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Holy Cross High School Walk-A-Thon 2012 – Friday, October 12, 2012

It’s that time of year again!

Judy Markowitz and the Energized Realty Group will team up with Holy Cross High School for their 15th Annual Walk-A-Thon.

Students will rally together to raise their goal of $85,000 on October 12th.  The money raised at this event will be used to fund a 55 Passenger Bus for Athletic and Academic Functions.  If you wish to donate, please click on the link.

https://holycrosshs.site-ym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=1652.

 

 

Easy and Festive Fall Harvest Decorating

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Get into the Autumn spirit!  We did the searching for you and found great innovative and easy ways to decorate you home for the fall. Enjoy!

Letter Perfect Leaves

Mark your front door with a leafy monogram. Paint a papier-mache letter and let dry. Hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Shape a piece of wire into a hanging loop, and hot-glue it to the back of the letter.

 

Pumpkins & Candles

Transform miniature pumpkins into beautiful candle holders, perfect for the autumn season. Drill or cut out a hole in the top of the pumpkin the same size as a candle’s tapered base. Hot-glue miniature pinecones, berries, and dried moss around the hole. Insert a candle and light it to add a little glow to your harvest nights.

 

Curb Appeal

Lush potted mums add color to this front stoop, as do paper lanterns hung from the portico. White pumpkins add contrast and a harvest wreath defines the solid wood door.

Harvest Corn

Tie a grouping of Indian corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door. Display jars filled with dried corn and seeds behind glass-front cabinet doors.

 

 

Autumn Planters

When cold weather arrives, gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and small pumpkins can fill the planters that once overflowed with flowering annuals; tuck some colorful leaves into any gaps. There’s no better way to capture the spirit of the fall harvest season.

 

Fall Foliage Wreath

Long after the last leaves on the lawn have been raked away, this autumnal wreath will hold on to its crispness and color.

Cut from kraft paper, the faux foliage is accented with additional leaves cut from shimmering metallic paper.

The decoration can be hung year after year. When the season changes, store the wreath in a covered cardboard box until next year.

Tools and Materials
Kraft paper, from hardware or art-supply stores

Similar shimmering metallic paper in Gold (P_L32222) and Antique Gold (P_L32227), $13.50 per 50 sheets, from Paper Presentation

Wreath form, 20-inch double-rail wreath ring (DRWR20), $2.95, from mainewreathco.com

Brown satin bow

Stapler

Scissors

Paper Wreath How-To
1. Cut several long, 1 1/2-inch-wide strips of kraft paper. Wrap around a wreath form (ours was 20 inches in diameter) to cover; staple.

2. Cut several 5-by-10-inch rectangles from kraft paper; fold accordion-style. Cut out multiple leaves.

3. Cut more 2 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch rectangles from metallic papers; fold on the diagonal, at a slight curve.

4. Cut out single leaves; gently pinch to create a curved shape. Staple all leaves to wreath form, overlapping. Embellish with a brown satin bow.

Pinecone Lamp Finial

Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn’t already have a basic finial — the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp’s harp — you can buy one at the hardware store.

  1. Lamp Finial How-To
    1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface.2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial. 

Neo Trattoria 15-01 149 Street in Whitestone

 

On the last night of my dear brother’s stay here in the US, he craved great Italian food. So Gary and I took him to NEO Trattoria and Wine Bar. I had never been but Gary had dined there once. All I can say is that the food was the best I had eaten EVER in the Whitestone area. Service lovely. Inviting room which by the way, the owner, Antoinette, proudly exclaimed is kid-friendly, and the food…well the food was amazing!

 

I had something very unique and delicious; an artichoke and pistachio swarm sautéed over mâché which is a lovely light green salad with parmigiano reggiano cheese and a lemon wine sauce. I just loved it. It was like a delicious pasta without the carbs. Have it, period. My brother had a gorgeous rich but not heavy fettucine(homemade) bolognese. Gary loved his fettucine with a creamy prosciutto sauce.

 

If you like Italian cheesecake, order this for dessert. It was worth the calories! But if not, no prob, you will be served complimentary biscotti, just like you will be served a complimentary amuse bouch at the start of your meal.

 

I really felt like I had missed something by not going to NEO sooner. But now that I have, I probably will be there a lot, and at other Italian restaurants not do much.

 

Thank you to my adorable and gracious waiter, I don’t  know your name, and to Antoinette who  loves to serve and will give you and your date, or you and your family and guests a very warm welcome. Tell then Judy sent you. They may not remember me, but if they do, they will know that you expect the best, in any case, if you love great food, you will absolutely get it. It gets my energized X5 rating!!

 

Home prices up for fifth straight month – NBC News Economy Watch

 

Home prices up for fifth straight month.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

A “for sale” sign is seen outside a home in New York in this June 19, 2012 file photo. U.S. home prices have risen for the fifth straight month, according to a new survey.

By Reuters

Home prices rose more than expected in June, the fifth month in a row of gains in a fresh sign of improvement in the housing market, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.

The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 0.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping economists’ forecasts for 0.5 percent, according to a Reuters poll.

On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, prices were even stronger, up 2.3 percent.

“We seem to be witnessing exactly what we needed for a sustained recovery; monthly increases coupled with improving annual rates of change,” David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s, said in a statement.

“The market may have finally turned around.”

Prices in the 20 cities rose 0.5 percent compared to the year before. Atlanta fared the worst, tumbling 12.1 percent from a year ago. Phoenix continued to bounce back from poor conditions and was up nearly 14 percent.

Although prices in June likely got a boost from the traditionally strong summer buying season, the gains on both a monthly and yearly basis boded well for the housing market, said Blitzer.

The report affirmed “that the overall market is healing, albeit at a frustratingly slow pace,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow.

Humphries said he expects to see prices weaken in the latter half of the year, though the period of sustained declines are likely in the past.

For the second quarter, seasonally adjusted national prices jumped 2.2 percent compared to the 1.4 percent gain that was seen in the first quarter.

Financial markets saw little reaction to the data as investors had their attention turned to a highly anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the end of the week.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

A “for sale” sign is seen outside a home in New York in this June 19, 2012 file photo. U.S. home prices have risen for the fifth straight month, according to a new survey.

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Staging vs. Decorating: What’s the Difference? by Kristie Barnett

Staging vs. Decorating: What’s the Difference?

Unlike decorating, staging your home isn’t about personal style — it’s about creating ambiance and appeal for buyers

By Kristie Barnett

Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you’re striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their own if they purchase it.

This is the distinction between decorating your home and staging it to sell. It can be hard to understand at first, but if you don’t know the difference, you might not sell your house as quickly as you like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Rachel Reider Interiors

 

Although everyone has different tastes in decor and furnishings, most people want a home that is welcoming, functional, peaceful and organized. Tailor your house so that buyers will describe it in those terms rather than by your style of decorating. Getting rid of clutter and having fewer but larger accessories is a great place to start.

Making sure your home isn’t taste specific doesn’t mean your rooms should be devoid of color. Instead, keep color schemes simple and dose them with an on-trend neutral, like a clean tan, a soft gray or a warm white.

 

 

 

 

 

by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

 

 

 

 

 
by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

If you have a distinctive decorating style — whether it’s Tuscan, shabby chic or modern — you’re going to need to scale it back a bit. If you don’t, your home will appeal to the small percentage of potential

buyers who love your chosen style. Staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decorating and personalizing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

Dated is dreary. Strive to stage your space with a current and fresh feel. Use updated neutrals on the walls and furnishings that are clean-lined and simple. Punches of color are great; just use them sparingly. A room arranged symmetrically and centered on the architecture reads as peaceful — one of those important aesthetics every buyer is drawn to.

 

 

 

 

by Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

This guest bedroom is full of great staging ideas. It has lots of on-trend design details, but it’s sparse on accessories and other distractions. The color palette is simple, easy on the eyes and would be attractive to both men and women. Most potential buyers would remember this appealing room long after leaving the house.

 

 

 
by Warline Painting Ltd.

This clever arrangement draws attention to the unique architecture in the space and illustrates a smart use for the area under the stairs: an office nook. This area is nicely decorated, not staged.

If I were staging this area, I would keep the desk, chair and lamp, remove overly personal items such as family photos, and leave a few pieces of art and an attractive notebook and pen. Simple accessories can help draw attention to a functional space.

 

 

 

 

by HomeTech Renovations, Inc.

If you are updating a kitchen or bath before putting your home on the market, keep the finishes neutral and classic. This is not the time to show off your personal style. You want to broaden your buying audience by appealing to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. This bathroom would definitely appeal to buyers with either traditional or contemporary taste, and could later be personalized with the new homeowner’s preferences for color and accessories.

 

 

by Reflections Interior Designs

Sure, this may not be what normally sits on your countertop, but doesn’t it look better than the usual bills and coupons? Remember, you are selling an idealized lifestyle, not your reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Reflections Interior Designs

The bottom line is that you have to get outside your head and inside the mind of a potential home buyer. It’s very difficult to be objective about your own home, but it’s crucial if you want to sell it.

Tell us: Do you believe there’s a difference between staging and decorating? Let us know in the Comments!

Fun in the Sun – Fort Totten Park Pool in Bayside

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Need a break from the summer heat?

Why not take a visit to the hidden secret that almost everyone knows about.  Fort Totten pool in Bayside!

Fort Totten is such a lovely place to visit.  Historic buildings, stunning bridge views, cool breeze and Best of all it has a FREE NYC pool at the top of the hill.

You will get some good exercise in walking up the hill and across the soccer field but you can immediately cool off in the beautifully maintained pool.

The employees are very helpful.  The pool is large enough to accommodate many visitors for these hot days.

There is a diving board in the deep end and a kiddie pool.  Life guards on duty and paying close attention.

 

Tip:  read the pool rules online before heading out.  Since it is a NYC pool they do have restrictions on what you can bring in to the pool area.  All are understandable rules given the fact that it is a free pool.

Plus they closed everyday from 3-4pm.

If you do decide to make a day out of it, pack a lunch and grab one of the picnic tables outside of the pool area.

A Fine Dining Experience in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center

Whenever a new business opens in our area, I want to be there to check it out.

So two days ago I visited the new deli at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Kuzina Kabaret.  I was unsure at first because with my Weight Watchers diet limiting the quantity of my intake, the quality has got to be the best.  And I, in the mood for an amazing salad made just the way I want it.

Jimmy, one of the owners of this new establishment who h just opened last Tuesday, did not disappoint me: he had me pick my favorite variety of fresh greens and then offered me my choice of up to 5 add ons from a huge selection. Then he chopped those delicious fresh ingredients up to perfection and added just enough dressing to satisfy my appetite and still stay within my points for all you Weight Watchers.

I recommend this place very highly. The place I amazingly clean, sparkling even, and the meats and prepared salads looked as good as everything else. Let me know what you think. As for me, this place gets 4 full charges!!

Saint Luke’s Carnival – June 6th – June 10th

The Energized Realty Group works hard, therefore, we need to play hard too.  We are always looking for fun things to do in the neighborhood.

Check out St. Luke’s Carnival, 16-34 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY 11357  from June 6th – June 10th.  The weather calls for lots of sun and warm temperatures, so get out there and enjoy a little fun with the entire family!