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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 8, 2015 ~T This day, May 8, in 1945, was called V-E Day, Victory in Europe Day, when the surrender of Germany was announced to end the European conflict in World War II. We celebrated! We were there in Wuppertal, Germany, when the announcement was made. During World War II, a guest at the White House was Soviet Minister V.M. Molotov. His visit was not publicized, and he was officially listed as *Mr. Brown." The White House servant who unpacked Molotov's bag found a chunk of black bread, a roll of sausage and a pistol. Mangia! Mangia! Molly Schuyler, a 120- pound mother of four, won a Texas eating competition by wolfing down 13 pounds of steak in 4 minutes, 58 seconds. Schuyler said she had room for more steak, but got sick of the taste. Ready for this? Fireflghters in Idaho rushed into a burning building when they heard voices calling "HelpT Fire!" only to discover a pair of "talking" parrots. 'There was nobody besides the birds inside," said one fireman. "*Smart birds." School days! Ohio middle-school officials erased the word *feminist" from an eight- grade/-'s T-shirt in a class photo to prevent any unintended controvery." Sophia Thomas was shocked to see that her shirt had been Photoshopped to erase the word, but the principal explained it might be "offensive" to some people. "I just want to spread equality," Thomas said. Ouch! A Southwest Airlines flight was delayed for nearly two hours after a passen- ger allegedly jabbed her seatmate with a pen to stop his snoring. Fellow fliers said Lenny Mordarski started snoring as the New Hamp- shire-bound flight taxied down the runway at Chicago's Midway Airport. His loud wheez- ing and snorting infuriated the woman in the next seat, who frantically poked Mordarski's arm with a pen, causing him to wake with a scream. It was like "being stung by bees," he said. Crew members escorted the woman from the plane. Mordarski was left with light bruising and ink stains on his shirt. Oink! Oinkl A Chinese woman is so fond of her 187-pound pet pig, Streaky Bacon, that she dresses him, walks him on a leash, and shares a bed with him every night. Zhu Chou. 27. has owned the 3-year-old porker since he was a piglet, and she regularly posts photos online of herself snuggled with Streaky under a blanket and trotting with him through the streets of Beijing. Zhu's hus- band said he tries to be "tolerant" of the big pig, but Zhu said Streaky deserves all the attention he gets. "He's one of the family," she said. Bang! Bang/ After several years of strong sales boosted by fears of new gun restrictions, firearm manufacturers saw sales drop 12 percent last year, according to the number of federal background checks. About 31 per- cent of U.S. households reported having a firearm in 2014, compared with more than 50 percent in 1972. Ugh. E-cigarettes are now more popular among high school students than regular cigarettes. In 2014, 13.4 percent of high schooler's admitted using e-cigs, while 9 per- cent said they smoked cigarettes. "Hillary Clinton is probably going to win the 2016 election," said Jonathan Chait in Not necessarily because she's a great candidate, but because Democratic presidential nominees now enjoy a big mathematical advantage over their Repub- lican rivals. Unbelievable! People who are extremely short can face a lot of social obstacles. New research suggests they may also have a higher risk of heart disease, reports. Scientists have known for decades that short- ness is linked to an elevated risk for coro- nary problems, but it remained unclear ff the association was influenced by other factors, such as poverty or malnutrition: While the findings don't prove that being short directly causes heart disease, the data suggests that certain sections of DNA affecting height also plays a role in cardiovascular health. The increas- ing popularity of bodybuilding supplements might help ex- plain the rising I 0 0 0 rates of testicular cancer, The Washington Post reports. Overall, men who took these muscle-boosting supplements at least once a week for four weeks increased their risk of testicular cancer by 65 percent. Smelly news! Thanks to the "fast growth of specialized scents in fabric softeners, house- hold cleaners, and body sprays," the typical American smells "sweeter and cleaner than ever," said Drew Harwell in The Washington Post. But, while that may be "good news for our noses," the trend is proving to be a major drag on the "once bountiful" perfume and cologne industry. U.S. sales of non-designer scents aimed at a middle-class clientele have dropped by half since 2000, to about $600 million last year. Not every sector of the fragrance market stinks, however. High- end brands like Chanel No.5 and Acqua di Gio continue to thrive because of clever marketing and brand loyalty. But with com- panies as varied as Verizon and United Air- lines patenting their own "special smells" for use in stores and lounges, mainstream per- fume purveyors will likely see their sales continue to fade away. The most unusual holiday: .Each year on March 17th, Bostonians celebrate Evacuation Day -- the day the British troops withdrew from their city. Though the date may have a familiar ring, there are probably a lot of Bostonians who have never heard of the holi- day they observe. It seems the city's Irish politicians were looking for a non-ethnic way to make St. Patrick's Day a legal day off from work. and a microscopic reading of the his- tory books uncovered Eday -- an unlikely excuse for putting on the green. Deadly news? A German undertaker passed out in shock when a coffin lid at his funeral parlor slid open and the supposedly dead woman inside asked "Where am I." The 92-year-old woman had been pronounced dead just hours earlier after the staff at her retirement home found her unresponsive, apparently not breathing. When the under- taker eventually woke from his swoon, he approached the casket and saw the woman lying inside, groaning, and with both eyes open. An ambulance rushed her to the hos- pital, where she actually did die the follow- ing day. Canada is the foreign nation we like best, scoring 92 percent favorability in a recent U.S. poll. Great Britain and France were sec- ond and third, scoring 90 percent and 82 per- cent, respectively. North Korea was at the bottom of the list, scoring just 9 percent favorability. For the rcord, approximately a quarter of the million members of the Knights of Columbus are Italian-Americans. There is no profession in America in which Italian- Americans are not employed. Men and women from Italian families occupy town halls, governors' mansions, and the legisla- tures and supreme courts of states; they also sit in Congress as representatives in the House and Senate. It is possible that one day a President of the United States will be from an Italian-American background Time for some show biz stuff with the great musicologist Albert Natale. According to ac- tor Lew Ayres, Ginger Rogers was married to her career and to that mother of hers. I in- terfered with both relationships. They were stronger or more important to Ginger than I was. It was fme while it lasted, except I often felt like an interloper. When it ended, I felt a bit sad and a lot relieved. It has been said musicians live longer. Well, the great composer of "God Bless America," and "White Christmas" Irving Ber- lin, lived to be 101 years old. Leave it to the famous Russian Jew to create "White Christ- mas." He was truly a music genius! Berlin's true name is Israel Isidore Baline. The great composer is composing at the Woodlawn Cem- etery, The Bronx, New York. God bless him. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BRACCIOLI (Served in Tomato Sauce) 4 thinly sliced beef'steaks 1 tablespoon of grated 3/4 cup flavored bread Romano cheese crumbs 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small garlic clove, chopped white thread In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, chopped garlic and grated cheese. Add olive oil to slightly moisten the bread crumbs. Take one beef slice at a time. Spread some bread crumbs in the center of meat. Leave sides of meat about half-inch clear of bread crumbs. Gently roll from long end of meat, gradually folding in the sides so bread crumbs won't fall out. Roll the meat to the end. Squeeze the rolled meat in your hands. Take white thread, and wrap around the roll and sides of meat to secure ends from opening. Brown on all sides in a skillet before adding to your tomato sauce. Cook in sauce about 45 minutes. Before serving, remove Braccioli from sauce. Let stand in platter a minute before removing thread. Then slice into 1/2-inch portions and serve separately or with cooked pasta. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. H260-Cl, FIELD MAINTENANCE BUILDING EXPANSION, L.G. HANSCOM AIRFIELD, BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S- Logan Office Center, One Harborside Ddve, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed sub-bids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub-bids will be opened and read publicly, NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE MASSPORT OFFICE, CIVIL AIR TERMINAL, L.G. HANSCOM AIRFIELD, BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015. The work includes CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADDmONAL VEHICLE BAY TO THE EXISTING BUILDING. WORK INCLUDES CONCRETE FOUNDATION; CMU WALLS; ROORNG; MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, FIRE PROTECTION AND RRE ALARM SYSTEMS; SITE UTILmES; AND INCIDENTAL WORK. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Author~'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 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 & Maintenance and an Update Statement The General Bidder must be certified in the category of GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. The estimated contract cost is ONE MILUON, NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1 ,S00,000.00). In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, filed Sub-bidders must submit with their bid a current Sub-bidder Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance and a Sub-bidder Update Statement. The filed Sub-bidder must be certified in the sub-bid category of work for which the Sub-bidder is submitting a bid proposal. 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 requ!red, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bend, 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 satisfacton] 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 wilt be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Uability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($5,000,000). 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. Filed sub-bids will be required and taken on the following classes of work: HVAC $138,000 MASONRY $81,740 WATERPROOFING $35,020 ROOFING $69,6O0 PAINTING $27,650 FIRE PROTECTION $101,140 PLUMBING $70,570 ELECTRICAL $217,290 The Authority reserves the right to reject any sub-bid of any sub-trade where permitted by Section 44E of the above-referenced General Laws. The fight is also reserved to waive any informality in or to reject any or all proposals and General Bids. This contract is subject to a Minedty/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than 5.7% of the Contract be performed by minority and women owned business enterprise contractors. W~h respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Stnct compliance with the pe~nent 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 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-eentract exceeds $10,()00. Complete information and authodzation to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Deparlment Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The dght 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: 5/8/2015