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Seabrook Staff and Residents Roll Out the Fun in Bocce Tourney at Community

July 16, 2012

Challenge Put Forth by Residents to see Who Has Best Bocce Skills

TINTON FALLS, NJ - At Seabrook, the gauntlet was thrown down, or rolled across to be more exact in a time-honored and well respected game.  Some members of the community's Bocce Club challenged members of the Seabrook executive team to a match to see who had the best throwing skills, accuracy and gaming acumen.
Bocce club members "Bocce" Bobbi Johnson, Bud Kramer, "Lucky" Lucille Kramer, Joe Fisher, Betty Nelson, "Happy" Bob Bennett, John Englert, Marge McCrindle and "Magnificent" Marguerite Edwards, also known as The Over The Hill Gang challenged the Bombing Bocce Ballers, made up of Seabrook Resident Life Director "Blast 'Em Out" Gary Engelstad, General Services Director "Cunning" Karen Kollmer, Extended Care Administrator "Jamming" Jen Courlas and Dining Services Director Chris "The Crusher" Stewart.
"There were no losers in this game, even though we (the executive team) had our heads handed to us," Gary Engelstad said. "In all seriousness, the members of the Seabrook administration team know so many residents throughout the community, but when we have the opportunity to interact with them in a fun way it really makes our day. This is a community where staff and residents forge friendships that last and playing a game like bocce is one way to build upon long-lasting relationships."
The program began with the flip of not a coin, but a large shuffleboard disc to see what team would go first. The Over The Hill Gang won, possibly foreshadowing the outcome of the match... After Seabrook Public Affairs Manager Tony Ciavolella told a bocce joke, which got the crowd off with a laugh, it was time for business.
In the warm mid-summer morning, the pressure mounted as the small white ball "pallino" was thrown onto the court. The objective was to get the team's ball closest to the white ball to score points, and that is exactly what The Over the Hill Gang did. Point, after point, after point.
The contest itself got off to a roaring start as The Over the Hill Gang took no mercy on their prey. Scoring point after point, after point. They never looked back.
In between sets, Ciavolella educated the crowd of about 25 spectators about the history of bocce. Did you know that throwing balls toward a target is the oldest game known to mankind. As early as 5000 B.C. the Egyptians played a form of bocce with polished rocks. Graphic representations of figures tossing a ball or polished stone have been recorded as early as 5200 B.C.
Bocce is a game played where the first team to score 12 points wins. The final score, The Over the Hill Gang- 12, Bombing Bocce Ballers- 6.
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