Renewal Plan Bogged Down: Town officials went into closed session at a Hull Redevelopment Authority meeting Monday on the subject of continued delay in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s final approval for Renewal Project One of the renewal plan. Conferring in the session were Selectman Fallon, Building Inspector MacLeod, HRA Chairman Gould, HRA members LoPilato and Miller, and HRA Counsel Chapman. A letter of inquiry to HUD from Wilfred LaPierre, chairman of the Hull Citizens Advisory Committee, in which he asked the reasons for the delay and urged “that the smoke screen be cleared” aroused comment and some “apprehension” at the HRA meeting, prior to the closed session. HUD has not recertified the Hull Workable Program for 1970, on which the start of Renewal Project One is dependent, and has steadily declined to do so until remaining data, mainly on code enforcement and Department of Public Safety standards, are completed to its satisfaction.
Razor-thin Win Questioned: On petition by 20 supporters of Simmy Hartstone, the Hull Board of Registrars will conduct a recount of the Match 8 town election votes for the office of selectman, in which Hartstone was defeated for re-election by David E. Berman. Berman ousted Hartstone by a margin of 33 votes. A total of 3,460 votes were cast – the largest number in local election history.
Sea Scouts Organized: The Hull Coast Guard has taken the reorganized Hull Sea Scouts under its wing, with CWO Norman Rogers coordinating as institutional representative, aided by Skipper David Peacock and Lloyd LaPierre of the Hull Cub Scouts. “We have 24 kids in the unit and are meeting Thursday evenings at the C.G. Station,” said Rogers. “The new organization is Sea Explorers Ship No. 7. They will be taught seamanship, boat handling, and navigation and we will take them on patrols next spring.” He noted that the project is being aided by the Hull VFW with a financial donation.
Car Lost, Then Found: Chris Howie and Russell Odone, members of a teenage diving club, were submerged early Saturday when they sighted a car on the bottom of Hull Bay near Pemberton Pier. Aided by a Coast Guard patrol boat, the boys attached a chain and guided the car along the bay bottom to the Pemberton shore. Hull police said the car, a 1970 model hardtop, had been reported stolen from Braintree on Feb. 19 and had apparently been driven off the pier.
New Youth Commission in Focus: Mrs. Francis Finn last night urged selectmen to have an advisory panel of high school students on the new Youth Commission recently voted at town meeting. She also suggested appointment guidelines, including administrative ability, experience in finance, arts, crafts, etc., and an ability to relate to the needs and desires of youth. Selectman David Berman urged local residents to apply for appointment, and several have already applied: Harold Allen, Joseph Slavin, John Wholey, John Zullo, Kenneth Cowen, Thomas McCarthy, and Mildred Quint.
Computer Comes to HHS: At Hull High School one section of the senior class has taken its comparative government lessons to the 1130 computer. With each student assuming the identity of a principal nation of the world, 24 in all, the students are studying in depth the history of their nations since World War I. They are in the process of compiling as much information as possible about their country for the purpose of creating a data bank in the computer.
Sports Stars Tap Turnabout: “I was blind for a long time.” So said Ron Burger, of the Bay State Patriots, at an informal meeting at Project Turnabout’s residence house in Hull last Sunday. Ron Burger, as well as Daryl Johnson, Ed Philpott, and Joe Kapp, have decided to become involved in a positive way to fight drug abuse. As a beginning, these Patriots visited Project Turnabout for more information.
Weekends at the Park: Paragon Park President Lawrence M. Stone said this week that the park will reopen weekends, starting April 17, with the Kiddie’s Park and other events in action. Several new features are planned for the regular park season, which begins May 30.
Hull Man Wins Bronze Star: Army First Lt. Donald R. Lightman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Lightman, 15 Prospect Ave., has recently been awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving with the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam. The Bronze Star recognizes acts of heroism performed in ground combat against an armed hostile force and is one of the highest citations awarded by the Army.