Had I won Powerball, I wouldn't be blogging today but....
- I've said it before and I'll say it again, the South Side Rec Center is a great asset to our city and I will give Mayor Scott Johnson two thumbs up for his decisiveness and leadership on getting that place built on an underused park site. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of The Mayor, but he made the right call on the rec center.
- The You Idiot blog has become a great source for rumors, many of which turn out to be accurate. The latest rumors he is reporting on, and again these are just rumors and not confirmed, is that Virgil's House and Pizza Works, both on Henry Street, may be closing. He also is reporting an unnamed popular NYC eatery may be opening in the Bonacio Price Chopper building. He also showed a picture of a sign announcing the new beer garden on Broadway - which is news I believe he originally broke as well.
- I was out with a few friends last night at Cantina and the Franklin Micare duo was rocking the house. They had the place jumping and it was really an enjoyable show. It's good to be in a bar and not feel like you have to be 22 years old, and it's also good to see Franklin Micare still in town on Saturday nights now that the Grey Gelding is long gone.
Yours truly (in my scruffy phase) with my wife Margarita and Franklin Micare in 2009
- Bed and Breakfast update: The Batchellor Mansion Inn price has been lowered again, to $2.9 million, and the Westchester Inn is not only for sale, but also for rent at $3,500 a month. Hmmmmm.
- Congress Plaza could use a dollar store. It just seems right. Besides, what else is going to move in there anytime soon?
- In a post last month I noted The Saratogian had well-written editorials, but that there were too few of them. I encouraged our hometown daily to write more of these opinion pieces, suggesting a goal of two per week. The Saratogian acknowledged that post of mine in a tweet of their own, and since then there have been editorials written consistently every Sunday. Although short of my suggested two a week, these Sunday editorials have been comprehensive, well-written, and well researched on topics of high importance to Saratoga Springs. Today's editorial, about the numerous empty buildings on South Broadway, also had numerous pictures of the several vacated premises along one of the key our gateways to the city. The editorial was laudatory of the city's efforts in some respects, but encouraged the city officials to cooperate and communicate more - it noted there were two different plans that were seemingly created without inclusion of all officials. It's good to see The Saratogian as an advocate for a reasoned and apolitical approach in fixing some of the city's problems, and I look forward to a continued effort in that role.
- Although I somewhat agreed with the Saratogian's point (above) regarding the need for cooperation and communication, I nonetheless applaud Supervisor Matt Veitch and City Council Member John Franck for trying to take some action on South Broadway. I appreciate their initiative and effort; let's hope they can make some headway on this.
- And I'll finish up with a roundup of links with updates on various Saratoga businesses and organizations: Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Olive Oil, Longfellows and Olde Bryan Inn, Saratoga Arts, Maestros, Sloppy kisses, DZ Restaurants, and Saratoga P.L.A.N. Ok folks that's it for now. Have a great week.