Editorial on the Piers Problem: While waiting for urban renewal, many Hull residents are wondering about other town revenue sources such as rental or sale of presently owned town piers. Nantasket Pier, of course, is the focal point of development plans both private and public in the so-called Phase Three of Hull renewal areas and is currently returning some revenue to the town in the form of land and building leases and the Mass. Bay Line boat service. A Street Pier at Waveland, rebuilt last year by the state Department of Public works, with Hull paying a $37,000 share, is now in fine shape and offers good recreation for residents and visitors in the form of fishing and some swimming from adjacent town floats. Pemberton Pier is a dangerously decayed hulk situated in an ideal spot for a marina and motel development, which could bring thousands of dollars annually to the town if the property were rented to reputable developers, with the Mass. Bay Line’s public transportation rights protected in terms of the lease.
Use of Town Land Being Studied: Selectmen are reviewing board policy of permitting use by residents of town land along former railroad right-of-way, with a sense of disapproval of permanent structures such as fences and buildings. Revocable permits have been granted for a decade or more for residents to beautify the abutting town land with gardens and shrubs, but permanent structures were never intended. “Such installations as fences restrict these areas to the point where the passage of emergency vehicles is impeded,” said Chairman Fallon.
Hull Urged to Generate Own Power: Selectmen last night approved a plan of the Municipal Light Department manager, Everett Lutzy, whereby a study of power generation from solid-waste incineration will be made by MLD consultants without charge to the town. In a letter presented by MLB Chairman Louis Costa, Lutzy and the board expressed “concern at the substantial increase in electric power costs throughout the world, the impact of which will be felt in Hull by next fall” and urged that selectmen cooperate in the survey plan. Costa said that Hull is penalized by higher costs from the supplier when it sees improved voltage on incoming power and indicated the town would be better off generating its own power.
Reading Text Change OK’d: The Hull School Committee on Monday voted to adopt updated visual and phonetic reading methods using the basic Lippincott system on recommendation of Jacobs School Principal Curtis and on motion of Dr. John Silva. The action came after analysis of the method by Assistant Principal Margaret Fleck, connecting- class teacher Mary Ellen Curtis, and Grade One teacher Geraldine Friel, with a sum-up by the principal: “This basic method will aid all children to read more effectively.”
Teachers Resign: Resignations were accepted with regret by the Hull School Committee Monday from teachers Madelyn Olsen of the Memorial School; also Marylou DeLuzo (i.e., Galluzzo; this writer was born four weeks earlier), and Martha Dimmock, Hull High School, effective in September 1971.
Police Officers Seek Promotion: A state Civil Service Division official said yesterday that marks have been completed on examinations taken by five Hull patrolmen seeking promotion to sergeant. Officers Donald Brooker, Ralph Comeau, William Sousa, John Zullo, and Frank Yannizzi took the exam Jan. 23.
Chest X-Rays Available This Month: The Mobile X-Ray Unit will be at Hull Town Hall on Wednesday, April 28, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The mobile visits are set for every three years. All residents of Hull should take advantage of this life-saving community service. Those 18 years and older are eligible. There is no cost to the individual. Chest X-rays are paid for by the Hull Board of Health and your yearly contribution to Christmas Seals.
Teacher a Hit on the Links: Hull school teacher Joe Viola played a hole in one shot at the South Shore Country Club April 9. Viola accomplished the rare golf achievement on the Par 3, 150-yard 17th hole, using a 5-iron. He and his wife, Jean, both had driven and were searching around the green for Joe’s ball, but without success, until golfers on a nearby fairway jokingly suggested: “Why don’t you look in the cup?” Joe walked over, removed the flag, and, sure enough, there was the little white ball in the cup. Viola and his wife have been golfing only two years.