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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 29, 2010 Page 9 The 8ociallg Set by fIilda M. Morrill At the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Long's Jewelers in Peabody are, left to right: Long's Jewelers President Craig Rottenberg, Peabody Mayor Michael J. Bonfanti, Long's Jewelers CEO Bob Rottenberg, Massachusetts State Representative Ted Speliotis, and Long's Jewelers Principal and Burlington store manager Judd Rottenberg. (Photo/Info courtesy of Allison Fraske and Doug Meyer) Massachusetts native and local business owner Bob Rottenberg was recently hon- ored with a lifetime achieve- ment award for excellence in the jewelry industry. Bob Rottenberg, CEO of Long's Jewelers, was inducted into National Jeweler's 22"a An- nual Retailer Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at a gala dinner at Gotham Hall in Manhattan, held in con- junction with the Jewelry Information Center's 8th An- nual Gem Awards. Rottenberg, whose father and maternal grandfather were both in the business, got his start in the 1960s with a single store called Ross Jewelers in Lynn, Mass. He later bought Long's Jewelers and eventually de- cided to bring all the stores he owned under the Long's Jewelers name which dates back to 1878. Today, Rottenberg contin- ues an active role in the operation of Long's Jewelers, which has five locations in Massachusetts. Long's Jew- elers have been voted Best Jeweler by several area pub- lications -- Boston Magazine, Improper Bostonian, and Northshore Magazine all in 2009. Rottenberg credits not only the customers but also the dedication of the manage- ment team and employees at Long's for the company's SUCCESS. Bob Rottenberg's two sons Judd and Craig Rottenberg play an integral part in the company's success as well. Judd Rottenberg, a Graduate Gemologist with vast product knowledge, is a principal and manager of the Burlington location. Craig Rottenberg, who holds a master's degree from the Massachusetts In- stitute of Technology Sloan School of Management, is the President of Long's Jew- elers and maintains finan- cial and marketing aspects of the business. Bob's wife Dianne has also played a sig- nificant role in the success of Long's Jewelers. "I enjoy the interaction with customers I've had for over 40 years -- and now their kids, another genera- tion," Rottenberg says. Established in 1878, Long's Jewelers currently oper- Chris Eramo of Thos. Moser furniture, left, with president of the Friends of the Public Garden, Henry Lee, at his talk during the opening reception for artist Margie Florini's exhibit. The painting over the sofa is by Margie Florini. (Photo by Lise S. Beane) ates five stores in Massa- chusetts: Boston, Burling- ton, Braintree, Natick and Peabody. The accompanying photograph is of the Peabody store's ribbon cutting cel- ebration. Long's is a proud member of the American Gem Soci- ety, the official award sup- plier of the Boston Marathon, and an avid supporter of many charities including The Jimmy Fund Walk. For more information about the organization, visit www. longsj ewelers, com. ....... At the opening recep- tion for artist Margie Florini's exhibit at the Thos. Moser furniture gal- lery in the Back Bay last fall, a percentage of the proceeds from art sales benefited the Friends of the Public Gar- den. The Thos. Moser furni- ture showroom and gallery is located at 19 Arlington Street opposite the Garden. Incidentally, the year 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of The Friends of the Public Garden. According to Friends President Henry Lee, "... to observe this milestone we are planning a number of ac- tivities reflecting our progress over the years and the enduring value of our parks. These will include events for children from a birthday party on the Com- mon to a poetry slam with high school students writing poems inspired by the parks; a panel discussion on urban parks; guided tours; and par- ties of some nature [in] spring and fall. For the last occasion, Board members are preparing a book on our passage, 1970-2010. All this incites nostalgia but in no sense, we trust, satisfaction. We have many miles to go for ourselves and still farther for the parks of our care. A little celebration, however, may do us good." The Friends of the Public Garden and Common is a non-profit citizen's advocacy group formed in 1970 to pre- serve and enhance the Bos- ton Public Garden, Common, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in collaboration with the Mayor and the Parks Department of the City of Boston. The Friends number more than 2500 members and many volunteers. Elizabeth Vizza is the Di- rector of the Friends. For more information and up- dates, be sure to visit www.friendsofthepublic (Continued on Page 13) I DIAMONDS 1 ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Left to right: Paul Santos; Chris Eramo; artist Margie Florini; Henry Lee, President of the Friends of the Public Garden; Mrs. Lee; and Suzanne Schultz, founder of Canvas Fine Arts. (Photo by Lise S. Beane) Real Estate Matt~o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530