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Why You Need to Check Out The City Diner

In the Neighborhood: The City Diner

Throwing pierogies on the stove, building a triple decker sandwich, grabbing fries out of the oil and checking on a perfect looking burger all at once takes some serious multitasking. However, Edward Michalski, owner of The City Diner makes it look easy. It’s a testiment to his 22 years in the hospitality business and his experience as an executive chef.

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Two-and-a-half years ago Michalski drove by the the vacant former Expressway Diner. He fell in love with the structure and knew the community really well since his wife and family members were from the Old Brooklyn area. He wanted to create “a place to sit down and have a meal and share some family time,” he says. “The concept could have gone anywhere, but it needed to be here because of the people.” Michalski’s favorite part of Old Brooklyn is the community and its culture.

As owner of The City Diner, Michalski gets to experience two great parts of the job. On one hand, he gets to create memorable guest experiences. “Every time people come here, they either remember the old place or they’re blown away by the new place that it is now,” he says. Secondly, he’s a leader of a staff of over 20 people. He’s a firm advocate and leader of people.

What should you order?

The diner only opened three months ago, but business has already taken off. The menu consists of Americana classic cuisine. Michalski would recommend anything on the menu, but listed a few of his personal favorites. You have to try the hand cut 12 oz. ribeye, the short rib arugla burger with hollandaise sauce, the corned beef sizzler, and the Reuben. “I don’t think you can leave The City Diner without having a Reuben,” he says.

Michalski ends with a final thought: “Great food, great city.”   5109 Memphis Ave. Cleveland, OH 44144, (216)-400-7529

mark mehleDr. Mark Mehle, M.D.

Disabilities are not one size fits all. Similarly, not every disability is visible. These are called invisible disabilities, and hearing loss fits in this category. “Hearing loss is very real, but it’s not something you see”, says Dr. Mark Mehle, an ENT-otolaryngologist in Cleveland, Ohio. (ENT stands for ear, nose, throat). Dr. Mehle handles cases of patients with ear, sinus and thyroid issues, or who need head and neck surgery.

Dr. Mehle handles cases of patients with have ear, sinus and thyroid issues, or need head and neck surgery.

Dr. Mehle traveled with Liner Legal in September to Arizona to teach disability lawyers from around the country how to interpret a hearing test (an audiogram) and how to use that interpretation in disability claims.  “Audiograms are very specialized and can be difficult to read until you learn how,” says Dr. Mehle. “Once you learn how to read a hearing test, then interpreting that test becomes easy and knowing the level of disability becomes a lot more straightforward.”

Otolaryngology was a field that attracted Dr. Mehle because it’s one of the few medical and surgical combined specialties. It’s a field where Dr. Mehle is able to find and fix problems for people. “The rewards are little and repeated,” he says. “It’s making that little difference or that rare big difference in somebody’s life that will allow them to get back to normal functioning.”

Advice for People Experiencing Hearing Loss

For those experiencing hearing loss, Dr. Mehle offers a valuable piece of advice. “Make sure your physician and your lawyers know you have hearing loss,” he says. “If you don’t mention it, people don’t know about it.” He explains that they can treat most forms of hearing loss, via surgery or hearing aids. Very rarely does he meet a patient with a level of hearing loss that he can’t help.

“There is a crossover where law firms and doctors are 100% in agreement, where we want to do what’s right for a patient,” says Dr. Mehle. “A disabled patient should have support.”

15299 Bagley Rd. #300, Cleveland, OH, 44130, (440)-234-5150

Community Spotlight: Youth Challenge

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Attorney Andrew November, as well as Laura Gold, an Advocacy & Disability Rights Coordinator, presented to Youth Challenge (YC) about their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on October 4. YC is an organization that provides sporting, artistic, and recreational opportunities to children and young adults who have physical disabilities.

“Andrew and Laura vividly captured the essence of the ADA as a Civil Rights movement. The young people from YC who were in attendance grasped the basic titles of the law and now have a better understanding of their rights and where to find resources going forward,” said Chris Garr, Director of Program Services for Youth Challenge.

Youth Challenge serves about 200 children and young adults with physical disabilities annually. In addition, there are over 500 teen volunteers and 400 programs each year. Garr says how having the opportunity to empower youth is one of the most rewarding aspects of  his involvement with the organization.

Youth Challenge is also an active member of ADA Cleveland. A part of their mission is to educate participants and volunteers on the importance of advocacy; as well as a responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of the ADA.

Contact Chris Garr at 440-892-1001 ext. 20 and cgarr@youthchallengesports.com for participation involvement; in addition, contact Sarah Perez-Stable at sperez-stable@youthchallengesports.com for volunteer opportunities.

800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, (440)-892-1001