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Presidential Library

I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has...

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I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has been earned with hard work. That won’t change going forward.
What about jobs? Another question is, “what jobs are we preparing ourselves for?” One group is starting a student enrollment drive for technical training so that our youth will have the skills for the coming economic boom. Even if we don’t get the Library (we will), won’t our community be better off with a skilled work force?
With the increased attention on us because of this national story, what opportunities do you see? How do we use that opportunity?

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I love it!

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    What is it that you love about it, dear sister. Is it the best thing since hot, buttered corn bread. Expand on "I love it." That could mean anything. Do you believe in it? Would you promote it, buy it, give it to others, force feed it to others? Do you like the color of it. Does the Ebony hue go with the hue inside of you?

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A Poem For The Losers

Immedeately following the last election, I wrote a poem for the candidates who were not successful in their bid for the Aldermanic post. It was basically encouraging them to stay involve with their expressed energy and concern for the quality of life in North Lawndale. I'll post it shortly. I liked it; maybe it will represent your feelings about activism also.

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Presidential Library

North Lawndale has made it into the Library finals. Unfortunately, we are up against some pretty stiff competition, including Mayor Emanuel, who appears to want it on the Southside. Fortunately, this crossroads in our community is happening right in the middle of an aldermanic campaign. And we have 14 candidates, all with armies of volunteers.
The Library is not a political issue. It’s an issue that affects the very nature of our community. In the last campaign, crazy things were...

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North Lawndale has made it into the Library finals. Unfortunately, we are up against some pretty stiff competition, including Mayor Emanuel, who appears to want it on the Southside. Fortunately, this crossroads in our community is happening right in the middle of an aldermanic campaign. And we have 14 candidates, all with armies of volunteers.
The Library is not a political issue. It’s an issue that affects the very nature of our community. In the last campaign, crazy things were said and done in political races all over the country; but not in the 24th Ward. I wrote a letter to the editor of the Sun Times, commending the mutual respect that our candidates showed each other and the voters. That small letter was printed. Imagine the press North Lawndale could get if all of our candidates publicly declared their unified support for our Library bid.
If not unified, then individual public declarations of support will do.
North Lawndale is not afraid to stand up against the Mayor's wishes. I'm sure our candidates aren't either.
Here is the list of the current candidates for Alderman, as listed by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners:
24th Ward Candidates 2015
MICHAEL D. CHANDLER
FRANK M. BASS
REGINA D. LEWIS
WALLACE E. "MICKEY" JOHNSON
SHERITA ANN HARRIS
ROGER L. WASHINGTON
VERNELL L. HOLLIS-SWANIGAN
VETRESS BOYCE
DENARVIS MENDENHALL
LADARIUS R. CURTIS
MARCUS D. THORNE
MICHAEL SCOTT, JR.
LARRY G. NELSON
DARREN TILLIS

Jan 24

Updated 13 hours ago

Westside Presidential Library

Is North Lawndale less worthy than Bronzeville, Pullman, Chicago State, University of Illinois or University of Chicago? If so, how? Dr. King didn't think so when he chose where to bring the might of the Civil Rights Movement to Chicago.
Join Cook County Board Past-President Bobbie Steele, Stone Tempe Missionary Baptist Church, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC) and the K-Town Historic District Association as we push to bring this community builder to our neighborhood.
Join the conversation of Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westside-Presidential-Library/366984393416815

If you have the skills and determination to help, contact us: ktowndistrict@yahoo.com

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I believe we have an earlier post on EB for this campaign. I would like to be part of a campaign to have the children of the area write letters to the president and the committee governing this decision. I think we can even take on the project to tutor writing skills by placing it in a real context and initative that can have an affect on their community.

  • I don't know how I missed this posting Daniel. I hope your enthusiasm has grown, or at least is still there. A children's letter writing or art project is still a great idea. Their community has accomplished a great thing that they should be proud of. Imagine, a whole generation of North Lawndale children growing up with a healthy pride in their community.

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Updated 14 hours ago

Presidential Library

While I have no direct involvement with this weekend’s Townhall meeting or its planning, I fully support this opportunity for the Westside community to become fully involved in our bid for the Presidential Library.

So many times in our past, it seems that changes are made to our neighborhood, without a chance for community input. This is our chance to help make decisions about the impact of possibly the most significant, single change to North Lawndale since its beginning in...

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While I have no direct involvement with this weekend’s Townhall meeting or its planning, I fully support this opportunity for the Westside community to become fully involved in our bid for the Presidential Library.

So many times in our past, it seems that changes are made to our neighborhood, without a chance for community input. This is our chance to help make decisions about the impact of possibly the most significant, single change to North Lawndale since its beginning in 1869.

How can this effect unemployment, education and crime? What about property values and land use? How will this affect you?

The correct address is 1616 S. Avers Ave, Chicago 60623. Tomorrow! Saturday! November 22nd. 12 noon

Think Big! Get involved.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I'm not a legal resident of Lawndale, but my spirit and concern and efforts for the over-due attention due North Lawndale is second to non. I respect and support us where ever we are showing respect for us and trying to represent us. I am so much a proponent of positive causes in our community that I'm willing to get the Sel out of the way, if that will encourage constructive and culturally specific development.

  • Sir Sel, don’t get out of the way. You are exactly who this bid was designed to help. I’ve used you and your cause so many times as an example of the type of community efforts that can be enhanced by the Library push.
    No Sir Sel, the Library needs you.

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Presidential Library

As we go forward with our campaign, it’s important to remember this: the Library is Barack and Michelle’s legacy. It’s something that they’ve earned. The First Family is held in the highest respect by this page. And, we will respect whatever their final decision is about the location of their Library.
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  • I understand your suspicion. Communities like ours have always been victimized by slick talkers.
    I have no way of convincing you that this is not another trick. I was born at 13th and Homan Ave in 1952. I went to Mason, Corkery and Farragut. My home has been in our...

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    I understand your suspicion. Communities like ours have always been victimized by slick talkers.
    I have no way of convincing you that this is not another trick. I was born at 13th and Homan Ave in 1952. I went to Mason, Corkery and Farragut. My home has been in our family since 1959.
    I am retired and have absolutely no political or business interest in the Library. I am not owned by anyone.
    I am doing everything I can to bring the Library to the Westside because it’s my home. I want a safe, prosperous and clean home.
    I don’t want to be priced out of that home. What about some kind of real estate tax and rent freeze? But I also know that children who are born today and raised with an education priority will go off to college one day. When they finish, where will they want to live and raise a family of their own? I want it to be North Lawndale. I’m asking for your help.

  • As for tax money being used; I expect nothing more and nothing less for this President's Library. Although, once the republicans realized that Barack would have a Library, just like every other president since FDR, they changed the law, drastically increasing the amount of money that the Obama Foundation would have to deposit in an escrow account. But that money is raised by the Foundation from private contributors.

19 hours ago

Car radio thieves

My car was broken into on the 2900 block of Walnut. These pathetic thieves cut the wires to my car alarm and took radio, car charger and left my doors open.

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Who's in Charge of North Lawdale's Destiny,the People or the 5% ?

We say we want change, how much do we really want it, moreover, what other kinds of changes are crucially needed now?

Now that we know all about fly dumping and we can no longer tolerate filth, the city of Chicago offers a reward, what else?

Let's start with Education, how do we encourage our Young and Old Men to "Pull their Pants Up", have some self dignity, self respect, higher self esteem, and morals. Who's the blame, the people or the 5% for sagging pants?

What happen to Good Manners, cordials attitudes, is it so far of reach that we just don't care, or is it that we fear correcting individuals?

Oct 23

Updated 26 hours ago

To Flee, or Not to Flee

Consideration for the quality of housing, transportation, recreation, education, affordability, security and more go into selecting a place to live and raise your family.

Security is probably the highest concern of any parent. Fear of one's environment is the demon that has always crippled our spiritual growth and peace of mind. We can always run and flee in search of that fundamental right to be free of the ugly bully who might live next door or down the street, or stands insidiously on the corner. Participating and getting involved with your neighbors and organizations is one method of giving your community what you want to receive from your community.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    God will fight our battles, but we must throw the first punch.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    It's always an honor to hear and/or see yourself quoted. You are absolutely right; God will fight your battles, if you throw the first punch. Sometimes that first punch can be in the form of clearing and sanitizing the air and environment with a simple word of truth.

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Updated 26 hours ago

Saving a Life At Any Cost.....

Today I was blessed to save a young boy's life I believe. I would have rather filed my petitions' for alderwoman. As I was getting last minutes signatures at the local currency exchange, off Kedzie and the Eisenhower expressway, a group of cowards emerge from a black vehicle punching, kicking, stomping the boy.

Before I knew it, I ran out of the currency exchange, yelling from the pit of my guts "stop it ! leave him alone! ". The cowards...

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Today I was blessed to save a young boy's life I believe. I would have rather filed my petitions' for alderwoman. As I was getting last minutes signatures at the local currency exchange, off Kedzie and the Eisenhower expressway, a group of cowards emerge from a black vehicle punching, kicking, stomping the boy.

Before I knew it, I ran out of the currency exchange, yelling from the pit of my guts "stop it ! leave him alone! ". The cowards turned, ran back into their vehicle. At that point, the petitions didn't matter, the life did.

What I don't understand is, why didn't the 10 or more adults run out to join me in the interruption of what could have been a lost life; the thing, that's prompt my actions to become alderwoman.

Were the 10 or more adults in shock or did I over re-acted, what would you have done?

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I have a humble history of diving into simular incidents in which the reaction could have gone extremely wrong for me. Of course, each situation was not planned, as in your act of valor, pride, responsibility.
    Some of these bazaar situations could have cooked my goose and people reviewing my...

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    I have a humble history of diving into simular incidents in which the reaction could have gone extremely wrong for me. Of course, each situation was not planned, as in your act of valor, pride, responsibility.
    Some of these bazaar situations could have cooked my goose and people reviewing my actions would have called me crazy, a dumb fool, insane and worse. I have honestly questioned what was on my mind, what was I trying to prove.
    Do you ever watch the Gazelles in Africa when they are being
    pursued by a predator? They'll run like hell trying to escape the claws and jaws of a four legged, hungry beast.
    Once the chase has resulted in fresh, Gazelle steaks for the Lions, Cheetahs and Alligators, there's is calm and peace within the herd. I have always mused over the Gazelles not uniting to use their antlers to charge the the predator(s).
    They seem to take on the attitude of the others, who were watching you respond to the incident of the cheap cowards.
    There has always been someone to teach us the 'skill' to deal, but the 'will' is still an inside job. Treasure your 'will' (and protect it), for it is a rare blessing in our community.

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Man on parole for armed robbery charged in Logan Square liquor store holdup

Ellis, of the 3100 block of West Arthington Street, was paroled in June after being sentenced to 10 years for armed robbery in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website.

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Maurice Ellis, 22, was arrested on a warrant Friday night at his residence and charged in connection to the Oct. 28 robbery of Tip Top Liquor in the 2700 block of W. North Avenue, according to Cook County court records.

In the robbery for which Ellis was sentenced in 2010, Ellis was convicted of robbing someone at gunpoint on the street in the 1500 block of North Talman Avenue on April 20, 2009, about 2:30 p.m., according to police records.

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Time to start the debate!

I am checking the STATISTICAL end of the Governors race 2014-
Rauner 68% white men-56% white women
Quinn 93% Black Vote
Interesting fact??? Only 16% of eligible Blacks ACTUALLY VOTED in this race! Could the Associated Press be WRONG? Did the Civil Rights marches back in the THE DAY mean anything TODAY?

  • Spoken Word Academy Arts organization

    In my opinion, focus on the color of the voters, instead of the content of the candidate elected is counterproductive. The "Black vote" or lack thereof was not solely responsible for this election's outcome. That responsibility is shared by the Rauner supporters who went to the polls and the "rainbow coalition" of eligible voters who did not vote.

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Thanks for your comment Spoken Word Academy. But I believe you missed my point. The peaceful protests, the stand so many took, and the lives of so many lost during the civil rights movement for African Americans to have the right to vote- and only 16% took this hard fought privilege seriously enough to vote on November 4th.

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Remember "Keep The Dream Alive" I Need Your Help

I gather over 2,000 signatures for a chance to become the Alderwoman for the 24th Ward. I can not use these signatures, I need you to help me make real changes! If you want a Loyal Servant, Honest, Committed to the Community, A Good hearted person who wants your help to re-invent our neighborhoods, and "Keep the Dream Alive," come out to sign my "New Petitions" with Vietnam Veteran, Herb, at McDonald, 3200 S. Roosevelt Road, Thursday, 11/20, 9:00am - 11:00am; Friday 11/21, 9:00am - 11:00am Only Registered Voters in the 24th Ward please! call: 312.560.0374 if you would like to Volunteer for our cause, only serious conscious individuals please.
See: "My Loyal Helpers, TCH Partners.com"

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Do you want Change or Are you just Jaw Jacking?

    Let's make Tailor Made IEP's for our children
    Let's start more loving daycares
    Let's open Day Centers for Seniors to shoot the breeze
    Let's grow our own food
    Let's form our healthy food cooperative
    Let's create our own jobs
    Let's...

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    Do you want Change or Are you just Jaw Jacking?

    Let's make Tailor Made IEP's for our children
    Let's start more loving daycares
    Let's open Day Centers for Seniors to shoot the breeze
    Let's grow our own food
    Let's form our healthy food cooperative
    Let's create our own jobs
    Let's build sustainable homes and rehab X buildings
    Let's restore Black History
    Let's educate the Jail Complex Syndrome, Free work, Distorted Thinking, Dependency of Drugs and alcohols
    Let's discover who, why is Man and our Purpose
    Let's learn who Wants your Seed
    Let's learn how to take care of our families again
    Let's learn how to Love the Agape way, Not Lust
    Let's learn how to deal with Anger and redirect it
    Let's learn how to encourage one another

    Are you with me? If so, meet Herb at McDonald, 3200 S. Roosevelt Rd, 9-11am Thursday and Friday, 11/20-21/2014.

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  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    A Friend Indeed:
    Biography of Bishop James Alan Wilkowski
    www.questpcs.com/evangelicalcatholicchurch/wilkowskibiography.htm
    Bishop James Alan Wilkowski was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 18, 1953 .... reached by email at bishopjames@evangelicalcatholicchurch.org and you ...

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Nov 15

Updated 6 days ago

Still No "Serious" Contenders for 28th Ward Alderman?

It's getting close and I'm still waiting to see if anyone is seriously going to throw their hat in the ring to run against Alderman Jason Ervin? It looks as though he's an easy shoe-in at this time.

I don't think I can take another 4 years looking at the filth, trash and living in the city's most under served ward. So many of the residents work so hard to keep their properties looking nice, when the city/ward sits back and does absolutely nothing to support the "do-gooders."

Please give me some good news someone!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I do challenge those numbers. I don't trust them.

    For one, the black population in Chicago/Illinois has shrunk even lower since the last election. Second, many blacks left the Governor entry unchecked on the ballot. Which means that was one less vote for Pat Quinn that wasn't recorded. And last,...

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    I do challenge those numbers. I don't trust them.

    For one, the black population in Chicago/Illinois has shrunk even lower since the last election. Second, many blacks left the Governor entry unchecked on the ballot. Which means that was one less vote for Pat Quinn that wasn't recorded. And last, a lot of blacks pulled the lever for Rauner in secrecy to avoid being chastised by other blacks, family members, friends or die-hard Democrats. Gov. Pat Quinn was no different than Danny Davis or some of your other Democratic good ole' boy politicians. He did squat for anyone living in the State of Illinois.

    I don't trust the numbers. I think more blacks voted republican than what's being reported.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Newspaper count said that west siders voted 90% for the Democratic party.

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Nov 18

The Koyal Group Info Mag på Utrymmet kan göra Astronauter Infertila

Space flight kan göra astronauter infertila, forskare fruktar, och kunde hindra planer för långsiktigt uppdrag till Mars.

Djurförsök har visat att både manliga och kvinnliga fortplantningsorgan påverkas av tyngdlöshet.

Det är också troligt att utrymme strålning är skadlig äggstockarna av kvinnliga astronauter och spermieproduktionen av män.

Nov 15

Updated Nov 18

What's Your Expectation?

Do you think your alderman is doing enough for your neighborhood and community?

What do you think aldermen's can do better in the next 4 years?

Would you like to see someone with new creative ideas concern about you?

Are you afraid of Change? If so, What's the problem?

Do you have the courage needed to change? If not, what would help you?

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Thanks for doing what you do Sel.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Please see some of my outspoken spirit on YouTube: "Vacant Lot Psychic" and "War on Filth and Fear." More videos are being prepared with more explicit detail and finger pointing with specifics regarding who is at fault. How would you like to star in one of the documentations? Scared? I'll protect you.

Nov 06

Updated Nov 18

Chicago Trib article about elections

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-governor-rauner-edit-1106-20141105-story.html

Saw this article. What does it mean for us in EGP or Chicago underserved neighborhoods? Anybody got any ideas?

It appears that Chicago is a Democratic stronghold that goes against the trend of the nation.

Nov 18

Mayor is asking for IDEAS

http://www.chideas.org/supporting-our-small-businesses?utm_source=CHIdeas+-+Expo+Feedback&utm_campaign=CHIdeas&utm_medium=email

chideas.org

The mayor sent out emails requesting ideas from US.
There is an idea page for residents and one for small business.

If you have a few minutes, take a peek, contribute if you can.

Nov 17

Updated Nov 18

Garbage dump

Some went down my alley overnight and dumped a ton of construction garbage, such as concrete and some wood, and tons of nails, as well as some Mexican prayer candles. Extremely sick of this kind of vandalism. Cannot wait to get video installed on my garage! So much debris was dumped in front of my neighbor's garage, he had to shovel it out of his way to get out of his garage. In the past the city has actually ticketed neighbors who scoop up the debris and put it in their cans. I did make a 311 call, so hopefully no one will get tickets this time around. Disgusted!

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Hello Tracy,

    I feel the anger, this is one of the reason I clean up the area where I live. I have a super idea to put the youth and community to work on fly dumping.

    These dumpers are bold. Once, we finished cleaning up the alleys from Kedzie to Albany at 12:00 noon; dumpers came while we were finishing our work. No license plates were on their truck. Shortly, after confronting them, I had two slash tires, but no fear!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Patricia, PLEASE take a different position than citizens have to clean up their own neighborhoods.

    Teach the kids to use their celphones or cameras to take photos of the fly dumpers and report them to the DOE. There is a $100 reward for convictions! This teaches them to get justice...not...

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    Patricia, PLEASE take a different position than citizens have to clean up their own neighborhoods.

    Teach the kids to use their celphones or cameras to take photos of the fly dumpers and report them to the DOE. There is a $100 reward for convictions! This teaches them to get justice...not be a janitor.

    Neighborhood people need to learn STEPS to solve problems permanently; not just deal with problems that exist for decades. We shouldn't have to live in neighborhoods full of garbage. Kyle.smith@cityofchicago.org can help you. CharlesL.Williams@cityofchicago.org can help you. Both responded quickly to Tracy.

    We had 2 fly dumpers convicted. Their fines were $2500. They never came back again.The important part is THEY NEVER CAME BACK AGAIN

    We had garbage strewn all over alleys. Kyle & Charles took care of it and it is greatly improved.

    We had 150 truckloads of fly dumped wood chips and Kyle and Charles took care of that.

    .What does this mean? It means the neighborhood looks nicer. It means neighbors didn't do the job CITY EMPLOYEES are paid to do that did not do! (or vendors paid to do work they didn't do!)

    The whole idea is to bring efficiency and SPEED in solving our neighborhood problems. Everything can be done quickly and permanently (once and for all). That is what we should be after.

    Clean and green activities are shifting the burden of keeping neighborhoods clean to citizens who PAY TAXES to have government workers do work. That is nonsense/insane. Why pay taxes and then sit in garbage? It isn't supposed to be like that and those are the protests citizens need to do.

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Nov 17

Looking for Pollinators?

I am establishing 3 Bee Colonies on my property this coming spring and wanted to see if anyone that maintained a suitable site would be interested in having some bees on their property.

I would provide a suitable habitat and a colony (when available) in exchange for the product from the bees. If you only have vegetable garden, some area with flowers would be needed to keep them happy. I would be happy to help you establish that area.

These would be docile/domestic bees that pose very little risk to humans unless you do something to irritate them.

If you have any vegetables, fruit trees, etc. I would be highly interested in speaking with you!

Nov 17

Real Transformation

If you were gracefully blessed with an opportunity to redevelop your communities and surrounding communities, what would you do, especially if you were the vessel being used?

Nov 17

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