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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2011 PLASTIC BAGS ARE DISAPPEARING FROM ITALIAN STORES. Effective with the new year, all stores in Italy cannot bag food in plastic bags, which have been banned by the authorities in many cities and towns. All shoppers now are rushing to have ready special bags, as we have been observing lately in the supermarkets here in the States. The bags can be re-used many times, as people did many years ago. They have estimated, in Italy, that a shopper uses 300 plastic bags a year, which can be recycled. Other- wise they contribute to pollution. Some municipalities have already implemented new ordinances fundamentally to prevent pollution, by eliminating some of the sources that cause it. The city of Torino was one of the first to declare plastic bags off limfts in all stores. Most people know that plastic bags are made with poly- styrene, which contains cobalt, aluminum, zinc. magne- sium and iron. It was about time that Italy followed the example set bY other European countries. THE RESTRUCTURING OF FIAT, THE ITALIAN MULTI- NATIONAL. This Italian corporation has recently under- gone profound changes. Instead of the old, single company, there are now two new corporations. One is the "Fiat S.p.A.," (spa: societa' a responsabilita' limitata, or Inc.), while the other is the "Fiat Industrial S.p.A." The difference between the two is: the Fiat S.p.A. deals solely with automobiles, and related manufacturers that produce anything that deals with auto mechanics, such as cars: Fiat, Ferrari, Maserati, Chrysler and batteries (Magneti Marelli), Teksid, Coman (mechanical components, engines, power train, etc. Also, this corporation controls editorial products ITEDI, "La Stampa" (daily), The president of Fiat S.p.A. is John Elkan (who married an Agnelli), and the CIO is Sergio Marchionne, the former CIO of the old Fiat and also the CIO of FiatT-Chrylser Corp. The other Fiat, (Fiat Industrial Spa) produces industrial vehicles (Iveco), agricultural and industrial machinery, as well as marine supplies. The President is Sergio Marchionne. The two new Fiat's are under the control of Fiat Group, as the umbrella corporation (of the two enti- ties). The control group is presided by John Elkan and the CIO is Carlo di Sant'Albano; this is a division of Exor, a division of Fiat Group. Exor controls 30.4% of stock Fiat S.p.A., and another 30.4% of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. If you like to invest in any of the preceding, get first a "clear" understanding of the complex Fiat groups, etc. Good luck! The new split Fiat debuted on the stock market on January 3, 2011. MORTGAGES COST MORE IN ITALY THAN IN THE OTHER EU COUNTRIES. To purchase a house is the dream of every one, anywhere. In Italy, however, the cost is quite high, the highest in all the other 26 countries in the EU. The general cost in Eurolandia (within the 27 countries of the EU) is generally 3.74% (interest), while in Italy the interest is 4.1%, a difference of 0.3% more. The real cost in euro comes to about 9,000 euro (about $12,000), or 0.60/0, fi)rcing Italian families to pay an extra year to complete the mort gage payments. The extra cost is a stumbling block to a resurgence of the real estate market. Why the higher cost? There seems to be no easy answer! Greater Boston's Affordable Private Cemetery Traditional Burial P[ot (for tarting at 51500 MItrE CEMETERY 617.524.1036 3 ] the Italian community for over 100 years/ Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani PROGRESS ON FOR HAYWARD PLACE Good news for Downtown Crossing for a change. Construction on the long awaited Hayward Place resi- dential project is slated to begin in the next couple of months filling a desolate void at the southern end of Downtown Crossing. We still got the Big Hole in the ground but this is good news no matter what. Millennium Partners an- nounced ground-breaking on the 15-story residential building will soon be here after years of stalling due to the dismal economy. The project will now include 265 units, with both condos and rental units. According to the BRA, the project will cost about $200 million. BEST HOT CROSS BUNS IN TOWN The other morning at the Elite Restaurant, Joe Young gave me a just-out-of-the- oven hot cross bun. I can remember back as a kid get- ting them at a little restau- rant on Washington Street near Northampton Station that cooked up great home- made donuts and other past- ries like hot cross buns. Joe got the buns from next door at Cucchiello's Bakery in Day Square. Since moving to Eagle Hill, I have also discov- ered Betty Ann's fabulous Italian donuts. Over at the Mt. Carmel vigil, I joked that Betty Ann's donuts were the official donut of Mt. Carmel vigilers. Even Teddy, the official canine of the Mt. Carmel group enjoys a cruller or two from that great Bennington Street bakery. LENT IS HERE Our Lady of Mt. Carmel held an Ash Wednesday ser- vice and distributed ashes to the congregation in atten- dance. Lorenzo Grasso who leads the weekly Sunday worship service also an- nounced that Stations of the Cross would be held every Friday of Lent and urged ev- eryone to stop by on Sundays at 10 am for the weekly gath- ering worshipping together. That and might I add those delicious donuts downstairs afterwards in the church hall. I-A POLICE BANQUET The Annual Awards Ban- quet of the Massachusetts Association Police Officers will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Hilton Boston/ Woburn Hotel at 2 Forbes Road in Wobum and will fea- ture a five-course Italian dinner. For more informa- tion, call 781-993-9250. PORCHETTA NIGHT COMING UP The Sicilian Association of Greater Boston is hosting Porchetta Night in celebra- tion of the 150 Anniversario della Repubblica Italiana Fri- day, March 25 at the Italian American Club in Dedham. For more information, call Gaetano at 617-773-1638. CONGRATS TO ... Congrats go out to City Councilor-elect Tito Jackson on his election to fill out the unexpired term of former City Councilor Chuck Turner in District 7 over Comell Mills. Both can- didates did a good job of keep- ing the election focused on the issues. The only nega- tive thing out of the election was the turnout. Once again it was dismally low. For Tito the end is just the beginning as he will be back on the ballot in the September pre- liminary for a full term. SAVIN BAR + GRILL OPENS IN SAVIN HILL Savin Bar + Grill just opened as a new restaurant at an old spot on Savin Hill Avenue opposite the Savin Hill Red Line stop. The spot used to be C.F. Donovan's that closed without warning in 2009 after owner Arthur Donovan filed for bank- ruptcy. Before C.F. Dono- van's, it had been Mario's Restaurant and years ago, the spot was Bulldogs. The new place opened last week and has been reno- vated and re-imaged as an upscale pub by new owners Driscoll DoCanto and Ken Osherow. Osherow, by the way, also owns At Home Real Estate, McKenna's Cafe and Savin Scoops. a neat little coffee and yogurt shop right across the street from this newest place. Maureen McQuillen, presi- dent of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association is looking forward to seeing the new restaurant succeed. Said McQuillen, "It's a very impor- tant piece of real estate in this segment of our neigh- borhood." It's our face when you come off the T stop." WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT DELLA CAVA? The other day, I dropped by the Madonna Della Cava Club and enjoyed a few min- utes of relaxation with Phil and the gang downstairs. This place makes a great cup of coffee and the Boston Herald is free for the read- ing too. This religious soci- ety has been very active in the North End community adding to the neighborhood's quality of life. It is a year- round presence here, not just during the Summer Feast. Everybody still misses Joe Cool, but he seems to be en- joying things out in Nevada. I'm sure he and Harry Reid aren't sharing Christmas cards yet but Joe will be Joe no matter where he lives. Meanwhile, when Cont- rada's is closed, I know where my coffee is brewing. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. H222-C1 REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF EXIST- ING WALL HVAC UNITS, CIVIL AIR TERMINAL BUILDING, LG. HANSCOM RELD, BEDFORD, 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 021:28-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CIVIL AIR TERMINAL CONFERENCE ROOM, L.G. HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD, MA AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011. The work includes REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING PACKAGE THROUGH WALL HVAC UNITS INCLUDING ALL ASSOCIATED PIPING, FITTINGS, WALL SLEEVES, LOUVERS, BOOK CABINET WORK, PAINTING, MASONRY WORK AND ELECTRICAL WORK AT L.G. HANSCOM FIELD. TRADES: HVAC Bid documents will be made available beginning MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011. 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 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The estimated contract cost is $140,000. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of 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. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provi- sions of Sections 44#, through 44J 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) 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 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 IL 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 $2,000,000. 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 Require- ments 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 subcontractors 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 ell proposals. MASSACHUSETrS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS J. KINTON, JR. CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 3/25/11