After woman loses her wallet, young New Bedford man restores her faith in humanity

“Yesterday my wife lost her wallet at Stop and Shop with all the credit cards documentation and a good amount of money.

After going there and talking to a few people and making a few posts we kind of accepted that the wallet was lost, money and everything in it. An one hour ago my wife got a phone call from somebody in is 20s saying that since yesterday he was trying to reach her because he has her wallet! Her license had the old address so today he insisted on going there and he got her phone number that our old landlord.

All the money was there, all the documents were there, and all of this from a young kid that could simply have taken the money and put the wallet in the trash.

I was so excited that I forgot to ask for his name so maybe he’s a member of this page and see this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You saved us a lot of work to replace all of that and the money.

Edit: After talking to him and having his permission here’s his Facebook page. Thank you so much!”-Nuno Peixoto.

City of Taunton Annual Scarecrow Contest Wants You to Pick The Winner!

New Bedford (and all the local towns) should really do something like this.

As seen on the official city of Taunton Facebook page:

“Fall is in the air, and our Scarecrow Friends have arrived downtown! Take a ride around and see all of the creative work done by both Taunton Schools & Businesses. Cast your votes here on Facebook by “liking” your favorites. The Scarecrows (one school & one business) with the most 👍🏻/❤️ will be this year’s winners. Voting starts now and will end on Friday, October 28th at noon. Good Luck to everyone – these Scarecrows are ALL Awesome!” #ScarecrowContest #Vote #FallFun #TauntonMA

There are some truly spooky, scary and funny ones in the mix this year. Go cast your vote by visiting the page and click through the gallery: https://www.facebook.com/cityoftaunton/posts/pfbid02WssfLPnSuAtXqaRk1Ku2EgpBPnc92UwPdMsFoP6c5nEk1F3mBw7kJTCYF2i5Zfo5l

Here are some of our favorites:
Scooby Doo!

Tiger Nation

Corpse Bride

Crow-meo and Ghoul-iette!

Fortune Teller

Creature from the black lagoon

and this awesome Sponge Bob!

New Bedford Festival Theatre celebrates 50 years of Performing Arts with “Welcome to the Theatre!”

New Bedford Festival Theatre presents Welcome to the Theatre! 50 years of Performing Arts in Our City; a Tribute to Armand Marchand and George Charbonneau. The event will take place on October 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM at New Bedford High School’s Phillip Bronspiegel Auditorium.

In 1972, the “new” New Bedford High School opened with the promise that Broadway caliber plays and musicals would be presented by Marchand and Charbonneau on the stage of its brand new auditorium… New Bedford has never been the same.

From 1972-2001 Marchand and Charbonneau produced and directed 60 plays and musicals on the stage of the Phillip Bronspiegel Auditorium at New Bedford High School.
In September 1982 Marchand and Charbonneau began their 40 year association with the Zeiterion Theatre starting with the reopening night of the historic downtown theatre featuring Shirley Jones: In concert.

In the summer of 1983 the New Bedford High School Drama Club production of Jesus Christ Superstar was chosen to transfer to the stage of the Zeiterion Theatre, and in 1984 Marchand and Charbonneau were hired as co-directors of Zeiterion Summer Musicals from 1984-1989. In 1990 Marchand founded New Bedford Festival Theatre which is now entering its 33rd Season as the area’s only professional theatre devoted to musical theatre.

Welcome to the Theatre! will be a full evening’s entertainment including:
● The premier of Legends Among Us, a short documentary film about Marchand and Charbonneau shot in November 2019.
● Musical performances.
● Special tributes from alumni and special guests.
● A preview of the exhibit:
“Looking Back/ Looking Forward: 50 years of Performing Arts in Our City; a tribute to Armand Marchand and George Charbonneau.

Welcome to the Theatre! One Night Only! October 22, 2022 7:00 PM
at New Bedford High School’s Phillip Bronspiegel Auditorium. General Admission Seats are $25
All proceeds will benefit Festival Theatre’s Summer Academy Scholarship Fund and New Bedford High School Drama Club.

Tickets can be purchased online at nbfestivaltheatre.com, by phone (508) 994-2900, or in person at the Zeiterion Box Office 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740.

Customer at Local Restaurant Reminds Us that it Costs Nothing to be Kind

The following was posted on a popular local foodie group: Hockomock Swamp Supper Club and was shared with the original posters permission after we reached out.

“I went out to breakfast this morning at a local restaurant and as I was sitting there contemplating the world, enjoying my coffee, I became aware of the conversations around me. The table behind me was watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon on their phone…the one featuring the crows and is you is or is you ain’t my baby sung by Louis Armstrong…I smiled remembering the cartoon from childhood.”

“Then I slowly became aware of the table in front of me. The woman came back from the bathroom and immediately started complaining about cold coffee, having to wait for cream, and because the waitress didn’t bring it to her immediately she got up to get it herself, the waitress is lazy, the service sucks, the food is not good, etc., etc. The man with her told her she was a brat and not that special…they were very loud and the woman very cruel. The woman insisted the waitress send over the manager and when she went to their table, the woman said, oh never mind, I was just told I was being unreasonable…then proceeded through her litany of complaints. The manager was gracious and offered to take her meal off the bill and the woman declined the offer. Just continued to complain.”

“They came in after me and were served their meals before me. We had the same waitress. I didn’t feel the wait was anything that warranted her reaction, especially such a public display, but i understand everyone has different expectations and I appreciate that. My meal was good, not as great as always, but good. Must have a different cook because crispy hash browns came out REALLY crispy and I got the wrong toast, but nothing that was life ending. They were doing their best with the staff they had on hand.”

“The point of my post is not to bash the restaurant or to say the woman was right or wrong in her opinion, because everyone feels the way they feel and has different experiences and perceptions and that’s perfectly okay!! I would never say anyone was wrong or invalidate their experience.”

“I just wanted to remind everyone that no matter what, it costs nothing to be kind. To belittle other people and call them stupid and lazy so the whole restaurant can hear is a little uncouth. You can handle things like this in a much more kind way. There’s no excuse for nastiness. We’re all human. We all have off days. No one is immune to that. In a world where criticism quite often reigns supreme, choose kindness!!”
Have a great Saturday!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Donna H.

5th Annual Nicole Podkowa 5K to take place on Sunday Oct. 9th

Southcoast Health is thrilled to host the 5th Annual Nicole Podkowa 5k Run/Walk in person this year! The race will take place at the Southcoast Health Cancer Center in Fairhaven, MA at 9 am on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

For those that cannot participate in person but would still like to participate, you may still register and run/walk your 5K in the comfort of your own neighborhood, treadmill or local park.

Proceeds raised through this event will support the Nicole Podkowa Cancer Patient and Caregiver’s Assistance Fund. This unique fund supports patients being treated at the Southcoast Health Cancer Centers and their families who are in need of financial assistance to help with utility payments, food, housing, transportation, cancer related supplies and other necessities.

How to Participate in the 5K:

Step 1: Register by clicking HERE. By completing the registration form you are agreeing to both the media and liability release information found at the bottom of this page. Registrations can be made until 9am on October 9th, 2022.
Register Today!

Registration Fee

$35 adults
$25 youth (under 18 years of age)

Each registered participant will receive a long-sleeve Podkowa 5K race shirt as a thank you!

Registrants will receive their participant shirt upon check-in at race day. For those participating virtually, please contact philanthropy@southcoast.org or 508-973-5353 and we would be happy to mail it to you.

Step 2: Invite your family and friends to join you in completing the 5K and encourage them to register!

Step 3: Spread the word on social media! Hashtag #Podkowa5K2022 and tag @SouthcoastHlth when you post videos and photos of you participating is the 5K.

Step 4: Participants who are participating virtually can submit their time (picture of fitness device time) to philanthropy@southcoast.org for the top finisher in the following categories:

Top Male
Top Female
Top Senior Male (65+)
Top Senior Female (65+)

Remarkable young man uses his birthday to raise funds for the Fairhaven Animal Shelter

“Please join us to thank Reese Williams! He recently celebrated his birthday and told everyone that attended to bring either money or supplies for our shelter.

Not only did he bring us several bags of food he also donated $160!!! I told him that our community would make him famous so lets share this and post your appreciation.

Did I mention that they drove all the way from Falmouth?!” -Fairhaven Animal Control and Shelter.

Fairhaven Animal Control and Shelter photo.

Southcoast Health Announces Dr. Christian Pope as New Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Southcoast Health announced today that the not-for-profit community health system has named Christian S. Pope, DO, FACOG Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

A long-standing medical staff member at St. Luke’s Hospital, Dr. Pope specializes in providing high-quality women’s health care with clinical interests in medical complications of pregnancy, along with teaching and education in the field.

“For the past 19 years, I have had the opportunity of serving the community at St. Luke’s,” Dr. Pope said. “Since graduating from residency, I have established a large community of patients and am now helping care for the next generation. I’ve been able to successfully do this with the collaboration of my colleagues, nurses and staff alike. While continuing medical care, I am honored to be given the privilege to be the Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology for Southcoast Health, where I plan to continue our organization’s mission and commitment to providing excellent comprehensive women’s health care.”

Dr. Pope earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his medical internship at Eastern Maine Medical Center, he completed his medical education with residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., through Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

“We are delighted to announce Dr. Pope’s new role at Southcoast Health,” said Ray Kruger, MD, FACS, President and CEO of Southcoast Health. “With his clinical expertise, experience and leadership, we believe Dr. Pope will help Southcoast Health continue to advance our Obstetrics & Gynecology services and continue to provide exceptional care to patients in our region.”

In addition to his role at Southcoast Health, Dr. Pope serves on the Faculty at Brown University School of Medicine, where he teaches at the Women and Infant’s Hospital in Providence, RI as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Dr. Pope has authored articles in notable peer-reviewed journals and books. He serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, while also serving as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He is also a contributing member in several organizations and societies such as The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, The Massachusetts Medical Society and The Society of Critical Care Medicine.

To learn more about Obstetrics & Gynecology at Southcoast Health, please visit Southcoast Health Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Southcoast Health Ambassadors Grant Scholarships to 18 Area Students

At a June 14 luncheon at Rachel’s Lakeside in Dartmouth, the Southcoast Health Ambassadors granted $1,000 scholarships to 18 area students who will be pursuing higher education in health-related fields beginning in September.

The Southcoast Health Ambassadors is a Southcoast Health tax-exempt, non-profit public charity formed in 2021 when the Charlton Memorial Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliaries and the Tobey Hospital Guild joined. The Southcoast Ambassadors continue the long history that the Auxiliaries and Guild had serving patients and the community, dating back more than 65 years. The Ambassadors assist patients and the South Coast Region by supporting patient services, developing partnerships within the community to strengthen outreach, promoting healthcare careers through scholarships, supporting our gift shops and much more.

In remarks to the more than 100 volunteer “ambassadors,” contributors, students, parents and others, Dr. Ray Kruger, Southcoast Health President and CEO, congratulated the scholarship recipients, the individuals and business who contributed to make the scholarships available, and the Ambassador Scholarship Committee. In speaking to the students and their parents directly, Dr. Kruger said, “Your dedication to school, your academic success, and your commitment to community service and other activities are why you are here today. You should be proud of your accomplishments. We are fortunate to have you, and young adults like you, to help lead the way in the future. To the parents of these bright young scholarship recipients, I know you must be so proud right now, and you should be. You raised them well, and the best is yet to come.”

Students receiving a 2022 scholarship on behalf of Charlton Memorial Hospital:

· Jason Arruda from Swansea is a graduate of Joseph Case High School. He is the recipient of the BayCoast Bank Scholarship. Jason will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the pharmacy program.
· Soleei Guasp from Fall River is a graduate of Durfee High School. She is the recipient of the Dr. Aimee Maalouf Memorial Scholarship. Nicole will be attending Harvard University and follow a career path in computational medicine/biology.
· Nicole Ledwidge from Somerset is a graduate of Somerset Berkley High School. She is the recipient of the Rev. Robert Lawrence Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending the UMass Amherst to study nursing.
· Laura Martel from Westport is a graduate of Westport High School. She is receiving the Ann Petrella Memorial Scholarship. Laura will be attending Husson University to study occupational therapy.
· Alexandra Parent from Lakeville is a graduate of Apponequet High School. She is the recipient of the Frederick McDonald Memorial Scholarship. Alexandra will be attending McGill University where she will be a pre-med major.
· Caleb Procaccini from Lakeville is a graduate of Apponequet High School. He is the recipient of the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation Scholarship. Caleb will be attending Colgate University where he plans to study biology.

Students receiving a 2022 scholarship on behalf of St. Luke’s Hospital:

· Keely Clapp from New Bedford is a graduate of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocation Technical High School. She is the recipient of the Rock Funeral Home Scholarship. Keely will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and follow a career path in nursing.
· Sydney Demers from New Bedford is a graduate of Bishop Stang High School. She is the recipient of the Sean Gannon Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending Roger Williams University and follow a career path in biology and veterinary medicine.
· Sarah Lopes from Dartmouth is a graduate of New Bedford Regional Vocation Technical High School. She is the recipient of the Ann Porter Memorial Scholarship. Sarah will be attending St. Anselm’s College and follow a career path in nursing.
· Lauren Novo from Dartmouth is a graduate of Dartmouth High School. She is the recipient of the Dr. Richard H. Warburton Memorial Scholarship. Lauren plans to attend Emmanuel College and follow a career path in biology and pre-med.
· Astha Patel from Fairhaven is a graduate of Fairhaven High School. She is the recipient of the BayCoast Bank Scholarship. Astha will be attending the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and follow a career path in Pre-Med and plans on becoming a physician’s assistant.
· Emma Tetrault from Dartmouth is a graduate of Dartmouth High School. She is the recipient of the Southcoast Behavioral Scholarship. Emma will be attending George Washington University and follow a career path in psychology.

Students receiving a 2022 scholarship on behalf of Tobey Hospital:

· William Baltz from Marion is a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School. He is the recipient of the Bay Coast Bank Scholarship. William will be attending UC-Davis, on a pre-med track to follow a career in medicine.
· Nora Barmashi from Sagamore Beach is a graduate of Bourne High School. She is the recipient of the Braitmayer Family Scholarship. Nora will be attending the University of New England with a major in applied exercise science with a pre-physician assistant track.
· Chloe Hogan from Bourne is a graduate of Wareham High School. She is the recipient of the Leonard P. ‘Lenny’ Martone Memorial Scholarship. Chloe will be attending UMass Amherst, majoring in nursing.
· Isabella Hunt from Mattapoisett is a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School. She is the recipient of the Paul John Coffey Scholarship. Isabella will be attending Quinnipiac University to study physical therapy.
· Megan Kavaleski from Middleboro is a graduate of Middleboro High School. She is the recipient of the Dorothy E. Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship. Meagan will be attending the University of Rhode Island and majoring in psychology.
· Maria Psichopaidas from Mattapoisett is a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School. She is the recipient of the Wylde Family Scholarship. She will be attending Sacred Heart University, majoring in nursing.

“Becoming a Southcoast Health Ambassador is a very meaningful way to become involved in the community and our hospitals,” said Kimberley Coon, Executive Director of Hospital and Medical Staff Services.

“Becoming a Southcoast Ambassador is nice way to give back and meet caring people of all ages and walks of life,” said Jenn Szabo, Manager of the Southcoast Ambassadors and Gift Shops. “We engage in many types of fulfilling activities and initiatives. Much personal growth and fulfillment comes from helping the young, aged and those who may be less fortunate or experiencing an illness. Ambassadors also receive discounts at our Gift Shops!”

Anyone interested in becoming a Southcoast Health Ambassador and helping to serve their local community hospital may contact Jennifer Szabo at 508-973-5752 or SzaboJ@southcoast.org or Kimberley Coon at 508-973-5006 or CoonK@southcoast.org.

Southcoast Health Wound Care Center Earns National Recognition

Southcoast Health officials announced today that the Wound Care Center at St. Luke’s Hospital is a 2022 recipient of the Center of Distinction Award by Healogics®, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including a patient satisfaction rate higher than 92 percent.

“The Southcoast Health Wound Care Center is a valuable service line that helps dramatically increase the quality of life for patients in our region,” said Jacqueline Somerville, Senior Vice president and Chief Nursing Officer for Southcoast Health. “I am so proud of everyone who has helped make this achievement possible and for the outstanding work our staff and providers do to continue bringing exceptional care to patients in our community.”

The Southcoast Health Wound Care Centers at St. Luke’s and at Charlton Memorial in Fall River offer highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

“We are always working with our patients and their care teams to develop a personalized approach to care for their chronic wounds,” said Mari Murphy, Wound Care Practice Manager at St. Luke’s Hospital. “In our program, we are proud to help improve patients’ quality of life and overall health by treating non-healing wounds with the goal of healing them.”

According to data from Healogics, nearly 7 million Americans are living with chronic wounds, and specialized care can reduce the risk of amputation by nearly 50 percent.

Advanced wound care modalities provided by wound care experts include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings, compression therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

“Celebrating Wound Care Awareness Month this June, we want to remind patients how important it is to receive care for chronic wounds early,” said Cheryl Thompson, RN, Wound Care Program Director at Southcoast Health. “Early detection can help prevent complications such as infection, hospitalization and in severe cases amputation.”

To learn more about the Wound Care Center at Southcoast Health please visit Wound Care Fall River & New Bedford MA | Southcoast Health.

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament Announces 2022 Headliners

Clube S.S. Sacramento Inc., sponsors of the greatest Portuguese Feast in the World,

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament.

Rick Fernandes, President of the 106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament and his committee have announced the 2022 Headliners!

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament features continuous live Portuguese & American entertainment at five performance locations. The 2022 Entertainment Committee has been hard at work to continue the tradition of top-quality, “FREE” Entertainment for folks of all ages!

“We are proud to announce that Get the Led Out, will headline the Feast on Thursday Night, The Great Escape (A Tribute to Journey) will headline Friday Night, On Saturday night a special guest is going to be announced very soon, and Danny Klein’s Full House will finish our celebration off on Sunday Night!”

Along with our headliners, we are proud to announce our full entertainment schedule which can be found on our website: http://feastoftheblessedsacrament.com


Fun for everyone with 4 DAYS & 4 STAGES of Free Live Entertainment! Enjoy Great Food, Carnival, Parade, Road Race, Family & Kids Day, Museum Cafe Entertainment and so much more!

Feast President, Rick Fernandes & 2022 Feast Committee – Keeping Tradition Strong!
Thank you and we can’t wait to see you August 4, 5, 6, 7, 2022!



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