NVE Bank Grants $1,000 Scholarships to 10 Bergen County Students
     
NVE Bank awarded a $1,000 Scholarship to ten area high school seniors at a reception hosted by the bank at its Englewood headquarters on June 19th.    The scholarships are part of a program that has been offered by the Bank for the past eleven years, and 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 $165,000 to deserving scholars in Bergen County.  


Middlesex High School Students Complete Financial Literacy Program Sponsored by Somerset Savings Bank
More than fifty Middlesex High School students, who successfully completed the Financial Literacy Program sponsored by Somerset Savings Bank, received their certificates of completion at a recent awards ceremony.

Somerset Savings partnered with Middlesex High School and EverFi, Inc. to provide the program for teacher Tina Cuzzolino’s business and technology classes.

The online financial literacy course allows students to move through nine, 40-45 minute modules at their own pace, with topics ranging from applying for financial aid to establishing credit and investing.  Financial literacy is an important aspect of everyday life, and the program gives students the tools they’ll need to successfully manage their financial future.  

Students who successfully completed all nine modules received a certification in financial literacy.  As they embark on their adult journey, this can be a powerful tool for job, college and internship applications.

Roselle Savings Bank Earns Trio of Recognitions, Including Silver Award for Community Service
                              
Roselle Savings Bank, which has served central and northern New Jersey for nearly 130 years, has received three recognitions for its recent philanthropic endeavors. The trio of honors is highlighted by the bank winning a Silver Award from NJBankers’ 2017 Community Service Award Program, which is determined by a panel of judges consisting of members of New Jersey’s Public Relations Society of America.

With a proud history of philanthropy, Roselle Savings Bank makes annual contributions to a myriad of organizations that provide services to underserved individuals and families within the community. Notable programs include Meals on Wheels of Union County, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center and Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, among many others. The breadth of the bank’s community involvement was a key factor in its Silver Award win.

Additionally, Roselle Savings Bank was awarded the 2018 Spirit of the Community Award by the United Way of Greater Union County. This recognition acknowledged Roselle Savings Bank’s efforts for community improvement by supporting many of the United Way’s initiatives. Among other projects, bank personnel contributed to the Holiday Food Drive and the Season of Caring.

Another noteworthy accomplishment was attained by Roselle Savings Bank Vice President & Branch Manager Beth Retcho, who was inducted into the Roselle/Roselle Park Rotary. The organization supports local and international charities and provides college scholarships to local high school seniors. Ms. Retcho’s achievement represents Roselle Savings Bank’s commitment to community involvement and philanthropic giving.

Several leaders at Roselle Bank hold volunteer positions on the boards of various New Jersey organizations. For instance, one of the bank’s directors serves on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Hope Network, which provides free confidential counseling by cancer survivors cancer sufferers and their caregivers. Another director at Roselle serves as Vice President for the ARC of Somerset Country Foundation, which provides funds and guidance for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This philanthropic leadership paves the way for Roselle’s overall involvement with community service and assistance to local residents.

Other initiatives are reflected in Roselle’s commitment to civic-minded lending. The bank offers specialized financing programs to help qualifying first-time home buyers and low to moderate income borrowers achieve home ownership. Additionally, Roselle has provided funding to support affordable housing projects throughout multiple counties across New Jersey, resulting in reasonable priced housing for thousands of area residents.


Lakeland Bank Announces Grant Programs

Lakeland Bank announced its newly established non-competitive grant programs for 2018. The purpose of the Housing Impact Grant Program and Community Impact Grant Program is to address specific community-focused initiatives and invest in eligible high-performing nonprofit organizations that make a strong and lasting impact on our communities.

Housing Impact Grants
Lakeland Bank will make investments directly in eligible nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to provide housing related services to low and moderate income families and/or geographies within the Bank’s assessment areas. The following organizations were recently awarded a Housing Impact grant:
$50,000 to Morris Habitat for Humanity, Randolph, N.J. – allocated to offset construction costs for four affordable homes in Mine Hill, N.J. including three built during the June 6-16, 2018 Blitz Build. 
$20,000 to Housing Partnership, Dover, N.J. – will support the Individual Development Account (IDA) Matched Savings Program, a systematic matched savings club for income eligible households who are two or more years away from homeownership and are working on debt and credit issues.


Community Impact Grants
The Community Impact Grant Program will provide grants to nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to provide services that impact the environment, social, physical and/or mental well-being of the individuals, families, and communities within the Bank’s assessment areas. The following organizations were recently awarded a grant under this program:

$100,000 (paid over five years) to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Foundation, Newton, N.J. – to establish a permanent endowment fund which will be used to support unreimbursed and under reimbursed care at the hospice center.
$50,000 (paid over five years) to SCARC, Inc., Augusta, N.J. – to support a new community center currently being constructed in Augusta.



 
Richard Lecher, SCARC CEO; Christine Schmelzle, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Andy Sharick, SCARC board chairman stand with Russ Dunn, vice president; Ray Cordts, senior vice president; and Ron Schwarz, chief operating officer, of Lakeland Bank (left to right) at the presentation of the $50,000 Lakeland Bank Community Impact Grant for SCARC’s new community center in Augusta. 
 

Lakeland Bank’s Thomas Shara, president and CEO (left) and Bob Vandenbergh, senior executive president, present a $100,000 donation for Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice to Julia Quinlan, foundation president, (front), Cecelia Clayton, executive director (back) and Beth Sylvester, resident administrator. The Lakeland Bank Community Impact Grant will be used to set up a permanent endowment to support unreimbursed and under reimbursed care at the Home for Hospice. 

 
Lakeland Bank President and CEO Tom Shara (right) and colleagues Ron Schwarz, chief operating officer; Deb Zimmerly, vice president, compliance; and Jim Nigro, chief risk officer and Morris Habitat board member, (l to r) present a Housing Impact Grant of $50,000 to Morris Habitat for Humanity CEO Blair Schleicher Bravo.

 
Lakeland Bank President and CEO Tom Shara (right) and colleagues Deb Zimmerly, vice president, compliance and Housing Partnership board member, and Ron Schwarz, chief operating officer, (center) present a Housing Impact Grant of $20,000 to Jessica Padilla Gonzalez, executive director of the Housing Partnership.


Unity Bank Again Receives Prestigious 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial
For the fifth consecutive quarter, Unity Bank has received the prestigious “5-Star Rating” from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. The 5-Star rating is the highest ranking the banking industry research firm can assign a financial institution.

Nationally, all banks and credit unions are required to file detailed financial reports with federal regulators four times a year. BauerFinancial, which has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983, obtains this data in its raw form from the government for analysis and comparison with historical data for consistency. Upon completion of the analysis, a star rating is assigned to every bank and credit union based on a scale of zero to five stars, the highest rating.


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Walks to Support Homeless Veterans

Peapack-Gladstone Bank employees gathered at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lyons Campus to participate in their VA2K Walk & Roll to encourage healthy lifestyles and provide for the needs of homeless veterans.  U.S. military veterans and their families deserve our gratitude and support for their service to our country.  To provide for the men and women that protected our freedoms, the Bank collected new clothing, writing materials and toiletries at the Bank’s branches and Headquarters which were delivered to the Lyons, New Jersey campus for distribution to the approximate 80 homeless veterans that reside at the facility.  Additionally, together with employee and Bank donations, monetary contributions were also presented at the event to make a difference and assist the VA in providing for the needs of those who served. Peapack-Gladstone Bank recognizes the personal challenges, hurdles and sacrifices faced by our military and their families upon their return to civilian life.  The Bank, its employees and clients remain committed to improving the quality of life of our military and empowering deserving veterans in regaining their freedom and independence.

NVE Bank Donates $1,000 to Office of Concern Food Pantry

NVE Bank made a $1,000 donation to the Office of Concern Food Pantry at St. Cecilia Church in Englewood to fund the Pantry’s Product Protection initiative.   The donation will cover the cost of purchasing durable storage containers to ensure that the food products collected through donations are adequately stored and protected against heat and moisture.  


Two River Community Bank + United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Partner in 2018 Book Drive

In honor of the United Way’s Day of Action 2018, Two River Community Bank was proud to partner with the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to collect books for K-3rd grade children in need within the community. Thanks to generous contributions from local participants, the Bank was able to double its total from last year and donate 2,348 books. The donations will help to prevent the “summer slide” and will support early grade literacy over the summer months and beyond.

Roselle Savings Bank Honors High School Scholars’ Achievements for Outstanding Academic Successes 
Roselle Savings Bank, which has served central and northern New Jersey for nearly 130 years, has awarded two high school seniors with scholarships for their academic accomplishments and extracurricular excellence. 

Luke Schraer of Ridge High School received the $1000 Roselle Savings Scholarship for winning its Business Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Maureen Wolfenden, Bernardsville Branch Manager, along with Ridge High School principal Drew Krause, presented Luke with the award at the Ridge High School Awards Night on May 29. 


Additionally, Arianna Olsen of Abraham Clark High School was presented the Scholarship for Outstanding Business and Finance Student on June 7 by Carl Zeitlinger, Senior Vice President & Compliance Officer of Roselle Savings Bank and Abraham Clark Vice Principal Shelia Williams. Candidates for the annual award are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic achievement, exemplary participation in extracurricular business activities, and commitment to areas of study.

Luke excelled in his studies at Ridge High School, and graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.59. Fascinated by business and entrepreneurship, many of Luke’s courses revolved around these subjects, and extended to marketing and digital design. He will attend Clemson University in the fall, where he plans to pursue a dual major in entertainment marketing and public communications.

With a knack for finance, Arianna maintained an A average in all career courses at Abraham Clark High School while also serving as Commanding Officer of the Junior ROTC program, which requires a strong leadership role and community service outreach. She will attend Montclair State University in the fall and major in Business Administration. 



Roselle Savings Bank Announces “7-Week Savings” Challenge Encouraging Students to Save Money

Roselle Savings Bank, which has served central and northern New Jersey for nearly 130 years, recently announced a 7-week savings challenge prodding students to start saving money from a young age. Branch managers have been working with area schools to arrange group welcome visits to the bank – along with parents or guardians – for money-saving tutorials and to open Student Savings Accounts.
       
To increase participation, Roselle Savings Bank is sweetening the deal by rewarding the student that deposits the most money during the seven-week period with a $25 gift card to Rita’s Italian Ice. Students can open an account with as little as $1.00 and will earn interest on their savings. Those that can’t make it to a specific event are encouraged to stop by anytime to get started.

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Sponsors New Jersey Men Who Launched That’s My Dad Movement to Address Fatherlessness
              

To help address these issues, two New Jersey men, entrepreneur Joe Pellegrino and veteran broadcaster Joe Battaglia, have launched a movement, That’s My Dad Movement, which is sponsored by Atlantic Stewardship Bank, to combat the statistics by working to encourage men to step up and assume their role as fathers to help their children build and live successful lives. 

Roselle Savings Bank Donates $1,000 to The Arc of Hunterdon County
Roselle Savings Bank, which has served central and northern New Jersey for nearly 130 years, made a $1,000 donation to The Arc of Hunterdon County, continuing its long tradition of supporting community service initiatives. With four branches serving the residents of Union, Hunterdon, Somerset, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, and Warren counties, Roselle Savings Bank is committed to offering financial support to organizations that provide services to underserved individuals and families.

The $1,000 donation supports The Arc of Hunterdon County’s services, programs and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Committed to supporting the development and achievement of these individuals at every stage of life, The Arc of Hunterdon County, located in Annandale, NJ, enables those with disabilities to achieve their potential and be vital members of their community and beyond. 


SB  FOUNDATION, INC. HOSTS 17TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING 
The SB Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization under SB One Bancorp (Nasdaq: SBBX), hosted its 17th annual Golf Outing at the Montclair Golf Club last week. The event was attended by 190 golfers and raised nearly $100K that will be distributed to a range of local charitable organizations that enhance the lives of the families, friends and neighbors in the communities in which the bank serves.  


The Provident Bank Foundation Announces First Cycle 2018 Major Grant Recipients 

The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its First Cycle 2018 Major Grants, totaling more than $200,000 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. Major Grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding, and support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and the individuals they serve.

 
 
Recipients of PBF’s First Cycle 2018 Major Grants are as follows:
 
NEW JERSEY
Bergen Performing Arts Center (Bergen, Essex, and Morris Counties) —
$20,000 in funding will support bergenPAC’s Voices in Harmony Special Needs Program at The Felician School, Children’s Therapy Center, Banyan School, Deron School of NJ’s Montclair Campus, Chapel Hill Academy, and ECLC of New Jersey’s Chatham Campus. This program is designed to instruct special needs students in the performing arts and provide a professional stage to bring the participating students together for a culminating performance on the main stage of bergenPAC.
 
Count Basie Theatre (Monmouth County) —
$7,500 in funding will support Count Basie Theatre’s arts education and community outreach for 1,000 students at Red Bank Primary School, Joseph R. Bolger Middle School (Keansburg), and Amerigo A. Anastasia Elementary School (Long Branch). Teaching Artists will address the New Jersey State Learning Standards for arts education including dance, music, theatre and visual arts to foster academic achievement, creativity, communication, functional performance, and self-confidence.
 

Link Education Partners, Inc. (Essex County) —
$25,000 in funding will support the Link Enrichment Program for disadvantaged middle school youth in grades 5–8 and professional development for urban educators. In partnership with Link Community Charter School (Newark), Link Education Partners will work with students to narrow achievement gaps and provide exposure to the arts, STEM, health and wellness programs, and outdoor adventure education. Educators will receive on- and off-site professional development and training and coaching with instructional and content area specialists.
 

Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morris County) —
$15,000 in funding will support the Miracle Project at MPAC, an innovative, evidence-based program that uses theatre and music to help students with autism and other special needs, ages 9-24, overcome their core challenges. A total of 10 classes, each consisting of 14 sessions, will be offered during the 2018-2019 season, serving students with autism of varying ages and independence levels, including the addition of an “Improv for Interaction” class for young adults. 
 

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce (Essex and Middlesex Counties) —
$7,000 in funding will support New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Jobs for New Jersey’s Graduates (JNJG) program for students at Newark’s Weequahic High School, West Side High School, and Barringer Academy of the Arts and Humanities; Carteret High School; and New Brunswick Adult Learning Center. JNJG is dedicated to helping at-risk students, who struggle with economic, academic and social barriers, graduate from high school and make successful transitions to post-secondary education and meaningful employment.
 
Newark Museum (Essex County) —
$20,000 in funding will support Newark Museum’s Explorers Program, a unique four-year learning experience that includes access to Museum professionals, life skills workshops, paid internships, research projects, small group instruction, college guidance and field trips. This approach provides the Explorers with teamwork, presentation, technology and research skills, leading to long-term academic success.
 
PEI Kids (Mercer County) —
$10,000 in funding will support PEI Kids’ Child Assault Prevention and Crisis Intervention programming in the Walter C. Black, Perry L. Drew, Ethel McKnight, and Grace Norton Rogers Elementary Schools in the East Windsor Regional School district. Workshops and counseling will be provided to students to prevent violence and abuse, and to mitigate the effects of abuse on child victims and prevent future victimization.
 

The RWJ University Hospital Foundation (Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset Counties) —
$10,000 in funding will support the RWJ University Hospital Foundation’s Safety Ambassador Program (SAP) to reduce unintentional childhood injuries through a student-to-student, data-driven educational program, with topics focusing on Road Safety and Fall Prevention. High school juniors and seniors will work with 1st and 2nd graders in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset County schools to improve students’ knowledge of injury risks and related prevention strategies, ultimately to increase safety behaviors and attitudes.
 

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Hudson and Essex Counties) —
$10,000 in funding will support the 22nd Touring Season of Shakespeare LIVE! for students in Bayonne’s Nicholas Oresko School Academy and Bayonne High School, and in Newark’s Barringer STEAM Academy and B.R.I.C.K. Peshine Academy. The Theatre’s flagship outreach program, Shakespeare LIVE! enhances arts education by performing abridged productions of Shakespeare’s works, augmented by in-school workshops and other activities including comprehensive study guides and post-show discussions between actors and students.
 

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren Counties) —
$20,000 in funding will support The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide’s (SPTS) expansion of its youth suicide prevention efforts in the Skyland Region. Utilizing a whole-community approach, SPTS will provide on-going suicide prevention conversations with parents; non-profit staff and volunteers working with youth; “trusted adults”; and community members in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties.
 
State Theatre New Jersey (Middlesex County) —
$25,000 in funding will support State Theatre New Jersey’s Community Access Initiative, which provides arts programming for local children and families that may not otherwise have access to the arts. This initiative includes a series of free Family Movies serving children, families, and summer campers, as well as the Milk & Cookies music and storytelling series, which serves children aged 3-8 and their families. The Community Access Initiative will also utilize a new “Second Stage” space for expanded programming including Milk & Cookies performances tailored especially for children with autism and multicultural programs for the community.
 

WomenRising, Inc. (Hudson County) —
$7,500 in funding will support WomenRising’s Workforce Development & Digital Literacy Training Center to address barriers and access to employment for women in Jersey City, Bayonne, Union City, and Hoboken. The Center provides wrap-around services for women by addressing employment needs such as internet and computer access for job search and placement, and by addressing personal needs through their domestic violence services, youth and family services, and permanent supportive housing.
 

PENNSYLVANIA
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware (Lehigh, Bucks, and Northampton Counties) —
$8,500 in funding will support The HALO Project at The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware, an intensive 10-week therapeutic intervention for foster and adoptive children and families struggling with difficult behaviors resulting from childhood trauma. Trauma Education Classes are the cornerstone of this program, teaching families about the impact of trauma on their children and providing effective parenting tools. Kids Club weekly sessions build motor skills, teach self-regulation and improve communication skills.
 

Valley Youth House Committee (Lehigh and Northampton Counties) —
$15,000 in funding will support Valley Youth House’s supportive housing program for homeless youth and their infants/children in the Lehigh Valley. This is a growing and increasingly vulnerable low-income population with multiple barriers to overcome in order to become independent, productive members of our community. Through this supportive housing program, youth can transition to independent living, breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and their children.
 

2018 also marks the 15th Anniversary of The Provident Bank Foundation. In honor of this milestone, The Foundation will be making  twelve (12) employee-nominated “Commit to Care” grants, at $15,000 each, to deserving organizations throughout the communities  which Provident Bank serves. The Foundation received a total of 104 nominations, and selected grantees will be notified at the end of June.


Unity Bank Seeks Classic Car Owners & Sponsors for 12th Annual Show Benefitting Family Promise
Unity Bank is seeking sponsors and classic car owners for the 12th Annual Crusin’ Bob’s Classic Car Show hosted by the bank on Sunday, June 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Unity’s Clinton headquarters, 64 Old Highway 22. All proceeds of the fun-filled community event benefit Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County.

The emcee for the event is Doctor D. Entertainment and Lulu Laughalot Entertainment will provide face painting and balloon art. Admission to the event is free.
 
For car owners who pre-register, a $10 donation reserves a spot in the competition. Car owner registration on the day of the show is $15. Pre-registration is open until June 20th. The lot opens for car registration at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the show. The car show last year drew a record 136 automobiles. Classic car owners compete for cash prizes, judged by participants, in different categories. Please visit unitybank.com/carshow/ for more information on registration.
 
For local businesses, the show offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities between $25 and $250. For sponsorship questions, please contact Sponsor Coordinator Dustin Coughlin at 908-713-4521.
 



NVE Bank Participates in National Rebuilding Day 2018

NVE Bank participated in National Rebuilding Day as part of April’s National Rebuilding Month by sponsoring a Rebuilding Together project in Cresskill, New Jersey.  Bank employees volunteered to assist in renovations to a single family home.  Renovations included painting, landscaping and general home repairs. 


Roselle Savings Bank Donates $1,000 to The Arc of Somerset County
Roselle Savings Bank, which has served central and northern New Jersey for nearly 130 years, made a $1,000 donation to The Arc of Somerset County, continuing its long tradition of supporting community service initiatives. With four branches serving the residents of Union, Hunterdon, Somerset, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, and Warren counties, Roselle Savings Bank is committed to offering financial support to organizations that provide services to underserved individuals and families.

The $1,000 donation supports The Arc of Somerset County’s services, programs and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Committed to supporting the development and achievement of these individuals at every stage of life, The Arc of Somerset County, located in Manville, NJ, currently serves more than 1,400 children and adults in 33 locations. 



First Bank Celebrates Grand Opening of Pennington Branch

First Bank (NASDAQ: FRBA) celebrated the grand opening of its fourth branch in Mercer County, New Jersey with a ribbon cutting in Pennington on May 8, 2018. The full-service bank with deposit and lending services is located at 3 Tree Farm Road, in the Pennington Point shopping center. The bank offers traditional deposit and loan banking services for individuals, families and commercial clients. There are approximately 150 First Bank employees working throughout New Jersey in Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Morris counties, as well as in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.



Riker Danzig Sponsors Newport 10,000

For 15 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 5th in Newport, on the Jersey City Hudson River waterfront.  This 10K (6.2 mile) run attracted more than 1,600 recreational and professional runners this year.  Riker Danzig had over 65 runners registered for our team, including our own Elite runner Ashley Higginson!  Higginson ran a great race and placed 7th in the Female American Elite division this year.  In 2016, she participated in the USA Track & Field Olympic trials.  Higginson won a gold medal in the steeplechase at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and competed for the USA in the steeplechase at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.


Unity Bank is Top Ranked New Jersey Community Bank on American Banker magazine’s Top 200 List
Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTY), the parent company of Unity Bank, was the top ranked New Jersey community bank on the American Banker magazine list of the Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks. Unity was ranked 19th nationally on the respected industry list, which reviewed 633 institutions throughout the U.S.

The magazine ranked banks and thrifts that had total assets of less than $2 billion as of Dec. 31, 2017 and are publicly traded. Nationally, 633 institutions fit the category for the list. Unity Bank climbed the list from 27th in 2017 to its current ranking.

The ranking is based on three-year average return on equity (ROE), a measure of profitability that calculates how many dollars of profit a company generates with each dollar of shareholders’ equity. The average ROE for the 633 institutions was 6.74 percent. Unity Bancorp’s ROE was 13.24 percent, placing Unity in the top 10 percent of the SNL Financial group.

The impressive showing on the American Banker list comes on the heels of Unity Bank’s best quarter financially in its history, a milestone that Hughes attributes to the continued commitment of the bank’s employees. First quarter earnings were up 64% from the first quarter of 2017, which resulted in Return on Assets (ROA) of 1.53%. 

In December 2017, Unity became one of the first companies nationally to reward employees with the benefits of federal corporate tax reform, providing all staff with $750 bonuses. The employee incentives came as Unity continued to grow its service area, adding a new branch in Ramsey and relocated a branch facility in Phillipsburg, for a total of 18 branch locations. The bank continues to grow its residential and commercial loan portfolios as well with total loans exceeding $1.15 billion. Unity, which will open another new branch in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this spring, has approximately $1.5 billion in assets and $1 billion in deposits



Riker Danzig Sponsors Relay for Life

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Riker Danzig employees, family and friends took to the track for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, which took place at the Morristown Armory.  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.

In addition to the money raised by team members, Riker Danzig held a "Jeans Day" on Friday, April 27th, for which employees contributed in exchange for the privilege to wear jeans to work.  As a whole, the Morristown Relay for Life raised over $71,000 for cancer research.

Attorney Jenny Chung accepted recognition on behalf of Riker Danzig as a major sponsor of the event. 



Glen Rock Savings Bank Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of West Orange Branch

Glen Rock Savings Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of northern New Jersey customers since 1922, celebrated a grand re-opening of its location at 474 Prospect Avenue in West Orange with a host of festivities. Held to showcase a recent refresh of the branch’s interior, the event drew a large crowd of area residents and business leaders. 

One of the day’s highlights was a true early-bird special: The first 100 adults to visit the new West Orange branch received a free tumbler filled with cash ranging from $1 to $500, no purchase required. West Orange resident John Barry took home the most lucrative tumbler, which contained $500. 



Mary Ann Deacon Honored by Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

Lakeland Bank announced that Mary Ann Deacon, Chairman of Lakeland Bank, has been named one of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey’s 2018 Women of Achievement honorees. The award program was held April 12 at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park to honor five individuals from the local community who exemplify the values of Girl Scouting.



Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates $5,000 to Daytop New Jersey, Inc.  

Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) recently presented Bill Keenan, CFO of Daytop New Jersey with a $5,000 donation made through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program. ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with nonprofit, educational, charitable and/or evangelical religious recipients each year and was privileged to select Daytop as one of its recipients. 

5-Star Atlantic Stewardship Bank Meeting Today’s Needs; Anticipating Tomorrow’s

BauerFinancial, Coral Gables, Florida, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, announced that Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Midland Park, New Jersey has once again secured its highest, 5-Star rating. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) In fact, Atlantic Stewardship Bank has earned and maintained this top 5-Star rating for 14 consecutive quarters.


Unity Bank Ranked 43rd Nationally on S&P Global Market Intelligence List of Best-Performing Community Banks
 
Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTY), the parent company of Unity Bank, was one of only two New Jersey community banks to break the top 50 of S&P Global Market Intelligence (NYSE: SPGI) 2017 best-performing community banks with assets between $1 billion and $10 billion. Unity was ranked 43rd nationally on the respected industry list. Nationally, 533 financial institutions were eligible for the list.


Spencer Savings Bank Completes Merger with Wawel Bank

Spencer Savings Bank has announced the closing of its merger transaction with Wawel Bank.  The transaction closed on March 26, 2018.  Full integration of Wawel Bank’s systems is expected to be completed in July.  

Boiling Springs Savings Bank Makes Donation To Chilton Medical Center – Pediatric Clinic

Boiling Springs Savings Bank, one of northern New Jersey’s largest savings banks and provider of financial services to individuals and businesses for nearly 80 years, has donated $10,000 to Chilton Medical Center’s Pediatric Clinic. The contribution further supports the bank’s longstanding mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Boiling Springs Savings Bank Announces Strong First Quarter Donations for Community Alliance Program

Boiling Springs Savings Bank, one of northern New Jersey’s largest savings banks and provider of financial services to individuals and businesses for nearly 80 years, announced first quarter 2018 results for its award-winning, philanthropic Community Alliance Program (CAP). The $136,903 donated in Q1 starts the year off with promise, and continues the program’s tradition of strong performance and steady year-over-year growth. All totaled, an impressive $3.34 million has been donated through CAP since its 2006 inception. 

 

Provident Bank Employees raise more than $11,700 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

More than 50 Provident Bank team members recently participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake, at Brunswick Zone in Hazlet, N.J.  Provident Bank employees raised more than $11,700 which will help provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better.  Since 2012, Provident Bank bowling teams have raised more than $56,000 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters 1-1 mentoring programs. 


NVE Bank “Shares Breakfast” With Those in Need
Staff and Customers Donate Boxes of Breakfast Cereal to Benefit the Office of Concern Food Pantry at St. Cecilia’s Church

NVE Bank’s Spring Cereal Food Drive resulted in the donation of over 285 boxes of breakfast cereal to the Office of Concern Food Pantry, located at St. Cecilia’s Church in Englewood, New Jersey.  Staffed by dedicated volunteers, the Office of Concern Food Pantry located at 55 West Demarest Avenue in Englewood, supplies weekly groceries to over 800 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 Celebrates Financial Literacy Month by Teaching Children to Save

NVE Bank Branch Managers from the bank’s 11 branches helped Bergen County elementary school students celebrate Financial Literacy Month by teaching savings classes throughout the month of April.  The classes, aimed at giving kids the opportunity to start learning financial basics in a fun and interactive way, was done in partnership with the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s Annual Teach Children to Save Program.    Throughout the month, NVE bankers taught over 500 students, awarding each “graduate” participation certificates and NVE piggy banks at the end of class.



Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $738 Thousand to Support Our Community

Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) made the announcement that, over the past twelve months, it has donated over $738,000 in charitable contributions to more than 285 recipients. Through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program, ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with nonprofit, educational, charitable and/or evangelical religious recipients each year.  


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Makes $1,400 Donation to Teams for Kids Foundation

(left to right) Kate Sant’Angelo, Peapack-Gladstone Bank Retail Private Banker and Andrew Bauer, Teams for Kids Foundation

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced their donation of $1,400.00 to Teams for Kids Foundation, Inc. made on behalf of its employees, clients and friends.  Presented on Saturday, March 17 at the Bank’s Long Valley, New Jersey location, Andrew Bauer, Long Valley resident and Junior at West Morris Regional High School, accepted the donation to support the organization’s efforts in providing the necessary funding to allow children from homeless and low-income families within the State of New Jersey to participate in sports programs.  The Foundation was originally founded by Andrew’s sister, Abby Bauer of Long Valley, whose brother Andrew now oversees the Student Athletic Ambassador Program.  Through this program, students are offered the opportunity to help out the community through their school or high school sports team and become further connected to their school and community in supporting the mission of the Teams for Kids Foundation.

Provident Bank Celebrates Relocation
Provident Bank celebrated the relocation of its Somerville, N.J. branch at 28 West Main Street.  Provident Bank executives were joined by local officials and business leaders for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new branch.  Following the ribbon cutting, guests enjoyed refreshments and networking. 
 
Pictured (L-R): Chris Martin, President & CEO, Provident Bank; Vanda Ferreira, FVP/Market Manager, Provident Bank; Rita Weimer, Banking Center Manager, Provident Bank; Ellen Brain, Mayor of Somerville; Mike Raimonde, EVP/Director of Retail Banking, Provident Bank; Greg Dittrich, SVP/Regional Manager, Provident Bank.


NVE Bank Launches Breakfast Cereal Food Drive

NVE Bank launched a bank-wide Cereal food drive on April 2nd intended 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 800 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 their clients with healthy and nutritious breakfast food choices. Donations of non-perishable breakfast food items will be accepted through Friday, April 20th at all of NVE’s 11 branches located throughout Bergen County.


Atlantic Stewardship bank Recognized by CIANJ and Commerce Magazine Among “COMPANIES THAT CARE”
The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine recently hosted their Fifth Annual Chairman’s Reception – paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community. 
       
Thirty-nine companies, including leading manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, banks and colleges and universities, were honored as “Champions of Good Works” at the gala reception, attended by more than 200 business executives.


Provident Bank Hosts Girl Scout Troop #5225
Provident Bank hosted members of  Girl Scout Troop # 5225 of Dumont, NJ, who received a lesson in banking.  Izabela Wdowiak, Banking Center Manager, explained the difference between checking and savings accounts, as well as which accounts earn interest and how interest is calculated.  The Girl Scouts also learned how to write a check and balance a checkbook.
 
Isabella Carabillo, 11, of Dumont, writes a sample check as Izabela Wdowiak, Banking Center Manager, Provident Bank, looks on.

Members of Girl Scout Troop # 5225 visit Provident Bank’s Dumont branch.



Metuchen Savings Bank announces the selection of Lorraine Mulligan, Vice President, as the 2018 YMCA Charles S. Edgar Memorial Award Recipient

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) has announced the selection of Lorraine Mulligan as the 2018 Charles S. Edgar Memorial Award recipient. This award is given annually to an individual who has greatly served the youth of the community, exemplifies community spirit, has contributed to the community through a variety of organizations and in a variety of roles and is responsive to and interested in the work of the YMCA. 


Spencer Savings Bank Raises Over $100,000 with 7th Year New York Football Giants Snow Bowl Participation

Spencer Savings Bank has raised over $100,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey, with its 7th year New York Football Giants Snowbowl participation. Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, and Spencer was proud to mark their participation in this fundraiser which supports sports competition and training for over 25,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. Fundraising efforts were strong again this year. The bank continued its top three streak, raising more than $17,500 this year and landing the second overall highest team total.  Employees were hard at work hosting a variety of fundraisers that took place at the bank for over two months leading up to the event. Generous donations poured in from employees, family, friends, and customers.



Boiling Springs Savings Bank Makes Donation to the Florham Park Food Pantry

Boiling Springs Savings Bank donated $3,500 to the Florham Park Food Pantry. The contribution further supports the bank’s longstanding mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves. The Florham Park Food Pantry, guided by the Holy Family Parish, provides community members in need with food supplies. Donations of non-perishable food and other grocery items are always welcome as the organization continues to serve the community.


Boiling Springs Savings Bank Makes Donation to the Meadowlands Area YMCA
Boiling Springs Savings Bank donated $15,000 to the Meadowlands Area YMCA. This contribution, the fourth of a six-year, $75,000 commitment, further supports the bank’s longstanding mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves.

The Meadowlands Area YMCA serves the residential and corporate communities in the area by providing comprehensive programs that positively impact individuals and families. The organization emphasizes the values of honesty and respect while promoting good health and social responsibility. As a result of the Y’s efforts, countless youths, adults and families are provided with the resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit mind and body.



NVE Bank Sponsors “Hip Hop Connections” at Dwight Morrow High School
       
As part of its longstanding community outreach commitment, NVE Bank has partnered with the Bergen Performing Arts center to bring live performing arts programs to local schools in Bergen County.  Coordinated through bergenPac’s “Arts in Education” program, NVE will sponsor  High School Assembly programs throughout 2018 in Englewood, Tenafly, Leonia, Teaneck, Cresskill, Bogota,  Bergenfield, New Milford, Westwood and Closter.  The programs will offer students the opportunity to interact with live performers, learn about issues that impact youth today and experience live theater in the comfort of their own school.  

 




Provident Bank Rings Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange 

Chris Martin, Chairman, President & CEO, Provident Financial Services, Inc. (PFS), the holding company for Provident Bank, joined by Provident board members and senior executives to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Provident Financial Services, Inc., recently celebrated its 15th anniversary as a public company listed on the NYSE.  (Pictured L-R)  Len Gleason, Investor Relations Officer; Matthew Harding, Director; Robert Adamo, Director; Frank L. Fekete, Director; Terence Gallagher, Director; Chris Martin; Jim Byrne, Head of U.S. Listings, NYSE; John Pugliese, Director; Valerie Murray, President, Beacon Trust Company; John Kuntz, General Counsel; Tom Lyons, Chief Financial Officer.

Provident Bank Runs “Go Red for Women” Fundraising Campaign
Employees of Provident Bank 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 and stroke 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: Rebecca Calicchio, Ashley Andrade-Moya, Olivia Porpora, Jamie Scott, Enzo the Bulldog, Ashley Georgiano, Beth Cannon, and John Cantwell, all of Provident Bank. 
Employees contributed a total of $3,100, and the bank added $1,250 to what employees raised, to bring the total to more than $4,300 - all of which was donated to the American Heart Association.


Amboy Bank Winter Clothing Drive 


Stan Koreyva, Amboy Bank President & COO, and Gregory Scharpf, EVP & Chief Retail Officer, present clothing donations to Tina Foley of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen and Richard Ferreira of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton. The donations were collected during Amboy Bank’s winter clothing drive. Employees and clients from all 24 Amboy offices displayed their generosity in donating over a hundred bags of clothing and coats. 

Boiling Springs Savings Bank Makes Donation to 55 Kip Center

Boiling Springs Savings Bank, one of northern New Jersey’s largest savings banks and provider of financial services to individuals and businesses for nearly 80 years, has donated $10,000 to Rutherford-based 55 Kip Center.  The contribution further supports the bank’s longstanding mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Berkshire Bank Named Finalist for Prestigious Halo Award
Berkshire Bank has been named a finalist for the 2018 Halo Award. Presented annually at the Engage for Good Conference in Chicago, the Halo Awards are one of North America’s highest honors for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These prestigious awards look at philanthropic campaigns targeted at consumers and employees that take innovative and impactful approaches to supporting causes. Past recipients of the awards include many of the most globally recognized brands.
 
Berkshire was named a finalist in the Employee Engagement Group Volunteering category which recognizes initiatives that meaningfully and measurably engage a company’s employees in a cause-focused initiative to achieve both a social and a business impact. Berkshire’s work on their Xtraordinary Day of Service in June 2017 in which it mobilized 92% of their workforce across the country to directly impact more than 400,000 individuals coupled with their broader XTEAM® corporate employee volunteer program which boasts a 100% employee participation rate earned them the selection. Berkshire provides its employees with paid time off to volunteer during regular business hours at a series of company-supported service projects through the program. The other finalists for the award include FedEx, WestJet and Habitat for Humanity International. The winner will be announced in Chicago on May 24.

 
Berkshire Bank has gained national attention for its corporate responsibility efforts over the last year including recognition as a finalist in 2017 for the North American Halo Award for Top Employee Engagement Program and as a finalist for The Citizens Awards presented by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation in the Top Corporate Steward Category. In addition to these national accolades, the bank was named a Top Charitable Contributor by the Boston Business journal for the fifth consecutive year for their philanthropic efforts through their Foundation.

Berkshire Bank Awards $13,000 to Bridge Over Troubled Waters as part of the Exciting Assists Grant program
Berkshire Bank announced  that  in partnership with New England Sports Network (NESN), it has awarded a $13,000 grant to Bridge Over Troubled Waters through the Berkshire Bank Exciting Assists Grant Program.  Elisabeth Jackson Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters accepted the contribution from Lori Gazzillo, Senior Vice President & Director of Berkshire Bank Foundation during NESN’s broadcast of the Boston Bruins hockey game on February 10th.  To view this on air feature, please visit: Berkshire Bank 'Exciting Assists' Grant Award . 
 
The Exciting Assists Grant program runs through March 31, 2018 and raises funds to support three charitable causes. Berkshire Bank’s Foundation provides $100 per hockey play assist to the program. An assist is defined as a Boston Bruins player who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the goal. During the second portion of the season the Bruins had 130 assists resulting in a $13,000 grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation.
 

Peapack Capital Originates $152MM in 2017
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce Peapack Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, funded equipment finance transactions totaling $152 million for commercial and corporate clients in 2017, its first year of operations.


Boiling Springs Savings Bank Makes Donation to Rutherford Community Pantry
Boiling Springs Savings Bank has donated $7,500 to the Rutherford Community Pantry. The contribution further supports the bank’s longstanding mission to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Rutherford Community Pantry is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to meeting emergency and ongoing needs for food and personal hygiene items. It is a joint effort of concerned citizens, community faith congregations and civic organizations collaborating to maintain services that keep their clients free from hunger.


Pictured Left to right:
Franklin Ochoa, Rutherford-Union Avenue Branch Manager for Boiling Springs Savings Bank; Jane Tarantino, Rutherford Community Pantry Representative; and Carmen Addeo, Rutherford-Orient Way Branch Manager for Boiling Springs Savings Bank.


Glen Rock Savings Bank Honored at Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year Awards Dinner
Glen Rock Savings Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of northern New Jersey customers since 1922, was honored at the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Year Awards Dinner on Friday, January 5. The ceremony was held at Macaluso’s Restaurant on Rea Avenue in Hawthorne.

Glen Rock Savings Bank has been serving the borough of Hawthorne for more than 15 years, demonstrating its commitment in a variety of ways. The bank has been involved with events organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the Hawthorne Rotary Club, town-sponsored events such as Hawthorne Day, and as a primary sponsor of the Annual Classic Car Show, which has grown to be one of the most anticipated events of the year.


Roselle Savings Bank Names Winner In Email Signup Contest 

Bernardsville resident Richard Hall proudly holds up the Visa gift card that he won by entering a Roselle Savings Bank email signup contest. 

Roselle Savings Bank is excited to announce that Richard Hall, of Bernardsville, has won a $100 Visa gift card by entering an email collection contest at the bank’s Bernardsville branch. 

From November 27 through December 16, 2017, Roselle Savings Bank ran an email capture campaign designed to grow their database. Team members at each Roselle Savings location were encouraged to recruit customer sign-ups. Every customer who filled out an email sign up form was entered into a randomized drawing to win a gift card. 

One winner was chosen at random from each Roselle branch: Roselle, High Bridge, Cranford, and Bernardsville. The Roselle branch collected more than 100 email sign ups - more than any other single branch - and will be awarded a pizza party served by Felschow and Paula Carey, Roselle Savings Senior Vice President. 


 

Magyar Bank Donates to Feeding Middlesex County

Adding to its history of supporting worthy Central Jersey charities, Magyar Bank recently donated $3500 to Feeding Middlesex County (FMC).  The funds will be used to purchase 100,000 food bags for use at MCFOODS, the county food bank. 

These bright orange bags are a mainstay of the MCFOODS organization and are used to package foods for the more than 100 food pantries and social service organizations in the MCFOODS network.  In addition, the bags are used in the spring school drive and are distributed to school children in 130 Middlesex County schools annually.  The bags are also distributed at several active adult communities in Monroe Township for the annual fall food drive, and they are utilized in many other food drives in Central Jersey.

One side of the bag includes information about the MCFOODS operation including what kinds of food can be donated and the supporting entities are acknowledged.  Side two of the new bag will include information about FMC and acknowledges the beneficial support of Magyar Bank.




Peapack-Gladstone Bank Chairs GFMI Lending Middle Market Conference

Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced their active participation in the November 30-December 1 Global Financial Markets Intelligence (GFMI) Conference held in the Downtown Conference Centre, New York, New York.   Fourth Edition Leveraged Lending in the Shifting Regulatory Market was the topic of discussion at this 2-day event chaired by Patrick Brocker, Senior Managing Director, Commercial Lending at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.   GFMI’s innovative conference focused on competitiveness and innovation in middle market lending where attendees discussed the best strategies for leveraged lending in the middle market and left with a better understanding of how to solve the problems they are facing in the current financial market.  
 
Brocker opened and closed each daily session with a personal address to all attendees adding insight on how to comply and innovate their leveraged lending to increase profitability in a competitive, regulated environment.  Acting as both Chair and panel moderator, he also led discussions focusing on how banks and non-bank lenders can work together in the middle market in addition to the impact of regulatory changes on the leveraged lending business.
 
At Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Patrick Brocker is responsible for establishing cash flow leveraged finance and asset-based lending product capabilities.  These products play a critical role in wealth creation, preservation, diversification and succession strategies for many private banking clients and prospects who own businesses by facilitating the purchase, sale, rapid expansion or rehabilitation of businesses.  

He has decades of experience building and managing middle market leveraged finance and asset-based lending businesses in regulated financial institutions, including originations, underwriting, relationship management, credit and loan workout.  He has supported the creation of substantial wealth for clients along with decades of exceptional returns for his institutions.  Brocker previously served as President of AmSouth Capital, a national leveraged lending and asset-based lending unit of AmSouth Bank; Senior Vice President, Northeast Marketing Manager of Fleet Capital; and Senior Vice President, Division Head of Specialized Finance at National Westminster Bank, USA.  Pat holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from Marquette University.


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Makes $5,000 Donation to United Way of Northern New Jersey
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced their donation of $5,000.00 to the United Way of Northern New Jersey made on behalf of its employees, clients and friends.  Presented at the Bank’s Headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey, Lisa Galonardo, United Way of Northern New Jersey Regional Volunteer Engagement Manager in Bridgewater accepted the donation  to support the organization’s efforts to improve the lives of New Jersey residents in need.
 
Throughout the years, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has formed a strong alliance with the United Way of Northern New Jersey, supporting individuals and local youth academically, socially and economically, providing the resources they need to thrive and succeed.  The Bank runs annual drives collecting thousands of school supplies, holiday gifts and tangible goods.  Additionally, employees roll up their sleeves to sort, package and distribute donations.  Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s book drive was the model and inspiration for the United Way Book Buddy program which now provides reading material to support summer literacy programs, local school libraries and literacy education for students of all ages.  In conjunction with the United Way, Bank employees also donate their time reading to students in a classroom setting while providing materials, snacks and hands-on support in creating a craft.  



(left to right) Rosanne Schwab, Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Lisa Galonardo, Manager, Regional Volunteer Engagement, United Way of Northern New Jersey; Mary Donovan, Executive Assistant to President & CEO, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Denise Pace-Sanders, Senior Vice President, Brand and Marketing Director, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Anthony Bilotta, Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking, Peapack-Gladstone Bank


Berkshire Bank Launches $50,000 Scholarship Program
Berkshire Bank announced that it will honor thirty-five high school seniors across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for their volunteer service with Berkshire Bank Scholarships. The scholarships recognize students who excel academically, have a financial need and share in Berkshire Bank’s commitment to community service. Additionally, students must attend a high school that is located in a county with a Berkshire Bank or Commerce Bank, a division of Berkshire Bank, office. The recipients will share in $52,500 of scholarship funds. 
 
Through the program, thirty five $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who will be attending a two-year or four-year college in the fall. Applications are evaluated based on the student's record of volunteerism in the community, academic standing and financial need. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and a family household income under $100,000 to be eligible to apply. A team of 200 Bank employee volunteers will review the applications and select this year's recipients.
 
Students will be selected in each the geographic regions where Berkshire Bank serves including (15) in Massachusetts, nine (9) in New York, three (3) in Connecticut, (3) in Vermont, three (3) in New Jersey and two (2) in Pennsylvania. Students can apply online though the Bank's website at www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships To be considered, all applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 21st at 4:00 p.m. Additional information about this year's program can be obtained through the Bank's website or by contacting Berkshire Bank Foundation at scholarshipinfo@berkshirebank.com.
 
Roselle Savings Bank Honored as Business of the Year at Roselle Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner
Roselle Savings Bank is proud to accept the honor of being named “Business of the Year” by the Roselle Chamber of Commerce. The 4th Annual Roselle Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Community Service Awards was held on December 12, 2017 at the Central Park restaurant in Roselle. The ceremony acknowledged the contributions of businesses and individuals that have demonstrated strong contributions to the local community. Roselle Chamber of Commerce recognized the following categories at the annual awards ceremony: Humanitarian Award of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, Fire Fighter of the Year, Educator of the Year, Principal of the Year, Business of the Year, Home-Based Business of the Year, and New Business of the Year. All recipients were honored among family, friends and colleagues for standing out in the community and going above and beyond in their respective positions. 

(pictured left to right) Wilfrid Peralte, Roselle Chamber of Commerce President; Detlef Felschow, President & CEO, Roselle Savings Bank; Sonya Ashley, Roselle Chamber of Commerce Vice President.


Berkshire Hills Announces Employee and Community Investments
Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:  BHLB), the parent of Berkshire Bank, announced additional investments in its employees and communities following the recent passage of federal tax reform legislation. 
 
These investments include:
Raising Berkshire’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Providing a special, one-time bonus of $1000 to over 1000 employees.  This grant benefits all full time employees below a certain compensation threshold, covering over 70% of the Bank’s workforce, and augments the special $500 holiday bonus these colleagues received in the fourth quarter.
Enhancing Berkshire’s investment in employee development and training programs to benefit our employees and bolster our current offering at AMEBU – American’s Most Exciting Bank University.
Contributing $2 million to the Berkshire Bank Foundation which supports charitable organizations, scholarships, and volunteerism across Berkshire’s local communities.  This will bolster the foundation’s endowment and allow for increased local giving.  Last year we provided over $2 million to our local communities, complementing our employee volunteer program which helps our employees contribute over 40,000 hours of volunteer service each year.   

Roselle Savings Bank Birghtens Up Childrens' Holiday Through the Season of Caring Program

For the fifth year, Roselle Savings Bank is helping children in need by donating toys to United Way of Greater Union County’s Season of Caring program. Employees of Roselle Savings Bank generously purchased all of the items that were donated. The donations are a part of United Way of Union County’s 2017 Season of Caring Program. Many of the gifts will be the only presents that children will be opening this year. 

 
Pictured displaying donated wrapped toys ready to be delivered to the United Way of Greater Union County’s 2017 Season of Caring are (from left) Roselle Savings Bank employees Detlef "D" Felschow, President/Chief Executive Officer; Janice Ritz, Senior Vice President Human Resources; Kelley Serafinas, Assistant Vice President Operations; Paula Carey, Senior Vice President Information Technology; Marcia Wittek, Assistant Branch Manager; Beth Retcho, Vice President/Branch Manager; Mike McCambridge, Senior Vice Presidnet/Chief Financial Officer.


Unity Bank Donates $22,100 to Food Pantries in NJ and Easton

 Unity Bank and its employees have donated a total of $22,100 to 17 food pantries in New Jersey and Easton, Pa. The funds were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.
 
            

Donations of $1,300 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 Feeding Hands of Somerville from Somerville Branch.


A season of giving at FinPro

FinPro, Inc. was once again in the giving spirit this holiday season.  In November, they completed their third annual food drive, benefitting the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.  As well, they participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family program helping to make the holiday season extra special for three local families.  They're also proud to announce that we reached 90% employee participation in our matching gift program and 100% participation for our directors.
 
Provident Bank Holds Toy Drive
Provident Bank held a toy drive at its administrative, back office, and branch locations.  More than 500 toys were collected.  The toys will be distributed to local children through organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties; Center for Hope & Safety; Jersey City Economic Development Corporation; Kidz 1st; and Toys for Tots.
 
Pictured in attached photo from left to right: Christina Farmer, Communications Coordinator (L) and Vicky Mendez, Marketing Coordinator (R), both of Provident Bank, display some of the toys collected during the bank’s toy drive.




Peapack-Gladstone Bank Recognized for Service by America’s Grow-a-Row in Helping to Feed the Poor

Throughout the years, Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s corporate philanthropy programs, partnerships with local organizations, volunteer engagement and community service and support have made an impact in improving the lives of countless individuals in New Jersey.  With the state’s hunger crisis affecting 12% of residents and one in five children, the Bank has directed its efforts in providing support to America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR) based in Pittstown, New Jersey. 

During the month of November at the organization’s 8th Annual Thanks for Giving Barn Dinner, Peapack-Gladstone Bank was presented with America’s Grow-a-Row’s “Good Investment” award for consistent support throughout the years in planting and harvesting at every opportunity and bringing extra awareness of AGAR’s efforts to feed those suffering from food insecurity.  By delivering healthy produce to New Jersey food banks and countless financially deprived individuals and offering healthy alternatives to their daily staples, America’s Grow-a-Row has made an impact in alleviating food insecurity within the Garden State while protecting low-income individuals from chronic diseases.

Chip Paillex, AGAR President and Founder, and Julie Rusin, AGAR Director of Programming, (left) present America’s Grow-a-Row’s “Good Investment” recognition award to Rosanne Schwab, Peapack-Gladstone Bank Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager (right). 

 


Unity Bank Sponsors Random Acts at Hansel 'n Griddle in Somerville
 
Unity Bank’s Somerville Branch hosted a Random Acts day at Hansel 'n Griddle in Somerville, giving away cups of coffee to unsuspecting customers.

Pictured (from left) are Wendy Ewen, Unity Bank Somerville Relationship Manager, and Michael Ivers, Owner of Hansel 'n Griddle. As part of the special unannounced Random Acts program each Unity Bank branch partners with two local businesses to allow shop owners to surprise their customers with a free coffee courtesy of Unity Bank.



Amboy Bank Helps Old Bridge Food Bank

Gregory Scharpf, Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Officer, helps Old Bridge Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator, Anahita Feltz, and volunteers, John Conti and John Bienias, gather the food collections from the Amboy Bank Administration Building and neighboring branches. Amboy Bank’s food drive included all 23 offices making donations to their local community food banks. 

Roselle Savings Bank Supports United Way with Localized Thanksgiving Food Donations
United Way of Greater Union County was the recipient of Roselle Savings Bank’s generous Thanksgiving Food Drive donation. Roselle Savings Bank collected food from its employees in order to benefit the less fortunate throughout Union County, NJ and within local communities. 

Roselle Savings Bank donates food to the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Pictured from left to right: Janice Ritz (SVP/HR Director, Roselle Savings Bank), Stephen Yellin (Individual Gifts Manager, United Way of Greater Union County), Philip Daniels (Corporate Relations Director, United Way of Greater Union County). 


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 75 bags of food to the pantry, whose volunteer staff supply weekly groceries to over 800 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 Honored by Go Red For Women
 
Jenifer Morack, Director of Garden State Go Red For Women, recently presented Unity Bank with a plaque to honor the bank’s support of Go Red For Women. Unity Bank and its employees donated $2,017 in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Wear Red Day program. Morack is pictured (center) with Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes and the bank’s Director of Human Resources Bridget Walsh. Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. Please visit www.goredforwomen.org for more information.


Glen Rock Savings Bank Celebrates New Location
Glen Rock Savings Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of northern New Jersey customers since 1922, celebrated its new location at 175 Rock Road in Glen Rock with grand opening festivities. Kicked off by Glen Rock Mayor Bruce J. Packer, the event drew hundreds of area residents and business leaders. Borough Council candidate Eileen Maher Hillock also attended.


Cash Giveaway Grand Prize Winner:
The grand prize winner of Glen Rock Savings Bank’s Instant Cash Giveaway won $500 at their grand opening event. Pictured from left to right: Fred Viaud, Glen Rock Savings Bank President & CEO; Mrs. Sonia M. Lipscombs of Glen Rock.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Photo: 
On Saturday, November 4, Glen Rock Savings Bank officially opened its new Glen Rock branch at 175 Rock Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local government officials and business associates. Present were (left to right): Board Members Henry P. Ingrassia, Brian M. Markey, Esq., Harold S. Knapp, Jr,; Bruce J. Packer, Mayor of Glen Rock; Fred Viaud, Bank President & CEO; Malcolm W. Greenough, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Barbara Homler, Assistant VP and Glen Rock Branch Manager; Andriette Mathews, Executive VP and CFO.


Roselle Savings Bank Helps Raise Awareness about Domestic Abuse
Roselle Savings Bank is proud to help Safe+Sound Somerset raise awareness about domestic abuse. On October 5, 2017, employees from Roselle Savings Bank volunteered their time and added 37 permanent nameplates to commemorate those who have died in Somerset County due to domestic abuse. Together, the goal is to help survivors find safety, heal, and establish a life out of harm’s way.

Roselle Savings Bank volunterring at Safe+Sound Somerset. Pictured left to right: Ana Ramil, Elizabeth Ramil, Paula Carey, Maureen Wolfenden, and Richard McGhee. 

The Provident Bank Foundation Announces Third Cycle 2017 Major Grant Recipients 
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced the recipients of its Third Cycle 2017 Major Grants, totaling $183,500 for 13 projects and programs across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Since January, the Foundation has granted more than $700,000 to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities.

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. Major Grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding, and support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and the individuals they serve.

The recipients of PBF’s Third Cycle 2017 Major Grants are as follows:

NEW JERSEY
George Street Playhouse, Middlesex County – $25,000 in funding will support George Street Playhouse’s Creative Dramatics in partnership with the Highland Park School District.  This Program will be held at Irving Primary School, and allows for the expansion of the program into kindergarten and first grade (240 students).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties – $15,000 in funding will support the expansion of their “Pathways for Success Through the Power of Mentoring Project” into Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth and East Orange. 

Connection for Women and Families, Inc., Union County – $10,000 in funding will be used to support “Pathways Cooks,” a program that prepares and delivers meals to women undergoing cancer treatment and their families throughout Maplewood, Summit, Union, Scotch Plains and Westfield.

Community Access Unlimited (CAUNJ), Union County – $25,000 in funding will be used to purchase a new, handicap-accessible van as part of their Mobile Street Outreach program which helps the organization reach and connect with runaway and homeless youth in Union County.

Meadowlands Area YMCA, Bergen County – $8,000 in funding will be used to support a new program called “MoveWell Today,” which involves regular exercise, nutritional help and social interaction to individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.
Morris Museum, Morris County – $7,500 in funding will be used to support the museum’s loan program, which provides more than 1,400 portable exhibitions to schools, libraries, and other organizations along with an educator, if necessary.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Jersey, Inc., Morris County – $15,000 in funding will support the expansion of their “50 Years and Beyond” Community Building Program in partnership with the Madison School District. The major grant will now allow for Madison High School “bigs” to be matched to Central Avenue Elementary School “littles.”

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Morris County – $25,000 in funding will be used to provide training and development to adult volunteers via workshops and webinars through their New Jersey Scouts Volunteer Collaborative (NJGSVC).  NJGSVC is a partnership between the four Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey.

LADACIN Network, Inc., Monmouth County – $14,000 in funding will be used to purchase Adult Program SMART Boards, which provide adults with disabilities the ability to utilize technology.

Northern New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America (NNJBSA), Hudson County – $10,000 in funding will be used to launch the STEM Scouts Initiative at the Thomas A. Edison School in Union City. STEM Scouts Initiative is a national program and the monies will grant access of the monthly thematic modules to 30 youths. 

PENNSYLVANIA
Maternity Care Coalition, Bucks County – $7,500 in funding will be used to support MOMobile Healthy Families America Bucks County Expansion, a home visiting program working with pregnant women and infants.

Network of Victim Assistance, Bucks County – $14,000 in funding will be used to provide safety and healthy relationship programs, specifically Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse Prevention, for 14-21 years olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Center for Humanistic Change, Inc., Northampton & Lehigh Counties – $7,500 in funding will be used to train mentors in Easton and Bethlehem schools to work with “at-risk” students and provide emotional support and practical skills for success through their “Project SUCCESS/Crossroads” program.
 


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Hosts First Speaker Series with Bernie Tenenbaum of Lodestone Global

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank were proud to host the first in a series of presentations held at their Corporate Headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey.   On September 26, 2017 the Bank welcomed Bernie Tenenbaum, Managing Partner of Lodestone Global, who addressed the audience on “Building a High Performance Board of Directors.”  A regular contributor to Forbes Magazine, Bernie writes a column on Boards, strategy and performance.  Bernie has personally been a member of or assembled more than 50 Boards of Directors across public, private and nonprofit organizations, with a concentration on family and closely-held businesses.  Through his selective consulting practice which focuses on business strategy with an emphasis on building high performance boards, he provides strategic guidance to organizations focusing on competitive strategies and organizational dynamics.



Magyar Bank Employees Volunteer for Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity


A team of Magyar Bank employees volunteered recently to help build a home for the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The build was part of Magic 98.3’s “House Built with Magic”, a program put together to help build a home for a family in Franklin Twp, New Jersey.  

Magyar Bank employees spent their day building the frame for a shed which will be included on the property.  In addition to employees volunteering their time, Magyar Bank made a $1500 donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity to help them purchase supplies and materials for the project.


Pictured are representatives from Magyar Bank presenting a check to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity during the build where Magyar Bank employees volunteered.  In the photo are (l-r) John Reissner, vice president, marketing director, Magyar Bank, Jan Holmstrup, executive director, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, and John Fitzgerald, president and chief executive officer, Magyar Bank. 


Provident Bank Receives Corporate Excellence Award from the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) 
Provident Bank received the Corporate Excellence Award from the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) at the organization’s 31st Annual Roberto Clemente Gala that was held on October 20th in Iselin, N.J.  Accepting the award on behalf of Provident Bank was Tom Lyons, EVP/CFO. Provident Bank and The Provident Bank Foundation have been long-time supporters of PRAHD and have provided grants and financial support to several of PRAHD’s programs.  In addition, Provident Bank employees have volunteered their time to serve on PRAHD’s Board of Directors, Roberto Clemente Gala Committee, and at PRAHD facilities. PRAHD is a thriving, comprehensive, human services agency that serves thousands of New Jersey residents throughout Middlesex, Union and Hudson counties.  They operate 10 programs across a wide spectrum of unmet human service needs which target education, housing, benefits access, youth development, preventative health, respite home care for the developmentally disabled and senior services. 
 
Pictured (L-R) in attached photo are: Tom Lyons, EVP/CFO, Provident Bank; Yvonne Lopez, Executive Director/CEO, PRAHD; Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Jason Conway, VP/Market Manager, Provident Bank.


Berkshire Bank Foundation Giving Tops $480,000
 
Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it has awarded $483,382 in grants and pledges to 127 nonprofit organizations across its footprint during its third quarter grant cycle. In total, the Foundation has provided more than $1.5 million in grants in 2017.
 
Since adopting a refined philanthropic strategy in the beginning of the year, the Foundation has focused the majority of its funding on work that achieves specific outcomes within the areas of education, community and economic development, and basic needs. “We believe that everyone should have access to the resources and means they need to succeed,” said Lori Gazzillo, Vice President and Foundation Director. “We are proud to invest in the many organizations that share in our vision and strive to make this a reality through their daily operations and programming.”
 
During the third quarter, nearly 30,000 children and adults improved their reading skills, gained a better understanding of their finances, and/or enhanced their career readiness through programs that received education funding from the Foundation. Dress for Success Hartford (CT) was among the nonprofits that received funding to support its Employment Readiness Program that helps unemployed and underemployed women gain professional skills and build confidence. The Foundation also helped support the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica’s (NY) Ready for Kindergarten program, an initiative that brings together schools, community service providers and parents. The Foundation is involved with similar early childhood education efforts throughout its markets.
 
Through its support of community/economic development efforts, the Foundation has helped nearly 60,000 individuals find affordable housing, grow their businesses, and rebuild and revitalize their neighborhoods during the third quarter of 2017. Recently, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity received a grant to support home ownership and repair projects for families that would not otherwise qualify for traditional financing.
 
In addition to education and economic development initiatives, the Foundation has also provided funding to organizations that address basic needs, making food, shelter, and basic healthcare services available to over 25,000 individuals in the most recent quarter. A grant to Elder Services of Berkshire County in Pittsfield, MA will support their Meals on Wheels Program, providing nutritious meals to the elderly. To amplify their financial support, Bank employees also completed a volunteer project in which they picked more than 100 pounds of apples to contribute to meals for Elder Services.
 
Beyond nonprofit financial support, Berkshire Bank and Berkshire Bank Foundation provide scholarships to high school seniors with a record of academic excellence and commitment to their communities through volunteer service. In addition, Berkshire provides its employees with paid time off to volunteer during regular business hours through its XTEAM®, the Bank’s nationally acclaimed Employee Volunteer Program. Last year, 100% of Berkshire’s employees nationally donated 40,000 hours of service to benefit community organizations. In recognition of their work, the company was recently named a finalist for the US Chamber of Commerce Citizens Awards.

Roselle Savings Bank Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer for 10th Year
For the 10th year, Roselle Savings Bank, headquartered in Roselle, New Jersey, participated in Point Pleasant Beach’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Together, the Roselle Savings Bank team raised $4,522, which ranks 5th out of the 37 companies that participated
 


Team Roselle Savings Bank participants in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Point Pleasant Beach from front to back: Sheri Stover, Debra Post, Heather Howell, Ginger Howell, Janice Ritz, Bill Stover, Donald Howell. Photo by Ken Ritz.


Boiling Springs Savings Bank Passes $3 Million Milestone with Innovative Philanthropic Program
Boiling Springs Savings Bank, which has provided sound financial services to individuals and businesses for nearly 80 years, and grown to become one of northern New Jersey’s largest savings banks, has achieved a major charitable milestone with its popular, award-winning Community Alliance Program (CAP). Offering customers cost-free ways to support their favorite local non-profits, the program recently surpassed the impressive $3 million mark in terms of overall donations. 

Boiling Springs Savings Bank’s Community Alliance Program currently involves more than 425 non-profit organizations including schools, libraries, animal shelters, and other civic-minded recreational and entertainment organizations.

The concept is straightforward yet innovative. Non-profit organizations that maintain an address in Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Essex, or Hudson counties simply need to open an account (or have an existing one). Then, those wishing to support these organizations can designate their checking and savings accounts, CDs, IRAs or new loans at Boiling Springs. The qualifying terms are simple: Once an enrolled non-profit has at least 20 supporting accounts, Boiling Springs makes quarterly donations based on a percentage of the average daily balances of its supporters' designated accounts. All donations come directly from the bank and no associated fees are charged to customers or the non-profit organizations.

To help non-profits accrue supporting accounts, the bank supplies marketing materials such as flyers, website copy, social media shares and e-newsletter generation. Boiling Springs also hosts on-site sign-ups on a regular basis.

Aligning with its strong community focus throughout northern New Jersey, the 17-branch bank hopes to encourage more non-profits to join the Community Alliance Program, as it offers cost-free opportunities to earn money and build a support base among both local residents and businesses. 

Berkshire Bank Announces Exciting Assists Program Award Grants to Nonprofit Organizations During Hockey Season
 
Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that its Foundation, in partnership with New England Sports Network (NESN), is sponsoring the Berkshire Bank Exciting Assists grant program in which it will award grants to three select  501©3 non-profit organizations throughout the season.
 
The Exciting Assists promotion will run from October 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018 and be divided into three sections, the first running from October 15– December 15, 2017, the second from December 16, 2017 – February 9, 2018 and the final from February 10, – March 31, 2018. The Foundation will provide $100 per Boston Bruins assist to the initiative with the total funds raised during the 2017 – 2018 regular-season games being shared between the three organizations. For the purpose of this promotion, an assist is defined as a Boston Bruins player who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the goal.
 
The three nonprofits chosen to receive donations are as follows:
The Jimmy Fund – Founded in 1948, The Jimmy Fund’s sole purpose is to support Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. The Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events since its inception.  Promotion Period:  (October 15 – December 15)
Bridge Over Trouble Waters – Provides life-changing services for homeless and high-risk youth ages 14 to 24 because every kid deserves a chance for a healthy, productive, independent life. After more than forty years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters remains a national model for youth development services.  Promotion Period:  (December 16 – February 9)
Boston Cares – As the largest volunteer agency in New England and member of the national HandsOn Network, Boston Cares mobilizes and trains individual and corporate volunteers filling more than 20,000 volunteer spots annually in support of more than 165 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies. Promotion Period:  (February 10 – March 31)
This is the second consecutive year that Berkshire Bank and NESN has teamed up to offer the Exciting Assists promotion in connection with NESN’s broadcast of the Boston Bruins.  Last year more than $32,000 was raised and shared between Soldier On, Cradles to Crayons and Birthday Wishes.
 

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

Valley National Bank proudly hosted its ninth annual breast cancer walk, titled “Valley Goes Pink!” on Saturday October 14th in Wayne, New Jersey.  Valley Goes Pink! is an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to support the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and their mission to find a cure.  Over 1,000 Valley associates, family members, friends and neighbors gathered at 1460 Valley Road in Wayne for this year’s event, which featured prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle, free food and beverages.

All 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. Donations to the CBCF fund innovative research that could dramatically change the treatment for breast cancer in the future. Mounting evidence from this pioneering research is translating a theory into life-saving treatments.  

Lakeland Bank Honors Colleagues for Years of Service

Lakeland Bank hosted a luncheon ceremony at its Milton Operations and Training center to honor colleagues who reached 20 or more years of service with the Bank. Colleagues with 10 years of service in the third quarter were also recognized.


30 Years of Service
Barbara Ann Caine, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Eftychia Gizas, Vice President, Area Manager, Milton and Wharton
Leon Hull, Assistant Vice President, IRA Administrator, Deposit Operations, Milton Operations
Linda Jean Read, Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager, Stanhope
Bette van der Toorn, Regional Administrator Assistant, Retail Administration, Oak Ridge
Laurie Veith, Senior Vice President, Deposit Operations Manager, Deposit Operations, Milton Operations

25 Years of Service
Tina George, Vice President, Facilities and Purchasing, Facilities, Milton Operations
Carl Grau, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence and eBanking, Milton Operations
Mary Hebel, Teller, Butler
Sharon Kise, Teller, Stillwater
Mary Kaye Nardone, First SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, Risk Management, Milton Operations
Kelly Smits, Vice President, Small Business Lender, Small Business Lending, Oak Ridge

20 Years of Service
Jeanne Morsch, Teller, Stanhope
Carianne Reeber, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, Bloomingdale
Karen Penicaro, Overdraft Privilege Administrator, Deposit Operations, Milton Operations

10 Years of Service
Janice Chimento, Float Teller, Southern Region
Priscilla Gomez, Personal Banking Consultant, Wanaque
Lisa Johnson, Vice President, Consumer Loan Officer, Consumer Loans, Oak Ridge 
Michelle Nunez, Teller Manager, West Caldwell
Telizabeth Nunez, Administrative Assistant, Commercial Lending, Montville 
Ashley Wamback, Senior BSA-Fraud Analyst, BSA-Fraud, Milton Operations

Provident Bank Supports Those Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

Provident Bank donated $7,500 to Team Rubicon in support of disaster relief efforts for those impacted by the recent Hurricanes.  Employees generously donated more than $3,500 through a jeans day fundraiser, where employees are permitted to wear jeans when they make a donation of $5 or more.  Provident Bank matched its employee donations, bringing the total to $7,500.  Team Rubicon's primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international.  By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible. 


Pictured left to right are: Remoun Asaad, Joan Regan, Joseph Labib, Patrick Beauford, and Anthony D’Astolfo all of Provident Bank’s Roseland, NJ office.







The Provident Bank Foundation Names New Foundation Associate Samantha Plotino

 
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced Samantha Plotino has been named the new Foundation Associate. In her new role, Plotino will support the management of the Foundation’s grant program that totals approximately $1 million in annual giving across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She will assist in the evaluation, implementation, and due-diligence of grant applications and awards across a range of programs focused across three priority areas – Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families. Prior to joining the Foundation, Plotino worked as the Mission Based Manager for YWCA Bergen County in Hackensack, N.J., where she was responsible for coordinating programs and special events focused on women’s empowerment, youth leadership development, and racial justice and civil rights. Plotino is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (AB) in International Affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs. In addition, she earned her Master of Administrative Science (MAS) degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and obtained executive certificates in Non-Profit Executive Leadership, Non-Profit Essentials, and Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations from Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively. Additionally, she is an alumna of AmeriCorps, serving for two years in communications and development at Extra Special People, Inc., a non-profit organization in Georgia, that provides opportunities for children and young adults with developmental disabilities to thrive.
 
Columbia Bank Receives Top Award For NJ Community Commitment
Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, announced that Columbia Bank was named a "Great Oaks" award recipient by NJ Monthly Magazine at its recent Awards Reception saluting statewide corporate philanthropy.  More than 175 business executives attended the gala reception held at the Park Chateau Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick. Columbia was cited for their largest philanthropic effort to date, cumulative donations of $1,000,000 made to NJ charitable, non-profit and community causes and for their “Team Columbia” volunteer participation in more than 100 endeavors promoting local community-based initiatives.  Columbia’s coordinated efforts helped to fight hunger, poverty, disease, abuse and homelessness…assisted less fortunate neighbors…saved and improved lives….celebrated achievement…supported charitable, community and business development…and created neighborhood pride.

Riker Danzig Awarded New Jersey Monthly “Great Oak Award”
Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is proud to be among the ten honorees of New Jersey Monthly’s fourth annual Great Oak Awards, a program created to honor the state’s most generous companies. Kate S. Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor in Chief of New Jersey Monthly, and Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College and Presenting Sponsor, announced the winners at a dinner on September 13, 2017, at the Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ. 
Here is the complete list of Great Oak Award honorees: 
•      BD
•      Bayer 
•      Columbia Bank of Fair Lawn 
•      Ernst & Young 
•      Nisivoccia LLP, 
•      OpDecision LLC 
•      Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
•      The S3 Agency 
•      The Silverstrom Group
•      WithumSmith+Brown LLC,

New Jersey Monthly asked for nominations of NJ companies that are generous to the community, in terms of financial support, in-kind giving, volunteerism and sharing expertise. Next, the nominated companies were asked to submit data and commentary on their charitable contributions and volunteerism. An independent committee of judges comprised of William H. Byrnes, Vice President, Grants, F.M. Kirby Foundation; Hans Dekker, President, Community Foundation of New Jersey; Dennis Miller, Managing Director for The Nonprofit Search Group; and Abby O’Neill, Principal, Abby O’Neill Consulting, LLC selected the ten winners. The awards were presented in conjunction with Presenting Sponsor, Berkeley College and Marketing Partners Allstate NJ Insurance Company, First Bank. H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJ Sharing Network, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Uber.


Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Boys & Girls Club of Paterson/Passaic
This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson/Passaic to help out with their summer programs.  

Shown at the Club’s Paterson facilities are Team Columbia participants who provided more than 120 hours of community service to the organization, assisting Club counselors in the library, game room, technology room and Teen Center.  The Club serves about 1,000 kids per day from both towns.  

Columbia Bank "Teams Up" with Eva's Village Hot Meal Program

This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with Eva’s Village in Paterson to help feed poor and homeless individuals within the greater Paterson area.  Throughout their lunchtime shift, the Columbia volunteers served about 300 hot meals.

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $508 Thousand to Support Our Community
Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) made the announcement that, over the past twelve months, it has donated over $508,000 in charitable contributions to more than 250 recipients. Through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program, ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with nonprofit, educational, charitable, and/or evangelical religious recipients each year.  
       
In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and ASB 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 and other donations exceed $9.3 million.

As Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s customer base grows, so does the bank’s ability to help others by way of increased donations.  A strong community bank, Atlantic Stewardship Bank attracts hundreds of new accounts annually with its outstanding customer service, convenient locations and diverse range of financial solutions.  


NVE Bank Sponsors Bergen Passaic Heart Walk

NVE Bank served as a sponsor of the 2017 Bergen Passaic Heart Walk held on October 1, 2016 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 Participates in the Big Brother Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties’ Beach Volleyball Tournament
More than 30 Provident Bank employees, family members, and friends participated in the Big Brother Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties’ Beach Volleyball Tournament in Manasquan, N.J.  Provident’s team raised more than $9,300 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters 1-to-1 mentoring programs, which help provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that forever change their lives for the better.  As a 2017 “Mentor Maker” sponsor, Provident Bank provides financial support to several Big Brother Big Sisters special events.  

Since 2012, Provident has raised more than $54,000 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters 1-to-1 mentoring programs. Attached is a photo which includes members of Provident Bank’s Big Brothers Big Sisters volleyball team.
 


The Provident Bank Foundation Awards $50K Signature Grant to Center For Supportive Schools Inc. in Hudson County Funding 
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced Center for Supportive Schools (CSS) as the recipient of the Foundation’s $50,000 Signature Grant for 2017 in the Education funding priority area.  Center for Supportive Schools was selected to receive this Signature Grant for its work in the Education Services focus area and the funding will enable three schools in Jersey City – Julia A. Barnes School (PS 12 - Journal Square), Gladys Nunery School (PS 29 – West Side) and Frank R. Conwell Middle School (MS 4 - Downtown) – access to a statewide initiative known as Campaign Connect-New Jersey (CC-NJ). 
 
CC-NJ equips schools with the tools and resources to strengthen and transform their climate and culture to effectively meet the social and emotional needs of all students; accelerate student achievement; and create safer and more supportive, engaging, and inspiring learning environments for students. The grant will be used to specifically establish and maintain stakeholder teams at each school, conduct facilitator training, help create a school network collectively engaged in the certification process, and organize a network-wide annual summit showcasing accomplishments and best practices.
 
This project has the capacity to impact more than 2,000 community members of Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS), including students, their families, faculty and staff of PS12, PS 29 and MS4, along with community organizations. While 70% of JCPS students identify as economically disadvantaged, the district is committed to providing a safe, well-maintained, and nurturing environment for all students. CC-NJ will be an important tool for JCPS in its ongoing work to create powerful opportunities for all members of its school communities.


Roselle Savings Bank Donation Builds on Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity's Firm Foundation
Roselle Savings Bank, headquartered in Roselle, New Jersey, has made a generous donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a homeownership program for low-income families in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties who are in need of a safe and affordable home.

Accepting a welcome Roselle Savings Bank donation presented  by bank President and CEO Detlef Felschow (at right) are Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager David Polomski and Executive Director, Jan Holmstrup.  Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity has earmarked the funds in support of its efforts to build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter for deserving residents of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $508 Thousand to Support Our Community
Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) made the announcement that over the past twelve months, it has donated over $508,000 in charitable contributions to more than 250 recipients. Through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program, ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with nonprofit, educational, charitable, and/or evangelical religious recipients each year.  


Julie Ritsema - Office Manager at Bethany Christian Services, Rebecca Woudenberg- Universal Branch Specialist at Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s Wayne Hills Branch and Michael Hyatt- Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank 
 

Franca Iacovo- Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Jesse Kroeze- Executive Director at Touch the World Ministries and Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and CEO of Atlantic Stewardship Bank


Thomas J. McArdle- former Executive Director of the Wayne Counseling Family Services and George Kotevski- Branch Operations Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s Wayne Hills Branch

Amboy Bankers Become Painters For a Day

As part of the Coastal Habitat for Humanity project, Amboy Bank employees helped prepare cabinets for resale at the new & improved ReStore by Coastal Habitat for Humanity location in Asbury Park. The ReStore sells better-than-average merchandise up to 97% off with one-hundred percent of the proceeds supporting repair and construction projects in southern Monmouth County. Bottom row pictured from left to right: Jean Burbulak, Theresa Geraci, Lisa Lewis, Josie Fuda, Jennifer Fletcher and Efrain Martinez. Top row: Jason Skidmore, Stan Koreyva, Habitat regular volunteers Mike, John and Habitat construction manager Ollie.



Lincoln 1st Bank to Match Donation of Board Advisor and Local Business Owner Anthony Luciano to Montville Food Pantry

Lincoln 1st Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of customers throughout northern New Jersey for nearly a century, has made the decision to match Board Advisor Anthony Luciano’s donation of his Board Advisory salary to the Montville Township Kiwanis Food Pantry. Luciano, who is the owner of the longstanding, family-run Condurso’s Garden Center in Montville, is a long-time supporter of the food pantry.


Little Things Make a Big Difference at RSI Bank

Dave Robson’s family has lived in Rahway for generations. His mother’s ancestors include Rahway’s first volunteer fire chief. His grandmother graduated Rahway High School in 1958. Fifty years later to the day, Robson himself graduated the same school. He laughs as he tells of his great-grandmother, who was a customer of RSI Bank for so long that her account number would often get strange looks from the tellers, because it was only three digits long.

Robson began working as a Teller at RSI Bank’s Main Branch in 2008. By 2011, he was Branch Supervisor at the Pier Village Branch. In September of last year, he became the Business Development Officer for the Linden area. 

With such strong ties to Rahway and the surrounding area, Robson understands the importance of community, which differentiates RSI Bank from larger banks.

The Provident Bank Foundation Awards $50K Signature Grant to Cedar Crest College of Lehigh County 
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) has announced Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., as the recipient of the Foundation’s $50,000 Signature Grant for 2017 in the Education funding priority area.  Cedar Crest College was selected to receive this Signature Grant for its work in the Higher Education focus area. Funding will support the launch of its Student Employment Center (SEC)’s “Preparing for That First Job” program and will help 100 students during the fall 2017 to learn basic workplace skills such as on-time arrival, appropriate dress, work efficiencies, communications skills, professionalism, and how to work well with supervisors.
 
Part of the College’s Career Planning Center, the SEC is an innovative and strategic initiative designed to place college students in on-campus employment that aligns with their academic and career goals. The SEC delivers a transformational student experience, offering students the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in their desired field while earning an income. The experience opens the door for students to be promoted to positions of greater responsibility within their office of employment throughout their four years and provides students with   meaningful, developmental work experiences that will prepare them to contribute to the community and the economy post-graduation. 
 
The Foundation will present the check during a presentation on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 11 a.m. in Blaney Hall, located on the Cedar Crest College campus at 100 College Drive, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Provident Bank Foundation Announces Second Cycle 2017 Major Grant Recipients
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced the recipients of its Second Cycle 2017 Major Grants, totaling $52,500 for projects and programs across New Jersey.
 
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. Major Grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding, and support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and the individuals they serve.
 
The recipients of PBF’s Second Cycle 2017 Major Grants are as follows:
 
Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), Hudson County – $15,000 in funding will support CLI’s 2017-2018 Reading Workshop Instruction Project in Kearny, New Jersey School District, which will improve early literacy instruction and student reading achievement in the early grades. The Reading Workshop will teach strategy to 38 Kearny first and second grade teachers, and provide CLI's one-on-one coaching to two of those teachers to strengthen their instruction so they can then serve as "models" for teacher peers. 
 
Team Walker, Hudson County – $7,500 in funding will support the continuation of the Team Walker After School Program. This program, offered to inner-city children in Jersey City, provides homework guidance as well as after-school work that introduces new concepts, mainly focusing on science and math subjects.
 
Princeton Healthcare System Foundation Inc., Mercer County – $10,000 in funding will support Princeton HealthCare System's Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center (BMS CHC)’s Diabetes Program. BMS CHC is a key health care provider that offers equal access to quality health care for uninsured and underinsured New Jersey residents, mainly in Mercer and Middlesex counties. The Diabetes Care program helps patients gain and maintain control over their diabetes and to enhance patient self-management and compliance by reducing barriers to care, providing education, and providing comprehensive care management.
 
Lunch Break, Monmouth County – $10,000 in funding will support “Client Choice Pantry,” one of the most effective and innovative ways of ensuring dignity, reducing waste, and eliminating humiliation for thousands of families who struggle to put food on the table. “Client Choice Pantry” offers a selection of available goods for clients to "shop" for once a month. Clients are permitted to purchase what they want and need based on family size, health and nutritional needs.
 
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity – $10,000 in funding will support Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness Repair Program in northern Ocean County, a home preservation repair program focusing on interior/exterior repairs for low-income homeowners, seniors, disabled and veterans. This repair program includes preservation, weatherization and critical home repairs, and helps individuals reclaim their dignity and enable a homeowner to live in a healthy, safe home.
 

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $508 Thousand to Support Our Community
Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) made the announcement that, over the past twelve months, it has donated over $508,000 in charitable contributions to more than 250 recipients. Through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program, ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with nonprofit, educational, charitable, and/or evangelical religious recipients each year.  

In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and ASB 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 and other donations exceed $9.3 million.

As Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s customer base grows, so does the bank’s ability to help others by way of increased donations.  A strong community bank, Atlantic Stewardship Bank attracts hundreds of new accounts annually with its outstanding customer service, convenient locations and diverse range of financial solutions.  

Amboy Bank helps seniors limit increases, save and pay for property taxes  
As part an ongoing commitment to assisting their communities, Amboy Bank has implemented a program informing seniors of the New Jersey Senior Property Tax Freeze. The NJ Property Tax Freeze reimburses senior citizens for property tax increases. Amboy Bank has taken the initiative to contact and educate senior clients about the program and to let them know that the filing deadline has been extended to October 18, 2017.

Amboy Bank’s Free Save and Pay Property Tax Service helps reduce the stress of budgeting, saving for and paying property taxes by doing the work for those enrolled. Once the Tax Payment Account is opened, the budgeted amount will be automatically transferred from a linked checking, savings or money market account every month, and Amboy will send the tax payment before the due date each quarter.

Roselle Savings Bank’s Donation to Safe+Sound Somerset Aimed at Ending Domestic Abuse Once And For All 
    

Accepting a much-appreciated donation from Roselle Savings Bank are (l-r) Safe+Sound Somerset Development Director Veronica Finlay (left) and Detlef Felschow, Roselle Savings Bank President and CEO.  Safe+Sound Somerset plans to apply the donated funds to its mission of empowering survivors of domestic abuse and engaging the community to break the cycle of violence.  
                                                
Roselle Savings Bank has made a donation to Safe+Sound Somerset, the only non-profit organization in Somerset County dedicated exclusively to serving those whose lives have been impacted by domestic abuse. Founded in 1978, Safe+Sound Somerset aims to empower survivors of domestic abuse and engage the community to break the cycle of violence. 

Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards over $1 Million in Grants Supporting Community & Economic Development Efforts
Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it has awarded $1,035,229 in grants and pledges to 340 nonprofit organizations across its footprint from January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.
 
Since implementing a new strategy at the beginning of the year, the Foundation has focused the majority of its funding on nonprofit organizations that work to achieve specific outcomes within the areas of education, community and economic development, and basic needs.
  
To date this year, nearly 60,000 children and adults have improved their reading skills, gained a better understanding of their finances, and/or enhanced their job/career readiness through programs that received education funding from the Foundation. Capital Workforce Partners was among the nonprofits to receive support for its Hartford Youth Collaborative “Opportunity Works” Project, which offers career pathways, services, and guidance to at-risk youth in Hartford, CT. The Foundation also helped to put domestic violence survivors on the path toward economic security by funding the Elizabeth Freeman Center’s innovative “Money School,” which gives vulnerable women throughout Berkshire County the tools they need to take charge of their financial future and overcome obstacles such as damaged credit, inconsistent employment histories, legal issues, and the costs of recovering from trauma.
  

Provident Bank Partners with Sky Blue FC Professional Soccer Team

Provident Bank, the official banking partner of the Sky Blue FC women’s professional soccer team, recently partnered with the team to host a youth soccer clinic for members of the Jersey City Soccer Association and Bayonne Youth Soccer Association U15 girls. The clinic was held at the Caven Point Sports Complex in Jersey City, NJ. 
 
Pictured: Sky Blue FC players with members of the Jersey City Soccer Association.


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $508 Thousand to Support Our Community

Atlantic Stewardship Bank made the announcement that, over the past twelve months, it has donated over $508,000 in charitable contributions to more than 250 recipients. Through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program, ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with nonprofit, educational, charitable, and/or evangelical religious recipients each year.  
       
In accordance with its Tithing Program, each year recipients are selected by the Bank’s Board of Directors and ASB 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 and other donations exceed $9.3 million.


Provident Bank Hosts U.S. Representative Leonard Lance for “Take Your Lawmaker to Work” Program
Provident Bank hosted New Jersey's 7th Congressional District U.S. Representative Leonard Lance at its Clark, New Jersey branch for the American Bankers Association’s “Take Your Lawmaker to Work” program – an initiative that encourages bankers to host their elected policymakers at a local branch.  Provident’s Chairman, President and CEO Christopher Martin and members of the bank’s management team offered first-hand insights on how the bank operates, how regulations affect its customers, and the role the bank plays in serving the needs of the community.
 
 
Pictured (L-R) Barbara Carrollo–Loeffler, Senior Vice President, Director of Residential/Consumer Lending; Joseph Spatola, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer; Robert Vivo, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager; Christopher Martin, Chairman, President and CEO; U.S. Representative Leonard Lance; Nathan Horn-Mitchem,  First Vice President, Information Security Director; Paula Palermo, First Vice President, Market Manager.
 

Community Access Unlimited Will Apply Donation From Roselle Savings Bank to Added Support for Those in Need
Roselle Savings Bank, headquartered in Roselle, New Jersey, has selected Elizabeth, NJ-based Community Access Unlimited (CAU) for a donation to help further its mission of providing community access through a broad array of person-centered support services for adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The charitable organization, founded in 1979 by Executive Director Sidney Blanchard, also provides support to at-risk youth and people with affordable housing needs by giving them the opportunity to live independently, and to lead normal and productive lives as citizens integrated into the community

Gratefully accepting a donation from Roselle Savings Bank are (l-r) Community Access Unlimited (CAU) founder and Executive Director Sidney Blanchard; Detlef Felschow, Roselle Savings Bank President and CEO; and Joanne Oppeit, CAU Assistant Executive Director and Director of Business Development. CAU plans to apply the donated funds to its mission of providing community access through a broad array of person-centered support services.    
   
 
Unity Bank’s 11th Annual Classic Car Show Raises More Than $7,000 for Family Promise
Unity Bank raised more than $7,000 in donations for Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County, through their 11th Annual Cruisin’ Bob's Classic Car Show, which drew a record 136 automobiles. The funds were raised through sponsorships, food sales and registration fees to compete in the classic car competition with Unity Bank underwriting expenses.
 
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.
 
Sponsors of the event included: Harbortouch, Fiddler's Elbow Country Club, Muller Toyota, Gus & Bucky's Car Washes, KBS Car Care, Stowaway Self Storage, The Farmhouse, Dallas Group, Van Doren Oil Co., Vooster, St. Luke's Care Now, MSI Plumbing & Remodeling, Red Mill Museum Village, Flemington Car & Truck, Family of Bob Rittelman, Eleanor Connell School of Dance, Bridgewater Collision Repair, Nazareth Diner/Key City Diner, PetOwnersHelper.com, The Wine Hut, OK4WD, Robert T. Fiorelli, Old Mountain Studio, and Norton's Cork and Bottle.


Unity Bank recently raised more than $7,000 in donations for Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County, through their 11th Annual Cruisin’ Bob's Classic Car Show. Unity Bank Chief Marketing Officer Rosemary Fellner (left) presents a check to Colleen Duerr, Development Director of Family Promise of Hunterdon County.
 

Unity Bank recently raised more than $7,000 in donations for Family Promise of Hunterdon County and Family Promise of Warren County, through their 11th Annual Cruisin’ Bob's Classic Car Show. Unity Bank Marketing Officer Crystal Rose (left) presents a check to Bob Frankenfield, Executive Director of Family Promise Warren County.


AICPA Honors Gregory D. Sawicki, CFP®, PFS, Managing Director at Wealth Management Consultants, a Division of Peapack-Gladstone Bank with Standing Ovation Honor
 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced that Gregory D. Sawicki, CFP®, PFS, Managing Director at Wealth Management Consultants, a Division of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, has been recognized with Standing Ovation Honors by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for his outstanding contributions to personal finance.  Sawicki was recognized at the second Annual Standing Ovation ceremony held on June 13, 2017 in Las Vegas which honored 16 CPAs under the age of 40 for their valuable contributions to the profession, having met all program requirements which included being an AICPA member in good standing, holding the Personal Finance Specialist (PFS) credential, and maintaining an active CPA license.  Each of these young AICPA members has excelled in providing the best client experience in the financial services arena.  Contributions made by Standing Ovation honorees have made a significant difference in the industry and in their communities.

 




7/2017

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 20th.    The scholarships are part of a program that has been offered by the Bank for the past ten 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 $150,000 to deserving students in Bergen County.  

NVE Bank Receives Jewish Standard Readers’ Choice Award
NVE Bank has once again been awarded First Place  in the Community Bank category of the Jewish Standard publications annual  Readers’ Choice Award.  “As one of New Jersey’s strongest Mutual Banks, we are honored and proud to be voted favorite community bank among Jewish Standard readers in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties,” noted Robert Rey, President and CEO of NVE Bank.  “This is a particularly valuable vote of confidence and trust from our loyal customers as 2017 marks our 130th Anniversary serving the communities of northern New Jersey”.
 
 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 24th edition of the Jewish Standard.

Riker Danzig Welcomed Christina Norman as Guest Speaker at 2017 Women in Leadership Event
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP hosted a Women in Leadership reception at the Morris County Golf Club on June 28, 2017 entitled “Thoughts on a  Reclaimed Life."  The guest speaker was Christina Norman, who spoke about lessons learned along her career path, and despite some twists in the road, reconnecting with the places of passion in her life.  Norman is the CEO of Media Storm, the second largest independent media agency in the U.S. Norman's impressive resume includes CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, President of MTV and VH1, as well as consulting for notable media brands such as The Huffington Post and TV One.  She has been recognized with a variety of industry honors including The Hollywood Reporter "Power 100 Women in Entertainment."

Above, Ms. Norman (front row, center), is joined by several Riker Danzig professionals (from left to right): Front Row – Mary Kay Roberts, Anne Mohan, Teresa Moore, Stephanie Wolfe, Maha Kabbash, Brenda Liss and Alison Feldman-Walsh; Middle Row – Alexa Richman-La Londe, Tracey Wishert, Tara Schellhorn and Richelle Delavan; Back Row – Laurie Sands, Maria Dantas, Tracy Landauer, Bethany Abele, Robert Schoenberg and Samuel Moulthrop.
 

Unity Bank Donates $1,400 to Making-It-Home Program for Bergen County Veterans
Unity Bank recently donated $1,400 to the Making-It-Home program of the Bergen Volunteer Center to help furnish 14 new apartments for U.S. military Veterans. Making-It-Home works with businesses, individuals, government, and nonprofit agencies in Bergen County to bring home furnishings to formerly homeless, disabled, and low-income families in need.

Cynthia Massarsky, Director of Making-It-Home, is pictured (left) receiving the donation from Frank Di Dolci, Relationship Manager for Unity Bank’s Emerson branch.


Peapack-Gladstone Bank Provides North Plainfield Students with Financial Literacy Skills Through NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider EverFi Web-Based Program
 
North Plainfield High School Students Received Certification for Completion of a Peapack-Gladstone Bank Sponsored Financial Literacy Program
 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank has certified 188 North Plainfield High School students in financial literacy during the 2016-2017 school year through the school’s New Jersey Financial Scholars Program.  This program is an initiative to bring critical financial literacy education to high school students across their community.
 
For the fifth year, the Bank partnered with NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider EverFi, Inc., 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 school or taxpayers.  The EverFi technology uses the latest in media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.  Certification requires that students successfully complete on-line modules, allowing them to master critical topics such as Saving, Credit Scores, Financing Higher Education, Investing and more.

Seven NJ Ad Club “Jersey Awards” presented to Kearny Bank
Seven prestigious “Jersey Awards” were recently presented to Kearny Bank at the New Jersey Advertising Club’s 49th annual  recognition event, held in Cedar Grove.

The Jersey Awards celebrate creative excellence in advertising across the state of New Jersey. Specifically, Fairfield, NJ-based Kearny Bank won the following awards: 

1st place, two-page home loan ad, magazine
1st place, resident lending, vehicle wrap – bus
2nd place, residential lending, newspaper ad
2nd place, home financing, transit king panel – bus
2nd place, high yield checking, digital media campaign
3rd place, radio campaign, “Secrets to Banking Happiness”
3rd place, customer appreciation, Mardi Gras-themed poster

Award recipients were determined by a panel of judges that included the Westchester (NY) Advertising Club, plus other professionals from that area. The panel met in March to review more than 500 entries. In total, 278 awards were presented at the NJ Ad Club event, for which Kearny Bank was a sponsor.

 
Pictured (from left) are Eric L. Kesselman, Kearny Bank’s 1st Vice President/Director of Marketing; Allison Pagan, Marketing Assistant for Kearny Bank; and Janet DeSiano, Kearny Bank’s Vice President/Marketing Manager.  


Berkshire Bank Awards $20,000 in Capacity Building Grants
Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce that it selected four nonprofit organizations to each receive a $5,000 grant as part of its Xtraordinary Day Grants.  Through the program, Berkshire invited proposals from nonprofit organizations in its footprint seeking to build their capacity, performance and impact. More than 160 organizations submitted applications.
 
Capacity building, defined as initiatives that bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, is not just about the capacity of a nonprofit today but about the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission into the future. Examples of projects submitted include the development of a communications strategy, improving program design, volunteer recruitment, corporate partnerships, technology enhancements, and more.
 
The organizations and projects selected for awards included:
Rebuilding Together Boston (Jamaica Plain, MA): Data collection and evaluation project to improve operations and outcomes
Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (Boston, MA): Teen career center technology upgrades  
Berkshire Horseworks (Great Barrington, MA):  Mobile trailer purchase 
Better Neighborhoods, Inc. (Schenectady, NY): Policy and process development for home repair and accessibility modification  programs
“We’re pleased to support these deserving nonprofits with grants to take their operations and programs to the next level.” stated Lori Gazzillo, Vice President and Director of Berkshire Bank’s Foundation. “The overwhelming response we had to this grant opportunity speaks to the quality of those selected but also to the need for more funding dedicated to capacity building initiatives.”
 
A group of Berkshire Bank employee volunteers selected the winners by evaluating each submission using an electronic scoring system. Each submission was reviewed a minimum of three times with the average of the scores being tallied as the final score. The top four organizations with the highest scores received funding.  The grant review was offered to employees as a virtual volunteer opportunity on Berkshire’s Xtraordinary Day of Service that took place on June 7, 2017, during which 92% of the Company’s employees across the country participated, donating over 6,000 hours of service. The 65 volunteer projects that day benefited 75 nonprofit organizations and impacted more than 435,000 individuals.


Magyar Bank Celebrates New Edison Branch by Throwing a Party for the Community
Cloudy skies and periods of rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm during the grand opening celebration of Magyar Bank’s newest branch at the Tano Mall in Edison, 1199 Amboy Avenue.  This marks the long-standing financial institution’s second branch in Edison.  As many other banks have been consolidating, Magyar Bank’s expansion acknowledges the vibrancy and potential growth opportunities in the area.

More than fifty guests took part in the festivities and were treated to bank giveaways, hot dogs, ice cream, hot and cold drinks and other goodies.  Some lucky guests won the opportunity to grab as much money as they could in thirty seconds inside the Magyar Bank Money Machine.  Also attending were many local dignitaries who were there to welcome their new neighbor and participate in the ceremonial ribbon cutting.


Amboy Bank Presents $1,000 Checks to Science Fair Winners

Amboy Bank’s Vice President and Marketing Manager, Sylvia Rapoport, presents three $1,000 checks to the winners of the first annual iPlay America Science Fair. The science fair, presented by Amboy Bank, was held on Sunday, June 11th in Freehold, NJ. Out of over 50 students, three first place prize winners each received a $1,000 check presented by Amboy Bank, a trophy and a $500 iPlay America gift card.



The Provident Bank Foundation Announces New Signature Grant Opportunity in Health, Youth, & Families Funding Priority Area 

 The Provident Bank Foundation announced new Signature Grant opportunities in its Health, Youth & Families funding area for 2017. The Foundation is making two (2) $50,000 grants available in this category in an effort to strengthen its ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank.
 
Details and goals of each are as follows:
 
Out-Patient Medical Care: The goal of this grant is to provide funding to a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to quality and specialized health care to the communities served within Provident Bank’s marketplace.

Human Services – Shelter & Residential Care: The goal of this grant is to support a non-profit organization that serves those experiencing a crisis situation at their immediate point of need. This organization provides assistance to individuals and/or families to navigate the crisis and overcome the challenges in accessing housing and basic needs. 
 
In addition to the new Signature Grant opportunities, 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 strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations. 


6/2017
Atlantic Stewardship Bank Donates Over $508 Thousand to Support Our Community

Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) made the announcement that, over the past twelve months, it has donated over $508,000 in charitable contributions to more than 250 recipients. Through the Bank’s unique Tithing Program, ASB is privileged to be the only U.S. bank that tithes or gives back 10% of its taxable income with not-for-profit, educational, charitable, and/or evangelical religious recipients each year.  

Valley National Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity’s 2017 Corporate Challenge

Valley National Bank team members volunteered to help build homes in Paterson, New Jersey as part of Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s Corporate Challenge. Valley associates volunteered to spend a Saturday morning grouting, spackling, framing, flooring, painting and organizing supplies in two homes in Paterson’s 1st Ward. Corporate Challenge is a three-week event where corporations in the tri-state area volunteer their employees to Paterson Habitat for Humanity construction sites. For the past 23 years, teams of employees work a half day shift and have lunch (provided by Habitat) where volunteers, families and staff often share their stories and experiences.  In 2016, 35 companies offered more than 900 of their employees and accepted the challenge raising over $250,000. One hundred percent of funds raised by this event go toward building Paterson Habitat homes. As the first company to commit to participation in the Corporate Challenge, Valley’s extensive partnership with the Paterson Habitat for Humanity spans 23 years.  During that time, Valley volunteers have helped build over 60 homes for Paterson residents. 

Berkshire Bank’s Employees Donate over 6,000 Hours of Community Service on the Company Dime
Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®, completed its Xtraordinary Day on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. This event was the second year that the Company participated in community service events concurrently from 1pm - 4pm, closing the entire financial institution including Firestone Financial, 44 Business Capital, Berkshire Insurance Group and RNL Associates as a united effort for community involvement.
 
During Xtraordinary Day, 92% of the Company, which equates to 1,619 employees, completed 65 projects. From packaging meals to combating hunger to cleaning local parks and delivering financial literacy lessons, over 6,000 hours of service were contributed, with a value of nearly $169,000. The projects helped 75 different nonprofit organizations across the Company's footprint.
 
The Company recognizes that being a good corporate citizen is about more than just writing a check. As a result, employees received paid time off to volunteer all on the Company dime. The objective of Xtraordinary Day is to show the true power of giving back, by immersing employees in projects that have a meaningful and lasting impact on the communities it serves. It's an affirmation that America's Most Exciting Bank is not a sentiment only to be spoken, but the culture of the company throughout all its regions. Xtraordinary Day is a demonstration of the capacity of the XTEAM, the Company's Employee Volunteer Program.

Representatives from Provident Bank and EverFi recently awarded 800 students at Bayonne High School in Bayonne
Representatives from Provident Bank and EverFi recently awarded 800 students at Bayonne High School in Bayonne, N.J., with certificates of completion for Provident’s Becoming Financially Fit (BFF) financial literacy program.  Since its inception, nearly 8,800 students in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have participated in the program, which teaches students about building and maintaining good credit, investing, and higher education financing.  The program is in partnership with the financial education firm EverFi.

Pictured left to right: Symphony Rivera; John Murray, teacher; Mariah Morales; Tim Wiktorek; Tyasia Harris; Daniel Suh; Jasmine Palacio; Jason DePena.

Regal Bank Participates In Latino Junior Achievement Day 
Three representatives from Regal Bank volunteered at Junior Achievement of New Jersey’s Latino Day on May 25, 2017 at First Avenue School in Newark. In addition to volunteers from other organizations, the Regal Bank volunteers worked to inspire and prepare 675 K-4 elementary students to dream big and reach their full potential. Emphasis was placed on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. 
 
Luke de Araujo, vice president of compliance, Vanessa Nesheiwat, operations manager, and Zoraida Duran, compliance specialist, volunteered their time and energy on behalf of Regal Bank in support of the community. de Araujo also helped to coordinate the event. 
 
There was extensive positive feedback from students, teachers and volunteers. 


Roselle Savings Bank Awards Recipient

Abraham Clark High School and Roselle Savings Bank have selected graduating senior Darla Fequiere of Roselle as the recipient of the 2017 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business & Finance Student Award.  Detlef Felschow, Roselle Savings Bank President and CEO, presented Darla with her award at the 2017 Abraham Clark High School Scholarship Night on Thursday, June 1st.  Candidates for the award are 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, Darla excelled in her studies, leading to an induction into the National Honor Society and a #10 ranking in her class. She earned an A grade in Finance, and maintained an A+ in all of her business classes. She is also an Executive Member of the Nike Career Group. Looking forward to higher education, Darla has been accepted by Rutgers University and plans to pursue a major in Finance, with the ultimate goal of earning her CPA designation.  


                                                                                                      
Pictured at the Abraham Clark High School Scholarship awards presentation on Thursday, June 1, 2017 are Roselle Savings Bank President and CEO, Detlef Felschow and Business & Finance Scholarship winner Darla Fequiere.  Darla will begin her college   studies in Finance at Rutgers University in the fall.


Ridge High School Senior Skyler McCabe Wins Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business Student Award                                                 

Ridge High School and Roselle Savings Bank have selected graduating senior Skyler McCabe, daughter of Dennis and Tania McCabe of Basking Ridge, as the recipient of the 2017 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business Student Award.  Maureen Wolfenden, Roselle Savings Bank’s Assistant Vice President and Bernardsville Branch Manager, presented Skyler with her award at the 2017 Ridge High School Awards Night on Tuesday, May 30th.  Candidates for the annual award are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic achievement, exemplary participation in extracurricular business activities and work experience.
  
At Ridge High School, Skyler excelled in her studies, resulting in a cumulative GPA of 4.06 and an induction into the National Honor Society. However, her success wasn’t limited to the classroom.  During her high school career, Skyler founded and participated in the USA Pride Club, and was active in the Ridge Empowerment for Political Participation (REPP) and the Fill-A-Need Foundation. In her senior year, she was the chief editor of the school yearbook, and prior to that placed first in the “Battle of the Brands” marketing competition.  Along the way, she also donated her time to multiple church activities, and established The Happy Cake Box, an organization that creates and donates 3-tier faux birthday cakes to children who are hospitalized on their birthday.  
                                                                                                     
Congratulating Skyler McCabe, Ridge High School graduating senior (center), as the recipient of the 2017 Roselle Savings Bank Outstanding Business Student Award are Maureen Wolfenden, Roselle Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Bernardsville Branch Manager; and Frank Howlett, Principal of Ridge High.  Skyler is headed to Lehigh University this fall to study international business and finance.

 
CSBK Makes $7,500 Donation to City of Garfield for Centennial Celebration 

CSBK (Clifton Savings Bank) donated $7,500 to the City of Garfield to help fund festivities surrounding its centennial celebration.Paul M. Aguggia, CSBK Chairman, President & CEO, and Geraldine Rambaldi, CSBK Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager, presented a check to Richard Rigoglioso, Mayor of Garfield and Thomas J. Duch, Esq., City Manager of Garfield.
 


Riker Danzig Real Estate Deal Wins United Way’s 2017 Impact Award
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti’s Real Estate Group represented Lincoln Equities Group in its contract for the development of 5 Giralda Farms for tenant Allergan Sales, which recently won United Way of Northern New Jersey’s 2017 Impact Award.  United Way recognized Allergan Sales’ new headquarters as the commercial real estate project with the greatest positive impact on the northern New Jersey region this year.  The transaction involved over $58 million in state incentives for Allergan.  Riker Danzig attorneys Cathleen Giuliana, Nicholas Racioppi and Linda Herlihy represented Lincoln Equities in the negotiations. By signing the lease at 5 Giralda Farms, Allergan will not only be keeping 1,000 jobs in the state but has pledged to create an additional 300 new full-time jobs.


Chatham Historical Society Receives Support from Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Laura Zmijeski presents Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s contribution to Helen Ann Rosenfeld, President of Chatham Historical Society and Amy Crandall, Vice President of Chatham Historical Society

Peapack-Gladstone Bank presented a $500 contribution to the Chatham Historical Society to support their efforts to promote awareness of the rich history of Chatham Borough.  Presented by Laura Zmijeski, Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Consultants, a Division of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, to Helen Ann Rosenfeld, President and Amy Crandall, Vice President of the Chatham Historical Society, this contribution will support the Society’s public appreciation of Chatham Borough’s character and history.  Ms. Zmijeski, former Treasurer of the Chatham Historical Society, nominated the Society as a part of the Bank’s recent Employee Donation Contest whereby five charity entries submitted by employees were drawn to receive monetary gifts totaling $3,000.

NVE Bank Recognizes Outstanding Employees with Fourth Annual PRIDE Award


NVE Bank recently honored 21 of its employees who have taken extra steps to embody the NVE spirit through volunteerism, superior customer service and skill enhancing educational initiatives.  The employees are the recipients of NVE’s PRIDE Award, an honor that is bestowed annually on staffers who go above and beyond their prescribed job responsibilities in the areas of volunteerism, education, customers service, business referrals and cost saving/revenue generating initiatives.  Employees earn points for their contributions in these areas throughout the year, and top achievers are recognized as NVE PRIDE Award recipients.


5/2017

First Hope Bank Supports Project Self Sufficiency
First Hope Bank and Project Self Sufficiency have been long time partners to help our community grow and prosper. It is an honor working with a group that cares as much about the well-being of our neighborhood as we do. This year alone, First Hope Bank associates helped collect over 60 dresses and accessories for the Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop housed at Project Self Sufficiency and were a sponsor to A Taste of Talent. These events and many more, go to benefit the low income families of our local community. 
Sister-to-Sister is a donation based prom shop to aid teens who may be less fortunate get dressed up to have a memorable evening to remember. The Prom Shop was started by teenagers Isabella and Sophie Ilaria who saw an opportunity to help fellow teens. They offer free prom presses, along with shawls, wraps, shoes and accessories that may be either new or gently used. First Hope Bank was pleased with the outpouring support of our associates and customers who care near and dear about our local youth. 
When thinking of where to donate, think about Project Self Sufficiency, who has many great projects to support the local community. Events such as ‘A Taste of Talent’, located at Perona Farms raise funds for Project Self Sufficiency to support their mission. First Hope Bank was a sponsor again this year during ‘A Taste of Talents’ 18th year running. This event brings together various chefs from the area’s finest restaurants to have a culinary tasting your mouth will water over. Every year there is a chance to sample some of the most renowned dishes all to benefit this local cause.  First Hope Bank is proud to have a neighborhood partner in Project Self Sufficiency and a common mission to help our local communities. 


Amboy Bank draws winner for new Cheesequake branch sweepstakes

Amboy Bank Cheesequake branch manager, Donna Ostrowski, congratulates Mary Giessuebel as the grand prize winner of Amboy’s month-long grand opening sweepstakes. Giessuebel won a 55” LG Smart LED television. The sweepstakes celebrated Amboy’s new branch at 95 Matawan Road in Matawan. The bank is continuing to welcome new clients with special deposit offers. 

The Provident Bank Foundation Awards $50K Signature Grant to Junior Achievement of New Jersey Funding
The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) in Edison, N.J. as the recipient of the Foundation’s 2017 $50,000 Signature Grant in the Community Enrichment funding priority area. 

JANJ was selected for the Signature Grant for its work in the Youth Leadership Development focus area, and funding will specifically be used toward its High School Heroes initiative, a no-cost educational solution that meets state academic standards for both elementary and high school students from predominantly under-served communities including those in Middlesex County. 

The goal of the funding is to train 146 promising students to be High School Heroes who will deliver JA's money management, entrepreneurship, and career readiness curriculum. The course will be implemented in 73 kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms, and actively engage 1,600 elementary school students from their communities. By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, JA will have provided nearly 7,000 instructional/educational contact hours for program execution. 
 

Erin Villagra, Assistant Vice President, Senior Corporate Trainer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank Honored as Training Magazine 2017 Emerging Leader
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced that Erin Villagra, Assistant Vice President, Senior Corporate Trainer, Career Development Institute, has been recognized as a winner of Training Magazine’s 2017 Emerging Training Leaders Award.   
 
Emerging Training Leader candidates were nominated by co-workers or industry peers for their stellar leadership skills and business expertise within their organizations.  Chosen were the top 25 professionals who inspired and engaged their organizations through their individual talents, exceptional leadership skills, business savvy and training instincts.

With 14 years of experience at Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Ms. Villagra is responsible for the development and implementation of high caliber, bank-wide employee training programs.  As the Company’s liaison with outside training providers, she is also responsible for the orchestration of a wide variety of in-house corporate training programs.   A resident of Bedminster, New Jersey, Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Syracuse University.  
 
Award recipients of the 2017 Training Magazine Emerging Training Leaders Award will be profiled in the May/June issue of Training magazine and honored at an awards ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center during the February 2018 Training Conference & Expo in Atlanta Georgia. 

Unity Bank Signs Long-Term Agreement as Title Sponsor of the Memorial Day Weekend Tour of Somerville Cycling Series
 Unity Bank has agreed to a multi-year partnership to serve as Title Sponsor of the Tour of Somerville, the iconic cycling classic that annually attracts thousands of local and tri-state residents, international tourists and competitive racers from around the world to enjoy the oldest major cycling event in the country.
 
The 74th running of the historic Memorial Day race through the streets of Somerville, the traditional kick-off to the summer season in central New Jersey since before World War II, will expand to a full weekend of events in 2017 with activities designed to enhance the family experience.
 
The race annually attracts more than 600 cyclists and 15,000 visitors. Arts on Division, a nonprofit organization that supports the arts and cultural events in Somerville and Somerset County, promotes the race and will donate a portion of the Tour proceeds to local nonprofits.

The three-day Tour of Somerville Cycling series for professional and amateur cyclists alike begins with the 18th annual Bound Brook Criterium Bike Race in Bound Brook on Saturday, May 27th with a second race in Raritan on Sunday, May 28th before concluding with the Tour of Somerville through the streets of Somerville on Monday, May 29th.


Local High School Students Attend Junior Achievement Career Workshop at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
On April 28, 2017, in conjunction with Junior Achievement® of New Jersey, Peapack-Gladstone Bank hosted 52 local high school students and faculty from Barack Obama Green Charter School, Hillcrest Academy South, and Somerville High School at their Headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey, for a full-day Junior Achievement Career Success™ workshop.  The Junior Achievement® platform teaches students 21st century skills through experiential learning.  
 
Participating students connected with volunteer mentors from the Bank who shared their career advice and expertise in money-management through interactive modules which focused on budgeting, credit choices, career development and job interview skills.  The Bank’s program also included a complimentary breakfast and lunch along with employee-led student tours of the Bedminster Headquarters including the Bank’s Heritage Hall museum and Board Room.
 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank is proud to partner with Junior Achievement in motivating and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs, setting realistic goals for their future careers.  Together, they have helped to open doors for tomorrow’s business leaders.
 

NVE Bank Celebrates Financial Literacy Month by Teaching Children to Save
NVE Bank Branch Managers from the bank’s 12 branches helped Bergen County elementary students celebrate Financial Literacy Month by teaching savings classes throughout the month of April.  The classes, aimed at giving kids the opportunity to start learning financial basics in a fun and interactive way, was done in partnership with the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s 20th Annual Teach Children to Save Program.    Throughout the month,  NVE bankers taught over 500 students, culminating in an event held at the Hillside School in Closter, where NVE’s President & CEO Robert Rey handed out participation certificates and NVE piggy banks to second graders.

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.

NVE Bank Participates in National Rebuilding Day 2017 Bank Donates $7,500 to Rebuilding Together Bergen County
NVE Bank participated in National Rebuilding Day as part of April’s National Rebuilding Month by sponsoring a Rebuilding Together project in Westwood, New Jersey.  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.  

Berkshire Bank Celebrates National Small Business Week Awards $22,000 in Grants to Support to Small Businesses
 
Berkshire Bank announced that the Berkshire Bank Foundation will support National Small Business Week by awarding $22,000 in grants to support Small Business Development Centers, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) chapters and local entrepreneurial assistance centers throughout the Bank’s footprint.
 
As part of this acknowledgement, business banking officers will host events on various days from May 1-10, at different Berkshire Bank locations.
 
The events will honor local SCORE chapters, Small Business Development Centers and local entrepreneurial support centers, each receiving a grant ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, in recognition of their commitment to supporting and assisting local small businesses. This occasion allows Berkshire Bank to play an integral role in the economic development of the communities it serves.

 
The Small Business Development Centers being recognized include:
Syracuse SCORE (Syracuse, NY)
Berkshire Regional SBDC (Pittsfield, MA)
Western MA Small Business Development Center (Springfield, MA)
Onondaga Small Business Development Center (Syracuse, NY)
University at Albany SBDC (Albany, NY)
Small Business Development Center Mohawk Valley SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Utica, NY)
Vermont Small Business Development Center (Rutland, VT)
Small Business Development Center- The College of New Jersey (Ewing Township, NJ)
 
SCORE Chapters being honored include:
Boston  SCORE (Boston, MA)
Western Massachusetts SCORE (Springfield, MA)
Worcester SCORE (Worcester, MA)
Northeast NY SCORE
Syracuse (NY) SCORE (Syracuse, NY)
Utica (NY) SCORE (Utica (NY)
Greater Hartford SCORE (Hartford, CT)
 
The additional assistance centers being honored include:
 
Center for Women and Enterprise (Boston, MA)
University of St. Joseph – Veteran Jumpstart Program (Philadelphia, PA)
UCONN Foundation - EBV Veterans Business Program (Hartford, CT)
Community Capital of Vermont - Business Advisory Services Program (Barre, VT)
Rutland Economic Development Corporation (Rutland, VT)

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Announces New Branch to Open in Morris County
Atlantic Stewardship Bank  announced that its new office at 43 South Park Place on the Green in Morristown, New Jersey, is scheduled to open in late spring of 2017. ASB’s newest office will join Montville and Pequannock as its third Morris County branch. This will be ASB’s 12th branch location serving Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties along with the surrounding markets.

 


4/2017

Amboy Bank opens new branch in Matawan’s Cheesequake area

Old Bridge Mayor, Owen Henry, assists Greg Scharpf, Senior Vice President of Amboy Bank, in cutting the ribbon, opening Amboy Bank’s new Cheesequake Branch located at 95 Matawan Road in Matawan. From left to right are Stephen Mamakas, Executive Officer of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Greg Scharpf, Mayor Henry, Donna Ostrowski, Cheesequake Branch Manager, and Vincent Blasi, President of the Old Bridge Chamber of Commerce. 

Berkshire Bank Announces Final Exciting Assists Grant Recipient
Berkshire Bank announced that through the Bank’s partnership with New England Sports Network (NESN), its Foundation has awarded a $13,000 grant to Cradles to Crayons through the Berkshire Bank Exciting Assists Grant program. Cradles to Crayons VP of Development Karen Grant accepted the contribution from Berkshire Bank’s Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement Gary Levante on air during NESN’s coverage of the Boston Bruins on April 6.

The Exciting Assists Grant program ran through April 1, 2017 and raised funds to support three charitable causes. Berkshire Bank’s Foundation provided $100 per assist to the program. An assist is defined as a Boston Bruins player who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way that enabled the goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the goal. During the final portion of the season, the Bruins had 130 assists resulting in a $13,000 grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation.
 
In addition to Cradles to Crayons, two other nonprofit organizations received funding during the season, including:
Soldier On - has a single mission; ending homelessness amongst the nation’s veterans. Since 1994, they’ve provided homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services including opening the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community in 2010, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing, transitioning them from homelessness to homeownership. Soldier On is replicating this model nationally.  $10,000 Grant
Birthday Wishes –provides children facing homelessness with a joyous birthday party that will brighten their special day, reduce the trauma of homelessness, and give them hope for a better future.  $12,100 Grant


Berkshire Bank Achieves Sustainability Milestone - Paper Usage Drops 15%

As the country celebrates Earth Day on April 22, Berkshire Bank announced that they have exceeded the first of their sustainability objectives through AMEB Green, a corporate initiative to become a more environmentally sustainable company.  The company, committed to reducing paper consumption by 10% by 2018, surpassed that mark reducing usage by 15% a full year earlier than projected.
 
AMEB Green is focused on results that will impact Berkshire’s social, environmental and financial performance by engaging employees and customers in environmentally conscious behaviors. The Bank has completed more than thirty green initiatives since the launch of the effort in 2015, including the standardization of double-sided printing and the elimination of disposable paper products in offices. The company also implemented energy-saving enhancements, recycling and environmental standards all of which contributed to 32% of office products coming from recycled sources as well as 228,000 pounds of paper being recycled annually. In addition, eStatement usage by customers increased 21% since 2015 as more customers chose more secure and environmentally conscious ways of conducting their business.
 
The AMEB Green initiative was originally spurred by employee suggestions and was developed by a cross-functional committee that looked at policies, products, operations and behaviors to identify goals and key steps to become a more environmentally sustainable company.

Berkshire Bank Foundation Invests Over $300,000 in Education, Economic Development,  and Basic Needs Initiatives

 Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it has awarded $314,901 in grants and pledges to 88 nonprofit organizations through their 3 main grant programs, which focus on community and economic development, education and basic needs. The funding was awarded during the first quarter grants cycle.
 
In 2017, Berkshire Bank Foundation implemented refined priorities focusing on specific outcomes. The organizations and programs receiving funding best achieved these outcomes in the areas of early childhood literacy, financial education, job training, affordable housing, small business development, neighborhood revitalization, food access, health care access and addiction treatment, among others.  

Berkshire Bank Receives Six Marketing Awards
Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that it was recently honored with six awards for community engagement and marketing of leading edge products. The Bank was recognized at the Financial Marketing Awards in Newport, RI and the New England Financial Marketing Awards in Burlington, MA; both events took place in March.
 
The Financial Marketing Awards are the oldest and most respected financial awards in New England. The awards program honors banks and credit unions for creative marketing and branding efforts, while the Community Champion Award recognizes a bank or credit union for the difference they make in the community. Berkshire received recognition in the following categories:
Community Champion Award – Gold for Pittsfield Public Schools attendance billboard
Loan Award  - Silver for  home equity (HELOC) campaign 
Deposit Award – Bronze for Leap Year deposit campaign 
The New England Financial Marketing Association is one of the country’s largest and most respected trade associations of its kind and has a diverse membership representing financial institutions with assets ranging from less than $500 million to over $5 billion. Their annual awards program honors banks and credit unions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont for creative marketing, branding and community efforts. Berkshire received recognition in the following categories:
Overall Community Service – 2nd Place for Xtraordinary Day campaign
In-Branch Design – 2nd Place for Mid-Atlantic region branch design
Customer Service – 2nd Place for Game Plan point of sale
Both sets of awards identify Berkshire Bank as a brand leader with a community oriented approach. Being recognized in this capacity highlights the Bank’s unique culture and approach while underscoring its commitment to performance and to delivering a highly-personal and engaging banking experience. The awards demonstrate and reinforce Berkshire Bank’s desire to help customers find life’s exciting moments.


Unity Bank Donates $2,500 to Adult Day Center of Somerset County
Unity Bank recently donated $2,500 to the Adult Day Center (ADC) of Somerset County to underwrite the expenses of their Caregiver Support Group, which meets on the second Saturday of every month. The donation will underwrite operational expenses for the support group, which has been part of ADC programming for 18 years.

Pictured (from left) are Diann Robinson, ADC Executive Director; Donna Moehler, ADC Member; Stacy Scelfo, ADC Social Services Coordinator; Greg Gibson, ADC Member; Wendy Ewen, Unity Bank Somerville Branch Relationship Manager; Joanne Jack, Unity Bank Somerville Branch Personal Banker Somerville; and Michael Novak, Unity Bank Senior Commercial Loan Officer.

Riker Danzig Partner Frank Vitolo Selected for Not-For-Profit Excellence Award

Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is proud to announce that Frank Vitolo was selected by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce as the Exemplary Private Sector Leader Not-For-Profit Excellence Award Winner.  Vitolo was honored at the 2017 Not-for-Profit Conference on April 20th at the Wyndham Hamilton Park.  The Chamber recognized Vitolo for his leadership of the Table of Hope Soup Kitchen in Morristown, in addition to his work for the Morristown Partnership and Morris Arts.  In 2016, when the Table of Hope was in danger of closing due to a lack of funds, Vitolo was instrumental in spearheading a fundraising campaign that allowed the Soup Kitchen to continue. From that initial fundraising campaign, the Table of Hope has established ongoing partnerships with churches and individuals who are now regular donors, giving it a more secure foundation going forward.  

Vitolo is a partner with Riker Danzig and concentrates his practice in litigation, products liability, land use, aviation, school law and government affairs.

 
Peapack-Gladstone Bank Named Champion of Good Works

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce that the Bank has been honored as a Champion of Good Works by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ).  The “Champion of Good Works” award was presented to Peapack-Gladstone Bank on March 15 at the CIANJ Fourth Annual Chairman’s Reception at Nania’s In the Park in Belleville, New Jersey.  Attended by more than 260 business executives, CIANJ paid tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community. This year’s 39 champions included New Jersey leading manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, banks, colleges and universities, who were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.  

Berkshire Bank Pays Veteran’s Mortgage Payments for a Year
Berkshire Bank has announced the winner of the Exciting Rewind Mortgage Giveaway.  As the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage, Berkshire Bank partnered with NESN for this exciting promotion that began on January 1st and concluded on March 11, 2017.
 
The winner of The Exciting Rewind is David Hiltz of Bedford, MA. David Hiltz spent much of his Air Force career testing new aircraft and weapons as a flight test engineer.  As the winner, David will be awarded with $12,000 to assist in paying his mortgage for the year. The giveaway was only extended to active military members and eligible veterans, serving as an extension of the dedication of Berkshire Bank to the servicemen and servicewomen of our country.
 
When asked of how he felt about winning the Exciting Rewind giveaway, David passionately spoke of his relationship with the Bank, which began when he purchased a home in the area.
 
The Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes consisted of a breakdown of the top plays throughout the season and was featured during every Bruin’s game on NESN. Viewers were encouraged to watch and vote online for their favorite Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind segment at NESN.com/BerkshireBank to be entered for a chance to win.


Lakeland Bank Honored for Scholarship Program 
Lakeland Bank was honored by The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine for its Annual Scholarship Golf Outing which provided scholarships to students from 50 local high schools in 2016.

Thirty-nine companies, including leading manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, banks and colleges and universities, were honored as “Champions of Good Works” at the gala reception, attended by more than 260 business executives. The Fourth Annual Chairman’s Reception, paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community, was held at Nanina’s In the Park in Belleville. This year’s champions were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, which also named Hackensack Meridian Health and its affiliate, South Ocean Medical Center, as the 2017 Extraordinary Good Works recipient.

Atlantic Stewardship Bank Honored as a Champion of Good Works at the CIANJ 4th Annual Chairman’s Reception
The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine  hosted their Fourth Annual Chairman’s Reception, where they honored Atlantic Stewardship Bank as one of their Champions of Good Works  – paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community. 

Thirty-nine companies, including leading manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, banks and colleges and universities, were honored as “Champions of Good Works” at the gala reception, attended by more than 260 business executives.
Atlantic Stewardship Bank was honored for its involvement and support of Paterson Habitat for Humanity, which provides housing to families in dire need. Through its unique Tithing Program, ASB tithes or shares, 10% of its taxable income with Christian and other local charities each year; living up to the promise of being faithful to their customers. The Bank has contributed more than $242,000 to Paterson Habitat for Humanity since the inception of their Tithing Program. Additionally, ASB donated proceeds from their 2016 Charity Run/Walk for Housing to Paterson Habitat and underwrites mortgages for new homeowners. Further, ASB President and CEO Paul Van Ostenbridge serves on the group’s Advisory Council.


First Bank Honored as Distinguished Corporation of the Year 
First Bank, one of the fastest growing community banks in the United States, was honored as the Distinguished Corporation of the Year by the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce. First Bank, a 10-branch community bank headquartered in Hamilton, achieved 30 percent loan growth in 2016 and surpassed an important milestone of $1.1 billion in total assets. The bank announced the acquisition of Bucks County Bank last month, which will add four additional branches in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
According to data gathered from business-intelligence firm SNL Financial, First Bank was one of the fastest growing community banks based on asset growth in 2015, ranking sixth out of 432 community banks (<$1B 2015 assets) across the nation. When compared to 104 other Mid-Atlantic community banks, First Bank grew the fastest from the second quarter of 2012 to the same quarter in 2015.


Patrick Ryan, who helped recapitalize First Bank in 2008, has served as the CEO since 2013.  He began his 20-year banking career in 1997 as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, working in New York and London. Then, he worked in corporate development at Medsite, and was a consultant at the management consulting firm Bain and Company. He managed the Corporate Development department at Yardville National Bank, prior to leading First Bank. 

Commitment to community comes from the top down, with Ryan’s involvement with several regional nonprofit organizations, including the Hamilton Partnership, the Mercer County 200 Club, the Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick, Crossroads of the American Revolution, the Community Bankers Association, the New Jersey Bankers Association and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Trenton Area YMCA. 

Ryan was recently appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). The 12-member CDIAC comprises representatives from commercial banks, thrift institutions and credit unions. The council convenes twice a year with officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to share insights about economic and business trends facing community depository institutions in their local markets. After each local meeting, a representative from the Philadelphia council joins counterparts from other Federal Reserve Banks at a meeting hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. The recognition was presented during an awards reception at the Stone Terrace by John Henry. 

Berkshire Bank Named Finalist for Prestigious Halo Award
Berkshire Bank has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Halo Award, the winner of which will be announced in Chicago on June 1, 2017.
 
The Halo Awards encompass North America’s highest honor for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and are presented annually at the Engage for Good conference in Chicago. These prestigious awards look at social campaigns that take innovative and impactful approaches to supporting causes, targeting both consumers and employees. Past recipients of the awards include many of the most globally recognized brands.
 
Berkshire Bank was named a finalist in the Employee Engagement category, which highlights programs focused on meaningfully and measurably engaging a company’s employees in a cause-focused initiative to achieve both a social and a business impact. Berkshire is being recognized for its Xtraordinary Day of Service, which occurred in June 2016, through which it mobilized 95% of the workforce to directly impact more than 100,000 individuals, as well as with its broader XTEAM® corporate employee volunteer program. The other finalists for the award include Viacom, Kohl’s, and Xylem Watermark.
 
Berkshire Bank is well known for its community commitment locally, but has also attracted national attention in the last year for the overall impact of the XTEAM® corporate employee volunteer program. The program provides every employee with paid time off to volunteer during regular business hours at a series of company supported projects. 100% of the company’s workforce participated in the program last year donating over 40,000 hours of service. The volunteer program complements the company’s commitment to the communities it serves, along with the more than $2 million providing annually through grants and sponsorships.
 

Kearny Bank breaks ground for new structure to replace existing North Arlington branch
Kearny Bank broke ground today on an entirely new building that will eventually replace its current North Arlington branch office. The new structure will be built in what is now a parking lot; upon completion, the older building will be razed to make way for parking.
 
According to the current construction schedule, the new North Arlington branch – a sleek, modern structure of red brick – will be completed and ready for business this coming November. Kearny Bank has been conducting business in North Arlington for about 130 years; it opened its first boro office in the late 1880s. 
 
The new Kearny Bank facility will provide about 4,000 square feet of public space, including a 17-foot ceiling specially designed to flood the lobby with natural light. Emphasizing sustainability, the new structure will feature solar glass for increased insulation and solar gain, thermal energy efficiency, and LED lighting, along with two drive-up lanes and eight teller stations. Fully compliant with all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements, the structure was designed by Eric Baker Architects, which maintains offices in Glen Ridge, NJ and Stamford, CT. 
 
The groundbreaking – complete with ceremonial shovels, hardhats, and the symbolic first turning of soil on the site – was attended by North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi, several boro council members, and Kearny Bank executives and staff. 

From left to right, John Mazur, Chairman of the Kearny Bank Board; Mayor Joseph Bianchi, North Arlington; Craig Montanaro, President & CEO Kearny Bank