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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 Page13 00(1DD00O12YlO Italian weddings and wakes were important social events to the old timers. Wed- dings took place at the church the bride attended. Relatives and friends would attend the wedding dressed in their finest. I attended a wedding recently and a couple of people were dressed in their best-ripped jeans. The reception, which followed the wedding Mass, was usu- ally held at the bride's par- ents house and most of the food would have been cooked by her mother, grandmother and aunts. If, by chance, the house was too small for all of the guests, the church hall (usually in the basement of the church) might be an al- ternative. That is providing they had ovens to keep the food warm. The bride's father would supply the wine. Most of the old timer's made wine back then and prided them- selves on the positive com- ments made after just one glass. There would also be a couple of cases of beer and maybe bottles of rum, Cana- dian whiskey and Coke and ginger ale to be used as mix- ers. For the after dinner crowd, homemade anisette of various colors were on a des- sert table for the choosing. Chances were that living ar- rangements were simple for the newly married couple. They would live on one of the floors of the three-decker that either the groom or bride's parents owned. Who- ever was living there would have been given a few months notice and the va- cated apartment would have been readied for the arrival of the newlyweds. Honeymoons, that was for the Americani. The Monday after the wedding saw the husband heading back to work as usual and the bride taking care of the new living accommodations. Chances are, that if the bride worked before she was married, she wouldn't continue in the work force after the wed- ding. People might talk, "Maybe he doesn't make enough money to support her and she has to work." Her place was now in the home, and that's where she stayed. A few months later, the word would be out within the fam- ily that the bride was in a family way. No one used the word pregnant back then and the witches in the family would start counting how many months pregnant the bride might be, hoping for material for gossip sessions. Today, it's different. ,I and others joining the fu- neral procession the next day. Following the visit to the cemetery, an invitation to dine at a restaurant function room or function hails like Spinelli's or Montvale Plaza is often protocol. A very close friend was bur- ied last week and I attended both the wake and the fu- neral. Bill Hurley was a Re- naissance man. He started out working on the docks of Boston to make money, and by the end of his life, had earned a doctorate, rose to the rank of general in the Army National Guard, been given the title of professor and CEO of a business he and his wife started from scratch. Bill's health began to fail several years ago and he de- veloped a form of Lou Gehrig's disease. But, he was active right up to the end. Bill was waked and buried with military honors last weekend. We belonged to the same military organization, the First Corps of Cadets, and along with members from all branches of the military, we stood as sentinels as mourn- ers paid tribute to a great man. His Wife, Sandra, his four children and all of the grandchildren were on hand to participate in a funeral Mass in Bill's honor. When we arrived at Bill's church for the funeral Mass, I looked at one of the priests and froze. It was the same man who vis- ited me at Mass General last year and gave me Commun- ion following a bout with brain surgery. When I spoke to the priest, Fr. Joseph, he placed his hand on my head and I could feel an energy force run through my body. Don't ask me to explain it, but it hap- pened at the hospital when he touched my head after the operation and it happened again last week. Following the military cer- emony at the cemetery, we headed for the Winthrop Yacht Club and joined the Hurley family and their guests for an Italian dinner. In conversation, no one mourned the passing of a fn'n9 r colleague. The con- versations were about a man who accomplished more in life than most people ever will. In a way, Bill Hurley's pass- ing reminded me of events in my grandparent's genera- tion. People were there at the funeral home, at the church and at the cemetery and con- gregated as an extended fam- ily. It felt like the old days I remembered as a kid observ- ing my grandparents genera- tion slip away. Now, it's my generation that is slipping away, and as I said to the people surrounding me at the dinner, "It makes a person question their own mortal- ity." You've shared stories about the good times in my life, so please accept this in- formal requiem and say a si- lent prayer for my old friend, Bill Hurley. GOD BLESS AMERICA by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance ii Chances are the couple lived together prior to their mar- riage. Chances are, also, that the marriage might not be in the Church, as intermar- riage is quite common among the young folks of to- day. Chances are that the wife has a career of her own, and after her nuptials, she continues with it. Chances are that an exotic honeymoon had been planned when the wedding plans were put to- gether and after the wedding reception, which is usually held at a K of C hall, hotel banquet room or a facility that caters to all types of fimc- tions like Spinelli's or Montvale Plaza, off goes the couple for a week or two to an exotic destination. One new theme for a wed- ding is a farm location some- where in the mountains. Many old farms have been converted into function facili- ties to accommodate young people who insist on this con- eept for their reception. More likely than not, the newly- weds will live away from both sets of parents. Many ca- reers will even cause the young folks to move out of state, something unheard of generations ago. With the old timers gone, the neighbor- hoods of East Boston and the North End have more non- Italians than the ethnic group that once identified them. If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me where I came from and I told them :East Boston, I would always get a response like, "Oh, you mean Easta Bosta." Yeah, I would have a lot of nickels today. The Ital- ians have moved to the sub- urbs of Boston, mostly north, some west and a few south. The new comers have taken over the streets we were born and brought up on. It's their turn now. We've climbed the next rung of the social lad- der and a few above that one, too. I've mentioned the the- matic format for the old time weddings. The wakes were different back then. When someone died, a three-day wake was held-4n the person's home. Yes, there were fu- neral parlors, but the Italian tradition was three days in the home. Today, all arrange- ments take place at a funeral home. The deceased is em- balmed and put on display by the funeral director and the wake is one day, usually from 4:00 pm, until 8:00 pm. The funeral follows on the follow- ing day with some mourners appearing just for the wake -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Socially Scene (Continued from Page 10) Scullers Jazz Club will welcome Mehmet Ali Sanlkol & whatsnext on October Ist. food & libations and live en- tertainment from The Ba- varian Hofbrau Band includ- ing oompah, beer songs and polka. It's time to dust off the dirndl and lederhosen and celebrate! Start the night off with an ice-cold beer from Harpoon Beer including Harpoon IPA, Octoberfest & UFO Pumpkin, and Cape Ann Brewery Co., including its Fisherman's K61sch, Cape Ann Brew and the exclusive Honey Brew, before indulging in Execu- tive Chef Marc Orfaly's Bavarian-inspired specials. In addition to the regular menu, Chef Orfaly will serve up items such as German sausages and house roast pork knuckle both served with sauerkraut and pota- toes. While enjoying ice- cold beers and cocktails, guests can also enjoy The Beehive's oven fresh pret- zels. 'Dinner and drinks will be served from 5:00 pin to 1:00 am. Not in the mood for din- ner? Join the Beehive at (Photo by 7:30 pm when The Bavarian Hofbrau Band takes the stage. Founded over 20 years .ago, The Bavarian Hofbrau Band perfected the oompah style band. Members have visited the Old Vienna Hofbrau in Montreal, the World's Fair in Tennessee and have even traveled to various cities and towns in Germany, Austria, Switzer- land and Liechtenstein. The evening's entertain- ment will take guests on a tour of Europe, starting in Vienna, going north into Bohemia, west through Northern Germany and south through the Black For- est, Bavaria and finally Liechtenstein. Get your Octoberfest cel- ebrations started off right on Wednesday, October 8 th at The Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, Boston. There is no cover charge but dinner res- ervations are recommended. For reservations and more information, please visit or call 617-423-0069. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing work for MPA PROJECT NO. L1319-Cl, LOGAN EXPRESS PARKING GARAGE, FRAMINGHAM, MASSSACHUSETTS. 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 LOGAN EXPRESS PARKING GARAGE project in Framingham. In accordance with Massachusetts construction manager at-risk requirements, MGL Chapter 149a, Section 44F, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following class of work: MASONRY. The contract includes the following scope of work: The construction of a new multi-story parking garage at the Logan Express Terminal in Framingham, MA. The garage shall be a precast concrete structure consisting of a ground floor and three elevated levels. The completed facility shall have capacity for approximately 1100 vehicles, The garage shall include stair towers and elevators for pedestrian circulation. Within the footprint of the garage, a new 7,000 square foot terminal building shall be constructed. The terminal building shall include office space for staff, Men's and Women's Rooms, passenger waiting area and space for a future concession. The terminal building shall be integrated into the elevator core. The estimated cost of the Masonry trade contractors' portion of this phase of the Project is approximately $108,000. and the construction completion is estimated at Spring 2015. The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 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 construction 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 Qulalifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequaiificetion Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority is not utilizing this process to prequalify subcontractors who are not trade contractors which shall be clone separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteha; (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 Prequaiification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning Wednesday, October 1, 2014, by contacting Susan Brace at 617-568-5961 or via email at A Project Briefing will be held on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, One 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 prequalitication 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 Y" 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 Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan Intemational 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 cpbidquestions@ 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: 9/26/14