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Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
Bill - No Delinquent Accounts
After open discussion with the owners, the meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 in the Meeting Room of The Regency Tower by the President.

Roll Call - The roll call showed the following Board Members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Fern McBride, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone) and Pablo Verol. Louise Collins was excused.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on December 13, 2005 were read. Eric Berkowitz made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of February 14, 2006. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)

There are no delinquent accounts at this time. A motion was made by Pablo Verol to accept the Treasurer’s Report; seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

Committee Reports - President Nicholson-Brown then requested the Committee Reports. Click Here to read each report in its entirety.

New Business - President Nicholson-Brown indicated that there was no New Business.

Announcements -

  • Reminder that due to several owners leaving the Rendezvous Room unclean, we now deposit the checks. If our Maintenance staff report the room was unclean, we deduct the amount and refund the balance.

  • Each year we give out a Volunteer of the Year Award. We are asking for nominations for this award. Please call the office with your suggestions.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz and seconded by Iris Anastasi to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary



“Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.”
- Peter F. Drucker

  .: Aloha :.,
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown Its two months into 2006. Wow! As this Board begins its 6th year, we look back with pride at numerous accomplishments in “rebuilding” The Regency Tower. Yet we also look back with sadness at some dear friends we’ve lost because we chose to do “the right thing,” by not making exceptions.

Galt Mile Community Association Presidents Council
New Trees Coming!
Galt Mile Presidents Council Meetings

The December meeting was held at L’Hermitage I on Monday, February 6, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. Discussions were held regarding Hurricane Wilma’s damage to various buildings and the Galt Mile. The Parks Department is taking bids for 300 replacement trees for the Mile and expect to start work by the end of March. They will now plant trees which will be more hurricane resistant and are trying to kill the roots of the current trees. We were also advised about Hurricane Window insurance with U.S. Mass Plate Glass who replaces any damaged windows. The Board is requesting Bob Nagle to look into this.

The Round Table

Chris Hammers Inquired about the Puddle at the Carwash Stand
January 5th Meeting
- Member attendees were Rafael Alleguez, Laszlo Bandi, Chris Hammers, Howard Hirschman, Shirley Hopkins, Dee Lanzillo, Bob Nagle, Anne Petroe, Martha Sellas, Debi Tinsley. Excused were: Betty Burns, Ron Forment. Board attendees were: Eric, Fern, Dott and Bill. After the minutes of December meeting were read,Shirley and Martha asked about the Character Generator Owner Message Service and Channel 95, which have been out of service for sometime. Discussion followed regarding the numerous calls to Comcast and unkept promises with the stated opinion that perhaps we should break our contract with them. Dott requested Bob, Bill and Howard to check alternatives. Howard mentioned that Comcast also has loose covers on the outside cable wires. Anne complimented the inside and outside Holiday decorations. Liz did the inside. Maintenance and Pablo did the outside. Chris inquired about the puddle at car wash area. Eric stated SPS must regrade the area. Rafael surprised us with the absence of any suggestions or ideas. We take that to mean he’s pleased with the way things are going. Bob asked about the tree stumps. Eric explained they are over electrical wires and the city will decide how best to remove them. Laszlo enthusiastically complimented the R.T. web site and recommend that all residents visit it. Dee mentioned complaint from Lou Freeman regarding someone placing soap suds in the Dryers. Discussion followed as to whether this is done in error by non-English speaking residents or vandalism. Perhaps a surveillance camera may be added. Dee also thanked Maintenance for the Light Timers in the Hall storage rooms. Debi says all is well.

Rafael asks about Thermostat Settings in Hallways
Joe Anastasi Suggests Uniform Tile on Balconies
February 2nd Meeting -
- Member attendees were Rafael Alleguez, Joe Anastasi, Laszlo Bandi, Betty Burns, Ron Forment, Chris Hammers, Howard Hirschman, Shirley Hopkins, Bob Nagle, Martha Sellas. Excused were: Dee Lanzillo, Anne Petroe and Debi Tinsley. Board attendees were: Iris, Eric, Fern and Dott. After the January Minutes were read, Howard again stated he was deliriously happy. Martha and Shirley questioned the reason for an owner being used as a Security Guard. It was explained he is a part-time fill in until Jim Edmiston (at his request) switches over from the pool. Shirley commented on utilizing owners and family members as employees. She also questioned the practice of Maintenance leaving violation notices on entrance doors as it indicates when residents are absent. Betty gave a favorable comment regarding John Pacella. Bob stated there is still a puddle at the car wash area. (
See Eric’s report regarding this) Bob also asked about status of Galt Mile and A1A area. Eric noted an update is on the Web-site. Bob mentioned that DBE, our insurance carrier has an “A” credit rating. Joe suggested we begin a program of owners voluntarily placing identical tiles on their balconies. This must be discussed by the Board. Laszlo asked regarding a letter he received from his insurance company. Rafael inquired regarding the Common Hall thermostat settings. It was explained that the thermostats were set higher since we are in the halls for a short time and this lowers our FP&L bill. Our budget for 2006 is $92,000. Chris stated everything is fine at The Regency Tower.


Good-Bye Luncheon for Annie Griffin at Rumor Has it
Thanks Annie!
Administration -
The Board and several employees took Anne Griffin to lunch at “Rumor… has it” on February 3rd as a “So Long and thank you” for one year of employment in the busiest, most stressful office either of us has ever worked in. Anne held out for a full year which is a record. She is happy to have some free time at home without me calling on a Saturday or Sunday requesting a “few minutes” of work. By the way, policy is set by the Board of Directors, not the administrative personnel. So kindly refrain from calling to take your anger and/or frustration out on them.

Silver Linings

Recently I read an article in the local “Hi Riser” newspaper regarding a man who, upon realizing he was taking everything too seriously, gave up his profession so that he could laugh again. I too, have become aware that I am taking life and specifically this job too seriously. Taking after my father, I’ve always exhibited a hearty laugh. I love to laugh. So if you see me when I’m not smiling or laughing, call me “cranky Dott.” That will remind me to “lighten up.”

Aloha – I love you



Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Balconies & Billiards
The construction committee is currently pursuing several projects. As previously announced, Continental Management inherited the warranty obligation from Aqua-Shield for the coatings applied to our balcony railings. Following a negotiation, they’ve agreed to repair those areas of our railings wherein the coating has failed. An example of the electrostatic application they used to repair the damaged railing in unit 102 is available for inspection by any interested owner concerned about the effectiveness of the agreed upon process. Our engineer, John Evans of SPEC Engineering, stated after reviewing the repair, “It’s much better than I expected.” We agree. Following a December 12th meeting, we gave residents until February 1st to ensure that their unit’s balcony was included in the repair project. On February 7th, the final repair list was submitted to Continental Painting and Waterproofing, one of Continental’s subsidiaries. On February 10th, they sent a written confirmation of their intentions to fulfill their warranty responsibility. Since they’ve decided to use a swing stage to access the balconies, repairs will be scheduled by stack. The repair timetable will be announced later this week.

Click to Continental Management Web Site The Committee is also undertaking repairs to the building. These fall into several categories. A persistent leak through the expansion joint from the North Parking Deck to the garage has already been repaired twice. While the location of the emergent leak is apparent, its source has been elusive. Structural Preservation Systems (SPS) subcontractor Pro-tech will continue to water test and rewaterproof every section along the expansion joint until the infiltration is cured. A leak from a planter on the Patio Deck to the stairwell connecting the garage to the pool is also being repaired. After contractor SPS prepared the planter by removing some of the dirt, the manufacturer of the waterproofing system used by subcontractor Protech, Carlisle, requested that they remove another three feet of dirt to adequately expose the defective area. Now that SPS has done so, Pro-tech will return to finish the waterproofing repair. When this is accomplished, SPS will replace the dirt into the planter. These alternating responsibilities, coupled with the strain placed on every legitimate South Florida construction contractor from the effects of Hurricane Wilma, has caused frustrating scheduling delays.

Click to Pro-tech Web Site The sand under certain areas of the deck was washed out by Hurricane Wilma, causing some minor sinking of the pavers at those locations. Among them is an area by the car wash, another at the north side of the drive-through stop line, a third by the central lower driveway catch basin, and two areas surrounding drains on the North Parking Deck. Seemingly defective attachments are suspected to have caused loosening and ultimate detachment of two of the drains. According to our engineer and SPS, before the paver subcontractor can reset the bricks, the drains must be repaired and properly installed. Because the loose drains presented both a tripping hazard and a danger to vehicles, SPS temporarily secured them until the manufacturer recommends either repair or replacement next week. Once the drain problem is settled, all of the paver repairs will be performed simultaneously. Since these are warranty repairs, they will be undertaken by SPS and their subcontractors.

Click to Alufab Web Site The fences destroyed by Hurricane Wilma were inspected by our engineer, John Evans, who recommended that we replace them with products better able to withstand repeated weather events. SPS sent their fence subcontractor, Alufab, to evaluate our needs and recommend a solution that will preclude us from having to repeat these repairs annually. Our engineer recommended that we have SPS also repair several building columns that sustained concrete damage. In addition to the storm damage, he revealed some dangerous foundation defects, mostly centered in the pump room. To buy us some time, a structural column that was severely eroded was temporarily repaired by John Sala. Unless permanently addressed, the column will continue to deteriorate. Of greater concern is the platform that supports the heavy main tank. Since the pump room deterioration first became evident a few years ago, Mr. Evans has been monitoring its decline. To prevent an unintentional oversight of the need for the repair, it was included in the 5-Year Plan agenda. Committee Chair Ron Forment requested that I solicit the Engineer’s opinion as to the repair’s urgency. During the evaluation of building’s condition after Wilma, the Engineer said that the situation had become dangerous. Evans characterized the platform as unstable and opined that it could collapse when stressed. The tank and the surrounding equipment would need to be dismantled and removed while the platform is properly supported. Once fixed, the equipment can be reinstalled. The pool will have to be closed during the repair, which should take between one and two weeks.

Click to SPS Web Site SPS was also informed about the storm damage to some of our residents’ balconies. The damage ranges from bent railing pikes to entire sections of railing having been eviscerated. Some balconies also suffered concrete damage. In response to several residents asking for advice about repairing the damage, our engineer suggested that we ask the contractor for unit pricing based upon a group rate. Any interested owner can hire the contractor to perform the repairs based upon this discount formula. The owners' of Units 706, 805, 1206, 1605 and 2003 have all requested price quotes from the contractor, who will evaluate each balcony and, if acceptable to the unit owner, proceed with repairs. Any unit owners interested in hiring the contractor for similar repairs should notify the office, which will pass the request to SPS.

Click to Campany Roofing Web Site Campany Roofing had to special order the 2 large 30” replacement vent turbines for our roof. When they have been received, they will be installed. Simultaneously, Campany will replace the damaged coving cap on the mechanical room roof along with the downspout that was blown away and deliver three vent caps to protect the exposed vents while the turbines are stored during storms. Our engineer has been in regular contact with Fischer Electric, the electrical subcontractor used by SPS to install the high intensity deck lamps. Evidently, Fischer Electric is facing manufacturing delays for the three replacement fixtures lost to Wilma. SPS will replace the decorative lamps in the entry planter under their warranty obligation.

Click to Bass United Web Site One of the main benefits of our keyless entry system is its flexibility. Extending the system’s capabilities and eligibility for manufacturers support simply requires software upgrades instead of the expensive replacement of obsolete components. Bass United has installed a new security software upgrade known as “Pinnacle”, keeping our fob system on the technological cutting edge. The new software will expand the system’s capabilities. It will, for instance, enable the future integration of garage door openers into the access system, affording Security redundant vehicular identification. Incidentally, since we were the first Galt Association to retrofit a keyless entry, five others have followed our lead and three more plan on installing similar systems.

In an effort to carefully compose an effective video security system, we commissioned a survey of our existing equipment. To refine our security strategy, we held several meetings with security contractors devoted to reviewing the tools needed by our security personnel and the controls needed by Security Chief Carlos Pereira and the Association. We also investigated systems used by other Associations in both new and older buildings. After considering various security options from three security companies, we opted for a software-driven component system. As with our Fire Safety and Access Control Systems, this will provide for inexpensive upgrades while affording us unparalleled flexibility. We all owe Carlos a debt of gratitude for his valuable input. Since his appointment as Security Chief, Carlos participated in every step of the process and every meeting held with the security contractor. We insisted on seeing a fully operational integrated system prior to its selection. The demonstration satisfied every concern exhibited by Carlos and the Committee. In addition to weather resistant motion sensitive color cameras, high resolution color monitors and digital DVR multiplexer recording capabilities, the software will also permit encrypted online access to every camera. The front desk and receiving room control centers will be hard wired to the office network. Installation will commence after the contractor’s proposal is submitted and approved.

North Lobby Windows Next
North Lobby Windows Next
Impact rated windows were installed in the Rendezvous Room and the Meeting Room during early February. Since the Exercise Room and the Office windows were previously installed, the entire south side of the common area is now protected. As the windows at the main lobby entry are somewhat cloistered by the alcove, the next windows slated for replacement are those lining the exposed north lobby wall. The lobby entry windows, the main lobby doors and the north and south lobby doors will be upgraded last.

Click to GlassAmerica Web Site As many of you have recently learned, every legitimate area contractor is currently overwhelmed from Wilma-related repairs in addition to the overall rehabilitation that most Associations are undergoing. That means that everything takes longer to accomplish. Projects affected by deadlines, such as the onset of Hurricane Season, require immediate attention. To help meet this inflexible deadline, GlassAmerica has sent contracts to every unit owner still unprotected by mandated impact windows. The three to four weeks saved by avoiding the ordinarily additional “snail mail” correspondences may make the difference in beating the onset of Hurricane Season. If you’ve made alternative arrangements for protecting your home, simply discard the document. If not, please remit the completed documents to indicate your acceptance of their terms – ASAP! Thank you for your kind attention.

Cable Committee
Howard Hirschman

Howard - Cable Committee Report!
Bob Nagle stated he was here to introduce Howard Hirschman. Bob had been looking into the possibility of changing companies. The committee met several times and it was agreed that for the time being to remain with Comcast. The contract does not expire until September 2007 and it would not do any good to change at this time, considering the penalties we would have to pay. In the meantime a contact with Comcast was located.

Howard Hirschman reported that Bob Nagle succeeded in contacting our Comcast Account Executive, Mr. Tony Walkinshaw.

“Bob, Eric and I met with Tony on Monday, January 30th. Eric made Tony aware of the Galt Mile Association and gave him copies of recent Galt Mile and Regency Tower newsletters. Tony reported that Comcast was testing dial telephone service up north and the testing was proceeding satisfactorily. Comcast dial telephone service could be available here later this year.

Click to Comcast Web Site We met with Tony and Peter Bloxam, Director of Commercial Development, on February 1st. They told us that arrangements for VIP customers (such as we are) would get improved service for our owners’ calls via a hotline to real people who will respond to our owners’ problems. We were assured that they are here to address our needs and to ensure that our owners and residents receive the highest level of service possible. The new number our owners should call in case of individual service issues is: Resident Customer Service (24 hours-7 days), 954-437-1920.”

Hallways Report
Liz Urbano

Liz Urbano - Ready to Roll
Our Hallway renovations are in the process of being finalized, after a delay caused by a serious accident to one of the decorators with whom we were dealing. We have spoken to several decorators and are awaiting some design concepts and budgets to consider. We hope to soon have a presentation of design samples to display in the lobby for the approval of Regency Tower Residents. Once the final design has been accepted, we will begin the process of scheduling the contractors and ordering the supplies to begin the work. This process will take some time and the work should progress at a good pace.

This is the final leg of our renovations and upgrades for the Regency Tower. This will also be the one that will affect all floors and visually reflect the quality of our building. While our recent renovations have involved the structure and function of our building, the renovations of our hallways will be cosmetic, but will have the most visual impact to our building value. I want to thank all the residents for their patience and consideration for this project. I know we all look forward to a beautiful, classic new look for the home we all share - The Regency Tower.

Housekeeping Chair Dee Lanzillo Thanks Everyone
Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

Dee Lanzillo’s report was read by Ofelia Alleguez: Upon inspection of the whole building, I am finding a few small problems. I have spoke to Maintenance and since January to date they have been resolved. I would appreciate if owners and residents could be more responsible. Please, put trash down the trash chute, not in the recycling barrel. Many people continue to leave pizza boxes and large cartons in the trash rooms. We have asked numerous time to please cut them up and dispose of them properly. The laundry room is being cleaned daily and is much improved. Thanks to our Maintenance Staff, we seem to be getting back on track.

Recreation Committee
Pablo Verol

Recreation Chair Pablo Verol says Billiard Room is Awaiting Decor
Pablo Verol: Billiard
Room Awaits Decor
Exercise Room: In response to our Insurance Company findings, we have removed all non-professional equipment from the Exercise Room. It is requested that residents not bring down exercise equipment into the room. The Association will be in violation of our insurance policy.

Game Room: Due to the delay of our hallway decoration, we are proceeding with completion of the Game Room. Floor tiling and room painting are expected to be completed during the next couple of weeks. Thanks to Liz Urbano for her consultation.

Screening Committee Chair Margie Nagle Thanks Committee Members
Thanks Members
Screening Committee
Margie Nagle

Margie Nagle reported 5 leases: Apt. 209, Gerard & Jeanne Brenton; Apt. 1106, Del Rusin, John Dohogne & David Diharce; Apt. 1404, Domenico Peano & Angela Leone; Apt. 1609, Ethan & Kay Tower; Apt. 1906, David Strassman. Thanks to my committee for being there for me.

Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

New Regency Tower Security Chief Carlos Pereira
I would like to report the progress in our Security Program. Thanks to all owners, lessees and guests, our job is being made easier, thereby enabling us to focus on more difficult tasks. However, we still need your help to improve on our daily operations.

  1. Be patient with any Guard (male or female) that asks you where you are going. Many, like myself, still do not know everyone.
  2. All rolling luggage should enter/exit through the north lobby door. Therefore, we encourage you and your guests to have taxis or cars pick you up at the north lobby door, not the front entrance.
  3. Recently we have been finding Winn-Dixie carts everywhere (in elevators, hallways, lower level elevator lobby). Our rules and regulations do not allow outside carts to be brought into the building.
  4. Please avoid standing or parking in the 2 traffic lanes at the front lobby door. These traffic lanes should be free at all times for emergency and passing cars. Your cooperation on these items will help us provide a better quality of service on our daily activities.

We are also proud to announce that Jim Edmiston, our pool attendant, will move to Security soon. His acquisition will add quality to our team. It is the aim of the Security Department to have the best Security System on the Galt Mile. Thank you.

Social Committee
Pat & Jim DiSebastian

Pat & Jim DiSebastian’s report was read by the Secretary - The Social Committee has been busy arranging activities and canvassing residents as to what activities we are interested in having.

Bingo is being held every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Margie Nagle has agreed to host monthly Coffee Hours, beginning Monday, February 20th, at 10:00 a.m. The first event of the season will take place on Saturday, February 18th. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we will go to a musical show, “Love Songs to Remember,” at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We will meet in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and car pool or share cabs. The price is $10 per person for the show, plus any additional transportation costs.

Other activities planned for the near future include possibly going to the Cirque du Soleil show in Miami, and to the interactive dinner theater and show, “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The Social Committee needs you! We need assistance in planning the activities mentioned and more. For more information and to volunteer, please leave a note in mailbox #1908. We need your help!

We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez

Ofelia Alleguez reported the following:

We Care Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez of Regency Tower Angel Squad
Ofelia Alleguez - Regency

  • Thalia Parker (1502) fell at home and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital. Note on bulletin board, card sent, follow up phone calls. She is back home.

  • Marian Custer (1902) fell at home. Paramedics came and took care of her; went to see her and she is OK.

  • Beverly Smith (402) had surgery in Canada during September 2005. Note on bulletin board, cards sent. A basket of fruit was sent upon her return this season.

  • Richard Artim (405) passed away in Indiana. Note on bulletin board and perpetual masses card was sent to the family in his memory.

  • Erkan Uenay (1507) was taken to the hospital by ambulance; card was sent.


  • Jean Veitch (1402) had hip surgery at Holy Cross. Note on bulletin board, card sent, follow up phone calls. She is doing fine.

  • Andre Zabal (1007) had surgery recently. Note on bulletin board, card sent.

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Daily Updates
Board Meetings, interim information is continuously updated on the Regency Tower web site. Data about relevant neighborhood events and meetings is posted on the Notices & Reminders Page. Information about the upcoming Inaugural Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Vice Mayor Christine Teel’s Pre-Agenda meetings are currently available.

Fixing the Office Computers
Fixing Office Computers
The Events Page has been very busy during the past few months. In addition to a comprehensive description of the Employees Holiday Party, Ofelia Alleguez explains how the resources collected for the Employees Holiday Fund were distributed. Details outlining the seasonal return of Regency Tower Bingo along with pertinent scheduling data are available. The Social Committee has distributed a list of intriguing suggested activities for which they hope to accrue feedback as to participatory interest. The list is reprinted on the Events Page, together with links to the establishments described.

The Special Updates page is updated several times every week. Reminders about the magazine & catalog donation, information surrounding the balcony railing coating rehabilitation and the project recently completed by Comcast to replace the exterior conduit were posted as they occurred.

Meeting the Deadline!
9:00 AM Deadline
The Real Estate Page is also continuously updated between board meetings. Available units for rental and/or sale in Regency Tower are offered with descriptions, contact data and, in many cases, pictures. When you click on the pictures, a larger version is offered. The web site only accepts copy from Regency Tower unit owners who have notified the office of their intention to rent or sell their Regency Tower apartment. Unit owners cannot display outside properties, despite their being owned by a Regency Tower resident!

As additional photos of the Employees Holiday Party became available, they were added to the Photo Gallery. There is a large section devoted to the party. As with the Real Estate Section, clicking on any picture elicits a larger view.

During the month of January, the web site had 37,867 hits on 2758 pages. There were also 1162 Unique Site Visits (first timers). This is a new record for hits and Unique Site visits. Thank you for your kind attention.




The Social Committee Announces

Bingo is Back

Bingo resumed on Thursday, January 26th. Starting February 9th, games will be held every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Room. Cards are $1.00 each per person with coverall at $1.00 per card per person. Cash prizes are awarded after each game.


Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour Host Margie Nagle
Host Margie
Now that the Social Committee is running on all cylinders, its Coffee Time at the Regency Tower again. Margie Nagle will host the popular Monday morning coffee hour for Regency Tower residents, visitors and guests. On the third Monday of every month, come down to the Rendezvous Room at 10:00 AM to enjoy great coffee and great company.

Coffee Hour Dates

January 16thMarch 20th
February 20thApril 17th

Come on down and join the fun!

What’s More...

Your Social Committee met to develop a set of intriguing possible activities for the upcoming season. However, they crave your input. Listed below are some of the events being considered by the Committee. A similar list was distributed to residents, requesting that they indicate in which of the suggested activities they would enjoy participating. Please complete and return your input to the Regency Tower mail box located at the office entrance. If you’ve misplaced your copy of the list, request another one from the office. Your opinion is important to us!

List of Suggested Activities


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