Aquarium Gets State Approval: The state Water Pollution Control Division has tentatively approved an application from Atlantic Aquarium Inc. for a permit to excavate and backfill ocean waters off the Nantasket construction site. In a letter to Kenneth Tong, of Hull, one of the partners in the enterprise (a copy of which was sent to selectmen), the state’s WPCD director, Thomas McMahon, said that “an investigation has indicated that the federal and state Water Quality Acts will not be violated.” Mr. McMahon added a statement to the effect that, if any pollution should arise or water quality standards be violated by the construction, the permit would be revoked.
Ryan Clears Air on Conflict: Selectman candidate Richard M. Ryan last night moved to clear himself of a possible conflict of interest in what appeared to be the first “shot” in Hull’s pre-special election campaign. In a letter read at the selectmen’s meeting by Chairman Wallace E. Richardson (over the objection of Mr. Berman) that “it is not on the agenda,” Mr. Ryan stated: “I want it to be clear that I am not seeking the office of selectman in hope of any personal business advantage or gain, and, secondly and most importantly, I am convinced that one of the most important tasks of any elected official in the town of Hull is to earn public trust and confidence.”
Open/Closed Sessions Argued: After considerable debate Tuesday evening, the School Committee and the teachers’ bargaining group agreed on general ground rules for 1972 contract talks but left undecided the matter of whether the sessions will be closed or open to the public and the press. After news reporters had taken exception to weak points in the procedural flow of public information last year, when the sessions were closed for the first time, the committee voted 3-2 for open sessions on motion of Neal Brown. The motion was supported by John Wholey and Dr. Silva. Chairman Dushan and John Raftery were opposed.
Monthly Early Dismissal: The Hull Public Schools will be dismissed early one day each month to permit the teaching staff to engage in curriculum study and educational services. In recommending to the Hull School Committee that time be set aside for this purpose, Richard P. Charlton, school superintendent, stressed that immediate and continuous evaluation of the school programs and services is essential to the development of a comprehensive and relevant curriculum.
School Enrollment Data Reported: The Hull School Department reported that there were 3,176 students in the schools as of Nov. 8. The breakdown was as follows: 637 at the Damon; 866 at the Jacobs; 835 at Memorial; and 838 at the high school.
Fire Alarm: Electrical trouble with heat control sounded an automatic fire alarm at the Memorial School at 9:48 a.m. on Nov. 9, bringing firefighters, police, an oil man, and an electrician.
Antique Center to Open Next Year: The former Candystick Nightclub will be converted into an antique and gift center and will open in April of next year, according to Claire Tong, who will manage the center. The building, recently used as a warehouse, will be completely rebuilt and will house more than 30 individual shops. Each shop will be a lockable entity. According to Mrs. Tong, “half the shops have been leased in the past two weeks, and I have been extremely selective as to the type of shop that will be allowed in the center. Shops are leased to several antique dealers, a candle shop, a goldsmith, a jeweler, a watch and clock shop, an art gallery, a wood-carving studio, scrimshaw, a fine leather shop, a studio of beautiful gifts, and several more interesting businesses.”
Town Nears a Goal: Residents of Hull have already collected 80 percent of their goal in the annual campaign of the Massachusetts Bay United Fund. Leo Pilachowski, community chairman for the town, said that last year 2,277 residents benefitted from the services of United Fund health-, welfare-, or youth-related agencies.
Hull Team Not Bogged Down: Hull turned in an excellent two-way effort to gain its second win of the year against a Bog West Bridgewater team on Nov. 6. The Hull defense struck first when senior linebacker Mike Mulford caught Westies quarterback Bob McCaffery in the end zone for the safety and two points. Hull played one of its best games of the year, making very few mistakes. The backfield worked smoothly. The defense, led by Mulford, Billy Quattlebaum, and George Manchester put it to the Westies backs all afternoon.