Kearns is named to Board of Registrars
Local bands and performers will provide an afternoon of music on porches, driveways, and front yards and at other unique performance sites in the Kenberma neighborhood during the 2021 Hull PorchFest scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1-6 p.m.
This week the Select Board granted approval to hold the event this year following its cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Hull PorchFest was inspired by the many successful music festivals that have been staged in Massachusetts communities and beyond to bring music-lovers together in an unconventional way. Event organizers match up musicians with hosts and create the performance schedule.
This free event will take place within a walkable, contained area for enhanced pedestrian safety.
In other business at the meeting:
* Brookline Avenue resident Christopher Kearns was appointed to fill the Board of Registrars vacancy following the passing in July of Registrar William Henderson, who represented the Democratic Party.
Kearns is a lifelong Hull resident “who is passionate about town government and is an active member of the community,” Town Clerk Lori West wrote in an email to the Select Board. “Christopher will be an asset to the board with his knowledge of the electoral process.”
Registrar duties include registering voters and hearing complaints of illegal or incorrect registrations; preparing, updating, and posting of voting lists; certifying signatures on nomination papers and petitions; processing absentee ballot applications; and conducting the annual town census and preparing the street listing generated from that information.
* The Select Board recognized September as National Suicide Prevention Month and Sept. 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day in the town of Hull.
Chair Jennifer Constable read a proclamation that explained the sobering fact that suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24; that one person commits suicide every 14 months in this country; and that an increase in the overall suicide rate was seen in 2019.
“Suicide is a community problem, and thus there must be a community response through various initiatives to reduce suicidal behaviors,” Constable read.
The Plymouth Suicide Prevention Coalition, which is dedicated to reducing the frequency of suicide attempts and deaths through education, awareness, and action, “urges that we as a community recognize suicide as a national, state, and Hull public health problem and declare suicide prevention to be a Plymouth County priority and to encourage local initiatives based on the goals contained within the ‘National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.’”