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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 Page15 Let's Be Honest (Continued from Page 4) Republicans declare this publicly. Democrats do not, but most of them know it too. This is why, when they controlled both houses of Congress in 2009 -- with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate -- they did not raise tax rates like they go around saying they think they should. It cannot, in fact, be done. Both sides understand, of course, that America can- not survive long if the cur- rent state of. affairs is not altered. We will run out of money. We will not be able to borrow forever, without ever paying anything back, and so our access to credit will eventually disappear as well. The federal government of the United States is going to collapse. Not because it has to. But because it is easier for the representatives we keep re-electing to perform Deficit Reduction Theater than to actually achieve the real thing. They just hope they're safely retired or dead before the inevitable occurs. Of course it's not helping that we have an equally unserious president, but even a serious one could not get Congress to act if Con- gress believed the public would continue to accept the usual Vaudeville act. The ironic thing is that the public does not appear to enjoy the show. It just seems to prefer it to the onset of reality. 2011 North Star Writers Croup Diabetic Eye Care (Continued from Page 10) health on TRACK: Take your medications. Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Add physical activity to your daily routine. Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and choles- terol. Kick the smoking habit. "Don't lose sight of dia- betic eye disease," added Dr. Huang. "Don't wait until you notice an eye problem to have an exam because vi- sion that is lost often can- not be restored." For more information on diabetic eye disease and tips on finding an eye care pro- fessional or financial assis- tance for eye care, visit www. nei. nih. gov/diabetes or call NEI at 301-496-5248. The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, leads the federal government's research on the visual sys- tem and eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs that re- sult in the development of sight-saving treatments. For more information, visit www. nei. nih.gov. About the National Insti- tutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical re- search agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency con- ducting and supporting ba- sic, clinical, and transla- tional medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare dis- eases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from General Contractors for MPA PROJECT NO. Ll163-Cl, RENOVATE TERMINAL B BATHROOMS, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. General Contractors must have demonstrated expertise in airport terminal constmctJordrehabilitation and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity. MPA Project Ll163-C1 will include the renovation of two pairs of toilet rooms Terminal B. The renovations include upgrades to lighting, HVAC, fire alarm, fire protection, and plumbing systems, as well as the installation of new accessories, fixtures and finishes. Demolition of existing toilet rooms or areas targeted for new toilet rooms is included in the scope of work as well as all work in adjacent horizontal and vertical spaces to complete all connections to the necessary systems' upgrades. One of project toilet rooms is located landside and one of the project toilet rooms is located in the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA). The terminals will remain occupied and active during construction and construction may be phased so that no two related area toilet rooms are closed at the same time. The estimated construction cost is approximately $1,000,000 and the construction duration is planned for 6 months. The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149; Section 44D1/2, subsections (c) thru (j). This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify General Contractors that are capable and experienced in the renovation of restrooms in active terminals in a phased sequence of construction similar in size and complexity to the scope of work described above. The Authodty shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of General Contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders which wil only be issued to prequafified Genera Contractors. Please note that the Authority does not intend to prequalify subcontractors for this ProjeCt but will implement the filed sub bid process in accordance with MGL Chapter 149. Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: (1) Management Experience; (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. In addition, a contractor must have a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) in the category of General Building Construction, and a commitment letter for payment and performance bonds in the full amount of the construction cost estimate from a surety company licensed to do business in Massachusetts. A Supplemental Information Package which discusses the Evaluation Criteria and the Prequalitication Process in more detail will be available to interested parties beginning Tuesday December 6, 2011, by contacting Cathy Santosuosso at 617-568-5978 or csantosuosso@massport.com. A Project Briefing will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Authority's Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the briefing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiadze your firm with the project details and the prequalification 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 per individual, shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 W 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-esponsive. 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEV INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 11/25/11 The Baltimore Zeros Growing up back in the '60s, '70s and into the early '80s, the Baltimore Orioles were one of the most power- ful teams in baseball and al- ways a contender. Since the late '80s up to now, they have seemed hapless. This season was their 14 a consec- utive losing season, longer than any other team in either league. These are the Baltimore Zeros today. The only time they looked good was when they were con- stantly beating up the even more season-ending hapless Sox. It is difficult to remem- ber the Orioles' best sea- sons of the past. I still remember Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer. I still remember their. 1966 World Series sweep of the Koufax-Drys- dale LA Dodgers. Back in the day, Baltimore was a sports capital with the Orioles and the Baltimore Colts with Johnny Unitas. The Orioles still look terrible today and the Indianapolis Colts now stand 0-10 this sea- son without Peyton Manning. I can't believe how a whole team falls fiat without their quarterback and I have no answers to give. However, when it comes to the Orioles, I have an idea. Nearly 20 or so years ago, the Orioles switched off their old team symbol, the cartoon bird with that oversized LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts ,The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI11D4358DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING PAWAN BASNET vs. ALEXIS LEWIS To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage 18. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. YOU are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Pawan Basnet, 77 Med- ford Street, #2, Medford, MA 02155 your answer, if any, on or before December 27, 2011. If you fail to do so, the court will pro- ceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: November 15, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 11/25/11 EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani baseball head. It was always on their uniforms and caps. Then, they went reality put- ting a side -iew of an actual oriole. The orange and black remained but the cartoon bird was. sent into exile. I think it is time to kill the bird and bring back Mr. Ori- ole again. A Smiley faced baseball bird taking-steroids for his head. Watch, bring him back and they'll be cheering at Camden Yards once again and battling the Yankees for first place once again. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's what they did and they've been paying a high price ever since. I recently found an old Mike Boddicker baseball card at a flea market and if you look closely at his cap, you can see that old cartoon bird back in the day. Mean- while, don't ask me about the Boddicker trade we made. We got him and gave up Brady Anderson and a young Curt Schilling. Need I say more on this terrible trade? Falling on Bard Times? Now that closer Jonathan has jumped ship to Philadel- phia and signed a four-year, $50 million contract, the Boston Red Sox need a new cI0ser after six seasons. On the Sox at the moment are David Bard who went 2-9 with a 3.33 ERA and AIfredo Aceves who went 10-2 and a 2.61 ERA. In September, Aceves was impressive-in that terrible September and Bard fell on hard times with a 10.64, YES, 10.64 ERA dur- ing the 7-20 September to I forget. Outside of our own pitchers, Ryan Madson who was late of the Phillies and replaced by Pap was 4-2 with a 2.37. I think one of this trio will end up the closer. We will have to wait and see on this position on the mound. Rookies Awarded One hurler who helped his team make the playoffs and another who contributed to a late season collapse earned top rookie honors this year. Jeremy Hellickson who went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA with the Tampa Bay Rays won the AL Rookie of the Year honors. Meanwhile, Craig Kimbrel, who set a major league rookie record with 46 saves for the Atlanta Braves won the NL award but his failure to save the last game of the season sent the Cardinals into the playoffs as the wild card winner. Charlie Lea First Franco-Ameriean Baseball Player Dies Charlie Lea was the first major leaguer born in France and once threw a no-hitter. He passed away recently at only 54 years old. He pitched from 1980-88. He spent six seasons up in Quebec with the Montreal Expos and a season down in Minnesota with the Twins. On May 9, 1981, he threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants. He made it to the All- Star Game in 1984. Over his career, he went 62-48 with a 3.54 ERA. Since 2002, he had worked as a radio voice for the minor league Mem- phis Redbirds. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO 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. L269-Cl-4, DESIGN PACKAGE #2 LOGAN CONSOLIDATED RENTAL CAR FACILITY, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, 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 this project at Logan Airport in East Boston. 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 glass and glazing work. The Consolidated Rental Car Facility Southwest Service Area Redevelopment project (COnRAC) includes a four-level 1,200,000 square foot precest concrete parking garage, a 112,000 square feet Customer Service Center (CSC) building, Quick Turnaround Areas (QTAs) for rental car maintenance and storage, including fueling, washing and cleaning facilities. The project includes roadway and intersection improvements, site access improvements, landscaping, and demolition of an existing flight kitchen building. The project includes site preparation, deep foundations, utility relocations, drainage and grading, temporary roadways and traffic control, elevated roadway structures, construction phasing and sequencing, building structures, architecture, interior finishes, vehicular and pedestrian clrculstion/wayfinding, signage/grephics, stairs, elevators, escalators, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, lighting, power, security, and other systems and facilities. The total estimated cost of the Project is approximately $187,000,000 and the construction duration is approximately thirty (30) months. The estimated value of the glass and glazing work to be performed by the trade contractors is $1,250,000. 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 structures. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications 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 Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-besed 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 done separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) Management Expedence; (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 Prequalification Proce in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning Monday, November 28, 2011, by contacting Cathy Santosuosso at csantosuosso@massport.cem. Seven (7) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets (40 pages), exclusiye of covers and dividers and resumes, which shall be limited to one page, 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, 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 deadlineshall be rejected as non-responsive. Questions regarding this RFQ shall be directed to Ms. Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director, Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, at 617-568-3501 or via email atcwetherell@ massport.com. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKE INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 11/25/11