Let the Bocce Balls Roll!

Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Senator Martin Malave Dilan Host 1st Annual Bocce Tournament.

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Assemblywoman Maritza Davila bowls a good one for her team, while: (from left to right) Oshi Wanigasekera, Team Lentol; Assemblyman Lentol, Team Lentol; and Frank Citera, Team Davila and VP of the Conselyea Street Block Association look on.]

On December 13th the sun was out for the 1st Annual Bocce Tournament at 211 Ainslie Street, also known as the home of Swinging Sixties Senior and Small World Day Care Centers.  However, the sun wasn’t needed as the wood framed dirt bocce court was sent up in the sheltered downstairs beneath the senior center.  Three teams vyed for the silver-esque trophy. The three team leaders came from primo North Brooklyn leadership, they were: State Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, and Assemblyman Joe Lentol. The games were officiated by the guidance and refereeing

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State Senator Martin Malave Dilan appraises his shot and so do: (from left to right) Edward Baker II, Team Lentol and Director of Communications for Assemblyman Lentol; and Assemblyman Lentol, Team Lentol.]

talents of Philip Caponegro, a man of many hats another of which is that of Conselyea Street Block Association President. Tamara Slogosky, Senator Dilan’s Community Liason for Greenpoint and Williamsburg, played the vital role of organizing this event that brought a game of ancient Rome to a Brooklyn neighborhood known for its Italian American heritage.  Conselyea Street Block Association Board Member Maria Aragona was the scorekeeper.

In the first round Assemblyman Lentol’s team were spirited for a win as they donned team t-shirts in a light shocking green that displayed a map of Greenpoint and Williamsburg.  Their opponents in this round were Assemblywoman Maritza Davila’s team. Her team had no team t-shirts, but as Ms. Davila said, “It will take more than t-shirts to beat us.”  It turned out that she was right, her team won that round.

Assemblywoman Davila’s team went on to meet Senator Dilan’s team in the final round. Referee Philip Caponegro got out his ruler and ruled it a victory for Senator Dilan’s team with a final score of 13 to 8. In the end there were no losers in this tournament — everyone was just having too much fun.


Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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