Town will spray for ticks and mosquitoes Thursday

Jim Dow, director of the town's public works department, posted the following on his department's blog today:

Just a reminder that the Hull DPW has hired a company to come to a couple of locations tomorrow to spray for ticks in an attempt to minimize any tick-borne illnesses that may occur if these areas are not treated. This treatment will also address mosquitoes. 

Please be advised that the following locations will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until after 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14: the Dust Bowl, Village Playground, Hampton Circle Park, and Menice Field.

The application being put down is EPA-approved and is harmless to children and animals after it dries. The drying time is approximately 90 minutes, To be safe, these areas will remain closed for a few hours after spraying. 

Please stay out of these areas until after 2 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation.

Summer Hoops registration underway

Hull Park & Rec’s Summer Hoops program runs from June 24 to Aug. 12 on Sunday evenings, at the basketball court at the Kenberma playground. 
The program is for girls and boys in grades 5 to 8. Cost is $120; a jersey and participation in a pizza party at the end of the season is included in the fee. 
To register, visit town.hull.ma.us and click on Hull Recreation, then Park and Rec online payment, Summer Hoops. 
Those with questions should contact program coordinator Christine Sampson at Sampson1528@gmail.com.

MassDOT issues guidelines for holiday weekend travel

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising Memorial Day holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools to plan trips, and use public transportation if possible to travel between destinations. 

On Memorial Day, May 28, Registry of Motor Vehicle customer service locations will be closed, as are all state offices. The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 will not be deployed, and all MBTA subway, trolleys, commuter rail, and buses will operate on Sunday schedules.

 “We traditionally see a high number of drivers on roads Memorial Day weekend,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Many drivers begin to travel the Thursday before Memorial Day, and the actual holiday is when many drivers choose to return home. Anyone planning to drive should try to travel in off-peak hours, should build extra time into their trips, and may want to check the MassDOT Go Time app or other apps to help with decisions on which roads to take.”

MassDOT will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction activities effective at noon, Friday, May 25; scheduled road work will resume after 11 p.m. on Monday, May 28. 

The HOV will be deployed as follows:

• Friday, May 25, the HOV lane opens on I-93 southbound from Boston to Quincy at 1 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m.

• On Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, the HOV lane will not be deployed.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas on Memorial Day, from 10 p.m. Monday night through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The CapeFLYER will once again run trains from Boston to Cape Cod starting on Memorial Day weekend. Service will begin on Friday, May 25, and operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Labor Day.

During the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the CapeFLYER will provide free service for active service members and veterans, in partnership with the 14th annual Troops in the Spotlight event. The full schedule and more information are available at www.capeflyer.com. 

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Memorial Day:

• All subway and commuter rail lines, busses, ferries, trackless trolley, and The Ride will operate on a Sunday schedule.

• The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.

For full MBTA schedule details, please visit: http://www.mbta.com/holidays/.

Hull High hearing tonight on proposed 12.9% hike to water rates

The state Department of Public Utilities holds a hearing tonight at Hull High School to solicit public comment about Aquarion Water Co.'s request for a 12.9 percent rate hike.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Hull Cable will not be able to broadcast the meeting live, but will tape it to air on the local access channel later this week. Consult the cable schedule in Friday's Times for details.