Wellesley resident and architect Jacob Lilley recently received Best of Houzz 2018 for design and service. This is the third straight year being recognized for the award. Jacob Lilley Architects is thrilled to be consistently acknowledged as a top design firm that meets the needs of their clients. For more information, visit www.jlaarchitects.com or call 781.431.6100.

Dean Poritzky, Principal/License Partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, is pleased to announce the addition of Greg Coutu, licensed real estate agent, to the team at the Wellesley office located at One Abbott Street. With 15 years of experience working for Sudbury Design Group, a top landscape architecture and construction firm in Massachusetts, Greg has developed a passion for real estate and a true appreciation for quality construction and design that makes him uniquely qualified to advise his clients on the purchase and sale of real estate. Visit https://wellesley.evusa.com/en.

Casabella Interiors is celebrating its seventh anniversary. Shop owner and interior designer Michele Chagnon-Holbrook opened Casabella in 2011 to offer all the things she coveted for the home but couldn’t find in New England. Today she combines her passion for curating one-of-a-kind objects of desire with creating high style to bring her clients’ design dreams to life on the Cape and in Wellesley, Weston, and beyond. Visit the shop on 389 Route 6A in East Sandwich. For more information, call 508.888.8688 or email info@casabellainteriors.com.

Wellesley Free Library will create a play space geared for 0−6 year-olds at Fells Branch Library that brings current research about early learning to life. Fells will close in June 2018 for interior renovations and will reopen in early November as a reimagined space with increased hours and an engaging environment. And, it will still be the neighborhood place for adults to pick up holds and browse popular materials. To donate to the project, contact the WFL Foundation by emailing jseidman@minlib.net.

Liz (Luongo) O’Hearn, who now works for renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Miller at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, is offering an exciting new choice in facial rejuvenation at the center’s Brookline location at One Brookline Place, #427. Clear + Brilliant™ is a non-ablative laser treatment that’s powerful enough to restore and refresh aging skin and gentle enough to treat the most delicate areas of the face, neck, chest, and hands. For more information, visit www.leonardmillermd.com or call 617.735.8735 to schedule an appointment.

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents a retrospective of one of the most influential American photographers in Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895−1925. An important figure in early 20th-century photography, White played vital roles in the worlds of fine art and commercial photography. Tickets are required for this special exhibit, which runs through June 3, 2018. The Davis is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anna Thurber is gearing up for summer with tons of new blooms to freeze and photograph from her garden. The stunning pieces will be available on her website for purchase at www.annathurber.com. Have a special event or wedding this summer? Reach out to Anna for a custom piece using flowers from your event to create a lasting memory. Contact annathurber@mac.com for more information.

Vox Cambridge College Consulting is offering a four-day College Quest workshop July 30 through August 2 to be held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge. Students will start senior year with their college applications well under control and also learn how to master the college interview, complete college essays, get started on the common application, and more. Space is limited. For information and to enroll, visit www.voxcambridge.co or call 617.320.2724. Also see their ad on page 45.

The MacDowell Company, a Weston-based landscape architecture company, welcomes Michael Nowicki, RLA to the team. Mike graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture and regional planning and has been a Massachusetts Registered Landscape Architect for over 10 years. Pursuing what has been a life-long passion in this field, he now boasts nearly two decades of experience as a designer and team leader on some of the most diverse and finest projects in the Boston area.

The 2017 Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation donations were in excess of $200,000 to 104 selected local nonprofit organizations in the following communities: Wellesley, Weston, Newton, Needham, Natick, Framingham, Waltham, Roxbury, Cambridge, and Boston. The foundation directed a significant portion of the donations toward low- to moderate-income organizations, at-risk youth, education, and community organizations. “We are thrilled that our foundation is able to financially support so many wonderful organizations within the communities we serve,” said Maureen Sullivan, foundation president.

Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC is pleased to announce the elevation of Michael Tartamella AIA to managing principal. This new role in the firm recognizes Tartamella’s significant contributions and foreshadows both his and the firm’s continued success. Since joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2005, Michael has excelled in providing outstanding design and project management on many of the firm’s most significant projects, and he has demonstrated a profound aptitude and commitment to the firm’s unique approach to creating timeless architecture. For more information, visit www.patrickahearn.com.

A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring is a proud sponsor of the 2018 YMCA Metro North Road Race Series. Five unique races are featured across our communities to motivate, inspire, and promote the YMCA’s mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Come join us for a fun-filled day of exercise and local community involvement. Find out more at http://www.ymcametronorth.org/support/road-race-series and visit www.ajrosecarpets.com. Find A.J.Rose, your local flooring expert, in Natick, Burlington, and Saugus.

Jonathan Penta joins an elite group of business advisors as he recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation through the Exit Planning Institute. The CEPA Program is the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program available, focused around cross-functional consulting and value acceleration. This achievement will help Jonathan to better prepare his clients for the transition of their business as this has become a rapidly growing need in the marketplace. For more information, visit http://financialservicesinc.ubs.com/team/pentawealthmanagement.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce Melissa Dailey was the #1 affiliated agent in New England for 2017. Dailey brings 15 years of real estate expertise working with clients ranging from first-time homebuyers to seasoned real estate investors. “Melissa is a great agent and we’re incredibly proud of her success. Her dedication to her clients and hard work has garnered her an impeccable reputation among her peers and clients,” said Merit McIntyre, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

The Wiese Company will celebrate its seventh year donating their expertise, design service, and skilled labor for a public service project. This year’s project will help Voices Against Violence to renovate the kitchen in a shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The company hopes to help make the difficult stay for the residents of the home as pleasant as possible. If interested in supporting this renovation through a charitable contribution, please visit www.wiese.com/voicesagainstviolence.

The Wellesley Historical Society is delighted to welcome Amanda Fisher as its new executive director. Fisher assumed her role in March and Kathleen Fahey, the interim executive director and curator, has been working closely with her to ensure a smooth transition and is resuming her role as curator. Fisher has a Bachelor of Arts in history and American culture studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has worked extensively in the advancement and nonprofit sectors.

For the twelfth year in a row, Debi Benoit, principal of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co Real Estate (BMS), has been named the #1 broker in Wellesley. In addition to Benoit’s personal success, the company’s Wellesley office is celebrating its first-place finish in this highly competitive market. BMS’ three offices, Wellesley, Weston, and Needham, are managed by company principals Debi Benoit, Amy Mizner, and Sheryl Simon. With the close of 2017, Benoit emerged as the #1 broker in Massachusetts for single-family homes. For more information, please visit www.benoitmiznersimon.com.

Carpenter & MacNeille (C&M) recently celebrated two new Bulfinch Awards from the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). The C&M project teams will be honored at a gala at the Harvard Club of Boston on Saturday, April 28. The firm will receive top honors for the highest levels of mastery in both architectural design and craftsmanship. In 2013, C&M also won best in Residential Renovation of a Peabody & Stearns barn. For more information visit www.carpmac.com.

Former Weston resident Lori Meagher and her business partner, Janice Duplisea, announced the launch of Class2Career. An online tool that bridges the gap between the classroom and the workplace, Class2Career gives students a competitive edge during the interview process to prepare, align with employers, and network to land their dream job. Class2Career is also working with another Wellesley organization, KeynectUp, supporting students and organizations in the international education/study abroad field. For more information, please visit www.class2career.com or email info@class2career.com.

Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply, New England’s longest-standing provider of fine fixtures and accessories for the bath and kitchen, will host its annual tent sale at its Beverly showroom, located at 97 River Street, on Saturday, June 16 with deep discounts, prize opportunities, and family-friendly activities. A summer sale at Designer Bath’s Watertown showroom, located at 604 Pleasant Street, also kicks off on June 16 and will continue in both showrooms through June 30. For more information, visit www.designerbath.com.

Jesamondo Salon & Spa proudly announces Thuy Do as its newest nail technician. With more than 10 years of experience, Thuy most recently worked at St. Tropez Salon & Spa and is excited to work with the extensive range of manicure and pedicure services that Jesamondo offers. Whether it’s an express manicure or intensive mani-pedi pamper package, Thuy and Donna Tognacci—Jesamondo’s expert nail technicians—are at your service to provide tranquility and beauty. Visit www.jesamondo.com or call 508.907.7171.

ARID Newton-Wellesley Dental Specialty Group hosted a group of physicians in February for their third lecture series on the evidence for an etiological association between poor oral health and overall health. Dr. Touradj Ameli, a board-certified prosthodontist and implantologist, communicated the commonness and severity of bronchiectasis in patients with COPD due to increased sinus and airway inflammation. To attend the upcoming lecture series Oral Candidiasis: The Relation Between Dental Implant Prosthesis and Systemic Diseases, email info@aridnw.com.

Suzanne Alyward, formerly of Wellesley and owner of SUSU’s, is now the creative director at Petticoat Row Bakery, located in the heart of historic downtown Nantucket at 35 Centre Street. If you’re missing Susu’s famous brownies or coconut cakes, stop by when on the island or order online and have them shipped to you. Petticoat Row is a year-round boutique bakery that provides grab-and-go box lunches, soups, and other light fare in addition to breakfast pastries and signature sweets. Call 508.228.3700 or email info@petticoatrowbakery.com for more information. Also, see their ad on page 155.

George Doherty, president of the Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group of Wellesley, was recently honored and awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) annual Big Event conference in Boston. Corcoran & Havlin, a member of Cross Insurance, is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. Since its founding in 1967, the company has grown dramatically and added offices in Medfield and Duxbury in Massachusetts. The agency is also a recipient of the prestigious Five Star Insurance Agency Award of Distinction. Visit www.chinsurance.com.

Longtime Weston residents Lillian and David Kingsbury celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in February with all of their children, grandchildren, and great grandson in attendance, along with friends and neighbors. The celebrators enjoyed Champagne punch, a seafood luncheon, and a three-tiered cake.

Premier Dental Group of Wellesley, P.C. is now offering a second option to their in-house dental membership plan. Patients can subscribe to either a preventative or comprehensive plan. This program is designed to help individuals without dental insurance get the affordable dental care they want and need. Please call their office at 781.237.3031 to find out more about these wonderful options. Visit www.premierdentalgroupofwellesley.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami held their first Valentine’s Day media meet-and-greet in February at the stunning Wellesley home of co-host Ashley Bernon. Amid the beautiful floral arrangements and Valentine’s Day decorations, a lively crowd came together over Champagne and the music of Boston band Almost Owen to discuss happenings in the world of Boston real estate and media.

Elza B. Design, Inc. was recently awarded Best of Houzz in Interior Design for 2018 in addition to being named Best of Houzz in Service for the sixth year in a row. On top of those accolades, the firm was named one of the Top Ten Interior Design firms by Boston Architects. For more information, contact Barbara Elza Hirsch at bhirsch@elzabdesign.com.

Dean Poritzky, principal/license partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, is pleased to announce the addition of Nathan Berkowitz, licensed real estate agent, to the team at the Wellesley office located at One Abbott Street. With a focus on large commercial transactions in non-traditional assets classes such as golf and resort, urban parking, and life science, Nathan has successfully transacted several billion dollars in business for key clients. His well-rounded view of the residential marketplace and his professional approach provide unique personal service to buyers and sellers.

Tom Skelly, vice president of sales and strategy at Deland, Gibson Insurance, has been awarded the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agent’s (MAIA) 2017 Pace Setter Award, the highest honor that MAIA bestows. The Henry F. Barry, Jr. Memorial Pacesetter Award is given annually to a person who is “setting the pace” and who has contributed his or her talent, time, and energy for the betterment of the agency system. It recognizes outstanding leadership and service to the agency community and the public.

On March 3, friends from the Wellesley High School class of 1999 hosted Plunge for Elodie, the first Boston-area fundraiser for the rare genetic disorder epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The event was inspired by 18-month-old Elodie Kubik, who suffers from EB. Watching Elodie’s mother, Wellesley native Emily St. Thomas Kubik, courageously face life with a child with EB motivated her hometown friends to turn their sadness into action. All proceeds will benefit the EB Research Partnership (EBRP). Visit www.plungeforelodie.org to donate.

Dr. William LoVerme and his team at Accurate Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, P.C., provide non-invasive body countering. Vanquish Fat Removal has no downtime, is a FDA-cleared non-invasive treatment, and is easier than Cool Sculpt. You can lose two to four inches and the treatment can be done up until the day of vacation. Get ready for summer now! Visit www.AccurateAesthetics.com or call 781. 263.0011.

Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was recently honored by the National Association of Home Builders with a Best in American Living award for kitchen design. The award was presented at the International Builders Show over the winter. The winning design was also recognized by the Clarke Kitchen Design Contest. For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work, please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Pine Straw shops are filled with great gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, and summer travel. Owner Tracy Cranley recently added shoes to the mix, and you’ll love the great selection of summer apparel. While shopping at the Wellesley store, don’t forget to grab some fresh flowers. Bouquets are available at just about any time and custom arrangements can be made to order with just a day or two’s notice. Pine Straw is located at 466 Washington Street in Wellesley. Visit www.livegivepinestraw.com.

Greg Miller, CEO and co-founder of Wellesley Asset Management, has earned Massachusetts #1 ranking from Barron’s, featured in The Wall Street Journal, for four years in a row. Trusted advisors to high net worth individuals, Wellesley Asset Management is an SEC registered investment advisory firm with assets under management exceeding $2.5 billion. The firm specializes in the management of convertible bonds through separately managed accounts, mutual funds, and a private fund. For more information, visit www.wellesleyinvestment.com.

Meadowbrook Day Camp has announced new programs for 2018. Drobots, for grades 3 and higher, provides campers with a unique opportunity to engage in real-world STEM applications, drone flying, coding, and drone safety. The Leadership & Naturalist Training Program, for students in grade 8 or 9, teaches the ecology of New England’s landscape and develops essential skills that characterize strong leaders. The program contains an outdoors-based service learning project as well as a chance to earn CPR certification

Eye Care and Laser Surgery (ECLS) of Newton-Wellesley recently welcomed Jennifer Barberio as their new practice administrator. Jennifer started with Dr. Leibole and the team in September 2017 when she joined ECLS with close to 25 years of managed health care experience. Jennifer is a lifetime resident of Newton and extremely familiar with Newton-Wellesley Hospital having worked at the Newton-Wellesley Physician Hospital Organization as a manager for the past 10 years. Visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com or call 617.796.3937 to schedule an appointment.

For the first time, Needham Bank is partnering with Babson College as part of the school’s Management Consulting Field Experience program. John Whittaker, Erica McLaughlin, and JT Sarno from the Bank’s marketing team are pictured here with the team of Babson undergraduates at their midterm presentation. Needham Bank, with a Wellesley office located on 458 Washington Street, is a member FDIC, SIF, and Equal Housing Lender.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce Kathryn Alphas Richlen as the #2 affiliated agent in New England for 2017. Richlen brings 18 years of real estate expertise working with clients ranging from first-time homebuyers to seasoned real estate investors. “Kathryn has once again gone above and beyond. Her commitment responding to her client’s needs and executing a plan is unrivaled,” said Merit McIntyre, president, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For more information, visit www.ColdwellBankerHomes.com.

Dana Hall School is pleased to welcome Dr. Lauren Goldberg as the new director of the middle school. Previously the curriculum coordinator at the Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut, Goldberg is a career educator with more than 30 years of experience in classroom instruction, curriculum design, teacher training, research, and supervision. Located in Wellesley, Dana Hall’s Middle School is an independent day school for girls in grades 5−8.

Local photographer Andrew Kessler held a pop-up photography show called “Guards & Gardeners,” that featured local crossing guards and gardeners from the North 40 Victory Gardens. The event, held on March 1 at 77 Central Street in Wellesley, was open to the community. Andrew’s daughter, Kess Kessler, wrote the accompanying piece to the show. Profits from the show were donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, through the Pan Mass Challenge, which Kessler is hoping to ride again this year for the 15th time.

The Barber Real Estate Group of William Raveis Real Estate in Wellesley, featuring Ken and Stephanie Barber along with team members Stephanie Parkhurst, Anna Borelli, and Gina Anderson, hosted an exclusive viewing of their custom-designed listing at 62 Ledgeways Road in Wellesley.

Fastachi, one of the country’s top purveyors of artisanal roasted nuts, is now open at 24 Church Street in Wellesley. Fastachi owners Souren and Susan Etyemezian roast the nuts by hand, in small batches, and in steel drums for the very best flavor. The shop also carries handmade chocolates, gourmet snacks, and great gift items. To learn more, visit www.fastachi.com.

FLX Training is excited to announce their move to 159 B Linden Street in Wellesley. With more space, the team will be hosting events and workshops for the community. FLX specializes in group personal training and coaching, offering the perfect combination of individual attention and motivating group energy. The FLX Training Program is a progressive, ongoing strategy fit for all levels of experience. Whether you seek weight loss, strength gains, athletic improvement, or an overall healthy lifestyle, FLX will set you up for success.

One Wingate Way will welcomeAmerican foreign policy during the lecture, highlighting trends and predictions for the future. Dukakis was the longest serving governor in our state’s history and is an expert in political science. One Wingate Way is a luxury independent living community located at the crossroads of Needham, Newton, and Wellesley. For more information, visit www.onewingateway.com.

Wellesley Dental Group is excited to announce the addition of Kor Whitening to its arsenal of cosmetic procedures and enhancements. Kor Whitening is perfect for patients who have always struggled with deep staining that is resistant to other types of whitening, as well as patients who report significant sensitivity to traditional methods. It’s a great option for anyone looking for safe, effective, and significant improvement to the color of their teeth.

Forever Young Laser and Skin Center is offering a new non-invasive procedure called the Excel V Laser System. Rosacea, leg or facial veins, scars, and sun damage pigmentation are just a few of the conditions that can be corrected with this treatment. Forever Young also offers CoolSculpting, a noninvasive treatment for unwanted fat–the perfect way to get you ready for the summer months. For more information, visit www.frvryoung.com or call 781.431.2110.

Garage Headquarters is proud to announce the addition of Black Walnut to their Custom Wood Door Collection. These premium residential doors are meticulously handcrafted to your specifications with exceptional workmanship, superior woods, and professional hardware to create an impressive door and increases your home’s curb appeal and value. Look for their new ads featuring Baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, whose home received an upgrade with Custom Garage Doors from Garage Headquarters. Visit www.GarageHeadquarters.com for more information.

Darby Road HOME (DRH) is excited to be celebrating its four-year anniversary and the opening up of their Annex space. Throughout the month of May, they will be celebrating with prizes and discounts. To kick off the celebrations, DRH hosted an open house for all of their industry friends and family. It has been exciting venture for owner Michelle Coppolo as she has elevated the brand and brought great success to the design and custom upholstery side of the business. See their ad on page 23.

People’s United Bank is celebrating 175 years of providing financial services to the local communities they serve. From checking and savings to wealth and retirement services, People’s United has the expertise you need to help you reach your financial goals. Visit their convenient Wellesley branch at 200 Linden Square and chat with Jim Molla and see what their know-how can do for you. People’s United Bank, N.A. Member FDIC.

The Inspired Bath of Waltham hosted their first “Leave Your Mark” event in the showroom on March 22. Designers, architects, contractors, and industry professionals mingled while learning about new products and marking their favorites in the showroom. The Inspired Bath team along with representatives from Mr. Steam, Robern, Dornbracht, and Duravit were in attendance to answer questions about the featured products.

During the month of May, Chase Young Gallery will hold a New Artist Exhibit, showcasing three new artists. In June, they will host a month long exhibition for renowned artist, Bernd Haussmann. Haussmann is a local artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally for many years. Chase Young Gallery was established in 1990 with a continued dedication to the exhibition of exceptional contemporary painting and photography. They also offer in-home art and design consultations. For more information, email mail@chaseyounggallery.com or visit www.chaseyounggallery.com.

Elizabeth Renee Esthetics is celebrating 27 years in Wellesley. Founder Elizabeth Kosky is a pioneer in the skincare industry. Her methodology takes into account each individual’s heredity, hormone levels, stress levels, age, diet, and lifestyle factors to create a personalized skincare routine that offers superior results. She and her team have also developed “Game Changers,” little miracle treatments that improve your skin in a big way. Visit Elizabeth Renee at 26 Grove Street in Wellesley, online at www.elizabethrenee.com, and call 781.237.SKIN.