|Grono & Christie
Sale Gives Customers
a Chance to
Save on Sparkle
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari
If you happen to pop in to Grono & Christie Jewelers in the next couple of weeks, you might think they’re having a run on yellow tags.
The cases are loaded with yellow mark-down price tags right now, accompanying glittering pieces of fun. The East Milton jeweler is in the midst of a “Progressive Sale,” a three-week opportunity to purchase fine gems and jewelry for up to 50 percent off.
“This is the most fun that we’ve ever had with
a sale,” said Meryl Manin, owner of Grono & Christie, which is located at 536 Adams St. in East Milton Square. “It’s fun because there are people who just want to get a little more off.”
The Progressive Sale is ideal for those gambling types who like to play the odds. Everything in the cases will progressively be marked down by three percent each day. The sale began Jan. 19 at 14 percent off, and drops by three percent each day. By the week of Feb. 2, everything left will be 50 percent off, and the sale ends Feb. 7. After that, the prices go back up.
The store had a similar sale last June, and according to Manin, the current one is better. They learned a lot the last time, and it allows them to replenish their cases after the sale is over. And yes, it has a little bit to do with the slow economy.
“The whole point of it is to clear out and pass on the savings to the customers,” said Manin. “And then we can get new stock.”
One of the best parts of her job, Manin would say, is buying more. She likes to change the inventory every six months. The big sale gives the store the opportunity to clean out some of the older stock that has been in the cases for six months or more, so they can bring in the latest in jewelry fashion.
In the past, this type of sale has tempted customers to play their luck to see how low the price will go
on a coveted piece of sparkle. But it has also
broken a few hearts, as others have jumped in and purchased those same stalked pieces. Manin said that’s half the fun of the sale, although she hates to see anyone disappointed.
“It’s like a game, in the doldrums of winter,”
So yes, all that glitters is still gold, even in the dead of winter; but it just got a little more affordable at Grono & Christie Jewelers.
Names New President
The Driscoll Agency of Norwell, a full-service insurance and bonding provider concentrating in the construction industry, has appointed Jay C. Driscoll, of Milton, as president.
Driscoll has over 27 years’ experience in the insurance industry in both underwriting and new-business development. He specializes in marketing and servicing large commercial contractors in the New England region. He is a licensed property
and casualty producer and is active in many trade associations.
Driscoll is a graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, Northwood Prep School, and Colby
College in Waterville, ME, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
He has been involved in Milton Youth Hockey, where he has served as a coach for over 10 years. He is an active alumnus and recently served on the fund-raising committee for Xaverian Brothers High School. He has also been a member of the Carney Hospital Foundation Board since 1996.
|Milton Hospital Partners with Beth Israel for Emergency Services
Milton Hospital has established a partnership with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to operate the community hospital’s Emergency Department – a move that is expected to result almost immediately in shorter wait times during peak hours.
The partnership expands upon the hospital’s existing clinical affiliation with Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess. The HMFP emergency practice will oversee day-to-day operation of Milton’s emergency department and will employ all physicians and physician assistants providing care there.
The first new development that will directly impact patients will be an increase in physician coverage during the peak hours of 2 to 10 p.m., according to Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of Beth Israel Deaconess’ Department of Emergency Medicine.
“This will help ensure that patients see an attending physician very quickly after they arrive,” he said.
While most physicians and physician assistants from Milton’s existing emergency staff will join the HMFP practice, five new physicians and four physician assistants from HMFP will also begin treating patients at Milton’s emergency room on a rotating basis.
Dr. Paul Paganelli, chief of the Milton Emergency Department, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with HMFP to take the department to the next level and leverage the hospital’s investment in a brand new, state-of-the-art emergency department built with patient convenience and privacy in mind.”
Wolfe added, “As we move forward, we will be building on the department’s strong leadership and a strong emergency physician group that is well-connected to local primary care physicians.”
In all of its locations, the HMFP emergency practice emphasizes measuring patient satisfaction and identifying areas for improving care, according
“Communicating with patients about their plan of care and paying constant attention to their needs goes a long way in improving a patient’s feelings about their experience,” Wolfe said.
Clinical ties between Milton Hospital and BIDMC began in 2003 with the introduction of gerontology and prostate seed programs and a rapid transport system that continues to seamlessly transfer heart attack patients in need of advanced cardiac care from the Milton Emergency Department to the BIDMC cardiac catheterization lab. The hospitals’ affiliation expanded in 2005 and has since resulted in the development of joint programs in gynecology, hospital medicine, orthopedics and podiatry.
|Carney Offers Digital Mammography
Carney Hospital has expanded its services available to women with the addition of a new Selenia digital mammography system.
Digital mammography allows the radiologist to view the x-ray image more closely, zeroing in on suspicious or concerning areas, enabling them to make immediate decisions about additional images. Digital mammography takes less than half the time of a traditional film-based mammogram and the radiologist may review the images while the patient is in the examination room.
“This new technology offers improved visibility of the breast, particularly
near the skin line, the chest wall and
in women with dense breast tissue. Digital mammography will allow us
to provide our patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer,” said
Dr. Richard Herman, Carney’s director of radiology.
In conjunction with the digital mammography unit, Carney Hospital is equipped with the iCAD (computer-aided detection) second look system for mammography. CAD provides a “second read” of the mammogram by a computer that points out or highlights potential areas of concern to the radiologist.
“Carney Hospital provides a comprehensive scope of services addressing the physical, emotional and educational needs of our female patients. Services include screening programs, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, and management of many different diseases of the breast, and educational and support resources,” said Dr. Daniel H. O’Leary, president of Carney.
Breast MRI is also offered at Carney as part of its comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Area women now have access to the latest technology right in their own backyard. The hospital is committed to providing exceptional care to the women in the community.
For more information or to make an appointment for your annual mammogram, call 617-296-4012, ext. 5032.
Carney Hospital is a 159-bed, community teaching hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of Caritas Christi Health Care, the second-largest health care system in New England.
|Phillips Candy House Offers Holiday Gifts
Phillips Candy House offers holiday chocolate gifts for under $20 that will lift the spirits of family, co-workers and friends without breaking the bank. Choose from a selection of handcrafted chocolates and slowly roasted premium nuts made in small batches with fresh ingredients.
Phillips Chocolate Turtles, made by hand, one at a time, and in small batches, are a favorite. Caramel is combined with hand roasted premium nuts and is topped with a dollop of chocolate. Select from assortments in milk, dark or white chocolate with pecans, cashews or almonds. They are available in a nine-pack for $14.50, plus shipping. In addition, the 11-ounce Princess Assortment offers a variety of milk and dark chocolates, which includes a chocolate turtle, for $16.50, plus shipping.
Phillips Signature Hot Chocolate is sold in a 12 oz. tin for $6.50, plus shipping, or in a holiday gift package for $13.95, with mini-marshmallows, chocolate shavings, and handmade peppermint sticks.
“Made from scratch” Phillips cookies offer a gift or stocking stuffer. They are baked fresh every day using all-natural ingredients including whole eggs, fresh creamery butter, brown sugar, pure vanilla, and Phillips chocolate chips. These cookies are available in chocolate chip, chocolate chip with walnuts, peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip and brownie chocolate chip. Buy them in single packages of six for $4.95, plus shipping.
Order online at http://www.phillipschocolate.com or call 800-722-0905.
|Mellie Hair Design Makes Square a Little More Beautiful
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari
East Milton Square certainly has its fair share of beauty services, with two day spas, one nail salon, and three hairdressers within the small retail block.
But one business to arrive on the scene has brought the most beauty buzz.
Mellie Hair Salon, located at 376 Granite Ave., opened a little over two years ago. Owner Melanie Martinous wanted to offer a high-end salon with the latest in hair design, to the town’s stylish women.
The salon brings a new vibe to the square, following in the footsteps of Starbucks and paving the way for the anticipated restaurant, Stone Park.
Martinous, who had worked as a hair dresser at Greta Cole in Wellesley for over 10 years, decided she wanted to open her own salon. She had learned from one of the best, being among the first hair stylists hired by the famous beauty maven, Gretchen Monahan.
So what made Martinous decide to bring her style to Milton?
“I live right over the line, on Adams Street, (Quincy) and I always thought East Milton Square was kind of a cute place,” said Martinous. “It definitely had affluent women who were stylish and probably going elsewhere for hair.”
She was able to find a spot where another salon had been, and she made the investment to totally upgrade the space to offer quality service in a welcoming atmosphere.
“Everybody makes a big deal about being a Newbury Street-type salon, which I don’t think that’s what I was really going for,” she said. “I like the quality of that, but I’m not crazy about that impersonal service. I like being part of the community. I like people stopping by to say hi,” she said.
Her salon has six chairs, with a sleek atmosphere and always a smiling face to greet clients. Quite often, Martinous, who seems to have a constant smile, is at the desk herself to welcome customers walking through the door.
With so many other beauty businesses in the area, she was careful with her plan.
“I took into consideration the kinds of businesses that were around me,” said Martinous. “I didn’t want to compete with them. I wanted to compliment them. We don’t do any spa services. That’s not really what I love, and I’d rather leave that to a few who do it well.”
Her salon has a good relationship with the spas in the square, and they often refer clients to each other. It’s a very supportive climate.
“And there’s so many female-owned businesses in this general area, even the paper (Milton Times),” she said.
The sense of community was one thing Martinous was looking for in her business venture, and she feels positive about her decision to locate here.
Recently, another salon opened up in Milton Village, offering high-end hair services for the town. Did she feel threatened by the competition?
“Competition is good for everybody, because it makes everybody better,” she said. “It’s flattering in a way, because it makes me feel like my decision was right.”
But with today’s economic mood, competition requires salons to be creative to keep clients. If you haven’t visited Mellie’s, this month might be a good time to check it out. The salon is offering a special “economic bailout package,” just in time for the holidays. It includes a cut, single-process color, style and conditioning treatment for $99.
The coupon, with all the details for the service, is available in the Milton Times.
“Salons are like these great touchstones for women. All the important things in their life they have to get something done for,” Martinous said.
“It’s nice when it’s more than just a person doing a service, and a person getting a service. You end up, especially in a community like this, with these relationships….That’s the fun part about it.”
|Dreams of the Farm Thrive at Thayer Nursery
By Scott MacKeen
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be easy sometimes to forget the simpler things: home, family, life on the land.
Fortunately though, there are still those places out there we can return to now and again to feel those old feelings – places rich in story and family. Places like Thayer Nursery.
Thayer Nursery is something of a secret gem in town.
It’s off the beaten path a bit, but with its history and charm, it is as much a part of the community as the landscape.
It is a small, family-owned landscaping business that sits on 200-year-old farmland on Hillside Street. The business itself traces back to 1965.
But there’s more to the story than just business, according to Maggie Oldfield.
It’s a story about a man with a simple dream and the town he never wanted to leave.
“My father was born and raised in Milton. He was brought up in the public school system,” said Maggie, who now owns the business with her brother, Josh. “He always wanted to be a farmer.”
Bob Oldfield, Maggie’s and Josh’s father, left town as a young man to provide for his family. He worked in New Jersey for some time, but his simple dream brought him back to the hometown he loved.
“He always loved this town. He wanted to come back to it someday,” said Maggie.
When the time was right, Bob and his family did come back. At the foot of the Blue Hills, he discovered a beautiful farm in need of some care. He worked day and night to grow both his business and his family.
Maggie was one of five children who grew up in an old house on the historic farmland. Her sister still lives in the house today. Maggie and Josh both live nearby.
“It’s nice. We’re always close by, even if we’re not in the store,” said Maggie, a Milton High graduate who has two children (Chandler, 7, and George, 5) at Cunningham School.
In 2000, she took over the business with her brother after their father died. What he left his children was something far more than what he started all those years ago.
Thayer Nursery has expanded beyond its landscaping roots. They now offer lawn and garden supplies and a large array of items in its gift shop. Various types of garden herbs, shrubs and flowers are grown and kept for sale on the six-acre farm.
The staff includes 15 full-time employees. They provide in-store service and on-location landscaping and deliveries. Some of the workers have been there as long as 15 years.
“We’re very lucky to have such loyal employees,” said Maggie.
The store is beginning to roll out its line of holiday gifts and decorations, some of which are handmade.
However, the crown jewel of all may be its firewood service. Thayer is one of only a few companies in the region to offer kiln-dried firewood, which is dried in an oven and kept indoors to improve durability and reduce smoke and ash in chimneys.
The wood they use is beech, birch, maple, oak and ash. It is dried in an oven for three days and kept dry in the winter to decrease moisture, allowing the logs to burn hotter and longer.
When oil prices were high, this is what made all the difference to customers, according to Maggie.
“We saw a big boost in our firewood sales,” she said. “When times are tough, it becomes so much more cost effective to have logs like these that burn longer and save you money in heating costs.”
Still, the biggest problem remains what it has always been, and what it is for all those hidden little places tucked away like Thayer. It’s all about location.
“It can be tough to bring in new customers,” she said. “We’re slightly off the beaten path. People can be in a rush to the city and they forget about us down here.”
But Thayer always welcomes new faces. They are gearing up for the holidays with their 5th annual Merry Market, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 270 Hillside St.
For more information call 617-698-2005 or go to www.thayernursery.com.
Better yet, take a drive down to that old farm on Hillside Street. It may just take you back to those simpler times again.
|Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home Expands
Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, a family-owned business that has served Greater Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts for over 146 years, has expanded. By acquiring Prophett Funeral Home of Bridgewater, and Prophett–Wales Funeral Home of East Bridgewater, the Chapman, Cole & Gleason firm has broadened its regional presence and service capabilities. Acknowledging the long history of the Prophett Funeral Home it acquired, which has been in the Bridgewater area for over a century, the new locations will be named Prophett–Chapman, Cole & Gleason.
“Our family shares a lot of history, values, and traditions with the Prophett Funeral Home,” said Mark Chapman, the new director who has joined Director Ray Zeoli in operating both locations. “That was important to us, important to me personally, and a big part of what makes this such a perfect fit.”
Zeoli is the former owner, who remains with the funeral home. Chapman says there will be no significant changes to the way the funeral homes do business, although a variety of upgraded and expanded services, facilities, and resources are planned.
“We have always seen our role as helping families get through one of their most difficult times with sensitivity, respect, and compassion. Ray holds the same beliefs, so why change what people appreciate most?”
A family-owned business that began in South Boston in 1862, Chapman, Cole & Gleason also owns and operates six other Massachusetts locations, in Falmouth, West Falmouth, Mashpee, Milton, Wareham, and Martha’s Vineyard.
|Kennedy Carpet Lights Up Local Retail Scene
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari
Have you noticed the large, new building sitting at the threshold of Granite Avenue, that ushers cars into East Milton, off of I-93 northbound?
Maybe you heard rumblings around town of the sign a new business wanted to put up that met with some opposition from town boards.
If you don’t whiz by along the Southeast Expressway, you may not even have taken note of the town’s newest addition to the retail scene. Kennedy Carpet has moved in, and has built an impressive showroom at the doorstep of town that might just warrant your detoured drive-by.
Jay Kennedy, president of Kennedy Carpet, is no stranger to Milton. He grew up here and graduated from Milton High School in the early 1970s, so when a piece of prime real estate in a commercially zoned area came on the market, he jumped at the chance. He opened his carpet and flooring showroom, that looks more like a fancy hotel lobby than a carpet sales business, in late September, for one main reason: location, location, location. Why Milton?
“Two hundred thousand cars a day,” said Kennedy, pointing out the massive windows of his newest business.
He feels that the exposure the store gets from passing traffic makes the investment he has made here worthwhile. The 4,500 square foot showroom, located at 502 Granite Ave., is the literal marquee to Kennedy Carpet, which has two other locations, in Needham and Weymouth. In addition to flooring sales, the company also offers kitchen design and restoration services.
The electronic red and yellow glowing sign that adorns the façade of Kennedy’s building offers the business nearly- free advertising, but its presence has caused some around town to bristle. It is the town’s first sign of its kind, and its initial approval attempt from the historically conservative sign committee raised a red flag.
Ultimately, the Selectmen gave the approval to Kennedy, with strict stipulations attached. For instance, according to Paula Rizzi, secretary for the Selectmen, if he wants to change the colors of the sign, he needs to go back to the board for approval. That approval status is a key for the success of his location.
“The sign, nobody in East Milton sees the sign,” said Kennedy, who points out that many people think the store sits in Quincy. “The only people that see the sign are the people on the highway…It’s about the reason I’m here, and the reason I’m here is to build top-of-the-mind awareness of those 200,000 cars a day that go by here. So when they think carpet, or they think carpet cleaning… they’ll think about that sign they see on the highway. And that’s why we’re here, for the exposure,” he said.
Once inside the doors of the new location, customers are welcomed by an elegant atmosphere that includes flat screen TVs, a fireplace, 14-foot high ceilings suspending chandeliers and high-tech track lighting, piped in music, and the latest displays of carpet and flooring in many different price ranges. It’s worth a peek, even if you’re not in the market for new carpeting.
Sue Bortolotti, a longtime Milton resident, recently started working at the new showroom. For years, she has worked at home, creating custom made drapery, and her expertise in color schemes has helped her make the transition to carpet sales.
“One great thing for me is that I can walk to work,” Bortolotti said. “And we really have some beautiful things in here; everything from high-end carpets, to the newest in hardwood flooring and kitchen design. Everyone that comes in here dies when they look at the showroom.”
Kennedy has a huge investment in the property, including purchasing the original piece of property for $750,000, clearing the land, designing, contructing and furnishing the building, and various other costs associated with opening the business. By the time all was said and done, his costs have been nearly $2 million. But he’s hoping his choice of location and the gamble he’s placed on what he sees as the benefit of a captive audience pays off.
“Do you think people are turned off because it’s too prestigious looking? Do you think they’ll think ‘I can’t go in there because it must be too expensive’?” Kennedy said.
“No, that tacky sign makes it look like a tacky company!” laughed Bortolotti.
However you feel about the sign debate, don’t rush to judgment until you’ve actually driven a little out of your way to see for yourself.
You might be surprised to see what sits under the sign that lights up the entrance to town.
|It’s All in the Family
at Curry Hardware
By Scott MacKeen
Family isn’t a word heard too often in business. Most often the words are corporation and big business.
Stepping through the doors at Curry ACE Hardware in West Quincy, however, one doesn’t get a sense of a giant corporate machine at work. It feels more like family.
And no surprise – after all, Curry Hardware is family.
“I can remember when I was just a kid coming to work with my father,” said Sean Curry, the third generation of his family to take on the business. “It’s always been a family environment.”
It started in 1945 when Paul Curry, Sean’s grandfather, opened a modest general store just down the street from the current location on Copeland Street.
Bob Curry, Sean’s father, took over the business in 1975. The company expanded over time and opened a new 3,500 square foot store in 1985 in Braintree.
Now, Curry Hardware combines to employ 32 workers at its two stores. Most of them are seasoned pros, Sean explains.
“Our workers have been here an average of 15 years,” he said. “So there’s definitely a familiar atmosphere here. It’s a great, knowledgeable staff.”
He knows what people are facing during a time of economic turmoil.
“Particularly this year, the way the economy is, nobody wants to run up credit cards,” said Sean. “But if you’re not going to hire someone to do your work for you, you’re still going to need hardware supplies. We try to keep our items affordable.”
Curry is offering customers a new line of low cost items. Electrical, plumbing, cleaning, lawn and garden – all will bear the Ace value brand name in time for shoppers who will no doubt be feeling the economic pinch this year.
Curry has also begun introducing environmentally “green” products in the stores.
Sean said about 55 percent of his business comes from Milton shoppers. The company is a weekly advertiser at the Times. Each week, they feature a different advertisement at the bottom of page 1. Most ads feature the short stories of Tom Corcoran, a friend of the Curry family who lives in Braintree.
“It’s funny. He’s basically a one-man show,” said Sean. “He’s been a friend of ours for years.”
Sean said people are always calling to find out if the stories, often times bizarre, are true.
“People also wonder why stories don’t continue when the say ‘To Be Continued,’ he said with a laugh. “They want to know how it ended. But it’s good. We like to joke around, too.”
However, Sean doesn’t joke when he talks about his company’s goal to consumers.
“Customers come to us for a higher-quality product,” he said. “We compete with Home Depot and Lowe’s (Home Improvement) and we like to think we give them more bang for their buck.”
The store provides in-house services, including knife and tool sharpening, screen and window repair, vacuum repair, power tool repair, key cutting, lock re-keying, custom engraving, propane exchanges, rug doctor rentals and wallpaper steamer rentals.
Curry ACE Hardware is located at 370 Copeland St. in West Quincy and 190 Quincy Ave. in Braintree. The Quincy store is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Braintree store is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.
For more information visit www.curryhardware.com or call 617-472-8250 for Quincy or 781-843-1616 for Braintree.
Sean lives near Cunningham Park with his wife, Tara, and their three children, Brendan, 9, Jessica, 7, and Bridget, 5.
|Dr. Gregg Melfi Brings Innovation to Dentistry
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari
Comfort and convenience are two words that are not usually associated with a trip to the dentist. People often dread the experience, which frequently requires return visits to finish the needed work.
But Milton dentist Dr. Gregg Melfi has a practice that strives to throw that idea out as easily as his patients rinse and spit.
In town since 2002, Melfi’s practice, called Dental 1, has invested in new technology to offer his patients quality dental care, conveniently located. His office is in the Jesson Building, at 480 Adams St., and his patients range from toddlers to seniors. While sitting in the dental chair, patients can watch TV to help with relaxation, but what has really added to the convenience of a trip to Dental 1 is a machine called CEREC.
Its use has revolutionized cosmetic dentistry,
allowing patients to get restorations to damaged teeth in one visit.
CEREC is basically a robotic milling chamber that works with three-dimensional computer imaging to create a customized fit for restorations such as fillings, crowns, and veneers. Instead of using temporary dental fittings while a lab creates a permanent piece, CEREC helps dentists design and mill a custom-made fitting in minutes. Melfi’s office even invested in two machines, so it is possible to have multiple teeth taken care of in one visit.
“The focus for us is not only comfort, but it’s convenience,” said Melfi. “People are busy, they’ve got busy lives, and the idea that you can come in and do something in one visit is very appealing,” he said.
That was the impetus behind the name “Dental 1”. Today’s technology, including digital x-rays, laser dentistry, and the newest techniques in dental hygiene all help make the practice innovative.
Another piece of equipment Melfi invested in is a Velscope, which uses light technology to detect oral cancers. According to dental hygienist Janice Currier, it is an important part of a dental check-up.
“The rate of oral cancer is huge right now, more than cervical cancer,” said Currier.
Each patient that is seen at Dental 1 receives a screening with the Velscope, which is a high technology oral detection light system.
“It makes oral lesions visible to the human eye at a much earlier point in time,” said Melfi. “Really, the primary focus in oral cancer is that it has
an extremely high cure rate if you catch it early.”
But everything in Melfi’s office is not such serious business. Lately he has added some fun for children stopping by. At Halloween, he offered a “candy buy-back,” where children could trade in their cavity-producing loot for $1 per pound. The candy was then packed up and shipped to Operation Gratitude, a California organization that redistributed the goodies in care packages to US military troops stationed around the world. The office collected 289 pounds of candy, and according to Office Manager Barbara Christiano, of Milton, about 100 children took part in the
“And a lot of those families didn’t even take the money,” she said. “They wanted to send it to the troops.” Christiano has worked in the dental office for many years, originally for Dr. Lawrence Nannery, from whom Melfi bought the practice.
Another event to support the troops has just kicked off in the office, called “Art From the Heart,” which will send funds to a program called “Homes for our Troops,” that builds homes for returning severely injured soldiers. Children are asked to draw a picture of a home for an injured soldier, and Dental 1 will donate $2 for each submission, with a maximum of $2000, to the program. The pictures will be displayed in the office and each child that submits a picture can enter a raffle for a Nintendo Wii. In early January, the winning raffle ticket will be pulled, and the pictures will be sent to the soldier for display in
the new home. A few will be custom framed to add a homey touch to the soldier’s new abode.
“We’re fortunate being in the
health care field, we’re not feeling the same economic effects that other areas of the economy are feeling,” Melfi
said. “Especially at this time, contributions to charitable causes are down,
so that’s what kind of prompted me.... It sent a good message and got kids involved.”
It’s a unique and innovative idea for a dental practice, but that’s what seems to be the theme at Dental 1.
The City of Boston Credit Union is concerned that many attempts have been made recently to try to obtain personal information from unsuspecting people.
If an individual gives up their credit card, debit or ATM card or other account information, it only takes minutes for cyber thieves to create new cards and gain access to those accounts. It is important to note that if an individual does relinquish their information they could be liable for any losses incurred to their accounts.
These scams in the form of “phishing” e-mails, text messages or voice messages look as if they are from a legitimate financial institution. Thieves build sites that look almost identical to official legitimate financial institution sites making it easy for an individual to believe it is real and enter their information.
Legitimate institutions would never make contact via email, text message or voice message and ask for personal information. If a financial institution initiates the contact then they would already have this information on record.
It is important for a recipient of any form of these messages to contact the financial institution whose names appear on the questionable message to confirm validity. Financial institutions have security procedures in place to shut down these fraudulent sites. Any message thought to be fraud should be reported to the local police.
E-mail scams have recently come in a variety of versions. Some look like a survey with a monetary gain for responding, then request debit or ATM card or account information and passwords so the funds can be deposited to the responders account. Other versions allege that your account or credit is in jeopardy, or that your account needs to be updated, then again request personal information.
Text message scams are similar to the email message scams requesting the receiver to click a link and input personal information.
Voice message scams can ask an individual to call a certain number and verify their information. When an individual makes that call they are led to believe they are in contact with a legitimate financial institution and then there is an attempt to get the responding caller to give out personal information.
It is important to note phishing scams do not mean that data security has been breached at an institution. An individual’s information is only in jeopardy if they respond to these attempts and give out their information, which can then allow cyber thieves to create new cards or make purchases with their information.
Financial institutions work to be ahead of these scams, with monitoring services to take these sites down just as quickly as they pop up. However, with the advancement of technology, not all message scams can be detected.
The best course of action to prevent falling prey to scams is through education. For more information about fraudulent scams and how to protect yourself visit www.cityofbostoncu.com.
|Grono & Christie Jewelers Toasts
Little Black Dress
By Kathy Kurtz Ferrari
As a fashion statement, the little black dress can
be an important part of a woman’s wardrobe. It can
be the perfect thing to wear for the most formal
event, or comfortable enough to pair with flip-flops for a casual outing. What can make or break the
look is often the choice of jewelry that it accompanies.
That’s the thought behind “The Little Black Dress Night”, to be held at Grono & Christie Jewelers, 536 Adams St., Milton, on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will be dedicated to a fun ladies night, where customers can see the latest designs in today’s jewelry fashions, socialize, and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres with a glass of wine.
And no, you do not need to wear a little black dress, but that’s what it’s all about.
“Everybody has a black outfit or a dress that they can change,” says Meryl Manin, co-owner, along with her husband Bruce Manin, of Grono & Christie Jewelers. “If you put a diamond necklace on it, and, wow! You are going to a fancy event. You take that same dress and change the shoes, change the jewelry, you can almost be going to a beach event.... it changes the whole thing. And in today’s market, that one dress is very versatile,” she said.
The store usually hosts a ladies’ event at this time of year, when customers can view new merchandise and make out a wish list for the coming holiday season. The idea behind this year’s theme came from the buzz-word that seems to be timeless in fashion.
“Little black dress sounds better than plain black dress,” laughed Manin.
She actually googled the phrase, and found a wine label that sports the monicker. The wine company will be represented that evening.
Also on hand will be New York-based designer Susan Michel, who will showcase her whimsical and architectural designs in sterling silver and gold. She offers jewelry in all price ranges, and brings her line for its Milton debut that night.
Another highlight of the evening will be a
special “little black dress,” one that was worn on
the red carpet by Nia Vardolos, star of the hit
movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The dress will be displayed in the store that evening, before it heads to be auctioned off at a charity fundraiser in a few weeks.
“The purpose is to give new excitement to the retail market, new fun,” said Manin. “And the most important thing for us is the personal touch.”
That, according to sales person Aviva Muse, is something that makes the store stand out.
“Grono & Christie is such a special store
because it’s so rooted in the community,” said
Muse. “People around town know Meryl and Bruce so well, and they know almost everyone that walks in the door. But at the same time, we have really phenomenal contacts with some of the top designers in the world.”
The event will showcase the works of those designers, including Bellarri, Martin Flyer, and Alwand Vahan. The Manins travel to New York, Las Vegas, and Antwerp, Belgium to bring the latest looks in jewelry design to East Milton Square.
In today’s economy, a jewelry purchase may appear to be an extravagance, but Manin feels otherwise.
“Jewelry is luxury, but it also makes you feel good. It’s romantic,” she explained. “A diamond is the only small item in the world that you can pass on, from generation to generation, and it has value,” she added.
“There are still landmark occasions in people’s lives, and jewelry is the best way to celebrate those, because it has inherent value,” said Muse. “Especially when you have less disposable income, jewelry is a great way to celebrate,” she said.
And there will be a celebration, to toast the little black dress. Grono & Christie Jewelers hopes you’ll join in.
Call the store at 617-696-1490 for more information or to RSVP.
|Patricia & Company Moves Up
Patricia & Company moved to expanded space on Route 18 in Weymouth recently.
Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay helped cut the ribbon at a celebration of the shop’s expansion.
Patricia A. Queeny, owner of Patricia & Company, operated out of space in East Milton Square just a few years ago. She moved her operation to Braintree before finding the retail space at 534 Main St., Weymouth. The shop is on the second floor of the building which is handicap accessible. An elevator is located near the front en-trance.
Queeney is a licensed Cosmetologist and has been designing and creating custom wigs, hair integrations and hairpieces for women and men for over 18 years.
Patricia’s years of experience provide chemotherapy patients with caring, comfort, and help towards a more positive image. Besides wigs and hair alternatives, she offers her own line of cosmetics.
|Identity Theft Prevention Day
In an effort to reduce the risk of identity theft, City of Boston Credit Union will host an Identity Theft
Prevention Day. Both Credit Union members and non-members are invited to bring personal documents they would like to safely discard to the Credit Union’s West Roxbury Branch,
77 Spring St. on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 7 p.m.
A document shredding truck provided by Brinks Document Destruction will be available for individuals to have unneeded personal documents shredded, up to 10 boxes per visitor. Along with discarding personal documents, City of Boston Credit Union will have information available to help educate people about the risks associated with being a victim of identity theft.
Raffle prizes and giveaways will be offered at both events. For more information about City of Boston Credit Union Identity Theft Prevention Days, visit www.cityofbostoncu.com or call 617-635-4545.
City of Boston Credit Union offers membership to individuals that live or work in Norfolk or Suffolk counties and their families.
Courtney Dolan Dorsey, a funeral director at the Dolan Funeral Homes in Dorchester and Milton, has qualified for the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, CFSP, by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice of
A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs and CFSP is funeral service’s national individual recognition.
The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice recognizes those practitioners who have voluntarily entered into a program of personal and professional growth. The Academy also raises and improves the standards of funeral service and encourages practitioners to make continuing education a life-long process in their own self-interest, the interest of the families they serve and the community in which they serve.
To receive this designation, Dorsey completed a 180 hour program of continuing education activities and events. She is also required to accumulate 20 hours of continuing education credits per year to recertify.
|Financial Planner Explains Market
Cycles and Choices
By Nate Leskovic
erry Facey, of Baystate Financial Services, recently earned his Certified Financial Planner, CFP, status after multiple years of courses and a two-day exam he called “pretty rigorous.”
“In the US there are about 400,000 to 500,000 financial advisors, planners, consultants, and representatives, but only about five percent have a CFP,” said Facey. “Many say it’s the gold standard.”
Besides testing knowledge about risk management, investments and benefits, the CFP program teaches about ethics and professional responsibility.
Facey has been in the business for 14 years, working under the Back Bay’s Baystate Financial Services umbrella since 1997. Though he works for himself, he has access to the company’s resources and products. He said his longevity is important.
“It’s a plus, because this is a business where, unfortunately, a lot of people work with a financial person who’s not there after two years,” he said. “I see myself here for my whole career.”
Facey lives on Elm Street with his wife, Patty, their 6-year old son, Jack, who attends Collicot, and 2-year-old daughter, Cara.
While most of his clients are not from Milton, as he gets more involved in town he expects he’ll work with more residents. This summer he coached the Pirates in the Little League games.
“One of the most rewarding things about what I do is constantly meeting new people from all walks of life and in all types of businesses,” he said. “It’s a window to the world on what’s going in.”
Besides offering assistance to individuals on investments, retirement, savings, insurance and other financial matters, Facey’s calls his service a “one-stop shop” for small business owners. His offers support for benefits, profit-sharing, 401k, dental and life insurance and other company concerns.
Facey enjoys being able to help others get their finances organized.
“Most people work over 2,000 hours a year and yet spend less than five hours a year planting the fruits of their earnings,” he said. “That’s why I have a job. Most successful people just don’t have the time to spend researching investments and analyzing insurance products.”
Despite the economic woes in the nation, Facey is staying optimistic.
“Obviously, a lot of people are nervous and don’t have a lot of faith in the economy right now,” he said, “but my role as an adviser and planner is to remind people that we’ve been here before. The stock market was down for over 30 months from March 2000 to October 2002. We needed to remind people that it would rebound and it did, with a nice long run until October 2007.”
Facey said this is the 11th bear market since 1949, with an average duration of 11 months. Acting on fear is what stimulates investors to sell low, instead of the saying, “buy low, sell high.” If investors don’t plan on spending their money now – with retirement accounts for example – they should stay the course, he added.
“Slow and steady wins the race,” he said.
In addition, Facey said there are insurance plans for the more-wary investors that provide a safety net through a fee.
“There are financial vehicles where people can protect their principle and the ultimate income they need to draw from it and still attempt to earn market rates of return,” he said.
|Prostate Cancer Awareness Increases
A Prostate Cancer Awareness program on “Men’s Health 500” was held Sept. 18 at the F1 Racing facility in Braintree. Spearheaded by Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, CHO, this event was the effort of the American Cancer Society, Quincy Medical Center’s Marie Curry Fund and F1 Racing.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Marc Garnick, editor of the Harvard Journal of Perspectives on Prostate Disease and an internationally renowned expert in urologic cancer. He discussed current controversies in the management of prostate cancer. Tim Cummings, LICSW, from the Wellness Community, along with local cancer providers and urologists led discussion panels for prostate cancer survivors and those men wishing to learn more about prostate cancer.
Along with information on detecting and
surviving prostate cancer, the evening was rounded out by a lobster dinner
and free training and racing for all attendees, courtesy of F1.
This event which was free to participants is one of many planned by Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology and its partners to reach the local community with activities and events which encourage education in the fight against cancer.
CHO is the largest private practice cancer care network in New England. It was the first group practice in the state to develop treatment guidelines for specific cancers, the first to develop a computerized software program for chemotherapy ordering, the first to create a patient advocacy program, and the only area practice to be selected by the National Cancer Institute to offer community-based clinical trials.
|David Kelman Teaches Green Housing Class
David Kelman, who works at RE/MAX Landmark in Dorchester, will teach a Green Housing Class on Sept. 11 and 18 at the Boston Center For Adult Education (BCAE).
As a local Realtor, Kelman is able to advise homeowners about which programs can create a more sustainable home environment. He is a Milton resident.
These programs include home weatherization, solar energy, water saving techniques and environmental products.
Contact the BCAE at 617-267-4430 or Kelman at 617-296-2877 for information and to register.
Works to Simplify Financial Planning
By Nate Leskovic
As oil prices rise, banks foreclose and financial institutions receive government bailouts, investments may be the farthest from your mind. It’s the job of Edward Jones financial planner Lucas McGary to convince you otherwise.
“The market’s cyclical,” he said. “You buy at the funeral and sell at the wedding. This is the best time to get in.”
McGary holds down the Milton office of the Edward Jones investment company, comprised of some 11,000 branches throughout the U.S. and Canada.
He currently rents space on Edge Hill Road while waiting for permanent office space to open in East Milton Square. But most of McGary’s work happens at the kitchen room table in the homes of his clients, where it’s convenient.
|Matt Miller Launches Easy Dues
By Nate Leskovic
Matt Miller caught the entrepreneurial fever after opening up his first lemonade stand at age 5 and he hasn’t looked back since.
Miller’s new Easy Dues service (www.easydues.com) makes keeping track of college fraternity and sorority dues collection simple, a burden he knows all about as treasurer of Theta Chi at Babson College.
“I basically designed it to make my job a million times easier,” he said.
Until now, the only help that existed were collection agencies, according to Miller, which were expensive. Easy Dues costs only $295 per year.
|Tara Stapleton Teaches Kripalu Yoga for its Health Benefits
Kripalu Yoga can be beneficial in helping back pain, stress, digestion, anxiety, insomnia, depression, circulation, blood pressure, cardiac, diabetes and other health issues, according to certified instructor Tara Stapleton.
Regular exercise, in particular yoga, alleviates and often prevents many of these health problems, she says.
Yoga is deep stretching coordinated with various breathing techniques. Stapleton says anyone can practice yoga regardless of age or current physical condition. Yoga is also meditation in motion. When the mind is focused on the breathing it harnesses the thoughts so you can concentrate on the present task at hand. Emotions are energy. Yoga removes stale and negative energy and internally cleanses body, mind and spirit. Regular practice of yoga allows the body to recharge.
Stapleton teaches yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, located on a 300-acre campus in Stockbridge, the largest and most-established center for yoga teacher training in North America. For more than 30 years, Kripalu Center has influenced the development and growth of contemporary yoga in America. Students live on the campus for one month, gaining a solid foundation in the technical skills needed to teach yoga safely and effectively.
Stapleton teaches individual and group yoga classes. Visit TaraKrista.com or call 617-642-0037 for information.
|Dependable Cleaners Named Best of Boston
Dependable Cleaners was recently named the “Best in Boston” for wedding gown preservation, according to Boston Magazine.
Dependable Cleaners provides detail-oriented, expert gown cleaning and preservation services. This is the third time Dependable Cleaners has been recognized in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston list.
Dependable Cleaners will be putting its award-winning capabilities to work at the Boston Wedding Group’s first Bridal Gala Experience to benefit the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation on Sept. 7 and 8. The event will take place at the registry at Bloomingdales at The Mall at Chestnut Hill. Brides will have the opportunity to shop for designer gowns at a discount with proceeds from the day supporting Brides Against Breast Cancer.
|Eclipse Salon Glows with High Fashion
By Nate Leskovic
If you are looking to be pampered with the expertise of a Newbury Street salon, you can skip the trip now that Eclipse Salon has opened in Milton Village.
David Thompson packed up his shop after 20 years on the street of style and moved into the old Jack Conway Realty space near the post office.
He was able to keep almost all of his employees from the full-service salon. Four of the staff have at least 25 years of experience – and is excited about the change.
“I’ve always liked this area. It needed (a salon),” said Thompson, who lives on Adams Street in Dorchester. “It’s such a great area to have a business. There’s not a lot of turnover in the area and when I saw the space I jumped on it.”
In addition, Thompson said he’s eagerly anticipating the new condos planned for Milton Village/Dorchester Lower Mills and the Central Avenue business district. “It’s a thriving little area,” he said.
Eclipse Salon offers hair, nails, manicure, pedicure, reflexology, waxing and massage services. It serves both men and women.
|Home of the Week:
3 Green St. on
3 Green St.–$1,925,000–Listing Agent: Lisa Radosta–Kelley & Rege Properties, Inc.
617-696-6100, ext. 207
11 Rooms–four bedrooms–au pair suite–foyer and bridal staircasetraditional craftsmanship–bluestone patio–three-car garage–workshop–exercise room–meticulously landscaped yard–fireplace
This home is formal and elegant, while also comfortable and cozy. Built in 1995, the distinguished 11-room home is filled with traditional craftsmanship. Its impressive setting sets the stage for its interior.
|MHOP: A Place to Leave a Note and Eat a Pizza
By Nate Leskovic
At Milton House of Pizza the community is literally part of the establishment.
Names and graffiti cover the door of East Milton Square’s MHOP, as the shop has become known, and more are pinned to the wall inside. Milton youth have claimed the shop as their own to the delight of owner Ghani Sanoussi.
“I think it’s funny,” he says. “It’s just kids expressing themselves. I have nothing against that.”
Sanoussi says he felt like part of the community soon after opening up MHOP with his brother, Soufiane, and the kids are a big part of it.
Has a Fresh Look
and New Faces
By Nate Leskovic
Last summer the Central Avenue business district began a transformation. With $1 million from the state the road and sidewalks were redone, new trees were planted and decorative lighting was installed.
With construction now complete, the addition of two new businesses and plans for two new buildings moving forward, the location is entering a new era.
Jay Rooney, owner of the new GKR real estate office on Central Avenue in the old Towne Deli space, says he wouldn’t be surprised if people start calling the strip “Central Square” in the future.
|Milton Hill Sport
& Spa Takes a
By Nate Leskovic
Working out isn’t only about losing those extra pounds or beefing up that bicep, according to Milton Hill Sport & Spa co-owner Chris Orozzo.
“This is a lifestyle, that’s what we try to teach our members,” he says. “It’s a combination of mind and body. When you exercise you’ll have more endorphins and you’ll look better and feel better about yourself.”
Those endorphins, described by Orozzo as a natural signal to the brain associated with pleasure are part of the holistic approach he takes with his new gym. Milton Hill Sport & Spa, at 1 Eliot St., opened in the spring after renovations to the old Personalized Fitness space.
Chose Milton as
#7 in 2007
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