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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 18, 2015 13 Babb onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance A week to go and it's Christ- and January 6th, sort of a com- apartment...through a locked mas. As far back as I can re- promise between Italian andwindow? I headed into the member, we have celebrated American cultures. By the time kitchen, sat down and sulked. Christmas American-style. I came along, we celebrated only Morn heard me and arose to Mom and Nanna would put Christmas. I remember one epi- begin making breakfast. With out decorations, and at some soda that almost broke my trust tears in my eyes, I explained point, we would head to Jordan in Santa. Mom and Aunt Ada,my circumstance. She listened Marsh and I would visit with my godmother and Uncle Nick's as I questioned the existence of Santa Claus. He would ask me first wife, brought me to Jordan Santa, and if he was real, how if I had been a good tittle boy, Marsh to visit the Christmas could he get into our house. and when I assured him that I display in their toy department Just then, the phone rang. had, he would ask what I would and visit with Santa. When it Mom answered and handed it like for Christmas. I was easy, was my turn, I asked him for a to me saying, "It's Babbononno I usually asked for additions new engine and a larger trans- for you." Babbononno sounded to my electric trains, Erector former for my electric train set. I excited and in his fractured Set's, and new airplane models, had a set of Lionel trains and on English yelled, "denny, dareza especially fighters and bombers birthdays and Christmas I would bigga mistake. Santa Clauza from WW II. increase the size and scope of bring you trainza tingza a my One day, after we returned the train set. Santa made me houza, no you houza." When home from visiting with Santa, promise that I would be a good I said, "What?" Babbononno Morn headed for the corner boy and told me to look for the repeated himself in Italian yell- store leaving me with Nanna. new engine and transformer on ing that Santa Claus had made As ! watched her preparing din- Christmas morning. Now if you a mistake and left my presents ner, I asked her what she used remember, many of my columns at his house instead of coming to ask for from Santa Claus have included the stories about to our house. He added that when she was a little girl. Her my father and uncles being mu- Santa was sorry, but it was an answer shocked me, "When I sicians. At Christmas time, they honest mistake. I had my coat, was a little girl in Avetlino, we played parties night and day. hat and gloves on and was out didn't have Santa Claus; we Evidently, Dad couldn't make it the door before Mom hung up had La Befana. Today, Italy has to Eric Fuchs, the Beacon Street the phone. I ran all the way to changed somewhat to follow store dedicated to the hobby of my grandparent's house, was the traditions of Germany, Eng- electric trains. In his place that shown a note that Santa left land and some of the northern year was Uncle Nick. He picked behind about the mistake and countries. They have adopted up the new engine and trans- then with the boxes that housed Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) former and brought them back the new train engine and Trans- to bring presents to little boys to Nanna and Babbononno's former under my arms, ran all and girls on Christmas Eve." apartment, the way back to Eutaw Street. My next question was, "Who is By this time, Babbononno Within fifteen minutes, the new La Befana?" Again, the answer had sold the big house on Eu- transformer was hooked up and shocked me as Nanna said that taw Street in East Boston and the new engine was traveling on La Befana was a good witch, he and Nanna were living in an the train track, puffing smoke Now, to me, a witch was associ- apartment on Princeton Street, and whistling away loud enough ated with Halloween and that a ten-minute walk away. Being to wake up my father. He wasn't holiday was on October 31St. separated from his wife, Uncle upset, though, as he sort of Nanna went on to say that the Nick had moved in with his pushed me out of the way and good witch had heard about the parents. He was so busy, hetook over as the engineer of my birth of a savior named Jesus, didn't even have enough time railroad even before he had his and she wanted to visit him and to look for an apartment of his first sip of morning coffee. When bring him presents. From the own. My gifts from Santa would Uncle Gino and Aunt Ninna day of his birth, December 25, stay at my grandparent's apart- showed up, they and Dad took she began to scour the country- ment as no one had the time to over the trains completely and I side looking for Baby Jesus. She bring them to our apartment at was relegated to the position of found shepherd's who had heard 74 Eutaw St. Well, as was the either constructing something about the baby and would look usual routine, I visited family with last year's Erector Set or for him. Not wanting to wait, members with Morn and Nannabeginning the assembly of a she flew away on her broom and during Christmas week and new airplane model. Well, it's found three wisemen who were then, on Christmas Eve, left many years later and my wife heading to Bethlehem tovisit the a note for Santa restating my and son, John, are discussing newborn. Not wanting to wait request for a new engine and Christmas day at his house. for them either, she flew off and transformer for my train set. Maybe it's time for the next gen- decided to leave a gift for every As a bribe, I left Santa a dish eration to take over??? Before boy and girl, hoping that one with two or three chocolate chip I close, though, I want to wish of them would be Baby Jesus. cookies (my favorite then and Dean Saluti and his wife Mar- By this time, it was January now) and a glass of Zi'Antonio's gie Cahn happy birthday. Both the 6th and the shepherds and best home-made red wine. (Hey, were born during Christmas wisemen arrived in Bethlehem anyone could leave a glass of week. I wonder if that means to visit the Christ child and the milk...I was Italian.) The next they only get one present. Any- day was called The Celebration morning, I awoke and headedway, next Friday is Christmas, of the Epiphany. Italian children for the living room and the" so look for my Christmas story. had hung their stockings up Christmas tree that had theGOD BLESS AMERICA on the night of January 5th and presents displayed below. Gifts La Bafana visited every house were there for Morn and Dad and ,filling the stockings with gifts a few for me from relatives, but hoping one of the children was not the engine and transformer the new baby, Jesus. WhenMom I wanted. My first thought returned, she heard the rest centered on the fact that we of Nanna's story and told me lived on the top floor of an East that when she and her brothers Boston three-decker and there were kids, the Contini family was no fireplace or chimney. celebrated both December 25th How could Santa come into our -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-227-8929 MASSACHUSE'B'S PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed Genera] Bids for MPA Contract No. L13S4-C1, CENTRAL HEATING PLANT CONDENSER WATER ISOLATION VALVES, 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 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PREBID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL HEATING PLANT, 600 TERMINAL E EXTENSION, EAST BOSTON AT 11:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015. The work includes INSTALLATION OF NINE (9) NEW ISOLATION VALVES IN THE EXISTING CONDENSER WATER SYSTEM, REPLACEMENT OF SELECTED CONDENSER WATER PIPING, AND ASSOCIATED HANGERS, SUPPORTS AND FITTINGS IN THE CENTRAL HEATING PLANT. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015. 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. 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 Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. The estimated contract cost is THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($ 370,000.00). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws 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 shaft 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 and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $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 also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, 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 sub-contractors of the requirement for such certification where the sub-contract 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 THOMAS P. GLYNN cEo AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 12/18/2015 MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. AP1523-C1R, FY 15-17 AUTHORITY-WIDE DOORS AND WINDOWS REPAIRS, BOSTON, BEDFORD, AND WORCESTER, 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 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M local time on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2016, 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 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015. The work includes PROVISION OF LABOR, MATERIALS, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT TO MAINTAIN, REPAIR AND REPLACE GLASS SYSTEMS ON AN "AS NEEDED" BASIS OVER A TWO (2) YEAR TERM AT ALL MASSACHUSETrS PORT AUTHORITY FACILITIES LOCATED IN BOSTON, WORCESTER, AND BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS. 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. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015. 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 DOORS AND WINDOWS. The estimated contract cost is THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($300,000.00). 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 bend, 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 bend and a labor and materials payment bend, 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 and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000). 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. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Laber'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 sub-contractors of the requirement for such certification where the sub-contract 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. MASSACHUSETfS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 12/18/2015