Newton struggles to keep villages vibrant ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE Nonantum hosts the St. Mary of Carmen Festival. Tom Herde/Globe Staff/File A public clock in Nonantum. MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF/FILE West Newton has a destination venue for filmgoers. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff/File Jacek and Mikaela Pratt (with their dog, Sam) enjoyed ice cream at the Coney Island Cafe in West Newton last fall. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/File Patrons relaxed at the Deluxe Station Diner, set up in the formerMBTA station in Newton Centre, last fall. Globe Staff/File The Breadsong Bakery in Auburndale. Boston Globe/File An old mill dam in Newton Lower Falls, seen in 1970. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff A pedestrian passed the still-vacant Bakers’ Best storefront inNewton Highlands recently. Boston Globe/File The Bakers’ Best restaurant was bustling in 2002, but itsNewton Highlands space has been empty since December. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Oksana Pan, the owner of Deja Vu, a consignment shop in Newton Highlands. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Pan and other store owners said they noticed a drop in walk-in traffic in the village since a popular restaurant closed last winter. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Owner John Fortin of Rox Diner in Newtonville.