Jul
14
2014

Officials Set to Announce Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Changes Today

A Route 1 intersection in old town (WTOP)

Representatives from the City, SHA, County and the University of Maryland will be making a major announcement this afternoon about pedestrian safety improvement on Route 1 in old town College Park.

Three people have been killed in the past six months at this small stretch of Route 1.

Officials have been considering a number of safety initiatives for several months, but recent fatal accidents have made them implementing some of these measures sooner.

SHA officials came to last week’s City Council worksession and many in the Council (including me) asked questions about these initiatives, in particular about the time frame to implement them.

Some of the initiatives that are expected to be announced at today’s announcements include

(1) lowering speed limit from 30 to 25 mph

(2) installing in block median barriers

(3) extending speed camera operation hour to late mid night

We expect to have these implemented by the time when the next school year will start this fall or even sooner.

We also expect to get a copy of the report on Route 1 pedestrian safety soon. SHA has been working with other stakeholders for sometime in preparing this report.

You can read more about the announcement here on the WTOP radio site

Jul
13
2014

Council to Vote on Contractor Non-Discrimination Ordinance

At next Tuesday’s regular meeting, the City Council will vote on a bill requiring City contractors comply with a set of policies on benefits they offer to their company employees. These policies mainly cover non-discrimination based on various identities, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or disability.

While I support the idea of non-discrimination in relation to City contractor employees, I think a bill is unnecessary, discouraging to businesses and costly to implement.

The bill is unnecessary because at t present, employment discrimination cases can be addressed by the anti-discrimination civil rights departments at the County, State level.

Most City contractors follow their own policies on who to be covered in their benefit plans. If passed, the bill will force the contractors to redefine that policy to fit City’s requirements. This may potentially discourage City Contractors to do businesses with College Park.

Also, there could be some enforcement issues as well. According to the bill, City manager and his staff will be responsible in investigating and enforcing the laws. This task may proved to be quite extensive and may involve many hours of staff and attorney time. On the County / State / Federal level, these issues are addressed by separate Civil rights divisions, which are comprised of many members.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jul
12
2014

Meet the Author Event at College Park Library

Renee reading a book at teh Hollywood Farmers MarketOn July 24th, Thursday, at 10:30 am – Meet the Author – Renee Domogauer College Park author of children’s book The Washington Oak Kittens.

Ms. Domogauer will read from her recently published children’s picture book and share with the audience the true-to-life events behind the story.

As an added treat, she will offer children a chance to express themselves in an art project related to the historic tree.

Signed copies of her book will be on sale – $12.50.

Jul
11
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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Prime Time at the Market this Saturday
Several of our vendors took a well-deserved break last Saturday to celebrate the 4th of July, but don’t worry if your favorite vendor was missing!  They will be back this Saturday!And now that we’re in the dog days of summer, we can look forward to seeing our vendors selling the produce we love the most—like tomatoes, basil, sweet cherries, corn on the cob, cucumbers, melons, blueberries, and more. Not only are these fruits and vegetables mouth-watering, they are loaded with nutrients!Are You a Winner?
If you won one of the gift certificates that two of our sponsors donated, and you haven’t picked it up yet, this Saturday’s market is your opportunity. Come by the market table and tell our market manager, Julie Beavers, that you’re a winner, and she’ll give you the certificate.
Although we’ve already announced this in an earlier newsletter, the winners were…
• Christine Henry won the $25 gift certificate from Behnke’s.
• The following received a gift certificate from New York Deli for a sandwich and drink: Markus Most, Bill Norwood, Donna Weene, Maria Ramos, and Peggy Ramos. 

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.

• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

 

It’s Tea Time

TrueHoneyTeas

For many people, iced tea is the go-to drink during summer. Now you can come to the market and get some refreshing iced tea from True Honey Teas, a new vendor that offers a line of single-serve teas sweetened with natural local honey.

Chris Savage, founder and president of this family-owned business, says this about his teas: “Our product is truly unique. We are the only organization in the world to put honey sweetener in the pod with the tea.”

The “pods” are compatible with brewing machines that accept Keurig K-cup portion packs, and, if you don’t have this machine, you can buy jars of pre-made tea at his table. The following types of tea are now available: Earl Grey, spiced chai, English breakfast, and green tea. Herb teas will soon be added to the lineup

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery
21. Ear gear
22. Vermi Compost
23. Huma Henna Art
24. True Honey Tea
25. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry

Recipe of the Week: Baked Striped Bass with Zucchini and Herbs 

zucchiniMakes: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
• 1 cup chopped leeks
• 1/2 cup dry white wine
• 1 1/2 pounds striped bass fillets
• salt and pepper to taste
• 6 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
• 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
• 1/4 cup water

Directions:
Lightly grease a baking dish with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Add the chopped leeks and wine to the dish. Place the fish on top of the leeks and dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle the fish with salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Baste once or twice with pan juice.

While the fish is baking, combine remaining lemon juice, water, parsley, garlic, oregano, and thyme in small saucepan. Add sliced zucchini to the herbs. Cook everything over a medium heat until the zucchini is just tender but still a little crunchy.

When fish is done, transfer the fillets to a serving dish and add the baking juices to the saucepan of herbs and zucchini. Heat the juices until the liquid thickens slightly. Top the fish with zucchini and drizzle with the sauce.


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

Jul
10
2014

In Pictures – Side Walks on Hollywood Rd. and Narragansett Pkwy

As some of you have seen the sidewalks being built on Hollywood Rd. between 51st Place and Narragansett Parkway, and on Narragansett Parkway from Lackawanna to 52nd Avenue. The City is building these sidewalks using a State grant called “Safe Route to School”.

Here are some pictures a resident took and sent to me today . He wrote to me “We are excited about the walkway installation in Hollywood. You are most welcomed to display them in you website if it is helpful demonstrating community awareness, support, and participation, as being sent in by a resident with the comments of our approval and excitement of our property taxes concretely benefiting Hollywood homeowners and the surrounding communities”.

Jul
9
2014

SHA Plans to Build Route 1 Sidewalks in North College Park Next Year


Representatives from the State Highway Administration came to City Council worksession last night to present the design of the proposed route 1 retrofit side walk program. The sidewalks will be built on both sides of Route 1 from north of beltway to Rt 193. They have construction funding of $450,000. Construction is expected start sometime next year. The area between Chrokee and Fox St needs a retaining wall which will cot some $200,000, which is not included in this project’s budget. Some 60 properties will be affected during this construction.

Jul
8
2014

County Bill May Stop Rental Property Conversion in College Park Neighborhoods

A proposed bill in the County Council may stop conversions of single family homes to rental properties in College Park.

The bill, proposed by Dist 3 County Councilman Eric Olson, will be discussed at our Council worksession tonight. The Council may take a position whether to support the bill when it will be formerly introduced in County Council next week.

The bill intends to create Single Family Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay Zone to “ensure that land in residential neighborhoods retains its traditional single family residential character, integrity and appearance”.

Here are a few highlights of the proposed ordinance.
1. The zone can be established within 2 miles radius of a higher educational institution, such as the University of Maryland. This may cover College Park and areas outside of city boundaries.

2. The zone may not include transient facilities such as boarding houses, tourist homes, inns, motels, hotels, school dormitories, hospitals or medical facilities etc.

3. The Planning Board may initiate or another person may request a zoning map amendment only with the concurrence (by
resolution) of the County District Council.

4. During the preparation of the proposed zone, the County will contact all owners of land, and any municipality lying (wholly or in part) within the anticipated boundaries of the proposed zone and any municipality within one mile of the anticipated District boundary, to invite comments and recommendations.

5. Once the zone is established, no new rental licenses (required pursuant to provisions of a city code) shall be issued within the boundaries of the proposed zone.

6. The County Council will take final action on a zoning map amendment at any time after the close of the final public hearing record. A two-thirds (2/3) super majority vote of the full District Council shall be required to override the recommendation of a municipality if any portion of the Zone Map Amendment which falls within the boundaries of the municipality.

7. The zone must contain at least ten (10) contiguous acres and at least thirty (30) existing single family houses.

8. A single family rental dwelling located within the shall be at least 800 feet from any other single family rental dwelling within a District

9. A waiver of the Code may be granted where the property owner of a single family dwelling within a District must relocate for temporary employment reassignment, military service assignment, or other similar circumstances that may require temporary relocation out of state or overseas.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jul
7
2014

Another Death on Route 1: What Are Being Done to Improve Pedestrian Safety

We lost another young life  was lost yesterday. Police say the victim, 21-year-old Janelle Oni of Randallstown, was crossing Route 1 near the College Park Shopping Center around 3 a.m. Sunday when she was struck by a minivan driven by Lurangraj. She died at the scene. According to Police report, the driver had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he struck and killed a 21-year-old woman near the University of Maryland campus.

The city, university, county, and state officials have all been working collaboratively to bring much needed improvements to Route 1 since at least January (prior to the first fatality).  The officials walked the corridor and made a specific set of requests to the State Highway Administration.  SHA (and other stakeholders) have been implementing improvements with a number of changes slated to be done prior to the arrival of students in late August.  A workgroup of city, state, university and county officials has met with SHA regularly to follow up on progress being made.  The group’s last meeting was June 13 and our next is July 18.

Here are a few of the initiatives being done. Please let me know if you have any questions.

·         Increasing brightness of lighting (SHA and City) – SHA has initiated designs for its lights at intersections (design by mid-July, implementation will follow).  SHA also evaluating lighting (photometric analysis) for the corridor.  City and UMD have requested improvements in lighting from PEPCO.
·         Establishing lower speed zone (Berwyn to Guilford) (SHA) – The workgroup requested 25 mph speed limit. Speed data has been collected before school ended. Recommendation will be ready for next meeting.
·         Increasing Pedestrian Safety Education (UMD and all) – In development by UMD and SHA – “Be Smart, Be Safe” is the title of the campaign.
·         Prioritize pedestrian crossings (longer times and shorter intervals, explore ability for light to change immediately when button is pressed) (SHA) – Evaluated.  SHA has divided corridor into two different segments to address synchronization and crossings. Pedestrian crossing signal now automatic 24-7 and a longer ped cycle is provided at key intersections at certain times in focus area.
·         Increase enforcement of speed on corridor (City/UMD) – Will discuss request for 24hr cameras when speed data presented at next mtg. University and County Police have had a strong presence.
·         Increase signage/branding to indicate to drivers to slow down in lower speed zone (all) – SHA has increased signage; flashing yellow pedestrian signs being evaluated.
·         Upgrade all crossings with pedestrian countdown lights (SHA) – Existing intersections will have upgrades; in design; implementation before school begins.  Several intersections are being evaluated for complete upgrades to comply with new regulations.
·         Ensure that pedestrian signal comes on with red light even if button not pushed (SHA) – Done
·         Address safety of crossing at Hartwick-Add traffic light (SHA) – Data collected, recommendation for next meeting.
·         Deterrence of mid-block crossings (All) – SHA/UMD/City are working on a design for a median barrier as well as other improvements to be presented at the next mtg; new “no pedestrian x-ing” curb markings are in place. Focus is Knox to Hartwick. 
·         Shift lights in pedestrian zone to flashing red from 11pm to 4am (SHA) – Evaluated and not possible.
·         Evaluate crosswalks to see if additional markings could be added to increase reflectivity (SHA) –Restriping completed.  Keeping on list to evaluate once lighting improves.
·         Evaluate all way zone at Knox and Rt 1, so pedestrians could all cross at the same time (SHA) –Evaluating for 10pm-2am and will report at next meeting; cannot do for whole day.
·         Discuss with business owners using roping to keep guest closer to the building and decrease walking in street – (UMD) – Chief Mitchell is continuing to work with business owners.

 

Jul
6
2014

North College Park Crime Map: June 30 – July 5, 2014

Please see below last week’s crime map and let me know if you have any questions.


Recovered Stolen Veh

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/05/14] CKAUTO 15:22 16:48 5100 Blk ODESSA RD,
[7/05/14] CKAUTO 21:08 22:06 9300 Blk DAVIDSON ST,

Stolen Vehicle

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[6/30/14] STLVEH 10:46 12:14 3400 Blk MARLBROUGH CT,
[7/05/14] STLVEH 08:58 10:43 9400 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

Breaking And Entering Residential

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[6/30/14] BREAK 04:13 05:15 9000 Blk 48TH PL,
[6/30/14] BREAKR 17:01 18:45 9900 Blk 51ST AVE,
[7/01/14] BREAKR 16:50 18:17 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Shooting

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/02/14] SHOOT 18:34 20:39 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

 

Jul
5
2014

City Seeks Funds for Route 1 Undergrounding Work

City is considering to propose a grant request to pay for 50% of the design and bidding package for the undergrounding of utilities associated with the reconstruction of US 1 from College Avenue to MD-193. State Highway Administration has set the cost of this work at an amount not to exceed $300,000; therefore, the CL application will request funding in the amount of$150,000.

Applications for FY 2015 Community Legacy (CL) funding are due to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) by July 15, 2014 and require a City Council resolution. For FY 2014, the City submitted an application for $75,000 to expand the Commercial Tenant Improvement Program that was previously funded through an FY 2013 application, but it was not approved for additional funding. In FY 2012, the City received $75,000 for the demolition of vacant and blighted buildings on Route 1, which is in the
process of being closed out.

During a training session on May 14, 2014, the DHCD announced that FY 2015 CL funding would be $6,000,000 statewide. CL funds are aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership, and public infrastructure improvements. Projects must be consistent with the City’s approved Sustainable Community Plan.

City Council will discuss the matter in more details at next Tuesday’s worksession. Staff is recommending approval of the attached resolution authorizing the City Manager to file a FY 2015 application for the Community Legacy program requesting $150,000 in grant funds.

Jul
4
2014

The Market is Open this Saturday!

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

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The Market is Open this Saturday!veg1
Although a few of our vendors are taking a break this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, most of those who sell food products—and a few others—will be ready to serve you. The vendors who will not be there on Saturday, but will return next week, include:

  • Calvert Farms
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Tiffany’s Oven

Be sure to stop by Phil’s Dills—and replenish all those pickles you and yours consumed at the 4th of July picnic!
veg2A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.

• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

Recipe of the Week: Turkey-Zucchini Burger

The following appeared in the June 9, 2014, newsletter from P. Allen Smith Garden Home at http://www.pallensmith.com/newsletter/2014/06/09.

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey
3 grated medium zucchinis
3 chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions
Before you light the grill, cover the grate with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Mix together all of the above, and form patties. You know the rest!


This week’s Vendors

1. Ferguson Family Farm
2. Huma Henna Art
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
6. Vermi Compost
7. Coffee Barn
8. Phil’s Dills
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. 49th Ave, Furniture

 

 

Last Week’s Market: A good time was had by all!

Last Saturday, we had a special pre-4th of July celebration, complete with a little fun and a lot of discounts.

  • Children and adults enjoyed the balloon antics shared by Ashley and her friends from the Circus School, and local north College Park resident Donna Weene delighted the little ones by decorating their faces with painted flowers, butterflies, sharks, and other designs.
  • John, head mechanic from Proteus Bicycles (one of our sponsors!), tuned up several bikes and promised to return in the future for a repeat appearance.
  • Residents who purchased bread from Crest Hill Bakery, Roy & RT’s Kitchen, and Heavenly Created Desserts received a coupon for $1 off their purchase.

Last but not least, we had a random drawing of certificates donated by two of our sponsors. And the winners were…

  • Christine Henry won the $25 gift certificate from Behnke’s.
  • The following received a gift certificate from New York Deli for a sandwich and drink: Markus Most, Bill Norwood, Donna Weene, Maria Ramos, and Peggy Ramos.

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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

 

Jul
3
2014

Storm Damages College Park Apartment Roof, Closes Route 1

Damage roof in front of Enclave apartment (Credit: WTOP)


A severe store has hit our area, causing some damages in College Park.

WTOP is reporting that the Enclave apartment building is damaged along Route 1 near Greenbelt Road.

Baltimore Avenue is now closed northbound at Campus Drive/Paint Branch Parkway. Please follow police direction. SHA is on scene redirecting traffic and will clear road. Public Services staff, code and parking officers, are doing damage check city-wide.

7:01PM: The NBC Washington is reporting the apartment is evacuated

Jul
2
2014

North College Park Crime Map: June 23 – 29, 2014

Please see below last week’s crime report and let me know if you have any questions.


Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/27/14] STLVEH 06:10 07:12 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,

Assault

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[6/23/14] ASLT 21:26 23:04 4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/24/14] BREAKR 10:47 12:52 9200 Blk LIMESTONE PL,
[6/24/14] BREAKR 18:22 20:05 9200 Blk LIMESTONE PL,
[6/28/14] BREAK 08:06 09:28 3400 Blk DUKE ST,
[6/29/14] BREAKR 12:33 15:20 5100 Blk NANTUCKET CT,
[6/29/14] BREAKR 17:04 20:47 3400 Blk DUKE ST,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/23/14] THEFT 15:26 20:25 9300 Blk ST ANDREWS PL,
[6/29/14] THEFT 00:54 00:55 IKEA,
[6/29/14] THEFT 14:08 14:53 3500 Blk MARLBROUGH WAY,

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/25/14] THEFTA 17:34 18:27 5000 Blk INDIAN LN,
[6/28/14] THEFTA 13:02 13:36 9100 Blk 49TH AVE,
Jul
1
2014

College Park Prioritizes Health and Wellness, Joins the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign

The City of College Park Council passed a resolution to join the HEAL Cities &
Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, which champions local government policies that improve
access to healthy foods and physical activity.
Nearly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in Maryland are overweight or obese. Overweight
and obesity are among the leading risk factors for a number of chronic diseases. HEAL policies
provide a framework for a community where all people can make healthy choices to eat nutritious
food and be physically active.

College Park’s partnership with the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign includes adopting a complete
streets policy, establishing community gardens and urban agriculture, encouraging acceptance of
SNAP/EBT benefits at its farmers markets, and creating a formal workplace wellness program for
City employees. College Park Councilmember Denise Mitchell stated: “It is a pleasure to have our
city participate in HEAL Cities inaugural class. This program complements our city’s vision and goal
to become a more sustainable city.”
As part of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, the Institute for Public Health Innovation provides free
training, support, and technical policy assistance to municipal leaders. This includes analyzing
current policies that impact healthy living for citizens, suggesting ways to update such policies to
increase access to HEAL, and updating administrative procedures to help make the healthy choice
the easy choice for municipal employees. “At the Institute for Public Health Innovation, we know that
creating policies that address healthy living at a local level is critical to addressing the personal,
collective, and economic impact of obesity in our region,” said Marisa Jones, director of the HEAL

Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic. “We’re confident we can make great headway by
partnering with College Park officials to benefit the lives of residents and employees.”

Jun
30
2014

A Little Free Library in College Park

The other day, I got a call from a neighbor about something very interesting – a little free” library in north College Park. Later I made a visit to this little library with my son and guess what, he borrowed one that he is now reading in his summer school break.

The library is called “little”, because unlike the traditional libraries, where we go and pick books after browsing thousands, this library holds only a handful – in an enclosure that has a size little more than that of our typical mailboxes in front of our houses.

The concept is very simple. It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

The concept of having the little free library is not quite quite new. It all started back in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

The concept later turned into a kind of movement, which is now being adopted by many, not only in the USA, but other parts of the world as well. You can now order a “little library” online from the website http://littlefreelibrary.org/

I think it’s nifty idea that some of us can use. All of us have a few collection of good books that often gather dusts on our bookshelf after we finish reading them. I ask why don’t we share them with our neighbors through our own little libraries.

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