The City of Parma will conduct its Holiday Lights contest again this year. Hundreds of residents voted last year, and the contest continues to grow. This year rules (see below) have changed slightly. The entire process – nominating and voting – is left up to residents. The process, from nominations to announcing the winners, will take the entire month of December. Winners are expected to be announced on Dec. 31.
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The Parma Symphony Orchestra will present a Holiday concert on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock will present: Alexander Wasserman performing, Franz Liszt Piano Concerto #2 in A Major and A Collection of Traditional Holiday Music
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Home Care has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
By this time, you should be aware that starting November 15, 2014, you can apply for health coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. If you’re already covered, take advantage of this open enrollment period and re-visit www.healthcare.gov. It might be that with changes in the menu of plans a better deal may be available. In either case, this open enrollment period will end on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
All Faiths Pantry and Parma City Council President Sean Brennan are happy to announce the 4th Annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive! December 2014 will again hold an opportunity for Parma to unite as a community in support of All Faiths Pantry (AFP) by collecting jars of peanut butter for the home deliveries of groceries that AFP makes 12 months of every year, for 60+ seniors and others with limited mobility living in the Greater Parma area.
Recently, I was contacted by Kelly Cooper to give a talk about local government at Valley Forge High School to students enrolled in the Parma City Schools’ Adult Basic and Literacy Education (A.B.L.E.) program. This empowering program includes Ohio GED© Preparation, Basic Skills Enrichment, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Because I was so moved by my involvement in the program, I want to laud it to the community in this month’s column in hopes that it may inspire you to make others aware of the program and/or to get involved yourself.
Shortly after the Parma Theater closed the doors in 2012, at a meeting in Ward 2 we formed our group, Friends of Parma Theater. Our immediate goal was to meet the challenge of saving the building that housed this Parma institution, but we soon came to the conclusion that this sad event actually presented a significant opportunity. What we realized is that while Parma is a wonderful city that we all love and cherish, there are a few things that if Parma only had, would represent an outstanding improvement. One of these is an Arts District, and we unanimously came to the conclusion that the Parma Theater, if it were to be re-purposed as a multi-use facility serving diverse community needs, would indeed function as an ideal hub in a wheel of an artistic development initiative in Polish Village, one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Parma.
At the 26th annual American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, Robert Oravec received the Order of Towman Award the night of November 22nd. The Order of Towman is awarded to tow truck drivers for their professionalism and dedication to the towing trade and the community they serve. The Police Chief of Parma Heights, Daniel Teel, nominated Robert Oravec in writing for showing "extreme dedication to the towing trade and the community." By Robert accepting The Order, he joined an elite legion of dedicated towing and recovery professionals from around the nation.
Patients in the southwest and central suburbs of Cuyahoga County now have access not only to the Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, but the extensive services of the University Hospitals Neurological Institute – ranked among the best neurology/neurosurgery programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Twenty years ago, in 1994, when the Clinton health care reform plan was being debated among Americans, opponents of the Clinton plan campaigned that should that reform plan pass, we could have government bureaucrats making health care decisions instead of the individual. Now, twenty years later, that is what will be happening in Ohio beginning in January.
Jane Zampedro grew up on a farm in Colorado. Besides the many chores, caring for horses, sheep, geese, and garden duties, she belonged to the 4-H Club, took dance and piano lessons, and learned to sew. Her aunt encouraged her artistic abilities by providing her with her first Prang Watercolor set of paints. While attending Colorado State University, she met and married her husband Leo. Jane tells me she even created her own wedding gown.
Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act.
While trying to decide what to write about in my first lesson, I came across some interesting and chilling statistics. First, there have been 25 more dogs bites reported this year than last year. Second, according to the CDC (Center of Disease Control), nearly 4.5 Million Americans are bitten each year. Half of these are children with 1 in 5 requiring medical attention. It is in learning this that I decided I need to start with teaching people how to be safe around dogs.
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December’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME
Television crews captured Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky, a Parma native, working feverishly in the kitchen, trying to match culinary wits with celebrity restaurateur Bobby Flay on a September episode of the popular Food Network show. While she didn't win the contest against the award-winning chef on Beat Bobby Flay, it was another example of growing national exposure for Pogrebinsky, who also has appeared twice on Food Network's Chopped. But I hope Parma residents won't simply have to rely on their televisions to see Pogrebinsky, who is the chef and owner of the "New European Cuisine" restaurant Bear in Queens, NY. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk with her, I try to encourage her to open a restaurant in Parma, and we honored Pogrebinsky in July for her successful career and continued support of her hometown. She had visited City Hall with her brother and parents. Pogrebinsky grew up in Parma from the age of 10, when she and her brother, Sasha, moved here with their parents from Kiev, Ukraine. She and her brother opened Bear seven years ago to supportive reviews of dishes infused with culinary experiences developed in the Ukrainian community, from stuffed cabbage to pierogies.
The 2014 VFW Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 7th at the Seven Hills Community Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This free family event is provided by the City of Seven Hills and VFW Post 7609.
Even though it’s a national observance, Small Business Saturday has become something of a local big deal in Parma. In the past two years, City leaders have taken extra steps to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.
As we approach the colder winter months and holidays, I thought it was time to bring to your attention various programs to assist you and your neighbors and friends with heating and other costs. Over the years I have come to the realization that many residents do not know about many of the public and private assistance programs that offer savings to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.
Santa’s Elves have been busy in the Gift Shop at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center putting out all kinds of wonderful holiday merchandise. This year's finds include a selection of items from the hit Disney movie “Frozen,” snowmen, ornaments, nativity sets, winter accessories, and more holiday décor.
Come to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center for unique finds for all those special people on your holiday list.
Overnight parking is prohibited on all city streets in Parma from November 1 through April 15 during the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Permits to park on the street can be issued if there is insufficient room in the driveway to park the vehicles or there is a doctor documented medical hardship. In order to obtain a permit, the following information must be provided: A request must be made in writing addressed to the Safety Director outlining the reason why the permit is necessary. Please include your name, address, and phone number, along with a list of all of the vehicles in the household, including year, make, model, license number, serial number, and to whom the vehicle is titled to. This information can either be mailed or brought in to the Safety Department. The Safety Department, located at Parma City Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nearly 300 people laced up their sneakers to run/walk/stroll on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Cleveland Zoo in order to support vulnerable pregnant women served by The Zechariah House in Parma. The 5th Annual Race for Maggie’s Place, presented by Spectrum Surgical and Minute Men Staffing, raised over $15,000 in operating support for the home which serves single pregnant women who may be alone, homeless, or facing other difficult circumstances when expecting a baby.
Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in variety of mediums. This article is the fifth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
Having a doctor trained in Koren Specific Technique (KST) helps the community. This revolutionary technique was developed and taught by world renowned chiropractor, author, and educator, Tedd Koren, D.C. Doctors from all over the world have attended KST seminars. With Koren Specific Technique there is no twisting, turning, "cracking," or "popping" of joints; instead you receive gentle, specific corrections to your spine and structural system.
A few months ago, I recorded a television program on the History Channel about the Black Plague that devastated Europe during the mid 14th century. This pandemic began when invading Mongols from Central Asia were besieging the city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). Instead of catapulting stones and burning oil into the city, the Mongols began catapulting the bodies of their dead who had died from a disease we now know as the bubonic plague. This early example of biological warfare introduced the plague to Constantinople. Soon, residents of the city began dying from that disease.
Recently, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), the competitive subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., sent letters to residential customers who had selected FES as their supplier outside of the City of Parma Aggregation Program. The letters are to inform them that FES is no longer going to serve individual, mass market customers and that customers would need to choose another supplier or be returned to the utility’s standard service offer at the end of the contract.
November’s Asset Category: EMPOWERMENT The empowerment assets focus on community perceptions of youth & the opportunities they have to contribute to society in meaningful ways. Feeling valued and appreciated is important to all of us. For young people, this means feeling safe and believing they’re liked and respected. These feelings can go a long way toward empowering children and youth. Providing opportunities and recognizing accomplishments helps young people build self-esteem. This in turn, gives them the confidence to share their ideas, knowledge, and creativity by volunteering and working in paid jobs. By paying attention to young people, you show that you value them.
Midtown Towers Apartments hosts 1st Holiday Craft Fair at University Hospitals Parma Health Education Center November 15th to benefit Maggie’s Place. Get ready shoppers and exhibitors, it’s that time of the year again! Midtown Towers Apartments is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair to benefit Maggie’s Place at University Hospitals Parma Health Education Center on November 15th, 2014 from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Shoppers have an widespread selection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products to select from including holiday decoration, handmade crafts from local vendors, jewelry, toys, food items, and more. Shoppers can also visit and take photos with Santa and participate in our Chinese raffle.
Ohio is home to more than 800,000 veterans and I am honored to represent thousands living in Ohio’s 16th District. Those who have sacrificed so much to serve our country deserve to receive the benefits they have earned once they return home, yet widespread mismanagement within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to stand in the way.
Bridge players who have taken a break for some reason and would like to get back into the game are welcome to come to the Donna Smallwood Activities Center (formerly Parma Senior Center). The game starts at 12:30 p.m. every Friday and some come earlier just to practice. No partner is necessary. The following poem will remind you of some basic rules. The author is unknown.
The Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma would like to share the following tips that Cookie Krizmanich, Master Gardener from the Cuyahoga County Ohio University Extension, gave the members at their October 20th meeting:
A prescription for joyful living includes something to hope for, something to do, and someone to love.
Prior to 1827, the U.S. Mail for Parma, Ohio residents was delivered and outgoing mail was picked up by stagecoach drivers at the Old Stone Tavern (built in 1817) along the Wooster Pike (a.k.a. Pearl Road). Early area residents living in this section of Parma Township would travel to the tavern to pick up their mail and packages. The Old Stone Tavern near Mill Street was operated by the Conrad Countryman family. The stagecoaches with passengers aboard had begun traveling along the Wooster Pike from Cleveland southward to Columbus, Ohio in 1820. The Old Stone Tavern later became an apartment building at 6363 Pearl Road and was torn down in 1959 for a gas station.
Sinister things are brewing adjacent to the trio of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills, and the outcome could affect the entire county, perhaps even the state. Because it is no longer considered a local issue - any idiot knows deer don’t respect boundaries - North Royalton Mayor Bob Stefanik, along with the majority of Cuyahoga County mayors and city managers, are pushing the state to take responsibility for the large, stable herds of deer CAUSED by “maximum sustainable yield” (MSY).
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As a citizen of this city, the thought of improvement of city services along with the cost containment certainly is in the forefront. Living in a utopia would be desired, but reality quickly comes to light. In regards to one aspect of evaluation, snow removal always comes to mind (in the winter). Unless one is involved with these services, a complete and thorough assessment can’t truly be completed. Without traveling the entire city completely, on a constant basis, one must say that the Service Department did a superior job of snow removal. Granted each side street may not have been completed in a fashion that each of us would like, but that is not possible unless there would be a truck for each street and that would be economic suicide, unless you would care for much higher taxes. If you can’t negotiate the side street in a little snow, chances are you shouldn’t be driving anyhow. Just look at the difficulties that are had with home owners clearing their own walks. Now clear the city streets with the same competency, not as easy as you may have thought. So, a hearty well done to the Service Department.
These are some of the people that helped shape Parma Heights to what it is today. This area started with the 1817 arrival of Conrad Countryman, his wife, three sons, Peter, John, Jacob, and his brother, William, all from Mohawk, New York. They settled in the area of Stumph Road and Pearl. He ran a sawmill and a blacksmith shop and some reports say he also kept an inn nearby, possibly the one that became known as the Old Stone Tavern. A Connecticut Yankee named Pelitiah Bliss also came to claim the piece of land he purchased from the Connecticut Land Company in 1821. He built a log cabin home at York and Pearl Road. Later in 1821, the population rose with the arrival of Asa Emerson, Jesse Nicholas, Amos Hodgman, Joseph Small, and William Steele. They were all from Bowdoin, Maine. A half brother of Lorenzo Carter, John Ackley settled later after working as an engineer on Cleveland's first stone pier and other Harbor installations. All of these people were strong believers in education and religion.