Personal Finance and Information

  • QCAP’s Financial REACH Center
    Quincy Community Action Program’s Financial REACH Center helps residents increase their income, build savings, and develop assets. To get help, contact Theresa Whittaker at 617-657-5355 or twhittaker@qcap.org or visit 1509 Hancock Street, 2nd Floor, Quincy, MA 02169.
  • Kiplinger
    Kiplinger (pronounced KIP-ling-er) is a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, available in print and online.
  • Bankrate
    This site helps users find and compare rates for personal loans, mortgage loans, auto loans, CD rates, savings/checking accounts, and credit cards.
  • MyMoney.gov
    This website is a product of the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is made up of more than 20 Federal entities that are coordinating and collaborating to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans.
  • Investopedia
    Investopedia is the largest financial education website in the world. The site offers timely, trusted and actionable financial information for every investor, from early investors to financial advisors to high net worth individuals.
  • Better Business Bureau: Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont
    Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.
  • Big Charts: Historical Quotes
    This Historical Quotes tool allows you to look up a security’s exact closing price.
  • SAM.gov Assistance Listings
    SAM.gov Assistance Listings (Legacy CFDA) provides a full listing of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
  • Consumer Price Index
    The June 2017 version of the CPI Detailed Report, published in July 2017, was the final publication of this document. Customers are encouraged to obtain CPI data from the CPI databases or the Supplemental Files. Detailed Report files from 2012 through 2021 are available in a compressed file for each year.

Small Business

  • Quincy Chamber of Commerce.
  • BusinessUSA
    A centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.
  • Chamber of Commerce Directory (USA)
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations.
  • Small Business Administration
    Provides a small business planner with information on writing a business plan, financing, licenses and permits, managing a business, and even getting out of business.
  • Thomas Register
    Thomas Register’s free online supplier/finder index of manufacturers. Access requires registration.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Free searchable databases of patents and trademarks, as well as information on the patent process.
  • Central Registers
    State, county, and municipal contracts being put out to bid in Massachusetts.
  • Kompass
    Search for business suppliers that includes 3.5 million companies worldwide.
  • North American Industry Classification System
    A listing of the new NAICS codes, with correspondence tables for NAICS to SIC (Standard Industrial classification) and SIC to NAICS.

Miscellaneous

Finding Job Listings

Deciding on a Career/Job

  • Quincy Career Center
    Call 617-745-4000 to make an appointment with a counselor for an employment needs assessment. All services are provided free of charge to job seekers.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    A guide to hundreds of occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • O*NET
    O*NET OnLine offers a variety of search options and occupational data, while My Next Move is a streamlined application for students and job seekers.
  • LearnHowToBecome.org
    This organization’s mission is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder.
  • CareerOneStop
    Tools for job seekers, students, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Jobs & Employment- Mass.Gov
    Information and links for searching for public sector and private sector jobs, building your resume and labor statistics.

Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview

  • The Resume Guide
    A publication put out by Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers containing tips for writing resumes and cover letters
  • GotResumeBuilder.com
    This online resume tool offers web hosting, multiple version options, tips on how to write resumes, and a way to search Indeed for job listings.
  • MyPerfectResume.com
    MyPerfectResume has resume templates by industry, including retail, construction and food service industries. It also offers templates for cover letters.
  • CVTips.com
    CVTips.com offers whole job search help: cover letter tips, interview techniques, job search strategies, career planning, as well as free resume/CV examples, templates and advice.
  • ResumeNow.com
    This online resume service offers templates and phone, email, and live chat support for users.
  • ResumeBaking.com
    In addition to providing resume and cover letter templates, this site offers sample job descriptions and responsibilities.
  • Hloom.com
    This site offers resume templates in MS Word, instead of in pdf form, so you can download and start editing them to fit your needs right away.
  • Blue Collar Resume Tips
    Monster.com’s tips for creating a resume focused on skills rather than formal eduation. More tips here.
  • 31 Cover Letter Tips
    Use these tips to create your most eye-catching and persuasive cover letter.
  • Cover Letter Examples
    80+ cover letter examples in many types of fields
  • Smart Answers to Common Interview Questions
    Describe yourself. Why do you want this job? Find out how to best answer common interview questions.
  • 50 Interview Questions with Answers
    Start getting ready for your next job interview by reviewing the top 50 interview questions asked by employers, as well as the sample answers for each question on the list.

Additional Help

City of Quincy

Health Department: 617-376-1272
Dept. of Elder Services: 617-376-1506
Treasurer/Collector: 617-376-1089
Veterans’ Services: 617-376-1192
Mayor’s Office: 617-376-1990

Local COVID-19 Screening Contact Information

South Shore Hospital: 781-681-0365
ConvenientMD: 617-303-6400
Manet Health: 617-376-3000
City of Quincy COVID-19 Informational Hotline: 617-376-1288

Economic Assistance

Food Assistance; Local Food Pantries

Job Hunting

Unemployment

Utilities

  • HeatingHelpMA.org
    Cold weather will be here again before you know it, so plan now if you need help.
  • QCAP Energy Programs
  • Comcast Internet Essentials
    Comcast is offering low-cost internet access for $9.95 a month, with no credit check, contract, or installation fee.
  • Access from AT&T
    AT&T is also offering low-cost internet services for $10 a month, with the first two months free until May 23. If you have a device, like a smart phone or laptop, go to the Hancock Adams Common in Quincy Center to access free wifi. Our wifi is not available outside the building.
  • Free & Low Cost Internet Plans
    Use this page to find out what companies are offering low-cost internet plans. Try Everyoneon.org for more offers, too.

Health Resources

  • Mental Health Disaster Distress Hotline
    Feeling disconnected or isolated? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a 24/7 hotline dedicated to providing free, multilingual and confidential crisis support during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Call 1-800-985-5990, Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 or visit DisasterDistress.samhsa.gov. Deaf or Hard of Hearing users can also use their preferred relay service to call, or use the TTY option: 1-800-846-8517.
  • South East Recovery Learning Community
    They are an entirely peer-run organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy by providing opportunities and resources to assist individuals in finding their own path to mental health recovery. Due to COVID-19, their services have moved online.
Addiction Services
Domestic Violence Help
  • Reach DOVE’s crisis hotline for support by phone 24/7 at 888-314-3683 or 617-471-1234.
  • SafeLink
    Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline and a resource for anyone affected by domestic or dating violence. Call 1-877-785-2020.
Nursing Home Family Resource Line

The Baker-Polito Administration has announced the launch of the Nursing Home Family Resource Line, a dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with information and resources they need. The line is staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Families can call the line at 617-660-5399.

COVID-19

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines
    Current guidelines for how to protect yourself and steps to take if you are sick.
  • Mass 211
    The Department of Public Health (in partnership with the United Way) has opened “2-1-1” to all callers, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Operators fluent in Spanish are available, and more than 150 other languages are supported through an interpreter services line. Residents with questions can dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone, or use the live chat option on the Mass 2-1-1 website. You can also get updates on your mobile phone by texting “COVIDMA” to 888-777. Check out 211’s Help Steps for general assistance for a range of needs.
  • State of MA Buoy Symptom Checker
    This site is not a substitution for professional medical help.
  • COVID-19 Card for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    This is a coronavirus visual tool to assist medical professionals and deaf and hard of hearing individuals communicate better during medical appointments.

General Information

  • Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
    The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for the Massachusetts businesses its agencies regulate.
  • Better Business Bureau
    The Better Business Bureau (BBB), founded in 1912, is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust, consisting of 106 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
    CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency formed in 1972 with a mission to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products through education, safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement.
  • Consumer Safety Alerts, Recalls, Guides, and News
    ConsumerSafety.org strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.
  • Bureau of Consumer Protection
    The Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.
  • FTC Scam Alerts
    The latest scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
  • IdentityTheft.gov
    The government’s site that helps consumers report and recover from identity theft

Financial

  • Annual Credit Report
    The ONLY authorized source for the free annual credit report that’s yours by law.
  • Bank Rate Monitor
    Rates for mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, savings, credit cards, and checking accounts.

Reviews and Recalls

  • Consumer Reports
    Ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
  • Consumer Search
    Reviews of products organized by category such as Electronics, House & Home, Family or Office.
  • Wirecutter
    A New York Times company, the Wirecutter has reviews of a variety of household and electronic gadgets.
  • Recalls.gov
    A “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls.

Automobiles

Charity

  • Charity Navigator
    Provides an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess the financial health of over 5,000 of America’s best-known charities.

Household and Green Living

For Everyone

  • On Guard Online – Securing Your Home Computer
    The government’s guide to mobile, laptop and desktop computer safety.
  • Tips for Identifying Fraudulent Emails
    Information about “phishing,” which involves the use of fraudulent emails and copycat websites to trick people into revealing valuable personal information.
  • Common Online Scams
    OnGuardOnline.gov’s list of common online scams and how to recognize them.
  • Tips for Safe Internet Banking
    How to tell if an online bank is legitimate and that your deposits are insured, that your personal information private and secure, understand your rights as a consumer and get assistance from banking regulators.
  • Ultimate Online Shopping Safety
    Approximately 9 million Americans are victims of shopping-related identity theft every year. Here are steps you can take to shop safely online and ensure your peace of mind.
  • Safely Donating Money Online
    Follow these steps to protect yourself and ensure that your money gets to the causes you wish to support.
  • Cyberbullying Research Center
    Cyberbullying doesn’t just happen to kids; it can happen to adults and seniors too. Here are some tips on dealing with this issue.
  • Wi-Fi Security Tips
    To protect your information when using wireless hotspots, send information only to sites that are fully encrypted, and avoid using mobile apps that require personal or financial information.
  • Four Methods to Create a Secure Password
    Choose a seemingly random password, one that is near impossible for cracking software to recognize but that has meaning or familiarity for you.

For Kids and Teens

For Parents

  • Tips for Parents
    Brief tips from Common Sense Media
  • Good Digital Parenting
    A wealth of articles from the Family Online Safety Institute.
  • Social Networking Safety
    Learn about the latest apps and websites, and get tips on talking to your kids about sharing, posting, and avoiding digital drama.
  • Ten Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online
    Research from the Harvard University-based Berkman Center downgraded online predators to a much lower risk category, but there are still other risks. Learn about three new threats to kids’ online safety.

For Seniors

  • Firefox Privacy and Security Settings
    Of the major internet browsers, Firefox has long been considered the best for digital security.
  • DuckDuckGo
    Consider using this search engine instead of Google. DuckDuckGo has made a pledge not to track users, and its results are comparable to Google’s.
  • Disconnect.me Search
    Disconnect Search lets users search privately using their favorite search engine. It doesn’t log searches, IP addresses, or any other personal info.
  • Privacy Badger
    Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.
  • Signal
    Safe and secure smart phone text messaging app
  • HTTPS Everywhere
    HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
  • Malwarebytes
    Malwarebytes detects and removes worms, spyware, and other dangerous malware from your home PC.
  • Smartphone Data Encryption
    Step-by-step instructions on how to protect your smartphone from data mining.

Local and State

National

  • Americans With Disabilities Act
    Learn about this piece of civil rights legislation, signed in 1990, that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.
  • U.S. Disability Services
    The federal government’s portal site for information on programs and services nationwide.
  • Department of Labor Disability Resources
    The Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
    This site can help people apply for Social Security benefits and, after signing up, find out how to maintain those benefits.
  • Learning Disabilities of America
    A listing of websites and publications that will guide you to information on LD/ADHD, teaching, professionals in the field, disability rights and advocacy, and government agencies and resource centers.
  • United States Access Board
    This organization promotes equal access for people with disabilities in transportation, housing and more.
  • Administration on Disabilities
    The Administration on Disabilities works with states, communities, and partners in the disability networks to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration of individuals with disabilities.
  • Lawyer Referral Service
    This service is a project of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, an organization dedicated to using law for social justice. All of their attorneys have chosen to be part of this service to provide quality legal representation to Massachusetts residents, especially those with low and moderate incomes. Referrals are free.
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
    This organization provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. Their Quincy office is located at 180 Old Colony Ave, Quincy, MA 02170. More about their Quincy services can be found here.
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
    Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) provides free legal assistance and representation on civil (noncriminal) matters to hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns.
  • Mass Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Find a lawyer online or by phone. There is no cost to utilize LRS, but referrals are made to fee-charging attorneys, who may charge you no more than $25 for the initial half-hour consultation.
  • Lawyer Directory from Martindale
    Browse lawyers & law firms by practice area, and read client/peer reivews.
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Lawyer Referral Service
    Looking for assistance with a legal question? Use this service to find the right attorney to answer your questions and help resolve your legal problems.
  • Limited Assistance Representation
    With LAR, you and a lawyer agree what parts of a case you will handle and what parts the lawyer will handle. LAR can save you money in legal fees, and it also may be easier to get a volunteer or pro bono lawyer.
  • Disability Law Center
    The DLC provides information, referral, technical assistance and representation regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities.
  • Victim Rights Law Center
    The VRLC was established in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. Through free legal services, they help restore victims’ lives after experiencing sexual violence.
  • Dial-A-Lawyer
    Since March 1991, the Massachusetts Bar Association has sponsored a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program encouraging members of the public to call with their legal problems and questions. This program was created in order to assist the people of Massachusetts that have fallen through the cracks of the legal and criminal justice system. To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
    Have a complicated legal question or need to research resources that aren’t online? Ask a law librarian! Check out legal materials, search specialized databases, and obtain documents by email. Need to visit a law library in person? The closest one is the Norfolk Law Library in Dedham.
  • Free Legal Clinics – Norfolk County
    Dates for upcoming clinics at Quincy and Dedham District Courts.
  • Court Service Centers
    These are walk-in service centers that will help people navigate the court system. The closest centers are Boston and Brockton.
  • MassLegalHelp
    Provides practical information about legal rights.
  • Mass Legal Answers Online
    Low income Massachusetts residents can create an account on the secure website, then log in and post their legal questions. Volunteer lawyers answer the questions through the same website. This service is free, and all information is confidential.
  • Lawyer for the Day Programs
    Lawyer for the Day programs across various courts provide basic legal advice, help you understand relevant laws and your rights, and assist you in filling out court forms.
  • FindLaw
    Find an attorney on FindLaw and search for legal information and legal forms.
  • Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder
    Users enter their town or zip code and income and select the issue they need help with – the search results include contact information for legal aid programs, government agencies and hotlines, court programs and links to online legal information.
  • NOLO
    Find legal forms, both personal and business related, and lawyers on nolo.com.
  • Law Help Interactive
    Creates legal forms and documents for users based on a series of questions and answers used to tailor their documents. The forms are free of cost and created by nonprofit legal aid programs and courts.

Laws, Regulations and Courts

In or Near Quincy

  • LGBT Meetups
    In and around Quincy
  • Tufts University LGBT Center
    Offers events, workshops and networking
  • Boston Pride
    Working to enhance the visibility of Boston’s LGBT community through a week of events each June, in conjunction with year round activities, to promote LGBT awareness, dignity, and understanding.
  • Boston LGBT Film Fest
    The 2018 festival dates are March 29 to April 8.
  • Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth
    The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is an independent state agency founded by law to advise all branches of state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth to thrive.
  • LGBT Resource List from South Shore Elder Services
    Help in the South Shore area and in Boston
  • New England Asexuals
    This group is for asexual spectrum individuals and allies that provides support in an open and affirming environment, builds community, and promotes awareness of asexual spectrum identities in the New England area. Here is a more general asexual resource site.

Online

Health
Support
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network
    Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training
  • Greater Boston PFLAG
    Greater Boston PFLAG offers help for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQIA) youth, their families and communities around the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Media
  • Rainbow Times
    The Largest Boston-Based LGBT Newspaper in New England for the gay and allied community.
  • Edge Boston
    EDGE is the largest network of local LGBT news and entertainment portals in the world, serving 1.1 million dedicated readers from a variety of metropolitan areas around the United States and beyond.
  • Boston Spirit Magazine
    Boston Spirit magazine, launched in 2005, covers the Massachusetts and New England area. It is published six times a year.
  • Bay Windows
    This weekly publication is New England’s largest publication for LGBT readers and has been around for 33 years.
Spiritual
  • GLAD
    Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
  • MassEquality
    MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
  • Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
    Dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
  • Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance
  • APA – Lesbian & Gay Parenting
    The publication is provided for the use of clinicians, researchers, students, lawyers, and parents involved in legal and policy issues related to lesbian and gay parenting. Lesbian and Gay Parenting is the successor to Lesbian and Gay Parenting: A Resource for Psychologists (1995).
Youth
  • BAGLY
    Boston’s alliance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth focused on creating safe, healthy, and respectful environments.
  • Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services)/Urban Youth Institute at JRI Health
    Located in Jamaica Plain, GLASS is a drop-in center for LGBT youth (ages 13-25) offering support and culturally sensitive resources.
  • Mass. Commission on LGBT Youth
    This site contains news, events, and resources focused on Massachusetts’ LGBT youth.
  • It Gets Better Project
    The It Gets Better Project creates a hopeful and accepting environment for LGBT youth and provides resources that can assist troubled youth to make the changes to make it better for them.
  • StopBullying.gov
    StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
  • The Trevor Project
    Suicide prevention for gay youth.

State and Federal Forms & Instructions

Hard copies of these forms are available at all library locations.  

To get tax products elsewhere, please:

Tax Information and Help

  • IRS Payment Options
    Pay online, by phone or using your mobile device and get instant confirmation that your payment has been submitted.
  • E-file Your Personal Income Taxes for Free
    Massachusetts joined the FreeFile Alliance to increase free tax filing options for taxpayers in Massachusetts. If you qualify to file your federal and state returns for free, it’s important that you use the links on this page.
  • IRS Refund Status
    When the IRS processes a tax return and approves a refund, you can see your actual personalized refund date.
  • Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts
    In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication.
  • QCAP: Quincy Community Action Programs
    Quincy Community Action Programs, 1509 Hancock Street, 2nd Floor, provides low-income taxpayers of all ages with free tax return preparation. Free tax help is offered beginning in early February through mid April. This year, QCAP will be providing virtual tax preparation using an IRS-certified online system called Get Your Refund, which allows clients to submit their documents from a smartphone or computer for 100% contact-free tax preparation. Call 617-657-5345 or email taxes@qcap.org for more information.
  • Quincy Council on Aging
    The Kennedy Center Council on Aging at 440 E. Squantum St. provides free tax assistance for seniors in need from February through the beginning of April. All tax assistants are trained volunteers. This service is for Quincy residents only. Please call the Quincy Council on Aging at 617-376-1506 to schedule an appointment.

Web Resources

Federal
State

Massachusetts and New England

  • Quincy Museums & Attractions
    Explore our local museums and cultural institutions.
  • Boston Harbor Cruises
    Open April-October, Boston Harbor Cruises offers whale watching, trips to Provincetown May-September as well as trips to Salem and the Harbor Islands.
  • New England Travel & Destintation Guide
    From Boston.com.
  • Massvacation.com
    The official site of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, massvacation.com features a lot of information including a calendar of events, an interactive map to explore by region, and free e-newsletters.
  • Discover New England
    The official tourism site for the New England states
  • Visit New England
    One of the oldest and most comprehensive online guides to travel in New England.
  • 20 New England summer travel destinations
    Legendary clam shacks, idyllic beaches, meandering bike rides, ocean kayaking, mountains, and rocking chairs on country porches — great recommendations from boston.com

General Travel

  • TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor features more than 45 million traveler reviews and opinions and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals, vacation packages, travel guides, and lots more.
  • Travel & Leisure
    One of the world most comprehensive magazines on travel, this site will guide you to some of the best deals in travel.
  • U.S. Department of State: Traveler’s Checklist
    Quick tips to make your international travel safe and easy. Includes specific information for traveling as a student, with a disability, and with your pet and country specific information.

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