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Eric Barry Photography settles down in Wellesley Square

Photographer Eric Barry is used to capturing perfect images of peoples’ children, families, and wedding days, but finding the perfect studio in Wellesley has proved elusive. A long-time fixture in town, he started out at 402 Washington St., then moved temporarily into the former Follain spot at 50 Central St. (which was Twig before that).

Finally, he’s reached real estate nirvana with his move into 87 Central St. (formerly Papers & Presents). Barry says, “The feel of 87 Central is amazing, old weathered dark wood floors, simple front to back space, with ample basement space. I am toying with turning the basement into a gallery to sell some of my Fine Art photographs that I have amassed over the years.”

static1.squarespaceHe continues, “Along with offering portraiture, wedding and event photography we will be offering specialty photography-related products. Through high end labs that only professional photographers have access to I will be offering clients the ability to print their images on sheets of high gloss metal, distressed wood, silver jewelry and even custom leather handbags with their children’s images on them. We will also feature home decor items related to photography: picture frames, newborn canvasses and pillows (with the birth info),  to name just a couple. Downtown Wellesley is so charming and inviting and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

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Virgin’s Richard Branson visiting Wellesley for family entrepreneur event

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Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, will be speaking at the Enterprising Family entrepreneurship program at Babson College in late July. The program, for parents and teens, runs July 26-31 and costs $7,500 per parent/teen team.

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Looks like artist Christo has visited Wellesley

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Belclare condo complex under wraps on Washington Street

I could swear that the artist Christo, famous for wrapping things from islands to buildings to statues, has been in Wellesley recently. (Christo’s wife Jeanne-Claude died in 2009; their works were originally credited to Christo, then retroactively attributed to both.)

Fuller Brook Park under wraps in Wellesley

It’s a wrap at Fuller Brook Park

 

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Wellesley pizza place under renovation

Nick's Pizza, Wellesley HillsI was shopping over by Nick’s Pizza House at 263 Washington St. and saw that it was closed for remodeling, according to a sign in the window. The sign at the long-time pizza joint, located near Marathon Sports and Your French Gift, didn’t give a hint about when it might reopen.

If it’s typically Nick’s or nothing for you, you’ve got two choices. Either get your fix at their Natick location at 179 West Central St., or you can fill the void by patronizing the one or two (or some say 10+) other pizza places in town until the construction dust at Nick’s clears.

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Wellesley: Feel and fund the funk

dave adams funk music wellesleyWellesley High School alum Dave Adams is seeking the public’s help through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production this year of a funk music album dubbed Bounce Classic.

An alto sax player, Adams has made a name for himself as a musician through his work in the band Addison Groove Project and more recently, East Coast Soul. Wellesley-based Addison Groove Project,  formed by Adams and friends at WHS in 1997, won the WBCN Battle of the Bands that year and went on to tour nationally for about 10 years. (“There are no words to describe this experience for me, other than I feel truly blessed to have been a part of it,” he says.)

“I’ve always had a strong tie with Wellesley, having lived there since I was born until I graduated from WHS in 1998,” Adams says. “I first picked up the alto saxophone in the 4th Grade and fell in love with the instrumental music program that Wellesley has always provided for students in their public school system. There is no doubt that I would not be where I am now, having accomplished so much musically throughout my career, without the support from my teachers in the Wellesley Public Schools Performing Arts Department. Henry Platt, Steve Scott, and Sandra Nicolucci have played a major role in my musical path. I am now a devoted music teacher and active musician because of their mentorship.”

Adams has actually met his original Kickstarter funding goal of $5,000 but is seeking a few thousand more by July 9 to cover the real costs of recording time, musicians’ time in the studio and post production. Recording is taking place this summer. The album will initially be produced as a digital download.

Bounce Classic wellesley funkHere’s Adams’ explanation of where the album name, Bounce Classic, comes from: “The word ‘bounce’ is to reflect the overall vibe of the album, and the grooves of the album that will hopefully make the listener bounce along to the music. The word ‘classic’ is homage to all of the classic funk albums I’ve listened to that have influenced and inspired me to create my own music.

Musical influences that have sparked Adams’ writing for this album include The Meters, Parliament, Herbie Hancock and Prince.

You can hear more from Adams, who is now a middle school music teacher, in this recent interview.

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Wellesley Fire Chief spreads word about fireworks safety

fireworks2010Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie, the new president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, is urging residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this July 4 holiday season.

“It’s [a warning] not only for our residents while in Wellesley but a reminder of the dangers of fireworks that exist for our families that may travel to states like New Hampshire where fireworks are legally accessible,” he says.

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan says in a statement: “Only licensed professionals are allowed to use fireworks in Massachusetts at displays supervised by local fire departments for safety.”

More info, including stats and gory anecdotes, here.

 

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Co-owner of Wellesley Square’s Vision Optics passes away

A Swellesley reader wrote to share with us that Krikor “Koko” Gilikevorkian, co-owner of Vision Optics in Wellesley Square, recently passed away at the age of 82.

“I had been getting my glasses from him for 15ish years and he was a great guy.  I was very sad to hear of his passing,” the reader wrote.

You can read more about Gilikevorkian here.

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Purple Alert: Anyone seen this toy bunny in Wellesley?

UPDATE (6/28): Mr. Purples has returned…Happy ending.

 

A Wellesley family that apparently spends a lot of time at grocery stores is seeking help finding their kid’s toy, Mr. Purples. The toy bunny appears to be plush and purple.

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