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PAGE 10 POST-GAZEI"I'E, DECEMBER 18, 2015 reviewing 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 In the true spirit of Christ- mas, we have listed five albums recently released in time for cel- ebrating this holiday with songs performed by various artists in their own unique way. THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS CHORAL CLASSICS - CROUCH END FESTIVAL CHORUS Silva Classics This exciting new seasonal re- lease brings together contempo- rary Christmas songs, and old favorites given a new twist with exquisite new vocal and musical arrangements. Also included in 'this 2-CD release is the original best-selling U.S. chart album, Christmas Choral Classics. Per- formed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, this double-CD collection contains a total of 41 Christmas songs, including the classics "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Joy to the World," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," and "Jingle Bells." Disc 2 includes, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," "White Christmas," "Winter Wonder- land," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Happy Christmas (War Is Over);" and "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day." A superb collection of Christmas memories done beautifully by the Prague Phil- harmonic Orchestra. NEIL DIAMOND THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM Capitol-Universal Legendary singer/son r'ter Nell Diamond delivers a doze:_ Christmas songs that will suxeiy warm the cockles of everyone's heart. Originally recorded in 2013, Diamond's performance of these Christmas classics can be enjoyed each and every year at this time! Light the fireplace, sit back and enjoy "White Christmas," "Joy to the World," "O Come All Ye Faith- ful," "The First Noel," "Winter Wonderland," and marks the midpoint with "You Make It Feel Like Christmas." Dia- mond shines with musical holiday memories served up via "The Christmas Song," Holy Night," "Silver Bells," "Sleigh Ride," "Have YourseK a Merry Little Christmas," and "Silent Night." Diamond polishes up these classics in his trademark style, and makes them his own! ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS CHIPMUNKSCHRISTMAS- Capitol-EMI What would Christmas be without us hearing from Alvin and the Chipmunks? I can tell you, it just wouldn't be the same. Since Ross Bagdasarian Productions created these little characters back in 1958, they e become a Christmas staple. With Alvin as the mischievous troublemaker, joined by Simon and Theodore, the trio create a holiday spirit that manages to live on year after year. Remi- nisce with "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane}," "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late}," "Up On the House Top," "Wonder-. ful Day," "Over The River And Through the Woods, followed by a pair of Bagdasarian penned efforts - "Here Comes Christ- mas" and "Ho Ho Ho." Add in a handful of traditional cuts including "Jingle Bells," "Ru- dolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Deck the Halls," "Frosty the Snowman," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and you have 18 songs to help make your spirit bright! JAMES TAYLOR AT CHRISTMAS Universal Music James Taylor has accom- plished quite a bit since his birth at Boston's Mass General Hospital in 1948. This solo art- ist has made his mark in many ways: consider the fact that he charted hits back in 1970 including "Sweet Baby Jane," "Fire and Rain," and "You've Got a Friend," and just recently scored his first # 1 album in the U.S. with Before This World. A 2015 recipient of the Presiden- tial Medal of Freedom to put on his Shelf alongside the plaque honoring his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor closes in on his 50- year career with James Taylor at Christmas, a 14-song collec- tion that features "Go Tell It On the Mountain," Baby, It's Cold Outside," ~River," "HereComes the Sun," "Some Children See Him," "Mon Beau Sapin," "Who Comes This Night," qn the Bleak Midwinter," and "Auld Lang Synef Add in the usual Christmas favorites, and you will have yourself a Merry Little Christmas -- Taylor-style! ROD STEWART ERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY Verve - Universal Merry Christmas Baby was originally recorded in 2012, and i{ marked Rod Stewart's first venture into recording a holiday. album. Known for his decade- long success singing standards, Stewart continued in that vein by singing Christmas stan- dards, such as, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," sprin- kling in collaborations ~Winter Wonderland," a duet with Mi- chael Bubl6, "Merry Christmas, Baby" with Cee Lo Green, ~What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" with Ella Fitzgerald, and "We Three Kings" with Mary J. Blige. Christmas standards produced and arranged by the incom- parable David Foster hang in your mind like decorative bulbs on a tree. Wrap your ears around musical gifts that in- clude "White Christmas," "Blue Christmas," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song," and ~Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" "Auld Lang Syne," and "What Child Is This?" Merry Christm&s, Baby is a 2012 newborn whose birth- day can be celebrated every year at Christmas time! PRAYER TO SAINT RITA (Patroness of Impossible Causes) O glorious St. Rita, your pleadings before the divine era ifix have been known to grant favors i that many would call the impossible. Lovely ! St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so devoted in your love for thy crucified JESUS, speak on my behalf for my petition which seems so impossible fmmmy humbled position. (Here mention your request) Be propitious, 0 glorious St. Rita~ to my petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy supplicant. Be lavish to me, as thou has beon in so many wondorfut cases for the g~e~ter glo~ of God. I promise, dear St. Rita, if my petition is granted, to glorify thee, by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power befo~ the Sacred Heart of Jesus I pray. Amen. D.A. Once again, members of the Air Cargo Club of New England met at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel on December 3rd for their annual Holiday Party. The place was packed with members showing up from all over New England to celebrate together. This year also marked the 50~ year of the Air Cargo Club's history. The president of the club is Michelle DiFronzo, owner of IMEX Cargo in East Boston. HERE'S A GOOD BOOK FOR THE KIDDOS Here's a great book for any youngster out there around this time of the year. The book is called "The Snow Angel." The il- lustrations are by Brandon Dor- man and are simply great. The book is written by # 1 New York Times Best Seller Glenn Beck. Yes, THAT Glenn Beck, but you don't have to be a conservative to appreciate it. Good reading has no ideology attached to it. BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO... Former East Boston District 1 City Councilor Paul Scapicchio, who recently celebrated his Big Five-0 Birthday. His friends took him over to Lucia's in the North End to celebrate this milestone birthday, and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina presented him with a Boston City Council Resolution on the grand occasion. Remember Paul, it's just a number. NORTH END SENIORS LOOKING FOR NEW RECRUITS Every Thursday, when I de- liver the Post Gazettes hot off the press to the Nazzaro Center, I talk with members of the North End Seniors group who meet weekly. They asked me to send out the word they are looking for new members to join their group. Members told me they were looking for a few good men, too, since many guys don't look like joiners for now. Also, you don't have to be decrepit to join. North End Seniors tell me they are a long ways from the nursing home, too, More young thinking older folks are needed to put some new life and pep into this group. EAGLE HILL CI'VIC ASSOCIATION HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING PARTY As someone who lives on Eagle Hill, I appreciate the work ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. D.A. of this neighborhood group All you baby boomers out looking out for each other and there, don't forget that Van Mor- this quite diverse commu- rison will be playing at the Wang nity. Recently, they held their Theatre on April 26th. For more annual Wreath Making and information, go to CITICENTER. Holiday Potluck in the East ORG. Boston High School cafeteria. EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL The potluck was unbelievable. DEDICATED CHAIR OF Everyone added something to HONOR this holiday get-together. After On December 16th, the Ev- munching up everything, folks erett High School Library dedi- got serious decorating holiday cated a chair of honor to all wreaths, which" were all pro- missing servicemen who remain vided free. I ended up making unaccounted for. This Chair is two great wreaths. In fact, ev- a simple but powerful message eryone seemed quite talented at that says we have not forgot- this task. Have a great holiday ten over 91,000 thousand who season, and see everyone back never came home. This Chair at the next meeting in the New of Honor says they will not be Year. forgotten. Kudos to the City of HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO . Everett for remembering the SALON INTERNATIONAL duty, honor and sacrifice of Salon !ntemational on Lubec those who wore the uniform of Street just celebrated its 35th the U.S. Military. anniversary. Rosa told me to KUDOS TO DANIEL NUCCI thank all her loyal custom- East Boston homeboy Daniel ers for calling the place their Nucci, who graduated Suffolk place and she wishes everyone University Law School, was a Merry Christmas and Happy recently sworn into the Massa- New Year. chusetts Bar. Congratulations THINKING AHEAD TO 2016 from the Post Gazette. LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1375, TERMINAL B - AIRLINE CONSOLIDATION AND ENHANCEMENT, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON; MA. The Authority is seeking a qualified multidisciplinary consulting firm or team, with proven experience, to provide professional services including architecture, engineering, construction management and commissioning for the enhancements in Terminal B to accommodate American Airline consolidation of operations. Project encompasses new construction and renovation of existing spaces. The scope for both the arrival and departure levels will entail apron modifications to accommodate widebody aircrafts, checkpoint enhancements, reconfiguration of ticketing, build-out of concession space, build-out of new space, holdronm and public spaces modifications. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The contract will be work order based, and Consultant's fee for each work order shall be negotiated; however, the total fee for the contract shall not exceed $15,000,000. A Supplemental Information Package will be available, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, on the Capital Bid Oppodunities webpage of Masspo~ layoutslCapitalProgtamsldefault.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice, and on COMMBUYS ( in the listings for this project. If you have problems finding it, please contact Susan Brace at Capital Programs SBrace@m, The Supplemental Information Package will provide detailed information about Scope Of Work, Selection Critena and Submission Requirements. In recognition of the unique nature of the project and the services required to support it, the Authority has scheduled a Consultant Briefing to be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Capital Programs Department, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128. At this session, an overview of the project will be provided, the services requested by the Authority wilt be described, and questions will be answered. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authodty's standard agreement can be found on the Authodty's web page at The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings histoq/in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Ddve, Suite 209S, Logan Intamational Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communk~ation between the Proposer and the Authonty will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to parsons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L c.66. NASSACHUSE'I'I~ PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 12/18/2015