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Mansfield lifts ban on ball games in street

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- It's legal again for children to play ball games in the streets of Mansfield.

Town residents on Wednesday voted to eliminate a 1931 town bylaw that barred street games that required the use of balls.

The Sun Chronicle reports that resident Terry Longley wrote the citizen's petition to lift the ban after neighbors called police on some teenagers playing baseball in the street last July.

Police broke up the game, saying they were acting in accordance with the 1931 bylaw.

Under the amended bylaw, street games are OK as long as they are safe.

One resident said: "We should let kids be kids."
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Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com
 
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