Rimkus: Longtime DPW employee retires, HHS baseball field to be dedicated to Hugo Guidotti

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HUDSON – Richard “Dick” Constantine retired on April 5 after 36.5 years with the Hudson Department of  Public Works. 

The Hudson native and lifelong resident was the maintenance chief of the wastewater department. He was presented with a plaque noting his long service by Department Superintendent Eric Ryder.

“Dick” was also honored with a surprise retirement party at Hudson/Concord Elks Lodge by co-workers and family on April 1. 

A 1978 graduate of  Hudson High School, Constantine joined the DPW work force in 1985. 

“I was the last guy to retire who was hired by the late Joe Rego, DPW head,” he said. 

Constantine also served under Tony Marques and Ryder, noting “they all had different styles, but were good bosses.”

Hudson resident Richard “Dick” Constantine, right, received a plaque from Hudson Public Works director Eric Ryder in commendation of his 36 ½ years with the department. The presentation took place on April 5, Constantine’s last day on the job.

Improvements during his tenure included new equipment and new pumps at the wastewater treatment plant off Cox Street. 

Constantine’s son Michael has been with the DPW for 15 years, and his son Richard Jr. is on the Hudson Light & Power staff. 

“Dick” and his wife, Darcia, also have three grandchildren. 

“One thing I won’t miss is getting called out to plow in the middle of the  night,”  he admitted. 

Happy and healthy retirement “Dick!”

Hudson native celebrates 91st birthday

Hudson native Eleanor (Mendes) Strong of Huntington Beach, California was honored with a 91st birthday dinner on April 3 at Vigilucci’s Restaurant in Carlsbad, California. Attending were her son Douglas and his friend, Tammy of Huntington Beach; and cousin Merv Avants and his wife, Gail of San Diego. Mrs. Strong and her late husband, Warren Strong, moved to California many years ago. 

Hudson native Eleanor (Mendes) Strong was honored with a 91st birthday party at Vigilucci’s Restaurant in Carlsbad, Cal., by her family. “She looks closer to 71 than 91,” said her cousin, Merv Avants, at the event.

Mrs. Strong is also the mother of the late Stuart Strong. She played tennis until well into her ‘80s. A 1949 graduate of Hudson High School, she often traveled East for class reunions. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Faustino Mendes.

HHS baseball field to be dedicated to Hugo Guidotti

 “Guidotti Field at Riverside,” the Hudson High baseball field, will be dedicated to the memory of Hugo G. Guidotti, Jr. on Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the field. 

Guidotti was a revered science teacher and baseball coach at Hudson High School for over twenty years. 

The dedication will take place before the HHS baseball game that evening. 

HHS Drama Society to perform ‘Chicago’

The Hudson High School Drama Society will stage the teen edition of the popular musical and movie, “Chicago” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29, 30, May 1 at the Paul “Skip” Johnson Memorial Auditorium at the school. 

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., and the Sunday show is at 2 p.m. 

Players will include Morgan Weatherbee as Roxie Hart, Lauren Schiavone as Velma Kelly and Chase Bolduc as Billy Flynn. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, available online or at the door. 

The director is chorus and dramatics teacher Sarah Worrest.   

Of local interest

Hudson native Mrs. Lillian (Tassinari) LaPointe, 94, retired Dennis schoolteacher, died March 22, 2022. 

Burial was in Chandler Grey Cemetery in West Yarmouth. 

Her survivors include her siblings, Hudson natives Natalie Mulcahy of Virginia and Robert, Henry and Ralph Tassinari of California.

“Woman of History” 

The late Christina Doyle, a fourth generation firefighter, was honored as a “Woman of History” by the North Port, Fla. Fire Rescue team earlier this month. 

Ms. Doyle succumbed to leukemia in  Aug. 2015. 

A 1997 graduate of Hudson High School, she is the daughter of retired firefighter Jack Doyle of North Port, and the granddaughter of the late Hudson firefighter John Doyle and Edna Doyle. 

All may apply!

The Friends of  the Hudson Senior Center is seeking new members. The Friends need new faces to plan fun events and raise funds for the Center, and are seeking new members of all ages.  

All will be most welcome at the next Friends meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Center on Church Street. 

The Center has reopened and many activities have returned. 

Fundraiser May 14 

Hudson Eagles will sponsor a “Wine, Dine & Gamble” trip to Mohegan Sun Resort Casino on Saturday, May 14, to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital. 

Tickets are $75 per person and include motor coach, refreshments, $20 food voucher, five hours at the Casino and gratuities. 

Depart from Eagles 11 a.m., return about 8 p.m. 

To secure your seat, contact Pam Chaves at 508-958-4256 or [email protected]

Annual dinner April 26

The annual meeting and dinner of the Hudson Historical Society will be Tuesday evening, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at First Federated Church Hall at 200 Central St. 

Resident walks to raise money for Project Bread

Hudson walker legend Mary Walling seeks donations for Project Bread annual Walk for Hunger, Sunday, May 1 in Boston. 

Mary continues her annual Walk, which began in 1969. Send donations to her at 99 Fort Meadow Drive, Hudson MA 01749.  

Community Fest is back

After a Covid recess, the 35th annual Community Fest will be held on Saturday, June 18 starting at 9 a.m. on South Street. 

Hudson Rotarians are selling tickets for their Rubber Ducky Race to be held that day.  

LOOKING BACK TO 1967

The Hudson News-Enterprise offered to send free copies of the weekly paper to Hudson men and women in the armed services with postage sponsored by local businesses.

Finance Committee chairman Roland Plante addressed the Stratton Hill Political Association.

The Corinthian Chapter Order of Eastern Star observed its 70th anniversary at Masonic Hall.

Paul Lugin’s last-second goal gave the Hudson High hockey team a 2-2 tie with Wachusett.

David Lane was installed as president of Kiwanis Club, succeeding Dr. Donald Byrne.

Bob Alicea and Ray Fearnley were high scorers for the JFK basketball team.

Manuel Almada, exalted ruler of Hudson Lodge of Elks, presented jackets to 47 members of Hudson High and Hudson Catholic High football teams.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 

April 23 – Betty Chiasson, Nancy Charbonneau and Jonathan Huehmer

April 24 – Ryan Arsenault, Carol Lawton, Cliff Roberts

April 25 – Becky Berube, Linda Bauer, Amalie Makesworan

April 26 – Eric Larsen, Braden Gellenthien, Brittany Chiasson, Aidan McAuliffe, Lynne Trudelle and daughter, Danielle

April 27 – Carol Parker

April 28 – Tony Rock, Amy Galvin, Emma Craig, Jim McGowan

April 29 – Elaine Urban, Rebecca Gellenthien, Kara Wood, Stella Daigneault, Michael DiPlacido

April 30 – Shawna Sniffin, Austin Temple, Erica Davis

May 1 – Michael Chaves, Martha Berry, Sara MacPherson, Richard Daher

May 2 – Peggy Sleeper and Christine Gikas

May 3 – Melissa Lourens, Lee Scichilone

May 4 – Iris Lucy, Crystal DiMare, Marcelo Paganini, Tom Kerrigan

May 5 – Craig Stanechewski, Charles Bacon Jr., Matt Daleppo, Barbara Moore, Nick Gigliotti, Alex Latzka

May 6 – Debbie Craig, John DiFonzo. 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 

April 24 – Paul and Judy Jusseaume

April 25 – Nick and Ann Marie Lourens, Dirk and Sue Underwood

April 26 – David and Stella Daigneault

May 2 – Bob and Jean Luther, Fran and Claudia Lambert

May 5 – Mike and Mary Walling, Dennis and Pam Sherman. 

Send items for Hudson Happ’nings to [email protected]net or snail mail to 18 Cottage St., Hudson MA 01749.

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