Lettuce, cucumbers and all kinds of greens are almost ready to pick at the 10 farms owned by the farmers of Geauga Family Farms. GFF is a co-op of 10 farmers who grow certified-organic produce for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
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When newly installed Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish was faced with delivering his first State of the County address, he decided to do it in the County’s second-largest city and came south to Parma. The event was held at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in the Parma-Snow Branch’s auditorium.
Sure signs of Spring are robins, daffodils, and the Pierogi Palooza held at Broadview Multi-Care Center at 5520 Broadview Rd. in Parma, Ohio. This annual event is a lot of fun, and a portion of all proceeds benefit the local food bank. There are local food vendors, live entertainmnent, informational booths, and the best pierogi will be judged. For more information or to participate- call 216-741-4010 and ask for Debbie Rafalski. Mark the date and be sure to attend Pierogi Palooza from 12 noon until 5:00 pm on Sunday May 31st. Don't eat a big breakfast- save some room for those delicious pierogis!
Parma has announced the hiring for its top two Fire Department positions.
Parma Heights Firefighter David Kaszar is planning to attempt an extraordinary feat: run his first marathon, the 26.2 mile Cleveland Marathon on May 17, 2015, in full turn-out firefighting gear. David is running to raise money to help find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the illness that has afflicted his father for the last two years and will ultimately take his life.
A parent’s responsibility includes viewing every child without showing partiality.
By definition: sorry means to have sorrow or regret. This is mentioned because it is not infrequent that this word is directed toward me. For those of you who rarely walk anymore, or never did, walking is the movement of one foot in front of the other and traveling to a specific destination either out of necessity or for the pleasure of the movement. In my instance, most days the car doesn’t leave the driveway. That must startle many of you who are reading this. For the most part, for most of us, should there be errands to run or another destination in mind, the first reaction is to get the car keys and get into the car and go. The habit of using the car was a habit that was used by me, for many years. Now walking is my main mode of transportation. The habit was borne out of a report of high blood pressure and supplemented by the price of gas when it was close to $4 a gallon. Walking was never foreign to me, but increased with these influencing factors. A concerted effort was made to walk a certain distance on a daily basis. It would be pleasurable to see more walkers, for you get to greet and perhaps chat with those you may encounter. Driving does not possess that possibility, unless giving hand signals is considered chat. Chat does enter into driving, however. You see many drivers chatting on their cell phones and/or texting on a regular basis when you walk. The reason you notice them talking or texting is because you readily can notice the errors they make while operating their vehicles. Such errors include not stopping behind the stop sign and thus blocking the crosswalk and not stopping by the wide white stripe (or where logic dictate one should be) at intersections, usually those with traffic signals.
This month is my second installment of the series entitled Parma’s Places of Worship. Although I am Catholic, I have always been intrigued with other faiths. That is why one day last summer, after years of driving by, I decided to enter the drive at 7733 Ridge Road on my one of jogs through town to see up close the beautiful Greater Cleveland Shiva Vishnu Hindu Temple. I was taken by the grandeur of the building and surrounding grounds. Since then, I have longed to see the inside, which I figured was just as spectacular. Therefore, when my friend John Visnauskas, founder of All Faiths Pantry, offered to arrange for me to meet with Temple Manager Ramaswamy Sharma, I enthusiastically consented. This column is the result of my two hour tour which left me in awe, full of new knowledge, and a thirst for more about the world’s oldest practicing religion and the religion of the majority of the people of India – 900 million worldwide.
Saturday, May 16th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council will hold their annual spring show, Medley of Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive. Local artists will display their works of painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor & mixed media), photography, graphics (computer art, pen & ink, drawing & wood burning), 3D (sculpture, ceramics, clay & pottery), jewelry, fiber dolls, and woodcarving. A Chinese auction will be held of handcrafted items. Refreshments will be available. The event is open to the public, and admission is FREE.
Get off the couch and out on the trail with Walk on Wednesdays, a series of informal fitness walks sponsored by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center at James Day Park in Parma from April 29 – June 3.
The retired nurse who embarked on a hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s disease completed 200 challenging miles and reached altitudes of more than 6,000 feet before suspending his trek due to complications from the disease.
Consistent, high-quality care of stroke patients earned University Hospitals Parma Medical Center the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the eleventh in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
A number of years ago I was asked by a business associate to teach a course in Basics of Insurance at a local business college. He told me that the class met for three hours a week over a thirteen week semester with a final exam in the 14th week. I felt that this would be a nice challenge as well as an opportunity to earn some extra money so I accepted this offer. In addition my undergraduate degree is in education and I have taught insurance courses at Cleveland State University previously.
Maggie’s Place Ohio will offer their 3rd Annual charitable Golf Scramble on Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m at Shale Creek golf course in Medina, one of Ohio’s “Must-Play” public courses. The scramble will support the continued operation of The Zechariah House, a non-profit hospitality home for pregnant women in Parma. Fees for the scramble include 18 holes of golf with cart, a box lunch, beverages, and an All-American cook-out dinner for each registered player. Skill prizes and a Chinese raffle of unique packages will also be featured, along with “dinner-only” tickets for non-golfing guests of players or sponsors.
Cleveland Metroparks recently initiated construction of a new amenity to the Fern Hill Picnic Area in Big Creek Reservation – a stormwater wetland. This unique landscape feature will improve water quality to Big Creek, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River. Prior to project installation, during rain events or following a major snow melt, untreated stormwater from residences off Hauserman Rd. discharged directly into Big Creek, taking with it salt and vehicle residue (motor oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, etc.), which resulted in increased runoff volumes and degraded water quality.
The Parma Heights Food Pantry has been helping its residents since 2007. At that time, we served approximately 37 families per month. Each year the need for help has grown; in February 2015, we assisted over 300 families.
Greenbrier resident Mike Hadl, long-time announcer for the Cleveland Lumberjacks, college and high school sports, and substitute announcer for the Cavs, was treated to a visit from some of his friends from the Cavs and a number of the team’s cheerleaders. The Cavs’ cheerleaders and members of their dance team, the Scream Team, met with Mike and a number of other Greenbrier residents on March 31st. The cheerleaders performed some of their new playoff run cheers for the residents and brought signed basketballs, bobbleheads, hats, shirts, and other gifts for residents of the facility. The team also updated the residents on the Cavs’ plans as they get ready for the playoffs and hopefully go for the NBA championship! The visit brought tremendous pride to Mike and also so many residents loved seeing the cheerleaders perform and having the chance to meet them. Greenbrier’s team loved being able to work with the Cavs team to set this up and make a big difference in our resident’s lives.
It has been said that absolute power corrupts absolutely. The litmus test for this caliber of sleaze can be found in the half-lies regularly spun by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW). Always one step ahead of its critics, while conning the public at large, our state wildlife agency’s officials take whole truths and twists them to suit their murder for profit agenda.
In February, I received a phone call from Georgia Buresti, the owner of Mister B's Irish Pub & Eatery. Mister B's is located in the strip directly across from Southland Shopping Center on W. 130th. Georgia presented me with the wonderful idea of bringing artists and craftspeople into her establishment for a mini art show. Mini shows like this are popping up all over the Greater Cleveland area. They have multiple purposes, such as bringing in new patrons to establishments like hers, and they also offer the community a chance to view and purchase unique handmade items from artists in an unusual venue for a brief time. The artists have the opportunity to meet each other and compare their work, as well as discuss various techniques. This isn't your old fashioned idea of an art show like you see on TV or in the movies. The people who attend these type of events are not all dressed up fancy, walking around sipping wine and munching appetizers. Mister B's does have a nice menu though and they serve some pretty tasty food and beverages.
For those who have kids or are just kids at heart, Free Comic Book Day is taking place on Saturday, May 2, at comic book shops all over the world. This year, there are up to 50 titles that may be available, depending on what each shop decides to offer. These titles include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Tick, Attack on Titan, The Avengers, Transformers, Pokémon, and Doctor Who!
The greatness of a community lies in its people. We, here in the City of Parma Heights, experienced just how true that statement is following the November, 2014, arson fire at City Hall. City department phones were operational almost immediately and, despite the challenging circumstances, the 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting at the Gazebo scheduled for just days after the fire went off without a hitch and was the perfect start to the holiday season. In fact, I am proud to say that even with our departments dispersed to locations throughout the city, all services and events have continued without interruption. Residents and visitors alike have been patient and understanding; many have even called and emailed to express their support and we thank them for their concern. Please be reassured that all of us, department heads and staff members alike, are working hard to keep any inconvenience to the public to a minimum.
Parma City Council unanimously passed the city's 2015 $47.4 million budget at its meeting on March 23. Although the voice vote took about a minute, this was not a quick or simple task; city officials have been meeting, discussing, and planning for this vote since last October.
I have always held that the residents of Parma are a very faith-filled people. The plethora and diversity of places of worship in our community speak to this truth. This fact has moved me to begin a series this month I am titling Parma Places of Worship. I will begin this month with my own parish – St. Charles Borromeo located at 5891 Ridge Road.
Savor the best flavors in town as the City of Seven Hills hosts the 5th Annual Taste of Seven Hills on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at the Seven Hills Community Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, Seven Hills, Ohio. Tickets are just $30 per person or $240 for a table of 8. Giant Eagle is a participating Sponsor. The proceeds from the Taste of Seven Hills helps fund various programs in the City, including our ever popular Home Days.
Ridgewood Garden Club's Community Involvement Spring and Summer Project this year will be to bring the sparkle back to Stearns Farm, "The jewel in the heart of Parma." The 48 acre site is located right down the street from City Hall. It is a working farm, free and open to the public. It is home to many farm animals, Cleveland Crops, a farmers market, and is operated by the Parma Area Historical Society.
Tuesday, March 24th, was an exciting step forward the Parma Area Dog Park Association (PADPA). We met with Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi. During our meeting, we discussed some of the main concerns of the city leaders regarding the development of a dog park in the city. Those concerns are liability, safety, cost, maintenance, and location. I feel that we have addressed these concerns and we all agree that we need to perform our due diligence with this endeavor to make it a success.
On Friday, March 06, the Joseph J. Jacubic American Legion Post 572, State Rd., Parma, hosted a benefit to raise funds for the USO. Our original goal was $1,000. Thanks to our generous members and supporters, we raised $4,490.00. Many local businesses donated items for our raffle. Mr. Chicken, a lifetime supporter of active duty military and veterans, provided 100 dinners ($500) to our cause. Thank you to all who participated, donated, and supported this event.
The Parma Area Fine Arts Council is accepting applications for their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale to be held on Saturday, May 16th. No residency requirement. Professionals and amateurs are welcomed. Cash and ribbon prizes, in 5 categories will be awarded. Categories include: Painting (acrylic, watercolor, and oil), Graphics (computer art, pen & ink, pencil, and wood burning), Photography, 3-D (sculpture, clay, ceramics, pottery, and woodcarving), and Jewelry (any medium). Deadline for entry is May 9th. For more information or to download the application visit www.parmafinearts.org, or call (440) 888-4514.
1861-1865 The total population of Cuyahoga County at the start of the Civil War in 1861 was around 80,000 people. There were about 9,000 men and women that served in the Civil War from Cuyahoga County between 1861-1865. This demonstrates the loyalty and dedication to the War efforts. There are many living relatives still in Cuyahoga County that may not know that a lot of the men that served in the Civil War are listed on the Walls of the Soldiers and Sailors monument in downtown Cleveland. If visiting the monument is not possible, you can view the names by looking at the Soldiers and Sailors website. It is a very beautiful and serene monument that was built in 1894.
The poorest man may, in his cottage, bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all his force dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement. — William Pitt, in the House of Commons, 1766.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, May 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock will conduct Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60 and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Overture “Hansel and Gretel.”
We often see contests and businesses with advertisements “The Best.” This often has been puzzling to me because there were thoughts as to how this was determined, who determined it, and when it was determined. If it concerned food, for example, was it voted on by the entire area, city, state, country, or world? Was it a result of the most populated establishment getting the vote out or the establishment with the most relatives or simply the establishment with the most tech savvy individual to submit the vote electronically? Were there allowances for the different taste buds? As you search your memory, back in school wasn’t there a division between tasters and non-tasters? The “Best” advice is to let your taste buds decide for you.
Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the tenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
The Parma Heights Historical Society is looking for living relatives of the early settlers of what is now Parma Heights. The family names of interest are the following:
On Sunday, March 15, the Joseph J. Jacubic American Legion Post 572 hosted The American Legion 13th District (Cuyahoga County) Oratorical Speech Contest. Contestants gave speeches on the Constitution and what are the responsibilies of American citizens to the Constitution. The winning oration was won by Abhishek Bhatt, senior, Strongsville H.S. Runners up were Soren Gran, junior, St. Edward H.S., and Kirsten Pomales, junior, Brecksville-Broadview Heights H.S. Abhishek will compete in Columbus on March 22. The winner from Columbus will compete in Nationals in Indianapolis in April. The top prize is an $18,000 scholarship.
Parma High senior Nicholas Kundrat is getting used to being recognized for his excellence. And why not? Nick has received appointments to the United States Air Force Academy, West Point, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. For the record, he's chosen to attend the Air Force Academy. Mayor DeGeeter is proud of the young man, too, and so he chose to make Nick the March Citizen of the Month. Nick is also a decorated swimmer and a volunteer at St. Leo. His parents, Mark and Tina, joined him as he was honored at the Parma City Council meeting. Also honored that evening was Gustave Julian Jewelers for being named the Mayor's Business of the Month for March. The business, located at the corner of West Pleasant Valley and State Road, has been in business in Parma for 65 years. Gustave Julian Jewelers was originally started by Gustave Julian at then-Parmatown Mall, and now is managed by his sons, Gus and Jim. Pictured here are Ward Five Councilman Allan Divis and Mayor DeGeeter with Jim Julian.
It was on March 23, 2010, that President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, into law. Since that date, just about all the provisions of the act have taken effect. The act has survived a Supreme Court challenge and the court upheld the act as constitutional. It has survived repeated attempts, 56 at the last count, to repeal it in congress. So after five years, how is the act working? Here is a five year report card on the ACA or Obamacare.
April’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected. As a parent, you are already one of your child’s key asset builders. Letting your kids be responsible for their own outcomes (even if they’re not necessarily what you want) is challenging, but remember that empowerment is important.