TOUGH TIME AT BOWLING CENTER

Redwood Lanes appears likely to be closing soon

PETE DOUGHERTY
Section: Sports,  Page: C1

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

No one offered an official word Tuesday, but it appears that one of the historic bowling centers in the Capital Region will close soon.


The owner of Redwood Lanes, a 24-lane house on Central Avenue in Colonie, has been calling league secretaries, advising them to find another center to take their leagues for the fall season.


Owner Ralph Deso did not return a Times Union call Tuesday.


"I did get a call from Ralph (Monday), saying that he was getting out and closing up," said Mike Burke, who runs the Saturday junior program at Redwood.


Deso and Gene DeGeorge, who was later bought out, purchased Redwood Lanes from Carol Judge and a minority partner in 2004.


Redwood was host to the first Professional Bowlers Association live telecast in 1962 on ABC.


According to sources, Deso was making payments to the former owners. Judge, now the manager at Spare Time-Latham, said she was advised by lawyers not to comment at this time.


Tom Donato Sr., who manages Redwood, said it has been business as usual at the center.


"We've had some issues, but we're open for business as we speak," Donato said. "There's nothing to report."


Yet the rumor mill, as one bowler put it, "is just flying," and many league bowlers are trying to determine their next step.


"I'm trying to find out," Burke said, "so I can let all of the kids in the league know if they have a chance to get in someplace else."


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