Rimkus: Town committee plans to install banners honoring Hudson veterans


Rimkus Hudson Happ'nings

HUDSON – Hudson Hometown Heroes Committee announces plans to install colorful banners honoring Hudson war veterans, similar to those displayed on flagpoles in Marlborough, Maynard and Bolton. Relatives and friends of Hudson veterans of any service branch, who have been honorably discharged or died in the line of duty, are invited to submit names to the Hometown Heroes Committee. The application fee is $250 for each colorful banner, which would include their military photo, name, branch of service and era of service.

Dianne Palmieri O’Connor, whose twin brother, Marine PFC David H. Palmieri was killed in action in Vietnam on June 12, 1969, is happy to serve on the committee. A 1968 graduate of Hudson High School, David was killed in action the day before their 19th birthday, she recalled.

“The banners are a good way for all to remember them,” she said.


Rimkus: Town committee plans to install banners honoring Hudson veterans
A sample banner honoring Hudson native Pfc. David H. Palmieri, U.S. Marine who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968, depicts the banners which would be hung throughout town honoring Hudson wartime veterans, according to the plans of the Hudson Hometown Heroes Committee (HHHC). (Photo/Courtesy)

Hudson Veterans Services agent Brian Stearns said: “The committee has worked diligently to create a banner worthy of our local Veterans to honor their service to our nation.”

Application forms may be found on Veterans Services website, Town Clerk’s office, Hudson Senior Center, Amvets Post 208 and VFW Post 1027. The active committee includes veterans’ families, many town boards, town officials and veterans’ organizations.

100th birthday

Former Hudson resident Mrs. Edith Byrne of Strong, Me., marked her 100th birthday on May 28. She was honored by four generations of family at The Old Salt Restaurant in Hampton, N.H. on Saturday, May 20.

Mrs. Byrne is the widow of Hudson optometrist Donald Byrne, who died in 1998 and they were parents of nine children. Her children are: Ellen Poirier of New Hampshire, Janet Byrne of Virginia, the late Susan Hollick of Tennessee, Mary Byrne of Colorado, James Byrne of Maine, Paul Byrne of Hudson, Tom Byrne of N.H., Anne Byrne of  North Carolina and the late Carol Anne Byrne of Mass.


The family also includes 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Congratulations Edith!

Rimkus: Town committee plans to install banners honoring Hudson veterans
Former Hudson resident Mrs. Edith Byrne, pictured with her son, Donald Byrne of Hudson, marked her 100th birthday on May 28, and was honored by four generations of family at The Old Salt Restaurant, Hampton, N.H. (Photo/Courtesy)

“Company” performers

Recently, Hudson native Zack Johnson, and his mother, Lynne Johnson, appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” at historic Dennis Union Church hall. Zack starred as “Bobby” lending his marvelous baritone voice to the role, and Lynn had a great opportunity to display her comic side. Your columnist was happy to be in the audience, along with son Matt Rimkus of Groton, and Hudson residents Bill and Ann Charbonneau.

Rimkus: Town committee plans to install banners honoring Hudson veterans
Hudson native Zack Johnson, left, and his mother, Lynne Johnson, third from left, were greeted by audience members columnist Rosemary Rimkus, second left and Jesse Johnson, after they appeared in the standing-room-only performance of “Company” at Dennis Union Church hall May 21. (Photo/Matt Rimkus)

Parish changes

Rev. Lawrence “Ren” Tocci has announced to his parishioners that St. Michael Parish and St. Matthias Parish of Marlborough is in the process of forming a collaborative.

“There are still a few details to work out,” said Fr. Ren.

As of July 1, he will be assigned as pastor of  St. Cecelia’s Parish, Ashland, and Rev. Jason Giombetti will be named administrator of  St. Michael Parish. Fr. Giombetti was ordained in 2017 and was previously parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish/St. Basil Chapel in Bridgewater and St. Veronica Parish, Burlington. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Giombetti worked as director of Religious Education for several parishes in the Archdiocese.

Art of falconry

“Wingmasters” will present “Falconry and the Medieval World” at Hudson Public Library Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. Staff member Nancy DelVecchio said the presentation centers around live birds, and will focus on the medieval period and how the sport reflected the lifestyle. This is not a flight demonstration. Sign up at www.huds.pl/wings23.

Free summer series

Public is invited to the Hudson Armory Project “Arts Around the Armory” summer series starting on Sunday, June 4, on the Armory grounds, from 2-5 p.m. Live music will be presented by Tom Yates, Shell Theory, and PJ and Lorenzo. There is no admission fee,  food may be purchased by Kith and Kin, and bring a chair or blanket as only limited seating will be provided.

Project chairman Tom Desmond said this will be the first ever event at this historic landmark and more dates will be announced soon. For more information go to [email protected].

HCC survey

Hudson Cultural Council is seeking community input on “how best to allocate public dollars for programs and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.” They need to hear from people who live, work and visit here to take an online community input survey by June 30. The Council receives an annual allocation from the Mass. Cultural Council as well as from the Town of Hudson to fund projects.

Doris Monteiro of the Council said: “Data from the survey will help us develop useful criteria and funding priorities to guide our future grant-making decisions.”
Go to www.hudsonculturalcouncil.org/2023-community-input-survey.


June 3 – Matt Gigliotti, Jennifer Sousa, Dan O’Keefe, Madison Young, Ashley Simoes and Keira Madden
June 4 – Danny Simoes, Ann Hildreth, Tony Fournier and Jessica Tingloff
June 5 – Tom Jacobs, Cheryl Matthews, Julia Maillet, Steve Walker, Paul DeArcangelis and Pat Delaney
June 6 – Karen Calnan, Mike Girard, Marita Mill and Theresa Guidotti
June 7 – Don Doyle, Christopher Pelling, Bonnie DeRusha and Anthony Domenicucci
June 8 – Gerard McManus, Kristen Lyman, Lee Rouse, Rosemary Marini, Maria Rio and June Spiller
June 9 – Zack Johnson, Ellen Sweet, Erin Farquharson and Laura Girard
June 10 – Nicole Miller, David Sullivan, Connor Quinn, Paul Afalu, Patty McInness and Casey Barry
June 11 – Angelo Pinto, Nicole Campbell, Peggy Nicosia, Peter Lambert and Diana Andrews
June 12 – Emma Parente, Aline Madden, Heather Bryce, Scott Britz, Michael Somes, Michael Lawton, Chuck Rossignol and our son Matt Rimkus
June 13 – Fred Rio, Pauline Giancola, John Glynn, Ross Kozik, Wendy Spiller, twins Erica and Rachael Korowski
June 14 – Bill Smith, Joe Hanslip, Jay Gault, Lisa Davidson, Autumn Newton and Harry Constantine
June 15 – Shirley Doucet
June 16 – Casey Rivers, John Lucy and Connor Santos


June 4 – Loren and Glenyce Somes
June 5 – Jack and Fran Cincotta
June 10 – John and Lisa Erlandson
June 11 – Stephen and Jennifer Burney
June 14 – John and Phyllis Glynn.


Hudson Public Library librarian Norma Haynes attended Mass. Library Outreach Institute at University of New Hampshire. Gladys Costello at Costello’s Corner Store, Lincoln and Apsley streets, offered home-cooked pies, lasagna, cakes, cookies. Mary’s Catering at 8 Howe Street offered “catering for one to one thousand people, soup to nuts.”

Mrs. Betty Percuoco was sewing instructor in the Hudson Girls Club evening program, and Mrs. Jackie Dadoly was cake decorating instructor. CYO Senior Band members were selling raffle tickets for the first Stanley Cup playoff hockey game. Mickey Rego was selected to play in the International Bantam Hockey tournament in British Columbia, Canada. Charles Millett was elected exalted ruler of Hudson Lodge of Elks.

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

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