The Village Bank Teams Up with The City of Newton for Stuff A Cruiser Holiday Gift Drive

The Village Bank has once again teamed up with the Newton Police Department for the annual Stuff A Cruiser Holiday Gift Drive. Now in its 12th year, the drive helps collects gifts to ensure local children experience the joy of the holiday season.

The first opportunity to stuff a cruiser with gifts will be at Newton’s Holiday Tree Lighting at City Hall on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. Members of the community are invited to join in on the singalong and bring unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10, including age-appropriate clothing, games, sporting goods, or toys. Gift certificates purchased from local merchants may also be donated to help support City businesses.

Gift donations can also be made during Newton Cultural Alliance’s Holiday Stroll & Shop on Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Individuals and families are invited to come and meet Santa, enjoy other holiday surprises, and stuff the cruiser, which will be parked next to Police Headquarters in West Newton Square.

As part of the holiday gift drive, collection boxes will also be available at The Village Bank branches in Auburndale, Newton Centre, Newtonville, Newton Highlands, Nonantum, Waban, and West Newton through December 16.


The Village Bank and City of Newton Team Up for 12th Annual Holiday Gift Drive

To make the holidays brighter for local children, the City of Newton and The Village Bank have once again partnered to sponsor the annual Holiday Gift Drive. This year’s drive marks the 12th consecutive collaboration between the City and the Bank to solicit holiday gift donations for local families in need.

Local residents, businesses, groups, and organizations are encouraged to donate unwrapped gifts for children between the ages of newborn to 10, including age-appropriate DVDs, games, sporting goods, and toys. Gift certificates from local merchants are also encouraged to further support the community.

Donations will be accepted from November 18 – December 16 at any one of The Village Bank’s Newton branch locations.

“As a bank dedicated to the community, The Village Bank is proud to collaborate with the City of Newton to continue this tradition of enriching the holiday season for more than 200 eligible families,” said Joseph A. De Vito, president & CEO of The Village Bank. “Employees at all levels of our organization look forward to taking part either by providing donations or helping distribute gifts to local families in time for their holiday celebrations.”

Susan Paley, The Village Bank vice president and community relations officer, and Pamela Weissman, Newton’s director of social services, are managing the details of the Drive.


The Village Bank Celebrates Grand Opening of Newton Centre Branch

The Village Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its new office in Newton Centre. Located at 720 Beacon Street, the new branch marks the Bank’s seventh location in the City of Newton. Community leaders, customers, business owners, and members of the community attended the ribbon cutting and the bank paid for all metered parking for the event.

“For more than a century, The Village Bank has been proud to call Newton our home. We are delighted to expand our presence and to build on the mission in which we were created – to help individuals and businesses in our local communities meet their financial goals,” said President and CEO of The Village Bank Joseph A. De Vito.

The new Newton Centre branch offers the best in full-service personal and business banking, including teller service as well as an ATM and coin machine, and will be staffed with a dedicated team of local professionals led by Branch Manager Reilly Cavanaugh. The new branch also features a community room that can be used by local organizations, as well as a business spotlight area that will showcase various local businesses each month. In addition, the branch will display various art pieces each month as part of the Bank’s partnership with the Newton Art Association.


The Village Bank Celebrates Grand Opening of New Corporate Office and Loan Center in Newton with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Village Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of its new corporate office and loan center in Newton. The Bank now occupies roughly half of the 40,000 square-foot facility, bringing together all non-retail staff, including the Bank’s Loan Center, under one roof.

“The Village Bank has been proud to serve individuals, families, and businesses in the City of Newton for more than a century. Our new corporate office and loan center will expand on our presence in the Newton community, while helping us increase efficiency and foster collaboration to deliver exceptional service to our valued customers,” said President and CEO of The Village Bank Joseph A. De Vito.

The ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of The Village Bank’s new corporate office and loan center at 320 Needham Street in Newton.

The Village Bank Announces Promotion and New Hires

Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, has announced the promotion of JoAnn M. Jirichian as well as the addition of Reilly Cavanaugh and Susan Zacharer.

JoAnn Jirichian, who joined The Village Bank in 2008, was promoted to assistant treasurer/branch manager of the Bank’s Nonantum branch. During her tenure at The Village Bank, she has been instrumental in serving the needs of personal and business banking customers. She is the recipient of the Bank’s 2017 President’s Award for providing outstanding customer service.

Reilly Cavanaugh, joined The Village Bank in May, and will serve as branch manager of the Newton Centre branch. Prior to joining The Village Bank, he served as assistant branch manager of Belmont Savings Bank. He is an active member of the community, volunteering his time as an advisory council member of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton and at the Belmont Food Pantry. He is also a member of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Zacharer joined The Village Bank in May as assistant vice president and business development officer. She brings a proven track record of cultivating business banking relationships, having previously served in business development roles for Sage Bank and for Lowell Five Bank. Most recently, she served as Director of Development of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. She is also a board member of the Greater Lowell YMCA and Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary.


Susan Paley Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine by Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Susan Paley, vice president of community relations at The Village Bank, has been honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as a 2019 Unsung Heroine. Paley, who was nominated by State Representative Kay Khan, was selected for devoting her time, experience, and knowledge to helping improve the lives of others. The award will be presented to Paley, along with other recipients from around the Commonwealth, at the State House on June 18.

A life-long Newton resident, Paley has helped a variety of local organizations dedicated to the betterment of our local communities. In 2018, she was installed as the 2018-1019 President of the Rotary Club in Newton, where she is helping advance major initiatives, including the Newton Free Library’s “Summer Discovery” program for children’s literacy as well as the “Rotary Addiction Prevention” program, which helps combat the opioid crisis. Prior to becoming Rotary president, she served on the board of directors, as speaker chair, and on the Community Service, Scholarship, and Newton Has Talent committees.

In addition to her work with the Newton Rotary, Paley is a long-time member of the planning committees for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and the City’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and serves on the boards of the Newton Cultural Alliance and Historic Newton, as well as on various committees of the Newton Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the executive committee of the City of Newton’s Council on Aging, its Fair Housing Committee, and the advisory board of Newton Community Pride.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the MCSW, and to be in the company of the other esteemed honorees who have dedicated their time and their talent to helping others,” said Paley.

In addition to her extensive volunteer work, Paley helps serve the financial needs of individuals, families, and businesses in her role as vice president of community relations at The Village Bank.

“We’re delighted to see Susan earn recognition for all the time and dedication she has put into helping make life better for all members of our community. We’re proud to have her as part of our team, as she exemplifies the values of community and service on which The Village Bank was founded,” said Joseph A. De Vito, president & CEO.


The Village Bank to Open New Corporate Office in Newton

Joseph A. De Vito, President and CEO of The Village Bank, announced plans today to open a new corporate office located at 320 Needham Street in Newton. The Bank will lease roughly half of the 40,000 square-foot facility, bringing together all non-retail staff, including the Bank’s Loan Center, under one roof.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in this vibrant area in the City of Newton, which has been our home base for more than a century,” said De Vito. “Our new facility will help us increase efficiency, collaboration and enhance our efforts to provide the best possible service to our valued customers.”

Slated to open by the end of 2019, the new corporate office will house approximately 80 employees. The Bank’s branch locations will remain unchanged.

320 Needham Street is owned by an affiliate of The Bulfinch Companies, Inc.


The Village Bank will award college scholarships totaling $50K to Class of 2019 students

Joseph A. De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, announced today that 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 2019. The scholarships can be applied toward tuition, room and board, or supplies at an accredited college or university. The application deadline is March 29, 2019.

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,” said De Vito.

Complete rules, requirements, and application forms are available at local high schools and at The Village Bank’s branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban, West Newton and Wayland.

The Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation’s investment in education since the program began in 1998 will total $802,000 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.

Security Articles & Alerts

College test prep scams are happening

Source: Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Information

Recently, we heard about scams targeting parents of high school students preparing for college. The scammers claim to be from The College Board – the organization responsible for the PSAT and SAT tests. They call or email you, asking for credit card numbers so they can send PSAT prep materials that the student has supposedly requested. Often the scammers have the student’s name, address and phone number – making them seem more believable. Except your student didn’t ask for materials, and it’s not this group calling.

Here are some tips to avoid a test prep scam.

  • The College Board will never ask you to give credit card, bank account or password information over the phone or via email.
  • Make sure the company offering test prep materials is legitimate. How? Before you give up your money or personal information, research the company online. Search for their name plus the word “scam” or “complaint.” See about other people’s experiences. And talk to someone you trust, like another parent or your child’s school counselor, before you pay.
  • Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in – meaning that, if you find out you paid a scammer, you may be able to get your money back if you report it quickly. And if anyone asks you to pay by wiring money or by using a reloadable card or gift card, it’s a scam.

Spotted a scam? Whether you lost money or not, let us know at

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Spread the word about charity fraud

Source: Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Information

This week, the FTC, the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO), and state charity regulators are joining forces with regulators from across the world to participate in the first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week.

Make your donations count

It’s extremely important to raise awareness about charity scams to help ensure that donors’ hard-earned money goes to the worthy causes they seek to support, not to fraudsters. Would you help us spread the word? Here are a few things you can do this week:

•    Share this video with your friends and family.
•    Follow us at and on Twitter at #CharityFraudOut to get tips about donating wisely and avoiding charity scams. This week, we’ll be sharing tips on donating after natural disasters, handling telemarketing calls, privacy, online giving, and wise giving.

And here are a few tips to avoid donating to a sham charity:

•    Look up the organization online and read what others are saying about it. Search the charity’s name with the terms “scam” or “complaint.”
•    Check out the charity’s ratings with groups like the Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch and Guide Star. Find out how at
•    Verify that the organization is registered with your state charity regulator. Most states require charities or their fundraisers to register before they can ask for donations.

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