Keller - Roanoke - Northeast Fort Worth Edition | April 2021

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Voters prepare for local May elections

2020 AllianceTexas: Adriving force

BY SANDRA SADEK

Voters in Keller, Roanoke and North- east Fort Worth will head to the polls May 1 to elect new city council and school board members. Races include mayoral races for Roa- noke and Fort Worth, city council races for all three cities and school board races for Keller ISD and Northwest ISD. “The president, the national elec- tions ... have more appeal, and they get a lot of coverage, but it’s the local ones ... Those are the people that aect your life every day,” said Peggy Hen- don, president of the Tarrant County League of Women Voters. The voter’s job is to decide who among the candidates will best repre- sent their interests, but understanding CONTINUED ON 15 Dates to know ahead of the May 2021 elections: Early voting: Election day: APRIL 19-27 MAY 1

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Jobs within AllianceTexas: 62,767 Square feet developed:

52.7 MILLION Companies that call AllianceTexas home: 533 Cumulative economic impact since 1990: $92 BILLION

Annual report shows continued growth in region

The AllianceTexas region of north Fort Worth, which comprises 27,000 acres as part of a master-planned devel- opment by Hillwood, continues to drive the local economy. Hillwood representatives presented an annual economic impact report for AllianceTexas to the Fort Worth City

Council on March 9. According to the report, the development generatedmore than $8.24 billion in economic impact in 2020 and has had an estimated cumula- tive economic impact of $91.98 billion since 1990. Over the past three decades, CONTINUED ON 13

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FROMANA: Spring has sprung, which means two of my favorite recurring events of the year have arrived! The Roanoke Farmers Market opened its season April 3, and the Keller Farmers Market will open its season May 1. I can’t tell you enough how much I look forward to them both. I love visiting with local vendors, trying new food and being surrounded by community and friends. See you there! Ana Erwin, GENERALMANAGER

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medical wellness services. 682-593-0779. www.trueresultskeller.com 3 Athletico Physical Therapy opened March 23 at 4560 Heritage Trace Park- way, Ste. 200, Fort Worth. The location provides physical therapy and rehabilita- tion, including free initial assessments. It also offers comprehensive workers’ com- pensation services to help injured work- ers recover and safely return to work, and its specialists can provide job-site safety evaluations for employers. 817-697-5742. www.athletico.com 4 The Bed Farm opened its first brick- and-mortar location Jan. 7 in Fort Worth’s Tanger Outlets at 15825 North Freeway, Ste. 560, Fort Worth. The family-owned store sells mattresses, pillows, bed linens and other bedroom comfort items. It also offers hot tubs and infrared saunas. 682-237-9185. www.thebedfarm.com 5 Action Behavior Centers opened a new 7,313-square-foot facility at 4541 Heritage Trace Parkway, Ste. 1333, Keller, in February. The facility provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children on the autism spectrum, and services are covered by most health insurance plans. ABC was founded in Austin in 2017 and has several other locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Keller lo- cation has space for indoor group play as well as for one-on-one therapy sessions. 817-385-7140. www.actionbehavior.com 6 Red Wing Shoes is now open at 9013 Tehama Ridge Parkway, Fort Worth. The store, which specializes in leather work and recreation boots, moved to Fort Worth from Keller. 817-431-5333. www.redwingshoes.com

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throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. www.layneschickenfingers.com 2 True Results , a gym and wellness facility, held a grand opening Jan. 16 at 1680 Keller Parkway, Keller. In addition to high-intensity interval training workout classes, the facility provides wellness evaluations, nutritional consultation and

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C E L E B R A T I N G O V E R 3 0 Y E A R S I N T E X A S

Tarrant County reviews possible bondmeasure

BY SANDRA SADEK

Road from US 377 to Bourland Road; Bourland Road fromMt. Gilead Road to Johnson Road; Elm Street from Keller Parkway to Bear Creek Parkway; Shady Grove Road from Keller-Smithfield Road to Smithfield Road; the intersection of Pearson Lane and FM 1709, through a Southlake partnership; and Shady Grove Road from Preston Road to Clay Hibbins Road through a North Richland Hills partnership. Tarrant County is also considering allocating up to $75 million—$15 million for each of the five county commissioners for projects in their districts. Another $125 million would be dedicated to countywide initia- tives and partnerships.

Tarrant County officials are review- ing project proposals for inclusion in a $400 million transportation bond that would be presented to voters in November. Up to $200 million would go toward leveraging resources with municipalities. These projects would require a local fund match. On March 23, city of Fort Worth officials identified a number of proj- ects, including ones affecting Heri- tage Trace Parkway, Park Vista Road, Keller Hicks Road, North and South Ray White Road, Avondale-Haslet Road and Intermodal Parkway. The city of Keller’s project list includes roadwork on Mt. Gilead

Tarrant County’s $400million transportation bond would be split into three categories. $200M $125M $75M for projects with matching funds for countywide initiatives for commissioners’ districts SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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The off-ramp from northbound I-35W to Westport Parkway closed March 31. Traffic is currently being redirected to the Alli- ance Boulevard exit, and a new off-ramp is set to open in late 2021. The on-ramp to southbound I-35W from Golden Triangle Boulevard will close around mid-April and remain closed through 2022. Traffic will be redirected at Heritage Trace Parkway. Timelines: March-December and April-December 2022 Cost: $950M (project total) Funding sources: public and private

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SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS KELLER ISD The board of trustees announced on March 29 a reduction of COVID-19 restrictions eective March 31. Changes include reduced quarantine time for students and open playgrounds on all campuses. Face masks are optional for students on playgrounds. Hand hygiene and minimized interactions remain. Fort Worth City Council Meets at 7 p.m. three times each month on Tuesdays www.fortworthtexas.gov Keller City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the rst and third Tuesdays of each month Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month www.roanoketexas.com Keller ISD Meets monthly; dates, times and locations may vary www.kellerisd.net Northwest ISD Meets monthly at 6:30 p.m.; dates may vary www.nisdtx.org www.cityoeller.com Roanoke City Council MEETINGSWE COVER

FortWorth to redraw district boundaries

Keller’s second liquor store under consideration

According to 2019 reporting by Community Impact Newspaper , Trina Zais, then director of public services and economic devel- opment, believed Keller could support two liquor stores. The city estimated at the time that liquor sales could add more than $200,000 to the city’s sales tax revenue each year. Keller City Council approved a permit for the city’s rst liquor store, Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods, in April 2020.

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FORTWORTH The City Council is gearing up for redistricting based on 2020 census results coming this year. As part of redistricting, Fort Worth is planning to increase the City Council from nine members to 11 members. The mayor would continue to represent the entire city. The number of City Council districts would increase from eight to 10. The district boundaries would be redrawn to ensure similarly sized populations. On April 6, the Fort Worth City Council voted to accept the city’s redistricting task force’s nal report. It establishes criteria and procedures for the upcoming process. Among the recommendations is that the city provide software training to interested residents and that proposals submitted by residents be analyzed and presented to council. The new boundaries and added council seats are set to go into eect with the city’s May 2023 election.

BY KIRA LOVELL

KELLER Following a recommen- dation from the Keller Planning & Zoning Commission, Keller City Council will hear a specic use permit request for a Goody Goody Liquor store May 4. Keller voters approved the sale of liquor and alcoholic beverages within city limits in 2019, and the City Council amended the city’s Uni- versal Development Code to allow liquor and distillery uses in retail and commercial zoning districts. The proposed store would be located at 730 S. Main St. in Bear Creek Plaza.

The new store would cover a little more than 15,000 square feet and employ up to 40 people.

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SP Challenger Sports International Soc- cer Camps help players develop soccer skills based on practices and coaching styles gathered from around the world. Dates: July 12-16 Cost: $108-$156 Ages: 3-14 416 S. Walnut St., Roanoke 844-674-8404 www.challengersports.com A+ ART The American DJ Company B.E.A.T. Program teaches students about music history and theory as they learn how to mix, scratch and use other DJ skills during a weeklong program. Dates: June 7-July 29 Cost: $238 Ages: 8-14 405 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller 817-743-4386 | www.thekellerpointe.com ART Circus Arts Camp oers magic, balloons, face painting and more. Children will practice in all kinds of performing and visual arts that make the circus special. Dates: July 26-29 Cost: $124 Ages: 4-8 405 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller 817-743-4386 | www.thekellerpointe.com

SP U.S. Gold Gymnastics Summer Fun lets families choose a half- or full-day camp. Each week comes with a dierent theme. Dates: June 1-Aug. 14 Cost: $25 (per half-day), $45 (per full- day), $185 (per week) Ages: 6 and older 4000 Haslet-Roanoke Road, Roanoke 817-491-9996 | www.usgoldgymclub.com VIRTUAL CAMPS A+ Camp Invention is a partnership between the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Northwest ISD intended to boost kids’ STEM and problem-solving skills. Virtual participants will receive a kit with a pegboard, a toolkit, a maker mat and activity materials. Dates: June 14-17 Cost: $250 Ages: 5-12 (grades 1-6) 800-968-4332 www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention

Parents looking for camps for their kids have a number of options to choose from in the Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth areas, including virtual options for families looking to maintain social distancing during the pandemic. This list is not comprehensive.

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ART Artful Mayhem Studio Camps give kids a week to work on arts and crafts and make friends. Projects are based around weekly themes, such as “Every- thing Unicorns” and “Under the Sea.” Dates: June 1-Aug. 6 Cost: $185 (per week) $50 (deposit at registration) Ages: 7 and older 128 Keller Parkway, Keller www.artfulmayhemstudio.com REC Northpark YMCA Day Camp lets kids play games, do crafts, swim and learn new skills, primarily outdoors. Each week has a dierent theme. The YMCA now oers ve-day and three-day options as well as nancial assistance. Dates: June 1-Aug. 13 Cost: $90-$150 (members), $105-$175 (nonmembers) Ages: 5-12 9100 N. Beach St., Fort Worth 817-993-1333 | www.ymcafw.org

DAY CAMPS SP At i9 Sports Multi-Sport Morning Camp , children are grouped by age level to participate in soccer, baseball, ag football and lacrosse drills and practices. Dates: June 1-4, July 6-9 Cost: $154-$169 Ages: 5-12 2185 Golden Heights Road, Fort Worth 817-400-7529 | www.i9sports.com A+ SP The Little Gym of Keller Super Quest Camps gives kids themed, three- hour adventures that build life skills, such as agility, strength, teamwork and mindfulness.

Dates: May 31-Aug. 15 Cost: $35 (per session) Ages: 3-8 859 Keller Parkway, Keller 817-562-4466 www.thelittlegym.com/kellertx

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BUSINESS FEATURE What’s On Tap Owner says ‘beer cafe’ all about community W hat’s On Tap is not just a

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WE KNOW CUSTOMERS BY NAME, AND, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE FRIENDS OF OURS. BRAD TRAPNELL, OWNER OF WHAT’S ON TAP

alcoholic beverages. Customers can order a ight and taste four smaller samples, and growlers are available for takeout. Packaged beers are also popular at the Keller location. Trapnell said his business was put in an awkward position by restric- tions during the pandemic, with “zero sales” some days. What’s On Tap operated on a takeout-only basis until it reopened in September under expanded restaurant guidelines. Even with limited capacity, the busi- ness continued hosting events, such as trivia nights. The Keller location’s event calendar has expanded to include pre-pandemic favorites, such as special tappings from local breweries. Trapnell said his goal is to continue investing in his locations, which partner with Motor City Pizza and Philly Pretzel Factory for food. “I think most entrepreneurs are optimists,” he said, “because other- wise you wouldn’t do it.”

bar, according to owner Brad Trapnell. He likened it to a beer cafe with space for com- munity gatherings and events. “We know [customers] by name, and, you know, they’re friends of ours,” he said. “They come here a lot, and we get to know people.” What’s On Tap has three locations: Keller, Highland Village and North Richland Hills, all owned by Trapnell. He said he had the idea to start a craft beer-themed establishment after many years of balancing working in the corporate world and brewing beer at home during his free time. He opened the Keller location, his second, in 2016. “It was, you know, a typical story of, ‘You leverage everything but your kidneys to try and get the doors open,’” he said. Each location has a rotating selec- tion of 40 beers, ciders and other

Brad Trapnell is the owner of the three What’s On Tap locations in Keller, Highland Village and North Richland Hills. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

What’s On Tap 201 Town Center Lane, Ste. 1107, Keller 817-741-6494 www.whatsontapbeer.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 2-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-11 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m.

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DINING FEATURE Doc’s Street Grill Owner brings Caribbean avors to Roanoke S teve Alade knew his cuisine could ll a niche in Roanoke, the Unique Dining Capital of

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Caribbean food is a testament to the area’s rich history. It is inuenced by many ingredients from many regions. 1. WEST AFRICA: okra and ackee, a tropical fruit 2. THE AMERICAS: corn, tomatoes and potatoes 3. EUROPE: beef, pork, chicken, garlic and oranges

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avors that were brought to the area in the time of the Atlantic slave trade and the local avors employed by Indigenous tribes on the islands. Alade described the dishes as com- bining tangy, sweet and spicy avors that create a “tropical” palate. “It hits a lot of dierent notes from a taste bud standpoint. It’s very colorful,” Alade said. Among his most popular dishes, he said, are the jerk chicken platter, the jerk pork platter and the calypso shrimp bowl. Alade also said his wings, which were the rst item on his menu when he started out, are a classic. Alade said he has not let the road construction on nearby US 377 or the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of business, which he said is booming right now. “I’m a person that takes so much pride in what I do that I want to be the best,” he said.

Texas. He opened Doc’s Street Grill two years ago to share his passion. “I picked the kind of food that I enjoy,” Alade said. “I grew up around a lot of West Indians and Caribbean individuals, and also, I’m of Nigerian descent, so [there’s] a lot of the similarities between the culture.” Alade’s food business started years earlier as a mobile operation, a food truck catering events and festivals. But as the business grew, he said he knew it was time to nd a permanent place. “[Business feedback has] been really good,” he said. “People are so excited because what happens is a lot of people go on vacation to the Caribbean, but they can’t get the food when they come back here.” Modern Caribbean food comes from a fusion between the African

The chicken combination platter ($16.50) comes with island fried rice and cabbage stir-fry.

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Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4:30-8:30 p.m.; also open Tue., Wed. & Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; closed Sun.

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COMPILED BY VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH DESIGNED BY ELLEN JACKSON

Hillwood, the developer behind AllianceTexas, has used the project’s diverse landscape—varying population density, a mix of urban, residential and industrial centers, and access to airspace—to create a testing ground for new technologies. A LLIANCE T EXAS IS A MOBILITY INNOVATION ZONE

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The developments that comprise AllianceTexas generate property tax revenue for multiple municipalities and school districts as well as for Tarrant and Denton counties. Property tax revenue:

Brings together corporations, startups, academics and policymakers

Works in focus areas of aerial systems—drones and vertical takeo and landing aircraft—and autonomous vehicle technology

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signicant diculties during the past year, AllianceTexas continues to prove its sustainability as an eco- nomic engine for the state of Texas and a place where business can thrive during the toughest of circum- stances,” Berry said in the release. The overall investment in the region totals more than $11.9 billion, with about $955 million of that in public funds. That represents a 12-to-1 ratio of private-to-public-dollar invest- ment, according to the report. Hillwood ocials also recognized ongoing investments, such as the Alli- ance Connector project, which will include the reconstruction of portions of I-35W, SH 170 and Haslet Parkway to improve mobility. Other projects, such as the Truck Yard and Fort Worth Alliance Airport, a public-private partnership between Hillwood and the city of Fort Worth, will continue to increase the region’s economic output, ocials said.

CONTINUED FROM 1

+14.76%

INVESTMENT Funding to create what is today known as AllianceTexas has involved a mix of public and private dollars.

developments within the Alliance- Texas region have also contributed more than $2.82 billion in prop- erty tax revenue to local entities, including the cities of Fort Worth and Roanoke, Keller ISD and Northwest ISD, the report stated. “While 2020 will certainly be remembered as one of the most challenging years ever for business, the three decades of partnership and collaboration between the private and public sectors has resulted in a remarkably diverse economic suc- cess story,” Hillwood President Mike Berry said in a company news release. “We’ve continued to focus on sound development fundamentals while embracing new and innovative tech- nologies that drive eciency for our customers.” Hillwood ocials also noted that despite the eects of the coronavirus pandemic, the AllianceTexas region surpassed its 2019 economic output by more than $1 billion. “Though we all have experienced

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“THE PUBLIC DOLLARS WENT IN EARLY, EARLY—IN THE LATE ‘80S, EARLY ‘90S—BUT NOW, THE LEVERAGE OFF THAT PUBLIC INVESTMENT HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT.”

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SOURCE: HILLWOODCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *PUBLIC INVESTMENT CONSISTS OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

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Local elections

adopting a city budget, adopting city ordinances, appointing members to city boards and commissions, and set- ting city priorities. City managers are responsible for hiring and removing city employees, preparing an annual budget for council review and manag- ing daily operations. “Most of it comes down to great communication between your sta and your city council,” Campbell said. Rusty Fuller is the president of the North Fort Worth Alliance, a grass- roots organization comprising several homeowners associations. Ahead of the May election, the NFWA has been hosting candidate forums. Fuller said he has been puzzled by the low turn- out he has seen. “Unfortunately, city and school board elections are the worst for turn- out, [but they are where your] vote makes the most dierence,” he said. Local elected ocials set prop- erty tax rates, decide how budget money is allocated and have a say in what developments and businesses come to the community, among other duties. Though local elections typically generate low voter turnout, Mizani and Campbell both said they believe November’s momentum will carry into the May elections. “As a community in Keller, we’ve become a lot more engaged, we’re more aware of what the issues are,” Mizani said. Fuller encouraged residents to reach out to their locally elected o- cials to voice their concerns and to take time to research each candidate. “If you vote, you’re indicating to all the other candidates in all the other districts what your position is,” he said.

local policy DECIDE

SOURCES: CITIES OF KELLER, ROANOKE, FORT WORTHCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER DESIGNED BY ELLEN JACKSON COMPILED BY SANDRA SADEK

The May 1 election will allow citizens of all three cities to elect new council members. Here are some of the mechanics behind the daily operations of a city.

The cities of Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth all operate under a COUNCIL-MANAGER form of government.

COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYOR CITY MANAGERS

DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS report to the city manager and provide services to the community.

are elected at large for staggered three-year terms.

are hired by city council and may be removed at the will of council.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities:

City department examples:

Hiring and removing city employees

Hiring and removing a city manager

Parks and recreation

Public works

Preparing an annual budget for council review

Adopting a city budget

Public safety

Adopting city ordinances

Managing the daily operations of the city

Finance

Setting priorities and goals for the city

CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS , made up of local residents, act as advisers to city council.

Appointing members to city boards and commissions

• Parks and recreation board

• Historical society board

• Public arts board

Examples:

Highs and lows

IN VOTER TURNOUT

manager is like the CEO, and city council is like the board of directors, he said. The mayor is equivalent to a chairman. “Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses, and I think the true sign of an eective leader is someone who is able to take everybody’s unique strain and put that towards a collabo- rative eort,” he said. The exact responsibilities attributed to council members, the mayor and the city manager are enumer- ated in each city’s charter. Charters can be amended through citywide referendums. The responsibilities of the mayor and council members include hir- ing and removing a city manager,

CONTINUED FROM 1

Historically, local elections in Tarrant County see much lower voter turnout than national or state elections.

the role of elected ocials is key. Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth are all run through a council-man- ager form of government. Under that system, ocials are responsible for setting priorities, but daily tasks are delegated to the city manager and sta. “[Council members] rely on [sta] to run the day-to-day operation, and we rely heavily on them to give us some direction,” Roanoke City Man- ager Scott Campbell said. Keller Mayor Armin Mizani illus- trated the dierence between elected ocials and city staers with a com- parison to a private company: A city

May 2019 local elections

7.79%

registered voters 1,107,036

voter turnout

November 2020 national, state and local elections

registered voters 1,196,407

64.21% voter turnout

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REAL ESTATE

Snapshot of the market

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MARKET DATA FOR MARCH

NUMBER OF HOMES UNDER CONTRACT 2020 2021

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FOOD&BEVERAGE Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill...................... 22 Boca 31................................................20 Bread Diary Co.................................... 18 Costa Vida............................................21 Dan’s Bagels........................................ 19 Del Campo Empanadas.......................17 Jack & Grill.......................................... 22 JR’S-BBQ-N-MORE............................. 19 Los Compadres................................... 22 Stevie’s Diner......................................20 The Lost Cajun....................................20 HOME &GARDEN Design a Sofa.......................................21 K &M Services.....................................21 Ronaoke Landscaping........................ 18 Starbugs. ............................................ 18 MEDICAL Common Sense Chiropractic. ............ 18 DFWNeuropathy. .............................. 23 RETAIL Crown Gold and Silver Exchange....... 18 Red Wing Shoes ................................. 19 Roanoke Pharmacy and Gift Shop.....20 Sadie’s Upscale Consignment & Retail. ...............................................21 Your CBD Store - Old Town Keller. ......21

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