Mardi Gras Queen Rose Kranz pictured here alongside neighbor Mardi Gras King Dick Byrnes, both wearing their crowns.

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. 

(From left) Louise Connolly, Chris Stoddard, Alberta Sehnert, and Margaret Highfield tee up for golf season on Lantern Hill’s new putting green.

"The good thing about golf is as long as you can swing, you can play,” says Rosemary DeWitt, who started golfing at 58 and founded the Lantern Hill women’s golf group last year. “It keeps you strong and it keeps you moving.”

Alberta Sehnert: That you do not have to have the same beliefs as everybody else and you can still get along and be friends. 

Rose Kranz: It means the world to me. Is there anything better?

Peter Hansen (left) and Dave Marr teamed up to outfit the new woodshop at Lantern Hill with machines and tools.

The comforting scent of wood shavings. The humming buzz of a table saw. The quiet solitude of concentration in the air. There’s just something about a woodshop that makes you feel at ease. 

That special something is what sealed the deal for Peter Hansen to move to Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J.

Lantern Hill's two chimes groups, one beginner and one more advanced, is one of many activities at the New Providence Erickson Living community. (From foreground) Joan Murphy, Judy Cornog, Jim Kuder, Dave Marr, Dick Byrnes, Nancy Yingling, Mona Baldwin, a

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

Embers Wine Bar is an extension of Tall Oaks restaurant and features the colors espresso, sage green, and cream accented by blue pendant lighting to complement the modern furnishings.

Lantern Hill has once again proven that its community members are the heart and soul behind making it a great place to live. 

Gabe Spera poses in his home office at Lantern Hill

Gabe Spera has come full circle in his career as a salesman. Years ago, he was just starting out, making cold calls, meeting new people every day. After working his way up the ladder to vice president of sales for Hunt Imaging, he’s now right back where he started—and happier than ever.

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.

Location, activities, and community—those are a few of Diane O’Brien’s favorite things about living at Lantern Hill.

Diane O’Brien didn’t have to research retirement communities. Other people did the research for her.

“When I was working as a library director, many people would come in and research where they were going to live,” Diane says.