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Mahopac Hoop Player Suspended for Rest of Season

Mahopac Hoop Player Suspended for Rest of Season

What Happened to Innocent Until Proven Guilty? So the bigwigs who have been investigating the matter regarding a white Mahopac player’s alleged racial slur toward a black Carmel player on Jan. 7th turned out in force last Friday for the Indians’ 58-50 revenge win over the visiting Rams, complete with security units in place. I […]

Ernesto’s, White Plains to Mark 25th Anniversary

Ernesto’s, White Plains to Mark 25th Anniversary

By Morris Gut – Veteran restaurateur Ernesto Capalbo, founder of Ernesto’s Ristorante in White Plains, and co-host and general manager Charlie Gambino, have been nearing a milestone 25th Anniversary with a major enhancement and upgrade of the dining rooms and bar lounge, a fresh contemporized look that feels most comfortable to patrons. There is ample room […]

Home Guru: What's the Most Popular Home Project? Beats Me!

Home Guru: What’s the Most Popular Home Project? Beats Me!

By Bill Primavera In my many years as both a homeowner and homestyles journalist, I have observed that home repair and improvement projects tend to fall into three categories: the ones you need to do, the ones you want to do and the ones you do solely to increase the value of your home. The […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Analyzing This Year’s Super Bowl From a Culinary Perspective

Super Bowl Sunday brings together friends and family to indulge in the biggest junk food day of the year. Once a year we indulge guilt-free in those waist-widening, artery-clogging foods we try to fastidiously avoid all year. And what better way to wash down those calories and fat than with your favorite beverage. But what […]

NY Rangers Assist Initiative Helps Refurbish Playland Ice Casino

NY Rangers Assist Initiative Helps Refurbish Playland Ice Casino

Before the Madison Garden Training Facility opened in 2002, the New York Rangers would hold their practice sessions at the Playland Ice Rink, in Rye. The Rangers certainly did not forget where they came from; as for the past two years the Rangers supported by Chase Bank have worked to help refurbish the Playland Ice […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Tumultuous World of Consumers’ Wine Technology

Technology dominates our lives. For better or for worse we’ve become slaves to our smartphones and laptops. Many of us have panic attacks if we accidentally leave our electronic devices at home. But if we step back for a moment, we realize that this phenomenon is very recent. It wasn’t so long ago that we […]

Home Guru: Using Your Home Walls to Create an Art Gallery

Home Guru: Using Your Home Walls to Create an Art Gallery

By Bill Primavera As I recall the walls of my childhood home, a simple row house in Philadelphia, I see only the large obligatory parlor mirror over the sofa and one brightly colored watercolor of gladioli dated 1940 by my Aunt Helen, a self-taught artist, that I still display in an honored place. In college, […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: 8 Real Parenting Tips from Real Parents

When you ask parents for parenting advice, certain tips come up time and time again. It is useful to remind ourselves what works and what is important. Here are eight real parenting tips from real parents. Don’t compare your kids to others. They all learn at their own pace and in their own way. Of […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Never-ending Debate on the Health Aspects of Wine

“Red wine is healthy for you.” “All alcohol is bad for you. Even moderate consumption can be detrimental to your health.” These contradictory headlines blare out with increasing frequency. And each is backed by a scientific study or irrefutable pedigree. Which study to believe? We are bombarded with so many conflicting news reports we adaptively, […]

Home Guru: Wall-to-Wall is Trending Back, and its Grey, Grey, Grey

Home Guru: Wall-to-Wall is Trending Back, and its Grey, Grey, Grey

By Bill Primavera More than 25 years ago, my friend John Carr was the first person I knew who built his own home. He was also the first who taught me that installing hardwood floors cost pretty much the same as installing subflooring and wall-to-wall carpeting. Naturally, I thought, who would ever want carpeting when […]

The Accidental Writer: Get Rid of SOBs!

The Accidental Writer: Get Rid of SOBs!

What are SOBs? SOB stands for State Of Being Verbs. The most common types are: is, am, was, are, were, be, and been. From a writing perspective, they just lie there, taking up space without inspiring images or action. Whenever possible, replace them. And if you can’t replace them, spend time re-working sentences to eliminate […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: The 4 Worst Things to Say to a Suffering Loved One

In this month’s issue of Psychology Today, Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., author of The Friendship Fix, describes the worst things to say to a friend who is suffering. These platitudes, she says, may make matters worse even though the urge to use them may be strong. The same applies to when we are talking to our […]

Stepinac Record at 5-5 After Defeat by Hayesmen, 85-70

Stepinac Record at 5-5 After Defeat by Hayesmen, 85-70

The Stepinac High School Basketball Team record stands at 5-5 thus far this season, after losing to Cardinal Hayes High School 85-70, on Saturday. The game marked the return to the Stepinac hardwood of former Head Coach Tim Philp, who resigned after the 2012-13 season to tend to family issues. Philp, a 1995 graduate of […]

Pace Women’s Team Runs Past the Chargers in the Second Half

Pace Women’s Team Runs Past the Chargers in the Second Half

By Monica D’Ippolito- After being knotted up at halftime on Friday afternoon, the Pace University women’s basketball team stepped up defensively. The Setters held Dominican College to its lowest point total for a half this season and secured their fourth straight victory. “I think we did a nice job on defense today,” Pace junior forward […]

Late 3-Pointers Lift the Westchester Knicks to a Victory

Late 3-Pointers Lift the Westchester Knicks to a Victory

By Monica D’Ippolito –  The Westchester Knicks regrouped from a devastating last-second home loss last Friday by defeating the Iowa Energy 108-104 just 24 hours later at the Westchester County Center. “If we focus on what we do every day, I think we are one of the better clubs in the league,” Westchester coach Kevin […]

Local Hockey Teams Start the New Year With Mixed Results

Local Hockey Teams Start the New Year With Mixed Results

By Cutler Klein –  As winter vacation came to a close, all four local high school hockey teams hit the ice yet again. It was quite the wild weekend, with everything from double-digit wins to tight, intense contests. Here’s a look at how the Northern Westchester squads fared as 2015 got underway at the Brewster […]

Home Guru: Beauty of Cut Flowers as Part of Décor Lifts Spirits

Home Guru: Beauty of Cut Flowers as Part of Décor Lifts Spirits

By Bill Primavera Ever since our first year of marriage, there’s always been something special to my wife and me about adding fresh cut flowers to our home decorating scheme. To this day, mostly every week when I stop off at A&P to pick up my copy of The Examiner, I look for the special […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: A World-famous Restaurant is the Victim of Holiday Foul Play

My wife and I have been fortunate over the years to enjoy high-end travel destinations and the sophisticated restaurants that thrive nearby. Several of these destinations and restaurants have been in the wine regions of several countries, notably France, Italy and the United States. Whenever we see one of these destinations in the news, it […]

Business Class: Where to Hold Your Special Event in 2015

Business Class: Where to Hold Your Special Event in 2015

By Morrris Gut – It might be a wedding, special birthday or anniversary, or a functional space for a business meeting; we’re always on the lookout for venues to hold that special event and be well catered to. Here are a few suggestions in the Westchester area. Mulino’s at Lake Isle Ready for Booking. From the […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Beware the Russian Bear as it Flexes its Diminishing Might

There are many facets of wine, primarily self-contained within the expansive wine industry. From the agricultural component, to the technological, biological and marketing components, the wine industry, at least in the United States, tends not to cross the line into sociopolitical matters or governmental intervention and influence–not to any major extent (federal distribution regulations notwithstanding). […]

Home Guru: Predictions on the Real Estate Market and Trends for 2015

Home Guru: Predictions on the Real Estate Market and Trends for 2015

By Bill Primavera Each New Year’s I gaze into my crystal ball (I really have one, but let’s be real here) to predict what will happen in terms of real estate market conditions and trends for the year ahead. I do it quite jauntily for two reasons. For one thing, I cheat and look at […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Six New Parent No-No’s

The first few months of parenthood come with a whole host of new challenges, including severe sleep deprivation and constant adaptation to ever-changing circumstances. Many of these challenges simply come with the territory. According to Natalie Diaz, founder of Twinversity and author of What To Do When You’re Having Two, there are some mistakes common […]

Menu Movers & Shakers: Holiday Bites and Pieces

Menu Movers & Shakers: Holiday Bites and Pieces

By Morris Gut – The Holiday Season is here, so whether you’ve been naughty or nice it’s time to make plans with friends and family. If you are going out, here are some festive suggestions for every palate, each offering a good dose of Holiday cheer. Ernesto’s Gets Dressed Up for the Holidays. Genial hosts Ernesto […]

Home Guru: Keeping Christmas Traditions or Bust!

Home Guru: Keeping Christmas Traditions or Bust!

By Bill Primavera Christmas has always been an important holiday to my wife Margaret and me. Never did we think, that after so many years of being ensconced in the same house where year after year we decorated our tree in the same living room in the same corner with the same decorations, that we […]

The Accidental Writer: Blog Tours – What an Author Should Know

The Accidental Writer: Blog Tours – What an Author Should Know

Virtual blog tours are relatively new marketing devices for books that have recently become popular with authors. Here’s how they work. A publicity company finds book bloggers who are willing to host a tour. The tour usually lasts one to four weeks with the goal of having a different blogger post about the book each […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Options for Enjoying Today’s Ageable Wines

In the last three columns we’ve explored the numerous elements of consuming wine at its peak – the moment when it reaches the top of the Bell Curve and expresses its best characteristics. The columns focused on these categories: The majority of wines are best consumed when purchased; additional storing adds little to enhance most […]

Home Guru: If Today is Moving Day, Just Shoot Me Now

Home Guru: If Today is Moving Day, Just Shoot Me Now

By Bill Primavera After the death of a loved one and divorce, moving is the third greatest stress producer in life. Certainly by this age, I should be able to recognize diversionary tactics when applied to myself, but I failed completely on the morning that our movers were scheduled to arrive. There I was at […]

Woodlands Beats White Plains in Harry Jefferson Showcase

Woodlands Beats White Plains in Harry Jefferson Showcase

White Plains Head Coach Spencer Mayfield invited nine teams to compete in the 21st Annual Harry Jefferson Showcase, at White Plains High School, on Saturday, Dec. 13. The Tigers basketball program for the past 21 years has paid tribute to retired Assistant Principal Harry Jefferson, who was an educator, coach, mentor, as well as, spiritual […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Aging Wines for a Consumer’s Enjoyment

The aging of wine is a rather open-ended term lacking any specificity to a particular wine. Your concept of aging may be a matter of a few days – or hours. Mine may be several decades. While one consumer may not have the patience or ideal storage environment to age wine properly, another may invest […]

Home Guru: Why the Holidays Can Be the Best Time To Be a Homeowner

Home Guru: Why the Holidays Can Be the Best Time To Be a Homeowner

By Bill Primavera As a homeowner, that magic time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is my favorite time of year. Others may prefer spring when the garden is awakening and we may be spending most of our time outside, or mid or late summer when the flower and vegetable gardens are in full bloom, […]