This month, the City of Parma offers three events that have become summer family favorites.
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An expanded recycling program, managing pharmaceutical waste and virtually eliminating the use of mercury all contributed to recent environmental awards presented to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
We are very excited to be a new part of the Parma area communities and be located near the Shoppes of Parma. Vista Springs is relatively new to Northeast Ohio with communities in Macedonia, Parma and communities under construction in Concord and Willoughby. However, we are well established with nine communities in Michigan where the Corporate Research and Resource Center is located in Grand Rapids. The name Greenbriar was chosen for our name as that was the original name for Parma and Parma Heights in 1806.
The 2016 City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Taleris Credit Union, Inc., opened on June 30, 2016. The Market is located at the corner of Hillside Road and Broadview Road adjacent to Fire Station No. 1. The City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market will continue to provide a place for farmers, backyard gardeners and home food producers a location to sell their items and a place to connect with our wider community. Please shop our Farmers’ Market every Thursday, now through September 29th from 4-7PM.
For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbeques. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents work, or how to feed children nutritious meals without the school lunches they count on throughout the rest of the year. Hundreds of thousands of Ohio students rely on the school lunch program, and many of them don’t have access to healthy and filling meals when school cafeterias close for the summer. Summer break shouldn’t mean going hungry. That’s why every year we work to get the word out about the Summer Food Service Program, and why I’m working to expand it.
Here are all of the Cavs logos going back to the first in 1970. Congratulations to a great team. We are all very proud of you. Lebron James said it best, "Nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have". This team sure worked for what they gave us. The All In Win.
A feeble compromise between Godly and worldly will satisfy neither.
Bags under your eyes? Body fatigued? Voice blown out from screaming in celebration of the Cavs win? Yeah, me too. But buckle up buttercup because Cleveland is still in the spotlight with the GOP convention about to pop off! The world is watching and it's time to bring the very best of what we represent. And that means putting down those boring national brand beers and throwing up (figuratively) the fantastic brews we have here in Northeastern Ohio. More than 50,000 visitors will be in our city! Possibly $200 million dollars of revenue coming in. What a way to introduce them to our superb brews.
MyCom: Connecting Greater Cleveland’s Youth To Their Communities and Their Future
The Parma Area Fine Arts Council has partnered with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Polish Village Community Development Corporation, Proud of Parma and Parma Area Chamber of Commerce to bring a series of FREE art classes to Parma residents. Supplies are also included free of charge. This is a pilot program. These classes are available on a first come first serve basis, and are limited to 10 students for each of the four classes. Must be a Parma resident. A student show and reception will be hosted by Parma Area Fine Council in September to showcase items created during these classes. Each student will have created at least one item suitable for display upon completion of these sessions.
Bobby Shea died five times on the way to the hospital. But UH Parma Medical Center – and Brooklyn EMS – weren’t going to let him go without a fight. It was Halloween, a Saturday morning. The ER called in the Cardiac Catheterization Team. Neelesh Desai, MD, an interventional cardiologist, decided the 62-year-old man with no prior cardiac history was the perfect candidate for a tiny heart pump, which allows the heart to rest until he sufficiently recovers from a massive heart attack to undergo cardiac surgery. Smaller than the width of a pencil, the Impella ventricular assist device is an innovative technology now available to UH Parma as part of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.
“He was dead – he was already dead,” said an emotional Susan Shea, herself a survivor from triple cardiac bypass surgery, recalling that fateful day. “By rights, he should not be here. Dr. Desai and his staff, they did not give up on him. They did not have to keep working on him. But for the dedication of the staff, he’s alive.” The Sheas reunited recently with the Brooklyn paramedics who brought him to the hospital and the UH Parma Medical Center doctors and nurses who carried on the relentless fight to save him. Tears and candor flowed in the hospital auditorium, where everyone wanted to shake Shea’s hand or hug his wiry frame. Despite oxygen deprivation during multiple arrests – including additional arrests in the ER and the Cath Lab - Shea seemed remarkably unaffected.
Dr. Desai held the tiny heart pump, explaining how it continuously pumps blood into the heart to maintain the patient’s circulation, even when the heart isn’t functioning normally. Without this device, Shea would not have survived, Desai declared. Christine Zirafi, MD, Director of UH Parma’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, said Susan Shea’s instinct to call 9-1-1 when her husband became unresponsive en route to another hospital was a perfect example of the right call. Getting trained EMS to the scene markedly improves survivability, she said, adding that UH Parma has a decade of experience implementing rapid Code STEMI care for heart attack patients. But Shea’s heart was too sick for a straightforward STEMI, which involves opening a blocked coronary artery with a balloon angioplasty and inserting a stent to keep the artery from closing again. “This device allowed Mr. Shea’s heart to recover, and it is the only thing that could have saved him,” Dr. Desai said.
After the heart pump was placed, Shea was transferred to UH Case Medical Center for two weeks in the intensive care unit. The Cath Lab staff and the medical transport team were all stunned that this Miracle Man, clinging to life the day they met him, looked so healthy. The oldest of 10, Shea was accompanied by many family members who also wanted to thank the many “invisible heroes” who saved his life.
“When they saved Bobby, they saved a family,” Susan Shea said. “The ripple effects went quite a long way. Every tiny little thing that happened had an impact on Bobby being alive. The treatment and care he received were absolutely essential in his recovery. Everything happened for a reason.”
July’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME All work and no play can be boring and stressful The pace of everyday life varies depending on the activities young people participate in. These fluctuations are normal, even healthy. As long as young people don’t consistently have too much to do or not enough to do, they’re right on track. Problems arise when the balance begins to tip too far to one side or the other. Too much involvement can lead to stress or anxiety. Too little involvement can be a sign of depression or isolation. Ensure that young people constructively use their time for both fun and learning.
Parma's American Legion Post 572 recently held its first annual First Responders Appreciation Night, “Heroes Honoring Heroes” and thanks to all involved it was a huge success.
It’s July and finally the weather is beginning to resemble actual summer. After a weird winter and spring, I was beginning to wonder if the weather was more golf-appropriate in February. I’m glad to see the sunshine and feel the heat, glad to see more golfers out enjoying the new-and-improved Ridgewood.
Polish Village will soon have a pocket park, located in the vacant lot next to Palmiero Brothers, on Ridge Road. The Polish Village Pocket Park is Brian Bowne's, Troup 221, Eagle Scout Project. He has already started planting trees and shrubs. There will be a flag pole, tables, and a garden area, with a brick walkway. Show your support for this greenspace on Ridge Road, by purchasing a brick. Bricks come in two sizes, 8"x4" for $50, and 8"x8" for $75. Memorialize an event, birth, death or anniversary, recognize an individual, promote your business or organization. Leave a legacy, and become a part of Polish Village history. Net proceeds from the sale of bricks will be used to fund the beautification of the pocket park. Contact Brian Bowne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Parma residents driving on Ridge Road through Polish Village might be wondering what's with the sizable terracotta "bowls" that have appeared on the sidewalks there lately. A couple of weeks ago, they were merely empty bowls. Now they are filled with soil. Pretty soon, they will have greenery in them, and flowers. There are 20 of the planters placed throughout Polish Village; in the future, there could be more in other parts of Parma. “This is just another step toward beautifying Parma,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, the Parma Education Association (PEA) held its annual fundraising event for student scholarships: The Night at the Races. Sponsored by the AXA Advisors of Ohio (a member of the global AXA Financial Group), the occasion raised approximately $9,000, all of which will be allocated to the PEA Scholarship Fund.
Do you like your dinner assembled as separate ingredients in small bowls surrounding a blazing hot flat top in the center of a table? Do you prefer to eat your Asian cuisine to the loud tapping, smacking, and juggling of a Japanese man in a traditional kimono robe? If so, you are probably a fan of Hibatchi, Japanese food cooked at the table. And you are probably familiar with the star of this month's cocktail curio: Sake!
In April, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both made campaign appearances in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the region known as “coal country”. For the past decade, the economy in “coal country” has been in a prolonged slump with many coal mines closed and many coal miners unemployed. Both candidates appealed for votes in that chronically depressed region.
June’s Asset Category: BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS Boundaries are important to young people because they give clear messages about what’s expected. By the same token, caring adults who expect young people to do their best help them to learn good judgment. Every day young people face many options and choices. Boundaries and expectations provide young people with the support they need to choose wisely
Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act.
Health Matters – Educational talk by Urologist Carson Wong, MD, – Wednesday, June 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
On May 21, 2016, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC) hosted their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. This year there were 27 entrants. Each artist entered three pieces. There were five different categories with cash prizes, plus a Best of Show and People's Choice Award. In addition to the artwork on display and some for sale, there was a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction with 12 items. The event was free and open to the public. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and juice boxes for the kids were available. As well as Jack Frost Donuts, cookies, and P Jay's Pizza. Most of the artists were on hand to meet and greet the attendees. In addition to the artwork on display from the adults, student work from the youth Art Exploration Class was on display, and ribbons were awarded in the three different age categories.
Celebrating its 25th year, the Paralegal Studies Program at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Pleasant Valley is the oldest American Bar Association-approved paralegal program in Cuyahoga County. Tri-C paralegal graduates work in a wide variety of settings, including large law firms, solo practices, businesses, hospitals, and in government offices.
The Board of the Friends of the Parma Libraries held its annual meeting on Saturday, April 23 in the auditorium of the Parma Snow branch. During the meeting, the Friends' Citizen of the Year award was presented to long-time board member Marilyn Scotti, whose daily volunteer efforts help make the Snow branch's on-going book sale such a success. Scotti receives and inventories materials donated to the library for the book sales. She shelves the books and ensures that the on-going sale shelves remain neat and organized. Scotti, a resident of Parma, was presented with an engraved clock by board president Dianna Kall and board member Alice Brown.
I know how much fun a family golf outing can be. So to encourage families to enjoy a round at Ridgewood Golf Course and get fit together, we are introducing a Family Special. For just $5 per golfer, your group can walk up to nine holes and enjoy the course.
On May 26, Pleasant Lake Villa residents participated in a veneration ceremony which honors the Mother of God. The prayer intentions of residents and staff were written on round pieces of paper and made into a rosary. The rosary was placed on the altar. The intentions are to be offered up to her son Jesus. A crown of flowers was then placed on Mary’s head as traditional Marian hymns were sung. A special thank you goes out to Gina Dias and Deacon Chuck Tweddell and Holy Family Women’s Ministry for their time and effort in making this day so special for the Pleasant Lake Villa residents. Durkin’s florist donated the roses for the Crowning.
The Parma Neighborhood Youth Development Plan: How You Can Help Our Communities. Over the next year, the Parma Neighborhood Youth Development Plan will be implemented, and we need your help! The plan aims to further engage our communities to provide social, emotional and academic support for youth as well as teaching leadership and advocacy skills to help them take charge of their futures. With your support, we hope to strengthen partnerships throughout our neighborhoods and work together to develop quality services for our youth.
Well, summer finally feels like it is here and what better time to give you a rundown of some of Parma’s biggest summertime events. Below is a list of what has recently been shared with me.
University Hospitals unveils its newest outpatient center in Broadview Heights with a public open house and a host of activities on Sunday, June 12.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is joining forces with the North Royalton Family YMCA to combat obesity with a weight-loss challenge. The eight-week program involves access to the YMCA, 11409 State Rd., for workouts, weekly weigh-ins and Saturday group workouts followed by talks by health experts. Work with a personal trainer on a fitness routine that meets your goals, with nutritional coaching and group support. Prizes will be given weekly and at the end of the competition for individuals and teams with the highest percentage of pounds shed.
The Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and Event Sponsors, UH Parma Medical Center and Cox Communications, in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College West campus and The Illuminating Company proudly presents our 26th Anniversary of our Annual Rib ‘N Rock Cook Off on Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, 2016. Our NEW LOCATION is at Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, 11000 W. Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma (site off York Rd. & parking is free on the campus).
Twenty-one months after signing academic commitment letters with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), Joseph Massaroni and Zachary Toth of Parma delivered on their penned promise. They were among 11 members of Tri-C’s first Honors Program Fellowship class to cross the stage at Spring Commencement on May 19. All enrolled at Tri-C in August 2014 with scholarships designated for high-achieving high school graduates and covering tuition, fees and books.
Summertime, in today’s world, can be endured and enjoyed with air conditioning, backyard pools, community water parks, hose fights and vacations to suitable destinations. Although we fantasize about warmer weather during nature’s winter blasts, when it arrives some of us hide indoors where our comfort can be selected with a touch of a button. It’s this accessible existence that nudge my subconscious memories of days long ago when we kids would thrive on sunshine.
Let’s get a quick perspective about him; he has access to great wealth, he has a narcissistic attitude, he likes to think of himself before others, he is arrogant, he concerns himself about others only to the extent it will benefit himself, he doesn’t think of himself as an employee but rather someone who can order others. On all these points, how does he differ from the vast majority of elected officials or those vying for office, so why is there all of this concern if he will be able to govern. This is not intended as an endorsement of anyone but as a comparison. It is rare an elected official, usually with a background in law, who is capable of operating a properly functioning government. Usually, the functioning parts are more capable, it is the heads of the administrative offices that are inept. An example of this would be the television program “Undercover Boss”. Invariably the administrator, the boss, has absolutely no clue on how to operate any level of the companies’ product and/ or production. They may have a degree, but no practical experience on how to create a final product. Politicians are similar, in that they have a life of privilege and a college degree however, if you have ever studied with a particular concern in mind, the actual function many times isn’t similar. The best manner in which you can understand how a company fully functions is to work your way up, gaining knowledge and experience on all levels. There should be very little if any variation in government. It is a rarity that a lawyer has had a position in which he/she has labored in any field which they defended in the legal arena, it would be pretty much impossible to have a functioning knowledge of all the areas which they defend, even with a staff that would do the research in these areas.
On May 20th the Joseph J. Jacubic American Legion post 572 in Parma Ohio, will be hosting the inaugural "First Responders Appreciation Night" being dubbed as "Heroes honoring Heroes". This is a one of kind event that should prove to be memorable for the community, the American Legion and most certainly the first Responders....
Brad Karn, a 2014 graduate of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, has signed a letter of intent to basketball at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) during the 2016-2017 season.
Residents of Parma and the surrounding Southwest suburban communities are invited to "pay it forward" to help hospice patients and their families while walking in memory of loved ones. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5, is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.