The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 13 - April 20, 2009 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 8, Issue #13 - April 20, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi gang,

We're gearing up for a slew of new bocce programs hereabouts. I'll keep you posted just in case you are ever in our neighborhood. Next week we have our "break-up party" for our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit basketball league. We make bocce an integral part of the event. Details under Bocce news...

We're also going to run a Monday night bocce league at Zorvino Winery in Sandown, New Hampshire. The winery put in two nifty outdoor courts and the owners are anxious to add bocce to their list of offerings. More details below under Bocce news...

Also, we'll be running a "ribbon-cutting ceremony" to kick off the new courts at the winery. The date is Monday, May 11, 2009. More details under Bocce news...

Finally, we are again running the bocce segment of the Mass. Senior Games on May 16, 2009. The event doubles as our non-profit group's annual fund-raiser. Let me know if you are interested in placing an ad in our program book (which we will also post in the ezine at no extra charge). I'll send you the details via "snail mail".

We need to start a serious effort to get bocce recognized as a national event in the Senior Olympics and I am asking you to send an email supporting this effort. The details are listed below under "Bocce news".

Thanks for helping us make this important step for the growth of the game in America.

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Villa Roma, Callicoon, NY...

Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

Game Strategy

Submitted by David Camardo

Accomplished players strive to diminish the effects of risk. We often see that when a team is down on balls. They will lag their last ball deep to discourage their opponents from shooting the pallino. Game strategy says this is a good solution to a bad situation because a shot pallino with many balls in hand is the power play of bocce. In football, this would be like putting a defensive player deep downfield as the last line of defense.

Another attempt to diminish risk is to lag a ball or two short of the critical area to block the path to the pallino. In football, this would be called a prevent defense. Coach Bill Walsh loved to see the opposing team in a prevent defense because it seldom worked against his team. In his mind the only thing it prevented was his opponent winning the game. Against a weak bocce team, a prevent defense might work, but it seldom works against a team of good players.

In a poker tournament where all the players know the math of the game, there are only two ways to win: have the best hand or make the best hands go away by bluffing. That is betting big. But, raising and bluffing won’t work unless your psychological study of your opponents tells you that this approach will work. Unlike poker, bocce is an open game. That is, nothing is hidden. Psychology in bocce really means intelligence or awareness of your opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, and your own. By knowing this, you play them short or long, down the middle deep or short and to one side.

I recently read a magazine article about a tournament poker player who has won millions of dollars playing poker. He says it’s unrealistic to think you can win every time. But, every time he loses, he believes he learns something. He also said the only time he’s upset with himself about losing is when he lost because of a mistake. This last sentence must resonate with most of us bocce players. Along with the balls, there are lots of mistakes out there on the court just waiting to be made.

I like to think that shooting wins frames, lagging wins games. And, the mistakes, no matter how well you shoot or lag, lose games. One of my bocce partners believes most games are won or lost because of one or two bad decisions made during a game. When we have a bye, he’ll watch a game to see what skills the players have, and also to watch the mistakes being made. He says a strong team can lose to a weak team if they make enough mistakes.

This year in the Western Sector of California, we have had four tournaments so far: two National Open and two Raffa. One man and his teammates have won all four of these tournaments. What amazes me is that his teammates were different in each tournament. And, like the millionaire poker player, he doesn’t win every game. Typically he’ll lose one game in his round robin division and still make it to the semi-finals in first or second place. So far he’s won all of his semi-final games. Now his team will be one of the final four, and then he wins it.

I mentioned earlier that bocce is an open game. Nothing is hidden. The balls are out there for everyone to see. And yet, something is hidden, and that something is the mind of a master player. This is the point in time when the envelope is opened, and we learn that the winner is Alberico Leonardi and his cast of teammates who include Ron and JoAnn Jacobs, Norm Freshet, and Manny Romo.

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Ohio's Paul DiCicco sends this...

"The Wickliffe Italian-American Club and Pat O’Brien Chevrolet have hosted the Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce for over two decades and we are in our 26th year of the tournament's existence. Our 2008 tournament was a great success. We hosted 80 teams from Ohio, NY, PA, Michigan, West Virginia, and several teams from Canada (Toronto Area).

The winners, 'Rochester, NY' were from where else?…Rochester, NY. This is their second consecutive year taking home the $5,000 grand prize, trophy, and medals. Second place went to 'DiVinci Bocce Club' from Sylvan, Michigan. They took home $3,000, a team trophy and individual medals and said this is one of their favorite tournaments.

Once known as only a bocce tournament, we have added several Italian Food vendors, children’s entertainment and an Italian Cultural Pavilion which hosts cultural dancing, singing, food demonstrations, and even discussions from local vintner’s about their secrets to making wine.

For Friday night, we have brought in an Italian band to play the favorites from our childhood and on Saturday Night we have a more progressive rock band to cater more toward the younger crowd.

In recent years we have acquired sponsors such as local hotels, Coca Cola, Labatt Blue, and Key Bank. With the help of these sponsors and of course our main sponsor, Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, we have been able to add a sound system, new bocce courts, covers for six of our courts, and handicap accessible restrooms to our clubroom to accommodate the large event crowd. The crowds range anywhere from 10,000 – 15,000 for the three day event and the City of Wickliffe has honored our Club with a proclamation for our service to the city, in particular the operation of this event.

The planning of this year’s tournament is well under way. We meet in January to line up entertainment and set our committees for the various areas of operation. We are blessed to have over 100 club members that help with the planning and working of all the areas of the tournament. Not one person makes a nickel from this great event. Any profit goes into upgrading the facilities, toward our scholarship committee, and the several thousand dollars we donate to local charities each year.

In speaking with several local players and spectators and out-of-towners, the overall feeling about the tournament is that they love the camaraderie, competition, and of course…BOCCE…

This year’s Tournament and Italian Festival is planned for August 28-30. Visit our website http://www.wickliffeianda.com for more information."

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League starting in Sandown, NH

Anyone within driving distance of Sandown's Zorvino Winery will be happy to hear that we will be running a Monday night league there beginning June 1, 2009.

You can sign up with a spouse, friend, significant other and be placed on the same team, or you can register individually and get placed on a team. Teams can be male, female, or mixed.

Email Mario@joyofbocce.com with your interest.

Also, we'll have a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony at Zorvino's on Monday, May 11, 2009. Come dine with us, enjoy a wine tasting, get a little bocce instruction then play some informal bocce. Cost is $25 pp. REPLY with your interest...

Basketball break-up party

Our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.'s full court league was a big success this winter. We had eight teams of 50+ year olds competing for 18 weeks. Our break-up party includes an April Madness single elimination bocce tournament where each team's teammates now become their bocce teammates.

We use the same format as we did for the hoop playoffs, so each team has another crack at the team that eliminated them - this time in bocce. Prosciutto and parmigiano reggiano, olives, Italian bread and other delicacies enhance the festivities and we get to introduce the hoop stars to bocce.

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Ben Tosi (BocceVolo.com), a tireless promoter of competitive Bocce (especially Volo) has posted some new videos...

"I hope you enjoy the newest 3 bocce videos."

http://boccevolo.blip.tv/#2003281

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You're gonna love this EJ Fontana photo called Sometimes It's Just You and the Pallino...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/sometimesitsjustyouandthepallino_500.jpg

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Click here for a photo courtesy of USBF Mid-West representative Michael Constantini that shows how they play bocce on the gym floor of the Kingsford Middle School (Michigan).

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/kingsford.jpg

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Tournament news from Ben Musolf and the Campo di Bocce...

The events this year for the United States Bocce Federation Championships are as follows:

1. Men's Singles
2. Women's Singles
3. Under 21 Singles (As long as the entrant turns 21 in 2009 he is eligible)
4. Precision Shooting and Lagging Competition

There will also be an Open Invitational hosted by Campo di Bocce prior to the National Championships. There will be an A and B division, some rules and stipulations will apply, please see entry form for details.

http://www.campodibocce.com/Livermore/PDF/National_Invitational.pdf

http://www.campodibocce.com/Livermore/PDF/2009_US_Championships.pdf

Contact Benjamin@campodibocce.com - 408-857-0074

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USBF NEWS

We should all be card carrying members. Every club should be affiliated. For the sport to gain the attention it needs we need to boast of many thousands of members. Download a USBF Membership Application here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/USBF_membership_pdf.pdf . }

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We need to get Open Rules bocce into the Senior Olympics. This would go a long way to get increased exposure nationwide.

If you want to help lobby for this, send an email supporting bocce as an event at the National Senior Games.

Send it to:

Philip Godfrey, President and CEO
PGodfrey@NSGA.com.

Send a cc to Mark Zeug, NSGA Chairman
Zeug@Hawaii.RR.com

2010 is a qualifying year for the National Games which are scheduled for Houston, TX in 2011 (you qualify one year and represent your state the following year).

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Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition - Photos Needed

I’ve decided to do a third edition, re-doing almost all the photographs. I’ve got a great new digital camera and can re-take many of the shots. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new pics – at least 300 dpi is the goal. I'm asking you and my friends like court builders David Brewer, Mike Grasser, and Tom McNutt to re-submit photos of their best courts. The new edition will probably not be much different in terms of text (although I may tighten it a bit – friends of mine say to me…”Leave it to you to write a book this thick on bocce”).

I'll need your help with this effort. Please submit high quality (300 dpi) pics (and permission to reprint) of bocce in your neck of the woods. This project will be my main focus for 2009. Please help.

Imported bocce balls (from Italy, where else?) by Perfetta...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were posted by Tucson, Arizona's Rock Gunnoe who was kind enough to send the link so that we could view them (Rock saved me a lot of work in the process).

"We had a little Tournament in Tucson last weekend and a good time was had by all! Some pics if you would like to see them, costumes were not required but a few were in the spirit."

http://1702az.com/Events/TucsonBocce09/tucbocce09.html

It was sponsored by 1702, a great pizza and beer place in Tucson, Republic Distributing and DogfishHead Brewery - who also sponsors the Intergalactic Bocce Tournament in Scottsdale.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $169.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $63.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll to bottom of page.

Non bocce product of the week

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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Please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.

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April 25, 2009 - Washington - Bellingham. The 7th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. Contact Tom McNutt @ tom@boccemon.com .

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May 2, 2009 - California - San Mateo (P.I.A.S.C.). RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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May 2, 2009 - California - San Mateo (P.I.A.S.C.). OPEN -4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May 9, 2009 - California - Sacramento (East Portal). RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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May 9, 2009 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. Donald B. Christensen Family Support Center bocce fund-raiser. Four player teams. Contact Al Pappalardo at pappal@comcast.net or 978-618-0513.

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May 16, 2009 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. Massachusetts Senior Games. Triples - 3 players per team, men, women, or mixed play in one division. All participants must be at least 50 years of age. Contact Mario@joyofbocce.com or 978-686-8679.

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May 16, 2009 - California - Fairfield. OPEN - 4 women players. Contact Vergie Trammell @ 707-425-5301.

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May 22, 2009 - Illinois - Herrin. HerrinFesta Italiana Corporate Bocce Tournament. More info at http://www.herrinfesta.com & http://www.herrinfesta.com/event/bocce .

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May 23, 2009 - California - Carmel Valley A. C. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.

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May 23, 2009 - Illinois - Herrin. HerrinFesta Italiana Adult/Child Tournament. More info at http://www.herrinfesta.com & http://www.herrinfesta.com/event/bocce .

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May 24, 2009 - Illinois - Herrin. HerrinFesta Italiana International Tournament. More info at http://www.herrinfesta.com http://www.herrinfesta.com/event/bocce .

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May 30, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA -2 women players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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May 31, 2009 - WESTERN SECTOR MEETING - I.A.C. - Stockton. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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June 6, 2009 - California - Stockton I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 players. Western Sector Championship. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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June 7, 2009 - California - Sutter Creek. I.B.S. OPEN - 4 players. At least one woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 13, 2009 - California - Martinez. RAFFA - 2 players. Contact Jeremy Calhoun @ 510-450-2545.

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June 20, 2009 - New Jersey - Franklin Twp. 3rd Annual Bocce Invitational at Colonial Park. Proceeds will support Operation Shoebox New Jersey and Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey. View pdf here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/NJ_2009.pdf

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June 20, 2009. California - South City. I.A.C.C. OPEN - 2 men and 2 women players. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.

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June 22 - 24, 2009 - California - Campo di Bocce Livermore. Open Invitational Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @ Benjamin@campodibocce.com or 408-857-0074.

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June 22 - 27, 2009. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore. US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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July 4, 2009 - California - Martinez. OPEN - 2 players. Contact Jeremy Calhoun @ 510-450-2545.

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July 11, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 men players. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 11, 2009 - Washington - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Salvatore Gascon @ 253-939-3502.

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July 18, 2009 - California - Fairfield. OPEN - 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tourney. Contact Vergie Trammell @ 707-425-5301.

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July 25, 2009 - California - Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. RAFFA - 1 man and 1 woman. Contact John Ross @ 408- 354-0625.

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August 1, 2009 - California - San Rafael -Marin. OPEN - 4 players. Western Sector Championships. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 8, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 women players. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 15, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. South City OPEN - 4 womwn players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 22, 2009 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.

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August 28 - 30, 2009 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 26th annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. $5000 first prize, $15,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $150 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for all participants. Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa (glatessa@marcs.com) @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and info online @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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August 29, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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September 12, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. 24th Ital.-Amer. Games. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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September 19, 2009 - California - I.A.C. - Stockton. RAFFA - 1 MAN AND 1 WOMAN. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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September 20, 2009 - California - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo
OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. At least one woman. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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September 26, 2009 - California - I.B.S. - Sutter Creek. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Gold Country Classic. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 3, 2009 - California - Stockton - Waterloo. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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October 4, 2009 - California - South City I.A.C.C. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 10, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 17, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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November 12-14, 2009. Nevada - Reno. Peppermill Casino. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Dana Shores @ 800-648-6992.

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December 5, 2009 - California - Stockton. I. A. C. OPEN – 4 PLAYERS. At least two women players. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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