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Delco Man Under Fire From Golf Course Next Door

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When 11 year old Alex DiJoseph visits his grandfather, he gets to play "Easter Egg Hunt" with the golf balls he finds strewn across the lawn.

 "I should be getting paid for this!" he says, as he scrambles beneath a large evergreen to snag a ball.

But for grandpa, it's no game.

"Red hot madness," is how John DiJoseph, 86, describes his reaction to coming home to find another broken window.

It's just the latest damage done by errant shots from the golf course at the Springfield Country Club next door.  DiJoseph lives across the street from the fairway of the third hole.

He shows off his golf ball collection- several dozen held in egg cartons in his garage.  He's given away seven or eight dozen to family and friends.

All of them have landed on his lawn, clanked off his siding or smashed through the windows of the Golf View Estates condo he moved into 13 years ago.

Isn't golf ball damage part of the price you pay when you move next door to a golf course?  Sure, but here's the thing: massive fencing- installed at great expense back in 2001- protects many of his condo neighbors.  But the fencing stops well short of the green- meaning badly hooked or sliced shots rain down on his home.

DiJoseph's Homeowners Association just paid to replace numerous sheets of dented siding.  And his side windows are covered in Plexiglass, to protect from being broken- again.

DiJoseph simply wants the fencing extended to protect his home, but he may be out of luck.

Homeowners Association president Tom Nelson tells me that- by longstanding agreement- any repairs to, or extension of, the existing fence would have to be paid for by homeowners, not the golf course.

And with a price tag that could run into the tens of thousand of dollars, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

And so DiJoseph remains a prisoner in his own home.

 "You take your life in your hands if you come out here in the daytime," he says.  "You don't know when one of those balls is going to come across!"

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