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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED i ALMOND-FLAVORED BUTTER COOKIES 3 eggs cup sugar 2 sticks softened butter (1/2 pound) 3 cups flour 1 cups flour - separate 2 teaspoons baking powder Cookie cutters of choice "1 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional) ICING: % cup melted butter 1 box Confectioners sugar "Jimmies  (sweet toppings) or nonpareils * teaspoon almond flavoring (optional) In a bowl, cream sugar and softened butter. Add beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Measure out three cups flour and place in a separate bowl. Add baking powder to flour and stir. Gradually add this to the sugar, butter and egg batter. This will become soft dough. Spray two cookie sheets with vegetable or butter spray and set aside. Spread some flour on a pastry board. Spoon a portion of pastry dough onto floured pastry board. Sprinkle some flour over dough. With your hand or rolling pin spread dough out to about V4 inch thickness. Before cutting each cookie, dip cookie cutter into flour. Then place cut out cookie onto greased baking sheet. Continue until all dough has been used. Bake in preheated 350F oven. Baking time is about ten minutes. Bottoms will brown slightly. Remove from oven and place baked cookies on a tray to cool. Makes about four dozen. ICING: Melt butter in top pot of a double boiler. Add almond flavoring. Gradually add confectioner's sugar to mixture until you have soft icing. Using a pastry brush, spread icing on one cookie at a time. Immediately sprinkle your choice of "Jimmies" or nonpareils over the icing. Set cookie aside on a tray. Continue icing in this manner. *Use your own favorite flavoring in the cookie dough and icing. NOTE: This is an easy recipe to prepare for a holiday or birthday party. The colorful cookies are a favorite of my children and grandchildren. They store well in a canister. 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON. COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN I0000NORT- END00I PRINTING Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Staonery * Business Cards * Menus * Flyers I ] Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations I [i Announcements * Business Forms and Dooaments I COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 News Briefs (Continued from Page i] this law to prevent terrorists who have entered this coun- try unknown to the govern- ment. However, many states including ours have balked at the program. Officials claim it is too costly, raises privacy issues and infringes on states' rights. The only price being paid is not by state governments who resist REAL ID, but by folks like you and I who are going to possibly be pre- vented from entering gov- ernment office buildings or fly in airplanes. It is time for Beacon Hill to act on REAL ID rather than frus- trate "We the People" even more so than they are usu- ally capable of doing. The Eagles Will be Landing in Boston The Eagles are coming to town September 15  to play at TD Garden, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be sticking around the following night at a fundraiser for the Walden Woods Project. Russia Moving into Ukraine Has Russian President Putin invaded eastern Ukraine or is it only an "in- cursion" as President Obama stated. The Ukraine is calling it a stealth inva- sion but invasion neverthe- less. Putin must think our president is a complete knucklehead. Israel Facing Anti-semitic Attacks They are marching in the streets of Paris criticizing Israel and sporting Hitler tee shirts. Many European Jews are getting real nervous and packing for Israel. The fight facing Israel today is America's fight tomorrow. Hamas may not exactly be ISIS, but all terrorists groups have the same aims which seem to be the destruction of Israel, Western Civiliza- tion and of course the United States of America. The be- heading of that American journalist was an attack on the United States. Israel understands the threat of Radical Islamists but the West seems to still be in denial. Kudos to the British Prime Minister. Over last weekend, he was speak- ing to his Nation on the threat of ISIS and its violent ideology. At the same time, across the Pond here. Presi- dent Obama was out and about making speeches and doing the Democratic Party fundraising circuit. The Fall of the Roman Empire Again It took the real Roman Empire centuries to com- pletely fall apart, crumbling into history. But as I watch America, I see the crumbling accelerated in decades not centuries. At home and abroad, we have been losing respect. The world seems to be walking over us and throwing dirt in our face. We need inspiration and we get foolish speeches and a press secretary who must follow up the speeches with his "Obama to Reality" Dic- tionary. Looking back, we had Reagan when we needed a Reagan. We were lucky. We don't seem so lucky today. America will need a strong president elected in 2016 if there is any hope of saving us from the dustbin of history. Even Hillary looks great compared to the cur- rent occupant of the White House. * Editorial (Continued from Today too many people get free government stuff and in return shut off our minds. We forget that the foun- dation of a democratic republic rises up from the people. If we voted our inter- ests, we would not be in the hole we find ourselves in. Page 3) We $&^#@ about politicians but we put them there and keep them there far too long. Every time I read a poll about our trust in our governors, most voters say throw the bums out but keep my guy in. End result, we get &^%$#$ elected officials who forget who sent them there and whose only desire is to stay in office as long as they can for the power and money picked up along the way. We are the government and we get sadly so what we deserve. Happy Birthda00 Ray Barron MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No, AP1512oCl FY15 AVIATION TERM MISCELLANEOUS IRON REPAIRS, BOSTON, BEDFORD AND WORCESTER, 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.A local time on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 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 CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 The work includes PROVISION OF ALL EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS, LABOR AND SUPERVISION NECESSARY TO MAKE STRUCTURAL STEEL AND ARCHITECTURAL IRON REPAIRS; FABRICATION OF MISCELLANEOUS METAL ITEMS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: RAILS, LADDERS, FRAMES AND SUPPORTS AT LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WORCESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT AND HANSCOM CIVIL AIRFIELD ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS OVER A ONE (1) YEAR PERIOD. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital 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 NINETY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($90,000). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44,.I 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) 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 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 mterials 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 Previsions 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-Discrimination 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. MASSACHUSEI-rS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 9/12/14