Oct
1
2014

Monument Village to Break Ground Next Wednesday

The official groundbreaking event for Monument Village in north College Park will take place next Wednesday Oct. 8th 2014 at  9122 Baltimore Ave College Park MD.  Please see the flyer below for more details.  Council member Denise Mitchell, Alan Hew and Mary Lehman are expected to speak.

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If you plan to join, please RSVP to Pam Zandy at pzandy@monumentrealty.com by this Friday.

Here is a brief description of the project I got from the developer:
Monument Village at College Park will consist of 235 residential units and 4,800 SF of retail space on the ground floor. The units will be a mix of studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms to attract young professionals, associate professors and graduate students. The building amenities will include a community room, media room, business center, outdoor pool and courtyard, bike share, and a dog wash station. Conveniently located between the University of Maryland College Park and I-495 with a Route 1 Ride Stop just outside your front door.

Monument Village will be designed to LEED® Silver standards and will feature the following green initiatives: ample bicycle storage, Zipcars on standby in the garage, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency water fixtures and advanced lighting packages. The building will also include indoor air quality controls and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) finishes throughout. Construction will include use of locally sourced materials to reduce transit waste and re-use of recycled demolition waste materials from the building site

Sep
30
2014

Volunteers are Needed to Prep and Plant the Permaculture Pilot Garden!

Permaculture_GradenLast year, the City’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) held an introductory workshop with professional landscaper Lincoln Smith on a gardening concept called “permaculture.” Shortly after, CBE, with the Mayor and Council’s approval, hired Lincoln to design a landscaping plan that would be installed along the Trolley Trail. Due to community concerns and budget constraints, CBE and the City decided to do a pilot project on one part of the Trolley Trail instead of the whole plan, and evaluate the health of the garden as well as the management and maintenance of the pilot lot in one year.
(Attached is a simplified plan of the pilot project.)

Now CBE is ready to recruit volunteers who are willing to play in the dirt on Sat., Oct 4 and/or Sat., Oct 11!

Please see below for details.

In the spirit of “many hands make light work,” CBE invites you to volunteer to help us prepare and/or plant trees and bushes along the Trolley Trail that will eventually produce edible fruit, nuts and spices.

October 4: Ground Preparation 9 am to 1 pm
October 11: Planting Day 9 am to 1 pm
October 18: Rain date.

Meeting Time and Place: 9 am in Berwyn along the Trolley Trail on Rhode Island Ave. between Tecumseh St. and Greenbelt Rd. There will be a welcome and refreshment table about halfway between Greenbelt & Tecumseh.

RSVPs: For more information and/or to register, please contact Steve Beavers at sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov

Sep
29
2014

Today: Metro to Host Public Hearing to Discuss Change in Bus Routes in College Park

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will host Public Hearing for Bus Service Changes. Information Session at 6pm – Public Hearing at 6:30 pm.

College Park routes affected: Route(s) 81, 82, 83, 86. Restructure service to split lines at College Park station to improve on-time performance and better balance frequency with demand on northern and southern segments.
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Sep
28
2014

North College Park Crime Map, September 21-28,2014


Breaking and Entering Residential

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Location

[9/22/14]
#L14265 BREAKR 10:29 12:04 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft

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Type

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To

Location

[9/27/14]
#L14270 THEFT 11:46 12:20 10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft from auto

Event

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To

Location

#L14264 TheftA 13:15 14:20 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
#L14264 THEFTA 13:44 14:41 5000 Blk EUTAW PL,
#L14264 THEFTA 16:00 16:39 8400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[9/23/14]
#L14266 THEFA1 07:18 08:16 NB BALTIMORE AVE/EB CHERRY HILL RD,
#L14266 THEFTA 07:47 08:34 COLLEGE PARK DINER,   9206 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
[9/24/14]
#L14267 TheftA 10:58 11:40 HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK, 9670 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
[9/25/14]
#L14268 THEFTA 16:00 17:30 HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK, 9670 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
[9/26/14]
#L14269 THEFTA 08:05 08:28 4800 Blk ERIE ST,
#L14269 THEFTA 14:24 15:14 9400 Blk 48TH AVE,
#L14269 THEFTA 20:35 21:32 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Sep
27
2014

In Pictures – College Park Day 2014

Sep
26
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Please Bring Cans of Non-Perishable Food to Tomorrow’s Market 

According to an online report from WBAL, recent deliveries to the Maryland Food Bank have been “going out nearly as fast as they have been coming in as more and more residents need help.” That’s why the State Highway Administration and Maryland State Police have teamed up to run one of the largest food drives ever in the state, during Hunger Action Month.  You may have seen the big, flashing sign on Rhode Island Avenue near the State Police barracks.Food bank CEO Deborah Flateman urges people to “take action and be a voice,” and this is where you come in!The Hollywood Farmers Market will have a drop-off box at the market table this Saturday. We hope you will contribute non-perishable food items that will be taken to the state police barracks.

The Market Schedule for October

To celebrate the arrival of autumn, we have some exciting events planned for you, our customers!

  • October 11 and 18: Seed and plant exchange. As gardeners know, now is the time to divide your plants, collect seeds, and get them ready for next year’s growing season. If you want to swap, sell or simply give-away your plants and seeds, bring them to the market table from 9 am to 1 pm on these dates. More details in next week’s newsletter.
  • October 18: Dollar-Off Day. Stop by the market table to get a $1 off coupon for any vendor. Please limit to one coupon per family.

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This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Calvert Farm
  • Red Chimney Flower Farm
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Wood Doctor
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave, Furniture
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Upper Crust Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center

Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce Continued

Last week’s newsletter included a list of the steps needed to prepare fresh produce for freezing. The next step is packing, and there are, according to the experts, two types:
Solid packing, which conserves space, is best for freezing large batches of vegetables or fruit at one time. Leave space at the top of the freezer container, since foods expand as they freeze.
Loose-packing: Freeze one layer of fruit or vegetables on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer the produce to the storage container. Although it takes up more space, it is easier to remove just the amount desired, such as a handful of blueberries. Wipe all of the edges of your container clean before you seal it to prevent moisture buildup.
Label each container with the name and date packaged. Most frozen produce will keep for 8 to 12 months.

Recipe of the Week: Peach and Tomato Salad

Main Ingredients:
2 ripe peaches, skin/pit removed and sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced thin

Dressing:
3 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Directions:

In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients together and stir until completely mixed thoroughly. In a separate bowl add the peaches, tomatoes, and the red onion. Add dressing and toss just before serving. Let sit for a maximum of 10 minutes and serve. Serves 4


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Sep
25
2014

College Park Day – This Saturday

Join us at this year’s celebration of all things College Park! College  Park Day will take place in the parking lot at 5000 Paint Branch Parkway,  which is at the corner of Corporal Frank Scott Drive, across from the  Tennis Center. Guest parking will be located at the College Park Metro  station – which is free on weekends and located right across the street from the event! For our disabled guests we will have limited parking onsite  with valid disabled plates or placards.

College Park Day welcomes the community to come and enjoy an afternoon where we have something for everyone! We’ve signed up over 150 organizations, artists, small businesses, restaurants, sponsors, and public safety groups that will be excited to see you and provide you with information on their services or how you can get involved. Come shop in our artist alley and get a jump start on the holidays! We have lots of activities scheduled to keep you moving and work up a sweat – 5k, 10 mile bike ride, rock climbing wall, Zumba demonstration and more! Check our website for details: www.CollegeParkDay.org.

Live entertainment will be featured on our main stage during the day –  everything from R&B, Rock, Blues, and steel drums as well as high flying acrobats! We’ll have lots of kid friendly activities, bounce houses, carnival games, and a kid’s bike rodeo! Bring your bike and learn safety and handling and maybe win a prize! We’re also pet friendly and will be holding a pet parade at 12pm benefitting the Animal Welfare Committee! Come out hungry and bring your appetite, we’ll have a lot of good food at the event! BBQ, Indonesian, Korean, Venezuelan, Hawaiian BBQ, Hotdogs, Cupcakes, and Shave Ice – sweet, savory and more! Just offsite 2 blocks away the

College Park Aviation museum is offering free admission and the PG County Helicopter unit is hosting an open house! For residents not able to come out to the event or for something to do later in the day, many local restaurants will be taking part as participants on College Park Day offering 10% off your final bill and other deals. Check our website for more information: www.CollegeParkDay.org Something for everyone at College Park Day – we hope you will join us

COLLEGE PARK DAY
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 – 11:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
PAINT BRANCH PARKWAY AND CORPORAL FRANK SCOTT DRIVE

Sep
24
2014

Park and Planning Seeks Public Input for FY15 Budget

Public forums are being held this fall to solicit comments on The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George’s County for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015.

The next forum will take place on Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at 7007 Bock Road, Ft. Washington, Maryland

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex Multipurpose Room

If you plan to speak, please register. Individuals and representatives of community organizations who wish to speak at the public forums may register in advance online at www.pgplanning.org, or by calling 301-952-4584, TTY 301-952-4366.

Written comments will also be accepted until close of business, Thursday, October 16, 2014.

You can also send your written comments to Elizabeth M.Hewlett, Chairman Prince George’s County Planning Board, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Comments can be faxed to Chairman Hewlett 301-952-5074. Email comments should be sent to PublicAffairs@ppd.mncppc.org

For special assistance (i.e.,large print materials, assistive listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.) Call the Public Affairs Office at 301-952-4584,TTY 01-952-4366.

Sep
23
2014

Pepco to Merge with BGE and Other Utilities

This morning Pepco Holdings Inc. has announced that PHI stockholders at a special meeting today voted to approve the merger agreement with Exelon Corporation announced April 30.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, as well as approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the public service commissions in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and the notification and reporting requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

The merger, which is anticipated to close in the second or third quarter of 2015, will bring together Exelon’s three top-performing electric and gas utilities — BGE, ComEd and PECO — and Pepco Holdings’ electric and gas utilities — Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco — to create the leading Mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility, serving approximately 10 million customers.

Pepco is saying PHI customers will benefit from a $100 million customer benefit fund that Exelon is establishing that public service commissions in PHI service territories could use for customer benefits such as rate credits, assistance programs or energy efficiency. Exelon also has committed $50 million over the next 10 years to maintain charitable contributions in the areas served by the PHI utilities. 

Exelon also has committed to build on reliability improvements that are already underway at the PHI utilities with new, more stringent targets in each jurisdiction. Exelon has agreed to financial penalties if the targets are not met by 2020. Exelon also will honor Pepco Holdings’ bargaining unit agreements. PHI this summer successfully negotiated contract extensions with all four of the unions representing its utility employees.

Pepco claims these proposed merger commitments are anticipated to result in substantial economic benefits for customers and communities served by the PHI utilities, as detailed in an economic modeling analysis. Combined with reliability improvement projects already announced by PHI and underway, the merger commitments are expected to produce approximately 11,000 to 14,000 new jobs and between $1.0 billion to $1.3 billion in benefits to the economies of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., within six years after the merger closes.

The all-cash transaction consideration of $27.25 per share represents a 24.7 percent premium to Pepco Holdings’ closing price of $21.85 on April 25, 2014, and a 29.5 percent premium to the volume-weighted average share price over the 20 trading days ending April 25, 2014.  Following the merger, Pepco Holdings utilities will retain their regional headquarters in May’s Landing, N.J. (Atlantic City Electric), Newark, Del. (Delmarva Power), and Washington, D.C. (Pepco).

[Source: Pepco press release, Sept 23, 2014]

Sep
22
2014

Man Gets Prison for Pipe Bomb and Drug Incident in Hollywood

John Frank Jenkins was sentenced to 121 month of prison sentence for his involvement of pipe bomb and drugs in Hollywood neighborhood in 2012

The man who terrorized Hollywood neighborhood by pipe bombs back in 2012 got a 121 month prison sentence, according to this ABC7 report.

John Frank Jenkins has been sentenced to prison for his role in a drug operation selling oxycodone, and for building two pipe bombs that he planned to use to try and blow up his partner’s car.

According to the Department of Justice, 30-year-old John Frank Jenkins of College Park and his co-conspirators conducted an operation selling oxycodone pills obtained through false prescriptions through at least January 2011 through December 2012.

The suspects allegedly create fake prescriptions which they presented to various pharmacies throughout the area about twice a week, each allowing them to obtain around 180 pills.

 

Sep
21
2014

North College Park Crime Map – September 15 – 20, 2014

Stolen Vehicle

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Location

#L14258 STLVEH 05:33 06:57 10100 Blk 51ST AVE
[9/18/14] STLVEH 13:06 14:45 IKEA,
[9/20/14] STLVEH 19:22 20:37 9600 Blk  MILESTONE WAY

 

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[9/17/14] BREAKR 19:47 23:43 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[9/20/14] BREAKR 06:26 07:42 5200 Blk PALCO PL

 

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[9/16/14] THEFT 19:05 20:27 5000 Blk IROQUOIS ST,
[9/18/14] THEFT 17:15 18:06 9000 Blk ST ANDREWS PL
[9/19/14] THEFT 21:38 22:31 4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

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Location

#L14258 THEFTA 13:32 14:25 HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK
[9/16/14] THEFTA 16:49 17:25 4900 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[9/18/14] THEFTA 11:29 13:14 COMFORT INN – COLLEGE PARK,
[9/19/14] THEFTA 05:25 06:52 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY
[9/19/14] THEFTA 06:44 07:34 10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[9/19/14] THEFTA 10:57 12:42 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY,
[9/19/14] THEFTA 14:46 15:39 COMFORT INN – COLLEGE PARK,
[9/20/14] THEFTA 08:25 09:01 9800 Blk 47TH PL,
[9/20/14] THEFTA 13:17 14:42 8200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE

 

Sep
20
2014

Group to Host Think-a-Thon to Discuss Arts and Culture in College Park

The City of College Parka and a University of Maryland group will jointly host a forum for College Park’s residents to discuss how arts and culture can transform the city, in particular Route 1. The event will take place on October 11 , from 2-5.30pm. Please see below for details.

Thinkathon

Thinkathon

Sep
19
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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New Vendor: IceGreen SnowballsSnow cones, snowballs—whatever you call them—are now at Hollywood Farmers Market, thanks to Greg Green, owner of IceGreen Snowballs. Green and his sons operate their business out of the eye-catching red truck below. Be sure to stop by and try one of the 22 flavors available. The names of the snowballs sound very refreshing: Island Breeze, Mississippi Margarita, and Wedding Cake.
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Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce 

Many of us like to eat local, fresh vegetables long after the farmers’ markets close for the season. We buy produce at its peak, which is now, and then prepare it for freezing.

Beginner cooks may benefit from the tips below, which can be found in Eating Well’s “Guide to Freezing Fresh Produce” here

 

  • Trim and wash vegetables under cold water, removing stems.
  • Peel if necessary.
  • Cut to desired size, if necessary, according to their intended use (such as soup).
  • Blanch vegetables before freezing them because, says the guide, “It stops the enzymes that keep vegetables ripening, helps get rid of dirt and bacteria, brightens color, slows vitamin and mineral loss, and wilts and softens the vegetables so they are easier to pack.”
  • Choose containers that are moisture- and vapor-proof: glass jars, metal containers, freezer bags or other plastic containers designed for storing frozen foods. If using plastic bags, be sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing.

Next week: To be continued…

This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Calvert Farm
  • Designed Naturall
  • Red Chimney Flower Farm
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave, Furniture
  • Huma Henna Art
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Upper Crust Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center
  • Morning Glory Farm

Recipe of the Week: Ginger Peachy Bread Pudding

Source: Courtesy of NutritionMD.org

There’s nothing like traditional bread pudding to satisfy the taste buds—except bread pudding dressed up with chunks of golden in-season peaches from our vendors!

Makes 9 servings

1 28-ounce can sliced peaches, packed in juice—or fresh
1 tablespoon cornstarch
6 cups whole-grain bread cubes (about 8 slices)
3/4 cup fortified soy- or rice milk
1/3 cup apple juice concentrate
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vegetable oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Drain liquid from peaches into a large mixing bowl. Add cornstarch. Stir to dissolve any lumps, then add bread cubes, non-dairy milk, apple juice concentrate, raisins, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla. Mix well. Chop peaches and stir into bread mixture. Spread in a vegetable oil sprayed 9″×9″ baking dish. Bake 35 minutes. Serve warm or cooled.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Sep
18
2014

SHA Plans to Improve Rt 1 Pedestrian Safety At I-495 Ramp

Recently a north College Park resident and high school student came to the NCPCA meeting and suggested to make some improvements at the I-495 ramp near the Edgewood Road and Route 1 intersection.

The SHA engineer studied the intersection further and made the following changes.

(1) SHA review confirmed that pedestrians currently do not have adequate time to cross the south leg of US 1 at Edgewood Road.  As a result, we have increased the crossing time to better suit pedestrians.  Please note that SHA uses 3.5 ft/sec of walking speed, as recommended by the nationally-accepted Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), to determine the pedestrian crossing time at signals.

(2) SHA will consider the idea of in-pavement lights, especially with the solar-powered LEDs.  SHA previously approved new traffic control device products for use on State roadways.   In the past, we have piloted in-pavement lights to illuminate a crosswalk at MD 500 (Queens Chapel Road) and Northwest Branch Trail crossing.  However, the pilot project failed due to maintenance issues.  Specifically, water leaked into the devices and caused them to malfunction.  Since then SHA has not used any in-pavement lights to illuminate crosswalks or pedestrian paths.

(3) SHA will install pedestrian signals for the crosswalk across the Ramp from I-495 Inner Loop (IL) on to US 1, lighting at both crosswalks at the intersection and a sidewalk connection between the Ramp crosswalk and the crosswalk on the south leg of US 1.  SHA initiated design efforts to implement these improvements.  The design and construction of these improvements will take more than a year to complete.

SHA also reviewed the left-turns from the off-ramp from I-495 IL on to US 1.  Motorists were observed to be navigating this movement appropriately, and have adequate green time to turn left on to Edgewood Road.  The off-ramp traffic moves independently of all other movements at this intersection.  As a result, they do not recommend any additional changes for this off-ramp movement at this time.

Sep
17
2014

GSA to Host Public Meetings on FBI’s Future Sites

Last week, the General Services Administration announced there will be four hearings to discuss potential sites for the new FBI headquarters over the next month. These meetings are public open houses where residents can meet with GSA planners to learn more about the project while “identifying issues and potential impacts associated with the FBI Headquarters Consolidation.”

Prince George’s has been working to increase the geographic diversity of the federal office selection process for many years, and we appear on track with the FBI project to bring a major agency within our borders. However, a strong showing at our local site hearings would help maintain momentum and show our commitment to bringing the FBI to Prince George’s. Please consider attending the local hearings for the project on Sept 23 and Oct 2 to show your support.

The meeting for the Greenbelt site near the metro station will be next Tuesday, Sept 23nd from 5:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenbelt Branch Library (11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770)

The meeting for Landover will be on Thursday October 2nd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sports & Learning Complex at (8001 Sheriff Road, Landover MD 20785).

If you also wish, feel free to attend the hearings for the current sites in Virginia and the District:

Springfield Site: Monday, September 22, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Robert E. Lee High School, Main Lobby (Entrance #1), located at 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150.

JEH: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, Hickok Cole Room, located at 421 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

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