Sam Panebianco, a former shuttle bus driver for Cedar Crest, stands with the vehicle.

As Sam Panebianco walks through the café area of Cedar Crest’s Belmont Clubhouse to meet me for our interview, one thing is quite clear: this guy knows everybody.

Sam Panebianco, a former shuttle bus driver for Cedar Crest, moved to the community almost two years ago for the convenience of its everything-under-one-roof design.

An Arctic blast blew in frigid temperatures last winter from December to January, and the cold seemed to linger right through spring. Many cities in the East experienced the coldest January on record, including those in New York and New Jersey. 

Bob Murray preps his garden in early May for the tomatoes that are, by now, ripe and ready for eating.

It’s a bluebird springtime day, and Bob Murray’s covered in sweat. He’s cooling off under the shade of a tree and catching his breath on the bench beneath it. A wheelbarrow and spade wait patiently for him about six feet away. 

He’s prepping his garden for a crop of tomato plants that are, now that it's August, bearing ripe, delicious fruit.

‘What does being an American mean to you?’

In honor of Independence Day, we asked Cedar Crest community members the above question. Here’s what they said:

Peggy Noto

It’s the greatest gift we can have to be in this country—the freedom. We have our own choices and can express our opinions.

Joe Rosica

Summer’s high temps can be brutal. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Cedar Crest stay active year-round, regardless of the weather.

Summer’s high temps can be brutal. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Cedar Crest stay active year-round, regardless of the weather.

Walter Bogaerts has had a love affair with opera for more than 50 years. Since moving to Cedar Crest two years ago, he has been sharing that love with his neighbors by showing twice-monthly operas in the community’s performing arts center.

Walter Bogaerts and his wife Anja may be known as “the chocolate people” around Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community where they live in Pequannock Township, N.J., but to them the sound of music is much sweeter.

Sally Novak teaches Aquacize at the Wyckoff Family YMCA and at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community where she lives.

After she retired as a special education teacher, Sally Novak combined her two passions—teaching and exercise—into one ultimate post-retirement job. For the past 12 years, she’s taught Aquacize, an aquatics exercise class at the Wyckoff Family YMCA in Wyckoff, N.J.

An outside view of Cedar Crest.

When you’re considering a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), you’re doing more than choosing your next home. You’re investing in your future.

With so much at stake, it’s important to understand your options so you can decide which one makes the most sense for you.

Jay and Joan Ludwig rehearse for an upcoming Cedar Crest Players performance.

Cedar Crest may only be 30 minutes from New York City, but residents only have to travel down the hall for professional-quality theater and music opportunities and entertainment.

This month, the Cedar Crest Players, for example, will perform a new version of Antigone by Bryan Dowries in the community’s 250-seat performing arts center May 4 at 7:30 p.m.