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Contents summer 2016


Difference Makers

When it comes to giving the best care, nurses at Saint Peter’s raise the bar.



Connecting the communit y

A new program at Saint Peter’s reaches out to others about diabetes and hypertension.


Be ware Zik a

Learn how to protect yourself and others from the spread of this virus.


Turning tragedy into phil anthropy

“Love, Annaleigh” helps parents with preemies and the hospital that cares for them.



Meet a cycling surgeon and a traveling internist.


Outdoor fun!

Balmy days are here once more, and you’ve got options galore.


A rock and a hardscape

With the adroit use of rigid surfaces and structures, outdoor spaces can be a stylish habitat for gracious living beyond your walls.


pools of wonder

A backyard swim can refresh the body and soothe the spirit— especially if it’s in a stunning setting.

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“Ten years ago I was treated for a diabetic wound. Today, my leg is still fine and I look forward to seeing my granddaughter graduate.”

—Frank DeMonico

THE WOUND CARE SPECIALISTS AT SAINT PETER’S SAVED MY LEG...AND MY LIFE. When a wound on my leg just wouldn’t heal, I was really worried. As a diabetic, non-healing wounds can cause serious complications. But thanks to the wound care specialists at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, my wound was fully healed. Today my leg is still fine…and I can’t wait to see my granddaughter graduate and head to college.

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Contents summer




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

You’ll find adventure and beachy bliss in the land of cou-cou—Barbados!

Local Buzz





The yard or patio can be a place to enjoy sunshine, fresh air—and your good taste.

Any way you slice it, cantaloupe is a refreshing summer fruit that bursts with flavor and health benefits.

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Power Food


Gather around the grill for one of these meaty meals.

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A TOP-NOTCH NURSING TEAM WHENEVER ANY PATIENT OR PHYSICIAN CHOOSES A hospital, one of their first considerations should be the quality of nursing care. Nurses, after all, are at the front lines of making people better, providing 24-7 bedside support and monitoring of a patient’s condition and the recovery process. Going by those standards, no place in the world ranks higher than Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The proof? Saint Peter’s was re-designated this spring as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for 2016-2020. There are only 430 Magnet hospitals out of more than 5,600 hospitals in the nation and thousands more worldwide. But what makes this achievement more remarkable still is that Saint Peter’s is now one of only five hospitals in the world to earn Magnet status a record five straight times. Imagine, only five hospitals on the entire planet! Saint Peter’s is now a member of that ultra-elite club, an incredible and inspiring achievement born of the expertise, caring, compassion and commitment of Saint Peter’s nurses. Please turn to “Inside Look” (page 14) to learn more. And there is much more to investigate in this summer’s edition of Central Jersey Health & Life. For one, Saint Peter’s is a statewide leader in treating the diabetes epidemic. See “Tech Savvy” (page 17). And with the Olympics on tap later in August in Rio de Janeiro, much talk has turned toward the Zika virus, which is spread by the bite of certain mosquitos and is raging in South America. There is a general fear as well that Zika will spread northward to this country as summer settles in. Saint Peter’s infectious disease doctors offer expert advice on Zika and its risks in “Seasonal Health” (page 18). Elsewhere, a grateful family donates their time and treasure to the Saint Peter’s NICU in memory of their late infant daughter (“Up Close,” page 19), while you can meet two Saint Peter’s physicians as they are when not in practice; one is an avid cyclist and the other a world traveler (“Faces of Saint Peter’s,” page 20). Of course, there are plenty of fashion, food and summer fun updates to complete your reading pleasure. Please enjoy the magazine.


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We’re proud to be among the nation’s safest hospitals.

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IS COMMITTED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PATIENT SAFETY. That’s why we were honored...once again...with an “A” grade for excellence in the commitment we have to the patients and families that we serve.

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CELEBRATING THE OUTDOORS EVERY NOW AND THEN I daydream about moving to a tropical paradise— most likely when I’m staring at a foot of snow in my driveway! But one thing Central Jersey has that tropical destinations can only envy is its four distinct, delightful seasons. For us, the balmy weather the summer brings each year is something to celebrate — and that’s exactly what we do in this “outdoors” issue. Read on page 24 about where to go hiking, biking, boating or bird-watching and where to play a round of golf in our area. (Did you know that our very own Institute Woods in Princeton is one of the best spots in the state to observe the migration of warblers and other songbirds?) Refer to our articles on pages 26 and 32 about transforming your backyard into an outdoor oasis. And take a look at page 23. The outdoor furniture and accessories we’ve gathered there prove once and for all that durable doesn’t mean dull. What else will you find in this issue of Central Jersey Health & Life? We take you on an armchair tour of Barbados (page 46), present a trio of meaty summertime meals (page 36) and share the many health benefits of one of my favorite summer fruits—cantaloupe (page 48). There’s more to enjoy in this issue, as you’ll discover. As for me, I’m stepping outside for a bit. It’s simply too lovely not to. Enjoy!





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You don’t have to wait for autumn to visit an orchard—many farms in Central Jersey are brimming with ripe, delicious fruit right now! Here’s a list of spots where “pick-your-own” is a popular and sometimes preferred harvest method. Head to Terhune Orchards (330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, 609.924.2310; terhuneorchards .com) for some of the best blackberry and blueberry picking in the region. It’s worry-free too— the farm’s blackberries are the thornless variety. Entry is free; you simply pay for what you pick. Von Thun Farms (519 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, 732.329.8656; is another option for blueberry and blackberry picking. Visitors must purchase a $5 pass before entering the fields, but your admission fee is applied toward the final cost of your harvest. Don’t let the name fool you—Lee Turkey Farm (201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor, 609.448.0629; has an abundance

A gallery of dreams Lifelong friends Shaun Daley and Michelle Pankowski Mundt were getting ready to leave when it happened— a burst pipe filled their Somerville storefront with four inches of water just weeks before its grand opening. But a short delay for cleanup and repairs wouldn’t derail their dream of operating an art gallery, and Gallery on Main officially opened its doors in June. The gallery features works by both international and noteworthy local artists from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania (including Daley, who met his business partner at Immaculata High School). And there are plans in the works for juried exhibitions as well as a Featured Artist of the Month. Special events are part of the appeal too. In late June, for example, artist and author J.L. Gonzalez was in the house to sign copies of his latest book Pothole. Not in the market for art? Don’t let that prevent you from visiting. Gallery on Main also features a wide variety of antiques, collectibles and vintage items (furniture, decorative accessories, toys). And you can get art— and photographs—restored and framed here too. Be sure to drop in the next time you’re in town. Gallery on Main, 30 W. Main St., Somerville, 908.722.4234;





of fruit waiting to be picked. Pay-by-weight summer fruits include peaches, melons, pears, blackberries, raspberries and nectarines. The farm also offers a kid-friendly Harvest Tour available from July to October that teaches children about the various fruits and vegetables. Make Giamarese Farm & Orchards (155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick, 732.821.9494; your destination if you’re looking for fresh peaches and nectarines now through September. Weekend picking passes are $7, which includes a hayride to and from the field. And hold on to your pass—it’s good for a $5 credit at the farm market. It’s blueberries galore at Snyder’s Farm (586 S. Middlebush Rd., Somerset, 732.496.0441;, where it’s free to walk the blueberry fields—you only pay for what you pick. After picking, drop by the farm store and check out the homemade jams, salsas and barbecue sauces. Pick-your-own veggies are expected to start up in late July. Check the farm’s Facebook page for details.

Breath of fresh air More than 125 children affected by asthma recently attended the Breathe Easier with Asthma Management (BEAM) event and pep rally at the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County. There, the kids received free asthma screenings, learned about the early warning signs and pledged to educate their families and others about the disease. Former New York Giants and Jets player and Boys & Girls Clubs ambassador Steve Weatherford (pictured taking a selfie with the children) was on hand to participate in the asthma awareness activities with the kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 million Americans suffer from asthma, and it’s the leading chronic disease in children. One out of every 10 children has asthma, in fact, and it’s the most cited reason for missed school days. BEAM was created in 2014 to raise awareness about asthma and educate youth and their parents about the disease and how best to manage it.

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Wineglasses & paintbrushes Gather some friends and toast to your creative abilities at one of the many paint-and-sip spots in the area. Here’s a sampling of locations where you can enjoy a glass of wine (BYO) while creating a colorful masterpiece on canvas. No experience or talent required! Tough day at work? Unwind at Art e Vino (102 N. Union Ave., Cranford, 908.967.6270;, which is conveniently located near the train station. Drop in on a class or work on your own original creation. Art e Vino will provide all the supplies you’ll need. The classes at Corks & Canvas (8 Gordon Ave., Lawrenceville, 609.895.0340; include cheese, cracker and pepperoni trays for those who want to paint, sip and snack. It’s owned by a local mother-and-son team—Rosemary and Glenn Sudnick. Independently owned and operated, The Painter’s Loft (1 Tree Farm

Rd., Pennington, 609.730.4278; thepainters offers “adult night out” classes on Friday and Saturday nights only. If you don’t finish your work of art, or simply want to touch it up, you’re free to return on a Tuesday or Thursday between 2 and 7 p.m. Pinot’s Palette (locations in East Brunswick, Princeton, Somerville and Summit; has the paint-and-sip concept down. With more than 175 franchises in North America, it’s by far the biggest operator in the burgeoning industry. There’s even a rewards program—Pinot Perks­­—in which you collect virtual corks that you can redeem for a free class. Wine and Design (locations in Milltown, Princeton and Rahway; wineand encourages you to “sign up, show up, sip up and paint!” It’s a great place to celebrate a birthday, host a bachelorette party or just enjoy a fun night out with the girls.

If you frequent the same Central Jersey eateries, it’s time to try something new. Fortunately, this pair of places opened in time to enjoy this summer. The Good Roots Café is firmly planted at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery (1051 Route 202, Ringoes, 800.422.6008;, offering fresh seasonal fare from Blue Fish Grill and tasty baked goods and certified fair trade coffee from Factory Fuel Co., both in nearby Flemington. Blue Fish Grill’s famous housemade crab cake rounds out an eclectic menu that also includes sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, specials sprouting from local produce and “quick grabs” like soaked oats and a Greek yogurt cup. The flower-filled, garden-like setting of the nursery is an added bonus. The Belgian is the most popular waffle in the United States. But Liege waffles—made with a yeasted dough and caramelized pearl sugar—are the most common variety in Belgium. You can try the specialty at Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream (252 Nassau St., Princeton, 609.688.6896; ninaswafflesofprinceton .com) in both sweet and savory dishes—bacon and cheddar, mac ‘n’ cheese with BBQ pulled pork, roasted fig jam with double-cream brie or a scoop or two of housemade artisanal ice cream. There are two dozen flavors to choose from. Key lime raspberry, perhaps? Or maybe you’re in the mood for double espresso crunch. No matter. They’re all good!



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There’s nothing better than a home-cooked meal, and the volunteers at SAGE know all about that. The Meals on Wheels program at SAGE—the Summit area Association for Gerontological Endeavor—is commemorating its 50th year of delivering hot meals to area residents who are frail, homebound or disabled. Meals delivered by SAGE are planned by a registered dietitian and are low in fat and sodium. The organization also caters to special diets, offering diabetic, pureed and kidney-friendly meals. If you still like to slip on an apron and make your own meals, SAGE volunteers will help you buy all the ingredients. Former Major League Baseball player and YES Network analyst Al Leiter and his family recently joined volunteers to deliver meals in the area and met some fans along the way. Pictured during their delivery route are the Leiters: Lori, Jack and Al. central jersey he alth & Life

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Difference makers When it comes to giving the best care, nurses at Saint Peter’s raise the bar. Think back to the last time you visited a hospital—whether you or a loved one was the one lying in bed. What caregivers did you see most often? For most of us, the winners, hands down, are nurses. So you might not be surprised to learn that national research into hospital care now connects the dots between good patient care and a focus on high-quality nurses. “We put a great amount of effort into making sure we are building a very professional, qualified nursing force,” says Linda Carroll, RNC, MSN, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “Not only does that help us improve patient care, it helps us attract more high-quality nurses. That results in even better care.” As an example of their successful focus on nursing, Saint Peter’s recently became only the fifth hospital out of 430 hospitals in the world to have earned recognition as a Magnet® hospital from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (see sidebar) five times in a row. Saint Peter’s first received Magnet designation in 1998. “The Magnet program is very intense,” Carroll says. “And over the 18 years we’ve been a part of it, it’s gotten more and more detailed. But each time, our nurses demonstrate with both examples and statistics why we deserve this recognition. It’s important to us, because it’s important to our patients.” The Magnet survey covers more than 90 topics and includes an on-site visit by nursing experts. It also focuses on all levels of nursing, including the nurse at the bedside and those in leadership positions. With such a wide focus, patients at Magnet hospitals gain important health benefits, compared to other hospitals, according to published research. These benefits include fewer falls, fewer


bed sores (pressure ulcers) that can get infected and even fewer deaths. This research should not be surprising, professionals say. Staff nurses work very closely with patients and their families, physicians and other caregivers. “When you’re a patient, nurses are right by your side many times every hour during their 12-hour shifts,” says Shannel Kane, R.N., staff nurse at Saint Peter’s. “They’re the ones to track changes in your health and ask you about

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From left to right: Shannel Kane, RN; Wilhelmina Ungco, CCRN; Lynda Bern, RN; Karen Nunn, RN; and Aaron Freeman, BC-RN.

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your comfort. They’re also the ones who circle back to your doctor when there’s a change, to share updates and recommend next steps based on their training and their personal knowledge of you.” So bedside nurses are likely to first notice issues with their specific patients and develop solutions for the variety of challenges that can affect patients throughout the hospital. At Saint Peter’s, for example, nurses worked to help anxious mothers who were too ill to visit their newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Their simple idea: Use nursery computers to Skype live video to moms. Initially dubbed Peekaboo NICU, the service now called NicView reaches family all over the world, who can visit with newborns using a password-protected website. The Magnet survey also encourages nurses to share innovations with others. Nurses at Saint Peter’s accomplish this by hosting education sessions every week, to

focus on the latest procedures and equipment. “We love learning about these options because it ensures that we have the latest information for our patients,” Kane says. “We see what a difference these can make for their care and comfort.” For example, staff recently introduced an automatic alarm that alerts nurses when patients get out of bed. “So if a patient who might be at risk for a fall starts to get up, we go to them to help, even if they forget to call us,” Kane says. “They’re delighted to know how in touch we are.” Staff also trains each other on new products and technology. This might include sharing information about something as simple as high-protein ice cream— which can be important for cancer patients who have trouble getting enough nutrition from regular foods. Or training could introduce new medicines and procedures. “What we do every day affects patient care on so many levels, and the Magnet

program recognizes that,” Kane says. “It’s not just a symbol we hang on the wall. It’s a reminder that every nurse in the hospital is held to high standards of care and that these standards are important for our patients and their families.”

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achieves rare feat Earlier this year, Saint Peter’s University Hospital learned that it has again been granted recognition as a Magnet® hospital from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only about 7 percent of hospitals worldwide have earned this honor. But with this recent recognition, Saint Peter’s has set an international record: It is only the fifth in the world to be named a Magnet hospital five times in a row. What does this mean for you? The Magnet designation signifies that a hospital focuses on excellence in nursing. This designation, in turn, gives patients an easy way to identify where they are more likely to get good care. And it has become the gold standard for hospitals. As an example of why, research shows that patients who receive care in Magnet facilities are more likely to have a shorter hospital stay, are less likely to need intensive care, and rate their satisfaction with care much higher than patients at other hospitals. Recent reports also show that patients who receive surgery in hospitals with better nursing care also have much better results, according to JAMA Surgery, a specialty journal of the American Medical Association. Hospitals volunteer to undergo the regular, intense surveys related to the Magnet program. And at Saint Peter’s, this translates to specific and significant improvements in care as well as in staff satisfaction.

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Connecting the community

Yolanda Jorge, an advanced practice nurse at Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center, examines Teodora CisneroCajero, a patient in Saint Peter’s “patient-centered medical home” for high-need uninsured and underinsured adults with diabetes and hypertension.

New program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital reaches out to others about diabetes, hypertension.

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Here’s knowledge that can save a life: Anda sakit! Kami akan membantu Anda! Do you understand? Can you make sense of the phrases? If you don’t understand the language, you can relate to the thousands of people in central Jersey who don’t understand much of the health information around them—much less how to find care. For those who don’t speak English, a minor health ailment can result in serious, lifelong health issues and even death. The Indonesian words above translate to: “You’re getting sick! We’ll help you!” But even for people who know the language, barriers to getting the right care include knowing who to see, where to go, how to pay and even how to find transportation. “With all these barriers, many people end up in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital, when a simple office visit could have kept them healthy,” says Lorraine Nelson, PhD, and manager of a new outreach effort at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “Breaking down barriers is a trend we’ve been changing over the last four years. And the results have been amazing.” As part of a five-year, $20.5 million program funded by a grant, a dedicated team of health experts at Saint Peter’s has been focusing its attention on people with high blood pressure and diabetes. The goal: to provide them with the care, education and support they need to take charge of their health. Saint Peter’s has put in place a broad spectrum of successful programs to reach those who have no insurance or who do not have enough to cover the care they need. Called the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), it began in 2012 with funding from the

state of New Jersey. Patients will be referred into the program via outpatient services, the emergency department, inpatient services, same-day service locations and community health screenings conducted by Saint Peter’s clinical staff. “We reach out to people through our mobile van, through the mail, at events here at the center and in the emergency room,” says Elizabeth Ramirez, R.N., BSN, the full-time community health nurse and medical interpreter at Saint Peter’s Diabetes and Hypertension Center. “We follow up with them over weeks and months by phone, through visits here to the center and at their homes.” Services range from offering medical tests and specialty care to helping patients find insurance. The center began with 30 patients and now works with more than 700 adults of all ages. Staff members talk about how very appreciative their clients are for how this program helps them change their lives. “You can see how excited they are when their diabetes or blood pressure tests improve dramatically over time,” Ramirez says. “And when you’re here at the center and see them reach out to others, sharing what has worked to help them, that’s powerful,” Nelson says. “It’s encouraging to our clients and it’s encouraging to our staff.” Ever watchful for new ways to reach people with diabetes or high blood pressure, the staff at Saint Peter’s is likely to get busier in the coming months. They have launched a door-to-door campaign to reach 900 more families.

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Beware Zika

Protect yourself and others from the spread of this virus.


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symptoms that last two to seven days,” says Peter Wenger, M.D., pediatric infectious disease specialist with The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Symptoms include headache, rash, fever and back pain. But we should all be concerned about the virus spreading into the United States. “A lot of people travel to Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and many expats from these areas live here in New Jersey,” says David Alcid, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “They go home to visit, so the potential for exposure is there, and like any new infection this can spread. Even if you don’t travel, it is coming to us. We are all at risk.” There is no vaccine yet, so experts recommend we all work hard to prevent mosquito bites—after all, the bugs carry a lot of other diseases too—and anyone who has traveled to areas of concern should abstain from sex or follow safe practices for up to six months. To stay up to date on the latest information, call your local health department or check the CDC’s special website,

1. Use insect repellents. Products containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol or IR3535 can be applied to skin. Follow label instructions. 2. Cover up. When outside, wear long sleeves, pants and socks. Mosquitoes may bite through thin fabric, so spray thin clothes with an EPA-registered repellent like permethrin. Don’t apply permethrin directly to skin. 3. Mosquito-proof your home. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep insects out. Use air conditioning if you have it. 4. Get rid of mosquito breeding sites. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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If you follow the news, you can’t have missed the growing global health concern caused by the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus, first found in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda, causes mild, flu-like symptoms for the majority of those infected. For women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, however, the virus can cause a serious birth defect in a developing baby, called microcephaly, in which the baby’s head is much smaller than normal and can lead to serious, lifelong disability or death. The virus, which can also be transmitted sexually, appeared in Brazil in 2015 and has since spread through much of Central and South America. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have issued warnings that women of childbearing age should avoid travel to locations where outbreaks have occurred, including Brazil, the site of this summer’s Olympic Games. Here at home, most of us need not be alarmed about the disease itself. “Most Zika infections are asymptomatic—only about 20 percent of those with the virus develop mild

ways to keep the bugs at bay

up close

Turning tragedy

into philanthropy “Love, Annaleigh” helps parents with preemies and the hospital that cares for them.

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“Even the biggest miracles need a little help sometimes.” That’s the motto driving “Love, Annaleigh,” a philanthropic foundation established to honor the memory of Annaleigh DiGiuseppe. Annaleigh, unlike her brother and sister, was the biggest and seemingly strongest of the triplets born at Saint Peter’s University Hospital on June 27, 2009, 15 weeks premature. Despite the care given to her by the Saint Peter’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she developed a fatal gastrointestinal disease common in premature babies called necrotizing enterocolitis, and she died at the age of 2 months. “It happened really quick,” says mother Brooke, 35, an employee training coordinator for Cracker Barrel. She and her husband, Joe, 37, an English teacher at Freehold Township Regional High School, live in Hamilton with Annaleigh’s now-thriving siblings, Charlie and Lily. “We thought she was fine, but on August 21 the doctor called and said she was sick. They took her into surgery, so we were still hopeful, but after 20 minutes they saw her entire bowel was dead. They told us she would not wake up from her coma. We stayed with her all night.” So did the doctors and nurses on staff that evening, as Saint Peter’s closed the NICU to allow the family to privately say goodbye. “We held her and they made it as easy as possible for us,” she says. “We love Saint Peter’s for that.” About a year later, Brooke and Joe contemplated “doing something to keep her memory alive,” she says. “We wanted her life to mean something.” They asked family and friends to donate items like mobiles and rattles for the NICU, which they took to the hospital

on the anniversary of Annaleigh’s death. Their organization grew to the point that in 2014 they formed a 501c3 corporation. As fundraising brought in more money, they were able to help families in need. For instance, one family’s premature infant, after spending almost a full year in the NICU, needed a service dog, and Love, Annaleigh funded its purchase. They also hold parent mixers the first of each month so parents with preemies can learn about the NICU and prematurity. “They get to talk, tell stories and make connections with others who are in the same situation that they are,” Brooke says. “One woman came in, and when I told her about my two healthy kids, she started to cry and said, ‘Thank you, I just needed someone to tell me it might be OK.’ I want to help people feel better. It is a horrible experience, but it does end and most of the time, it ends OK.” This year, they established a scholarship fund for high school seniors who spent their first days in the NICU. The foundation has also purchased toys for the pediatric ICU and funded two transilluminators—fiber-optic lights that are used to explore tiny blood vessels in premature babies—for the NICU. “We want to do this because of how positive an experience we had at Saint Peter’s,” says Joe. “Even though the worst possible thing happened—we lost a child—the people in the NICU made us feel at home. The first couple of years, every time we said Annaleigh’s name it was in sadness. Now we use her name 25 times a day, generally in a positive context. It has been great for us.” To learn more about Love, Annaleigh or to make a donation, go to

to find out more about services avail able for you or your family at saint peter’s university hospital, please call 732.745.8542 or visit To share this article with a friend or to recommend it on your Facebook page, visit

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Andrew M. Camerota, M.D. General surgeon

Staying physically active informs both the work and lifestyle of Andrew M. Camerota, M.D., a general surgeon with Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Dr. Camerota, 57, lives in Princeton and has three daughters, ages 18 to 29. Originally from Philadelphia, he attended Thomas Jefferson University Medical School there, then completed his surgery residency at Boston University. During a four-year stint in the U.S. Army, he received further training in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He has been associated with Saint Peter’s for about 20 years, first in private practice and now as part of Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, its network of affiliated physician practices. What made you want to become a surgeon?

I like science, I like working with my hands, and I like people and human interaction. In 12th grade, while in public school, there was a special program that allowed me to work in the OR at Thomas Jefferson, and then I knew I wanted to be a surgeon. I didn’t know how to pay for it, though. I have a pretty good sense of adventure, so I thought, why not go the Army route? I was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, which was great. I had a fair amount of time off, so I put on my civilian clothes and my family and I drove all around Europe. Fitness is a big part of your life. What do you like to do?

I like biking—I do 10 to 30 miles a week, which is not really that much, and I also like hiking in the Adirondacks. I used to drag my daughters up there. I go to the gym as much as possible. I do it all to stay in shape and stay active, which I think dovetails with what I do in surgery. Describe the way your work impacts a patient’s lifestyle?

Most of what I do in abdominal surgery now can be done through laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgery gets people back to an active lifestyle quicker, which I think is really important in any person’s life.

Most of what I do in abdominal surgery now can be done through laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgery gets people back to an active lifestyle quicker.


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—Andrew M. Camerota, M.D.

Nazia Rizvi, M.D. Internal medicine

Whenever she gets some extended time off, Nazia Rizvi, M.D., likes to get away from it all—literally. Travel is her passion, and Dr. Rizvi, 46, an internist with Saint Peter’s University Hospital, has been all over the world with her husband, Waheeb Rizvi, 49, a banker, and their daughters Faryal, 19, and Sidra, 18. Now living in East Brunswick, she grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and attended Dow Medical College in Karachi. She came to the United States in 1996 for her residencies at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, on Staten Island, and at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, in Elizabeth. Why did you become a doctor?

Throughout my childhood, I always thought it was the only thing I could do. There were no doctors in my family at all, but I had this ambition that I would do it. I had always seen bad diseases in Pakistan, and I thought I would do something about that, so I become a doctor. I was most interested in preventive and primary care. What do you like best about your career?

I like when my patients get better—that is the best feeling. Being a doctor is always very rewarding in that way. What interests you about travel?

I like to explore different cultures, their history, the architecture. I love to go to different places and get the feel of those countries. I especially love Turkey; it has so much history and culture. Italy also stands out. Rome, Florence, Venice—I love the old cities, the cobblestone streets, the nightlife. I have also been to England, France, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. And I go back to Pakistan every two years for a few weeks to visit my parents. What is your next big trip?

Morocco and Spain. They are beautiful countries with a lot of history. I am just starting to work on it—maybe we will go next year.

I like when my patients get better—that is the best feeling. Being a doctor is always very rewarding in that way. linda bohm

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gatherings at saint peter’s A week of their own Hundreds of nurses from Saint Peter’s Healthcare System celebrated National Nurses Week from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6, in grand style, hosting a lunch for employees, an awards ceremony, a cupcake contest, a special Mass and a range of other activities. Nurses on the pediatrics unit at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital are seen marking the week in this group photo. From left: Debbie Carl, R.N.; Barbara Bracht, nursing unit secretary; Taneesha Slacum, nursing unit secretary; Raquel Parada, patient care technician; Carmen Feleciano, R.N.; Erin Sharick, R.N.; Debbie Powell, R.N.; and Margie Pinkiewicz, R.N.

Best of the best This March, Saint Peter’s became only the fifth hospital in the world to win the prestigious Magnet recognition for nursing excellence for a fifth straight time. This amazing and rare achievement was a central theme of the day when various nurse leaders at Saint Peter’s went before the microphone as special guests during a five-hour-long Nurses Week broadcast heard on Magic 98.3 FM. Pictured: Shannel Kane, R.N., chats with morning show host Chris McCoy.

Prayers for and from our nurses Saint Peter’s dedicated a Mass to its nurses on May 2, part of its National Nurses Week festivities. “Our nursing staff is one of the most caring and compassionate groups of health care professionals found anywhere in the world,” says Linda Carroll, RNC, MSN, chief nursing officer. “They constantly set the standard for exemplary care, always keeping patients and families first in their work. National Nurses Week recognized that excellence.” Taking part in prayer are, from left, Lauren Wadams, R.N.; Eliza Sanchez, R.N.; Sharon Haskins, R.N., director, medical surgery and critical care; and Roseann DiBrienza, R.N., director, perioperative services.

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home front With these strung bulbs from Crate and Barrel, no backyard bash needs to end at nightfall.

outdoor delights

Must outdoor furniture forever fall short of the refined beauty of its indoor kin? The Amalfi wicker sectional by Alfresco Home proves it ain’t so.

the yard or patio can be a place to enjoy sunshine, fresh air—and your good taste.

Handcrafted in Bali, the fringed and ornamented umbrella with a carved pole and a gilded white canopy from Pier 1 Imports is called “tedung” in the Balinese dialect, which means “to guard.” In any language it’s a shade-giving conversation starter.

These 100 percent polyester Nova indoor-outdoor pillows from Pottery Barn resist moisture, fading, stains—and monotony!

See the light with a wood and rope candle-bearing lantern from West Elm, made in India. Nothing else holds a candle to it. Warning: Always sunbathe with a buddy! The dangerously comfortable Savannah sun lounger from Barlow Tyrie, hand-woven from synthetic wicker, may have you snoozing in the sun.

From Safavieh comes this durable indoor-outdoor sisal-weave rug in a swirling arabesque design.

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Hand-applied antiquing and a finish of aged bronze lend visual distinction to the sturdy Newbury rectangle trestle table from Fortunoff, while its ultraviolet ray-resistant powder coat finish makes it extra practical. central jersey he alth & Life


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Balmy days are here once more, and you’ve got options galore.

golf Eager to get back in the swing? You can practice your strokes at one of the driving ranges in the area or head straight to the course—there are more than a dozen open-to-the-public ones to choose from. Ashbrook Golf Course 1210 Raritan Rd. Scotch Plains 908.756.0414 ashbrookgolfcourse .com Bunker Hill Golf Course 220 Bunker Hill Rd. Princeton 908.359.6335 bunker.distinctgolf .com Cranbury Golf Club 49 Southfield Rd. West Windsor 609.799.0341 Galloping Hill Golf Course 3 Golf Dr. Kenilworth 908.241.8700 gallopinghillgolfcourse .com Green Knoll Golf Course 587 Garretson Rd. Bridgewater


908.722.1301 Hyatt Hills Golf Complex 1300 Raritan Rd. Clark 732.669.9100 The Meadows at Middlesex 70 Hunters Glen Dr. Plainsboro 609.799.4000 Mercer Oaks East & West 725 Village Rd. West Princeton Junction 609.882.2177 Mountain View Golf Course 850 Bear Tavern Rd. Ewing 609.882.4093 Neshanic Valley Golf Course 2301 S. Branch Rd.

Neshanic Station 908.369.8200 Princeton Country Club 1 Wheeler Way Princeton 609.452.9382 Quail Brook Golf Course 625 New Brunswick Rd. Somerset 732.560.9199 Raritan Landing Golf Course 491 Sidney Rd. Piscataway 732.885.9600 Royce Brook Golf Club 201 Hamilton Rd. Hillsborough 908.904.0499 Rutgers University Golf Course

777 Hoes Ln. West Piscataway 848.445.2637 Spooky Brook Golf Course 582 Elizabeth Ave. Somerset 732.873.2242 Tamarack Golf Course 97 Hardenburg Ln. East Brunswick 732.821.8881 Tara Greens Golf Center 955 Route 27 Somerset 732.247.8284 taragreensgolfcenter .com Warrenbrook Golf Course 500 Warrenville Rd. Warren 908.754.8402


For canoe, rowboat or kayak owners, the area has several places to ply the waters. Don’t own a boat? Rent one! The 25-mile Lower Raritan corridor has many public access points from which to launch a canoe or kayak. Head to the Edison Boat Basin, Sayreville Boat Dock, Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, Johnson Park in Piscataway or Donaldson Park in Highland Park and enjoy scenery ranging from urban settings and small river towns to farm country and woodlands. You can also bring your boat to Mercer Lake in West Windsor— or rent one at the Mercer County Marina. Pedal boats are available for rental at Warinanco Park

in Roselle, Echo Lake Park in Mountainside and Colonial Park in Somerset. You can also rent canoes and kayaks (go to canoenj .com) and spend the day paddling on the Delaware & Raritan Canal or Lake Carnegie. The Somerset County Park Commission offers a variety of introductory experiences on Branta Pond at the Environmental Education Center, including “CAN-U-CANNU??” and “KANU-KAYAK??” Once you pass the class, you’re able to participate in the kayak and canoe trips offered.

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Hiking Central Jersey boasts an abundance of scenic spots to “take a hike,” whether you’re a casual stroller or a disciplined athlete who thrives on steep inclines and rugged terrain. Cheesequake State Park (Matawan): Located in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems, this park is home to open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp and a northeastern hardwood forest. Five designated trails, ranging from 1.5 miles to 3.5 miles, vary in difficulty level from easy to moderate. Jamesburg Park Conservation Area (East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood and Monroe Township): This 1,400-acre park features a network of four marked trails ranging in length from 0.6 mile to 2.8 miles, totaling 7 miles. John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve (Old Bridge): Four major hiking trails,

ranging from a half-mile to 2.1 miles, can be found at the 1,700-acre preserve. Plainsboro Preserve (Plainsboro): Hike more than 5 miles of trails at this 1,000acre preserve, which is home to more than 150 species of birds. Thompson Park Conservation Area (Monroe Township): Nine miles of trails enable you to take a short stroll or string several together for a longer hike. Washington Crossing State Park (Titusville): The 3,575-acre park is well known for its 15 miles of trails and wildlife, including whitetail deer, great-horned owl and red-tailed hawk.

birdwatching Attention ornithology enthusiasts: Central Jersey is home to a wide variety of winged species and some great spots for ogling them. See the sites below; learn more at Herrontown Woods (Princeton): The spring and fall migrations bring the greatest number of species to the woods, including warblers and thrushes. There are permanent residents too, such as the great-horned owl and Eastern screech owl. Institute Woods (Princeton): The 589acre nature reserve comes alive each spring with wave after wave of migrating

warblers. In fact, it’s one of the best spots in the state to observe the migration of warblers and other songbirds. Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary (Bernardsville): More than 60 species of birds nest in the 276-acre sanctuary, including Louisiana waterthrush, ruby-throated hummingbird, pileated woodpecker and great-horned owl.


Two of the hottest spots in the state for mountain biking are located in our area—the 719-acre Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater Township and Sourland Mountain Preserve, whose 4,000 acres extend across Hillsborough and Montgomery townships through southern Hunterdon and northern Mercer counties to the Delaware River. Both offer miles of trails for different skill levels in an undisturbed natural setting. Another option: Mercer County Park, which has four dedicated mountain biking trails for all levels of skill and ability. If you prefer pavement, bring your bike to Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Township, which features 3.5 miles of trails along both the canal and the Raritan River. At Natirar Park, a 404-acre site in Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills and Bedminster, two trails (1.3 miles and 1 mile) traverse scenic meadows and wooded areas. In Mercer County, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail stretches for nearly 20 miles through Lawrence and Hopewell Townships. central jersey he alth & Life

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a rock and

outdoor SPACES needn’t POSE a dilemma. with the adroit use of rigid surfaces and structures, they can be a stylish habitat FOR GRACIOUS LIVING BEYOND YOUR WALLS.

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Imagine the possibilities! In this charmingly exposed living room, rattan singleseaters and a mirror-topped table are the per fect foil to the tiled stone floor before the fireplace. The wooden ceiling, recessed lighting and overthe-mantel lanterns assure that the mood is refined even when the breeze is autumnal. The stone-faced island table and accompanying wooden stools make for a cool eating area in front of the stainless steel grill.

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This page: It’s just a few steps from a stone pathway into an open yard, but see how a small wooden walk-over bridge emphasizes it as a charming transition. Opposite: There’s a lively visual conversation between the vertical-horizontal stones of the fireplace and the diagonally patterned red bricks of the patio surface. In the cushioned outdoor chairs, guests have a ringside seat.


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This page: Slate-gray Adirondack chairs rock (one of them literally) on a round slate patio, assembled around a grand stone firepit that seems to call for roasting s’mores. Opposite: An unfinished, grid-patterned wooden gate is attached to a stone wall that is topped by a suitably weather-seasoned copper finial.


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pools of wonder

a backyard swim can refresh the body and soothe the spirit—especially if it’s in a stunning setting.

A pergola presides over a backyard oasis, creating a space where guests can gather and retreat from the sun.

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Top: Mosaic tiles come in a range of colors and finishes— from plain to iridescent. Bottom: A stone wall creates privacy, while spouting fountains add an enchanting touch.


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LED lighting in and around a pool sets the mood and creates the perfect ambiance for an evening swim. central jersey he alth & Life

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we’ll meat again

gather around the grill for one of these manly meals.

Reprinted with permission from Paleo Monday to Friday by Daniel Green © 2016 Kyle Books. Photographs © Peter Cassidy.


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Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions Serves 2 INGREDIENTS n 2 7-oz. filet mignon steaks n 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil n Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper n 8 oz. fresh mushrooms (any variety), chopped n 1 Tb. chopped fresh thyme n ž cup red wine n 5½ oz. carrots For the caramelized onions n 3 onions, thinly sliced n 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed n Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS n First make the caramelized onions: Place the onions in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cover and cook, stirring infrequently, until they are dry and almost sticking to the pan (about 20 minutes). n Stir in the oil and a large pinch of salt, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally and adding oil as needed to keep them from sticking without getting greasy, for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on how silky you want them. Season to taste and set aside. n Meanwhile, brush the steaks all over with a little olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place a large grill pan over medium-high heat and, when hot, add the steaks and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side (or until done to your liking), then remove from the pan and set aside. n Add the remaining olive oil to the pan, add the mushrooms and cook over high heat for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown. n Add the wine and thyme to the pan, bring to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the wine has reduced slightly. n Plate the steaks with a spoonful of sauce, the caramelized onions on the side and a few carrots too, if you like.

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Grilled Lamb Chops on Carrot Purée with Roasted Garlic Serves 4

INGREDIENTS n 1.3 lbs. carrots, peeled and roughly chopped n 12 lamb chops or cutlets (about 4 oz. each), trimmed of fat n 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced n 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, cut into thirds n 2 Tbs. olive oil n Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS n Preheat the oven to 350°F. n Place the carrots in a saucepan of boiling water and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until soft. n Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, cut a few incisions in the lamb and slide in a few garlic slivers and a sprig of rosemary in each chop. Place on a foil-lined baking pan and roast in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes (depending on size). n Drain the carrots, transfer to a food processor and add the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and process to a smooth purée. n Serve the lamb with the carrot purée and garnish with some fresh rosemary.

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Sirloin Steak Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS n 4 to 6 lbs. sirloin beef n 2 tsp. olive oil n Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper n Canned hearts of palm, sliced n 7 oz. (about 5 cups) green salad, including arugula For the balsamic vinaigrette n Ÿ cup plus 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar n Juice of ½ large lemon n 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard n 1 garlic clove, crushed n 1 tsp. dried basil n 1 Tb. maple syrup

DIRECTIONS n Place a grill pan over high heat and let it heat up. n Rub the steak all over with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. n Sear the steak on the grill pan for about 2 to 3 minutes, then turn and sear again for another 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat this until the beef has rotated fully and is seared on all sides, then rest for 15 minutes. (If you are using an outdoor grill with a lid, ensure it is closed while the meat rests.) n Transfer the meat to a board and rest for a few additional minutes, then slice into large steaks. n Meanwhile, make the dressing. Place all the ingredients in a jar and shake well. n Serve with sliced hearts of palm and some fresh green salad, drizzled with a little balsamic vinaigrette.

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


CHATEAU MADRID Spanish and Portuguese fare, 8 Holly St., 732.969.0692

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LA TAVERNA Cozy traditional Italian dining, 375 Georges Rd., 732.274.2200


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

JULIAN’S American steak house with seafood options, 1000 Roosevelt Ave., 732.541.9500

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



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

CAFÉ GALLO Family-style Italian dining, 1153 Inman Ave., 908.756.4745

CRANBURY PIZZA Casual Italian pizzeria, 63 N. Main St., 609.409.9930

LOUCÁS Upscale American and Italian fare, 9 Lincoln Hwy., 732.549.8580

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

MEEMAH Casual Chinese and Malaysian cuisine, Hwy. 27 at Parsonage Rd., 732.906.2223


MING Asian fusion cuisine with vegetarian options, 1655-195 Oak Tree Rd., 732.549.5051

Pairings Globally inspired menu combined with local and sustainable practices, 10 Walnut Ave., 908.276.4026


FUJI Japanese hibachi and sushi, 485 Georges Rd., 732.274.8830


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PENANG Malaysian and Thai eater y, 505 Old Post Rd., 732.287.3038 SKYLARK FINE DINER & LOUNGE Upscale diner with creative cocktails, 17 Wooding Ave., 732.777.7878


MCLOONE’S WOODBRIDGE GRILLE Upscale interpretations of American classics, 3 Lafayette Rd., 732.512.5025 VILLA BORGHESE Traditional Italian fare with modern twists, 432 New Brunswick Ave., 732.738.0666


aposto pizzeria Mediterranean grill and pizzeria, 76 Raritan Ave., 732.745.9011 MIDORI SUSHI Japanese fusion with a sushi bar, 237 Raritan Ave., 732.246.4511 PAD THAI Vegetarian-friendly Thai eater y, 217 Raritan Ave., 732.247.9636 PITHARI TAVERNA Greek cuisine with seafood fare, 28 Woodbridge Ave., 732.572.0616


Big Heads Grill & Bar Grill favorites mixed with pub fare, 315 Route 206 #502, 908.281.0268 Lee’s Sushi Premiere Japanese cuisine in a casual atmosphere, 438 Route 206 #5, 908.829.3140

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Tiger’s Tale Bar and grill menu with sliders and extensive dinner specials, 1290 Route 206, 609.924.0262

URBAN SPICE Authentic Indian fine dining, 42 Marconi Ave., 732.283.1043


CASA GIUSEPPE Italian fine dining, 487 Route 27, 732.283.9111

CARIBBEAN CAFÉ Cuban cuisine, 85 Bayard St., 732.846.2620


FIDDLEHEADS American fine dining, Sunday brunch ser ved, 27 E. Railroad Ave., 732.521.0878

CATHERINE LOMBARDI Italian with locally sourced ingredients, 3 Livingston Ave., 732.296.9463

per tutti Italian cuisine, private dining, BYO, 49 E. Railroad Ave., 732.521.4900

CHRISTOPHER’S American seafood and steak fare, 10 Livingston Ave., 732.214.2200


CLYDZ Contemporar y American cuisine with extensive martini selection, 55 Paterson St., 732.846.6521

DUSAL’S Casual Italian seafood and pizza eater y, 3300 Route 27, 732.821.9711

DELTA’S RESTAURANT Southern cuisine with live music and specialty drinks, 19 Dennis St., 732.249.1551

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


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


ENO TERRA Italian cuisine featuring seafood, homemade pasta and an extensive wine list, 4484 Route 27, 609.497.1777 OSTERIA PROCACCINI Quaint Italian restaurant serving pizza, sandwiches and salads with organic and local produce, 4428 Route 27 North, 609.688.0007


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


CARPACCIO Ristorante Southern Italian fare, 651 Bound Brook Rd., 732.968.3242 Vincenzo’s Ristorante Italian cuisine, 665 Bound Brook Rd., 732.968.7777


Francesco pizzeria & Restaurant Casual Italian eater y and pizzeria, 23 N. Main St., 732.214.9222 FRESCO Seafood and steak grill, prix fixe menu, 210 Ryders Ln., 732.246.7616


PIERRE’S Fine international dining with an award-winning wine list, 582 Georges Rd., 732.329.3219 SENS Asian cuisine Far East fusion cuisine, 4095 Route 1 South, 732.355.1919


GARVEY’S Family-friendly American eater y, 405 Spotswood Gravel Hill Rd., 732.521.3311 LA VILLA Casual Italian dining, 335 Applegarth Rd., 609.655.3338


Genteel’s Trattoria & Pizzeria Italian cuisine featuring a variety of pastas, pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads, 1378 Route 206, 609.252.0880

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 GLO ULTRA LOUNGE AND TEQUILA BAR Upscale pub food and a bar with more than 200 tequilas, 367 George St., 732.261.4044 HARVEST MOON BREWERY & CafÉ American pub fare, 392 George St., 732.249.6666 MIKE’S COURTSIDE SPORTS BAR & GRILL Traditional pub fare, 1 Elm Row, 732.455.8511 THE OLD BAY New Orleans–style restaurant with Cajun and French Creole dishes, 7 Church St., 732.246.3111 OLD MAN RAFFERTY’S Casual American eater y, 106 Albany St., 732.846.6153 PANICO’S Classic Italian entrees and sandwiches, with specialty pizzas at its sister location across the street (94 Church St.), 103 Church St., 732.545.6100 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 Stage Left Upscale American fare with an extensive wine list, 5 Livingston Ave., 732.828.4444 STEAKHOUSE 85 Premium steaks ser ved in various portion sizes to fit a wide range of budgets, 85 Church St., 732.247.8585 TUMULTY’S Upscale pub food, featuring steaks and seafood, 361 George St., 732.545.6205


ARTHUR’S STEAK HOUSE & PUB Traditional American steak house, 644 Georges Rd., 732.828.1117 Istanbul Restaurant & Patisserie Turkish and Mediterranean fare boasting freshly baked pides and lahmajouns, 1000 Aaron Rd., 732.940.1122


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

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just Contemporar y American and French fare, 2280 Route 9 South, 732.707.4800 THE PINE TAVERN Imaginative American cuisine with Continental flavors, 151 Route 34, 732.727.5060 PONTE VECCHIO Classic Italian and American Continental fare with seafood options, 3863 Route 516 East, 732.607.1650


THE BARGE Water front restaurant and cocktail lounge featuring steak and seafood dishes in generous portions, 201 Front St., 732.442.3000 Portuguese Manor Traditional Portuguese featuring sangria, 310 Elm St., 732.826.2233


AL DENTE RISTORANTE Traditional Italian eater y, 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


CASA ROSARIA’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE Classic Italian food, 607 Plainsboro Rd., 609.799.9009 CROWN OF INDIA Authentic Indian cuisine, 660 Plainsboro Rd., 609.275.5707 EAST Asian fusion fare with a bubble tea bar, 5 Market St., 609.750.3278


Elements American restaurant ser ving local steak and seafood, and a new bar bites menu, 66 Witherspoon St., 609.924.0078 Main Street Bistro & Bar Euro-American bistro fare, 301 N. Harrison St., 609.921.2779 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 all-natural Angus beef and locally sourced poultr y, 57 Witherspoon St., 609.924.6011

Roselle Park

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


Blue MooN Contemporar y 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


CHRIS MICHAEL’S STEAKHOUSE Steak and seafood restaurant, featuring a sushi bar, 40 Oakwood Ave., 732.634.5355 J.J. BITTING BREWING CO. Traditional American fare, 33 Main St., 732.634.2929 MULBERRY STREET RESTAURANT Italian seafood eater y with exceptional steak and chop specials, 739 Rahway Ave., 732.634.4699

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Flutter over to the Butterfly Festival in Hopewell, Aug 13.

JULY 16–AUG 20

Warm summer nights are the perfect backdrop for the SOMERVILLE SUMMER STAGE concert series at Division Street Plaza, Saturdays at 7 p.m. Music ranges from bluegrass to zydeco, reggae to country. Chairs are provided. Admission: FREE. For more information, visit

AUG 1–17 They’re back! The MIDDLE-

SEX COUNTY FAIR returns to the Middlesex County Fairgrounds in East Brunswick. The fun begins at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. during the weekend. Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $1 for children ages 3–12, FREE for children ages 2 and under. Tickets for rides are extra. Visit for all the details.

AUG 10–12 Enjoy your summer staycation and bring the family to the fun and educational SOMERSET COUNTY 4-H FAIR at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. There’s plenty to do inside each tent, including animal shows and science exhibits. Admission: FREE. Looking for more info? Visit AUG 13 Flutter over to the BUTTERFLY

FESTIVAL at the Watershed Reserve in Hopewell, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The event features live entertainment, art and food vendors, an insect zoo, hayrides, nature walks and a butterfly and bug parade for the kids.


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Get fired up for a BBQ Showdown in South Amboy, Sept. 25

Purchase tickets at the gate—$10 per person, $25 per carload, FREE for children ages 3 and under. Check out thewatershed .org and click on “Events” for more details.

AUG 23 Enjoy the season’s last hurrah

at the END OF SUMMER FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS at Denny Stadium in South River, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be music, food vendors and more, and the fireworks show starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission: FREE. Call 732.254.4412 or visit for additional info.

SEPt 8 Planning a wedding? Don’t miss the ELEGANT BRIDAL SHOW at The Marigold in Somerset, 7 p.m. Meet local DJs, caterers, florists, photographers and other service professionals, and enter to win a free honeymoon. Admission: FREE. Register online at SEPt 10 Run (or walk) through Somerset’s beautiful Colonial Park at the 12th annual BREAST CANCER AWARENESS 5K 4 LIFE, which benefits Sisters Network of Central New Jersey. Check-in will open at 7 a.m., the run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Registration: $35. Sign up now at SEPt 15 Touch up your artistic abilities during WATERCOLORS IN THE GARDEN, a one-day painting class led by nature and wildlife artist Beatrice Bork at the Leonard J.

Buck Garden in Far Hills, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. You’ll be guided through the process of choosing a location, paint application, mixing colors and more. Registration: $40. Call 908.234.2677, ext. 21 to sign up. Find more details at

SEPt 16–18 Listen to some of the best local and national musicians at the CENTRAL JERSEY JAZZ FESTIVAL. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. in Flemington on Friday, continues at 1 p.m. in New Brunswick on Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. in Somerville on Sunday. Admission: FREE. For venue info and the lineup of performers, visit SEPt 25 Treat your taste buds to au-

thentic barbecue at the BBQ SHOWDOWN at the Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Enjoy live music while you indulge in mouth-watering ’cue from local vendors. Bring a lawn chair and your appetite! Admission: FREE. Looking for more info? Click on the “Events” tab at

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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by rita guarna

You’ll find adventure and beachy bliss in the land of cou-cou. It’s the birthplace of the singer Rihanna. And the rich and famous—Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiger Woods— have been jetting here for decades. But despite the glitz, Barbados is the perfect laid-back getaway for those looking for an authentic island holiday. A coral island located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, it was discovered by the Spanish and was a British colony until 1966. Today the commonwealth is divided into 11 parishes, all but two hugging the coastline. Not surprisingly, the island’s claim to fame is its beaches; there are 60, all open to the public. On the western shore, known as the Platinum Coast, you’ll find calm waters perfect for snorkeling and kayaking. In stark contrast, the east coast features a rugged coastline with crashing waves, a surfer’s paradise. Our home-away-from-home was the newly renovated Colony Club, an AAA Four-Diamond resort with a wellness focus situated within seven acres of lush tropical gardens. There are complimentary daily yoga, Pilates or Zumba classes, and the resort also provides in-room yoga mats, cooking demos and a complimentary breakfast daily. On arriving, we were treated to a “Cumila,” a refreshing mocktail made of cucumber, mint, agave, lemon and sparkling water. We were promised it would aid digestion. I can’t confirm that, but I can promise it’s good! The resort has its own organic vegetable garden, which guests can tour, and much of the food offered is garden-toplate. There is also a “bait-to-plate” program in which a resort chef takes guests out on the water for a fishing excursion, then


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prepares the day’s fresh catch. The Laguna Restaurant on the property offers international fare plus local favorites. Seafood is big here: Mahi-mahi, kingfish, snapper and flying fish are prepared in every way imaginable. (Flying fish served with cou-cou, a mixture of cornmeal and okra topped with creole sauce, is the national dish.) For those who need time to unwind, there’s no better place than the resort’s beach. Sunscreen is provided lest you burn, and cold towels and cucumber slices are offered to keep you cool. Staffers like Annette, who works in guest activities, and Michelle, the food and beverage guru, check on you through the day and offer canapés of tomato, mozzarella and pesto or frozen grapes on a skewer. It would be easy to veg here for days on end, but the island beckons. Indeed, you’ll be enchanted by its undeniable charm once you’re beyond the cacophony of auto dealerships, dingy gas stations and low-slung commercial buildings that front the main highway. Live large by living like a Bajan—that is, a Barbados resident. Hop on a bus to go nearly anywhere for less than a dollar. Spend Friday night dining beachside in the fishing town of Oistins, where you’ll gorge on fresh-grilled fish, cold Banks beer and lobsters as big as your arm. The atmosphere is like a huge block party with eating, drinking, singing and dancing. Be sure to wander down to the bandstand where you’ll find old-timers, couples and kids jiving to good ol’ calypso tunes. Feel the need to shop? Bridgetown, Barbados’ capital city, offers everything from tiny boutiques to luxe jewelry stores. There are also local vendors selling fruit, veggies, meats and local spices, plus crafts. Pelican Village on the outskirts of town is a great spot for batik, rum cakes and pottery. If you’re more of an off-the-beaten-path traveler, consider a Jeep safari tour, which will take you to spots accessible only in 4x4 vehicles. You’ll zoom along gullies, traverse forests, climb hills and look out over cliffs at some stunning scenery. Entertaining guides will regale you with local lore and island history and make frequent stops for photo opps alongside sugar plantations, remote beaches and lookout points. Our Island Safari guide even stopped at a local food stand to purchase pudding and souse, a dish of pickled pork with spiced sweet potato, so we could all sample it. Of course, for a truly authentic experience you’ll have to wash it down with a rum punch. Speaking of rum, tour at least one of the island’s three rum distilleries, then stick around for free samples and some terrific rum punch. Rum has been distilled on Barbados for 300 years. It’s the Caribbean’s lifeblood, and there’s no sign that will end any time soon. There are hundreds of rum shops, where Bajans gather to play dominoes and catch up on gossip. Ready to party? The Golden Anchor in Holetown is a great spot. Here you’ll find locals and tourists alike listening to everything from reggae to jazz. You’ll be blown away by the local musical talent on the island. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover the next Rihanna. In any case, you’ll be glad you discovered the joys of beautiful Barbados.

This page, from top: A spacious Colony Club guest room features a charming four-poster bed. Located where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, Barbados is renowned for its 60 beaches—and the hotel provides sunscreen. There are also complimentary yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes for those wishing to interrupt their sheer relaxation. A visit to the nearby coastal town of Oistins for freshly grilled fish is a great way to end the day. Opposite: a beach view and a glimpse of the island’s lush and varied vegetation.

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Any way you slice it, this refreshing summer fruit bursts with flavor and health benefits. You know summer’s just around the bend when cantaloupe makes an appearance in the produce department. Cut one open and you’ll find a sweet, juicy treat packed with potassium, fiber and magnesium. Low in calories (just 60 per cup), cantaloupes make the perfect snack to tote during the lazy days of summer.

POWER UP One cup of the luscious fruit provides more than 100 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C and vitamin A. It also helps us achieve blemish-free skin and impeccable eyesight thanks to its high beta-carotene content. And its seeds are nutritious in their own right; they boast omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. Added bonus: Because cantaloupes have a high water content (90 percent), the fruit will help you stay hydrated and keep you feeling full longer.

DID YOU KNOW? The “cantaloupe” we all know here in the U.S. is actually a muskmelon. Gasp! To find the real deal, the ones without the extensive, mosaic-like netting and with heavier, deeply grooved ribs, you have to travel to the Mediterranean. Named after a town in southern Italy called Cantalupo, this refreshing fruit won fame when its seeds were imported from Armenia to grace the papal gardens in the 15th century.


BUY/STORE/SERVE The secret to choosing a ripe cantaloupe? A good sniff, shake and squeeze. If it doesn’t smell like sweet, fragrant flowers, leave it. If you shake it and the seeds are still intact, put it back. And if you press your thumb lightly on the bottom and it’s too hard or too soft, avoid it. If all else fails and you bring home an unripe cantaloupe, you can let it sit out at room temperature for a couple of days until it’s ready. To prepare cantaloupe, wash thoroughly, cut the fruit in half, scrape out the seeds with a metal spoon and then slice it into quarters, wedges or cubes. But make sure you’re ready to eat it before cutting—once it’s been sliced, cantaloupe should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Barbecue bound? Liven up a shrimp kabob with cantaloupe cubes. For a quick picnic prep, go sweet and salty with a cantaloupe and prosciutto pairing. Cantaloupes can be enjoyed in liquid form too: Blend into a smoothie for an energizing post-workout snack! —Joana Mangune

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Central Jersey Health & Life: Summer 2016  

The Good Living Magazine from Saint Peter's Healthcare System

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The Good Living Magazine from Saint Peter's Healthcare System