The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XII, Issue 7 - March 18, 2013 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 12, Issue #7 - March 18, 2013
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2013
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Faithful!

Hey Gang - we've finally launched a Facebook Page! Please come and join our Joy of Bocce community by posting a comment or two. Please check it out by clicking http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mario-Pagnoni-Author/119452608243193?ref=hl .

Still waiting for our liquor license at the Sons of Italy. When it is set up we will be running many tourneys and events. Patience!

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

Send an email to Mario@Joyofbocce.com to register for league play or to book an outing or party.

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}

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 these cool photos...

Come and join our new Facebook Page for The Joy of Bocce - there are some great photos from Louisville, KY where I visited with Bob Valvano and some former students of mine who relocated to KY...

There are photos of our new Sons of Italy Lodge #902, photos from the Special Olympics World Games from 1999 where I officiated. Billy Crystal was the MC. According to Crystal, "Coach Krzyzewski's name is worth 10,000 points in Scrabble."

And more great looking courts in Little Italy Bocce Rollers of Baltimore. Great looking courts!

CHECK IT OUT!

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

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Click our Facebook page and read a cool article from Hawaii...

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

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I noticed the national senior games is having bocce in it this year. Singles I BELIEVE. Have you seen much interest out there FOR PEOPLE to play in it. Perhaps listing on your tournaments schedule would help create some buzz. Just curious. Might be interested in playing if I thought I WOULD HAVE COMP IN MY AGE BRACKET, 50-54. Good excuse to see Cleveland, but work commitments will probably get in the way.

Brad Cotton

{Bocce is moving slowly towards becoming a national senior games event. Patience!}

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Lucky 13 Lucey Mortgage Bocce Bash

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Hello Bocce Players Everywhere

It’s here! What you’ve been waiting for. The newly revised 2013 Western Sector Schedule. The only revision to it is that Penn Valley has rescheduled their Italian Festa 4 Player Open and Italian Festa il Sacco tournaments to September 14th and 15th.

Good self-promoters that we are, before you get to the new schedule, you have to wade through 29 pages of all our other bocce related stuff. Good thing it’s all great bocce stuff. The only exception being the sad announcement of the passing of our friend Leno Freschet. What can you say about Leno? He was a great bocce player, a good friend to all, he had a wry sense of humor and he was a man we could all look up to as bocce mentor. We will all surely miss Leno.

A couple of months ago I reported on a project Patti Helm Bassett of the Marin Bocce Federation was working on. Well, she’s well on her way to seeing her project come to fruition, and she’s written a great report about it. You can’t miss her report; it’s on this month’s front page. Yeah, it’s that big a deal and I’m looking forward to taking part in it. I will add that this is Patti’s project and isn’t affiliated with the Marin Bocce Federation.

So enjoy the 2013 schedule. And don’t forget to read the other stuff, too.

Ciao
Frank

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/March2013.pdf

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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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"Thank you for the emails.I live on the island of Kauai and have played bocce (lawn bocce) for years with the same group of friends. We have 6 regulars and another 6 part time players. We play at a friend's house that has a large well maintained lawn. Every Thursday at 4 pm followed by flood lights for night play.

I will send some photos next time. Any serious players coming this way email me @ pullanowoodworking@yahoo.com ."

Aloha Frank

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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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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013
THE MT.VERNON/YONKERS BOCCE CLUB
WILL HOST THE DINO VITTI MEMORIAL/FUND RAISER BOCCE TOURNAMENT
STARTING @ 8:00AM
THIS WILL BE A 4 PERSON PER TEAM EVENT. PART OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE LEUKEMIA SOCIETY. $50.00 PER PERSON INCLUDES FOOD AND BEVERAGE. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 14TH.
WE CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE A MAXIMUM OF 16 TEAMS
PLEASE CALL GUY TO RESERVE A SPOT @ 914-310-8814
Anyone not planning on attending the event can make a
Donation directly to http://wch.lls.llsevent.org/BOCCEFORDINO/

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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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This from Tom McNutt - http://www.Boccemon.com ...

Washington state's largest one day bocce tournament, the 11th Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament to be held April 20th, 2013. Contact Tom at 360.224.2909 or tom@boccemon.com http://www.boccemon.com .

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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...

Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
You have seen Mike Delucchi's ingenious Bocce Caddy, now view Lucio Bortolin's Bocce Lifter - both are outstanding products!

"From the beautiful Sycamore in IL, I'm writing to you to congratulate for the good job you are doing with 'The Joy of Bocce', our members of the 'Bella Vita Bocce Club' enjoy all the interesting articles you publish.

We have in my property a 75'x10' outdoor court with limestone surface that after 8 years is perfectly flat and leveled. We have 15 guys and play every Thursday.
Also since one of the guys has a back problem I designed a 'Bocce Ball Lifter' for him, I have an Architectural and Ornamental Metalwork company - http://www.f2industries.com - so this was pretty straightforward for me, in addition I play with a Dell Webb community people - 740 players - and they also started using it with great success, so I decided to offer this product to you to be display in your web site if you think it is interesting.

Below some highlights of the product:
* Can lift any ball size.
* Can lift the pallino.
* Stands straight up.
* Very light and sturdy.
* Any color upon request.
* Priced at only $48.00
* Free S&H
* If requested, a hook for hanging can be welded to the shaft for $4.00
Attached please find some photos.

My best,
Lucio Bortolin"

Check out Mike Delucchi's fine product as well - click below to view.

See Mike Delucchi's Bocce Caddy

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
"Back in October I emailed you that our community was installing 2 Bocce Ball courts. Well they are now completed and we started a league that started play in early February (an advantage for being in the Phoenix Valley). The courts are 12' x 76' and we chose Bocce Courts of Arizona for the playing surface using their Bocce-Mix product. Their material was a good choice as it is relatively easy to maintain and speed is variable depending on preparation practices used. We prefer the fast surface. The courts are also lighted for night play which will extend our playing time into the heat of the summer.

We will also be challenging other communities to take on our Travel Team (still forming) and at some point we will undoubtedly host some local tournaments. So far we've all had a lot fun meeting new people and playing Bocce. Other HOA communities have visited our newly completed Community Center building and are interested in building their own courts. Maybe we've started a trend.

Please feel free to use the attached pictures in your blog.
Stop by if you get to Arizona."

Gary DeBerge

{Great photos and keep them coming!}

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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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February 18 to March 25, 2013 - California - Livermore Campo di Bocce. The Road to Rome. Contact Ben Musolf at Campo di Bocce @ 408-857-0074. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2012BOCCESHOWDOWNREGISTRATION.PDF

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March 23, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton - RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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March 24, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza - VOLO 1 PLAYER Singles. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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March 30, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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April 6, 2013 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.

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April 7, 2013 - California - Campo Livermore - WESTERN SECTOR MEETING 10 am. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.

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

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April 20, 2013 - Washington - Bellingham. Washington state's largest one day bocce tournament, the 11th Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament to be held April 20th, 2013. Contact Tom @ Boccemon. 360.224.2909 tom@boccemon.com http:,,www.boccemon.com .

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April 20, 2013 - California - IACC South City OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Matt Nestari @ 650-278-6591.

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APRIL 20, 2013 - THE MT.VERNON/YONKERS BOCCE CLUB WILL HOST THE DINO VITTI MEMORIAL/FUND RAISER TOURNAMENT. 4 PERSON PER TEAM. PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE LEUKEMIA SOCIETY. $50.00 PER PERSON INCLUDES FOOD AND BEVERAGE. REGISTRATION IS APRIL 14. CALL Guy to reserve a spot @ 914-310-8814. Anyone not planning on attending the event can make a Donation directly to http://wch.lls.llsevent.org/BOCCEFORDINO/

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April 27, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton Elkhrn. RAFFA 1 WOMAN. Contact JoAnn Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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April 27, 2013, California, Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. 17th ANNUAL LOS GATOS BOCCE CLUB THREE PERSON RAFFA. Contact: John Ross @ (408)
354-0625.

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April 28, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza. VOLO - 1 PLAYER Precision. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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May 4, 2013 California - PIASC San Mateo - RAFFA - 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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May 4, 2013 California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May 18, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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May 19, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 WOMAN. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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May 19, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza. VOLO 1 PLAYER Combination. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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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 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 - East Portal Sac. - 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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