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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 20, 2011 NEWS ::'BRIEFS NEWSPERS AND OTHER PCATIONS) Compiled b'':rio Z. Buttafuoco THE FINAL SOULUTION TO ANNIHILATE MICE! A recent discovery could be the best solution to get rid of all the mice and rats, that plague, for example, the New York subway system. It is a plant, called Nepenthes Atten- boroughii, discovered on Mount Victoria, in the Philippines by a British team. The plant is capable of entraping the mice in its sticky mouth, where the unfortunate critters die by suffocation, or exhaustion, trying to desperately escape. They then are literally dissolved by the digestive enzymes. The news about this plant has raised the interest of the commuters, who according to the Daily News, are asking the 'Metropolitan Transport Authority', to use the plant. Any- thing else used so far has been ineffective, at best. Maybe it is time to try the new alternative: it may well be the solu- tion everyone has been hoping for, and for a long time. A NEW FAST WAY TO DIAGNOSE AN ILLNESS. Cell phones can be used, in the future, to diagnose illnesses and then send the results to the designated hospital via email. A new cell phone-microscope, capable of diagnosing the tuberculo- sis, even in new developing countries which are far away from health centers, has materialized. It is called "Cell Scope", and it is a cell phone with a built in microscope. It's the creation of David Breslauer, of the University of Califor- nia, Berkeley. The cell phone is very similar to a regular one, but with a tiny camera built in. There is a system with a fluorescent lighting, it will soon be low-cost, and it makes visible particular molecules to be used to diagnose illnesses, as the tuberculosis. In reality, a blood sample is taken, placed on the Mtro' of the cell-phone, and adding the so-called 'ticket- molecules', which, in the presence of an illness, attach them- selves to the tuberculosis bacterium. Then the light of the cell-phone lights up the 'ticket molecules', as it is generally done with a traditional microscope, with a fluorescent light, and diagnoses the illness. Other specific 'ticket molecules' for other illnesses can also be used. Furthermore, the light produced by the cell-phone can be used to magnify and ob- serve, the malaria parasite, or pinpoint the malformation of red globules. Once the cell-phone is tested on patients, it will be very useful in Africa's rural areas, or in other under- developed countries, again far away from hospitals and sanitary structures. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L1048-Cl BUILDING No. 11 ROOF REPLACEMENT AND ASSOCIATED WORK LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 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 JUNE 8, 2011 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT BUILDING No. 11, 21 SERVICE ROAD LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSEI-rS AT 10:00 am LOCAL TIME ON WEDNESDAY MAY 25 m, The work includes REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF THE EXISTING ROOFING, FLASHINGS, INSULATIONS AND ASSOCIATED WORK. Bid documents will be made available beginning MONDAY MAY 23rd. 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 ROOFING The estimated contract cost is $580,000 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 44J 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 and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $5,000,000 (Five Million Dollars) Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division Ii General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub-bids will be required for this contract. 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 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 THOMAS J. KIWI'ON, JR. CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 5/20/11 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings FRANKIE VALLI STILL HAS IT Frankie Valli came to Bos- ton for four shows (May 4-7) at the Wilbur Theater. Grow- ing up I loved listening to all those "Four Seasons" and my favorite song is "Let's Hang On!," which as you get older takes on newer meanings than it did back in the six- ties when my groove was much younger. Frankie cel- ebrated his 77 th birthday on May 7. I attended his Wednesday, May 4 th perfor- mance, which was incred- ible as I turned a mere 63 years old. Valli and the "Four Seasons" began way back in 1962 with "Sherry". Who "coulda" believe that Sherry is now 49 years old? Frankie has aged well as has his voice. When I recently told someone I was going to see Frankie Valli, they told me that the "Jersey Boys" weren't in town. I re- sponded, forget the "Jersey Boys", I am going to see the real thing. Frankie Valli is a living legend to my younger days of rocking and rolling. I could close my eyes and still hear the old Frankie Valli singing. It could indeed be 1962 again. If Frankie comes back to Boston, I'd be working my way back to you Frankie Valli again. Next time though, maybe not in the balcony. I felt like I was climbing a mountain to get to my seat. Says something about being 63 and not 14 again, huh? JULIE VALDEZ MOVING UP IN THE WORLD You may not recognize the name but dulie Valdez is quite known inside City Hall and in the City Council area as the body's Business Man- ager. Julie had a "secret" of- rice way in the back of the City Council offices. How- ever, now she has been moved front and center into a nicer office right next to the Boston City Council Chamber area. Outside her office it can often look like Tremont Street now rather than Pie Alley before you needed breadcrumbs to find your way back to the eleva- tor before she moved to her new quarters. Now she's put- ting up pictures on the wall making it look less concrete. For that image, you need lots of pictures on the wall at City Hall, don't you? Good luck to Julie and her new spacious office. WALKING FOR UNITY, HOPE AND PEACE On Mothers' Day once again, the mothers within the communities hit hard- est by needless violence and by Sal Giarratani their families walked to end the constant violence killing young people. Hundreds joined the line of march on Mothers' Day in Fields Cor- ner, standing together for unity, hope and peace. On Saturday, May 7 an- other mother has lost her son, this time a teen was gunned down at the Savin Hill Red Line stop. This year's 3.6 mile walk took its way across Dorches- ter's many neighborhoods. Emma Harrison took part in her 12th walk. Her grandson, Cerrone Hemmingway, was only 15 years old when he was killed in 1998. Rev. Ron Odom whose son was 13 when he was killed, addressed the crowd at the walk's start saying he was happy to see more men join- ing in on the walk, which this year raised approxi- mately $45,000 and said, "Today we serve violence an eviction notice." Mayor Tom Menino joined this year's walk and added, "Enough is enough. We're going to take the streets back." Wouldn't it be nice if the men of the community started their own Walk for Peace on Fathers' Day? The time to do it is now. Fathers need to stand up and be fathers and advocate FOR ALL the young people who seem lost in the life of their community. The job of raisug kids is their job too. Otherwise, the cycle of violence will remain never-ending. Children are too important to watch die on our city's streets. It can and will stop only when there is a crusade from within to stop it. The best day will be that day when there is no more need to march for peace on Mothers' Day. SPLISH, SPLASH, THE MIRABELLA POOL COMING BACK Registration for the 2011 season for the Mirabella Pool has begun at the Nazzaro Community Center. Stop on by and sign up for another season of swimming at the best neighborhood pool in Boston. WORCESTER COLLEGE ADDS ALTERNATIVE SPEAKER Worcester Polytechnic In- stitute will allow graduating students an alternative speaker on Commence- ment Day after many stu- dents said they would walk out on the main speaker, Exxon Mobil's CEO Richard Tillerson. Now someone from the Post Carbon Insti- tute will also speak following the graduation ceremony. Students who are planning on walking out during (Continued on Page 15) LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. W188-Cl, WORCESTER VEHICLE STORAGE AND OFFICE FACILITY, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, 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, JUNE 15, 2011 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM, WORCESTER TERMINAL BUILDING, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSE'rrs AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011. The work includes FURNISH AND INSTALL A DOUBLE TRAILER FOR OFFICE USE and A FRAME- SUPPORTED MEMBRANE STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE STORAGE INCLUDING ALL SITE, UTILITY AND SYSTEMS TO INSURE FULLY FUNCTIONAL TEMPORARY STRUCTURES. SITE WORK INCLUDES EARTHWORK, WATER, SEWER, ELECTRICAL INCLUDING COMMUNICATIONS, BITUMINOUS CONCRETE AND CAST-IN-PLACE CONCRETE. TEMPORARY STRUCTURES INCLUDE TRAILER ON PIERS AND A MEMBRANE STRUCTURE ON CONCRETE FOUNDATION WALL. WORK TO FIT OUT THE TEMPORARY STRUCTURES INCLUDE CARPENTRY, THERMAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION, DOORS AND WINDOW, FINISHES, SIGNAGE AND ASSOCIATED FIRE PROTECTION AND MEP SYSTEMS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011. The estimated contract cost is $600,000. 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 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, Sections 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 $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 Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than FIVE PERCENT (5 %) 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. MASSACHUSE'F]'S PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS J. KINTON, JR. CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 5/20/11