BofA: Activate new debit cards by Wednesday

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Bank of America customers who haven't already activated their new debit/ATM cards may have trouble making purchases on their old ones.

As of Wednesday, the bank's former "legacy" cards no longer work, the company said. The disabling of the old cards is a final piece in the company's months-long system conversion.

Since August, Bank of America has been spreading the word about its changes and enhancements. In October and November it mailed out new debit/ATM cards that enable its customers to link up to 15 accounts on one card.

Media relations employee Betty Riess said the company has reached out via email, mail and phone calls to remind customers that their old cards would be disabled. "As with any large-scale system conversion, we have a very small percentage of customers who have not activated their new cards," she explained via email. She said Bank of America has tried to remind folks to start using their new cards, which can be activated using their PIN at any ATM, with a purchase on the new card with their current PIN, or by calling the number on the front of the card.

Customers who have not activated their new cards and have an issue can resolve it by getting a temporary card at a Bank of America branch.

Bank of America's system upgrade has introduced numerous enhancements. They include: the full suite of the bank's products wherever they choose to bank; expanded online banking, text and mobile banking with email alerts, paperless statements and eBills; more flexible debit and ATM cards; enhanced account statements; improved telephone banking access and a new Asian-language interactive voice response service; and more ATM services including improved mini-statements.

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The owners of gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario are bringing back a favorite this month.

On Jan. 26, the downtown shop will celebrate the return of the business's "Gustiamo" events, which have been on a hiatus for some time. A little background: "gustiamo" translated means "let's taste together." The concept for the events is centered around exploring food and drinks with friends.

The first such tasting of 2012 has been dubbed "Blues and Brews," according to an announcement from Salumiere owners Damon and Colby Burke on Wednesday. The two-hour event at the shop, 20 N. Second Ave., will feature stouts and porters -- "winter warmers" -- alongside blue cheeses. The small-production, craft beers will come from all corners of the globe.

The event is limited to 30 people. The cost is $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door. To reserve a space for the 7 p.m. Gustiamo tasting, visit the shop or call 529-5620.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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