Joe Tavernese of Lynn is retiring after 50 years.
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End of the lane for Tavernese in Lynn

LYNN — Joe Tavernese began working at the West Lynn Post Office Lanes bowling alley, owned by the Leo family, when he was 14. When the Leo family bought Metro Bowl in Peabody a few years later, Tavernese began working there, too. 

More than 50 years later, Tavernese worked his last shift at Metro Bowl this past Saturday, surrounded by coworkers and Metro Bowl regulars who he said have become like a "second family" after all these years. 

Working his last shift as manager at Metro Bowl was bittersweet, but Tavernese, 67, said he is grateful for everyone he met and worked with over the years. 

"I had so m…

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