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Colorful and Delicious: Fall Produce at the Farmers Market

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As fall started officially last week, last Saturday’s market became colorful and delicious. Here are a few samples..
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North College Park Crime Stats: October 22-28, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime report. The incident at Days Inn happened inside a room (the victim was punched on the face). Our police is in touch with the manager and is investigating the incident. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Assault

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[9/28/13] 10:34 11:24 DAYS INN – COLLEGE PARK, 9137 Baltimore ave.

Breaking and Entering

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[9/22/13] 08:33 10:19 9900 BLK RHODE ISLAND AVE

Breaking and Entering Commercial

Event

 

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[9/25/13] 04:03 04:46 4900 Blk INDIAN L

Theft from Auto

Event

 

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[9/22/13] 08:21 10:08 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[9/24/13] 07:32 08:14 4900 Blk LAGUNA RD
[9/24/13] 18:09 19:05 4800 Blk CHEROKEE ST
[9/25/13] 07:39 08:41 4700 Blk HOLLYWOOD RD
[9/25/13] 16:31 17:32 HOLIDAY INN COLLEGE PARK

 

 

Today’s Community Cleanup Roundup

I want to thank everyone who came yesterday at our community cleanup event. We had a great turnout – some 40 volunteers joined the event. We divided them into several groups and took care of the Hollywood commercial district and the surrounding areas. We had several residents and students from the University of Maryland. They included College Park Mayor Andrew Fellows and Community Police Officer Cpl. Lobin. The event started with free breakfast and ended with free Pizza lunch. Thanks to Einstein Bros and Pizza Roma for their sponsorship.

Autumnal Produce: At the Market this Saturday

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

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Autumn squash

Autumnal Produce: At the Market this Saturday
Fall officially arrived last Sunday, September 22, at 4:44 pm, and the pickin’s at this Saturday’s farmers market should be colorful and delicious. While it’s always a surprise what our vendors bring each week, there are many types of vegetables we can look forward to seeing soon. This Saturday at the tables of our produce vendors, you will find just-harvested sweet potatoes, an array of winter squash (including acorn and butternut), and greens, greens and more greens, including arugula and mustard.

Best of all, at least for some of us, will be the continued offerings of apples and colorful flowers like mums. Hopefully, we’ll even see some pumpkins making an appearance soon—good for more than just making Jack O’ Lantern!

Featured Farmer: Pleitez Produce

Pleitez farm at the Hollywood market


Speaking of colorful vegetables, you definitely will find all kinds at the table of this vendor, Alex Pleitez, who comes to us each Saturday from his family-owned and –operated farm in the Northern Neck of Virginia. In addition to the traditional, you’ll also find several unique offerings like tomatillos (think salsa verde), a wide assortment of sweet and hot peppers, okra, and more. Alex and his family pride themselves on being able to offer diverse and high-quality produce that they handpick right before coming to our market.

Market Volunteer: Kennis Termini
Within the last few months, Kennis added yet another responsibility to an already long-list of civic-minded activities by agreeing to be a board member and treasurer of the Hollywood Farmers Market. In addition to the work she does to benefit our community, she volunteers at the food pantry in Laurel. As one of her close friends said, “The community is her hobby.” In addition to her volunteer work, she still has time to enjoy her cats; her friends; and various hobbies, including gardening, cooking, and good conversations.

Kennis Termini at the market booth

Kennis Termini at the market table

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Chic Expressions
7. Morning Glory Farm
8.  Ferguson Family Farm
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Razan Center for Massage & Health
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Red Chimney Flower Farm
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Henna Art
25. Phil’s Dills

Produce of the Week: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are just so, well, sweet, which makes them a definite go-to comfort food. Not only do they taste wonderful, but they also are good for us, as Women’s Health explains: “…the sweet potato sure does have a lot going for it. The orange tuber packs 438% of your daily value of infection-fighting vitamin A and, like carrots, sweet potatoes are a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene. While bananas are often touted as the go-to source of potassium, a medium sweet potato has 28% more potassium than a banana. (The mineral helps your body absorb fluids to replace sweat losses.)”

On top of all of this, there are so many ways to prepare this humble root vegetable: bake, boil, candy, fry, grill, and mashed to name a few.

Farm fresh sweet potatoes

Recipe of the Week: Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 C low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
5 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp jarred ginger, chopped
Plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt or sour cream (optional)
Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions
•Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock plus 2 cups water then add sweet potato, carrot, and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Strain out vegetables and put them in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, adding a bit of broth if needed. (If you’re using a standard blender, allow the mixture to cool first; hot liquid may cause the blender to squirt out contents. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches.)

Pour vegetable puree back into the saucepan and stir until well blended and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream on top, if desired.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

New Hyattsville Library Gets Council Support

Hyattsville library

Hyattsville library

The Hyattsville Library on Adelphi Road will be going through a major renovation project.

The new library will be approximately 35,000 to 39,000 sf and provide up to 100 parking spaces. The new library is expected to be easy & cost effective to maintain and will with an energy efficient, sustainable design.

The County is working with Grimm & Parker Architects to redesign the library and modernize it to improve provision of internet services and other more modern library services for residents.

You can see more about the new design of the library here.

In last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council approved a resolution sending a letter in support of the design and construction of the new library for Hyattsville at the current location. The Council also supported the establishment of a resident Advisory Work Group to comment on the proposed redesign.

Residents Offered Incentives for Clean Water Projects

Rain Check: Incentive for residents on clean water projects

Are you a homeowner, business, or non-profit interested in controlling stormwater on your property while improving the health of local streams and quality of life in your community?

The new Rain Check Rebate Program allows property owners to receive rebates on the cost of installing green solutions to stormwater runoff.

A major cause of water pollution is stormwater from a rainstorm that picks up trash, motor oil, lawn fertilizer and other chemicals that accumulate on our roads, parking lots, roofs, and driveways and then wash into our stream and rivers.

The county will provide up to $2,000 to residents and up to $20,000 to businesses and non-profits for clean water projects to help install rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, and more!

You can also receive a discount on the new impervious surface fee. Attend a workshop hosted by our Department of Environmental Resources to find out how you can qualify for a Rain Check Rebate.

· October 3, 7-9 PM, Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707
· October 9, 6:30-8:30 PM, Accokeek Branch Library, 15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607
· October 22, 7-9 PM, Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
· October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD 2074

More more, please see: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/StormwaterManagement/RainCheck/Pages/default.aspx

‘Quality of Life’ Group Moves to Next Step

In tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will form a “Neighborhood Stabilization Committee” to continue its work in addressing quality of life issues in the neighborhood.

Back in 2012, the Council formed the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Work Group to engage with various stakeholders, including the’University of Maryland, City residents, University of Maryland students, public safety officials, and rental property owners.

The group had a challenging task at its hand – to identify possible strategies to stabilize neighborhoods and improve quality of life for College Park residents.

The Work Group held numerous committee meetings from November 2012 through June 2013 to identify and define potential strategies. They include

  • reducing issues that negatively impact quality of life for College Park residents,
  • increasing rates of homeownership,
  • building positive relations between different groups in the community, and
  • expanding options for affordable housing

The Work Group held two public forums, in January and April 2013, to provide an opportunity for members of the broader community to express their concerns. and ideas related to these issues, and at which a large number of people representing a broad spectrum of the community provided input through oral and written testimony.

Early last month, the Work Group submitted its report to the Mayor and Council including 63 possible strategies for addressing the above issues as well as 23 potential metrics that might be used to assess progress.

Tonight’s resolution recommends that the City Council designate a smaller, ongoing committee to promote and facilitate a continuing dialogue among various stakeholders.

The committee swill consist of the following members, each serving a two-year term:
• Two Councilmembers
• One representative of the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety, selected by the University
• One representative of the University of Maryland administration, selected by the University
• Three City residents, selected by Council
• Three University of Maryland students (the student liaison to the City Council, one Student Government Association representative, and one representative of the Interfraternity Council or Pan-Hellenic Association)
• One representative of the Prince George’s County Police Department (at least District Commander Level)
• Director of the City’s Public Services Department
• Two rental property owners, selected by Council

The Committee will elect its chair, adopt procedures with respect to a quorum and other operations, and determine how it will accomplish its charge from the Council and develop its strategies.

The Committee will meet at least four times per year, and will hold at least one public forum per year to solicit broader community input.

Also, the Committee will provide annual reports of its activities to the City Council and such other reports as the Council requests or the Committee deems useful.

Two Rhode Island Ave RRFBs to Go Live this Week

RRFB's on Rhode Island Avenue

RRFB’s on Rhode Island Avenue

Two RRFBs (Rapid Rectangular Flashing Device) have been installed at the Cherokee St. (near Duval Field) and Muskogee St. intersections of Rhode Island Avenue. Per our staff, they will go operational some time this week. I took this picture last week at the Cherokee Rd intersection (looking south on RI).

Once we’re completely happy with their operations, staff plans to install 2 more RRFBs, one at the Hollywood Rd. intersection and another at the Sunnyside skate park.

In case you’re new to RRFBs, they remain dark until a pedestrian presses a push button to activate the system. When activated, the RRFB emits rapid, alternating bursts of light to warn motorists that pedestrians are crossing the roadway, You can check this video to see how RRFBs work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBltx0Argag

Please let me know if you have any questions.

North College Park Crime Stats, Sept 15-21, 2013

Please see below last week’s crime report. In 4800 block Hollywood road incident, an unknown suspect broke into the residence through the rear sliding glass door and stole electronics  and fled. Detectives responded to the scene. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle

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[9/17/13] 14:45 16:31 9200 Blk BLK 48TH AVE,

Breaking and Entering

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[9/20/13] 17:11 20:01 4800 Blk HOLLYWOOD RD

Theft

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[9/15/13] 12:52 13:49 EB UNIVERSITY BLVD/RHODE ISLAND AVE
[9/17/13] 14:39 15:12 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY
[9/21/13] 18:34 20:23 BUFFALO WILD WINGS,

Theft from Auto

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[9/15/13] 07:38 08:22 9300 Blk 48TH PL,
[9/17/13] 13:40 15:28 IKEA,
[9/21/13] 08:20 09:21 9500 BLk 49TH AVE,

 

Community Cleanup, Next Saturday, 9am-12pm

September 2013 Community Cleanup

September 2013 Community Cleanup

Council member Wojahn and I will be doing community cleanup next Saturday, September 28, 2013 in north College Park

We’ll meet in front of MOM’s Organic Market at 9am.

Bagels breakfast will be served at 9 am. After the clean up there will be free pizza lunch

Come help us clean up the neighborhood! Pick up trash and help our City look better!

See you all there.

Tomorrow at the Market: September 21, 2013

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

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Calvert Farm at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Featured Vendor: Calvert Farms
On any given Saturday morning, you can see several people perusing amongst the produce on this vendor’s table, which is always loaded with a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Sometimes you can also see flowers being sold. This small family farm in Cecil County, which has been in operation for the last 19 years, uses sustainable and natural methods.

Volunteers Make the Market Tick
The Hollywood Farmers Market is resident-run by a board of volunteers with no money from the City of College Park. To launch our first year, board members paid for some items, local businesses donated money, free services, or space, and we received a grant from Councilwoman Mary Lehman.

Although some of the board members would like to remain anonymous, our fearless leader, who will go un-named, wants the newsletter editor to spotlight each member, beginning with herself.

Janis Oppelt

Janis Oppelt at the market booth

Janis Oppelt was voted as the secretary of the Board and newsletter editor for one primary reason—she can write, and, in fact, she writes for a living and actually likes it (usually). Unless she is out of town doing something exotic, you will see her at the market, trying to buy a little of what she wants from each farmer and a calorie-filled muffin from the Uptown Bakery tent. When her willpower is flagging, she buys another pair of earrings from Betty Gailes, owner of Ear Gear, who recommends the tea cakes from Uptown.

When asked what she likes about the Hollywood Farmers Market, here’s what she said: “Although I love the opportunity to get fresh and usually organic produce, what attracts me most is the chance to feel part of the community. Each week I tell my husband Russ that ‘I’ll be right back’ when I go to the market, and I am away for an hour or more. I like to visit with neighbors and friends and sometimes have a coffee and muffin at the table under the shade trees. It’s a great place to feel connected in a relaxed way and not have to deal with City issues.”

This week’s Vendors

1. Calvert Farm
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Shlagal Farms
6. Chic Expressions
7. Morning Glory Farm
8.  Ferguson Family Farm
9. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Razan Center for Massage & Health
13. Caspari Farm
14. Green sprouts
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Uptown Bakers
21. Red Chimney Flower Farm
22. Chic Expressions
23. Ozlem Crafts
24. Henna Art
25. Phil’s Dills

Featured Produce:  Okra
Here is one vegetable that people either love or hate, although some of us think “it’s ok if it’s cooked right.” There is no really correct way to cook okra, since that’s totally a matter of personal taste. Some of us who aren’t watching our calories will lightly coat it in cornmeal and fry it; others like it pickled, and it can also be stuffed, for example, with rice and a spice mix, and browned. Last but not least, it’s very tasty in a rich tomato sauce.

Okra pods are rich sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins (especially A, B-complex and K), according to one website ( nutrition-and-you.com/okra.html ). It has a very high level of a variety of anti-oxidants and vitamin-C. The pods are also a good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
One nutritionist even called it a “super food,” and making recipes like the one below is a perfect choice for those who don’t think they like okra but want to feel super.

Recipe of the Week:  Recipe of the Week: Spicy Apple-filled Squash
Ingredients
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ green pepper, minced
1 pound of okra, sliced
23 oz of tomatoes (The recipe calls for one 8-oz can diced tomatoes and one 15-oz can stewed tomatoes; we say buy fresh tomatoes from the market to use.)
Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Directions
• Cover the bottom of a skillet with olive oil and place over medium heat.
• Place the garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper in the skillet and stir until fragrant.
• Stir in the green peppers.
• Cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.
• Stir in okra and cook until tender.
• Stir in all tomatoes.
• Season with salt and pepper to taste.
• Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until all vegetables are tender.

Serve with rice.
[From www.allrecipes.com ]


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

College Park Day, 2013

College Park Day, 2013

Join your friends, neighbors, and the whole College Park Community at the 4th Annual College Park Day event on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 11am – 3pm

The event is happening at lunchtime so come hungry and grab some great grub! Our terrific food vendors will feature sweet and savory delights from around the globe, and last year’s fan favorite Curbside Cupcakes will bring cupcake bliss to all of your sweet senses!

Be sure to stop by and visit with over 70 community and College Park business exhibitor booths and get information on what they do, how you can get involved, or simply pick up some unique items by local artists or perhaps enter a raffle drawing for a fantastic and wonderful prize!

Bring the kids! We have lots of ways to keep the little ones entertained during the day! We have a kid zone complete with giant inflatable castle and spider climb and slide for them to play on, free rollerskating, face painting, pumpkin painting at the Boys and Girls Club booth, arts and crafts at the College Park Arts Exchange booth, and some fun carnival games.

Have a fun ride for the kid in you – come out and try the Extreme Air Bungee Jumper! Jump and do flips 15-20 feet in the air while safely harnessed into this great ride. Get here early, we’re sure it will be popular!

Say hello to first responders who keep us and our families safe. We’ll have officers from the Maryland State Police, Prince George’s County and the University of Maryland units; College Park, Branchville, and Prince George’s County Firefighters; and the Bomb Squad doing demonstrations on their unique equipment. Ride the Enforcer – simulating a 15 mph head on crash. Come by and see some really cool stuff!

Be philanthropic by bringing non perishable items to the College Park Community Food Bank booth; or bring sealed bags of kitty litter to the Animal Welfare Committee booth. For each item you bring you’ll feel good AND receive a raffle ticket to be entered into our drawings to win 2 tickets to a UMD football or 2 tickets to basketball game. Click on the win prizes tabs above for more information!

There will be a organized bike ride at 11am by the fine folks at Proteus Bicycles if you’d like to get a little exercise, see the city and burn some calories; or maybe you’d like to run or walk a 5k for the Crime Victims Fund at 9am.

Eat out on College Park Day and get 10% off at some of your favorite restaurants in town – check out who is participating on the Restaurant Discounts tab above!

AMF College Park Lanes, REI College Park, and the Tennis Center at College Park are all offering special discounts on College Park Day! See the City-wide Discounts tab above for more info.

On stage we’ll have a variety of entertainment for the eyes and ears!

We have many activities all over town and at the event site for this year’s College Park Day.

To know more about the event, please check www.CollegeParkDay.org

Council Discusses a New Direction to City’s Neighborhood Watch Program

In last night’s worksession, the Council discussed the revitalization of City’s Neighborhood Watch program. City’s Public Service Director Bob Ryan, Public Service Officer Dino Pignataro and the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Robert Boone.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

A few years back, the Council formed a Neighborhood Watch steering committee to revitalize the program. It also hired a Public Safety Officer (Mr. Pignataro) to help strengthen the Neighborhood Watch program in the city.

Unfortunately, the program has not been getting a lot of traction, especially in certain neighborhoods.

One suggestion to revitalize the program was to allow local neighborhoods take greater control in the program. In other words, the program will be driven by local civic leaders, including elected officials, such as the local council members.

I am personally hopeful that this new approach has a good chance to succeed.

Neighborhood Watch is a grass root community movement and thus it can grow from the community itself. In other words, we ought to take a bottom up approach, instead of taking a top down approach. Leadership should be grown from the residents within the community, and should not be imposed on them.

Council members can play a significant role in building the program. Almost all Council members maintain a list serve and they know the residents living in their respective districts / constituencies. Thus it should be fairly easy for them to reach out recruit them to the program.

I will keep you all posted as we make progress in building the program in our part of the city.

Metro Parking Issues Come to Council Again

At tonight’s worksession, we will discuss the issue of parking at the Metro’s entrance at the end of Lackawanna St / 53rd Avenue.

The issue is caused by folks dropping or picking Metro riders at that intersection. Often times, they stand at the intersection, even though the area is clearly marked for “No Standing and No Parking”.

The issue came to the Council earlier, and we took a few steps. They include:

  • A new parking zone exclusive to the area close to the Metro, so that residents from other similar zone cannot park their car
  • Additional “No Standing” sign at entrance and
  • Yellow “no parking” curb marking on the street near the Metro. Speaking with nearby neighbors living next to the Metro entrance, it appears that the parking issue has improved in recent months.

Tonight’s discussion will address ways to further improve the situation there. staff is recommending (1) to request WMATA to consider a “Kiss and Ride” area at the College Park entrance to the Greenbelt Metro Station. at Lackawanna and (2) Continue current practice of frequent random patrols by PEOs, and rapid response to complaints. We understand there are considerable opposition to the Kiss-n-Ride proposal, however a more robust parking enforcement seems like a good solution.

Council to Discuss Using UMd Talents to Address City’s Sustainability Challenges.

The partnership can help residents have solar energy on their house rooftops

At tomorrow’s worksession, the Council will discuss a proposal for the City-University Partnership to launch a Sustainable College Park project that creates opportunities for UMD students, staff, and faculty to put their knowledge into practice by addressing College Park’s sustainability challenges.

Students, staff, and faculty in various departments and living learning programs could research, design, and implement projects that would reduce environmental impacts, improve quality of life for College Park residents, and contribute to the economic development of the City.

This would provide innovation and entrepreneurship experience to students while greatly benefiting the greater College Park community.

Projects could include:

  • Designing and constructing rain gardens to improve storm water management Citywide
  • Partnering with local K-12 schools to help them become certified green schools
  • Installing solar panels and other green technology at sites throughout the City
  • Developing a bicycle and pedestrian master plan that blends City University boundaries, and creates new walkable, bike-friendly spaces throughout the community
  • Improving waste management to reduce waste going to county’s near-capacity landfills
  • Helping residents save energy, grow food, and create healthier households.

The proposal recommends that the City and University jointly fund the Sustainable City Project, which would provide a salary for a project manager and funding to implement projects. The project manager could jointly report to the UMD Office of Sustainability and the College Park Planning and Development Department in coordination with UMD’s Office of Community Engagement and other pertinent units.

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