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11 fire, ambulance services awarded Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grants

fire-rescueThe Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded a total of $5,979 to 11 area fire and ambulance services during its most recent round of funding.

The grants, ranging in amounts from $500 to $700, were awarded to:

A.A. Young Jr. Hose & Ladder Co. in Jewett City; Atwood Hose Fire Company in Wauregan; Central Village Fire Co.; Danielson Fire Department; East Brooklyn Fire Department; and Plainfield Fire Company #1.

Also, South Killingly Fire Department; Sterling Volunteer Fire Co.; Voluntown Volunteer Fire Co.; Pomfret Ambulance Service; and K.B. Ambulance Corps in Killingly.

“The Foundation grants will help these organizations fill needs ranging from equipment repair and replacement to the purchase of updated technologies to keep our residents and property safe,” said Kevin C. Merchant, president of Jewett City Savings Bank.

Among the projects funded by the Foundation is an initiative by K.B. Ambulance Corp. to speed 911 response time by purchasing and distributing 200 reflective address signs to Killingly residents, with priority to the sick and elderly and those with disabilities.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded nearly $50,000 to area non-profit organizations this year, according to Merchant. In the 10 years since it was established, the Foundation has provided almost $450,000 to support communities served by the Bank, with nearly $138,000 going to local emergency services.

Special Notice regarding data breach at Target® stores

If you made credit or debit card purchases in person at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, you may have been affected by a recently revealed data breach. Information that may have been compromised includes customer name, credit or debit card number, and the expiration date and three-digit security code on cards.

Online purchases were reportedly not involved.

An alert on the Target website describes in detail 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 or would like to request a replacement debit or ATM card, please call us at 860-376-4444.

4 local libraries share $2,500 from Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $2,500 in grants to libraries in Jewett City, Moosup, Sterling and Voluntown.

In Jewett City, the Slater Library will use its $1,000 grant toward the purchase of new computer work tables and additional desktop computers for the adult computer area in order to meet increased demand.

The Aldrich Free Public Library in Moosup will apply its $500 grant toward replacing some of their computers for public use, in order to continue to provide patrons with resources for job searching, homework, and the development of computer skills.

The Foundation’s $500 grant to the Sterling Public Library will be used to purchase racks and shelves for the free clothing bank, and to provide adult computer classes to library patrons through EastConn.

In Voluntown, the public library’s $500 award from the Foundation will create a core collection of educational materials and math manipulatives for children in grades pre-K through 12 to supplement childhood education, especially for home-schooled youngsters.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded nearly $50,000 to area non-profit organizations this year, according to Foundation President Kevin Merchant. In the 10 years since it was established, the Foundation has provided almost $450,000 to support communities served by the Bank, with nearly $54,000 going to local libraries.

Pictured (L-R) President of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation, Kevin Merchant with members of the Sterling Public Library: Director Penny Keith, Librarian Rachel Vincent, Director Holly Wood and Assistant Librarian Sheila Savoie.

Pictured (L-R) President of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation, Kevin Merchant with members of the Sterling Public Library: Director Penny Keith, Librarian Rachel Vincent, Director Holly Wood and Assistant Librarian Sheila Savoie.

Friends of Assisi Food Pantry awarded $2,000 from JCSB Foundation

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $2,000 to the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, which serves over 200 families in the greater Killingly area each month. The pantry has received $20,000 in support from the Foundation over the last six years.

The Foundation’s donation will help the Pantry continue to provide food, diapers and vouchers for produce at local farmers’ markets, according to Kevin C. Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded nearly $50,000 to area non-profit organizations this year, according to Merchant. In the 10 years since it was established, the Foundation has provided almost $450,000 to support communities served by the Bank, with nearly $70,000 going to local food pantries.

Pictured (L-R) are Director Jean Cyr and Pauline Millette of the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry and Kevin Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

Pictured (L-R) are Director Jean Cyr and Pauline Millette of the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry and Kevin Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

ALERT: Text Message Scam Reported 12/5/2013

We have received reports that local residents are receiving text messages claiming to be from Jewett City Savings Bank.  These text messages are not being sent by the bank or any other company representing the bank. If you receive a call or text message, do not disclose any personal or account information, do not respond to the text message, call any telephone number provided, or click on any website link provided.

Criminals use telephone scams (pretexting), text messages (SMiShing), and email messages (phishing) to attempt to get consumers to divulge account numbers, debit and credit card numbers, and other personal confidential information. Never respond to the messages or use the telephone numbers or website links provided. When there is a question about your account information, you should always contact the bank at a telephone number or website that you know to be legitimate (from a statement or receipt).

If you received a call or text message and provided your debit card number or other identifying account information, IMMEDIATELY call a branch office near you for assistance during business hours. After business hours, notify our HOT CARD Lost & Stolen Service at 1-800-264-5578.

You can learn more about pretexting and phishing from the Federal Trade Commission. If you received a telephone call or text message, you can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTCcomplaintassistant.gov.

Jewett City Savings Bank’s “Trade a Token” promotion raises $1,000 for food pantries

JCSBKevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that the Bank was giving a special $1,000 gift to be shared by five local food pantries.

The donation was in response to a special “trade a token” campaign, with the Bank committing to a $1 food pantry gift (up to $1,000 total) for each paper token returned. The free tokens were featured in special mailings, newspaper ads, and online. The Bank added an extra $1 for each new “Like” received on its Facebook page.

During the campaign, which started September 23rd and ended November 16th, Bank customers and local residents brought 874 special tokens to the Bank’s five branches. The Bank also added 132 new fans to their Facebook Page.

“The ‘Trade a Token’ campaign was a wonderful way for us to greet current customers, meet new friends, and help countless others through our food pantry donations,” said Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO.

Sharing in the Bank’s $1,000 donation were the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Brooklyn; Project PIN in Moosup; Community Kitchens in Dayville; St. Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City; and Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry in Preston. According to Tim Kettle of Project PIN each $1 donation can purchase $7 in food for the food bank.

The Bank and its Foundation have provided nearly $70,000 in funding to local food pantries in recent years.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation donates $5,300 to four local food pantries

JCSB_groceriesThe Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has donated a total of $5,300 to food pantries that serve residents in need of assistance in Jewett City, Preston, and Pomfret.

Among the grants was $1,000 to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center in support of plans to bring the new Mobile Food Pantry to Jewett City one day a month.

Also serving Jewett City individuals and families, the St. Mary Food Pantry received $1,800 from the Foundation for the purchase and installation of a generator to provide emergency power to the walk-in cooler and freezer. The St. Mary Food Pantry has received over $34,000 in grant funds over the last nine years.

The Foundation’s $2,000 grant to the Preston City Congregational Church food pantry will help stock the shelves with basic food items, and its $500 award to the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry will help ensure the availability of basic food items for residents in that community.

Jewett City Savings Bank breaks ground for new Central Village office

Jewett City Savings Bank recently took another major step in its plan to open a brand new Central Village office at a site “just a stone’s throw away” from its present location by early next summer.

A traditional groundbreaking ceremony on October 30th attended by local officials, business leaders, and Bank representatives heralded the start of construction of a new state-of-the-art branch on property adjacent to the Bank’s present Plainfield location at 32 Norwich Road.

Among those attending the groundbreaking were Plainfield First Selectman Paul Sweet and Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce President Dave Conrad, Executive Director Betti Kuszaj, and First Vice President Warren Scholl. Also Vice President Ric Rovero of Engineered Construction International, who will head the project; members of the Bank’s Board of Directors; and Central Village Branch Manager Dianne Chiavarini.

Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, told the gathering that the move signifies the Bank’s “re-investment in, and continued commitment to, the Town of Plainfield, its residents, and its businesses.

“It is also a ‘Thank You’ to the Town and our current customers for their wonderful support over the years, and a ‘Welcome’ to those who will become customers of Jewett City Savings Bank in the future,” Merchant added.

The new 3,400-square-foot branch office will feature three drive-up teller lanes and a drive-up ATM lane. The interior will feature a contemporary lobby design and will also include a community suite available for use by local organizations and community partners, such as the Rotary Club and the local business association.

Jewett City Savings Bank’s first Central Village office opened in the former A&P Plaza in 1972. The Bank moved to its current location in the Savings Bank Mall on Norwich Road in 1986.

BREAKING GROUND for the new Central Village office of Jewett City Savings Bank are (from left): Kevin Merchant, the Bank’s President & CEO; Paul Sweet, Plainfield First Selectman; Don Collins, Director Emeritus, Jewett City Savings Bank; George Krecidlo, Plainfield Third Selectman; Louis Demicco, Chairman, Jewett City Savings Bank; and Louis Soja, Plainfield Town Planner.

BREAKING GROUND for the new Central Village office of Jewett City Savings Bank are (from left): Kevin Merchant, the Bank’s President & CEO; Paul Sweet, Plainfield First Selectman; Don Collins, Director Emeritus, Jewett City Savings Bank; George Krecidlo, Plainfield Third Selectman; Louis Demicco, Chairman, Jewett City Savings Bank; and Louis Soja, Plainfield Town Planner.

GROUNDBREAKERS celebrating the new Central Village office of Jewett City Savings Bank included (from left): Ric Rovero, VP, Engineered Construction International; Louis Demicco, Chairman, and Kevin Merchant, President & CEO, Jewett City Savings Bank; Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce President Dave Conrad, First VP Warren Scholl, and Executive Director Betti Kuszaj; and Paul Sweet, Plainfield First Selectman.

GROUNDBREAKERS celebrating the new Central Village office of Jewett City Savings Bank included (from left): Ric Rovero, VP, Engineered Construction International; Louis Demicco, Chairman, and Kevin Merchant, President & CEO, Jewett City Savings Bank; Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce President Dave Conrad, First VP Warren Scholl, and Executive Director Betti Kuszaj; and Paul Sweet, Plainfield First Selectman.

Ready to Grow — Pictured l to r are Jewett City Savings Bank Vice President Peter Cannon; Architectural Designer Mary Jane Dubert and Vice President Ric Rovero of  Engineered Construction International; and Jewett City Savings Bank’s Chairman Louis Demicco, President & CEO Kevin Merchant, Branch Manager Dianne Chiavarini, Assistant Branch Manager Susan Duggan, Vice President Sandra Boucher, and Vice President Diana Rose.

Ready to Grow — Pictured (from left) are Jewett City Savings Bank Vice President Peter Cannon; Architectural Designer Mary Jane Dubert and Vice President Ric Rovero of Engineered Construction International; and Jewett City Savings Bank’s Chairman Louis Demicco, President & CEO Kevin Merchant, Branch Manager Dianne Chiavarini, Assistant Branch Manager Susan Duggan, Vice President Sandra Boucher, and Vice President Diana Rose.

Jewett City Savings Bank Directors and Officers (from left): Eric Moore; Gary Peloquin; Gail Rooke-Norman, President & CEO Kevin Merchant, Chairman Louis Demicco,  Diane Manning, Dave Panteleakos, and Phil Tetreault.

Jewett City Savings Bank Directors and Officers (from left): Eric Moore; Gary Peloquin; Gail Rooke-Norman, President & CEO Kevin Merchant, Chairman Louis Demicco, Diane Manning, Dave Panteleakos, and Phil Tetreault.

Celebrating at the Groundbreaking were, from left: Jewett City Savings Bank Corporator Kyle Collins; Directors Eric Moore, Gary Peloquin, and Gail Rooke-Norman; President & CEO Kevin Merchant; Director Emeritus Don Collins; Chairman Louis Demicco;, and Directors Diane Manning, Dave Panteleakos, and Phil Tetreault.

Celebrating at the Groundbreaking were, (from left): Jewett City Savings Bank Corporator Kyle Collins; Directors Eric Moore, Gary Peloquin, and Gail Rooke-Norman; President & CEO Kevin Merchant; Director Emeritus Don Collins; Chairman Louis Demicco; and Directors Diane Manning, Dave Panteleakos, and Phil Tetreault.

Groundbreaking guests included (from left): Plainfield Business Association President Cathy Tendrich; Plainfield First Selectman Paul Sweet and Third Selectman George Krecidlo; Jewett City Savings Bank Chairman Louis Demicco and President & CEO Kevin Merchant; First VP Warren Scholl and President Dave Conrad of Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce; Vice President Ric Rovero and Architectural Designer Mary Jane Dubert of Engineered Construction International; Plainfield Town Planner Louis Soja; and Executive Director Betti Kuszaj of the Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce.
Groundbreaking guests included (from left): Plainfield Business Association President Cathy Tendrich; Plainfield First Selectman Paul Sweet and Third Selectman George Krecidlo; Jewett City Savings Bank Chairman Louis Demicco and President & CEO Kevin Merchant; First VP Warren Scholl and President Dave Conrad of Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce; Vice President Ric Rovero and Architectural Designer Mary Jane Dubert of Engineered Construction International; Plainfield Town Planner Louis Soja; and Executive Director Betti Kuszaj of the Northeastern CT Chamber of Commerce.

Watch for our new office in Central Village

We’re dedicated to serving the Plainfield area and renewing our commitment to provide the best in hometown banking services!

Our office at 32 Norwich Road will be moving in 2014 – right next door, to a new, state-of-the-art branch! You’ll be able to check on the progress of our new office at facebook.com/jcsbank.

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Congratulations to Terrill Sabourin!

SabourinOn a recent Saturday, Deposit Operations Manager Terrill Sabourin provided a wonderful example of “customer service above and beyond the call of duty.” The incident led to her nomination and selection as the latest recipient of our Exceptional Service Award!

It all started when a customer having a problem with his debit card called one of our branches. The staff there did everything they could to try to fix the problem, but to no avail. As a last resort, they contacted Terrill at home for guidance. She soon realized the issue couldn’t be resolved over the phone, and would require a hands-on solution.

She didn’t hesitate to come in to the office on her day off to rectify the problem. To her, the important thing was to ensure that the customer had the use of his card for the weekend. When thanked for her efforts, she said she considered it as “all part of the job.”

The result? A grateful customer, an appreciative customer service representative, and a perfect example of exceptional service.

Congratulations, Terrill. And thank you for being a role model for us all.