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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse: Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news
O  From
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >>
  “Fundamentals of Human Traffickingpresentations are scheduled for 10:30 am on Tues, Dec 6th. The hour-long presentation is both free and virtual. Note that Social Workers completing this program are eligible to receive 1 free CEU. Get details & register here.
      >>  If you know/see something – say something.  Know who to contact….a trusted adult, your local police department, the County's Regional Human Trafficking Task Force at 216.443.6085, or if you feel it's an emergency dial 911.
Should services and/or support for a victim be required, a call to the H. T, Collaborative, 440.872.6500 can result in the appropriate connection/s being made w/any of its 70+ partner organizations or agencies. 

O  From
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)...As a reminder -  it’s important for parents to teach their children to look out for those who are targeted by cyberbullying, especially LGBT+ teens. For more information, visit cyberbullying.org.

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center... Click here to learn about support for survivors who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing.  Check out the video presented in American Sign Language  w/English sub-titles describing services available.
 
LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors identified & vetted by the MyCom network:  > The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation  > The Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grants   >  The DanPaul Foundation   > The Charles Lafitte Foundation  > The TK Foundation.  If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization visit these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission.  

O  From Parma City Schools: 
      >>  The Sword & Shield, PCSD’s culinary program located at Normandy H.S. is now open on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch. Learn more and order here.
      >>  Join us for Parma City Schools Night w/the Cavs on Saturday, December 10th vs Oklahoma City Thunder. Come out and support Parma City Schools and cheer on our Cleveland Cavaliers. Get your tickets here.
      >>  Community walking & swimming will be available at our three high schools from December – May. Go here for details and schedules.
      >>  The district is looking for feedback regarding our facilities after the failure of Issue 9. It would be helpful if you would please complete this short survey to help with this effort to upgrade/update facilities.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 3:56 PM, 11.29.2022

AARP Tax Aide Volunteers Needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP.  We plan 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and 6 additional sites in the neighboring cities.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

News You Can Use (And Where To find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news >  K N O W   T H E   S I G N S  <
> Pay attention if a person:  > Be alert if a young person:
    *  Appears submissive, afraid or nervous.                                                            *  Has a much older “boyfriend / “girlfriend.
    *  Tells a well-rehearsed or inconsistent story.                                                   *  Has new jewelry, new hairdo or polished nails (not paid for
    *  Is not in control of his/her identification papers                                                 by the youth’s parent or guardian/s.
    *  Shows signs of physical or mental abuse.                                                        *  Has sporadic or poor school attendance.
    *  Is not able to come and go as he/she pleases.                                                *  Possesses multiple hotel cards or cell phones.
    *  Does not want to tell you about a tattoo which may be                               *  Wears clothing inappropriate for his/her age or for the
        a trafficker’s branding.                                                                                              weather.
> Signs a friend or someone you know may be experiencing human trafficking:
    * Someone has isolated your friend from you and other loving & supportive people.
    * Someone makes decisions for your friend about when he/she is free, where they can go, or who they can hang out with.
    * Your friend left town suddenly or disappears from time to time with little or no explanation.
    * Your friend is highly secretive about a new relationship or their whereabouts.
    * Your friend has received expensive gifts.
    * You never see your friend anymore or you can never get time alone with them.
    * Your friend seems frightened or nervous.
    * Your friend seems malnourished or ill and isn’t allowed to get the treatment they need.
>>  Know who to contact….a trusted adult, your local police department, the County's Regional Human Trafficking Task Force at 216.443.6085, or if you feel it's an emergency dial 911. Should services and/or support for a victim be required, a call to the H. T, Collaborative, 440.872.6500 can result in the appropriate connection/s being made w/any of its 70+ partner organizations or agencies. 

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center... Click here to learn about support for survivors who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing.  Check out the video presented in American Sign Language  w/English sub-titles describing services available.

O  From
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >>
  “Fundamentals of Human Trafficking” presentations are scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tues, Nov 15th, and again at 10:30 am on Tues, Dec 6th. These hour-long presentations are both free and virtual. Note that Social Workers completing this program are eligible to receive 1 free CEU. Get details & register here.
 
LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors identified by the MyCom network:  >  Colibri Grants  > Classics for Kids Foundation  > The Edward E. Ford Foundation  > The Fordham Street Foundation         > The Global Fund for Children.  If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization visit these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission.  
 
O  From Parma City Schools: 
      >>  Go hereto learn more about how PCSD has & is responding to the mental health crisis, the notoriety the program has received, and how its efficacy has attracted key sponsorships & the support of Cav’s player Kevin Love.
      >>  Proposed new school boundary maps for the 2023-2024 School Year have been drafted. Go here to view & learn more.
     >>  In partnership with PSE Credit Union, K-4 students are now able to open an actual savings account & "bank" weekly! The “PCSD Pennie Club” program is student-run & staff facilitated at each of their elementary buildings.  Staff training is now complete and they’re ready for bankers!
      >>  If you’re not already aware, new Senior Discount cards qualify Senior citizens for 20% off of services offered by Normandy’s  Cosmetology program and meals served by the Sword & Shield Culinary restaurant! Senior discount coupons are available at the central office on Longwood. Learn more here.     
      >> If you’re a local business owner, go here to learn more about the district’s Workforce Learning Program. Find out why and how your business can participate to help build a local workforce pipeline.
     
O From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE):
     
>>  RecoveryOhio has partnered with several state agencies to create a new public awareness campaign focused on warning middle school, high school, and college students and their families of the dangers of counterfeit pillsDownload the materials to share today.
      >>  Click here to learn more about a new Community Wellbeing: Social Determinants of Health dashboard available on the DataOhio Portal. Explore the dashboard to gain insight that can help inform local decision-making.
      >>  Are you working with students and families displaced by conflict, environmental disasters, and other extraordinary circumstances? Go here to review ODE’s new “Enrolling and Supporting Displaced and Newcomer Students” webpage containing requirements and considerations to best support displaced newcomer students with immediate enrollment and more.
      >>  If you’re a tutoring vendor or looking for a professional tutoring service click here to learn more about ODE’s just released high-quality tutoring program directory.

O  From All Faiths Pantry...The organization is in need of delivery volunteers.
For more information call Megan at 216.406.4329 or visit their website athttps://allfaithspantry.org/

O  From Medworks of Greater Cleveland...
They are hosting a FREE DENTAL CLINIC on Friday, Nov 18th and again on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland.  No questions asked; walk-ins only. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Go here for details.

O  From The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition (NEOBHC)...
Visit their website here and click on the COMMUNITY tab to learn more about the more than 20 activities, events, and projects currently underway. DATA RESOURCES are also available by clicking on the ABOUT tab.

O  From Search Institute:
      >> 
Go hereto review the results of their 2015 study, “Don’t Forget the Families – The Missing Piece in America’s Effort to Help All Children Succeed.” There’s a lot of good stuff here – well worth more than just a cursory visit. Among its many TIPS is a reference to Parent Further, Search Institute’s website for families to find quizzes, conversation starters, activities, and other tools to strengthen developmental relationships in families. Learn more & check it out here.
      >>  Sign up for this free, 1-hour webinar: The State of Developmental Assets coming up on Wednesday, November 16 at 10:00 am, CST.  SI’s CEO will be sharing new data around Developmental Assets, discussing the state of Developmental Assets throughout the pandemic, and how Assets lay the foundation for building meaningful relationships with young people to ensure they feel seen, heard, and valued. Register here.

O  From
ASSE-Intn’l Student Exchange Program...ASSE is looking for local representatives to help assist local families and high school exchange students who will be attending high schools during the 2023 – 2024 school year. To learn how to apply visit their website by clicking the hyperlink above. For more specific information contact our state coordinator, Holly Hawk at holly@asse.com, ph: 937.418.6779.

O  From OCALI...For folks working (or living) with clients (kids mostly but adults as well) on the autism spectrum and/or who may have some type of physical or sensory challenge. OCALI’s annual 4-day, all-virtual conference is scheduled to start on November 15th. If registering as a parent/student the cost is only $50; if as a professional it's $250. They're quoting > 15,000 registrants so far & at $50 a pop it may be worth considering. Go here to visit the conference website.

O  From the Down Syndrome Assoc. of NE Ohio (DSANEO):
      >> 
For families interested, DSANEO will be hosting its Holiday Party on Sunday, Dec. 4th at the Holiday Inn on Rockside Rd. Visit their website for more information.
      >>  While there, a) check all the activities planned for this month on the Calendar page and b) visit their Publications page to view among others, a list of all the programs and services they offer, and view a copy of “Life with Down Syndrome – A New & Expectant Parent Guide”

O From Lake Erie Ink (A writing space for youth)...Visit their website to learn more about how this local organization offers programs for students ages 6 to 18, as well as providing off-site creative writing experiences for students in schools and other youth-serving organizations.  Go here to view and/or register for any of their extensive list of fall programming opportunities.

O  From Ohio Dept. of Insurance... The Life Insurance Policy Locator tool from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners helps to connect consumers with their deceased loved ones' lost life insurance policies and annuity contracts if there are any. The online tool is free & available to anyone.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

FREE Workshop

On Monday, November 21, 2022, a FREE Colored Pencil Workshop, will be held at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W Ridgewood Drive, 12:30 to 2:30 PM. The workshop will be taught by local artist and retired art teacher, Donata Rahne. This workshop is for those who state they can’t draw a straight line. It’s a friendly, relaxing, non-judgemental workshop that that introduces beginners to a fun way of creating something you can be proud to show to your friends. You’ll learn how to shade and color with pencils. It’s FREE and all supplies are included. 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace & Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, is having their Annual Spooktacular Show. They sure do love the spooky stuff at Prama. If you love dark, mysterious and spooky, you’ll love this show. Opening night was Friday, October 28, 2022. Patrons came dressed in costumes, refreshments were served. and listened to the sounds of Sept Le Charme perform their latest Draculian dirges at 8 PM. Sept le Charme just released a new album of their dark poetry as lyrics titled, And on the 7th Day, the Goth God Created Sept le Charme. This exhibit will be available for you to peruse through November 20th. 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

Treat & Greet 2022

The 12th Annual Polish Village Treat & Greet, October 22nd, was a huge success this year. The weather was sunny and warm, which brought people out in droves. This event is brought to you by the Polish Village non-profit volunteers. The route included over 40 stops to trick-or-treat, from Ridge and Pearl to Ridge and Hamstead. Parma Police, Parma Fire, and Parma UH also participated passing out candy. Twenty-four raffle prizes were awarded to the adults this year, each with a value of $50 or more. Several shop owners dressed in costume also. As did the adults accompanying children. One stop had free coffee for the adults and a chance to rest. Sparky The Dog was seen greeting kids on Ridge Road. One stop had balloons for the kids. So many great costumes! 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

Hand & Stone Opens New Spa in Parma

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the nation’s leading luxury massage and facial spa franchise, announced today the opening of its newest franchised location in Parma. Located in The Shoppes at Parma at 7841 W. Ridgewood Drive, the new Hand & Stone spa is owned and operated by longtime Independence resident and pharmacist Neel Patel. With the opening of his new spa, Neel is bringing Hand & Stone’s signature skincare services and luxury spa experience to his community, making high-end wellness services affordable and accessible in Parma.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

During National Family Caregiver Month, CWRU Researchers Study Stress Management In Dementia Caregivers

For over a decade, Dr. Jaclene Zauszniewski, an internationally recognized nurse-scientist and Distinguished Faculty Researcher Award recipient of Case Western Reserve University, and her research team, have learned from caregivers and for caregivers. Her research has one common goal: helping family caregivers to better manage stress and stay healthy.    

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

The President's Corner

Parma is Ohio’s seventh most populous city and, commensurate with its size and population, is a city of parks. But, how many residents have visited or are even aware of all 20 parks and the amenities that each provides? This month’s column is dedicated to Parma’s recreational parks and will hopefully encourage you to visit all that they have to offer. They are listed loosely in order from north to south. Cut out the column and use it as your checklist!

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

Voting For The Person, Not The Party

Like most voters, I look at the person, not the party, and that’s why I’m going to vote for Sean Brennan for the Ohio House of Representatives this year. We need leaders who will unite us, instead of divide us – and Sean is the man for the job. Over the past few years, I’ve seen too many politicians rely on inflammatory rhetoric, distracting us from the real issues at hand; but Sean promotes and acts on the common sense, common ground ideas that tangibly help our community.

He has served our community as President of our City Council and a teacher in our public schools, and I’ve never seen a public servant who works and delivers like Sean does. He is “all action,” and that’s why he has my vote.

And to be clear, Sean is the only Democrat I’ll be voting for this year because I know he is the candidate who will get the job done better than anyone else. I urge my fellow citizens who are dedicated to their faith, their families, and their community to do the same. 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

Call For Nominations Opens For $30,000 In Tech Boosts grants From Cox Communications

Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the call for nominations for its annual “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission. The nomination period closes October 13, 2022.  

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 8:51 AM, 11.01.2022

Parma City Council Honors Heroic Padua High School Employee

At the Sept. 19 Parma City Council meeting, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 5 Councilman Allan Divis and Ward 7 Councilwoman Kammy Coyle Shuman recognized Padua Franciscan High School cafeteria worker Megan Kulikowski for her heroic actions. On Sept. 1, a red-faced student approached Kulikowski during lunch, leaned into her and gasped the word, “Help.” The four-year cafeteria worker called for assistance and then immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver, saving the choking student’s life. A humble Kulikowski said she does not perceive herself a hero and that any Padua lunch employee would have done the same.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:06 AM, 10.01.2022

Veterans Memorial Monument Rededication

On Saturday, September 24 the American Legion Post 703 held a re-dedication for the Veterans Memorial monument behind the Parma Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library. The original monument was dedicated on July 4, 1969.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:06 AM, 10.01.2022

FREE Marvelous Metallics

On Monday, October 17, 2022, a FREE workshop, titled Marvelous Metallics, will be held at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W Ridgewood Drive, 12:30 to 2:30 PM. The workshop will be taught by local artist Donata Rahne. This workshop is for those who state they can’t draw a straight line. It’s a friendly, relaxing, non-judge mental workshop that that introduces beginners to a fun way of creating something you can be proud to show to your friends. It’s FREE and all supplies are included. 

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:06 AM, 10.01.2022

News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:  Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >> 
Become a Collaborative Community Ambassador ... This is a network of Individuals that are active in their community and would like to volunteer their time to help increase awareness and knowledge about the reality of Human Trafficking. They are looking for individuals that are passionate about the Mission of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.
      >>  “Fundamentals of Human Traffickingpresentations are scheduled for 10:30 am, Tues, Oct 4th, and again at 7:00 pm on Tues, Nov 15th, These hour-long presentations are both free and virtual.
      >>  Go here to display a list of the nearly 70 partner organizations & agencies that make up Greater Cleveland’s Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking. Click on any Entry to visit their respective website.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.     

O  From ICAC Task Force... There are many different approaches parents and children can take to stay safe online. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and ICAC presented a virtual session regarding internet safety. To watch the first session,

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
      >>  It being Back-To-School time,
go here to learn of four ways you can help support students and survivors in our community this fall.
      >>  CRCC offers resources on preventing, responding to, and supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

      >>  Learn how YOU can help to prevent sexual abuse in our communities. Whether you’re an educator, healthcare provider, or parent/caregiver, we ALL can play our part. The training is free, virtual & open to all.

O  From Futures Without Violence...Addressing the sharp increases in mental health issues being experienced by youth across the country, Fw/oV has made available some excellent material that educators, youth-serving professionals, juvenile & family court personnel, and of course parents may find helpful. Visit their  Changing Minds NOW website for details. Also available, CDC has published a terrific set of resources to help children and youth transition back to school.

LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:

O  Grant Sources for Nonprofits...Here is another set of five grantors identified by the MyCom network. These have a mostly mental health focus> American Mathematical Society (AMS) - Epsilon Fund  > American Chemical Society (ACS) > The American Radio Relay League (AARL) Foundation > The Amgen Foundation   > The ASM Materials Education Foundation.  If you’re affiliated with a family/youth-serving organization visit these funders’ sites to see if your program/service fits their mission.  
 
O  From Parma Council of PTA’s:
      >>  Help support scholarships for Valley Forge students by helping sponsor one of two (or both) PTA-sponsored student events being planned for 2023.  The cost is more than reasonable at $50 each for which your business (or organization) will be listed as a school supporter on the event sponsor board and be publicly acknowledged on their various social media platforms and at PTSA meetings. For more information call/email Melissa Wolfe at 440.552.4960 / mwolfe0921@gmail.com.
      >>  Go here for information regarding upcoming events and activities. Included, among other things, are links to order forms for the PTA’s current School Calendar, and details related to the Annual Kalahari Night Fundraiser scheduled for October 27th.

O  From
Parma City Schools: 
      >>  The bond issue on the November ballot funding replacement of Parma H.S. will be 3.95 mills or $11.53/month per $100,000 in property value.  Email bond-related questions to bondissuequestions@parmacityschools.org .  Responses are posted weekly.
      >>  Learn the facts - Click here to view the administration’s presentation of information about the District's ODE Report Card at last month’s board meeting.
      >> If you’re a local business owner, go here to learn more about the district’s Workforce Learning Program. Find out why and how your business can participate to help build a local workforce pipeline.
      >>  Save the Date: 6 – 7 pm, Friday, Oct. 14 – Bonfire & Tailgate party at Byers Field. It’s free and all are welcome. Go here for details.
      >>  Go here to learn more about the recently opened PCSD Historical Museum located at Parma Senior High at the back of the building.

O  From Parma Early Childhood PTA (PECPTA)...
Will be hosting their Annual Preschool Showcase – 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Shiloh M.S., 2303 Grantwood Dr. The event provides an opportunity to speak with upwards of 15 local preschool programs & youth-serving organizations. For more details, go here.

 O From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE):

      >>  Has introduced a new behavioral health resource that includes screening tools, detection and prevention options, and guidance on when and how to seek help for a child. This online behavioral health resource can help families, teachers and health care professionals manage increasing childhood mental health needs. Learn more here
      >>  OHIO LEARNS 360...Click on the link to learn more about this partnership between our local PBS stations and the Ohio Department of Education, which focuses on afterschool programs to address disruptions to learning caused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or, go here for additional details.
 
O  From The Literacy Cooperative  / Imagination Library... In addition to sending high-quality books each month to kids ages 0 – 5 (enroll your child here), they’ve recently begun providing a series of virtual presentations on health topics of interest to families w/young children. Another session in this Healthy Families series, “A Guide to Your First Year as a Parent” is now available.  Go here to learn more & to registerOr, go hereto view archived programs.

O  From City of Parma Hts.:
      >>  The police department now has a SAFE ZONE for custody exchanges, private property & e-commerce transactions that are on camera.
These are marked spots on the police department parking lot across from their front door facing the library.

O  From Islamic Center of Cleveland, 6055 W. 130th St, Parma, 44130:
      >>  The Ibn Sina Free Health Clinic….
offers free healthcare services to community members who are uninsured or underinsured. The clinic serves anyone in need regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity.  Visit https://clevelandibnsina.comfor details.
      >>  Offering Free Fresh Produce on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Federal program income guidelines apply; please bring your ID & your bags/cart; no admittance before 10:30.

O  From University Settlement/SW Community Based Svcs:

      >>  A Stuff The Truck Diaper Drive is scheduled for 12 – 3:00 pm,  Saturday, Oct. 1st at St. John Bosco Church, 6480 Pearl Rd. Check out the attached flyer for drive details. To learn more about the Diaper Bank of Greater Cleveland & how your organization can partner up, visit https://diaperbankgc.org/

O  From Search Institute...For both educators and parents, check out:
      >>  8 Interventions for Struggling Students
      >>  Getting at the Heart of Student Motivation – Finding Students’ Sparks
Both are easy reads with references to supporting resources.

O From Goods Bank NEO:
Go here to learn more about this relatively new organization established to
help nonprofits, schools, and faith-based organizations provide new goods to the people they serve or use them to support their operations, all for a nominal handling fee. If your organization is a qualified 501(c)(3) that has been in existence for two years and has at least two staff and a nonresidential location; the annual membership is $100.  And, if you’re a local corporation looking to support our local non-profit community, partnering up with Goods Bank NEO might be a good way to do that.

O  From Starting Point’s Out-Of-School/After School Dept.:

      >>  For 9th, 10th & 11th-grade students interested in a nursing career, go here to learn more about Cleveland Clinic’s ASPIRE Nurse Scholars program. If nursing is something you’re interested in then this is a must-visit!
      >>  Re: Tri-C – Women In Transition...The last day to register
for this popular, free, hybrid, six-week program (held at their Metro Campus this year) will be October 25. Visit tri-c.edu/women-in-transition to learn more.
      ­>> 
For educators or any youth-serving organizations (or a parent, for that matter) encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit check out these two free curriculum offerings: Startup Squad for grades 2 – 6 and Upcycle Parts Shop for grades 5- 12.
      >>  Connecting for Kids...Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support for families with a concern about their children. This local organization can help with many types of concerns - from understanding a new diagnosis to family challenges, like divorce or adoption. CFK programs are free to any family with children between the ages of 0-12. Our service area includes Cuyahoga, Lorain, and the surrounding counties. Click on the above link to learn more or download the seasonal program flier.
     >>  To learn more about local Out-Of-School/After-School activities signup for their e-newsletter by contacting: Stacey Gepperth,  Out-of-School Time Specialist at 216.575.0061 x540 or stacey.gepperth@starting-point.org.

O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL):
      >>  Student Success Centers (formerly called Homework Help)
are now open at 10 CCPL branches. Go here to learn more.
      >>  After-school meals (Kids Café) for kids 18 and under are available Monday thru Friday while supplies last at Parma Hts. from 3:00  to 4:00 pm, Parma-Powers from 3:30  to 4:30 pm, & Parma-Snow from 3:15  to 4:15 pm.
 
      >>  Go here to view when specific Branches will be hosting a Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry. Locally, Parma-Snow will host their Food Pantry from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Tues., Oct. 4th  (if you have the time, they do need more volunteers);  Parma Hts mobile pantry will take place from 10 – 12 noon on Wed, Oct. 19th.
      >>  Use your CCPL library card (or get one here) to take advantage of just some of these more unique services/programs available at your library.
            > WiFi Access & Computer Classes– A full complement of free, in-person & online computer classes are now available including Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Prep courses.
            >
One-on-one tech help is available from the Digital Navigator service.
            >
Learn how to hold a conversation in over 70 languages
            > Digital Newstand - Enjoy digital versions of your favorite news publications and magazines
            > Take your pick from thousands of streaming movies & TV shows from Hoopla, Kanopy & Overdrive
            >
Design something & use the 3D printing capabilities of the Parma-Snow Innovation Center            
            > Learn more about Library2You, their homebound delivery service
            > Passport services are now available.
            > Check out programs for pre-school & school-aged youth. Scroll down for Teacher resources.
            >Cuyahoga Works: Job and Career Services, ESOL, GED, Citizenship classes
            > Sign up to receive the Library's weekly e-Newsletter
            > Click here to visit CCPL’s Home Page

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:06 AM, 10.01.2022

FREE Corn Husk Doll Workshop

You’re invited to attend the Corn Husk Dolls workshop, with Joyce Morrow Jones, on Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive. This workshop is free, supplies included, and brought to you by Parma Area Fine Arts Council and in part through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Space is limited, and is filling up fast, so email kathrynmabin@att.net to register now. 

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:06 AM, 10.01.2022

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace & Gallery, located at 5411 Pearl Rd , opened an exhibition on September 23, 2022. of work by Gina Washington. titled "Monday's Child". It’s an archaeological dig into family identity, identity expectations, and the dualistic nature of Black Identity in America. This project will consist of photographic portraits manipulated through collage techniques, hand weaving, and embedded augmented reality. The images will illustrate the poem "Monday's Child." Each person represents their born day. The hand building/weaving of each picture connects to the physical process of raising children, and the objects will represent the people no longer present. Opening night the cool jazz duo of Alex Henry & Lovest Watson played. "Monday's Child" is supported by the Satellite Fund, which is administered by SPACES and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regranting Program. The show runs from September 23rd to October 16th. Regular hours are Sun, Wed, Thur, Sat, 2-6 and by and by appointment. 

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:06 AM, 10.01.2022

Ward 9 News

Ward 9 News Scores of seniors attending a recent Ward 9 Safety Meeting expressed their concerns about traffic safety. THEY MADE THIS HAPPEN! Several Radar Speed-Alert Systems have been deployed at strategic locations identified by Ward 9 residents as having high incidents of speeding. These new devices will identify speeding events, display vehicle speeds, and flash warning lights when speeding occurs. There are no cameras in these systems. The data collected is aggregated and will be used only to evaluate the need for additional safety measures. We trust that motorists in these areas will react to these electronic reminders by slowing down. Additional 25MPH Speed Limit Signs have been installed at locations identified by Safety Meeting attendees. Placements include along Gettysburg Drive, a busy road often called a speedway by senior residents. The partially tree-blocked traffic light at the intersection of Broadview Road and Keystone Road is now in full view, thanks to everyone who called this to our attention. Without your safetyconscious alert, there is no telling when we would have realized the need to prune that tree for maximum safety.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:04 AM, 10.01.2022

Rocktober At The Senior Center

The Donna Smallwood Activities Center has something to offer everyone ages 55 and older. We are calling this month "rocktober" because we are a rocking senior activities center with over 100 people coming here daily. Please stop on in and join the fun!

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:04 AM, 10.01.2022

Senator Antonio Shares Resources For Pet Owners

On August 18th, I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon-cutting and tour of the Cleveland Animal Protective League’s new, fully-renovated animal care and resource center in Tremont.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 8:04 AM, 10.01.2022

A Message From The PCSD Superintendent - Build Our Future!

The Parma City School District has partnered with GPD Group, our architectural consultants, to design a unique learning institution that will empower our high school students to learn in a first-class environment with myriad opportunities to “find their niche.” The singular district high school will locate on the current property of Parma Senior High School (PSH), which is scheduled to be demolished in Fall 2023. Renderings of the campus show a clear embrace of the historical features of PSH, including the construction of a new clock tower above the main entrance to the school and red brick lining the exterior. 

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.01.2022

The President's Corner

This month I am concluding my series entitled Civics 101. The hope has been to provide you with useful information about your local, state, and federal governments. So far I have covered our municipal (city), school district, and county governments, as well as Ohio’s state government and the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. This month I will write about our federal judicial branch – the federal courts.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.01.2022

Senior Center Programs

The Donna Smallwood Senior Center continues to grow and provide more programs than ever before. Our average daily attendance is over 100 and that breaks even pre-pandemic records. Of course this is due, in large part, to the YMCA Silver Sneakers classes offered here daily.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.01.2022

News You Can Use (And Where to Find It)

RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse: Note: View the digital version to activate hyperlinks – www.parmaobserver.com/read/news
O  From The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking:
      >>  “Fundamentals of Human Trafficking” presentations will be coming up at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 7th, and again at 10:30 am, Tuesday, Oct 4th. These hour-long presentations are both free and virtual. Get details & register here.
      >>  Save the date: October 20-21, 2022... join us in envisioning a new movement focused on creating a roadmap for collaboration where all systems and survivors work together for solutions. This county-wide,  appreciative inquiry, “Thriving Youth Summit” will be facilitated by the Community Innovation Network at Case Western Reserve University. Watch for more information coming soon.
      >>  Go here to display a list of the nearly 70 partner organizations & agencies that make up Greater Cleveland’s Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking. Click on any of the entries to visit their respective website.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.     

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
      >>  It being Back-To-School time, go here to learn of four ways you can help support students and survivors in our community this fall.
      >>  CRCC offers resources on preventing, responding to, and supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Check out their library here.
      >>  Learn how YOU can help to prevent sexual abuse in our communities. Whether you’re an educator, healthcare provider, or parent/caregiver, we ALL can play our part. The training is free, virtual & open to all. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!    

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.01.2022

FREE Faux Watercolor Workshop In September

Back by popular demand! Amanda Nyx of Fiercely Serene Studios is truly a renaissance woman. Her passions are creating art, live performance art and dance. Her enthusiastic personality is infectious. She’s participated at events at Ingenuity Cleveland, Brite Winterfest, Cleveland Public Theater, and Prama Artspace & Gallery. She recently appeared at Chagrin Falls Little Theater and will be performing at Cassidy. She also performed at Picnic In The Park. 

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.01.2022

Parma Art Scene

PRAMA ARTSPACE & GALLERY, 5411 Pearl Rd, in Parma, Ohio, opened the exhibit titled All Together Now, on Friday, August 26th. This exhibit and sale has a large variety of work, one each, from over 30 local area artists. This exhibit is not juried and contains works from amateurs and professionals, sized 18x24 and smaller. It offers artists who don’t normally appear in galleries a chance to display and sell their work. The Call For Artists was made to anyone and all, and there is no specific theme. So you will see a wide variety of styles and mediums. This event runs through September 18th.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.01.2022

Wing Night Fundraiser

Over the past few years, the volunteers involved with the 501(c)3 non-profit organization We Are Parma Proud have worked tirelessly to advance and support the city’s overall image and well-being. Whether it was creating and publishing Parma’s first ever Visitor’s Guide (available in both electronic and hard-copy formats), hosting family-friendly events like Frosty’s Fest and Picnic in the Park, beautifying local streets through our Trash Crawls, engaging the community through online photo initiatives and contests during the fall and winter months, putting together the fireworks display after the Rib ‘n Rock, and much more, one thing is certain: We Are Parma Proud is here to stay. 

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.01.2022

Celebrating Success At Old Brook High School Parma Campus

Old Brook High School Parma Campus is a credit recovery/dropout prevention high school. Located at 8555 Day Drive in Parma, Old Brook Parma provides all students a safe environment, caring teachers, and tremendous opportunities. Old Brook Parma offers core classes in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Elective courses are also offered.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.01.2022

Summer Concerts At Pleasant Lake Villa

The last concert of the Pleasant Lake Villa Summer Concert Series was on Thursday, August 18th, 2022. Thank you to Bill Newman for sharing his talent with us this summer! This concert was presented outdoors in the beautiful courtyard and was thouroughly enjoyed by residents listening to soothing vocals backed by wonderful music,on an equally beautiful summer afternoon. The final concert capped off a series of succesful events for our residents and staff at Pleasant Lake Villa   

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.01.2022

Credit Scores/Reports 101

There is a good chance that you interact with money on a daily basis. You are earning money through a paycheck or interest on investments; or you are spending money on items or accruing interest on debt. And yet financial education isn't taught in schools. I know I certainly didn't learn about financial basics in school, and I'm betting you didn't either. Financial education is important for so many reasons (reduce stress and anxiety, feel confident in your money choices, pay off debt and build a nest egg) so I am here to break down the basics of credit scores and reports.

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.01.2022

Parma First Responders Mark 20th Year Of Hosting Safety Fair

The City of Parma will host its 20th Safety Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd. The free community event is open to Parma residents of all ages. Safety experts will offer advice and safety giveaways, including bike helmets, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, while supplies last. The event will run rain or shine. No registration is required.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 8:43 AM, 08.01.2022

Picnic In The Park

Saturday. August 6th, from 11:00AM to 2:00PM, stop up at Ridgewood Lake Park, behind the Anthony Zielinki Splash Pad for the annual Picnic In The Park, an old fashioned community picnic. There will be games and prizes for the kids, music, live entertainment and food trucks. This year there will be about 40 to 45 vendors, non-profits passing out information about their organizations, and many hand crafted arts & crafts vendors. You’ll see Parma organizations like Stearns Homestead, Parma Animal Shelter, Ridgewood Garden Club, Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Great Lakes Wood Carvers, Operation Happy Pups, Parma Early Childhood PTA and more. Many will have raffle baskets and give-aways. Local artisans will be on hand to sell their wares, such as home décor, mugs, wine glasses, crochet items, pillows, baby items, soaps, candles, coasters, pet portraits jewelry and so much more. Food, such as cheese-steaks, and BBQ, cold drinks, and cotton candy will be for sale. Don’t forget to stop at the We Are Parma Proud tent to purchase your t-shirt, tote bag or hat with the awesome logo, or buy a raffle ticket for the basket filled with goodies. 

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 8:42 AM, 08.01.2022

Senator Antonio Joins President Biden in Cleveland For Historic Announcement

On July 6, I was honored to meet President Biden during his visit to Max S. Hayes High School in the 23rd Senate District. President Biden came to announce the final step in implementing the American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance program, which will protect union workers facing cuts to their benefits in multiemployer pension plans.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 8:43 AM, 08.01.2022