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Fact about Nonantum

Nonantum, a historically Italian-American village of Newton, is also known as the Lake. Because of the percentage of low- and moderate-income households in Nonantum, the village is among four in the city that qualify for the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

Origin of name: Nonantum means “the place of rejoicing” in Algonquian.

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Village spirit day: St. Mary of Carmen Society Festival (above), held each July

Main shopping corridor: Watertown Street

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Popular hangout: Dunkin’ Donuts

Where’s the lake?: There’s little evidence of the lake now, but longtime residents say Silver Lake was once at the heart of the village, according to Historic Newton.

Federal grant money being spent on village: $460,400

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Projects funded: Improvements to Pellegrini Park Recreation Center, tree plantings, business façade improve-ments, and design work.

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