May 24, 1988 |
The last time they met it was on the street. Armed with knives, chains and baseball bats, the two rival youth gangs clashed in a fight that sent some to the hospital and others to jail last month. But when they came face-to-face last night, it was a different kind of contest. The competition was equally intense, but instead of taking place in the parking lots and playgrounds where the gang members usually rumble, it took place in the bowling alley. The weapons - thanks, in part, to metal detectors at the entrance - were left at home.
March 7, 1994 |
Manoa Lanes will be closed regardless of the outcome of a zoning request to enlarge the Manoa Shopping Center, its owners have stated. "We'll see about that," was the terse reply offered by Gerald Lessee, proprietor of the bowling alley, following a two-hour hearing before the Township Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday night. About 35 people, many of them bowlers, packed the tiny meeting room behind the Township Building to support Lessee, who said he had a petition bearing the signatures of 1,256 residents and bowlers who want the lanes to stay open.
August 3, 1997 |
The long-simmering tensions between groups of young people from several Burlington County communities have resulted in a first-degree murder indictment against a Beverly man and the closing of a bowling alley here that was the scene of several skirmishes. Edgewater Park Police Detective Woody Spencer said that young people from Willingboro, Beverly City, Burlington City, Mount Holly and Pemberton have been fighting for more than 10 years. Spencer said the groups have congregated at Fair Lanes Lounge and at Fat Rocks Lounge in Pemberton Township.
March 21, 1993 |
As the owners of the Lans-Bowl bowling alley see it, they rolled a gutter ball with their idea for a restaurant concession, which has been rejected by the borough's Zoning Hearing Board. But they have vowed to pick up the spare and fight for approval of the project in Montgomery County Court. "It's far from over," Michael Brigidi said of his year-long battle to serve beer and sandwiches at the East Main Street facility he operates with his brother and partner, Danny. The Brigidis' plan calls for a restaurant to be built in the pro shop of the existing building.
May 3, 2004 |
A woman who was one of four people shot in an outburst that began at a bustling Northeast Philadelphia bowling alley Saturday night had a restraining order against the alleged gunman, police said yesterday. The 34-year-old West Oak Lane woman remained in critical condition yesterday after being shot in the neck by David Lewis as other bowlers at Boulevard Lanes on Roosevelt Boulevard watched, police said. Lewis, 42, of Baltimore, who is also known as Keita Lewis, drove off but turned the gun on himself when police stopped him. He was critically wounded.
October 29, 2003 |
A tornado caused the winds that ripped off a treetop and sent a large branch airborne through a bowling alley's parking lot Monday afternoon, killing a 77-year-old grandmother from Lumberton. Doris J. Smith was pronounced dead at Virtua-Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mount Holly shortly after the tornado touched down outside Holly Bowl Lanes in Hainesport at 3:39 p.m. She was standing outside her car when the tree limb, about 20 feet long and nine inches thick, slammed into her head, state police said.
March 1, 1998 |
After winning an Olympic medal or Super Bowl, some celebrities head for Disney World. Ethan and Joel Coen collected an Oscar for their Fargo screenplay last March and promptly went bowling. Bowling is the ostensible subject, sport, and metaphor of The Big Lebowski, which opens Friday. Just call it the next colorful stop in the exotic cinematic country known as Coenland. A curious place, Coenland is a destination that rewards the adventurous traveler seeking physical and mental challenges.
June 7, 1995 |
Fire and police officials yesterday concluded their investigation of a three-alarm fire at Willingboro Plaza without determining a cause. The fire originated in a space of about 50 feet by 50 feet behind the motors and pin-setting machines of a long-vacant underground bowling alley. The fire started between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday. "We have no idea what the ignition source was," said Roderick G. Hardy, Willingboro fire marshal, who spoke outside the plaza yesterday. He said the wax, paints and maintenance materials in the bowling alley were flammable and combustible.
April 12, 1993 |
Arson was the cause of a seven-alarm fire at two Camden warehouses on Mount Ephraim Avenue on Saturday, said county fire officials. The fire, which took 12 fire companies and 30 trucks to bring under control, destroyed the buildings at the site of a former bowling alley and caused nearly $1 million in damage, officials said.
March 1, 1986 |
Despite heated resistance from area residents, the Stratford Planning Board voted 7-2 to allow a local bowling alley to install a $230,000 recreational golfing facility. More than 50 people showed up at the Thursday evening meeting to protest the petition from La Martinique bowling alley. Plans submitted by owner Joseph Strippoli call for a miniature-golf/ chip- and-putt facility on a vacant lot next to the bowling alley. "The primary reason for putting up the golf course is to compensate for the bowling alley's declining business," said Strippoli.