Many who know me know that I am a huge fan of anything Parma, especially our city’s history. Recently, I had the honor of meeting with one of Parma’s finest citizens. A woman who has served us in many different capacities and whom many of you voted for or waved to in an Independence Day parade. Her legacy of work helped lay the foundation for many institutions that continue to thrive in our fine community. What was expected to be a one-hour meeting, ended up lasting nearly five hours! I found myself enthralled in the story of her life and the fascinating stories of Parma’s past that she shared so vividly. In fact, I have so much captivating information to share that this column will be continued next month. Out of my deep respect for her, I call her Judge, but many Parma residents know her as Mary Dunning.
It seems hard to believe, but summer will soon be coming to an end. Before that happens, we invite you to make the most of the rest of season in our community. There is plenty going on.
Blowing out the candles on 100 birthday cakes at one time seems almost impossible. It’s less of a challenge, however, if it’s one candle-lit birthday cake a year. Just ask Ellen Polacek who will be showing how it’s done when she blows out the candles on her 100th birthday cake this year! Fellow residents and staff of Southern Hills Skilled Nursing Center in Middleburg Heights, along with family and friends, will gather on her birthday Tuesday, August 22, to cheer Ellen on and to sing “Happy Birthday” to an exceptional lady. Her celebration activities will begin the previous Sunday with a gathering of family and friends.
FREE TEEN CLASSES – BEGINNING POTTERY
Sixteen year old, Normandy High School student, Nica Zampedro won 1st place in the adult category at the International Godzilla Fest held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. The 24th Annual G-FEST was held July 14th to July 16th this year. G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju (strange beast) genre. Interactive sessions with actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films are a favorite, as they encompass many topics of interest for fans. Additional attractions are films, both new and old, gaming and of course contests. G-FEST also has the western world's largest kaiju-oriented dealers room.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers an innovative way for adults with children to obtain their GED this summer. The Families Learning Together Program is for GED students with children entering grades 1 – 5.
Calling all alumni of Parma Senior High and Parma Schaaf who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion! The PSH Alumni Association is holding its “Fifth Annual Golden Reunion” on Saturday, August 26th for all alumni (and spouses and friends) from Parma Schaaf and Parma Senior High graduating from 1967 back to the 1930s. Don’t miss this fun, casual day in the PSH Ballroom (cafeteria) featuring a school tour, light lunch and refreshments, and lots of reuniting with old classmates, hugs, reminiscing and memories. Over 250 attended the fourth annual reunion last year, and it's getting better every year!
Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma returned from the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. convention held on June 5-7 in Perryburg Ohio. They received 5 First place, 8 Second place, 7 Third place awards. The awards were for gardening and service projects completed in the city of Parma. Working with youths, garden related projects completed in Parma. They received 2 awards from the National Garden Club, Inc. for projects completed. Congratulation to Barbara Okleson who belongs to RGC. for receiving the prestigious 2017 Mildred Heter Buckingham Award which is given out to only one person in Ohio for Outstanding service. Thank-you to everyone for there dedication for making this a great club.
More than 100 Parma streets will be either repaved, repaired or crack-sealed this summer and fall by the city’s Service Department, and in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, portions of five major thoroughfares are also being repaired.
On the evening of Monday, June 19, 2017 a devastating, and ultimately fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Snow and State Roads. Though one is often hard pressed to find the silver lining of such an occurrence this particular incident was blessed by an angel of mercy. A quiet, unassuming cardiac care nurse employed at The University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, by the name of Andrea Delfs became difference between life and death of one young child.
Last year, the City of Parma honored our city’s veterans of World War II. This year, with Seven Hills and Parma Heights participating as well, the cities would like to honor veterans of the Korean War.
It is heard every day in newspapers and on television stations across the nation but especially here in Northeast Ohio. “Heroin overdoses on the rise”. To combat the growing epidemic Chief Mike Lasky of the Parma Fire Department knew something had to be done.
We had a wonderful experience representing MyCom at the 2017 Parma Safety Fair. Many parents and young people stopped by our table to learn about the opportunities MyCom offers youth in the Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills neighborhoods. In addition we were grateful to partner with AT & T to have their representative, Kevin Lynch, Director of External Affairs, demonstrate the text and drive simulator. This simulator helps both adults and young people experience the dangers of texting while driving. The results prove that distracted driving is dangerous. Hopefully each participant will remember their experience and make the decision to not text and drive.
FREE ART CLASSES! For seniors age 55 plus, at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, located at 7001 W Ridgewood Drive! Classes are limited to 10 students each, in order to offer individualized attention. Supplies are included. These classes are for the beginner.
SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: Help Them Become An Expert In Something. July’s Asset Category: CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME All work and no play can be boring and stressful 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. This column’s focus will be on…..Asset #17 Creative Activities
“St. Peter String Sensation” is meeting a need for violin lessons for youth in the Tri-City area. Due to the financial situation of the Parma City School District, the fourth grade strings program was cut. That was the impetus for Laurie Septaric, owner of Cappas Cakes and member of the Parma Symphony Orchestra, to fill that gap.
The MetroHealth System is announcing plans to convert facilities in Cleveland Heights and Parma to community hospitals. The locations will focus on caring for patients who benefit from shorter hospital stays. The current medical office in Parma, located at 12301 Snow Road, has an emergency department and services including lab, pharmacy and radiology. The site will become a community hospital with the addition of 16 single-occupancy patient rooms. Patients requiring more intensive specialty care can access MetroHealth’s main hospital campus, which is less than 12 miles away.
This month I return to my series on Parma’s Places of Worship, spotlighting Good Shepherd United Methodist Church located at 5930 State Road. On Ash Wednesday, prior to 7:00 pm services, I had the honor of meeting with their pastor, Rev. Dr. Tim Morrison. Below is what I learned about him and the parish he leads.
Saturday, May 20th, the Parma Area Fine Arts Council hosted their annual Medley of Arts Show & Sale at the Smallwood Center. This year they are celebrating their 55th anniversary serving Parma and the surrounding communities. The show was open to the public with free attendance. This was the largest show they have had in a number of years. Thirty-three artists participated. Ninety-four pieces of art were on display. Attendees commented on the quality and variety of the pieces. Which made it difficult for the panel of three judges, Wanda Ullman, Kathy Hunsicker, and Debbie Lime to choose the winners. Best in Show went to Anthony DeMarco for his enamel piece. First place winners were as follows: Robert Pohm for Watercolor, Stephen Sens for Acrylic, Michelle Behal for Graphics, Anthony DeMarco for Photography, and Stan Stary Jr. for Three Dimensional. In addition to paintings, there were numerous outstanding wood carvings, phyrography (wood burning) and jewelry. Cash prizes were awarded to the first place winners and Best In Show. Ribbons were awarded to second and third place winners. Additionally, a very popular category is the People's Choice Award, where attendees get to vote for their favorite piece. This year Kathy Kijek won People's Choice cash prize and ribbon.
Hospitality leader HMShost will be hiring an estimated 300 full- and part-time food and beverage positions for travel plazas on the Ohio Turnpike.
Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 69-year tradition during the weekend of May 5 through May 7, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!
Safety Town of Parma is a home and pedestrian safety course for children going into kindergarten. Residents of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills are eligible. The course is two hours per morning for two weeks: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Sessions are: June 19-30 and July 10-21. Class Fee is $28. This year, the site for Safety Town is Greenbriar Middle School Annex, the prior Forrest Elementary.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
After the City of Parma honored veterans of World War II as Citizens of the Month last September, that idea has been expanded to neighboring cities Seven Hills and Parma Heights. The three cities would like to honor Korean War veterans this September.
Pat Hilfer was named "Friend of the Year" at the Friends of the Parma Libraries annual board meeting on Saturday, April 22. Hilfer, who was been a member of the Parma Friends Board for many years, was so honored because of her dedicated time as a board member, officer, program chair and consistent volunteer at book sales. Pat retired as a teacher of 20 years and 15 years as a principal in the Parma City School District.
This month’s Business of the Month is P Jay's Pizza located in the heart of Polish Village at 5859 Ridge Road. Mayor DeGeeter is honoring this business, not only for the food, but for the sense of community pride in this clean and well-run establishment. P. Jay’s opened in April, 1993 and has given back to the community in various ways during those 24 years - donating their famous pizza to numerous schools, churches, and charity events in the Parma area, sponsoring dozens of Parma Recreation leagues with t-shirts, and sponsoring Polish Village events. P. Jay’s Pizza has brought plenty of good publicity to Parma as well, with numerous awards for the pizza - Final Four Finalist in the Plain Dealer (Judge’s Choice Best Pizza in the southwest region in 2011), Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Specialty Pizza award for the Pierogi Pizza in 2012, and for two years in a row, People's Choice Specialty Pizza winner (Potato Pierogi Pizza) at the Old Brooklyn Pizza Brawl at St. Mary's Byzantine Church. Congratulations to P. Jay’s Pizza and owner Chris Mastroianni, pictured here with Economic Development Director Erik Tollerup and Ward Two Councilwoman Debbie Lime, for being named Business of the Month.
Congratulations to members of the Parma Police Auxiliary (flanked in photo by Dept. Chief Joe Manning, far left, and Chief of Police Joe Bobak, far right) for being chosen at Citizens of the Month. Their outstanding and tireless work on behalf of the Parma Police Department and the City of Parma make them an easy choice.
Two Parma residents — Virginia Beischlag and Steve Fixel — used training at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to land behind-the-scenes jobs filming White Boy Rick, a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey now shooting in Cleveland. Beischlag is working as a set production assistant while Fixel is a production assistant in the locations department.
5301 Hauserman Road. Silently sitting for over a decade, the building once again shows signs of life. I officially took ownership in 2015 and immediately went to work. The algae that sat like a bad five o’clock shadow on the building was cleaned. The drab and dying bushes removed for a more vibrant and inviting landscape. What stood as an eyesore on this lovely street, will now be a beacon for education and safety.
May’s Asset Category: COMMITMENT TO LEARNING Commitment to learning doesn’t happen 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. The more committed a child is to learning, the more likely it is that she or he will grow up healthy.
So many people suffer without understanding the root of their pain. For many the answer they are looking for may be held in understanding about Soul Injuries. Professionals and community members are invited to learn about this condition at two events being held locally.
The annual spring art show and sale, sponsored by Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC), will be held on May 20, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Donna Smallwood Center. This show is free and open to the public. Great selection of raffle prizes this year. Refreshments will be served. Great Lakes Wood Carvers will be demonstrating their carving techniques during the show. Also on display will be one of a kind dolls from the High On Dolls club.
The Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host its annual Bicycle Safety Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, to promote and encourage safe riding habits.
The Tri-City MyCom Youth Council attended Advocacy Day on March 30, 2017 at the Statehouse in Columbus. The youth had previously attended Advocacy Training provided by Voices for Ohio’s Children at the Neighborhood Leadership Institute.
We are proud to announce Cleveland Water’s 2016 Water Quality Report is now available. This annual report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and information.
Students leaders with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) have been honored for their work with the international organization.
Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne has promoted two veteran law enforcement officers within the Parma Heights Police Department. Detective Sergeant Steve Scharschmidt has been promoted to the rank of Captain, and Detective Dan Kravanis has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids? Plan now to stop by our annual Drinking Water Week Open House!
William Funk of Parma was one of seven students from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team, which comprises top students at the state’s two-year schools.
Bruce Hyde of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholar, a national award recognizing students for leadership, community service and academic excellence.