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HUNTINGTON BEACH...What would you do if a tsunami should strike? Holler out "Oh my ---", Gulp!
A tsunami gives little time to think in some cases and causes major damage to coastal property by huge tidalwaves. A tsunami is caused by a major earthquake out in the ocean that could send 50+ foot waves miles away and with that much water and the speed at which it travels, very little will be left in its path.
Members from Huntington Beach's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) offered information on what to do
Adema Reed and Cynthia Goebel from the state's Office of Emergency Services came down with more information for the students to bring home
Tsunamis have hit Japan, Alaska and the Washington coasts in the last half century after major earthquakes.
On Thursday morning, March 26, 2015, a class from Isaac Sowers Middle School learned what to do if a warning of one comes along. Member of the Huntington Beach's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and members from the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) along with members of HB Fire and Police offered information to the students at Moffett Park about what to do.
Students receives information from a CERT member
Media from the Huntington Beach News and three Los Angeles TV stations Channela 4, 5, and 7) came to cover this inportant event.
Neighbors also learned about what to do if a warning was sounded. The chance of a tsunami coming to Moffett Park is small, but what if you were on vacation in some tropical country and you know how much Surf City residents love to go where hotels, sunshine and seawater mix.
Sowers students ask questions from the CERT team
Would you know what you should do in those first few minutes. One thing you can't do is to outrun a tsunami. Those Sowers students now know and will hopefully pass the information on to their parents.
HB Officer Shroyer and Sowers student Caide B.
Last year the City of Huntington Beach held its first tsunami preparedness event at Harbour View Park in the Huntington Harbour area where those residents learned the biggest danger to them would be in the harbor channels. Water would be squeezed into smaller spaces with much higher waves that could bring the damages into the millions of dollars and loss of lives.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Taking 1st place in last year’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, Mayor Jill Hardy is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation — and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-In, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.
Wyland (L) with former HB Mayor Matt Harper in 2014 giving Harper a certificate for Huntington Beach being First Place in that year'sNational Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1- 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative through easy-to-use online pledges to reduce water and energy usage.
“As 2014 was one of the driest years on record and with our state’s emergency drought situation, it is ever more important to not waste water and take extra measures to conserve,” said Mayor Hardy. “Since we won last year, I know Huntington Beach residents can enthusiastically get behind this effort to do their part to conserve water. Let’s keep our water conservation title!”
Mayor Hardy is encouraging Huntington Beach residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of Huntington Beach at www.mywaterpledge.com/national throughout the month of April. Last year, residents from over 3,600 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.4 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 36 million pounds, prevent more than 179,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds, a reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5.3 billion pounds.
To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Huntington Beach. Cities compete in the following population categories: (5,000‐ 29,999 residents, 30,000‐99,999 residents, 100,000‐299,999 residents, 300,000‐599,999 residents, and 600,000+residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius Plug-In. The challenge also features additional resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home.
The 4th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch, and WaterSmart Software. Photo:HBPIO
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Broadway Treatment Center Introduces Nexalin as Newest Treatment Modality. Broadway Treatment Center introduces Nexalin therapy to its growing list of innovative treatment modalities. Broadway Treatment Center, headquartered in Huntington Beach, CA, specializes in the treatment of addiction to drugs and alcohol, and has residential treatment programs that range from 30-days to 9-months in duration.
Founded in 2012, Broadway is one of the fastest growing substance abuse recovery centers in Southern California, and has expanded to several locations throughout the southland. Serving a young adult population from all corners of the country with both inpatient and outpatient levels of care, their evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to addiction is setting a new standard in behavioral healthcare.
“We want to set ourselves apart from what everyone else in the space is doing. We are always looking at alternative and innovative methodologies that might make a difference in the lives of those struggling with substance abuse, things that haven’t been applied in the field of addiction treatment. In the end, if we have 15 or 20 distinctive techniques to address the troubles that our clients might be facing, chances are, something is going to stick, something is going to make a difference in that person’s life. In many instances, using drugs to get people off of drugs seems somewhat absurd. That’s why we are always looking at new approaches like Nexalin. Our intent is to revolutionize the treatment industry one mind at a time” stated Shaun Lennert, Director of Operations at Broadway Treatment Center.
Nexalin is an FDA cleared, revolutionary method of transcranial electrical stimulation, which has been shown to restore the natural regulation of the brain’s neurochemistry. It’s a highly effective and pharmaceutical-free alternative therapy that has been used efficaciously in the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, bipolar and other disorders that often co-occur with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Nexalin therapy uses a safe frequency waveform to reset the hypothalamus of the brain. The stimulating waveforms have been shown to normalize the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, bringing them back into balance or homeostasis just as some of the traditionally prescribed pharmaceuticals are intended to do.
Nexalin therapy has been an accepted approach in recovery centers on the East coast, for sometime, however, Broadway Treatment Center will be the first residential treatment center to offer the cutting-edge approach in the state of California.
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HUNTINGTON BEACH...The hearts of all law abiding Californians go out to the family of San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson killed in the line of duty to his community.
Attorney General Harris today issued the following statement on the death of San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson:
"On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Officer Michael Johnson, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of his community and his state. My condolences also go out to Chief Larry Esquivel and the entire San Jose Police Department, which has lost not only a dedicated colleague, but a family member. Yesterday’s tragedy is a grave reminder of the risks that our law enforcement officers take each day when they put on the badge to protect their communities. The state of California and her people shall forever be indebted to these brave men and women for their service."
HUNTINGTON BEACH...At 10 a.m. vehicles filled every space in the parking lot for this year's 2nd Annual Cherry Blosson Festival held in Huntington Central Park East on Sunday afternoon March 22nd to honor Anjo, Japan, Huntington Beach's sister city.
Mona Ducharme and Sachiko Nakabayashi from Sister City Association of Huntington Beach
Visitors check out the booths at this year's Cherry Blossom Festival
Eduardo Higuchi and Shoko Araki from Orange Coast Gakuen Language School handed out information about their programs
Right here in Surf City USA visitors could experience the culture of Japan and try several different exotic foods that vendors prepared for the event. The Orange Coast Gakuen language school had a booth with information on learning the Japanese language.
H.B. Mayor Jill Hardy and VIPs at the welcome ceremony
Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy, Jim Katapodis Mayor Pro Tempore, Assemblyman Matthew Harper and his wife, Consul General Harry Horinouchi were all on hand to welcome visitors to the event and to sample some of Japan's rich culture and its food.
Watch a short video of the opening ceremony of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Flash format
Kokoro Kaiko Lai Drummers
Entertainment included Kokoro Kaiko Lai, a Japanese drumming ensemble from Long Beach, Lakelani's Rhyyhm of the Islands, Ryan Kaneko, Kabuki, Nihon Buyo, a demonstration of karate by Demura Sensei, and music provided by Minyo Station. There were a Anime costume contest, Japanese crafts and games for the youngsters to play too.
Mary Urashima (R) from Saving Historic Wintersburg project
While partaking of these exotic Asian foods, the attendees could listen to a ukulele band in the park's amphitheater. The Orange County Bonsai Society had a lovely display of miniature trees and were busy answering questions from people.
Orange County Bonsai Society
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Huntington Beach residents and businesses can prepare for a tsunami by practicing how to protect themselves when one occurs. The City will participate in National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 23-27, 2015. Throughout the week, public safety officials will review and exercise response plans, work with schools in the zone and educate the public about the risk.
On Thursday, March 26, the public is invited to visit Moffett Park to learn more about tsunami preparedness. The City will perform a morning evacuation exercise with residents at Landmark Senior Community and students from Isaac Sowers Middle School (two classrooms) and lead them to Moffett Park 20400 Meander Lane (evacuation will be held around 9:30 a.m.). The City’s Emergency Operations Center team will be on hand to answer question and distribute information to attendees at the park.
In the event of a tsunami warning, residents and businesses may be instructed to drive, bus or walk out of the Tsunami Evacuation Zone. People living in the tsunami evacuation zone can participate in National Tsunami Week by: 1.) Learn the risk 2.) Find your safe area 3.) Gather your family, and 4.) Walk to safety.
On March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck the coast of Alaska that lasted nearly three minutes and took 130 lives. As a result of the earthquake, a massive tsunami struck Alaska and the west coast and caused damage to the Huntington Harbour. More recently, as a result of the 2011 Tohoku (Japan) Earthquake, multiple west coast harbors received damage and Huntington Harbour had significant tidal surges that could have been detrimental had it happened at high tide. This year, the City of Huntington Beach continues its efforts to focus on tsunami preparedness and planning by participating in National Tsunami Preparedness Week.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The City Attorney recently prevailed in a personal injury lawsuit brought by Susan Goldsmith, who was involved in a bicycle accident on Beach Blvd on July 5, 2013. “We aggressively defended the City of Huntington Beach and on February 18, 2015, the Orange County Superior Court dismissed Plaintiff’s suit with prejudice citing the fact that the City was not at fault for Plaintiff’s injuries,” said Michael Gates, City Attorney. “I want to thank the City Council for their support in defending this lawsuit. This is a great win for both the City and the taxpayers of Huntington Beach,” said Gates.
In addition, the City Attorney’s Office issued a statement concerning a case that involved an electrical accident while working in an Edison electrical vault on Tisbury Street in the Huntington Harbor on September 30, 2013. “I am pleased to report that after a series of aggressive negotiations by our office, the Plaintiff in the “Successor- In-Interest to Brandon Orozco v. Southern California Edison; City of Huntington Beach” dismissed the City from the lawsuit on March 19, 2015,” said Gates.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...It's Springtime in ol' Surf City and that means shopping for new outfits. So what to do with last year's fashionable outfits.
On Sunday, March 29th Edison High Aquatics are sponsoring with the Goodwill, a gently used clothing, books, toys and household items Donation Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school. They will also be taking e-waste of laptops, monitors, cell phones, televisions, etc. But no furniture or large items.
The event benefits the school's aquatic programs. Edison High School is located at 21400 Magnolia in HB.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...NuVision Federal Credit Union today announced its annual 2015 NuVision Scholarship Program to support local students pursuing post-secondary education. The credit union has been providing scholarships since 2008 to help promote educational opportunities and career enrichment within the communities it serves. This year, the NuVision Scholarship Program has significantly expanded to provide more money to more students across Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Local students (from left) Serina Molano from Alta Loma, Kirk Perez from Azusa, Jill Rime from Huntington Beach, Andrew Chan from Las Flores, and Brandon Vu from Orange were among those awarded college scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 from NuVision Federal Credit Union in 2014. Applications for the 2015 NuVision Scholarship Program will be accepted beginning April 1, 2015.
Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students attending a four-year college or university (public or private), community college, or pursuing trade certification in a vocational or technical school. Eligibility requirements and application forms are available on the NuVision website, www.NuVisionFederal.org.
“We are excited to more than double the 2015 NuVision Scholarship Program this year to provide even more support to the students -- and future leaders -- of our communities,” said L.J. Tarman, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at NuVision Federal Credit Union. “I am always inspired by the amazing talent coming out of our high schools. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to acknowledge a new group of incredible local students every year through this program, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goals.”
In addition to outlining their educational goals, activities, community service and awards, every scholarship applicant is asked to write a short essay on how new technologies will impact the future of banking.
All applications and supporting materials will be accepted starting April 1, 2015 through May 29, 2015. The scholarship award recipients will be recognized at a reception to be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. at NuVision’s Huntington Beach branch and headquarters location. Photo:NuVision
AZUSA...Several local residents made the academic Deans' List at Azusa Pacific University. These students are honored for a fall 2014 grade-point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 1,983 students receiving the same honor.
Madison Hybl, A Psychology Major, of Huntington Beach (92648)
Alex Kircher, A History Major, of Huntington Beach (92646)
Caroline Nazir, A Biology Major, of Huntington Beach (92647)
Megan Rahman, A Biology Major, of Huntington Beach (92648)
Brianda Silva, A Nursing Major, of Huntington Beach (92648)
Eileen Stressling, A Music Major, of Huntington Beach (92649)
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 61 bachelor's degrees, 40 master's degrees, 17 certificates, 11 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 4 associate degrees, the university offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Three years ago this month, Huntington Beach native Tom Bock brought Pedego Electric Bikes to downtown Huntington Beach, and the city has been energized with fun ever since. Located a couple of blocks from the beach on the corner of 5th and Olive, Pedego Huntington Beach has grown into an integral part of Surf City, USA.
Senior Field Representative Ronnie Guyer
There were representatives in 2012 from the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and Ronnie Guyer from Assemblyman Jim Silva's office.
Bock chose a simple formula for success upon opening his store: Make fun hit the turf in a city known for surf. It worked. It didn't take residents and visitors long to discover how many thrills could come from zipping out of the store's bright red building.
The public enjoying the grand opening in 2012
A veteran businessman, Bock's vision also included contributing to the city in meaningful ways. He now sits on the Board of Directors for the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce. What's more, Pedego Huntington Beach (HB) stepped up when the city needed a bicycle parking valet. Making use of the store's large parking lot, Bock's team created a bicycle valet for the public. Anyone can park a bicycle in a secure location at Pedego HB and know it will be found safe upon return.
Entertainment was provided by Happy Ending Band in 2012
Then there’s the store’s success. Pedego Huntington Beach has sold hundreds of bikes to delighted riders. The most popular model has been the Pedego Interceptor. This cruiser-style bike boasts a muscular 500-watt motor and 48-volt battery. It also offers Pedego’s Pedal Assist function as well as a throttle for the ultimate in control while riding. “Riders say these bikes help them feel like kids again,” said Bock. “They can pedal through Huntington's strong headwinds and still be smiling when they arrive at their destinations.” Pedego's contemporary neon colors have helped make the Interceptor a fashionable choice as well.
With plenty of sunshine and great weather, Pedego HB is going to be humming with business during its anniversary. It will be a celebration of fun. Bock is familiar with what has come to be known as the Pedego Smile.
“I see that grin all the time,” he laughed. “Huntington Beach residents and visitors just love these bikes.” Fortunately for the crowds, Pedego HB offers a large fleet of Pedego electric bikes in choices of several models and styles. Bock carries all the Pedego models from basic Comfort Cruisers to the powerful Trail Trackers and the famous Ford Super Cruisers powered by Pedego. Everyone is invited to stop by and take a free test ride on a Pedego electric bike. As the last three years have shown, it will be a whole lot of fun! HBNewsFilePhotos
HUNTINGTON BEACH...On March 22-28, 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley joins more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across America to celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week. With this week-long celebration, the Club invites community members to experience first-hand how Boys & Girls Clubs help youth achieve great futures.
CEO Tanya Hoxsie comments, “We serve more than 9,500 children and families from four local school districts. We keep kids safe and out of trouble while their parents are away at work or in school. When kids come to the Club, they are encouraged to learn, discover, play and explore. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with each and every single one of our kids and their families. So, as we celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, our staff members are very excited show the community how our Club makes a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of youth each year.”
This week, in addition to regular Club programming, Club members will be celebrating their time spent at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley by participating in several fun, themed activities. At the Club’s Fountain Valley Kingston branch, kids will start the week with a dance party, featuring music from Ranger Jack, a singer specializing in fun, upbeat children’s songs. They will also be attending a Frozen tea party where each child will get the chance to meet Princess Anna and Elsa from the popular animated movie. The next day, kids will be playing laser tag in Kingston’s spacious gym, transformed into a professional-grade laser tag arena. At the Club’s two Huntington Beach facilities, kids will get to participate in fitness competitions, trivia games, art projects such as mural tiles and much more. Both facilities will feature a Day of Service for members during this week. Club members will learn the importance of giving back and getting involved in the community through activities such as a park clean-up, planting flowers in the Club’s garden and more.
During National Boys & Girls Club Week, Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are encouraging members of the community to tour their local Boys & Girls Clubs. Parents who might be thinking about after school programs or summer day camp options or community members who to learn more and get involved as volunteers or donors can call their local Clubs to set up a time to tour.
* Fountain Valley: 714-531-2582, 16582 Brookhurst Street
* Huntington Beach: 714-374-2600, 2309 Delaware Street
* Huntington Beach/Oak View: 714-842-5185, ext. 211, 17261 Oak Lane
Come see your local Boys & Girls Club and find out why “Great Futures Start Here!”
CARLSBAD...Ian Kennedy of Huntington Beach was presented the Army and Navy Academy Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award at an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 22. He received the award for his outstanding performance during the Fall 2015 semester.
The Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award is presented to Cadets who exhibit excellence in citizenship, leadership, and personal appearance. Eligible Cadets must be in a leadership position with the rank of Corporal or higher during the previous semester, must have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and must have earned a citizenship grade of "Excellent" for each grading period.
Ian Kennedy of Huntington Beach has also received Army and Navy Academy's Dean Raymond Ede Superior Academic Achievement Award for his performance during the Fall 2015 semester.
Named after the late Dean Raymond Ede who served the Academy for over forty years, the award is granted each semester to Cadets with high achievement in the school's college preparatory program. Each of the recipients has maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.8.
"We are very proud of these Cadets who have shown such a strong commitment to academic achievement," said Lisa Basista, Dean of Academics, "and we know they'll continue to strive for excellence in all that they do."
"We are very proud of these Cadets and their commitment to academic excellence, strong leadership, and good citizenship," said Lisa Basista, Dean of Academics, They truly embody the Academy's mission of educating and developing young men of good character,"
Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private not-for-profit institution that provides an academically robust, character-based education for young men, grades 7 through 12. It is the only private boarding school in San Diego County and the only private military academy for high school-age students in California and surrounding states.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Also at this year's Cerry Blossom Festival included Daion Taiko at 35 yrs, they are one of the oldest Japanese Taiko groups in the US.
Demura Sensei, 9th degree, teaches his students the way of the Samurai qspirit - successful life, strong character, and to be a good person
Karate Demonstration, Sensei Fumio Demura
Dance, Nihon Buyo - Bando Hidesomi
Master dance teacher Bando Hidesomi began her training at the age of 3, and today the tradition continues with the youngest generation.
Lines formed for great food
Lines were long at the GAJA Okonomiyake, a traditional Japanese pancake, food booth...Photos byKTop
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proven guilty.
- Stephanie A. Nelson, 21, Monrovia
- Scott G. Schrader, 47, Huntington Beach
- Lauren L. Hoffman, 32, Huntington Beach
- Shelly M. Mokol, 45, Huntington Beach
- Luis A. Vanegas, 26, Newport Beach
- David B. Palmer, 49, Santa Ana
- Rhonda P. Misloski, 21, Fountain Valley
- Jacob T. Rushing, Huntington Beach
- Chris S. Berry, 45, Huntington Beach
- Madeline Goodman, 23, Newport Beach
- Noel F. Van Herk, 55, Whittier
- Alvaro Ayala, 22, Anaheim
- Evelyn Martinez, 26, Westminster
- Jon W. Fullam, 33, Costa Mesa
- Kenneth N. Scott, 30, Anaheim
- Alberto Perez, 20, Westminster
- Jose M. Silva, 26, Covina
- Luis E. P. Pacheco, 26, Huntington Beach
- Sokhour D. Ngau, 32, Stanton
- Dominique M. Depeters, 27, Huntington Beach
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Walk-In Clinic for housing issues at the Huntington Beach City Hall- Economic Development Conference Room – 5th Floor at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 from 10am-12pm on Monday, March 23, 2015.
This service is free and open to the public. Fair Housing Foundation will have a housing counselor present to counsel residents with housing issues or questions. This can include landlord/tenant disputes, lease agreements, discrimination, repairs, evictions, security deposits, disability modifications, rent increases, occupancy issues, etc..
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Calling all former Miss Huntington Beach and her Princesses from the 1930s to the present. We are looking to rededicate the official Queen's Rose Garden on the city hall grounds and would like you to become part of its historic event.
The event is sponsored by the Sand Dollars and the Woman's Club of Huntington Beach. If you were one of the royal queens or princesses, please call visit their website at www.misshb.org and let them know so you will again be treated royally. Photos:CityofHB
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fourth of July Executive Board honors veteran television, film and Tony Award winning broadway actor Joe Mantegna as Parade Grand Marshal for the 2015 4th of July Parade and Celebration.
In the world of film, he has starred in over 100 films. Among them The Godfather III, Forget Paris, Searching for Bobby Fisher and Baby's Day Out. He starred in the Things Change, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. Joe co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, earning an Emmy for the television production. Joe is a three-time Emmy nominee, first for his work in the HBO special The Rat Pack, where he was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dean Martin. For his role as Pippi De Lena in the CBS’ The Last Don and then in 2007 for his work in the USA network series, The Starter Wife. In 2008 Joe won the Best Actor Award for his work in Elvis and Annabelle from the Newport Beach Film Festival. For the last 22 years, he has been the voice of Fat Tony on the Fox series The Simpsons and Disney/Pixars 2011 hit CARS2.
He currently stars as David Rossi in the 9th season on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds as well as hosting and producing duties on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel.
In April 2011, Joe received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2014 the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
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