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Caldwell Residents Fed Up With Barrage Of Baseballs From Nearby Park

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CALDWELL, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Some New Jersey residents say they are fed up with one of their neighbors.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, it looks like hail damage — round dents on the hoods, roofs, and trunks of cars in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Caldwell, N.J. — but the damage is not from baseball-sized hail. It’s actually from baseballs.

“I have a couple dents in my roof and last month my windshield got smashed,” said Joe Lastella.

“I noticed a dent in my car,” Ann Manna said.

Residents living in the complex on Roseland Avenue say since the ball park at the Kiwanis Oval opened in 2010 they’ve collected countless stray baseballs and softballs that fly over the fence, breaking windows of their homes and damaging their cars.

“Our cars are getting mutilated and there’s nothing we can do about it because we have no where else we can put our cars,” Manna said.

Residents say the town has paid for some damages in the past and did attempt to make things better, but it hasn’t been enough, Carrasco reported.

“They put up one net but it hasn’t helped us much. So we’re still in the same predicament that we were in say 2 or 3 years ago,” Manna said.

Caldwell’s Mayor told Carrasco the borough is in the process of getting quotes to put up a second net to protect cars, but residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.

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