3/2017
Two River Community Bank Presenting Sponsor of  180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. Wine & Martini Tasting fundraiser
Two River Community Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for the upcoming 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. Wine & Martini Tasting fundraiser on April 6. Attached is a photo of the check presentation we’re hoping can appear in Members in the Community. 

The event is taking place at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, and proceeds will benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc., a private non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities. 180 has served individuals and families who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence since 1976. 180’s caring staff provides immediate and long-term support in assisting clients with the trauma they have experienced, while supporting them in obtaining services and making decisions that will turn their lives around.

Pictured from left to right are Anna Diaz-White, 180 Executive Director; Robin Fitzmaurice, Two River Community Bank Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer; William D. Moss, Two River Community Bank President & CEO; and Lynn Lucarelli, 180 Director of Development. 

Berkshire Bank Announces Employee Road Game Giveaway Winner

Berkshire Bank awarded Betsy Salinetti, Retail Loan Servicing Supervisor for Berkshire Bank, as the winner of the Employee Road Game Giveaway. The Giveaway includes two premium tickets to the Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks hockey game on April 2nd in Chicago, IL, round trip airfare, two night hotel stay and dinner during the stay for winner and a guest. The Employee giveaway was provided as an additional way to demonstrate the value and appreciation the Bank has for its staff. The prize patrol, led by Matt Coletti, VP of Loan Servicing, presented the prize to ensure it was celebrated as a significant event to honor Betsy.

Girl Scout Troop # 95524 Visits Kearny Bank's Wood-Ridge Office

 
Kearny Bank's Wood-Ridge Office recently hosted a financial literacy presentation for Girl Scout Troop # 95524 including a behind- the-scene tour of the branch. 

First Bank Celebrates First Anniversary in Flemington
First Bank’s Flemington branch is celebrating its first anniversary as being a part of the community. In that short period of time, the bank has opened 400 accounts with $55,997,158 in total deposits. As a true community bank where service is one of its core values, First Bank’s employees serve on a number of local and regional nonprofits, including the Flemington Raritan Lions Club, Flemington Area Food Pantry and Hunterdon Prevention Resources. They are also active members of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Flemington Branch Manager Brent Cronnell, left, is pictured with Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce President Chris Phelan, right, at the branch on Route 31.


Atlantic Stewardship Celebrate Employee Anniversaries
Atlantic Stewardship Bank recently held a small reception at their Midland Park branch to celebrate the anniversaries of their Associates with Board Members and their Senior Management Team.  They celebrated with Associates who had 15 years or more of service and presented them with a certificate that was provided by the NJBankers in recognition of their years in banking. Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of ASB along with Gail Tilstra, Senior Vice President/HR Director, congratulated everyone and thanked them for all that they do at ASB!

From left to right back row: Ryan Petrie (15 years), Louise Rohner (25 years), Janice Fields (15 years), & Nancy Rickenberg (15 years) 
From Left to Right seated: Leonor Melendez (15 ) & Gina Rector (20 years) 
Not pictured Rich Schuurman (20 years)


RSI Bank Supports Rahway Police Department’s Emergency Preparedness Plan
RSI Bank made a donation to The Rahway Police Department to support their efforts to increase safety in the community. The donation will be used to fund and enhance the department’s disaster preparedness capabilities.

In August of 2011, the flooding brought by Tropical Storm Irene made it evident that the City of Rahway had a need for better emergency preparedness. With the South branch of the Rahway River and the Robinsons branch both converging into the tide-influenced main portion of the river a “perfect storm” situation was created. Rainfall coming down stream met a rising tidal surge from the Rahway River, stalling the water within the city. The dedication of rescue workers was evident in how many officers even donned their own personal chest waders and walked into waist or chest deep water in order to evacuate residents in the flooded areas.

After Irene, a more comprehensive plan was put in place that included acquiring all the necessary equipment and training that was needed to better respond to future emergencies.
This new plan was then tested during Hurricane Sandy and passed with flying colors, as newly purchased vehicles and inflatable boats were employed in a successful rescue mission that resulted in no injuries to officers or residents.
 

Boston Firefighters Credit Union Chooses COCC for New Core Banking and Trusted Partnership 
COCC, a leading provider of core financial technology solutions, announced that Boston Firefighters Credit Union has selected COCC as its new technology partner.

Boston Firefighters Credit Union, a $251 million credit union serving over 8,000 firefighters, police and correction officers headquartered in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was looking for top-notch technology, local service and a partner they could trust. 

COCC continues to earn success through word-of-mouth as well. At COCC’s 2016 Annual Client Conference, Winne had the opportunity to meet other credit union leaders who spoke highly of the company and its products and services. 

PCTI Students ‘Thank’ Columbia Bank
Student Talent Showcased During National Career & Technical Education Month Visit
A small contingent of students and their faculty advisor from Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) in Wayne recently took time out of their busy school schedules to stop by Columbia Bank’s corporate headquarters in Fair Lawn to officially “thank the bank” for their career support efforts and also to showcase their fellow student’s talents.  The visit coincided with National Career & Technical Education Month.


Shown during their visit to Columbia’s corporate headquarters are: (second from left) PCTI student Renee Angello; PCTI Skills USA Advisor Geralyn Hunter, and fellow students Cayla Brodeur and Lourdes Monzon.  Representing Columbia Bank are Brain Murphy (far right), Columbia Bank’s Executive Vice President, Operations Officer, and Richard Graff (far left), Vice President, Business Banking Officer.  Gifts presented included student-drawn illustrations which will be displayed at the bank and gourmet baked goods prepared by the school’s Culinary Institute.


Provident Bank Employees Raise More Than $3,600 in Support of the American Heart Association
Employees of Provident Bank recently took part in a Go Red for Women fundraising campaign at the bank’s administrative office and branch locations throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to benefit the American Heart Association.  Employees were encouraged to show their support for the campaign and raise awareness of women’s heart disease by wearing red and making a contribution to the American Heart Association.  Employees who supported the campaign were able to wear jeans to work for the day. 
 
Pictured left to right in photo: Daphne Higgins, Heide Calhoun, Khalida Shah, Provident Bank; Catherine Metzendorf, bank customer; Michele Bilicki , Melanie Rodriguez, Provident Bank.


2/2017

Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Nearly $2 Million to Local Nonprofits
Berkshire Bank Foundation was excited to announce that it had awarded a total of $1,862,265 in grants to nonprofit organizations operating in the Bank's footprint in 2016. The giving represents a 3% increase in contributions compared to 2015. The grants supported a variety of important education and community development initiatives, as well as health and human service and cultural programs.
 
In total, the Foundation's funding affected over five million individuals who received programming support from nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, especially reading, as well as community and economic development, including affordable housing, downtown revitalization and employment. In addition, the Foundation also helped meet the basic needs of individuals through funding to various health and human services initiatives.
 
Berkshire Bank Foundation announced changes to its philanthropic strategy, allowing it to continue meeting the growing needs of the communities they serve, while maximizing the impact of its contributions. As part of the transition, the Foundation will continue to focus its funding in the areas of education and community/economic development but will now seek specific outcomes associated with the programs it supports. In addition, the Foundation plans to allocate a limited pool of funds to basic need funding that will rotate each year to provide organizations doing good work, but that don't necessarily fall within their major focuses, the opportunity to receive funding. Full details about the Foundation's funding guidelines and application process may be found online at www.berkshirebank.com/giving
 
In addition to nonprofit financial support, Berkshire Bank provides a scholarship program for high school seniors, which recently launched its application for 2017. Recognizing that being a good corporate citizen is about more than writing a check, the XTEAM corporate volunteer program provides employees with paid time off to volunteer during regular business hours. In 2016, 100% of Berkshire's employees participated in the program.

NVE Bank Sponsors Money Management 4 Kids at Bergen Family Center

NVE Bank, one of New Jersey’s oldest and strongest community mutual banks has made a $3,000 donation to fund a Money Management 4 Kids financial literacy program for students attending the non-profit Bergen Family Center’s after school enrichment program.    The 8-week program, run by Bergen County based iPiggiBank teaches students the fundamentals of money management through an interactive curriculum taught by a certified teacher that uses art, writing, literacy and play to reinforce healthy financial habits.


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Named 2016 SBA Lender of the Year
 
Pictured left to right:  Andrew Glatz, Senior Managing Director and Head of Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s SBA Lending Division, members of the New Jersey Small Business Administration, and Ana Ribeiro, Vice President, Senior Loan 
Administrator and David Clerkin, Vice President, Senior Loan Specialist at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
 
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the Bank has been awarded the Small Business Administration New Jersey District Office’s #1 Breakthrough Lender of the Year. The Bank was recognized for its accomplishment at the U.S. Small Business Administration Annual Lender Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, January 26 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township where Andrew Glatz received the award on behalf of the Bank.
 
In August 2016, Peapack-Gladstone Bank also earned the Small Business Administration Preferred Lender status enabling the Bank to provide streamlined financial assistance and expedited loan processing for its small business clients.  The quick turnaround time enables Peapack-Gladstone Bank to provide funds rapidly, helping vibrant small business communities grow and prosper.  Peapack-Gladstone Bank is one of only a small number of New Jersey Banks with the PLP (Preferred Lenders Program) designation.   
 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Sponsorships Provide for Affordable Housing
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced financial sponsorships through the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York to support the construction of safe and decent affordable housing for low-income households.  Combined with the Bank’s client, Ingerman, a leading developer, builder and manager of award-winning multi-family communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, the awarded financial support of construction will enrich New Jersey’s communities while providing for those most in need.

The first award to Ingerman in the amount of $525,000 will assist in the development of The Residences at Symphony Hall, a 4-story, 60-unit affordable rental community located in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.  Approved through the 2016 Affordable Housing Program (AHP), this project will contain 20 one-bedroom and 40 two-bedroom low-income units.  Fifteen units will be allocated for residents with special needs, six units for individuals with mental illness, and nine for homeless individuals with a disability.  The remainder of the units will be marketed to the growing artistic community. 

The second Federal Home Loan Bank AHP sponsorship of $355,000 will be utilized in the development of The Willows at Westampton project, a 72-unit affordable multi-family rental community located within the Township of Westampton, Burlington County, New Jersey.  This project consists of six three-story residential buildings and one stand-alone community building.  The Willows at Westampton will also contain five special needs units to be utilized by formerly homeless individuals.

Through the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is proud to be a sponsor of Ingerman, in providing high-quality, state-of-the art construction of both The Residences at Symphony Hall and The Willows at Westampton providing vital low-income housing and enriching residential communities within the State of New Jersey.

Amboy Bank Presented with Service Plaque

Joseph Mancino Jr. of Colts Neck Firehouse #2 presents a plaque of appreciation to Greg Scharpf, Chief Retail Officer of Amboy Bank. The bank is a long-term supporter of the firehouse and its volunteers, recently helping to refurbish their building. Amboy Bank, with 22 offices, has been voted Best Bank in Central Jersey for 19 years in a row.

Unity Bank Celebrates Somerville Branch Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Unity Bank recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate theopening of its new Somerville branch at 12 Mountain Avenue. Michael V. Kerwin, President & CEO of the Somerset County Business Partnership, (holding scissors) is pictured center with James A. Hughes, President & CEO of Unity Bank, who are joined by bank staff and local residents and business representatives. Unity Bank provides financial services to businesses and consumers at 17 branches throughout New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. 
 


Ingerman groundbreaking of The Residences at Symphony Hall, a 60-unit Affordable rental community located in Newark, NJ.



Investors Bank Foundation Grants Support Holiday Cheer 
Before Kevin Todd passed away in 1997 after a long battle with HIV/AIDS, he worried that his family would forget him. Youngest sister Lisa O’Neill assured her brother the family would never forget him and they would find a way to honor his memory. Spirit of the Holidays was created in memory of Kevin Todd. 


From providing holiday support for one family of eight with 24 gifts and a food basket in 1999, grants from the Investors Bank Foundation and Roma Community Bank Foundation totaling $5,000 assisted the organization in sending 1,425 gifts and a food basket with a $30 ShopRite gift card to 285 individuals representing 95 families.

Spirit of the Holidays applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.

Carol Eckert, Assistant Vice President and Medford Branch Manager, along with Carol-Anne Peacock, Assistant Vice President and Maple Shade Branch Manager, and Hector Melendez, Assistant Vice President and Voorhees Branch Manager, presented the Foundation checks to O’Neill at the Come Alive Church, where everyone had gathered to sort and wrap presents. 

1/2017
Investors Bank Foundation Grants Assist Volunteer Center of South Jersey Supports Family Volunteer and New Work Programs
The Volunteer Center of South Jersey (VCSJ) has received additional support for its Family Volunteer Program and its new SJWorks program, thanks in part to grants from the Investors Foundation and Roma Community Bank Foundation totaling $7,000. 

VCSJ coordinates a series of events for the program and supports two main family volunteer efforts each year. In the fall, VCSJ joins with GenerationOn and Disney Friends for Change for Family Volunteer Day, a national event which takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving. In the spring, VCSJ partners with Family Strengthening Network for the South Jersey Family Day of Service which takes place over three days, usually the weekend before Memorial Day. Both of these events are designed to inspire and empower families to serve the community together.

SJWorks, according to VCSJ Executive Director Michele Epifani, is a new program for those who are unemployed or underemployed. SJWorks opens doors for these individuals to allow them to give back to their community, participate in unlimited networking, and learn new skills – all at the same time. These activities make individuals more marketable and/or productive for employers, and increase their odds of finding work. The Volunteer Center assists SJWorks’ participants in making that connection to non-profit organizations.

Epifani said that SJWorks’ participants have access to program staff, services, and resources, as well as in-person training and one-on-one consultation, web interface, email, and telephone support. She said that a cornerstone of the program is a five-part workshop series which covers finances (budgeting), employability, healthy lifestyle, volunteering and networking.

VCSJ applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.



Investors Bank’s Assistant Vice President and Williamstown Branch Manager Shannon Morgan-Leonen (second from left) presents checks from the Investors and Roma Bank Community Foundations totaling $7,000 to, from left, Volunteer Center of South Jersey Board President Cody Miller Executive Director Michele Epifani, and Board member Marguerite Stubbs. 
 

Unity Bank Employee Volunteers Donate Over 200 Service Hours in New Community Service Program

Unity Bank has launched an Employee Volunteer Program to help build on its community outreach efforts and give employees an opportunity to put their skills to work with the bank’s many non-profit partners. America’s Grow-A-Row and NORWESCAP received more than 220 volunteer hours through early December from 40 bank employees.
 
America’s Grow-a-Row is a Hunterdon County non-profit organization that grows and gleans fresh fruits and vegetables that are donated to those facing hunger throughout New Jersey. Every month during growing and picking season, Unity Bank sends out a team of employees to Grow-a-Row’s Pittstown and Milford farms to plant, pick and glean produce for foodbanks across New Jersey. Unity also sponsored Grow-a-Row’s 4th Annual Farm to Fork fundraiser and received the organization’s 2016 Growing with You Rookie of the Year Award.
 
For NORWESCAP, a non-profit organization providing a wide range of services for those in need, Unity Bank volunteers provide monthly administrative and organizational support for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED), a screening and education program designed for those underinsured or uninsured. Unity also sponsors NORWESCAP’s Annual Transitions 5K Walk/Run and the organization’s Celebration Brunch fundraiser.

Unity Bank Donates $18,700 to Food Pantries in NJ and Easton
Unity Bank and its employees have donated a total of $18,700 to 17 food pantries in New Jersey and Easton, Pa., one service organization for each Unity branch. The funds were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.
        
Donations of $1,100 were presented to: Washington Community Food Pantry from Unity’s Washington Branch; FISH Hospitality Program, serving Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties, from Middlesex Branch; Flemington Area Food Pantry from Flemington Branch; The Food Bank Network of Somerset County in Bound Brook from North Plainfield Branch; Franklin Township Food Bank from Somerset Branch; Highland Park Community Food Pantry from Highland Park Branch; Home First Interfaith Housing & Family Services of Plainfield from Scotch Plains Branch; Linden Interfaith Network for Community Service from Linden Branch; Open Cupboard Food Pantry of Clinton from Clinton Branch; NORWESCAP Food Bank of Phillipsburg from Phillipsburg Branch; ProJect of Easton from Forks Township Branch; Readington Area Starfish from Whitehouse Branch; South Plainfield Social Services Holiday Project from South Plainfield Branch; St. James Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen in Edison from Edison Branch; Union Food Pantry from Union Branch; Helping Hands Food Pantry of Hillsdale from Emerson Branch; and Samaritan Homeless Interim Program of Somerville from Somerville Branch.


Mercadien Hosts Day of Service to Help Homeless Veterans and Children in Need
Demonstrating the community involvement, professional teamwork and holiday spirit that have been an important and recognized focus of the firm for more than 50 years, employees of The Mercadien Group participated in a day of service that the firm organized for the benefit of homeless veterans and children in need, and as a celebration of the season with its associates.     
    
Held at Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center, the event consisted of teams of Mercadien professionals, in holiday gear and cheer, working for several hours to assemble furniture (primarily dressers and night stands) and care packages donated by Mercadien for delivery to veterans’ housing shelters.  The teams also assembled gifts for children, including stuffed animals and blankets, donated by the firm   

That same day, Mercadien wrapped up its 16th annual toy drive for the Toys for Tots program, sponsored each holiday season by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Associates of the firm donated dozens of newly-bought, unwrapped toys, which were collected for distribution by the Marines. Mercadien has served as an official drop-off site for the program since 2004 

Century Savings Bank Cuts Ribbon on New Operations Center
Century Savings Bank (CSB) celebrated the opening of its new operations center located at 1376 West Sherman Avenue, Suite A, in Vineland with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 21, 2016. 

Bank employees previously housed in three separate locations will now benefit from the collaborative work atmosphere, shared resources, advanced technology and greater efficiency of operations that the 10,000 square foot facility will provide. The center will serve as a home to support departments, including information technology, accounting, human resources, operations, marketing, audit, compliance as well as a state-of-the-art training facility for bank staff. The Century Savings Bank corporate office, located right next door, will continue to house the bank’s customer-facing platforms including a retail branch, mortgage and consumer lending, commercial services and the executive suite.

Somerset Savings Bank Provides Safe and Secure Living Environments For Seniors in the Community
Thanks to Somerset Savings Bank, residents of Bridgeway Senior Healthcare in Bridgewater, New Jersey will live in a safer and even more secure living environment.  Somerset Savings recently joined NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider CRA Partners and is helping vulnerable seniors by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program to protect those who live and work in this local care facility.  

CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turn-key Senior Crimestoppers program providing safe and secure living environments for our nation’s low to moderate income seniors. Through flexible funding options such as CRA-qualified community development loans, investments or grants, banks provide the program in senior housing facilities, HUD communities and state Veterans homes while garnering positive public relations exposure in their communities.  

Crime against the elderly in our society is a longstanding, constant battle that can be reduced and prevented through the operation of the Senior Crimestoppers program in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Senior Crimestoppers is a coordinated set of components that work together to create a zero tolerance to crime platform in senior housing facilities.  Components include cash rewards up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind, personal lockboxes for the residents, and effective, on-going education and training for staff members and residents.  Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 94%.


William Taylor, President and CEO of Somerset Savings Bank presents the Senior Crimestoppers Charter to Bridgeway Senior Healthcare resident Nancy Chiappinelli, Director of Business Development Jessica Pelligrino Tsoukalas and Administrator Susan Lanza.

The Provident Bank Foundation Announces New Signature Grant Opportunity for 2017
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced $100,000 in new Signature Grant opportunities in their Community Enrichment funding area for 2017.  In an effort to strengthen their ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank, the Foundation has made the following change:
 
PBF is making two (2) $50,000 grants available within the Community Enrichment funding area. Details and goals of each are as follows:
 
(3) Community and Economic Development – Employment: To provide funding to a non-profit organization whose mission addresses the unemployment issue in the communities served by Provident Bank. This grant is dedicated to addressing the skills gap by providing training and comprehensive supportive services for individuals facing challenges in the labor force.  
(4) Youth Leadership Development: To provide funding to a non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare youth and teens for the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.
 
In addition to this change, PBF will offer four (4) $50,000 grants, two (2) in each of the Foundation’s other funding priority areas –  Education and Health, Youth, and Families. Details can be found at www.providentnjfoundation.org. 
 
PBF’s Board has approved the continuation of Major Grants and Community Grants in 2017. Community Grants range from $1,000 up to and including $5,000, and are primarily used for increasing access to funding and strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations. Major Grants range from $5,000 up to and including $25,000, and fund projects and/or programs that address one or more of PBF’s funding priority areas in a significant way. These projects and/or programs are typically more structured and robust than those supported through PBF’s Community Grants, but of lesser scale than those awarded Signature Grants.
 

Magyar Bank Teams Up With Local Organizations During The Holiday Season
Magyar Bank recently teamed up with Magic 98.3 and St. Peter’s University Hospital for our Holiday Toy Drive; as well as with Simuel Whitfield Simmons Organization (SWS) for our annual Adopt-A-Family.  
Our Holiday Toy Drive ran for a month. With the help of our partners, employees and customers, we were able to collect over 400 toys to the Children at St. Peter’s University Hospital who were not able to come home for the Holidays. Along with our partners at Magic 98.3, we visited The Children’s Hospital at St. Peter’s on December 20th to hand deliver the toys along with “Santa Clause”. 
   
Natasha Rodgers from SWS teams up with Magyar Bank every year to help at-risk families have an enjoyable Holiday Season. This year, Magyar Bank employees donated their time and money to help purchase all the items on the wish lists for the four families. 


Investors Bank Foundations Assist UrbanPromise StreetLeader Program 
On a November night just before Thanksgiving, members of the UrbanPromise StreetLeader Program gathered together for a special dinner cooked by Program Director Jacob Rodriguez. Everyone was excited about dinner – the aromas were delightful – and the coming holiday. They also were excited about the two grants totaling $8,000 from Investors Foundation, the charitable organization created when Investors Bank went public, and the Roma Community Bank Foundation.

UrbanPromise applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.

Carol-Anne Peacock, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager – Maple Shade (center of photo) recently presented two checks totaling $8,000 from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations to UrbanPromise’s Siomara Wedderburn, Director of Children & Youth Ministry Program, StreetLeader Director Jacob Rodriguez, and members of the StreetLeaders in support of the program, which employs from 75 to 100 teens as counselors, tutors and mentors for the younger children who participate in UrbanPromise’s AfterSchool Programs and Summer Camp.


12/2016

Riker Danzig Toy Drive
For the 20th year, employees of Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP collected new toys for children ranging in age from newborn to fifteen years-old.  Hundreds of toys were collected this year and will be donated to the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter and Morristown Neighborhood House.  



Riker Danzig’s Toy Drive was organized by attorney Bethany Abele with the help of Anne Shulman.


Roselle Savings Bank's United Way Toy drive Donations Brighten the Holidays for Local Kids
As part of an annual tradition, Roselle Savings Bank participated in United Way of Union County’s 2016 Season of Caring Program again this holiday season by collecting toys for needy children across Greater Union County. For many children, the donated gifts are the only ones they will receive this year. All of the gifts were purchased, wrapped and donated by generous Roselle Savings Bank employees.  


Pictured above displaying the toys collected are Roselle Savings Bank employees (l to r) Michael McCambridge, Kelly Serafinas, Marcie Medeiros, Paula Carey, Janice Ritz, Beth Retcho, D. Felschow, Bob Meier, Kristie Moore and Cheryl McPhaul.


CSBK Hosts Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Montclair Banking Center
City officials and CSBK bank executives gathered to formally open CSBK’s new Montclair Banking Center.  The new office is located at 640 Bloomfield Avenue at the corner of Valley Road, on the ground floor of “Valley & Bloom,” a mixed-use residential, office and retail development.  

The banking center features an open concept layout, contemporary furnishings and is designed to create a welcoming, personable environment for clients.  Initial hours of operation will include late nights on Tuesday and Thursdays — until 8PM — and extended Saturday and Sunday hours to allow existing and prospective clients ample opportunity to tour the new office, meet CSBK Client Service Specialists and establish new accounts.  

The event coincided with the completion of a blanket and sock drive recently held by CSBK’s Montclair location.  The effort came about after a Salvation Army volunteer approached CSBK and discussed the need for these items with the onset of chilly temperatures.  The donations were given to the Salvation Army Montclair Citadel for distribution to those in need.



Ribbon Cutting Photo
CSBK officially opened its Montclair Banking Center at 640 Bloomfield Ave. (corner of Valley Rd.) with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 30 attended by local government officials and business liaisons. Present were: John Peto and Cynthia Sisco, CSBK Board of Directors; Phil Cantor, President of Montclair Center BID; Kevin Konovitch, CSBK Montclair Manager; Claire Giancola, CSBK SVP & Director of Retail Banking; Israel Cronk, Executive Director of Montclair Center BID; Robert Russo, Deputy Mayor of Montclair, Councilor-at-Large; Robert Jackson, Mayor of Montclair; Paul Aguggia, CSBK Chairman, President & CEO; Mina Sabic, CSBK Montclair Supervisor; Charles Pivirotto, CSBK Board of Directors; Robin Schlager, Second Ward Councilor of Montclair; Stephen Adzima and Joseph Smith, CSBK Board of Directors; Tricia Hrotko, CSBK EVP & Chief Revenue Officer.



Socks & Blanket Drive Photo
CSBK Montclair Banking Center’s new blanket and sock drive concluded on November 30, with all donations delivered to the Salvation Army.  Pictured from left to right: Kevin Konovitch, CSBK Montclair Manager; Mina Sabic, CSBK Montclair Supervisor; Major Kevin Stoops, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army’s Montclair Citadel.


Wood-Ridge Girl Scouts Earn Kearny Bank Financial Literacy Fun Badge
 
Kearny Bank's Wood-Ridge Office recently hosted a financial literacy presentation for Girl Scout Troops # 94454 & 94037. The girls learned about personal finances, completed a lot of age appropriate activities and earned a Kearny Bank Financial Literacy Fun Badge.


Emerson Mayor, County Officials Join Unity Bank for Branch Ribbon Cutting

Unity Bank recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its first Bergen County branch at 4 Emerson Plaza West, adjacent to the borough train station. Pictured (from left) during the event are Michael McPartland, Deputy Director, Bergen County Division of Economic Development; Joanne Cimiluca, Director, Bergen County Division of Economic Development; Louis Lamatina, Mayor of Emerson; James A. Hughes, Unity Bank President & CEO; Frank Di Dolci, Unity Bank Emerson Branch Relationship Manager.



Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Star of Hope Ministries

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Star of Hope Ministries to prepare over 400 Thanksgiving food packages for needy and homeless families. The Star of Hope Ministries provides support services to the poor, homeless, senior citizens, youth and unemployed within the Greater Paterson area.   Columbia Bank is an ongoing supporter of local community-based charities, food banks and feed-the-hungry programs and regularly sends Team Columbia volunteers to assist with food collection and distribution efforts.


Columbia Bank Opens Newest Community Branch In Wayne 
Columbia Bank recently celebrated the grand opening of their 46th New Jersey branch.  The new full-service branch is located at 1504 Route 23 North in the Packanack section of Wayne. 

Shown officially cutting the ribbon are: Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano (third from left) and Thomas Kemly (second from left), Columbia Bank’s President & CEO.  Also shown participating in the event (from left) are: Barbara Schroeder, Columbia’s Regional Vice President; Noel Holland, Chairman of the Board; E. Thomas Allen, Jr., Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Packanack Branch Manager Angela Mattina.


Morganville Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad Is Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Recipient
Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, recently issued a $14,564 community grant to the Morganville Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad.  The grant was used to purchase a Zoll Autopulse automated CPR device.  

Shown participating in a special presentation (from left) are Rayon Hamer Columbia Bank’s Regional Vice President; Morganville First Aid & Rescue Squad members Rehvin Hao and Jordan Bosse; Antonella Minardo, Columbia Bank’s Marlboro Assistant Branch Manager; Lt. Phillip Thompson; Alan Miller, Trustee and former Squad Captain; Squad President Sandy Goldstein, and Edward Cialkowski, Columbia’s Marlboro Branch Manager.



Investors Bank Foundation Grants Help Fund Kroc Kids Afterschool Program for K-8 Students in Camden 
After school, kids in kindergarten through eighth-grade had an opportunity to do homework, swim, dance, sing, play basketball, draw, craft, study environmental science - the list goes on and on – all at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, thanks in part to $10,000 in grants from Investors Foundation, the charitable organization created when Investors Bank went public, and the Roma Community Bank Foundation.

Kroc Kids offers three programs. The after-school program from 3 pm to 7:30 pm offers a variety of activities including swimming, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), and Christian character building, as well as assistance with homework and dinner each night. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. The second program – Choice – offers individual classes for students based on their interests; dinner is not provided. Some of the class offerings include ballet, piano, brass band, art, and tutoring in math and literacy. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members per quarterly class. There is a multi-child discount of $5 in each program. Kroc Kids’ Faith-based programs, held on Thursdays, are free and provide opportunities for spiritual enrichment. Students receive dinner, participate in troops – Moonbeams, Sunbeams, Girl Guards and Adventure Corps – and arts programs. Students who participate in the arts programs have the opportunity to perform on Sundays and throughout the year at the Kroc Center.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.


Commissioner Badolato Visits Junior Achievement Finance Park and talks to Students about Financial Literacy
Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Richard J. Badolato and DOBI staff last week visited the Junior Achievement Finance Park to discuss financial literacy with students as they learn about sound money management basics. Finance Park is the culmination of a four week financial literacy program taught at high schools across the State. On the final day of the course, students visit the Junior Achievement Finance Park where volunteers assist them in making simulated financial decisions. Students take on fictional jobs with income and debit cards and then set financial plans that allow them to budget based on their annual income. They visit various kiosks in the park that represent typical daily living expenses such as electric bills, housing costs, transportation costs, health care, and home improvement.
       
Commissioner Badolato and DOBI staff visited the program as part of the Department’s ongoing Financial Literacy program. For the last 10 years, the Department has conducted financial literacy programs for high school students and spoken to thousands of students in school across the State about topics including basic personal finance, the importance of credit and how to manage credit cards.  The Department expanded the program to include programs for senior citizens in 2012, and for college students in 2013.


Investors Foundation Grants $20,000 to Westminster Choir College
Just two years ago, The Playhouse, located on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, was on the brink of becoming unusable. The historic building, originally built as a storage space for the United States military prior to WWII, has been the site of rehearsals for such legendary artists as Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Muti, and Kurt Masur, but was in need of upgrades. Thanks in part to $20,000 in grants from Investors Foundation, the charitable organization created when Investors Bank went public, and the Roma Community Bank Foundation, The Playhouse’s renovations were completed and it was dedicated as the Robert L. Annis Playhouse in October 2015.

The funds from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations – the foundations each recently donated $5,000, bringing the total amount donated to $20,000 – supported the interior renovations of the center, which included a nearly 3,000-square-foot addition housing an expanded stage and backstage, two dressing rooms, two restrooms, storage space, and improvements to make the facility handicapped-accessible.

Westminster Choir College applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.



Cynthia Ricker, Investors Bank Vice President and Lawrenceville Branch Manager, second from left, presents two checks from the Investors Foundation and the Roma Community Bank Foundation to Westminster Choir College. Accepting the checks are, from left, graduate student Alex de Aguiar Reuter, Dean of the Westminster College of the Arts Matthew Shaftel, and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Major Gifts Denise Pinney.


BCB Community Bank says thank you to veterans on Veterans Day
BCB Community Bank presented three U.S. military veterans with tickets to the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 that was held at the Prudential Center in Newark. The veterans were the winners of a raffle held at all BCB Community Bank branches in early November which was open to all current and former military personnel as a way of expressing gratitude and support for their service.

Edward Conklin, Gab Paul and John Kopil, all from Bayonne, were the winners and each received four tickets to view the event from a luxury box.

The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 features U.S. gold medal team members Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, who competed in the Rio Games, among other world-class athletes. The show is slated to visit 36 cities and showcases gymnasts from the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, along with other well-known names from the sport.

BCB Community Bank president and chief executive officer Thomas Coughlin (center left) presents tickets to the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 at the Prudential to raffle winners (left to right) Edward Conklin, Gabe Doria and John Kopil. The raffle was held in honor of Veterans Day and veterans throughout BCB Community Bank's service territory.



MagyarBank Charitable Foundation Grants $2,000 to  Garden State Home, Inc.
MagyarBank Charitable Foundation recently granted $2,000 to Garden State Home, Inc.  Garden State Home provides housing and supportive services to young men, between the ages of 16 and 21, who are homeless in New Jersey.  In July of 2016 Garden State Home opened another Supportive Housing Program for 5 young men, in Highland Park, NJ. The $2,000 grant was used to purchase schools supplies for these young men, for the upcoming fall 2016 semester in Middlesex County College, in Edison NJ.

Jay Castillo, President, MagyarBank Charitable Foundation, Anggy Agudelo, Community Relations Specialist, Matthew Baxter, Program Director, Garden State Home, and two young men currently living in the home.  The Picture was taken in front of the home in Highland Park, NJ.

Amboy Bank hosts its annual food drive
In the month of November, all 23 offices of Amboy Bank collected food and household items for food banks in their branch area. Every Amboy office manager selected a food bank to collect for in their community. In many cases Amboy has a strong relationship with the organizations including the Samaritan Center, the Old Bridge Food Bank and Elijah’s Promise. 

Sylvia Rapoport, Marketing Manager helps gather up the food collections from  the Amboy Bank  Administration Building, and a few neighboring branches, to the Old Bridge Food Bank Director Anahita Feltz and volunteer John Conti. 


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Honored by CUMAC 

Atlantic Stewardship Bank was honored with the President’s Award at CUMAC’s 19th Annual HELP Dinner & Silent Auction for supporting CUMAC through its Tithe Program. More than 200 guests recently attended the gala at the Tides in North Haledon to celebrate 30 years of fighting hunger and changing lives.


NVE Bank Spreads Thanksgiving Cheer to Neighbors in Need

NVE Bank coordinated a Thanksgiving food drive during the month of November to benefit the families who rely upon the Office of Concern Food Pantry located at St. Cecilia’s church in Englewood.  Through donations by staff and customers, NVE was able to donate over 100 bags of food to the pantry, whose volunteer staff supply weekly groceries to over 900 families in Englewood and surrounding communities.  Staff members also volunteered at the Pantry, distributing turkeys to needy families in the days prior to Thanksgiving.
 
Unity Bank Receives SBA New York District Office Bronze Award

Unity Bank was presented with the Bronze Award during the Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office awards reception on November 18th. Pictured (from left) during the event are Danny Kim, Unity Bank SBA Business Development Executive; Sarika Sikand, Unity Bank SBA Business Development Executive; Beth Goldberg, SBA New York District Director; Debbie Godt, Unity Bank SBA Business Development Manager; and Kathleen Hay, Unity Bank SBA Business Development Executive. In addition to receiving the Bronze Award, which honors SBA lenders with between $10 million and $15 million in SBA loans, Unity Bank was also recognized as a new lender in New York that earned the distinction after entering the market. Unity Bank is consistently among the top 10 of New Jersey SBA lenders in loan volume.

Columbia Bank Announces Community Service Awards

Columbia Bank announced their 2016 Community Service Award winners, part of a statewide program that recognizes outstanding community support efforts by their employees.  Columbia Bank employees receiving this year’s special recognition were:

Michael Campbell of Jersey City.  Serves as a Member of the Paterson Rotary Club; NJ Banker’s Compliance and CRA Committee; Paterson Housing Authority; Supportive Housing Association, and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.  He is also a Trustee of The Paterson Chamber of Commerce and coordinates the bank’s “Team Columbia” community support efforts, which includes working with Habitat for Humanity affiliates; supporting local municipal-based efforts, including Woodbridge Township’s “Tooling Around the Town senior citizen initiative and supporting local charitable organizations like Eva’s Village and the March of Dimes.  Michael is the bank’s Community Development Officer.  

Mary Anne Constantine of Maple Shade.  Serves as Administrator of the Maple Shade Rotary Club; Secretary of the Maple Shade Advisory Board of Commerce; Treasurer of the Maple Shade Ladies Auxiliary, and is a Life Member of the NJ State Firemen’s Association Ladies Auxiliary.  An active supporter of the March of Dimes, she was also named Maple Shade’s “2016 Citizen of the Year” in recognition of her 35 years of volunteer service to that community.  Mary Anne is Branch Manager, Financial Services Officer at Columbia’s Maple Shade office.

Shannon Jefferys of South Plainfield.  Serves as Treasurer of the South Plainfield Business Association and the South Plainfield Education Foundation.  She is also an active member of the Plainfield/North Plainfield Rotary Club, the South Plainfield Athletic Booster Club, and the South Plainfield Golf Association.  Shannon is Branch Manager, Financial Services Officer at Columbia’s South Plainfield office.

Angela Mattina of Hawthorne.  Serves as a President of the Garfield Rotary Club (second term) and is an active member of the Fair Lawn Economic Development Corporation, Hawthorne Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and the Columbia Bank Financial Literacy Team.  She also volunteers her time in many fund raising efforts, serves dinners to veterans and participates in food drives and holiday gift collections for needy families.  Angela is Branch Manager, Financial Services Officer at Columbia’s new Packanack office.   

Lifetime Community Service Achievement Award

Mark Schott of Pennsauken.  Serves as a Board Member of the Gloucester County Chamber, the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Animal Welfare Association.  Mr. Schott is an active member of the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the Voorhees Business Association and also volunteers his time in support of many charities, including Ronald McDonald House, the March of Dimes, American Red Cross and the Cathedral Kitchen food bank in Camden.  Mark is Vice President, Regional Branch Administration Officer in charge of Columbia’s South Jersey Region.  

Shown with Kemly (fourth from left) at the bank’s recent award ceremony are (from left): Michael Campbell, Mary Anne Constantine, Angela Mattina, Shannon Jeffreys and Mark Schott.

Columbia Bank Donates Two Deptford Scoreboards
Columbia Bank has donated two new electronic scoreboards to the Deptford Little League, part of the Bank’s ongoing community support efforts.  The new scoreboards were installed at the Deptford Township Little League Complex.

Shown beneath one of the new scoreboards are: (left to right) Mark Schott, Columbia Bank’s Regional Vice President; Cliff Baugher, Deptford Little League’s Information Officer; Tom Shaw, Complex Supervisor; Don Bozzuffi, Little League President; Earl Megahan, Little League Trustee, and Kim Nolan, Columbia Bank’s Deptford Branch Manager.


Lakeland Bank Partners with Local Charities for Annual Share-A-Gift Program
Lakeland Bank kicked off its annual holiday Share-A-Gift program at its 52 New Jersey branches on November 25. Each Lakeland Bank branch had partnered with a local charity to collect holiday gifts for members of the community who are in need of extra support and cheer this time of the year. Last year, the Share-A-Gift program resulted in the donation and distribution of over 1,600 gifts. 


The First National Bank of Elmer Breakfast at the Elmer Rotary Club
Brian W. Jones, President/CEO of The First National Bank of Elmer stopped to enjoy pancakes at the Elmer Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast held on Sunday, November 6th at the Elmer Grange. The Rotarians provided breakfast to 100 people to raise funds in support of the Elmer Recreational Committee.

Pictured (standing L to R) Rotarian, Joe Barca Jr., Brian W. Jones, President/CEO of The First National Bank of Elmer, Rotarian, Joanna Penman and (seated) Rotarian, Oakford Shalick


11/2016
Roselle Savings Bank Brightens the Lives of Local Families with Thanksgiving Food Donations
Roselle Savings Bank participated in United Way of Union County’s 2016 Adopt a Family food drive program this Thanksgiving by collecting food for needy families in Roselle and across Greater Union County. All of the items were donated by generous Roselle Savings Bank employees.  

Pictured above making the final preparations for collection are Roselle Savings Bank executives (l to r): President and CEO Jill Schafhauser; Roselle Branch Manager Beth Retcho, Executive Vice President and COO Detlef Felschow; and Senior Vice President / Human Resources Director Janice Ritz.  
 


Valerie Fund Is Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Recipient
Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, has issued a $30,000 grant to The Valerie Fund.  The community grant was used to help create a child-friendly playroom space, inside St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, that allows young patients to feel that they are someplace other than a hospital. 
 

Shown at the official dedication of the newly-renovated playroom are (from right) Barry Kirschner, Executive Director of The Valerie Fund; Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO; Ed and Sue Goldstein, Valerie Fund Founders; Dr. Jill Menell, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and Kevin Slavin, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System’s President and CEO.  

Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Spectrum for Living
This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with Spectrum for Living in Rockleigh to completely paint four group apartment kitchens and common areas.  Spectrum for Living is a non-profit organization that assists adults with developmental disabilities to attain their maximum potential by providing quality housing and supportive services.  


Lincoln 1st Bank Sponsors St. Pius X Church of Montville’s “Hackers & Slackers” Golf Outing
Lincoln 1st Bank was the proud sponsor of the St. Pius X Church of Montville’s “Hackers & Slackers” golf outing at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany.  

The fundraiser benefits the Church and the children of the Saint Pius X School, which has educated the community’s students from preschool through eighth grade for more than 45 years.  Montville is becoming a larger focus for Lincoln 1st Bank as it moves toward opening a new branch in the town’s Tuscany Village plaza, located on Changebridge Road. 
 


Magyar Bank Volunteers Help Build Home For Raritan Valley Habitat For Humanity

A team of Magyar Bank employees volunteered to assist Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity in building a new home for a family in Somerset.  The build took place in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Hillsborough.  The home’s frame was built and then transferred to the lot in Somerset where it will be completed over the next few months.  In addition to employees volunteering their time, Magyar Bank made a $1,500 contribution to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity to help them purchase supplies and materials for this home, and for other projects that the group is currently undertaking.

Pictured are representatives from Magyar Bank who worked on the build of a new home for the Raritan Valley Habitat For Humanity.  In the photo are (l-r) Jim Leblon, Kala Venkatanarayan, Peter Brown, Tom Iorio, Sal Romano, Rajesh Bhuta, and John Reissner.


The Provident Bank Foundation And Provident Bank Named 2016 Guardians Of History Award Recipients
Provident Bank and The Provident Bank Foundation were recognized with a Red Mill Museum Village 2016 Guardians of History Award at a gala benefit  at Hawk Pointe Golf Club. This award honors individuals and organizations that have helped to promote the rich history of Hunterdon County through volunteerism, public education and in-kind and monetary support.

From left to right: Richard Miller, Board of Trustees President, Red Mill Museum; Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Klyda Hutchins, Regional Manager, Provident Bank and Paul Muir, Executive Director, Red  Mill Museum



Columbia Bank Donation Supports Fair Lawn Food Pantry
Responding to an urgent request, Columbia Bank donated $1,000 to help re-stock a food pantry operated by the Fair Lawn Health and Human Services Department.  The local food pantry assists residents who need help getting through hard times.

Shown at a special presentation ceremony (from left) are Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO; Liz Maresca Twiggs, Director of Fair Lawn’s Health and Human Services Department, and Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove.


Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Supports Family Promise of Gloucester County
Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, has presented a $20,000 grant to Family Promise of Gloucester County, a Glassboro-based shelter and social services charity.  The community grant was used to purchase a much-needed transport van for their homeless shelter program. 

Shown participating in a special presentation are (from left) Bob Cleveland, Columbia Bank’s West Deptford Branch Manager; Victoria Peters, Executive Director for Family Promise of Gloucester County; Rosemarie Parker, President of Family Promise’s Board of Directors, and Mark Schott, Columbia Bank’s Regional Vice President.

The bank is a regular supporter of homeless shelter programs, sending their Team Columbia volunteers to both help renovate and serve meals at their facilities.  Local food banks and homeless shelters are also the recipients of the Columbia’s food donation efforts.


The Provident Bank Foundation Awards 2016 $100K ‘Signature’ Grant to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation in Mountainside, N.J. as the recipient of the Foundation’s $100,000 “Signature” Grant in the Health, Youth and Families funding priority area. 
 
Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation was selected to receive this Signature Grant for use toward its Telemedicine Initiative, an innovative approach – conducted through robotics and diagnostic peripherals – to serving children with special health needs. The grant will specifically fund its Clinical Assist modular telemedicine system, which is needed to launch its telepsychiatry program. 

Units will be deployed at four facilities throughout Essex, Mercer, Ocean and Union counties, enabling remote patient/physician interaction. These sites are located in communities that have been historically underserved by clinical psychiatric services. Providers can be "anywhere" geographically, although it is expected most will be physically located within the tri-state area in the first year. All clinical providers will be licensed in the State of New Jersey.


NVE Bank Raises Over $7,000 for Englewood Hospital Bank

NVE Bank successfully raised over $7,000 to assist Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s fight against breast cancer.  The Englewood based community mutual bank served as a sponsor for the hospital’s 18th Annual “Walk for Awareness”, which took place on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  NVE organized a team of over 65 employees, friends and family to walk the 5-K route and raised funds through team sponsorships, pink ribbon sales at its branches and an employee “Jeans Day” initiative. 


Investors Foundation Grants $80,000 to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Ill or injured children and their families are greeted in a calm, relaxing space when they enter the HH Tuchman Pediatric Emergency Center at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJUHH), away from the commotion throughout the rest of the hospital. The separate pediatric emergency center is critical in allowing a child to relax, which is why the Investors Foundation, the charitable organization created when Investors Bank went public, and the Roma Community Bank Foundation has supported the center with $80,000 in grants over four years.

The funds from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations – recently the foundations donated $10,000 each – support the spacious center, which can accommodate multiple family members for each child being treated. 

The unit, formerly used for cardiac patients, enables children and young adults up to age 21 to wait in a private area at the hospital, away from the chaos of an adult hospital waiting room. The unit currently has eight patient rooms and can treat up to nine patients at a time. Each room has a private setting for the child’s family. The center also has its own nursing station.

RWJUHH applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.

Peggi Shader-Gother, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Robbinsville Branch Manager, third from right, and Peter Inverso, Roma Bank Community Foundation President, center, present the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton with two $10,000 grants from the Investors Foundation and the Roma Community Bank Foundation. Accepting the grants on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton are, from left: ER staff member Gary Wyckoff; ER staff member Yolanda Bryant; Lindsay M. Warren, Assistant Director – Development; ER staff member David Brintzinghoffer; and Diane Grillo, Vice President of Marketing;


Lakeland Bank Board Members Build Prosthetic Hands
Lakeland Bank’s board of directors participated in a group experience called “Helping Hands” at their recent annual strategic planning session. The corporate-team building activity raises awareness for people in developing countries around the world that are in desperate need of prosthetic hands. 

Helping HandsTM is the award-winning project that puts prosthetic hands on amputees in developing countries while building purpose-driven teams and leaders. Project participants fund and build life-saving LN-4 prosthetic hands needed by thousands of people around the world who cannot afford such a life changing device. To date, groups have donated and built over 24,000 hands for recipients in 75 countries. The Lakeland board of directors worked in teams of three to build four LN-4 prosthetic hands.

Lakeland Bancorp board members participated in a Helping HandsTM team building activity to construct prosthetic hands to support amputees in developing countries. Pictured left to right are directors: Bruce Bohuny, Tom Marino, Ed Deutsch, Rob Nicholson, Mark Fredericks, Mary Ann Deacon, Tom Shara, Larry Inserra, Joe O’Dowd, Brian Flynn and Bob McCracken.
 
The First National Bank of Elmer Hosts 21 Bank Executives from Japan
Brian W. Jones, President/CEO of The First National Bank of Elmer and his executive management team conducted a roundtable forum discussing all aspects of community banking and how such integrates into the current banking environment. Joining Jones from The First National Bank of Elmer were Karl Towns, SVP/Chief Operating Officer/Chief Risk Officer, Robert Bender, SVP/Chief Lending Officer, Joanna Penman, SVP/Chief Banking Officer along with Lisa McBride, Director, Member Relations-Chapters and Community Banks from The Risk Management Association.

The group of bankers visited Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York to learn about best banking practices that would be applicable to Japan’s community banks, coordinated by Takeshi Aoki, President of the Institute of Global Research.
Each bank that attended were members of the Shinkin Bank. This banking system is made up of cooperative regional financial institutions and serves small and medium businesses and local residents. The Shinkin bank system was formed in the early 1950’s and currently has 265 member banks with 7,400 locations across Japan.

NJBankers has also hosted the Japanese bankers at our office for a lively discussion of the meaning of community banking. 



10/2016
Valley National Bank Raises Nearly $100,000 for Breast Cancer Research 

Valley National Bank held its eighth annual breast cancer walk titled Valley Goes Pink!Valley Goes Pink! is an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). All of the proceeds raised are used for research and conferences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, M.D, who serves as the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor.  The event kicked-off at 1460 Valley Road in Wayne, New Jersey, and over 700 employees, family members and friends came together to raise money for the CBCF.  

Contributions from this year’s event totaled nearly $100,000 and over the past eight years, Valley has raised over $800,000 in support of Dr. Norton’s research.  This year’s event featured prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle, free food and beverages and a food drive for the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community (CUMAC) to help feed the hungry.  CUMAC runs Passaic County's largest food pantry and multiple programs dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in Paterson, Passaic County and northern New Jersey.  CUMAC has been serving the community for over 40 years and has seen exponential growth over the past seven years feeding approximately 3,400 people per month.  All of the remaining food, fruit, snacks, candy and beverages from the event were donated to CUMAC as well.

Provident Bank Raises More Than $6,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties
Friends, family and employees of Provident Bank recently took part in the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser. The five Provident Bank teams that participated in the event raised $6,505 for the organization. Of the five Provident Bank teams at the volleyball tournament, Team Provident Bank Sand Sharks raised more than any other team in the competition, contributing $3,200.
 

Friends, family and employees of Provident Bank at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex County volleyball tournament fundraiser.
 
As a 2016 “Mentor Maker” sponsor, Provident Bank made a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties to be distributed amongst a series of events including the volleyball tournament, a golf outing, food & wine tasting, gala and more. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1:1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. It’s located at 305 Bond Street, 2nd Floor, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. 
 

Magyar Bank Makes Donation to the  Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Magyar Bank representatives provide a $1,500 donation to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in support of their Students Change Hunger Program which encourages schools from across New Jersey to collect donations of non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  The school that collects the most donations will win the Governor’s Cup, and schools will be collecting donations until December 12.  



Pictured (l-r) are John Reissner, vice president, marketing director, Magyar Bank, Tim Boyle, manager, Community Food Bank of NJ and Joseph Yelencsics, director, Magyar Bank.


CSBK Announces Grand Opening of Montclair Banking Center

CSBK announced the official opening of its Montclair Banking Center.  Located at 640 Bloomfield Avenue at the corner of Valley Road, the new office will open for business on Saturday, October 22.  CSBK Montclair is situated on the ground floor of “Valley & Bloom,” a mixed-use residential, office and retail development.  The banking center features an open concept layout, contemporary furnishings and is designed to create a welcoming, personable environment for clients.  CSBK opened a similar type of office earlier this year in Hoboken, NJ.

The new CSBK location includes a number of convenient options:
Initial hours of operation will include late nights — until 8PM — and extended Saturday and Sunday hours to allow existing and prospective clients ample opportunity to tour the new office, meet our CSBK Client Service Specialists and establish new accounts.  
Complimentary parking validation at the Valley and Bloom garage. 
Banking by Appointment is available at all CSBK locations. Montclair clients are welcome to book a specific time for a personalized appointment by visiting the bank’s website, csbk.bank, and clicking on “Make An Appointment.”
CSBK’s separate, secure ATM area includes a state-of-the-art device that allows clients to deposit mixed cash and checks and receive a receipt with scanned check images and a complete itemized list of all bills deposited. The bank’s plans for the future include the added functionality of video interactivity — the ability to access a remote CSBK representative real-time to conduct more complex transactions.

Montclair is home to approximately 37,000 residents and is noted for its trendy “city meets the suburbs” appeal — offering a wide variety of restaurants, shops, arts and music venues — plus easy access to NYC via NJ Transit Rail & Bus. 


NVE Bank Launches Thanksgiving Food Drive
NVE Bank has launched a bank-wide Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the families who rely upon the St. Cecilia Office of Concern Food Pantry.  Staffed completely by volunteers, the Office of Concern Food Pantry located at 55 West Demarest Avenue in Englewood, supplies weekly groceries to over 900 families in Englewood and surrounding communities and is the largest single location food pantry in Bergen County.   NVE is asking for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, breakfast cereals, cranberry sauce and stuffing.  Food donations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at all of NVE’s 12 branches located throughout Bergen County.

 
NVE Bank Sponsors Bergen Passaic Heart Walk

NVE Bank served as a sponsor of the 2016 Bergen Passaic Heart Walk  at the Express-Scripts Campus in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.  Over 35 employees of the Englewood based community Mutual bank participated in the walk, which serves as a signature fundraising event of the American Heart Association.  In addition, NVE Bank donated $5,000 to the American Heart Association, supporting its efforts to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  


Provident Bank To Receive Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership Champion Award
The RISE program is a special needs program through the Woodbridge Board of Education that assists students from 18 – 21 years old in learning real life situations such as banking, buying groceries, taking a bus or train, as well as helping them obtain employment thru work programs. 
 
Pat Grazioso, Business Development Officer for the North Central Region, was instrumental in setting up the RISE program, along with Elaine Cullen and Aisha Hollins from Training and Development. Additionally, Provident’s Vice President Jason Conway and Banking Center Manager Danielle Wray have supported the program along the way with marketing materials for the mock bank and in providing financial literacy courses for the students and parents.
 
The Bank will be honored at the 52nd Annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner on Oct. 19 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey.
 
The annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner recognizes outstanding citizens, local businesses and business owners who go above and beyond serving the Woodbridge Metro area. The Woodbridge Chamber, founded in 1964, is a voluntary organization of business, industry, retail and professional people working to help businesses succeed, support economic development and promote community participation in the greater Woodbridge area.


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it distributed over $325,000 in charitable contributions to more than 230 recipients, through the Bank’s unique tithing program for 2015.  Its Tithing Program provides for the bank to share 10% of its pre-tax earnings annually with Christian and local nonprofit organizations.  All tithe recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the contributions are distributed. 
             
In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes numerous donations; sending or hand delivering checks to Christian missions, schools and healthcare facilities as well as local nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, libraries, police and fire departments and other deserving recipients local to the Bank’s 12 branch offices.  To date, the Bank’s total tithe donations exceed $8.8 million.



9/2016

CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine Salute CEOs on Best Practices in Leadership




John Lee, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager accepts CIANJ and Commerce Magazine’s Best Practices Award for Peapack-Gladstone Bank from Martin Kafafian, CIANJ Chairman of the Board.


The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its partner, COMMERCE Magazine, welcomed business leaders recently to the 3rd Annual Best Practice Conference saluting leadership.  
More than 150 executives participated in the conference which featured a keynote speech from Jonathan Gilliam, a national security expert and former U.S. Navy SEAL, who often appears as a CNN commentator.  Best Practice Awards were also given to business leaders selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by CIANJ.  The association represents more 900 corporate members and works to advance free market principles.

Martin Kafafian, managing partner at the Beattie Padovano law firm, who chairs the CIANJ board of directors, opened the program. He said:  “It makes so much sense to focus on best practice because they are at the core of what we do at Commerce and Industry Association. CIANJ is all about helping business grow and thrive. What better way to accomplish that, than to share best practices, the experience – the knowledge and lessons learned by running a business.”

As part of the salute to leadership, COMMERCE Magazine Editor Miles Epstein asked business executives to share thoughts on the subject for the magazine’s annual Best Practices Guide. This year’s edition contained advice from 100 chief-executive-officers, managing partners and business owners. The guides were distributed at the conference. They are also available online at www.cianj.org/commag/bestpractices2016/index.html 

Many of the CEOs who wrote for the Best Practice Guide discussed their personal approaches to leadership and collaboration. The judges were asked to select the most clever, extraordinary and innovative entries to be honored at the conference.

CIANJ President John Galandak said this year’s judges included:  Dennis Bone, head of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University; Rob Field, a former commander of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight squad; Bill Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson; Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ; Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey; and Dean Siamack Shojai of the business school at William Paterson University.

The Best Practice award winners for 2016 included:
BDO USA, LLP
Berkeley College
DataScreening
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Next Level Performance
Grant Thornton LLP
Hackensack Meridian Health
Hunter Group CPA LLC
Investors Bank
Jackson Lewis P.C.
JCP&L
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Lakeland Bank
Levine Jacobs & Co., LLC
McCarter & English, LLP
Nanina's in the Park
NJCPA
Peapack-Gladstone Bank
QualCare, Inc.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
ROYCE Leather Gifts
Sobel & Co. LLC
Springpoint Senior Living
Stockton University
The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
WeiserMazars LLP
Wells Fargo & Co.
Whitestone Associates, Inc.
Whitman 
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

COLUMBIA BANK HOSTS TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
Columbia Bank is pleased to announce that their Twenty-Eighth Annual Charity Golf Classic at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne raised $75,000 for the benefit of The Phoenix Center, a Nutley-based school that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with disabilities from eight New Jersey Counties.  More than 140 golfers took part in this annual charitable fund raiser.



Shown taking part in a special check presentation at the event are Thomas Kemly (center), President and CEO of Columbia Bank; Julie Mower (left) Executive Director of The Phoenix Center, and Geri Gibbia (right), Co-Founder of The Phoenix Center & Executive Director Emeritus.


The Provident Bank Interns Support Local Non-Profits in Edison, New Jersey
The Provident Bank’s summer interns recently volunteered their time at several non-profit organizations throughout the Edison, New Jersey-area including Our Savior Child Care Center and the Veteran’s Memorial Home. Volunteers participated in activities from bowling and bingo to reading and craft making – showcasing their investment and commitment to their local community. 

The Provident Bank interns showcasing their artwork that they made with the children of Our Savior Child Care Center. Each summer The Provident Bank welcomes interns interested in gaining experience in financial services, marketing, and information technology. Students interested in applying for a future intern position with The Provident Bank should apply on our website.
 

Unity Bank Sponsors Tethered Balloon Rides at Glen Gardner Party in the Park

Unity Bank sponsored tethered balloon rides at the first annual Party in the Park hosted by the Glen Gardner’s Women’s Club on September 24th. Pictured at the event (from left) are Lisa Fielding, President, Glen Gardner Women’s Club; Michele Kavanagh, Regional Vice President, Unity Bank, Amy Conover, Relationship Manager, Unity Bank; Mattias Schroeter, Mayor of Glen Gardner; and Keith Erwin, Pilot, In Flight Balloon Adventures, LLC.
 


The Provident Bank Foundation Announces Second Cycle 2016 Major Grant Recipients
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced the recipients of its Second Cycle 2016 Major Grants, totaling more than $102,500 for projects and programs across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A Major Grant funds projects and/or programs that address one or more of PBF’s funding priority areas – community enrichment, education and health, youth and families – in a significant way. Major Grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding, and emphasize the support of sustainable community enhancement and short-term change. Click here to read Press Release.



Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program

 
Left to right for Mary Help of Christians Academy (North Haledon, NJ):
Linda Martin, Branch Operations Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s North Haledon Office, Sr. Pauline Joss, FMA and Sr. Marisa DeRose, FMA from Mary Help of Christians Academy and Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Left to right for the Madison Avenue Baptist Academy (Paterson, NJ):
Rich Schuurman, Business Development at Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Jay Harvey, Pastor of the Church and Doug Olsen, Vice President/Regional Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank


Left to right for Wyckoff Christian Pre-School (Wyckoff, NJ):
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Debbie Roper, Head Teacher at Wyckoff Christian Pre-School, Karen Mullane, Vice President/Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank and Rose Barrett, Director at Wyckoff Christian Pre-School 


Left to right for the Ringwood Christian School (Ringwood, NJ):
Rich Schuurman, Business Development at Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Donna Marie Furrey, EdD-Administrator at Ringwood Christian School and Richard Culp, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Atlantic Stewardship Bank


The Provident Bank Foundation Awards 2016 $100K ‘Signature’ Grant to College of Saint Elizabeth For use toward enhancements to Experiential Learning Center 
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) has announced the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) in Morristown, N.J. is the recipient of the Foundation’s $100,000 “Signature” Grant in the Education funding priority area.

Pictured from left to right: Helen J. Streubert, President, College of Saint Elizabeth; Greg Dittrich, SVP/ Regional Manager, The Provident Bank; Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Christopher Richardson, College of Saint Elizabeth student; Theresa Corso, Director, Experiential Learning Center; Hayley Holzhackar, College of Saint Elizabeth student; Christopher Martin, President of PBF and Chairman, President & CEO, The Provident Bank; and Robert Rupel, Board Member, The Provident Bank Foundation.

CSE was selected to receive the Signature Grant for use toward enhancements of their Experiential Learning Center (ELC), which is designed to provide students a central resource to integrate academic learning with real-world experience. 

Enhancements required to strengthen the ELC include:
The development of a formalized mentoring program to link each student with a community or alumni professional for guidance and support
Additional ELC staff member to assure efficient and effective services to students and community partners
The collection and assessment of student and mentor/partner activities through the acquisition and utilization of Campus Labs, as well as integrated software/cloud-based assessment tool specifically designed for higher education.   


2016 ConnectOne Bank Summer Interns & Executive Team
ConnectOne Bank summer interns split into two teams and were challenged to raise money for the charity of their choice with amazing results. Team One's fund raising efforts earned over $3,800 in support of Eva's Village in Paterson's adult recovery and medical & dental programs. Team Two's initiatives raised over $6,100 for Sound Start Babies Program in Mountain Lakes which provides a 3-year intervention program for children aged 0-3 years that deal with hearing loss.

Pictured is 2016 CNOB Summer Interns & Executive Team 



8/2016
2nd Annual Music Saved My Life Softball Tournament
1st Constitution Bank employees, friends, and family gathered together on Sunday, August 21, 2016 as sponsors for the 2nd Annual Music Saved My Life Softball Tournament.  Who knew bankers could be so good at softball?  Although the team did not take the prize home, it was a day well spent with laughs, healthy competition, sweat, and just good old fun in the sun!  1st Constitution Bank are proud sponsors of the Annual Music Saved My Life Softball Tournament and are looking forward to more memories with this charity. 
 
From left to right : Jay Cordaro, Andrea Pagiazitis, Edward Gough, Joseph Burns, Sean Hickey , Lindsy Prunaeu, William Wood, Katie Golden, Pat Wallace, Michele Carroll, Allyson Cardullo, Jeff Brown, Tina Hungrige, Bobby Carroll

 From left to right: Jenna Vidal, Andrea Pagiazitis, Joseph Burns, Lindsy Pruneau, Michele Carroll


City of Perth Amboy’s 8th Annual Family Day
1st Constitution Bank participated in the City of Perth Amboy’s 8th Annual Family Day on Saturday August 20, 2016.  The purpose of “Family Day” is to connect residents with businesses, non-profit and recreational organizations and city departments that provide various services throughout the city.  Staff members of the Perth Amboy branch shared financial and mortgage information in addition to answering banking questions from parents and children.  We are proud to be a continuing partner and participant in the communities we serve.

Samantha Diaz & Sergio Diaz


Mayor of Perth Amboy Wilda Diaz & Samantha Diaz

The Provident Bank Participates in Third Annual “Green Clean Day”

The Provident Bank conducted their third annual “Green Clean Day,” where the company spent a day cleaning, purging paper and electronic files, as well as becoming educated on how to reduce waste and conserve energy. 
 
In total, the Bank securely shredded and recycled more than 35,415 pounds of paper, had an additional 5,835 pounds of CO2 emissions avoided and saved more than 110,466 gallons of water from the previous month.
 
In addition to their efforts, employees made monetary donations to six charities operating in and having an impact on the Bank’s footprint. These charities are located where the Bank conducts business, and where its employees live, work and thrive. 


Peapack-Gladstone Bank employees pick peaches at America’s Grow-a-Row Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank understands the importance of contributing toward society and improving lives.  Throughout the years, the Bank has made their corporate philanthropy programs, partnerships with local organizations and volunteer engagement in community service and support activities a priority.  With New Jersey’s hunger crisis affecting 12% of residents and one in five New Jersey children, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has directed its efforts in providing hands-on support to America’s Grow-a-Row.  Through volunteer engagement, America’s Grow-a-Row plants and harvests a wide variety of produce to support the rising number of food insecure households in New Jersey.  

Throughout the seasons of the year, Bank employees visit Grow-a-Row’s Pittstown, New Jersey and partner farms to plant and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables.  This summer, on July 21 and August 19 employees withstood the heat planting hundreds of cabbage plants and picking hundreds of pounds of peaches and tomatoes.  This fresh, healthy produce will supply New Jersey food banks and countless financially deprived individuals with healthy alternatives to their daily staples, thus providing for better health and wellbeing.  Peapack-Gladstone Bank is committed to making a real-tangible difference in the lives of New Jersey’s residents.


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325,000
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it distributed over $325,000 in charitable contributions to more than 230 recipients, through the Bank’s unique tithing program for 2015.  Its Tithing Program provides for the bank to share 10% of its pre-tax earnings annually with Christian and local nonprofit organizations.  All tithe recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the contributions are distributed. 

In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes numerous donations; sending or hand delivering checks to Christian missions, schools and healthcare facilities as well as local nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, libraries, police and fire departments and other deserving recipients local to the Bank’s 12 branch offices.  To date, the Bank’s total tithe donations exceed $8.8 million.

John Willis -  1st Vice President and Commercial Lender at ASB, Christopher Palazzi - Director of Development at Morris Habitat for Humanity and Doug Olsen - VP and Regional Branch Manager at ASB.


Highlands State Bank Service Awards
At the Highlands State Bank Board of Directors Meeting, we were pleased to recognize the following devoted individuals for their years of service in the industry. Mr. Ackmann, Highlands State Bank President presented these awards given from the NJBankers.

Michael Halpin who is one of Highlands State Bank’s  Director of the Board,  has over 50 years of service in the banking industry.

Mary Alexander who is AVP Operations has 20 years of service in the industry
Julianne DePue who is VP Loan Operations has over 30 years of service in the industry
Monica McGee, ( not pictured) who is VP Loan Officer has 20 years of service in the industry

Congratulations to all on these milestones!

NVE Bank Receives Jewish Standard Readers’ Choice Award
NVE Bank was once again awarded First Place  in the Community Bank category of the Jewish Standard publications annual  Readers’ Choice Award.  NVE was given “thumbs up” as the best in its category of community banks, by close to 1,000 voters that responded to the weekly publication’s annual survey.  The complete survey is included as an insert in the July 29th edition of the Jewish Standard.


Unity Bank 10th Annual Car Show Raises $4,010 for Family Promise of Warren County
     
Unity Bank Phillipsburg Branch Relationship Manager Jan Lawler (left) presents a check for $4,010 to Family Promise of Warren County Executive Director Bob Frankenfield. Unity Bank’s 10th Annual Cruisin’ Bob's Classic Car Show recently raised more than $8,000 with the proceeds donated to Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County. The funds were raised through sponsorships, food sales and registration fees to compete in the classic car competition, which drew a record 110 cars.
 


Regal Bank Participates in National Night Out in Florham Park
Regal Bank joined over 38 million neighbors across 16,124 communities in celebration of National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is a cohesive effort to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Regal Bank sponsored the Florham Park Police Department photo opportunity, giving community residents the chance to have their picture taken with a police motorcycle. 


Pictured left to right are: Helen Monteiro, Customer Service Representative; Olga Rego, Teller and Albert Salas, Branch Manager for Regal Bank’s Florham Park branch.


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program

left to right for Holland Christian Home (North Haledon, NJ): Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Richard Kuiken, Director of the Holland Christian Home Foundation, Abe Van Wingerden, Board Member of the Holland Christian Home, Louise Rohner, Vice President/Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank and Michael Westra, Board of Director at Atlantic Stewardship Bank


left to right for the Harvest Outreach Ministries (Paterson, NJ): Richard Schuurman, Business Development Associate at Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Rev. Edward Ramirez and Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank


Magyar Bank Volunteers Help Restore Home for Coastal Habitat for Humanity
A team of Magyar Bank employees volunteered recently to assist Coastal Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to restore homes along the shore that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Specifically, the group spent the day at a home in Neptune City prepping an painting the exterior of the home.  In addition to employees volunteering their time, Magyar Bank made a $600 contribution to Coastal Habitat for Humanity to help them purchase supplies and materials for the dozens of homes they are working on along the shore.

Pictured are representatives from Magyar Bank outside the Neptune City home they worked on as part of Magyar Bank’s volunteer efforts with Coastal Habitat For Humanity. In the photo are (l-r) Jon Ansari, Peter Brown, John Reissner, Tom Iorio and Jim LeBlon. The team spent the day prepping and painting the exterior of the home.


Amboy Bankers Become Painters For a Day

As part of the Coastal Habitat for Humanity project, Amboy Bank employees helped restore a Neptune City home. Pictured from left to right: Habitat regular volunteers John and Ed followed by Amboy employees: Annelie Kulcsar, Cheryl Bonczek, Gloria Dumm, Joseph Indiviglio, Lisa Lewis, Stanley Koreyva, Theresa Geraci, and June Godenich. Amboy Employees spent the day at the painting the exterior of the home. Amboy Bank has 22 offices in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. 


The Provident Bank Supports Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka's Summer Youth Employment Program
The Provident Bank announced its support of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Summer Youth Employment Program. With a focus on financial empowerment, the unique program combines financial education, exposure to college campuses and the workplace, in addition to school enrichment curriculums such as The Provident Bank and Newark Summer Youth Employment Financial Literacy Program.

In addition to job training, The Provident Bank will offer Newark’s youth access to 18 in-depth training modules that teach young people the skills needed to create a strong financial present and future. Last year, more than 450 Newark students took part in a similar program and completed more than 3,660 online modules - dedicating more than 2,740 hours to their personal finance education.
 

Lincoln 1st Bank Supports U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Lincoln 1st Bank made a $250 donation to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a Civil Air Patrol division located at Lincoln Park Airport.  After proving itself as a vital contributor to the country’s defense during World War II, the Civil Air Patrol was permanently established as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Its three primary mission areas are: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.  

With its roots in historic Morris County, NJ, Lincoln 1st Bank dates back to 1923 when a group of local, civic-minded business people established Lincoln Park Building & Loan Association to serve the financial needs of the greater community. Despite its growth, the bank takes pride in retaining its hometown appeal, both in its personal approach to customer service and refusal to sell any of its mortgage loans in the secondary market. 

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lincoln Park Station (L to R): Steve Schepis, Vice Flotilla Commander, U.S. Coast Guard; Dave Baker, President Lincoln 1st Bank Center; Ted Pierson, Flotilla Commander, U.S. Coast Guard.


Unity Bank’s 10th Annual Classic Car Show Raises More Than $8,000 for Family Promise
Unity Bank recently donated $8,000 to Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County, the proceeds from the 10th Annual Cruisin’ Bob's Classic Car Show, which drew a record 110 automobiles. The funds were raised through sponsorships, food sales and registration fees to compete in the classic car competition.

Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County provide services to both help overcome and prevent homelessness through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) – a network of congregations and volunteers who provide overnight/weekend shelter, home-cooked meals, and companionship to families who enter the program. Comprehensive case management, licensed counseling services and a donation program are also available.
 
The car show was a true community effort thanks to local business sponsorships, which helped make the show a success. The emcee for the event was Doctor D. Entertainment and Lulu Laughalot Entertainment provided face painting and balloon art. 


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Supports St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Animals play an important role in the lives of many people.  Of the millions of American households that have a pet, most think of their pets as members of the family.  Companion animals impact our lives in a positive way.  Unfortunately, it is estimated that millions of dogs and cats reside in shelter care each year.  With all our pets do for us, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has taken strides to give back to the animals that have found themselves homeless.  
 
The Bank ran a pet supply drive at all locations collecting donations of food, bedding, blankets and numerous necessities to benefit St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center located in Madison, New Jersey.  At the drive’s culmination at the end of May, the Bank packed and transported vehicles of pet supplies to the Center.  Employees also rolled up their sleeves unpacking, sorting and shelving donations while also tidying up the early summer landscaping and grounds of the facility.  
 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank thanks the public for their generosity and joining others in our communities in supporting St. Hubert’s efforts in the rescue and assistance of displaced pets.  The tremendous outpouring of community support has shown that pets are an integral part of our family and social structure, providing stability and wellbeing.
 
Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it distributed over $325,000 in charitable contributions to more than 230 recipients, through the Bank’s unique tithing program for 2015.  Its Tithing Program provides for the bank to share 10% of its pre-tax earnings annually with Christian and local nonprofit organizations.  All tithe recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the contributions are distributed. 
         
In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes numerous donations; sending or hand delivering checks to Christian missions, schools and healthcare facilities as well as local nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, libraries, police and fire departments and other deserving recipients local to the Bank’s 12 branch offices.  To date, the Bank’s total tithe donations exceed $8.8 million.

RIKER DANZIG REPRESENTS CLIENT ALLIANCE FOR LUPUS RESEARCH  IN MERGER WITH LUPUS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP represented the Alliance for Lupus Research (“ALR”) in its merger with the Lupus Research Institute (“LRI”) and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation to form the Lupus Research Alliance.  The three legacy non-profit organizations have devoted more than 75 years collectively to finding better treatments and a cure for lupus and are responsible for funding over $200 million to support lupus research programs.  Kenneth M. Farber, formerly President of ALR, and Margaret G. Dowd, formerly President and CEO of LRI, serve as Co-CEOs of the new organization. By bringing together the three organizations as the Lupus Research Alliance, the new non-profit organization, headquartered in New York City, will inspire and drive even greater cutting-edge scientific exploration and results to improve diagnosis and therapy.  


COLUMBIA BANK “TEAMS UP” WITH THE FOOD BANK OF MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES
This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to sort and distribute food to needy residents and assist with their vegetable garden.  
Columbia Bank is a regular supporter of local food banks and feed-the-hungry programs throughout New Jersey and collects food items as part of their annual food collection efforts.

Shown at the food bank’s Neptune facilities are Team Columbia Bank participants who provided more than 60 hours of community service to this organization.


“TEAM COLUMBIA” VOLUNTEERS HELP LAURELWOOD ARBORETUM

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently took part in “community work day” at The Laurelwood Arboretum, a 30-acre botanical preserve in Wayne featuring woodland trails, gardens, ponds, streams, plants and trees.  The Team Columbia volunteers completed various outdoor work assignments, including weeding, planting and mulching.


7/2016


Marist High School Students Graduate Provident BFF Program
Representatives from The Provident Bank recently hosted a certificate ceremony at Marist High School in Bayonne, N.J., for students who completed the Provident BFF (Becoming Financially Fit) program. Since expanding the program in September, the program has taught 2,658 New Jersey and Pennsylvania students about building and maintaining good credit, investing, and higher-education financing through self-paced, online modules.  
 

NVE Bank Purchases New Van for Bergen County Food Pantry
NVE Bank purchased a new van for the Office of Concern Food Pantry at St. Cecilia’s Church in Englewood.  The Van replaces the Pantry’s 15 year old vehicle and will be used to transport and collect food and goods for needy families in Englewood, New Jersey and the surrounding Bergen County community.  

From left to right:   John Nolan;  Fred Emmer;  Rob Rey, Pres. & CEO, NVE Bank;  George McKenna.


COLUMBIA BANK DONATES EMERGENCY DEFIBRILLATOR TO LAURELWOOD ARBORETUM
Columbia Bank recently donated an Emergency Defibrillator to The Laurelwood Arboretum, a 30-acre botanical preserve in Wayne featuring woodland trails, gardens, ponds, streams, plants and trees.  

Shown holding the new defibrillator are Barbara Schroeder, Columbia Bank’s Wayne Hills Branch and Regional Manager (left) and Alice Moskowitz, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.

Provident Bank Foundation Supports Bayonne Education Foundation’s Proyecto Science Summer Program 
The Provident Bank Foundation recently awarded Bayonne Education Foundation with a $5,000 Major Grant in support of their Proyecto Science Summer Program. Proyecto Science enables students from the Bayonne School District with the opportunity to continue their education in Science and Mathematics throughout the summer months. 


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it distributed over $325,000 in charitable contributions to more than 230 recipients, through the Bank’s unique tithing program for 2015.  Its Tithing Program provides for the bank to share 10% of its pre-tax earnings annually with Christian and local nonprofit organizations.  All tithe recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the contributions are distributed. 
      
In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes numerous donations; sending or hand delivering checks to Christian missions, schools and healthcare facilities as well as local nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, libraries, police and fire departments and other deserving recipients local to the Bank’s 12 branch offices.  To date, the Bank’s total tithe donations exceed $8.8 million.


RIKER DANZIG WELCOMED JEN SLAW AS GUEST SPEAKER AT 2016 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP EVENT
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP hosted a Women in Leadership reception for clients and contacts at the Westin Governor Morris on June 30, 2016.  Guest speaker Jen Slaw spoke on “Women: The Master Jugglers! How to Build a Fulfilling and Balanced Life."  Ms. Slaw uses juggling in her presentations as a metaphor for creativity and balance in work/life.    

Above, Ms. Slaw (bottom row, center), is joined by several Riker Danzig attorneys and managers (from left to right): Bottom Row – Alison Walsh and Sandra Fava; Middle Row – Tracy Green Landauer, Marilynn Greenberg and Bethany Abele; Top Row – Stephanie Wolfe and Richelle Delavan.


Lakeland Bank Supports Events That Bring People Together And Help Improve Local Communities 
            
Lakeland Bank is sponsoring and participating in several  events, fundraisers and celebrations taking place throughout New Jersey this summer. As a community focused financial institution, Lakeland Bank and its employees commit their support and resources to organizations and events that bring people in the community together and help improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods. 

Charity Golf Outings
                                                                                                                         

Lakeland Bank’s 35th Annual Sussex County Golf Classic – Since its inception in 1982, this event has raised over $900,000 for nonprofit organizations serving Sussex County and the surrounding communities. Held at the Newton Country Club on June 21, this year’s Golf Classic was sold out! 
Spectrum for Living Annual Golf & Tennis Classic – Hosted on June 6 at Haworth Country Club in Haworth, New Jersey, proceeds from this annual event will be used to benefit Spectrum for Living’s commitment to service for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Chilton Medical Center Foundation’s Golf Classic – The Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic was held on June 20 at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, NJ. This event raised funds to enhance the quality of healthcare available to those served by Chilton Medical Center. 
Department for Persons with Disabilities 42nd Annual Wiegand Farm Golf Classic – Held on June 27 at Bowling Green Golf Club and Berkshire Valley Golf Course, the Golf Classic supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Special Events


Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic’s 7th Annual Gala of Dreams - The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic held its seventh annual Gala of Dreams at The Tides Estate in North Haledon on June 3. This fundraising event honors individuals and organizations that impact the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic and celebrates the successes of its club members. Lakeland Bank was proud to be a Power Hour sponsor to support Academic Enrichment and Homework Help. 

NORWESCAP 50th Anniversary Celebration – On September 17, NORWESCAP will celebrate 50 years of meeting their mission to improve the lives of low income individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey primarily by offering, referring or collaborating with others to provide programs and education which help foster self-sufficiency. Lakeland Bank has been a long-time supporter of NORWESCAP and is proud to be a Benefactor Sponsor for this special milestone event.

Housing and Development

Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Hammers for Heroes – Hosted on June 6 at the Morris Habitat ReStore, a group of Lakeland colleagues worked at this event which benefited Nathalie Figueroa of Dover and Edward Sartorius of Randolph and their families, who will occupy two Morris Habitat homes on Harding Avenue in Dover. Both are active in the United States Army Reserve. 
Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s Corporate Challenge – On June 21, nine employees of Lakeland Bank volunteered their time to participate in this annual fundraising event. The Lakeland Bank team worked at a build site in Paterson. 
New Jersey Bankers Association Build Initiative – Lakeland Bank’s Middlesex/Monmouth Commercial Lending Team and five Harmony Bank employees will join the New Jersey Bankers Association and Coastal Habitat for Humanity on July 14 to help restore homes in Ocean County that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 

Celebrations and Fairs

Montville 4th of July Celebration – Lakeland Bank was the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Montville, New Jersey 4th of July Celebration that took place from June 30 through July 2. 
West Milford 4th of July Celebration – West Milford renewed the Township’s Independence Day Celebration and Lakeland was proud to be a Platinum Sponsor! The Celebration was held on Saturday, July 2. 
New Jersey State Fair – Lakeland Bank will be the exclusive Mobile App sponsor of the New Jersey State Fair taking place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds from August 5 to August 14. Be sure to download the Free App! For Apple:  http://bit.ly/scf-app and for Android:  http://bit.ly/scf-app

Farmers’ Markets

Boonton Farmers’ Market – For more than five seasons, Lakeland Bank has been sponsoring the Boonton Farmers’ Market. Located in the Upper Plane Street parking lot in Boonton, the 2016 Market is open every Saturday now until November 19 from 8:30am to 1:00pm. 
Sparta Farmers’ Market – Lakeland Bank is proud to be a sponsor of northern New Jersey’s largest farmers’ market. Located at the Sparta Health & Wellness Center at 89 Sparta Ave, the Market is open every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm through October 29 and features over 25 local farmers and artisans, live music and cooking demonstrations.


Regal Bank Provides Safe and Secure Living Environments for Broadway House Residents 
Thanks to Regal Bank, residents of Broadway House will be living in a safer and more secure living environment. The bank recently joined CRA Partners to help vulnerable, low-to-moderate income citizens by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program to protect those who live and work in nursing homes and care facilities. 
 
CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turnkey Senior Crimestoppers program. Through flexible funding options such as CRA-qualified community development loans, investments, or grants, banks are able to bring the program to senior housing facilities, HUD communities, and state veterans homes. 
 
Senior Crimestoppers is a coordinated set of components that work together to create a zero crime tolerance platform in senior housing facilities. Components include anonymous cash rewards up to $1,000 for information about wrongdoing, personal lockboxes for residents, and effective eduction and training for staff and residents. In participating facilities, the program has reduced all aspects of crime by 94 percent. 
 
Regal Bank will be providing this program’s assistance to the residents of Broadway House for Continuing Care, New Jersey’s only specialized care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS. The award-winning facility, located in Newark, provides acute care for men and women infected by the AIDS virus. 
 
CRA Partners is endorsed by NJBankers.

The Provident Bank Foundation Community Grant Supports South Orange Volunteer Rescue Squad
The Provident Bank Foundation, which supports organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of residents in the communities served by Provident Bank, recently awarded the South Orange Volunteer Rescue Squad with a $2,500 Community Grant to support the construction of the new training room in their headquarters. The state-of-the-art facility features an ambulance bay for three ambulances and a first responder vehicle, training and meeting rooms, a kitchen and bunk rooms. 
 

 
L-R: Provident Bank Vice President and Market Manager Michael Petrucci joins Dan Cohen (right), Captain of the South Orange Rescue Squad in front of the new building.


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Hosts 2nd Annual Wealth Management Women’s Luncheon
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank were proud to host its 2nd Annual Wealth Management Women's Luncheon, "Preserving Your Legacy."  Held on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Basking Ridge County Club, over 150 women attended as bank guests to hear special presentations from two renowned guest speakers while enjoying lunch and forging both personal and professional connections.

MJ Sully, Esq., Managing Director, Trust Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank began with an insightful discussion on the challenges of preserving generational wealth in today’s world. The program continued with an engaging presentation by Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II, author and Former Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, “A True Story of Transitioning Generational Wealth” with an accompanying slide show presentation depicting the history of the Vanderbilt family and fortune.  Additionally, as a special gift, each luncheon attendee received a complimentary signed copy of Arthur’s book, “Fortune’s Children:  The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt.”

Marcy Syms, former CEO of Syms Corp and current President of Sy Syms Foundation and TPD Group, a multi-generational succession planning and consulting firm, presented "Planning a Successful Family Business Succession," where she emphasized the importance of strong family connections and the challenges in running and transitioning a business.  A nostalgic video chronicling the Syms Corporation elaborated on the history and culture of the Syms Corp.

At Peapack-Gladstone Bank, women in leadership roles and board appointments reflect their strong commitment to women.  The Wealth Management Women’s Luncheon puts intelligent, capable professionals together to network and learn, and the Bank plans to continue this empowering event in the years to come.



NVE Bank Grants $1,000 Scholarships to 10 Bergen County Students
NVE Bank awarded ten area high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships at a reception hosted by the bank at its Englewood headquarters on June 21st.    The scholarships are part of a program that has been offered by the Bank for the past nine years, and also extends to area middle schools, where seven graduating 8th grade students were selected to receive a $500 Savings Product Scholarship.   Since the inception of the program, NVE Bank has awarded over $120,000 to deserving students in Bergen County.  

NVE Bank’s high school scholarship recipients included Hafitha Dalia – Leonia High School; Charley Rafferty – Cresskill High School; Jennifer Tran – Pascack Valley High School; Eric Pinos – Northern Valley Regional High School; Yea In Kim – Academies at Englewood;  Julie Mars – Dwight Morrow High School; Maliaka Manning – Bergenfield High School;  Alyssa Krause – New Milford High School;  Kevin Feliciano – Teaneck High School and Alexandra Shumyatsky – Tenafly High School.


The Provident Bank Foundation Provides Support for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans, and their Families
The Provident Bank Foundation recently presented Community Hope’s Valley Brook Village for Veterans with a $5,000 Community Grant check for use toward program support for homeless and at-risk veterans, and their families. 
 
L-R: Julio Richards, Employment Specialist, Community Hope; Carrie Radice, Valley Brook Village Property Manager, Peabody Properties; J. Michael Armstrong, CEO, Community Hope; Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Greg Dittrich, Regional Manager, Provident Bank; Ylka Padilla, Vice President/Market Manager, Provident Bank and Sharon Jacobs, Grants Officer, Community Hope.


ABRAHAM CLARK HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR KERDIJA GAI WINS ROSELLE SAVINGS BANK OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT AWARD
Abraham Clark High School High School and Roselle Savings Bank have selected graduating senior Kerdija Gai of Roselle as the recipient of the 2016 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business and Finance Student Award.  Carl Zeitlinger, Roselle Savings Bank Senior Vice President, presented Kerdija with her award at the 2016 Abraham Clark High School Scholarship Night on Thursday, June 16th.  Candidates for the award were evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic achievement, exemplary participation in extracurricular activities and a high level of personal integrity and commitment.
  
As a student at Abraham Clark High School, Kerdija excelled in her studies, taking Honors courses and earning an A in her Finance and Business & Career classes. She is second in command of the high school’s Junior ROTC program, and has participated in numerous hours of community service. Looking forward to higher education, Kerdija has been accepted by both St. Peter’s University and Johnson & Wales University, and plans to pursue a major in business and/or accounting. 

Pictured at the Abraham Clark High School Scholarship Night awards celebration are (l-r) Abraham Clark High School Counselor Jordan Siegel, Roselle Savings Bank Senior Vice President Carl Zeitlinger, Business and Finance Scholarship winner Kerdija Gai, Roselle School Board President Candida Young, Roselle Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin R. West, Roselle Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dana E. Walker and Abraham Clark High School Principal, Rashon L. Mickens.

First Bank Participates in The Somerset County Business Partnership’s “Biz Fest”

 First Bank’s Somerset branch participated in The Somerset County Business Partnership’s “Biz Fest” a trade show and networking opportunity with more than 70 local businesses at The Imperia on June 16. Pictured left to right are: Carol Monaghan, manager of the Somerset branch; Sue Paglione, senior business development officer and senior vice president of retail administration; and Julianne Silletti, a teller in the Somerset Branch, and Frank Puleio, business development officer for Somerset and Cranbury. First Bank (www.firstbanknj.com) is a New Jersey state-chartered bank with 10 full-service branches in Cranbury, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Lawrence, Randolph, Somerset and Williamstown, New Jersey, and Trevose, Pa. With assets of $917 million as of March 31, 2016, First Bank offers a traditional range of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses throughout the New York City to Philadelphia corridor. First Bank's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “FRBA.” 

PEAPACK-GLADSTONE BANK EMPOWERS NORTH PLAINFIELD STUDENTS TO MAKE INFORMED FINANCIAL DECISIONS THROUGH INNOVATIVE WEB-BASED PROGRAM
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced that they certified 190 North Plainfield High School students in financial literacy during the 2015-2016 school year through their New Jersey Financial Scholars Program.  This program is an initiative to bring critical financial literacy education to high school students across their community.   
 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc., an NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider, the nation’s leading education technology company, to bring this interactive, web-based financial management program to North Plainfield High School students, as well as two additional local high schools - at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.  An impressive 82% of students at North Plainfield High School who participated in the co-curricular program earned the certificate of completion.  Certification requires that students successfully complete a total of nine online learning modules, allowing them to master critical topics like Saving, Credit Scores, Financing Higher Education, Investing and more.
 
The certification ceremony, held in the North Plainfield High School library, recognized students for their achievements. Students heard welcoming remarks from Latosha Taylor, Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. They then participated in an interactive quiz show-style game, allowing them to display what they learned from the program by answering finance-related questions. Finally, students’ names were announced, and they received their Financial Literacy certificate in front of their classmates and teachers. 

North Plainfield High School students receive certificates for their completion of an EverFi Financial Literacy program sponsored by Peapack-Gladstone Bank
 
Magyar Bank President & CEO Receives Distinguished Citizen Award From Boy Scouts of America
Magyar Bank announced today that John S. Fitzgerald, president & chief executive officer, received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America at their annual gala held recently at the Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) serve 20,000 youth in Northern and Central New Jersey between the ages of 7 and 20 and is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. 

John Fitzgerald, (left), is presented the Distinguished Citizen Award by Garrick Stoldt, CFO, St. Peter’s Healthcare System and the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award Event Chairman.  

COLUMBIA BANK “TEAMS UP” WITH PATERSON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently took part in Paterson Habitat for Humanity “Corporate Challenge” to help build a new, affordable living home in the Greater Paterson area.  The Team Columbia volunteers completed various outdoor work assignments, including foundation and yard leveling, providing the “elbow grease” necessary to move the construction project along.



COLUMBIA BANK “TEAMS UP” WITH DAILY BREAD COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry in Sayreville to prepare over 100 food packages and sort donated clothing destined to local homeless residents.  

Columbia Bank is an ongoing supporter of local food banks and feed-the-hungry programs throughout New Jersey and regularly collects food items as part of their annual food collection efforts.



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Glen Rock Savings Bank Announces “Step into Spring” Sweepstakes Winner
Glen Rock Savings Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of customers throughout northern New Jersey since 1922, announced the winner of a special “Step into Spring” sweepstakes held at three of the bank’s branches – two in West Orange, one in Livingston.  The contest was part of an open house celebration at the bank’s newest West Orange branch, and also helped launch a special bonus rate CD offer. 

The drawing for the month-long sweepstakes, which began April 30, was held May 31.  The winner, Linda Ruggieri of West Orange, was presented with the grand prize – a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet – by Mari De Sacia, Branch Manager of Glen Rock’s location at 474 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.

The sweepstakes was held to showcase Glen Rock’s newest West Orange branch, and to help kick off a special offer: a 21-month bonus rate CD with a 1.00% APY (Annual Percentage Yield). Requiring a minimum opening deposit of $500, the special CD offer is available in the bank’s West Orange and Livingston offices.  Penalty may apply for early withdrawal.  Offer may be withdrawn at any time.

Kearny Bank Honored at 2016 North Essex Chamber of Commerce Leadership Recognition Banquet
Kearny Bank was recognized as an "Outstanding Business of the Year" at the 2016 North Essex Chamber of Commerce Leadership Recognition Banquet. In addition, Danielle Deptula, Kearny's Assistant VP & Branch Manager of the West Orange/Tory Corner Office, located on 216 Main Street, received an "Outstanding Chamber Member" award.  The North Essex Chamber is the official Chamber of Commerce for nine towns in northern New Jersey dedicated to the economic and civic well-being of the business community through leadership, education and service. 

(left to right): Rasheeda Kamar, AVP/Branch Manager, Pleasantdale Office, Danielle Deptula, AVP/Branch Manager, Tory Corner Office, Sophia Collier, AVP/Branch Manager, Harrison Office, Antonio Martinez, Head Teller/CSR, Tory Corner Office, Margaret Sanchez, VP/Small Business Banker; Linda Hanlon, SVP/Director of Retail Banking, Maria Palumbo, VP/Small Business Banker, all of Kearny Bank.


Columbia Bank "Teams Up" to Walk for Babies
Despite being a rainy day, 189 Columbia Bank volunteers recently teamed up with the March of Dimes to raise funds for their 2016 Walk for Babies.  The Columbia walkers raised over $39,000 to help fight birth defects in children.

Shown are members of the “Team Columbia” who took part in the northern New Jersey event held at Darlington Park in Mahwah.  Columbia employee groups participated in similar March of Dimes events in both central and southern New Jersey.


Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Burlington Habitat for Humanity

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees teamed up with Burlington County Habitat for Humanity to help renovate a two family home, which will soon be occupied by two families of military veterans, in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.  The Team Columbia volunteers completed various construction assignments, including installing drywall, while providing the “elbow grease” necessary to move the project along.

Shown outside the home are Columbia Bank volunteers (from left) Nick Barbetta, Alyssa Barsony, Walter Szwajkowski, Bill Cossaboon, Theresa Freedman, Jessica Witczak, Tom McQuillan and Darrin Gould. 

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Celebrates Customer Appreciation Month 
Atlantic Stewardship Bank celebrates its customers each year during the month of June to express its gratitude and to show customers how important their banking relationship is to the bank. “Our customers are so very special to us that it takes an entire month just to say thank you for choosing ASB, said Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank. 

ASB will host a variety of events including a grand prize drawing and complimentary refreshments at all of its convenient locations. The theme for this year’s grand prize is the beach and the contest details can be obtained at each branch location.

Additionally, ASB will be hiring local students to wash car windows at select branch drive-thru locations throughout the month on Saturdays, while also handing out entry tickets for the grand prize drawing and inviting customers to enjoy light food and drinks inside the branch lobby.  

Provident Bank Raises More Than $50,000 During National Volunteer Month 
Throughout the month of April, employees from The Provident Bank celebrated National Volunteer Month through their participation in various fundraising activities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, raising money and spending time with individuals suffering from a number of physical and emotional ailments. National Volunteer Month takes place each April, and is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in the communities, as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.
 
Volunteer initiatives on behalf of Provident Bank included the MS walks, where individuals counted donations and completed deposit tickets, raising more than $6,000, as well a Rock the Ridge 50 Mile Endurance Challenge, where more than $47,000 was raised toward Parkinson’s Research. Employees also raised more than $1,400 for the American Red Cross Heroes Campaign. 

2016 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business Student Award Recipient 

Ridge High School and Roselle Savings Bank have selected graduating senior, Sophia DeMarchi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David DeMarchi of Basking Ridge, as the recipient of the 2016 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business Student Award.  Maureen Wright, Roselle Savings Bank’s Assistant Vice President and Bernardsville Branch Manager, presented Sophia with her award at the 2016 Ridge High School Awards Night on Wednesday, June 1st.  Candidates for the award were evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic achievement, exemplary participation in extracurricular business activities and work experience.

Congratulating Sophia DeMarchi, Ridge High School graduating senior (center), as the recipient of the 2016 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business Student Award are Maureen Wright, Roselle Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Bernardsville Branch Manager, and Dr. Frank Howlett, Principal of Ridge High. DeMarchi is headed to Vanderbilt University this fall to study economics and computer science. 
  

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program
   
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it distributed over $325,000 in charitable contributions to more than 230 recipients, through the Bank’s unique tithing program for 2015.  Its Tithing Program provides for the bank to share 10% of its pre-tax earnings annually with Christian and local nonprofit organizations.  All tithe recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the contributions are distributed. 

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Hosts a Charity Run/Walk for Housing 
Raises Over $28,000 for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates  
Atlantic Stewardship Bank hosted a charity run/walk to benefit local Habit for Humanity affiliates as part of its 30th anniversary celebration of serving the financial needs of the northern New Jersey markets. 
      
ASB’s first-ever Charity Run/Walk for Housing was held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park, New Jersey. ASB had over 120 participants run/walk and raised more than $28,000 in donations and sponsorships. The funds raised were donated to the Bergen, Morris & Paterson, New Jersey, Habitat for Humanity affiliates, which create decent and affordable housing for people in need.  


Team Columbia Completes another Community Project

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently painted a senior citizen home in Sewaren, part of the Tooling Around The Township Program.  For this “spruce up,” the exterior of the home was power washed and completely painted.  The yard was also brightened up, with new flowers planted.  All labor and materials were donated by Columbia Bank.

Columbia Bank Runner "Teams Up" For Habitat For Humanity
Columbia Bank volunteers recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County to help raise funds.  The Columbia runners collected funds to help this local Habitat affiliate continue building much-needed affordable housing in Bergen County.

Shown are members of the “Team Columbia” who recently took part in the “5K Race to Build” event held at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park.  

Valley National Bank Supports Autism Speaks at MetLife Stadium

Valley National Bank participated in the Autism Speaks Walk at MetLife Stadium.  The Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds in the autism community. This grassroots movement is powered by people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, service providers, schools, businesses and local volunteers. Walkers advocate and take action for the diverse needs of the autism community. Their efforts help generate funds that fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services.

Magyar Bank, Congressman Frank Pallone, and Edison Mayor Tom Lankey Teach Children at Edison School
Magyar Bank, along with Congressman Frank Pallone and Edison Mayor Tom Lankey visited the Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Edison to teach the sixth grade class some valuable lessons on the importance of saving money. 

Magyar Bank’s President and CEO, John Fitzgerald, Congressman Pallone, and Mayor Lankey instructed children about money and savings, covering topics such as budgeting, the difference between needs and wants, and why it’s important to save for emergencies.  Over 240 sixth grade students interacted with the Congressman, Mayor and Mr. Fitzgerald during the activity. The event was part of the American Bankers Association Foundation’s Teach Children To Save Day, one of the Foundation’s education initiatives that have helped reach over 8 million young people through the commitment of more than 245,000 banker volunteers nationwide.

Pictured from left to right with students from Thomas Jefferson Middle School are John Fitzgerald, President & CEO, Magyar Bank, Antoinette Emden, Principal, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Tom Lankey, Mayor, Edison Township, and Congressman Frank Pallone

Riker Danzig Participates in Relay for Life
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP employees, family and friends took to the track for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at the Mennen Arena in Morristown.  Led by partner Michael O'Mullan, team members fundraised and took turns walking, joining other communities around the world who walked to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, and remember loved ones we have lost to cancer. As a whole, the Morristown Relay for Life raised nearly $70,000 for cancer research.

Riker Danzig employees and attorneys from left: Richelle Delavan, Taleen Aiazian, Nora Cancalosi, Michael Rossignol, Michael O’Mullan, Ryan O’Neill.



Riker Danzig Sponsors Newport 10,000
For 12 years, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP has been the title sponsor of the Riker Danzig Newport 10,000.  This year the race took place on Saturday, May 14th at Newport, on the Jersey City Hudson River waterfront.  Newport, a client of the Firm, is a 600-acre waterfront “live, work, shop and dine” community situated opposite lower Manhattan.  

Over 80 runners participated on the Riker Danzig team, with a total of more than 1,850 runners all running to benefit the Jersey City Medical Center.  The Riker Danzig Newport 10K, “the fastest course in the tri-state area,” has become one of the elite races of the Northeast, attracting both American and International professional runners.  More information can be found at www.newport10k.com.


Back row - James C. Meyer, Partner (fifth from left), Michael LaTempa, Associate (sixth from left), Michael Crowley, Associate (seventh from left), Victor Ashrafi, Of Counsel (fifth from right), Anthony J. Borelli, Partner (second from right)
Middle row - Jason P. Gratt, Associate (far right), Taleen A. Aiazian, Associate (second from right)
Front row – Anne Carrasco, Associate (sixth from right)


Vision Loss Alliance Honors Community Leader
Kudos to Ada Melendez-McGuinness, Vice President/Director of Community Development at Investors Bank for being honored with a Community Outreach Award by the Vision Loss Alliance of NJ. This award is bestowed upon community leaders who have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the lives of those with profound vision loss. Congratulations, Ada!


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $325 Thousand Through its Unique Tithing Program
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it distributed over $325,000 in charitable contributions to more than 230 recipients, through the Bank’s unique tithing program for 2015.  Its Tithing Program provides for the bank to share 10% of its pre-tax earnings annually with Christian and local nonprofit organizations.  All tithe recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the contributions are distributed. 


In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes numerous donations; sending or hand delivering checks to Christian missions,schools and healthcare facilities as well as local nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, libraries, police and fire departments and other deserving recipients local to the Bank’s 12 branch offices.  To date, the Bank’s total tithe donations exceed $8.8 million.


Regal Bank named Business of the Year by West Orange Chamber of Commerce
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has selected the Regal Bank branch in West Orange, New Jersey as 2016 Business of the Year. The branch will be honored at the West Orange Chamber Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Crestmont Country Club. The Chamber will be also honoring Turtle Back Zoo. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will speak at the event and Coach Kevin Willard of Seton Hall University will be the keynote speaker. 

The Chamber is recognizing the Regal Bank branch, which opened in September 2013, for being active since the first day of business, maintaining service organization involvement, participating in generous sponsorships, and focusing on business-to-business collaboration.  
Tina Parsons, branch manager, said, “I am proud and privileged to be a member and serve on the Board of the Chamber. It is wonderful to see the strong relationships built and the lengths of time that local businesses have stayed loyal to the Chamber. This is a great community with years of rich history and our branch is honored to receive such a prominent recognition.
 


NVE Bank Participates in National Rebuilding Day 2016

NVE Bank participated in National Rebuilding Day as part of April’s National Rebuilding Month by sponsoring a Rebuilding Together project in Teaneck, New Jersey. Over 20 bank employees volunteered to assist in renovations to a single family home.  Renovations included painting, landscaping and general home repairs. 
In addition to volunteer service, NVE also presented Rebuilding Together Bergen County with a $7,500 donation to assist with their mission of rehabilitating and improving low-income homeowners’ homes at no cost.   Recipients of services include the elderly, disabled, military veterans and families in need, as well as community centers serving those populations.  



NVE Bank Helps Local Students Learn Financial ABC’s
NVE Bank Branch Managers from the bank’s 12 branches recently gave a savings lesson to Bergen County elementary students as part of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s 20th Annual Teach Children to Save Program.  Over 500 students attended classroom sessions conducted by the bank during the month of April.  Students also received a green NVE piggybank to help them get started with a savings program.  

The presentations included activities about the concept of saving, earning interest and determining needs versus wants.   Since the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s National Teach Children to Save Day began in 1997, thousands of bankers have taught money skills to more than one million students.


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Hosts Junior Achievement Program
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank  in conjunction with Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) hosted 75 high school students from Union County TEAMS High School, Barack Obama Green Charter School, Hillcrest Academy South and NJDCF for a Junior Achievement Career Success® Workshop.  The Junior Achievement program teaches students financial literacy and workforce readiness through an interactive curriculum of academic, hands-on and interactive activities. Held at Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s Headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey, students connected with employee mentors who shared their knowledge of personal finance and entrepreneurship, empowering them with the knowledge to achieve success in our global economy.  

Through the bank-sponsored Junior Achievement program, students were provided five individual employee-instructed sessions from Critical Thinking and Creativity, to Communication, Management and Team Building skills required to get and keep a job in high-growth career industries.  The Bank’s program provided a complimentary breakfast and lunch along with student tours of the Bedminster Headquarters which included Heritage Hall and the Board Room.  

Peapack-Gladstone Bank is proud to partner with Junior Achievement in motivating and inspiring today’s youth to perform at their full potential, setting goals for their professional future.  Together, they can help pave the way for a new generation of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. 


Columbia Bank Celebrates Opening 45th New Jersey Branch
Columbia Bank recently celebrated the grand opening of their 45th New Jersey branch.  The new full-service branch is located at 279 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell.


Shown officially cutting the ribbon are (from left): Oradell Mayor Dianne Didio (third from left) and Thomas Kemly, Columbia Banks President & CEO (third from right). Also shown participating in the event (from left, front row) are: Ana Vaz, Oradell Branch Manager; Noel Holland, Columbia Bank’s Chairman of the Board, and Michael Massood, Jr. and Henry Kuiken, two Members of Columbia’s Board of Directors.  Also participating (back row, from left) are: John Klimowich, Columbia’s Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer; Oradell Councilpersons Michael Staff and Tracy Schoenberg, and Josephine Moran, Columbia’s Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking.


Columbia Bank “Teams Up” To Walk For Babies

Seventy-five Columbia Bank volunteers in central New Jersey recently “teamed up” with the March of Dimes to raise funds for their 2016 Walk for Babies.  The Columbia walkers raised $8,000 to help fight birth defects in children.

Shown are members of the “Team Columbia” who took part in the recently-held Asbury Park event.  Columbia employee groups also participated in similar March of Dimes events in both northern and southern New Jersey raising additional funds.

Clifton Savings Bank Opens Hoboken Banking Center
CSBK officially opened its Hoboken Banking Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by local government officials and business liaisons. Located at 1470 Garden Street (corner of 15th St.), the new location is housed in an open, inviting space with a modern, personable appeal that combines Client Service Specialists with purposefully placed technology for streamlined customer assistance. 


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Lakeland Bank Hudson Valley Office 
Lakeland Bank commemorated the recent opening of its Hudson Valley Commercial Lending office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 20. The office, located 556 State Route 32 in Highland Mills, N.Y., represents the Bank’s first location in the state. 
 
John Rath, First Senior Vice President, Group Leader and his team will concentrate on developing new relationships in the Hudson Valley, which includes Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Rockland, Westchester and Sullivan counties to support the Bank’s focus to provide business banking solutions in markets adjacent to its existing footprint. Bringing over 35 years of banking and commercial lending experience to Lakeland Bank, Rath was previously with TD Bank as Senior Vice President and Group Manager for Corporate, Middle Market, Commercial and Small Business lending activities in the Lower Hudson Valley region.

Before a gathering of Lakeland Bank colleagues, customers, elected officials and other members of the community, N.Y. State Assemblyman James Skoufis presented the Bank with a New York State Assembly Citation. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Lakeland Bank was pleased to present a special donation to representatives from the Town of Woodbury Police. 

Lincoln Park Savings Bank Launches Rebrand
Lincoln Park Savings Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of customers throughout northern New Jersey for nearly a century, has rebranded as Lincoln 1st Bank.  Here, executives inaugurate the official signage changeover at the bank’s Lincoln Park headquarters. 

Pictured left to right: David Van Steyn, Exec. VP/Chief Operating Officer; Philip B. Vaz, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer; David Baker, President; Michael P. Carloni, Vice President;  Stephen C. Kirby, Vice President/ Chief Loan Officer; and Gerald D. Filandro, Chief Compliance Officer.


Valley National Bank Supports Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Women Build

Left to right: Dianne Grenz, Executive Vice President & Director of Sales and Marketing, Patricia Davino, Territory Sales Manager, and Bernadette Mueller, Executive Vice President & Senior Community Reinvestment Act Officer, braved cold and rainy weather on May 6th to help renovate and build new housing units in Paterson, New Jersey as part of Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build.  Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide.



Somerset Savings Bank Volunteers Help Build Habitat for Humanity Homes
Three teams of volunteers from Somerset Savings Bank recently spent time working with Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) on two new homes which the organization is building in Somerset, New Jersey.  For many of the bank employees, this marked their second time around at the homes.  Last fall bank volunteers rolled up their sleeves to complete foundation work and begin installation of flooring.  Recently they returned to install wallboard and paint as the homes move closer to completion. 

In total, almost half of the bank’s employees have participated in RVHFH build days over the past nine months, and Somerset Savings has contributed over $5,000 to RVHFH to aid in the purchase of construction materials and cover labor expenses incurred by the organization.

Somerset Savings Bank employees recently returned to help out with construction at a Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity site in Somerset, NJ. Twenty-five volunteers worked over three days on two houses which upon completion will allow two area families in need of safe and affordable homes to realize their dream of homeownership.



Beneficial Bank Team Volunteers on Earth Day


Beneficial Bank Blue-Gooders spent time volunteering at YMCA Camp Ockanickon on Earth Day helping to clean up their camp grounds in preparation for the upcoming camp season!


Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Grains of Hope Food Program

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains and their Grains of Hope Program to help feed the needy.  The Team Columbia volunteers helped with the distribution of food packages to needy families in Haiti, recently devastated by hurricanes and natural disasters.

First Bank Marks Financial Literacy Month With Workshop at High School in Trenton
Money management is a key life skill so First Bank brought experts to Foundation Collegiate Academy to teach teens financial literacy before they go off to college.


Bankers from First Bank’s Hamilton, Ewing and Lawrence branches worked with the students to explain how interest works, the difference between a mortgage and rent and the role of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during the interactive session to celebrate Financial Literacy Month. The school visit was a part of the year-long financial literacy program the bank presents with Everfi.

Columbia Bank Helps Feed Keyport's Needy

As part of a special Columbia Bank community service project, Team Columbia volunteers shown recently prepared and served 70 hot meals to needy residents through the Bayshore Lunch Program in Keyport.

Magyar Bank Rings the Closing Bell on NASDAQ Stock Market

Magyar Bancorp, parent company of Magyar Bank, celebrated the tenth anniversary of its initial public offering by ringing the closing bell on the NASDAQ Stock Market on Wednesday, April 20.  The Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John S. Fitzgerald, was joined by members of the Bank’s Board of Directors and Senior Management team on stage at the NASDAQ studios located in Times Square.

Columbia Bank Participates in Boys & Girls Club Reading Program

Columbia Bank recently volunteered as “Reading Heroes” at the Boys and Girls Club of Passaic.  Shown participating are the “Team Columbia” volunteers and their after school reading partners. The special program is designed to encourage reading to elementary school children.  Following the reading of several stories, the children attended a book fair where they were allowed to select their favorite books, compliments of Columbia Bank.


It is Never Too Early to Learn About Money
Columbia Bank recently hosted a “Financial Literacy Day” at School Five in Lindenwold.  The special program, part of Junior Achievement, is designed to teach basic money management skills to elementary school children.


Shown taking part in the event are (from left): Theresa Freedman, Columbia Bank’s Medford Branch Manager; Christine Brown, Assistant Manager for Columbia’s West Deptford branch; Mark Schott, Columbia’s Regional Vice President, and Celeste Hardrick, representing Junior Achievement.

Local Talent on Display at Kearny Bank

Kearny Bank’s Wood-Ridge Office recently offered its wall space to the local Junior/Senior High School art program for a display of paintings created by its young artists. For the duration of the art display, bank visitors and community members alike, cast their votes for the favorite works of art. 

The local residents & bank customers voted Brooke Biamonte’s (7th grade) painting “The Eye” as their favorite art piece. The second place goes to Tiffany Perez (11th grade) for “The Bridge” and the third place goes to Jenna Wollerman (12th grade) for “The Still Art” painting. 

 Wood-Ridge Junior/Senior High School is part of the Wood-Ridge Public School District and is committed to providing excellent academic education, rich in social and cultural programs.


(left to right): 1. Brook Biamonte, the winning artist & Dawn Marcano, AVP/Wood-Ridge Branch Manager. 2. Tiffany Perez, 2nd place, Jennifer Hemmel, Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr HS Art Teacher, Dawn Marcano, Kearny’s Branch Manager & Jenna Wollerman, 3rd place.


Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Newark Habitat for Humanity

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with Newark Habitat for Humanity to help build a new, affordable living home.  The Team Columbia volunteers completed various construction assignments, providing the “elbow grease” necessary to move the project along.



Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Food Bank of South Jersey
A volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken to sort and prepare snack packs for local after-school programs.  The Columbia volunteers provided over 30 hours of community service.  Columbia Bank is also a regular supporter of local food banks and feed-the-hungry programs throughout New Jersey and collects food items for Food Bank of South Jersey as part of their annual food collection efforts.

Shown at the food bank’s distribution warehouse are Columbia Bank employees (front row from left) Theresa Freedman, Medford Branch Manager; Medford Head Teller Danielle Milillo, and Jeanne Gold, Platform Operations Specialist.  Shown standing (from left) are Kejoe Brown, Sicklerville Branch Manager; Michelle Martinez, Sicklerville Branch Head Teller; Lending Secretary Shirley Levins; Commercial Lenders Tracey Mullen and Robert Dorsey, and Josh Hanke, Commercial Closing Representative.



Manasquan Bank Hosts WBFA Students For Q&A Session
Manasquan Bank recently hosted a Q & A session for students of the Wall High School Business and Finance Academy (WBFA). The students and their advisor, Colleen Badecker, traveled to the bank’s headquarters where they were treated to a breakfast buffet as well as a learning opportunity. Jim Vaccaro, chairman, president and CEO of the bank shared his insight regarding careers in finance. According to Badecker, the students raved about the opportunity and thanked Manasquan Bank for bringing such positive energy to the students. 

Pictured are Jim Vaccaro and the students. 

Regal Bank Opens Branch in Downtown Summit
Regal Bank announced the opening of a new full-service branch at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Beechwood Road in Summit, New Jersey. The new facility is part of the bank’s planned expansion of its community bank network. Regal Bank now has a total number of nine branches serving northern New Jersey. 


Lakeland Bank Celebrates Community Banking Month
April is ICBA Community Banking Month—a time to salute the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks and the Main Street communities they serve. Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Lakeland Bank will share the positive story of community banks throughout the month. 

Last year, Lakeland contributed over $500,000 as part of the Bank’s commitment to the communities it serves. The Bank has been a dedicated corporate citizen in northern New Jersey for 46 years and has broadened its support as it expanded into new markets in Monmouth and Middlesex counties and the Hudson Valley region of New York. 

Access to quality medical care, affordable housing and a reasonably priced education are all components of a healthy community. Lakeland Bank has a social responsibility to help create higher standards of living in the communities in which it operates. Here are a few of the initiatives Lakeland supported last year:

43rd Lakeland Charities Scholarship Golf Outing, Hamburg, N.J.: A record $143,000 was raised for scholarships which will be distributed to high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement and are from low-moderate income families. 
34th Sussex County Golf Classic, Newton, N.J.: Over $65,000 was raised for local charities in Sussex County and the surrounding area.
Lakeland’s Jeans Day Program: Colleagues donated a minimum of $10 a month to wear jeans for charity raising nearly $40,000 for Meals on Wheels, American Cancer Society, Make A Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, SCARC of Sussex & ARC, Wounded Warriors Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and area animal shelters.
Share-A-Gift: Over 1,600 gifts were collected and distributed through organizations such as: Department of Children & Families, Somerset Hills Jr. Women’s Club, Urban Renewal, Little Falls Rescue Squad, Park Ridge PBA, Shelter Our Sisters, Pass It Along, Toys 4 Tots, Center for Family Resources, Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic, and Madison PBA.
Car donation: Lakeland donated two used vehicles from its maintenance fleet to Project Self-Sufficiency. The agency’s clients learn skills to help improve their quality of life, and access to transportation is often a challenge.
Department for Persons with Disabilities: Lakeland was a major sponsor of the 2015 Wiegand Farm Golf Classic held in June. 
Chilton Medical Center Foundation: Lakeland pledged to support the construction of a new Children’s Center at the hospital with a five-year Gift Agreement.  

Many nonprofit organizations benefitted from the volunteer services and monetary contributions made on behalf of Lakeland Bank and its colleagues last year.


Valley National Bank “Lights It Up Blue” for World Autism Awareness Day
Valley National Bank employees participated in World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) by donating and wearing blue as part of the “Light It Up Blue” campaign.
  

On World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism. If you would like to learn more about autism, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/.


Riker Danzig Receives “Champion of Good Works Award” From CIANJ
Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP was proud to have received a "Champion of Good Works" award on March 10th from the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey at its Chairman’s Reception: “Saluting the Generosity of Business:  Companies That Care.”  The awards program seeks to provide “testimony to the corporate philanthropy that helps make New Jersey a great place to live, work and raise a family.”  Riker Danzig was selected for a “Champion of Good Works” award in connection with their work for the Table of Hope Soup Kitchen.

 
Partner Frank Vitolo, who serves on the Board for the Table of Hope, accepted the award on behalf of the Firm at the event, held at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.  The Table of Hope is a Morristown soup kitchen that serves meals to approximately 100 individuals each weeknight, and also functions as a food pantry for individuals and families in need.  Riker Danzig was lauded for our financial and Board support and also our contribution of time to the kitchen. The “Companies That Care” awards are covered in the March issue of Commerce magazine.
 


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Columbia Bank Prepares To Open “Futuristic Branch” in Oradell


Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, is shown visiting Columbia’s newest full-service branch which, will officially open next month at 279 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell.  The bank’s grand opening ceremonies will include exclusive product promotions and several special community events. 

Besides having plenty of free customer parking, the new Oradell branch will also offer extended banking hours; a convenient 24-hour drive-up ATM; drive-up teller service; safe deposit boxes, and a night depository.  

NVE Bank “Shares Breakfast” With Those in Need 

NVE Bank’s Spring Cereal Food Drive resulted in the donation of over 70 grocery bags of breakfast cereal to the Office of Concern Food Pantry, located at St. Cecilia’s Church in Englewood.  Staffed by dedicated volunteers, the Office of Concern Food Pantry in Englewood, supplies weekly groceries to over 900 families in Englewood and surrounding communities and is the largest single location food pantry in Bergen County.   The food drive, part of the Office of Concern’s “Share Breakfast” program will help Pantry volunteers provide a nutritious breakfast to those in need.   


NVE Bank Honored for Community Service by Rotary Club of Englewood

NVE Bank was honored for its outstanding service to the community by the Rotary Club of Englewood.   The Englewood based community mutual bank was recognized for its’ commitment to “service above self” at the club’s annual Community Awards Dinner, held on March 17, 2016.  


Regal Bank Branch Coming to 360 Springfield Avenue in Downtown Summit 
Regal Bank announced the grand opening of a new branch at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Beechwood Road in Summit, New Jersey. The new full-service facility is part of Regal Bank’s planned expansion of its community bank network, bringing the total number of branches in northern New Jersey to seven. 

The branch grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Food, refreshments and entertainment will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Entertainment will include The Lizard Guys, a juggler, a photo booth and giveaways of cash-filled Regal Bank piggy banks and NJ Lottery tickets.


Boiling Springs Savings Bank Selected as a Champion of Good Works
Boiling Springs Savings Bank was named a "Champion of Good Works''  by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) at its recent Chairman's Reception saluting the generosity of the business community. 



Boiling Springs was recognized for launching the American Bankers Association Bank Teller Certificate Program at Oasis, a Haven for Women and Children, located in Paterson. The certificate program was a culmination of volunteer efforts by First Vice President and Branch Coordinator, Theresa O’Keefe and First Vice President and Marketing & Sales Manager, Debra Cannariato. The program incorporates eight topics along with guest lectures from bankers in the community and visits to local branches. 


Kearny Bank Partnerships with Junior Achievement 

Kearny Bank entered into another year of partnership with Junior Achievement® and supported JA Finance Park™ on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Bank employee volunteerism supported more than one hundred Rahway High School students in a program that will help empower them to own their economic success. 


Unity Bank Plans New Branch on Somerville’s Mountain Avenue
Unity Bank expects to begin construction in April on a new branch to be located at 12 Mountain Avenue in Somerville, its first branch in the borough and third in Somerset County. The bank currently has 15 branches, located in Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Union and Warren counties in New Jersey and Northampton County in Pennsylvania, as well as a loan production office in Bergen County, New Jersey.
 
Unity has proposed building a 1,600-square-foot, single-story building with a brick, stone and stucco exterior to complement the surrounding buildings. The design also incorporates a clock tower on the structure, which will be visible from Mountain Avenue and West End Avenue. The branch would have 10 parking spaces and a two-lane drive up window with ATM and night depository receptacle.
 
The bank aims to open the new facility by the end of summer. The full-service branch would offer Unity’s complete range of consumer and commercial deposit, lending and investment services, including remote deposit and mobile banking. Plans for the branch’s interior include a Unity café with beverages and Internet access for banking transactions and a comfortable lobby and seating area.
 
The roughly 20,000-square-foot property formerly housed an automobile service station. Unity plans to demolish the existing structure upon borough approval.


Columbia Bank Named “Champion of Good Works”

Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, announced that Columbia Bank was named a "Champion of Good Works" by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) at its recent Chairman’s Reception saluting corporate philanthropy.  More than 250 business executives attended the gala reception held at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.


Columbia was cited for its volunteer work in conjunction with the Center for Methodist Aid in the Community (CUMAC) food bank in Paterson. As part of their efforts, Team Columbia volunteers prepared shopping bags filled with food and necessities for distribution to poor and homeless families within the greater Paterson area. The bank also recently donated 140 bags of groceries collected through their Annual Food Drive. CUMAC was also the recipient of a $40,000 donation representing the proceeds from Columbia’s Annual Charity Golf Outing and a Columbia Bank Foundation grant of $33,000 which was used to purchase a commercial freezer. The CUMAC facilities, located at 223 Ellison Street, feeds over 2,600 community resident's per month.




Flemington Welcomes New First Bank Branch 

First Bank’s new branch in Flemington was welcomed into Hunterdon County with a celebratory ribbon cutting last week. The full-service branch with deposit and lending services is located at 334 Route 31 in Flemington within the Prestige Plaza.

Junior Achievement of New Jersey wins National Peak Performance Team Award
The Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) announced that the organization has been named by Junior Achievement USA® as one of 17 Area offices nationwide (of 111 JA areas) that have earned a 2015 Peak Performance Team Award for superior performance. 
 
JANJ is a nonprofit organization that facilitates partnerships between schools, sponsors and volunteers to inspire and prepare students in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy by teaching them financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship.
 
The JA USA Peak Performance Team Award recognizes superior annual performance by a JA Area staff in achieving growth in students reached or contact hours delivered, while sustaining financial and operational soundness. During the 2014-2015 school year, JANJ and its corporate and community volunteers provided curriculum in 2,847 classrooms and impacted 57,502 students, delivering relevant, hands-on experiences that gave students from kindergarten through high school a total of 525,676 educational instructional hours. JANJ worked with more than 4,000 volunteers last year who delivered the programs in partnership with New Jersey’s educators.
 
JA USA announced the winners in January, and the awards were presented at the JA National Volunteer Summit, held March 8-9 in New York City.

The Middletown Arts Center Is Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Recipient
Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, recently issued a $15,000 community grant to Middletown Arts Center. The grant was used to purchase new computer software and equipment for their office and media center.  



Shown participating in a special presentation are (from left): Ruth Poletis, Columbia Bank’s Middletown Branch Manager and Arts Center Trustee; Maggie O’Brien, Executive Director of the Middletown Arts Center, and Rayon Hamer, Columbia Bank’s Regional Vice President, Branch Administration Officer.
 

The Provident Bank Foundation Provides $3,500 Grant to Keeping Babies Safe of Warren
The Provident Bank Foundation has provided a $3,500 grant to Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), a nonprofit organization that promotes safe sleeping practices for infants and toddlers. The grant money will support “Project Safe Crib,” in which KBS purchases cribs that meet the highest standards, and donates them to low-income families. Read More


First National Bank of Elmer Employees Dressed in Red in Support of Conquering Heart Disease
                           

Employees of the First National Bank of Elmer offices located at Main, Elk, Pittsgrove, Upper Deerfield, Woodstown, Harding, Operations Center, and the Loan Center participated in the “2016 National Wear Red” event.    Employees dressed in red for the day in support of conquering heart disease and a donation of $750 was made to the American Heart Association. 


Unity Bank Donates $5,000 to Adult Day Care of Somerset County
Unity Bank is the 2016 sponsor of the Caregiver Support Group of the Adult Day Care Center (ADC) of Somerset County, providing a $5,000 grant to the Bridgewater non-profit organization. The funds support the expenses of the monthly support group, which provides educational and social programs for caregivers. 


Pictured from (left) are Novak; Stacy Scelfo, ADC Social Worker; and Paul Antonoff, ADC member.


PCTI Students ‘Thank’ Columbia Bank Student Talent Showcased During National Career & Technical Education Month Visit
A small contingent of students and their faculty advisors from Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) in Wayne recently took time out of their busy school schedules to stop by Columbia Bank’s corporate headquarters in Fair Lawn to officially “thank the bank” for their career support efforts and also to showcase their fellow student’s talents.  The visit coincided with National Career & Technical Education Month.



Shown during their visit to Columbia’s corporate headquarters are: Josephine Moran (center), Columbia Bank’s Executive Vice President, Retail Banking Officer; PCTI Skills USA Advisors Geralyn Hunter (center left) and Tom Bove (center right), and PCTI students (from left) Kurshad Juhal, Jose Serra, Melanie Pires, Kevin Lopez, Daisy Angeles, and Madeline Reina.  Gifts presented included student-drawn illustrations and gourmet baked goods prepared by the school’s Culinary Institute.


(February 2016)
Valley National Bank Provides Financial Literacy Program for the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center

Valley National Bank staff members are conducting ongoing financial literacy programs that focus on a number of financial topics that include building a better credit report, creating a household budget and fraud awareness.  The programs are being presented to individuals receiving temporary shelter at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center is a public-private partnership including The Housing Authority of Bergen County (HABC), Friendship House and Christ Church Community Development Corporation. The center is designed to serve individual men and women who are homeless, individuals and families who are precariously housed, and others who require linkage to community services.


Left to right:  James Geraghty (Valley), Judy Rabinowitz (Valley), Louis Knaub (Valley), Mary Sunden (Executive Director, Christ Church Community Development Corp.), Khadijiah Slade (Vocational Counselor, Friendship House). 




JANUARY 2016

The New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation made a $10,000 contribution  to Rider University - Veteran Entrepreneurial Programs. The Trustees and members of the New Jersey Bankers Association are happy to be able to step up our support for this innovative program to assist our veterans. Pictured L to R: Daniel Klashner, Rider University; Jorge Ditren, Rider University; John S. Fitzgerald, president & CEO, Magyar Bank; Ron Cook, Rider University; Gerald L. Reeves, president & CEO, Sturdy Savings Bank; Robert Stillwell, president & CEO, Boiling Springs Savings Bank; James R. Silkensen, director, Somerset Savings Bank, SLA; Angela Snyder, chairwoman and CEO, Fulton Bank of New Jersey; John E. McWeeney, Jr., president & CEO, NJBankers; and James M. Meredith, Executive Vice President & COO, NJBankers.



Bancroft Is Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Recipient
Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, issued a $12,500 community grant to the Bancroft, a non-profit provider of specialized services for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.  The grant was used to purchase new Group Home furnishings.  

Shown participating in a special presentation (from left) are Bill Cossaboon, Columbia Bank’s commercial loan regional manager; Toni Pergolin, Bancroft’s president and CEO; Theresa Freedman, Columbia Bank’s Medford branch manager, and Mark Schott, the bank’s regional vice president.


“Give the Gift of Reading” Successful at Caldwell’s Kearny Branch
Kearny Bank  held a book drive through the 2015 holiday season collecting new or gently used books to support the Caldwell Public Library. Kearny Bank customers and staff donated a generous amount of books that will benefit the local library and its members.



(left to right): Jaqueline Innarella, Customer Service Representative, Kearny Bank’s Caldwell Office, Claudine Pascale, Caldwell Library Director, Anthony DeLuca, AVP/Branch Manager, Kearny Bank’s  Caldwell Office.

 

Peapack-Gladstone Bank and Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Through a month-long program of promoting breast cancer awareness and fundraising, the bank collected and matched donations totaling $5,615.00 supporting Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation’s wide range of cancer treatment programs and local patients and families in need who are fighting cancer.  Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation helps to support Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, staffed by board-certified oncologists, radiation oncologists and oncology-certified nurses, provides comprehensive services including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, clinical research, early detection and screening programs, support groups, educational programs, nutrition counseling, psychosocial support, complimentary therapies, and cancer risk assessment.



(left to right) Christina O’Malley, Interim Executive Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation; Barbara Tofani, MSN, Administrative Director, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center; Rachel Fyock, Vice President, Benefits Manager, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Ann Henning, Benefits Assistant, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Joseph Serzan, Senior Managing Director, Institutional Private Banking, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Robert Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.




Valley National Bank Partners with the Salvation Army 
Valley National Bank participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree Program for the 15th consecutive year.  This program allows sponsors to provide Christmas gifts to children in need to help make their holiday special. Valley’s employees purchased brand new items such as board games, dolls, bicycles, wagons, action figures, puzzles, books, clothing and much more.  Families of four or more who earn less than $25,000 per year can apply to be part of the Angel Giving Tree Program. The Bank also hosted its annual coat drive to support the Salvation Army.  Over 200 new or gently used coats, jackets, mittens, gloves and scarves were collected and donated to the Salvation Army on December 9th.  All of the items will be distributed to children and adults throughout the local community. 

(Left to right) Trudy Medina from the Salvation Army presents Stephanie Freitas from Valley National Bank with the Angel Tree Award.  Valley participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree Program for the 15th consecutive year by donating over 300 toys and over 200 coats to help those in need.


Roselle Savings Bank Brings Holiday Cheer to Kids Through United Way Toy Drive

Roselle Savings Bank participated in United Way of Union County’s 2015 Season of Caring Program this holiday season by collecting toys for needy children in Roselle and across Greater Union County. For many children, the donated gifts are the only ones they will receive this year. All of the presents were purchased by generous Roselle Savings Bank employees.  



Pictured above displaying the toys collected are (back row l to r): Delivery volunteer Joe Satkowski, and Roselle Savings Bank (RSB) employees Angela LaBua, Greg Babo, Bob Meier, D. Felschow and Paula Carey. Front row (l to r): Delivery volunteer Emily Delgado, and RSB employees Kelley Serafinas, Janice Ritz, Kristie Moore, Jill Vita and Cheryl McPhaul.

 



Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Cathedral Kitchen's Hot Meal Program
This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees teamed up with Cathedral Kitchen to help feed poor and homeless individuals within the greater Camden area.



Throughout their lunchtime shift, the “Team Columbia” volunteers helped serve approximately 250 hot meals.  Bank volunteers shown participating in this community event are (from left) Regional Vice President Mark Schott; Mt. Laurel Branch Manager Delores McGuire; Commercial Lender Bob Dorsey, and Mt. Laurel Branch Head Teller Nicholas Barbetta.





Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Passaic's Boys and Girls Club
Several volunteer crews of Columbia Bank employees, including the one shown, recently “teamed up” with The Boys and Girls Club of Passaic  The Team Columbia volunteers helped decorate the Club’s gymnasium, collected and wrapped gifts, and served holiday meals.  More than 500 kids and their families attended the event.




Columbia Bank Toy Drive Spreads Holiday Cheer

Columbia Bank employees recently completed their Annual Corporate Holiday Toy Drive for needy children in New Jersey.  The community project, coordinated by bank employees, collected holiday gifts and gift cards which were distributed through the Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic and the New Jersey Department of Children and Family Services.  Some 436 children received holiday gifts. 

Shown are some bank volunteers and charity representatives who helped with the collection and distribution of the donated items to the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic

 

Valley National Bank Supports Holiday Wish List Program for Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community
Valley National Bank employees supported the Holiday Wish List Program hosted by the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community (CUMAC) by donating almost 200 toys.  CUMAC runs Passaic County's largest food pantry in Paterson with the goal of ending hunger by providing food and support throughout northern New Jersey.  CUMAC's Wish List program helps make the holiday season a little brighter for families in need by providing gifts for children living in shelters or dealing with illness, poverty or other difficulties.  Last year, CUMAC collected and distributed almost 1,000 gifts for children throughout the communities of Passaic County.



(Left to right) Dianne Grenz, Executive Vice President and CUMAC Board Member, Laura Purdy, CUMAC Assistant Executive Director, Rev. Patricia Bruger, CUMAC Executive Director, Leigh Ross, CUMAC Event Coordinator and Tina Cortes, Valley National Bank Shareholder Relations Specialist.