Editorial: What a winter! Veteran residents call this winter the most severe in over 40 years as far as extended cold weather is concerned – and most Hull people won’t argue with them after a glance at the thoroughly frozen expanse of Hull, Hingham, and Quincy Bays and the extent of ice formation into the ocean. Ice pressure caused the collapse of a marina pier at Allerton this week, and the Coast Guard ice-breakers were working yesterday plowing paths through the ice in the South Channel to the open sea opposite Boston Light. While Hull averaged temperatures 3 or 4 degrees above zero for the past month, while inland areas were registering consistently below zero, the gusty winds have added a bitter chill factor, sending our active temperatures well below even many inland points.
‘Apology’ Hassle Flares: On the motion of Dr. John Silva, the Hull School Committee voted 2-1 Monday to demand a “public apology” from member John Wholey for alleged accusations against Hull school administrators during a recent discrimination hearing before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In his preface to the motion, Dr. Silva blasted Wholey for alleged statements during the MCAD hearing in which Silva said Wholey, in effect, charged former Hull High School Principal Nicholas Meleones (now assistant superintendent), Assistant Principal Thomas Ballerino (now principal), and Social Studies Department head Felix Lahage with acting in a discriminatory manner in the case of complainant teacher Louise Howe. Dr. Silva pointed out that the MCAD had finally dismissed the teacher’s charge, but he felt that the record should be cleared of “wild accusations and character assassination” that involves not only the three men mentioned “but all administrators.” Dr. Silva also criticized Mr. Wholey for “having missed 22 out of the last 35 School Committee meetings.”
School Budget Trimmed: Acting on a recommendation by School Superintendent Charlton, the School Committee has cut $68,692 from the 1971 school budget, reducing the total appropriation to $2,851,744. Mr. Charlton said the cut was made possible by applying federal refund balances from 1970 under Public Law 874 (federal refunds to towns for federally employed parents living in the town with children in the schools) and Public Law 864 (federal refunds for school equipment and purchases for critical subject instruction, mostly in the science area).
Senior Social Studies Revamp: The Hull School Committee approved a social studies elective program for seniors, as presented by Principal Ballerino and Social Studies Department head Felix Lahage as follows: The social studies course offering of a one-year study of comparative government will be replaced by course offerings in a multifaceted approach to the many disciplines of social studies. These offerings will be introductory in nature and should supply the senior with both motivation and interest toward the study of man and his behavior.
Renewal Plan Gets Needed Data:
The long-awaited request for final technical information required to trigger the execution of Project One of the Hull Renewal Program has been received by selectmen and the Hull Redevelopment Authority from the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The request requires the data to recertify the town’s Workable Program (long-range plan for community improvement). Annual recertification of this document is essential before Project One can be activated.
Bay Plan Reviewed in Exec Session: Selectmen went into closed session last night with officers of a reorganized Nantasket Bay Development Corp. and an officer of another firm who may affiliate with the NBDC if the plan is revived and gets local, state, and federal clearances.
Police Wives to Meet: Mrs. Donald Nickerson will preside at a meeting of the Hull Police Wives Association on Sunday, Feb. 14, in the guard room of the Municipal Building at 8:30 p.m. Town Accountant Joseph Chase is scheduled to speak on retirement provisions for town employees under the contributory pension system.
A Son for the Stezeleckis: At St. Ann’s Church, Waveland, on Sunday, Jan. 31, the Rev. John A. Dunn officiated at the baptism of John Paul Stezelecki Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stezelecki, of 8 Front St., Hull. Godparents are Raymond Sarno and Julia Howard.