Patrick McCarran

10 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers The market has slowed in most areas but the economy is strong and interest rates are still very low. This makes it a great time to jump in of you have been on the fence or unsure. Here are some tips that will help you form an action plan to move forward and capture a piece of the American Dream. 1. Get your finances in order. You can use online estimators but remember they are just estimates. The same goes with free consumer credit scores, a lender will have a different score that is specific to the risk of a home loan. Meet with a lender to get an accurate picture of your qualification or a plan to get you ready. 2. Set a plan to be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and your … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

The Newest Seed on The Grapevine Well, Brentwood Sweet corn is finished for the season, the tomato haulers are leaving those infamous piles of ripe tomatoes on the side of the road after harvest and G & S Farms has their seasonal U-pick pumpkin patch in the ground. In the farmlands, locals look for fresh new crops throughout the year. What a perfect time to take an inside look a fresh new “business owner” taking the reins of a 25 year old local business. I have been snooping for the Monthly Grapevine since 1997 and requested this assignment to introduce our readers to Yemi, the new owner of our magazine. I went to meet him in person to talk about my future with TMG and see if he would like to continue using my articles. The answer was … [Read more...]


Community Coming Together To Support Literacy Hello, I wanted to take a minute to bring some light to a Project that was 100% community based to support literacy in Brentwood. I’m a resident of Brentwood and when I moved here 2 years ago I noticed there are so many beautiful parks and so trails to enjoy, but I also noticed at that time the library was under construction and there are very few book stores in the community. I decided I want to put a plan into action to some bring together more access to books and to reading for our children and even adults in our community. After some research and ideas I learned about Free Little Library’s, a concept of book free book sharing for a community. I fell in love and decided this was exactly … [Read more...]

On the House

5 Steps to protect your home from rodents this fall (BPT) – Once they’re inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren’t good for the people who live in your home, either: Some species of mice and rats can transmit diseases like hantavirus through their urine and droppings. Between the potential health issues and possible damage to your home, the last thing you want to hear is the scurrying of little rodent feet in your walls or attic. Luckily, there are steps you can take that will help keep those critters out. Block possible points of entry Be aware of any … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

Snoring In Children The prevalence of snoring in children ranges from 10% to 21% from 6 to 81 months. Habitual snoring is documented in17% of pediatric patients and this percentage increases in children with neurological problems or psychiatric problems. Snoring is an indication of obstructive sleep apnea. In general population 2-3% of children have apnea. This proportion is growing more with the increase in childhood obesity. What is apnea? Apnea in children is events lasting longer than two missed breaths and most commonly associated with some change in oxygen concentration. Snoring and mouth breathing in children were initially thought of as not harmful habits but more recently it has been associated that these children have a higher … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

That's A Wrap Of Brentwood Lose 10-30 inches safely in an hour, tighten skin, reduce cellulite Basically, this wrap is a food grade inorganic mineral and distilled water solution. You are wrapped tightly with ace type bandages that are soaked in the heated mineral solution. You will be in the wrap for an hour and while you are in the body wrap you will move around and stimulate circulation with moderate exercise. It isn’t about getting hot or sweaty just stimulating circulation in the areas you would like the best results. As soon as the minerals touch your skin your body takes in the minerals it needs as most are mineral deficient. When the minerals come in, the body has to release something, so it releases impurities and the … [Read more...]

Pick of the Vine

Dhyanyoga Centers Dhyanyoga Centers can help you on your path to psychological growth. They offer meditation instruction and pro-active, authentic yoga classes, healing modalities and a wide variety of workshops and special events, that all support spiritual, psychological and physical well-being. The purpose of their classes and remedies is to awaken a source of energy and boost activity for a direct method of spiritual evolution. In addition to their large meditation and yoga rooms, they have an extraordinary spiritual store. Their store includes books, media, and apparel. Dhyanyoga charges less than local yoga studies and they offer donation-based yoga classes on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. Their center is a non-profit … [Read more...]