• Boston Common Sustains Damage During Super Bowl Parade

    After around 1.5 million people descended on the city on Tuesday, Feb. 5, for the parade to celebrate the New England Patriots victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, the Boston Common was left looking a lot worse for the wear.The condition of the Boston Common following the Super Bowl Parade on Feb. 5. “It was the perfect storm,” said Bob Mulcahy, director of park care and capital projects for the Friends of the Public Garden.
    The condition of the Boston Common followi
  • Beacon Hill Civic Association

    Community CornerBeacon Hill Meet & Greet Celebrates Three Years!In
    2016, Mark Kiefer, then President of the BHCA, had the idea of creating a
    monthly get together for BHCA members and their neighbors to share in a relaxed
    and congenial environment. It has become the most popular regular event of the
    BHCA, and many friendships were forged in those first months that are still
    going strong. Part of its popularity is due to the delicious hors d’oeuvres and
    the friendly service of Betsy Tocz
  • Spend the Evening with Opera Legend Renée Fleming

    Broadway opera legend and four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming will be on hand for an intimate dinner and conversation to benefit the French Cultural Center on Tuesday, March 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Somerset Club at 42 Beacon St.Renée FlemingGraced with a full lyric soprano voice, Fleming has
    performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in
    Italian, German, French, Czech and Russian, as well as in her native
    English. She was presented with t
  • Suspect Allegedly Exposes Himself at Myrtle Street Playground

    Boston Police are searching for a male suspect who
    allegedly exposed himself to a nanny and her 26-month-old charge on Wednesday,
    Feb. 6, at the Myrtle Street Playground. According to Boston
    Police, the caller (the nanny) reported the suspect exposed himself and
    urinated on a fence at around 11 a.m. at the playground located at Myrtle and
    Irving streets before walking away. (The child didn’t witness this, however,
    she said.) The caller described
    the suspect as white, between 50 and 60 year
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  • Michael H. Maler Appointed Regional Site Manager at Historic New England

    Michael H. Maler has joined the Historic New England staff
    as Regional Site Manager, Metro Boston.In this role, Maler is liaison to communities in Metro
    Boston. He is responsible for managing Otis House in Boston and the Lyman
    Estate in Waltham, where he will develop interpretive tours and create new
    public programs. He also supervises two site managers who are responsible for
    five other historic museum properties in the Metro Boston region.“I am excited and honored to join the talented Hi
  • Tani Marinovich Named CEO of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay today announced the
    appointment Tani Marinovich as its new CEO. Tani succeeds long-time President
    Patty Foley, who is retiring after 20 years of leading the organization. The
    organization will honor Foley for her service at their annual Destination
    Boston Harbor gala on March 28th at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.Marinovich has a demonstrated track record of success in
    the environmental arena, having served as Executive Director of the Esplanade
    Association and more re
  • From Baton Rouge to Boston: Lemoine Joins Race for District 8 City Council

    By Lauren BennettLouisiana native Landon Lemoine has lived within District 8
    since 2009, and is joining Kristen Mobilia and Helene Vincent in the race for
    the District 8 City Council seat currently held by Josh Zakim.
    Lemoine was raised in Baton Rouge by a public school teacher
    and a bootstrapped metal-fabrication business owner. He said that his parents
    instilled in him early on a “roll up your sleeves” kind of attitude and to help
    those who may not have the same opportunities. When
  • Explore the Freedom Trail During February Vacation Week

    February vacation is around the corner, and the Freedom
    Trail has plenty of opportunities for the whole family to have fun and keep
    learning while school is out!  Join in on Walk Into History Tours to
    explore the history of the American Revolution and beyond, from Boston Common
    to Faneuil Hall, daily at 11 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 1 p.m. from the Boston
    Common Visitor Information Center (139 Tremont Street).Celebrate Black History Month on the Freedom Trail by
    experiencing the African-American
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  • Illuminating

    The Longfellow Bridge’s illuminated arches. The landmark bridge has once again become a source of pride for the community due to its enhanced artistic merit and the innovative restoration and preservation of its historic architectural character and engineering significance including its state-of-the-art, new lighting system.
  • For the Coming Year Livingstone’s Legislative Agenda Considers Both District-wide and National Issues

    While State Rep. Jay Livingstone conceived his legislative
    agenda for the new year with his constituents firmly in mind, he hopes it will
    also reverberate on a national level.“I focused on priorities for the district, as well as
    thinking about how to continue making Massachusetts a leader, which is more
    necessary now because of what is happening at the federal level,” he said. “One
    thing that is under attack nationally is women’s reproductive rights…and we
    want to
  • Adam Whitney Pens Award-winning MLK Essay

    Adam Whitney, an 11-year-old Phillips Street resident and
    sixth grader at the Eliot K-8 Innovation Public School in the North End,
    recently received citywide recognition for his award-winning essay on Martin
    Luther King Jr.His essay, entitled “Dr. King and Affordable Housing:
    A Quest for Economic Justice in Boston,” earned first-place in the
    2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Poetry Competition for the Boston Public
    Schools Grades 6-8 citywide before placing third overall in
  • The Buzz: A Monthly Column on Living Well From the Beacon Hill Garden Club Choosing Houseplants

    In New England’s outdoor world, February is the slow month.
    We’ve recycled the Christmas tree and some of the wreaths. The greens in our
    window boxes will last another month or so. We can’t do much in the garden,
    should we be so lucky as to have one.So we’re forced indoors. We’ll have to rely on houseplants
    to help us endure until spring.Houseplants, however, might be the most boring plants in
    the world. Not many bloom reliably. Since sun is often hard to come by in
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  • The Whitney Boutique Hotel to Open This Spring

    The Whitney, a new 66-room luxury boutique hotel, is set to
    open this spring on Beacon Hill.
    The property is revitalizing and expanding an existing hotel
    to create a new landmark at the corner of Charles and Cambridge streets. Named
    for Henry Melville Whitney, a prominent Boston industrialist and one-time owner
    of the site, The Whitney will offer guests generous hospitality through
    sophisticated simplicity and cultured comforts.The Whitney’s address embodies the best of the classic
    brick t
  • Children’s Winter Fest Returns to Boston Common Feb. 20

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation
    Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston
    Common in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation during school
    vacation week on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Additional support is being provided by
    XFINITY, Capital One, the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical
    Center, L.L. Bean, and Cricket Wireless. 
    “The Children’s Winter Festival gives kids and fa
  • Dr. King and Affordable Housing: A Quest for Economic Justice in Boston

    I live in Boston and I have noticed that there has been a
    lot of construction lately, with lots of nice, tall apartment buildings going
    up everywhere, like the Seaport area, the downtown area and near North Station.
    Whenever I go by these buildings, I see signs that say “Luxury Housing,”
    “Luxury Condos” or “Luxury Living” and I wonder about the people with not
    enough money to buy or rent these places. I never see a sign that says “Affordable
    Housing&rdqu
  • Illuminating the Historic Longfellow Bridge

    The Longfellow Bridge was completed in 1906, and is today
    considered the most important historic bridge in the City of Boston, due to its
    prominent location over the Charles River, as well as its outstanding visual
    and architectural quality. 
    Originally called the Cambridge Bridge, it was renamed the
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in honor of the distinguished poet in 1924. The
    multimodal bridge carries trains for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation
    Authority (MBTA), motor vehicles, pedestrian
  • Local Historian Duane Lucia Appointed Executive Director of the West End Museum

    Local historian, community activist, and arts enthusiast Duane Lucia has been appointed as executive director of The West End Museum. Lucia served in this role from 2012 into 2015, and briefly as President of the Museum Board of Directors. He later moved to New Jersey part-time to work on a number of art projects, but remained active as a board member. Lucia has since returned to Boston and, when the director’s post opened, stepped in with the board’s approval. He replaces Susan Hans
  • A Slipin’ and A Slidin’

    Matthew, Kevin, Timothy, and Brendan, taking a break from visiting their father’s office in the Old John Hancock Building on Jan. 26, slip and slide on the frozen Boston Public Garden pond.
  • Beacon Hill Pub Reopens

    Jeremy Scanlon, director of operations, and Jeremy Garside, general
    manager, of the Beacon Hill Pub.Nearly three months after its abrupt closure, the Beacon Hill Pub reopened under new ownership on Friday.The Greater Boston Bar Co., which also owns and operates the Tam at 222 Tremont St., Sullivan’s Tap at 168 Canal St. and Mary Ann’s on Beacon Street in Brighton, is the new proprietor. The investment group bought the building housing the Beacon Hill Pub for $5,543,500 million last s
  • Gearing Up: Plans for Bike Lanes on Craigie Bridge Move Forward

    Following the end of the public comment period on Jan. 22,
    the state is now moving forward with plans to install dedicated bike lanes on
    the Craigie Bridge.Current conditions on the bridge, which carries traffic on
    the McGrath O’Brien Highway (Route 28) between Land Boulevard in Cambridge and
    Leverett Circle in Boston, include six travel lanes with no dedicated bike
    lanes leaving bicyclists to use travel lanes or the sidewalks and no defined
    turn lane into the Museum of Science, accor
  • City Council Holds Hearing on Early Voting

    The City Council Committee on Government Operations,
    chaired by Councilor Michael Flaherty, held a hearing on January 28 concerning
    a petition for a special law regarding an act authorizing the City of Boston to
    offer early voting in municipal elections. Flaherty said that if passed the
    hope would be to start this for the 2019 election. Support from the City
    Council members at the hearing was very positive.“I want to make sure that Boston is leading on this,” said
    Councilor Josh Zaki
  • Text to 911 Now Available Across the Commonwealth

    The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to
    announce that Text to 911is now available throughout the Commonwealth. All
    Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message
    through their 911 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making
    these system enhancements since 2015. Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to
    use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to place a voice
    call. “This is a significant
  • Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Improve Road Safety

    The Baker-Polito administration has filed legislation to
    improve road safety entitled, “An Act Relative to Improving Safety on the Roads
    of the Commonwealth.” The proposal makes a number of changes recommended in the
    Strategic Highway Safety Plan and updates existing statutes that were drafted
    before recent advances in various forms of mobility.“Keeping the Commonwealth’s networks of roads as safe as
    possible for everyone using them is one of our administration’s to
  • Boston Atheneaeum Commemorates Black History Month with Documentary Screening

    In commemoration of Black History Month, a new, locally
    produced documentary about a Black New Jersey veteran sentenced to death in a
    Georgia town notorious for lynching will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7
    p.m. at the Boston Atheneæum, 10 ½ Beacon St.The film entitled “Fair Game: Surviving A 1960 Georgia
    Lynching,” directed by Boston-based filmmaker Clennon L. King, tells the story
    of James Fair Jr. who, in 1960, was arrested, jailed, tried, convicted and
    sen
  • Local Students Receive Academic Achievements: Huff-Haskell Named to Emerson College Dean’s List for Fall 2018

    Alexander Huff-Haskell, a resident of Beacon Hill has been
    named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.
    Huff-Haskell is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in Journalism. The
    requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or
    higher.Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and
    in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates
    individuals who will solve problems and change
  • Demolition Gets Underway on Esplanade’s Lee Pool Complex

    From left to right: DCR Commissioner Leo Roy; State Rep. Livingstone; Mike Nichols, executive director of the Esplanade Association; Alexi Conine, EA board chair; Lucy Salwen, special projects and community assistant for the Charles River Conservancy; Lauren Hoops-Schmeig, executive director of Hill House; and Charlie Zechel, executive director of Community Boating, Inc.Last Friday, Jan. 18, marked a major step forward for the Charles River Esplanade when the Department Conservation and Recreati
  • MGH Announces Plans for $1 Billion Addition

    Massachusetts General Hospital formally delivered a letter
    to the city yesterday announcing its intention to build a $1 billion,
    state-of-the art addition to help meet the hospital’s rapidly increasing
    demands for medical care and service.According to hospital officials, the project would consist of two connected, 12-story towers located entirely within the MGH campus, with its facade facing Cambridge Street. The top six floors of both towers will accommodate inpatient units with approxima
  • BHAC Finally Denies 60 Chestnut St. Application

    Following the applicant’s fifth appearance before the BHAC,
    the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission voted unanimously to deny an
    application to remedy a violation for the single-family home at 60 Chestnut St.
    on Jan. 17 at City Hall. The applicant, John
    Holland of the Boston commercial and residential development firm Holland
    Companies, returned to the commission regarding the proposed installation of a
    deck railing at the rear garage and HVAC condensers on the garage roof, as well
    propos
  • School Committee: Boston Superintendent Position Will Be a Desirable Job Nationally

    The superintendent of schools in Boston will be a desirable
    job across the country, School Committee Chair Michael Loconto said this week
    as the process begins to choose a new school leader.“Boston is a place people want to be and always has been,”
    he said. “It’s big enough in some ways that you can achieve noteworthy results,
    but a specific size where you can also innovate. You get a lot of support from
    higher education, business leaders and philanthropy here…Ther
  • Rabbi Yosef Zaklos to Offer Talks on Crime and Consequences Starting Feb. 20

    This February, Rabbi Yosef Zaklos of Chabad of Downtown
    Boston will offer Crime and Consequence, a new six-session course by the
    acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) exploring 3,000 years of Jewish
    perspective on conviction, sentencing, and criminal rehabilitation.Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 8 a.m., at ADL New England
    Offices in Downtown Boston participants in the course will challenge their
    thinking, ponder the implications of ancient Talmudic wisdom for complex modern
    cases, and
  • Esplanade Association Announces Frost Fit Winter Series Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

    During these long, cold New England winters, Bostonians may
    be tempted to ‘freeze’ their regular exercise routine and hibernate indoors
    until spring appears. A new outdoor fitness series encourages people to venture
    outside and experience the beauty of the Esplanade in winter while kicking off
    the new year with regular workouts. All are welcome to warm up, score cool
    swag, and get their blood pumping at the Frost Fit Winter Series Presented by
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • 2019 Love Your Block Mini-grants Application Now Being Accepted

    Mayor Martin
    J. Walsh announced the acceptance of 2019 Love Your Block mini-grant
    applications. Applicants can apply here or email loveyourblock@boston.gov with
    a deadline of March 1st, 2019.
    “The Love
    Your Block program is a fantastic way for residents and organizations to get
    involved in their community and continue to show why the neighborhoods of
    Boston are such special places to work and live,” said Mayor Walsh. “I
    encourage all residents interested to apply for these gran
  • Boston Logan Airport Warn Passengers of Safety Concerns Amidst the Government Shutdown

    Last week the
    East Boston Times reported about local concerns regarding Air Traffic Controllers
    working without pay at Boston Logan Airport during the government shutdown. The
    shutdown and working without pay maybe making an already stressful job more
    demanding an impacting safety.
    With over
    40,000 Eastie residents living in the shadow of the one of the busiest
    international airports in the nation, air traffic control safety at Logan is
    paramount to the welfare of the community.
    As the
    governmen
  • Police Briefs 01-24-2019

    Beacon Hill BeatBreaking and Entering – Motor Vehicle01/10/19 – A victim reported he parked his 2012 Hyundai Sonata on Charles
    Street on Jan. 9 at around 11:30 p.m., but when he returned at about 9:30 a.m.
    the next day, the front passenger’s side window was smashed. The only property
    reported missing was the motor vehicle registration
  • A Sweet Contribution

    During the holiday season, Scampo donated a portion of the proceeds
    from all dessert sales to Rosie’s Place and they came up with a check for $5,000 from the dessert sales in November and December.   Pictured (L to R) JP Gaglio, Scampo Manager; Carah McLaughlin, Scampo Manager; Jay Baker, GM of Scampo; Lydia Shire, Chef/Partner of Scampo; Michael Oliver, Director of Fundraising for Rosie’s Place; and Simone Restrepo, Chef at Scampo.
  • Moving Forward:Mayor’s State of the City Focuses on Using Boston as Example of How to Keep Government Running

    Mayor Martin Walsh took a decidedly national tone in his
    State of the City address at Symphony Hall in the Back Bay on Tuesday night,
    unveiling few new local initiatives, but highlighting past successes in the
    City as an example for national leaders to move forward with ending the
    government shutdown.It was a speech delivered to Boston, but seemed to be
    playing to a crowd far beyond the city lines – perhaps testing the waters for
    higher office, some have said in the moments and hours follo
  • Chef Joanne Chang Tells BHWF to Bake the World a Better Place

    Having grown up in a traditional Taiwanese household,
    Joanne Chang ate a nutritious orange after every meal.
    She knew nothing about American desserts until she was
    7-years-old, when she visited her friend, Linda’s, house for dinner: meatloaf,
    potatoes, and peas – no rice or fruit. After Linda’s mother served chocolate
    cake for dessert, Chang became obsessed with pastry.
    Now Chang’s greatest joy is feeding people – and she does
    it quite well at her celebrated Flour b
  • Volunteers Made an Impact on the Esplanade in 2018

    Volunteers made a significant and visible impact on the
    Charles River Esplanade in 2018, helping keep the park beautiful, clean, and
    safe for the estimated 3 million people who visit the park each year.
    Last year, 1,671 volunteers donated 4,757 hours of their
    time and effort, which is the equivalent of more than two full-time employees
    working an entire year. This service is invaluable to the work of the Esplanade
    Association in revitalizing, enhancing, programming, and maintaining the
    64-acre p
  • Conservation Law Foundation Honors Rep Joseph P Kennedy III

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) hosted its biennial gala
    on Monday, Dec. 3, hosting more than 450 attendees at the John Joseph Moakley
    Courthouse in Boston. The sold-out event honored the commitment of local heroes
    from every New England state for their efforts in protecting the region’s
    environment. The organization also recognized Representative Joseph P. Kennedy
    III with its President’s Award.
    “Rep. Kennedy and the group of local heroes we are honoring
    tonight have devoted
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens its Doors for Dr Martin Luther King Jr Free Day Celebration

    To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
    Jr., the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will open its doors on Monday, Jan.
    21, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a free day of community-building activities,
    art-making projects, and performances around social justice and healing.Artists performing in Calderwood Hall include Gregory
    Groover Jr. Jazz Trio and Charles Street AME Church’s Hamilton Garrett Music
    and Arts Academy Chorus. Also being presented is a live interactive mural &n
  • BHV to Host The Savvy Patient Healthcare Discussion

    The Savvy Patient: Becoming a Partner in Your Own Health
    Care, with Gordon Moore, M.D. and Barbara Roop, Ph.D., J.D.to be held on
    Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1:30-3 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 8, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the
    Central Library in Copley Square Commonwealth Salon, McKim Building, 700
    Boylston St., Boston.This event is free and open to the Public.Join Beacon Hill Village at the Central Library for Savvy
    Patient, a two-part conversation between an experienced practitioner and health
    care systems exper
  • Panel Discussion Explores Power of Public Monuments

    For the first in a series of activities planned in
    conjunction with the upcoming restoration of the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th
    Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common, the project’s benefactors sponsored a
    panel discussion exploring the social and cultural impact of public monuments
    on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Tremont Temple. Derrick Z. Jackson, a
    renowned author, journalist and photographer, served as the moderator for the
    symposium called “A Community Conversation: The Power of Pu
  • Clevergreen Cleaners Has Moved A Block Closer to the Ducks

    Come see your favorite  true  green dry cleaner’s new store at 81 Charles St., providing the same excellent
    environmentally friendly and earth loving services, and still  cleaning for local celebrities, including 
    you, and still delivering upon request. Call 671-523-6925 or visit  clevergreencleaners.com for more information.
  • Area A-1 sees 1-Percent Drop in Part One Crime in ‘18

    Area A-1 saw a 1-pecent decrease in violent and property
    crimes in 2018, compared with the previous year. According to Boston
    Police, 2,573 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and Dec.
    31 in the area, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown Downtown and the North
    End, as opposed to 2,586 during the same timeframe in 2017. The number of
    homicides dropped to one in 2018 from two the year before while rapes and
    attempted rapes saw a slight uptick as the number rose to 22 from 21
  • Real-Life Grinch Makes Off with Toys from Myrtle Street Playground

    When Patricia Kendall went to retrieve the remaining
    letters to Santa from neighborhood children on Dec. 22 from the “North Pole”
    mailbox at the Myrtle Street Playground, she was in for an unwelcome holiday
    surprise. “All the toys were
    gone…and it was really upsetting because the kids were used to having them
    there,” said Kendall, co-president of Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground.
    “It was really like the Grinch swooped in three days before Christmas.&rd
  • Race for District 8 City Council Underway; 2 New Candidates So Far

    The race for District 8 City Council is on, with two
    candidates running against incumbent Councilor Josh Zakim, who has held the
    office since 2014. Kristen Mobilia, who ran against Zakim in the 2017 election,
    and political newcomer Hélène Vincent have announced their campaigns for
    office. These new candidates spoke with the Beacon Hill Times about their
    campaigns and the issues that matter to them.
    Hélène VincentHélène Vincent is new to the political sce
  • Helen Bender Elected to Life-Time Membership in the WECA

    The West End Civic Association (WECA) added sparkle to
    their holiday party by electing Helen Bender, Librarian, West End Branch of the
    Boston Public Library, to life-time membership in WECA, “without any
    obligation to pay dues – or attend meetings!” In receiving WECA’S Annual
    Award, she was presented an elegant – and elegantly worded – citation.
    Helen’s contributions to the West End are extraordinary.
    Since 2009, she has offered space at her library for
  • The Martin Richard Foundation Challenges Young People to Bring Their Communities Together in Service

    The Martin Richard Foundation is calling on young people
    ages 5-22 to submit their ideas for bringing their communities together in
    service with projects that promote peace, justice and kindness. Through the
    Foundation’s Bridge Builder Program, up to 30 applicants will be selected to
    receive $500 grants to turn their idea into reality. Applications are due
    Friday, Jan. 18, and are available at MartinRichardFoundation.org.
    Projects should be led by young people; display peace,
    justice and k
  • Police Briefs 01-08-2019

    Beacon Hill BeatFrom Boston Police Area A-1Larceny from a Building12/27/18 – A victim reported he returned to his Joy St. apartment after
    walking his dog at about 10:11 p.m., when he noticed an unknown male suspect
    leaving his building. At that time, the victim realized the suspect stole two
    delivery packages from his hallway before fleeing in a motor vehicle towards
    Cambridge Street.
  • A Year in Review – Looking Back at 2018

    Jan. 9Namrita
    Kapur-Dewinter, managing director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s
    EDF+Business, delivered her talk entitled “Leveraging Sustainable Finance for a
    Cleaner Planet” as the keynote speaker for the year’s first Beacon Hill Women’s
    Forum at Hampshire House.Jan. 29Boy
    Scout Troop #74 was reestablished after a 10-year absence when its members made
    the transition from Cub Scouts during a “crossover ceremony” at the Park Street
    School.Feb. 4The
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