Brewster's HamletHub Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:11:44 -0500 State Department of Health released guidance on shopping safely

The New York State Department of Health released guidance on shopping safely this holiday season. 

Winter holiday activities, such as shopping and social gatherings, present a risk of COVID-19 spread to New Yorkers, particularly within areas of the state where confirmed cases and clusters have recently increased.

The Department of Health issued new guidance to help both businesses and New Yorkers prepare for holiday shopping, urging New Yorkers to avoid crowds, wear face coverings in public, and stay home if they feel sick.

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Editor's Choice for Holiday Book Gifting

Looking for recommendations this holiday season? Amazon editors chose books from this year that they think will make perfect gifts for everyone on your list–from a new biography or gorgeous fashion tome to something for the Star Wars fan in your life.

Notable Novels: Chose great holiday gift books for people who love fiction–from hard-boiled mysteries and science fiction to women's literature and everything in between. 

Quirky Reads & Coffee Table Gems: Trying to find a unique gift book? Our editors chose books from this year that run the gamut of interesting, unusual, beautiful, and even a little bit strange. But in a good way.

Holiday Gift Picks for Little Bookworms  Chose books that they think will bring smiles to all the kids on your list–from a baby's first holiday to finding an enthusiastic young reader's next favorite series.


Here is a complete list of editor's choice books!

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]]> (Margaret Carey, Master IT Media/HamletHub) Life Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:22:00 -0500
County Sheriff and Local Chiefs of Police will Join forces to STOP DWI this Holiday Weekend

Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr., Town of Carmel Police Department Interim Commanding Officer John Dearman and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Kevin Owens announced today that Law Enforcement agencies in Putnam County will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with
family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more
people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. In a combined effort to
stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New
York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on
November 25, 2020 and will end on November 29, 2020.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities
by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about
the problem. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement
agencies across the state will be out in force.

The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide
enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety

Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown
Campaign will also target the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the
numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of
crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like
the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and
impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app– “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

]]> (Putnam County Sheriff's Office) Public safety Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:37:43 -0500
Essential Workers Receive FREE Admission to Maritime During Gratitude Days - Nov. 23-25

In this season of Thanksgiving, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is expressing gratitude to essential workers who have helped the community respond to – and thrive during – the coronavirus pandemic by making free tickets available Nov. 23-25.

During these “Gratitude Days,” one free adult ticket will be available to essential workers with the purchase of any one full-priced Aquarium admission ticket. The offer is limited to one free ticket per household. Advance purchase is required via the Aquarium website – – and will be available starting at noon on Sun., Nov. 22.

“We want to thank the doctors, nurses, health-care workers and first-responders who have been literally fighting to save our lives throughout the pandemic, which even today rages on,” said Jason Patlis, the Aquarium’s president and CEO.

“But we also want to thank the many other essential workers – our neighbors – who work in grocery stores and other shops as cashiers and stockers; who are on the streets, delivering our packages, driving buses, taxis and rideshares; who are postal workers delivering our mail; who serve as teachers and educators for our children. There's a long list of unheralded people who have remained on the front lines all year to keep our community functioning. We’re happy to offer this small token of appreciation.”

Special in-person discounts also will be available in the Gift Shop Nov. 23-25.

In addition during “Gratitude Days,” the Aquarium is offering $25 discounts on memberships of all levels. For example, a one-year “Family” membership – good for unlimited visits, plus other discounts – will cost $165 instead of the usual $190.

The Maritime Aquarium reopened to the public on June 20 with reduced capacity, enhanced cleaning, one-way flow through galleries and mask requirements for ages 3 and older. Except for members, admission is only by advance online purchase of timed-entry tickets. The rules, procedures and protocols meet or exceed state and federal guidelines and requirements.

To receive “Gratitude Day” benefits Nov. 23-25, guests need merely to “self identify” as essential workers. Learn more and purchase advance tickets at

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Troop K removes twenty impaired drivers from public roadways over the November 21, 2020 weekend

State Police in Troop K issued 747 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets during the November 21, 2020 weekend.  From 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020 through 3:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2020 New York State Troopers in Troop K issued tickets for 365 speeding violations, 27 distracted driving violations, 3 child restraint violations, 8 move over violations, and removed 20 impaired motorists from the roadway.  Troop K includes Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia Counties
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Outdoor Holiday Market! in Patterson

Join us for our first ever Outdoor Holiday Market! Saturday December 5th at Camp Herrlich, 101 Deacon Smith Hill Road, Patterson NY. With Craftspeople from all over the Hudson Valley, Artisanal Food vendors, COVID-safe selfies with Santa, and delicious food and snacks, this is bound to be a special holiday event and a great opportunity to shop local!

We will be limiting the number of people on the property at any given time, so you will have to sign up for a time slot at this link:

We will also be doing health checks upon arrival and mask wearing will be required for the duration of the event.

We still have availability for Vendors! Sign up at this link:

There are also Sponsorship Opportunities! E-mail for more information!

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Metro North's Thanksgiving Schedule, No service North of Southeast

For this year's Thanksgiving Holiday, Metro-North will be there for you, from Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 29, transporting you safely, reliably, and affordably to your destination.
We would like to remind all our customers to please wear a face mask on all trains, in stations and on platforms at all times, regardless of social distancing.
This year, on Wednesday, November 25, Metro-North will be offering regular weekday service on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines. There will be no early getaway trains this year. Off-peak fares are in effect all day.
From Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29, we will operate a weekend schedule. Off-peak fares are in effect all day, each day.
        In addition, there will be no service between Southeast and Wassaic from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29. No substitute bus service will be provided. Service between Southeast and Wassaic will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.
        The North End of Grand Central Terminal will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 25, but will be closed from Nov. 26 through Nov. 27.
For the full weekend service, please see our special schedule at
For train times, visit us at, or download Metro-North's Train Time App for iPhone or Android.
All of us at Metro-North wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

]]> (Metro North RR) Life Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:11:46 -0500
The Hudson Valley Blues Society (THVBS) Releases Double CD Featuring Original Blues Music!

On November 11, 2020, The Hudson Valley Blues Society announced that pre-sales have begun for their compilation CD, entitled, “HVBS Blues Alive in the Valley: The Lockdown Sessions,” the 2 disc album features 23 original songs, highlighting the talents of Hudson Valley songwriters! Visit the website to order now, as it’s anticipated to sell out!

With an official release date of mid-December 2020, the non-profit organization’s President, Paul Toscano expressed his thoughts.  “The year 2020 started off with great promise.  In January we were inducted as an affiliate of the Blues Foundation, which provided access to the International Blues scene. Planning was in the works for the 2020 HVBS Local Blues Challenge, where winners in two categories would compete against other Blues artists at the 2021 International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis each January. In addition, we were planning our 2nd annual fundraiser, when the Pandemic shut everything down.”

Not to be dismayed by the Pandemic and statewide lockdown mandates, Board members continued their monthly meetings via Zoom. In an effort to support the membership, keep fundraising efforts on track while building on the previous year’s success, the Board voted unanimously to produce a compilation CD of original content. To celebrate their 2nd anniversary as an organization, it was decided that the CD project would replace the cancelled benefit, at the Falcon Underground, Marlboro, NY.

“We are grateful for all music contributions, and are extremely proud of this album. This CD showcases a wealth of talent, and includes some of the best the Hudson Valley has to offer,” Board member Hillary Fontana exclaimed.  “Don't take our word for it, have a listen. Feast your ears,” continued Paul Toscano. 

All Board members contributed, based on their strengths, and the CD production was underway, headed up by Trustee, Tom Forst, an international touring and chart-selling original Blues artist.

In addition to HVBS members, an invitation was extended to professional Blues musicians who reside in the region.  Many of these musicians are very familiar to the Blues community as well as music lovers universally.  For a full list of cd contributors, visit the website.

The Hudson Valley Blues Society (THVBS, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, whose mission is to preserve and promote the past, present and future of blues music.  The all-volunteer Board is soliciting applications for new Trustee members. Please send an email to  Monthly board meetings are open to the public and meet the second Monday of each month via Zoom. Click here for more information.  

The HVBS welcomes all who are interested in joining as members or in sponsorship. Application can be made on the website.

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Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Board Nominations of 2021

The Nominating Committee of Yorktown Chamber of Commerce presented the following slate of candidates to the Board of Directors at its Nov. 18, 2020 meeting.
There are three director seats open that carry 3-year terms (Jan. 1, 2021-Dec. 31, 2023). There is a fourth director’s seat that has been vacated, with one year remaining in the term (Jan. 1, 2021-Dec. 31, 2021). All members in good standing as of Dec. 2 are eligible to vote.
1.    Kyle DeVito
2.    Ed Lachterman
3.    Toki Simmons
4.    Karen Trendell
If your name is not on the above slate endorsed by the Nominating Committee, you may petition to have your name placed on the ballot, as a challenger to the Nominating Committee’s slate.
To be placed on the ballot as a non-slate candidate, you must secure on a petition the signatures of 20 Chamber members in good standing. The petition must be submitted no later than Monday, November 30th, to the Nominating Committee Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 632, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, email:
*Please note that to be nominated as a Director, either by the Nominating Committee or by petition, you must be a member in good standing, with no outstanding payments due the Chamber.
If you require more information regarding the Board of Directors election process, kindly contact the Chamber office at 914-245-4599.
Respectfully submitted by
Nominating Committee, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce
]]> (Yorktown Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:55:41 -0500
Historic Treasures: The Pandemic’s Silver Lining

Recently, the Putnam County Historian’s Office hosted a virtual Historians’ Roundtable where members of local historical societies and museums discussed the interesting and increasing trend of donating ephemera and artifacts during the past eight pandemic-riddled months, all while local and former Putnam County residents have been staying home to curb exposure to COVID-19.

 “There has been a noted uptick of in-kind donations to the Historian’s Collection during the pandemic,” says Jennifer Cassidy of the Putnam County Historian’s Office. “We’ve received an 1897 copy of F.W. Beers’ Commemorative Biographical Record of Dutchess and Putnam Counties, high school yearbooks, and many photographs that range from historic homesteads and families, to class pictures from the 1970s, and even more recent digital images that cover Black Lives Matter protests taking place in front of the Historic Courthouse in Carmel.”

Many residents have been cleaning up and sorting through, and sometimes deciding to donate family photos, papers, militaria and other ephemera that could be of significance to local history, rather than relegating these treasures to the garbage heap.  The local historical organizations view this as an opportunity to assess and gather important items and documents for their collections, while utilizing best practices of safety through social distancing, wearing masks, and sometimes using contactless drop off and pick up.   

Over at the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, John Duncan, PHM’s Collections Manager, recently received donations from Anthony and Taylor Mike Belcher, former longtime residents of Garrison, NY and descendants of Henry White Belcher, owner of the Garrison and West Point Ferry Company.  The Belchers, now living in Florida, shipped local history artifacts to the Museum.  “One exceptional item is a seal stamp for the West Point Ferry Company, which operated from approximately 1854 to 1900 along the shores of the Hudson River,” says Duncan.  

The Belchers also sent a selection of photographs of Garrison Landing dating back to the 1920’s and 30’s which feature a variety of unique views of the landing and surrounding areas.  The importance of photographs like these is never lost on historical organizations – they not only help tell the story of local history, but also help interpret the past, and sometimes fill a void.  

 “These images fill a gap in our collection since most of the photos we have of the landing are from the late 19th century, or post-1960’s. This time period is an amazing addition and comes from a family with strong roots in the Garrison Landing community,” says Cassie Ward, Executive Director of the Putnam History Museum. 

Donations vary from the formal to the decidedly off-beat. Back in September, Village Trustee, Mary Bryde, contacted the Southeast Museum, located in the Village of Brewster, about a set of cobblestones. “They were once part of Main Street before the street was paved with asphalt,” says Museum Director Amy Campanaro.  “We don’t even have pictures of the Village with cobblestone streets, but here’s physical proof! We cannot wait to construct an exhibit around these historic objects.”

 The stones were donated by Bryde’s friend, Ruthann Platz, daughter of the late Mayor Richard Mitchell who was a trustee of the Village from 1963 to 1969 and mayor from 1969 to 1977.  But her roots don’t end there: she’s also the granddaughter of the Village’s first clerk and great-granddaughter of an immigrant miner who worked in the iron ore mines that were once located in the village during the 1870’s.  

Aside from the museums in Cold Spring and Brewster, other towns throughout Putnam County have historical societies that collect significant items relating to their towns including Patterson, Carmel, Kent and Putnam Valley.

“Donations documenting local history have been a silver lining during the pandemic,” says Cassidy, “Putnam County’s local historical societies and museums depend on donations they receive from supporters near and far.  These non-profits need the community’s continued support through financial donations and membership too, so that they may care for these historic treasures in their collections.” 

Cassidy noted that the most ideal setting for collections is in climate-controlled storage facilities like the County Archives, but they are expensive to build, maintain and upgrade.   “We are fortunate to house not only our archived records but also papers and photographs from the Historian’s Collection in our humidity and temperature-controlled archives room,” says Cassidy.  “We have a wonderful facility and partnership with the Records Department and County Clerk’s Office, all working together to protect Putnam County’s history for the future.”  

For more information on Putnam County’s local history organizations and museums and how you can help, please contact the Putnam County Historian’s Office at 845-808-1420 or email 



Image Captions and Credits: 

1. John Duncan, Putnam History Museum’s Collections Manager studies acquisitions received during the pandemic. Image courtesy of Putnam History Museum

2. The 19th Century seal stamp from the West Point Ferry Company, which was operated by Henry White Belcher of Garrison, NY. Image courtesy of Putnam History Museum

3. Cobblestones donated to the Southeast Museum dating back to early days in the Village of Brewster. Image courtesy of Southeast Museum

5. L to R: Jennifer Cassidy and Melinda Miller review Garden Street School class pictures dating back to the 1970’s, now in the Historian’s Collection at the County Archives. PCHO

5. Class pictures donated to the Putnam County Historian’s Collection in memory of Dorothy Weizenecker, a former Garden Street Elementary School teacher. This school was built in 1927 but closed in 2012 due to dwindling enrollment and restoration needs. PCHO 

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FTC Settlement requires Zoom to better secure your personal information

Daily life has changed a lot since the pandemic started. Because face-to-face interactions aren’t possible for so many of us, we’ve turned to videoconferencing for work meetings, school, catching up with our friends, even seeing the doctor.

When we rely on technology in these new ways, we share a lot of sensitive personal information. We may not think about it, but companies know they have an obligation to protect that information.

The FTC just announced a case against videoconferencing service Zoom about the security of consumers’ information and videoconferences, also known as “Meetings.” The FTC claimed that Zoom failed to protect users’ information in a variety of ways:

  • Zoom said it provided end-to-end encryption — a way to protect communications so only the sender and the recipient can see it — for Zoom Meetings. It didn’t.
  • Zoom said it secured Meetings with a higher level of encryption than it actually provided.
  • Zoom told users who recorded a Meeting that it would save a secure, encrypted recording of the meeting when it ended. In reality, Zoom kept unencrypted recordings on its servers for up to 60 days before moving them to its secure cloud storage.
  • Zoom installed software, called ZoomOpener, on Mac users’ computers. This software bypassed a Safari browser security setting and put users at risk — for example, it could have allowed strangers to spy on users through their computer’s web cameras. Or hackers could have exploited the vulnerability to download malware onto — and take control of — users’ computers. If users deleted the Zoom app, the ZoomOpener remained, as did these security vulnerabilities. Zoom could re-install the app without the user’s permission and without letting them know. (Apple removed the ZoomOpener web server from users’ computers in 2019.)
  • Zoom didn’t give users the straight scoop about the ZoomOpener software. Zoom said the software was a bug fix, but didn’t tell users that it would be installing a web server that would circumvent a privacy and security safeguard, or that the software would remain on their computers even after they had deleted Zoom.

Zoom agreed to settle the charges brought by the FTC. Though Zoom has now discontinued many of the practices challenged in the complaint, the settlement puts your security top of mind for Zoom. It requires Zoom to live up to its privacy and security promises and to put in place a comprehensive security program designed to protect your information for many years to come — or pay big fines.

Check out our consumer tips to see how you can stay safe while video conferencing. And if you use video conferencing as part of your business operations, see Video conferencing: 10 privacy tips for your business.

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]]> (Alvaro Puig Consumer Education Specialist, FTC) Public safety Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:29:35 -0500
Santa is on his Way to the Jefferson Valley Mall

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town in just 5 days and we hope to see you and your family at the Jefferson Valley Mall!

November 27th until December 24th, 2020

11 am until 5 pm

Your health and safety is top priority, so it is recommended you make a reservation and pre-purchase your photo package prior to your visit.

The Jefferson Valley Mall team and Santa’s Elves have been working hard to clean and sanitize rigorously throughout the day. Santa will be wearing a mask, and for your safety, you’ll need to wear a mask too!

We are also offering a virtual Santa experience for guests who aren’t able to visit in person this year!

Click to Learn More

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NASA's Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, Satellite set to launch Today

The newest satellite to monitor global sea level is ready for its journey into space. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor the global ocean, is scheduled to launch today, Saturday, Nov. 21. Will you be watching?

Named after former NASA Earth Science Division Director Michael Freilich, the U.S.-European satellite will be carried into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with liftoff targeted for 12:17 p.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Tune in live for preluanch and launch broadcasts, kicking off on Friday, Nov., 20 at 3:30 p.m. EST with an update all about the science of this historic mission. Live coverage and countdown commentary will begin on Nov. 21 at 11:45 a.m. EST on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedInTwitchDaily Motion, and Theta.TV.
Get to Know Sentinel-6 – As a historic U.S.-European partnership, this satellite will collect the most accurate data yet on global sea level and how our oceans are rising in response to climate change. Dive in to the science in our latest episode of NASA Science Live

Join Us, Virtually – Register for email updates or RSVP to the Facebook event to let NASA know you’ll be watching and to receive any schedule updates, related online and social media activities, and access to curated resources.

Ride Along on the Mission – Print, fold, and get ready to fill your virtual launch passport. Stamps will be emailed following launches to all registrants (who are registered via email through Eventbrite). Passports available now!

Watch and Engage on Social Media

Stay connected with the mission on social media, and let people know you're following it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Use the hashtag #SeeingTheSeas and tag these accounts:



Follow the Journey of #SeeingTheSeas
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CDC recommends staying home this Thanksgiving

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that people should stay home on Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday only with members of their own households.

“You know, right now as we’re seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time,” said Dr. Henry Walke, CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager.

Walker said the agency was concerned about people’s ability to maintain proper social distancing at transportation hubs such as bus and train stations and airports

Visiting travelers and family members could bring the virus with them to events, and the CDC says roughly 30% to 40% of the people who get the virus are infected by carriers who are asymptomatic

The head of the agency’s task force for community intervention and critical population, Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz, said that only people living under the same roof for 14 days prior to the holiday celebration should attend any gathering, a recommendation that could, by definition, exclude family members in the military or students who are away at college.

There have been more than 1 million new cases reported in the United States in the last 7 days and 141,000 new cases were reported on Thursday alone.

As cases continue to increase across the States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with, according the CDC Officials.

Visit the CDC Web Page for more tips to enjoy a safe and healthy Thanksgiving celebration with loved ones.

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'Funny How It Happens' Coming to Adelphi via a Virtual presentation

Tony-Award nominee Jarrod Spector and his wife, Kelli Barrett, will perform their hit show Funny How It Happens on the Westermann Stage of Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Sunday, November 22, beginning at 5 p.m. The livestreamed show is a part of the Live From Adelphi Concert Series.

Funny How It Happens is an intimate look at the uncanny parallels and fortuitous make-it-or-break-it moments throughout the lives of the married couple's careers and friendship that eventually brought them together. It features pop favorites and iconic songs from their Broadway musicals while offering an inside (and often hilarious) scoop on what life is really like as a married Broadway "power couple."

Spector is best known for his Tony nominated performance as Barry Mann in Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. He played Frankie Valli for a record 1,500 performances in Broadway's Jersey Boys. He had his Great White Way debut at age 9 as 'Gavroche' in Les Misérable. He was last seen as the iconic 'Sonny Bono' in Broadway's The Cher Show.

Barrett originated the role of 'Lara Guishar' in Doctor Zhivago on Broadway and has had leading roles in other Broadway productions including Wicked, Baby It's You! And Royal Family. She was recently lauded for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the award-winning FX show Fosse/Verdon.

Adelphi's Live From Adelphi Concert Series, a collaboration between the University, RJ Productions and Spot-On Entertainment is produced by PAC Executive Director, Blyth Daylong, RJ Productions President Rich Aronstein, and the award-winning vocalist founder of Spot-On Entertainment, Scott Coulter.

Admission is $20. For more information on the series and to purchase tickets, visit

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