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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

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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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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:29 AM, 08.01.2014

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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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.01.2014

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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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.01.2014

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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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.01.2014

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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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 8:21 AM, 07.24.2014

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

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

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

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

Tales From The Tollgate House

In our community there are many interesting historical sites that we all walk or drive by each day. Many go unnoticed in our normal routines of modern living. In the last nine years several Ohio Historical Markers have been erected to have us pause and reflect on our local past. Each individual marker is a base to move forward with into the future.

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

Celebrate Summer!

Join us for a FREE family fun event! Come to the Parma Area Fine Arts Council's 8th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Event on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Local Tavern Parking Lot, 5513 Pearl Road. There will be prizes for the kids, ages 2 through 13, free chalk, giveaways, refreshments, surprises, and more. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. sharp. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is sponsored by Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Polish Village and of course Local Tavern which features the largest outdoor patio in Parma. Local Tavern believes in employing local and contributing to the community. They offer local musicians with a local venue to perform and display their talents. Their motto is “Tavern fresh” with a “rock-n-roll meets art gallery vibe.” Bring the kids and join us in a Celebration of Summer!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.01.2014

Ukrainian Village Parade On August 23

On Saturday, August 23, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its annual Ukrainian Village Parade along State Road in Parma. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. from State Road School (Grantwood Drive) and proceed south to Ukrainian Heritage Park located across from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. The parade will feature over 50 participating groups including a number of high school marching bands, community groups, civic leaders, local businesses, and many others.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:29 AM, 08.01.2014

Health And Wellness Fair Coming August 2, 2014

The Parma Area Family Collaborative is partnering with Walmart and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center for a Health and Wellness Fair. The event will offer free health screenings, vision screenings, haircuts and book bags while supplies last. Services are available to unemployed, underemployed or those in need in the Parma City School District and surrounding areas. Come join us and get ready for the 2014-2015 school year!
 
 
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00am - 12:00 noon
 
PCSD Hanna Building
11212 Snow Road
Parma, OH 44134
440-887-4873 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:16 AM, 07.28.2014

Flocks Of Flamingos Have Been Sighted!

Much like the swallows that return to Capistrano, and the buzzards that return to Hinckley, the Flamingos are flocking to Parma. Beginning in the spring, the lawns in Parma start to sprout bright bursts of color in the form of pink colored flamingos. They are as much of a harbinger of Spring as the robins are. Although many local communities welcome these fantastic tropical beauties into their gardens and on their lawns, they are more frequently found in Parma.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 3:14 PM, 07.22.2014

Parma Chess Club To Hold Tournament In Ukrainian Village

Looking for something fun to do this summer? This year, the Parma Chess Club is holding its first annual Ukrainian Heritage Park Chess Tournament for players of all ages and skill levels in Parma's Ukrainian Village! Slated for Saturday, August 9th, the tournament will be held at Ukrainian Heritage Park, located just north of the intersection of State and Snow Roads directly across the street from St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church on State Road. Rain date is Sunday, August 10th. 

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:24 AM, 07.01.2014

Carol Vanek Inducted Into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall Of Fame

Councilman Allan Divis and Mayor Tim DeGeeter honor Carol Vanek

Carol Vanek changed many lives in her 31 years working at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. Her co-workers saw it every day. Now everybody knows it. Vanek has been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for contributions toward the benefit of humankind after age 60, or for a continuation of efforts begun before that age.  

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

2014 Weekend In The Commons August 8 - 10

The Soul Men

Good food, good music, and good friends are a surefire recipe for summer fun and that’s just the package the City of Parma Heights is offering during its Weekend in the Commons, Friday through Sunday, August 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Parma Heights is, and has always been a city with a small-town atmosphere, so our celebrations feel like a block party with neighbors and friends getting to sit back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.

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

Holy Name Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Official Ohio Historical Marker now graces the front lawn of Holy Name High School.

Holy Name High School celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 14th, 2014. The all-alumni reunion weekend included an all-class reunion dance on Friday and a fun-run and festival on Saturday.  An historical marker dedication ceremony to commemorate the centennial kicked-off the festival with welcoming tributes by the President and Principal, Benjamin Famer, followed by prayer and a blessing by Father John T. Carlin, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Speakers at the dedication included Laura Herron, Ohio Historical Society; Dr. Brian Adams, M.D., Holy Name Advisory Board Chair; and the Mayor of Parma Heights, Michael P. Byrne. Jennifer DiGeronimo, class of 2015, led the National Anthem and the Alma Mater.  

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:24 AM, 07.01.2014

Polish Village Is #1

Leon Bibb during presentation to Polish Village. Photo by Carole Murray.

The votes are in and Polish Village in Parma, Ohio was voted #1 in Channel 5's Building Better Neighborhoods. The Building Better Neighborhoods program began in the spring of this year, when Channel 5 chose 25 cities at random in the 5 counties in their viewing area. A Community Safety Forum, sponsored by Channel 5, was presented in each community. Five neighborhoods or streets were chosen within each to compete. Residents from the viewing area were given the opportunity to vote their choice on NewsNet5.com. The winner is featured on a Channel 5 news segment. Polish Village won by a slight margin over Ukrainian Village for the number one slot in Parma.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

Seven Hills And Universtiy Hospitals Announce Opening Of Therapy Services At Recreation Center

Pictured from Left to Right are:

Seven Hills City Council President Mike Barth

Parma Hospital VP-Operations Kathi O’Connor

Parma Hospital President and CEO Terry Deis

Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell’Aquila

Parma Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Dave Nedrich

The City of Seven Hills held a June 10, 2014 ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the opening of the new University Hospitals (UH) Parma Medical Center Therapy Services unit at the city’s Recreation Center. In attendance were a number of representatives of the hospital, the local business community and the city.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

June's Citizen And Business Of The Month Honored

Cyndee Bratz is congratulated by Councilman Allan Divis and Mayor Tim DeGeeter after being named Citizen of the Month.

June’s choices for Citizen of the Month and Business of the Month were honored at City Council’s June 16 meeting. Cyndee Bratz was nominated by Dianna Kall to receive Citizen of the Month because of her long and extensive community involvement. For more than 30 years, Bratz has been active in community and school events. She has served in various officer and chairman positions in the PTA and for several years on the Board of Directors of the Ohio PTA. Bratz is the creator of the Community Scholarship Fund – sometimes known as the “loose change” fund - in which anyone can donate money throughout the year. That money is then given to a deserving graduating senior of the Parma City School District.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

The President's Corner

Members of the City of Parma Youth Commission with Councilman Brian Day, Mayor Timothy DeGeeter, and Council President and Advisor Sean Brennan.

The 2014-2015 school year will be my 20th year as a schoolteacher. After teaching middle social studies for 14 years and high school American government and world history for five years, going on six, my love of working with our youth is as strong as ever. I am very blessed by the fact that almost every day when I get up, I look forward to going to school and being with my students.  This is why I was so happy that Mayor Timothy DeGeeter asked me earlier this year to lead up the City of Parma Youth Commission.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

UH Plans New ED, Health Center In Broadview Heights

University Hospitals plans to break ground on a $28 million state-of-the-art outpatient health center and freestanding emergency department in Broadview Heights later this year with a projected completion date in fall of 2016. The proposed 52,000-square-foot ambulatory health center and freestanding emergency department will sit on more than six acres of land highly visible from I-77 and easily accessed from the Route 82 interchange.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

Conservatives Usually On The Wrong Side Of History

Health care reform, increasing the minimum wage, reducing carbon emissions and global warming, reducing interest rates for college student loans; the list of current issues goes on and on where the conservatives in congress have blocked legislation from being passed. But throughout history, conservatives have usually been on the wrong side of history. 

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:23 AM, 07.01.2014

Ohio Flags Of Honor 8/8 - 8/10/14

This year, the city’s Weekend in the Commons Celebration will once again bring a deeper meaning to the concept of community with the presentation of the Ohio Flags of Honor, a traveling display that honors the men and women from throughout our state that paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:29 AM, 08.01.2014

Asset Corner #55

All work and no play can be boring and stressful 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 11:22 AM, 07.01.2014