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Love and Football
September is finally here, and you know what that means: College football is back!
Over the years, I became an avid Volunteer fan. Both Tennessee and Florida play in the SEC, so even though they don’t play each other every week, we are When Tennessee and Florida do play each other, we are a house divided. I understand that Marjorie loves the Gators because her whole family cheers for still in competition in the conference.
The Gators ended up taking the win that day, which was good because I might not be married if it had gone the other way!
I have always been an avid college football fan. I even prefer collegiate football to the National Football League. Over the years, my teams have changed, and though I graduated from the University of Southern Florida, I’ve always rooted for higher- ranking teams. For the past few years, my team has been the University of Tennessee Volunteers. My wife, Marjorie, doesn’t agree. She’s been a lifelong University of Florida Gators fan. When Marjorie and I were first dating, we attended the University of Florida versus Florida State University game. At that time, Bobby Bowden was coaching for the Seminoles, and I thoroughly enjoyed his coaching style. He was a man who coached for his players, not for the glory of coaching college football, and his game strategy was top-notch. Steve Spurrier was coaching the Gators, and let’s just say I didn’t like the man because he was no Bobby Bowden. Naturally, I had to root for Florida State, much to the dismay of my then-girlfriend. So there I was, in a sea of blue, rooting for Florida State to beat the Gators. The only other person in The Swamp who was rooting for the Seminoles happened to be sitting right behind me. Every time Florida State made a good play or scored, I turned around and high-fived my brother in garnet and gold while Marjorie gave me a nasty side-eye. The Gators ended up taking the win that day, which was good because I might not be married if it had gone the other way! I believe that date led to what would be a lifelong college football rivalry between Marjorie and myself. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Florida, but there’s just something special about the Tennessee stadium and the way the crowd goes crazy when the team splits and runs onto the field. It’s magnificent. College football has been a part of Marjorie’s and my life since we first got together, and I love that we are able to share a passion for the same sport, even if it’s not for the same team. Every Saturday during this season, we put on our blue and orange shirts, dust off our pompoms, and Marjorie gets out her Gator dishes, pillows, and napkins. This season will be no different, and I look forward to our tradition. I tend to be happy for Marjorie when Florida does well, but Marjorie is not so happy with me when Tennessee dominates. I just have to remind her that in the last 10 years, the Gators haven’t given her much to be happy about. No offense, Gator fans!
– Carmen Dellutri
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Glove Compartment Checklist
Tip: Keep a pen and piece of paper in your glove compartment along with your checklist so you can record information after an accident.
Remember: Obtaining prompt medical care for the injured following an accident is the highest priority.
1. Keep Calm Call 911 if you’re able or ask a bystander to call. Give clear direction to the dispatcher about your location and the severity of the accident. Be sure to advise the dispatcher of any injuries you’re aware of. 2. Move Your Vehicle If you are physically able to and if your vehicle is a hazard to other vehicles, move it out of the way. 3. Avoid Further Injury Immediately turn off the ignition of all cars involved. Do not move the injured unless they are in immediate danger. Stand out of the way of traffic and away from the vehicles in case they are hit again. 4. Avoid Confrontation at the Scene Tempers and emotions will be present in full force after an accident. The scene of a car accident is not the place to get into an argument with the other driver(s) over who is at fault. Wait for the police and cooperate fully with them when they arrive. 5. Exchange Information Although you shouldn’t discuss responsibility for the accident with the other driver(s), you should exchange information. In particular, you will need to exchange license, registration, and insurance information with each driver involved.
6. Gather Witnesses Even if the other driver does admit fault, it is still helpful to gather the names, addresses (home and work), and phone numbers of as many people who witnessed the accident as possible. 7. Seek Medical Attention Even if you experience minor pain, seek medical attention . 8. Take Photographs We strongly recommend that you take photographs of all bodily injuries and vehicular damage from the accident. 9. Protect Your Rights Did you know that while you generally must provide reasonable cooperation with your own insurance company’s investigation, that it is not true for the wrongdoer’s insurance company? For example, you are under no obligation to give the other drivers’ insurance company any sort of statement regarding the accident. You should also seriously consider consulting with an attorney before giving a statement to anyone — even your own insurance company. “All of these years later, I am happy to share that my credit score is stellar, and I’ve never forgotten the first- class service provided by the Dellutri Law Group. We all make mistakes in life, and being able to seek help from professionals to guide us when we need it most is so important. “Please, do not hesitate to research information that Dellutri Law Group posts on their website or LinkedIn about debt, bankruptcies, personal injury law, etc. Investing in a professional can, in the long run, set you up for sincere success, as it did for me. Thanks, Carmen et al. at Dellutri Law Group!” –R.T.
“Nearly 15 years ago, I found the Dellutri Law Group thanks to a Yellow Pages ad I found while seeking help for the incredible debt I had accumulated from moving out on my own as a 20-year-old. Having newly purchased my first home, I was working two jobs to make ends meet and barely had enough to cover the high interest rate credit card payments, let alone groceries. “After seeking help from Dellutri Law Group, I was honestly amazed that the attorney, Carmen Dellutri, took the time to explain the bankruptcy process the way he did. It was explained in a way that did not make me feel even more embarrassed or ashamed about my circumstances. I filed for Chapter 13 and paid off my debts thanks to the advice from Carmen and the team at Dellutri Law Group.
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ON FORT MYERS MEMORIAL GARDENS
Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery is known for their compassionate, caring, and professional staff, and they have years of experience in planning military services. As a tribute to those who have so bravely served our nation, Memorial Gardens offers a variety of veteran programs. One of Memorial Garden’s biggest days of the year for veterans is Memorial Day. As part of a large celebration, Memorial Gardens invites Scouts to come to the cemetery to place flags on veterans’ graves. The cemetery welcomes war heroes, veterans, and senators to speak at the celebration, and helicopters fly over the property. The speeches are followed by music — this year’s celebration featured bagpipes — and a picnic of burgers, hot dogs, and delicious sides. Though Memorial Day is the cemetery’s biggest celebration, Memorial Gardens also places flags on veterans’ graves on Flag Day and Veterans Day. The Memorial Gardens staff feels pride when they are able to care for a veteran and their family. It is the team’s way of expressing gratitude for their service to the country. They are committed to taking care of all the details involved in providing the veteran in your
life with a deeply meaningful ceremony. Memorial Gardens also offers discounted packages for veterans, as well as expert counsel for those planning for the future. The staff can also complete applications for all veteran benefits, including military honors, Presidential Memorial Certificates, and veteran memorial markers and headstones. If you and your family are considering memorial arrangements, call Kevin McClary, Memorial Gardens’ prearrangement counselor, at 239-246-0928 to request a free consultation and planning guide. With Memorial Gardens, you can rest assured knowing that your veteran memorial services will be taken care of and executed with the utmost respect.
one-Pan Harvest Pasta
Ingredients • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) • 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups) • 2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup) • 1/3 cup chopped red onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced
Ronnie has been with Dellutri Law Group for the last 13 years, so we think we can trust her at this point. Carmen convinced Ronnie and her husband of 34 years,
• 1 19-ounce can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained • 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth • 1 cup dried whole grain elbow macaroni • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper • Kosher salt • Ground black pepper (optional) • Snipped fresh basil • Grated Parmesan cheese
Frank, to move to Florida just so he
could officially be her boss. (He may be the younger sibling, but
Directions 1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add beans, broth, pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 7–10 minutes more or until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve.
he has always thought he was in charge!) Today, Ronnie works as a legal assistant, processing Chapter 7 cases, and she recently found out that she is going to have a new grandbaby! Feel free to congratulate her at RFedorczyk@ DellutriLawGroup.com. Also, don’t forget to update your records with Ronnie’s new direct line: 239-810-3686!
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Put Positive Thinking to Bed
PUT ‘POSITIVE THINKING’ TO BED WHY THIS WAY OF THOUGHT ISN’T WHAT IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE
4 | 239-939-0900 Get a FREE case evaluation! Research into the subject agrees. In the 1960s, researchers studied grief — or Can the power of positive thinking change your life? Bookstores brim with self-help books written to guide readers toward positive thinking and countless websites claim to do the same. But what is positive thinking? Essentially, it’s shutting out negative thoughts. One website, tinybuddha. com, says, “Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become.” This sentiment is ironic considering the Buddhist philosophy of detachment (or non-attachment) suggests that one should let negative thoughts and emotions enter the mind, but not dwell on them, so they pass with the moment.
the lack of it. When people attempted to suppress grief, it took them longer to recover from what caused the grief in the first place. In reality, the biggest factor at play when it comes to positive or negative thinking may be stress. Stress comes with its fair share of negative consequences. Stress can influence overall health, both mentally and physically. If you are stressed, chances are you are not in a good mood and, by extension, are thinking negative thoughts. And this presents another problem with positive thinking. Anne Harrington, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard, and author of “The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine,” says, “It’s just as stressful to keep up a performance of positivity as it is to [keep up] a
bad mood. It’s very stressful to be inauthentically upbeat all the time.”
So, what can you do? Let yourself think negative and positive thoughts. Don’t dwell on the negative, and let it run its course. Then, turn your attention to your sources of stress and do what you can to minimize them.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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