December, 2012


Avella opposes mayor’s Million Trees effort

A northeast Queens lawmaker has planted a thorn in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agenda, proposing to put a halt to the city’s Million Trees project. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway wants to shift focus to hurricane-battered bay wall

Tom McNicholas, owner of a gas station and convenience store that overlooks the bay in Rockaway Park, says the city has neglected the bulkhead that protects the shoreline from the water. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Air monitor in Rock gauges storm impact

The state and city have added an extra air monitor to the Rockaways to determine the impact of recovery efforts on outdoor air quality in the region since Hurricane Sandy hit, three agencies devoted to safeguarding health and the environment said last Thursday. Comment

Fast forward flood-fix plans

A pair of summer storms accelerated plans to revamp the sewer system in flood-prone areas in Queens, officials said. Comment

Material dumped on huge Whitestone site

A Queens developer and a Massachusetts environmental company dumped unauthorized material onto a sprawling Whitestone site where more than 50 houses are planned at the same time they were supposed to be cleaning it under the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, a state agency revealed this week. Comments (8)

Poletti Plant to be destroyed in 2013

About two years after its shuttering, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced Monday the Poletti Power Plant will be dismantled in 2013. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills replants storm toppled trees

In each of the last three years, a significant weather event has uprooted numerous trees in Forest Hills and Rego Park, but now one area historian plans to do his part to plant anew. Comment

The Lessons of Sandy

Was the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Coast a freak accident that resulted because the storm happened to hit at a bad time or was it a warning about the dangers of global warming? Comments (1)

Sandy becomes teachable moment at Alley Pond

Hurricane Sandy has remained a sensitive subject for New Yorkers across the city, including in Queens, but at Douglaston’s Alley Pond Environmental Center, the historic storm has become a topic of education and looking forward for the borough’s youth. Comment

Rockaway rallies for rock jetties

Shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wanted the boardwalks in the Rockaways to be rebuilt with concrete, about 300 residents and activists from the peninsula and beyond gathered on the beach Sunday to declare rock jetties are what saved the surf from complete devastation. Comments (1)
Rockaway Park

Worries surface about air, water after Sandy

As residents living in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy slowly start to put their lives back together and rebuild, some are worried about an additional concern: the quality of their air and water. Comment

Avella questions state on new revised fracking regs

A state senator from Queens questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation on hydraulic fracturing this week, arguing the recent release of revised draft regulations on the controversial drilling method raises concerns about assurances from the administration that it will take the public health impact into account in its final decision whether and how to allow the practice in the state. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Boro pol lauds Cuomo for fracking leadership

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrestles with whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state, a Queens councilman has lauded him for refusing to buckle to pressure and allowing a critical deadline to pass rather than speed up a review of the controversial drilling method’s potential impact on public health.City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), chairman of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, said Cuomo had made it clear from his public statements that his decision on hydraulic fracturing would be guided by science and safety. Comment

Design errors cost DEP $6.6M: Liu

City Comptroller John Liu said his audit of an upgrade for a water pollution control plant in Astoria revealed that the city Department of Environmental Protection had paid almost $6.6 million in extra costs due to the consultants’ design flubs even though the consultants are expected to cover the cost. Comment

November, 2012

Long Island City

LaGuardia CC students test superfund site

The students at Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College, less than a block away from one of the most polluted parts of Newtown Creek, are taking part in a years-long campaign to clean the Superfund site. Comment

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Rockaway pipeline proposed amid rupture fears

With predictions the city will see an increase in hurricanes like Sandy in the future, some are concerned a proposed natural gas pipeline that would travel from the Atlantic Ocean under the Rockaways through Jamaica Bay and into Brooklyn could be vulnerable. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Quinn plan could help to end Utopia flooding

People who live along flood-prone Utopia Parkway may get slight relief from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s (D-Manhattan) recent proposal to accelerate city projects that would protect against flooding, the councilman representing Fresh Meadows said last week. Comment

Queens College green project has new meaning after Sandy

The record storm surge of Hurricane Sandy not only devastated portions of Queens, but also started a discussion about how vulnerable the city is to the forces of Mother Nature. Comment

Fight for clean drinking water

Oct. 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and we have a lot to celebrate. Forty years ago, corporate polluters used our waterways as their personal sewers. Comment
Broad Channel

Superstorm imperils Jamaica Bay’s delicate ecosystem

Queens might not be known for having a fragile ecosystem, but one such spot in the southern portion of the borough is in dire straits following the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Comment

October, 2012


Doug dog stumped by tree

Although Tropical Storm Irene may be a thing of the past for most, some neighbors along Douglaston Parkway said they are reminded of the brutal storm every time they step — carefully — outside. Comment
Little Neck

Green group seeks end to Little Bay dumping

A Long Island-based advocacy group has appealed a state consent order that would allow more nitrogen dumping into the Long Island Sound, which connects to Little Bay in Little Neck, with potential to kill underwater wildlife and affect the surrounding ecosystem. Comment
Howard Beach

Fracking could contaminate city water: Addabbo

State Sens. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside) blasted the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing last Thursday, voicing their opposition to allowing the practice in the state because they say it would pose a threat to the city’s drinking water. Comment

PS 85 welcomes new learning garden in school playground

Three Astoria schools now have gardens in their playgrounds in the latest project to come out of Con Edison’s $63 million settlement for the 2006 blackout. Comment

Second Thoughts about New Runway

We welcome the decision by the Port Authority to hold a public hearing on its plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to protected wetlands and residential neighborhoods. Comment

Southeast Qns sounds off on JFK runway

The Port Authority got an earful last week when residents of southeast Queens finally got their chance to sound off the agency’s plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to residential neighborhoods. Comment

Bellerose tree sparks fight between neighbors

A stately, 100-year-old Black Locust tree has sparked a war between two neighbors in Bellerose, with one man claiming the tree’s roots damaged his property and one woman worried that clearing the roots would cause the massive tree to topple over. Comments (4)
Forest Hills

Alliance looks to green Forest Hills with trees

Forest Hills will host its first autumn tree giveaway this week to help the city get a little greener in time for spring. Comment
Forest Hills

Flooding relief remains elusive in Forest Hills

Tensions ran high at a town hall meeting in Forest Hills last Thursday, where city Department of Environmental Protection officials offered little hope to people who say rainstorms are flooding their homes and businesses — sometimes with sewage. Comments (1)

Do not develop Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the centerpiece of Queens. It was the site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. The recent interest by several organizations to acquire land in the park for development needs to be carefully looked at before any type of major alterations to the park are done. Comment

September, 2012

College Point

MacNeil Pk. cleanup revitalizes shoreline

For a beautiful Saturday morning, it made sense for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution marine scientist James M. Cervino and 20 of his Columbia University students to take to the beach. Comment

Manhole sensors in boro to detect sewer blockage

The city Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday it is installing manhole covers equipped with sensors in several Queens neighborhoods that will monitor flow levels in sewer pipes and alert the agency before a potentially problematic backup occurs. Comment

Avella lauds decision to allow review of fracking health effects

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) lauded last Thursday’s announcement by the state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner that he has asked the state Department of Health to conduct a review of a health impact study on the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. Comment
College Point

Panel trashes garbage plant

The group contending a garbage processing plant in College Point will increase the risk of bird strikes at LaGuardia Airport assembled a panel of experts to bolster their cause last week in Flushing, where a lone dissenting opinion came from a neighborhood environmentalist in favor of the facility. Comment
Forest Hills

Meeting planned on Forest Hills flooding

City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Community Board 6 and city Department of Environmental Protection representatives will be holding a town hall meeting at the Forest Hills Jewish Center to address recent flooding in Forest Hills and the surrounding area. Comment
Breezy Point

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Recycling, renewables important to protecting the planet

In Bayside, I find the chore of separating garbage relatively pleasurable — relatively, compared to out east. In Amagansett, on the east end of Long Island, we pay $50 each year for the privilege of separating our garbage, glass, plastics and paper. Comment

Waters rise in Glendale as rain returns to area

The severe storm that blew through Queens over the weekend brought a rare tornado to the borough but also some all-too-familiar flooding to Glendale. Comment

Job growth not worth fracking

Lately, it seems that each day we are getting more information about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Hydrofracking getting closer to reality in NY

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to soon release proposed regulations allowing a controversial drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing in New York state, the head of the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection is cautioning that a national standard for so-called fracking in a safe manner does not exist. Comments (3)

August, 2012

Fresh Meadows

City braces for climate change through panel and task force

A panel and task force that first convened several years ago to identify ways the city can cope with the local impact of climate change, such as fiercer storms and rising sea levels, will now meet on a regular basis and have an expanded focus. Comments (1)

Avella calls on city to fix root damage

Spending hundreds of dollars per year fixing pipes and cleaning his basement is not something Shah Ahmed wants to keep doing, so the Jamaica resident contacted state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to help him get to the root of the problem. Comment

Residents seek answers after flood

Torrential rains wreaked havoc around the city last week, causing power outages and flooded streets throughout Queens. Comment
Kew Gardens

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Fresh Meadows

Gennaro, DEP discuss FM flooding

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials last Thursday to discuss potential fixes to Fresh Meadows storm sewers in order to alleviate flooding, an issue which has again come to the forefront after a storm crippled the area Aug. 1. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Parks alliance wants to put brakes on JFK runway plan

The public comment period on a proposal to extend a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport closer to Idlewild Park closed two months ago, and one open-space group is calling on the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to halt its plans until its voice is heard. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Pol wants sewer fix after 164th St. flood

A week after torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) was scheduled to meet with the city Department of Environmental Protection this week to discuss how area sewers can be improved to prevent similar problems in the future. Comment
Howard Beach

DOH sprays for mosquitos in Howard Beach and Lindenwood

Parts of Howard Beach and Lindenwood will be sprayed for mosquitoes starting Wednesday night and lasting through Thursday morning. Comment
Broad Channel

Turner gets out Buckley vote

Legislation to change the name of a Queens wildlife center in honor of a former U.S. senator from New York passed the House of Representatives, but it is still a long way from being a wildly popular idea. Comments (1)

Avella looks abroad to address fracking

To a farmer living in upstate New York, hydrofracking is a local issue, but after a more global discussion in his office last week, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he was surprised to realize how international the controversial drilling method could be. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows residents flooded out in rainstorm

Torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows Wednesday, with several cars getting stuck in swelling water and many people reporting flooded basements. Comment

July, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Rockaways score sand to strengthen beaches

Summer beachgoers in Rockaway will soak in the sun next year with more of one crucial element: sand. Comment

Hallets Cove class shows Astoria children local sea life

Boys and girls were out in Hallets Cove catching fish with nets last week, but the 9- and 10-year-olds were trying to learn about their finned neighbors rather than eating them. Comment

City girls find being green is easy in natural setting

In this city of concrete, there are still natural settings hidden just off the beaten — and paved — path. Comment

Ft. Totten will not get eco dock for one year

Plans to build an eco-friendly dock at Fort Totten Park will have to wait another year due to a lack of funding in the city’s capital budget, according to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Comments (1)

Ban hydrofracking in all parts of the state

A recent article in The New York Times revealed a potential plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to permit hydrofracking in five upstate counties, which would turn our fellow New Yorkers into the gas industry’s guinea pigs. Comment

Douglaston farmers market brings fresh back

Don’t be fooled by its size. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Pols rally against Review Avenue waste transfer station

Elected officials stood with local residents June 26 protesting the city Department of Environmental Conservation’s approval of Waste Management of NY’s proposal to modify the existing Review Avenue transfer station to increase the facility’s activity. Comment
Douglas Manor

Douglas Manor tops state’s dirtiest waters

Last year was a bad one for city beaches, but none were ranked higher than Douglas Manor in health standard violations, according to a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council. Comment

June, 2012

Broad Channel

Turner angers advocates for wildlife center

A congressman’s push to rename the visitor center at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is ruffling the feathers of area conservationists. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Boro draws biggest crowd in citywide recycling event

Those long lines have paid off for Queens recyclers as the city Sanitation Department released results from its first series of SAFE Disposal Events, and out of all five boroughs Queens led the pack with the most participants pitching in to properly ditch electronics and other harmful household products. Comment
Little Neck

Big Green Bus fuels up with veggie oil

From fryer to fuel, students at Dartmouth College rolled through Douglaston last week to show off their eco-friendly Big Green Bus converted to run on waste vegetable oil. Comment

Queens Botanical Garden celebrates summer solstice with bird watching

There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt and for one avian enthusiast in Queens the satisfaction that comes when you don’t have to kill anything. Comment

Con Ed cuts voltage in Queens, Belmont racing canceled

The temperature is high, but the voltage is not. Comment
Broad Channel

Turner targets center to take senator’s name

Birdwatchers and animal enthusiasts have flocked to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge since 1972 — and now an elected official seeks to honor the man who helped establish it. Comment

Woodside floods reviewed

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials and Woodside residents Monday about chronic flooding along 48th Avenue. Comment
College Point

Powell’s Cove sewage outflow to be rerouted

The city hopes to stop the overflow of sewage into Powell’s Cove with improvements to sewer infrastructure and the Tallman Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Comments (1)

Botanical Gds. alum eye green jobs in city

In addition to serving as the borough’s premier showcase of Mother Nature, the Queens Botanical Garden also discreetly functions as a jobs program campus for unemployed New Yorkers, or those just wanting to change their careers. Comment

Queens College study shines light on Flushing’s solar power future

Solar power has a future in Flushing, but there are several obstacles standing in the way, a study completed by a group of Queens College students showed last week. Comment

Jamaica man trashes leaders over garbage

Joe Moretti’s pride in his neighborhood becomes apparent when he starts to list all of Jamaica’s best attractions. Comment

May, 2012


Take steps to make planet greener

The May 3-9 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Boro turns out to recycle” is a great example of celebrating Earth Day every day. Besides recycling newspapers, magazines, glass, plastics, old medicines, paints and cleaning materials, there are other actions you can take which will also contribute to a cleaner environment. Comment

Douglaston neighbor buzzed on beekeeping

Nothing makes Douglaston’s Ruth Harrigan buzz more than bees, and with four hives of her own, she keeps busy with her winged workmates. Comment
Kew Gardens

Doomed trees at Boro Hall healthy: Firm

There is sap on their hands. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Civic vies for grant to study air quality

A group seeking solutions to railroad pollution is up for an environmental award — one that could fast track its hopes for an air-quality survey. Comment

Oakland Lake Park path to be remodeled next year

Almost one year after the completion of a $2.5 million city Department of Environmental Protection project to improve stormwater runoff at Oakland Lake Park, the city Parks Department announced final plans to retool the area’s pathway for pedestrians. Comments (8)

Co-name Jamaica Bay refuge after James Buckley

The Jamaica Bay area has a number of public works named for notable New Yorkers who merit our remembrance. There is the bridge named for former U.S. Rep. Joseph Addabbo Sr., the Marine Parkway Bridge named for New York Mets and Brooklyn Dodgers hero Gil Hodges and Floyd Bennett Field, which honors the famous Brooklyn aviator. And, of course, there is John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro tree giveaway kicks off Saturday

Queensboro Hill will be the site of two nature-themed events Saturday where neighbors can help make the city a little more green. Comment
College Point

Hero pilot trashes city waste station near LaGuardia

Opponents of a waste station near LaGuardia Airport have taken to the airwaves with a hero pilot at the helm. Comments (2)
Bay Terrace

PS 169 tots recycle to raise charity funds

The quiet streets between PS 169 and the Bay Terrace Waldbaum’s were met with the sounds of nearly 70 little voices Monday as kindergarten students lugged bags of recyclable products to the supermarket. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Boro turns out to recycle

Cars lined up for hours Saturday, idling away as drivers waited for their chance to be environmentally responsible. Comment

High school students help to green SE Queens

Between 30 and 40 students pitched in to plant 10 trees and five shrubs at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College last Thursday. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Hundreds volunteer to clean Udalls Cove

Mano Lambrinos walked quietly in the Saturday morning sun along Virginia Point with a black garbage bag waving in the wind. On his day off, he was looking for trash. Comment

April, 2012


Officials support Astoria repowering to grow jobs

In an effort to get the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a group of Queens elected officials and groups have banded together to form a coalition in support of NRG Astoria Power LLC’s plan to repower one of its plants, holding up the plan as one that improves the environment and creates jobs. Comment
Bay Terrace

Baysiders join Anglers for Little Bay cleanup

Rosie Moyano reached down into a crevice in the jetty sticking out into Little Bay Sunday and pulled out a plastic flower. The day’s raw, rainy weather had not dampened her sense of humor. Comment

New owner gives Whitestone eyesore makeover

The shovels have hit the ground at a Whitestone eyesore along Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comments (42)

Warmer weather forces Alley Pond to change

Residents of Queens don’t need to look far for a close view of the changing climate. Warming temperatures have left educators and supervisors at Little Neck’s Alley Pond Environmental Center with no choice but to adapt. Comment

Flushing Earth Day festival fuses art with environment

Artists are natural recyclers, whether they are reappropriating materials or ideas, and on Sunday a few gathered at Flushing Town Hall’s Earth Day Festival for Families to show how culture and environmentalism converse with one another. Comment

Fracking raises too many questions on safety

There has been much discussion about the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, when drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale areas in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have the final say as to whether to allow this controversial technology to be used. Please contact him with your thoughts about this issue. Comment
Kew Gardens

CB 6 hears city’s plan to phase out dirty fuel

Heavy-grade heating oil is hazardous to the city’s health and more than 120 apartment buildings in Queens are using it — but not for much longer. Comment
Long Island City

Incentives make solar energy feasible in Qns

The sun has powered the solar system for billions of years, so it’s about time business on this planet use that power to save some money. Comment

Long-term flooding fix for SE Qns is still years away

As southeast Queens residents brace themselves for another rainy season, the city has several plans in the works to alleviate the area’s flooding, although long-term relief continues to remain years away. Comment
Kew Gardens

Parks group cries foul over city chopping down nine boro trees

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services said a fungal disease prompted the removal of nine cherry blossom trees behind Borough Hall, but one group claims the landscape leveling was an unnecessary Queens chainsaw massacre. Comment

Trees Bite the Dust

Trees Bite the Dust Comment
Glen Oaks

Industrious vermin call vehicles of Glen Oaks Village home

Unexpected guests have shacked up under some residents’ car hoods, sparking a bitter critter battle in Glen Oaks Village. Comment

Crews plug water leak with 39th Rd. repairs

It was a happy ending after all for Douglaston resident Eugene Loewy, whose calls have apparently been answered to fix a faulty water main near his home. Comment
College Point

City will replace trees chopped in College Pt.

Residents were horrified after the city cut down 32 trees along a College Point street last week as part of the work on the new police academy. Comment

Queens water rates rising

It could have been worse, according to the city Department of Environmental Protection. Comment

Young avian enthusiasts celebrated

The Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston welcomed more than 100 local young bird enthusiasts last weekend when District 26 students from kindergarten through sixth-grade attended the 33rd annual Arline Thomas Urban Bird Literary and Arts Contest Awards Ceremony. Comment

Tip of the week

Little Neck

Bayside environmentalist honored by United Nations group

Teaching has been a major part of her life for decades, and when it comes to children, there’s one topic Dr. Aline Euler said was critical to the future. Comment

March, 2012


Queens Goes Green yet again

Claire Doyle smiled when a group of children approached her table to learn more about Rubie, a stuffed King Charles spaniel, which helps youngsters learn how to recycle in western Queens. Comment

APEC to share some green

Douglaston’s going to get a little greener come April 1. Comment

NE Qns weighs fracking

One side looked to oil, while another looked to water when the Douglaston Civic Association hosted a hydrofracking debate forum last Thursday night. Comment

DEP seeks green relief for Flushing Bay woes

The city wants actual plants in the concrete jungle and is seeking companies to build green infrastructure in central and western Queens neighborhoods that will help clean some of the borough’s toxic waterways. Comment
College Point

Yacht club wants dredging

A northeast Queens wetlands expert is calling on the city to dredge out some of the boat yards along College Point as part of its plan to clean up the environment and stop sewage from spilling into Flushing Bay, a problem that is all too apparent to one yacht club in the area. Comments (9)

February, 2012

College Point

City to restore Udalls Cove

Northeast Queens civic leaders are peeved the city will be doing construction in College Point but offering wetland restoration to Douglaston to offset the project more than 10 miles from where the work will take place. Comments (3)
Howard Beach

Air compressor set to cure smell on Cross Bay

The occasional summer stink of fish that permeates Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach will soon disappear now that the city has completed construction on an air compressor that it says will stop the odor. Comment

January, 2012


Hundreds of trees chopped up at Kissena Park

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Kissena Park during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment

Astoria Park celebrates MulchFest

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch during MulchFest, an annual event in Astoria Park. The event was presented by city Department of Parks & Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, Green Shores NYC, the Astoria Park Alliance and Partnerships for Parks. Comment
Middle Village

Volunteers lend a hand at Juniper MulchFest

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment
Little Neck

Northeast Queens groups work to replace trees lost to storms

Since September 2010, Queens has been hit by a tornado, a blizzard and a tropical storm — each of which has taken its toll on the borough’s trees, especially in areas such as parks and the leafy neighborhoods in the northeast. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Trees turned to mulch at Cunningham Park

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Cunningham Park during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment
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