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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Caregiver's Kitchen - Seasons Of Life

Folk musician Pete Seeger wrote a song, “Turn, Turn, Turn” popularized by the British rock band The Byrds which was based on Bible verse Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” And so it is.

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Parma Council Of PTAs Announces Annual "Kalahari" Fundraiser

The Parma Council of PTAs is pleased to announce its annual "Parma Family Night & Fundraiser" at Kalahari will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015. There is no school scheduled for Friday, January 16, 2015.
 
Be part of the annual tradition while supporting the Parma Council of PTA. Have fun and get away without going too far from home to America's LARGEST indoor waterpark!
 
Enjoy special Winter rates for all Parma families, staff, and friends! Rooms are only $119 and feature 2 Queen beds and INCLUDE waterpark passes! A portion from EACH room booked will benefit the Parma Council of PTA. Hope to see you there! Book early to avoid being shut out.
 
For Reservations: 1-877-KALAHARI (525-2427).
 
Limited number available. Ask for the "Parma Family Night Group Rate." Standard Rooms sleep 4-6, and include admission for 4 to the Waterpark! Up to 2 guests may be added for $20 each. Rates prior to 11.5% tax.

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Marching, Marching, Marching On

Slowly marching in the sky is an unseen army. 
They are the men and women who have died
For you and for me.
Have they suffered and died in vain? 
They keep marching, marching, marching
On, an endless army in a never-ending sky.
 
Wars have been fought since the beginning of
Time; but they never seem to bring lasting peace. 
We are told that we die but once, but the unseen
Army grows and grows like a moving cloud on
High.
Our young soldiers never grow older; their
Tender youth never matures.
I’m certain they wanted a future! 
Is this the price of peace and war?
 
Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, wives 
And offspring--all have lost loved ones on 
Foreign soil.
And let’s not forget the blood that has been
Shed fighting on our own homeland shores.
Will the army in the sky continue marching 
Onward to another war?  
 
Wars never seem to cease; they are part of the
Past and a ghost in our future.
Our unseen army in the tear-filled sky
Continues growing and growing, and marching, 
Marching, marching on!
Will there ever be a lasting peace?

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The President's Corner: An Interview With Former Parma Mayor John Petruska

Former Mayors Dean DePiero and John Petruska shake hands at the opening of Petruska Park in 2005.

I have always been one who respects my elders and have a special admiration for members of what Tom Brokaw called the “greatest generation." For these reasons, prior to my first run for city council, I sought the advice of former mayor John Petruska. Mayor Petruska was Parma’s mayor from 1967 to 1987. Happily, we have kept in touch over the years, despite the fact that he now lives in Dallas, close to his son Dave, daughter-in-law Sandra, and granddaughter Courtney of whom he is very proud.  Often residents ask me how the former mayor is doing. So, I decided to contact him and ask if he was up for an interview over the phone. Not surprisingly, the jovial mayor said that it would be “swell.”  

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Artist Of The Month

Watercolor Class at PAFAC.

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

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The Lois Club Of Northeast Ohio

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Lois Club.

What's in a name? Well, it all depends on the name. If your name is Lois, you probably belong to the Lois Club so you can enjoy the company and friendship of all those gals named Lois. But, if you're not a member...read on. The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Lois Club started on November 14, 2003, which means that we are almost eleven years old, and still going strong. There are many such clubs across the USA and they even have an Annual Convention in a different city each year. 

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Ridgewood Garden Club Of Parma Community Involvement Projects

Few people know that Parma has 19 parks located at different areas of the city. When Kathy Cancasci agreed to be the chairperson of the Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma Community Involvement Committee, she enthusiastically organized a group of members who assisted her in planting a variety of bulbs, annuals, and perennials at the park signs.

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I Believe

Now and then, it is good to distinguish between our needs and our wants. Needs are food, water, shelter, and clothing.

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Student Loan Debt Threatens Economic Future

Recently, I had a conversation with my oldest daughter. She made the comment on her Facebook page that student loan debt was endangering the nation’s economy. She said that many of her classmates from high school and her undergraduate years are unable to buy houses and have postponed starting families. My daughter graduated from high school twenty years ago and will turn 39 this fall. I asked about her student loan debt and she replied that she is still paying it off, thirteen years after she finished law school.

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PCSD Alumni To Host Tailgate Parties This Fall

Alumni Associations for Parma High, Normandy, and Valley Forge will be tailgating at the first home football game of the season for each high school this fall. The associations are looking for members of the Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, but hope to have members of many classes in attendance.  

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:51 PM, 08.20.2014

Car Seat Heat Related Injuries

Far too many children have been inadvertently forgotten in hot vehicles or have gotten into a vehicle on their own. Car heat stroke tragedies change the lives of parents and families forever. On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Even the best parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car and the end result can be injury or death.

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University Hospitals Provides $300,000 To The Parma Hospital Foundation For Distribution To The Hospitalís Founding Cities

Underscoring its commitment to the health and wellness of the communities it serves, University Hospitals will provide $300,000 in grant funding to support wellness initiatives in University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s six founding communities. The funds will be given to the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation, which will distribute $50,000 grants to each of the cities of Parma, Parma Heights, North Royalton, Seven Hills, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights. 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 AM, 08.01.2014

Hospital 5K Set For August 23

Register now to participate in UH Parma Medical Center’s 5K Run & One-Mile Walk on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at UH Parma's Medical Arts Center 4, 6115 Powers Blvd., Parma. Preregistration is $20 and guarantees each runner a tri-blend style T-shirt. Registration on race day is $25 and begins at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers by age, in categories from 14 & under to 65 & over (group for every five years of age). And new this year: Top Masters male and female awards. Runners will have chip timing, and the unique, scenic course winds through residential areas and Ridgewood Municipal Golf Course. Proceeds benefit community wellness activities. For details and registration, go to http://www.parmahospital.org/UHParma5KRace/

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Parma Night First Pitch Winner

Pictured (left to right): Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Nicole Coventry, and First Pitch winner Johnny Coventry.

On July 10th, the City of Parma hosted Parma Night at Progressive Field where the Indians faced off against the Yankees. Mayor Tim DeGeeter gave the honors of throwing the first pitch to a lucky Parma resident under the age of 17. The winner of the drawing was nine-year-old Johnny Coventry. Nicole Coventry, Johnny’s mother, and Kathy Lucheese, his grandmother, shared his excitement. “Johnny was very surprised,” Lucheese said. He said "I really hope the players sign the ball for me!"

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Mayor DeGeeter Visits with Residents During Safety Walkabouts

Mayor DeGeeter, accompanied by selected ward’s councilperson, Safety Director Greg Baeppler, and Police Chief Robert Miller, goes door-to-door asking residents what they like about living in their neighborhood and what they are concerned about. Mayor DeGeeter ensures that the safety of Parma residents is a high priority. Mayor DeGeeter was joined for this Walkabout by City Council President Sean Brennan, Ward 4 Councilman Brian Day, and Parma residents.  Other scheduled Walkabouts include Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime and Ward 3 Councilman Mark Casselberry. 

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Hobby Lobby Decision Masks The Real Problem: Our Country's System Of Employment Based Health Insurance

On June 30, the Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby that “closely held family” corporations can be exempt from certain mandates of the Affordable Care Act based on the religious objections of their owners. Lost in the arguments about this decision is the fact that the real problem is the system of employment based health insurance. 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.01.2014

The President's Corner

Cleveland Cavaliers mascot, Moondog, commences the 2014 Run-Walk for Pierogies.

Back in 2011, I decided it was time to fulfill my dream of creating a local running and walking event. When selecting a theme for the event I settled on combining two of my loves – running and pierogies. Thus was born the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies. Thanks to the dedication of my co-chair, Gary Uveges, many volunteers, the support of local businesses, civic leaders and non-profits and, of course, hundreds of runners and walkers, the Run-Walk has become one of our community’s premier summer events.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.01.2014

Asset Corner #56

August’s Asset Category:  Constructive Use of Time All work and no play can be boring and stressful If you’re a regular follower of the Asset Corner, by this time you should have a fairly good understanding of the “Constructive Use of Time” asset category.  And, just as a refresher….

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 AM, 08.01.2014

PSH Alumni Association Holds 2nd Annual "Golden Redmen Reunion" August 23rd

Calling all alumni of Parma Senior High and Parma Schaaf who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion! The PSH Alumni Association is holding its “2nd Annual Golden Redmen Reunion” on August 23rd for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1963 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun day in the PSH Ballroom (cafeteria) featuring a school tour, light lunch and refreshments, and lots of reuniting with old classmates, hugs, reminiscing and memories. Over 200 attended last year, and this year they’re expecting even more! 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 AM, 08.01.2014

FREE TICKETS! Summertime Fun!

Friends of Parma Theater wants you..... to submit your stories and fondest memories of the Parma Theater. Share your memorable moments that are tied to Parma Theater with us. Was it where you received your first kiss, met your spouse, or viewed the best movie ever? In return, the 8 most memorable stories will receive a pair of tickets for baseball on Friday night, August 22, 2014, to Union Night for the Captains vs. Fort Wayne Game at Classic Park in Eastlake Ohio. And, with your permission, your stories may be used in future editions of the Parma Observer. Friends of Parma Theater is an all volunteer group of concerned citizens committed to the cause of saving the Parma Theater.The mission is to cultivate a creative arts district and multi-use facility to enrich and educate Parma and the Northeast Ohio region, while showcasing an economic redevelopment catalyst in a mature suburban location. Friends of Parma Theater is operating under the nonprofit umbrella of Old World Parma/Polish Village. Friends of Parma Theater can be found on Facebook. Submit your entry by email to kathrynmabin@att.net. Call for more details at (440) 843-6474. Deadline for entries is Friday, August 15, 2014.   

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I Believe

Acknowledge and delight in God’s present and future promise.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:20 AM, 08.01.2014

School Supplies For Children In Need

Hundreds of children in need in the Parma City School District will be provided with backpacks and school supplies through community partnerships in the 2014-2015 school year. The "Backpacks for Kids" program has been in operation for several years, supplying needed backpacks and school supplies for Parma City School District students each year. "We couldn't do it without the big hearts and generous donations from our partners," says Bryan Stanton, Family to Family Supervisor at the Parma Area Family Collaborative. "Last year alone we were able to provide a backpack and supplies needed by more than 1,000 students. The project is critical to helping students in need start the year off on the right foot. And this year we project an even greater need." 

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Artist Of The Month

Jill Golias Photography

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 second 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 8, Posted 10:20 AM, 08.01.2014

Reaching Common Grounds

I have a terrific friend who could not be more different from me: “bleeding heart liberal” (his words), atheist activist, and very affluent. I am a conservative libertarian, Christian and poor as a, well, church mouse. We met shortly after I starting taking fencing lessons last summer. We fought each other a couple of times and really hit it off. As we started having conversations about topics other than fencing, we discovered what good conversationalists we both were. We easily and quickly developed a depth of talking that we both find uncommon in other people. We also discovered that our worldviews and orientations couldn’t be much more dissimilar. That has never been a challenge to our friendship, because we have such high regard for each other. It has, however, challenged me, at least, to articulate my arguments in a more logical and clear manner, impelling me to state my ideas in a concise way that leads to real discussion. Rather than dropping my point and avoiding difficult subject matter in order to protect our friendship, I hold my ground. I won’t withdraw from the friendship. Avoiding our differences is cowardly and unsatisfying. 

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Attitudes

No one wants their life to be more complex than necessary. Live by certain rules and regulations and everyone understands what is expected of them. Make it clear what is expected by writing these ordinances down so there is no doubt as to what is acceptable and what is not. Make it so the least of us can understand them and clearly enough so that they cannot be twisted to serve anyone’s own purpose. This seems to be a logical manner in which to run any organization or ones’ own household. What happens when these ordinances are not followed as written or are subject to one who decides that the only one capable of the knowledge to understand what is written and is dismissive of any non-compliant view? This could happen in any form and there are those in the position of authority who perceive it as an annoyance should there be anyone who would disagree with the stance they have taken. When those, in their position, are not wise enough to consider other points of view, another avenue must be taken. 

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2nd Annual Golf Scramble Raises $15K For The Zechariah House

Dick DiBAcco, far right, and Jim DiBacco, Steve DeCrow, Don DiBacco of Garland Industries golf in support of Maggie's Place.

65 Golfers and another 17 dinner guests gathered in support of the moms and babies residing at The Zechariah House on Monday, June 16 for a beautiful day of golf at Fowler’s Mill golf course in Chesterland. The 2nd Annual Maggie’s Place Golf Scramble was held to support the continued operation of The Zechariah House, a non-profit hospitality home for pregnant women located in Parma.

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