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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: To Breathe or Not to Breathe

Most wines on retail shelves should be drunk young; by that I mean as soon as you open the bottle. The reason: oxidation is as inevitable as climate change – whether or not we accept the scientific premise of each. Think of what happens to a sliced apple when exposed to air. Shelf–or countertop–life is […]

Home Guru: Caulk Now to Keep the Drafts Away this Winter

Home Guru: Caulk Now to Keep the Drafts Away this Winter

By Bill Primavera Isn’t it funny how we each perceive situations differently depending on our circumstances? One of the ways I ease out from a hectic schedule is to watch classic movies on TCM or view reruns of only a very few favorite television series on Netflix. My absolute favorite is “Breaking Bad.” Remember the […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: A Vicarious Tour Through the Hills of Piedmont

There are certain producers that I’ve come to admire over the years that I’ve been consuming wines. What started out as a long list has been whittled down to a rather select few. Most of them are French (Burgundy and Bordeaux) and Italian (predominantly from Piedmont and Tuscany). Although the group is rather small, there […]

Home Guru: Reminisces About the Past Dozen Years

Home Guru: Reminisces About the Past Dozen Years

By Bill Primavera Welcome to the 300th article written by The Home Guru for The Examiner over a six-year period. Actually, the Guru gestated more than a dozen years ago for another publication as a way to promote the start-up business of a fledgling real estate agent. It was the tragedy of 9/11 that prompted […]

Fantasy Bulldog Bullish on Brooklyn

Fantasy Bulldog Bullish on Brooklyn

Here is an optimistic analysis of why the Brooklyn Nets will finish among the top 2 teams in the Eastern Conference and potentially win an NBA championship during this 2014-15 NBA season. Most of the “experts” have the same old conservative view on this team and predict they will finish somewhere between the 5-seed and […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Don’t Get Buried By Your Baby Registry

Many aspects of becoming a new parent are overwhelming. Lifestyles change, careers may be put on hold, and things like house cleanliness and personal appearance might temporarily take a back seat. Deciding what your baby (or babies) will need and budgeting to buy it all can also be extremely stressful. Babies need a lot of […]

The Accidental Writer: Book Reviews - What You Can Learn From Them!

The Accidental Writer: Book Reviews – What You Can Learn From Them!

My first rule regarding reviews—every one is valid. Each one represents a reader’s feelings about a book and therefore is legitimate and important and should be examined in that light. Yes, even bad reviews are valid, and smart authors will comb through the bad and good to get feedback about how effective their writing truly is.  […]

Drossman’s Overtime Goal Lifts the Bobcats to Title

Drossman’s Overtime Goal Lifts the Bobcats to Title

By A.J. Martelli The Byram Hills boys’ soccer team was seeking its first Class A title since 2010 on Sunday night at Arlington High School after rebounding from a disappointing 5-5 midseason record and going on a big winning streak. The No. 4 Bobcats and No. 11 Yorktown Huskers each took turns grabbing a one-goal […]

Home Guru: When Your Leaves Start Falling, Don’t Bag ‘Em, Shred ‘Em!

Home Guru: When Your Leaves Start Falling, Don’t Bag ‘Em, Shred ‘Em!

By Bill Primavera Around this time of year, I start to see large paper bags filled with leaves parked by the roadside. I usually say to myself, what a waste! I just can’t understand why anyone would part with this rich resource in the life cycle of plant life. I love fallen leaves of red, […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Why Time Changes Get You Down And What To Do About It

It’s time to turn back our clocks. Starting Sunday, Nov. 2, daylight will end before 5 p.m., leaving some of us feeling tired well before our days are actually over. Losing daylight affects us all differently. For some it is no big deal – sleep/wake cycles may easily adjust to a one-hour change. Other people […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: What’s Behind the Label on a Bottle of Wine?

When shopping for the produce and/or meats necessary to prepare an at-home meal, consumers are increasingly aware of the nutritional and health values of unprocessed ingredients. Many products contain nutrition and ingredient information on government-mandated food labels. But what of the produce and meats in supermarkets? Current regulations are not always effective in food labelling. […]

Home Guru: Retirees Scaling Back and Moving On

Home Guru: Retirees Scaling Back and Moving On

By Bill Primavera Like many people at my stage of life, I’m planning projects for not just one house but for two, as I prepare to move from an oversized house to a brand new smaller one, a beautiful new condo with many nice amenities. I’m organizing what needs to be done with my current […]

Grapevine: With the Best Intention and in the Interest of Full Disclosure

Grapevine: With the Best Intention and in the Interest of Full Disclosure

Drinking responsibly can be a daunting task. The vernacular meaning tends to focus on the level of alcohol consumption. I view this well-worn phrase as a reminder, a self-directive, if you will, to be mindful of not only the alcohol I ingest, but also of the type and level of the other components in the […]

The Accidental Writer: Does Size Matter?

The Accidental Writer: Does Size Matter?

Unfortunately, I think it does. Different genres have general length guidelines professionals in the industry pay attention to. I don’t think they function as set rules, but more like rules of thumb. Still, for a new author, violation of a rule of thumb probably lands his or her query at the bottom of a long […]

Home Guru: Be Glad That Real Estate isn’t as Sexy Anymore

Home Guru: Be Glad That Real Estate isn’t as Sexy Anymore

By Bill Primavera Real estate isn’t as sexy as it once was, and it probably won’t be for a long time to come, according to the pros. Why would I relate real estate to sex, you might ask? Well, you know the game of association, right? I’ve been thinking about Donald Trump lately, someone who’s […]

Restaurant Examiner: Winston Restaurant, New American Cuisine With a Rooftop Lounge

Restaurant Examiner: Winston Restaurant, New American Cuisine With a Rooftop Lounge

Winston Restaurant, an American fare eatery with bold architectural features, service on three levels, 81 table seats and a view of Mount Kisco’s horizon from a rooftop lounge opened last Friday in the village’s downtown. The restaurant’s interior look is impressive—steel, brick and wood detailing an atrium skylight, portraits of Winston, executive chef Michael Williams’ pit bull for which the restaurant is […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: My Moderate Consumption Your Excess? Or Not?

Recently, I’ve been reporting on the negative effects of alcohol consumption, specifically in two areas: alcohol levels and calorie count. I focused on the gradients of alcohol levels as controlled by nature and by winemakers. My suggestion: seek out lower alcohol wines – and consume in moderation. For calorie content, I focused on the dietary […]

Home Guru: Fixtures, Getting Weird About What Stays and What Goes

Home Guru: Fixtures, Getting Weird About What Stays and What Goes

By Bill Primavera Buyers and sellers who seem perfectly nice and normal throughout the sales transaction can suddenly lose their cool when the seller asks at the last minute that a modest chandelier over a kitchen table be excluded among the fixtures included in the sale. “Oh no, you don’t,” the buyer might say, “it […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: A Quick Guide to Baby Sleep Training Methods

New parents have lots of decisions to make about how to raise their children, and with so much advice out there it can be tough to know what is right. Finding the right way to help your baby to sleep is one of those tough decisions. Should he cry it out? Should she be comforted […]

Home Guru: What if We Don’t Like What Neighbors Put on Their Properties?

Home Guru: What if We Don’t Like What Neighbors Put on Their Properties?

By Bill Primavera When I had the great pleasure of taking on this gig as The Home Guru, I suggested to the publisher that I make my columns personal in approach. After all, a column devoted to real estate and home maintenance could be quite dry and, honestly, unless we’re all HGTV addicts, exploring such […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Beware Alcohol in Wine – Do Calories Logically Follow?

Over the past seven years of penning this column, I’ve touched on many aspects in the vast compendium of wine topics. Always seeking to present an objective focus, I’ve rarely veered into expressing my opinions. With one notable exception: the health benefits of wine consumed in moderation. I’m a proponent of the camp that promotes […]

Parenting Pep Talk: Balancing Academics and Extracurriculars

Parenting Pep Talk: Balancing Academics and Extracurriculars

Finding a balance between academics and extracurricular activities is challenging, but it is key to helping children succeed in school and beyond. There is a lot of pressure out there, not only to get good grades but also to be involved in sports, art, school politics, or all of the above. Academics and extracurriculars are […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Drinking By the Numbers

“In moderation, red wine has healthful compounds that provide valuable antioxidants that ward off many of the significant health diseases of our time.” “We saw a link between a reduced consumption of alcohol and improved cardiovascular health, regardless of whether the individual was a light, moderate or heavy drinker.” In last week’s column, I reported […]

Home Guru: When Homes Came in a Big Box From Sears, Ready to Assemble

Home Guru: When Homes Came in a Big Box From Sears, Ready to Assemble

By Bill Primavera When I received a call from a 92-year-old gentlemen telling me that he had read every one of my articles since I started writing as The Home Guru, I was quite flattered. And, when he told me that he wouldn’t consider having anyone else sell the house that he had lived in […]

The Accidental Writer: Book Blurbs – Can’t live with them, can’t live without them!

The Accidental Writer: Book Blurbs – Can’t live with them, can’t live without them!

A book blurb or the back cover of your book is a difficult thing to write. Publishers used to retain professionals who just wrote book jackets. Now, most publishers look to authors to write their own blurbs. It’s tough to describe a book that you’ve probably lived with for a year or more in a […]

Bill Primavera

Home Guru: A Herald of Angels Behind Housing ‘Freedom’ for the Disabled

By Bill Primavera My friend Dave Goldberg, the plumbing and heating supplier in upper Westchester who retired from his own business, called me last week to tell me that he had joined the board of Freedom Gardens in Mohegan Lake and asked if I might visit. He didn’t have to tell me what it was […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: If Wine Doesn’t Benefit You It May Just Kill You

In previous columns I’ve been an advocate for the moderate consumption of wine. I’ve presented the benefits and rarely focused on the negative aspects. (Isn’t there always a counterargument these days concerning the benefits or detriments of any form of food or beverage?) Well, here it is: the negative argument for imbibing wine–or any other […]

Home Guru: Living 'Over the Store'

Home Guru: Living ‘Over the Store’

By Bill Primavera Would you believe that 52 percent of American companies operate as home businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration? My wife and I have been in that category almost from the day we were married and perhaps, at least on my side of the family, it was ordained. I was fascinated […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Counterfeit Italian Wine is Thwarted

It happens at every social and economic level. Be it our ego, avarice or quest for a great deal, we can find ourselves attempting to acquire an object simply for the joy of ownership. Over centuries, many opportunistic individuals have taken advantage of our weakness, attempting to capitalize on it for their personal gain. Wine […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Rethinking College Students’ Mental Health

Recent advances in education and treatment have made college more accessible to students with ADHD, autism, anxiety and depressive disorders, and other conditions that can make school challenging. This upward shift in enrollment is encouraging and should mean that many capable minds will have a chance at success in college. It also means that the […]