Ex-selectman to be Replaced: Selectmen last night called a special election for Dec. 13 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Martin A. Fallon. Selectman David Berman moved for the election on the basis of a petition signed by more than 500 voters and filed by Martin Glennon. Chairman Wallace Richardson made it unanimous. Berman prefaced his motion by stating that he was still opposed to calling a special election so close to the annual election next March, but he acknowledged that a vacancy existed with receipt of a signed letter from Mr. Fallon.
Interim Medical Plan Approved: The directors of the Hull Medical Center Corp. voted unanimously Tuesday night to set up temporary medical facilities pending completion of a new medical center building. The board accepted an offer by Dr. Sidney Dushan, of Newton, Hull’s school doctor, to direct the facility as a practicing physician. Also accepted by the directors was the offer by Dr. John Silva to locate the temporary facility rent-free for one year in rooms beneath his dental offices at B Street and Nantasket Avenue.
Boards Discuss Land Taking: Selectman David Berman presided at a closed session of boards and committees last night on the subject of possible action to halt a low-income housing project at the Hall Estate by First Realty Co., which acquired the property several years ago. Chairman Wallace Richardson, whose wife is seriously ill, left immediately after the regular session of the board adjourned but stated: “I am opposed to town taking of the Hall Estate by eminent domain. Let’s keep it as taxable property and await a change of plans.” First Realty originally proposed high-rise, not garden-type apartments.
A Cure for a Sick Society: Hull Veterans Services Director William F. Nicholson cited the sickness of modern society as manifest in many immoral attitudes, and he upheld the patriotism and good citizenship of veterans as the cure of the sickness. Said Mr. Nicholson: “I am sick of many things. I’m sick of empty-headed swinging entertainers moralizing at me from the television screen as they preach the glories of marijuana. I’m sick of opportunist politicians with no backbone. I’m sick of permissiveness toward the dirty, the foul-mouthed, and the unwashed. You will not find a veteran throwing a rock or a bomb; you will not see the veteran taking to the streets; you will not find the veteran ranting to wild-eyed mobs. But you will find the veteran at work, paying taxes, serving in the community where he lives.” About 150 attended the ceremonies, which were moved indoors due to inclement weather.
Two Arraigned in Hull Holdup: Two men were arraigned in Hingham Court Tuesday on charges of armed robbery at the Nantasket Cumberland store Monday evening. John R. Coffman, 24, of Braintree, and Willie E. Haskins Jr., 20, of Dorchester, were also charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, to wit: a 25-caliber revolver. Both were committed in lieu of bail to the Plymouth jail, and a hearing was set for Nov. 4.
Halloween on Saturday Only: Selectmen last night proclaimed Saturday as Halloween and requested the cooperation of parents and children to make their visits to homes between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. only on Saturday night. Selectman Berman urged parents and motorists to be equally careful and for hiking children to carry flashlights or wear reflectors on their clothing. “Children should not accept home-baked goods due to the possibility of harmful drugs. There were such incidents last year,” said Berman.
Still Hopeful: Mrs. Joseph Dunn, wife of Lt. Joseph Dunn, of Hull, a Navy flyer missing since December 1968 when his plane was shot down by enemy fire off the southern coast of China, still holds out hope that her husband is alive as a prisoner somewhere in southeast Asia. Speaking to an assembly of students at Hull High School last Friday morning, Mrs. Dunn said, “I have never heard from him, but the U.S. government is continuing inquiries both officially and through intelligence sources to trace his whereabouts.”