The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 23 - June 14, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 3, Issue #23 – June 14, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bob Goetz of Pittsboro, NC writes...

"My favorite object in the photo of the week is the green porta-potty. Every court could use one, especially as the players get older.

Regards - and thanks for all the interesting issues. Look forward each week for some new tidbit about bocce."


Frequent contributor Bob Whitlow writes...

"For some unknown reason, I an still NOT receiving your weekly newsletter. Bocce is going strong here in Southern Illinois. Will have a Bocce USA league update for you this fall. We still conduct community night once a week and have special youth and senior field trips weekly at the courts."

{Bob continues to run outstanding bocce programs in his neck of the him, many other subscribers are not getting the ezine nowadays. Some spam filters have a way of even filtering out stuff the person wants to receive (a "false positive" as they say in the ezine business). You might contact your email service provider and let them know that you want to receive the email from (a kind of "white-listing" as they say).

Last week there was no publication because I was struggling with the new release of the software that allows me to create these html newsletters - still struggling, but managing. I'm happy to report that people did miss The Joy of Bocce Weekly last week - the first time I missed a weekly edition in over two years...please forgive me.}


Dominick Petillo asks...

"I have a question regarding the pallino being moved out-of-bounds. One member claims that the team that has all one color of bocce left over can claim those bocce as points. Is this true?"

{I've heard of rules where points can be awarded for all the unplayed balls if a team commits a violation - like inadvertantly moving balls that were already played - but most everybody just plays the frame over when the pallino is knocked out of play. As a matter of fact, I've seen players intentionally whack the pallino out of play, because the other team had a big advantage with the lie of balls on the court. They want to get a "do-over."}


Emelise Aleandri of NY sends this...

"Just a note to report that I finally got to play bocce! This past weekend I was part of the United Federation of Teachers delegation from NYC to the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators in Albany, NY. The weekend ends with a Festa at the Troy, NY Italian-American Community Center and a bocce tournament on the courts they have there.

Our team was called the UFT Bocce Belles and we lost the first round right away to the Misfits, but it was great fun and we stayed for the whole tournament. This was my first time and of course I am hooked. The Belles hope to get together and practice somewhere to get ready for next year. In bocca al lupo."

{Dr. Aleandri is an internationally recognized authority on the subject of Italian-American theatre. Her book, The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City can be found at the link below. Last I heard, Dr. Aleandri was cast in that movie with the bocce backdrop that we have mentioned here a couple times, The Tournament.}

More on Dr. Emilise Aleandri & The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Joe Fossatti. They depict "out with the old - in with the new" courts at the Italian American Club of Tucson, AZ.

Fossatti says...

"Attached are pictures of our just completed bocce courts. We tore out our three thirty-one year old wood frame courts and installed three 12 x 60 concrete with composition deck material for side boards. The court surface is decomposed granite and a sand clay mixture for a finish surface.

With the exception of the concrete work and awnings, everything else was done by club members. Hundreds of hours labor under the Arizona sun. Quite an accomplishment for a bunch of old retired guys. We sometimes questioned our sanity tearing out 6 inches of black top with a jack hammer and pick axes in 95 degree heat just for a game. We're bocce players!

The project was managed by Aldo Rossi and myself. We have about twenty to twenty-five players in the club. On an average we have 8 - 12 players for social play. In September we start our club league. In the past two years since I formed it we have had enough players for 5 four man teams."

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court 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 someone “Mickey Moused” the contraption using the wrong tools for the wrong job) and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), 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 players standing around waiting very long. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $137.95 plus shipping.

Click for more on the drag brush...

Non bocce product of the week
Motives customized cosmetics – everything from lipsticks to eye shadow to mascara to just about anything you might desire to enhance your natural good looks.

Discover choice, innovation and a customized look in the world of Motives cosmetics. Motives hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic cosmetics offer you cutting-edge style, vivid color and a wide variety of attractive makeup choices.

Learn more about Motives Custom Cosmetics...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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June 19, 2004 - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA - Women’s Open Tournament – 4 person team - contact Frank Rossi @ 707-425-2621.

June 25-27, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA four players - Bob Churko Memorial - contact 724-342-7112.

July 9-11, 2004, Bocce Classic X, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936 or email:

July 10, 2004, Northern California Bocce Championships, Martinez Bocce Federation (Waterfront Park facility housing 15 permanent courts). Open rules. Contact Keith Tate 925-370-0633 or e-mail:

July 10-11 World Series Warm-up - Men 4 player & Woman 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

July 17, 2004 - John Magnetti Mem. Open Tournament - 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation - 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA - contact Frank Rossi @ 707-425-2621.

July 23-25, 2004 - Italian Home - Farrell, PA - four players - contact 724-346-6931.

July 24, 2004 - 2nd Annual Lakefront Bocce Tournament - Benefits Special Olympics Wisconsin - McKinley Park - Milwaukee, WI - 64 four-person teams - $100 entry fee - Contact Chis Pfeiffer @ 262-797-0320 or

July 31 - Aug 1, 2004 - MVR Club - Youngstown, OHfour players - contact 330-746-7067.August 7, 2004 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person team - Must be over 55 - City of Danville - Sycamore Valley Park - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

August 13-15, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PAtwo players - contact 724-342-7112.August 14, 2004 - ABA Open Championships Open – 4 person teams - Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

Aug 14-15, 2004 - Paul Vitagliano Memorial Men's 4 player & Women's 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

August 21, 2004 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park South San Francisco, CA - contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.

August 22, 2004 - ABA Volo Championships – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. - Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

August 28, 2004 – ABA Raffa Championships - Concord Bocce FederationNewhall Park - Concord, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

September 11, 2004 - Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House - Monterey, CA. Contact Peter Dentice @ 831-372-5400.

October 9 - 11, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

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