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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE14, 2013 NEWS !IIIIIIIIII ~'-'~ (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) Compiled by ~ra~ie Z. Suttafuoeo THE U.S. CONGRESS HONORS BRUMIDI POSTHU- MOUSLY. Costantino Brumidi, a.k.a, the 'Michelangelo of the Capitol, for the great art works he did inside the build- ing, was recently honored by the leaders of the Congress, namely the Speaker John Boehner and the Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi, the majority leader of the Senate Harry Reid, the minority of the Senate Mitch McConnell as well as other prominent personalities that attended the event. The Congress granted to the late artist a gold medal, which will be shown inside their visiting bu- reau, and to be admired by the visiting public. The medal is the highest civic honor to recognize Brumidi's excep- tional talent. Brumidi left many examples of his admira- tion for the American nation, particularly the Apotheosis of George Washington on the ceiling of the Rotunda (cu- pola). Brumidi was born in Rome in 1805 and died in Wash- ington in 1880. The Italian Ambassador to the US, Claudio Bisogniero, who participated, held a reception later in the evening at the Embassy to honor the members of the Con- gressional Italian American Caucus. VITAMIN 'D' AND HUMAN LONGEVITY. Recently, impor- tant medical studies have focused on Vitamin D and its ever increasing need for a good health and longevity for elders. On a sample of 70,000 people, international stud- ies have discovered that the elders who took vitamin D as a supplement showed to live much longer than those who didn't. In one of the studies conducted in Denmark on volunteers at least 70-years old, researchers found that those who took supplements of vitamin D and calcium showed a much lower risk of dying, as opposed to others who took only vitamin D, but not calcium. The later ones showed no impact on longevity. The drop in mortality was found to be 9% in the three years of the experiment. AMBASSADOR SEBASTIANO FULCI: The New Italian Per- manent Observer at the Organization of American States. Recently, the G.E.I. (Gruppo Esponenti Italiani) welcomed the new young Ambassador with a ceremony at the restau- rant "Le Cirque," at the East Side of Manhattan. Promi- nent among the attendees: the Italian General Consul of N.Y.C. Natalia Quintavalle. The President of the G.E.I., Lucio Caputo who had in the past honored the young Fulci's father Gianpaolo who had been the Italian Ambassador to the UN, gave a warm welcome to the new Ambassador. Like his father, a brilliant diplomat, the son was born in Rome in 1966. He received a Law Degree from the University of Messina, majoring in International Law. We join in the celebrations and wish him a brilliant career, like his father's. Sissy Castrogiovanni (Continued from Page 5) cussion, and the same year she started to collaborate with some of the best musi- cians in the Italian jazz scene. In 2009 she received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where she graduated special- izing in Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies and in 2011 Berklee awarded her a full scholarship and invited her to be part of the Mediter- ranean Music Institute in Berklee Valencia. Sissy had the opportunity to collaborate with artists such as jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, John Coltrane etc.) world-re- nowned producer/composer Patrice Rushen, 10 time Grammy Award Bobby McFerrin and Latin Grammy Award Javier Limon. She performed in Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, USA and in many jazz festivals as Umbria Jazz '08,Jazz Mara- thon '08, Piazza Jazz 10 (awarded as "Best Singer), MIDEM Cannes Music Fes- tival, 4th Annual Middle Eastern Festival etc. Sissy also performed in such ven- ues as Jordan Hall (Boston), European Parliament (Brus- sels), Italian Embassy (Bos- ton). Currently Sissy lives in Boston where she's involved in different music and edu- cational projects, combining performances and work- shops. "INTRA LU MUNNU" is the name of her first work as solo artist, entirely signed under her name as singer and composer. It means "IN- SIDE THE WORLD." A collec- tion of 10 original composi- tions entirely sung in Sicil- ian dialect. Mediterranean, jazz and world music, with a touch of classical and Afri- can influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old Sicilian folk tradi- tions. INTRA LU MUNNU musicians come from every part of the world, bringing all their musical colors and beautiful energy into this music ... Italy, Palestine, Ar- gentina, Uruguay, Finland, Sweden, Balkans, Israel, Turkey. Track 5, features Christiane Karam & the Balkan Choir. To purchase your tickets call 617-876-5160 or visit www.dantemass.org. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) St. Louis Police Headquar- ters building and his get- away got away from him quickly. "Migration as a Human Right" Recently, the Metro ran a photo of a guy holding up a protest sign shaped like a butterfly stating "Migration is a Human Right." Nice sign. Interesting slogan. However, people are not flying insects. If we could fly, migration would be impossible to stop. Compar- ing the millions of illegals sneaking into this country every year to butterflies is poppycock. Who knows how many illegals are here? Is it 12 million as some claim? Is it 20 million or more as others claim? Who really knows because who's really keeping track of this illegal non-flying migration? I do not believe that immi- gration amnesty will work any better today than it did back in 1986 under Presi- dent Ronald Reagan. Why try the same thing that failed the last time and think things will turn out differ- ently this time? As Albert Einstein once said, "The sig- nificant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that cre- ated them." OUCHI Here's a Dumb Quote if Ever There Was One "It's as if the networks are trying to scare the living hell out of people. Some programs have been theatrical mas- terpieces, but all we're see- ing is the negative side of nuclear weapons." This was an actual quote from former US Senator Barry Goldwater complaining about a made for TV movie called "The Day After." Personally, I still wonder; what are the positive sides of nuclear weapons? Here again, a good quote from Ben Franklin, "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water." I guess even in dying from thirst, there is a posi- tive side to having no water. No waiter, nuclear bombs. Same dead end. Did You Know ... Cockroaches are the ulti- mate survivors. They have outlived the dinosaurs and have learned to leech off of human beings with great success. They are believed to be about 350 million years old. They were in the Gar- den of Eden eating those apples long before Adam and Eve got there. I hear even snakes hate them too. They will be here long after we are all gone. Recently, scientists have discovered that cock- roaches can't be tricked into eating poison very easily. When man started making sweet poison, cockroaches disarmed this killer by mak- ing sweet taste sour. I kid you not. It is a good thing labs use LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. LP1402-C1, REFRIGERATION SYSTEM MAINTENANCE AT CENTRAL HEATING PLANT 36 MONTH TERM CONTRACT, 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, JULY 10, 2013 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT FACILITIES I (CENTRAL HEATING PLANT), LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013. BIDDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATfEND THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE TO DEVELOP A FULL APPRECIATION FOR THE NATURE OF THE WORK AND THE EQUIPMENT TO BE MAINTAINED. The work includes PREVENTIVE AND EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE OF REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS AND MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT IN THE CENTRAL HEATING PLANT AT LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MA. THE DURATION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE FOR A THIRTY-SIX (36) MONTH PERIOD BEGINNING AT THE NOTICE TO PROCEED. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013. 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. 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. HVAC. The estimated contract cost is ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($11500,000). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44,1 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 ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($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. 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 P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 06/14/13 rats for testing because cockroaches do die for their work. You ever hear of a roach getting cancer or TB or anything? Maybe we need to adapt ourselves to roach lifestyles but then again, I see all those beggars at street corners holding coffee cups for donations, I think the cockroach men- tality may have already slipped into our very being, huh? Benghazi, IRS Targeting and A.P. Snooping Hold the Snoop Dog here, why was the US Justice Department snooping on mainstream news media types and thinking it was okay? Maybe, the same reason why some apparent make-believe rogues from the Cincinnati IRS Office were targeting conservative groups, especially those affiliated with the Tea Party movement. Then of course, there is the mother of all scandals, Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans at the hands of apparent Islamist ter- rorists. Soon the events of September 11, 2012 will be ten months old and still there is no justice for the four American dead. At first, our government was telling the media it was all over a silly anti-Muslim movie in California which it wasn't. When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked by Congress about the deaths of four Americans and how it really happened, she was quoted in news- papers across America say- ing, "What's the difference?" how they died. After taking over at State, John It. Kerry thought the country should be moving on. Was there a cover-up? Most Americans still seem to think so. Most of us will surely remember Benghazi and are not ready to "move along." Many appar- ently think there is some- thing to see in Benghazi despite what many liberal apologists would have us believe. LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PRIVATE SALE Notice is hereby given by TODISCO TOWING OF 94 CONDOR STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L. c 255, Section 39A that they will sell the following vehicles by private sale on Tues- day, June 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, stor- age and notices of sale: 2005 FORD TAURUS VIN #1FAFP53U65A214886 1996 CHEVY BLAZER VIN #1GNDT13W1T2143540 2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VIN #1J4GW58SOlC551698 2000 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX VIN #1G2WJ52J8YF216816 2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VIN #1J4GW58N8YC326272 1999 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA VIN #3VWRB81HYXM230326 2000 HONDA CIVIC VIN #2HGEJ6578YH600933 1999 HONDA CIVIC VIN #1HGEJ6673XL041615 2000 FORD F-150 VIN #2FTRX18W8YCA74241 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY VIN #4T1GK13E7RUO61580 2001 HONDA CIVIC VIN #2HGES15541 H511820 1997 SAAB 900 VIN #YS3DD58B3V2007988 The above vehicles will be sold at auction online at TOWLOT.COM and is open to everyone. Run dates: 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 2013 WWW.B()STON POSTGAZETTE.(;OM