Bocce’s New Champ!

A beautiful day to play bocce to support Swinging Sixties Senior Bus! What beautiful support from local businesses! Photo Credit: Michael Rochford

Late morning of October 16th: eight teams gathered on the banks of the East River just north of the Williamsburg Bridge.  They were there for two main reasons.  First to support the Swinging Sixties Senior Bus; the team sponsorships would help put gas in the tank and support operating costs for the much-needed vehicle that transports neighborhood seniors to the senior center and other local events.  The second reason was to see which team had the right stuff to toss the bocce as close to the pallino (small target ball) in order to score and finally win the tournament. 

Fierce competitors and fiercer collaborators Joseph Franquinha (Crest Hardware) and Brent Young (The Meat Hook) were the muscle that gave their fellow neighborhood businesses an offer they wouldn’t refuse: to sponsor a team to raise money for the senior bus.

Fun came before competition.  Each year this has proven to be one of the friendliest competitions around.  The popularity is evident as there could have been sixteen teams in this year’s tournament, but the organizers wished to err on the side of caution during still uncertain times — there was no tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic.  There will be more bocce tournaments in the future.  

Ever the official Conselyea Street Block Association president, Phil Caponegro with Conselyea Street Block Association vice president, Frank Citera and Mary Ciorciari of St. Nicks Alliance
Conselyea Street Block Association board member, Alirio Guerrero served as one of the officials.  He ruled.

Victory was sweet for Pete’s Candy Store, 2021’s champion.  This is the second year Pete’s entered the tournament.  They had to overcome the previous two-time champion Crest Hardware and the 2018 champion, The Meat Hook. 

Pete’s Candy Store brought home this year’s Bocce’s trophy! Could there be a sweeter upset?  (Pardon the pun, we know Pete’s is a bar.) Photo Credit: Pete’s Candy Store Facebook

The eight teams who played are all heroes to our local seniors. Much thanks to: Crest Hardware, Meat Hook, Variety Coffee, Bite Size Dentistry, Pete’s Candy Store, Two Trees Management, Harefield Road, and Other Half Brewing. For more information or to support with a donation go to

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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