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Assemblyman Benedetto donates bocce balls

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Let the games begin! To keep the community active and a traditional sport alive, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto has donated a set of bocce balls.

On Monday, October 5, Benedetto visited with American Legion Post 1498 members who showed up at the bocce courts in Colucci Playground to receive their donation and play a few games.

“It’s a good thing for people who like to get outside in the nice weather and enjoy the comradery of friends and exchanging valuable information about their community,” said Benedetto. “There is a lot to this game, besides the wonderful tradition that is there.”

According to Nick Pecora, who initially contacted Benedetto with the dilemma, it’s important to keep the bocce courts in good condition and to have the necessary equipment to keep players happy and to give them the ability to pass on the sport to younger generations.

“I love this game because it’s a challenge,” said Pecora. “We always had to buy our own sets, and it can get expensive. The assemblyman was kind enough to donate the balls. We want to start teaching the kids. It’ll keep them out of trouble and they will enjoy it.”

Players allowed Benedetto to join in their game and throw out the first bocce ball of the new set as they enjoyed the free food and beverages provided by Patricia’s Pizza & Pasta II for the celebration.

“This is really a big thing for most of our members who always look forward to coming here to play,” said Lou Durante, post commander.

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