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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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"We love that the schools are small compared to other towns, properties keep their value, and you live among highly educated people." – D r. M a r i a C a r d e n a s New York — greater circumstances contin- ued to dictate the family's future. Hugo Chávez had been the president of Venezuela since the year the couple moved to Boston, and they were none too pleased with devel- opments back home. José says Venezuela is in the worst shape it's ever been in since it became a democracy in 1958. "The Venezuela we grew up in doesn't exist any longer," he emphasizes. "Since 1999, Venezuela has been on a death spiral away from democracy. The leftist government of Chávez is responsible for the eroding of citi- zens' personal safety, the quality of healthcare, and the economy. The government has de- stroyed every single institution, and our coun- try's currency is devalued." Because of this, José and Maria decided to apply for full U.S. citizenship. "Venezuela was not an option at this point — there was no option to go back," José states. By now, they had a growing family and had already pur- chased a home in Weston. For José and Maria, becoming full-fledged citizens was an easy process. "If you've been a 84 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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