Timothy J. DeGeeter For Parma Mayor
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Feb. 18, 2015
Press Release

2015 State of the City Address

PARMA, Ohio – Please join Mayor DeGeeter and our administration at OSG USA, Inc., 12502 Plaza Drive, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Plenty of parking is available on‐site and also at Commercial Traffic Company directly across the street. Those parked at OSG can enter from the parking lot through the Will Call door.

We hope to see you there!

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Jan. 27, 2015

NEO's Best Wings: Even Santa stops by Good Olde Daze in Parma

PARMA, Ohio – Tommy Shaver opened Good Olde Daze because he thought it would be "really cool" to own a bar. 

Thirty-two years later, half of the bar's business is food -- including the peanut butter-covered Tommy Burger and the spicy Six Pepper wings. Shaver, of Seven Hills, said he hasn't expanded because the one bar is "really hard work."

"I was 26 years old, and all I knew is I wanted to own a bar with a kitchen," Shaver said.

He said his best sellers are either the wings or burgers. The restaurant was the top votegetter in the southwest Cuyahoga County region of the "NEO's Best: Wings" contest. It has weekly specials, such as 50-cent wings on Thursdays. Click here to check out the menu.

The bar, located at 6001 State Road in Parma's Ukrainian Village, is family friendly, with a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve. Mayor Tim DeGeeter was there.

"In Parma we have lots and lots of establishments to enjoy wings, but Tommy really runs a nice place and serves good food," DeGeeter said.

The mayor also said he is a fan of the Good Olde Daze billboard on State Road. Shaver said he likes to switch up the sign to make people laugh.

The current language?

"Thanks for voting us best wings in our region at cleveland.com."

Good Olde Daze is currently No. 1 in the People's Choice voting.

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Dec. 5, 2014

Northeast Ohio teens to compete on 47th season of TV's 'Academic Challenge'

PARMA, Ohio – Students from Parma High School, Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, and GlenOak High School in Canton will appear Saturday at 7 p.m. on the 47th season premier of "Academic Challenge" on WEWS Channel 5.

Over the season, students from 78 schools throughout Northeast Ohio will compete for $20,000 from Westfield Insurance. The money goes to the top 10 teams and must be used by their schools to assist the educational needs of their students.

Each Saturday night, the shows three teams of students competing each week, answering questions current events, history, math, science and other topics. At the seasons' end, the three highest scoring teams return for the championship match.

The championship will air June 27, 2015.

"I think what makes it long-lasting is the fact it is a local show," said "Academic Challenge" producer Steve Kurrent. "There is a local connection to it. These are local schools in your community you can root on. You might even know some of the kids."

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Dec. 2, 2014

Parma council plans for new town center

PARMA, Ohio – Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Executive Director Glenn Coyne on Monday presented ideas for a Parma town center to City Council.

The goal of Coyne's task force is to create a plan for the town center based around Ridge Road and West Ridgewood Drive that features the renovated Shoppes at Parma, the Parma branch of the Cuyahoga Community Library, City Hall, Byers Field and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

One idea presented was to include a park-like area with a walking and bike path, and council liked the suggestion.

Council President Sean Brennan said he hopes the revitalized mall and new town center will keep people in Parma and attract new visitors.

The task force came up with 44 recommendations and divided those into three groups: transportation, design guidelines and branding, Coyne said.

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Dec. 2, 2014
Press Release

Holiday Lights Contest rules announced

PARMA, Ohio – The City of Parma has announced rules for its 2014 Holiday Lights Contest.

The contest has steadily gained in popularity, and this year, rules give Parma residents complete say over nominations and voting.

"We have a lot of residents who are very proud of their property," Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. "In the summer, people can see well-kept yards and gardens. This contest gives people a chance to show off their properties in the winter as well. It's a chance to have fun and get in the holiday spirit."

Official rules of the contest are:

1. Beginning Dec. 1, until Dec. 15, any home in the Parma City limits can be nominated by any person. Nominations can be sent by e-mail to HolidayLights@cityofparma-oh.gov, by U.S. mail to Holiday Lights Contest, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma, OH, 44129 or dropped into a ballot box at City Hall.

2. On Dec. 17, the top two vote-getters in each of Parma’s nine wards, plus the next 12-highest nominated properties regardless of ward – 30 houses in all - will be announced as finalists. Those addresses will be made available on the City’s Facebook page, Twitter, the City’s website and posted in City Hall and the Donna Smallwood Activities Center.

3. From Dec. 17 through Dec. 28, votes can be cast for any of those 30 nominated properties. Votes can be cast by e-mail to HolidayLights@cityofparma-oh.gov, by U.S. mail to Holiday Lights Contest, 6611 Ridge Road, Parma, OH, 44129 or dropped into the ballot box at City Hall.

FULL NAME AND ADDRESS must accompany every vote. Votes that do not contain name and address information will be invalid and WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

4. Voters may vote for more than one property, but not for the same property twice - one vote per property per person.

5. Winners – an overall Grand Prize Winner, second place and third place, and winners in each Ward – will be announced on Dec. 31st.

"This contest has shown that Parma has a lot of residents who really like to get into the festive spirit," Mayor DeGeeter said. "We are looking forward to going out and looking at all the holiday lights this year."


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Nov. 6, 2014
Press Release

Small Business Saturday activities kick off Friday

PARMA, Ohio – Small Business Saturday has become something of a local big deal in Parma. Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma City Council would have it no other way. In the past two years, City leaders have taken extra steps to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.

On Friday, Mayor DeGeeter, along with Chamber of Commerce President Dave Nedrich and members of City Council, will kick off activities leading to Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 29 this year. The group will begin at 1 p.m. at Rudy’s Strudel (5580 Ridge Road), where the first 2014 Small Business Saturday poster will be placed in a window. After Rudy’s, the group will travel to Breads & Beyond Bakery (5578 State Road) at approximately 1:30-1:45 p.m., to La Bakery Boutique (5721 State Road) at about 2 p.m. and finally, to Gentile’s (5626 Broadview Road) at about 2:30 p.m.

Leading up to Nov. 29, posters that urge “Support Small Business – Shop Small Here” will be distributed by city council members to independent businesses in their ward.

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Oct. 30, 2014

General Motors Foundation donates $25,000 to local charities, organizations

PARMA, Ohio – The General Motors Foundation donated $25,000 to local charities and organizations Thursday at the Parma plant.

This is the fourth year the GM Foundation gave Plant City Grants to community organizations near the Parma facility, which is the largest employer in the city.

"We are fortunate and proud to be a part of a company and community that works together to help those in need," said Parma Plant Manager Al McLaughlin.

The foundation donated $2,500 to the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Big Creek Connects--formerly Friends of Big Creek -- received $5,000 each. United Way of Greater Cleveland, an organization that focuses on education, received $10,000.

"We are so grateful," said Jo Anne Clemens of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. "Because of the GM Foundation, we will be able to provide 20,000 meals to those in need."

In total, the GM Foundation donated about $1.7 million to 209 organizations in 45 plant cities this year, said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter thanked the GM Foundation for "all its great work."

"The GM stamping plant, and the auto industry, is such an important part of Parma, and we are grateful for the continued investment that GM makes in our community, both at the stamping plant and charitably," DeGeeter said. "We are most appreciative for the continued support by the GM Foundation for local charities in Northeast Ohio, including the Friends of Big Creek. Job well done to all GM employees who make this happen."

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Oct. 28, 2014
Press Release

Mayor, Police Chief encourage Safety First on Halloween

PARMA, Ohio – The Parma Police Department will add extra vehicle and foot patrols on Halloween night to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters. Trick or treating in Parma is scheduled for 6-8 on Halloween night, Friday, October 31.

“Our goal, as always, is a safe and happy Halloween for everybody, for the kids and the parents who take them out for Trick or Treat,” said Mayor Tim DeGeeter. “I encourage drivers to be extra watchful for kids in or near the street and to drive slowly and with care.”

Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Halloween, PPD’s Traffic Unit will be patrolling city neighborhoods to handle any traffic issues that arise, and the Target Oriented Patrol officers will be watching for any suspicious people or activity.

Parma’s uniformed Auxiliary officers will also be patrolling the city. The Parma Auxiliary Police have been assisting the Parma Police Department on Halloween night for the past several years. Auxiliary police will also be providing service to Parma Heights.


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Oct. 3, 2014

New retailers join the Shoppes at Parma

PARMA, Ohio – On October 2, the Shoppes at Parma announced that SportsClips Haircuts, H&R Block and GNC will join the existing lineup of retailers in the strip center that is anchored by Marc's grocery.

The exterior of the strip mall received several upgrades this summer.  Some of the improvements include removing the old awning system, adding new brick features, replacing all store front windows, pouring new side sidewalks, adding storefront awnings and signage.

"Renovations to the existing strip center continue to attract interest from new retailers," said Robyn Hays, Senior Leasing Director at The Shoppes at Parma. "This is an exciting time for The Shoppes at Parma and the community. The addition of these retailers will add convenience and variety for the shopper."

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Sep. 24, 2014

New Shoppes at Parma mostly enclosed; redeveloped Parmatown Mall to be centerpiece of town center

PARMA, Ohio – Optimists have long been anticipating the new Shoppes at Parma, the redeveloped Parmatown Mall, hoping for a Trader Joe's or the town-center feel of Crocker Park.

The Shoppes have yet to release a store list, though a new Chipotle is on the way. And most of the shopping center will be enclosed, rather than open-air like Crocker.

But Mayor Tim DeGeeter said the development will be the "centerpiece" of a revitalized central Parma.

"The Shoppes at Parma is being transformed into a hybrid mixed-used development that will include a strip center, enclosed mall, power center, restaurants and out lots," said Michelle Devlin, operations manager for the Shoppes at Parma. "It will have a very different feel from that of Crocker Park. Portions of The Shoppes at Parma will still be enclosed."

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Sep. 22, 2014

Parma's 'Flamingo Fever' event was a pink success

PARMA, Ohio – When Flamingo Fever hits, you never know what effect it's going to have on you. In the case of a number of local artists, it meant decorating a basic pink lawn ornament in a variety of ways for charity.

At the Flamingo Fever Banquet and Auction Sept. 20 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, the organizers of the event and the Polish Village Association invited the public to come out and bid on their favorite flamingo.

In the case of Mayor Tim DeGeeter, it was the Notre Dame flamingo. DeGeeter grew up in the shadow of Notre Dame and had the flamingo on display in his office at City Hall prior to the event. DeGeeter's bid trumped all the others, and he took it home with him.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime was one of the organizers of the event. Lime and Debbie Matis provided the Polish-style buffet that was served that night.

Parma residents Annamaria McDonald and her daughter Sofia, a fifth-grader at Shiloh Middle School, created two of the entries that were auctioned off that night.

The People's Choice Award winner was "Glamingo" by Kathy Kijek.

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Aug. 24, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hits Parma City Hall

PARMA, Ohio – Celebrities, athletes, politicians, your friends, family and coworkers have all done it. Now, the social media fad is spreading through Parma government. Mayor Tim DeGeeter was nominated by his college roommate to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised nine times more money for the ALS Assoiation than last year. DeGeeter challenged three members of council. By now, eight members of council and many other Parma officials have taken the challenge.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It is often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," after the former New York Yankees baseball player who was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 1939.

Through the challenge the nominee can either dump water on his or her head or donate $100. Most people have chosen to donate and dump.

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Aug. 28, 2014
Press Release

Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn announce partnership

Three communities will share Regional Safety Forces Dispatch Center

PARMA, Ohio – The cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Brooklyn have agreed to partner to form a consolidated safety forces dispatch center.

The facility will be located in Parma, and cost sharing will be based on the populations of each city and the individual 9-1-1 call activity. Cuyahoga County is offering grants to projects that involve three or more communities; this project team will try to secure such a grant.

There are many benefits to consolidation, the most obvious being improved service to the residents and more efficient handling of emergency dispatch and response. Currently Brooklyn and Parma Heights do not offer Emergency Medical Dispatch - EMD - which is a program in which a dispatcher can talk a caller through some immediate assistance to a person while awaiting an ambulance. Parma dispatchers are familiar with EMD, and now the residents of Brooklyn and Parma Heights will also have access.

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Aug. 21, 2014
Press Release

Parma Mayor urges extra caution at new school year

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter urges area motorists to drive with extra caution because local schools are back in session. Area Catholic schools are already in session, and Parma City School District begins class instruction on Monday.

“We like to remind motorists every year, that while our kids are learning their ABC’s, we have to keep ours in mind, too – Always Be Cautious,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “We urge all drivers to be especially careful this time of year because there are kids out and about near the streets.”

School zones require that motorists slow to 20 miles per hour in marked areas. During the first few weeks of school, it is critically important that motorists keep an extra eye out for kids unused to traffic who might dart out into the street.

“We should all be careful in a school zone anyway, at all hours,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “Safety is our number one priority. We want everyone – teachers, students, administrators, parents – to all have a safe and productive school year.”

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Aug. 5, 2014


PARMA, Ohio – On August 23, 2014, the Ukrainian-American community and the City of Parma will host a grand parade in Parma’s Ukrainian Village to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence.  The parade will start at 11:00am from Grantwood Drive and will proceed north on State Road to St Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.  In addition to numerous Ukrainian-American youth, social, religious, business and dance organizations, the parade participants will include local High School bands, representatives from other ethnic communities as well as Ukrainian Village businesses.

This year’s Grand Marshal of the parade is Roman Bodnaruk, owner of Ohio Export Corporation.  Ohio Export has been in business for over 55 years right in the heart of Ukrainian Village.

Following the parade, a short program will commence that will include the raising of the flags of the United States and Ukraine at the Ukrainian Heritage Park.

We invite all residents in the City of Parma and neighboring communities to join us and celebrate this special occasion in Ukrainian Village.

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Aug. 13, 2014

Parma 60 and older softball league honoring former Mayor James Day Sr. by dedicating a plaque in his memory

PARMA, Ohio – The Huff-N-Puffers Senior Softball League is honoring former Parma Mayor James Day Sr. Wednesday by dedicating a plaque in his memory.

Day, who died in 2010 at the age of 86, served as mayor in the 1960s. The dedication ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. at the James Day Park pavilion. Parma resident Ray Page said the plaque will be placed on the pavilion.

Page, who has been president of the Huff-N-Puffers for eight years, said he knew Day well from various Parma functions and events.

"I think this a good event," Page said. "I feel this is very appropriate because he was such a great man."

The softball league is comprised of 275 members who are 60 and older, and Page said Day came to many of their games and events.

"He really cared about this city and about its people," Page said. "We just wanted to do this to show that we appreciated him and all he did."

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Aug. 5, 2014
Press Release

Mayor DeGeeter welcomes new leader of UH Parma Medical Center

PARMA, Ohio – Earlier today, an important announcement came out of UH Parma Medical Center: Nancy Tinsley will take over as the hospital’s President.  Formerly, Tinsley was the Vice President of Institute Clinical Operations at Case Medical Center.

Immediately following the announcement, Mayor Tim DeGeeter welcomed Tinsley and praised the hospital for its choice.

“Parma Medical Center is one of the city’s largest employers, and it is clear that, with this choice, the hospital is in good hands,” the Mayor said. “Nancy has risen within the UH system, and after having met with her, I can see that she holds a vision for moving the hospital forward. She has a real understanding of Parma, and she cares about the community as a whole. I congratulate Nancy and the UH system for this appointment.”

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Aug. 4, 2014
Press Release

Town Center Task Force asks for more public input

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter has announced a follow-up Public Input Forum regarding the work of his Town Center Task Force. The Forum will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Parma Library, 6996 Powers Blvd.

The Task Force has met several times over the past eight months to discuss the future of Parma’s Town Center. The geographic area of the Town Center includes The Shoppes at Parma, Stearns Farm, the Day Drive corridor, Parma City Hall, The Parma Library, Byers Field and the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

The Task Force has had one public input meeting and now, in this second one, is ready to present new findings and ideas and gather more public opinion. “This is what it’s all about,” said Mayor DeGeeter. “The Town Center is for the residents, and we want them to be involved in this process of bringing it to life.”

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Executive Director Glenn Coyne serves as facilitator of the Task Force.

The Task Force is comprised of many different Parma stakeholders that fall within the footprint of the Town Center. Among these are the Parma City School District, Parma Hospital, Proud of Parma, the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, Parma Library and the West Creek Conservancy, Phillips-Edison, First Energy and RTA. Parma’s Ward Eight City Councilman Scott Tuma, whose ward encompasses the Town Center, is also on the panel.

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July 24, 2014

From Parma to Queens, with love: Parma Postings

PARMA, Ohio – Natasha Pogrebinsky left Parma, but her love for Parma has never left her.

Natasha is the chef/owner of Bear, a "New European Cuisine" restaurant in Queens, N.Y., and has been a featured guest on "Chopped" on the Food Network.

Pogrebinsky and her business partner and brother, Sasha, grew up in Parma from the age of 10. They moved here with their parents, Lena and Alexander, from Kiev, Ukraine.

Natasha attended St. Josephat School and then went to Normandy, graduating in 1999. She then went to Case Western Reserve University for a year and then to Cleveland State. She taught high school history in Cleveland and New York City, but never gave up her dream of becoming a chef and owning her own restaurant.

After attending culinary school in New York, she and Sasha opened Bear seven years ago, and the reviews were consistently positive. Natasha's love of Ukrainian cooking and what she calls "real food" made her a popular guest on "Chopped."

First and foremost, however, Natasha is proud to be from Parma and was home to visit her parents recently, where she was given a proclamation from Mayor DeGeeter in honor of her and Sasha's accomplishments. DeGeeter had "friended" Natasha on the Parma homepage on Facebook, and when he and his wife took a 15th anniversary trip to New York City, Natasha invited them to Bear for dinner. They've kept in touch since then.

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July 16, 2014

Parma city officials walked the streets Tuesday for the annual safety walk

PARMA, Ohio – Parma resident Anthony Matis answered a knock at his door and was surprised to find the mayor and a police officer on his front porch Tuesday evening.

"It's not every day that the mayor is on your steps," Matis said. "I thought someone had died or something bad was happening on the street."

However, that wasn't the case. Mayor Tim DeGeeter and George Balasko, the commander of Parma's volunteer auxiliary unit, were there to greet residents for the eighth annual Parma Safety Walkabout.

"This is a participatory program for a more secure Parma, and it's also a great opportunity for residents to meet city officials and tell us their concerns," DeGeeter said.

DeGeeter and Blasko were joined by Parma Police Chief Robert Miller, Safety Director Greg Baeppler, Council President Sean Brennan, Councilman Brian Day and Lt. Tom Vedouras, an auxiliary officer.

The city officials went to every house on Englewood and Dawnwood drives in Ward Four. The goal for the walk was to meet residents and hear about life on their street.

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July 15, 2014

City of Parma to host free outdoor movie night July 19

PARMA, Ohio – Lovers of Legos and movies are in for a treat Saturday, July 19 as The Lego Movie will be shown at the city of Parma's outdoor movie night.

The free event will take place at James Day Park, located at 11828 W. Pleasant Valley Road.

The movie will be shown on a screen located on soccer fields 1 and 2. A concession stand will be available for refreshments.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at approximately 9 p.m. There will also be corn hole and carnival games.

City officials urge moviegoers to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In case of rain, the movie night will take place July 26.

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July 13, 2014

Parma residents show their pride in their city at Progressive Field

PARMA, Ohio – When the city officials first started having "Parma Night" at the old Municipal Stadium, they would be happy to get a few dozen residents coming out to march around the outfield. On July 10, Mayor Tim DeGeeter and his recreation director Micky Vittardi orchestrated their third "Parma Night" at the Indians/Yankees game.

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Mayor Tim DeGeeter, left, Johnny Coventry and Parma recreation director Micky Vittardi get ready for the festivities before the game. Mark Holan/Special to Sun News 

DeGeeter held a drawing to give someone the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, and Johnny Coventry, 9, was this year's honoree. Coventry, who plays ball in the Parma Little Leagues, came with his family and threw the ball all the way to home plate.

Before the game, the residents who participated in the event paraded around the outfield track. Most of the Parma residents had their children with them.
When "The City of Parma" flashed on the scoreboard, the crowd cheered.

Although the night belonged to the Indians who came from behind to beat the Yankees, it also belonged to the residents of Parma.

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June 26, 2014

President of Parma Medical Center stepping down July 4

PARMA, Ohio – Terrence Deis, the president and CEO of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center plans to leave next week, for reasons unknown.

University Hospitals spokeswoman Janice Guhl said she cannot speak for Deis or his reasons for leaving. He was unavailable for immediate contact.

Deis has worked for Parma Community General Hospital for 15 years and was named president and CEO in 2010. Earlier this year Parma joined the ever-growing University Hospitals—the second largest health system in the area.

Eric Bieber, the president of University Hospitals' western community hospitals, announced the news to hospital employees on June 18.

In the June 18 note, Bieber said Deis successfully guided "the hospital through a challenging health care environment and a successful integration this year into the University Hospitals health system."

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June 26, 2014
Press Release

Nine-year-old wins Parma Night first pitch honors

PARMA, Ohio – Nine-year-old Johnny Coventry will get the chance to do something most kids can only dream of – throwing out the first pitch at a major league baseball game. This is a moment Johnny will remember for the rest of his life.

Johnny is a member of the Boys’ Overhand League in Parma and plays for Axelrod Buick-GMC. His first-pitch dream will become reality at Parma Night, scheduled for Thursday, July 10th at 7:05 p.m.

Though the first pitch is usually reserved for the mayor, Mayor Tim DeGeeter gives up this opportunity every year to let a fortunate youngster live a dream. He created a drawing for people who ordered tickets to the Parma Night Indians game and picks a name at random to throw the
first pitch.

Nicole Coventry, Johnny’s mother, and Kathy Lucheese, his grandmother, share his excitement. “[Johnny] was very surprised,” Lucheese said. “He said ‘I really hope the players sign the ball for me!’” She added that Johnny has been practicing his pitching.

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June 25, 2014
Press Release

Parma resident set to complete 18-year goal on his 67th birthday

PARMA, Ohio – Ask Paul T. Kirner about goal-setting. Ask him about dedication. Ask him about perseverance.

Ask him about these things on Tuesday, July 1, which is, incidentally, his 67th birthday. Ask him after, say 9:30 p.m., and settle in for a long story. He has one to tell.

Kirner, a Parma resident and former Ward Five Councilman, is set to complete an 18.5-year goal on Tuesday, one that has demanded 6,757 consecutive days of running – with his last half-mile, which he will run on Tuesday, he will have completed 24,901.55 miles, which just happens to be the circumference of the earth.

He is inviting Parma residents, news media, anyone who wants to join in, to run that last half mile with him. The run will begin in front of the home of Allan Divis, Parma’s Ward Five Councilman, which is at 7805 Fort Myers Court, and finish in front of Kirner’s home at 4373 St. Petersburg Drive.

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June 19, 2014

Parma doubles recycling rate but officials push for more

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor Tim DeGeeter said he is proud of his city's residents for the more than 17 percent boost in recycling for last year.

Parma recycled 27.8 percent of its waste in 2013, more than doubling its rate from 10.4 percent in 2012, according to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District's annual report that was released last week.

City Council President Sean Brennan said in the years prior to 2013 he would drive around the city and see very few houses recycling.

"It was a little disappointing, and every year I would look at those numbers on the report and Parma was always way down there on the bottom," Brennan said. "It's nice to see those rates doubling."

DeGeeter said he and the council have been trying to encourage recycling wherever they go through social media, flyers and leading by example.

"Look at my family, I've got a 6 year old and a 3 year old, so we've got a lot of juice boxes, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, all of those things," he said. "Our recycling bin is filled more than our trash can is. Every family should be recycling."

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June 17, 2014

Cyndee Bratz is Citizen of the Month

PARMA, Ohio – At Monday night's City Council meeting, Mayor Tim DeGeeter honored his June Citizen of the Month.

Cyndee Bratz was nominated by Dianna Kall to receive Citizen of the Month because of her long and extensive community involvement. For more than 30 years, she has been active in community and school events. She has served in various officer and chairman positions in the PTA and for several years on the Board of Directors of the Ohio PTA. Bratz is the creator of the Community Scholarship Fund – sometimes known as the "loose change" fund - in which anyone can donate money throughout the year that is given to a deserving graduating senior of the Parma City School District.

Kall said in her nomination of Bratz: "It's the smile that accompanies her passion for helping others that's so endearing. If you are recognizing someone who embraces community spirit, community engagement and civic pride, then Cyndee Bratz is the one."

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June 6, 2014
Press Release

Gillingham Ford plans multi-million dollar renovation

PARMA, Ohio – Bob Gillingham, whose family is in its sixth decade of local business ownership, says that fact alone is proof that, for a businessman, there’s no place like Parma.

“I can’t think of a better place to have a business than Parma,” Gillingham said. “That’s why we’ve been here more than 50 years. It’s really nice that we’ve been this successful. We try to return the favor by exceeding peoples’ expectations.”

Prepare to be wowed.

Early next spring, Gillingham Ford expects to complete substantial renovations to its dealership at 8383 Brook Park Road. The multi-million-dollar project includes a new café area for customer waiting, along with a customer business center with laptop work stations and a wi-fi onnection.

Interior and exterior LED energy efficient lighting will be added and/or replaced throughout the dealership, and a new “vehicle vestibule” will be added, which incorporates what Operations Manager Scott Lockhart calls an “open customer touchpoint plan” that gives a whole new meaning to the term “drive-in service bay.”

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June 10, 2014

Coney joins Parma Police Department's K-9 unit

PARMA, Ohio – Coney is the newest addition to the Parma Police Department.

The year-old German shepherd completed months of intensive training preparing him to be a member of the K-9 unit.

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Coney, Parma'€™s third K-9 officer, puts his paw print on the official documents at his swearing-in ceremony. Witnessing the event are, from left, Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Police Chief Robert Miller and Patrolman Nick Schuld, Coney'€™s partner.

Patrolman Nick Schuld, his handler, said Coney arrived in Parma about a month ago and has been on patrol ever since. His first official public event was his swearing-in ceremony June 7 at Veterans Memorial Park.

A large crowd gathered as Mayor Tim DeGeeter introduced Coney and Schuld.

"This is the first time in the history of the Police Department that we have had three K-9 officers," DeGeeter said.

The brief swearing-in ceremony included inking one of Coney's front paws and putting his paw print on the paperwork for the department.

Coney joins K-9 officers Tyson and Felix in patrolling the city. Schuld said attempts will be made to schedule one K-9 officer per shift, when possible.

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June 8, 2014

Parma gets another K-9 officer to combat narcotics on the streets

PARMA, Ohio – There will now be three K-9 officers working in the city for the first time in the history of the Parma police department.

K-9 Officer Coney was sworn in by Mayor Tim DeGeeter June 7 at the Parma Animal Shelter's Adoptathon. Coney joins Felix and Tyson on the city's K-9 police force.

Coney's handler, Patrolman Nicholas Schuld, is a six-year veteran on the police force and is also a U.S. Army veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, having served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Patrolman Schuld and Coney will be patrolling the city and assisting patrol officers and detectives, catching suspects and tracking down narcotics.

K-9 officers have proven to be invaluable additions to suburban police departments as more and more criminal activity occurs in these communities. The man and dog relationship makes for a highly effective crime-fighting team.

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June 2, 2014

Parma police department welcomes new K-9 officer

PARMA, Ohio – The Parma Police Department is pleased to welcome a new officer to the department's K-9 unit.

After weeks of intensive training, K-9 Officer Coney, a young German Shepherd, will be joining K-9 Officers Tyson and Felix.

Coney's handler will be Officer Nicholas Schuld, a six-year veteran of the department, as well as a veteran of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Together, Schuld and Coney will be patrolling the city and assisting patrol officers and detectives with such tasks as apprehending dangerous suspects and detecting narcotics.

Parma mayor Tim DeGeeter will swear in K-9 Officer Coney at noon on Saturday, June 7 at Veteran's Memorial Park in Parma.

This is the first time in department history that there will be three K-9 Officers in service at the same time.

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June 2, 2014

Parma Police welcome newest K-9 officer

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Police are welcoming their newest four-legged crime fighter to the force this week.

K-9 Officer Coney, a young German Shepard, will join K-9 officers Tyson and Felix after weeks of training. Coney will be paired with Officer Nicholas Schuld, patrolling the city and assisting with tasks like apprehending dangerous suspects and detecting narcotics.

Schuld is a six-year veteran of the department and a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. He served tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter will swear Coney in during a ceremony at Veteran's Memroial Park at noon Saturday. It's part of the City of Parma Animal Shelter's Pet Adoptathon running June 7-8.

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