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  • The Mandell Jewish Community Center Celebrates

    25th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival

    February 28 – April 2, 2021

    Cinematic Celebration of Jewish Life on Film Offers Strength & Resilience

     

    West Hartford, CT – The 25th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival (www.hjff.org) is pleased to announce a cinematic celebration of Jewish life on film dedicated to strength and resilience.

     

    The official lineup for this year’s festival includes 19 films, which opens virtually February 28, 2021 and runs through April 2, 2021.

     

    “Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the 2020 film festival to a halt,” says David Jacobs, Executive Director of the Mandell JCC. “Through the strength and resilience of our community, we were determined to carry on and curate a film festival this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary.”

     

    The 2021 Hartford Jewish Film Festival will include the 9 films that did not show last year, and all 19 films will highlight strength and resilience through love and laughter; and will allow filmgoers to admire the strength of those who came before us, honor their work, and be inspired to continue sharing their legacy.

     

    “None of this would be possible without our new Film Festival Director Jennifer Sharp,” says Jacobs. “Jennifer has served on the film festival committee – as a member and as co-chair –for several years, and when Jill Ziplow retired, we knew Jennifer would be able to pick up right where Jill left off.”

     

    “I’m incredibly honored to be invited to direct this year’s festival,” says Jennifer Sharp. “This year is unlike any other year, and I’m grateful to our committee for their efforts during the selection process; it wasn’t easy, but I do believe we have put together an extraordinary festival this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary and to honor the strength and resiliency we see on screen. These films are exceptionally moving and they afford us the opportunity to come to together and have a deeper discussion about the realities of Jewish life right here at home in America.”

     

    The curtain will rise on the film festival Sunday, February 28, 2021 with the documentary Holy Silence, which focuses on the role of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust.

     

    The love of a mother and daughter is the focus of the drama, Asia, while the dramatic film, Here We Are, depicts the poignant story of a father and his son who has autism. In Sublet, two gay men, one a struggling film student and the other a New York Times travel writer visiting Tel Aviv, have much to teach each other about love and life.

     

    The drama continues with My Name is Sara, based on the true-life story of Sara Góralnik, a 13 year-old Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust by pretending to be an Orthodox Christian.

     

    Shiva can be difficult, and in Shiva Baby we find that adding a high school girlfriend and a current sugar daddy adds to that dynamic. This film stars Simsbury, CT native Rachel Sennott who currently stars alongside Kyra Sedgwick in the new ABC sitcom, Call Your Mother.  As a stand-up, Sennott was named one of the Top Comics to Watch of 2019 by Time Out New York.

     

    Small-town politics and ancient tradition collide deep in the Hudson Valley in City of Joel, an absorbing account of a high-profile turf war between an ultra-Orthodox community and its neighbors.

     

    We will learn from documentaries such as Advocate, which introduces us to Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel. The film follows Tsemel’s follows Tsemel’s caseload in real time while also revisiting her landmark cases and reflecting on the political significance of her work and the personal price one pays for taking on the role of “devil’s advocate.”

     

    In addition to the dramatic attributes of this year’s lineup, there is some comedic relief with the documentary, Latter Day Jew, a humorous look at Comedian H. Alan Scott who is a gay, a former Mormon and a cancer survivor who converted to Judaism at the age of 34.

     

    The laughs continue with Mossad, the box office hit hailed by the Jerusalem Post as the “most popular Israeli film of all time.” The film is inspired by the American comedy, The Naked Gun series.

     

    Find out in Golden Voices what happens when you have a niche career and make Aliyah to Israel.

     

    Five of the films selected will culminate in a series of ‘Reel Talk’ virtual panel discussions, featuring special guest panelists seeking to enrich the cinematic experience with background, opinions, and interpretations. These filmmakers, authors, academics, and historians join us for live programs along with Q&A sessions on Zoom.

     

    These five programs will include discussions about the following films:

     

    Tuesday, March 2 | Holy Silence | Decades after the horrors of the Holocaust, a controversial debate continues over the role of the Vatican during that dark period of modern history. The panel will include Steven Pressman, Director and Producer, Father Kevin Spicer, Professor of History at Stonehill College, Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director, International Academic Programs – Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and moderated by Professor Avinoam Patt, Ph.D., UConn.

     

    Thursday, March 11 | ‘Til Kingdom Come, which examines the relationship between evangelicals and Israel. The panel will include Amy Weiss, University of Hartford Greenberg Center, Joel Lohr, President of Hartford Seminary, and moderated by Jeremy Pressman, UConn.

     

    Thursday, March 18 | Shared Legacies, which discusses the relationship between the African American and Jewish communities during the Civil Rights era. Professor Susannah Heschel, Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College will lead this discussion.

     

    Wednesday, March 24 | Thou Shalt Not Hate & Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations, a look at the rise of antisemitism today, through the eyes of some of those most affected by it in the United States, France, the UK and Hungary. The film examines the far-Right in the US and how they have incited such acts as the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. We will be joined by the Director of Viral, Andrew Goldberg, for this important discussion, and moderated by David Waren, President, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

     

    The additional films being screened at the 2020 Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival include: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Incitement and Those Who Remained.

     

    The curtain will close on the festival with The Crossing, a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children.

     

    “The Hartford Jewish Film Festival really has become an anticipated cultural tradition for our community,” says Jacobs. “We will miss the face-to-face interaction this year, but until we can all safely come together in our theater, we hope that people will feel connected during this year’s festival with the quality of films Jennifer and the committee have chosen. In reality, doing this virtually, allows audiences from all over the country to come together, and with our post-film discussions, we look forward to engaging more with our participants.”


    “We have once again produced a high-quality and thoughtful film festival,” adds Sharp. “The only difference this year, is it will be virtual. But our films and panel discussion will continue to inspire, educate and connect with our community, and we look forward to this 25th anniversary.”

     

    Tickets for an individual films are $12, and the ticket is good for the entire household. There is an option to purchase an ‘All Access’ pass for all 19 films at $10 per ticket. You can also “Pick Nine” – pick 9 films to watch at $11 per ticket.

     

    To purchase tickets, visit www.hjff.org. For more information on the films being featured, contact Jennifer Sharp, the HJFF Director, jsharp@mandelljcc.org.

     

    ABOUT THE MANDELL JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

    The Mandell Jewish Community Center is open to everyone and supported by funds raised by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, a recipient of funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and a member of the JCC Association of North America.

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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.

     

     

    Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare Officially Unite

    Statewide food bank expected to distribute 40 million meals per year
    Bloomfield, Conn., and Wallingford, Conn., January 27, 2021 – The boards of directors of both 
    Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank voted this morning to approve a historic union between the 
    state’s two largest nonprofit anti-hunger organizations. The transaction will be effective 
    Saturday, January 30, 2021.

    “Today is a historic day for the state of Connecticut,” said Wes Higgins, a past Connecticut Food 
    Bank board chair who will chair the board of the new entity. “Now we will be able to address hunger 
    with a united voice, a fully coordinated distribution model, and an integrated set of programs made 
    available across the entire state.” With a combined annual budget of approximately $110 million, 
    the new organization will be home to 115 employees and more than 8,000 annual volunteers. It will 
    be led by current Foodshare President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Jakubowski.

    “With Jason’s strong leadership and the support of the community, we know this combined team will 
    be successful,” said Foodshare board chair Beth Henry, who will be vice chair of the new entity. 
    “With the integration of our operations we can pool resources to better serve Connecticut residents 
    who struggle with food insecurity. We can also utilize our combined donations to provide more 
    efficient programs, better support our member agencies, assist seniors and children in need, and 
    collaborate with the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger.”

    “I’m thrilled to be taking on this expanded role in the place I’ve called home my entire life,” 
    said Jakubowski, a New Britain native and West Hartford resident who holds degrees from the 
    University of Connecticut. “We have a tremendous team of staff and volunteers – and for many of us, 
    this will be both the greatest honor and the greatest challenge of our careers.”

    The new organization will be governed by a 23-member board of directors comprised of a mix of 
    members of the outgoing Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank boards. The food banks will continue to 
    operate out of their Wallingford, Bloomfield, and Bridgeport facilities and will continue to use 
    their existing trade names until a new name is chosen in the coming weeks.

    The unification process was facilitated by Debra Hertz, the principal of The Strategy Group, a 
    nonprofit advisory firm in Darien. Foodshare was represented by Halloran & Sage in Hartford, and 
    Connecticut Food Bank was represented by Wiggin & Dana in New Haven. Both food banks are members of 
    Feeding America - the leading national anti-hunger organization.

    “I commend the leadership at Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank for their strategic decision to 
    unite these two great organizations,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Chief Executive Officer at 
    Feeding America. “By merging their operations and their service areas, these food banks will be 
    able to more effectively serve people across Connecticut and make a stronger impact on hunger 
    statewide.”
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    Press Contacts:
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    Connecticut Food Bank:                             Foodshare:
    Paul Shipman                                              Monica Obrebski
    pshipman@ctfoodbank.org                        mobrebski@foodshare.org
    O: 203-741-9209                                        O: 860-856-4319
    About Us
    Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare are Connecticut’s two regional food banks. Both are members of 
    the national Feeding America network. Last year, Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare distributed 
    enough food to provide nearly 40 million meals through a network of more than 700 community-based 
    hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, community kitchens, and emergency shelters, while 
    also working on long- term solutions to food insecurity. More than 8,000 volunteers help power the 
    work of the food banks. Last year, they gave 62,000 hours of service.
    Social Media
    Connecticut Food Bank is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CTFoodBank Foodshare is on Facebook, 
    Twitter @Foodshare and Instagram @FoodshareCT

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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