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  1. Vince, please email me also for a copy of that DVD. I’m in Fla or I wouldn’t have missed it. My great grandfather owned a silk mill there. Thanks.

  2. Vince, great to see such a video on Paterson. I am a seventh generation Patersonian and this project as well as your others show the positive side of humanity in Paterson, of course including conflicts that present themselves in an industrial city. I would appreciate info on the DVD being sent to me as I am presently disabled and in Newark. Again I compliment you on this and your advisors as well (Ed Smyck is a great historian). Thanks again…

  3. Bongiorno Vince : I obtained a copy of your novel “Guardians of the Gate” and have begun to read it. I enjoy the topic very much, and hope to finish it later this week. I am employed by the Palisades Park, NJ School District. I am sure you know that Palisades Park is home to a very large Korean community. Working within the Pal Park High School, I have become aware of a huge influx of new students arriving from Guatemala. I don’t know if you realize the magnitude of this new wave of immigrants to our country. Many speak no English at all. Yet they are thrust into the “education mill” that exists. It is so inadequate to their new needs as recent arrivals to The United States. If this issue and this particular situation is of interest to you, I would be very interested in working with you on an ‘academic work’ on which I would follow your professional protocols for publishing, and on which I would request an acknowledgement and/or co-credit. I work first hand with many of these students and am friends with many of them : Marvin, Mario, Crisandra, Deifilia, et al. I like them very much and would like to help them. I must mention Freddy. He is from Guatemala, I’m not sure of his age, say 16, he doesn’t speak much because he knows little English, but I can tell that he is a good kid, intelligent and with abilities. He is also only about 5ft2in. but he has presence. The first time I met him was last spring when I covered classes for the ESL teacher, Mrs. White, who was absent for two weeks. She is nearing retirement and (I’m just guessing) using up her accumulated sick days. And that is another aspect of the deficiencies in the existing education system. In my opinion new arrivals to this country who speak no English should receive “intensive instruction” designed to get them up to speed in the most efficient way. I saw Freddy most recently in one of the computer tech classes. I walked around the classroom that day and asked all the students who were not actively engaged in school work, if they would cast a vote for PGL. Although he has intelligence, he had no idea how to operate the computer. The education systems in this country are so messed up, that is the reason why I essentially had to leave full-time teaching. Anyway,through these students we would be able to reach their parents, family members, and their personal experiences that resulted in them living in Palisades Park, New Jersey, 07650, United States. It could be a great acedemic study, perhaps in the Spring. What do you think Vince ? Sincerely, your assistant director, Mick

  4. Thanks, Mick. I agree with your comments regarding new immigrants, young and old, and, yes, I am aware of the many Central Americans settling in northern New Jersey. Your project proposal sounds interesting and I hope someone does it. I can’t, however, as I have numerous writing commitments for the next two years. Whew!

  5. Dear Dr Parrillo,

    Just read the article in my Fall 2015 WP magazine about your latest film, “Paterson and its People.” Where can I get a copy? Will it be aired on TV again?

    I grew up on Lane Street in Paterson — a neighborhood that exists only in my memories. They tore the buildings down to make way for the Christopher Columbus Project sometime in the late 1950’s. We played in the abandoned building — “old school #4” — that stood on Temple and Matlock Streets.

    I wrote a paper for a geography course I took in William Paterson — “Changing Faces of a City: A Case study of Paterson.” Although my teacher, Dr Warner, kept me focused on the geography of the city, my main interest was the people. Also enjoyed a couple classes with you. In fact, a good portion of my geography paper was right out of your Urban Sociology and the day trip we took around Paterson’s Historic District and the Central Business District.

    I could go on and on, but I’m sure you are a busy man.

    Sincerely,
    Irene Avato

    1. Hi, Irene. Thanks for writing. NJTV has no immediate plans to air the film again, but does have a licensing permit to do so through September 2017, so it may well air again. Meanwhile, the gift shops at the Paterson Falls NHP and Lambert Castle do have copies for sale, with all net proceeds going to them. You’d be surprised at the look of your old neighborhood. The CC Project was torn down, lots of new homes built by Habitat for Humanity are in that area now, along with a new fire station and community center. I was in School 4 two years ago (still used) when I was filming my Federici documentary to record his Mother Goose sculpture there, and in adjacent School 28 just two months ago to speak at an assembly program for the gifted and talented academy students. Saw all their hallway posters for Founder’s Day in Paterson, which were very impressive.

      1. Dear Dr Parillo,

        Thank you for your response. I attended school 4 from 1947 to 1953, and Sunday School in the little white church on North first street, German Methodist which later changed its name to Christ Methodist.

        I lived all over the city. My husband and I started our married life in a one-room apartment in one of those big original mansions which stood on the corner of Ellison and Carol Street across from the YWCA. Our little place was the original dining room. The architecture was amazing. Our tiny kitchen area was originally the butler’s pantry.

        I look forward to getting a copy of your film. Always enjoyed your classes.
        Sincerely,
        Irene Avato

  6. Dr. Parrillo,

    I was just down at the Great Falls gift store today the 31st of January 2016 and they had no idea about the video. The lady there was very pleasant but didn’t know what I was talking about. I called Lambert Castle and they knew what I was talking about but I could not get there in time since it was too late in the day. You may want to touch base with the Great Falls gift store since you are directing people there.

    Once again thanks so much for making this documentary about Paterson. I look forward to getting a copy of the DVD to watch with my family.

    1. That’s strange, Russell. The Great Falls gift shop has twice restocked on this documentary. Perhaps it was a new person or they are out of stock again. I’ll look into it. Thanks for bringing this matter to my attention. Let me know if you are successful in getting the DVD and what you think of it.

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