By Mark Holan, Special to the Sun News February 20, 2014

Holy Name senior Janessa Brickman is one of ten finalists in the sixth annual “Stop The Hate: Youth Speak Out” essay competition sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Janessa is president of the student body and active in drama at the school. She also organized a community outreach project that provided the Parma Heights Food Pantry with much-needed soap and shampoo.


Janessa Brickman
Courtesy of the Brickman Family/Special to Sun News

The competition drew entries from 1,500 high school juniors and seniors in seven counties. The finalists will compete for $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. The themes of the essays ranged from racism, handicapped accessibility and gang violence.

Students were asked to describe an act of discrimination, reflect on how they responded to it and put together a plan of action to affect changes.

Best Apartment Complex – The Terrraces at Northridge in Brooklyn won “Property of the Year” in the 2013 North East Ohio Apartment Association’s Key Awards. The Terraces, owned and operated by Comet Management Services, won for “Overall Community Appeal.”

Top O’ The Tower – Holy Family Home & Hospice will be holding its 17th annual “Top O’ The Tower” Benefit from 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at LaCentre Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake.

There will be music by the New Barleycorn and auctions and raffles. Tickets are $50 per person.

Fr. Robert T. Begin, pastor of St. Colman Church in Cleveland, will be honored for his ministry to the community.

Play Ball – Spring is just around the corner, and the Parma Heights Recreation Department is having open registration for the 2014 baseball/softball/T-ball leagues for boys and girls from ages 5-18. Registration will be from 9-11 a.m. March 1 and 8 at Parma Heights City Hall, 6281 Pearl Road. Residents and non-residents are welcome.

Fees are $30 for residents and $50 for non-residents.

Leagues are determined by participant’s age as of Aug. 1, 2014.

For more information, call 440-884-9600, ext. 37 or email

Kindergarten & Preschool – Registration for Brooklyn City Schools preschool and kindergarten will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m. March 20 at the Brooklyn Board of Education, 9200 Biddulph Road.

Registration packets can be obtained in person at the Board of Education office or by downloading one from

Bring the completed package to registration along with the child’s original birth certificate, social security card, immunization record and guardianship papers (if applicable).

There is a proof of residency needed as well. Bring your deed/truth-in lending or rental agreement/lease plus two utility bills.

For more information, call 216-485-8112.

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