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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 7, 2011 Page11 • Res Publica (Continued from Page 2) centuries (283 years to be precise) removed from Co- lumbus' discovery of the New World. Independence and the Revolutionary War mark not the beginning, but the halfway point in the his- tory of European civilization in America. In his remarks, quoted above, Mr. Webster, on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, traced the origins of the United States not to the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock (al- though he mentions them in the oration), nor to the ear- lier English Settlement of Virginia (not even men- tioned by Webster), but to Columbus' first "sight of the unknown world." Others came here earlier, possibly the Vikings, maybe other Europeans, and cer- tainly the American Indians who arrived most probably from Asia by land-bridge to Alaska. But Webster and many of us concur, begins our history with Columbus. All month we celebrate Italian-American Heritage. Monday we celebrate the brave and persevering Ital- ian navigator who opened the way for immigrants from every nation to settle in this New World and create the United States that remains, to quote again from Webster's speech, "The last hope of mankind." * Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) salaries. We are going to bewe could send packing. saddled with lots of playersCome to think of Hoppy Columbus Doy Fully Insured Lic #017936 Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 it, wouldn't Johnny Damon make a good manager one day? He's been here, done that too. As far as DeMario Hall, he was a great bench coach for Francona. However, he's part of the old guard that didn't work this year. He will do fine. Probably end up on his two feet standing next to Francona wherever he lands. This team needs a manager's manager. The other way stopped working this season. • Stirpe Nostra (Continued less book research. There is the general and his staff, the Praetorian Guards with their shoulder belts, standard bearers and centurions, the common soldier carrying enormous stakes, master masons, pioneers with axes and crowbars, lancers, cavalry and royal chargers, armored horsemen, and Moorish cavalry. Con- structed bridges and cause- ways are shown along with military machines attack- ing forts. The confusion of a defeated army is also shown, and all scenes are very viv- idly depicted. The column is about twelve feet in diam- eter and ninety-seven feet high, and the original statue from Page 2) of Trajan at the summit was replaced by one of St. Peter in the sixteenth century. Another of the bitter iro- nies of fate tells us that Trajan never saw his col- umn. It was dedicated while he was away fighting the Parthian war and he died in August of 117 A.D. while returning to Rome. His ashes Were brought home in a golden urn and placed un- der his column. Eighteen hundred years later the col- umn still stands as a monu- ment to the accomplish- ments of this great Roman emperor. NEXT WEEK: Hadrian the Greekling OCT. 12 OCT. 13 OCT. 14 *Excludes Circus Celebritys=, Front Row and VIP seats. No double discounts. Additi0nal fees may ap~y. • Buy tickets at Ringling,com, ticketmaster® R e t ai tLo c a t ion s,T D G a rd en Box Office or call 1-800-745-3000 Regular Ticket Prices: $20 * $25 * $50 VIP • $85 Front Row • $140 Circus Celebrity Additiomd fees my apply. Come one hour early to meet our animals and performers at the All Access Pre-show- FREE with your ticket! LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTIGE TO GONTRAGTOR~ Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. Ll115-Cl RRE RESCUE MARINE BUNK ROOM, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETFS, will be received by the Massachusetts Pert Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02110, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, OGTODgR Z0, Z011, 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 1:00 PM LOCAL TIME ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011. The work includes RENOVATIONS TO VARIOUS OFFICE SPACES WITHIN THE LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, INCLUDING CARPENTRY, DRYWALL, CEILING, RNISH WORK, PLUMB- ING, HVAC DUCT MODIFICATIONS AND RELATED ELECTRICAL WIRING AND LIGHTING MODIFICATIONS. Bid documents will be made available beginning TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011. The estimated contract cost is SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND $75,000. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital Pr~rams Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. Bidding procedures and award of the contract shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a.certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier ch k by a reapon iblg 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 de 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 materials 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, Auto Liability Insurance, and Properly Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of ONE MILLION DOLLARS $1,000,000.00. 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 Require- ments and Division It, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub-bids will be required for this contract. This contract is subject to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than TWO PERCENT 2% of the Contract be performed by disadvantaged business enterprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in Article 84 of the 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 subcontractors of the requirement for such certifica- tion where the subcontract 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ,**= ....~. -C~-::?-':~.'~ "' ~C-:'%.'.'.-* ",. ~ ~ ,,Run date: 10/7/11~