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Parma Observer Is 8 Years Old

Daniel P. McCarthy Parma Observer Publisher

Eight years publishing the thoughts and dreams of people in the Greater Parma Area has certainly been a unique pleasure and a learning experience as well. One thing that has certainly remained constant is the ever present need to find answers to a host of persistent issues that have been part of this area for as long as I can remember. Whether it is roads, business development, cultural resources, walkability, effective marketing, etc., these are challenges that are best faced when community partners work together in order to move in the right direction and meet with success. Regardless of outcomes in the past, these are times that demand new pragmatic approaches and fresh perspectives well suited for dealing with challenges and issues encountered by inner suburban areas like ours all over the nation. We are no different in that respect. Where we are different, happily, is in the category of safety. Parma was only recently named one of the top 100 Safest Cities in America, the only city in Ohio to make the list. Make no mistake about it- this was certainly no accident. This is a direct reflection of the excellent relationship that exists between Parma citizens and our Safety Forces. We want them to be effective, we give them the resources and support they need, and they in turn consistently deliver excellent service that has proven results and makes our city a safe place to live, work and raise a family. The same goes with Parma Heights and Seven Hills. As far as I'm concerned, that puts us way ahead of other communities when it comes to finding our way along the path of sustainability and prosperity in the 21st Century. Growth, opportunity and excitement will continue as long as we are willing to embrace ideas from as many community stakeholders as we possibly can when we are making decisions that affect the future of everyone. Can't lives on Won't Street- we've got to be willing to consider and try new solutions if we want to achieve new results. In the words of AOL founder Steve Case when asked what he thought the Cleveland Area needed for positive growth, "They need to be more fearless and less risk averse". The crowd at the Annual Cleveland Foundation meeting burst into applause when he said that- I was there. People know it's true- our leaders need to recognize that if they want to be part of the future that matters.

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John Allender Returns

John Allender Parma,Ohio 2011

John Allender is a friend of us all. He is a Graduate of Valley Forge High School Class of 1989. He wrote for the Parma Observer and even snapped the iconic front page photo through the fence of the movie set in Parma when a scene from the Avengers was filmed in 2011. John is also a well known and admired Blues guitar player with his own band, the John Allender Band, and he won the coveted International Blues Competition (IBC) contest where he now lives in Fort Myers, Florida in 2015, and went on to represent South Florida in the main competition in Memphis. More and more doors opened for John and his amazing talent. Tragedy has a cruel way of striking artists just when they are doing so well. Sadly John was not spared this persistent curse. 

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News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

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PSO Concert 10/15 Featuring Combined Choirs

Dr Randolph Laycock to direct PSO & combined Choirs of Parma, Valley Forge, Normandy & Padua High Schools and CCC-West

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. 

Music Director Dr. Randolph P. Laycock presents: Schubert Mass in G featuring the combined choirs of Parma, Normandy, Valley Forge, Padua Franciscan High Schools and Cuyahoga Community College Choir. Also Jolly Robbers Overture by Suppe and Passacaglia in C minor by Bach/Stokowski

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Run For A Reason: Tri-Cís Autumn Blaze 5K

Dash through the fall colors while doing some good this October during the third annual Autumn Blaze 5K or new mile fun walk at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Proceeds from the run/walk will be divided evenly between Greater Cleveland Community Shares, the United Negro College Fund and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Tri-C launched the event in 2015 as part of its annual giving campaign to benefit the community. Last year’s race raised $10,000 for the nonprofit agencies. This year’s goal is $12,000.

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Asset Corner #94

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. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #5 – Caring School Climate

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UH's New Family Medicine Clinic Takes Appointments, Walk-Ins

Michael Saridakis, DO, supervises the Family Medicine Residency Clinic along with Michelle Amoroso, RN. They are pictured here with Drs. Charita Ray and Brad Jones, both second-year residents.

Family medicine residents, supervised by longtime UH family practice physicians, are now accepting patients at their new clinic at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

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Does Your Vote Count?

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.”  Lotte E. Scharfman former League of Women Voters President of Massachusetts

The Anti-gerrymandering Movement Needs You! Gerrymandering is the process of manipulating district boundaries to give an unfair advantage to the governing political party over the opposing party. In so doing, gerrymandering predetermines the outcome of our elections and negates the voting power of the people. In Ohio, we have had our votes manipulated to give the best possible result to the governing party. Ohio would have one or two more Democratic representatives in Congress and an extra five Democrats in the Ohio House had our congressional districts not been gerrymandered. In another election cycle in which Democrats were in the majority, this situation could easily be reversed. Now is the time for action.

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"Read All About It"

Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy a Musical Theater production revealing the efforts of newsboys in the early 1900’s. It got me thinking about the newspaper industry and how attached we are to our daily delivery of information. And, how this enterprise influenced my growing up years.  

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Ultimately The Character Of The Person Determines The Presidentís Success

Last year during the campaign, someone asked me what Donald Trump has done to me to cause me to oppose him so much. My answer was very simple. While he never did anything to me, I believe that his character makes him grossly unfit to be President and that he represents the worst elements of this country. 

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Young Professionals Of Parma Celebrates One Year

Many people know that I’m one of Parma’s biggest cheerleaders, but a lot might not know that wasn’t always the case. I actually used to have a bad impression of Parma. I grew up in Independence, and when it came time to get my own place, like many young people I looked no farther than Lakewood. Cities like Lakewood and Tremont are known around Cleveland for being vibrant, popular places to live. Parma, unfortunately, doesn’t have this reputation (yet!). So when I got married and moved into my husband’s home in Parma, I was less than thrilled. I liked to say I was dragged there “kicking and screaming” from Lakewood.

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Parma Heights Announces Halloween Hours

Children are invited to trick or treat in the city of Parma Heights on October 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Trick or treating in the city will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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I Believe

A friend hangs in there with his or her friend. Accept me as I am, then I can change. Accepting others in a nonjudgmental way does not mean agreeing with them. Affirmation brings out the best in people. Biblically, we are responsible for ministering to one another’s needs. Caring is love in action. It is God at work in us. Everybody is somebody in God’s eyes. Failing occasionally does not make us failures. Faith does not suppress fear; what it does is allow us to go forward in spite of it. Friendship and unconditional acceptance bring out the best in us. God can change us from a life of self-centeredness to one of God-centeredness. Hostility and lack of appreciation stifle and squelch the human spirit. If our expectations are unrealistic, we could end up being consumed by rejection. Intimacy is the ability to let ourselves be known. It is easy to love the lovable.

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Parma Art News

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Fall Into Art Arts/Craft Show at the Smallwood Center, located at 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive, on Saturday, October 21st, 10am to 4pm. This show is sponsored by the Parma Area Fine Arts Council, net proceeds go towards arts programming in 2018. All items are handmade and provide you with the opportunity to purchase unique one of a kind items. Free admission, open to the public, and refreshments will be available. Space is still available for vendors of handmade items. If interested visit www.parmafinearts.org to download an application. 

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Treat N Greet

The much anticipated Polish Village's Treat N Greet is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11am to 2pm. This marks the seventh year for Treat N Greet. The children, all decked out in their costumes, accompanied by adults, walk Ridge Road, Trick-Or-Treating the participating businesses. Families are to go directly to Treat N Greet Headquarters, located at 5755 Ridge Road, and receive a Passport that lists the locations of the participating businesses. As each family goes to a business the Passport is stamped. When the passport is filled, or when the adults become exhausted, they return to the Headquarters and turn in the Passport. Depending on how many stamps they receive, they are given tickets to enter in a raffle for prizes, which consists of baskets of goodies, or gift certificates from local merchants. 

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Ward 9 And Ward 4 Combined Picnic

On September 24 Parma Ward 9 Councilman Jeffrey Crossman and Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban held their first joint picnic at the pavilion at Westcreek Reservation. there was a fantastic turnout, and although the calendar said late September, the weather was more like mid-July. Why aren't the other 7 wards in Parma holding events like this one?

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City Of Parma Citizen Of The Month

Chelsey Kovar was chosen as Parma's Citizen of the Month. She is a Graduate of Parma Senior High and Tri-C, is very active in the Parma Early Childhood PTA. She is a homeowner in the city and owns her own business, All of Her Design Studio. 

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City Of Parma Business Of The Month

Mario's Barbershop, 7526 Broadview Rd., was chosen as Parma's Business of the Month. Owner Mario Innocenzi was recognized for his efforts first in 2016 after devastating fires in Gatlinburg, TN, as well as after the recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, where he encouraged donations from the community that filled semitrailers with much needed supplies, then transported them to the disaster areas himself.

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First Responders Honored In September

American Legion Ohio Post 572 Commander Tony Kessler, left, US Congressman District 16 Jim Renacci, right.

On September 16 American Legion Ohio Post 572 presented the 2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation Night "Heroes Honoring Heroes" held at the Holiday Inn Ballroom in Independence. Event organizer Tony Kessler, Commander of  American Legion Ohio Post 572, stated that what had originally been a plan to honor a few First Responders ultimately grew into an event to honor all of our First Responders. The event featured a wonderful dinner along with entertainment by "Rick and the Cutting Edge", Honor Guards from American Legion Post 572, Parma Police and Parma Fire, and the Cleveland Fire Pipers. The special Guest for the night was American Legion Department of Ohio Commander Stanley A. Pleasant, and the Keynote Speaker was U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci from the 16th District. Hostesses included Miss Greater Cleveland Madeline Carter, Miss Northern Ohio Stephanie Shoop, and Pure International Young Miss America, Hailey. Even the newest member of the Parma Police K-9 Unit, Officer Max was there to celebrate, along with his human partner Patrolman Jason Campana.

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The President's Corner

My wife and I chose to purchase our home and raise our family in Parma over a quarter-century ago because of its many assets. This month I am spotlighting one of those assets that, seems to me, is oft-underestimated. I suggest that this is due, in part, to the fact that many of us are there often and may take for granted its many vibrant activities, while others may have never entered the campus. That asset is Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus located at 11000 West Pleasant Valley Road adjacent to York Road.

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The City Of Seven Hills Farmers' Market Continues To Grow

Music by Miss Gwendolyn

The Seven Hills Farmers’ Market is not just about locally grown, farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods, meat, snacks, local honey, health and wellness items, flowers and plants. It is also a gathering place with a vibrant crowd of locals, live entertainment, and monthly special events.  

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Fall Is In The Air In Parma Heights

We've just celebrated the first "official" day of fall. In this season of changing leaves and cooler temperatures, there is one local organization which helps hundreds of people each year -the Parma Heights Food Pantry.

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Pippin To Open At Cassidy Theatre October 6

Henry Foraker, left, as Pippin, and Gabbi Capello as Leading Player.  Both are featured in the Cassidy Theatre production of Pippin, which runs October 6-22 at the Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights.  Foraker is a resident of North Olmsted, while Capello lives in Lakewood.

The Cassidy Theatre will present the musical Pippin, October 6-22, 2017, based upon the book by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

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Wing Ding Fundraiser-Sponsored By KOFC Council #15614

Wing Ding Fundraiser-Sponsored by KofC Council #15614. October 28th from 6 pm to 9 pm. $25 per ticket provides you beer, wine, bottom shelf alcohol- All you can eat wings, pasta, stir-fry, hot dog buffet & french fries with Side Boards, 50/50 and Raffle baskets. The annual event benefits community charities such as Camp Cheerful, Holy family Hospice. 

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We Say Farewell To Another Good One

Bryan N. Griffin, Jr.

On August 13 Bryan N. Griffin, Jr. passed away at the age of 47. Bryan was one of our citizen journalists and often contributed stories in the Parma Observer over many years. He graduated from Brooklyn High School and studied Journalism, Literature and Creative Writing at Tri-C and Cleveland State University. and he was a freelance writer. His style was unique and we were lucky to feature his work in our publication. He attended many meetings where we had loads of fun discussing everything from journalism to his favorite subjects, including metal music, comic books, horror films, WWF, and just about anything else. Even though he was frequently dealing with medical issues, Bryan always had a sunny outlook, was as brave as anyone I've met, and never failed to make the rest of us laugh. I will always remember the last time that i had the pleasure of speaking with him one Tuesday at the Arabica in Parma Heights. He will be greatly missed. Farewell Bryan N. Griffin, Jr.

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Parma Named One Of America's Safest Cities

The City of Parma has been named one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, an organization comprised of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries.  

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Soup Social on Sept. 15

The popular soup social returns to UH Parma Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 15. Area restaurants will feature their best soups in this fundraiser for the Parma Hospital Auxiliary, which takes places from 11 a.m – 1:30 p.m. under the covered patio in front of the hospital.

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Parma Honors Business, Citizen Of The Month

State Road Pizza owners Paul & Sue Horkey with Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward Four Councilman Mark Casselberry.

State Road Pizza was named the Mayor’s Business of the Month for July, and the Citizen of the Month was Chris Knebusch. Both were honored at an August meeting of Parma City Council. State Road Pizza owners Paul and Sue Horkey celebrated 70 years in business for State Road Pizza. The business is well-known for heart-shaped pizza for special occasions. The business also recently added home delivery. Citizen of the Month Knebusch was accompanied by plenty of family when he came to be honored by City Council. He was honored for his considerable volunteer work staging City-sponsored parades. This can often be a thankless job and the city is appreciative of his volunteer efforts, not just for city parades, but also for the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and the former Jaycees. Chris and his wife Fran have been married 31 years and have three kids and many grandkids. He is a concerned, committed and active resident and that makes a better Parma for all of us.

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Greenspace For Health

It has been known for years that spending time in a natural setting is beneficial for your physical and mental health. But in the past few decades the research has been mounting to prove that access to greenspace is very beneficial. Dr. Kathleen Wolff of Cleveland's Natural History Museum stated, "A growing body of research shows the mental and physical benefit of greenspaces including reduced stress and depression, better immunity, and improved work performance." www.GreenCities:GoodHealth

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Fall In Full Swing In Parma Heights

After a very busy and productive summer, we are excited to welcome fall. School is back in session, the days and nights get cooler, and the leaves begin to change.

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News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

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All Faiths Pantry Presents Reggae For Food 9

The 9th annual Reggae for Food benefit concert, featuring Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Umojah Nation and Jah Messengers, will take place Friday, September 8 at Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave., on the West Bank of the Flats. Reggae for Food raises funds for All Faiths Pantry 501(c)3, an award-winning organization which delivers groceries at no cost to local seniors with limited incomes.

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Assets

What a wonderful word assets, if you have any. What a waste if you have assets and are not wise enough to nurture and develop them. Let’s look at the suburb in which we live. There is an ice rink which is used for some recreational skating but mostly for the benefit of the schools. Education is worth the expense. Parks are always welcome for the relaxation and sporting events. Stearns Farm could be a larger asset if the Historical Society would take advantage of improvements that have been offered, but it appears they are more interested in their personal stature.

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Comparing Two Different American Presidents

I am a former Boy Scout. I never made Eagle Scout; but came close, reaching the rank of Life Scout. A major part of why I never made Eagle was that there wasn't a scout troop in my neighborhood until I was almost 14 years old. So when I was 16, I joined an Explorer Post which is more attuned to high school age boys. However I did attend the 1964 Boy Scout National Jamboree that was held at Valley Forge Pennsylvania. For me it was exciting to be at Valley Forge PA since my high school was named after that location in history. I graduated from Valley Forge High School in 1966.

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Tri-C Encore 55+ Adult Education Program Offers Learning Opportunities

The Encore Campus Fridays program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) begins a new session of classes Sept. 22 to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. The fall program runs every Friday for seven weeks at Western Campus in Parma and Eastern Campus in Highland Hills. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six classes for one low fee of $99. The 50-minute classes take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Three-Part Program At Parma Heights Library

The Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will present a three-part program entitled, "Hearfulness Meditation," from 7-8 p.m.on three consecutive Wednesdays in September: September 13, 20 and 27.

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