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Posted on November 1st, 2016


Posted on November 1st, 2016


Posted on October 31st, 2016

​Subject:                Grand Opening, Westport Capital Markets, LLC
Date:                     November 1, 2016; 2pm
Where:                 99 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437
Submitted:          Kathy Testa, Membership Director, Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
(203) 488-5500

Westport Capital Markets, LLC, opened their doors for business in Guilford in 2015.  The managing director and senior financial advisor, Eric Lawton, immediately became immersed in the town, purchasing property and getting involved with various town functions.
Eric comes to the recently opened Guilford office with 19 years experience in wealth management, financial director, planner and educator. 
Westport Capital is now celebrating its move to 99 Whitfield Street by welcoming Joe Mazza, Guilford First Selectman; Brian McGlone, Guilford EDC; Vin Candelora, State Rep and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and its representatives to a ribbon cutting on November 1st 2016 at 2pm.
Please stop by to meet and greet, plus congratulate Westport Capital on its new location in the town.

Posted on October 28th, 2016


Posted on October 28th, 2016


Posted on October 27th, 2016

In October 2015, it was announced that KeyBank would be acquiring First Niagara in a deal that would make it the 13th largest commercial bank based in the United States. Over the past year, integration teams have been working tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition for First Niagara’s customers and employees.
Over Columbus Day Weekend, First Niagara retail and business customer accounts were officially converted to KeyBank accounts; if you live in a town with a First Niagara branch, you probably noticed that the old signs were taken down and replaced with KeyBank’s signature black and red logo. This happened at 65 branches across the state in including the CT shoreline. 
As I’m sure you are aware, KeyBank did not operate in Connecticut prior to the merger; here are a few things you should know:
Local Decision-Making
KeyBank has branches from coast-to-coast and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio; that being said, the local decision-making customers came to expect from First Niagara will remain the same. If you are a business customer, you can expect a CT-based KeyBank team to help you put together the right package to suit your specific financing needs.
KeyBank brings Wall Street to Main Street 
KeyBank’s enterprise approach to commercial banking means commercial customers – from small businesses to large corporations – benefit from the Bank’s ability to bring ideas and solutions that support business growth. Commercial clients are provided the right tools at the right time, whether those tools are payment solutions, mobile corporate banking, cash flow management, industry expertise or access to capital markets.
Expanded Digital Presence
KeyBank’s expanded digital platform gives clients time-saving digital banking tools, improved security and fraud protection and a consistent customer experience whether they are banking online or by mobile device.
As we welcome one million First Niagara customers to KeyBank, many of them right here in Connecticut, we will continue to keep our clients and communities at the center of all that we do. I look forward to continuing our relationship with the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and encourage everyone, whether a commercial or retail customer, to look into the many top-notch products and services offered through KeyBank.

Jeff L. Hubbard
Market President for KeyBank’s Connecticut Market

Posted on October 27th, 2016

 Vista to Host Brain Injury Survivor, Author at Scranton Library
 

Vista Life Innovations and the Scranton Library in Madison are partnering to host a book signing and discussion featuring author Jennifer Field on November 14 at 5:30 p.m.
 
Jennifer’s recently released book, From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue: a Girl’s Courage, Her Mother’s Love, a Miracle Recovery, tells the story of her hard-fought journey to recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury in her teens.
 
Jennifer dreamed of becoming a champion equestrian from an early age. By the time she reached high school, she was an accomplished rider, having won top prizes at competitions throughout the United States and Canada. At 17, she had her sights on the Olympics. But her Olympic dream came to an end following a near-fatal car accident that left her in a coma. Doctors told her mother, co-author Joanne Field, that she would never walk or talk again.
 
Since the accident 24 years ago, Jennifer has graduated college with honors, become an inspirational keynote speaker and founded the J. Field Foundation to support individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
 
"Whatever your challenges, never say never,” Jennifer said. “Don’t be discouraged, keep moving forward. I did it one baby step at a time, and I keep at it.”
 
This free event will be held at the Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison. To register, please visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org/jenniferfield

Posted on October 27th, 2016

​Connex Credit Union Helps Fund “Miracles” With
$2,000 Donation to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Credit union matched $1,000 in contributions from employees and members

​Connex Credit Union’s Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper (left) and Marketing and Electronic Services Specialist Roquita Johnson (right) present a check worth $2,000 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Development Coordinator Melissa Troiano (middle). Funds were raised through the national Miracle Jeans Day promotion.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 26, 2016) –
Throughout September, Connex Credit Union partnered with Credit Unions for Kids during its national Miracle Jeans Day promotion. The credit union collected donations from members and employees for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Employees that donated five or more dollars were permitted to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.
Donations were made at all local Connex branches, as well as through the Miracle Jeans Day website. This campaign was part of ConnexCares, Connex’s philanthropic initiative, and the credit union pledged to match contributions up to $1,000. This goal was eventually achieved and a check worth $2,000 was recently presented to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This donation will help the hospital staff continue conducting breakthrough research and implementing life-saving equipment.
“It warmed my heart to witness the selfless contributions from both Connex employees and members to support Miracle Jeans Day,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Making a difference within the communities that have embraced us is a core value of our company and we are elated for the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for the young patients of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”
The originator of Miracle Jeans Day, Credit Unions for Kids, is a non-profit collaboration of credit unions, chapters and business partners from across the nation. These groups engage in fundraising activities that benefit 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network by funding cutting-edge research and helping to develop new innovative technology. Each year these hospitals treat nearly 10 million patients. A donation as small as $5 could buy a blanket for a baby or a blood pressure cuff designed for tiny arms.
For more information about Connex Credit Union  and the ConnexCares program, please visit connexcu.org, stop in at your local Connex branch or call 1-800-CR-UNION.
Connex Credit Union’s Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper (left) and Marketing and Electronic Services Specialist Roquita Johnson (right) present a check worth $2,000 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Development Coordinator Melissa Troiano (middle). Funds were raised through the national Miracle Jeans Day promotion. 
 
About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
 
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.
 

Posted on October 26th, 2016

​Take Control of your Financial Future with a FREE
Retirement Planning Workshop from Connex Credit Union Nov. 10
This no-obligation seminar is available to both members and non-members

 
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 25, 2016) – On Thursday, Nov. 10, Connex Credit Union is hosting “Social Security and Your Retirement” as part of its series of free, no-obligation financial education workshops held throughout the year. These seminars are available to both members and non-members as part of the ConnexCares  philanthropic initiative. Taught by industry professionals and brimming with valuable information, these workshops are designed to help consumers learn about important financial topics and discover how to set and achieve financial goals.
Connex Investment and Retirement Services Representative William DeBille will be joined by featured guest speaker, Metlife Vice President of Regional Sales Tracy D’Angelo, in leading this discussion surrounding Social Security and its influence on retirement. Developing a clear path to retirement will serve as the key focus of this workshop and guests are encouraged to ask any questions they may have about Social Security. This seminar is beneficial for any interested adult, regardless of the age they plan to retire.
“Social Security and Your Retirement” begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Eli’s on Whitney located at 2392 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
This event is free and you are not required to be a Connex member, but you must register to attend.  Seats fill fast, so visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION to sign-up today!
About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
 
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on October 21st, 2016