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                ormally I can sit down and write my article for Life in   I wonder what it will be like on the roads this summer as we drive
                Naples with little difficulty, but this one is a challenge.   from Naples in a few weeks for our summer vacation in Western New
        NBecause this article has to cover August, September and   York, Buffalo Bill’s territory 35 miles south of Buffalo in a small town
        October and with all that’s going on around us it’s a challenge!  named Angola. It borders the shores of Lake Erie and my wife Chris
           Sometimes it’s just nice to sit down on the couch, put your  has lots of family there including her sister and a ton of nieces and
        comfy slippers on, and just write a feel good article and that’s what  nephews of all different ages, so it’s never boring there. My healthy
        I’m going to attempt to do because with all the craziness going on  diet, at least part of it disappears. It’s cookouts galore, fresh corn
        around us it’s just something that in my opinion is needed.  for me almost every day, and on those long summer days finishing
           Locally season is for sure over. My restaurant friends who just  the day at our local frozen custard stand that has been there for at
        wrapped up one of the best seasons ever are a little bit wary of  least 40 years. It opens in May and closes October 1st! The other
        what  this  summer  is  going  to  bring                                            great enjoyment I have is walking in
        but remain optimistic as always. My                                                 Evangola State Park everyday rain
        feeling  is  the newcomers  that  have                                              or shine, and going to my all-time
        made Naples their permanent home                                                    favorite grocery store,  Wegmans.
        over the last few years will stay here         We are indeed                        This year driving to New  York will
        rather than travel and will support                                                 be a different experience for us as we
        our local businesses. I am constantly   fortunate to still have                     sadly lost our Bully Zsa-Zsa, and our
        asked what my favorite restaurants                                                  Persian cat Maggie last December. We
        are, where is a good place for breakfast,      Mom & Pop                            still have our Maine Coon cat Ava, she
        and do I have any recommendations                                                   is now the Queen of the house and
        for Sunday brunch. I can only give      restaurants in Naples.                      will be our lone traveler in the car with
        my opinion on all the above and am                                                  us. I wonder, will there be less traffic
        constantly amazed about the quantity                                                because of gas and food prices or will
        and quality of our Naples dining                                                    it be the same? I’ll let you know in the
        establishments.                                                                     Fall when my next article comes out.
           I’ll start with what I consider the                                                 I have served on the Board of The
        best meal for the price, and this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner  Shelter for Abused Women & Children for the past two years and
        and it’s a place that my wife and I dine at when it’s been a long  I am honored to say that I have been elected by my peers to serve as
        day and neither of us want to cook. It’s Mel’s Diner on the North  Board Chair starting July 1st. It is one of the finest organizations I
        Trail (US 41). The menu is large, choices are many and the portions  have ever served for and they are truly Super Stars for our community.
        generous. For those of us that are familiar with the Blue Zones  I only hope I can do them proud.
        Project, which is all about healthy choices and healthy eating, Mel’s   As usual I’m out of space, not words! Have a great safe Summer
        has a Blue Zones menu to choose from. We are indeed fortunate to  and Fall and we can only hope that next Season will be as good as
        still have Mom & Pop restaurants in Naples. There are far too many  this one was and that turmoil will have calmed down sooner than
        for me to name, but here are just a scant few of them. Pastrami  later.
        Dan's fabulous tacos and awesome fresh pastrami sandwiches, open
        for lunch only. If you’re a chili lover, try Skyline Chili. Regina’s   Former Mayor,
        Ice Cream on Fifth Avenue South has been a landmark in Naples   Bill Barnett
        for many years. Their flavors are abundant and delicious. Andre’s
        Steakhouse has been here for over 20 years. Andre worked for Peter   I’ll respond to e-mail @
        Luger Steak House many years ago in Brooklyn, New York. It is
        still one of the best steakhouses in the world. One thing is certain,   Remember: GO BILLS!
        there is a place to dine in Naples, Florida for every budget and many
        family friendly ones.

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