The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 32 - August 23, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   2nd edition update
•   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 #32 - August 23, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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2nd edition update
For a sport that is not supposed to be in the “mainstream,” I’ve been getting an awful lot of requests for my 2nd edition of The Joy of Bocce. This is very gratifying, and I think all our patience will pay off as the galleys are in hand and they look very good.

Here is the status report…

I just finished a painstaking review of the galleys (what the publisher is going to typeset) ferreting out typos and making final changes. This is an arduous task that is more tiring to me than manual labor. Honest, I’d rather shovel and wheelbarrow yards of stone than stare at the screen and pay such close attention to every detail on 300 printed pages.

I’ve typed up and submitted 14 pages of changes…things like…

This photo’s too small – this one’s too large - put bullets here - use larger type there – make this boldface – this other italics - we need a hyphen here - take the dash out there - correct this typo – put more white space around this photo – line up these numbers better - the caption under this photo is missing – this photo has been transposed with this other photo – center this caption under the photo - delete this word – insert this one - this should be lower case, this should be upper case - this is an orphan, this is a widow – move it back in the text – move it forward. Change every occurrence of AstroTurf to Astroturf.

Then there is always stuff the spell checker will miss – “leaned” should be “learned”. “Forgoing” should be “foregoing”.

Over the past ten days, I’ve read the manuscript three times and made a multitude of changes. I called every phone number that is listed (like bocce equipment manufacturers), to verify that it is right, surfed every web site to make sure it was correct and up-and-running. I’ve telephoned to make sure the photo credits are correct, in some cases asking for newer photos to be submitted. I’m finished and am one tired puppy headed to Cape Cod for a couple days of R & R.

The good news is that the book looks wonderful. I think I am going to be very proud when it is finally in hand. The only reservation I have is that some of the photos are smaller than I had hoped, but this is mostly because many of them are 72 dpi digital snapshots submitted by ezine readers. The higher the resolution we convert them to, the tinier they appear.

Next step - the publisher will make the corrections I’ve sent. That will take 7 to 10 days. Then I’ll get a last look (electronic) to verify that they caught all the “bugs”. There will probably be a half dozen or so that slipped by. I’ll take a couple days to check everything again – the publisher and I will “tweak it” a bit more - sending it back and forth electronically - then finally I’ll sign off that it is ready to go to press. In this print-on-demand age, that will take just a couple more weeks. So, I am hopeful that the book will be in my grimy little hands by the end of September or early to mid-October. Stay tuned.

The Joy of Bocce was very well received by the bocce community. This new and improved 2nd edition looks like it will blow the first edition away.

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Todd Dickman who writes..."Here are some pictures of our courts and play in the City of Riverview, Michigan under the Recreation Department. The courts were constructed in the fall of 2003 by the city's Department of Public Works. They are made from Har-Tru, 76' X 10' and play great.

The courts are located at City Hall. The City of Riverview Recreation Department has started a Bocce Club on Wednesday evenings and that is where most of the pictures come from. You will also find pictures of the Recreation Maintenance Staff maintaining the courts and a picture of them standing with one of the scoreboards they designed and built. (They were not the crew who put the courts together)

Riverview is looking forward to growth and our success in Bocce."

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Bocce product of the week
Court maintenance tools - 7' drag brush & lute/scarifier

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 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.


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 should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click for more on lute/scarifier and 7' drag brush...

Non bocce product of the week
Glucosatrin is a nutritional approach for healthy joints and bones. Featuring special nutrients and herbs, Glucosatrin® helps relieve joint stiffness caused by overactivity and helps reduce overall wear and tear from growing old - or from being overweight. Each bottle contains 90 tablets. May just ease those creaky joints and help your bocce game!

Learn more about Glucosatrin...

Tournament update
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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 11, 2004 - Hilton Head Island, SC Chapter of UNICO 14th Annual Bocce Tournament sponsored by Fratello's Sausage Company - Open - 2 Person Team, Double Elimination - $35 Team Entry Fee - 1st Place Team $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $150 and 4th $100. Contact John Urato at 888-813-1684.

September 18, 2004 - Collinsville Illinois Italianfest Tournament - Glidden Park, Lebanon and Branch Street, Collinsville (located approx 1 mile from the fest grounds) - info

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.

September 26, 2004 - Sunshine Village Fall Festival Tourney - Szot Park, Chicopee, Mass. - 4 person teams - contact Rico Daniele at 800-BOCCE54.

October 2, 2004 - Open, 4-person teams - Marin Bocce Federation - 550 B Street, San Rafael, CA. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-454-4483.

October 9, 2004 - Jerry Belleci Mem. Tourn. - Open Rules – four-person teams - Pittsburg Bocce Federation, Buchanan Park - Pittsburg, CA. Contact Manny and Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890.

October 16, 2004 - Volo – 3 person team - So SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park, So. San Francisco, CA - contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-583-9936.

November 19 - 21, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

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