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PAGE 10 POST-GAZE'FrE, JULY 14, 2017 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM Y 'Y,nrl rrrl~r" !!"~::F~::FFFir, r, I N'anna abb nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Most American families cel- of whiskey. Toward the end ebrate the 4th of July by having of the week, Mom and Nanna a cookout or a picnic. When I would pick up lettuce, toma- was a kid, we couldn't because toes and the rest of the fixings of the occupation of the men in for a garden salad, and several my immediate family, kinds of fruit. Babbononno Almost all were musicians and Zi'Antonio would figure out and played band concerts every how many people would be at- 4~'. I remember several of those tending, and determine how concerts that included Dad on many gallons of homemade red tuba or sousaphone, Uncle Nick and white wine would be need- on tenor sax and clarinet, and ed. According to Babbononno, Uncle Paul on alto sax and clari- Zi'Antonio was the best wine net. Early on, even Babbononno maker in both East Boston would play with the North End's and the North End, and no one Roma Band to celebrate the could argue this point with him. 4 of July. If I'm not mistaken, Someone would take care of the the concerts could be appreci- soda and ice, usually from a lo- ated at Revere Beach, Wollaston cal bottling company named Beach, and Nantasket Beach, Saraford, due to the fact that or at band stands located in it was located at the junction the center of many north shore of Saratoga and Ford Streets in communities. Orient Heights. Other relatives This meant that we would would be in charge of desserts: have to have a family gathering cannoli, assorted home-made at some other point in time. On cookies, American and Italian the weekend after the 4~, we coffee, two coffee pots and a would do our celebrating. The bottle of Brioche, just in case. non-musician members of the We kids had our responsi- extended family would walt un- bilities, too. I brought baseball til my grandfather, father, and equipment. My cousins would uncles were available and then bring bad-mitten racquets and we would all party. Dad would a couple of shuttlecocks, a set of rent a fireplace and picnic table bocce balls, kites, and a ball to at Mystic Lake for the occasion, toss around when we were play- Once the date was written in ing in the lake itself. stone, all the members of the Finally the day would ar- Christoforo, Contini, and Ce- rive, and not long after sunup, ruolo families would be notified, we would load the car up with and all those who could come Dad's Coleman gas stove, his wottld reply~tolll~'frlvitatiorl, portable barbecue, a Coca Cola From the Contini/Christoforo ice chest, and the food that side were Nanna, Babbononno, Mom had pre-cooked. Next, we my folks, me, Uncle Paul, Aunt would pick up Nanna and Bab- Eleanor, their children, Paula bononno, load the car with the and Ellie, Uncle Gino and Aunt stuff they were bringing along, Ninna, their twins, Richard double check everything and and Donna, and Uncle Nick then head for the Mystic Lake and Aunt Dorothy. From the picnic area. Dad would check in Ceruolo side, attending would at the bathhouse to see which be Zi'Antonio, Nanna's oldest table and barbecue pit were brother and Babbononno's best reserved for us and then bring friend, his wife, Zi'Mariuccia, everything out of the car. Soon, their daughter Louise Pepe other members of the 'family and her husband, Ralph, along would arrive and unload their with their three children, Lulu, offerings to the event. Anthony and Ralph Jr. Some- Once everyone had arrived, times, several others of the Ce- we kids were interested in only ruolos would come with their two things: having a swim and families to join us, but I'm not playing baseball. My male cous- sure which ones they were or ins didn't pay much attention when theywouldjoinus, to what the girls were doing Nanna and my mother would and they could have cared less start cooking early in the week about what our interests were. of the family picnic. Of course, In the interim, the women would seeing that we were celebrating start to prepare the courses that an American holiday, Nanna weren't previously cooked. Dad would make a large lasagna would light the barbecue pit, and Mom would add in veal or his own portable pit, and get the chicken parm. During the week, Coleman stove ready for action. Dad and my uncles would buy The first things on the picnic an assortment of Italian sau- table would be an assortment of sages, both hot and sweet, sev- cold cuts, cheeses, olives, hot eral pounds of steak for barbe- peppers, sweet peppers, sun cuing, and several pounds of dried tomatoes, loaves of bread ground beef for both hamburg- (all Italian}, and paper cups for ers and meatballs (I never knew soda, beer, and wine. Depend- which), a case or two of locally ing on their mood, the old-tim- made beer, and a bottle or two ers would either play bocce, or -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST:-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 the Italian card games of Scopa, Sette Belle, or Briscola. Dad, my uncles, and the ladies would begin to cook slowly, so as not to interfere with the bocce, card games, or us kids frolicking in the lake or playing baseball. When everything was ready, Babbononno would yell out, "Siam pronto a mangier!" (We are ready to earl) After he yelled this to the adults a few times and threatened us kids repeat- edly, we headed to the picnic table and enjoyed a typical American picnic composed of antipasti, lasagna, meatballs, sausages, cutlets, and the bar- becued meats. Accompanying all the food were the cold beer, chilled homemade wine, and soda for us kids. Once we kids had eaten, we were warned by all of the ladies, our mothers and grandmoth- ers, not to go into the water for an hour or we would develop cramps and drownl So, it was baseball again for an hour or whatever the girls were doing... who knew ... who cared? Later in the afternoon, out came the desserts, and both Italian and American coffee. Once everyone had eaten, the women would clean up and the men, as if on cue, would all fall asleep in the folding chairs that someone had thought to bring along. I think that their im- promptu naps were caused by too much food. The beer, wine, and whiskey had nothing to do with it. Toward sundown, everyone would pack up the things they had brought and the remainder of the food would be distributed equally. We kids would put our sports equipment in our fathers' cars, and once we all said our goodbyes, we headed home. I would be fast asleep even before we left Medford and the Mystic Lake area. This was a genuine American picnic ... ITALIAN STYLE. GOD BLESS AMERICA PRAYER TO ST. ANNE To Obtain a Special Favor Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection. Vouchsafe to recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. (Here ask forfavor you wish to obtain). Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with You and Mary and all the saints, praising and blessing Him through all eternity. Amen. Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our requesL (Repeat three times). LEGAL NOTICE EXPORT TOWING NOTICE TO OWNERS The following abandoned and/or junked motor vehicles will be disposed of or sold. Any questions regarding this matter, please contact EXPORT TOWING Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tel: 781-395-0808 2001 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER VIN #3C4FY4BB71T637092 2005 SCION tC VIN #JTKDE167550052978 2004 FORD EXPLORER VIN #1FMZU73E44UC26337 1998 SUBARU FORESTER VIN #JF1SF6554WG708188 1999 FORD F-150 VIN #1 FTRX18L4XNB53890 2015 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE VIN #ML32A4HJ4FH056384 Run dates: 7/t4, 7/21, 7/28/2017 Saint Jane Frances de Chantal by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Jane Frances de Chantal was born in Dijon, France, on Jan- uary 28, 1572. Her father was president of the Parliament of Burgundy. As her mother died when she was 18 months old, her father became the main in- fluence on her education. Jane grew into a woman of beauty and refinement, livelyand cheerful in temperament. She married the Baron de Chantal when she was 21, and lived in the feudal castle of Bourbilly. Baron de Chantal was accidentally killed while out shooting in 1601, leaving Jane a widow at 28 with four children. She gained a reputation as an excellent manager of her hus- band's estates as well as of her difficult father-in-law, while also providing aims and nursing care to needy neighbors. During Lent in 1604, Jane met Saint Francis deSales, the bishop of Geneva, who was preaching at Sainte Cha- pelle in Dijon. They became close friends and de Sales be- came her spiritual, director. She wanted to become a nun, but he persuaded her to defer this decision. Later, with his sup- port, and that of her father and brother, and after providing for her children, Jane left for An- necy to start the Congregation of the Visitation, which was canonically established at An- necy on Trinity Sunday, June 6, 1610. The order accepted women who were rejected by other orders because of poor health or age. When people criticized her for accepting women of poor health and old age, Chantal famously said, "What do you want me to do? I like sick people myself; I'm on their side." St. Vincent de Paul served as her spiritual director after de Sales' death. Her favorite devo- tions involved the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. The Order had 86 houses at the Visitation Convent in Mou- lins at the time of her death at the age of 69. She was buried in the Annecy convent next to de Sales. Saint Jane was canonized on July 16, 1767, by Pope Clem- ent XIII; her Order had by then expanded to 164 houses. The Feast of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal is celebrated on Au- gust 12th. LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORrW (Authority) is soliciting consuifng services for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1549 5,000 PARKING SPACES AT LOGAN AIRPORT. The Authority is seeking a qualified muifdiscipline consulting firm or team, with proven expedence to provide professior~ services including planning, design, and construction related services, including resident inspection relative to the design of 5,000 Parking Spaces at Logan Airport. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The consultant shall demonstrate experience in several disciplines including but not limited to Environmental Permitting, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Vertical Transportation, Landscape Architecture, Code Compliance, Cost Estimating, Construction Phasing, and Parking Systems and Operations and Sustainable Design. The contract will be work order based, and Consultant's fee for each work order shall be negotiated. The project budget is anticipated to be $250,000,000 for two garages. A Supplemental Information Package will be available, on 7/19/17 on the Capital Bid Opportunities web page of Massport default.aspxas an attachment to the original Legal Notice, and on COMMBUYS www.commbuys. corn in the listings for this project. If you have problems finding it, please contact Susan Brace at Capital Programs The Supplemental Information Package will provide detailed information about Scope Of Work, Selection Criteria and Submission Requirements. In recognition of the unique nature of the project and the services required to support it, the Authority has scheduled a Consultant Briefing to be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Capital Programs Department, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128. At this session, an overview of the project will be provided, the services requested by the Authority will be described, and questions will be answered. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority's standard agreement can be found on the Authority's web page at The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the apility to obtain requisite insurance coverage. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 7/14/2017