Parma Police have arrested a 51 year-old Parma man in connection with allegedly beating and sexually assaulting his girlfriend over the weekend. The man is currently being in the Parma Jail on charges of Felonious Assault, Domestic Violence, and Rape.
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At 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2016, and before hundreds of Parma team members, Plant Manager Lamar Rucker made the most important announcement in Parma’s recent history. “So it is my honor, and I am humbled at this, to announce that General Motors is going to invest with Parma and UAW Local 1005 an amount totaling $218 million.” That announcement was met with a thunderous round of applause from the Parma Team. It’s is the second largest investment in Parma’s 68 year history. “This will help us retain and secure jobs,” added Lamar. “And puts us in one heckuva position for the future.”
Recently, the First Suburbs Consortium (FSC) celebrated its 20th anniversary as an advocate on behalf of our city and other older suburbs surrounding Cleveland. The mayors of Cuyahoga County’s inner ring communities formed the FSC to change federal, state and county policies that, as noted by the Brookings Institution, have been keeping inner ring suburbs in a “policy blind spot.” Parma, Parma Heights and the other sixteen cities that are members of the FSC Council of Governments populate 38% of the county. This is more than either the City of Cleveland or the county’s outer suburbs combined. Both of us proudly serve on the First Suburbs Executive Board.
The Shoppes at Parma and retiring County Councilman Chuck Germana were honored as Business of the Month and Citizen of the Month for December. Germana was honored for his outstanding and tireless work for Parma over a number of years. He is retiring from his most recent public service as the District 4 Cuyahoga County Councilman (and will be replaced by Ward 8 Parma City Councilman Scott Tuma in January.) Despite his retirement from public service, Chuck, who has worked at Parma’s family-owned Four Star Insurance for 46 years, remains an important and respected community advocate. He is a product of Parma Senior High and Ohio University and attends St. Bridget parish. Chuck has led numerous community endeavors as their president, including Proud of Parma, Parma Jaycees, Boy Scout Troop 358 Committee, Valley Forge Boosters, Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Parma City Council, Cuyahoga County Insurance Board and the Northeast Ohio City Council Association. Chuck and Anne have been married for 48 years and have four children and eight grandchildren.
In December, Derek Schafer from West Creek Conservancy along with representatives from studioTECHNE architects appeared before Parma City Council and presented their plan for the West Creek Quarry District, part of the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative. What they proposed is a plan to support and adopt complete street initiatives, create bike/pedestrian safe access and facilities, support economic development through place-based transportation and land use recommendations, and connect these proposals with existing assets and investments. They would further integrate principles of accessibility and environmental justice ensuring the benefits of growth and change are available to all members of the community, integrate and link recreation assets, and provide people with safe and reliable transportation choices that enhance their quality of life.
“Buy American and hire American.” At a rally in Cincinnati this month, President-elect Trump used those words as he pledged to use American products and workers to carry out his infrastructure plan. Congress has encouraged this bipartisan idea for many years because it just makes sense. If we’re investing in our country’s infrastructure, why wouldn’t we also invest in our country’s workers and businesses? Buy America rules ensure that there’s work at plants in Coshocton, Cleveland, Marion and across our state – supporting Ohio jobs. But last week, Washington leadership abandoned that idea and turned its back on the many Ohioans who work in the iron and steel industry.
On December 15 Vista Springs Greenbriar held a "soft opening event" that offered people from the area a much anticipated look at this modern living space that has grown from the ground up right before their eyes over the past year. Inside, the luxurious surroundings and furnishings speak for themselves. A warm, comfortable atmosphere with a building design that seems easy to navigate.
The Board of Trustees of the City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2017 award season. In its tenth year, the Foundation will once again offer three to five scholarships with a minimum award of $1,500 each. One of these scholarships will be designated for an applicant exhibiting an exceptional commitment to community service. Applications are available on the City of Parma website at http://www.cityofparma-oh.gov. Applications may also be obtained at Parma City Hall, any of the Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library branches or any high school located within the Parma City School District. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to high school seniors or equivalent who are residents of the City of Parma wishing to pursue post-secondary education during the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Financial need, work ethic, community service, and accomplishments are among the selection criteria for the scholarship. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. For more information or to donate to the Foundation, please contact Parma City Council President and Board of Trustees Member Sean Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-885-8091.
A humble heart complains less. All of our decisions and undertakings should be compatible with Godly standards. Avoid “picky” word fights started by quarrelsome individuals. Be respectful of differences among people. Discover each other’s positive traits of goodness, friendship, and love. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
The accomplishments of two area students are the focus of this month’s column.
This month I return to my continuing series on Parma’s places of worship by reporting on Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church. I have visited Holy Spirit, located at 5500 West 54th Street, many times over the years and have developed a close friendship with Pastor Reverend Father James Batcha. I have to say that I always feel welcomed into this special Parma holy space.
Another holiday season has once again made its way into our hearts and memories, and with the season came an ever inspiring spirit moved in us all to wish a warm and welcome time with family and friends, and thoughtful goodwill, empathy and understanding towards all upon the earth.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: BE CURIOUS WITH THEM. January’s Asset Category: POSITIVE IDENTITY.
With the election of Donald Trump as the next President and with the Republican party in control of congress beginning this month, is there a future for the ACA or Obamacare? While the Republican party has made a lot of noise about repealing this act, actually undoing it will be much more complicated and could have serious and unintended consequences.
When people are dissatisfied with an outcome or ruling, usually of a political nature, they demonstrate. With the proper permits from the area that is of concern to make their point is not only a legal but also an impressive manner to make their voices heard. Without documentation, that is illegal assembly and the activists are subject to prosecution under the law. Kowtowing to those who do not follow this procedure is merely encouraging them not to follow the law, not only in this instance but other instances as well. Rules are made for a reason. The reasons are supposed to be for the public good and safety. The rules, at times, are not always valid, in which case they can work to change the laws governing them. While the rules exist, follow them and there will be no consequence; don’t and there are and should be consequences. It has become commonplace that demonstrations are often accompanied by violence and rioting. If this is done to emphasize a point this rationale should be rethought.
Winter snowfalls remind me of the automobile “Year-end Clearance” sales years ago, when we hastily needed to replace our car. Our favorite choices had quickly sold out weeks earlier, but luckily we found a reasonable, higher-end replacement. We thought! Our teenagers, hoping for a sporty, flashy model admitted they “wouldn’t want to be seen in that TANK.” The name stuck.
Entrepreneur Adam Radogna has demonstrated his commitment to the Parma area with the purchase of a 7-Eleven® franchise store located at 6858 Ridge Road across from Parmatown Mall. The deal took place on December 5. This is Radogna’s second franchise store; he acquired his first store located at 7510 Broadview Road just last year at the age of 26.
During the Depression, millions of American workers lost their jobs. In Ohio by 1933, more than 40% of factory workers and 67% of construction workers were unemployed. In 1932, Ohio’s unemployment rate for all residents reached 37.3%. Industrial workers who retained their jobs usually faced reduced hours and wages. These people had a difficult time supporting their families. Many of Ohio’s city workers moved to the countryside, where they could grow enough food to feed their families.
We all know the importance of Lake Erie as a source of freshwater. A few years ago, run-off from farms in the western basin of Lake Erie caused major problems that prevented the Toledo area from drawing water for its use. But every action we each take, living in the Lake Erie watershed, affects the water we drink, the water for our crops, and the water we play in. It's amazing the effects we have on such a large body of water, an asset we should not and cannot take for granted.
The General Motors Foundation and GM’s Parma Metal Center have announced $25,000 in grants to Greater Cleveland nonprofit organizations through its Community Grants program. “Through the GM Foundation, these important community organizations are able to drive programs that continue to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Lamar Rucker, Parma’s plant manager. “We are proud to be a part of a company and community that both work hard to support education, enhance community revitalization and help those in need.”
Are you your neighborhood Christmas lights master? Do you begin building blueprints in July — wearing a Santa hat and guzzling those bottles of Great Lakes Christmas Ale you stashed under the stairs from the year before? Do you sign up for new social media accounts just to have more places to post pictures and tout your self-granted bragging rights? If so, this contest is for you!
One-hundred years ago, World War I was still going on and most of the attention was about the War. If you asked a kid what they wanted in 1916, this would be their normal response: candy, nuts, rocking horse, dolls, mittens or gloves, toy train, oranges, books, handkerchiefs, ice skates. Generally, each child was given only one item on this list so they would only ask for one thing. Everything here with the exception of the skates could easily have been made by hand or purchased for a small amount of money.
A highly regarded and intellectually revered occupation is that of engineer. There is a great deal of study, time, and energy involved in acquiring such a degree. The requirements are above the norm. A great deal of math and science are the surface of study for those who wish to become proficient in this area. Detail is the code word for working in this area of expertise. Should you glance around, you will marvel of the accomplishments of engineers. All that is constructed must have architectural drawings and structural engineering input. The coordination of the fields is a symphony when in concert. The wise engineer also listens to the input from all parties involved. Details gleaned from those with knowledge of what is practical and functional are a portion of what a quality engineer takes into consideration when undertaking a project. Individuals with day-to-day experience in what is to be utilized when completed, is how designs become most functional, and to dismiss this input would be a grave error. Recent constructions are examples of how attention to detail can create a completely successful task or one that is lacking.
Since taking office in 2011, I have looked into many different ways to save money for Parma residents. One area that I looked into was outstanding bond debt and the possibility of refunding some of these bonds to save money with better rates. I am pleased to report that in 2016, I was able to complete another bond refunding and save approximately $665,929, which puts our total savings for the residents of Parma at $1,376,608 since 2011.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) volleyball coach Mary Colovas, of Parma, has been named 2016 Coach of the Year by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference after guiding the Challengers to their best season in more than a decade.
What A Year 2016 Has Been In Cleveland And It All Was Made Possible By A Key Vote In A Local Election Long Ago.
This year certainly placed Cleveland on the map in a very positive way. In June, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship and more than one million people came downtown to celebrate. Then, in July, the city hosted the Republican National Convention and again received national exposure. Finally, over the past month, the Cleveland Indians surprised the sports world by almost winning the World Series in a monumental seventh game.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan has again organized the annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive. Celebrating its 6th year, community partners will be collecting peanut butter throughout December for All Faiths Pantry, a Parma area 501(c)3 nonprofit group, that delivers groceries at no charge to local low income seniors and others with challenges to mobility.
A popular fast and furious sport is the game of hockey. It requires careful watching and, more importantly, total concentration every second the players are on the ice. Barbara has been a hockey mom for seven years, since her son, Logan, was in third grade. He is now a sophomore and an active player for his high school’s team. Since he’s been involved in this sport, he has functioned as a goalie and takes great pride in his position and contribution to the team’s total effort.
A number of people portray a form of godliness that is contrary to Biblical truth; turn away from such people. According to a doctor, there are no drugs that are one hundred percent safe; however, there are occasions when their use is the lesser of two evils. Be strong and of good courage (faith) to cope in a dangerous world with all of its temptations and intimidations. Because of our “fallen nature,” we are all born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil and need to be redeemed. It is wise and beneficial to refrain from all kinds of sin (wrongs), especially those that produce deadly consequences in everyday living. Examples are the following: MONEY, the love of money meaning gain at any cost is a good thing; IDOLATRY, worshipping created things more than the Creator God; FORNICATION, premarital sex that is degrading and often results in sexual disease and abortion.
The Historical Society has made significant improvements in 2016. In addition to our monthly meetings, informal weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Parma South Presbyterian Church as an opportunity for available members to discuss any new or old business updates.
November 4th, 2016, would have marked the day of our parade, a parade of champions, yet we still have a great deal to celebrate as winners.
In a coordinated campaign across Greater Lake Erie, northeast Ohio residents have likely seen the phrase “Lake Erie Starts Here’...or ‘with Me!” Although daunting to consider, every action we each take affects the water we drink, the water for our crops, and the water we play in.
The construction on the Vista Springs Greenbriar building located in the revitalized heart of Parma at The Shoppes at Parma will be completed in December. We expect licensing by the State of Ohio Board of Health to be completed early in January. At Vista Springs Greenbriar, we are creating an exquisite senior living community in which our community members and families will enjoy an incomparable vibrant lifestyle with 5-star resort amenities, a variety of floorplans, inspiring signature events and activities, fine and casual restaurant dining, and specialized personal care options to engage the body, mind, and soul…It’s what we mean by Full of Life.
Are you familiar with the following individuals: Bonnie Dunkelman, Carole DePaola, Mary Anne Christie, or Curt Braden? Like a great majority of Ohioans, probably not. However, if you voted in the Presidential election on November 8, chances are you voted for two of them. This month I explore the elusive Electoral College – the group of Americans who have the Constitutional power to elect the president.
Saturday, October 29th, was certainly a big day for the business community in Polish Village. Treat & Greet 2016, had the largest turnout ever. Mother Nature was certainly onboard with blue skies and unseasonably warm weather. All the kids, decked out in their various costumes, were impatiently waiting the kick off at 11:00 a.m. with some still going strong when it ended at 3:00 p.m.
December’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME. 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.
CAC ART GRANT: November 14th was a great day for the Parma Area Fine Arts Council. That was the day the announcement was made that they have been awarded a matching grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for 2017. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announced $14.5 million in grants to 241 Cuyahoga County Nonprofits that day. A matching grant is one where funds must be raised to equal the amount of the grant. The matching grant PAFAC will receive is one of the smallest, but it will help to fund free art classes in the Spring and Summer of 2017 for the Parma area community. Watch for details on upcoming classes and workshops in early Spring of 2017.
2016 MyCom Youth Voice Awards
UH Parma Medical Center is recognized among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation for 2017, according to Truven Health Analytics. The ranking demonstrates that UH Parma outperformed its peers on a balanced scorecard that considers inpatients and extended outcomes, clinical processes, efficiency and cost for common cardiovascular conditions and treatments.