The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 38 - October 17, 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 #38 - October 17, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello again my bocce friends,

I wasn't able to launch the ezine last apologies. I was just too busy as we had our non-profit group's season-ending clambake/bocce tourney on Saturday and the Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament on Sunday. I put in long hours planning and working those two events and afterwards I "crashed" for a couple days.

This week's photos highlight the Martignetti event and next week I hope to get the clambake photos posted. Thanks for your patience.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

"Congratulations for the newsletter covering the World Championships at the Palazzo di Bocce. That issue topped almost every other one, for its descriptive, well written different tactics for the game we love.

THANKS with capital LETTERS, and keep me informed."

Dr. Cordano (Angel)

{That's high praise coming from Dr. C. who is a world-class player. He served as a coach for the Peru delegation - his niece and nephew were on the team.

Michael Grasser informs me that I listed the wrong name as the third place finisher in the men's division. It should have been Corrado Bollini who took the bronze for San Marino. Also, only 16 countries were in attendance, as Paraguay did not attend due to problems obtaining visas in time. My apology for the errors.}


Bryan Mero of ran a brief drive to purchase a set of bocce balls for marines stationed in Iraq.

He says "...with info up on the site for only a few days we earned enough money to send a brand new bocce set and a portable court for this group of Marines. Both should be on the way in early November. Thanks for the support."

{Mero is one of the good guys of bocce - always doing good things to promote the game. Visit his site at }


Pete Rabito (President of The American Bocce Club) writes...

"I wanted to give you an update on the American Bocce Club's Hurricane Relief Fund Bocce Tournament which was held on Saturday, October 1st. I am very pleased to announce that we collected $1421.00 in donations which will be given to the American Red Cross.

Included in this amount are proceeds raised from a raffle which was held at the event. Your generous donation of two autographed copies of The Joy of Bocce books I'm sure was instrumental in increasing the total dollar amount. I would like to sincerely thank you!

The 4 person double-elimination event brought teams from New York City's boroughs and surrounding suburbs: The Bronx, Queens, Massapequa, Westbury and Huntington. A total of twelve teams participated in this worthy cause, all vying to take home the 'hardware'. Trophies were on hand for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, but I'm sure the good food, music and camaraderie is what the day will be most remembered for.

The first place trophy went to yours truly! My teammates John Samaritano, John Walsh and Art Tyson (former US Horseshoe Champion) played great the whole day. With typical New York flair, cries of 'Fix' - 'You gotta be kiddin' me!' permeated the crowd as American Bocce Club #2 made their way thru the brackets to claim 1st place!

But when all was said and done, each and every one of us knew what the day was all about - remembering the Gulf Coast victims. We were fortunate enough to spend a beautiful day playing a great sport -while people in this country are going about trying to rebuild their lives.

I know that $1421.00 in the grand scheme of things may not look like a whole lot of money, but if one club can do it, others can too. Then you'll see what a force the Bocce community can be!"

{Great news! Rabito is another "mover and shaker" in the bocce community. And he was smart enough to bring horseshoe star Art Tyson into the American Bocce Club fold. From what I hear on the bocce grapevine, Tyson's beating everybody.}


Ben Mackiewicz asks for direction...

"Our local Special Olympics here is trying to find grant money to make up the difference on two courts we want to put in at our local town park in Pennsylvania.

Can you point me in the direction of where to find such help when starting up a sport like bocce?"

{My non-profit group has 501-C4 status, which takes us out of the grant picture. So, I am not privy to grants which might be applicable. Do any readers have expertise in this area? Please REPLY.}


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Photos of the week
This week's pictures showcase the action at the first annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament in Derry, NH. The well-run event raised funds for The Jimmy Fund in the name of four-year-old Drew Pelletrino.

This is the first charity bocce tourney I've heard of in New England. We already have another scheduled in November (North Andover, MA - see Tournament Update below), and I think you will see more as people learn how much simpler and less expensive they are to run than golf tournaments. And anyone who can roll a ball can help the charity!

My non-profit group, The Ken Waldie Senior Sport Circuit, Inc. helped organize and run the event, but the Martignetti family did the bulk of the work. They attracted many sponsors as well as twelve four-person teams.

We set up eight courts (12' by 64') on the Astroturf at the SportsZone in Derry, NH. The SportsZone is a huge indoor sports facility offering basketball, soccer, lacrosse and other activities.

We framed the courts off by placing 6" by 6" by 8' timbers end to end, with no hardware except for a couple nails at the ends.

The venue was actually an indoor soccer/lacrosse field - we set a section aside for dining tables (with special plastic to cover and protect the Astroturf).

After greeting and registering the players, we gathered them around one court for a little "refresher" on the game and the rules.

We followed Bob Valvano's format for his Louisville, KY Celebrity Tourney event. It works best with multiples of four teams (8, 12, 16, 20, etc.). You place four teams in each bracket. They play one game, then the winners play and the losers play. Everyone gets two games.

Then the teams are seeded based on win-loss record and point differential. These seedings put everyone back in another four-team bracket for two more games, the top seeds playing for the championship, the next four playing for the silver medal, etc.

This makes for a pleasant, low-key, event where friends and family can enjoy each other and the competition. And everyone gets to play four games. Add good food to the mix and you can't go wrong.

Volunteers from our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit officiated the games.

In a stroke of brilliance by event organizers, one court was set aside for children.

Another court was used for a "Closest to the Pin" (pallino) contest which was a big success. Players donated $5 per ball in a 50/50 split with the charity - trying to roll as close as possible to the target. The winning roll was 0 inches from the pallino - a "leaner".

The Martignettis' effort paid off via a $22,000 check to be turned over to The Jimmy Fund in Drew's name. Drew was on hand to roll a few balls and he displayed a pretty deft touch (maybe a future division 1 college bocce player?).

Do any readers have experience with bocce fund-raisers? We had sponsors and donations and entry fees and closest to the pallino. What other things have you done to raise money during the event? Please REPLY.

View this week's photos

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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.

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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.


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


October 29, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - 5th annual Big Ben Punto, Raffa, Volo Tourney – 2 Person. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-395-7650 or .


November 10-13, 2005 - Nevada - Reno - Peppermill Open – 4 Person. Contact 800-648-6992.


November 12, 2005 - Massachusetts - North Andover - 4-person teams - fund-raiser for Child Abuse Prevention. Event will be on 80' by 12' courts set on Astroturf. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or or Al Pappalardo @ 978-618-0513.

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