Thousands of new cards because of Hannaford, Paterson says no more, libraries are popular places, dog story a fish story, Mangia closing

Local banks say they're in the process of replacing tens of thousands of debit and credit cards because of the Hannaford security breach. [Daily Gazette] (AOA item from yesterday about this)

David Paterson bristled yesterday when reporters continued to ask him about his private life. "I think that more than any elected official on this planet, and probably in outer space, I have discussed my personal situation over the last week," Paterson said. [AP/Troy Record]

Yet another Democrat has tossed his hat into the ring for the 21st Congressional District (McNulty's seat). This time it's Arthur Welser, a real estate broker from Latham. There are now eight candidates for that seat, six Democrats and two Republicans. [Daily Gazette] (AOA's Local Congressional Race Scorecard)

Local libraries report that circulation numbers are up and librarians attribute the higher volume to people seeking cheaper entertainment as the economy slows. [TU]

That story about the dog left in the trash seems like it might be garbage. But the dog is still actually up for adoption and people are lining up for her. [TU]

The leader of the Northway Church says attendance keeps rising and it might already be outgrowing its newly opened third location. The minister, Buddy Cremeans, is described as having "awesome administrative abilities and a clear plan for growth." [Daily Gazette] (AOA item about the church's direct mail)

The Mangia in Clifton Park has closed and its parent company is planning to close the Stuyvesant Plaza location, too. The company says it will knock down the Stuyvesant building in order to build a new restaurant based on a different theme. An executive attributes the Stuyvesant location's failure partly to the opening of the Cheesecake Factory. [Business Review]


That's a shame about the Mangia in Guilderland, they have a fish dish there that is served on a bed of vinegared arugula that would make you think you died and went to Heaven, and I love the lobster ravioli. The Cheesecake Factory definitely makes a superior quality cheesecake (though there are better to be found around here if you know where to look) but the menu is not very interesting. Maybe I'm just spoiled because I've been to enough places to know better, but it seems to me that Cheesecake Factory's menu is tailored to people who normally eat at Applebees or 99 and want to "step up" on special occasions (birthdays? Anniversaries? Payday? Tax refund check came in the mail day?)

No more Mangia?

But... but... they have the best wine, and damnit. That's the department hangout. I don't want to find a new, inexpensive, but relatively classy (and undergrad free) place to go!

The Cheesecake Factory is okay, I suppose, for several meals in one sitting, but their calorie count *frightens* me, and I feel like the giant plate of food method of eating encourages lesser quality of food over quantity, and I would much rather have a smaller quantity of greater quality.

Mangia .... Cheesecake Factory.

Oh, Feldman Mall Properties, what have you wrought? I mean other than Sephora. That was some pretty good wrighting.

Isn't there still a Mangia in Slingerlands?

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