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It’s Friday, Feb. 24: After years of back and forth and broken promises, another compost collection service is ready to take on the Borough – but can they really handle us? I get all the details. Plus, Restaurant Week starts Sunday and wow, these menus, Rustin’s taking home all the bragging rights and a new vintage clothing store opens downtown. Only this time it’s Ts and sports apparel. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
West Chester Restaurant Week Returns
Sunday marks the start of the second, can we say, annual Restaurant Week?
“Yes it will be an annual event!” said Business Improvement District Executive Director John O’Brien. “Last year was our first time doing this event since I have been with the BID and my hope is to do it every year around this time.”
The event was started last year to call attention (and people) to West Chester’s diverse restaurant scene as businesses continued to struggle through the peaks and valleys of COVID surges. (“The summer is great and then you get hit with the cold weather months and Omicron,” Erin Taggart at Mae’s told me at the time.) Fortunately this year COVID caseloads have been milder but mid-winter remains a downtime for the industry.
“It’s a slower time of year, so participation is key,” said John.
Plan your week:
How does it work? During the event participating restaurants will offer a special multi-course prix fixe menu at a price point of either $30, $40, or $50 per person. For example, Greystone is offering a choice of six raw oysters or a cup of soup for the first course, a salad, fries, or select seafood apps for the second followed by a third-course main – think, salmon with mashed potatoes or fish and chips – all for $50 per person. Mae’s, on the other hand, is giving you a choice of an app – the fried arancini with fermented garlic honey and spicy tomato sauce sounds delish – followed by the main course and a dessert for $40 per person. Each restaurant is doing it slightly differently so you will need to check menus for specifics.
Note the price is for the food only. It does not include tax, tips, or beverages.
So, who’s in? There are 24 restaurants participating this year. That’s down slightly from last year which saw 25 participants (but that may just be because we lost a few.) Despite the loss, there are plenty of newcomers for you to try including Santino’s Tap & Table, an Italian restaurant on Market Street that opened in December, and brand new Manje Caribbean Cuisine. It just opened a few weeks ago. Also new to the event is Bar Avalon which opted out of participating last year.
Who’s out? If you were thinking this could be a good way to finally catch the hype on Andiario, it’s not. They are not participating. Neither is Limoncello, Split Rail Tavern, Teca or Roots Cafe, as well as many of the other mainly takeout places. You can find the full list of participating restaurants here.
When should I go? Restaurant week runs from Feb. 26 through Mar. 5. You’ll want to check the timing and availability with each restaurant and then make your plans for dinner. There are a few places offering lunch options, but for the most part, the menus will be for dinner.
What’s the best way to make sure I get what I want? “Make reservations ahead of time,” John said. Downtown West Chester also shared a helpful post on Facebook that includes menus for many of the participating locations.
Holy, Mother of Compost, I Think We’ve Finally Got a Solution
Some exciting news for those of you patiently waiting for a compost collection service willing to collect in the borough – the wait is over! Beginning this week Mother Compost, a locally-owned, female-run food waste collection service currently servicing the Main Line, is accepting West Chester customers.
I know. I know. We’ve been here before. So, this week, when I got Tiffany Kennedy, Mother Compost Director of Internal Operations, on the phone the first question I asked was, – are you sure you can handle us?
Tiffany, who is also a West Chester resident and very familiar with this area’s compost collection trials and tribulations, assured me they were ready.
“I can confidently say we are ready,” she said. “We have all the proper equipment and staff in place to handle this expansion toward West Chester.”
Not only are they ready; they have been waiting. “We’ve had a lot of interest from people. We have been in touch with the Borough, and while this is not a partnership, they are excited.”
Now that we have that out of the way, the service sounds great. It’s a monthly subscription with bi-weekly pickups. All new sign-ups get a one-month free trial and new West Chester subscribers that sign up by March 31 get 30 lbs of compost free. (A special arrangement for new West Chester customers. Each year regular subscribers can request up to 60 lbs of complimentary compost but these requests must be made by January so the team can manage delivery.)
Not sure how much food waste your family generates – there is a helpful survey on the website to help you judge. It’s also part of the reason they offer the trial period. “If you start with one bucket and then you realize, ‘Hey, we need two?’ You can just contact our team and we’ll drop you a second bucket,” said Tiffany.
And what about the smell?
“There is this stigma that compost is dirty and gross and stinky. Of course, there’s a bucket here and there, but ultimately, it’s not that gross. Compost has a dirty rep. Compost isn’t dirt. Dirt is dead soil. Compost is living, amazing soil that helps our food grow. There isn’t a dirty thing about compost,” said Tiffany. It also significantly helps reduce your weekly waste. According to the Mother Compost website, the average American throws away 30 pounds of garbage a week. Of that, at least 20 percent could be composted.
All that aside, the buckets seal tight, and most people store the larger containers outside with a separate smaller receptacle kept inside. ”If you’re concerned about smells, just take it out on a more frequent basis,” says Tiffany. We have been composting for a few years now and I highly recommend you get one of these to store kitchen scraps. (Bonus, it’s on sale!)
WC Home Prices Speed Past the Rest of the State
I don’t know about you but I thought all these interest rate hikes were supposed to slow the rise of home prices? Well, it does not appear to be working – at least not here, at least not yet. Earlier this month Stacker released a ranking of cities with the fastest-growing home prices in Pennsylvania, and guess who scored really, really well? Like, 13th out of 755 cities well?
We did. According to data compiled from Zillow, West Chester’s home prices increased $54,144 in a twelve-month period ending Dec. 2022 bringing the typical home value for the area up to $567,635. That’s more than a 10 percent increase from 2021 and a nearly 40 percent increase in home prices over the last five years.
While we are definitely popular, we are not alone. Kennett Square and Exton were just behind us with the 14th and 15th fastest-growing home prices, respectively. Our neighbors to the south and east saw even greater jumps. Glen Mills’ home prices rose nearly $64,000 over the course of the year (landing them #6 on the list); Malvern’s $65,000 (for #5) and Cheney, with a one-year price change of more than $85,000 topped the list of PA cities with the fastest growing home prices.
Tragedy in Westtown. By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the cyclist who was struck and killed Sunday morning on S. High Street near the Route 202 underpass. The cyclist, Michael Ghione, 75, of West Chester was reportedly struck by a Westtown-East Goshen Police Officer responding to a call. According to the incident report both cyclist and police vehicle were traveling north on S. High Street at the time of the incident. In a statement from West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll provided to the Daily Local, Mr. Ghione was permitted by law to ride a bike where the accident occurred. What exactly happened next is still being investigated by both the West Goshen Police Department and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. As we wait for additional information, I just wanted to send my condolences to all involved.
You better be on your best behavior. Exciting news – mom and dad are coming to homecoming! Yay. This month the Borough of West Chester shared that West Chester University has decided for the first time ever to combine Family and Homecoming weekends. According to a message from the university, from September 29-October 1, 2023, they will host families, alumni, students, faculty and staff, and community members for a weekend full of programs, athletic events, school spirit, and lots of fun. “Hosting these two events together gives our campus an opportunity to share resources, celebrate our community, and create lasting memories,” the message reads. Also, gives the events thousands of new chaperones.
Have you seen this man? West Chester Police are seeking assistance locating this exuberant gentleman wanted in connection with an assault that took place on the 50 block of S. High Street at 1 a.m. two Saturdays ago. If you have any information contact the West Chester PD at 610-696-2700.
Smoke in the air. West Chester Borough Fire Department responded to a building fire in the 100 block of W. Miner Street on Monday.
Check your spam filter. Open rates were down slightly for last week’s newsletter, and while you may not care about the weather or the Borough’s fight with WCU, I don’t believe it and I fear some of you may have just missed the issue. If this has been a problem, it could be in your spam filter. To keep this from happening in the future, make sure to add Hello, West Chester (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your contacts.
We are at my favorite sporting time of year – basketball postseason – and the drama is already underway as area teams battled it out this week in the PIAA District One Basketball Tournament. Early round action began last Friday with five of the six West Chester teams advancing – Henderson girls’ were the only team that did not. They lost in the first round to #17 seed Central Bucks East. So what happened? Let’s start with the girls.
East girls entered the 5A tourney with a 9 seed but came out strong. They downed Oxford 57-36 in the first round to advance to Tuesday’s game against Rustin – and that’s where luck ran out. Rustin, which had secured the #1 seed giving them a bye in round one, made short work of their crosstown rivals grabbing the victory 68-34. Rustin was once again led by star Laine McGurk. She led her team (and the entire East team) in scoring with an impressive 37 points.
The Golden Knights are back in action tonight in a semifinal match against Gwynedd Mercy. If they win, the District finals are scheduled for next Saturday at Temple University.
The boys’ bracket gave us a similar, but, in many ways, completely different matchup. While the Rustin girls were the clear favorite, certainly in the match and probably the tournament, the Rustin boys, the 12th seed, had something to prove.
Just to get to a quarter-final matchup against rival East, Rustin first had to upset #5 seed Upper Dublin. They did that on Friday. East, the #4 seed, had a bye. The win by Rustin led to another all-West Chester matchup on Wednesday, just a day after the girls. This time there would be no blowout. This would be a dogfight with no lead greater than four points and 10 lead changes in the fourth quarter alone. Down by one with 10 seconds left, East had the ball on the inbounds but before any offense could get into motion the ball was knocked away by Rustin’s Matt Nochumson. The Golden Knights came away with the steal. Two coolly drained foul shots later (Tyler Giunta) and Rustin had the win.
Rustin, the last seed to get into the District tournament, now has a guaranteed spot in the state tournament but before they get there they have a run to finish. The Golden Knights take on Radnor Saturday night. Finals are planned for next Saturday at Temple.
While the loss was a disappointment there was a small silver lining for the Vikings. Senior Jack Kushner passed the 1000-point milestone during the game. He will have a chance to add to that total on Saturday as East enters the playback brackets and holds out hope for a State Tourney berth.
In the 6A brackets, 17th seed Henderson beat the 16th seed on Friday advancing to take on top-seeded Spring Ford on Tuesday. After keeping it close through the half, the Warriors ultimately fell 55 to 47. They are hoping to salvage their state playoff chances with a win against Methacton tonight.
Also, this weekend sees the PIAA District 1 Swimming Championships. Results from the meet will determine who moves on to State. And the Chesco Unified Bocce playoffs begin. Congratulations to all who have qualified.
And for those of you over all these winter activities, here’s something to look forward to come spring. The 372-acre course at West Chester’s Broad Run’s Golfer’s Club was named one of the best public golf courses in the state by Golfweek Digital Network.
And finally, a couple of birthdays:
Congratulations to Hop Fidelity which celebrates its third year on Market Street this Saturday. Stop by, wish them well, enjoy a comp beer, and score something for your vinyl collection with a 10 percent birthday discount.
And best wishes to Fame Fire Company which is celebrating its 185th birthday on Wednesday. Fame is one of three all-volunteer fire companies that service the Borough and the last one founded – interestingly with a refurbished engine discarded by the first two. Happy Birthday, Fame!
Say hello, to your own little piece of the Borough. West End Community Garden located on W. Gay Street kitty corner from St. Agnes has two spots open this year and so does the West Chester Green Team.
“This is a rare and coveted situation!” the community gardeners told me this week.
West End Community Garden
Originally home to an abandoned water tower, the 23-plot garden came to be in 2009 when residents in the area came together with an idea to save the land from its destiny as a parking lot. They built some raised beds, tilled up the land, and the borough’s largest community garden was born. The plots have been pretty consistently full ever since.
If you are interested, send an email to email@example.com. A plot will cost you $50 for the season and require some light chores. Watering, weeding, mowing – all those little things required to make your garden grow. In return, you have your own bounty as well as access to community raspberries, blackberries, figs, and more.
Green Team Garden plots
The West Chester Green Team is happy to be able again to match up people who would like free garden space with community garden plots. The garden plots are usually 4 X 4 or sometimes 4 X 8 feet. The Green Team supplies the space, you supply tools and your time.
“We believe gardening and growing our own food offer good ways to get in touch with the natural world, give us the satisfaction of acting for the good, and are educational to all concerned,” said Community Garden coordinator for the Green Team Nathaniel Smith.
“Our gardeners are expected to grow organically and not use any chemical fertilizers or insecticides.”
See more details and how to apply here.
Also, this week hello, to Jawn Supply. The vintage apparel store specializing in throwback sportswear is opening the doors of its newly renovated S. High Street location. Grand opening festivities are planned for Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Their Instagram feed featured an impressive array of Eagles gear but that appears to be mostly (although not entirely) sold out.
Who needs six hundred carrots or an acre of basil? It’s time to clear out that seed drawer and swap those unwanted starters for something you’ll actually use. On Saturday Noreen Greimann is hosting a Seed Swap at the Greimann House (781 Hillsdale Rd.) This is a free community event that has apparently been going on for a couple of years now.
“This event has grown exponentially since we first started it and we can’t wait for you to join us this year… again… or for the first time,” Noreen shared in her post.
If you would like to participate, bring your seeds pre-packaged into individual envelopes. Include enough seeds for a standard one-season use, think five tomato seeds or a dozen beans, and include any necessary growing instructions.
“Label your seeds and include as much information as you think is helpful,” advises Noreen. Seeds need not be limited to garden plants. Flowers, herbs, and native plants are all welcome. The only plants that are not, are invasive species.
Don’t have seeds to swap? “That’s okay too!” said Noreen. “All are welcome, whether you are just starting out or are an experienced gardener. This is also a wonderful opportunity to chat with people about how to start seeds, when to start them, and how to save seeds.”
Note: Since temps are supposed to fall again by Saturday, swapping will take place in the farm barn.
Pay it forward.
Squeezed between iCore and Ice Line on Lawrence Drive behind an unassuming entryway is a virtual mall of medical specialties, lined cubicles of treatment and prevention. As you enter you are greeted in a very typical-looking doctor’s office waiting room but your admittance could be to one of any of a dozen medical specialties – primary care, cardiology, dermatology, podiatry.
Once granted entrance, you’ll pass on your right a full dental suite, reclining seats, mirrors, lights, masked hygienists working away. Nearly directly across you’ll find a similar, albeit smaller, ophthalmology set up – around the corner is an education and wellness center where trained dieticians guide patients to better choices. There is also an onsite social worker, a physical therapist, and a dispensary that makes sure patients leave with all necessary medications. Professionals trained to cut through red tape help secure those free samples promised by large pharmaceutical companies.
Even if I were to stop there – the operation would be a wonder, evoking pangs of jealousy among the rest of us left to deal with dozens of reception areas and varying office structures – but that’s not all. Nearly all the services Community Volunteers in Medicine provides are in both English and Spanish and they are entirely free.
“We are trying to take care of the whole person. That’s a big part of the mission,” says Julie Rusenko, VP of Development for CVIM, a nearly entirely volunteer-run medical facility providing care to the working uninsured. Started in 1998 with a goal of “keeping people healthy and away from the ER” the organization proved a trusted resource during the pandemic providing COVID information and vaccines to underserved populations in Chester County. That work has since led to greater recognition and greater funding for the organization.
Last year CVIM received 5,521 calls from people seeking services – a 41 percent increase from the previous year. Fortunately, the start of the year also brought some fairly sizable checks thanks to lingering American Rescue Plan Act funds. The Chester County Commissioners awarded the group $355,252 over five years to support their immunization services and $ 1.2 million to increase access to free, comprehensive, and compassionate healthcare.
The additional funds will allow the group to expand. Satellite operations are planned for West Grove and Coatesville. New services are in the works as well. They recently partnered with a volunteer urologist. A key part of their work focuses on chronic disease management – diabetes is a particular problem. “We are working through that list now,” says Julie of the backlog of patients with urinary and bladder issues. Also, on the wish list? More behavioral health specialists but it’s not easy to find bilingual therapists, Julie says. Important because nearly 70 percent of CVIM’s patients are Hispanic.
Then there is a need that money can’t solve – or at least not at the scale needed – and that is for more volunteers. In an organization that is nearly entirely volunteer-run both clinical and support help is needed and to get more help, people need to know they are here.
“We are working to raise our profile in the community,” says Laura Patracity, a marketing and communications specialist who joined the group last summer. She believes once you know, the battle is nearly won. “You quickly become a convert,” she says.
And she may be right. As the loop of our tour comes to the end, I am not only convinced of their value to the populations they serve – I wonder, why can’t all medicine be this way?
If you would like to lend a hand – here’s a link to their volunteer page. Bonus points if you speak Spanish.
Also, it’s tax season. If your refunds weren’t quite where you’d hoped last year, the United Way is bringing back its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. VITA provides free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income households. Last year VITA helped 2662 Chester County households maximize their returns. If you would like in on that action, you will need to bring all your tax information, picture ID, and social security cards to a VITA site. There are several around the county including at the Providence Church Westside Community Center on Hannum Ave.
If you don’t meet the income requirement and are comfortable doing your own taxes, VITA also provides My Free Taxes, a free, do-it-yourself online tax filing program with no income restrictions.
The freakin’ weekend.
What are you up to this weekend? I signed up to give blood at the YMCA blood drive later today. It always makes me woozy but I figure it’s for a good cause. There are still spots left if you would like to join me and maybe we’ll check out that seed swap? My garden could use something new. Otherwise, I think we are going to take it easy and maybe make some reservation plans for next week. Some of those menus, wow.
If you are around this weekend, Chester County Art Association is hosting a Painting for a Cause event that sounds fun. Blink’s 20 percent off on any one spring thing (through today) and Eden Sweet House’s fresh Strawberry Jam Cream Box seem like solid ways to continue these spring vibes as temps dip over the weekend.
Also, heads up Alexandra Kay fans, and there are apparently a few of you, she has added a second show. The country music up-and-comer will be adding a 3 p.m. performance to the scheduled United Way benefit concert – after the evening show sold out in less than a month. Like the first, the matinee performance will be held at Uptown Theater on N. High Street. Tickets are $40 and proceeds benefit the United Way of Chester County.
Finally, Thursday 70 degrees have you thinking summer? I posted the Summer Swim Guide 2023 this week. If you don’t have a pool yet, better get on it. Spots are filling up quickly!
And this week a very special thank you to ChescoTours for joining Hello, West Chester as our latest Community Sponsor. Started in 2021 by West Chester historian Paul Sookiasian, ChescoTours provides a fascinating, and sometimes bone-chilling, look into the Borough’s wild 250-year history. Follow ChescoTours on Instagram for interesting backstories and the latest tour events!
EVERY house in West Chester is said to be haunted. ChescoTours offers entertaining tours through West Chester’s spooky history. Perfect for a family night out, fun with friends before hitting the bars, or a truly unique team-building event for co-workers!
You’ll never look at the borough the same way again! Book your tour today!
View a list of all our amazing Community Sponsors here. Thinking of joining this amazing community? Act now. Only 2 spots remain for 2023! Learn more here.
Also, I want to apologize to anyone that signed up for the $10 annual subscription this year. The donation link was set up incorrectly and while it said yearly, it was set to charge monthly. (Ugh. So sorry.) Fortunately, an eagle-eyed reader caught this and only two readers were charged twice. Those charges have been refunded and the link fixed.
Again, my sincere apologies for the confusion – your support is critical to keeping this going!
Mark your calendars:
- Feb. 24 – Blood Drive, Oscar Laskso YMCA, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Donors encouraged to schedule in advance via the American Red Cross website. Enter sponsor code “Senator Comitta” or call 1-800-RedCross. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability.
- Feb. 24 – Skate Spot Happy Hour, upstairs at Side Bar, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Learn more about the Skateboard Improvement Coalition of Chester County and their mission to bring a skate spot to West Chester. First beer on them.
- Feb. 24 – Painting for a Cause, Chester County Art Association, 6-9 p.m. Event costs $50 and includes all painting supplies wine and snacks. Proceeds benefit Act in Faith.
- Feb. 24 – Sugar Mountain: Celebrating Neil Young, Uptown Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40 in advance; $45 at the door.
- Feb. 24 – Off the Record, Artillery Brewing Company, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Listen to Classic, Modern and Southern Rock music while enjoying your favorite beer.
- Feb. 25 – Les Miserables Community Day, Rustin High School Cafeteria, 9 – 11 a.m. Join the cast and crew of Les Mis for a selection of games and crafts. Tickets: $5/child or $15/family.
- Feb. 25 – West Chester Seed Swap, The Greimann House (781 Hillsdale Rd.) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring any seeds you would like to share with other gardeners…vegetables, flowers, herbs, native plants, etc….and browse through seeds others have brought and take what you would like. Organizers ask that you package seeds into individual envelopes or bags for people to take.
- Feb. 25 – Opening of exhibit honoring: the U.S. Army’s First Black Helicopter Pilot, American Helicopter Museum, 2:30 p.m. Daughters of Captain Joseph Hairston will speak about the life of their father prior to the opening of the exhibit. Ceremony and access to the new exhibit is included with the price of admission to the museum.
- Feb. 25 – 3 year Celebration, Hop Fidelity, 12 – 8 p.m. DJ, comp beers and 10% off everything in the shop – what more could you want?
- Feb. 25 – Dancing Dream: ABBA Tribute, Uptown Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets $45 in advance; $50 at the door.
- Feb. 25 – Teen Night Saturday Night, Melton Center, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. $5 entry all you can play basketball. This weekly event is open to students 13 -17 years old. Current Student ID required.
- Feb. 26 – Community Cuts, Elevate Hair Studio. Elevate Hair Studio is offering free hair cuts to any one in the community who may need one and cannot afford one. To participate give them a call at 610-696-9100 and reserve your spot.
- Feb. 26 – Hair-A-Thon, Simply Men’s Barber Shop, 12 – 4 p.m. Donations support Alex, 14, who is battling Stage 2 Lymphoma. Call 484-887-0635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
- Feb. 26 – Mar. 5 – West Chester Restaurant Week, downtown West Chester. There are 24 restaurants participating each will present multi-course a prix fixe menu at either $30, $40 or $50/plate. Reservations encouraged.
- Feb. 28 – WCU 2023 Annual Business Idea Competition submissions due. West Chester University’s annual non commercialized, new business grant funding competition is back! Awards made to high school students, university students, alumni/staff and general public.
- Mar. 1 – What do Transition Towns Bring to the Table? Sykes Student Union 255 A/B or Zoom, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Presented by WCU faculty and at 50 minutes each, these seminars introduce an array of sustainability topics in easily digestible segments. Presentation are free and open to the public. For Zoom use the link above and passcode: 878376
- Mar. 2 – Mar. 17 – The Manor, Greystone Hall (2450 Aram Ave), 7 p.m; 2 p.m. matinees available on Sundays. The audience follows the unfolding story of money, marriage, politics and power as it moves through the grand stately rooms of the 115 year old mansion. This the fifth time the play has been staged at Greystone Hall. Tickets are $65/each which includes the performance and intermission refreshments.
- Mar. 2 – Chester County Youth Orchestra, Uptown Theater, 7:30 p.m Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door; students with ID $15/$20
- Mar. 2 – Preserve and Digitize Your Photos, 6:30 – 8 p.m. This is a virtual event presented by the West Chester Public Library.
- Mar. 2 – Artist Talk with Terrill Johnson, Chester County Art Association, 6 – 8 p.m. Listen as artist Terrill Johnson discusses current CCAA exhibitions, “Expressions and Interpretations from 11 Artists of Color” and “Resilient Spirit of Reflections of Hue.”
- Mar. 3 – MayDay Coffee Grand Opening, MayDay Coffee (123 N. High St.) 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Mar. 4 – 3-4-5 Jive, Artillery Brewing, 5 – 10 p.m. Live music including Onyx & Honey, Willie and the G’s, Snooze, DJ Mojo, F.O.G. and Risin
- Mar. 8 – Walking Culture in China, Sykes Student Union 255 A/B or Zoom, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Presented by WCU faculty and at 50 minutes each, these seminars introduce an array of sustainability topics in easily digestible segments. Presentation are free and open to the public. For Zoom use the link above and passcode: 878376
- Mar. 10 – Sip and Style, Refinery Hair Studio (106 W. Market St.) 6 p.m. – Join for styling secrets, sips, light bites, live music, door prizes and more.
That’s it. Stay safe, stay healthy and I’ll see you next week.
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