The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 19 - June 13, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and 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 10, Issue #19 - June 13, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce gang,

My team that is headed to the Nationals at Campo di Bocce has lost a player due to work restraints. Anyone out there want to join our club? We don't play so well, but we have a great time! Shoot me an email if interested.

Also, I may do a short bocce talk and book signing at Campo and I hope you will come by and listen. I'm always worried that "What if you held a book signing and no one showed?" Come on'll like it!

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Bocce Community Loses A Friend

Sadly, our local bocce group lost our good friend Bill Hadley. He's the guy with the million dollar smile to the right. Bill was our fix-it man who could build or repair anything and he was the most unfailingly pleasant person it has been my honor to know.

Here's just a little from his obituary...

"He left high school to join the United States Marine Corps, serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant and earned the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

Following his military service, Bill returned to complete high school at Lawrence High. He was then hired as a patrolman for the Lawrence Police Department where he worked full-time for six years. While working nights as a police officer, Bill was also a full-time student at Lowell Technological Institute, where he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1962. Following his graduation, Bill worked for AVCO through 1966. While at AVCO, he also studied at MIT and Northeastern University. Bill was part of the team of engineers that designed the heat shield on the Apollo 13 space capsule. In 1966, Bill moved on to Sanders Associates in Nashua, N.H. and began a 30-year career as a mechanical engineer. He was a department manager and was in charge of many important defense contracts. He received numerous awards and citations for his work and was nominated for an engineering fellowship, the company's highest technical position.

After his retirement from Sanders in 1996, Bill enjoyed traveling with his wife, spending time with his family and playing bocce with the Ken Waldie Bocce Club."

I don't know how many of you remember reading in this ezine a few years back about how we built four bocce courts under a huge greenhouse only to run afoul of the local zoning board. Well, Bill and two others in our group basically built and then took down the 30 foot wide, 20 foot tall, and 208 foot long structure.

I remember when they came to some sort if impasse, Bill would calmly say, "Let's sit down and have a cup of coffee." The three engineers (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) would toss out ideas, never got stressed, and in a matter of minutes they had a solution and got back to work.

Bill reminded me a lot of my dad who passed away when I was just 21 years old. I never saw Bill or my dad get angry, never heard them say an unkind word about anyone. Bill's wake brought back memories of my own dad's service as so many people were saying so many good things, remarking about what a special person Bill was. Bill and my dad would have been great friends. They were both great leaders, and were so friendly, kind, and EXTREMELY smart...and they would have had bocce in common!

Losing Bill has taken its toll on our bocce group. We'll miss what he brought to our group. Most of all we'll miss his friendship. That is irreplaceable.

We'll try to honor his memory and keep him in our thoughts each time we take to the courts.

We'll run an event in Bill's honor on August 13, raising money for his favorite charity - The Wounded Warrior Regiment, 3025 John Quick Road, MCB, VA 22134 - details below.



Recently I met with John Lehmann at the bocce courts in the North End of Boston. He has a terrific background in running corporate sports events. His is promoting bocce and gaining national attention. They have an iPhone Bocce App that has been downloaded well over a million times.

John and I shared a lot of bocce information and his group is promoting a National Bocce Day - check out the website @

Here's a well crafted press release from

Dear Bocce Supplier, Retailer, Manufacturer, Facility, or Organization,

On behalf of the bocce industry, a small group of manufacturers, host sites, and bocce enthusiasts are spearheading the efforts to make August 13th, 2011 the first annual National Bocce Day celebration throughout the United States.

This industry-wide initiative is designed to promote the benefits of bocce throughout the country to the general public and to introduce bocce to our nation's youth. This non-profit initiative will have links to charities and non-profits including The Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys and Girls Clubs as some of National Bocce Day's designated charities.

We encourage you to participate and promote with your own bocce events on this inaugural National Bocce Day. The website will be a clearinghouse for information, events, photos and videos promoting National Bocce Day. Register to have your company, event or promotion listed in conjunction with activities on August 13th, 2011.

In addition, donations can be made directly to any of the suggested featured charities, but we also encourage you to choose your favorite organization so that your National Bocce Day event can celebrate bocce - and a great cause. Or donate bocce products directly to your favorite local, regional or national charity to help bocce become more recognized and accessible.

The website, has additional information as well as support materials and formats for your event.

We encourage you to post information on National Bocce Day's official Facebook page, on your own website, on the official YouTube channel of National Bocce Day, and follow us on Twitter @NatlBocceDay.

Also please send along your comments, ideas, photos and any information that you think will make for a better National Bocce Day promotion.

We look forward to joining forces with everyone in the bocce community to make this first-year event a great success for everyone associated with the sport of bocce.

Thank you.
Daniel Kane
National Bocce Day Registration Coordinator

{National Bocce Day - why not? Maybe Hallmark will jump on board. Let's all try to run a charity event on August 13. My group has decided to honor our late friend Bill Hadley with a tourney to raise money for his favorite charity - The Wounded Warrior Regiment.

This from the website...

"The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and facilitates non-medical care to combat and non-combat Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) Marines, and Sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units, and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life. The WWR assists active, reserve and veteran Marines. The Regimental Headquarters element, located in Quantico, VA, commands the operations of two Wounded Warrior Battalions located at Camp Pendleton, California and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and multiple detachments in locations around the globe.

The WWR has quickly become a proven unit providing WII Marines, their families, and caregivers support to help them through the processes of recovery and transition. The Marine Corps care model is unique in that its approach is to ensure recovering Marines return to their units as quickly as their medical conditions will allow. Allowing Marines to 'stay in the fight' is what makes the Marine Corps care model successful."

More info:

John Lehmann and his staff look like they have the marketing skills and savvy to give our game a big lift. Let's see what we can do to help. If you haven't seen BocceNation's "bocce in a bag" - balls, measuring device, portable court, scoreboard, and more - you can check it out here: .

If you decide to run an event, send me the info to post and then let us know how much you raised and for which charity. We'll post the Total of National Bocce Day Funds Raised. National Bocce Day - ya gotta love it!


National Championship Notes

A couple of items concerning the upcoming Nationals at Campo di Bocce...

1) I'll be there competing in the Punto Raffa Volo and the Open B tourneys. Please come by and say hello if you are going to be there. If you have bocce stories, anecdotes or pictures please bring them too.

2) One of our four players has had to cancel due to problems at work. He's an M.D., an interventional radiologist, whatever that is, and had to turn back his June vacation time. So, we are looking for a replacement for our Open tourney team. Shoot me an email if you'd like to play on our team. You don't have to be a great player to apply - God knows we're not - but we're going to have a great time playing and meeting players from around the USA.

3) I've offered to do a short Bocce talk and book signing at the Campo while I am there. I always worry that "What if you had a book signing and no one showed?" If that does get scheduled, please come on by and give a listen. I can talk bocce until the cows come home, but I promise to stop before they give me the "hook." I think you might enjoy hearing some of the anecdotes I've collected over the years.


Some "good ink" from the Bellingham Bay area and Tom McNutt...

Also, the Boccemon has some great info on his website for moss control for bocce courts:


St. Helena, California's bocce playing artist, Frank Ansley, writes...

"Enjoyed the story of Bellingham bocce and Tom McNutt. We are up in that area of Washington every summer at our family's. Would love to bop up to Bellingham and see (and maybe play) some bocce.

Also would like to show him some of my bocce art and get some ideas on how to show it to the players up there."

{McNutt is one of the good guys of bocce - write him at - everyone else check out Frank's work here:


Elizabeth Wong Fontana says...

"Wow, Mario! There's a club in Argentina that has been watching and commenting about my bocce videos on Youtube. I don't understand Spanish but I am thrilled!

They're on FB @[100002121683017:2048:AsocSeguiense De Bochas]"


DaVinci Bocce's Mike Grasser is building bocce courts for Glenn E. Gable, C.E.O. of Freeway Lanes Bowling Group in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Here's a Press Release...

For Immediate Release
Glenn E. Gable, C.E.O.
Freeway Lanes Bowling Group
28801 Euclid Avenue
Wickliffe, Ohio 44092

Indoor Bocce will also roll at Freeway Lanes of Wickliffe.

Freeway Lanes Bowling Group is proud to announce that Bocce Court Construction is well underway. Please stop in any time and see the progress. Updates will be on the web site. With this addition, we will be adding:
• 4 Tournament Length and width courts measuring 86’ in length and 12’ wide.
• 4 Favero Scoreboards, one for each court.
• Italian polymer synthetic bocce court surface; offering the most level, durable playing surface in the world!
• Wood dividers of courts.
• A party place and spectator room space between the four courts.
• Plexiglass at ends for safe, unobstructed view of the action.
• An Italian Café style sitting area for players to relax.

Plans are complete and the work will be awarded soon. We are looking forward to adding this exciting aspect to our bowling center. The four Bocce courts are complemented by our new Grand Meeting Room completed last November. This private area is a high end party room that can seat up to 100 people, comes complete with sound system, pool table, bar and high-definition TV’s.

With the inclusion of our in-house catering, this is the ideal meeting and team building space.

Glenn Gable states “We look forward to adding such a complimentary activity to our bowling center. There are a lot of Bocce players in this area, and our initial response has been overwhelming. As we make the plans for the Bocce we are also making improvements for our league bowler base. We have added a state of the art lane machine, bathroom renovations, and improved lane service to enjoy bowling more in the center.”

Recently added to the staff is Jim Musarra. Jim comes from an extensive food and beverage background, and will be pivotal in launching the new Bocce Courts.

# # #
About the Freeway Lanes Bowling Group.

The Freeway Lanes Bowling Group is a collection of 5 bowling centers in Northeastern Ohio with locations in Mentor, Parma, Solon, Warren and Wickliffe. Their locations have been nominated and have been awarded numerous awards ranging from Best Bowling Center to One of the 100 Bowling Centers to Visit.

The Freeway Lanes of Wickliffe is the Largest Bowling Center in the Nation with 96 unobstructed lanes.



The Toccolana Club's Jim Rizio reminds us about this year's World Series of Bocce - July 15 - 17, 2011 in Rome, New York.

Check the web site out here: and download an application here:

Jim also updates us on his search for steel pallinos...

"Just a quick note to let you know that the 2 inch stainless steel 'pallinos' arrived and after mostly negative comments they have been widely accepted. It took just letting the players use them for a few games for them to find out that they are not that bad. They will be used only for the WSB in July.

Also if you have catalogues or flyers with your products listed for sale you can send them to me or the Toccolana Club and we would be glad to place them on our bulletin boards for members/players to see."

{Such an offer! - I'll send some material - not sure I can make Rome this time around.

The stainless steel pallinos are a lot heavier than those that most players are used to. When you roll a ball that hits it, lagging for point, the target ball doesn't move nearly as far as you might think. }


Mike Sciaraffo of Festa Italiana Portland sends news of his big event...

"The 20th Festa Italiana Portland is coming August 25-27th. This is a big year for us and we would love your help getting the word out to the public. We are one of the largest and longest running events at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. We are an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that offers our Italian/American cultural event to the public with no admission charge.

We would love to be mentioned in your publication, website and event listings."

{See for more information and a detailed entertainment schedule.}


Can’t wait for someone to open a world class bocce facility here in New England so they’ll provide opportunities like this one from Palazzo di Bocce…


Special Olympics South Carolina Staff Member Sue Maner sends this...

{Bocce has consistently been one of the fastest growing sports in Special Olympics since anyone who can roll a ball can participate.}

Special Olympics South Carolina will be represented at World Games by:

8 Athletes
1 Unified Partner
1 Coach
3 Officials
1 Torch Runner
4 Honored Guests
18 Family Members

Delegation members (athletes, coach and unified partner) will leave Columbia Metropolitan Airport Saturday, June 18, at 11:20 AM. They will travel to Baltimore to join TEAM USA and then to the Mediterranean Island of Rhodes for several days of acclimation and then to Athens for 10 days of celebration and competition. Opening Ceremonies will be held June 25th. Closing Ceremonies will be held July 4th and delegation members will return home July 6th.

World Games will feature 7,500 athletes from 185 countries. TEAM USA is comprised of 314 athletes and 126 coaches. BE A FAN and follow the Games by visiting or Both sites will have daily updates.

Congratulations to Dr. Carey Washington (Richland County) and Anne Roup (Beaufort County) for being selected as tennis officials and John Burkel (Charleston County) for being chosen as a gymnastics official.




We should all be card carrying members. Every club should be affiliated. For the sport to gain the attention it needs we need to boast of many thousands of members. Download a USBF Membership Application here: . or


Perfetta Bocce - 107 mm - red/green/pallino/carry bag...

Photos of the week
This week's photo originally appeared in the ezine and website in April of 2003 and were submitted by Willie & Gloria Itzkowitz of Brooklyn, New York. They pictures are now a permanent park of the Joy of Bocce website under Bocce Venues.

The photos show off three courts in the public domain that were built by the Rec. Dept. but are maintained by the Marine Park Bocce Club.

{Please follow Gloria & Willie's lead and send info and photos from your bocce travels. I'd love to post them here. And our readers LOVE seeing courts from other parts of the country/world.}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
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Joy of Bocce Embroidered Patch

This nifty embroidered patch with the Joy of Bocce logo can be affixed to hats, shirts, bocce ball bags, or any other item longing for identification with Experiencing the Joy of Bocce.

Measures 3 1/2 inches long by 2 inches high.

Retails for $5 plus shipping.

Click to get a better look at the logo/patch and to order...

Non bocce product of the week
I've come into possession of a great many collectible items. I have all manner of items including costume jewelry, art work, and all kind of curios. So, I'm giving eBay a whirl.

Some item links to eBay below - for others bookmark StrikerPag...

Vintage Black Americana Figurines


Women's Double Mirror Compact - 1 regular - 1 magnifies


Vintage Metal Pheasant Salt & Pepper Shakers

Tournament update
{chronological order}


Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF (File for me to post).

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.


June 17, 2011 - New Hampshire - Salem. 3rd Annual Taylor Farms Tournament. Info:


June 17, 18, 19, 2011 - Pennsylvania -Koppel. IMBS 2 on 2. Contact Joe @ 724-462-6179


June 18, 2011 – California – IAC Stockton - OPEN – 4 players – contact David Canclini at 209-957-3314.


June 18, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Open Doubles Tournament. Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


June 24, 25, 26, 2011 - Pennsylvania - Ellwood City. Big Dawgs 2 on 2. Contact Harp @ 724-494-6735.


June 25 - July 2, 2011. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore and Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. United States Bocce Championships. Check this pdf for details and contact info...


July 7 thru 10, 2011 - Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS 4 on 4. ContactJoe @ 724-462-6179.


July 8, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Oregon vs. Washington. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.


July 9, 2011 - Oregon - Portland - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregon & Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.


July 9, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Men's Singles Tournament. Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


July 10, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.


July 10, 2011 - California - Laguna Niquel. Contact Gene Leo @ 949-637-6008.


July 15 - 17, 2011 - New York - Rome. World Series of Bocce. Visit - download application here:

July 15-17, 2011 - Ohio - Kettering. John Pirrelli Lodge SOI - THE BOCCE CLASSIC. Contact Kevin @ 937-475-0357.


July 16, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 16, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Women's Singles Tournament. Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


July 22-24, 2011 - Pennsylvania - Ellwood City. Big Dawgs 2 on 2. Contact Harp @ 724-494-6735.


July 23, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN, 1 WOMAN. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.


Aug 5-7, 2011. Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS Co-ed 2 on 2. Contact Joe @ 724-462-6179.


August 6, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 6, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Mixed Doubles Tournament. Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


August 6 - 7, 2011. Ohio - Ashtabula. WARREN ANDREWS BOCCE TOURNAMENT Hosted by the Ashtabula S.O.I. and EAC. Four Person Teams. Entry $150.00 per team. Contact Mark Andrews at: .


August 13, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


August 13 - 14, 2011. Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. VT Senior Games: August 13 (singles), August 14 (doubles) Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


August 20, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


August 25 - 27, 2011. Oregon - Portland. Festa Italiana Portland. Visit .


August 26 - 28, 2011 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 28th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by PAT O'BRIEN CHEVROLET. $5,500 first prize, $16,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $175 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for ALL participants. We are also hosting a Women’s Tournament – DOUBLE ELIMINATION – $100 per team entry – all money paid out in top three prizes - Both Tournaments: Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa ( @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and info online @


August 27, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


September 2-4, 2011. Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS 2 on 2. Contact Joe @ 724-462-6179.


September 17, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-369-2389.


September 17 - 18, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Burlington Bocce Championship (singles), September 18 (doubles). Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


September 18, 2011 - California -PIASC San Mateo. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS, at least 1 woman. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


September 24, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Italian American Games - Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


October 1, 2011 - California - IACC South City. VOLO 2 PLAYERS. Conat A. Bettucchi @ 650-697-7202.


October 7-9, 2011 - Ohio - Struthers. St. Anthony Society 4 on 4. Contact Nick @ 330-720-6358.


October 8, 2011 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 2 MEN - 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 15, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


October 29, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. RAFFA 2 PLAYERS (Play 3 Balls Each). Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or .


November 5, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


November 25-27, 2011. Ohio - Struthers. St. Anthony Society 3 on 3. Contact Nick @ 330-720-6358.


December 3, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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