Here we are 7 years into the Parma Observer Project, bringing citizen powered media to Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills since 2009. Something to consider: In 1980 there were over 50 major media outlets- today there are but 6. Fact is, independent media is the only place that average citizens can hope to have their uncensored voices heard by the public, and we are ever mindful of that.
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Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gather a group of girlfriends and loved ones for a refreshing morning of candid conversation with clinical experts about women’s health topics, plus an array of shopping opportunities, at UH Parma Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo on Saturday, October 29.
Everyday 8,000 people turn 65 in America. Today older adults live longer in reasonable health, longer with more health issues, and longer in a home alone than ever before. Most Older Adults say they want to live in their own homes as long as possible, but 50% of them say they haven’t planned for their own future as an aging person. Additionally, 73 % of their adult children say they have neither thought about nor planned for the care of their aging parents. This raises serious challenges for anyone hoping to maintain their independence throughout the aging process. Staying in their own home and preventing hospitalization then placement into a nursing home requires planning. That’s what the free course, “Staying Independent Through Aging – Building Your Independence Took Kit” is all about.
Ever since the late l940’s, I have a deeper appreciation for summertime and ice cream. That’s when our parents bought a “Mom and Pops” delicatessen and we three kids couldn’t believe we struck gold. The store was a few miles from our house in Cleveland, and my brother, sister and I were exploding with visions of unlimited candy and ice cream concoctions at our disposal. What fantastic opportunities were awaiting our discovery! Our parents let us experiment with sundaes, phosphates, and banana splits as part of our daily routine. But, then we started a new school within walking distance and reality hit. Since my brother and I were almost teenagers, we had to take care of customers when we returned from school. We learned the required jobs like slicing lunchmeat on an electric machine. We stocked shelves and refrigerator cases, swept and mopped, decorated windows, and sharpened our math by adding customers’ orders with pencil and paper. Our lucky little sister helped with small jobs. Fun was disappearing. Learning was taking over.
I am old enough to remember the Watergate scandal. I was on my honeymoon in Canada when I first heard about the Watergate break in back in June 1972. I thought then that there was more involved than just a "third rate burglary". Later when I learned that two of those burglars in the Watergate break in were connected to the Nixon campaign, I knew then that Nixon was involved.
This month’s column continues my series covering Parma’s places of worship by spotlighting Bethlehem Lutheran Church located at 7500 State Road, just south of Pleasant Valley Road. To prepare this writing, I met with Bethlehem’s Pastor, Rev. Robert Green.
The presidential election is finally coming to the final days. After what amounts to about two years of listening to one politician after another deceive the public with promises that they can not possibly keep. Deception is a “gift” that seems to be integrated into every “successful” politico. We all know local governing bodies that always claim to be short of income and then low and behold raises for the select few occur with a sudden comment of how we need to keep good people. Do everyone a favor, when good people are found, not just ones collecting a pay check, let the voters know. The amazing thing with all the money making of the politicians is that the constituents don’t join together to replace the career politicians with someone trustworthy. It has been said that 99% of the politicians give the rest of the politicians a bad name. More and more that seems to be more than a joke. The joke appears to be on the taxpayers. Look at the people who represent you, on all levels. When they are moved to respond to a concern it is indeed glorious, however, when the mood strikes not to address the concern it is cast aside with apparently no consequences for the representative.
PARMA HEIGHTS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN AMERICA TO RAISE A FAMILY AND ONE OF THE BEST CLEVELAND SUBURBS FOR YOUNG COUPLES. As young families search for the best place to move and/or raise a family, they need not look farther than Parma Heights. Wallethack.com recently named Parma Heights as one of the best places to raise a family in the United States (https://wallethacks.com/2016-best-places-raise-family/). “Good schools, plenty of things to do (especially outdoors), affordable housing, low unemployment, low crime, and a strong sense of community” were the criteria used to determine attractive places for families.
The Ohio Flags of Honor visits towns and cities throughout the State of Ohio to honor the men and women who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The second week in August, the Ohio Flags of Honor, made their fourth stop in Parma Heights and spent the entire weekend displaying the flags in our Greenbrier Commons.
It was only yesterday that I received the devastating news that the Cleveland Monsters, formerly the Lake Erie Monsters, have officially lost their identity as a Cleveland sports team. We now have a new name (again!), and a new set of colors. What was wrong with Lake Erie Monsters as our name? I mean, doesn't our Monster supposedly live in a lake? Like Lake Erie, for example? The name change is irritating enough. But the color change from the edgy black and blue to the oh-so-Cavs-ish burgundy and gold is an outrage. It's bad enough that our hockey team's merchandise has been relegated to a back corner of the Quickenloans team shop in a space that's smaller than my walk-in closet, but now they can no longer even have the dignity of keeping their original colors. Did they not prove themselves as Calder Cup champions this year, before the Cavs had their victory? Yes, they did, and they deserve better treatment than this. Don't get me wrong; I'm proud that we have a successful basketball team, but it's time for the Monsters to be rewarded for their hard work.
On Thursday, July 7th, an absolute sledgehammer of a mobile app changed the world: Pokémon Go. It released to large fanfare and even larger media coverage. It doubled the price of the stock of Nintendo, the company owning its IP (Intellectual Property) and I have seen it played by…no exaggeration…ages 6 to 70. And beyond my own eyes, I am sure that number is larger.
Oscar Nicholas was the Toll Collector at the corner of (Wooster Pike) - Pearl and Olde York Road.from 1876-1907. His mother, Lucina Emerson, was the first born in 1822 in what is now Parma Heights She was the daughter of Asa Emerson. Lucina was a Civil War nurse from 1862-1865. She died at the age of 73. She had three marriages and outlived all three husbands. Charles Nicholas, Levi E. Meacham, and Joshua Whitney. Both of her sons were Civil War infantry soldiers, Levi E. Meacham Jr. and Oscar Nicholas. Lucina is buried in the Parma Heights Cemetery along with many other family members including her son, Oscar Nicholas. There is a lot more to this factual story than I can write.
Autumnal greetings, savvy sippers and beer chippers alike. What spooky spirits are you drinking right now? PumKing? Pumpkick? Spooky Tooth or Warlock? Nitro Pumpkin Latte in a can? There are more and more ales every year. This year I’ve noticed at least five new ones that weren't around last year! What do they have in common? Pumpkin, yes but also one other thing. Mid to high (or what we used to call high) alcohol content. 9-12%Alcohol By Volume. Well not anymore, my friends. Free at last! The end of August marked a new day in brewing in Ohio. The 12% cap limit has been removed. House Bill 37 broke the limit on alcohol content brewed and sold in the Buckeye state. You may be saying to yourself, “Why did the cap need to be removed? I get drunk enough on 4.2% Bud Lite in the Muni lot before crying my Browns make-up off into my pillow.” Ohio ranks fourth in the entire U.S for beer production. This brings an economic “buzz” of over 2 BILLION dollars into Ohio. Removing the cap unleashes our great breweries to offer even more diverse product in the realm of beer production in which the U.S is now officially the global leader thereof. What can you do? Buy some more Ohio beer like Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth and let freedom ring! Who knows, next year we may be drinking pumpkin ales with the same kick as a nice sherry wine to make our cheeks shine. Cheers!
The much anticipated Polish Village's Treat N Greet is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016. This marks the sixth year this event has been in existence. The children, all decked out in their costumes, accompanied by adults, walk Ridge Road, Trick-Or-Treating the participating businesses. Families go directly to the Headquarters, located at 5773 Ridge Road, and receive a Passport that lists the locations of the participating businesses. As each family goes to a business the Passport is stamped. When the passport is filled, or when the adults become exhausted, they return to the Headquarters and turn in the Passport. Depending on how many stamps they receive, they are given tickets to enter in a raffle for prizes, which consists of baskets of goodies, or gift certificates from local merchants.
Register Now For Fall Art Classes! After school youth art classes Wednesday's 4:30pm to 6:30pm for ages 7 to 17. $8.00 for a two hour session, supplies are included. Call 440-843-6474.Adult Watercolor with Emery Bogardy Wednesday's 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Adult Acrylics & Mixed Media with Michelle Behal, Wednesday's 7:00pm to 9:00pm. $8.00 to $10.00 for a two hour session.All classes are held at the Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W Ridgewood Drive. Call 440-888-4514.
Dash through the fall colors while doing some good this October during the second annual Autumn Blaze 5K at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®). Proceeds from the run/walk will be divided evenly between United Way of Greater Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Community Shares and United Negro College Fund. Tri-C launched the race in 2015 as part of its annual giving campaign to benefit the community. Last year’s race raised more than $7,000 for the nonprofit agencies. This year’s goal is $8,500.
In mid September, I received the Monitor, the Parma School newsletter. The first story is titled: "State Audit is Game Changer for Schools" The article was written by our Superintendent, Carl Hilling. In the article, Mr. Hilling starts outlining some of the changes he has made with staffing cuts. He goes on about saving money, everything was "running just fine", but at the end of April, the Treasurer left the district, so as a procedural matter, the district asked not only our State Auditor to check the books, but "brought in some outside financial experts" to also check the books. Well guess what? They found out there was no positive balance, but a 7 million dollar deficit!
October’s Asset Category: SUPPORT. Supportive, healthy relationships make a big difference. Many studies over the years confirm that caring, supportive relationships with adults are critical for raising young people who are healthy and resilient. Support means freely giving young people love, affirmation, and acceptance; surrounding young people with caring families, guardians, friends, teachers, neighbors, and other adults; and helping young people know they belong, are not alone, and are both loved and lovable.
Parma is home to a great talented individuals, artists and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in variety of mediums. This article showcases a Parma area artist and introduces you to one of your talented neighbors.
Have you seen the beautiful building on Day Drive?? Wondered what it is? This will soon be a uniquely vibrant, independent assisted living and memory care community that will energize your soul!! In this resort type environment, you will find luxury accommodations, a 24 hour concierge, a full service salon, plenty of life engagement activities, and a place where you can make friends. We promise you ‘heart centered care’. I like comparing it to a cruise without the water-we provide everything a senior needs at this stage of their life to help them make the most of this phase of their life.
An hour can pass quickly, and it is certainly not a long time at all in which to prepare for a truly historic event. This is such a tale. When Vice president Joe Biden visited Parma recently for a campaign rally at the UAW Local 1005 Hall, he mentioned to Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter that he would like to visit a business in Parma on his way in from the airport. This presented a bit of a dilemma- which business would this be? Difficult choice, since we have so many fine businesses in Parma, but a decision had to be made quickly, and the Mayor picked Rudy's Strudel & Bakery at 5580 Ridge Rd. in the Polish Village Neighborhood of Parma. "Owners Lidia Trempe and her mother have become icons in Parma" said Mayor DeGeeter. "They are a full service bakery in business for 68 years and are completely pro-Parma", he added.
The City of Parma and The Shoppes at Parma collaborated on a memorial service to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 in events in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The highlight of the Sept. 11 ceremony was the dedication of a World Trade Center I-beam, recovered from the rubble, which was donated to the Parma Fire Department by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey after a two-year application and approval process.
On Monday, September 19, the City of Parma provided an unforgettable evening for nearly 40 World War II veterans, their families and friends and many who made it a point to come and say to those veterans: “Thank you for your service.”
Over the past decade in America, when you log on to social media or turn on the television, it is very evident that the nation has been steadily marred in the culminating fervor of what patriotism means across the country. This has as well naturally been the case of course at all other times in our short history. What defines patriotism for some, has inevitably squared off on what it has meant for others, yet now in this day and age, with the advent of social media, the product of information and its greater social impact has become far more accessible, expedient, and therefore more abruptly thought provoking. Begging the question of: What is patriotism? What is its unique assembly in society? And... How, if at all, can it me quantified and measured? Recently, Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has exercised his right not to stand in pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States during the National Anthem, primarily due to personal convictions around what he outspokenly sees as egregious disparities towards people of color at the hands of the law. His actions were naturally met with sweeping outcries of both protest and support, as he stood alone in the spotlight of history. Those set against his protest have intimated that his patriotism rings tepid at most, and have fiercely insisted that he put aside his differences in honor of standing for the flag during game openings, while those in support believe that standing for his core values at whatever the cost to generate attention and questions towards what he feels is contradictory in our society, is core to patriotism itself. "All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression." - Thomas Jefferson.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock presents: Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 2 and the powerful Carmina Burana by Carl Orff featuring the combined choirs of Parma, Normandy, Valley Forge, Padua Franciscan High Schools and Cuyahoga Community College Choir and soloist Kira Seaton and Brian Keith Johnson.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at its Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.
All lines of reasoning point toward the God of the Bible as the one, true God.
Efforts at “Greening Parma Heights” have made significant strides. A recently released report of 2015 Residential Recycling Percentages shows that Parma Heights has the second greatest percentage recycling increase of all communities in Cuyahoga County.
On August 20 the unthinkable happened during a concert being held in the Greenbriar Commons in Parma Heights. When a woman was leaving in her auto, she apparently stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal during the course of pulling out, and plowed into concert goers who were on the dance floor. The tragic result was that 8 people were injured, two seriously, and one victim has since died from her injuries. Another person was critically injured, the driver of the vehicle was completely distraught, and the rest of the audience was understandably very upset at the terrible events.
Happy Birthday to Brittanie Marie Childs, who was born on September 18, 1998! I want you to know how proud I am of the way you have grown into a fine young woman who is thoughtful, ambitious, spontaneous and quick to find the good in others. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up and never give up on something you desperately want. I LOVE YOU!
Registration Now Open for “Together We Can Overnight” Help and support are available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. For the convenience of families from Parma and surrounding southwestern communities, camp transportation will be provided from the Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th St. Drop off times and additional camp details will be included in registration packets. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838.
With the closing ceremony of The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games now left only in memory, we as a world have undoubtedly each paused and reflected on the heartfelt nature and significance of the last two weeks, as what resonated deep within us all, was a collective celebrated meaning of hope, drive, unshrinking will, and an unwavering devotion to a sportive calling that lends an immeasurable sense of heightened purpose to each our being. A calling within of which transcends innumerable odds, and one that leaves the most intrepid of athletes a victor at once in the eyes of their community and nation, for making it to the highest level of competition that is the Olympic stage.
The dog days of summer are slowly slipping away and the sweet days of September are sliding into our fray. What better way to savor summer than to find a thirst quenching wine to appreciate every moment? But which wine will we find? I'll make it easy. RIESLING! (pronounced "Ree-Zling). At one time this ,member of the 'Noble Grapes' was thought of as, "the World's Greatest White Grape". Today we have slighted it's nobility ,a bit, by thinking of Riesling as only a sweet white wine. While partly true, this does not give this great grape its just reward. Widely grown in Germany, Riesling did not make its debut until the late 15th Century. Known to grow best in cool climate, some of the world's best Reislings come from Germany. And as Germany's climate has changed over the years it is putting out some of the most interesting and flexible wines in the history of, "The Fatherland". This great grape is known to give us fantastic fruit flavors of apple, pear, and other white fruits. If the wine is young ( a few years) it shows aromas of flowers. If aged it can hit the nose with sweet honey notes or even a touch of gasoline. What?! Gasoline in my wine?! Blech! No! The hints of what they call, "petrol" is merely something that we can recognize and associate with gasoline,but if you smell hints of gasoline in a wine it is only a side effect in the Riesling. It is sometimes a combination of smells, in an old Riesling, of the smells of sage,lemongrass, lime marmalade, honey, consomme’, and toast. But one thing is for sure...Riesling is fantastic cooling spicy foods. It also pairs with sweet foods, salads, and seafood.
All things work together for good to they that love God. This is one of God’s most difficult promises to believe in in times of affliction and loss.
Some people believe that the presidential election is a choice between the “lesser of two evils” or that their vote doesn’t make a difference. But elections ARE important and elections have consequences. Of particular consequence is the fate of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and Medicare. The result of this year’s presidential election may have serious ramifications that could affect millions when it comes to their health insurance and access to health care.
Ok, so maybe you haven’t heard of it yet, and if you have, you might think pickleball is a silly name for a serious sport. The point is, it is a serious sport, and Claudia Fontana’s goal is to make sure you try it out.
There is to be a great sigh of relief to be breathed. The heavy burden of constantly being taxed is being lessened. That thought that just passed through your mind that this guy might not be in possession of all his marbles may not be justified, read for awhile. You must remember whenever the government needed more finances an issue was put on the ballot and you actually got to decide whether or not your taxes were increased. That is less and less of an issue. Just look around at the various cities and suburbs. They no longer get your money by taxing you as much as they used to tax. The politicians don’t want to incur the wrath of the public so they can retain their office for as long as there purposes serve them. You must credit them with finally having a detectable thought process at least in this area. If they are not going to raise taxes as they are/were accustomed to doing, how will they separate us from our income to serve their own purpose. Well all you have to do is look around you and analyze what you see. They tell you we are not raising your taxes we are merely charging a fee for a service. Let us define the term “fee”. According to the dictionary a fee is a payment made to a professional person or to a professional person or body in exchange for advice or service. This seems fairly straight forward as definitions go. You ask or receive a service you pay a fee, simple. There is just one question as to when governments impose “fees”, what if you have no desire to receive this service? The answer is quite simple, you don’t have to pay a fee. That is unless the government says you must pay the “fee”. As stated in the definition a fee is for advice or service. Logic tells me that if you choose to not receive this advice or service there should be no fee. If you have ever tried to opt out, in this scenario, service from a government body they respond you can not opt out. But there is no desire to retain the service and thus a “fee” should not apply. The response is we can not allow individuals to withdraw from our “fee”, and round and round we go. So you see we are not paying a tax where there is no option to pay or not, we are now paying “fees. You think that is impressive, look at the moves the North East Ohio Sewer District developed. Not only did they separate the billing from the water district to make it seem as if the increases are minute, they broke it up into a monthly payment instead of the quarterly billing so an increase will not only be doubled (splitting from the water bill) it also will be trebled by billing monthly instead of quarterly. If only they could develop a way to not take citizens money and perform remedies for the service. Thank God we won’t be taxed.