6 days ago

Updated 9 min ago

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    Thanks for the update Alderman Arena.

    I think it would be beneficial if you could request additional renderings of the proposed apartments that include adjacent buildings. I know it can be done since my firm does this on a daily basis for our proposed projects.

    Ultimately it will help so...

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    Thanks for the update Alderman Arena.

    I think it would be beneficial if you could request additional renderings of the proposed apartments that include adjacent buildings. I know it can be done since my firm does this on a daily basis for our proposed projects.

    Ultimately it will help so those who cannot visualize what you 've described in a narrative description be able to see the relationship between the new building and its existing environment.

    I think this is a reasonable request that would create a good level of transparency. Otherwise if the plans that you have for residence to review are renderings that were already in the Nadig News, then there really is nothing more for any of us to stop at your office and review.

  • K-MAN Jeff Park concerned neighbor

    Yes, additional views would be nice.
    Aerial, rear, etc.

20 hours ago

Updated 38 min ago

Softball Leagues

Jefferson Park is still looking for Adult Softball teams/players for the Men's and Co-Rec Leagues. Call Kevin at 773.685.3316

6 hours ago

Polish School

Anyone in the area know where I can send my young daughter to learn Polish?

32 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

  • Amazon hasn't turned a profit ever and take a look at them. Digital content and services are a fascinating animal. If everyblock hired a product manager, they'd probably be able to get religion around their site and start monetizing it. There's a pony in there for sure.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Pony?

    What's a pony?

    • little keg of beer
    • horse in race on a track
    • tiny actual horse
    • child's toy
    • typo error

Apr 08

Updated 7 hours ago

Yellow Rose Cafe

Best Homemade Corned Beef Hash in Chicago.... Come Give Us A Try,
5640 N Elston Ave

  • What does a yellow rose taste like anyway?

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    God dam. youse guys are a friggin tough f-ing crowd.

    The real NW side shows up.

    It's worse than Canaryville around here.

Apr 07

Updated 7 hours ago

Putting a stop to doorstep litter? (RedPlum & Yellow Pages)

I am getting really tired of seeing these Tribune/RedPlum coupon newspaper things showing up at my house and every other house in the neighborhood, only to either build up on doorsteps or be taken directly to the recycle bin (at our house anyway; maybe others don't even recycle them). I believe that there are ways to opt out of receiving these things, but, by and large, it seems that most people have no desire to receive them. This is a...

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I am getting really tired of seeing these Tribune/RedPlum coupon newspaper things showing up at my house and every other house in the neighborhood, only to either build up on doorsteps or be taken directly to the recycle bin (at our house anyway; maybe others don't even recycle them). I believe that there are ways to opt out of receiving these things, but, by and large, it seems that most people have no desire to receive them. This is a huge waste of paper and an eyesore in all neighborhoods across Chicago as they sit out. I personally think that people should have to opt-in to receive these sorts of things not go through time consuming steps to *try* and opt-out of receiving them.

How is it that this sort of unsolicited material that arrives at our homes only to be thrown out is allowed? Why does the city not consider this to be littering or some other violation?

I hardly know anyone that uses a phonebook these days, yet they arrive on our doorsteps only to sit there for weeks/months rotting in the rain, until they are finally all picked up and disposed of. The Tribune/RedPlum papers may not sit out for as long as phone books usually do, but they arrive a couple times a week and I am getting really tired of picking them up.

Can't we get these things to stop? I know that there was a law suit filed over the RedPlum papers last summer; not sure how that ended up though, if it has even been resolved yet... http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/20318975-418/residents-sue-chicago-tribune-over-nuisance-coupons.html

17 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

FOUND CAT -- Is he yours?

Is this your cat? Was found near Irving Park YMCA in Portage Park. Male, neutered, no microchip. Seems like an indoor cat. If he is yours please call 773-240-4177 ASAP! Or if you know anyone who lost him, please pass this on!!!

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Evening Pumber Needed - Kitchen Sink Clogged

I have a nasty clog in my kitchen sink drain.
I've used commercial-strength drain cleaner and plunged i. Neitehr worked.
I'm seeking a reasonably priced plumber who could fix it one evening this week after 6:00 p.m.
Any recommendations?

19 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Wait for it, wait for it... Bam!

  • Me

    I don't live in her ward so I don't care lol I used too, knew and she sucked back then too!

  • Mike Stirk Husband, father, civil engineer and musician

    Thank you Leslie Nielson!

6 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Entrance on Narragansett to the Mall (off of Irving Park)...

My mother wanted to go to the store in the Dunning Mall and crossed over Narragansett from Cuyler to go through the gate where the cars enter and leave the Mall...because she was careful not to get hit by cars coming out of the Mall she went to the left and since there isn't much walkway she tripped and fell and was bruised and scraped and cut on her face and arms...she looked horrible...I never saw my mother like that....

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My mother wanted to go to the store in the Dunning Mall and crossed over Narragansett from Cuyler to go through the gate where the cars enter and leave the Mall...because she was careful not to get hit by cars coming out of the Mall she went to the left and since there isn't much walkway she tripped and fell and was bruised and scraped and cut on her face and arms...she looked horrible...I never saw my mother like that. This is all to say that I am sure that my mother isn't the only one that has trouble entering the Mall on foot...I, too, do, however, for the most part I drive and will drive two blocks so I don't have to enter through the gate where the cars travel through. Is it possible to have a pedestrian entrance on Narragansett and on Irving Park....there are many elderly people that shop at the Jewel in that Mall. Thank you....it is nice to have a place to share my conerns.

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Feb 02 2013

Updated 25 hours ago

Power Outage

So apparently there is a power outage affecting over 1,800 Com Ed customers near Carman and Menard. Com Ed estimates power should be restored around 11:15 pm. Sign up for alerts on comed.com

Apr 06

Updated 35 hours ago

Anyone see this ugly accident around 8:00 am on Lawrence ??

2 people taken away in an ambulance

  • That doesn't look like a head on, the car on left looks like it got hit on the drivers side. Is that the Kennedy off ramp? It could have been coming off there and hit by the other car coming westbound.

  • Me

    Mike... this is in the 45th ward, you can't blame her this time

    Pamela, yes that was the I-90 exit ramp at Lawrence @ Leclaire. I believe the car on the left was coming off the ramp when it was struck by the car on the right. the car on the right is all front end damage.

6 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

People's Gas shutoff for no inspection?

I'm in a bit of panic as we got a disconnection notice (due to me not calling them to set up a time for a mandatory safety inspection). It's completely my fault but I wasn't aware and now that I'm aware I'm trying to call with no luck. I call in the am and pm and get the same message that they are too busy and try back another time. Grrrr. They gave us 1 866 524 0795.

Any suggestion to get a hold of someone to schedule this inspection? Before my gas is off! Any help appreciated!

  • I called 1-866-573-6880 and chose the option to speak to a representative.
    You will hear a message that the hold time is extremely long, but I only waited about 10 minutes.

  • I believe that I scheduled my inspection on line!

4 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Forestry Cutting Down Infected Trees

As many of you have noticed, the City's Bureau of Forestry is cutting down many trees in our community. We expect this to continue throughout the spring and summer. There are, at this point, 402 trees slated to be cut down, with more awaiting inspection.

Most of the trees that are coming down are infected with the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that eats the tree from the inside out. Almost every ash tree in the area is infected....

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As many of you have noticed, the City's Bureau of Forestry is cutting down many trees in our community. We expect this to continue throughout the spring and summer. There are, at this point, 402 trees slated to be cut down, with more awaiting inspection.

Most of the trees that are coming down are infected with the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that eats the tree from the inside out. Almost every ash tree in the area is infected. And even if a tree looks well, the ash borer is likely killing the tree and creating a hazard.

It is going to take years for us to work through the devastation caused by this insect.

The good news is that the city is beginning to plant trees again. If you would like a tree, please email us. Please note, we cannot guarantee a specific type of tree.

ward45@cityofchicago.org

  • Mike Stirk Husband, father, civil engineer and musician

    Every "mute" is a vote for the machine.

  • Mike Stirk Husband, father, civil engineer and musician

    New Marge thread started. All I did was post an interview of her. Enjoy.

42 hours ago

Here's Marge... you be the judge.

50 Alderman in 50 Days. Here is what Marge thinks about the Ward...

http://cltv.com/2013/12/10/50-wards-in-50-days-ald-margaret-laurino-39th-ward/#axzz2yszZGu6H

Oct 21 2011

Updated 43 hours ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

TEKS Computer Service

Are you tired of paying outrageous fees to get your computer repaired? I can help! I fix computers, cell phones, televisions, etc. at reasonable fees. Free diagnostic on your first visit!! 773-969-8357

  • BillsDigital Photos Local Photographer in Norwood Park.

    Can you post the
    Belmont Ave. address where they fix the phones? Thanks, Bill.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    7010 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
    (773) 860-4201

    http://www.gsmsolutionsinc.net/

    Hey Bill, I saw your ad in the Nadig. Is the ad working for you?

Apr 09

Updated 45 hours ago

Higher Property Taxes, Better Schools??

Reading the paper today our Mayor thinks our property taxes are to low compared to the suburbs. Now the decision falls to the City Council (Our Alderman). The only reason I'm still residing in the City of Chicago is because of the low taxes compared to suburbs. Emanuel aides claim that an owner of an $250,000.00 home would pay an additional $58 per year on top of a $4,000.00 property tax bill each of the next five years. For them to even consider this is a complete joke. If this was going for a bump in city services I might consider. What do you all think?

  • arnie, once the Depression generation passed on I bet that human characteristic has not changed in either direction. Ever.

    What has killed retirement savings after the loss of the enforced savings of a traditional company pension has been other employment trends. (1) The viscious rising dominance of the benefitless twin...

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    arnie, once the Depression generation passed on I bet that human characteristic has not changed in either direction. Ever.

    What has killed retirement savings after the loss of the enforced savings of a traditional company pension has been other employment trends. (1) The viscious rising dominance of the benefitless twin practices of part time work and borderline criminal use of the 'independent contractor' employment designations. These two evils are crushing low and middle income retirement savings potentials by eliminating structural discipline and economies of scale. Consider that when these two practices spread into the lower half of the workforce, wages did not rise. But the cost to employers went down. (2) Failure of real wages to increase to make up for the loss of paid benefits. (3) Rising medical and educational costs will in advance of general cost-of-living inflation.

  • InTheManor Edgebrook resident

    The Social Security trust fund is officially named the "Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund." In 1940 (the year in which "modern" Social Security started), only 54% of males and 60% of females who survived to age 21 would live long enough to receive any benefits at all (other than...

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    The Social Security trust fund is officially named the "Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund." In 1940 (the year in which "modern" Social Security started), only 54% of males and 60% of females who survived to age 21 would live long enough to receive any benefits at all (other than the burial benefit). Today those numbers are around 75% and 85%.

    Another quip -- my grandmother lived during the income tax amendment campaign. She once told me that if people knew then what it would become, there would have been a revolution. The income tax was sold as applying only to the wealthy, and started at 1% for the very well to do. It was a very different time then. My grandparents (an elementary school teacher and salesman) did well in retirement, due to pensions, savings, stocks with dividend payments. Social Security for them was just icing, letting them travel internationally and extensively in retirement.

    They also happened to have lived during a unique period, where the United States survived 100% intact following an incredibly destructive war, with massive industrial capacity, and leveraged that into economic dominance and great prosperity. Times change though, and we've been living through that. One facet of people is that we tend to view what we experience as "normal" and don't really conceive of or plan for different times. Look at the income tax, and the implications that has for our form of government. How many people today can conceive of a time where the income tax didn't exist, and the (much much smaller) federal government survived on nothing but excise and other non-direct forms of taxation?

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2 days ago

German Shepherd Spotted

Headed towards Foster on the 4900 block of Mulligan. No visible collar.

Apr 05

Updated 2 days ago

Welcome to Grilling Season

Normally I would be grilling all winter, but until the last couple of weeks, my grills were buried under the snow. Did a couple of steaks last weekend, but this weekend will be back in full swing. Tonight catfish on the Weber. Tomorrow ribs on the Traeger. Happy spring, neighbors. Enjoy!

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Water main break

Was just curious, how many people have had water main breaks near them in the last year? I'd say within 2 or 3 blocks? If so then where? And how about people who took in water to the basements?

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone else sick of the constant sales calls from Neighborhood Restoration?

Men from the company Neighborhood Restoration have been to our door several times over the course of the year (including twice last night) telling us that we had storm damage to our siding and offering to replace the siding on our house. They have continually told us that they would "smooth it over with the insurance company." This sounds suspicious to me, especially because my siding does not look damaged.

Anyone dealt with this company? Has anyone successfully gotten them to stop ringing the doorbell in the middle of dinner?

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    We do answer the door for our Nadig Newspaper girl.

    Tip yours well.

  • I don't have a home phone so I don't get these calls. it's pretty nice.

3 days ago

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Mar 29

Updated 4 days ago

Dogs and Stairs?

We recently adopted an English bulldog from a rescue who refuses to come up our back stairs (6 steps). She will go down the stairs, but not up, even when bribed with treats. However, she has absolutely no problem going up our front steps--scampers right up. Back stairs are wooden with carpeted treads and closed wooden backs. Front steps are concrete and about twice as wide. She's apparently refused to go up others' stairs too, as reported by the lady who fostered her. She's around 3 years old. Have any of you experienced anything similar? What did you do about it? Thanks so much for any advice you may have.

  • I mean like on top of the stairs itself, not exactly like in the picture.

  • Inactive, don't think so. Too narrow. Maggie almost tried it today. Thinking if she's on leash and I run just ahead, she might follow. That's what she does in front. But guess she will when she's ready. Thanks.

4 days ago

PB45 2014 Project Expos This Month, Voting in May

As you may recall, last year, I used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. Voters approved pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We're continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we have turned many of those ideas into projects for the 2014 ballot....

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As you may recall, last year, I used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. Voters approved pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We're continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we have turned many of those ideas into projects for the 2014 ballot.

I am hosting three project expos where you can learn more about what is on the ballot. Those expos will be:

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-8 pm
Disney II Magnet School (Kedvale Campus)
3815 N. Kedvale

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30-8 pm
St. Tarcissus School
6040 W. Ardmore

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am-1 pm
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park (basement)
5320 W. Giddings

This year, projects include:
• Renovations to the Wilson Park tennis courts ($67,000);
• A new playground at Independence Park ($100,000);
• More pigeon abatement and viaduct remediation ($150,000);
• Refreshed bike lanes on Lawrence between Cicero and Long ($70,000);
• New fencing on the pedestrian walkway to the Gladstone Park Metra station ($25,000);
• Tree planting throughout the ward ($535 per tree, vote for 150, 300, or 450);
• Branded street light banner holders throughout the Jefferson Park business district ($17,500); and
• Improved lighting at the Irving Park Road-Kennedy bridge ($35,700) and the Pulaski-Union Pacific viaduct ($10,000).
• Additionally, voters will again select a percentage of the $1 million to go toward street resurfacing. You can learn more about potential street projects during the expos.

Voting will be Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Wilson Park Field House, 4630 N. Milwaukee, with early voting in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee, May 5-9 between 8 am and 6 pm.

For more information, email my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org 773-286-4545

4 days ago

Community Alert

Bureau of Detectives-Area North
Community Alert
Wanted for Attempt Kidnapping
17th District - Albany Park

About This Crime:

On April 10, 2014, at approximately 9:20 a.m., an adult Hispanic female was walking on the corner of Ainslie Ave. and Karlov Ave. when she was approached by a white male offender who exited a van. The offender opened the back doors of the van, ripped the victim's clothing and grabbed her. The offender started pulling the victim toward the van saying,...

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Bureau of Detectives-Area North
Community Alert
Wanted for Attempt Kidnapping
17th District - Albany Park

About This Crime:

On April 10, 2014, at approximately 9:20 a.m., an adult Hispanic female was walking on the corner of Ainslie Ave. and Karlov Ave. when she was approached by a white male offender who exited a van. The offender opened the back doors of the van, ripped the victim's clothing and grabbed her. The offender started pulling the victim toward the van saying, "Come in my car." The victim pulled out a cell phone and the offender released his hold to knock the cell phone from her hand, at which point the victim was able to flee.

About The Offender:
The offender was described as a male white, approximately 45-55 years of age, 5'7" - 5'8", 160 lbs, light complexion, brown eyes, gray hair with a portion of it dyed brown, gray beard and trimmed mustache.
The offender was wearing a navy blue jacket, navy blue t-shirt and blue jean pants. Both the jacket and blue jeans were described as being dirty.

Vehicle Information:
The vehicle is described as an older white van without windows or writing on the side. The vehicle had a ladder affixed to the roof by brackets secured with yellow rope. There were clear windows on the back doors and located inside the van were construction tools and an orange cable (possibly a power cord).

What You Can Do
Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors.
Call 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood.
Walk in pairs and be aware of your surroundings.
If you have any information about this incident, please call Area North Detective Bureau at (312)744-8200 or TIPSOFT.COM
Reference RD# HX-218004

Chicago Police Department
Office of News Affairs
(312) 745-6110
Fax (312) 745-6999

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5 days ago

Free metered parking on Sundays may be eliminated in 45th Ward

Change is designed to discourage all-day parking in front of businesses:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/10/meter-fees-on-sunday-would-resume-in-ward/

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

New built building...

...on Fitzpatrick and Irving Park...across from the entrance/exit to the Mall....what will it be? Does anyone know? It is a cute smaller brick...next to Bank of America...

  • EBKitty Stalking around EB

    I remember that clothing store.

  • A long time ago (30+ years) there was a Robert Hall clothing store there. It was the building that was torn down last year.

    The construction you see now was stopped in November and no work has been done since. Inside the building the concrete floor has not been poured, it is just dirt. I hope that they restart construction soon.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Robocall about John Arena

Did anyone get a Robocall about Alderman John Arena? We got one this weekend and wanted to know if it was legit or just a campaign slam tactic

  • Man, I hope we're not in for a replay of the Berrios campaign tactics since her campaign handlers are currently unemployed. Prepared to have Arena's responsible for every ill known to humanity.

  • Business Mom Business owner...Long time resident...

    Sean...Weren't you the one ranting about this very thing when you first joined Everyblock?

    It is so insulting to many informed people here, that some think we are so stupid to fall for this junk.. And that they are so much smarter then the rest of us.

Apr 06

Updated 5 days ago

It MUST Be Spring, We're Talking Where to Park the Bikes

Last summer my condo president and I spent hours trying to figure out where to install something to lock our bikes to. In the end we could not arrive at any decision, we were split. Today Mr. Pres rang my bell with a new idea: could we perhaps buy a rack and install it in the parkway "just for summer parking" so we could quit arguing about where to put a rack inside the fence? It seems to me I...

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Last summer my condo president and I spent hours trying to figure out where to install something to lock our bikes to. In the end we could not arrive at any decision, we were split. Today Mr. Pres rang my bell with a new idea: could we perhaps buy a rack and install it in the parkway "just for summer parking" so we could quit arguing about where to put a rack inside the fence? It seems to me I already ran this by Andi in the Ward 45 office last summer and she said no, that belongs to the city, but maybe there are magic words I don't know about? Or magic beans? We got two new owners and they've got bikes, too! Is it possible to use the parkway for bikes, or a part of the street? His idea is just do it and let them say something, but I got the distinct feeling the city watches these things like a hawk! Those parking racks aren't cheap and we could waste one!

  • Oops, sorry about that! Didn't think it through.

    ANYWAYS :) I know there is some sort of condo/apt building in that area, and yeah, it'd be nice to have a spot to lock bikes if you have nothing inside the bldg. Might even help those who would want to lock up and take the bus (I think there's a bus stop shelter there, my wife walked smack in to the side of it once while we were taking a walk).

  • Jan

    Well that's because the bus stop is transparent!

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Mar 28

Updated 6 days ago

New Leadbelly Open for Lunch

Nine days and counting, after having passed all inspections, Leadbelly at 5691 N. Milwaukee will be open for business on Tuesday, April 8th. The hours for the new location are as follows:
T-TH 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm
Fri 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm,
Sat 12pm-10pm
Sun 12pm-7pm

The 5739 W. Irving Park location will continue to open at 5:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday and Noon Sunday. We are excited to open our doors and hope to exceed expectations as a new dining option in Gladstone Park. Look forward to seeing you there and at Irving Park, and thanks again to everyone on EB for your interest, support, and sharing our aspiration to bring more destination food to our neighborhood.

  • Went yesterday. Black Betty. My 1st time at LB and thankfully the patties are thick and not of the slim variety, which I don't prefer. Very juicy and good. The onion straws were crispy and seasoned well. Nice decor with rock music memorabilia. Will definitely be back.

  • @Ledbelly, why are your hours so short? why are they not normal restaurant type hours? is it costs? and your place is frickin awesome by the way. can't think to much about the bacon and shakes or ill be starving until tomorrow lol

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