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Memorial Service for Larry Foley:  Saturday, January 18 at 11 AM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 24 Vernon St, Framingham, MA 01701. If you wish to send a sympathy card: Valerie Foley, 28 Cottage Street, Wellesley, MA  02482-6902

 

Some Changes: 

Belmont Bridge Club’s new manager is Ann Marie Gruber.  She’s the “Woman In Charge” now.

 

Family Friendly: Our newest Player Committee Member is Mine Usluel.   She is replacing Rob Jones who helped the club in many ways – Thank you.

The other committee members are: Beth Conrad, Janet King, Anne Matlin, Cynthia Provost, Muggsie Rocco, and Clay Stewart.

In addition:  Elaine Lail is joining the FFBC Team and will be a welcome “extra set of hands” to provide help when setting up for bridge games, etc.

 

Save This Date – Tuesday, April 28:  Family Friendly Bridge Club is excited to host two highly-accomplished bridge teachers and players from Knoxville, TN for an all-day seminar. There will be a two-hour lesson in the morning on "Losing Trick Count and Invitations to Game." In the afternoon, the topic will be "Picking Up the Clues." Cost will be $30 for a single session or $50 for both. Lunch will be available for $10 on site. Great for players of all levels!

The speakers are Jim Ricker, the ACBL's 2019 Bridge Teacher of the Year, and National Champion Kevin Wilson. More details coming soon!

 

  

Charitable Donations to Children:

FFBC is contributing 10% of your entry fees in December to two charities that help needy children and families.

In addition, your generous donations have been added plus coffee mug sales and made this effort an enormous success.

The charities are: The Waltham Boys & Girls Club,  (they will receive $ 4,467; 2018 was $ 2,870), and…

REACH, which provides safety and support to survivors of abuse, and works to end domestic violence. 

With the collection of over $ 1,150 plus several people shopping directly for gifts, the FFBC will help REACH make a better holiday for + families.

 

Slow Play Policy:   If you are the E/W pair following a pair that’s always late for the next table, you have felt the frustration of slow play.  What’s going on at these tables?  They are chatting away about the boards as if nothing is wrong.  If you are “on time”, go ahead and chat.  If you are late, please save the chatting for later and certainly consider “claiming” when you have all the remaining tricks.  Please read the attached Bridge Proprieties and ACBL policy re: Slow Play.  If everyone keeps an eye on the time clocks, then the games can run smoothly – something that we all want.

 

Snow Policy:   When the weather forecast is predicting snow on “bridge days”, you can check the website, www.familyfriendlybridge.com .  In addition,  I will send an Email to notify everyone as soon as any bridge game is canceled.   If Belmont Schools are closed, then The Beech St Center will be closed.   Even if the game is not canceled, please use your own judgment re: whether it is safe to be on the roads during/after the storm.  Your personal safety is the most important factor – you can play bridge some other day.  Note: The parking situation in Belmont remains very difficult because of snow banks.

 

If you have a cold or the flu, please do not come to bridge -  You will be jeopardizing the health of everyone.  Flu is very dangerous and even possibly fatal to some individuals.  Please be respectful to everyone and stay home when you are ill.  Thank you.

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

  

From January 6 thru 12:  Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC games)  Note: almost all bridge clubs in the Boston area will participate in this event.

Silver Masterpoints are awarded for these games (instead of the usual Black Masterpoints).  These games are very popular.

Our STaC Games are: Monday, Jan 6 in Arlington, Wednesday, Jan 8 in Belmont, Thursday, Jan 9 in Arlington, and Friday, Jan 10 in Arlington.

 

Sunday, January 12: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Upcoming Dates: Feb 9, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17 & Jun 14

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

ACBL Inter-Club Championship, Wednesday, Jan 15, 9:30 PM, Beech St Center, Belmont

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Advanced Beginner Bridge Classes:  Next series of Bridge classes (“Play Bridge”) will start  January 28, 2020 (6 classes), on Tuesdays, choose the Morning or Evening Classes.

Registration is now open for this Arlington Community Education series -  https://ace.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=147583 .  These classes are taught by Elizabeth Gompels ( eli413@lycos.com )

 

2020 Bridge Lessons at FFBC with Kim Gilman

Click https://3bc3d607-4f36-405f-92d9-645ff132a78b.filesusr.com/ugd/f28eb7_1bb7efbcecbd4f74b87d3dcaf880ecad.pdf  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.

 

Counting & Logic  (Jan 7 – Jan 21), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Take All Your Tricks (Jan 7 - Feb 11), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

Five Conventions to Know & Love (Apr 14 – May 19), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Demon Declarers II (Apr 14 – May 19), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

Bidding in Competitive Auctions (June 2 – June 30), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Thinking Slam (June 2 – June 30), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

 

Casual Bridge Lessons for New Players:  Monday mornings at Waltham Senior Center – taught by Bernice King (email to bybernice@hotmail.com )

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

 

Newcomer Game w/mini-lesson:      

Each session begins with a mini-lesson for about 20 minutes – followed by a Newcomer Duplicate Game of 9 hands/boards. 

This is another educational opportunity, so you can use any notes that you have -- even ask questions when you get "stuck".  

We do allow extra time to play the hands in the Newcomer Game (10 + minutes per hand). 

At the end of each game, the winners will be awarded masterpoints.   Cost is $ 10.

St Camillus, Arlington:  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:40 AM, 9 hands/boards per session.   

 

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow on Monday, December 2, 2019:  Weather forecasts show rain in the Boston area until approx. 1 PM, followed by a mixture of sleet and rain until approx. 6 PM. 

The bridge game at 12:30 PM will not be Canceled – I will be there and we will play bridge.  I will check the weather about 2:30 PM and might stop the game early if the weather conditions are worse.

Please use your own judgment re whether it is safe to be on the roads during/after the storm.  Your personal safety is the most important factor – you can play bridge some other day. 

 

Wednesday, December 25, Xmas Day and Wednesday, January 1, New Year’s Day – NO game in Belmont.

Tuesday Eve, December 24, Xmas Eve and Tuesday Eve, December 31, New Year’s Eve – NO game in Arlington

FFBC Holiday Party – Thursday, Dec 19 (save the date), Italian Buffet for lunch at 11:30 AM, followed by 18-20 board bridge game with door prizes awarded to lucky players.

 

Memorial Service for Larry Foley:  Saturday, January 18 at 11 AM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 24 Vernon St, Framingham, MA 01701.

If you wish to send a sympathy card: Valerie Foley, 28 Cottage Street, Wellesley, MA  02482-6902

 

Fouled Bridge Boards: It was discovered that a board on Friday, 10/18/19 was “fouled”….  That means that the North hand was in the East pocket, and vice versa.

When this happens, we cannot compare the result of this “altered” board with the results for this board at all of the other tables – because the players played a different hand.

This situation also occurred last week and it is not fair to the other players that are a victim of this error. 

 

This situation can occur if 2 hands have been removed from the board for discussion by the players, and then placed in the wrong pocket. 

To prevent this, I need North to enforce a “rule” that only 1 hand can be removed from the board at a time.

I’m sorry that this happened, and I hope everyone will be careful when handling the cards.

 

Phil Stashenko was the Common Game “299er Game - Most Common Game Top 20 Finishes” winner for the month of November. As such, he has won a free play at Family Friendly Bridge Club, paid for by The Common Game.  We will also be recognizing him on our Homepage at TheCommonGame.com and in the Sunshine Bridge News publication here in Florida. 

 

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Charitable Donations to Children:

FFBC is contributing 10% of your entry fees in December to two charities that help needy children and families.

Please donate - Just make out your check to the charity that you prefer and you will retain your tax deduction for 2019.

 

The charities are: The Waltham Boys & Girls Club, which many of you are familiar with from our prior support to them (they will receive over $ 1,900), and…

REACH, which provides safety and support to survivors of abuse, and works to end domestic violence. 

With the collection of over $900 plus several people shopping directly for gifts, the FFBC will make a better holiday for 5+ families.

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

  

Watertown Holiday Sectional Tournament, December 13 - 15:

for details, see https://acblemba.org/Media/Default/Fliers/2019-12%20EMBA%20Sectional%20Watertown%20MA.pdf

PRO-AM event is Friday night, 7:30 PM; 299er Section on Saturday at 10:30 AM & 2:45 PM; Sunday 10:30 AM (299er Swiss Team event)

Special for new players: If you have less than 50 masterpoints, you can play for FREE in the 0-49 event.  Ask for it at the assignment desk.

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

Start times: Saturday events are scheduled for 10:30 AM and 2:45 PM.  Note: EMBA meeting is at 2:45 PM on Sunday.

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

Local Club Championship, Monday, Dec 16, Thursday, Dec 19, and Friday, Dec 20, St Camillus, Arlington.

Local Club Championship, Wednesday, Dec 18, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

ACBL Inter-Club Championship, Monday, Dec 30, 12:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington

 

Sunday, January 12:   1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 10+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or call me.

Upcoming Dates: Feb 9, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17 & Jun 14

 

From January 6 thru 12:  Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC games)  Note: almost all bridge clubs in the Boston area will participate in this event.

Silver Masterpoints are awarded for these games (instead of the usual Black Masterpoints).  These games are very popular.

STaC Games are: Monday, January 6 in Arlington, Wednesday, January 8 in Belmont, Thursday, January 9 in Arlington, and Friday, January 10 in Arlington.

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Advanced Beginner Bridge Classes:  Next series of Bridge classes (“Play Bridge”) will start  January 28, 2020 (6 classes), on Tuesdays, choose the Morning or Evening Classes.

Registration is now open for this Arlington Community Education series -  https://ace.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=147583 .  These classes are taught by Elizabeth Gompels ( eli413@lycos.com )

 

2020 Bridge Lessons at FFBC with Kim Gilman

Click https://3bc3d607-4f36-405f-92d9-645ff132a78b.filesusr.com/ugd/f28eb7_1bb7efbcecbd4f74b87d3dcaf880ecad.pdf  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.

 

Counting & Logic  (Jan 7 – Jan 21), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Take All Your Tricks (Jan 7 - Feb 11), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

Five Conventions to Know & Love (Apr 14 – May 19), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Demon Declarers II (Apr 14 – May 19), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

Bidding in Competitive Auctions (June 2 – June 30), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Thinking Slam (June 2 – June 30), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

 

Note: On April 28, there will be a two-hour lesson in the morning on "Losing Trick Count and Invitations to Game."

In the afternoon, the topic will be "Picking Up the Clues." Great for players of all levels!

The speakers are Jim Ricker, the ACBL's 2019 Bridge Teacher of the Year, and National Champion Kevin Wilson.

Cost will be $30 for a single session or $50 for both. Lunch will be available for $10 on site.   More details coming soon!

 

Casual Bridge Lessons for New Players:  Monday mornings at Waltham Senior Center – taught by Bernice King (email to bybernice@hotmail.com )

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

 

Newcomer Game w/mini-lesson:      

Each session begins with a mini-lesson for about 20 minutes – followed by a Newcomer Duplicate Game of 9 hands/boards. 

This is another educational opportunity, so you can use any notes that you have -- even ask questions when you get "stuck".  

We do allow extra time to play the hands in the Newcomer Game (10 + minutes per hand). 

At the end of each game, the winners will be awarded masterpoints.   Cost is $ 10.

St Camillus, Arlington:  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:40 AM, 9 hands/boards per session.   

 

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

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Hi everyone,

 

  1. Please read the attached documents that describe ACBL Rules and Guidelines.  FFBC supports these guidelines so that your bridge game will always be enjoyable.

  1. Results so far of FFBC Charity Efforts:  (Last Year: the REACH donation was over $ 3,950; Waltham Boys and Girls Club was $ 2,870)

    1. Message from Muggsie:  REACH is a domestic violence agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families. Every year they run a holiday gift program and for about 200 families. For many families, it is the only way they provide gifts and food for their children for the holidays.  It is truly a wonderful party and program.  I worked for REACH for several years and saw this program first hand.

  There are several ways you can donate.

1.  Give a monetary donation with a check made out to REACH. (It is tax-deductible).

2.  Sponsor a family and provide the gifts for the family. (It is usually 4 gifts per person in a family with a cost of about $100 per person).

3.  Ask to buy gifts for 1 or more individuals and we will assign the people to you.

4.  Agree to help with shopping for families... and we will reimburse you for the cost with the money that is donated.

  For REACH, we have raised $1,025 so far.   If you have any questions just ask me or email me at mugsroc@comcast.net

  1. For Waltham Boys and Girls Club, we have raised almost $1,300 to support their programs that help at-risk children. Without the support of any government programs, the club serves these children a hot dinner on weekday evenings, in addition to breakfast and lunch during school vacations.  Last year, the club served over 30,000 meals in total, at a cost of over $100,000 – all of it paid by private donations.  We can all be proud of our generous support of the club’s programs.

  2. Holiday Party:  Set aside Thursday, Dec 19 at 11:30 AM for our catered lunch and 20-Board Bridge game.  Note: Door Prizes will be awarded to lucky players.

 

Snow Policy:   When the weather forecast is predicting snow on “bridge days”, you can check the website, www.familyfriendlybridge.com .  In addition,  I will send an email to notify everyone as soon as any bridge game is canceled.   If Belmont Schools are closed, then The Beech St Center will be closed.   Even if the game is not canceled, please use your own judgment re whether it is safe to be on the roads during/after the storm.  Your personal safety is the most important factor – you can play bridge some other day.  Note: The parking situation in Belmont is always very difficult because of snowbanks.

 

If you have a cold or the flu, please do not come to bridge -  You will be jeopardizing the health of everyone. 

Flu is very dangerous and even possibly fatal to some individuals.  Please be respectful to everyone and play bridge some other day.

 

 

I have always been an optimistic person, though I do realize that everyone has burdens and hardships they carry with them.

In my youth, I read a quotation that put things in perspective for me, and I remember it when times are difficult.

The quotation was: “ I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”. 

I realize every day what I’m grateful for, and my bridge friends are at the top of my list.

 

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving - where you can enjoy the company of your family and friends.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

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