Newton officials are planning to spend $460,400 in federal grant money to buff up Nonantum in the coming months. The city is planting new trees, installing wheelchair ramps along the sidewalks, and fixing the gutters.
Nonantum, among four of Newton’s 13 villages that qualify for federal money, is a historically Italian-American neighborhood.
Pictured is a close-up of clock donated by Anthony Pellegrini and his buddies in Nonantum. Next
“We have these unique villages; we want to ensure they’re vibrant and they’re walkable and they are attractive for businesses to remain,” said Mayor Setti Warren. “We’re using all resources available.”
Above is a 2010 celebration in Pellegrini Park, 11 Hawthorn Street. For 76 years, the St. Mary of Carmen Society of Newton has put on a festival in Nonantum. It began as a religious festival, and it still culminates in a procession in which a statute of Mary is carried and people affix dollar bills to fund college scholarships and community events.
Newton officials will seek bids this summer to renovate Pellegrini Park. Next
The Italian flag’s tricolor adorns the base of an utility pole at Watertown and Adams streets, in the heart of the village of Nonantum.
Newton is setting aside $125,000 for businesses that are interested in making exterior improvements to their buildings. Next
Between the federal grant, the override funds, and some city beautification money, Nonantum residents should notice the village getting a fresher look, said Alderman Scott Lennon, who represents the area.
Pictured: Faded brick facades in the retail district are in line for upgrades. Next
Many of the businesses have deep roots in the community, according to Steve DePasquale, owner of DePasquale’s Sausage Co.
“You can find everything you need on this street,” DePasquale said, and rattled off the list of businesses on Watertown Street, from the barber shop and bakery to the fishmonger and tailor. Next
Antoine’s Pastry Shop, pictured here, has been selling fresh bread, cannolis, and other confections in Nonantum for 57 years.
Owner Antoine Khachadourian said the villages have sometimes felt neglected, and he is pleased to see the city investing in these commercial centers.
“It will show the residents of this area that the city is doing something,” Khachadourian said. “It’s a beginning of a long-term improvement.” Back to the beginning
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