Free games for the kids with prizes too. Live music. Numerous home based vendors selling their wares. Local non-profits, PTA’s and clubs will be there to advise you to what they offer the community. Raffle baskets, and Parma Proud merchandise for sale. Don’t forget to bring cash as many of these small home based vendors aren’t able to accept credit cards and cash apps. Food trucks will be on site, or pack your own picnic basket. The popular Pet Parade is back again this year. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) and the City of Parma will also have a special dedication ceremony and grand opening of the basin that day.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 7:28 AM, 07.01.2024

4-H Student Makes & Donates Lending Library

Parma South Presbyterian Church (6155 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, OH) is proud to announce the unveiling of a new lending library, created by 11-year-old Penelope Yeager of Lakewood. Penelope, is a member of the Homestead Hoofers Cuyahoga County 4-H Club at Stearns Homestead, built the colorful library as a service project for her woodworking 4-H project. The lending library was unveiled in a special ceremony on Sunday, June 23rd at 6:30 pm at the church. In addition to the lending library, Penelope was also able to secure a donation of a "blessing box" for non-perishable food items for the church. Penelope worked alongside her grandfather and woodworker, Kim Yeager of Cleveland, to create the lending library. The project exemplifies the spirit of 4-H, which focuses on developing leadership, citizenship, and life skills in young people. It was a lovely opportunity to learn to use the tools of the woodworking trade. Penelope said, “Building the lending library was a lot of fun, but it was also challenging. I learned so much about woodworking and project planning from my grandpa. I'm really happy that I could use my skills to give back to church and the community. I hope people will enjoy using the lending library and that the blessing box helps those in need. The church’s Clerk of Session praised the effort by saying, “The lending library and blessing box are creative ways to ‘Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.’ (Matthew 5:42) . Parma-South Presbyterian Church is grateful to Penelope and the Homestead Hoofers for their thoughtful initiative to serve our local community and thankful for their kind spirit

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Arts In Parma

Sean Mabin at Reinburger Gallery CIA

Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd., Nothing But Flowers, art exhibit and sale, opened June 8, 2024. This large floral themed exhibit features over 25 local artists work, paintings, mixed media and photography. Opening reception was held Saturday, June 8 with entertainment provided by Magickally Morbid and her acoustic guitar. Show closing is July 6th. The gallery is open to the public, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 6 pm, or by appointment. In addition to the exhibit there’s a boutique with numerous low priced handcrafted items. Watch for a new exhibit coming in July.

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Stearns House Replica On Display

Parma resident Jack Dacek has completed his third project, a model replica of the 1855 Stearns house located at Stearns Homestead. After 'measuring twice', Jack indicated he was able to complete this model much quicker than his last two projects. Dacek spent several days designing the plans before starting construction of the Stearns house replica. "My first project was my grandmother's house. That took me several years to build," Dacek indicated. He also built a miniature of the century house he and his wife Viv currently live in, in Parma. The miniature Stearns house is on display at Stearns Homestead along with his original plans and drawings, samples of the materials he used and examples of the miniature windows and doors he created. Photos of his other two projects are also on display. Stearns Homestead is open to the public on Saturdays from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

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The Parma Area Senior Veterans Group

Another Succesful trip was completed on 6/11/24 at 8:30am when 20 women and 4 men were transported in two buses to Victoria's Restaurant for Breakfast, then on to Burke Lakefront Airport to tour the International Women's Air & Space Museum. Everything went as planned and everyone had a great time. There was a lot of advantages at this facility which made it easier for Seniors. (1-Both buses Drove right up to the Front Entrance. (2-The Entire Museum is on the First Floor, no steps. (3-We were the only large group. (4-We did a self guided tour of the exhibits so people could move at their own pace and spend as much time or less at the exhibits of their interest. (5-The Director of the Museum made sure that the Gift Shop was open and answered any questions that people had. The weather was great. We were back at the Senior Center about 1:45pm. This was the Second Bus trip that we took since the Senior Veterans Group was formed in February 2023 by (Administrator, Tony Kessler). Our first tour was September 2023 when we visited The Ohio Veteran Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio.

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Five-Star Child Care Center At UH Parma Honors Graduates

The 31 children who proudly marched up the red carpet and onto the stage at Pre-Kindergarten graduation weren’t the only stars shining recently at UH Parma’s Child Care Center. One by one, these beaming 5-year-olds shook hands with their teachers and received their diplomas as “Pomp and Circumstance” played.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month At Lumpy's Shake Shop!

July is National Ice Cream month and with temperatures heating up, it’s never been a better time to cool down with a tasty treat from Lumpy's Shake Shop! Lumpy’s Shake Shack has new owners, Abe and Tim who just took over in May of 2024.  This charming neighborhood nook distinguishes itself with a focus on carefully sourced ingredients and a discerning spread of flavors. Mainstays include vanilla, deluxe chocolate, butter pecan, and mint chocolate chip, and rotating flavors include the indulgent coconut avalanche, majestic Mississippi Mud, sensational "Superman", delicious Peanut Butter Overdose Rx, Banana Foster, and I was all shook up after trying the Chubby Elvis!

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Mobile Food Distribution

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, partnering with The Greater Cleveland Food Banl, will offer a monthly Mobile Food Distribution on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Parma Heights Branch Library, 6206 Pearl Road, on Wednesday, July 17th, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon for customers who are in need. Please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch Library at 440.884.2313 for additional information. 

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Wow Factor: 150 Years Of Collecting Bold Clothes

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes on Tuesday, July 30th, 2024 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. Learn about Cleveland’s fashion and trends from presenters from Western Reserve Historical Society who will share images and stories from its extensive costume collection. Who were the fashionable Cleveland trendsetters and where did they shop? Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 7:28 AM, 07.01.2024

Impact Of New Economic Development

Joint and Stroke Rehabilitation Hospital

Economic development is the engine the drives strong communities. While redevelopment often brings continued or increased income tax to the city it is in, redevelopment sometimes does not make as much of a difference to the entities driven by property tax, such as our schools, libraries, Metroparks and many county services. On the other hand, new development, on vacant land, can be both an engine for cities that are driven mainly on income tax and the entities noted above that are driven mainly by property tax.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024

Parma Heights Website Adds Accessibility Tools

Since the launch of the City of Parma Heights new website in August, they have recently added accessibility tools. The upgrades with the addition of the Recite Me toolbar will provide users with certain disabilities access to it.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024

Discovering Parma, Many Years Hence

Søren: "We have discovered the ruins of an ancient city, sir - a “Parma” - and due to its
diminutive central core, it had been spared devastation by any invasive onslaught, either by
nature or by man. The City remains... remarkably intact."

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Mobile Food Pantry Distribution

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, partnering with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will offer a monthly Mobile Food Distribution on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Parma Heights Branch Library, 6206 Pearl Road, on Wednesday, Juen 19th, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon for customers who are in need.  Please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch Library at 440.884.2313 for additional information.  

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024

Stephen King And The Shawshank Redemption With Author Mark Dawidziak

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Stephen King and The Shawshank Redemption with Author Mark DawidziakonTuesday, June 18th, 2024 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. Largely Literary co-founder and author Mark Dawidziak will talk about his 2019 book entitled The Shawshank Redemption Revealed: How One Story Keeps Hope Alive, which was published on the 25th anniversary of the blockbuster 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption adapted from Stephen King’s novella. Filmed in Ohio, directed by Frank Darabont and starring actors Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Dawidziak interviewed numerous talented people involved in the making of this film. A book signing will follow this presentation. Registration required. To register, please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Parma's May Show Review

Day of Infamy - Pearl Harbor

Mid May on an annual basis, for over 50 years, Parma Arts hosts an art show and sale. This event is free and open to the public. This year they added to their programming. On Saturday, May 18th, Samantha Hasselbusch, daughter of Jan Hasselbusch, a Parma Arts member, treated attendees to her beautiful voice. Samantha sang a medley of songs much to the enjoyment of those present. 

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024

Arts In Parma

Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd., Nothing But Flowers, art exhibit and sale, opens June 8, 2024. This floral themed exhibit features numerous local artists work, both paintings and photography. Opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8th, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Entertainment begins at 8 pm provided by Magickally Morbid and her acoustic guitar.

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Best Local Father's Day Gifts In Parma Heights!!

Whether your Dad is the low-key type or someone who wants to know you put some effort into the search, these are the best affordable gifts that Parma Heights small businesses have to offer. Give Dad the gift of a great haircut from Suburban Hair Cutting, 6595 Pearl Road. Rich and Tony specialize in precision haircuts and Dad will feel invigorated after a shave and haircut. Not only can he get a trendy cut, but he can also get the hair products he needs for that perfect look.    

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The Anniversary Of A Very Significant Event

Seventy years ago, on May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregated schools were unconstitutional, banning segregated schools across the country. This ruling overturned the 1896 Supreme Court ruling in Plessy V Ferguson that public facilities, including schools, could be “separate, but equal.” In the majority opinion the Supreme Court stated that separate was inherently unequal. Despite the ruling in this case that began back in 1935, actual desegregation happened much slower.

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Student Art Competition

"Take Me Back" by Ella Wallace of Orrville, Ohio

Annually in the spring, since 1982, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district and the nation. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and artists within the district select the winning entries. This year the judging was completed by Parma Art Council members, Jan McAndrew and Sean Mabin. The winning student is recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning artworks from each district are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024

Radio Field Day At Stearns

With cell phones and the Internet we don't hear a lot about “ham radio” but the reality is “amateur radio”, as it's officially called, is a hobby used worldwide. Licensed operators communicate with other hams without the aid of telephone land lines, cell phones or the internet. They even communicate with astronauts aboard the International Station. Voice, Morse code, and a variety of digital modes are used. Operating power might come from solar cells when power lines are down. A common expression is "ham radio gets through when all else fails".

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024

2024 Summer Concert Series & More

We are excited to announce the return of our Summer Concert Series, showcasing an incredible lineup that promises to captivate music lovers of all tastes! Kick off the season on June 14th with The Brian Papesh Band, mixing rock n roll, polkas, and country music into a fantastic performance. Then, on June 28th, step back in time with the Jersey Beat Band, a tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, for an evening of nostalgic hits. Keep the rhythm going on July 13th for a special Saturday concert at North Park with the TOPS Swing Band, bringing the lively sounds of swing to life. As summer continues to heat up, join us on August 9th for The McCartney Project, paying homage to the legendary music of Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Finally, on August 23rd, Tommy Lee Thompson will perform a spectacular tribute to Billy Joel. I’m positive the songs of fan favorite Billy Joel will make for a memorable close to our concert season. Food trucks will be on site 30 minutes before each concert or feel free to pack a picnic basket or two. So, mark your calendars for these dates and prepare to be swept away by the magic of live music and friendship this summer in Seven Hills! All concerts will be at Summitview Commons (Seven Hills City) 7325 Summitview Drive at 6pm with the exception of the July 13th concert that will start at 6:30pm and will be held at North Park, 5740 Rockhaven Drive. 

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 12:20 AM, 05.01.2024

Author James Renner

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Journalist and Author James Renner on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Dive into a cold case with journalist James Renner. 16-year old Lisa Pruett was murdered behind a mansion in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1990. Learn about the suspects and investigation in this special presentation by James Renner, author of Little, Crazy Children. Book sale & signing following presentation. Sponsored by The Friends of Parma Heights Branch Library.Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Friday Morning Book Discussion

Start your morning with a good book and conversation! Join the Adult Services Librarian at the Parma Heights Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library for a staff-led book discussion Friday morning, May 3rd, 2024 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Join us as we discussBanyan Moon by Thao Thai. Books are available for checkout at the circulation desk of the Parma Heights Branch. Registration requested. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Mobile Food Pantry

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, partnering with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will offer a monthly Mobile Food Distribution on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Parma Heights Branch Library, 6206 Pearl Road, on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. -12 Noon for customers who are in need. Please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch Library at 440.884.2313 for additional information. 

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 12:20 AM, 05.01.2024

What Is Memorial Day Celebrated For?

Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while defending the United States of America. The Holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and Universities are adjourning for summer break. To Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Many people attend Parades, go to the beach or have cook-outs with friends and family.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 12:41 PM, 05.10.2024

Joint Safety Meeting For Wards 4, 5, And 7

Three members of Parma City Council, Ward 4 Councilwoman Kelly Zacharias, Ward 5 Councilman Allan Divis, and Ward 7 Councilwoman Kammy Shuman have decided to hold a combined annual safety meeting this year. The event will take place on Thursday June 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM., and be held at the Tri-C Public Safety Training Center at 11000 W. Pleasant Valley Rd. Pizza, cookies and water will be provided. 

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