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RAISING AWARENESS:  Human Trafficking/Abuse:
 O  From The Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking (GCCR2HT):
      >>  Some possible Indicators of Sex Trafficking & Recruitment:  > Any minor engaged in sex acts for anything of value;  > Individual of any age or gender appears to be watching and approaching youth, systematically trying to befriend strangers, promoting ‘modeling agencies’, traveling crew employment, talent search websites or other employment;   > Crimes (theft, drug crimes) appear to be committed under the watch and for the benefit of someone else.
      >>  Some possible Indicators of Labor Trafficking:  > Individuals selling items to or begging;   > Signs of physical abuse, force, restraint, sleep deprivation, untreated injuries or illness. Groups of traveling sales or work crews sleeping in vehicles in parking lot;    > Lack of knowledge of whereabouts or destination, numerous inconsistencies in their story.
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Go here to view/download related awareness material.
      >>  Know who to call….If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call the Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline at 216-443-6085 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
      >>  Learn more about how the issue of Human Trafficking is being effectively addressed locally. Follow the Collab on Facebook here and visit the Collab’s website where clicking on the PARTNERS tab will display the more than 60 organizations working together to address this issue. To stay current in regards to HT-related events and activities sign up for their E-newsletter here.
      >>  If you haven’t yet,  consider joining a “Human Trafficking 101” class. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 pm.  Go here to register for this free, virtual session.

O  From Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/
) ...Services for Survivors During COVID-19, i.e.:  counseling, victim assistance and case management are available by telehealth and teleservices, accessible by smartphone, computer or phone.  Learn more about accessing services remotely. For an immediate response call (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020 24/7, or request an appointment online.
   
LOCAL EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
O  From OCALI...Their InspirED Video Gallery has recently been reorganized by audience – for families and professionals – and by topic, including accessibility, autism, early childhood, family and community, PBIS, remote learning, transition, universal design for learning, wellbeing and self-care, along with assessment and data for professionals.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 1:11 PM, 10.03.2021

Pierogi Festival

October is National Polish Heritage Month and October 8th is National Pierogi Day. So it’s time to celebrate in Polish Village. Come join us on Sunday, October 10th for the outdoor Pierogi Festival at the parking lot of Unity Catholic Federal Credit Union, located at 5839 Ridge Rd, corner of Ridge & Alber. You will enjoy the sounds of live Polka Bands, be amazed by the dancers of the Piast Polish Dance Ensemble who perform traditional Polish dances in the colorful traditional garb, imported from Poland, and fill your tummies with the delicious foods and beverages available for sale. Food trucks, arts & crafts vendor and the Polish American Genealogical Society will be on hand for your enjoyment. Free admission to this family friendly event under the tents. Hope to see you there, October 10th 2 PM to 6 PM. This event is brought to you by Polish Village Parma in partnership with the Polish American Congress in Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

Whistling past the Graveyard; Cemeteries & Graveyards of Cuyahoga County is a one man photo exhibit of Sean Mabin’s photo tour of local cemeteries. This exhibit is at Negative Space Gallery, located at 1541 E 39th St and runs September 25th through October 27th. This exhibit is just in time for fall and Halloween. Sean has photographed over 40 cemeteries and graveyards around Cuyahoga County. His images capture their romantic beauty, forgotten monuments and statues, melancholic moods, gothic architecture, misty fogs and dewy spiderwebs. 

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Family Connections’ SPARK Program Is Now Serving Families In Parma

Parma children who are 3 and 4 years old can now participate in a FREE kindergarten readiness program known as SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids). Every month, a parent partner meets with the family, either in-person or virtually, to provide parents with the skills and confidence they need to prepare their children for success in kindergarten and beyond. The parent partner demonstrates a lesson that supports the state standards, then supplies a book, an activity card, and materials so that the parent can continue the learning between visits.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

The President's Corner

Our military veterans have always had a special place in my heart. This was probably triggered by the stories my grandfather would tell me about his service during World War II. This is why Honor Flight Cleveland is so near and dear to me. In fact, over the years I have acted as volunteer and raised funds for the organization. 

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Trash Crawl

The Parma non-profit We Are Parma Proud, is hosting a Trash Crawl on Saturday, October 16th along State Road from 1 to 4 PM. The Spring Crawl was such a huge success they decided to do it again! Meet your neighbors, support local businesses, clean up your city, and take pride in our community. Several rest stops are planned for along the way for food and refreshments. Door prizes, loads of fun, and supplies will be provided. For details and to register visit Facebook, We Are Parma Proud.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Treat & Greet In Polish Village

Saturday, October 23, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Ridge Road in Polish Village will be teeming with young trick-or-treaters and their parents for the Annual Treat & Greet. This much anticipated family oriented annual event has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.01.2021

Senator Antonio Recognizes Importance Of Unions On Labor Day

On September 4th, I joined North Shore AFL-CIO for their Labor Day Rally at Lakewood Park to speak on the importance of workers' rights and protecting our unions. We have all heard about the labor shortage right now, but the fact is that there isn’t a labor shortage; there is a wage and workers’ rights shortage. During the early days of the pandemic, we celebrated frontline and essential workers. We cheered, banged pots and pans, and called them heroes, but we still do not pay many of those workers a wage they can survive on.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:50 PM, 10.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, 5411 Pearl Rd., is now showing an exhibit titled “#naming Emilys Show; The Art of Emily Szalkowski”. Emily says “Welcome to the Little World Inside my Head.” Emily’s work is a whimsical characterization of the mischievous monsters she imagines. They are sure to bring a smile to your face. This exhibit is on display until September 12th. 

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:49 PM, 09.01.2021

WWII At Stearns Homestead

You are invited on Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Stearns Homestead, located at 6975 Ridge Road, will be showing us how life was on the farm during the WWII years. WWII re-enactors and historical interpreters will be stationed around the farm where you, the visitor, can speak with them to learn about the roles they played during the war era. The American Red Cross, Women's Army Corps, Rosie the Riveter, Victory gardens, rationing, US Crop Corps and Books for Victory will be represented. Also on display will be farm equipment from the 1940’s in the historic 100 year old Gibbs House. Of course the farm animals will also be there to greet you. It will be a free, fun, educational event for adults and children alike.  Stop by and learn about how people lived in the 1940's.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:49 PM, 09.01.2021

Cliff And Joanne Plants Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Cliff and Joanne Plants of Strongsville, Ohio are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on September 4, 2021.  The couple was married in Divinity Lutheran Church in Parma Heights, Ohio on September 4, 1971.  Cliff had a successful career in Industrial Sales. Joanne was in Information Technology sales. She sold Computer Solutions. The couple has been living in Strongsville, Ohio for the past 35 years. They will be celebrating this occasion with family and friends.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:48 PM, 09.01.2021

1921 - A Hundred Years Ago In Parma

The township of Parma was formed in 1826. In 1912, a portion of Parma broke off to form Parma Heights. Parma didn’t become a city until 1931. The U.S. Census from 1920 lists the Parma Heights population at 310, and Parma at 2,345, but by 1930 the population of Parma was over 13,000. Today Parma has a population of over 77,000 people. Parma was mostly farmland, but it was growing fast in 1921. By 1927 Parma was considered Cleveland’s fastest growing suburb. 

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:48 PM, 09.01.2021

Disappearance Of Beverly Potts

The 70th anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of 10 year old native Clevelander Beverly Potts’ is coming up in August.. On August 24, 195I, Beverly went missing from Halloran Park which is on the west side of Cleveland. The park is located on West 117 Street north of Lorain Road. She was last seen attending the annual talent show event called the Show Wagon. The case stands alone because despite being one of the largest police investigations in Cleveland history, nothing has ever been discovered as far as the little girl’s fate is concerned.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:48 PM, 09.01.2021

The President's Corner

Back in July I directed the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies for the tenth year. We hosted 499 runners and walkers at Parma’s own Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. Thanks to the success of the event, once again we were able to raise thousands of dollars to benefit local charities and projects. Part of our success was due to the generous sponsorship of former Parma mayor Dean DePiero. 

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 3:48 PM, 09.01.2021

Ukrainian Community To Celebrate 30 Years Of Independence With Parade And Festival

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).

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.01.2021

Parma Safety Fair And Shred Day Return

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.01.2021

Picnic In The Park

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”!

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.01.2021

The President's Corner

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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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

  • 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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.01.2021

I Love A Parade!

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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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 8:44 AM, 07.01.2021

The President's Corner

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).

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 8:44 AM, 07.01.2021

RSD - Side B Bigger & Better!

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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 8:44 AM, 07.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 8:44 AM, 07.01.2021

July 18, 2021 Gibbs House 101st Anniversary

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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 8:43 AM, 07.01.2021

Parma Art Scene

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. 

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 11:22 AM, 06.01.2021

Parma's Newest Centenarian

As you may have read, in recent weeks my colleagues and I on Parma City Council have had the honor of meeting several residents who have attained the impressive age of 100. Personally, I think this is testament to our community whose residents are hearty, law-abiding, hard-working folks who live clean and value family, friends, and neighbors.  For example, recently, I had the honor of meeting Sue Peterchalk at her home, along with several of her family members. Mrs. Peterchalk has seen and experienced much during her very productive life. She was one of eight born to Eastern European immigrants. Her father began his career as a coal miner in central Pennsylvania. When the Great Depression set in, he bought a farm to feed his family. Mrs. Peterchalk spent her formative years growing up on the farm in Portage, Pennsylvania, where she slept in a hay bed with her five sisters. She and her sisters made their way to Cleveland for the post-war years where she eventually settled in Parma in 1976. “I grew up in Pennsylvania, but Parma is my home,” Mrs. Peterchalk emphatically told me. Before I left, after our hour-long talk, I told her I cannot wait to be there for her 101st.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 11:22 AM, 06.01.2021

West Creek Conservancy Announces $120,000 Grant From James M. Cox Foundation For Greenway Expansion

Cox Communications and the West Creek Conservancy (WCC) are pleased to announce that the James M. Cox Foundation has awarded WCC a $120,000 grant to support the acquisition and reclamation of two parcels of land to expand the West Creek Reservation and create greater connectedness between community residents and the greenspaces West Creek preserves and protects.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 11:22 AM, 06.01.2021