INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cuyahoga Valley Career Center inducted new members into the National Technical Honor Society earlier this month, including four juniors from Independence High School. NTHS honors career-technical high school students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The four IHS students who were inducted are Vincent Kubicki, construction trades; Alexandra Leffler, dental assisting; John Burmeister, electrical systems; and Andrew Marchenko, media arts.
Membership is determined by a student’s scholastic achievement, attendance, deportment, participation in career-technical student organizations and teacher recommendations. Final selections are made by a committee of CVCC staff. Members organize activities that promote school spirit and fundraisers to help social causes. These activities help develop leadership skills, a sense of school unity and community.
“Alex, John, AJ, and Vinny have all worked very diligently,” said HIS Principal Jamie Hogue. “It is a pleasure to see their hard work recognized and rewarded.”
Grand marshal: Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, a popular, award-winning local restaurateur, will be grand marshal for the Polish Constitution Day festivities April 29 to May 1 in Parma.
The festivities are coordinated by the Polish American Congress – Ohio Division, in collaboration with Polish Village Parma (located along Ridge Road). The event commemorates the signing of Europe’s first democratic constitution. The local celebration brings Polish people and those of Polish ancestry together to celebrate their shared heritage of freedom and democracy.
Chrostowski was nominated by Mitch Bienia, Constitution Weekend chairman. Bienia said Chrostowski “embodies all the hopes, dreams and desires our country was founded and upon which it serves as a beacon of hope to others. Brandon has “come of age” in rehabilitation circles, from humble beginnings to a richly rewarding life in the food service industry, as a restaurateur par excellence, all while remembering his past but looking forward to the future, having put in a bid to be the mayor of the city of Cleveland.”
Chrostowski said, “Since I was young, I remember my dziadek (grandfather) telling us stories about Poland. He always made sure traditional days were celebrated. This always gave me a sense of pride in the heritage I share with my family today. When asked to serve as grand marshal of the Constitution Day Parade, I was thrilled.”
Chrostowski volunteers with the World Central Kitchen in Poland to serve meals to Ukrainian refugees.
“Service is a way of life,” he said. “No matter where or when the moment you feel called, you go. I’m thankful for my family and team at EDWINS (the restaurant and culinary training institute he runs for former prison inmates) who make it possible to serve at the Ukraine border in Poland.”
Chrostowski said he believes every person – regardless of his or her past – has the right to a fair and equal future. of their past, has a right to a fair and equal future. In 2011, Culinary Club classes began at Grafton Correctional Institution for his nonprofit, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. In 2013, EDWINS Restaurant opened in Shaker Square. The restaurant story was the topic of the 2018 Academy Award nominee for best short documentary, “Knife Skills.” In 2022, EDWINS was a James Beard semi-finalist nominee. The Polish American Congress, based in Independence, is an umbrella organization under which all Polish groups of Ohio can express pride and show solidarity in their shared culture.
The 72nd Annual celebration weekend kicks off Friday, April 29, with a Polish Happy Hour at the Ridge Road Tavern at 5587 Ridge Rd. The cover charge is $20 and includes a live music polka jam session, pierogi buffet, and beverages.
Call 330-646-4082 or email at PolAmCongressOH@gmail.com for more information on the organization or the festivities.
Clean-up day: The 23rd annual Big Creek Clean-up Day will be 9 am to noon April 30.
Volunteers should meet at the Brooklyn Fire Station, 8400 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn. The clean water initiative will help protect local streams and Lake Erie.
Help also is needed at Brookfield Park, Brookfield Avenue (between Bellaire and W. 130th) and the Snow Road Picnic Area (Along Big Creek Parkway).
Volunteers should wear long sleeves and pants. Boots or work shoes are recommended. No open-toe shoes. Bags and work gloves will be provided. Children younger than 18 must have adult supervision.
Contact Amy Roskilly, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, 216-524-6580, Ext. 1005, Yalinda Moore, city of Cleveland, 216-420-7637, Bob Gardin, Big Creek Connects, 216-269-6472 or Westown CDC, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Safe sitters: Seven Hills Recreation Center will host a Safe Sitter session to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or baby-sitting. The class will be 9 am to 1:30 pm May 3 at the Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, Seven Hills.
Class fee is $50. Students should bring a brown-bag lunch. Payment and registration are required to enroll a child in the class. Face masks are required for both students and instructors.
For more information, call 216-983-1110 or email Rachel.Farinelli@UHhospitals.org.
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