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.
Newtowne Publishing 240b Elm St, Somerville, MA02144 Newtowne Publishing is a small, local publishing house with its offices in Davis Square. The specialty is books/journals…More having to do with regional history and New England-specific topics, for example, "The Complete Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail."
Arco Tire & Service 18 Clarendon Ave, Somerville, MA02144 This local auto center specializes in engine service and tire installation, mounting and repair. Arco also offers…More inspections and engine checks for cars and trucks. The company is as helpful online as it is in person: visit its website to get maintenance tips and to set up a page for your car and its maintenance history.
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.
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.
Windsor House Adult Day Health Program 75 Myrtle St, Somerville, MA02145 Bryant Manor at 75 Myrtle Street, is part of the Windsor House consortium, a group of properties catering to the…More elderly, the disabled and those with a history of homelessness. This large facility is located on a quiet residential street a good distance from the nearby highway overpasses. Windsor House is committed to identifying and coordinating appropriate community-oriented services aimed at helping those who have been pushed to the margins of society. Call ahead for an appointment with a residential manager.
Sewing and Vacuum Center 280 Elm St, Somerville, MA02144 Established in 1963, and family-run for its entire history, Sewing and Vacuum Center provides sales and repairs of…More vacuum cleaners and sewing machines to the Somerville area. Brands of sewing machines sold and serviced include Singer, Pfaff and Janome, and all brands of vacuum cleaners are serviced, with sales focusing on Panasonic and Miele vacuum cleaners. In addition, Sewing and Vacuum Center offers classes in sewing and quilting, as well as special instruction for scouting organizations.
Adoption Journeys 265 Medford St, Somerville, MA02143 Their mission: "...to heal and strengthen the lives of children and families." Adoption Journeys is a…More statewide facet of Child & Family Services, a private non-profit agency with a 165 year history of providing community-based mental health and child welfare services within Southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod. Child & Family Services locations with an Adoption Journeys department include: Fall River, Florence, Lawrence, Worcester and Somerville. Somerville services the Boston/Metro South Region of the state; Florence services the Western Region of the state; Worcester services the Central Region of the state; Lawrence services the Northeast/Metro North and Fall River services the Southeast Region.
"Building value through public spaces." East Somerville Main Streets is a nonprofit partnership of East Somerville…More residents, local business owners, community leaders, the City of Somerville and the National Main Streets Center. The latter was founded in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with the idea of revitalizing business districts to promote the true essence of "downtown America."
ESMS organizes events that bring residents and visitors together. They also strive to promote local businesses new and old. By helping to refocus village centers as the hub of social and economic life in a given area, history is preserved, relationships are formed and an overall greater sense of community pride is fostered.
In business for more than a quarter-century, Consignment Galleries rarely advertises its wares. Instead, the store…More prefers to rely on word-of-mouth and customer satisfaction to attract business. Owner Colin Nealon says he grew up around antiques and later turned this hobby into a business. While originally located on Massachusetts Avenue, the store relocated to its present Highland Avenue location in 2003.
The unassuming store front can be deceiving, yet Consignment Galleries has a lot to offer in antiques and collectibles. The large two-room store is packed floor to ceiling with fun finds for avid collectors, and do-it-yourself decorators. A variety of paintings and prints adorn the walls, china cabinets are stocked with tea sets and glassware and porcelain dolls perch upon wooden bureaus and armchairs.
Don't be shy if you have any questions about an item. The friendly staff will help you find just the right item, provide you with its history, suggest colors and woods to match your décor and even inform you of any defects an item may have.
Powderhouse Productions is a creative media company that provides entertainment content for television and the Web.…More The company was founded in 1994 by Joel Olicker and Tug Yourgrau, who named the company after the Revolutionary War gunpowder storehouse located in Somerville less than a mile from their offices. Their team includes producers, actors, editors, animators and writers whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet and The Learning Channel. They have also worked with national brands such as FedEx and Goodyear to help them make commercials that complement a channel's content.
The company accepts casting calls from local actors, who need to send in a three-minute DVD of themselves showing off their skills in order to apply. The entire Powderhouse team is represented by Creative Artists Agency and their website boasts job listings for anyone interested in entertainment and storytelling.
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?