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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 10, 2015 Page 13 00N00anna 00Babb00onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Just because you asked, while you have been freez- ing in the northern cold and dealing with record-break- ing levels of snow, I've been writing to you from sunny Florida. Don't hate me. I spent Christmas with my extended family. You might remember the stories when Loretta and I would join with my cousin, Ralph Pepe, and celebrate the holidays. Well, the following week, we headed to Dean Saluti and Margie Cahn's new home and celebrated New Year's Eve with a crowd that has been gathering together for the past 20 to 25 years. Actually, in the past, I sent Loretta to the December 31 st gathering and I headed off to play with my band. I would join up with the crowd for last call and Loretta and I would head home. Now that I am mostly retired from music, I join in the New Year's Eve celebration. Two days after this year's cel- ebration, I was on a plane to Florida and have been there until Holy Saturday. I hadn't planned to return for another month, but a couple of health issues and a stay at a local hospital prompted Loretta to take me home, and I didn't re- sist. Once we returned, we started to put things to- gether for Easter. Loretta had to plan out what I could and could not eat. What the medical staff at the hospital told her was basically, "No salt, small portions of red meat, chicken and fish. OK, lots of salad with only oil and vinegar, and no cigars ... ever again. I hate getting old. So, for Easter I had a small portion of pasta with gravy cooked without salt. I couldn't even put any grated cheese on my rigatoni. When the Easter ham was passed my way, I gave it a good stare before I passed it on. I did pig out on veggies as long as I got them before they were sprinkled with salt. Now that I'm back, I'm going to resume my old schedule. I had taken the spring semester off from the colleges I teach at. I've never done that before. And, I became a snowbird, I have to admit, I did miss everyone I'm connected with up here, but cold weather where I am means that I have to put on a pair of long pants, possibly bring a sweater and not put the top down on the car ... a far cry from what you expe- rienced this past winter. Thinking back, I don't think Manna and Babbo- nonno ever had a vacation away from home. It wasn't part of their way of life. I know that Babbononno had a week or two off during the summer months, but this meant that he could get up later than usual and either tend to his garden or meet his paesani at one of their gathering places. I once asked him why he only grew vegetables and a few fruits? He answered my question with a question, "What do you want me to grow, flow- ers?" When I nodded in the affirmative, he said, "If you can't eat what you grow, what's the purpose?" Running away from it all appeared with the first-born generation. From the time I was just a kid, Dad and Mom would plan a summer vaca- tion. It might have been just one of the county fairs that Dad was playing at, but Mom and I would go along and make a vacation out of it. Once they bought the cot- tage in Maine, our August destination was Winthrop, Maine for 4V2 weeks. I've written several stories about growing up in Maine sum- mers and how Dad even con- vinced Babbononno that he and Manna needed a rest by a quiet lake and they didn't give him an argument. Of course, this was long after Babbononno had retired and had time on his hands. A couple of times Morn and Dad decided to take winter vacations. Dad was in the Boston School Department during the day and when Feb- rnary or April breaks rolled around, he would make sure he didn't have any music booked so he and Morn could head for the islands. As a young man, I picked up this 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 aspect of my folks way of life and brought it to what I con- sidered its greatest heights. If you remember some of the stories about Sal Meli and me traveling all over the world during vacation time, you'll know how we loved meeting new people in some of the most exotic places on Earth. Well, ff things go well in the future, I think I will become a snowbird. I enjoyed it this winter. I don't know ff I could have survived Boston this year. Just as I mentioned in the first couple of sen- tences, it's easier than put- ting up with the cold and bad weather. But I am back now and it seems that the weather is a little bet- ter than what I saw on the 6 o'clock news. I've signed a contract to teach a course in World History at North Shore Community College begin- ning next month and a course called Contemporary Issues with Historic Applica- tions for Cambridge College in June. Both courses will be over just as July rolls around, and ff I have only this column to consider, I might head back to Florida. People have said to me that they feel it's too hot here in the sum- mer. My comment is that you go from an air-condi- tioned house to an air-con- ditioned car to an air-condi- tioned whatever. If you are at the beach or a pool, you can jump in to cool off, so there are no excuses. I have made some obser- vations about the people down here. Where I live it's about 90% a mix of Italian and Jewish and 10% Heinz 57. My wandering eyes have noticed the families coming together, especially for holi- day time or during winter vacation time. There are many similarities between what goes on between grand- parents, their children and grandchildren regardless of which ethnic group they fall in. One event I missed due to being away was the Pir- andello Awards Ceremony. There are three people among the entire group that I know well: Joey Cuzzi (She was a Manfredonia growing up), Frank Privitera, Jr., and Senator Sal DiDomenico, Jr. To you and all of the other recipients ... congratulations. Gotta go. I'll catch you next week. GOD BLESS AMERICA Murphys Boxing Hosts Part II of "The Memorial Series" to Benefit the Claddagh Fund on Behalf of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Professional Bouts Benefitting Veterans Non-Profit Organization at Melrose Memorial Hall on Friday, April 10 th Murphys Boxing is back for round two of "The Memorial Series" with a stacked card of highly-anticipated bouts between some of professional boxing's most-promising con- tenders. The Memorial Series' second fight night will again take place at the Melrose Memorial Hall with funds ben- efitting the Claddagh Fund on behalf of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. The Memorial Series Part II rings the opening bell Fri- day, April I0, 2015 at Melrose Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose, MA beginning at 7:30 pm. Headlining the evening's main event will be welterweight prospect and Framingham, MA native Danny "Bhoy" O'Connor (24-2, 8 KO's) as he takes on Columbus, Ohio's Michael Clark (44-12-1, 18 KO's) over a 10-round bout The card will also feature a series of sensational bouts highlighting the area's hottest prospects. The Memorial Series Part II is following its highly successful inaugural event this past February where the Memorial Hall was filled to capacity. Established in 2010 by Boston firefighters, local veter- ans, Gold Star families, police officers and other patriotic citizens, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was organized in order to memorialize our fallen by creating a permanent public tribute and to provide advocacy and support service for local veterans and families of the fallen serving the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. For more information, please visit For tickets and further information, please visit or call 310-344-2293. NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing work for L1346-C2 TERMINAL E RENOVATION ENHANCEMENTS, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from Trade Contractors who have a demonstrated experience in the construction and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity as required for the Logan International Airport Terminal E. In accordance with Massachusetts construction manager at-dsk requirements, MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following classes of work: ELEVATORS. The contract includes the following scope of work: The Scope of Work will'include the furnish and installation of nine (9) new three step escalators, furnish and installation of six (6) new elevators, decommissioning as per state regulations of six (6) existing escalators to be demolished and removed by others and the decommissioning as per state regulations of four (4) existing elevators to be demolished and removed by others. The estimated cost of the trade contractors' portion of this phase of the Project is approximately $4,600,000 and the construction duration for this phase is approximately twenty (20) months. The estimated value of work to be performed by trade contractors is as follows: Elevators- $4,600,000 The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 13. This selection of trade contractors conforms to MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, subsections (b) to (k) inclusive. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequali trade contractors capable and experienced in the construction of parking garages and terminal buildings. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority is not utilizing this process to prequalify sub-contractore who are not trade contractors which shall be done separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) Management Experience; (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity to Complete including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses these Evaluation Criteria and the Prequalification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning April 16, 2015 by contacting Susan Brace at 617-568-5961 or via email at sbrace @ma, A Project Briefing will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, 1 Harberside Drive, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the briefing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the prequalification process. Seven (7) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets (40 pages), exclusive, of covers and dividers and resumes which shall be limited to one page, shall be printed on beth sides of the sheet (8 " x 1 t") and shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submittal that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received in the Capital Programs Department by the above deadline shall be rejected as non-responsive. Questions regarding this RFQ shall be submitted in whting and directed to cpb/dquesffon$ with the Project name and number included in the subject line of the emai[. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P, GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 4/10/2015 ..,