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Celtic Players Visit High School Student

by Tom Tollefson

Cedric Maxwell with Kristian Comer 9 (left) and Kenny Goddu 9 (right).

Imagine being an early teen again and answering the door to two of your hardwood heroes.  Not only do they come into your house, but they would also shoot around with you and your friends at your brand new asphalt-paved court in your driveway.

For many, this scenario is nothing more than a dream, but it’s a reality for Connor Hein, a 9th grade student at Alvirne High School.

Hein won the RE/MAX Home Court Program essay competition about why he loved the Celtics and wanted a “home court” in his driveway.  The competition features an annual winner from New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. 

Connor won the renovation of an asphalt court in his driveway, a visit from Celtic legend Cedric Maxwell and current Celtic star Tony Allen, and a free basketball clinic for 100 youths in his home community conducted by Maxwell and Allen.  Connor also received Celtic clothes and accessories including his own personalized Celtic jersey signed by Maxwell and Allen. 

“It’s great to have a legend and a current player.  The parents identify with Cedric and the kids identify with Tony,” Maura Hein, mother of Connor Hein, said. 

Both Maxwell and Allen made sure that each participant left with an autograph.  “Anytime I get to interact with the kids, it’s an honor and a pleasure.  I’m here to put a smile on these kids’ faces,” Allen said. 

Maxwell mentioned how much he loved the small-town atmosphere.  “When you come up here to a small town, it’s great because people are genuinely interested in what’s going on,” Cedric Maxwell commented. 

The home-court renovation consisted of a driveway and court resealing, a brand new basket stanchion, backboard, ball rack, electronic score board, and a painted Celtics logo to top it all off. 

After shooting around with the two Celitcs on Saturday, Hein went to the Hudson Community to join about 80 other boys and girls in grades 5-11 for a basketball clinic, which Memorial Junior High School student Kevin Pierre describes as “wicked exciting.” 

“To be able to do it for free is awesome.  It’s a great thing he (Hein) did to have the initiative to write the essay,” Paula Skinner, mother of David, 15, and Phillip, 12, said about the clinic.  

“I thought it was a great town event.  Cedric was the show and Tony was good in his own quiet way.  The two were a great combination, having the legend and current player,” Recreation Director Dave Yates said. 

Maxwell and Allen taught the children shooting, defensive, and passing skills.  They also got the parents involved with various passing games that gave them a chance to compete against their children. 

“It helps give kids motivation for the upcoming season,” Barry Currier, a father in attendance said. 

Hein plans on trying out for basketball at Alvirne High School, and should now have all the motivation he needs.

Cedric Maxwell played forward for the Boston Celtics from 1977-1985 in eight of his eleven NBA seasons.  His career highlights include the 1981 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.  He also played with notable Celtic legends as Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.  Maxwell is currently a radio broadcaster for WRKO AM in Boston announcing the Boston Celtics’ games, and he lives in Weston, Massachusetts.  

Tony Allen is currently a guard for the Celtics; they drafted him in 2004.  Prior to his NBA career, Allen played for Oklahoma State University.

Tony Beaulieu going for a shot.

Nottingham Square Grand Opening

by Len Lathrop

Above: From left to right: Manny Sousa, Jr., Richard Maddox, Benjamin Nadeau, Manny Sousa, Kenneth Massey, Billy Oleksak, Pastor David Howe and Todd Graham.

As the magical hour of 10 a.m. approached last Saturday morning, it seemed the only thoughts on the minds of those in attendance was is it going to rain all day.  Hudson Chamber of Commerce members were gathered ready for the ribbon cutting, store owners had set up sidewalk displays and the dancers from Allegro Dance Academy has planned to dance outside.  However, with the rain an impromptu theater was set up inside the Performance Gym center where the dancers could perform without worrying about a wet state.  Just down the plaza the boys and girls of Tokyo Joe Martial arts center were practicing for their demonstrations.  Both Sam’s club and Costco had tables with giveaways and several charities were holding penny sales and raffles to raise fund for their causes. 

As Brenda Collin Executive Sectary of the Greater Hudson Chamber and Manny Souza Develop of Nottingham Square conversed the three gathered Hudson selectmen talked and we all know they were thing “Is many going to cut the ribbon on that platform by the road – in the rain.”  The ribbon was cut but under the sidewalk cover in front of Valentino’s Restaurant, Manny Souza thanked all who were there and all the folks who made saw this project to completion.

After the ribbon cutting was complete the rain began to let up, Engine 4 from the Hudson Fire Department arrived and next came Freddie the Fire Truck with his faithful driver Prevention Officer Steve Dube.  And there was this very large black dog with a police badge standing around with his buddy Officer Kevin Sullivan making sure everyone smelled good - Akim the police dog that was not Officer Sullivan.  Boy, Akim really likes Selectman Nadeau, wonder if he had food in his pockets or something.  People continued to come into the plaza and by noon time activities were keeping young and old alike entertained.  At the Cooking Center the old were decorating cupcakes and the young were having their knives sharpened, no that’s wrong, please reverse the groups.  Martial arts students were performing with sharp pointed things but just for the record I don’t think that cooking people had sharpened them.  The dance continued with different routines and costumes.

By this point the parking lot was full, people were circling they car to find spaces.  Every with the early rain it was a great grand opening.

Nicole Lyons of Allegro Dance Academy completes her routine.

Two and a half year old Chistopher Bethea with mom Lisa and Manny Sousa, Jr.

Gabby and Victora Barbosa visit with Hudson Police Officers Akim and Kevin Sullivan.

Stephen Sanger and his sister talk with Feddie the Fire Truck.

Matt Quinlan of Tokyo Joe’s Studios demonstrates his agility.

Naralie Dionne, Taylor LaGrand and Adam Samvageau decoate cook cakes with the help of Debbie Cote (in Blue) while Brenda Regan of the Kitchen Shope watches

Vendor Accepts Responsibility

by Lynne Ober

How many times have we tried to teach our kids to take personal responsibility for their actions?  Hudson School District was pleasantly pleased when Honeywell assumed full responsibility for the actions of its subcontractor and paid for the cleaning of Alvirne High School band uniforms.

As previously reported in the Hudson~Litchfield News, the band uniforms were in a classroom just prior to being issued to students.  Volunteers from Alvirne’s Friends of Music had been getting the uniforms ready to be issued to band students.  A pipe burst overhead and dirty, rusty water rained down on the pristine uniforms.

As Business Administrator Normand Sanborn explained to the school board, “Prompt action by music department staff resulted in the cleaners being able to restore the uniforms to their prior condition.”

At the time of the story in the Hudson~Litchfield News, it was believed that the Friends of Music would have to dig deep into their treasury to pay for the cleaning, but that wasn’t the case.  

“When Gary King, Honeywell Project Manager, was made aware of this issue, he immediately instructed the district to send all related bills to Honeywell for payment,” commented Sanborn.  “There was no discussion as to who was at fault.  Some contractors would claim it was a faulty existing pipe, therefore the district’s responsibility.  However, Honeywell assumed full responsibility for payment.”

Sanborn concluded his comments by noting that “This positive response is indicative of the company and its staff’s professionalism and desire to work cooperatively with the district during this project.  Honeywell has been very reactive to our concerns and has established a true mutual working relationship.”

Johnny’s Liquor License Suspended

by Tom Tollefson

You can find construction workers, musicians, bikers, men and women all enjoying the food, drinks, and live music of the night life at Johnny’s Pizzeria, but beginning immediately they will be unable to purchase an alcoholic beverage because the state liquor commission has suspended the establishment’s liquor license for 25 days and fined the bar $2,000.

There has been talk all over the town about what may or may not go on at this establishment, but only recently did owner John McCafferty tell his side of the story to the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission.

“If I’m such a bad guy, why would people bring their girls to work for me?”  McCafferty said about parents brining their daughters to work as cooks for his business. 

Both the Board of Selectmen and Police Chief Gendron have recommended against renewing the liquor license and sent their recommendations to the Liquor Commission. 

Hudson Board of Selectmen voted 3 – 1 - 1 in favor of recommending against renewing Johnny’s liquor license during the nonpublic session of their meeting on Tuesday August 14 and sending a letter to the Liquor Commission.  Selectman Richard Maddox voted against sending the letter, while Selectman Ben Nadeau abstained.  The motion was made by Maddox and seconded by Selectman Doug Robinson.

On August 15, Board of Selectmen Chairman Shawn Jasper wrote a letter to the Liquor Commission stating that the board wanted the liquor license revoked because it “will only detract from the quality of life and safety of our citizens of Hudson.”

Gendron refused to answer questions about the recommendation and said he preferred that announcements and information come from the Liquor Commission.

The negative recommendations have been made because of two incidents that occurred in the last year.  On January 6, Jamime Enrique Cadena, 42, died after being hit by two cars while crossing Lowell Road late at night.  Cadena had previously been at Johnny’s, and police reported high levels of alcohol in his system. 

McCafferty said he was contacted by an unnamed friend of Cadena, who told him that Cadena was suicidal and indicated he might have walked across Lowell Road as a “death wish.”

This incident was instrumental in the recent suspension decision made by the State of New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Johnny’s liquor license has been suspended for 25 days, from Monday, September 17 – Friday, October 12.  Additionally, the license is also up for renewal.  If it is not renewed prior to October 12, Johnny’s could be banned from selling alcohol. 

“More of my concern is the affect it has on my employees,” McCafferty commented specifying that he had several single mom bartenders, who have now been put out of work because of the alcohol license suspension.

A second incident occurred on June 1, involving Ronald Moore, 44, who died after his bicycle crashed into a motorcycle near Veterans’ Memorial Bridge.  According to the police report, Moore was last seen at Johnny’s before the accident.  However, Johnny has more information on this story.  

“I’ve been told that the gentleman riding the bike came from another establishment.  He was here at 7 p.m., and had a two beers and a hot pastrami sandwich, then left about 8:30.  I’ve been told there were individuals who saw him at another establishment after he left.”

A third, but non-fatal incident occurred on September 15, 2006 at 8:52 p.m. in which a 43 year-old unnamed male was struck by a motorist when he ran in front of the vehicle.  The man received lacerations to his ear, scalp, and neck.  The police believe that alcohol was contributing cause for the accident.

McCafferty was also cited for an incident in 2004, involving serving liquor after hours.  According to Johnny, the bartender was cleaning the restrooms when the evening bouncer poured himself a glass of alcohol.  An officer soon came by and gave a citation for serving alcohol after hours. 

McCafferty would not name the bouncer, but said that he fired him for drinking after hours and not respecting the officer.

“It’s all about respect.  I treat everyone like equals.  This is my house and I invite everyone into my house, but if you do something wrong, you have to go,” McCafferty stated. 

McCafferty received a citation due to overcrowding on an evening in January when he was holding a fundraiser to raise money for the burial costs of the late Ryan Stout. 

“I was overcrowded because I was raising money to help a family cover the burial expenses of their son,” McCafferty said. 

He also mentioned that he frequently does fund raisers for breast cancer, accident victims, children, and gives the school district reduced rates on food. 

McCafferty stated that he puts the safety of his patrons as a high priority.  “I want people to have a great time, enjoy themselves, and get home safely.”

He and his staff will drive patrons home if they believe there is any risk in the individual stepping behind the wheel. 

Since the announcement of the suspension, McCafferty has laid off his three bartenders and believes that attendance at his bar will be affected by the lack of the license.  However, he has already taken steps to sustain his business.  Live entertainment will be offered to patrons of all ages from 9 – 11 p.m. instead of the 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. time slot.

According to McCafferty, the Liquor Commission has not set a date for his license renewal hearing. 

McCafferty bought out Jimmy’s Paradise Pizzeria in 2004.  He received his first liquor license on September 30 of that year. 

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