Leo and Elaine Thomas moved from a condo in Basking Ridge, N.J., to Cedar Crest, in Pompton Plains, where they can save for yearly travel thanks to predictable monthly costs.

During the first cold snap this fall, Chris and Matt Fleming discovered their furnace was finished. They had just spent nearly $20,000 on new windows for the whole house. They weren’t prepared to buy a new furnace, but what choice did they have? By October, they had put a $30,000 dent in their savings account and canceled summer vacation.

Cedar Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor

Simple economics give us the rule of supply and demand. The same is true when it comes to the real estate market. So get ahead of the spring real estate market by putting your house on the market in February. To help you get ready, Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor offers this advice:

Gloria McCormick and Cathy Matich organized a collection drive for Strengthen Our Sisters at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., where they live.

For the past few years, Cathy Matich has collected Christmas gifts for women and children in need. But she collects few toys. 

“They ask for underwear,” she says. “That speaks volumes of the need.”

At top, Northern New Jersey got more than 60 inches of snow last winter. Lucky for Cedar Crest residents, they just watched the snow fall from the comfort of their apartment homes and clubhouses. Above, Engineering Supervisor Pete Kolb plows snow in Cedar

With winter knocking at the door, many people are preparing for all the chores and safety precautions cold weather requires. To-do lists include purchasing salt for sidewalks, putting the snow shovel within reach, and making sure the furnace is in working order. 

Bernie Papa trains for the New York City Marathon by jogging the hill leading up to Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community where he lives in Pompton Plains, N.J.

Last year, more than 50,000 people ran the New York City Marathon. Of the finishers, only 42 were between ages 75 and 79. This year, Bernie Papa plans to be one of those select few.

Cedar Crest resident Esther Price (far right) may be posing for this shot, found on page 2 of Cedar Crest’s brochure, but she actually teaches water aerobics classes at the community. Here, she’s joined by neighbors Lydia Gaines (far left) and Helen Groth

Whether you want to learn about the vibrant lifestyle, amenity-rich campus, wellness opportunities, or cost of living at Crest, the community’s recently published new brochure has the answers.

During last winter’s harsh weather, life went on as usual at Cedar Crest. (From left) Marge Bychek, Don Rodgers, Evelyn DeLeeuw, and Gordon DeBlock ignore the snow outside and hit the green with Wii golf in the Belmont Clubhouse.

Last winter, northern New Jersey received approximately 60 inches of snow. That equated to a boatload of shoveling, several slips and falls, and a lot of cabin fever. 

Photos by Julia Collins

As the summer season winds down, gardens across the state hit their peak this month. Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., put on a show all summer long. A large area of the community holds 110 8- by 8-foot gardens that grow vegetable varieties, annuals, perennials, even a fig tree. 

Lou Varella joined Cedar Crest’s leadership team as executive director in June.

Lou Varella’s enthusiasm for his job is palpable.