The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 22 - July 25, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 10, Issue #22 - July 25, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Gang,

It's been a little hectic hereabouts with lots of bocce happenings. Don't forget National Bocce Day. Run a charity event for a good cause, play some bocce, enjoy your teammates and opponents.

You can check on the 2011 Nationals results at http://www.Bocce1.com . This was created by the tireless Pete Di Turi who put in long hours to help make these results available.

Last week's photos are still posted - click below...

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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Take another look at last week's photos...

Bocce news and readers' feedback...
{Publisher's comments in brackets}

World Renowned Bocce Guy???

I don't know how it happened, but two unprecedented things just happened.

First, we just got front page coverage for Bocce in the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper. And in the process they anointed me Bocce's "World Renowned Expert and Ambassador."

You'd better hurry up and click the photo to the right because I only have 6 minutes of fame left.

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Don't forget August 13 - National Bocce Day. It's a great time to run a charity event. Ours is in honor of our late friend Bill Hadley and will raise money for the Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment. Details under Tourney news below.

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Here's a neat video Joe Quartarone posted on YouTube with me interviewing Tom Walsh on his mountain-top bocce court.

http://www.joebocce.com/2011/07/20/bocce-on-the-mountain/

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Here's Joe Quartarone's YouTube channel with more bocce video...

http://www.youtube.com/user/boccejoe?feature=mhee#p/a/u/1/rfR6hfanWQk

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Check out this YouTube video - Mike Utley and Other Detroit Lions Play Bocce For Charity
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8F42mWW03E&feature=fvsr

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Campo di Bocce's Heather Veon sends this...

Check out http://www.eLivermore.com for some fabulous pictures of the 2011 US National Bocce Championships.
There are tons of individual and group action shots. Also if you have pictures you would like to share please email them to me, so we can post!

{Send to Heather@Campodibocce.com .}

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News from Tournament Director Wayne Farinacci...

"The 2011 Marshall Superstore Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce is August 19-20-21, 2011.
We hope you will again join us for this great tournament. Marshall Superstore, the Mayfield Holiday Inn, and the City of Mayfield Heights have been great partners in assisting Club Molisani's effort to put on a first-class bocce tournament.

The Club Molisani Bocce Tournament Committee has been busy making sure all aspects of the tournament are first-class. We have included a Program Ad form in the event you or your business are interested in taking out an ad in our tournament program. Also attached is a Tournament Sponsor form if you would like to be included as a 'Team Sponsor' or a 'Court Sponsor'.

All the information, with cut-off dates, is attached for your convenience. Please forward this e-mail to anyone you feel may be interested in participating. We appreciate your help in getting the word out.
Looking forward to seeing many long-standing friends in August."

{Visit http://www.clubmolisani.com/ to download forms mentioned above .}

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Pete Russo sends tourney news for August 6th...

"Attached is the 5th Annual Pietro Russo Memorial doubles bocce tournament in Amsterdam, NY. For the people that are not familiar with the area, it's an hour east of Rome, NY. The tournament will be one day only and we fill up teams pretty quickly. I have 12 teams already. I usually do not take more than 26 teams. If interested please reply to this email, or call me at (518) 542-2124 (Cell) or (518) 842-5828 (Home)."

{ http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Amsterdam_2011.doc }

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The Yonkers/ Mount Vernon Bocce club is proudly hosting their annual summer tournament on Saturday, August 27.
This will be a 4 player per team tournament, $120.00 per team. We can only accommodate a maximum of 16 teams and we are accepting reservations on a 1st come 1st served basis. If interested please respond to yonkersbocce@aol.com or to Guy De Santis @914-310-8814.

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USBF NEWS

NOW YOU CAN REGISTER OR RENEW ON LINE AT THE USBF's UPDATED WEBSITE

We should all be card carrying members. Every club should be affiliated. For the sport to gain the attention it needs we need to boast of many thousands of members. Download a USBF Membership Application here:

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/USBF_membership_pdf.pdf . or

REGISTER/RENEW ON LINE AT http://www.Bocce.com }

Perfetta Bocce - 107 mm - red/green/pallino/carry bag...

Photos of the week
New York's Dennis Grimaldi sent a great link to photos from the 2011 World Series of Bocce.

Looks like they had a great event - there are about a zillion photos to view - click the New York crooners right or the link below.

Enjoy!

World Series of Bocce photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ˝ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $179.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $69.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down to bottom of page.

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF (File for me to post).

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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Please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.

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Aug 5-7, 2011. Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS Co-ed 2 on 2. Contact Joe @ 724-462-6179.

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August 6, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 6, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Mixed Doubles Tournament. Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or
zponzo@uvm.edu.

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August 6, 2011 - New York - Amsterdam. 5th Annual Pietro Russo Memorial Tourney. Port Jackson Bocce Club. Contact Peter Russo at 518-542-2124. Click for info: { http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Amsterdam_2011.doc }

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August 6 - 7, 2011. Ohio - Ashtabula. WARREN ANDREWS BOCCE TOURNAMENT Hosted by the Ashtabula S.O.I. and EAC. Four Person Teams. Entry $150.00 per team. Contact Mark Andrews at: mandrews@andrewspontius.com .

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August 13, 2011 - Massachusetts - Lawrence Sons of Italy Lodge #902. Memorial tourney honoring the memory of William Hadley and the Wounded Warrior Regiment (Marines) Fund. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or Mario@JoyofBocce.com .

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August 13, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 13 - 14, 2011. Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. VT Senior Games: August 13 (singles), August 14 (doubles) Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or
zponzo@uvm.edu.

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August 20, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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August 19 - 21, 2011 - Ohio - Mayfield Heights. CLUB MOLISANI, 5th Annual CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by MARSHALL SUPERSTORE. $175 per team entry. Distinguished Awards for Champion and second place finishers; paying top 12 places in Open Division. Women’s Tournament (Sat. & Sun.), at $150 per team entry. Both Divisions: Four person teams (plus one sub) and double elimination. Open Division prize pool is guaranteed; Women's Division prize pool is based on 16 teams. Tournament t-shirts for ALL participants. Gambling Casino, rides/games for kids, live entertainment, and Saturday Night Fireworks are all on grounds. Tours of our new Club Molisani facility with three synthetic bocce courts will be available. Contact Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director (mrnach23@sbcglobal.net or 216-509-4353. Download tournament forms at http://www.clubmolisani.com .

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August 25 - 27, 2011. Oregon - Portland. Festa Italiana Portland. Visit http://www.festa-italiana.org .

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August 26 - 28, 2011 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 28th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by PAT O'BRIEN CHEVROLET. $5,500 first prize, $16,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $175 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for ALL participants. We are also hosting a Women’s Tournament – DOUBLE ELIMINATION – $100 per team entry – all money paid out in top three prizes - Both Tournaments: Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa (glatessa@marcs.com) @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and info online @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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August 27, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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August 27, 2011 - New York - Yonkers. The Yonkers/ Mount Vernon Bocce club is proudly hosting their annual summer tournament on Saturday, August 27.
This will be a 4 player per team tournament, $120.00 per team. We can only accommodate a maximum of 16 teams and we are accepting reservations on a 1st come 1st served basis. If interested please respond to yonkersbocce@aol.com or to Guy De Santis @914-310-8814.

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September 2-4, 2011. Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS 2 on 2. Contact Joe @ 724-462-6179.

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September 17, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-369-2389.

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September 17 - 18, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Burlington Bocce Championship (singles), September 18 (doubles). Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or
zponzo@uvm.edu.

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September 18, 2011 - California -PIASC San Mateo. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS, at least 1 woman. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.

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September 24, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Italian American Games - Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-697-7202.

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October 1, 2011 - California - IACC South City. VOLO 2 PLAYERS. Conat A. Bettucchi @ 650-697-7202.

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October 7-9, 2011 - Ohio - Struthers. St. Anthony Society 4 on 4. Contact Nick @ 330-720-6358.

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October 8, 2011 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 2 MEN - 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 15, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 29, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. RAFFA 2 PLAYERS (Play 3 Balls Each). Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or Ben@CampodiBocce.com .

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November 5, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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November 25-27, 2011. Ohio - Struthers. St. Anthony Society 3 on 3. Contact Nick @ 330-720-6358.

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December 3, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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