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POST-GAZETTEI APRIL 24, 2015 Page 9 '' ! by John Christoforo 00abb00onno A Nostalgic Remembrance Mom had told me that Babbononno loved dogs. By the time I came along, the only pet I remember was Tippi the cat, which was Nanna's pet. When my mother and her brothers were young, Babbononno had a dog. I believe it was a German Shepherd, but I'm not sure. The only story I remember about the dog was based on a happening when my mother and her girlfriend, Ada Giorgione, were about 15 or 16. Years later, Ada would marry Uncle Nick, but the marriage would disintegrate during WWII. The girls were in their mid teens and Mom had asked Babbononno ff she could go to the movies with Ada. It was a Sunday afternoon, and evidently there was a film showing at the Seville The- ater that they desperately wanted to see. Babbononno reluctantly gave his okay, looked at his pocket watch and told Mom what time to be home. She and Ada later headed to the theater which, being a local neighborhood movie house, always had double features, usually a B level film preceded by a cartoon or short subject and followed by the main feature. Ada and Mom arrived after the first film had begun, settled in and watched the rest of it and then saw the main feature. Seeing that this was a Sunday, the Seville ran its trims con- tinuously. Mom and Ada decided to stay and see the part of the first film they had missed. Not returning home at the time Babbononno had given to his daughter, he decided to head to the the- ater to retrieve her and her girlfriend. First, he attached a leash to the German Shep- herd, exited the house at 70 Eutaw Street, walked with the dog to Meridian Street, headed south toward Cen- tral Square and entered the outer lobby of the Seville with the dog. in his fractured English, Babbononno told the person collecting tickets that he wanted to pick up his daughter. The dog must have had an intimidating appearance, as my grandfather was not stopped at the entrance, nor did any usher stop him as he entered the lobby and headed for the orchestra area where he knew the girls would be sitting. Once inside, he waited until his and the dogs vision became adjusted to the dark. He then unhooked the dog from the leash, and in Italian, told the dog to find Angelina, my mother's name in Ital- ian. The dog then wandered through the orchestra seats sniffing out the patrons who began squirming, lifting their legs and yelling about a loose dog. Finally locating the girls, the dog barked for Babbononno, who followed the sounds of his dog and found the two girls sitting together. He yelled at them and they immediately got up to leave with my grand- father. Hitching the dog up to the leash, Ada, my mother, Babbononno and the dog left the theater and headed home. They were repri- manded for not being home on time and tried to explain the circumstance, but Babbo- nonno grounded my mother for a week in spite of Nanna trying to explain to her hus- band the situation as she understood it. The dog was long gone by the time I was born, but Nanna had an orange and white cat named Tippi. Tippi was her bilingual pet. She spoke English to the cat as did Mom. Babbononno spoke only Italian to the cat, but the animal seemed to understand everything that was said. He was Nanna's cat, though. I remember, one day, Tippi brought a present home and dropped it at Nanna's feet, a mouse it had just killed. I don't ever remember my grandmother swearing at anything or any- one at any time, except this once. She started swearing and dropping Avellinese F-bombs at the cat loud enough for everyone to come running toward her location to see what was wrong. I guess I inherited my love for animals, especially dogs from my grandparents. When we lived in East Boston, we didn't have any pets, but when we moved to Belmont, one of the first things I did was accept a puppy from a friend who had bought it, but couldn't keep it due to restrictions at her apart- ment building. Tammy was my dog while I lived at home, but after I was on my own, it became my father's faithful follower. When he was home, the dog never left his side. When Tammi had to be put down years later, Loretta and I inherited a Keeshond and gave it to my folks to fill the void left by the absence of a pet. After my kids came along, a woman who taught with Loretta told us that her beagle had had pups. She asked us to take one and the kids picked one out of the litter. He was the cutest little thing with orangish, brown and white coloring like many beagles. The kids decided to name him Beagsley and he quickly became part of the family. Seeing he was now part of an Italian family, he became Beagsley Domenic Christoforo. The backyard had to be sealed off to allow the dog to wander around without wandering away, so I put in a chain link fence which Beagsley disliked, but it was safer that way. The only problem I remember oc- curred one Saturday after- noon when I got a call from the dog's vet. I answered the phone and the voice on the other end said, "It's Saturday afternoon. Do you know where your dog is?" I asked who was calling and when the vet told me who she was, I explained that the dog was in the backyard. She then told me to check, and when I did, I discovered that the dog wasn't there. Somehow, he had gotten out and wan- dered to a Little League field near the house. He decided to join the game that was in session and someone looked at the medallion hanging from his collar. The vet's name and number were listed on the metal disc and a cell phone call to the vet prompted her to call me. When I arrived at the field, I discovered that the dog had stationed himself at 2 "d base and had actually stopped a couple of ground- ers. The coach told me that he was better than the kid he had playing 2 nd base, but the player covering the base had to be a human, not . a dog. I leashed up the dog and took him home much to his chagrin. Beagsley loved the water. When the kids were young, we had a boat that was moored at the Medford Boat Club and whenever we headed out, Beagsley's feet were firmly planted on the front deck. He was the navi- gator or lookout and led the way for us. Those were great times and he grew up with my kids, John and Michael. For some reason, whenever Dean Saluti and Margie Cahn came over, Beagsley loved to jump on their laps and be Iovey-dovey. They weren't too happy with this, but never really said any- thing to keep peace in the family. When the boys went off to college, Beagsley became my dog and we grew older together. A few years ago, there were too many things wrong with our beagle and we had to put him down. To keep his memory alive, we use his name daily. I have his name immortal- ized in our email address. In the future, if any of you would like to get in touch, you can email me at Son John and his wife, Beth, have a golden retriever who rings a bell when it has to go out. Now, that's a smart dog. GOD BLESS AMERICA i i i!!i!i!!ililC Nothing! For information on ....... advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. * Boxing Ringside (Continued Folley jabs Ali's body. Covington, originally be- lieved that the course of ap- peals would take at least a year, but his appeal on the grounds that All was a Mus- lim minister and conscien- tious objector had been refused. Covington's latest maneuver -- the suit against the draft board con- tending there is a lack of Negro representation and therefore existing prejudice -- is no more than a delay- ing action, rCovington be- lieved he would win in the courts on the question of Ali's minister-objector claim, but this would come only after he reports for in- duction, which could be in May in Houston. No one was sure he would report. If he failed to do so, he would go to jail and Covington would get him out on bqnd until the issue was decided. Whatever the outcome, All was a gifted Champion. Yet polemics and debate sur- rounded each of his fights, and the judgments, usually from Page 12} discrediting, were frequently colored by personal distaste. Even among boxing people, who accept any behavior short of having their wallets lifted, All is anathema, and they, like much of the press, couch their preju- dices with tiresome criti- cisms: All can't punch, All can't take a punch, and, any- way, everyone he fights is just a pug who would be knocked down by a spring wind. Fight people just refused to accept him, and he seemed to know it when he spoke at boxing's annual testimonial to itself several days before the fight. Only a few remained on the dais and their heads, attached to broken noses and long cigars, hung down or to the sides, the eyes occasion- ally rolling at the intense verbal bombast and idiocy strafing the room. The din- ner, it was obvious, had quickly become the party scene in Little Caesar, the one where Rico is given a gold watch for his banditry and sparkling handiwork with a chopper. But the star of this show had left, taking with him only the night and leaving behind the one pro- vocative line of the evening: "After I go," said Muhammad All, *boxing will go to the graveyard." Will Swift, despite his hurt, could believe that. when will boxing? MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids fir MPA Conlmct No. AP1526.C1, FY 15-17 CRASH ATTENUATOR, TERM CONTRACT, BOSTON, IlBDROD, AND WORCESTER MASSACHUSETrS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Hadx)rside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 021282909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015 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) IN THE CAPITALPROGRAMS EAST CON ROOM AT 11:00 AM, LOCAL 11ME ON 11JESDAY, MAY 5, 2015. The work includes REPAIRS TO THIRTY-RVE EXISNG OR PROPOSED ATTENUATORS, LOCATED AT OR ON THE ACHES TO LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSL:TrS  OTHER ATrENUATOR LOCATIONS AS NEEDED AT All MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY FACILITIES. THE WORK SHALL BE PERFORMED AS DIRECTED BY THE AU', WHEN THE NEED ARISES DUE TO DAMAGE TO THE IMPACT A'n'ENUATORS. THE REPAIRS SHALL BE PERFORMED WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL IN ACCORDANCE WITH MUTCD STANDARD REQUIREMENTS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015. 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. The estimated contract cost is $225,000. 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 falul performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to fumish 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 secuntJes salislactory 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 ONE MILUON DOLLARS ($1,,XL0@). Said py shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an AddWonal Insured. See  insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Previsions for complete details. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Dischmination 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-centractors 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: 4/24/2015 J WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.C( )M :J