Tennis Club News Page

May 2, 2001

When are we going to open?
We are hoping for this weekend. We'll start taking reservations when we know we're open. (We don't want a worker sitting by the phone when he could be stringing cable and hanging curtains.)

What's happening?
Quite a bit. The crew has spread 12 tons of Har-Tru and packed away another 4 tons for later use. The tapes are nailed down. (We previously estimated the number of nails per court at 100 billion. We have done a more scientific count and come up with the number 9600 nails total, or 1920 nails per court. It just felt like 100 billion.)

Cursed court nails

Cursing and nailing

The wall on the Mt. Auburn St. side of the backboard was collapsing. It is being demolished, taken away, and replaced by a shiny new wall.

The gravel paths alongside the courts double as catch basins and are a big part of the club's drainage system. The gravel and the drainage pipes in them are pretty well filled with mud (the court reconstruction crew loathes mud). Two bobcats are scooping out the gravel and clogged pipes. The drainage system is being rebuilt. (Court 5 should be much better this year, much drier.)

The Eldco truck has come The backboard wall is gone
The bobcat digging up the clogged drains Digging and more digging

Letter from the club's President, Vincent Panico:

Dear Members:

Too much rain. The staff is working hard but it does not appear we will be able to open before early May. Better news, if any, will be posted on the club web site:

Billy Crusco with his newly aligned collarbone will again be the manager, assisted by Joe DeBassio and Phil Soccorso.

Rick Rose will return as pro. He is not only a good tennis instructor but also is wonderful teaching young children. He will coordinate the tournaments and work with the tennis committee.

Tennis Activities:
Southie Bundy has done an excellent job scheduling the various tennis activities. The information will be in the tennis book. The arrangements are a little different this year, so please check the book carefully.

The system remains the same. The staff will answer phones from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. (rain or shine) and from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. except on rain days when the staff is not on duty. Leave a message on the machine and the staff will respond when they return.

Ladies' Tennis Team:
For the last few years, we've had a spring ladies' tennis team which plays in a competitive league against other clubs. All games are played on Thursday mornings, half at home and half away. If you're interested, and are an experienced player who wants to play competitively, contact Cynthia Ellis at 617 491-2813.

Web Site:
We are still experimenting with the web site. Whenever possible, pertinent information will be listed there as well as posted on our bulletin board.

Cell Phones:
We urge you to leave cell phones at home. There have been complaints.

New Members' Party, Sunday, May 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
New members will be welcomed and introduced at the party. The original proposer should be present to introduce the new member. Susan Mead would be happy to answer any membership questions.

The following are the new members as of April 1, 2001:

Welcome to the new season.

Take a look at what was going on at the club at this time last year (Hint: we were opening the courts.)

The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2000. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent Archive of last year's news.

Court Conditions: We are hoping to open by the weekend.

Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.

Click for Boston Weather

Joe DeBassio

Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year. The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to yesterday's News.

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