Hi Everyone,

 

2 more of our sponsored games will be offered “live” in the near future… 

          Belmont game will start “live” on Wednesday, 7/14 – Beech St Center, Belmont

          Winchester game will start “live” on Wednesday night, August 4 – at St Camillus Church, 7 PM

 

Our Schedule of bridge games:

 

BBO:  (Note: if game has less than 3 tables, game is canceled per BBO rules)

 

Monday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Tuesday, 7:00 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Wednesday 9:50 AM -- for Belmont Bridge, 18 boards, 3 boards per round

Wednesday 7:15 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, “OPEN” 

Wednesday, 7:25 PM, 9 boards, 3 boards per round, 9 minutes per board, “Restricted”

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner, followed by Zoom teacher discussion.

Thursday, 9:40 AM, 12 boards, 3 boards per round, 8 minutes per board, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Friday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

 

 

“Live” Bridge at St Camillus Church, Arlington”

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Wednesday 9:30 AM -- for Belmont Bridge, 20-21 boards, “OPEN” (location=Beech St Center, Belmont)

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN”  (Starts on August 4)

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of session, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

Thanks to all of you for your support during this transition period.

 

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Take note of the following changes that are happening on BBO for all of us:

 

  1. Starting on July 1, ACBL is changing the awarding of masterpoints for BBO games to 1.25 times the usual masterpoints awarded at bridge clubs. Until now, the awards have been 1.5 times the usual masterpoints.

  2. To comply with ACBL regulations, FFBC will change the games that we offer on BBO from “Open” games to games with a player upper master point limit of 2,500 masterpoints. The games located at St Camillus Church will remain as “Open” games – with no upper masterpoint limit.

  3. BBO game time change:  The afternoon BBO games for FFBC will now start at 12:40 PM – Monday, Thursday & Friday.  NO time change for the other FFBC games offered on BBO.

  4. Regarding “Partner Needed” on BBO – FFBC will try to provide a partner, but we won’t be able to guarantee a partner for these smaller BBO games. You may be “shut out” because of NO partner or because the game is less than 3 tables (the BBO minimum for a valid game).  Sorry.

 

For the “Face-to-Face” Games ----

 

FFBC Games at St Camillus, Arlington (Start on Monday, 6/28):

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, “Restricted”, Starts with mini-lesson

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

Games that are currently offered on Wednesdays are NOT being offered “Face-to-Face”.  Physical facilities are not available yet.

 

Questions answered:   Yes, there is an elevator and assistance is always available.  Feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks.  There is a water fountain and drinking cups are available. Hand sanitizer and face masks are located near the entrance.

 

Regarding Covid-19 --

On May 13,2021, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For individuals who are fully vaccinated, the CDC guidance says you may resume all of the activities that you engaged in prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where otherwise required by federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson& Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. However, if a fully vaccinated individual becomes symptomatic, they should be tested and wear a mask until receiving test results

 

For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, it is important that you continue to wear a face covering or mask to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, the CDC advises the following:

•Wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth.

•Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.

•Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water.  Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available

•Get tested if you have been exposed to or have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The Commonwealth’s mask order has been rescinded. The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.  All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see www.mass.gov/maskrulesfor a complete list of venues where face coverings remain mandatory.

Archdiocese of Boston:  The instructions to each parish include the mask requirements detailed by the CDC and further described by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  No parish is requiring “Proof of Vaccination” of its member parishioners to participate in parish activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone,

 

It is official.  We have the approval to reopen Family Friendly Bridge Club for Face-to-Face bridge games as of Monday, June 28.

 

We will resume the physical games that were interrupted (the same games will continue to be offered on BBO for $ 7):

Monday, Thursday, & Friday at 12:30 PM, 24 boards, cost is $10 per player.

Tuesday Evening at 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, cost is $10 per player.

Thursday Mornings, mini-lesson followed by 12-15 boards, cost is $10 per player

 

Note: Hospitality will not be served - no food/coffee served for at least the first few weeks.

Disinfectant and hand sanitizing supplies will be available at all times.  We are following CDC guidelines:

masks are not required if you are fully vaccinated; else a mask is strongly recommended.  We are NOT requiring

players to show proof of vaccination. The last number I heard was that 85% of persons over 65 years old are fully vaccinated.

 

Other:

The bridge game in Belmont will continue on-line and might become Face-to-Face in August.

The Winchester Bridge Club will be making a separate decision about starting Face-to-Face games.

 

Welcome back.  It will be so nice to see your smiling faces.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone,

 

Okay – When is our first Face-to-Face game?  Very soon, but I can’t announce it yet.  I’m looking for the final approval next week.

When everything is “all set”, then you’ll be the first to know.  I know that many of you are anxious to see your bridge friends – me too.

 

What about the current games on BBO?  The ACBL has decided that all the current BBO Virtual Club games will continue to be offered as the bridge clubs transition

to Face-to-Face bridge games.  All of the current FFBC games on BBO will continue and you will have the choice of playing on BBO or coming to Arlington.

You could think of it as a “dual environment” – more opportunities than ever.

 

 

In the meantime:

 

Newest Lifemaster: Carolyn Bitetti.   She has worked hard and she made it (Picture attached).  I couldn’t be happier for her. 

Yes…  You should send her an email congratulating her. carolyn.bitetti@gmail.com

 

 

Special BBO Games: 

 

June 14 thru June 18: North American Pairs Qualifying games offer Red/Black masterpoints at double the Regular Club masterpoints.

 

June 21 thru June 25:  The Longest Day Alzheimer games this week offer Black masterpoints at double the Regular Club masterpoints.

A portion of every entry fee is given to the Alzheimer’s Association to support the fight to end this horrible disease.

In addition, FFBC will hold a “Special Game” on Wednesday, June 23 at 12:30 PM where all proceeds from the game will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

A special thanks to all of you who have “stuck with us” during this pandemic.

Your support has made a tremendous difference and the club is ready to meet your needs in the future.

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

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What’s New:    May  - June

 

Covid-19 News – Club Reopening (?)

The club is waiting for news from the church (Cardinal O'Malley) – as to when it might be possible to reopen for “live – face-to-face” bridge.

I’m just guessing, but it could be as early as sometime in June or as late as the end of July.  I hope sooner rather than later.

After the clubs return to live bridge, the ACBL is anticipating that there will remain a strong ACBL presence on BBO.  Details are not yet known.

 

In the meantime, the renovations have been completed in the lower church. 

What changes are being made: an additional Women’s Restroom is being added, updates have been made to the existing restrooms,

new LED lighting replacing all lights in the playing area, new bridge timers combined with a public address system have been added,

and old carpets/ceramic floors have been replaced with new flooring.

 

My sincere gratitude goes to club member Stan Pilch for his efforts in the renovation. 

Stan is a general contractor and his team made it all happen for us.  The structural changes were all completed by Stan.

 

BBO Event:  Silver Linings Week starts Monday, May 20 and ends on Sunday, May 30.

High finishers will earn double Silver Masterpoints in all virtual club games on BBO.  Cost $ 8.00

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

FFBC is fortunate to be associated with 2 of the best bridge teachers in the Boston area.

Think about playing in the North American Bridge Championship in Providence, RI (July 15-25, 2022). 

This prestigious event only comes to the New England area every 8 years and you can be part of it.

 

Now is the time to seize the opportunity to improve your game.  Success is just around the corner…

 

2021 Bridge Lessons with Elizabeth Gompels:

Send an email to get the latest schedule for lessons and playing sessions…   elibridge101@outlook.com

  

 

2021 Bridge Lessons at FFBC with Kim Gilman (kgilman11@gmail.com ):

 

Lesson Topics/Highlights:

Conventions Course with Kim Gilman & Kevin Wilson

Wednesday evenings June 9 - Sept. 1, 7:00-8:45 PM

….with star teacher and national champion player Kevin Wilson

 

Two-Over-One Game Force

Intermediate + -- Taught by Robin Hillyard

Tuesday evenings; starts June 15, 7:00-8:

 

Demon Declarers!

Advanced Beginners +

Thursday afternoons, 3:15-5:00 PM. Six weeks, July 15-August 19. 

 

Practice Your Competitive Bidding

Advanced Beginners +

Thursday afternoons in June, 3:30 - 5:15 PM.

 

Play and Learn with Nancy Olt

Monday evenings; starts June 21, 7:00-8:45 PM.

Intended for recent Beginner Bridge graduates,

 

So many opportunities…  Click https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes  for full class details,

including prices, class descriptions, and teacher biographies. Or visit www.bridgewithkim.com.

To register for any class: Please e-mail Kim at kgilman11@gmail.com or call 978-254-5008.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

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