We’ve profiled some of the top golf and tennis clubs on the North Shore. Here’s, where to get your swing on. By Nancy Edwards
The North Shore is known for many things—its restaurants, boutiques, and sightseeing are bar none. But there’s another aspect to our little neck of the woods that’s worthy of exploration—the world of wellness. The list of professionals devoted to making people feel their best is lengthy. Some specialize in matters of the mind, others concentrate on the physical, but all recognize the connection between them. For those interested in optimal health, let our area experts guide the way.
Planning for retirement and senior living involves financial planning, exploring home healthcare options, and looking in depth at assisted living facilities. We talked to the top North Shore providers to see what makes their services stand out. By Nancy Edwards
Fresh Start By Nancy E. Berry
Spring is the perfect time to make a change for the better in your home and garden. As the ground thaws and the storm windows come off, assess what updates you can make to transform your dwelling from ho-hum to warm and welcoming.
Quality vs. quantity continues to be a trend in the home marketplace. A home’s square footage can be minimal as long as the home is well constructed and personalized to your family’s lifestyle. So why not reconsider your interiors this spring and make some simple design changes? Local design experts offer simple solutions to dress up a drab interior.
Organization is also key to the design of your home, and so compartmentalizing belongings in the mudroom, pantry, and laundry room with proper shelving, drawers, and cubbies can keep everything in its place. We’ll take you through the proper steps to create a clean and well-organized home this spring.
Speaking of updates, the kitchen continues to be the heart of the home and is becoming more family-centric—we’ll address what’s new this year in kitchen design and materials. Blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, the open-air kitchen continues to be a popular trend; we offer great advice for incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your garden. And while improving the patio with a new grill, we’ll also explore customizing garden rooms to create intimate spaces in which to dine, read a book, or simply tend a small perennial garden.
Get a fresh start this spring with a little help from our local experts!
There are occasions in life that rank high above the rest. Premiere among them is the to-be-remembered-forever Wedding Day. The pressure for perfection is agonizing. The venue, the gowns, the entertainment, the menu…the list of things not to be forgotten is eternal. So, too, are the memories they combine to make. For every detail to be tended, help is needed, which is precisely why we’ve assembled this catalogue of North Shore professionals specializing in everything matrimony related. “The Big Day” should be the height of happiness, not a mountain of stress! Nervous brides and grooms to-be: let the experts lead the way to a bliss-filled wedding day. by Kiley Jacques
The need for legal help is often precipitated by stressful, complicated, and personal circumstances. However, finding the best team of lawyers to have on your side – those that are capable and committed to working for you in your specific situation – doesn’t have to add to that stress! The following pages are a resource of lawyers on the North Shore across a variety of fields of law who can help guide you, while protecting your rights every step of the way.
Cervizzi & Associates: Nobody wants a divorce. Everyone needs experienced legal representation in the face of family crisis.
Divorce shifts and fragments the patterns of family life, undermining basic rights. Changes in divorce law and policy further confuse personal and financial positions. Cervizzi & Associates offers tailored legal solutions to a broad range of family law issues. In light of the complexity and high stakes involved in issues surrounding the family, the attorneys at Cervizzi & Associates offer specialized knowledge and expertise focusing exclusively in divorce and family law. Every case is unique and uniquely important.
Cervizzi & Associates provides the bridge to a new beginning for you and your family.
Lead Attorney, Laura J. Cervizzi, P.C., grounded her firm in over twenty years of experience in practice. Prior to launching Cervizzi & Associates in 2002, Laura began her career as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County and contributed her litigation skills to the preeminent divorce and family law firm of White, Inker and Aronson in 1992. Laura has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal profession by the National Association of Professional Women in 2011 and was awarded the Martindale Hubbell Distinguished Attorney Award in 2010.
Practice Areas: Divorce, Family Law Mediation, Father’s Rights, Mother’s Rights, Custody, Visitation, International Custody, Division of Marital Property, MA Alimony, Reform, Alimony, Child Support, Restraining Order, Prenuptial Agreements, Inheritance, Financial Misconduct, Hidden Assets, Contempt, Modification, Removal Same Sex Divorce
Schwartz Hannum P.C.: Helping Dynamic Organizations Succeed Since 1995
For over 15 years, Schwartz Hannum PC has served as an invaluable ally to organizations looking to effect positive employee relations and resolve disputes. A management-side labor and employment law firm that works with local and national businesses in industries ranging from financial services to healthcare, we also provide guidance and advocacy to distinguished educational and non-profit organizations.
Our practice is characterized by responsiveness, confidence, creativity and candor, and our services are delivered by a team of ten seasoned professionals who have established the firm as a leading provider of thoughtful, result-oriented legal counsel. Schwartz Hannum’s growth and success reflect our long-standing commitment to help organizations address their employment-related challenges in a responsible and proactive manner.
Counseling • Litigation • Labor Relations • Training • Immigration • Education • Compliance
Schwartz Hannum P.C. 978-623-0900, www.shpclaw.com
Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto P.C.: The Truth About Divorce Attorneys
You deserve an attorney with the expertise to make a difficult time in your life easier. Attorney Thomas J. Taranto of Salem, MA has been in your position. As a divorced and experienced father, he understands and is sensitive to the needs of children and divorcing parents. You deserve an attorney who will approach your case with creative and effective methods.
Prior to becoming a practicing attorney in 1996, Attorney Taranto started a business which grew successfully over twenty years. With a B.A. in Business from Boston College, he began managing people and negotiating contracts; years of interacting with accountants, bankers, lawyers and business executives have tailored his craft. These skills are the core foundation of a solid negotiator and exceptional litigator, which make for a successful divorce and trial attorney. Since its founding, his office has expanded to include Maria Tilkens, a legal assistant experienced in the emotional and psychological issues of parenting during and after divorce.
You deserve to be represented by the Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto. We believe in counseling and empowering clients by keeping them fully informed.
Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto, P.C. 978-825-0070, www.tarantolaw.com
McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton, P.A.: We Understand Your Business
The McLane Law Firm, historically a New Hampshire-based law firm has quickly established a strong reputation among Boston-area businesses and is attracting both new clients and new attorneys since opening its doors in 2008. Located just 15 miles north of the city in the TradeCenter 128 Complex in Woburn, the office of 21 attorneys has gained attention from business leaders, in-house counsel and business owners.
“We have been successful in Massachusetts because we have stayed true to our fundamental principles of client service, while maintaining a billing structure that is attractive to companies trying to reduce their legal budgets,” says Steve Burke, the TradeCenter Managing Director.
Anticipating Client Needs McLane attorneys spend a significant amount of time understanding clients’ businesses and objectives. Attorneys visit with clients to discuss their strategic business plans and will then continually check in with them throughout the legal process to maintain a consistent set of client objectives. The firm’s ability to evaluate matters efficiently is reflected in its focus containing costs. By streamlining its technology and reducing overhead, the firm has been able to offer clients skilled legal work at reasonable rates.
McLane has 90 attorneys and 23 paralegals across four locations with experience in virtually every area of the law that affects businesses. Although the rate structure is an enticing incentive, the strength and variety of attorneys in the firm’s New Hampshire and Massachusetts offices has proved to be an invaluable benefit for clients who have shifted their work to McLane.
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditor’s Rights, Commercial Finance, Corporate, Education, Environmental, Government Affairs & Regulatory Law, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Personal Injury, Criminal, Family Law
McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton, P.A. – www.mclane.com
Exceptional Care for Exceptional Children: Helping Parents Find the Resources & Information They Need
Does your child have a disability that is affecting their education? Our children mean the world to us, so it’s only logical when they are struggling at school that we want to get them the help that they need.
Attorney Laura Gillis is a mother of two children on Individual Education Plans. Her intimate knowledge of Special Education law gives her unparalleled insight into the challenges and difficulties parents face. Special Education Law can be frustrating for parents and difficult to navigate. Laura provides knowledgeable guidance to parents who often feel lost or unsure of the options that are available to them. Her representation includes consultations on Individual Education Plans (IEP), letter writing, bullying, attendance at TEAM meetings, negotiation for change of placement or out of district placements, representation for school discipline, and BSEA mediations and hearings. Laura truly cares for her clients and maintains a personal stake in the resolution of their issue. Every child deserves the chance to succeed at their education.
Pierce, Pierce, & Napolitano: A Workers’ Compensation Law Firm
Our name and look may have changed but our unwavering commitment to our clients has not. We are pleased to announce that the law firm of Alan S. Pierce & Associates is now to be known as Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano. PPN Law is a firm of lawyers with over 70 years of combined legal experience. The lawyers are regularly nominated as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Boston Magazine, enjoy excellent AVVO ratings, have been selected to contribute to continuing legal education seminars, and have spoken on radio and television. Clients and lawyers have praised the firm. PPN’s practice areas and focus will remain the representation of injured workers and their families in: Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury.
The Pitman Law Offices, LLC: Your Family Matters are Our Business
Your family matters are our business. Guided by this philosophy, our legal professionals are privileged to represent tremendous people during some of the most challenging times of their lives. In every case we handle, we are dedicated to seeing our clients through to better times. We are proud to help men, women, mothers and fathers to a brighter future.
At The Pitman Law Offices, LLC, we represent clients in every aspect of family law, from divorce to child support and custody disputes between married and unmarried couples, from paternity to prenuptial agreements, and the modification and enforcement of court orders. For the past 17 years, Attorney Pitman has earned a reputation for excellence. He was selected as a Rising Star for Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010, is a long-time faculty member of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, teaching evidence and deposition tactics to other attorneys. As an accomplished trial lawyer, he provides compassionate and effective legal services for individuals throughout eastern Massachusetts.
AndoverLaw, P.C.: A Big Firm in a Small Package
At AndoverLaw, P.C. our mission is simple. We aim to provide our clients with the best legal services available in the areas of Estate Planning, Protection of Elders and Fiduciary Litigation.
Attorney Timothy D. Sullivan’s skill and dedication to his clients has been recognized with the Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. He is a lecturer and writer on subjects related to Probate Law and Trust Law. He sat on the committee that drafted the recently enacted Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, sits on the Probate Council for the Massachusetts Bar Association, is the director of the Massachusetts Inn of Probate and Family Court, and a member of the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council.
Associate Attorney T. Michael Sullivan is a Director of the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council and Young Lawyers Division of the Essex County Bar Association.
Oriana Gucciardi has four years experience as a legal assistant. She recently completed her Juris Doctorate, has taken the Bar exam and expects to become an associate in the fall.
AndoverLaw P.C.: 978-470-2700
St. John’s Prep offers a vibrant atmosphere where its students—a diverse community of young men from more than 80 communities—benefit from a tradition of academic excellence, individual attention, cutting-edge educational technology, and engaging arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Founded by the Xaverian Brothers in 1907, St. John’s remains committed to their original ideals of faith, brotherhood and wisdom. The school’s beautiful 175-acre campus offers numerous amenities including a 24,000-square-foot library and technology center, wireless internet, well-equipped science labs, an arts center, and turf fields. Challenging and supportive, traditional and innovative, St. John’s is a place where students learn to lead in an environment that values success and service to others.
“We nurture the spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and creative growth of our students, and because of that, each one finds his place to grow and flourish at St. John’s.” —Edward P. Hardiman, PhD, Headmaster, St. John’s Prep
Founded in 1971, Landmark School was created with the goal of educating students whose academic skills did not match their thinking and problem-solving capacities. Growing from a campus of 40 students to one of 460, the school is located on two North Shore campuses with a faculty of more than 300. This coeducational boarding and day school offers a full range of personalized programs for students with language-based learning disabilities in grades 2-12, including a residential program for grades 9-12. In addition, Landmark offers a summer program (grades 1-12) which includes a daily one-to-one tutorial. Small classes are the norm, with an average size of only 4-8 students and a teacher-student ratio of 1:3. Administration and faculty are proud of the fact that 92% of their 2012 graduates attended college.
“Landmark is the premier school in the United States for students diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities. Our customized remedial skills-based programs, one-to-one tutorials, exciting extracurriculars, and personalized support practically assure success for our students.” —Robert Broudo, Headmaster, Landmark School
Covenant Christian Academy is a Classical and Christian coeducational day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and offers the advantages of a preparatory school education that is rooted in faith and the ideas that have shaped our culture. As a reflection of its motto—“Dedicated to Excellence. Anchored in Truth.”—students enjoy small classes and focused attention from exceptional educators, and are challenged to read widely, think critically, and write well. Covenant students prize truth, sincerity, mutual respect, and strength of character, and are encouraged to embrace the broad range of skills crucial to their later success. The school cultivates strong young leaders who excel in academics, develop athletic and artistic gifts, engage in the life of the school community, and grow healthy, lifelong friendships.
“Our academic program promotes classical ideas and commonsense values in a supportive community where students flourish. Come take a closer look—I think you’ll like what you see.” —Dr. Tom Stoner, Head of School
For nearly two decades, Sparhawk School has provided an ideal environment for students who display generosity of spirit, academic ability, and the desire to succeed in a culture of kindness. A private coeducational day school, Sparhawk’s philosophy is one that honors children and celebrates ideas. With small class sizes, students can get the attention they need, and are challenged to develop critical and creative thinking skills through thematically integrated studies. This approach has contributed to enormous student success; 100% of Sparhawk graduates have been accepted to at least one of their top three college choices. This year, the school is pleased to welcome 11 new Chinese students, who will complete their secondary education at Sparhawk. In addition, new offerings at Sparkhawk include an expanded sports program that offers both golf and archery; a new science club: sustainable farming; and continued growth within the school’s new performing arts center.
“Our purpose is to cultivate independent thinking, protect children’s natural joy and ease in learning, and to preserve each child’s sense of creativity, curiosity, and self esteem.” —Louise Stilphen, Headmaster, Sparhawk School
Founded in 1912, Tower School combines rigorous academics with a genuine, warm, nurturing environment. As the oldest independent school on the North Shore, Tower melds the best of traditional educational philosophies with innovative programs; each student in grades 3-8 has access to their own personal iPad for both school and home use. It’s no surprise that graduates have tremendous success in secondary school, college, and beyond; Tower’s students are not only passionate about learning, but are able to thrive in small classes with high levels of individualized teacher interaction. A community school, Tower students participate in local sports, the arts, community service, and enjoy an ongoing relationship with the Peabody Essex Museum.
“Tower is filled with bright students with a wide variety of interests and personalities. We’re proud that we’ve created a culture where they feel the support, excitement, and encouragement necessary to take academic risks, laugh, and grow.” —Peter Philip, Head of School, Tower School
Heronfield Academy, located in bucolic Hampton Falls, NH, is dedicated to nurturing and teaching middle school students. An independent school by design, Heronfield builds on the joy of learning while helping students to discover their moral compass; the community adheres to the key concepts of honesty, respect, diligence, celebration, and caring. With small classes taught by inspired educators, students are held to high academic standards in all core curriculum subjects including mathematics, science, history, English, history, visual arts, performing arts, foreign language, music, and physical education. Heronfield reinforces a deeper understanding of the value of interdisciplinary work; teachers partner to plan curricular, setting the stage for students to collaborate and learn together.
“The middle school years are extremely important—a time when students grow and develop in ways that are both exciting and new, challenging and rewarding. Heronfield’s extraordinary teachers honor this phase in our students’ lives with excitement, energy, and unfailing support.” —Martha Shepardson-Killam, Head of School, Heronfield Academy
Central Catholic High School is a coeducational college preparatory high school with an enrollment of over 1,350 students who come from 50 towns and four countries. Founded by the Marist Brothers in 1935, the school embraces students with diverse ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds; as a testament to its excellence, the school is proud to report that 100% of its graduates receive college acceptance. Advanced Placement and honors courses are available in a variety of disciplines, and students may also choose from dual-credit university courses in physics and forensics. Instruction is offered in many areas including fine, performing, and visual arts, as well as choral music and theatre. Student activities, interscholastic athletics and community service programs are also integral to the student life experience.
“Our talented faculty and staff are passionate about education and devoted to our students. They ensure that quality learning takes place in the classroom and fully commit themselves to the students’ total high school experience.” —Doreen Keller, Principal, Central Catholic High School
Founded in 1763 on a beautiful 450-acre campus, The Governor’s Academy combines centuries of tradition with constant educational innovation. Students flourish in a diverse community defined by small classes, extraordinary facilities, enduring relationships with teachers, and a thoughtful balance of academics, athletics, arts and civic duty. Community service has long been a tradition at the Academy, and each student completes at least 50 hours of before graduating; even the school motto, “non sibi sed aliis,” is Latin for “not for self but for others.” As the oldest continuously operating boarding school in America, this year marks the 250th anniversary of The Governor’s Academy; renowned supporters have included Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. Details of the school’s storied past and promising future and can be found at www.Govs250.org.
“The Governor’s Academy is one of the few competitive boarding schools that has been able to balance rigor and nurture for its students. Bright, talented, and ambitious students strive to excel academically, athletically, and artistically in an environment that allows them to not only reach their full potential, but also become fully engaged members of the community.”— Director of Admission, Mike Kinnealey
Set among the beautiful mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college preparatory school. Since its founding in 1886, the School has maintained an intentionally small size in order to foster strong, lifelong, community relationships. Talented faculty members support and challenge students through a liberal arts curriculum that focuses more on discussion than lecture; in this way, students become critical thinkers who can articulate ideas with clarity and precision. White Mountain also offers extracurricular opportunities that nurture students’ talents and passions, including soccer, lacrosse, rock climbing, mountain biking, white-water kayaking, hiking, yoga, theater, farm and forest, snowboarding, and skiing. Offered twice a year, off campus field courses are a unique component of the academic program. Advanced placement courses and honor options are also available.
“Students deserve a school where they are truly engaged—engaged in their learning and engaged in the community. This is at the center of what we do, how we operate.”—Timothy Breen, Ph.D, Head of School, The White Mountain School
Founded in 1956, Brookwood School is a coeducational day school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 8; the school’s 400 students come from more than 30
communities. For over 50 years, Brookwood has given students a lifelong love of learning and has graduated academically accomplished young adults of conscience, character and compassion. Brookwood believes in both the development of the mind and the self, combining rigor with compassion, excellence with exuberance, and self-discovery with sensitivity to others. This year, Brookwood implemented a Strategic Plan to significantly increase its offerings. In light of its new partnerships and
alliances with world-class universities and organizations, the addition of Mandarin to its World Language program, the installation of two turf athletic fields, and reconfigured learning spaces in the Lower School, Brookwood will continue to help its students achieve the highest levels of success.
“We provide a warm school environment where students are intellectually challenged, supported and encouraged by teachers and peers alike. Our graduates are well prepared for the future because they have felt personally recognized and emotionally safe. The strong partnership between Brookwood and parents adds to this community of support and care for high academic goals.” —John Peterman, Head of School, Brookwood School
Clark School provides a quality education with a deep sense of mutual respect, fairness, shared responsibility, open communication, and cheerful cooperation. Founded in 1978, the school offers a stimulating, multi-age learning environment for children in kindergarten through grade 12, and is as committed to emotional and social growth as it is to academic excellence. Since classes are capped at 16 students, teachers can truly customize each child’s education; as a result, students who are academically or socially lost in larger classrooms quickly thrive in Clark’s supportive, non-competitive environment. Because students are encouraged to take risks and to learn from their errors, they strengthen their self-esteem and accountability and develop well-earned maturity.
“Clark School endeavors to be a safe, stimulating, low anxiety, supportive environment for young men and women. By keeping tuition low and education strong, we can reinvent the high school experience while organizing kids and making education fun and more available.”—Jeff Clark, Head of School, The Clark School
Using an educational approach based on time-tested insights into child development, Cape Ann Waldorf School cultivates strong, balanced children who view life as a constant opportunity to learn and explore. Students in nursery through eighth grade not only participate in a robust curriculum in the humanities, math, science, foreign language, music, movement, and visual and practical arts; they also engage in active, imaginative lessons, and enjoy all the pastoral benefits of the school’s grounds on historic Moraine Farm. Cape Ann Waldorf recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and as a part of the fastest growing independent school movement in the world, it offers children a multi-sensory, experiential program that encourages both curiosity and a connection to nature. The school’s dedicated staff members partner with parents to holistically promote physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
“Our goal is to help students discover and develop their individual capacities so that they can fully engage in the world and contribute meaningfully to society. We aim to cultivate clarity of thinking, compassion, moral strength, and purposeful action in our students.”—Jenny Helmick, Faculty Member, Cape Ann Waldorf School
Cohen Hillel Academy is a K-8 independent day school that offers a robust and expansive educational experience that promotes inquiry and reflection, integrity and courage, and kindness and empathy through a Jewish lens. CHA believes that the best education is individualized and that happy kids learn better. Teachers care deeply about their students, and they maintain high academic standards while respecting each student’s social and emotional growth. CHA students are challenged to think critically, creatively, and conceptually, and they use the skills, knowledge, and values they learn at CHA to make meaningful connections and positive contributions to the world.
“Our school is a warm place where every child is known and understood and where families are partners in their children’s learning. At CHA you’ll find smiling students, engaging teachers, a vibrant and open Jewish culture, and a true sense of belonging.” —Noah Hartman, Head of School, Cohen Hillel Academy
With a 50-year legacy of excellence in early childhood education, North Shore Nursery School offers an exceptional play-based program for 2-5-year-old students. Housed at a unique location designed especially for young children, the school’s low student-to-teacher ratio allows experienced and nurturing faculty to fully understand each child. Activities are tailored to match developmental stages and meet children’s evolving needs for building social, cognitive and physical skills. Along with relevant themes, the curriculum also grows from questions and topics that arise in play and exploration. Students enjoy daily access to a beautiful playground or conservation trails where they develop self-confidence, an appreciation for nature and a sense of caring for each other and the environment. Music, movement, Spanish, arts and cultural enrichment are also provided.
“Children at NSNS benefit from joyful, highly-qualified faculty, engaging classroom environments, and the intimate size of our community. Our students experience a sense of security and, ultimately, a true sense of self- esteem derived through genuine accomplishment.”—Suzanne Hodson, Director, North Shore Nursery School
At Shore Country Day School, students embrace the joy of learning while challenging themselves to reach ever-higher personal and academic goals. For 75 years, Shore has combined small class sizes, an innovative curriculum, and strong parent/teacher relationships to insure that each child learns in an environment that is both rigorous and supportive. Shore educators place a premium on professional development, and as such, teachers are able to engage students with exciting, interactive lessons and the most up-to-date information. Shore’s faculty, parents, and students all uphold the Community Code, a credo that embraces strong values and ethics, a habit of service to others, and an expanded world view that recognizes the importance of a global community. Through this Code, top-notch academics, exciting athletics, and engrossing extracurriculars, each Shore child is expertly prepared to succeed.
“At Shore, we know that students are at their academic best when they have a balanced schedule that includes plenty of time outdoors. With healthy time for recess, sports, and advisor group activities, our kids are ready to tackle the challenges of the Shore curriculum.”—Lawrence Griffin, Head of School, Shore Country Day School
Glen Urquhart School encourages collaborative, original thinking to enhance a depth and breadth of understanding within disciplines. The GUS curriculum creates connections and sparks engagement, while providing students with a strong academic foundation and a global perspective. GUS delivers discovery-based, thematic study and innovative, world-class academic standards for learning in an atmosphere of individualized support and care. Unique opportunities for intellectual and social development include the school’s program at the MIT Media Lab; the 8th grade service week at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Honduras (which earned the school the 2006 Leading Edge Award for Global Understanding); a cutting-edge math program that uses all learning modalities; and the GAIN@GUS program, which provides free academic and recreational summer enrichment to talented students in the city of Beverly and surrounding areas.
“Glen Urquhart School leads the way in reaching out to other international educational institutions and experts to provide big opportunities in small classrooms. By activating this 21st century approach to education, GUS students are even better prepared to achieve lifelong success.”—David M. Provost, Head of School, Glen Urquhart School
Brewster Academy is a community of dedicated educators who genuinely care about the growth and success of their students. Since teachers are committed to a technology-rich learning environment and highly personalized academic support, students often find a newfound love for former “problem” subjects. With attendees from across the United States and approximately 25 countries, teaching moments extend far beyond the classroom. Brewster educates the whole person—both in mind and body—and its students develop strong moral character through challenging academics, a rigorous athletic program, a service-oriented community living experience, and a rich visual and performing arts curriculum. The school includes life skills training and dynamic, collaborative classes, and as such, is proud to report that 100% of students are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
“When you set high expectations and provide students with the tools to become confident and competent learners, the results can be astounding. Seeing students engaged in learning—and feeling good about themselves and what they are accomplishing—is why we approach education in the way we do.” —Dr. Michael Cooper, Head of School, Brewster Academy
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, North Shore Christian School offers children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade a robust curriculum taught from a biblical Christian worldview with the recognition that God’s truths support a greater understanding of the world. In addition to an excellent, traditional academic curriculum, the gifted program, an in-house Discovery Center for diversified learners, afterschool enrichment courses, and Suzuki violin, piano, and voice lessons comprise just a few of NSCS’s complimentary offerings NSCS’s faculty is committed to the development of articulate and thoughtful individuals who are concerned with the needs of others. Since children are capable of learning through experience, feelings, and exploration, NSCS also provides daily opportunities for discovery. Above all, NSCS strives to help students be the very best they can be through collaboration, cooperation, and parental and community involvement.
“The children that attend our school leave not only smarter, but better. They are given the tools to help them develop into individuals who will impact the world!”—Pam Heintz, Principal, North Shore Christian School
Established in 1791, Berwick Academy is the oldest school in Maine serving students in grades pre-k through 12. Since its founding, the school has been dedicated to promoting virtue and “useful knowledge” among rising generations. Students hail from roughly 60 communities across Maine, Seacoast New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts; as such, the school provides direct bus routes to the North Shore. Berwick’s community is dynamic, passionate, and grounded in New England values, and students are encouraged to expand their horizons through a balance of challenging academics, competitive athletics, and engaging creative arts programs. Amenities like the Innovation Center, the new 4th Grade scholarship, and the incorporation of technology, language, and character education in the Lower School curriculum set Berwick apart as a leader in combining tradition with innovation.
“Berwick Academy is able to offer its families a unique combination of national excellence and Seacoast values. While our students and programs are among the best in the country, our community is infused with the perspective, authenticity, and balance that we all cherish about the North Shore and Seacoast regions.” —Gregory J. Schneider, Head of School, Berwick Academy
Waring School, a small school with big ideas, provides a truly unique experience for children in grades 6 through 12. Students enjoy a demanding liberal arts program, multi-age groupings, immersion in foreign language and culture, and a welcoming, homelike campus on 32 verdant acres. Waring’s staff firmly adheres to the belief that learning is not a means to an end; it is the end. As such, students are able to take advantage of the school’s cutting-edge laboratory facilities; engage in its challenging, interdisciplinary Humanities course; and experience curriculum-based travel such as an exciting exchange program in Angers, France. This year, Waring celebrates its 40th Anniversary, and welcomes Melville S. Brown, formerly of Trinity School in New York City, as the incoming Head of School.
“Waring’s small size is a powerful catalyst for intellectual engagement and personal expression. Students not only interact with children from every grade and build strong relationships with every teacher, they create a foundation for success by developing their authentic selves.”—Melville S. Brown, Head of School, Waring School
Austin Preparatory School, located in Reading, is a Catholic independent school serving 700 students in grades 6 through 12, with an average class size of 16. In addition, the student-faculty ratio is 10:1. Over 50 extra curricular programs allow for learning to occur in and out of the classroom. Additionally, there are 17 interscholastic programs and a vibrant arts program. Students are engaged in learning at their specific skill level. Sixteen Advanced Placement courses are offered. Founded in the Augustinian tradition, this coed, independent school strives to prepare students for success in both higher education and in their adult lives.
“What I tell friends is that Austin Prep is an affordable option. In times when private education costs are soaring out of control and tuitions at local day schools are exceeding $30,000, Austin is very competitively priced at $15,400, and still offers much of the same programs, athletics and a very strong academic program as these $30,000 schools offer! Having worked in a number of prep schools, I like the fact that as part of our heritage, as an Augustinian school, we focus on social justice, and service to the broader community beyond Austin’s campus, and that we can honestly say that “Character Education” is not just a tag line at Austin; we teach it and live it out every day!” —Kevin J. Driscoll, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Austin Preparatory School
For the past 60 years, Saint Michael School has offered a private, coed, Catholic education for students in nursery through 8th grade. The school provides a strong Catholic foundation in a loving, warm environment, as well as a challenging academic curriculum complemented by lessons of faith, honesty, community service, and morality. Children not only exhibit academic excellence but also kindness and respect towards peers and adults alike; school families have also created a solid and inviting community. The NEASC-accredited school has established programs to meet the needs of working parents (including extended day care to meet full-day work requirements), and its diverse curriculum includes Spanish, computers, a library/media center, physical education, art, and music. Students also enjoy extensive extracurricular programs, and the school will complete construction on its new state-of-the-art Fine Arts Center this year.
“Saint Michael School is not just an educational facility—it’s a second home. At our school, imaginations soar while building self-confidence, strong friendships, community commitment and a foundation for success.”—Susan Gosselin, Principal, Saint Michael School
Founded in 1926, Pike School is a place where no child goes unnoticed. With small classes and passionate, caring teachers, individual attention and excitement about learning are hallmarks of the Pike experience. As a Professional Learning Community—a structure that uses a collaborative approach to personalized education—Pike ensures that all students master materials in the way that’s ideal for them. Located on 35 acres of picturesque woodland in Andover, MA, Pike is a recognized leader among area schools in the teaching and practice of environmental sustainability. With strong academic, athletic, arts, and extracurricular programs, students are not just talented, thoughtful, and curious; they become lifelong learners and contributors to the greater good on a global scale.
“Pike is a place where children grow and thrive because they are supported and challenged by a diverse community with a shared commitment to education.”—John Waters, Head of School, Pike School
Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains, New Hampton School is rich with history, dating back to 1821. An independent college preparatory school for 305 boarding and day students, grades 9-12 and postgraduate, the mission of the school is to cultivate global citizens. NHS, an innovative learning environment which features a 1:1 iPad program, offers the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate program (the first boarding school in New England to offer the program), Advanced Placement, and Academic Support. New Hampton’s 2012 graduates will matriculate at universities including Princeton, Michigan, Williams, Swarthmore, Connecticut College, and UCLA.
“At a time when public schools are losing funding, New Hampton School is pushing forward with the addition of the International Baccalaureate program and a full iPad Program, allowing students to learn in an innovative boarding school environment that prepares them with the necessary skills to be successful in college and an increasingly changing world.”—Andrew Menke, Head of School, New Hampton School
The breathtaking views from some of the North Shore’s top golf and tennis clubs alone will make you want to join. Add to that wonderful facilities, dining venues and membership amenities, and you’ll soon see why these clubs are some of New England’s top picks. We’ve also included information on where to get the right apparel for your game and information on driving range and practice centers. So dust of your clubs and racquet and join the game.
Set along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean on beautiful Cape Ann, Bass Rocks Golf and Tennis Club offers amazing ocean views from every hole. This top-conditioned course provides an enjoyable, yet challenging experience for all levels of golfers. The low initiation fees and dues structure allows the serious or casual golfer a great value including maximum course accessibility, no tee times, seasonal food and beverage options and great customer service. One of the major assets of the club is its diversity of the membership which provides you with the camaraderie and social atmosphere you would want from a private golf club. If you’re interested in tournament competition or a social round of golf, Bass Rocks is the place to be. For more information go to www.bassrocksgolfclub.org or call (978) 283-1866.
“You don’t have to travel too far to enjoy paradise, it is right here on beautiful Cape Ann at Bass Rocks Golf and Tennis Club. Here you will find a great value and everything you need in a private club.” – Peter Hood, General Manager/Director of Golf
What once was just a fabulous golf course has evolved into a facility complete with all the club amenities and more. Renaissance’s award winning Brian Silva Signature golf course now has a stunning new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a restaurant, a bar and lounge, a private dining room for functions and business meetings and a grand ballroom accommodating 230 guests. In addition to the new clubhouse, this season Renaissance will be opening a Golf Academy and a new resort-style pool and tennis facility complete with a children’s playground and splash pads. For more information go to www.renaissancema.com or call (978) 556-0900.
“Renaissance is a unique club in that our Members have all the benefits they could want at their club, plus they have privileges at other great Southworth properties in Virginia, Scotland, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.” –Mike McGillicuddy, General Manager
Kernwood Country Club is a private member-owned club located on Boston’s North Shore in historic Salem. Their signature Donald Ross classically-designed 18-hole championship golf course is the centerpiece of the property. The course is surrounded by the scenic Danvers River, which ebbs and flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and makes playing both challenging and captivating. In addition to the golf course, there’s a state-of-the-art clubhouse with a variety of dining options; fully-stocked pro shop; swimming pool; tennis courts; and fitness facility. This family-oriented club boasts a great location and is inviting new members. Established in 1914, Kernwood remains one of the most beautiful and endeared clubs in the Northeast. For more information go to www.kernwoodcc.org or call (978)745-1210.
“Kernwood Country Club offers an inviting atmosphere for everyone. Membership is engaging and welcoming.” –Wendy LaBonte, Board Member
Finding the right golf and tennis apparel is key, and what makes Swing with Style unique is the fact that the store caters only to women golfers and tennis players. The owner, Martha Hutchins, is an avid golfer and when she is not out on the course, you can find her in the store working with customers to help them decide what look is best for them. The store focuses on carrying golf and tennis apparel lines that are fashion forward and stylish, yet functional. They also carry unique gifts, accessories and the latest in golf shoes. Since sizing can be very different from line to line, the store offers a large range from sizes 0 to 18. They also offer the latest in performance-enhancing fabrications. For more information visit www.swingwithstyle.com or call (978) 777-3134.
“Because we pride ourselves in selecting one-of-a-kind pieces, you don’t have to worry about someone else wearing the same outfits for your golf and tennis games.” –Martha Hutchins, Owner
The Boston Lobsters are the only professional tennis venue in the North Shore and the only pro co-ed team venue in New England. They are the New England franchise of World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro Tennis League. By working closely with the community, they created a family-fun intimate venue, hosting world-class tennis in a very entertaining format. It was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, and it’s been an innovator in the sports world and also a platform of diversity. Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played World TeamTennis. For more information visit www.BostonLobsters.net or call (508) 435-2023.
“The Boston Lobsters are proud to be a part of the North Shore community and bring the diversified World TeamTennis (WTT) format and world class athletes to your backyard.” –Darlene Hayes, Director of Development
Sun ‘N Air Golf Center is one of the North Shore’s premier golf-driving ranges and learning centers. The practice areas and club-fitting capabilities make this center stand out. Golfers can practice their game and replicate any shot found on a regulation golf course. Their golf facility includes 30 artificial tees, each with laser measured markings to targets. The public is also welcome to try their three-hole loop, a practice golf course which can function as a warm-up to a regulation round of golf. In addition to the driving range and three-hole golf course, practice areas at Sun ‘N Air include a grass tee, pitching and chipping areas, and a multi-hole putting green. For more information call (978) 774-8180 or visit www.sunairgolf.com.
“Golfers can find everything they are looking for at Sun ‘N Air. An unmatched practice facility and impeccable service help give our customers a unique golfing experience.” –Thomas Jones, Marketing Director
Ferncroft Country Club is a full-service, family-oriented club that is known not only for its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed championship golf course which hosted the LPGA Boston Five Classic for ten years, but also for the club’s great amenities. There are many social and children’s activities including tennis courts, a swimming pool, fitness center and of course the outstanding food served at the club. The one-of-a-kind academy membership demystifies golf for adult beginners, and the club has an excellent practice facility. Ferncroft also boasts the area’s only private short course – an opportunity to play all year weather permitting. Set on an idyllic 287 acres, the facility is ideal for weddings and special events, and they welcome both corporate members and families. For more information visit www.Ferncroftcc.com or call (978) 739-4040.
“The facilities are great, the staff outstanding and the location unparalleled, but what really attracts people to Ferncroft CC are the down-to-earth, sophisticated, vibrant members who welcome newcomers like old friends.” –Toby Ahern, General Manager
A world-class golf resort and wedding destination located in Ipswich, Turner Hill is seeped in history. The ambience is old-English style meets historic New England charm, and the century-old grounds boast a new, highly acclaimed Hurdzan/Fry golf course. Spanning 7,021 yards, this award-winning, par 72, 18-hole championship golf course showcases the area’s breathtaking, natural surroundings offering a balance of dramatic and challenging play. Featuring a practice facility, spectacular vista and elevation changes, wide fairways, generous green complexes and sparkling white bunkers throughout the century-old landscape, the facility is sure to impress with its playability and beauty. For more information go to www.turnerhill.com or call (978) 356-7070.
“Very rarely does one have the opportunity to join a club that is as rich in history as it is in offering unmatched life experiences. Turner Hill provides an array of opportunities for those looking to spend time with family, socialize with friends, celebrate special occasions, and meet fellow members.” –Bob Talbot, President
Andover Country Club is the wonderful facility for weddings, corporate meetings, golf outings and social gatherings. Membership at this unique private club offers challenging experiences on an 18-hole Donald Ross designed course. Mungeam Cornish Golf Design in conjunction with Wayne Lacroix, golf superintendent, began renovating and restoring bunkers in 2011. Additionally, the club offers a variety of amenities for families. The swimming pool is full-size, zero-depth “beach entrance” ideal for children. The pool also features a separate area for adult use. The children’s water park and play area features water pads with jets, a water mushroom, rain tunnel and lawn play. There are two tennis courts and a sport court for basketball. For more information go to www.andovercountryclub.com or call (978) 828-8825.
“Andover Country Club has been home to me for over 30 years. My commitment to the traditions of the game and the evolution of this club remain my highest priority. I look forward to making 2012 another memorable year for our membership.” –Michael Menery, Head PGA Golf Professional
Cedardale Health and Fitness provides one of the largest membership-based playing programs on the North Shore. If you are interested in playing in a singles/doubles league, round robin or on a team, Cedardale is the club for you. Cedardale’s experienced pro staff will improve your game through private lessons or in their large adult and junior instructional program. Cedardale, which is one of the largest multipurpose health facilities in New England, has 10 hard tennis courts, 4 clay courts, a full-scale fitness program, 3 basketball courts, racquetball and pickleball courts, an aquatic center and much more. Summer memberships are available. For more information go to www.cedardale.net or call (978) 373-1596.
“Whether you are advanced, intermediate or a beginner tennis player; whether you are the casual player or the tennis enthusiast, Cedardale has the program for you. We have the biggest and most-well rounded tennis program in the North Shore.” –Adam Molda, Director of Tennis
Manchester Athletic Club (MAC) has been serving the North Shore for almost 40 years. This 122,000 square-foot multi-sport and fitness club offers programs for the entire family. Boasting 11 year-round tennis courts and an additional 9 seasonal tennis courts scaled for the 10-and-under tennis program, MAC Tennis is a great place for recreational to competitive tennis players and has been named one of only 19 USTA Certified Regional Training Centers in the country. Members can also enjoy swimming, fitness, personal training, pilates, group fitness classes, Zumba, spa services, Gymazing Child Care, summer camps and more. With a highly-qualified staff and beautiful facility in scenic Manchester-by-the-Sea, MAC creates a special place to pursue your health, fitness and recreation goals. For information, visit www.ManchesterAthleticClub.com, or call (978) 526-8900.
“What has set our program apart in New England and even nationwide is the level of talent with our coaching staff which has, in many cases, been together over 10 years.” – Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis
Located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley and dating back to 1925, Haverhill Country Club’s tree-lined fairways and sloping greens will challenge both the casual and competitive golfer. The course was designed by renowned architect, Wayne Stiles. A driving range and two practice greens allow players to sharpen their skills. Additionally, the club’s pool and recreational areas are perfect for families. The Olympic-size pool appeals to all ages, while the wading pool is perfect for children five and younger. There are a variety of activities to be enjoyed, including: tennis, wiffle ball, basketball, volleyball and more. The Tudor Clubhouse perched atop Bricket Hill offers panoramic views of our championship golf course and is the perfect place for weddings and functions. For more information go to www.haverhillcc.com or call (978) 373-1146.
“Haverhill Country Club is the hidden jewel of the Merrimack Valley and is a great place for families and individuals alike. With no initiation fee and flexible payment options, there’s no reason not to see what you
are missing.” –Shae N. Baddour, General Manager
This Is Not Your Mother’s College Application Process
You went to college, right? You took the SAT’s, had a quick chat with your guidance counselor, wrote the dreaded essay and sent them off. No big deal. Well, not any more! Today, your child is competing for spots at colleges with applicants from all over the world…you know, those kids who spent the summer in the rain forest looking for a cure for cancer and played second violin with the BSO on weekends. Today’s college application process can be complicated, confusing, and lengthy but if you start early and understand the process, it can be a rewarding experience for both students
Get Started Early
Your student needs to begin thinking about college early by gathering as much information as they can, putting together a plan and sticking with it. From the first day of ninth grade through graduation, your student is adding to the list of qualifications that will differentiate them from other applicants – good grades, community service, special talents, athletics, student leadership.
Visiting college campuses can be packed into junior year or incorporated into family vacations and other trips throughout high school. No matter how you plan it, visit as many of your child’s potential choices as possible. There is no better way to get a feel for the atmosphere than actually being on a college campus.
Starting to specifically focus on the college application process early in January of junior year will invoke confidence in both students and parents and allow for the proper amount of time, energy and effort necessary to convey the student’s whole story and help their application stand out.
Use Available Resources There is a wealth of information available to assist you and your student.
• Use the high school guidance office and counselor
• Utilize college search websites: collegeboard.org, usnews.com, petersons.com, princetonreview.com, nacacnet.org
• Attend college fairs
• Use an independent college advisor
More Than a GPA
Every college uses their own formula for choosing from the vast pool of applicants. Those formulas change year to year, and while we might never really figure them out, one thing is for sure – a strong GPA is only one factor in the decision. Extracurricular activities? Here is where they pay off. Interesting and committed community service is an excellent advantage. An essay from the heart on a topic your student is passionate about is just as important as an A+ in AP Physics.
Students should recognize that their applications are viewed for more than just their GPA and test scores. It is essential that students showcase their uniqueness and personality in their essays and make every segment of their application strong and concise.
Where To Begin -The College Quest There are many things to consider when beginning the quest of college selection. Developing a checklist while taking into consideration the following may help with this process.
• What do you want in a college or university?
• What are your likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses?
• Explore college websites, go on college visits, and attend college fairs.
• Ask friends who are currently in college or relatives who have graduated about their schools and experiences.
There are many other factors to be cognizant of as you contemplate the college search. While considering these important factors, you must determine what is important to you.
Location. Are you interested in staying close to home or are you looking for different climate? Ask yourself how often you want to come home and how far away are you willing to go.
Setting. Do you want a college located in a large city, a small town, or something in between?
Size. Size is determined by the student population. Some colleges have less than one thousand students while others have close to 50,000. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with any size.
Type. There are colleges that only offer specific academic programs like liberal arts, engineering, business programs, specialty programs, or technical programs. Research colleges to ensure that they have the major(s) in which you are interested.
Housing. Determine what housing is available and what percentage of students are residents or commuters.
Amenities. Shopping areas, restaurants, museums, movie theaters located in the college area.
More factors to consider: Specialty Interests (music, art and drama), Sports/School Spirit, Activities/Clubs, Culture/Diversity, Learning Services/Tutoring, Career Services/Job/Internship Placement, Student Retention Rates, Political Activism, Cost/Financial Aid, Religious Affiliation, Transportation, Resources/Library/Computer Labs, Study Abroad Programs, Student Faculty Ratio, Sororities and Fraternities
After considering all of the factors, generate a list of 20-30 schools. This extended list will enable you to effectively incorporate all the elements that are important to you. At the end of junior year, take your GPA, standardized test scores and student activity profile and compare to that the college’s admitted student profile (on college’s website) to determine what schools would be an exciting and realistic match for you.
Acceptance is in the Details
Prior to the start of the application process, make sure you have narrowed down your college list by balancing optimism with a realistic approach. Today’s student applies to between 10-15 colleges, which can be divided into three lists: “Reach” schools (1-3), “Target” schools (5-10), and “Highly Likely” schools (2-4).
Thoroughly review the specific application requirements for each college on your list. Every school has different specifications. A careless error on the application can cost you admission. Another important decision to be made prior to beginning an application is whether you will be applying Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision.
Regular Decision is the traditional application procedure where the majority of students are admitted.
Early Decision is a binding commitment. You are only allowed to apply to one college ED.
Early Action is a non-binding commitment. Many colleges allow you to apply to as many EA programs as you like.
Restrictive Early Action is a new program that has been initiated at a few schools, which prohibits you applying to more than one EA school but is a non-binding agreement.
Rolling Admission gives students a considerable amount of time to apply and applicants are usually notified of their decision within a few weeks of applying.
It is essential that you read each college’s specific Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision and Rolling Decision program requirements so as not to limit your college options. Determine if the institution uses the Common App. Some Common App colleges have a supplemental application along with extra essay questions, so check ahead and be prepared. (commonapp.org) Letters of recommendation are required for many college applications. Most students ask junior year teachers whom they either know well or in whose class they have excelled. Be sure to send them a handwritten thank you note.
Essays are an essential part of the college application so start early in the summer prior to senior year and display good writing skills. Review the essay prompts, brainstorm for ideas, and have someone proofread for spelling and grammar. Revise until completely satisfied with the essay.
Starting as soon as January of junior year in high school, take and conquer standardized testing: SATs, ACTs, and Subject Tests. Obtain tutoring if necessary and send test scores to each college. Take note of the college’s specific Financial Aid deadlines. The FASFA form (fafsa.org) needs to be completed between January 1st and March 1st. If you are applying to a music, art or theater program, you may need to request an audition or send a portfolio. Check each college website for specific information. If you want to play a sport in college, check the NCAA.org site for details and register before the summer of senior year. Arrange for an interview, and prepare! Study the college’s website before the interview. Make certain that you dress appropriately and send a thank you note to the interviewer after the interview. After your application has been submitted, follow up with each college admission’s office to confirm receipt of your completed application materials.
Graduate School Selection Process
The process of finding a suitable match for graduate school is slightly different than the undergraduate process primarily because you are focused on a higher level of development in your career. There should be a self-assessment period where you examine your strengths and weaknesses. Graduate schools consider your overall GPA, your major GPA and you’re standardized testing scores (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT). They also weigh your character and motivation to learn. It is essential that you write an outstanding personal statement that demonstrates your writing skills. Create a résumé presenting your academic and activity profiles. Recommendations from undergraduate professors will be key in this process.
Other Factors To Consider In Your Quest
• Research the top professors in your area of interest. It might be more significant to study under a renowned professor than a certain institution.
• Know the college’s reputation in your field of study. Ask professionals in that field what they think of the program at the institution.
• Visit the campus to speak with department chairs, faculty members, students, and admissions department. Inquire about the admissions process as many graduate schools differ in their requirements.
• Admissions committees will consider whether the applicant’s goals and interests match the objectives of the program so it is essential that an applicant determine the needs of the department and faculty and address them in the application process.
Specific criteria for your quest include exploring research opportunities, laboratory facilities, faculty reputation, course offerings, graduation rate, career services, graduate job placement, internship opportunities, faculty to student ratio, funding or financial aid, community life, housing and cost of living. Also explore the funding opportunities offered. Many graduate schools offer funding options such as fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, tuition and fee waivers, health insurance and cash stipends in addition to the standard financial aid programs.
With many of us holding onto our homes longer than we used to, it’s time to look at making changes—both great and small—that will create more functional, beautiful, and greener dwellings. Whether it’s a sustainable move by adding insulation, a design move such as updating an out-of-date kitchen, or an aesthetic move such as decorating with antiques and artwork to personalize your interiors, we turned to the experts for advice on how to create welcoming, comfortable living spaces that are easy on the environment on the North Shore. By Nancy E. Berry
One question interior designers hear over and over is: “How do I personalize my house and make it truly a home?” So often we walk into a furniture showroom and want to buy the whole suite—sofa, rug, lighting, and all—only to get the furniture home to find we have just recreated the showroom floor. It might look pretty, but where is the personality? Where is your mark in the room? We asked local designers what they think makes a house into a welcoming home packed with your personality.
“I love to look through a client’s boxes filled with what they consider junk,” says interior designer Camille Garro. “Things they’ve collected over the years from various trips or gathered from rejected gifts they didn’t want to toss for fear of hurting someone’s feelings.” These misfit items can become the perfect treasures to display on bookshelves. Camille suggests each bookshelf has its own theme. For instance, the sentimental shelf displaying honeymoon mementos—the little ship in a bottle, the dancing hula skirt doll, and, don’t forget, the shot glass embossed with the word “Maui.” She also suggests displaying travel guides and books about particular vacation destinations. Place the books horizontally for a perfect resting spot for the travel trinkets.
Camille also believes no room is complete without photos of family and friends. Knowing a group of photos can look haphazard or messy, Camille suggests turning the photos all to a sepia tone and place them in similar frames. “Hung collectively, they can look stunning in any room,” notes Camille.
Camille even says the ugly old sofa from Aunt Gertrude can be transformed to make your living space special. By simply painting the carved legs with a high-gloss finish, such as silver metallic, and reupholstering the sofa with a contemporary fabric, such as a mohair, you can change the look from frumpy to fabulous. Wrap the pillows in a new fabric, such as a tapestry or an animal print, and you will have your own personalized piece.
Sue Adams agrees that incorporating your personal items into a space is important. She suggests the first thing you can do to personalize your space is to paint the walls of the house. “Choosing colors you love can really transform a room into your own,” Sue says. “And once the walls have your favorite hue, don’t forget to hang pictures up!” Most people are afraid to put holes in the walls once the paint job is done. “But incorporating your artwork that you have collected through the years is key to personalizing the space,” she notes.
Sue also says its important to create balance in a room to make it comfortable. “Don’t crowd all your furnishings around the TV and leave the rest of the room bare,” she says. Create different groupings of seating areas—one to watch the Red Sox game and one for relaxed conversation. Sue also believes it’s critical to give purpose to a room. If it’s an unused dining room, turn it into the kids’ crafts room. Or maybe the vacant space becomes a place to install a wet bar and pool table, transforming it into a game room. Don’t let the room remain an echo chamber—get creative and put your stamp on it.
Jeffrey Landry of Landry & Acari Rugs says rugs are simply art under foot. Whether you are looking for a favorite color or design pattern, a rug can be the foundation behind the rest of the room’s design. “A rug really can make the biggest statement in a room— they provide warmth, color, and comfort,” he notes. Jeffrey also suggests homeowners bring home a couple of rugs to try within a given room. “It’s important to see if the rug will be a good fit not just in terms of size, but also if it fits your personality.” Whatever the pieces are, make sure they are something you love and want to live with—then you will feel the space is truly your haven.
Lighting Designers offer their Top Three Tips
Donna Christopolous, Design Lighting
1. Dimmers aren’t just for chandeliers. Fitting your outdoor fixtures with dimmer controls will give you full brightness where you need it and low levels of light where you only need a glow.
2. Outdoor lanterns are not just for the outdoors! Add them to your home’s interior for a distinct touch.
3. Layered lighting in any room gives you the right balance between function and mood. Wall sconces add ambience to a room’s décor, while the chandelier or ceiling light keeps the room classic and functional.
Lucy Dearborn, Lucia Lighting & Design
1. Accent lighting: Architectural lighting that accents a special painting, sculpture, or architectural element in the environment draws your eye to that special piece so you can appreciate it day and night. Remember that architectural lighting can be utilized inside or out. Landscape lighting both extends the day and your view, especially during daylight savings.
2. Decorative lighting: Use decorative lighting as inspiration and decoration to enhance colors, shapes, and design elements. Decorative lighting can really make a space pop! Consider hanging custom color pendants in your kitchen to match your stone countertop, or using a signature color Murano glass chandelier to complement a favorite fabric or wall color in your dining room. Small entryway? Using a crystal ceiling-mounted light as “jewelry” in a tight space creates a dazzling effect.
3. Repurposed lighting: Remember that beautiful table or floor lamp that’s in the attic? Bring it out and have it rewired. Top it with a fabulous new or customized lampshade that will update the lamp and make it your own. It will make you feel good and your home look great. Repurposing and customization are two popular trends that are both planet friendly and personal.
Have you ever fantasized about attending an auction, but thought you would be outbid on every piece that comes to the block? Think again. Sure, there is the one-of-a-kind Tiffany lamp or John Singer Sargent that might sell for millions, but there’s also loads of reasonably priced furnishings and decorative accessories that are sold at auction. We spoke to expert Diane Riva, marketing director of Kaminski Fine Art, Auctions, and Appraisals, as well as some of the folks at Boston’s famed Skinner auction house and PBS’s “Antiques Road Show” to lend us advice on buying at auction.
Q: Can you debunk some of the myths surrounding the idea of buying at auction?
A: Auctions are available to anyone—they are free and open to the public. You need not be a professional dealer or an expert to participate. Many fine art and antique items have sold at very affordable prices at auction.
We regularly sell things for a few hundred dollars all the way up to millions of dollars. Bargain-hunters don’t necessarily know about the opportunities available to them at auction. You don’t have to attend a sale in person; you may participate in the bidding online or by phone. —Stephen Fletcher, executive vice president and director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner and Antiques Road Show appraiser
You will not mistakingly wave your hand and own something you do not want. Everyone has a registered bidder card and number. You have to hold your number up at the end of the bidding to be recognized as the purchaser. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions
Q: What are your most popular pieces that come to auction?
A: Popular items at auction can be anything from excellent bargains on Oriental rugs to furniture to great pieces of art. In the last sale, we sold a Tiffany enameled circus set for $26,000. There is something for every collector. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions
I think buying jewelry at auction is smart because the value that you get for the price at auction far exceeds anything you would buy at your typical high-end retail jewelry store. When you buy antique and estate jewelry, you choose from historical as well as current designs. In an average jewelry auction, you’ll find 18th-, 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century jewelry—where else can you find that variety of jewelry to peruse? When you look at so many varieties of design, your tastes change and become richer and more sophisticated. — Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner
The current auction market shows great strength in Asian art, American and European paintings, and fine jewelry, while other specific categories perform strongly but more selectively. —Stephen Fletcher, Skinner
Q: How does someone go about getting a piece appraised?
A: Prior to the auction, our appraisal department will research the item and put a low and high estimate on each item before it is listed in the catalog and on the Internet. This is a price that they feel the item will bring at auction. Things can sell for higher than the estimate or many times lower. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions
We offer free estimates of auction value. All you have to do is call and set up an appointment with any one of our experts. You can also send in an online form requesting an auction evaluation: www.skinnerinc.com/appraisals/form.asp. —Stephen Fletcher, Skinner
If you want to get one of your own items appraised, you would bring it to our “free appraisal day” every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm at our Cabot Street office, Athey feel your item will bring at auction. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions
Q: What are five tips for getting a piece appraised?
A: 1. Make sure you take clear and detailed pictures of the piece if you can’t bring it to us in person. 2. Take pictures of any marks, signatures, or condition issues. 3. Measure the piece carefully. 4. Include any provenance or history relating to the piece. 5. Include any relevant documents. —Stephen Fletcher, Skinner
Q: What are some tips when someone is bidding at auction?
A: Attend the auction preview prior to the sale to view the piece in person. If you can’t attend in person, view the online catalogue where the piece is pictured and described. Ask questions in advance to get more detailed information about the piece—good auction houses make the effort to offer accurate information and condition reports about any object they are selling to assure
you that what you are bidding on is genuine. A lot of furniture is selling reasonably in the current market. —Stephen Fletcher, Skinner
If you’re a novice auction-goer, think about your budget – don’t get caught up in the excitement and bid more than you should. Talk to the auction staff and the preview staff, and ask about the condition of the object. Has it been restored? Does it have all its original parts? Do some reconnaissance before you actually bid – you can go online and research the price point so you’re not paying more than an object is worth. — Karen Keane, Skinner
Take time and examine each item you are interested in carefully. Measure it if necessary to make sure it fits your space. Sign up to telephone bid or live internet bid several days before the sale if you cannot attend. You can even follow the sale on your phone and bid with many apps, such as Auctioneers.com. Set a price in your mind that you are willing to pay and perhaps establish a rule that you will go over the amount by only one bid. Be sure to calculate tax and buyer’s premium into your amount. It is so exciting to buy or sell live at an auction that I would highly recommend attending the sale if at all possible.
If the item you are interested in is passed at the auction, it is frequently because the consigner has set a reserve for the item. You can call after the auction and make an offer on the item, and the auction house will contact the consigner with your offer. If you have the time and patience, there are always bargains at the end of the auction. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions
We got a chance to catch up with the ultimate home enthusiast, Steve Thomas, who has recently been traveling the world with Habitat for Humanity International as a spokesperson to help raise awareness for the need for decent, affordable housing. The Emmy®-award winning TV personality and former host of “This Old House” and “Renovation Nation” shares his expertise on creating more sustainable, energy-efficient homes right here on the North Shore.
Q: How did you become involved in green building practices?
A: I have always been involved in green building practices. What has happened in the past six to eight years is that green building has become a term unto itself. Twenty years ago, we were building houses that were energy-efficient, but at that that point we called it sustainable, low-impact, or zero-energy building. “Green building” is a relatively recent term.
Q: How would you describe green building?
A: I like to envision green building as six interlocking rings: The first is energy—the total energy usage of house. This can be broken down into energy “in” and energy “out.” The ideal situation in green building is a house that does not use a lot of energy and is able to produce its own energy using renewables such as photovoltaic [solar] and wind turbines, for instance. Most people see these aspects as the greenest moves. But if you look at energy in terms of a pyramid, conservation is at the base of the pyramid. Simply turning out the lights like your mother told you. After that, choosing the lowest energy consuming appliances as possible is also important.
The second ring is workmanship. Better workmanship means a well-built house, which is more efficient. Better workmanship means less maintenance. And because it is well built, the house will last longer—making it inherently green.
The third ring is choosing materials that are appropriate to the house and have the low as an impact to part of that building. Cities are inherently greener than suburbs because you use fewer house miles to get around in the city.
All of these things have been around for a long time. What green building methodology has done is connect all these rings into a comprehensive way of thinking about buildings—whether its new construction or renovating. And there are many rating systems, such as LEED for homes and Energy Star, that help quantify the greenness of a building.
Q: What is the biggest myth behind creating a greener home?
A: The greatest myth is that green design is more expensive. But it depends on how you do the math. Builders say green building practices are about 5 to 10 percent more expensive than standard building practices. But the payback, especially in energy savings, is huge, and you can earn your money back within 4 to 5 years. And if you look at the lifecycle of a building, such as the house I had in Salem that was built in the 1700s, it is more efficient because it has been in use for hundreds of years.
Q: What are some trends you are seeing in green home design?
A: Downsizing is definitely a trend, especially in regard to the Baby Boomer generation—they want to live more simply. Energy efficiency and low maintenance come along with downsizing. The house I am building at the moment is 1,000 square feet. I also see people wanting fewer items of higher quality.
Q: What are some tips for homeowners
A: For older homes in New England, the first thing a homeowner should do is get the house tested for air leaks. There are a number of companies who do overall poor performance testing to figure out where the air leaks are, and then come up with an insulation and air sealing program to air seal the house. There are subsidies and tax incentives you can take advantage of—the average cost is anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. But once sealed, a house is immediately more comfortable and it’s quieter. Sealing and insulating your home can give you a savings of save 30 to 50 percent on heating bills.
Q: What are some sustainable moves you can make to your home while on a budget?
A: Insulation and air sealing is so important! If there is only one thing you can do, insulation. I can’t stress how important this is.
Q: What are some things to consider in creating both a greener house as well as a healthy house?
A: Choose low-VOC paints. If buying new cabinets, make sure the cabinetmaker is using materials that are formaldehyde free. We can’t do the tracking on every piece of hardware and wood, but hiring a professional green consultant or an interior designer to source materials is a great idea.
Q: What sustainable practices are the Habitat for Humanity affiliates implementing on their projects?
A: I started doing stories about Habitat about 20 years ago with “This Old House” and more recently with “Renovation Nation” and have watched them over years. I have seen Habitat come to understand in a very central way that building green is the biggest favor you can do for the community. All of its houses are now built to some green standard, whether it is LEED certified or Energy Star rated or another sustainable rating system. Habitat services families who would not otherwise get a commercial mortgage. It is able to secure nonprofit loans, and part of that package is to build a house that is extremely efficient in terms of its energy use. Habit is the 6th largest builder in the nation right now. I’m very proud to be working with Habitat and spreading the word not only for affordable housing, but also green building. Each Habitat Regional Chapter selects projects they are going to build. And every Habitat project is very focused on green design. The projects will blend professionals—mason, carpenters, plumbers—with volunteers. And between the strength of knowledge and the strength of a volunteer labor base, Habitat is really focus on green building—which is better for the homeowner and the planet.
From June 4 to 10th, 2012 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country will build 250 homes in the span of one week as part of Habitat’s 2012 Home Builder’s Blitz.
The Merrimack Valley Habitat affiliate is building two houses in Lawrence as part of this nationwide event. The labor and materials for these homes is being donated by local builders and vendors so that the homes can be built by a professional team in one week at little cost.
Builders Blitz Leadership Team: Blitz Chairs Steve & Susan Howell, Howell Custom Building Group; Team: Steve Cote & Bill Foster, Cote & Foster; John Rodenhizer & Sara Elmer, JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions; Dave West, Meadowview Construction; Ken Kumph, Premier Builders; Marc Simon;Azimuth Construction; Bob Gosselin, Correct Temp.
For more information on how you can volunteer, visit www.merrimackvalleyhabitat.org
Don your work gloves, dust off garden furniture, and clean those paint brushes. ’Tis the season to make those home and garden improvements you haven’t been able to get to all winter—whether it’s adding a fresh coat of paint, planting the window boxes, or layinvg a new brick terrace. Northshore asked local builders and landscape designers what they suggest to spruce up our homes this spring. Here’s what the experts say:
“One great way to spruce up your home is to replace any rotting trim pieces—railings, porch newel posts, balusters—and add a fresh coat of paint,” says Chris Monaco, owner of Monaco Johnson Group. “Painting the front door in an accent color can make your house pop.” Chris also suggests other small fixes that can make a big impact, such as replacing your old storm door, updating your mailbox and house numbers, replacing old door hardware, installing a new entry light, and adding planters to the front porch.
“Pressure wash your walkways and steps,” says Tony Hurley of Artistic Landscapes. “Oftentimes, bluestone and concrete will discolor or become slippery from algae—pressure washing will bring back their natural look and make them safer to use.” Tony also suggests going through magazines and cutting out garden and plant photos you like. Then, you or your landscape designer can introduce them into your garden. He also says to incorporate elements that will help you enjoy the laid-back summer months once the spring planting is done, such as a new patio or fire pit.
Steve Howell, owner of Howell Custom Building Group, believes adding simple architectural elements, such as a wall-mounted trellis or window flower boxes painted to match your house trim color are great spruce-up moves. He is also an advocate for pressure washing brick and stone patios to bring back their original color and give them a fresh, clean look for the season. “Incorporating a pergola over an existing deck to grow climbing vines, such as wisteria, will provide partial shading and give structure to the outdoor space,” Steve notes.
“In anticipation of the warm New England weather, rely on design and construction professionals when considering the possibility of building outdoor living spaces. Your newly designed space should align well, both aesthetically and functionally, with your existing home to allow for easy outdoor entertaining,” says Tad Cunningham, director of custom homes at Windover Construction, Inc.
Erik Swanson, project manager and designer of Corliss Landscape & Irrigation, suggests lining up your contractor early. “We get busy and if you book early, you can guarantee a completion date and also have the best selection of plant material. Hardscape projects are typically the slowest to complete, so if you can get those going early you can enjoy them sooner.” Erik also suggests addressing lawn issues: “Remove any debris left by the winter, apply a pre-emergence crabgrass preventer/fertilizer in early spring, and adjust your irrigation system to water efficiently and only as needed—a smart controller will do this. Don’t forget insects. Apply dormant oils to eliminate winter moths on trees and wooly adelgid on hemlocks.”
Bruce Comak, owner of Comak Brothers, agrees with assessing your lawn situation. “One of the most important and least expensive things that people should consider in the spring is aerating their lawns. The benefits of aeration in the New England area are well documented. Just remember that spring aeration should be done early—no later than the second week in April. Although the benefits to the lawn are the same, punching holes in the turf surface too late in the spring opens the lawn to places that weed seeds can germinate.”
While we can’t stop the passage of time, most of us like a kitchen that doesn’t feel dated just a few years from upgrading the cabinets or countertops. And although kitchen trends and fads seem to last about as long as a high school crush, many of us continue to come back to the look of a period-inspired kitchen—a space with glass cupboards brimming with Grandmother’s dishes and a sturdy farm table taking center stage. Kitchens based on historical designs seem to transcend the ages and look appropriate even in the 21st-century. But what makes these kitchens timeless? The right proportions, materials, and design details hold the key to their success.
“A timeless kitchen is one that blends beauty and function and takes into consideration the style of the home and the tastes of the owner. Quality materials are utilized, from the cabinets to the appliances to the fixtures. A timeless design also serves many purposes and should reflect the needs of the cook as well as the rest of the family. There should be adequate workspace for cooking and food prep, eating or gathering, and thoughtful storage.” Leanne Smith, Owner of Family Kitchens
Timeless kitchens abound with natural materials. Using wood flooring and cabinets is a great place to start. A well-worn reclaimed wide-board floor offers authenticity to the room and wood cabinets lend an ageless feel. Linoleum flooring is also an enduring alternative. Introduced to kitchens in the early part of the 20th century, it has regained popularity once again for its durable and sustainable qualities. Natural stone is also an important material when achieving a lasting look. While a scratched laminated surface quickly dates your countertops, the beauty of soapstone and marble—two great timeless materials—only look more beautiful when well worn. Tom Kelly, owner of TRK Designs, believes a mix of materials—wood, stone, even concrete—is key to creating a space that remains fresh for years to come. Frank McCormick of McCormick Kitchens agrees about keeping the look simple with an earth tone color palette. “There are some great manmade products on the market that offer a natural look—the Cambria line of countertops are durable and timeless.”
Cabinets reproduced from old butler’s pantry designs of the late 1900s are a great alternative to today’s more elaborate designs that quickly date themselves. These well-proportioned Shaker-style (simple raised and flat paneled doors) profiles never go out of fashion. Instead of solid cabinets, mix open and glass-front cabinets to evoke a timeless feel, and incorporate freestanding dish hutches for an unfitted look. “Stay away from trendy cabinet looks that will label your kitchen to a specific timeframe years from now,” says Ken Dempsey, president and owner of Northshore Kitchens. “Choosing colors and details that don’t break the bank but give your kitchen a ‘wow’ factor is important for long-term consideration.” Cabinets painted white never seem to go out of fashion, and don’t be afraid to go with a dark stain on a wooden counter—the color contrast is striking. Kelly agrees, “Incorporating simple colors and designs will make the look last.”
One thing that is wonderful about kitchens based on these timeless principles is that the latest appliances always seem welcome—whether it’s a stainless steel Sub-Zero or an Aga cooker. The design doesn’t fall apart when they are introduced. “Choosing the right appliances that will hold up equally well to the quality and life expectancy of your kitchen cabinets is also important. The number one reason that most homeowners decide to remodel a kitchen is due to failed appliances,” says Dempsey.
Lighting, hardware, plumbing fixtures, and sinks can also make or break the timeless look you’re trying to achieve. Reproduction cupboard catches and bin pulls offer perfect alternatives to more contemporary hardware. Light fixtures should be kept simple such as pendant and wall-mounted lighting fixtures with white bell shades. White porcelain farmhouse sinks and wall-mounted faucets were ubiquitous in old-house kitchens and are as timeless today as they were back then. “My advice to customers and friends is first, buy what you like and what fits your lifestyle,” says Chris Velonis, CEO of Peabody Supply. “Second, if you want to include a look that is based on a recent fad, do it in the form of an accessory—that way, it’s easily changed without spending a lot of time and money. As an example, if you find a funky faucet that you love, but come to the realization a few years from now that you no longer love it, the faucet can be easily changed. A bad selection in flooring, cabinets, or kitchen sinks can be with you for a lifetime.” The true success to a timeless kitchen is to keep it simple and let understated traditional details keep your kitchen relevant for generations to come.
Three Timeless Picks from Yvonne Blacker, Salem Plumbing/ Designer Bath
Add character and charm to a modern-day kitchen with these accessories.
1. An apron-front Copper Farmhouse Sink from Stone Forest
Combines timeless beauty and natural patina
Old World-style antique dark copper finish
Hammered or smooth finish on apron-front
2. A deck-mounted bridge faucet from the Country Collection by Rohl
Rich, exquisite detailing with functional design
Available in polished chrome, polished nickel, or Tuscan brass
3. Sinle-lever, single-hole Perrin & Rowe kitchen faucet
Classic and ornate English styling
Available in Inca brass, polished chrome, English bronze
AUCTIONS & ANTIQUES
Andrew Spindler Antiques 163 Main St., Essex, MA 01929, (978) 768-6045
Kaminski Auctions 564 Cabot St. Beverly, MA 01915, (978) 927-2223
Sedler’s Antique Village 51 West Main St., Georgetown, MA 01833, (978) 352 – 8282
BUILDERS, ARCHITECTS & CONTRACTORS
Doucet Remodeling & Design One Central St. Stoneham, MA 02180 (781) 438-6225
Gleysteen Design LLC 129 Kingston St. Boston, MA 02111, (617) 542-6060
LI Designs 6 Tolland Rd., N. Andover, MA 01845, (978) 314-9219
Monaco Johnson Group 8 Proctor St., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 745-0606
S + H Construction Inc. 26 New St., Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 876-8286
Windover Construction 13 Elm St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, (978) 525-6038
Esposito Carpet 380 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887, (978) 658-7878
First Rugs 342 Great Rd., Rte. 2A, Acton, MA 01720, (978) 263-0100; 301 Newbury St., Rte. 1, Danvers, MA 01923, (866) 784-7178
Landry & Arcari 63 Flint St., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 744-5909; 333 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116, (617) 399-6500
Magarian Rug Cleaning 155 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945, (781) 631-3321
Ashley’s Hallmark 100 Macy St., Amesbury, MA 01913, (978) 388-8002
Timeless Interiors 52 Railroad Ave., S. Hamilton, MA 01982, (978) 468-1141
Urban Elements 83 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 666-4408
HOME SHOWS & EVENTS
The Music Hall Kitchen Tour 104 Congress St., Portsmouth, NH 03801, (603) 433-3100
INSURANCE PUBLIC ADJUSTORS
Seltser & Goldstein 900 Cummings Center, Ste. 302T, Beverly, MA 01915, (978) 921-9481
Finn-Martens Design 1 Bridle Path Ln., Beverly Farms, MA 01915, (978) 927-9959
Sue Adams Interiors 89 N. Main St., Andover, MA 01810, (978) 475-3567
Wilson Kelsey Design 37 Dearborn St., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 741-4234
KITCHEN & BATH
Beach Sales, Inc. 80 VFW Pkwy., Revere, MA 02151, (781) 284-0130
Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply 97 River St., Beverly, MA 01915, (877) 361-BATH
Family Kitchens 262 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 745-7700
McCormick Kitchens 1161 Broadway, Rte. 1 South, Saugus, MA 01906, (781) 231-4200
Newbury Kitchens 113 Main Street, Byfield, MA 01922, (978) 500-3521
Peabody Supply Co., Inc. 25 Commerce Way, North Andover, MA 01845, (978) 682-5634
Tri-City Sales 272 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 744-6100; 77 Turnpike Rd., Ipswich, MA 01913, (978) 412-0033
TRK Design Company 183 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945, (781) 631-9200
Village Woodworking Shop, Inc. 55 Main St., Topsfield, MA 01983, (978) 887-2893
Northshore Kitchens Plus 100 Cummings Center- Suite 108D, Beverly, MA 01915, 781-631-1060
LANDSCAPE & GARDEN
Artistic Landscapes One Sawmill Way, Georgetown, MA 01833, (978) 317-9875
Comak Bros. 647 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960, (978) 535-1227
Corliss Landscape & Irrigation 31 Essex Rd., Ipswish, MA 01938, (978) 356-4224
J and R Fine Landscaping 23 Vine St., Andover, MA 01810, (978) 475-1193
Lifetyme Exteriors 1 Braintree St., Allston, MA 02134, (617) 987-2011
Mara Landscape Design 13 Withington St., Newbury, MA 01951; 50 Greensboro Rd., Ste. 101, Hanover, NH 03755, (603) 632-1230
ND Landscape, Inc. 2 Martel Way, Georgetown, MA 01833, (978) 852-1073
Sava Tree 2 Dix Way, Beverly Farms, MA 01915, (978)927-5252
Stefano’s Landscaping Company, Inc. 35 Munroe St., Georgetown, MA 01833, (978) 352-8834
Wolf Hill Home & Garden Center 60 Turnpike Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938, (978) 356-6342; 104 Eastern Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930, (978) 281-4480
Delande Lighting 22 New Derby St., Salem, MA 01970, (978) 744-2609
Design Lighting 350 Winthrop Ave., Rte. 114, North Andover, MA 01845, (978) 794-1650
Lucia Lighting & Design 311 Western Ave., Lynn, MA 01904, (781) 595-0026
Danver 1 Grand St., Wallingford, CT 06492, (800) 441-0537
Yankee Fireplace & Grill City 140 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949, (978) 744-1621
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL HEATING
Stadium Oil 525 Lowell St. #2, Peabody, MA 01960, (978) 535-5200
There are many components in planning for retirement and senior living. There are financial aspects to analyze, living arrangements to consider, and home and health care services to examine. We talked to a variety of specialists on the North Shore to see what makes their services a natural fit.
Grace House of Windham offers a unique approach to long-term care. This small 17-bed assisted living home offers an intimate home setting with quality care. The home-like environment brings warmth and intimacy to the residents and their families. It is also a safe place for those who are memory impaired. Grace House offers placement for individuals who require more assistance than the average assisted living home. The staff-to-resident ratio is high and thus offers more assistance to each individual. The highly trained and committed team of professionals shares a common philosophy in caring for the residents; respect and compassion towards each resident is always a priority. “Grace House is a new approach to long-term care. We are the caregivers; let our family take care of your family.” – Susan Pike, Owner/Administrator
VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice provides home health and hospice care in 36 Greater Boston communities to over 3,500 patients a year. It delivers a full range of home health services to speed recovery after illness and help manage chronic disease. Services include skilled nursing, home health aides, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutritional education. Home health goals are focused on helping patients maintain independence and prevent unnecessary re-hospitalizations. There is also hospice for those with a life-limiting illness that no longer responds to curative treatment. The goal of hospice care is to improve quality of life with palliative symptom control and pain management. “VNA of Middlesex-East is proud of a highly competent staff that delivers excellent care with compassion and respect.” - Merry Beth Rucker, CEO
Ameriprise Financial can help you plan for your retirement and achieve your financial goals through personal financial planning and advice. Over the years, it’s helped millions of people invest and save billions of dollars for what’s important to them. Ameriprise professionals offer a broad range of financial products and services. The Curtin and Associates franchise of Ameriprise consists of a team of three CFP® advisors and two client services specialists with a combined total of 60 years of experience in finance. They have a large concentration of clients living and working in and around the North Shore and are ready to help you, too. “Our practice approach is unique because we truly care about the outcome of every financial plan that we build with our clients. We realize the role we play has an awesome responsibility with it, and we take this role very seriously and treat each client as if they were family.” - John D. Curtin, Private Wealth Advisor and Franchise Owner
Spectrum Adult Day Health Program provides a specialized and supportive environment for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. This cost-effective option can enable those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of memory loss to maintain independence and remain in their own homes. Spectrum also gives families well-deserved respite and peace of mind that their loved ones are in a safe and uplifting environment. Spectrum offers a 1:4 staff to client ratio, medical monitoring and medication administration, and failure-free activities that promote positive feelings and strong self-esteem. Spectrum promotes fun, friendship, and familiarity and offers enhanced levels of care for those with advanced care needs. “We are the only day program in the region recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association for our commitment to staff training and support.” - Darcey Adams, Director of Community Programs
ABC Home Healthcare is a full-service private home care organization offering 1- to 24-hour-care, as well as a unique live-in program. They are dedicated to providing the most advanced and comprehensive home care services. By working with Medicare providers, community resources, and elder service agencies, they maximize a client’s services in the most economical way. ABC Home Healthcare is not a franchise; they are owned and managed by nurses and geriatric case managers with more than 35 years of home care experience. No two patients are alike; therefore they customize the services for each of their clients and adjust them as their needs change. “All of our clients have access to a nurse 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is our goal at ABC Home Healthcare for each client to feel that they are our only client.” – Jeannette Sheehan, MS, RN, CS, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
SeniorCare, Inc. is a regional elder service agency. SeniorCare remains strongly committed to respond to the expressed needs of elder consumers to develop programs. They currently provide a wide variety of services such as home care, care management, home-delivered meals, money management, volunteer transportation, information specialists, options counseling, and caregiver support. From its inception, SeniorCare has been committed to “community first,” and establishes its public and private partnerships with the primary goal of assisting seniors to remain in their homes. SeniorCare is a one-stop portal for elder services. “We’re extremely proud of several recent efforts that bolster our ‘community first’ goals. SeniorCare has implemented a chronic disease self-management program, a fall prevention program, and a care transitions program to help prevent repeat hospitalizations.” - Kay Bierwiler, Executive Director
Southgate is a uniquely planned retirement community, allowing ready access to every service seniors need under one roof. Residents enjoy a wealth of amenities including fine dining, indoor swimming, theater, and candlepin bowling. Convenient services allow them to live the life they always imagined free of house maintenance, housekeeping, and yard work. At Southgate, residents feel secure about their future, knowing there is a full continuum of care on campus that includes independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, and nursing care with a memory care unit. Established in 1989, Southgate is located in Shrewsbury, MA and is situated on 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with gardens, walkways, and a three-acre park popular for evening band concerts. “Our leadership team is unsurpassed in its ability to provide you with first-class service, quality of attention, and customer satisfaction.” - Chip Emerson, CEO and President
Providing high-quality care with an exceptionally skilled staff, Home Health VNA seeks to shift a wider range of medical care services from hospital to home. Home Health VNA is also one of the most technologically advanced home health agencies in the state, with a hand-held electronic medical record designed to share patient health information across the agency and with other acute and community-based providers caring for a patient. Aside from lower costs, home health care delivers a more proactive approach toward improving patient outcomes. Home Health VNA staff is committed to providing the highest quality of care to all their patients every day. “Home Health VNA offers a full array of programs and services. There is very little we can’t do at home.” - John Albert, President and CEO
Avalon Andover is a unique opportunity for residents to live in a brand new community with top-notch amenities including a heated pool, great lawn, outdoor social area with fireplace, state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor resident lounge. Avalon’s on-site management team provides maintenance-free living that should be particularly attractive to those looking to leave homeowner chores behind. The individual apartment homes at Avalon Andover feature many thoughtfully designed floor plans without stairs and architecturally designed kitchens and bathrooms with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, walk-in showers and private balconies. “Avalon Andover’s convenient location, architectural design, amenities, and maintenance-free living make it the ideal community for seniors looking for a brand new apartment home close to their family and friends on the North Shore.” – David O. Gillespie, Development Director
Edgewood Retirement Community is a life care facility for seniors age 62 and older. It offers all levels of services and amenities from independent living to skilled nursing care in their on-site nursing center. Edgewood provides quality housing, supportive services, and health care while fostering an environment that ensures all residents freedom, dignity, independence, and security during their retirement years. Edgewood’s goal is to enable the residents to live independently for as long as they are comfortable doing so, and the staff encourages residents to continue the activities, friendships, and community life they have enjoyed with assistance provided by the resident service department. When residents can no longer live independently, long-term care is provided. “Edgewood’s commitment to customer service, as well as our spectacular country surroundings, offer seniors a perfect setting to live the way they want and enjoy all the vibrant options offered without the worry of what will happen if they need further care or assistance.” - Nancy Roy, Marketing Director
In order to reach your goal of retirement security, it’s important to determine what you’d like to achieve financially and then map out a strategy. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. As a New York Life Insurance Company agent, as well as a Registered Representative of NYLIFE Securities LLC, Dennis A. Dickinson, Jr. is a trained professional who can help you identify your financial needs and then determine which insurance and financial products can best help you meet your objectives. He provides financial planning solutions for families and business owners that include retirement planning, wealth preservation, estate planning, and insurance planning. “Our office is different from other firms because of our AAA-rated company strength and the process we take our clients through. It is a comprehensive approach that identifies the goals and objectives for the clients and eventually implements the solutions needed to achieve the desired results.” – Dennis A. Dickinson Jr., Financial Services Professional, New York Life/NYLIFE Securities
Grace House of Windham, 23 Mammoth Rd. Windham, NH 03087, (603) 889-1800
Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 600 Cummings Center, Ste. 176X, Beverly, MA 01915, (978) 921-5020; 1820 Turnpike St., Unit 106, North Andover, MA 01845, (978) 688-3248
SeniorCare, Inc., 5 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930, (978) 281-1750
HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE CARE
ABC Home Healthcare Professionals, 233 Albion St., Wakefield, MA 01880, (781) 245-1880
Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, HomeCare, Inc., 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843, (800) 933-5593
VNA of Middlesex – East, Visiting Nurse Hospice, Sawtelle Family, Hospice House, 607 North Ave., Ste. 17, Wakefield, MA 01880, (781) 224-3399, vnaofme.org
Senior Helpers, 153 Andover St., Danvers, MA 01923, (781) 569-6700
Avalon Andover, 460 River Rd., Andover, MA 01810, (877) 587-4061
Edgewood Retirement Community, 575 Osgood St., North Andover, MA 01845, (978) 725-3300
Nichols Village, One Nichols Way, Groveland, MA 01834, (978) 372-3930
Southgate at Shewsbury, 30 Julio Dr., Shewsbury, MA 01545, (508) 842-8331
RETIREMENT PLANNING/FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ameriprise Financial, 175 Andover St., Ste. 201, Danvers, MA 01923, (877) 524-5522
NYLIFE Securities LLC, 60 Washington St., Ste. 301, Salem, MA 01970, (978) 745-0011
You’re planning your dream wedding: the right cake, the best cuisine, the perfect place and, of course, the ultimate dress. Well, we’d like to help make your dream a reality. We’ve talked to top wedding specialists in the North Shore and found out what makes each establishment shine on the big day. By Judy Kutosky
Restaurants, Caterers, & Event Sites
Renowned for its classic style and award-winning service, the Taj Boston is a landmark hotel overlooking the Public Garden. Its jewel box ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and palatial salons with wood-burning fireplaces are ideal for picture-perfect wedding ceremonies. The Taj believes your wedding day should be nothing short of perfection, so whether you wish for the grandest affair or an intimate gathering, they will take care of every little detail. All Taj Boston weddings include the dedicated services of an event planner and a luxurious suite for the bride and groom on their wedding night. For more information, call (617) 536-5700 or go to www.tajhotels.com/tajboston.
“As the day you’ve always dreamt of slowly draws to an end, we’ll give you the perfect gift: a 6-night stay at a Taj palace or exotic location.” – Patrick Blangy, Director of Sales and Marketing
Ferncroft Country Club is a perfect place to host your wedding reception, ceremony or shower. Head Chef Stephane Baloy has crafted a unique dining experience that combines first-class quality, unparalleled taste and excellent presentation in a casually elegant atmosphere that will create wonderful memories of your perfect day. The staff goes to great lengths to create a positive experience with extraordinary cuisine and attentive service. No two weddings at Ferncroft are alike. With these facilities, staff and creativity, your reception will be truly unique. For more information, visit www.ferncroftcc.com or call (978) 739-4040 x227.
“Ferncroft CC offers an incredibly convenient location at the intersection of Rt 1 and I-95 that is just 19 miles from downtown, but feels far removed from an urban setting with 287 acres of golf course, trees, and lakes. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Club is accepting wedding reservations from non-members, which offers brides the opportunity to create a unique reception and establish their own identity for their perfect day.” – Toby Ahern, General Manager
For something elegant and sophisticated, bridal couples will be pleasantly pleased with Turner Hill, a magnificent European-inspired Elizabethan mansion. Located on the peak of Ipswich, Massachusetts, the elevated views of grandeur will greet your guests with charm. The property has various locations for weddings, including the beautiful outdoor garden for ceremonies. Plus, they only host one event a day, so each wedding is given complete attention. Turner Hill boasts indoor and outdoor locations for large or intimate weddings, along with a beautifully appointed bridal chamber, a private room for the groom and his attendants, and even the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner. For more information, call (978) 356-7070 x 109 or go to www.turnerhill.com.
“Allow Turner Hill to create your ‘Happily Ever After.’ Our uniqueness is captured in our magnificent setting and our attention to every detail to create the perfect wedding.” – Carol Travers, Director of the Mansion Sales & Events
Do you want the elegance, warmth, and charm of a grand country estate? Then head to Cafe Escadrille, a landmark of fine dining and events for nearly 40 years, located just 15 miles north of Boston. The beautiful architecture, legendary food, white-glove service, and convenient location are just a few of the reasons this is a wedding favorite. They can accommodate weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners ranging from 10 to 350 people. Plus, there are many extras included in the wedding package, such as an in-house pastry chef that works with the bride to design the cake of her dreams, an inventory of gorgeous silk centerpieces, and free valet parking. Go to www.CafeEscadrille.com or call (781) 273-1916 for more information.
“Though Cafe Escadrille is just minutes off Route I-95, you and your guests will feel the warmth and elegance of a grand country estate as soon as you enter. Your guests will enjoy the renowned ambiance and cuisine of Cafe Escadrille while our expert wedding staff makes sure that this day is the wedding of your dreams!” – Stephane Colinet, General Manager
For a truly personalized wedding, The Boston Marriott Peabody offers a creative and knowledgeable sales and events team to lead you through the entire wedding process. The property boasts a variety of settings for each of the special events surrounding the wedding. The two ballrooms, the courtyard and poolside seasonal outdoor space are just a few options for the shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and farewell brunch. Not to be overlooked is the fact that the hotel offers luxurious accommodations for guests, and they also have a great on-site restaurant–Sophia’s. Finally, the banquet team consistently delivers impeccable service on the wedding day, so that every part of your event is executed flawlessly. For more information, call (978) 977-9700 or go to www.peabodymarriottweddings.com.
“Each bride has a different vision, and we are the market leaders in customizing the event that every bride has been dreaming of and will remember for a lifetime.” – Darlene Ippolito, Senior Sales Manager
The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina, Salem’s newest boutique hotel, has contemporary nautical décor. Choose from standard rooms, single suites, or two-room suites. The picturesque Pickering Wharf makes a perfect location for weddings. With updated modern rooms, a swimming pool, and central location, the hotel is ideally situated for visiting friends and family. Whether you are looking to book group accommodations, hold a breakfast, luncheon, or reception, or maybe just an intimate family dinner, the experienced and attentive staff will take care of all of the details and create an unforgettable experience. For more information ,call (978) 740-8788 or visit www.salemwaterfronthotel.com
“It’s our attention to detail, flawless execution, and perfect location that is unmatched. We offer everything a Boston wedding has to offer ,but not with Boston pricing.” – Bill Carroll, General Manager
Voted The Knot’s “Best of Weddings 2011,” Cruiseport Gloucester is a luxurious waterfront wedding destination north of Boston. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Sheree DeLorenzo and her team are dedicated to fulfilling your wedding dreams. They can help you plan your entire event from selecting a wedding photographer, cake designer, entertainment, flowers, lighting, tuxedo rentals, transportation, and those special extras that make your day as unique as you are. Their onsite professional wedding planners are there the day of the event, so you can simply relax and enjoy. Your own personal wedding planner will guide you through all the day’s events ensuring a smooth and memorable wedding. For more information, please go to www.cruiseportgloucester.com or call (978)-282-9700.
“Cruiseport Gloucester is a truly unique property, with huge windows overlooking our fabulous deck and historic Gloucester harbor. I believe what really sets us apart from other venues, however, is our enthusiasm, our commitment to great service, and our creativity. We genuinely love hosting incredible weddings, and we will do whatever we can to make your event spectacular.” – Bridget Jaramillo, Senior Event Manager
Smolak Farms is situated on a 300-year-old family-owned and operated working farm. In addition to the serenity and surrounding beauty of the farm, this event space is special because the Smolak staff only hosts one ceremony per day, giving the wedding couple 100% of their attention. This feature also allows bridal couples complete flexibility in choosing their desired start time. Weddings at Smolak Farms often include a ceremony in the heirloom orchard, a cocktail hour in the antique barn, an elegant reception under a beautiful tent, spectacular pictures in front of the swan pond, traditional hayrides, and delicious homemade baked goods from their own farm stand. Since their restrictions are few, they pride themselves on hosting unique, customized weddings that surpass everybody’s expectations. For more information, go to www.smolakfarms.com or call (978) 697-1723.
“Smolak Farms offers an alternative to ‘function facility’ weddings, providing couples the opportunity to showcase their individual style and personality in a relaxed country setting.” – Ashley Piazza, Director of Events
For a classic wedding, head to Hawthorne Hotel, which has been hosting weddings since its opening in 1925. The hotel echoes a lost age of grandeur and elegance, and each couple will feel special in this grand site. Personal service and attention to detail are hallmarks of the property and will be evident on your wedding day. Every celebration is catered to your own personal style and taste in the classic setting of the Hawthorne. Each of the 93 rooms is individually furnished and beautifully decorated with 18th century-style reproduction furnishings, reflecting unique New England charm and character. A wedding here is classic and memorable. For more information, go to www.hawthornehotel.com or call (978) 825-4358.
“I think our guests say it best: ‘Thank you so much for all of your help in giving us the perfect wedding. Everything was wonderful and we had a fabulous time. The hotel is great and puts on one heck of a party!’ And we do throw a great party!” – Kristie Poehler, Regional Director of Sales
For a one-stop-shop, full-service wedding, it’s hard to beat the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel, nestled in the Merrimack Valley. They are able to host wedding receptions, ceremonies, and accommodations for all guests under the same roof. The wedding packages hold the same theory and include floral centerpieces, wedding cake, linens, chair covers/sashes, and limousine service. With close to 300 guest rooms and over 8,000 square-feet of newly renovated banquet space, there’s plenty of room for weddings of various sizes. The hotel takes pride in the fact that it’s consistently in the top 10 of the brand for overall guest satisfaction and service quality. For more information, go to (978) 975-3600 or call www.wyndhamandover.com.
“The outstanding staff is what makes the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel so special. Every one of them is passionate about hospitality and providing the best possible experience to every guest, every day.”
- General Manager, Don Corbosiero
Imagine your wedding at a beautiful private estate. Located in picturesque Bradley Palmer Park, Willowdale Estate offers everything from formal wedding receptions to garden courtyard ceremonies. Planning services begin with a comprehensive ‘Wedding Planning Book’ that will guide you through the process. The planning department is dedicated to making sure that you have all your questions answered and that all elements have been considered. Best of all, they provide all-inclusive packages: venue, catering, and planning. Plus, all of the food is fresh and homemade; everything is prepared and cooked on site, so food is never transported or held in warmers. The day-of-wedding coordinators are talented and skilled individuals dedicated to seeing you get the experience that you want from your wedding day.
For more information, go to www.willowdaleestate.com or call (978) 887-8211.
“One happy couple said it best: ‘The food, the staff, and the service was excellent. Thank you for making our wedding day a dream come true!” – Briar Rose Forsythe, Owner & Executive Director
For nearly 40 years, Gourmet Caterers has been considered one of Boston’s premier caterers. In addition to their exclusive partnerships with some of Boston’s most historic venues, including John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gourmet is also a preferred vendor at several venues throughout the Boston area. Whether your dream wedding is a large event or intimate affair, Gourmet’s team of innovative planners, chefs, stylists, and servers will be by your side to ensure that everything is perfectly and uniquely your own. From the food to the flowers, site location to linens, Gourmet promises wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Go to www.gourmetcaterers.com or call (617) 522-2820 for more information.
“It’s our goal to make sure that your event is specifically tailored to you…start to finish” – Kim Richard, Director of Sales
Joe Fish is a traditional New England seafood house with a fun, creative style. They have a separate dining room available that can seat up to 50 people; the room features a private bar, restrooms, and entrance. The menu can be tailored to meet each and every event. Whether it is a formal sit-down dinner, casual buffet, or intimate gathering, Joe Fish can make entertaining your family and friends a memorable experience. The Loft is a 200-year-old post-and-beam-constructed farmhouse serving the finest steaks and comfort foods. It is also a truly unique place for your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. For more information on Joe Fish, go to Joefish.net or call (978) 685-3663; for The Loft go to loftsteakandchophouse.com or call (978) 686-0026.
“We customize each event to the specific needs of the customer, so if they want a traditional New England clam bake, we can do it, or if they want comfort food, we can create a menu around that. We cater the menu to each customer’s needs and budgets, so each event is personalized.” – Jim Dietz, Owner
For bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions, Ithaki restaurant offers excellent service and fresh, creative Greek cuisine. Dinner and catering events can accommodate between 15-100 people. Their newly renovated dining room and expanded bar is the perfect place for a celebration. The restaurant serves classic modern Mediterranean cuisine such as rack of lamb and amazing scallops as well as local favorites such as Cape Ann Haddock, creamy mushroom risotto, filet mignon, gorgeous tuna, and chocolate mousse. The central location—close to Route 95 and 128 and just one block from the Ipswich train station—makes it convenient for your guests. For more information, go to www.ithakicuisine.com or call (978) 356-0099.
“We offer unique weddings because of our excellent-rated cuisine and gracious ambiance.” – Petros Markopoulos, Owner
Timothy S. Hopkins Catering is chef-owned and operated, so they really care about the food and bring many years of culinary experience to the table. They ask couples and their families about their culinary tastes and requirements to create menus just for them. Once they come up with a menu and a proposal that is mutually agreeable, they invite the couple into their kitchen for a complimentary tasting. They feel it is so important not only to taste the food, but to meet face-to-face to get to know each other and to discuss their vision of how they would like their reception to be. In addition to custom menu planning and complimentary tastings, they offer all of the services required of a full service boutique catering company. For more information, go to www.tshcatering.com or call (978) 768-9990.
What makes us unique is our ability to source the best local seafood, meat and produce on the North Shore. We have long standing relationships with local vendors and farms. There is a bounty of delicious food in the region, and we have always taken advantage of that.” – Tim Hopkins, Owner and Executive Chef
Serenitee Catering is a full-scale catering company representing seven unique restaurants on the North Shore. They offer in-house wedding rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, and off-site catered events. In-house events can be arranged at any of the seven locations: Latitude 43, Minglewood Tavern, Alchemy Bistro, Calas, 15 Walnut, Hale St. Tavern, and The Backstage Bistro. Serenitee Catering has a culinary edge in the catering business due to the fact that they represent seven different restaurants with seven unique food concepts and menus. They offer everything from sushi to classic New England fare to creative dishes utilizing local organic produce and farm-friendly meats. For more information, visit www.sereniteecatering.com or call (978) 281-0223.
“Serenitee Catering combines the passion, energy and expertise of our seven unique restaurants in planning your custom tailored event. Whether you are planning a sizeable gathering at one of our larger restaurants or an intimate dinner at one of our smaller locations, we dedicate ourselves to ensuring your special occasion is a warm and memorable event.” – Jenn Waitkus, Director of Sales
Marian Court College, located on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in picturesque Swampscott, serves as the perfect venue for weddings. With breathtaking views from The Great Lawn coupled with elegant, distinguished food provided by Dario’s Catering, your event is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Dario’s is innovative, passionate, elegant, and dedicated to excellent food presented in a beautiful style. They’ve been catering to some of the most discriminating palates and personalities in Boston and the North Shore since 2001. Together, Marian Court College and Dario’s create authentic, memorable experiences for the special day. For more information, go to www.mariancourt.edu/events, www.darioscatering.com, or call (781) 309-5200.
“This is one of the most special days in a couple’s life. The view from The Great Lawn is magical.” – Michele Ahouse, VP of Development, Marketing & Events
“Our passion and focus is on the couple and their guests – from the view, to the food, to the service – it’s all about creating a day made up of memorable moments.” – Dario Puerto, chef/owner, Dario’s Catering
Joseph’s Trattoria is the perfect place for your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. They offer fresh, creative Italian cuisine and will work closely with the bridal couple to come up with a menu that suits their palate and style. Additionally, they can create the wedding cake of your dreams. Couples will pick their favorite cake flavor, filling, and icing; there are literally dozens of options from which to choose. If you’re having your wedding off-site, Joseph’s also has an extensive catering menu and will work hard to make sure everything is perfect. For more information, call (978) 374-8288 or visit www.josephstrattoria.com.
“We’re excited to announce that we will soon be expanding the restaurant to include a private event room, in which we can host parties that can seat up to 60 people. In this new space, we will be serving the exact same food as the restaurant—food that our customers have come to love and depend on visit after visit.” – Gina Brannon, Co-owner
The Pavilion Oceanfront Event Center is an elegant event space for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers accommodating from 35 to 250 guests. There are various settings for your event and each one features breathtaking ocean views, cuisine prepared by award-winning Seaglass Restaurant, and a professional staff of event and service managers. The event center is the only venue on Boston’s North Shore that offers direct oceanfront function spaces. Guests can feel the waves breaking gently beneath their feet. For more information, go to www.seaglassoceanside.com or call 978 465-2000 x 113.
Dresses, Tuxes, & Corsets
Bridesmaids Galleria provides stylish bridal attendants’ collections with eight of the top designers in the bridal industry. Whether you’re looking for classic, contemporary, sophisticated, or chic, all styles are available in a variety of quality fabrics including bella chiffons, iridescent taffetas, and European satins. Dresses are available in various lengths and alterations can be made on any dress. Accessories are available, including bridesmaids’ jewelry sets and fashionable dyed-to-match footwear. Bridesmaids Galleria is an established, trusted, and credible operation with over 30 years in business. They offer flexible hours and exceptional personal service. For more information, visit www.bridesmaidsgalleria.com or call (781) 598-5003.
“We offer the best dresses for your best friends.” – Gayle Polcari, Owner
The Ultimate has been making women feel beautiful for over 40 years by helping them find the dress of their dreams. They have thousands of dresses in the store for bridesmaids, flower girls, and mother-of-the-bride/groom. With the addition of tuxedos, they can help your whole wedding party, as well as your guests. Their dedicated and knowledgeable staff takes pride in making you look your best. Appointments are welcomed, but not necessary. For more information, call (978) 535-5440 or go to www.ultimatewomansapparel.com.
”Unlike most bridal shops, we have a huge selection of evening dresses that are perfect for the bride who doesn’t want a typical bridesmaid look. Also, we are open seven days and five nights.” – Heather Siegel, Owner
Since 1976, Over the Rainbow has been helping brides on the North Shore create the wedding of their dreams. This 35 year-old family business was started by Barbara Perdue and is now run by her daughter Jacqueline Perdue Martin. They are the ultimate “green” environmental establishment by offering gowns that have either been worn once or, in some cases, never worn. This saves brides a considerable amount of money, as gowns are offered at half their original price. Their commitment to service and quality at an affordable price make this store truly unique. For more information, go to www.overtherainbows.com or call (978) 927-6070.
“Brides today are interested in their environment, and we like to think we were at the start of the recycling revolution. Buying a used gown is the ultimate recycle.” – Jacqueline Perdue Martin, Owner
Lorraine Roy Designer Collections is a special occasion dress salon specializing in dresses for mother-of-the-bride and groom. They have a variety of styles for mom: long or short, formal or casual. They offer personalized attention no matter what the budget. Our dedicated staff understands that a wedding is a very special day not only for the bride, but also for her mother and her future mother-in-law. Everyone plays an important role and should feel absolutely beautiful on that special day. They also carry dresses for guests of the wedding, as well as dresses for the rehearsal dinner, shower, or brunch the day after the wedding. For more information, go to www.lorraineroy.com or call (978) 774-0825.
“We understand that the mother of the bride is the second most important woman in the room. We want her to be spectacular!” – Jeanne Hennessey, Owner
A Beautiful Corset exclusively features the Vollers authentic steel-boned corset. As an undergarment to a wedding dress, every bride is insured the most elegant hourglass figure on her wedding day and her honeymoon night with a Vollers corset. The wedding corset style can be worn as outerwear or intimate wear and will reduce the waistline 2”- 6” instantly. A personal corset-fitting specialist is assigned to every bridal party and will help select the right wedding corset for the special wedding day or honeymoon night. Their website features the entire collection of Vollers under-bust and over-bust corsets. For more information, visit www.abeautifulcorset.com or call (978) 740-2922.
“We are the exclusive distributor for Vollers, and we carry all 50 styles. Vollers is the best corset in the world, and every single corset is made to order.” – Tamar Rosenblatt, Owner
J. Gibley Tuxedos is the newest tuxedo boutique in the Boston area and has decades of experience in finding the perfect tuxedo for your wedding. Founder Jeff Gibeley is a tuxedo expert and will work with you to find the tuxedo that complements your theme, color scheme, or location. They specialize in tuxedo and suit rentals as well as destination wedding rentals. They offer the latest styles and designers. Additionally, they sell tuxedos and suits for all sizes from infants (6 months to 3T), boys (size 4-18) and men (sizes 34-64). They have over 3,000 tuxedos in stock and offer same-day service. Special packages for wedding parties are available; with six or more rentals in a wedding party, the groom’s tux rental is free. For more information, go to www.jgibleytuxedos.com or
call (978) 531-8856.
“We do custom alterations on coats, pants, and shirts—free of charge. For guys that are hard to fit, we will special order items. We offer unmatched service and supreme quality at a competitive price.” – Jeff Gibeley, Owner
For tuxedo and limo service for the special day, it’s hard to beat Russo Tux & Limousine. They rent and sell tuxedos and suits and have over 50 styles to choose from. They offer convenient six-day rental from Wednesday to Monday. Their in-house tailor does custom alterations for hard-to-fit men and athletic fit. All outfits are tried on in-store, so everyone looks perfect for the wedding day. Their fleet of limos consists of 6, 8, and 10 passenger stretches, Hummers, Escalades, limo buses, and more. The drivers are experienced chauffeurs. For more information, call (617) 839-8034 or go to www.russotux.com and www.russolimousine.com.
“Russo Tux & Limousine will make you look your best and arrive in style!” – Maria Russo, Owner
Bella Sera Bridal is a full-service bridal salon conveniently located above Giblees in Danvers. They offer designer gowns in all sizes. They believe that every bride deserves care and respect when selecting the gown she will wear as she walks toward her future. No matter her size or shape, the staff at Bella Sera Bridal will be by her side to make sure she feels her absolute best on the most magical day of her life. For appointments, please call (978) 774-4077 or go to www.bellaserabride.com.
“The Bella Sera staff loves what they do and it shows. We not only have a beautiful, relaxing space, we also make the buying experience fun and stress-free. We’ll take care of you from the moment you walk through our front door until the moment you pick up your gorgeous gown. We look forward to hearing your stories and sharing in such an amazing experience.” – Heidi Nicholson, Owner
Giblees is the North Shore destination for fine men’s clothing, including many upscale European designers and custom suiting. Your groom and his groomsmen will look their best in the latest styles. Giblees has been providing the finest of men’s wear and personalized service in the New England area for more than 50 years. From casual to formal, Giblees offers one of the largest inventories and selections of men’s designer clothing in all of New England. The unique merchandise is chosen from around the world and not commonly found in a typical men’s store. The service is just as upscale as the clothing. All the sales associates have extensive fashion training and help customers choose items that best meet their style and budget requirements. For more information, go to www.giblees.com or call (978) 774-4080.
“Giblees offers the best service with a tailor shop located on the premises for the perfect custom fit. Our selection can’t be beat: With specialty sizing from 3 months to 56XL, we have it all!” – Alan Gibeley, President
Beauty & Relaxation
To relax before the big day, escape to spa ni’joli. They offer exceptional customer service and every bride has their own bridal concierge that plans their entire event from start to finish. They have a separate bridal studio offering top-notch services and can customize the experience to every bride. Large groups are welcome. Many brides come in the week before and receive a relaxing massage with their groom. Then the whole bridal party comes back the day before the wedding to receive manicures and pedicures. On the big day, they do the final hair and makeup services, perfecting every last detail. With over 13 styling stations, 10 treatment rooms, and 12 pedicure and manicuring stations, they offer the very best in bridal beauty needs. For more information, go to www.nijoli.com or call (978) 682-9772.
“Our friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, and attention to detail allows each bride to start her special day like the storybook wedding she’s always imagined.” – Kristen McVey, Bridal Concierge
For brides, grooms, and mothers of the bridal couple, looking your best for the big day is of utmost importance. At All Care Laser Center, the technicians offer a number of different treatment options. No matter what the problem area is, they will work with their clients to address it. The Center does everything from removal of hair and pigmented lesions to addressing uneven sun damage, teeth bleaching, Botox, and Juvederm. For mothers of the bridal couple, there are a number of anti-aging treatments that can be performed. For more information, call (978) 208-0284 or go to www.allcarelasercenter.com.
“What sets us apart is the expertise of our technicians. I’ve been a laser technician since 1997, when the FDA gave approval for laser treatments. I’m one of the longest practicing technicians in the country. My staff also has extensive experience and together we are one of the most experienced laser centers in the U.S.” – Lisa Ricciardelli, Clinical Director
Great hair and makeup is essential, and wedding parties will find rouge cosmetics a chic beauty boutique and salon. They sell an array of the finest cosmetic products and provide professional makeup artistry as well as makeup lessons. Their mission is to teach women of all ages to utilize skincare and makeup to look and feel younger, more beautiful, and more confident. For weddings, they offer a peaceful, well-lit, chic environment where bridal parties can utilize 3-4 experienced makeup artists who have thousands of unique makeup products at their fingertips to customize and perfect each individual’s look to their desire. From super casual to high fashion and everything in between, rouge cosmetics will make your wedding makeup perfect. For more information, go to www.rouge.com or call (978) 740-1044.
“At rouge, we love helping brides look and feel more beautiful on their special day. We receive countless notes from our brides thanking us for helping them to reach their wedding day dreams!” – Ann Supple Massey, Owner
From brides and grooms to the parents of the happy couple, everyone wants to look their best on the big day. A visit to Dr. Anna Petropoulos of the New England Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Center will allow you to explore your options, focusing on non-surgical treatments, yet offering surgical ones if necessary as well. Being a national education faculty member who trains other physicians in these techniques, Dr. Petropoulos specializes in the latest non-invasive treatments at her Boston-area practice, including Botox, skin tightening and skin retexturizing as well as liquid face lifts. She strives to give her patients impressive yet natural results that reflect the vibrant, spirited, and joyful way they feel inside. For more information, go to www.classicface.com or call (978) 739-9500.
“A wedding is a very special and precious day for the whole family. My goal is to enhance the classic and natural beauty of the bride and her family so that they look their absolute best while glowing with joy and happiness as they begin their new life.” – Dr. Petropoulos
Everyone wants to look their best at a wedding. Look Your Best Northshore Medical Spa has board-certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated to exceptional standards of client care in performing state-of-the-art cosmetic medical services. These services are offered in a comfortable, relaxing environment. They have extensive experience, and their efficient approach to client care means you can begin to gain the look you want at your first appointment. The spa offers Botox, Juvéderm, Radiesse, laser facials, laser hair removal, and other treatments, so you’ll look your best on the big day. Wedding packages are available for the entire bridal party. For more information, go to www.lookyourbestnorthshore.com or call (978) 922-8344.
“We want you to be relaxed and refreshed, not overdone on your big day.” – James Bass, MD, Medical Director
Beautiful skin and a younger, more vibrant appearance is the mission at Skin Deep. They strive to help you achieve your cosmetic goals in a relaxed medical spa atmosphere, where your comfort and appearance are primary. At Skin Deep Laser Services, they are dedicated to offering high-quality aesthetic laser services using the newest technology available. They offer state-of-the-art, non-invasive laser treatments for men and women and provide the latest technologies in medical grade skin care, skin rejuvenation, injectables, and laser services. For more information, go to www.SkinDeep-MA.com or call (978) 587-2711.
“At Skin Deep, beautiful skin and a younger, more vibrant appearance are all goals of our patients and the sole focus of our mission.” – Ariell Duvli, Clinic Director
To look your best at your wedding, the New Self Medical Weight Loss Center has a program that uses a very low-calorie diet, which incorporates calibrated replacement meals and supplements. New Self Medical Weight Loss Center says that the average dieter can expect to lose around 3 to 5 pounds per week. What makes this center unique is that it’s a physician-supervised weight loss program. This type of program targets those looking for a fast and safe way to lose weight and maintain the weight loss. The program not only results in significant weight loss, but also gives you the tools necessary to maintain the weight loss over time. For more information, go to www.healthynewself.com or call (978) 462-4929.
“At New Self, we understand the science of weight loss. Our patients feel constantly motivated by rapid weight loss, increased energy levels, and the constant support and coaching from our staff.” – Guy Navarra, MD
For your wedding cake, Eat Cake! will create a baked-to-order creation, customized for your special day. They meet with you and your fiancé individually to chat about your wedding plans, taste some delicious cake, and get to know your personal style. About a week before the consultation, they ask you to select your favorite cake flavor combinations, and then they set about making as many as three small cakes that will be sitting on pedestals for you to see when you walk through the door for your consultation. Picking the perfect cake is seamless with these wedding experts. For more information, visit them at www.eatcakeonline.com or call (978) 465-6057.
“We truly value the fact that our clients have handfuls of bakeries to choose from and they select us to produce their dream cake that, until their wedding day, only exists in their mind’s eye. We love that our relationship with our clients begins with the wedding and continues through anniversaries and baby showers and graduations.” – Hilary Larson, Owner
At Cakes by Design, they individually create each cake to fit the bridal couple’s personality and the mood of the big day. Their cakes are creative and adventurous in design with bold colors, exquisite flavor, and of course, all their cakes are deliciously moist. With your personal input and ideas, they can do the thinking and fulfill your cake dreams. In addition to wedding cakes, they also can create cupcake towers, cookies, brownies, petit fours, and more. These beautifully handcrafted pastries will keep your guests talking for many years to come. For more information, visit
www.cakesbydesignedibleart.com or call (978) 975-8877.
“Cakes by Design are bright, bold, and delicious. You dream it, we bake it, you enjoy it on your wedding day.” – Lina Hunter, Owner
Cakes for Occasions specializes in custom-designed wedding cakes. They sit down with every couple one-on-one to discuss the style, inspiration, and feel of their wedding and work with them to create the cake that not only looks like it was custom-made just for their big day, but tastes delicious. This year’s trend has been clean, simple cakes with a more modern, minimalist feel to them. Rustic style frosted cakes have also been popular. Cakes for Occasions is a nut-free, boutique-style cake and pastry shop where creativity and passion is the recipe for their products. For more information, call (978) 774-4545 or go to www.cakes4occasions.com.
“We offer one-on-one cake tastings and consultations and spend extra time making sure that every detail of the cake is exactly as the couple envisions it. Our dedication goes beyond their wedding day. Each couple receives a freshly baked complementary anniversary cake to celebrate their one-year anniversary.” – Kelly Delaney, Owner
Flowers, Jewelry, & Accessories
Your wedding is the first of many milestones, and Hamilton Gardens wants to be there to provide couples the attention to detail they deserve. They will work closely with you to transform preliminary ideas into creations representing the bride’s personality and dreams. The wedding experts at Hamilton Gardens will visit the site of the wedding and take in the atmosphere so they can really extend the vision the bride and groom have for choosing that location. No matter how large or small, casual or elegant, the Hamilton Garden wedding team will work with you to establish a budget you are comfortable with for your celebration. Learn more through a private consultation with one of their wedding specialists. Flowers from Hamilton Gardens will make your wedding day spectacular. For more information, call (978) 468-0148 or go to www.hamiltongardensonline.com.
“There’s nothing we like better than the smile a bride gets when we hand her the bouquet of her dreams.” – Tamara Rogers, Event Specialist
No registry is too big or too small for La Provence. You’ll instantly be transported to a French market in the south of France. All registry sizes are welcome and all receive an individual online webpage for their guests’ shopping convenience. La Provence imports authentic quality products from France, which will brighten your new home with the brilliant and vibrant colors that can only be from Provence. Choose from acrylic-coated or cotton tablecloths, jacquard tablecloths, placemats, bread baskets, aprons, fabric by the yard, and other home accessories. Other French items include Carbonel Santons, La Rochere Glassware, Ceramic, Olive Wood, and the finest in French soaps and perfumes. For more information, go to www.laprov.com or call (978) 546-5868.
“La Provence is proud to offer a unique selection of gifts. We provide a personal touch to your shopping experience that you will not find at a big name department store.” – Dawn Noble, Owner
Tesoro Boston is a full-service “by appointment only” private jeweler catering to the individual needs of their clients, one client at a time. Let Tesoro Boston bring sparkle to your engagement, your wedding day, your first anniversary, and beyond. Your next jewelry purchase will be a truly unique experience. Choose from their extensive collection of diamond and gemstone jewelry or use their signature personal consulting services to guide you in creating a custom piece of jewelry or restyling a family heirloom. Meet with them in their comfortable, private showroom and experience personal service at its best. For more information, visit their website at www.tesoroboston.com or call for an appointment (978) 539-8720.
“The greatest trend in weddings is personal style. Let our consulting services guide you to discover jewelry that is as unique as your personality. Making you and your bridal party sparkle on your big day is what we do best!” – Nerissa Parisi, Owner
M.K. Winston Jewelers offers couples the unique opportunity to meet and share ideas directly with the designer and jeweler himself. They are one of the few jewelers who do not contract out their work to other people to manufacture; rather, they share ideas directly between their clients and the person who will craft your jewelry from start to finish. Doing this enables them to deliver exactly the finished product that you were dreaming of, rather than details you wanted being lost in translation. Since their jeweler is also the designer, the in-house jewelry is high quality, yet at prices you can feel good about because they have cut out the middleman. They offer a lifetime maintenance guarantee on all pieces at no additional cost, as well as interest-free financing. For more information, call (978) 462-2768 or visit
“If we custom design something for you and you want it to be one-of-a-kind, we will honor your wishes and never make it again. M.K. Winston jewelers will honor your love with jewelry that you will cherish for a lifetime.” – Matt Khatib, Designer
The Event Company is a full-service party equipment rental business. They specialize in high-end outdoor events, but can accommodate any type of event. Being small keeps their quality high, but costs low. They offer various styles of tents, tables, chairs, and lighting. They customize each event, and through the use of lighting and fabric liners or swags, they can transform any space. Advances in LED lighting and additional paper lantern colors have increased options. A creative layout with a variety of table shapes and sizes helps add appeal to a space, and lounge areas with comfortable furniture are often added to complete the look. For more information, call (978) 283-4884 or go to www.rentent.com
“We work with our customers to make their event unique and help take the stress out of planning.” – Taylor Hedges, President
Flowers By Petros offers a gorgeous selection of bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, wedding ceremony flowers, and centerpieces to fit any budget. Whether your wedding is a spring, summer, fall, or winter event, simple or elaborate, they can provide bright, beautiful flowers to make the day unforgettable. Browse their online galleries to get some ideas, then schedule a floral consultation to see what works best for your wedding. As experienced florists, they’re full of ideas and can provide just the right flowers for every moment of your wedding celebration. Surround yourself with beauty on your special day. For more information, go to www.flowersbypetros.com or call (978) 356-0003.
“We create unique designs, customized for every style and every budget. We offer professional personalized service for stress-free events.” – Petros Markopoulos, Owner
Susan’s Interior Plantscaping is a full-service interior plantscaping company. They have been beautifying interior spaces and detoxifying the air through green plants for 25 years. Their designs are generated through digital imaging to give their customers a visual of exactly what they are getting. They present the client with the pictures of their space digitally altered with the plants and containers they will be using. With SIP, there are no surprises. What you see is what you get. SIP also provides plant rentals as part of their special occasion services. For more information, go to www.plantwerks.com or call (978) 462-4126.
“Since we provide digital imaging, we can go out and shoot a picture of the venue and we can design the space digitally. You can see what it will look like on the big day.” – Susan Harvey, Owner
Financial strategies must change in the face of changing market conditions, and we’re all seeking investment guidance to help us make the right choices for ourselves and our families – whether we’re building our nest egg or contemplating retirement.
Our hope is that one of the Financial Advisors in the following section can offer the advice you need for your unique situation.
“In the specialized field of wealth management it is essential for Financial Advisors to understand their clients’ family goals. We have always believed that without understanding a family’s specific goals it is impossible to create the right financial plan. Often times Financial Advisors are more interested in managing client’s money within their financial models, rather than understanding what the client really needs. For example, a family that has more money than they will ever need in their lifetime, which are now focused on the passage of wealth to future generations or on philanthropic planning, are going to have vastly different risk levels than a family who is in the wealth building stage of their lives. This is why it is important for us to understand where you are today, and where you want to be in the future. Managing money for people of substantial means is a very specialized field; it is about tax planning, estate planning, family structures, gifting, asset protection and multiple generation planning, and it is important to understand the family dynamic in order to create a financial plan that is customized in order to help meet the client’s needs. Managing the assets is only part of the process, but not all of it.” The Botta-McCarron Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
As family wealth directors, we would like to invite you to a very individualized experience of global financial strength.
The Botta-McCarron Group utilizes the vast resources of a world-class financial organization to help meet the complex, and often, unique needs of families with wealth. As Financial Advisors, we and our team can help provide you with access to some of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s most specialized wealth advisory services such as family governance and dynamics, philanthropic services and aggregated reporting. Each Financial Advisor on our team is highly skilled in analyzing the complex opportunities and challenges you may face. Personal attention and global resources—the combination creates a high quality offering for our wealthiest clients and their families.
Making Life and Wealth Work Together Our goal is for you and future generations to enjoy your wealth without worry. Achieving that end begins with distinguished advisory capabilities, which are essential elements—indeed, prerequisites—for the work we do. As a customized strategy takes shape, our access to sophisticated resources and exclusive, tailored investment opportunities may help make sure your wealth is used to its full potential. The members of the Botta-McCarron Group bring a combined total of 60 years* of experience helping meet the needs of high-net-worth individuals, their families and businesses. Our consultative approach means we seek to understand your vision, your preferences and your unique circumstances before we formulate the wealth strategy that helps to meet your needs.
Bringing You Both Intellectual Strength and Outstanding Services Because we understand that significant wealth may cause a great deal of complexity, our goal is to bring balance to your financial life with close attention to detail. You may need institutional-caliber investment capabilities. You may also be looking for a new caretaker for a vacation home; someone to handle the consignment of your artwork; advice to help conduct business abroad; or a strategy that turns the value of your restricted stock into seed money for your daughter’s start-up firm. We look at these situations with well-trained eyes. Years of experience with some of the world’s wealthiest families have honed our ability to help anticipate opportunities and given us the wisdom to discern what makes the most sense for a given individual or group. With first-class capabilities all over the world we can execute a strategy suited to your needs, always with the goal of expanding the possibilities that your resources represent.
We invite you to be a member of our “club”, because that is how we view it. We are not for every family, but for those who feel our approach to wealth planning is the right fit for their needs. Chemistry is everything and we would like to start the journey of getting to know each other to see if there is a good fit.
Frank Botta, CFP®
Frank has been a Certified Financial Planner® since 2003, and is also a Family Wealth Director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a designation earned by less than 1 percent of the 18,000 financial advisors at the firm. To view more information on Frank, Dan and the rest of the group please visit the Botta-McCarron group website at:
Frank has lived on the North Shore for the past 15 years with his wife Jean, son Drew and daughter Olivia. He is a member of Salem Country Club, coaches Nahant Youth Soccer and Nahant Little League and sits on the board. Also, Frank is involved with the MSPCA as well as other local charities.
Frank Botta, CFP®
Senior Vice President
Family Wealth Director
The Botta-McCarron Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
125 High Street, 24th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
Hanson Financial Group offers comprehensive financial planning and investment management services with a focus on personal financial planning for retirees, and surviving and divorced partners. We work within our clients’ existing financial plans and work with other professional advisors clients may have to help navigate a clear path for their financial future.
At Hanson Financial Group, we carefully manage the size of our firm to ensure that we remain accessible to each and every client. We strive to be a lifelong preferred advisor by offering sound guidance and a high level of personal service. Our clients view us as a solutions provider, overseeing the many dimensions of their family’s financial affairs. As a result of their confidence in us, Hanson Financial Group was named one of Boston’s 2010 and 2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Managers*, a prestigious honor awarded to less than seven percent of wealth managers in the Boston area.
Hanson Financial Group is affiliated with Baystate Financial Services, one of New England’s oldest and largest privately owned financial services firms. For over a century, Baystate has provided professional asset management, insurance, estate planning, business succession strategies, employee benefits, retirement funding, long-term care insurance and education funding strategies. (www.baystatefinancial.com)
Heidi Hanson, President, Hanson Financial Group, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, an Investment Advisor Representative of Baystate Wealth Management, and a Registered Representative of New England Securities. A graduate of Providence College, she holds Series 7, 6, 63 and 65 securities registrations, as well as life and health insurance licenses. Heidi and her family live in Beverly, MA., where she is as member of the Essex County Estate Planning Council, the Financial Planning Association and the Association of Divorce Financial Planners.
Heidi L. Hanson, CFP®
Certified Financial Planner™
President, Hanson Financial Group
Thomas T. Riquier, CFP®, CLU, President of The Retirement Financial Center, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and an Ed Slott Master Elite IRA Advisor Group™ member.
Tom constantly evaluates economic trends in order to recommend appropriate portfolio changes. In September 2008 – the worst economic year since the Depression of 1929-1939 – Tom made the tough recommendation to his clients to liquidate all securities. When he felt the market was nearing the bottom in early March 2009, Tom advised his clients to reenter the market by investing 40% of the portfolio. In June 2009, he followed with the remaining 60%. Tom believes “your financial success is not only determined by how much you make when the markets go up, it is also determined by how much you don’t lose when they go down.”
Tom has 40 years of experience in retirement income planning, finance, insurance, and pre-retirement planning. He understands the unique financial needs of seniors and is well-versed in IRA laws and rulings.
Tom’s financial planning objectives for his clients include: increasing investment income, decreasing tax liability, and protecting your money.
The Retirement Financial Center is a comprehensive financial services firm committed to helping our clients improve their long-term financial success. Tom and his team are dedicated to providing the sound guidance, education and expertise required in every phase of financial, tax, and retirement income planning.
Let us help maximize the growth of, and income from, your money so that you can retire or stay retired with confidence. Call 978-777-5000 for a no fee first appointment and a copy of our latest newsletter.
Celebrating 40 Years!
Thomas T. Riquier, CFP®, CLU
President of The Retirement Financial Center
The Retirement Financial Center
Financial planning is the process of organizing and allocating your financial resources to meet your life’s plan. It’s the business plan for your family that carefully targets each area of your life: …your home, your spouse, your children, your security, your lifestyle, your legacy and your imagination.
At Cornerstone Financial Partners LLC, we take the time to get it right. We understand every family is unique and the vision of your life is yours alone. We help people plan for more than market cycles, we help them plan for lifetimes.
While what we do is complex, what motivates us to do it is very simple: we want to help people. That desire is the foundation of our firm and the spirit that drives us every day.
We believe the business of financial planning is a business of professional experience and personal insight, of using collective wisdom to achieve individual aspirations. At the same time, we draw on the vast technological and informational resources of Raymond James, one of the nation’s leading financial services companies. The result is a visionary financial plan that is both comprehensive in scope and as distinctive as a fingerprint.
Carlie L. Dugan, Managing Partner of Cornerstone Financial Partners LLC, an Investment Advisor Representative and Registered Representative of Raymond James, recently launched the firm after 12 years of managing the Private Wealth Group at Danversbank. Along with her former teammate, Greg L. Miner, Vice President of Cornerstone Financial Partners LLC, an Investment Advisor Representative and Registered Representative of Raymond James; she has expanded the depth and breadth of services provided. Carlie recently became a member of the 2012 Raymond James Executive Council*, acknowledging an extremely high level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.
The Advisors at Cornerstone Financial Partners specialize in serving two core groups of clientele: Those individuals or families at or nearing retirement, or within 10 years of that stage in life; and those with emerging wealth who are just beginning to develop a life plan.
Getting ahead of the curve can make all the difference. Call us today for a confidential consultation.
Carlie L. Dugan
Branch Manager, RJFS
Cornerstone Financial Partners LLC
900 Cummings Center
Suite 307-T, Beverly, MA 01915
Well, it’s especially true in the world of financial planning. Finding an objective, independent advocate who places your interests first isn’t easy. Perhaps Freedman Financial is the solution for you.
For more than 43 years we’ve been delivering financial planning in what we believe to be the right way. The way you’d expect it to be delivered.
When you engage in a relationship with Freedman Financial, you can be certain that we will commit to understanding your complete financial picture before offering any recommendations or pieces of advice.
Unlike the traditional “financial advisor” approach of selling you a product first and asking questions later, we rely on a time-tested planning process that has allowed us to maintain a 95% retention rate with our clients over the past 20 years.
We are a firm dedicated to working with North Shore families, and individuals who recognize that the primary step in planning STARTS with helping you get your financial house in order.
By reviewing tax returns, estate documents, investment accounts, bank statements, benefits booklets and spending habits, we can help you craft a long-term plan that aligns with YOUR UNIQUE LIFESTYLE; not a cookie-cutter model that can be solved by answering a few items on a questionnaire.
If you’ve ever wondered if “real financial planning” could be delivered without feeling like you had to “buy something” first, now’s the time to learn how our nationally-recognized approach to independent, objective planning can deliver financial peace of mind to you and your family.
As Certified Financial Planner professionals, we are required under our code of ethics to deliver a “Client First” approach.
Since 1968, we have provided a no-fee initial consultation. This allows both you and our team the opportunity to determine whether your needs and our services are a proper fit. We would be delighted to send you our information package at no cost to you. In addition, we’d like to send you our newly published “Retirement Resource Booklet” as an added bonus. Please call us today to find out how we can help you and your family plan for the road ahead.
Marc S. Freedman, CFP®
Certified Financial Planner™
Marion B. Gilman, CFP®
Certified Financial Planner™
There is much uncertainty in the economic marketplace today. The economic downturn and new legislation have confused, derailed and often delayed the transition plans of many business owners. We help answer some important questions as you look into your future…
- What is the purpose of my money?
- What happens to my business if something happens to me?
- How do I maximize the value of my business as I move toward a transition?
- What is the current value of my business?
- Is it enough to maintain the integrity of my lifestyle after I transition from my business?
- When is the right time to transition?
- Do I have a plan?
Whether you are looking to sell your company or transition it to the next generation, holistic financial planning and wealth advisory should be applied before, during and after a transaction. By understanding your goals and objectives, we are able to develop strategies to help optimize value and reduce risk for your business. We have a variety of tools and services to help you implement the strategies that are right for you.
Business owners like you often find there is a gap between successfully running your business and reaching your personal goals. We focus on helping you bridge that gap. With our highly credentialed and successful advisors, strong skill set and deep experience in working with business owners, we can help you create value for your business, and empower that value to serve your personal aspirations. We have a variety of tools and services to help you implement the strategies that are right for you. Just as importantly as providing the right answers, we will ask the right questions, to clarify your objectives, and to show you how to reach them. We invite you to join the exclusive group of business owners who work with us to enrich their lives and those of their families, foundations and interests.
David Poulin, CIMA® CPWA®
Financial Advisor, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
David Clayman, CMT®
Financial Advisor, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Joseph Verri, CRPS®
Financial Advisor, Vice President – Wealth Management
Kimberly Van Winkle
The Bay Colony Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
950 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
For 20 years, Enterprise Investment Advisors has provided comprehensive and unbiased financial planning and investment management to clients. Our team of investment and trust professionals manage more than $500 million in assets for individuals, families, non-profits, endowments, and foundations.
Our client-centric approach begins and ends at the same point: your unique needs. We begin by understanding your current position, your future goals and the objectives that must be included in a successful plan.
We know that your financial questions reflect the unique challenges you face. Enterprise Investment Advisors provides a local point of access to world-class investments and a team of expert advisors to answer your questions and design strategies to meet your individual goals.
After careful analysis, we match your objectives to practical actions, balancing ambitions with a clear assessment of risk. As we pursue that strategy, we continually communicate with you, one-on-one, to review your plan and assess our progress. At all times, our process is conducted under strict regulatory oversight; every action is monitored by our Portfolio Managers, Relationship Managers, Investment Committee, and reported directly to you. In addition to our investment management expertise, we can act as a trustee and provide full trust administration and trust accounting services as needed.
As a fee-based financial advisor, objective advice is the cornerstone of our business. Enterprise Investment Advisors is completely transparent to you. We are backed by the strength and stability of Enterprise Bank and, as a trust company, we are held to the highest fiduciary standards.
Let our skilled advisors help you work toward a secure financial future. Call today for a complimentary consultation.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA)
Accredited Estate Planner (AEP)
Enterprise Investment Advisors
Louis J. Beaulieu, ChFC, CTFA, AEP
8 High Street
Andover, MA 01810
No group felt the impact of the 2009 recession more than those nearing or just entering retirement. As the financial markets gradually show signs of recovery, new questions and challenges arise: Will you need to work longer than planned? Do you need to increase savings or adjust spending? What can you do now to better protect your assets and your lifestyle in retirement?
As an independent financial professional, I can help you find the answers you seek. I’ve focused my practice on understanding the unique challenges people face in preparing for retirement, and to provide personalized guidance that puts my clients’ goals first.
It’s important to understand that my approach doesn’t begin with answers or solutions. Instead, it begins with questions and a conversation that will help determine what is unique about you and your situation. Once we’ve determined your needs, preferences and goals, I will provide the analysis and research required to develop a strategy tailored to your individual needs that reflects your objectives and tolerance for risk.
Corneau Wealth Management
100 Cummings Center, Suite 110J
Beverly, MA 01915
Buying a home is exciting, scary, and one of the biggest financial commitments you will ever make. At NMTW Community Credit Union, we walk home buyers through the entire process. NMTW offers free pre-approvals, local decisions, and no points, no closing costs options for 1st time buyers. An NMTW home loan is a smart decision whether you’re in the process of searching for a new home or looking to save money by re-financing your current loan.
“Most lenders are competitive with their rates,” stated NMTW Community Credit Union Vice President of Home Financing Judy Dodier. “The NMTW difference is that we provide personalized service, portfolio loan options, and match home buyers to a loan that fits their needs and situation.”
In addition to mortgages, NMTW offers sound financial products and services, including savings and checking accounts, youth accounts, auto loans, credit cards, and free eServices. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Middlesex or Essex counties.
NMTW Community Credit Union
110 Newbury St. (Rte 1 South)
Danvers, MA 01923
Additional Branches: Haverhill, Lowell, and Framingham
It’s that time of year: cool, crisp weather, leaves changing colors, and parents getting ready to send their children back to school. Many parents want to give their children a strong academic upbringing so they’ll be ready for the challenges of college and life beyond. Preparing for this can start as young as nursery school. Private schools often give students a leg up not only in terms of academics, but also in the fields of athletics, arts, and technology. Fortunately, New England boasts some of the best private schools in the country, including those listed on the next few pages. By Judy Koutsky
“Our talented faculty and staff are incredibly passionate about their vocation as teachers, not only, ensuring that quality learning takes place in the classroom but committing themselves to their students’ total high school experience.” —Doreen Keller, Principal, Central Catholic High School
“NSNS’ highly qualified and dedicated faculty focus solely on the developmental needs of children ages 2-5. Our outstanding student-to-teacher ratio promotes each child’s development while creating a warm, enriching and joyful classroom environment.” —Suzanne Hodson, Director, North Shore Nursery School
“Throughout the year, I speak to many parents who are searching for more for their child — more academic challenge, more personal attention from teachers, more opportunities to get involved in school life, more healthy friendships, and a more disciplined and nurturing school atmosphere. Many of those searches end right here at Covenant.” —Tom Stoner, Head of School, Covenant Christian Academy
“In today’s pressured, nature-starved, media-saturated world, Waldorf education offers a proven approach to give children the health and inner strength they need to move fully into life and help solve the problems of tomorrow.”—Jenny Helmick, Faculty Member, Cape Ann Waldorf School
“Shore inspires a love of learning and encourages children to embrace academic challenge. Within the community of the school, we seek to build character, cultivate creativity, and value diversity, helping our children become healthy, compassionate citizens of the world.”—Lee Carey, Director of Admissions, Shore County Day School
“At a time when public schools are losing funding, New Hampton School is pushing forward with the addition of the International Baccalaureate program and an iPad Program, allowing students to learn in an innovative boarding school environment that prepares them with the necessary skills to be successful in college and an increasingly changing world.” —Andrew Menke, Head Of School, New Hampton School
“Our graduates today remain well prepared for the future in large part because they have felt physically healthy, personally recognized, and emotionally safe in their elementary school,” —John Peterman, Head of School, Brookwood School
“Year after year, Pike graduates distinguish themselves in academics, the arts, sports, and service as leaders at the highly competitive secondary schools and colleges they attend. We take this as validation of the quality and value of a Pike education.”—John Waters, Head of School, Pike School
“At Austin Prep, ‘character education,’ educating the whole person, is just something we have always done and done well. It’s not our ‘niche;’ it’s just what we do every day.”—Kevin J. Driscoll, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Austin Prep
“Landmark is unique in that the entire school community is driven by the singular mission of identifying each student’s strengths and challenges and then customizing and implementing an individualized program that leads to success in learning and in life.”—Robert Broudo, Headmaster, Landmark School
“Our culture of kindness, held as a high value by our students as well as the adults, creates a climate wherein students can be socially and intellectually secure. It is this, above all, that sets Sparhawk apart.” —Louise Stilphen, Headmaster, Sparhawk
“Our students go on to top colleges and universities every year, and the impressive range of what they achieve reflects an extraordinary faculty and programs that are designed to bring out the best in each boy.” —Edward P. Hardiman, Headmaster, St. John’s Prep
“St. Michael School is a fun, nurturing, loving, and spiritual environment where students gain a love of learning, faith, and friendships.” —Susan Gosselin, Principal, Saint Michael School
“With just 300 students enrolled, teachers and students know each other well. The trust that builds through this familiarity allows students to take the kind of academic risks that dramatically expand their education.” —Peter Philip, Head of School, Tower School
“Our teachers have created a rigorous curriculum that challenges our students and encourages them to continue to love the process of learning. Being engaged as a learner is a given here. “ —Martha Shepardson-Killam, Head of School, Heronfield Academy
“Through programs and partnerships such as our service week in Honduras, our regular visits to the MIT Edgerton Lab, our association with the Johns Hopkins math program, and our many on-going relationships with area museums and community programs, we provide our students with big opportunities in a small school setting.” —Leslie Marchesseault, Director of Admission, Glen Urquhart School
“The Clark School is a place where we rejoice in error as much as success. We consistently produce kids who not only perform well, but feel amazing about themselves.” —Jeff Clark, Head
of School, The Clark School
“Some schools are highly traditional and others are single-mindedly innovative; Fay School succeeds in being both traditional and innovative.”—Rob Gustavson, Head of School, Fay School
Each year, over 100 seventh, eighth, and ninth grade boys and girls call Fay School home. Between the ages of 12 and 15, Fay’s boarding students come from the North Shore of Massachusetts, across the United States, and around the world, creating a truly multicultural community of learners in Southborough. Fay’s boarders live in comfortable, well-supervised dormitories and participate in a daily program structured to help each student succeed academically and socially. Through small classes and individual attention, Fay’s challenging and supportive learning environment provides thorough preparation for competitive secondary schools. Boarding students are integrated with 350 day students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade nine, all of whom participate in a wide variety of academic, athletic, and artistic activities designed to help them understand their own unique strengths and talents and become confident, actively engaged leaders.
48 Main Street,
Southborough, MA 01772
Type of School: Boarding (7th – 9th) & Day (pre-K – 9th) Coed
Grades: pre-K – 9th
Application Deadline: Rolling admission for boarding candidates; 2/15 for day school candidates
Open House: pre-K – 2nd — 10/13, 9 – 10:30 AM & 11/10, 9 – 10:30AM
For grades 3 – 9 — 10/11, 10:30 – 1 PM, & 11/9, 10:30 – 1 PM
For all grades — 12/4, 1 – 4 PM
Founded in 1978, Clark School is located in a farmhouse in Danvers, MA. Woods, fields, marsh, and meadow surround the grounds, make it a beautiful and inviting place for students. The school is particularly appropriate for children who demonstrate high intellectual, creative, or leadership abilities. Clark School students respond to an environment that encourages them to develop their talents fully. The school emphasizes positive personal values, high achievement, and meaningful participation in the community. Clark School offers a stimulating multi-age learning environment for children in kindergarten through high school. Classes here do not exceed 15 students. The school offers skill-based classes in the mornings with peer-based classes in the afternoon.
487 Locust Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: K – 12th
Application Deadline: Rolling
Open House: 10/20, 9 – 10:30
11/8 (High School Information Night), 7 – 9PM, 11/17, 9 – 10:30AM, 1/26, 9 – 10:30 AM *See website for more dates.
Glen Urquhart School, an independent day school for kindergarten through eighth grade in Beverly Farms, MA, integrates challenging science, language arts, and math curricula with its signature arts and community service programs. Children find joy in learning when a curriculum is intellectually challenging, developmentally appropriate, integrated among subject areas, engaging of all their senses, and inclusive of resources beyond the school’s walls. With two fully credentialed teachers in every lower school classroom, Glen Urquhart students thrive in an atmosphere of individualized support. In addition to the small student-teacher ratio, the 230 students benefit from a nature trail, an outdoor classroom, and a greenhouse on the 23-acre campus.
74 Hart Street,
Beverly Farms, MA 01915
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: K – 8th
Application Deadline: 1/31 or as openings arise
Open House: 11/17, 11/20, 1/19
Heronfield Academy is an independent middle school located in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Heronfield’s core curriculum emphasizes not only mathematics, science, English, history, and foreign language but also music, drama, visual arts, physical education, and health. Teachers plan curricula together and students collaborate, learning together. The strength of the school community reinforces a deeper understanding of the value of interdisciplinary work. The school’s core values include: honesty, respect, diligence, celebration, and caring. Located in a rural setting, the school feels that being outside and energized is a key component of the curriculum.
356 Exeter Road
Hampton Falls, NH 03044
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: 6 – 8th
Application Deadline: 1/16 and all supporting documents such as recommendations, due 2/1
Open House: 10/13, 11/9, 1/12
Tower School provides an academically rigorous education in an environment that is both caring and nurturing — this is a demanding but happy place. In keeping with its long-standing commitment to integrate the best of contemporary and traditional approaches to education, the school will introduce a one-to-one tablet computer program in 2011-2012. Every student in grades 3-8 will have their own personal iPad to use throughout the school day and to take home at night. Tower’s graduates are recognized for their superb preparation to succeed in the most demanding secondary school programs.
75 West Shore Drive
Marblehead, MA 01944
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: pre-K – 8th
Application Deadline: 1/15
Open House: 10/19, 9 - 11, 11/16, 6 – 7:30 PM, 11/17, 9 – 11 , 1/11, 9 – 11
Saint Michael School has a 60 year history of strong academic excellence combined with Catholic principles. The school environment is one of nurturing and acceptance. Children are taught the value of compassion, self discipline, moral values, strong work ethic, and community service, resulting in a strong spiritual character. The school serves students in nursery through eighth grade within the Greater Merrimack Valley area. They offer extended day care to meet full-day work requirements. The diverse curriculum includes art, physical education, music, library, computer, and Spanish classes. Students also enjoy extensive extra curricular programs.
80 Maple Avenue
North Andover, MA 01845
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: Nursery, Elementary, Middle
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time. They must arrive at the school by December 15th for inclusion in the January registration process.
Open House: Tours Upon Request
Steeped in history and on the leading edge of innovation, St. John’s Prep is known for a rigorous program that empowers young men to achieve their full potential. The school attracts students from more than 80 communities and engages them in a wide array of academic choices, extracurricular activities, athletics, and leadership opportunities, in the classroom and beyond. The 175-acre campus provides an ideal setting with a spacious library, advanced technology, well-equipped science labs, turf fields, and a building dedicated to art, music, and theatre. Founded in 1907, St. John’s is a Catholic, Xaverian Brothers-sponsored school for young men.
72 Spring Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Type of School: Day, Boys
Grades: High School
Application Deadline: 12/15
Open House: 10/2 & 10/22
Sparhawk School, a private day school, believes that children should learn in a culture of kindness. In addition to its high academic standards—100% of its graduates have been accepted to at least one of their top three college choices—students are taught to show respect to their peers and teachers, count their blessings for what they have, and try their best in all endeavors. Through example, children are shown that success leads to confidence and confidence is a feeling that endows happiness. A large percentage of teachers at the school hold master’s degrees. The teachers encourage independent thinking and seek to preserve students’ natural joy and passion for learning by encouraging creativity and curiosity and by building self-esteem. The school accepts students for lower, middle, and high school grades.
196 Main Street (High School)
259 Elm Street (Lower School) Amesbury, MA 01913
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: pre-K – 12th
Application Deadline: Rolling
Open House: 10/29, 10AM – 12PM
Founded in 1971, Landmark School was created with the goal of educating students whose academic skills did not match their thinking and problem-solving capacities. Growing from a campus of 40 students to one of 450, the school is located on two North Shore campuses with a faculty of more than 300. This coeducational boarding and day school offers a full range of personalized programs for students with language-based learning disabilities in grades 2-12, including a residential program for grades 9-12. In addition, Landmark offers a summer program (grades 1-12) which includes a daily one-to-one tutorial. Small classes are the norm, with an average size of only 4-8 students and a teacher-student ratio of 1:3. Administration and faculty are proud of the fact that 96% of their 2011 graduates attend college.
429 Hale Street,
Prides Crossing, MA 01965
Type of School: Day & Boarding, Coeducational
Grades: Elementary, Middle, High
Application Deadline: Rolling
Open House: Check website
Austin Preparatory School, located in Reading, is a Catholic independent school serving 700 students in grades 6 through 12, with an average class size of 16. In addition, the student-faculty ratio is 10:1. Over 50 extra curricular programs allow for learning to occur in and out of the classroom. Additionally, there are 17 interscholastic programs and a vibrant arts program. Students are engaged in learning at their specific skill level. Sixteen Advanced Placement courses are offered. Founded in the Augustinian tradition, this coed, independent school strives to prepare students for success in both higher education and in their adult lives.
101 Willow Street Reading, MA 01867
781.944.4900, ext 835
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: 6th – 12th
Application Deadline: 12/16
Open House: 10/16, 11 – 3PM
Pike School, located on 35 acres of beautiful woods in Andover, MA, this coed day school educates students pre-kindergarten through grade nine. Small class size, a commitment to individual attention, and a strong athletic, art, and academic curriculum make for well-rounded, high-achieving students who are exceptionally well prepared for secondary schools. The especially diverse community of students and teachers provides an environment in which Pike students develop a life-long love of learning and the values necessary to become responsible citizens with a respect for others. Founded in 1926, Pike has more than 2,000 alumni, and current enrollment includes more than 400 students.
34 Sunset Rock Road
Andover, MA 01810
Type of School: Day, Coed
Grades: Nursery, Elementary, Middle
Application Deadline: 1/13/12
Open House: (All) 11/6, 1 – 3 PM (Grades 6 – 9) 12/6, 9 – 11:30 AM (preK & K) 2/8, 10 – 11:30 AM