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Zocdoc: Finding A Doctor Fast With Scheduling App

David and Dawn Thuma

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.”

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Congress Continues To Work To Defeat ISIS

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.

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Parma Mayor's Citizen And Business Of The Month

Dianna Kall with her husband Wayne, daughter Jennifer, Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Ward Four Councilwoman Kristin Saban.

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.

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Polish Constitution Weekend 2016 In Parma's Polish Village

On Polish Constitution Day, this vintage fire truck features a Polish flag. | Photo © 2015-2016 Stefan P. Stefaniuk

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.

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The President's Corner

The Grand Mosque at the Islamic Center of Cleveland on West 130th Street on Parma's far west side.

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.    

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Recycling

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.

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An Unfair Label

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. 

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UH Parma President Challenges Mayors, City Officials To Become CPR-Certified

Mayors from 10 cities have accepted the challenge presented by UH Parma Medical Center President Nancy Tinsley to become certified in CPR. Tinsley is pictured here with Board Chairman David Nedrich, Brooklyn Hts. Mayor Mike Procuk, Broadview Hts. Mayor Sam Alai and Independence Mayor Anthony Togliatti. 

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.

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 In Parma

The Joker often appears at B & L Comics located in Parma's Polish Village. | Photo © 2015-2016 Stefan P. Stefaniuk

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.

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Parma Youth Hockey Bantam Team Wins CSHL A2 Division And ‘Monsters Cup’

(L-R) Samantha Hwodeky, Head Coach Jerry Gunsley, Nolan Kachmar, Jason Edmonds, Amanda Mindzora,
Hallie Schmitt, Coach Tim Arthur, Ian Drlik, Assistant Captain Owen Arthur, Jacob Ledford, Adam Jockers,
Assistant Captain Robbie Gudin, Andrew Ocilka, Captain Jerry Gunsley, Aaron Kozickie, Conor Nagle, Coach
Dennis Nagle, Connor Kovach and Coach Dave Mindzora

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

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Law

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.  

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Share Your Memories Of Ridgewood Golf Course

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.

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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.

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Wage Theft Is A Serious Problem In The United States

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.

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Do You Remember...The Old Stone Tavern Inn Along Pearl Road

The old stone tavern Inn was built in 1817 by Conrad Countryman with family members. They had traveled by wagon to Parma Township in the spring of 1817. Mr. Countryman operated a blacksmith shop, sawmill and the old stone tavern inn. This old stone tavern inn was an overnight stage coach stop inn along the Wooster Pike beginning in 1820. The tavern was a regular stop where mail or packages were delivered and picked up before the local postmaster was appointed. Horse teams were exchanged at the old stone tavern used to pull stagecoaches. Wooden Wagons that hauled goods parked in the tavern’s wagon yard. No established banks existed. Money and valuables were hidden to not be stolen. The tavern was robbed of its hidden currency and valuables.

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2015 Water Quality Report Is Available From Cleveland Water

At Cleveland Water, we know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water that is available at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.

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Families Helping Families In Need During The Holiday Season

Every year, the Adopt a Family Association through its Adopt a Family for Christmas program, provides support to low income families and their children.  Unfortunately, there are always more requests from families seeking help during the Christmas holiday than there are resources and sponsors that we have in place.

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Parma Police Captain Graduates From FBI National Academy

Parma Police Capatin James Blair

Parma Police Captain James Blair recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Captain Blair was one of 230 Law Enforcement Officers who graduated on March 28, 2016, from the National Academy and the fifth officer from the Parma Police Department to graduate from the program. The 263rd Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Also included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 27 international countries, four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.

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Protecting Ohioans' Paychecks

American workers know they’re working more than ever before, for less pay. They don’t think they can get by – much less get ahead – even if they work hard.

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I Believe

All of our thoughts can be divided into two basic categories: right and wrong. Right thoughts are God-centered and wrong thoughts are self-centered.

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Attention Creative Individuals!

Marie Antoinette Flamingo (2015)

The Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC), serving the community for over 50 years, is accepting applications for their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale to be held on Saturday, May 21st. No residency requirement. Professionals and amateurs are welcomed. Cash and ribbon prizes will be awarded in five categories. Categories include: Painting I (Watercolor/Mixed Media), Painting II (Acrylics/Oils/Mixed Media), Graphics (computer art, pen & ink, pencil, wood burning), and Photography, 3-D (sculpture, clay, ceramics, pottery, woodcarving and jewelry). Deadline for entry is May14th. PAFAC offers instruction in watercolor and acrylic painting year round for adults, as well as weekly after school art classes for youth. Watch for a unique summer program soon to be announced for seniors and teens. PAFAC summer programing is funded in part through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Thank you to the residents of Cuyahoga County for their support. For more information on the show, or to download the show application visit www.parmafinearts.org, or call (440) 888-4514, leave a message and a volunteer will return your call.

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Healthy Eating For Life

Learn how to make every meal with a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Find out which to increase and which to avoid to help prevent chronic disease. Each class includes latest nutrition information, handouts and recipe demo with sampling. Four-session class is $40 with a one-time $3 food fee paid to instructor at first class. Classes are held on Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at UH Parma Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Register at 440-743-4932.

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Fruit Tops And Hard Soda Pops!

Fruit Tops and Hard Soda Pops! 

Remember when the beer section of your local store had beer from one end to the other? You had Light Beer or Beer. American Beer and Beers from Around the World. These days, one or two sections will be filled with bright colorful packaging covering fluorescent liquids in translucent glass. Bottles that look more like carnival confections and fair fare. What are these strangers that have taken over our traditional beer selection?! There's everything from beer with grapefruit and beer with margarita mix to alcoholic orange pop. It's like Willy Wonka's drunken uncle broke into the candy factory and sauced our sweets! 2015 was the year that saw Hard Root Beer soar with huge sales in this emerging wave of sweet meets heat.

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Parma Youth Commission Fireworks Project

The Parma Youth Commission wants fireworks to once again light up the sky over Parma this Fourth of July. The Youth Commission is comprised of students from Padua High School, Holy Name High School, Normandy High School, Parma Senior High School, and Cleveland State University. It is advised by Parma City Council President Sean Brennan. We decided that our project this year would be to bring the fireworks back to our city.  The fireworks display will be in celebration of the bicentennial of the settling of Parma.  In 1816, Benajah Fay, his wife Ruth, and their ten children built their cabin where Pearl Road and Ridge Road now intersect.  
The 4th of July fireworks were always a large and joyous celebration of our nation with all members of the community. In 2009, however, the fireworks were stopped due to budget cuts. Not only because the entire community has missed these fireworks, but also because 2016 is Parma’s bicentennial, the Parma Youth Commission is determined to bring them back. In order for the display to happen, the Youth Commission needs to raise about $50,000. This would cover the cost of not only the fireworks themselves, but also emergency personnel and the wages of service workers. It is definitely a lofty goal and we are planning multiple fundraising events for the upcoming months, but we also need the support of people in the community. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated. 
If you are interested in donating, please send your check to The Parma Charitable Fund, 6306 Hampstead Avenue, Parma, Ohio, 44129.  Write “fireworks” in the subject line.  The Fund is a non-profit 501C(3) organization, so you can consult with your tax advisor about the potential tax savings your donation will provide. Questions may be forwarded to Council President Brennan at 440-885-8091 or sbrennan@cityof parma-oh.gov.

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Easter Wines That Jam With Ham And Lamb!

Easter is coming! Prepare for painted eggs and hopping bunny legs! This Easter celebrate with family,food, and a fanciful fruit forward frolicking of vinous vine varieties. Rack of lamb is an Easter tradition. The roast grilled goodness of a rack of lamb in the oven is a cherished memory I have from my early years. My step father would carefully wrap the rack in string and put those little "chef's hats" on the top part of the bone with mindful attention. A nice choice for lamb, as I've mentioned before, is Cotes du Rhone. Giant Eagle has one or two to choose from that should compliment a nice rack well. Trader Joe's sells a delightful Cotes du Rhone called produced by Caves du Fournalet which retails for $8.99. With an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 12.5% it pairs fantastically with all manner of grilled lamb. Another good choice would be a nicely balanced Cabernet from Chile or California. California Cabernets have a much more smooth and juicy approachable nature on the palate. A Chilean Cabernet will usually offer dark fruits with a little pepper to make a well seasoned lamb rack pop. NOTE: If you are using liberal amounts of mint jelly on your lamb you will want to choose a fruity Pinot Noir over the more dry and higher tannin Cabernet. Your choice. 
If, by chance, you choose hams over lambs, pay attention to the style in which the ham is cooked. Ham is already on the salty sweet side. A glazed ham would go nicely with the Pinot Noir I mentioned previously. The sweeter the glaze on the ham the more you may want to lean toward buying a sweet white Moscato to pair with this holiday treat.
Whichever Easter treats you choose to eat and drink, be sure to celebrate with wines from me that surely shall not stink!
Cheers! Happy Easter. 

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Senior Vaudeville Dancers Sparkle In March St. Patrick's Shows!

The 20 dancing seniors in the Raisin' Canes, Parma's vaudeville dance troupe from the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, bring sparkles to March with their rousing 90-minute St. Patrick's show!  Wearing lots of green sequins, spangles and shamrocks they'll hit the boards dancing to rousing versions of "Mack Namera's Band," "Good Night Irene," "Green Green," "Riverdance," and audience interactive performances of "Old MacDonald" and "The Unicorn,"  just to name a few, finishing with entertaining solo numbers and a rollicking Irish parade through the hall, joined by their audience. 

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Patient Weds Minutes Before Baby's Birth

Rev. Wayne Decker, the chaplain at UH Parma Medical Center, performed a late-night wedding just minutes before the Chavers couple's baby arrived.

Monique and Jamaal Chavers’ best wedding present arrived alert and crying at 10:07 p.m. on Jan. 27. Wrapped in a pink and blue blanket in the maternity center of UH Parma Medical Center, their precious gift weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

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Making Obamacare Work Better

It was six years ago this month, on March 23 2010, that President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Some provisions became effective six months later in September 2010, such as allowing young adults to remain on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. No cost preventative care for everyone became effective on January 1 2011. But it was on January 1 2014 that the Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges became effective as well as the individual mandate.

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Outdoor Dad

“Hurrah, let’s go outside!” chanted my busy family of young children. Back then, this was fun time after their Saturday household jobs were completed. All of the kids loved the freedom and opportunities the outdoors offered which continued throughout their teens and adult lives.

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The President's Corner

Bethany Lutheran Church

This month’s column is a return to my series on Parma’s numerous and splendid places of worship. As such, I recently traveled to Bethany Lutheran Church and School located at 6041 Ridge Road to meet with Associate Pastor Rick Sweney and School Principal Bill Moses. As in my many past visits to Bethany, I felt welcomed to this gem in the heart of Parma.

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