The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XII, Issue 10 - May 20, 2013 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   New Bubba Bocce Product
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 12, Issue #10 - May 20, 2013
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2013
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Fanatics!

We're smack in the middle of corporate outing season. If you'd like to schedule one, anywhere in the USA, shoot us an email (Mario@JoyofBocce.com).

Also, check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mario-Pagnoni-Author/119452608243193?ref=hl .

If you'd like to join a league or host a party or team building event etc., send us an email: Mario@JoyofBocce.com .

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

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

BID DOINGS IN METHUEN FOR BOCCE STRONG MARATHON

BOCCE STRONG EVENT FOR MARATHON

We hope to generate a great deal of money for this event!

July 19, 20, & 21

July 19 - qualifying plus a 5 course dinner wine and dance at $75

July 20 - Event & Lunch/Dinner

July 21 - Sunday Morning Champagne Brunch $25

(this from Jim Tsouprakakis)

Hi Melissa,

We spoke briefly Thursday morning at the Seniors bocce tournament about a planned bocce fund raising tournament to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

My name is Jim Tsouprakakis and I help organize bocce for the Sons of Italy. The Methuen Sons of Italy has graciously donated their new 3 million dollar facility for the weekend tournament on July 19th, 20th & 21st.

Our goal is to have at least 50 plus teams participating from the bocce community across the country and many other fund raising activities throughout the weekend.

We would love to have Mayor Menino participate as the the guest of honor for this worthy cause.

Please forward this memo to your Commissioner or the appropriate person to get on the Mayor's calendar.

Regards,
Jim Tsouprakakis

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BocceStrongApplicationSponsorPDF.pdf

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BocceStrongApplicationboccepdf.pdf

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FROM PLAYABOULE.COM

"We just got in some steel pallinas.

These are chrome plated and weigh 10 oz. So twice the weight of a standard phenolic/plastic type.

We had asked that the manufacturer make them to 50 mm (2") but they arrived as 52 mm. Hopefully that 2 mm won't make a difference.

Over the last few years we have had a lot of requests for a heavier pallina but at a better price than a 2" ball bearing.

http://www.playaboule.com/52mm_chrome_steel_pallina.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

We hope that these will satisfy the player demand for a lower cost product that is heavy and won't fly off the court when struck. Not too heavy like a solid ball bearing that moves sluggishly when hit.

All the best,"

Bede

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Just got in a shipment of Perfetta 107 mm bocce balls. Click below to order...

Solid =

http://www.playaboule.com/Perfetta_Club_Pro_bocce_Set.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

Speckled =

http://www.playaboule.com/Perfetta_Club_Pro_Speckled_bocce_Set.aspx?pagnoni01

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NORCAL

Open Bocce Championships of Northern California
9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 17th, 2013, to be held at the Martinez Bocce Facility in the Waterfront park in Martinez.

This is a double elimination tournament for "B" and "C" division-ranked teams.

A team consists of four players, or four players and one alternate. The cost is 20.00 per player. (This includes entry into the tournament, a continental type breakfast, lunch, and a complimentary participation gift).

The top four teams will receive awards.

Lunch tickets will be available for non-players at a cost of 7.00 for adults, and 5.00 for children under the age of 12.

Individual Shooting and Lagging Jackpot competition will start at 10:00 a.m. it will remain open until after the lunch break, the cost will be 5.00, per entry, with the winners recieving cash awards.

All proceeds from this event will donate the Martinez Chapter of the Sea Scouts.

Please include payment, and mail to:

2239 Orange St. Martinez, CA 94553 no later than thursday, August 15th.

For more information, or questions, contact: Gwen Monroe at farmerjane555@yahoo.com, or by phone at (925) 752-3543

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The Sons of Italy Lodge #902 won the Boston Senior Games. The team consisted of Jerry Valley, Len Saltzman, Lloyd Pedersen, and Bob Moreschi.

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Hi Mario,

Faithful reader and bocce addict here in Chico. Wondering how I can get a tournament posted to your page.

June 1st and 2nd - Double elimination, teams of 4 (any combination is fine) on perfectly groomed regulation courts in Chico, CA. $240 a team. Contact debra@lulus.com - 530 519-3917.

Please let me know if you need any other info. I appreciate the post. Thanks so much.

Debra Cannon

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Hi gang,

Well, I've finally launched a Facebook Page. Yes - we are now on Facebook! I have posted some items that you can link to - photos of some really neat courts. I hope you will send us a post or two. In a couple of weeks I hope to start a Blog that will generate more action on the Bocce Circuit!

For now, check out the cool photos...

CHECK IT OUT!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mario-Pagnoni-Author/119452608243193?ref=hl

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Massachusetts Senior Games Newsletter

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bdfea467cef5e16fa22630436&id=9bef9eac8c&e=849a582da8

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Check out Joe Quartarone's Bay Colony Wine Cellars at http://www.baycolonywinecellars.com . Great values and fine service!

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40th Anniversary of the World Series of Bocce - July 19, 20, and 21, 2013. Over $25,000 in prize money. Guaranteed $6000 in First Place Open Division. Contact Toccolanaclub@yahoo.com or 315-339-3609.

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Check out the ClubHawk Gold Measure with the ACCU-ARM

http://www.playaboule.com/Clubhawk-Gold-Measurer-9ft-Accu-Arm.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

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West Albany Italian Benevolent Society will host its annual bocce tournament Saturday, June 1, 2013: Open and Women’s Divisions. $120 Entry Fee per 4-player team. Six outdoor courts sheltered under a pavilion. Food and drinks available for purchase. Please contact Gloria Pacella at 518-438-8545 or luglo15@yahoo.com for more information and to receive an application form.

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Top Flight Perfetta 4 - ball sets

http://www.playaboule.com/Perfetta-Design-2005-bocce-set.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

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These are the BEST SELLERS!

Awesome Glo Bocce Light Up Balls - 107 mm

{This set weighs almost 12 lbs. So these are NOT cheap light weight balls. They can be crashed together hard without fear of breaking a ball or the electronics.}

http://www.playaboule.com/V3_Deluxe_LED_Glo_Bocce_set.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

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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 }

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GloBocce...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/GloBocce.ivnu

Perfetta Club Pro set of 4 red, 4 green, pallino, carry bag...

New Bubba Bocce Product
Yes, we have over 300 sets in stock and ready to ship within a couple weeks.

I have set up a discount and a tracking code for your readers. If they enter coupon "BOCCEJOY" during checkout, they will save $10. This is good for the next 12 months, so keep me in your newsletters!

Also, I will send $5 per set sold to you or any charity you wish (I prefer The Special Olympics, but you can direct it however you want).

Just don't rush out to buy that fancy car yet, because Bocce is still a micro-market.

Here is the direct link to the detail page. Readers can use their Amazon account to checkout for added security and convenience.

http://www.boccemart.com/BubbaBocceTM-Indoor-Soft-Bocce-Set-with/A/B00438147I.htm

Best regards,
Al Anelli
Owner and Inventor
Bubba Bocce (TM)

See Bubba Bocce...

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 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $189.95 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 a bit...

Photos of the week
The Mount Vernon/Yonkers Bocce Club held its 2nd Annual Dino Vitti Memorial Tournament on Saturday, April 20 on the Bocce court at Hartley Park. This year’s fundraiser honored Dino Vitti, longtime Mount Vernon resident and Bocce Club member since its formation. All proceeds will be going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The tournament was extremely well attended and some of the participants traveled from as far away as California to play in the tournament.

The Mount Vernon/Yonkers Bocce Club was established in 1995, and this year marked the second year they have held a tournament to honor their popular and former member, Dino Vitti, who passed away from Leukemia.

Mount Vernon Mayor, Ernest D. Davis and Senator Jeff Klein attended the tournament. Mayor Davis stated, “Mount Vernon’s bocce court is a favorite gathering place for not just Italians, but for people of many different cultures as well. Age doesn’t make a difference when it comes to this game. They take their games seriously and sometimes they can get lively and spirited.”

Throwing out the first ball to kick off the tournament was Helen Vitti, Dino’s widow, followed by her daughter, Donna.

The tournament invites four person teams to compete for top honors. This year’s tournament had a total of 16 teams, and included several women.

“Rain, snow or shine, it’s always bocce time,” said Guy De Santis, President of the Mount Vernon/Yonkers Bocce Club and Eastern Sector President of the United States Bocce Federation. "I am proud to say that in Mount Vernon, Bocce is enjoyed by a very diversified group of people, which includes African-Americans, Croatians, Irish, Jewish, Native-Americans, Hispanic and more."

Click to see the photos...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF

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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May 25, 2013 - California - Monterey Bocce Fed. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.

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June 1, 2013 - New York - West Albany Italian Benevolent Society host its annual bocce tournament: Open and Women’s Divisions. $120 Entry Fee per 4-player team. Six outdoor courts sheltered under a pavilion. Please contact Gloria Pacella @ 518-438-8545 or luglo15@yahoo.com.

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June 1 & 2, 2013 - California - Chico - Double elimination, teams of 4 (any combination is fine) on perfectly groomed regulation courts. $240 a team. Contact debra@lulus.com - 530-519-3917.

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Please let me know if you need any other info. I appreciate the post. Thanks so much.


Debra Cannon


June 2, 2013 - California - IBS Sutter Creek - OPEN 3 MEN AT LEAST 1 WOMAN. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 8, 2013 - California - IAC - Stockton - RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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June 15, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton - RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Western Sector Raffa Champ. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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June 22 - 29, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. USBF NATIONAL CHAMPOINSHIP - OPEN-RAFFA-VOLO.

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July 6, 2013 - July 12, 2013 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - IL SACCO - 4 PERSON. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 13, 2013 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS CALIF. VS NORTHWEST. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 14, 2013 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS Rossi Tournament. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 19, 20, 21, 2013 - New York - Rome, 40th Anniversary of the World Series of Bocce. $25,000 in Prize Money. Contact toccolanaclub@yahoo.com or 315-339-3609.

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July 20, 2013 - California - Marin San Rafael - OPEN 2 MEN. Contact Diane Pelligrini @415-485-5583.

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July 27, 2013 - California - Monterey Bocce Fed. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Frank Rivera @ 831-624-3757.

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August 3, 2013 - California - Marin San Rafael - OPEN 2 WOMEN. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 10, 2013 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 17, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS Western Sector Champ. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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August 31, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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Sept 7 & 8, 2013 - California - Monterey. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.

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September 14, 2013 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN - 3 MEN 1 WOMAN. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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September 21, 2013 - California -IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Italian American Games. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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September 28, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN - 3 Balls Each. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.

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October 5, 2013 - California -IACC South City - VOLO 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 5, 2013 - California - IBS Sutter Creek OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 12, 2013 - California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Stefano Landini @ 530-264-7030.

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October 13, 2013 - California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS IL SACCO. Contact Stefano Landini @ 530-264-7030.

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October 19, 2013 - California - Marin San Rafael - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 26, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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Novomber 2, 2013 - California - Waterloo Stockton - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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