• Hill House Tree & Wreath Sale

    Max Amadeo and Trevor McCormack head home with their Christmas tree in hand last Saturday, Dec. 1, during the Hill House’s annual wreath and tree sale at the Firehouse.
  • ‘Hill House Tour’ Returns Dec 9

    “The Beacon Hill Holiday House” tour returns on Sunday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m.
    For more than 20 years, the Nichols House Museum has organized and hosted the tour, which offers the public a rare opportunity to experience a select group of private residences.
    “The ‘House Tour’ has been annual tradition, which is now in its 23rd year,” said Linda Marshall, the museum’s executive director. “From my point of view, it’s a very unique and
  • Holiday Happenings

    ‘Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll’ returns Dec. 6The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll presents the annual “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll” on Thursday, Dec. 6, with many returning crowd-pleasers, including the Back Bay Ringers, the Brass Quartet, the Apollo Club, Kings Chapel carolers and everyone’s favorite – the complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides by Bridal Carriage Co., Inc. Both sides on the five blocks of Charles Street between Cambridge and Beacon streets will be c
  • Former John Jeffries House to be Rebranded as ‘The Whitney’

    The former John Jeffries House at 170 Charles St. will be rebranded as “The Whitney” when it reopens as a boutique hotel this spring, according to Anna Rabin, account manager for the Boston public relations firm Solomon McCown & Company.
    Boston-based developer Related Beal, which purchased the building from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) for $40 million in 2016, has undertaken an extensive rehabilitation of the property and constructed a 12,000-square foot addition on
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  • Former John Jeffries House to become ‘The Whitney’

    The former John Jeffries House at 170 Charles St. will become “The Whitney” when it reopens as a boutique hotel this spring.
    Boston-based developer Related Beal, which purchased the building from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) for $40 million in 2016, has undertaken an extensive rehabilitation of the property and constructed a 12,000-square foot addition on the site of the surface parking lot adjacent to Savenor’s Market at Charles and Cambridge streets. Besides 66
  • Local Author Delights Residents with Memories of Dining Out

    For those interested in the history of eating out in Boston, local author James O’Connell’s new book, ‘Dining Out in Boston: A Culinary History,’ is for you. O’Connell gave a presentation of the book at The Learning Project on Marlborough Street on Nov. 15.
    The event was hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s Special Events Committee, and a crowd of 55 people signed up to hear O’Connell speak on Thursday night. O’Connell, who teac
  • Beacon Hill Women’s Forum to Celebrate the Holidays on Dec 18

    The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) will fête the holiday season with a cocktail party starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday , Dec. 18,  at the Hampshire House. While typically the monthly forums are for women only, partners are also invited to attend this month to celebrate the season, for what promises to be a wonderful evening.
    A group of BHWF members will don festive attire and put together a ‘loosely choreographer’ dance that will be performed at the party. No dance ex
  • City Council Holds Hearing on Corporate Tax-Break Transparency

    The City Council Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on Nov. 29, regarding corporate tax break transparency in the City of Boston.
    With recent conversations around the location of Amazon second headquarters, tax break transparency is on the minds of the Council and the public. Councilor Michael Flaherty said that there have been issues in the past with the previous administration regarding tax break transparency.
    “We’ve seen too many instances of an agreement that was made and
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  • Police Briefs 12-04-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Aggravated Assault and Battery
    11/26/18 – A victim reported as she was walking through the Public Garden in the area of Beacon and Arlington streets at about 4:03 p.m., she was shoved and her phone was grabbed out of her hand.
    The victim stated she confronted a group of four kids for smoking marijuana in the park, at which one male suspect pushed her and threw the victim’s phone over the fence onto Beacon Street.
    The suspects fled on foot,
  • VNA Care’s Heroes in Health Care Raises $250,000

    VNA Care recently honored industry leaders while raising more than $250,000 at the 13th annual Heroes in Health Care Gala at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The Gala is VNA Care’s signature fundraisingevent and has raised millions in essential funding for home health care.Rami Karjian of Medically Home, a Patron Sponsor of the Gala; Kimberly Nelson, Chief Legal Officer at Atrius Health; Dr. Joe Kimura, Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health; and Dr. Amanda Beacom.
  • Hostnetter Receives Charles Elliot Conservationist of the Year Award

    The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) recently honored Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. with its prestigious Charles
    Trustees President and CEO Barbara Erickson with Amos Hostetter at 127th Annual Meeting
    Eliot Conservationist of the Year Award at the nonprofit’s 127th Annual Meeting held in the State Room in Boston.
    Hostetter has been a friend and supporter of The Trustees for many years, serving as a Corporate Trustee since 1991, and as a longtime member of the Nantucket Property Committee.
  • ‘Holiday Stroll’ Returns Dec 6

    One of the neighborhood’s most anticipated annual events, the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll” returns Thursday, Dec. 6.
    “The Beacon Hill Business Association is excited to present the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll again for the 16th year, with many returning crowd-pleasers, including the Back Bay Ringers, the Brass Quartet, the Apollo Club, Kings Chapel carolers and everyone’s favorite – the complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides by Bridal Carriage Co., Inc.,&rdqu
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  • Mass General Cancer Center Debuts CenterStage with Musical Guest Boyz II Men

    On Monday, Dec. 3, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center will debut its new signature event, CenterStage, at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). Co-chaired by Jack Connors, Jr., Philip Schiller and Sam Slater, CenterStage is poised to build upon the success of the Cancer Center’s former event, the one hundred, and continue its tradition of celebrating progress in the fight against cancer and honoring those who help make it possible, while raising funds for the work that remains.
    On t
  • Council Holds Hearings Regarding New Trust Fund, Funding for Infrastructure

    The City Council Committee on Ways and Means held a series of hearings on Monday afternoon, including one regarding the Make Boston Shine Trust Fund and one regarding the appropriation of funds for transportation infrastructure in the city.
    According to the docket, the Make Boston Shine Trust Fund “will further promote the public health, safety, convenience and welfare by encouraging civic engagement, unity, and a sense of neighborhood pride and ownership by supporting residents and commun
  • Santa Goes to the Dogs for Holiday Pet Photos on Sunday

    What better is there to get into the holiday spirit than to have your dog photographed with Santa Claus?
    In partnership with the Friends of the Public Garden and the Unit Realty Group of Boston, Infinity Portrait Design will be offering “Happy Howlidays,” pet photos with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its 59 Beacon St. studio. There is a suggested donation of $20, with proceeds benefitting Common Canine – the off-leash dog program on the Boston Common that f
  • Police Briefs 11-27-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    11/04/18 – The victim reported she parked her 2017 Honda Civic on West Cedar Street at around 3 p.m. on Nov. 3, but when she returned at about 11:30 a.m. the next day, the passenger’s side window was smashed, and a laptop and bag and personal papers were removed from the vehicle.
    Vandalism to Motor Vehicle
    11/07/18 – A Mt. Vernon St. resident reported she parked her 2019 Mercedes Cl in her garage at approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, but
  • Climate Change is Happening Now

    The report released last Friday by 13 U.S. government agencies concurring in an assessment that the effects of climate change will result in a 10 percent decline in the U.S. gross national product and the loss of $1 trillion in real estate by the year 2100 is sobering — if not depressing — and should be a wake-up call to our elected officials to take action immediately to lead the world in reversing the effects of man-made contributions to climate change.
    The U.S. report comes on the
  • BHAC Denies Application To Equip Charles Street Streetlights with Cell Nodes

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission shot down a proposal to replace three Charles Street streetlights with new ones equipped with cell-phone nodes during its Nov. 15 hearing at City Hall.
    The commission denied three separate applications submitted by Joseph Shannon of Crown Castle, a Hingham-based provider of wireless infrastructure, to remove existing, single-arorn streetlights and replace them with new, double-acorn streetlights equipped with large, box-shaped antennas at their bases at C
  • Think Small on Small Business Saturday

    Small Business Saturday, coming Nov. 24, is the perfect opportunity to get started on your holiday shopping while supporting the neighborhood’s unique mix of retailers.
    “As far as the Beacon Hill Business Association is concerned, every day is ‘Small Business Day,’ and we feel very fortunate to be part of a small-business dominated community,” said Lucy Grogan, who serves as co-president of the organization alongside Ali Ringenburg. “Beacon Hill is a destinati
  • Planning Begins for Spring 2019 Green and White Ball

    On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Friends of the Public Garden (FOPG) gathered at Marc Hall Design in the South End to celebrate the commencement of the planning for its spring gala, the Green and White Ball, which will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston on Friday, April 26, 2019. Friends Board Chair, Leslie Adam welcomed guests, while co-chairs Ashley Harmon (Beacon Hill), Amanda Pratt (Beacon Hill), Jessica Schmitz (Beacon Hill) and Lisa Taffe (Beacon Hill) introduced event partner Marc Hall,
  • Walsh to Light Common Christmas Tree on Nov 29

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and The Honourable Karen Casey, Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia, will celebrate the 77th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    The celebration is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor The Province of Nova Scotia, Jumbotron sponsor JetBlue, and presenting sponsors Exelon Generation, the Coca-Cola Company, and Bank of America with additional support provided by WCVB Channel 5, Magic 106.7 FM, and t
  • Martin Richard Foundation Seeking Ideas

    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 available at MartinRichardFoundation.org. Projects should be led by young people; display peace, justice and kindness as core values; and ta
  • City Council Holds Hearing to Discuss Freedom Rally’s Future

    The City Council held an at-times contentious hearing to discuss the future of the Boston Freedom Rally – the event, formerly known as “Hempfest,” held each year on the Boston Common to promote marijuana legalization and advocacy  – on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at City Hall.
    “We’re looking for a way this popular event can continue,” said Councilor Josh Zakim, who co-sponsored the hearing with Councilor Ed Flynn. “This isn’t about cannabis, use
  • Bridburg Shares Her Story of Creating a Community for Writers at the BHWF

    On Tuesday, Nov. 13, members of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) gathered at the Hampshire House to hear from Eve Bridburg, founder of local literary powerhouse organization GrubStreet.
    The evening opened with remarks from Neighborhood Narrative speaker Katherine Hudson of KM Hudson on Charles Street. Hudson spoke convincingly of the importance of well-fitting undergarments, both for comfort and to improve the fit of clothing. Her small and intimate shop specializes in personalized fit
  • Police Briefs 11-20-2018

    From Boston Police Area A-1
    11/13/18 – At about 10:04 a.m., a landlord reported copper downspouts (drainpipes) were stolen from the front of his Revere Street building.
    Larceny – Shoplifting
    11/16/18 – A Charles Street boutique reported a female suspect entered the dressing room to try on four dresses at about 4:45 p.m. The suspect stole one of the dresses, leaving the other three behind, before fleeing on foot. The store has a surveillance video of the incident,
  • Thanksgiving and Very Thankful

    This Thanksgiving I am thankful to not have cancer. I hope.
    Six months ago my family doctor sent me for a CT scan because I went in to be checked out for something that felt weird which ended up being nothing. However the CT scan did reveal some nodules in my thyroid. A local Endocrinologist did a fine needle biopsy and said one of the nodules was thirty percent suspicious of malignancy. I went to another doctor out of town who did the same test that came back inconclusive and then another test
  • Keeping an Eye on Beacon Hill

    This owl has been spotted in Beacon Hill area. It seems to like Brimmer Street the most.
  • Ban on Thin Plastic Bags Begins Dec 14

    Boston residents will have to say good-bye to flimsy plastic bags starting in just a few weeks. Last December, Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags in the city, which goes into effect on December 14.
    Thin plastic bags used to hold produce, newspapers, and dry cleaning will be exempt from the ban, said ISD Commissioner William Christopher, Jr. Stores will have the option of offering thicker bags that contain at least 40 percent recyclable content, whether it be pa
  • Beacon Hill Voters Support Gov Baker in Midterms

    Unlike voters citywide who narrowly favored Democrat Jay Gonzales, Beacon Hill showed its support for Gov. Charlie Baker in the Nov. 6 midterm election.
    According to the city’s unofficial results, 64 percent of voters in Ward 3, Precinct 6 and Ward 5, Precinct 3-5 and 11 opted for GOP Baker and Karyn Polito in their bid for second term as governor and lieutenant governor while 35 percent of Beacon Hill voters chose Gonzales and his running mate Quentin Palfrey (3,930 to 2,363 votes). 
  • Red Cross Issues Immediate Call for Blood and Platelet Donations

    The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.
    During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an
  • The Peanuts Gang Comes to the Shubert Theatre

    Just in time for the holiday season, the Peanuts gang will be coming to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre from November 29 – December 2, 2018 for A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage. Tickets are on sale and can purchased at the Boch Center Box Office, online at www.bochcenter.org, or by phone: 866.348.9738.
    A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors
  • Boston’s Christmas Tree Arrives Nov 20

    The annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20.  This year commemorates 101 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston after our city provided emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.
    Boston’s official 2018 Christmas tree is a 46-foot white spruce tree donated by Ross McKellar and Ter
  • Gym Proposed above Harvard Gardens

    REPS Fitness Studio intends to open its third gym above Harvard Gardens at 316 Cambridge St.
    Renvil Doman, owner and manager of REFS, which also has locations at 125 Charles St. on Beacon Hill and 781 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, as well as Beacon Hill Yoga at 57 Phillips St., intends to open the new facility on the second floor of the building at the corner of Cambridge and Grove streets.
    “We just want to keep it simple,” Doman said, adding that the space would be split to two parts
  • Copley Square Tree Lighting Set for Nov 26

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 6 p.m.
    The free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus and Rudolph along with musical performances by vocalist Mark “Sing” Robertson, the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Brass Quintet, and Berklee College of Music’s own Nat
  • Shriners Hospital Holds 50th Anniversary Gala

    The Selby Family presented the Shriners Hospital with a $26,510 check they raised for the hospital’s School Re-Entry Program. Posing with the check are Selby Family members Stephanie Biffle, Becci Sutphin, and Potentate Frank Selby (second from right) with Shriners Hospital chairman Robert Baker (center) and administrator Eileen Skinner (far right). Meanwhile, a bust of Robert Gardner Wilson Jr, one of the founders of the Boston Shriners Hospital, was placed at the entrance to the fundrai
  • Former Charles St Inn to Become Hotel Again

    The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted to support an application that would allow the former Charles Street Inn to revert from short-term rentals back to its previous use as a hotel on Oct. 30 at City Hall.
    The applicant, 94 Charles Street Residential LLC, has proposed changing the use of nine residential apartments to just as many executive suites.
    Brent Berc and Will Avanessian, principals of Boston Real Estate Collaborative, purchased the hotel at 94 Charles St. in 2012 before convert
  • Harvest Fest and Halloween Costume Party Returns to Phillips Street Play Area

    On Sunday, Oct. 28, the sky stayed rain-free while the Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area held their 10th annual Harvest Fest and Halloween Costume Party at the Phillips Street Play Area, located on Phillips Street between Anderson and Garden streets on Beacon Hill.
    For the many kids in attendance, there was face-painting, games, a “guess-the-number-of-candy-corns-in-a-big-glass-jar” contest and a “spooky pumpkin” drawing contest.  There was also
  • Red-Blue Line Connector Cheaper than Once Thought

    Last week MBTA officials announced that the project to connect Red and Blue Lines thus ending the only two train lines that currently do not intersect might be a lot cheaper than once thought.
    In 2010 the MBTA released a study on the viability of connecting the Red Line to the Blue Line at the Charles Street/MGH stop. This would make commuting for East Boston residents heading to doctors appointments at Mass .General or jobs in Cambridge a whole lot easier.
    The Red-Blue Line Connector project wa
  • Mayor Walsh Lights Columbus Park Trellis Nov 19

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will join together to celebrate the 16th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis on Monday, Nov. 19, beginning at 5 p.m.
    Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on Boston’s historic waterfront, Christopher Columbus Park is transformed into a beautiful holiday display when the park’s 260 feet of trellis are illuminated with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated tre
  • Esplanade Association Board says ‘Thank You’ to Rep Livingstone

    The board of the Esplanade Association hosted a reception to thank State Rep. Jay Livingstone for his contributions to the Charles River Esplanade, and to the neighborhoods of Back Bay and Beacon Hill on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the home of T.K. and Lianne Ankner.
    At this intimate gathering, Livingstone met with EA supporters and spoke of some of his proudest moments while in the Legislature. He was acknowledged for his contributions to public access to the Charles River Esplanade, including advoca
  • Dr Adam Wolfberg Honored by the March of Dimes at Annual Gala

    For his tireless efforts to improve the health of babies and mothers, the March of Dimes is proud to recognize Beacon Hill resident Dr. Adam Wolfberg, MD, MPH, with the 2018 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. Dr. Wolfberg was honored at the March of Dimes’ annual Black Ties for Babies gala on October 20 at the UMass Club.
    A maternal-fetal medicine specialist and entrepreneur, Dr. Wolfberg serves as the chief medical officer at Ovia Health. He is also the founder and chief medica
  • Police Briefs 11-06-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Burglary – Commercial
    10/22/18 – A victim reported unknown person(s) kicked in a plywood entrance to a Charles Street construction site some time between 9 a.m. on Oct. 21 and 5 a.m. the next day. Several power tools and numerous copper fittings were reportedly stolen from the site, and detectives are investigating the matter.
  • BHCA Tree Committee Discusses Ways to Improve Urban Canopy

    The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Tree and Civic Beautification Committee met to discuss ways to improve the urban canopy and enhance the beauty of the neighborhood on Oct. 15 at 74 Joy St.
    A recently planted tree-pit.
    The meeting agenda included notification that the city’s Parks Department would plant new trees this fall at 31 Charles St. and 19 Charles St. The committee will send neighbors a notice regarding the upcoming plantings, and asks them to “remove any guards t
  • Hill Voters Still Have Early Voting Option

    Beacon Hill voters can cast their ballots in the Commonwealth’s general election at their assigned polling locations on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, or take advantage of early voting ending on Nov. 2.
    Republican Charlie Baker will be seeking a second term as governor in the race against Democratic candidate Jay Gonzales, who served as the state’s secretary of administration and finance under Gov. Deval Patrick from 2009 to 2013, while KarynPolito, Baker’s Repub
  • BWSC Finishing Up Design Phase of Hill Contract

    The Boston Water and Sewer Commission is currently finishing the design phase on a contract for the water-main replacement and drainage upgrades on Bowdoin, Derne, Hancock, Cambridge and Lynde streets, as well as a small portion of Mt. Vernon Street near Hancock Street.
    BWSC spokesman Stephen Mulloney wrote that the project’s scope includes replacement of 16-inch and 10-inch water-mains on Bowdoin Street from Cambridge to Derne streets; water replacement at the intersection of Bowdoin and
  • The 16th Annual Beacon Hill Holiday Fine Art & Craft Sale Starts Nov 17

    On the weekend before Thanksgiving local visual artists and fine artisans will sell a variety of hand-crafted holiday gift items at Hill House, 127 Mt. Vernon Street (the old Firehouse).  10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.
    The annual event provides a unique holiday shopping experience, offering one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, photography, handmade baby items and table linens, holiday cards, paintings, and more.
    The Beacon Hill Holiday Fine Art & Craft Sale features award-winning local artis
  • Two-Part Program Highlights Traditional Turkish Music, Cuisine and Culture

    In partnership with the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Friends House, located at 6 Chestnut St., presents “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” – a two-part program highlighting traditional Turkish music, cuisine and culture – on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Featured musicians include CerenTurkmenoglu (violin, voice and traditional instruments), who was raised in the Western classical music tradition, and currently performs with the Boston Philharmo
  • Upstairs Downstairs Antiques Sponsors Artists’ Reception

    Upstairs Downstairs Antiques on Charles Street feted local artists during a festive reception on the evening of Oct. 20.
    Featured talent included Andrea Guay, Niki Farrell, John Young, Robert Douglas Hunter, Marcia Corey, Nancy O’Hearn and Pearl McCarthy, as well as William Cloutman, Cate Hunter Kashem and Liz Hunter – an artist and former student of the late New England painter Robert Douglas Hunter; an artist and Hunter’s daughter; and Hunter’s widow, who was on hand re
  • Bridburg of GrubStreet to Speak at BHWF

    Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHFW) will welcome Eve Bridburg, Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet on Tuesday, November 13, at the Hampshire House.  Cocktail mingling hour will start at 6 p.m, followed by Bridburg’s talk, “Grubstreet: A National Literary Powerhouse and Connected Writing Community” beginning at 6:45 p.m sharp.
    Named among Boston Magazine’s “50 most powerful women” in 2010 and winner of BostInno’s “Arts and Entertain
  • Millennium Partners Break Ground on Winthrop Center

    Millennium Partners broke ground Wednesday, Oct. 24, on the approximately $1.35 billion Winthrop Center, which at 691-feet will be the fourth tallest building in the city and the tallest structure in Downtown Crossing when it opens in 2022.
    The skyscraper will be erected on the site of a former city-owned garage in Winthrop Square, which was shuttered in 2013, and is described on the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s website as “a vibrant, mixed-use project with approximately
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