Timothy J. DeGeeter For Parma Mayor
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Aug 16, 2017
Press Release

Parma officials urge driver safety at new school year

PARMA, Ohio --Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Police Chief Joe Bobak urge area motorists to drive with extra caution at the beginning of this new school year.
“It’s always important to remember driver safety,” Mayor DeGeeter said, “but now that schools are back in session, we should all remember to be especially watchful and careful. School buses are back on the road and students will be crossing streets while walking to and from their schools.”

During the first few weeks of school, it is critically important that motorists keep an extra eye out for kids unused to traffic and who might dart out into the street. Also, motorists are urged to be aware that crossing guards will be escorting children across streets. The beginning of a school year means buses will be out on the streets, and motorists should allow extra time in the mornings and also in the afternoons when schools are letting out for the day.

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

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Aug 14, 2017
Press Release

Work on Sidewalk and Streetscape Program improvements begins next month

PARMA, Ohio --The City’s Department of Community Services and Economic Development will spend $230,000 on its 2017 Sidewalk and Streetscape programs; the money for these improvements comes from federally funded Community Development Block Grants.

The purpose of the Sidewalks Program is to improve the public right-of-way in residential areas and to allow for better accessibility and mobility. The grant amount for this program is $130,000. Twenty-eight streets have been identified for improvements in curbs, aprons and sidewalks. Six wheelchair ramps are part of this project.

Similarly, the Streetscape Program, which has a $100,000 budget, improves public right-of-way and aesthetics of retail districts. Ten sites have been identified for improvements.

“We are using these important federal dollars to invest in our community by supporting infrastructure improvements that will help our businesses and residents,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.

Work on the various improvements around Parma will begin in mid-September and is expected to be completed by November 1.

Also, on Monday, Aug. 14, the office of Economic Development & Community Services will begin taking calls for September appointments for the issuance of furnace vouchers for senior citizens.

Each voucher is worth $80 towards the cost of inspecting, cleaning and servicing the furnace. The vouchers are paid for by Community Development Block Grant funding, and 125 vouchers are available.

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer this program again,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “In the past, this program has saved lives from potential carbon monoxide poisoning. We’re grateful that this is another way we can assist our senior population.”

There are eligibility requirements for receiving a furnace voucher: the home must be owner-occupied, and every occupant of the home must be over age 65. Adult children or spouses under 65 qualify if they have been documented as disabled. Also, property taxes must be current or if not, on a payment plan with Cuyahoga County.

Applicants can call (216) 661-7372 on and after August 14th to make a September appointment at the Community Services office at 5517 State Road. To the appointment, applicants should bring a photo ID for every occupant of the home, copies of two recent utility bills and a copy of the last property tax bill for the home. A short application can be filled out at the Community Services office.

After a brief review process, granted vouchers must be used by October 30, 2017.

The office of Community Services will make free copies for applicants. Staff members from this office also do home visits and will shuttle and/or copy documents for shut-ins or handicapped applicants.

The voucher must be used for a "furnace clean and check" from a licensed and registered HVAC contractor of the homeowner’s choice. A list of all registered HVAC Contractors in Parma is available from the Community Services office.

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Aug 2, 2017
Press Release

Parma named one of America’s top 100 safest cities

PARMA, Ohio --The City of Parma has been named one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, an organization comprised of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries.

Parma is listed as the 64th safest city; accompanying statistics report that Parma has 99 violent crimes per 100,000 people and 1,289 property crimes per 100,000. Parma is the only city from Ohio to make the list. The list, which is viewable here, was compiled using the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with internal research from the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

“This is great recognition for our city and is directly attributable to the men and women who serve on our Safety Forces,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “We have excellent leadership in Police Chief Joe Bobak and Fire Chief Mike Lasky and from Safety Director Tom Weinreich. People want to live in a city they know is safe, and we are working hard to provide that safety and security here in Parma.”

The Mayor also acknowledged the role of residents in helping to maintain a safe city.

“We have residents who are good neighbors, who keep an eye on their streets and neighborhoods and also look out for each other,” he said. “This is the fabric of our city. Our Police Department is often assisted by good neighbors who call when they see something suspicious. This kind of respect for neighborhoods – and for law enforcement – helps us achieve honors such as this.”

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May 25, 2017
Press Release

Law Director offers additional shred event to Parma residents

PARMA, Ohio --After an overwhelming response to the city’s annual shred event in April, City of Parma Law Director Tim Dobeck has decided to sponsor another community shred event. The Fall Shred Event is for all Parma residents and has been scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd.

At the April 29 event, held in conjunction with the city’s annual Safety Fair, 14,225 pounds of paper was either recycled or shredded, an increase of nearly 70% over the previous year. The unexpected increase in participation resulted in some residents being turned away.

Law Director Dobeck has contracted with InfoShred to do the shredding on September 16, as a second shred event for Parma residents. This event is free to residents with a donation of canned or non-perishable food items or a cash donation to the Parma Hunger Center. The Parma Hunger Center collected 46 boxes of food and $361.66 cash donations at the April event.

“Shredding is a good preventative measure to combat Identity Theft,” said Law Director Dobeck. “I hope residents are able to take advantage of this City-sponsored event.”

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May 23, 2017
Press Release

Parma Splash Pad opens Saturday

PARMA, Ohio – The Parma Splash Pad, on W. Ridgewood Drive at the site of the former Ridgewood Pool, is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27 at 11 a.m. Its location at the corner of Ridge Road and W. Ridgewood Dr. puts it in the middle of the city’s town center, The Crossroads of Parma.

The project was funded through an anonymous $225,000 donation, and part of the opening ceremonies will be the unveiling of the memorial plaque and therefore, the identity of the donor. After the ribbon cutting, the splash pad will be open to the public.

“We are so excited to add this great, family-friendly activity to the recreational opportunities we already have here in Parma,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “I can’t express enough my gratitude and appreciation for the incredibly generous and community-minded gesture that made this possible.”

The water playground essentially replaces Ridgewood Pool and will be open 11 a.m. until sunset/dusk seven days a week, weather permitting. (The water park will not be open in dangerous weather or if the temperature is below 70 degrees.)

The new splash pad features a zero-depth water playground with interactive and interchangeable water features that promise to provide great family experiences. The splash pad, surrounded by decorative fencing and landscaping, is fully handicapped-accessible and free to the public.

“The new water playground is one more way to build on the foundational pieces already in place to make the Crossroads of Parma a destination and true town center,” DeGeeter said.

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May 11, 2017
Press Release

Parma Public Safety Forum coming to Parma Library

PARMA, Ohio --The first of several presentations of the new Parma Public Safety Forum series is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 from 7-8 p.m. at the Parma Branch library, 6996 Powers Blvd. The forum will be held in the Large Meeting Room A.
At this meeting, members of the Parma Fire Department will be presenting useful information regarding several fire safety topics. Among the items discussed will be:

• New programs and initiatives in the Parma Fire Department
• Explanations and demonstrations of new fire safety equipment
• Useful home safety guidelines

Future Parma Public Safety Forum meetings will address other safety topics of concern to Parma residents.

“I commend Safety Director Tom Weinreich as well as Fire Chief Mike Lasky and Police Chief Joe Bobak for their commitment to the safety of our residents and our city,” said Mayor Tim DeGeeter. “Prevention is paramount to heightened public safety, and information is an essential first step. I appreciate the efforts of our public safety officials to get this Safety Forum to our residents.”

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May 2, 2017
Press Release

Open House Saturday at Parma Fire Department

PARMA, Ohio --The Parma Fire Department’s five fire stations will hold an open house on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Members of the public are invited to come and tour the stations. Bring the kids, who can get and up-close look at Fire Department trucks and equipment.

Parma Fire Department’s five stations:

• Station 1 - 5625 Pearl Road
• Station 2 - 3311 Snow Road
• Station 3 - 6655 Ridge Road
• Station 4 - 3000 W. Pleasant Valley Road
• Station 5 - 10220 W. Pleasant Valley Road

“It’s great to be able to offer our residents the opportunity to see how we do business here at our stations,” Fire Chief Mike Lasky said. “The kids always love to meet a real firefighter and to see where they live when they’re on duty. We invite everyone to come out and say hello.”

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May 2, 2017
Press Release

National Day of Prayer Observance Thursday at City Hall

PARMA, Ohio --Parma’s annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 6611 Ridge Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 4.

Chaplains of the Parma Police and Fire Departments will be in attendance, as well as other city officials. Leaders of the Parma faith community have been invited and are also encouraged to pass the word along to their congregations.

Public law 105-225 requires the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May. The theme this year is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us...Heal Us!”

The public is invited to join in the brief observance on Thursday.

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Apr 27, 2017
Press Release

City utilizes grant funding for public safety equipment

PARMA, Ohio --The City of Parma has utilized grant funding to obtain free bike helmets for kids and new fire safety equipment for PFD firefighters. Also, through its good relationship with neighboring Cleveland, the Parma Police Department has accepted a donation of police bicycles for the city’s new bike patrol.

New Parma Bike Patrol accepts bikes from City of Cleveland

The Parma Police has selected 10 officers to be a part of its new bicycle unit, which is tentatively scheduled to be patrolling areas of the city sometime in the third week of May. The department and the city extend thanks to Chief Calvin Williams and the Cleveland Police Department for their generous donation of four bicycles to our department. The bikes were originally purchased by Cleveland Police for use during last summer’s Republican National Convention.

The new officers will be attending training between May 8 and 12 at the western campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Once they complete their training, the officers will be patrolling in business and school areas in the city. The creation of this unit is one part of Police Chief Joe Bobak’s emphasis on a greater use of community policing efforts. The officers will focus many of their activities on protecting business areas and connecting with youths in the city, but they will also be utilized as part of this overall increase in the use of community policing.

The new PPD bike patrol was first announced at Mayor Tim DeGeeter’s State of the City speech in February.

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Apr 6, 2017
Press Release

Parma Safety Fair, Community Shred Day event scheduled

PARMA, Ohio --Parma’s annual Safety Fair, a community family event for area residents to learn valuable safety information, is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd. The Cleveland Browns will also participate in this year’s Fair, highlighted by a visit from a member of the team (player and time TBA).

The event is a cooperative effort of the Parma Fire Department, Parma Police Department, City of Parma and Parma City Council. The highlight of the Safety Fair is the medical chopper landing, which is scheduled at noon, after which kids and their parents can explore the chopper. The Fair also includes a grease fire demonstration, a K-9 demonstration and information about gun safety, fingerprinting, Internet safety and much more. Organizations represented at the fair include University Hospitals; Safe Kids, Safe Communities; Cleveland Metroparks; and Parma Animal Shelter.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter is excited that the Browns want to be involved, and calls the day “educational and fun for the whole family, and something our residents look forward to every year.”

In conjunction with the Safety Fair, a community shredding event is scheduled during the same hours at the main parking lot of the UH Parma Medical Center, off Powers Blvd across from the Parma branch library. The shredding services will be handled by All Ohio Secure Shred and are paid for by a grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

Parma residents should bring identification – a driver’s license or utility bill – and also a donation of canned or non-perishable food items for the Parma Hunger Center, which will be on-site collecting the food items.

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Feb 16, 2017
Press Release

Cox Communications to donate $3,000 to Leadership for Tomorrow Field trip to City Hall and Parma Justice Center are highlights of the program for area fourth-graders

PARMA, Ohio --Co-founders of the Leadership for Tomorrow program – City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni, Mayor Tim DeGeeter and the late Anthony Zielinski – envisioned a program in which school-age children could learn about municipal government and maybe ignite an interest that could lead to future public service. Leadership for Tomorrow brings local fourth-graders to City Hall and the Justice Center on a field trip that nurtures these goals.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Cox will send Market Vice President Robert Brill to City Hall to present a check for $3,000 in support of the program. DeGeeter and Mastroianni will accept a ceremonial oversized check while students from John Muir watch. The check from Cox will supplement private donations that keep the program running.

“As an organization, Leadership for Tomorrow is a catalyst for inspiring students to get involved in their communities and local government,” Brill said. “At Cox, we are committed to forging community partnerships that drive civic engagement, and we are proud to offer our support to Leadership for Tomorrow.”

The program’s founders are grateful to Cox Communications for its generous support of the program. "It's been great to have Cox Communications sponsor our Anthony Zielinski Leadership for Tomorrow program over the last several years,” said Mastroianni. “Cox is a great community partner whose generous donation has helped Parma-area public- and private-school children learn a live civics lesson."

Said Mayor DeGeeter: “It’s always enjoyable to show the students around my office and to talk to them about what it means to be the mayor. Part of their experience is a mock council meeting, and I like hearing about what is important to them, what issues they choose to consider. I am grateful to Cox for helping to sustain this important learning experience.”

Media are invited to the check presentation.

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Jan 24, 2017
Press Release

Parma Mayor DeGeeter’s State of the City address scheduled for Feb. 28 Speech will celebrate GM’s $218 investment in local plant

PARMA, Ohio --Mayor Tim DeGeeter will offer his 2017 State of the City address on Tuesday evening, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Continuing the trend started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his address outside of City Hall. This year, the address will be delivered at the General Motors Parma Metal Center, 5400 Chevrolet Blvd. The Mayor chose this location to highlight GM’s recent $218 million investment in the facility.

“GM's $218 million investment in the Parma Metal Center is a testament to the plant's workers, the management team, and the partnership the two share,” the mayor said when the investment was announced. “This major commitment helps to secure the plant's future, which is critically important for Parma and Northeast Ohio.”

Past State of the City speeches have been held at UH Parma Medical Center, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OSG Tool and the UAW 1005 Union Hall .

“Our administration’s approach has always been to combine common sense and hard work to produce real results,” DeGeeter says. “We’re proud to share some of our positive results at the State of the City address.”

The speech is open to the public.

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Nov 9, 2016
Press Release

City of Parma Christmas parade on December 4

PARMA, Ohio --The City of Parma will host a Christmas parade on December 4 and pair it with Christmas at the Farm, a celebration at Stearns Farm on the same day. The parade steps off at 4 p.m. at City Hall and will travel south on Ridge Road to Stearns Farm, where the Mayor and other elected officials will participate in a tree-lighting ceremony immediately after the conclusion of the parade.

“We encourage Parma residents to come out and experience Christmas at the Farm after the parade,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “Combining these events is a great way for the whole family to experience not only the parade but also an old-fashioned farm Christmas. We hope Parma residents will embrace both parts of this experience.”

The parade will feature walking and motorized units, marching bands and of course, a visit by Santa Claus. Side streets along the parade route will be closed off up to a half-hour before the parade begins and will re-open immediately after it passes.

There is still time for groups to register to participate in the parade. If your group would like to participate, please send an email to parmaparades@gmail.com stating the name of your organization or parade unit, the type of unit (walkers, float, car, etc.), and the number of people in your unit. Other questions can be directed to 440-915-2740.

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Sep 8, 2016
Press Release

9/11 memorial events planned in Parma
Events include the dedication of World Trade Center I-beam, unveiling of permanent 9/11 memorial

PARMA, Ohio --Several activities are planned in Parma on Sunday, Sept. 11 to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 when more than 3,000 people, including more than 400 safety forces officials, died in simultaneous attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Father John Carlin, who is the Parma Fire Department Chaplain, will conduct a Safety Forces Memorial Mass at St. Charles Church at 9 a.m. Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel, both active and retired, are invited to attend the mass in uniform.

Father Carlin will also participate in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at which a permanent 9/11 Memorial will be unveiled at The Shoppes at Parma. At the heart of this ceremony is the dedication of a World Trade Center I-beam, recovered from the rubble, which was donated to the Parma Fire Department by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey after a two-year application and approval process.

The I-beam was donated on the condition that the artifact would be used for public display and memorial. After the unveiling of the steel beam, which weighs more than 1,600 pounds, it will be on permanent display at The Shoppes at Parma on the W. Ridgewood side at the inset between Fast Eddies and Dick’s Sporting Goods. A plaque installed at the memorial will read, in part, “May it proudly stand as a testament to the bravery and sacrifice displayed by citizens and emergency first responders.” The plaque will also display a visual indication that the design of The Shoppes at Parma memorial, which incorporates the beam, large concrete planters and surrounding benches, represents the World Trade Center as it was before the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony, which will include remarks by Mayor Tim DeGeeter and representatives from The Shoppes at Parma, the Parma Fire Department and the Parma Police Department, will take place at the inset between Fast Eddie’s and Dick’s. After the dedication of the I-beam, a brief memorial service will feature a gun salute, the memorial playing of Taps, and Amazing Grace on bagpipe. The memorial service will be conducted by the Parma Fire and Police Department Joint Color Guard.

Also onsite from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Parma Safety Forces are sponsoring a blood drive. Life Share will have a mobile unit at the Shoppes of Parma on the Ridgewood Drive side.

The public is encouraged and invited to attend all events.

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Aug 19, 2016
Press Release

Parma to make WWII veterans Citizens of the Month

PARMA, Ohio --To honor those Parma residents who served in World War II, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter will recognize them as September’s Citizens of the Month at the City Council meeting on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

City Council and other Parma elected officials will also honor the veterans with proclamations.

Media members are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony.

After former Citizen of the Month honoree Ken Elhert suggested that a WWII veteran should be recognized in the same way, Mayor DeGeeter wanted to honor as many as possible. The administration has been making every effort to locate remaining veterans to invite to the meeting so they can be duly honored.

“Ken’s idea really resonated with me, and these veterans deserve our greatest respect and honor,” the mayor said. “I really hope we can fill our City Council chambers with residents who feel the same way and who want to show their respect.”

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Aug 11, 2016
Press Release

Parma Senior Center open for those without power

PARMA, Ohio -- Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter has announced that the city’s senior center, the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, is available to those Parma residents still without power.

“It’s very hot and humid and those residents without power who are looking for a place to get some relief need a place to go,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “We’d like to offer them the Smallwood Center for the rest of the week.”

The Center, located behind City Hall and next to the Parma branch library, is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily and offers varied, on-going activities. While the center is open to non-member residents who need to use it for relief, meals and transportation services are provided only to those 60 and older who are registered for those services. The Mayor has provided lemonade for everyone at the senior center.

Questions about the Center will be answered at 440-885-8800.

“I also encourage residents to check on their neighbors and friends, especially the elderly, and to bring them to the Senior Center if they need relief from the heat,” said Mayor DeGeeter.

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Apr 27, 2016
Press Release

Parma senior center wins award for YMCA partnership

PARMA, Ohio – The Donna Smallwood Activities Center and Parma Office on Aging was awarded the 2016 Independent Living Award for Excellence in Business Practices as chosen by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Center Director Jo Ann Mason accepted the award Tuesday, along with Brandon Bussey, executive director of the North Royalton/Ridgewood YMCA.

The award recognizes the partnership between the Smallwood Center and the former Ridgewood YMCA. The YMCA made the decision to close Parma’s local facility, and to address the void for the senior population, the YMCA and the City of Parma formed a partnership to bring the YMCA programs to the Smallwood Center. A wellness center with a variety of weight machines, treadmills, and stationary bicycles was added, and Silver Sneakers and other classes were added to Center activities. YMCA staff members and teachers were relocated to the Smallwood Center, saving the city money previously paid for classes and teachers.

Since November, the Smallwood Center has gained more than 200 new members. The YMCA has seen an increase in its membership as well, because center members must join the YMCA – at special pricing established by the YMCA - to use the exercise facilities.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter said: “Our city’s motto is ‘Progress Through Partnerships’ and this is a perfect example of how that works – we have upgraded our senior center facilities, brought in new classes and teachers and that has resulted in new members. Additionally, this has helped us reduce city expenses. I congratulate center director Jo Ann Mason and her staff for all the fine work going on at the Smallwood Activities Center.”

Mason added, “This partnership has been a win-win-win for all - the center, the YMCA, but more importantly, our older adults. We are so happy to be able to serve more of them through this cooperative design.”

Dr. Douglas Beach, the CEO of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, said in his award letter: “The Donna Smallwood Activities Center … truly demonstrated the intent of the WRAAA Independent living Award for Excellence in Business Practices. This award … identifies individuals and organizations that set standards and demonstrate dedication to creating communities that advance independent living. These communities are created by the work of individuals and organizations that are exceptional in helping older adults and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence through service provision, business practices, advocacy, volunteerism and leadership.”

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Mar 29, 2016
Press Release

Parma Police Captain graduates from FBI National Academy

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Police Captain James Blair recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Blair was one of 230 Law Enforcement Officers who graduated on March 28, 2016 from the National Academy and the fifth officer from the Parma Police Department to graduate from the program. The 263rd Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Also included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 27 international countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence the national Academy Program offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for officers that have 19 years of law enforcement experience. Capt. Blair as a 24-year veteran of the Parma Police Department and his service in the United States Army well qualified him to represent the department at this prestigious academy.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Larry Dyess, Captain, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Metairie, Louisiana and the principal speaker at the ceremony was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. A total of 49,021 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.

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Mar 17, 2016
Press Release

Parma Safety Fair, Community Shred Day event scheduled

PARMA, Ohio -- Parma’s annual Safety Fair, a community family event for area residents to learn valuable safety information, is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd.

The event is a cooperative effort of the Parma Fire Department, Parma Police Department, City of Parma and Parma City Council. The highlight of the Safety Fair is the medical chopper landing, which is scheduled at noon, after which kids and their parents can explore the chopper. The Fair also includes a grease fire demonstration, a K-9 demonstration and information about gun safety, fingerprinting, Internet safety and much more.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter, who attends the Safety Fair with his family, calls the day “educational and fun for the whole family, and something our residents look forward to every year.”

In conjunction with the Safety Fair, a community shredding event is scheduled during the same hours at an adjacent parking lot of the Medical Arts Building #4, just west of the Justice Center. The shredding services will be handled by All Ohio Secure Shred and paid for by a grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District administered through the City’s Community Services & Economic Development Department.

Parma residents should bring identification – a driver’s license or utility bill – and also a donation of canned or non-perishable food items for the Parma Hunger Center, which will be on-site collecting the food items.

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Mar 11, 2016
Press Release

IRS Scam in Parma

PARMA, Ohio -- Parma Law Director Tim Dobeck has been alerted to a scam that has become very troubling this week. At least three city employees, including a councilman, have received calls from individuals purporting to be from the Treasury Department or the IRS and threatening them with "enforcement action."  It is very likely that there have been many other calls that have not been reported.

At tax time, scammers are attempting to use yet another vehicle to get money or personal information from victims. In this particular series of calls, one caller demanded that if the victim does not pay their tax obligation immediately an agent would be at their door within 30 minutes to arrest them. Another caller left a message that if the victim did not act immediately-or at least call them back at {315) 704-1556-then "enforcement  action" would be taken immediately.  Most times, the caller has some bit of information about the resident that the caller uses to make him seem legitimate. The public should be aware that information such as home address, place of employment, or family relationships can oftentimes be found on the internet without very much effort.

All residents should be aware that the IRS and/or Treasury Department DOES NOT USE THE TELEPHONE FOR ANY ENFORCEMENT ACTION. If anyone should receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS or the Treasury Department, they are advised to not give them any of their personal information nor send them any money. If anyone should receive one of these phone calls, they should get a return phone number and report it to one of the following agencies:

  1. The Parma Police Department at (440) 885-1234
  2. Ohio Attorney General at (800) 282-0515
United States Treasury at www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

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Feb 24, 2016
Press Release

Extortion Scam in Parma

PARMA, Ohio -- It has come to the attention of the City of Parma Law Director Tim Dobeck that Parma residents may be at risk of becoming victims of a potential extortion scheme. This scheme seems to specifically target senior residents and we ask this population to be particularly vigilant.

The details of this deception are as follows: an individual comes to the victim's residence, when the victim is not home, and claims to have slipped and fallenon the property. The individual then demands payment for his injuries in exchange for not filing a civil law suit against the victim.

If you are ever in this situation, please call the Parma Police Department immediately. After contacting the Police Department, call your homeowners insurance company. Do not pay any money to the individual who allegedly fell without first contacting your hoemowner's insurance company.

Any action for a "slip and fall" requires negligence on the part of the property owner. This Department recommends that property owners keep their properties in proper and safe condition to guard against liability ...

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Feb 11, 2016
Press Release

State of the City speech scheduled for Feb. 22

PARMA, Ohio -- Mayor Tim DeGeeter will offer the first State of the City address of his second term on Monday evening, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Continuing the trend he started when he entered office in 2012, the mayor will showcase a community partner by taking his speech outside of City Hall. This year, the speech will be delivered at the United Auto Workers Local 1005 Hall, located at 5615 Chevrolet Blvd.

Past speeches have been held at Parma Hospital, Cuyahoga County Public Library and OSG Tool.

“Our administration’s approach has always been to combine common sense and hard work to produce real results,” DeGeeter says. “We’re proud to share some of those results at the State of the City address.”
The speech is open to the public.

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Jan 14, 2016
Press Release

City names new leadership for Parma Police Department
Capt. Joseph Bobak tapped to replace retiring Chief Robert Miller

PARMA, Ohio – The Parma Police Department and the City of Parma are pleased to announce the selection of Captain Joseph Bobak as the city’s ninth police chief. Capt. Bobak will replace current Chief of Police Robert Miller, who is retiring later this year.

Bobak was selected on January 8, after an intense interview process led by a panel consisting of Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Safety Director Michael O’Malley and Strongsville Police Chief James Kobak.

“We are more than pleased with the selection of Captain Bobak as our new Chief, and we look forward to moving our city forward together,” DeGeeter said. “I want to thank Chief Miller publicly for his great service to the city, and I extend thanks as well to the other applicants who interviewed for the chief position and for their leadership within the department.”

In an evaluation of Bobak, Miller calls him “a confident leader … who understands the delicate relationship between supervision and keeping officers motivated. Captain Bobak is well-liked by his officers.”

Bobak, a Parma resident, has served with the Parma Police Department for 25 years. He is currently the department’s Executive Officer and commander of the Detective Bureau, where he oversees the handling of criminal investigations in all three units of the detective bureau.

Bobak was instrumental in implementing the police department’s Crime Scene Unit, which collects and processes forensic and trace evidence at crime scenes. He also serves as the commander of the SWAT team and the police firearms range.

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Jan 13, 2016
Press Release

Taxpayers are the Target of an Aggressive and Sophisticated Phone Scam

Parma Law Director Tim Dobeck has issued the following advisory warning:

Taxpayers are the Target of an Aggressive and Sophisticated Phone Scam
Con artists impersonating IRS agents are calling people nationwide and demanding immediate payment of alleged overdue taxes. They prey on the most vulnerable members of society, such as the elderly, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. Their preferred method of payment is either pre-loaded debit cards or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, liens on property, or the suspension of a business or driver’s license. The caller often becomes hostile or insulting. If the call isn’t answered, the caller often leaves an “urgent” callback request.

In a variation of this scam, a fake IRS agent tells the victim they have a tax refund due to trick the victim into sharing personal and financial information. This type of scam is known as phishing.

Since October 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 736,000 such fraudulent phone calls. TIGTA is aware of approximately 4,550 victims who have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam. In July 2015, the leader of an extortion ring run through various “call centers” located in India was sentenced to 175 months in federal prison and $1 million in forfeiture for his role in a massive impersonation scheme. Despite damaging this criminal enterprise, the IRS and law enforcement agencies across our nation have seen a surge of phone scams in recent months.

These con artists are successful because they sound convincing, using common names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers to identify themselves. Call centers located abroad often hire English-speaking employees to place phone calls to U.S. taxpayers. Scammers may have knowledge of private information, such as the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number. Other characteristics of this scam include:
 Calls are often made by an automated robocall machine.
 The IRS toll-free number is spoofed on the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
 Scammers may send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
 Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
 After the initial call, co-conspirators call victim pretending to be local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

You should know that the IRS will never: 1) initiate contact with taxpayers by phone or email to demand immediate payment or about taxes owed without first mailing a bill; 2) demand payment of taxes without giving the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed; 3) require a specific payment method; 4) ask by phone or other electronic communication for private information, such as credit or debit card numbers, PINS, or passwords to bank accounts; or 5) threaten to involve local police or other law enforcement groups to arrest you for not paying.

If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you should record the caller’s name, badge number, callback number and caller ID if available. Then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov and clicking on the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting tab in the upper right corner. You may also report the incident to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov and to the Parma Police Department at their non-emergency number 440.885.1234.

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Dec 2, 2015
Press Release

Parma introduces Holiday Tour of Lights

PARMA, Ohio – In keeping with the spirit and joy of the holiday season, the City of Parma is proud to announce its Holiday Tour of Lights. Homes with holiday lights can sign up to be listed on Google maps, separated by wards, for interested residents to view.

Residents who would like their home to be listed on the tour, or who would like to list a home other than their own, can send the address to HolidayLights@Cityofparma-oh.gov. Links to tour maps by ward will be posted on the city’s social media sites – on Facebook at City of Parma and on Twitter at ParmaMayor – in the city’s electronic newsletter and also on the city’s website at www.cityofparma-oh.gov.

“There are so many homes with festive displays in Parma that certainly reflect the joy of the season,” said Mayor Tim DeGeeter. “We encourage our residents to get out and enjoy the displays and the seasonal beauty of the city.”

The Holiday Tour of Lights does not involve contests or voting or prizes. “This is a great family activity that, with the convenience of the Google maps, can be enjoyed right in your own neighborhood,” the mayor said. “It’s another way to showcase the best of the best in our city and to share the joy of the holiday season.”

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Nov 17, 2015
Press Release

City of Parma Christmas parade on December 5

PARMA, Ohio – The City of Parma will host a Christmas parade on December 5 and pair it with Christmas at the Farm, a celebration at Stearns Farm on the same day. The parade steps off at 4 p.m. at City Hall and will travel south on Ridge Road to Stearns Farm, where the Mayor and other elected officials will participate in a tree-lighting ceremony immediately after the conclusion of the parade.

“We encourage Parma residents to come out and experience Christmas at the Farm after the parade,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “Combining these events is a great way for the whole family to experience not only the parade but also an old-fashioned farm Christmas. We hope Parma residents will embrace both parts of this experience.”

The parade will feature walking and motorized units, marching bands and of course, a visit by Santa Claus. Side streets along the parade route will be closed off up to a half-hour before the parade begins and will re-open immediately after it passes.

There is still time for groups to register to participate in the parade. If your group would like to participate, please send an email to Lcross@cityofparma-oh.gov stating the name of your organization or parade unit, the type of unit (walkers, float, car, etc.), and the number of people in your unit. You may also call in that information to 440-885-8093.

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Oct 30, 2015
Press Release

Competition is open to design wall mural for Rudy’s Strudel

PARMA, Ohio – Surely you’ve seen them, the murals that decorate the sides of businesses in Parma. Polish Village and Ukrainian Village host the eight colorful murals currently in the city.

Get ready for the ninth. Create it if you want to.

Rudy Strudel & Bakery and Polish Village are announcing a contest for artists who want to take a shot at creating the mural that will be installed at Rudy's, located at 5580 Ridge Rd. The competition to create the mural is open to the public with no residency requirements. The completed 15 x 15 foot mural will be prominently displayed on the north wall of the bakery, visible to southbound traffic on Ridge Road.

“We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this community,” said Lidia Trempe, owner of Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery. “My grandmother from Poland, my mom, and me - three generations of women have had this business, and nothing makes us more proud than being part of Polish Village in Parma, Ohio. We’re privileged to be able to bring other people into this city when they come to Rudy’s.”

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter echoed Trempe’s comments. “People come from all over to Rudy’s and we’re so pleased that the bakery is here in Parma. Rudy’s is such a great partner for us, always willing to be part of community events and to help spread positivity about our city.”

The submission deadline for artists is January 7, 2016. The formal announcement of the winner is expected to be February 5, 2016. Sherba Industries of Brunswick will be installing the mural. Artists are asked to submit a 22.5 x 22.5 inch color rendition of their mural for judging. The winning artwork will be copied and enlarged to create the mural to be installed by Sherba.

“I’d like to encourage all artists out there to take a shot at this,” said Ward Two Councilwoman Debbie Lime, whose ward contains Rudy’s and Polish Village. “Rudy’s is such an iconic business in Polish Village and so many people come in just to go there. Now, everybody who passes the store will take notice. We’re so excited to see what kind of responses we get to the competition.”

Rules, criteria and application materials are available on the City of Parma’s website, located at www.Cityofparma-oh.gov, on the City of Parma Facebook page, in the lobby at Parma City Hall and at Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery.

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Oct 30, 2015
Press Release

Cities develop regional plan to address deer population
Parma residents can attend informational meeting on Nov. 16

PARMA, Ohio – Parma is set to join Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Parma Heights, Seven Hills, and Strongsville in introducing legislation to address the over-proliferation of deer in the area. If adopted, the legislation will ask voters to consider supporting a nuisance abatement initiative, to permit the limited hunting of white-tailed deer by crossbow or long bow by licensed individuals conducted from elevated platforms, under terms and conditions established by the State and City, and under the supervision of the respective police chiefs. The issue would be on the ballot on March 15, 2016.

An informational meeting for Parma residents will be held on Monday, November 16 regarding the legislation and ballot language; further details on the meeting will be forthcoming. Additionally, each community will appoint a representative to meet quarterly with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to explore, develop and implement long-term plans to safely and effectively manage the deer population, including non-lethal methods.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter reiterated his support for a collaborative approach. “We all realize that the deer issue is a problem,” he said. “We are pleased to be engaged with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and to be able to consider a regional approach to a problem we all share.”

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Oct 29, 2015
Press Release

Small Business Saturday kickoff activities planned

PARMA, Ohio – This is the third consecutive year that Parma small-business owners can expect a window sign announcing that Small Business Saturday is coming up and that Parma encourages you to “Shop Small Here.”

This year, the big day is Nov. 28.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma City Council have embraced the nation-wide designation of Small Business Saturday and will continue this year to educate residents about the Saturday after Thanksgiving - the day after Black Friday – and to encourage them to participate.

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 and is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The idea is that, even if rabid consumers insist on shopping on Black Friday, they can also support their local economy on Small Business Saturday.

“I think we’ve done a terrific job of raising awareness about the day itself and about what Parma has to offer local shoppers,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “This is a project that can, at very little cost to us, have a very big impact on our local small business economy. It’s just a matter of educating our resident consumers about what is right here around them. Parma is the perfect place to shop small – we have a lot of different kinds of small businesses … everything from European bakeries to comic book stores.”

The official kick-off begins at the Nov. 2 Parma City Council meeting, during which Council members will receive signs that they can begin distributing. Dave Nedrich, President of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, will be on hand as well.

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Oct 21, 2015
Press Release

Key to the City to be awarded posthumously
Jim Konya Jr., Parma musician, dreamed of this honor

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor Tim DeGeeter will honor metal drummer Jim Konya Jr., who recently passed away at 44 after a series of strokes, with a Key to the City presented posthumously. Konya’s parents, Jim Sr. and Linda, will accept the award on their son’s behalf at the presentation, scheduled for Nov. 19 at 6:45 p.m. at the Parma Snow Library Branch auditorium.

Nearly 400 people have expressed an interest in attending the presentation to witness the honor that the musician told friends he wished for.

The Mayor was notified of Konya’s love for his hometown by a dedicated group of the musician’s friends who started a petition for the honor. The petition gained more than 1,700 signatures in less than 24 hours. Konya has been called “the heart and soul of the Cleveland metal music scene for more than 30 years” by local music writers.

The creator of the petition asked that the Key to the City be presented as a way of symbolizing “a great man and a great citizen of your city.” Another friend summed up Konya’s devotion to Parma this way: “(Jim)… was the man from Parma, and Konya IS Parma. … People in Thailand, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, people who don't even know a word of English, know one word after tour encounters. They know the word ‘Parma.’ They get that from him.”

Another fan said in a Facebook post, “I, like I'm sure many metalheads outside of Ohio, know of Parma because of Konya and have always wanted to check out Parma solely because of him. Kudos to Mayor DeGeeter for looking beyond the stage persona and giving recognition to a great man who always championed the state and city he called home.”

Mayor DeGeeter said, “It became clear to me very quickly that Jim Konya is very important to many people, and that Parma was very important to Jim Konya. This is the right thing to do, and I am honored to do it.”

The Key to the City presentation is open to the public.

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Oct 19, 2015
Press Release

Treat & Greet, Halloween trick-or-treating scheduled
Mayor urges extra caution from motorists during Halloween events

PARMA, Ohio – City of Parma trick-or-treat will be officially observed on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. While Parma youngsters are out enjoying this seasonal treat, Mayor Tim DeGeeter urges motorists to use extra caution, especially on neighborhood streets where children could dart out unexpectedly. Parma Police will be using extra auxiliary support during that time, with more cruisers out in neighborhoods.

“We appreciate the extra support of the Parma Police,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “Obviously, the most important thing is for our kids and families to enjoy a safe Halloween experience.”

Another Halloween tradition in Parma is the Polish Village Treat & Greet event, during which kids and families visit participating merchants to trick-or-treat. The event, in its fifth year, is scheduled for Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. along Ridge Road in Polish Village. Those who want to make the most of Treat & Greet should first stop at 5790 Ridge Road, which is Treat & Greet headquarters, to pick up a map and a passport with participating businesses listed on it and a space for the merchant to stamp when it has been visited. At the end of the day, passports returned to headquarters will be entered for drawings and prizes. Last year, 40 businesses participated.

“This event has grown every year and this year, we are looking for the biggest and best Treat & Greet yet,” said Ward Two Councilwoman Debbie Lime. “It’s great fun for the kids and also gets good exposure for our businesses in Polish Village.”

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July 22, 2015
Press Release

Habitat for Humanity ReStore collection at City Hall on Aug. 1

PARMA, Ohio – The City of Parma will host a Habitat for Humanity household materials collection day to help the organization collect items for its ReStore program.

On August 1, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., residents can bring usable household items and fixtures to the parking lot at City Hall, at the corner of Ridge and W. Ridgewood, where a truck will be parked for collections. Habitat for Humanity is asking the community to donate useable household and construction/renovation materials to assist their mission of providing adequate housing.

Donated items will be sold in Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program, a resale discount store making household items and furnishings accessible to complete the new houses. To locate a Habitat ReStore near you, use this link: http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx.

Habitat can use all household fixtures, ranges, refrigerators, freezers, kitchen counters/cabinets, toilets, sinks, vanities, plumbing fixtures/supplies, electrical fixtures/materials, tools, tile, blocks/bricks, landscaping items/materials, left-over constructions materials. They are not accepting paint, bedding or clothing.

Arrangements can be made for pick-up of larger items by calling 216-429-3631. A tax receipt will be given. Drop off your items on Saturday, August 1 from 9 – 1 p.m. at the parking lot at City Hall.

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July 21, 2015
Press Release

Six-year-old Harry Gilleland wins first pitch honors

PARMA, Ohio – This year, six-year-old Parma resident Harry Gilleland will have the opportunity of a lifetime - throwing out the first pitch at Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians take on the Kansas City Royals on Parma Night.

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Six-year-old Parma resident Harry Gilleland will be throwing out the first pitch at Progressive Field July 28th.

This year’s Parma Night game is July 28 at Progressive Field. Normally, the first-pitch honors would be given to the mayor, however, for the last four years Mayor Tim DeGeeter has given his opportunity away to a lucky Parma kid in attendance.

Harry’s name was drawn from a pool of other eligible Parma youngsters, and he couldn’t be more excited to have been picked.

“He can’t stop talking about it” according to his mom, Courtney.

Harry plays tee-ball on the Parma Rec team sponsored by PAAF, and he says he loves batting and practicing with his dad, Nick, in the backyard. The Gillelands have been to a number of Indians games before, but this one will be special.

“We’ve really loved this aspect of Parma Night at Progressive Field,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “The community gets into it, too, and youngsters all over Parma hope they’ll be the winner. We’re happy for Harry, and we’re sure it’ll be a night he will never forget. I am looking forward to being out there with him.”

Also special for Parma Night will be a parade around the field for Parma‘s youth recreational sports teams.

Go Tribe!

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July 6, 2015
Press Release

New Executive Director named for Parma Public Housing Agency
Priscilla Pointer-Hicks has interim tag removed, assumes leadership immediately

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter is pleased to announce that Priscilla Pointer-Hicks has been appointed Executive Director of the Parma Public Housing Agency. This appointment removes the “interim” tag under which she has been serving since mid-February; Pointer-Hicks’ new appointment begins immediately.

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Priscilla Pointer-Hicks has been appointed Executive Director of the Parma Public Housing Agency.

The appointment came after the mayor met with members of a search committee he had appointed to look for candidates to fill the position. DeGeeter recommended to the committee that a search was no longer necessary and that he recommended Pointer-Hicks stay on as permanent director. Pointer-Hicks also has the support of City Council President Sean Brennan, from whom the committee received a letter of recommendation on her behalf.

“I have nothing but respect for Priscilla, and she has done an outstanding job as interim director,” said Mayor DeGeeter. “I have full faith in her leadership in this position. She is an excellent choice.”

The former director of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, Pointer-Hicks was appointed as interim in mid-February by DeGeeter after the previous director of the agency resigned. Pointer-Hicks said she is excited to fill this role officially.

“I am very pleased to have the ‘interim’ tag removed and to undertake the challenge of leading the Parma Public Housing Agency,” she said. “I am very grateful for the support of Mayor DeGeeter and the confidence he places in me with this appointment. Because of my background and experience at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, I feel that I am appropriately qualified to lead this agency with the integrity and respect that it deserves.”

The informal search committee, which was assembled by Mayor DeGeeter, had originally included Pointer-Hicks. The Mayor removed her from the committee when she became interested in filling the position long-term. The committee was comprised of a number of local housing experts and officials, as well as the current chairman of the Housing Board, Ward One Councilman Vito Dipierro.

Members included:

Committee chairman Mike Foley, a former state representative who was just appointed as director of Cuyahoga County’s Department of Sustainability, who also served as executive director of the Cleveland tenants organization.

Peter Iskin, former managing attorney of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's Housing Practice Group and chair of the CMHA the Board of Commissioners from 1981-1985.

Phil Star, former Executive in Residence at the Urban Center in Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affair, former director of the Cleveland Tenants Organization, and chair of the Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Coalition.

Doug Shelby, former Cleveland HUD Field Office Director who served in that role for 17 years.

Vito Dipierro, Parma Ward One Councilman who also serves as chairman of the Parma Housing Board.

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June 12, 2015
Press Release

Mayor’s Movie Night Out event scheduled for July 18
“Paddington” will be shown at James Day Park

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor Tim DeGeeter invites Parma residents to join him for a popular free family event, Mayor’s Movie Night Out. This year, the city is hosting an outdoor viewing of the movie “Paddington” on Saturday July 18 at James Day Park.

The movie will be shown on a screen measuring 26 feet by 15 feet, with bring-your-own seating on soccer fields 1 & 2. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this screening. A concession stand will be open and available to attendees.

“Paddington” will start at approximately 9 p.m., but the gates will open at 7 p.m. For those who arrive early, there will be carnival games and corn hole available for fun before the movie begins.

“I encourage Parma residents to come out and enjoy the evening of fun and entertainment,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “It’s a free event that the whole family can participate in and enjoy.”

In case of inclement weather, the rain date for this event is scheduled for the following Saturday, July 25.

“This has been a very popular event in past years,” said Mickey Vittardi, the city’s Parks & Recreation Director, “and we’re pleased that we can do it again this year.”

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June 10, 2015
Press Release

City of Parma’s Christmas in July food drive underway

PARMA, Ohio – The City of Parma announces the return of its annual Christmas in July food drive. Between mid-June and mid-July, canned and non-perishable food items will be collected in boxes placed throughout the city; items collected will be donated to the Parma Hunger Center.

Christmas in July began because of the need for donations during the summer months. Often, after the holidays pass, food donation is forgotten and donations decrease. Additionally, when Parma’s kids are out of school the need for donations becomes greater.

Wrapped collection boxes have been distributed around town and are available at, among other places, City Hall, Parma libraries, UH Parma Medical Center, Tri-C West, Parma Recreation Department and Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery.

Additionally, donations can be brought to the Independence Day parade on July 4. Volunteers will be walking along the parade route collecting food donations from parade-goers.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to chip in and help those among us who are less fortunate,” said Mayor Tim DeGeeter. “The Parma Hunger Center does great work, and we are pleased to be able to help with their mission.”

All non-perishable canned or boxed food will be accepted and donated to the Parma Hunger Center.

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May 29, 2015
Press Release

National Craigslist scam hits Parma

PARMA, Ohio – City of Parma Law Director Tim Dobeck has been notified of a Craigslist scam that occurred in the City of Parma, a scam that places potential renters of residential property at risk.

A resident of Parma, who is the executor of his deceased parents’ estate, put their residence up for sale with a national real estate company.

Apparently, sometime later, an individual with an Austin, Texas area code posted a listing on Craigslist soliciting the property for rent. As a result of that listing, several people have asked the sellers whether the home is for sale or for rent. They also indicated that they had seen three identical listings for the house on the Multiple Listing Service and Craigslist, except for the fact that the Craigslist ad indicated that the house was for rent.

City of Parma Police Department Lieutenant Kevin Riley stated that this scam is a national problem. The scammers copy the legitimate listing and re-post it to a Craigslist ad saying that the property is for rent. Then, if they get someone to respond, they accept a security deposit or first month’s rent, even though they have no legitimate interest in the property and in fact may never have ever been in the state of Ohio.

Law Director Dobeck is very concerned that this scam has reached our city and stated, “Everyone must be diligent in their financial affairs, especially when sending money out of state to a party they do not know.”

He also advised that if any one suspects a scam of this nature, they should call the Parma Police at 440-885-1234.

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May 28, 2015
Press Release

Parma Night at Progressive Field scheduled for July 28

First pitch raffle available for Parma residents under 18

PARMA, Ohio – Once again, the City of Parma is holding a Parma Night at Progressive Field. This year’s event will take place at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland on Tuesday, July 28. The Cleveland Indians will be taking on the Kansas City Royals, and the game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

In addition to the baseball game, Parma Night attendees will experience a few other special privileges. There will be a pre-game parade on the Indians’ field, open to all Parma kids and coaches involved in Parma Rec sports teams who are at the game. Additionally, this year’s Parma Night falls on the Indians’ promotional Dollar Dog Night, so attendees will be able to purchase the stadium’s signature Sugardale hot dogs for a dollar each.

Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for those considering attending Parma Night is the Mayor’s First Pitch raffle. Following his own tradition, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter is giving up his opportunity to throw out the first pitch and choosing instead to create a raffle for all Parma kids who purchase tickets. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open to children who are Parma residents, aged 17 or younger, who purchase tickets in advance. The Mayor has given up this privilege for the last three Parma Nights, creating a chance for Parma’s youth that very few people ever get to experience.

“That has been a really fun part of Parma Night for me,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “Sharing the first-pitch experience with Parma families has been really great. I look forward to sharing this with another Parma family this year. I can’t wait to find out who our winner will be.”

The drawing will take place after tickets are sold out or returned to the Indians, which is likely to be about a week before the game.

Tickets are now available for purchase the Parma Recreation department, located at 7335 Ridge Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Parma Night tickets are $15.00 for lower box seats and all the fun that goes along with it.

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May 15, 2015
Press Release

Parma Youth Commission Seeking Applicants for 2015-2016 Term

PARMA, Ohio – The City of Parma Youth Commission is seeking applicants in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in taking a more active role in their community and helping to make Parma a better place for young people to live and thrive. During its inaugural year last year, members were involved in numerous shadowing, volunteer and charitable activities. Those involved will be given opportunities to participate in local government, network with community business and non-profit leaders, and plan and implement community service projects. However, volunteer participants generally drive the direction of the program.

Created by Mayor Tim DeGeeter and led by program director City Council President Sean Brennan, the ultimate hope of the Commission is to ensure that city leaders become more in touch with the City’s youth and to build a corps of youth leaders.

“Our youth are the future of our community, but sometimes they don’t feel valued,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “The Youth Commission gives our youth a stake in the community to help make them realize that they are important residents and have a responsibility to get involved and to make a difference.”

Adds Brennan: “I wholeheartedly agree with the Mayor’s vision for our youth. By giving young men and women a voice and empowering them, the potential new ideas, opportunities and positive results for the community as a whole are endless.”

Efforts will be made to ensure that the group includes voices from all nine wards, both genders and is reflective of Parma’s diverse ethnic and racial makeup. Public, private and home-schooled students are welcome to apply. Meetings will take place about once a month, but may
include more as the group plans its activities. It is envisioned that the meetings will involve members talking about issues facing the city’s youth, including safety, education, youth programs, recreation, etc. However, the hope is that the Commission, its discussions, tasks and decisions will be youth-driven in large part. Applications are available on the home page of the City of Parma website at

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Apr. 22, 2015
Press Release

Parma announces hires of new fire chief and assistant fire chief

PARMA, Ohio – Parma today announced the hiring for its top two Fire Department positions.

Captain Michael Lasky will be promoted to become the city’s new Fire Chief, and Captain Anthony Dalesio will be named new Assistant Chief. They will replace Chief John French and Assistant Chief Dennis Ryan, who are vacating the positions due to retirement.

Lasky has been with the Parma Fire Department since 1995. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and has served as Captain since January 2013. He will assume the duties of Fire Chief upon the retirement of French this summer.

Dalesio, who has been serving in the role of interim Assistant Chief since Ryan’s retirement in February, was hired as a firefighter and paramedic in 1986, and has steadily risen through the ranks as Lieutenant and Captain. He will immediately assume the duties as Assistant Chief.

Safety Director Greg Baeppler had this to say after announcing the promotions: “We had the luxury of interviewing four extremely good candidates for these jobs. We are confident that we have chosen well, and that our new chief and assistant chief will provide outstanding leadership for the department.”

Baeppler also praised the service of outgoing Chief French and Assistant Chief Ryan. “We appreciate the years of service and leadership they have provided, and we wish them well in retirement.” French was with the department since 1983, and Ryan since 1982.

Said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, who was also on the selection committee: “I am impressed by the caliber of the candidates who applied for these positions. I look forward to working with Chief Lasky and Assistant Chief Dalesio.”

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Apr. 22, 2015
Press Release

Polish Constitution Day activities announced

PARMA, Ohio – The Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress, in conjunction with the City of Parma, will hold its 67th annual Polish Constitution Day Parade on Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. The parade will start at Parma Circle on Ridge Road and continue north to Snow Road. Following the parade, there will be an after-party behind Unity Catholic Credit Union on Ridge Road. Polish food will be provided by several vendors.

The honor of the grand marshal is bestowed posthumously this year on John Borkowski, past president of the Polish American Congress Ohio Division, who passed away shortly after the parade last year. Borkowski was former president of the Alliance of Poles in America, also former president of St. John Paul II Foundation and was a member and officer of many other organizations in Polonia. He was the leader of the John Borkowski Orchestra for 32 years.

Also, during the reception after the parade, Henryk Lapinski will be awarded the highest civilian award of the Polish government, the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity.

The weekend’s festivities will begin on Saturday, May 2 with the Miss Polonia and Jr. Miss Polonia contests, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the St. Charles Social Hall, 5891 Ridge Road. Before the parade on Sunday, those interested can attend a wreath laying ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Pulaski Cannon next to Cleveland City Hall. Polish Mass will follow at 10:30 at St. Charles Church in Parma.

Also Sunday morning, the St. Charles Youth Group is holding a pancake breakfast at the church’s social hall. The $10 admission will be used toward the group’s trip to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland later this year.

Polish Constitution Day celebrates Poland’s May 3, 1791 adoption of the first constitution of its type in Europe which was a milestone in Poland’s – and the world’s – legal history, as well as in the history of democracy.

For more information about the activities and to make reservations for Miss Polonia contests, please call Allan Szuflada at 330-659-9465 or Mark Relovsky at 216-970-0507.

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Apr. 17, 2015
Press Release

Parma’s annual Safety Fair is April 25

PARMA, Ohio – The city’s annual Safety Fair, a community event for area residents to learn valuable safety information, is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd.

The event is a cooperative effort of the Parma Fire Department, Parma Police Department, City of Parma and Parma City Council. The highlight of the Safety Fair comes at noon this year, as that is when the Medevac Chopper is scheduled to land. The Fair also includes a grease fire demonstration, a K-9 demonstration and information about gun safety, fingerprinting, Internet safety and much more.

“This annual event is something that families really look forward to attending,” said Mayor DeGeeter, who will be attending with his family. “It’s educational and fun for the whole family.”

In addition to the Safety Fair, a community shredding event will also be held on the same day in the same area – an adjacent parking lot of the Medical Arts Building #4. For the shredding event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Parma residents should bring identification – a driver’s license or utility bill – and also a donation of canned or non-perishable food items for the Parma Hunger Center, which will be on-site collecting the food items.

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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.

(read the article ...)


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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(read the Cleveland.com article with photo gallery ...)


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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(read the cleveland.com article ...)


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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(read the Plain Dealer article ...)


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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(read the NewsNet5 article ...)


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."

(read the article ...)


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."

(read the article ...)


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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