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Welcome to October


Mary Ellen Caldwell, RD, LD, CLT



ell, as I write this, we are here at our headquarters, still in the month of September, and in the final stages for getting the October issues ready for print. We are so thankful for our local businesses that advertise with us. It’s a pleasure to work with them to meet their marketing needs. They have the services and we have their audience! There is a great partnership in this business. I also want to respond to our readers who so graciously let us know how much they enjoy Suburban Parent magazines, and even more importantly, how the publication has helped them in some way. Thank you for that, readers! I was fascinated with the comment that our publications have “a talent” for knowing what our readers need to know. It made me consider where talent comes from. I was taught that talent is God’s gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift back to God. Nothing can be better than that, right? Keep in mind that talent cannot be earned or faked; it’s a gift, not to be confused with passion or skill. These two are different. Skill is a learned behavior and passion is the enthusiasm or excitement we have for something. Now, I can agree that we are passionate about our work, and many who work here have talent, like art, writing, photography, and skills abound too. “Hey, whose turn is it to put together that researched based analysis to determine our audience’s wants and needs?” If you haven’t read the Gospel of St. Matthew 25:14-30, you would learn that if you believe you have gifts from God (and we all do), you should seize them. Use them for His glory. Present the results back to Him through prayer and thanksgiving. Then you will hear those blessed words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” echoing from your heart.

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Art is so much more than pretty pictures It actually helps children explore and process feelings about the world around them. When we encourage our kids to explore art, and provide them an environment to do it in, we give them an outlet to express themselves in a safe, reflective way. It’s also worth noting that while creating art helps children express their own feelings, observing art helps them understand the feelings of others. Visit local art studios, or join one!

Tired of saying “No” all the time? Try saying “Yes” instead. For example, if your daughter asks for a cookie, you could say, “Yes, you can have a cookie after dinner.” Or if a cookie is out of the question, offer another alternative like, “How about an apple?” It’s no fun to be the bad guy, so look for other ways to say “no” when you have to. The book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk is a great resource.

Paying for college is a huge concern for parents, but counting on an athletic scholarship may not be your best bet. According to NCAA statistics, only about 2% of high school athletes receive athletic scholarships to compete in college. And, only a few of those are for full tuition. (Note DIII and Ivy League schools don’t offer any athletic scholarships.) There are certainly financial packages available for some athletes, but your best course of action is to look for merit and need based scholarships. There are plenty of those.

FAMILY + EXERCISE Exercise is one of the greatest things you can do together as a family. Here are some simple, fun (and cheap) things you can do to bond and burn calories. Hula Hooping, with the hit toy from the 1950s, can burn more than 500 calories an hour. Jumping rope burns an estimated 600 calories an hour. In-line skating will get you at least 300 calories an hour. And, hip hop dancing burns about 400 calories an hour. Don’t feel like dancing? Then take a hike, walk the dog, or play a game of kickball, tag or Frisbee.  


science says. How we dress affects the way we think and feel. The phenomenon is termed “Enclothed Cognition” and has to do with the symbolic meaning of our clothing along with how they feel on our bodies (think wearing a white lab coat). Since we evaluate ourselves (and our abilities) based on the clothes we wear, it makes sense to dress for the occasion, be it work, play, worship, etc. Research also indicates that the colors we wear can affect our mental state. Feeling gloomy? Wear something bright!

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q&a Macy, mom of 1 Q. Which musical instrument should my 6 year old child start with? Piano, Harp or Violin? A.

Typically the recommendation is to start with piano first. By learning to read both the treble and bass clef and playing both hands, students develop more complex brain connections. In addition, pianists also learn to use their right foot on the damper pedal when playing songs which also creates more complex coordination making the brain work at an even more complex level. The piano keys are also much easier to play for little fingers because they are right in front of the child and are smooth to the touch. Lastly, once a student has learned the basic music rudiments in 1-2 years of piano study, they can easily transition into playing guitar or harp or violin. Minda Music Store & School |

Tori, mom of 3 Q. My daughter has taken dance lessons since she was 3 years old. She’s now 8. What is the best time or age to start looking towards putting her in a professional dance studio? A. From the ages of 3-5 years, the students are learning how to take a class, enhancing basic motor skills and dance vocabulary. Early lessons help develop attention span. Once they attend school, they have learned to think. Now the dancer is ready to focus and apply their mind to the physical effort of technique. Twice a week classes should be expected by age 8, whether at a professional school with a company or any reputable studio. Most professional ballet schools, such as Royal Ballet or Bolshoi Ballet don’t start serious training until age 10. Above all, the dancer must love it. Our passion must guide our heart. Kathy Willsey | Academy of Dance Arts

Patricia, grandmother of 7 Q. While there is no certain way to prevent breast cancer, would diet and exercise help to avoid Cancer? A. It has been found that leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of getting cancer, and boost your odds for full recovery if you do get breast cancer. Along with exercise, choose your foods carefully. Eat cruciferous and dark leafy green vegetables, like, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards and kale. Include citrus fruits, berries, and cherries. Whole grains like Oats, barley, bulgur, whole-grain pastas, etc. Also add legumes, like dried beans and peas, lentils and soybeans. Consider working with a licensed dietitian. Visit www. for more information. Mary Ellen | RDN


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I’m worried about bullying, I’ve heard Martial Arts helps. A. The Martial Arts is all about teaching children to be confident and proud of themselves and their accomplishments. Often times, unfortunately, bullies target those who have low self-esteem or demonstrate a lack of confidence. Martial arts schools and the instructors within them are very aware of this problem. Thus, all martial arts schools focus on developing the skills necessary to prevent bulling before it occurs. Students learn to feel pride in their accomplishments, to make eye contact, and to advocate for themselves when someone bullies them. Even more importantly, however, martial arts schools teach the dangers of being the bully and often maintain a zero tolerance policy for bullies. At its very core, the Martial Arts are about respect and the true Martial Artist will never brag or use their skills to harm another. Texas Karate Do Master James Holan 6th Dan, Master Rebecca Walther 4th Dan

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Breast Cancer


Risks, Symptoms, and New Revelations on Early Detection


oday 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die from it this year alone, reports BreastCancer. org. That’s why a refresher course on early detection and keeping up-to-date on latest studies is so important and the reason for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Risk factors

There are several risk factors for breast cancer, as identified by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of these factors are unchangeable but should be taken into account in developing a screening plan. Other risk factors are lifestyle-related. Therefore women, especially those already at higher risk, should consider those factors she can control. Still, the simple presence of risk factors does not mean a woman will go on to develop breast cancer. Likewise, lack of


risk factors doesn’t mean a woman won’t develop the disease. For this reason, all women should be aware of the risks and symptoms and what screening does and doesn’t do. Some factors that are unchangeable and increase risk, according to the ACS, are: female gender, aging, genetics, race and ethnicity (white women are at slightly higher risk), dense breast tissue, a benign breast condition such as fibrosis or others, a greater number of menstrual cycles, previous chest radiation, and exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). Other risk factors, however, can often be controlled. Pregnancy and child birth affect risk. Women who have never had a child have a slight increased risk over those who have had more than one child. Yet, women who give birth to only one child at the age of 35 or older have a slightly increased risk over

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those who had no children. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, and the longer they breastfeed during child rearing years, the greater the protection. Oral contraceptives slightly increase risks. But once a woman has been off contraceptives for a period of 10 years that risk is no longer present. Hormone therapy for menopausal women also increases risk for those women with a uterus. Because estrogen alone can increase risk of uterine cancer, progesterone is typically prescribed along with estrogen. This can then increase breast cancer risk. Women without a uterus are prescribed estrogen alone, and therefore are not at increased risk, says ACS. Alcohol is a risk factor. The greater the consumption, the greater the risk. More than 5 drinks daily can increase risks for other cancers as well.

After menopause, obesity increases risk as well. But, the ACS explains the risk of breast cancer related to weight is complex, and those who were overweight as a child may not be affected. Also, waist area fat may be more significant in increasing risk than fat in other parts of the body such as hips and thighs. A study by the Women’s Health Initiative says walking briskly 1.25 to 2.5 hours each week can reduce risk by 18%. For women with average risk factors, clinical breast exams should be done every one to three years starting at age 20. At age 40, clinical exams should be done annually. Women with greater risk factors should have exams more often. Early trials found mammography reduced breast cancer death rates by 25%. But some statistics have overstated mammography’s role in the reduction of breast cancer death rates. This is because increased use of mammograms occurred along with much improved treatments, and medical experts believe treatments have likely played the greater role in reducing deaths. Still, what is known is that among women in the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Though various studies If you notice any of these reveal mammography screening symptoms, consult your health care provider to seems to have very limited usefulrule out breast cancer. ness among women under 40, it is


nonetheless moderately effective • A new lump that feels different from the rest for detection in women ages 40 of your breast 49, and is most effective for those • Nipple discharge that in the 50-69 age group. occurs without squeezIt is now known there are at ing the nipple least four types and subtypes of • A lump inside the breast breast cancer. Mammography or in underarm area often does not detect the more • Breast swelling, lethal types until they are in the warmth, or redness • Breast skin dimpling or later stages. puckering “Ductal carcinoma in-situ • Scaly or itchy sore or [DCIS] accounts for approximately rash on the nipple 20% of mammographically detect• Any part of your breast ed breast cancers. As screening pulling inward mammography has become • Pain in one spot more prevalent, the rate of DCIS that doesn’t detection has increased.” Doctor go away Deanna Attai, explains, DCIS is also referred to as noninvasive, or Stage 0 breast cancer. It is primarily diagnosed by screening mammogram, as it often does not form a palpable lump. Some medical experts say DCIS is really not a form of cancer at all and by referring to it as such results in overly aggressive treatment. The likelihood of low grade DCIS developing into invasive breast cancer is only 16%, while high grade DCIS has a 60% chance over 10 years. The problem, however, is there is currently no way to determine which cases of DCIS will ultimately develop into breast cancer. This creates a major dilemma. The results of recent studies have revealed several needs. First, more studies are needed to better answer questions about approach to both detection and treatment. Additionally, better screening techniques should be developed for detecting the more deadly forms of breast cancer. And finally, mammography screening for breast cancer should be based on informed decisions and individualized plans taking into account a woman’s age, risk factors, and both the advantages and disadvantages of mammograms for each woman’s unique situation. SP

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how Combats Bullying martial arts A BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN



ccording to, a study found that approximately 49% of kids in 4th through 12th grade said they had been bullied at least one time in the previous month. Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, poor performance in school and, in some extreme cases, even suicide.  Where is bullying happening? It’s happening most often at school, including at recess and on the school bus, but school isn’t the only place. It also occurs where kids are gathering in large groups, like at amusement parks, block parties, campgrounds and swimming pools. And of course we can’t forget about cyberbullying, which includes using cell phones and computers as ways to bully with words and spread untrue words and embarrassing photos.  So what can we, as parents, do about this widespread problem? Well, it turns out martial arts is a great place to start. Of course, martial arts can’t necessarily tackle the cyberbullying issue, but it can give our kids the self-confidence they need to handle people who are not treating them well in a specific situation.  Lindsey Watts, mom of a daughter who has been in martial arts for four years, says, “Martial arts gives kids discipline and teaches them respect. They learn self-control, perseverance and integrity. They learn to help build a more peaceful world.”  One mother shared a sad situation that happened to her son, “My son was in 2nd grade when he was being bullied. We had no idea it was going on; we just knew that something wasn’t right ...” Her son ended up bullying another child and was sent to see the principal, where the story came out that a boy at recess, someone her son called a friend, had been bullying him. Later other issues came out; like that he had been pushed, tripped and poked. “We then realized our good-natured son … may be setting himself up for more bullying. Our son was very shy, but just wanted everyone to like him so he befriended everyone.”  Dave Kovar, founder of Martial Arts Against Bullying (MAAB) and life-long martial arts professional, shares on his

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website “I believe that no other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the martial arts industry. The mere act of training in martial arts and having children develop a higher level of confidence decreases their chances of being bullied in the first place.” The mom from the previously mentioned bullying situation shared her family’s resolution. “We decided our son needed help with handling himself and building his confidence up. [Tae Kwon Do] gave my son confidence to know that he had the strength within him to stop something first with his words, and as a last resort, defense. Never to hit first, never to intentionally hurt the person hurting you, but to just keep yourself safe. My son is now 10 years old and has his high brown belt in TKD. My son walks tall now. He’s not afraid to stand up for himself or others. TKD has taught him that fighting is never the answer. It’s only a last resort to protect himself from harm or to protect someone else from harm.”  Robyn Morrow, mom of a Tae Kwon Do student, “I was teased and called four eyes as a child and had a hard time feeling connected to people, but that pales in comparison to the stories I’ve heard happening nowadays. My oldest child is skinny and tall, but holds his head high and walks tall … I think his confidence is in large part due to his years at Taekwondo … He knows he has the power to break boards, so I would guess that gives him more confidence too. I am so glad we made the choice to enroll him in Taekwondo classes before he reached the awkward teenage age he’s entering now.”  Martial arts comes with other benefits as well. Jody Jones, mom of 3, says, “I think martial arts helps form a great foundation for understanding the benefits of structure, discipline and hard work. Attaining a black belt, or any higher belt rank, is a manifestation of what you can gain through the physical and mental discipline of martial arts. It’s an experience that’s hard to duplicate for your children, and the concept of working extremely hard to attain your goals is one that you carry into your adult life and work.” SP

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State Fair of Texas

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

Celebrate all things Texan with more than 100 daily attractions offering a wide variety of entertainment, art, agriculture, history, and cuisine. Runs through Oct 22. Fair Park, Dallas. Plan your trip at BIGTEX. COM. See ad in this issue.

2 | MONDAY Puppet Shows: Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

10:30-11am Mother Goose shares her favorite nursery rhymes! All ages. Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Road, Plano,

3 | TUESDAY Coffee at The Guthrie School

9-10am. Join us for coffee and learn more about our early childhood, elementary and enrichment programs. RSVP 972-596-6929 www. See ad in this issue.

Pick out a pumpkin and take a journey in a hay-filled trailer pulled by a genuine farm tractor. The corn maze is two acres of towering corn stalks surrounding the paths of unbelievable twists, turns and dead ends. $5 (cash only). Hours vary by day. Visit the website for more info. 3420 Hall Johnson Rd, Grapevine

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7 | SATURDAY Frisco Arts Walk


12-7pm Singing fairy tale princesses, Nutcracker dancers, street performers, painters and sketch artists, along with carnival games and crafts. Free. Texas Sculpture Garden at Hall Office Park, 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco www.

Autumn at the Arboretum

Cottonwood Art Festival

Daily through 11/22. Visit the popular one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, with pumpkin houses featuring designs inspired by this year’s theme, The Wizard of Oz. Free with paid admission. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www.

6 | FRIDAY Southlake Oktoberfest 

5-11pm Visit handcrafted arts and crafts booths. Great food

10am-7pm Talk with more than 200 artists about their works. The festival includes live music, food trucks, a craft beer garden and a children’s art area. Runs through 10/8. Free. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson www.

8 | SUNDAY Firewheel Town Center Farmer’s Market 

9am-4pm Experience an assortment of vendors selling a

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variety of vegetables, produce and other farm-fresh items each weekend! Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland

9 | MONDAY Spooky Stem Science

3-4pm Ages 8-12. Get ready for Halloween with spooky science experiments in the Children’s Program Room! Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen

honesty, and a lot of heart, told by nationally-renowned artists and student Lone Star Storytellers! Great for adults and kids 10 and up. Fri and Sat, $10. Check the website for tickets, schedules, and other information. Council Chambers at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco

14 | SATURDAY Plano International Festival

Baby Time Storytime

10:30-11am Introduce babies to books and vital pre-reading skills with interactive story times. Rowlett Public Library, 5702 Rowlett Rd, Rowlett, Texas, 972-412-6161

11am-5pm Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, and cultural displays from over 100 countries. Fun for all ages! Come for the Fitness and Wellness Fair with free flu shots and health screenings. Fitness and Wellness Fair is from 10am-1pm in the Courtyard Theater. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street, Plano 214-495-7838



Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Frisco Heritage Center Open House


9am-7pm Open through 10/31. Visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find tons of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. Free. Parking is $5 during the week and $10 on the weekends. Visit the website for all the details. Double Oak Ranch, 5100 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound

1-4pm Fun for all! Kids crafts and games, entertainment, live animals, working blacksmiths, and guided tours. All historic buildings are open to the public free of charge (does not include the museum). Frisco Heritage Center, 6455 Page Street, Frisco

16 | MONDAY Power Hour Games

12 | THURSDAY Crazy 8s Math Club in Rowlett  4:30-5:30pm Kids ages 3-5. Learn math concepts using glow sticks, mazes, games and more! It’s crazy how much fun you can have with math! Rowlett Public Library, 5702 Rowlett Rd., Rowlett, Texas, 972-4126161

13 | FRIDAY Lone Star Storytelling Festival 8-9:30pm The 14th Annual Lone Star Storytelling Festival will feature stories with humor,

4:30-7pm Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Mon-Fri. Dave & Buster’s, 2601 Preston Rd. 1200, Frisco, 214-387-0915

17 | TUESDAY Pumpkins on the Prairie

1-7pm M-F; 9am-7pm Sat.-Sun. Fun for the whole family! Lots of pumpkins, a bounce house, hay maze and games. Free. Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main St., Frisco

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timeout 18 | WEDNESDAY 22 | SUNDAY  Babes in Arms

Spooky Symphony


The Addams Family

9:30-10am Rhymes, music and movement for the youngest babies. Bring a blanket for baby. Pre-walkers and parent/ caregiver only please! Ages 0–9 months. Free. Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano


Lucky Duck Kids Club

11am-12pm Activities are geared to children ages 2-6, but all children and families are welcome. Come for craft activities, treats, and entertainment! Free. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, www.


20 | FRIDAY Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

4:30-10pm An outdoor, rain-orshine music festival and chili cook-off in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs. Free. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch

21 | SATURDAY Bach and Broomsticks Fall Fest

12-9pm Enjoy a day filled with a Halloween pumpkin craft, face painting, balloon art, free hayrides, an instrument petting zoo and more. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, bach-and-broomsticks

Halloween at the Heard

6-10pm Experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! An evening of fun including a family-friendly movie on the amphitheater stage. $15 adults; $10 kids ages 3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney www.


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2:15pm Halloween family fun presented by Plano Symphony Orchestra with music from Jurassic Park, Hook, The Pink Panther, Star Wars and more. Wear your costume! Tickets $9$16. Eisemann Center, 972-4737262 www.encoreyouthmusic. com. See ad in this issue. 1pm The wicked and witty Addams family comes to life in this highly acclaimed musical comedy. Youth cast. Purchase tickets online, $15. The ArtCentre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr, Plano www.

23 | MONDAY Power Hour Games

4:30-7pm Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Mon-Fri. Dave & Buster’s, 2601 Preston Rd. 1200, Frisco 214-387-0915

25 | WEDNESDAY Ghouls and Graveyards

Join the all-teen cast at the Dallas Children’s Theatre for a night of fright as they present a collection of stories from horror’s greatest authors—Edgar Allan Poe and W. W. Jacobs. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Check the website for all times and dates. Dallas Children’s Theatre, 5938 Skillman, Dallas,

26 | THURSDAY Puppet Show: Big Pumpkin Halloween

3-3:30pm Watch the Big Pumpkin puppet show, hear Halloween stories, and trick-or-treat throughout the library. Costumes welcome! All ages. Harrington Library, 1501 18th Street, Plano www.

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timeout 27 | FRIDAY Art Start

11am-12pm Stories to inspire your little artist followed by a different hands on art activity each Friday through 12/8. Smocks and materials provided. Ages 3-6. Free. Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Rd, Plano

28 | SATURDAY Monster Mash Dash Halloween Fun Run 5K & Walk

8:30am-12pm Costumes are encouraged for this Halloween 5K, where children and families can enjoy food, fun, and entertainment. Money raised helps provide after school tutoring, tennis instruction and life skills development to over 25,000 under-resourced youths. University of TX at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson Richardson/monstermashdash

Tucker Hill Fall Family Fun Festival

10am-5pm You won’t want to miss this festival with free hayrides, face & pumpkin painting, petting zoo and much more! Runs Sat. and Sun. The festival will be just across the street from Tucker Hill’s new commercial development, in a grassy area near the front entrances off of Highway 380. Check website for all the details. Mckinney,

29 | SUNDAY Trick or Treat the Square

1-4pm. Wear your best costume & trick or treat at your favorite restaurants, shops, & businesses. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, pooch parade and more! Free. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, trickortreat

31 | TUESDAY Kids Night Out-Safe Trick-or-Treating

6-8pm Community retailers and members of the Plano Police will come together on Halloween night at Plano Market Square Mall to provide children with a safe alternative to outdoor Trick-or-Treating. Children will be able to play games, win prizes, and Trick-or-Treat at the numerous booths setup within the mall. For kids in grades K-5. Free. Plano Market Square Mall, 1717 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano

save the date NOV 1


Open House at Eldorado Montessori

10am-2pm. 11600 Teel Pkwy, Frisco 972-334-9444 www. See ad in this issue. Please note: Although we strive to bring you the most current information available regarding event dates & times, confirming with the event venue before going is always a good idea.


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