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Merrimack Valley

July 11, 2014

Play ball, but not at Veterans Stadium

LAWRENCE — A laborer at Veterans Memorial Stadium who runs a baseball clinic that practices at the stadium was told yesterday to find another practice field after questions were raised about whether he supervises the clinic while on the clock for the city.

Luis Vargas, the $31,200-a-year laborer, told Public Works Director John Isensee and Recreation Director Nelson Ortiz yesterday that his partner ran the clinic when it practiced at the stadium during hours when the stadium is open to the public. Nevertheless, Isensee and Ortiz told Vargas to relocate it.

“We didn't find any evidence” that Vargas was running the clinic while on city time, Rivera said. “We didn't find it to be an infraction, but we made it clear there couldn't be any appearance of impropriety. So we made sure that whatever his . . . organization was doing, that it didn't appear to he was doing it while he was on the job.”

The clinic includes about a dozen youths who pay a fee to join. It also practices at the West Street Park.

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