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  • West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund Awards First Round of Project Grants to 7 Community Organizations; Total of $25,000 Being Awarded

    The West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund Advisory Committee has announced their inaugural grants to local nonprofit organizations, concluding the first grant cycle since the all-volunteer committee of town residents was formed by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving last year.

    The seven grants awarded, in amounts ranging from $1,850 to $5,500, will help to fund programs or projects that will “improve or enhance the quality of life in West Hartford or otherwise contribute to address a direct need” of the West Hartford community.  A total of $25,000 was awarded; the amount of each grant was based on the scope and focus of the project proposals submitted for consideration.

    The grants are being awarded to:

    • West Hartford Fellowship Housing ($5,500) – to further expand existing nutritional program to encourage healthy choices for seniors 62+, in partnership with local farms and the University of Connecticut.
    • West Hartford African American Social and Cultural Organization ($5,000) – to purchase and install a commemorative plaque in honor of Lemuel Haynes, the first ordained black minister in the United States.
    • Copper Beach ($3,950) – to fund hiring of BIPOC facilitators to develop a podcast focusing on daily mindfulness practices to support BIPOC communities.
    • Golden Door: A Center for Immigrants ($3,700) – for the Building Bridges Book Club, an intercultural book club that meets at the West Hartford Public Library. Participants will receive English language learning support, while building relationships, sharing cultures and exchanging thoughts. The program is accessible to all West Hartford immigrants.
    • Bridge Family Center ($3,000) – to support the West Hartford Teen Center garden project; add a raised bed, create rainwater catch and irrigation system and build a greenhouse;  gift card to teens who support program; free produce distribution.
    • Noah Webster House Witness Stones Project ($2,000) – to purchase benches to support comfortable viewing of the Witness Stones project.
    • Autism Families Connecticut ($1,850) – to support Friday Night Teen Socials by providing                 supplies and materials for virtual teen nights.
          

    “Throughout this process, we learned anew what a diverse and dynamic community West Hartford is, and the impressive array of nonprofit organizations that contribute to the quality of life,” said Danielle Moghadam and Leah Chapman, co-chairs of the West Hartford Community Fund. “This was a wonderfully collaborative effort, with every committee member involved and working diligently to develop a process to evaluate applications and provide grants that will impact our community.  We are proud to award grants to seven dedicated and deserving organizations, and look forward to what’s ahead.”

    In 2019, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving established community funds for each of the 29 towns in the Foundation’s region, which includes the town of West Hartford.  Each Greater Together Community Fund is administered by an advisory committee of town residents that must be inclusive and reflective of all of the residents of that community. The West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund Advisory Committee was selected and began operating in the Fall of 2020. 

    “When the Hartford Foundation began developing the Greater Together Community Funds initiative, it was based on the recognition that community residents are keenly aware of the needs their town’s face, and that they should be supported and empowered to select projects that respond to these needs,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. “We knew that by setting up an initiative rooted in inclusion, participatory decision making and led by community residents, the work would be both rewarding and challenging. This was true even before the impact of COVID; however, the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of our town residents to benefit their respective communities is evidenced by the array of grants that the Committee in West Hartford has awarded.”

    The purpose of the community fund is to support the community in taking ownership around the needs in individual towns, encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement and anchor the Hartford Foundation in each town.  Each community received a total amount of $100,000.  Half of the fund amount is available to fund current projects or programs; the other half is endowed, meaning a percentage of those dollars will be available every year to grant, following the Hartford Foundation’s spending policy.

    Each advisory committee was created through an extensive outreach process where a selection committee made up of local residents and stakeholders identified and chose members. The West Hartford Advisory Committee designed and built a grantmaking process from the ground up, aimed at ensuring that the fund would have a meaningful impact for the benefit of town residents. Hartford Foundation staff provided guidance on topics such as inclusive group practices, participatory decision making and grantmaking.

    Any nonprofit registered as a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of West Hartford was eligible to submit a letter of intent. Nonprofits do not need to be headquartered or based in West Hartford to be eligible, but must serve and benefit West Hartford residents.

    The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s community fund program also creates an opportunity for organizations and individuals to make tax-deductible contributions to the West Hartford Community Fund. All donations are welcome and will be utilized in support of West Hartford residents.  For additional information, email westhartfordcommunityfund@gmail.com.

    Individuals interested in applying to serve as a member of the Committee, for a two-year term beginning in October 2021, email westhartfordcommunityfund@gmail.com or visit the website at  https://www.hfpg.org/donors/ways-to-give/community-funds/west-hartford for more information about the work of the Committee.

    The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Through partnerships, the Foundation seeks to strengthen communities in Greater Hartford by putting philanthropy in action to dismantle structural racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $849 million since its founding in 1925. For more information, visit www.hfpg.org  or call 860-548-1888.

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    Hartford Foundation for Public Giving             West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund Advisory CommitteeChris Senecal, csenecal@hfpg.org                   Leah Chapman, Danielle Moghadam, Co-chairs westhartfordcommunityfund@gmail.com

    Comcast Business Mobile Launches to Small Businesses Nationwide

     

    New mobile service on the most reliable wireless network with nationwide 5G included and access to more than 20 million Xfinity hotspots

    July 20, 2021—PHILADELPHIA—Comcast Business today announced it has launched its new wireless mobile service for small businesses, Comcast Business Mobile, nationally across its footprint. Comcast Business Mobile is designed to help small businesses be ready for today and whatever comes next with flexible data options, nationwide 5G coverage, and savings. Comcast Business Mobile benefits from the success and expertise established by top-rated mobile service, Xfinity Mobile. Comcast Business Mobile is available exclusively to Comcast Business Internet customers in all of Comcast Business’ service areas via www.comcastbusiness.com/mobile.

    “Staying connected – whether in the office or on-the-go – is critical for small businesses. Comcast Business Mobile provides small business owners and their employees access to the most reliable network with nationwide 5G included at no extra cost as well as access to more than 20 million secure Xfinity WiFi hotspots,” said Bill Stemper, President, Comcast Business. “We have created a unique mobile experience that brings more value to our Internet customers, saving them money while providing tremendous performance, reliability and flexibility.”

    The service offers Comcast Business Internet customers up to 10 lines with no line access fees. Comcast Business Mobile gives customers the freedom to build the best plan for their needs; even mixing and matching Comcast Business Mobile’s two straightforward data options across multiple lines. Data options include:

    • Unlimited Data*
    • As low as $24 per line, per month with 10 lines
    • Great for on-the-go employees who may not be within WiFi range and need cellular data.
    • By the Gig*
    • 1GB = $15/mo; 3GB = $30/mo; 10G = $60/mo (shared data)
    • Well-suited for teams in locations where there is more WiFi and less cellular usage – such as in offices and retail stores.Comcast Business Mobile is compatible with the best phones and tablets; allowing customers to choose from today’s most popular devices. Customers may also bring their own devices with no term contract required for mobile service.

    To sign up for Comcast Business Mobile or to learn more, visit: www.comcastbusiness.com/mobile

    About Comcast Business

    Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.

    For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

    *Requires Comcast Business Internet service. Equipment, international and roaming charges, taxes and fees, including regulatory recovery fees, and other charges extra, and subject to change. Additional monthly per line charge applies if one of the following services not maintained: Comcast Business TV, Internet or Voice. After 20 GB monthly data use, speeds reduced to a maximum of 1.5 Mbps download/750 Kbps upload. Comcast Business Mobile utilizes the highest ranked network under RootMetrics® 1H 2021 US report. WiFi networks not tested. Results may vary. Award is not endorsement. Actual speeds vary. © 2021 Comcast. All rights reserved.

     

     

    Watkinson School Appoints New 

    Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion

     

    Watkinson School, a co-ed independent day school for grades 6-12/PG, is pleased to announce its new Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion is Courtney Massenberg of Bloomfield, CT.  

    A member of Watkinson’s senior leadership, the Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion provides strategic vision, collaborative leadership, and active oversight of Watkinson’s efforts to become a more inclusive, just, and anti-racist community. The Director is responsible for promoting cultural awareness; fostering a sense of belonging for all; and creating, implementing and supporting equitable and inclusive educational and community opportunities. The Director supports and facilitates constructive dialogue about identity, bias, equity, and social responsibility, supporting students and adults within the school community to engage effectively across differences, both on and beyond campus. The Director leads Watkinson’s five-week Summer SPHERE educational program, which has been serving elementary school children from the city of Hartford for over fifty years. 

    Courtney Massenberg comes to Watkinson School by way of New York City, where she began her career in education as an elementary school teacher for the NYC Department of Education, the largest and most diverse school system in the United States. After teaching in multiple grades and districts, she went on to serve in various roles including city-wide K-8 teacher evaluator, district-wide principal coach, and founding principal of a creative arts middle school. During this time, she also earned her master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as two administrative certifications. 

    Almost 20 years later, Courtney returns to Connecticut where she was raised and educated in the independent school system. Not only did she attend Renbrook School in West Hartford and graduate from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, she is also the proud sibling of a Watkinson Alum, Class of 2000.

    Throughout her career in education, Courtney has leveraged her diverse experiences to engage teachers, school, and district leaders in powerful conversations about how to reduce race, gender, socioeconomic, and other barriers to learning as well as promote an inclusive environment where all are proud to belong. She looks forward to continuing this important work at Watkinson and is thrilled to be a new member of the community.

     

    Watkinson School is Hartford’s oldest co-ed independent day school for grades 6-12/PG.

     

    IRIS Photography Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by WBENC

     

    [West Hartford, CT]—May 27, 2021—IRIS Photography, a photography studio in West Hartford CT, is proud to announce being awarded national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

    “We are so pleased to be officially recognized as a women-owned business!  We’d like to thank WBENC for their efforts to promote women in small business, especially in the creative fields,” commented Jane Shauck, owner of IRIS Photography.

    The WBENC standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

    About IRIS Photography:

    IRIS Photography is a photography studio at 10 LaSalle Road in West Hartford, CT, owned by Jane Shauck. Their work includes commercial portraits, headshots, personal branding, and corporate image libraries in addition to family portraits and events. Corporate clients include the New York Mets, The Hartford Financial Services, Virtus Investment Partners, Fairview Capital, Corbin Advisors, Freed Marcroft, and Veeder-Root.  Their work has been featured in Barron’s, Forbes, and Real Simple magazines.  Jane has an MBA and a corporate background, and has won awards including the “Best of the American Society of Media Photographers” (ASMP) and PDN Faces and is a former President of the CT ASMP. 

    To learn more about IRIS Photography, please visit photoiris.com and photojane.com (their commercial website).

    WBENC:
    Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 17,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and more than 350 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.

    Community Speaks Out Awarded $5,000 from Bouvier Insurance through Liberty Mutual Insurance Company® and Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Awards™

    Community’s Support Can Help Increase Donation to $10,000 by Sharing the Story on Social Media

    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (May 19, 2021) — Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance are proud to announce that Bouvier Insurance has earned a 2021 Make More Happen Award, which recognizes its exceptional volunteerism with Community Speaks Out and demonstrating its commitment to making a positive change within their community. The award includes a $5,000 donation with a chance to double the amount to $10,000 that will directly benefit Community Speaks Out, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the community by providing support and opportunities to individuals and families with access to recovery.

    Beginning Wednesday, May 19, the story of Bouvier Insurance and Community Speaks Out will be featured on the official Make More Happen microsite www.agentgiving.com/Bouvier-Insurance allowing the nonprofit a chance to earn the additional $5,000. If the featured story receives at least 500 votes— shares to social media and comments on their story—the donation will be doubled to $10,000.

    The $10,000 donation would provide up to 50 people with sober living housing, along with therapy assistance, recovery coaching, discovery mentorship, expenses for travel and a stay at a treatment facility. The funds will also be utilized to further the educational commitments to the community and youth programs.

      "Community Speaks Out provides a safe and compassionate camaraderie within the community, and Bouvier Insurance is honored to support the services they provide across Southeastern CT.,” said Ashley Wallace, Account Manager at Bouvier Insurance. “We are forever grateful to receive this Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco to provide this organizations with much needed funds to continue their impactful work.”

    Wallace started her involvement with Community Speaks Out back in 2016 as a member of their event and fundraiser committee. Since then, she and her agency team continue to participate in annual galas providing monetary and volunteer support. As a result of COVID-19, the organization shifted their annual gala to a virtual event, which Bouvier Insurance proudly sponsored.

    “We are so proud of our agents and their commitment to volunteering for important causes in their local communities to raise both funds and awareness,” said Jim Waldron, Safeco Insurance Northeast Region Territory Manager. “The Make More Happen Awards allow our agents to make an even greater impact in New London County and we hope it motivates others to do the same.”

    Throughout 2021, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance will select a total of 34 independent agents nationwide for a Make More Happen Award donating up to $340,000 to the nonprofits they support. Agencies became eligible for the award by submitting an application demonstrating their commitment to a specific nonprofit, along with photos of a project they worked on.

    About Liberty Mutual Insurance

    Liberty Mutual’s purpose is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. The promise we make to our customers throughout the world is to provide protection for the unexpected, delivered with care.

    In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today we are the fifth largest global property and casualty insurer based on 2018 gross written premium. We also rank 75th on the fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2018 revenue. We employ nearly 50,000 people in 30 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of small commercial insurance products and services through our independent agent partners, including business owners policy, comprehensive business package, inland marine, workers compensation and more.

    About Safeco Insurance

    In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

    You can learn more about us by visiting www.Libertymutualinsurance.com and www.Safeco.com

    About Bouvier Insurance

    Bouvier Insurance, formerly Bouvier Beckwith & Lennox, Inc., was established in 1959 and has grown into a full-service insurance group handling all types of insurance with locations in Connecticut, Westerly, RI, Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA. We are proud to say that we have grown our business by always providing superior customer service and by never losing sight of the communities we serve. At Bouvier Insurance we value the long-standing relationships that we have established with each of our clients. Our outstanding reputation has been built on the quality of our work and the exemplary customer service we provide to each of our personal and business clients.

     

     

     

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    CHRISTINE PHILLIPS APPOINTED SENIOR VP,

    HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR AT WESTFIELD BANK

    Westfield, MA— Westfield Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Phillips as Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for Westfield Bank, including employee benefits, compensation, payroll, recruitment, employee relations, compliance, management development, and performance/talent management.

    Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Ms. Phillips was First Vice President at Peoples Bank in Holyoke,

    Massachusetts, and Executive Vice President at United Personnel in Springfield, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

    .A resident of South Hadley, MA, Phillips is an elected member of the School Committee for the South Hadley Public Schools, a position she has held for the past six years. She serves as Co-President of the St. Patrick’s CYO Basketball program, and serves on the Board of Directors of Western Mass CYO Basketball.

    According to James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, Ms. Phillips is a crucial addition to the Bank and Western New England Bancorp. “Christine understands that Human Resources is about proactively serving people, giving them the tools they need to be productive and successful employees as they go about the work of serving our customers. Her demonstrated skill at providing people with the resources they need to be better, more effective employees will help ensure a strong, effective Westfield Bank in the years to come.”

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-two freestanding ATMs, and an additional twenty-three seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $33.4 million. As of September 30, 2020, the Bank employed over 350 full- , part-time and seasonal employees, had $2.5 billion in total assets, $2.0 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.0 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits.

     

     

     

     

     

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    JOHN E. BONINI APPOINTED SENIOR VP,

    GENERAL COUNSEL AT WESTFIELD BANK

    Westfield, MA— Westfield Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of John E. Bonini as Senior Vice President, General Counsel. He is responsible for all legal matters concerning Westfield Bank and Western New England Bancorp, Inc., including issues involving shareholders, customers and employees, as well as SEC compliance and reporting along with providing legal advice to the Company's Board of Directors and Senior Management Team.

    Bonini earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and he graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He began his legal career as an Associate at Day, Berry & Howard in Hartford, CT; Mintz Levin in New Haven, CT; and Doherty Wallace in Springfield, MA. In 2005, he joined Barings LLC in Hartford, CT as Managing Director and Senior Counsel and was later named Chief Operating Officer of Barings Real Estate.

    A resident of Westfield, MA, Bonini has served as a member of the Westfield Planning Board and has been actively involved with youth baseball as a board member and coach of both the Westfield Little League and the Greater Westfield Babe Ruth League.

    James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, called Bonini a vital addition to the Bank and Western New England Bancorp. “John brings a keen understanding of the law that strengthens our ability to grow as a business, create opportunity as an employer, and serve our customers across Massachusetts and Connecticut. He’s someone who not only knows the legal landscape of our industry, but who is also personally familiar with our entire market area, with a special connection to the Westfield community where we are based. I’m proud to have him on our team.”

    About Western New England Bancorp, Inc.

    Western New England Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company and the parent company of Westfield Bank, CSB Colts, Inc., Elm Street Securities Corporation, WFD Securities, Inc. and WB Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Western New England Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries are headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts and operate twenty-five banking offices throughout western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. 

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-two freestanding ATMs, and an additional twenty-three seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $33.4 million. As of September 30, 2020, the Bank employed over 350 full- , part-time and seasonal employees, had $2.5 billion in total assets, $2.0 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.0 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits.

     

    PATRICK M. DAGGETT PROMOTED TO AVP, DIGITAL BANKING & INNOVATION MANAGER AT WESTFIELD BANK

     

    Westfield, MA— Westfield Bank is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Daggett has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Digital Banking & Innovation Manager.

    Following a very successful internship, Daggett officially began his Westfield Bank career in 2017 as a Management Trainee, and was later promoted to Digital Marketing & Sales Administration Specialist. In his new role as Digital Banking & Innovations Manager, he will be responsible for managing the bank's digital channels, enhancing the customer experience with digital banking products and services, expanding usage and capabilities of existing technologies, and serving as project manager for future technologies.

    Daggett is a graduate of Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and has received several certifications including a Certificate in New and Emerging Fintech from Harvard University and Certifications in Google Ads and Google Analytics. He is currently studying for his final exam for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designation.

    In the community, Daggett has been generous in sharing his knowledge and experience to assist youth. He has instructed classroom programs related to financial literacy and career development at West Springfield High School, the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, and Westfield State University. He also serves as an Assistant Coach for the West Springfield High School Varsity Soccer Team.

    Daggett resides in West Springfield, MA.

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-two freestanding ATMs, and an additional twenty-three seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $33.4 million. As of September 30, 2020, the Bank employed over 350 full- , part-time and seasonal employees, had $2.5 billion in total assets, $2.0 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.0 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits.

     

    WESTFIELD BANK and Western new england bancorp announce THE retirement of

    Gerald P. Ciejka, Senior Vice President, General Counsel AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR


    John Bonini Named Senior Vice President, General Counsel
    Christine Phillips Named Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director

    Westfield, MA- Januray 11, 2021 — Westfield Bank President and Chief Executive Officer James C. Hagan has announced that Gerald P. Ciejka, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Human Resources Director has retired from Westfield Bank and its parent company Western New England Bancorp, effective December 31, 2020. The Bank had been planning for Mr. Ciejka’s retirement and succession since he announced his retirement in March 2020. Mr. Hagan is very pleased to announce the addition of two new Senior Officers to the Bank. John Bonini has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Christine Phillips has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director. “Gerry helped guide Westfield Bank and Western New England Bancorp through the greatest period of growth in our 167-year history,” said Mr. Hagan. “His valuable counsel, insight, and curious intellect will be greatly missed, as will his sharp wit and engaging personality. We are extremely grateful for Gerry’s numerous contributions and exemplary leadership and wish him the very best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”

    As Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Mr. Bonini is responsible for all legal matters concerning Westfield Bank and Western New England Bancorp, Inc., including legal support for the Company's Board of Directors, President and CEO, Senior Management Team, and employees, as well as SEC compliance and reporting. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School. Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Mr. Bonini was Managing Director and Senior Counsel at Barings LLC in Hartford, Connecticut.

    As Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources, Ms. Philips is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the human resources, including employee benefits, compensation, payroll, recruitment, employee relations, compliance, management development, and performance/talent management. Prior to joining Westfield Bank, she was First Vice President at PeoplesBank in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

    About Western New England Bancorp, Inc.

    Western New England Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company and the parent company of Westfield Bank, CSB Colts, Inc., Elm Street Securities Corporation, WFD Securities, Inc. and WB Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Western New England Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries are headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts and operate twenty-five banking offices throughout western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-two ATMs, and an additional twenty-three seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $34.4 million. As of September 30, 2020, the Bank employed 340 full- and part-time employees, had $2.5 billion in total assets, $2.0 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.0 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits. To learn more, visit our website at www.westfieldbank.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains statements that are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in Western New England Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and on our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020; June 30, 2020; and September 30, 2020. Western New England Bancorp and Westfield Bank do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

     

     

    COMCAST EXTENDS COVID SUPPORT WITH 60 DAYS OF FREE INTERNET FOR LOW-INCOME CUSTOMERS AND FREE ACCESS TO THE NATION’S LARGEST PUBLIC WIFI NETWORK THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021

    December 7, 2020 – Comcast announced today that it will extend its commitments to help people connect to the Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic as millions continue to stay home while many workplaces and schools operate virtually. Comcast will continue to provide free Internet service for the first 60 days for new Internet Essentials customers, and free access to more than 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots, the largest network of its kind in the country, through June 30, 2021. Today’s announcement marks the third time Comcast has extended these commitments.

    “Our teams have worked tirelessly to ensure our network is operating at peak performance and help our customers and our communities navigate this unprecedented crisis,” said Dave Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable. “For nearly a decade, we’ve been on a mission to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. We have accelerated that work during COVID-19 by partnering with public schools to provide Internet for more low-income students and by working with community centers to create safe spaces for families to connect to free WiFi through Lift Zones.”

    Comcast has repeatedly committed to keeping its customers connected, and to make its services available to families and students who don’t have Internet access. These commitments are part of Comcast’s comprehensive efforts to help families and individual stay connected, and to help empower small businesses, during the COVID-19 pandemic:

     

    • Network Investment – Comcast has invested more than $12 billion to expand and evolve its network since 2017. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, network teams have worked around the clock to triple network augmentations, install new hardware, and upgrade network software – to expand capacity and ensure that it could meet the rapidly growing needs of its customers. The company performs nearly 700,000 diagnostic speed tests daily which show that, on average, it is meeting, and most times exceeding advertised speeds across all of its service areas.
    • Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone – More than 1.5 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots in business and outdoor locations – the largest public WiFi network in the country and three times larger than any other provider’s – are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Since taking the unprecedented step of making all of these hotspots available for free, hundreds of thousands of non-Xfinity customers have taken advantage and usage by consumers has skyrocketed. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
    • Free 60 Days of Internet Essentials and School Programs – Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program that provides high-speed Internet service to low-income families and has connected more than four million low-income students since its inception. New customers who sign up before June 30, 2021, will receive 60 days of complimentary service. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that customers not have back debt due so more families can apply. For more information, visit www.internetessentials.com.  We are working with hundreds of public school districts in cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Sacramento to provide free Internet service directly to students in need.
    • WiFi-Connected Community Lift Zones – In September, Comcast announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 “Lift Zones” in community centers across the country by working with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders. Comcast is providing WiFi in these facilities to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their schoolwork. Comcast plans to have at least 200 Lift Zones installed before the end of the year.

     

    • Comcast RISE – In October, Comcast launched Comcast RISE, a multi-year initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses, starting with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color owned businesses; those hardest hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years through grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants. For more information, visit www.comcastrise.com.

     

    • Providing Free Educational Resources – In partnership with Common Sense Media, Comcast has curated thousands of hours of free educational programming into an education destination for Xfinity video customers to support remote learning for kids K-12.

     

    For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:

    http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/

     

    About Comcast

    Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

     

     

    Daniel Matos Joins Liberty Bank as SVP & In-House Legal Counsel

     

    (Middletown, Conn., October 26, 2020) – David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Liberty Bank of Middletown, Connecticut, today announced the hiring of Daniel S. Matos of West Hartford, Connecticut, who joins the Liberty team as Senior Vice President and In-House Legal Counsel.  

     

    Matos will lead Liberty Bank in creating an Office of the General Counsel while providing strategic direction and complete oversight for all of the Bank’s legal matters.

     

    “Recruiting someone of Dan’s caliber – especially now – is another example of our unwavering commitment to hiring talented leaders who possess the expertise, business acumen and shared vision we need as we face the ever-growing complexity of the banking industry while at the same time our organization continues to strategically evolve,” said Glidden.

     

    Matos earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from UConn and his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Temple University’s School of Law. He was most recently the principal and founder of the Matos Group, LLC, a regional real estate development company based in Hartford, Connecticut.

     

    Previously, Matos was a senior partner with the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney) for over 20 years.

     

    Matos is based at Liberty Bank’s Corporate Headquarters at 245 Long Hill Road in Middletown, Connecticut.

     

    About Liberty Bank

     

    Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest bank, with over $6 billion in assets and 60 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, western and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant for nine consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement. www.liberty-bank.com.

     

    October 20, 2020 - Michael Amedeo Promoted to Vice President of Sales at ESC  

    Environmental Systems Corporation (ESC), a leading provider of building technology solutions throughout New England, is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Amedeo to Vice President of Sales. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive business development strategy and budget, as well as providing day-to-day leadership of internal and external sales teams. Amedeo brings over 25 years of experience in commercial facility management and engineering to ESC, which will position him to support the company’s multiple divisions and major accounts.

    Amedeo previously managed ESC’s energy division, where he oversaw sales and operations to support the delivery of turnkey energy efficiency solutions which involved working with utility companies to maximize incentives and coordinating closely with other divisions of the firm, particularly building automation and mechanical services. 

    “We’ve worked with Mike for many years now and have long been impressed with his ability to immerse himself into each division and offer an overarching perspective on operations and sales,” says Chief Operating Officer Michael Mullin. “He is adept at creating new business opportunities and developing solutions that truly match the needs of our clients.”

    Prior to joining ESC, Amedeo was the Director of Engineering Services at OneSource Energy Services’ Corporate Center, a 1.3 million square-foot multi-tenant Class A office complex in Danbury, Connecticut, where he managed all facility operations and building engineering systems. 

    Amedeo received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kennedy Western University in electrical engineering. He maintains a State of Connecticut Electrical License, as well as HVAC and IAQ training certifications. He resides in Wolcott, Connecticut.

    About ESC

    Established in 1972, ESC helps facility owners and managers enhance facility performance by planning and integrating intelligent building solutions to optimize comfort, security, life safety, energy efficiency and audio/visual technology. We have built a reputation as a leading-edge provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions with the highest level of customer service. Learn more at www.esccontrols.com

     

     

    September 15, 2020

     

    Local Massage Envy Owner Awarded National Franchisee of the Year

    Winner to launch a special promotion designed to help locals reclaim their physical and emotional well-being in the midst of the COVID Crisis.

    Scottsdale, AZ – Massage Envy, the largest provider of therapeutic massage and skin care services in the U.S., today announced Anthony Vidal as its “National Franchisee of the Year.” Vidal is the owner and operator of the Farmington, South Windsor, and West Hartford, Connecticut Massage Envy locations.

    According to Beth Stiller, CEO of Massage Envy, this award is an opportunity to recognize an exemplary franchisee within the Massage Envy network.Stiller said Anthony and his team go beyond simply achieving operational excellence – this franchisee also leads the others on delivering on the company’s brand promise of helping people feel their best.

    For Vidal, helping people achieve personal wellness is his life’s mission.“This is a fiercely competitive industry – what sets you apart are your people.They are the experience.I have a team of 120 highly skilled therapists who have expertise in dozens of disciplines.They know that every customer is unique and they are able to deliver experiences that meet the specific needs of each and every client.”

    “Knowing how important massage is to personal wellness has made the last six months really hard for our therapists,” Vidal said.In March, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Internet searches for “panic” and “anxiety attack” hit an all time high 1. “Research from the Mayo Clinic confirms that massage therapy is a great weapon against anxiety and depression. 2It is hard to be sidelined at a time when our customers have needed us the most.”Vidal plans to share his success by offering customers a complementary service with their massage through October 31, 2020.

    “It just feels like the right thing to do.We can’t cure COVID, but we can help our customers find a level of health that might make them more resilient.”

    To accommodate demand, Vidal said his locations have extended hours of operation to ensure the most stringent sanitization and cleaning processes.  “Our clients see massage as a way of taking control of their personal well-being.In recent months, we’ve all felt a little out of control.It’s a privilege to help our clients take back their lives.”

    About the “National Franchisee of the Year” Special Offer (Farmington, South Windsor & West Hartford, CT only)

    To celebrate this amazing achievement, Anthony is offering anyone who mentions the Franchisee of the Year Award at one of his three Connecticut franchise locations, a complimentary service enhancement to their next massage service through October 31, 2020. To learn more about massage enhancements visit https://www.massageenvy.com/massage/personalized-experience/enhancements. You can book your next session by visiting https://www.massageenvy.com/scheduling/css/profile/login or calling your local franchise location.

    About Vidal’s Massage Envy Franchise

    The 120+ professionals working within his 3 franchised locations know “The Client is Boss”. Every employee is held to high standards in order to exceed client expectations! We reopened with expanded hours and strong sanitization protocols. For example, we’ve installed filtration units throughout our locations which use ActivePure® technology to destroy more than 99.993% of airborne and surface pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria. ActivePure Super-Oxiders neutralize these and other pathogens on contact, destroying the microorganisms in the air and on surfaces while leaving a protective barrier of safe super-oxidizers on all surfaces, providing protection from germs continuously 24 hours a day, every day. Due to our commitment to safety and santiziation, we have safely serviced more than 7,700 individuals since reopening on June 20 th. To learn more about how we are providing the safest environment for spa services, visit https://www.activepure.com and https://www.massageenvy.com.

     

     

    About Massage Envy

     

    Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 35,000 dedicated wellness professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,150 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook www.facebook.com/MassageEnvy.

     

     

     

    1 Google searches for “panic attack,” and “anxiety attack” hit all-time high during the coronavirus pandemic.Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) August 2020.

     

    2 Mayo Clinic on Stress visit https://sms52.com/5FE8tgg