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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31; 2012 Page 13 00N'anna 00Babb00onno i Last week, I was talking about following in the foot- steps of the men in my fam- ily, becoming a musician. Babbononno had studied music in the old country and worked as a guitarist in Neapolitan-style bands once he landed in America. He also played drums and be- longed to marching bands that played Italian feasts and marched in parades that corresponded to Ameri- can holidays. A generation later, he instructed each of his sons and prepared them to become musicians. He was happy when his daugh- ter began dating a musician and when I came along, he was ready to teach the next generation the finer points of becoming a professional musician. Well, here it is two genera- tions later and I was ready to take my place in the fam- ily business. There were a few differences in the gen- eration gaps. Babbononno played the music of his day and trained his sons to play symphonic music. His sons, on the other hand, were born in America and had dif- ferent ideas. Uncle Paul wanted to play Dixieland jazz and Uncle Nick society dance music. Uncle Gino playe d drums before WWII, but didn't return to it after he returned from the Pacific. I was the next one in line. On a given after- noon, when I was young, I would return home from school and find Nanna brew- ing a pot of cocoa while Babbo-nonno awaited my ar- rival with two chairs placed side by side, both facing a music stand holding a book entitled, "Solfeggio, The Rhythmic Articulation of All Music." After the co- coa was consumed, I would sit next to my grandfather, read the pages of music, sing out the notes and con- duct the rhythms with my right index finger pointing forward as is it was a conductor's baton. Babbo- nonno would beat out the notes with a ruler in hand. If I made a mistake (and there were many), he would graze my knuckles with his ruler baton-weapon. In the past, when I have told this story, I've mentioned that, by the time I was twelve years old, I had knuckles like a prize fighter. Between my grandfather, father and uncles, I experi- mented with every practical instrument of the day. I tried accordion and didn't by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance like it. I tried piano and didn't like it. I tried clarinet, sax, trombone, violin, drums and guitar and didn't like them either. I did take to the trumpet which was an extension of playing the bugle in the Joseph H. Barnes Junior High School Drum and Bugle Corps. At some point in high school, I gave those instruments up, too. Exasperated, my father decided to teach me the bass violin, an endeavor I took rather lightly. Dad was happy. Babbononno was happy. My Godfather, Uncle Nick was happy. I wasn't happy and let things slide as time went on. I was sitting on the front steps of our house one warm spring day. My freshman year at college had just come to a close and I was looking forward to several summer ventures. Studying bass vio- lin wasn't one of them. Dad wasn't happy. Babbononno wasn't happy. Uncle Nick wasn't happy. I was happy. As I sat on the steps con- templating my activities for the months of July and August, a friend walked by carrying a bass violin on his shoulder. I asked him what was going on and he stopped to talk for a few minutes. It seems that my friend, also named John, had enlisted in a branch of the service and was selling his bass be- fore he left' for boot camp. He also mentioned that he had been playing with a band composed of other neighbor- hood teens and his departure was going to leave a void in their ranks. He added, "You play bass, why don't you take my place with the guys." After he continued on his way, I began to wonder what it would be like to play with a band. That afternoon, I went looking for the unof- ficial leader of the group to question him and was wel- comed to rehearse with his ensemble. When I mentioned this to Babbononno and Dad at din- ner, they were elated that I wanted to play music, regardless of what kind it was. When rehearsal night arrived, Dad let me borrow a bass violin and I tried my hand at sitting-in with the band. Fortunately, what Babbononno and Dad had taught me carried me through and I was asked to join the band. From then on, I was a musician. Dad rented a bass violin for me until I was sure I would stick with the instrument. -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 When he discovered I was serious, he bought me a bass. His comment was, "I can't afford to pay for your college education, but with this instrument you can make enough money to complete school, go to graduate school and have enough left over to enjoy yourself. Well, I played with the neighborhood band and became serious about the instrument. I added in bass guitar as time went on to expand my' horizong"tmd soon left the neighborhood musicians. As I became known, the new people I began working for would pick me up and we would head out to play the bookings they had obtained, weddings, parties, anniversaries, christenings, etc ... When I felt ready, I called the Ken Reeves office and asked for an audition. Dad, Babbononno and Uncle Nick all thought I was ready and that's where last week's story began. As I had men- tioned, I auditioned for the Ken Reeves Orchestra, but was told that I really wasn't needed, but within a day or so, I received a postcard wiith several dates listed. The first date was at the Manchester Bath and Tennis Club in Manchester, Massachusetts. Dave Kahn, the booker for the band called and gave me the directions from East Boston to Man- chester, telling me that the job was a club party and I was to arrive at least a half hour ahead of time wearing a tuxedo. By this time, I had purchased an old Chevy and didn't have to rely on anyone to pick me up. When I arrived at the club and began to set up, I met Ken Reeves for the first time. He told me not to shake hands with any of the men as this was supposed to be an organized unit. When the musicians arrived and set up, I noticed that I was the kid. They were all in their 30s, 40s and 50s and as I found out later, were the number one musicians work- ing for the Reeves office. I was a bit scared to say the least. At 8:00 pm, Ken Reeves kicked off the first number, led the band for about a half-hour with con- tinuous offerings of society music that we all faked. There wasn't a sheet of music in sight. All of the tunes were memorized and thanks to Dad, I knew all of them. When Mr. Reeves disappeared, the sax player, a Mr. Don Ellis, took over and led the band. All the while, I received dirty looks from Ellis as if I was an interloper. I assumed from his looks that I either wasn't playing well enough or I was taking the place of the office's num- ber one bass player, but I gave it my best shot. To be continued ... GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P2337EA Estate of THELMA LESKOWlTZ Date of Death March 4, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Laurie Signore of HollJston, MA, Petitioner Eric D. Leskowitz of Needham, MA, Petitioner AndrewT. Leskowitz of Waipahu, HI, aWill has been admitted to informal probate. Laurie Signore of Holliston, MA, Eric D. Leskowitz of Needham, MA, Andrew T. Leskowitz of Waipahu, HI, has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate 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 aS can petition the Court in any maffdr'reldtJt( the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 8/31/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI02D1695DV1 CONTEMPT SUMMONS WALESKA S. VAZQUEZ, Plaintiff ARTHUR L. ANDREWS, Defendant To the above named Defendant: You are ordered to appear at a Probate and Family court to be held at: Date: October 17, 2012 Time: 8:30 AM Place: Courtroom 3, 208 Cambddge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 Summons Issued, Contempt Returnable to show cause why you should not be held in civil and/or criminal contempt, the penalty for which may be a jail sentence. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Waleska S. Vazquez whose address is: 128 Plainfield Ave., Malden, MA 02148 your answer, if any, to the complaint which is herewith served upon you, within 7 days after service of this summons upon you, exclusive of the day of service. You are also required to file your answer, if any, to the com- plaint in this office of the Register of this court at Middlesex Probate and Family Court, either before service upon Plaintiff or Plaintiff's attor- ney, if represented by counsel, or within a rea- sonable time thereafter. Failure to appear on this date may result in the issuance of an order for your arrest. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of said Court at Cambridge, this 24th day of August 2012. Tara E. DeCdstofaro Register of Probate Run date: 8/31/12 LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting professional consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A259-D2, ENERGY EFFICIENCY INmATIVES - ENERGY ENGINEER- ING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT. The Authority is seeking an energy engineering firm with proven energy efficiency master planning, and management experience. The Authority has identified over $10 million of energy efficiency improvement opportunities. It is actively incorporating energy efficient system design into its capital program and has undertaken energy conservation measures which include LED lighting retrofits, incorporation of VFDs, demand controlled ventilation, and HVAC retro-cemmissioning. As part of the implementation of an energy- master plan for all Massachusetts Port Authority properties, the Authority has voluntarily committed to three of the Governor's Leading By Example - Clean Energy & Efficient Buildings energy manage- ment targets. The Authority intends to engage an energy consultant to build from the work in progress and design and monitor a 2020 Energy Master Plan - further identifying and evaluating energy savings opportuni- ties, managing and reporting data, and monitoring the implementation of the conservation measures. The Consultant shall demonstrate expertise in the following areas including but not limited to: energy analysis and modeling, and energy monitoring, verification and reporting. Expertise shall further in- clude in-depth knowledge of and experience working with airports and facilities of a similar complexity for energy efficiency. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other inter- ested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The scope of work may include analysis, implementation, and commissioning related to the identifi- cation and incorporation of energy conservation measures within a variety of aviation and maritime building types. The Consultant must be able to evaluate initiatives and provide supporting data on the potential energy efficiencies. The Consultant shall monitor, track, and report energy savings from all Capital Programs' projects and produce a quarterly report on the Lead By Example energy manage- ment targets. The Authority expects to select one consultant. However, the Authority reserves the dght to select a different number if it is deemed in its best interest to do so. The consultant shall be issued a contract in an amount not to exceed $500,000. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. 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 with the appropriate number of Part IIs. W/M/DBE Certification of the prime and subconsultants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of the W/M/DBE certification letter from the Supplier Diversify Office, formerly known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal. The Consultant shall also provide litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled =Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See doing-business/Pages/CapitalProgramsResourceCenter.aspx for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. All individuals responsibte for technical disciplines shall, upon commencement of the project, be reg- istered Architects or Engineers, in that discipline, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The submission shall be evaluated on basis of: (1) current relevant experience on projects of similar nature and complexity; (2) experience and geographic Jocation of the Project Manager and exped- ence of other key personnel to be assigned to the project; (3) experience and expertise of sub con- sultants, if any; (4) M/W/DBE and affirmative action efforts; (5) familiarity with this type of assignment and a demonstrated ability to respond in a timely manner; (6) current level of work with the Authodty; (7) past performance for the Authority, if any; (8) expedence with energy efficiency analysis, reporting and master planning; (9) experience conducting similar work for airports or port authorities; and (10) litigation and legal proceedings history. 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. The Authority reserves the fight to interview the firms prior to final selection if deemed appropriate. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of the Author- ity's standard agreement, which can be found on the Authodty's web page at The exception to this standard agreement is the insurance requirement of $1,000,000 of commercial general liability. 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"). Ten (10) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc each limited to: 1) an SF 330 incluff,,g the appropriate number of Part IIs, 2) no more than 5 sheets (10 pages) of information contained under SF 330 Sec- tion H addressing the evaluation items (except for the litigation and legal proceedings history), and 3) no more than 3 sheets (5 pages) of other relevant material not including a 3 page (max.) cover letter, covers, and dividers shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Pro- grams and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, Capital Programs Department, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, East Boston, MA 02128. Any submission that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received by the Capital Programs Department in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as no' .esponsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral comn" cation between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or cor, fidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to p.rsens who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required b M.G.L.c.66. All questions relative to your submission shall be directed only to Dr. Luciana Burdi, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Deputy Director for Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, at 617-568-3501 or via email at Iburdi @ MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 08/31/12