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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 31,201-4 Page13 Sanna 00abb0000nonno i I ended off last week with a complaint, "It's COLD!" When I was a kid, I never complained about the out- side temperature. I guess I couldn't feel it, but now, if it's below 70 degrees, I'm frozen ... a sign of old age, I guess. When I was in grammar school, we prayed for snow and a radio announcement that stated, "No school, all schools, all day in Boston." Upon hearing that state- ment, we kids in my neigh- borhood would prepare for coasting down the Brooks Street hill. The part of Eagle Hill that I came from in- cluded streets that ran per- pendicular to Brooks Street and were named after the battles of the American revo: lution, Monmouth, Eutaw, Trenton, Lexington, Prince- ton, Saratoga, and Benning- ton. We lived on Eutaw Street near the top of the hill and beginning a block above us at the top of the hill was Monmouth, the starting point for sled races. If it was snow- ing hard enough for school to be called off, it also meant that there was enough snow on the ground for us to race down Brooks Street hill. When the crowd would gather, one could see many sizes of sleds manufactured by Fleetwing, Flexible Flyer, Deluxe Racer and Snow Bird. I had a Snow Bird big enough for one only, but was it fast. For safety's sake, we had kids stationed at each intersec- tion in case there was traffic heading in our direction. It was usually at a minimum, but we were careful. On this one particular snow day, Babbononno used steel wool and paraffin on the runners of my sled and assured me that I would fly down the hill. He then added, "Nanna went shopping early this morning, don't run over her as you fly down the hill." I assured him that she would be safe and began to bundle up for a venture that might take in a good part of the day. Once my mother gave me the OK, I headed out the door and trudged my way to the corner of the street, I headed one block north to the starting point at the corner of Monmouth and Brooks and tied up with other kids that were going to race each other. Usually, we didn't have more than four racers at once as the width of the street didn't allow for it, considering snow banks and cars parked on one or both sides of the street. At the top of the hill, we by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance challenged each other and either a yell of, "GO," or the sound of a cap gun going off would start the race. That given morning, I competed in a race with three other dare devils and at the starting sig- nal, we took the agreed upon three steps and then belly flopped on the tops of our sleds and headed down the hill hoping our sleds were faster than the competition. The hardest part of the day was walking back up the hill to where Monmouth and Brooks intercepted, seven long blocks trudging through the snow. Actually this wasn't hard. We were kids and indestructible. On this given day, I entered several races as the morn- ingwore on and I kept win- ning with my small Snow Bird. I was proud of myself because, when I approached the finish line, I was often several lengths ahead of the second sled. Being a kid, I assumed it was my talent and skills that allowed me to win. A small light sled and the speeds it could attain never entered my mind. As the morning wore on, those of us who continuously beat the rest of our competi- tion decided to race each other to see who the fastest was. I had a chunk of paraf- fin wax in my pocked that Babbononno had given me and I prepared my blades for the event. At the word, ,'GO," I again ran the three steps, did a belly flop, landed on the back of my Snow Bird and headed down Brooks Street hill. Just as I passed the cor- ner of Trenton Street, a dog came out of nowhere and started chasing my sled. As he got close, he began nip- ping at my over shoes slow- ing me down. I tried to kick him away, but wagging his tail, he continued his romp down the hill coming after me. As the competition passed me, I yelled out in frustration, "Get this f ..... - dog away from me. I was one of the good kids and never used profanity. One reason was that I would have to confess the deed to the priest who handled the kids' confessions at Sacred Heart Church that Saturday. I knew the priest and he was hard on the kids who used profanity. My confession usu- ally included, "I disobeyed my mother on Tuesday and my grandmother on Thursday, and lied to my grandfather on Friday" or some variation of this sentence. But profanity ... never. -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Anyway, as I used the F word, my voice was loud enough for people walking on the sidewalk to hear me. My voice rang out just as three ladies were walking up the Brooks Street hill after shop- ping for the fixings for that evening's dinner. In the middle of the three was my grandmother. Nanna heard me yell as well as the other two ladies who lived in the neighborhood. I immediately knew I was in trouble. Nanna often made excuses for me when I was accused of doing something wrong, but this time, I was caught red handed. I didn't win the race due to the dog, but as I arrived at the bottom of the hill, word was out that I used the F word and my grandmother heard me. I began to walk up the hill, a chore that took 15 to 20 min- utes considering the difficul- ties. By the time I reached the top of the hill, word was out that I swore and my grandmother heard me. What was worse, several of the old ladies in the neigh- borhood heard me and spread the word that Giovannina Contini's grandson used the F word. The halo hanging over my head was quickly rusting. By the time I came up to the intersection of Eutaw and Brooks Streets, I was told by Ralph Staffier, who owned the comer grocery store, that I should go home right away. As I headed toward my house on Eutaw, several of the old ladies who were shov- eling or sweeping snow off or away from their front steps gave me dirty looks. A couple of them yelled out, "Dirty mouth," in Italian as I passed by. I figured that I was the talk of the neighborhood and it wasn't good. I made it home and was greeted at the door by Mom, Nanna and Babbo- nonno. My grandfather just gave me a dirty look. Nanna said that she was totally embarrassed by my behavior especially in front of the women she was with who looked for even the slightest situation to gossip about. My mother uttered the famous words, "Just wait until your father gets home." I knew I was in for it. In the mean time, I was told to take off my boots, snow suit and then head for my room and stay there. I headed for my bedroom and sat on a chair contemplating what punish- ment I could expect. My imagination allowed me to envision my being thrown out of the family and spend- ing the rest of my life in ex- ile somewhere in the Old Country. When Dad came home and was told of the events of the day, he spoke to me about my vocabulary and then made me apologize to Mom, Babbononno and especially Nanna. I did and they forgave me. I was allowed to live and race my sled again, without the F word..GOD _BLESS AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. W188-C3, WORCESTER ARFF STATION WORCESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, 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 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 immediately after which, in a designated room, the proposal will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed sub-bids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub-bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT WORCESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT, MAIN TERMINAL BUILDING, 2 " FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM AT 9:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014. The work includes: a. Full abatement of all hazardous materials; b. Demolition of existing Control Tower and other demolition as shown on the Contract Documents; c. Expansion of building to accommodate new vehicle bays including all structural upgrades to accommodate fire fighting vehicles and equipment; d. Upgrade of all life/safety systems to code compliance; e. New shell space areas for future expansion; f. New windows and roofing system; g. Plumbing, Storm and sanitary upgrades as indicated; h. New interior layout and finishes for occupied areas. i. Exterior civil improvements as indicated for relocated vehicle bays and system upgrades; j. Upgrade tel/data and electrical systems for new interior layout and space use. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 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, whic h 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 Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. The estimated contract cost is $3,404,000. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, filed Sub-bidders must submit with their I bid a current Sub-bidder Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and an Update Statement. The filed Sub-bidder must be certified in the sub-bid category of work for which the Sub-bidder is submitting a bid proposal. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H 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 shaft 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 bend 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. Filed sub-bids will be required and taken on the following classes of work: ROOFING AND FLASHING $140,000 METAL WINDOWS $63,000 PAINTING $61,000 FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEM $117,000 PLUMBING $170,000 HEATING, VENTILATING, AND AIR-CONDITIONING $224,000 ELECTRICAL $355,000 The Authority reserves the right to reject any sub-bid of any sub-trade where permitted by Section 44E of the above-referenced General Laws. The right is also reserved to waive any informality in or to reject any or all proposals and General Bids. This contract is subject to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than 5.4% of the Contract be performed by disadvantaged business enterprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible. 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. A Contractor having fifty (50) or more employees and his subcontractors having fifty (50) or more employees who may be awarded a sub-contract of $50,000 or more will, within one hundred twenty (120) days from the contract commencement, be required to develop a written affirmative action compliance program for each of its establishments. Compliance Reports - Within thirty (30) days of the award of this Contract the Contractor shall file a compliance report (Standard Form [SF 100])if: (a) The Contractor has not submitted a complete compliance report within twelve (12) months preceding the date of award, and (b) The Contractor is within the definition of "employer" in Paragraph 2c(3) of the instructions included in SF100. The contractor shall require the subcontractor on any first tier sub-contracts, irrespective of the dollar amount, to file SF 100 within thirty (30) days after the award of the subcontracts, if the above two conditions apply. SF 100 will be furnished upon request. SF 100 is normally furnished Contractors annually, based on a mailing list currently maintained by the Joint Reporting Committee. In the event a contractor has not received the form, he may obtain it by writing to the following address: Joint Reporting Committee 1800 G Street Washington, DC 20506 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 1/31/14