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A new surgical program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital cares for children’s orthopedic issues.


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Don’t let stress bring you down. Follow these tips to keep calm this season.

Meet an antique-collecting receptionist and a distancerunning doctor.

An intimate dinner party becomes an event to remember when beautiful blooms are part of the decor.

Enjoy the holidays—safely


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The Saint Peter’s Auxiliary raises millions for hospital programs—and has fun doing it.


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Contents Fall




Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in central New Jersey.

A storied Manhattan hotel enters a second age, thanks to a meticulous restoration by architect David Rockwell.

Local Buzz






Half of the world loves nutritious guava. It just doesn’t happen to be our half—yet.

Photos from recent charity and social events.

Home Front

Add magic to any room when you put two monochromatic extremes—black and white— side by side.


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Whip up one of these delicious smoothies to sneak more fruits and veggies into your diet.


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“I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 12. Today, I’m healthy and becoming a nurse.”

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THE CANCER SPECIALISTS AT SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL GAVE ME A FIGHTING CHANCE. As a kid, I dreamed of becoming a ballplayer. Then, I was diagnosed with leukemia. The cancer specialists at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital stayed right by my side through every procedure and every chemotherapy treatment. Today, I’m a cancer survivor. Though I never made it to the big leagues, thanks to Saint Peter’s, I’ve graduated from college, and I’m becoming a nurse.

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SAINT PETER’S PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES AT SOMERSET Saint Peter’s Physician Associates has moved four of its practices into a new medical office building at 59 Veronica Avenue in Somerset. These practices occupy the entire second floor of our new location: SUITE 201 ■ 732.828.0200 Mahmoud El Banna, MD — Internal Medicine

SUITE 202 ■ 732.828.3300 Thomas J. Magliaro, MD, FACOG — Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery ■ Marie Welshinger, MD, FACOG, FACS — Gynecologic Oncology ■

SUITE 203 ■ 732.937.6008 Archna Parmar, DO — Internal Medicine ■ Haris Rana, MD — Pulmonary/Critical Care ■ Nilam Srivastava, MD — Internal Medicine ■ Carmen Tadros, MD — Internal Medicine ■ Marygrace Zetkulic, MD — Internal Medicine ■ James Gaido, APN — Internal Medicine ■

SUITE 204 ■ 732.249.0977 ■ Andrew M. Camerota, MD, FACS — General and Laparoscopic Surgery

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MORE SERVICES TO COUNT ON SAINT PETER’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS IN A GROWTH SPURT, from new programs, to new physicians, to new and expanded clinical locations designed to treat the health and well-being of our Central Jersey residents. This edition of Central Jersey Health & Life showcases a handful of those all-important services, beginning with the newest addition to Saint Peter’s burgeoning network of community care locations. We are referring to the Saint Peter’s Physician Associates practice that opened in July at 59 Veronica Ave. in Somerset, where a variety of medical specialties are now housed under a single roof, providing enhanced convenience for patients and their loved ones. Offerings include general surgery, gynecology and gynecologic surgery, gynecologic oncology, adult primary care and pulmonary/critical care. Saint Peter’s Physician Associates is a network of affiliated physicians serving central New Jersey and the surrounding region in the areas of primary care, adult specialties, urgent care, cardio health and wellness, pediatrics, women’s health needs and fertility, breast health, surgery and orthopedics. Perhaps best of all, these services are offered with the comfort and compassion for which Saint Peter’s is very well-known. Turn to “Inside Look” (page 14) for the full story. Elsewhere in this fall edition, parents may be interested in learning about the new pediatric orthopedic surgery program that has been launched at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s. See “Tech Savvy” (page 17). Bipin Patel, M.D., chair of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, notes the program’s importance for families and the region because so few hospitals can support a pediatric orthopedic surgery program of their own. Please also turn to “Up Close” (page 19) to learn how the Saint Peter’s Auxiliary is raising charitable dollars in support of vital patient programs. The auxiliary has generated more than $2 million in recent decades through its popular events, including a new sort of gettogether: “Designer Pocketbook Bingo” parties. Elsewhere, “Faces of Saint Peter’s” (page 20) features a hospital receptionist whose love of antiques pakes her far afield and an ob-gyn physician whose ultimate goal is to run a marathon in every decade of her life. Of course, there is plenty else to peruse in this issue, from travel, to home decor, to a listing of area fall events. We hope you enjoy the magazine. And we hope you will turn to Saint Peter’s for your healthcare needs. Sincerely,



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“When my uterus ruptured during my high-risk pregnancy, Saint Peter’s specialists performed a miracle.” —Christine Leso

THE LABOR AND DELIVERY TEAM AT SAINT PETER’S SAVED MY BABY AND MY LIFE. I was prepared for a difficult pregnancy since my first two had been high-risk. But I never expected to be diagnosed with placenta accreta, a serious complication that put me at risk of hemorrhage. I went into labor nine weeks early, and my uterus ruptured. The blood loss was life threatening for my baby and me. But thanks to the preparation of Saint Peter’s highly skilled team, and the fact that they store blood in their Labor and Delivery Unit, they saved our lives. Today, we’re all home, strong and healthy.

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TRADITIONALLY OUR Fall issue extols the virtues of home and hearth, and this year is no different. But a look at the pictures starting on page 32 will reveal why this “home issue” has me especially excited: it’s proof that a few well-chosen blossoms can make a cold-weather gathering come beautifully alive. I’ve always been a fresh-flower fan, and I can’t wait to try adding some of these colorful blooms to my own home. We hope this issue of Central Jersey Health & Life gives you similar inspiration. On page 23, intriguing items for the home prove that black and white— far from being tepid inferiors to color—can be a lively duo indeed. (One piece may make you wonder: Is it a chair, a picture of a chair, or both?) And on page 24, read how the redo of a home by just the right designers reflects the style and personality of the homeowners. Even our travel article has something to say about design. On page 46, visit a storied Beaux-Arts Manhattan hotel that’s a showplace once again, as it was 112 years ago, thanks to a meticulous architectural restoration. It’s a great “staycation” spot. There’s more, of course: discover recipes for three delicious smoothies (page 38) and get introduced to the cool tropical fruit called guava (page 48). Enjoy this issue!


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We’ve learned the hard way of the dangers created by texting while driving. Heck, some of us can’t steer clear of obstacles while walking with our heads buried in our smartphones. But drinking coffee? Sipping from a water bottle? Munching on chips? A bill recently introduced by State Assemblyman John Wisniewski will make you think twice about chowing on that drive-through burger or enjoying your morning java while driving to work. The bill, if approved, will authorize law enforcement to ticket motorists who engage in anything “unrelated to the operation of the vehicle, in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.” While the proposal won’t specifically prohibit drinking coffee while driving or anything and everything else we do behind the steering wheel—eating, arguing, reading, shaving, putting on makeup, etc.—the idea has touched a nerve with some Central Jersey Health & Life staffers and readers. The bill is currently before lawmakers in Trenton. You can

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Dog days at the stable Your four-legged friend enjoys the daily walk around the neighborhood, but a change of scenery might do you and Fido some good. Canines and their masters are invited to the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks. The sanctioned event is the only opportunity to explore the equestrian trails on foot—and there’s no better way to see them than with your furry best friend! The walks will continue on a fall and winter time schedule. Check-in time is 10:15 a.m. at the Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge, and the one-hour walks around the grounds begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $3 per dog, and all pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. So lace up your sneakers and grab those leashes— everyone’s going for a walk! Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908.766.5955;




Barrels of fun (and wine)

Those of us who loved Lucille Ball know how much fun winemaking can be. Now you can get in on the action, and it won’t even require a flight to Napa Valley. Central Jersey is home to unique locations that allow you to make wine, from grape to bottle. The best part? Whatever you make is yours to take home! Novices and aficionados alike can become “students” at Grape Escape (12 Stults Rd., Dayton, 609.409.9463; and make their own reds or whites. California wines are started in the fall (South African and Chilean wines begin in the spring) and bottled the following summer. All it takes is four hour-long sessions using professional equipment under the supervision of wine-making experts: de-stem and crush grapes; press and pump wine into barrels; rack the barrels to remove any sediment; bottle, cork and cap wines. Winemaking is a year-round activity at Grapes N’ Barrels (701 Hartle St., Sayreville, 732.851.6800;, which uses fresh, in-season grapes when harvested and frozen wine-grape must and wine-grape juices throughout the rest of the year. Pricing depends on type of wine, choice of fresh or frozen grapes or juice, and aging options—but everyone leaves with premium and personalized vino. Italian and California wines are on the menu this fall at Grape Expectations (25 Kearney St., Bridgewater, 732.764.9463; Inside the 8,000square-foot facility, wine lovers can use the state-of-the-art equipment to create their favorite vinos—reds will age in oak barrels and most whites inside stainless steel drums. Once the aging process is complete, you’ll bottle and label your own brand.

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Spooktacular season Oh, the weather outside may not be frightful, but there’s still a sense of spookiness in the air that’s sure to provide a playful scare. Halloween in Central Jersey is the season of ghouls and ghosts, cornstalks and pumpkins, and hours of family fun. Here’s a list of events and festivals where you can let the season’s spirit take over. Think you’re brave? Muster up the courage for a night at the Schaefer Farms Frightfest in Flemington. The hair-raising adventure includes the Trail of Terror, Massacre Maize and Carnival of Chaos. Tours run every weekend through Oct. 30. Tickets begin at $20 and are available at Because of the level of terror, the event is not recommended for children. If you’re looking for a thrill but

don’t want to scare your pants off, the Haunted Woods of Old Bridge is the experience for you. Spooky displays and scarecrows—constructed by local scouts—are scattered throughout the woods and can be viewed in daylight on weekend afternoons in October. Don’t stray too far because zombies, ghouls and goblins come out at night. Admission is free, but children should be accompanied by an adult. Get all the info at There are plenty of daytime family activities and nighttime adventures at K & S Farms in East Windsor. The aptly named Sunshine Acres is filled with pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, cider, caramel apples and more activities for all ages. Once the sun goes down, the Field of Terror comes alive with the “Killer Kornfield,” haunted hayrides and more. Visit for schedules and tickets for the Field of Terror. Evening events are intended for teens and adults.

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It’s one of the world’s cruelest and most unpredictable and devastating diseases. That’s why the Lupus Foundation of America has adopted a mission to improve the quality of life for all people affected by the disease through research, education, support and advocacy. The foundation’s fundraising campaigns have specific disease-specific goals—reduce time to diagnosis, ensure patients have safe and effective treatments, and expand direct services and increase access to care. Friends of the foundation’s New Jersey Chapter, based in Springfield, recently attended a fundraising event spearheaded by Debra Antoinette Kohn, a member of the board of directors. The annual Lupus, Research to Find a Cure program took place at Costa’s Restaurant in Roselle Park and included a fashion show, singers, dancers, DJ entertainment, plenty of good food and other activities. All money raised by the event supports sufferers of lupus and research for a cure. Pictured above are the models who participated in the fundraiser’s fashion show.

Youngsters are influenced by more than just school and sports—that’s one of the notions behind the expansion of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County. The organization recently opened its new facility in Plainfield, giving kids and young adults easier access to its activities and programs like the After School and Teen Leadership initiatives. Inside the new facility are modernized classrooms, computer workstations and game rooms. Participants can engage in education enhancement, digital literacy, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and learning about nutrition and healthy relationships. The club also operates a bike exchange program from the Plainfield site. This program offers new and reconditioned bicycles at a reduced cost. Children and teenagers from Plainfield, Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union are eligible to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, 145 Park Ave., Plainfield, 908.822.8672;

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Whether you are for it or against it, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare—has had a seismic effect on the health care industry since it became law in 2010. Its impact reaches all levels of the business and practice of medicine, but if that impact can be distilled into one overarching goal, it is in shifting health care from the so-called fee-for-service model to one that pays for overall health outcomes. Population health, as this is called in the industry, aims to achieve what policy experts call the “Triple Aim” of the new health care world: improving patients’ satisfaction with their care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care. One way that the business of health care has evolved to hit those three targets is through the consolidation of hospitals and physician practices into a more cohesive network. Hospitals all


over the country are acquiring practices and hiring physicians directly, in order to better coordinate care, control costs and thus meet that Triple Aim. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is no different, and as its network of physicians, called Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, continues to grow. It also is expanding its physical locations to make it easier and more convenient for patients to get the care they need. To that end, Saint Peter’s recently opened its new location in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, where several practices within the Saint Peter’s Physician Associates network have relocated to a newly constructed medical building at 59 Veronica Ave. This is the latest phase of its multi-county expansion throughout New Jersey. “We are excited to continue providing the same level of expert and compassionate care the public has come to expect in a

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Who’s moving? The Saint Peter’s Physician Associates practices that have relocated to 59 Veronica Ave. are:

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n Andrew Camerota, M.D., general surgery, formerly at 49 Veronica Ave., Somerset n Thomas Magliaro, M.D., gynecology and gynecologic surgery, and Marie Welshinger, M.D., gynecologic oncology, formerly at 78 Easton Ave., New Brunswick n Mahmoud El Banna, M.D., adult primary care, formerly at 1323 Highway 27, Somerset n Archna Parmar, D.O., adult primary care; Haris Rana, M.D., pulmonary/critical care; Nilam Srivastava, M.D., adult primary care; Carmen Tadros, M.D., adult primary care; and James Gaido, A.P.N., adult primary care; formerly at 408 Elizabeth Ave., Somerset Appointments may be made by phone at the previously listed numbers or by visiting to book an appointment electronically.

modern facility that emphasizes comfort and convenience for our patients and their families,” said Michael L. Hochberg, M.D., president of Saint Peter’s Physician Associates. Dr. Hochberg, who also serves Saint Peter’s as vice president, chief operations officer and chief clinical and academic integration officer, adds that this national trend of hospitals aligning with physicians has been proven to provide better outcomes. “Physicians and hospitals work together for the betterment of patient care and to avoid unnecessary treatment in the hospital,” he says. Hospitals, after all, are the most expensive link in the health care chain, so better management of health conditions in outpatient settings ensures patients are less likely to spend unnecessary time and money in the hospital. “The Saint Peter’s philosophy is you will get better outcomes

by having physicians more closely integrated with leadership throughout the health care system,” Dr. Hochberg says. “The physicians drive the clinical processes and clinical care. Leadership’s role is to provide physicians the resources necessary to perform their duties.” This philosophy has worked well, as evidenced by recent accolades that Saint Peter’s has earned from two of the most trusted hospital review and accreditation organizations. The hospital was recognized for the fourth year in a row as a national “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by the Joint Commission, and it earned an “A” grade in the Spring 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, a multidisciplinary medi-

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cal group, has been in existence about four years, as an adjunct to the physicians who held faculty positions with Saint Peter’s University Hospital and also worked in the hospital. “Saint Peter’s Physician Associates was formed as a way for us to better partner with our community physicians,” Dr. Hochberg says. There are 18 practices in all that comprise the group, says Michele Giuliano, senior director, physician practices. They represent all areas of health care, including pediatrics, cardiology, women’s health, primary care and urgent care. “We are attempting to provide the full scope of care within Saint Peter’s, so patients have an easier time navigating their care,” she says. The practices are being set up in various locations that Dr. Hochberg says represent a “big-box” model—multiple practices co-located at different sites. “Instead of having to see your primary care physician in location X, and your cardiologist in location Z, we want to bring these services to the patients and remove barriers that can exist—and have existed—in getting access to physicians,” he explains. The new location at 59 Veronica Ave. will house physicians practicing primary care, general surgery, gynecology and gynecologic surgery, and gynecologic oncology. (See sidebar for specific practices.) Other practices take up space elsewhere; a few

doors down at 51 Veronica, for instance, you will find the Cardio Metabolic Institute. And another new building currently under construction in Monroe, and scheduled to open in mid-2017, will offer orthopedic, gastrointestinal and women’s health (gynecologic oncology, breast surgery and infertility) services. “These are all couched in our philosophy of having multidisciplinary groups of physicians working together for more convenient, efficient and effective health care delivery,” Dr. Hochberg says. That’s exactly what the ACA hoped to accomplish. “It is all designed to create an environment where we all are working together to help patients,” he says. He has seen it work first-hand, in Saint Peter’s diabetes patient-centered medical home. It contains medical specialists in endocrinology, endodontistry, podiatry, ophthalmology, nutrition and more, all working together to lessen or prevent the long-term complications of diabetes, such as heart disease, blindness, foot ulcers and amputations. “In that program, we have seen fewer patient visits to the emergency department and fewer admissions to the hospital,” Dr. Hochberg says. Such care coordination throughout health care will be better for all. “Managing specific illnesses this way will impact the patient with better quality of life, and have a beneficial financial impact on the health care system overall,” he says.

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Saint Peter’s Physician Associates is a network of affiliated physicians serving central New Jersey and the surrounding community in the areas of primary care, adult specialties, urgent care, cardio health and wellness, pediatrics, women’s health and fertility, breast health, surgery, and orthopedics. Physician Associates offices include locations in Franklin Township, New Brunswick, Edison, Jamesburg, the Skillman section of Montgomery, Monroe, Plainsboro, Freehold, Hoboken and Manhattan. For more information about Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, go to

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Fixing smaller bones

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A new surgical program cares for children’s orthopedic issues.

about 5,400 new babies begin their lives at Saint Peter’s University Hospital each year, and many of them continue to receive whatever medical care they may need throughout childhood. The hospital, however, was lacking in one service—until now. This October, it launched its new pediatric orthopedic surgical program at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “We want to offer patients 24/7 care for their pediatric orthopedic injuries and problems,” says Alfred Tria, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. “A tremendous number of kids come in and out of the hospital and it was time to take a serious look at this and develop this division within our department.” “This service was really needed,” adds Bipin Patel, M.D., chair of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital. “We are very happy to provide this service to our patients and we can service area community hospitals that do not have these services as well.” To launch the program, the hospital hired two newly minted pediatric orthopedic surgery specialists—Alexandra Kondratyeva, D.O., who completed her fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, and Amie Kawashima, D.O., who was a fellow at Shriner’s Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Only about 30 to 40 doctors earn pediatric orthopedic surgical fellowships a year, Dr. Tria says. “We are lucky to have both Alexandra and Amie,” he says. The surgeons treat all types of issues, including birth defects and deformities, traumatic injuries and spinal conditions such as scoliosis. “They are well trained in the full breadth of care and perform all types of surgeries,” Dr. Patel says. “It is very rewarding working with kids,” Dr. Kondratyeva says. “You treat a variety of conditions and you can follow up with them from birth through age 20. You can’t do that in adult specialties.” Dr. Kawashima likes caring for children because “you never know what they are going to say.” Treatments for children are different than for adults, she says, “so we believe that it is important to keep parents well-informed about their kids’ care.” The program will continue to grow over the next six to 12 months, and Dr. Tria says they hope to hire another pediatric orthopedic surgeon in 2017. “We have added this program for the community to establish Saint Peter’s ability to provide 100 percent care for all pediatric problems,” Dr. Tria says.

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Enjoy the holidays— safely

Don’t let holiday stress bring you down. Here’s how to keep calm (and safe) this season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year— in theory, anyway. In reality, the holidays are filled with hustle, bustle and no small amount of stress. How can you cope with the rush to get things done so you can still stay healthy and enjoy the season? Three clinicians from Saint Peter’s University Hospital offer these tips.

tion,” he advises. It is also important to know the medical needs of everyone traveling with you. “Make sure you have all the medications and supplies for you, your kids and your elderly parents with a chronic illness,” he says.

Stay healthy

Winter is the busiest time in the emergency room, says Aaditya Desai, D.O., an emergency medicine specialist, and the holidays play a big part in that. “We see a lot of falls off ladders while decorating, when people tend to reach too high,” he says. Snow and ice also cause a lot of falls, so be sure to keep walkways around your home clear. He also sees a lot of children with cuts from ornaments that are hung too low on the Christmas tree. “Keep the sharp ones higher up,” he says. “Ornaments with small pieces should also hang higher because small children kids can ingest them.” Another cause for concern is carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Desai says to be sure all furnaces and fireplaces are cleaned and maintained, and to follow directions carefully with space heaters. Install a carbon monoxide detector and test it regularly. “If you notice symptoms like headaches, especially nighttime headaches, nausea or fatigue, get medical attention immediately,” he says.

Tempting treats are everywhere—at home, at work, at holiday parties. It’s easy to go overboard and find yourself 10 pounds heavier in January than you were in November. The key is moderation, says Carol Schindler, a certified diabetes educator and registered dietician at the Thyroid and Diabetes Center at Saint Peter’s. “Don’t skip meals,” she advises, so you don’t go hungry to parties and overeat. Balancing carbohydrates is especially important for those with diabetes. And make sure there are healthy choices wherever you eat. “Make veggies the star,” she says. “In my family the veggie tray goes fast.” If you are going to a party, bring something healthy with you. “Others at the party will appreciate it too,” she says. As for those special treats, “Choose your indulgences wisely,” she says. “Choose only those special treats for this time of year, not the typical store cookie you can get any time.” And finally, make sure you find time to exercise. “Exercise is often the first thing to go,” she says, “but it should be the last to go.”

Travel safely Whether you are traveling cross-country or across the street, be prepared, says Borislav Stoev, M.D., chair of emergency medicine. Weather is always an issue this time of year. “Know what the weather holds in the next day or two, especially during travel time,” he says. “If flying, anticipate delays. Have enough cash and a backup plan if you get stuck in an airport. With driving, bring blankets in case you get stuck in bad weather, especially if you’re traveling with kids.” A first-aid kit should be part of any family’s travel plans, he adds. When traveling long distances, be sure to take frequents breaks to walk and stretch—this helps avoid the rare but dangerous condition of blood clots forming in the legs. The elderly are most at risk; they can wear compression stockings if walking is a challenge. “If you get pain in your calf or leg, seek medical atten-

Safe at home

6 stress busters 1. Set realistic goals at home and at work. Avoid overscheduling.

2. Exercise on a regular basis. 3. Eat regular, well-balanced meals and get

enough sleep. 4. Meditate. 5. Participate in something you don’t find stressful such as sports or hobbies. SOURCE: American Academy of Family Physicians

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Money for something special Auxiliary raises millions for hospital programs—and has fun doing it.

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It takes a lot of monetary support to run any hospital and Saint Peter’s University Hospital is no exception. To help, the Saint Peter’s Auxiliary holds fundraising events throughout the year. In fact, since 1985, the all-volunteer auxiliary has raised more than $2.8 million for hospital programs and improvements for the Saint Peter’s Breast Center, the Saint Peter’s/ Rutgers Mini-MBA program, a newly constructed Emergency Department, and other areas within the hospital. Last fall, the auxiliary’s newest event, “Designer Pocketbook Bingo,” raised $20,000, according to Kathleen Killion, auxiliary president. “It was our first time trying this and we were taken aback by how successful it was,” she says. The event was so successful, the auxiliary is holding its second Designer Pocketbook Bingo on October 28. “Women like to get out and be with friends,” says Gail DiPane, second vice president of the auxiliary and co-chair for the bingo event. “You bring your own food, have a glass of wine, chat and go home with something you didn’t come with.” Pocketbook Bingo is just one of many events sponsored by the auxiliary, which was founded more than a century ago in 1908. Also this October, it will contribute approximately $500 in items toward the “Reverse Trick-or-Treat,” sponsored by the Child Life Program of The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The items are distributed to the children in the hospital on Halloween. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the auxiliary also maintains a “Giving Tree” in the employee cafeteria, where employees can donate coats, hats, gloves, gift cards, baby items and checks for the hospital’s Needy Fund. The auxiliary’s primary fundraiser, which benefits the Saint Peter’s Breast Center, is the annual fashion show. Many of Saint Peter’s male administrators and physicians accompany fashion models—which include female physicians, hospital staff and breast cancer survivors. Last year, the event raised $48,000, bringing the auxiliary’s total support of the center to more than $400,000. Those funds helped establish a patient navigator position for breast care patients and the purchase of cutting-edge mammography technology known as tomosynthesis. In addition, the auxiliary also supports two $1,000 scholar-

Kathleen Killion, Saint Peter’s Auxiliary president

Upcoming events

ships that are presented each year to a junior volunteer and the child of a Saint Peter’s employee, and it recently Designer pledged $25,000 for a simulation Pocketbook Bingo center for inter-professional learning at Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30 Saint Peter’s. p.m., at Our Lady of Killion, who has worked as an asPeace Auditorium in sistant corporate secretary at Saint North Brunswick Peter’s for 33 years, devotes so much time to the auxiliary because: “It’s a Fashion Runway 2017 way to give back, and you can see we Saturday, March 25, are doing something that will benefit 2017, at The Pines our patients. That’s what the auxiliary Manor, Edison has always been about. It’s not just a place to work—it’s a family.” The auxiliary is always looking for new members. To join, contact MaryAnn Snediker, membership chair, at 732.846.9434. Membership dues are $25 per year.

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faces of saint peter’s

Virginia “Ginny” Hughes Receptionist

The first face that many visitors to Saint Peter’s University Hospital see is often that of Ginny Hughes. She works at the main reception desk and provides a warm welcome to patients, their family members and hospital guests. In her spare time, Hughes is an avid antiques collector who loves to poke through garage sales and collectibles fairs looking for that perfect find. The Monroe Township native, 67, is divorced with two grown children and two grandchildren. How long have you worked at Saint Peter’s?

I have worked there 34 years, the past 14 years at the front desk. Saint Peter’s has been very good to me. I was going through a divorce when I started and the hospital offered a lot of opportunity for me. It gave me security and helped me raise my children. What do you like about working the front desk?

I think I have a natural ability to help people feel comfortable. People are coming in for procedures or visiting ill patients, and some are nervous. To greet them with a smile is very reassuring to them. I have had people tell me they were grateful for my smile. Sometimes you don’t know what your purpose is and I feel that I’m where I am to make other people feel comfortable. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction. What is it about antiquing that you enjoy?

It’s “the find.” I went to a sale in New Hampshire and fell in love with a chair. I have had that chair for 41 years! I also like old cookbooks. I remember visiting the Somerset County Nurses Association’s rummage sale and I found a cookbook written by Vincent Price, the actor. I put it back on the shelf and while I was checking out a woman told the cashier it was worth $175! It was marked for about $7, so I was really disappointed I didn’t purchase it. But the following year, I went to the cookbook section and one book fell off the shelf. Don’t you know—it was the Vincent Price cookbook! It was as if someone shoved it off the shelf for me to buy.


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—Virginia Hughes

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People are coming in for procedures or visiting ill patients, and some are nervous. To greet them with a smile is very reassuring to them.

Wendy Wagner, M.D. OB-GYN

An ob-gyn at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Wendy Wagner, M.D., is a longdistance runner as well. She has run several marathons and has set a goal of completing one marathon in every decade of her life. Dr. Wagner, who turns 47 in November, attended medical school at the University of Connecticut and completed her residency at Saint Peter’s in 2001. She lives in Hillsborough with her partner, Erica Erb, M.D., a family practice physician, and their four girls, who range in age from 6 to 15. Why did you go into obstetrics and gynecology?

I always knew I wanted to go into medicine. I thought I would go into pediatrics but then I did my rotation in ob-gyn and fell in love with it. I love the ability to follow people throughout their life cycle and provide that continuity of care. Also, I am always looking for something new and ob-gyn is always different—office visits, surgery, deliveries, it’s a bit of everything, which I really love. Have you always loved to run?

No. I was a soccer player and never liked to just run—in fact I hated it! I used to fake illness when we had to run a mile on the track in school. Then in college I quit smoking and started running on the same day. I liked the feeling of it, the stress relief, being outside by myself, the endorphins— just being able to run free. Why is the marathon your race of choice?

It is the ultimate distance goal for me, a physical and mental challenge to get through. I did my first marathon while in med school, in Washington, D.C. In my 30s, I ran the Disney Marathon in Florida and the New York City Marathon. And why did you choose to do one every decade?

I have no idea. It seems silly now that I’m close to 50. But I see people in their 60s and 70s doing it, so I’d like to do one more before I turn 50. Training time is big factor, though. If I didn’t work so much and have four kids, it wouldn’t be a big problem.

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Color My World A Healthier Place Saint Peter’s Healthcare System experimented with a novel approach to better health by hosting a coloring “Lunch and Learn” for employees on a workday in early August. The event was sponsored by the healthcare system’s Human Resources Department. Studies have shown that taking out crayons and coloring on a piece of paper is beneficial for one’s mental and physical health. Doctors say the body benefits go beyond relaxation and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus. Betsy Jackson, director, Saint Peter’s Office of Research, shows off her work of art as others color on.

Tee To “Green” Saint Peter’s Healthcare System raised tens of thousands of dollars for vital clinical programs at its 30th annual Saint Peter’s Golf Classic, held Sept. 12 at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes. The charitable event is produced every year by the Saint Peter’s Foundation. The effort was made possible by past and present Saint Peter’s employees who volunteered their time to work in various roles at the tournament as well as the entire foundation staff. Those individuals included, from left, Emily Lyssikatos, Diane Spector, Anna Trautwein, Laura Vetter, Stacy Siegelaub, Linda Hudak, Amy Gram, Michael Loch, Carol Negvesky, Marie Bowler, Scarlett Szymanski, Stephanie Medianka and Kathy Killion.

Fighting Breast Cancer With Every Car Sold Route 18 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in East Brunswick is donating $50 for every new and used automobile sold during September and October to The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital is the first breast center in central New Jersey—including Middlesex, Somerset and Mercer counties—to be accredited by the National Accreditation Programs for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The fundraiser is timed to highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held each October. Standing next to a Route 18 Auto vehicle outside of Saint Peter’s to promote the fundraiser, from left: Mariel Hunt, senior analyst, Route 18 Auto; Bob McCusker, community relations manager; Bill McDonagh, owner/ general manager; and Alyssa Collevechio, stewardship coordinator for Saint Peter’s Foundation.

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home front Place this mosaic accent table by Chohan in any room—the bold pattern will make a statement no matter where it lands.

Sit-uational art: Lean this “canvas” by YOY against the wall, and you can actually take a seat on it!

black & White

The stylishly designed base of this Huit lamp by Christopher Guy will enlighten even those who don’t know that huit is French for “8.”

these tonal opposites— classic and cutting-edge— make magic in any space.

The perfect figure forever? Even if you can’t make that boast, this curvaceous Ada chair by Christopher Guy surely can.

Add storage (and a little whimsy) to any room with this nine-drawer “checkers” cabinet by Powell Furniture featuring contrasting pulls.

This Louise Machado striped throw pillow will instantly transform a solid couch or chair. The best part? It’s machine washable. The beauty of black-and-white tile never goes out of style. And these designs by Pratt & Larson— facet and small arabesque—prove it.

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colonial Redo

an interior design team transforms a classic center hall home… with a little help from the owners.

Interior design by Beautiful & Gracious Home Interiors, Photography by Katrina Mojzesz, Top Kat Photography Inc.

The bones were there: beautiful architectural details, a dining room table, comfy living room chairs, a fourposter bed and area rugs too. But a young family in New Jersey needed some professional help to take their classic center hall Colonial across the finish line. “We used as many of their pieces as we could,” says Jon Martinez of Beautiful & Gracious Home Interiors, who, with partner James MacDonald, relocated and reupholstered furniture. In addition, the duo selected wallpaper, fabricated custom window treatments and rugs, and shopped for additional furniture, lighting and accessories. “It was very rewarding,” says Martinez. See the results of the collaboration on the following pages.


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The rearranged entryway is both formal and practical. A mahogany demilune provides extra storage in addition to serving as an elegant perch for photographs and flowers, while a mirror hangs at the ready for checking hair and makeup before heading out the door. The bergère chair accommodates visitors who, for whatever reason, may need to sit for a bit. Note the decorative pillow, which picks up the lively colors of the adjacent dining room.

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Bright floral wallpaper from Thibaut transformed the “dark and somber” dining room into a “lively” space that the homeowners and their children now actually use, according to Martinez. Sculptural brackets and vases— instead of more traditional candelabras or portraits—flank the mirror, adding another element of “fun” to the room.

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The sitting room is an eclectic blend of Asian, French and English influences. A dramatic black pagoda étagère balances the pair of black directoire chairs across the room. Botanical prints surround the owners’ print of an English hunting scene, complementing the red botanical fabric on the accent pillows and footstool.


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A rendition of Mona Lisa holds court in the sunken living room, where tufted club chairs surround an oversized coffee table. The custom trellis-pattern rug picks up the cranberry coloration of the chairs, as does the reupholstered bench, which was relocated from another room in the home.

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Power an intimate dinner party becomes an event to remember when Beautiful Blooms are part of the decor.

Designer DeJuan Stroud is known for staging sophisticated weddings, celebrity events and movie premieres. And in his new book, Designing Life’s Celebrations, he inspires everyone to bring the beauty of flowers into their homes for any occasion—from an elegant dinner party to a holiday extravaganza.


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Guests appreciate the personal touch. On this page, artwork designed by Stroud’s clients and encased in clear Lucite are inscribed with guests’ names. On opposite page, bright pink and burgundy orchids offset the warm gold of the pebbled-trim charger plates, the rims and etchings of the glassware and the vermeil flatware.


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Reprinted with permission from © Designing Life's Celebrations by DeJuan Stroud, Rizzoli New York, 2016. Images © Monica Buck.

Once the dining table is set and the candles are lit, let the power of the petal take over the room. On this page, antique brass vases play up the rich magenta hues of the vanda orchids. On opposite page, a blend of soft and hot pink flowers provides a color burst against the chartreuse-lacquered walls. Notice there’s no tablecloth; a stunning centerpiece is all that’s needed atop the silver leaf inlay dining table.

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To your health! Here’s a fun way to sneak more fruits and veggies into your diet—whip up one of these delicious, dessert-like smoothies. You won’t know it’s good for you!


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Chia and Raspberry Pudding This raspberry variation of a chia pudding is simple, satisfying and delicious as an on-the-go breakfast or snack. You could even serve it for dessert if you sweeten it slightly by blending dates with the milk. For the pudding n 4 oz./1 cup fresh ripe

raspberries (or frozen, thawed) n 3 Tbs. desiccated coconut n 3 Tbs. black chia seeds n ½ tsp. ground vanilla or vanilla

extract n 8½ fl. oz./1 cup plant milk of

choice FOR THE TOPPING n Hazelnut butter n Green kiwi fruit, chopped n Fresh raspberries and

blackberries n Fresh mint leaves n Hemp seeds

Yield 2 servings

Directions Put the raspberries in a bowl and mash them with a fork. Stir in the coconut, chia seeds and vanilla and then pour over the milk and mix until well combined. Stir every now and again for the first 10 minutes to prevent lumps from forming. Set aside to soak in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight. The pudding is ready when the consistency is thick and jelly-like. Spoon into two medium-sized glass jars or a large one. Cover with a layer of hazelnut butter and finish with the fruit, a few mint leaves and a sprinkling of hemp seeds. It can keep for a couple of days in the fridge (without the toppings), if unopened.

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Rose Hip ‘Affogato’ with Crumbled ‘Amaretti’ Rose hips are a true superfood packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. If you can’t find rose hip powder in your local supermarket or health food store, you can always purchase it online. FOR THE ‘AMARETTI’ n 4–5 soft dates, pitted n 3¼ oz./¾ cup ground almonds

or almond flour n 2 oz./¼ cup almond milk

FOR THE ROSE HIP SOUP n 1½ oz./¼ cup rose hip powder n 1 Tb. arrowroot or potato starch n 17 fl. oz./2 cups water n 3 Tbs. pure maple syrup TO SERVE n Vanilla ice cream

Yield 2 servings

Directions Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place all of the ingredients for the date ‘amaretti’ in a food processor and pulse until mixed. Alternatively, put the dates in a bowl and mash them with a fork until they form a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more dates if necessary. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe into about ¾-inch diameter rounds, like amaretti biscuits (Italian macaroons). Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool while you prepare the rose hip soup. Put the rose hip powder in a saucepan along with the arrowroot and water. Bring to a boil, whisking continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Reduce the heat, whisk in the maple syrup and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until a smooth syrup forms, before removing from the heat. Strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to get it completely smooth. To assemble, spoon a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the base of two medium-sized glass jars or bowls, or in a large jar (as featured in the photo), and pour over the rose hip soup. Finish with a sprinkling of crumbled ‘amaretti’ and some extra ice cream on top for the sweet-toothed. Serve right away before it comes running down the glass jar.

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Kiwi, Kale & Chia Parfait Packed with kale and avocado, this smoothie still tastes very sweet and fruity and looks rather stunning with its different layers. This can easily be the dessert of a fancy dinner or served as breakfast on a gray morning.

FOR the Chia pudding n 3 Tbs. chia seeds of

choice n 1 tsp. vanilla extract n 1 Tb. pure maple syrup or

Directions Add the avocado and kiwi fruit flesh to a blender along with the rest of the kiwi fruit smoothie ingredients.

raw honey (optional) n 8½ fl. oz./1 cup

unsweetened plant milk FOR THE KIWI FRUIT SMOOTHIE n ¼ ripe avocado, stone removed n 1 ripe green kiwi fruit n 1 frozen banana n 1 handful kale or spinach, stems removed (organic, if possible) n 4 fl. oz./½ cup coconut water or coconut milk n Juice of ½ lime TO SERVE n Ripe green kiwi fruit, finely sliced and chopped n Nut butter n Fresh blueberries n Granola of choice n Desiccated coconut n Fresh lemon balm leaves, optional

Blend on a high speed until completely smooth. Spoon half of the chia pudding (see directions at right) into the base of two medium-sized glasses. For a beautiful artistic look, you don’t need to worry about making the layers even. Arrange a few kiwi fruit slices around the inside of the glasses. Cover with half of the kiwi fruit smoothie, the rest of the chia pudding and a dollop of nut butter. Top with the rest of the kiwi fruit smoothie and finish with another dollop of nut butter, as well as some chopped kiwi fruit and blueberries and a sprinkling of granola, coconut and lemon balm.

Yield 2 servings

TO make the chia pudding Put the chia seeds, vanilla and maple syrup (if using) in a bowl. Pour over the milk and mix until well combined. Stir every now and again in the first 10 minutes to prevent lumps from forming. Spoon into a medium-sized sealable glass jar and set aside to soak in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight. It’s ready when the chia seeds form a gelatinous substance around themselves and the overall consistency is thick and jelly-like. It can keep for a couple of days in the fridge, if unopened.

Reprinted with permission from Green Kitchen Smoothies by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. © 2016 Hardie Grant Books. 

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SHOGUN 27 Hibachi steak house with a sushi bar, 3376 Route 27, 732.422.1117

D’Italia Restaurant Italian fare, specializing in pizza, 1500 St. Georges Ave., 732.574.1120



Taormina Authentic Italian fare featuring an extensive wine list, 482 Kenilworth Blvd., 908.497.1717

The CRANBURY INN Traditional American dining, 21 S. Main St., 609.655.5595


ZINNA’S BISTRO Casual Italian fare, BYO, 1275 S. River Rd., 609.860.9600

ANTONIO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA Traditional Italian pizzeria, 453 Main St., 732.603.0008


The metuchen inn American fare in an upscale setting, 424 Middlesex Ave., 732.494.6444

FUJI Japanese hibachi and sushi, 485 Georges Rd., 732.274.8830 LA TAVERNA Cozy traditional Italian dining, 375 Georges Rd., 732.274.2200

THE ORCHID Glatt kosher dining, 455 Main St., 732.321.9829


CARPACCIO Ristorante Southern Italian fare, 651 Bound Brook Rd., 732.968.3242


gusto grill Traditional American food, 1050 Route 18 North, 732.651.2737


WASABI HOUSE Fresh sushi and authentic Japanese dishes in a friendly, relaxed environment, 77 Tices Ln., 732.254.9988


VILLA BORGHESE Traditional Italian fare with modern twists, 432 New Brunswick Ave., 732.738.0666



CASA GIUSEPPE Italian fine dining, 487 Route 27, 732.283.9111


PIERRE’S Fine international dining with an awardwinning wine list, 582 Georges Rd., 732.329.3219

GARVEY’S Family-friendly American eatery, 405 Spotswood Gravel Hill Rd., 732.521.3311

AL DENTE RISTORANTE Traditional Italian eatery, 1665 Stelton Rd., 732.985.8220 CHAND PALACE Family-friendly Indian restaurant featuring an all-vegetarian menu, 1296 Centennial Ave., 732.465.1474 mIDORI Authentic Japanese and hibachi dining, 1392 Centennial Ave., 732.981.9300


Main Street Bistro & Bar Euro-American bistro fare, 301 N. Harrison St., 609.921.2779

Genteel’s Trattoria & Pizzeria Italian cuisine featuring a variety of pastas, pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads, 1378 Route 206, 609.252.0880 Tiger’s Tale Bar and grill menu with sliders and extensive dinner specials, 1290 Route 206, 609.924.0262


CATHERINE LOMBARDI Italian with locally sourced ingredients, 3 Livingston Ave., 732.296.9463 DELTA’S RESTAURANT Southern cuisine with live music and specialty drinks, 19 Dennis St., 732.249.1551 the cranbury inn DUE MARI Modern Italian food featuring fresh local and seasonal ingredients, 78 Albany St., 732.296.1600 EVELYN’S Lebanese food with vegetarian options, 45 Easton Ave., 732.246.8792 THE FROG and THE PEACH American fare with a focus on fresh ingredients, 29 Dennis St., 732.846.3216 RESTAURANT 2FIFTY4 Saint Peter’s University Hospital restaurant, offering healthy dishes and vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 254 Easton Ave., 732.745.8600, ext. 7773

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THE BARGE Waterfront restaurant and cocktail lounge featuring steak and seafood dishes in generous portions, 201 Front St., 732.442.3000



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Elements American restaurant serving local steak and seafood, and a new bar bites menu, 66 Witherspoon St., 609.924.0078

CARIBBEAN CAFÉ Cuban cuisine, 85 Bayard St., 732.846.2620


THE PINE TAVERN Imaginative American cuisine with Continental flavors, 151 Route 34, 732.727.5060

LA VILLA Casual Italian dining, 335 Applegarth Rd., 609.655.3338

URBAN SPICE Authentic Indian fine dining, 42 Marconi Ave., 732.283.1043 DUSAL’S Casual Italian seafood and pizza eatery, 3300 Route 27, 732.821.9711

just Contemporary American and French fare, 2280 Route 9 South, 732.707.4800



Lee’s Sushi Premiere Japanese cuisine in a casual atmosphere, 438 Route 206 #5, 908.829.3140


BIG ED’S BARBECUE American barbecue, 305 Route 34, 732.583.2626

FRESCO Seafood and steak grill, prix fixe menu, 210 Ryders Ln., 732.246.7616

MIDORI SUSHI Japanese fusion with a sushi bar, 237 Raritan Ave., 732.246.4511

Big Heads Grill & Bar Grill favorites mixed with pub fare, 315 Route 206 #502, 908.281.0268

Istanbul Restaurant & Patisserie Turkish and Mediterranean fare boasting freshly baked pides and lahmajouns, 1000 Aaron Rd., 732.940.1122

Portuguese Manor Traditional Portuguese featuring sangria, 310 Elm St., 732.826.2233

SENS Asian cuisine Far East fusion cuisine, 4095 Route 1 South, 732.355.1919


ARTHUR’S STEAK HOUSE & PUB Traditional American steak house, 644 Georges Rd., 732.828.1117

Francesco pizzeria & Restaurant Casual Italian eatery and pizzeria, 23 N. Main St., 732.214.9222

aposto pizzeria Mediterranean grill and pizzeria, 76 Raritan Ave., 732.745.9011

PAD THAI Vegetarian-friendly Thai eatery, 217 Raritan Ave., 732.247.9636


TERESA CAFFE Simple Italian-inspired fare incorporating many fresh ingredients grown at nearby Canal Farm, 23 Palmer Sq. East, 609.921.1974 Witherspoon Grill Steak house dining featuring allnatural Angus beef and locally sourced poultry, 57 Witherspoon St., 609.924.6011

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Vinhus Portuguese fare with formal dining or casual bar and lounge, 157 E. Westfield Ave., 908.259.5907


Blue MooN Contemporary American and pub fare, 114 S. Broadway, 732.525.0014 COSTA VERDE Portuguese and Spanish cuisine featuring fresh seafood, 6039 Route 35 South, 732.727.7070


FLANAGAN’S American and Irish pub fare, 2501 Plainfield Ave., 908.757.1818 Kimchi Hana Traditional, authentic Korean BBQ restaurant where dishes are grilled at the table, 6101 Hadley Rd., 908.755.0777


KRAKOWIAK Casual Polish restaurant, BYO, 42 Main St., 732.238.0441 RIA-MAR Traditional Portuguese, Spanish and American fare, 25 Whitehead Ave., 732.257.1100


Stage Left Upscale American fare with an extensive wine list, 5 Livingston Ave., 732.828.4444

CHRIS MICHAEL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak and seafood restaurant, featuring a sushi bar, 40 Oakwood Ave., 732.634.5355

TUMULTY’S Upscale pub food, featuring steaks and seafood, 361 George St., 732.545.6205

MULBERRY STREET RESTAURANT Italian seafood eatery with exceptional steak and chop specials, 739 Rahway Ave., 732.634.4699

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Complete your collection at the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show in Rahway, Oct. 22.

OCT 19 You’ll want to be in attendance at the FREEDOM HOUSE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARDS BANQUET for an elegant evening of food, cocktails, philanthropy and more. The event will take place at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Freedom House. To register or donate, head to OCT 22 Whether you come in costume or just stop in for a visit, be ready for a day of fun at THE JERSEY SHORE COMIC BOOK SHOW at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Rahway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the latest and greatest comic books, toys, cards, collectibles and more. Admission: $5 for adults, free for kids under 12. Get all the details at OCT 29–30 Bring the family and

build with LEGOs during the BRICKFAIR LEGO EXPO at the Garden State Expo Center in Somerset from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event includes different LEGO creations, “construction” tips and activities for all ages. Admission: $12 per person, FREE for children age 3 and under. Tickets are available at the door or buy yours in advance at

NOV 3 Get some early holiday shopping done at the PACE BAZAAR VENDOR NIGHT, to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Matthew Jago School in Sewaren. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Program for the Advancement of Children’s Education and their attempts to help special needs children. Admission: FREE. Visit for more info. NOV 3 Calling all brides-to-be! Attendees of THE ELEGANT BRIDAL SHOW at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin can visit with wedding vendors, sample cakes, admire bridal gowns and listen to band and DJ selections from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are also prizes and gifts up for grabs—like a free honeymoon! Admission: FREE. For more information, head to NOV 6 New Providence’s FALL

FESTIVAL STREET FAIR will be held along Springfield Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The street will be turned into a giant familyfriendly block party, where visitors can go on rides, listen to live music and browse the wares of local merchants. Admission: FREE. Find out more at

NOV 19 Remember who’s been naughty and nice when you shop at THE WOMAN’S CLUB CRAFT SHOW AND BAKE SALE at Branchburg Central Middle

Renew your holiday spirit at A Christmas Carol in Princeton, Dec. 9–31.

School in Branchburg from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature various handmade crafts, baked goods, refreshments and door prizes. Admission: FREE. Visit for more details.

DEC 2–4 Embrace your inner elf at

ELF THE MUSICAL at the State Theatre of New Jersey in New Brunswick. Follow the story of Buddy the elf as he searches for his father, discovers his real identity and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Showtimes are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Performances are suitable for all ages. Tickets: $35–$95. To reserve your seats and for more details, go to

DEC 9–31 Get into the holiday spirit

and experience a live stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. There will be matinee and evening performances throughout the month. Tickets: $25–$76. For show days and times, visit

Send event listings to: Central Jersey Health & Life, 110 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ 07645; or email us at Listings must be received two months before the event and must include a phone number or website that will be published. Share events online by clicking the “Submit an Event” link below the Calendar at

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elegant encore A storied Manhattan hotel enters a second golden age, thanks to a meticulous restoration by architect David Rockwell. by rita guarna sometimes the greatest adventures are those enjoyed close to home. If a Manhattan “staycation� sounds tempting, spend a sojourn in the swank Carlton Hotel at Madison and 29th Street in the city’s re-energized NoMad neighborhood. The Beaux-Arts beauty is brimming with ultramodern amenities, while boasting an enchanting history fit for an Edith Wharton novel. Designed by renowned architect Harry Allen Jacobs, The Carlton originally opened as the Seville Hotel in 1904. Built of red brick with white terra-cotta trim on a rusticated limestone base, it featured such sculptural ornaments as rounded copper bays, cartouches and panels with foliage and lion heads. A stunning Tiffany-style glass skylight was also a focal point (later painted over to guard against World War II air raids).


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Several years ago, architect David Rockwell completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that returned the hotel (renamed The Carlton in 1987) to its former grandeur. A fleur-de-lis on the original hotel’s second floor so captivated Rockwell that he made it a design motif. He salvaged an existing antique revolving door and put in herringbone-patterned wood floors, oiled-bronze handrails, distressed paneling and antique mirrors. The skylight made a comeback, all 317 rooms were tastefully transformed and a cascading two-story waterfall was installed in the lobby. If you stay, you’ll find Herald Square and all of Midtown’s thrills just a few blocks to the north and the three-story Limelight Marketplace just to the south and west. And after you’ve dined a time or two at the hotel’s own eatery, Millesime, take in a casual-yet-elegant meal at nearby Madison & Vine wine bar or DB Bistro Moderne, a Parisian-style bistro run by famed chef Daniel Boulud that serves contemporary FrenchAmerican fare. All rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, 42-inch LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and electronic safes. Not keen on leaving your pooch behind? For an extra $50 your furry friend can come along through the hotel’s pet-friendly package, which includes a doggie welcome treat, bed, blanket, leash and more—just another feature that makes a visit to The Carlton worth staying close by. This page, from top: Rooms at the reborn Carlton are done in a rich palette of browns, creams and golds. A crystal light fixture adorns the mezzanine level. The acclaimed 150-seat Millesime (French for “vintage”) is a casual seafood brasserie presided over by chef Laurent Manrique. Opposite, from top: Behind a soothing waterfall in the lobby there’s a vintage photo of the hotel in its infancy as the Seville more than a century ago. Raw oysters are just one of the enticing menu items at the Oyster Bar at Millesime. central jersey he alth & Life

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Tropical Fruit

Half of the world loves nutritious guava. It just doesn’t happen to be our half—yet.

You may not come across guava in your regular supermarket, but if you visit Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Mexico or Central America—or a Latin American or Asian market closer to home—you’ll likely spot this seeded tropical fruit. Both the exterior and the flesh can range from pink to white, depending on the variety, and the most common type is the apple guava (Psidium guajava). About the size of its namesake, this fruit is grown on the guava tree, which is in the myrtle family of plants—its relatives include clove, allspice and eucalyptus. And its taste falls somewhere in the pleasant zone between the strawberry and the pear.

Power up Gobble a guava, and you can go right back to bed; you’ve had your vitamin C for the day—twice. (Eat your heart out, oranges!) Guava is also a good source of vitamin A, which helps with bone health and immunity, as well as folate, which can be beneficial for reproductive health. It’s rich in fiber, with 3 grams per fruit, contains protein (1 gram) and is relatively low in sugar (5 grams)— a trifecta that can help with weight loss. Furthermore, the pink variety is rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that may be helpful


in preventing certain cancers.

Buy/Store/ Serve Look for fruit that are slightly soft, with a little give when you press. Once ripe, guava bruises easily and spoils quickly, so plan accordingly when buying, and refrigerate what you can’t eat within a day or two. If you purchase a young fruit (it may appear more green than yellow, but not necessarily, and should feel firmer to the touch), simply keep it in a brown bag with a banana or an apple to speed ripening. Guavas can be eaten raw, just like apples (both the skin and the seeds are edible). They can also be blended into juices, including a popular Hawaiian drink called POG (passionfruit, orange and guava). In Indian cuisine, they may be served in the form of a dessert dish called “guava cheese,” which involves cooking the pulp with sugar, pressing it and cutting it into bars. Need

more ideas? A simple web search will pull up a range of guava recipes, from jellies and pastries to ice creams and cocktails.

Did you know?

Besides this fruit’s nutritional benefits, some healers believe its leaves have medicinal properties. In certain areas of the world they’re crushed and used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, tooth problems and even abrasions. In Japan, guava leaf tea is approved for use by patients with prediabetes and diabetes. —Liz Donovan

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