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Inbox Spring 2021

Renjeau Galleries, located at 79 Worcester Street in Natick, is celebrating 45 years as one of the premier art galleries in the Boston area.  In addition to a wide ranging collection of stunning contemporary and traditional fine art, Renjeau offers custom framing as well as art restoration.  Renjeau’s new e-commerce website enables filtering and saving your favorites from approximately 3,000 works of art by subject, style, color, and more.  It even includes a new “Uplifting” theme.  Visit www.renjeau.com and see their ad on page 59.

Former Wellesley business owner Stuart Swan is now working with retirees from the Northeast who are searching for a gentle climate, elegant surroundings, and golf 12 months a year.  As a preferred agent and realtor at Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Land in Williamsburg, Virginia, Stuart is proud to show why Williamsburg is one of the most beautiful communities in America and a place where it’s easy to make new friends.  Call Stuart at 774.368.5797 or email Stuartswan@HowardHanna.com for more information and to schedule a tour.

The Beechtree Development team has been designing and building homes throughout New England in select markets for more than 20 years. Beechtree has offices in Wellesley and Edgartown, and maintains a millwork shop in Waltham. Historically motivated and sustainably inspired, the team combines period appropriate design principles with the latest in LEED-certified, green building standards.  Beechtree delivers a full spectrum of luxury home building options, from remodels and renovations to ground-up new construction, all on budget. For more information, call 508.682.1600, visit www.beechtreedevelopment.com.

Acorn Tree & Landscaping, Inc., located in Boxborough, is celebrating 30 years as an owner-operated, full-service landscape design and construction company.  Acorn provides a range of services to care for your lawn and property.  Their experienced and knowledgeable team brings their expertise to plant care, landscape design and construction, tree pruning and removal, hydroseeding, and to creating a mature tree nursery.  If you have a landscaping project in mind, call 978.635.0409 to schedule an appointment.

At Eye Care and Laser Surgery (ECLS), Dr. Leibole prides himself on careful and thorough evaluations. He will spend plenty of time with you answering all questions and double checking all measurements making sure that LASIK surgery is safe for you. This produces excellent results. If you would like to visit ECLS for a complimentary LASIK screening evaluation, they would be happy to coordinate a visit. Call them to learn about a $500 discount, get your questions answered, and schedule a visit. Call 617.796.EYES (3937).

Let’s make 2021 your fiercest year yet! FIERCE By Choice has you covered for all your fitness needs. Yoga, HIIT, Pilates, strength, full body conditioning, Tabata, and their newest class, FIIT FLOW, which is a combo of your favorite yoga moves and short cardio blasts to give you the best of both worlds.  Choose from three options: in-person, Zoom or Facebook Live. No matter where you are or what you need, FIERCE has your back.  Visit www.fiercebychoice.com.

Millennium Marble & Granite and owner Jay Keefe have recently opened their newest design showroom in Natick at 231 N. Main Street.  With over 25 years in the industry, Millennium is a custom fabricator and installer of engineered quartz and all-natural stone countertop products.  Combining old world craftmanship and new age design, with an emphasis on customer service, the Millennium team will turn your vision into a beautiful reality.  For more information, please call the showroom at 508.647.8800 and see their ad on page 89.

Chris and Susan Bailey are celebrating ten years as the owners of CǀS Bailey Landscape.  As landscape architects, horticulturalists, and contractors, with more than 20 years of design and construction experience, the team is able to approach each project with a sensitive eye to what their clients have envisioned.  This thoughtful approach extends to their crews who have constructed and maintained some of the most beautiful properties in the Boston area. For more information, please visit www.csbaileylandscape.com.

Alora Frederick has joined Johnson Compounding & Wellness as an integrative and functional registered dietitian who strives to motivate individuals on their health journey. Alora loves to help people feel their best and has a special interest in gastrointestinal and mental health issues. She is also passionate about holistic lifestyle practices such as mindfulness, joyful movement, and intuitive eating. Book a consult with her at https://calendly.com/alorafrederick or join a video consult at https://doxy.me/alorafrederickrdn.

Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA is pleased to have been awarded two PRISM Awards for his Brick Story Residence.  The PRISM Awards are awarded annually for design excellence by the Builder’s and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston.  The project was also recently recognized by the American Residential Design Awards and the Master Design Awards.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

2020 was a record-breaking year for the Donahue Maley & Burns Team, Compass. For the ninth year in a row, they are ranked as the #1 Sales Team in Wellesley, with $160M in sales for 2020, and ranked within the top 10 agents in Massachusetts. For more information on how the team can help you, call 781.591.0671, email dmbteam@compass.com, and visit www.donahuemaleyburns.com.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate (BHHSTNC) is proud to announce that sales associate Donna Fessler was recognized as a “Patriots Difference Maker of the Week.”  The award is given to volunteers who go above and beyond to support their New England communities.  Donna was chosen for her work on behalf of Women’s Lunch Place, a nonprofit organization in Boston.  As part of this recognition, the New England Patriots Foundation will be making a $5,000 donation to Women’s Lunch Place.  Tendai Phiri of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate (BHHSTNC) led the effort to collect supplies from her friends, family, and colleagues to help the homeless population. Over 100 individual care packages were made with additional supplies left over. All items were donated to Haley House, a soup kitchen/transitional home for the homeless in the Greater Boston area.

Cottonwood Group recently unveiled The Alyx at EchelonSeaport, a luxury tower with 270 apartment homes located at 131 Seaport Boulevard in the Seaport District. The rental portion of the EchelonSeaport community, The Alyx sits adjacent to the condominium residences and presents a unique array of studio to three-bedroom apartments with a suite of premiere amenities.  The Alyx offers an exciting new way to live with access to 125,000 square feet of curated retail in a dynamic courtyard and enriching indoor and outdoor amenities.  To learn more, visit www.alyxseaport.com.

Needham Bank has been helping to build strong communities for over 125 years, and they’re pleased to continue these efforts by supporting the Wellesley Free Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign with a commitment of $30,000. This community-focused project will transform the library into a space that offers something for everyone in Wellesley—bringing residents together in an interactive, engaging, and creative space. Needham Bank is located at 458 Washington Street in Wellesley.

ID8 Design Studio was recently recognized as Best of Boston Home 2021 by Boston magazine.  Principal Designer and Founder Sashya Thind Fernandes LEED AP, a Weston resident, created the company to enable the lifelong journey of learning, forming connections with interesting people, and experimenting with ways to design spaces that will ultimately nourish the soul.  Her favorite projects involve both renovations and furnishings to realize the full potential of a space and complete the artistic vision.  To learn more, please visit www.id8designstudio.com and see their ad on page 41.  Warm Minimalism™

Century Bank is excited to announce that its newest branch, opening this spring, will be located in Needham at 1433 Highland Avenue.  This full-service branch will be fully equipped to assist you with all of your financing needs. The Needham location may be new, but it will be staffed with experienced bankers providing the friendly, personalized service Century Bank is known for.

Engel & Völkers Wellesley once again congratulates Renu Shukla in recognition of her outstanding real estate sales performance. Recipient of the Diamond Level E&V Elite Club Advisor award, Renu exemplifies the highest level of service standards and builds sustainable relationships with her clients throughout their home buying and selling journey. Interweaving her many life skills, Renu excels at creating the best possible home solutions. Learn more and call 781.608.2604, or email renu.shukla@evrealestate.com.

Coldwell Banker Realty in New England raised $98,611 this year for Community Servings during the 28th annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale fundraiser, ensuring the daily delivery of meals to thousands of Massachusetts residents who are affected by food insecurity and illness. Community Servings Director of Development Darcy Pfeifer said that, thanks to the support of donors like Coldwell Banker Realty, “We’re better prepared to face the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic and well-positioned to meet the unprecedented demand for home-delivered medically tailored meals.”

Pam Kubbins, the owner and founder of homegrown business Pam’s Pashminas in Wellesley, is excited to debut her new integrated marketing campaign.  She will be offering informative and entertaining online videos highlighting her updated Spring/Summer 2021 Scarf Collection. Her high-quality, all-natural fiber scarves feature unique images of Pam’s worldwide travel and nature photography, as well as images from her own local, organic home garden.   All of her original designs are on gorgeous artisanally crafted fabrics. Please visit www.pamspashminas.com.

Marc Kaplan, president of Sanford Custom Builders, was featured with Morehouse MacDonald & Associates and Gregory Lombardi Landscape in the story “Family Time” in Modern Luxury Interiors.  The article featured a custom built 11,000 square foot home influenced with the Arts & Crafts style, utilizing materials that fit and function within a New England neighborhood setting.  Sanford Custom Builders is an award-winning builder of fine residential homes in the Weston, Wellesley, and MetroWest areas, specializing in custom  homes, additions, and renovations. For more information, please visit www.Sanfordcustom.com.

The Meadowbrook School of Weston is thrilled to welcome Kristi Jacobi as the director of auxiliary programs. A new role for Meadowbrook, the director is responsible for overseeing the Meadowbrook Day Camp, Mazemakers summer program, after school and enrichment, facilities rentals, and transportation. Jacobi is looking forward to the opportunities this role presents. “I’m excited about a future of engaging the school and surrounding communities in creative and innovative programs,” she said. Kristi can be reached at kjacobi@meadowbrook-ma.org.

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA*), JD, LLM, Accredited Estate Planner (AEP*), financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management – U.S., and managing director at Clemens Private Wealth Management Group, Gabrielle Clemens has been named to Working Mother magazine and SHOOK Research’s 2020 “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list.  Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, and firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management.

Power real estate brokers Debi Benoit, Chelsea Robinson, and Lara O’Rourke have launched Benoit Robinson O’Rourke, the #1 real estate team in Wellesley and #1 team in the single-family market in Massachusetts. At the time of the launch in November 2020, Benoit, Robinson and O’Rourke had sold over $200M in luxury sales. With a commitment to confidentiality and attentive personal service, Benoit Robinson O’Rourke is affiliated with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. Learn more at www.benoitrobinsonorourke.com.

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders (C&M), with offices in Wellesley and Essex, is excited to announce the promotion of Dan Perednia as Boston MetroWest’s property services lead. The firm’s property services division specializes in high-level customer service and craftsmanship for existing and prospective C&M clients. In his new role, Dan manages client, vendor, and subcontractor relations; project management; and day to day operations. For more information, visit www.carpentermacneille.com.

Don’t spend another day waiting in line at the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).  Corcoran and Havlin Group (C&H) is one of the few insurance agencies in Massachusetts to offer RMV services for its clients. C&H can issue new license plates and decals, transfer plates to newly acquired vehicles, and process most registration renewals, saving our clients valuable time traveling to the RMV and waiting in long lines.  Contact Corcoran and Havlin Personal Lines Manager Jennifer Wheeler to learn more by calling 781.235.3100 or emailing JWheeler@chinsurance.com.

On Saturday, September 17, Wellesley resident and local architect Patrick Ahearn FAIA was invited to speak at the first Duxbury Historic District Day by the Local Historic District Commission to a socially distanced gathering outdoors about the value of historic districts. Please follow @patrickahearnarchitect on Instagram and visit patrickahearn.com for more information about the firm.

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Jesamondo proudly announces its classic eyelash extension services with expert Emily Swartwout. Lashes are synthetic, lightweight, and come in different lengths to accommodate a variety of tastes. One lash is applied at a time for the most natural appearance and lasts for up to three weeks before the need for a touch up. Beautiful eyes without the need for mascara—what could be easier? Book today by calling 508.907.7171 or online at www.jesamondo.com.

Dean Poritzky, principal of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, reports that he and his team of advisors had a record-breaking year in 2020 with an all-time high number of homes sold. The shop continues to attract exceptional real estate professionals with the recent addition of Campbell Armstrong and Munjeet Geyer. Engel & Völkers Wellesley delivers a fresh approach to real estate with a focus on creating a personalized client experience at every stage of the home buying and selling process.  For more information, visit Wellesley.evrealestate.com.

Does your floor need a fresh look for spring? AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring has tools on their website that allow you to design your dream room from the comfort of home. Simply upload a picture of your room and choose your floor. Their physical store locations are open for all projects. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Visit www.ajrosecarpets.com or stop by one of their three locations in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus.

About Motherhood, a psychology practice in Wellesley, is celebrating four decades of unparalleled support and wisdom for mothers.  Now more than ever, let’s recognize mothers and the important work they do.  Kumkum Pareek Malik is a licensed clinical psychologist with an Eastern, mind-body-soul approach to the work of Motherhood.  She considers Motherhood to be a profound life journey in which a woman delves into the complexities and challenges of doing the work of love.  To learn more, email drmalik@aboutmotherhood.com and see her ad on page 21.

Wellesley Dental Group welcomes Orthodontist Dr. Marisa Reason. Dr. Reason earned her DMD from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and completed her CAGS/MSD in Orthodontics at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She is a Diamond Top One Percent Invisalign provider and was voted a 2020 Top Dentist by Boston magazine for orthodontics. For more information, please visit www.wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Lisa Abeles, Wellesley resident and principal of Abeles & Associates Architects, is pleased to announce that Kevin King is marking his 20th year at the firm this spring. On top of being a consummate architectural professional, he is an amazing father, friend, and gourmet chef.  They are looking forward to many more great years of collaboration.

PBF HOMES is celebrating its third-year anniversary helping clients turn their home improvement concepts into reality.  PBF HOMES is a full service award-winning residential design firm focusing on home renovations and offering complete interior design services.  PBF HOMES is proud of its top-level customer service and well-honed renovation process to connect your personal design taste, budget, and timeline. Visit www.pbfhomes.com to learn more.

The new year is here and has us reflecting on the importance of “home” and with an influx of new homeowners in Wellesley, Newton, and Chestnut Hill, Tyler & Sash will continue to offer their contactless consultations for window treatments, wallpaper, and full design services. Thanks to their safety protocols for sourcing and installation, they are excited to enter another year as a resource for the community and making home a place you want to be. For more information, visit www.tylerandsash.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami is proud of the many ways their team gave back to the community this year.  They donated to the Boston Rescue Mission, an organization that transforms lives by empowering people at risk to achieve healthy and self-sufficient lives, and sponsored Wellesley Luminary Night and South Shore Health’s Moonlight and Miracles Gala.  The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami specializes in providing real estate legal counsel and offers a full range of services.  To learn more, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

Wellesley interior designer Tanya Capello will be opening a new and larger design studio this summer in downtown Wellesley.  She will continue to offer her interior design services to clients while also featuring an exquisite collection of curated accessories and small cased goods for the home. Stay tuned for the grand opening in August 2021! For more information, please visit www.capellodesign.com.

Kertzman & Weil, LLP, a leading real estate law firm based in Wellesley, is pleased to announce they have named Jared Mardeuse and Christopher Swanson as partners of the firm. They have been with the firm for more than seven years working closely with Amy Reich Weil and have been instrumental in the firm’s success. In addition, Kyle Guilbault has joined the firm as an associate. Kertzman & Weil specializes in residential real estate purchases, sales, and financing.  Please see their ad on page 33.

The Weston School of Driving recently opened at 409 Boston Post Road in Weston.  Whether you’re preparing for your learner’s permit or are ready to get your driver’s license, the Weston School of Driving is here to help you get through this fun, challenging and sometimes anxious time.  The school offers driving education and lessons for parents, their teenage drivers, and adults. Custom classes are available to meet your needs.  Please call 781.703.5973 for more information on pricing, schedules, and registration.  Or, visit www.westonschoolofdriving.com, and see their ad on page 60.

If quarantine has negatively impacted your workout routine, you can change it for the better now.  One2One Bodyscapes, celebrating its 20th year, will get you back in shape safely with strict COVID-19 protocol in place including extra cleaning, temperature checks, mask requirements, and more.  A limited number of personal trainers work at one time so clients can get fit in an open space away from others.  You can also participate virtually with Zoom training sessions and achieve maximum results in minimum time.  For more information, visit www.one2onebodyscapes.com or call 781.235.2262.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett is secretly nestled on 625 acres of tranquility close to the shores of Buzzards Bay, with six unique villages, each offering rolling, forested terrain. Create a one-of-a-kind home in one of New England’s finest residential country club communities. And now a brand-new village along White Pine Lane, is under development near the Audubon International Silver Sanctuary Certified golf course. For more information, visit www.bayclubmatt.com and contact Dave Andrews, director of sales/broker.

Rebelle, a cannabis store in Great Barrington, has announced a partnership with ROCA, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides job training and career opportunities to people of color, who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of cannabis criminalization. “Can we be the destination of choice because we are doing the right thing and then being profitable?” Rebelle CEO Charlotte Hanna, asked. “I think we can lift people up with us.”

Adriane Miranda is pleased to announce the opening of Adriane Esthetics Spa Boutique, located at 21 Eliot Street in South Natick.  Adriane previously worked at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics in Wellesley and is pleased to offer state-of-the-art skin care, waxing, and brow and lash tinting at a place of her own.  Adriane looks forward to welcoming you to her lovely and serene oasis where you’ll be pampered, rejuvenated, and refreshed to reveal a gorgeous and radiant you.  For more information, please visit www.adrianeesthetics.com, call 508.975.3019, and see their ad on page 80.

Wingate is celebrating three decades as a family-owned business that takes great pride in its senior living communities: One Wingate Way and Wingate Residences at Needham. Designed for luxury, comfort, and security—and staffed with skilled and compassionate caregivers—Wingate communities foster social engagement, provide space indoors and out to promote wellness, and support lifelong learning. Their goal is to enhance the lives of their residents and their families by providing exceptional senior care with compassion, dignity, and grace.  For more information, please visit www.onewingateway.com and www.wingatehealthcare.com.

Dedham Country Day is offering live virtual connections with their admissions staff to explore their pre-k to grade 8 program. If you are interested in learning more, contact them at admissions@dcds.net or call 781.329.0850.

Tony Shu, a Wellesley High School graduate and the co-founder of Breaktime, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 (2021) list for social impact. Breaktime is a nonprofit with a mission to end young adult homelessness through purposeful transitional employment. During the first eight months of the pandemic, Breaktime employed 25 young adults experiencing homelessness who led the preparation and delivery of over 500,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity in Boston.

Shagun Sharma is pleased to announce the launch of her brand, Naytra, and online business www.NaytraCouture.com. Naytra offers 100 percent pure mulberry silk tunics and scarves based on the vibrant, exclusive artwork created and sourced directly from the artisans. Naytra is based on three pillars: empowering female artisans, championing sustainable products, and providing the gift of eyesight. Each purchase from Naytra, gives someone the gift of eyesight. This is their gift to the world.

Wellesley Service League (WSL) Committee Chairs Carol Morrow and Angela Kenny joined members of the of the WSL 2020 Holiday Giving Tree committee to prepare and deliver holiday gifts to over 75 children at Barton Road.  This replaced the annual Toy Shop event held at Barton Road at the beginning of the holiday season.

As so many continue to experience Zoom burnout, the Wellesley Historical Society partnered with Jack’s Abby on Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. for a virtual beer tasting. The sampler, provided by Jack’s Abby, was enjoyed by over 45 households. Parker Sammut of Gibson Sotheby’s International sponsored the event. The tasting supported the Society’s role in the community and contributed to its general operating fund. The Society plans to develop more new and exciting virtual programs this year.

Wellesley Weston Chabad Rabbi Moshe Bleich can now add a new accolade to his impressive list: He was a part of the world’s longest Zoom meeting. Bleich says every year he travels to New York to join the world’s largest Rabbinic gathering, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis. This year, Bleich attended virtually via Zoom. He says the meeting is the world record longest Zoom call at over 120 hours long. Chabad is a Jewish organization known for its community outreach.

Inbox Fall 2020

Lynn Donahue, Donna Maley, and Stephanie Burns have been promoted to managing directors at Compass.  For the eighth year in a row, the Donahue Maley Burns Team is ranked as the #1 Sales Team in Wellesley and ranked within the top 25 agents in Massachusetts. For more information on how the team can help you, call 781.591.0671, email dmbteam@compass.com or visit www.donahuemaleyburns.com.

ZW Foundation donated personal protection equipment (PPE) to local hospitals, nursing homes, and police and fire departments to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founder Zomana Majid of Weston said the foundation tapped into its contacts worldwide to gather resources for the humanitarian cause of saving lives threatened by COVID-19. ZW Foundation’s mission is to provide support to help mitigate the humanitarian crisis happening around the world. ZW Foundation founders have also been involved in women empowerment, illiteracy eradication, human trafficking awareness, and nutrition programs.

The Wellesley Conservation Council’s membership recently changed the name of the non-profit organization to the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust. The new name more clearly reflects the nature of the organization: that of a land trust.  In the past there has been confusion concerning the private or public nature and purpose of the “Council.” Established in 1958 by a group of 14 environmentally-minded citizens of Wellesley to protect, preserve, and conserve the town’s open spaces, it was incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization.

ETHIC, a wealth bank, with headquarters at 125 High Street in Boston, announced the appointment of Matt Morse, CFA, as chief investment officer of ETHIC Wealth Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor and Subsidiary of ETHIC, a Wealth Bank. A Wellesley native, Morse will lead the overall investment process which includes overseeing the global multi-asset platform and managing the firm’s proprietary equity and ESG strategies. He’s a seasoned investor with 20 years of portfolio management experience working with private clients as well as endowments and foundations.

Wellesley resident Bill Fine, only the fourth president and general manager in the history of WCVB-TV Channel 5—Boston’s ABC affiliate, -will retire later this year. Fine concludes a career in television broadcasting that began as a sports anchor and culminated in leading two of Hearst’s largest TV properties. Among the hallmarks of Fine’s career has been a commitment to WCVB’s prominent community-service role, exemplified recently by the station’s raising more than $13 million to provide relief for New England families hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.

At AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring, your safety and the well-being of the community are their number one priority. That’s why they’ve put in place new safety protocols within their showrooms as well as with their installation teams to ensure that you have the best possible experience when shopping for your new floor. Visit www.ajrosecarpets.com or stop by one of their three stores located in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus.

Wellesley resident Gail Lockberg, CEO/principal of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate (BHHSTNC), was appointed to the Greater Boston Real Estate Board of Directors for the fourth year in a row.  She was also appointed as chairperson of the Rental Issues Committee for a two-year term (2019 and 2020) for the Greater Boston Association of Realtors.  For more information, please visit www.bhhstownandcountry.com.

Karen Pappas is bringing decades of experience as a career strategist to her newest venture, CareerMode. She has helped countless people start and advance their careers, transition from one role to another, open a business, prepare for retirement, and more through employer-sponsored programs. Karen is excited to now offer professional career management and transition support services directly to individuals. For more information, please visit www.career-mode.com, call 617.585.3038, and view the company’s ad.

Traci Shulkin and Jared Wilk, principals of The Shulkin Wilk Group at Compass in Wellesley, are expanding their digital presence. “Live In The Know,” a new video series hosted by the cutting-edge real estate team, highlights industry professionals and local business owners and answers questions regarding current events and the buying and selling process. The series, which will later transition into a podcast, also includes interviews with local celebrities and tastemakers. New episodes are released weekly on the group’s YouTube channel and on @theshulkinwilkgroup Instagram’s IGTV.

Eye Care and Laser Surgery of Newton-Wellesley has stayed open during the global pandemic, and their team is continuing to see patients in person and via telehealth.  Your safety is their top priority with every possible safety measure in place to protect patients and staff.  When telehealth is not an option, your appointment in the office will be tailored to meet your needs while staying away from others in the office.  For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 617.796.EYES (3937) and visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com.

FIERCE is proud to offer FIERCE on Demand—FIERCE workouts to do in the safety of your home, both live streamed and “press, play, and go!” Workout anytime, from anywhere to fiercely love the skin you’re in.  Stay connected to the FIERCE tribe from home.  Remember, you’re not alone.  Gain full access to the FIERCE workout library with over 350 workouts.  Visit www.fiercebychoice.com.

Wellesley resident and architect, Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was recently featured in The Boston Globe magazine and Forbes magazine.  Both publications featured his “Modern Colonial” residence in Wellesley lauding the breakthrough style as a reinvention of the traditional colonial residence.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Amy Kodak is celebrating four years with Gulf Coast International Properties and 10 years of selling luxury real estate in Naples, Florida.  Amy’s passion is helping northern residents find their dream homes from golf communities to the beach. Originally from the Boston area, with her summers spent on Cape Cod, Amy has been a resident of Naples for over 10 years. Contact her to learn the tax benefits of becoming a Naples resident.  Email amy@gcipnaples.com or call 239.877.6319.

Local resident and architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, presents his first online class, Patrick Ahearn’s Studio, where he teaches his philosophy on architecture, density, and scale in 15 episodes. Please visit www.patrickahearn.com/patrick-ahearns-studio for more information and follow him on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

Calling all moms.  In response to coronavirus and the associated stressors, Mind Body Medical Associates (MBMA) of Weston is offering Mindful Moms, an online, nurse-led, mindful parenting series. Each weekly session will have a different focus or theme and will provide connection and community for you in these hard times.  Sessions will offer science-based information and tips and practical coping strategies to help you survive and thrive being a mom in the era of COVID-19. For more information and to enroll, please visit www.MBMAhealth.com.

PBF HOMES was recently awarded 2020 Best of Houzz. “We are honored to be selected for 2020 Best of Houzz,” said Pam Forman, principal of PBF HOMES. “This award is selected by thousands of consumers who are searching for inspiration for their home renovations and interior design projects. We love that our work is inspiring to both our current and future clients.” Thinking of renovating or designing your home? PBF HOMES handles every detail. For more information, visit www.PBFHOMES.COM.

It is with great sadness that Premier Dental Group announces the passing of their friend and colleague Dr. Jeff Damon on March 27,2020 of cancer.  Dr. Damon was a highly valued member at Premier Dental Group.  He was respected not only for his amazing skill and attention to detail as a dentist, but also for his ability to put patients at ease.  He always had a smile and a laugh for you and could talk about anything.  “Dr. D” will be terribly missed.

Foundation for MetroWest, the community foundation serving the MetroWest region of Greater Boston, announced it has received a $25,000 donation from the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation. The donation will be matched by Jack and Carol O’Neil, who pledged to match all corporate gifts up to $50,000 given to the Foundation during the month of May. The funding will help support vulnerable populations across MetroWest during this unprecedented time.  To learn more about the Foundation and how to support its efforts, visit www.foundationmw.org.

Boston-based designer Marc Langlois continues to “weekend” in Vermont’s Green Mountains, where many of his Wellesley-Weston clients own homes where their design vision was realized under his guidance.  In addition to his design expertise, Langlois’ carefully curated concierge service ensures that clients can arrive to a well-stocked fridge, a blazing fire, and dinner in the oven. Langlois has established an outpost in Stowe for current and prospective clients, providing them with luxury and the comforts of home. For more information, please visit www.mr-marc.com.

Gabrielle Clemens, CDFA, JD, LLM, AEP, financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management, and managing director at Clemens Private Wealth Management Group and Seaport Boston Private Wealth Management, has been named to Forbes’ “Top Women Wealth Advisors” list.  Although she has a broad-based clientele, Gabrielle primarily works with high net worth and divorced or divorcing individuals and couples. She offers divorce financial planning seminars and workshops throughout New England and is a frequent guest on local and national media outlets.  For more information, go to https://us.rbcwealthmanagement.com/clemenswmg/about-our-team.

Enter Jesamondo Salon & Spa and notice its renovated lobby and fresh air. They’ve added an extra layer of silent protection with a state-of-the-art air filtration system called the Synexis Microbial Reduction System that’s proven to be effective against both surface and airborne contaminants such as viruses (including COVID-19, E. Coli, Staph, Norovirus, H1N1, and more), bacteria, and mold. They’re safe and can’t wait to see you! Call 508.907.7171 or book your appointment online at www.jesamondo.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja Selami honored their essential employees on June 5. The real estate industry has been outstanding in these challenging times, and the employees of the Law Offices of Sonja Selami have remain focused and dedicated to each and every real estate transaction despite the challenging days we have all had to face.  The firm also kicked off summer 2020 with an award ceremony for honoring Marsha Gomez for her extraordinary leadership.  For more information, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

Martel Metellus is a 2019 Babson alumnus turned tech entrepreneur who founded Soko, a discovery network app for the Black community to connect, collaborate, and find new opportunities in employment and business ventures. The first version of Soko will be launching by the end of the summer. Feel free to email Martel to learn more at martelmetellus@gmail.com or call him at 480.719.9358.

NatureWorks now uses leaf “duff” instead of traditional bark mulches almost exclusively on their properties because it offers many benefits over bark mulch. Many traditional mulches are dyed with chemicals that leach into soil and offer little nutritive value. Leaf duff is made from partially decomposed leaves, twigs, stems, and bark, and releases nutrients into the soil. With a finer texture than bark mulch, there’s no hard crust, and it still suppresses weeds and helps the soil retain moisture.  For more information, visit www.natureworkslandscape.com.

Lauren Rampello, owner of Pure Glow, a popular organic spray tanning studio with its original location at 176 Newbury Street in Boston, is opening a second tanning and wellness studio at 22 Church Street in Wellesley’s Church Square. Exclusively at Pure Glow in Wellesley, the studio will offer wellness services such as Pure LED Light Therapy and Pure Infrared Sauna treatments. For more information or to book an appointment online, please visit www.pureglow.com.

Betsy Kessler is celebrating 20 years selling real estate at Rutledge Properties, an independent real estate brokerage serving clients in Wellesley and Boston’s western suburbs for more than 40 years.  Rutledge is proud to be a local, woman-owned business.  Their single, well-established boutique office is home to 25 experienced agents who live locally and have access to valuable, historic information about nearly every home in town.  To learn more about buying or selling your home with Betsy Kessler, email bkessler4@gmail.com, call 617.306.6884, and visit www.betsykessler.com.

Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom Builders recently completed an 11,000-square-foot Weston home that features amenities homeowners are now searching for to complement their modern lifestyles, including working from home.  The custom home features a sizeable first floor private office as well as a smaller office area off of the kitchen and a lower level custom wine bar and entertainment area. Currently, Sanford is working on a nearby 10,000-square-foot contemporary renovation with specific custom requests.

Catherine Truman is celebrating seven years in business as an architect and designer focusing on preservation, new design, and both historically sensitive and modern interiors.  She works closely with each client to determine the best design solution for their personal, spatial, and aesthetic needs.  Her work is characterized by great attention to detail, materials, and craft; and to keeping historic spaces relevant to contemporary life without compromising their history, legacy, or character.  For more information, please visit www.truman-architects.com.

Like the rest of us, Tyler & Sash has been working a little differently these days. With a few tweaks to their regular operations, the team is ready to deliver the same beautiful results with a slightly more socially-distanced approach. Even though their studios are currently closed to visitors, Tyler & Sash is offering their full range of services: window treatments, wallpaper, custom pillows and cushions, and interior design. Visit their website for more information at www.tylerandsash.com.

Now that you’re working from home, consider doing so in style and at a fraction of the cost of the Boston suburbs.  Governor’s Land in Williamsburg, Virginia offers several beautiful communities and luxurious amenities. Contact Stuart Swan, a buyer’s agent for Howard Hanna Williamsburg, for an all-day tour of the area.  Then join him and his wife, Georgette, for dinner at Two Rivers Country Club on the banks of the James River.  For more information, call Stuart at 774.368.5797 or email him at stuartswan36@gmail.com.

Tara D’Amato and Grace Glynn have joined Engel & Völkers Wellesley, at One Abbott Street. Both Tara and Grace are accomplished real estate advisors with exceptional records of business in their areas of expertise including Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick for Tara; and Boston, Wellesley, and Weston for Grace. “The addition of these two talented, high-touch professionals will add a new depth to our already very active agent roster and provide extensive, hyper-local market knowledge in their areas of specialization,” said Principal/License Partner Dean Poritzky.

Tamara Luck, RDN, LDN is the new director of nutrition at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, a family-owned pharmacy and wellness store in Waltham. Tamara sees clients one-on-one to help them uncover and address root causes behind gut, hormonal, and weight imbalances. She also curates the nutritious array of healthy snacks and natural supplements in the wellness store. Visit www.naturalcompounder.com for more information on Tamara or Johnson Compounding & Wellness.

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen has earned the distinguished achievement of being ranked among the top 1,000 real estate agents and teams in the United States, as announced in the 2020 REAL Trends “The Thousand” report published in The Wall Street Journal. Alphas-Richlen is affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Realty office in Weston.  REAL Trends ranked Alphas-Richlen #27 on the list of the Top 250 real estate agents in the U.S. based on achieving $155,476,791 in closed sales volume in 2019.

The jewelry experts at A.M. DePrisco are excited about their newly remodeled store, located at 571 Washington Street in Wellesley. Inspired by love, the new setting showcases A.M. DePrisco’s passion for designing diamond rings and fine jewelry. As always, their special services continue with redesigning existing pieces, evaluating and purchasing estate jewelry, fine watch repair and restoration, and up-to-date, certified appraisals for insurance. For more than 40 years, A.M. DePrisco has provided customers with trust, quality, and value.  For more information, please visit www.amdeprisco.com.

Landscape design company a Blade of Grass recently won the 2020 APLD International Landscape Design Gold Award for the grounds of a Lincoln estate designed by company founder Jim Douthit.  In addition to creating award-winning landscapes for 25 years, a Blade of Grass also puts together beautiful fall planters to complement your entryway.  Contact them to discuss options and place your order. Call 508.358.4500 and visit www.abladeofgrass.com.

Needham Bank announced that James Daley of Wellesley has joined the commercial and industrial lending team as senior vice president. Daley will play a key role in the growth of the bank’s middle-market and structured finance portfolio.  Needham Bank is positioned to offer and maintain comprehensive and customizable debt instruments for a wide range of businesses specific to each company’s profile.  The commercial and industrial lending team focuses on building strong relationships and partnerships with underlying borrowers.  Needham Bank is a Member FDIC, DIF, and Equal Housing Lender.

Wellesley Dental Group has completely re-opened and is welcoming all patients for dental procedures and regular cleanings. To combat the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19, they’ve also welcomed additional safety equipment into their office: UV-sanitizing HEPA air purifiers, extra-oral aerosol suctions, sterilizing UV lamps, and hospital-grade H-VAC filters and ionizers. They’re happy to answer any questions you may have about these safety measures or dental inquiries at 781.237.9071 or visit www.WellesleyDentalGroup.com to learn more.

Have you ever tried a massage chair at the mall or nail salon? Nothing special, right? Dave and Chris Laidman of LaidBack have a new store at 588 Washington Street in Wellesley and invite to you stop by for a free trial massage to see what a premium massage chair can do! You’ll know why they say, “No matter how things are going at home or in the office, it’s nice to be kneaded.” For more information, call 508.934.7971 or visit www.laidbackMA.com.

Annette WELL Co. owner and registered yoga instructor Annette Goubeaux has created a boutique fitness concept devoted to keeping clientele looking and feeling their best right at home. Annette is known for a highly personalized and effective approach to addressing the body’s intricacies and its imbalances through the practice of yoga, resulting in improved health by stretching and toning muscles and calming the mind through meditation.  Schedule an in-home consultation today by visiting www.annettewellco.com.

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders, located in Wellesley, is pleased to announce that Managing Director/Senior Architect Michael T. Gray, AIA, LEED AP will assume a new ownership role as partner/managing director with Founding Principal Robert S. MacNeille, AIA.  Gray joined the company in 2006 and has more than 25 years in the field, including new custom residential design and construction, historic preservation, residential restoration and renovation, and green building.  Gray is a member of AIA, BSA, NCARB, and the NE ICAA Board.  For more information, visit www.carpentermacneille.com.

Steve Snider, founder of real estate development firm Green Phoenix Development (GPD), is proud to announce that GPD’s latest project at 346 Highland Street in Weston is a recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Homes Award in the Outstanding Single Family Project category.  This LEED Platinum® home blends classic craftsmanship with state-of-the-art building technology to create a sanctuary tailored for contemporary living.  It pioneers a new standard for ultra-efficient and sustainable luxury home design.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital announced Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, as the hospital’s new chair of the department of surgery, effective May 1, 2020. Dr. Parangi is a dynamic surgeon with a national and international reputation and is highly sought after for her expertise in treating thyroid and parathyroid tumors. Dr. Parangi previously served as an endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and is also a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. For more information, please visit www.nwh.org.

Forever Young Laser & Skin Center is now seeing patients in their new and renovated office at 170 Worcester Street, just three doors down from their former facility.  Forever Young Laser & Skin Center was founded by Tracy Korby in 2005.  Tracy and her staff understand the relationship between looking great and feeling good and teach patients the latest techniques to repair and care for their skin.  For more information, please visit www.frvryoung.com.

Inbox Summer 2020

Wellesley resident and local classical architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, was awarded a Bulfinch Award for Residential (Restoration, Renovation, or Addition) by the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art at their Tenth Annual Dinner and Ceremony at the Harvard Club of Boston. Ahearn also launched his new website including new projects as well as his first online class: Patrick Ahearn’s Studio.  Please visit www.patrickahearn.com for more information and follow them on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

NatureWorks Landscape is making your neighborhood quieter. Again this spring, they will install over 30 mowing robots that are virtually silent, truly green machines that replace traditional mowing. Mow robots eliminate noise and emit zero pollutants. While cutting, they return micro-clippings to the soil, which feed the lawn naturally. Custom- run schedules keep grass a consistent height so lawns never have that “need a haircut” look, and yards are always ready for the next family cookout.  For more information, call 508.660.3139 and visit www.natureworkslandscape.com.

AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring is once again proud to support the YMCA of Metro North as a sponsor of the 2020 Road Race Series, promoting health and wellness to the surrounding community. All proceeds go to the YMCA of Metro North Annual Campaign that provides more than $1.2 million in financial assistance to families in need. Stop by AJ Rose in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus, or online at www.ajrosecarpets.com.

For 40 years, W.F. Healey Co. has been turning back time for their many local clients who rely on the company to restore and enhance their antique furniture and art. Owner Bill Healey is an expert in the antiques and restoration field and has worked with the most discerning private collectors, antique dealers, interior designers, and museums.  The company also offers estate appraisals for insurance and antique sales.  To learn more and to schedule an estimate, call 781.820.3256 and visit www.wfhealey.com.

Krauss Dermatology has expanded and added an additional suite focused on aesthetic procedures and treatments. Visit them in their new space, located conveniently across the hall from their Wellesley Hills office at 1 Washington Street, Suite 401A.  The team is committed to providing innovative and outstanding care to all patients in a safe and comfortable environment. They are passionate about delivering an exceptional experience, whether medical, surgical, or aesthetic.

A year ago Tyler & Sash joined the neighborhood at 540 Washington Street and transformed a former package store into a light-filled design studio.   Next door, Wellesley Bakery founder and owner Mara Nuon and manager Sam Nuon liked what they saw and recently partnered with Tyler & Sash to give the 25-year neighborhood fixture a well-deserved facelift.   Led by Tyler & Sash designer Josh Bogart, the team’s goal is to create a fresh space for the bakery that reflects the owners’ heritage.  Visit www.tylerandsash.com.

Just in time for summer, Beauty and Main, located at 79 Central Street in Wellesley, is pleased to reintroduce the Beauty and Main Loyalty Card.  Purchase five services and the sixth one is free.  Services include custom spray tanning and makeup applications.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 781.237.1685 and visit www.beautyandmain.com.

Dean Poritzky, principal/license partner at Engel & Völkers Wellesley, is honored to announce that the following agents in the Wellesley office earned Elite Club Award status for exceptional sales in 2019: Veronika Bulkin, Sari Coduri, Karen Kirk, Rob MacLeod, Keith Magnus, Peace Nguyen, and Renu Shukla. Awards were presented at Exchange, the annual meeting of 1,000 members of the Engel & Völkers Americas network, which took place at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Congratulations to all and best of luck in 2020!

The Wellesley Historical Society (WHS) has made great progress this past year and is now one step closer to being able to effectively use their new property at 323 Washington Street, also known as the Stanwood House. Thanks to fundraising efforts, an ADA-compliant bathroom has been added on the main floor, areas have been painted, and repairs have been made.  The WHS has also been working closely with town officials to have the Stanwood House designated as a Single Building Historic District.  For more information, please visit www.wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org.

Debi Benoit, whose company Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. was recently acquired by Gibson Sotheby’s, has been named senior vice president of Sotheby’s International Real Estate Company. Benoit exceeded $120 million in sales in 2019. She has maintained her status as one of the nation’s top real estate producers for more than a decade and the #1 broker status in Wellesley for 14 consecutive years. Statewide, Benoit ranks as one of the top producers for single-family home sales.

Jesamondo Salon & Spa proudly announces new people on the management team. Joining Matt Traiger, owner, manager, and longtime iconic figure behind the brand, are Artistic Directors Michelle DeCosta and Jenna Rose Pasquale; and Front Desk Coordinators Brittany Dillworth and Jessica Andrade. With new salon and spa expansions just a whisper away from completion, stay tuned as exciting new changes continue to emerge.  Visit www.jesamondo.com or call 508.907.7171 to schedule your salon visit or spa-cation.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate (BHHS) recently honored Kathy Kelley with the Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award for her excellent sales performance for 2018 placing her in the top one percent of all BHHS agents nationwide. Kathy was also honored with the Berkshire Hathaway HS Legend Award for her many consecutive years of award-winning performance. Kelley just celebrated 25 years as one of Wellesley’s top real estate agents. “The name you see all over town!”

Eye Care and Laser Surgery of Newton-Wellesley is pleased to introduce their new front desk administrative staff. With a focus on exceptional patient experience, triaging medical issues, and making timely appointments, the staff has extensive managed care and medical practice experience and is eager to meet and help care for you.  Eye Care and Laser Surgery provides laser eye surgery (LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablation, PRK, and LASEK) as well as comprehensive eye care. For more information, please visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com.

Needham Bank stepped up to the plate and gave a $10,000 sponsorship to the Wellesley Softball Field of Dreams project. The donation provided grandstands at Lee Field, where the Wellesley High School Varsity Softball team will play their home games. Needham Bank wishes the team many winning seasons on the new field!

The owners and staff at a Blade of Grass are proud to announce that Irrigation and Lighting Manager Abdul Abuhajeb achieved the status of Certified Irrigation Technician from the Irrigation Association this past winter. His passion for reducing water waste and improving system efficiency has led him to create the company’s new SMART Irrigation Plan. It’s based around understanding site specifics, multiple checks per season, using appropriate materials, and utilizing WIFI controllers that connect to local weather stations.

DermWellesley is excited to welcome Caren Droesch, MD to their team. Dr. Droesch, a Massachusetts native, will be seeing both medical and cosmetic patients of all ages and genders. She treats the entire spectrum of skin disease, performs skin cancer examinations, and is highly skilled in both laser therapy and injectables. She’s accepting new patients and will also offer urgent access appointments throughout the week for any patient that may have a more immediate need. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781.591.4234 and visit www.dermwellesley.com.

One Wingate Way is celebrating its third year providing luxury independent living to seniors who seek full independence with peace of mind.  One Wingate Way, located at 235 Gould Street in Needham, features AQUA by Wingate, an engaging active lifestyle experience, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.   Residents enjoy smart-tech fitness equipment, a heated salt-water pool, yoga classes, massage therapy, a salon, and much more.  Other luxuries of leisure include cultural programs, continuing education, and museum trips, to name just a few.  To learn more, please visit www.onewingateway.com.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce that Melissa Dailey has been recognized with the Coldwell BankerR International Society of Excellence Award for 2019. This is Coldwell Banker’s highest designation. In addition, Melissa was named one of the Top 10 Sales Associates Nationwide. Coldwell Banker is also pleased to announce that Donna Scott and Tom Aaron have been recognized with the Coldwell BankerR International President’s Premier Award for 2019.

Wellesley resident and architect Jacob Lilley, of Jacob Lilley Architects, is pleased to once again be awarded “Best of Houzz ” for 2020, in Design and Service. The award is chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals. For more information, please visit www.jlaarchitects.com.  http://www.jlaarchitects.com

Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was recently named “Best of Houzz” for 2020.  This is the sixth time the firm has received the honor, granted to the top three percent of Houzz.com’s over two million professionals.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Owner and Certified Master Gardener Michele Fronk Schuckel, a Weston resident, works with her team to design and install four season gardens and containers, which always incorporate native plants. The designs draw pollinators (birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects) and are built to be climate resilient. With your health in mind, Natural Selections practices organic fine gardening.  Schedule a consultation at NaturalSelectionsGardens.com.  Mention WellesleyWeston Magazine and receive a 10 percent discount on container gardens and urns in 2020.

Amy Mizner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, architect David Boronkay of Slocum Hall Design Group, Jeff Capello of Concept Building, Inc., and Jessica Tolman and Anne Mueller of Briar Design are featured in a new video called “Modern Trailblazers: Reimagining the Prairie Style.”  Created by Boston Design Guide, the video is Part One of a series documenting the land acquisition, design, and construction of a magnificent MetroWest private residence inspired by the prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neajGFkiNIk.

Sonja B. Selami, ESQ., owner and CEO of Sonja Selami Law Offices P.C., and Marketing Director Ashley Bernon recently attended a private event at Tiffany’s Newbury Street store to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The women attending the breakfast and round table discussion were international business leaders who work here in Boston.  The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami is a leader in real estate law with offices in Boston, Wellesley, Lexington, and Hingham.  For more information, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

FIERCE is celebrating two years at the Garage Gym. Experience what it feels like to live fiercely through fitness, fuel, fulfillment, friendship, and fun.  FIERCE offers brand-new classes and new coaches to bring you the best of the best in women’s fitness and well-being! Your first class is complimentary.  From small group training classes to one-on-one personal training, to behavior coaching, FIERCE by Choice has you covered.  Visit www.fiercebychoice.com for more information.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art has awarded Dan Gordon Landscape Architects a Bulfinch Award for their work on The Pond’s Edge Estate. This once cherished garden, located in historic Chestnut Hill, had fallen into disrepair. The renovation has transformed and revitalized the property into a thriving ecosystem and inspiring environment for owners and community to enjoy once again.

Boston-based interior designer Marc Langlois, a long-recognized fixture on the Wellesley-Weston landscape, has been busy helping clients update their vacation homes in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Many of Marc’s clients are heading north earlier this year and have asked him to update their weekend retreats along the slopes of Stowe and the surrounding countryside.  Langlois is known for working closely with each homeowner to bring a fresh perspective to their design views. For more information, please visit www.mr-marc.com and follow on Instagram @marcjlanglois.

Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, a premiere architect and design firm headquartered in Osterville, is honored to be named one of the “Top Fifty” coastal architects 2020 by Ocean Home Magazine.  Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, founded by Doreve Nicholaeff, approaches architecture in the analysis of the context, the site, its characteristics/topography, geology, indigenous vegetation, wind direction, orientation, surrounding houses, borrowed view paths, and the architectural vocabulary. For more information, visit www.nicholaeff.com or call 508.420.5298.

The Portland Group is proud to announce that they are celebrating 90 years of business in 2020. Nationally recognized as New England’s leading wholesaler of plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning, The Portland Group prides itself on the quality and variety of products offered to customers, providing top brand names in a warehouse space exceeding 300,000 square feet.  The company’s signature showroom, SPLASH in Newton features the industry’s premier brands and coveted designs. For more information call  617.332.6662 or visit their website at www.splashspritzo.com.

Stuart Swan, the former owner of Stuart Swan Furniture Company, is now living and working in Williamsburg, Virginia where he works as a buyer’s agent for Howard Hanna Williamsburg.  If you’re looking for tasteful resort living, add Williamsburg to your retirement considerations.  Enjoy elegant planned communities such as Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Country Club on the banks of the James River.  Choose from several planned communities offering custom homes at prices that are not to be believed in the Northeast.   For more information, email stuartswan36@gmail.com.

Engel & Voelkers Wellesley congratulates Renu Shukla, an award-winning luxury segment advisor for her third work anniversary! Renu’s demonstrated expertise in navigating various life transitions through critical real estate decisions continues to enable best possible results for her clients. A past Tenacre, Rivers, and The Roxbury Latin School parent, Renu is grateful for her deep roots in this community. Please reach Renu directly at 781.608.2604.

The sixth annual Lunch with Kate was held in March and celebrated Boston Medical Center’s (BMC’s) Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family. Special guest and First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker joined BMC President and CEO Kate Walsh and the center’s Executive Director Dr. Megan Bair-Merritt for a discussion about how the center is revolutionizing care for pediatric patients and their families. More than $86,500 was raised in support of the incredible work being done to give all children equal opportunity to be healthy.

Wellesley Dental Group is excited to welcome board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Wellesley native Dr. Jonathan Stephens to their team. Dr. Stephens received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University. He completed his general surgery internship at Tulane University, and oral surgery residency at Mt. Sinai/ Jacobi in New York City. He is a clinical instructor for oral surgery at Tufts University with the philosophy to deliver comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients.

Wellesley College is now offering an innovative approach to providing health care services to its more than 2,400 students. Through a collaboration between Wellesley College and Newton-Wellesley Collegiate Health, a service of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, hospital providers are based at Wellesley’s campus, providing students with convenient access to top-quality health care. This is a novel approach in Massachusetts for addressing the health needs of students. Highly-specialized care is also available through Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the broader Partners HealthCare network, including Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Bridgitte Carroll, a local integrative and functional dietitian, is celebrating two years at Johnson Compounding & Wellness in Waltham. In this role, she has worked with hundreds of individual clients, acquired new products for the store, and helped customers pick out personalized supplements. By practicing nutrition using a functional medicine lens, she is able to get to the root cause of any dysfunction. She is accepting new clients.

Mature Caregivers, a division of Age Friendly Ventures, announced that Gayle Thieme has joined the team as director of client care.  Thieme comes to Mature Caregivers after 16 years with the Wellesley Council on Aging.  Mature Caregivers provides companionship and personal care to elders in their homes.  For more information, please visit www.agefriendly.com.

Inbox Spring 2020

Visit Meadowbrook Day Camp’s website at daycamp.meadowbrook-ma.org to see their Drobots and STEM program weeks, new Fiber Arts Camp, camp summer sessions for K – 7th graders, and Teen Adventure programs for students in 8th or 9th grade.  Meadowbrook Day Camp facilities include two pools, playing fields galore, plus indoor computer, woodworking, and art studios.  There’s also a free bus to Wellesley.  Enroll now for first-choice sessions.  Join Meadowbrook to make the summer of 2020 the best summer ever!

Jacob Lilley Architects is honored and humbled to be awarded Best of Boston for 2020 by Boston Home magazine.  The award recognizes architectural firms, landscape architects, and interior designers at the forefront of their respective fields.  Jacob Lilley Architects emphasizes the use of natural materials and quality craftsmanship, resulting in a special and well-crafted design.  As a small firm, Jacob Lilley provides individualized attention from the initial design sketch through construction.  For more information, please visit www.jlaarchitects.com.

Sonia Hale, the nationally award-winning Boston artist, who specializes in official and family portraiture, was selected to paint the official portrait of Karen Van Winkle, president of the Harvard Club of Boston. The unveiling took place at the club’s 111th Annual Dinner with accolades, as this is the first official portrait of a woman to hang on the HCB walls.  For more information on Sonia’s work, please go to her website at www.soniahale.com.

Betsy Kessler was recently named the 2019 Top Producer at Rutledge Properties in Wellesley.  Betsy has been with Rutledge for 20 years and has been a consistent leader in the Wellesley market.  By offering a unique combination of knowledge, integrity, and enthusiasm, Betsy has ensured her loyal clientele successful completion of their real estate transactions in today’s turbulent market.  Her enthusiasm and cooperative spirit have made her widely respected by her peers and clients.  For more information, visit www.Betsykessler.com or call 617.306.6884.

Paul Wilson, a recognized C-level sales leader at several of the fastest growing digital marketing agencies including iProspect and RKG/Merkle, has joined COMPASS, a technology driven real estate company, as a real estate advisor. Paul and his wife, Mary Shea Wilson, a 15-year real estate veteran, have formed a new team, The Wilson Group, to provide superior, concierge style service to their sellers and buyers. For more information, call 781.608.8208 or email thewilsongroup@compass.com.

On April 26, 2020, the Wellesley Historical Society will celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday Tea at the Wellesley Community Center. This tea will include a brief performance of a scene by the Wellesley Theatre Players, commentary by Jeanie Goddard about the language of the Bard, and a recitation of lines from attendees. Of course, guests will also enjoy tea and treats, with each leaving with a tea cup.  For more information relating to this event, including sponsorship, please visit www.wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org.

Gail Lockberg of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town & Country Real Estate recently accepted the Brookfield North American Broker Network Platinum award for superior Customer Satisfaction. Alongside Gail were several top members of HSF Affiliates, LLC including Rosalie Warner, vice-president of HSF Affiliates LLC.  For more information, please visit www.bhhstownandcountry.com.

AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring is teaming up with Cape Ann Animal Aid, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter based in Gloucester. From veterinary care to pet food supply and adoption programs and events, Cape Ann is one of the premier animal aid organizations in the state. As a sponsor, AJ Rose hopes to help generate awareness of animals in need. Stop by AJ Rose in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus, or online at www.ajrosecarpets.com.

Kickoff 2020 the FIERCE way with FIERCE in Natick!  They’re now offering 18 classes each week ranging from weight training to yoga to Pilates to kickboxing to metabolic conditioning. You can experience it all at FIERCE in the new year. Your first class is always complimentary.  For more information, visit www.fiercebychoice.com.

2019 was another successful year for the Donahue Maley & Burns Team. For the eighth year in a row, they’re ranked as the #1 Sales Team in Wellesley, with nearly $100M in sales for 2019 and ranked within the top 25 agents in Massachusetts. For more information on how the team can help you, call: 781.591.0671, email dmbteam@compass.com and visit donahuemaleyburns.com.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to think about your summer tan.  Beauty and Main, located at 79 Central Street in Wellesley, offers the highest-quality spray tan, safe for all skin types, with all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients.  Their state-of-the-art tanning spray will leave your skin looking prettier and feeling healthier.  Beauty and Main also welcomes Karen Gomes to the staff. Be sure to check out two new fragrance lines by Skylar and Riddle.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781.237.1685 and visit www.beautyandmain.com.

Bob and Phyllis Totaro, founders of J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley, and now owners of Chatham Fine Art in Chatham on Cape Cod, are celebrating 40 years in business in 2020. While the Wellesley gallery was sold to a new owner in 2015, the couple still operates their Chatham gallery, where they are beginning their 8th season this spring.  The Chatham gallery exhibits over 700 works by over 50 top-tier regional artists.  The Totaros invite you to stop by to say hello.

Thank you to Lyn Evans boutique for hosting a shopping event in November, donating 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Wily Network, a local non-profit that provides a critical safety net for students who are navigating college independently. Wily offers clinical coaching, financial assistance, community-building, and networking opportunities to students. It was a successful evening filled with holiday shopping, a generous raffle with items donated by local businesses, and awareness building for the organization.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Morgan Herman as executive vice president. “We are delighted to welcome Morgan on board,” said Timothy Armour, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s president and CEO. “She brings outstanding experience in health-related fundraising and is committed to our mission. She also understands the importance of continued support for the groundbreaking research we fund.” Herman will lead all fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission of funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Visit www.curealz.org.

The team of architects and builders at Carpenter & MacNeille has received the 2020 Best of Boston Home award for “Best Custom Home – Design/Build.” This is the fifth time the firm has been recognized with the distinction given annually by the editors of Boston Home magazine. Featured portraits of architect and Founding Principal Rob MacNeille and Site Supervisor Mark Pellegrini were printed in the issue, showcasing the faces of Greater Boston industry talent.

Pam Kubbins, the owner and founder of her homegrown business Pam’s Pashminas in Wellesley, is excited to debut her fresh new Spring/Summer 2020 Botanical Scarf Collection at the Boston Flower Show being held at the Seaport World Trade Center in March.  Her high-quality, all-natural fiber scarves feature unique images of Pam’s world-wide travel photography as well as images from her own local, organic home garden.   All of her original designs are on gorgeous artisanally crafted fabrics. Please visit www.pamspashminas.com.

Master Aesthetician Julie Flavin has relocated to DermWellesley, a premier medical and cosmetic dermatology practice within the Wellesley Office Park.  Julie has over 17 years of experience within the aesthetic space and specializes in medical grade peels, adult and teen facials, dermaplaning, Dermalinfusion, and numerous other procedures that maximize skin vitality with minimal downtime or discomfort. She has helped thousands of patients achieve their skin health goals while optimizing patient comfort and safety. Visit www.dermwellesley.com for more information or call 781.591.4234.

On December 5, 2019, Cambridge Trust and Wellesley Bank announced their intent to merge, expanding their commercial banking, private banking, and wealth management presence in Greater Boston. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, when the two banks will unite under one brand name: Cambridge Trust. Wellesley’s President and CEO Tom Fontaine will assume the role of chief banking officer when the merger closes.

Darby Road HOME is excited to offer a quick ship program as part of a unique design solution for their clients.  Instant gratification is becoming more relevant in the world of design, and they hear you!  Stop by the Darby Road HOME showroom at 1395 Main Street in Waltham on 117 West to see what’s new and how they can help you create a beautiful space. For more information, visit darbyroad.com.

Local resident and architect Patrick Ahearn FAIA presents his first online class, Patrick Ahearn’s Studio, where he teaches his philosophy on architecture, density, and scale in 15 episodes. Please visit www.patrickahearn.com/patrick-ahearns-studio/ for more information and follow them on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

Wellesley Books is thrilled to receive the 2019 Independent Spirit Award, given by the Book Publishers Representatives of New England to honor the best independent bookstore of the year. The Independent Spirit Award is presented in conjunction with the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), the local trade association and source of both education and community. For more information, please visit www.wellesleybooks.com.

Tyler & Sash recently introduced two new high-end Italian fabric collections to their stores: Dedar Milano and Hermès. Located at 540 Washington Street in Wellesley and 880 Main Street in Winchester, Tyler & Sash is a collaborative space for homeowners to begin their projects and work with an expert staff on window treatments, wallpaper, and design services.  Their focus on providing unique solutions for design problems seems to be just what the neighborhood needs.  For more information, please visit www.tylerandsash.com.

Eden Pond – swim + leisure, located at 93 Main Street in Concord Center, is now your year-round destination for distinctive swimwear, cover ups, and accessories. You’ll find classic maillots from Karla Colletto as well as brands like Paula Beachwear, Araks, and Eberjey. Owner Amanda Hillery will help you find the perfect suit that marries form and function.  You’ll also find Mexican market bags, French canvas beach totes, South African hand-loomed beach towels, and much more.  For more information, visit www.edenpondswim.com and see their ad on page 83.

Wellesley architect and resident Jan Gleysteen was recently honored with two PRISM Awards for his Modern Farmhouse Residence.  His design was recognized for both the house and landscape designs.  The PRISM Awards are presented each year for excellence in residential design by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston.  For more information on this and other projects please visit www.JanGleysteenInc.com or call 781.431.0080.

Wellesley Service League (WSL) members Judy Terpilowski and Cindy Worrall recently helped out at the Mobile Market at MassBay Community College. To find out more about WSL, please visit www.wellesleyserviceleague.org.

On December 6, Debi Benoit hosted her annual holiday toy drive for MassGeneral Hospital for Children at the Wellesley Country Club.  The toy drive was an overwhelming success and another record number of toys were delivered to the children at Mass General.  Debi’s special guest, New England Patriot Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, was on hand to sign memorabilia and chat with guests.

Jackie Biancuzzo, vice president at Needham Bank, has joined the bank’s Wellesley office at 458 Washington Street as branch manager. Jackie has been with Needham Bank for five years and has over 20 years of banking experience. Jackie models the bank’s values of customer-first service and is eager to help prospective and existing clients in Wellesley with their banking needs. Needham Bank is a member FDIC, SIF and Equal Housing Lender.

Dover Rug and Home recently introduced the Santorini Collection, inspired by timeless rug designs and executed with today’s colors. These beautiful hand-knotted wool rugs are created to fit any lifestyle.  Come and see this collection in all sizes in Natick, Boston, and Burlington.  Visit www.doverrug.com to find out more.

Top Wellesley, Weston, and Needham real estate brokers, Traci Shulkin and Jared Wilk, proudly introduce The Shulkin Wilk Group at Compass. The Shulkin Wilk Group is a full-service realty team of nine catering to luxury market residential buyers and sellers in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Needham, Newton, Natick and beyond. For more information, please visit www.shulkinwilkgroup.com. The group will be working out of Compass’ Wellesley office.

Lisa Abeles, Wellesley resident and president of Abeles & Associates Architects Inc., is pleased to be celebrating 28 years in business.  Lisa Abeles, Kevin King, and Melissa Greenlaw would like to thank all of their Wellesley and Weston clients who have made it a great year.  For more information, please visit www.abelesandassociates.com.

Wellesley resident Lauren Shaw Rosenberg of LSR Styling specializes in closet organization, personal shopping, and styling. Lauren’s mission is simple: to empower you to feel confident in a wardrobe that works for every day of your life. She takes a highly individualized approach by supporting clients through day-to-day dressing, major life events, and everything in between so they will never another “I have nothing to wear” moment. Please visit www.lsrstyling.com for further information and schedule a complimentary phone consult by emailing lauren@lsrstyling.com.

About Motherhood and Kumkum Pareek Malik Psy.D invite you to The Copper Pot Series—retreat style workshops at Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn. The workshops are Reframing Motherhood-1 Making our work visible: Baby Steps, on March 7; and Reframing Motherhood-2 The Wisdom of Emotions. You are not crazy, on April 4 and May 2.  Dr. Malik has a private practice in Wellesley. For retreat details and more information, visit www.aboutmotherhood.com/events.

Debi Benoit, Amy Mizner and Sheryl Simon, principals at Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., were recently named to the 2019 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts for the third time.  The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe Magazine partner annually to name the most noteworthy companies and nonprofits helmed by women. In addition, Debi Benoit was recently named by a REAL Trends Special Report ranking national independent agents by sales volume.  She was one of five national independent agents to make the list with just over $176 million in sales.

TROVE held its annual Ray Griffiths Jewelry Trunk Show December 5 – 7.  The renowned designer brought an extensive collection of jewelry using his intricate 18-karat gold crown work setting of gemstones, diamonds, and pearls.  TROVE, located at 542 Boston Post Road in Weston, features fine jewelry, handbags, accessories, home furnishings, gifts, and other luxuries from around the globe.  For more information, contact troveboutique@gmail.com or call 781.642.0484.

Jesamondo Salon & Spa has had a facelift. With updated décor and brighter lighting, the lobby welcomes clients with New York-style flare and elegance. You’ll notice new product lines, including Color WOW (of Kardashian fame), and R + Co. Jesamondo is closed on Mondays and is now open Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You’ll find the industry’s finest educators at the salon as they continually keep the staff on trend with cutting-edge techniques. Book online at www.jesamondo.com or call 508.907.7171.

Medical supervision at MetTrimMD will make you thinner—faster. “We’ve helped hundreds of men, women, and adolescents lose 10 to 70+ pounds,” says Madhavi Kamireddi, MD. “Our personalized weight loss programs provide rapid, healthy, and safe results,” adds Jessica Hennessey, APRN. To learn more, schedule the next available Free No-obligation Consultation. Call 978.216.4943. Visit MetTrimMD at 79 Central Street in Wellesley and online at www.MetTrimMD.com/WellesleyMA and on Facebook@MetTrimMDActon.

Forever Young Laser & Skin Center is thrilled to announce that they have moved their new main office in Wellesley to a larger facility.  The new office, located at 170 Worcester Street, is just three doors down from the former facility. Forever Young Laser & Skin Center was founded by Tracy Korby in 2005. Tracy and her staff understand the relationship between looking great and feeling good and teach patients the latest techniques to repair and care for their skin. For more information, please visit www.frvryoung.com.

Burns & Levinson announced that partner and executive committee member Lisa Cukier, who lives in Weston, has been named a 2019 “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) for her “accomplishments in the legal field.” MLW singles out an elite group of “exceptional” women lawyers each year. Cukier’s practice is split between complex trust/estate litigation and complex strategic and high asset divorce/custody cases, family business/family asset disputes, and a niche practice in mental health law and addiction/eating disorder strategic intervention matters. For more information, visit www.burnslev.com.

Architecture firm CambridgeSeven recently completed the new Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex at Babson College.  The firm renovated and expanded the existing fitness center to a 175,000 SF private gym-quality facility, doubling the size of the overall complex. The expanded program will support not only the college’s robust recreational and varsity athletics, but also augment campus-wide academic needs by providing a space for examinations, social gatherings, and a facility that supports the college’s overall health and wellness initiatives.

Best of Boston 2020 winner, Cutting Edge Homes, boasts a diverse portfolio of custom-home craftsmanship, but their expertise lies in blending the old with the new. The firm’s three award-winning 2019 projects include an 1879 Victorian they revamped in Wellesley, a modern addition forged inside a nearly 200-year-old Lincoln manse, and a bold kitchen remodel in Dover. Cutting Edge’s commitment to community service shines just as brightly as its designs. Talk about building a better home. Visit www.thinkcuttingedge.com.

The Wellesley Gardeners’ Guild (WGG) would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for their annual “Deck the Halls” raffle.  This fundraiser supports the many town-wide beautification projects that the WGG manages. From the window boxes at the Wellesley Hills and Square Post Offices, to the planters at the front and back of the Main Library and the Town Square Clock plantings and Fells sitting area, every member of the guild serves by planting and maintaining these beautiful arrangements throughout town.

Local art historian Dr. Robert Savage will discuss the life and art of Wellesley resident Isaac Sprague, IV.  Sprague was a major 19th century artist and naturalist who worked closely with John James Audubon, the ornithologist and painter; and with Asa Gray, Harvard professor and America’s premier botanist at the time.  Sprague’s son, Isaac Sprague, V, would become one of the most influential figures in Wellesley’s civic development.  The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, May 7at 7:00 p.m. at the Wellesley Free Library.

ARID Newton-Wellesley® Dental Specialty Group recently welcomed Adriana Goranova, RN, to its team.  Adriana is a dental nurse and patient liaison and is a perfect fit for ARID’s board-certified specialists’ group that provides unparalleled care to their patients and referring doctors.  She is talented and empathetic and is fluent in Bulgarian, German, and Russian.  To learn more about how ARID can improve your overall health and smile, visit their practice and experience the difference.  Call 781.237.1190 to schedule an appointment and visit www.aridnw.com.

Pure Glow Organic Spray Tanning is now open at 22 Church Street in Wellesley. Lauren Rampello founded Pure Glow in 2014 after seeing a need for a genuinely safe sunless tanning experience that looks and performs like the real thing. Pure Glow uses only certified organic and nontoxic ingredients to create a beautiful and natural looking tan. Lauren’s Newbury Street studio opened in 2015, and she recently announced plans to begin expanding her concept nationally.  For more information, visit www.PureGlow.com.

Elizabeth Renee Esthetics recently introduced Growth Factor Serum, a medical grade product derived from stem cell media.  Elizabeth Renee’s Growth Factor Serum produces dramatic results for increased firmness, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enhances skin tone and texture. Five drops, twice a day, will gradually repair your skin so it looks and acts younger.  The serum can also be infused into the skin via the new Cell Youth Facial and via Microchanneling.  For more information, please visit www.elizabethrenee.com.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage once again hosted cupcake decorating for Wellesley Family Sunday. This year, a record 250 cupcakes were decorated, and guests were treated to carols by three Wellesley choral groups. Thanks to all the staff members and associates who contributed cupcakes, decorating supplies, and refreshments for the afternoon. Special kudos to Marcey Hunter, Beth Petrone, Moira Lown, Patricia Pizzi, and Konstantinos Petridis, who were the special elves that day.

Wingate Healthcare has named Marc Cohen to lead Wingate Residences at Needham, a continuum of care senior living campus featuring a separate, luxury independent living community, One Wingate Way. Cohen brings more than 35 years’ of leadership experience in healthcare and senior living. As executive director, Cohen will oversee the community’s daily operations, including safety procedures, staffing decisions, and enrichment programming. One Wingate Way is located at 235 Gould Street in Needham.  Cohen is a Massachusetts native and longtime Needham resident.  Visit www.onewingateway.com.

Janet McCormick, CFA of Dover (formerly of Sherborn) has joined The Toomey Waterman Group at Morgan Stanley in Boston and is accepting new clients.  Janet leverages decades of investment experience at Fidelity Investments to help individuals manage their wealth.  She brings empathy from her own difficult life transitions to help others in similar situations.  Janet can be reached at 617.748.5880 or janet.mccormick@morganstanley.com.  For more information, visit advisor.morganstanley.com/the-toomey-waterman-group.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital recently announced that seven new primary care physicians have joined the organization: Brittanie Dillon, DO, DMD; Christine Harrington, MD; Jennifer Schwartz, MD; Jessica Platt, MD; Rana Eletriby, MD; Renee Jacobs, MD; and Whitney Kress, MD. With a shortage of primary care physicians expected over the next decade, Newton-Wellesley is proud to bring this new cohort of outstanding PCPs into its community. All physicians are welcoming new patients and offering next-day appointments.  For more information, visit www.nwh.org/primary-care or call 866.NWH.DOCS.

 StretchLab recently announced the grand opening of its Wellesley location in Linden Square, the first Boston area location for the national franchise. Owners Soosie Lazenby and her husband, George Spowart, aim to spread the message and wisdom of assisted stretching not only for increased range of motion and flexibility but also decreases in pain and muscle tension.  StretchLab provides the highest quality assisted stretching services to clients of all fitness levels, ages, and body types. To learn more, visit www.stretchlab.com or call 339.217.0217.

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Premier Dental Group of Wellesley P.C. welcomes the Boston Sports Institute to Wellesley. While visiting the new ice rink, be sure to check out the Premier Dental banner. The Premier team of healthcare providers is dedicated to alleviating discomfort, treating dental issues, and improving the lives of their patients. We can make a sports guard for any athlete in your family. To learn more about their comprehensive service offerings, call 781.237.3031 and visit www.premierdentalgroupofwellesley.com.

Sean Cutting, president of Cutting Edge Homes Architects + Builders, was honored to accept three Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The awards received were a 2019 CotY Gold Award for Residential Addition $220k+, a 2019 Silver Award for Whole Home Renovation $500k+, and a 2019 Coty Silver Award for Kitchen Renovation $100-150k. For more information, please visit www.thinkcuttingedge.com.

Wellesley Investment Partners is proud to announce that Tom LaHaise, managing director, has earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®) professional designation from The American College of Financial Services. The ChSNC® designation provides professionals with the technical, collaborative, and quantitative skills necessary to help clients with special needs and disabilities. Chartered Special Needs Consultants are equipped with the tools needed to help parents and caregivers plan for the future with honesty, ethics, and compassion. For more information, visit www.wellesleyinvestmentpartners.com.

Amy Mizner of Benoit Mizner Simon, Eleni Kaplan of E.K. Sanford Builders, and Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom Builders celebrate the Open House launch of 240 Westerly Road in Weston, built by Eleni Kaplan, a third generation builder and founder of E.K. Sanford Builders.

California-based home décor brand Serena & Lily recently opened their first Boston area design shop at Chestnut Hill Square. The Serena & Lily Chestnut Hill Design Shop showcases the brand’s signature breezy, coastal aesthetic which blends classic influences with casual, fresh sophistication. Known for its mix of original and curated designs, the brand inspires customers to cultivate their own personal style and express it with confidence. Categories include custom furniture, bedding, rugs, pillows, wallpaper, lighting, dining, and outdoor. For more information and to explore the collection, visit www.serenaandlily.com.

Architecture firm CambridgeSeven recently completed the new Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex at Babson College. The firm renovated and expanded the existing fitness center to a 175,000 SF private gym-quality facility, doubling the size of the overall complex. The expanded program will support not only the college’s robust recreational and varsity athletics, but also augment campus-wide academic needs by providing a space for examinations, social gatherings, and a facility that supports the college’s overall health and wellness initiatives.

Deep in your soul there is a wisdom that is as old as time: Motherhood is real work. That knowledge has been lost. Kumkum Pareek Malik, Psy.D is excited to offer The Copper Pot retreat series: weekend workshops in 2020 on February 8 and March 7 that are an opportunity to deepen your Motherhood journey. For more information, visit www.aboutmotherhood.com/events, or the Wellesley Free Library on January 14 and February 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Kumkum practices in Wellesley. See her ad on page 25.

Belmont Landscape, a leader in residential and commercial landscape design, construction, and maintenance, is celebrating 32 years in business. Belmont’s in-house staff will manage your outdoor projects from start to finish, handling all phases of the design-build process including an initial home consultation, cost estimating, site preparation, earthwork, paving, masonry, lighting, irrigation, and planting. Their complete property maintenance will bring out the natural beauty of your yard today and in the years to come. For more information, visit www.belmlontlandscapeandtreeservice.com or call 617.489.1888.

The Donahue Maley & Burns team was nominated by fellow industry colleagues as “Best Team” in Boston Agent Magazine’s Agents’ Choice Award for the second year in a row. Along with this achievement, the team was also ranked as one of the top 20 teams by REAL Trends “America’s Best” in Real Estate. The team, now a group of eight sales associates, led by Lynn Donahue, Donna Maley, and Stephanie Burns, continues to exceed expectations one client at a time. For more information, call 781.591.0671 email dmbteam@compass.com, and visit www.donahuemaleyburns.com.

Less is more. Dr. William LoVerme says the new trend in cosmetic surgery is a very shapely breast rather than just larger. Many women are downsizing their implants and some are getting a reduction. But more frequently, women are adding a breast lift to those procedures to get the best shape to match a fit and toned body. Dr. Loverme is accepting new patients at his Wellesley office. Please call 781.263.0011 to make an appointment for a consultation and visit www.AccurateAesthetics.com.

After three months of construction, the renovation of Needham Bank’s Wellesley office, located at 458 Washington Street, is complete. The staff celebrated in June with an official ribbon cutting ceremony in the lobby of the branch. Needham Bank improved both the customer and employee areas of the branch by adding a new waiting area with a coffee station, private offices to increase customer privacy, an updated safe deposit room, and a new teller line. The outside of the branch was also updated. For more information, visit www.NeedhamBank.com.

AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring is proud to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with a donation of 72 backpacks filled with supplies for the school year. As a family-owned business for over 40 years, AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring takes pride in giving back to the community year after year. Visit them at one of their three convenient locations in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus or online at www.ajrosecarpets.com.

Wellesley residents Lisa Abeles and Susan Pope of the Wellesley Gardener’s Guild are finishing a two-year tenure of chairing the Post Office Committee. This committee is responsible for the design and maintenance of the flower boxes at the post offices in Wellesley. Fran Morello of Fran’s Flowers of Natick has for many years has helped beautify the boxes with the Guild by providing specially ordered flowers.

Wellesley resident and architect, Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was recently honored with an American Residential Design Award (ARDA) from the American Institute of Building Design. His Modern Heritage Residence was recognized for design excellence at their summer conference. For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work, including their Modern Heritage Residence, please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Elza B. Design was thrilled to participate in the third annual Heading Home to Dinner event held October 3 and October 4 at the Boston Design Center. Heading Home to Dinner is a dine-by-design event hosted by the Boston Design Community in an effort to raise funds for Heading Home, providing housing and aid to homeless families. Interior designer Barbara Elza Hirsch’s tablescape focused on literature and culture as nourishment as well as food.

Pam Kubbins, the owner and founder of her homegrown business Pam’s Pashminas in Wellesley, is looking forward to her annual design excursion to India where she creates and manufactures scarves. When she returns from her journey, she will feature her new collection at the 2020 Boston Flower Show held at the World Trade Center. Pam’s customers look forward to seeing the newly created designs on high quality natural fibers. Her original scarf designs feature her own nature and travel photography from around the world. Please visit www.pamspashminas.com.

Beauty and Main is pleased to announce two new hair care product lines: R+Co and Saints & Sinners. R+Co’s unique products deliver fantastic results that make your hair stand out and look its best. They’re a collective of some of the most forward-thinking hairstylists in the business. Saints & Sinners products have been receiving rave reviews across the country, and the company is committed to utilizing the latest in technological advances and the finest ingredients from around the globe. For more information, visit www.beautyandmain.com.

For the 16th year, the Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group has been selected as the #1 Insurance Agency in Wellesley (Reader’s Choice Award). Corcoran & Havlin also won the Region Award, as the #1 Insurance Agency in the towns of Newton, Needham, and Wellesley. In addition, Corcoran & Havlin was recently presented with Chubb’s Cornerstone Award. With over 15,000 Chubb agencies worldwide, the Cornerstone program is Chubb’s vehicle to recognize those agencies that earned top premium and profitability results. For more information, visit www.chinsurance.com.

Landscape Architect Dan Gordon led a tour to New Hampshire’s Cornish Art Colony in August. The tour began at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site to view works of master American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The tour included several of the most treasured Cornish Colony estates. A private reception on the grand porch at “Crossways” was reminiscent of that bygone era of lazy summer afternoons spent among friends enjoying art and architecture in the shadow of Mount Ascutney. Visit www.dangordon.com.

The Wiese Company, a Sherborn-based design and construction, kitchen, and bath company, recently underwent a renovation of its own. The company’s familiar face has been working in the community for almost 30 years and is changing its look. Look for their new logo on the residential streets of Wellesley. For more information, visit www.wiese.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami has a new office in Hingham at 18 North Street, joining its other locations in Wellesley, at 40 Grove Street, and in Boston and Lexington. The firm specializes in real estate conveyancing and mortgage lending services and represents buyers, sellers, refinance borrowers, and lenders in all of their real estate and mortgage transactions. Selami Law also offers a full range of trust and estate services to their clients. For more information, visit www.selamilaw.com.

Don’t miss TROVE’s annual Ray Griffiths Jewelry Trunk Show on Thursday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with champagne; Friday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The renowned designer will bring an extensive collection of jewelry using his intricate 18-karat gold crown work setting of gemstones, diamonds, and pearls. TROVE, located at 542 Boston Post Road in Weston, features fine jewelry, handbags, accessories, home furnishings, gifts, and other luxuries from around the globe. For more information, contact troveboutique@gmail.com or call 781.642.0484.

Local resident and architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, confirmed that his first monograph, Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living, was awarded Gold in the Art & Photography category at the 31st Annual Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards this year. Please visit www.patrickahearn.com for more information and follow them on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

Wellesley Dental Group is excited to announce that Dr. Mohammad Barra will be joining the team. Dr. Barra received his doctorate from Tufts University, where he also met his wife, Dr. Zarah Ali. His extensive training on digital smile design enables him to partner with patients to create the ideal smile based on facial analysis, pre-existing dental conditions, and individual preferences. Outside of work, Dr. Barra is an avid basketball player and world traveler.

Melissa Dailey of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was once again honored by REAL Trends as one of the top 250 agents in the country. With over $79 million in sales in 2018, Dailey was ranked number 239 in the nation. Melissa is the number three agent in Coldwell Banker New England and has been the number one Coldwell Banker agent in Wellesley sales in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Kathryn Alphas Richlen of Coldwell Banker Weston and Melissa Dailey of Coldwell Banker Wellesley attended Boston Common and Modern Luxury Interiors Boston‘s “To Live and Dine” event to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers at the Four Seasons Hotel at One Dalton Street, Boston. The event was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Tyler & Sash recently welcomed Johanne Thomas to their team as the new studio manager. Johanne comes to Tyler & Sash from many years in the luxury flooring industry. The Tyler & Sash Wellesley studio, located at 540 Washington Street, continues to grow as a collaborative space for homeowners to begin their projects and work with an expert staff on window treatments, wallpaper, and design services. Their focus on providing unique solutions for design problems seems to be just what the neighborhood needed. For more information, visit www.tylerandsash.com.

Meadowbrook Day Camp has completed the second year of Drobots Drone STEM Camps. The number of children participating doubled and the campers had a great time. Campers used rovers, bots, drones, and other autonomous creative technology to jump over obstacles, push down walls, toss energy balls, and navigate through mazes. Teams work together indoors and outdoors, utilizing life skills such as: design and systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, curiosity, mindfulness, and imagination. For more information, visit daycamp.meadowbrook-ma.org.

Darby Road HOME has partnered with Uncommon Threads, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower low-income women and domestic violence survivors through the use of clothing as a tool for boosting self-esteem. As a female business owner, Michelle Coppolo understands the importance of women empowering women. When you purchase a “Flikr,” which is a must-see mini fireplace, 20 percent of sales will be donated to Uncommon Threads. Visit www.darbyroad.com for more information and to see a video of the Flikr mini fireplace.

Celebrate the season mindfully and make New Year’s resolutions that stick. Michele Fronk Schuckel, nurse and co-founder of Mind Body Medical Associates of Weston, is enrolling clients for new holiday-focused, concierge wellness training. Give yourself the gift of presence in your holiday celebrations while learning practices like mindful eating and meditation, so you can live with resilience and set achievable goals. Learn about self-compassion and stress management skills you can use all year at www.MBMAhealth.com.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate celebrated 20 years in business with a party featuring Roxy’s Food Truck. The event was attended by colleagues, business partners, clients, employees, and agents. “It was important we thank our talented and dedicated sales agents and employees. Many started with us 20 years ago!” said Broker/Owner Gail Lockberg. “Our staff’s knowledge and passion for what they do makes owning and operating this business a pleasure.”

Debi Benoit, principal of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., was recently chosen as one of Banking New England magazine’s 2019 Women of Fire. The award honors the most talented, ambitious, innovative, and philanthropic women in finance, insurance, and real estate in New England.

Wellesley resident Ashley Kaye Bernon was just awarded the Who’s Who of Boston Real Estate for 2019 representing the Law Offices of Sonja Selami. Bernon has played an active role in the Boston real estate community for more than 20 years. Last year, she produced and hosted over 150 specialty broker open houses and real estate-based events sponsored by the Law Offices of Sonja Selami LLC. Clients turn to Bernon for guidance in the buying and selling process and to brand themselves in a highly effective manner.

Premier makeup artist Sarah Kosky is back at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics where she has recently launched her own line of lashes called Beautiful by Sarah. Elizabeth Renee Esthetics, located at 26 Grove Street just off the square in Wellesley, provides a soothing and nurturing escape and skin care experts who offer the most effective treatments and products available. You’ll leave the spa feeling wonderfully relaxed and donning beautiful, radiant, and glowing skin. For more information about Beautiful Lashes and other products and services, call 781.237.SKIN (7546) and visit www.elizabethrenee.com.

Look like a million for less than a hundred. Jesamondo Salon & Spa proudly announces its Rising Stars Blowout Bundle for $99. Indulge in five blowouts that include a deep conditioning treatment and relaxing scalp massage for only $99 (value $225). You can select the same salon rising star— currently, Marissa, Emily or Whitney— for all five blowouts, or switch it up to try someone new with each visit. Buy your package online at www.jesamondo.com, or call 508.907.7171. Look spectacular every day.

After nine great years, Pine Straw will be closing its doors at the end of February 2020 (the Waban store will remain open thru April). New merchandise is still arriving daily, and there are several events planned to celebrate throughout the season. Pine Straw owner Tracy Cranley plans to run business as usual throughout the end of January and go out with a bang. Get on the store’s email list by finding the link at www.livegivepinestraw.com or follow Pine Straw on Instagram @shoppinestraw to be in-the-know. Stay tuned for details on a new online business launching next year.

DermWellesley is proud to welcome Barbara St.John, FNP to its clinical team. With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Barbara provides the highest quality care for all genders and age groups. She prides herself in her clinical skills and addresses the entire spectrum of dermatologic concerns. In addition, Barbara has many years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and enjoys skin rejuvenation while maintaining a very natural appearance. Barbara is accepting new patients.

This fall, The Cambridge School of Weston was proud to celebrate the launch of PACE: Promoting Awareness and Community Engagement, a four-year social-emotional and service-learning curriculum. The pioneering program is meant to equip students with strategies for addressing real-life challenges, like understanding the disparities between the digital universe of our cell phones and everyday life; what it means to engage in healthy romantic relationships; and strategies for navigating our increasingly diverse and complex world.

Gabrielle Clemens, JD, LLM, managing director at RBC Wealth Management, will be participating in the Barrons Top Women Advisors Summit in Palm Beach in December. Gabrielle was also a guest speaker at North Hill Senior Living community in Needham presenting on the topic of wealth management and trust and estate planning.

Benchmark Builders, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Benchmark Home Services, a premier home care company. Benchmark Home Services offers comprehensive maintenance programs designed to cover the entire home, from roof to foundation. They handle exterior and interior maintenance, electrical and plumbing, painting, and even emergency services—all delivered with the highest level of quality, detail, and service. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact them at 978.254.5595.

Timothy Barry is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). Tim is a partner in the Private Client Group of blumshapiro, a New England based accounting, tax and advisory firm. The AEP® designation is a graduate level, multi-disciplinary specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning. For more information, visit www.blumshapiro.com.

Century Bank is pleased to announce that Daisy Siddiqui has joined its team in Wellesley as vice president and branch manager. Siddiqui is a well-known face in the area. She has more than 40 years banking experience, many of which were gained serving Wellesley and the surrounding communities. Stop by 258 Washington Street to meet Siddiqui and experience the personalized service Century Bank is known for. Visit www.CenturyBank.com or call 781.235.6500.

PBF HOMES | Home Renovation & Interior Design just transformed a dated sprawling ranch in Weston into a modern farmhouse—inside and out. Take a look at www.pbfhomes.com. PBF HOMES provides a unique service: one expert project manager to lead the process, from designing a renovation that fits your lifestyle, soliciting bids, managing the team (architect, contractor, cabinetmaker), to handling every detail. PBF saves you time, money, and stress. Contact Pam Forman at pam@pbfhomes.com. See their ad on page 51.

At Charles River School (CRS) in Dover, children use intellect, experience, and optimism to see what’s possible—and then take action in and out of the classroom. Students recently donated 74 backpacks and supplies to Boston-area children in need. CRS students loaded backpacks for the local nonprofit Backpacks for New Beginnings to distribute this fall. This community service project, like the overall program and curriculum, helps children take responsibility for themselves and their communities. Visit www.charlesriverschool.org to learn more.

Dr. Touradj Ameli recently received another high-level achievement in the field of advanced clinical dentistry by becoming certified in microscopic enhanced dentistry. ARID Newton-Wellesley® Dental Specialty Group is one of the few microscopes centered practices in the world. Enhancing visibility ensures the highest precision when providing patient care from routine hygiene visits to restoring teeth and enhancing smiles to their natural beauty. To learn more about how to improve your overall health and smile, call 781.237.1190 and visit www.aridnw.com.

Wellesley Service League (WSL) members convened for their Fall Kick-Off Meeting at the Wellesley Country Club. WSL was founded in 1927 and is a not-for- profit organization established to provide volunteer services and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the Wellesley community. To learn more and on how to become a member, please visit www.wellesleyserviceleague.org.

Dean Poritzky, principal/license partner and broker of record at Engel & Völkers Wellesley, recently participated as a keynote speaker on a panel for the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) National Convention at the Boston Marriott. Dean and two agents from the Wellesley office of Engel & Völkers, Peace Nguyen and Jenny Qi, are members of the organization and Asian market specialists in the Greater Boston area.

Get fit for the holidays with MetTrimMD, located in Wellesley at 79 Central Street. “We’ve helped hundreds of men, women, and adolescents lose 10 to 70+ pounds,” says Madhavi Kamireddi, MD. “Our personalized weight loss programs provide rapid, healthy, and safe results,” adds Jessica Hennessey, APRN. Both agree: “With weight loss, expert personal support makes all the difference.” To learn more, schedule the next available Free, No-obligation Consultation. Call 978.635.0107, visit online at www.MetTrimMD.com/WellesleyMA and on Facebook @MetTrimMDActon. See their ad on page 86.

Get to know Dedham Country Day School (DCD) this winter! Join them for Off-Campus Admissions Coffees on December 11 and January 9 and/or experience what it’s like to be a student at DCD during their Classroom Observation on January 24. Visit www.dedhamcountryday.org for details.

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders (C&M) were proud to finish their first project with the Room to Dream foundation, based in Newton. The project team, led by designers from C&M, gave a young cancer patient and her brother completely redesigned bedrooms to start the new school year. The rooms included new furniture, lighting, bedding, and décor. With thanks and support from many donors and project partners, the rooms were installed in a single weekend last month. For more information, please visit www.carpentermacneille.com and www.roomtodreamfoundation.org.

Krauss Dermatology is excited to announce that Dr. Deborah Goddard has joined its team. Dr. Goddard is a board-certified dermatologist who is also subspecialty board-certified in pediatric dermatology. A graduate of Harvard, MIT, and the University of California at San Francisco, she brings expertise in pediatric and adult dermatology, including medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Goddard shares the Krauss Dermatology mission of providing innovative and outstanding care to all patients in a safe and comfortable environment.

Rabbi Moshe Bleich of the Wellesley-Weston Chabad provided the invocation prayers in June when the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office graduated 13 new corrections officers. Sheriff Jerry McDermott swore the officers in during a ceremony in Quincy to mark their completion of the rigorous 10-week training academy. The new officers will staff the Norfolk County Jail and House of Correction in Dedham. Joining Sheriff McDermott were Special Sheriff Kirsten Hughes, as well as Superintendent Michael Harris.

U.S. News & World Report recently announced its 2019-20 hospital rankings, highlighting Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) as fifth in the Boston Metro area, sixth in the state, and “high-performing” in geriatrics, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, and lung cancer surgery. The hospital’s ranking was the highest of all community hospitals evaluated by U.S. News in Massachusetts. U.S. News compared more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions to create the annual rankings.

Burns & Levinson announced that partner and executive committee member Lisa Cukier, who lives in Weston, has been named a 2019 “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) for her “accomplishments in the legal field.” MLW singles out an elite group of “exceptional” women lawyers each year. Cukier’s practice is split between complex trust/estate litigation and complex strategic and high asset divorce/custody cases, family business/family asset disputes, and a niche practice in mental health law and addiction/eating disorder strategic intervention matters. For more information, visit www.burnslev.com.

Wellesley Books is thrilled to receive the 2019 Independent Spirit Award, given by the Book Publishers Representatives of New England to honor the independent bookstore of the year. Book publisher representatives are extremely well-read, well-informed individuals who keep the employees at Wellesley Books up-to-date on all of the newest books. The Independent Spirit Award is presented in conjunction with the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), the local trade association and source of both education and community. For more information, please visit www.wellesleybooks.com.

Spring 2021