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Michael P. Byrne Appointed To Cuyahoga County Council District 4 Seat

When Scott Tuma was sworn in as Parma Law Director on January 1, a vacancy was created for his seat on Cuyahoga Council District 4, for which the term does not expire for another year. There has been competition within the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party tp be appointed to fill the vacant seat, both in the short term and also for the place on the ballot in November General election. The Democratic Primary Election is March 18, with one candidate, Mark Casselberry, receiving the party endorsement. 

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Winterfest - A New Parma Tradition

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day parents are often looking for something to do with their children.  A new tradition has started in Parma and fills this need called Winterfest.  The second annual Winterfest event was held at the West Creek Reservation’s Watershed Stewardship Center on Friday December 29th. This event was put on by Councilman Rob Euerle, Councilwoman Kelly Zacharias and myself in partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks.  

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Rep. Brennan Announces Body Camera Funding

I am proud to announce that the Parma, Parma Heights, and Cleveland Metroparks Police Departments are set to receive over $125,000 to help cover the costs associated with body-worn cameras. 

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Taste of Polish Village

On Saturday February 24, 2024 from 5 to 7 PM Polish Village Parma, Inc., a non-profit, is holding the Taste of Polish Village, A Festival of Flavors. This very popular event is held at St. Charles Parish Hall Basement, located at 5891 Ridge Rd. For $20 per person you receive a sampling of the various foods the Polish Village business district has to offer and a beverage. With numerous food stations you won’t go home hungry. These are local businesses you may have driven by and not yet had the opportunity to try out. Your old favorites will be there and you may find a new favorite from the among the multiple food stations. In addition there will be raffle baskets and side boards for your entertainment. Enjoy an assortment of good food with your neighbors for a worthwhile cause to help the community thrive. 

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The Iconic Peace Symbol

Near the end of February in 1958, Gerald Holtom, a Graphic Design Artist and a former conscientious objector, attended an early evening meeting of the Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War (DAC) in South London. The committee's three members--Hugh Brock, Pat Arrowsmith, and Michael Randle--were planning a protest march against Nuclear Weapons. The 50 mile long march was to start in London on Good Friday and end on Easter Sunday at a Nuclear weapons factory in Aldermaston. "So Gerry, let's see what you have for us", said Brock. Holtom opened his portfolio and pulled out his pictures, "I've tried a simple approach," he said, pointing to the three llines in a circle. He explained that when drawing the symbol, he adopted letters from semaphore, the alphabet used by people sending messages by flags. The two lines pointing downward and to the sides came from the semaphore letter N and the center center line represented the letter D. Placed on top of each other enclosed in a circle, the three lines stood for "Nuclear Disarmament." After the meeting, Randle showed the symbol to a colleague in the Peace Movement. "What on earth were you thinking?" said the bewildered man. "It doesn't mean a thing, and will never catch on."

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Welcome To City Hall? Not So Subtle Message To Parma Citizens

Have you been up to Parma City Hall recently? Parma's Municipality has rolled up the Welcome mats and hidden them away. City Hall is now a restricted area.Take your turn and sit in the lobby. While I waited for a member of the Municipality, a resident can no longer knock on an office door or approach council office chambers I witnessed 15 residents go through the metal detector, understanding the gravity of the times, by removing watches, cell phones and the like without hesitation. What's new is that now a visitor is asked to state their business. A side note is that the guard I watched on duty was extremely courteous and professional. Yet those ropes and restricted signs spoke volumes louder. 
 
Mayor Degeeter has had multiple terms yet the walls on the castle grow higher as he continues to distance himself from the townspeople. Between 1:45 -3:00 pm while I waited 15 residents entered city hall not to loiter or stir up trouble but to do something more dastardly. Pay thier taxes. Everyone except the couple with a baby seeking a birth certificate. I wonder if the restrooms are restricted?

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Script Parma Picture of the Month

Nathan Tohati with State Rep. Sean Patrick Brennan.  St. Charles Borromeo Boy Scout Troop 221 member Nathan earned his Eagle Scout by installing pavers, LED lighting, and a selfie-stand at the script Parma sign recently.

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Our Favorite Valentine's Day Gifts From Parma Heights Small Businesses

Valentine Postal Puzzles from Village Cards & Gifts, Parma Heights

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. This Valentine’s Day, consider making it extra special by stopping into local shops for some unique gifts that will knock their socks off. I personally think small shops have a better selection than the big places, and you are supporting your community. When you’re purchasing presents for your sweetheart, consider shopping at locally owned flower shops, card shops, sweet shops, gift shops and other Parma Heights businesses. For extra impact, check out the stores highlighted on the Parma Heights 2ND Fridays Facebook page for Valentine's Day promotions!!

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The Representative's Corner

One year ago, January 3, I was sworn in to be your state representative. The past year has been the fastest year and professionally the biggest honor of my life. Serving as your representative at the Ohio Statehouse is a very important role and I want you to know that I take it very seriously. I have worked hard to be a good citizen statesman and to work for all of my constituents, regardless of political affiliation, because that is what my sacred oath requires. This is my attempt to reflect and summarize my first year of service to you.

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No Greater Glory...The Saga Of The Four Chaplains

The subject of this month’s column does not focus on a Hometown Hero, but rather on an account of events that epitomize the act of Heroism. The story of “The Four Chaplains” is paid tribute to by many Veteran and religious organizations on the first Sunday of February. It is a story that deserves special tribute because there can be no greater act of heroism than what took place in the North Atlantic on February 3, 1943, on board the USAT Dorchester, a troop transport ship.

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Love Your Library Used Book Sale: Romances

It's the Love Your Library Used Book Sale. Just in time for Valentine's Day Weekend. Browse the Ongoing Used Book Sale at the Parma Heights Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library for specially priced Romance fiction books at 5 books for $1.00! Sponsored by the Friends of Parma Heights Branch Library.

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Free Heart Test Offered By University Hospitals Finds Lung Mass

Wendy DiDomenico

When Wendy DiDomenico’s sister had a heart attack at 55, she decided it was time for a coronary calcium score to assess her own risk. An avowed believer in preventive medicine, DiDomenico isn’t afraid of screenings like mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopies to check for colorectal cancer. The coronary calcium score is a simple, low-dose CT scan of the heart, offered at no charge by University Hospitals.

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Fun Run Saturday March 9th!

Run don't walk to sign up! Actually walking is OK during the Leprechaun Chase! Race starts and ends at Fairview High School track, 4507 W 213th St, Fairview Park, OH 44126. Two race options available: 1 mile or 5k. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the festivities with proceeds benefiting Empowering Epilepsy. Race starts at 9 am with after party to be held right across the street at Gunselman's Tavern, 21490 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, OH 44126. Live Irish Music all day long, plus great food and drinks.

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Arts In Parma

Parma Art Center's January Figure Drawing 

*Prama ArtSpace Gallery, located at 5411 Pearl Rd. Exhibit opening celebrations will be moving to Saturdays. Watch for a new exhibit coming soon! 

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:  Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking (visit them on Facebook):
      >>  Shared Hope Intn’l ...  has published the 2023 Trafficking Report Card showing how each state measures up against their recommendations. The 2023 Report Card was just released this October. While Ohio received an F overall, many improvements have been made, i.e.:  Overall, Ohio’s score increased from 45 in 2022 to 56 in 2023;   >  In the issue area of criminal provisions, Ohio moved from C to B;  >  In the issue area of access to justice, Ohio moved from C to B;  >  In the issue area of tools for a victim-centered criminal justice response, Ohio moved from F to B, and more.
      >>  Learn about survivor leadership and the role of their Survivor Advisory Council.
      >>  View their interactive Human Trafficking Resource Guide containing information on over 200 service organizations supporting victims of Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

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Journalism Today In My Opinion

Scrolling through my social media feed recently, I came across a news article about Parma Ohio, tourism, arts & culture. I’m very proud of my city. I’m a big cheerleader for it, ask anyone who knows me. Parma has a lot to offer, and I love living here. The article stated that Parma had 9 local art & cultural places to immerse yourself in. Wow I thought! Another arrow in my quiver to use when I boast about our city. So I eagerly read on. 

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Senator J. D. Vance Should Realize That His Loyalty Is to The People Of Ohio

There was a disturbing column recently in the Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding Ohio’s junior Senator J. D. Vance regarding his opposition to continuing aid to Ukraine in it’s battle against the Russian invaders. The United States and its European allies in NATO have continually supported Ukraine for two years since Russian forces invaded that nation and sparked the biggest war in Europe since the end of the Second World War. This was an unprovoked invasion by Russia, and it has been the objective of Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to restore the old Soviet Union.

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Lisa Hostetler Brown (Steets) Selected To Receive The Gold Compleat Lawyer Award

Irmo, SC – January 22, 2024– LAWYERLISA is pleased to announce that Certified Elder Law Attorney Lisa Hostetler Brown (Steets) has been selected to receive the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award given by the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of law to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments.  

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Who Is A Predator To Your Child?

As a child of the 60’s and 70’s my mother was very protective of me. Protective to the point of needing to know where I was at all times, making me stay with her at all times while at the store, not letting me walk anywhere by myself, and making me stay in my yard, while outside playing. I didn’t understand why my parents were like this at my young age. But, moving forward into the 80’s and 90’s and becoming a mother, I came to understand why she did what she did for me and thank her for that. The world is a crazy place and you never know what people are really thinking or feeling. Therefore, becoming attuned to your environment is essential to maintaining your safety. The one thing that was cultivated in me as a young martial artist is that you have to be prepared for dangerous situations. This is especially true for young children, as their parents are their advocate for safety and, are the ones who teach them to be aware and prepared. Of course, many young children don’t know what a predator is and how to recognize one. Sometimes parents have a hard time recognizing them, as well. There is a saying that has been around at least, as long as I have, which is, “stranger danger”. There’s no doubt that strangers can be dangerous to children, as well as to adults. And it is a good thing to teach children to stay away from them. But look deeper into who you know in your life. You have immediate family, distant family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, neighbors, children’s teachers, coaches, and school staff. And I am sure you, as a parent, could add to this list. Many people may not be aware that strangers are not at the top of the list, when it comes to kidnapping children or young adults. Crime statistics have shown that only twenty-eight percent of kidnappings are committed by strangers. That leaves seventy-two percent of predators being a person known to the family. Just knowing this information sends chills up my spine. Knowing that there may be someone in my circle of trusted adults wanting to kidnap or abuse my daughter, son, cousin, or sister is beyond redemption.  In my Predator Prevention Guide, I list signs to look for in a predator. Here are a few to review.

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AARP Tax Aide - Free Tax Preparation

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will be getting underway again this year starting the first full week in February and ending the 12th of April 2024. 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.  

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Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma photo of the month contest winner is Parma Ward 4 Councilwoman Kelly Zacharias.  Here she is with her pooch, Oliver, enjoying the sunshine.  If you have a photo in front of the sign that you would like to have published, email it, along with your address, to Sean Patrick Brennan at pierogie5k@gmail.com.  You could win a great prize if yours is selected.

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2024 City Of Parma Boyko Scholarship Announced

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 2024 award season. In its sixteenth 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. 

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University Hospitals Parma Medical Center Opens New Electrophysiology Lab

James Ramicone, DO (left), and Shashank Jain, MD (right)

University Hospitals (UH) Parma Medical Center has opened a new laboratory to help patients seeking treatment for cardiac arrhythmias. The new lab will help meet the increased demand for patients seeking treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a leading cause of stroke.

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This Little Shop With A Big Heart Gives Back To Our Community

During the Christmas Toy Drive at Mario's Barbershop, Mario Innocenzi was visited by Parma Ward 6 Councilman Kevin Kussmaul, who stopped by to bring toys and recognize Mario for all that he gives back to our community. 

Every year on the day after "Black Friday" in November we celebrate Small Business Saturday, but really, it's important to think of and support the small businesses in our community all year long. One of those businesses is Mario's Barbershop at 7526 Broadview Rd.located within the shopping center at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road. Owned and operated by Mario Innocenzi, a long time old school barber who makes customers for life every day as people come there to experience the quality service that only a small neighborhood shop like this can offer. 

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A Year In Review: Legislative Wrap-Up From The Statehouse

Leader Antonio in Senate session.

In January, I was sworn into the 135th General Assembly as the new Ohio Senate Minority Leader. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of both challenges and accomplishments, and I want to take a moment to thank all of my constituents and Ohioans for working together to get things done. Below is a wrap-up of some of the great things we’ve achieved this year.

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The Representative's Corner

State Representative Sean Patrick Brennan with Parma Police Officer Nick Schuld and retired K-9 Officer Cooney.

Recently, I proposed a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives that will reimburse communities, like Parma, for police canines that have been rendered nearly unusable due to the passage of Issue 2 in November.

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Hometown Heroes....Veterans Beware: New Year Resolutions Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

Let a Veteran know they are never alone.

According to the 2023 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report in 2021, which is the last update from the VA, 6,392 Veterans died by suicide, an increase of 114 suicides from 2020. This means that an average of 17.5 Veterans died by suicide each day in 2021.The age- and sex-adjusted suicide rate among Veterans increased by 11.6% from 2020 to 2021, if the 11.6% yearly increase over the past few years, remains constant, we can assume that the 2023 to 2024 increase means the daily average of veteran’s suicides is near twenty-three. Veterans remain at a 13% higher elevated risk for suicide compared to the general population.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse: Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking (visit them on Facebook):
      >>  January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Watch for and make a point of learning more about HT & participating/supporting related events/programs.
     >>  Thursday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day & that evening we’ll see Terminal Tower lit up in blue—the color of hope and unity, raising awareness about this issue.
      >>  Jan. 18, 2024:   Triumph Over Trafficking Conference
      >>  Jan. 31, 2024:   Columbus Educators Human Trafficking Summit
      >>  Shared Hope Intn’l ...  has published the 2023 Trafficking Report Card showing how each state measures up against their recommendations. The 2023 Report Card was just released this October. While Ohio received an F overall, many improvements have been made, i.e.:    Overall, Ohio’s score increased from 45 in 2022 to 56 in 2023;   >  In the issue area of criminal provisions, Ohio moved from C to B;  >  In the issue area of access to justice, Ohio moved from C to B;  >  In the issue area of tools for a victim-centered criminal justice response, Ohio moved from F to B, and more.
      >>  Learn about Survivors Leadership and the role of their Survivor Advisory Council.
      >>  View their interactive Human Trafficking Resource Guide containing information on over 200 service organizations supporting victims of Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

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Hate Has No Place In The United States

Following the attack by Hamas on Israeli settlements outside the Gaza Strip in Israeli territory on October 7, there has been an increase in anti Semitism around the world and even in the United States. This country was founded by people escaping religious persecution in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, that document established the reasons for independence from Great Britain enshrined the ideals of freedom from tyranny.

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Arts In Parma

*Prama ArtSpace Gallery, located at 5411 Pearl Rd. To start the new year, Prama is having a group show and sale of several talented artists. Opening night is Friday, January 12, 2024, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Meet and mingle with the artists, visit the restaurants and bars on Pearl and Ridge Rd. in Polish Village, for a unique and fun date night. 

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The Twin Towers

Begining construction of the Twin Towers

Ever wonder how the massive Twin Towers were constructed? What were the business deals and the unethical decisions made for the project? The real reason the towers collapsed which was kept from the general public. This documentary will answer all those questions and many more, including:

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Early History Of Cleveland And Northeast Ohio

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Early History of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio on Thursday, January 25th, 2024 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. Local historian John C. Schepley will present a fascinating history of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio before 1900 using photographs, illustrations and maps. Learn about the earliest inhabitants from Paleo Native Americans to the first European settlers including Harry Coubly. Discover how the canals and railroads built during the Industrial Revolution contributed to the progress of manufacturing industries. Registration required. To register, please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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How AI Is Impacting Our World

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host How AI is Impacting Our World on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 from 7:00 –8:00p.m. in Meeting Room C. Gary Arnosk, an integration and technology educator, will talk about the history of artificial intelligence (AI) from computers and smartphones using voice recognition and the future with developments in virtual reality and autonomous vehicles. Learn the influence and impact of AI in modern lives. Registration required. To register, please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. 

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Blue Whales At Your Library

Blue whales average 88 feet long.

Blue Whales at Your Library will be at Parma-Powers Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library from December 26, 2023 to April 30, 2024. Visit the Children’s Room to explore the world of the largest animal ever to have lived and learn about our own unique wildlife.

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Empowering Epilepsy Fundraiser Saturday March 9, 2024

Want to help a local charity PLUS have a great time?  The Leprechaun Chase at Gunselman's Tavern on March 9, 2024 is the answer to both questions!  Race starts and ends at Fairview High School track, 4507 W 213th St, Fairview Park, OH 44126. Two race options available: 1 mile or 5k. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the festivities with proceeds benefiting Empowering Epilepsy. Race starts at 9 am with after party to be held right across the street at Gunselman's Tavern, 21490 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, OH 44126. Live Irish Music all day long, plus great food and drinks.

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Maybe There's Hope

Hamas rapes and tortures women, kills and beheads men and children and we have celebrities like Susan Sarandon telling us how bad the people are who were raped and murdered. Reminds me of listening to Truman Capote one night on the old Johnny Carson Show. He made an awfully good case that being intelligent and being an actor are mutually exclusive. Now, over fifty years later, Sarandon is proving that hasn't change. Personally, I've never seen an actor demonstrate any expertise in anything other than pretending to be someone they are not. Con men do the same thing and go to jail for it. There's a lesson there but a lot of people just can't seem to learn it and they keep believing everything celebrities say. Apparently, intelligence isn't only mutually exclusive with acting.

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Parma Heights Historical Society

2023 was a great year for the Parma Heights Historical. In March a new President was elected, Chuck Kacynski. Under his leadership we had 3 Bus tours that he directed to Historical areas of interest through out Parma Heights. Then with full cooperation from the Parma Heights Police, Chuck did a visual narrative at the Replica Toll House of the History of the Parma Heights Police Dept. to an enthusiastic crowd. The police also provided a demonstration from Gunny, the Police Dog. We also did a walking tour of the Parma Heights Cemetery to highlight some of our 76 Veterans buried here and bringing awareness to Parma Heights and the surrounding communities of the Patriotism that has been a big part of our unity in times of need. All of these Events were in addition to our Seasonal events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas in July. and Halloween Pumpkin Painting. Thank You very much to The Parma Heights Recreation Department for always including us in their planned events. We also want to thank Police Chief, Steve Scharschmidt for his dedicated years of service to the Police Dept. and congratulations to our new Police Chief, Tonya Czack. We wish the very best to both of you.

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