Atlantic Cape scholarship deadline Feb. 14

Atlantic Cape Community College is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2014 semester.

The 2014 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pickup at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and online at The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 14. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 19.

For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082, or In Cape May County, cal 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

Parrot Heads celebrating

Join members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 for “One Particular HarBRRRR,” the club’s annual mini tropical getaway at Montego Bay Resort in North Wildwood beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Montego Bay’s indoor water park includes an indoor pool, jacuzzi, water slide and three 42-inch flat screen televisions, all tuned to Jimmy Buffett-vision. Bring the kids and a bathing suit, and dive into this family friendly event, named for the Buffett tune “One Particular Harbor.”

The event is open to club members, guests and prospective members. The $10 per person fee includes entrance to the water park and a light buffet supper. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The tiki bar will be available for those 21 and older. RSVP to Ed at Montego Bay is located at 1800 Boardwalk in North Wildwood. See The Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club brings together people with similar interests in the music of Jimmy Buffet and organizes social gatherings, fundraisers and community service events. See All are welcome.

Nature Center hosting walk

Join Nature Center teacher/naturalist Sam Wilson on his family-oriented nature walk Feb. 15 to learn about hibernation and great migrations of birds and other creatures. Meet Wilson at the Cape May County Library, Upper Township Branch, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free.

Outreach center offers classes

The Neighborhood Outreach Center, 308 Clay St. in Woodbine — located at the St. Joseph building of St. Casimir’s Church — continues to offer High School Equivalency and English languages classes.

Classes take place 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and individual tutoring is available at other times. Call 609-374-5670 for free tutoring.

Dennis Township registering kindergartners

If your child or a child you know is turning 5 and was born prior to Oct. 1, 2009, it’s time to register for Dennis Township kindergarten.

The school district will hold its annual kindergarten registration on May 7 and 8. If you know a child in Dennis Township who meets these requirements, you are asked to pass this information to their parent or guardian, or have them call the school at 609-861-2821, ext 501.

It is important to send this information to the school promptly, so the school can send an official registration packet. Registration is done by appointment only.

Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery opens new gallery

The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative will open its new gallery at 122 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May, on Feb. 14.

The new gallery will carry a full selection of members’ work, including original paintings and photography and prints, jewelry, stained and fused glass, wood turning and assemblages, fiber arts and mosaics. Since the artists are all local, many of the works feature or have been inspired by Cape May and the surrounding area. A selection of Christmas ornaments will be available year-round, along with note cards and postcards of members’ work. The new gallery is located on Sunset Boulevard across from the Exit Zero Store and a short walk from the West End Garage. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday. Credit cards are accepted. Parking is available behind the store. For information, call 609-435-5253.

McHugh Regional plans ‘Casino Night’

Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School has opened ticket sales for the immensely popular “Casino Night,” set for 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Ocean Drive Bar and Restaurant (the “OD”) in Sea Isle City.

A $40 ticket fee gives each attendee a full dinner buffet, $50 in gaming currency, a complimentary cocktail, live entertainment throughout the night and a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes donated by businesses from all over Cape May County.

To purchase tickets, donate an auction item, or find out about sponsorship opportunities still available, call 609-624-1900, ext. 21, or email

Realtors doing food drive

The Ocean City Board of Realtors is kicking off its 2014 Community Service Projects with the Food Is Love drive to collect food, including canned items, juice, microwaveable pasta meals and more. Donations will be collected through Feb. 28 and will be used to “Share Some Love” during this Valentine month.

The Food Is Love, Share Some Love winter food drive will collect food items, monetary donations as well as ShopRite gift cards, which will be donated to the Ecumenical Food Cupboard to provide for local needy families. Donations can be dropped off at the office of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, 405 22nd St., or call the office at 609-399-0128 for pickup service.

Here is a brief list of some of the items that the Food Cupboard has identified a shortage of and needs:

Hormel microwaveable meals; microwaveable spaghetti O’s, lasagna, meatballs and spaghetti, ravioli; canned meats (corn beef hash, Spam, Dinty Moore stew, etc.); jelly, peanut butter; juice; tomato pasta sauce (26 oz.); canned beans; liquid laundry detergent (48 oz.); dish detergent, paper towels; and ShopRite gift cards.

Museum gets ready for changes this year

Great things have been happening at the Museum of Cape May County this year, the museum said in a news release.

Alice Belanger McGuigan, a member and trustee of the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, has donated a check for $25,000. McGuigan presented the check to President Howard Aaronson during the Jan. 9 board meeting. McGuigan stipulated that her donation be applied to the goal of renovating the colonial barn and barn annex. This project began in the fall. It is the largest project undertaken by the Historical Society since its move to the Cresse Holmes House in 1976. The impetus of the project is the need to move the Military Collection from the basement area of the house. The whaling, decoy, Indian and early industry displays will continue to be housed in the barn. Once the building renovations are complete, the focus will be on the Military Room. All veterans of Cape May County will be honored for their service, and many items have not been on public display for decades. The museum is striving for a goal of $100,000 for the construction of the project. Donations also are needed to be earmarked for conservation. Items that need attention, including flags, uniforms, prints and paintings, are all available for “adoption” at varying costs. To contribute, call 609-465-3535.

The museum is located at 504 North Route 9 in Cape May Court House. The winter schedule is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Great Backyard Bird Count set

The Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell University and Audubon, is an annual event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It’s free, fun, and easy — and it helps the birds.

This year, the Friends of Cape May NWR will hold counts at three separate locations on the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, representing the three sections of the Refuge: 1) Tyler Road/Cedar Swamp Trail in Upper Township, 2) Kimbles Beach Road/Songbird Trail in Middle Township, or 3) Two-Mile Beach Dune and Marsh Trail in Lower Township. For directions to these locations, visit our website at You can choose whichever location you wish! All necessary information and forms will be provided when you arrive. Leaders and expert birders will be on hand to help with identification.

Meet at your chosen location at 10 a.m. The walks last about one hour, depending on weather and turnout. Some easy walking will be involved, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Dress for the weather, but heavy rain or snow will cancel the event. Kids are welcome. Free loaner binoculars and field guides (bird books) will be provided.

For more information, call 609-513-9349.

Free Fitness Walk at Two Mile Beach

The Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge will present a special free Saturday Fitness Nature Walk from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the refuge.

Burn off some of those winter calories with a well-paced walk. It will start with a short but slightly challenging sandy trail through the dunes to the beach. Then it’s down the beach for about a half-mile to the Cold Spring Jetty, looking for interesting winter birds and animal tracks. The walk continues back along the beach to the midpoint observation platform, then follows the boardwalk trail back to the Visitor Contact Station. Total distance will be about two miles, at a pace of approximately 20 minutes per mile, with some short breaks if needed. This walk is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. As always, dress for the weather. Heavy rain or snow cancels the event. After the walk, the public is invited to warm up in the newly opened Nature Store at Two Mile.

Meet at the Visitors Contact Station at the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 12001 Pacific Ave. (Ocean Drive), Wildwood Crest, near the former Coast Guard Loran Station. For more information or directions, call 609-513-9349.

CASA calls for volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is in need of volunteers to be court advocates for children living in foster care.

No special skills are needed, and training is provided. The next training session is March 3, 5, 10, 12 and 17 with swearing in on March 20, and an additional session is March 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 2 with swearing in on April 8.

Those interested should contact Julie Bellezza at, call 609-601-7800 or see to download the volunteer application.

Adult career training opportunities available

Cape May County Technical School offers several career training opportunities for adults.

Post Secondary license preparation programs for Cosmetology, Dental Assisting and Practical Nursing are offered, as well as several other program options. All programs are 10 or 11 months long and are scheduled to start in September, with the exception of the Practical Nursing Program, which is scheduled to start in July. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and potential candidates are required to achieve a passing score on a pre-entrance test. Those interested are encouraged to register for the pre-entrance test as soon as possible, as seats are limited.

Pre-entrance test registrations are now being accepted. Test dates vary by program but open test dates are available for all programs in February. The Test of Adult Basic Education is the pre-entrance exam required for all programs, with the exception of Practical Nursing, which requires the Test of Essential Academic Skills. The test fee for the TABE is $15 and the test fee for the TEAS V is $50. Candidates who pass the pre-entrance test will be scheduled for an interview/orientation meeting to review program registration procedures.

Potential candidates, particularly those who are unemployed or underemployed, also may be eligible for tuition assistance up to $5,000, through Cape-Atlantic One Stop. The process to determine eligibility takes at least 10 weeks and those interested are encouraged to start this process as soon as possible.

For more information about the post-secondary programs offered at CMCTS or pre-entrance test registration, call the Adult Education Office at 609-465-2161, ext. 681.

Literacy Volunteers to train tutors

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic has scheduled tutor training classes in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Classes in Cape May County will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning April 23 at the Cape Technical School in Cape May Court House. Sign up now for Literacy Volunteers Cape-Atlantic’s tutor training so you can help adults who want to reach their potential through education. Adult students are waiting to improve their reading, writing and English language skills.

For complete tutor training registration information, please visit the Literacy Volunteers’ website, or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377.

Fashion show, brunch planned

Soroptimist International of Cape May County will hold its annual fashion show, Wine, Fashion and Brunch, from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at Willow Creek Winery, 160-168 Stevens St. in West Cape May.

At 11:25 a.m., there will be an educational vineyard walking tour. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for fashion show registration. Fashions will be provided by Talk of the Walk, of Stone Harbor and Atlantic City, and brunch will be by Southern Mansion.

The cost is $35 per person. For tickets, call Mary Rose and 609-898-9330. The last day to purchase tickets is April 15.

Lincoln display set at Upper library

The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is presenting an Abraham Lincoln display in the Upper Township branch of the Cape May County Library by member Robert Holden of Steelmantown. Holden is a senior adjunct professor of history at the Atlantic Cape Community/Cape May County Campus and a former teacher in the Ocean City School District for more than 30 years.

Holden has a vast collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and has spoken on the subject many times in the area. His collection of Lincoln books represents the largest private collection in South Jersey.

The display includes a copy of The Lincoln Collector, a numbered edition signed by the writer, Carl Sandburg. Another book included is Vol. 2 of the Four Volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, written by “muckraker” writer, Ida Tarbell, who once wrote for McClure’s Magazine at the turn of the century. (This story was profiled in the recent best seller, “The Bully Pulpit,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin).

This display will be in the library through Feb. 28.

Cape May PAL plans Comedy Night

The Police Athletic League of Cape May will hold its ninth annual Comedy Night Social at 8:30 p.m. March 14. The event will be held at Cape May Convention Hall and will feature three headline comedians: Moody McCarthy, Joe DeVito and Rodney Laney.

Lucky Bones will provide light fare, soda, beer and wine. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at and, or call Cape May Convention Hall at 609-884-9563 or visit the Convention Hall box office at 714 Beach Ave. A facility fee will apply.

For more information, contact Officer Tony Genaro at or 609-374-4987.

Black History Month celebration set

The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage invite the public to celebrate Black History Month with “The Legacy of George Henry White,” an exhibit and documentary.

George Henry White, founder of Whitesboro, is the topic of a documentary, “George Henry White, An American Phoenix,” that will be shown at a closing reception 7 p.m. Feb. 28. An exhibit on White and the history of Whitesboro will remain on display through February. The exhibit will be open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The exhibit and documentary showings are free and open to the public. The Beesley House is handicapped-accessible.

The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage Commission members encourage you to learn more about the contributions of George Henry White. For more information, call the 609-465-6415.

Child find under way by Dennis Township schools

The Dennis Township School District is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved and underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.

A child may be eligible for services and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, a person with a disability is one who either “has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment”. Section 504 requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all eligible students with disabilities. If the Section 504 Committee determines that a child has a disability under Section 504, it must develop and implement a Section 504 plan for the delivery of needed services.

If you suspect that your child may have a disability and would like more information about Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821, ext. 220 or 221. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their local school district’s Child Study Team. Information may also be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey.

Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are all available free of charge through the Dennis Township School District’s Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234.

Nature walks, talks offered free

Join Nature Center of Cape May teacher/naturalist Sam Wilson on his family-oriented nature walks this winter on the third Saturday of every month as he talks about hibernation and great migrations of birds and other creatures. Be on the look out for that rare and exciting avian migrant, such as the Snowy Owl, as it does a stop over on our Cape. There’s always something new and exciting to learn about as we explore the great outdoors in winter.

Feb. 15, Winter Ecology Part II

March 15, First Signs of Spring

Meet Sam at the Cape May County Library, Upper Township Branch. The nature walks start at 9:30 and last about an hours. The cost is free

Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party set

The seventh annual Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party to benefit Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event includes food and raffles, and will take place at the Luke Palladino restaurant in Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The event will also feature some new components, such as a whiskey tasting. Tickets are $100 per guest. Sponsorships are also available. The event is hoped to raise $60,000 with proceeds benefiting children and family services.

Raffle entries may be purchased for $100 each or two for $150. All buyers of raffle tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate, no minimum purchase, to Bernie Robbins Jewelers. One person will win a pair of 14-karat white gold inside-out diamond hoop earrings compliments of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Additional prizes include experiences from Caesars Entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609-822-1108 or see

GOCTC presents evening of love in song

Select performers from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Professional Broadway Series return to the stage Feb. 15 to celebrate Valentine’s Day in song the Ocean City Music Pier.

The evening will begin at 7:15 p.m. with a pre-show dessert reception. Cousin’s Restaurant and Nobil Food Services will provide an array of desserts. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All tickets include the dessert reception and performance. All proceeds benefit the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.

To reserve your tickets, call 609-525-9300 or visit

Animal control seeks public’s help

Shore Animal Control Services is requesting the public’s help in reporting animals that are left outdoors in extreme cold temperatures.

Shore Animal Control serves Upper Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township and West Cape May. Regular patrols of the municipalities are routine, but animal control is asking for help from the public for animals in back yards that are not visible from the street. Neighbors can report violations of township ordinances by calling Shore Animal Control at 800-351-1822, and officers will investigate.

Warnings and summonses will be issued for all violations in the municipalities of Dennis, Upper, Woodbine and West Cape May.

Radiology school enrollment open

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology is under way.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an associate’s degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates may apply for state licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants who have not already earned their associate in applied science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium, College Algebra or Precalculus, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Conceptual Physics, English Composition I and II, General Psychology, Heritage of the Western World I or II, The Human Body, Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of “B” or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 28. All applications must be received by this date.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3. Technical assistance workshops are offered to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see

Support groups aid people affected by Sandy

New Jersey Hope and Healing, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is sponsoring support groups to provide information, link to resources, manage disaster-related issues and stress for people affected by Hurricane Sandy at the following locations:

7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Dunkin Donuts, 4 S. Shore Road, Marmora

6 p.m. Thursdays at 520 Bayside Center, Ocean City

The program ends Feb. 14.

Play group at Seaville UMC

Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road (Route 9), is hosting a Mommy and Me weekly play group at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Children can play in a safe environment with others while caregivers enjoy adult interaction. The nursery is located downstairs in the fellowship hall with toys for all ages.

Call 609-624-9019 or email

Animal Alliance seeks members

The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray the costs associated with running its clinic.

With the help of donors and volunteers, more than 15,000 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered since the clinic opened in 2005, and more than 26,800 volunteer hours have been logged at the clinic. Annual dues for individual alliance members are $10. Animal Alliance CMC is a 501(c)3 charitable all-volunteer organization and annual membership dues and all other contributions are tax deductible. All donations go to defray costs associated with operating the clinic.

To join or donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, P.O. Box 172, Cape May, NJ 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, contact or 609-465-6388.

Free postpartum depression support group forming

Cooperative Care will offer a free support group for new moms who are experiencing postpartum depression, and moms of older children who are experiencing depressive symptoms that affect bonding with their children.

Mothers with depression often deal with feelings of hopelessness, feelings of being a bad mother, lack of support from others, and a supportive group can help. Call Cooperative Care at 609-741-6363 to register for this free group.

Cooperative Care is a new mental health service in Rio Grande, located at 1076 Route 47 South. Most insurance is accepted, and mental health services are available for marital, family and personal issues.

Sandy recovery help available

Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

Caper 10 group seeks new members

In the communities that comprise the Lower Cape May Regional School District, one program in the past 20 years, has provided more than $368,000 in scholarship aid to families of LCMR graduates, the Caper 10 Alumni Association said.

The association was founded in 1993 by 10 community minded graduates of Cape May High School, or LCMR. The group determined that if they would each contribute $100 annually to a dedicated fund, they could award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who was not in the top 10 of the graduating class and to whom $1,000 might make the difference to be able to attend the college of their choice. The idea caught on, and Caper 10 now makes $3,000 awards to as many as nine graduates each year. Chairman Ed Sheretta reminded prospective members, that there are no fundraisers or meetings to attend — one only has to write a check for $100 to the group.

Caper 10 is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and has a committee to oversee the annual collection, distribution and recording of funds. For more information or to join, write to 311 North Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204.

Reassurance calls offered

The volunteers at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic offer free daily phone calls to say hello and check that all is well to help the disabled, elderly, and isolated citizens of Atlantic and Cape May counties who want to continue living independently. Anyone interested in receiving CONTACT calls, or who know someone who might be, call Jennifer Goudie at 609-823-0762 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.

Volunteers also are needed to make the calls. Volunteers manage calls in 2½-hour shifts — 8:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. This service is provided daily from phone centers in Margate and Cape May Court House. To volunteer, call Ann P. Magee at 609-823-1850 (Atlantic County) or 609-463-4564 (Cape May County).

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