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Page 4 POST-GAZETtE, MARCH 13, 2015 Lucky Spring (Continued Italy, as its focus on the role. of San Giuseppe as the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the stepfather of Jesus. In Sicily and other areas of Italy, including some Ital- ian-American communi- ties, people build altars dedi- cated to St. Joseph brim- ming with bread, candles and fava beans -- a spring crop that, during the Middle Ages, saved the inhabitants of Sicily from a famine after they prayed to St. Joseph for help. Another lovely Italian customs involves do- ing charitable actions on St. Joseph's Day, a senti- ment that should carry over throughout the year. For my father, St. Joseph's Day meant scouring the for- est with his friends, looking for firewood to build il fal6 di San Giuseppe, a big bonfire held on the eve of the feast. Ally Di Censo Symgnkywicz from Page 11 With its bright and warm light, these bonfires symbol- ize the sun and the transi- tion from winter to spring. Sometimes, an effigy repre- senting winter is thrown into the bonfire to symboli- cally make a fresh start for the new season. Of course, St. Joseph's Day in Italy would be incomplete without zeppole, or fried puffy donuts strongly associated with the holiday. My father loves his zeppole sweet and filled with cream, like the ones he used to buy from quaint pastry shops in the North End. My grandmother, on the other hand, makes savory zeppole with potato. In either case, these delectable treats remind me of a holi- day that makes me proud of my heritage and excited for spring. With two charming spring Boston. She appreciates any adicenso89@gmail.corm holidays soon approaching, we have much to be excited about. Spring is more than just a new season; it is a manifestation of hope, love and anticipation of the future. The greenery of St. Patrick's Day and the col- orful bonfires of St. Joseph's Day remind us of the joy of this season, of the rejuve- nating qualities of the re- birth of nature. Whether we observe buds peeking out of the trees, hear the birdsong of early morning, or cel- ebrate with Irish soda bread or zeppole, there are plenty of ways to welcome the beauty of spring into our lives. What is important is that we do so with optimism and love, always looking for- ward. Then we will fred that springtime, and all of its pleasures, is the best pot of gold there is. is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at Saint Matilda of Saxony his ruthlessness in sup- pressing a revolt by his own subjects; at that time she prophesized his imminent death. When he did die in 955, she devoted herself to building three convents and a monastery. She was left in charge of the kingdom when (Continued from Page 2) Otto went to Rome in 962 to be crowned Emperor Matilda passed away on March 14, 968, in Qued- linburg Abbey, having seen the restoration of the Holy Roman Empire. Saint Matilda and Henry's mortal remains are buried in the INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAx & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVlTE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 web site: www.mptaxfin.com e-mail: mptaxt'm@aol.com ESTABLISHED IN 1938 CELEBRATING 76 YEARS IN BUSINESS LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSE'VrS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A287-S0, FY15-17 CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT SERVICES AT ALL MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY FACILITIES. The Authority is seeking a qualified Consultant to provide constmctiea support services consisting of resident inspection services and other support services associated with monitoring construction activities including but not limited to work quality, conformance to plans and specifications, mviewof schedules and negotiation of change orders. Such services shall be provided on an on-call, as-neaded basis. A Supplemental Information Package will be available starting March 18, 2015 on the Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport htlp'.//www.massporLcom/doing-business/_layouts/ CapitalPrograms/defaulLaspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice, and on COMMBUYS (www.commbws.com) in the listings for this project. If you have problems finding it, please contact Susan Brace at Capital Programs SBrace@massporLcom The Supplemental Information Package will provide detailed information about Scope Of Work, Selection Criteria and Submission Requirements. The Authority expects to select two (2) consultants. However, the Authority reserves the right to select a different number if it is deemed in its best interest to do so. Each selected consultant shall be issued a contract in accordance with their capabilities and experience; however the contract will not exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000). The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of firms based on an evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection of the consultant(s) by the Authority. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority's standard agreement can be found on the Authority's web page at www.massport.com. The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of CapEal Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Canter, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L c.66. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY ,, THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 3/13/15 crypt of St. Servatius Church within Quedlinburg Abbey. Matilda's feast day is cel- ebrated March 14% J-Iappy 85 th 003irthday FRANK MALZONE A Great 3 rd Baseman 1955-1966 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI05P2190PM Estate of DEREK E. UPTON of Everett, MA formerly of Reading, MA CITATION ON PETITION FOR ORDER TO RENDER To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Derek E. Upton of Everett, MA requesting that the Court enter an Order that Alan L Upton of Reading, MA be ordered to render inventory, account, distribution and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the PetiUon from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must flte a writ- ten appearance and objecUon at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on Alxil 16, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objecUon followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be takenwithout further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: March 9, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate " Run date: 3/13/15 ! TJ00gg ! by Sal Giarratani  .... - My Mother Always Told Me I Was Irish Like Her Growing up in Boston both Gaelic and Garlic, I learned to be proud Of my dual ethnic heritage. At times folks can get confused. One time when I was back in college, I took a trip to Ireland. Back then, you needed shots to go anywhere out of the country. I had a little Jewish doctor and I told him I was going back to where my grandparents were born and he began telling me how great Italy was. I had to stop him in mid-sentence to let him know I was Ireland- bound. Total confusion seemed written all over his face. He didn't know what to say and stopped talking about my heri- tage and stuck me with that needle of his. Well, it is March again, thank God, after that brutal Feb- ruary we were forced to endure. And March is when I feel the Irish in me. Every year I am over in South Boston for the parade and again this year I will be there if and when they ever get all the snow removed from the parade route. I already have my green tie and green derby hat and I am waiting for my first green beer in 12 months. When you think of the Irish and St. Patrick's Day, you think of cel- ebrating with some corned beef and cabbage, which back home in Ireland was never a meal to be envied. Back in Ireland, corned beef and cabbage signified the poverty of the Irish. Here in America, it became a symbol of strength. I laugh knowing lots about Irish history. The first "Irish" Giarratani in my father's Sicilian family. My mother always told me that I was Irish like her and my father always laughed at that. Once when I came home from school, I said to my mother that I told the class that when I grow up I want to be the first Italian-American mayor of Boston. She looked at me like I had just committed a mortal sin. She yelled, "You can't because you're Irish, remember?" My father overhearing that jumped in and added, "Your mother is right, you can't be the first Italian mayor because you're Sicilian." I listen to Boston Irish 950AM every weekend and I am good friends with Shamus Mulligan on WROL's Sunday music show. I have been a WROL fan since 1967 when the Irish Hit Parade with John Latchford ran every Saturday hour after hour. Over the years, most of my Sicilian cousin's joked about my "Irishness" and I once had an Irish aunt who always called me her Italian nephew, which always annoyed my mother to no end. My Irish grandparents came from Bere Island in West Cork, a land of Harrington's, Sullivan's, Murphy's and Callahan's, fromwhich my Irish family roots hail. The other day on the radio, I heard an advertisement for a bar and grill in Canton that had green sushi on the menu, but I am not sure ff I am Irish enough to go for that item on their menu. I always know the difference between Irish and Italian music and wakes. Italian music is romantic while Irish music is such a downer. The Irish mourn the dead, remember lost loves and fight in endless wars. When it comes to the dead, the Irish most of the time see all life nothing but fate to which they are often so helpless. How- ever, when it comes to wakes, the Irish wakes are far more fun as mourners remember the life of the dead while Italians often turn wakes into weeping rooms. Too depressing at times for me. Go to an Irish wake and you catch up with friends, talk about great times and say how good so and so looks in the casket. I actually think Irish-ltalian folks get the benefits of both ethnicities. We laugh a lot, have plenty of fun, get serious when we have to and stay out of trouble by blaming your other side if you run into trouble. Finally, and this is great for me, my favorite meal is a great dish of pasta chased down with a good cup of Irish coffee with mint and whipped cream. Have a great St. Patrick's Day on March 17 m and a great St. Joseph's Day two days later. ( Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-21(30 Fax (617) 523-3530 WWW. BOSTON POSTG AZETTE.CO M