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Family pins hope on new bowling center

Burnt Hills Lanes will be more than your traditional bowling alley, with a cafE that will serve breakfast, pizza and other simple snacks, as well as soda, beer and wine.

"Eventually, we could do banquets, group parties, team building parties, Christmas parties; hopefully it will be a destination spot for the community in six months to a year," said Scaccia.

Scaccia's plans for the bowling center are ingrained in his approach to the American pasttime.

"I grew up in the business and it's a sport as well as entertainment. It's a hands on business. People like to see you and you have to take care of your customers," said Scaccia.

Having the gym classes from the high school come over three or four times a day is an arrangement that's been in place for years, and was a conscious decision on Scaccia's part to continue that tradition and expose kids to his passion.

"Bowling is one of the sports they consider a lifelong sport; you can do it when your'e four or 94," said Scaccia. "It gives the kids something to do. They can have a little exercise, it's nice camaraderie."

Once Burnt Hills Lanes is smoothly running and gets some of the kinks out, Scaccia has big plansto make his mark in the neighborhood.

"I plan to do a big community day with free bowling, pizza, hotdogs, soda, probably around the middle of Decemeber. I want to start some short season leagues in January and youth leagues on the weekends, maybe adult-child leagues and [something] where you bowl for four or six weeks and get a ball at the end," said Scaccia. "I think people really need a place where they can go if they want a glass of wine and bring the kids, have some good family entertainment and don't spend a fortune."

Burnt Hills Lanes is at 825 Saratoga Road in Burnt Hills. For hours or more information, call 399-0999.

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