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ri PAGE 10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 abb nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Like many guys from East When I reflected on that few individuals that were well Boston and the North End, conversation later that night, I respected. Later in life, I won- hanging with my friends on a equated what they were talking dered if what was called respect street comer was a way of life. about with my own experiences was really fear, because they My last comer of choice was from my days on the comer of were tough guys. Not too long Brooks and Bennington Street. Brooks and Bennington Streets. ago, I drove past the old comer. It was a five street East Boston The first thing that removed The Italian and Irish faces had intersection with Benbrook me from the street comer was been replaced by ones that are Pharmacy on one corner, and my job at the Seville Theater. It Latin American. We had our John Sava's Italian Supermar- occupied a lot of my time from day, and I guess it's now their ket across the street. On the the age of16 when I became the turn. Nothing ever stands still. third comer was a donut shop, head usher. The unfortunate part of it for called Okey Dokey, I think. A The second thing that re- me is, at this age, I often see the house was on the point of the moved me from just hanging names of those long lost friends fourth corner, and Barney's around was making a commit-in the Globe obituaries. When I Barbecue was on the street ment to learn how to play an read their obits, I tell my wife, "If that slanted into the fifth street instrument and becoming a I had known I was going to live intersections. I think it was on musician. The third thing that this long, I would have taken Havre Street. The congiomera- pulled me away was getting better care of myself." (Please tion of males spanned the age accepted into college. Before laugh at this point} range from early teens to early the end of my first year as a I wonder, too, if luck has had forties. Each group of guys had college freshman, I identified something to do with the out- their own agenda. For those less and less with the street comes of our lives. Is it luck, or of us, who were in our mid to comer society that filled my just that some of us were able late teens, dancing to the latest needs just a short time before to take advantage of the op- sounds, driving the sharpest this. By the time I was in my portunities that came our way. souped-up Ford or Chevy, wear- last two years of college, I was Hmm? I guess IN never know. ing the latest styles of clothing, playing music professionally I may have mentioned in past and chasing the prettiest of girls and doing rather well. I still columns that I get together with were the most important things had my job at the Seville, and some of the guys l knew in high in our lives, the two endeavors combined,school. Dad wouldn't let me go I remember listening to Dad allowed me to pay my own way to East Boston High School. and some of his old neighbor- through life with a nice sum left He insisted that I go to an in- hood friends talk about hang- over to enjoy the pleasures life town school. I opted for English ing around Maverick Square in had to offer.., and I was still in High, and about once a year, their generation, and the stories my teen years, about 20 of us out of the 1956 seemed to parallel what I expe- Dad, Babbononno, and Mr. graduating class get together rienced decades later. The one Ray, the manager at the Se-for dinner at the Union Oyster thing that Dad and I discussed ville, advised me, and helped House. It's ironic, grads from one day was how successful we in developing my directions in America's oldest high school were, as compared to some of life, and of course, there was getting together at America's those friends who never made Uncle Nick, my Godfather, oldest restaurant. Most of those it off the comer. Many of the who promised that someday who attend the annual dinner guys in both our generations I could play in the bands he have similar stories, as they all never finished high school, worked for. A few times, I came from neighborhoods that They quit to go to work to make decided to return to the old were similar to East Boston enough money to buy that Ford street comer to see some of my and the North End. Out of the or Chevy I mentioned above, old pals. The problem was that group, there are only two of us As a result, regardless of their the ones that had somethingthat are not retired. Most are intelligence levels, they were to say just didn't understand, now grandfathers and carry limited to menial jobs, or jobs They didn't get it. I heard corn- around pictures of their grand- that required physical strength, ments like, "You got all the children in their wallets or only. For my age group, the breaks," or "You're a luckycell phones. Hey, wait a min- draft was down the road, and S.O.B., everything went your ute. I started doing the same some of my friends quit school way." They seemed to diseotmt thing since Lina,my first grand- to join their favorite branch of or ignore what helped me make daughter was born this past the military before the Army those changes in my life that October. beckoned them. The ones who put me on the ladder to success. We are now the "old timers" graduated high school stood a After a while, I stopped heading who sit back and let the next better chance for advancement, back to the street comer and generation run the things that but not much. went my own way. are now beyond us, but were One Monday, at the Musi- Don't get me wrong. There easily handled just a few years cian's Union, I remember a were others I chummed around ago. When people ask me about conversation between Dad and with that were successful, too. my accomplishments in life, I a couple of his old neighborhood Several followed the trades and often add in, "I really don't know pals from his teen years. They, prospered in life, but we were what I want to be or do when I like my father, had become the tip of the iceberg, grow up." I hope I didn't sound musicians and left the street Many times Dean Saluti and too philosophical this week, but comer behind. Their reference I have discussed how and why I thought you should share in was about some of the friends we were able to achieve thethe way things were and are. who never made it off the cor- successes we've experiencedGOD BLESS AMERICA ner, and 30 years later, some of in life, and the same answers them were stiU there at night, kept coming up: strong family just hanging around telling sto- ties, education, perseverance, LEGAL NOTICE ties, tall tales and true ... guys commitment, and later on, a NOTICE OF SALE now with a little gray hair at the strong woman behind us. Dean temples, a bit of a spread in the has Margie, and I have Loretta. middle, and wives and kids at Thinking back to the street home waiting for them. comer days, I remembered a --- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST --- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Notice is hereby given by TODISCO TOWING OF 94 CONDOR STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L. c 255, Section 39A that they will sell the following vehicles. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, storage and notices of sale: 2015 GMC SIERRA VIN #1GT424E86FF681207 2009 ACURA MDX VIN #2HNYD28409H500981 The above vehicles will be sold at public auction at TOI)ISCO TOWING 94 Condor Street, E. Boston MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017 at 10:00AM Run dates: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 2017 MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. M524-C1, BERTH 12 FENDER SYSTEM REPLACEMENT, CONLEY TERMINAL, SOUTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Dnve, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, immediately after which, in a designated room, the proposal will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE LARGE ADMIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF CONLEY CONTAINER TERMINAL, 940 E 1ST ST, BOSTON, MA 02127, ON THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017 AT 11:00 AM LOCAL TIME. ALL ATrlENDEES MUST BRING A VAUD DRNER'S LICENSE, US PASSPORT, OR TWIC TO OBTAIN ENTRY TO CONLEY TERMINAL. PLEASE ARRNE AT LEAST 1/2 HOUR EARLY TO OBTAIN SECURITY CLEARANCE PRIOR TO ENTRY. THE WORK OF THE PROJECT INCLUDES DEMOLITION OF ALL PIER EDGE BEAM FACE MOUNTED RXTURES INCLUDING EXISTING MARINE FENDERS, MOUNTING BRACKETS, FENDER CHAINS, ANCHOR PLATES, AND STEEL BEAMS; CuI"rlNG OF ALL EXISTING ANCHORS FLUSH WITH THE PIER FACE; INSTALLATION OF EPOXY ANCHORS INCLUDING DRILLING OF HOLES INTO THE EXISTING CONCRETE PIER FOR THE INSTALLATION OF EPOXY ANCHORS; FABRICATION OF 20 NEW MARINE FENDER UNITS USING DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED COMPONENTS, INCLUDING RUBBER FENDERS, STEEL FENDER PANELS WITH UHMW FACING, CHAIN ANCHOR PLATES, AND CHAIN ASSEMBUES; COATING OF ALL STEEL FABRICATIONS AS REQUIRED; AND INSTALLATION OF MARINE FENDERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authodty's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a pdnted copy of the P~ form. The estimated contract cost is TWO MILLION DOLLARS ($2,000,000). A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent 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 traasurar's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Pod Authority in the name of which the Contract for thework 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 ~ Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the pitndpal of the agreements contained in the bid. Biddem must submit a Buy American CerlJficato with all bids or offem on AlP funded projects, Bids that are not accompanied by a completed Buy American Certificate must be rejected as nonreapooalve. The successful Bidder will be required to fumish 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 satidectory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rata of wages to be paid on the wod~ as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will ha 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 shaft be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Previsions for complete devils. This contract is subject to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than THREE AND FOUR TENTHS PERCENT (3.4%) of the Contract be performed by disadvantaged business enterpdes contractors. VV'~ 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. The Recipient, in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the CIVil Rights Act of 1964 (78 star. 252, 42 U.S.C. ~ 2000d to 2000d-4) and the Regulations, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that for any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enteq)rises will be afforded full and'fair opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national odgin in consideration for an award. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authonty contained in Article 84 of the 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 Cert~cation of Non Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective sub-oontrectors of the requirement for such uertification where the sub-conVect exceeds $10,000. A Contractor having fifty (50) or more employees and his sub-oontractors having fifty (50) or mare 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 wnttan 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 1001) 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 sub-contractor On any first tier sub-oontracts, irrespective of the dollar amount, to file SF 100 within thirty (30) days after the award of the sub-contracts, if the above two conditions apply. SF 100 will he 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. MASSACHUSE'I'rS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 2/24/2017 LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. 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