Plans to paddle board to Florida: A former state of California and Balboa Island Yacht Club lifeguard, Larry Capune, plans to hand paddle a surfboard from Nantasket to Miami, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Capune may meet resistance from the MDC lifeguards and the Hull Coast Guard, under latest laws. Capune, 29, son of Conrad Capune, a commercial artist, hopes to break his East Coast record established in 1965 when he surf-paddled from New York to Atlantic Beach, N.C., when his effort was interrupted by a head injury. “A guy who didn’t want me to come ashore on a pier threw a bottle and hit me on the head. I was taken to a hospital and had 25 stitches,” said Capune, who left California’s Fullerton State College in his junior year to teach children how to paddle board to develop individuality.
Legal questions on articles: Three articles for the special town meeting July 24 are slated for legal scrutiny by the town counsel, although all were admitted to the warrant by selectmen last night after debate. Selectman David Berman was opposed to admitting articles of the Youth Commission asking for (a) a bond issue for $100,00 to buy the abandoned Bayside Theatre, raze the building and erect a metal youth center, or (2) buy an apartment house at V Street, Allerton, for $29,000 and install a youth center.
Bank appeal denied by AB: The Hull Appeals Board today denied a zoning variance asked by the Rockland Trust Company to relocate in a re-zoned renewal area at Nantasket. The action climaxed a dispute between bank officials and the Hull renewal and planning boards. At a recent hearing, HRA Chairman Gould pointed out that the newly proposed bank location is in Project One of Hull’s Renewal Plan, which project is in execution with a federal funds grant of $2.7 million.
MDC starts fees: Although legislation banning parking fee charges at Nantasket MDC areas has passed the House and is awaiting Senate action, attendants were assigned to six parking areas at the beach Tuesday. Booths were in place, the free signs were removed, and attendants were collecting 50 cents per car for all day parking. The assignment of attendants marked the end of a brief “moratorium” on fee charges in the areas during the past two weeks when crowds were light due to bad weather.
Town Accountant leave extended: Town Accountant Joseph Chase said this morning that selectmen had approved his application for a three months’ leave of absence. Mr. Chase, who completed his annual vacation June 16, has had temporary leave since that time, during which he has shown marked improvement in recovery from illness.
Boards seek to speed renewal: Three Hull key boards met in executive session Tuesday evening in what Planning Board Chairman Leonard Colten later told the Times was a drive to speed the start of Urban Renewal in Hull with increased coordination. When asked the reason for the executive session on a subject regarding which the public is vitally concerned, Mr. Colten said in effect that the boards wanted to talk plainly and exchange criticisms frankly and freely “without the hesitation or restriction which the presence of the press might cause.”
News briefs: Selectmen approved a plan of Leonard Hersch to expand The Sands Lounge at Nantasket to include and renovate the present billiard lounge and the Goodie Shop to provide more space for dancing and organization banquets… Chief Shannon informed selectmen that he has referred to the Attorney General letters received by Hull residents containing implied threats of demonstrations unless their homes were made available to groups of children from “blighted Boston” for the summer… Archbishop Humberto Medeiros’s arrival at the Sunset Point Vacation House in Nantasket for his “Day with the Children” has now been set for 2 p.m., on Friday, June 30.
Square dance: A treat for the general public is in store on Friday, July 7, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Nantasket Beach MDC Bandstand. The Jolly Squares will put on a free square dance demonstration complete with caller, records, and singing calls.
Seen at the Music Circus…at a recent performance of Dom DeLuise in their regular seats in the front row were Ruth Gahm, Irene Rattenbury, Elda McCullough, and Ruth Lowell.