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PAGE 10 pOST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 30, 201 6 'qW by John Christoforo t aDDoTlonno A Nostalgic Remembrance Mavis Staples @ The Cabot March 24, 2017 Mavis Staples is iMng" breath- ' ing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having con- tinuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. • , Weaving herself into the very lab- Even though I am'-not play-last call before heading home. We stopped for a couple of ric ofg0spe!,soul, folk, pop, R&B, ing music any more, Christmas We now celebrateat Dean .and minutes after we finished the blues, rock, and hip hop over the season this year was quite MarNe's home and I spend the tune we were playing; the inter- last 60 years, this iconic singer hectic ... pleasant, but hectic, entire night with family and lude was long enough for me to has seen and sung through so Starting around the 14% we friends. I miss playing, but love tape up my fingers. In spite of many changes, always rising up to meet every road. were invited out to eat with bringing in the New Year in a the tape, each note I played was Now in her seventh decade, with the release of her new album people we were not going to see more traditional way. a new exercise in pain. Just as I Livin' on a High Note, she is only gaining momentum. The album on the holidays. Most of them My first New Year's Eve job reached the point where I didn't serves as a summation and furtherance of her illustrious career. were not Italian, so of course, was with the Ray Digg Orches- think I could play any longer, a Refusing to fade away, she continues to tour incessantly, remain- they all wanted to eat at Italian tra. Does anyone remember that familiar figure waltzed through ing as vital, engaged, and true as always. There is no persona; she restaurants. The one couplename from the Ocean View Ball the front door. It was Dad. His is, simply and untouchably, Mavis -- and Livin' on a High Note is that was Italian, wanted to meet Room? Well on December 31 of job had finished earlier than the symphony of her life. ' "I think about this album as a new beginning in my career," says up at a new place in Medford, 1958, Ray had three jobs. One ours had. He was greeted byMavis. 'I'm living on a high note, I'm floating on air. I know I don't I1 Gusto Italiano. The food was was led by Ray, and the other Ray and the rest of the band have as much time on this Earth as I re already had, but I see it as authentic and the staff wastwo by Dad and Uncle Nick.and when he looked at me, saying, ˘Mavis has been here, y'all.'Before I move on, Ijustwant to Italian from Italy, that is. I was As a result, Ray asked me to knew that he had to take over. leave some Mavis with you that you're not used to hearing. I want to quite satisfied with what their take Dad's place with his band In the middle of the next tune, leave you with some joy and love, and some don't-forget-me songs." menu offered and the way they as the bass player. It was at Dad took the bass from me, and Mavis is here, having weaved in and through all that fabric for prepared their dishes, the East Boston Sons of Italy, without missing a beat, finished all these many years, to show us that true joy lies simply in living By the time those forays tothen located on Trenton Street, the night for me. for others. restaurants ended, it was time right around the corner from Within the year, my fingersThe one constant has been Mavis and her singular voice. She has to celebrate birthdays, anniver- where we lived on Eutaw Street. would develop calluses almost embraced her evolution, absorbing new sounds and ideas, rising to saries and co-religious holidays. I dressed in my new tuxedo, down to the bone and I never meet the challenges of longevity and bringing her message of hope Let me explain. Dean Saluti's made sure all of Babbononno,s had that problem again. When and positivity to new listeners, song after song, show after show. birthday was on the 23ra of the rules of proper attire were ad- we arrived home, BabbononnoFor more information on this show and upcoming events at the month. His wife, Margie Cahn, hered to, and walked to work looked at my fingers, nodded, Cabot, visit was born on the 26th. If you with my bass violin under my and told me I would survive the combine this with the Christ- arm. episode and live for another day. mas celebration, the arrival of When I arrived at the Son's Well, let's see, that was 58 Hanukah, which correspondsbuilding, I entered and was years ago, and it's now time with Christmas this year, and given dagger stares by the to end another year. From the the fact that they were, married ) members of thg band. who were descendants of Nanna and Bab- bononno, a Happy and Prosper- ous New Year to one and all. Felice Cape D'Anno and may GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE- Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court l~robate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI16P6581EA Estate of JOHN F. WHEELER, II Also Known As JOHN F. WHEELER Date of Death May 14, 2016 - INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above- captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Frances Wheeler of Waltham, MA, a Will has been admitted to informal probete. Frances Wheeler of Waltham, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. " The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code •without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration• Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner• Run date: 12/30/16 )ili~il¸ ;ii¸Ti!iiii) iiii{);:~ ~ L on December 3 1st, you might guess that we were going to have a multiple event celebra- tion. And, that we did. We headed to the Saluti home on the 23rd for a dinner party composed of a few close friends. When we sat down at the dinner table, we were greeted bY Dean, Margie, Margie's daughter, Susannah, Joe Fasci, his lady friend Ginny Ryan, old friends Frank and Mina Pasciuto, their daughter, Attorney Cynthia Pasciuto, and Dean's younger brother, famedarchitect, Brian Saluti. We dined on the food of two cultures, Jewish and Italian. Margie and Susannah cooked everything for the crowd and each dish was "to die for," and of course, none of us did pass away. On the 24th, Loretta and I hosted a traditional Italian Christmas Eve. Son, Michael returned home from New York. He's been quite busy appearing in a film shot in New York, but took the time off to come home for the holidays. Son John, his wife, Beth, and new grand- daughter, Lina, had headed to Long Island to spend Christmas with Beth'S family. When they returned, we celebrated all over again. Christmas Eve was interest- ing, as most of the invitees were not Italian and were treated to the traditional seven fish courses and aU the trimmings that go along with them. Al- though some of the folks were overwhelmed by all food, they all enjoyed themselves. Well, here we are now waiting New Year's Eve. Up until a cou- ple of years ago, I played with a band every December 3Pt, but now celebrate the coming of the new year with Dean, Margie and a group of old friends. For about the past thirty years, I would drop Loretta off at the Algonquin Club on Common- wealth Avenue, and head for the location that I was playing at. I would return to coUect my wife and join in with my crowd for already there assuming,that D id Was to be the bass piayer. Ray told me where to situate myself and had someone set up my music stand and opened the library book with the bass ar- rangements indicatedby nunt- bers. I tuned up m1( strings with the corresponding notes of the piano and was set to go. At 8:3.0 pm, Ray gave the.downbeat and we began playing: for dancing. Iheld my own, but myfingers were not completely calloused, as I was still an apprenticebass player. At midnight, we played Auld Lang Syne, the traditional welcome for the New Year. At that point my fingers, even though calloused, had blisters developing under each callous. I hoped I could last until 12:30 am, the point in time we were supposed to finish. At about 12:15 am, the person who hired Ray came up on the stage and whispered in Ray's ear. Ray nodded and when we finished the song we were playing, Ray announced that we were going a hag hour over time. After a short break, we headed back to the stage and a continuous set that would not end until i:00 am. - As that half hour progressed, the' blood blisters began to break open and blood was vis- ible on my strings as I played. By the way, I was in pain. Be- cause we played one song after another, I couldn't get to the roll of adhesive tape I carried in the bass bag. If I could have, I would have wrapped up my bleeding fingers, but that wasn't going to happen. At a couple of minutes before 1:00 am, the same man ap- proached Ray Digg, whispered in his ear and Ray shook his head in agreement. When we finished the song, Ray an- nounced that we were going to play another hag hour and not finish until 1:30 am. The band was happy as overtime on New Year's Eve paid rather well. Everyone was happy except a novice bass player. MASSACHUSEI-FS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. MPA CONTRACT NO. M574-C1, BLACK FALCON CRUISE TERMINAL FA(~ADE REPAIRS & COATING, SOUTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 2098- Legal1 Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 immediately after which, in a designated room,-the bids will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed sub-bids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub-bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 11:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017. ]he work includes REMOVAL OF UNSOUND NORTH AND EAST FA(~ADE CONCRETE AND ASSOCIATED REINFORCING METAL, REPLACEMENT OF THE SAME. APPLICATION OF ELASTOMERIC COATING ON CONCRETE AT NORTH AND EAST FA(~ADES. PAINTING OF EXTERIOR STEEL ATNORTH AND EAST FACADES. REPAIR OF EIFS AT WEST FA(~ADE Bid'documants wilt be made available beginning THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017. Bid Documents in electronic formal 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 & Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of GENERAL BUILDINGCONSTRUCTION. The estimated contract cost is $2,195,000. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, filed Sub-bidders must submit with their bid a current Sub-bidder Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance and a Sub-bidder Update Statement. The filed Sub-bidder must be certified in the sub-bid category of work for which the Sub-bidder is submitting a bid proposal. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub..centrects shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H 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 ponclpal of the agreements contained m 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 md Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder w~ll be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1,000,000. 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. Filed sub-bids wilt be required and taken on the following classes of work: WATERPROOFING, DAMP PROOFING, AND CAULKING (Estimate $28,200) PAINTING (Estimate $648,000) The Authority reserves the right to reject any sub-bid of any sub-trade where permitted by Section 44E of the above-referenced General Laws. The right is also reserved to waive any informality in or to reject any or all proposals and General Bids. This contract is subject to a Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than NUMBER PERCENT (XX%) of the Contract be performed by minority and women owned 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 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 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 Prognims 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: 12/30/16