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. , . . . • ° POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 16, 2010 Page14 NEWS BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco THIEVES INSIDE THE ITALIAN PARLIAMENT, IN ITALY: Most of our readers know that Palazzo Montecitorioin Rome is the meeting place of the Lower House of the Italian Parliament, a.k.a. "Camera Dei Deputati" (Chamber of Deputies)• This "Palazzo" is also the place where the entire Parliament usually gathers from time to time. Generally people assume that the usual thieves would never dare to "perform" in such a place as Montecitorio, justly consid  ered a secure place where special agents seem to be everywhere. But the place has recently become other than "secure." The usual absent-minded individuals have lately complained that their bags have suddenly "disappeared," or their money even taken away from their own pockets. What happened recently stunned everyone. A temporary distraction by a former Parliamentarian resulted in the disappearance of her mink coat, worth over 6,000 euro (@ $8,400). However, the loss was only temporary. As long as a victim promptly calls the authorities and reports the loss, the refund is only a matter of days. The reason being that the "Palazzo" has insured itself against the loss in virtually any amount of merchandise that has been lost or stolen.• So, my dear friends if you ever visit the "secure" Palazzo Montecitorio, in Rome sometime in the future and become a victim of thievery, take heart, the loss is only temporary. The refund will soon be on its way thanks to the far-sightedness of the Italian Legislators• Which brings to mind the question: Are the thieves really "outsiders"? Never mind, I wasn't implying anything, reallyI!! • Jazz Week (Continued from Page 7) chestra have received awards such as 2008 and 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, 2008 Down Beat Magazine Stu- dent Music Award for Jazz Arrangement and 2007 Down Beat Magazine Stu- dent Music Award for Best Extended Jazz. He has also been recently interviewed by Chronicle for his outstand- ing talent. THE INFRARED BAND Thursday, April 29 th, 7:30pm Boston-based guitarist/ composer Eric Hofbauer's newest ensemble, The Infrared Band, explores his intermingling interests in wordplay, mythology and puzzles. TONY VAUGHN BAND Friday, April 30 th, 8pro Tony Vaughn's career as a bassist extends more than 20 years with national and international credits per- forming both live and in the studio with many R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock and country art- ist. He is well known for his ability to find the heart of any groove and for his sense of where and when to place his style bass solos• UNDERWATER AIRPORT Saturday, May 1 st, 7:30pm Propelled by the double drumming mind-meld of Peter Spellman and Russell Lane, piloted by the bass and Chapman Stick grooves of Jim Whisenant, set adrift by the floating guitar and synth loops of Ed Blomquist, carried aloft by the sax and electronic winds of Lynda Stephens, and en- lightened by the projected visuals and wind synth of Marc Lisle, the Ambient Folk Jazz of Underwater Air- port creates the ultimate launch site for departure to mystical heights and depths. Come along for the RIDE! TODD BRUNNEL AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHM KINGS Sunday, May 2 "d, 2pro We come full circle with Todd Brunnel leads us out with his Circadian Rythm Kings. A great way to end the marathon of ten glorious nights of jazz. COMMUNITY JAM SESSION LED BY TODD BRUNNEL AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHM KINGS Sunday, May 2 "d, 3pm Come celebrate the end of a GREAT jazz festival in Eastie. Todd performance start things going and it will lead us into a community Jam session where all mu- sicians are invited to join in. Come be a witness to the magic of LIVE jazz one last time! If you would like to support our effort to bring this spec- tacular event to East Boston, please send a donation to 80 Border Street Cultural Ex- change Center, c/o Fran Rowan. If you want to be a sponsor in our ad book call Fran immediately at 617-510- 7011. Please be sure to make out checks to 80 Border Street Cultural Exchange Center, Inc. Any amount is welcome. All contributions go to support the community events at the Cen- ter like JAZZ WEEK EAST. Check out our calendar at for a complete list of concert information and or updates or email Fran Rowan at, What Happens When You Don't Advertise? Nothing! For information on advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. 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 ALICE McGOFF, RIP Charlestown's Alice McGoff passed away recently. She was a townie's townie. Great lady, loving person and loved her neighborhood with her heart and soul. Many years back, she was one of the three families in "Common Ground" by Anthony Lucas which personalized the agony of forced busing on three Boston families. It was also turned into a good made for TV movie with actor Richard Thomas, a.k.a., John-Boy Walton. Bobby D. in his column said Alice "was a person you might just say shared her "uncommon" love for her family and Charlestown with all of us." Her life was about giving back to the Charlestown. community and inspiring others to do likewise. KUDOS TO RICHARD BURKE OF CHARLESTOWN Letter writer Richard Burke of Charlestown had a great letter printed in the Charlestown Patriot Bridge concerning the passing of Obamacare and among others thoughts shared the following, "Animals live longer and are better taken care of in a zoo, but it doesn't necessarily follow that ani- mals should prefer captivity over freedom." A simple yet profound thought about what we lose when we let govern- ment do for us rather than us doing for ourselves. YOU CAN CINCO DE MAYO WITH SHERIFF Middlesex Sheriff Jim DiPaola will once again be holding his legendary Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Fri- day, May 7 at Montvale Plaza The North End Historical Society Presents "HOLY THURSDAY" WALKING TOUR In many Catholic commu- nities, including the North End, there was a tradition of visiting 5 (or sometimes 7) churches on the Thursday before Easter. Join us on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m, in the courtyard BEHIND Boston's Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, as we visit 5 religious and histori- cal locations in the North End. At each site we will tell the local history associated with the church building as well as share some of the origins and background associated with the Holy Days of Christianity. The tour is free, but space is limited, so please register by e-mailing the NEHS at The program will be facili- tated by local historian Alex Goldfeld and Dr. Mary Kantor, who is currently the Catholic Chaplain at Phillips Academy in Andover. in Stoneham. Tickets usu- ally sell out fast if interested, call 781-438-6310. SICILIAN SOCIETY HOLDS FUNDRAISING TIME TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER The Sicilian Society of Greater Boston will be hold- ing a dinner-dance in mem- ory of Daniela Guccione. All donations will go to the re- search fight at Dana Farber Institute to find a cure and support related issues for those affected by breast can- cer. Says Gaetano Guccione who is president of the Si- cilian Society of Greater Boston, "Daniela was my daughter and after a very courageous three year battle with breast cancer, she lost her life on January 11, 2010 at age 41. In her memory we want to help others who are diagnosed with this disease win their fight and live." A cure may not come fast enough for us, but donations made at this event will also help to find other therapies that can prolong and give a better quality of life to those struggling waiting for a cure to be found. For tickets or more information, call 617- 770-1938 or 781-762-6273. DOM CAMPOCHIARO A.K.A. DOM DiMAGGIO Last summer I discovered how important the North End Athletic Association was to the quality of life in the North End. I had lots of fun with NEAA Presi- dent Dominic Campochiaro, a.k.a. Dom DiMaggio with his Baseball Clinic for the little kiddos on Saturday mornings. Everybody got to start somewhere. The best "where" is Saturday morn- ings with the North End's very own "Dom DiMaggio." He really does care about his neighborhood. He really does care about his Satur- day morning little baseball players• He wants them to learn the principles of base- ball because they are the same principles by which we learn to live with one another• I hope to see everyone again soon for the Saturday morning fun time where kids can both play and learn together. That's why the North End community is so strong. Adults in the NEAA just don't reside in the North End, they live for the North End and in the North End. Every neighborhood in Boston needs its own NEAA. Dominic is easy to spot on the field. He really does look like Dom DiMaggio. MASSACHUSE'I-rS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. M370-Cl, EXTERIOR PAINTING REPAIRS, EAST, & WEST BUILDINGS, FISH PIER, SOUTH BOSTON, MA, 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, MAY 12, 2010 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read.publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE MASSPORT MARITIME CONFERENCE ROOM, THIRD FLOOR, EAST BUILDING, SOUTH BOSTON AT 10:00 A.M. LOCALTIME ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 The work includes: SURFACE PREPARATION, EXTERIOR PAINTING, AND REPLACEMENT/REPAIRS TO CERTAIN METAL DOORS, WINDOWS AND FRAMES, INCLUDING RELATED GLAZING AND CAULKING. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 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 PAINTING. The estimated contract cost is TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($275,000) 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. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H 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, Auto Liability Insurance, and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00). 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 subject to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than SIX (6%) 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. MASSACHUSEI"rs PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS J. KINTON, JR. CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 4/16/10