SRA Bocce Concludes Its 27th Season – Trump Helicopter Hovers Over Court

Participants in the SRA Bocce Tournament this year are, back row, l. to r.: Sondra Mervine, Pat Donato, Bere Saxon, Judy Sennett and David Grove; center, l. to r.: Christine Donato, Kathleen Spare, Lee Seaman, Judy Politzer, Sue Lathrop, Ed Shifflett and Heather Gray; front, l. to r.: Maresa Mahoney, Sandy Ferlainie, Beth Jones, Howard Garfunkel, Lyn Podolski, Joe Torregrossa, Gretchen Shifflett and Jim Saxon.

Participants in the SRA Bocce Tournament this year are, back row, l. to r.: Sondra Mervine, Pat Donato, Bere Saxon, Judy Sennett and David Grove; center, l. to r.: Christine Donato, Kathleen Spare, Lee Seaman, Judy Politzer, Sue Lathrop, Ed Shifflett and Heather Gray; front, l. to r.: Maresa Mahoney, Sandy Ferlainie, Beth Jones, Howard Garfunkel, Lyn Podolski, Joe Torregrossa, Gretchen Shifflett and Jim Saxon.

By Joe Torregrossa

SRA Bocce held its 27th season in June at our home bocce court on Wellesley Road.

The season culminated with the traditional tournament and BBQ on June 27. Twenty- seven players participated during the season, including five first time players. The bocce playing was, as usual, quite spirited and congenial, and without the controversies that seemed to plague other seasons.

Tournament play was particularly energetic this year. Finalists in the tournament were veteran Judy Politzer and rookie Christine Donato, facing off against rookie Sandy Ferlanie and veteran Mary Lou Parker. Judy and Christine earned the victory, 11-2, and claimed the coveted Winners’ Cup.

Notwithstanding her loss in the tournament finals, Sandy Ferlanie was awarded Rookie of the Year honors for her consistent and energetic play during the entire season.

Male Rookie of the Year honors went to Ed Shifflett. The Bobby Berger Award for good sportsmanship, named in honor of the late longtime player Bobby Berger, was presented to the always upbeat veteran bocce player, Lyn Stellacone Podolski.

While the tournament play was exciting in and of itself, the bocce group was even more struck by the presence of a helicopter hovering over the court during the tournament. According to Mike Letts, longtime bocce group player and spokesperson, the helicopter belonged to the Trump organization. “We checked with the FAA and there was a Trump helicopter in the area at the time.” Mike added, “according to the FAA, the helicopter is equipped with an ‘immigrant sensor’ and we think it picked up the scent of our bocce balls, which are imported from Italy and, of course, the game itself was brought to America by Italian immigrants. Also, we were serving salsa and guacamole during the tournament and that could have played a part in triggering the sensors.” Fortunately, the helicopter did not hover long and the group was able to resume tournament play without further interruption.

Finally, it should be noted that in addition to the players already mentioned, this year’s bocce group included, Dianne Berger, Pat Donato, Howard Garfinkel, David Grove, Beth Jones, Sondra Mervine, Lee Seaman, Jim and Bere Saxon, Judy Sennett, Kathleen Spare, Gretchen Shifflett, Jodi and Bob Dawes, Maresa and Sean Mahoney, Sue Lathrop, Heather Gray, Jason Fagone and Sally Paynter.

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