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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Home Guru: Many Options to Compare When Looking for House Siding

Home Guru: Many Options to Compare When Looking for House Siding

By Bill Primavera – When the opportunity comes to choose the “skin” of a house – the siding – whether for new construction or re-surfacing, you might think that the main factor would be personal preference for its look. But there are other important matters to consider, namely its cost, energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and […]

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Grapevine: A Bounty of Historic Wine and Farm Produce in Our Backyard

The history and culture of the Hudson Valley is one of the most storied in our nation’s 240-year history of independence. Through the late 19th century, it was a center of agriculture and industry, as well as a magnet for artists and naturists. Then the industrial age and mass communications relegated it to increasing obscurity […]

Home Guru: It’s Again Time to Dust Off the Subject of Household Dust

Home Guru: It’s Again Time to Dust Off the Subject of Household Dust

By Bill Primavera Have you ever heard of a dust fetish? I reluctantly admit to at least a keen interest in the subject, having alluded to it a couple of times in my column musings. Recently I learned about a new study conducted by a group of scientists who had collected dust samples from 1,200 […]

Grapevine: The Consequences of Technology in Society and the Wine Industry

Grapevine: The Consequences of Technology in Society and the Wine Industry

It’s becoming palpable. Not a day goes by that I don’t witness the marvels of evolving technologies and their influence on business, productivity and society. Nary a day goes by that I wonder about the future influence of technologies. But until recently, I hadn’t taken a step back from the ever-changing landscape of technology’s impact […]

Home Guru: The Lighter Side of Victorian: Wicker Furniture

Home Guru: The Lighter Side of Victorian: Wicker Furniture

By Bill Primavera When my wife and I owned an antiques shop early in our marriage, there was a revival of interest in the Victorian style of décor, and I can’t say that we were enthusiastic about it. This style from the second half of the 19th century was known for plush, heavily upholstered furniture […]

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Grapevine: The Conflicted World of Collecting High-end and Rare Objects

We live in a society that knows no bounds in taste for revered objects. And there are those who have an insatiable craving to own the precious objects that reflect a refined palate, or a self-indulgent, self-aggrandizement. In many cases, the desire to own highly regarded objects goes unrequited for lack of financial wherewithal. For […]

Home Guru:  Enjoying the Benefits of Occasionally Unplugging at Home

Home Guru: Enjoying the Benefits of Occasionally Unplugging at Home

By Bill Primavera When it comes to technology, I may not be cutting edge, but I try my very best to adapt to what’s new as quickly as I can. What choice does one have in today’s business world, or social whirl, for that matter? From the first cube-like Macintosh in my home office to […]

Home Guru: How Homeowners Feel About (or Fear) Maintenance Needs

Home Guru: How Homeowners Feel About (or Fear) Maintenance Needs

By Bill Primavera  According to a survey just released by ServiceMaster, it is reported that a whopping 92 percent of homeowners feel unprepared to address home maintenance needs. How could that be, I wondered? With all the DIY resources we have on television and online, and especially if we’re young homeowners, surely we feel more […]

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Grapevine: Living Vicariously through the Cellar of a Wealthy Collector

We read with envy the numerous accounts of rare, high-end wines sold in the marketplace. Collectors enter into bidding frenzies to acquire wines from highly rated wineries and highly rated vintages. However, for most of us 99 percenters, after we read of these wines changing hands amongst a few rich collectors, we never hear of […]

The Home Guru: State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

The Home Guru: State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

By Bill Primavera – If you find that you have mold in your home and want it removed, you may be in for a surprise by the set of procedures now required to comply with a new law enacted in January by New York State to regulate its remediation. According to two suppliers in the field […]