Rimkus: Daigneault’s opens Harvard store, Hudson native travels home from Marshall Islands

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Rimkus: Daigneault’s opens Harvard store, Hudson native travels home from Marshall IslandsHUDSON – Daigneault’s Liquor Store, established in 1919 as a neighborhood market at 66 Broad Street, has expanded to its fourth store. 

Owners Chris and Al Green opened Daigneault’s Liquors at 28 Ayer Road, Harvard, in November. In recent years they have opened Daigneault’s Liquors in Berlin and Bolton. Chris said that original owners were Levi and Leo Daigneault, and when Chris’ father, Al Daigneault, returned from Army duty in Korea in 1955, he obtained the store’s first beer and wine permit. 

A full liquor license was awarded in 1972, and after the death of Al Daigneault in 2020, the brothers took over, opening stores in Bolton in 2014 and Berlin in 2021. 

Chris said that the closing of the adjacent Broad Street Bridge from 2003-2005 “was a big challenge.” Despite the problem of the store’s accessibility to customers, “we weathered it,” he said.

“It was a lot of work over the past two years to acquire the fourth store,” said Chris, “and a pretty exciting challenge.”  

“I think my Dad, Al, would be proud,” he said. 

Rosemary Best, family historian and granddaughter of founder Levi Daigneault, said she is proud of the growth of the family business from a small neighborhood store to the next generation and its expansion. 

“It is a real testimony to their hard work,” she added. 

8,000 miles home

Hudson native Mallory Masciarelli, resident of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands for over seven years, traveled about 8,000 miles to spend Christmas and New Year holidays with her parents, Hudson residents Paul and Barbie Masciarelli. 

Formerly a teacher at Hudson High School, Mallory is a high school mathematics teacher on Kwajalein Island. Her parents hosted a holiday celebration for four generations of  family: Barbara Masciarelli of  Sudbury and her children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: including Bob and Carol Masciarelli of Annapolis, Md., Mike and Betsy Masciarelli of Lunenburg, and Steve and Bridgit Masciarelli of Hudson. 

Jay Murphy celebrates 75

Retired Hudson Policeman Jay Murphy celebrated his 75th birthday on Dec. 26 with three generations of family at Eddie Merlots in Boston. Jay and his wife, Christine, who now reside in Sarasota, Fla., came north to celebrate his birthday and Christmas holidays. 

Christmas decoration winners

Winners of $200 each in the Residential Christmas Decoration contest were the Millers, 3 Merritt Drive; the Battistis, 15 Cherry Street and the Williams Family, 2 Elm Street. $200 each winners in the Business category were Wright’s Jewelry and Hudson Arts and Framing. Contest was sponsored by Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District.

107 baskets

Hudson Lodge of  Elks continued their annual custom of delivering Christmas baskets to deserving families in the area. One of the teams helping to deliver 107 baskets included lodge secretary Bill Hopkins, son Billy Hopkins, grandson Hayden Freitas, granddaughter Jordyn Freitas and her friend Taha. 

Dentistry opens

Hudson Dentistry and Braces has opened at 2 Highland Commons, Hudson. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 14 from 11:45-1 p.m., complete with light lunch and networking, sponsored by the Assabet Valley Chamber of  Commerce.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Jan. 14 – Sheldon Rockwell, Michael Janusis, Paul Figueiredo and Donna Shepard
Jan. 15 – Cassia Monteiro and Ernest Sahlin
Jan. 16 – Sophia DiFonzo, Brittany Scerra and David Gigliotti
Jan. 17 – Gary Collins, Sue Underwood, Mark Lawton, Mike Moran and Karen Mayo
Jan. 18 – Elvis Cabral, Michael Paquette and JoAnn Sedam
Jan. 19 – Holly McAuliffe, Matthew Suprenant, Jessica Paige deBraga, Liz Patterson, MaryLou Kent and Lyle Aladden
Jan. 20 – Tom Bowen, Bob Anders, Peter Van Busksirk and Dennis Sherman
Jan. 21 – Gavin Stead, Jared Jacobs, Susan Donovan, Connie Palatino, Sue Mungeam, Brian Smith and Marissa Miele
Jan. 22 – Jimmy Hickey, Steve Geldart, Fran Wixon, Bill Larkin and Erin Jameson
Jan. 23 – Pauline Leveille, Adelaide Wintringham, Jordyn Yates, Elizabeth Sousa, Stan Weinberg and Kerri Snow
Jan. 24 – Brad Connor, Chris Sabourin, Mark Greeno, Bob Case and Kathleen LaPlante
Jan. 25 – Lynne Doucette, Nicholas Allen, Jackie Feltus, Doug Wolfe, Stacey Davis and Nicole Somes
Jan. 26 – Amanda Lynn Doucett, Kelly Coelho, Mickey Davis and Christine Crue
Jan. 27 – Angelina Percuoco, Andrew Sousa, Mary Ines Cabral, Seth Lamburn, Jeff Harrington and Shirley Bausch  

HAPPY 42ND ANNIVERSARY to Jim and Kathy Kloft on Jan. 17. 

HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY on Jan. 23 to Mark and Jodi Hollick.

LOOKING BACK TO 1971 

George Burdick, head of Hudson Institute, Hosmer Street, announced new courses in “Masterpieces of  Western Literature.” Dixieland Combo at Hudson High School Christmas presentation included Ted Liberty, Cheryl Dudley and Tom Partington. At Hudson Catholic High School Bill Kittredge was honored as “outstanding defensive football player” and Janet Casaceli was selected as “outstanding cheerleader.”

Ernesto Rocha Filipe sold property on Carter St. to James Sullivan. Congressman Rev. Robert Drinan held office hours in Town Hall.

Okie O’Connor as Santa Claus visited the Sisters at St. Michael’s Convent on Christmas Eve. University of  Notre Dame students Michael Almada and Vic Billings were home for Christmas break.

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