New $12 minimum wage is effective beginning Thursday, April 15 for non-tipped employees
COVINGTON, La. (April 15, 2021) – Half Shell Oyster House has implemented a $12 minimum wage for all non-tipped employees beginning Thursday, April 15. The $12 minimum wage applies to tipped employees when they are performing non-tipped duties such as expediting and opening duties.
“We believe we have a custodial responsibility to those who work for us. The food on the table that our employees’ children eat is our responsibility and quite frankly they just can’t afford it at $7.25 an hour. A year ago, we raised our minimum wage to $11.00 an hour and we feel by raising it again this year that we are better paralleling the needs of our staff,” says Vice President of Operations & Human Resources Kevin Fish.
Half Shell Oyster House is currently hiring at all locations and has implemented a companywide “Bring a Friend to Work” bounty program. Current employees who refer a friend to apply and complete training with us will receive $200, and if that new employee remains in our employ for 30 days the referring employee will receive $300.
All Half Shell Oyster House hourly employees are immediately eligible for free Employee Assistant Programs that offer 24/7 confidential online help for family, parenting, emotional, legal, financial, relationship and stress guidance. Opt-in coverages available include telemedicine, dental, vision, short term disability, accident, cancer, critical illness, medical bridge, and life insurance. Hourly employees after 30 days qualify for 401k and\or Roth IRA with a 50% match up to 4%. After one year of employment and working an average of 30 hours a week hourly employees become eligible for Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance policy.
Out of an abundance of caution over Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) concerns, City of Covington leaders together with event organizers have announced the cancellation of weekend events. These events include the Covington Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block party (Saturday, March 14, 2020), the YSB Chef Soiree (Sunday, March 15, 2020) and the St. Joseph Abbey Monk Run (Saturday, March 14). The Covington Farmer’s Market will remain open this Saturday.
“Covington Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Parade set for Saturday, March 14th at 12 pm has unfortunately been cancelled. However, the block party portion of the event will be postponed for a later date. We are grateful for all of our vendors, sponsors and participants and look forward to celebrating in a even larger capacity at Covington’s Celtic Celebration at the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire at t nearby date! We are as disappointed as you are, and ask for your understanding in the matter as many months of hard work and money have been put into these events and these are not decisions we make lightly. We hope to have you attend our parade and celebration next your on Saturday, March 13, 2021,” Cody Ludwig, Covington Celtic Club.
Important* Many of the local businesses in downtown Covington will continue to need your support during this time, so please remember to Shop, Eat, and Enjoy Local.
With regard to COVID-19, St. Tammany Parish Government encourages people to follow the advice put forth by health experts: Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Visit stpgov.org for additional information. – Thank you Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President
Mayor Mark recently launched a constant contact email blast to update the citizens of Covington with city news and events. Covington Weekly is printing ‘Covington: On The Serious Side’ to help facilitate this information reaching the public. Mayor Mark: “In October, I was bothered to learn that the Covington Police Department has been short staffed for at least the past ten years. Our officers are the lowest paid in St. Tammany Parish. We hire, pay for the Academy and field train them only to have them move to other law enforcement agencies. In the past ten years, over 35 officers have left to work for other agencies. 75% of our officers have been with us for 5 years or less.
Three Divisions (chart above): 1) Far left is traffic. The three “orange” are reserves. They don’t count. The three purple were actually in the Academy at this time. Since I have been Mayor, we have had zero traffic enforcement officers in the traffic division. 2) Center is Admin and investigations. “Yellow in investigations means two vacancies. Red ‘X’ at top of Admin left for personal reasons. He will have to be replaced with someone from Patrol, causing Patrol to have one less officer. 3) Patrol should consist of 4 shifts, 12 hours each, every other week – five officers per shift. In reality, we have 3 or 4 officers patrolling our streets. During that time they will typically have an arrest, an accident with injury and/ or a domestic violence situation. Each requires two officers on site, leaving us with one or two responding to all other calls for service. Net result is little time for non-emergency matters such as speeding or stop signs. Since this October chart, another patrol officer has left and three have given notice. They will be replaced by five new hires.
Public Works Short Staffed More recently, I learned that of our labor workforce in Public Works, we have a shortage of 20%. It is difficult to hire and retain employees with a pay scale that ranges from $10.50 an hour for straight labor to $16.00 an hour for skilled operators. Per Human Resources, ‘candidates for the Labor I spots have had a multitude of issues – no driver’s license, failed drug tests, non-returned calls, background issues and poor quality candidates.’ I now understand what a strain this shortage puts on those employees that remain. I am grateful to them for the work they do to keep our infrastructure cleaned and draining. Fire Department Our primary pumper response truck is a 1993 model. It should have been decommissioned in 2008. Of note, the new truck we just received is a ladder-truck. It was paid for by a grant. We have applied for grants for a new pumper truck, but unsuccessfully.
Waste Water Treatment Plant Receives, treats and discharges 1,000,000 gallons of effluent into Tchefuncte River 24/7/365. Does so in compliance. Receives 9,000,000 gallons on a rainy day due to ‘I n I’ i.e. inflow and infiltration. We are aggressively attacking this problem. Lacks redundancy of key components. Utility Fund Transfer In our budget we have a line called “Utility Fund Transfer.” Basically, what the City of Covington charges to provide sewer and water does not cover the cost to provide sewer and water. Tax dollars (sales and property) are taken from the General Fund to make up the difference. This year, of an $18,000,000 operating budget, we will be taking over $2,000,000 to cover this cost. Much of this expense is related to improving or replacing failing terracotta sewer pipes throughout the community. In an effort to rebuild the Police force, fully staff Public Works, replace aging fire trucks, insure we properly maintain the treatment plant… then tackle Collins Blvd., Tyler and 21st and other deferred priorities, I have suggested raising utility rates an average of $20 per month. The rates have not been raised in over ten years. Under this scenario, we would still be subsidizing our utility rages by over $1.2 million. None of us like to pay more, whether in utilities or in taxes. However, I believe we have an expectation of the City to provide the basic services described above… and to do so in a professional manner.”
50 Broken Sewer Lines Downtown
On March 16, 2020, contractors begin repairs of over 50 broken sewer lines in downtown Covington. The work will include repairing sewer mains, replacing damaged sewer laterals, lining the old pipes with a synthetic lining and stalling sewer clean-outs at the property line.
Residents should expect short term traffic detours on most streets while this work is being done. Roadway patches will be installed to minimize traffic disruptions. The streets affected will be Rutland, Boston, Gibson, Lockwood, Florida, Lee and Courthouse Alley. To minimize traffic delays, work on LA HWY 21 (Boston Street) will be performed at night. The street will be reopened during the day.
This work will take several months to complete. It is another big step to improve our sewer infrastructure, help care for our environment and prevent large potholes or cave-ins on our streets. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. – Mayor Mark
Colder weather is hitting Louisiana early this year, and it is always a good idea to go over safety tips for proper electrical usage. There are approximately 45,000 home electrical fires each year, and 3 in 5 home electrical fires involve lighting equipment or home electrical wiring.
Home electrical fire deaths peak between midnight and 8 a.m., and the peak months for electrical fire deaths are November through March. FEMA.gov and NFPA.org contain more information about being fire smart with electricity in your home.
Be Fire Smart With Electricity In Your Home
Plug only one heat-producing appliance (a coffee maker, space heater or microwave) directly into a wall outlet at a time.
Never use an extension cord with a heat-producing appliance.
Extension cords should only be used temporarily. Have an electrician install additional wall outlets where you need them.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office shared the new Louisiana Child Passenger Safety Law information on social media from Buckle Up Louisiana. The chart below shows changes in the law going into effect August 1, 2019.
If you would like to make sure you have the right seat for your child and that seat is installed correctly, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office serves as a “by appointment fitting station.” To have your child’s safety seat installed by one of STPSO’s certified technicians, call 985-288-1014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving? Put Your Phone Down and Drive
Distracted Driving — Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Three main types of distraction: 1) Visual (taking your eyes off the road) 2) Manual (taking your hands off the wheel) and 3) Cognitive (taking your mind off of driving). Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.
Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines three types of distraction. When you send or read a text message, you take your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover the length of a football field at 55 mph.
Kids and Summer Safety on the Road
School is out for the summer. Please be extra careful when driving through neighborhoods as there will likely be children out and about playing ball and riding bikes and scooters. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
During the summer months, cars get hot enough to kill in minutes. Make it a habit to always look before you lock. It’s never safe to leave a child unattended in a car.
The spaces in between Michel Varisco’s work force moments of meditative stillness amidst instillations that rhythmically engulf the viewer, placing you “Just Below the Surface”.
Varisco has been a working artist for over two decades. While known primarily as a photographer, Varisco redefines the medium by creating photo-based assemblages, and site-specific installations that function in accordance with her still photographs, and remains active professionally.
As a native New Orleanian, Varisco’s work is centered around the human relationship and interaction with the environment, specifically water, and the effects that one has on the other.
After experiencing the destruction of the failed levees during Hurricane Katrina, much of Varisco’s work has focused on the fact that water not only sustains, but also has the ability to devastate communities and their beloved land.
In “Just Below the Surface” Varisco takes the seriousness of environmental and personal themes and creates a whimsical experience she calls “magical realism”. “We’re losing our heritage land. In a desperation to communicate the fix we’re in, I just took everybody under water with me; fast-forwarding into a modern-day Atlantis,” explains Varisco.
The rhythmic repetition of her work is seamlessly presented in polyptychs and installations to parallel the natural patterns of water. The photographs, silk installments, and assemblage of objects come together to reflect the pack-and-go mindset that is so normalized to those living in an evacuation environment.
St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) will host an opening reception on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The exhibit will be on display through March 30, 2019 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery at STAA. A Gallery Talk with Michel Varisco will take place at the Art House on Sunday, March 24, at 4:00pm.
Varisco has an extensive exhibition record. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally and is included in public, private, and corporate collections in the United States and abroad such as the National Library of Paris, the Surdna Foundation collection, and more. Her work has been exhibited in The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, The Schneider Gallery in Chicago, Soho Photo Gallery in New York, San Lorenzo Hall in Venice, and The Hague in the Netherlands, to name a few.
The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm, and Saturday 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of our 2018 Season of the Arts sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Business Association present a City of Covington Mayor and Council-at-Large Forum on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. At the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. The Fuhrmann is located at 128 W. 23rd Ave. (in the Covington City Hall Complex off Jefferson St.)
Meet and hear directly from the candidates for the City of Covington’s Mayoral and Council-at-Large races. The following candidates have confirmed that they will attend: Council-at-Large – Jerry Coner, Patrick McMath and Larry Rolling; Mayoral Candidates – Mark Johnson, Timothy O’Hara, Rick Smith and Candace Watkins. Free and Open to the Public.
John Botsford lives in the Savannahs neighborhood in District B. After the flood in 2016, John began attending city council meetings and decided to run for office to be a voice for the people of District B. He wants to serve this community the same way that he served the nation when he was in the Navy. John served as a signalman on the USS Fox from 1986-1990, proudly serving and completed escort missions in the Persian Gulf. After the Navy, John attended Mesa Community College in San Diego as well as earned a Journeyman Carpenter Degree from Associated General Contractors. Later, he worked in the telecom industry earning IT certifications from Fujitsu Training Programs. Today, John Botsford uses his broad educational background and experience in the business community and maritime industry working at the Maritime Pilots Institute in downtown Covington. Currently, John serves on the committee to determine the fate of the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center and on the Savannahs Homeowners Association. \John has lived in many different parts of St. Tammany parish and traveled the world. His job brought him to Covington in 1993 when he fell in love with the city—the culture, the cleanliness, the friendliness of the people. He moved to Covington in 2012 and has lived in the Savannahs in District B since January of 2014. He was attracted to this area because of the zero flood zone, the close proximity to downtown, and the hometown feel of the neighborhoods. As a husband and father of five, John wants the same things for our district as you do—to continue to enjoy the vibrant downtown and safe neighborhoods while solving the drainage and traffic problems. He feels the way to achieve these goals is through smart growth and continuing to partner with the parish and the state to improve our infrastructure. District B is a great place to live and we all want it to stay that way. John feels if we work together we can do this together because we all want the same things. John has the same concerns as all of his neighbors in the Savannahs, Covington Point, the Ozone, downtown and the West 30’s because he lives, shops, and works in this district. If John Botsford is your councilman, he will be your voice. You will be his eyes and ears. He will ask for your feedback and will bring your concerns to the council. Together we are strong, and our voices need to be heard! If you would like to meet John or support his campaign in any way, you can reach him by email at Johnb4covington@yahoo.com. You can find him on Facebook at John Botsford for Covington City Council District B and at Johnb4covington.com.
Mark Verret Announces Candidacy
I am announcing my candidacy for City Council District E. After much consideration, it is my intention to be a candidate in the upcoming municipal election. Covington has been blessed with a tremendous amount of resources starting first with its resilient residents. With the ever increasing amount of growth, it is imperative to have a clear vision towards the future while preserving the very rich cultural and historical past. The election for City Council allows for an opportunity to bring new ideas and a fresh face to the city. By way of introduction, I am a practicing attorney who has had the distinct pleasure in representing many of our local residents and businesses, as well as many of our local governmental entities. This experience allows for a unique background to deal with the many issues our city faces in the years ahead. Issues such as infrastructure, drainage and preservation are paramount issues facing our city today. I am encouraged by the reception I have received concerning my candidacy and I look forward to meeting with the residents of our district in the upcoming weeks. Election Day is March 30, with early voting March 16-23. I humbly ask for your vote and support as we bring a freshness of outlook to our great city. Read more about Mark Verret online at the New Orleans Advocate.
Every year, three members of the Covington Police Department are recognized for their outstanding dedication to the department. The three awards are “Officer of the Year”, “Employee of the Year” (Administration), and “Chief’s Award”.
Both “Officer of the Year”, and “Employee of the Year” are voted upon by all the members of the Covington Police Department. The recipient of the “Chief’s Award” is chosen by the Chief of Police for someone who has shown outstanding dedication to the department. The recipients are kept a secret until the night of the Annual Police and Fire Holiday Party, which was held Saturday, January 19, 2019.
We are happy to announce Nicholas “Nick” Greaver was voted as the “2018 Officer of the Year.”
Officer Greaver is a United States Coast Guard Academy Graduate, who is originally from Maryland, and relocated to the New Orleans area during his tour of duty for the US Coast Guard. Officer Greaver started with the CPD in 2016, and has already proven to be a young leader in our agency! Since being an Officer with the CPD, Officer Greaver was tasked with being a Field Training Officer (FTO), where he trains newly hired recruits, who have recently completed the Louisiana P.O.S.T. Academy. We are extremely proud of Officer Greaver in receiving this much-deserved award!
We are also happy to announce Tammy Bushnell was voted as the “2018 Employee of the Year.”
Tammy Bushnell is one of our longtime employees at the Covington Police Department, who is in the Administration Division. Tammy is one our most dedicated employees, who has stepped up in helping in many different functions such as the Annual Toy Giveaway Program, the Summer Kids Camp, and also frequently filled in for dispatching when one was needed! Tammy is a tremendous asset to our agencies success, and we are extremely proud that she was again recognized by her co-workers as the 2018 Employee of the Year!
Lastly, we would also like to announce Sergeant Kevin Collins as the recipient of the “2018 Chief’s Award.”
Sergeant Collins has been a member of our agency since 2013 and has been a proven leader. Recently Sergeant Collins was tasked with commanding the entire Criminal Investigations Division. Sergeant Collins is often involved with numerous police department functions such as the Annual Toy Giveaway Program, the Summer Kids Camp, and the Annual First Responder Fitness Challenged hosted by the Lt. Douglas Wade Sharp Memorial FOP Lodge 43. Sergeant Collins is well respected amongst his co-workers, and continues to make sure the Covington Police Department is a better place every day! We are extremely proud of Sergeant Collins!
The Covington Police Department is a better place because of these three individuals, and we are extremely lucky to have them on our team! Please join us in congratulating them on their much-deserved awards!
Playmakers Theater announces Auditions for Laura, directed by Deborah Marcelle A noir mystery, Laura tells the story of a detective who falls for the strangely fascinating woman whose death he is investigating. He must solve the case by interrogating the men in her life, while sifting through each one’s contrasting perceptions of the woman they love. Auditions on Monday & Tuesday, January 21 & 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Callbacks on Monday & Tuesday, January 28 & 29, 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals will start on Monday, February 4, 2019. Production dates are March 15 – 31, 2019, all roles are open. Mark McPherson – 35-40, police detective, shrewd, good at his job Waldo Lydecker – 45-55, vain, cynical, considers himself an intellectual superior to everyone else Shelby Carpenter – 30-35, well-bred, social climber, womanizer Danny Dorgan – 18-20, NY kid, rough manner that hides his sensitivity Olsen – 40-50, plain clothes police man The Girl – 30-35, independent working woman, unlucky in love Bessie – 45-55, NY Irish, plain-spoken, housekeeper Mrs. Dorgan – 40-50, Danny’s mother, air of long-endured suffering There will be cold readings from the script. Please bring a resume and head shot to the auditions. If you have questions, please email email@example.com. Playmakers, Inc. is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
Is your dryer having a difficult time drying clothes? You might need to have your vents cleaned. Keeping dust and debris clear of your dryer vents will improve safety and help eliminate a high potential for fire hazard.
The Covington Fire Department is open 24/7. Call 911 for Emergencies
Sarah –This pretty girl is Sarah our 1-year-old Medium breed mix. Sarah was brought to us as a stray by a good Samaritan who found her on the streets. Sarah is so spunky and would be great for someone looking for a running partner or just to play in the backyard. She would be happy either way. Sarah loves to play with other dogs and wouldn’t mind a friend to help her! If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit northshorehumane.org today!
Alexis – This cream-colored domestic shorthair cat is Alexis! She is a sweet girl looking for a new home. Alexis is more than just a beauty; she is a gentle and playful feline who would love to join your family. She is a small 1 year old, easy going and social cat. If you are interested in Alexis, please email email@example.com for more information or visit northshorehumane.org today!
Chief Stephen Culotta is excited to announce Detective Edwin Masters as the new Public Information Officer (PIO) and Social Media Manager for the Covington Police Department. Detective Masters has experience in social media management, graphic design, and public speaking. Detective Masters will continue his role in the Criminal Investigations Division, along with his new PIO duties.
Please join the CPD in welcoming Detective Masters to this new position. Public Information Officer contact information: Detective Edwin Masters: 985-502-9994, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Toys for Tots a Success
This year over 400 children came participated in the toy giveaway, meaning 400 children’s lives were impacted! Some children were selected at random to receive door prizes, which included bicycles, game systems, and more.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who came to make this event so special! Without their help, this event would not have been possible.
Ashley Campbell directs this year’s holiday show, Christmas in Camelot, at Playmakers’ Theater in Covington. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere’s Christmas festivities are interrupted when a stranger, the eager Gareth, arrives at court hoping to prove himself to the King. His opportunity arrives the following Christmas, when the Lady Lynette begs King Arthur to help her rescue her sister Lisette from the dastardly Red Knight. The show features many young local talents, some appearing for their first time on the stage.
Ashley is making her directorial debut at Playmakers. Most recently, she was on stage in this season’s opener, Wife After Death. A graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Honors Program, she has previously appeared in productions of Sylvia, Angel Street, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Charlotte’s Web, and more.
Christmas in Camelot was written by Playmakers long-standing board member and community treasure Frank Levy.
Performances are December 14 & 15 at 7 pm, and Sunday December 16 at 2pm. All tickets are $10.
Playmakers, Inc. is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. Find out more at playmakersinc.com on the world wide web.
The Covington Rotary Club is looking for volunteers for the month of December. Each year, the Covington Rotary Club, with the assistance of hundreds of community volunteers and donors, leads Feeding the Needy, a project initiated to ensure that school children are fed while school cafeterias are closed for the long winter break at Christmas time.
Every year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include: a 12-14 pound cooked turkey with 6 side dishes and dessert. Each box has enough food to feed a family of four. Larger families receive additional boxes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families.
Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and leave plenty of extra while school is still out of session.
There are many volunteer opportunities available to make this program a success, and here are a few areas where the Covington Rotary Club can use some help:
Volunteers needed during the month of December include Data Entry.
Volunteers needed for December 23rd and 24th include the Welcome/Sign In Desk, Children’s Area, Loading Dock, and Recycling and Room Prep.
Volunteers needed for December 25th include Delivery Stations, Loading Bays, Delivery/Good Samaritans and Clean Up/Floaters.
Data Entry is done at Baldwin Motors, the other volunteer work is at St. Paul’s Cafeteria. To volunteer for Data Entry, contact Diona at 985-892-2203 .
For all other volunteer positions, please contact Jill at email@example.com Find Covington Rotary Club on FB
The City of Covington presents Deck the Rails at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 4 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly event featuring holiday entertainment, a Christmas craft activity, Santa’s arrival and and outdoor showing of the movie The Star.
The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire Street in historic downtown Covington.
For more information, call 985-892-1873. covla.com
The City of Covington announces a Public Workshop regarding the Menetre Park and Boat Launch Master Plan Citizens are invited to provide input and suggestions for enhancing the assets of Menetre Park and Boat Launch, which is located on the Bogue Falaya River. A conceptual plan will be presented at a Public Workshop on Wednesday, December 12, at 5:30 p.m. In the Covington City Council Chambers (222 East Kirkland Street).
The agenda is as follows: Workshop begins at 5:30; 5:30 – 5:45 – Overview by the project team; 5:45 – 7:30 – Open House Question/Comment Stations
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