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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) candidate who will bring folks together rather than tear them apart. Some radio yakkers have talked about a Romney-Gingrich ticket but I don't see that as a practi- cal reality. Others talk about a Romney-Rubio ticket to eat away at the Democrat Latino vote but I don't see that either. As a member of the so- called Reagan Democrats contingent out there, I am having a .difficult time voting for Romney at all after see- ing him first-hand as gover- nor. Does he have any core values? He's liberal when he wants to be. He's conserva- tive when he needs to be. He has a great smile but when he speaks, he only distracts me. I see him as a superhero minus the cape named "plasticman." His footwear: a pair of comfortable flip-flops. If he wins the nomination and faces Obama, it is plas- tic versus plastic and Obama has better plastic. I truly wished Rick Perry had been ready for prime time but he clearly isn't from his perfor- mance to date. Meanwhile, Herman Cain looks like a better actor playing the role of a goofy candidate rather than a real live candidate seeking the GOP nod. His latest quote about manly- men not eating veggie pizzas is so sad. Why is he wasting everyone's time with his fool- ish disguise as a credible political candidate? What happened to the right kind of candidates running for office back in the old days? All we get today are second or.third tier candidates. Sad, sad and sadder! When Do We Get to Boot Karzai in the Butt? -News out of Kabul, Afghani- stan is that President Hamid Karzai has set conditions for his country's strategic part- nership with us, saying he would allow long-term U.S. bases so long as we stop night time operations such as searching homes and detaining suspected Afghan terrorists. He wants a strong partnership with both NATO and the United States "but with conditions." PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. P.M. PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May theSacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. A.T.P. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. MPA NO. 1.599-C1, TERMINAL B ESCALATOR NO. 27 & 28 REPLACEMENT, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, 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 02116, until 11:00 A.M local time on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2011 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 10AM LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 8, 2011 The work includes REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING ESCALATORS 27 & 28. Bid documents will be made available beginning TUESDAY DECEMBER 6, 2011 In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of ELEVATORS. The estimated contract cost is EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS $800,000.00. 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. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General ws 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 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 Property 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 Requirements and Division II, 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 ot less than 3% 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 certification 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 Run date: 11/25/11 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani SANTA SPOTTED IN CITY IIAI, L PLAZA Walking through City Hall Plaza the other afternoon, I spotted Santa in City Hall Plaza waiting to have his photo taken with the little kiddos. It also seems Mayor Tom Menino is ready for another Holiday Season in Boston. Recently, I read that the Boston Pops, Peter Pan from outside in the tent and the Urban Nutcracker all got together not long ago to lay the groundwork for Christ- mas. I'm confused, I thought Mayor Menino was the *Urban Mechanic" but may- be the "Urban Nutcracker" makes more sense, Ho, ho, ho! NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW LOOKS LIKE IT IS BEING LEFT BEHIND This nine-year-old educa- tional initiative hasn't seemed to work well in Mas- sachusetts so the state Department of Education has asked the feds to be excused from this law. Seems we've been leaving lots of children behind and now need to lower our standards in order to reach a lesser goal. Sounds like Massachusetts, doesn't it? FEENEY OUT, WHAT ABOUT BAKER? Now, that Maureen Feeney has resigned as a member of the Boston City Council, the rumor has it that in mid-December, Mayor Tom Menino will be appointing her to the position of City Clerk. With a vacant District 3 council seat out there, will City Councilor-elect Frank Baker have to wait until January to get sworn in or will he get an earlier entry into the council? Don't the folks in Dorchester's District 3 deserve a voice and vote on the city council between now and January? CONGRATS TO MARY MALONEY Mary Maloney of West Roxbury has just been elected president of the Irish Social Club over in West Roxbury. She has been involved in the social club for over 50 years and her husband Tom was a past president years ago. Save the date December 4. It will be the restart of those Sun- day night socials once again. Where else can you dance for hours for five bucks? RAY FLYNN RECEIVES PRO-LIFE AWARD Last month at Lantana's in Randolph, the Massachu- setts Citizens for Life awarded former Boston Mayor and Ambassador Ray Flynn with the O'Connor Pro-Life Award for his out- standing contributions to the pro-life movement. ZUMIX GOT ITS BIG NIGHT On Friday, November 18, the East Boston community gathered at the old firehouse on Sumner Street to honor ZUMIX winning the 2011 National Arts and Humani- ties Youth Program Award. In attendance were: Mayor Tom Menino, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Representa- tive Carlo Basile and Sena- tor Anthony Petruccelli. Congrats to ZUMIX. FREEDOMS FOUNDATION ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND DANCE The Bay State Chapter Freedoms Foundation's An- nual Holiday Luncheon and Dance will be held on Sun- day, December 11, 2011 at Spinelli's Banquet Hall in Day Square, East Boston. For further information, please call 617-569-2110. NEAA NORTH END CHRISTMAS PARADE ON DECEMBER 11 For the 41 st year the North End Athletic Association's Christmas Parade will make its way through the streets of the neighborhood with Santa bringing up the rear. It all starts at Puopolo Park at l:00 pm when Santa ar- rives by helicopter and joins several bands in the last North End parade of 2011. Bad weather date will be the following Sunday. Same time, same place. The parade is run along with the Nazzaro Commu- nity Center, North End Against Drugs and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tour- ism and Special Events. Boston Common Tree Lighting (Continued from Page 1) way from Boston to Nova Scotia. This year marks the first year that 52,000 LED lights will be installed during the holiday season on Boston Common. Four thousand lights will be placed on the Nova Scotia Christmas tree by Sullivan .& McLaughlin Companies, Inc., with 48,000 additional LED lights deco- rating 60 trees visible to the public traveling on Beacon, Park, Tremont and Charles Streets. This year's lighting scheme includes four-color LED lights on three struc- tures on Boston Common: the Visitors Information Center; Parkman Bandstand; and a Parks Department building in the area known as Deer Park. Soft white- colored LED lights will be used on trees at several entrances to the site. Immediately following the Boston Common tree light- ing, Mayor Menino will join Back Bay residents at Arling- ton Street for the lighting of Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Trees along the Mall will be illuminated through April 1 with elegant white lights made possible thanks to community support and private donations raised by the Committee to Light Com- monwealth Avenue Mall. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. AP1212-$1, FY12 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES. The Authority is seeking a qualified firm to provide professional aerial photographs of the Authority's facilities. The services shall consist of vertical and oblique color photographs taken at various altitudes. Vertical photographs shall be provided of the following facilities: Facility Scale Massport Boston Area Facilities, Inner Harbor and Downtown Boston 1" = 3000' Logan International Airport 1" = 1600' Hanscom Field, Bedford, MA 1"= 1600' Worcester Airport 1" = 1600' Logan International Airport (2 flight lines/3 photos per line) 1" = 600' Logan International Airport (centered on passenger terminals) 1" = 600' Logan International Airport (passenger and airfreight terminals) 1" = 600' Logan (roadways from Ted Williams Tunnel to Route 1A) 1" = 600' Black Falcon Cruise Terminal 1" = 600' Cooley Terminal 1" = 600' Moran Terminal 1" = 600' South Boston Seaport District ' 1" = 600' Oblique photographs shall be provided of the following facilities focusing on the major structures and features at each facility: Logan International Airport; Hanscom Field; Worcester Airport; Black Falcon Cruise Terminal; Conley Terminal; Moran Terminal; South Boston Seaport District including the World Trade Center and Fish Pier; East Boston Piers and Park; Bremen Street Park; Logan Express facilities in Braintrae, Framingham, Woburn and Peabody. Submission shall include: (1) name and address of the firm and the year it was established; (2) type of ownership; (3) name and contact information for two principles of the firm; (4) resumes of key staff to be assigned to the work; (5) list of firm's offices with addresses, identifying the location from which the work will be performed; (6) list of similar projects and sample photographs of similar work performed in the last three years; (7) photographic technology to be employed and the format of the photographs to be provided; (8) proposed billing rates; (9) any M/W/DBE participation. The specific deliverabtes and total fee slall be negotiated; however the fee is not anticipated to exceed $150,000. The submissions shall be evaluated on the basis of: (1) current relevant experience for similar projects; (2) samples of similar work; (3) geographic location and availability of key staff and equipment; (4) experience and expertise of key staff; (5) familiarity with relevant Massport environs; (6) M/W/DBE participation and affirmative action efforts; and (7) past performance for the Authority, if applicable. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the short listing of a minimum of three firms based on an evaluation of the submittals in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection. Ten (10) 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 per individual, shall be printed on both sides. of the sheet (8 " 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 Noon on Thursday December 15, 2011 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International 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 only be directed to Ms. Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director at 617-568-3501 or via email at cwetherell@ massport.com. MASSACHUSE"[TS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 11/25/11 For additional information call 617-635-4505, go to www.cityofboston.gov /parks, or visit us on Facebook. WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM