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1. Sunrise Rotary awards Unsung Hero to DeLucia

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for Second Quarter, 2018, to Anthony DeLucia (aka Steve Reynolds). DeLucia is recognized for his service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations.

DeLucia’s stage name of Steve Reynolds is known to almost all Island residents and many visitors. He often volunteers his service as emcee and announcer and provides music as disc jockey for many events.

How many events has he supported? Too many to list, but he has been an organizer, promoter, announcer or volunteered with the Tour de Marco, Mutt & Martinis, the Marco Island Car Show put on by the Kiwanis, the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, the Souper Bowl fundraiser, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Taste of Marco. This is merely a partial listing, omitting many appearances such as the City’s Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day observances, Marco Boxing Club Main Events, Island Rocks concert series and Christmas Island Style events.

As the Sunrise Rotary’s Unsung Hero, DeLucia was awarded a plaque commemorating the recognition. The Club will also donate $100 to a charity chosen by DeLucia and 20 polio vaccines will be contributed in his name as part of Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes a member of the Marco Island community who unselfishly helps others and who has not generally been recognized for such service. The recipient is not a member of Rotary, but either works, lives or provides service on Marco Island. The Club is now accepting nominations for the third quarter 2018 Unsung Hero.

Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise awards its Unsung Hero on a quarterly basis. Nomination forms may be obtained from Sunrise Rotary at www.marcoislandsunriserotary.org or from William G. Morris, chairman, 247 North Collier Blvd., Suite 202, Marco Island 34145 or wgm@wgmorrislaw.com.

2. Publix recalls ground beef products sold in Collier, Lee for possible E. coli contamination

Supermarket chain Publix is recalling some ground beef products shipped to Florida stores, including Collier and Lee counties, over concerns of E. coli contamination, the Agriculture Department says.

An undetermined amount of potentially-contaminated products made with ground chuck were shipped to two dozen counties in Florida. They were purchased by consumers between June 25 and July 31, the USDA says.

Publix has 788 stores in Florida and a total of 1,191 stores across the U.S.

The products being recalled by the USDA include bacon & cheddar burgers, blue cheese meatballs, ground chuck for chili and meat loaf, jalapeno and cheddar sliders, mesquite seasoned ground chuck burger, stuffed peppers (oven ready), Spanish meatballs, and swiss and mushroom sliders.

An investigation began after 18 patients, predominantly from Florida, became ill between July 5 and July 25, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. All of the patients consumed ground chuck products purchased at various Publix stores and supplied by an as yet undetermined source, the service says.

3. Expect some relief at the pump this fall

Motorists are expected to get a reprieve this fall, after enduring the most expensive summer at the pump since 2014, according to AAA.

Over Labor Day weekend, Americans were paying about $2.84 a gallon, 43 cents more than a year ago.

But barring a disruptive hurricane or international incident that could push up energy prices, drivers are likely to pay less at the pump this fall. AAA is forecasting that prices this autumn could average $2.70, down from a 2018 high of $2.97 around Memorial Day.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, an app that provides fuel-station prices and locations, predicted prices would fall anywhere from 10 to 25 cents a gallon by Thanksgiving.

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