Saint Brigid Centennial Campaign "For the Love of Mercy"

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  • When will all this work begin?

    We are very grateful for the many people who have made a donation towards our Centennial Campaign "For the Love of Mercy." Because of the generous response made to this two million dollar campaign, we are confident that the many projects that we planned to accomplish can be accomplished. But which projects come first?

    In coming up with a timetable for these projects, there are a number of factors that need to be honored.

    • The parishioners who participated in the feasibility study conducted in January of 2016 expressed their sense of priority about the works that had been proposed
    • Certain projects already have a "built-in" timeliness based on the work itself. For example, we would not replace the boiler of the Church in January or close the Church for renovations in the spring during the height of communions and weddings
    • We need to make sure that there is enough money from the redeemed pledges to cover the cost of the work that is projected to be done.

    That having been said, here is a proposed schedule of the work to be accomplished by aoour capital campaign.

    September, 2016

    Removal of asbestos from the church basement and removal of the sixty-year-old boiler. 
    COMPLETED

    October, 2016 Installation of a new gas boiler; installation of feeds, flues and chimney liners
    COMPLETED
    November, 2016 Completion of architectural drawings for the second floor offices of Saint Anthony's Hall as well as the renovation of the lobby space and entranceway from Post Avenue; Review of drawings and construction bids from the village of Westbury.
    COMPLETED
    December, 2017

    Construction companies bid on projects associated with the second floor renovation of Saint Anthony's and the redesign and reconstruction of the entranceway facing Post Avenue 
    IN PROCESS

    January, 2017 Work to begin on Saint Anthony's Hall: Creation of nine offices on the second floor, courtesy lift to second floor, reconstruction of entranceway and lobby area of first floor, handicapped ramp and entrance to the Post Avenue entranceway to Saint Anthony's Hall.
    April, 2017  Renovation of the present Schaefer Center to make it the Schaefer Outreach Building. Moving the food pantry to the Schaefer Outreach Center and interior repair of the center.
    June, 2017  Renovation of first floor space of Saint Anthony's - windows and walls
    July 2017 Repair of the Church roof around the steeple area as well as other needed Church roof repair.
    September -
    October 
    2017
    Assembling companies that do Church interior design; assigning a schedule of work for the Church. Looking at the possibility of some exterior work to be done first such as the repair and renovation of the exterior doors of the Church

    January - March,
    2018

    Church closed for interior renovation/restoration. Repair of pews and interior doors and lighting, begin the repair of the stained glass windows, Painting of Church and relocation of the tabernacle.
    April 2018 Bishop comes to rededicate the Church 
    September 2018  Bids assembled for the relocation of air-conditioning air ducts as well as mountable airconditioning wall units for Our Lady's Chapel in the School.
    November 2018 Repositioning of air conditioning ductwork in the Church and installation of air-conditioning in the school chapel
    March 2019  All pledges of the three year campaign have been completed/ All projects are completed

    All this through the grace of God and intercession of our Blessed Mother.

    Thank you for your generosity!

  • Recent Updates from Fr. Tony on Centennial Renovation

    July 1, 2017

    As you know, on May 17th, Stasi Brothers began the incredible task of renovating Saint Anthony's Hall. So, over this past month, what has happened?

    Well, all the asbestos on the second floor, the first floor and the basement has been successfully abated. New "header beams" supporting the second floor have been put into place and the new beams and new columns have been secured to new cement footings. This building is going to stand up for another hundred years!

    As for the second floor, the new offices have been framed out -- and the new reception area of the first floor has likewise been framed out. The air conditioning units will soon be installed once the ceiling on the second floor is completed. 

    This past week, much discussion has happened around the placement of the handicapped ramp that will built for the new renovated entrance facing Post Avenue. A few fun facts have been discovered.

    1. Did you know that saint Anthony's Hall sits at the foot of "Breezy Hill"? That means the back entrance of Saint Anthony's sits about four feet higher than the front entrance. This means that the handicapped ramp (which by code measures one foot for every inch of incline) will be close to sixty-feet in length. Now we don't want the ramp to be a skate-boarder's paradise -- so we have several turns in the ramp to make the accessibility easier for those in wheelchairs and walkers.

    2. We could have done away with the ramp at the front entrance and just keep the ramp in the rear -- and save a lot of money in the process -- but that means that if someone who has mobility issues would have to walk from the back of Saint Anthony's to the front of Saint Anthony's to get a Mass card. That might be awkward for someone, especially if they are walking through Saint Anthony's interior while a meeting is going on in the hall. 

    3. There may be an additional cost involved if we are going to do this right -- but we really should do this right. All to often, when we take shortcuts, bad problems are "fixed" with bad solutions making the overall situation only worse. Let's do it right the first time around!

    May 1, 2017

    Work at St. Anthony's Hall:

    Perhaps most of you have heard that Stasi Brothers of Westbury was awarded the contract to renovate the second floor of Saint Anthony’s and to create a new entranceway and reception area for the first floor of the building. In the course of the bidding process, it was noticed that there was a three inch “sagging” in the second floor -- a situation that was created when the support walls of the first floor were taken down (when the building was no longer going to be used as a school).

    In order to reinforce the building and most particularly to even out the second floor, a new support beam is being installed between the first and second floor, and new footings are being poured in the basement of the hall to reinforce the support beams that are presently in place on the first floor. Also, within this month, asbestos abatement will take place both in the basement area as well as the second floor of Saint Anthony’s.

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    February 1, 2017 

    As you know, the next project that we will soon begin as part of our centennial renovation will be the creation of parish offices on the second floor of Saint Anthony’s as well as the expansion and renovation of the lobby entranceway to Saint Anthony’s facing Post Avenue.

    The village of Westbury has recently granted the needed variances to proceed with the project and will soon be issuing the necessary building permits. In the meantime, the building office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has given approval of the project and are assembling bid packages for construction companies to assess the project and to make their bid. 

    Construction work on Saint Anthony’s may begin as soon as early March. During the course of the many listening sessions that took place in preparation for these projects, it was suggested that certain items in the Church be taken care of even before the major work in the Church is done in the winter of 2018.

    Two such projects are the improvement of the lighting (using long lasting energy saving LED bulbs) as well as the as the reconstruction of the existing bathroom. The lighting project has pretty much been completed; the bathroom construction will take place next week. So, next weekend (if all goes well) take a look at the new bathroom and tell me what you think!

    This weekend, I am making one final invitation for people to become engaged in the centennial campaign by making a three-year pledge. It is my hope that in this final push we may exceed our goal of $2,000,000 and therefore have the money that we will need in order to complete all of the projects that we have planned in this centennial renovation. God bless all of you for your generosity and love of Saint Brigid’s!

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    January 29, 2017

    Over the course of the next two and a half years, we will be engaging in the various projects that are being funded by the Centennial Campaign, For the Love of Mercy. Already we have installed the new gas boiler, working even in this cold winter much more efficiently than the sixty-year-old oil furnace which it replaced. Soon (we hope by early March) we will begin the projects surrounding the renovation of the second floor of Saint Anthony’s, including the creation of a new lobby and handicapped accessible entrance way (facing Post Avenue) as well as the new stairs and elevator to gain access to the second floor. 

    Soon after the completion of the new office spaces, we will fix and update the present Schaefer Center, moving the food pantry from the basement of the rectory to the center so that we now effectively have a single outreach building containing all the services that outreach provides for this community. At the same time, we will be doing a few of the projects around the Church that were suggested by the many listening sessions we had almost a year ago (such as replacing the old bathroom and enhancing the lighting in the Church). 

    The major work in the Church will happen between January through March of 2018 when we will close the Church entirely for three months in order to begin the repair of the stained glass windows, repair the pews, refinish both the wood and the tile floors, repair and refinish the doors, relocate the tabernacle, etc. In the fall of 2018, we will begin the process of relocating the air-handlers from the choir loft area. In the spring of 2019, we plan to look at the installation of wall mounted air conditioning units in the school chapel.

    Through the generosity of over 800 families, we have already collected $1,931,000 in pledges – just about $69,000 short of our two million dollar goal. I am making a final appeal to families who may not have been able to participate in the campaign at the time when we first introduced it almost a year ago. As I wrote in last week’s column, I believe that there is a certain positive feeling when we have attained any goal that has been set for us. It shows us that we are not alone in our love for the parish and our desire to want it to grow and thrive in the years to come. Reaching our goal convinces us that there are many people who love our church building, at the suppaot the work that is accomplished in outreach and want to see the landmark buildings of this parish function in a more productive way for the sake of the mission of the parish.

    So, here we are, one final time, to try to garner enough pledges to close that $69,000 gap. We are over 96% of the way to going over the top! Remember, your pledge can be made over a at the three year period. I have chosen to fulfill my $10,000 pledge through Faith Direct – an automatic deduction is made from my credit card each month. It really is the easy way to give!

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    January 21, 2017

    Why not settle for $1,930,000?  What’s the magic of asking more in order to reach our two million dollar goal? 

    I have asked that question a number of times over the past few weeks – and, quite honestly, my hesitation to ask for the remaining $70, 000 is a fear that I will be a nuisance. Besides, I feel that what we received might be enough to do all that we hope to accomplish as a result of the great generosity of the people who did contribute to the centennial campaign.

    So, why would I make one final effort to reach the two million dollar goal? 

    First of all, were we to make our goal, I think that it is a great sign of witness to the next generation that this generation felt committed enough to the life and mission of the parish to want to raise significant money so that the physical structures and the programs within those structures could flourish for generations to come. There is an increased sense of engagement in the parish when one can say, “I was part of that two-million-dollar drive.” 

    However, there is a more practical reason which I would like to explore with you. While we have a commitment of $1,930,000 in pledges, unforeseen circumstances may arise among our donors in the next three years where not all of those pledges will be able to be paid in their entirety. In one sense, the extra $70,000 for which I am asking can possibly be a safety cushion to fill in the gaps by those who, for whatever reason, were no longer able to fulfill their pledge commitment.

    But, on the other hand, let’s say that we will have enough money to complete all of the projects that we have spoken about in the campaign. One of the additional projects that we might be able to tackle (a project that was not listed in the capital campaign) is the full restoration the first floor of Saint Anthony’s Hall. Some of you may have already seen the beautiful work done in the kitchen and bathroom area of the first floor of Saint Anthony’s – a generous gift made by the Italian community and Padre Pio Society. So, let’s see if we can raise the money to do the rest of the first floor of Saint Anthony’s (take down the paneling, new ceiling and at the fixtures, windows and window treatments). It’s a dream which I think is doable if we have at the that final $70,000.


    So, if you haven’t gotten around to making a pledge yet, we have one final chance to at the make this historic milestone of two million. You can be part of that great story that you at the tell your grandkids about a generation of people so in love with their church. Next weekend (January 28th/29th), I will have pledge cards and brochures available in the pews and in the rear of
the Church. In this final push, let us pray that all of us can do something beautiful for God.

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    January 5, 2017

    Presently, we have received about $1,925,000 in pledges and payments toward our capital campaign, “For the Love of Mercy.” 

    I am very grateful that even during the Christmas season, when people are so pre-occupied with the expenses that naturally surround the holidays, people took the time to be generous in remembering the needs of the campaign and our desire to reach that 2 million dollar goal.

    Even recently, I have received several payments well over $1000.00 toward the campaign -- even from non-parishioners who so love our Church! 

    In short, there is still time to make a pledge towards this campaign! 

    Architectural plans for the renovation of the second floor of Saint Anthony’s Hall have been submitted to us as we await approval of our permit applications made to the Village of Westbury

    November 17, 2016 - The HEAT is ON!

    It has been a frustrating three weeks since the time of the completion of the NEW church boiler and the installation of GAS! But after days of negotiating how to get around a six foot underground drainage pipe that runs beneath our sidewalk (this is an old drainage system from many years ago connecting the waters up north in Old Westbury to the old Hempstead Plains or present day Eisenhower Park), we finally brought the gas to the Church and we are fired up with heat. I am grateful for the diligent work of one of our staff members who kept at National Grid to make all this happen (without his help, we would have had an intolerable winter in the Church). Let us pray now that the successive projects will go smoothly!

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    October 8, 2016 - News about our Parish Renovations

    Over the past seven weeks, we have engaged Fiber Control to remove all of the asbestos in the area of the old boiler of Saint Brigid’s Church as well as the crawl spaces where the pipes provide heat to the radiators. This company also was responsible for the removal of the sixty-year-old boiler. This work was done meeting our expectations both of cost ($52,500) as well as time required. 

    Presently, we have engaged KG Mechanical who will be installing the new boiler ($154.500). They have been working feverishly to assemble the new boiler, the feeder, flues and chimney lining as well as put in the cement footings for the new boiler and the gas meter. We have successfully coordinated with National Grid to bring the gas line for our new boiler on October 28th. By November 1st, our new heating system will be in place and operational! 

    In a few weeks, we will be reviewing the mechanical drawings provided by the architect for the second floor renovations of Saint Anthony’s Hall. This work will not only involve the creation of nine office spaces on the second floor but will also include the redesign of the present lobby space (the vestibule area of the first floor) as well as a handicapped accessible ramp and doorway for the Post Avenue entrance into Saint Anthony’s Hall. We will continue to keep you informed as this work progresses.

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    A new Boiler is being installed - just in time for Winter!

    As you know, it has been the hope and vision of this centennial Campaign to raise enough money to take care of needed projects that first came to our attention when Father Ralph had conducted an engineering study some eight years ago. At that time, the cost of all those needed repairs and renovations came to over five million dollars. Since the time of that engineering study, the annual disbursements from the Millennium Fund were able to address some of those needs; however, were we to rely solely on those disbursements, it would be over thirty years before that needed work would finally get done! For that reason, we began this centennial campaign and, thanks to the commitment and generosity of almost 770 families, we have been able to raise over 1.8 million dollars. 

    The first project we want to accomplish is the replacement of our sixty-year old oil furnace with a more energy-efficient gas furnace. Because of the inefficiency of the old boiler and the annual needed repairs to that system, the sooner we can put in something that will in the long run save the parish money the better. We undertook a bidding process having invited a number of local vendors to participate. This past week, we signed a contract with an asbestos abatement company as well as with a boiler company to begin work which will be completed for the 2016-2017 heating season.

     

     

  • Why a Capital Campaign?

    Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”

    – Pope Francis

    As I read these words written by Pope Francis as he inaugurated this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I cannot help but think that we, the members of Saint Brigid’s community, have sincerely tried to live out this vision through the years. Our church building, now in its 100th year, has been the “bridge” that has connected so many people to the loving mercy of the Father. Beyond the walls of this building; however, stand generations of men and women who have been the face of mercy for the poor, the immigrant, the grieving, the sinner, the outcast. “For the Love of Mercy” has been the motivating force that has made Saint Brigid’s a warm and welcoming community of faith and love here on Long Island.

    Over these months, we have become aware of the many ways in which our beautiful church, this century old “mercy bridge,” is in need of serious repair. We have invited you to consider all the buildings where God’s mercy is dispensed – our Church and school chapel, our Parish Outreach offices, and the offices of our priests and deacons. I, along with the members of our restoration committee, have asked Lynch Development Associates to gather information from as many parishioners as possible in order to determine if we can move forward in our dreams to repair and renovate these buildings. In light of the very positive feedback that was given to them by so many of our parishioners, I have decided to inaugurate a three-year capital campaign to raise the needed two million dollars for these repairs and renovations.

    God has blessed this community with people who, over the years, made sacrifices of time and treasure to create these places where God’s mercy could be experienced, received and celebrated. Now, it is our turn to make sure that the legacy of mercy that has been entrusted to us may be furthered through our own acts of sacrificial giving. I ask you to prayerfully consider how you can support For the Love of Mercy campaign. I invite you to see the critical needs that face us at this time in our parish history and to respond to Pope Francis’ call to be the “bridge of mercy” for future generations.

    I thank you for your love of Saint Brigid’s and all that it strives to accomplish in the name of Jesus. I thank you for your generous support of this campaign that will allow God’s merciful love to be experienced for generations to come. May God who has begun this good work in us bring it to fulfillment.

    Sincerely,

    Rev. Anthony Stanganelli

  • Are There Memorial Opportunities?

    YES, THERE ARE!

    Contact Deacon Darrell at (516)334-0021 x 390 for more information.

  • What is the money to be used for?

    What are the projects we hope to accomplish?

    These past one hundred years our beautiful church has been the landmark of Catholic worship, spirit and service to the Westbury community. This grace-filled worship space, where we gather each day and in times of celebration and sorrow, now calls for our attention and care as we mark its 100th Anniversary. As part of this celebration, it is our intention and hope to address some of the critical concerns brought on by the age of our church building and other parish facilities.

    CHURCH RESTORATION

    • Stained Glass Window Restoration
    • External Wall Restoration
    • Installation of Gas Burner
    • Restoration of Pews
    • New Music Ministry Chairs
    • Slate Roof Repair
    • Repair Existing Bathroom
    • Restoration of Main Church Entrance Doors
    • Restoration of Church Interior Doors
    • Church Nave Floor Restoration
    • Restoration of Main Aisle Tile Floor
    • Restoration of the Stations of the Cross
    • Church Painting

    MODIFICATIONS TO THE INTERIOR OF THE CHURCH

    • Air Handlers Relocation for Noise Reduction in the Choir Loft
    • Tabernacle Restoration & Relocation
    • Relocation and Reposition of the President’s Chair
    • Create a Shrine for Our Lady of Westbury
    • Create a Shrine to the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus     

     RENOVATION OF SAINT ANTHONY’S HALL

    • Pastor’s Office
    • Priests and Deacons Offices (4)
    • Heating and Air Conditioning of 2nd Floor
    • Renovation of Post Avenue Entrance (Handicapped Accessible)
    • Installation of a Courtesy Lift to 2nd Floor (Handicapped Accessible)
    • Reception Area Construction

    CONVERSION OF THE SCHAEFER CENTER INTO PARISH OUTREACH BUILDING

    • Food Pantry Relocation
    • Development Office Relocation
    • Interior Patching & Painting
    • Parish Outreach Meeting Space Renovation

    RENOVATION OF OUR LADY’S CHAPEL

    • Install Air Conditioning
    • Sanctuary Wall Restoration
    • Restroom Renovation and Improved Accessibility
  • How do I make a contribution?

    Call Rob Cammarata at 516-334-0021 x 336.

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    Click here to give online and/or to setup a monthly donation for the Campaign.

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    For a one time donation to the campaign, click the "Donate" button below, and specify in the instructions that the donation is for the Capital Campaign.

    Help us reach our 2 million dollar goal for the Capital Campaign! We're almost at 1.948 Million already!

    Click the "DONATE" button below to help us hit the goal! 

  • Other Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Why do we have to raise $2 million dollars? Why can't we use the money from the Millennium Fund?

    In March of 1998, Father Frank Gaeta had the incredible foresight (and energy) to engage the parish in a capital campaign in order to raise money to establish a Millennium Fund. As you know, the purpose of the fund was to establish a significant savings portfolio (about 1.8 million dollars) from which dividends could be used for various projects necessary for the upkeep of the parish facilities as well as for parish programs.  Since 2003, the Millennium Fund has distributed to the parish $1,356,000 for such parish projects as the boilers in the parish center, rectory and school building, air conditioning in the Church and Saint Anthony’s Hall, St. Anthony’s roof, the roof in the newer half of the school, electric rewiring in the rectory, emergency lighting in our buildings, a new sound system in the church and repaving the parish center parking lot (just to name a few). These projects were made possible from annual disbursements from the Millennium Fund in the range of $100,000 a year (as an average).

    We are now in the process of considering another major capital campaign to fund the proposed projects surrounding the Church, Parish Outreach, Saint Anthony’s Hall and the school chapel. Depending on the outcome of the feasibility study we will have a sense whether or not the parish is committed to enter into a major campaign. Some have asked the question, “Can the Millennium Fund give he parish the money needed for these renovations?” Presently, many of the individual projects listed in the case statement exceed $100,000. If we only used the Millennium Fund and its disbursements to fund these projects, we would have to spread these projects out over the next fifteen to twenty years and risk depleting the principal in the fund and not have any money for other ordinary repairs and expenses that would arise in that time period. In short, it would be an irresponsible management of the money entrusted to the parish.

    2. Whatever happened to the money that was donated for an outreach building - the campaign started by Father Ralph during Lent of 2013?

    Through the generosity of many people, Father Ralph had raised over $140,000 towards the purchase of an outreach building in the New Cassel area. It was Father Ralph's vision to provide outreach services in the neighborhood where the people, who needed the services the most, lived. However, there were some immediate obstacles that were faced soon after that money was collected:

    • The original building to be purchased (Saint Brigid's Well) needed extensive repair and renovation work in order to bring it to code. The cost of the building was in excess of $400,000. There was some discussion about selling the convent (the McKenna House) on Maple Avenue and relocating the sisters and taking out a bridge loan to cover the expense of purchasing/renovating Saint Brigid's Well. However, those measures did not seem suitable solution.
    • Other properties in the Westbury village were looked at which cost upwards from a half-million dollars.
    • The current operating budget could not afford the maintenance, insurance and upkeep of another building.

    In the winter-spring of 2014, a number of parish-wide listening sessions were conducted both in English and in Spanish. As a result of those sessions, it seemed that the most prudent move would be to renovate the existing buildings we have, making the present Schaefer Center an outreach center that would embrace the work done in Casa Mary Johanna, The Well and the Food Pantry. In the meantime, the spaces which were being rented by outreach (The Well and Casa Mary Johanna) no longer were available for our use for various reasons. We were then forced to move these services to the present Schaefer Center in a makeshift combined space of parish office and outreach.

    When it became clear that we were no longer in a position to buy and equip a separate building in the New Cassel area, we had written to the donors several times over the course of eighteen months, asking them for permission to donate their money to the needed expense associated with converting the Schaefer Center into an Outreach building. Approximately $15,000 was returned to donors upon their request. The remaining money now becomes available for the removal of the administrative offices from the Schaefer Center, moving them to a renovated space in the second floor of Saint Anthony's, and the renovation of the Schaefer Center to make it a dedicated outreach building.

     

     

  • About Your Payments

    We are now in the “Redemption Phase” of the Campaign...

    Parishioners have made pledges and some initial payments and others are making periodic payments towards their Campaign giving goals.

    Redemption Process: (how to make pledge payments) We’ve decided again to partner with Lynch Development Associates (LDA), the firm who helped us with our campaign. They will maintain the campaign records and send our status letters and return envelopes each month. St. Brigid’s Business Office will personally deposit and control all the funds, but we share a record of those gifts with LDA so they can accurately manage our pledge records.

    How to make your payment(s): On your payment interval (monthly, quarterly, annual, etc.) you’ll receive a status letter and a return envelope from Saint Brigid’s (via LDA). This letter will be perforated and we ask you to write the amount of your payment, tear off the return form, and return it via the mail or by placing it in the Saint Brigid’s collection basket. If you are donating by check, please write “Capital Campaign” in the memo section so that your payment does not get confused with other parish funds.

    When to make your payment: Ordinarily your status letter and return envelope will be generated and sent during the first week of the month according to your payment interval. However, as we transition, August statements well be sent in the third week of the month, September statements will be sent in the second week and by October we hope begin the ordinary schedule of sending out the reminders in the beginning of the month.

    Status letters will continue to go out according to the following schedule:

    • February 2017- Monthly
    • March 2017- Monthly,
    • April 2017- Monthly, Quarterly
    • May 2017- Monthly
    • June 2017- Monthly
    • July 2017- Monthly, Quarterly, Semi-Annually, Annual

    Any questions, please contact Lynch Development Associates at (631) 351-1368

    Many thanks to all who have made a commitment “For the Love of Mercy."

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