The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 15 - April 14, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   NJ retirement club features bocce
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
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Volume 2, Issue #15 April 14, 2003
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 NJ retirement club features bocce
Peter Runfolo of Elizabeth, New Jersey is the “point man” (pun intended) on a very interesting and worthwhile project. He is creating a 25,000 sq. foot retirement club in New Jersey. Plans include the building of eight 12’ X 79’ bocce courts.

“The Retirement Clubs of New Jersey, Inc. (RCNJ) is a non-profit charitable foundation registered with the New Jersey Division of Charities. The sole purpose of the RCNJ is to provide New Jersey seniors with a place to enhance their social, recreational, physical, and intellectual health. The initial club will be for seniors living in Union County. Additional county clubs will follow in the near future.”

Peter has asked for a little coverage in The Joy of Bocce Weekly “so that NJ people can be aware of our idea.”

Their very informative web site at WWW.RETIREMENTCLUB.ORG states that “WE ARE IN OUR SECOND HALF OF LIFE AND I’M SURE YOU WANT TO ENJOY IT. IF YOU DO, THEN PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS REMARKABLE 25,000 SQUARE FOOT RETIREMENT CLUB WITH 48 TRADITIONAL AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, ALL UNDER ONE ROOF. WE ARE SENIORS PLANNING THIS FOR OURSELVES.”

The site has links to things like the facility’s proposed Floor Plan and Activities (which, in addition to bocce, include golf and softball cages, billiards, cooking classes, a fix-it shop, wood carving, senior work out room, and a book club).

Peter is interested in getting input from clubs who are already up and running.

He also is seeking “sound advice on the construction of the indoor Bocce courts including the size of the courts in order to host WORLD CLASS TOURNAMENTS.”

Runfolo adds that “We have plans to have identical clubs in 14 counties in New Jersey.”

If you can help with input in any of these areas, please email Peter Runfolo directly at Peteyrun@aol.com (or click REPLY and I will forward your comments). Check the web site out first by clicking on the link below. Here's wishing Runfolo and the NJ seniors much success!

Check out www.retirementclub.org

 Bocce product of the week
Lute/scarifier for court maintenance

In addition to the wonderful 7-foot drag brush featured in recent JOB Weekly issues, I’ve decided to add a handy, light-weight metal rake-like tool called a lute/scarifier to my list of bocce court maintenance tools. {As a bonus for us New Englanders, I was glad to discover that it can double as a snow rake to prevent ice dams on the roof. It came in handy this winter as I battled the ice dam problem.}

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 $50.95 plus shipping. The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush (see the Merchandise link at www.joyofbocce.com) should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs. You can also click on the photo of the lute/scarifier above to see more merchandise.

 Photos of the week
This week’s pics come courtesy of Michael Grasser who took part in, and photographed the recent Cape Coral, Florida bocce tournament.

Mike says that "It was a very well organized and fun tournament. I have never been to a tournament where the directors worked so hard to make the rules as fair to all teams."

According to Grasser, the key personnel making the event successful were “Skinny Battista (tournament director), George Furlan (tournament promoter, sponsor and never ending worker), and Rudy Diaz (club president, sponsor, promoter, etc.).”

Before the event kicked off, the directors got everybody together (18 teams, perhaps 80 players) to talk about the rules that would be in effect. For example, they discussed live ball vs. dead ball off the back walls and voted that any ball hitting the back without first striking another ball would be dead and removed from play.

Players got to weigh in on their preferences through the democratic process and then a majority vote decided the issue.

Grasser reports that “We played games up to 12 points, double elimination, four man teams (two per end) on 70' x 15' clay courts.” Click the photo above or the link below to see Mike Grasser's Cape Coral photos.

{Please send photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly tries to feature photos from all over the country and from other countries too. I'd love to post your pictures here as "This Week's Photos."}

Check the photos out at http://www.joyofbocce.com/Photos.ivnu.

Cape Coral Florida Pictures

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

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...

More details on the isotonic delivery system for supplements

 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 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.

April, 2003 – Biltmore Invitational – Lake Tahoe, NV. Contact Kyle Hughes 1 (800) 245-8667.

April 26, 2003 - Three Person Volo, Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, Stockton, CA, Volo Rules, Contact David Canclini (209) 957-3314 or canclini@gotnet.net.

April 26, 2003 - 1st Annual Long Island Bocce Club Spring Fling - 4 player Team - Single Elimination - Milldam Park, Huntington New York - Cost: $100.00 Team - Honorarium Awards for both Teams in the finals and Best Team. Contact: www.libocceclub.com or email James@libocceclub.com.

April 26, 2003 – Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament, Bellingham, WA. Contact Tom McNutt at boccemon.com (view more tourney info at that site).

April 27, 2003 – Downey Bocce Club (Downey, California) Charity Tournament for St. Jude. Held at the Apollo Park Senior Center – corner of Rives and Quill. Looking for 16 teams. Contact John Fiorenza at 562-927-2490 or email Fio123@earthlink.net. Entry fee is $100 – four players on a team. “GOOD PRIZE MONEY AVAILABLE.”

May, 2003 – Herrin Festa Italiano Superball Championships, Herrin, IL.

May 17, 2003 – 2nd Annual Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit bocce tournament. Indoors at Home Run Park, Lawrence, Mass. Four-person teams - $80 entry fee. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ author@joyofbocce.com.

May 24, 2003 - Memorial Team Handicap, Moses Lake, WA. Open Course bocce tourney. Limited spots available. Contact Jeff at boccethis@yahoo.com.

June 8-15, 2003 - United States National Bocce Tournament - Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL - winners will compete in the WORLD COMPETITION in SWITZERLAND. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223.

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact rbloomky@aol.com.

July 26, 2003 - 1st annual Backyard Bocce/ Italian Community Center Bocce Tournament - McKinley Park, Milwaukee. The entrance fee = $100 per team (or $25 per team member). Hoping for at least 50 teams. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Wisconsin.

August 9 2003 - Mich. State Bocce Championship, Sylvan Lake, Michigan 3 players per team 2 bocce balls each. Round robin format. $200.00 per team. 1 alternate recommended. Open rules. $2000.00 in prize money, trophies and medals.

September 21, 2003 – Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl, Szot Park, Chicopee, Mass. Four player teams - $200 entry fee – includes t-shirt, lunch & dinner. Limited # of teams – 1st place = $600, 2nd place = $300, 3rd place = $200. Contact Rico Daniele @ 1-800-BOCCE54.

November 1st, 2003 - Third Annual Big Ben Invitational - 2 person Punto, Raffa, Volo - International rules, two person teams - three balls each. Price not yet determined, big money potential. Contact Ben Musolf - Campo di Bocce 408.395.7650.

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