| March, 2015

The Highwaymen

Posted on 28 March 2015 by JLusk

Story about the Highwaymen coming soon! Look in this week’s printed paper for now.

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Putting on the Ritz

Posted on 26 March 2015 by JLusk


La Mystique dancers showed their moves.

Photos by Rachel Galvin

The Deerfield Chamber of Commerce transformed the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for their Gatsby-themed gala March 21 — the biggest fundraiser of the year.

 Guests dressed to the nines. La Mystique dancers shimmied and shook on the dance floor, posing for pics. A cigarette girl strolled with candy. A long line of auction items were up for silent bid and a live auction was commandeered by Pompano Mayor Lamar Fisher ($25,000 worth of auction items in all).

Honey Bunch Florist, which created the feathered centerpieces, was one of the Big Shots honored, along with Seawood Builders, Bartell Chiropractic, Broward Health, Oceans 234, Bicycle Generation, Awards by Academy and JP Miller & Sons. Key Club students assisted.                  

Guests dined on three-course meal and danced the night away.


Kiwanis Club enjoyed the evening.


Jim “Chiefy” Mathie, author, columnist, host and lover of nautical views, and Danielle Williams, of Oceans 234.


Commissioner Joe Miller and his wife Carolyn.


Broward Health was among the honorees.


Guests were all smiles as they enjoyed the evening, which included a three-course meal.


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Highlands captures titles

Posted on 26 March 2015 by LeslieM

SPORTS032615By Gary Curreri

Highlands Christian Academy’s (HCA) sports programs are proving that the future is now as three of its lower school sports team won South Atlantic Coast Conference (SACC) championships recently.

The girls elementary and junior high girls basketball teams were joined by the junior high boys soccer teams as titlists this year.

The girls’ elementary basketball team had an outstanding season finishing 5-1. The Knights squad is composed of 4th and 5th graders, and its lone loss of the season was to Abundant Life, who plays 6th graders on its team.

Brooke Vaccarro led the Knights in scoring and received the Outstanding Contribution Award as she scored 6 of the team’s 8 points in an 8-6 victory over Sheridan Hills in the SACC championship game. It was almost a repeat of the regular season where Highlands, with just four returning players from last season, defeated the Sharks, 7-6.

I am so proud of my Lady Knights,” said Leslie Shein, who is an alumnus of the school and in her second year as coach. “These girls worked hard, encouraged one another, had great sportsmanship, and finished strong. They practiced hard throughout the season and it paid off!”

The school’s junior high girls basketball program needed to work overtime; however, it also brought home a title.

After dispatching Zion Lutheran, 28-19, in its opening game of the SACC tournament, the Knights were pushed to overtime; however, it prevailed with a 26-23 victory over Sheridan Hills.

It was a very successful year for our team as we were able to achieve our goal of winning the SACC tournament,” said 5th year coach Scott Lassen, also an HCA graduate. “We had five returning 8th graders who were determined to win it all their final season.”

Seventh grader Raphael Menezes scored the lone goal of the game and fellow 7th grader Jason Thomfhorde recorded his fifth shutout of the season as Highlands Christian Academy blanked Coral Springs Christian, 1-0, for the boys’ junior high SACC title.

It was Menezes’ fourth goal of the season for the Knights, which went from third place in the league to first this year. The team finished the year 10-2.

I’ve seen a good amount of improvement in the quality of soccer,” said second year coach Daniel Mauro, whose father Darryl is the boys’ varsity coach. “I am very proud of my squad and the boys should be very proud of their achievements, but not satisfied; there is more to come from these guys.”

Kyle Coulson was named the team’s MVP and led the Knights with 10 goals and 6 assists. The Knights were the top seed going into the SACC Tournament and defeated Westminster Academy 4-2 to advance to the championship game.

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FLICKS: Queen and Country, PBiFF begins & Dan Aykroyd

Posted on 26 March 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


Five-time Oscar bridesmaid, but never a bride, director John Boorman, has created indelible images on the big movie screen. He directed Lee Marvin in two savage movies, most notably Point Blank, which featured an all-star ensemble cast. Through the years, his visual acuity created both beautiful and nightmarish imagery in Deliverance, Excalibur and The Emerald Forest.

Released 28 years ago, Hope and Glory was his semi-autobiographic tale about his British childhood during the World War II blitzkrieg. Opening tomorrow is Queen and Country, which continues the adventures of Bill Rohan (Boorman’s alter ego) during the Korean War. While war is background theme to both movies, there is much humor in these films which present a character’s rite of passage. Queen and Country is Boorman’s big screen swan song, so expect an appropriate “goodbye” from a master craftsman.

The 20th Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBiFF) opens tonight with a red carpet screening of Welcome to Me at the Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX at City Place in West Palm Beach. Saturday Night Live alumus Kristen Wiig (currently queen of independent film production) stars as a narcissist who suffers from a comical nervous breakdown. The cast includes Joan Cusack, Linda Cardellini, Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The Lost Key will be part of PBiFF’s “Jewish Experience,” which features an assortment of 35 international films from Germany, Hungary, France, Cuba and Bulgaria. Bulgarian Rhapsody is the country’s recent representative of the Oscar race. Israeli actor Udi Persi from 10% My Child will be spending the week in Palm Beach County.

If history is a good indicator, this year’s PBiFF should be a lot of fun with many surprise guests and memorable experiences. With the grand finale being held at the Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, there is no excuse to miss! For further updates and information, please visit www.pbifilmfest.org.

Promoting his Crystal Head Vodka, Dan Aykroyd blew into town [March 20] as an energetic juggernaut. At ABC Liquors in Sunrise, Aykroyd was a human autograph machine as he signed vodka bottles, Ghostbusters and Blues Brothers memorabilia.

Blues History was made at Stache in Ft. Lauderdale when Aykroyd reunited on stage with South Florida resident and Blues Brother Matt “Guitar” Murphy for a mini reunion concert. The night was emotional and definitely defined the spirit of the Blues.

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Posted on 26 March 2015 by LeslieM

Remember, if you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.


March 10 It was reported that headphones were stolen from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

March 11 A man reported a rock thrown through his window at 1431 SW 4 Terr.

March 12 It was reported that a man stole two bottles of wine from ALDI Food Market at 747 S. Federal Hwy.

March 12 A car was stolen from 5353 N. Dixie Hwy.

DEERFIELD – District 4

March 13 Theft – Retail/ Shoplifting occurred at the Sports Authority in Deerfield Mall, located at 3810 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Arrestees were observed by the manager putting several items into a dark plastic bag and then concealing the bag.

March 13 Residential burglary took place in Waterford Homes at 2789 SW 12 Ct. Unknown subject(s) smashed the rear bedroom sliding glass door of the residence. They unplugged the fl at screen; however, they did not remove it from the residence. It was left on the bed.

March 14 Residential burglary was reported in Pine Tree Apartments, at 700 Lock Rd. Unknown subject(s) smashed the rear sliding glass door of the apartment. The victim awoke to the noise and screamed. The subject(s) fl ed the apartment. Nothing was taken.


March 3 A female subject was observed taking condoms from a shelf and fleeing the store at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for them. She entered a vehicle and fl ed. Loss was $29.78.

March 4 A condo storage unit at 4500 N. Federal Hwy. was broken into and a power washer, wheelchair, luggage, walker, tools and paint valued at $1,880 were stolen.

March 5 The victim left a boat behind a home at 2331 NE 47 St. that was being foreclosed on. Someone broke a latch to a cabin and stole four rods and reels, spring rods and reels, and three gaff hooks. The loss and property damage were valued at $2,850.

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Posted on 26 March 2015 by LeslieM

RE: “Jolivet letter wrong”

Dear Editor:

The fact that although the 55ft. height limitation was already in The Deerfield Beach Development Code is not an excuse for The Original Save Our Beach organization to stifle development. Mr. Larry Deetjen (the former City manager) had seen an opportunity to increase the City revenue at a time that the real estate market was booming to push for development on the Beach. He worked in the best interest of the City by enabling the developers to creatively make a profit by increasing the density, while allowing the City more taxable income which, in turn, became a “win, win” for all involved.

Although this infuriated the Save Our Beach group, the fact is that these buildings are no more than 40 percent occupied most of the year and the financial needs of the City far exceeded the few irate residents who want ”a lovely gem of a beach” as long as others pay for it! When you look on the tax rolls, these Save Our Beach founders contribute practically nothing to our overall tax base! It is appalling how those who pay the least amount of taxes have no regard for the taxpayers whose back they are riding on!

The ridiculous limitations of this law enable the Save Our Beach group to prevent any type of constructive revenue generating development.

For example, this referendum requires that in order for a city owned property worth over $750,000 to be sold, we need to put together a referendum which costs the taxpayers approx. $50,000 and put it to a vote! No developer is going to wait on what could take close to a year for a group of residents to vote on something that most of [them] do not understand. This is exactly how the Save Our Beach group got 75 percent of the vote.

The people who voted for this referendum were told that if we do not act, Deerfield Beach will become over developed and look like Ft. Lauderdale, which cannot be farther from the truth! As a consequence of this brainwashing by the Save Our Beach group, today Deerfield Beach has one of the highest millage rates in Broward County and the lowest property values. Our reserve has been replenished with “blood money” derived by increased taxes on the working families of Deerfield Beach who are already overtaxed and a utility tax that had to be implemented — all because we have no revenue derived from development!

The existing projects that [the former District 1 Commissioner] makes reference to as responsible development are not even built yet and each building has only a few projected units. Neither development will make an impact on the City’s revenue!

As far as 460 S. Ocean becoming a rehab because of the Save Our Beach group’s restrictions, I have asked the former owner of the property to write to the Observer to allow the people to hear “the true story!”

Patrick Jolivet

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 26 March 2015 by LeslieM

Pompano Chamber’s Pineapple Jamboree

Friday, March 27, 6 to 10 p.m.

Sample McDougald House 450 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Enjoy pineapple cocktails and Jell-O shots, beer/wine, live band, an open pit fire for roasting marshmallows, pineapple treats and pineapple plantings. Bobby Rubino’s will be providing the food. $35. Contact the chamber at 954-941-2940, info@pompanobeachchamber.com or visit www.pompanobeachchamber.com for more information.

3rd annual “Gas Buy Down”

Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Valero Gas Station 1380 N. Federal Hwy. (just north of Glades Road) Boca Raton, FL 33432

Drivers will get some relief on their pocketbooks during this three-hour time period as volunteers from Journey Church will buy down the price of gas by 50 cents per gallon for as many people as possible. They do it again this year “in order to share God’s love in a practical way.” For more information, go to www.bocajourney.com.

AAUW Author Presentation & Luncheon

Saturday, March 28, 11:30 a.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht Club 2701 NE 42 St. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Lunch & learn effective strategies for improving memory, concentration and information retrieval. Silent auction. $40. Reservations Required. 954-570-5423 or pompanoscholar@yahoo.com.

Mess O’ Blues Beer & BBQ Fest

Saturday, March 28, noon to 7 p.m.

The Pompano Beach Amphitheater 1806 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Get your Blues on with 10 national and local acts on two stages while scarfing down some tasty BBQ, including selections by Spanx the Hog, Hickory Sticks and Sweet Dewies. Whole Foods will also have food tasting. Beer Garden will showcase over 30 national and local micro-breweries. Kids activities too. $20 (Beer Garden is $25). Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. Tickets at www.pompanobeacharts.org, and at the door.

Tropical Splendor of Florida Birds

Wednesday, April 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Bienes Museum of the Modern Book Main Library 100 S. Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Did you know that through the year over 501 different species of birds have been sighted in Florida? Now their beauty has been captured and preserved in a special exhibit. View The Tropical Splendor of Florida Birds exhibit, as well as the photography of Kevan and Linda Sunderland, who have been photographing Florida’s wildlife for over 30 years and whose work has appeared in many magazines. They will talk about Florida’s unique birds. This is opening night, but the exhibit, which includes over 100 books, book art and prints, runs until June 13.

Speaking of art in Ft. Lauderdale, don’t miss the Las Olas Art Fair this weekend on Las Olas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coaches NEEDED for Deerfield Packer Rattlers

If you have a passion for growing the sport of cheerleading or football by sharing your knowledge to help youth gain a love for this sport, we would love to talk to you about current coaching opportunities with Deerfield Beach Packer Rattlers (D.P.R.)

A number of opportunities to participate exist at all levels from super pee wee (4 years) through 14 years.

Successful people in our environment have a positive frame of reference, believe in teaching “we vs. me,” love helping young people achieve their dreams, and love teaching the fundamentals of cheer, and the game of football.

Interested coaching candidates may contact Precious at: 954-393-5288 or text to place your name on the list, and D.P.R. will contact you with an interview date.


The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is hopping into Spring with their annual Easter Egg events.

This series kicks off Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. with the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 7 – 14 at Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. An exciting addition to the event this year is an Adult Egg Hunt starting at 8:15 p.m. for ages 21 and up.

On Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m., the city will be holding the Egg-Stravaganza event at Westside Park, 445 SW 2 St., for children ages 10 and under.

The Easter weekend festivities will wrap up with the final event, the Easter Egg Run, on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Deerfield Beach Athletics Complex, 501 SE 6 Ave. This event is also for children ages 10 and under. Remember to bring your own basket for gathering eggs! All events are FREE.

For more information on any of the listed events, contact Constitution Park at 954-480-4494.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.

Jim & Jan Moran’s Boys & Girls Club 27 S. Dixie Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Held by Delta Lodge #519, F & AM, PHA. Family, food & fun.

Spring Fling

Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Park (Multi-Purpose Field) 7201 NE 8 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

FREE fun family day filled with children’s activities, including arts and crafts, games, DJ, dancing, a spring photo booth, bounce houses and an egg hunt. The hunt is on at 11:45 a.m. for ages 1 to 3 and at noon for 4 to 6 year olds and 7 to 12 year olds. For more information, call 954-786- 4111 or visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to noon

Cross Community Church 841 SE 2 Court Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Remember, there is also service on Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Communion service is April 2 at 7 p.m.

Egg Spectacular

Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park Splash Adventure 401 S Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Games, bounce house, face painting, egg hunt, prizes, photo opportunities with Peter Cottontail and Splash Time (noon to 1:20 p.m.) For children 10 and under. $6/person. 1 year and under free.

Pre-registration/payment required by April 3. Registration available online at Broward.org/Parks. Bring a basket and wear a bathing suit. For more information, call 954- 357-5100.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 5, 1 p.m.

Frank McDonough Park 3500 NE 27 Ave. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Be there on time and get ready to run, and hunt, for eggs! Magic show, popcorn, snow cones & fun!

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CLERGY CORNER: The most influential person in human history

Posted on 26 March 2015 by LeslieM

Palm Sunday observances in churches around the world mark the beginning of Holy Week, the days leading up to and including Christ’s passion and death on a cross.

During this time of year, thousands of believers travel to Jerusalem to trace the footsteps of Jesus during the days leading to His crucifixion.

Those unable to make the journey overseas will celebrate in their churches with palm fronds, Good Friday observances, cantatas, plays and Resurrection Sunday services. This is the time of year where, despite doctrinal differences of faith traditions, Christians everywhere are unified in their recognition of the significance of this period.

I was thinking about this when I reflected upon Jesus’ influence some 2000 years after His crucifixion and resurrection. In fact, believers and unbelievers alike are being impacted by His life and teachings to this day.

A quick Google search revealed that Jesus consistently ranks at the top of surveys and determinations of the world’s most influential people. A few sites put others ahead of Him, Aristotle in one case and Mohammed in another, but the teacher from Galilee is consistently in the top rankings.

As a religious leader, Jesus was and is certainly influential, but evidence abounds that He has impacted other areas of society as well.

Nearly a third of the world’s population, 2 billion out of 7 billion people, identify themselves as followers of Jesus’ teachings. The Bible, which gives details of Jesus’ life and ministry, is consistently the most read book in the world, and a bestseller as well.

The teachings of Jesus have influenced our modern valuations of human life and dignity. In the ancient world, children were abandoned or sold into slavery. Early Christians were known to rescue newborn babies who had been left in Rome’s trash dumps. Jesus’ interaction with children, women, the sick and the poor revealed His estimation of their value. The first hospitals, orphanages and feeding programs came into being through Christians’ efforts to obey His instructions.

In the area of education, His influence is evident as well. Only the elite of the ancient world had access to education. The libraries of the monks inspired the first universities of the 12th and 13th centuries. Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard were formed originally as Christian institutions.

In America, the Puritans were the first to pass laws mandating the education of the masses, and biblical literacy was the emphasis of children’s reading texts for two hundred years. Science and Christianity seem to have a combustible relationship in the thought and discourse of many today.

It can be argued, however, that the Christian view of a rational God who is the source of rational truth inspired the possibility of scientific laws. Many of the founders of modern science were influenced by Christianity, including Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur and Blaise Pascal.

Time and space would not permit me to detail the influence of Jesus and Christianity upon our concepts of liberty, justice and equality, or upon art, literature, music, words, symbols, holidays, our calendar and a host of other areas of life that we may take for granted.

Whether or not one agrees that Jesus was the most influential figure in human history, it cannot be denied that He has had a remarkable impact on the world. His 3 1/2 years of ministry and teaching have touched countless lives on every continent and His influence is an ongoing reality throughout the world today.

May the power of His life and teachings inspire you this season and for all time.

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly is the pastor of Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954-427-0302.

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Festival of the Arts

Posted on 20 March 2015 by JLusk


Screening of “West Side Story” with accompaniment by Festival Orchestra-BOCA opened the festival.

By Rachel Galvin

Every year, since 2007, the Festival of the Arts has turned Mizner Park in Boca Raton into a mecca for those seeking art and culture. Held March 6 to 15, the festival included music, dance, film, book talks with award-winning journalists and more. The festivities began with a screening of the classic film “West Side Story” with Leonard Bernstein’s music brought to life by Festival Orchestra – BOCA. On March 4, author Jamie Bernstein also talked about her book about her father and his legacy.

The weekend continued with a screening of the documentary “Girl Rising,” a film focused on the importance of giving girls an education, followed by a discussion moderated by Barbara Schmidt, founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life. Included in the panel was Per Loof, a director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch and Julie Hogan, deputy statewide prosecutor of the Attorney General Office of Statewide Prosecution. At night, banjo superstars Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn played. Sunday included a talk by Richard Ford, a Pulitzer prize-winning author talking about his book “Let Me Be Frank With You,” and a performance by the International Stars of Ballet.

The festival of the Arts continued weeklong so there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy, including a Mozart concert with Festival Orchestra – BOCA and a talk by author Lucinda Franks with a concert later by Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Master Chorale of South Florida, Festival Orchestra – BOCA and soloists. The last day included a talk by author and radio personality Martin Goldsmith.

For details on all events, visit www.festivaloftheartsboca.org.


A discussion followed screening of “Girl Rising” opening weekend. Pictured (L to R): Per Loop, Julie Hogan, Congressman Ted Deutch, Barbara Schmidt.


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Baseball League starts next month

Posted on 19 March 2015 by LeslieM

SPORTS031915By Gary Curreri

Deerfield Beach’s Jim Eddy and Pompano Beach’s Alex Rodriguez may be foes on the field, but like many others in the Liberty Hardball Men’s Baseball League, based in Coral Springs, they enjoy the camaraderie and the competition.

Both men recently squared off for the championship and Eddy’s Cardinals’ team won its second consecutive championship over Rodriguez’s Yankees.

Eddy, 49, an athletic trainer at Highlands Christian Academy who also sells real estate, has played in the league for five years.

It is convenient for me because I live in Deerfield Beach,” said Eddy, the league’s most valuable player. “It keeps the competitive juices flowing. It makes you think back to when you could play like that every day. It helps relieve stress that you might go through during the week.”

The Cardinals, which went undefeated in winning the championship last year, won their fourth championship in the past six years and it marked the first time winning back-to-back titles.

The Cardinals finished last season 23-0 becoming the first men’s baseball team in any league in South Florida to ever finish a season undefeated as it swept the Cubs in the championship series. The Cardinals (21-6) also won titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013. It wasn’t easy this year as the Cardinals lost several players; however, they won 10 games in a row to close out the season and 11 of its last 12 contests.

A lot more teams were gunning for us this year, so they tried to stack their teams to take us out,” said Eddy, who batted .574 with 5 homeruns, 30 RBI and 41 runs scored. “That was nice. You get to my age and you need something to motivate you. You don’t have all of that adrenaline fl owing through you anymore and it kind of helps when there is a little chip on the other team’s shoulders.”

Yankees pitcher Alex Rodriguez, 32, has spent four seasons in the Sunday morning league. He likes that they play a 20-game season and then playoffs. Rodriguez, who played semipro baseball in Venezuela, and also pitched in college for Yacambu Universidad, has put off Tommy John surgery to keep playing.

When I played in college I used to throw 92 miles an hour,” said Rodriguez, who batted .414 with 4 HRS and 33 RBI. He also was 3-0 on the mound with a 6.40 ERA. “I would have to stop playing for a year. I don’t think it’s worth it. I can hit, but I can’t throw so much now. I hope to play until I am 40 or 45. I would like to be 60 and still play baseball, but I don’t know if I can get to that point.”

The league will kick off its new season on April 12 and Rodriguez, like most of the other players, enjoys the six-team league.

I love it,” Rodriguez said. “I love the fact that we start at 9 a.m. and we are usually done by 11:30 or noon and have the rest of the day to spend with our families.”

Ely gets national invite

As Yogi Berra coined with the phrase, “It’s never over until it’s over,” Blanche Ely’s boys and Dillard High School’s girls’ basketball teams were invited to play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National tournament next month.

Blanche Ely (28-0) won the Class 7A state championship earlier this month, a 72- 60 victory over Kissimmee Osceola. The Tigers became just the second Broward boys’ basketball team to finish as an undefeated state champ. It was Randall’s third title in four years at Blanche Ely and county record sixth overall in his career.

This will be the third trip for the Ely boys to the national tournament. The Tigers attended the nationals in 2012 and 2013. The boys and girls championship games will be played in Madison Square Garden on the April 5.

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