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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, […]

The Accidental Writer: Shatter Point $0.99 Sale and $75 Giveaway!

The Accidental Writer: Shatter Point $0.99 Sale and $75 Giveaway!

Jeff Altabef’s Shatter Point is on sale until 12/12 for only $0.99. Pick up a copy of this spellbinding thriller today! Shatter Point has a 4.5 rating on Amazon with 43 Reviews. You can also enter the $75 giveaway at the end of this article by clicking on the link and increase your changes of […]

The Accidental Writer: Interview with J.W. Zulaf

The Accidental Writer: Interview with J.W. Zulaf

Interview with the talented and slightly dark but in a good way J.W. Zulauf I had the good fortune to interview the talented and busy author, J.W. Zulauf.  His first book, The Underground Princess, is an illustrated lower grade chapter book and was published on December 1st by Evolved Publishing. Like many of us, Zulauf has spent most […]

Dr. Jaime Black

Parenting Pep Talk: Small Ways You and Your Kids Can Help Animals

Many of us love animals. However, many of us are also unaware of the small choices we make each day that can impact our beloved animals. Here are six simple choices you and your family can make together to help animals and be an active part of the solution. Involve children’s schools. Many schools are […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Aiding and Abetting the Wine Bottle Genie

The holiday season is in full swing. Celebratory gatherings, family dinners, gift-giving all create a joyful, sharing environment that typically beckons us to splurge a bit – on others and on ourselves. A few more calories are consumed, a few more favorite stories are shared and a few more glasses of wine are (responsibly) imbibed. […]

Home Guru: Downsizing, Meet the Incredible Shrinking Man (and Woman)

Home Guru: Downsizing, Meet the Incredible Shrinking Man (and Woman)

By Bill Primavera Eventually most homeowners get to that stage in life when, after they’ve raised their families in a large home, full of stuff and memories, they find they have more space and more things than they need and decide it’s time to downsize. It’s finally happened to my wife Margaret and me. When […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Concept Behind Creating Wines for the Decades

There is an ongoing debate of whether wine should be consumed young or after a period of aging. I am a proponent of consuming wine as it is released by a winery. Much of the wine released by winemakers is released young, primarily to generate the cash flow that permits investment in next year’s vintage. […]

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 […]