WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

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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lawful citizen and have paid taxes, it isn't dif- ficult," he says. "We didn't even need an at- torney." The couple simply completed U.S. Citizenship Application Form N-400 online, waited three months, and then received cor- respondence about taking biometric finger- print tests to ensure a clean record. Today, the couple's three children attend Weston schools, while Maria maintains a well- known general and cosmetic dentistry prac- tice on Washington Street in Wellesley. Both José and Maria miss seeing their Venezuelan- based friends and family, and they miss the Venezuela they left behind — moun- tains, beaches, and temperate weather. "In Caracas, it's between 60 and 80 degrees every day year-round, and it's only 45 minutes to the beach," says José fondly. But they find Weston has its strong points, too. "We love that the schools are small com- pared to other towns, properties keep their value, and you live among highly educated people," says Maria. "We couldn't be hap- pier — we're immigrants and we continue to work really hard. If you're given an opportu- nity, don't take it for granted." The Li Family of Wellesley You might already know Shengli and Ying Li of Wellesley. Shengli is the president of the Wellesley Chinese American Network, and their three children are in the Wellesley schools (their eldest son recently graduated and at- tends New York University). 85 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

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