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Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Is Seeking Temporary Employees

Prior to every county-wide every election, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) Human Resources staff is responsible for filling several hundred temporary positions.      These positions, which can last up to 12 weeks, provide a unique and fascinating perspective on the election process.   

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 12:49 PM, 10.22.2014

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Polish Village Treat 'n' Greet

The Northeast Ohio Ghostbusters have enjoyed participating in the Treat 'n' Greet event since 2012. Pictured here (left to right) are: Al Martin, Ethan Rivera, Martin Schutte, Bobby O'Connor, and Anthony Gonzalez. (Photo © 2012-2014 Stefan P. Stefaniuk.)

Mark your calendars now! The much anticipated annual Treat 'n' Greet event, sponsored by the Polish Village/Old World Parma community development organization, has been scheduled for Saturday, October 25th, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

Parma Observer Is Five Years Old

The Small Business Administration keeps statistics on business failures, among other things. They claim that 8 out of 10 small businesses fail within their first 3 years; the general wisdom is that if a business can survive the first 5 years, then the chance of that business maturing towards healthy stability is greatly increased. For this reason we are celebrating our first 5 years in existence. What a rapid 5 years it has been so far, indeed the quickest 5 years of my life as far as I'm concerned. I've learned a great deal about this business, made all of the necessary mistakes (let's hope so!) inevitably required in order to chart the best course for the paper to achieve stability in the long run. We have all found things about our community which were after all waiting to be discovered. My heartfelt appreciation extends to each and every person who has helped the Parma Observer to grow in any way whatsoever; our readers, writers, editors, and advertisers - not one single contribution was insignificant.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club Doubles Blanket Donations For Area Children In Foster Care System

The North Royalton 4-H Club presenting their blankets to Cuyahoga County Child Services Representative Lydia Galindez. 

North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club doubled their blanket donations to children in the Cuyahoga County foster care system in their second annual create-a-blanket donation project. The North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club, with guidance from My Very Own Blanket (www.mvob.org), created and donated over 30 hand-made blankets to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), who distributed the blankets to children currently living in foster care arrangements. The 4-H members were recognized by DCFS at a recent meeting for their hard work, dedication, and unselfish giving of their time to help those in need. Last year, the group received a proclamation from County Executive Edward FitzGerald (July 17, 2013) for their outstanding community service.   

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

Woman Up - Get Your Mammogram!

Ladies: It's time to take control of your health. Woman Up to prevent and beat breast cancer. Women 40 and older should receive an annual mammogram, according to Sherry Hillier, MD, a radiologist at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Dr. Hillier also advocates for the added specificity of tomosynthesis, an advanced 3-D digital imaging for early detection of breast cancer. UH was the first health care provider in Northern Ohio to offer tomosynthesis. This technology is available locally at UH Parma Medical Center's Outpatient Center.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

I'm Mad As Hell, And Not Going To Take It Anymore

Swallowtail on Cupplant.

A med student walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I wouldn’t worry about whether to eat genetically modified foods or not,” The bartender asks, “Why not?” The med student replies, “Because the pesticides will kill you first!” Just before sitting down to write this, I walked out of the nearest Giant Eagle with one thing in hand: a pricey, organic, non-GMO half gallon of soy ice cream. Seven bucks, to be exact.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

The Froelich House

Froelich family marker in Town Line Cemetary.

One mile south of the Henninger Homestead and quarry is another house made of sandstone from the Henninger quarry. It sits on the east side of Broadview Road in Seven Hills. It was built by John Froelich in 1843.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

Continuation Of: Who Was Oscar Fitz Nicholas?

Oscar was an active member of the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Cleveland, Ohio and a past President representing all the people from the Parma area who fought in the Civil War. His name is etched in stone in the Soldiers and Sailors monument.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

Tales From The Tollgate House - Do You Remember....The C.L.&W / B&O, Ohio Depot Station.?

Map of C.L.&W. Railway Co. Parma, Ohio is indicated on map.

Early Residents of Parma Township like many other townships in Cuyahoga County had only small dirt roads and wooden plank roads to travel along on horseback, on foot, by bicycle, by stagecoach or by wagon for many years. The Brooklyn and Parma Wooden Plank Road Company along the Wooster Pike and York Road was established in 1876 and ceased operations in 1907. A railroad route was not built until 1894 in a small northwestern section of Parma Township. The Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling Railroad (C.L.&W.) was both a passenger and freight route from 1895 to 1926. C.L.&W depot stations were built at five-mile intervals south of Cleveland in 1895. The C.L.& W. Parma depot station was constructed in a rural area in Rockport Township where it served no major businesses or industries. There was no telegraph operator assigned to work there. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2014

Editor's Observation: Time Passages

“Seventy-Four Has More!” The Parma Senior High Class of 1974 held its 40th reunion August 9, 2014 at Tony Maloney’s. Out of a class of over 1,200 graduates, about 200 classmates attended. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

Over 450 Guests Celebrate Foundation's Work At Casino Royale

Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation Board Chairman Angelo Pimpas, right, co-chaired the Casino Royale event on September 13. 

More than 450 community members celebrated the philanthropic work of the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation at a black-tie gala that raised $211,000 to benefit the health of the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

The President's Corner: An Interview With Former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero

Mayor DePiero and I hard at work in 2006.

I received a lot of positive feedback regarding last month’s column in which I interviewed former Parma mayor John Petruska. As a result, I was prompted this month to interview and write about our most recent former mayor, Dean DePiero. In fact, rarely a week goes by that someone does not ask me what “Dean” is up to these days and whether or not he is planning to get back into public service.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

Is Our Government For Sale?

The 2012 election campaign was the most expensive political campaign in history. Just in Ohio alone, the amount of money spent by both candidates for the senate seat occupied by Sherrod Brown was the most expensive campaign in Ohio’s history. That does not include the amount of money spent on the presidential campaign in Ohio as well as the nation. According to the final report in 2013, Democratic incumbent (and ultimate winner) Sherrod Brown spent more than $24 million to retain his seat while GOP challenger Josh Mandel spent a little more than $18 million on his campaign. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

Flamingo Fever 2014

On Saturday, September 20th, the 2nd Annual Flamingo Fever Banquet & Auction was held in the St. Charles Parish Hall. This annual event was brought to you by Polish Village/Old World Parma, and the net proceeds from the event are earmarked for the upcoming pocket park on Ridge Rd, right in the heart of the business district. Flamingo Fever is Parma's very unique, one of a kind, public art event. In the early spring, artists design their flamingos and submit their drawings for entry. The committee reviews the submissions and gives the go ahead. Artists complete their entries and drop them off for display. Businesses throughout the Parma area display the flamingos through summer. The event culminates with a banquet in the fall. This year the weather for the banquet was great, the food was out of this world, the adult beverages were priced just right, and most folks ended up carrying home raffle items, in addition to their favorite flamingos.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

Asset Corner #58

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Use your ears more than your mouth. October’s Asset Category: SUPPORT 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

Artist Of The Month

59K to Westport Ireland.

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 fourth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.02.2014

I Believe

Anything parents can do to minimize procrastination in the children will reap great dividends in their later years.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:24 AM, 10.02.2014

Existential Poetry

For a brief moment I sit                                   

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:24 AM, 10.02.2014

Utilities Resource Fair

Cuyahoga Job and  Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:24 AM, 10.02.2014

Classes, Vaccine Clinics Scheduled At UH Parma's Health Education Center

Registration starts now! Classes, programs, vaccine clinics, and more are offered for all ages and ability levels at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center's Health Education Center, 7300 State Road. Classes are designed to improve and maintain physical as well as emotional and mental health. Whether it’s getting fit, relieving stress, educating children, learning CPR, or sampling a new hobby, there’s something for everyone in the family. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:24 AM, 10.02.2014

Charges

There are many things in this life I don’t comprehend. Among them are charges for a house call from various “skilled” tradesmen. Just recently, I had the air conditioning repaired. I understand that there is knowledge required to perform these tasks, certainly more than I possess. I have no problem with paying an hourly rate and for the supplies that are used. However, there is one area that gets me to wondering - why is there a charge for coming out to the house. Am I supposed to take the unit to the shop or to the home of the repairman? When were you last paid just to show up at work?  

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:24 AM, 10.02.2014

Free Foot Screening

If you have a wound that won't heal, look to the Wound Center at UH Parma Medical Center for care. On Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m., UH Parma Medical Center hosts a free foot screening and informational program on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This special therapy delivers 100 percent oxygen to help heal diabetic foot and leg ulcers, bone infections, and side effects of radiation treatment from head and neck cancer. Call the Wound Center at 440-743-4774 to register. Free diabetic socks to the first 20 people who register.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 1:58 PM, 09.25.2014

Interested In Helping The Parma Observer Grow?

We're seeking a friendly, community minded person to promote the Parma Observer to local businesses and organizations. We need a dedicated individual who is willing to sell advertising in the paper. Set your own schedule, work at your own pace, in the way that you are most comfortable with. Full or part time, results are the only thing that matters. Experience with ad sales is most desirable, but not a requirement. There is a great demand for more papers to be printed and additonal pages to accommodate the ever increasing volunteer writer base. Since the sole source of revenue is from advertising, we are embarking on a campaign which coincides with our 5th. Anniversary Issue in October to greatly increase our advertisers. Help the Parma Observer to meet our goals, work with great people in our community, and help support the one and only true local Parma Area newspaper and media outlet. Straight commission- with 2,000 businesses in Parma alone, the right person can profit nicely while at the same time helping this community resource to grow accordingly. Call 440-884-7625.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 11:13 AM, 09.10.2014

PSO Fall Concert 10/19

Piano soloist Sungeun Kim

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will present a Fall concert on Sunday, October 19, 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 Samuel Rotberg, violin soloist performing Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate, and piano soloist Sungeun Kim performing Chopin’s Andante Spianato &Grand Polonaise Brilliante. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky‘s Capriccio Italien and Mahler Symphony #1 in D Major 3rd Movement. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children.  All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 PM.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 10.09.2014

Nancy Tinsley Appointed New President Of UH Parma Medical Center

Nancy M. Tinsley, new President of UH Parma Medical Center.

University Hospitals (UH) has appointed Nancy M. Tinsley, RN, MBA, FACHE, as President of UH Parma Medical Center.  Ms. Tinsley is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of experience in health care operations, most recently serving as Vice President of Institute Clinical Operations at UH Case Medical Center. Her appointment as President is effective Aug. 25.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

Mayor's Town Center Task Force Moves Forward

Glenn Coyne, facilitator of the Town Center Task Force, addresses the public forum.

Parma’s Town Center Task Force had their second Public Input Forum this past month to show residents the progress they have made and to reveal parts of the action plan they are considering. A few items included on the action plan were: to create a comprehensive set of illustrated design guidelines, plans for transportation improvements, and to establish a Public Art Commission. After listening to the public’s input, comment forms were handed out to each resident in attendance and the Task Force was able to gauge what was most important to these residents. Many residents would really like to see Byer’s Field and Stearns Homestead utilized for festivals and entertainment events. The Task Force will finalize their Action Plan shortly and hand it off to Mayor Tim DeGeeter and City Council. The Task Force will also be seeking grants and other funding options.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

A Compromise To Address The Problems At The VA

Rep. Jim Renacci.

Like many living in Ohio’s 16th District, I was deeply troubled to learn of the widespread mismanagement within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to an audit released by the VA last month, nearly 60,000 veterans are still waiting for their initial appointment. The House of Representatives acted swiftly to address the systemic failures at the VA that led to the unacceptable treatment of veterans in Ohio and across the country. Last month, the House passed the Veteran Access to Care Act with unanimous support. This bipartisan legislation was the first step toward implementing much needed reforms at the VA. It included provisions to allow veterans to receive private care outside of the VA if they have experienced extensive wait times or if they live more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

Chalkin' It Up At The Local Tavern

Artist: Nathan Fisher.

Sunday, August 17th, the day was overcast, showers hit in late morning, and I had concerns the weather would not improve in time for the 8th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Event. But I kept saying my prayers and watching the weather patterns in the hope that by 1:00 p.m. the showers would cease and the parking lot would dry up enough for the budding artists to enjoy the day.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

Parma City School District Welcomes New Principal To Ridge-Brook Elementary

Stacy Lambert-Johnson, Principal, Ridge-Brook Elementary School.

The Parma City School District welcomes Stacy Lambert-Johnson as the new principal of Ridge-Brook Elementary School. Lambert-Johnson joins the district after several years an elementary principal, and prior to that, a teacher with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She replaces Principal Regina Ohlrogge, who retires this year. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

Who Was Oscar Fitz Nicholas?

Oscar was the Toll Collector at the corner of Pearl and Old York Road from 1876-1907. He was born May 18, 1841 and died August 23, 1907. Oscar married Hannah Humphery on August 17, 1867. Hannah was born October 11, 1845 and died May 30, 1936. Oscar and Hannah had five children. Twins, Harry Levi and Hattie Lucina, were born February 18, 1868. Harry died January 10, 1930 and Hattie died November 18, 1954. Julia Lucinda was born March 17, 1870 and died June 8, 1954. Edward Oscar was born July 28, 1873 and died July 26, 1943. Alfred Charles was born August 8, 1879 and died September 5, 1911.  

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

Driving Without Distractions

One of the great liberating experiences that I can think of is getting into a motorized vehicle and just driving down the road. It doesn’t matter if it is in a car, truck, on a motorcycle, or any other vehicle. There is a feeling of freedom that can’t be experienced in many other ways. There are some things to be kept in mind, however; the other guy. I say the other guy because you and I are perfect operators of vehicles and we are always courteous to other drivers. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

A Morning Of Inspiration With Nationally Renowned Music Therapist

Nationally acclaimed music therapist Deforia Lane, who leads University Hospitals' Music Therapy Program, will speak at UH Parma Medical Center's 25th annual Community Prayer Breakfast.

Enjoy an interactive, musical morning with Deforia Lane, PhD, renowned director of University Hospitals’ nationally recognized Music Therapy Program
, at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 25th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, October 16.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 AM, 10.09.2014

Padua Franciscan Gets Ready For Fall

All students receive a Chromebook this year.

Padua Franciscan High School has many events planned for fall that will allow families an opportunity to learn more about the school and all we have to offer. Please join us! We'll get you there.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 09.01.2014

5th Annual Race For Maggie's Place To Benefit Zechariah House

The Zechariah House has served vulnerable pregnant women in Cleveland since 2009.

Runners of all levels and families who love the Cleveland Zoo are invited to lace up their sneakers and run/walk in support of pregnant women served by The Zechariah House in Cleveland. The 5th Annual Race for Maggie’s Place, presented by Spectrum Surgical, will kick off at 8:04 a.m. at the Fulton Road (West) entrance of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 11. All event proceeds benefit The Zechariah House— a nonprofit, hospitality home for pregnant women who may be alone, homeless, or facing other difficult circumstances and who need a safe, welcoming place to live. The 5th Annual Race for Maggie’s Place will include both 9K and 5K races on a Hermes-designed course inside the Zoo and a 1-Mile Fun-Run/Walk for Families. Post-race refreshments will follow at the Primate Pavilion. Each paid Race registration includes a moisture-wicking t-shirt and free, all-day Zoo admission ticket, redeemable on race day.  Register online at www.maggiesplace.org/mp9k/; online and pre-event registration closes Friday, Oct. 10 at noon. 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:25 PM, 09.01.2014

North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club Doubles Blanket Donations for Area Children In Foster Care System

The North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H club presenting thier blankets to Cuyahgoa County Child Services Representive Lydia Galindez.

North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club doubled their blanket donations to children in the Cuyahoga County foster care system in their second annual create-a-blanket donation project. The North Royalton Homesteaders 4-H Club, with guidance from My Very Own Blanket (www.mvob.org), created and donated over 30 hand-made blankets to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), who distributed the blankets to children currently living in foster care arrangements. The 4-H members were recognized by DCFS  at a recent meeting for their hard work, dedication, and unselfish giving of their time to help those in need. Last year the group received a proclamation from County Executive Edward FitzGerald (July 17, 2013) for their outstanding community service.   

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 4:25 PM, 09.01.2014