Efforts at “Greening Parma Heights” have made significant strides. A recently released report of 2015 Residential Recycling Percentages shows that Parma Heights has the second greatest percentage recycling increase of all communities in Cuyahoga County.
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On August 20 the unthinkable happened during a concert being held in the Greenbriar Commons in Parma Heights. When a woman was leaving in her auto, she apparently stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal during the course of pulling out, and plowed into concert goers who were on the dance floor. The tragic result was that 8 people were injured, two seriously, and one victim has since died from her injuries. Another person was critically injured, the driver of the vehicle was completely distraught, and the rest of the audience was understandably very upset at the terrible events.
Happy Birthday to Brittanie Marie Childs, who was born on September 18, 1998! I want you to know how proud I am of the way you have grown into a fine young woman who is thoughtful, ambitious, spontaneous and quick to find the good in others. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up and never give up on something you desperately want. I LOVE YOU!
Registration Now Open for “Together We Can Overnight” Help and support are available for children ages 8-14 who are coping with the death of a loved one. “Together We Can Overnight,” a children’s grief support camp hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, is planned from Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. For the convenience of families from Parma and surrounding southwestern communities, camp transportation will be provided from the Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th St. Drop off times and additional camp details will be included in registration packets. The registration fee is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and completed registrations are due by Monday, Sept. 26. For more information and to receive a registration packet, call 216.486.6838.
With the closing ceremony of The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games now left only in memory, we as a world have undoubtedly each paused and reflected on the heartfelt nature and significance of the last two weeks, as what resonated deep within us all, was a collective celebrated meaning of hope, drive, unshrinking will, and an unwavering devotion to a sportive calling that lends an immeasurable sense of heightened purpose to each our being. A calling within of which transcends innumerable odds, and one that leaves the most intrepid of athletes a victor at once in the eyes of their community and nation, for making it to the highest level of competition that is the Olympic stage.
The dog days of summer are slowly slipping away and the sweet days of September are sliding into our fray. What better way to savor summer than to find a thirst quenching wine to appreciate every moment? But which wine will we find? I'll make it easy. RIESLING! (pronounced "Ree-Zling). At one time this ,member of the 'Noble Grapes' was thought of as, "the World's Greatest White Grape". Today we have slighted it's nobility ,a bit, by thinking of Riesling as only a sweet white wine. While partly true, this does not give this great grape its just reward. Widely grown in Germany, Riesling did not make its debut until the late 15th Century. Known to grow best in cool climate, some of the world's best Reislings come from Germany. And as Germany's climate has changed over the years it is putting out some of the most interesting and flexible wines in the history of, "The Fatherland". This great grape is known to give us fantastic fruit flavors of apple, pear, and other white fruits. If the wine is young ( a few years) it shows aromas of flowers. If aged it can hit the nose with sweet honey notes or even a touch of gasoline. What?! Gasoline in my wine?! Blech! No! The hints of what they call, "petrol" is merely something that we can recognize and associate with gasoline,but if you smell hints of gasoline in a wine it is only a side effect in the Riesling. It is sometimes a combination of smells, in an old Riesling, of the smells of sage,lemongrass, lime marmalade, honey, consomme’, and toast. But one thing is for sure...Riesling is fantastic cooling spicy foods. It also pairs with sweet foods, salads, and seafood.
All things work together for good to they that love God. This is one of God’s most difficult promises to believe in in times of affliction and loss.
Some people believe that the presidential election is a choice between the “lesser of two evils” or that their vote doesn’t make a difference. But elections ARE important and elections have consequences. Of particular consequence is the fate of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and Medicare. The result of this year’s presidential election may have serious ramifications that could affect millions when it comes to their health insurance and access to health care.
Ok, so maybe you haven’t heard of it yet, and if you have, you might think pickleball is a silly name for a serious sport. The point is, it is a serious sport, and Claudia Fontana’s goal is to make sure you try it out.
There is to be a great sigh of relief to be breathed. The heavy burden of constantly being taxed is being lessened. That thought that just passed through your mind that this guy might not be in possession of all his marbles may not be justified, read for awhile. You must remember whenever the government needed more finances an issue was put on the ballot and you actually got to decide whether or not your taxes were increased. That is less and less of an issue. Just look around at the various cities and suburbs. They no longer get your money by taxing you as much as they used to tax. The politicians don’t want to incur the wrath of the public so they can retain their office for as long as there purposes serve them. You must credit them with finally having a detectable thought process at least in this area. If they are not going to raise taxes as they are/were accustomed to doing, how will they separate us from our income to serve their own purpose. Well all you have to do is look around you and analyze what you see. They tell you we are not raising your taxes we are merely charging a fee for a service. Let us define the term “fee”. According to the dictionary a fee is a payment made to a professional person or to a professional person or body in exchange for advice or service. This seems fairly straight forward as definitions go. You ask or receive a service you pay a fee, simple. There is just one question as to when governments impose “fees”, what if you have no desire to receive this service? The answer is quite simple, you don’t have to pay a fee. That is unless the government says you must pay the “fee”. As stated in the definition a fee is for advice or service. Logic tells me that if you choose to not receive this advice or service there should be no fee. If you have ever tried to opt out, in this scenario, service from a government body they respond you can not opt out. But there is no desire to retain the service and thus a “fee” should not apply. The response is we can not allow individuals to withdraw from our “fee”, and round and round we go. So you see we are not paying a tax where there is no option to pay or not, we are now paying “fees. You think that is impressive, look at the moves the North East Ohio Sewer District developed. Not only did they separate the billing from the water district to make it seem as if the increases are minute, they broke it up into a monthly payment instead of the quarterly billing so an increase will not only be doubled (splitting from the water bill) it also will be trebled by billing monthly instead of quarterly. If only they could develop a way to not take citizens money and perform remedies for the service. Thank God we won’t be taxed.
From 1908-1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000-75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors art glass windows, to the simple Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no bath cottage for summer vacationers, (An outhouse could be purchased for Goldenrod and similar cottage dwellers). Customers could choose a house to suit their individual tastes and budgets. Prices ranged from $187-$6,800.
On Sunday, August 7th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council held their 10th Annual Chalk Drawing Event. The day was sunny, warm and breezy. The families that attended had a fun time celebrating summer. In addition to the youth, adults joined in on the fun, and created some outstanding pieces. This year the Fine Arts Council partnered with the City of Parma and held the event in the parking lot adjacent to Parma City Hall. Parma Mayor, Tim DeGeeter was on hand, with son Jack, to offer tours of the Mayor's Office. Parents took photos of their children in the Mayor's chair. The newest member of Parma's K9 Unit and his handler mingled with the families attending, passing out key-chains and hand sanitizer. The Parma Fire Department attended and passed out fireman hats and stickers. Fine Arts Council member, Christine Vodicka, provided unique, creative, face-painting. The chalk, cold bottled water, and lemonade was also provided by the Fine Arts Council. Gift certificates for the first place winner in two age categories was provided by Mayor DeGeeter.
Enjoy an exhilarating, elegant casino-themed gala to benefit community health at the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation’s Casino Royale on Saturday, September 17. The atrium and ballroom of the Embassy Suites in Independence, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, will be transformed into an elegant casino, complete with a jazz lounge and poker, roulette and other games of chance.
A 14-year record of treating and advising high school athletes during all practices and home games has resulted in a national award for a certified athletic trainer at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
Growing up in Parma, the iconic seal and walrus sculptures at Parmatown Mall were an indelible memory for most residents. They disappeared years ago from in front of the mall, and it was refreshing to see them again when the new owners decided to bring them out of storage as they began the undertaking of re-imagining this retail space. As far as I can remember, this was the only public art in Parma when I was growing up, if you don't count the countless pink flamingos and chrome balls decorating so many homes throughout the city.
This month I continue exploring Parma’s places of worship in my continuing series that spotlights our community’s rich religious diversity and heritage. The church I visited recently for this column was St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) located at 5375 Broadview Road, just south of Brookpark Road. The young Pastor, Jason Soltysiak, was gracious enough to take time during a very busy week at his Parish to provide me with the information for this writing.
The Encore Campus program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) begins a new session of classes Sept. 23 to enrich the minds and lives of those ages 55 and older.
The overcast sky and intermittent drizzle set the pensive mood for our busload of passengers. We were on a recent day trip to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our collective, somber conduct reflected the apprehension and discovery of a tragic, yet important page of history. In the morning of Sept.11, 2001, four U.S. commercial airliners were hijacked by al Qaeda terrorists. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. the devastation began when the first two of these aircraft flew into the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. Minutes later another hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth was headed toward Washington D.C. by way of Flight 93. The terrorists fought their way into the cockpit of this plane around 9:30 a.m. Phone calls between the authorities and the travelers on board alerted them to their probable destination of crashing into the Capitol Building. The brave passengers decided to fight and gain control of the plane and prevent that from happening---all the while knowing they would give their lives for that to occur. And they did, at approximately 10:03 a.m.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary will once again sponsor its popular annual Soup Social to benefit patient care at UH Parma Medical Center on Friday, September 16. The event will take place under the covered patio in front of the hospital from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine.
September’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.
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In these overwhelmingly documented times, frequent media coverage concerning negative interactions between police officers and citizens have presented a clear perception that there is a major disconnect between police officers in the US and the communities that they serve. I can't help but to notice, thankfully, that this situation for the most part is not present here in Parma. Why is this? Being the seventh largest city in Ohio, Parma experiences the same crimes that other cities of our size do. Our police department has enjoyed for some time a stellar record of confronting and apprehending perpetrators of unlawful acts in our community, in an extremely expeditious manner. Criminals who unwisely choose Parma have proven, through a series of well publicized incidents that indeed crime does not pay in Parma, Ohio.
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 “Fourth Annual Golden Reunion” on Saturday, August 27th for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1966 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun, casual 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 250 attended the third reunion last year, and it's getting better every year!
As many of you may know, I have been blessed with the opportunity to act as the Outreach & Advocacy Director for the Alive Inside Foundation since it was formed in 2015 by Michael Rossatto Bennett. Michael directed the multi-award winning Alive Inside documentary & created the Alive Inside Foundation as a means of addressing the issues facing an aging population living with Dementia. The Foundation has made amazing progress in many areas during the relatively short time we have been in existence, launching Adopt An Elder Programs in 21 cities across the USA including our most recent effort here in Parma, with music students from Kristopher Morron's Valley Forge High School band & orchestra working with residents from the Parma Care Center on Broadview Rd. under the guidance of Martha Polenz LPN and Clinical Liaison for the facility. The program was recently featured on a segment of WKYC's "See The Possible" with the cooperation of WKYC's Dawn Kendrick (see link).
This particular program also benefited from an event on June 18th that featured performances by the legendary Emerson , Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer with the ELP Legacy Band along with a couple acts from Nashville.
Brother Trouble and Ira Dean were gracious enough to add their talents to our efforts. Ira even took the time to visit and play a few songs for the group at Parma Care Center during one of their Adopt An Elder sessions.
We have plans to expand our Adopt An Elder Program in other NE Ohio communities and eventually across our state. As part of our continuing growth we are always looking to expand our network and devise new ways to not only raise awareness but to raise funds. I'm delighted to announce that we have found a local partner in the amazingly creative Lidia Trempe and Rudy's Strudel, who are brain-storming to develop something special that is guaranteed to bring the world's taste buds "Alive".We are ALL going to be SURPRISED on Saturday August 20,2016 when we will be launching their creation with a Rudy's ROCKS Dementia event from Noon until 3 PM featuring Music,Food and Fun for All.
Details will be announced ASAP.
Mark your Calendars NOW.You won't want to miss this.
Although I may not walk with kings, let me be big in little things.
The great build and even greater divide along Cleveland’s north shores has come and gone, but not in the fundamental principles of so many that impassionately involved themselves in events throughout the week, as around every corner there were all walks of life hustling and bustling their stance on where we currently sit as a not so united “state” of America.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: CATCH THEM DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. August’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. Community Connections Matter Involving children and adolescents in forms of structure is not just a nice thing to do; it’s essential. Structure provides the opportunity for personal development and adult connection that augments & extends the effect of family. For those young people w/absent, neglectful, overwhelmed or underskilled families – and there are too many – the power and impact of constructive use of time may be a critical factor in whether they become resilient or are trapped by adversity.
If you saw the Republican convention in Cleveland and especially if you saw Donald Trump’s speech that he gave on the final night of the convention; you might think that the sky is falling and only Donald Trump could fix it. Throughout this campaign season, the Republican party and especially Donald Trump have been pandering to our fears while telling the nation that they hold the solution. But much of that fear is irrational.
The first Cafeteria renovation in more than 30 years was greeted enthusiastically by employees and visitors alike at the June 29 Grand Opening of Fresh Inspirations Café. “This is beautiful,” University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy Tinsley exclaimed before cutting the ribbon before a large crowd. “This is just one of many capital improvement efforts that are part of our integration with University Hospitals.”
The Parma Fire Department and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center are piloting a new stroke treatment program – the first of its kind in the State of Ohio – to initiate advanced stroke care in the field, expediting administration of clot-busting drugs once the patient arrives in the ER. Paramedics utilize iPads to livestream their thorough assessments of patients on the scene. The ER physician at UH Parma Medical Center views the neurological exam in real time to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA and prompts pharmacy to prepare the medication. Upon arrival at the ER, only a quick CT scan is necessary to confirm diagnosis and begin treatment.
Karen Fratto was racing to the lobby of the Senior Center to assist an elderly woman in distress. As she ran, Brooklyn’s Coordinator of Senior Services fearfully wondered if she would know what to do when she reached the woman’s side.
I would like to give a special thanks to Council President of Ward 3, JoAnn Koch for all of her hard work organizing the annual Parma Heights Ward 3 Garage Sales. This is in addition to her Council duties. I think that the majority of Councilman are informed about the negative things that take place in all communities. I would like to change the negative trend by letting people know the good things that happen. About a week prior to the Garage sale, JoAnn hands out out a packet of information that has detailed information and suggestions for a successful, fun, garage sale. This has been my 3rd. year as a participant in the garage sale. In addition to the monetary gains, it has been very rewarding, communicating with many people, from local and distant communities. This is the kind of activity that help bring people together in a friendly atmosphere. Thank You, JoAnn.
The Parma Area Dog Park Association presents Yappy Hour!!!
My three year old granddaughter, Abigail, has a smile that lets me know there is something awaiting my discovery. Is she planning a Tea Party, or is there a secret scenario formulating behind those beautiful, blue eyes? What will be revealed for my role in her planned, series of events? Maybe there’s a book that she might “read” to me where she’ll explain every detail of the accompanying illustrations. Then, there are times when her silent, calculating judgment will lead to interaction with a surprised member of the family.
Please join us as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of a Historic Rescue By Garrett A Morgan and the workers who laid the groundwork for our water service today. FREE TO ALL.
Fees for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program returned to bills beginning July. The Sewer District is hosting informational workshops to help customers learn more about the program’s benefits to Parma and how residents can apply for residential credits to reduce their bills.
A very good friend of mine was born into a family that was musically inclined and trained to play various instruments for personal entertainment and enjoyment. At a very young age he started taking guitar lessons and was very diligent about practicing on a regular schedule. He played in many church bands and formal band groups over the years while working a very busy schedule in the Auto Industry for 41 years. In addition to playing the guitar he gave lessons to young and elderly people to help them become accomplished players as he is himself. He currently plays lead guitar for a versatile group called the Northcoast Mix. They are a band that plays to the crowds. They play Rock, Country, Soul, Ethnic, etc. Everyone in the group has various talents which makes for a nice blend of music that is very pleasing. You can view some of their music by going on line at www.gigmaster.com/music/northcoastmix. The theme of this article is to let people know that through hard work and practice it is possible to do anything that you set your mind to. As most people know, nothing comes easy.
This year I was pleased to introduce a pilot program to our Ridgewood Junior Golf Program with The First Tee of Cleveland. We had two classes of 24 students each held on Tuesday mornings. Talking to the kids and parents, this year was a big success. The kids had fun and learned some things along the way. I also added a junior day on Thursday. The goal was to approach high school golfers and give them a day to work on their golf skills during the summer months. We mixed it up with head-to-head competition as individuals and team events while providing coaching areas along the way. People say our kids are the future - if that if true our future is getting stronger each year.