Berman Elected; Record Vote Cast: Boston banking executive and Hull native son David E. Berman, 31, was elected selectman, by a margin of 33 votes, in a sensational victory over incumbent Simmy Hartstone in the town election Monday. The hard-fought contest, featuring one of the most colorful and controversial campaign periods in Hull election history, went right down to the wire, with Berman scoring 1,717 votes to Hartstone’s 1,684. A new high total vote for local elections was cast as 3,460 persons voted during the day, with 1,292 voting during the hours from 5 to 8 p.m. The total represented 66 percent of the registered voters. Berman’s big win reflected many factors, prominent among which were the rising influence of younger voters, dissatisfaction with the status quo of Hull affairs, spiraling tax costs and lack of effective off-setting revenue-producing projects, and deteriorating town image.
Dushan Named SC Chairman: The Hull School Committee reorganized Monday evening and named Neil Dushan as chairman in a 3-2 vote, on motion of Dr. John Silva with retiring Chairman Raftery seconding. An earlier motion by new member Neal Brown to elect John Wholey as chairman was seconded by Mr. Wholey but opposed by the other three members. Mr. Brown, 24, newly elected member in Monday’s town election, was welcomed to the board, and Dr. Silva was elected as School Committee secretary.
Sewer Permit Revocation Ordered: The state Water Pollution Control Division has ordered Hull selectmen to revoke a permit for contractors to connect a 132-unit Cohasset apartment complex into the Hull sewer system. WPCD Assistant Director John B. Cassassa said Friday that the order was issued because the Hull permit is contrary to the state Clean Waters Act and requires action by the WPCD before a permit can be granted.
Dump Fire Burns as State Warns: After selectmen read a letter last night warning the town to “stop storing demolition material at the town dump in such a manner that it may be reduced by burning,” a fire broke out in the dump at 8:46 p.m., which firemen fought for more than two hours. Commenting on the letter from state Environmental Health Director F.J. Reinhard, copies of which went to the Hull Fire, Health, and Highway Sanitation departments, Selectmen Fallon said: “There is little space and much material at the dump, and with old buildings being demolished by the town and urban renewal on the way, it will get worse.”
Ecology Day Program Preserved: When heavy rains halted an Ecology Day parade by 50 Hull High School students Sunday, they took their costumes and decorations into the school for the rest of the program, attended by 200 residents, two town officials, and school faculty members. Many were soaked to the skin but stood in the lobby wearing gas masks and waving signs urging “an end to pollution” and “save the environment” as residents arrived.
Teens Help Success of Blood Collection: Through the efforts of the Hull High School Student Council, more than 50 students and recent graduates helped make the recent Hull Blood Donor Program a success, according to Chairman Joseph L. Lanata. Participating in the Bloodmobile program, held March 8 at the Memorial School, were 133 donors, including 25 first-time donors between the ages of 18 and 21.
Talent Show at High School: “Tripping Thru the Times,” the Hull Student Council talent show, will include: musical combo by Frank Allen, Paul Gratta, and Arnold Allen; guitar and vocal by Matthew Foster and Wil Raymond; Dixieland by Don Kool, Eliot Markowitz, Paul Epstein; and John Miller; blues combo by Robert Moog and Stephen Cushing; big band sound by Hull High faculty; guitar and vocal by Liese Johnson; rock combo by Project Turnabout; and modern dance by Jeanette Gould. Winner of a grand prize of many gifts contributed by local merchants will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Mrs. Marcia Finger, Mrs. Irene Hershman, Mrs. Cynthia Kellem, Robert Clifford, and Robert Leavitt.
Temple Talk on Jewish Life: “Jewish Life Behind the Iron Curtain” will be the topic of Mrs. Ronya Schwaab in the second of a series of adult education lectures sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom on Saturday evening in the Boyer Auditorium. Mrs. Schwaab was born in Russia, was educated at City College in New York, and majored in social research at Harvard and Boston universities.