The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 25 - June 28, 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 #25 - June 28, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Pam Richetta of Tempo Italiano sends this...

"Villa Tempo Italiano - in the heart of historic downtown Easton, PA - is home to three annual Bocce tournaments each year. The first on Sunday, July 11th - the Tempo Italiano Heritage Day Bocce Tournament sponsored by Rossi of Washington, NJ - is in conjunction with Easton's annual Heritage Day Celebration. Over 20,000 people will visit for the festivities that day. The entry fee is $60.00 per team with a guaranteed purse of $500.00 to the first place team, $300.00 to the second place team and $200.00 to the third place team. Winners also receive either gold, bronze or silver medallions and the first 10 teams to enter receive Tempo Italiano hats.

The second tournament of 2004 is the Tempo Italiano Celebration Tournament on Sunday August 29th, again sponsored by Rossi of Washington, NJ. Same entry fee and same purse. There is also the Tempo Italiano Talent Search Competition during the day and the celebration ends with a Banquet that evening (casual attire) at Green Pond Country Club with an Italian Buffet, entertainment and dancing.

The last tournament of the season is on Sunday, October 24th. All of the tournaments are in conjunction with the weekly radio program, Tempo Italiano, that airs from 9 AM to 3 PM on Sundays.

In addition to the competition and camaraderie there's plenty of Italian music and great food, too. Ample parking behind the Villa is available and Easton, PA is very accessible from NY, NJ, DEL.

Anyone interested in participating in any of the events may call Tempo Italiano at 610 559-5570 for an entry form."

{These sound like wonderful events - please send photos - I will try to get a team from my bocce posse here in Mass. to enter at least one of them.}


John A. Bogigian II writes...

"I am really enjoying the joy of bocce weekly. The back issues have helped me tremendously in building my court. I will send along pics soon, I was wondering about Bocce in Georgia I have found one enthusiast in Griffin GA by going through your back issues. I would like to compile a list of other enthusiasts in GA can you help?"

{I don't know of other players in Georgia, but perhaps readers will REPLY to this...I have been unable to archive back issues since Topica has come out with a new version of the software that creates this ezine - so far, tech support hasn't been able to help me, but I will keep at it.}


David Canclini of the US Bocce Federation sends results of the 2004 US Bocce Championships...

Men’s Volo Singles

1. Marco Cuneo – Aquatic Park Bocce Club
2. Alberico Leonardi – Bersaglieri
3. Robert Lonardo – Team A.B.A.

Women’s Volo Singles

1. Norma DePauli – Partin Highway Transport # 3
2. Andrea Ross – Campo di Bocce
3. Lee Cerri – Partin Highway Transport # 1

Men’s Volo Doubles

1. Bersaglieri – Alberico Leonardi and David Canclini
2. Team A.B.A. – Roberto Lonardo and John Dine
3. Campo di Bocce – Rob Coffron and Rick Taormina

Women’s Volo Doubles

1. Delta Packing – Norma DePauli and Lee Cerri
2. Shady Oak Cellars – Andrea Ross, Teresa Wagstaff, Elizabeth Jade Wong
3. Bocce Girls – Doris Perez, JoAnn Jacobs

Team Raffa

1. Bersaglieri – Romano Lotti, Giovanni Napoli, David Canclini
2. Campo di Bocce # 2 – Dr. Angel Cordano, Rob Coffron, Cameron Wolfe, Rolando Negrini.
3. I. A. C. – Ron Jacobs, Norman Freschet, Rick Wagstaff, Luca Fontana, John Ross

Women’s Raffa Singles

1. Doris Perez – Bocce Girl
2. Teresa Passaglia – Club Corvo # 1
3. Elizabeth Jade Wong – La Provincia Firenze

Under 25 Open

1. Cameron Wolfe
2. Jarrod Garner
3. David Lopez

Team Open A

1. Bocce by Tate – Keith Tate, Russ Calhoun, Jarrod Garner, Thomas Adair
2. Bersaglieri – Alberico Leonardi, Romano Lotti, Giovanni Napoli, David Canclini
3. I Tol U – Toi Silva, Mike Fontana, Bob Faraone, Joe Malfitano

Team Open B

1. East Portal – Jim Fellos, David Zaffa, Jack Toiga, Jack Roupp
2.Quattro Fortunato – Gary DePauli, Tony Queirolo, Dominic Queirolo, Ida Queirolo
3. Quattro Montoni – Bob Tamasello, Carl Renner, Vince Lavios, Paulo Pro

Men’s Volo Precision Shooting

1. Marco Cuneo
2. Rick Wagstaff
3. John Dine

Women’s Volo Precision Shooting

1. Andrea Ross

Men’s Volo Speed Shooting

1. Marco Cuneo
2. Ben Tosi
3. John Dine/Luca Fontana

Men’s Raffa Shooting

1. Ron Jacobs (16)
2.Giovanni Napoli (14)
3. Romano Lotti (12)

Women’s Raffa Shooting

1. Shirley Croce (14)
2.Teresa Wagstaff (11)
3. Jackie Johnson (10)

Visit the USBF web site...

Photos of the week
Held over 2nd week - partly because the photos are so good, but mostly because the well is running dry - PLEASE FOLLOW MATT MELUCCI"S LEAD AND SEND PICS.

This week Matt Melucci updates us on his beautiful court in Illinois.

Says Matt…”I'm located in Collinsville, IL, 10 miles east of downtown St. Louis, MO. Although there is a large Italian-American community here, to my knowledge, this is the only closed court in town. Most folks play on open grass or gravel drives. In fact, you list the Bocce Contest held at Collinsville's annual "Italian Fest" in your newsletter. It is played on an open area.

The little guy {in one of the photos} (who believed all weekend that it was his job to rake the court between games) is one of my nephew's sons. You can see a little of the "gutter" behind him, which is, of course, out of play. There's one on each end. They're great at preventing a player from surrounding the pallino in a corner (you had an article regarding that problem on "boxed-in" courts in a past edition). Hopefully, you can also see the "tracks" or "trays" to hold bocci prior to use. Also, the special double-shelved bottle holders are visible in one or two photos -- they're great to prevent accidental spills onto the court!

Thanks! And, thank you for the great E-Magazine!! “

Matt Melucci

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 7' drag brush...

Non bocce product of the week
VitaShield Vitamin C&E Liposome Intensive Moisturizer is a breakthrough in skin moisturizing technology.

Utilizing proven ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, the VitaShield Intensive Moisturizer delivers the payload through highly effective liposomes, which are microscopic oil-based particles which penetrate the epidermis and deliver the moisturizing components, antioxidants and other special ingredients deep into the skin.

VitaShield Vitamin C & E Intensive Moisturizer used in the morning and evening will make a noticeable difference in our skin's appearance.

VitaShield Vitamin C Intensive Treatment is a revitalizing skin-care product that contains 10% vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), one of the highest concentrations of any such product on the market today. What makes the Vitamin C Intensive Treatment so effective is the science in which the Vitamin C is kept intact, maintaining its full potency.

This will stimulate the growth of new collagen and ultimately reduce the appearance of many fine lines and wrinkles.

{I know a woman in Massachusetts who used the product on one half of her face for several months - a kind of controlled experiment. The results were side of her face had much reduced fine lines - her boyfriend was fond of saying "I want to date the woman on THAT side." (pointing to the VitaShield treated side). For more info click below to get to, then click Go Shopping - then enter vitashield kit in the search window.}

Learn more about VitaShield...

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. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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, PA - two 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.

September 25, 2004 - XXIX Italian/American Games -Raffa – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park So. San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

September 26, 2004 - Bruno Freschet Mem. Tour. - Open – 4 person team - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo, Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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

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