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In case you missed it… Did you know Live From Rab’s continues as a weekly show? Every Thursday at at 12:00 PM EST on our facebook and YouTube Channels. You never know who is going to drop in and be a guest on our show. This past week, we we came to you live on Wednesday December 23rd at 1:00 PM EST with a special holiday show, filled with chatter, joy, and updates.
Live From Rab’s will be back this week… This weeks Special Broadcast Schedule:
- Monday December 28 – 7:30 PM EST – Rab’s Scratch Draft League DRAFT.
- Wednesday December 30 – 1:00 PM EST – Special Guests Storm’s very own Gary Hulsenberg & Blair Blumenscheid of the Morning Bolt.
- Thursday December 31 – 11:00 AM EST – Battle of the Schools
UPDATED 12/16/2020, 3:15 PM
Due to the Winter Storm, on Wednesday December 16, 2020, we will close at 4:00 PM. We will re-open on Thursday 12/17/20 at 12 Noon.
The following leagues/programs are cancelled:
- All Pro Electric of NY Men’s League
- Pinsetter Madames
- Rab’s Senior Men’s Club
- Thursday Afternoon Ladies
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By Dr. Gracelyn Santos | firstname.lastname@example.org
Staten Island Advance | Click here for the full story on SILive.com
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Congrats are in order for Rab’s Country Lanes, Dongan Hills.
The .NYC registry team, which is managed by Neustar, held its Best of Boroughs 2020 Virtual Awards Celebration to honor five organizations that use .NYC domain name in each borough of New York City. Among the five winners representing each borough, Rab’s Country Lanes was named Best of Staten Island.
Each of the five winners received a cash prize of $5,000. Over 50,000 votes were cast to select the winning groups. Rounding out the other 2020 Winners: Catchy Pest Control (Bronx), Field Form (Brooklyn), Chinatown Soup (Manhattan) and SchizophrenicNYC (Queens).
For Frank Wilkinson, proprietor of Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island, bowling isn’t just a business, but something that runs in his blood. The all-American pastime has been part of his family for more than 60 years. According to SILive, “Frank’s father, Rab, was a professional bowler and regarded as one of Staten Island’s all-time best.”
Say Wilkinson, “Our family roots run deep in bowling and small business here in Staten Island.” His customers include bowling leagues, local fundraisers and patrons from across the borough of Staten Island.
So when the pandemic hit in March, the mandated closures weighed heavily on not just his conscience but community as well.
“Rab’s provides an outlet for our community to get away from everyday life for social recreation,” says Wilkinson, “and being closed was not just a burden on the business, it was a burden on our community and those who depend on us for work and their outlet.”
Keep bowlin’, bowlin’, bowlin’…
That’s all 16-year-old New Dorp native Colin Smith wants to do.
After averaging 193 per game last season in the PSAL, he was poised to build on a promising sophomore campaign and take over the reigns as McKee/Staten Island Tech’s top bowler in 2020.
Nevertheless, Smith’s chances of once again anchoring his team on the lanes seem to dwindle by the day.
“It’s tough, they’re not telling us anything right now,” said a disappointed Smith.
While there has been speculation that the season could take place in the spring, nothing has been confirmed.
“Nothing has changed. We haven’t heard anything,” said Smith.
In last year’s playoffs, Smith’s game average rose to 204 before the Seagulls fell to Tottenville in the semifinals — hinting at a breakout campaign in 2020.
“I was focused. It kind of sucks because last year we were so close,” laments Smith. “We wanted a rematch.”
The cancelled season didn’t come as a total surprise to Smith, who was left scrambling for open alleys when the pandemic struck in March and shuddered the doors of Staten Island’s bowling establishments.
“That was my first thought: where am I going to practice?” remembers Smith, who traveled to New Jersey on a weekly basis in search of open lanes.
“It was just that and playing video games…not much else to do,” he added. “[Bowling] always gave me something to do after school, and brought attention in school.”
Smith has been able to bowl in two weekly leagues at Rab’s Country Lanes since the summer, which provides a sense of normalcy, as well as the opportunity to link up with friends.
“It’s been fun, a relief…it’s like getting back to normal,” said Smith. “I get to be at my home alley with friends.
“I’m used to it, I know everyone there, and the lane conditions,” he pointed out.
But as numerous establishments begin to once again close their doors on Staten Island, Smith fears bowling alleys could be next.
“It’s scary because I’ve been practicing for so long and I feel even better than before the pandemic,” said Smith.
“I don’t want to lose that,” he added. “That was probably the worst part, having to bowl somewhere else.”
In the meanwhile, Smith awaits word on a potentially lost HS season, and the opportunity to bowl with his schoolmates once again.
“I hope to make sure the team is properly acquainted,” he said. “We all really want a season.”
Good news! As of 11/23, Rab’s remains in the YELLOW ZONE as you can see in the map above, but not by much. We will remain open and operating as we have under the latest restrictions with Bowling and Indoor Dining. Please help be the solution and continue to do your part… Be safe and wear your masks. Following the guidelines is what allows us to remain open, and for you to enjoy the sport that you love!