April 1, 1971Code Change Could Spur Renewal: The state building code is being reviewed and amended at the state Department of Public Safety’s Board of Standards to conform with national codes and is expected to become law in June 1971, when it is filed with the secretary of state, and after a public hearing. Hull plans to adopt the national code at a special town meeting. Board of Standards Chairman George Waters is overseeing the sweeping revisions, which are aimed at strengthening the state code and eliminating conflicts between it and the federal code.
Special TM to Act on Code Change: Selectman last night set Monday, June 7, for a special town meeting to act on building code amendments and sewer funding. Chairman Martin Fallon said that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had forwarded suggested language for the building code article, which in effect would adopt the federal BOCA code, with some changes, and clear the way for execution of Hull’s renewal program. Mr. Fallon also said that the state Water Pollution Control Division had given the town an additional year (until September 1973) to complete the sewer improvements. Selectman David Berman said the WPCD has also agreed to extend the time for a special town meeting on funding for 90 days from March 31, 1971.
Licenses Held for Review: Action on a number of Nantasket amusement licenses was held for further study and discussion with owners regarding improvement of premises when Selectman David Berman declined to second Chairman Fallon’s motions for renewal. Selectman Wallace E. Richardson was absent due to the critical illness of his wife. Victualer licenses were voted for Mark Gerstl’s restaurant at 535 Nantasket Ave., Al’s at 143 Nantasket Ave., and Carl’s at 287½ Nantasket Ave.
Barking Dogs Led to Capture: Barking of dogs near an unoccupied house off Newport Road was reported by neighbor Philip Apostolu Sr. early Monday morning and eventually led to the capture of five juveniles by Hull and Hingham police after separate chases in both towns and a car upset on Old Colony Hill, Hingham. Four juveniles were arraigned in Hingham Court on Hull charges of using a motor vehicle without authority, escaping from the Youth Service Board, and breaking and entering at night and were returned to Lyman Correctional School. A juvenile girl was released to the custody of her parents.
Police Chase Ends in Arrest: Thomas Bennett, 26, of Somerville was arraigned in Hingham Court Saturday on a variety of Hull charges and committed to the Plymouth jail in lieu of $5,000 bail pending trial. After Officer William Reynolds saw Bennett take off from a parking lot area in Nantasket in a car reported to have been stolen, he gave chase with Officer Donald Brooker in another cruiser as the car driven by Bennett jumped two curbs and headed for Cohasset, after nearly hitting a school bus, police said. The Hull officers gave chase at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, and police from Cohasset and Hingham closed in from different directions, finally cornering Bennett on foot near the Cohasset Golf Club fairway.
Local Man Honored for Heroism: Capt. Richard I. Neal, a student with Amphibious Warfare Class 2-71, received a Gold Star in lieu of his second Silver Star Medal and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat “V” during ceremonies at AWS on March 19. The captain was cited for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action” while serving as senior Marine adviser with the 4th Infantry Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps, in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. On May 22, 1970, Neal was aboard a command-and-control helicopter directing the movement of a U.S. Air Cavalry unit. At that time a light observation helicopter was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed on a nearby canal bank. The pilot and observer were both thrown into the canal and injured. The helicopter took several hits, but the pilot managed to land his aircraft about 100 yards from the downed helicopter. Once on land, Neal crossed open terrain under heavy enemy fire to reach the injured airmen. Both were dazed and unable to scale the canal bank. After assisting them out of the water, Neal carried one of the men back to the command helicopter, again exposing himself to heavy ground fire. He returned through the increasingly heavy fire to rescue the second airman, who was having trouble making progress due to his injuries.
Haraden Earns Promotion: Barry Haraden was recently named director and treasurer of the Brokers Premium Acceptance Corp. of Boston.