Board in Bind Over Election: Selectmen Wallace E. Richardson and David Berman deadlocked last night in a heated controversy over calling a special election to replace Selectman Martin Fallon, who, in a wire to Town Clerk John F. Darcy yesterday afternoon, resigned and said a letter would follow. Chairman Richardson read the wire after receiving a phone call from Mr. Darcy, who said he had received the wire at 4:46 p.m. on Oct. 13 and had verified it with the Western Union operator whom he called back at 4:51 p.m. The wire, datelined Marathon, Fla., stated: “Please accept my resignation from the Board of Selectmen this date Oct. 13th, 1971. Letter to follow. [Signed] Martin A. Fallon.” Richardson phrased a motion to set Monday, Nov. 29, as the date for the special election on the basis of Fallon’s wire of resignation. Berman objected to the proposed date, stating in effect that he wanted to see a copy of the wire and Fallon’s signature on the letter before he would agree to set a date for the special election.
Aquarium Seen as Beach Asset: An historic bathhouse has been cleared from Nantasket to make way for a $2 million aquarium and high-rise apartment complex, with construction of the aquarium to start soon. It is expected to bring an economic and cultural asset to Nantasket. Kenneth Tong, of Hull, a technical publications publisher, and George Naddaf, of Newton, operator of a children’s day school, are partners in the project on Atlantic Rocks opposite Paragon Park. “The aquarium will be 200 feet long, 40 feet high, and will contain 40 tanks for rare fish species from all over the world, plus a separate tank for porpoises. We are being aided by professional advisers in construction and stocking of the aquarium, which should attract school groups and educators from near and far,” said Tong.
Drugs Action Council Established: Concerned Hull people decided Tuesday evening to form a Drugs Action Council to coordinate the efforts of several agencies toward stamping out the increasing threat of youth addiction. In a meeting at the Memorial School library, members of the Youth Commission, with Daniel J. Henderson as chairman, heard school officials, police, Project Turnabout staffers, and parents express views as to the methods and directions that corrective action should exercise. Entwined with the discussion of the drugs problem/solution was a report from School Superintendent Richard Charlton on the progress of a plan to introduce an anti-drugs education program in all grades of the Hull school system, based on pilot program evaluation of test runs in the elementary grades. The plan is presently being evaluated by a parental steering committee.
Bus Drivers Appointed: The following school bus drivers, as submitted by the Nantasket Transportation Co., have been approved by the School Committee: regular – Donald Leslie, Lesley Trapp, Arthur Hurley, Delma Means, James McLaughlin, Charlotte Skidmore, Lillian Scanlon, Eugene Allen, Joseph Myers, Harold Barrett, and Beatrice Kurker; new – Frank DiCola, Louis Costa, and Joseph DiGiorgia; new – Joseph McNamara, Richard Cleverly, Robert McWilliams, Thomas Claffey, Ronald Lichtenberger, Alan Gardner, William Geyer, and Robert Spencer.
Freeze May Cut School Buses: Unless the Nantasket Transportation Co. gets an adjustment of the federal price freeze, bus service for 3,000 Hull schoolchildren may be curtailed by Oct. 29, according to NTC manager Vaughn Rand. “We are being cut $4,000 per month under the order which froze our new contract and set the payments from the town back to 1970 levels,” said Rand.
Painting Bids Rejected: Selectmen last night rejected two bids for painting the Central and Village fire stations because the estimates were far higher than available funds. One company bid a total of $5,250 and the other $6,993. The board decided to request the fire chief to contract locally for the painting within the budgeted amounts, or they may call for new bids.
High School Homecoming: The annual Hull High School homecoming festivities are rapidly approaching; the big day is Oct. 30. The majorettes and cheerleaders are in charge of this gala event, under the direction of Thomas Ballerino, principal. During the half-time of the Hull-Cohasset game Saturday afternoon, the homecoming queen will receive the crown. She will be one of five girls nominated by the senior class in a recent election. The senior girls were chosen on the basis of character, service, and beauty.