Andy Cook, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

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Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, cooler temperatures will be here before we know it! Given that our homes are typically our single biggest investment, here are a collection of ideas from Consumer Reports, HGTV, and yours truly (having owned homes for many, many years), which you may find useful. Getting your home ready for winter may feel tedious and unnecessary. ... »

Tips for Success when Taking Online Courses

Tips for Success when Taking Online Courses

As someone who has taken online courses as a student, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as an instructor, there are many things which can help you have a successful experience. More colleges and universities are expanding their online offerings to provide you with flexibility in when and where you do your learning. One of the benefits of online learning is tha... »

Guy Style

Guy Style

With summer soon approaching, if you’re like me, you aren’t always sure of what’s in style for guys who are past their college-age years. To shine some light (and some help), we reached out to Santo Napoli, owner of assembly88 (www.assembly88.com) for some tips and ideas. Santo and his team can help you out from the top of your head to the soles of your feet—from hats to f... »

Revive Your Indoor Space

Revive Your Indoor Space

One of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a place is with paint. You can dramatically change a room in a matter of even a few hours and refresh a space which may be looking a bit worn around the edges. This month we’re talking with Aaron Roche, President of Roche Painting LLC and Roche Epoxy Floors (rochepainting.com) to get his take on ways to spruce up our i... »

Organize Your Closet and Your Life

Organize Your Closet and Your Life

An Interview with Victory Closets I’ve been in my current home for almost 8 years, and it’s great. Really. However, like many of you, I could use more closet space. To gain some perspective and objectivity on the subject, Greg Ahart, the owner and founder of Victory Closets (victoryclosets.com), and Mike Endres, franchise owner of Victory Closets of Greater Berks and Lehig... »

In Defense of Public Libraries in the  Digital Era

In Defense of Public Libraries in the Digital Era

Though decades have elapsed since I was in my childhood, certain memories have lingered. Some of the fondest, are of the Bethlehem Public Library. Owning a library card was one of my first rite of passages into adulthood as an elementary schooler. Long before the days of computers, I proudly put my card into my wallet and stood in awe of the towering rows of bookshelves, f... »

The End of One Year, the Start of Another

The End of One Year, the Start of Another

Somehow, it’s already December, which means that it’s time to close the chapter of 2017 and look ahead to 2018. Perhaps you review the past 12 months and celebrate your accomplishments. Maybe you think about what you’ll do differently next year. Or, were there things you hoped to do this year, but never got around to doing? While many people enjoy making New Year’s resolut... »

Is It Time to Consider an Electric or Hybrid Car?

Is It Time to Consider an Electric or Hybrid Car?

You’ve heard about the great gas mileage. You probably know someone who owns a Prius. You are certainly intrigued by the idea of never having to pay for gas again if you go full electric. But you wonder about reliability. How will it drive? And what is this term ‘range anxiety’ (fear of running the battery down and being left stranded somewhere) you’ve read about? Well, be... »

Bethlehem Gallery of Floors

Bethlehem Gallery of Floors

When you’re decorating your home, there truly is one element that brings everything together for a cohesive, designed look: the flooring. Whether it’s hardwood or carpeting for your foyer, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, these decisions impact the value of your home, which is typically the single largest purchase you’ll ever make. Sometimes you want to change your flooring ... »

Roadside America

Roadside America

I’m willing to bet that if you say the words “Roadside America” to a Lehigh Valley native, most will think one of three things: 1) The place you went when you were a kid and saw all the trains. 2) The place billed as the “World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village.” 3) The place you’ve taken your kids or grandkids to for a great local destination drive. I fall into the firs... »

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