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POST:.GAZETTE,'APRIL 131 201 2 Page 1 3 Well Easter 2012 is now part of the past. It was a bit different for us. Even though my cousin Ralph Pepe and I combined families, it was the frst time, ever, that nei- ther of my sons were with us. John is in San Francisco, Michael in New York, but due to commitments, it was impossible for them to re- turn home even for a day. That's what it's like in today's world. Back in my generation, if you were part of an Italian family, you sel- dom moved more than ten miles away from the family when you went out on your own. I remember a friend who graduated college with me. After graduation, he found a job teaching in Fall River. and had to get an apart- ment near his work as it was too far to commute from the North End. Here he was, age 21, college educated, with a new job ... To his parents, the day he left was the day he ran away from home. The one story I remember about Easter happened many years ago. After Uncle Nick and Aunt Dorothy were married in 1950, they began taking cruises a couple of times each year. They couldn't have kids and never adopted, so they compen- sated by enjoying their lei- sure time. Beginning when they first traveled by luxury liner, being Uncle Nick's first Godson, I was always invited. The answer was al- ways no when I was young, but in 1958, I was 20 and a 00Babb00nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance ii i,i college student. That Easter, they were heading to Florida by luxury liner, jumping ship in Miami and then heading for Havana, Cuba for Easter. I was invited to join them in Cuba. This time, I accepted. To some in the family, I was running away from home at Easter time. It was sacrile- gious. Fortunately, my folks didn't see it that way and I bought my tickets, packed my suitcase and headed south. I flew to Miami and then boarded a shuttle to Havana. Uncle Nick met me at the Jose Marti Municipal Airport and we headed for the Havana Hilton. I flew there on Good Friday, and the Cubans were preparing for Easter, seeing that before the Communists, most Cu- bans were Roman Catholic. The next day was Holy Sat- urday and Uncle Nick and Aunt Dorothy gave me the tour of Havana. I saw the historic sites and the locals shopping at the open air markets for Easter dinner. It was fascinating. Uncle Nick and I blended in with the scenery, but Aunt Dorothy was blond and very Anglo looking. As a result, every- one selling tourist junk used ii i LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS 3ealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. M296-C2, PARCEL K-1 PARKING LOT CONSTRUC- TION, SOUTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSEI"rS 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 02116, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids wilt be opened and read publicly, NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT MASSPORT OFFICES (EAST-2, 3 " FLOOR) AT THE BOSTON FISH PIER, 212 NORTHERN AVENUE, AT 1:00 PM LOCAL TIME ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012. The work includes EXCAVATION OF ASPHALT PAVEMENT AND CONCRETE SIDEWALK, PLACEMENT OF GRAVEL SUBBASE, GRADING AND COMPACTING, PLACEMENT OF HOT MIX ASPHALT PAVEMENT, CONSTRUCTION OF CEMENT CONCRETE SIDEWALK AND DRIVE- WAY, INSTALLATION OF CATCH BASIN, REMOVING AND RESETTING CURB, INSTALLATION OF NEW CURB, REMOVING AND RESETrlNG FENCE, INSTALLATION OF NEW CHAIN LINK FENCE, FURNISHING AND INSTALLING AN A'n'ENDANTS' BOOTH, INSTALLATION OF SITE LIGHTING, FURNISHING REVENUE CONTROL EQUIPMENT, FURNISHING AND INSTALLING SIGNS AND SUPPORTS INCLUDING AN ILLUMINATED SIGN, FURNISHING AND INSTALLING TEMPORARY CONCRETE BARRIER AND INSTALLATION OF PAVEMENT MARKINGS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012. The estimated contract cost is $240,000. 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. 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 treasurers or a cashiers 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, Auto Liability Insurance, and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1 MILLION ($1,000,000). 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. This contract is subject to a Disadvantaged Business Entarprise participation provision requiring that not less than TEN PERCENT (10.0%) of the Contract be performed by disadvantaged business enterprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in Article 84 of the 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 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 all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 04/13/12 her for target practice. When Uncle Nick shooed them away, they backed off. The next day was Easter Sunday and we headed to Mass at Havana's cathedral, which was beautiful inside. The Cathedral of the Im- maculate Conception looked like what it was, a Spanish colonial church. It was built by the Jesuits between 1748 and 1777 on the same site as an earlier church, which the old timers had called the Cathedral of St. Christo- pher. The Mass was in Latin and the sermon in Spanish. Looking around, I saw Cu- ban families dressed to the hilt celebrating Easter. It reminded me of the Easter Masses I attended with my family at the Sacred Heart church in East Boston. Most of the people, as a matter of fact, looked like Italians as they were full blooded Euro- peans with ancestry's right from southern Spain. That evening, we had Eas- ter dinner at a restaurant near the hotel. I don't re- member the name of it, but Uncle Nick told me that it wasn't a tourist spot. Now, if I had been home for Easter, we would have headed to Nanna and Babbononno's apartment for Easter Sunday dinner. Antipasti would fill the kitchen table and every- one would help themselves until it was time to sit down at the dinner table. Once we were seated, Nanna's spe- cialties would be served, course after course. First was the escarole soup with tiny meatballs. The second course was homemade ricotta-filled ravioli. The third course, which often was combined with the second, was sausages (hot and sweet), meatballs and chunks of various types of meat that had been stewing in Nanna's gravy. Accompa- nying this would be stuffed mushrooms, stuffed arti- chokes and an assortment of vegetables, all cooked in gar- lic and olive oil. Following these offerings would be the salad course. The Old Italian way of eating a meal often saw the salad following the main courses. And, all of this was accompanied by two or three types of bread and both red and white wine, home- made, of course. Dessert was fruit, nuts and after dinner drinks. The pastries, which were mostly store bought, were eaten a couple of hours later when coffee was served. Of course, being a sweet in- nocent kid from East Boston, that is what I expected when Uncle Nick brought us to a Cuban restaurant for Easter dinner in 1958. Well, the before dinner drinks contained rum, and the appetizers were fried yucca with mojo sauce. This translates to something similar to fried potatoes with a garlic sauce for flavoring. The main course was roasted marinated pork which I loved. Accompanying this was fried ripe plantains. They looked like banana slices but tasted a bit differ- ent. Accompany all of this was a Cuban staple, black beans and rice (a replace- ment for our pastas). Des- sert consisted of flan, an egg custard with burnt Carmel sauce and Cuban coffee which makes espresso seem like it's mild and weak. It wasn't Nanna's cooking, but I loved it and still do. Even today, whenever I head for Florida, I will have dinner at one of the Cuban restaurants somewhere between Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and the casino. It was my first time in a casino and I was fasci- iiiiiiiil il ili ii i i ii ii i i! iii ii iiii iiili nated at the games that the tourists were playing. Aunt Dorothy situated herself at a blackjack table and Uncle Nick suggested that we leave her alone, head to the roof of the hotel, watch the sunset, and have a drink and a cigar. And, this we did. In front of us was the Bay of Havana and we Watched the sun set on the horizon. It was breath taking, espe- cially with a Cuba Libra, a drink of rum, Coke and lime, accompanied by a pre-Castro Cuban cigar, then the best in the world. After the sun set, I saw flickers of light coming from the forest lands to our right. I asked Uncle Nick what they were, and he replied that they might be the camp fires of Cuban rebels who wanted to take over the country, and then added, "If the Batista government isn't careful, those rebels are going to take over this island, and there's going to be trouble." Little did Uncle Nick know at that point, but on New Year's Day, 1959, eight months, almost to the day, that would happen. Well, that was my first experience away from home and Nanna's table on a holiday. It would actually be the last of the traditional holiday dinners at her table, as Nanna would pass away just before Christmas in 1958, and my mother and Aunt Ninna would take over the chores as the women of the family, but that's a story for another day. GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L797-C3, CIRCUIT REPLACEMENT FOR RUNWAY 15L-33R, VARIOUS TAXlWAYS AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS AIRFIELD ELECTRCIAL IM- PROVEMENTS, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harbor- side Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 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 DEPAR MENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012. The work includes: REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF RUNWAY AND TAXIWAY CIRCUIT SE- RIES CABLES, CONVERSION OF EXISTING AIRFIELD GUIDANCE SIGNS, PLACEMENT OF NEW CONCRETE SLABS AT EXISTING AIRFIELD WINDCONES, REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING RUNWAY DISTANCE REMAINING SIGNS, REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF EXIST- ING WlNDCONES AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, AND. INVESTIGATION OF EXISTING DUCTBANKS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012. The estimated contract cost is $ 4,050,000.00. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital Pro- grams Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. 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 cashiers 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 TEN MILLION 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. This contract is subject to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than TEN PERCENT (10%) of the Contract be performed by disadvantaged business en- terprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thor- oughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in Article 84 of the General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Op- portunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non-Segrogated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certifica- tion 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 resewed to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 04/13/12