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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 31,2014 Page 9 THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso Saving the Green Monster There are icons and then there are things like Fenway Park, a Boston fix- ture for over a hundred years. Fen-way is part of Boston's identity as a city and a community (and a sense of community is something Boston can claim deeper than most cities). Even people who have never been to town find it hard not to think of Fenway when our city is mentioned. In large part this is be- cause of the unique way we Bostonians treat our land- marks and sports teams as family. An attack on the Red Sox is an attack on us. And, yes, there is something dis- tinctly Bostonian about the look of the park that is hard to explain to outsiders. But I will submit that Fenway is home to the Red Sox first and second a mini museum about my city, its way of life, history, and unity. Within its concrete walls, the park pre- serves our spirit. But the real reason Fen- way is important is because, along with Wrigley Field, it is one of the last of a vanishing breed, the origi- nal concrete ballparks of the early 1900s. In baseball's early days, ballparks cropped up around the nation as giant wooden stadiums, highly flammable and unstable. The Boston Americans (as the Sox would be known until 1908) begin their operation as an Ameri- can League in such a park in Huntington Ave where they stayed until tt{e 1911 season. Pittsburg started the trend for solid ballparks when it moved the Pirates from the decade old Exposition Park to the newly opened Forbes Field, a then state-of-the-art baseball arena. Boston and Detroit were among the first to follow with Fenway and Navin Field (later Tiger Stadium) both opening on April 20, 1912. Although their debut was eclipsed by the sinking of the Titanic, they began a trend that saw the construction of Wrigley Field and the origi- nal Yankee Stadium. In their golden age, these ballparks were not only emblems of America's great pastime but also of our tire- less energy to dream and build. For as long as they stand, they are testaments to our national imagina- tion. Within their concrete walls linger the memories of past legends and child- hood dreams. Much is said about the apparently van- ished curse of the Bambino, but what other place can boast about holding the spirit of Babe Ruth? It's not a stretch to say that America's ballparks are monuments of our nation's passions, leg- ends, and dreams. Sadly, almost all of them have gone, taking with them the ghosts of our pasts and a little bit of our heri- tage. In 2002 America wit- nessed the demise of Baltimore's Memorial Park. In 2008-2009, against the wishes of many residents and attempts to preserve at least parts of the park, Tiger Stadium was demolished. What's left of its memory? Absolutely nothing, not even a plaque. Since then, the Detroit Tigers have moved to Comerica Park, a tacky ca- sino of a park with statues of tigers guarding the en- trance, far removed from the charm of the park the Motor City loved. The ultimate tragedy was the demolition of the Old Yankee Stadium, not just a quintessential fea- ture of New York, but an American monument as well. Even as a true blue Bostonian I was crushed to see nothing left of the home of Joe DiMaggio than a mere diamond in the ground. Fenway and Wrigley are the last two windows to our past still standing and let's not forget how close we came to losing Fenway. In the early 2000s talk was well underway for the destruc- tion of Fenway to make way for a new park, already in plans, near the area. But, fortunately, we Bos- tonians have always had greater pride in our histori- cal sites than most other cities. Despite the razing of the West End and Old Scollay Square, our track record is better than even New York, where almost nothing his- toric remains. Our outcry was heard and thanks to groups like Save Fenway, the plan was dropped in 2005. The real saviors were the new owners who opted in- stead to do to Fenway what should have been done to other ballparks. They reno- vated, remodeled, and ad- justed within the sacred structure already there. I for one cannot thank them enough for preserving the park for future generations to experience the same magic of an old time ballpark that our great grandfathers did. I want to be able to say that I took my children and grandchildren to Fenway Park. Not a "new" Fenway, but "our" Fenway if only to see it as a monument. But this should be a lesson not only about ballparks but about our historic sites as well. Renovation and expan- sion are among the best of the distinctly American at- tributes, but they should be used to preserve our heri- tage, not bury it. The new owners of Fenway have done just that. While they can ex- pand no more, they've built better, more spacious, seats with better views. Overtime, this may not suffice and even the new owners, while happily reporting that it has at least another forty years of life left, concede that Fenway will not last forever as a ballpark. That is why I don't oppose the construc- tion of a new park. By all means, build a new one, make it bigger, make it bet- ter. That's the American way, after all. But why must this mean de-stroying a monument? Can't the new coexist with the old? Progress does not necessar- ily have to obliterate the past. When it can no longer sustain the fans (and as late as last spring when I at- tended a game, I saw noth- ing lacking), move the Red Sox to their new home but leave the original standing as is. Make it a museum, where people can remember our home team in all of their early glory. Or leave it as a reminder of the love for the game we feel as a city and as a nation. Few things unite Americans of all politi- cal stripes, ages or cultures like our national game. I would no more want to see Fenway demolished than the Bunker Hill Monu- ment or the Old State House. It's a vital part of every Bos- ton-Jan's heart and part of our identity. And we have too few of those left. Daniel DiCenso is a Bridgewater State University graduate with a major in Jour- nalism and is a certified high school English teacher. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P0203EA Estate of KEITH KENNETH JETT Date of Death July 9, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Marie A. Jett of Allentown, PA. Marie A. Jett of Allentown, PA has been in- formally appointed as the Personal Represen- tative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be flied with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration, interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute tormal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/31/14 "DYS, DA's Office, Probation, and Parole" MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1255-C1, TERMINAL C EXTERIOR PANEL REPLACEMENT, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'I'rS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 1 t :00 A.M local time on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: A PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014. The work includes REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING EXTERIOR PRECAST WALL PANELS WITH NEW EXTERIOR ALUMINUM COMPOSITE MATERIAL (ACM) PANELS ON A NEW COLD FORMED METAL FRAMING (CFMF) BACKUP WALL SYSTEM. THE WORK IS BEING UNDERTAKEN DUE TO DISPLACEMENT OF SOME OF THE EXISTING PRECAST PANELS NEAR THE NORTH CURBSIDE ENTRY TO TERMINAL C. THE PANELS RUN APPROXIMATELY 55' WEST FROM THE FACE OF THE WINDOW WALL SYSTEM AT TERMINAL C, AND TERMINATE APPROXIMATELY 10' NORTH AROUND THE CORNER OF THE ROOF TO PIER A. THE PANELS ARE APPROXIMATELY 16' IN HEIGHT. ROOFING REPAIRS AND JOINT CAULKING WILL BE REQUIRED TO ACCOMPLISH THE WORK. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. The estimated contract cost is $260,000. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44,1 inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) ercent of the value of the bid; when sub-bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and/or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I; General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub-bids will be required for this contract. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non-Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective sub-contractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSE'rrs PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 1/31/14 Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 The Post-Gazette is now on the WebI Check us out at www.BostonPostGazette.com. You'll find the history of the Post-Gazette, information about our columnists, as well as advertising, submission and subscription information.