The city of Parma Heights was well represented at the annual Parma Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Gala, March 10 at Holy Spirit Party Center. Among the notables attending were semi-retired Plain Dealer Sports Columnist and WJW-TV Sports Anchor Dan Coughlin with his son, Joe Coughlin, owner of Kwik Car Wash at West 130th Street and Pearl Road. Coughlin shared that he is working on his fourth book, which is to be titled “Last Call,” and is due out November 4. It will feature many of the “great characters” that Coughlin said he’s encountered in his more than five decade career covering Cleveland sports. Coughlin, who resides in Rocky River, turns 80 on September 17. His son, meanwhile, continues to be considered an up-and-comer in our community because of his civic involvement.
The calendar tells us that spring officially arrives later this month on Tuesday, March 20. It’s also a time when things naturally get more busy in our community. People start spending more time outdoors in our city parks and in the Cleveland Metroparks which run right through the middle of Parma Heights. We start actively planning for our many summer activities like the annual “Kids in the Commons” weekend, held each August, along with the Ohio Flags of Honor program, which honors those who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention beginning to prepare for our Youth and community recreation programs, including baseball, softball, tennis and learn-to-swim lessons.
A major benefit for our local community theatre is happening this spring and you’ll want to be a part of it. “A Night at Club Cassidy,” a benefit evening for the Cassidy Theatre will take place from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Theatre, 6200 Pearl Road, in the Greenbrier Commons complex. The evening will raise funds to improve the theatre’s lighting and sound systems and finance future production design. Honorary co-chairs of the benefit are Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne and Cassidy Theatre Managing Director Bob Stoesser. The evening will begin with cocktails and a Silent Auction with food stations and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. in the newly-renovated community rooms on the lower level of the theatre, which will be transformed into a night-club atmosphere.
Police Chief Daniel D. Teel has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2018. He was appointed Chief of Police for the Parma Heights Police Department in August 2006. Teel graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1981 and began his law enforcement and Air Force ROTC studies at Akron University. In 1985 he started serving the City of Brooklyn as a part time police officer where he remained until his appointment in 1987 as a full time officer with the City of Parma Heights. After serving as a patrol officer, sergeant and captain, Teel was chosen as acting chief January, 2006. He was named Chief of Police on August 3, 2006.
Our efforts to implement various capital improvement projects in the city are continuing. One prominent example is the work to both maintain and upgrade the Cassidy Theatre which has been an important part of the community since its opening in 1974. Work recently was completed to install heavy duty commercial grade vinyl siding on the entire exterior of the building. The project was paid for using a $50,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Supplemental Grant program. A portion of those grant funds additionally paid for the purchase of a much needed new main stage curtain. Earlier in 2017, a separate grant, also in the amount of $50,000 from the State of Ohio, allowed for the completion of a major renovation to the community rooms on the lower level of the theater. This included upgrading the lighting, electrical system, floors and ceilings of both lower level rooms. Both rooms are now available to Parma Heights residents to rent. One has the capacity for 50 guests, and the other, 100. The rooms are adjoining and can also be rented together for functions with up to 150 guests. If you’re interested, contact our recreation department at 440.884.9606 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Michael P. Byrne is pleased to announce that Police Officer Stephen Lindh has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
The Cuyahoga Cuyahoga County Public Library will host its third annual children's book drive January 3-15, 2018. The event will benefit Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids Book Bank. Donations of new and gently used children’s books appropriate for ages birth through eight years are being sought. You can make donations at the circulation desk in any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch during normal hours of operation. Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank will distribute donated books to children throughout the county. Last year, the Cuyahoga County Public Library collected more than 13,000 books for Reach Out and Read and the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.
The city will host a Holiday Lights recycling event from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
Patrolman Jack Darnell and his colleagues in the Parma Heights Police Department are hoping a new community policing program will have a long-lasting positive impact in the community. After a Police and Citizens Together (PACT) town hall meeting November 15, the PACT Youth Program Kick-off event took place December 27 at the Cassidy Theatre. The December event was a holiday party for youth, and thereafter will be followed by twice-a-month meetings designed to tackle different important community issues – things like bullying, drug and alcohol use, truancy, goal-setting and character development. One of the two monthly meetings will be a recreational activity to promote fun for youth, and the second will focus on a particular issue. Topics to be discussed with youth will be selected by a “collaboration board,” made up of hand-selected community leaders, business owners, educators and police officers, Darnell said. Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne is among the members of that board.
The city officially kicked off the 2017 Holiday season on Sunday, November 26 by lighting the official Parma Heights Christmas tree. Festivities began at 5 p.m. in the city gazebo in the Greebrier Commons complex. Mayor Michael P. Byrne hosted the event, which drew more than 100 residents and families to the heart of Parma Heights. Fourth grade music students from Parma Park Elementary School, under the direction of Pamela Owens, peformed two musical selections. Students from Holy Name and Padua Franciscan High Schools led attendees in a series of three holiday carols: Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Angels We Have Heard on High. That was followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself, who arrived in a Parma Heights police car with lights flashing.
The Cassidy Youth Theatre will present Pinocchio with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, December 9 and 16, 2017.
The Cassidy Theatre will present Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Musical, December 1-17, 2017, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. The production is both directed and musically directed by Michael Caraffi. Choreography is by Melanie Leibold.
Mark your calendars now and join the city of Parma Heights from the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 26 at the Gazebo at Greenbrier Commons.
For the second time in five years, the City of Parma Heights has been recognized by Auditor of State Dave Yost with the prestigious Auditor of State Award. The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Parma Heights received a clean audit report.
Over the recent summer, as Mayor I had the opportunity to have conversations with a large number of residents. In my role, I feel it is important to be personally connected to the people I represent. We live in a close-knit community where that connectivity is readily apparent. For me, it often happens one person at a time.
Support your local businesses and shop in the city of Parma Heights on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
We've just celebrated the first "official" day of fall. In this season of changing leaves and cooler temperatures, there is one local organization which helps hundreds of people each year -the Parma Heights Food Pantry.
The Cassidy Theatre will present the musical Pippin, October 6-22, 2017, based upon the book by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
After a very busy and productive summer, we are excited to welcome fall. School is back in session, the days and nights get cooler, and the leaves begin to change.
The Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will present a three-part program entitled, "Hearfulness Meditation," from 7-8 p.m.on three consecutive Wednesdays in September: September 13, 20 and 27.
A Civil Service examination will be given for the position of entry-level Firefighter/Paramedic in the City of Parma Heights on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:15 A.M.
The Cassidy Theatre, 6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, is pleased to announce its 2018 season.
They came, they saw, they had fun. The City of Parma Heights' second annual Kids in the Commons weekend was a rousing success. Held August 12 and 13, 2017 at the Greenbrier Commons Complex, the event was purely designed for family fun. "This event has become a summer tradition in Parma Heights," said Mayor Michael P. Byrne. "We were so happy to see so many members of the community join us and take part in the fun."
There will be a Historical Talk given by Kenneth Lavelle inside the Parma Heights Library Saturday, August 19, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room C. The topic will be the Founders’ of Parma Heights as a Village after 1911 from Parma Township. Several sessions will be held lasting 30 to 40 minutes using a brief Power Point presentation and research presented concerning the early Mayors of Parma Heights Village. General questions are encouraged after each presentation. This is sponsored by the Parma Heights Historical Society. Participants are encouraged to visit the next door 1876 Wooster Pike Road Tollgate House replica in the Greenbrier Commons. Members of the historical society will be there to discuss area history and any other questions one may have concerning local history of Parma Heights, Ohio.
For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Parma Heights proudly welcomes the Ohio Flags of Honor Foundation August 11-13, 2017. The Ohio Flags of Honor (OFOH) was founded by Gino Zimmer, the father of fallen hero Army Specialist Nicholaus Zimmer, who was killed in Iraq on May 30, 2004. Zimmer created OFOH to honor the men and women from Ohio who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The City is currently accepting registrations for the Fall/Spring season for Soccer and Flag Football. You can register in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road, using cash or a check only.
The Cassidy Theatre presents “You Can’t Take It With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman August 4-6 and August 18-27. There will be no performances during the weekend of August 11-13 because of the Parma Heights “Kids in the Commons” event. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $14 for Students and Senior Citizens. The production is directed by Dan Sekanic.
The city will host a Hazardous Waste Collection event this Saturday, July 8 at the Service Garage, 6140 Pearl Road.
The Cassidy Theatre continues to undergo a major transformation both inside and out. The theatre’s two community rooms have been completely renovated using a $50,000 grant the city received from the State of Ohio with the assistance of State Rep. Martin Sweeney (D-14). The funding came from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, according to Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
Summer is in full swing in the City of Parma Heights. Summer means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Produce grown in the Parma Heights Community Garden is donated to our local Parma Heights Food Pantry to help those in need in our city.
For the last 53 years, Tony Suppa has come to work each day to a place where he gets to spend time with the people he calls friends and family. They'd greet him with a smile as they walked in the door to take a seat in his chair at Total Image. The barber shop has been in operation in the same building since 1960.
Yorktown Lanes, 6218 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, will be one of seven area facilities to welcome the 2017 Junior Gold Championships, July 15-21, 2017.
The Cassidy Theatre will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum June 9-25, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays.
It seems hard to fathom, but the end of another school year and beginning of summer vacation is upon us….and it will be a busy month of June for the residents and families of Parma Heights. Our outdoor Waterpark complex opens for the summer season at Noon on Friday, June 9. Pool passes are available for purchase online (www.parmaheightsoh.gov), at City Hall, or at the pool when it opens. If you are in need of some laughter as we head into summer, The Cassidy Theatre, our community’s hidden gem, will be presenting “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” June 9 through 25. Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this fast-paced farce combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. Tickets are available by calling the theatre box office at 440.842.4600, or online at www.cassidytheatre.com.
Because the safety of our residents is our top priority, smoke detectors were recently purchased for residents who expressed a need at no cost to the homeowners. The smoke detectors were purchased through the generosity of the Greenbrier Senior Living Community, 6455 Pearl Road, Lowe’s, Parma Heights Councilman Jim McCall, and Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
The City will host its sixth Household Hazardous Waste Round-up event from 9 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Parma Heights Service Garage, located at 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons complex. Proof of residency is required.
The City will host a Community Shred event from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Parma Heights Service Garage, 6184 Pearl Road in the Greenbrier Commons complex.
Scarlett Karpus lives on Springwood Road in Parma Heights. A few weeks ago during our last real cold bout of the season, she saw her mother give a homeless man a few dollars and ask him if he had somewhere warm to sleep that night. He did, but Scarlett wanted him to move in with us and live in our guest bedroom. We explained that wasn't practical with 6 children of our own. She that proclaimed her father could build homes on the sides of highway exits for them, again this wasn't a viable solution. Alas we came up with a yard sale to raise money to buy much needed items like razors, feminie products, toothbrushes and more. Scarlett and her siblings sold their own items, friends and family donated items to sell, as well as baked goods for a mini bake sale. I posted on social media and people came from all over NE Ohio to support her. Mayor Byrne came by to visit her and make a donation, she also took the opportunity to show him her new skills on a 2 wheeler! Her grand total was $316.42 and with that we made 100 you matter bags to deliver to the city mission. All because a 5 year saw the need to make a difference.
The Cassidy Theatre’s Youth Theatre Summer Classes will take place June 19-August 5, 2017.
After last week’s torrential rains, the City of Parma Heights is continuing to work to assist residents who experienced problems due to flooding. The unusually heavy rainfall Wednesday night April 19 resulted in severe flooding problems for many Parma Heights residents. Our Service Department employees responded immediately and began assisting residents Wednesday night. They’ve done a fantastic job. The flooding was something we could never have predicted.