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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 18, 2014 WWW. BOSTON POSTG AZ ETT E.CO M Ray Barton's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Ready for this? A Wisconsin woman found her missing wedding ring in the unlikeliest of places: her dog's vomit. Louis Matykowski lost the ring five years ago, but got it back when her dog, Tucker, gobbled down a Popsicle and promptly barfed. Huh? A New Jersey woman is suing her former employer on the grounds that com- muting during rush hour caused her "great anxiety and depression." Andrea DeGerolamo, a former employee at Fulton Financial Corp., requested and got a change in work hours to avoid traffic. But when she refused to either accept a downgraded job or work regula:rhours, :she was fired! Citr!O! An riz0n6/=:'elementary school forced,h 5-year.old ,kindergartner who pulled his pants down in the playground to sign a document admitting to "sexual misconduct." Erica Martinez has been fighting to have the sexual offense removed from her son's permanent record. "He's a 5-year-old," Martinez said. "He does not know right from wrong yet." Weirdo! A Kansas woman was charged with arson after she set her house on fire in a bid to kill a spider. Ginny Griffith was arrested when firefighters responded to reports of smoke pouring from her half of a duplex. Police said that Griffith had torched a pile of towels in an attempt to exterminate an unwelcome arachnid, and the blaze quickly got out of control. No one wasinjured in the incident, but Griffith was charged with arson because the other half of the duplex was occupied when the fire started. Time for some "inside news:" Sandra Bullock's decade-old friendship with British actor Hugh Grant is taking a romantic turn, said the National Enquirer. The couple was recently seen flirting at a Hollywood awards ceremony, and later sharing an intimate meal at a restaurant. But Bullock's friends worry that Grant's womanizing -- he recently fathered three children with two women in 15 months -- could doom their budding relationship. "Sandy needs some excite- ment in her life," said a source, "but she must know Hugh brings a lot of baggage." News from Italy. Beautiful and historic but crumbling away: we're talking about Pompeii, but we may as well be talking about all of Italy, said Antonio Polito. Over the past few weeks, thousands of tourists who "braved the heavens and crossed the seas" to gaze upon our Roman ruins have been kept wait- ing or have been turned away because of work stoppages in Pompeii. In brief, the Grand Project is bogged down because Italy is a land where you can't hire and you can't fire -- indeed, you can't even move workers from one department to another. "In the eyes of an Englishman or a German, there is no' difference between Pompeii and Italy." Are we doomed to become a perpetual ruin? Boozers are losers! Roughly one in 10 deaths among working-age people in the U.S. can be attributed to alcohol. Those who die prematurely are overwhelmingly male -- 71 percent -- and more than half die as the direct result of binge drinking. According to the great Tom Analetto, the unofficial mayor of Medford, booze makes a man colorflfl, it gives him a red nose, a white liver, a yellow streak, and a blue outlook. Some folks drink liquor as if they want to be mentioned in "BOOZE WHO." May 2014 was the warmest May globally since records began in 1880. The average global temperature this May was 59.9 degrees, 1.3 degrees hotter than the May average for the whole 20 th century. More than two thirds of Americans 17 to 24 year olds would fail to qualify for military service because they are too unhealthy, lack of high school diploma, have a felony conviction, or are taking prescription drugs for conditions like attention-deficit/hyper- activity disorder. Eat more broccoli! The health food market is overrun with products claiming to "detoxify" the human body, and much of the time those claims are based on shady sci- ence. But new research indicates that eat- ing broccoli may indeed have a detoxifying effect since consuming it appears to help cells expel toxins that are 0 0 0 breathed in as air pollution. A study of 291 Chinese adults found that a daily drink of broccoli sprout tea resulted in increased excretion of the chemicals benzene and acrolein in subjects' urine. Mosquito virus heads for U.S. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease common in Africa and southern Asia. But experts now warn that a recent spread to the Caribbean makes a U.S. outbreak all but inevitable. The disease is not fatal, but is neither pre- ventable nor treatable. Symptoms include fever, rash, nausea, and joint pain that usu- ally last a week but can sometimes linger for months or years. Almost 5,000 cases have been confirmed in the Caribbean this year. Georgia confirmed its first case and other outbreaks have occurred in Rhode Island, North Carolina and Tennessee. According to a Discover Student Loans survey, only 77 percent of U.S. parents plan to help their children pay for college -- a four point drop from last year. And while most parents who plan to pitch in say they'll do so no matter what their child studies, about 33 percent say they will limit their aid based on their child's chosen major. Love, one of the mysteries of life. Romance, after a 113-year-old woman mar- ried her 70-year-old boy in a ceremony at their Chinese nursing home. "She takes good care of me and gives me her portion of meat during meals." Amiti Ahemti said of his new wife, Azatihan Sawuti. Good move! A Kansas City, MO, woman 'grew so tired of tending her lawn that she decided to get rid of the grass -- by covering it with 80 tons of sand. "Now being over 60," said Georgianna Reid, "I've decided that I wasn't going to mow or water anymore." Two Italian Americans developed the American shopping mall. William Cafaro began building and operating neighborhood shopping centers in the 1940s. When he died at age 84 in 1998, he was one of the richest men in America, leaving behind $800 million. Edward J. DeBartolo started as a construction worker and invested his money into real estate. During the 1960s, DeBartolo Corporation began to develop shopping malls and suburban office parks. Gaetano Lanza, born in 1848 to Sicilian immigrants, founded the engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). And Margaret J. Giannini M.D. founded the Mental Retarda- tion Institute in New York City in 1950, which was the first and the largest facility for the handicapped world. Ah, July 8, when many notables were born, such as Nelson Rockefeller, Billy Eckstine, Steve Lawrence, Anjelica Houston, and the notable, brilliant publisher, editor, Pamela "D0nnaruma of the Post-Gazette. An ageless wonder! Della Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "The design on a woman's birthday cake is often very beautiful, but the arithmetic is terrible." A few memorable show biz stuff by the musicologist Albert Natale. During his early years as a band vocalist, Tony Martin used the name A1 Morris. One more time! Judy Garland sang the last eight bars of "Over the Rainbow" several times to President John Kennedy over the telephone at his request. Actor Stewart Granger had to change his name. Reason? His real name is James Stewart. Although she starred in the 1939 movies "Million Dollar Legs", Betty Grable's legs were actually insured for only $250,000. The comic strip "Eloise" was sup- posedly based on the mischievous childhood of Liza Minelli. Frank Sinatra crooned 73 songs on Tommy Dorsey recording dates, many of which became quite famous. A few of the songs: "Fools Rush In," and "I'll Never Smile Again." And Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians sold more records than any other dance band in history. AMERICA IS l BEATIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, .'kLL RIGHTS RESERVED POTATO SALAD ALE ITALIANA 4 potatoes 1 tablespoon oregano 1 large onion Widalia 3 tablespoons cider vinegar preferred in season) Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil Peel skins from potatoes. Cut into one and a half or two- inch portions. Wash potatoes and set aside. Heat enough water in a saucepan to a boil. Add potato portions. Cover saucepan. Boil potato portions until tender (about fifteen to twenty minutes). Do not overcook. While potatoes are cooking, remove outer skin from onion. Cut onion in half, lengthwise, and then into one-quarter- inch strips. Set aside. Strain potatoes from water when fork-tender and place in a bowl. While potato portions are hot, add the onion, ol- ive oil, oregano, cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Mix the contents thoroughly. Cover bowl and place in refrigera- tor to chill before serving. Additional vinegar may be added for a more vinegary taste. OPTIONAL: Potatoes may be washed and placed whole in heated water to boil until skin separates slightly (approxi- mately thirty minutes). Place potatoes in a bowl. Remove skin and then cut and follow directions given above. I find additional flavor from potatoes when boiled whole with skin. Serves four. NOTE: As a youngster, I helped Mama many times as she prepared large portions of this salad for summer cookouts in Wilmington. This popular potato salad also traveled frequently with us to the numerous family picnics. Aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered in one or two of Papa's trucks and followed us to north or south shore beaches. This is not only simple to make but can be prepared the pre- vious day. Allowing the potatoes, oil, vinegar and oregano to blend ovemight in the refrigerator enhances the flavor of this salad. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. H247-Cl MAINTENANCE BUILDING ROOF REPLACEMENT, L.G. HANSCOM AIR FIELD, BEDFORD, 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, AUGUST 20, 2014 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE MASSPORT OFFICE, CIVIL AIR TERMINAL, L.G. HANSCOM AIRFIELD, BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, at 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014. The work includes REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF THE EXISTING ROOFING, FLASHINGS, INSULATIONS AND ASSOCIATED WORK. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authodty'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 Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of ROOFING. The estimated contract cost is TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($280,000.00). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J 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) percen! of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a cedified 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 TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000). 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-Discriruination 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 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: 7/18/14