by Borderstan.com February 27, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com

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Pizza time! Buy HomeMade Pizza to benefit Ross School. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Give yourself a break tonight and help the kids at Ross Elementary School.

The Borderstan branch of HomeMade Pizza is donating a portion of proceeds from the sales of its most popular items for one day only. The fundraiser starts at 1pm today and ends at closing. The promotion applies to all online, phone and in-person orders, but all orders must be picked up at the store, 1522 14th Street NW; no delivery is available. Their phone number is 202-588-0808.

“This is a straight donation,” said Melisa Niane, DC District Manager for HomeMade Pizza. “We don’t upcharge our products on the fundraising day… our customers simply purchase a HomeMade dinner at the normal price and we donate money based on that.”

The Parent Teacher Association at Ross Elementary will receive $4 for every deep-dish pizza sold, $3 for every large pizza and 10″ gluten-free pizza sold, and a percentage from sales of other items, including gift cards and catering orders.

Ross Elementary PTA supports many activities at the school, including field trips, staff development, classroom supplies, classroom technology and parent education. This is their first fundraising event with HomeMade Pizza.

Ross Elementary School is at 1730 R Street. It has about 150 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and has been in operation since 1888.

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by Borderstan.com November 29, 2012 at 9:00 am 0

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The 2011 Ross PTA Christmas tree sale. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On Saturday, December 1, Ross Elementary School will hold its annual holiday tree sale, bake sale, open house and book fair.

The one-stop holiday fundraiser starts at 10 am at the school (1730 R Street NW). Here are the details on the various events of the day:

  • Holiday Tree Sale: Fresh trees and wreaths will be sold from 10 am until 4 pm. Don’t have a car to lug home your new evergreen? Ross is offering free delivery within the neighborhood on trees. Prices start at $45. The tree sale will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until
    4 pm, through December 16th — or until the last tree is sold.
  • Holiday Bake Sale: If all of that tree shopping works up an appetite, bring your blood sugar right back up with homemade goodies from the bake sale, which will run from 9 am until 2 pm. The table will have cookies, cakes, pies and breads baked fresh by Ross community members.
  • Holiday Book Fair: The book fair will start at 10 am and go through 1 pm this Saturday and again on Monday Dec. 3 from 8 am until 4 pm. The book fair will be held in the Nelick Library, located on the lower level of the school. Up to 35 percent of all in-person purchases will be donated by the vendor to Ross. If you can’t make it to the book fair this weekend, catch the online book fair through December 12. Visit www.bookwormcentral.com and enter “Ross” under Organization Code; 20 percent of online purchases will be donated to Ross.
  • Ross Open House: Thinking of sending your young one to Ross? Take a tour of the school between 10 am and noon before joining in on all of the day’s other seasonal activities.

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by Borderstan.com May 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,078 0

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April 28 at the Ross Elementary School playground: UNA and the PTA hosted a rummage sale. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos, email him at luis[AT]borderstan.com

The Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) and Ross Elementary School PTA hosted a neighborhood spring cleanup and rummage sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. Local residents rented tables, cleaned out their closets and storage bins, and sold their wares.

The variety of goods for sale included clothing, kitchen accessories, toys, books, videos and movies, furniture and jewelry. Members of the community also took advantage of a special recycling center at Ross and brought their hard-to-recycle items to the event (paint, electronics, chemicals, etc.)

Lee Granados was one of the event’s organizers and member of the UNA and Ross PTA. “We arranged for Charlie’s Place  to pick up needed items for their clients at the end of the event. Central Mission was called when most people decided to donate what they could not sell. They took everything and are looking forward to future partnerships and opportunities with UNA events. Both organizations received everything from clothes to furniture, and ranged from items for babies to adults,” said Granados.

In addition, 1-800-Got-Junk picked up items that could not be donated, as well as all electronics to be safely deposited at an e-cycle location. Leftover books went to Books for America, which builds and improve libraries in DC-area schools, shelters, prisons and other institutions. The organization also supports reading programs and provides children with their first take-home books.

“Our sincerest thanks goes to TD Bank for shredding the documents of residents securely at their S Street location. And most importantly, thank you to Stonewall Sports and old City Green for their donation of time and money to care for the tree boxes along 17th Street,” said Granados.

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm 1,099 0

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Time for spring cleanup of the tree boxes on 17th Street NW. Pictured: Sarah from OLD CITY green doing fall maintenance work last October. (Borderstan file photo)

The Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Ross Elementary School PTA are hosting a neighborhood spring cleanup and rummage sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm. The rummage sale will be at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. You can also bring items for recycling — ones that are more difficult to recycle, such as electronics, paint cans, batteries and light bulbs.

In addition, it will be clean-up day on 17th Street NW, with volunteers picking up trash and cleaning and tending the tree boxes between New Hampshire Avenue and P Street NW. Stonewall Sports and OLD CITY green have donated the mulch for the tree boxes along 17th. After the cleanup, volunteers are invited to Local 16’s outdoor patio for complimentary drinks and pizza (New Hampshire Avenue side of Local 16, which is at 1602 U Street NW).

Book a Table and Sell Your Stuff

There are only 50 tables to rent out with 2 chairs at each table. Tables are given on a first come, first served basis. Reservations for tables will only be given to Ward 2 residents (professional vendors are not allowed to book tables).

To book at table: Please send the following information to Sarah at sb.gilmore[AT]mac.com: (1) Your Name, (2) Home Address (must be a Ward 2 resident) and (3) Phone Number. You will receive a response confirming that a table is available and providing instructions for paying via PayPal.  Reservation is not complete until payment has been received!

Recycling and Waste Disposal

  • Get rid of old paint cans, batteries, light bulbs, and other waste!
  • Recycle old electronics (laptops to printer cartridges) and help the Ross PTA raise money.
  • Dump your bulk trash items without having to arrange a pickup!
  • Shred all those papers piled up on your desk at our shredding station!

Neighborhood Cleanup and Beautification

  • Help your neighbors pick up trash in flower boxes and along the sidewalk.
  • Water and fertilize the flower boxes along 17th Street.

For more information about recycling and the the 17th Street cleanup, contact Jesse at neighborhoodcleanupDC[AT]gmail.com.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Haven’t started spring cleaning yet? Don’t worry, the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Ross Elementary School PTA are hosting a neighborhood spring cleaning and rummage sale next Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm.

The rummage sale will be at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. You can rent a table for $25 and sell all of your unwanted belongings while also helping spruce up the local neighborhood during your sales. Set-up is at 7:30 am and there are only 50 tables to rent out with 2 chairs at each table.

How to reserve a table: The tables are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Reservations for tables will only be given to Ward 2 residents.

To book: Please send the following information to Sarah at sb.gilmore[AT]mac.com: (1) Your Name, (2) Home Address (must be a Ward 2 resident) and (3) Phone Number. You will receive a response confirming that a table is available and providing instructions for paying via PayPal.  Reservation is not complete until payment has been received!

Please note that professional vendors are not permitted to book tables.

What else?  Stay tuned for more happening that day at Ross, including a community shred (safely dispose of personal records), e-cycling and hazardous household waste disposal with DPW, and a neighborhood cleanup!

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by Borderstan.com March 30, 2012 at 9:30 am 1,227 0

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The 2012 Ross Elementary School PTA Auction was March 10 at the German Marshall Fund. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The fourth annual Ross Elementary School PTA auction raised the stakes again this year, bringing in almost $50,000 to support programs at the local school on the 1700 block of R Street NW. The amount easily topped last year’s $40,000 (which was almost double the 2010 event total). All of the funds go directly to the school’s programs.

“We are all so appreciative of the generous donors that make our auction possible. Our public schools cannot thrive without the support of the broader community, and we at Ross feel so lucky that we are part of a community that understands that and gives so much to our school,”  said Ross parent Laura Stack.

Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. It serves Pre-K through 5th Grade students.

“We are so grateful that the Ross community rallies around this auction every spring and supports the school. Every dollar raised goes toward technology, teacher enrichment and after-school programs at Ross. The success of this auction is crucial to the school. Special thanks to our parents who volunteered, donors who contributed and community members who attended the auction. We could not raise this money without your help,” said Auction Co-Chair and Ross parent Jennifer Touchette.

“And we certainly want to thank the multitude of businesses that donated their services and items. We encourage everyone to support our local businesses who continue to support Ross and the community at large,” said Touchette.

And that scooter? The winner of the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics was a teacher at Ross — who uses it to commute to school every day.

Sponsors: Borderstan.com was proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.

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by Borderstan.com March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,099 0

This Genuine Buddy 125 scooter is one of the items in the 2012 Ross Elementary School PTA Auction — and you can get a first-hand look at it on Saturday at VIDA Fitness, 1612 U Street NW, from 10 am to 4 pm. VIDA is one of the sponsors of this year’s auction, along with Modern Classics, which provided the scooter.

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Get at look at the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter on Friday at VIDA on U Street. (Borderstan)

The live auction is this Saturday, March 10, 5 to 8 pm at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street NW. The event is open to everyone.

You can bid online for items until 8 pm tonight, Thursday, March 8.

What’s for sale? There is something for everyone, in a variety of categories and price ranges: All About KidsClass Projects/Staff TreasuresCulture & ArtDinner & EntertainmentFood & WineHealth & BeautyHome & GardenHotels & MembershipsLocal CelebritiesSpecialty Items & ServicesSports & Entertainment and Travel & Outings.

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Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter. (Image courtesy Modern Classics)

Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs.

Borderstan and Level One restaurant are also sponsors of this year’s auction.

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by Borderstan.com March 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm 1,012 0

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Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics. (Image courtesy Modern Classics)

The Ross Elementary School PTA annual auction is this weekend, Saturday, March 10. But don’t wait to bid on one of the wide range of items donated by local businesses. You can bid online through this Thursday, March 8.

What’s for sale? There is something for everyone, in a variety of categories and price ranges: All About KidsClass Projects/Staff TreasuresCulture & ArtDinner & EntertainmentFood & WineHealth & BeautyHome & GardenHotels & MembershipsLocal CelebritiesSpecialty Items & ServicesSports & Entertainment and Travel & Outings.

Online bidding for the items is open until March 8. The live auction takes place on March 10 from 5 to 8 pm at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street, NW. Both auctions are open to the public.

To win the Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics, buy a $20 raffle ticket (or more!). Raffle tickets are not available at the auction’s online bidding site, but you can buy tickets at Modern Classics, at the March 10 auction or by emailing Auction Co-chair Jennifer Touchette. You do not need to be present to win.

The funds from the auction go towards technology updates for the school, teacher training and scholarships for after-school enrichment classes. At up to $300 per term, some of these classes in math, science, languages, drama, and other topics would otherwise be out of reach for low-income students at Ross, according to Auction Co-chair Lee Granados.

The past three auctions have cumulatively raised over $75,000 for Ross Elementary, a public school serving 150 kids pre-K through 5th grade, at 1730 R Street, NW. This year, the organizers aim to raise a total of $65,000, their most ambitious target yet.

Note: Borderstan Media is proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm 1,382 0

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

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Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter. (Image courtesy Modern Classics)

Tired of finding parking for your car on your trips around town? Looking for a fun way to see the city? One of the top items at the 2012 Ross School PTA Auction is a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics.

If you want a chance to win the scooter, buy a $20 raffle ticket (or as many as you want). Raffle tickets for the scooter are not available at the auction’s online bidding site, but you can buy tickets at Modern Classics, at the March 10 auction or by emailing Auction Co-chair Jennifer Touchette. The drawing for the scooter is held toward the end of the auction.

The 4th Annual Ross Elementary School PTA Auction is coming up in two weeks. The event is open to everyone and online bidding is underway. The live auction is Saturday, March 10, at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street NW, from 5 to 8 pm.

Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. To learn more about Ross School and how the auction proceeds are used, read Ross School PTA Auction: Let the Bidding Begin!

Borderstan is proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.

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Featured photo: 2012 Auction Co-Chair Jennifer Touchette is shown with the scooter from Modern Classics that was raffled off at last year’s Ross PTA Auction.

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by Borderstan.com November 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm 0

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While you are buying your holiday tree at the annual Ross tree sale, stop by Ross Elementary School at 1730 R Street NW to meet the faculty and staff, and take a tour. The school is holding an open house this Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to noon.

Check out the DC Public Schools profile of Ross. Ross School has 150 students in pre-K through 5th Grade.

Also this Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm, the Ross PTA is holding its holiday bake sale. So buy a tree, a wreath and some baked goods.

by Borderstan.com November 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm 0

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The annual Ross School PTA holiday trees sale begins this weekend at 1730 R Street NW. Sales will continue for the following two weekends, unless trees run out. An open house and bake sale are on tap for Saturday, Dec. 3. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you’re ready to buy your Christmas or holiday tree and wreath, you can get them at Ross School PTA’s annual Holiday Tree Sale. It starts this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

Trees will also be for sale the following two weekends until Sunday, Dec. 18 — or until the trees are all gone.

Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and Ross PTA volunteers will deliver the tree to your home. Location is the Ross School playground at 1730 R Street NW. Prices start at $45 and 50% of the price is tax deductible.

Considering how quickly the trees sold out last year, you’ll be wise to buy your tree and wreath this weekend.

Other sponsors of this year’s tree sale are OLD CITY green, BaseCamp and Borderstan.

Ross Open House and Bake Sale

  • Ross School is also holding an open house this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 am to noon. Stop by, meet the staff and teachers and take a tour.
  • In addition, Ross PTA is holding its holiday bake sale this Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

UNA Collecting Toiletries for Homeless

In addition, Ross PTA is partnering with the Urban Neighborhood Alliance to collect toiletries for Charlie’s Place. The organization is a support group for the homeless that operates out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW. You can drop off toiletry items at Ross School during holiday tree sale hours.

by Borderstan.com December 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm 0

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Cafe Saint-Ex owner John Snellgrove welcomed customers last Saturday on 14th Street NW. You can buy a Christmas tree at Saint-Ex from Ross School PTA or at the school playground on R Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Ross School PTA’s annual Holiday Tree Sale ends this weekend, one weekend ahead of schedule. According to the organizers, sales were so heavy last weekend that there are not enough trees to continue into next weekend.

The main location is at the Ross School playground at 1730 R St. NW with a second location at Cafe Saint-Ex, 14th and T Streets NW.

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by Borderstan.com December 3, 2010 at 6:00 am 1,039 1 Comment

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Floriana on 17th St. NW has its Christmas/Holiday thing going. For the next two weekends,you can purchase an evergreen tree at the Ross School Holiday Tree Sale. Main location is the school playground at 1730 R St. NW; secondary site is Cafe Saint-Ex, 14th and T Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you’re ready to buy your Christmas/Holiday tree, you can get it at Ross School PTA’s annual Holiday Tree Sale, starting this weekend. The annual Christmas tree sale is a tradition in the 17th Street area and trees were sold for many years at the corner of 17th and R Streets NW. The main location is now on the Ross School playground at 1730 R St. NW with a second location at Cafe Saint-Ex, 14th and T Streets NW.

Proceeds from the school playground go to the PTA while Saint-Ex sales go toward renovation of the Ross School cafeteria. Tax Deductible? Yes, 50% of the purchase price of your tree is tax deductible.

During the first three two weekends of December you can purchase a tree from Ross PTA on the playground at Ross School, 1730 R St. NW. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm and they will deliver the tree to your home. The dates are Dec. 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19. Trees will also be sold at Cafe Saint-Ex at 14th and T Streets NW, including weekdays; details below. You can pre-order your tree online now.

Tree Prices

Trees at Cafe Saint-Ex

In addition, trees from Ross PTA will be available for sale at Café Saint-Ex, 14th and T St. NW, during the first three two weeks of December, weekdays included. Please inquire inside the restaurant for more details or call them at (202) 265-7839.

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The main location of the Holiday Tree Sale will be the playground of Ross School at 1730 R St. NW. (Courtesy Ross Elementary School)

Book Fair, Cookbooks

This week, concurrent with the tree sale, the Ross School PTA is running a book fair, and is selling the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Cookbooks. The cookbooks are $20 each with proceeds going toward the Main Streets program. In addition, Dupont Circle Village calenders will be for sale at the book fair as well.

Ross School is also having an open house from 10 am to noon on Saturday, Dec. 4.

About Ross

Ross Elementary School is part of the DC Public School System and serves grades Pre-K through fifth. You can get more information about Ross School and Ross PTA from their website. The Nov. 19 Principal’s Bulletin will also provide updates on recent school activities, which included planting bulbs in 17th Street tree boxes (Ross Students Get 17th St. Ready for Spring). Ross School PTA was also involved with first 17th Street Festival held Sept. 25.

Sponsors

In addition to the Ross School PTA, sponsors of this year’s Holiday Tree Sale are OLD CITY green, Borderstan, BaseCamp and Café Saint-Ex.

by Borderstan.com November 29, 2010 at 4:30 am 0

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Tuesday: ANC 2B Meeting on Hank’s Oyster Bar

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B is holding a special meeting on Hank’s Oyster Bar tomorrow night, Tuesday, Nov. 30. Location is the Hotel Dupont (Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Avenue NW) at 7 pm. The meeting will deal with the ANC’s recent letter of protest sent to the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board on Hank’s recently terminated V.A., it’s request to expand next door and it’s outdoor dining hours.

After the letter was sent, ANC 2B reached an agreement with Hank’s on the patio hours, with the current hours to be maintained and, apparently, written into the restaurant’s liquor license. See Tom Hay’s story from Wednesday: ANC 2B and Hank’s Reach Agreement on Patio Hours.

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by Borderstan.com November 22, 2010 at 10:22 am 1,446 1 Comment

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Click to view the slide show: Students from Ross Elementary School planted tulip bulbs Friday afternoon in the tree boxes on 17th Street between P and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

View photos from Friday’s tree box gardening on 17th Street NW.

The renovated tree boxes on 17th Street NW will have spring flowers thanks to some fall planting last Friday by about 50 students from Ross Elementary School. The students, from grades 3 to 5, were accompanied by parents and teachers. They were assisted by Frank Asher, owner of OLD CITY green at 9th and N Streets NW. The event was organized by the Ross School PTA. The elementary school serves grades 1 through 5 and is located on the 1700 block of R Street NW.

The students planted tulip bulbs and then mulched the tree boxes. The new boxes were part of the 17th Streetscape project, which was completed earlier this fall. The 17th Street Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 25 to celebrate the project, which also included new sidewalks and lamp posts (see Sunshine, Crowds For First 17th Street Festival).

Ross School PTA will hold its annual Holiday Tree Sale on the school playground during the first three weekends of December. You can pre-order your tree online.

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