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Parma Citizens Police Academy Begins On September 15

PARMA, OHIO – The Parma Police Department is still accepting applications for this fall’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy will start on September 15, 2015. The academy is 10 weeks long and will run weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The cost is free for those individuals who are selected.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:07 AM, 08.11.2015

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Ukrainian Village Parade, Art Walk, And Festival On August 22

Ukrainian Village Parade, Art Walk, and Festival set for August 22. Parade starts at 11 a.m on State Road.

On August 22nd, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its 6th annual Ukrainian Independence Day Parade in Parma’s Ukrainian Village. The Committee invites all to join them and celebrate this special occasion! The parade procession begins at 11 a.m. on Grantwood Drive, continues north along State Rd, and ends at the site of the Ukrainian Heritage Park, located across the street from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral - 5720 State Road, Parma, Ohio. 

This year’s parade is being coordinated by Zoriana Zobniw of the Ukrainian Village Committee and will showcase more than 40 marching units. George Salo, of State Meats (5338 State Road), will serve this year as the parade’s Grand Marshal. George and his family have been in business in Ukrainian Village for many years and George is an active member of the Ukrainian community. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.24.2015

UH Parma Hosts 5K On August 22

Take a late summer morning run through Ridgewood Golf Course and the mostly flat adjacent residential neighborhoods at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 5K and One Mile Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Aug. 22.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

Parma Considering Garbage Fee After Years Of State Cuts, Declining Levy Revenue

Parma is considering a proposed garbage fee after millions of dollars in state cuts and declining levy revenues. Legislation enacting the garbage fee still was pending before Parma City Council at press time. The exact amount of the fee still was being worked on at publication, but officials said they believe the amount will total roughly $3 per week for most residents. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 PM, 08.02.2015

Sad

There are many things that evoke sadness. There isn’t enough room on this page to cover the various situations that fall under this umbrella. One of the areas is that of politics. What is so sad in one instance is that the City of Parma doesn’t care about the City of Parma. Neither the Administrators nor the residents, as a whole, want to expend any effort into improving the city. It appears that neither care for anything but their own advancement, whether it is financial or social or anything else. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

A Community Responds To Love

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter stops by the lemonade stand to support these wonderful kids.

When 45 year old Julio Dumeng was diagnosed with undetected terminal stomach cancer and died suddenly, his nieces and nephews were determined to help in some way to raise money in order to help the family pay for funeral expenses and medical bills. They started a lemonade stand with the hopes of producing the needed funds, but it was slow going, until concerned Parma resident Cassie Busta happened to notice them. The situation changed rapidly after that - Cassie contacted local media, including the Parma Observer, and soon the ball was rolling. A television news story, Facebook postings, a Go Fund Me page account, word of mouth, and before you know it, many, many people were more than willing to pitch in, including Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, who stopped by their lemonade stand on July 23. At last glance, the Go Fund Me drive had exceeded their goal, and included an anonymous $500 donation. Over $2,000 was raised at the lemonade stand itself. Our condolences go this family in their time of such a tragic loss, and this story is an uplifting message shining a light on some terrific kids and their tremendous love for their uncle, as well as caring people from all over who chose to help them. This is a great example of a way that social media can be a real blessing and serve to unite people for kind and compassionate purposes in addition to the way that we are accustomed to see it being used. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Ridgewood Family YMCA Is Closing, YMCA To Maintain Non-Facility Presence In Parma

YMCA will provide complimentary tours of the North Royalton Family YMCA for all Ridgewood members to introduce them to the facility and what it has to offer. 

If you have a membership at the Ridgewood Family YMCA in Parma, get ready for some big upcoming changes. YMCA of Greater Cleveland has entered into a purchase agreement for the Ridgewood Family YMCA building, located at 6840 Ridge Road, effective July 16, 2015. The facility is expected to transition to the new owners before the end of 2015.

What does this mean to existing Ridgewood Family YMCA members? Your membership will remain active and there will be no interruption of service to you in regard to your membership.  Members will be grandfathered in at the current Ridgewood branch membership rates, but will officially become members of the North Royalton Family YMCA, effective immediately, unless they make a change to their membership status.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 3:34 PM, 07.19.2015

New This Summer, The City Of Seven Hills Farmers' Market!

Make the City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market your Thursday destination. The Market is located on the patio of the Seven Hills Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, Seven Hills, Ohio. The Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday, 4 p.m to 7 p.m., rain or shine. The idea began as a market where local farmers could sell their own produce, local artisans could sell their crafts, and people from Seven Hills would know that they could purchase quality produce and goods at affordable prices. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 PM, 08.02.2015

The President's Corner

Здравствуйте (zdravstvuyte) or hello in Russian. This month I return to my series on “Parma’s Places of Worship.” In that vein, I had the honor of recently meeting with Rev. Fr. Ilia Marzev of St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Cathedral at 6520 Broadview Road. I was drawn to this church due to my college major of International Studies concentrating in Russian and Soviet history and studying the Russian language while attending the University of Dayton as an undergraduate student. Upon entering, under the iconic “onion domes,” I found more of the many hidden wonders of Parma.  

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

Two Major Anniversaries This Summer

This summer celebrates two major anniversaries of events that have had a significant effect on the lives of millions of Americans. Both were controversial when they were enacted, but both have affected most Americans and have changed the entire landscape of the nation. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:59 PM, 08.02.2015

Summer Art News

Marie Anotionette at Amour Events & Design.

The Flamingo Flock Has Landed This is the third year that Old Word Parma/Polish Village is presenting Flamingo Fever. Flamingo Fever is a public art event. Creative individuals are given a pink plastic flamingo lawn ornament. They use their imagination to create very unique table top sculptures. These creations are placed in establishments throughout the Parma area over the summer. The event culminates in a banquet/auction mid-September. The proceeds from this event benefit the Polish Village area and funds are used for other events throughout the year. You have the opportunity to participate by playing the The Flamingo Match Game over the summer. Details to follow. Cash prizes, Chinese Auction, good food, and lots of laughs are in store for you at the banquet/auction held mid-September. Banquet tickets can be pre-ordered by emailing kathrynmabin@att.net. Look for photos in this issue for a teaser of what's to come, and check out the Polish Village Facebook page for more.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Asset Corner #68

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  KEEP THE PROMISES YOU MAKE. August’s Asset Message:  Developmental Assets: A framework that helps guide young people—as well as adults—to a healthy, happy, thriving life. Everyone has the opportunity and ability to help young people succeed

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Artist Of The Month

Jo Ann Worsencroft With Quilt.

Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the fourteenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Veteran OB/GYN Joins UH Parma Medical Center

Steven Galun, MD, FACOG, a veteran Obstetrician/Gynecologist, has joined the medical staff of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The former Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marymount Hospital brings a large, established practice with him to his new office in Medical Arts Center 4, Suite 306. In addition to obstetrics, the board-certified OB/GYN focuses on minimally invasive surgery and alternatives to hysterectomy.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

New Plastic Surgeon At UH Parma Medical Center

University Hospitals Parma Medical Center welcomes William F. Schleicher, MS, MD, a plastic surgeon in practice with Vasu Pandrangi, MD. In addition to general plastic surgery, Dr. Schleicher specializes in reconstructive breast surgery, surgical and injectable facial rejuvenation, and aesthetic surgery of the breast and body. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Parma Senior Entertainer's Dream Was To Dance His Way To 100

Frank "Maurice" Buehner.

Audiences across Northeast Ohio, young and old alike, will fondly remember Frank “Maurice” Buehner for his smash 16-year run with the Raisin’ Canes, senior vaudeville dancers from the Smallwood Senior Center in Parma. With amazing energy, he performed his spot-on Maurice Chevalier solo routine well over 1,000 times, dazzling the ladies with his uncanny resemblance to the French star and his charming smile, dashing demeanor, and warm hugs. He danced and kibitzed his way into their hearts to the song, “I’m Glad I’m not Young Anymore.” 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 PM, 08.02.2015

Color Me Purple

The carpeting had to go. Daughter, Kathy, was moving upstairs into her sister’s previous bedroom. It needed a makeover. Prior preparations would enable us to roll up and dispose of the flattened, purple, shag rug. We can fix that. We’re determined!  No problem! “Grab that end and let’s see if we can get it down the stairs and out the front door,” I said, as we struggled with the cumbersome behemoth. The angle of the staircase proved to be our nemesis. We ladies couldn’t navigate the turn. “Mom, we gotta get rid of this,” Kathy said.  “My new rug is coming tomorrow!” 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

It Is

My punishment is space and time.

Fear has taken over completely.

Leaving little feeling to my person.

So painful is this lonliness...

So wasteful is this space.

Real love in itself would ease this pain...

Freeing me from myself.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

I Believe

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

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 08.02.2015

Parma Has A New Safety Director

Outgoing Safety Director Greg Baeppler, left, welcomes his replacement, Michael C. O'Malley.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter has appointed Michael C. O'Malley as Parma’s new Safety Director. O'Malley replaces Greg Baeppler, who recently retired after serving more than 11 years in that position, which oversees various departments, including Police and Fire.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Everyone Invited To Enjoy Parma Heights Party In The Commons

In true small-town fashion, we invite all our neighbors and friends to come out and enjoy our Party in the Commons August 7-9, 2015. You won’t find expensive food and crazy rides, but you will find people getting together to enjoy the better things in life: good food, good music and each other’s company.  

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Nancy Fedak, Rito's Honored At City Council

Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Nancy Fedak, and Ward Five Councilman Allan Divis.

When a resident or business owner is recognized and honored by Parma City Council, it is customary to ask the recipient to stand before the Council while the resolution is being read aloud. Parma’s most recent Citizen of the Month did exactly that. Usually the Council Chamber, which is not generally crowded, remains quiet while this happens.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

2015 Summer Band Concerts

The Cities of Parma and Parma Heights in partnership with Cox Communications proudly present another year of outdoor summer band music concerts. All concerts start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:38 AM, 07.01.2015

ICan Bike Comes To Parma

Rider and volunteers in Reis Rink.

From June 22nd to 26th, Parma was home to a unique and important program. ICan Bike, a 5-day intensive camp teaching individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike independently, took place at Ries Rink. This program was able to teach 40 riders over 5 sessions how to ride, building skills and confidence through intensive instruction and assistance. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Cancer Survivor Speaks Universal Language

Rostislav Lyutyy accompanied his grandmother, Stepha Lyuta, to all of her appointments at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at UH Parma Medical Center. Lyuta, a Parma resident and Ukrainian immigrant who speaks no English, was made comfortable by the staff at UH Parma, which is one of UH's 16 locations for cancer treatment.   

Ukrainian immigrant Stepha Lyuta firmly believes that coming to the United States – and finding University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center – saved her life.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Farmers' Markets Held At UH Parma June 30-Sept. 15

PARMA – Farm-fresh produce and local specialties come to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center later this month with the return of Farmers' Markets. The market will take place under the covered patio outside the hospital’s main entrance every Tuesday from June 30 - Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 AM, 07.01.2015

Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed At Hospital

Recruiting is underway for volunteers to address the spiritual needs of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center patients and families. Spiritual care aides work in the Emergency Department and the Surgery Waiting Room, providing comfort to patients and their families. They also visit patients in their rooms, provide directions and information to visitors, and stand in for clergy when the family’s priest or minister is unavailable. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

Artist Of The Month

Parma is home to a great many talented individuals, artists, and craftsmen, both professional and amateur, who specialize in a variety of mediums. This article is the thirteenth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:38 AM, 07.01.2015

Community Shred/Habitat For Humanity Collection Event

The City of Parma Heights is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and holding a joint event on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Both events will run simultaneously from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. at the Parma Heights Service Garage located in the Greenbrier Commons. Proof of residency is required. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

Asset Corner #67

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE:  LISTEN TO THEIR FAVORITE MUSIC WITH THEM. July’s Asset Category:  CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME 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. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #20 - Time At Home 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

What Is Great About Living In The Cleveland Area

I was living in Lexington, KY in 1986 when a coal company headquartered there was acquired by BP and they wanted to transfer their executive and management personnel to Cleveland. Most of those affected that I met were taking the outplacement services rather than accept a transfer to Cleveland. Their impression of Cleveland was very negative.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

#PatientsFirst

With the King v. Burwell decision quickly approaching, our goal will remain to protect families and patients no matter the outcome. The Supreme Court is poised to rule on the legality of Obamacare’s exchange subsidies. The President’s health care law states that some individuals who receive health insurance through state-run exchanges are eligible to receive subsidies in order to make the plans affordable. There is no mention in the law, however, as to whether individuals in federally-run exchanges can receive these subsidies. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has interpreted the law to allow the federal government to offer subsides to individuals who reside in states that did not choose to create a state-run exchange. If the Supreme Court finds that the federal government is not legally authorized to offer these subsidies, health insurance costs will increase for millions of Americans.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

Two Local Teachers Honored By The State

Each year the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE) honors a select few outstanding adult education instructors. This year, the honor hits close to home. Two of the instructors from the Parma Adult Education ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) program were chosen among the top instructors in the state.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

I Believe

Be not ignorant of this one thing—that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

Junk

During the fifties and sixties, recalling the quality of American made products actually made you proud to be a part of this country. Appliances were sturdy, would operate efficiently, for that time, and nothing would cause them to break down. Automobiles were made of steel with a sturdy frame. They had sturdy chrome bumpers that wound not only protect the vehicle from damage but the people inside. Now when there is an accident they fold up like an accordion and the entire car is scrap. They were made with vent windows an inside vent and you could choose the color that you wanted. The choice of color of the vehicle was yours, not only on the outside (which may have been two- tone) but also the color of the interior. Whatever the customer wanted the manufacturer would try to please. We came a long way from Henry Ford who said you can have the car in any color as long as it is in black. The biggest joke was Japanese merchandise that permeated the market as throw away junk that would be cheap to purchase, wouldn’t last very long and was cheaper to replace than to repair. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:35 AM, 07.01.2015

The President's Corner

Summer in Parma is full of many fun activities, but finding out about them can sometimes be elusive. This month’s column is dedicated to some of my favorites. On a side note, my failure to list every event in Parma this summer is by no means a slight to anyone. I am limited by the space of this column. I apologize in advance to any that I have left out. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:34 AM, 07.01.2015

Parma Heights Hosts Landlord/Tenant Fair Housing Seminar

Parma Heights has a long, proud history of supporting fair housing and to help ensure that that will always be the case in our town, we are once again hosting a Fair Housing & Landlord/Tenant Rights class on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Police Training Classroom in the Greenbrier Commons, 6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights.  Seating is limited. The class is free to the public. 

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:34 AM, 07.01.2015