The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 36 - October 16, 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 #36 - October 16, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce faithful,

Couldn't launch the ezine last week - many apologies. I got back home late from the Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament (see Photos of the Week below) and was just too "wiped out" to complete the issue.

It is about 10:00 PM Eastern Time as I prepare to launch this week's issue. Just got home from meeting Carmine and Maria D'Agostino in Franklin, Mass. I had corresponded and consulted with Carmine as he built his backyard bocce court (photos in a week or so), and he invited me and friends to play bocce on the new court and dine on fine Italian food. I do a lot of this kind of thing, and the pattern is ALWAYS the same. We meet wonderful people, introduce the game to some new players, and enjoy fabulous cuisine. It's a tough life, but, as they say...someone has to do it.


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

{Tournament Director Bob Whitlow presenting the cash to winners Pat Hollada and Bill Lipscomb}


News from Bocce USA...

"Pat Hollada and Bill Lipscomb of Benton teamed up to win the final McDonald Doubles Bocce Tournament at Bocce USA. The season-ending event hosted sixteen two-player teams throughout Southern Illinois.

Hollada and Lipscomb, who will be rolling in winter league play for the Boneyard Bocce Club of Benton in the 2006-07 season, defeated opponents in the qualifying rounds by scores of 9-6, 9-3, and 9-7 sending them to the finals against veteran rollers Shirley Galli and Jay Bussler who qualified by consistent scores of 9-5, 9-5 and 9-5.

In the championship game, the Boneyard duo took command early and never relinquished the lead, winning by an overwhelming score of 9-1.

Hollada and Lipscomb both made crucial raffa hits by knocking their opponents out and scoring three points each in frames three and four.

In the final frame with balls on the ground, Lipscomb again bumped a ball into contention which eventually became the winning point. Bussler challenged with two balls but was unsuccessful in both attempts in knocking it away.

The team of Tom Borga of Christopher and Bruce Burress of Marion tied with Jan Tripp of Hurst and Orient’s Mayor Mario Allois for third place in the event.

'This is one of the most competitive tournaments we’ve conducted this season' stated Tournament Director Bob Whitlow.

'Players were on top of their game tonight. Looks like they are getting prepared for the winter league.' Monday night winter league will begin on the 16th of October with ten area sponsored teams and will last for 22 weeks."

{Bocce Bob continues to do a great job of promoting bocce in IL.}


Charity Bocce Event a Huge Success!

Thanks to all who helped with the Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament including Grella Financial Services, Boccemon Tom McNutt, Rico Daniele of The Wonderful World of Bocce, The Embroidery Loft, Methuen's Dunkin Donuts, Panera of North Andover and members of the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit. See Photos of the Week below.


There has been some discussion about the name of our game on the Yahoo! Group Bocceanonymous.

Ron from Iowa says...

"I have been instrumental in getting bocce courts built in one of the parks here in Iowa City, Iowa, and got interested in the game when I was in S. San Francisco, CA, where the city's Italian-American Club has courts within the Orange County Park there.

While there taking pictures almost 5 years ago now, the game was pronounced bocce, with the o sounding like in Bob, and not Bo. AND, they were very adamant about calling it bocce, and NOT bocceball!

I've done my darnedest to get people to call the game bocce, telling them it is like the game of tennis, where balls are used, but you don't call the game tennisball, or in golf, where you don't call the game golfball."

Another says "Bocceball is hurtful to my ears. It's like calling pizza 'pizzapie'."

{Calling our game "bocceball" used to bug me too. It still does, a little. I imagine kids in the New England winter saying, "Let's hurry down to the pond and play some hockey puck."

But, I've started to take 'bocceball' in stride. People are accustomed to baseball, basketball, football... so 'bocceball' strikes a familiar chord in them. As long as people have fun with the game, let them call it what they please.

A more interesting point for me is this...what about Internet vendors who purchase ad words and pay per click terms to increase web sales? If they sell bocce equipment, should they purchase "bocce" or "bocceball" or both?}


Frank Pipal, Federation of Petanque USA Secretary sends a link to his Petanque group's latest newsletter issue...


EVER THINK OF A CANOPY COVERING FOR THE ENDS OF YOUR BOCCE COURT? (Or one to provide shade off to the side - perhaps keeping the food and beverages out of the sunlight?)

Canopy Center


Michael Fortunato sends a Press Release and a note...

"Thank you for all your support & inspiration through your newsletter as well as your book."

***************PRESS RELEASE*******************

Bocce Courts Ribbon Cutting to be held

On Sunday, October 22, at 1pm, at 154 Prospect Street, the Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department and the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO National invite you to its Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to mark the opening of the (2) two bocce courts completed at Millwoods Park. Food and music will be provided to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, and town staff who have worked unselfishly over the last year to make the courts a reality. Informal games of bocce will take place throughout the day.

The town’s Mayor, Russell Morin as well as Deputy Mayor Christine Fortunato, will be on hand to throw out the first 'Pallinos' (the pallino is the small ball that is tossed out to start the game and serves as the target for the remaining balls.)

Mike Fortunato, Past President of the Wethersfield chapter of Unico National, stated that 'Fundraising began exactly one year ago at a wine tasting event, and overwhelming support from our community allowed us to complete the project within a year. Each court measures 72’x12’ and has a stonedust surface, popular on the east coast. We built the bocce courts to encourage all people, both young and old, to play this great game as well as to promote our Italian heritage. This project is a continuation of UNICO’s long standing commitment to give back to the community', stated Mr. Fortunato.

Over the past 25 years, the Wethersfield chapter of Unico has donated over $500,000 towards student scholarships, youth organizations, and to those in need in Wethersfield and the surrounding communities."

For more information, you can call Mr. Fortunato at 860-529-3828 or email him at

{I just might take a ride to CT to meet the folks and take a few photos. We used to break a bottle of Chianti on new courts. Lately we've gotten a lot smarter. We drink the wine and have a ribbon cutting ceremony instead. Look for photos in a couple weeks.}

Click to view Hawaiian Bocce...

Photos of the week
I've added a page to the Joy of Bocce web site called Bocce Tidbits. I'll put there some odds and ends about the game that might be of interest to readers. Some of our past photos of the week seem to fit into this category.

This week I've posted the photos from the Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament held last weekend to raise funds for The Joey Fund.

Since these photos are on the Bocce Tidbits section of the web site, they will be available always instead of just one week.

Besides chronicling the event, these photos (27 in all) show how others may copy the format to run a similar tourney in their neck of the woods.

It is relatively easy to raise small money, like $500 to $1000 dollars with a bocce tourney. But it takes a dedicated team to run a successful event generating thousands of dollars. Please feel free to copy the model outlined in the photos. We helped the Martignetti Family raise $32,000+ for The Joey Fund (and had a great time doing it).

Note: You might want to first review these photos to see how the color coding of teams works.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Everybody Seems to Need a New Pallino

So many recreational bocce players lose pallinos. They play in a variety of terrains and tell me that "It got lost in the woods" or "It bounced over the cliff" or just that "It disappeared without a trace."

Fear not. Playaboule comes to the rescue with quality pallinos at a very good price.

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 - OPC-3 Isotonix Supplement

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.

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 OPC-3 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.


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


October 28, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Bocce tourney fund-raiser for Bob Andrew, Candidate for State Rep. DB's Baseball School on Rte. 125. Four-player teams - open rules - $50 per person entry fee includes lunch. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 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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