Polish Village will soon have a pocket park, located in the vacant lot next to Palmiero Brothers, on Ridge Road. The Polish Village Pocket Park is Brian Bowne's, Troup 221, Eagle Scout Project. He has already started planting trees and shrubs. There will be a flag pole, tables, and a garden area, with a brick walkway. Show your support for this greenspace on Ridge Road, by purchasing a brick. Bricks come in two sizes, 8"x4" for $50, and 8"x8" for $75. Memorialize an event, birth, death or anniversary, recognize an individual, promote your business or organization. Leave a legacy, and become a part of Polish Village history. Net proceeds from the sale of bricks will be used to fund the beautification of the pocket park. Contact Brian Bowne by email at email@example.com for details.
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Parma residents driving on Ridge Road through Polish Village might be wondering what's with the sizable terracotta "bowls" that have appeared on the sidewalks there lately. A couple of weeks ago, they were merely empty bowls. Now they are filled with soil. Pretty soon, they will have greenery in them, and flowers. There are 20 of the planters placed throughout Polish Village; in the future, there could be more in other parts of Parma. “This is just another step toward beautifying Parma,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, the Parma Education Association (PEA) held its annual fundraising event for student scholarships: The Night at the Races. Sponsored by the AXA Advisors of Ohio (a member of the global AXA Financial Group), the occasion raised approximately $9,000, all of which will be allocated to the PEA Scholarship Fund.
Do you like your dinner assembled as separate ingredients in small bowls surrounding a blazing hot flat top in the center of a table? Do you prefer to eat your Asian cuisine to the loud tapping, smacking, and juggling of a Japanese man in a traditional kimono robe? If so, you are probably a fan of Hibatchi, Japanese food cooked at the table. And you are probably familiar with the star of this month's cocktail curio: Sake!
In April, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both made campaign appearances in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the region known as “coal country”. For the past decade, the economy in “coal country” has been in a prolonged slump with many coal mines closed and many coal miners unemployed. Both candidates appealed for votes in that chronically depressed region.
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
Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act.
Health Matters – Educational talk by Urologist Carson Wong, MD, – Wednesday, June 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
On May 21, 2016, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC) hosted their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. This year there were 27 entrants. Each artist entered three pieces. There were five different categories with cash prizes, plus a Best of Show and People's Choice Award. In addition to the artwork on display and some for sale, there was a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese Auction with 12 items. The event was free and open to the public. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and juice boxes for the kids were available. As well as Jack Frost Donuts, cookies, and P Jay's Pizza. Most of the artists were on hand to meet and greet the attendees. In addition to the artwork on display from the adults, student work from the youth Art Exploration Class was on display, and ribbons were awarded in the three different age categories.
Celebrating its 25th year, the Paralegal Studies Program at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Pleasant Valley is the oldest American Bar Association-approved paralegal program in Cuyahoga County. Tri-C paralegal graduates work in a wide variety of settings, including large law firms, solo practices, businesses, hospitals, and in government offices.
The Board of the Friends of the Parma Libraries held its annual meeting on Saturday, April 23 in the auditorium of the Parma Snow branch. During the meeting, the Friends' Citizen of the Year award was presented to long-time board member Marilyn Scotti, whose daily volunteer efforts help make the Snow branch's on-going book sale such a success. Scotti receives and inventories materials donated to the library for the book sales. She shelves the books and ensures that the on-going sale shelves remain neat and organized. Scotti, a resident of Parma, was presented with an engraved clock by board president Dianna Kall and board member Alice Brown.
I know how much fun a family golf outing can be. So to encourage families to enjoy a round at Ridgewood Golf Course and get fit together, we are introducing a Family Special. For just $5 per golfer, your group can walk up to nine holes and enjoy the course.
On May 26, Pleasant Lake Villa residents participated in a veneration ceremony which honors the Mother of God. The prayer intentions of residents and staff were written on round pieces of paper and made into a rosary. The rosary was placed on the altar. The intentions are to be offered up to her son Jesus. A crown of flowers was then placed on Mary’s head as traditional Marian hymns were sung. A special thank you goes out to Gina Dias and Deacon Chuck Tweddell and Holy Family Women’s Ministry for their time and effort in making this day so special for the Pleasant Lake Villa residents. Durkin’s florist donated the roses for the Crowning.
The Parma Neighborhood Youth Development Plan: How You Can Help Our Communities. Over the next year, the Parma Neighborhood Youth Development Plan will be implemented, and we need your help! The plan aims to further engage our communities to provide social, emotional and academic support for youth as well as teaching leadership and advocacy skills to help them take charge of their futures. With your support, we hope to strengthen partnerships throughout our neighborhoods and work together to develop quality services for our youth.
Well, summer finally feels like it is here and what better time to give you a rundown of some of Parma’s biggest summertime events. Below is a list of what has recently been shared with me.
University Hospitals unveils its newest outpatient center in Broadview Heights with a public open house and a host of activities on Sunday, June 12.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is joining forces with the North Royalton Family YMCA to combat obesity with a weight-loss challenge. The eight-week program involves access to the YMCA, 11409 State Rd., for workouts, weekly weigh-ins and Saturday group workouts followed by talks by health experts. Work with a personal trainer on a fitness routine that meets your goals, with nutritional coaching and group support. Prizes will be given weekly and at the end of the competition for individuals and teams with the highest percentage of pounds shed.
The Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and Event Sponsors, UH Parma Medical Center and Cox Communications, in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College West campus and The Illuminating Company proudly presents our 26th Anniversary of our Annual Rib ‘N Rock Cook Off on Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, 2016. Our NEW LOCATION is at Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, 11000 W. Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma (site off York Rd. & parking is free on the campus).
Twenty-one months after signing academic commitment letters with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), Joseph Massaroni and Zachary Toth of Parma delivered on their penned promise. They were among 11 members of Tri-C’s first Honors Program Fellowship class to cross the stage at Spring Commencement on May 19. All enrolled at Tri-C in August 2014 with scholarships designated for high-achieving high school graduates and covering tuition, fees and books.
Summertime, in today’s world, can be endured and enjoyed with air conditioning, backyard pools, community water parks, hose fights and vacations to suitable destinations. Although we fantasize about warmer weather during nature’s winter blasts, when it arrives some of us hide indoors where our comfort can be selected with a touch of a button. It’s this accessible existence that nudge my subconscious memories of days long ago when we kids would thrive on sunshine.
Let’s get a quick perspective about him; he has access to great wealth, he has a narcissistic attitude, he likes to think of himself before others, he is arrogant, he concerns himself about others only to the extent it will benefit himself, he doesn’t think of himself as an employee but rather someone who can order others. On all these points, how does he differ from the vast majority of elected officials or those vying for office, so why is there all of this concern if he will be able to govern. This is not intended as an endorsement of anyone but as a comparison. It is rare an elected official, usually with a background in law, who is capable of operating a properly functioning government. Usually, the functioning parts are more capable, it is the heads of the administrative offices that are inept. An example of this would be the television program “Undercover Boss”. Invariably the administrator, the boss, has absolutely no clue on how to operate any level of the companies’ product and/ or production. They may have a degree, but no practical experience on how to create a final product. Politicians are similar, in that they have a life of privilege and a college degree however, if you have ever studied with a particular concern in mind, the actual function many times isn’t similar. The best manner in which you can understand how a company fully functions is to work your way up, gaining knowledge and experience on all levels. There should be very little if any variation in government. It is a rarity that a lawyer has had a position in which he/she has labored in any field which they defended in the legal arena, it would be pretty much impossible to have a functioning knowledge of all the areas which they defend, even with a staff that would do the research in these areas.
On May 20th the Joseph J. Jacubic American Legion post 572 in Parma Ohio, will be hosting the inaugural "First Responders Appreciation Night" being dubbed as "Heroes honoring Heroes". This is a one of kind event that should prove to be memorable for the community, the American Legion and most certainly the first Responders....
Brad Karn, a 2014 graduate of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, has signed a letter of intent to basketball at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) during the 2016-2017 season.
Residents of Parma and the surrounding Southwest suburban communities are invited to "pay it forward" to help hospice patients and their families while walking in memory of loved ones. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5, is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.
False data continues to proliferate mainstream and social media, overwhelm online comments, and spill from local officials and residents’ lips about the recently-passed bow bow-hunting advisory election. Although Cuyahoga County Board of Elections official/final results for all six communities show about 2 to 1 in favor of bow hunting, the majority of registered voters in all six communities did not vote.
Volunteers don’t get paid for all their hard work~but that’s because they’re priceless!
The Health Club was crowded with robed female participants at various stages of routing. A handsome “Viking” leaned against the reception desk and called my name. I froze, and prayed for someone else to respond. Four ladies came to attention and flashed the uniformed blond a reciprocal smile. A twenty-something threw her hormones into gear and displayed her shapely legs. But, it was me he wanted. My lengthy wait confirmed my worst fear. There was no female available to administer my massage. I was being paged by a “hot” masseur.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: POINT OUT WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM. May’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.
Pink Flamingos are making their way back to Parma. Just like the swallows return to Capistrano, and the buzzards return to Hinkley, pink flamingos are popping up in yards all over Parma. Little known fact, there are more pink plastic flamingos in existence than there are real live ones. In the 1960's, Parma received fame when Ghoulardi, a local TV host, began poking fun of Parma with it's white socks, pink plastic flamingo lawn ornaments, gazing balls, kielbasa and pierogi. The pink plastic flamingo became a tradition on Parma lawns.
Saturday, May 21th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC) will hold their annual Medley ofArts Show & Sale, 10am to 4pm, 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, and woodcarving). Cash prizes are awarded to artists in 5 categories. Attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite entry. A Chinese auction will be held of handcrafted items. Refreshments will be available. The event is open to the public, and admission is FREE. The Parma Area Fine Arts Council has been serving this community since 1962. Several paintings from their permanment collection are on display at the center, as well as carvings from the Great Lakes Wood Carvers throughout the year. PAFAC also offers affordable art classes, with discounts to members, and beginners are welcomed and encouraged. PAFAC is a qualified 501(c)3 and has not raised their prices in over 15 years. For more information go to www.parmafinearts.org, follow them on Facebook, or call the office (440)888-4514, and leave a message and a volunteer will return your call. Stop in on Saturday, May 21st, view the entries, vote for your favorite, participate in a Chinese Auction, enjoy some refreshments and chat with the artists, and see what they have created for your enjoyment.
Last month I wrote about wage theft by companies against their employees. That column focused on the ways unscrupulous employers cheated workers out of legally mandated overtime pay as well as hourly wages. However there is another form of wage theft that is also very pervasive in the United States right now. That is misclassifying employees as exempt or as independent contractors.
I am excited to announce a new addition to our junior golf program this year. Starting Tuesday June 14,the beginner’s class of the junior program (ages 8-12) will offer two classes at Ridgewood administered by The First Tee of Cleveland. The first class runs from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and the second class will run from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Don’t delay, because space is limited to the first 24 paid juniors for each class in the beginner’s section. After each class ends, we will go out to the golf course for instruction and golf. This portion of the junior golf program will last an additional 1.5 hours. For example: if your junior golfer signs up for the 9 a.m. class he or she will finish around noon. Those participating in the 11a.m. class should finish around 2 p.m. Each junior golfer should arrive 30 minutes before class begins to register for the day. At the end of each session, a hot dog and drink will be served to each junior golfer. (There is also an intermediate section, which is ages 12-18, and it is also limited to 48 golfers.) Check www.Golfridgewoodohio.com or call (440)-888-1057 for complete information.
According to the Bible, marriage is an institution put in place by God, in which two adults of different gender choose to share an intimate, personal, and lasting relationship. Doing otherwise does not change this.
Area seniors were dressed in their Indians’ best for the annual “Indians’ Baseball Opener"l Party & Dance held at the Smallwood Center in April. Amid the music, chatter and laughter, the famous, lovable Cleveland Indians’ mascot, “Slider,” burst into the hall! The surprised and delighted crowd greeted him with big smiles and huge rounds of applause!. He danced and cavorted merrily through the room, stopping only to wiggle his famous belly and give hundreds of warm handshakes and hugs. He boogied and twirled as the cameras flashed, and cut a mean rug with the senior dancers. He performed with the Raisin’ Canes, led them in singing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and happily posed for the dozens of pictures everyone wanted with their furry pink friend. What a delightful surprise, and what a fun way to spend an April day, welcoming the 2016 Indians’ baseball season. Go, Slider!! Go, Tribe!
Parma has a history of being a Rock & Roll town dating back to concerts by Peter Frampton and other rockers at Byer's Field. Following in that tradition, the Alive Inside Foundation, as a kick-off to the launch of their "Adopt An Elder/Build A Bridge" Program with students from Director Kristopher S. Morron's Valley Forge High School Music Ed Department is bringing Legendary Emerson,Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer and the ELP Legacy Band to the Valley Forge High School Auditorium on Saturday June 18, 2016 for some Rock with A Purpose. The event doors open at 4 PM, and the event begins at 5 PM
The annual Safety Fair in Parma took place on April 30, a Saturday morning that started out awfully cold but soon turned much warmer by the 11:00 a.m. starting time, weather not uncommon for this time of year. I've always enjoyed attending this event, and this year was no exception. There is an assortment of interesting activities all occurring simultaneously, from demonstrations of the dangers of dealing with home grease fires, to displays of police dog prowess, guided tours of the Parma Justice Center, and all kinds of useful information concerning safety and common sense approaches to better life choices. Congratulations to all of the hardworking volunteers who made an extraordinary effort to present this fun and most worthwhile event.
The Donna Smallwood Activities Center and Parma Office on Aging was awarded the 2016 Independent Living Award for Excellence in Business Practices as chosen by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Center Director Jo Ann Mason accepted the award Tuesday, along with Brandon Bussey, executive director of the North Royalton/Ridgewood YMCA.