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Bee in My Bonnet

November 5, 2011 — The team above whose name escaped the photographer could have been aptly named as the title of the photo. Behind them are audience members as well as eliminated contestants and teams in waiting at the fourth annual community spelling bee. Master of Ceremonies Tim Kilduff, right of the photo, holds the microphone as the theme from Jeopardy plays in the background. Below, the Center School "Mighty Bees" show their stuff.



Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub Talks About History of Chain 


District Attorney Addresses Hopkinton Seniors

Photo: Hopkinton Police Officer Patrick O'Brien and Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone chat prior to the start of today's program. 

November 4, 2011 — Although a District Attorney is the top prosecutor of the county, Middlesex DA Gerry Leone's hallmark is education and crime prevention, which was the theme today at the Hopkinton Senior Center as Hopkinton and area senior citizens gathered to hear his cautions on how to avoid postal, phone, door-to-door and internet scams, as well as what to do about elder abuse.


D.A. Leone, Representative Dykema Address Seniors On How To Stay Safe At Home
Instances of Elder Abuse Have Risen 15% In The Past 2 Years; Program To Provide Prevention Tips To Seniors

HOPKINTON –DA Gerry Leone, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and representatives from the Hopkinton Police Department, Eagle Bank and Springwell Protective Services spoke today at the Hopkinton Senior Center in Hopkinton about how Seniors can better protect themselves from scams and abuse.
             The program, featuring remarks from Leone and Dykema, provided information to an audience of 40 Seniors on a variety of topics, including safe banking practices, how Seniors can remain safely in their homes, and recent paving and lottery scams targeting the elderly.  Service providers also outlined what resources are available to Seniors.  Additionally, Hopkinton Police Officer Patrick O’Brien discussed what precautions Seniors can take to ensure their safety at home and in the community.  He was accompanied by Lieutenant Charles Wallace and Detective Timothy Brennan from the Hopkinton Police Department.
             “When our office sees a case of elder abuse, it is already too late,” District Attorney Leone said. “Our Seniors are our most deserving population and we have an obligation to help prevent those crimes that specifically target them, whether it’s committed by a family member, a care provider, or a stranger.  I commend Representative Dykema for her initiative and thank her for partnering with us to make these issues a priority, as raising awareness around elder abuse is critical to early detection and prevention efforts.”
            “When you see rising crime rates against our older citizens, it’s very worrisome,” said Rep. Dykema.  “Ideally, the best way to stop this type of crime is before it happens.  I’m so pleased to work with DA Leone and to share valuable tips and expertise that can help seniors protect themselves.”

             According to the recent figures from the Massachusetts Office of Elders Affairs, in fiscal year 2008, there were 14,909 reports of elder abuse and 4,423 newly confirmed cases. These numbers represent a significant rise from fiscal year 2005, when there were 11,503 reports of elder abuse (30% increase) and 3,713 newly confirmed cases (19% increase).
            In the past two years, instances of elder abuse have risen 15%.
           According to the World Health Organization, there are common situations that frequently put the elderly at risk of violence, including: a strained family relationship that arises when one person becomes financially more dependant on the other; conflicts between two spouses when their fixed incomes become squeezed by higher costs; and difficulties in coping when the deterioration of one person's mental and physical health make them more dependant. Social isolation is also a significant risk factor, as many elderly people become increasingly isolated through the loss of friends and family members.
           Frequently, there were early-warning signs of possible abuse or problematic situations and corresponding services that seniors are entitled to under law that could have helped alleviate the strains of the situation.
          In 2008, DA Leone established the LEAPS (Leaders in Elder Abuse Prevention) Initiative in an effort to pull together agencies and health care providers responsible for the care of senior citizens. Members of the LEAPS program work together to identify seniors who may be the subject of abuse or who are living in at-risk situations and assure that they are offered the proper care and services to prevent negative situations from developing. The various groups also engage in trainings and information sessions to assure that all members are up-to-date on proper techniques and strategies to protect elders.
           The purpose of the LEAPS initiative is to assure that all members of the group are trained to identify those early signs of abuse and then are aware of the proactive services that can be provided to alleviate those negative situations.  Today’s program was a continuation of the LEAPS initiative. 
            In 2009, DA Leone established the SPEERS (Serving & Protecting Every Elder Resident) Initiative that works to serve elders by forming a partnership with long term independent and assisted living facilities to ensure that those residents receive services and protective benefits that they may not otherwise be aware of due to their ability to live without full time care. 
           Contact information and resources for Seniors who are in need of resources and advocacy:
         Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-922-2275
         Protective Services Programs and Services: 1-617-727-7750
         Prescription Advantage: 1-800-243-4636 or 1-877-610-0241
         Executive Office of Elder Affairs: 1-617-727-7750
         MDAO’s Elder & Disabled Abuse Hotline: 781-897-8450



Price Chopper Breaks Ground on South Street

November 4, 2011 — Price Chopper threw its hat into the Hopkinton-based grocery ring this morning, joining Colella's Market on Main Street and the soon to open Water Fresh Farm Marketplace on Hayden Rowe Street, by breaking ground at their South Street location and feting local luminaries at the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond. Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub was present at the groundbreaking (photo below, far right) and spoke to the gathering afterward (above).
       Mr. Golub called his endeavor a family-in business as opposed to a family business, which serves only one family, and has had an outside board of directors for over 65 years. He presented a Power Point show featuring photos from their Shrewsbury store that he said is just 15 miles away. They plan to showcase much of what they offer in all of their stores such as large fish and deli departments, fresh bagels ("As good as any in New York City.") made daily in their bakery, and Certified Angus Beef in their meat department.
       Mr. Golub detailed the charitable efforts he and his company take part in, and have taken part in, on a regular, long-term basis.
       The groundbreaking today is the start of a process that will culminate with the store opening in 2012.
       He said that during the opening veteran employees from other Price Choppers will be on hand, as will many "suits" to help assist customers.
       A HopNews Video of some of today's event is being processed at this time.


School Committee Identifies Successes, Vulnerabilities
Appoints new
Assistant Superintendent of Schools 

by Muriel Kramer
November 4, 2011 — The School Committee recognized the work of a young team of motivated Jimmy Fund walkers; members of Christian’s Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders were on hand to receive congratulations at last night’s meeting. The team recently wrapped up its formal fundraising with a coin drive at Hopkins School that raised $880.60; all the money raised goes to the Jimmy Fund to support cancer research. Ben Wheeler, Christian’s oldest brother, stood next to his brother’s Mile Marker picture while explaining how motivating it was to raise money and walk with friends to support Christian and others fighting this disease. The team, made up of 5th and 7th graders, raised $3,706.60 for the Jimmy Fund. Members of the team wanted to thank all donors and especially recognize Mr. Greg Martineau Principal at Hopkins, Mr. Eric Karjel Athletic Director at the High School and Mrs. Dale Danahy at Colella’s Supermarket for their enthusiastic help and support for the team’s fundraising efforts.

The School Committee is hosting a series of community workshops to gather feedback on the Center School question; the last of the three will be Saturday November 5th from 2 to 4 PM in the High School cafeteria. The workshops give interested attendees the opportunity to provide feedback on eight specific questions in brainstorming fashion, and attendees also have the opportunity to fill out an evaluation form for more direct and personal feedback. This will not be the last opportunity going forward to impact the process, and everybody is encouraged to participate in the discussion as a consensus solution is pursued. The School Committee and Board of Selectmen will be holding a joint work session next Monday night November 7th at 6:30 in the Middle School Library to discuss the results of the forums and plan for the meeting with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) tentatively scheduled for November 9th.

 The School Committee officially voted to appoint Dr. Mary Ann DeMello as the new Assistant Superintendent of Schools pending successful contract negotiations. In making his recommendation, Dr. John Landman acknowledged Dr. DeMello’s experience as an educator and administrator as well as the glowing recommendations received. Respondents’ comments included, “she is an incredibly passionate and dedicated educator,” “we became a team when she came on board,” “she is excellent at bringing people in the group to the next level,” and “she is positive and inspiring.” Dr. DeMello spoke briefly complimenting the Department on its challenging but welcoming hiring process. Especially in light of the rigorous process, Dr. DeMello commented, “I am honored you put your confidence in me.”




Downtown Study Group Presents Adjusted Plans

November 3, 2011 — The Downtown Initiative Steering Committee hosted another presentation by the Beta Group, an engineering firm hired to developing strategies for improving traffic, pedestrian safety and streetscape on Main Street, from Wood Street to Ash Street.
         The three Beta associates presented a list of ideas represented by graphics detailing ways to calm traffic down and improve its flow, but by doing so, removing several dozen parking spaces from Main Street.
         Rob Phipps, of the namesake insurance agency at 80 Main Street addressed the issue from his perspective.
         "The idea that all 5 of our parking spaces [on the street in front of the business] will be eliminated leaves me a little cold," he said. He added that he believes that the police, fire and DPW should have representatives on the committee.
         "After 60 years," he said, referring to the length of time the Paul M. Phipps Insurance Agency has been in business, "we certainly feel that our customers should have the chance to stop by and say 'hello'."
         The Beta Group presented alternative plans that showed a redesign of the intersections at Wood and Main, and Grove and Main. The most effective plans involved the acquisition of properties at Wood Street and the acquisition of land at Colella's, but the group, getting pushback from those affected, said they weren't considering those options.
         Henry Kunicki (photo, left), former member of the Board of Appeals, and longtime government volunteer spoke his mind.
         "You show a plan with a solution to the biggest problem — you show an obvious solution and say we are not going to consider it."
        The group showed plans that added room on the street for bicycles; and textured surfaces for crosswalks and on Marathon Way, which they propose making a one-way.
        Some textured surfaces on Main Street, as well as a bump-out at Hayden Rowe Street, would present challenges in respect to the Boston Marathon, whose 25,000-plus runners begin their trek over those surfaces every Patriots Day. A proposed divider in the middle of the road could stay there 364 days a year, and be removed for the Marathon, one Beta representative suggested.
         Merrick Turner of the Beta Group, the main presenter, showed plans that suggested adding 40-60 spaces where there are now woods behind Bill's Pizza, making its in-driveway a walkway, and making the exit a two-way. As it stands, the parking area behind Bill's is not a public lot, but is available, in an agreement signed with the town, for people doing business at Town Hall in return for the town plowing it in the winter.
         Some attendees cautioned against taking so many spaces from the Downtown Main Street, when there are so many empty storefronts as it is.
         One Beta representative said that the proposed changes are a balance between the needs of traffic and the needs of parking.
        The solution to the traffic congestion would be a four-lane thoroughfare through the center of town, said the representative, but admitted it would get no support.
         The project has more steps to go before a final plan gets approved by the Selectmen and sent in for a chance at $4 million in funding through the Mass Highway.
         There is another public input session in the High School Cafeteria on Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.       




HHS Drama Club Presents, from the book by Studs Terkel:

at Hopkinton High School Auditorium

Friday and Saturday November 4 & 5 at 7:30
Sunday, November 6 at 2

 Tickets $10 for adults - $8 for Senior and Students

Below, a scene from today's premiere performance, a matinee at the High School





(Milford, MA.) November 3, 2011A Milford woman reported missing by her boyfriend late last night in the East Main Street area of town was located after an extensive search by Police from Milford and the Massachusetts State Police. At approximately 9:54 pm Milford Police received a call from the missing woman’s boyfriend who reported his girlfriend left him a disturbing message. The caller also stated his girlfriend may have taken too much medication. 

Massachusetts State Police was contacted for assistance and several officers responded to assist Milford Police. A Massachusetts State Police K9 Officer and his dog were able to track the missing woman to the rear of a Sumner Street business at approximately 12:30 am. She was located in hidden in high brush where she was not responsive and in need of immediate medical attention. EMS was called and she was transported to the Milford Regional Medical Center for treatment 

The quick responses of all police officers involved are commendable and Milford Police is grateful once again to Massachusetts State Police and their K9 units to assist and serve the residents of Milford.



Downtown Residents, Business and Property Owners, Town Boards and Committees
Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) via Town Engineer


November 3, 2011; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM OR
November 5, 2011; 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

NEW Location: Hopkinton High School Cafeteria 


Consultant’s presentation of the project and to receive community input on the project. 

Questions please contact me at 508-497-9738 or via email ddaltorio@hopkinton.org.

David T. Daltorio, P.E.
Facilities Coordinator/Town Engineer

*Editor's Note: The BETA Group is the engineering firm charged by the town with the study of  traffic and parking in the Downtown, which will then present the finished product  into the pipeline for a grant. They have been meeting and listening to concerns of residents and business owners, and in some cases, have adjusted their plans after receiving input.
       Some of their plans call for the acquisition of homes at Wood and Main Streets to maximize that intersection, as well as the acquisition of some of Colella's land to straighten that intersection. Another tentative plan is to add a bike lane to Main Street. And there a whole lot more. Agree or disagree, please attend a meeting and have your voice heard.



Governor Patrick Signs house and senate Redistricting bills

BOSTON - Thursday, November 3, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined members of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting to sign House Bill No. 3770, “An Act Relative to Establishing Representative Districts in the General Court” and Senate Bill No. 2045, “An Act Establishing Executive Councilor and Senatorial Districts”. 

“I join the many members of the public in congratulating Senate President Murray, Speaker DeLeo, Chairmen Rosenberg and Moran and the members of the Joint Special Committee on Redistricting for their fine work,” said Governor Patrick. “These redistricting plans were crafted with an immense amount of public input and transparency, and they fittingly reflect our Commonwealth’s diversity. I am proud to sign them and prouder still that these new districts will give all voters an opportunity to have their voices heard.” Contributed content 

The map to the right shows the new state rep house district that includes Hopkinton, which has dropped Medway and added part of Westborough and the whole of Southborough. To see the old district map, mouse over the image. 

To see all of the changes from the state to the federal, choose this link.


Have You Checked Out the Interactive Calendar Today:

HHS Drama Ensemble presents" Working" 4:00 pm. Tickets $10, $8 for seniors and students.
Friends of the Hopkinton Library 7PM 13 Main St.
Spring 2012 GIRLS’ YOUTH LACROSSE REGISTRATION Grades 3-8  Register on-line at www.hopkintongirlslax.org
 Click here



Senior Protection Seminar

Friday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Representative Carolyn Dykema and Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone Will present a seminar and answer questions on issues of bank safety, fraudulent schemes, elder services offered by state agencies and prosecution of allegations of abuse/criminal conduct.




Winter Parking Ban

The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.
Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton
The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Article 3
No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Mike Mansir
Highway Manager


Host an International Student 

Open your home to the experience of a lifetime! Host a Brazilian student of Japanese heritage accepted to Hopkinton High School for the second semester. He is 14, will be freshman, and enjoys soccer and playing his guitar. A $700/mo. stipend is provided. For more information and to see Joao's application, please contact Ann Northup, International Coordinator, at 508-480-8513 or northupa@verizon.net. This program is sponsored by Educatius International, a non-profit international educational organization which, among other projects, connects international high school students with American secondary schools and families. www.educatius.org.



Boston Athletic Association Kicks off 125th Year with Expanded Hopkinton Presence

November 3, 2011 — The BAA held a reception celebrating their newly expanded 1 Ash Street, Hopkinton offices last evening, and invited Hopkinton people to join them for the event. A HopNews HD video of part of the event, which includes a performance by the Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra, is below.



Elementary School Planning Discussions

Resident Jackie Potenzone gestures as she speaks passionately about high taxes and her husband's job loss. 

November 2, 2011 — The Hopkinton High School Cafeteria Wednesday evening was the site of the second of two charrettes to gather feedback from the community regarding possibilities going forward following the failure of the School Committee earlier this year to sell a districted new school to replace Center School on the town's Fruit Street property.
        Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jonathan Landman hosted the brainstorming sessions that started out with small groups giving feedback to questions about facilities and educational models and then moving en masse to the table with the next question, while another group moved to their first table in a round-robin.
        Before gathering the results for apparent study later, Dr. Landman asked for comments.
        Business owner and educator Mary Murphy (photo, left) said that she had believed districting was good, but after living in Hopkinton for thirteen years, a town she called unique, she has developed a different perspective.
        "I would hate to see it [districting] be something to divide our town," she said.
        Kim Brennan (photo, right) said, "One of the things that sticks out to me is the relationship between the School Committee and the community  — there is a lot of damage there."
         She related that after the loss at the ballot box for a new school, the committee said things like, "The community wasn't educated," in response to the loss.
        "There is healing that needs to take place.
        "How do we... trust?" she said.
        Jackie Potenzone (top photo) struck a similar theme, saying that people who were not in favor of a new districted school were told they did not support Hopkinton.
        Mrs. Potenzone said her husband was out of work, and that her daughter at college received a good education in Hopkinton, and she would like her other two children to benefit in the same way.
        "I don't think any override will pass," she said. "It is a matter of survival."
        After the comments, Dr. Landman called the meeting "essential" and said, "We had the opportunity to hear from a wide range of people. The information will help us get clarity.
         "It's not over yet," he concluded.



BAA Party

November 2, 2011 — Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Wallace and Respite Center principal Sharon Lisnow share a laugh at the Boston Athletic Association reception for Hopkinton individuals connected to the BAA to help them celebrate opening a newly expanded presence at One Ash Street, just across from the Start line of the world-class Boston Marathon. A HopNews HD video of some of the event, with remarks by Guy Morse, Joann Flaminio and Tom Grilk, as well as music by the Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra, is being processed at this time and is expected to be online in the morning.


HCA Puts Finishing Touches on Red Carpet Event November 12

HOPKINTON, MA (November 2, 2011) – The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is putting its final touches on arrangements for the second annual Red Carpet Event, which will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Indian Meadows Country Club in Westboro. This elegant, Hollywood-themed evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, Silent Auction items, a beautiful art exhibit and sale, and live music by Hot Acoustics and ESL choral groups Tone Deft, The Treblemakers, the Revere Quartet, and some other musical surprise guests.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available now via www.hopartscenter.org. Proceeds will benefit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and its goal to build a multi-media arts facility.






Cast Away

November 2, 2011 — Steve Diamond's spinner lure hits the water at Hopkinton Reservoir in search of another trout. Mr. Diamond is an angler, who sets his fish free after catching them. The glass-like surface betrays the underwater location of fish with their slightest near-surface movements.


Register for the Spring 2012 season now!

Registration deadline - November 15th

To register or learn more about any of our programs,

please visit:  http://www.hopkintonsoccer.org/




HHS Drama presents: "Working"

Thursday November 3 at 4 PM
Friday and Saturday November 4 & 5 at 7:30
Sunday, November 6 at 2
 Tickets $10 for adults - $8 for Senior and Students


Forty-four More

Senior Moments
Nancy L. Drawe

November 1, 2011—a nice chilly fall morning…a perfect day for a special event at the Hopkinton Senior Center!   Besides it being my birthday, it was the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new parking lot.   This parking lot was a long time in the making, something very much needed at the center.  Since the center opened, there have been many, many parties and special events where there just wasn’t enough parking for everyone who attended.  Some people would actually arrive an hour or so early just to get a parking spot.  If you were one of the unlucky ones who weren’t able to find a space, you’d end up parking at the cemetery and having to walk down.  A bit dangerous since there aren’t any sidewalks, and try this in the middle of the winter at night when the ground is covered with snow and ice.  Not very safe! 

People would also park all alongside the road entering the center, but when the construction started for the new affordable housing, this was not allowed.  It would be too dangerous with all the large trucks entering and leaving.   To help the situation, there was some carpooling going on and quite a few of the residents living close by at Davis Road would even walk up.  That was okay in the summer when it stayed light out later, but as I stated before, during the winter months, it just wasn’t a good idea. 

There’s a little bit of history involved with the building of this new lot.  It was included with the original plans when they built the new senior center, but as a cost cutting measure, it was eliminated at the time and put on hold until there became a real need.  It didn’t take too long before it was evident that it was now “needed!”    Jump ahead to the 2010 Annual Town Meeting.  The article to approve money for a new parking lot was passed and they got the green light to go!  It was time for a celebration!   

After all kinds of planning by the designer, town engineer, etc, the ground breaking began a few months ago, and finally, in late October, the parking lot was ready!   Finishing touches were added: lines for spaces were painted in, landscaping done, lights on—it was good to go!  The first day it was open for use, the senior center was quite busy and the lot was already full at 11 am, so I was able to utilize a new parking space!  No more driving around and around while waiting for someone to leave to take that space!  There’s enough for everyone now! 

Now we come to the grand opening ceremony on November 1.  Members of the Council on Aging Board, the staff, Norman Khumalo--Town Manager, Brian Herr--Selectman and Dave Deltorio--Town Engineer were among the many on hand that morning.  They were all there to witness Cindy Chesmore, Director of the Senior Center, having the pleasure of cutting the ribbon to make the new parking lot officially open!   Norman and Brian both spoke, each thanking everyone involved and expressed how happy they were to have these extra 44 extra parking spaces available for the seniors.    So everyone, go ahead and Park It!    

Don’t forget to attend the “Retirement Planning Seminar” this Saturday, November 5 from 9 am until 1 pm.  As I wrote about in the last column, the topics and guest speakers scheduled at this seminar will answer many of the questions you may have about your upcoming retirement. 

The Veteran’s Dinner is coming up!  November 11, 2001 at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club.  Notice the date: 11/11/11!  That’s so cool, isn’t it?  Doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:00.  It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening in your honor: conversing with your fellow veterans, enjoying a nice meal and special entertainment, as well as watching the awesome slide show presentation with photos taken of each of the veterans during their enlistment. This is the tenth annual Veteran’s Day Dinner, co-sponsored by the Veteran’s Celebration Committee and Council on Aging.  Please call the Senior Center (509-497-9730) to RSVP. 

That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Punkala@aol.com.  Until next time, have a great week! 



Hopkinton 3, Ashland 1

November 1, 2011 — The HHS Girls Volleyball defeated Ashland tonight 3-1. They ended their regular season with a 16, 2 record and are preparing for state tournament.  Photo is #4 Kristen Cooprider.




And the Lion King Is...

November 1, 2011 — Peter Remillard does his best lion impression at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club Halloween party.



Best Costume

November 1, 2011 — Ben Faucher won best costume for his homemade Mad Hatter at the seniors' costume day.



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