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cheese companyNew to the Old Brooklyn neighborhood is Old Brooklyn Cheese Company, owned by Michael Januska. The cheese shop opened only seven months ago. The shop has gained such popularity that Januska is making cheese and charcuterie boards for Cleveland Browns games!

Januska’s passion for cheese started when he worked in Covent Garden, London as a chef. On his breaks he would go to Neal’s Yard Dairy, a cheese shop right around the corner. “It was just fascinating, because I didn’t know how to make cheese,” he says. Januska now makes his own cheese right in the shop; 50 pounds of it once a week. The basement of his store includes an aging room, a production room, and a shipping and packaging room.

House-Made Cheese

Old Brooklyn Cheese Company sells over 100 different kinds of cheese, including ones they make on-site. The store always has two house-made cheeses at a time. They always carry Treadway Creek and Chupacabra. “Punk” is a rotating cheese, which replicates the taste of chorizo.

The Chupacabra cheese is made with Goldhorn Brewery’s Dead Man’s Curve IPA. Januska also uses that beer to make his Spicy IPA Mustard. He already sold over 20 cases of the mustard out of the shop.

Old Brooklyn

cheese companyThe Old Brooklyn Cheese Company embraces a new style of hospitality. “It’s not a grocery store, it’s a destination,” Januska explains. “Here I wanted people to feel welcomed, kind of like they’re going into someone’s home.”

He chose Old Brooklyn for his cheese shop for a variety of reasons. He knew the layout and demographics. Januska could also see the potential of investing in Old Brooklyn, especially with the handful of other businesses that opened around the area: Randy’s Pickles, Cleveland Kraut, Cleveland Jam, The Sausage Shoppe, and Cake Royale to name a few.

Januska is implementing new ideas for the cheese shop, such as adding panini pressed sandwiches, creating different cheese and charcuterie boards, and hosting more local events.

As for the Old Brooklyn Cheese Company, “It’s kind of limitless where we can take it,” Januska says.

4138 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109, (216)-860-4000

Meet Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, a psychiatrist and the founder of the Charak Center for Health and Wellness, with multiple office locations in northeast Ohio. He is a real Clevelander. When asked about Cleveland, he said, “I love Cleveland!” The four seasons, cultural diversity, and rich history are just a few of the reasons he loves the area.


Dr. Ranjan is also passionate about psychiatry. He became a psychiatrist for many reasons. While he was in his psychiatric rotation during medical school in India, he was deeply affected when he saw a famous mathematician who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He saw the impact of that not just on the individual himself, but also on the people around that person and beyond. He says, “I saw the need for a lot of research and new information in this field of psychiatry.” This led him to pursue the field as his career.

Charak Center

Dr. Ranjan now has the Charak Center for Health and Wellness, as well as a Charak Home Health Care, and Charak Clinical Research Center. He admits that owning his own practice was not initially his plan. Before opening the Charak Center, he ran another clinic. When he left, the family members of his patients approached him wanting to know his future plans. They asked, “Why don’t you open an office?” Dr. Ranjan opened his Cleveland office, and then four other locations came along organically, with people retiring or asking him to take over their practices.

Dr. Ranjan always had in mind that if he could create his own mental health system that it would include both an outpatient facility and a home health care facility. That way, patients could receive both types of services in a coordinated manner. Integrating psychiatric and medical care, “is extremely critical with the population that we treat,” he says. “Not only with the pyschiatric population, but other patients also.”

In addition to his current centers, Dr. Ranjan is also in the process of creating on-site labs and an on-site pharmacy. He wants his practice to be a one-stop shop for his patients. Dr. Ranjan added that what would really make him happy would be to start a wellness center, offering a range of services from yoga to providing supplements.

Dr. Ranjan explains that he has patients who inquire about social security disability benefits all the time. His center is able to provide his patients with case managers. The case managers help them with disability paperwork, and take them to a disability office. “I think we may be the most versatile mental health outfit in Ohio,”  he says. The center takes every insurance, treats all age groups and psychiatric conditions. The center also has its own home health care and research company. “We are capable of treating any type of patient in a coordinated manner, and provide a whole range of services that I think are really unmatched.”

Dr. Rakesh Ranjan: 12395 McCracken Rd., Suite A, Garfield Heights, OH 44125, (216)-587-6727


For many people, Social Security Disability (SSDI) is the difference between being able to make ends meet and being on the street with nothing to your name. When you are hurt or disabled and unable to work, it can be a scary thing to imagine a future with no certain income. Because of this, SSDI and other programs like it are a lifeline to those who have no ability to bring a steady income by themselves.

Money Come From for Social Security Disability

You’ve probably heard many politicians, pundits and news anchors talk about the problems with Social Security and funding over the years. While this problem hasn’t gone away, it doesn’t mean that Social Security or SSDI are going away anytime soon. That’s because there’s still a good amount of money coming in to help keep the system afloat, and new and creative ways are always being developed to help.

So, where does the money come from? In the case of SSDI, the money comes specifically from you, the taxpayer, in the form of a tax on your income. If you’re not sure where it comes from, just look at your next pay stub. You’re already aware that different amounts of money are taken out for different purposes, and one of these purposes is something called FICA. FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, and it is a mandatory contribution that you make to the federal government to help fund various programs, such as Social Security or Medicare.

A certain percentage of this money is used to help fund SSDI benefits. In 2017, 0.9% of the first $113,700 you make per year goes towards funding SSDI. In addition, your employee makes an equal contribution on your behalf into that fund. So, your work contribution is effectively doubled. Through this system, the federal government is effectively signing you and making you pay for an insurance program that you are able to access should you be disabled or injured at some point and unable to work.

Social Security does have another disability program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but because this disability program is intended for a different type of recipient, the money for this comes from other taxed sources.

If you are have questions about this, or would like to talk to someone about your specific disability issues, please contact us today.

In the age of social media that we live in, there is no such thing as privacy anymore. When something is posted online, there’s every chance that it’s being seen not only by your friends, but by random strangers as well who are looking at your post for one reason or another. Even when your profile is set to private, there are ways for that information to easily make it in front of other’s eyes.

Social Profile Hurt Social Security Disability Case

And of course, this public information can affect people’s lives. We’ve heard stories about how a thoughtless or ill-conceived post has cost people their relationships, students their scholarships and teachers their jobs. So, it’s not hard to imagine that the wrong post at the wrong time could hurt your disability case.

While it’s technically illegal for a disability examiner to make a determination based on what is found online, that doesn’t mean that this information doesn’t help to color your situation one way or the other in the examiner’s mind. If you’re applying for disability, but your posts are all about how you’re living an active lifestyle, then it’s going to be harder for the examiner to rule in your favor when it comes time to make a determination.

For this reason, among others, it’s always a good idea to make sure your accounts on whatever social media sites you use are all set to private. However, this is only the first layer of protection. Even with strict privacy settings in place, it’s easy for your information and your posts to get out if people want them to. Honestly, it’s not hard to download a photo or take a screenshot, and then at that point your privacy settings don’t really amount to much at all.

Keeping this in mind, another thing you should do before filing a disability case — really, something you should do regardless of your life situation 00 is clean up your social profile. Go through and see what posts you’ve made in the past and get rid of those that could be potentially damaging. Even posts before the onset of your injury or disability could be damaging to your case.

Moreover, it’s important to watch how you speak about the process. Even seemingly innocent-sounding posts, or posts made as a joke, could rub some examiner the wrong way and put your case in jeopardy.

A final thing to consider is this: if you are approved for disability benefits, your case will still come up for review from time to time. Even after approval, it’s important to keep an eye on what gets posted to your timelines and media pages.

If you have questions about this or anything else, please contact us today.

Ohio Special Education Update

School is officially back in session for the 2017 – 2018 school year! Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Education sent out an update for special education. There is a new publication for parents of children who receive special education services. The new 33-page piece of literature is titled, “A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education.” It is available in 11 languages, as well as braille. This guide replaces the former guide known as “Whose IDEA Is This?” Parents should not use the previous publication because it contains outdated information.

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In addition to the updated special education guide, the Ohio Department of Education also said that Ohio is one of 34 states receiving a 2017 determination of “Needs Assistance.” This is Ohio’s third year having this status. Ohio specifically needs assistance with implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which establishes educational requirements for children with disabilities from ages 3 to 21.

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) passed in 1975 “is a federal law that requires schools to serve the education needs of eligible students with disabilities.” The act states that schools are required to find and evaluate students who may have a disability. This does not cost anything for parents. The act also allows parents to have a voice in their child’s education.

IDEA covers 13 different categories of disabilities. These include:

• Autism
• Deaf-blindness
• Deafness
• Emotional disturbances
• Hearing impairments
• Intellectual disabilities
• Multiple disabilities
• Orthopedic impairments
• Other health impairments (such as ADHD)
• Specific learning disabilities (such as dyslexia)
• Speech or language impairments
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Visual impairments

Under IDEA, either the parent or the school can request an evaluation for a student to determine if they have a disability. If they are found to have a disability falling in one of the 13 categories, they are then set up with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a legal document detailing the services their school will provide to a student in order for them to achieve their educational goals.

Continue to stay up to date with any educational changes for Ohio by visiting the Ohio Department of Education’s website. In addition, if you or your child needs legal assistance with discrimination cases, contact our office. Call us at 216-282-1773 for a free consultation.

Many factors can go into determining whether someone is eligible for Social Security disability benefits. One such factor is the age of the applicant. The information below contains important details about how age affects disability benefits.

Factor in Social Security Disability Claims
How The Social Security Administration (SSA) Looks at Age

The SSA puts all disability applicants into an appropriate age bracket:
•  18-44 (Young)
•  45-49 (Younger)
•  50-54 (Approaching Advanced Age)
•  55-older (Advanced age)
•  60-65 (Approached Retirement)

Older Age Increases Your Chances of Acceptance
The older you are when you apply for disability benefits, the easier it will be to have your application accepted. The best categories to fall into are Approaching Advanced Age and Advanced Age. However, if you have not yet reached your 50th birthday, that does not mean your application will not be accepted. The SSA will look at the following factors at which you can before they make a final decision on your application:

•  The level at which you can perform work-related tasks
•  The skill required in your former positions
•  Your highest level of education

The Medical-Vocational Grid
The SSA puts your appropriate age group and the level at which you are able to work into a chart known as the Medical-Vocational Grid. They use this grid to help them determine your eligibility for benefits. The grid has specific “rules” that applicants must meet to be eligible for benefits. The grid also makes allowances for factors such as transferability of skills, previous work experience, and education.

Under Age 18
Special consideration is given to applicants who are 18 years old or younger. Applicants who fit into this age group normally do not have a long enough work history to qualify for benefits. So, the SSA will look for a clear indication that an applicant clearly suffers from a physical or mental impairment.

To learn more about how age affects your eligibility for social Security disability benefits, contact Liner Legal today. Our staff is here to help you get the benefits you deserve.

When you have a busy schedule, it can be hard to find the time to meet with all of the professionals who can get you back on track with your health and wellness goals. PMA Shows wants to help make this process easier for you by holding an event focused on health and wellness.

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Health and Wellness Show

PMA Shows is hosting a Health and Wellness Show for the community at Summit Mall on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Admission for the event is free, and the first 100 consumers to stop by the show’s tables will receive a free grab bag, which are also reusable totes.

Over 35 vendors will be at the event, including those focused on women’s health, chiropractors, and holistic experts. Individuals can stop by and talk with local professionals regarding their health, beauty, and physical fitness goals. Previous vendors that attended the Health and Wellness Show were:

  • Advanced Spine and Joint Wellness Center;
  • Brumbaugh Chiropractic LLC;
  • CNC; and
  • Sand Run Pharmacy

Tickets for the event are free, but people can register for the event on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-wellness-show-tickets-35674041017?aff=efbeventtix

The address of the event is 3265 West Market Street Fairlawn, Ohio 44333. This Health and Wellness Show is only a short drive from Akron and other neighboring cities. For more information contact PMA Shows at 216-233-6467 or visit their website at http://pmashows.com/site/health-wellness-show

Make sure to take a moment for yourself and stop by the Health and Wellness Show.

How Liner Legal Can Help

Additionally, if you or someone you know is in the Akron area and needs assistance with Social Security disability benefits, long-term disability, or Deaf advocacy don’t hesitate to contact our firm today. Call our office at 216-282-1773 for a free consultation Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Liner Legal, LLC handles cases in Akron, as well as Cleveland, Canton, Youngstown and Sandusky.