On May 20th the Joseph J. Jacubic American Legion post 572 in Parma Ohio, will be hosting the inaugural "First Responders Appreciation Night" being dubbed as "Heroes honoring Heroes". This is a one of kind event that should prove to be memorable for the community, the American Legion and most certainly the first Responders....
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Brad Karn, a 2014 graduate of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, has signed a letter of intent to basketball at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) during the 2016-2017 season.
Residents of Parma and the surrounding Southwest suburban communities are invited to "pay it forward" to help hospice patients and their families while walking in memory of loved ones. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5, is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.
False data continues to proliferate mainstream and social media, overwhelm online comments, and spill from local officials and residents’ lips about the recently-passed bow bow-hunting advisory election. Although Cuyahoga County Board of Elections official/final results for all six communities show about 2 to 1 in favor of bow hunting, the majority of registered voters in all six communities did not vote.
Volunteers don’t get paid for all their hard work~but that’s because they’re priceless!
The Health Club was crowded with robed female participants at various stages of routing. A handsome “Viking” leaned against the reception desk and called my name. I froze, and prayed for someone else to respond. Four ladies came to attention and flashed the uniformed blond a reciprocal smile. A twenty-something threw her hormones into gear and displayed her shapely legs. But, it was me he wanted. My lengthy wait confirmed my worst fear. There was no female available to administer my massage. I was being paged by a “hot” masseur.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: POINT OUT WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM. May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING. A love of learning will take them far Education has improved immensely in the past 20 years. Today, more young people are taking high-level courses, fewer of them are dropping out, math and science scores are on the rise, and more students are entering college after high school. But that doesn’t mean a commitment to learning happens naturally in all young people. Instilling this important trait involves a combination of values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one’s own ability. This commitment is strongly influenced by the school environment and relationships with family and peers.
Pink Flamingos are making their way back to Parma. Just like the swallows return to Capistrano, and the buzzards return to Hinkley, pink flamingos are popping up in yards all over Parma. Little known fact, there are more pink plastic flamingos in existence than there are real live ones. In the 1960's, Parma received fame when Ghoulardi, a local TV host, began poking fun of Parma with it's white socks, pink plastic flamingo lawn ornaments, gazing balls, kielbasa and pierogi. The pink plastic flamingo became a tradition on Parma lawns.
Saturday, May 21th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC) will hold their annual Medley ofArts Show & Sale, 10am to 4pm, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive. Local artists will display their works of painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor & mixed media), photography, graphics (computer art, pen & ink, drawing & wood burning), 3D (sculpture, ceramics, clay & pottery, jewelry, and woodcarving). Cash prizes are awarded to artists in 5 categories. Attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite entry. A Chinese auction will be held of handcrafted items. Refreshments will be available. The event is open to the public, and admission is FREE. The Parma Area Fine Arts Council has been serving this community since 1962. Several paintings from their permanment collection are on display at the center, as well as carvings from the Great Lakes Wood Carvers throughout the year. PAFAC also offers affordable art classes, with discounts to members, and beginners are welcomed and encouraged. PAFAC is a qualified 501(c)3 and has not raised their prices in over 15 years. For more information go to www.parmafinearts.org, follow them on Facebook, or call the office (440)888-4514, and leave a message and a volunteer will return your call. Stop in on Saturday, May 21st, view the entries, vote for your favorite, participate in a Chinese Auction, enjoy some refreshments and chat with the artists, and see what they have created for your enjoyment.
Last month I wrote about wage theft by companies against their employees. That column focused on the ways unscrupulous employers cheated workers out of legally mandated overtime pay as well as hourly wages. However there is another form of wage theft that is also very pervasive in the United States right now. That is misclassifying employees as exempt or as independent contractors.
I am excited to announce a new addition to our junior golf program this year. Starting Tuesday June 14,the beginner’s class of the junior program (ages 8-12) will offer two classes at Ridgewood administered by The First Tee of Cleveland. The first class runs from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and the second class will run from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Don’t delay, because space is limited to the first 24 paid juniors for each class in the beginner’s section. After each class ends, we will go out to the golf course for instruction and golf. This portion of the junior golf program will last an additional 1.5 hours. For example: if your junior golfer signs up for the 9 a.m. class he or she will finish around noon. Those participating in the 11a.m. class should finish around 2 p.m. Each junior golfer should arrive 30 minutes before class begins to register for the day. At the end of each session, a hot dog and drink will be served to each junior golfer. (There is also an intermediate section, which is ages 12-18, and it is also limited to 48 golfers.) Check www.Golfridgewoodohio.com or call (440)-888-1057 for complete information.
According to the Bible, marriage is an institution put in place by God, in which two adults of different gender choose to share an intimate, personal, and lasting relationship. Doing otherwise does not change this.
Area seniors were dressed in their Indians’ best for the annual “Indians’ Baseball Opener"l Party & Dance held at the Smallwood Center in April. Amid the music, chatter and laughter, the famous, lovable Cleveland Indians’ mascot, “Slider,” burst into the hall! The surprised and delighted crowd greeted him with big smiles and huge rounds of applause!. He danced and cavorted merrily through the room, stopping only to wiggle his famous belly and give hundreds of warm handshakes and hugs. He boogied and twirled as the cameras flashed, and cut a mean rug with the senior dancers. He performed with the Raisin’ Canes, led them in singing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and happily posed for the dozens of pictures everyone wanted with their furry pink friend. What a delightful surprise, and what a fun way to spend an April day, welcoming the 2016 Indians’ baseball season. Go, Slider!! Go, Tribe!
Parma has a history of being a Rock & Roll town dating back to concerts by Peter Frampton and other rockers at Byer's Field. Following in that tradition, the Alive Inside Foundation, as a kick-off to the launch of their "Adopt An Elder/Build A Bridge" Program with students from Director Kristopher S. Morron's Valley Forge High School Music Ed Department is bringing Legendary Emerson,Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer and the ELP Legacy Band to the Valley Forge High School Auditorium on Saturday June 18, 2016 for some Rock with A Purpose. The event doors open at 4 PM, and the event begins at 5 PM
The annual Safety Fair in Parma took place on April 30, a Saturday morning that started out awfully cold but soon turned much warmer by the 11:00 a.m. starting time, weather not uncommon for this time of year. I've always enjoyed attending this event, and this year was no exception. There is an assortment of interesting activities all occurring simultaneously, from demonstrations of the dangers of dealing with home grease fires, to displays of police dog prowess, guided tours of the Parma Justice Center, and all kinds of useful information concerning safety and common sense approaches to better life choices. Congratulations to all of the hardworking volunteers who made an extraordinary effort to present this fun and most worthwhile event.
The Donna Smallwood Activities Center and Parma Office on Aging was awarded the 2016 Independent Living Award for Excellence in Business Practices as chosen by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Center Director Jo Ann Mason accepted the award Tuesday, along with Brandon Bussey, executive director of the North Royalton/Ridgewood YMCA.
Safety Town of Parma is a safety education program for children in Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills entering public or private KINDERGARTEN in the fall. There are openings for the July 5th through July 15 class which runs daily 9:00 to 11:00 am at Parkview Elementary, 5240 Loya Parkway, the building just south of Parma Senior High at West 54th and Loya Parkway. Registration forms can be picked up and returned at 5835 Pearl Road, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri (Four Star Insurance) Cost is $28 for the two week course. For more information contact Marylou at 440-882-2014.
Is there anything more tasty than Jack Frost Donuts? No! The question was rhetorical. I could shove those delicious cake gems down my throat until I pass into a deluge of diabetic comatose delight! Jack Frost Donuts has been voted best donuts in Cleveland over and over again, and I agree! Their motto is, "Every Batch From Scratch" and you can taste the difference. This cozy hometown shop at the corner of Pearl and Fulton has a bright new storefront that is a larger shining example of a hometown favorite! With a bigger building and more parking a greater number of locals can come and enjoy a hometown favorite. Some of the best donuts they sell are the maple bacon which would pair wonderfully with with, strangely enough, an Italian Nebbiolo d'Alba. The fruit and higher acid matches the saltiness of the bacon on the donut right on the level. Another great donut is the gigantic apple fritter that is the size of a dinner plate! This would be wonderful with a nice sweet Riesling. The apple notes in a sweet Riesling from the United States, would be a refreshing complement to the apple fritter. And when all else fails, make sure to grab a bubbly Moscato or a frightfully fizzy champagne. The bubbles will cut through the heaviness of the fired dough and the sweetness will match all of the stupendous treats you can find under the roof of this beautiful new donut shop waiting to make you smile with every fresh batch of donut deliciousness! Cheers!
It is not too early to start training for the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Sixth Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies coming up on Saturday, July 2 at 8:30 am. As in the past, co-director Gary Uveges and I, along with our planning team of volunteers, have been working hard to make this year’s event even more memorable than ever. We are fortunate to have the continued support of Cuyahoga Community College’s (CCC) Western Campus (11000 West Pleasant Valley Road) who will be hosting us again this year. The flat course has been the PR of many a local 5k runner. Walkers will enjoy the 3.1 mile or 1 mile courses.
“For happily the Government of the United States, which gives bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. . .”
Dawn Thuma of Parma Heights urged her husband, David, to get to an emergency room because he wasn’t feeling well. She had reason to be concerned, as he had just completed radiation treatment a year ago for throat cancer.
“I was reluctant to go to the ER,” said David, 57. “I had been through so much. I thought it was side effects of radiation and didn’t want to go through any more testing. I was just so tired.”
They also had a dilemma because Dawn, who recently rejoined Seasons of Life Hospice at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, had new health insurance that meant having to find a new primary care doctor.
She remembered seeing information about UH’s new partnership with Zocdoc, a free online medical care search engine and scheduling service. She downloaded the Zocdoc app and found David Thomas, MD, with UH Internal Medicine Center in Independence.
“I read his profile and saw that he was close by,” said Dawn. “It was so easy. With a click of a finger, I got David the first available appointment the next day.”
She also filled out her husband’s paperwork online in advance, so David could focus on simply going to the appointment. Dr. Thomas was aware that David was recovering from cancer.
“He complained that his abdomen had been hurting,” Dr. Thomas said. “I had him lie down on the exam table, and I pressed on his abdomen. He jumped from the pain.”
Dr. Thomas sent David to UH Parma Medical Center for a CT scan, which revealed that he had a perforated, gangrenous appendix – something that could kill him.
“Dr. Thomas saved my husband’s life,” said Dawn, who also became a patient of Dr. Thomas. “I can’t say how grateful I am.”
David felt Dr. Thomas was thorough in going over his history during his examination and was impressed that the doctor called him at home following surgery to see how he was doing.
“I’m doing very well now, thanks to some quick medical decision-making by Dr. Thomas,” said David. “He really went above and beyond!
“I’m also grateful for Zocdoc and my wife’s knowledge about the app. I’m sure I would not have found Dr. Thomas, let alone get an appointment so quickly.”
Early March, a retirement home in southern Yemen was the sight of yet more atrocities committed by ISIS extremists. The retirement home was founded by Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity. It was targeted by four gunmen who killed 16 people, four of who were nuns from this congregation. ISIS does not need to be contained – as this administration has stated – they need to be exterminated.
Congratulations to the Parma Citizen and Business of the Month. The Mayor's Citizen of the Month is one of Parma’s most active and involved residents. She has been involved in various ways as a Parma citizen, including being an inexhaustible volunteer for Parma City Schools, the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lower Great Lakes Chapter, among many other organizations; being politically active; and showing her commitment to volunteerism even through her work – she is the Communications and Special Events Coordinator at Greater Cleveland Volunteers. She has already been awarded two lifetime achievement awards - from the Ohio PTA and the National PTA organizations. Currently, she serves as the citizen representative on the city's records commission and is the President of the Board of the Friends of the Parma Libraries. She also serves on the Church Council at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
This year, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 68-year tradition during the weekend of April 29 through May 1, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
On Friday, April 29, there will be an informal meet and greet event at the Ridgewood Inn (5759 Ridge Rd, Parma) from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
On Saturday, April 30, the Miss Polonia Contest will be held at the St. Charles Social Hall where Miss Polonia and Junior Miss Polonia will be crowned. John Szleszynski & Son will provide music for listening and dancing. Tickets are $10.00. Light refreshments will be available for sale. For reservations or more information, you can call either Allan Szuflada at (330) 659-9465 or Mark Relovsky at (216) 970-0507.
On Sunday, May 1, there will be a wreath laying, Mass, parade, and party. The traditional laying of wreathes will take place at Casimir Pulaski Monument (next to Cleveland City Hall) at 9 a.m. It is followed by the Mass which will be held at St. Charles Church (5891 Ridge Rd, Parma) at 10:30 a.m.
As a social studies teacher in a local public school for over 20 years, I have had the honor of teaching thousands of students from very diverse religious backgrounds, including various denominations of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, among other faiths. Interaction with these wonderful students and their families reminds me of what makes America the greatest, the strongest nation on earth – our diversity. This month, I continue my series covering Parma’s many places of worship by reporting on my recent visit to the Grand Mosque at the Islamic Center of Cleveland.
The word recycling is in our everyday vocabulary. We have heard it from the powers that be, from the Federal government to the state government to local government to the environmentalists to the individual on the street. There seems to be no one who is against this idea for whatever their motivation. The consensus is save the resources of the planet. No one is against continuing to have the conveniences that we currently maintain and one of the ways is to recycle. Recycling also is a cost effective manner in which to create “new” items through using the once used items. Generally, there is less labor involved, natural resources are kept more intact, and there is less contamination of the world around us.
Today’s family dynamics are constantly changing, causing single parenthood to explode into a widespread evolution. It covers all levels of custodial care, each with its own issues of balancing a close approximation to family life. From new parents to senior citizens, the separation of spouses has opened the floodgates of change, producing members from all walks of life. Collateral damage from these upheavals have created a culture of singles that try to survive with family, jobs, limited time, mortgages and debts that morph into a catchword of “Baggage.” Worse yet, is the power of this word that can scare off an interested and desirable companion.
Most cardiac arrests occur at home, yet fewer than 8 percent of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive. Those are statistics that don’t sit well with University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy M. Tinsley.
Get ready, true believers - Free Comic Book Day is fast approaching! This year, the event falls on Saturday, May 7, as it celebrates its 15-year anniversary. As usual, it promises to be a fun-filled day for comic book fans of all ages to discover a variety of new comics.
The Parma Youth Hockey Association (PHA) is pleased to congratulate its Bantam level team on its recent success: Having won the CSHL Bantam A2 Division earlier in February, the team went on to win the Bantam A2 championship game in the CSHL playoffs – capturing the Monsters Cup
There is a feeling that the law is here to protect all. Should you follow the law, you will have no problems. Should you choose not to follow the law, you are in for trouble. Should you choose to follow the law, you may also be in trouble. All you have to do is watch the news and with some regularity you will see that someone was released from prison because they were wrongly convicted. How can this happen? It is not as difficult as you may think.
I’m so happy to be able to be able to regularly share with you some of the exciting things we’ll be doing during the 2016 golf season at Ridgewood. The first thing I’d like to know is why you think this course is special. What kinds of experiences have you had at Ridgewood? I have had the privilege of meeting many wonderful people over the past two years since I accepted the job here. So many players have come forward to share their stories with me. Since then, I have made it one of my goals to shed light on the history of this golf course and the unique connection we share with the city of Parma.
Four Cleveland Arts Institutions Pay Tribute To The Work Of Parma Artist Anthony Eterovich (1916-2011)
This spring, four arts institutions in Cleveland will pay tribute to the life’s work of well-respected Parma artist Anthony Eterovich with simultaneous exhibitions. The principal showing is a centennial retrospective - “A Thrilling Act”: The art of Anthony Eterovich (1916-2011) - that will open at Tregoning & Company, 1300 W. 78th Street, on April 15th, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Honoring the influence of jazz music on Eterovich’s work, the John Petrone Trio will perform throughout the opening.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at its Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.
Learn how fitness and lifestyle can improve your overall health during “Exercise is Medicine on Campus,” a free upcoming program at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
One of the most interesting courses I took in college and post graduate was a course in employment law. While just taking one law course hardly makes me an expert on any matter of the law, it did teach me that there are a host of laws and regulations in the workplace and that it can be easy for an employer to ignore or violate one of those laws.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: THANK THEM.
Enzo Zaccardelli and Zachary Toth of Parma were among eight students from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team, which comprises top students at the state’s two-year schools.
The Lakewood High Class of 1971 is having their 45th Reunion the weekend of June 10th and June 11th.