The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on April 3, 2005 · 75
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 75

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SI Voices 6 Obituaries 9 Sports 10 Local Jobs 11 People & Places 12 am Boston Sunday Globe April 3,2005 HULL VV VV II 11 ANSiri, ! V i 1 i(T !V;.N e I frfi fcVi - Bst 4 ifi i i f(ii i a (ft i', ' f j I I If , ,- v- 'Kf-""-! A safe taste of independence Friendship Club offers haven for special-needs adults By Carolyn Y. Johnson GLOBE STAFF Bea Mello, 69, doesn't go on vacation without her 34-year-old son, Jonathan. And she says the last time she took a break from being a mother was "never." "He's usually with me," the Hull resident said. Jonathan has Down syndrome. Last week, the Mellos were among the parents and children attending a meeting of the Friendship Club in the Norwell Council on Aging's basement Jonathan enjoys the crafts, dinner, and games at the biweekly gathering. It gives him a taste of inde pendence, and his mother a chance to take a breath. Bea Mello's 34 years of extreme motherhood highlights a little-noted difficulty with raising a special needs child. Since public schools require that students graduate when they turn 22, parenting can paradoxically grow more difficult in adulthood, as fewer services and support systems are available, and parents become senior citizens. "Once they get out of school, special needs adults don't have a consistent social place . . . most do not drive, and are dependent on their families FRIENDSHIP CLUB, Page 8 m ii mi in - r GLOBE STAFf PMOIQ, TOM HEROE Debbie Rademacher helps Matthew Kardok of Hingham with his costume at the Friendship Club in Norwell. Urgent seawall repairs begin I Weather forces 1 escalation of work By Robert Knox GLOBE CORRESPONDENT A stormy winter has forced authorities to speed up repairs to the sea wall along Nantasket Beach that were originally scheduled to begin later this year. Workers last week began digging steel sheathing into the beach, putting in pilings to reinforce a new concrete and stone wall to replace more than 200 feet of badly damaged sea wall across from the Clarion Hotel near Hull Shore Drive and Water Street The emergency work was made necessary by winter storms that caused erosion damage to the beach and undermined a section of sea wall known as the Water Street Bastion, state officials said. Two large sinkholes had opened up beneath the front corners of the bastion, a seaward protrusion of the old concrete sea wall, indicating rapid undermining of the wall by tides and waves. Because of the potential danger posed by the undermined section of the sea wall, the state was forced to act more quickly than anticipated. Officials had planned to begin the first phase of a more extensive, long-range replacement of the sea wall later in the year. Town officials said the emergency repairs are consistent with an overall plan local and state officials have been working on to replace large sections of the wall. "What they're doing now will be incorporated into the long-term plan," said John Reilly, chairman of Hull's Board of Selectmen. SEA WALL, Page 7 PEMBROKE Officials lobby for animal crematorium By Paysha Stockton GLOBE CORRESPONDENT It's a sight that prompts most people to turn away: bloody animals dead in the road. But Pembroke health officials see dollar signs in the cats, dogs, raccoons, skunks and squirrels routinely killed by drivers in town. They want voters at the April 26 Town Meeting to approve a $22,000 crematorium, which would be set up behind the town's dog pound. Officials say the unit, the size of a home furnace, would save money that the town otherwise would give to an outside crematorium, and also would help heat the animal shelter. Eventually, they say, the town could make money by cremating road kill from other towns. "One could hope it's going to be the golden road of dead animals," joked Board of Health member Lisa Spellmeyer, who lobbied to get the crematorium proposal CREMATORIUM, Page 9 MIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIII'IIIIIIIMIIItllllllMMIIt Inside today Captured Donna Reed of Quincyishon- ored tor helping the State Police return fugitives ' to Massachusetts. Page 5 Let it snow Just as the winter season ends, rookie snow plow driver gets the hang of the job. Voices, Page 6 .

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