The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 31 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product – 7' Drag Brush
•   Readers’ Feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the Week – Santa Monica
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #31 August 12, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email (author@joyofbocce.com) or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).

 Readers’ Feedback

Readers’ Feedback {Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Reasonably priced scoreboards?

{I have been fielding requests for inexpensive bocce scoreboards. When I referred one caller to the few sites that I knew of carrying scoreboards he commented that “It would seem that serious bocce is for the wealthier...”
Does anyone know of professional looking scoreboards that are within reach of the financially challenged bocce aficionado? Please REPLY and help get the word out.

Another thought – does any entrepreneurial type out there want to develop a good looking and reasonably priced device? A market appears to be there for it and bocce is not only booming but poised to really explode upon the American scene in the next couple years.

Rico Daniele of The Wonderful World of Bocce has a heavy duty plastic 3’ by 4’ scoreboard with his logo centered between two clock dials ($299.00). He also has a larger (4’ by 8’) metal one for $499.00. He’ll send you a brochure. Call him at 1-800-BOCCE54 (54 was the year he came over from Italy…that was 1954, not 1854). P.S. You don’t want to play him one-on-one in bocce or table tennis. Any other sport you have a chance of beating him.

George Farruggio’s group in Punta Gorda, Florida has another clock face scorer that goes from 1 to 16 (featured in This Week’s Photos - issue #25, June 24, 2002). Email George @ wam@isni.net for pricing.

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Robert W. Dettmer of Fort Wayne, Indiana sent this…
“I’m building a Bocce Court with our new home and I’m looking for some lighting ideas. This week’s picture has a good idea...any other thoughts?”
{Robert refers to last week’s photos of overhanging lights over the courts of the Elks Lodge in Springfield, Massachusetts. The lights need to be high enough that they aren’t shining in the players’ eyes as they roll. Also, in considering their placement you need to analyze what shadows are they likely to cast. Len Hickey of Wilbraham, Massachusetts has great lighting at his court on his business property – large telephone poles with powerful lights shining down from very high above. Someone suggested attaching a bug zapper by the lights to attract and electrocute those pesky West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes. Len’s lights are on a timer, and local high school kids hang out there and play bocce some evenings until the lights go out. Good, safe fun!}

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Natalie Martorana writes...

“My husband and I are constructing a bocce ball court in our backyard but we can't decide on the surface material. We were thinking of using "screed" which is the material used under bricks or pavers (small gravel mixed with sand and dust). We also are considering a "Har-Tru" clay material, the kind used on tennis courts. Any information you could give us would be appreciated. Thanks.“

{I had never heard of “screed” and am interested in learning more. Coincidentally, I recently met with the people at Har-Tru (actually Lee Tennis - looks like a solid company with very straight-forward, reputable sales reps) and am considering a one-inch topping of their tennis court clay over my existing stone dust. Does anyone have experience with this material and/or “screed”? Please REPLY and share the info with our readers.}

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Joe Saccone of San Rafael, California says…

“You have to see these courts – they will make you want to stay with us in San Rafael.”

{You got that right Joe. These courts are fabulous looking – please send photos that I can share with readers. Joe sent me a flyer from the Marin Bocce Federation, 550 “B” Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. The brochure is professionally done and the place looks like a showpiece. Here is an excerpt from the flyer…}

“Marin Bocce, located in Albert Park, consists of 8 bocce courts in a beautiful setting that includes a built-in barbecue pit and picnic tables.

Traditionally, bocce courts were made from ground oyster shells, but our courts have been constructed from a state-of-the-art synthetic rubber that permits year-round play.

Marin bocce is open Tuesday and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM – 4 PM. Week nights are reserved for league play. Marin bocce courts can be rented by the day, or by the hour. Call 415-485-5583 for more information.”

 Photos of the Week – Santa Monica
Christine Emerson Reed Park, Santa Monica, California

Steve Watkins from Santa Monica, California has submitted this week’s photos along with this gracious message…

“I'm a loyal reader of your newsletter. I've got the "left coast" photos you've been seeking! I'm enclosing a couple photos of our group playing bocce at the public courts in Santa Monica, Calif., where I live.

We play about once a week or so on these courts at Christine Emerson Reed Park at 7th and Wilshire in Santa Monica. The courts have simply a dirt surface that makes for some interesting bounces and rolls, especially when it's very dry, as it typically is through most of the year. They're surrounded by cement barriers that are good for bank shots.

I hope you can publish these in an upcoming newsletter. Thanks, and keep up the great work.”

{Steve, heartfelt thanks for these great pictures which are indeed “This Week’s Photos.” Also, I LOVE to hear about courts that are in the PUBLIC DOMAIN – that’s truly the way for the game to grow!}

{Please send bocce photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly features too many photos from the East - need pics from the "left coast" and the South & Mid-America too. I'd love to post them here on "This Week's Photos."}

Check out this week's pictures

 Bocce product – 7' Drag Brush

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 (like a vocational school drop out “Mickey Moused” the contraption using the wrong tools for the wrong job) and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Last week I met with a couple of very nice young men, representatives from Lee Tennis (makers of that Har-Tru clay surface that Natalie referred to above). I’m considering a top-coat of one inch of their clay over the existing stone dust in the hopes that my court will play faster and roll truer. The reps showed me some court maintenance tools that
were created for tennis courts but look like they will work fine for bocce courts as well. I’ve been experimenting with their 7-foot drag brush which I absolutely love. It 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 players standing around waiting. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $137.95 plus shipping. (Ships from Charlottesville, Virginia)

 Non bocce product of the week
Non bocce product of the week - Glucosatrin for healthy joints

{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

The success of glucosamine products on helping to heal and maintain healthy joints is well documented. Well, my company's entry into this field is, I believe, the finest on the market. This product is a nutritional approach to healthy joints and cartilage using special nutrients and herbs. It helps relieve joint stiffness caused by vigorous activity or the natural wear and tear from aging and/or being a tad overweight. It aids in suppressing inflammation and can strengthen and stabilize the collagen that is already in place in the joints. This might be just the thing to lessen or altogether alleviate the pain and stiffness you feel walking up and down the bocce court and bending over to pick up bocce balls.

Each bottle contains 120 tablets. Retails for $39.95 plus shipping. {As with any health product, always consult your physician.}

Learn more about Glucosatrin

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