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POST-GAZE'I-rE, AUGUST 1,2014 Page 13 n n a 00abb00nonno Last week, I was telling you the story about flying into a revolution in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. I was playing with a band at a hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I had a week off at the same time as a Jamaican folk singer who was a mainstay in the next lounge at the Sheraton. His brother was fly- ing in to pick him up to go Island hopping during that week and Sal Meli and I joined them. When we re- turned to San Juan, an invite was awaiting the pilot, a party at someone's estate in Port au Prince, Haiti. We joined the two Jamaicans and headed west. To get to Haiti, you have to fly through Do- minican air space. The flight plan was logged and we headed westward. The only problem was the head winds as we flew over the Domini- can Republic. They were so strong, we began to run low on fuel. A radio communica- tion to the tower at the Santo Domingo airport indicated we couldn't land. We reaffirmed our problem and were es- corted to the one runway by two fighter planes. When we landed, we were held at gun- point by an American Marine major who didn't believe us. A Marine colonel listened to my side of the story, both of us with Boston accents. He believed us and told me that we had flown into a revolu- tion. I mentioned our activi- ties from the week before and that we had no idea what was going on. Thank God he be- lieved us or we might have been in serious trouble. The American and Domini- can servicemen escorted us at gun point into a hangar. I thought we were in for it un- til the colonel began question- ing me personally. He asked what high school I had at- tended in Boston. When I said, *English High School," he shook my hand saying, "Me too." Then he asked about college, where I lived, what was I doing in Puerto Rico and what was my connection with the two Jamaicans. After a careful explanation, he nod- ded and told the major to get some sandwiches and coffee for us. He then ordered his Dominican driver to have someone refuel our plane. He then explained that we had flown into a revolution and that President Johnson had sent the Marines to Santo Domingo to quell the situa- tion. Within an hour, we were on our way with a fighter es- cort to the Haitian border. But, before leaving, we were by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance i i i i told that, on our way back to P.R., we had to fly south of the Dominican Republic to avoid similar situations. We agreed. A day or two later, the four of us were back in San Juan with pretty wild stories to tell. I believe I headed for the San Juan Cathedral that Sunday morning to give thanks that nothing happened to us. I called home that Sunday after Mass and Babbononno answered. I did not tell him the story of our misadventure nor did I tell my folks when they got on the line. That night, I felt lucky and Sal and I tried out hands at a crap table in the hotel's casino. Luck was on our side and we made quite a bit of money. The next moming, we headed to a bank in Old San Juan to open an account and have the major portion of our winnings sent to our personal accounts in Boston. En route, I found out how discrimination was alive and well and saw what people meant when they used the term, "the ugly American." Sal and I were in the old part of the city passing the statue of Christopher Colum- bus or Cristobal Colon, as the Spanish call him. We were stopped by a tourist Couple, a man and wife. The man had a Berlitz phrase book and was trying to ask us something in what he thought was Span- ish. Speaking Spanish back to him, I told him I couldn't understand what he was try- ing to say. He then turned to his wife and said, "What do you think of these Spics, they don't even know their own lingo." Sal and I glanced at each other knowing the atti- tude but not knowing where the conversation was head- ing. He finally pointed to a phrase in the book which asked about an American res- taurant. Sal, using a very Puerto Rican dialect, ex- plained where the place was, using hand gestures as he spoke. Once they understood where we were sending them, the man took out a quarter, placed it in the palm of my hand, and said to his wife, "So they won't starve to death." I looked at the quarter, showed it to Sal, and said in Spanish, "Oh look, a whole quarter, a whole quarter." I then dropped the quarter in the man's shirt pocket and said in perfect English, "Sir, you may need the quarter more than we do." At that point Sal removed the roll of cash from his pocket that we were go- ing to deposit, waved it at them and walked on. In em- -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 i barrassment, they headed away from us. I began to laugh, but then began to think about the same cir- cumstance perpetrated on a couple of locals. At that point, I knew what the image of the ugly American was. We would see this image repeated in several third world countries we would travel to throughout the 1960s. It was unfortu- nate. Hopefully things have changed over the last fifty years. Well, the job lasted all sum- mer. I was told that the bass player I had replaced wanted to return in the fall. I was OK with the decision to return home around Labor Day. I was scheduled to start teach- ing again in Boston and would be playing with a dance band at night. But, my next con- cern was the piano player, a white man from New Orleans and the black school teacher from New York. She flew back to San Juan to spend time with him. He had grown up to be a "good old boy" from the south and she a liberated black educated female from New York, but they fell for each other. Dick, the pianist, confided in me about his feel- ings and the environment he came from in the Deep South. The girl, I've forgotten her name, had pretty much the same problem with who she was and the concept of race the way it was changing na- tionally. I told them that it didn't mean much in Puerto Rico, but they might have problems back on the main- land, especially in the south. They were in a quandary and I didn't have the answer for either of them but sensed that they both loved each other and couldn't stand being apart. When next I called home, I related the story of my inter- racial friends to Babbononno and he put into a perspective he understood, *It sounds like the problems between Ital- ians and Sicilians over the years. It doesn't mean much in this country, but back in the old country, they were kept apart due to prejudice and discrimination." Of course, he explained this in Italian, and from what I've seen over the years, he was right. Well, I made some money playing six nights a week and had a two month vacation to boot. I would head to Puerto Rico many times after this particular episode as I had made many friends in San Juan and felt it was a second home. When Loretta and I were married, I brought her to San Juan to show her the hotel I had worked in and the historic places I loved to visit. On one such visit, her par- ents were with us and I hired a taxi and driver to take us to places I wanted them to see that went back to the 1600s. When the driver heard us speak, he asked where we were from. When I told him, he came back with, "I'm from Chelsea." Times were chang- ing. GOD BLESS AMERICA. * Socially Scene (Continued continued a long American tradition. Using an 8x10 view camera and a lens with no mechanical shutter, requiring the use of a blanket to cover the lens, his prints were created through a timing process and a printing orientation in which glass negatives and special platinum paper were exposed to sunlight. This process, patented in 1873, while enjoying the superb years of early photography in the work of this artist of the period. Accidentally killed on October 15, 1938 in an au- tomobile accident on South Street by Charles H. Rhodes, 2nd, who was acquitted of the charge of reckless driv- ing, Lincoln was 90 at the from Page 10) time of his death. He was accorded full military honors at his funeral at First Church of Christ, Congrega- tional in Pittsfield and was interred in the historic Pittsfield Cemetery. Arrowhead, home of the Melville family, 1850-1863, and the place where "Moby Dick" was written, is owned and operated by the Berk- shire Historical Society whose collections cover more than 200 years of Berkshire County history. They are located at 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. The Lincoln photos will be on exhibit through summer, 2014. For more information contact Will Garrison, Cura- tor, Berkshire Historical Society, 413-442-1793. LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. AP1503, ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITING SERVICES. The Authority is seeking a qualified muitidiscipline consulting firm or team, with proven experience to provide environmental auditing services for all Massport fadlities on an on-call, as needed basis. These services are expected to be provided at Logan International Airport, Hanscom Airport and Worcester 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 scope of work shall include, but not be limited to the following: Performance of independent third-party environmental compliance audits to comprehensively evaluate the environmental regulatory compliance of various Massport facilities with permits, federal, state and local regulations as well as Best Management Practices. The functional areas to be reviewed include: Air Pollution Control, Aboveground Storage Tanks, Drinking Water, Hazardous Materials Control, PCB's, Spill Control, Underground Storage Tanks and Waste Management at a minimum. A work plan will be developed before initiating the audit. In addition, an update of the applicable regulations listing from the ISO EMS laws and regulations section for each airport will be provided. The Authority expects to select one consultant. However, the Authority reserves the right to select a different number if it is deemed in its best interest to do so. Each consultant shall be issued a contract in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars $100,000. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in response to the evaluation criteria set forth below and include Architect/Engineer & Related Services questionnaires SF 330 ( the appropriate number of Part IIs. The Consultant shall also provide an original and nine copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled "Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See www.massport.cotVdoing-businesal PageslCapitaIProgramIResourceCenler.aspx for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. The Authority may reject any application ff any of the required information is not provided: Cover Letter, Insurance Requirements, Litigation and Legal proceedings, SF330 Part IIs for the Prime and every sub-consultant. The submission shall be evaluated on basis of: (1) current relevant experience and knowledge of the team for similar projects, particularly the Project Manager, (2) geographic location and availability of the Project Manager and other key personnel to be assigned to the project, (3) experience and expertise of sub-consultants, if any, (4) previous teaming experience of the prime and sub-consultants, (5) demonstrated ability to perform work, (6) current level of work with the Authority, and (7) past performance for the Authority, if any. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of a minimum of three firms based on an evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection of the consultant(s) by the Authority. 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 www.massoort.cem. The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2" x 11"), no acetate covers. Ten (10) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc each limited to: 1) an SF 330 including the appropriate number of Part Ils, 2) resumes of key individuals only each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section E, 3) no more than ten (10) projects each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section F, 4) no more than 3 sheets (6 pages) of information contained under SF 330 Section H addressing the evaluation items (except for the litigation and legal proceedings history), and 5) no more than 2 sheets (4 pages) of other relevant material not including a 2 page (max.) cover letter, SDO certification letters, covers, dividers, and other required information. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssem H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harberside 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. The procurement process for these services will proceed according to the following anticipated schedule: Times are Eastern Standard Time (US)." Questions may be sent via email to subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses wiU be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities wabpage of Massport defaulLaspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on COMMBUYS (www.commbuys. com) in the listings for this project. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 8/1/14