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Detroit Custom Coach outfits food trucks, vans, and limos with new interiors

Here's a company on a roll outfitting coaches with luxe new interior swag.


"As the owner of  Detroit Custom Coach LLC, he knows a few things about building out food trucks. For the past four years, he's been fabricating custom food trucks — such as the newly finished  Eskimo Jacks  ice cream sandwich mobile — as well as turning limos and vans into rolling dens of luxury...

It's a good line of work that allowed Ramos to turn former competitors into clients. His first business was a shuttle service called  Night Moves Transportation. But when Ramos realized he could charge more to rent a party bus, he decided to build one...

Recently a client hired DCC to turn a van into a rolling humidor, complete with high-end TVs and sound system. And while that was a big job, the most extravagant vehicle in DCC's portfolio is a custom project for  Jim Beam.The bourbon distiller wanted the passenger shuttle running at its distillery in Clermont, Ky., to look like an old 1930s truck delivering barrels."

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Presenting sponsor announced for 2014 Homearama

The Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) is proud to announce that Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design has been designated presenting sponsor for the first Homearama® celebration in more than a decade. Michael Stoskopf, CEO of the HBA commented, “We are extremely excited that Gorman’s will be playing such a significant role in the event.”

The event will be hosted at the spectacular new Pinnacle luxury estate home community developed by Moceri, located off the north side of Silverbell Road, east of Adams Road in Oakland Township, MI. Pinnacle is majestic in every detail, from its grand entry walls, to its original sculptures, to its amazing water features and iron work. No detail has been overlooked. The crème de la crème at the 2014 Ultimate Homearama® will be the six residential masterpieces, built by Arteva Homes, Cranbook Custom Homes, MJC Companies, and Moceri Homes, all lavishly decorated and landscaped by some of the nation’s top professionals. The public will have the opportunity to see all the one-of-a-kind concepts found in the $2.8 - $4 million custom homes through self guided tours.

The Ultimate Homearama® will be launched with a gala Charity Preview Party on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Rainbow Connection and Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County. The event will be open to the public from August 29, 2014 (Labor Day weekend) through September 14, 2014. Hours are 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets and information are available at UltimateHomearama.com.

“The Ultimate Homearama® is more than just a way for designers and builders to exhibit their creativity and skill,” said Tom Lias, Gorman’s president and COO. “Gorman’s has partnered with Moceri Homes and Dominick Tringali’s Architectural Collection to tie together the elegance of their three dream homes by adding our exceptional interior design and home furnishings to create the pièce de résistance.” 

A team of Gorman’s designers conceptualized and will bring to life three distinctive lifestyles to complement each of the Moceri/Tringali homes: New Traditional, Collected, and Transitional. Construction of all six multi-million dollar homes is nearing completion.

The Ultimate Homearama® has also attracted the attention of several other high-profile sponsors. Along with Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design, Detroit Media Partnership, XFINITY®, and many more. “It’s a privilege to be part of the Ultimate Homearama®,” said Tom Lias. “What it represents – quality, beauty, innovation – is exactly what Gorman’s brings to every project. A person’s home is the most important place on earth, and the Ultimate Homearama® is a celebration of that fact,” he commented.

“The Ultimate Homearama® is a recognized symbol of excellence in the housing industry, showcasing some of the most beautiful homes and communities in the area,” stated Stoskopf. “Bringing the Dream Home is the event’s theme because it offers something for everyone. Many will come looking for the right builder or for fresh decorating and interior design ideas; and some will also be looking to buy a home. The Ultimate Homearama® is also a great event for those who just want an entertaining experience and the opportunity to see what their dream home might one day look like.”

“All six homes will exhibit the latest trends in design, construction, and technology including professional-grade kitchens, spa-style master retreats, spectacular exterior and interior water features, idyllic landscapes, unique outdoor living experiences, theater-quality home entertainment systems, tasting rooms, original-themed Man Caves, and more surprises around every corner,” commented, Dominick Tringali, architect for the three Moceri homes.

“This year, Homearama® is more than just a home showcase,” Stoskopf said. “It’s a tangible sign that our region is growing again. It’s not just Oakland County or new construction. This is about all of Michigan and our entire economy recovering and gaining momentum.”

Additional information may be found at www.UltimateHomearama.com.

About Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design
Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design offers a unique single-source advantage, delivering all the turnkey solutions required to personalize and customize design projects of any size or complexity. Gorman’s features over 100 leading brands in home furnishings, along with custom window treatments and area rugs, flooring, lighting, and an unlimited selection of fabrics. Gorman’s showcases Michigan’s largest high-quality accent pieces and total design service from floor plans to installation. The company has 50 designers on staff, and is Michigan’s only locally owned design firm with 75 years of operation. The company has a well-established reputation built on its unwavering commitment to quality merchandise and quality design - at the best values - regardless of the price point. Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design showrooms are conveniently located in Shelby Township, Novi, Southfield, Troy, and Grand Rapids. For additional information visit Gormans.com.

About Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA)
Headquartered in West Bloomfield, Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) is a trade association representing over 750 builders, remodelers, multi-family property owners, developers and suppliers to the single family and multi-family residential construction industry. HBA is affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Michigan in Lansing and the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. Membership nationwide includes more than 175,000 individuals and companies. 

Oakland County planner garners 8MBA award

The Eight Mile Boulevard Association has honored Ron Campbell, a principal planner and design/preservation architect for Oakland County, as one of its “2014 Faces of Eight Mile.” Campbell was involved in the project to enhance the Hazel 8 Plaza at 1539 E. 8 Mile Road in Hazel Park.

The “Faces of Eight Mile” award acknowledges government, business and community leaders that contribute to the revitalization of Eight Mile and exhibit an exemplary level of civic engagement on a regional level.

“Kudos to Ron on his award,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Ron has a great eye for improving our communities while preserving their historical integrity.”

Campbell said he is humbled by the recognition.

“I have had the privilege to work with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association on several design and preservation projects,” Campbell said. “We support its mission across the 10 Oakland County communities it serves.”

Other Eight Mile Boulevard projects on which Campbell has worked include USA Perfect Imaging, Fresh Fish House, H.O. Trerice and Tender Care.

Campbell works in the Planning Division of Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. The Planning Division assists Oakland County communities with fulfilling their plans to create a sense of place. The division houses the Main Street Oakland County program which fosters small business development in 19 of the county’s 32 unique downtowns. For more information, go to AdvantageOakland.com.

About Eight Mile Boulevard Association
The Eight Mile Boulevard Association revitalizes and promotes the Eight Mile transportation, business and residential corridor (between I-94 and I-275) by linking the efforts of the public and private sectors. To learn more, go to EightMile.org.

Farmington DDA readies for downtown residential living

The Farmington Downtown Development Authority is taking on the role of property redeveloper with the goal of increasing residential living options  downtown.

The DDA is seeking a private developer via a request for proposal to build a second phase of condominiums at The Orchards condos on Slocum Drive just off downtown's main thoroughfare, Grand River, and Farmington Road.

The first phase of the mixed-residential project was completed in 2006, but after the housing market collapsed the second phase was never completed, says Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington DDA.

When the market began to bounce back, the DDA board decided to purchase the property to retain control over what would happen with it, she says. The DDA purchased the property for $95,000 in October.

“Introducing more development that is appealing to those seeking to reside in a downtown environment will help create a more robust economic base to support the business community," she says. "All signs indicate that development of this nature will again meet market demand."

The RFPs are due by March 7 and two inspections for prospective bidders are set for Jan. 13 and 15.

Source: Annette Knowles, executive director, Farmigton Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Lyon DDA sidewalk project gets underway

Pending rain showers didn’t stop Lyon Township contractor, Goretski Construction last Thursday from pouring new concrete sidewalks throughout the Township’s primary business district- New Hudson.  

“The Lyon Township DDA is constructing approximately a mile of new and replacement sidewalk along Grand River and Milford Road, at the five-points intersection, and near and along Lyon Center Dr E and New Hudson Dr W”, stated DDA Chairman, Jay Howie.  

According to Lyon Township Supervisor, Lannie Young, “the Lyon Township Downtown Development Authority was created in 1999 to develop and implement public improvements and revitalize the township’s economy."

Using tax increment financing (TIF), the Lyon Township DDA developed a Streetscape Plan, part of a multi-year endeavor that calls for the reconstruction of Grand River Avenue with curb and gutter, on-street parking, bikes lanes, sidewalks, street trees, decorative street lighting and other amenities.  

“These improvements have been and will continue to be implemented over the next few years, as funding becomes available, ” continued Young.

The Lyon Township DDA has completed other public improvement projects in recent years, including three new roundabouts, and two segments of the ring road, Lyon Center Drive E, between the Huron Valley Trail and Grand River Avenue, and New Hudson Drive W, between Milford Road and Pontiac Trail.

"These new sidewalks will fill-in missing sections in the Township's core downtown district of New Hudson, and pave the way for more pedestiran activity," stated Howie.

About the Lyon Township DDA
The Lyon Downtown Development Authority was established in 1999 to reverse the pattern of deterioration in New Hudson, and to plan for and implement public improvements that are considered necessary for future economic growth of Lyon Township’s primary business district. 
In 2009 the Lyon Township DDA, together with residents, business and property owners, and community stakeholders developed a plan to create a walkable downtown oriented around the five-point intersection at Grand River Avenue, Pontiac Trail and Milford Road. 
A combination of high density and mixed-use residential and commercial developments are planned to compliment New Hudson’s historic settlement pattern and existing civic uses, such as Dolsen Elementary School and the New Hudson Post Office.   The Plan, when implemented, will capitalize on recreational amenities, such as Lyon Township’s own, James F. Atchison Park, the Huron Valley Trail, Lyon Oaks County Park, and Kensington Metro Park.

Oakland County recognized for graphic design

Oakland County has garnered national attention for excellence in graphic design. Graphic Design USA, a magazine for creative professionals, awarded the county three certificates of excellence in its American Graphic Design Awards contest. It is rare to win multiple awards in the same year, according to the magazine.

The works of graphic artist Pam Tremble and her interns, Danielle Gravelle and Paul Shortt, were among 8,000 entries from American graphic design firms, governments, advertising agencies and corporations. Tremble’s submissions included the graphics for Patterson’s “What Goes into $2 Billion” event at The Palace in June, which celebrated surpassing the $2 billion investment mark in his Emerging Sectors initiative. A highly selective 15 percent of entrants received awards.

“This is well deserved recognition for Pam and her team,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “She handles the graphic design for our most important events such as my State of the County address. So, it comes as no surprise to me that she attained such a high level of recognition.”

Tremble and her interns designed the graphics for Patterson’s “What Goes into $2 Billion” event that thanked Emerging Sectors companies for investing in Oakland County. Specifically, they custom-designed a poster that was given as a gift to Emerging Sectors companies and the party invitation, which  Graphic Design recognized with awards.

The magazine also honored Tremble and Gravelle for their creation of a series of ads that ran last spring in The Oakland Press Moving Forward section.

Tremble’s work will soon be on permanent display. She designed the wrap depicting different aspects of living and working in Oakland County that will adorn the water tower behind the Oakland County Farmer’s Market on Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. The installation of the wrap is scheduled for mid-October.

Local student named Google's state winner in Doodle 4 Google competition

A student in your area is one step closer to having her art put on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google has announced winners in each state for its sixth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the Unites States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “My Best Day Ever...”

The student is one of the state winners selected from more than 130,000 students who submitted entries this year. All 50 state winners will have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York from May 22 through July 14.

The public will be able to vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners and help select five national finalists (one per grade group). Voting will be open from May 1 to May 10 on this site: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html. The public vote will determine the five national finalists, one in each grade group.
Google will then announce the five national finalists and one of them as the national winner on May 22 at an awards ceremony at its New York City office, which all 50 state winners will be invited to attend. The winning student's doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 23 and will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his/her school.

Google would like to thank our guest judges, who helped Google employees narrow the submissions down to the 50 state winners. This year's guest judges include Katie Couric, Brian Henson, and Chris Sanders.
A full list of winners will be posted online for the public to view and vote on at: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html

Detroit AIGA presents Design For Good event: "impact48" two days of creative collaboration for good

Detroit AIGA is launching a competition open to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations called impact 48. Impact48’s goal is to bring together the Detroit region’s most talented design professionals to donate their time for 48 hours to help one lucky non-profit to collectively create a new exciting brand. After the two days of creative brainstorming and collaboration, the organization will come away with a brand identity package - logo design or redesign, letterhead and envelope, business card, social networking graphics and more.

Established in 1986, AIGA Detroit has 475+ members and is growing at 20% per year over the last 4 years. AIGA Detroit is committed to demonstrating the value of design in business and the power of design in our culture.

If you are an eligible Non-profit organization in the tri-county Detroit area that would like to be considered for this exciting event, please visit: http://detroit.aiga.org/impact48 and submit your application by March 22. The winning organization will be announced on April 1. 

Leon & Lulu announces new monthly design night

Leon & Lulu will host a monthly series of Design Night events for everyone interested in learning about tips and trends from local and national design experts, interior designers, stylists, business owners and more. The events are free-of-charge and will be held at Leon & Lulu from 6-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.
“We’ve long dreamt of hosting a regular Design Night at Leon & Lulu, and we are thrilled to bring these events to life starting [this] month,” says Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu. “We’ll cover topics our customers often ask us about and some they haven’t yet considered,” explains Curtin.
The kick-off event, Feng Shui Fun, is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 21at Leon & Lulu. The Chinese Year of the Snake has just begun and now is the time to rearrange the furniture in the home to ensure prosperity, happiness, and well being. Discover the ancient secrets of Feng Shui and learn about the natural magic of home furnishings. Host, Local House Whisperer and Author, Dennis Fairchild, will take guests on a psychic shopping tour, helping guests connect with love, money-attracting items and more.
Leon & Lulu will host Design from the Ground Up, from 6-8 p.m.Thursday, March 21. Guests will learn how to freshen up their homes with the latest collection of rugs from Surya. Harper Whinery from Surya will explain how to choose the right rug for your needs and give you tips on size, fiber content and color for every room in the home. Patrons will also learn emergency spot cleaning and maintenance techniques from the rug care professionals at Stephenson Carpet Cleaning. Design Night will, of course, feature snacks and refreshments. Please visit www.leonandlulu.com for a full list of monthly events.
Leon & Lulu is a destination lifestyle store featuring an eclectic mix of upscale furniture, unforgettable gifts, and accessories in an environment unlike any other. Located in the historic Ambassador Roller Rink in Clawson, Michigan, Leon & Lulu offers 15,000-square feet of fabulous shopping, with a new 7,800-square feet expansion into the neighboring Old Clawson Theatre slated to open this spring. Locally owned and family run, Leon & Lulu prides itself in providing a fun, welcoming atmosphere, serving hot coffee, cookies and popcorn – often via roller skates – to visiting patrons. For more information, or to shop online, please visit www.leonandlulu.com.

SAE team to represent OU at North American International Auto Show

For the third year in a row, the Oakland University Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) will display vehicles at the North American International Auto Show. The group's 2011 and 2012 formula style race cars will be showcased alongside some of the world’s finest automobiles Friday Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 27, at Cobo Center in Detroit. 
Designed and built by Oakland students, both vehicles have impressive track records. The 2011 car claimed 11th place out of 84 SAE teams that competed in Fontana, Calif., while the 2012 vehicle notched two third place showings at competitions in Canada. Last June, the team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska and finished 13th in a field of 84 teams. 

Overall, Oakland is ranked 51st out of more than 500 collegiate SAE chapters worldwide. The team currently ranks 13th in the nation and second in the state, behind the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. 

Tom Garvey, OU SAE president, said the chapter’s diversity has fueled success in all aspects of competition, from engineering to management and marketing.

“This year, we’ve incorporated 15 new members from various disciplines,” Garvey said. “We have several new business students on the team who handle finance, marketing, sponsorships and sales presentations.”

Team members will staff the auto show exhibit, located in the basement of Cobo Center. In addition, OU Admissions representatives –joined by “The Grizz”—will be available to answer questions and provide information about the university during the show’s Education Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Oakland’s SAE chapter regularly participates in many events, including the Woodward Dream Cruise, Concours d’Elegance of America, Rockin’ Rods in Rochester and the SAE World Congress at Cobo Center. The team is currently preparing its 2013 vehicle for an SAE event at Michigan International Speedway this spring. 
To learn more about Oakland’s SAE chapter, e-mail ousae@oakland.edu or visit the website at grizzliesracing.com.

For more information about the North American International Auto Show, download the free iPhone and Android mobile app, sponsored by Oakland. OU's Mary Beth Snyder, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management discusses the mobile app with WDIV Local 4 Click on Detroit  in this video.

Elliotts give transformational gift to the Oakland University community

Hugh and Nancy Elliott, whose philanthropy has benefited Oakland University in many ways over the years, have made a new gift to enable the university to design and construct a 151-foot carillon tower as a centerpiece for the OU campus.

The Elliott Carillon Tower will be complemented by a water fountain, garden and landscaping, and is intended to become a rallying point for student and campus community activities.

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Rochester Main Street Makeover is topic of December Oakland County Planners' Gathering

Rochester’s $7.6 million downtown makeover is the theme of December’s Oakland County Planners’ Gathering. The event is set for Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Iroquois Club, 42348 N. Woodward in Bloomfield Township. The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch.
The Rochester Main Street Makeover, a joint effort of the Michigan Department of Transportation, the city of Rochester and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is a $7.6 million project to reconstruct a half-mile of Main Street (M-150/Rochester Road), improve water service to the area and to add streetscape improvements to enhance the overall downtown experience. In anticipation of the pending construction, inconvenience for drivers and impact on businesses, the city and DDA took steps to mitigate the economic and community impact on the city and downtown.
Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino, DDA Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow and Nik Banda, director of economic and community development, will give an overview of the project, discuss how Rochester planned and prepared for the construction, lessons learned, interesting items unearthed and how much they are looking forward to the holidays.
The Planners’ Gathering is a quarterly luncheon, networking and speaker series regarding community development issues. For more than three decades, Planners’ Gatherings have attracted individuals from various backgrounds who wish to learn ways of improving the built and natural environment in their communities. It is hosted by the Planning Group within the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.
A registration form is available online in the events calendar at AdvantageOakland.com. For questions, contact Julie Skene, 248-858-5437 or skenej@oakgov.com.

About Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs
The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs is committed to promoting economic vitality, supporting distinct communities and conserving environmental resources through knowledge, cooperation and consultation services. AdvantageOakland.com.

LTU students win prestigious state planning award

Students from the Master of Urban Design program at Lawrence Technological University have won the Outstanding Student Project Award from the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP/APA Michigan) for the “Mid-Century Modern Design Guidelines” they developed for the Southfield Planning Department.
The award was presented in October at the MAP annual conference in Traverse City. Winning the award were two LTU graduate students, David Lewis and Matthew Galbraith, and two recent graduates of the urban design program, Carolina Ferrero and Michael Mason.
Working as interns in the planning department, the graduate students documented three districts/neighborhoods and dozens of buildings built in the Mid-Century Modern style from the 1950s to the early 1970s that are important to the architectural heritage of Southfield, a first-ring suburb of Detroit that grew rapidly after World War II.
One of the most significant buildings in Southfield is the former Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Office designed by Minoru Yamasaki, a Troy-based architect best known for the World Trade Center in New York. 
In order to complete the design guidelines, the LTU students extended the internship they took for a course, Principals and Practices of Urban Design, taught by the master’s program coordinator Constance Bodurow.
The design guidelines provide the Southfield Planning Department with an essential tool to keep significant structures and districts intact.  The guidelines not only define the style and identify significant structures, but also provide recommendations for enhancements through the use of case studies.  
The student authors gathered input from local historians, architects, and academics in order to comprehensively identify, document, and inventory the city’s significant resources.  The recommendations made by the students were considered and applied, resulting in the adoption of the Mid-Century Modern Design Guidelines for the City of Southfield.
“The Mid-Century Modern Design Guidelines is a valuable asset for the planning department in our understanding and review of the redevelopment of existing Mid-Century Modern buildings and sites,” said Terry Croad, Southfield’s director of planning who worked with the student interns.
About Lawrence Tech:
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

AIA architects announce annual awards

The American Institute of Architects Michigan announced that 7 buildings have been singled out for design excellence and received their awards at its annual Celebration of Architecture on June 8 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Sixty-three projects were entered in the competition and they were judged by a jury from Chicago, Illinois, chaired by John Ronan, AIA.

The Gold Medal will be awarded to Celeste Allen Novak, AIA; the Hastings award to James P. Ryan, AIA; the President's award to Joongsub Kim, AIA; the Young Architect award, Lorissa MacAllister, AIA; Legislator of the Year award, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker; Three honorary affiliates were named, Hugh Acton, Daniel J. Bollman, PE, and Kim Mehl. Four architects will be elected to the AIA College of Fellows, Rainy Hamilton, FAIA, William Hartman, FAIA, Matthew Rossetti, FAIA, and Paul Urbanek, FAIA. The Firm of the Year is Integrated Design Solutions (iDS), based in Troy, Michigan.

The American Institute of Architects Michigan, headquartered in the historic Beaubien House across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, established its awards program to bring to public attention the value and importance of architectural excellence and to recognize those whose notable achievements encourage all to make excellence in architecture the standard.

Rochester Fashion Designer Goes Hollywood

Fashion designer Cynthia LaMaide of Rochester sells a variety of her handmade pieces, from scarves to tops. Thanks to a costume professional that she met at an Ann Arbor Art Show, she'll now get to see her creations in Hollywood. The costume buyer saw her work and said, ‘These are perfect for a movie I’ll be working on,' which turned out to be the upcoming film Wanderlust, starring Jennifer Aniston, set to be in theaters early next year.

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