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POST-GAZE'I-rE, AUGUST 15, 2014 Page 5 25 th Annual North End Family Pride Day Sunday, August I0 th was North End Family Pride Day, the culmination of North End Against Drugs' 25 th Annual North End Family Pride Week. It was a wonderful day with North Enders past and present in attendance. There were tables with Mayor Walsh's Summer Fund Grant Arts & Crafts Program, New Health, Museum of Science, Face Painting with Lisa Adams, Save the Har- bor -- Save the Bay, Mass Water Resource Assoc., Jonas Twisters, World renowned Magicienne Sandra Shields & Johnny Graffeo, a Petting I st Place, L to R: Mike Giannasoli, Linda Paolo, Jens Vittoria, Carmine Vittoria, John Paolo, Jr., Mrs. Paolo. 2 nd Place: Mike Giannasoli, Linda Paolo, Joe Mendola, Pasquale Barone, John Paolo, Jr., Mrs. Paolo. Zoo and Art Contest with Pub- lic Action for Arts and Educa- tion. We also had Sandro Corella and Crosstown, Street Magic, DJ AMO and the Nazzaro Center Camp Kids perform on the stage. People enjoyed a nice relaxing sunny day and helped celebrate our 25 th year. Special thanks goes to the Mayor's Office of Special Events and the Park Depart- ment for all their help through- out the week. Many groups, businesses, individuals and or- ganizations in the neighbor- hood participated and made do- nations, too many to mention here. NEAD is grateful to all!! Sergio Franchi Summer Concert August 23 rd Music is the heart of Italians and Italian Americans. Albano Ponte Executive Direc- tor and Robert Trifiletti, Director of the Italian Center of New York City, Boston is assisting the event. The Italian Center strongly feels that talented singers should be rewarded through scholarships. Mrs. Eva Franchi wife of talented Sergio Franchi established the Sergio Franchi Music Foun- dation to assist in the selection of the Sergio Franchi award winners for the annual music festival. She has discovered many singers such as Tara Venditti, Michael Amante, Patrick Carfizzi, and numerous other new singers every year. The attendance at the Sergio Franchi concert has grown to over five million people. The event is held at the Sergio Franchi Estate in Stonington, Connecticut. A tour of the Franchi home is conducted prior to the concert. Mrs. Eva Franchi, sponsor of the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation scholarships in voice performance, has been working steadily to generate income for the scholar- ships in honor of her late husband. Since 1994, funding for these fellowships is attained each year at her estate, where she holds an outdoor benefit concert featuring the scholarship winners, whose musical tal- ent permeates the Franchi estate. Dr. Maria Lombardo former Educational Director of NIAF assisted in the establishment and pro- moted the program for Mrs. Franchi and helped identify scholarship applicants. Come and be swept away by the 2014 In- ternational Vocal Grand Winners, Vocalists will be accompanied by a 32-piece sym- phonic orchestra conducted by Jeff Domoto, and hosted by Eva Franchi. For tickets or to make a donation, please call 860-535-9429. Proceeds of the event benefit the Sergio Franchi music awards in voice performance. Please go to www.sergiofranchi.com for complete details. Saint Susanna by Bennett Molinari The church of Saint Susanna, located on the Quirinal Hill, has served as the national parish for residents of Rome from the United States since 1921. There has been a titular church (headed by a Cardinal) associated with this site as far back as 280 A.D. The current church was rebuilt from 1585 to 1603 for a monastery of Cistercian nuns. Beneath the present floor of the church are the ruins of a Roman house that was con- structed about the year 280 AD. The house was occupied by relatives of the General Gaius Aurelius Diocletian, who would be- come Emperor of Rome in the year 284 AD. Like the Emperor, the family was from Dalmatia or what is now modem Croatia, it included four brothers. Caius and Gabinus and Gabinus's daughter, Susanna who lived there and two other brothers, Maximus and Claudius, who lived elsewhere in the city,. and were a part of the Roman govemment. The family's religious beliefs were divided. Caius, Gabinus and Susanna were Chris- tians, while Maximus and Claudius were pagans. Caius and Gabinus were not only Christians, they were priests. In December 283, Caius was elected Bishop of Rome and would serve as Pope until his death in April 296. From 280 AD when the house was com- pleted until 293 AD the house served not only and Richard Molinari as the family residence but also as a "domus ecclesia," or house church. As the Christian Church was not legally recognized by the Roman state, homes and other large private buildings belonging to Christians, served as the first churches. After becoming Emperor in 284 AD, Diocletian adopted a form of government called tetrarchy, or divided rule. Diocletian ruled primarily in the east, and a joint Em- peror, Maximian, another general who Diocletian had promoted, ruled in the west. In tum, each Emperor or "Augustus" was to appoint a junior ruler or "Caesar," who had the right to succeed him. Maximian named Constantius (the father of Constantine), and Diocletian named Maxentius Galerius. In the year 293 AD in order to guarantee Maxentius's succession, Diocletian made plans to have him marry Susanna, a mem- ber of his immediate family, in the spring of 293 AD, Diocletian announced the engage- ment of Maxentius Galerius to Susanna. This would lead to a family crisis and to mar- tyrdom. The following narrative comes from a 6 th century account. 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The Annual Girl Friends of the North End Gathering will take place on Saturday, Sep- tember 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. The cost is $55.00 per ticket (cash bar available). Please send your check by September 5, 2014 made payable to Francine Gannon and mail to Ms. Francine Gannon, 74 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109. If you are replying for more than one person, please list their names (include maiden name if applicable) and addresses. Space will once again be limited, so please plan accordingly as we will not be able to honor any checks after the deadline of September 5, 2014. Please note: only tables of 10 may be reserved. We look forward to seeing all the "girl" friends of the North End once again on September 27 th. The Committee: Francine Capodilupo Gannon, Chair 617-742-6912, Carol Langone Catanzaro 617-283-1925, Diane Passero Pesaturo 781-443-3624 and Christina Penta 617-227-9568. 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