Rimkus: Members inducted into the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame


Rimkus: Members inducted into the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame

HUDSON – Hudson residents Al and Susan Sukis accompanied their grandchildren on a trip on the “Polar Express” in Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, for a personal visit with Santa Claus and a magical train ride. Their grandchildren are: Aydan Sukis, 12; Ryan DeGiacomo, 8; Avery Sukis, 5; Jaxon Sukis, 3 and Colton Sukis, 1.

Rimkus: Members inducted into the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Grandchildren of Hudson residents Al and Susan Sukis met Santa Claus while on board the “Polar Express” at Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod; from left, Avery Sukis, 5; (Santa), Jaxon Sukis, 3; Ryan DeGiacomo, 8, holding Colton Sukis. 1. Also on board but not pictured was Aydan Sukis, 12 (Photo/Courtesy)

HHS Famers honored

Over 180 people attended the semi-annual induction of members to the Hudson High School Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 24 at Hudson Lodge of Elks Hall.

Recipient of the “Contributor” award, was Denise (Burney) Carter ’80, HHS office secretary since 1984, and longtime able and willing assistant to the Hall of Fame committee. “Veteran Era” athletes honored were the late Vergene Dunbar, ’33, accepted by family members and James Patterson, ’70, who came from Florida to accept his plaque, accompanied by his wife, Wendy. “Modern Era” awards went to Jesse Hayden ’99, Chandler Goodwin ’12, Karl Sery ’12, Jake Wardwell ’12, Ryan Wardwell ’12 and Jacob Loewen ’13. “Modern Era” team award went to the 2011-2012 HHS hockey team. Coaches joining “Modern Era” team members in accepting plaques were Mike Nanartowich, Mike Correa and Donald Whitney.
Committee chairman Stephen Smith welcomed the assembly and Peter Conti, videographer and “Voice of the Hawks,” was master of ceremonies. The National Anthem and “God Bless America” were beautifully sung by Annadelia Ruminski and Claudia Almeida, Hudson High tenth graders.

Rimkus: Members inducted into the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Among Hudson High graduates inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame: kneeling, from left: Karl Sery, Michael Correa, Jake Wardwell, Ryan Wardwell, Trevor Currin, Chandler Goodwin; standing, from left: James Patterson, Daniel Borella, Zachary Chartrand, Adam Cabral, Will Macara, Mike Goodwin, Jake Loewen, Jesse Hayden, Denise Carter, Tyler Kirby, Shane Barry, Don Whitney, Mitch Dube, Ryan Goodwin, Tom Fahey (Photo/Brady Crogan)

Hall of Fame induction is held semi-annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving and nominations for the 2025 Class may be mailed to HHS Athletic Hall of Fame, c/o Athletic Director Jessica Winders, 69 Brigham St. Hudson MA 01749. General criteria for nominees is “nominees must have distinguished themselves through outstanding participation in the athletic program.”

HOF committee includes Smith, chairman; Robert Bowen, Peter Conti, MaryBeth Goodwin, Bill Hurley, Ann Marie Lopez, Luis Macedo, Daniel McAnespie, Phil Ricciuti and Jessica Winders. Local calligrapher Gerry Kerdok created the Honor Roll and Lorene Jean, of Hudson Art and Framing, supplied frames.

Rimkus: Members inducted into the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Art works by Hudson native Marykate O’Neil (in center) are featured in a Manhattan gallery. Among those attending the Nov. 30 opening were several fans with Hudson connections, from left: Beth Bruso, Sarah Ireland, (O’Neil), Chris McMahon and Jennifer Leah.(Photo/Sarah Ireland)

Manhattan art show

Hudson native Marykate O’Neil has several of her Modern Art works featured in a Manhattan gallery, and many fans and friends attended her opening show on Nov. 30.

Those with Hudson connections were Sarah Ireland, Beth Bruso, Jennifer Leah, Chris McMahon, Cathy Parker and Leslie ONeil. Marykate is a graduate of Hudson High School and received degrees from Boston University, U. Conn. School of Law and Columbia University. She is the daughter of Mrs. Leona O’Neil of Hudson.

Forbes ‘30 Under 30’

Hudson native Samantha Johnson has been chosen by Forbes magazine for its “30 under 30 in North America” award. Ms. Johnson started her own robotics company, “Tatum Robotics” in 2021, where she is creating a tactile robot for the deaf/blind. The robot will enable the deaf/blind to read and communicate without an interpreter or ASL speaker nearby. Thirty deaf/blind users have tested the device. Samantha is a 2016 graduate of Hudson High School, and holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Northeastern University. She is the daughter of Todd and Tammy Johnson of Hudson.

Bird Count

Hudson resident Brian Parker has announced that he is ending his 43 year career as coordinator of the annual Bird Count for the Hudson/Marlborough sector of the Concord count, but the Count will be held Dec. 31. For information go to Concord Christmas Bird Count. Parker thanked all those assisting in the Count over the years.

On Main Street

Hudson Hives, owned by Stephen and Jennifer Burney, opened at a retail location at 45 Main Street during the Downtown Stroll. They sell local and varietal honeys, beehive equipment etc., and offer honey sampling. The Burneys have been in the honey business since 2014, and have successfully sold their wares at the Hudson Farmers Market, Town Hall.

“Our hobby has become a family business,” says Stephen Burney, who invites all to their new downtown location.

Blue Christmas service

First United Methodist Church, Felton and Pleasant streets, offers a “Blue Christmas” Service at the church Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Healing prayers, scripture and music will be offered for those who need encouragement and solace at Christmas. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow.


Dec. 16 – Kim Horton, Barbara Barry, Ken Veseskis, Matt Cunha, Ray Peckham Jr. and Bill Gould
Dec. 17 – Brian Parker, Ada Arenstrup, Kathy Kittredge and Joe DiFonzo
Dec. 18 – Theresa Bryce, Deb Devereaux, Debbie Bryant, Robert Simpson and Savannah Fillmore
Dec. 19 – Samantha Santana, Sarah Cressy and Dick Bushey
Dec. 20 – Lexi Leandres
Dec. 21 – Diane Durand, Jim Gasek and Bill Bisset
Dec. 22 – George Dunnells, Michael Chartrand, Matthew Lenthal, Francis King and Yvonne Bleiler
Dec. 23 – Teresa Costa Figueiredo, Emily Larkins, Ellen Auger, Mark O’Connell and Richard Chaves
Dec. 24 – Kristin Joyce, Holly Richardson, Karlie Lazarus and Hannah Knowles
Dec. 25 – Will Jackson, Chris Capobianco and Patrick Moran
Dec. 26 – Jay Murphy, Steve Falcone and Art Zina
Dec. 27 – Ed Vorce, Kevin Appel, Dick Tracy, Carolyn and Alyssa Downing
Dec. 28 – Danielle Watson, Adelaide Sahagian, Michael Fernandes, Cara Sullivan, Jim Toohey, Elizabeth Hydro, Ron Hellen, Dee Jordan and Chris Francis
Dec. 29 – Anthony Luongo, Carol Sedam, Kayleigh Darwin, Ben and Sam Jackson


Dec. 18 – Mark and Kristi Edwards

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Testimonial dinner dance was held for Fire Chief Joseph Despres who retired after 38 years on the job. Vasken “Musty” Minasian was presented with a framed citation by Argeo Cellucci Jr. upon his retirement from the Industrial Commission. Committee planning the Ladies Hockey Barn Sale included: Carol Gault, Jean Bowen, Rita Steere and Paula Ball.
The Party Shop at 12 Washington St. offered cake decorating, party supplies, favors and shower umbrellas. Harold Courtemanche was master of ceremonies at the reunion of Hudson High School class of 1928 at Andrea’s Restaurant. Dennis Frias performed “Jota” the rustic dance of northern Spain at the Iberian American Festival at the Library. “Mr. Hypnosis” Larry Glick was performing at the Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley.

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