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by Bette Addington, California Bowling Writer

Fremont, CA--The word spread quickly the first part of June that another CA bowling center was in line of being scooped up by a land developer so that the land the center was located on could be used for housing units. It was all over Facebook that the independently-owned Cloverleaf Family Bowl was the target and it drew the attention of bowlers throughout the state. This center has been run by the Hillman family since it opened its door back on March 23, 1963, and centers like this are disappearing. You can’t beat bowling in a center that is owned and operated by bowlers!

So, the fight started to keep Cloverleaf Family Bowl by circulating a petition online through Facebook where people could express their support to keep the center. Mike Hillman has been involved in every aspect of this campaign and he just keeps drawing in more and more support from bowlers in the Fremont area as well as bowlers statewide.

But it didn’t stop with the petition as these supporters organized and got an entry into the Fremont 4th of July Parade to help promote their message to keep Cloverleaf Family Bowl open and it was a tremendous success.

Then, just this past week, the Fremont City Council added Cloverleaf Family Bowl to their agenda and Mike Hillman got the word out and not only asked for bowlers to come to this meeting which took place on Tues., Jul. 10, but also arranged for a march to the City Council from Cloverleaf that night prior to the meeting. The City Council was filled with bowlers that packed the room full and the Council heard from (30) bowlers and friends from the community that asked to keep Cloverleaf Family Bowl open. Many in attendance were drawn to tears.

So, now, since this meeting, Hillman said, “Update as to our future? Nothing since the last Council meeting we attended. I, of course, am already working towards the next step. As soon as I know more or have more that I can share, then I will. But the message to the bowling community should be that as a family, the community has come together in force. We have come together as one. We will not go down without a fight. A Council member told me that we had the largest group ever at a meeting. And the most impressive part was that we didn’t find out until Friday. We basically only had a few days to bring the community to the meeting. We had close to 150 walk the march. And standing room only in 3+ rooms plus more in the lobby to support bowling in Fremont and what we do for the community. It’s not every day a community stands up to fight for their bowling center!”

The petition is still active so, please take a few minutes of your time to lend your support to this cause. The link address is

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