Hull will commemorate Memorial Day on Monday

The town's observance of Memorial Day on Monday begins with a parade that steps off from Hull High School at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds to the Village Cemetery, where speeches and music will be staged. Those who wish to march should be at the high school at 9.

All are welcome to walk, or to line the parade route and cheer on participants. At 10 a.m., the ceremony begins at the Gold Star Mothers Memorial.

Afterwards, the town will commemorate two squares in memory of Hull residents who were World War II veterans. The first is at the corner of Main Street and Town Way, to honor Philip Hunt Sr. The second is for Anthony J. Alibrandi, at the corner of Alden Street and Manomet Avenue.

After those, at about noon, the front of the Municipal Building, 253 Atlantic Ave., will be dedicated to the memory of Janet Bennett, the town clerk who served Hull for more than 50 years. All are welcome to participate in or all of these observances.

Band Concert Cancelled. Due to the ongoing updates and construction at the Bernie King Pavilion, the Memorial Day band concert has been cancelled. Organizers hope that the renovations will be completed by July 4 so that the bandstand's summer concert series may begin. Concerts are usually held every Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., through Labor Day.

No damage reported after student lights small fire in Jacobs classroom

Hull police and school officials are investigating after a Jacobs Elementary School student allegedly lit a small fire in a classroom Tuesday afternoon.
Principal Christine Cappadona and Hull School Resource Officer Leanne Marshalsea were informed that, around 2 p.m., a fifth grade student had used a box of matches to light a stack of tissues on fire in the corner of one the school's technology classrooms.
Between periods, the student allegedly entered an empty classroom. When he was determined to be missing, a teacher went to investigate and saw the student exiting the classroom. Moments later, another teacher went into the classroom and discovered the fire. The teacher was able to grab the stack of tissues and put the fire out in the classroom sink.
The fire was very small and was contained to just the stack of tissues, according to a joint press statement issued by schools Superintendent Michael Devine and Police Chief John Dunn.
Because the blaze was so small, the fire alarms did not sound and school maintenance staff were able to quickly vent and clean the classroom.
Administrators retrieved the matches from the student, who has been removed from the school on an emergency basis. The Hull Police Department is investigating, but because of the student's age, criminal charges are not possible. Police are advising and offering resources to the school district.
No one was injured, and there was no damage to the building or any school materials.
"I want to commend teachers and staff at the Jacobs Elementary School for their swift actions that led to a quick resolution without injury or damage to school property," the superintendent said.

Supporters have a field day at Special Town Meeting

Putting the question before town meeting voters for a third time proved the charm tonight for supporters of a synthetic field at Hull High School.

At about 10:20 p.m., Moderator John Silva announced the results of a ballot vote on Question 1 of tonight's Special Town Meeting, which was the motion to authorize the bond needed to install a $2.1 million artificial playing surface.

Silva said that 1,204 ballots were cast; a two-thirds majority – 802 – was needed to approve.

Robust applause broke out as he announced 868 votes in favor, 336 opposed.

The meeting was then dissolved.

Voters packed the high school gym and auditorium. Three officials – Town Manager Philip Lemnios, schools Superintendent Michael Devine, and School Committee Chairman Stephanie Peters – spoke in favor of the proposal.

Resident Randall Gould rose to speak in opposition, then abruptly said he would vote in favor of the field before he yielded the floor.

A successful call for the question terminated discussion.

Town meeting did not begin work on the annual town meeting warrant tonight. The meeting resumes at the high school tomorrow night.