O Significant progress continues re. the Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan. Project details to include renderings of various options were presented and feedback solicited during the 2nd Public Meeting that took place on May 1st. A special shout-out to students from the 3 district high schools and Tri-City MyCom for taking the time to attend and sharing their unique perspective. Go to www.countyplanning.us/parma to follow this project’s progress.
CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) is an 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. The Traveling Wall will arrive in Parma on Wednesday evening, June 27 and will be escorted to the campus by the Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars. The Wall will also be escorted by a helicopter from UH-Parma Medical Center.
As Cleveland’s biggest suburb, it’s not surprising that many Parmidians have gone on to do some pretty cool things. For example, did you know that Ferris Bueller’s best bud Cameron (Alan Douglas Ruck) graduated from Parma Senior High School? More locally, Browns player Jamie Meder is from Parma Heights. There are plenty of other Parma-area natives doing great things in the Cleveland area, too. We’ve reached out to some to hear more about their thoughts on growing up in Parma and the city’s future.
House Bill 523 was signed into law by Governor John Kasich in September, 2016, legalizing medicinal marijuana in the state of Ohio. The law allows patients with certain medical conditions to purchase and use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. The law also permits cities to decide whether or not to allow the cultivation, processing, and/or dispensing of medical marijuana within their jurisdictions. Soon after the passage of the law, Parma’s officials began studying the issue, and after months of debate, approved vendors for all three stages of production. Over the past several weeks, many residents have asked me what the status of medicinal marijuana is in Parma.
May Highlights The spring session of Maker Club at the Parma branch of the Cuyahoga County Library ended May 9. One of the May programs featured a choice of stations including Duct tape, Green Screen, Builder and Art. At the final session, Youth made Everbloom art pieces with different materials including fabric, gems and markers that they could give for Mother’s Day or keep to decorate their rooms.
Friday, May 18th, a small group of volunteers, from the Parma Area Fine Arts Council, gathered at the Donna Smallwood Center, located at 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive. Working frantically, in three hours they installed the display screens, set up numerous tables and chairs, covered the tables with tablecloths, set up food tables, and Chinese Auction item table, all in preparation for the May 19th's art show. Additionally nearly 70 pieces of art work, created by local artists and craftsman, was dropped off, checked in, sorted, tagged, labeled and set up for display. The three judges arrived shortly thereafter and began the process of reviewing each item in the six different categories. Care was taken in order to not reveal the artists name, age or gender to the judges. Nearly two hours later the winners were revealed.
O From the Ohio Dept of Education…. In-Demand Jobs Week is scheduled for May 7 – 11, and communities throughout Ohio are gearing up to host events to inspire students and job seekers about local career opportunities. More than 30 events are planned to date and the list is growing.
Access the In-Demand Jobs Week web site here: http://omj.ohio.gov/indemandjobsweek and scroll down to access both the Event Map and the Business-Education Partner Search Map. While there click on the link to view details of Ohio’s 200+ in-demand occupations. It contains some really great information.
April Highlights Four youth council members participated in Global Youth Service Day at the MetroParks West Creek Reservation on April 21. Patrick from the MetroParks talked about his expectations. The youth learned a valuable life lesson as they went around picking up debris and trash. They all said they would never smoke (due to all the cigarette butts) and all said they had never been to West Creek and wanted to come back. After lunch, we went to the Watershed Stewardship Center. One of the naturalists, Matt, came out and took us into a classroom and let the youth compare possum, raccoon, coyote and deer skulls. Both Patrick and Matt spoke about their education and career paths. All in all, it was a wonderful, educational opportunity.
Take a Hike at West Creek Reservation (Various Dates/Times)
Call For Entries Medley Of The Arts Show & Sale The annual spring art show and sale, sponsored by Parma Area Fine Arts Council, will be held on May 19, 2018, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, at the Donna Smallwood Center. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first place in each of the following six categories: 1)Watercolor 2)Oil & Acrylics 3)3 Dimensional (pottery, carving, jewelry, sculpture) 4)Computer Graphics/Pencil/Pen & Ink/Pastels 5)Photography 6)Fiber Arts, as well as a Best In Show and People's Choice Award. If you are interested in entering this unjuried show and are over the age of 16, please contact Michelle at (216)618-0956 or visit the web site at www.Parmafinearts.org, for an application and more information. No residency or membership requirements. Drop off date for entries is May 19th.
As spring blooms around us, so does the arrival of home improvement season. Projects that have been contemplated and discussed all winter long are now ready to be addressed. Most Cuyahoga County residents don’t know about an extra tool that they may have in their tool belt. That tool is called the Housing Enhancement Loan Program, or HELP loan for short. All residents in communities on the west side could be eligible for this great program. I also encourage contractors and home improvement companies to learn about this program so they can share it with their clients.
The celebration begins with a Wing Ding, Friday, May 4th, at RAXX located at 5513 Pearl Rd. Net proceeds from this event benefit Polish Village Parma, a qualified 501(c)3. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Saturday, May 5th, at 6:00pm is the Polonia Ball in the St. Charles Social Hall. Junior Miss Polonia (ages 15-17) and Miss Polonia (ages 18-24) will be chosen at this event.
Parma’s annual Safety Fair, a community family event for area residents to learn valuable safety information, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd.
Recently, I was contacted by my friend Jeff Fowler, who is a dedicated member of All Saints Episcopal Church. Jeff and I have known each other for several years, often crossing paths in our various volunteer activities. He kindly invited me to his church where I was inspired to write this latest rendition in my running series on Parma’s wonderful places of worship.
The Young Professionals of Parma (YPOP) held a public meeting at the Parma library branch on Powers Boulevard on February 22. The group invited the public to come and learn about its newly formed purpose and initiatives, including committees and becoming a non-profit.
Before she tried to fly around the world in 1937, Amelia Earhart’s family wanted her to study medicine. The woman who would become everyone’s favorite lady pilot actually enrolled in Columbia’s pre-medicine program before taking a plane ride at a California air show. Shortly after, she began flight lessons and bought a used plane.
As I mentioned in last month’s issue, I have a huge announcement to make about a project I have had in the works for months. This project illustrates my deep love for Parma and everything about it. It will also give everyone who feels the way I do a space to illustrate our deep pride for our community.
O For residents of Parma Hts., plan on attending the Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) community policing Town Hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Cassidy Theater. Officers will report out on progress and representatives from the Parma Area Family Collaborative, Tri-City Parma Area MyCom, Young Professionals of Parma & the Parma Hts. Library will share information & answer questions regarding the many services they provide to residents (adults & youth) of our community. The next meeting of the PACT Unit’s Youth Group will be 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Mar 7th at Cassidy Theater. Find various sign-up documents for PACT Unit programs and follow its progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
O If you’re a local organization looking for data to support your program or justify a position, consider visiting NEOCANDO (http://neocando.case.edu/) for a suite of innovative data tools of CWRU’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (the Poverty Center). There’s no charge to access the site but you do need to register. The site has recently been redesigned and is well worth a visit.
Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.
March’s Asset Category: SOCIAL COMPETENCIES. Learning social skills is a lot like learning to play the piano in that you need to learn some basic competencies and you need someone to teach you those skills. You need time to practice, guidance as you gain experience, and feedback along the way. Social competencies are the skills and life perspectives young people need to develop into healthy, competent adults. These skills are important daily, but they’re even more crucial when young people encounter the tough times in life. Young people who can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and focus on positive attitudes. Research shows the more personal skills young people have to interact with others and make decisions, the more likely they are to grow up healthy.
West Creek Conservancy announces the recent election of a new member to its Board of Directors and the re-election of four incumbent board members. New director John Daters is Director of Digital Strategy at Ripple Effect Interactive in Cleveland.
CASA of Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, recruits, screens, trains, and supports volunteers who act as independent fact-finders for the court in cases involving child abuse and neglect. CASAs collect information that helps the judge make the best decision for a safe, caring, and permanent home for children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. CASAs are everyday citizens who are trained and appointed by the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse or neglect. CASAs are assigned at the earliest stages of a case, and continue to be an advocate for the child through their time in the court system. CASAs work collaboratively with all parties on the case, for the best interests of children. CASAs are only assigned to 1-2 cases at a time and spend approximately 10 hours a month on a case.
Bill Veeck, Indians owner during the 1948 World Series championship season, understood passionate baseball fans. “There’s two seasons,” he once said. “Winter and baseball.”
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will celebrate fashion with a five-week exhibit showcasing the work of Kent State University faculty.
February Highlights Three area youth attended Advocacy Day 2018 at the Statehouse in Columbus on February 22.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter will offer his 2018 State of the City address on Monday evening, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his address outside of City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at the offices of the Sheet Metals Workers Local 33 at 12525 Corporate Drive. “I am grateful for the Sheet Metal Workers’ accommodation for the speech, and I look forward to Parma residents seeing this impressive facility,” the Mayor said.
O The Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) community policing unit is alive and well. Officers are making progress knocking on doors, introducing themselves to residents and where appropriate informing/offering to enroll folks in a “Knock and Talk” seniors’ welfare check type program; the Youth Group continues to grow & meets on a regular basis for fun events/activities or for discussion of relevant topics. Find various sign-up documents for these programs and follow the unit’s progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a visitation day for prospective students on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 19), with sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This month I return to my long-running series on Parma Places of Worship by spotlighting St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 7700 Hoertz Road. To prepare for this piece I had the honor of meeting with Pastor, Rev. Ihor Kasiyan and Church Secretary, Anna Lukasik.
Veterans and active members of America’s armed services travel great distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty. Now you can honor and show your respect for their contribution by visiting the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and AVTT Traveling Wall and/or donating to defray costs of bringing the Traveling Wall to Parma.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) ushered in a new era in academic instruction and workforce training with a January groundbreaking ceremony for its new Western Campus STEM Center.
The recession of 2008 plunged families in the Parma area into a financial crisis that, for many, lingers to this day. All Saints Episcopal Church, at the intersection of West Ridgewood Drive and Ames road in Parma’s Town Center, is at the leading edge of the fight to relieve the problem of food insecurity among low income households in the greater Parma area and, quite unexpectedly, across many other Cuyahoga County communities.
Just before Christmas, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter was searching for last-minute stocking stuffers at The Shoppes at Parma. A woman who knew the mayor approached him near the front entrance of Fast Eddie’s, where he was picking up gift certificates. “I just want you to know mayor – I’m doing all my shopping in Parma this year,” she said. DeGeeter smiled and thanked her. When at restaurants, or grocery stores, or other places, residents who recognize DeGeeter usually come up to him. “It’s a good way to take the pulse of the community,” he said. “People aren’t shy about expressing their opinions. I hear about issues they’re having in their neighborhoods, or listening as they express their frustrations. But I’m hearing more often than not about the pride people have in our city and the progress we’re making in Parma.”
Being Close Matters. MetroHealth has reimagined the hospital experience by opening two new hospitals in Parma and Cleveland Heights. The Parma facility is located at 12301 Snow Road and will open to patients on January 3.
With the year coming to an end, it's important to stop and recognize everything that makes Parma special. As the 7th largest city in the state, with nearly 80,000 residents, we have a lot to be proud of. How do we choose the best of the best? To ask our great citizens, like you!
O The Parma Hts. Police And Community Together (P.A.C.T.) unit Youth Group will be celebrating the holidays at their meeting tomorrow, Wednesday Dec 27th starting at 6:00 pm at Cassidy Theater. The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Jan 10th & will focus on the importance of goal setting. Two additional core components of the P.A.C.T. unit include a police officer assigned to each of nine zones within the city. They’ll be knocking on doors, introducing themselves, sharing contact information & offering to answer questions, assist with and/or facilitate resolution of any non-emergency issue that might arise. A “Senior Knock & Talk” program is also part of the initiative. Find various sign-up documents and follow the unit’s progress at www.facebook.com/parmaheights.police
The ballroom of the Hotel Olmsted was once filled with the 'Ohs' and 'Ahs' of Cleveland's cat lovers. Cleveland Persian Society, CFA's second oldest club, put on it's very first show within the ballroom's elegant walls in 1918. Fifty of the most purr-fect Persians were on display, much to the delight of both exhibitors and spectators. In the following years, the show moved around visiting the Hotel Statler in 1924, but continued to delight all ages.