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bankESB pledges $100,000 to Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s new Breast Center

October 16, 2017


NORTHAMPTON, MA:  Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB, announced their commitment of $100,000 to Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s new Breast Center.  The Center brings together cutting edge diagnostic capabilities and a dedicated, highly accomplished staff into a single, easily navigable, patient-centered environment where patients receive consistent, timely and high-quality health care across the breast care continuum.

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Pictured from L to R: Thomas W. Brown, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking; Joanne Marqusee, CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital; Matthew S. Sosik, President & CEO of bankESB

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Concerned about the Equifax breach? Here's what you need to know.

September 14, 2017


Although bankESB is not responsible for this information breach, we feel strongly that all consumers should be educated about the details of the Equifax Credit Bureau breach.  The list of Frequently Asked Questions below were provided by Equifax.  Reading through them will help you to understand the details and options so that you can make an informed choice regarding any action that may be right for you.

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I’ve been hearing about the Equifax breach in the news. What happened?

Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, experienced a massive data breach. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

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bankESB hires Vice President of Residential Lending

August 28, 2017

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced that Barbara Yanke has been hired as the new Vice President of Residential Lending. Yanke brings 21 years of banking experience to the job. She previously worked for Peoples United Bank in Brattleboro, VT. Yanke is a Certified Mortgage Professional and is certified with the Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association.

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bankESB Promotes Three At Quarterly Meeting

July 31, 2017


EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced at the Quarterly meeting that three people have been promoted.

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HARRY MONTALVO AWARDED HENRY A. FIFIELD AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE

June 30, 2017


HOLYOKE, MA - Marge Manton, Treasurer and CFO of Loomis Communities and Chairman of the Holyoke Chamber Board of Directors announced the selection of Harry Montalvo, Community Development Specialist at bankESB, to receive the Henry A. Fifield Award for Voluntary Service to the Chamber. The award is named for the late Henry A. Fifield, former Amped executive and civic leader who served in leadership positions with the Chamber.

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Banker & Tradesman names Michael Roy Community Bank Hero

May 26, 2017


It’s no surprise that Michael Roy became a CRA officer, as the position brings together two of his greatest passions – community banking and community service.

“His professional and personal passion is to truly make a difference in improving individuals’ lives in the community and the banking industry,” Bozena Dabek, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, bankESB, wrote in her nomination of Roy for a Community Bank Hero Award. “He takes great pride in capturing every opportunity possible to get the bank involved and does not miss a beat.”

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Congratulations on your Retirement, Joan Britton!

May 24, 2017

After 32 years of service to bankESB, Joan Britton, Retail Banking Officer, of the Easthampton Office, is retiring from the bank on May 24th. Best wishes and good luck on your retirement!

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bankESB Names Two New Branch Officers

May 8, 2017

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced that Betsy Schabacker has been promoted to Branch Officer of the Southampton Office and Natalie Didonna has been promoted to Branch Officer of the Main Street, Easthampton Office.

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Congratulations on your retirement, Julie Ouimette!

April 24, 2017

After 33 years of service to bankESB, Julie Ouimette, Senior Branch Officer of the Southampton Office, is retiring from the bank on April 28th. Best wishes and good luck on your retirement!

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bankESB serves lunch at Kate's Kitchen of Holyoke

February 23, 2017

Kate’s Kitchen of Holyoke served its first lunchtime meal in 1980. Since that day, one noon-time meal daily is served to anyone in need with a no-questions asked policy. The Kitchen is opened 365 days/year and provides approximately 150 meals per day. Since its inception, Kate’s Kitchen has served our neighbors over one million meals. Thank you to our bankESB volunteers who took over serving lunch earlier this week.

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2017 Community Action Volunteer of the Year

February 22, 2017

Congratulations to Erin Joyce for being named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year from Community Action! of Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions. For the past 10+ years, she has been a part of the organization’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) outreach program.  This Free Tax-Assistance Program helps taxpayers with lower incomes maximize their tax refund or reduce their taxes due.  

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L to R: Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, Board President of Community Action; Erin Joyce, Special Assets Officer; Clare Higgins, Executive Director of Community Action; and Matthew Leger-Small, VITA program coordinator.

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bankESB Promotes Three

January 27, 2017

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced the promotion of three people. Maryann M. Geiger was promoted to Senior Vice President and Director of Operations; Emily K. Drapeau was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Electronic Banking; Michael S. Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was promoted to Assistant Vice president, Senior IT Officer.

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Pass It On - Imposter Scams

January 19, 2017

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Chances are good that someone you know has been scammed. They may not talk about it, but the statistics do. The truth is that sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam. People listen to you because they trust you. You’re a friend, a neighbor, a relative.

We'll be posting different articles to help you start that conversation, and pass on some information that could help someone you know!

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bankESB hires Vice President Portfolio Manager

December 19, 2016

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced that Melissa Soto, has joined the bank as VP Portfolio Manager.

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Soto will support the commercial banking team at bankESB in maintaining and growing relationships, performing financial analyses and providing input to the loan decision process. She has over 20 years of experience in banking, most recently as VP Commercial Portfolio Manager at TD Bank. She held previous positions at People's United Bank and Hampden Bank.

Soto holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from American International College and an Associates Degree from STCC. She is a graduate of the Mass Bankers School for Financial Studies.

Soto lives with her family in Westfield. 

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New Associates & Promotions

December 9, 2016

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bankESB gets preliminary OK for drive-through service at branch planned in Holyoke

December 6, 2016

HOLYOKE:  Easthampton Savings Bank Monday received a favorable recommendation from a City Council committee at City Hall to include a drive-through-service window for a branch planned at Sargeant and Beech streets.

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bankESB partners with First-Time Homeowners, City of Holyoke and OneHolyoke CDC

November 14, 2016


First-Time Home Owner, Rafael Rivera, said the deal wasn't possible for the family without the help of the city, OneHolyoke CDC, and bankESB.

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PICTURED: Alicia Zoeller, Director of the City of Holyoke’s Office for Community Development; bankESB Community Development Specialist Harry Montalvo; new homeowners Rafael Rivera and Sheila Velasquez; Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse; and Michael Moriarty, Executive Director of OneHolyoke CDC.

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Providence Ministries Service Network (PMSN) Food Drive comes to a close

November 7, 2016

bankESB held multiple food drives throughout the month of October to collect food for Margaret’s Pantry and Kate’s Kitchen, both programs of the Providence Ministries Service Network based in Holyoke. A huge thank you to those who filled the donation boxes. Click below for full story.
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bankESB presents donations for a month-long food drive for Providence Ministries.

Pictured: Kathleen Burke, Director of Community Development (PMSN), Harry Montalvo, Community Development Specialist (bankESB),
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Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spam & Phishing

October 7, 2016

Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment.

The email they send can look just like it comes from a financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency or any other service or business.

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Cyber Security Awareness Month - Keep a Clean Machine.

October 1, 2016


The Internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn’t drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn’t venture online without taking some basic precautions.

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bankESB partners with Providence Ministries Service Network (PMSN) for Food Drive

September 30, 2016

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bankESB is partnering with Providence Ministries Service Network (PMSN) to run a month long food drive beginning October 1st.  This food drive will benefit Kate’s Kitchen, which serves meals 365 days/year to anyone in need no questions asked. Kate's Kitchen is located at 51 Hamilton Street, Holyoke.

Food items are at a critical low point at the Kitchen. Shelves need to be replenished with staples like peanut butter/jelly, tuna, hamburger helper, pasta/sauces, soups, stews, canned vegetables, baked beans, cake and cookie mixes and snack items.
 
Boxes will be placed at the following bankESB office for the month of October: Main Office, 241, Southampton, South Hadley, King Street, Locust Street and Westfield. Please spread the word and help us stock up the shelves before winter.

Also, PMSN needs volunteers to help run their daily activities. Please consider volunteering with PMSN from 9:00-2:00 p.m., or anytime between those hours; Monday through Friday at Kate's Kitchen, Margaret's Pantry and St. Jude's Clothing Center; and additional hours Saturday and Sunday 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Kate's Kitchen.

To volunteer please contact Brenda Lamagdeleine at 413-538-8026 or by email: pmn-mp@hotmail.com. For more details on our needs, call PMSN's main office at 413-536-9109.
 

 

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bankESB HONORED BY BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

September 28, 2016

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced that the bank has been honored by the Boston Business Journal at the 11th annual BBJ Corporate Citizenship Summit. For the third year in a row, the bank was named a Top Corporate Charitable Contributor in Massachusetts. And, even more notably, for the second consecutive year the bank was recognized as the #1 business in the state with the highest average number of employee volunteer hours.

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bankESB Sponsors Nuestras Raices’ Community Garden Project

September 26, 2016

EASTHAMPTON, MA — Matthew Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, announced the bank’s sponsorship of Nuestras Raices’ Community Garden project in Holyoke.

bankESB is sponsoring the purchase and installation of new signs at 12 community gardens throughout the city. “We are excited to participate in this unique, community-focused program that brings residents of Holyoke together in a positive way,” Sosik said.

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bankESB contributes $75,000 to Mercy Medical Center's Cancer Center Capital Campaign

June 1, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Easthampton Savings Bank has donated $75,000 to Transforming Cancer Care – The Capital Campaign for the Sister Caritas Cancer Center.

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(Seen here celebrating the donation: Sister Mary Caritas; Thomas Brown, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking, Easthampton Savings Bank; Matthew Sosik, President and CEO, Easthampton Savings Bank; and Philip Glynn, MD, director of oncology, Sister Caritas Cancer Center. (Danny George/ Photo Provided )

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bankESB to Build Branch in Holyoke

May 23, 2016

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB announced the bank’s intention to build a branch in Holyoke. 

The entry into Holyoke provides an opportunity for bankESB to be a part of the recent revitalization of the City of Holyoke. It also reinforces the bank’s commitment to community banking in the local market.

 

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Kristine Koczajowski, VP Financial Services, awarded the Paul Harris Community Fellow Recognition

April 27, 2016

Please join us in congratulating Kristine Koczajowski, VP Financial Services, on being awarded the distinguished Paul Harris Community Fellow Recognition by the Rotary Club of Easthampton. Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to a Rotarian whose work has been deemed “Beyond the line of duty” and exhibits “Service above Self”.  The individual must be focused on helping improve the welfare and happiness of people and has made a difference in the quality of life of others. 

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7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

February 1, 2016

Though the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. bankESB recommends the following tips to keep you safe online:

 

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10 Ways to Protect your Mobile Device

January 1, 2016

Your mobile device provides convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts. Unfortunately, it can potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals. bankESB recommends following these tips to keep your information - and your money - safe.

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ATM and Debit Card Restricted Countries

January 1, 2016

ATM and Debit card transactions will NOT be authorized for the following countries: India, Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe.

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MASSACHUSETTS LENDER OF THE QUARTER

November 9, 2015

EASTHAMPTON, MA: Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of Easthampton Savings Bank, announced the Bank has been named Massachusetts’s Small Business Lender of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The bank generated 8 approvals during the quarter and 19 for the year. The SBA also designated Easthampton Savings Bank as a Preferred Lender.

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Parsons Village ribbon cutting ceremony

September 25, 2015

Building safe, comfortable, and affordable housing is a fundamental component of Valley CDC's overall mission. Today, that came to fruition in Easthampton with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at Parsons Village. Many gathered to hear from a handful of speakers, including our own President and CEO, Matt Sosik, and take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Parsons Village consists of 38 affordable family rental apartments. The beautiful grounds consists of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments that are located around a common green with a community building with laundry facilities and a playground.
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Typosquatting Alert

March 2, 2015

Typosquatting, also called URL hijacking or fake url, is a form of cybersquatting, and possibly brandjacking which relies on mistakes such as typographical errors made by Internet users when inputting a website address into a web browser.  For example:

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ESB named a TOP RESIDENTIAL LENDER

January 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone that voted for us!  We are truly proud to serve you. 

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