News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC):
The next Ambassador Training Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Register today.  Click here to learn more about their community outreach initiatives and prevention & educations program offerings.
O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
The “Collaboration Success Story”  describes a recent recommendation successfully implemented in almost 80 police departments in Cuyahoga County. Our own Parma Hts. Police Department is highlighted as an example in its use.
      >>  The next “Human Trafficking 101 - The Basics”, virtual & free presentation is scheduled for
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. (ET). Learn more about the realities of Sex and Labor Trafficking and how you can get involved. Register here: Learn about upcoming programs and more about the HT Collaborative by clicking here:

O   From UH/Parma Medical Center:
      >>  Age Well, Be Well….
a club for adults 55 & up offering virtual programs w/providers, online health talks & telehealth sessions.
This recently filmed, 5 minute video features the emotional AND hopeful experience of Parma Medical Center’s own Nancy Gallagher, BSN, RN, Manager of UH Parma’s Intensive Care Unit and the Heart Center. She and her team are on the front lines quietly caring for our neighbors and the community at large. It’s well worth the watch.
      >>  Save The Date – Watch for details coming soon regarding  Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation’s bi-annual signature golf outing scheduled for Monday, August 30th. Proceeds will be used to support UH Connor Institute programs right here at UH Parma Medical Center including pain management, music therapy, therapeutic massage & more.

O  From Ohio Dept of Education:
      >>  OhioMeansJobs K-12 web site—Ohio's no-cost career planning system that offers career exploration tools and resources specifically for students, teachers and school counselors—recently got a makeover. The Department is sharing tips for educators so they can easily explore the redesigned site’s many resources.      

      >>  With more students learning in a virtual environment, student information has become more widely available, leaving children vulnerable to identity theft. This video from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office guides parents through the process of freezing their children’s credit reports to help protect them from this threat.
      >>  From ODE’s Office of Exceptional Children & OCALI –
Go here to check out their InspirED virtual learning seriesdesigned specifically for professionals & families working with and/or helping educate learners w/special need.

O  Best of Parma Winners….The votes have been tabulated and the winners identified.
Go here to see if your favorite is on the list:

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s: 
Click here  to learn more about and/or make a direct donation to the PCPTA’s Scholarship Program. 
      >>  In addition to a direct donation, the PTA’s Annual Geranium Sale is another great way to support their upcoming  Annual Scholarship Award Program. The sale is now open & will run through April 16th.  Orders (submitted either by paper or on-line) will be ready for pickup on May 1st. Go here to view/order selections or to download related paper documents: 
O  From Parma City Schools:
Is your organization looking for a speaker? Is your neighborhood planning a block party? Consider giving the Superintendent’s office a call ((440) 885-8786) & invite Supt. Smialek. He’s looking forward to talking with you about Issue 10 that’ll be on May’s ballot & showing renderings of the proposed campuses. He’ll even bring along some refreshments.
      >>  Visit for the most current information regarding for all things District related. While there take a moment to view the MONITOR NL and/or current week’s “PCSD IN :60”.
O  From Parma Area MyCom, Southwest Community Based Svcs/University Settlement:
      >>  If you have a client, or know a victim of, or someone who may be at risk of abuse or being trafficked
, click here:  to learn more about the state’s SAFE AT HOME program description.
      >>  Connecting For Kids…. provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. CFK offers (currently virtually) educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Check out their web site or visit them on FB at . And, for a different twist on a Resource Fair for families w/kids age B – 12 visit: .  This local organization seems to be doing some great stuff. Well worth a visit.
  Find out what’s new with MyCom at, sign up for their e-newsletter, join in their Wisdom for Wednesday weekly Zoom get-togethers and/or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization. 
      >>  Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: the Clothing Center & among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow) their FB page at for updates.
O  From Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL)….
      >>  BABY CLUB is here….
This free, fun CCPL program supports families with infants and toddlers to set them on a path to lifelong learning.  Everyone is welcome!  The Parma Branch session begins virtually on April 12th.  Link to register:  Call 440-885-5362 if you have any questions. Additional detail may be found here.
      >>  Aspire Greater Cleveland helps adults gain the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens. All GED/HSE, ESOL and citizenship classes and orientations are now online. If you are interested, call 1.833.ASPIRE2 for more information.
      >>  The Cuyahoga Works program is now offering a variety of virtual workshops providing job seekers with tips and strategies to help find success in the workplace. Workshops include: Key Steps to Returning to Work After an Extended Break, Tips for Job Seekers Over 40, Creating Winning Résumés and Cover Letters.
      >>  Teen Maker Club – Is now open at the Parma-Snow Branch….Grades 6th - 10th. Tuesday, March 23: 4:00pm - 5:15pm.  Join us as we explore, innovate, and create. Each week we will have something new and different.  Maker Club will be held virtually using Zoom (no download required). 

      >>  Computer Classes….Virtual computer classes have been scheduled for the months of April & May. Go here for details: .     
      >>  If you are a home educator or teacher consider signing up for “HOMEROOM” CCPL’s new monthly newsletter for K-12 teachers and home school educators. Each issue shares the latest upcoming events, services, research databases, learning opportunities and other resources specifically for teachers and their students. Sign up here: .
      >>  New this spring and worth checking out….more than 50 virtual programs for adults on topics that include health and wellness, hobbies and personal finance.
      >>  Also new and worth a visit….The Small Engine Repair Reference Center is now available with your library card. The database offers detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all-terrain vehicles, marine/boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, tractors, generators and other small engines. Access this free resource.
      >>  Learn how to hold a conversation in more than 70 languages. Go here;  to try out MANGO.
      >>  Video resources for parents/caregivers trying to plan a virtual schooling experience for their very young children, especially those with first time Kindergarteners. Give these Kindergarten Club videos a try at:
      >>  Need help with remote learning issues? Go here for remote learning tech support for parents, students as well as educators:
      >>  To receive current, detailed information about these services plus upcoming events & more, consider registering for their e-newsletter at

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:58 AM, 04.02.2021