At North Brookfield Savings Bank, we believe that no matter what age your children are, it is never a better time than right now to start teaching your kids important financial lessons that they will use for the rest of their lives.

“It’s never too early to begin teaching children the basics of finance,” said Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. “We know parents are busy so we encourage them to incorporate financial lessons into everyday life experiences. For example, when they visit the Bank, work on their budget, balance their checkbook and pay bills. We always welcome children to visit any of our North Brookfield Savings Bank branches and be a part of their very own account opening. It helps them to better understand the process and how and why they are saving. Plus, they will get a lollipop!”

North Brookfield Savings Bank offers examples of teachable moments to help you get started:

At the bank. When you go to the bank, bring your children with you and show them how transactions work. Any of the North Brookfield Savings Bank managers can explain how the bank operates, how money generates interest and how an ATM works.

On payday. Discuss how your pay is budgeted to pay for housing, food and clothing, and how a portion is saved for future expenses such as college tuition and retirement.

At the grocery store. Explain the benefits of comparison shopping and using coupons. After the shopping trip, let them watch while you update your checkbook to include the transaction.

Paying bills. Explain the many ways that bills can be paid: over the phone, paper or by check, electronic check or online check draft. Discuss how each method of bill pay takes money out of your account. Be sure to cover late penalties, emphasizing the importance of paying bills on time.

Using credit cards. Explain that credit cards are a loan and need to be repaid. Share how each month a credit card statement comes in the mail with a bill. Go over the features of different types of cards, such as ATM, debit and credit cards.

teach-your-children-family-banking-2North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly participates in local community reading days, school parents’ nights and teaches financial literacy classes at middle and high schools.

Jaclyn Stevenson Named Director of Public Relations At Columbia-Greene Community College

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Columbia-Greene Community College announced this week the appointment of Jaclyn Stevenson to the position of Director of Public Relations.

In her new role, Stevenson will be responsible for promoting the college and its diverse set of credit- and noncredit programs for students of all ages.

I’m very happy to have found myself in a place where collaborative learning is not just prized, but seen as essential to the college’s future,” said Stevenson, noting that moving forward, she hopes to leverage several opportunities that blend digital marketing with traditional public relations.

Stevenson has worked in communications fields including journalism, public relations, and social media for more than 15 years, most recently as Director of Communications with the creative agency Winstanley Partners, based in Lenox, Mass.

Co-founder of the annual social media event PodCamp Western Mass. – the longest running event of its kind in the Northeast – Stevenson’s work has been recognized by the New England Press Association (NEPA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She was also named one of Business West magazine’s 40 Under 40, and is a HootSuite Certified Social Media Practitioner.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Bridgewater State University and a master’s degree in Organization Development from American International College. For more information, contact the college’s Office of Public Relations at (518) 828-4181, ext. 3326.

About C-GCC Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive two year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. The College is sponsored locally by the counties of Greene and Columbia through the Greene County Legislature and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.

Massachusetts Community Colleges Unite Against Hatred

STCC pic 2017Holyoke Comm College picThe Presidents of the 15 Community Colleges of Massachusetts unite to voice our opposition to the violence, bigotry, racism and hate we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

The students on our campuses across the Commonwealth reflect the rich diversity of our nation. Our philosophy of teaching and learning has, at its core, the promise of inclusive excellence and social justice. We embrace our shared values of global citizenship and prize the richness of cultural wealth in our diverse communities. We respect people from all nations, cultures, background, and experience and welcome them to join our community of scholars and learners, for therein lies the hope and the future strength of our nation and our world.

We reject, in the strongest possible terms, hateful rhetoric, harmful actions, or attempts to diminish the values or identity of our community members, while remaining committed to the fundamental right of free speech. These actions will not gain a foothold on our campuses. We will provide safe and secure environments for our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to embrace the diversity that makes our institutions strong.

Our community colleges are democracy’s colleges. The teaching and learning that happen at our 15 colleges speaks to the immense compassion and potential that enrich our nation. In these times that test our resolve as leaders, we renew our pledge to our communities. You are all welcome and valued; your religion, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship, and gender are honored. We will continue to learn together. Hate has no place at our Massachusetts Community Colleges.

On behalf of the Presidents of the Massachusetts Community Colleges,

Christina Royal, Ph.D.
President, Holyoke Community College

John B. Cook, Ph.D.
President, Springfield Technical Community College

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union in Connecticut Donates 300 Backpacks to Students in Need

nutmeg-backpack-donation-2017-2-2.jpgNutmeg State Financial Credit Union has donated 300 backpacks, filled with school supplies, to students in need throughout the greater Hartford area.

A long standing supporter of community initiatives, this is the fifth year Nutmeg has agreed to donate backpacks and school supplies. This is the largest donation to date for the credit union of its kind. Backpacks will be donated to the respective Backpack Drives for Enfield’s Educational Resources for Children as well as Hartford’s Catholic Charities. Together, these organizations help thousands of students get their much needed school supplies before the beginning of the year.

“We believe in financial education, but we also believe in education as a whole. Students deserve to start their school year off right and we are happy to help them get there,” says John Holt, President and CEO of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union.

The backpacks will be distributed to students and their families prior to the start of schools in the Greater Hartford Area.

NEW BOOK FOR ALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS “ZENTIVITY” How to eliminate Chaos, Stress and discontent in your workplace By; Marianne Clyde

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According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43.8 million adults in the United States experience mental illness in any given year. The fallout in the workplace is extensive, costing employers an estimated $225.8 billion dollars.

Dr. David Ballard, head of the Center for Organizational Excellence, says that employers who understand the link between employee wellbeing and organizational performance are best positioned for success in the economic recovery.

What does that mean to you, the business leader? It means that if you could find a way to help your employees and business associates find a place of better mental clarity and stability that job performance would increase right along with your bottom line.

Marianne Clyde captures the reader’s attention by teaching 10 Essential Principles as the basis for finding a strong internal locus of control instead of continuing to be thrown off balance by circumstances and external stimuli. Equipping leaders to set an example of strong mental health in the workplace, and to recognize when others might be struggling, Clyde lays out practical steps you can take that are easy to understand and implement. She expertly guides you and your employees in making the necessary changes to establish a foundation of strong mental health in your workplace, whether that is in business, politics or in the home.
Marianne Clyde is an expert in Mental Health in the workplace. Speaking to businesses and associations about empowerment, team building and relationship networking, she is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in practice for over 27 years, energizing speaker and dauntless world traveler. She lived in Japan for over 8 years and has spent time in at least 20 developing countries, teaching about recovery from trauma, personal empowerment and interpersonal relationships.

She has written and published numerous articles, appeared on radio and television worldwide, commenting on topics ranging from gun violence to having a happy marriage. Host and producer of her own TV shows, she has also hosted a call in radio show and has produced Moments of Mindfulness Meditation CD.

After launching 2 best-selling books, Peaceful Parenting: 10 Essential Principles and Un-Leashed: Practical Steps to Get Your Life Unstuck, she has now released her most powerful book to date, Zentivity™: How to Eliminate Chaos, Stress and Discontent in Your Workplace. As chaos, reactivity and polarization reign, whether your workplace is in politics, business or home, she recognizes and advocates for mental health in the workplace.
Marianne is the founder of the Marianne Clyde Center for Holistic Psychotherapy, in Warrenton, VA, winner of the 2017 Best of Warrenton award, and also the founder of Be the Change Foundation, helping underprivileged women create and sustain home – based businesses.

For more information visit her website at www.zentivity.guru

Late Registration Week at STCC set for Aug. 21

STCC pic 2017Springfield Technical Community College will hold Late Registration for the fall semester the week of Aug. 21. Prospective students may apply to a program, meet with an advisor, select and register for courses, pay their bill and receive their schedule in one easy visit.

STCC Dean of Admissions Louisa Davis-Freeman said, “There is still plenty of time to enroll at STCC for the fall semester. Many of our programs are still accepting applicants.”

“Whether you’re interested in a career program including Biotechnology, Cosmetology, Health Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Optics & Photonics or Transfer Programs including Architecture & Building Technology, Business, Elementary or Secondary Education, Engineering, Landscape Design & Management or Liberal Arts, we will accept you, and you’ll be ready to begin classes on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“In addition, we have new transfer programs this fall in Communication & Digital Media, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Human Services/Social Work and a new Fast Track Computer & IT Security Certificate,” Davis-Freeman said.

To be accepted into a program, bring your official high school transcript(s) or GED or HiSET certification with you. To be considered eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled in a degree-granting or eligible certificate program, Davis-Freeman said.
Expanded hours during STCC’s Late Registration Week in Building 27 are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about beginning classes this fall, call the Admission Office at 413-755-3333 or email admissions@stcc.edu or visit www.stcc.edu.

Florence Bank Promotes Kristen Lemoi of Southampton to Vice President, Marketing Manager

Florence Bank has promoted Kristen Lemoi of Southampton, MA to the position of Vice President, Marketing Manager.

 Lemoi joined Florence Bank in June 2011. Prior to her recent promotion at Florence Bank, Lemoi had served as the Assistant Vice President, Digital and Merchandising Manager for Florence Bank and played an integral part in the 2014 launch of the Bank’s new brand. In her new role, Lemoi will help steer the strategic marketing decisions for the Bank.  Lemoi received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is currently on the board of the Cancer Connection, and holds the title of Certified Financial Marketing Professional from the ABA Institute of Certified Bankers.

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Florence Bank President and Chief Executive Officer John F. Heaps, Jr., said, “We are very pleased to announce Kristen’s promotion. Kristen has proven that she is a visionary within the marketing space and we are delighted to continue to watch her create new, innovative ways to connect with our customers as well as the communities we serve.”


Dear Pioneer Valley friends and colleagues,
I am proud to be on the board of Clinical & Support Options, a behavioral health organization that has been helping families and children throughout Western Mass for over 60 years.
CSO runs many life saving programs such as Friends of the Homeless, Crisis and Respite Services, Center for Community Resilience after Trauma, clubhouses for psychiatric rehabilitation, treatment for substance abuse, STOPLIFT (alternative to prosecution), and several others.
I am also proud to volunteer with one of their programs, the Bridge Family Resource Center, which provides many kinds of support, again, to children and families in need. Each year the Bridge has a Kids’ Week program (Aug 21-25), and a day of celebration (Aug 25), just before the beginning of school.

of food to serve through the week (from area restaurants and food businesses) and donations of money; and also items that would go in gift bags, i.e. school supplies, and toiletries:
shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste.
We are also seeking a volunteer musician/ band to perform at the celebration. If this is you, please get in touch! If you know of anyone, please refer, recommend, pass on this info.
Please get in touch with Jilena Cicho Jcichon@csoinc.org or me to arrange drop off or pick up of your donation, or for more info, or with any questions.
Like many of us, I am fortunate to be fortunate. I am also happy to be able to help those with less opportunity, who’ve suffered hardship, who’ve had trauma, or who’ve been dealt a hand not as lucky as yours or mine. Life is hard, and we need to help each other. And life is good, and we need to help each other.
Many thanks!


 * C&SO is a 501(c)3 non profit, so donations are tax-deductible
  * Mail check (write The Bridge in memo) CSO, Development Office,  8 Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 01060
    * Donate online here:  https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=140067 HOMELESS PEOPLE PIC


Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Fall 2017 edition, a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of color in their seasonal collections.The PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Fall 2017 is one of two semi-annual reports published for the fashion industry by the color experts at the Pantone Color Institute, highlighting the top colors for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming fall season for New York and, for the first time, London.“There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.”Color Palette for New York“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth, “ says Eiseman. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades including a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterrum and Tawny Port.”fALL FASHION PIC 2fALLFASHION PIC 1

Square One Children and Families have PRIDE in their Work

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Pictured in the photo are: Bob Bolduc, Founder, Pride Stores; Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer, Square One; Joan Kagan, President & CEO, Square One; Marsha DelMonte, President, Pride
When Pride Stores approached Square One about a fundraising campaign they wanted to engage in for Square One, both organizations were excited about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work Square One is doing throughout the community.
The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores launched a campaign where customers were encouraged to purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work that Square One does with children and families throughout the region. The paper squares were placed on display at stores throughout the region.
Funds raised from the community totaled $7,300 and were matched by an additional $2,700 from Pride to bring the total contribution to $10,000.
“We are proud to be supporting the programs and services that Square One offers to ensure that children and families have the tools they need to be successful,” says Pride’s Bob Bolduc. “Selling squares and displaying them in our stores was a visible and productive way to help raise funds for the organization and create greater awareness of the work they are doing. I want to thank all of the customers who helped make this campaign a success.”
“We are so grateful to the Pride staff and customers for their very generous support of our work,” says Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer for Square One. “Many of our children are living in homeless shelters, struggling with food insecurity, have a parent who is in addiction recovery or post-incarcerated, or are in custody of an appointed legal guardian or foster parent. Support from Pride and other businesses is critical to our ability to continue to serve these families.”
“Whether we are teaching children to read and write, inspiring an appreciation of fine arts, providing a nourishing meal, or developing a healthy love of play, everything we do is driven by our vision of a bright future for all children, despite the daunting challenges they face at home,” adds Allard.
Since 1883, Square One has been providing a wide range of education and support services to families in the greater Springfield region. From early learning and school-age programs for children, to case management, workforce development, and recovery programs for families, Square One is the region’s foremost provider of services to at-risk children and families. For more information, visit http://www.startatsquareone.org or call
(413) 732-5183.