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Page 13 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 3, 2015 Nanna Babb nonno by John Chdstoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Babbononno once told me, "In life, you are stuck with your relatives whether you like them or not, but paesani and friends, you pick them and keep them for life." I guess this is true. As a mat- ter of fact, the only relatives I really associate with are Uncle Gino and Aunt Ninna. Uncle Gino is my mother's youngest brother "and the last remaining relative from that generation in the fam- fly. (He's 97 as of last month,) I do have first cousins, but seldom see them. My closest relative is Ralph Pepe, a sec- ond cousin. Our families spend holidays together, and many a Saturday night. I have a bevy of first cousins but, as I said, never see them. Two live out-of-state and the ones who are local have busy schedules that prevent us from socializing together. Paesani, that's something different. I have a few close friends that I associate with on a continual basis. You might remember their names from former stories. We are all tied up with the Sons of Italy, the Order of the First Corps of Cadets and a few other organizations that are of interest to us: Dean Saluti, John Silva and Dick DeVito. This is sort of an inner circle. There are sev- eral other friendships that I have maintained from years of socializing, but these are the closest: Dean for 40 years and John for 30 and Dick for 10. I have to add in Bill Strachman from Waltham as another close friend, but that's about it. Don't get me wrong, I have many other friends, but these are my adopted brothers and it has been that way for quite a while. Paesani to Nanna and Bab- bononno were fellow emigres from Italy, people who came over at the same time and networked, or people who were from the same town or provinces. Paesani for the American-born genera- tion were the friends we made from the neighborhoods we came from, East Boston, the North End, etc .... and they were not all Italian. Beginning in my generation, the Irish and Italians stopped fighting each other and be- gan to marry one another before they resumed fighting (I'm kidding). The fact is, the close proximity of our neighborhoods and the fact that we went to school together and belonged to the same church parishes to- gether pushed us together. Some of us were lucky enough to go to college and met other young people with similar interests and this kept us in touch with one another through the years. The same might apply to the work place, too. As an example of what I'm talking about, I received a phone call from Dr. John Hurley. He is the head of the Psychology Department at Stone Hill College. We were in every class together at Boston State (now U. Mass. Boston) for four years. There were 21 of us that were in all of those classes together and some of us get together periodically. The class was divided into two groups: older students just out of the ser- vice and those of us just out of high school. Several are gone, especially the vets who were several years older. One or two from my age group have passed on, but that's to be expected. John Hurley wanted to know if I could make a lun- cheon this past Monday. It seems that seven or eight of my classmates wanted to get together, something we try to do a couple or more times during the year. It is a bit easier these days, as most of the guys are retired. John and I are actually the only two out of the crowd that are still working. Most of us started out life teaching in- dustrial arts, which was our major. Woodworking, elec- tricity, electronics, sheet metal, pr:inting/graphic arts and drafting, these were the subjects we were involved in when they were offered in schools other than trade schools. I taught drafting and design in the Boston Schools for over 40 years (43 to be exact). A few of my classmates headed for the business world or the military and did rather well in life and have a lot of stories to tell when we get together. But the rest of us were in the school shops for most of our careers. After college, I spent the next 20 years at Hyde Park High School, then headed to Boston Tech for 10, and the next 8 at the Barron Center and the last 5 at the McCormack in Dorchester. Being first or second gen- eration, from Italian or Irish families, we lived at home with our parents until we married and then headed out on our own. And we didn't head far. When I decided to head to BU for a doctorate, I -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM 781-648-5678 moved back with my parents. I was paying for the continu- ation of my education and moving back was very help- ful financially. As an example of how times have changed with our children's generation ... how far did my kids move from their parents when the time came to go out on our own? I have one son in New York (235 miles away) and an- other who spent several years in Zurich, Switzer- land, 4,000 miles away. This would have been unheard of when I was young. I had a second cousin around my age. He moved out and got his own apartment when he was about 24 years old. His parents considered it the point in time when their son ran away from home. Even if I look back at my youthful days when I was playing music seven nights a week, I had a piece of an apartment on Com- monwealth Avenue, another on Winthrop Beach and an- other on West 88th Street in New York. Yet, my driver's license and auto registra- tion indicated that I was at the same address as my parents. When Loretta and I were married, I bought a house in Arlington, a suburban town next to Belmont where I had been living with my parents during the time period I was working on the doctoral degree. When our son, John, the oldest, decided to settle down and .married his long- time girlfriend, Beth, he bought a house in Harvard, Mass., about 25 miles away. Every time we head there, I tell Loretta that I feel like we're heading into Yankee territory. My father used to say the same thing when he and my mother moved from East Boston to Belmont. Where did the exodus from Boston neighborhoods take us? Many of the Irish headed to the South Shore. The folks from East Boston and the North End headed north, first to Revere, and then Medford. Later, .they headed to Maiden, Saugus and when they could afford it, Lynnfield and other North Shore locations. Today, this ethnic movement in a par- ticular direction isn't as important as it was years ago. We are more mixed than ever. How many of you are a mix of Italian and ??? GOD BLESS AMERICA For information about advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. * News Brief (Continued from Page 1) No Inspections? Then No Deal Tehran has increased its terrorist activities ac- cording to the U.S. State De- partment and the Iranian parliament just voted to pro- hibit UN inspections. Either by itself should end any up- coming deal, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry keeps plugging away nevertheless. NY City School Bus Buried in the newspapers was a story about a New York City school bus recently underfire in Man- hattan. No one was injured. Three bullets hit the driver's side of the bus, but police said the bus was not the intended target. I cer- tainly hope that to be the truth. MBTA Late Night Services including the countdown signs in stations, may not work after 2:00 am due to technical limitations. How frequently will ser- vice operate? Extended late-night service will oper- ate approximately every 15- 20 minutes in most cases. Some corridors served by multiple routes (such as SL4/SL5 and 116/117) will have combined service lev- els of every 15-20 minutes or every 30-40 minutes on unique segments. Are there other routes or schedules affected by these changes? Bus trips that nor- mally wait for "last trains," which are generally identi- fied by "w" notes on sched- ules, will no longer wait on Fridays or Saturdays if they (Continued from Page 2) do not have extended late- night service. The last trips on these bus routes will instead depart at their scheduled time on Fridays and Saturdays. This affects Route Nos. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 22, 24/27, 26, 31, 34, 35, 36, 43, 44, 47, 64, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 80, 83, 87, 88, 89, 93, 95, 96, 99, 106, 108, 109, 110, 120, 134, 210, 216, 426, 442, and 713". *Please note the following routes that have been added to the above: 15, 22, 71, 73, and 77. Where can I find specific late-night schedule infor- mation for Subway Lines and Bus Routes? Schedule details are available at quarterlychanges. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids MPA CONTRACT NO. L1323-C1, HARBORSIDE DRIVE ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS & ARRIVALS TUNNEL ROADWAY PAVEMENT REPAIRS, 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 29, 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, SUITE 209S, LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, ONE HARBORSIDE DRIVE, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2015. The work includes: MILL AND INLAY OF EXISTING ASPHALT ROADWAY PAVEMENT, CEMENT CONCRETE SIDEWALKS AND WHEELCHAIR RAMPS, ADJUST UTILITY CASTINGS IN ROADWAY, NEW COMMUNICATION DUCTBANKS, RE-INSTALL TRAFFIC LOOP DETECTORS, PAVEMENT MARKINGS, UNDERDRAIN SYSTEM IN ARRIVALS TUNNEL FLOOR SLAB WITH ASSOCIATED ASPHALT PAVING AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authorify'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 ONE MILLION, SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,600,000.00). 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 bend 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 $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 Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than TWELVE AND SEVEN-TENTHS PERCENT (12.7%) of the Contract be performed by minority and women owned 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 sub-contractors 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: 7/3/2015 ,A, -.y