Firemen help flag raising: The Fourth of July celebration at Point Allerton in Hull was rescued by the Hull Fire Department after a halyard snapped as a flag raising was in progress. Two hundred kids and adults on the celebration committee gazed sadly at the flag, caught six feet from the ground on a 60-foot mast in front of the Waddleton residence. A committee member decided to call the Hull Fire Department and upon being told of the situation, fireman Alan Gardner notified Fire Chief Kervyn Means, who is also a vice president of the Point Allerton Association. “Sure,” said the chief, “get the ladder truck up there and help them out.”
Chief warns on bicycle laws: Police Chief Shannon announced today that by reason of the number of complaints being received by the police department and the board of selectmen regarding undue traffic hazards and the frequency of near-accidents caused by operators of bicycles, he has found it necessary to instruct his officers to accelerate their efforts in the enforcement of the rules and regulations governing the operation of bicycles.
Selectmen move to remove Chase: Selectmen have called an executive session hearing Tuesday evening July 11 at which Town Accountant Joseph Chase will be requested to attend. Chairman Wallace Richardson confirmed yesterday that the hearing has been called under Civil Service laws, governing removal proceedings. The decision to call the hearing followed a letter to the selectmen June 30 from Mr. Chase in which he withdrew his letter on June 29 which in effect agreed to selectmen’s offer to extend his illness leave for 90 days. Mr. Chase told the Times last night that he had withdrawn his acceptance of the 90-day leave extension, stating “I feel good and I want to get back to work.”
Youth Center opens at school: Thursday night marked the beginning of the Hull Youth Center’s summer occupation of the Jacobs School and by everyone’s estimation, it was an overwhelming success. Fears that the building might prove somewhat inaccessible by the young people in the town proved groundless, as more than 325 young people from grades 6-12 (as of the 1971-72 school year) flocked to the grand opening concert-dance that began at 8 p.m. The cafeteria-turned-youth center was nearly filled to capacity with the new youth center members listening and dancing to the fabulous music of Woodbridge (the winner at Eat-N-Rock) and Henry Gross, formerly of the nationally known group Sha Na Na.
Lions install: Installation of officers for 1972-73 was recently held by the Hull Lions Club at the South Shore Country Club. Assuming office as president for 1972-73 is Albert Kaplan. He succeeds Dr. John A. Silva. The Lion of the Year Award was presented to Roger Means for meritorious and distinguished service, and dedication to the cause of Lionism.
Cruiser wrecked: A Hull police cruiser was demolished July 4th evening near the South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, while en route to the hospital with a woman with slashed wrists. Officer Robert Spencer, driver, received a broken nose and the passenger later revived at the hospital. The driver of the other car was also treated and released.
Medical Center funds request: Directors of Hull’s non-profit medical corporation reported that late last week they submitted the final documents for their application for a $279,039 federal grant to build and equip a medical center. They submitted the basic application last March 29, and since then have been supplying supplemental information to state and federal officials through meetings and correspondence. The application, which seeks the grant under newly approved federal legislation, has won endorsements from all three clearing agencies responsible for evaluating medical programs in the state.
Holiday roundup: Night-before showers had little, if any, effect on the crowds at Nantasket, and Hull firefighters and police logged their busiest pre-holiday period of many years. Similar conditions prevailed throughout July 4th as crowds increased with sunny, but cool weather. Both departments were bogged with continual calls complaining of illegal fireworks. Also, on July 3rd evening, firemen were stoned by hoodlums while putting out a bonfire on Gunrock Beach.
As published in The Hull-Nantasket Times – Compiled by John J. Galluzzo