The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 32 - September 4, 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 #32 - September 4, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello again bocce pals,

Bocce Blog coming soon, he said hopefully...stay tuned a little longer.

You'll be able to post comments, questions, and photos. You'll find it at, but you will be able to link to it from

Other MAJOR item of note...October 8th is our bocce tourney fund-raiser for the Joey Fund. Spear-headed by the Martignetti family ( ), we are shooting for $50,000 (an ambitious goal) for the charity.

No one in this part of the country has made that much for a charity with a bocce tourney. If we can pull this off, it will not only be a coup for the charity, but for BOCCE too! If you can help by entering a team of four, or yourself as an individual, or by sending a donation of money or items we could raffle, please send to Mario Pagnoni @ P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844. Checks would be made out to MFCBT (Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament).


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

"After capturing a third place finish in the Lion’s Club Bocce Tournament at the Christopher Homecoming, Ted James of Herrin teamed up with John Holland of Hurst to win the McDonald’s Doubles Tournament at Bocce USA.

James and Holland won their qualifiers 9-2, 9-2 and 9-3 only to find themselves in the championship game pitted against Holland’s wife, Yvonne and Herrin’s veteran roller, John Battioli.

Friendship ceased and the battle was on. James and Holland won the coin flip and control of the pollina. The duo jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. Down but not out, Battioli and Yvonne Holland bounced back in two frames making the score 7-6.

James and John Holland scored the next point. With the score 8-6, John Battioli rolled in two balls tying the score.

In the final frame, Yvonne Holland lead off with a long distance pollina and then stopping her first ball within 14 inches of her target. James missed with his first ball. His second roll came to rest within 3 inches of the pollina. With game point on the ground, Yvonne Holland's strategy was to knock out the potential winning point. James and John Holland survived three very close rolls and won the tournament 9-8.

One McDonald’s Blind Draw doubles event remains on the schedule for September and is open to anyone wishing to compete. A prepaid $5.00 entry fee is required for each participant. Anyone interested in playing can call Tournament Director, Bob Whitlow at 937-1668."

{Click the winners' photo to visit BocceUSA.}


Last week Matt DiPaula asked what became of The Tournament, a movie with a bocce backdrop...

Emelise Aleandri, who originally was up for a role in the picture responded...

"I don't know what happened to the movie or if they ever did it. I tried to contact the director to no avail. If they did it they did it without me. If you ever hear of it please let me know."

Bryan Mero of did a little Internet research..

" has some details on The Tournament. Here's what I've found:

The Tournament (2005)

This is the story of a relationship between a man and his son as told through the son. The story is a gripping drama and the relationships that occur in this wonderful rural New England Town. The core of the story revolves around the game of Bocci and how through this game a father and a son connect.

Directed and Written by
Eugene Celico

Here's the link: "

Finally, Henry Senatore sent this info...

"You referenced a bocce film in Rhode Island and it may be the one earlier in August at the Rhode Island International Film Festival titled 'The Tournament'."
Eugene Celico, Director
98 min. USA, 2006
Cast • Vin Fraioli, Michael Amitrano, Stephen DiMassa, Vini Ames & Vinny Pazienza

"From Westerly, Rhode Island comes the story of a relationship between a man and his son and a game called 'Bocce.' Told from the son’s perspective, the
drama centers on the quiet nature of interpersonal relationships in a small New England town. The through-line of the story is the game of Bocce and how a
father and a son learn how to connect."

{Thanks to all who helped shed a little light on this subject - now I'd like to get a "movie review" from someone who saw it.}



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Concetta made this interesting post on the Yahoo! Group Bocceanonymous...

"I did some research and came up with this short list of words in Italian which pertain to the game of bocce. Of course one doesn't have to know Italian to play the game. It does, however, sound so authentic to use some Italian when playing. It just sounds great!

il gioco delle bocce: the game of bocce
il pallino: the little ball
la boccia piu piccola: the smallest ball
campo di bocce: bocce court
lanciato su campo: toss or throw the ball on the court
rotolare su campo: roll the ball on the court
palla: ball (any kind of ball)
bocciare: to score; to reject; or to flunk a course in school
bacio: kiss; to lightly approach and touch the pallino
note: one ball is called 'la boccia'
more than one (plural) is called 'le bocce'
notice that 'pallino' is an irregular form of the plural

Enjoy the game in any language, but if you use Italian try to say it correctly. You never know who may be listening!"

************************ CHARITY BOCCE EVENT ************************

We're gearing up to help run the second annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament on Sunday, October 8th at the Derry SportsZone (Derry, NH).

Last year we raised $22,000 for the Jimmy Fund and this time around our goal is $50,000 for the Joey Fund.

We are looking for some big-time sponsors and we are seeking players who want to spend an enjoyable day playing bocce and dining on fine Italian cuisine, while helping raise funds for a worthy cause.

You can register on-line to play (either as part of a 4-player team or just by yourself - we'll put you on a team) at . If you can see your way to making a donation ($50,000 will take some serious effort on all our parts) of money or items we might raffle or award as prizes, please REPLY ASAP.

Click for background on the rules of bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos come from two sources. Joe D'Avanzo, of Katona, NY sends pictures and news of his group's recent bocce court dedication ceremony...

"On August 6th, the Italian-American Club of Somers had a dedication ceremony in which it donated to the Town of Somers a 12' x 80' bocce court it built at Reis Park (a town park). I have attached a few photos of our Annual Family Picnic, the ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries and a friendly match in which the members showed everyone how to play.

Following the adults' example, the kids played a few giri as well.

The court has a perimeter of reinforced concrete, poured as one piece. It is 10" thick and goes down 4 feet below the ground. The interior is filled with PVC pipe, rock, crushed rock, 3/4" gravel and stone dust. The playing surface is Astrograss from the Astroturf Company and the interior is lined with 2" x 8" pressure treated lumber as bumpers.

We have a scoreboard, a message center (outdoor bulletin board) to post the rules and upcoming events, and a boulder that will carry a bronze plaque memorializing the Club's gift to the Town.

Thanks to the information in your book and other sources, I prepared a 45-minute Powerpoint presentation, which I gave to our membership at one of our regular meetings. The presentation covered the history of bocce, the various rules, a roll out of the IACOS Bocce Project ('Bringing Bocce To Somers'), a proposed court design and estimated budget. The membership enthusiastically and overwhelmingly supported the project with funds, labor and material.

We have established a 'Bocce Night', which is every first, second and fourth Thursday evening of the month (the third Thursday is when the Club holds its regular meetings).

Thank you for all the sage advice. Your book was essential reading for me and was particularly helpful with coming up with tournament rules."


John Piowaty sent the second set of photos with this info...

"We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary of our two McNutt Boccemon courts. We are in Hendersonville, NC at Champion Hills Club.

We have both men's and lady's games weekly. Tom McNutt helped us put these in one year ago. They are terrific, compacted and hard as nails. The ball rolls so true it hurts. When you are next in western NC, please call me so we can show off these 2 beauties!

We have two 10'x70' crushed oyster shell courts. We have a men's game where 15-20 guys play every week and a lady's game with the same amount of players. We are very pleased with the surface and the compacting of the material.

The courts are in a park we built that has two streams and a walking path thru the forest. Plenty of benches and tables for picnics."

{Always delighted to receive photos of bocce from around the USA - please follow the lead of these two gentlemen.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Carry Bags by Playaboule

These high quality nylon bags include 2 separate compartments. Hold a whole set of 8 bocce balls and pallino on the bottom, and your shoes, towel, accessories, and miscellaneous items above. Reinforced zipper closer and webbed nylon handle - this bag is the perfect way to carry your bocce set! Imported from Italy.

Click this text or the photo for more info and pricing details...

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 - Heart Health - LipiTrim Ultra Advanced Cholesterol Support Formula

From the company web site...

"LipiTrim Ultra, Advanced Cholesterol Support Formula is a powerful formulation that helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels by using a combination of natural, clinically proven ingredients (including tocotrienol and policosanol) that help inhibit the production of cholesterol by your 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 LipiTrim Ultra Advanced Cholesterol Support Formula and other health products

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.


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 @ 970-484-6325


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 16, 2006 – California - Livermore - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or .


September 17, 2006 – California - San Mateo - Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Open, 4 person teams (Team must include at least 1 woman). Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


September 18 – 26, 2006 – Montenegro, BRAZIL (40 km from Porto Allegro) - 7th Club Punto, Raffa, Volo, World Championships.


September 23, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


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 .


October 17 - 22, 2006 – China - Wenzhou, - Volo, Women’s World Championships.


October 28, 2006 – California, Los Gatos Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa, Volo, 2 Players, “Big Ben Tournament”. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or


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


November 11, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. DB's Baseball School on Rte. 125. Exchange Club charity fund-raiser for Child Abuse Prevention. Four-player teams - includes "closest to the pallino" competition. Contact Al Pappalardo @ Guesthouse Inn - 978-686-2971 or .

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

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