August 12, 1971
New Union Vote Needed: Town Counsel Haskell Lampke ruled last night that casual or part-time employees of the Highway Department are entitled to vote on union membership and that it appears recertification is needed by the Municipal Employees Union A.F.L. in order to be the authorized bargaining agent for the department. In a vote in 1966, the Highway Department voted against union representation, but a question later arose as to the voting rights for temporary employees under civil service.
Vets Funds May Need TM Approval: Town Counsel Lampke said that a special town meeting may be needed to approve exceeding the town’s debt limit for borrowing $40,000 to meet veterans’ relief claims for the rest of 1971. “The authorization of town meeting would have to go to a special emergency committee of the attorney general, state treasurer, and budget director for further approval and terms of repayment,” he said. He went on to say other plans would be to transfer reserve fund amounts earmarked for other town projects or to transfer surplus funds in town department budgets.
Fin Com Rejects Funds: The Finance Committee last night rejected $1,500 for working capital for the Youth Commission. Also, Chairman Daniel J. Henderson asked the selectmen for a town meeting article to take the old Bayside Theatre building by eminent domain for a Youth Commission Center. Henderson said that recent events have raised a fund of $536, which is being held as a possible down payment in the event of negotiations for a youth center building, and that the YC is anxiously awaiting state funds.
Youth Voter Registration Urged: “All over the state and country, drives are underway to register the newly franchised 18-year-olds. While Hull did its part last winter by going into the high school to register young voters, the job remains unfinished. Efforts should be made to register additional young voters before they depart for college and the [military] service, and all new residents in Hull should be encouraged to register to vote,” Hull Selectman Berman said on Wednesday.
Clam Digging Areas Closed: The state Department of Natural Resources advised the selectmen that the area from Pemberton to Point Allerton on the oceanfront and from Little Harbor, Cohasset, to Point Allerton on the bay shore are closed indefinitely for digging clams or other shellfish. “The areas are so polluted that the shellfish are not fit for public consumption and a danger to public health,” the order stated.
News Briefs: Robert O. Olsen, of Winthrop Avenue, has been named honorary chairman for the Chief Daniel A. Short Testimonial Committee. … Capt. Richard Neal and family have been visiting in Hull for a few days. His next assignment is ROTC instructor at New Orleans Jr. High School in Louisiana. …The “C Street Carnival” raised $10 for the Jimmy Fund earlier this week, sponsored by Lorrie Goldberg and Donna and Barry Goldstein.
Bronze Star Goes to Hullonian: U.S. Army Captain Michael L. Nicholson, 27, son of Lt. Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. William F. Nicholson, 11 Manomet Av., Hull, Mass., recently received the Bronze Star Medal in Vietnam. He was awarded the medal for distinguishing himself though meritorious service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in Vietnam. The captain’s father is a World War II and Korean War veteran who served as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Marines and is currently Hull’s director of veterans’ services. His brother, William, a former Marine, is now with the Associated Press, covering the Caribbean and Central Americas.
Barbecue to Honor Berman: Final arrangements have recently been completed to hold a gala summer barbecue sponsored by the Friends of David Berman, it was announced this week. The festivities will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Salt Water Club at Mariner’s Park. A special feature of the occasion will be musical entertainment by The Other Hull, popular local artists under the direction of Thomas Claffey.
Big Bands at Music Circus: Cohasset’s South Shore Music Circus will present an evening of big band music Sunday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. The exclusive one-performance-only Boston area concert will headline Stan Keston and his Orchestra, Lee Castle and his Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and vocalist Bob Eberly.