Hometown Media Productions (HMP) announced today that it will be releasing the film festival hit Breaking Balls for an exclusive one week run at Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Mall theater beginning with a premiere on Friday, January 12th at 7:30pm and running twice daily through January 18th.  Breaking Balls, produced by HMP affiliate Pallino Productio...

Piercing winds and arctic temperatures make it official: We’re in the thick of winter. But Backyard Bocce promises to transport you to summer days of cookouts and warm weather get-togethers. Opened in September, the 2,900-square-foot Flats East Bank oasis features three turfed courts and activities such as giant Connect 4 and Skee Ball to play whil...

“Against the ball, put the laser against the ball, kid! Madone.” I was folded over on one knee at Boston’s North End bocce courts, trying to get the guys a measurement. Eyeing the distance between a bocce ball and a pallino often doesn’t work, so Sammy Viscione comes armed with both a tape and a laser measure, though his sciatica makes it impossibl...

An Italian-American social club in Connecticut has set a new Guinness world record for the longest stretch of playing bocce. Members of the Prince Thomas of Savoy Club in Avon announced on its Facebook Thursday that Guinness World Records had officially confirmed the new record. The London-based organization's website now shows the record official...

Hometown Media Productions (HMP) announced today that, in conjunction with Little Fish Records (LFR) and CPI Distributors, it will be releasing the DVD of film festival hit Breaking Balls on November 17th. Breaking Balls, produced by HMP affiliate Pallino Productions LLC, and directed by Cleveland State film instructor and USC film school alum John...

The phrase “Fall Classic” has only one real meaning for Maldonians in October of 2017 — “you are correct sir,” I’m talking about the Italian American Citizen’s Club Annual Bocce Championship Series Finals. This year it took Pete “Boss Of The Bocce Court” Robinson and his band of merry men five games to put this barn burner of a series to sleep for...

If you’ve ever taken a drive in Belleville’s Branch Brook Park, around the cherry blossom trees, there’s a chance you’ve passed by the park’s bocce courts. And if that trip took place any day of the week between 2:30 p.m. and as late as 9 p.m. some days, chances are you’ve seen an diverse group of guys gathered at the courts, playing the game they...

“Piia na cadreia e setat su a vardà.” Battista Valenti greeted me, but I didn’t understand a word he was saying. His Italian was harsher than what I’m used to; he stretched his syllables, which rolled off his tongue with a twang. The energetic, silver-haired 70-year-old was speaking the dialect of Cornale, his native village in southern Lombardy, a...

Mario Pagnoni of Methuen, who has done it all in the world of bocce, will be honored Friday with the U.S. Bocce Federation Wall of Fame celebration at the Methuen Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack St. Pagnoni, a unanimous Hall of Fame inductee, is the author of “Joy of Bocce” and has brought numerous tourneys and leagues to the Merrimack Valley.  There...

The smell of spaghetti and meatball sandwiches wafted through South City Park as Paesano Days was celebrated Friday and Saturday at South City Park.  This was the second year the Sons of Italy festival was held at the park ever since a bocce ball court was built there in 2016. Aside from other fare food such as Italian sausage sandwiches, pasta bow...