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Home Guru: Fall Chores in the Garden Can Be the Most Gratifying

Home Guru: Fall Chores in the Garden Can Be the Most Gratifying

By Bill Primavera – Autumn in the garden and yard can be the most gratifying time of year. Deciduous trees and perennials start to yawn, preparing for a long winter’s sleep, accompanied by that sweet smell that comes from plants releasing their chemistry and the crisp, clean sound of decaying leaves falling to the ground. It […]

Grapevine: What to Do in the Event of an Unfinished Bottle of Wine

Grapevine: What to Do in the Event of an Unfinished Bottle of Wine

“What can I do with an opened bottle of wine if I don’t finish it?” I was asked this question – again – the other day, so I decided to make it the topic of the week. We all have encountered this dilemma, although some less often than others. The good news is that you […]

Home Guru: A Lot More Value for a Little More Commute

Home Guru: A Lot More Value for a Little More Commute

By Bill Primavera Not everyone can afford homes costing in the millions located in some of our more affluent communities close to the city, but in this region, a small investment in commuting time – even 15 or 20 minutes – can make all the difference in affording a million-dollar lifestyle at less than half […]

Grapevine: Decisions, Decisions: Wine By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

Grapevine: Decisions, Decisions: Wine By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

“May I offer you a drink?” “Yes, I’d like a glass of (white, red, sparkling) wine.” This seemingly innocuous interchange with a waiter or bartender can be fraught with indecision, or worse, a hurried choice that yields a mediocre result. In today’s dining environment, we’ve gravitated to watching our wallets as much as our waistlines. […]

Home Guru:Tree Lover Tells When and if to Plant (and Gripes a Little)

Home Guru:Tree Lover Tells When and if to Plant (and Gripes a Little)

By Bill Primavera – This article might well be titled “The Joys and Agonies of Being a Tree Lover.” The subject of planting trees comes to me each year as we approach autumn because it’s the perfect time to plant deciduous and evergreen trees as they enter into dormancy. And, Lord knows, I have done my […]

Great Food Available at Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Great Food Available at Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst may be best known for its handcrafted wares that are on display from more than 300 artists and artisans. But if you attend the three-day fair starting Sept. 16, make sure to bring a healthy appetite. For the 32nd year, the show will be on the spacious 67-acre grounds of the […]

Home Guru: A Sampling of Musings From The Home Guru

Home Guru: A Sampling of Musings From The Home Guru

By Bill Primavera – This week I reprise some musings based on practical and absurd observations made from past columns. For an index of previously published articles, visit www.TheHomeGuru.com.About the common complaint of noise from neighbors. No man is an island, but there were a couple of occasions, especially when I lived in an apartment building […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Science of the Wine Glass Shape (It’s Not Just Aesthetics)

I just emptied the dishwasher this morning and started storing the wine glasses. I began to ponder, once again, the difference in the sizes and shapes of the glasses. Do the characteristics of a wine glass really matter? (After all, wine doesn’t spend enough time in a glass to warrant deep analysis.) The answer is […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Understanding Today’s Wine Bottle Through its History and Dynamics

Our family was over for dinner last week and we were enjoying one of my wife’s new chicken recipes and a bottle of Austrian Grüner Veltliner. My granddaughter noticed the wine bottle on the table and asked what was in the bottle. “Grape juice,” I replied. To which she responded: “But it’s not in a […]

Home Guru: The Good, Bad and Questionable Home Inspections Issues

Home Guru: The Good, Bad and Questionable Home Inspections Issues

By Bill Primavera It’s happened to many of us in the real estate business. The “engineering” or house inspection prior to a contract signing can kill the sale of a house. I remember the first time I heard the complaint of a realtor whose engineering resulted in a failed septic system and the bank refused […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Eat Your Vegetables and Drink Your Glass of Wine

This week’s wine focus is on health. You are all aware of the study done in France in the early ’90s that compared French and American diets and health. Even though both diets were high in fatty foods, the French were healthier and living longer. Since then, in study after study, it has been shown […]

Home Guru: When the Time Comes to Deal with “Difficult” Neighbors

Home Guru: When the Time Comes to Deal with “Difficult” Neighbors

  By Bill Primavera  No man is an island, nor would he or she wish to exist as one, but there were a couple of occasions, especially when I lived in an apartment building that was not well insulated for sound, when I wished I were. According to a survey by Trulia, 67 percent of […]

Home Guru: How Lucky We Are to Live Right Here!

Home Guru: How Lucky We Are to Live Right Here!

By Bill Primavera Just recently I had the pleasure of introducing the Hudson River Valley area to a couple who will be relocating here and what a pleasure it was to again remind myself of all the joys my family has enjoyed living here for many years. In real estate, when we talk about location, […]

Pigskin Dependence!  Football Junkies to Get Their Fix - 2016 Gridiron Preview Edition

Pigskin Dependence! Football Junkies to Get Their Fix – 2016 Gridiron Preview Edition

    The 2015 football season did not produce a single champion or even a championship-caliber outfit last fall, as the locals from the Northern Westchester/Putnam Examiner regions were shut out in their bids to be crowned or even compete for a championship. Still, we had some competitive clubs who are hoping that 2016 is […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: My Personal Guidelines for Drinking Responsibly and in Moderation

Summer is the season when we tend to party more, eat more and enjoy others’ company more than at any other time of year, with the likely exception of the year-end holidays. It is also the time of year when some of us consume more alcohol. In the interest of protecting you from the many […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Is There a Hangover Lurking in Your Physiology – or in Your Genes?

In social settings or at meals in which wine is consumed, do you begin to feel a bit woozy after two glasses and must switch to water at the risk of becoming inebriated? Do you envy others who “consume mass quantities” of alcohol with no or minor side effects? Is it fair that the next […]

The Restaurant Examiner: Lobster and Corn Fritters a Favorite Recipe of Café of Love Owner

The Restaurant Examiner: Lobster and Corn Fritters a Favorite Recipe of Café of Love Owner

No cuisine is off limits for Café of Love, which changes menus about every 10 weeks with dishes from around the globe. Owner Leslie Lampert has always been passionate about soup. Before opening Ladle of Love in Mount Kisco in 2003, she served her homemade soup to dinner guests, families of friends who were ill with cancer […]

The Home Guru: Tips to Follow to Protect Your Home While Away

The Home Guru: Tips to Follow to Protect Your Home While Away

By Bill Primavera – Just about everybody I know seems to be on vacation this month. Coincidentally, the Insurance Information Institute reported that the majority of home burglaries occur in July and August when many people are enjoying time off. Nine out of 10 home break-ins could be prevented if homeowners would take simple steps, the […]

Home Guru: Old Superstitions About Houses Continue to Live on Today

Home Guru: Old Superstitions About Houses Continue to Live on Today

By Bill Primavera In the early days of our nation, settlers brought to our shores many superstitions by which they lived their lives, many of which remain with us today. You don’t put much stock in superstitions nowadays, you say? Well, when was the last time you didn’t avoid passing under a ladder set up […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Why the Wines Abroad Taste Fresher Than Those Back Home

If you’ve traveled to Western Europe and enjoyed a particular wine along the way, you may have had an experience similar to one I’ve had several times. In our travels to Italy and France, my wife and I seek to immerse ourselves in local culture, lifestyle and cuisine. It seems whichever village you stop in […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Science of Winemaking, From the Laboratory to Your Home

I’ve been penning this column weekly for over eight years. I’ve written about the miracle of the transformation of grapes into wine, with all its attendant nuances and pitfalls. I’ve espoused the uniqueness of each wine based on its heritage and the vineyard environment in which it is cultivated. I’ve pontificated on the skill and […]

Home Guru: Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Working (or Playing) Outside

Home Guru: Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Working (or Playing) Outside

By Bill Primavera – Some years ago I wrote about a freak accident I experienced at my pool that was really dramatic. It led to my being more aware of taking precautions to avoid getting hurt when working or playing outside the home. Just this week, another incident prompted me to remind myself and readers of […]

Rich Get Richer as Espinoza-Hunter Returns to Ossining

Rich Get Richer as Espinoza-Hunter Returns to Ossining

So the rich just got a little richer last week when four-time reigning NYS Class AA girls’ basketball champion Ossining High discovered that hoops sensation Andra Espinoza-Hunter transferred back to Ossining after a three-year stint at the Blair Academy in New Jersey, a prestigious basketball powerhouse where she secured All-State selections in 2015 and 2016. […]

The Home Guru Column: Observations About the Most Essential of Household Fixtures

The Home Guru Column: Observations About the Most Essential of Household Fixtures

By Bill Primavera – Have you ever had the experience when someone recalls something you’ve said quite clearly while you’ve totally forgotten it? I was amused at a recent showing of a new condo when my client was disappointed to find that all three bathrooms featured round toilet bowls, rather than the elongated models. “They should […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Wines Along the Final Stages of the Tour de France

In my last two columns, readers have been immersed in my virtual tour of this year’s Tour de France. I’ve focused on the history of the Tour (103 years), the contestants (198 riders from 22 countries) and the route (21 stages over three weeks, covering 2,200 miles). The 12 million spectators along the course, and […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Tour de France and Wine Quaffing Are in Full Swing

In last week’s column, I presented a premise for celebrating this year’s Tour de France. Being a wine-themed column, and France being a wine-centric nation, it seemed logical to tie the two together. What better matchup than a highly competitive, professional sport and a fun, relaxing spectator sport? First the professional sport. The race began […]

The Home Guru: Joy and Labor of Water on Landlocked Property

The Home Guru: Joy and Labor of Water on Landlocked Property

By Bill Primavera – For those of us who are not lucky enough to have a home on a lake or pond or one with a river view, there are other ways to enjoy the soothing effects of water, even if we’re landlocked. It could be as simple as a classic fountain, which I’ve enjoyed for […]

Nick Antonaccio

Following the Wines Produced Along the Tour de France

The 2016 Tour de France is in full swing. The first two of the 21 stages began last weekend at Mont-Saint-Michel in northwest France (near Normandy) and will conclude at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on July 24. Although I am not an avid biker (my engagement is leisurely weekend bike riding on county […]

Home Guru: How to Select Flooring That’s Easier on the Body

Home Guru: How to Select Flooring That’s Easier on the Body

By Bill Primavera – Almost 30 years ago, my wife and I decided to install carpeting in the central hallway, staircase and second-floor landing of our home. We must have been feeling particularly flush at the time because we chose the best quality, deep-pile nylon carpeting we could find. Why nylon instead of wool? Because we […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Several Remedies for Getting Over the Summer Doldrums

Some of us celebrate hard, some hardly celebrate. Some of us wake up in the morning in an alcohol-induced fog; some of us wake up in our normal mental fog. As a public service, I’ve researched hangover remedies around the globe. I’ve found the familiar and the bizarre: some simple, others elaborate; some chemical, others […]