The second annual Garden Party at the Gardens at Elm Bank was held on Thursday, June 15.  Attendees had a unique look at the renowned neoclassical Manor House of the 36-acre estate and enjoyed the grandeur of the Olmsted designed Italianate Garden. One of the many majestic rooms of the Manor House was decorated by lead designer Stephanie Chlan of Stephanie Chlan Interiors of Wellesley.  Guests also learned about the vision for the years leading up to Mass Hort’s 200th Anniversary in 2029.

For over one hundred years, Zimman’s has been providing decorative and home furnishing items along with design expertise.  Recently, the design professionals at Zimman’s completed a number of exciting projects in Wellesley and Weston. Selections were made from the company’s 40,000-square-foot, award- winning showroom that includes more than 50,000 in-stock fabrics along with furniture, lighting, rugs, and accessories. Services include custom window treatments, bedding, reupholstery, and free in-store design services. For more information, visit

Bonsoir has moved to 873 Worcester Street (Route 9 West), Suite #1 in Wellesley.  Now known as Bonsoir Linen & Down Studio, the new studio showroom is better suited to serve retail customers and interior designers interested in stocked and custom bed and bath linens, custom table linens, bath accessories, and exquisite down comforters and pillows from Scandia. Bonsoir has been offering fine bed and bath collections from around the globe for 22 years.  For more information, call 781.416.2800 or email

Art beCAUSE TM Breast Cancer Foundation held its fourth annual celebrity fashion show, cocktail party, and live auction at Wellesley Country Club on April 27.  Proceeds from the event will go toward helping fight the battle to prevent breast cancer, tackling the disease from a crucial but often ignored angle: researching and solving its environmental causes. This year’s emcees were national style and beauty expert and media personality Gretta Monahan and TV host Robert Verdi.  For more information, visit

Wellesley resident and master esthetician Liz (Luongo) O’Hearn is now working with world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard B. Miller at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation’s Brookline office.  One of Boston’s most sought-after estheticians, O’Hearn specializes in laser and body contour.  She has been practicing esthetics for ten years and was formerly with Forever Young in Wellesley.  Dr. Miller’s Brookline office is located at One Brookline Place, Suite 427, and his Boston office is located at 69 Newbury Street, 5th floor.  Call 617.735.8735, visit, and see their ad on page 207.

SOS-PT’s new AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows clients to push their physical therapy rehabilitation and training further than ever before.  The machine is designed to help a variety of people—top level athletes, orthopedic and neurologic patients, children, older adults, and those looking to lose weight—achieve their wellness or performance goals.  SOS-PT owner Dr. Tim Fagerson has more than 25 years of experience in physical therapy and has been practicing in Wellesley since 1998. Become an SOS-PT member and receive a ten-pack of thirty-minute sessions for $300.  SOS-PT is located at 148 Linden Street, Suite B-8, in Wellesley.  Call 781.263.9977, visit, and see their ad on page 173.

Wellesley resident and local classical architect Patrick Ahearn FAIA, was recently voted Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company at the 2017 Best of the Vineyard Awards for the fourth year in a row. Every year, the Best of the Vineyard Awards provide local islanders and fans alike an opportunity to vote for the best in local food, shopping, entertainment, and more. Please visit for more information.

Wellesley Dental Group is excited to introduce the Digital Smile Design platform, a cutting-edge technology which incorporates advanced facial imaging (including lip, chin, and eyes) along with 3-D planning, to customize a treatment plan that will enhance the patient’s physical characteristics. One of the benefits of this tool is that patients can “co-design” their makeover to align with their aesthetic preferences, and achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring has purchased the Williston Weaves brand.  Located in Newton Upper Falls, Williston Weaves has been a leader in the interior design flooring industry, known for their selection, quality, and specialty expert installation to trade only professionals.  Williston Weaves’ tradition of exemplary customer service and the company name and operations will not change.  Founded in 1977, A.J. Rose Carpets and Flooring is a family-run business managed by John and A.J. Boyajian.  All designers are welcome to contact Williston Weaves at 617.969.5550 for more information.

Bates Elementary School’s cafeteria recycling and food waste diversion project and Wellesley’s Food Service Director Matt Delaney won three separate awards in State House ceremonies, sparking statewide and regional attention. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs presented the 23rd annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education to schools and teachers (K-12) across the Commonwealth for their outstanding efforts in furthering energy and environmental education initiatives at their schools.

Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. is pleased to announce that its ever-expanding firm has grown to include over 100 dedicated sales associates across the Wellesley, Weston, and Needham offices. Nancy Lanigan MooreLeslee Karol WinstonSara Romer, and Yelena Elman are the newest additions to the Needham office.  Recent hires to the Weston office include Jeanne Flemingthe Chi teamBill AndrewsAshleigh RallsDoug Leard, and Melinda Johnson.

Charles River School (CRS), an independent school for grades preK-8, has begun construction on a new middle school building that will open Fall 2018. The building will support the school’s progressive, innovative curriculum. To learn more about CRS, join them for a monthly information session, or visit one of their open houses on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, November 12. To learn more, visit, or contact Kat Whitten at 508.785.8213 or

The Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group (C&H) announced that George Doherty has been appointed president of the agency.  Doherty has over 32 years of property-casualty insurance experience and has been employed with C&H for the past 22 years. Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group serves over 14,000 personal and business clients in the Greater Boston area. Headquartered at 287 Linden Street in Wellesley, C&H also has branch offices in Medfield and Duxbury. For more information, please visit

Cutting Edge Homes, Inc. was awarded the 2017 Silver CotY Award for Whole Home Renovation over $500,000 for their seamless renovation of a client’s home in the Metro West area.  The project covered complete interior and exterior upgrades, including a more substantial front entrance, while still blending with the character of their neighborhood. Presented by the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), these awards recognize superior renovation projects. For more information please visit or call 508.435.1280.

Jesamondo Salon & Spa, located at 154 East Central Street in Natick, is now a partner salon of Rene Furterer Paris. This exclusive method of hair care uses natural essential oils and plant extracts to produce a healthy scalp and hair, but the key to its success is the unique plan designed specifically for each client. The stylists at Jesamondo have been highly trained by Rene Furterer experts in tailoring plans for each client’s goals. Schedule a consult today by calling 508.907.7171 and visit

Dr. Touradj Ameli of ARID® Dental Specialty Group presented the Kathleen & Gerard Martin Award at the 2017 Wellesley High School Senior Class Award to Dean Simpson for his high achievements in academics and more. Dean will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.  For more information about the award, contact Dr. Ameli at 781.237.1190.

The Wellesley Historical Society is pleased to announce its new Treasurer and Board Member, Maria Bunker. Bunker is a partner with Livingston & Haynes in Wellesley, and works with clients in a range of diverse industries including nonprofit organizations. Maria is a CPA who received a Master of Science in accounting from Bentley University. She brings valuable financial expertise that will be important to the board and the membership as it continues to grow.

Darby Road HOME (DRH) is continuing to support the Alzheimer’s Innovation Fund benefiting Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In June Darby Road HOME hosted a fundraiser as a kickoff to a month long fundraising effort where 20 percent of the store’s proceeds were donated.  DRH will continue the efforts by generously donating the Design Consultation fee to the BWH for the month of September.

Wellesley’s Divine Design+Build celebrated the opening of a new sister showroom, Divine Design Center, in Boston.  300 guests were treated to live music by La Vie En Rose and European cuisine prepared by Chefs Kurt Von Kahle and Paul Turano.  The 8,000 square-foot, total-living concept showroom is the largest in the area.  Co-founders Mariette and Magued Barsoum built relationships with designers and manufacturers from Austria, Germany, Spain, and Italy to bring together a modern collection.

Exciting changes are happening at Thayer Academy Middle School. Students arriving back to school this fall will work in a new Collaborative Design Lab for project-based and experiential work across disciplines.  Also, the school will be accepting applications for the 5th grade for the 2018-2019 year. Thayer Academy is a co-educational day school for grades 5-12 in Braintree. The Middle School is hosting an open house on November 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and the Upper School on October 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Dover Rug and Home celebrates its new partnership with ARZU Rugs. ARZU, which means “hope” in Dari, is an innovative organization that helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education, healthcare and sustainable community development. ARZU CEO Connie Duckworth was the featured speaker who introduced the new line of high-end artisan, handmade, fair-trade rugs that Dover Rug is proud to include in their collection.  For more information, visit

Dean Poritzky, principal/license partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley at One Abbott Street, is proud to announce the addition of two new agents to the company. Karen Kirk and Renu Shukla, both enthusiastic and capable brand ambassadors and long-term residents of Metro-West, have joined the current team of five agents including Sari CoduriJennifer LozadaRob MacLeodKeith Magnus, and Paige McVay. Engel & Völkers Wellesley has an impressive and growing collection of luxury listings. Please call the office directly for assistance managing all your real estate needs: 781.591.8333.

Elza B. Design is proud to announce the launch of Bois et Couleur, a furniture collection designed by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel Furniture. Influenced by art, fashion, history and the designer’s French background, the collection incorporates the highest quality hardwood materials with fabrics in bold, fresh colors and patterns. Dowel co-founders and siblings, Ray Hallare and Joanne Hallare Lee will oversee production of all furnishings within the collection, available online at

Wellesley natives Casey Norton and Jennifer Burke announced the launch of their company Grazers, LLC, a marketplace for horseback riders to buy and sell their preowned tack and apparel. After spending many years in the equine industry, it became very clear to them that there was no specific outlet for affordable riding equipment. With, they have created a trusted community where riders can pass down their equipment and love for the sport.

On Friday, June 9, Needham Bank celebrated the retirement of CEO Emeritus Mark Whalen in the Wellesley Country Club ballroom. Emceeing the evening was the bank’s President/CEO and Wellesley resident Joseph Campanelli. Many employees, industry professionals, and longtime customers gathered at the reception in celebration of Mark’s over 35 year career. Needham Bank, with an office at 458 Washington in Wellesley, is a member FDIC, SIF.

For the fifth consecutive year Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA, of Jan Gleysteen Architects was recently named “Best of Houzz” by, a leading resource for home design and remodeling.  He was also recently named a “Houzz Influencer” and hit a milestone of one million saves on the site.  This honor is a testament to the quality and elegance the firm strives for.  For more information on the firm and their work, please visit or call 781.431.0080.

Pierce Boston will be ready for occupancy in February, 2018.  Pierce Boston’s 30 shimmering stories mark the new entrance to The Fenway, Boston’s most dynamic neighborhood. The rapidly-selling condominium units are in high demand by a wide range of buyers, including Metro West residents seeking an urban oasis where they can enjoy unparalleled views and service, including the groundbreaking Pierce Platinum amenities package, featuring elite concierge Luxury Attaché. For more information, call 617.315.2431 and visit

Wall Street Journal / REAL Trends “The Thousand” announced its annual ranking of real estate professionals nationwide. Debi Benoit, principal and co-founder of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., was ranked #48 in the nation in the Individual Sales Dollar Volume category with $150 million in sales volume. This is the second year she has been ranked among the top 50 real estate professionals in the country.  She has received this prestigious award for the past eight years.

Plumbers’ Supply Company is pleased to announce the opening of its third kitchen and bath showroom in Waltham. The 6,000 square foot facility, operating under the name The Inspired Bath, is a premier Kohler showroom located at 411 Waverly Oaks. Hundreds of premium products including brands like Symmons, Dornbracht, Delta, and Moen will be featured at this location. This location will also host learning events and product demonstrations.

Wellesley resident Eliane Markoff has been appointed to launch an ombuds office at Wheelock College, providing a confidential and safe place for administrators, professors, staff and students to discuss concerns, obtain advice and resolve conflicts. Eliane, a former member of Wheelock Board of Trustees, received her mediation training from Cambridge Dispute Resolution and the Boston Law Collaborative. She earned her MBA from Boston College and her BA in economics from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. William LoVerme at Accurate Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, P.C., is ushering in a new era in women’s intimate health with the first of its kind, the BTL Ultra Femme 360 machine. This brand new machine tightens and raises the labia, decreases the vaginal opening width and canal, improves natural lubrication, urinary stress incontinence, menopausal dryness, and sexual satisfaction. The procedure is done in their office with no pain/downtime and is a non-invasive. For more information, call 781.263.0011 and visit

As the leaves change color and the days get cooler, you may be thinking about private school for your child. If you are, then drop by Tenacre School in Wellesley at one of their open houses or weekly Tuesday Tours this fall. Watch students and teachers in action, speak with current parents, and explore our campus. We are a school that cultivates curiosity, inquiry, and vision. Visit our website for more details:

Scott and Deb Matthews started New England Generator ten years ago and look forward to serving the families of the Wellesley-Weston area for many more years. They are pleased to report that the company has maintained its Kohler Platinum Dealer status and Angie’s List A+ rating and see no signs of slowing down. For quality service, please call 781.294.8300.  Also check out their new website at and be sure to “like” New England Generator on Facebook.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation’s 18th annual gala, raising more than $875,000 to benefit the Hospital’s new Substance Use Disorder/Addiction Services (SAS). “SAS is a multidisciplinary program that will treat substance use disorders (SUD),” explained Dr. Antje Barreveld, the medical firector of the Pain Management Service at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Gala Chair.  For more information or to donate to Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Substance Abuse Services or other programs, contact Heather Colmore Mack, vice president, Development at

Wingate Healthcare recently celebrated the grand opening of One Wingate Way, a luxury independent living residence conveniently located at the crossroads of Newton, Needham, and Wellesley. The grand opening party, held April 27, kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring distinguished guests, staff, and family members.

Pam Kubbins, longtime Wellesley resident and owner of Pam’s Pashminas, is featuring her new line of 100 percent organic cotton floral themed scarves at a series of gift, craft, and festival shows this fall.  Pam created the Wild Roses scarves in conjunction with nationally-known artist Carol Wallace of Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Pam’s scarves are also available at or by appointment at her home boutique.

Perry Brokerage, a full-service commercial brokerage firm serving Boston, its suburban markets, and the South Shore is pleased to announce the appointment of industry leasing expert Jeremy Roy as senior vice president. In this senior role, Roy, a Wellesley resident, will focus on representing tenants and landlords in the downtown Boston office markets.  Most recently, Roy was managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF).  He is an active member of the Commercial Brokers Association (CBA).

Fall is full of great new merchandise throughout both Pine Straw shops in Wellesley at 466 Washington Street, and in Waban at 1625 Beacon Street.  Pine Straw is also now carrying a select number of plants and live flowers for gift giving.  Check out for online shopping and a calendar featuring pop-up events, workshops, and Girls Nights Out.  Be sure to “like” Pine Straw on Facebook and follow on Instagram @shoppinestraw.

S+H Construction, Inc. of Cambridge, one of the Greater Boston area’s premier residential renovation and custom home building companies, is pleased to be named “Best Contractor – New Construction” 2017 by Boston Magazine. This achievement marks the ninth overall “Best of” honor for the company, previously winning seven “Best of: HOME” awards and one “Best of Boston” designation.  S+H Construction collaborates with architects and other design professionals to offer residential renovations, custom building, historic restorations, site work, and landscaping solutions. For more information, visit

Maura Wayman Photography teamed up with Marketing Director Kelly Lowell to create website and brochure images for Newton-based Alliance Health & Human Services.  The project included six days of shooting at various Alliance facilities along with executive headshots.  In addition, they photographed foster care images in Rhode Island at Roger Williams State Park.  Visit

Scandia Kitchens of Bellingham is thrilled to announce their new semi-custom cabinet line. This finely-constructed cabinet, made of plywood, is a great way for clients with a certain budget in mind to still get the Scandia design expertise, professional installation, and great quality.   For more information about these cabinets and more, visit or call 508.966.0300.

Wellesley clothing store Alba has a new name: Sloane & Ivy.  Store owner and Weston native Kate Phelan is celebrating almost a year at the Wellesley location and this fall she will again be carrying favorite national brands including Greylin, DL1961, Veronica M, I Love Tyler Madison, and more.  Local designers include Sixty Stax, Ser Verde, and Pam’s Pashminas.  Visit Sloane & Ivy at 22 Church Street or call 781.772.1653 for more information.

Dedham Country Day School (DCD), an independent coeducational day school for children pre-K through grade 8, will be holding an Admissions Open House on Sunday October 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Their first classroom observation is on Thursday November 9th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is an excellent opportunity to see our teachers and students in action. DCD is located minutes from the intersection of Routes 128 and 109.

The Wellesley Historical Society held its annual fundraiser in May at the Wellesley Country Club.  This year’s theme was baseball and a panel discussion was held with Sam Kennedy, president of the Boston Red Sox, Richard Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum, and Tony Massarotti from 98.5 the Sports Hub. Emmy Award-winning former sportscaster Mike Dowling  moderated the event.  Panelists discussed Boston Red Sox history and important team moments. The evening also featured a live auction and a ballpark themed dinner.

Krauss Dermatology in Wellesley Hills welcomes Dr. Catherine DiGiorgio. Dr. DiGiorgio is a board-certified dermatologist and Harvard fellowship trained laser and cosmetic dermatologist who practices the full spectrum of dermatology including general, surgical, and medical dermatology, as well as laser and cosmetic dermatology. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

FLX Training of Wellesley is proud to introduce Fascial Stretch Therapy™, science based bodywork with a global approach to working “with” your body.  This noninvasive service reduces or eliminates pain (back pain) and trigger points, and improves posture, performance, and quality of life.  The health and function of all joints, muscles, arteries, veins, and brain are a direct result of the condition of your fascia.  Feel the benefits and email Fran Avila at or call 781.235.2733.

Lisa Abeles, Wellesley resident and president of Abeles & Associates Architects Inc., was an honorary committee chair for the second annual garden party to benefit the gardens at Elm Bank.  Abeles, who is a trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, said, “The event was a magical night of music, food, wine, garden tours, and a peek into the Carrere and Hastings manor house.”  She is pictured with Wellesley resident Lisa Gieger, who was a member of the steering committee for the event.

Design Associates Inc., a Cambridge and Nantucket architectural firm, is proud to announce the promotion of Patrick Guthrie AIA from project architect to principal within the firm, joining Jock Gifford, and Christopher Dallmus AIA, the firm’s managing principal. “Having Guthrie aboard the team strengthens our ability to deliver our historically inspired design work, a hallmark of Design Associates’ thirty-eight year history, whether in new construction, renovation, historic preservation, or restoration,” states Dallmus.Visit for even more professional background on Guthrie.