The Christmas in July Food Drive returns this summer with in-person donations. The City of Parma will launch the month-long drive at its Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3.
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Sixty years after opening as a 200-bed, six-story hospital on Ridge Road, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is celebrating its anniversary in 2021 by concluding its largest construction project in the main hospital building in three decades. The Surgical Services renovation and expansion will be completed this year, a $27.5 million project that underscores UH Parma’s commitment to remaining a cornerstone of the community. Its addition has changed the face of the hospital with a new modern section.
We Are Parma Proud and The City of Parma are proud to bring to the public Parma’s Independence Day Parade which will be held on Saturday, July 3rd, 10am to noon. Staging begins at 9am at Snow and Ridge Roads. Ridge Road will not be open to traffic during the parade. The parade will march South on Ridge Rd beginning at Snow Road and ends at W Ridgewood Drive. Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends to watch the parade from the tree lawns on Ridge Road. Over 60 organizations will be participating, military units, politicians, businesses, non-profits and two marching bands. Join us in celebrating Independence Day!
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One evening in June, my wife and I attended a fundraiser at Mount Alverna Village, a senior living community on top of State Road Hill. While there, I spoke with a young man who was surprised to learn in our conversation that Day Drive is named after former Mayor James W. Day. My wife and I had the honor of dining with James W. Day II and his lovely wife Linda, which is how we happened on the subject. This article is dedicated to educating those who may not know after whom some of our streets are named in Parma. I credit much of the information in the article to my friends former Mayor Day and his son Jim, as well as The Best Kept Secret of Parma by Robert Horley (1998).
There is something that I've found to be true. In 2016 I experienced a life altering accident in which I nearly lost my life. I don't want to get too far into the details, but I lost my legs and broke my neck, among many other extensive injuries. From the time of my accident to now, approximately 5 years later, I've experienced the absolute goodness in people. From my family, friends, friends of friends, acquaintances and people I didn't even know. Doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors- all willing to help, financially, emotionally, physically, etc. Being struck by an uninsured motorist, I was left devastated in every way.
RSD - Record Store Day & Rudy’s Strudel Day – Side A was held Saturday, June 13th. I attended and it was a blast. Check out the video and photos on The Current Year Facebook page. Marie from The Current Year stated “It was the biggest RSD event in the world” and Matador Records even promoted it on Twitter. It was a party in the parking lot, in Polish Village, at 5580 Ridge Road. The Current Year sells new and used vinyl, music memorabilia, art, stickers and more.
Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, 5411 Pearl Rd is now showing a Cleveland Photo Fest Volunteer Exhibit. This exhibit opened Friday. June 25th, and includes the works of the numerous artistic Cleveland/Parma area volunteers that worked hard behind the scenes to bring you the successful CPF Photothon 2021 events. The show will be on exhibit through Saturday, July 17th. Live music by Gamma Ray Jazz Blast will climax the celebration of another successful year.
Seven Hills Continues to Soar. It would be an understatement to say that the first 18 months of Mayor Biasiotta’s Administration was anything less than a whirlwind. While Covid 19 dominated the news cycle, the Mayor’s vision and plan for the continued growth of Seven Hills was still being realized. From economic development to a creative new plan for our parks and recreation, this administration has accomplished a great deal.
We often hear that the deep divide in this country is due to partisan politics. But what drives partisan politics is the loss of the simple concept of right and wrong plus a great deal of ignorance and deceit. It actually started during the Clinton administration. According to Bill Clinton, lying was only wrong for other people. For him it depended “on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.” And then it spread to Congress. Prior to Clinton, when Democrats decided to impeach Richard Nixon for covering up Watergate, the Republican leadership told Nixon that what he had done was wrong and that they wouldn't support him. Consequently, he resigned. Clinton committed perjury, a felony. That had already been proven and he lost his law license over it. But when he was impeached he decided the law didn't apply to him, only to other people. Senate Democrats agreed. In his trial, every single Democrat chose partisanship over right and wrong and voted not guilty.
This is an addendum to my recent columns from the past two months.
As a Cuyahoga County Recycling Ambassador, I wanted to share with you that recycling is easy in Parma Heights and Parma and having a cart just for recyclables makes it even easier!
Solving a city's many problems begins with one simple act, term limits. If our founding fathers had known that today's legislators would so forget their obligations to their constituents and assume that being elected to office was the way to almost certain permanent employment for themselves (Musical chairs from a council seat to Council-at-Large and on...) the men who wrote our Constitution might well have included term limits as a necessary part of elective public service.
Stearns Homestead is a 48 acre jewel located in the center of Parma, at 6975 Ridge Road. It was the last working farm in Parma. It was purchased in 1980 from the Gibbs Family by the City of Parma to preserve this unique historic remnant of Parma’s heritage.
Wilmer McLean was a grocer who lived near Manassas Virginia. On Sunday July 21 1861, his house became involved in the First Battle of Bull Run. Wishing to escape the war, he sold that house and moved further south and west to a small community named Appomattox Court House. Then on Sunday April 9, 1865, his house was again involved in history as General Grant met with General Robert E Lee in the parlor of McLean’s house to discuss the surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending the Civil War.
University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center has been officially designated by the State of Ohio as a Level III Trauma Center after a successful evaluation from surveyors from the American College of Surgery’s Verification Review and Consultation Program. Level III trauma centers can provide care to the majority of patients sustaining minor to moderate injuries and can promptly assess and stabilize those with severe injuries requiring a higher level of care prior to transfer to UH’s Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center at main campus.
Throughout the past year, the pandemic has made navigating life’s many hurdles even more challenging. For women who were already juggling careers, kids, and households, being thrust into the role of educator while still being relied upon as a homemaker created significant burdens for moms everywhere. That’s why Cox Communications decided to enlist the support of the communities it serves to recognize deserving mothers with a $1,000 prize for the many ways they improve the lives of everyone around them by announcing the first-ever Super Moms campaign, just in time for Mother's Day.
It was a challenging past 14 months as we heeded the warnings of health officials, faced uncertainty and adjusted to many changes. Like other mayors throughout the country, I worried about the economic impact, as well as the public health of our community throughout the pandemic. Despite a year like no other, Parma residents pulled together. They helped their neighbors through food drives, they ordered takeout from their favorite restaurants, and they showed their support for healthcare workers and our first responders. Residents were also understanding of our decisions to cancel parades, events and several recreational activities last summer.
Holy Name High School Student Photography Exhibit, “Take Another Look”. Cleveland Photo Fest & Prama Artspace and Gallery is proud to present this exhibit, which runs through June 20th. Prama is located at 5411 Pearl Rd. Gallery hours are Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday 2 to 7 PM, Monday 11 AM to 2 PM, and Friday 2 to 5 PM. On Friday, May 28th a Special Opening Reception was held with food donated by Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery, honoring the participating students. Coming June 25th, Cleveland Photo Fest Volunteers Show. Follow Prama on Facebook and Instagram or check out the web page pramaartspace.com for more information.
The 2021 Seven Hills Farmers Market, sponsored by Taleris Credit Union, Inc. Vince Hrobat Insurance Agency, Inc. and United Healthcare, will open for its seventh season on Thursday, July 1st, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A weekly open-air market featuring local farmers and artisans who offer fresh produce, food items and products, the Market is located at 7221 Broadview Road, Seven Hills, Ohio (adjacent to Fire Station #1).
As you may have read, in recent weeks my colleagues and I on Parma City Council have had the honor of meeting several residents who have attained the impressive age of 100. Personally, I think this is testament to our community whose residents are hearty, law-abiding, hard-working folks who live clean and value family, friends, and neighbors. For example, recently, I had the honor of meeting Sue Peterchalk at her home, along with several of her family members. Mrs. Peterchalk has seen and experienced much during her very productive life. She was one of eight born to Eastern European immigrants. Her father began his career as a coal miner in central Pennsylvania. When the Great Depression set in, he bought a farm to feed his family. Mrs. Peterchalk spent her formative years growing up on the farm in Portage, Pennsylvania, where she slept in a hay bed with her five sisters. She and her sisters made their way to Cleveland for the post-war years where she eventually settled in Parma in 1976. “I grew up in Pennsylvania, but Parma is my home,” Mrs. Peterchalk emphatically told me. Before I left, after our hour-long talk, I told her I cannot wait to be there for her 101st.
Cox Communications and the West Creek Conservancy (WCC) are pleased to announce that the James M. Cox Foundation has awarded WCC a $120,000 grant to support the acquisition and reclamation of two parcels of land to expand the West Creek Reservation and create greater connectedness between community residents and the greenspaces West Creek preserves and protects.
The pandemic prevented live outdoor concerts last summer, but this summer will start on a higher note as many communities, including Parma and Parma Heights, bring back the music. As in the past, both cities are collaborating on the Summer Band Concert Series. The free concerts start at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday beginning June 13. The Parma concerts will be at Anthony Zielinski Park, and the Parma Heights concerts will be held at Greenbriar Commons. Residents should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Concerts will be canceled if there is rain. “Parma has hosted outdoor concerts for more than 30 years,” said Recreation Department Director Mickey Vittardi. “I am happy to bring back an outdoor event for our seniors. It’s also a fun activity for families to enjoy.”
The City of Parma has received grant funding for streetscaping in Polish Village and Ukrainian Village. The funding comes from a 2021 Federal Community Development Block Grant for $175,000 and a Community Development Supplemental Grant in the amount of $50,000 from Cuyahoga County. This is the third year of a five year plan to improve and beautify the two districts.
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Recently, I had the honor of riding along with a couple of Parma’s finest. On Friday, May 14 from 8:00 pm until around 3:00 am the next day, I spent the evening and wee morning hours observing what Officers Rick Morgan and Marshall Gallo and their colleagues deal with on a daily basis. Needless to say, I came away even more impressed with the finest police department in northeast Ohio. The professionalism, patience, empathy, and knowledge of law and best practices of our officers is second to none.
Last week, the state’s transportation budget, House Bill 74, was passed unanimously by the Ohio Senate and concurred by the Ohio House of Representatives. As the highest ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee, I am pleased to have participated in this bipartisan process that will fix Ohio’s roads and bridges, keep public transit as a priority and move Ohio into the 21st Century with regard to electric vehicle supports.
H. B. 74 includes almost $6 billion over the biennium to fix Ohio’s roads and bridges, adds an additional $70 million per year over the Governor’s budget for public transportation as well as $8 million for Electric Vehicle charging stations.
It also requires the Ohio Department of Transportation to have a policy to make the purchase and replacement of rail lines used for public passenger transportation eligible for funding, subject to approval by the Transportation Review Advisory Council, which will benefit RTA.
The bill also modernizes and expands the possibilities for Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA), something in the works for years.
In 1955, a young Senator from Massachusetts, John F Kennedy, wrote a book while recovering from surgery on his back about Senators who exemplified courage to either speak out against injustice or bad policy. The book was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 and became a best seller. A few years later the author was elected the 35th President of the United States.
We Are Parma Proud and The City of Parma are gearing up for Parma’s Independence Day Parade! This year we hope to make it bigger and better than ever before! Businesses and non-profit organizations, here is an economic way to promote yourselves. Enter the float competition, sign up as a marching unit, sign up as a musical unit, promote your business. Join us and celebrate Independence Day, Parma style, on Saturday, July 3rd, from 10 AM to 12 PM. The parade begins at Snow and Ridge Road and ends at W Ridgewood Drive. Contact Chris at email@example.com for an application for details.
The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Lois Club (NEOLois Club) had its first meeting on November 14, 2003, at the Olive Garden Restaurant at Parma Town. The first hostesses for the event included Lois Knaflich, who headed up the group for 15+ years, until passing in 2021 at the age of 95. There were 11 women named Lois at this first event. Since then, the group has grown to its current membership of just under 50 members!
A crosswalk is a kind of promise. When we step into the street, we believe that drivers will stop. The white lines are a promise that we will be safe. Parma Heights takes care to re-paint the lines every year or so. The crosswalks ask us to trust one another. But having a solo pedestrian crosswalk on a busy State route is useless, or even worse, an actual hazard.
Women often ask the most pressing questions as they're leaving their health care provider's office. Call them hand-on-the-doorknob moments. That's what Lindsay Brown, a UH women's health nurse practitioner who works with OB/Gyn Steven Galun, refers to them as, and she gets them often. In this past year of pandemic isolation, where many women have been physically and emotionally distanced from their sisters and friends, the connection to one's health care professionals is most vital. “Women ask their most pressing questions when they feel most comfortable," says Lindsay. “During the exam and consult, they're still getting to know you and build a rapport. But when they're getting ready to leave, and they're feeling more comfortable and relaxed, they ask the questions they've been holding inside. There is a level of trust there."
Romeo’s Pizza, the award-winning pizza franchise with 47 operating locations is proud of our Local Pizza Champions in Parma, Ohio who have donated pizzas to the Pleasantview Care Center and Parma Early Childhood PTA.
At Cleveland Water, we know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water that is available at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.
It has been said that while serving abroad as the United States Minister to France, Thomas Jefferson had shipped over five-hundred letters and books referencing democracy to members of the burgeoning American government leading up to the adoption of the new constitution. He had been inspired by the historic roles that Greece and the early Roman Republic had played in the conceptualization and development of the idea itself: Democracy - greek - demos (whole citizen), and kratos (power/rule) - a fundamental belief in shared power.
Cuyahoga County Resource Box Available At 14 Locations Provides Much-Needed Information For Area Families
With quarantine mandating time away from the classroom and usual activities, many children have struggled over the past year. Connecting for Kids aims to help local families find resources for a child who may have regressed socially, emotionally, academically or physically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Are there going to be trees in the middle of Pearl Road?” “The most beautiful crosswalks in Ohio.” “Love the new signs.” With all the great comments we are hearing at city hall, it’s clear that people are buzzing about Parma Heights! There are a lot of physical changes taking place on Pearl Road but before I get into a summary, let me answer that first question.