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Out and about

Warmer weather opens up more opportunities for exercise and fun at Lantern Hill

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April 18th, 2018

(From left) Resident Gabe Spera, Sales Associate Christine Loprete, Lions Club Golf Outing Committee Chair Bob Campbell, Executive Director Patricia Jacobs, and resident Dick Byrnes at the 2017 Frank A. Pizzi, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament.

No matter what month of the year, Lantern Hill is always abuzz with activity thanks to its ingenious weatherproof design granting on-the-go residents access to the entire campus without ever going outside.

But with spring on the horizon, another world will soon come to life as golfers, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts of every kind head back outside. Whether walking around campus, practicing their putting game on the brand new putting green, or reading in the Secret Garden, or catching up with friends on the pool patio, the community offers a large menu of outdoor opportunities.

Let the good times roll

If your idea of green conjures up golf clubs, the new on-site putting green is the perfect place to practice your short stroke or have some fun with your grandkids.

“Spring and fall are two of the most spectacular seasons here at Lantern Hill,” says Kathy Banks, sales counselor at Lantern Hill. “Many visitors and residents compare it to the best college campuses or top-flight country resorts. Additionally, Lantern Hill is just a few miles away from some of the area’s best golf courses and a variety of other outdoor attractions.”

Next month, several will partake in the second annual Frank A. Pizzi, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament, a partnership between Lantern Hill and the New Providence Lions Club and steered by residents Dick Byrnes, Gabe Spera, and Rosemary DeWitt.

“I came here [to Lantern Hill] and wanted to do a lot of activities, and one of the things was to get people acquainted,” says Dick, who has played golf since he was 12, caddied throughout college, and organized several tournaments throughout his lifetime.

Last year, more than 16 community members and staff attended the fundraising event, which was held at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg and sponsored by Lantern Hill.

“Lantern Hill is thrilled to sponsor this fantastic event,” says Executive Director Patricia Jacobs. “Our residents and staff enjoyed a beautiful day at the golf outing, met new friends, and contributed to a great cause.”

“We raised money and had a good time,” adds Dick.

The event raised more than $14,500 for local community organizations.

“A special thank you to residents Gabe Spera, Dick Byrnes, and Rosemary DeWitt, among all of our residents, for all their hard work on making this fundraiser a huge success,” says Jacobs.

The Lantern Hill Championship Trophy, engraved with the winning foursome names (C. Bisaccia, T. Foti, J. Nook, C. Rust), is on display in the lobby of the community’s Union Square.

“I got to know a lot of people here through the event and was able to give back, which is what I set out to do,” says Dick, who also runs a writing group at Lantern Hill.

Garden in the sky

If something more on the quiet side is up your alley, two campus gardens provide peaceful outdoor spaces to relax, read a book, or catch up with a friend.

Ridgeview Garden, accessible from the fourth floor of Union Square and South Ridge buildings, is like a “garden in the sky,” says Concierge Caitlin Sendell. “What’s really nice is that you have a beautiful view of the tress and the mountain ridge. A lot of South Ridge apartments look down on the garden, where there are benches to sit and read a book.”

The Secret Garden is an even more secluded space, tucked behind South Ridge on ground level. It, too, has areas to sit and relax, to enjoy scenery, and get a healthy dose of revitalizing oxygen in the great outdoors.

Past the garden, community members can access a walking path, benches, and beautiful sunset views.

In the spring, the campus comes alive with annuals and perennials, adding bursts of color around every corner.

Lantern Hill is a distinctive senior living community by Erickson Living, a leading developer of continuing care retirement communities.  The scenic 20-acre campus is located in New Providence, approximately 30 miles west of New York City.

The independent living community provides a vibrant lifestyle with abundant amenities including on-site restaurants, an all-season pool and fitness center, art studio, library, theater, transportation, on-site medical center, 24-hour concierge services, and secure underground parking. For more information, visit

Be sure to visit this spring to see the stunning campus in bloom. To schedule a visit, call 1-800-989-4951.