Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

The Daily Plant : Thursday, September 19, 2002


This past weekend, part one of what will now be the two part Nutella Citywide Bocce Championship took place. With qualifying matches in Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, this weekend provided some true Italian-style fun for any New Yorker fortunate enough to catch a match.

Brooklyn's Marine Park produced three teams that deserve praises as they advance to the finals. The team of Luca, D'Elia, Bono, and Mario, who finished in first place, will be joined by the second place team of Malafronte, Ciresi, Nunez, Curatolo. Rounding out this borough of Kings triumvirate is the third place team of Motondo, Roti, DiMieri, and Campereli.

From Staten Island's South Beach, home to last years finals, two teams have emerged to advance. Coming in first was, the Richmond county champions Asperti, Miniaci, Mangielluzzo, and Frangella. Joining them at the finals is the team of Iosue, Paluribo, Kovac, and Biemculli, who hope to show that second place doesn't always mean second best.

Juniper Valley Park in Queens gave us three more competitors that will vie for the championship next month. Coming in first was, the dominating team of Pistone, Leone, Zeni, and Dorsa. This year, their competition consisted of two more qualifiers, the second place team of Seulic, Brizar, Budija, and Bilandie, was followed closely by the third place qualifiers Kauzl, Sclanfani, Isold, and Nuccio.

Last but not least, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, home to the Citywide Bocce Championship finals on October 5th, produced two home qualifying teams for the local fans to cheer on. The first place team in the Bronx consisted of Mario Tersichilli, Joe Dellipzzi, Frank Mustarella, and Luigi Cunghi.

Written by Jeffrey Sandgrund

(Thursday, September 28, 1989)

After a fun summer of playing in the parks, it's time to get to work in our green spaces during the Sixth Annual Parks Clean-Up Day. Parks is asking all New Yorkers who enjoy their local parks and playgrounds to spruce them up by planting, pruning, raking, sweeping, and painting on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The raindate is Sunday, October 29.

''New York City's parks are everyone's backyard, ''said Commissioner Stern. ''In order to keep our 26,220 acres clean and green, we need all concerned New Yorkers to give us their energy and enthusiasm. When the parks look good, people feel good.''

''Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.''
Albert Camus
(1913 - 1960)

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