(From left) Carole Pasquale, Victoria Bekkedahl, and George Schnitzer take an aqua fitness class taught by their neighbor Charlene Sozansky (right) at Lantern Hill’s indoor, climate-controlled aquatics center.

Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community on Mountain Avenue in New Providence, N.J., has one of the most well-known group exercise gurus in the area, Melissa Sullivan, running its fitness center. But what makes this community even more unique and impressive is that she’s not alone.

A conceptual rendering of the new building, Bell Pavilion.

This year, Lantern Hill will open its next residence building, Bell Pavilion, built to pay homage to the inventive spirit of Bell Laboratories. 

Lynn O’Neill (left) couldn’t wait to turn 62 so she could enjoy the same maintenance-free lifestyle as her mother, Darlene Eckel. Now they both live at Lantern Hill, just two blocks from Linda’s former house.

When Lynn O’Neill helped her parents move to Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community just two blocks from her former home in New Providence, N.J., she wished she could've moved in too. But at 60, she had two years to wait until she was eligible for the 62-plus, maintenance-free community.

Fitness Coordinator Melissa Sullivan (left) and Lantern Hill resident Marilee Anderson hit the cardio equipment in Lantern Hill’s on-site fitness center.

If you’ve lived in Union County over the past 15 years, you’ve probably heard of Melissa Sullivan one way or another. Before teaching 20 group exercise classes a week at five area gyms, she played competitive sports—tennis, paddle tennis, and golf. 

“I have lived in this area my whole life. At some point, people in the area have come across me,” Sullivan says.

Glen and Mariann Harrigel moved to Lantern Hill from their four-bedroom house in New Providence.

As Lantern Hill begins accepting reservations from priority list members for its newest residence building, Bell Pavilion, we turned to the people who call Lantern Hill home to find out what makes this New Providence, N.J., community so special.

Lantern Hill Sales Counselor Kathy Banks

For the next two months, Lantern Hill’s sales office expects to be busier than ever with personal appointments. That’s because many people take advantage of having their adult children in town for the holidays to visit the New Providence, N.J., Erickson Living community.

Chris Stoddard smiles here in the living room of her home at Lantern Hill.

Chris and Jack Stoddard are glad they didn’t wait to move to a senior living community. They were one of the first couples to move to Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J., when it opened in 2016.

Sales Counselor Kathy Banks can help you plan a personal tour of Lantern Hill that is exactly that—personal.

To George Russo, surrounding himself with people and living independently are not mutually exclusive. At least, that’s what he discovered at Lantern Hill, the New Providence, N.J., Erickson Living community he moved to from Union in 2016.

Since last ringing in a program this past June, the Lantern Hill Ringers are beginning to prepare for their holiday concert. (From left) Shirley Mangin, Mary Close, Mona Baldwin, Nancy Yingling, Dick Byrnes, Dave Marr, and Jim Kuder.

If you’re walking down the hall of Union Square Clubhouse at Lantern Hill on a Monday or Wednesday morning, your ears will delight in the harmonious sound of hand chimes floating through the air.