I led the effort to raise the funds to donate the script Parma sign to the residents of the city. All funds came from private donations - no taxpayer dollars.
I led the effort to raise the funds to install the Welcome to Parma mural at the corner of Ridge and Pearl Roads. Again, no taxpayer dollars were used, thanks to many generous residents and businesses.
In 2010, I put my love of running and pierogies together to create a charity race that has become one of Parma's signature summer events and has now raised over $100,000 for charitable causes and community projects.
Growing up in a single-family household, I depended on work and scholarships to cover my college costs. I worked with Law Director Dobeck and other community leaders to create the City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation. We have given out over $100,000 in scholarships since 2005. You guessed it, all funded by generous individuals and businesses - see a pattern here?
I have been a social studies teacher for almost 3 decades. I love history, including local history. That is why I led the effort to raise the funds to create and install the Parma historical marker at the corner of Ridge and Pearl Road - Parma's birthplace! By the way, the "Parma" bench across the street was part of the project. Thanks again to many generous donors!
Once again, this project was informed by my upbringing. Peanut butter was our main source of protein and remains to be for many of our lower income residents. That is why I teamed up with All Faiths Pantry to create the Parma Peanut Butter Drive. Over the years we have raised tens of thousands of dollars and many tons of peanut butter to help the needy in our community.
I write a monthly column in the Parma Observer spotlighting the best that Parma has to offer.
A few years ago in Parma a child accidentally killed his brother playing with his dad's loaded gun. A lifelong gun owner, I have always advocated for responsible gun ownership. teaming up with Councilman Allan Divis and Law Director Timothy Dobeck, we have given away hundreds of free gun locks, thanks to our partnership with Project ChildSafe!
My wife and I were married and St. Charles in 1994. St. Charles has been an important part of our family's life.
What an honor it is to chaperone our veterans to Washington, D.C. to see "their" memorials and monuments!