Rimkus: Hudson dance studio marks 25th anniversary


Rimkus: Hudson dance studio marks 25th anniversaryHUDSON – “Dance On” dance studio, 145 Main St., which marked its 25th anniversary this year, won multiple awards for original performances in March at the third and last competition of  the season. Teacher/choreographer Rachel Shaw of Hudson, who has been with the Studio since its opening, won first place for her mini-team presentation of  her original “Enchanted Tiki Room Dance.” 

Dance On students showcased original performances and won multiple awards for “style, artistry, technique and overall excellence.” Kathy Dowling was coordinator of the final competition, which included 50 dancers ages 5-18 and a dozen teachers/choreographers from Dance On. 

Dance On studio, owned by Lori Gorgone, had its first studio at Main and Broad streets, where it was located above the former Toohey Pharmacy (now Hudson Appliance Center).  The studio offers ballet, tap, jazz, Irish step, hip hop, tumbling etc. classes for pre-school through adult ages. For more information go to [email protected] 

Rimkus: Hudson dance studio marks 25th anniversary
Dance on Center of Hudson, which is observing its 25th anniversary this year, participated in the last competition of the year in March. Hudson resident Rachel Shaw, at rear, teacher/choreographer, and her daughters, Ellie, 6, left and Hazel, 12, were among 50 dancers and teachers from the local studio sharing honors. (Photo/Courtesy)

Elks honor

In recognition of more than 70 years of reporting, I was presented with a “Distinguished Service” award by Hudson Lodge of Elks during their annual installation ceremonies April 1.  

It is an honor to be recognized by the Elks. I am sincerely grateful and plan to continue with “Hudson Happ’nings.” 

Other awards went to Dick Peters, “Elk of  the Year,” Annie Lamarche, “Officer of the Year,” and “Recognition Awards” to members Steve Geldart, Ernie Chiasson and Bill Hopkins. 

Rimkus: Hudson dance studio marks 25th anniversary
“Hudson Happ’nings” columnist Rosemary Rimkus, with Hudson Elk Andrew Cabral, was presented with “Distinguished Citizen” award at installation of officers of Hudson Lodge of Elks April 1, in recognition of more than 70 years of reporting in Hudson newspapers. (Photo/Matt Rimkus)

Off the blotter

Community Resource Dog “Murf” was in the cast of the junior play “Jack vs Jill” at the annual Hudson High School Competitive Plays Mar. 31-Apr. 1. “Murf” was the star witness in the play, aided by handler Detective Chad Grogan.  

Police Chief Rick DiPersio said: “‘Murf’ is a celebrity in town now, and everybody loves him.” Also in the junior play cast were: Reece O’Connor, Josephine Budrewicz, Isabel Brown, Annadelia Ruminski, Claudia Almeida, Ayden Bockweg and Kalyssa DaSilva. Alyssa MacDonald was director and Isabella Chamberlain, stage manager. 

Rimkus: Hudson dance studio marks 25th anniversary
“Murf,” Hudson Police Dept. Community Resource Dog, (with actress Josephine Budrewicz,) appeared as “star witness” in “Jack vs Jill,” junior class entry in the annual Hudson High School Competitive plays. (Photo/Courtesy)

55th anniversary

Hudson residents Richard and Marilyn Cunic will mark their 55th wedding anniversary on April 27. The Worcester natives were married at Ascension Church, Worcester and have resided in Hudson for 50 years. Their family includes Brian and Lisa Cunic of Holliston, Shawn and Andrea O’Connor of Palm Coast, Fla., five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. They are enjoying retirement in Hudson and at Cape Cod. Happy 55th!

Arts Fest

“Arts Fest,” will be held at Hudson Town Hall and Main Street Saturday, May 6, from noon to 5 p.m., featuring local arts. Event is sponsored by Hudson Business Improvement District (HBID). 

New Elks ruler

James Kelley II was installed as exalted ruler of Hudson Lodge of Elks at Elks Hall on Park Street April 1. Also installed were: Annie Lamarche, leading knight; Janice Pack, loyal knight; Al Temple, lecturing knight; Bill Hopkins, secretary; Mike King, treasurer; Joanna Kelley, chaplain; Glenn Beck tiler; Andrew Cabral, esquire; Jesse Harvey, organist. 

Local artist featured

Works by Hudson artist Linda DeStefano Brown are featured in the “Splendors of  Spring” exhibit now at Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury. Library hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. 

Walk for Hunger

Hudson resident Mary Walling, who will walk again in the 55th Project Bread/Walk for Hunger in Boston on Sunday, May 7, is No. 2 in raising funds for the Walk. If you want to help her retain that status, send her a donation, payable to Project Bread/Walk for Hunger, Mary Walling, 99 Fort Meadow Drive, Hudson MA 01749. 

4 Jake’s Sake

“Millennium 5K 4 Jake’s Sake” run will be Sunday, May 21 starting at Hudson Elks parking lot, Park Street, at 10 a.m. Fund was started by Jake Mazzarro and his family. To register go to www.4jakesssake.com  


April 22 – Ricky Hartford and Barbara Siktberg
April 23 – Betty Chaisson, Nancy Charbonneau and Jonathan Huehmer
April 24 – Carol Lawton and Cliff Roberts
April 25 – Linda Bauer, Becky Percuoco and Amalie Makesworan
April 26 – Eric Larsen, Braden Gellenthien, Aidan McAuliffe, Lynne Trudelle and daughter, Danielle
April 27 – Carol Parker
April 28 – Tony Rock, Amy Galvin, Emma Craig, Jim McGowan, Jesse Marsolais and daughter Winnie Ro
April 29 – Elaine Urban, Rebecca Gellenthien, Kara Wood, Stella Daigneault and Michael DiPlacido
April 30 – Erica Davis, Austin Temple and Shawna Sniffin
May 1 – Richard Daher, Sara MacPherson, Martha Berry and Michael Chaves
May 2 – Peggy Sleeper and Christina Gikas
May 3 – Melissa Laurens and Lee Scichilone
May 4 – Marcelo Paganini, Crystal DiMare and Iris Lucy
May 5 – Nick Gigliotti, Alex Latzka, Barbara Moore, Craig Stanechewski and Charlie Bacon Jr.
May 6 – John DiFonzo and Debbie Craig 


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 – Fran and Claudia Lambert
May 5 – Mike and Mary Walling, Dennis and Pam Sherman; 


Among those at the headtable at Cub Pack Blue and Gold Banquet were: Bobbie O’Shaughnessy, Jean Blackman, Anne Huehmer, Bob Ciccone, Tom Brophy, Henry Nordheim and Mary Donahue.

Eighth graders on the Middle School high honor roll included: Marjorie Britz, Stephen Carney, William Fitzpatrick, Beth Johnson, Cheryl Kimmens, Barbara Klotz, Rene Sousa and Robin Walcott. AMVETs celebrated the fifth anniversary of founding of Pvt. Kenneth Thibeault Post 208. Airman Stephen Cardoza completed training at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill.

Esther Murphy bought a 1972 Oldsmobile Delta from Argeo Cellucci Jr. at Washington St. Motors, the 17th Oldsmobile purchased by the Murphy family.

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

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