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 or visit

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 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

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, 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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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, call 617.306.6884, and visit

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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’s over two million professionals.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit 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  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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

Inbox Spring 2020

Visit Meadowbrook Day Camp’s website at 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 and visit

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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 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 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

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 for further information and schedule a complimentary phone consult by emailing

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  For more information, visit

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 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 or call 339.217.0217.

Inbox Winter 2019/2020

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

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

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

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

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, 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 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, and visit

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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, 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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 and

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

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

Fall 2019

Wellesley Investment Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellesley Bank, announced that Michael Fung, CFA has been appointed as chief investment officer and John Balder as global strategist.  Fung has over 20 years of investment experience that includes managing individual client portfolios, building investment strategies, and covering numerous market sectors as an equity analyst. Balder is an accomplished professional who has held positions at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. For more information, please visit

Beauty and Main owner Cathy Varetimos has brought the Fresh® skincare collection back to her Wellesley store, located at 79 Central Street.  Beloved for its luxurious, artisanal products, this Boston- born brand is dedicated to crafting rich, potent skin care, fragrance, and body care products that transform everyday routines into extraordinary rituals. The store is also now carrying the Amika line of hair care products.  The products in this line are like a good friend—straightforward, dependable, and fun to spend time with.  For more information, visit

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England, New England’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm, is pleased to announce that Global Luxury® specialist Kathryn Alphas Richlen of Weston ranked as the No. 1 Coldwell Banker® agent in New England out of nearly 4,000 affiliated agents for her 2018 sales accomplishments.  In addition, she earned the Coldwell Banker International Society of Excellence award for 2018 with over $116 million in closed sales volume.  For more information, please visit

Tyler & Sash is now representing Massachusetts-based textile designer Ellisha Alexina for both retail and trade for the greater Boston area.  Alexina is known for her original interpretation of historic and contemporary pattern references infused with a proprietary technique of hand-blended colors. Tyler & Sash is a unique combination of a full-service window treatment gallery and a design studio specializing in fine fabrics and wallpaper.  You can browse their large selection of fabrics, wallpaper, and Hunter Douglas products in their beautiful showroom located at 540 Washington Street in Wellesley.  For more information, please visit

Compass is excited to announce the opening of its Wellesley office at 161 Linden Street, Suite 102 in Linden Square. The Wellesley office is home to 37 of the area’s top real estate agents. This office is the sixth Compass location in Greater Boston and the second in MetroWest.

With 25 years of combined top-producing real estate experience, Lisa Curlett, Maura Dolan, and Tricia Parmele have joined forces at Compass representing clients buying or selling in the Greater Boston area. Clients unanimously say this team epitomizes results-driven professionalism with their energy, authenticity, and integrity. Through their extensive marketplace knowledge, Compass-powered market analytics, and local expertise, the team empowers their clients with valuable information and provides them with a positive and seamless transaction. Get in touch at 781.365.9954.  For more information, please visit

Genius is the newest energy-based device at Accurate Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. An upgrade from the Infini device, it takes RF Microneedling to a new level. Dr. William LoVerme, the medical director at Lutronic laser company and chief of plastic surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, directs all noninvasive treatments. Genius tightens the skin in a few visits with almost no downtime. It can be combined with other treatments giving Total Skin Solution for tightening; improvement of tone texture; and pigment of face, neck, and décolleté. Visit

Stuart Swan, the former owner of Stuart Swan Furniture Company, is now living and working in Williamsburg, Virginia where he sells real estate 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

Wellesley resident and local classical architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, was recently voted Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company at the 2019 Best of the Vineyard Awards for the sixth consecutive year. Please visit for more information and follow him on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

Eye Care and Laser Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Santiago Villazon has joined Dr. Marc Leibole to care and treat for their patients in need of cataract surgery.  Dr. Villazon graduated cum laude from Yale College and received his medical degree from Yale University Medical School. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at Boston University School of Medicine. He will see patients at the 2000 Washington Street Suite 548-White location and will operate at the Dedham Cataract Laser Center.  Please visit

Benchmark, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, announced that its founder, chairman and CEO, Tom Grape, has received the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association’s (Mass-ALA) inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Grape, a Weston resident, was honored for his pioneering efforts over the last 30 years, which have led to the establishment and growth of the assisted living industry in Massachusetts and nationally.  Based in Waltham, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, and continuing care retirement communities in eight states.

reTREAT yourself in a FIERCE way on Martha’s Vineyard! Coach D is heading to the beautiful grounds of the Vineyard Arts Project October 4-6 for the ideal fit female weekend getaway and is inviting you! You’ll enjoy yoga, bootcamp workouts, meditation, and delicious meals.  Think girls’ weekend meets yoga retreat meets solo time meets adventure meets soul work creating the perfect combo getaway.  Reset, recharge, refocus, and remember who you are!  Email with questions or to sign up.

Thayer Academy, an independent, co-ed day school in Braintree for Grades 5-12, will host two open houses this fall. The Middle School Open House is Saturday, October 26, and the Upper School Open House is Saturday, November 2. Both events will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon in Thayer’s Center for the Arts. Thayer Academy offers rigorous academics in a supportive, balanced environment. Bus service is available from Needham. For more information, visit

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders is pleased to announce the expansion of their property services department into Boston. Reliable and ongoing care and management is particularly helpful to homeowners with multiple residences, and the firm has now added staff and services to support key neighborhoods including Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the South End. Learn more about their single source for reliable home care at

Charles River Wine Cellars is excited to announce the expansion of their showroom in Walpole.  Now the largest wine cellar showroom in New England, it features 1,000 square feet dedicated to the most innovative design solutions in wine cellar storage, in addition to extensive traditional storage options.  The showroom is open by appointment for clients and design/build professionals interested in creating a distinctive, custom wine cellar.  Contact them at or 508.660.2502 to arrange an appointment.

Gabrielle Clemens, JD, LLM, CDFA®, AEP® is excited to announce the Marriage is about Love, Divorce is about Money™ monthly workshop in Wellesley.  Please join her to learn more about divorce, financial planning, and best practices from a panel of the top practitioners in Massachusetts.  Contact Clemens at for more information and workshop dates. Clemens is managing director of private wealth management at RBC Wealth Management in Wellesley.  Visit their website at

Founded by long-time Wellesley board certified dermatologist Emily Wise, MD, DermWellesley is a new dermatology practice conveniently located within Wellesley Office Park at 20 William Street. As a Partners Healthcare affiliated practice, DermWellesley treats the entire spectrum of skin problems for all ages and genders. They also specialize in cosmetic treatments including injectables, laser, facial rejuvenation, sweat elimination, and more.  Urgent access appointments are available for more emergent concerns. To schedule, please call 781.591.4234 or visit for more information.

A house designed by Jacob Lilley Architects, Inc. was one of the featured properties on this year’s Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour, presented by the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club.  The Wellesley residence is an example of how Jacob Lilley Architects emphasizes the use of natural materials and quality craftsmanship, resulting in a special design that is well crafted, purposeful, and that will be loved today and in the years to come.   For more information, visit

Stonegate Gardens is excited to announce that their new stone greenhouse is open.  The greenhouse is filled with antiques, unique driftwood pieces, and an incredible selection of plants.  It also features a stunning 20-foot-tall fireplace indoors and another stone fireplace and patios outdoors.  Greenhouse and annuals manager Barbara Hoey curated the selection of indoor plants and pottery and was instrumental in decorating the greenhouse.  Visit Stonegate Gardens at 339 S. Great Road in Lincoln and online at

Sean Cutting, president of Cutting Edge Homes Architects + Builders, recently participated in a panel at the Wellesley Free Library with Colin Hand, of a Blade of Grass; Jackie Hemple, of Finding Lovely; and residential real estate expert Jamie Grossman.   Cutting, who has renovated some of Massachusetts’ oldest and most beautiful homes, and the panelists shared their tips and secrets to a successful home renovation.  Current homeowners and prospective homebuyers gained valuable insight into navigating the renovation process. For more information, please visit

Get fit for fall 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 and on Facebook @MetTrimMDActon.

Payne Bouchier Fine Builders has been building, restoring, and renovating fine homes throughout New England since 1981.  The firm brings to your project a process that marries your unique vision and imagination with their experience, expertise, and artisanship.  Working in the art of historic renovation yet well versed in the forms, systems, and materials of new construction, Payne Bouchier can maneuver effortlessly between traditional and modern builds.  For more information, visit

Coldwell Banker Wellesley is pleased to announce that Melissa Dailey, Donna Scott, Tom Aaron, and Joni Shore have been included in Boston magazine’s list of Top Real Estate Producers.  For more information, visit and

Jesamondo Salon & Spa proudly announces its new HydraFacialT Elite System for treating acne, adult pimples, sun-damage spots, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles in a quick, non-invasive and non-irritating way. This painless and non-invasive treatment quickly vacuums out pores while adding antioxidants to nourish the skin. The result is hydrated, clearer skin with less redness and wrinkles. It’s a perfect treatment for fast results needed before a special event or for regular maintenance. Schedule an appointment online at or call 508.907.7171.

About Motherhood, a psychology practice in Wellesley dedicated to supporting mothers, is excited to announce retreat style workshops for mothers in early 2020.  These “only for mothers’” workshops will be offered on weekends within a holding environment of care and nurturance. Watch for details here in the winter issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine, go to, after November, or attend a free, interactive Storytelling Theater Event at the Wellesley Free Library on October 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Touradj Ameli of ARID Newton-Wellesley | Dental Specialty Group, presented the Kathleen & Gerard Martin Award at the 2019 WHS Senior Class Award to Maalik Sinclair, whose life is defined by,  “Success is not final; failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.”  Maalik was on this past year’s football team and also did well in the classroom.  He plans to play football at John Carroll University in the fall.  For more information on the K&G Martin Award, contact Dr. Ameli at 781.237.1190.

In addition to a successful retail business and showroom, Darby Road HOME (DRH) is expanding its Interior Design Services.  The DRH team includes four in-house designers ready to assist with any project including an entire house or a single room.  A beautiful 5,000 square foot showroom sets DRH apart from other design studios, featuring over 75 established makers in the home decor industry. Truly one-stop shopping for the discerning client.  Open to the public.  For more information, visit

The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) recently honored Jane Moulding, outgoing head of school, for her 17 years of advancing CSW’s mission as a leader in progressive education. During the celebration, the Jane Moulding Fund for Leadership in Progressive Education (“Jane’s Fund”) was launched with a lead gift of $1 million by Diane Garthwaite to celebrate Moulding’s wise and caring leadership of CSW. “The Cambridge School of Weston is a beautiful place. It changed my life,” said Moulding.

A new Experience Center for The St. Regis Residences, Boston is now open just steps from where the building is under construction on Boston Harbor. The Elkus Manfredi-designed tower will open in early 2021 as the last residential waterfront development in the Seaport, offering a highly curated living experience with 114 condominium homes featuring signature architecture, dramatic harbor and city views, bespoke amenities, and legendary St. Regis butler service. For more information, visit

Forever Young Laser & Skin Care in Wellesley on Route 9 now offers Fraxel DUAL laser treatment.  This procedure targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing and resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy cells from the inside out. Visit for more information.

Bobby Morgenstern of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Wellesley, has been chosen to join the Leadership Council of Rosie’s Place. Rosie’s Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the US. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. Bobby also sits on the committee for Funny Women, Serious Business, a luncheon that will be held on October 16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Parlor Salon & Apothecary is celebrating eight years in Wellesley.  Schedule a complimentary consultation for a haircut, style, color, and keratin treatment.  With a highly trained and experienced staff—including new stylists and a nail technician from Salon ID—the Parlor is well equipped to assist you with your beauty needs.  Located at 398-400 Washington Street in Wellesley, the salon was also awarded Best of Boston 2015.  To schedule an appointment, call 781.237.2121 and visit for more information.

Dean Poritzky is proud to welcome Jenny Qi, licensed real estate advisor, to Engel & Völkers Wellesley. Jenny is a top-producing real estate agent in the Greater Boston area and an exceptional Asian market specialist. Her success is based on her deep knowledge of the market, outstanding customer service skills, and a commitment to 100 percent customer satisfaction. Jenny has deep connections in the Asian community, which enable her clients to transition to their new neighborhoods with ease.

PBF HOMES | Home Renovation & Interior Design recently completed another extensive kitchen and master suite renovation for a busy Wellesley family.  PBF Homes provides homeowners with a unique service: one expert project manager to lead the process from start to finish.  From designing a renovation that fits your lifestyle, soliciting competitive bids, managing the team (architect, contractor, cabinetmaker) to handling every detail—PBF Homes saves you time, money, and stress.  For more information, email Pam Forman at

Wellesley resident and architect, Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was pleased to have his Modern Farmhouse featured on this year’s WHJWC Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour.  The annual event was a great success, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work, including their Modern Farmhouse, please visit or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Wellesley author Elizabeth Suneby has a new book out this fall called NO ROOM FOR A PUP!  The proverbial “I-want-a-dog story” meets Yiddish folktale It Could Always Be Worse. In this fun read-aloud, Mia and her grandma invite several furry and feathered friends for a visit in hopes of convincing Mia’s mom there’s always room for more. But will the yowling, squawking, snorting, snuffling chaos convince mom there’s room for one pup?  Available at Wellesley Books and on Amazon.

Gretchen Larkin, head of school for Charles River School, was awarded the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual conference. Larkin is one of only two elementary school heads to receive this award, traditionally given to leaders of colleges and universities. Charles River School is an independent PreK-8 school in Dover that challenges and engages students through its hands-on approach to learning.

On April 15, Needham Bank hosted their annual reception for customers along the Boston Marathon route at their Wellesley office located at 458 Washington Street, just before mile marker 14. Over 200 people enjoyed a catered barbecue under the tent while cheering on this year’s runners. Pictured are Wellesley residents Joe Campanelli, president and CEO of Needham Bank, and his wife, Carolyn. Needham Bank is a member FDIC and SIF.

Page Waterman, Gallery and Framing in Wellesley Square will host Windswept, Impressions of the Cape & Islands by renowned artist Peggy Ellis. The show spans September 20 – 28, and includes a Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. All are welcome. For more information, visit or call 781.235.0430.

Pam Kubbins’s locally owned and homegrown Wellesley business, Pam’s Pashminas, is now featuring some of Pam’s original travel photography on her gorgeous artisanally crafted fabrics. She was honored to debut her work this spring at the Diana Conference at Babson College, where she connected with other inspirational women entrepreneurs from all over the world. During this event, Pam donated a portion of her proceeds to Project Glimmer, a foundation determined to helping young girls believe in themselves.   Please visit

Heather Kelly, Wellesley resident and founder of The Writers’ Loft, a nonprofit community of writers and illustrators based in Sherborn, is excited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the publication of An Assortment of Animals: A Children’s Poetry Anthology. From anteater to vulture, the collection introduces various animals using different poetic types and art mediums. The joyful, page-turning safari has something for everyone, and is available in local book stores and online. For more information on The Writers’ Loft, and how you can join, please visit

The Wiese Company annually awards a local nonprofit with their Impact in Our Community service project. In April, the company completed a much-needed kitchen renovation for Voices Against Violence, a MetroWest emergency shelter, serving victims of domestic violence. With a fundraising benefit held at The Wiese Company showroom in Sherborn that paid for most of the cabinetry, the Wiese team and their longtime partners provided the remainder of the materials and services at no cost to the shelter. For more information, please visit

A home represented by Robert Kinlin of Robert Paul Properties has been selected as a finalist in the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2019. The Ultimate House Hunt is a month-long online promotion held each year on, featuring extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories. The Robert Paul listing was selected by HGTV’s editors as a finalist in the Waterfront Homes category. The stunning, custom-designed waterfront home is located in the village of Osterville on Cape Cod.  For more information, please visit

Debi Benoit, principal of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. was recently ranked #40 in the nation for individual sales volume by REAL Trends, The Thousand in partnership with The Wall Street Journal. Benoit’s transaction volume exceeded $176 million in 2018. This is the 10th consecutive year Benoit has been honored by REAL Trends. With over $1 billion in total career sales, Benoit has been the #1 Broker in Wellesley for 13 consecutive years.

Several of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.’s brokers were recently featured in Boston magazine’s Top Real Estate Producers June issue, based on 2018 residential sales volume. Of the Best Performing Agents, principal Debi Benoit was named the #2 individual producer and principals Amy Mizner and Sheryl Simon ranked among the top teams in Massachusetts. In addition, Jessica Allain, Noah and Lisa Pearlstein, Traci Shulkin, Susan Sullivan, and Jared Wilk also appeared on the magazine’s prestigious list.

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects was honored at the 2019 BSLA Awards Gala on May 22 as a recipient of a Merit in the Design Category from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA). This year’s award recognized his work on Pond’s Edge located in Chestnut Hill.  For more information, please call 781.237.5751 or visit

Affinity Builders is celebrating 15 years of experience in project and construction management.  The firm provides effective completions of high performance residential construction projects for architects and clients with the main goals being to deliver every project as designed, on time, and on budget.  Affinity Builders believes that any building that claims to be recognized as great architecture should also qualify as high performance building.  For more information about their projects in Wellesley, Weston, and surrounding towns, please visit

Wellesley resident and artist Deborah Friedman has her artwork featured on the cover and in an eight-page article in the April/May 2019 issue of International Artists Magazine.  In addition, she has a drawing juried into the Cato Institute’s inaugural exhibition, “Freedom: Art as the Messenger” in their Washington D.C. headquarters from April to June 2019.  For more information visit

Nimble Hill Timberworks has launched a new concept in outdoor living: away-spaces.  Whether used for entertaining family and friends; a quiet retreat for reading, writing, yoga, or gardening; or a bunkhouse for your children and their friends, away-spaces provide an affordable, artistic extension to your backyard or vacation home. Owned by Michael Russell of Wellesley, Nimble Hill specializes in designing and constructing custom timber frame away-spaces that fit your backyard and budget. Learn more at

Brimmer and May, an independent, co-educational school serving PK-12th grade students, has appointed Emily Miller as its new Head of Lower School. Miller brings to Brimmer over 20 years of experience in school administration and in-classroom teaching, most recently serving as the Head of School at PK-8 Nantucket Lighthouse School. Miller will be responsible for overseeing Brimmer’s PK- 5th grade program and will uphold the school’s high standards for academic excellence while enhancing the joys and wonders of childhood.  For more information, visit

Winter 2020/2021