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Asset Corner #74

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  KEEP THE PROMISES YOU MAKE. February’s Asset Category:  POSITIVE VALUES 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 PM, 02.02.2016

Chocolate Valentines And Red Wines!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching! What will you do to make it memorable for your loved one? You shared a sparkling moment years ago that led you to choose each other to be with for years to come! There was a time when you looked at each other with vulnerable, sparkling eyes and trusted each other enough to ease up on time with friends and dedicate time to the other because the joy you gained from being together was so magnificent. Others haven't found their partner yet. It's an exciting time to not lose hope and realize that there is someone out there for you!

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 PM, 02.02.2016

Cops

Now, we have entered into an area that piques people's interest. Whether it is in a positive or negative vein, everyone has at least one thought about cops. If you have had a negative encounter, such as receiving a citation for speeding, there is not much of a chance the attitude toward the police is positive. If they have assisted you in a time of need, they are then super heroes. Usually the feelings toward them are rarely lukewarm. When someone calls and the response doesn’t come, city hall will get a call. Even if the police were responding to a call like the one at Chuck E. Cheese or the robbery of a local bank.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 PM, 02.02.2016

Help The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

As a 27-year member of the Adopt an Animal Program, I can assure you of all the great programs the Zoo has to offer. As appreciation for our support of this program, the Zoo staff invites my wife and I to an annual breakfast at the Zoo, along with many other 20+ year members. This is followed by a review of upcoming improvements and events, a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the animals living quarters, and a trip to the veterinary services.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 PM, 02.02.2016

150 Years Ago

4/9/1865 - Surrender of the Army of Virginia was held at the McLean house in the Village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the nation’s longest war. Two important questions about its future were answered: Could the nation survive a civil war intact? And would the nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born.  

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 PM, 02.02.2016

Summer Break Shouldn't Mean Going Hungry For Ohio Children

Last week, I outlined our top priorities for the upcoming year – and we are getting to work immediately on one of them: renewing and expanding nutrition programs that ensure Ohio children don’t go hungry, particularly during the summer months.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

City Of Parma Scholarships Up For Grabs

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 2016 award season. In its ninth 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. Applications are available on the City of Parma website at http://www.cityofparma-oh.gov. Applications may also be obtained at Parma City Hall, any of the Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library branches or any high school located within the Parma City School District. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to high school seniors or equivalent who are residents of the City of Parma wishing to pursue post-secondary education during the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Financial need, work ethic, community service, and accomplishments are among the selection criteria for the scholarship. The application deadline is March 31, 2016. For more information or to donate to the Foundation, please contact Parma City Council President and Board of Trustees Member Sean Brennan at sbrennan@cityofparma-oh.gov or 440-885-8091.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

The President's Corner

This month’s column is dedicated to an issue that will appear on your Tuesday, March 15 Primary Election ballot which, unfortunately, has not received a lot of attention. In fact, the same issue will appear on the ballot not only in Parma, but also in Parma Heights, Seven Hills, North Royalton, Strongsville, and Broadview Heights. Issue 13 on the Parma ballot will state the following: 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Seniors Officially Ring In The New Year!

Center staff celebrates with the New Year's Gremlin.

Sparkling in their finery, area seniors gathered at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center on January 20th to celebrate and ring in the New Year at their annual New Year’s Party and Dance! The Center glittered with festive decorations, hats, and horns as the merrymakers counted down with the gongs, cheered, hugged, and sang “Auld Lang Syne.” They know the new year is never really "official" until they welcome it together at their annual party! 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

A heart-to-heart with health experts on Feb. 11

Join your neighborhood experts at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center for a “Heart to Heart” day in honor of your health on Thursday, Feb. 11. This free event at the Holiday Inn, Cleveland South, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, presents premier physicians from UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in an evening that puts your heart front and center. Enjoy heart-healthy red wine and appetizers while learning valuable information from physician presenters and an interactive panel discussion.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Parma Fire Dept. Hopes To Save City Nearly $1 million In 2016

Fire Chief Mike Lasky details his department's plan to save significant dollars for the city in 2016.

In a report called “Six-month Assessment Report,” the Parma Fire Department has announced detailed goals that would mean significant cost savings to the city in 2016. Parma Fire Chief Mike Lasky presented the report to the city administration and Parma City Council earlier this month.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Citizen and Business Of The Month

Congratulations to the Christian Service Program of Padua Franciscan High School, named the Mayor’s Citizens of the Month, and to Soza Fitness and Wellness, 5236 Ridge Road, for being selected as the Mayor's Business of the Month. Both organizations are being honored for all they do in the name of service. Padua students are required to perform acts for Christian Service, and they serve in many different ways such as volunteering at hospitals or hunger centers and nursing homes. Additionally, the students help with snow removal and leaf raking. Here with Mayor Tim DeGeeter are Padua principal David Stec, Ward Five Councilman Allan Divis, Padua's Christian Service Coordinator Robert DiRocco, and Father Allan DaCorte, President of Padua Franciscan. Soza Fitness is involved in many charitable events including All Dogs' Heaven Volunteer Rescue Group, Parma Animal Shelter, and Parma City Schools and continually gives back to the community by collecting backpacks with winter essentials for the homeless, holding holiday food drives, and recently, by starting a class on Friday evenings to allow parents to run errands while their children are exercising and playing games. Owners of the business are Matt Soza, a lifelong local resident; Frank Rando, who relocated from New York and has lived in Parma for the past 25 years; Greg Simon, who has lived exclusively in Parma; and DK Jones, who moved from Michigan to put down roots in the Parma/Brooklyn area 5 years ago.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Joe Bobak To Become Parma's Ninth Police Chief

Captain Joseph Bobak

The Parma Police Department and the City of Parma are pleased to announce the selection of Captain Joseph Bobak as the city’s ninth police chief. Capt. Bobak will replace current Chief of Police Robert Miller, who is retiring later this year.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Xenophobia Is No Solution To The Nation's Problems

After the mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, just about every Republican presidential candidate and governor went on record refusing to accept any Syrian refugees into the United States. But President Obama has said that the United States will accept only 10,000 of the refugees from Syria and the Middle East. So far, Germany has accepted more than ten times that number. Gaining asylum in the United States as a refugee is not easy. There is a very long process to screen those seeking refugee status in the United States. In fact, our borders are far more secure than the borders in Europe.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

I Believe

Although I may not walk with kings, let me be big in little things.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 PM, 02.02.2016

Parma Police Arrest Three Men In Connection With Early Morning Home Invasion And Police Pursuit

Parma Police arrested three men this morning in connection with an early morning home invasion that occurred at a residence located in the 2900 block of Friar Drive in Parma. The three men were captured after a pursuit that started in Parma, ended when the men crashed a stolen van into a residence in the 6200 block of Delora Avenue in Brooklyn.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 2:58 PM, 01.21.2016

Two Pools To Reopen In Parma, Splash Pad To Be Built

Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter has announced that two city pools will open this summer, and that a proposal to build a new splash pad in Anthony Zielinski Park – a project spurred on through an anonymous $225,000 donation – is expected to become a reality by spring 2017.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:50 PM, 01.03.2016

Trees Provide Many Benefits: Financial, Environmental, And More

A tree canopy, whether at the park, commercial district, or along residential streets, provides many benefits. Photo © 2015 Stefan P. Stefaniuk.

Whether we are looking to improve a city's commercial districts or residential streets, when it comes to neighborhood walkability, it is difficult to overstate the importance of a healthy and abundant tree canopy. In fact, it may be one the best investments a city can make. Just ask Jeff Speck, a city planner committed to smart growth and sustainable design. In his book Walkable City, he states, “Because they have such a powerful impact on walkability, street trees have been associated with significant improvements in both property values and retail viability. Since this enhancement translates directly into increased local tax revenue, it could be considered financially irresponsible for a community to not invest heavily in trees.” Not surprisingly, he also observed that while rich and safe streets had good tree cover, poor and dangerous streets did not.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:49 PM, 01.03.2016

The President's Corner

As the elected leaders of the City of Parma begin a new term, following the November election, this month’s column is dedicated to educating residents about the makeup of their local executive and legislative branches of government.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:50 PM, 01.03.2016

“The Phony War On Christmas” – Really?

It was with great disbelief that I read the  article written by Lee Kamps entitled “The Phony War on Christmas” in the December edition of the Parma Observer. I find it very hard to understand how Mr. Kamps can really believe that there is a “Phony War on Christmas." I cannot conceive how he can be so totally unaware of what is happening around him. Does he not read all the articles and listen to the media about cities and schools distancing themselves from Christmas in order to be “politically correct?”

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Memo To Parma School Board

In early November, the voters of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills, voted down the School District's Technology Levy (Issue 5). It seems that the defeat has inspired our School Board members enough to mail out in late November a postcard that outlines a "New Plan" to deal with this defeat. Their plan touches on new purchase plans, review technology staffing, to keeping and maintaining current technology, just to name a few points. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:49 PM, 01.03.2016

Twelve-Week Transformation: Trio Bonds Through Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dave Boyce, Mickey Diasio and Anthony Galas formed a friendship through Cardiac Rehabilitation at UH Parma Medical Center. Galas had a heart transplant earlier this year, while Boyce and Diasio had heart bypass surgeries.

They met in the waiting room: two seniors with retooled hearts and a 39-year-old man with a new one. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:49 PM, 01.03.2016

Rubbish

Rubbish. This seems to be a word that doesn’t inspire a great deal of interest. Who would not discard such a concept? It is an area where very few wish to dwell. Yet to broach such a concept, as undesirable as it may be, is a necessity. Once again, when presented with the present collection of trash, commitments of no increase in finances would be necessary to maintain the program. The concept was that the recycling would off-set such a cost. What a surprise when the administration presented the idea of charging a separate fee for the service. Government will deny that this is a tax increase, but it merely is disguised as a separate charge for services. Let me see, how do we deceive the public again without using the tax word? If it is not a tax, do the residents of the city have the option of opting out of this particular program? At the present time, there is so little trash to be removed from my particular home that with an additional charge it is not the most feasible alternative from my perspective.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:49 PM, 01.03.2016

Emily Duff - Froehlich House Resident - 1902 To 2006

Emily remembering her past.

Emily Duff lived in the Froehlich House on Broadview Road from the day of her birth on June 24, 1902 until her death on January 5, 2006. Her parents Emma and Conrad Apel bought the house from the Froehlich Family in 1896. It had been built by the John Froehlich in 1843. Although the kitchen and bathroom were upgraded, the home retained its character of an earlier day. The original white wainscoting extended around the walls of the rooms. The floors were wide, random-width pine. Crisp, white Priscilla curtains covered the original windows, with their twelve lights. Large quarry stones made up the floor of the cellar. On one side of the cellar, steps led to a door at ground level. This was used to roll down barrels which carried supplies that were stored in the cellar.  

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:49 PM, 01.03.2016

Remains Of A Parma Heights Root Cellar

Root cellar is in the center.

A root cellar is a structure built underground or partially underground and used to store vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other foods. The name originated from the root vegetables - carrots, onions, turnips, potatoes and similar vegetables where the bulk of the vegetable grows underground. Most root cellars were built using stone, wood, mortar (cement), and sod. Newer ones may be made of concrete with sod on top. A typical size was 8' by 8'. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:49 PM, 01.03.2016

I Believe

All of our thoughts can be divided into two basic categories: right and wrong. Right thoughts are God-centered and wrong thoughts are self-centered.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Martinis, Bellinis, And Gluwhein! Oh, My!

Martinis, Bellinis, and Gluwhein! Oh, my!

The New Year is upon us and there is no better time to toast to a New Year and that fresh start which a New Year brings than now! And nothing tips more traditional than the classics! No other cocktail has held its own like the Martini! 007 likes it shaken, not stirred. And W.C Fields used to keep a concoction that smelled like the classic gin Martini close by when he was on the set, but he called it, "Pineapple juice." One day, a production assistant "refreshed" him and he later belted out, "Godfrey Daniel and Mother of Pearl! Some sidewinder has put pineapple juice in my pineapple juice!"

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Conservation Is A Dirty Word

Normally, I’d write about data, cross-referencing studies that prove that all lethal deer control measures are ineffective and result in rebounding populations. But this time, I’m writing from the heart.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Health Matters: Free Jan. 13 Talk On Mindful Eating

Start the new year with a commitment to mindful eating and healthy living by attending a free physician talk at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13. In a talk from 6-7:30 p.m., Bradley Banko, MD will cover weight management, healthy eating and the toll that failing to become mindful can take on your overall health. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Dogs Walk

Recently I was driving past the Parma Animal No Kill Shelter on Brookpark Road. I pulled in and curiously walked in the back, only to see many grim faces behind metal doors. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Asset Corner #73

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  APOLOGIZE WHEN YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG. January’s Asset Category:  POSITIVE IDENTIY 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 PM, 01.03.2016

Parma Police Charge Man In Connection With December 17th Armed Home Invasion

Eugene D. Gill

Parma Police arrested a Cleveland man in connection with a December 17th armed home invasion that occurred on Spring Garden Drive in Parma. Eugene D. Gill, B/M, 24 years-old, listing an address in the 8000 block of Willard Drive in Cleveland. Gill is currently being held at the Parma Police Detention Center and has been charged with one count of Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree. He is currently being held on a $150,000 cash bond. Further criminal charges are anticipated after consultation with prosecutors. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:27 AM, 12.21.2015

Parma Police Arrest Man After Leading Police On A Multi-Agency Pursuit

Joaeph B. Kolczynski

Parma Police arrested a Parma man after he led police on a multi-city pursuit that started in Parma and ended in Strongsville. The man has been identified as the following individual: Joseph B. Kolczynski, W/M, 18 years-old, listing an address in the 2900 block of Lucerne Avenue in Parma.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.18.2015

Parma Police Arrest Man For Bank Robbery

David L. Chipps

Parma Police arrested a Euclid man in connection with a bank robbery that occurred yesterday at the Third Federal Savings and Loan, located at 5950 Ridge Road in Parma.The man has been identified as the following individual: David Lee Chipps, W/M, 54 years-old, listing an address in the 100 block of Noble Beach Drive in Euclid. Chipps is currently being held at the Parma Police Detention Center and has been charged with one count of Robbery, a felony of the third degree. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 12:17 PM, 12.17.2015

Help The Parma Observer Grow By Having Home Delivery

Would you like to have the Parma Observer delivered to your home and help the paper grow at the same time? Call 440-884-7625- it's just that simple. For $24 per year, the paper will be delivered to your home and you will be playing a large part in making sure that the citizens of Parma, Parma Hts. and Seven Hills have a way to tell their stories, speak their minds, and hear what their fellow citizens think and say. The price will be adjusted by $2 each month as the year progresses. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 6:54 AM, 12.08.2015