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POST-GAZEI"rE, JULY 15, 2016 PAGE 13 Nanna abb onno by Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance My story left off with Sal Meli and I heading to Naples to pick up Jose and Franny Encalada. Franny and Jose were, and still are, close friends, people I stood up for as best man when they were married. Just as I pulled up in front of the termi- nal where Al Italia was located, they arrived at the curb with their suitcases. Once in the car, we headed into the city of Naples. Everyone was hungry and I found a parking space in a very small neighborhood piazza, right in front of a trattoria. As we walked inside, I noticed two things: 1. All the folks were lo- cals, and 2. I could see the car from anywhere we might sit. None of us had ever been to Naples before this point in time ... but we had heard stories. The walter came to the table with a loaf of bread, a liter of wine (red), and a question, "What do you want to eat?" I asked for a menu and the waiter pointed to an old fashion blackboard which was on a shelf high above the counter section of the room. Whatever they were cooking for the day was listed on the black- board. We ordered fish, chicken, eggplant, and homemade pasta, and shared with each other. It was like they had stolen Nanna's recipes. The wine was homemade, too. Thinking of the wine, there was an old, old man sitting at a nearby table eating his lunch. He was so old, his hands shook when he tried to eat. Another complica- tion was that he didn't seem to have any teeth. As a result, he was gumming his food to death and it looked comical. When he asked for wine, they brought him a beer mug with a handle, which they filled half way with red wine. His hand shook as he brought the glass to his lips and then he seemed to swallow the large glass -- again, due to large lips and no teeth. He was funny, but we tried not to stare. When it was time to leave, I asked the walter if he knew of a clean, inexpensive hotel where we could stay. He gave us the name of one on the waterfront and we headed there accept- ing the man's directions. The rooms were clean and we al- most checked in, but one thing stopped us. The room Sal and I were to share had a motor- cycle parked next to the bed, a green Ducati which was leak- ing engine oil onto the marble floor. When I asked about the cycle, the person showing us the room just shrugged and we headed out. Franny mentioned the Hotel Christina, which she remembered one of her broth- ers speak about. We found it on a map of Naples that Jose had in his back pocket, and that is where we checked in. It was near the waterfront and I remembered seeing several American warships nearby. Our Mediterranean fleet used Naples as a home base, and as I looked around, there were American sailors everywhere. After we checked in, we were ready to head out and explore. As I stood in front of the hotel, a man came walking toward me wearing a long raincoat. When he reached me, he looked to his right, his left, and then over his shoulder. He opened his rain- coat and then asked if I would like to buy a wrist watch, Wuole comprare uno lorologgio?" He had dozens of them hooked to the inside of his raincoat. As he showed me his wares, he kept looking over his shoulders. Sal and Jose were silently laughing as it looked like a scene from a 1930s B movie. I looked over both of my shoulders and asked the man to repeat himself, and he did while showing me the watches once again. I looked over both my shoul- ders again, and said, "Grazie, no voglio niente." {Thank you, I don't want anything.) He started swearing in Neapolitan and waddled away. By now, Sal and Jose were laughing hysterically, and I joined them. Much of the rest of the day was spent sightseeing, and as the afternoon wore on, Sal com- mented that we hadn't had any American food for quite a while. I nodded in the affirmative. A passerby heard us and stopped us, "I heard what you said, and if I may, I would like to recommend a place to eat. It's called the California Restaurant and they specialize in American food." He then added that it was the res- taurant Lucky Luciano used to eat in. He gave us directions and when we arrived, we saw a long vertical sign that read California Restaurant, and just above it a neon sign that read, "We serve Maxwell House coffee." As we entered, there were pictures on the walls, photos of the famous, and the infamous people who had eaten there, and sure enough, a picture of Lucky with his pals. We were seated and presented with menus which showed that the place specialized in steaks, chops, and prime rib offer- ings. They even had imported American beer on the liquor menu. Sal hadn't been home for almost two months and needed an American food fix. I was into my second or third week away from Boston and didn't have the same cravings as of yet. For Jose and Franny, it was just a couple of days, but to satisfy SaPs cravings, we sat down and ordered. -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Our food arrived at the same time as the food for a couple sit- ting at an adjacent table. They looked like they were movie stars. He was handsome, tall, and muscular with black curly hair and a Roman profile. She was beautiful. She had the fig- ure of Sophia Loren, the face of a Gina LoUobrigida, and she let the world know she had these attributes. About half way through the meal, the beautiful ones got into an argument. The young lady accused her com- panion of cheating on her. He forwarded the same accusation in her direction. Then, in true Neapolitan fashion, they be- gan a hand-waving addition to their argument until the young lady, in exasperation, stood up, scooped up her mashed potatoes in her hand, threw the lump in the face of her dinner companion, then picked up the piece of prime rib from her dish, slammed it on the man's head, yelling, "Figlio di putanna," (Son of a whore). She then stormed out of the restaurant with all the patrons looking on. The man removed the slab of beef from his head and wiped the mashed potatoes from his face. He threw a few thousand lira down on the table and walked out with an embarrassed look on his face. As soon as he exited the dining room, loud laughter could be heard outside on the streets of Naples. The four people at my table contributing. We finished dinner with Max- well House coffee and apple pie & la mode. This was as close as we were going to get to Ameri- can food for the next couple of months. The prime rib was good, but the entertainment was great! Before we left the California Restaurant, we made the decision to head south for a couple of days. Franny wanted to see Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Sal and I had bypassed both areas heading north from Salerno. We all agreed to head there and then to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabia, the towns wiped out by Mt. Vesuvi- us in 79 A.D. To be continued... GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF 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. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, storage and notices of sale: 2007 HYUNDAI ELANTRA VIN #KMHDU46DX7U186846 2005 KIA SORRENTO VIN #KNDJC733755370091 2013 BMW 3 SERIES VIN #WBA3C3C58DF982602 The above vehicles will be sold at auction online only at TOWLOT.COM MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016 at 10:00AM at towloLcom Run dates: 7/15, 7/22, 7/20, 2016 Small Ads Get Big Results For more inforxxla.tion, call 617-227-8929. CEMETE CREMATORY 500 Canterbury Street The Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 www.stmichaelcemeterv.com Respectful Way Serving the Italian Community for O~r I00 Years! LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The THai Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 20e Combddge Street Combrldge, MA 02141 (617) 7 s80o Docket No. MI15P3513EA CITATION ON PETITION FOR ORDER OF COMPLETE SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE Estate of FRANCES BESSIE MEA Date of Death January 13, 1975 To all interested persons: A Pe'ffdon has been filed by John P. Kirk of Needhem, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue includ- ing to approve an accounting, determine heirs, compel or approve a dis~ibution, adjudicate a final set~ernant and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Patitlon from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on August 15, 2016. This is NOT a headng date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. ff you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Object ons with n th rty (30) days of the rstum date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., First Justice of this Court. Date: July 6, 2016 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 7/15/16 Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Suffolk Division 24 New Chsrdon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617)788-8300 Docket No. SU16P1496EA Estate of MARGOT FREDA ARNOLD Also Known As MARGOT F. ARNOLD Date of Death June 13, 2016 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Joan F. Beer of Newton, MA, a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Joan F. Beer of Newton, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representa- tive under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are ended to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/15/16 MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETFS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing trade work for M425-C2, SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT TRANSPOFITA11ON CENTER. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from Trade Contractors who have a demonstrated experience in the construction and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity as required for the SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT TRANSPORTATION CENTER, D STREET, SOUTH BOSTON, MA. In accordance with Massachusetts construction manager at-dsk requirements, MGL Chapter 149A Section 8, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following classes of work: Waterproofing, Damp-proofing & Caulking. The contract includes the following scope of work: The scope includes removal of existing tunnel waterproofing, preparation of existing substrate to receive new waterproofing, installation of temporary waterproofing and installation of new tunnel waterproofing. This scope of work is in support of the construction of a 1,550 space parking garage over the existing Interstate 90 tunnel structure built by the Central Artery and Tunnel Project (CArl') on Massport's Core Block parcel in South Boston. The project site is bounded by Wodd Trade Center Avenue on the west, the Silver Line World Trade Center Station and ramps to the north, D Street to the east, and DB Street (interstate highway access ramp) and the Massport Haul Road to the south. The estimated cost of the trade contractors' portion of this phase of the Project is approximately $595,786 and the construction duration for this phase is approximately eighteen (18) months. The estimated value of work to be performed by trade contractors is as follows: Trade: Waterproofing, Damp-proofing & Caulking ................................................. $595,786 The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 13. This selection of trade contractors conforms to MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, subsections (b) to (k) inclusive. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify trade contractors capable and experienced in the construction of parking garages and terminal buildings. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authodfy is not utilizing this process to prequalify sub-contractors who are not trade contractors which shall be done separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). .. / Qual=f=cation Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) Management Experience; (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity to Complete including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses these Evaluation Criteda and the Prequalification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning July 21, 2016, by contacting Susan Brace at 617-568-5961 or via email at sbrace@massport.com A Project Bdefing will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 11:00 in the Capital Programs Depart- ment, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, 1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the brief- ing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the prequalification process. Seven (7) 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 ~" x 11") and shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Ddve, 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-rasponsive. Questions regarding this RFQ shall be submitted in wdting and directed to cpbidquesdons@ massport.com with the Project name and number included in the subject line of the emall. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTNE DIRECTOR Run date: 7/15/2016 -,t-