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POST-GAZE'B'E, AUGUST 26, 2016 PAGE 13 a/2na abb?]nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance It was the summer of '72, we had been in Rome for three weeks, and I was in my glory. My three friends and I had planned a daily itinerary that included several of the main churches going from early Christen- dom through the Renaissance. We spent two days exploring St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Library, etc ... I could have spent a month in the library alone, but we didn't. When we traveled the city, our driver pointed out things of interest and became our tour guide as well our chauffeur. One of the most impressive sites was the Tivoli Gardens, a 15tu century garden composed of hundreds of fountains locat- ed near Villa d'Este. At night, all the fountains were illuminated. Combined with flowers that surrounded the fountains, it was breathtaking. When I first saw the setup, I silently said to myself, "Boston Public Garden and Central Park, eat your hearts out." Frederick Law Olmstead ran a distant sec- ond to those Italian landscape architects. When the day's ventures were over, it was time for dinner, and we headed back to the same restaurant near the Vittoriano. This time, we included our driver. My memory is getting cloudy, but I think his name was Carlo. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for a siesta. Later, Carlo brought us to the Via Veneto, the Newbury Street of Rome. He dropped us off at the American Embassy and we walked past dozens of high-end shops, gourmet res- taurants, and outdoor cards. When it was time for coffee, we sat outside at one of the cafes and watched the beautiful people of the world walk by. It was fascinating. Later, Sal and I stopped at a shoe store when I spotted the shoes I was wear- ing sitting in their front window display. The price tag was about 20,000 lire, then equivalent to about $50.00. I had purchased my pair at a shoe warehouse in New York for $10.00. I had to inquire about the difference, so Sal and I went in. As we walked in, I noticed a sign on one of the side windows that read, "We speak English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, and Japanese." Once inside, a very lovely young lady approached us and started to speak to us in Italian. When Jose entered and spoke English, the sales- girl switched to English also. I first asked who spoke all of those listed languages. Her re- ply was that between all of the employees, all were covered to meet the needs of the tourists in Rome. My next question, pointing to my shoes, concerned the price tag on the same shoes that I paid only $10.00 for. The woman turned out to be one of the owners, not just a salesperson. She offered this explanation which made sense: "We buy from a manufacturer, a few pair of each style that are current. We are subject to the manufacturer's demands for our cost. In your country, the wholesalers buy thousands of shoes and dictate what they will pay. They pay low and sell at low competitive prices. We can't do that here, get the picture?" I have built a joke around the next thing we observed. As my crowd sat at an outside caf6 sipping espresso, the next table was occupied by well- dressed businessmen from sev- eral foreign countries. As they sipped their coffees discussing business, a very well-endowed Italian lass happened to walk by dressed in a tight knitted outfit. The American was the first to speak, "By God!" The Arab next offered, "By Allah!" the Englishman said, "By Jove[" the Irishman, "By the Saints!" and the Italian, "By tonight!" As we laughed, Sal turned to me and said, "There's the difference between them and us Italians." The sightseeing went on for the next couple of weeks. Each night, we would plan our ven- tures, and as we looked at a flyer we had picked up in the lobby of the hotel, Sal yelled, "I want to go there." It seems that there is open air opera at what were the ancient baths built by Emperor Caracalla. He liked to entertain foreign dignitaries and built a giant bath complex with an even bigger stage for entertainers to demonstrate their talents. Two thousand years later, the stage is still there and used for open air opera. The feature that week was Verdi's Aida. Anyone in- terested had to buy tickets at the Rome Opera House, not the open air theater. So, off we went to the Opera House. I went inside and waited my turn, standing behind a gentleman yelling at the ticket seller in Japanese. The ticket seller was yelling back in Italian, so I waited until the storm was over. Finally, in frustration, the Japanese man yelled out, "Oh Sh- -." At that point, I offered my services, and the Asian turned around and said, "I don't speak Italian. I am Japanese from Hawaii, and speak some Japa- nese, and of course, English." I asked how I could help and he told me he needed six seats all together. I translated for him and he got what he needed, with a dirty look from the ticket seller. I purchased tickets for -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 my gang and we headed off for more sightseeing. That night, we dressed for the opera and headed for the Baths of Caracalla to see Aida. When we were ushered to our seats, directly behind us was the same Japanese gentleman with his family, his wife, her mother dressed in a kimono, and three young kids. When he spotted me he yelled something in Japanese to his family and they all rose and bowed in my direction. I bowed back and then sat anticipating the begin- ning of the opera. The stage was so big, that real elephants, camels, and horse- drawn chariots crossed from one side to the other while the road company from Milan's La Scala Opera House performed. I had grown up with opera, as Babbononno was an opera buff and had record sets of all the great Italian operas. My grand- father insisted that Italian opera was the only true form of the art. His comment after hearing German opera one Saturday af- ternoon was, "That's not opera, they sound like they are trying to start a war." He then added, "Mozart even had the good sense to write opera in Italian, not German." And, so it was. The end of our stay in Rome was fast approaching, and my comment to my friends was, "I could stay here another six months and not see everything I wanted. At some point I will come back and pick up from where we leave off." When the time came, Carlo brought me to the Maggiore car rental agency at Rome's main train station. I had reserved a larger FIAT than the one I first picked up in Palermo a month or so. earlier. Before we parted company, I paid Carlo for his services and gave him a generous tip to boot. When I returned to the hotel, Jose, Franny, and Sal had their suitcases already at the curbside. I went in to the hotel, paid my end of the bill, thanked everyone who served us and we headed to the restau- rant we had been frequenting almost every night for dinner. They were waiting for us and the owner put a police barrier at the entrance to the narrow street so no other cars could enter and we sat down to our last meal in Rome. TO BE CONTINUED ... GOD BLESS AMERICA Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year Please call 617-22 7-8929 REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Oualificafions from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing trade work for M420-C2, SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT TRANSPORTATION 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-risk requirements, MGL Chapter 149A Section 8, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following class of work: Elevators. The contract includes the following Scelbe of work: Three 9 stop 3,5001b Electric Traction elevators. This scope of work is in support of the c0nstmction of a 1,550 space parking garage over the existing Interstate 90 tunnel structure built by the Central Artery and Tunnel Project (CNT) on Massporfs Core Block parcel in South Boston. The project site is bounded by World Trade Center Avenue on the west, the Silver Une World Trade Center Station and ramps to the north, D Street to the east, and DB Street (interstate highway acoe~s 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 $1,215,000 and the construction duration for this phase is approximately twelve (12) months. The estimated value of work to be performell by trade contractors is as follows: Trade: Elevators ............. ~ ................. $1,215,000 The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thin 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 construdtion 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 Qualifica!ions received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Pmqualificafion Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalifioation Committee will be conducting a qualifications-bssed evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to irespond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority 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, sub-s~ion (j). Qualification 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 Criteria and the Prequalification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning September 8, 2016, by contacting Susan Brace at 617-568-5961 or via email at sbrace@masspottcom A Project Briefing will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 11:00 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, 1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the briefing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the predualificetion 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 Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, 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-responsive. Questions regarding this RFQ shall be submitted in writing and directed to cpbidquestion$@ ma$$ with the Project name and number included in the subject line of the email. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 8/26/2016 MASSACHUSE'I-rS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPACOntract No. LI450-C1,TERMINAL E ROADWAY SIONAGE-STATIC TO DYNAMIC, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'R'S will be mseived 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, OCTOBER 5, 2016, 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 (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 9:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016. THE SCOPE INCLUDES THE PROCUREMENT AND INSTALLATION OF ONE (I) DIRECT-VIEW SURFACE MOUNTED DEVlCE (SMD) 3-1 OUTDOOR LED DISPLAY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISPLAYING THE NAMES OF ALL INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES LOCATED IN TERMINAL E AT THE BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE WORK INCLUDES ELECTRICAL, MISCELLANEOUS METAL, AND ROADWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY SET-UP. THE CONTRACTOR SHALL PROVIDE ALL LABOR, MATERIAL, EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES FOR THE COMPLETE, PROPER INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF THE WORK AS INDICATED, REQUIRED OR IMPLIED BY THE DRAWINGS AND AS SPECIRED HEREIN. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Cap'~l 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 FOUR HUNDRED FOURTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($414,000.00). 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 andi 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 requiredlto furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount eqlJal 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 ~en 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 Uability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and th~ Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I General Requirements and Division II, Spedal Provisions for complete details. This Contract is also subject to Affi~ative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimlnation and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for AffirmaWe 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 Fadlities 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 Authonty. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSE'n's PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P, GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 8/26/2016