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NORTH HAVEN >> A vandalized field at Ridge Road School left youth soccer players disappointed after their matches had to be postponed.
"A lot of the players have just received their new uniforms and were looking forward to playing, so I think there's some disappointment there," said Adam Acquarulo, vice president of the North Haven Soccer Club.
It was unclear when the soccer teams would be able to play on the field.
Acquarulo said the start of the spring season is "an exciting time for young players." The Police Department last week put a message on its Facebook page stating, "we are investigating an act of vandalism at Ridge Road School. A vehicle was driven over the soccer field causing extensive damage. As a result, several children's games have been cancelled. We are seeking information from the public; any info can be anonymous, 203-239-1618. Officer Alan Cantele is investigating."
Acquarulo said the Ridge Road Field was closed at the beginning of the month because of its wet conditions and the vandalism forced the field to stay closed for another week.
"It does affect the season. It's caused the loss of two weeks of scheduled games of in-town leagues, for some meaningless vandalism," Acquarulo said.
Immediately following the incident, the Public Works Department started to make field repairs, according to Lynn Sadosky, director of public works.
Sadosky said chains and posts were added to one of the field's entrances after two wooden posts were pulled from the ground to allow a vehicle to access the field.
"We've alerted the police and they've been asked to keep an eye on it," Sadosky said.
Victor Pulma, director of public works' field operations, said repairing the field was a difficult process with wet grounds.
"We had to wait a few days for the ground to dry up before we could do any work," Pulma said.
Repairs to the field included rolling dirt back into the "ruts" or holes, adding fresh dirt and replanting grass.
"Either way this could take awhile. Normally, having to replant grass takes a bit," Pulma said.
Repairing the field has forced players to hold practices at other fields around town, causing overcrowding at various locations, according to Acquarulo.
First Selectman Michael Freda said the vandalism was "upsetting."
"This makes me upset on multiple levels; (one) that someone can do it and think it's appropriate and (two) that space for fields right now are becoming compromised and limited, with more kids playing sports. The kids suffer because of this," Freda said.
Call Ebony Walmsley at 203-789-5734.