Open Thread Wednesday 8/24/11

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What’s on your mind? Comment away and keep it on the road!

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  • BeeBop Search

    I called, it’s a big tabby with a white spot on its back. They are not sure if it’s a boy or girl but I could hear it meowing over the phone. The person lives around Verandah (sp?) Place. Not BeeBop.

  • Sad Neighbor

    Sorry Cathy…. I know how hard this is for you…. I was almost hesitant to post to you because I wasn’t sure if that was your cat. I thought I would give it a shot…. I’ll continue to search for you as well…need to work today and Friday otherwise I would join you in your search on Willow Place…

    I wish you the best of luck in finding your beloved pet.

  • Andrew Porter

    Worst case Irene scenario: hundreds of trees down, windows broken, some old buildings—especially 192 (194?) Columbia Heights, other old and vulnerable brownstones—collapsed. Wind tunnel effect around taller buildings in BH may pick up sidewalk sheds and other construction materials, and throw them down the street. Massive storm surge could wipe out Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is only 9 feet above mean high tide. Large parts of DUMBO could be under water—the new housing for the Carousel could be washed away, and many streets and low lying stores and homes inundated. Empire Stores, never in great shape, could collapse.

    Homer, this could be the most destructive thing to happen to BH in our lifetimes. And no, I don’t think I’m being overly pessimistic.

  • william

    National Grid Late Fees. Has anyone else had a problem like this one?

    I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, and on returning I received a National Grid bill for Sept showing no payment for August and a 1 1/2% late fee. I went to the bank and they said my check was cleared on 8/19. I am not sure when I mailed the check in, but it was mailed before I left on 8/09 from Brooklyn.

    I called NG’s customer service, and they said it takes 2-weeks for NG to process a check for deposit. The billing mail goes to Newark for processing and then the checks are returned to Brooklyn for bank depositing.

    It seems like a ridiculous payment processing procedure, which just adds to the probability of a customer getting hit with a late fee. If this wasn’t a monopoly, I would cancel my service.

    Has anyone else had an issue like this with National Grid? How did you handle it?

  • Mickey

    William: you can arrange for NG to automatically debit your checking account for your monthly bill on its due date at no extra charge to you. That would save you time, postage, and the potential for late fee assessments.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    Re: Catania
    I ordered food to take out over the weekend and the food was
    excellent – all of it. It is hard to impress me with Italian food but I was very impressed. The pasta bolognese was very good and the rice balls made with beef and peas were the best I ever had.
    I wish them well in the neighborhood.

  • David on Middagh

    Mickey’s right. Automatic bill payment is a good way to go. You can still receive mailed statements in time to question any unusual amount before the debiting.