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New homes. Self-storage. It’s all part of the Apollo project near Prince William Parkway.

Up to 100 townhomes could be built near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road.

Dubbed “the Apollo project” for its location on Apollo Drive, the project on 25 acres of land would bring a mix of townhomes, self-storage units, and retail to an area just across from a shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter grocery.

A former Walgreens pharmacy sits vacant adjacent to the Apollo project property and is not part of the overall project. The plan calls for a new restaurant that would be seen from Hoadly Road.

A public hearing for the project is scheduled for the June 20 meeting of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Leaders must approve a rezoning of the land from agricultural and planned business district land use to general business, light industrial, and residential.

The Apollo project won approval from the county’s Planning Commission May 3. As many as six homes per acre are planned for the neighborhood, along with walking trails, and a park.

The project comes with $2.5 million in proffers schools, fire and rescue, and other county services. It includes a mandate that the developer, Apollo Enterprises, improve the intersection of Hoadly Road and Apollo Drive, as well as improve the left turn lanes used by drivers on westbound Prince William Parkway turning left onto Hoadly Raod.

Plans also call for an extension of Ridgefield Village Drive from its current terminus at Pilgrims Inn Drive to Apollo Drive.

“I don’t think you’ll see proffers like this in the future,” said Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins.

The project was proposed under old proffer guidelines now defunct after the Virginia General Assembly last year voted to restrict how localities collect from developers.

Jenkins said he liked the $1.7 million in proffers for the school system, and half-a-million dollars for county parks.

The project has been under review for more than a year, and multiple community associations to include LOCCA/PELT, and surrounding homeowners associations have participated in the review process, according to county documents.

One of the most noted concerns about the project is about the planned self-storage lots on the property. A county report notes the self-storage facility as a weakness because it “does not significantly increase” the number of jobs in the area.

The developed abandoned a plan to build a 10-bay automotive service facility on the property as part of the overall project for the self-storage units, according to the report.

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Market at Opitz Crossing sells for $29 million

From a press release: 

Sterling Organization, a vertically integrated private equity real estate investment firm has announced the sale of Market at Opitz Crossing, a 157,724-square-foot grocery-anchored shopping center in the Washington, D.C. MSA, to Klein Enterprises for $29.25 million. Market at Opitz Crossing was originally acquired on November 18, 2013, via Sterling’s institutional fund Sterling Value Add Partners, LP (“SVAP”) for $17.75 million. Geoffrey Millerd and Mat Adler of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the Sterling-managed fund in the recent disposition of the asset.

Located at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (US-1) and Opitz Boulevard just 1 mile east of Interstate 95 in Woodbridge, VA, Market at Opitz Crossing is anchored by Wakefern’s grocery concept PriceRite. During Sterling’s ownership, a new Chipotle Mexican Grill outparcel building was added and the occupancy of the shopping center increased from approximately 77% to 96%. (more…)



‘Explore Summer Reading program is all about celebrating the joy of reading for fun’

Ah, Summer! It’s time for flip-flops, popsicles, lazy days at the pool, and a break from school. It’s also time for Summer reading at your public library! We’re talking prizes for reading, fun weekly challenges and tons of events and activities all Summer long. And it’s all free, of course!

Before we get into the details, let’s talk about why Summer reading is so important to school-age students. Maybe you’ve heard of the “Summer slide”? It’s the learning loss that happens during the summer when kids and teens don’t read or participate in educational activities. But don’t worry, because public library Summer reading programs help combat Summer slide. Research shows that children who are engaged in Summer reading programs perform better academically when they return to school in the Fall. And the best part is that your kids and young adults get a quality experience at no cost. (more…)

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Prince William vows to fight SCC over power line route

lThe Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 to reaffirm its support of the overhead and underground hybrid route plan for a new power line in Haymarket.

The I-66 Hybrid Alternative route would build the 234,000 volts, 10-mile power line overhead, connecting with an existing line near the intersection of Route 234 and Interstate 66. The line would then run underground near homes along I-66 until it makes its connection to a power substation near a Walmart in Haymarket.

The Board aims to block the construction of an overhead power line that along one of two routes favored by the State Corporation Commission (SCC): Along the Carver Road route, or along the railroad line route in Haymarket.

County residents at a special June 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors urged officials to block attempts to build along either of these two routes favored by the SCC. They said it would adversely affect property values in neighborhoods along the routes like Hopewell’s Landing, Somerset, and Greenhill crossings.

“We’re going to fight this tooth and nail. Our job is to protect you and your property this fight has just begun. We’re not going to let Dominion or the SCC divide us, and we’re going to win,” said Board Chairman Corey Stewart, At-large.

Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan was absent from the meeting on a family vacation in Europe.

The SCC released its findings and noted its support for the Carver or Railroad routes in April. Prince William officials had 60 days to respond and did so by sending this letter to Dominion Energy.

The data center is said to be owned and operated by Amazon, Inc. will require 97% of the electricity piped in from the new line to operate. (more…)

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Torch Run for Special Olympic Games set for June 8

From Prince William County Police:

The Torch that symbolizes the beginning of the Special Olympics Games in Richmond, Va., will be lit in Arlington and carried by police officers and Special Olympians down U.S. Route 1 to Richmond on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

In Prince William County, the torch will start at the Prince William-Fairfax line at U.S. Route 1 and end at the entrance to the U.S. Marine Corps Base at U.S. Route 1 and Fuller Road. Police Recruits in the current Criminal Justice Academy class will be participating in the Torch Run, and members of the Department’s Motorcycle Unit will escort the runners through the county. (more…)



Here is the ‘dirt’ about the Manassas Park Community Center Teen Garden

Teens want to be independent, and parents of teens may feel like they are in a constant tug of war for control! Parents of teenagers agree that teenage years present several unique challenges. However, there is one constant where parents of teenagers agree, and that constant is when you keep teens busy, they seem happier. So how do you get teens to become more involved in activities while they continue to stay busy with activities in their daily lives?

Luckily, the Teen Passport program at the Manassas Park Community Center is a place where Manassas Park teenagers can come after school, weekends, and throughout the summer. The emphasis is on recreation with creative programs and materials to encourage teen (grades 6-12) participation in many diverse activities including cooking club, drop-in basketball, and group activities. (more…)



Public Works Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA seeks a new Public Works Director.

The Town of Dumfries, VA, located 27 miles south of Washington D.C., offers an inviting atmosphere for its residents and visitors alike. The Town’s “Quality of Life” is highlighted by its friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, outstanding educational opportunities and proximity and vast ranges of historical, cultural, and leisure activities. Although the Town is small in size, Dumfries enjoys a prominent place in history as Virginia’s oldest continuously chartered town.

Though considered a part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Dumfries continues to value its heritage and maintain a unique identity. Since it’s found in 1749, Dumfries has long been recognized as an ideal location for business making it one of the fastest growing areas in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. Dumfries is committed to promoting a diverse and progressive community and to positioning their community as the “Place of Choice” for businesses considering relocating or expanding and for developers interested in finding the perfect location for their next project.

The Public Works Director, under the direction of the Town Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the Public Works Department. The department encompasses transportation planning and project management, Storm-water, Site and building plan review and Inspections, Information Technology, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program efforts in accordance with the U.S. Clean Water Act, and Operations (Buildings & Grounds, Vehicle Maintenance, Engineering, and Streets Maintenance). The Director must ensure capital improvement projects and maintenance projects are performed according to project terms, in compliance with contract guidelines, and in a timely manner. The Director serves as the Town’s representative by working with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on transportation related matters and projects.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public works operations and administration; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Experience working with the Virginia Department of Transportation on complex road projects as well as experience with storm-water management and drainage projects is needed. The Town of Dumfries is looking for candidates who possess the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize data along with applying principles of logical and synthesis functions. The successful candidate must be decisive, creative and have the ability to exercise judgement in critical and/or unexpected situations involving risk to the organization.

The salary range is between $65,000 – $75,000 DOQ/E, with benefits including participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, and medical insurance. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://waters-company.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1337. This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than June 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Miguel Ozuna at mozuna@waters-company.com, 214.842.6478 or Anne Lewis at richmond@waters-company.com, 804.726.9748.

Dumfries, VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!



Community Development Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA seeks a new Community Development Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA, located 27 miles south of Washington D.C., offers an inviting atmosphere for its residents and visitors alike. The Town’s “Quality of Life” is highlighted by its friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, outstanding educational opportunities and proximity and vast ranges of historical, cultural, and leisure activities. Although the Town is small in size, Dumfries enjoys a prominent place in history as Virginia’s oldest continuously chartered town.

Though considered a part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Dumfries continues to value its heritage and maintain a unique identity. Since it’s found in 1749, Dumfries has long been recognized as an ideal location for business making it one of the fastest growing areas in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. Dumfries is committed to promoting a diverse and progressive community and to positioning their community as the “Place of Choice” for businesses considering relocating or expanding and for developers interested in finding the perfect location for their next project.

The Community Development Director, under the direction of the Town Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the Town’s planning programs and activities. The Director serves as Zoning Administrator and as such makes zoning determinations and directs enforcement of the zoning code. The Director performs technical, administrative, and research tasks associated with planning, zoning, and land-use matters, zoning code and comprehensive plan amendments, and ensures development plans and opportunities are complying with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan zoning code and land development standards.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree with course work in urban planning or related fields; supplemented by three (3) years of experience in planning, zoning and land use administration; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Candidates must have knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of modern land use planning and zoning and of municipal planning and land-use issues. Dumfries is seeking candidates with strong leadership and management abilities who are able to communicate clearly with the Town Manager, Town Council and citizens.

The salary range is between $65,000 – $75,000 DOQ/E, with benefits including participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, and medical insurance. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://waters-company.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1357. This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than June 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Miguel Ozuna at mozuna@waters-company.com, 214.842.6478 or Anne Lewis at richmond@waters-company.com, 804.726.9748.

Dumfries, VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!

News
‘U is for Undies’ drive-thru to donate underwear to elderly, poor

From a press release: 

House of Mercy on the Manassas/Gainesville border is hosting a day-long “drive-thru” on Thursday, June 8 “Do More 24” Day. People will purchase a new package of underwear, any type, any size, any gender, and drive through the parking lot on June 8 to throw them into a big bin. There will be friendly volunteers there to accept the donations, and provide a tax receipt, if required.

Felice Hilton, Assistant Director at House of Mercy stated, “We hope to make this an annual event, along with the School Shoes program and Christmas with Mercy. Unlike the other programs, “U is for Undies” helps all our clientele and not just children. A large need really does exist.”

Welfare workers and school nurses locally and around the U.S. report that around half of the U.S. population is “going commando”, and not out of choice. This anecdotally includes children at local Title 1 elementary schools. (more…)

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Woman awakes to pantless man standing over her in Woodbridge motel

From Prince William police: 

“Burglary with Intent to Defile – On June 4 at 4:10AM, officers responded to the Potomac Inn located at 13964 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. The victim, a 62-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sleeping in her bed when she woke to an unknown man standing over her. At the time, the man, later identified as the accused, was not wearing pants. The victim screamed which woke her husband sleeping next to her. The accused attempted to leave and was detained by parties on site. Officers arrived and determined the suspect was intoxicated and had broken into the room through a kitchen window. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without further incident.

Arrested on June 4: [No photo available]

Jonathan Josue CHOCOJ-RODRIGUEZ, 27, of 14028 Roanoke St in Woodbridge

Charged with burglary with intent to defile

Court Date: July 13, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond”



More than ‘Irish nonsense,’ MurLarkey uses old-world infusion methods in oak barrels

Prince William Beer (and Spirits) Trail

Editors note: This is the second in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

Locally sourced and handcrafted in the heart of Bristow, MurLarkey’s officially opened its doors on January 6th, welcoming all who enjoy spirits and a good time.

Guests who visit MurLarkey will notice a beautiful array of names for their spirits featured on their website such as imagination, divine clarity, and justice. Spirit names are taken seriously at MurLarkey’s, just as seriously as the process of naming the establishment was.

A brainchild of first cousins Mike Larkin and Thomas Murray, they struggled to find a name that they could both agree on as well as pay homage to their Irish roots.

“After pondering the names Murray, Larkin and Kelly over a few drinks, they eventually came up with Mur.Lar.key,” said MurLarkey’s Founder and CEO Thomas Murray. “The coincidental play on the word “malarkey” (Irish for nonsense) made it all the better.”

One of their most popular products is their lemon infused Clemoncy whiskey. According to Murray, a restaurant in Fairfax used MurLarkey’s whiskey as a base and created the “Clemonade” — a drink so popular, that it spread from the Fairfax bar scene to Arlington.

MurLarkey’s is locally sourced and handcrafted, but they take it one step further. All of their infusions are done using old-world infusion methods in oak barrels.

“MurLarkey’s authenticity sets it apart from virtually any other distillery in the area,” said Murray. “From an award-winning pure potato vodka to all-natural infused whiskeys, there’s a spirit to please every pallet.”

News
Yu gets 10 years in guilty plea deal in Gainesville shooting death of mother of his child, 6

Brian Yu plead guilty Monday to shooting and killing the mother of his 6-year-old daughter the night before he was due in court for child support hearing.

Brian Yu plead guilty Monday to shooting and killing the mother of his 6-year-old daughter the night before he was due in court for child support hearing.

Yu was sentenced to 10-years in prison after a plea agreement between prosecuting and defense attorneys. Three years of the 10-year sentence will be suspended. Yu will also undergo three years probation as part of the deal once released from prison.

“It’s a terrible crime, but this was the best outcome under the circumstances,” said Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

Much of the evidence in the case, including journal entries kept by the victim, 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham, was inadmissible and could not be brought forward for a jury trial, added Ebert. (more…)

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The view from above the Occoqaun Spring Craft Fair

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The Occoquan Spring Craft Show was held this past weekend in the small riverside town in Prince William County. 

The annual event draws thousands to the region and showcases regional crafters, performing artists, bands, and food.

A second craft show is held in Occoquan in the fall. Together, the spring and fall craft shows are the largest events to be held in the town.

The shots in the slideshow above were sent to us by Yomosa Film Company.

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Prince William Chamber: Don’t send stadium to referendum, keep negotiating

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce weighed into the effort to negotiate the construction of a new baseball stadium for the Potomac Nationals near Potomac Mills mall. 

The letter was sent by the Chamber to elected leaders on the Board of Supervisors.

Here’s a portion of the letter: 

“Given the recent deliberations over the proposed Potomac Nationals Stadium, we ask that you oppose sending the decision to a referendum and maintain your existing commitment to the Potomac Nationals and JBG Companies to make a determination on the project at the Board level. In the aforementioned FY18 budget letter, the Chamber specifically referenced the stadium and the importance of remaining cognizant of finite

In the aforementioned FY18 budget letter, the Chamber specifically referenced the stadium and the importance of remaining cognizant of finite taxpayer dollars. While we maintain that risk mitigation with regard to taxpayer dollars is important to consider with any decision made by the Board of County Supervisors, the Board also needs to remain cognizant of the private sector’s need for risk mitigation. Private sector negotiations with public entities do not occur in a vacuum. (more…)

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Woman robbed, bitten, pepper sprayed in Woodbridge

From Prince William police: 

“Armed Robbery | Abduction | Malicious Wounding – On June 1 at 5:07AM, officers responded to the 1300 block of East Longview Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 39-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was walking in the above area when she was approached from behind by an unknown male.

During the encounter, the suspect grabbed the victim and took her to a nearby area where he demanded money. At some point, the suspect bit the victim several times on the back then sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. The suspect eventually fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and the police were contacted.

A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. Minor injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, approximately 20 years of age, 6’03” with a thin build and black braided hair

Last seen wearing grey pants – no further description is available at this time”



Water’s End Brewery knows ‘sometimes you just need a Damn Beer’

Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the second in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

After Prince William County had changed a zoning code that longer restricted breweries to industrial areas and allowed them to open in neighborhood shopping districts, Water’s End Brewery chose Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge, and the rest is history.

Owners Zach Mote, Ryan Sharkey, and Josh Fournelle are dedicated owners; you can always find them behind the bar serving customers. As of now, the brewery doesn’t have any other employees, but Ryan Sharkey, one of the three co-owners, noted that when they do start hiring employees, an owner will always remain present.

“We receive constant feedback and the raw experience of serving our customers face to face makes us focus intensely on producing the highest quality beer we can,” said Sharkey. “Our brewer has actually taken a “taproom vote” on which style of beer to brew the next day- that’s not something that would happen at most other breweries.”

Their most popular drink is “Damn Beer,” which they promise to always have on the menu. Sharkey describes it as an “easy-drinking golden ale that is often referred to as their ‘gateway beer.”

Sharkey notes that many customers are new to craft beer and it can be difficult to distinguish a brew that customers like. The Damn Beer gives an easy introduction for newcomers and provides a break from stronger flavors seen in stouts and other darker brews.

“Sometimes you just need a Damn Beer, and our craft beer aficionados will order it too as a break from the big flavors of some other beers,” said Sharkey.

There’s also a method behind the naming madness of each brew courtesy of their brewer, Zach Mote.
“Our Adventure Hat, strong American black ale, describes the hat Zach would like to wear while on brew days on the back deck,” said Sharkey. “You’ll find the hat proudly hanging behind the bar.”

The HopDrop, a white IPA, describes Water’s End logo; Sharkey explains that it’s a water droplet transforming to hop cone as “water ends and the beer begins.” Some names will also have references to the community.

Make sure to also keep an eye out for their Beer Club, one that sports 270+ members who can enjoy larger pours, discounts, special events, and beer releases.

More: Comics, sci-fi, and beer. A one of a kind brewery in Prince William.

Traffic
Improved I-95 interchange at Quantico would improve access from toll lanes

Plans for an improved interchange on Interstate 95 at Quantico are under review.

Engineers are looking at ways to increase access to Quantico Marine Corps Base. Options in the plan include access to and from the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes via a flyover, like the Joplin Road access, or a slip ramp that allows for smoother transitions, according to Amanda Baxter, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

A northbound flyover exit from the Express Lanes to the existing Russel Road exit off I-95 is proposed, according to Baxter. This movement will allow those heading to Quantico use the Express Lanes if they enter them at the proposed terminus at Exit 133 at Route 17 or from a new park and ride lot being constructed at Courthouse Road (Rt 630) at Exit 140.

There is also a southbound facing slip ramp that’s being evaluated by VDOT just south of Russell Road that will allow vehicles to “slip” into the Express Lanes from the regular travel lanes. Both of these options are under consideration and no decision will be made until sometime this summer. (more…)

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340 Prince William School buses will get missing safety feature

Prince William County must have 340 school buses retrofitted.

The brake interlock system was missing from these buses sold to the school division after March 24, 2011. The interlock stops accidental engagement of the bus’ transmission by requiring the driver to step on the brake before releasing the bus’ parking brake.

The manufacturers of the identified buses will pay the entire cost of the retrofit process, according to Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer.

The work will be done over the summer and will not affect service to county school children.

The brake interlock system does not impact the safe operation of the vehicle.

“Thomas Built Buses was recently made aware of this issue by Sonny Merryman, Inc., the Thomas dealer. All three OEMs selling large buses into the Commonwealth of Virginia are experiencing the same issue on buses built after February of 2011 when the specification was enacted. This issue does not impact the operation of the vehicle. Sonny Merryman, Inc. and Thomas Built Buses are working to ensure all buses in question are in compliance with the Commonwealth’s requirement.” stated Nicholas Smith, a Thomas bus spokesman via email to Potomac Local.

Statewide, some 4,000 buses are in need of the retrofit.

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‘It appears the dog may have been there for several days’

From Prince William police: 

“Felony Animal Cruelty – On May 28 at 4:39PM, Animal Control officers responded to a wooded area located in the 1600 block of Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an animal cruelty after a dog was discovered deceased in the area.

The investigation revealed that the callers discovered a small dog deceased which had been hung from a tree then partially burnt. It appears the dog may have been there for several days. Animal Control officers transported the dog to a state lab for a necropsy and further examination.

The dog may be a terrier, white and black in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Control Officer Lambert or Sgt Newsome at 703-792-5769. The investigation continues.”

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More charges filed in Christmas Eve crash

From Prince William police:

“Fatal Crash Investigation *ADDITIONAL CHARGES – On May 12, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit determined that alcohol and drugs were factors in a single vehicle fatal crash which occurred in the area of Token Valley Rd near Gandall Ct in Manassas on December 24. Following the investigation, investigators obtained additional charges for the driver of the vehicle involved, identified as Jesse James WYRICK. The accused was served the additional charges on May 13, and remains incarcerated at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center where he was being held on unrelated charges.

Arrested on May 13:

Jesse James WYRICK, 31, of 9711 Henderson St in Manassas Park

Charged with involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and driving on a revoked license

Court date: July 11, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond”

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