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Griswold & Jewett City Snowflake Festival

JCSB MarchersThe Griswold & Jewett City Snowflake Festival will be on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The Snowflake Festival begins at 2:00 p.m. with a parade that starts at the Griswold Public School grounds.  The parade will head down Slater Avenue, turn north on to Main Street, then turn on to Ashland Street and end at Veterans’ Memorial Park.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in the parade and take their seats in the gazebo in the park.  Children will have the chance to visit with Santa, so make sure to bring your camera.

The Childrens’ Decorating Contest will be held in the front parking lot at Jewett City Savings Bank. Children who are 10 years of age or younger and are residents of Griswold or Jewett City may decorate their bike, wagon, or baby carriage and enter the decorating contest.  All contestants must be at the bank parking lot with a parent or guardian to complete a registration form by 1:30 p.m. to be included in the contest judging.  The winner will be announced at the park at the conclusion of the parade and must be present to win.  The children that participate in the decorating contest will join the parade and walk the parade route from the bank to the park.  At the park, contestants will have a priority line to see Santa.

The Childrens’ Decorating Contest has a first, second and third place prize awarded in three age groups. This year’s first place prize winner will receive $50 from the Jewett City Savings Bank!

Jewett City Savings Bank employees will also be in the park with free hot chocolate while it lasts. Hope to see you at the Snowflake Festival this year!

Online Banking System Update

Our Online Banking system has been updated to mitigate the risks associated with the SSLv3 POODLE exploit.  You can learn more about the SSLv3 vulnerability in Microsoft Security Advisory 3009008.

Internet browsers that are vulnerable, like Internet Explorer 6 or earlier, will no longer be supported for use with Online Banking.  If you experience any difficulty logging in, you may be using an unsupported browser.

To use our Online Banking service, it is recommended that you use one of the following supported browsers:

Windows OS

  • Chrome 29 and above
  • Firefox 23 and above
  • Internet Explorer 8 and above

 

Macintosh OS

  • Safari 5 and above

 

Visit our Online Banking Security and Technical Support page for more information.

Kevin Goyen earns CISM designation

Kevin GoyenKevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that Kevin Goyen, the Bank’s information security officer, has earned the designation of Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

The CISM designation is the globally accepted standard of achievement in the field of information security management. It reflects an individual’s proficiency in Information Security Governance, Information Risk Management and Compliance, Information Security Program Development and Management, and Information Security Incident Management. CISM candidates must have worked in the Information Security field for at least five years and must pass a demanding four-hour, 200-question examination.

An East Hampton resident, Goyen joined Jewett City Savings Bank in 1999 as a systems administrator. He was named technology manager in 2006, and promoted to customer information security officer the following year.

Goyen served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years as a naval air crewman, and performed anti-submarine operations. He became a Master at Arms 1st class during his second enlistment in the Navy. Following his military service, he utilized computer skills gained as a hobby to land an entry-level job as a field service technician, gaining network and server skills and experience prior to joining the Bank.

He is a graduate of Manchester (CT) Community College and, with a black belt in American Kenpo, works with students as an instructor at an area dojo.

Jewett City Savings Bank donates over $1,000 to local recreation departments

RunningShoeKevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that the Bank has donated over $1,000 to recreation departments in local communities.

As part of its “Take a Walk” campaign in celebration of the opening of the Bank’s new office in Plainfield, Jewett City Savings committed up to $1,000, to local recreation departments for each $1 token “footprint” returned to any of the Bank’s branch offices.

The recreation departments sharing in the campaign donations were Brooklyn, Griswold, Killingly, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling and Voluntown.

The “Take a Walk” campaign also included fiscal fitness challenges on the Bank’s Facebook Page.

ALERT: Counterfeit Official Checks in Circulation

Jewett City Savings Bank has discovered that counterfeit official checks bearing the bank’s name and routing number are currently circulating across the United States.  These checks have been mailed to individuals and appear to be associated with a “mystery shopper,” “work at home,” “sweepstakes advance,” or similar scam.

These checks are not authentic Jewett City Savings Bank official checks.  Therefore, these checks have NO value and will NOT be honored by Jewett City Savings Bank.  Please be aware that if you deposit or cash a counterfeit check at any bank, you will be responsible for repaying the funds and any penalties even though the funds from the counterfeit check have been made available to you.  This is due to the fact that some checks take more than a week to “clear;” however, counterfeit checks never “clear.”  They will eventually be dishonored (“bounce”).

You can learn more about mystery shopper and other scams, and how to report a scam, by visiting the Federal Trade Commission website.

If you have any questions about the authenticity of a Jewett City Savings Bank check, please contact us at (860) 376-4444.

Local artist donates Dow Homestead painting to Jewett City Savings Bank

Artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque, a Sterling resident, recently donated an original painting of the Dow Homestead to Jewett City Savings Bank for display at its new Plainfield office.

Reynolds-Bourque’s artwork captures the essence of the Sterling family home of the late American journalist Charles Dow, founder of the Wall Street Journal, co-founder of Dow Jones & Company, and creator of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

“Marnie thought the Bank would be the perfect place to display her painting and pay tribute to the local resident who had such an impact on financial markets,“ said Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO. “We truly appreciate this beautiful and inspiring gift.”

Merchant also thanked Sterling First Selectman Russell Gray for working with Reynolds-Bourque to arrange for the framing and presentation of the painting to the Bank.

 

Local Landmark - The Dow Homestead, captured on canvas by Sterling artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque, will be on permanent display at Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office.

Local Landmark – The Dow Homestead, captured on canvas by Sterling artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque, will be on permanent display at Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office.

Grand Opening Gift — Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank (left), accepts a painting of the Dow Homestead in Sterling gifted to the Bank by local artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque (right) with the assistance of Sterling First Selectman Russell Gray (center), who arranged for the artwork framing and presentation.

Grand Opening Gift — Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank (left), accepts a painting of the Dow Homestead in Sterling gifted to the Bank by local artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque (right) with the assistance of Sterling First Selectman Russell Gray (center), who arranged for the artwork framing and presentation.

Special Notice regarding data breach at Home Depot® stores

If you made credit or debit card purchases in person at a Home Depot store from April to September, you may have been affected by a recently reported data breach. Information that may have been compromised includes customer name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, cardholder verification value, and service code.

We have identified potentially compromised Jewett City Savings Bank debit cards.  These cards have been canceled and transactions attempted using these cards will be declined beginning on September 24, 2014.  If your debit card transaction has been declined, please call any branch office during normal business hours to check the status of your card.  New cards to replace the canceled cards have been produced for affected customers.  We had planned to cancel the affected cards on September 30th allowing time for customers to receive and activate their new cards.  We found it necessary to take more immediate action when fraudulent transactions began to be reported on September 24th.  To prevent more customers from being impacted by fraudulent transactions, we made the difficult decision to cancel the affected cards.  We sincerely regret the inconvenience that our customers are experiencing due to the cancellation of their compromised cards; however, it was the only way to shut down the fraud and protect the funds in our customers accounts.

An alert on the Home Depot website describes the payment breach and provides additional information, including what steps you should take to detect or avoid fraudulent use of your credit or debit card information. We urge you to review the information you will find there.

Immediate steps you can take include reviewing recent activity on your account and reporting anything suspicious to your financial institution or card issuer. We also advise regularly reviewing your account transactions as well as monitoring account activity on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions about your account or Jewett City Savings Bank debit card, please call us at 860-376-4444.

Jewett City Savings Bank unveils new Plainfield office

The new Plainfield office of Jewett City Savings Bank opened recently with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by President and CEO Kevin C. Merchant.

“This new office is a reinforcement of Jewett City Savings Bank’s commitment to local residents and businesses, and to the towns of Plainfield and Sterling and the surrounding communities,” said Merchant.

“It symbolizes a ‘Thank You’ to the local municipalities and our current customers for their support over the years, and also serves as a ‘Welcome’ to those who will become customers in the future,” Merchant said.

Thanks to …

There was a long list of people to thank for coordinating “a lot of moving pieces to make this vacant piece of property evolve from a vision, to a blueprint, and finally to the reality is has become,” Merchant stated. They included general contractor Ric Rovero and his Engineered Construction team and local tradesmen who served as subcontractors. Also, the Bank’s Building Committee: Board Chairman Lou Demicco, former Board Vice Chairman Jack Burke, Phil Tetreault, and senior vice president/CFO Jim McDonald.

Also introduced were directors Gary Peloquin, vice chairman; Gail Rooke-Norman; Diane Manning; and David Panteleakos. Directors Eric Moore and Jim Thevenet were unable to attend the event.

Merchant also commended the Branch Design Team, which included Diana Rose, chief operations officer and corporate secretary; former Plainfield office manager Sandra Boucher, now retail banking officer; Dianne Chiavarini, Plainfield office branch manager; and Melissa Waite, regional branch manager.

Plainfield officials, including First Selectman Paul Sweet, were thanked for their cooperation during the construction process. “Everyone from the town of Plainfield that we worked with along the way was gracious and always willing to help,” said Merchant.

In addition, he recognized and thanked the Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce, its president, Warren Scholl, and executive director, Betti Kujai, for the organization’s continued support in promoting its member businesses. Cathy Tendrich, president of the Plainfield Business Association was acknowledged for her group’s support, as well.

Special recognition and gratitude were extended to Director Emeritus Don Collins for his many years of commitment to the Bank’s Savings Bank Mall property, from the time it was purchased in 1984 until the property was sold last year. A plaque in his honor will be displayed in the new branch.

Guided tour

Plainfield Branch Manager Dianne Chiavarini and Assistant Manager Sue Duggan welcomed guests to tour the new building following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Among the highlights are a community room, sit-down teller and customer service stations, a coffee nook and kids’ corner waiting area, and iPad tablets for customer account access. A painting of the Charles Dow Homestead was gifted to the Bank by Sterling artist Marnie Reynolds-Bourque and Sterling First Selectman Russell Gray. The Dow Homestead painting, as well as other works by local artists, will be on display at the Bank’s Plainfield office.

Outside attractions at the new building include a drive-up ATM and three drive-up lanes with two-way video conferencing for more-personal customer service.

The Bank’s immediate future plans include a Community Wall and environmental graphic designs that will incorporate more of Jewett City Savings Bank’s sense of community, explained Merchant.

Ruth Bergeron, president of the Plainfield Historical Society, was presented with a $500 donation from the Bank for her help in researching and providing local village photos that will be the focal point of the new design elements.

A Plainfield History

The new office is actually Jewett City Savings Bank’s third in Plainfield over the last 42 years. The first office opened in 1972 and, in 1986, moved to the Savings Bank Mall. The new location is just 500 feet south of the former Mall location.

“It’s pretty apparent that we like it here”, Merchant offered. “It’s all about Pride in Plainfield!”

Welcoming Committee! Among those greeting guests at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office were (from left): Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO, and directors Dianne Manning; Louis Demicco, chairman; Gary Peloquin; Phillip Tetreault; Gail Rooke-Norman; and David Panteleakos.

Welcoming Committee! Among those greeting guests at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office were (from left): Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO, and directors Dianne Manning; Louis Demicco, chairman; Gary Peloquin; Phillip Tetreault; Gail Rooke-Norman; and David Panteleakos.

Ready to cut the ribbon at Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office are (from left): Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO; Sue Duggan, assistant branch manager; Dianne Chiavarini, branch manager; and Louis Demicco, board chairman.

Ready to cut the ribbon at Jewett City Savings Bank’s new Plainfield office are (from left): Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO; Sue Duggan, assistant branch manager; Dianne Chiavarini, branch manager; and Louis Demicco, board chairman.

Jewett City Savings Bank supports Griswold High School drama program

At a special assembly for Griswold High School students involved in the school’s drama program, Paul Smith, superintendent of schools, and Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced that the Bank has made a $5,750 donation to ensure the continuation of the drama program at Griswold High School while this year’s school budget awaits a final vote of the town’s taxpayers.

Although the drama program itself is self-sustained through performance ticket sales and other show-related income, the $5,750 stipend provided for the program directors and other administrative staff is traditionally a budget item. Jewett City Savings Bank offered to cover that expense with a one-time only donation, according to Merchant.

“Nearly half of the student population participates in the program’s fall and spring shows, whether they are performers or musicians, working on wardrobes or sets, or personally involved in some other role,” said Merchant. “That experience has become significant in the growth and education of many of our adolescents and we feel an obligation to our community to help ensure the program continues uninterrupted for another year.”

The Bank has been the primary sponsor and community partner for the school’s spring musical productions since 2011. “This production is truly a community event each and every year and our support is just another way of giving back to the community, which is something we take very seriously at Jewett City Savings Bank,” said Merchant.

Pictured left to right: Kevin Merchant, president and CEO, Jewett City Savings Bank; Paul Smith, Superintendent, Griswold Public Schools; Ray Churchill, Spring Musical Director, Griswold High School; Tim Moore, Fall Drama Production Director, Griswold High School, and Dr. Mark Frizzell, Principal, Griswold High School

Pictured left to right: Kevin Merchant, president and CEO, Jewett City Savings Bank; Paul Smith, Superintendent, Griswold Public Schools; Ray Churchill, Spring Musical Director, Griswold High School; Tim Moore, Fall Drama Production Director, Griswold High School, and Dr. Mark Frizzell, Principal, Griswold High School

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in employment with Jewett City Savings Bank.  We are not seeking new employees at this time; however, we encourage you to submit your resume for future reference.

Send your resume and your Application for Employment to:
Human Resources Department
Jewett City Savings Bank
PO Box 335
Jewett City, CT 06351

You may submit your resume and application via email to jobs@jcsbank.com but please be advised that email is not secure.