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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Artisanal Importers Can Tantalize Our Discerning Palates

Having sought out new wines for several decades now, I’ve found that I prefer particular styles of wine and specific wine regions. This has certainly helped steer me in the right direction when I’m perusing the numerous offerings at my local wine shops. Certainly, the new round of wine apps, a number of which I […]

Home Guru: My Personal and Frightening Story of Living With Toxic Mold

Home Guru: My Personal and Frightening Story of Living With Toxic Mold

By Bill Primavera More than a dozen years ago, Ed McMahon, the famous pitch man and announcer for Johnny Carson, brought to the public’s attention the health problems that can result from living with toxic mold in the home. After a long legal battle, McMahon was awarded $7.2 million from several companies who were negligent […]

The Accidental Writer: Writing about Issues, without Writing about Issues!

The Accidental Writer: Writing about Issues, without Writing about Issues!

For the purposes of this column, I’m differentiating between issues and themes. Themes should develop organically in your manuscript and are timeless in nature. For example, a great theme might be self-identity in the face of peer pressure, or good versus evil, or the true meaning of love. Issues on the other hand are topical. […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: An Exercise in Matching Wine and Oscar Nominations

The 87th Academy Awards show airs this Sunday. This is my sixth year of presenting the Best Picture nominees and creating hypothetical pairings of wine with the top contenders. I’ve distilled my list to five of the eight nominees. “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” This dark comedy praises and mocks Hollywood and Broadway […]

Home Guru: Itching for My First ‘Project’ in Years, and Opting for Quick and Easy

Home Guru: Itching for My First ‘Project’ in Years, and Opting for Quick and Easy

By Bill Primavera When I was younger and forced by the lack of money to be a do-it-yourselfer around the house and in the garden, I dreamed of the day when I could employ others to do all that sweaty labor to maintain and upgrade everything that needed to be done. That day came a […]

Stone Barns Center Introduces Spring-Break Cooking Classes for Kids

Stone Barns Center Introduces Spring-Break Cooking Classes for Kids

The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills has expanded its annual educational activities with the introduction of Spring-Break Farm Camps for kindergartners to third-graders. The kids will participate in cooking, preparing and eating a snack based on what’s growing on the farm. They will harvest meal components and take home recipes. The […]

Reveling on Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras

Reveling on Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras

By Morris Gut – Don’t forget the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Goat, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 15th and of course Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17th. Here is an eclectic round-up of delectable dishes and dining venues for these food-centric celebrations. Be sure to check ahead for exact dates, times and pricing. Aberdeen Seafood & […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Let’s Lift One as We Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend

In the spirit of the upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend — and in my insatiable search to relate events around me to a wine-centricity – I contemplated this week’s column. Seeking references to any imbibing habits by our first and 16th leaders, I found the landscape highly polarized. George Washington brewed his own beer, of which […]

Home Guru: Getting Locked Out, Locked Up, and Locked In

Home Guru: Getting Locked Out, Locked Up, and Locked In

By Bill Primavera With my recent move, I learned that hanging on to keys and identifying which key is for which lock is important. I needed to call my local Locksmith-on-Wheels in Yorktown Heights, owned by Eugene and Carl Camia, to open two locked file cabinets with long lost keys. There was also an unexpected […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Navigating the App Stores for Digital Wine Experts

Have you recently encountered any of these situations? “Waiter, may I see the wine list?” Waiter: “Here you are sir/madam.” He or she hands you an iPad. The iPad, or other brand of tablet/phablet, is slowly gaining traction in restaurants and wine bars as a replacement for wine lists produced on paper. In many cases […]

Home Guru: Musings on Bathroom Oddities, Manners and Etiquette

Home Guru: Musings on Bathroom Oddities, Manners and Etiquette

By Bill Primavera The bathroom. While it may not be the room you spend the most time in, it’s probably the room you visit most times during the course of the day. If you’re in my age group, you may visit it more frequently than when you were younger. I’ve been thinking a lot about […]

Direct Rays: Saddle up Mahopac; Dog & Pony Show Coming to Town, Again

Direct Rays: Saddle up Mahopac; Dog & Pony Show Coming to Town, Again

Suspended Mahopac Hoops Player Hires Noted Civil Rights Attorney Well, I hope I’m not blowing this out of proportion, but it is my job to report the local sports and inject some opinion in this here section of the Examiner, so don’t go killing the messenger when Mahopac, and now neighboring Carmel, is front and […]

The Accidental Writer: Where Do Ideas Come From?

The Accidental Writer: Where Do Ideas Come From?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is where my ideas come from. Every time someone asks I cringe. Not because it’s a bad question but because I’m a little superstitious. I’m worried if I talk too much about the source of my inspiration, one day those ideas will dry up like a used […]

Taleggio - Shakiban’s Newest Endeavor

Taleggio – Shakiban’s Newest Endeavor

You may have eaten at one of the many dining establishments founded by Par Shakiban during his more than 40 years in the restaurant business. Eateries he launched include Patisserie Salzburg of Scarsdale and Rye, Brezza in Armonk, Eclisse Northern Italian in Port Chester, Eclisse of Stamford and Eclisse Mediterraneo Cucina and Laguna in White Plains. Now he is […]

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 […]