Monthly Archives: September 2011

Pallone Fights for Fishermen, Calls for Action to Improve Fisheries Management

 
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Thursday called for action on legislation he recently introduced that would help preserve the fishing industry that is so vital to the Jersey Shore economy and has recently been threatened by overly restrictive catch limits. Pallone’s bill, termed the Flexibility and Access in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2011, was cosponsored by Republican Walter Jones of North Carolina. It has bipartisan support in Congress.
 
“My bill addresses what I think have been some of the most egregious missteps by NOAA and other regulators over the years. These are necessary repairs to make the fisheries management process work again so that fishermen can continue to make a living,” Pallone said.
 
Pallone’s legislation has support from a broad coalition of commercial and recreational fishermen and in the small business community that relies heavily on the fishing industry.
 
The legislation addresses concerns about draconian cuts to quotas recently issued by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Key provisions of the legislation make significant reforms to the fisheries management process including the following:
  • Allow for extension of the timeframe for rebuilding a fish stock beyond 10 years under certain circumstances;
  • Increase transparency in the process for developing annual maximum fishing levels by requiring a report describing the process and mandating public access to the report;
  • Requiring that the economic and social impact statements be issued annually, include dollar amount estimates and look at projected impacts in addition to current impacts, and be prepared in conjunction with a council’s fishing industry advisory committee.
  • Grants authority to the Secretary of Commerce to suspend the implementation of annual catch limits when a stock is healthy and the proposed restrictions are overly burdensome and not based in scientific information.
 
"The bill does a good job of addressing the problems with Annual Catch Limits and the Science and Statistical Committee process which is what we need to get our people out fishing again,” said Jim Donofrio from the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
 
In 2008, commercial fishing generated $104 billion in sales impacts and $45 billion in income impacts.  Recreational fishing supported $59 billion in sales impacts and generated $27 billion in value-added impacts. 
 
In New Jersey alone commercial and recreational fishing supports almost 50,000 jobs.
 
“This bill is about making sure this industry continues to be sustainable, but the bottom line here is jobs and the economy,” Pallone added.
 
 

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Crime Scene Middletown – The Latest Report On Activities 9/29/11

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Thursday,29 September 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On September 29, 2011 at approximately 1:00 am Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the Henry Hudson Trail in reference to a report of two juveniles passed out. Upon arrival the officer located the two juveniles and observed one of them attempt to throw away several items he had in his hand. The officer retrieved the items which were identified as a wooden pipe containing Marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke Marijuana.

Officer Hirschbein arrested the 14 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date. The second juvenile was transported home.

On September 28, 2011 at approximately 2:25 am Patrolman Christian Clark responded to the Mcguires Grove Apartment Complex in reference to a report from a taxi driver that his passenger left without paying the fare. Upon arrival Officer Clark was advised by the driver that he had dropped off a woman, identified as Crystal Ann Kaylor, age 28, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ, who told him that she needed to get the money for the fare from her apartment but never returned to pay.

Officer Clark conducted an investigation which resulted in Kaylor being charged with Theft. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On September 27, 2011 at approximately 1:30 pm Patrolman Thomas Russo responded to the Acme Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival he was advised by store security that they observed Ramon Iglesias, age 28, from Manor Parkway in Lincroft, NJ, leave the store with two cans of baby formula without paying.

Officer Russo conducted an investigation which resulted in Iglesias being charged with Shoplifting. Officer Russo also determined that there was an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oakhurst Municipal Court and a failure to appear warrant issued by the Union County Superior Court for his arrest.

He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held awaiting pick up by the Union County Sheriff’s Department.

On September 26, 2011 at approximately 10:30 pm Patrolman Richard Fulham was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 when he stopped a vehicle for having a rear light out. Officer Fulham approached the vehicle at which point he detected the odor of raw Marijuana coming from inside the car.

Officer Fulham conducted an investigation which resulted in the discovery of Marijuana on the driver, identified as Tawana Godette, age 21, from Chestnut Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Godette was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On September 26, 2011 at approximately 7:45 pm Patrolman Raymond Sofield was on patrol in the area of Harmony Road when he stopped a vehicle for making an improper turn. Officer Sofield approached the vehicle and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car.

Officer Sofield conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of two 15 year old male juveniles for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On September 26, 2011 at approximately 8:00 pm Corporal Douglas Wiatrak was on patrol in the area of Kings Highway when he stopped a vehicle for failure to stop at a stop sign. Officer Wiatrak approached the driver, identified as Alannah Heilweil, age 20, from Rutledge Drive in Middletown, NJ, at which point he detected a strong odor of raw Marijuana coming from inside the car.

Corporal Wiatrak conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of Marijuana and a pipe used to smoke Marijuana and the arrest of Heilweil for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On September 26, 2011 at approximately 7:20 pm Patrolman Richard Fulham responded to the area of Melody Lane in reference to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the street. Upon arrival Officer Fulham approached the vehicle at which point he detected the odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside the car.

Officer Fulham conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of a Marijuana cigar and wrappers used to make Marijuana cigars from the vehicle and arrest of Edward Nonnenmacher, age 20, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, and the arrests of two male juveniles, age 16 and 17, both from Middletown, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana.

All three subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date.

On September 25, 2011 at approximately 8:50 pm Patrolman Darrin Simon was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 when he stopped a vehicle for committing multiple violations. Officer Simon approached the driver, identified as Rafael Ortiz-Largo, age 26, from Abby Road in Middletown, NJ, at which point he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the inside of the vehicle.

Officer Simon conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Ortiz-Largo for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:

Edward Salkow, age 22, from Salem Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ, arrested on September 26, 2011 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on three Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Elizabeth Municipal Courts. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $2,000.00 bail.

Aaron Vogel, age 23, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 26, 2011 by Lieutenant John Kaiser on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Brielle Borough Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Daniel Wolchesky, age 40, from Manning Place in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Beachwood Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Richard Mozda, age 26, from Melrose Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Micalizzi on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

John Thomassen, age 33, from Dutch Valley Road in Howell, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Andrew Micalizzi on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Jersey City Municipal Court. He was released after posting $100.00 bail.

Samuel Mason, age 27, from Green Lawn Place in Neptune, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00.

Melissa Morales, age 43, from Shore Haven Drive in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Criminal Mischief and Defiant Trespass. She was processed and released pending a court date.

JD Rockafellow, age 22, from Willow Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Bumbico for Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. He was held on $7,500.00 bail.

Kyle Costanza, age 19, from South Peak Street in Highlands, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr for Conspiracy to Commit Theft and Loitering with the Intent to Use a Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was held pending bail.

Kyle Slate, age 22, from Hiawatha Avenue in Oceanport, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr for Loitering with the Intent to Use a Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was released pending a court date.

Robert Dellomo, age 22, from East Lincoln Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on September 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr for Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. He was held pending bail.

David Fech, age 48, from Ideal Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 28, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Middlesex County Superior Court. He was held on $41,224.00 bail.

Curtis Sullivan, age 25 from Palmer Avenue in Middletown arrested on September 28, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Nicholas Walker, age 18, from Palmer Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 28, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Lodrago, age 20, from Millburn Court in Old Bridge, NJ, arrested on September 28, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

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Pallone To Talk Shop with Red Bank Small Business Owners

 Will Visit With Local Businesses To Talk About Ways To Advance Growth & Hiring and To Hear Their Ideas & Concerns 
 
Long Branch, NJ — Touting the economic benefits small businesses bring to communities and the need to support small businesses in difficult economic conditions, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Friday will speak with small business owners about their economic situation and what Congress is doing to help bring our small businesses back to the same productivity and staffing levels as before the recession. Pallone also wants to get continued input from business owners on their needs and their ideas.
 
 Pallone will be accompanied by Alfred J. Titone, district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration's New Jersey district office, who will provide direct guidance and assistance in helping businesses take advantage of federal programs.
 
Pallone is supportive of provisions in the American Jobs Act, recently introduced by President Obama, that will help small businesses grow again. These provisions include cutting payroll taxes in half and tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed workers who’ve been unemployed for 6 months and tax credits for hiring unemployed and service disabled veterans. Giving small business owners greater access to capital, helping them hire new workers and helping businesses expand and purchase machinery and other equipment will help them grow and bring in customers again.
 
 
       
           Friday, September 30, 2011
2:30 p.m.
 
       
  Broadway Diner – 45  Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ
 
 
 
 

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Middletown Board of Education Gets Their Man; George Lured Away From Hazlet

In a press release issued by the Middletown Township Board of Education earlier today, it was announce that the board of education finally found their new Superintendent of Schools.

The Middletown Board of Education was successful in luring Hazlet’s current school superintendent William George away to take over the Middletown school system.

According to his terms of employment contract William George will be compensated handsomely for agreeing to come to Middletown. George will be paid the equivalent of $187,500 a year for the next 4 years, 9 months of the contract length.

In order to pay Mr. George such a large sum of cash, Middletown needed to get the approval of the Commissioner of Education in order to exceed the cap on Superintendent salaries that Governor Christies implemented earlier this year, as I stated in a previous post .

I hope all works out well for Mr. George when he finally takes over the reigns of Middletown School system sometime in December ( he must give Hazlet 60days notice before taking over in Middletown). God knows that the school system needs some stability to bring back a little credibility after such a turbulent year thus far that has seen 3 Board of Education members resign there positions and 4 Superintendent presided over the school system by the time George takes over.

Middletown Patch has posted William George’s resignation letter to the Hazlet Board of Education, it’s interesting and worth the read for anyone that wants to know a little bit about Mr. George and his accomplishments in Hazlet.

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Update: The Independent also has an article published today on the hiring of William George as Middletown New School SuperIntendent – check it out

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Pallone Announces $3.1 Million in Grants to Rehire 9 Cops in Long Branch, Asbury Park

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Wednesday announced that five police officers in Asbury Park and four police officers in Long Branch will be rehired as a direct result of a grant awarded Tuesday by the Department of Justice. The New Brunswick Police Department also received a $1.6 million Community Oriented Policing Services grant to rehire seven police officers. In total, 78 officers will be rehired in New Jersey with $20 million in grants.
 
“More cops on the beat will have a direct impact keeping our kids safe as they go to and from school, preventing crime and decreasing police response time when crime does happen in Asbury Park and Long Branch,” said Pallone. “The COPS hiring program has effectively dropped crime rates in communities across the state and contributed significantly to filling the gaps in local budgets. Without this program, there would undoubtedly be more criminals on our streets.”
 
The COPS Hiring Program fully funds entry-level salaries and benefits for full-time police officers over a three-year period.  Grant funding can be used to hire new officers, rehire officers who have been laid off and retain officers who are scheduled to lose their jobs as the result of budget cutbacks.
The following New Jersey communities have been awarded $20,780,027 in COPS Hiring Program grants:
  • Asbury Park Police Department – $1,610,840 for five officers.
  • Borough of Buena – $223,173 for one officer.
  • Burlington Police Department – $642,164 for two officers.
  • City of Camden – $3,794,966 for 14 officers.
  • Township of Irvington – $1,986,472 for eight officers.
  • Township of Little Egg Harbor – $595,568 for two officers.
  • Long Branch Police Department – $1,518,388 for four officers.
  • Millville Police Bureau – $1,171,476 for four officers.
  • New Brunswick Police Department – $1,682,807 for seven officers.
  • City of Newark – $6,028,700 for 25 officers.
  • City of Vineland – $1,242,680 for five officers.
  • Township of Westampton – $282,793 for one officer
       
 
 

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New Robo Call From Concerned Citizens Of Middletown Attacks Sewerage Authority (TOMSA)

The mysterious group calling themselves the Concerned Citizens of Middletown sent out yet another a robo-call earlier today. This time to target of the message was the patronage pit known as the Middletown Sewerage Authority (TOMSA).

TOMSA Commissioners are a who’s who of Middletown Republican cronies that consist of former mayors and Middletown Republican Party officers that receive a $1750 yearly stipend that counts toward State pension credits and medical benefits.

Below the audio player is the transcript of the call

http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf

Have you heard that for 30 years your sewerage fees paid for stipends, a Cadillac health care plan and state pension credits for loyal members of the Middletown Republican party?

Similar abuses existed at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority until the squandering of money and the rampant hiring of family and political cronies was stopped by Governor Christie.

Why isn’t Middletown following the Governor’s lead and reforming the Middletown Sewerage Authority?

Paid for by Concerned Citizens of Middletown

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Grammy-Award Winning Singer To Perform Free Concert on the Lincroft Village Green Oct. 2nd

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LincroftTom Chapin, the Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter, returns to Lincroft for a free concert on Sunday, October 2 at 1 pm at the Lincroft Village Green, located at the corner of Newman Springs Road (CR520) & Phalanx Road, approximately one mile west of Garden State Parkway Exit 109.

Tom Chapin, whose catchy tunes are infused with family-friendly themes, is enjoyed by children and adults alike. A generation of kids grew-up tapping their toes to “Good Garbage” and other beloved Chapin songs which share messages of respect, tolerance and environmental conservation. The event is a free public service sponsored by the Lincroft Village Green Association (LVGA).
LVGA Director Abe Littenberg comments, “We are thrilled to welcome Tom Chapin back to our community. He first performed on the Lincroft Village Green a few years ago to perform on the green space that the LVGA saved from commercial development. He was an giant hit with families who came from all over to hear their favorite children’s songwriter perform live and to sing along to their favorite songs . This event is offered free to the public in keeping with the LVGA mission to enhance life in our village.”
The general public is welcome. General parking is available at the adjacent Lincroft Elementary school with handicapped parking located at the Lincroft Village Green. Should it rain, the show will go on, but at an alternate location which will be announced on the LVGA website and Facebook page.
The Lincroft Village Green Association is a civic association of community volunteers who, since 1999, have been committed to quality of life issues in the village of Lincroft, including traffic calming, safer vehicular and pedestrian circulation, historic preservation and beautification. For more information on the LVGA and the Tom Chapin concert please visit our website at www.lincroftvillagegreen.org

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LD12 Senate Candidate Bob Brown invites opponent to "Snack Summit" to discuss Double Dipping

Old Bridge, NJ – State Senate candidate Bob Brown is inviting his opponent in the November election, Assemblyman Sam Thompson, to join him in a “Snack Summit” at the Bagel Boy Deli in Old Bridge. Brown, a former N.J. police officer shot in the line of duty, has called for Thompson to stop receiving a public pension while also drawing a legislative salary, a practice known as “double dipping.” He is inviting Thompson to “snack” together to speak publicly and candidly about the issue.

“Voters need to hear what Sam Thompson has to say about double dipping,” said Brown, who receives a disability pension but has pledged to give it up if he is elected to the Senate. “I’m a Jets Season Ticketholder and a big fan of Jets Coach Rex Ryan. One of Coach Ryan’s famous sayings is ‘Let’s go get a snack.’ I’m saying the same thing today to Sam – let’s sit down, eat a snack and talk about the issues. I just hope that he doesn’t double dip his chips with the onion dip – it’s not ok while eating, and it’s definitely not ok to continue to ‘double dip’ with taxpayers’ money.”

Brown is willing to meet with Thompson any day, Monday through Friday, as long as it’s after 2:00 pm. – to avoid the Bagel Boy Deli lunchtime rush. Thompson thus far in the campaign has refused to explain why he’s double dipping, has failed to apologize for offensive comments he made about retired police officers and will not agree to a public debate.

For any additional information, please contact:
Philip Swibinski, campaign spokesman, at 201-978-8651

or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.

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As A Matter Of Fact…We’ve got a situation: NJ taxpayers snookered


September 26th, 2011 | Published in NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact …
By Sarah Stecker

Do a quick Google search and you will find over 170 citations on New Jersey giving out what has been dubbed the “Snooki Subsidy.” That is a reference to the decision on September 14 by the state Economic Development Authority (EDA) to give a $420,000 film tax credit to the production company, 495 Productions Inc., which produced the first season of MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore.” Following a public uproar, the governor said a few days ago he is considering blocking the film tax credit for that show.

Try a second Google search and you will find but 29 articles on the state’s decision to give a subsidy worth as much as $82 million to Pearson, Inc., so the publishing company will move its workers in Upper Saddle River to a new building in Hoboken. The subsidy comes from the state’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit, which is meant to create new jobs in the cities by encouraging companies to invest capital in urban areas near transit stations. To qualify, a company must bring in a minimum of 250 jobs. The credits are then deducted from the company’s state corporate tax obligation.

People in New Jersey are expressing more outrage over a relatively small, half-million dollar subsidy for a reality show than they are over tens of millions being given to a global corporation simply to shift existing jobs about 27 miles within the state.

New Jersey has decided to award Pearson the subsidy even though the company has decided to move about a third of the firm’s existing New Jersey workforce to New York City, where it stands to collect up to another $50 million in tax subsidies. In the end, by playing New Jersey off New York, Pearson could collect more than $130 million in subsidies from two states for just moving jobs around the region.

Not even Snooki is that brazen.

Several questions come to mind about the Pearson subsidies. First, and foremost: How important were the subsidies?

Perhaps the New York City location is attractive enough without the subsidies. EDA certainly seemed to think that on September 14 as reflected in its summary of the Pearson grant:

The alternative site option[to New Jersey] is 330 Hudson Street in Lower Manhattan, New York which is proximate to where Pearson has current operations and is desirous from both the talent pool with the skill sets the company seeks combined with the co-location of certain related business and editorial activities within facilities to enhance collaboration and productivity.

It turns out that assessment was accurate. Pearson will move more than 600 workers to 330 Hudson Street, according to an announcement by the company September 19. Clearly, the company wanted to take advantage of that local labor pool and the opportunity for current staff to be close to one another. Those seem like core business reasons to move operations.

A second question might be why officials and taxpayers in New Jersey are unhappy about giving $420,000 to subsidize Jersey Shore production, but seemingly glad to divert up to $82 million in taxpayers’ money to a successful publisher which didn’t even keep all of its employees in New Jersey?

While Jersey Shore certainly is a questionable place to invest taxpayer dollars, investing tens of millions to keep a few hundred jobs in Hoboken rather than lower Manhattan is an unwise investment on a far greater scale. And, it greatly undermines the state’s ability to provide important services to all residents.

MM Note: Earlier today Governor Christie stripped Snookie and the rest of her Jersey Shore pals of the $420K tax subsidy that they enjoyed during their first season of production.

Officials in Seaside Heights and those in the film industry testified at a committee hearing last week stating that tax incentive was well worth it because it brings millions of dollars and additional jobs to the state.

So was this just another example of the the Governor being penny foolish and acting tough without realizing the the potential consequences of his actions just make himself look better to his Republican friends that are courting him to run for President next year? Maybe

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Facebook to form its own PAC to back political candidates

According to TheHill.com people at Facebook has have filed paper work to form their own political action committee (PAC), possible calling their PAC either FBPAC.org or FBPAC.us.

In doing so, Facebook wishes to avoid the problems that other tech firms like Google and Microsoft have had in the past lobbying lawmakers.

Facebook confirmed it filed paperwork on Monday to start its own political action committee.

“FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” said a spokesman via email.

The firm acknowledged the formation of the PAC after reports emerged of Facebook registering the domain names FBPAC.org and FBPAC.us. Creating a PAC is just the latest step in Facebook’s continued expansion of its presence in Washington, but this is the first time the firm will back candidates.

Facebook is likely looking to avoid the type of Washington scrutiny that has affected other firms like Microsoft and Google, which is currently under a Federal Trade Commission antitrust probe. The perception Google was previously sympathetic towards Democrats hasn’t helped with the GOP in charge of the House.

Facebook’s lobbying spending has totalled $550,000 for fiscal 2011, a significant boost over he $350,000 spent in 2010 and $200,000 in 2009.

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