Better Together, celebrating 60 years as a city- the theme of Seven Hills 2021 Home Days encompasses what we have all learned over the past year, that we are nothing without our community and have been lucky to have ours for the past 60 years. The City of Seven Hills is excited to celebrate the community together with the renaissance of our Home Days taking place August 27th, 28th and 29th. After a year of uncertainty and 2020 Stay-At-Home-Days, this year will be a return to form for one of the cities most celebrated events. Refocusing his efforts to engage the community and bring residents together even more, Mayor Biasiotta looks to bring a small town feel to the city’s largest event. To do so, the City of Seven Hills has added a 3rd day to help continue old traditions, make new traditions, and reinvigorate some from the past. Its most iconic events include, a chicken wing eating competition, three days of live music, two days of fireworks and plenty of local food. Each event keeps the audience enthralled as members of the community come together and celebrate the accomplishments of the past. With the old comes the new such as, rides from Big O Amusement, Seven Hills very own WIXY1260 Online broadcasting live from the event, and various classes held at the city’s recreation building. Finally, a community favorite makes a triumphant return as the Adorable Baby Showcase is set to take place on August 29th. These new and old traditions are just a fragment of everything happening. There will be nonstop entertainment that brings together residents from all walks of life that truly showcase the meaning of community.
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On August 21st, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its annual Ukrainian Independence Day Parade in Parma’s Ukrainian Village. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence! The Committee invites all to join them and celebrate this special occasion. The parade procession begins at 11 a.m. on Grantwood Drive, continues north along State Road, and ends at Ukrainian Heritage Park, located across the street from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (5720 State Road).
The Parma Safety Fair and Shred Day have returned but are two events and occuring later in the year. Both events are free, and no registration is required. The Safety Fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd., Parma. The fair will take place rain or shine. The Shred Day is 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 25 in the rear parking lot at Parma Senior High School, 6285 West 54th St.
On Saturday, August 7th, from 11 AM to 3 PM, We Are Parma Proud will be hosting the second annual “Picnic in the Park” at Ridgewood Lake in Anthony Zielinski Park, by the Splash Pad. For your convenience four food trucks, Jimbo’s Concessions, Cookie Dough, Barabicu Smokehouse, and Brayson’s Ice Cream will be parked nearby. Pack your lunch or a snack or buy from these great vendors. Extra tables will be placed in the park for your convenience. For your listening pleasure, music will be provided by Tequila Wagon. Lots of games and prizes for the kids. And there’s a hog calling contest! Yep you read that right, a hog calling contest! Several Parma non-profits will have tents set up, passing out literature about their organizations, some with raffle baskets, and other merchandise for sale. Visit with members from organizations such as Stearns Homestead, Parma Animal Shelter, Ridgewood Garden Club, Parma Police and Fire and more. Admission is free. Great family fun event! Come celebrate summer in Parma at “Picnic in the Park”!
Great weather has brought a return to more normal activities for many of us, and the residents of Pleasant Lake Villa were treated to something on July 13th that has been missing for most people- live music. Jill Jordan Burke, a multi-talented Country/Gospel Artist brought her unique show to Pleasant Lake Villa in Parma. She delighted the audience with many renditions of songs that for the most part were well known classics, with a few more totally original pieces as well. She had many of those in attendance singing along, and her heartwarming stories that accompanied her beautiful singing selections were truly inspiring. It was a pleasure to take it all in and enjoy the experience of an actual person singing and performing for a bunch of people enjoying a beautiful Summer day. Thanks again to Jill Jordan Burke and Pleasant Lake Villa for holding this event. More to come I hope!
Those of you who regularly read my column know that for months I focused on Parma’s places of worship. In part, due to COVID, I put the series on hiatus. However, this month I bring it back. In fact, I recently met with Pastor Joel Dieterichs who leads the flock at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 6906 West Pleasant Valley Road, just east of Ridge Road. I was impressed as I walked into the “A” framed shaped church which seemed to reach to the heavens it is so high. I was kindly welcomed by Pastor Joel, Deacon James Hurst, and Office Manager Lisa Klein. Pastor Joel told me about his life growing up in the St. Louis area in a very spiritual family. After receiving a B.A. from Truman State, he was a copy editor. “It was horribly boring and I made a lot of mistakes,” he explained. Then, one day, a tall colleague looked over him and said “go to the seminary already.” “My entire life flashed before my eyes and I knew my calling,” Pastor Joel said. So, he entered Concordia Seminary and went on to serve churches in St. Louis, Springfield (Illinois), and Colorado Springs. He was called by the congregation at Calvary to serve them here in 2019. As I viewed Pastor Joel’s biography on the church’s website, the quote he selected from Ephesians 3:20-21 struck me as very appropriate for him on many different levels: “And now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. . .”
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Now that the disruption caused by the pandemic is subsiding, many businesses across the country are reflecting on the last 16 months from a completely new perspective. Similarly, employees, especially those dislodged from work due to the pandemic, are considering their career or work-life options.
Mayfield Heights, OH – July 14, 2021 – Apex Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center was recently named as one of the 2021 Best Employers in Ohio by Best Companies Group in partnership with Crain’s Cleveland Business and Crain’s Content Studio-Cleveland.
The existing strong cardiology program at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is being reinvigorated by the top-rated cardiac surgery team of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. This expansion of cardiac services will allow patients to remain in their community for specialized care rather than traveling to UH Cleveland Medical Center for advanced procedures.
Bill Regan, a 79-year-old pickleball champ who has competed in national and international tournaments, knows all about collaborating for a winning result. So he was beyond grateful for the massive team effort of friends, police officers, paramedics and hospital physicians and caregivers who saved his life when he suffered a heart attack after playing his favorite pastime in Parma.
Last week, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 21 into law; legislation I introduced in an effort to save precious minutes to possibly improve the lives of stroke patients and reduce the effects of stroke with regard to disability and possible death. This legislation requires the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services to develop statewide guidelines for the assessment, triage, and transport to hospitals of stroke patients in partnership with Ohio’s health leaders.
Forrest Gump said it best in the movie; “Stupid is as stupid does”. Many years after those words were spoken on the movie screen, it seems that many people in the United States are proving Forrest Gump was correct.
With the state budget concluded and the Statehouse Representatives back in the District, State Representative Jeffrey A. Crossman has scheduled a townhall event for August 11th to highlight what has been happening and engage with constituents. The event is free, open to the public, and starts at 6:00 pm.
Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique - “Summer of Protest 2020” runs through August 22nd. This exhibit showcases the photographs from the Cleveland protest that occurred in the Spring of 2020, as seen through the lens of the photographer. Featured in this exhibit are photos taken by Anastasia Pantsios, AJ Almy, Anderson Rush, Nico Pico Train, No Numbers, Arron Bound and Denyce Renee, and artwork by Joyce Morrow Jones. Opening night, July 23rd, featured poetry readings by Siaarra Freeman, Krystal Sienna and Kevin Latimer.
The Christmas in July Food Drive returns this summer with in-person donations. The City of Parma will launch the month-long drive at its Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3.
Sixty years after opening as a 200-bed, six-story hospital on Ridge Road, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is celebrating its anniversary in 2021 by concluding its largest construction project in the main hospital building in three decades. The Surgical Services renovation and expansion will be completed this year, a $27.5 million project that underscores UH Parma’s commitment to remaining a cornerstone of the community. Its addition has changed the face of the hospital with a new modern section.
We Are Parma Proud and The City of Parma are proud to bring to the public Parma’s Independence Day Parade which will be held on Saturday, July 3rd, 10am to noon. Staging begins at 9am at Snow and Ridge Roads. Ridge Road will not be open to traffic during the parade. The parade will march South on Ridge Rd beginning at Snow Road and ends at W Ridgewood Drive. Bring your lawn chairs, family and friends to watch the parade from the tree lawns on Ridge Road. Over 60 organizations will be participating, military units, politicians, businesses, non-profits and two marching bands. Join us in celebrating Independence Day!
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One evening in June, my wife and I attended a fundraiser at Mount Alverna Village, a senior living community on top of State Road Hill. While there, I spoke with a young man who was surprised to learn in our conversation that Day Drive is named after former Mayor James W. Day. My wife and I had the honor of dining with James W. Day II and his lovely wife Linda, which is how we happened on the subject. This article is dedicated to educating those who may not know after whom some of our streets are named in Parma. I credit much of the information in the article to my friends former Mayor Day and his son Jim, as well as The Best Kept Secret of Parma by Robert Horley (1998).
There is something that I've found to be true. In 2016 I experienced a life altering accident in which I nearly lost my life. I don't want to get too far into the details, but I lost my legs and broke my neck, among many other extensive injuries. From the time of my accident to now, approximately 5 years later, I've experienced the absolute goodness in people. From my family, friends, friends of friends, acquaintances and people I didn't even know. Doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors- all willing to help, financially, emotionally, physically, etc. Being struck by an uninsured motorist, I was left devastated in every way.
RSD - Record Store Day & Rudy’s Strudel Day – Side A was held Saturday, June 13th. I attended and it was a blast. Check out the video and photos on The Current Year Facebook page. Marie from The Current Year stated “It was the biggest RSD event in the world” and Matador Records even promoted it on Twitter. It was a party in the parking lot, in Polish Village, at 5580 Ridge Road. The Current Year sells new and used vinyl, music memorabilia, art, stickers and more.
Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, 5411 Pearl Rd is now showing a Cleveland Photo Fest Volunteer Exhibit. This exhibit opened Friday. June 25th, and includes the works of the numerous artistic Cleveland/Parma area volunteers that worked hard behind the scenes to bring you the successful CPF Photothon 2021 events. The show will be on exhibit through Saturday, July 17th. Live music by Gamma Ray Jazz Blast will climax the celebration of another successful year.
Seven Hills Continues to Soar. It would be an understatement to say that the first 18 months of Mayor Biasiotta’s Administration was anything less than a whirlwind. While Covid 19 dominated the news cycle, the Mayor’s vision and plan for the continued growth of Seven Hills was still being realized. From economic development to a creative new plan for our parks and recreation, this administration has accomplished a great deal.
We often hear that the deep divide in this country is due to partisan politics. But what drives partisan politics is the loss of the simple concept of right and wrong plus a great deal of ignorance and deceit. It actually started during the Clinton administration. According to Bill Clinton, lying was only wrong for other people. For him it depended “on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.” And then it spread to Congress. Prior to Clinton, when Democrats decided to impeach Richard Nixon for covering up Watergate, the Republican leadership told Nixon that what he had done was wrong and that they wouldn't support him. Consequently, he resigned. Clinton committed perjury, a felony. That had already been proven and he lost his law license over it. But when he was impeached he decided the law didn't apply to him, only to other people. Senate Democrats agreed. In his trial, every single Democrat chose partisanship over right and wrong and voted not guilty.
This is an addendum to my recent columns from the past two months.
As a Cuyahoga County Recycling Ambassador, I wanted to share with you that recycling is easy in Parma Heights and Parma and having a cart just for recyclables makes it even easier!
Solving a city's many problems begins with one simple act, term limits. If our founding fathers had known that today's legislators would so forget their obligations to their constituents and assume that being elected to office was the way to almost certain permanent employment for themselves (Musical chairs from a council seat to Council-at-Large and on...) the men who wrote our Constitution might well have included term limits as a necessary part of elective public service.
Stearns Homestead is a 48 acre jewel located in the center of Parma, at 6975 Ridge Road. It was the last working farm in Parma. It was purchased in 1980 from the Gibbs Family by the City of Parma to preserve this unique historic remnant of Parma’s heritage.
Wilmer McLean was a grocer who lived near Manassas Virginia. On Sunday July 21 1861, his house became involved in the First Battle of Bull Run. Wishing to escape the war, he sold that house and moved further south and west to a small community named Appomattox Court House. Then on Sunday April 9, 1865, his house was again involved in history as General Grant met with General Robert E Lee in the parlor of McLean’s house to discuss the surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending the Civil War.
University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center has been officially designated by the State of Ohio as a Level III Trauma Center after a successful evaluation from surveyors from the American College of Surgery’s Verification Review and Consultation Program. Level III trauma centers can provide care to the majority of patients sustaining minor to moderate injuries and can promptly assess and stabilize those with severe injuries requiring a higher level of care prior to transfer to UH’s Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center at main campus.
Throughout the past year, the pandemic has made navigating life’s many hurdles even more challenging. For women who were already juggling careers, kids, and households, being thrust into the role of educator while still being relied upon as a homemaker created significant burdens for moms everywhere. That’s why Cox Communications decided to enlist the support of the communities it serves to recognize deserving mothers with a $1,000 prize for the many ways they improve the lives of everyone around them by announcing the first-ever Super Moms campaign, just in time for Mother's Day.
It was a challenging past 14 months as we heeded the warnings of health officials, faced uncertainty and adjusted to many changes. Like other mayors throughout the country, I worried about the economic impact, as well as the public health of our community throughout the pandemic. Despite a year like no other, Parma residents pulled together. They helped their neighbors through food drives, they ordered takeout from their favorite restaurants, and they showed their support for healthcare workers and our first responders. Residents were also understanding of our decisions to cancel parades, events and several recreational activities last summer.
Holy Name High School Student Photography Exhibit, “Take Another Look”. Cleveland Photo Fest & Prama Artspace and Gallery is proud to present this exhibit, which runs through June 20th. Prama is located at 5411 Pearl Rd. Gallery hours are Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday 2 to 7 PM, Monday 11 AM to 2 PM, and Friday 2 to 5 PM. On Friday, May 28th a Special Opening Reception was held with food donated by Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery, honoring the participating students. Coming June 25th, Cleveland Photo Fest Volunteers Show. Follow Prama on Facebook and Instagram or check out the web page pramaartspace.com for more information.
The 2021 Seven Hills Farmers Market, sponsored by Taleris Credit Union, Inc. Vince Hrobat Insurance Agency, Inc. and United Healthcare, will open for its seventh season on Thursday, July 1st, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A weekly open-air market featuring local farmers and artisans who offer fresh produce, food items and products, the Market is located at 7221 Broadview Road, Seven Hills, Ohio (adjacent to Fire Station #1).