The General Motors Foundation and GM’s Parma Metal Center have announced $25,000 in grants to Greater Cleveland nonprofit organizations through its Community Grants program. “Through the GM Foundation, these important community organizations are able to drive programs that continue to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Lamar Rucker, Parma’s plant manager. “We are proud to be a part of a company and community that both work hard to support education, enhance community revitalization and help those in need.”
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One-hundred years ago, World War I was still going on and most of the attention was about the War. If you asked a kid what they wanted in 1916, this would be their normal response: candy, nuts, rocking horse, dolls, mittens or gloves, toy train, oranges, books, handkerchiefs, ice skates. Generally, each child was given only one item on this list so they would only ask for one thing. Everything here with the exception of the skates could easily have been made by hand or purchased for a small amount of money.
A highly regarded and intellectually revered occupation is that of engineer. There is a great deal of study, time, and energy involved in acquiring such a degree. The requirements are above the norm. A great deal of math and science are the surface of study for those who wish to become proficient in this area. Detail is the code word for working in this area of expertise. Should you glance around, you will marvel of the accomplishments of engineers. All that is constructed must have architectural drawings and structural engineering input. The coordination of the fields is a symphony when in concert. The wise engineer also listens to the input from all parties involved. Details gleaned from those with knowledge of what is practical and functional are a portion of what a quality engineer takes into consideration when undertaking a project. Individuals with day-to-day experience in what is to be utilized when completed, is how designs become most functional, and to dismiss this input would be a grave error. Recent constructions are examples of how attention to detail can create a completely successful task or one that is lacking.
Since taking office in 2011, I have looked into many different ways to save money for Parma residents. One area that I looked into was outstanding bond debt and the possibility of refunding some of these bonds to save money with better rates. I am pleased to report that in 2016, I was able to complete another bond refunding and save approximately $665,929, which puts our total savings for the residents of Parma at $1,376,608 since 2011.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) volleyball coach Mary Colovas, of Parma, has been named 2016 Coach of the Year by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference after guiding the Challengers to their best season in more than a decade.
What A Year 2016 Has Been In Cleveland And It All Was Made Possible By A Key Vote In A Local Election Long Ago.
This year certainly placed Cleveland on the map in a very positive way. In June, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship and more than one million people came downtown to celebrate. Then, in July, the city hosted the Republican National Convention and again received national exposure. Finally, over the past month, the Cleveland Indians surprised the sports world by almost winning the World Series in a monumental seventh game.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan has again organized the annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive. Celebrating its 6th year, community partners will be collecting peanut butter throughout December for All Faiths Pantry, a Parma area 501(c)3 nonprofit group, that delivers groceries at no charge to local low income seniors and others with challenges to mobility.
A popular fast and furious sport is the game of hockey. It requires careful watching and, more importantly, total concentration every second the players are on the ice. Barbara has been a hockey mom for seven years, since her son, Logan, was in third grade. He is now a sophomore and an active player for his high school’s team. Since he’s been involved in this sport, he has functioned as a goalie and takes great pride in his position and contribution to the team’s total effort.
A number of people portray a form of godliness that is contrary to Biblical truth; turn away from such people. According to a doctor, there are no drugs that are one hundred percent safe; however, there are occasions when their use is the lesser of two evils. Be strong and of good courage (faith) to cope in a dangerous world with all of its temptations and intimidations. Because of our “fallen nature,” we are all born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil and need to be redeemed. It is wise and beneficial to refrain from all kinds of sin (wrongs), especially those that produce deadly consequences in everyday living. Examples are the following: MONEY, the love of money meaning gain at any cost is a good thing; IDOLATRY, worshipping created things more than the Creator God; FORNICATION, premarital sex that is degrading and often results in sexual disease and abortion.
The Historical Society has made significant improvements in 2016. In addition to our monthly meetings, informal weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Parma South Presbyterian Church as an opportunity for available members to discuss any new or old business updates.
November 4th, 2016, would have marked the day of our parade, a parade of champions, yet we still have a great deal to celebrate as winners.
In a coordinated campaign across Greater Lake Erie, northeast Ohio residents have likely seen the phrase “Lake Erie Starts Here’...or ‘with Me!” Although daunting to consider, every action we each take affects the water we drink, the water for our crops, and the water we play in.
The construction on the Vista Springs Greenbriar building located in the revitalized heart of Parma at The Shoppes at Parma will be completed in December. We expect licensing by the State of Ohio Board of Health to be completed early in January. At Vista Springs Greenbriar, we are creating an exquisite senior living community in which our community members and families will enjoy an incomparable vibrant lifestyle with 5-star resort amenities, a variety of floorplans, inspiring signature events and activities, fine and casual restaurant dining, and specialized personal care options to engage the body, mind, and soul…It’s what we mean by Full of Life.
Are you familiar with the following individuals: Bonnie Dunkelman, Carole DePaola, Mary Anne Christie, or Curt Braden? Like a great majority of Ohioans, probably not. However, if you voted in the Presidential election on November 8, chances are you voted for two of them. This month I explore the elusive Electoral College – the group of Americans who have the Constitutional power to elect the president.
Saturday, October 29th, was certainly a big day for the business community in Polish Village. Treat & Greet 2016, had the largest turnout ever. Mother Nature was certainly onboard with blue skies and unseasonably warm weather. All the kids, decked out in their various costumes, were impatiently waiting the kick off at 11:00 a.m. with some still going strong when it ended at 3:00 p.m.
December’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. 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.
CAC ART GRANT: November 14th was a great day for the Parma Area Fine Arts Council. That was the day the announcement was made that they have been awarded a matching grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for 2017. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announced $14.5 million in grants to 241 Cuyahoga County Nonprofits that day. A matching grant is one where funds must be raised to equal the amount of the grant. The matching grant PAFAC will receive is one of the smallest, but it will help to fund free art classes in the Spring and Summer of 2017 for the Parma area community. Watch for details on upcoming classes and workshops in early Spring of 2017.
2016 MyCom Youth Voice Awards
UH Parma Medical Center is recognized among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation for 2017, according to Truven Health Analytics. The ranking demonstrates that UH Parma outperformed its peers on a balanced scorecard that considers inpatients and extended outcomes, clinical processes, efficiency and cost for common cardiovascular conditions and treatments.
Breathless and exhausted, 60-year-old Susan Bercan felt her heart was failing her. Cryoablation, a new treatment option for atrial fibrillation now available at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has breathed new life into patients like Bercan.
The EMS Education Program at UH Parma Medical Center, which has trained more than 1,700 of the region’s EMTs and paramedics over the past 32 years, begins its new session of courses in January.
It's not about the drinks. It's about family. And drinks! So here are tasty choices for those inclined to imbibe with the family kind. Our local Ohio winery Ferrante offers a few choices for the holidays. The Celebration Spice Red is a sweet festive red wine mulled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The Ferrante Holiday Blush has medium sweetness, nice fruit, and some spices. A refreshing choice for the average family drinker who likes "Jester's Blush." It features mild sweetness with some spices since the season requires them spices! Both of these are great gifts for family and friends who enjoy wines on the sweeter side.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter, flanked by Parma and University Hospitals officials around his desk, recently signed a Parma City Council resolution supporting efforts to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The City of Parma honored an October Citizen and Business of the Month at a recent City Council meeting. The Citizen of the Month is a familiar face to many in Parma. Cheryl McIntosh, the executive assistant at the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, began working at the Chamber over 33 years ago as a volunteer. After job-sharing for several years, she became the full-time executive assistant in 2002. She has worked at the Chamber for the past 25 years. She is a life-long resident of Parma and has an extensive volunteer history in town. She and her husband Jeff have been married nearly 44 years; they have a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. The Business of the Month is Mack's Beverage, located at 5358 Ridge Road. The store has been in business for more than 50 years and was recently named one of the 50 Best Beer Stores in America by Men’s Journal magazine. The magazine cited Mack's "massive selection, giant walk-in cooler and ridiculously friendly staff.” Mack's stocks more than 1,500 brands of beer. The store benefits from a very loyal customer base, and its Facebook page has followers from all over the world. Congratulations to owner Pete Patel and Mack’s.
When Ann George opened the Parma Heights Food Pantry in 2008, the depth of the Great Recession wasn’t yet apparent. The local food bank told her she would likely see about 50 families a month. Eight years later, with the recession long since officially over -- and recent census data showing years of high poverty easing in communities across the U.S. – the pantry supplies food to 280 to 300 families a month. “We’re seeing people that have gotten jobs again, but they’re not the good-paying jobs that they had,” George said. “I’ve actually had men come in here and cry. They say they never expected to see themselves in a place like this.”
Pleasant Lake Villa celebrated a birthday milestone for one of their residents. Anna Barnok turned 101 years old on September 24, 2016. The celebration consisted of her family and friends joining her the day before her special day. Her Pleasant Lake Villa friends enjoyed her celebration the following day which included a beautifully decorated cake and lots of reminiscing with old photos of her past.
I am writing this story because of what I observed at the October 4th Parma City Schools meeting. It was amazing to see the students of our district come together and fight for something they believe strongly in.
The Child Care Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has full-time and part-time openings in its preschool classrooms for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. Experienced teachers provide individualized activities that promote the social and academic skills needed for Kindergarten and beyond. Children are assessed throughout the year and teachers partner with families to set goals for their children.
On November 8, Parma voters will consider a five-year renewal of the city’s existing 2-mill police levy. The ballot issue is strongly supported by Parma officials, who emphasize Issue 85 won’t raise taxes. “Parma is one of the safest cities its size,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “These dollars will help keep officers on the job and our neighborhoods safe without raising taxes.”
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: ASK FOR THEIR OPINION. November’s Asset 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.
Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America…..We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. Our tax preparation sites are in Strongsville, Parma (2), Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Middleburg Heights. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP.
As Parma’s police chief, I have the honor and privilege of helping lead one of the finest departments in this county and state. And as a resident, I have had the fortune to live, work, and raise a family in a community that I am proud to call home. I’ve seen major progress in our city over the past few years, including key infrastructure investments, the redevelopment at The Shoppes at Parma, and businesses seeking to expand or locate here.
Kathy couldn’t help enjoying the wide grin on her face when she mailed the invitations at the Post Office. Images of happy kids and marvelous masterpieces were anticipated rewards for planning this event. She was excited to be hosting a painting party for eight nieces and nephews, all under the age of 7. The required shopping for this get-together took her to different locations which specialized in the party favors and supplies she would need. Fun was in the air as she prepared for the upcoming festivities, saving the pumpkin purchases closer to the party date.
Tri-City Parma community members were invited to attend four community meetings (9/29/15, 10/20/15, 12/1/15, 3/15/16) to explore the resources and needs of youth in our communities. A diverse group of community members (youth, parents, families, schools, businesses, faith based organizations, civic organizations etc.) worked together to develop a three year neighborhood plan to help our youth become successful adults. The results are listed below.
Dear Parma City School Board Members,
The Cleveland Metroparks circles the region with an "emerald necklace" of more than 23,000 acres of park land stretching from Lake Erie south into Medina County. Its parks get more than 45 million visitors each year. To celebrate 100 years, the park system has published a 252 page hardcover coffee table book. "The 100 Year Trail". Inside you'll find photos and stories from the first 100 years of Cleveland Metroparks. Enjoy the parks while sitting in your easy chair and paging through the book, then get back outdoors and enjoy them first-hand.
Every year I swear that I’m not hosting Thanksgiving. And I always change my mind, knowing that it will take me three days to transform my tiny apartment into a place fit for human habitation. Though it’s almost certain that I will die of exhaustion after giving the turkey its once-in-a-deathtime butter massage before gently placing it into the roaster, there’s nothing quite like a turkey dinner that attracts rarely-seen family to my door.
Both U.S. and British statistics show that one in four of us experiences a mental illness in a given year. And if you aren’t affected directly, mental illness will have an impact on your life through a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague, or through a chance encounter in the grocery store or on the street.
Cuyahoga Community College has been awarded $80,000 to help establish a Veterans Services Center at Western Campus in Parma and expand existing programs for those who served the nation. The Kisco Foundation named Tri-C a recipient of its Kohlberg Prize, given annually to increase support for veterans attending community colleges. The grant was announced during a recent ceremony at the White House in Washington. “This support from the Kisco Foundation will have a major impact on the lives of thousands of veterans,” said Alex Johnson, president of Tri-C. “The Kohlberg Prize enhances the College’s ability to help more veterans secure rewarding careers and position themselves for successful futures.”