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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 6, 2012 The North End Historical Society Fundraiser NEHS Board of Directors, left to right: James Pasto, Alex Goldfeld, Phyllis Vitti, Sheila DiPriezio, Joyce Pedi and Michael Chisholm. The trailer drew upon in- terviews with men and women who were born and raised in the North End and featured home movies and stills from family dinners and festivals. The completed film, which will be approxi- mately one hour long, will include historical informa- tion on the earliest migra- tion of Italians to Boston, as well as some highlights of pre-ltalian history of the North End. Some topics in- cluded are "settlement pat- terns in the neighborhood, language barriers, discrimi- nation from the main- stream, the padrone labor system, the First World War and the Great Molasses The North End Historical Society premiered an ex- tended trailer of their docu- mentary on Italian Ameri- cans in the North End. More than 50 guests enjoyed the advanced footage from Boston's North End: America's Italian Neighborhood at the Fairmont Battery Wharf on June 25. Flood," according to Alex Goldfeld, president of the North End Historical Society. However, the bulk of the film will focus on the mid-20 th century, when the North End was completely Italian- American. "The North End during that time still lives on in the memories of North Enders and this documen- tary will capture those memories and make them available to future genera- tions who will have a chance to glimpse life for Italians in a different era," said Goldfeld. Interviews, home movies and photographs from the period are essential in cap- turing this bygone era. Any- one interested in sharing their materials or mer- ories, should contact the NEHS via e-mail northendhs @gmail.com, on Facebook or through their website www.NorthEndBoston.org, or through the mail at P.O. Box 130152, Boston, MA 02113. The documentary is the idea of Dan Casey, producer of The Green Square Mile, a film about the Irish in Charlestown. Casey wrote the original screenplay for Boston's North End and part- nered with Maureen McNamara, director of the Charlestown film, and Stephen Passacantilli, a lifelong resident of the North End and leader in the com- munity. Unfortunately, due to family commitments, Casey was unable to con- tinue the North End film project, but after discussions with Jim Pasto, the docu- mentary was entrusted to the North End Historical So- ciety. Pasto, who grew up in the North End, is a co-founder of the NEHS, and a Lecturer at Boston University. The premiere event at the Fairmont was hosted by North Ender Paul Scapic- chio, who generously do- nated $i0,000 toward the projected $95,000 final budget. Anyone wishing to contribute can go directly to the NEHS website and use their PayPal connection. The NEHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax-de- ductible. The production of the trailer was carried out under the direction of McNamara, an award winning local filmmaker with more than 30 years of experience. NEHS President Alex Goldfeld, left, talks to an anxious film preview audience at the Fairmont. Left to right: Paul Scapicchio, James Pasto, Alex Goldfeld, Stephen Passacantilli and Stephen Puleo. (Photos by Matt Conti) 4 th of July Family Fun Day (Continued from Page 1) U.S. Coast Guard at National Anthem. Playing with Jenny the Juggler on the West Lawn of Christopher Columbus Park. Hundreds came out on Saturday, June 30, 2012 for the 4 th of July Family Fun Day Celebration at Christopher Columbus Park organized by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park. The event kicked off a week of Tall Ships, Harborfest and the War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorations on the waterfront. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard joined in the fun by lead- ing a marching parade around the park complete with deco- rated bikes, scooters and even Uncle Sam on stilts! The North End Music & Performing Arts Center came in full force with Sherri Snow singing patriotic songs and NEMPAC Executive Director Becca Griffin leading the all-important face painting and musical instruments petting zoo with lessons by Jeremy Sarzana. Lawn games were also a big hit on the West Lawn. Jenny the Juggler delighted the kids as did Big Joe the Storyteller and Magician Peter O'Malley. The big finale was a concert by the U.S. Navy Band. The all-volunteer FOCCP would like to thank sponsors Boston Pushcart, A1 Dente Restaurant, Benevento's Restaurant and Century Bank. Uncle Sam and Christopher Columbus. It's Navy Week  Jason and Greg of the U.S.S. Gravely, DDGI07, helped Frankie Boyer pull the winning raffle tickets. (Photos by Matt Conti)