The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
Since 1953, DryCleaning by Dorothy has been cleansing treasured threads and hauling them back to their owners' homes and offices free of charge. Purge pants ($7.45) of stains earned in the line of flag-football duty, or freshen up a dapper sport coat ($7.95) after delivering a cease-and-desist notice to a smoke-belching warehouse fire. Sweaters ($7.45) undergo a thorough waterless wash, and gowns (priced on inspection) return refreshed and ready to cocktail party. Expert textile technicians can purify duds the same day they are dropped off, and free home or office delivery spares customers from having to bring their cars down from the attic to go pick up their clothes.
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt—and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.
It's no coincidence that Brian Silva won Golf World's Golf Course Architect of the Year award in 1999, the year after his two tracks at Waverly Oaks Golf Club opened. Acclaimed by outlets including Golf Digest and the New England Journal of Golf, Waverly Oaks' signature course meanders through tree lines and sand traps for 7,114 challenging yards. Each hole boasts its own playful moniker. The ninth hole, for instance, is dubbed "Double Trouble," a reference to the two ponds golfers must clear?one between the fairway and the tee, the other on the left side of the fairway as it approaches the front of the green. But Silva didn't stop at the signature course. Alongside, he crafted a 9-hole, par 33 challenger course ideal for novices or golfers trying to squeeze in a round before taking their caddie out to dinner.
Championship Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,114 yards from the tips * Course rating of 74.0 from the tips * Slope rating of 129 from the tips * Four tee options
Losing unwanted pounds requires an approach that combines short-term and long-term regimens to generate real change over time. At Massachusetts Medical Weight Loss Centers, such multifaceted treatment plans are used to help individuals achieve the body image they desire. The centers' medical director, Dr. Joseph Palma, oversees a team of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical assistants, and registered dietitians. Their nutritional counseling and lifestyle guidance help patients make changes in their everyday lives that can help them shed unwanted weight. Support is also offered in the form of metabolism-boosting injections, appetite suppressants, and noninvasive Lipo-Light body contouring, which uses light energy to trigger adipose tissues into releasing their fatty-acid contents. When coupled with regular exercise and a healthy diet, these body-contouring treatments can help shrink stubborn fat deposits on patients' limbs, torsos, and vestigial tails.
At A Fox & Hounds Pet Care, four-legged friends lap up first-rate treatment from a team of dedicated, nurturing pup professionals. Tailored to each pet's needs, services range from full-time daycare and overnight lodging to training programs for dogs both young and old. Inside, furry visitors bound across 6,000 square feet of climate-controlled, cage-free space, and outdoors, the large, fenced-in play yard's special pet grass allows for quick drainage and prevents pooches from tunneling out and running away to the frisbee factory. The day care's special-needs areas can also accommodate animals that are shy or recovering from injuries.