Henry O. Hansen Memorial Park Medford St & Partridge Ave, Somerville, MA02145 On February 23, 1945, six servicemen raised the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima and the photo capturing that moment has…More become an icon of WWII history. But a first flag was raised earlier in the day by six others. Leading their charge under gunfire was Marine Sgt. Henry O. Hansen, Somerville High School class of '38, who enlisted at age 18. He died in battle, just seven days after raising that flag. In 2004, this neatly landscaped memorial park was dedicated to his memory. Two benches sit on the small corner of land off Medford St., and an outdoor exhibit (that is somewhat faded) delves into Hansen's history.
Center for Arabic Culture 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02143 The Center for Arabic Culture is a non-profit organization that focuses on celebrating Arabic language, culture, art,…More history and Arab-American cultural experiences. Programs include visual arts, performance arts, teaching Arabic and scholarly activities. CAC also promotes local events involving Arab culture such as lectures, music, dancing and festivals.
Dente's Barber Shop 417 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02144 Dente's is a part of Somerville history. In 1915, this family-owned barbershop opened in the same spot it still occupies…More today. In continuous operation for nearly a century, most of the chairs, fixtures and decorations are well-kept originals, giving the shop an appealing vintage feel. But services are fully up to date. Dente's caters primarily to men, offering haircuts, shaves and men's grooming.
Conway Park Somerville Ave & Central St, Somerville, MA02143
The city's flagship park, this cheery outdoor space boasts two basketball courts, an outdoor street hockey rink, two…More lush baseball fields also used for soccer and football, and an extra-large tot lot featuring the city's only super-high slide. But wait there's more. A water play area, plenty of picnic tables and shaded seating as well as a fascinating outdoor museum that serves up city facts and history on colorful, giant lollipop-shaped signs round out the fun. You'd never know the beautiful 4.5-acre site was a former brownfield that the city reclaimed after a smelting company spent 50 years polluting it.
Other highlights include a park house with bathrooms, a state-run DCR indoor skating rink in the center of the property, and a free parking lot (on Bleachery Court). And no resident should miss out on the fun facts on the storytelling path. Did you know, for instance, that Mary of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" lived in Somerville?
Set on an expansive property just outside Porter Square, this PK-8 school's stated mission is to provide "students of…More all levels with the tools to learn at their own pace and in their own style" while "striving to nurture the innate excitement of learning within each student to become an independent, self-directed, creative, responsible/responsive learner."
The school is home to over 450 students, and tots who just can't wait to enroll can attend the parent/toddler group that meets at the school three times a week. Notable aspects include a National History Day Contest team that consistently makes nationals, and an indoor pool. An extensive program of afterschool activities also includes programs ranging from tutoring to Math League, yoga and school news reporting. Outdoor facilities include basketball courts, playground equipment, plenty of blacktop space and a school garden.
The PTA is active and involved and plans are in the works for 2011 to establish a parent room at the school and engage a parent liaison. Kennedy is also an international demonstration site for the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, a nonprofit program that aims to help students set goals and achieve them. The social-emotional curriculum, Second Step, is also taught to students in grades K-6.
Principal Dr. Anne L. Foley leads the school. Test scores are available on the school website and at www.doe.mass.edu.
The Greek Orthodox Church is a Christian denomination within the greater Orthodox Church, which is the world's second…More largest organized Christian body after the Roman Catholic Church.
In Somerville, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church proudly notes its immigrant history. Founded in 1916 (originally on Bow St.), the church was formed by Greek immigrants who came to work in Somerville's meatpacking plants. They settled in the Brickbottom area of Somerville (which was a close-knit neighborhood before being razed for City and factory use) and they worshipped at Dormition—all while making their way in a new land.
Today, the Church draws members from throughout Greater Boston. A very active, very Greek and very warm community, they are led by Rev. Fr. Panteleimon Klostri. The congregation pursues charitable work, offers numerous youth programs including Greek School and Church School and maintains an all-ages choir. In addition, a Golden Club brings together members over 50 to socialize and undertake charitable work, and a Health Committee organizes exercise classes and health talks. Their annual Greek Festival, held the second weekend of September, draws members and neighbors, as well as foodies looking to sample the homemade Greek treats like grilled kebabs, spanikopita (spinach pies) and sweet baklava.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America states that, "Orthodoxy believes that God has revealed Himself to us, most especially in the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom we know as the Son of God. This Revelation of God, His love, and His purpose, is constantly made manifest and contemporary in the life of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit."