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NONANTUM
THE LAKE
Welcome to Nonantum, Newton.
This funny sounding village's name derives from a Native American Algonquian word meaning blessing or prayer. The neighborhood is also known as "Silver Lake" or "The Lake", since before landfill in the mid 20th century, there was in fact a lake here. The affluent community of Nonantum is situated in the northeastern part of Newton and borders Watertown to the east. Most of the stores can be found by Watertown Street between Adams St. and Faxon St, as well as some retail establishments on California Street. The Nonantum village is home to a large Italian population, and in the commercial area you'll find a multitude of great Italian restaurants. The Italian-American community loves to celebrate its rich history, and the heritage is celebrated at annual street festivals like the St. Mary of Carmen Festival in July. While Newton is home to many Jewish inhabitants, Nonantum stands out as a predominately Christian community. Most Christians here are also Catholic, arguably due to the large Italian-American population. One could also say that Nonantum is a little bit more conservative than the rest of the fairly liberal city of Newton. One very particular thing about Nonantum is the so-called Lake Speak, a form of slang spoken by some older residents. The origins of the slang is unclear, but sources mean that it is a blend of Italian and World War II code, while others point at similarities with Angloromani and Italian Romany Slang. Some examples of phrases in Lake Talk include: mush (meaning man or guy), and wicked pissa, mush! (Extremely awesome, man) and chabby (boy child).
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