The club plays at bocce courts at the community park twice a week
The Italian ball game of Bocce is similar to bowling, billiards or shuffleboard, but is in a league of its own. Ask the growing number of people from the Solon Italian Club who built the courts behind the Solon swimming pool and play there twice a week. The rules may be simple, but the fine art of throwing the ball can take years to master. If you want to try this game at home, here are the rules.
Richard Alaimo and his partners hope to open the Swirl Wine Bar on Bainbridge Road in June
About five years ago, Richard Alaimo was in California at a unique restaurant and wine bar that featured a bocce court. He thought it was a great idea. After years of mulling the idea, Alaimo and two partners purchased a historic building at 33325 Bainbridge Road in downtown Solon, where they plan to open the Swirl Wine Bar in June. The other partners are Tom Steinbauer and Frank Bonsignore. Swirl, which recently received all of its zoning variances from city council, will open in a remodeled historic building. Alaimo, who owns Crossroad Homes, is doing much of the work himself restoring the building. Much of the wood inside, which dates back to the 1850s, is being restored and reused. "You want to keep as much of the history as you can," …