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Glocester votes 'Yes' to Little League Field

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

GLOCESTER, RI- Glocester Little League will be getting a new field thanks to residents who voted today to give $75,000 to buy land they've been trying to get for years.

At a special financial town meeting, it took 21 out of about 30 residents to say yes to purchase land to provide playing fields for 400 Glocester little leaguers.

The league currently leases property from Acotes Hill Cemetery and it's a sweet deal. The league only pays $1 dollar a year, but there's not enough room for the children.

"They do the best they can, but again those facilities are forty years old," said Glocester town council president, Walter Steere.

There are no bathrooms, lights, nor enough space to welcome other teams.

Former little league president, Michael Martone said, "Like any sport, practice makes you better, repetition.  When sessions become limited or the day to practice becomes limited, the children don't get 100% in what they are really coming to little league for in this case."

The $150,000 property is privately owned. Today's vote means that $75,000 will come from the town's capital reserve account and the other half from a grant provided by the Department of Environmental Management.

"You know, it'll be a better attraction for parents who move to the town and they can also have a better facility to be able to play ball," said Martone.

Jessica Hopkins has two little leaguers and is happy about the convenience.

"Being able to have both of my sons on one field, especially with my older one moving to another field maybe at the same game time as my little one," said Hopkins.

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