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Lafayette Social is happy to announce the following fun and safe upcoming events — more ways to foster community and connect people with some of our best businesses and restaurants. COME MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND RECONNECT WITH LONG-TIME ONES. INVITED! YOU ARE

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Golden Happy Hour (the second Tuesday of every month). We’re going to take a break in November and December and resume our Networking lunches on January 25, 2023.

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

If you are looking for fun for the whole family, check out these activities ...

Lafayette Reservoir Run for Education on Oct. 23. Register at LafayetteChamber.org/ResRun. See you at the starting line! • Looking for scary and not-so- scary ways to celebrate Halloween? Annual Lafayette Halloween traditions are back with Trick or Treat Street in Downtown Lafayette on Oct. 28 and the Lafayette Youth Commission’s Haunted House on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30.

• Friday night football continues throughout October, with the Acalanes and Campolindo matchup on Oct. 14 and Acalanes and Miramonte on Oct. 28. Head over to a football stadium near you to support our local athletes. • What better way to enjoy the fall weather than to explore the beautiful neighborhood parks and trails throughout Lafayette and Lamorinda? You can find Lamorinda trail maps at www.lovelafayette.org/visitors/ trails and information about Lafayette parks at www.lovelafayette.org/ visitors/parks. • Join people of all ages and abilities to run or walk to support our local schools at the

Welcome to October!

Friday, Oct. 7 — A Special Pop-Up (4 — 7 p.m.) Zahra Boutique Salon, 3578 Mt Diablo Blvd.

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and evening temperatures are beginning to cool as the days continue to be filled with autumnal sunshine inspiring us to get out of the house and into the community. There are several elegant and fun ways to support local nonprofits throughout the month, including the Community Foundation of Lafayette’s Fourth Annual Winemakers Dinner (Oct. 1), The Park Theater Trust’s “Sax & the City” at the Hideout (Oct. 5), and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation’s Night at the Library (Oct. 15).

Tuesday, Oct. 11 — Golden Happy Hour (4:30 p.m.) Canyon Club Brewery, 1558 Canyon Road, Moraga

Store owner Shila Dorrani is teaming up with Chrissie Lam from the Love is Project to bring you a very special pop-up to be held at Zahra — a beautiful clothing boutique and hair salon. Please be sure to stop by to say hello and to see all of the clothing, jewelry, and artwork!

In collaboration with Lamorinda Village, we’re bringing senior citizens together on the second Tuesday of each month. All Lamorinda seniors are invited. Thank you to Molly Gleason- Kodama of Aegis Living Moraga for being our October food sponsor! As usual, Jim and Nancy Scala will be greeting everyone. Space is limited. Please register at LafayetteSocial.com/events. Wednesday, Oct. 26 — LS Networking Lunch Series (11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.) The Public House Lafayette, 50 Lafayette Circle Local businesses and nonprofit professionals come together on the fourth Wednesday of every month. This gathering will be co-hosted by Brian Stranko of No-H2O Car Detailing. (Please order your lunch as soon as you arrive then join us at the Lafayette Social table.) Space is limited. Please register at LafayetteSocial.com/events.

Saturday, Oct. 15 — Night at the Library Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Whatever October brings your way, I hope you enjoy the autumn sunshine.

The LLLC Foundation is bringing the community together for a night of fun, food, and philanthropy to support the critical resources and innovative programs provided by the Lafayette Library and Learning Center for the benefit of all. To learn more and to register, go to lllcf.org. (Lafayette Social is proud to be the Night at the Library media sponsor this year!)

Until next month, stay safe and be kind.

Mayor Teresas Gerringer

Please let me know if you have suggestions for future Mayor’s Musings topics at tgerringer@lovelafayette.org.

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If you have a story to tell or would like to nominate a featured family, group, or individual, please reach any of us here by writing to Andree.Hurst@n2co.com. We strive to include stories about the many people of all ages and backgrounds that make our community very special. Adding the history component every month through a partnership with the Lafayette Historical Society also helps our readers gain perspective on the founding ideals and community connectedness upon which Lafayette has grown. Be sure to read about the upcoming Res Run for Education in the Chamber News and join me in thanking our wonderful sponsors. A select group of outstanding businesses allows us to bring Lafayette Social to you each month. Please thank them when visiting their stores or calling on them for service.

October is upon us, and the town will be buzzing with activity this month! The Mayor has outlined all the fun things to do in October in her informative “Mayor’s Musings” column. I am both humbled and

delighted by the fantastic people who find their way onto these pages every month, and this month is no exception. You’ll read about: the Lafayette couple who helped design the new Las Trampas campus; an artist who draws inspiration from her birds; Lafayette’s Jewish community and commitment to service; some of the Lamorinda Idol winners; and a senior extraordinaire who still loves to learn and teach.

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Mina Lim Lamorinda Idol winner

Michael Chastain and Renee Chow

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By Andrée Hurst Photos by Craig Isaacs , BlueGoo Photography

accessible. The soft rounded corners on the walls are safe for older adults, children, and anyone with accessibility issues.” From 2004 to 2018, Tom volunteered as Lafayette’s Planning Commissioner during a critical period in the town’s development. “We were able to apply the Hillside Ordinance establishing a development standard that ensures Lafayette will always maintain its beautiful open hills. The Downtown Plan was a bookend to the Hillside Ordinance, giving us open nature ringing above with a vibrant center full of life and activities downtown.” The couple’s eldest daughter, Alissa Chastain, has followed in her parent’s footsteps. She graduated from the Yale School of Architecture and married a graduate of the same program (also an architect). Their youngest daughter, Emma Chastain, earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford and is VP of Operations at Pachama in San Francisco. She is working on carbon sequestration to fight climate change. Tom and Renee plan to stay in Lafayette for years to come. “We love being connected to the community, and we still enjoy hiking in Lafayette’s open space during our free time.” Lucky for Lafayette, this couple has felt so passionate over the years about defending what’s not built just as much as what’s built – with an eye towards what’s best for all concerned, including the community.

Alissa and Emma Chastain the year the family moved to Lafayette 30 years ago.

Lafayette’s Renee Chow and Tom Chastain are lifelong partners, personally and professionally. Early on, they felt happily settled in New England as professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The couple then received an invitation from 3,000 miles away to join the UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture faculty. Tom says, “Why would we say no to coming to one of the most beautiful places on the planet? We thought of John Muir, the majestic mountains, the miles of hiking trails, and it was an easy decision.” The Cal professors chose Lafayette as their home base 30 years ago. Renee says, “We found a great mid- century home, and we’re still in it!” They loved Lafayette’s small-town charm, great schools for their two daughters, and ample open space. In 2000, Tom left teaching, and the couple launched the Studio Urbis architectural firm in Berkeley. Renee split her time between Studio Urbis and being a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Cal. Today, Renee is Berkeley’s Dean of the College of Environmental Design, and Tom recently returned to UC Berkeley as a lecturer in sustainable environmental design. The couple still runs Studio Urbis with its team. Tom says, “We have always shared the same values regarding design. We’re teachers and educate our clients and involve them in the designs.” Studio Urbis projects span single-family hills homes in Oakland to high-density housing projects in China to the recently completed Las Trampas building and campus in Lafayette for developmentally disabled adults. Tom and Renee say, as with any project, “there were many considerations in the design of the Las Trampas campus. The spacious entrance atrium is the heart of the campus. The site is beautiful, and we wanted the indoors to connect strongly to the outdoors.” Renee worked closely with the neighbors to ensure the design respected views and privacy. A little deeper in, one sees features like “acoustic block” walls for those with autism and sound sensitivities, multiple temperature zones by classroom for those with varying sensory issues, special lighting for those with photosensitive seizures, a fantastic educational kitchen with three different instruction areas and outdoor kitchen garden. The attention to detail is staggering. Local interior designer Robineve observed, “The hardware on the doors is especially nice and

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The Studio Urbis exterior rendering of Las Trampas prior to its completion this spring.

Tom Chastain and Renee Chow in front of Las Trampas.

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learning and education

By Andrée Hurst

Molly Gleason-Kodama’s most recent art series is an outgrowth of her love of birds. This love affair began at the age

“I will continue my training as I feel always compelled to want to improve myself and my skill sets.” Molly encourages anyone who has ever wondered if they have artistic talent to pursue art lessons because she discovered her ability in her early 50s after only a few drawing classes. Molly has been a Lafayette resident since 2012 and was born and raised in San Francisco. She’s the marketing director at Aegis of Moraga and helps people make decisions regarding their loved ones vis-à-vis assisted living and dementia care. She’s also a devoted rotary member here in Lafayette and an enthusiastic supporter of

The artist with Alta, her 35-year- old Greenwing Macaw that she raised from a baby.

of 3 from watching her father and his special relationship

with a parakeet named Johnny (after Johnny Carson). Molly has several beautiful birds herself, including Josephine Bonaparte, a 30-year-old Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (seen on the cover) that she’s had since 2004, and Alta, a 35-year-old Greenwing Macaw (seen here) that she raised from a baby. The fully flighted birds enjoy the outdoors around her home and live in a large aviary in what was formerly her garage. “They own me versus the other way around,” she says jokingly. Molly’s very first drawings were in pastel chalk. Then, after some more lessons, she experimented with acrylic, oil, and gouache, which is like a hybrid between watercolor and acrylic. She says, “Gouache (French, pronounced goowash) works well with the tiny brushes and strokes necessary to capture the subtleties of feathers and the captivating eyes of birds.” “Green Eyes” by Molly Gleason-Kodama

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“Meyer” – the mate to Alta seen in the photo

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In addition to her undergraduate degree in English literature from UC Berkeley and her M.A. in gerontology from the Leonard Davis School at USC, Molly studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and “with extraordinary local artists and teachers Jody Mattison, Patsy Taylor, and Gary Bergren here in Lafayette.” She recently enjoyed her first show at the Town Hall Theatre, which went so well that she’s been invited back. “My bird collection was heavily influenced by my studies with Maryjo Koch of Bird, Egg, Feather, Nest book fame.” Molly is writing and illustrating a children’s book, which will also include many other creatures. Some of the birds in the show are characters in the book.



“Ruby Cosmos” (Pileated Woodpecker) by Molly Gleason-Kodama

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wouldn’t have gotten through high school or gotten into college or had any of the post-high school plans that I do without [my parents’] love and support. I love my siblings dearly too, and any Brandi Carlile music reminds me of my family.” Lamorinda Idol gave its young contestants the chance to express themselves and their emotions while forming new friendships along the way. Overcoming the challenges regarding vocal technique and channeling each song’s passion makes Lamorinda Idol extremely valuable for its brave participants. For more information, visit lamorindaarts.org/ idol-past-winners for current and past Lamorinda Idol winners and finalists.

Ruby Vanhouten wowed the crowd and won the Lamorinda Idol audience award.

Mina Lim on stage, winner of the soloist category, grades nine through twelve.

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she said, “It was really scary going on stage my first year with all the lights and all the people ... but, in the end, I met many good people I’m still singing with.” Lim chose to sing “Listen” from Dreamgirls, sung by Beyoncé, because she felt the song was empowering, and she loved “how it sends a message that my voice is just as important as anyone else’s.” Other contestants like Ruby Vanhouten , winner of the Audience Award, also felt a sense of camaraderie gained with fellow peers: “It was cool to be able to perform with some people that I knew — but mostly a lot of new faces — and just really alongside extremely talented performers,” Vanhouten said. “And to be able to share music with each other was awesome.” She chose to sing “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile primarily because Carlile is her parents’ favorite artist: “I

a meaningful opportunity for the participants and that the activity brings joy to the singers, their families, and the community.” Mina Lim won Best Soloist (grades 9—12). Reflecting on how Lamorinda Idol has helped her grow since 2016,

front of a panel of judges and hopefully gain a spot as a finalist. Steve Harwood, the chairman of Lamorinda Idol since 2009, emphasizes the benefits that the competition has on everyone involved: “For those of us who organize the program, there is the satisfaction in knowing that our efforts provide

The 18th annual Lamorinda Idol singing competition took place at the Orinda Theater on Aug. 14, hosting a wide array of talented, ambitious young individuals. Since 2006, this event has attracted many passionate K-12 students from across Contra Costa County, inviting them to audition in

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charitable passions Special thanks to Temple Isaiah and the Contra Costa Jewish Day School

Young students at the Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette.

The Jewish high holiday season is upon us — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot are all back-to-back in September and October. Lafayette is fortunate to have such vibrant resources for people of the Jewish faith and culture, including Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa (one of the largest synagogues in the East Bay) and the nonprofit Contra Costa Jewish Day School (the only Jewish K-8 community day school in the East Bay), both on the same campus on Risa Road. Temple Isaiah recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and serves over 900 families. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1951 as the League of Jewish Women. The League’s first organized effort converted Lafayette Town Hall into a Jewish Sunday School for two hours each Sunday morning — via partitions. Today, the expansive Temple Isaiah synagogue is a Jewish “neighborhood” where members gather to worship God, study the Torah, and engage in acts of Tikkun Olam (healing the world). Senior Rabbi Jill Perlman says, “Temple Isaiah is named after the prophet, Isaiah who taught that our house of prayer should be open to all peoples. We embrace and celebrate the diversity that makes up our sacred neighborhood: interfaith families, those in all stages of life, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.” In the community, their volunteers work in areas of helping the hungry, increasing literacy, providing assistance to refugees here and abroad, and providing assistance with homelessness and emergency shelters. According to Dean Goldfein, Head of School for the Contra Costa Jewish Day School (CCJDS), “Our goal is to develop caring and capable citizens and leaders. Families come to CCJDS for the excellent General studies set in a strong Jewish Community.” He continues, “One of our primary goals is to have kind kids that are involved in their communities.” Dean has been with the school since it started in 2001. He says each grade has a different service theme, and the staff is also involved. He explains, “So kindergartners start with treating pets well. We work with an animal rescue foundation and other groups that come in and talk to kids about pets.” In fifth grade, he says, “We have a buddy program with Fair Oaks in Pleasant Hill, where our fifth

graders connect with their first graders and teach literacy and reading. Together they produce a children’s book for their buddy.” The seventh-grade theme is “diversity and learning from other groups such as the Catholic and Muslim schools nearby. The idea is to get students to see that they’re part of a greater system and the importance of tolerance for differences.”

If you would like to learn more, visit temple-isaiah.org or ccjds.org.

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The Temple Isaiah board at their annual meeting in 2022. Photo credit: Jen Boxerman.

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west of Chicago, she experienced explosive suburban growth and central city decline. Margaret says, “My community activism became a professional goal,” and she got a master’s in urban studies at Loyola University. In the 1970s, after finishing her M.A. in urban planning in Chicago, she moved to Austin, Texas, with her two children (son Thomas, aged 6 years, and daughter Lisa, aged 9) to accept an urban planning position. She worked for 15 years as an urban planner for state and local governments in Austin, Texas. Years later, Margaret’s evolving interests enrolled her at the University of Texas (UT) to obtain an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography and the environment. Her son, Thomas, was enrolled at the University of Texas in environmental engineering at the same time, and she says, “It was fun being on campus together at UT.” Thomas currently lives with his family in the Philippines. He is a foreign service officer and engineer with the U.S. State Department. “I was at UT much longer. I received my Ph.D. when I was in my 60s.” Her Ph.D. research was based on fieldwork, and historical and archaeological data, revealing the complexity between people and their environment, as revealed by her dissertation title, From Islamic Ishbiliya to Christian Sevilla: Transformation and Continuity in a Multicultural City . While doing this research, Margaret traveled and lived in many countries, including Germany, Mexico, Morocco, and Spain. Of all the places Margaret has been, it begs the question, what made her decide to move to Lafayette? “My daughter, Lisa, moved to California to complete a degree in civil engineering at UC Berkeley. She met her future husband, Fred Toth (a native of Lafayette), also an engineering student at UC Berkeley at the time. They raised their family (my two granddaughters) in Lafayette and still live in Lafayette. I moved to the Bay Area to be near my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters!” She also enjoys “the wonderful diversity of people, intellectual climate, physical climate, mountains, hiking trails, and the magnificent coast.” Margaret held adjunct professorships at San Jose State University and San Francisco State University and taught summers at Santa Clara University. She was also awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Since 2010 she has taught geography within the San Mateo Community College District. Presently she conducts three online classes at the College of San Mateo and says she has not yet retired. Not forgetting her health, Margaret walks the Lafayette Reservoir three times weekly with the senior group. She also uses the excellent pickleball courts at Lafayette’s Community Center.

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education, leading to Northern Illinois University and a degree in education. Margaret’s fascination with cities was intensified by living near Chicago. As a young mother of two, she also met personal tragedy when her husband passed away at age 31. While residing

of Natural History, Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of African American History. Her college education began in one of the oldest community colleges with an associate’s degree in science and

Margaret grew up in a town southwest of Chicago. Early family cross-country and camping trips nurtured her curiosity about people and places. She also had early exposure through her parents to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum

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lafayette history Early Families THE HODGES FAMILY Special thanks to the Lafayette Historical Society of Lafayette from 1850

Reliez Creek east of Pleasant Hill Road. Albert was born in 1857 when the town’s postmaster suggested the name for the village of “La Fayette.” As an adult, Albert owned a livery stable for some time before giving that up to farm his father’s land. He was married to Hattie Donner, cousin to the Donner Party Donners. His son, Sumner, married Katie Mae Barnes of Berkeley and worked for PG&E. In 1950, 100 years after Samuel arrived, Sumner and Katie returned to Lafayette to live on the historic family property. Look for several Hodges in Lafayette Cemetery. In 1879, a picture of Samuel Hodges’ farmhouse was published in Smith and Elliot Co. Sketches as one of the best examples of Contra Costa County farms. All of the sketches in the book are highly idealized, but you can recognize that the house is the same. When it was decided to build a high school in Lafayette so that the students in the larger area would no longer have to go to Concord by train, the site chosen was on a portion of the Hodges’ land. It is said that it was a tomato field. Acalanes High School was opened in 1940. Learn all about the early families of Lafayette by visiting the glass case display outside of Whole Foods. Also, visit the History Room during open hours at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center to see Katie Hodges’ wedding dress and shoes on display and to learn more about the Lafayette Historical Society and how to become a member.

The Lafayette Historical Society has a new exhibit honoring the early families of Lafayette. You can find it in the large glass case on the wall of the Whole Foods building, opposite Blue Ginko. The photos and stories displayed provide a fascinating glimpse of some of the historic families of Lafayette. One of the featured families is the Hodges family. The Hodges family was one of the first families in what has become Lafayette. The older man in this picture is Albert Hodges, son of Samuel Hodges, who came from Wisconsin and began farming here in 1850. Samuel had 275 acres of land along

The Hodges Family of Lafayette. Photo courtesy Lafayette Historical Society.


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“So, this just happened… I got my car cleaned and I didn’t have to leave home/work AND didn’t waste a drop of water!” ~ Christie S., Lafayette resident No-H2O hopes to motivate existing detailers and car washes to convert to waterless and provoke new players to enter the market. “If we are successful in fostering waterless-only washing, our state will save enough water to provide for the nearly 1 million people in California who go without safe drinking water each year,” Brian said. Brian brings his business acumen and strategic focus on water conservation nonprofit programs and is proud to be applying them at No-H2O. “In his experience,” he says, “the most successful conservation programs are those that show how one can prosper financially while producing meaningful conservation results. It’s a platform that does well while doing well and, therefore, inspires others to adopt such a model.” This is his approach for No-H2O. Brian grew up in Central Pennsylvania where he enjoyed access to vast forests, rivers, and streams, and interaction with the state’s wildlife. He worked for the Nature Conservancy of California. Prior to that, he was CEO of California Trout. Brian has an MBA from Georgetown University and completed environmental policy coursework at the University of Maryland. Brian has lived in Clayton, California for over 20 years. He participates in numerous chambers of commerce in the region. No-H2O partners with area nonprofits to conduct car-washing fundraisers. The franchise has worked with Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and the Mount Diablo Education Foundation.

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It’s almost that time of year again! The Lafayette Reservoir Run for Education (nicknamed Res Run) is coming your way on Sunday, Oct. 23. It’s one of the Lafayette Chamber’s favorite annual endeavors. Last year was a Res Run to remember! As you may recall, we were caught in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, power outages, air quality concerns, a serious drought, and plenty of uncertainty. In the days preceding the race, we received thousands of registrations, summoned many teams of volunteers, and closed the streets in time to put on the show. The logistics on the ground were running perfectly, but it’s what was looming overhead that had us all concerned — the potential for an “atmospheric river” (aka, downpours) on race day. Nature never disappoints. As we prepped for the day’s first race, it was pouring, and the wind was howling as we called on the 5K runners to make their way to the starting line. Even with over 800 runners registered for that race, no one was at the start line! When we got to the five-minute countdown, runners emerged from the doorways along Mt. Diablo Boulevard and parked cars. They wanted to stay dry until the last minute. A minute into the race and they were soaked. The 10K participants were up next and

would end up running 6.2 miles in the biggest storm we had experienced in the last 23 years. Then the two-milers set out, and guess what? The weather got worse.

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After a year and a half of isolation, restrictions, and fear, these runners were happy to be splashing around out there with family and friends, and they will never forget the Res Run of 2021! Nor will we. Now it is time to get yourself ready for the Res Run 2022 on Sunday, Oct. 23. Three races. The fast and furious 5K route begins in front of the Roundup Saloon, goes up past Oakwood Athletic Club (our major sponsor for the last 20 years), and back. The 10K is the only race that takes you out and around the reservoir’s paved path and back downtown. The two-mile is strictly for fun, and running is optional. There may be some other races that have a more “catchy” name like the Bare Buns Fun Run, Dead on Arrival, The Run Forrest Run 5/10K, or the Wiggle, Jiggle & Giggle “Clothing Optional” 5K Road Race, but our race really does support our local schools, hence to name!

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