The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 24 - July 3, 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 #24 - July 3, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Happy July 4th to all our Joy of Bocce faithful,

Got quite a few emails commenting on last week's message about my old neighborhood annual stickball reunion.

Vallejo, California's Dick Gomez wrote..."Just a note to let you know that I really enjoyed your note on the stickball game. You managed to capture that feeling that so many of us get when we are growing up: that desire to be a part of life, a part of something bigger, a part of something that we know is out there for us, but that is just a bit out of reach. Of course, when we get it, we never want to let go of it. Anyway, we'll done."

Any Milwaukee Brewers fans out there? Chris Capuano is developing into a major pitching star (they're saying he has Glavine-like potential). Chris' dad Frank is a good friend from the old neighborhood (Springfield, MA). Frank brought Chris to play stickball with us (when the youngster was still at Cathedral High School - before he went on to star at Duke University).

Frank usually pitches for our stickball club, but when he didn't show up this June, I had to take his place on the mound (enduring a complete game 9-8 loss). Since the rubber ball has very little weight and we throw it pretty hard (just one day per year), my arm is STILL sore. But, as people like Dick Gomez and I know so well, this is a small price to pay for what we get in return.


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

John Ross, President, USBF sends results of the recent 2006 United States Bocce Championships in St. Louis...

{In the photo to the right is Jason Wisniewski from the Palazzo di Bocce strutting his stuff in St. Louis.}

The winning team in Club A Punto, Raffa, Volo will be going to Montenegro, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil this September to compete in the World Championships.

The team represented the Palazzo di Bocce and included Jason Wisniewski, Dr. Angel Cordano, Mike Lapcevich, and Jorge Moreno. Jorge came in fourth in last year's singles competition, and Mike finished sixth. We are excited about our chances in Brazil!

The Italia - America Bocce Club in St. Louis, MO did a fantastic job hosting this year's event. You should be receiving photos soon, but I wanted to get these results to you.

Open A Division

1st Place – Gold
Italia – America Bocce Club # 1 St. Louis, MO
Greg Della Croce
Giampiero Della Croce
Mike Della Croce
Anthony Ronchetto
Stephen Treese

2nd Place – Silver
Italian Athletic Club # 2 Stockton, CA
John Ross
Roy Ramacciotti
Cameron Wolfe
Jeff Wolfe

3rd Place – Bronze Italia – America Bocce Club / Palazzo di Bocce St. Louis, MO / Orion, MI
Aldo Della Croce
Dr. Angel Cordano
Leo Grillo
Jason Wisniewski

B Division

1st Place – Gold - Dream Motivators Palazzo di Bocce Orion, MI
Annette Battaglia
Cathy Cole
Angie Sickle
Anne Smith
Sue Suddeth

2nd Place – Silver Shady Oak Cellars Monte Sereno, CA
Andrea Ross
Vicky Cordano
JoAnn Jacobs
Doris Perez

3rd Place – Bronze - Sweethearts Italia – America Bocce Club St. Louis, MO
Anne Agusti
Carmen Floretta
Maria Gianino
Johanna Grimoldi

Club A Division - Punto, Raffa ,Volo

1st Place – Gold Palazzo di Bocce # 1 Orion MI
Jason Wisniewski
Dr. Angel Cordano
Mike Lapcevich
Jorge Moreno

2nd Place – Silver - Italian Athletic Club # 1 Stockton, CA
Ron Jacobs
Norman Freschet
Romano Lotti
Rick Wagstaff

3rd Place – Bronze Italia – America Bocce Club # 1 St. Louis, MO
Greg Della Croce
Giampiero Della Croce
Mike Della Croce
Stephen Treese

B Division - Punto, Raffa, Volo

1st Place – Gold - Lucky Laggers St. Louis, MO
Jerry Wilson
Joann Rolfi
Cherie Wilson
Dave Zona
Sue Zona

2nd Place – Silver - Italian Athletic Club Ladies Stockton, CA
Teresa Wagstaff
JoAnn Jacobs
Doris Perez
Andrea Ross

3rd Place – Bronze - Bella Faccie St. Louis, MO
Mary Ellen McGauley
Peggy Mazzuca
Gayle Morris
Rick Morris



1st Place – Gold
Peter Rabito, Huntington, NY - American Bocce Club

2nd Place – Silver
Brian Polantz, Richmond Heights, OH - Palazzo di Bocce

3rd Place – Bronze
John Dine - Oakley, CA - Club Corvo


1st Place – Gold
Andrea Ross - Monte Sereno, CA - Campo di Bocce

2nd Place – Silver
Teresa Passaglia - Homer Glen, IL - Club Corvo

3rd Place – Bronze
Kristina Moore - Lake Orion, MI - Palazzo di Bocce

{Thanks John. We like results...we especially like being kept informed...but we absolutely LOVE photos. Please send pics ASAP.}


Bocce Ball Sets


Palazzo di Bocce (Orion, MI - ) sends news of Fall Leagues starting...

Seniors (age 50+) - weekday mornings
Women - weekday mornings & evenings
Men - weekday evenings
Youth (age 9 - 18) - Saturday mornings
Youth camps (age 7 - 13) Saturday mornings

Contact Jason @ 248-371-9987 ext 11.



I've had so many requests from readers who want a bocce court built that I have struck a deal with Vernon Real Estate & Construction (Topsfield, MA). I'll act as the consultant on the job and to make sure that your court is first rate.

We'll specialize in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, but will travel farther if necessary. Contact me at or call 978-686-8679. I'll be on site during construction to make sure things go well, and will even include 4 hours of bocce instruction.

Click to visit the Palazzo di Bocce web site...

Photos of the week
This week's photos show off the newest additions to my collection of nailed boules. I am hoping that, as in the past, some readers might have some input about them and their origin.

The balls are in their original box (a pretty rare occurrence, I am told) bearing the inscription Bazar Francais - Charles R. Ruegger Inc. 666 6th Ave. New York City. A Google search turned up some info on the place. It seems that Ruegger's Bazar Francais specialized in imported French kitchen and table ware. Perhaps they brought back some sets of boules for resale on one of their trips abroad.

These balls have a wood center into which the nails are hammered. For the best web site explaining this art (including some wonderful pictures of nailed boules), visit

I contacted Herbert Wegner via email and he tells me the proper name for these are "boules cloutées". He says "In my opinion it is a box with boules which were often sold to cafés or bistros. These provided their guests to play with the boules. All these boules have the same nails and don't have any decoration. They are different only by a big initial nail of brass. In this a number is stamped and 2 balls always have the same number."

Wegner is right of course! The reds are stamped 1 and 4 and the greens are stamped 2 and 3. Also affixed to the lid are directions for play (in French). Wegner and others are interested in these and I will retype them (can't seem to get a clear photo) and email to anyone interested (and fluent in French).

Frank Pipal ( ), who a couple years ago was kind enough to connect us with Wegner, had this to say..."What really interests me is that this may mean that there are lots of these boules cloutées in the basements in the Italian neighborhoods of the Northeast just waiting to be discovered."

Do any readers have input as to what exactly I have in my possession - any info on Charles Ruegger - etc? Also, do readers have experience with e-Bay transactions (I'm still a rookie)? Several of the balls are cracked (seller didn't advise me of this - emailing that "...there were no cracks in the balls, and the case was sound" then later emailing "...I did not inspect the balls for cracks prior to shipping...") and the box was ruined in transit due to what the post office termed "poor packing." Do I have any recourse other than negative feedback via e-Bay? I paid a pretty hefty price and feel that I didn't get what I paid for. Also, can I have the box repaired, or is that frowned upon for antiques? Please REPLY.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
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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}

Isotonix® Digestive Enzyme w/Probiotics

From the company web site...

"In today’s world of processed foods, your body needs to work harder to obtain the same nutritional benefit than it did a few years ago. Isotonix Digestive Enzyme Formula helps replenish the essential enzymes and 'good' bacteria necessary for maximum absorption of nutrients from the food we eat."

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

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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.


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 14 - 16, 2006 - New York - Rome. 2006 World Series of Bocce hosted by Toccolana Club. Open Division - 4-person teams - $4000, $2000, and $1000 guaranteed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Women's Division - $1800, $900, $500 guaranteed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Entry deadline 7/8/06 - contact Al Orbinati at 315-339-3609.


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 22, 2006 - West Virginia - Wheeling. Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament. Visit for more info.


July 28, 2006 - Michigan - Orion: Co-Ed Tournament - Open – 2-person team (1 man / 1 women). Palazzo di Bocce - Contact Jason Wisniewski @ 248-371-9987 ext. 11 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, 2006 - Australia - the Italio- Australian club on Queensland's Gold Coast. Contact Bradley Oliver @


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 12, 2006 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. Northern California Championships, Open, 4 person teams. Contact: Ray Marttellaci 925-228-5065 or Donna Allen 925-229-2157 ( ).


August 19, 2006 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa Volo, Singles Women’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 ( ).


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.


August 20, 2006 – Californai - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tournament. Volo, 2 person teams. Contact: Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939 or


August 21st through 25th - Michigan - Orion: Open Tournament – 4-person teams. Palazzo di Bocce - Contact Jason Wisniewski @ 248-371-9987 ext. 11 or


August 26, 2006 - California - Pittsburg Bocce Federation - Judge Belleci Memorial - Open – 4 person teams. Contact Peggy Rossini @ 925-432-7794.


September 9 & 10, 2006 - California - Monterey. Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House. Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 931-915-0727.


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 16, 2006 - California San Francisco -XXX Italian/American Games - Raffa – 3 person team - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


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


October 1 - 10, 2006 - Australia - The Gold Coast will be the venue for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Contact Bradley Oliver @


October 8, 2006 - Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament will raise funds for the Joey Fund. The Sportszone, 7 "A" Street - Derry, NH. Visit the event's web site at .


September, 2007 - Virginia - Oronoco Park, on the Potomac - First Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival of Alexandria. Contact Jay DeCianno @

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