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Seven Hills Farmers Market For 2022

The 2022 Seven Hills Farmers Market will open this season on Thursday, July 7, 2022, 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  A weekly open-air market connecting local farmers and artisans who offer fresh produce, food items and products, to residents and neighbors in our community, the Market is located at 7221 Broadview Road, Seven Hills, Ohio (adjacent to Fire Station #1).

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 9:47 AM, 07.05.2022

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Antonio Announces State Investment In Parma And Senate District 23

On June 1st, the Senate passed the state’s biennial Capital Budget, which included $3.7 million for eleven economic development projects within Ohio’s 23rd Senate District, along with over $23 million for Cuyahoga County as a whole and $90,000 for the City of Parma’s improvements to Hetzel Park, Walters Grove Park and John Petruska Park. It also included $809 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for school safety grants, state park improvements, trails and local water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

I am happy to have advocated for this important project in Parma that means so much to the community. These state dollars will go a long way towards increasing the quality of the City of Parma’s parks and making sure that they can be enjoyed by all residents.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

Citizen Of The Month Recipient Shares His Love Of Sports With Athletes

Kevin Leigh's large crowd of admirers included his mailman and a priest from St. Charles, where Leigh is the athletic director and a parish member.

On behalf of Parma City Council, Ward 7 Councilwoman Kammy Shuman presented Parma resident, athlete and coach Kevin Leigh with the June Citizen of the Month Award. Recreation Department Director Mickey Vittardi nominated Leigh, who resides at 8623 Scarlet Oak Lane.

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60th Anniversary

July 11, 2022 marks the 60th year anniversary of the Parma Fine Arts Council, Inc., or PAFAC. The founder Betty Woodworth Clark was a long time member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Her work is held in many collections, including the Canton Art Institute, and Massillon Museum. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in art at Otterbein College, Ohio University and taught art in Euclid City Schools, the Cleveland Museum of Art and various other programs, including at Parma Area Fine Arts Council, before retiring and moving to Westerville, Ohio in 1993. Two of her paintings were published in Watercolor Magazine. She dedicated her life to the arts and passed away in 2007. Betty and her husband Tom worked diligently to grow the Fine Arts Council. She is best remembered for her watercolors, and Tom for photography.

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Parma Startup Is Changing The Way You Locally Buy And Sell Goods/Services

MeowSold which is located at 5522 Pearl Rd. Parma, OH was founded in December 2021 by a mix of retail and tech executives. In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, and recognizing the demand for affordable goods, MeowSold launched an online platform that ultimately connects end-consumers to items/service at significant discounts.  The company uses an online platform, limited staff, and pick-up locations that can change, to significantly reduce operating costs. "We are a customer base, and a discount retailer to the end-customer. A truck comes in, we unload it, post it online, customer bids-or-buys, and comes to pick-up their items. In addition, our contracts with suppliers guarantee the most affordable price for items, most of the time less than suppliers cost... we can guarantee the best of all best prices" says Charles Smith Sr. - Director of Sales, Meowsold Inc.

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UH Parma's Wound Center Helps Keep Patients From Being Admitted To The Hospital For Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds

Not all patients are admitted to the hospital for heart attacks, strokes, hip replacement surgery or pneumonia. Sometimes chronic, non-healing wounds, and related side effects such as infection, are the cause. At University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, the Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is helping prevent patients from being admitted to the hospital for conditions that can be treated by specialists on an outpatient basis.

National statistics show that patients with untreated wounds are 20 times more likely to end up in the Emergency Department or be admitted to the hospital. But that is not the case at UH Parma, where specialists can see patients quickly for a wide array of conditions: vascular surgeons treating venous ulcers and consulting on procedures to improve circulation and expedite healing; podiatrists treating diabetic foot ulcers; infectious disease physicians providing long-term antibiotics for bone infections; and a plastic surgery-trained nurse practitioner tending to dog bites, minor burns and non-healing surgical wounds.

UH Parma’s Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center has been recognized with a Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The award signifies outstanding clinical outcomes and exceptionally high patient satisfaction.

“The Wound Center is truly an awesome service to have on our UH Parma campus,” said Chief Medical Officer Chris Dussel, MD, an ED physician who sees a regular flow of referrals to the Wound Center. “They provide timely and consistent follow-up, often seeing our patients the very next day. They are fantastic at expediting consults. If we put in a referral at night, they typically schedule the patient as soon as the office opens.”

The Wound Center at UH Parma has a decade-long record of keeping patients out of the hospital. Specialists that see patients in the accessible ground-floor suite in Medical Arts Center 2 adjacent to the hospital include plastic surgery, infectious disease, vascular surgery, podiatric surgery, family medicine and general surgery.

The Center also features two pressurized hyperbaric oxygen chambers that deliver 100 percent oxygen to wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is approved by Medicare and most insurance companies for many types of chronic, non-healing wounds, including diabetic wounds of the legs and feet, soft tissue and osteoradionecrosis caused by radiation therapy, bone infections that fail to heal from antibiotics, and other indications. “Patients with wounds are complex and already compromised, with many being treated for multiple comorbidities,” said Program Director Julianne Bauer. “We prioritize patient access and see all referrals within 24-48 hours of request. Time is tissue. The sooner you treat a wound, the better the outcome. “This award formally recognizes the UH Parma Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center’s dedication to our patients, the providers who refer to us, and the greater Parma community.”

A referral is not required to be seen by the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. To schedule an appointment with a specialist, call 440-743-4774.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

AlterG Weightless Treadmill Benefits UH Parma Patients Of All Ages, Activity Levels

AlterG is a new weightless treadmill at UH Parma Medical Center, used by orthopedic surgeon Jared Levin, MD, right, and therapists Tim Porco, front, and Zack Bires on the treadmill. in back left is Aldo Fillipelli, treasurer of the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation that funded the purchase.

An innovative new anti-gravity treadmill at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is helping patients of all ages and activity levels return more quickly and safely to weight bearing, thanks to a generous gift from the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation. The new AlterG weightless treadmill facilitates a faster and earlier return to upright weight-bearing activity for post-operative and post-injury patients than is possible on a traditional treadmill. A quicker return to motion and appropriate weight-bearing decreases muscle atrophy and swelling and markedly improves patient outcomes. In older patients, it reduces risk of falls by initiating gait and balance training more quickly.

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Culture Clashes Are Nothing New

Somehow it seems that our country and society has become consumed with “culture wars” between the political parties and among different lifestyles recently. But culture clashes are nothing new and there were times when there were great divisions in the United States. Of course, the period before and during the civil war always comes to mind when the nation literally split apart over the issue of slavery. But there have been serious culture clashes in more recent times.

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Never Say No To Ice Cream At Lumpy's Shake Shop

With so many uncertainties in life as of late, it's nice to know that there's always one thing you can count on to make you happy. ICE CREAM from Lumpy's Shake Shop. This store was established in 2017 in Parma Heights and has always been, and will always be committed to serving up the best ice cream in town!  Looking for nostalgic flavors of bygone eras? Want something more adventurous? Or a contemporary new flavor? There's no better time to be an ice cream lover, and they've got the scoop at Lumpy's Shake Shop, 6372 Pearl Road, Parma Heights.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

Good Citizen?

Sign at Citizens Bank in Ward 1 informing customers that they will no longer have a bank at all in their neighborhood, after they have supported it for nearly 50 years. 

Nearly 50 years ago, in a grassy field on Chevrolet Blvd. north of Snow Road in Parma, a brand new bank was built. First Federal was where I had my first bank account, started with my paper route money when I was 10 years old. Eventually the bank changed to Charter One, and in recent years Citizens Bank. When the National City Bank across the street closed, Citizens Bank became the only bank in my part of Ward 1. It has served the needs of this neighborhood well for many years since then. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

Cox Celebrates Nurses With $1,000 Prizes And Donations To Local Nonprofits

PARMA (June 15, 2022) – Everyday, nurses go to work facing unknown challenges. Despite the unpredictability of their jobs, nurses are accustomed to dealing with the unexpected – but even the most seasoned nurses likely weren’t expecting to face a pandemic in addition to their daily duties. That’s why Cox Communications decided to enlist the support of the community to recognize deserving nurses with a $1,000 prize for the many ways they improve the lives of everyone around them.

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Seven Hills Home Day & More

Summer is in full swing and outdoor activities are ramping up throughout Seven Hills. One sign of summer is baseball. The Guardians are battling for first place in their division and all 5 City of Seven Hills ball fields are in daily use. We have witnessed such a resurgence of youth in our city that we changed our master plan and intend to bring back a 6th ball field for next season. Our parks and recreation team are doing a great job getting these fields ready for use.  This same team recently assisted in the planting of 61 native trees at The Beverly Nature Preserve at North Park. This planting included 11 different types of trees. The preserve will officially open and be named during a July 8th ceremony at the site.

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Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma picture of the month was submitted by Danielle Wells. It includes her 5 children, Christian, Connor, Katie, Cameron, and Carter.  She will receive a gift card courtesy of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, as well as a free car wash courtesy of Sgt. Clean's Car Wash. Pictures can be emailed for the monthly contest to Parma City Council President Sean Brennan at councilmanbrennan@msn.com. Be sure to include your name and address.

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The President's Corner

In the wake of the recent shootings in a grocery store in Buffalo, an elementary school in Texas, and others, this month I am going to take a brief hiatus from my Civic 101 series. Parma Law Director Timothy Dobeck, Parma Ward 5 Councilman Alan Divis and I are, once again, reminding the community that we are offering free gun locks to help ensure gun safety in the community.

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Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace & Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, is featuring Huemachine, on July 15, 2022, at 7:30 PM. Huemachine is the next step in the evolution of music. Greater then all so called archaic forms of music. More evolved then Kraftwerk, light years ahead of the rest. Snacks provided. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse: Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >>  Go here to register for a free, virtual  “Fundamentals of Human Trafficking” program scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th, beginning at 10:30 am.
      >>  Save the date: October 20-21, 2022... join us in envisioning a new movement focused on creating a roadmap for collaboration where all systems and survivors work together for solutions. This county-wide,  appreciative inquiry, “Thriving Youth Summit” will be facilitated by the Community Innovation Network at Case Western Reserve University. Watch for more information coming soon.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.     

O  From Futures Without Violence:  In recognition of Fathers Day click on the links below to learn more about their work to end gender-based violence.
      >>  Coaching Boys Into Men  -  Since 2001, this program has provided high school athletic coaches with the resources they need to prevent harassment and sexual assault.
      >>   How Do You Want Your Kids to Remember You? - a powerful new workbook for fathers who have harmed their partners and families and want to change.       
     >>   National Strategy Center on Engaging Men to End Gender-Based Violence. This groundbreaking new initiative is designed to inspire men to help stop violence and abuse. The new website offers principles and considerations for initiatives that engage men, resources and tools for men’s programming, contemporary research, and much more.

O From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
      >>  Visit their “Training Institute” page for course offerings scheduled for July & August.
      >>  Learn about the ways YOU can help prevent sexual abuse in our communities by registering for the 2-part, free, virtual Ambassador Training Series. Check available dates and register here.
       
LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors, these w/a mostly education (both educator & student) focus, identified by the MyCom network:  > The Justin J. Watt Foundation  > Circle of Sisterhood Foundation  > The Road Runners Club of America (RCCA)  > The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health  > The VELA Education Fund. If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization visit these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission.  
 
O  Parma Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC)...Go here for details about their 2022 Christmas In July Golf Outing scheduled for July 22nd at Ridgewood Golf Course.  

O  From The Downs Syndrome Association - https://www.dsaneo.org/  (formerly the Upside of Downs):
      >>  Go here to learn more about their new and extensive list of summer education enrichment opportunities for kids ages 18 mos and up.
      >>  The 2022 Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Lake Metroparks FarmPark. Go here for details and to register.
      >>  Also, check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/dsaOFneo  and/or sign up for the E-newsletter here.

O  From OCALI...Go here to view free InspirED sessions designed to connect families and caregivers with free information and resources to support accessibility, online learning, plus tips, tricks, and strategies.

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center...Starting June 27th to August 22nd, from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 will be eligible to receive a free, healthy lunch in the ground floor cafeteria. Registration is not required but, children must eat in the hospital cafeteria to be eligible.
 
O From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE):
      >>  Has just announced the release of “Triple P” a free training program designed to support parents and caregivers to promote children’s well-being and make family life more enjoyable. Click here to learn more.  There’s some good stuff here – worth at least a visit.
      >>  ODE now is accepting requests from families to establish Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Accounts. The ACE Educational Savings Account program provides students ages 6-18 years old whose family income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level with a $500 credit to use for a variety of enrichment activities to accelerate learning for students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of eligible activities include tutoring, day camps, music lessons and field trips. Families can find details about how to verify their income and start an ACE account on the Department website.
      >>  The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University is hosting a free, virtual Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit on Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Program’s designed to provide teachers, leaders, parents, caregivers, and community partners the tools they need to evolve their practice into authentic and impactful partnerships to support the success of all students. Go here to learn more & to register.

O  From Search Institute:
      >>  Go here to learn more about the importance of Developmental Relationships & how essential they are to young people’s success.
      >>  What is your organization’s Relationship Culture? Go here to complete SI’s Relationship Culture Checkup. Among other things, it identifies “...the importance of building positive and strong youth-adult relationships and strengthening an organization’s relational culture to support those connections.”

O  From Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities...Cuyahoga DD has compiled a list of funding and grant resources to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Cuyahoga County. Click here to view the list.

O  From Lake Erie Ink...Go here to check out their “Creating Expressions” summer camps – giving kids of all grade levels the opportunity to foster expression through art & writing. Definitely worth at least a visit.

O  From Parma Area Kiwanis...Save The Date – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 10th. The club along w/ Bartels-Busack Pet Hospital/Resort & SPA will be hosting DOG DAYS OF PARMA. Click here for details on their FB page .

O  From Parma City Schools:    
      >>  Movie nights are confirmed 8:00 pm, every Thursday in July at Byers Field. Movies being shown are Encanto, Beauty & the Beast (animated ’91), Back to the Future, & Sing 2, in that order. The rec centers of our 3 cities are co-sponsors of this community event!  
     >>  Opening Day Kick-off Celebration, Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 at Byers Field. The focus of this event will be on incoming Kindergarten students and all other new students/families to the district. There will be a  kindergarten parade, marching band performances, a community resource fair, and more. To register your organization’s participation click here & simply update the form by adding the requested information at the end of the list.
    
O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
      >>  Taking place at the Parma-Powers Branch...

              >  StoryWalk® - Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert  -  If you haven’t yet, take your child for a stroll outside the Parma-Powers Branch of CCPL and enjoy this picture book about flowers, gardening and nature.  Everyone is welcome to StoryWalk® any time, whether the library is open or not.  June & July at 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma.
              >  Baby & Me Storytime – July Session  -    Birth – 18 months with caregiver; Mondays in July at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books. Register here.
              >  Toddler Storytime – July Session  - 
19 – 35 months with caregiver; Tuesdays in July at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Register here.
           >  Preschool Storytime - July Session  -  Ages 3 – 5 (but not yet in kindergarten) with caregiver; Thursdays in July at 10:30 a.m.  Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Register here.
              >  Stuffy Sleepaway Camp  -  Ages 3 - 5 with a caregiver; Friday, July 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Drop a stuffed friend off for a week of fun. Receive a letter from stuffy in the mail. Reunite at the Camp Party. Register here.
              >  Adapted / Sensory Storytime  -  Ages 3 – 5 years with caregiver; Saturday, July 30th at 11:00 a.m.
Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Register here.
           >  Summer Lunches  -  Kids ages 18 and under; Monday – Friday through August 12th / 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
CCPL will provide free lunches from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for kids ages 18 and under, while supplies last. Parma Hts Branch = 11:30 – 12:30; Parma-Powers Branch = 1:30 – 2:30; Parma-Snow = 3:15 – 4:15.
Learn more here.
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry this month. Locally, the Parma-Snow Branch will host their Food Pantry from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5th  (if you have the time, they do need more volunteers);  Parma Heights Branch mobile pantry will take place from 10 – 12 noon on July 20th.
      >>   CCPL’s Digital Navigators service offers one-on-one assistance to help you – or someone you know – connect to the internet, get a device, set up a telehealth appointment, and more.Click here to learn more about this unique program.
      >>  Use your CCPL library card (or get one here) to take advantage of just some of these more unique services/programs available at your library.
            > WiFi Access & Computer Classes
            >
One-on-one tech help is available from the Digital Navigator service.
            >
Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
            > Digital Newstand - Enjoy digital versions of your favorite news publications and magazines
            > Take your pick from thousands of streaming movies & TV shows from Hoopla, Kanopy & Overdrive
            >
Design something & use the 3D printing capabilities of the Parma-Snow Innovation Center            
            > Learn more about Library2You, their homebound delivery service
            > Passport services are now available.
            > Check out programs for pre-school & school-aged youth. Scroll down for Teacher resources.
            >Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services, ESOL, GED, Citizenship classes
            > Sign up to receive the Library's weekly e-Newsletter
            > Click here to visit CCPL’s Home Page

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

FREE July Faux Watercolor Class

Amanda Nyx of Fiercely Serene Studios is truly a renaissance woman. Her passions are creating art, live performance art and dance. Her enthusiastic personality is infectious. She’s participated at events at Ingenuity Cleveland, Brite Winterfest, Cleveland Public Theater, and Prama Artspace & Gallery. She’ll be teaching a FREE class titled Faux Watercolor with Amanda on Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W Ridgewood Drive. 

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Fireworks!

Light The Night Fireworks

The reorganized and updated non-profit We Are Parma Proud brought you the fireworks on Sunday evening June 12th. The organization solicited local businesses throughout Parma and surrounding communities to raise the funds for this event. Thank you to all the local businesses that participated. You can see them listed on the We Are Parma Proud Facebook page. They hope to make this an annual event. 

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Community Activist Speaks To Parma City Council Concerning Cycling

Long time activist Rick Lasky spoke to Parma City Council in June about what he sees as the lack of support and accommodation for cycling in Parma when compared to surrounding cities and how he feels the community is not benefitting because of that. 

Richard Lasky, community activist, filmmaker artist and pilot, came before Parma City Council in June to address the issue of the lack of accommodation for cyclists in the seventh largest city in the State of Ohio. He pointed out that cities surrounding Parma, large and small, have adopted bike lanes, "sharrows", and other signage which facilitate safe travel for cyclists, while Parma has little if any of these features. He also made the point that people are permitted to ride bicycles on the public roads and have been for all of our lives, so this is not a new concept by any means. He mentioned that at the very least it is a great way to market our city in a way that potential new residents can feel they will be safe on the 500 miles of roadway here. If the city joins other communities in securing safe travel on our roads for people using all manner of transportation, he suggested that it would only be better for everyone in the community.  He expressed concern that there could be serious injury or death if the city doesn't take a central role in educating the public on the laws concerning cycling, such as the Ohio state law which requires giving a cyclist at least 3 feet when passing in a motorized vehicle, and the fact that all those travelling on the streets, no matter by what means, are required by law to share the road. He promised to monitor progress and return in the future for updated developments. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

FREE Square Dance Lessons!

Solo Square Dance Club cordially invites you to 3 FREE square dance lessons on: September 12th, 19th, & 26th, 2022, 7-9PM, @ St. Paul Lutheran Church (276 Bagley Rd. Berea, Ohio 44017- corner of Eastland & Bagley)! All ages are welcome (12 yrs. & up); singles & couples are welcome! Come & see what square dancing is like! It's a wonderful, wholesome family activity! It's fun, friendship, & exercise, set to music!!! Please join us for lessons, if you like what you see! (continuing on October 3rd, 2022, @ $5/lesson, or we have bargains)!

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Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion onSaturday, July 23, 2022 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. In-person program. Join a librarian from the Adult Services Department for a brand new, staff-led book discussion we discuss Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.  Registration requiredbefore picking up a copy of the book at the circulation desk. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch Library at 440.884.2313.   

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

Mobile Food Pantry

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, partnering with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will offer a monthly Mobile Food Pantry distribution on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Parma Heights Branch Library, 6206 Pearl Road, on Wednesday, July 20th from 10:00 a.m. -12 Noon for customers who are in need. Please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch Library at 440.884.2313 for additionalinformation. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

100th Birthday Book Folding

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present 100th Birthday Book Folding on Saturday, July 30th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In Meeting Room C. For Adults over 18. Join us and celebrate Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 100th birthday by combining art and books. Create a birthday cake by folding book pages. All supplies provided by the library. Must be over 18 to participate. Sponsored by The Friends of Parma Heights Branch Library. In-person program. Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Parma Heights Branch Library at 440.884.2313. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

The Future Of The Cleveland Cultural Gardens

The Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host a virtual program The Future of The Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens have a rich and colorful history. What’s happening in the Gardens? Which cultures are joining the Gardens and how does that happen? What will the Gardens look like in the future? Lori Ashyk, Executive Director of The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation will answer these questions. Ms. Ashyk will also answer questions and hear thoughts from the participants about what the future holds for The Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Registration required.  To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or contact a librarian at the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. Staff will be available for help with connecting to Zoom and technical issues beginning 15 minutes prior to the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. Please contact a librarian at the Parma Heights Branch at 440.884.2313 with any questions about this program. 

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 6:19 PM, 07.02.2022

Safety And Service Department Directors Retire From City Of Parma After Decades Of Service

Parma Service Director Brian Higgins receives an award from NOPEC.

Safety Director Thomas Weinreich retired at the end of May after 36 years of serving Parma residents. Weinreich’s career spans five mayors and four leadership roles, with the most recent as safety director overseeing police, fire, dispatch, animal control and other departments. He has a law degree from The University of Akron’s School of Law and served as a Parma assistant city prosecutor for 12 years. He also was city tax commissioner for eight years, and human resources and purchasing director for seven years. “The safety director maintains a stressful job, requiring strong communication, administrative and public policy skills, as well as patience, flexibility and tenacity. Tom embodies all these strengths and more,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “He played a key role in keeping Parma safe and helping our first responders deal with the heroine epidemic, pandemic crisis, fires, weather events and other emergencies our city and other cities face.”

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 8:25 AM, 06.02.2022

Flooding Relief Projects Underway In Parma Heights

Basement flooding has been an issue for many residents in Parma Heights, and we are actively working on multiple solutions to help alleviate these issues. After three long years of working with the federal government, the City of Parma Heights received official approval for the Nathan Hale Retention Basin Project. We hope to break ground within the next six months once the bidding process is completed. Work will begin on the relining of a portion of the Blossom Avenue sanitary sewer line in order to reduce inflow and infiltration of stormwater into the sanitary sewer system, and the city is partnering with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for the construction of a detention basin behind Maplewood Road. These projects should help reduce basement flooding for both Parma Heights and Parma residents in that area of our cities. We are fortunate to have great partners, like the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, who assist us with projects that benefit our community as well as surrounding communities. We will continue to fight for flooding relief and solutions to help our community. 

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 8:17 AM, 06.02.2022

UH Parma Nurse Practitioner Travels To Ukraine With Aid From A Generous Community

Alla Trokhimenko, a nurse practitioner at UH Parma Medical Center, recently traveled to Ukraine with a group from her church. The only one with medical knowledge, she worked out of a warehouse in western Ukraine and provided vital support, explaining the use of various US medical devices and supplies.

Alla Trokhimenko immigrated from Ukraine 18 years ago, eight months pregnant, with her husband and two young children. She brought with her a passion for helping others and a determination to become a nurse.  The obstacles, though daunting without fluency in English or computers, were less insurmountable here than in her native country.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 8:17 AM, 06.02.2022

Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma picture of the month was submitted by Parma Police Officer Rick Morgan to get us ready to celebrate our nation's 246th birthday.  He will receive a gift card courtesy of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, as well as a free car wash courtesy of Sgt. Clean's Car Wash. Pictures can be emailed for the monthly contest to Parma City Council President Sean Brennan at councilmanbrennan@msn.com. Be sure to include your name and address.

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The President's Corner

This month I am continuing my series entitled Civics 101. The hope is to provide you with useful information about your local, state, and federal governments. So far I have covered municipal (city), school district, county, and state governments here in Ohio. This month I will write about our federal government, focusing on the executive branch.

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DAD Wants You To Shop Local!

There are dads, grandfathers, role models, husbands, and so many more men who deserve special recognition on Father's Day.  Over the years, dads have taught us how to ride a bike, drive a car, fix a leaky faucet, and so much more.  Now, let's show them how much we appreciate all of their wisdom by finding the perfect Father's Day gift at a local business.

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Mayer Plumbing Earns May Business Of The Month

(Left to right) Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime and Jason Mayer

At the May 16 Parma City Council meeting, Parma Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter presented Jason Mayor of Mayer Plumbing & Heating at 5914 Ridge Road with a Business of the Month Award and a certificate recognizing the Polish Village based-company's 100th anniversary. Jason Mayer is a third generation master plumber and holds state licenses in plumbing, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning services.

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Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace & Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, presents Slain Nemo, June 3rd through 19th. June 3rd gallery show opening reception kicks off with Slains Laser Light and Photon Magic Music Lights and Art Event. Reception begins at 6 PM, with artwork illustration of fractals and math art in the main gallery. Slain Nemos creations use computer generated images, laser burns, and oil paint on canvas. His very precise work shows no visible brush strokes. His artistic creations are sacred geometric forms, surrealistic, Sci-Fi, Shamanistic, and linear. Don’t miss this unique, one-of-a-kind experience. Follow Prama Artspace & Gallery on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their web page for details on all upcoming events.

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How Many More Must Die Before Something Is Done?

There has been another mass shooting in the United States recently. This time an 18 year old man methodically shot and killed ten people at a supermarket in Buffalo New York. The shooter used an AR-15 semi automatic assault weapon that was legally purchased and had body armor on himself consisting of a bulletproof vest. He planned out the attack and even “cased” out the place before his shooting rampage. On the day of the shooting, he drove more than 200 miles from his home to Buffalo where his intention was to shoot and kill as many Black people as possible.

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Irrational Crazed Sheep

Regarding the Roe leak, Pelosi said, "This is a dangerous court to families, to freedom in our country," and Schumer brought a bill to the floor to legalize abortion. When it failed he said, "women’s constitutional rights are under unprecedented attack -- and it runs counter to the will of the majority of American people." Neither of them is correct. In Schumer's case, the bill he touted would have legalized abortion right up until a baby is born. While a majority of people support abortion in certain circumstances, a much larger majority are against abortion without limitations, which is what the Senate bill called for.

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Pa-a-arma!

Pa-a-arma! If you were to tune in to channel 8 at around 11:30 PM Friday nights, back in 1965, that's what you would have probably heard coming from your television set. You would have also seen a funny looking man, wearing a fright-wig and lab coat, smoking a cigarette on live television. His name was Ernie Anderson, and he was a Cleveland sensation, from 1963 to 1966. The late-night TV horror host character he invented was “Ghoulardi” ─ a barbed-beatnik. The show was called “Shock Theater”, which aired 1950’s horror flicks with intermissions of Ghoulardi’s sly comments on how bad the movie was. At times, with jazz music playing in the background, he would even blow up something with fire-crackers on live television.

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Share Care Home On Lakeview Drive

Home Instead has created a way to receive 24-hour care in a single-family home at less than half the cost of our traditional home care. We call it “Share Care” and for some clients, it’s the perfect solution.With a Care Professional-to-resident ratio of 3:1 (and no more than 5:1), our residential facility is very different from a traditional “group home.” Our Care Pros engage with our residents at a level no other facility in the area can match. Our care is provided by screened, bonded, trained, and specially selected Home Instead Care Pros. At least one Care Pro is in the home at all times and Care Pros never sleep in the home. Home Instead Lakeview offers a safe, quiet, and comfortable alternative to larger facilities. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that limiting one’s exposure to a small number of people is a good defense against the virus…or any virus. Home Instead Lakeview is licensed by the State of Ohio as an R-2 residential care facility and can accommodate up to 5 residents.

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