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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 25, 201 2 State Norman Rockwell's Trooper Passes Away by Sal Giarratani A retired state trooper im- mortalized in a famous Norman Rockwell portrait as a wise and caring police officer sitting at a diner stool giving advice to a runa- way kid sitting next to him. Staff Sergeant Richard J. Clements, Jr., posed for Rockwell's famed painting, "The Runaway" back in 1958. He passed away Sunday, May 6 at age 83. Ed Locke who posed as the 8-year-old run- away said of Clements, "He was a good cop and an even better man." Clements was 29 years old when he posed for this famous Rockwell piece of art work. I can remember when I was sworn in as a special state police officer by Chief Eugene C. Race, who hung that Rockwell portrait in the police office. My chief thought the Rockwell print epitomized what a police officer's image ought to be. Clements became a deco- rated police officer after serving in the military when Rockwell's print appeared on the cover of "The Saturday Evening Post" 54 years ago and its iconic image became the quintessential image of small-town life in America- back in the '50s. Marian McGovern, super- intendent of the Massachu- setts State Police recalled Clements as a "true gentle- man," whose image stands for "the very best of what a police officer should be." The original painting can be viewed in a traveling exhibit "Norman Rockwell: Beyond the Easel," at the Heritage Museum & Gardens down on Cape Cod in Sandwich. Getting back to my younger days as a police officer when I viewed that Rockwell painting every morning when I showed up for work, I always thought the view from the rear made Trooper Clements every cop you ever knew and wanted to remember. When I was a kid, I remembered two guys on the job. One was Officer Brown who did the traffic detail every afternoon by Boston City Hospital and Worcester Square. The other guy was Fran Johnson who was always directing traffic down at Tremont and Stuart streets in the The- ater District. He was killed in the line of duty back on March 17, 1969. Two great guys who loved their work and always seemed to enjoy their daily interactions with everyone around 'em. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1214-Cl, NORTH AND SOUTH AIRFIELD GATE iMPROVEMENTS, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETFS. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from contractors to provide security and roadway improvements at both airfield gates including the installation of a state of the art, embedded Automatic Under Vehicle Inspection System (AUVIS); roadway improvements to support the AUVIS installation at both gates; as well as, roadway improvements to address rutting and drainage issues at the North Gate. Also included in the project scope is the erection of a 32' by 46' canopy at the North Gate, to provide weather protection for the attendants and exterior lighting improvements. The estimated construction cost is $725,000.00, with NTP scheduled for August 15, 2012. Construction will start October 1, 2012 and be complete by November 15, 2012. Due to the fact that the plans and specifications for this project contain sensitive security information, hereinafter referred to as SSl, the Authority is planning to implement this project in accordance with the Massport's approved SSI procedures. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify and shortlist contractors capable and experienced in the previously described scope of work. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification and shorflisting of contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders which will only be issued to the shortlisted contractors. In order to be shortlisted, a contractor must have a demonstrated expertise in the scope of work herein described, and a demonstrated ability to manage and protect SSI. The Authority expects to shortlist a minimum of three (3) contractors but may choose to shortlist a different number if it is deemed in the best interests of the project. Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) qualifications, credentials and recent relevant experience on similar projects; (2) experience, geographic location and availability of the proposed Project Manager and other key staff; (3) corporate ownership, history, financial stability and long-term viability of the Contractor and its subcontractors, if any; (4) quality of references on similar work performed in the past three years; (5) M/W/DBE participation and affirmative action efforts; (6) commitment and capacity to implement the contract over the full term of the work; (7) depth and breadth of relevant airport experience and understanding of the challenges in working in an operational airport; (8) past performance on Masspert projects; if applicable, (9) ability to provide appropriate staff to execute the contract; and (10) demonstrated ability to manage a sensitive security project and protect SSI. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses the Evaluation Criteria and the requirements for the Qualification Statements in more detail will be available to interested parties beginning Friday, May 25, 2012, by contacting Colleen LaGrasso at clagrasso@ massocrt.com Ten (10) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets (40 pages), exclusive of covers and dividers and resumes which shall be limited to one page, shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 V2" x 11") and shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., C.C.M, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12 Noon on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harberside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submittal that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received in the Capital Programs Department by the above deadline shall be rejected as non-responsive. Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director, at 617-568-3501 or via email at cwetherell@massport.com MASSACHUSETrS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 05/25/12 WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.CO M News Briefs (Continued from Page I) didate. He will be a strong candidate as the Kennedy name still carries lots of po- litical capital. I would like to see Childs take on Kennedy and I think in the southeast portions of this House dis- trict, she could surprise lots of folks. We will have to wait and watch this House seat fight, it could be a doozy. Patrick is So Wrong on This Issue Recently, Gov. Patrick took time out from writing books or speaking across the country or the Obama cam- paign to appear on CBS "Face the Nation" Sunday morning show. When asked whether supporting gay marriage would hurt Obama politi- cally, Patrick praised Obama's "clear and prin- cipled position" and dis- missed politics as a motivat- ing factor. Patrick said, "It's about convictions. It's not about politics." Tom Whalen of Boston University stated, "It certainly raises an eye- brow whenever a politician says it has nothing to do with politics. Usually, that's a good indicator that that's exactly what it's about, es- pecially in an election year." Governor Patrick, I think, has large ambitions. He wants to go to 1600 Pennsyl- vania Avenue. Getting back to Obama himself, everything he does is about politics. Everything and all the time. He now sup- ports gay marriage but thinks states should decide this issue and not the fed- eral government. If this is such a civil right, why let states decide this issue? Perhaps, those critics are right, it is all about politics, Obama is trying to revitalize his liberal base and he an- nounced his third flip-flop on this issue. This is What's Wrong with Capitol Hill U.S. Rep. John Dingell, (D- MI), the longest serving member of Congress has kicked off his campaign for a 29 th full term. The 85-year- old Dearborn Democrat is now running in the new 12 th Congressional District which includes Ann Arbor and Detroit. He has been in Congress since 1955, when he won a special election to finish his father's term. If re-elected, he would be on course to surpass the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd's record as the longest-ever-serving member of Congress. Meanwhile, in Indiana, six-term U.S. Senator Rich- ard Lugar, the former mayor of Indianapolis who was run- ning in the Republican pri- mary for a seventh term was defeated and will be leaving Capitol Hill in January 2013. Rove To Tufts Students: Gop Can't Be Mean Karl Rove, the political ar- chitect behind former Presi- dent George W. Bush rise to power came to Tufts Univer- sity where students had been protesting his speak- ing engagement on campus and talked about both his younger college days and of- fered political advice to Mitt Romney's presidential cam- paign. Rove said Romney. needs to "get up there and articulate what he's going to do for the country ... Romney (also), needs to fight back against stereotypes about his religion and wealth." Rove also said Republicans will need to scale back those harsh negative ads on Obama seen during this year's primary season to at- tract November voters and added; "We have to be care- ful as Republicans. Can't be angry, can't be mean." Students have a right to protest the Rove visit to campus and I'm all fine with that but as the Tufts Republican Club President Sinclair Stafford but "We be- lieve in freedom of speech." I've always admired the political skills shown by Karl Rove for Republicans, just as I have for the skills of David Axelrod for The Democrats. My all-time political strate- gist was Lee Atwater who worked for President Reagan. Obama's Vote Dropping for 2012? Reportedly, African-Ameri- can and Latino registered voter numbers have taken a deep dip since 2008 when those two voting blocs helped elect Barack Obama. This poses a serious issue for the president's re-election cam- paign that could turn on that vote again. The Latino vote has really dropped consider- ably falling 5 percent to about 11 million. In New Mexico, the Latino drop is 28 percent and in New Mexico about 10 percent. According to a nonpartisan poll that focuses on Latinos, the decrease in registered voters might have some- thing to do with massive job losses and foreclosures. The ailing economy not only has weakened the nation but weakened the president's base of support. Lackland AFB to House Illegal Kids Many young people and many times little children risk their lives to cross the border into the United States and the federal gov- ernment has decided to house them in dormitories at Lackland Air Force Base outside San Antonio, Texas. Thousands of immigrants under 18 are arrested every year illegally crossing the border unaccompanied by any adult they also left their countries looking for rela- tives here or to escape abuse. Most are males be- tween 14 to 17 years of age. They come from EI Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras and in smaller numbers from Mexico. Usually they get de- tained in shelters until their cases are resolved. However, last month in April, the feds began hous- ing 200 of these children at a vacant dormitory once serving basic training re- cruits and now turned into an emergency shelter for these children. I remember Lackland quite well. I did my basic training there in 1966 when I was 18 years old. I wouldn't be surprised if the vacant dormitory wasn't one of the then-brand-new dor- mitories built back during the Vietnam War era. This is the first time a subset of illegal immigrants some of whom as young as 8 or 10 years old have been housed at a military base. Hopefully, using a military dormitory is just a short term measure ending some- time this summer. Federal authorities have also opened new shelters or expanded old ones in the City of San An- tonio. A former YMCA build- ing has become a shelter for nearly 125 children. This is not the most ideal way of housing these young children but it is a crisis down in the Southwest and doing something is always better than doing nothing. Amendment One Wins in North Carolina Landslide Down in North Carolina, voters overwhelmingly sup- ported a new constitutional amendment (not a state law) to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. The presi- dent was surprisingly quiet at this state ballot ques- tion irritating Democrat liberals. The vote was 61% to 39%. The Democrats find them- selves in a political bind. The Democrats' are holding their national convention late this summer in North Carolina. It is too late to move the venue and it all looks embarrassing for Obama and crew.