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Vincent J. Spoto, a principal at Pinnacle Residential Properties, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of a multi-state region of the Better Business Bureau.  Mr. Spoto has been a director for the BBB for the past four years.  Mr. Spoto and Elaine Bannigan are the founders of Pinnacle.  He has been a Wellesley resident for the past 30 years and has served on a number of boards in the private sector.

The American Business Awards awarded the “Stevie Award” in the category of “Creative Professional of the Year” to former Weston resident Leslie Yeransian, Creative Writer and Multimedia Producer for Rising Medical Solutions. More than 3,000 people and companies competed in the American Business Awards. This year’s award winners encompassed a dynamic range of leaders from Apple’s Steve Jobs, Oracle’s Larry Ellison to National Hockey League’s John Collins. Yeransian just recently revamped her company’s Web site: www.risingms.com

For the second year in a row, Dr. Robert Savage of Wellesley was named one of “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Savage is a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is the former President of the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. His principal office is located in the Frasier Medical Building at 332 Washington Street in Wellesley, at the Boston Wellesley Plastic Surgery Center. For more information, visit www.bostonwellesleyplasticsurgery.com 

 One 2 One BodyScapes Personal Training Centers recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary.  One 2 One BodyScapes offers one-on-one personal training in an intimate, home-like setting for those who enjoy a private and powerful physical fitness experience.  The company began franchising in 2007 with the philosophy that fitness is a life-long activity that requires goal-setting and maintenance.  There are more than eleven locations in the greater Boston area, including one at 386 Washington Street in Wellesley.       

Continuing its reputation for high-quality, energy-efficient windows and doors, three Pella window product lines were rated as “Best Buys” for replacement windows in the September/October 2010 issue of Consumers Digest magazine. Pella has an 85-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. For more information, call 800.866.9886 x135, visit pella.com or visit the Wellesley showroom located at 170 Worcester Street.

Weston resident Judith Nitsch, PE, LEED AP BD+C, the President of Nitsch Engineering, was awarded a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa degree by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy at their commencement in June. The honor recognizes Nitsch for her contributions to the engineering field and her efforts to encourage others to pursue engineering careers.  Nitsch Engineering (www.nitscheng.com) is a civil engineering, land surveying, transportation engineering, sustainable site consulting, planning, and GIS firm that provides services on private development, public building, and infrastructure projects.

Ann Kennefick of Wellesley was recently given the CAREFirst award at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Newton-Wellesley’s CAREFirst Award recognizes individual employees or teams on a monthly basis. Nominated by their peers, award recipients are selected for their performance based on the CAREFirst attributes of compassion, attitude, responsibility, and excellence. Kennefick has been with Newton-Wellesley Hospital for 20 years, where she currently works as a nurse practitioner and nurse educator in the Diabetes Management Department.

Barry Reopell celebrates ten years as Operations Manager at Encore Construction, an award-winning residential design-build firm specializing in remodeling, kitchens, and bathrooms. Barry oversees Encore’s production process to ensure that every project is completed on schedule, within budget, and with the highest customer satisfaction. Estimator Tom Driscoll also celebrates ten years with the firm. With nearly three decades in the construction industry, Tom has the experience of consistently keeping estimated budgets within actual costs. Visit www.encoreco.com 

For two out of three years, Prudential Real Estate ranked “Highest in Satisfaction for Home Sellers among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” by J.D. Power and Associates.  Wellesley’s Susan Proctor was awarded “Top Producer” for Prudential Town & Country Real Estate.  Visit www.prudentialtnc.com.

Located at 614 Hammond Street in Chestnut Hill, Morigi Milano is a menswear boutique offering the highest quality in clothing at sensible prices. Born and raised in Italy, owner Vittorio Nahum has a passion for exceptional clothing. His new store offers a selection of luxury apparel and accessories edited down perfectly to bring customers only the best. Brands include: Edward Green, E. Marinella Napoli, Arnys, La Vera Sartoria Napolitana, and more. Visit www.morigimilano.com for more information.  

Just Like Family, an in-home elder care concierge company, recently opened its offices at Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road in Sudbury. President and founder Michael Grant Wilsker, a 26- year veteran attorney, has teamed up with experienced social worker Molly Lukason to provide the best quality, timely, and respectful in-home care service to the elderly communities of Sudbury, Lincoln, Weston, Wayland, Concord, Dover, and Sherborn.  For additional information visit: www.likefamilyinc.com or call 978.639.4007. 

Wellesley resident Peter McAvinn from the Boston General Office of New York Life Insurance Company recently presented Jeff Hayward, Chief of External Affairs of the United Way, of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley with a $35,000 contribution from the New York Life Foundation.   The New York Life Foundation awards approximately 139 grants annually to local United Ways nationwide to support community programming. 

Roseanna Means, MD, Founder and President of Women of Means, is a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2010 Community Health Leaders Award.   This prestigious award is given annually to ten individuals across the United States who have created innovative improvements in community health care.  For over a decade, Women of Means, a Wellesley non-profit, coordinates teams of volunteer physicians and nurses to provide free medical services to Boston’s homeless women and children.   Visit www.womenofmeans.org.

Emily Weintraub Fine Art is celebrating its one year anniversary of offering fine art appraisals for insurance, estate, and donation purposes to individuals and institutions, along with an inventory of American paintings and works on paper.  A Wayland resident, Emily has worked in the industry for 13 years and is a graduate of the Weston schools. Consultations by appointment.    On the Web at: www.ewfineart.com or call 617.953.2700.

Debi Benoit, partner with Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., LLC, was ranked as one of the country’s top real estate agents for the second year in a row according to The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 “Top 100 Real Estate Professionals” list. Nationally, Debi Benoit was recognized with a 2009 sales volume that exceeded $53 million.  Locally, her numbers outpaced her competition nearly two to one.  Debi has consistently been ranked the #1 sales associate in Wellesley since 2006. Contact her at Debi@BenoitMiznerSimon.com.

 Combined Jewish Philanthropies offers accessible programs to help families with young children connect with the Jewish community in Metrowest. From playgroups to parenting workshops, from Chanukah to Passover—families will find the Jewish activities they have been looking for through Family Connections, the organization’s free, monthly e-newsletter at www.cjp.org. 

Wellesley architect and resident Jan Gleysteen AIA,presented his recently-completed LEED for Homes Gold house at the Sustainable Wellesley Expo and Symposium.  Wellesley homeowner Cynthia Curtis joined the presentation and described the goals of the project and her experience of living in a sustainable home.  The house features solar energy panels, energy star certification, water saving fixtures, and superior windows, insulation, FSC lumber, and durable materials.  For more information, call Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Mary Ellen Fillo of Fillo Financial LLC participated in the 2010 Internal Revenue Service Nationwide Tax Forum in New York City in August.  Mary Ellen attended presentations by IRS and other tax professionals on representation of taxpayers before the IRS as well as an overview of tax law changes.  Please contact her at her Wellesley office for tax questions at 781.235.6256 or e-mail at fillconsult@verizon.net.

Body In Motion, Wellesley’s premier Pilates studio on Linden Street, has expanded.  In addition to private training and group equipment classes, classes are now offered in Pilates mat, beginner equipment, Pilates for teens, and BarSculpt, the total body-fitness class. BarSculpt fuses Pilates, core conditioning, light weights, orthopedic stretching, and ballet barre work. Class is set to music and is appropriate for all levels.  For a complete schedule, visit http://www.wellesleybodyinmotion.com/

The Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group is pleased to announce that Wellesley’s Virginia Handerhan has joined the agency.  Virginia has been a leader with various Boston area insurance agencies for over 25 years. She has joined Corcoran & Havlin’s Commercial Lines Department.  Corcoran & Havlin has been guiding businesses and families on insurance matters since 1967.  For more information, visit chinsurance.com.

Registered Nurse and Weston resident Jodi Wolf has launched Boston Baby Fairy, a service providing professional care for mothers and their newborn babies at home.  Boston Baby Fairy will help mothers understand and deal with post partum emotional transition, child sibling behavior, diet, sleep schedules, and more.  Call 781.664.8348 or e-mail Jodi@bostonbabyfairy.com for a free consultation.  For more information, visit www.bostonbabyfairy.com

Ellen Zientara,WHNP-BC,NBCMT announced the opening of Positive Pressure: Massage, Yoga and Wellness located at 11 River Street in Wellesley.  She brings over 20 years of clinical expertise specializing in integrative medicine via Therapeutic Massage and Yoga. Her clinical massage/yoga treatments include helping people through pre/post operative issues.  Ellen also offers sports, addiction/recovery and stress management and teen massage (repetitive injury) treatment with the goal is to support and empower her patients by using the “Health Belief Model” to live healthy, happy lives.

Thanks to a grant from the Fund for Wellesley, the Wellesley Health Department, with help from the Youth Commission, has developed community based mental health resources that address depression, substance abuse and suicide.  The grant has been used to develop a suicide prevention Web site called www.wellesleyacts.org. It offers visitors of all ages, resources that encourage them to take the necessary steps to help themselves or another in an emotional crisis. It also offers survivors resources and links to support services. For more information, visit www.wellesleyma.gov/health

 Mitesh Kapadia, MD, PhD has recently opened an ophthalmic plastic surgery office at 873 Worcester Street (Route 9, westbound in Wellesley in addition to his practice at Tufts Medical Center. Dr Kapadia’s specialties are cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery as well as facial rejuvenation with Botox, Restylane and Juvederm.  Call 978.393.5437 before December 31st to schedule a free cosmetic consultation.  Visit www.bostoneyelids.com for more information. 

Bella Santé is now offering Shellac manicures. Shellac is the first “hybrid” nail polish and gel, and it goes on like polish but lasts like gel for two weeks or longer, withstanding the rigors of everyday wear and tear that can leave regular nail polish chipped and peeling.  Shellac is “3-free” (free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP) and is hypo-allergenic.  Call 617.424.9930 or visit www.bellasante.com  to find out more about this new treatment or to schedule an appointment.

Williams & Spade Companies, Inc of Wayland is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season. The firm’s President and lead designer, Jeanne Racioppi, has been providing top quality interior design services to clients throughout New England for over twenty years. Williams & Spade has recently expanded its services to include project management for renovations and new construction projects of all sizes. Visit them at www.williamsandspade.com or on Facebook and check back regularly for new additions to their portfolio.

Krauss Dermatology is now offering the exciting Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure.  This totally noninvasive process uses safe, cooling technology to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen, love handles, and flanks (bra area). There is no scarring, no downtime, and no pain.  The procedure was recently FDA approved in the U.S. and removes about 25 percent of the fat layer in just a single treatment.  Call 781.416.3500 or visit www.kraussderm.com for more information.

The Wellesley Cotillion will be held on Saturday, December 4th at the Back Bay Event Center’s Dorothy Quincy Suite.  Invitations were mailed to juniors and seniors who reside in Wellesley or attend Wellesley High School.  Contributions large or small are greatly appreciated, and are the sole source of funding for Cotillion expenses.  Supplementing financial generosity, families are encouraged to volunteer, particularly on the day of the event, with shifts available for chaperones and assistance with either set-up or take-down.  Please contact welleslelycotillion@gmail.com  for more information.

J. Todd Galleries has challenged 23 of the region’s award-winning artists to find and paint new views of Boston from unexpected vantage points, in every season, and at various times of the day and night.  The result is “It’s All Boston,” a show featuring 60 smashing new works. The show will run from November 19th through December 9th at J. Todd Galleries, 572 Washington Street (Route 16) in Wellesley. For more information, call 781.237.3434 or visit www.jtodd.com.

 “Bang for your Buck”, the first of three seminars in the fall “Get Inspired!” series presented by WellesleyWeston and Perspective magazines was held on Thursday, September 23rd at Dover Rug in Natick.  “Home for the Holidays,” will be held on Thursday, November 18th, and will share holiday decorating and entertaining tips.  The seminar is free and will be held from 10:00 am until noon at Dover Rug in Natick . Advance registration is required.  To register, go to www.jdcomm.biz.

With strong family ties to Wellesley, Jacky Keith, owner of Esplanade Travel in Boston, announced that the company is celebrating its 57th anniversary.  Today’s Esplanade team is young, motivated, passionate about travel, and has explored more than 150 countries. As a small locally-owned business specializing in luxury travel, Esplanade prides itself on building itineraries to challenge not only the well-traveled, but also to inspire new travelers.  To start planning your next adventure visit www.esplanadetravel.com, e-mail info@esplanadetravel.com, or call 617.266.7465.

The Riverbend School opened for its first day of school on September 8, 2010. Riverbend, the result of the merger of the Eliot Montessori School and Natick Montessori Schools, both of South Natick, now serves children ages 15 months through 14 years old (Toddler through Eighth Grade). For more information, contact Susan Higgins at 508.655.7333 or shiggins@rvbs.org

With Women Building Connections, Megan McAvoy and Sangita Joshi are gathering women business owners to build a community that will “Give. Gain. Grow.”  Both are financial advisors with The Bulfinch Group and are looking to create an opportunity for women to assemble for a series of events that will build relationships and expand horizons, both personally and professionally. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring an event, please call 781.449.4402.

Debi Benoit, Amy Mizner, and Sheryl Simon announced that they have formed a new real estate company:  Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.  With offices in Wellesley and Weston, the three realtors, who have consistently been the number one agents in their respective markets, have joined forces to provide exceptional customer service and respond to the changing demands of the residential real estate market. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781.237.8181 in Wellesley; or 781.894.8282 in Weston.

Maura Wayman of Wellesley recently photographed Wellesley Country Club’s 100th Gala celebration and photographs everything from weddings to corporate gatherings to sporting events to headshots for aspiring models.  In addition to the Wellesley Country Club, Maura’s clients include the Lahey Clinic and Vestar Capital Partners.  She also holds monthly headshot clinics at Boston Casting.  To learn more, visit www.maurawayman.com or call 617.308.1963.

A century ago, on January 24, 1911, a few community-minded individuals formed a new bank with the goal of providing quality banking services to Wellesley and the surrounding towns. Today, after 100 years of benefiting its town with safe and sound banking practices, Wellesley Bank prepares to celebrate its centennial. Today Wellesley Bank is a full service financial institution offering personal and commercial banking as well as an investment management subsidiary: Wellesley Investment Partners.  Visit www.wellesleybank.com.

Celebrating the ten-year anniversary as one of the most highly-regarded and active dog training resources on the Web, My Smart Puppy founder and Wellesley native Sarah Wilson announces the redesign and relaunch of her Web site, www.MySmartPuppy.com. With easy-to-understand, easy-to-use training techniques, the site is a comprehensive, independent, one-stop resource focused on supporting the human-animal bond unlike other sites focused on dominance and control. For more information please visit www.MySmartPuppy.com.   

On September 1st, Gail Lockberg, owner of Prudential Town and Country Real Estate, served as a Muscular Dystrophy Association “Jailbird” to raise money for those affected by the neuromuscular disease. Thanks to many generous people, Gail successfully made “bail” by reaching and exceeding her goal of $1600. Visit mda.org for information on how you can help make a difference to people around the country and in your community.  







Divine Kitchens Wins COTY Awards

Divine Kitchens won two awards for the fourth year in a row at the 2010 Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industries (NARI). Divine won Gold for Kitchen Design $100K and above and Silver for Kitchen Design $50K-$100K.

“We are extremely pleased with this recognition,” said Mariette Barsoum, CKD, owner and design director for Divine Kitchens. “While the awards were for kitchen design, both projects included uniting elements of the entire first floor of the homes and creating more light-filled spaces. These were challenging and rewarding projects. These awards are the icing on the cake.”

The Gold award-winner, inside a local Cape-style home, required an entire floor plan redesign to include better organization, relocation of a back door, design of a definitive baking area in the kitchen, opening and lightening the space, a new island design and more. A load-bearing wall was removed and replaced with supportive columns to add more light to the space. With an ecologically conscious sensibility, Divine’s team worked to reuse all windows and doors removed in the project.

The Silver COTY award-winner, located in a 10-year-old Northborough, MA colonial, gave new life to an outdated laminate counter kitchen by removing a useless peninsula, incorporating new materials and professional-style appliances and granting the homeowner’s wish of a built-in furniture-style hutch for linens and other tabletop supplies. A combination of warm cherry and painted woods, antique bronze accents, and a unique message center comprised of a framed wall over magnetic paint, all come together into a handsome first floor living space.

Divine Kitchens has a showroom in Linden Square in Wellesley and a second location on Lyman Street in Westborough. Showroom consultations are complimentary.

For more information, visit www.divinekitchens.com.

Teen Summer Program Expo

Newton South High School hosts the seventh annual  Teen Summer Program Expo, Monday, February 7, 2011  5:30 PM to 8:00PM, 140 Brandeis Road, in the cafeteria.   FREE ADMISSION. Find an enriching summer experience for your teen and efficiently cut through the thousands of options on-line. Learn about the programs first-hand by meeting directors of more than 70 programs including travel, adventure, academic enrichment, community service, internships, sports, language immersion, arts & theatre, Gap year programs and more.   

For more information call 617-244-3316, email Laura@CampSourceNetwork.com or visit www.CampSourceNetwork.com.    Snow date will be Tuesday, February 8.