Hammitt handbag trunk show at Lisa Moran Ltd. brings Parma native home

By Allison Carey, The Plain Dealer | July 08, 2014 at 2:00 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Luxury boutique Lisa Moran Ltd. at Eton Chagrin Boulevard is hosting the return of designer Tony Drockton, the founder and creative director of Hammitt designer handbags.

Parma native Tony Drockton is the founder and creative director of Hammitt, a designer handbag line from Los Angeles. Lisa Moran Ltd. at Eton Chagrin Boulevard is hosting a Hammitt trunk show from July 10-12 (Courtesy of Hammitt)

Parma native Tony Drockton is the founder and creative director of Hammitt, a designer handbag line from Los Angeles. Lisa Moran Ltd. at Eton Chagrin Boulevard is hosting a Hammitt trunk show from July 10-12 (Courtesy of Hammitt)

Drockton grew up in Parma and attended Holy Name High School. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degree from Bowling Green and now lives in Los Angeles.

Drockton has made a name for himself with Hammitt designs. Hammitt bags are made of fine leather with bold accents and details. They’re sexy and easily transition from day to night. Hammitt bags have a unique, recognizable style that reflects an easy and elegant California lifestyle. Several famous leading ladies have been spotted wearing them.

Many Hammitt bags are named after famous Los Angeles locations, roads and highways. Bags in the Nominee Collection are named after famous leading men. These bags even have a symbolic red carpet in the form of a thin red leather strip running along the bottom of them.

Hammitt bags come is several styles but all of them have unique and distinct details like the fringe on this crossbody bag. (Courtesy of Hammitt)

Hammitt bags come is several styles but all of them have unique and distinct details like the fringe on this crossbody bag. (Courtesy of Hammitt)

Prices range from about $145 for a small crossbody to $1,400 for a large travel bag with most of the medium to large handbags ranging from $425 to $675.

The trunk show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.

Tony Drockton will be at the boutique from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and he might be there on Friday, but that’s not guaranteed.

For more information go to lisamoranltd.com or call 216-464-0800.

Wahoo Club honors high school baseball players, Holy Name’s Alex Bierut and Kirtland’s Domenic Camino, with Mike Garcia Award

By Stephanie Kuzydym, Northeast Ohio Media Group | July 08, 2014 4:15 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Wahoo Club honored two local high school baseball players at its monthly luncheon.

On Saturday, Holy Name’s Alex Bierut and Kirtland’s Domenic Camino were presented the Mike Garcia Award, an award based on both academics and community service. The award honors two high school baseball student-athletes annually.

Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles (far left) and Wahoo Club president Bob Rosen (far right) honor high school baseball players Alex Bierut of Holy Name and Domenic Camino of Kirtland with the Mike Garcia Award, presented to a student athlete for his success in academics and community service. (Courtesy of Brian Sliwinski)

Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles (far left) and Wahoo Club president Bob Rosen (far right) honor high school baseball players Alex Bierut of Holy Name and Domenic Camino of Kirtland with the Mike Garcia Award, presented to a student athlete for his success in academics and community service. (Courtesy of Brian Sliwinski)

Both Bierut and Camino finished their senior seasons this spring.

Bierut will attend John Carroll this fall but he said he will not play either hockey nor baseball like in high school, so he can focus on his pre-med studies.

Bierut was involved in Campus Ministry at Holy Name for four years, where he would go bowling with the mentally disabled and help at hospice at Western Reserve. He also helped tutor some of his hockey teammates in math and science.

“This means a lot,” he said. “It’s a huge honor.”

Camino served as a camp counselor for Kirtland’s sixth grade camp, as well as a football and basketball camp counselor and coach at Kirtland. He was also a Rainbow Camp Counselor that helps special needs children. He did an Alzheimer’s Walk and also helped in the care of his sick grandmother.

Camino was a member of Kirtland’s Key Club, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. He also earned Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for most outstanding student-athlete.

Camino was the starting catcher and team captain for Kirtland.

The 2013 recipients were Nick Buchta of Olmsted Falls and Joe San Fellipo from Firelands.

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By Stephanie Kuzydym, Northeast Ohio Media Group | June 17, 2014 10:30 a.m.


Elyria West’s Tom Kubuski, Normandy’s Marty Kane, Holy Name’s Dave Wilks, Chalker and Champion’s Tim Cope, Fairless’ Terry Griffith and Euclid’s Dennis Turkall are the 2014 NEOBCA Hall of Fame Class. (Courtesy of Roger Sliwinski)

AVON, Ohio — On Monday during the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association’s three All-Star games at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon a new class of coaches was inducted into the NEOBCA Hall of Fame.

The 2014 class featured six inductees: Chalker and Champion’s Tim Cope, Elyria West’s Tom Kubuski, Euclid’s Dennis Turkall, Fairless’ Terry Griffith, Holy Name’s Dave Wilks and Normandy’s Marty Kane.

The NEOBCA Hall of Fame started in 2007. The first class, the Class of 2008, was 33 members. Those 33 members are also inductees into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. With the addition of this class, there are now 74 Ohio baseball coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Joseph Laviano, Class of 1987 | June 15, 2014

What a fantastic weekend for everyone lucky enough to be a Namer. It’s difficult to say how many attended but we estimate 800 to 1,000 people came back home to Holy Name High School last weekend to celebrate the Centennial of our beloved institution.


Mike Piszczor Class of 1974 presents HN President Ben Farmer a letter from Rev. Msr. Antall

The weekend started Friday night with the All-Alumni Reunion that was held in Kenneally Gym. Over 300 Holy Name Alumni danced the night away and reminisced about their time at Holy Name.

Saturday was a very busy day. The day started with hundreds participating in the HN Fun Run. One Namer decided that the Fun Run was not good enough. Class of 1974′s Mike Piszczor walked an estimated 13 miles to deliver a letter from Rev. Msgr. Richard Antall of Holy Name Parish in Cleveland, the original site of Holy Name High School, to Holy Name High School’s current location in Parma Heights.

NamerFest officially started with the unveiling of Holy Name High School’s Ohio Historical Marker. The ceremony was attended by countless generations of Namers. The Marker impressively stands tall at the entrance of the Parma Hts. campus’s main entrance walkway. The Marker became the centerpiece of hundreds of family photos throughout the day. The ceremony was full of some very memorable moments including a beautiful rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner and Alma Mater performed by Jennifer DiGeronimo ’15, and inspiring words by the Rev. John Carlin, Pastor of St. Charles of Borromeo in Parma, Advisory Board President Dr. Brian Adams, HN President Ben Farmer, and Parma Hts. Mayor Michael Byrne.


Holy Name’s Ohio Historical Marker.

The back parking lot became the NamerFest’s main stage for the remainder of the day. The Liverpool Lads and Cleveland’s Breakfast Club featuring the Class of 1984′s Brain Dossa kept our toes tapping with awesome tunes. The Nosh Box, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Fired up Taco and Honey Hut provided delicious treats from their food trucks. HN students and volunteers entertained children with face painting and games.  The day concluded with an outdoor mass featuring a memorable homily from Holy Name graduate the Rev. Damian Ference ’94.

The past couple years have presented a wild ride for all those involved in planning this event, and we all wanted to achieve the goal of bringing alumni back to the place that made so many memories for so many us. As I reflect back on the weekend and watched the planned events unfold,  I realized something happened that was not on any of the agendas, advertisements, or social media posts, and was not mentioned at any of the planning meetings. I realized that Holy Name of Cleveland and Holy Name of Parma Heights became one in one glorious weekend. It was no longer the buildings, there was no longer two different schools. We all stood together and celebrated, as Holy Name, as Namers, as Namer Nation. There were so many moments where I noticed Namers of different generations, separated by decades sharing their memories of how Holy Name is etched forever in their hearts. NamerFest took on its own agenda and made Namer Nation one.

Special thanks to Colleen Corrigan Day ’88, Mark Priebe ’88, Mike Nowak ’74, Ray Murphy. Your leadership, dedication and commitment to this event was priceless. Also a big thank you goes out to our committee chairs, especially Kate McCall ’05 who organized all the hard working volunteers and to the HN Maintenance Staff who went above and beyond their duties to help things run smoothly.






By Grant Segall  | The Plain Dealer

World War II Veteran – D-Day Survivor

David E. Silva promised God to become a priest if he survived World War II.

He won two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Starthen came home and served several parishes in the Cleveland diocese.

“It’s a mystery,” he told The Plain Dealer in 1999 about surviving the war, “why one is taken and the other is left.”

The tall, genial Silva was born in Maple Heights. His family lost its home in the Depression and moved to Garfield Heights. He attended Holy Name High School and graduated in 1943.

He left a landing craft at Normandy under fire on June 7, 1944. A bullet glanced off his canteen and hit his leg below the knee. He kept fighting. The next day, a fragment from a shell tore up his hand. He kept fighting.

By the end of the invasion, he was the only one of 150 men in his unit still fighting. He was finally discharged as a staff sergeant.

Rev. Silva died Nov. 13, 2010 at St. Augustine Manor at age 85.


Holy Name High School would like to thank the young men that served our country during WWII especially those on this historic D-Day. Today we highlight and honor our HN alumni who left school to enlist in the war efforts and who served our country during this time. Over thirty men left HN to serve in the war and would graduate from HN upon their return. Many others left school early to never return. Their bravery and courage will never be forgotten.



As important members of the Holy Name community,you and your family are cordially invited to attend NamerFest on June 14, 2014 on the campus at Holy Name High School. The entire event will run from 1:00pm to 9:00pm, and it will conclude with an outdoor mass at 9:00pm!

Exclusively for the Class of 2018: Come visit the Class of 2018 tent from 2:00pm to 6:00pm to mingle with friends, participate in Wax Hand Art, and receive some giveaways!

Parents: You are important too! Current Holy Name parents would love to meet you for a brief social during NamerFest in our Athletic Classroom at 2:15pm and/or 4:15pm.

NamerFest, our 100 year celebration event, will feature children’s games, food trucks, live music, and much more! You will not want to miss it!

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The Name | by Caroline Dreher | May 23, 2014

How does one stand out in a world of seven billion inhabitants? Seniors Thomas Springer and Brian DePauw were able to achieve this by scoring in the nation’s top 3% on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Of the 1.5 million test takers, 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMS Thomas was one of 34,000 to be recognized as a Commended Student.

Brian DePauw was one of 16,000 students to be selected as a Semi-Finalist. De-Pauw was then further awarded with the honor of Finalist in this prestigious program.

Holy Name counselor Mrs. Ritt says, “Recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program is gigantic honor. It puts a student at such an advantage in their college search and presents
scholarship opportunities.”

Both Springer and DePauw will continue their academic success in college. Springer plans to attend Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He would like to study law in graduate school and spend
his spare time pursuing writing as a hobby.

DePauw will attend The University of Cincinnati and plans to major in engineering while participating in the school’s honors program.

After taking many AP and Honors courses throughout their four years at Holy Name, these senior standouts are clearly well prepared for the years to come.


The Name | May 23, 2014

Commencement for the 96th graduating class of Holy Name High School took place on Friday,May 23 at St Columbkille Church. The ceremony began with clergy, faculty and graduates processing into the music of Pomp and Circumstance.

After out-going principal Mr. Ben Farmer greeted and welcomed guests, Mrs. Mary Eileen Wallace ’85, campus minister, opened with prayer.

Graduate Rebecca Newhouse gave the first reading followed by a responsorial psalm by Ryan Leonard. Samantha Miranda did a second scripture reading. The student address was given by Taylor Verba. The senior ensemble then did a musical interlude.

Mr. Farmer then introduced the guest alumni speaker, John Banaszak ’68. Mr.Banaszak is the head football coach at Robert Morris College and a former three time winner of the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New principal Mrs. Shelbrey Blanc’95 announced recognition of Academic Honors and then called the graduates to come forth and receive their diplomas. Mr. Kevin Ontko ’91 gave concluding
remarks and prayer.

The graduates sang the alma mater one last time as a class and then processed to the music of “Ode to Jot.”



The Name | May 23, 2014

Holy Name is more than a place where you attend classes for four years. It is a place where memories are made.Seniors will not only remember the teachers and the academic classes but the good and perhaps bad times they have had with the many friends they have made through the years. These memories will be kept forever and shared with others in the future. They will be cherished for years to come.

Unfortunately not all members of the class of 2014 have shared their memories with the Name staff but those who have are listed below. Some common memories that the seniors have include as freshmen beating the seniors in Tug-of-War in the Spirit Games, winning the Spirit Games both junior and senior year, beating Padua 43-42 in triple overtime junior year, beating St.Edwards in hockey in five overtimes, and the hockey team beating St.Ignatius during the regular season.

Will Davis will remember the great times he had playing football and basketball for the Green Wave.

Dave Durdak fondest memory was meeting some amazing people after leaving Chanel and coming to H.N.

Chris Golian will remember all the football practices and games.

Austin Coreno remembers when Troy Hodge broke his phone in half purposely on the bus freshman year coming home from a baseball game.

Shane Gray remembers when severe weather hit the freshman football team while practicing at Hannah and the fun they had trying to avoid the storm.

Ross Genchi’s favorite memory is winning back to back district championships with the hockey team.

Besides beating the seniors at tug-of-war freshman year James Gravely’s best memory is his first day as a Namer.

Alex Tober remembers meeting Tyler Perry at the first day of freshman football with his long hair and white shirt and plaid pants that were too big.

Owen Verhiley showering after wrestling and meeting Jordan Robinson.

Matt Szymanski’s and Pat Ream’s favorite memory is starting a video gaming club with their friends.

Max Revay’s best memory is freshman football and the incredible chemistry on the team and the fact that he made friends that will last for years.

Nate Volkmann’s favorite memory is chanting the Mike Messina chant at any available opportunity.

Justin Romito’s favorite memory is his first day after transferring.

Rob Scholl’s favorite memory is his first day as a Namer.

Ryan Tomasi remembers all the fun soccer moments like Don Stepik getting put into a locker.

Troy Mezera’s favorite memory is the hockey team beating St. Ed’s in five overtimes.

John Joseph remembers going the wrong way for a fire drill freshman year and having to sing in Honor’s English II with Mr. Langa.

Joe Guadiz is fond of his memories with the H.N. theatre especially the spring musical, Godspell.

Alex Jones remembers the times Joe Guadiz gave impromptu concerts playing his guitar in the lobby after school and everybody singing along.

Mike Messina like many others remembers playing in the 3 overtime victory over Padua junior year.

Nick McDaniel’s favorite memory is winning the NCL Championship for track.

Frank Nunez funniest moment is when Don Stepik dropped the goalpost on himself and started crying.

Ben Hudson will remember the philosophical and political discussions he had with Mr.Mazur before the OGT tests.

Tim Higginbotham fondly remembers his junior and senior years of hockey and beating St. Ignatius during the regular season.

Brian Young and Steve Pratt remember going to Highland for a J.V. football game and Mr. Ehrbar telling the players on the bus, “This ain’tno bar and grill.”

Donald Stepik’s favorite weekend is prom weekend with his friends.

Alex Semary said, “The stories that Mr. Wilks told during class are both funny and serious and I will never forget them.”

Jimmy “Trey” Smith remembers Julie arguing with Fr. Krizner at every Mass.

Sean King like other seniors remembers the victory over Padua and winning spirit games two years in a row, but he also has good memories of going to Disney World with the marching band, watching movies with film club and when Dr. Mike spoke to an all school assembly.

Kelli Kachmar’s favorite memory is competing in the flag obstacle course with her best friend Jackie Corrigan and winning event.

Rachel Ontko has a great memory of beating seniors in the tug-of-war as does Meg O’Gorman who also is proud of winning Spirit Games two years in a row.

Ali Smith has the common memories of beating Padua but also has fond memories of performing with the drill team for the last time, traveling to DisneyWorld with the music department and of course being
elected Homecoming Queen by her fellow seniors.

Kristen Kall has fond memories of being part of the H.N. fastpitch family and all the football games
senior year.

Ashley Liska and Carly Fuerst remembers buying “Holy Name” cookies every day for lunch freshman year and their most memorable moments are cheering for basketball and football games all four years.

Janessa Brickman has a couple of fond memories. One favorite memory is the Cenacle of Mary cookouts where Namers came together in prayer and to socialize as a true Holy Name Community. She also has a fond memory from the Caritas retreat where the seniors bonded over the “secret circle in the upper left.

Maggie Maloney’s favorite moments at H.N. are cheering on the football team every weekend in the fall.Sam Hocevar’s Favorite memory is going to Washington for A.P. Government class.

Stacie Gibson will always remember freshman year with sr. Sheila. Lots of memories were made that year.

Catherine Gajowski will never forget Government Class with Mrs. Slanina.

Anastasia Keller’s most memorable moments are eating pizza at lunch with her friends and running in track meets her sophomore year.