Search Underway For Quincy High Football Coach; Ford No Longer Acting Coach


Quincy High School Principal Keith Ford on Tuesday announced he would no longer serve as the acting football coach for the school’s football team.

Ford announced he would be stepping away from the position of acting head coach days after being named to the post.

“On Friday, January 26, 2024, after collaborative discussions with our Superintendent and Athletic Director, I was appointed Acting Head Football Coach,” Ford said in a letter to the Quincy High community. “This decision was made to provide consistency with our students in the interest of a full off season workout plan. It is my practice to move full steam ahead in making sure that all aspects of the assignments I’m given line up with my core values which are hard work, dedication, and commitment.

“My intent was to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible with supporting our student athletes both academically and athletically as we gear up for the 2024 football season. However, it appears the impact of this decision is resoundingly unsupported by the community. Therefore, I will continue to be a man of integrity and lead this school community as Principal the best way I possibly can. I do not want to be a distraction to this process so I am stepping down as Acting Head Coach. The coaching position has been posted and we will allow this process to continue in the manner it was intended to.”

Kevin Mahoney, the athletic director for the Quincy Public Schools, on Jan. 26 had announced Ford would be serving as the acting head coach for Quincy High following the departure of Vernon Crawford after one season. A former linebacker for the New England Patriots, Crawford had been hired as the school’s head football coach in February 2023. The team finished the 2023 season with a record of 3-8.

Ford played college football at the University of Maine and Northeastern, and has previous experience coaching at the high school level.

The vacant head coaching position was posted Tuesday on the Quincy Public Schools website and can be view online at Candidates have until Feb. 14 to apply for the position.

John R. ‘Burnsy’ Burns, 62

John R. “Burnsy” Burns, 62, of Quincy Point, died January 28, 2024.

John R. Burns

Born and raised in Quincy Point, John was the eldest of three sons born to Linda (Luciani) and the late John R. Burns and a lifelong resident of the city. Following graduation from Quincy High School, Burnsy began his career in the construction trade as a member of the Boston Roofer’s Union Local #33. He also did side construction and roofing projects for many years.  In recent years he worked for the New England Tank and Environmental company before retiring due to illness in 2021.

John will be remembered and loved for his infectious smile which was ever present even throughout his illness. He enjoyed socializing with friends and especially relished the times spent with his daughters and family.  John was an avid bowler and belonged to leagues at both Timberlane’s and Olindy’s for many years. He also loved to dance and was crowned by his mother as the “Disco King.”

Survived by his loving mother Linda Burns Kowalski and her husband Paul of Florida. Beloved partner of nine years to Jayne Fitzgerald Nistad of Quincy. Devoted father of Jenna Burns, Emma Burns and Kristen Belleville and survived by his daughters’ mother, Carol. Cherished grandfather of Ella Belleville. Dear brother of Robert Burns and his wife Cindy of Randolph, Rick Burns of Weymouth and step-brother of Jeanine Mahoney. Uncle of Zachary and Jake Burns, Nicholas, Hannah and Brian Burns. Nephew of Kenneth “Lucky” Luciani of Quincy and his partner Stephanie, and Dennis Luciani Sr. of Quincy. Also survived by a large extended family and many dear friends, including Kristen Sheehan and best friend Ron Bonvie of Quincy.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend his visiting hours Thursday February 1, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St., Quincy. Celebration of Life Friday, February 2 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a procession to Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, for a graveside committal service.

In-lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Johnny’s memory be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379 or online at  Hospice workers are gifts from God.  Thank you, Shelby and Felicia from Old Colony they were amazing care givers.

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Harold S. Crowley, Jr., 87

Harold S. Crowley, Jr., age 87, of Quincy passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

Harold was born in Providence, RI, on January 23rd, 1937, the first-born son of the late Harold S. Crowley Sr. & Catherine (Shockroo) Crowley. He spent the first few years of his life as a resident of Bristol, RI, until his family moved briefly to Weymouth and a year later to Quincy where he attended the Quincy Public Schools, graduating in 1954 from Quincy High School. After graduation, he attended and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern University in 1959 and subsequently with a master’s degree from Northeastern in 1965.

Harold S. Crowley, Jr.

During his junior and senior high school years, he was a carrier for the Quincy Patriot Ledger. During college he was employed as a copy boy in the city-room at the Boston Globe, worked part-time at Grossman’s Garden Center, and finally for three years as a teacher intern at the Lakeside School in Braintree. Beginning in his senior year he was employed as a fifth-grade teacher at Braintree’s Ross School.

Following his graduation from Northeastern and a year teaching, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Signal Corp and from 1960-1962 he was a member of the 50th Signal Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corp, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as the S-4 of the battalion.

Following his discharge from active duty in the Army, he was employed as a teacher in the Quincy Public Schools, teaching 34 years at the Quincy Elementary School, the Snug Harbor School, and finally at the Broad Meadows Middle School before retiring in 1994. During his teaching years, he was actively involved with the Quincy Education Association serving as its president in 1972-73 and in many other offices during his teaching career. He was a life member of the National Education Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Assn., and the National Science Teachers Association.

Following his retirement from teaching in 1994, he was employed for 29 years at a retirement consultant and Coordinator of Retirement Services for the Mass. Teachers Assn. during which he counseled and assisted countless educators from throughout the state on the retirement process.

During his youth he was actively involved in Scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 1952 and was a staff member at Quincy’s Boy Scout camp, Camp Massasoit, in Plymouth, Mass. He continued to be involved in Scouting later as a Scoutmaster. He also organized and served as President of the Massasoit Campers Assn.

Throughout his adult life, he was actively involved in Quincy’s community affairs. Beginning in his 20s, he indulged his passion for history as a member and director in the Quincy Historical Society. He founded and served as president of the Germantown Heritage Society. He was a member of several historical societies including the Massachusetts Historical Society, Historic New England, the Bostonian Society, the Paul Revere Association, the Friends of the Old South Meeting House, Victorian Society, Boston by Foot, the Bristol (RI) Historical & Preservation Society, Lowell Historical Society, Society for Industrial Archeology, and for more than 50 years a Friend of Old Sturbridge Village.

For several years he was a member and chairman of the Quincy Conservation Commission. Following his retirement, he served as the first director of Quincy’s Kids Voting Program and later, as state director, expanded the program into several other Massachusetts towns. He was a member and chairman of the Trustees of the Thomas Crane Public Library and in addition he was among the founders and the first president of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Library. He was most proud of his effort to organize the Friend’s Bookstore and regularly served as a volunteer in the bookstore.

In addition to his many other endeavors, he was an avid reader, particularly of history, as well as being a fervent patron of the theatre. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed his yearly visits to Newfoundland where he enjoyed spending time with his second Canadian family, the Dunnes, who helped him trace his family history at the Ferryland Historical Society.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his loving parents, by his sister Ann Schwarz and brother George Crowley. He is survived by his brother Daniel J. Crowley and many nieces and nephews including: Robin Hallowell of Duxbury, Robert Schwarz of Wareham, Colleen Tavekelian of Plymouth, Brad Schwarz of Wells, ME, Ellen Wakefield of Cotuit, Eddie Crowley of Park City, UT, Laurie Crowley of Braintree, and Tracey Crowley of Weymouth.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday, February 2, 2024, 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

His funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 10 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

Services will conclude with interment and military honors in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

Donations in may be sent in Harold’s name to St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, Inc., 400 N Main St., Randolph, MA 02368 or by visiting: or Ferryland Historical Society C/O Robin Hallowell, 149 Temple St., Duxbury, MA 02332

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Michael E. D’Andrea, 90

Michael E. D’Andrea, age 90, of Quincy, MA passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Michael E. D’Andrea

Michael (“Mike”) was an US Army Veteran who served in the Korean War. After retiring from the United States Postal Service in Boston, he joined his son Michael at D’Andrea Foods Inc. He enjoyed working on his home, yard and garden. He loved spending time with his late wife Shirley, his four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Michael was a long-time member of the American Legion in Quincy.

Beloved husband of 55 years to the late Shirley (Middendorf) D’Andrea. He was the brother of the late Anthony D’Andrea and Gloria Blanchard. The loving father of the late Michael D’Andrea and his surviving wife Joanne of Quincy, Cynthia D’Andrea of Holbrook, John D’Andrea and his longtime partner Elizabeth Harrington of Sagamore Beach, Laura Conway and her late husband, Norman Conway, of Haverhill. The proud Papa to Lauren and her husband Dillon Darcy of Charlestown, Rachel and her husband Justin Drum of Quincy, Michael D’Andrea and his fiancé Katie Burns of Quincy, Kelsey D’Andrea of East Bridgewater, Daniel Conway and his fiancé Caroline Spicer of Haverhill and Nathaniel Conway of Haverhill. He was the great grandfather of Collins and Hadley Drum and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, January 28th, from 2-4 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, North Weymouth, at 40 Sea Street (off Route 3A – Bicknell Square). A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Monday, January 29th, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. John’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Michael’s wife Shirley and son Michael, may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Joanne M. Santos, 62

Born and raised in the South Shore town of Quincy, Joanne Mary Santos died peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was 62.

Joanne M. Santos

The middle child of 5, Joanne was a cherished daughter of Joan M. (Fanning) Santos (formerly a Cape retiree from Quincy, who now resides in Reading) and the late John M. Santos, who died in 2001. She is fondly remembered by her siblings Karin Samatis (husband William) of Reading, Brenda O’Brien (partner Craig Stevens) of Stoneham, Doreen Manning (husband Robert) of Shirley, and her late brother John Santos. Joanne also was a proud aunt of 7 nieces and nephews.

Joanne found the love of her life, John E. Seegraber of Quincy, 14 years ago. They lived together in Plymouth in a beautiful apartment overlooking the ocean. John was her partner, caregiver and solid rock that guided her days, and her family are forever grateful for their beautiful relationship.

Affectionately called Jo Jo by her close circle, Joanne had a lovely group of friends with whom she kept in touch regularly. These friends stayed connected throughout her life, and Jo Jo was always there for them through thick and thin. 

Joanne had a form of muscular dystrophy called myotonic dystrophy, a genetic condition that causes progressive muscle weakness. As this disease progressed, she persevered with a positive attitude. With the help of her partner, friends and family, Joanne continued to live a connected life full of fun and laughter.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during visiting hours on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. 

Her funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 11 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. Cremation will follow. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Joanne’s name to Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc., 1016 W Jackson Blvd. #1073, Chicago, Illinois 60607 by visiting:

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Pauline L. Verney, 98

Pauline L. (Davis) Verney, age 98, of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, January 26, 2024 at AccentCare Inpatient Hospice Center in Milton, in the comfort of her loving family.

Pauline Verney

Pauline was born in Boston, to the late Bertram and Marguerite (Geary) Davis. Raised and educated in Dorchester, she was a graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School.

She lived in Quincy for most of her life.

As a young woman, Pauline was employed as a telephone operator at the former New England Telephone Company before leaving the workforce to raise her family.

She enjoyed tending to her beautiful and fragrant flower gardens, watching sports, reading books, and two newspapers each day. Pauline was an avid crossword puzzle solver. She loved swimming at Nantasket Beach and Cape Cod with her family and took her children to swimming lessons at Mound Street Beach in Quincy. She also enjoyed music with her family; there was always an album playing on the big stereo in the living room. She was a great cook – a full delicious meal on the table every day. On holidays, in addition to a big meal, she would bake many luscious pies and a fabulous date nut bread. She loved spending time with her family and loved showering her children and grandchildren with beautiful gifts. She will be missed every day.

Beloved wife for fifty-five years of the late Richard F. Verney, Sr. They met in Dorchester, and raised their family in Quincy.

Devoted mother of Richard F. Verney, Jr. and his wife Lee Ann of Weymouth, Robert P. Verney and his wife Cheryl of Quincy, Paula L. Hardiman and her husband Jack of Freedom, N.H., Karen A. Lake and her husband Michael of Abington, and Sue M. Verney of Braintree.

Loving grandmother of Sharon and her wife Lisa, Matthew, Keith and his wife Becky; Robert and his wife Christina; Jennifer, Kevin and his wife Marielle; Michael and his wife Maureen, Christopher and his wife Jessica.

Cherished great grandmother of ten.

Dear sister of the late Virginia McCann.

Pauline is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, February 1, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Joseph Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy, on Friday, February 2, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pauline’s memory may be made to Interfaith Social Services, 105 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169 or

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Paul S. Gaudiano, 64

The family of Paul S. Gaudiano, 64, of Quincy is saddened to announce his passing on Thursday, January 4, 2024. Mr. Gaudiano passed away peacefully at the South Shore Hospital, Weymouth after a lengthy illness.

Paul Gaudiano

Paul was a graduate of Quincy High School, class of 1977. He proudly served in the U.S. Airforce as a fighter plane mechanic. He was a gifted multi-instrument musician and songwriter. Paul was an aviator, receiving his private pilot’s license at the age of 16. He was a talented mechanic working with his father at the Triangle Filling Station in Quincy for many years. His passions were his music and the skies.

He was the son of the late Michael and Frances (Florentine) Gaudiano, and nephew of the late Marie Pearce with whom he shared a birthday, all formerly of Quincy. He is survived by his siblings, Michael Gaudiano of Rhode Island, Janice Ronayne of Milton, and Frances Gaudiano of Quincy, along with several nieces and nephews. A private burial with full military honors at Pine Hill Cemetery will be held in the Spring of 2024. Paul’s family would like to thank the Quincy Veterans Services for their assistance.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel. For online condolences, please visit

Richard F. McDermott, 89

Richard F. McDermott, age 89, a longtime resident of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Alliance Health at Braintree, in the comfort of his loving family.

Richard McDermott

Richard was born in Quincy, to the late John J. and Lillian C. (Gregory) McDermott. Raised and educated in Quincy’s Houghs Neck, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1952.

In 1967 he was a graduate of Northeastern University, earning an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology; and several other certificates relating to municipal management and building construction management.

In parallel with his studies, he was employed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, in the construction and maintenance of several satellite tracking stations worldwide. After graduation, he went on to work for several municipalities and engineering companies. Finally, he worked for the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School as Plant Manager for 18 years before retiring in 1996.

His service to the community began in 1972 when he became charter board member and chairman of the Weymouth-Braintree Regional Recreation-Conservation District Commission. Initially, this was a flood control project to benefit the Weymouth Landing area which experienced devastating floods in the past. When finished, this project became known as Pond Meadow Park and is now enjoyed by the community year-round as a passive recreational area and nature preserve. He was also a supervisor for the Norfolk County Conservation District, and a member of the Boston Harbor Advisory Commission.

His love for boating began from an early age with his involvement with the sea scouts where he first learned the lessons of responsible boating and safety. This led to a lifelong involvement with recreational boating, especially throughout Quincy Bay and adjacent waters. This was a family past time where he was always accompanied by his wife and First Mate, Louise. He always prided himself to be one of the first into the water during springtime, and the last to come out for winter. He belonged to several area yacht clubs, namely Braintree Yacht Club, Quincy Yacht Club, and the Metropolitan Yacht Club.

His private studies in seamanship and the rules of navigation led to his earning his certification as a US Coast Guard Licensed Master and additional endorsements required for advanced navigation. As his professional engineering career was winding down, Captain McDermott went on to operate the cruise boats and commuters we all know well, and to supervise many other maritime operations requiring the services of a licensed master. What is more, he served for a time as Assistant Harbormaster , and for many years as Harbormaster for the Town of Braintree where he worked diligently with the police and fire departments in Braintree and surrounding communities, the Massachusetts State Police, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Department of Homeland Security. He tirelessly worked with the other area harbormasters, the public boating community, and yacht clubs.

Richard also served for a time as a Braintree Town Meeting member. He is a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, Braintree Council 1462 since 1972, and associated himself with several other professional organizations and societies.

Beloved husband of the late Louise M. (Gomez) McDermott. Devoted father of Richard P. McDermott and his wife Marie of Hollis, N.H., Kevin M. McDermott of Braintree, Lisa Nolan and her husband Thomas of Pembroke, Linda J. Solimini, and Karen Johnston, both of Braintree. Loving grandfather of twelve and great grandfather of thirteen. The last of four siblings, he was predeceased by Commander John G. McDermott, U.S. Navy, Ret., Roger W. McDermott, and Marilyn G. Mann. Richard is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, February 2, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Saturday, February 3, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Richard and Louise’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or by visiting

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Josephine M. Hidalgo, 87

Josephine Marie “Jo” Hidalgo of Hingham, formerly of North Quincy, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.  She was 87.

Josephine M. Hidalgo

She was born in Boston to Guiseppina (Russo) and Salvatore Pistone and raised in South Boston.  When she was 13, she met Ronald A. Hidalgo, who would become her husband and love of her life.  Their story is truly a love story; Jo never dated anyone else her entire life.  A few years after they met and started dating, Ron enlisted in the Marines and the two stayed in touch by writing love letters to each other.  When Ron was scheduled to return home, Jo planned their wedding to welcome him back and they married a few months after her 20th birthday.

Shortly after Jo and Ron started a family in South Boston, they packed up and moved their family to Quincy where they would spend the remainder of their days together.  She stayed at home and raised their five children and when the youngest was old enough, Jo went to work part-time as an administrative assistant at an insurance company.  In her spare time, she enjoyed painting landscapes and portraits, shopping and traveling with Ron.  After Ron’s passing, Jo moved to Hingham and joined the Linden Ponds community where she made many friends.  There she was a part of the Italian American Club which she very much enjoyed.

Jo was generous and caring and had a quiet strength about her that was admired by many, especially her family.  She was also admired for her skills in the kitchen and will be remembered as an excellent cook. Her lasagna and meatballs were a family favorite. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Beloved wife of 50 years to the late Ronald A. Hidalgo.  Devoted mother to Diana M. Eysie and her husband George of Kingston, Ronald G. Hidalgo and his wife Elivia of Quincy, John J. Hidalgo of Plympton, Donna M. Mavromates and her husband Stan of Hingham, and Jo-Anne Glennon and her husband Sean of Quincy. Cherished Nana of John, Michaela, Olivia, Avery and Annabella, who were the light of her life. Loving mother-in-law to Kathy Dion. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jo’s family is deeply grateful for the staff at Linden Ponds who went above and beyond to care for her as one of their own.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, January 30th, from 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Wednesday, January 31st, prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jo may be made to The Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Please see for directions and online condolences.

Joseph J. Lyons, 84

Joseph J. “Papa” Lyons, 84, of Quincy passed away at home surrounded by family on January 24. 2024. Born and raised in Dorchester, he was a son of the late Robert and Alice (Walsh) Lyons.

Joseph J. Lyons

Joseph served his country with honor in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He married Margery Tinlin on October 8, 1966 in Saint Gregory’s in Dorchester. They moved to Quincy and raised three loving children, as well as acted as foster parents to many children in need.

Joe worked for the Archdiocese of Boston at Saint Margaret’s Hospital as a facilities director and was known for drawing cartoon murals in the children’s wing.  After retiring from the hospital, he worked for the City of Quincy Elder Services where he was affectionately known as the “singing bus driver.”

Joe was dedicated to his community, serving as an active member in the Knights of Columbus and as an usher at Sacred Heart Church for many years. Joe was most happy on the beaches of Cape Cod and Nantucket with his grandchildren and extended family.  He enjoyed watching Madaket sunsets sipping Jamison Whisky.  He is survived by his loving wife Marge, his daughter Paula Lyons-Barry her husband Timothy Barry, his son Patrick Lyons and his wife Elizabeth Buckley Lyons as well as 7 grandchildren; Liam, Samuel, Padraig, Rannon, Declan, Mairin and Flynn. Joe was preceded in death by his loving son Joseph “Jay” Lyons Jr. as well as many other cherished family members.

Visiting Hours Tuesday January 30, 2024, at the Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St, Quincy from 8:30am-10:30am, followed by a funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock St, North Quincy at 11:00am. Private burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne will take place at a later date. In-lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Joe’s memory be made to NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr, Norwell, MA 02061 or online at  Hospice workers are gifts from God.

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