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Bocce Ball Comes to Clark

Members of Clark Unico and the Clark Recreation Department enjoyed an evening of fun and camaraderie on the new Bocce ball court. Credits: Ralph Bernardo
Unican Henry Trani observes the location of the Bocce balls to see who gets the point. Credits: Ralph Bernardo
Unicans Anna Pace and Maureen Manasia try their skill at tossing the Bocce balls. Credits: Ralph Bernardo

CLARK, NJ – More than 30 members of Clark Unico joined the Clark Recreation Department in christening a newly installed bocce court on Sept. 26. The celebration included pizza, desserts and Italian music as guests learned the game and played against each other.

The court was donated by The Keith W. Dolan Memorial Fund and was installed by Steve Paterno. It is located behind the Clark Municipal Building at 430 Westfield Ave. and is open to all Clark residents. 

According to, the game of bocce dates back to the early Roman Empire and was played, in various forms, throughout Europe. Italian immigrants at the turn of the 20th century popularized the sport in the United States. 

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The game is played with eight large bocce balls (half of one color, half of another) and a target ball, called a “pallina” or “jack.” Players take turns throwing the larger balls with the goal of placing them closest to the target and scoring points for their team. The court is covered in fine gravel.

Clark Unico members in attendance had a fun night of camaraderie. The organization is preparing for its annual Italian-American Feast to be held over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12. 

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