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BILL BARNETT


 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 @ mayornaples@gmail.com
 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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