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November 26, 2012
In response to your article, "Bocce ball courts proposed in Hickory Ridge" (Nov. 15) : Are you kidding me? Bocce courts? Does that seem like a sensible investment for our funds? Especially in a tough economic time for many families? If we have money to fund this kind of development maybe CA should be considering lowering the assessment rate. Boggles my mind. Why not use that seven-digit number to support programs that might help portions of the Columbia population that are struggling.
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November 26, 2012
In response to your article, "Bocce ball courts proposed in Hickory Ridge" (Nov. 15) : Are you kidding me? Bocce courts? Does that seem like a sensible investment for our funds? Especially in a tough economic time for many families? If we have money to fund this kind of development maybe CA should be considering lowering the assessment rate. Boggles my mind. Why not use that seven-digit number to support programs that might help portions of the Columbia population that are struggling.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2010
From the very start, the VIP Hookah Bar & Cafe seemed out of place on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore's Little Italy. It had somehow managed to open without an occupancy permit in a red-brick rowhouse squeezed between the homes of a 98-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman. One of its owners, Fawzi Abdou Atta Shehata, promised skeptical residents at a community meeting in October that in no way did he plan live entertainment — no singing, no scantily clad women — despite the sign on his door advertising "Live Belly Dancing."
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By Bob Allen | October 13, 2012
The story behind the two bocce courts on Vince DePalmer's Manchester property is a slight variation on the familiar "Field of Dreams" theme. It's not so much a matter of, "build it and they will come," but rather "build it and maybe somebody will show up and teach us how to play. " "The main reason I did it was to learn how to play bocce myself, and try to teach others how. " said DePalmer, 77, a lifelong Manchester resident. That philosophy has paid off - DePalmer has hosted benefit bocce tournaments on his private court for the past three years that have raised thousands of dollars for the nearby Charlotte's Quest Nature Center.
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By Bob Allen | October 13, 2012
The story behind the two bocce courts on Vince DePalmer's Manchester property is a slight variation on the familiar "Field of Dreams" theme. It's not so much a matter of, "build it and they will come," but rather "build it and maybe somebody will show up and teach us how to play. " "The main reason I did it was to learn how to play bocce myself, and try to teach others how. " said DePalmer, 77, a lifelong Manchester resident. That philosophy has paid off - DePalmer has hosted benefit bocce tournaments on his private court for the past three years that have raised thousands of dollars for the nearby Charlotte's Quest Nature Center.
FEATURES
By Megan Isennock, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
Our engagement party was this weekend, and it was fantastic. My future mother and father in-law hosted, and they nailed it. The party began mid-afternoon, and we spent the day eating Andy Nelson's BBQ, playing corn hole and bocce and sipping Prosecco in the glorious 75-and-sunny weather.  I think sometimes engagement parties can be a little stuffy. Standing in a swanky bar eating crostini and chatting about place settings would not be nearly as fun (to me) as wiping BBQ off my face while watching my 85,000 younger siblings lose their  minds  when the rented ice cream truck pulled up. (Because my genius MIL rented an ice cream truck.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | June 18, 2008
Spectators lined both sides of a sunny bocce court in Harford County, cheering vigorously and keeping score as players aimed and rolled a ball toward a small target. But it mattered little who won or lost. Like most bocce competitions, this one had more to do with camaraderie, laughter and relaxed exercise than intense competition. Friendly impromptu matches occur daily at the McFaul Activity Center in the county seat, just as the man who brought bocce to Bel Air envisioned. Angelo Grossi moved to the town from Philadelphia 10 years ago to be nearer his family.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
At Western High School in Baltimore, few students had heard of bocce when coach Mary Hain was putting together a team of players, with and without disabilities, in anticipation of Maryland's first Unified Indoor Bocce State High School Invitational. Senior Thea Chase said she came out for the team thinking that "it was hibachi, some kind of eating contest. " In fact, bocce is a sport that resembles bowling. Ultimately, three freshmen and several seniors, including Chase, joined the team and trained for the interscholastic competition, which pairs students with intellectual and other disabilities with their high school peers.
NEWS
By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | September 25, 2006
The brief afternoon downpour didn't deter the tuxedo-clad Frank Sinatra impersonators nor the kids who came out to squish wine grapes with their feet yesterday. And families had already enjoyed three pleasant hours of folk music, bocce and bouncing on inflatable moonwalks. Ample food offerings, from calamari to meatballs to gelato, kept them satisfied. "It's the biggest nonparochial, nonsectarian and all-encompassing Italian festival," said Francesco Luigi Legaluppi, head of the Consulate of Italy in Baltimore.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2003
An uproar over whether two disabled players would be allowed to compete in the bocce tournament that each summer is the centerpiece of Little Italy's St. Gabriel Festival quieted early yesterday with the very first rolls of the game's palm-size balls. The four-man team that included Gunter Lerche, who uses a wheelchair, and Todd Stringer, who was born with a form of dwarfism, was among the first on the narrow dusty bocce courts at 8 a.m. After about an hour of play, the team handily recorded a first-round win. In the put-up or shut-up ethos of sport, Lerche and Stringer had put up just fine.
FEATURES
By Megan Isennock, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
Our engagement party was this weekend, and it was fantastic. My future mother and father in-law hosted, and they nailed it. The party began mid-afternoon, and we spent the day eating Andy Nelson's BBQ, playing corn hole and bocce and sipping Prosecco in the glorious 75-and-sunny weather.  I think sometimes engagement parties can be a little stuffy. Standing in a swanky bar eating crostini and chatting about place settings would not be nearly as fun (to me) as wiping BBQ off my face while watching my 85,000 younger siblings lose their  minds  when the rented ice cream truck pulled up. (Because my genius MIL rented an ice cream truck.
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Dan Rodricks | October 22, 2011
Nobody asked me, but I'll bet cash money that half the people who complain about Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Baltimore and ridicule the protesters didn't vote in the last election and never took part in a public demonstration of any kind. And those who decry "class warfare" from high atop their millions can't make it go away by doing so. That's what we have after 30 years of generally stagnant wages for the middle class, matched against the largest concentration of wealth in the nation's history, and accompanied by the highest level of poverty since the government started measuring it. As my friend Donna says, "It is what it is," and Americans are finally starting to complain about it. -o- Nobody asked me, but why are we still playing this game?
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By Laura Vozzella | June 16, 2011
If the nation’s mayors have been AWOL from their respective City Halls lately, they’ve probably been ducking out to their local bocce courts, warming up for Baltimore. The U.S. Conference of Mayors meets here for four days starting Friday, and along with many weighty matters on the agenda, there’s this planned for Friday night: “Up for a Little Late Night Bocce and Dessert in Little Italy? Tonight’s after party will offer a dessert extravaganza in Baltimore’s Little Italy.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
At Western High School in Baltimore, few students had heard of bocce when coach Mary Hain was putting together a team of players, with and without disabilities, in anticipation of Maryland's first Unified Indoor Bocce State High School Invitational. Senior Thea Chase said she came out for the team thinking that "it was hibachi, some kind of eating contest. " In fact, bocce is a sport that resembles bowling. Ultimately, three freshmen and several seniors, including Chase, joined the team and trained for the interscholastic competition, which pairs students with intellectual and other disabilities with their high school peers.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2010
From the very start, the VIP Hookah Bar & Cafe seemed out of place on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore's Little Italy. It had somehow managed to open without an occupancy permit in a red-brick rowhouse squeezed between the homes of a 98-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman. One of its owners, Fawzi Abdou Atta Shehata, promised skeptical residents at a community meeting in October that in no way did he plan live entertainment — no singing, no scantily clad women — despite the sign on his door advertising "Live Belly Dancing."
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | June 29, 2010
To quote Elwood and Jake, "We're gettin' the band back together." But we don't play the blues. We play bocce. I'm looking for bowlers for Team Rodricks-Popolo, which is named for my mother, Rose Rodricks, the former Rose Popolo. We're entering the bocce tournament at the St. Gabriel Festival in Little Italy, August 21 and 22, and we're not playing for fun this time; we're playing for prize and pride — sort like the World Cup, only different. Tryouts will be held on Monday, July 12, at 7 p.m. on the courts in the 900 block of Stiles Street.
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By Dan Rodricks | June 29, 2010
To quote Elwood and Jake, "We're gettin' the band back together." But we don't play the blues. We play bocce. I'm looking for bowlers for Team Rodricks-Popolo, which is named for my mother, Rose Rodricks, the former Rose Popolo. We're entering the bocce tournament at the St. Gabriel Festival in Little Italy, August 21 and 22, and we're not playing for fun this time; we're playing for prize and pride — sort like the World Cup, only different. Tryouts will be held on Monday, July 12, at 7 p.m. on the courts in the 900 block of Stiles Street.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | June 18, 2008
Spectators lined both sides of a sunny bocce court in Harford County, cheering vigorously and keeping score as players aimed and rolled a ball toward a small target. But it mattered little who won or lost. Like most bocce competitions, this one had more to do with camaraderie, laughter and relaxed exercise than intense competition. Friendly impromptu matches occur daily at the McFaul Activity Center in the county seat, just as the man who brought bocce to Bel Air envisioned. Angelo Grossi moved to the town from Philadelphia 10 years ago to be nearer his family.
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