MDC Fee Plan Suspended: The Metropolitan District Commission has suspended a plan to install toll booths and collect fees at its Nantasket public parking areas, selectmen said last night. The action followed a meeting of Hull officials with the commissioners in Boston on Monday, during which selectmen protected the plan as unfair unless Hull was included in a share of the revenue. It was also pointed out to the commissioners that the area is not properly adjustable at present to collection of fees and that structural changes should be made, including wider entrances, or massive traffic jams would result.
Renewal Plan Gets Federal OK: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a $2.5 million allotment for the first project in a massive 10-year renewal of the Nantasket Beach area of Hull. Hull Redevelopment Authority Chairman Charles E. Gould, in announcing the approval, said Wednesday evening: “We are very pleased after nine years of planning and waiting to get the green light for the first phase of a plan which will mean an $8 to $9 million increase to the town’s tax base and a reducing impact of $10 on the town’s tax rate.”
With Bravery, Tenacity, 4 Survive Boat Mishaps: Two men and a woman were taken off two islands by Hull Coast Guardsmen early on Wednesday morning, and another woman was saved by a Gloucester fisherman after she had clung all night to an overturned outboard motor boat. Taken from Outer Brewster Island and rushed to the South Shore hospital by Officer Joseph Dacey in a Hull police cruiser was Walter C. Sienko, 22, of North Attleboro. Sienko was suffering from immersion, shock, and bruises after swimming a mile and a half to the island. Removed from Graves Light Island, where they were found exhausted and bruised in a rocky crevice, were John Higginbotham, 22, a Vietnam War veteran, and Miss Nancy Jutras, 28, a waitress, both of North Attleboro. They swam 3½ hours after the boat capsized Tuesday at about 4 p.m. Miss Maria Almonte, 25, of Cranston, R.I., an elementary school teacher in Warwick, R.I., decided to stay with the boat and managed to pull herself on top, aided by a rope attached to an anchor that fortunately had caught beneath a seat when the boat swamped and overturned.
Summer Recreation at Hull Parks: The Hull Park and Recreation Commission is pleased to announce that the summer recreation program will begin Tuesday, July 6. Playgrounds will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Supervisors at the playgrounds will conduct activities in group games, athletic games, and arts and crafts. A new activity of art will be presented at each playground under the direction of Mrs. Viva Gould. Mrs. Gould will schedule an activity of art each day and will present new arts and crafts activities. Tournaments will be held at each playground, and competition between playgrounds will be conducted. Intra-playground softball for boys and girls will again be part of the competition.
Hull in Full Holiday Mode: The nation’s birthday will be celebrated in Hull on Monday. A colorful display of fireworks will ascend off Nantasket Beach at 11 p.m. July 5, sponsored by the Beach Merchants Association. On the holiday morning there will be a Junior Baseball League doubleheader at Bayside at 10 a.m. after a flag-raising. At 9:30 a.m. the Point Allerton Association Field Day will begin with a flag- raising on Holbrook Avenue, followed by races, games, and refreshment at the Robinson property, Point Allerton Avenue. The Villagers will also have a Family Field Day at Hull Village Park, starting at 9 a.m., featuring a carnival. There will be square dancing at 7 p.m.
Local Chaplain Off to Japan: Leaving Logan Airport directly (via Kennedy) for Tokyo at 8 this morning, one of Hull’s favorite citizens said “Sayonara” to his many friends. Chaplain LePore is no stranger to the Far East, having served in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division three years ago. At that time, he made many out-of-the-way travels in order to surprise his former C.Y.O. lads from Hull with all he could carry, from rosaries and medals to cold beer. While pursuing studies in counseling this year, Father John lived among his parishioners in Waveland. By his own admission, it was the most enjoyable year of his life.