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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

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

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

Donít 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 Foolís? 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

Homestead Hoofers 4-H Club

Discover Local Farming Delights at Stearns Homestead at Potential Buyer Night Hosted by Homestead Hoofers 4-H Club.

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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

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

Art Of The Journal

On Friday, April 19, 2024, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Parma Arts Council is holding a workshop titled “The Art Of The Journal”. The session will be held at The Parma Art Center, located at 7335 Ridge Rd. in the Parma Parks & Recreation Dept. building. A real bargain at $10 per person. 

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

Arts In Parma

*Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, opened the exhibit titled “Back In The Groove”, on Saturday, March 23, 2024. The show runs through April 21st. It features Amelia Casiano, Gary Nass, Laura D’Alessandro, Rez Work and Sean Mabin.

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

Parma Area Historical Society At Stearns Homestead

The Parma Area Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the cabin at Stearns Homestead. Stearns Homestead, Parma’s Historical Farm, is operated by the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS) in cooperation with the City of Parma. All are welcome to attend. There will be a trustees election, review of the past years accomplishments, and goals set for the 2024 year. If you love history & farms, now’s your chance to get involved. Stearns Homestead is located at 6975 Ridge Rd. 

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

Spring Is In The Air

It’s spring once again, and you know what that means. Outdoor activity will begin to pick up as the temperature continues to rise. The Parks in Parmawill begin filling with more warm bodies of people, their pets, and lots of wildlife. Golfers will begin going to the Ridgewood Golf Course. There will be lots more activity on the towpaths in the Parma Metroparks where ones will be spotted wading in Big Creek, along with cyclists riding the park’s beautiful trails. A few may even attempt to take up other outdoor activities such as archery, canoeing, rock climbing and white water rafting.

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

The Representative's Corner

When I took my solemn oath of office to serve as your state representative back on January, 3, 2023, I made a commitment to be your voice and to work with both my Democratic and Republican colleagues to promote policies that improve the quality of life for you and all Ohioans. Throughout my career as an elected official, I have prided myself on being a public servant, not a politician. I am proud of the body of work that I have accomplished in the short 15 months I have served you at the Statehouse.

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

Denbrook DeMolay Posts Flags At Veterans Memorial Park

Denbrook DeMolay members met at the Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday February 11th, In observance of Patriots Day. DeMolay International defines the Patriots Day Observance as a day convenient to the Chapter during the month of February, where the Chapter arranges a special observance featuring the nation's great patriotic events and the great patriots who participated in them. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

Hometown Heroes.....A Grateful Welcome Home To Vietnam Veterans

The Vietnam War was one of the most Challenging and controversial chapters in our country’s history. The Vietnam War began on November 1, 1955, and ended April 30, 1975, and claimed the lives of over 58,000 Americans with many still unaccounted for. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition act of 2017 established March 29th as the annual observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day. March 29th is a fitting choice to honor Vietnam Veterans, as it was the day United State Military Assistance Command Vietnam was disestablished and the day that the last of American troops left Vietnam.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

Arts In Parma

*The 25th Annual Valley Forge Spring Craft Show hosted by The Valley Forge Cross country Team will be held on March 16th, 2024 at Valley Forge High School, 9999 Independence Blvd, 10am to 3pm. Team led concessions will be available for breakfast and lunch, Vendors include holiday décor, ceramics, jewelry, knits, wreaths, candles, purses, kitchen items, embroidery, soap, beauty products, Easter items and more. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

Fireworks Are Coming To Parma Again!

The last two years the non-profit We Are Parma Proud has brought the fireworks to the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Rib & Rock. Which will be held on June 6th through the 9th this year. The organization has just begun soliciting businesses and individuals to donate the funds necessary to fund the fireworks display. 

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

Coming Soon To Stearns!

Last year The Parma Historical Society was contacted by a very talented Jack Dacek indicating he was interested in building a model replica to scale of the Stearns house. He proceeded to take measurements and photos. Several hundreds of hours of work later, the scale model has been completed. The next step is to build a plexiglass box for it to be displayed in. Kuddos to Jack for sharing his talent with us. Watch the Parma Observer and Stearns Homestead Facebook Page for when you can view this in person

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

Taste of Polish Village- Another Success!

On Saturday, February 24th the Annual International Taste of Polish Village occurred. Approximately 200 people were in attendance, in the St. Charles Parish Hall Lower Level.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

Parma Seminoles Youth Football & Cheer: Registration Is OPEN

Parma Seminoles Youth Football & Cheer, a non-profit organization that provides a place for the youth of Parma, Parma Heights, Seven Hills and the surrounding cities to strengthen their leadership abilities & personal discipline while learning about life, the game of football & competitive cheer. We are part of the Ohio Gridiron Youth Football Association, with all our coaches being USA Football certified. We offer flag football (K-1st gr.), tackle football (2nd-6th gr.) and cheerleading (K-6th gr.). REGISTRATION IS OPEN. www.parmaseminoles.squarespace.com

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

The Representative's Corner

I have always considered myself a consumer watchdog. From my nearly twenty years on Parma City Council and, now, as your state representative, I am constantly on the lookout to protect consumers. My focus on consumer costs, no doubt, dates back to the days of my childhood. Our family of four lived a normal middle-class lifestyle until my dad abandoned us. My mom lost the house and we would have been homeless if it weren't for family members that helped out. My mom hesitantly applied for food stamps and other public assistance until she sort of got back on her feet because dad never paid a dime of child support and her take home pay was very low.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 AM, 03.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

Arts In Parma

*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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024

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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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 5:03 PM, 02.01.2024