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Gazette September Edition Hit the Streets in Record Time

Posted on 30 September 2014

The September edition was distributed last week in record time.  We have a new outlet down at McIvain playground, 5200 Penn Street.  This is a link to the pdf file.

Lots of good stuff going on at McIlvain.  We’ll be doing an interview next week to get all the details.

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The Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club is Coming Back

Posted on 30 September 2014

The Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club advisory council has been hard at work this year raising funds and organizing to make much needed improvements to the facility at 1709 Kinsey Street.  I stopped by this past Saturday, September 27th, to have a look at the progress.  Some members of the Sixers organization were volunteering their time as well as some familiar faces from the neighborhood.  Paint was on the agenda and as you can see they were hard at work.  The new computers are up ad running already and there will be a free open house week from October 6th through the 11th to show off the facility and what has been done so far.

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There is much more to do however as the club moves forward.  We’ll be doing an in depth interview with those involved next month to hear about the plans.

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Meetings and Events

PSA1 Meeting for September

Posted on 29 September 2014

PSA1 met on Thursday September 27th with a good sized crowd numbering over 30.  Captain McCloskey lead off with an update of the most recent crime problems.  The homicide of an innocent young mother and child were on everyone’s mind.

  • Drug activity is ongoing on the 5000 and 4700 blocks of Griscom Street.  The police are aware of the players.
  • Worth Street near Orthodox is still full of drug activity.
  • Joe Krause, president of Northwood Civic made the captain aware of an upcoming hot spot that needs attention in Northwood.
  • There is also a problem with unregistered cars being parked on the streets in Northwood.  311 calls are made for that situation.
  • Residents are concerned about sales of K2 (artificial marijuana) and “loosies” in some stores on Frankford Avenue.  Sales of “loosies” should be reported to 311.

The Captain says he has not yet see the formal policy on the new marijuana laws that would make possession of small amounts a minor offense punishable by a $25 ticket.

On the proposal to split L&I into two departments, he says if it happens it could be beneficial if inspectors were assigned to specific divisions.  They would get to know the area better.  That would help establish better relationships between the police and L&I and facilitate getting things done faster when an urgent need arises.

The issue of alternating the PSA between Frankford and Bridesburg every other month was raised by Pete Specos.  McCloskey said that it probably would not be an improvement because each community has very different needs.  They are working on a way of meeting the needs of residents in the Burg in another way outside of the PSA.

Veronica Daniel, designed a form for participants to use to provide information to the police at the PSA meeting.  We will publish a link to it for download when it is available.

The next PSA meeting will be held at Aria Hospital on Thursday, October 30th at 7PM.

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EPIC Stakeholders September Meeting

Posted on 29 September 2014

The Northeast EPIC Stakeholders met on Thursday, September 25th at Second Baptist Church.

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Jamie Fader

First off was Jamie Fader, Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Temple.  She has been making the rounds of community meetings in Frankford, trying to get to know the neighborhood.  She explained that her interest is a study project that she will conduct in Frankford.  She wants to make contact with men aged 25 to 24 for an interview.  It is a long term study but participants will be compensated with a $50 gift card for the interview.  Referrals will be compensated with a $24 gift card.  If you are interested in participating in the study or would like more information, email her at jfader@temple.edu or call 215.870.2821.

Captain McCloskey of the 15th police district, spoke to the group about the increase in violence over the last two months. There have been 6 homicides and 19 shootings during that time period.  He said the 30 new cops assigned to the district have already helped in reducing the job backlog.  He has used some of them to start up foot patrols again on Frankford Avenue in problem areas.  He also said that he needs and additional 15 to 20 new officers and some cars to put them in to get the crime situation district wide under control.

He brought up an interesting issue that he has encountered in his work.  Returning offenders have a very difficult time finding work even in the best of economic times and these are not the best.  Some of these people turn back to the drug trade because they have no other way of making money.  He proposes that it might make sense for the government to provide incentives for employers to hire these folks to give them a chance to stay straight.

Tony Burton gets the guys talking.

Tony Burton gets the guys talking.

Lt. Tony Burton, head of PSA1 in the 15th district, took the opportunity of finding a group of teenaged males in the audience to go one on one with some of them to get their questions about whatever was on their mind.    At first they were reluctant to talk but Burton got them going and talked about the issues related to the police and the youth of the community.

Once again the culinary crew of the Second Baptist provided a delicious dinner.

The next EPIC meeting will be on Thursday October 30th at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.

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Coming Up in Frankford 9/27 to 10/24/2014

Posted on 26 September 2014

  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, September 28, 11am – 4pm,  St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care. They will be here the 2nd Saturday of every month.
  • Frankford Parks Group – Mon, September 29, 6:30pm – 7:30pm,  CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St. – I hope you all enjoyed your summer and that your fall is off to a good start. We had several great volunteer events over the summer for both Wilmot and Hedge Street Park and were able to host the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Hedge Street Park. We are now preparing for the Fall Love Your Park Service Say on Saturday, November 15th. In addition, a representative from the Wooden Boat Factory would like to host an event in Hedge Street Park in October so that will also be discussed at this months parks group meeting. Several folks have also mentioned that they would like to come up with formal names for Wilmot and Hedge street park, so a representative from Councilwoman Sanchez’ office will be present to discuss that process as well.
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, September 30, 8am – 10am,  Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria – Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.
  • CRAFTS WITH PAM – Basic Sewing – Tue, September 30, 2:30pm – 4:00pm,  Frankford Neighborhood Library, 4634 Frankford Avenue – Come learn essential stitches and how to use them for creative projects as well as keeping your clothes looking great. All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own needle and thread. Instructor Pamela Thomas has conducted many workshops, on a variety of topics, for the library and other organizations. Preregister to save a spot! Call 215-685-1473, or e-mail baxterb@freelibrary.org
  • Nature’s Hidden Surprises – Wed, October 1, 9:30am – 11:00am,  Tacony Creek Park, I and Ramona – Themed nature walk with TTF environmental educator Judith Gratz
  • Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent? – Wed, October 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm,  Turning Points or Children, 4329 Griscom St. – Attend an orientation session – refreshments will be provided. RSVP at 215-287-4353 or 215-287-4745
  • Frankford Friends Benefit Concert – Wed, October 1, 6:30pm – 8:00pm,  Frankford Friends School, 1500 Orthodox St. – FFS Jazz band with special guests: Mike (Slo Mo) Brenner, Jonathan Clifton, John Colgan-Davis, Andrew Nelson, Tom Spiker and Tracey Stanton! Donate what you wish. Proceeds to benefit the FFS music program. Children old enough to enjoy the concert are welcome to attend. (To reserve a space for child care for younger kids, email development at frankfordfriendsschool dot org).
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, October 2, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, October 5, 12pm – 5pm,  4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Robert Hicks – Civil War Medicine
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, October 9, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program – Tue, October 14, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St. – “LIFE is a LARK at WILLOW GROVE PARK” David B Rowland, President, Old York Road Historical Society The Willow Grove Park of 1896,with its music pavilion, boating, picnic grove and amusements—including some legendary roller coasters—was very different from the Park of the 1950s-70s with rocket ships, aliens, a bowling alley, and “Six Gun Territory.” The Park was demolished in 1981 to make way for a Mall. Come out; learn more!
  • Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent? – Wed, October 15, 6:00pm – 7:30pm,  Turning Points or Children, 4329 Griscom St. – Attend an orientation session – refreshments will be provided. RSVP at 215-287-4353 or 215-287-4745
  • Flea Market – Sat, October 18, 7am – 1pm,  McIlvain Playground, 5200 Penn Street – We are across from the Frankford Transportation Center. $12 per spot, 2 for $20. Call 215-685-1228 for more information. Sponsored by McIlvain Playground Advisory Council
  • Friends of Overington Park – Tue, October 21, 7pm – 8pm – We will meet in the park in fair weather and at 1500 Orthodox St. , the Friends Meeting House, in bad weather or cold months.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting – Tue, October 21, 7pm – 8pm,  St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, October 26, 11am – 4pm,  St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care. They will be here the 2nd Saturday of every month.
  • Philadelphia Open Studio Tour at the Globe – Sun, October 26, 2pm – 4pm,  Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street- http://philaopenstudios.org/post/neighborhood/east
  • Frankford Garden Club – Mon, October 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wissinoming Park Playground
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, October 28, 8am – 10am,  Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria- Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.
  • Frankford Business and Professional Association – Tue, October 28, 12pm – 2pm, NET, 4625 Frankford Ave. – Hear from our President, Diane Richardson about our accomplishments from 2013 -2014 and learn about what we have in store for the upcoming year. Representatives from Ready Philadelphia will be joining us to discuss business emergency preparedness and Project HOME will be discussing what we can do to help address the issue of homelessness in Frankford. SEPTA will also be in attendance to give an update on the 2015 Arrott Terminal (Margaret Orthodox Station) construction project.
  • Frankford Parks Group – Tue, October 28, 6:30pm – 7:30pm,  CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, October 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street

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Business

City of Philadelphia Commerce SafeCam Program

Posted on 22 September 2014

At last month’s PSA meeting the Commerce SafeCam Program was discussed.  One resident mentioned that this program exists although Captain McCloskey was not sure if it was in operation.  Further research by the activist resident found the details below.  It only applies to businesses.  The purpose is to get more businesses to install video cameras which can then be used by the police in crime investigation.  It becomes a partnership.  See the details below.  There are links to more information and the application.

Program Description

The purpose of the Commerce SafeCam Program is to encourage businesses and property owners within the City of Philadelphia to install surveillance cameras, making areas safer for shoppers and the community while growing their vitality and economic performance. The program reimburses owners of commercial buildings and businesses up to 50% of the total cost of eligible improvements, for a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for a single commercial property. The digital camera security system must be installed on the outside of your building providing surveillance for your business and the public space.

 

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be the owner of a commercially occupied property or an operating tenant business with approval of the property owners or an established business association or community based organization representing a number of businesses in a particular area. Applicants must be operating legally, properly registered, licensed with the City of Philadelphia and current with all City obligations, including but not limited to taxes, licenses, water revenue billings, as well as any assessments due to Business/Neighborhood Improvement Districts. Unoccupied properties may be considered but must be occupied or have a signed lease agreement to be eligible for reimbursement.

 

Eligible Equipment

All surveillance system equipment shall be subject to review and approval by the Philadelphia Police Department and requirements may vary by business type and property. The following are the minimum specifications required for a Commerce Safecam Program award.

 

CAMERAS

1. IP-enabled.

2. Operate with a minimum of 480 Total Vertical Lines (TVL) of resolution.

3. Capable of recording color images during sufficient lighting and recording black and white images during hours of low light.

4. Tailored to each Eligible Property taking into consideration:

the distance to the target image;

the “lux rating” or compatibility with the amount of light available to include excessive amounts of sunlight; and

the view angle of camera in relation to area of desired coverage.

5. Have a clear and unobstructed view of outside areas of desired coverage.

 

DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDINGS (DVR) or NETWORK VIDEO RECORDINGS (NVR)

1. DVRs must have one dedicated channel for each camera in operation.

2. Record at least 640 X 480 recording resolution levels.

3. Have the capacity to record at least fifteen (15) frames per second, per camera.

4. Have sufficient memory to retain data from all cameras for a period of at least fifteen (15) days. Possess the ability to view and retrieve data while the system remains in operation.

5. Possess the ability to produce a copy of desired data for evidentiary purposes.

6. Be placed in a locked and secured location to prevent destruction or tampering.

 

Application Process

1. Contact Philadelphia Department of Commerce at 215-683-2172 to request an application. The application will require:

a. Photos of your building clearly showing where surveillance camera will be located, and at least one photo showing the entire front façade of your building.

b. Estimates from two (2) licensed contractors detailing camera specifications.

c. A letter from building owner (if this is not you) granting permission for the proposed work.

 

2. Completed applications should be delivered to Linda Lawrence, Dept. of Commerce, 1515 Arch Street, 12th floor, Phila, PA 19102 or Linda.Lawrence@phila.gov. The applicant will be notified that the application has been received and whether anything is missing. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

3. Philadelphia Department of Commerce will send an award letter, specifying amount of reimbursement. Once received, the applicant can proceed with application for electrical permit, purchase and installation.

4. Once the cameras are installed they must be registered with the Philadelphia Police Department SafeCam crime prevention and investigating tool. https://safecam.phillypolice.com/registration

5. When registration is complete, submit copies of invoices, proof of payment, copy of a passing final electrical inspection certification, color photos of the installed cameras, and a copy of SafeCam registration to the Dept. of Commerce and a reimbursement check will be mailed out.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Economic Opportunity: As part of Mayor Nutter’s Strategic Plan for this Administration, a goal to create and retain jobs by fostering an improved business environment has been established. One of the strategies designed to achieve this end is strengthening supports to minority, women, and disabled residents and businesses. All applicants certify to make “best and good faith efforts” to include businesses owned and controlled by minority persons (MBEs), women (WBEs) and disabled persons (DSBEs) in their projects. In excercise of “best and good faith efforts” applicants for this program must solicit MBEs, WBEs and DSBEs for participation in the project. Potential M/W/DSBE project participants can be found in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity Directory of Certified Firms. Contact OEO at 215-686-6232 or review the online directory at http://oeo.phila.gov/directory.asp or the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program’s Directory of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises at http://www.paucp.com.
  • The amount that this program is able to approve for reimbursement will not always be equal to 50% of the eligible costs or the maximum amount due to availability of funds and restrictions in how program funds can be spent.
  • Projects within areas with special design controls or within historic districts must comply with those requirements.

 

Link to SafeCam here.

Link To SafeCam FAQ list here.

 

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Meetings and Events

Preparedness Workshop at Campbell AME

Posted on 22 September 2014

On Wednesday the 24th at 5:30 PM, find out how to prepare for an emergency.  See details below.

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and BOMA Present

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Coming Up in Frankford 9/20 to 10/17/2014

Posted on 19 September 2014

  • Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser – Sat, September 20, 8am – 10am,  2535 Castor Ave. – “Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Francis De Sales #2617 is holding an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, September 20th from 8-10 a.m. 2535 Castor Avenue. $8.00 adults $5.00 children. If you bring a non-perishable food item, you will be put in a special drawing.” Thank you, Tina Dambach-Vice Regent 215-288-3941
  • Hope4PhillyConvoy of Hope -Sat, September 20, 11am – 5pm – We serve guests of honor–in dozens of communities throughout the world–by providing them with free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more.
  • Frankford Garden Club – Mon, September 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wissinoming Park Playground
  • Frankford Parks Group – Tue, September 23, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St.
  • Registration for Girl Scout and Tot soccer for kids ages – Thu, September 25, 5:30pm – 8:30pm,  Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott St – call us at 215-685-1223 or email us at simpsonrecctr@hotmail.com for more information
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, September 25, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thu, September 25, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 4900 Frankford Ave – Captain McCloskey will attend
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, September 28, 11am – 4pm,  St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care. They will be here the 2nd Saturday of every month.
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, September 30, 8am – 10am,  Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria – Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.
  • CRAFTS WITH PAM – Basic Sewing – Tue, September 30, 2:30pm – 4:00pm,  Frankford Neighborhood Library, 4634 Frankford Avenue – Come learn essential stitches and how to use them for creative projects as well as keeping your clothes looking great. All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own needle and thread. Instructor Pamela Thomas has conducted many workshops, on a variety of topics, for the library and other organizations. Preregister to save a spot! Call 215-685-1473, or e-mail baxterb@freelibrary.org
  • Nature’s Hidden Surprises – Wed, October 1, 9:30am – 11:00am,  Tacony Creek Park, I and Ramona – Themed nature walk with TTF environmental educator Judith Gratz
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, October 2, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, October 5, 12pm – 5pm,  4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Robert Hicks – Civil War Medicine
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, October 9, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program – Tue, October 14, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St. – “LIFE is a LARK at WILLOW GROVE PARK” David B Rowland, President, Old York Road Historical Society The Willow Grove Park of 1896,with its music pavilion, boating, picnic grove and amusements—including some legendary roller coasters—was very different from the Park of the 1950s-70s with rocket ships, aliens, a bowling alley, and “Six Gun Territory.” The Park was demolished in 1981 to make way for a Mall. Come out; learn more!
  • Friends of Overington Park – Tue, October 21, 7pm – 8pm – We will meet in the park in fair weather and at 1500 Orthodox St. , the Friends Meeting House, in bad weather or cold months.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting – Tue, October 21, 7pm – 8pm,  St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, October 26, 11am – 4pm,  St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care. They will be here the 2nd Saturday of every month.
  • Frankford Garden Club – Mon, October 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wissinoming Park Playground
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, October 28, 8am – 10am,  Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria- Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.
  • Frankford Parks Group – Tue, October 28, 6:30pm – 7:30pm,  CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, October 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street

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Business, Features

Diane Richardson has ImPAct on Frankford

Posted on 16 September 2014

diane richardson colorDiane Richardson has been active in the Frankford business community since she established the Richardson Group Senior living facilities on Bridge Street in 2004. That facility serves as a home for about 19 men in an assisted living environment. It is a very comfortable place that I visited back in April of this year to interview Diane for this story.

She was in the midst of a successful career as a para legal when in 1999 her brother had to enter an assisted facility. The experience of visiting him in that facility made her think that there had to be a better way. Over time she developed her ideas and sat down and wrote a business plan. She eventually entered that plan into a competition and it was recognized with an award. Her legal background and organizational skills were helpful in getting funding and the first property at 1750 Bridge Street was acquired and became operational with the first four residents in 2004.   She expanded and added on with the acquisition of the adjacent property in 2007.

Your first impression when entering through the front door is warmth and hominess. It does not feel at all institutional. Richardson says that the each resident has different needs. Some are relatively independent while others need more help in managing medications and coordinating medical appointments, etc. All meals are served family style and the facility is staffed by a total of 7 to meet the needs of their clients 24 hours a day.

As many of half of the men are veterans which means their services may involve working with the VA. They are in the process of becoming an approved veteran’s home.

The Richardson Group was recognized by Governor Corbett this year as a finalist for the Governor’s ImPAct award in the area of Community Impact.

This award is given to a company that exemplifies the tenet of “doing well by doing good.” The winners in this category show a sustained commitment to the growth and development of its employees and the community(ies) in which it does business.

In addition to her duties running the Richardson Group, she also serves as President of the Frankford Business and Professional Association. The 60 plus membership association meets every other month for a lunch and a program on business issues. Membership in the association has been up and down over the years but now is on the upswing again under Richardson’s leadership.

The association also sponsors varies activities throughout the year in cooperation with the Frankford Community Development Corporation.

Diane Richardson is a petite dynamo who is both entrepreneur and someone who does good work.  We are fortunate to have her here in Frankford.

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Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Posted on 16 September 2014

The third and fourth murders within sight of the St. Mark’s Church, Frankford bell tower in as many weeks occurred Sunday morning during worship services. This evening between 7:00 and 8:00 folks will gather on Womrath and Griscom streets to pray for an end violence. Please join us in prayer wherever you are.

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