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Gittens elected to Village Bank Board of Directors

The Village Bank Chairman Kenneth C. Brennan has announced the election of Donna Latson Gittens, MBA, of Dorchester to the Board of Directors.

“We are extremely excited to have someone of Donna’s experience, knowledge, and community commitment join the Board of Directors,” Brennan said. “We welcome her aboard and look forward to her contributions to the continued success of our organization.”

Gittens is the founder and chief executive officer of MORE Advertising in Watertown, a women-founded and women-led firm focused on mission-based and cause-related marketing. Before founding MORE in 1997, she worked at WCVB-TV in Needham, where she held positions of vice president and director of community relations.

Gittens is a graduate of Cathedral High School and Park University in Kansas City. She did her graduate work at Northeastern University, where she received an MBA. She has earned numerous awards and achievements throughout her career, including the first annual Most Valuable Diverse Partner award from the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball and the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurship from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. She holds an honorary degree from Elms College.

Gittens is a frequent guest speaker at symposia, meetings and conferences on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to health communications and community issues. She is on the executive committee for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Marketing Partnership and Massachusetts Women’s Forum.

“It is an honor to add Donna Gittens to our talented group of directors,” Village Bank president and CEO Joseph A. De Vito said. “Her experience and dedication to the community make her a perfect fit for the Bank and its mission.”

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The Village Bank awards $66,000 in scholarships to Class of 2021 students

Joseph A. De Vito, president & CEO of The Village Bank announced today that the Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $66,000 to 25 local students.

Clara Gross of Newton North High School and Meredith Prince of Wayland High School each received a $10,000 scholarship. Both were selected for their academic achievement and for taking a leadership role in community and charitable causes.

In addition, 23 students from local high schools were awarded $2,000 scholarships, including:

Abigail Arndt – Newton South High School
James Babcock – Arlington Catholic High School
Adriana Cedrone – Newton North High School
Alexa Cerone – Newton North High School
Dante D’Antonio – Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Ava DeNucci – Newton North High School
Christopher DiSciullo – Boston College High School
Abigail Ferraro – Waltham High School
Noah Heinstein – Newton North High School
Liam Henley – Wayland High School
Megan Innis – Framingham High School
Michael Leary – Newton North High School
Michael Lee – St. Sebastian’s School
Anthony Mastroianni – Waltham High School
Christopher Mastroianni – Waltham High School
Aidan McCarthy – Newton South High School
Claire Nye – Ursuline Academy
Romina Paola – Newton North High School
Giuseppe Presti – Catholic Memorial School
Grace Tourtelotte – Newton South High School
John Tramontozzi – North Reading High School
Mark Tramontozzi – North Reading High School
Michael Yerardi – Newton North High School

“We’re delighted to not only continue our tradition of recognizing the achievements of local students, but also to expand our giving to award 25 scholarships this year,” said De Vito.

Since its inception in 1998, The Auburndale Community Charitable has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships. The scholarships are funded in part by the Bank’s Annual Golf Classic held each fall.

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Welcome back!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a time of uncertainty and separation, in the banking industry and around the world. After more than a year of social distancing and capacity limits, we are onto better days. Massachusetts relaxed all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on May 29, and everyone at The Village Bank is proud to say:

Welcome back!

The Village Bank, like many other banks during the pandemic, has been intensely focused on helping our customers remotely. We have steered customers to our website, our Customer Care Center and to Village Online Banking, our digital platform. And while we will continue to build and enhance these options (click here to enroll in Village Online Banking), we are seeing a resurgence in foot traffic at our branches.

As a community bank, this is music to our ears. We love seeing our valued customers back at the branches in person and encourage you to come in and visit us. We’ve missed you, and we’ve missed seeing your faces! Face coverings no longer are required for customers or employees at our branches. Those who wish to wear face coverings are welcome to wear them. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.

At The Village Bank, the safety and service of our customers, community members and team members continue to be top priority. Here are some other reminders about what you’ll see in our branches:

  • Plexiglass dividers will remain in place at each teller window and in each platform office.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all branches, and nanoseptic skins will remain on high-touch surfaces.
  • Floor stickers have been removed, and social distancing protocols no longer are in place.
  • Transactions slips are now available in check-writing desks for customer usage.
  • Chairs have been placed back into lobbies.
  • Coffee stations, computer kiosks and business tables will remain unavailable for the time being.

And perhaps most importantly, lollipops are available in all branches!

For the safety of all, we still ask you to refrain from coming into our branches if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Otherwise, welcome back to The Village Bank. We are so happy to see you again, and we are ready to help with all your banking needs.

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The Village Bank promotes Rouleau, Hopkin; hires Abazi

Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the promotions of Corey Rouleau and Elijah Hopkin as well as the hiring of Valdet Abazi.

Corey Rouleau was promoted to vice president and treasurer in April. Rouleau joined The Village Bank in September 2009 as a staff accountant. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant treasurer/staff accountant, and in 2017 to assistant vice president/staff accountant. In 2019, Rouleau was promoted to assistant vice president/assistant controller.

In her new role, Rouleau will be responsible for overseeing the Bank’s accounting operations and fiscal reporting, with a focus on establishing and meeting financial objectives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nichols College and a master’s degree in finance from New England College of Business. The Charlton resident also earned a banking certification in finance and management from the Connecticut Bankers Association.

Elijah Hopkin was promoted to Waban branch manager in April. An Idaho native and Boston resident, Hopkin was hired by The Village Bank in April 2015 and most recently held the position of assistant branch manager at the Auburndale branch office. Previously, he progressed from teller to senior teller to teller supervisor to senior customer service representative. In his new role, Hopkin will foster new customer relationships, share responsibility for the daily branch operations and develop the team at the Waban branch office. He holds degrees from BYU-Idaho and Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge.

Valdet Abazi was hired as Newton Centre branch manager in March. Abazi previously was an assistant branch manager for East Boston Savings Bank and also held positions at Belmont Savings/Peoples United and Brookline Bank/First Commons Bank. Abazi will be responsible for the growth and success of The Village Bank’s newest branch office. The Kosovo native and Framingham resident holds a degree in management and informatics from the University of Pristina in Kosovo.

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The Village Bank announces promotion, three new hires

Joseph DeVito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the promotion of Slater Cram as well as the hiring of Michael Jordan, Regina Farnese and Chris Letourneau.

Slater Cram, who joined The Village Bank in 2006, was promoted to assistant vice president/digital banking manager. A Newton native, Cram had been the manager of the Auburndale branch since 2016. He previously served as the assistant manager of the West Newton branch, a supervisor in Auburndale and a teller at the Waban branch. In his new role, he will be responsible for advancing the Bank’s digital banking strategy through online and mobile channels. He holds a degree from Boston College.

Michael Jordan was hired in February as vice president/branch administrator. He previously was a senior vice president at Members Plus Credit Union and also held positions at Metro Credit Union, Salem Five Bank and Marblehead Savings Bank. The Peabody resident will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Bank’s branch network, elevating the customer experience and executing best practices for retail banking. He holds degrees from Bentley University and Northeastern University.

Regina Farnese was hired in February as assistant vice president/Auburndale branch manager. A resident of Auburndale, Farnese had been an assistant vice president/branch manager for Santander Bank since 2010. She also held positions at Randolph Savings Bank, Boston Federal and Citizens Bank. She will be responsible for managing the Bank’s largest branch office. She holds a degree from Fisher College and enjoys traveling with her husband and three children.

Chris Letourneau was hired in January as assistant treasurer/marketing officer. He previously worked as a sports editor for the Boston Herald and has done marketing work for Laudio, Inc. He will be responsible for driving and executing the Bank’s marketing initiatives and managing The Village Bank website. He is a Newton resident and holds a degree from Stonehill College.

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Beware of top frauds

2020 was a busy year for fraud. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 2.2 million reports about fraud and reported nearly $3.3 billion in losses. The top scams of last year:

·         Imposter Scams: Fraudsters pretending to be government officials, businesses, family and friends ware atop the list in 2020. The FTC received 500,000 reports of imposter scams and reported losses of $1.2 billion. Fraudsters also made good use of COVID-19 and stimulus payment news to make their scams effective.

·         Online Shopping: The pandemic increased our online shopping habit, and there were many reports of sellers never delivering their promised goods. The FTC reported 350,000 cases and losses of more than $245 million.

·         Phone Scams: Both calls and texts remain the top method fraudsters use to reach their victims. Many of these scam calls were pandemic-related, including promises of economic relief, stimulus payments and small business loans.

The Village Bank is committed to keeping its customers safe. If you have spotted or fallen victim to a scam contact The Village Bank immediately at (617) 969-4300 and report it to the FTC here.

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Newly Renovated Wayland Branch Ribbon Cutting

The Village Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of its newly renovated branch in Wayland. The renovation includes an update to the floor plan.

“We hope that the new look and functionality of our Wayland branch will make for a more pleasant and efficient banking experience for our customers,” said President and CEO of The Village Bank Joseph A. De Vito.

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The Village Bank announces 2021 scholarship program

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Joseph A. De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, announced the Bank’s Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation is now accepting college scholarship applications from local high school seniors.

Seventeen scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded to college-bound students of the Class of 2021. The scholarships can be applied toward tuition, room and board, or supplies at an accredited college or university. The application deadline is April 2, 2021.

The Foundation will award two $10,000 scholarships and fifteen $2,000 scholarships. The $10,000 scholarships require that, in addition to academic achievement, the recipient must have been actively involved in community and/or charitable causes, in a leadership capacity. Eligible applicants who are Newton or Wayland residents will be considered in both award categories. Eligible applicants who do not reside in Newton or Wayland will be considered for the $2,000 awards.

“The $10,000 scholarships will recognize students who not only excel, but who also share The Village Bank’s strong commitment to supporting the community and initiatives that directly benefit our friends and neighbors,” De Vito said.

Complete rules, requirements, and application forms are available at local high schools and at The Village Bank’s branches in Auburndale, Newton Centre, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban, West Newton and Wayland. The information also is available online at village-bank.com.

The Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation’s investment in education since the program began in 1998 will total more than $900,000 with this year’s awards, according to De Vito. The scholarships are funded in part by the Golf Classic held by The Village Bank each fall.

The Village Bank, chartered by the state in 1910, has eight full-service offices in Newton and Wayland and a Village Loan Center in Upper Falls. The Bank offers online banking services at village-bank.com and maintains a Facebook presence at facebook.com/villagebank.

The Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).

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Safer Internet Day 2.9.21

Tuesday, February 9 is Safer Internet Day, an event geared toward creating more positive and safe usage of digital technology by all people, especially the younger generations. Once again, the theme this year is “Together for a Better Internet,” which hopefully will raise awareness of emerging online issues and concerns, from digital identity to cyberbullying.

Join The Village Bank in celebrating and raising awareness for a safer internet. The following resources outline ways to keep digital technology safe and accessible:

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Identity Theft Awareness Week, Part 3: Resources

Identity Theft Awareness Week comes to a close on February 5, but the risk of identity theft remains. At The Village Bank, the security of your information is a top priority, and as threats continue to grow and evolve, we will continue working hard to keep you safe and informed. The following is a list of resources outlining what identity theft is, how to protect yourself from it, and steps to take in the event identity theft strikes.

If you feel you have fallen victim to identity theft, please contact The Village Bank immediately at (617) 969-4300.

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