The latest lifesaving weapon in the arsenal of area police departments is deployed with a small atomizer, courtesy of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. UH Parma Medical Center’s EMS Training & Disaster Preparedness Institute is training police officers from Parma and Parma Heights to administer Nasal Narcan, a powerful pharmaceutical drug that reverses the effects of heroin and other opioids in minutes. Each officer and sergeant who patrols in these cities will be armed with Narcan, following passage of Ohio House Bill 170 last year that permits police officers and lay people to administer the opioid-reversing drug naloxone (commonly known as Narcan).
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Nicholas Poghen was selected to be the Parma Mayor’s Citizen of the Month for April because his quick thinking during a traffic incident saved a fellow citizen’s life. But Nick couldn’t make it to a City Council meeting to be honored for his award until May, so the presentation itself was delayed.
Make The City of Seven Hills Farmers’ Market your Thursday destination. A fresh air market featuring neighborhood farmers, producers, artisans & vendors who grow and/or produce their own goods. Happy, Healthy, Homegrown; the Seven Hills Farmers’ Market is a convenient stop to get all your fresh, seasonal produce and more.
It’s time to go out to purchase a new pear of running or walking shoes to break them in for the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Fifth Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies coming up on Sunday, July 5 at 8:30 am. My co-director, Gary Uveges, and our 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 runners. Walkers will enjoy the 3.1 mile or 1 mile courses.
Welcome to the 2015 City of Seven Hills Home Days! The City of Seven Hills is ready to host the 42st annual Home Days Festival, July 24th, 25th, and 26th. Held behind City Hall, 7325 Summitview Drive. Seven Hills Home Days always has fabulous food, riveting rides, and magnificent musical entertainment. This year promises to be equally entertaining! The area surrounding City Hall will be packed with food, games, rides, vendors and various musical performances over the three day event. Fireworks, sponsored by Saber Healthcare Group are scheduled for Friday night at 9:45PM. Opening ceremonies with Mayor Dell’Aquila and VFW Post 7609, are Friday July 24th at 6PM. Home Days hours are Friday 6-11PM, Saturday Noon-11PM, Sunday Noon-6PM.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary will hold a garage sale on June 19 to benefit patient care. The sale, held in the covered patio area outside the main entrance of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Members of the public can reserve tables for $30 each and keep their own profits. Call the Auxiliary Office at 440-743-2372 for more information. Participants are responsible for set-up, pricing, take-down and staffing their tables.
Maggie's Place Ohio/The Zechariah House is seeking women who are willing to sacrifice a year of their lives to the service of our mothers and their infants. Full-time, live-in volunteers called MissionCorps members provide non-professional case management to the moms by helping them set personal goals, providing emotional support, accountability, helping them learn about life skills such as budgeting, job searching, how to utilize community resources, locating permanent housing and selecting a child care program. MissionCorps members receive a compensation package including room and board, health insurance and monthly stipend.
Parma Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter came to the Shiva Vishnu Temple to help kick off a Free Health Clinic Event there on May 17. Members of the temple organize an event in which medical professionals volunteer their tme and expertise in an effort to diagnose and treat those with medical ailments of one kind or another. This involves setting up an effective triage area, separate sections for screening and examination, and counseling patients on recomendations for further steps in the health process. The mayor seemed quite impressed at the level of commitment, organization and professionalism on display by all of those involved in this most worthwhile service. Go to the Parma Observer Facebook Page to see a video of this event.
June’s Asset Category: BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS Boundaries are important to young people because they give clear messages about what’s expected. By the same token, caring adults who expect young people to do their best help them to learn good judgment. Every day young people face many options and choices. Boundaries and expectations provide young people with the support they need to choose wisely
Medley of Arts Show & Sale – May 16, 2015
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 twelfth in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
Adolescents who identify their primary motives, such as helping others, are three times happier than those who lack such altruistic motivation.
Recently, the founding members of the Parma Youth Commission completed their first year of service and leadership in our community. I was honored to serve as their advisor and felt that an update to the community was in order. Therefore, this month’s column is dedicated to reporting on and commending the members of the Commission for their fine service to Parma and its residents.
At a time when our national debt is more than $18 trillion, it is more important now than ever that Congress makes the tough but necessary decisions to get our country back on a path to fiscal sustainability.
Last month, my column focused on how some for-profit colleges are abusing the system by enrolling marginal students, then getting them government guaranteed student loans to finance their tuition and often few of those students complete the program. Then, those young adults are saddled with student loan debt to repay, but without any hope of a good job that could give them the money to repay those loans.
What a wonderful concept, Democracy. You get everyone’s input on a particular issue and the majority decides the route to be taken. When a society gets to the point of being too large for all to have input, they select a representative to express their desires. This allows for less confusion and a streamlined approach for decision making. These representatives are elected by the majority and represent that section of society. Should there be opposing points of view, there can be another group to select a representative and oppose others of conflicting views. Now a peculiar thing occurs. In order to get people familiar with a message there is a need to communicate the point of view to as many voters as possible. This requires funds usually from those who support a particular point of view. Often the ones who provide the funding for a candidate will expect consideration beyond the concept of the vote, for the donation of whatever funds provided. This is how the democratic process starts to wobble a little. The favor may not be within the proper realm of decision making. Here is where the candidate feels obligated to appease the donor.
Lettuce, cucumbers and all kinds of greens are almost ready to pick at the 10 farms owned by the farmers of Geauga Family Farms. GFF is a co-op of 10 farmers who grow certified-organic produce for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
When newly installed Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish was faced with delivering his first State of the County address, he decided to do it in the County’s second-largest city and came south to Parma. The event was held at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in the Parma-Snow Branch’s auditorium.
Sure signs of Spring are robins, daffodils, and the Pierogi Palooza held at Broadview Multi-Care Center at 5520 Broadview Rd. in Parma, Ohio. This annual event is a lot of fun, and a portion of all proceeds benefit the local food bank. There are local food vendors, live entertainmnent, informational booths, and the best pierogi will be judged. For more information or to participate- call 216-741-4010 and ask for Debbie Rafalski. Mark the date and be sure to attend Pierogi Palooza from 12 noon until 5:00 pm on Sunday May 31st. Don't eat a big breakfast- save some room for those delicious pierogis!
Parma has announced the hiring for its top two Fire Department positions.
Parma Heights Firefighter David Kaszar is planning to attempt an extraordinary feat: run his first marathon, the 26.2 mile Cleveland Marathon on May 17, 2015, in full turn-out firefighting gear. David is running to raise money to help find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the illness that has afflicted his father for the last two years and will ultimately take his life.
A parent’s responsibility includes viewing every child without showing partiality.
By definition: sorry means to have sorrow or regret. This is mentioned because it is not infrequent that this word is directed toward me. For those of you who rarely walk anymore, or never did, walking is the movement of one foot in front of the other and traveling to a specific destination either out of necessity or for the pleasure of the movement. In my instance, most days the car doesn’t leave the driveway. That must startle many of you who are reading this. For the most part, for most of us, should there be errands to run or another destination in mind, the first reaction is to get the car keys and get into the car and go. The habit of using the car was a habit that was used by me, for many years. Now walking is my main mode of transportation. The habit was borne out of a report of high blood pressure and supplemented by the price of gas when it was close to $4 a gallon. Walking was never foreign to me, but increased with these influencing factors. A concerted effort was made to walk a certain distance on a daily basis. It would be pleasurable to see more walkers, for you get to greet and perhaps chat with those you may encounter. Driving does not possess that possibility, unless giving hand signals is considered chat. Chat does enter into driving, however. You see many drivers chatting on their cell phones and/or texting on a regular basis when you walk. The reason you notice them talking or texting is because you readily can notice the errors they make while operating their vehicles. Such errors include not stopping behind the stop sign and thus blocking the crosswalk and not stopping by the wide white stripe (or where logic dictate one should be) at intersections, usually those with traffic signals.
This month is my second installment of the series entitled Parma’s Places of Worship. Although I am Catholic, I have always been intrigued with other faiths. That is why one day last summer, after years of driving by, I decided to enter the drive at 7733 Ridge Road on my one of jogs through town to see up close the beautiful Greater Cleveland Shiva Vishnu Hindu Temple. I was taken by the grandeur of the building and surrounding grounds. Since then, I have longed to see the inside, which I figured was just as spectacular. Therefore, when my friend John Visnauskas, founder of All Faiths Pantry, offered to arrange for me to meet with Temple Manager Ramaswamy Sharma, I enthusiastically consented. This column is the result of my two hour tour which left me in awe, full of new knowledge, and a thirst for more about the world’s oldest practicing religion and the religion of the majority of the people of India – 900 million worldwide.
Saturday, May 16th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council will hold their annual spring show, Medley of Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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, fiber dolls, and woodcarving. A Chinese auction will be held of handcrafted items. Refreshments will be available. The event is open to the public, and admission is FREE.
Get off the couch and out on the trail with Walk on Wednesdays, a series of informal fitness walks sponsored by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center at James Day Park in Parma from April 29 – June 3.
The retired nurse who embarked on a hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s disease completed 200 challenging miles and reached altitudes of more than 6,000 feet before suspending his trek due to complications from the disease.
Consistent, high-quality care of stroke patients earned University Hospitals Parma Medical Center the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
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 eleventh in a series which will showcase a Parma area artist and introduce you to many of your talented neighbors.
A number of years ago I was asked by a business associate to teach a course in Basics of Insurance at a local business college. He told me that the class met for three hours a week over a thirteen week semester with a final exam in the 14th week. I felt that this would be a nice challenge as well as an opportunity to earn some extra money so I accepted this offer. In addition my undergraduate degree is in education and I have taught insurance courses at Cleveland State University previously.
Maggie’s Place Ohio will offer their 3rd Annual charitable Golf Scramble on Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m at Shale Creek golf course in Medina, one of Ohio’s “Must-Play” public courses. The scramble will support the continued operation of The Zechariah House, a non-profit hospitality home for pregnant women in Parma. Fees for the scramble include 18 holes of golf with cart, a box lunch, beverages, and an All-American cook-out dinner for each registered player. Skill prizes and a Chinese raffle of unique packages will also be featured, along with “dinner-only” tickets for non-golfing guests of players or sponsors.
Cleveland Metroparks recently initiated construction of a new amenity to the Fern Hill Picnic Area in Big Creek Reservation – a stormwater wetland. This unique landscape feature will improve water quality to Big Creek, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River. Prior to project installation, during rain events or following a major snow melt, untreated stormwater from residences off Hauserman Rd. discharged directly into Big Creek, taking with it salt and vehicle residue (motor oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, etc.), which resulted in increased runoff volumes and degraded water quality.
The Parma Heights Food Pantry has been helping its residents since 2007. At that time, we served approximately 37 families per month. Each year the need for help has grown; in February 2015, we assisted over 300 families.
Greenbrier resident Mike Hadl, long-time announcer for the Cleveland Lumberjacks, college and high school sports, and substitute announcer for the Cavs, was treated to a visit from some of his friends from the Cavs and a number of the team’s cheerleaders. The Cavs’ cheerleaders and members of their dance team, the Scream Team, met with Mike and a number of other Greenbrier residents on March 31st. The cheerleaders performed some of their new playoff run cheers for the residents and brought signed basketballs, bobbleheads, hats, shirts, and other gifts for residents of the facility. The team also updated the residents on the Cavs’ plans as they get ready for the playoffs and hopefully go for the NBA championship! The visit brought tremendous pride to Mike and also so many residents loved seeing the cheerleaders perform and having the chance to meet them. Greenbrier’s team loved being able to work with the Cavs team to set this up and make a big difference in our resident’s lives.
It has been said that absolute power corrupts absolutely. The litmus test for this caliber of sleaze can be found in the half-lies regularly spun by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW). Always one step ahead of its critics, while conning the public at large, our state wildlife agency’s officials take whole truths and twists them to suit their murder for profit agenda.
In February, I received a phone call from Georgia Buresti, the owner of Mister B's Irish Pub & Eatery. Mister B's is located in the strip directly across from Southland Shopping Center on W. 130th. Georgia presented me with the wonderful idea of bringing artists and craftspeople into her establishment for a mini art show. Mini shows like this are popping up all over the Greater Cleveland area. They have multiple purposes, such as bringing in new patrons to establishments like hers, and they also offer the community a chance to view and purchase unique handmade items from artists in an unusual venue for a brief time. The artists have the opportunity to meet each other and compare their work, as well as discuss various techniques. This isn't your old fashioned idea of an art show like you see on TV or in the movies. The people who attend these type of events are not all dressed up fancy, walking around sipping wine and munching appetizers. Mister B's does have a nice menu though and they serve some pretty tasty food and beverages.
For those who have kids or are just kids at heart, Free Comic Book Day is taking place on Saturday, May 2, at comic book shops all over the world. This year, there are up to 50 titles that may be available, depending on what each shop decides to offer. These titles include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Tick, Attack on Titan, The Avengers, Transformers, Pokémon, and Doctor Who!
The greatness of a community lies in its people. We, here in the City of Parma Heights, experienced just how true that statement is following the November, 2014, arson fire at City Hall. City department phones were operational almost immediately and, despite the challenging circumstances, the 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting at the Gazebo scheduled for just days after the fire went off without a hitch and was the perfect start to the holiday season. In fact, I am proud to say that even with our departments dispersed to locations throughout the city, all services and events have continued without interruption. Residents and visitors alike have been patient and understanding; many have even called and emailed to express their support and we thank them for their concern. Please be reassured that all of us, department heads and staff members alike, are working hard to keep any inconvenience to the public to a minimum.
Parma City Council unanimously passed the city's 2015 $47.4 million budget at its meeting on March 23. Although the voice vote took about a minute, this was not a quick or simple task; city officials have been meeting, discussing, and planning for this vote since last October.