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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Yogi Berra, came up with lots of great expressions. One of my favorites is his phrase “it’s déjà vu all over again”. Recent events in congress is proving that Yogi Berra was right with his expression. I am writing about the recent refusal by congress to pass a strong bipartisan bill on immigration. This bill was worked out in the Senate by both political parties and had the support of President Biden, who indicated that he would sign it into law after it passed the House of Representatives. But this immigration bill died in the House because a group of extremist Republicans prevented this bipartisan bill from ever coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

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

Arts In Parma

Call for Artists: Parma Arts will be holding an art exhibit on May 18th & 19th at the Parma Parks & Recreation Building, 7335 Ridge Rd. Deadline for entry is May 5th,. Drop off is May 17th. To download the application and details on rules and regulations go to www.parmafinearts.org.

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

Totality Parma

Since the last partial eclipse in 2017, the build up to this year’s Solar eclipse has been insane. By 2021 the countdown had already started with a warning about being ready to protect our eyes. By 2023 the Meteorologists were starting to talk about the eclipse and what the weather might be like: who was going to be able to view it and what the path of totality was. This continued to build until every- one was whipped into a feverish pitch, and the meteorologists were all having nervous breakdowns. How could anything live up to this hype? I mean it’s just the moon, something we see every day, moving past the sun, something we also see every day. What’s the big deal?

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

Don’t Ya Just Love A Parade?

REMINDER: The Polish Constitution Day Parade, in Polish Village, will be held this year on Sunday, May 5th, at 2:00 PM, it’s the first annual parade of the year in Parma. Line up along the parade route, Parma Circle to Alber. After the parade come to the festival held at Unity Catholic Credit Union Parking Lot. Watch the Polish Folk dancers, dressed in traditional costumes perform, listen to the lively Polka music and dance. Fill your belly with an array of hardy Polish food, or some American from the food trucks. Beverages will be available, including Polish beer! Shop the marketplace vendors, and much more!

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

April Fool’s? Nope, No Joke!

The We Are Parma Proud non-profit volunteers, received the Citizens of the Month Award at the April 1st Parma council meeting. Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime and Mayor Tim DeGeeter presented the group with certificates recognizing their work promoting the city by creating events that instill community pride. It’s mission is to bring together businesses, government, non-profit groups, and individuals for the purpose of strengthening and promoting pride within Parma, with fresh ideas, enhanced projects and community events.

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

157th Parma Heights Memorial Day Commemoration

Parma Heights is proud to host the 157th Parma Heights Memorial Day commemoration. Residents and neighboring guests will gather on Monday, May 27th on the front lawn of the Parma-South Presbyterian Church at 6155 Pearl Road. And, back for the first time since 2019, attendees will enjoy the Memorial Day Parade. The parade will start after the service at the church and the route will go to the Parma Heights Cemetery. The Parma Heights service is the oldest continuous in the state of Ohio.

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

May Is Preservation Month. What Building Matters In Your City?

For the past 50 years, the month of May has been a time to celebrate and promote historic preservation for its many benefits to our communities.Those benefits are expansive and include social, economic, and environmental benefits. Historic preservation is the act of preserving or protecting a building, object, or other artifacts of historical significance. In the United States, the preservation movement has a long and rich history. The preservation movement began in the 1850s when the Mount Vernon Ladies Association saved George Washington’s homestead. A hallmark of the movement is the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which set up federal policies and acknowledged the importance of preserving this nation’s heritage. 

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

Something Different To Do On May 18th & 19th

Looking for something different to do on the weekend of May 18th & 19th ? Stop in at the Medley of Arts Annual Show & Sale. There’s something for everyone, besides the various paint and pencil visual arts, you’ll see fiber art, three-dimensional pieces, photography, wood carving and wood burning from local talented individuals. Admission is FREE. Attendees to this event will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local artists. Entertainment is provided as well as refreshments, and chances to win some nice raffle prizes. It’s a great way to view the artistic creations of your friends and neighbors, a break from the daily grind. Lots of talented artists and craftsmen in our area.

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

National Cemeteries in The United States

There are 147 National Cemeteries in the United States, with Arlington being the most popular. The closest to us is The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, located in Rittman, about 46 miles from Cleveland. Most Veterans who have been Discharged from active duty Military service under other than dishonorable conditions are entitled to burial in a National Cemetery. There are time restrictions for enlisted personnel who began their service after September 7, 1980, and Officer personnel entered service after September 17, 1981, They must have completed 24 months of continuous or the full period for which called to active duty, whichever is shorter. It is best to contact the Cemetery for exacting details.

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

8 Parma Heights Shops With Lovely Gifts To Celebrate Mother's Day!

In case it wasn’t apparent, Parma Heights goes all-out for Mother’s Day. Lots of local shops are putting all of their energy in providing the best gift options for every type of mom out there. If you haven't found the right gift for her yet, don't fret. These creative gift-giving stores are bound to make a sure-fire hit!    From jewelry, to handmade crafts, to curated gift boxes, there is something for all moms to enjoy on her special day.

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

Strange But True

Mystery of the Boot Camp Urine Collection Solved While at Boot Camp, Naval Station Great Lakes in 1966 we were instructed in the mornings to urinate in the plastic bags inside the waste containers. Nobody seemed to know why. We found out a few days later after seeing trucks picking them up, that they were being transported to a local test lab for something called (Urokinase) which was extracted from the urine and was used in breaking up blood clots, especially in catheters and in peope with clots in critical organs.The lyctic drug Urokinase is not a waste product. It is secreted into the blood where it helps prevent kidney obstruction by proteins. I'm sure this is only one of the many mysteries of the Military. 

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

Mario's Barbershop Tornado Relief

Recently Mario's Barber Shop, one of our outstanding hyper-local busineees, Steooed up yet again for the victims of natural disasters. This time two trailer loads of badly needed supplies were collected from our community and deliverd to the victims of a recent tornado in the Indian Lake, Ohio area, about 70 miles west of Columbus. Time and time again Mario Innocenzi has taken care of others when they need help the most. 

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

Bald Eagles in Parma

Not long ago this bald eagle was spotted on the cell phone towers right outside of Parma City Hall. Michell Blair managed to cature this wonderful photo. Besides being our national symbol, bald eagles are also a sign of a balanced, healthy ecosystem. 

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

Hometown Heroes......Memorial Day: A Solemn Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes And Veterans

Memorial Day has traditionally become a day of picnics, cook outs, family gatherings and the unofficial start of summer. It is always observed on the last Monday of May, but we shouldn’t lose sight that this is a day of remembrance and solemn tribute to the brave men and women who laid down their lives in service to the United States.

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

Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma photo of the month contest winner is Parma's Laura Lawrence.  It depicts her daughter Grace.  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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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 12:20 AM, 05.01.2024

Local Officials Attend State Of The State

Recently, Parma Heights Mayor Marie Gallo and Parma Ward 1 Councilwoman Monica Wilson were the guests of State Representative Sean Patrick Brennan (Parma) at the Ohio Statehouse for Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State Address.

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

The Representative's Corner

COLUMBUS: Entities claiming to solicit donations for charity via collection receptacles will now have to prove that what they collect is truly benefitting charitable causes.  

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

Parade & Party Coming to Parma's Polish Village

SAVE THE DATE! The Polish Constitution Day Parade, will be held this year on Sunday, May 5th, at 2:00 PM, is the first annual parade of the year in Parma. It’s a harbinger of Spring! The parade is held in partnership with the Polish American Congress, the City of Parma, and the non-profit Polish Village Parma. It’s brought to you by donations, and in part by a small grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, (the cigarette tax) and lots of volunteer hours. The parade and party are open to the public. Residents and visitors alike line the side walk and tree lawns on Ridge Rd from the Parma Circle to Unity Catholic Federal Credit Union to watch the parade of Polish dignitaries, politicians, high school bands, and an assortment of various units marching, including residents from the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Businesses, non-profits, clubs and groups are encouraged to march in the parade, at no cost. If you are interested in marching email pacohparade@gmail.com, or contact Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.01.2024

Wheels For Meals “Cruise In” June 5th To Benefit All Faiths Pantry

Classic cars at Yorktown Lanes at the Wheels for Meals fundraiser 2023

The 2nd Annual Wheels for Meals Cruise-In will be held at Yorktown Lanes on Wednesday, June 5th. Whether you come to show off your car or just stop in to experience a blast from your past, all are welcome to this family friendly event to benefit All Faiths Pantry. Last June, over 55 cars and trucks – classic, custom, hot rod, rat rod and convertibles - cruised in to Yorktown Lanes in Parma Hts. It was a great first effort with beautiful weather, plenty of parking and three Choice Awards given out.  

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.01.2024