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Giant Eagle Values Michael Newman for His Work Abilities

SALEM — Step into the frozen food aisle at Salem’s Giant Eagle supermarket and you’ve entered Michael’s domain.

Ice cream, he’s got it. Frozen dinners, no problem. Frozen waffles, down this aisle on the left.

At age 41, Michael Newman seems finally to have found a job where he is valued for his abilities, not devalued for his disabilities, nor taken advantage of because he wants so much to have a job.

“Mike started with us 18 months ago,” said store owner Mark Siegel. “We originally had him bagging up front, but I had an employment need in frozen foods. We decided to give Mike a shot and he took right to it.” (continues)