The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 32 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week – Travel Bocce
•   Readers’ Feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week – Tri-Omega PLUS
•   Photos of the week – Long Island Bocce Club
•   Tournament Update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #32 August 19, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ Feedback
Readers’ Feedback {Publisher’s comments in brackets}

P & J Robbins had this to say on our continuing discussion of “screed”…

“Regarding the "screed", I believe it's also called "crusher fines". About a year ago we re-landscaped our yard to xeriscape and used the crusher fines for pathways. At first it shifts a lot, then after a few rains it becomes quite stable. It does squish a bit with moisture from rain or snow, but then returns to a stable surface. We plan on using it on our Bocce court to be built next spring. A big selling point for us was the cost, roughly $50 a pickup truck load. Only the toughest of weeds dare to grow in it and can easily be sprayed.”

{Thanks for the good info – another question…will this screed be a good, fast surface material or is this a subsurface material that you will cover with another topping? Any additional info from P. & J. Robbins or others with experience with screed will be greatly appreciated}


More on reasonably priced scoreboards…

Tom Belluomini of San Bruno, California says…
“I will send you a picture of the Bocce scoreboard I made. Maybe I will make them and sell them for personal use by other bocce brothers and sisters.”

{By all means, send photos. If they look good and are reasonably priced, we may have the next Bocce Product of the Week.}


Jim Berning, one of those looking for scoreboards writes…

“I found out yesterday that my Dad is making a small,
"portable" Bocce scoreboard. Looks pretty good!

Do you know of any "pre-manufactured" Bocce courts (or should
I say surfaces), where perhaps it can be moved in wintertime?
We've got a real lumpy, stumpy yard!

{I don’t know about moving it in the wintertime, but Sports Courts is a company that does AstroTurf type courts for multi-use like tennis, basketball, etc. and they are tapping into the burgeoning bocce market as well. Check out and/or contact John Molori at Let John know what part of the country you are in, and he can hook you up with a rep in that area. Be aware that we are talking quality here. This won’t be cheap, but no harm in checking it out.}


Steve Watkins from Santa Monica, California who sent us last week’s great photos responded to my question about whether he was playing a kind of “cut-throat” bocce with three players each using a different color ball.

“We have four people, two to a side. I'm the fourth player, not shown in the picture, because I was shooting the picture. So it's standard partner play. One team will have two colors of balls (for example, red and blue) while the other side will have two others, in our case green and yellow. We play to 12 and don't use the back wall in play unless you hit another ball before hitting the back. The side walls are in play.”

{Duh! Of course you were not in the picture, Steve - you were taking the photo - what was I thinking?

If you had two sets of these multi-colored balls, three players could have a game in which they each had four bocce balls of a distinct color and play “every man for himself.” I wonder how the order of play would go after the initial point was established by say, red. Who would roll next, blue or green? Has anyone played like this? Please REPLY and clue us in.}

 Photos of the week – Long Island Bocce Club
This week my wife and I made a brief excursion to the Big Apple. We visited Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, ground zero at the former WTC site, and the Long Island Bocce Club (after New York, everything else is just a town). Ellis Island and Lady Liberty brought warm reminiscences to my wife Carmela, who took in those sights for just the second time since she arrived in this country from Salerno, Italy when she was 6 years old.

We paid our respects at ground zero and got the feeling that there is not only a huge hole in the middle of the city, but a gaping hole in the city’s heart as well. I thought about my friend Ken Waldie, a passenger on AA Flight 11. Still, the spirits of New Yorkers seemed high, and we left feeling uplifted rather than dismayed. In typically American fashion, the surrounding streets are a mix of people trying to pay homage to the dead, and those trying to turn a profit from the tragedy.

We had a great time visiting with the newly formed Long Island Bocce Club and have posted some photos of their courts. These guys know how to have fun. They are relatively new to bocce, love the game, and are open to ideas for better play and running quality events. Anyone within driving distance of Huntington needs to contact this group and become part of the action. Club president James Schiffmacher has good organizational skills, and his enthusiastic crew looks like they can make things happen. Check out or call Jim at 516-449-0238. They are running a doubles tournament
(two-person teams) October 26th – see Tournament Action below.

They have two well-constructed lighted 78’ by 16’ courts at one site (Mildam Park) and another 78’ by 13’ court (not lighted) a short distance away (Heckscher Park). These courts are in public parks that have facilities for softball, tennis, walking paths, etc.

Check out this classy email that I received from Peter Rabito, one of the enthusiastic LI Bocce Club faithful…

“Mario, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to visit us on Thursday evening. You and your wife are lovely people! It was a pleasure meeting you and listening to your advice and recommendations regarding bocce. I truly enjoy the game and hope that our club gains in popularity and becomes successful. We have high expectations that perhaps one day, we can have a facility such as the one you mentioned, coffee bar, food, multiple courts etc. Anyway, even if that doesn't happen, I will still enjoy the game as it will introduce me to individuals such as your wife and you! Again, thank you.
Peter Rabito”

{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 the photos of Peter and the gang...

 Bocce product of the week – Travel Bocce
Bryan Mero ( offers a travel bocce kit made of 1 1/2 inch red and green painted wooden balls that allows you to play a miniature version of bocce in your living room or other suitable venue. The pallino is the same size as the other balls (but a different color) because a smaller object might present a choking hazard for small children. Mero claims that it is very popular with campers who take it along on excursions (making the waterproof pouch that the kits comes in a big plus). Travel Bocce is listed in OUTSIDE Magazine as a fun activity while camping, hiking or going to the beach. It retails on Bryan's site for $14.95 plus shipping. Bryan is a good guy who loves bocce and does a great job promoting it via his very popular website.

Check out Travel Bocce

 Non bocce product of the week – Tri-Omega PLUS

Non bocce product of the week - Tri-Omega PLUS for cardio-vascular health maintenance

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

A new product from my company (the quality of which never ceases to amaze me) is Tri-Omega PLUS. Heart disease is the number one killer of people in North America, taking more than half a million lives per year. The good news is that in combination with a proper diet and regular exercise, there are certain nutrients that can help maintain health. Among these are "omega-3" long-chain fatty acids. Tri-Omega PLUS provides a powerful blend of pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 fatty acids along with a powerful blend of three B vitamins to help you maintain cardiovascular health.

Tri-Omega PLUS provides a powerful blend of pharmaceutical grade omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils, and alpha-linolenic acid from cold-pressed flaxseed oil. It also contains complicated sounding but important things like linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, as well as selected B vitamins (B6, folic acid, and B12), which have been shown to assist the body in maintaining normal ranges of homocysteine.

Let me make things simple...if you don't eat fish as many times per week as you should, this product can fill in the gaps and go a long way toward improving cardiovascular health. Bottle of 60 softgel capsules retails for $14.95 plus shipping.

Take care of yourself - Stay healthy - Play bocce - Click here

 Tournament Update

Tournament update {chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce.

August, 2002 - Chattanooga Southeastern Tournament. "The most scenic court in the South." Unfortunately, Dr. Portera had some unforeseen problems with this event and had to cancel for this year…a big disappointment to those of us familiar with this wonderful tournament and cultural experience. We hope and expect that it will be back in action next August!

August 24 and 25, 2002 - 19th Annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce, Wickliffe Italian-American Club, 29717 Euclid Ave. (Route 20), Wickliffe, Ohio 44092, Tel. 440-943-6957, $100 per team

August 24 and 25, 2002 - IL PRIMO PENNSYLVANIA BOCCE INVITATIONAL, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The biggest bocce competition on the East Coast. Open Division as well as Novice with four-player teams in each (all roll one ball), and tournament is open to both men and women. Entry fee $30.00 per player for the Open Division and $20.00 per player for the Novice - ALL entry fees going toward cash prizes. Guaranteed minimum first place cash prize of $1,000.00 in the Open Division and $400.00 first place prize in Novice Division. Contact: Jim Cawley @ or call (1 800 229-3526)

September 8, 2002 - Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl - Szot Park, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Four player teams - Entrance fee = $200 (fee includes competition, T-shirt, lunch and dinner for all players) - For more information call 413-592-6142. If you come to play this September, you'll get an added bonus - you get to meet me and my teammates from Home Run Park in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

October 26, 2002 – Long Island Bocce Club Fall Fiesta – Mildam Park, Huntington, NY.
Two-person teams. For more info go to or call James Schiffmacher @ 516-449-0238.


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