Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Public Way Impact on Glenwood Avenue between Farwell and Pratt


While I was walking down Farwell at Wayne Avenue this morning, I noticed this Construction Activity  / Public Way Impact Notice.



Construction Activity  Public Way Impact Notice


DATE: May 1st 2013

Details: A construction project for the Chicago Transit Authority is underway in your neighborhood. A new Traction Power Substation will be constructed at 1401 W. Farwell, and the following work has been scheduled.

  • The week includes installation of a steel casing (pipe) under the CTA tracks. The casing will be installed on Glenwood Avenue (from the east side of the CTA tracks) between Farwell and Pratt streets. This work will take place during the hours of  8:00pm to 8:00am. This will generated constant related noise for the duration of the work.
  • N. Glenwood Ave. will continue to be closed from Pratt to Farwell on the east side of the CTA tracks during this work. 

For any questions/concerns, please contact Jeff Wilson (CTA) at (312) 217-0346.



UPDATE:

Here are four videos of what is going on at Glenwood and Farwell



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The Character of Rogers Park


7331 N. Sheridan Road

"This building represents the character of Rogers Park- Bill Morton

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Sheridan and Sherwin

As perfect as something can be in Rogers Park
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Today in Rogers Park - April 29th, 2013


Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton 



Taste Food & Wine - Complimentary Wine Tasting
1506 W. JARVIS AVENUE CHICAGO, IL. 60626
WEBSITE | PHONE: (773) 761-3663

Taste is a wine shop and European-style grocery in the heart of the burgeoning Jarvis Square neighborhood of Rogers Park. Owned and operated by a close-knit group who is deeply rooted in the European tradition, this little shop maintains a friendly and accessible attitude towards wine. Wine should not intimidate, it should be enjoyed. Taste offers good wine at a good price and a knowledgeable staff of good people.

"Taste Food and Wine has one of the most beautiful, romantic atmosphere's I've ever encountered. I can take myself out of Rogers Park and imagine myself in another country, tasting a wine at a vineyard. It has such a unique charm, I can't help but be enamored with the place. The people are very helpful, answering calls and questions non-stop, and assisting you the moment you walk in their door". - Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce on Taste

Complimentary wine tasting are hosted every Monday and Friday of the month at Taste Food & Wine from 5pm - 8pm. Purchase of a bottle of wine is highly recommended to support this great local business.





HEADS UP



Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Fresh Start Monday at the site of the former Adelphi Theater (7070-78 N. Clark Street).

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce was founded in April of 2009 with one goal: to help struggling small businesses, and in fact, all businesses, to become successful. Chamber founder Bill Morton wasn't sure how exactly to do this, but he knew that he would do what it takes to succeed. 

The Chamber struggled it's first two years, but in December of 2011, the Chamber and all of it's members started taking large strides to turn the Chamber into the vision they saw. 

Chamber Founder and President Bill Morton came up with the idea of a neighborhood clean-up in support of the businesses. Eventually, the program that was created was Fresh Start Monday, an event that occurs the first and third Monday of the month from April through to November, weather pending.

The next Fresh Start Monday will be on May 6th, 2013 at the site of the former Adelphi Theater (7070-78 N. Clark Street).  
This is a public event from 6 pm - 7 pm. RSVP calls to (773) 850-0049 and walk-ins are OK. This is a free community event.

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Shambhala Saga - 7331 N. Sheridan Road is the original home of Temple Mizpah



When I heard about the plans for the Shambhala Meditation Center to become an unappealing parking structure that, in my opinion, would destroy the ambiance of this section of Rogers Park, I took the information to Autumn, who looked over the information that she could find to try and turn 7331 North Sheridan Road into a historical landmark. According to the information she found, which was limited, it didn't seem like it was possible. 

We took this information to the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce board, and there, things came into focus. Autumn Davids, the Secretary of the Chamber, put together a letter that was sent to Rogers Park Solutions, with attention to Colonel JN Pritzker.

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce proposed that 7331 N. Sheridan Road, instead of being razed and replaced, be converted into a business incubation program so that home based businesses and entrepreneurs could learn their way around the regular running of a business and it's associated fees before moving in to their own storefront.

After the submission of the letter, the Chamber then decided to take this idea to SEED Chicago, and gave them their goal of creating a business incubation program as well, trying to get funding behind the project.

When Mary Parthe contacted the Chamber, their was a bit of phone tag before any conversation occurred  Mary Parthe then suggested that one of their other locations would better benefit this end and then suggested the Chamber work with the Rogers Park Business Alliance

On Apri 23rd, both Autumn and myself, as representatives for the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, attended the Rogers Park Builders Group where Mary Parthe was speaking. Their, we waited while they went through the details of the parking structure, which should be made available on the Rogers Park Builders Group's website, until questions were asked for. 

Then, I stood up and mentioned the currently available and unused parking lots that were available, and some of the businesses that rent out spaces. I announced that the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is against this structure before sitting and listening to the other inquiries. 

Since, at this point, there doesn't seem to be much that can be done, I would like to share over the next several days Susan Olin's well thought out article in excerpts. 



Excerpt from "7331 N. Sheridan Road" Mansion (the "Shambhala Meditation Center") by Susan Olin.

source: Stop the Lakefront Car Tower (Saturday, April 13th, 2013 blog post)
http://nocartower.blogspot.com/2013/04/ahistory-of-7331-n.html



"According to the encyclopedic 1924 book by H.L. Meites, History of the Jews of Chicago, Temple Mizpah was actually organized in 1919 in Mr. Holsman’s home at 7331 N. Sheridan! The synagogue building on Morse was constructed in 1924 to accommodate the congregation of 350 families. Sixty years later in the 1970s, the then smaller congregation relocated to Skokie.

Mr. Holsman was also a director of the Marks Nathan Jewish Home for Orphans. The Marks Nathan Home opened in the Lawndale neighborhood in 1912 during the height of the immigration boom in America. At the beginning of the twentieth century in Chicago, many poor West Side Jewish immigrants fell on hard times, or even perished, and an orphanage was needed.

In its day, this orphanage provided a very good environment for its children, including music and Hebrew lessons as well as symphony and theater excursions. Some of the famous people who lived there as children include Elmer Gertz, the prominent constitutional law attorney, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Gertz) and Barney Ross, the famous Jewish boxer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Ross).

Ironically, also according to Meites’ 1924 tome, a well-known lawyer by the name of Nicolas Pritzker was one of the founders and a longtime advocate for the Marks Nathan Home. Nicolas Pritzker was Colonel J.N. Pritzker’s great-grandfather and patriarch of the Pritzker family! The book contains a photograph of the Marks Nathan orphanage home dedication in 1912 with Nicolas Pritzker there. The book also contains individual photos and biographies of both Hyman Holsman and Nicolas Pritzker. Thus, it is quite possible that Mr. Holsman and Mr. Pritzker knew each other.

One Tribune article also indicated that Mr. Holsman’s son, George, attended the aviation school at the Great Lakes military base during World War I. Finally, in 1936 the Tribune reported that Mr. Holsman’s daughter, Jeanne, eloped and married Philip Weintraub of Chicago. Weintraub was a first basemen for the Cincinnati Reds at the time and later played for the New York Giants. He became a notable baseball player in the 1930s and 40s, a time when few Jewish people had ever played in professional baseball.
Weintraub has several impressive career statistics such as the second most runs batted in (RBI) ever in a game at eleven runs! He first played for the Loyola University baseball team in Rogers Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Weintraub) and(http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weintph01.shtml) (photo included). Additional research is needed regarding the occupants of the home after the 1930s.

The Camelot School
(photo courtesy of RPWR HistoricalSociety)
By the 1970s, the 7331 N. Sheridan mansion was utilized as a children’s daycare center, the Camelot School, for a decade and many Rogers Parkers remember going there as children. In the 1980s, the building was repurposed as an Illinois Masonic Hospital Women’s Health Center. Thereafter, starting in 1996, the Shambhala Buddhist organization developed the popular meditation center that is there today. However, the organization is now relocating to a larger space in the West Loop. At the present time, the building is in great shape, charming inside and out while still operating as the Shambhala Center.

Therefore, it is clear that research into one mansion can open doors to the many facets of history in a surprising and wonderful way. This one home sheds light on the formative days of Chicago as a city at the turn of the twentieth century. This was a time when great waves of immigrants settled here and community members organized to establish the city’s first businesses, hospitals, religious institutions, social services, and even sports activities. It would be a horrible shame to lose this gorgeous building that beautifies our landscape and its fascinating history that tells us so much about ourselves.

Note: To see additional Sheridan Road mansions of that era, download the must-see “Book of the North Shore” published in 1910,http://archive.org/details/bookofnorthshore00whit . (Download PDF version to rotate view!!)

Also Note: History of the Jews of Chicago by H.L. Meites, 1st publication in 1924 by Jewish Historical Society of Illinois, reproduced in 1990 by Chicago Jewish Historical Society."

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today in Rogers Park - April 28th, 2013

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton 





Madonna della Strada Chapel - Sunday Mass
Loyola University Chicago

Madonna della Strada is Loyola University Chicago's main chapel. It is named after the mother church of the Jesuit Province of Chicago (one of the largest Jesuit provinces). The chapel was built on the lakefront with the waters of Lake Michigan directly at its front doorstep. The church was designed and built at a time when it was anticipated that Lake Shore Drive would be extended and pass directly in front, but that project was abandoned.

Renovation of Madonna della Strada began in July 2006 and concluded in August 2007.

Several chapel churches in Latin America were named after the chapel church in Chicago, as a tribute to Loyola University Chicago Jesuit and student missionaries.

The Madonna Della Strada Chapel is the main chapel on the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago. The chapel was designed in the Art Deco Style and opened its doors to the Loyola University Chicago Community in 1938.


Sunday Mass 
10:30 a.m

Sunday Mass 
5:00 p.m


Sunday Mass 
9:00 p.m



Christ Covenant Ministries International - Sunday Worship service
7609 W. PAULINA AVENUE CHICAGO, IL. 60626Phone: (312) 608-0343



Pastor Charles Olojo

Sunday service at 10 am - 1 pm










United Church of Rogers Park - 
Sunday Worship service
1545 W. MORSE AVENUE CHICAGO, IL. 60626
WEBSITE | Phone: (773) 761-2500

United Church of Rogers Park, a reconciling United Methodist church in the heart of Rogers Park. All are welcome to the  11 a.m.  Sunday Service.  Please enter the sanctuary using the Ashland Blvd. entrance (handicap accessible). For other programs, please use the Morse Avenue entrance.

United Church is located at the southeast corner of Ashland and Morse Avenues, two blocks west of the Morse Avenue L stop and right at a Devon-Ashland (#155) bus stop. Limited parking is available next to the church on Ashland Avenue for seniors and the disabled.  Additional parking is available in the First Commercial Bank parking lot, two blocks west of the church at the northwest corner of Clark and Morse.


Sunday Worship service at 11 am




HEADS UP



Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Fresh Start Monday at the site of the former Adelphi Theater (7070-78 N. Clark Street).

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce was founded in April of 2009 with one goal: to help struggling small businesses, and in fact, all businesses, to become successful. Chamber founder Bill Morton wasn't sure how exactly to do this, but he knew that he would do what it takes to succeed. 

The Chamber struggled it's first two years, but in December of 2011, the Chamber and all of it's members started taking large strides to turn the Chamber into the vision they saw. 

Chamber Founder and President Bill Morton came up with the idea of a neighborhood clean-up in support of the businesses. Eventually, the program that was created was Fresh Start Monday, an event that occurs the first and third Monday of the month from April through to November, weather pending.

The next Fresh Start Monday will be on May 6th, 2013 at the site of the former Adelphi Theater (7070-78 N. Clark Street).  
This is a public event from 6 pm - 7 pm. RSVP calls to (773) 850-0049 and walk-ins are OK. This is a free community event.

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Shambhala Saga - Mr. Holsman



When I heard about the plans for the Shambhala Meditation Center to become an unappealing parking structure that, in my opinion, would destroy the ambiance of this section of Rogers Park, I took the information to Autumn, who looked over the information that she could find to try and turn 7331 North Sheridan Road into a historical landmark. According to the information she found, which was limited, it didn't seem like it was possible. 

We took this information to the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce board, and there, things came into focus. Autumn Davids, the Secretary of the Chamber, put together a letter that was sent to Rogers Park Solutions, with attention to Colonel JN Pritzker.

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce proposed that 7331 N. Sheridan Road, instead of being razed and replaced, be converted into a business incubation program so that home based businesses and entrepreneurs could learn their way around the regular running of a business and it's associated fees before moving in to their own storefront.

After the submission of the letter, the Chamber then decided to take this idea to SEED Chicago, and gave them their goal of creating a business incubation program as well, trying to get funding behind the project.

When Mary Parthe contacted the Chamber, their was a bit of phone tag before any conversation occurred  Mary Parthe then suggested that one of their other locations would better benefit this end and then suggested the Chamber work with the Rogers Park Business Alliance

On Apri 23rd, both Autumn and myself, as representatives for the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, attended the Rogers Park Builders Group where Mary Parthe was speaking. Their, we waited while they went through the details of the parking structure, which should be made available on the Rogers Park Builders Group's website, until questions were asked for. 

Then, I stood up and mentioned the currently available and unused parking lots that were available, and some of the businesses that rent out spaces. I announced that the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is against this structure before sitting and listening to the other inquiries. 

Since, at this point, there doesn't seem to be much that can be done, I would like to share over the next several days Susan Olin's well thought out article in excerpts. 



Excerpt from "7331 N. Sheridan Road" Mansion (the "Shambhala Meditation Center") by Susan Olin.

source: Stop the Lakefront Car Tower (Saturday, April 13th, 2013 blog post)
http://nocartower.blogspot.com/2013/04/ahistory-of-7331-n.html



"From 1918 through 1936, various Tribune articles refer to the mansion’s primary residents, the Holsman family. According to his 1934 obituary, Mr. Hyman Holsman was a local philanthropist and a jeweler by trade. Initially, Mr. Holsman owned a downtown jewelry store located at 179 W. Madison. Eventually, he owned a store at 5 S. Wabash, otherwise known as the “Jewelers Center” at the Mallers Building. This is one the most famous addresses on the historic “Jewelers Row” in the Loop. “Jeweler’s Row” is a group of buildings which contained many silver and jewelry businesses starting in the early twentieth century. These buildings are now a Chicago Landmark District since 2003.

Mr. Holsman resided in the home with his second wife, Nell, and their three daughters, Hortense, Jeanne and Elizabeth. His first wife passed away in 1911. He had an adult son, George, from this first marriage who did not live there.

Also according to his obituary, Mr. Holsman’s philanthropy included active participation in several important Chicago institutions. He was an early vice-president of the Edgewater Hospital at 5700 N. Ashland founded in 1929. This hospital, now closed, was one of the primary hospitals in the area for many decades. (Hillary Clinton was born there in 1947!)

Mr. Holsman was a founder and treasurer of Temple Mizpah, a synagogue at 1615 W. Morse, which is now the “Mision Cristiana Elim” Church on the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland. Temple Mizpah was one of the early, liberal, “Reform” Jewish congregations in the city. (The other major Rogers Park congregation founded at that time was the “Conservative” synagogue of B’nai Zion at 1447 W. Pratt now the private “Lakeshore Preschool”.)"

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Howard Area Community Garden on Hermitage and Juneway















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Today in Rogers Park - April 27th, 2013


Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton 



Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society - Clark-Devon Hardware's 
Bernie Walchak speaks at "Meet the Experts" event
1447 W. MORSE AVENUE CHICAGO, IL. 60626

Come to the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society next Saturday, April 27, to meet Bernie Walchak, longtime owner of neighborhood icon Clark-Devon Hardware. Mr. Walchak will be at the RPWRHS office at 1447 W. Morse from noon - 2 p.m. He will be joined by his sister Shirley Walchak Slutzsky and his son Ken Walchak. The Walchaks will reminisce and answer questions about the store, its history, and their experiences in the neighborhood over the years. This will not be a formal presentation but rather an informal conversation. Drop in any time between noon and 2 pm and join the conversation; stay for whatever length of time you wish. The direction of talk will somewhat be determined by the interests of those who drop by. 

Artifacts related to the history of Clark-Devon Hardware and the surrounding area will be on display. Light refreshments will be available. Clark-Devon Hardware was founded in 1924 and has been owned and operated by three successive generations of the Walchak family. The business is a fixture in Rogers Park, with its handsome lighted clock on the corner of the building. Bernie Walchak has lived in the Rogers Park area for all of his 88 years. He has been associated with Clark-Devon Hardware for his whole life and still works there several mornings each week. This get-together with the Walchaks marks the first program in our "Meet the Experts" series. On selected Saturdays, persons knowledgeable about an aspect of neighborhood history will be invited to spend a couple hours at our museum to chat and answer questions about their area of expertise. The series will feature some of the Society's own experts as well as people from the community. 




HEADS UP



Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Fresh Start Monday at the site of the former Adelphi Theater (7070-78 N. Clark Street).

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce was founded in April of 2009 with one goal: to help struggling small businesses, and in fact, all businesses, to become successful. Chamber founder Bill Morton wasn't sure how exactly to do this, but he knew that he would do what it takes to succeed. 

The Chamber struggled it's first two years, but in December of 2011, the Chamber and all of it's members started taking large strides to turn the Chamber into the vision they saw. 

Chamber Founder and President Bill Morton came up with the idea of a neighborhood clean-up in support of the businesses. Eventually, the program that was created was Fresh Start Monday, an event that occurs the first and third Monday of the month from April through to November, weather pending.

The next Fresh Start Monday will be on May 6th, 2013 at the site of the former Adelphi Theater (7070-78 N. Clark Street).  
This is a public event from 6 pm - 7 pm. RSVP calls to (773) 850-0049 and walk-ins are OK. This is a free community event.

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Quest Network Services - Making Changes


Quest Network Services is undergoing a series of changes that are constantly improving the store. The place is looking great! Stop in and see the changes!!!




Quest Network Services
7301 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626
(773) 761-3555

Photography by Bill Morton
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Birthday Wishes for Autumn Davids

Happy Birthday Autumn!


On your birthday you are wished all that you hope for, all that you dream of, all that makes you happy.


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El Pueblito



El Pueblito
6712 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL. 60626

(773) 381-1638









Photography by Bill Morton
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sam Leone Pier


Sam Leone pier is beautiful. It's one of the first places I saw in Rogers Park.


Photography by Bill Morton
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shambhala Saga - Built in the 1900's


When I heard about the plans for the Shambhala Meditation Center to become an unappealing parking structure that, in my opinion, would destroy the ambiance of this section of Rogers Park, I took the information to Autumn, who looked over the information that she could find to try and turn 7331 North Sheridan Road into a historical landmark. According to the information she found, which was limited, it didn't seem like it was possible. 

We took this information to the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce board, and there, things came into focus. Autumn Davids, the Secretary of the Chamber, put together a letter that was sent to Rogers Park Solutions, with attention to Colonel J.N. Pritzker.

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce proposed that 7331 N. Sheridan Road, instead of being razed and replaced, be converted into a business incubation program so that home based businesses and entrepreneurs could learn their way around the regular running of a business and it's associated fees before moving in to their own storefront.

After the submission of the letter, the Chamber then decided to take this idea to SEED Chicago, and gave them their goal of creating a business incubation program as well, trying to get funding behind the project.

When Mary Parthe contacted the Chamber, their was a bit of phone tag before any conversation occurred  Mary Parthe then suggested that one of their other locations would better benefit this end and then suggested the Chamber work with the Rogers Park Business Alliance

On Apri 23rd, both Autumn and myself, as representatives for the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, attended the Rogers Park Builders Group where Mary Parthe was speaking. Their, we waited while they went through the details of the parking structure, which should be made available on the Rogers Park Builders Group's website, until questions were asked for. 

Then, I stood up and mentioned the currently available and unused parking lots that were available, and some of the businesses that rent out spaces. I announced that the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is against this structure before sitting and listening to the other inquiries. 

Since, at this point, there doesn't seem to be much that can be done, I would like to share over the next several days Susan Olin's well thought out article in excerpts. 



Excerpt from "7331 N. Sheridan Road" Mansion (the "Shambhala Meditation Center") by Susan Olin.

source: Stop the Lakefront Car Tower (Saturday, April 13th, 2013 blog post)
http://nocartower.blogspot.com/2013/04/ahistory-of-7331-n.html


The mansion at 7331 N. Sheridan (currently the Shambhala Meditation Center) is a lovely, 95-year old, Prairie-school style home. It is constructed with cream-colored brick and now colorfully-painted, wood trim. This luxury home has large, lush green spaces for its front-yard and side-yards. In addition, the home is surrounded by many large, leafy trees. In fact, this is the last remaining Sheridan Road mansion in Rogers Park south of Jarvis Avenue.

This historic, beautiful home has a unique story and has served several uses over its lifetime which many people remember. So why are we throwing all this away? For an unsightly, 250-car, lakefront parking garage with no setbacks? To be built by a billionaire who claims to be a preservationist and who could readily re-purpose this beloved mansion given his other multi-million dollar projects? This makes no sense. More . . .

Like all the mansions on Sheridan Road in Chicago, the residence at 7331 N. Sheridan has a colorful and enlightening history. Truly, one mansion can provide great insight into history. To start with, like many pre-1920 Chicago residences, no building permit is on record for 7331 N. Sheridan, which would list the architect and construction date. By 1914 however, commercial insurance maps show the home where it stands today. Moreover, as early as June 1918, Chicago Tribune articles report about the home’s original long-time residents.

It appears then, that the 7331 N. Sheridan home was constructed about the same time as the nearby 1915 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed “Emil Bach home”. Indeed, the Shambhala mansion helps “tell the story” of the Bach house and why a Frank Lloyd Wright house is located here on the Far North Side. The Shambhala mansion, two blocks south, was also a part of, and helps illustrate the early 1900s era when this stretch of Sheridan Road was a posh locale like the North Shore is today."
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Glenwood and Columbia- Murals at Night Series











Photography by Bill Morton
Murals at Night Series
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