Timothy J. DeGeeter For Parma Mayor
 
Mayor DeGeeter often attends events at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center to stay connected with Parma seniors.
Mayor DeGeeter often attends events at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center
to stay connected with Parma seniors.
 
 
Apr. 17, 2014
Cleveland.com

Recreation Department revved up and running in new space at former library

PARMA, Ohio – Residents looking for the Recreation Department need to travel a little further south on Ridge Road. Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi and his staff now call the former Parma South Branch Library, at 7335 Ridge Road, home.

"This arrangement is a win-win for us," said Mayor Tim DeGeeter.

Most recently, the Recreation Department was located in rented space at The Shoppes at Parma, formerly known as Parmatown.

"It avoids us paying rent by moving the department into a city-owned building," DeGeeter said.

Cuyahoga County Public Library vacated the building, and another library in the city, last fall after reorganizing its Parma branches. A new library opened near City Hall. The former Parma South Library also served as a school before being repurposed as a library and now the Recreation Department.

"It's a good fit for us and a great use of the building," DeGeeter said. "Parma Medical Center is renting space on the second floor for about 50 employees and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-16, has a small office here, also."

There is plenty of space in the building, DeGeeter said, and the back section, which is used for storage, eventually could house a regional dispatch center. The mayor said the space meets requirements for such a use.


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Apr. 14, 2014
Cleveland.com

Perla Homemade Delights is Mayor's first Business of the Month

PARMA, Ohio – When Mayor Tim DeGeeter decided to create a Business of the Month award to go alongside the Mayor’s Citizen of the Month, he knew exactly what business would receive the first one: the business that gave him the idea, Perla Homemade Delights.

The Mayor, like everyone else who heard the story, was moved when he found out that the Serban family – Constantin, Ana, Daniel and David – paid $101 of their own money to overnight a $15 package of pierogies to New Mexico to satisfy a dying man’s last wish: Perla pierogies. After Jess Hays’ wife called to place the order, the Serban family decided not to take the chance that he wouldn’t receive them in time.

Hays, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at 62, formerly lived in Akro. He died within a week after he received the package; two of the pierogies in that package turned out to be his last meal.

“We were sad to hear that he was gone,” David Serban said about receiving the news of Hays’ death. “But we were glad he got the pierogies he wanted.”


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Apr. 11, 2014
Cleveland.com

City of Parma launches overhauled website

PARMA, Ohio – The city of Parma recently unveiled its overhauled website.

The upgraded site is the result of months of collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Department of Information Technology.

“We are pleased with the new product and we are especially pleased that we got it by utilizing regional collaboration,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.

City Director of Communications Jeannie Roberts said the site allows for greater interaction and easier navigation than its predecessor. The homepage features prominent links to departmental sites for police, fire, recreation and residents services, where complaints and recommendations can be submitted. Google Translate gives visitors to the site the option to convert text to any language.

Roberts said the site also has a cleaner, more attractive look than before, with a rotating collection of large, colorful pictures of scenes from across the city displayed on the homepage. A video message from DeGeeter greets visitors on the homepage.


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March 28 2014
Catholic Universe Bulletin

USMC Gunnery Sergeant Shirley Palotai, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Parma

PARMA, Ohio – His mother, his mayor and his school principal conspired to give St. Francis de Sales fifth grader Tyler Miranda the happiest surprise of his life.

On Monday morning February 10, St. Francis de Sales principal Michelle Nowakowski called an all-school assembly under the pretext of preparing for the school's Winter Olympics to be held the following day.

Nowakowski confirmed that most of the kids watched portions of the Olympic games. She then observed that friends and relatives of many athletes were traveling to Russia to provide moral support. She asked the children whom they would want in the stands to cheer for them. A series of students then approached the microphone, naming grandparents, siblings and others as their preferred witnesses.

At last Nowakowski called on Tyler Miranda and he chose his mother, USMC Gunnery Sergeant Shirley Palotai, whom he believed was stationed in Afghanistan. Unbeknownst to Miranda, Sgt. Palotai had returned from her yearlong deployment. As her son stood at the mike, she quietly entered the gym behind him. Perhaps because she wore civilian clothes, the assemblage did not realize what was happening.

Nowakowski listened to Miranda's reply and then directed him to turn around. Within seconds, the fifth grader had run to his mother's arms. Hugging her close, he wept for joy.

"There was not a dry eye in the gym," Nowakowski reported.


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Apr. 7, 2014
Cleveland.com

Mayor tells his story during keynote address at Holy Cross College

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor Tim DeGeeter was recently selected to serve a three-year term as President of Holy Cross College’s Alumni Advisory Council. It is an honor he proudly accepted; he attended then-Holy Cross Junior College, which was a two-year school, from 1987-89, before transferring to John Carroll University in University Heights.

Last week, DeGeeter delivered a keynote speech at Holy Cross during the President’s Dinner at the college’s annual Parent-Alumni Weekend. The College is located in Notre Dame, IN, next to St. Mary’s College. The mayor’s speech retraced his steps to Holy Cross, his desire to attend Notre Dame and ultimately, his transfer to John Carroll University.

“Looking back on it, years later, I would follow the same footprint if I ever had the chance to do it over again: Holy Cross College to John Carroll and eventually to law school at Cleveland Marshall Law,” he said in the speech. “My college experiences have helped to make me who I am today. They guide me as public servant. They also guide me a husband and father – my most important and favorite roles. And, ultimately, these experiences led me to become a lawyer, a councilman, a state representative, and now mayor of Parma – Ohio's seventh-largest city.”


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Apr. 2, 2014
Cleveland.com

Consider helping the Anthony Zielinski Scholarship fund

PARMA, Ohio – Former Parma Treasurer Anthony Zielinski is missed greatly at City Hall and beyond. It is not unusual to hear his name mentioned in passing conversation, and there are “Anthony’s Army” photographs on the wall that commemorate the 2010 Relay for Life effort in his name.

Anthony died in March 2011, and to some who were especially close to him, it feels like yesterday. Current City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni and Mayor Tim DeGeeter, who along with Anthony co-founded Leadership for Tomorrow, no doubt think of him every time they speak to the students who are part of the program.

Anthony was a big supporter of The Parma City School District, and he worked tirelessly at school functions and on school levies. To honor him, the Parma City School District set up a memorial scholarship in his name which gives an annual scholarship of $1,200.00 to a high school senior who has demonstrated leadership abilities and a commitment to community service.

To continue that scholarship in Anthony’s memory, funds must be replenished periodically. The scholarship is administered by the Parma City School Foundation, which is a 501(3)(c) tax-exempt organization; all donations are therefore tax deductible.

Checks can be made payable to The Anthony Zielinski Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to The Parma City Schools Foundation, 5311 Longwood Ave., Parma, 44134.


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Mar. 31, 2014
Press Release

New manager hired at Ridgewood Golf Course

PARMA, Ohio – David Chuba has done some different things in his life, but he keeps coming back to the thing he loves most – running a golf course. Now he can do that thing he loves best at Parma’s Ridgewood Golf Course. Chuba has been named Manager at Ridgewood; his employment began March 24.

Chuba’s previous experience managing courses came at three others that he started from scratch - Walnut Run Golf Course in Cortland, OH, The Links at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, OH and Fowler’s Mill Golf Course on Cleveland’s east side.

He is a PGA member with 17 years’ experience in managing golf operations and he is also a teaching pro. “I opened three golf courses from scratch and ran the #1 golf course in Ohio (Fowler’s Mill),” Chuba said. “I want to run a golf course again because it is what I do best.”

Parks & Recreation Department Director Mickey Vittardi said Parma is lucky to get someone with Chuba’s skills. “When you look at what he’s been able to do in the past, you can see the tremendous possibilities of having a guy like him at Ridgewood,” Vittardi said. “It’s a great municipal course, and I feel like he can do great things with it.”

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Mar. 27, 2014
Cleveland.com

STEM elementary class shows off for the Mayor

PARMA, Ohio – STEM education – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – is alive and quite well in the Parma City School District. Pleasant Valley Elementary is the school that has been designated the STEM School for the PCSD, and the students there are thriving. The philosophy of solving real-world problems using the entire connected curriculum isn’t just a sort of mission statement; students participate in all sorts of activities designed to use their learned skills to, well, solve problems.

When Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter received a letter from the fourth-grade STEM students at Pleasant Valley, he was impressed enough to accept the invitation. Here’s the letter that the class composed, written in very nice printed handwriting by class member Jenna Sendrey.

“Dear Mayor DeGeeter, We are writing to invite you to our STEM4 capstone. Our capstone concludes a unit with the essential question ‘How do parts of a system affect each other?’ One main topic was ecosystems. We learned about local wildlife and their places in food webs. We will be making and selling stickers to raise money to sponsor animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. You can help us choose which animal we should sponsor … We hope you can attend our capstone … You will also be able to see other evidence of our learning.”


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Mar. 26, 2014
Cleveland.com

Parma Detention Center one of the best in Ohio

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor Tim DeGeeter delivered the oath of office and swore in Steven Dorn as a Corrections Supervisor and Michael Davis as a Corrections Officer recently. The two join a 21-member staff at an especially well-run and widely recognized Parma Detention Center.

Since it opened its doors in 2000, the Parma’s jail has received a 100-percent compliance rate on jail inspections conducted every year by the State of Ohio’s Bureau of Adult Detention. Right up through last year, when the audit was conducted in June, the State hasn’t found a single thing to complain about.

“There are close to 200 standards that they inspect for,” says Jail Administrator Lou Galizio. “And there are very few facilities in the state that have the record we have.”

Some of the items checked in the state inspection are: visitation procedures, sanitary conditions, meals, suicide prevention and medical care.

“Our facility is cleaner, safer and better managed than most,” said Galizio’s boss, Safety Director Greg Baeppler. “Everybody there is certified. That makes a huge difference.”


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Mar. 24, 2014
Cleveland.com

Mayor's In on Wednesday at City Hall, Out next month at Safety Fair

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter will host Mayor’s In on Wednesday this week, receiving visits from Parma residents who wish to meet with him one on one. The Mayor’s In event runs from 4:30-6 p.m.; residents can begin signing up at 4 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall. Residents are asked to fill out a short information sheet and to state the subject of their meeting with the Mayor.

The meetings are part of the Mayor’s In, Mayor’s Out program. On alternate months, the Mayor greets residents at a public function, which fills the Mayor’s Out part of the program. After meeting In with residents on Wednesday, he will hold his Mayor’s Out day at the City’s annual Safety Fair on April 26 at the Parma Justice Center.


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Mar. 17, 2014
Cleveland.com

Chase Bank opens at Shoppes of Parma

PARMA, Ohio – The first "outlot" building of The Shoppes at Parma - Chase Bank at 8479 W. Ridgewood Dr. (Ridgewood & Westminister) - has opened. There are plans for six outlots along Ridgewood Drive as part of The Shoppes at Parma.

The Chase branch held a ribbon cutting Monday morning, and the branchs official open house is Monday until 6 p.m. Chase officials say customers are welcome to come in and tour the branch and learn about its amenities.

Participating in the ribbon cutting along with Mayor Tim DeGeeter were Chase officials Jim Geuther, Robin Mau, Teanna Pollard and Christine Kelly. Pollard is the Manager of this branch.

"We are so excited to be here and are looking forward to serving our Parma customers," Pollard said.


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Mar. 12, 2014
ParmaObserver.com

JCU Alumni Chapter Features Parma Mayor

PARMA, Ohio – The John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter is hosting a special evening with Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, a member of the John Carroll Class of 1991. The Mayor will speak on Thursday evening, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Parma Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The meeting will be held in the large meeting room A/B at the Parma Branch, which is located at 6996 Powers Blvd., just behind Parma City Hall. Cleveland Chapter Board member Brian Day is encouraging all JCU alumni to make plans to attend. “As a Board Member of the JCU Cleveland Alumni Chapter I am very excited for this event,” Day said. “We get to promote one of our distinguished alumni - Mayor DeGeeter - and at the same time give alumni the opportunity to view one of Parma's new jewels, the newly opened Parma Library.” The Mayor is looking forward to the event. “The John Carroll University has obviously played a huge role in my life,” he said. “I’m proud to have graduated from there and it brought me to the Cleveland area, where I met my wife.” Light refreshments will be served at the meeting. RSVPs can be made http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cleveland-alumni-chapter-a-conversation-with-mayor-degeeter-91-tickets-10647032561 For questions or more information, please contact the Cleveland Alumni Chapter at cleveland@jcu.edu.


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Mar. 11, 2014
Cleveland.com

City of Parma to create Youth Commission for students
in grades 9-12

PARMA, Ohio – Over the years, many of Parma's youth have received special recognition at Parma City Council meetings.

"They come into a council meeting, we give them a proclamation and out the door they go," said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter.

DeGeeter now wants them to spend more time at city hall. Following a similar idea started by the mayor of South Bend, Ind., he has decided to form a city of Parma Youth Commission and is looking for interested students to join.

"We thought, 'Let's find a way that we can capture their attention, hear from them and have some fun with this,' " said DeGeeter.

The goal of the commission is to engage youth in the community, educate them about government and non-government agencies, and to receive feedback from youth about programs and ideas that will benefit them.

Parma City Council President and high school government teacher Sean Brennan, working in conjunction with DeGeeter, will lead the new commission.


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Mar. 11, 2014
Cleveland.com

Mayor DeGeeter to speak at JCU alumni event

PARMA, Ohio – The John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter has announced a special evening with Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, a member of the John Carroll Class of 1991. The Mayor will speak on Thursday evening, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Parma Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

The meeting will be held in the large meeting room A/B at the Parma Branch, which is located at 6996 Powers Blvd., just behind Parma City Hall. Cleveland Chapter Board member Brian Day is encouraging all JCU alumni to make plans to attend.

“As a Board Member of the JCU Cleveland Alumni Chapter I am very excited for this event,” Day said. “We get to promote one of our distinguished alumni - Mayor DeGeeter - and at the same time give alumni the opportunity to view one of Parma's new jewels, the newly opened Parma Library.”

The Mayor is looking forward to the event. “The John Carroll University has obviously played a huge role in my life,” he said. “I’m proud to have graduated from there and it brought me to the Cleveland area, where I met my wife.”

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting. RSVPs can be made here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cleveland-alumni-chapter-a-conversation-with-mayor-degeeter-91-tickets-10647032561

For questions or more information, please contact the Cleveland Alumni Chapter at cleveland@jcu.edu.

 


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Mar. 7, 2014
Cleveland.com

Parma Night at Progressive Field is July 10 vs. Yankees

PARMA, Ohio – Parma residents don’t want to wait to purchase tickets for Parma Night at Progressive Field this year. The Indians will be facing the New York Yankees, and the game is likely to be a sellout, especially in Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter’s last season on the field.

Parma Night tickets for the July 10, 7:05 p.m. game can be purchased through the Parma Recreation Department for $12 (bleacher seats). The evening will feature a pre-game parade of Parma Recreation teams and coaches and it’s also scheduled to be a Dollar Dog Night at the ballpark. There are only 600 Parma Night tickets available through the Recreation Department.

Also, Parma residents who purchase tickets through the Recreation Department can enter a contest to win the opportunity for a child 17 or under to throw out the first pitch at the game. The first pitch is an honor normally reserved for the Mayor, but Mayor Tim DeGeeter gave up this opportunity so that a Parma child can have it.


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Mar. 6, 2014
Cleveland.com

State of the City video is available to watch

PARMA, Ohio – If you missed Mayor DeGeeter’s State of the City speech, we have a new opportunity for you to watch the 36-minute address in full. The speech was videotaped by the Parma Area Community Television Network, which is affiliated with the Parma City School District.

The video has been placed on the home page of the City of Parma website at www.cityofparma-oh.gov. Please take advantage of the opportunity to watch the speech; the original address was delivered on Feb. 24 to about 200 people at the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Click here to view the video directly.

Parma Area Community Television focuses on activities and achievements involving the Parma City School District, the cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills, Parma Community General Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, and the Cuyahoga County Public Library System. The PACT is available for customers of Cox Communications Digital Cable in Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills on Channel 74. PACT is also on AT&T U-Verse, throughout Northeast Ohio, on Channel 99.

“The City of Parma and the Parma City School District have a positive working relationship and PACT is certainly a great part of that,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “We appreciate that we can make our message available to everyone who wants to view it, whether they were able to come out to the speech or not.”


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Mar. 6, 2014
Cleveland.com

State of the City video is available to watch

PARMA, Ohio – If you missed Mayor DeGeeter’s State of the City speech, we have a new opportunity for you to watch the 36-minute address in full. The speech was videotaped by the Parma Area Community Television Network, which is affiliated with the Parma City School District.

The video has been placed on the home page of the City of Parma website at www.cityofparma-oh.gov. Please take advantage of the opportunity to watch the speech; the original address was delivered on Feb. 24 to about 200 people at the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Click here to view the video directly.

Parma Area Community Television focuses on activities and achievements involving the Parma City School District, the cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills, Parma Community General Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, and the Cuyahoga County Public Library System. The PACT is available for customers of Cox Communications Digital Cable in Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills on Channel 74. PACT is also on AT&T U-Verse, throughout Northeast Ohio, on Channel 99.

“The City of Parma and the Parma City School District have a positive working relationship and PACT is certainly a great part of that,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “We appreciate that we can make our message available to everyone who wants to view it, whether they were able to come out to the speech or not.”


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Mar. 5, 2014
Cleveland.com

Paczki Day celebrations and a booming Ukrainian population

PARMA, Ohio – City officials celebrated Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday) at bakeries across the city. Mayor Tim DeGeeter tried the Clevelander from Rudy’s, proclaiming, “Wow. That’s really good.” (City of Parma)

The Plain Dealer’s Laura DeMarco was also out at Rudy’s Tuesday, chronicling the bustling early-morning crowd that was treated to music from DJ Kishka and 25 uniquely flavored paczki. (Plain Dealer)

Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Rich Exner gathered some data that shows Parma is home to Ohio's largest Ukrainian community. An estimated 4,407 Parma residents claim Ukrainian ancestry, more than double that of any other city in Ohio, he found. (cleveland.com)

 


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Feb. 28, 2014
Cleveland.com

Mayor DeGeeter reads bedtime story to youngsters at Snow Library

PARMA, Ohio – It was the second time Mayor DeGeeter read a bedtime story to Parma children; the first was during the period when the library was in temporary quarters across the street in Midtown Plaza. After the success of that appearance, he was invited back for a second.  Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter fell in love with the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library the first time he saw it. He chose to deliver his recent State of the City address there. And Thursday night, he read a bedtime story - Goodnight Moon - to a group of about 40 parents and children, including, of course, his own, Jack and Molly.

"My favorite things to do as mayor are those in which I can include my family," he said. "This is particularly enjoyable because it provides a comfortable environment in which to speak to parents also."

DeGeeter was surrounded by admiring parents Thursday. After one mother thanked him for all he's doing for Parma, a dad followed and said, "It seems like there are a lot of things going on in Parma to attract young families. DeGeeter replied: "We'™re working every day to do that."


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Feb. 25, 2014
Cleveland.com

Parma wants college-educated young homebuyers: 5 takeaways from Mayor Tim DeGeeter's State of the City address

PARMA, Ohio – Parma is an aging community that needs to attract young college-educated homebuyers.

That’s what Mayor Tim DeGeeter told a healthy crowd Monday in the Parma-Snow library’s newly opened auditorium during his third State of the City address.

Here’s a look at the top five takeaways from the speech.

1) Population aging, young professionals needed: DeGeeter cited figures from the 2010 census that placed 18 percent of the city’s population over 70, more than 45 percent over 46 and just 13 percent in their 20s.

In an attempt to draw more young professionals to Parma, DeGeeter said the city will offer first-time homebuyers with a college degree $5,000 toward the purchase of a home $100,000 or less and $7,500 for homes more than $100,000. He said these grants will be forgivable after five years of residency.

DeGeeter said it’s hoped this will encourage more young professionals at employers like the Parma City School District, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and GrafTech to remain in the city after work hours.

“We need them to not only work here, but live here,” he said.


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Feb. 24, 2014
Cleveland.com

Parma Council members react to Mayor’s address

PARMA, Ohio – Monday evening Parma Mayor Timothy DeGeeter delivered his annual State of the City Address to a nearly full auditorium at the recently renovated Parma-Snow Library. Below are the reactions from several members of Parma City Council to his talk.

City Council President Sean Brennan: "The Mayor is laser-focused on creating and retaining jobs in Parma. He reminded us about the many economic development projects taking place in recent months, including the redevelopment of the Shoppes at Parma, the two new Parma libraries, the millions of dollars in investment to come at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, the beautiful new Stewardship Center in the Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation, the new Axelrod Buick GMC building, the expansion at Chuppa's Market, the new face on Stancato's Restaurante and a number of other business investments and new businesses. I am very proud to have worked with him and my colleagues on City Council on these projects."

Ward One Councilman Vito Dipierro: "Congratulations to Mayor DeGeeter on his 2013 accomplishments. Looking forward to another great year in 2014."


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Feb. 19, 2014
Cleveland.com

Debi Trebisky is Citizen of the Month

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor Tim DeGeeter has named Debi Trebisky his Citizen of the Month for February. Among other community involvement, Trebisky leads fundraising efforts for the Parma Early Childhood PTA and is active in local Girl Scouts. “This mom represents all that is good about our city,” DeGeeter said.


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Feb. 14, 2014
Cleveland.com

John Muir students get a taste of city government: Community Voices

PARMA, Ohio – The fourth-graders at John Muir Elementary learned about City Government on Friday as part of the Leadership for Tomorrow program. During the school year this year, City Hall is the field trip for 13 schools. Leadership for Tomorrow, in its eighth year, was created by former Parma Treasurer Anthony Zielinski, current Treasurer Tom Mastroianni and Mayor Tim DeGeeter while he was a State Representative. Fourth-graders hold a mock City Council meeting, tour City Hall and learn about municipal government and its functions from its leaders.


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Feb. 12, 2014
Cleveland.com

"Seniors Safe at Home" program can save a life: Community Voices

PARMA, Ohio – Just last week, a Parma senior citizen learned first-hand how important it is that the City receives Community Development Block Grant dollars. It is money from this grant that pays for the provision of telephone-based medical emergency response modules as part of the City's “Seniors Safe at Home Program.” The program provides pendants for use when a senior needs help and can't reach a telephone.

Last week, the elderly resident pressed her pendant and stated she had fallen and needed help. Parma EMS was dispatched and she was taken to Parma Hospital. She has been released from the hospital and is currently in a rehab facility.

The City's contract with ConnectAmerica.com LLC features an upgrade in technology that allows the participant to be protected from medical emergency anywhere inside and outside of their home.


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Feb. 10, 2014
Cleveland.com

St. Francis fifth-grader surprised by military mom: Community Voices

PARMA, Ohio – Fifth-grader Tyler Miranda was just sitting there in the gym, minding his own business. St. Francis de Sales is having its own Olympics tomorrow; this assembly was about that. If he was daydreaming, it ended rather suddenly: Miss Nowakowski - the principal! - called him up front to answer a question.

Turns out it was an easy one: "If you were an Olympic athlete, who would you want to come and support you? Anyone special?"

"My mom," Tyler said, knowing that'd be pretty much impossible because his mom has been in Afghanistan for a year.

But it turns out that was an easy one, too. "Turn around, Tyler," Miss Nowakowski said, and there stood USMC Gunnery Sergeant Shirley Palotai.


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Feb. 7, 2014
Cleveland.com

Five new police officers sworn in Friday: Community Voices

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter called it "one of my favorite parts of the job," and welcomed five young men "to the Parma family." After the Oath of Office, Parma Police Chief Bob Miller exhorted five new police officers to "take care of yourselves, your families and now, the 82,000 or so people in Parma."

New officers Michael Walsh, Kori Korinek, Spencer Jon Krumheuer, Kamil Piotr Lenk and Philip John Seelie took the oath from the Mayor and, as is custom, asked a loved one to pin on their new badge. Afterward, they were issued equipment and study materials and will spend the next 20 weeks in Columbus in the accreditation process.


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Feb. 2, 2014
Cleveland.com

Normandy students get schooled about texting while driving at assembly

PARMA, Ohio – Cassie Squirek, a senior and cheerleader at Normandy High School, was one of the over 600 students who attended an assembly Jan. 31 at the high school’s auditorium. The assembly was part of a series of events hosted by AT&T to highlight the dangers of texting and driving.

“I learned about the danger of texting while driving,” Squirek, a Seven Hills resident, said. “I know that it’s a big problem with teenagers who have become so habitual in their use of electronic devices like iPhones and Smart Phones.”

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and State Representative Nick Celebrezze talked about the texting ban that has gone into effect in Ohio within the past year.

In Ohio, it is illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to write, send or read text-based messages or even talk on the phone while driving. The law went into effect in March of last year. The penalty is a $150 fine and a 60-day license suspension. Repeat offenders could face a $300 fine and a year’s suspension. Ohio is among 41 states that ban text messaging by all drivers.


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Feb. 1, 2014
Parma Observer

Mayor DeGeeter Looks Forward To State Of The City Address

PARMA, Ohio – Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter enjoys looking back proudly at the accomplishments of his administration. “We’re all working hard to move Parma forward,” he says. “It’s nice to see the things we’ve done. But we don't want to live in the past, we are looking ahead to our future as well.” So when DeGeeter takes the stage on Feb. 24, 2014 at the new Snow Road Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, he will share accomplishments, yes, but he will also look ahead to what residents might expect from his administration in the coming year. The Mayor will deliver the speech in the new, state-of-the-art, 400-seat auditorium at the library; the address is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Mayor has taken the speech “on the road” for the last two years, delivering his first one at the GrafTech Corporation and this year’s at Parma Community General Hospital. After the Mayor was treated to a sneak peek of the Snow Branch before it opened, he decided showing off this new library is a perfect fit for the 2014 speech. 

“The auditorium is a beautiful space and we are so appreciative of our partnership with the Parma libraries,” he said. "Let's show them off."


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Jan. 29, 2014
Fox8.com

Wrecking Ball Brings Big Change to Parma Fixture

PARMA, Ohio – It’s been a fixture in Parma for more than 50 years.

But, with a swing of the wrecking ball, the demolition at the Parmatown Mall began Wednesday morning.

The old shopping mall will become the Shoppes at Parma with a new, larger Dick’s Sporting Goods store and an upgrade of the existing Walmart into a Supercenter.

But, that’s just the beginning.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said he envisions a new, thriving gathering place, drawing not only locals, but people from surrounding communities who want to check out new shops and restaurants.

The whole building won’t be torn down but it will undergo major renovations along with some new buildings that will go up on the property.


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Jan. 29, 2014
JCU.edu

A Special Event with Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter '91

The Cleveland Alumni Chapter invites
you to a very special conversation with

The Honorable Timothy J. DeGeeter ’91
Mayor, the City of Parma

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7 p.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Parma Branch (Large Meeting Room A/B)
6996 Powers Blvd., Parma, OH 44129
(behind Parma City Hall).

Light refreshments will be served

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Jan. 22, 2014
Cleveland.com

Playful bet also helps family after house fire

PARMA, Ohio – The bet was about a Division III football  game. More specifically, it was about the game between Mount Union, Councilman Jeff Crossman’s alma mater, and Mayor Tim DeGeeter’s alma mater, “The John Carroll University” while both teams were still undefeated. The loser agreed to wear the team colors of the winner’s team and make a donation to the winner’s choice of charity.

The second part of the bet recently changed. Instead of choosing an established charity, Crossman and DeGeeter decided to give the money to a Parma family recently displaced by fire. Councilman Brian Day, who incidentally also went to John Carroll, matched those donations because the fire was in his ward. When she heard about the family’s plight, Animal Control Officer Julie Kocik matched their donations as well.


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Jan. 16, 2014

2013 Mayor DeGeeter Administration Accomplishments

Mayor Tim DeGeeter's administration offers a review of its accomplishments during 2013. The administration is grateful for the helpful assistance of the Parma City Council – President Sean Brennan and Council members Mary Galinas, Debbie Lime, Mark Casselberry, Brian Day, Allan Divis, Larry Napoli, Brian Brochetti, Scott Tuma and Andy Schofield ‐ and of the City's elected officials – Law Director Tim Dobeck, Auditor Dennis Kish, Treasurer Tom Mastroianni, Clerk of Courts Marty Vittardi, and other city officials. Beginning in 2014, two City Council seats hold new members – Vito Dipierro in Ward One and Jeffrey Crossman in Ward Nine.

This past year, we took strides to move Parma forward. Our partnership with Phillips‐Edison Inc., Parma City Schools and Cuyahoga County has enabled construction to be in full swing on the projected 3‐5‐year building project at what is now called The Shoppes at Parma. The Watershed Stewardship Center opened at West Creek Reservation, which is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system. Two new library branches opened this year – the $15.6‐million Parma main branch opened in October, and the $15.2‐ million Parma Snow branch opened in December.

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Jan. 13, 2014
Press Release

Mayor’s Town Center Task Force formed

PARMA, Ohio - Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter has announced the creation of a task force intended to take a big step toward making the words “Town Center” more than just a concept.

The Parma Mayor’s Town Center Task Force is charged with giving real, implementable substance to the idea of the Town Center. The task force will meet several times over the next six months or so and then present a viable, fundable strategic plan to the Mayor and the City Council. The first meeting of the task force, later this month, will be organizational in nature. It is envisioned that the task force will solicit input through public sessions and also allow for residents to provide input online through a website or via e-mail.

The geographic area of the Town Center would include 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.

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Jan. 9, 2014
Cleveland.com

Peanut butter drive closes out with delivery from Mayor

PARMA, Ohio – You may not see the Parma Peanut Butter Drive boxes out and around any more, but peanut butter is always welcome at any food bank. Organizer Sean Brennan originally founded the event to bring attention to the importance - and expense - of protein for those on limited food budgets.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter made one last, big deposit of peanut butter into the All Faiths Pantry recently. In lieu of a Christmas gift from his Cabinet, DeGeeter requested that members bring in a peanut butter donation for the drive.


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Jan. 8, 2014
Cleveland.com

It's "Leo Mironovich Day" in Parma

PARMA, Ohio – It’s no secret that Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter is a big fan of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Imagine his delight when he discovered that the Head Drum Major of the Irish marching band is from Parma.

Leo Mironovich and his family came into the Mayor’s office on Wednesday. The Mayor presented Leo with a proclamation that declares Jan. 8 as “Leo Mironovich Day” in Parma. Leo’s parents, Adriana and Roman, and his sister, Melanie, joined him in the visit to City Hall. They are residents in Ward Seven, and their Councilman, Brian Brochetti, dropped in to offer his congratulations as well.


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Jan. 2, 2014
Cleveland.com

Cuyahoga County Library celebrates 90 years

PARMA, Ohio – Mayor DeGeeter and Parma City Council congratulated the Cuyahoga County Public Library system on its 90th anniversary. Executive Director Sari Feldman, along with Parma’s two branch managers, Kathy Sullivan and Stacey Boycik, were on hand to accept the recognition.

Accolades are nothing new to Feldman and crew. The Cuyahoga County Public Library was recently designated as a five-star library by Library Journal, in its 2013 Index of Public Library Service. This award marked the fifth consecutive year that the CCPL system won a five-star rating and the fourth consecutive year that the system earned Library Journal’s highest overall score (1,549) among libraries in its expenditure range.

“Parma is fortunate to have two such wonderful libraries as it does, and both of them are brand new,” DeGeeter said. “You can’t get better than that. We congratulate Director Feldman and her staff for these well-deserved honors.”


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Dec. 18, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma City Council and Mayor Tim DeGeeter honor Eagle Scout

PARMA, Ohio – City Council and Mayor Tim DeGeeter on Monday honored resident Michael Cirino for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest level within the Boy Scouts. Cirino is a student at Trinity High School, and was joined by his father, Gary. (City of Parma)

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Dec. 10, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter finishing busy second year

PARMA, Ohio – Just after participating in the ribbon cutting at the Parma Snow Library on Saturday, Mayor Tim DeGeeter let out a big breath and said, as if just realizing, "Wow, there have been a lot of these this year."

He wasn't complaining, although he could be forgiven for being a little tired. He's had a very busy second year in office. He's realizing just how busy and successful these days, as he reviews year-end accomplishment memos from his Cabinet directors. He asked for year-end reviews from each department, asking for accomplishments and highlights, in order to create a year-end document for City Council and for the public.

DeGeeter is realizing as he reviews Parma's growth, that his administration has ushered the city several steps forward. Among many other things, Parmatown Mall is being redeveloped into The Shoppes at Parma, West Creek Reservation has opened, two Parma libraries have been completed and opened and the community has successfully switched over to automated trash pickup. The sister city relationship with Lviv, Ukraine is up and running, and Small Business Saturday was a huge success.


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Dec. 9, 2013
Cleveland.com

Jaycees' parade; Parma-Snow reopening

PARMA, Ohio – The air was cold but the sun was shinning Saturday for the Parma Area Jaycees’ annual Christmas parade. Mayor Tim DeGeeter was joined by City Council representatives and other officials for the procession that led from City Hall down Ridge Road to Stearns Farm, where the celebration continued. There are plenty of pictures of the event at the link. (City of Parma)

Miss Saturday’s grand reopening of the Parma-Snow Branch library? Hear what DeGeeter had to say about the project at the link. Photos from inside the $15.2 million facility can be viewed here. (City of Parma)


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Dec. 5, 2013
Press Release

Parma Mayor will use Parma Snow Library for State of City

PARMA, Ohio - Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter’s third State of the City speech has been scheduled for Feb. 24, 2014 at the new Snow Road Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The mayor will deliver the speech in the new, state-of-the-art, 400-seat auditorium at the library; the address is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Mayor has taken the speech “on the road” for the last two years, delivering his first one at the GrafTech Corporation and this year’s at Parma Community General Hospital. After the Mayor was treated to a sneak peek of the Snow Branch last month, he decided the new library is
a perfect fit for the 2014 speech.

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Dec. 3, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma launches annual peanut butter drive

PARMA, Ohio – The third annual Parma Peanut Butter Drive is officially underway after organizers kicked off the event at the Parma Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Monday. Parma City Council president Sean Brennan, John Visnauskas, Executive Director of All Faiths Pantry – organizers of the event – and Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter were among those on hand for the kickoff.

Brennan says the idea came to him three years ago in a dream, and after he contacted Visnauskas, who was a willing partner, the peanut butter drive was born. “Peanut butter is like food-bank gold,” Brennan said, “because it is such a great source of protein.” Even though peanut butter prices have risen in recent years, it is still the most affordable protein for hungry families.


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Nov. 29, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma is ready for Small Business Saturday

PARMA, Ohio – The City of Parma has been blanketed with blue-and-white Shop Small signs. They can be seen in shop windows and restaurant windows all over the city. Mayor Tim DeGeeter has personally delivered some of them; others have come from Parma City Council members. The business owners have been thrilled to get them.

The signs are a reminder to consumers that Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a national champaign started in 2010 by American Express. The campaign was started to encourage consumers to include small and independent businesses in their holiday shopping, even if they shop national chains on Black Friday.


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Nov. 24, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma's Werner's Barber Shop celebrates 50 years of haircutting

PARMA, Ohio – If you added up all the haircuts Werner Voelkel has given over the course of 50 years as a barber and owner/operator of Werner’s Barber Shop at 5240 Broadview Road, it would probably be in the thousands.

Werner, his wife Fran and two sons, Kurt and Erick, were honored with a proclamation observing the barber shop’s 50th anniversary at the city council meeting Nov. 18. Werner and Fran have retired from the business, and Kurt and Erick are continuing their father’s dedication to giving customers a haircut or beard trim at reasonable prices.

The business moved to its present location in the former Broadview Floral Shop at the corner of Broadview and Brookview in May 2012. It was previously at a location across Broadview Road and a few blocks south.

Kurt has been cutting hair for seven years, while Erick has been a barber for 10 years. Both of them tried other careers before going to barber college and following their father in the family business.


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Nov. 22, 2013
Cleveland.com

Mayor's JFK memorabilia

PARMA, Ohio – Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assignation of President John F. Kennedy. What some people may not know is that Mayor Tim DeGeeter is a huge JFK fan and maintains an extensive memorabilia collection. Click the link to see a small part of what the mayor has on display. (City of Parma)


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Nov. 20, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma offering rebates for energy-efficient appliance purchases

PARMA, Ohio – The city has $67,000 to help residents defray the cost of purchasing energy-efficient appliances this holiday season.

That’s the remaining balance of the $609,000 the city received from the U.S. Department on Energy in 2010 to establish the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Residents who purchase Energy Star-rated clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers and freezers are eligible for a $150 rebate from the city through the program.

“You can’t beat this if you need to make an appliance purchase, and it’s especially helpful around the holidays,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said in a statement. “The main thing about it is that these are energy-efficient appliances, and that’s important for all of us.”

The program also offers rebates for energy-efficient hot water tanks, entrance doors and windows. Residents can receive $500 if they insulate their entire home.

The maximum household rebate is $750.


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Nov. 19, 2013
Press Release

City, Chamber partner to encourage residents to “Shop Small”

PARMA, Ohio - Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and the Parma Area Chamber of
Commerce are inviting you to consider Shopping Small on Saturday, regardless of how you spend Black Friday.

Saturday, Nov. 30 is considered Small Business Saturday nationwide, and is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Luckily for local residents, Parma is chock-full of interesting independent small businesses.

“Parma is the perfect place to shop locally,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “The many small businesses here are so varied, and you can find something for yourself and for everyone on your holiday gift list, whether in Ukrainian or Polish villages or elsewhere.”

Aside from several Eastern European food and gift stores, Parma has everything from comic book stores to music instrument sales to specialty liquors, candies and bakery outlets.

Look for “Shop Small” signs in participating business windows in Polish Village, Ukrainian Village and in other businesses in the city. Business owners who a sign for display can call Parma’s Economic Development Office (440-885-8860) or stop by the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce offices located in The Shoppes at Parma.

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Nov. 19, 2013
Cleveland.com

Parma City Council considering tax breaks for Firstar Precision and Cleveland Plant and Flower

PARMA, Ohio – City Council is considering further tax breaks for Firstar Precision Corporation and the Cleveland Plant and Flower Company.

Both companies are nearing the end of 10-year agreements with the city that allow for as much as a 50 percent rebate on the 2.5 percent local income tax paid by employees. Firstar is seeking a new 10-year agreement, while Cleveland Plant and Flower has asked for a three-year extension of its existing agreement.

Located on Plaza Drive off West 130th Street, Firstar has been manufacturing parts for the hydraulic, air-power and aerospace industries in Parma for 10 years, Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. It employs a workforce of 32, with an annual payroll of roughly $1.7 million, he said.

Corporate Drive off West 130th Street serves as the corporate headquarters for Cleveland Plant and Flower, one of the largest wholesale floral products distributors in the country, according to its website. The company was founded in Cleveland in 1913, and now has 11 distribution centers across Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina.

Cleveland Plant and Flower’s headquarters have been in Parma for 10 years, and has 40 employees and an annual payroll of slightly more than $1 million, DeGeeter said.


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Nov. 18, 2013
CCC's The Voice

Groundbreaking of Public Safety Training Center of Excellence at West

PARMA, Ohio – Tri-C officials dig into the ground at a ceremony commemorating the start of a one-year project to build the Public Safety Training Center of Excellence at the Western Campus in Parma on Nov. 4. “The facility will house classrooms, an indoor shooting range and a gymnasium for physical training. Included in the renovation plans is an outdoor agility range to test strength and physical fitness, a retention pond for water rescues and an underground training area to test maneuverability in confined spaces,” the ceremonial program read.


Mayor DeGeeter at CCC Groundbreaking

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