The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 16 - April 17, 2006 
•   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 5, Issue #16 - April 17, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello bocce faithful,

This weekend our non-profit group is running a birthday party with a bocce theme for a 13-year-old Andover, Mass. girl and her friends. Look for photos next week, he said, hopefully.

Under the heading of "really busy this weekend" - we are also running our annual senior 3-on-3 basketball tournament. We have 16 teams from all over New England competing in half court hoops in the following age groups (yes, we have an EMT in attendance)...50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. The tourney runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, which gives us just enough time to scoot over to our bocce venue and set up for the evening's bocce birthday bash.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Bocce USA's Bob Whitlow sends this info...

"The Parker-Reedy Funeral Home bocce team out pointed their opponents to win the 2006 Old King Coal-Bocce USA fundraiser tournament at the Factory Stores of America Outlet Mall.

In the round robin qualifying, Parker-Reedy out pointed The Franklin-Williamson Foundation team of John and Nadine Battioli and Diane and Karl Hammann (all of Herrin) 26 to 23 sending them to the finals.

The Starr Realty team made up of Mike Sanders, Royce and Linda White of West Frankfort and Mario Allois, (Mayor of Orient) slipped by Severin's All-Stars and Stitches team consisting of Shirley Galli and Mary Lynn Whitlow of West Frankfort and Pat Hollada and Bill Lipscomb of Benton 26 to 25 earning them a berth against Parker-Reedy.

To be crowned Champion, a team had to win the best two out of three games. Parker-Reedy wasted no time in nabbing the first game by a score of 9-4. After the court was groomed to the satisfaction of both team captains, the second game was underway. After three frames, Starr Realty jumped out to a 4-1 lead. The next three frames all belonged to Parker-Reedy making the score 8-4. Starr made one point in the seventh frame and had two points on the ground in the eighth frame with Parker-Reedy out of balls. However, Starr's last ball of the frame accidentally bumped one of Parker’s red balls in next to the pollina for the ninth and game point for the match, thus deciding the 2006 Bocce Championship.

Parker-Reedy will receive the Sponsorship Plaque and Starr Realty players received the runner up awards. The Old King Coal Committee and Bocce USA would like to thank the team sponsors, court sponsors and Master Sponsor Joyce Fogleman as over $2300.00 was raised for the two organizations.

'Community Night' bocce play continues every Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM. The general public is invited to come out, play and enjoy the sport of bocce. There is no charge."

Photo above right = Left to Right: Bob Whitlow, Bocce USA Tournament Director, Parker-Reedy Funeral Home players Orvel Edwards of Ewing, Illinois, Betty Stipes, Debby Bussler and Jay Bussler all of West Frankfort.

{Don't you just hate it when your last roll inadvertently bumps the other team's ball in for the point? This is commonly referred to as "selling the point" and the perpetrator a "salesman", although I don't know exactly where the "sale" part comes from?}


Mike Grasser announces that the field is filled for the men's Pallino d'Oro tourney coming up on May 5 - 7. The men (24 participants - a singles event) will begin play at 8:00 AM Friday morning and finish the round robin event either Saturday or Sunday. Too late to register, but contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744 or if you want to sponsor or attend as part of the "gallery".


An email that may be of interest to readers of Italian descent as well as others...

"I am writing to promote interest in an important book by an important man on an important subject.

Sometime this next month Dr. A.J. Montesi, a retired professor of English at St. Louis U. during the 1960s throught the late 1980s will be publishing a limited edition of what will be an eloquent and carefully researched treatment of the Italians of Memphis and other Southern locations.

I am one of the hundreds of St. Louis U. students from the 1960s through to the 1980s, who was profoundly influenced by the brilliant teaching and public service career of Dr. A.J. Montesi.

I hope you will let your members know about this book, which is a powerful portrayal of the enormous accomplishments of the Italian Americans of Memphis and other Southern communities considered.

Please send inquiries to"

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British Columbia's Bill Jones sends an update...

"Well we finally got things under way in Chilliwack. We only have one court so we are limited to the number of players we can take on at the moment, but hope to improve on that in the future. It won't be long before we move to the outside court."

{Great! I hope it also isn't long before we receive pictures of your bocce venue to post!}


Frank posts this on the Yahoo! Group Bocceanonymous...

"My Dad is a bocce lover and plays often and well when he's at home in NY. He's won tournaments. He spends winters in FL, (Coconut Creek which is near Boca), and I know he misses playing and his pals at the park.

I would love to get him together with some players in SE Florida. His community has a neglected court but no interested players. Any ideas for Joe? I'll be in FL for Easter and would love to hear from someone. E mail me at:"

{Can any reader help with this request?}

Click for pictorial on top dressing your court...

Photos of the week
This week's photos represent a web site section added to the Bocce Venues page. They depict bocce at the Villa Roma Resort at 356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, New York. Nestled neatly into the Catskills, the resort has all the usual amenities plus indoor and outdoor bocce. Go to to check out the Villa Roma Resort website, and click the link below to check out this week's Villa Roma bocce photos.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

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.

7' Drag Brush

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 $149.95 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 $54.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

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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}

Health & Nutrition - Blood Sugar Maintenance - Advanced Level 90

From the company web site...

"A unique combination of vitamins, trace minerals and herbs help make Advanced Level 90 a safe and effective tool to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promote optimal uptake and use of blood glucose.

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is important for anyone interested in weight maintenance or for those whose diets are high in sugar and processed food."

{I discovered this company's excellent products ten years ago and have been one of the faithful ever since.

Many of the supplements (Isotonix) are in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition of your body fluids. There is no need for digestion, the product passing directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It becomes what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.}

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Click for more info on Market America Advanced Level 90 and other health products

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.


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.


April 22, 2006 - California - San Francisco - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - Triples (3-person teams) - Open rules - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 22, 2006 - South Carolina - Charleston - 6th Annual Slate Bocce Bash benefits Special Olympics of the Lowcountry. Contact Paula Byers at 843-795-5316 or or visit .


April 29, 2006 - Washington - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - 4th annual charity fundraiser ( this year for Hospice ). Four person teams $20/person, 32 teams. Details at or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.


April 29, 2006 - California - Concord - 10:00 AM. American Bocce Association is conducting a FREE Learn how to Play Punta, Raffa, Volo class at Concord Bocce Federation. To register, call Alfredo Herrera 510-787-2317.


April 29, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rick Wagstaff @209-296-6151 or


May 5 - 7, 2006 - Illinois - Highwood. Pallino d'Oro - Men's International Rules Rafa Singles Championship. Men's Competition (Highwood Bocce Club) begins Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Participants must reside in USA. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744 or


May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Women’s Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Men’s Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 6, 2006 - Florida - Saint Augustine Beach. Charity event to benefit USO of Northeast Florida. OPEN - 2 person team - USBF OPEN RULES. Surface:Clay and Mixed Sand. Barbeque included with fee of $20.00 Paid in Advance or $25.00 day of Tournament. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 904-82-7043 or


May 13, 2006 - California - Martinez - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament/The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team. Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.


May 13, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or


May 20, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Open -2 men/2 women - IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


May 20, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club). Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.


May 27, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club) Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.


June 3, 2006 - California - Fairfield - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


June 3 - 4, 2006 – California - Sutter Creek (Italian Benevolent Society) - Open, 4 person teams (No more than two men per team). Oldest continuous Italian Festa in the United States. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151 or


June 10, 2006 – California - Martinez - Volo, 2 person. Western Sector Championships. Contact Jarrod Garner @ 925-783-6796.


June 17, 2006 - California - Crockett - AAU National Raffa Championships - 3-person teams - Crockett Bocce Federation. Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. MUST HAVE ABA or AAU CARD - contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


June 19 – 24, 2006 – Missouri - St. Louis. Italia-America Club. United States National Championships: Open and Club Punto, Raffa, Volo. Contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-773-5574 (after 7:00 PM CST) or email


July 4, 2006 – California - Martinez - Open (Two person teams, four balls each. Each team’s players are stationed at opposite ends of the court). Contact Russ Calhoun @ 925-295-2003.


July 8, 2006 – California - Livermore - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Mario Veltri @ 925-437-5868.


July 8, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Massachusetts Senior Games (must be age 50 and above). Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or


July 14 - 16, 2006 - Ohio - Dayton. Bocce Classic XII at the John Pirelli Lodge will feature over 70 teams competing for over $7500 in prize money. This annual charity tournament will raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton and the Dayton House of Bread. For entry information go to


July 15, 2006 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Open Rules – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. - Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 15, 2006 – California - San Jose. St. Frances Cabrini. Frank Guidace Memorial, ICF #191. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Betty Antuzzi @ 408-559-4268.


July 22, 2006 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Punto, Raffa, Volo. Western Sector Championships, 3 person teams. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or


July 29, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. Women’s Open, 2 person teams. Contact: Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583 or


July 29 - 30, 2006 - West Virginia - Wheeling. Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament. Visit for more info.

August 5, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club - Open - Western Sector Championships, 4 person teams. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223 or


August 12, 2006 - California - Fairfield - AAU Senior National Championships, Open – 4 person teams. Must be age 55 and over - MUST HAVE ABA or AAU CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 19, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - SO SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.


September 10, 2006 - Colorado - Fort Collins - "Bocce for Meals" Tournament to raise funds for Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins. Open Rules. Contact Valerie DiBenedetto @ 970-232-3028


September 23 & 24, 2006 - Maryland - Baltimore. The Baltimore Italian Festival 2006. Contact Elio at

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