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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2016 PAGE 13 by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance dV n n a o abb onno Well, its Easter weekend, and Meli, who was the person whoEaster was no different, but I I know most of you are running introduced me to Tito Sr. when walked home with a smile on around finalizing things forthey called him, E1 Re de my face, because Mr. Ray, Sunday dinner. I don't know Musica Latina. (The king of whose style of dress I copied, if it is the same today as it Latin music) commented on my new suit was years ago. My mother andAnother Easter story hap- a couple of times, saying that Nanna would plan out the din- pened when I was a teenager,if he was a younger man, he ners for Holy Week, and mostWe had a neighbor named would wear the same thing. I of it would be centered around Danny Gallo, who lived a fewwas a happy fifteen-year-old fish until Easter Sunday. What- doors away on Eutaw Street. that Easter. ever the Italian traditions were He and Dad were close and one Another story ... many years in Avellino and Foggia, theyevening, while they were sitting later, when we were living in continued them in America. Iin our kitchen talking aboutBelmont, Morn asked me to remember going to the Sacreda neighborhood get together,go to the nursing home where Heart Church in East Bos- Danny asked me if I was inter- Babbononno was living, and ton with the cub scout pack I ested in a new suit for Easter. bring him home for Easter din- belonged to for services on I discovered at that point, that ner. He was in his mid-90s and Holy Thursday, and being told he was in the garment business, needed a lot of attention. When that we had to keep silent on I said sure and then asked the I got there, age hadn't changed Good Friday for at least three price. He said he would mea-his manner of dress. He wore a hours, and then to Confession sure me up and they, whoeverneatly pressed pin stripe suit, on Holy Saturday afternoon. On they were, could make me a a starched collared white shirt Easter, my family attended the suit for the cost of the material, with a subtle print necktie, a 11:30 am Mass. I knew that the about three yards of it. I asked pair of spit-shined black shoes, cub scout leaders had wantedhow much the cloth cost per a navy overcoat and a fedora us to go to a children's Mass as yard and he said, "For you, ten with the brim turned down just a group. At any other point in dollars a yard." slightly. He looked like the GQ time, I would have, but not on The next day, he. showed me of his day. Easter. We had to be with the some swatches of material and I was also bringing Sal Meli family..Easter Sunday Mass I picked a powder blue wool. I back home with me. His folks was a family Mass and all in my had sketched out a one button had retired and returned to Sic- family dressed in their Easter roll jacket which was the high ily for their retirement, which finery andwalked to the Sacred style of the day and Danny meant he would have been Heart together, measured me up from head to alone. When we exited the nurs- I'd like to share a few Easter foot with a tailor's tape. A week ing home, Babbononno looked stories with you, if I may. First later the suit arrived and was around for my car, saying, of all, as I'm writing this week's perfect. On the way home from "Jenny, wayza da Cadillac?" I column, I'm doing it from school that week, I stopped at told him that I had traded it Florida. Loretta brought me Sumner's men's shop on Trem-for a newer car. He then asked, to a matinee at a local theater ont Street, near the corner of "Wadda da new one called?" I the other day, and I thoughtBoylston. They sold high styles answered, "Imperial." He asked, it was going to be somethingand had a roll collar shirt that "Dissanewlmperiale, shejusta regarding Easter. Instead, it I wanted to go with the new azza gooda Cadillac?" I said, was a one-man comedy entitled, suit. A roll collar makes the "Even better." As I poin.ted it "My Son the Waiter, Another neck area look like the M on the out to him, he said, "Oh gooda, Jewish Tragedy." The guy wasMcDonald signs. To this, I dissacarguddadatoppawadda hilarious. One of the lines added a navy blue narrow velvet you pusha down." I said, "Yes, he used brought the house necktie before I left the store, Babbononno, it's a convertible." down. He said that Holy Weekand then headed to Filene's His next command was, "You and Passover were back to Basement to look for a pair of gedda inna eh pusha downa back this year, and considering navy blue suede shoes with da top." Even though it wasn't that much of the population pointed toes and pointed side convertible weather, I put the where we live is either Jewish lasts. They were called spades top down. Immediately, my or Italian and these are theback then. grandfather pushed the back people who frequent the local On Easter Sunday, I walked of the right front seat forward restaurants, then because ofdown the Brooks Street hill in and said to Sal, "Toto (his nick- the two religious holidays, half my new outfit, heading for the name in Italian), you gedda irma of the restaurants are filing for 11:30 am Mass at the Sacred da back." Once Babbononno bankruptcy. Heart. Everyone looked, and I seated himself on the right As another Easter surprise, loved itl I ran into a couple of front seat, he said, "Giuwanna, Loretta brought me to a new the guys I"hung around with," (slang for John), dissa carra Mexican restaurant that has and they told me the crowd was gudda seat wadda go up anna entertainment. The entertain- heading for Revere Beach that downa?" I showed him the but- ment turned out to be Tito afternoon. I told them I couldn't ton that elevated the seat and Puente Jr. Only in America go as I was working. I had the he pressed it until the seat was ... a Mexican restaurant in an keys for the Seville Theater, all the way up, malting him look Italian neighborhood, owned and after a typical 11:30 amtall, not like the 4' ll" he really by an Iranian, and featuringSunday Mass, I would walk towas. His next command was to Puerto Rican music. I spoke the theater and open up. This drive a couple of blocks away with Tito Jr. during his inter- made it a bit easier on Mr. Ray, and pull up in front of the Star mission, as I was friendly with the manager, who lived in the of the Sea parish. A couple of his father. We reminisced about Back Bay. minutes later, as the old ladies some of the long-gone clubs in Once he was there, he would exited the church from Easter New York and the people of his check to see ff everything was Mass, Babbononno repeatedly father's generation who played in order, and tell me to go have tipped his hat, yelling, "Bouna there. On the wayhome, I remi- dinner with my family but Pasqua a tutti." (Happy Eas- nisced about my old friend, Sal be back by 3:00 o'clock. This ter to all.) With that in mind, Happy Easter or Buona Pasqua from the descendents of Nanna and Babbononno, Jenny and Mike Contini, and all the Christoforo's. GOD BLESS AMERICA -N DIAMONDS ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. M Jim (617) 263-7766 j Socially Scene (Continued from Page 9) hot to last. But love is nothing if not complicated, and Courtly Lovers takes a more playful approach to dating and ro- mance, set to a score by Haydn. It all culminates in Ginastera's Timeless Attractions for a whirl- wind journey through all of love's facets that~l leave you breathless. Spring brings the blooming of flowers and budding romances that find their way to summer love. This tale is told and the movement of ballet adds an intense look at the connection of souls. The Sanctuary Theatre is located at 400 Harvard Street in Cambridge. You may pur- chase tickets by visiting www. ballettheatre.org or by calling 617-354-7467. Iappy aster Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechani I ' Heating & Air Conditioning t Sales, Service & Installation kenskjs@aol.com jrtapp j astert. 500 Canterbury Street Boston, MA 02131 t 617,524.1036 )m the Italian community for over 100 years/ MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. AP1516-C2(R), FY16-18 PUMP & MOTOR SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE, BOSTON, BEDFORD AND 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, 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 6, 2016, The work includes PROVIDE ALL LABOR, TOOLS, TESTING, EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS TO SERVICE, MAINTAIN AND REPAIR WASTEWATER, STORMWATER, CONDENSATE AND OTHER PROCESS PUMPS, MOTORS AND CONTROLS OF VARIOUS EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS FOR ALL MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY FACILITIES IN BOSTON, BEDFORD AND WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016. 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, which the Authority may issue'and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In or'der to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a currant 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 MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. The estimated contract cost is TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($200,000.00). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contractsshall 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) ~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 execute. 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, whicheveris greater. The successf~ Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injur~ Uability Insurance and Property bamage Uability Insurance for a combined single limit of TEN MILUON DOLLARS ($10,000,000.00). 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. MASSACHUSE'n's PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 3/'25/2016