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PAGE 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2016 Ray Darron' I She may be on her way to Washington D.C. To think, we may have a female president. Yes! Hillary Clinton! President Hillary Clinton! Remember, we once elected as President, a Catholic, John Kennedy! Of course, should Senator Bernie Sanders make it, he would be- come the first Jewish President ... but let us not forget Donald Trump! The guy has a lot going for him! Can you imagine him as President? Enough about politics! Ready for this? New Hamp- shire lawmakers have proposed a ban on women exposing their breasts in public, in response to a "Free the Nipple" movement that led two women to go topless at a beach last year. =This is about a movement to change the values of New Hampshire soci- ety," said Rep. Brian GaUagher. Without the law, he said, topless women will scare off families who vacation in the state. He finally opened his mouth! Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked questions during oral arguments in a case about gun ownership for domestic violence offenders, the first time in 10 years that the conserva- tive jurist has spoken from the bench. Not a good week for Chris Christie, who was widely ridi- culed after he stood with a dazed facial expression during Donald Trump's victory speech on Super Tuesday, with some comparing it to "a hostage video." Six New Jersey newspa- pers published a joint editorial calling Christie "an utter dis- grace" for endorsing Trump, and demanding he resign. A New York state appeals court ruled that a $40 million fraud claim against Donald Trump's now defunct Trump University could move forward, prolonging a legal battle that has been used by Trump's presidential rivals to attack him on the campaign trail. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who claims the "university" was actually an unaccredited real estate training program that exploited Trump's celebrity to scam thousands of students out of up to $35,000 each. At- tendees were told they would learn Trump's investment strategies, but many claim the seminars focused solely on per- suading them to enroll in addi- tional high-cost classes. Trump's lawyers said they would appeal the "politically motivated" ruling. Wow] An Australian man has set a new world record for the loudest burp, fulfilling a child- hood dream. Neville Sharp was recorded in a sound-proof studio emitting a 110.6 decibel belch, louder than a motorcycle or power saw from three feet away, and' topping the current record by 0.7 decibels. "It's been a bit of a goal from when I was a kid," he said of his record- breaking belch. Sharp credits his success to regular training sessions with carbonated soft drinks. "And my beer fridge is always full." Unbelievable! A Washington state diner found an unexpected ingredient in her pasta order, a purple pearl worth $600 dollars. Lindsay Hasz was eating a plate of clam and mussel linguini at her favorite Italian restaurant when she bit down on some- thing hard. "I felt like I almost broke my tooth," she said. Hasz spat out the offending item, which turned out to be a per- fectly spherical, purple stone. A gemologist identified it as a quahog pearl -- a rare gemstone produced by saltwater clams. "It shows we serve nothing but the best," said restaurant owner Cindy Nardone. Hair-raising story! Ohio police are hunting a bald man who has stolen thousands of dollars of hair growth products from stores. The chromed-domed thief was recently caught on surveillance tape grabbing $847 worth of Rogaine and another product from a Walgreens in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. He is also suspected of stealing Rogaine from drugstore's in nearby Florence, Kentucky. Authorities aren't sure whether the Rogaine robber plans to use the follicle stimulator on his own shiny pate, or sell it. "We're scratch- ing our heads at this," said Detective Chis Jones, "no pun intended." News from Italy! "Why can't Italy embrace gay marriage?" asked Stefano Rodota, Ital- ian jurist and politician. Just about every other European country has legalized it, or at least allowed civil unions between same-sex couples. Italy hasn't, and last year the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the country was discriminating against gays and lesbians. The legislature is now trying to push through a long-stalled bill that would allow civil unions, but the proposed legislation has been gutted by amendments. A provision that would make civil unions equal to heterosexual marriages under the law has been dropped. An- other, allowing gay partners to adopt each other's children, has been scrapped. Allora, lasciaci in pace. (Now, leave us alone.) L Appraisals Sales&Rentals ................. Real Estate 376 North Street -Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 O O O Almost 20 percent of Donald Trump's supporters disapprove of Abraham Lincoln's executive order that freed all the slaves in the Confederacy, and another 17 percent said they "weren't sure," according to a recent YouGov poll. Beijing has replaced New York as the billionaire capital of the world, having acquired 32 bil- lionaires last year. The Chinese capital now has 100 billionaires, compared with New York's 95. Moscow is third, with 66 bil- lionaires. The great Steven Sebestyen reminds us that gossip is always brewing at coffee break. And Steven's brilliant and attractive wife, Theresa, says the only break some people get these days is a coffee break. Time for me to take a coffee break. We turn to two brainy indi- viduals for their comments about exercise. Barbara D'Amico says walking is good exercise, if you can dodge those who aren't. And Christina Quinlan says, if it weren't for picketing, many Americans wouldn't walk at all. For the record, D'Amico and Quinlan are noted executives of Russo Imports. Yes, we are admirers of them. Huh? A New York man, who lost his wallet, had his license and credit cards returned along with a note from the finder. "I kept the cash because I needed weed," the note read, "the Me- trocard because, well, the fare's $2.75 now and the wallet cause it's kinda cool." Robin Waters, who once put time in at the Registry of Mo- tor Vehicles, informed us that Americans spent roughly 1.8 trillion minutes commuting in 2014, at an average of 26 minutes each way. Let's hear itl Honk your hom for Robin! Robin's great son Kyle Waters, who makes the Dean's list at Boston College, reminds us that the Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner. Our noted musicologist Al Natale reminds us Italian-Amer- ican singers once dominated the air waves ... Russ Colombo, Ted Fiorito, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Frank Parker, Alan Dale, Vic Damone, Phil Brito, Jerry Baker, Dean Martin, and Frankie Laine. And for popular Italian-American bandleaders, Guy Lombardo, Carmen Caval- laro, Frankie Carle, and Louie Prima. Opera was also a noted haven for Italian-American sing- ers such as Carmela Ponselle, Vivian Della Cheise, Norina Greco, Dusolina Fiannini, Jo: sephine Lucchese, Rose Marie Brancato and many others. One more time! Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer who wrote the poem "The Star Spangled Banner" after being inspired by watching the Ameri- cans fight off the British attack of Baltimore during the War of 1812. The poem became the words to the National Anthem. Let's hear you sing it! Louder! Louder! Louder! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roast Leg of Lamb 1 leg of lamb (5 to 6pounds) cup chopped mint 4 cloves of garlic cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon thyme or oregano Salt and pepper (optional) Rub the leg of lamb with half of a garlic clove. Then make several gashes with the point of a knife into the lamb leg and insert small cut portions of garlic clove into the nar- row openings. Rub meat with mint, thyme, or oregano, whichever you plan to use, or some of each. Rub leg of lamb with salt and pepper. Add a little water to the lemon juice and pour gently over lamb. Place lamb fat side up in a roast- ing pan. Place in preheated 325F oven uncovered. After 30 minutes, baste lamb with juices from the roasting pan and repeat frequently. Lamb should be baked until meat thermometer reads 175 to 180F. If you are baking with- out a meat thermometer, allow lamb to bake approximately 30 minutes per pound of lamb. Add more water mixed with a little lemon juice if more liquid is needed for basting. OPTIONAL: Small white potatoes, carrots and some mushrooms can be added around the leg of lamb after the lamb has baked about an hour. Continue basting vegetables as well as the lamb. NOTE: I awoke Easter morning to a combination of aromas filling the kitchen. I watched as Mama put the lamb roast into the oven. I saw the chicken soup simmering slowly on the stove next to the tomato sauce Mama had prepared earlier. I always asked to have one of the meatballs as she completed frying them. When did Mama start all this? I wondered. On the kitchen table, a bowl of hard-boiled eggs greeted my eyes along with a Cannatone (Easter Bread)for Peter and me. As Peter, Papa and I departed for church after breakfast, Nonna and Mama's sister Lena arrived to help make the ravioli. I knew then that the Easter meal would keep us at the table for a long time. uona asqua JOSEPH RUSSO FUNERAL HOME INC. 814 American Legion Highway, Roslindale, MA 617-325-7300 MASSACHUSEI-FSPORTAUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. AP1610-C1 FY16-18 ROOF MAINTENANCE TERM CONTRACT, BOSTON, BEDFORD, AND WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, wiU 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, APRIL 20, 2016, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016. The work includes: PROVISION OF LABOR, INCIDENTAL MATERIALS, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO REPAIR AND MAINTAIN ALL ROOFING SYSTEMS AT ALL PROPERTIES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE AUTHORITY, AS REQUIRED FROM TIME TO TIME, ON AN AS NEEDED/ON CALL BASIS, FOR A TIME PERIOD OF TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTHS. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, MARCH 31,2016. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authofity'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 Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of ROOFING. The estimated contract cost is SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($700,000.00). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A 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 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 $10,000,000. 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 sub-contract 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 3/25/2016