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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 Page 13 by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance e] 12nn61 Babb nonno Last week, I left off on a cross-Sicily trip with Sal Melt, a friend from East Boston that I had known since we were kids. At that point where I left off last week, we were heading for the ancient resort city of Taormina and then Mes- sina. We climbed the moun- tain road to Taormina and discovered that it was filled with British tourists. The town was gorgeous and the view of the Bay of Messina below the mountain top, breathtaking. We stayed for a couple of days and then descended the mountain road to pick up the highway for Messina. When I got to the end of the road the ocean was in front of me, and I had to go either right or left to get to Messina, but there were no signs indicating which way to turn. I was pondering as to which way to go, when an old man crossed the road in front of me. I yelled out to him, "Scusi signore." (Ex- cuse me, sir.) He took off his hat, placed it over his heart, bowed and said, "Prego." (Please) I yelled out, "Si- gnore, e questo la strada per Messina?" (Sir, is this the road for Messina?) The old man pointed to the water and said, "Sempre diretto, no gira." (Straight ahead, don't turn.) I yelled back, "Ma gia sta la mare a la." (But the ocean's there) The old man nodded and yelled back, "Puo nuottare?" (Can you swim) I yelled back, "St." (Yes) He yelled back, "Sempre diretto, no gira." (Straight ahead, don't turn) And with that, he walked away. Sal and I laughed but then analyzed the situation. The ocean was in front of me. We were on the east coast of Sicily. We wanted to head north. If I turned left, the water would be on my right and I would be heading north, so I turned left and we made it to Messina by early evening. We actually were out of gas by the time we arrived and I couldn't find an open gas station. We spotted a Jolly Hotel on the main street in the center of the city and checked in. We found out where the locals eat and walked to the trattoria that was mentioned to us at the hotel. After din- ner, we walked the streets looking at the sights. We happened on a coffee shop with a bunch of guys about our age all hanging out talk- ing politics and cars. Sal joined in the conversation and we were accepted by the crowd. Two of the guys were brothers and auto mechan- ics. They offered to show us the old city, a short drive from where we were. The old city of Messina was built during the middle ages and looked like it did back then except for the electric lights which illuminated the neighborhood. The streets were about as wide as the tiny FIAT 500 we rode in, but it was fascinating. Later, back at the coffee shop, I bought the two brothers coffee and we talked Italian and American politics with them and American cars, which seemed to fascinate the two brothers. ThE next day, we booked passage on the ferry which connects Messina, Sicily to Reggio, Calabria, the city on the toe of the boot-shaped mainland. The ferry boat had several decks. The lower ones, parallel to the dock were for box cars left on the dock by the local trains. The next two decks were for cars and trucks and the top decks for passengers without ve- hicles. We ascended the ramp to the indicated deck where we would park our rental FIAT, but were halted due to the car in front of us stalling and not restarting. It was a new Rolls Royce. Two of the dock workers labored under the hood and finally got the car started after about an hour. Their ratio- nale for the car stalling was. "An English car using Italian gasoline." It was now late afternoon and I was a bit hungry. The ferry had a cafeteria and I bought myself two arancini. Don't tell Barbara Summa, but they were the best arancini I've ever eaten. when we finally arrived at Reggio, it took a while to unload the ferry, and we had to wait our turn. An older couple from Palermo sug- gested a hotel to stay at and a good family restaurant to eat in and we followed them. Things were uneventful and we only stayed in Reggio until the middle of the next day. I had a friend from Watertown who had gone home to visit his family in Calabria. When I told him I would be in Italy the same time he and his wife would be there, he gave me his aunt's phone number so I could get in touch when I arrived on the mainland. They would be in Catanzaro, a beautiful Mediterranean coastal city facing Africa, and invited me to join them if I might be in their part of Italy. I calculated the dis- tance and called the number that was given to me. My friend's aunt answered and told me that my friend, his wife and several relatives were out and about, but she would give them my mes- sage. I calculated my time of arrival and the aunt told me where to stop in the main piazza of the town and we would be met by my friend and his wife. Unfortunately, I miscalcu- lated the distance from Reggio to Catanzaro, con- verting miles to kilometers in my head. As a result, we were two and a half hours late. When we arrived at the piazza that my friend's aunt indicated we meet at, my friends were no where in sight. I looked around and saw several men dressed with suits and ties and green, white and red sashes across their chests. They looked at Sal and me, stared for a minute, and then turned away. I figured that they might be local dignitar- ies and asked where the home of my friend's aunt was. One of the men asked in English, "Are you the Americans?" I replied that we were and he began yell- ing, "Gli Americani sono qui." (The Americans are here) Everyone came to look at the two Americans. That part of Italy was off the beaten track and the only images of Americans they had was from Hollywood's cowboy movies. They were looking for two guys that looked like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. They couldn't believe we were Americans. We didn't fit the image. As it turned out, my friend and his wife were meeting with German developers. They owned waterfront prop- erty and the Germans were interested in buying it and building a hotel on the ocean. While we waited for them to return, we were directed to my friend's aunt's house. She had coffee ready for us and accepted my ex- planation as to why we were so late arriving. As it turned out, the men who greeted us were the mayor of the town and a few local digni- taries. My friend must have told them to intercept two Americans and entertain them until he got back from taking care of business. I asked my friend's aunt if I could use her phone and reverse the charges. I wanted to call home and let everyone know that I was now on the Italian mainland. She pointed to the phone and I asked for the overseas operator, a necessity to call my folks collect, back in the day. Babbononno answered, "Allo, whozza dissa." When I told him who it was, I had to give him a rundown of everywhere I had been in Sicily. He listened and added in comments about what some of the same places looked like when he had been there in the late 1800s. Finally my folks were given the phone and I told them about my ventures, They were happy I was hav- ing a good time and we then cut it short due to the, cost of an overseas phone call. I left off that I would call in a few days when I would arrive in Rome, and I'm out of space again. To be continued ... GOD BLESS AMERICA The Socially Set (Continued from Page 8) mance, holiday arts & crafts, and much more. The Irish Cultural Centre is located at 200 New Boston Drive, Can- ton. Tickets are avail- able at the door or in advance by calling 781- 821-8291. For more details, please visit Enjoy! (Be sure to visit Hilda Morrill's gardening Web site at, In addi- tion to events covered and reported by the col- umnist, "The Socially Set" is compiled from various other sources Courtney Forrester, left, and Sara such as news and press Underwood smile for the camera, releases, PRNewswire (Photo by Roger Farrington) services, etc.) LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AT RISK SERVICES The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Construction Management at Risk Services for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1177-C1, CBIS RECAPITALIZATION/OPTIMIZATION, LOGAN INTER- NATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MA. In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149A, sections 1 thru 13, Massport is seeking a highly qualified and competent Construction Manager (CM) to provide preconstruction services and implement the construction of the Project in accordance with an agreement where basis for payment is the cost of the work plus a fee for a negoti- ated guaranteed maximum price. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is being utilized to prequality and shortlist CM firms who will be invited to submit proposals in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Massport. PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND SCOPE OF SERVICES In 2002, in-line Checked Baggage inspection Systems (CBIS) were installed and commissioned at various locations in Terminals B, C and E at Logan International Airport. Terminal A was subse- quently constructed with an entirely new baggage handling system that also included an in-line CBIB. While these systems were state-of-the-art at the time, they were designed well before the adoption of the Planning Guidelines and Design Standards (PGDS) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2009. Under the proposed project, the Authority is proposing to make improvements to the CBISs at Logan International Airport. The proposed improvements at each location are categorized as either a recapitalization or an optimization of each existing system. The recapitalization of an existing system involves the modernization of the CBIS to the maximum degree possible. Conversely, the optimiza- tion of an existing CBIS will involve total reconfiguration, consolidation, and reconstruction of the CBIS. Under the Project, six existing CBIS's will be recapitalized and the remaining two CBISs will be optimized. The scope of work on the Project involves construction activities in all of the Terminals at Logan Inter- national Airport. Extensive interaction and coordination with the TSA and the airlines will be required. Construction of the Project will commence in the spring of 2012. The work will be completed in a mini- mum of five phases. The work on the last of the phases will be completed on or before April of 2014. Due to the fact that a portion of the project contains sensitive security information (SSI), certain trades will be managed in accordance with the SSI provision contained in MGL Chapter 149A. The CM must have a demonstrated ability to manage a sensitive security project and protect SSI. In addition to the construction services, the CM shall also provide Precenstruction Services which shall include, but are not limited to, cost estimating, scheduling, phasing and logistics, value engineer- ing, document review to support the preparation of trade packages and constructability reviews. The CM shall be expected to work closely with Massport's team including its Project Manager and design team in order to effectively implement the project. The construction budget is estimated at approximately Seventy Five Million ($75,000,000). SELECTION PROCESS Massport intends to implement a two-step selection process including a Qualifications phase and a Proposal phase. At the Qualifications phase, the Prequalification Committee will conduct a qualifica- tions-based evaluation of interested CM firms in order to create a shottlist of competent CM firms. Shortlisted firms shall be invited to respond to a written RFP which will require both a technical proposal and a price proposal. A Selection Committee shall review Proposals in order to rank the shortlisted firms and make the final selection. Massport intends to shortlist firms and issue an RFP in December 2011, and make a final selection in February 2012. The Designer shall participate in the selection of the Construction Manager. KEY FACTORS A Supplemental Information Package which will provide more details on the scope of the Project as well as the selection process shall be available as of Friday, November 18, 2011 by contacting Cathleen Santosuosso at 617-568-5978 or by email at In addition, a Project Briefing shall be held in the Bid Room located in the Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs Department, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Although the briefing is not mandatory, attendance is highly recommended so that interested parties can become more familiar with the requirements of the Project. EVALUATION CRITERIA Qualificatl~PStatements from interested firms will be evaluated in accordance with the following EvaluationCriteda in order to shortlist a minimum of three CM firms: (1) proposed CM team; (2) project management expedence; (3) similar project and Airport Terminal experience; (4) CM at Risk experience; (5) safety record; (6) capacity and financial stability; and (7) litigation and termination. These Evaluation Criteria will be more fully explained in the Supplemental Information Package. The CM shall be DCAM-certified and provide an Update Statement as well as an affidavit that the Statement of Qualifications being submitted in response to the RFQ is signed under the pains and penalties of perjury. The CM shall also provide a letter from a surety company confirming the CM firm's ability to provide performance and payment bonds in the full amount of the construction estimate CONFIDENTIALITY OF DOCUMENTS Any information provided to the Authority in any'Proposal or other written or oral communicafion between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confiden- tial, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS Each Qualification Statement shall be limited to 15 sheets (30 pages) of written material, which shall be piinted on both sides of the sheet (8 V2 x 11). The 30 pages exclude cover, cover letter, dividers and resumes. The firm's financial information shall be submitted in a separate envelope. Ten (10) copies of the bound document and one envelope cieady marked "Financial Information" shall be addressed to Houssam Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received in the Capital Programs Department no later than 12:00 NOON on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Capital Programs Department, Logan 0ff/ce Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received in the Capital Programs Department in a timely manner shall be rejected by Massport as non-responsive. All questions relative to your submission shall be directed to Ms. Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director at (617) 568-3501. It is stricUy prohibited for any proponent to contact anyone else from Massport from the time of this solicitation until award of the project to the successful proponent. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. 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