Nuclear fallout detected in Hull as Memorial School students trap radioactive particles from China blast: A recent scientific experiment by seventh graders at the Hull Memorial School has successfully filtered and isolated radioactive particles from the atmosphere following the Chinese nuclear explosion of March 18. “The finding was later analyzed by the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Laboratories at Boston College. Over 10 different radioactive isotopes including neptunium and uranium were identified,” said Dr. John Griffin, Science Teacher for the Memorial School. “The identified elements make it strongly probable the Chinese set off a thermonuclear explosion and not a trigger device for a hydrogen bomb as originally reported by the Atomic Energy Commission.”
Vets survey to cost $1,000 weekly: A survey of Hull veterans aid rolls in Hull to determine eligibility status will be conducted by the State Veterans Commission at a cost of $1,000 per week to the town. VC Charles Collatos wrote selectmen that the survey will start April 18 in charge of Samuel Fresno and staff. In other action, selectmen took under study a plan of Clam Warden Frank Goulart to set a schedule of fees for licensed bait digging.
Simon named harbormaster: John R. Simon, retired Coast Guard, was appointed by selectmen yesterday on a 2 to 1 vote. Chairman Richardson nominated Simon, seconded by Richard Ryan, while David Berman favored reappointing George Jones, citing his experience and vigilance on the waters particularly at night. “He stopped many boat thefts, even without police powers. There is no reason not to re-appoint him, although I have nothing against Mr. Simon,” said Berman.
Trees ready: Conservation Commissioner Ronald Gale said yesterday that a variety of young Japanese pine, walnut, white pine and some spruce trees will be ready for public distribution at 25 cents per tree April 22 thru 24 at Delmonico’s greenhouse, Nantasket Avenue near J St. “The trees are 12 to 14 inches high and the public will have to transport them to their homes. Funds collected will be used to buy more trees,” Gale said. During the same weekend the Highway Department will plant new trees in several public areas including Nantasket Rd., and the vicinity of the Memorial and Jacobs schools, aided by youths of the Ecology Union.
Disaster funds: Selectman Richardson reported that Hull has asked for $125,000 in storm clearance and road repair funds from state and federal disaster relief sources, and a funds grant is expected to be finalized April 19. “We may need a special town meeting to transfer funds to town departments for storm duty overtime, and a bond issue to pay the town’s share for repair of the Green Hill jetty,” said Richardson.
News briefs: Inspector George Lantry of the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Hull Safety Officer William Reynolds have been inspecting safety conditions on school buses and in school zones this week… Selectmen approved the first beano license under the new law, with a grant to Temple Beth Sholom, to start next Wednesday… Congratulations were sent by selectmen to high school athletes Paul Wholey, Michael Trubia, and Kevin McNamara for winning selection on the Quincy Ledger’s all-scholastic basketball and hockey teams.
Hull defeats Abington, 14-6: Hull High’s baseball Pirates, spearheaded by a strong offensive display and backed by the pitching of Mike Trubia, evened their pre-season scrimmage record at 2-2 with an impressive 14-6 victory over Abington last week. Offensive hero of the game, played on the opponent’s field April 16, was Pirate centerfielder Bill Tullish. He belted two home runs and a ground-rule double in three trips to the plate.
Antique complex opened by Tongs: The new Nantascot Antique and Gift Center complex designed and developed by Kenneth and Claire Tong of Pt. Allerton Avenue, Hull, will have a “pre-view” opening at 133 Nantasket Avenue April 15. The complex is built on the mini-mall design and features 27 unusual stores, a coffee shop, and an outdoor rose garden patio. It is the first new development in the Hull renewal areas and preludes an expected August 1972 opening of Mr. Tong’s Atlantic Aquarium on the rocks across Nantasket Avenue.