WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to enjoy presentations by local gardening clubs, musicians, authors, magicians, environmentalists, experts on brain fitness, and many oth- ers. "The presenters are phenomenal," says Aileen Capozzi, one of the Friendship Circle organizers along with Alison Bedenkop. "No one we've asked to participate has ever said no." Afterwards the ladies enjoy a formal lunch of finger sandwiches, salads, and, of course, amazing desserts. Sometimes they go on field trips to local areas of interest like museums and schools. "The ladies love it!" says Capozzi. "They look forward to it and absolutely love it. It's an excellent mix of women and they're all incred- ibly supportive of each other. They always come in smiling and are so interested in learning more. They're very appreciate of this weekly event and it's never, ever dull." In fact, the group of ladies has such a tight emotional bond that, for their first meeting next year, they've decided that instead of inviting an outside presenter, they would like to give each other the opportunity to share their own personal life stories. "They're an inspiration," says Capozzi. Another important program regularly occurring at Wellesley Friendly Aid is English as a Second Language classes, which are held 136 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 Neighbors Helping Neighbors P H O T O S B Y M E D I A B A K E R Y "The ladies love it! It's an excellent mix of women and they're all incredibly supportive of each other." Aileen Capozzi • Friendship Circle organizer

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