Cindy Wheatley, who is the Mayor’s Citizen of the Month for April, has worked at UH Parma Medical Center since 1977 and is currently a cook at the hospital’s Seasons of Life Hospice. Even while she works full time and is the primary caregiver for her own mother, Cindy always has time to bring special treats to hospice families and to spread warmth and kindness wherever she goes. Mayor Tim DeGeeter presented a proclamation from his office, and Ward Nine Councilman Jeff Crossman presented a proclamation from City Council. Wheatley was accompanied to the City Council meeting by UH’s Charlene Krueger, who nominated her, and co-workers Sharon Secura and Mary Jo Verbofsky. Her life-long best friend, Linda Zassick, and Linda’s daughter Jackie also accompanied her.
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Vote by Mail opens on April 1, 2014. Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald says, “the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is encouraging voters to take advantage of this safe, reliable, and convenient method of voting in the May 6th Primary Election. Voters may also track their ballot on our website: www.443VOTE.com to confirm their ballot has been received by the Board of Elections. Vote by Mail/Absentee ballots are the first ballots to be tabulated when the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Night.”
In his second State of the City Address, March 27, 2014, Mayor Richard Dell’Aquila highlighted the fact that Seven Hills is strong and getting stronger every day. Seven Hills has survived the national recession and the City’s finances are improving through a program of smart, sensible government. As a result, in just two years, the General Fund balance increased almost 150%, from about $1.5 million to $3.7 million. Today, the City has fewer employees, streamlined operations and maintains and even expanded City services, for example re-instituting a full City leaf pick-up program. The annual operating expenses have been reduced by about 20% from $9.3 million, when Mayor Dell’Aquila took office, to about $7.5 million in 2013.
Yes, spring has sprung, although an unseasonably cold one, but it has arrived. The Parma Flock of Flamingos are packing and preparing for their return flight to Parma for the summer. Flamingo Fever! generated so much fun for Parma in 2013, it's coming back, bigger and better. Last year, some of the fan faves were: Be Polish Eat Pierogi, Hang Ten, Dr. P. Flamingo, WereMingo, Parma Metal, Stan's Bowling Night, Flamingo Ex Machina, Flamingo Carousel, Skylanders Whirlwind, Proud as a Peacock, Don Drapebird, Bird of Beauty, O'Flamingo, Phantastic Phoenicopteridae, and, of course, Cleveland Browns and Chief Flamingo.
In 2013 the Cleveland International Film Festival screened the documentary titled REJECT. It is the story of two students that traveled very different paths. Eric Mohat, a 17-year-old Mentor, Ohio student, has been bullied in school. His story is told by his parents, Jan and Bill Mohat, and friend Brandon. They piece together the events leading up to Eric's suicide.
MOCA Cleveland's Spring 2014 exhibitions, running now through June 8, feature 22 national and international artists whose work captures, reacts to, reflects on, and contends with mortality, and a new, commissioned body of work by New York-based artist Sara VanDerBeek that references Cleveland’s urban landscape. These upcoming exhibitions connect visitors to established artists from around the globe who have defined contemporary art over the past three decades alongside emerging artists who demonstrate the most current trends. Both exhibitions pursue themes of memory and change through different approaches and subject matter.
No doubt about it, for the Greater Cleveland area with its large Polish population, Paczki Day (pronounced poonch-key), also known as Fat Tuesday, has always been a popular pre-Lenten event. But in Parma's Polish Village, it has exploded! This bustling, walkable, commercial district, featuring nearly 100 small businesses, has seemingly become the number one paczki destination in Ohio. Here in Parma’s Polish Village, four family-owned businesses – Colozza’s Bakery, Krakow Deli, Little Polish Diner, and Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery – have enthusiastically embraced the paczki craze that continues to sweep through Polish communities wherever they may be.
This has been a busy and amazing month for us.We began the month attending a City Council meeting where the Council voted against a zoning variance that would allow yet another "Auto Title" Pawn Shop open up in our city disguised as a "Lender". Kudos to Council on that vote. We have been hard at work on arranging the One Heartbeat R.O.C.K.S. Against Bullying and School Violence event on Saturday May 3rd at Parma High School. We will present a Free Special screening of the documentary Reject followed by a Community Forum with an expert discussion panel including politicians, educators, other experts and the Film Director. In light of the recent incidents in Brunswick, in our own town and a breaking story out of Seven Hills, this is a timely event to help us begin working on solutions to these serious social problems. http://rejectfilm.com/thefilm/ We have also been volunteering with the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival, where we first met the Director of Reject and have so far been fortunate to make connections with more Filmmakers and other individuals that might be helpful in our role as a member of the Executive Committee for Friends Of Parma Theater. This type of Community Engagement and Education event will be among the many facets of what we hope to do in the future at the Parma Theater. We hope you will join us at Parma High on May 3rd and support our efforts in the future. Find Friends Of Parma Theater on Facebook as well as One Heartbeat R.O.C.K.S.
You are invited to a topic discussion on "Rich and The Poor" Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. at St Antony of Padua's hospitality room.
The City of Seven Hills will host its 4th Annual “Taste of Seven Hills” on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Seven Hills Community Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive in Seven Hills. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes tasting samples from over 20 area restaurants and caterers, plus beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, and entertainment by guitarist Victor Samalot. Purchase a table of 8 before March 14th for $200, a savings of $40!
Last summer I visited the FDR house and museum in Hyde Park NY. It was fascinating. In the museum there is an entire exhibit devoted to the Social Security Act of 1935, perhaps FDR's significant domestic achievement. Some of the history of that act; following the 1934 midterm elections that gave the Democratic party more than a 60% majority in both houses of congress, FDR introduced the Social Security Act. That act included more than what we now knows as Social Security. It also included unemployment compensation to workers laid off through no fault of their own and direct cash assistance to those in the most need: widows, orphans, the blind, the aged, and families with dependent children. Those programs became the basis of our system of public welfare that exists to this day.
Almost immediately the Republicans labeled the Social Security Act as socialism and worse. Some said that passage of that act would destroy the very foundation of the United States. But the act passed handily with no Republican votes. The GOP made repealing the Social Security Act a corner stone of their 1936 presidential campaign and believed that there existed a "silent majority" of voters out there who would see the light against "creeping socialism" coming from FDR.
This month I will conclude a series of columns that are meant to inform you about the committee structure of Parma City Council. Council committee meetings are very instrumental in the legislative process, as this is normally where most of the discussion about bills takes place. Thus, they serve a very educational function for members of the public, as well as providing them the opportunity for their voices to be heard by becoming actively involved.
For those who haven’t seen the new Parma library on Powers Blvd., you should visit your investment. On its own, it is a striking building. Windows fill walls. You can observe some of the sights without leaving your chair. The inside is expansive with much room to wander in. There are also fireplaces to decorate several of the interior walls of the building.
Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle, one of the three goaltenders on the 2010 and 2014 United States Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, bought her two silver medals to Holy Family School on Monday, March 10, 2014 and spoke to the students about the importance of working hard to attain goals both athletically and academically. Mrs. McLaughlin-Bittle spoke of her hockey experiences which began prior to entering kindergarten. Inspired by her brother, she wished to “play hockey with the boys” rather than learn figure skating. It was not until her college years at Robert Morris University that she began playing on an all-women’s team. Students listened to Mrs. McLaughlin-Bittle’s journey to become a member of the 2010 and 2014 Women’s Team as well as her experiences in Sochi, Russia and Vancouver, Canada. They also were able to hold her two silver medals.
Guests and supporters of Maggie's Place Ohio showered The Zechariah House with $11K in operating support at the 2nd Annual Maggie’s Place Ohio “Wine & Dine” benefit held February 13. More than 70 guests enjoyed delicious food and wine samplings from Mia Bella Restaurant in Little Italy while bidding on unique Valentine-themed auction packages. One of the residents assisted by The Zechariah House was also on hand for the benefit to share what the home has meant to her and her son.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, nearly ninety percent of smokers start by age eighteen. The smoking habit guarantees serious physical harm to everyone, not to mention the expense over a lifetime.
April is National Call Before You Dig month and is recognized in Ohio. By law, everyone must contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) before digging The Ohio Revised Code states you are responsible for calling OUPS at least 48 hours, but no more than 10 days (excluding weekends and holidays) before beginning any project that requires digging so underground utilities can be marked on your property. The Ohio Revised Code further defines excavator as “the person or persons responsible for making the actual excavation.”
There are too many babies and children in the United States who need our help. “Unwanted” babies and children need more support than from the foster system we have and many children “fall between the cracks” of humanity. The obvious solution is to bring back state-run orphanages.
The New Parma Library (Powers Ave.) Part Two The children’s area is beautifully decorated with rhymes that span the wide support beams. The immediate eye catching feature is the wonderful mural on the western wall. There are also storage creations that are quite imaginative. The deficiency, in regard to the children’s section, is that there is no sound barrier between the children’s section and the adult section. Thus after the children enjoy, what is in many respects, is a time at the playground, some have a tendency to get upset thus making their displeasure know to all. The storage creations, as visually attractive as they are, are readily disorganized by the children and possibly by the adults.
The Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC) will host the annual Medley of Arts Show, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center located at 7001 W Ridgewood Drive, in Parma, Ohio. PAFAC is a nonprofit organization that has served the community for over 50 years, bringing the arts and art education to the tri-city community.
A huge inflatable walk-through colon on display at University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center at UH Parma Medical Center was a visual reminder during Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March that it may be time to schedule a screening.
April’sAsset Category: EMPOWERMENT Young people are empowered when they feel valued, valuable and safe. They need to believe that adults like and respect them. Finally, they need plenty of opportunities to contribute to their communities through volunteering, working in paid jobs and sharing their ideas, knowledge and creativity. One of these days, the young people in your home, school, neighborhood and workplace will be in charge – in charge of their own lives and in charge of the world. You can help young people get ready for their future role by empowering them now.
The Parma Area Historical Society is looking forward to seeing many of you at Parma's only historic working farm! Plan your summer around these fun and family events! We start the season on Sunday, May 18th, with events to be announced. June 14th will be the Sunset at the Farm and Flag retirement ceremony. Saturday, June 21st, will be Openining Day for the Farmers' Market, which will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. until October 4th with lots of music, fun, and fresh produce.
Foot ulcers are the most common cause for hospitalization among diabetic patients. On Wednesday, April 9 from 6-8 p.m. the Wound Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center hosts an informational program and screening to teach patients about prevention, risk factors and treatment of diabetic wounds. Free foot assessments will be performed. A light dinner will be served. Register early at 440-743-4774. The first 20 people who register will receive free diabetic socks.
A delicious, five-session series on plant-based eating and an early intervention weight loss program for children are two of the latest spring offerings at the Health Education Center. Registration is underway for spring classes at the Health Education Center of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, which continues to offer a wide range of free physician screenings, fitness and wellness classes and program for all ages.
David Chuba has been named the Golf Course Manager at Ridgewood Municipal Golf Course. His employment began on March 24. Chuba has previously been the manager at three other courses – Walnut Run Golf Course in Cortland, OH, The Links at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, OH and Fowler’s Mill Golf Course on Cleveland’s east side.
Parma has been chosen to participate in a WEWS Channel 5 program called “Building Better Neighborhoods” aimed at encouraging residents to better communicate with each other and to help instill a sense of community among residents who may not know each other.
Two upcoming sports events will feature tributes to Parma. Tickets are still available for both. Parma residents shouldn’t wait too long, though, to purchase tickets to either – the Parma Night at the Lake Erie Monsters game is coming up quickly on April 19 and Parma Night at Progressive Field is against the New York Yankees, which could be retiring shortstop Derek Jeter’s last appearance in Cleveland.
Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell’Aquila, along with Hamilton Health Care, LLC., TY Inc., city officials and members of the Parma Area and Cuyahoga Valley Chambers of Commerce will be on hand on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:00am to break ground on the 50,000-square-foot Biltmore Nursing Home.
Healthcare.gov – Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014 Remember: March 31st is the last day to sign up for health insurance. Do you need it? What happens if you don’t get coverage? The accompanying guide should provide answers to these questions. Here’s how to begin the enrollment process.
In his third State of the City address on February 24, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter unveiled two new programs the administration is developing: a first-time home buyers program aimed at attracting college graduates and a youth commission to encourage civic involvement among high schoolers. During his speech at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, DeGeeter focused mostly on city efforts to bolster the economy, strengthen neighborhoods, provide efficient government, and maintain quality services to residents.
Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA), Cleveland’s oldest existing rowing club for high school students, is currently preparing for the upcoming spring rowing season. Striving to be a premier competitive junior rowing program, the mission of CYRA is to provide a competitive rowing experience to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of young athletes in the Greater Cleveland community. Our rowers are comprised of girls and boys from numerous high schools and communities throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan area. Rowers train for three-four regattas per season in Ohio and surrounding states in crews of four to eight as either a novice or varsity member. If you have an interest in being on the great Cuyahoga, please contact us to visit the boathouse and learn more about the unique sport of rowing and its scholarship opportunities. We even encourage you to try out the sport to get a feel for it before committing through registration. Join us now and be a part of our pre-season conditioning and train to row and race this spring. Not yet in high school? Please inquire about our Learn-to-Row programs designed for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade. These programs will be available in April. Further details can be found soon on our website at www.cyrarowing.org. Questions may be directed to: Anne Hribar at firstname.lastname@example.org
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We have that in mind when other area publications announce that they are seeking community columnists and would like area residents to send in photos of their events, special occasions, renovations, etc. After all, we have been focusing on those things since the very beginning, so it feels good to be noticed and makes us think that we must be doing something right. The demand for our paper is increasing every month and judging from the numerous calls we receive asking where the Parma Observer can be found (in over 185 locations throughout Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills) we realize that in order to meet this demand, it has become necessary to expand by including additional key team members. A decision has been reached to add the position of Managing Editor. I have thought long and hard about this and I feel that our choice of Stefan P. Stefaniuk to fill this crucial role with the Observer is most definitely the right step at the right time.
Like most of us this winter, I have spent a good deal of time in the house, unable to do the things that I like to do outside. There's only so much cleaning, dusting, and rearranging of items on shelves and in drawers that one can do. I try and get out to various places and engage in as many activities as I can, but I just miss the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. It's not as if I hate the winter; in fact, there are few sights as beautiful and peaceful looking as snow covering everything in a gorgeous blanket of white. Problem is, at my age and with an artificial hip as well, I can't risk walking around my neighborhood with all of that ice and snow.
On February 12, Ward 8 Councilman Scott Tuma and myself, Ward 5 Councilman Allan Divis, hosted a joint safety meeting in Council Chambers at Parma City Hall. Despite the bitter cold, a good contingent of residents were on hand to receive valuable information pertaining to home security and telemarketing scams.The meeting included informative presentations by Sergeant Kevin Riley of the Parma Police Department and Law Director Tim Dobeck.
I will admit, when it comes to pedestrian and walkability issues, I am completely biased. Being a strident advocate for walking, I believe having been struck by an auto while in a crosswalk and bouncing off of the windshield grants me that right. Walkability is a key word these days when the discussion centers on communities. When people are searching for a place to buy a home, walkability is a rating category in real estate listings, especially important to young professional couples - a group most sought after by cities. Our community is no exception. Parma has over 30,000 homes with a busy and vibrant real estate market as a result. Walkability should be relevant all year long, not just in the good weather. Suppose I were a prospective home buyer in Parma during the winter months and I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood, perhaps to have a look at the school my Realtor told me was only a few blocks away? One look at the two foot snowdrifts covering the sidewalks in my possibly new neighborhood would not only discourage me from venturing any further; I would most likely get in my car and go to another city, where better walking conditions exist.
This month I will continue a series of columns begun last month that are meant to inform you about the committee structure of Parma City Council. Last month I focused on why Council committees are formed and how they operate, as well as a synopsis about the Finance Committee. This month I hope to inform you about some of the other working groups of Council.
The first British Invasion began on April 18, 1775 when General Gage ordered 700 British soldiers to Concord to destroy the colonists' weapons depot. That night, Paul Revere and William Dawes were sent from Boston to warn colonists. Revere reached Lexington about midnight and warned Sam Adams and John Hancock who were hiding out there. Eventually the British were defeated.
The John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter is hosting a special evening with Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, a member of the John Carroll Class of 1991. The Mayor will speak on Thursday evening, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Parma Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
I am Vice President of Animal Guardians for a Prosperous Parma. We are a group of concerned and compassionate individuals, coming together to urge the Parma Administration not to prohibit specific dog breeds. This practice is not ensuring public safety, but rather encouraging a false sense of security for Parma residents.