The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 34 - September 12, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & 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 4, Issue #34 - September 12, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello again bocce movers and shakers,

This week's photos are from Vancouver, British Columbia. Check them out. Also, I'll be revising my web site over the next couple weeks and months as my senior softball season is winding down and I'll have some free time before senior hoop starts. One thing I plan to do is streamline the navigation to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. Right now there are too many buttons on each page.

I've started a new page titled Bocce Venues where I'll post a photo of each venue. Clicking on the photo will take you to a page of pictures and details on that venue. Just added Gotcha Bocce (Louisville, KY) and Dr. Mazzei's Maine court so far, but will add more in the near future. Please invite me to your venue so that I can take photos and add them to my new Bocce Venues page.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Don't forget the World Bocce Championship September 18 - 24 at the Palazzo di Bocce in Orion, Michigan.

Opening ceremonies are on Sunday, September 18th. The best players in the world will be in the house!

Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 ext. 13 or .

{I'm trying to arrange my schedule to attend for at least a couple days.}


Peter Rabito, President of The American Bocce Club (NY)wants to help the hurricane relief fund...

"I cannot seem to get the thousands of unfortunate victims of Hurricane Katrina out of my mind. This devastating calamity has displaced countless families and who knows what exactly the final cost will be to rebuild the proud Gulf Coast and give these families a fresh new start.

Well in a small way, our Bocce community can take an active role in the rebuilding and healing process. That is why the American Bocce Club will be hosting a Hurricane Relief Fund Bocce Tournament on Saturday, October 1st, 2005. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Red Cross. There will be food, refreshments and trophies awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. It is a 4 person team event and the entry fee is $80 per team. If you would like more information, please email Peter Rabito at:

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon then playing Bocce and knowing that you are doing something special to help others in need!

I encourage the many other Bocce clubs and organizations throughout this great country of ours to host similar fund raising events. Lets show America as well as the world that the Bocce family is strong and united! We can all submit photos and stories about these events to the Joy of Bocce so as to follow each other's progress!

On behalf of the American Bocce Club, I would like to thank everyone who participates in this noble cause as well as offering my thoughts and prayers to the unfortunate many...God Bless them all!"



On October 9th we are going to help run a bocce fund-raiser for the Jimmy Fund in Derry, NH at a sports complex called the SportsZone. I think it is the first charity fund-raiser of its kind in New England. {I think that eventually bocce fund-raisers will equal or surpass golf tourney fund-raisers in number as anyone who can roll a ball can help the charity.}

A little may recall our problem with the zoning board in Salem, NH where we failed to get a variance for the greenhouse that we built (sans permit) over our four bocce courts. The Martignetti family operates a building supply business with outlets in Amesbury and Woburn, Mass. They purchased the greenhouse from our non-profit group. In what Napolean Hill referred to as "finding the seed of an equivalent benefit in any negative situation," we connected with an outstanding family in the Martignettis. It just so happens that they also LOVE bocce and want to run a bocce fund-raiser because the controller of the family business has a grandchild recently diagnosed with Leukemia. In the Martignetti family's own words...


"A very special four-year-old in our lives, Drew Pelletrino, was recently diagnosed with leukemia, a malignant cancer of the bone marrow and blood. Drew's grandfather, Dick Drew, is the controller of our family's business. We were all deeply affected by the heartbreaking news that Drew had leukemia, and we all felt that we wanted to do something. Combining our love of getting our family and friends together and a desire to help, we decided to host the first annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament.

Proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Jimmy Fund in Drew's name. The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Drew is currently being treated. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has helped save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care at Dana-Farber.

So please consider joining us on October 9 for some fun bocce action. We'll have lots of fun while we support a great cause.

Our goal is to raise $20,000. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Martignetti Enterprises, Inc. has pledged $5,000!"


How you can help...

We need sponsors. Court naming, company name on banner, company name on t-shirt, etc.

We need donations. Tax deductible - any amount. Checks made payable to MFCBT (Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament) 29 High St., Woburn, MA 01801.

We hope to have as many as 10 courts set up on Astroturf at the SportsZone in Derry, NH and could use the donation or loan of 8' or 16' timbers to frame off the courts.

We'll need at least 10 sets of bocce balls, and so far, have only rounded up 6 or so.

We need prizes to award participants - items that might go in gift bags as in golf tournaments.

If you are going to be in the New England area...

We need teams to participate.

We need volunteers to referee the games, serve food, hawk raffle tickets, etc. on October 9th.

Contact me at if you would like to chat about any of this.

Click here for a pdf file with more details, tourney entry information, and a pretty cool picture of Drew.


Ken Driscoll writes...

“I am a retired police officer/detective out of Baltimore City's Police Department. I retired after only 16 years due to a broken back, something I obtained on the job while chasing a car jacking suspect. I am now in a wheelchair most of the time. I do use cane/crutches for short trips. Bocce is a great source of therapy.

I only have one good leg, but it does allow me the advantage over many wheelchair players in that I can stand on that good leg to roll.

I was hoping you would have a way of my downloading all of your back issues of Bocce Weekly as it would assure me that I have everything and don't miss or duplicate a download. So far I have been enjoying what I have read and I plan on downloading the e-Book version of the Joy of Bocce.

Can your e-Book version be purchased directly using something like PayPal, and can I download your ezine all in one file?

{The only way to get the e-Book is through the publisher at (click on Book Store, then enter Pagnoni in the box for Author = _________. I've archived almost all the ezine back issues on my web site, so you can read any of them there. The only drawback is that the link for photos of the week will go to the current week's photos, not the ones described in the ezine. That's why I'm starting the Bocce Venues page described above.}

Also, I myself want to start an ezine or write an e-Book on police stuff, interrogations, police stories, etc... what is the best way to get started?”

{Click the link below. The Ezine Queen has written the best primer on publishing an suggestion - make it a monthly - weekly publishing makes for an ambitious project.}

Learn how to publish your own ezine...

Photos of the week
This week's pictures come courtesy of Boccemon Tom McNutt. He tells us...

"The Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia has one of the finest bocce facilities on the continent. It is a great institution and every culture would be proud to have such a treasure.

To support one of their activities they have installed four (4) clay bocce courts. The clay and the environment didn't work so well together so they eventually enclosed the courts which were set up on a playground between two existing structures. The alleys are as close
to 'flat level' as a natural surface can be. Tony spends a minimum of 25 hours each week working these courts. Misting water from the overhead hose; using a hand trowel to add new clay in the impressions left by the volo shots; and working the concrete float; these are
scheduled parts of his week.

They collect natural clay from construction sites. The clay is typically free and they take it back to the Centre where they dry it for future use. Tony is still working the same pile I saw on a visit several years ago. The type of clay is critical.

Standing over the courts with pride and satisfaction, while taking in the billiard-like surface and the Zen sense of a newly groomed court. This is a rare kind of love. There is nothing like it except perhaps the feeling of messing it up. These courts will become obsolete in 10 years unless they can find somebody to start learning the maintanence program from Tony.

If you get invited to play a tournament at this facility, don't miss out. These folks are very serious about the game and they celebrate it! Check out their schedule at ."

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Rain Country Blend by

Here is a description of the oyster shell bocce surface distributed by Boccemon Tom McNutt in his own words...

"Our Rain Country Blend was created from sheer desire to have an outdoor oyster surface that drained while providing as much speed and as little bounce as possible. We had high expectations for the surface as it rains here almost as often as we like to play.

People who want an instant court surface probably shouldn't look to us. We build lasting quality in court surfaces that can take time to harden sufficiently. If you don't play on the court, it won't pack. If it doesn't pack you will never get the desired speed out of the surface. For best results, play on the surface often and keep it moist.

Occasionally, as the balls cause depressions in the court, you will need to sweep some of the fines around. This process is easier on oyster courts than any surface we know.

Boccemon's Rain Country Blend has the endorsement of the US Bocce Federation. We are the only folks in the country with a nationally marketed non-clay bocce surface. We have sold from Washington to California and from Delaware to New Jersey.

Part of owning a court is learning to maintain it. This is a joy for most players so long as the process is speedy and fairly effortless. Properly blended shells create as ideal a playing surface as any naturally occurring product when considering high speed / low bounce and reduced maintenance. Tony, at the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver B.C. spends about 27 hours a week to keep their 4 indoor clay courts in top shape. I spend about 15 minutes each week during most of the year and play an average of 40 games/week. My court isn't as nearly perfect as those at the Italian Cultural Center, but I spend more time playing bocce than grooming the surface."

Click to order or to learn more about Boccemon's Rain Country Blend...

Non bocce product of the week

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

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Lots of tournament action listed - please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.


September 16 - 18 - Canada - Ontario - Windsor - Ciociaro Club - 3 person teams - $6,000.00 guaranteed first place. Contact Remo Incitti @ 519-965-7799 or 519-969-4825.


September 17, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - raffa men singles (ranking) - contact Ben Musolf @ 408-395-7650.


September 17, 2005 - Canada - Vancouver, BC - Jericho Park East - doubles tourney - $ prize for best dressed. Contact Jason Del Vicario @ .


September 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan – Orion - World Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or


September 18, 2005 - California - San Mateo - Open – 4 person team - 1 must be a woman - Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


September 24, 2005 - California - San Francisco - XXX Italian/American Games - Raffa – 3 person team - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


September 24, 2005 - California - Martinez - Open - Battle Of The Sexes, 2 person (Men’s winner vs. Women’s winner). Contact Tracy Benetti or Jessica Benetti @ 925-372-5327.


September 24 & 25, 2005 - Maryland - Towson, Baltimore County - 4 person teams - proceeds benefit Baltimore Columbus Parade - contact Dino Bosso @ 410-536-0886.


October 1, 2005 - California - San Rafael - Open – 4 person team - Marin Bocce Federation, 550 B Street. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-454-4483.


October 1, 2005 - New York - 4-player teams - proceeds donated to American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Contact Peter Rabito at


October 8, 2005 - California - San Francisco - Volo – 3 person team. Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-583-9936.


October 8, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa – 3 Players - contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.


October 9, 2005 - New Hampshire - Derry - The SportsZone - Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament raising funds for the Jimmy Fund in honor of 4-year-old Drew Pelletrino. 4-player teams, but individuals may enter and be placed on a team. Contact Mario Pagnoni at .


October 22, 2005 - Sutter Creek Open - 2 Men, 2 Women Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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