Steven Faustino

Steven Faustino, 40, of Middleboro passed away peacefully at his home with his love, (Cindy Bell), beloved mother Irene Faustino, BFF (Cathy Hart) and the greatest nurse ever, (Lora) at his side.

He was the beloved son of Joaquim A. Faustino and Irene (Martin) Faustino. Steve is survived by his brother Christopher Faustino of Rochester and predeceased by his baby sister the late Kelly Ann Faustino. He is also survived by his two nephews, which Steve considered like sons, Christopher Faustino, Jr and Cody Faustino. Steve also had a special place in his heart for Amanda Eldridge and Lauren Eldridge, they were like sister’s to him.

Steve will be remembered as a beloved son, loyal and honest friend, a selfless and caring man. He was the most amazing partner any woman could ever hope to find. He was the happiest when fighting fires, helping people, fishing, hunting in the woods with his dogs, and spending time with his family and friends.

Calling hours were held at South Coast Chapel Mortuary, 158 Middleboro Rd (Rt.18) East Freetown, Ma. 02717, on Sunday, October 11. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, October 12, 2015 at St. John Neumann Church, (across the street from the Chapel). Internment followed in Center Cemetery on Dexter lane in Rochester, Ma.

Nicholas J. Spinney

Nicholas J. Spinney, 75, of Tampa, FL and Mattapoisett, formerly of Needham, died Friday, October 9, 2015. Beloved husband for 50 years of the late Claire (Burke) Spinney, loving father of Donna Etchings and her husband Ted of Westwood, Nicholas Spinney Jr. and his wife Nancy of Wilmington, and David Spinney of Tampa, FL. Loving grandfather of Cameron Etchings, Jared, Eric, and Kyle Spinney. Dear brother to the late Barbara Kennedy, John Spinney, Dorothy Brady, Paul Spinney, and Mary Handrahan. Nick was born in Boston to the late Nicholas and Blanche Spinney. He graduated from Brookline High School in 1958 and served in the U.S. Navy. He later earned his degree at Newbury College. Nick was very active and loved the ocean, bicycling, and being with his family. Local 103 IBEW (electrician) for 50 yrs., Ret. MBTA employee. Member of American Legion Post #5, Tampa. There will be no calling hours and memorial services will be private. Donations to Southcoast VNA Hospice Program, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719 are appreciated.

Athletic Achievements

For the first time in 27 years of coaching, Old Colony’s John Abaray had one of his players get a hole-in-one.

Using a pitching wedge, senior Tom Mydlack sank the one-timer on the 143-yard, par-3 sixth hole Thursday afternoon in a 5-5-3-5 loss to Tri-County at the New England Country Club in Bellingham.

“He’s probably going to get struck by lightning tomorrow,” joked Abaray.

Mydlack shot a three-over par 39 to pace the Cougars, who also got a win from Kyle Elliott and a tie from Jared Gammell.

Science at Work Lecture Series

Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, will kick off Tabor Academy’s Science at Work Lecture Series on October 12 at 6:30 pm in Lyndon South Auditorium in the Stroud Academic Center at 232 Front Street, Marion. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. LeBuhn, a widely published scientist on the topic of conservation biology with a special interest in the plight of North American bees, will speak about the power of citizen science. She has lectured internationally, most recently at The White House as part of the forum entitled, “Open Science and Innovation: All Hands on Deck.”

Citizen science – scientific research conducted in whole or part by amateur scientists – has emerged as a new tool for studying biodiversity and ecosystem services. Over the past five years, the field of citizen science has exploded and citizen scientists can be found doing research on everything from galaxies to disease. Dr. LeBuhn leads the largest international citizen science project on pollinators in the world and is a leading scientist in the field.

She will talk about the role of citizen science in biodiversity research and what makes these programs successful. As the lead author on the Pollination Assessment for the Intergovernmental Platform Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society, and the technical advisor for GEF/UNEP/FAO’s Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture, LeBuhn designed a monitoring program implemented in seven countries now regarded as standard protocol for assessing bee diversity.

The plight of the bees impacts our very life on earth. Come learn about what is being done, and how you can help to hopefully reverse their declining populations.

Tri-County Symphonic Band

The Tri-County Symphonic Band presents “October,” a concert of music that reflects the various moods of autumn in our area on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 pm at the Fireman Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front St., Marion. Adults – $15; Students – $5; Children 12 and under – Free.

Our Fair Lady Honors Taber

As anticipated, the Marion Music Hall production of Our Fair Lady sold hundreds of tickets over the course of the Elizabeth Taber Gala Weekend of October 2-4, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Marion Music Hall.

The musical play celebrated the life and contributions of Elizabeth Taber, arguably the most influential figure in Marion’s history, who founded Tabor Academy and much of the town’s most prominent historical architectural buildings.

Barbara Gee, who wrote the book and arranged the music for the show, based the music compositions on the original production My Fair Lady.

Eric Bosworth, Kimberly Teves, and Carl Denney of the musical group “The Occasion Singers” lent their talents to the production as well, under the musical direction of Cassandra Morgan. Teves played Taber and Bosworth narrated the performance.

The 175 theater seats for both Friday and Saturday night shows sold out, and there were only ten empty chairs during the Sunday matinee, said Marion Music Hall Advisory Committee member Tinker Saltonstall, which, historically, is no easy accomplishment.

“In this town, that’s quite remarkable,’ said Saltonstall. “We’re all people who love to go to bed when the sun goes down.”

Saltonstall said for years she organized Tabor Academy events such as concerts and lectures and it was often like “pulling teeth” to get people to attend, she said.

“This play really was a draw and everybody was captivated,” said Saltonstall. “Not just by the story and the history of it, but also the profound idea that Elizabeth Taber had the vision to provide all of these amenities to the Town of Marion. In her day and in her age, that really was a remarkable thing.”

Taber, born Elizabeth Pitcher in Marion in 1791, was a school teacher until she moved to Acushnet in 1824 with her clock maker husband Stephen Taber. She bore three children, all of whom died before their fifth birthday, and was widowed when she returned to Marion in 1870, determined to use the wealth she amassed through several wise financial investments to improve the morale and atmosphere of her beloved hometown after the Civil War.

Her first contribution was the building and establishment of the Elizabeth Taber Library and Natural History Museum. In 1876, she founded Tabor Academy in what is now the Marion Town House.

She continued on to build the Union Hall and the Congregational Chapel for a Sunday school and a place for women to practice their craft making.

Her final contribution before her death in 1888 was the Marion Music Hall, a place the townspeople could use as a hub for the town’s cultural, musical, and committee activities.

“That’s what we were inspired by initially,” said Saltonstall. To honor the woman who gave the town its Music Hall in the same spirit for which “Marion’s Fairy Godmother” intended its use – with a musical interpretation of the life of a woman who forever changed the future of Marion.

By Jean Perry

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Fall Quaker Yard Sale

The annual Fall Quaker Yard Sale will be held from 8:30 am – noon on Saturday, October 17 at the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting, 103 Marion Road (Rte. 6).

All proceeds from this sale will be added to the 1827 Meeting House Restoration Fund.

The architect’s estimate for the work is $245,000. To date, the meeting has raised $95,000 and the town of Mattapoisett has contributed $80,000 from its Community Preservation Fund.

The project is expected to get underway soon. Donations of items for the sale, from single to multiple gifts, can be made by calling 508-758-3579. No large pieces of furniture, appliances or electronics can be accepted.

Outdoor space is available to the general public for $10. Call Alan Harris at 508-748-0098 by October 15 if interested.

The Friends still have to raise $70,000 to complete the work. Gift certificates from area businesses, cash or checks, or donations of securities, books, coin and stamp collections, would be most welcome.

Gateway Youth Hockey

Bantams: The Gateway Gladiator Bantam Youth Hockey team was eliminated from the Mass Hockey State Playdown Tournament, suffering a 4-1 loss to Nantucket. After an evenly matched first period, Nantucket found the back of the net early in the second. But less than two minutes later, Quirino DoCanto tied the game with a goal for the Gladiators, assisted by Ty Lovendale and Bethany Davis. Despite stellar goaltending by Zachary Pateakos, Gateway struggled to kill 15 minutes in penalties. Nantucket took advantage, scoring three more goals as the Gladiators simply couldn’t keep their legs fresh. The non-conference loss marks the first defeat of the season for the Gateway Bantam team.

Scams and Identity Theft

I was such an idiot. A fortunate idiot, however, due to the fact that despite being blissfully unaware of how unguarded I have kept my personal information all these years, I am not yet a victim of identity theft.

We have all heard it before: shred your documents, don’t throw them away. Protect your social security number; don’t give out personal info to anyone you don’t know; don’t use obvious passwords; blah, blah, blah. Yet, for some reason none of this advice ever really alarmed me until I met Bristol County Deputy Sheriff Liisa Budge-Johnson.

Budge-Johnson is an expert at scams and identity theft, and she is a professional at scaring the pants off people into protecting their personal information. She goes from town to town, giving talks on the subject of ID theft and professional scamming and schooling people on the myriad ways they may have been leaving the proverbial door wide open for identity theft.

If nobody has been able to get through to you yet about the importance of deterring, detecting, and defending against scams and identity theft, then leave it to Budge-Johnson to get your attention.

Budge-Johnson gave an important presentation on October 2 at the Elizabeth Taber Library in Marion about the ways one could easily steal another’s identity, what we should not be doing, and what we should do instead. The main message was this: scams are not just for the elderly. People of all ages are vulnerable to scams and identity theft these days. Scam artists and identity thieves are getting better and better at what they do – more and more convincingly – and in this age of technology, personal information is easier and easier to get a hold of.

I didn’t, but did you know that any jerk could buy a device the size of a pack of gum that they could use to quickly swipe your credit card and store your credit information on a tiny drive to use for later? Think of the last time you gave a waiter your credit card at a restaurant or handed your card over to a bartender to open up a tab (Guilty). Just don’t do it, says Budge-Johnson.

“Never let your credit card out of your sight,” she said. “You don’t ever want to lose sight of it.” This tiny card scanner fits in the palm of the hand and only takes half a second to steal your credit card info.

What should you do then? That’s right – just use cash in these situations.

“Cash is king,” said Budge-Johnson.

And with that cash, you might buy a paper shredder while you’re at it.

A paper shredder, says Budge-Johnson, is the most important household appliance you should own. You might be surprised to know that throwing things away in your recycle bin that only have simple bits of information such as your name, address, which bank you use, or any other statements with seemingly unimportant info can easily be gathered and pieced together like a puzzle to reveal who you are (Guilty).

And the social security documents, IRS and tax information, and Medicare bills stored unsecured around your house are, said Budge-Johnson, “more valuable to a thief than your big screen TV.” Papers with sensitive information should be stored in a secure location in your home and not left lying around for thieves to find. And while we are on the subject of your home – that underwear drawer – it’s not as secure as you think it is, Budge-Johnson said, so just try to be creative when you hide your valuables.

“Nobody is going to go looking in your Yahtzee box for your valuables,” said Budge-Johnson. “Be more clever. Don’t be so obvious.”

And if you are like most people, you get home and put your purse or wallet in the same place every time, usually by the door (Guilty).

“Put it in the cabinet, put it in the closet,” said Budge-Johnson. “Put it somewhere; just don’t leave it in sight.”

Yes, ma’am.

Identity thieves have several techniques to try to get your personal information. They could even possibly pull off a change of address with the post office since sometimes, according to Budge-Johnson, a form of identification isn’t requested. Then all of your important mail could be forwarded right to the thief.

Seniors are often targeted using a Medicare-related themed scam to get them to give up their information easily since this is a service most seniors rely on. And since Medicare card numbers are still issued as the recipient’s social security numbers, Budge-Johnson said it is one card you should never carry around in your wallet with you.

Her advice: “Make a copy of your card and blacken out the numbers,” said Budge-Johnson. “This information is just too important to carry around.” In the event of an emergency, said Budge-Johnson, the doctor is not going to withhold care because they don’t have your Medicare card information. Leave your Medicare card at home.

And the scams out there – some of them are quite convincing, some not quite so. But some scam artists know just how to play with people’s emotions to alter their rational thinking enough to make them act hastily.

OK, perhaps you won’t fall for the “you won the international lottery” email scam (international lotteries are illegal, by the way), or the inheritance your long-lost uncle in Nigeria left you, but that email from “Comcast” saying they will shut off your service if you don’t update your personal information has a way of eliciting enough panic to overlook the one or two grammatical errors that are the telltale signs of a scam.

If you get an email from a cable company, a credit card provider or any other utility, your best bet is to call the company directly. Just do not give out your information to anyone you yourself did not contact. The ones like this, Budge-Johnson added, are the ones that get seniors most often.

Budge-Johnson’s recommendation to all is simple: if you don’t recognize the phone number on the caller-ID, don’t answer it. Let the voicemail or answering machine get it. If you do get a call from a telemarketer or a charity, call the company or charity directly before doing business with them.

“And under no circumstances, do not leave a check outside the door in an envelope,” said Budge-Johnson. “I don’t care who the charity is.”

And nobody besides the IRS or the Social Security Administration needs to have your social security number. Period, said Budge-Johnson. There is always an alternative, she said. “But they won’t tell you that. They want to make it as difficult as possible. They want you to just give up your number.”

Budge-Johnson’s advice to all is to check your credit report at least once a year because someone could have already stolen your identity and you might not even know it.

Budge-Johnson said many women over the age of 60 have never even seen their own credit history report, simply because their whole life they relied on their husband’s credit for business.

“Which almost makes it more dangerous,” she said.

It is not that we are stupid, said Budge-Johnson. It’s just that these people know what to do to get you to give it up. And once you do, she said, they won’t stop until you have nothing left they can take.

Getting scammed is nothing to be ashamed of, said Budge-Johnson. If you find yourself a victim, especially if you are a senior citizen, you must speak up and get help. You cannot get out of it alone. And if you are too afraid to tell a family member, get help somewhere else.

“Go to someone at the Council on Aging, go to the police…” said Budge-Johnson. “You’re gonna need help to get out of it.”

Budge-Johnson said you can order your credit history report by calling 1 (877) FACT-ACT. And be extra cautious to dial 877. If you use 800, 888, or 866, you just might be calling the bad guys who are hoping you make that very mistake. There is no charge for your credit history report.

For more information about scams and ID theft or to hear more about the variety of subjects on which Budge-Johnson gives talks to the public, contact Deputy Liisa Budge-Johnson, outreach coordinator at 508-732-1852 or via email at

By Jean Perry


Students Saying ‘Yum’ Over Smoothies

The Rochester Memorial School breakfast program is still in its infancy, but Food Service Director Jill Henesey said the chocolate chip whole grain muffins and fresh assortment of yummy smoothies have quickly made the RMS breakfast program number one in participation in the entire ORR school district.

Currently 58 students are enrolled in the program. Forty-two participated in the program at the start of September, and Principal Derek Medeiros said 49 students were eating breakfast as of the beginning of October.

“It’s almost like we’ve had the program in place for three or four years,” Medeiros told the Rochester School Committee on October 1. “We’re pretty excited about the different choices.”

Students have two options for a breakfast combo. The first option is a grain, such as a muffin or one of the school’s own homemade breads, including cinnamon or banana bread, cereal, and a smoothie. Option B is a grain, cheese, a fruit, juice, and milk.

The smoothies – in assorted flavors consisting of fruit, yogurt, and milk – are the hot item, said Medeiros, but the kitchen currently has only a household-size blender to make them, and it grows increasingly difficult to keep up with the demand.

Henesey said she has applied for a grant through the New England Dairy & Food Council to purchase more industrial-style equipment to expand on the smoothies, to make more and to add more variety to the smoothie menu and “capture the children’s excitement.”

Blenders of the capacity Henesey is seeking cost around $3,000.

The goal is to have 100 students every morning eating breakfast, which is served at 8:30 am just after the busses arrive – something Medeiros said has become consistent and punctual since coordinating with the school bus transportation company.

In other business, administrators and educators are excited about a new energizing element added to the school routine at RMS as part of the district’s social/emotional strategic goal.

Teachers and students are now participating regularly in what Superintendent Doug White introduced as “energizers,” activities to get students out of their seats and moving to stimulate them mentally and physically.

“There’s a point in the day when you can really see the kids mellowing out,” said Medeiros.

Assistant Superintendent Elise Frangos said staff members have also been using the energizer technique during staff meetings and trainings.

“It’s not only getting us oxygenated through movement, but we’re getting to know each other,” said Frangos.

Medeiros also announced the dates for the school’s designated no-homework nights, part of the district-wide “stress-free nights” created to give one night off each month to families in all three towns. These no-homework nights, said Medeiros, are aimed at alleviating student and parent stress at home and will be aligned with the stress-free nights at Old Rochester Regional Junior and High Schools, as well.

The stress-free night dates are October 22, November 19, December 15, January 12, February 9, March 22, April 14, May 12, and June 1.

During the School Committee meeting, the committee approved a number of budget transfers totaling $191,000, moving money from certain line items in the budget to other line items.

The next meeting of the Rochester School Committee is scheduled for November 5 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

By Jean Perry