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2018 Rahway River Parkway calendar helps protect a vital NJ greenbelt

When a calendar highlights the diverse beauty of the 1,100-acre greenbelt of riverside parks from Springfield to Rahway, it becomes more than an organizational tool that marks the passing of time.

Each year since 2015, the annual Friends of Rahway River Parkway calendar has drawn local photographers and nature lovers who capture the parkway in the vivid colors of various seasons. Additionally, the calendars, which follow the seasons with appropriate images of nature and wildlife, are a major fundraiser for the organization’s efforts to win historic designation and the associated protections for the entire Rahway River Parkway.

Friends of Rahway River Parkway works to raise awareness of the parkway while advocating for and working on its preservation, restoration and enhancement.

The 2019 calendar is a standout compilation of images, beginning with the cover’s “Winter Wonderland” shot taken at Lenape Park by Cranford photographer and artist Diane Frank Metz.

Calendars are $15, and proceeds support the organization’s preservation efforts. Buy online at, which has information about the parkway, the organization’s work and re- lated events. The site lists retailers carrying the calendar, including Golden Touch Jewelers, 27 N Union Ave., Cranford; The Computer Guys, 992 St. Georges Ave., Rahway; and Williams Nursery,524 Springfield Ave., Westfield.


Interior design withdrawal: How to pick the perfect chandelier

Photo by Wheeler Kearns Architects - More contemporary dining room photos

It's time to buy a new chandelier, and the choices are overwhelming.

So many shapes and styles and light sources. It helps to narrow things down. Are you attracted to ornate lighting dripping with rows of sparkling crystals? Or do your tastes run more toward angular forms – lights anchored within square lantern shapes or arranged upon linear frames? Advances in LED lighting have brought us so many options that resemble abstract art.


What follows is visual exploration of why certain styles work in their room.

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Spiralizer leftovers recipe: tri-color sweet potato hash browns 

The slender leftover finger of spiralized Japanese purple sweet potato (shown) and similar fingers of white-flesh Japanese sweet potato and plain orange sweet potato are used in tri-color hash browns. All can be found at the Asian markets in Green Brook and Piscataway. Hand spiralizers, at least every one that I've seen, always leave long, thin pieces that peeve some people. Not me. I think having a rounded uniform length of vegetables can lead to all sorts of creative fun. 

Think of pretty, colorful coins in soups and salads. Today I made sweet potato hash out of three colors of sweet potato. I had previously used a length of parsnip in the recipe. The slightly sweet root veggie is a good complement for sweet potatoes.

This time I used a run-of-the-mill regular sweet potato and two types of Japanese sweet potato: one with reddish-purple skin and pale flesh and one with dusty reddish-purple skin and deep purple flesh. It's shown in the photo. 

When I first began testing hand spiralizers, I hand-processed (cut?) spirals from a purple flesh sweet potato. It was easy work because I had picked out the longest thinnest one I could find. I forgot that I had done that.

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