On May 6, 2014 from 6:30pm and 8pm, Passyunk Square Civic Association will be having its annual election for the Board of Directors. The election will take place in the meeting space at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street. This is the only business on the agenda for the monthly membership meeting so you can come by anytime between 6:30 and 8, cast your vote, and stick around to enjoy refreshments with other members or head home.

All members of the civic association are entitled (and encouraged) to vote for the Board. As a reminder, anyone who lives, owns property, or owns a business between Washington and Tasker, 6th to Broad is considered a member of the Passyunk Square Civic Association.

Voters must verify that they are eligible to vote as members of PSCA. To verify, ONE of the following documents can be used as proof:

  • Voter registration card
  • Executed lease agreement (either for renter or business owner)
  • Deed
  • Valid driver’s license or state-issued ID
  • Utility bill
  • Printout of OPA page
  • Business Privilege License (for business owner)

Voters should be prepared to show one of the above documents at the Election. Members of the Nominating Committee will record that verification so that anyone who votes in this first election will not have to show documentation at future elections.

We have a great slate of nominees to fill the 12 Director positions that are up for election this year. Learn more about our nominees by clicking through this link.

Minutes from April 1, 2014 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Board Members Present: Zenzola, Knox, DiCapua, D’Ippolito, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Fioretti, Wilder, Wyatt, Klein; Absent: Morris

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests.

Committee Updates:

Events: Pam Zenzola thanked everyone, from artists to attendees, and especially the organizing committee, for making the art auction a great success.

Zoning: Jared Klein announced that the following cases will be heard at the next Zoning Committee meeting on April 8th at 7pm: 1114 Annin: Rehearing on application for use variance for multi-family; 1143-45 Tasker St: Application for new construction of attached three story single family dwelling with cellar and roof deck; 738-44 Wharton St: Lot line relocation to create three lots out of four deeded parcels for use as three single family dwellings, three stories high with roof decks; 1500 S. 9th St: Rehearing for use variance to legalize an existing off-street parking space and to allow the use of the property as a two-family dwelling, and License and Inspection issued a refusal because both uses are prohibited in the zoning district.

Trash: Carmela Fioretti announced that the City of Philadelphia’s 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is to be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 (rain date, Saturday, April 12, 2014) from 9am-2pm. Meet at Passyunk Gardens (Wharton & E Passyunk Ave.) to kick things off. PSCA plans to clean the areas of 9th and 10th Streets from Dickinson to Wharton with a focus on the alley located at S Percy St. off of 9th St.  The objective is to sweep and remove litter on the sidewalks and curbs and remove debris from storm drains. We will be distributing recycling bins, signing people up for recycle rewards and also handing out circular free stickers to help keep flyers off our streets. This is always a great event for our civic and a good way to meet new neighbors.  Volunteers are needed to make the Annual Spring Cleanup a success.  PSCA’s first ever Document Shredding Event will be Saturday May 31st from 10-12 at the parking lot of Reed & E. Passyunk Ave.  We have contracted with ProShred for our onsite shredding event.  The documents will be permanently destroyed as you watch and the paper will be recycled! As we gear up for spring cleaning and tax season, consider putting together your old documents and bring them to our shredding event. Suggested donation of $5 is requested to cover the cost of the service. Please contact trash@passyunk.org with any questions.

Education:  Tom Wyatt invited everyone to the April 10th Education Committee meeting at St. Maron’s (10th and Ellsworth) and announced that tickets are now for sale for the May 15 fundraiser, “Raise Your Hand for Jackson” on the Wharton Lofts rooftop for the Jackson School.

Beautification: Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma announced that 9th Street will have a special clean up on April 3 from 10-12. There is a yard tree giveaway on April 12 10-12 at Columbus Square.  For neighbors with room on their own property, free trees are available, no pre-registration is required. PSCA continues to partner with PWD to monitor the Green Stormwater Infrastructures in our neighborhood. Detailed descriptions of  all the sites are available by getting in touch with the Beautification committee. There is a good team in place working on this project, but more volunteers are always welcome. The next tree planting is April 26 at 8:45, meet at Capitolo Playground 900 Federal Street.  For more information on any of these projects email beautification@passyunk.org.

Parks: Chris DiCapua announced that a second five-week session of  ESL classes began the first week of April .  We now offer two levels: Level 0 and Level 1.  Classes are held at the Columbus Square Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00.  Cost is $20 for the five-week session. Free children’s programming is provided.

Neighborhood Ambassador Program:  Angel D’Ippolito announced the NAP is working on some upcoming flashlight brigades and a block party, stay tuned for more info.

Presentations:

Frank Mililio, the new Captain of the 3rd District of the Philadelphia Police Department, introduced himself to the community. He announced that there has been a major increase in car break-ins in our area, and urged us to make sure not to leave anything in cars and always lock them. A recent South Philly anti-gang effort has led to a major decrease in violent crime and they may be broadening it in the future. He urged residents to turn on lights in front of their homes to deter crime. The Captain took questions about dogs being walked off leash, as well as cars illegally parked on sidewalks.

Dan Pohlig of the PSCA Nominations Committee announced the slate of people running for the 12 PSCA Board seats in the upcoming election on May 6. Candidates are: Sarah Anton, Joe Antonellis, Christopher DiCapua, John DiGiulio, Angel D’Ippolito, Andrew Emma, Michael Giangiordano, Jared Klein, Christine Knapp, Larry Lichtman, Ricardo Silva, Ilene Wilder, Tom Wyatt, and Pam Zenzola. For more on the candidates:  www.passyunksquare.org/about/board-of-directors-election/

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, April 10, 2014.

 

The PSCA Zoning Committee reviewed the following cases at its April meeting. Results are below. 

1114 Annin Street: 

Application for a use variance for multi-family (two-family) dwelling, which is not permitted in this zoning district. 8 votes in opposition.  Much community opposition and letter from Councilman Squilla in opposition.

1143-45 Tasker Street: 

Application the new construction of two attached three story single family dwellings with a cellar and roof deck. This case was tabled because the applicant did not have any drawings or plans.  Case will be presented at a future zoning meeting.

738-44 Wharton Street:

Application for a lot line relocation to create 3 lots out of four deeded parcels for use as 3 single family dwellings 3 stories high with roof decks.  8 votes of non-opposition.

1500 s. 9th Street

Application for the erection of a roof deck above the 1 story portion of an existing 2 story attached structure for the legalization of 1 accessory off street interior parking space (garage) for use as two family dwelling.  This is the second appearance before the zoning committee. 8 votes of non-opposition with standard construction  provisios.

1403-1409 South Darien Street

This case was a last minute addition and was the second appearance before the zoning committee.  Application for the lot adjustment to create 6 lots out of 4 current lots and for the erection of 6 attached structures, each three stories with basement, attached garage and roof decks with pilot houses.  6 votes of non-opposition, 2 votes in opposition with standard construction  provisios and developer agreed to remove the dumpster and trash at the site, and beautify the project with trees.

Standard Construction Provisos: 1. Heavy construction to be conducted Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and no heavy construction on week-ends; 2. Daily removal of all trash from the property; 3. Lighting should be provided at both the front and rear of the property.

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The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check facebook.com/passyunksquare or twitter.com/passyunksquare for any last minute changes Please email zoning@passyunk.org with any zoning-related questions.

On Tuesday, April 8th at 7PM at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance) the Zoning Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association is scheduled to hear the following cases:

 
1. 1114 Annin –  rehearing on application for use variance for multi-family.

2. 1143-45 Tasker St – Application for new construction of attached three story single family dwelling with cellar and roof deck.

3. 738-44 Wharton St – lot line relocation to create 3 lots out of four deeded parcels for use as 3 single family dwellings, 3 stories high with roof decks.

4. 1500 S. 9th St – rehearing for use variance to legalize an existing off-street parking space and to allow the use of the property as a two-family dwelling. License and Inspection issued a refusal because both uses are prohibited in the zoning district

5. 1403-09 Darien – Application for lot adjustments to create 6 lots from 1 and constrict 6 single family dwellings.

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The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check facebook.com/passyunksquare or twitter.com/passyunksquare for any last minute changes Please email zoning@passyunk.org with any zoning-related questions.

La Hoja Informativa de la PSCA de abril 2014 ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí.

The April 2014 PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

- See more at: http://www.passyunksquare.org/category/hoja-informativa/#sthash.6GahYERg.dpuf

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3rd Annual Art Auction – A Thank You!

As I write, I am still basking in the afterglow of a wonderful PSCA event. This past Friday night the 3rd Annual Passyunk Square Civic Association Art Auction took place. The team of Michele DiVeterano, Elisabeth Garson, Elaine Johnson, Ted Lewis, Joy Manning, Marilyn MacGregor, John Schmiechen, and Sarah Sitzler took the idea of taking the art auction up a notch to a level I had not even dreamed of! Thank you for all of your hard work, it truly paid off! In addition the overwhelming generosity of artists, volunteers, sponsors and of course all who attended helped to make the Art Auction ‘The Event’ of the year!

- Pam Zenzola, President


General Meeting – Tuesday, April 1
6:30pm at Annunciation Church Hall – 10th and Dickinson

Please give a warm Passyunk Square Welcome to Captain Frank Millio. Captain Millio is not just the new 3rd District Police Captain; he was just promoted to Captain in January.  The Captain will be on hand to meet and great and of course have time for Q&A.

The deadline for nomination for the Board of Directors was this past Friday, March 28. Therefore Dan Pohlig, Chair of the Nomination/Election Committee, will present the slate of people nominated for the BOD with the Election taking place at the General Meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Curtis Blessing, the new Deputy Director of Community Affairs in the Philadelphia Controller’s Office, will be on hand to bring materials on April being Financial Literacy Awareness month, plus information about their office.

- Pam Zenzola, President


9th Street Clean Up – Thursday April 3rd, 10 am – 12 pm

The PSCA will be participating in a 9th Street clean up organized by City’s Community Partnership Program and the 9th Street Business Association. We’ll be working on giving the market a good spring cleaning from Catherine to Federal, so come join us and meet some of the business owners on 9th street. Rain date is April 11.


All About Trees!

Trees beautify the neighborhood, provide shade and health benefits and improve property values. To date, PSCA has helped plant hundreds of trees in the neighborhood and we’re ready to plant more! There are many opportunities for you to help:

April 12
Yard Tree Giveaway
10 am – Noon, Columbus Square

Pre-registration for the giveaways is over, but if you have space in your yard for a tree, you can come as a walk-up participant and still get up to 2 trees per property! Choose from 11 different tree species including several fruit trees.

Please note that you’ll need plant these trees yourself – we’ll show you how – and these are trees to be planted on your property, not on the street.  A great opportunity to add some beauty to your backyard for free!

To learn more about this program, and see a list of other giveaway dates and locations, visit the Tree Philly website.

April 26
PSCA Tree Care and Planting Day
Meet at 8:45 at Capitolo Playground (9th and Federal)

A fun day out in the neighborhood! We’ll be planting just a few trees this time and focusing on mulching and weeding at some key sites in the neighborhood.  Bring a shovel if you have one or we’ll have tools on hand too. After party TBA.

May 5
Tree applications due for the Fall 2014 PSCA planting, download one here.

We also encourage you to talk to your neighbors about applying for a tree. If you’re interested in applying as a block get in touch with us at beautification@passyunk.org.

And if you still can’t get enough – we do occasional pruning in the neighborhood and are always looking for more help. If you’re a Tree Tender or just know a lot about trees, or want to learn more email us at beautification@passyunk.org to get involved.  We also encourage you to consider becoming a PHS Tree Tender.  The next training session starts April 30.

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


Passyunk Gardens opening April 27

Spring is here and we’re ready to start planting in Passyunk Gardens at the corner of Wharton and East Passyunk. Opening day will be April 27th  but you may see us in there before getting things started.

We’re always looking for more help tending to the space so if you’re interested in being part of the group that works on this email us at beautification@passyunk.org. You can also keep up with what’s going on by following us on Facebook or @passyunkgardens on twitter or instagram.  Garden policies and a garden plan will be updated for 2014 soon on our website as well!

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


PWD Soak in Up Adoption program

PSCA is partnering with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) this year to monitor the five Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) sites we have in our neighborhood.  We have a great team of neighbors who have been trained on what to look for and how to report problems, but we can always use more help.  If you’re interested in getting involved email beautification@passyunk.org.

You can also learn more about the innovative work the water department is doing to manage stormwater at PWD’s phillywatershed.org website.

- Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


2014 Philly Spring Cleanup

April 5, 2014 from 9-2; Kick off at Passyunk Gardens (E. Passyunk Ave & Wharton streets). Sign up at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/psc-registration/fe-psc-event-volunteer-map.php

Our PSCA event is listed under South Philly, project #427.  You can also contact trash@passyunk.org to let us know you are volunteering.

This is PSCA’s 3rd consecutive year participating in the Philly Spring Cleanup.  The number of volunteers as well as the enthusiasm has grown each year.  Please join us as we clean the areas of 9th and 10th Streets from Dickinson to Wharton with a focus on the Alley located at S Percy St. off of 9th St.  Objective is to sweep and remove litter on the sidewalks and curbs and remove debris from storm drains in the area.  We will focus on the S. Percy St alley (off of 9th St.).

Many residents have requested recycling bins so we will have bins available.  We will also sign people up for recycle rewards and hand out circular free stickers.

We welcome neighbors and friends to join us to make this another successful event. If you can’t participate in the event, please consider doing your part to sweep up you block with your neighbors.  We will have supplies (extra brooms, bags, gloves) available at Passyunk Gardens.

Come join us for the event or to stop by and pick up supplies to clean your block.

- Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Chair


Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30pm, PSCA General Meeting at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance)
Saturday, April 5, 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup
Tuesday, April 8 at 7pm, PSCA Zoning Committee meets at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance)
Tuesday, April 15 from 6:30-8pm, ESL classes for non-English speakers 5 week session begins at Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton)
Tuesday, April 22 from 7-9pm, PSCA Education Committee meets at the Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)
Saturday, April 26 from 9:30-11:30am, Monthly Cleanup meets at Passyunk Gardens (East Passyunk & Wharton)

And Beyond
Saturday, May 31 from 10am-12pm, Document Shredding Event at ACME parking lot

 

La Hoja Informativa de la PSCA de abril 2014 ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí.

The April 2014 PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

- See more at: http://www.passyunksquare.org/category/hoja-informativa/#sthash.6GahYERg.dpuf

Minutes from March 4, 2014 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:35pm, ended at 7:30 pm. Attendance: Approximately 25.

Board Members Present: D’Ippolito, Morris, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Fioretti, Wilder, Wyatt, Klein; Absent: Zenzola, Knox, DiCapua

Welcome and Introductions: Angel D’Ippolito welcomed guests.

Zoning: Jared Klein announced two cases to be heard by the Zoning Committee next Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 South 10th Street, Dickinson Street Entrance. The first is 1114 Annin, application for a two-family dwelling, not permitted in this zoning district. The second is for 1403-09 S. Darien, to create six lots from one existing lot to build six attached single family homes, each with a roof deck accessed by a roof deck access structure (enclosing stairs/landing), and each with one accessory interior parking space. Refused for use (accessory parking to be accessed from front of property), roof deck setback, minimum lot area, minimum open area, minimum rear year depth, and maximum height.

Events: Sarah Sitzler from the Art Auction Committee announced that the PSCA Art Auction will take place Friday, March 28 from 7-10pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall, and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Fundraising: Ilene Wilder reminded everyone that it is not too late to give an annual gift to PSCA, from the 2013 annual appeal mailing. In addition, we will be hosting an event in the future to thank all businesses in the neighborhood that have donated or assisted PSCA.\

Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that the next monthly cleanup is March 29, 9:30 to 12 noon, meeting at Passyunk Gardens (E. Passyunk Ave and Wharton Streets) to pick up supplies and decide on a location for the cleanup; bring your own gloves. The City of Philadelphia’s 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 (rain date is Saturday, April 12, 2014). We are also excited to announce our first document shredding event in the neighborhood on Saturday, May 31 from 10-12, at the parking lot of Reed & East Passyunk Ave. We have contracted with ProShred for our onsite shredding event. The documents will be permanently destroyed as you watch, and the paper will be recycled! A suggested donation of $5 is requested to cover the cost of the service.

Education: Tom Wyatt announced that PSCA will participate in a consignment sale April 5 and 6, with proceeds going to local schools. The Education Committee is planning a fundraising dinner and cocktails on the rooftop of the Wharton Lofts for May 15, with proceeds supporting Jackson School. The next meeting of the committee is March 18, location TBD.

Beautification: Sarah Anton announced that there will be a spring Tree Care Day on April 26. We are still taking tree applications for the fall planting. Passyunk Gardens will be opening sometime in March. There are a number of murals planned for the neighborhood.

Planning: Karin Morris announced that the final public meeting for the for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Washington Avenue Transportation & Parking Study (funded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission) will be on Tuesday, March 11th at 6pm at Grace and Peace Church at 1701 Washington Avenue. All are welcome to attend to hear the preferred alternative for restriping Washington Avenue to better accommodate all users.

Translation: Ilene Wilder announced we are now offering ESL classes in partnership with Columbus Square, as well as translating our monthly newsletters into Spanish, which are available under the “Espanol” tab on our website.

Outreach: Angel D’Ippolito announced that the next Neighborhood Ambassador Program meeting is March 18 at 7:30pm at 1321 S. 9th Street. The next Neighborhood Meet and Greet (held on the 2nd Saturday of every month) will be at Zoe’s Frozen Yogurt on S. 9th Street this Saturday March 8 from noon to 1pm (note Zoe’s has a full coffee bar). Angel also reminded members to report graffiti to 311. Community Relations Police Officer Ace Delgado handed out information about keeping your home safe from burglaries. In addition, on Saturday, March 8th from 8-11pm, 10th Street Laundromat at 1143 S. 10th Street, one of our sponsors, will be having a party with wine, beer, food & art! They will have five artists displaying their work, while Stacy Papa of Sugarplum Catering will be bringing some light goodies, and there will be plenty of neighbors to mull about art in this unconventional setting!  Donations accepted for PSCA.

Presentations:

Dan Pohlig, Chair of the PSCA Nomination Committee, presented the PSCA Nomination and Election Process. Nominations will be formally submitted at the April Membership Meeting and the Election will occur at the May Membership Meeting. There are 12 Director positions up for election this year. Serving on the Board is a great way to make your neighborhood a better place while getting to know some great neighbors. Nomination forms are due March 28. Find out more at www.passyunksquare.org. Dan thanked committee members Aubin Clever, Cassie Knox, Sue Petrone, and Ben Cardell.

Andrew Stober from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (and our neighbor) presented the city’s plans for Bike Share. Philadelphia is preparing to join 40 other U.S. cities, including Washington, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Denver, as well as international cities such as Toronto, Montreal, London and Paris, in deploying a bike sharing system that will provide convenient, on-demand access to bicycles for short distance trips. Bike sharing will be an affordable, healthy, safe, environmentally sustainable addition to Philadelphia’s transportation options. A yearly membership fee will be less than $100, with options for one-day or three-day memberships for tourists/visitors. Philadelphia plans to have 200 stations or 2,000 bikes deployed, with an initial service area from Lehigh Avenue to the Navy Yard, extending into West Philly. The City will announce the rollout of the program this spring or summer, and will install 75-100 stations initially in Zone 1, near public parks or plazas, rather than removing parking. The city will be divided into Zone 1 (System Core, where stations will be more closely spaced), and Zone 2 (Neighborhood Scale, with stations spaced farther apart). Northern portions of PSCA fall into Zone 1 and southern portions in Zone 2.

Regarding safety, you must be 16 to ride, so there will be no child seats nor can the bikes accommodate such seats. Helmets will not be required, as Philly has no helmet law. So far, in North America, there have been 6 million trips on bike share systems with no fatalities. This may be because the bikes are heavy, big, bright, with front and back headlights, and professionally maintained. Regarding theft, the bikes are impossible to tear out of their stations, and theft-resistant as all of their parts are custom-made and fitted, so their resale value is negligible. In Washington D.C., for instance, 16 bikes out of 2,000 were stolen in the early days of their system, but thefts have decreased, as thieves quickly figured out the bikes cannot be sold to bike shops or their parts to chop shops. Philadelphia’s system will be unique as compared to other cities because the City will not require that users have a credit card, which will open the program to those that are lower income. The City is also hoping to install more bike lanes, as now the City reviews every street that gets repaved for bike lane feasibility. 13th and 15th Street may also become neighborhood bikeways, which will be improved streets for bicyclists. The City is also streamlining the process to install bike racks in front of commercial businesses (which is separate from Bike Share, as that has its own racks).

Gregg Kravitz, a Deputy Commissioner from the Office of City Commissioner Al Schmidt, presented the department’s new website, www.philadelphiavotes.com, which includes the most time-sensitive information on upcoming elections. Information is organized according to four users: voters/prospective voters, candidates for office and their campaign personnel, election board officials, and individuals conducting research. You can easily find out who your elected officials are, where your polling place is, and which elections are coming up. The website is also available in Spanish. Our next election day is May 20, with polls open from 7am-8pm, with many offices up for primary election, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Congress, State Senate, etc.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, March 5, 2014.

 

On Tuesday, March 11th at 7PM at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance) the Zoning Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association is scheduled to hear the following cases:

1114 Annin Street: 

Application for a 2-family dwelling.  Refused for use in RSA-5 zoning district.

1403-1409 Darien Street:

Application for the lot adjustment to create six lots, from one existing lot, and for the erection of 6 attached structures each with a roof deck access structure.  Each for use as single family dwelling.  Refused for set back and lot size, and parking usage.   

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The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check facebook.com/passyunksquare or twitter.com/passyunksquare for any last minute changes Please email zoning@passyunk.org with any zoning-related questions.

 

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