First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

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04/17/2018

STAMFORD, Conn., April 17, 2018 - First County Bank is excited to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing is Manav Des Puri of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

Bob Granata, president and COO, Mirella Martina, AVP, branch manager and Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, present Manav Des Puri with $1,000, as winner of the recent FirstPrize $avings account drawing. To encourage personal savings, the $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winners’ FirstPrize $avings account. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit
https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at
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First County Bank Welcomes New Commercial Lender

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04/17/2018

STAMFORD, Conn., April 17, 2018 -- First County Bank is pleased to announce the recent hiring of William Catanzaro, who joins the Bank’s Commercial Banking Division as vice president, commercial banking officer. First County Bank’s addition of Catanzaro demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to its commercial customers and the business community.

Bill Cantanzaro“Bill is a Stamford native with over 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate lending. In that time, he has developed an extensive business network in the community. He will be originating and building commercial relationships for the Bank. We know Bill will be a strong contributor to the Bank’s commercial lending team.” said Reyno Giallongo, First County Bank’s chairman and CEO.

Prior to joining First County Bank, Bill held commercial real estate lending and portfolio management positions which focused on the Fairfield County market. Catanzaro has extensive expertise with Commercial and Industrial (C&I) and Commercial Real Estate (C.R.E.) lending.

Catanzaro holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Richmond American International University, London, England and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Bill and his family reside in Stamford, CT.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit
https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at
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First County Bank celebrates newly opened Fairfield Branch with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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04/09/2018
STAMFORD, Conn., April 9, 2018 -- First County Bank

Photo: L to R - Mark Barnhart, economic development director, Town of Fairfield; Robert Granata, president and COO, First County Bank; Michael Tetreau, first selectman, Town of Fairfield; Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Beverly Balaz, president, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; and Benedict Peter, branch manager of the First County Bank Fairfield Branch, attended the First County Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 4 to celebrate the newly opened Fairfield Branch, located at 1312 Post Road, Fairfield, CT. A reception for local dignitaries and members of the business, commercial lending, mortgage departments and the wealth management division of First County Bank was held immediately after the ceremony.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at
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First County Bank and Bobby Valentine Sports Academy Collaboration

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STAMFORD, Conn., March 26, 2018First County Bank along with Bobby Valentine and his team are excited to announce a new collaboration between First County Bank and the Bobby Valentine Sports Academy (BVSA). First County Bank is now the official field sponsor of BVSA’s new 40,000 square foot indoor sports facility.

BVSA has been in Stamford for over 12 years and recently moved into its new facility located at 4 Largo Drive in Stamford, CT. The new BVSA building boasts 40 foot ceilings, a 15,000 square foot turf field, two multi-surface areas and six batting cages. On any given day, you can observe one-on-one baseball and softball instruction, team practice on the full field, lacrosse skill training and IQ development, soccer team/small group training, football practice for local high schools and even large scale community events that can host over 800 guests.

“First County Bank’s relationship with Bobby Valentine and BVSA is exciting to the Bank and exemplifies its mission to support local communities in Fairfield County. The BVSA facility is quickly becoming a sporting home for young athletes and families in Fairfield County, and hosts corporate events, fundraisers and sporting tournaments,” said Rey Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “The functionality of the facility and its multi-sport activities provide opportunities for the community to train, network and create lasting relationships which supports our strategic community-minded mission.”

“First County Bank has been servicing our community since 1851. They have a personalized approach to customer service as does BVSA. We believe when you find a partner that treats others the same way you do, it makes for a great like-minded relationship,” said Bobby Valentine. “I am thrilled with our partnership with First County Bank. Teaming up with such a great local banking institution is an honor.” Mr. Valentine is a Stamford native and has been a First County Bank customer for most of his life.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

About Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy

Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy (BVSA) believes in the power of education and the transforming effect it can have on athletes. Every interaction is an opportunity to help a player improve, which BVSA takes very seriously. Whether the athlete comes to BVSA as an all-star or a beginner, BVSA will work to better their skills. BVSA guarantees maximum effort from their instructors and instructors are committed to finding the right path for each athlete to perform to the best of their abilities. For additional information, please visit http://bvacademy.com/. Click “Like” on BVSA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BobbyValentinesSportsAcademy/​.


First County Bank receives the Women’s Choice Award® as a highly recommended Financial Firm

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STAMFORD, Conn., March 6, 2018 -- As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. is pleased to announce that First County Bank has received the Women’s Choice Award for offering a distinguished portfolio of services and tools to its advisors and consumers.

To earn the Women’s Choice Award Financial Firm seal, an organization must uphold a variety of criteria within 4 pillars: Marketing Tools; Educational Support; Seminars/Workshop; Community Outreach. Focusing on consumer education and providing support for advisors in the financial sector aligns financial organizations with the Women’s Choice Award mission to support female consumers throughout their financial journey. And, by providing the necessary tools, resources and ongoing communication to consumers and advisors within the organization, they help women make more informed financial choices, while giving her the high level of service she expects – and deserves.

“First County Bank is proud to be among a select group of only 139 financial advisors and firms across the US which have been honored with the prestigious Women’s Choice Award,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “The Women’s Choice Award is the collective recommendation of women and honors brands that women would highly recommend to friends and family. Since 2016, we have been distinguished as a Women’s Choice Award financial firm.”

The Women’s Choice Award was created by Delia Passi, the leading advocate for female consumers and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. Delia created the Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors and Firms in an effort to help women identify those advisors and organizations who are committed to providing quality service to female investors. The award allows this elite group of advisors and firms to showcase their commitment to the women’s market, while giving potential clients a starting point for entrusting their finances to an advisor or organization.

Women influence an enormous amount of wealth around the globe. Recent studies indicate the following in regards to women and their finances:

  • $20 Trillion (27%) of the world’s total wealth is controlled by women. **
  • In the US alone, women exercise decision making control over $11.2 trillion; that is 39% of the nation’s estimated $28.6 trillion of investable assets. **
  • 75% of female wealth creators describe themselves as primary decision makers. **
  • Women consumers make the final decision for buying 91% of home purchases, 65% of the new cars, 80% of health care choices, and 66% of computers. ***

As the financial industry wakes up to the fact that a great majority of the female population is seeking advisors and organizations they can trust for their financial security, the Women’s Choice Award offers a solution by assisting women in their search. This powerful, national initiative distinguishes advisors and firms who support female consumers in their quest for financial education.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 166 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including online and mobile banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

ABOUT WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD
The Women’s Choice Award Financial Firm designation requires that a financial organization uphold criteria from 4 pillars: Marketing Tools; Educational Support; Seminars/Workshop; Community Outreach. The Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisor Program, on the other hand, is based on 17 objective criteria associated with providing quality service to women clients such as credentials, experience and a favorable regulatory history, among other factors. Financial advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisors, though they may have paid a fee to participate in the Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisor Marketing Program. WomenCertifiedInc., home to the Women’s Choice Award, awards businesses, brands and services based on high recommendation ratings by female consumers. The Women’s Choice Award represents the collective voice of women so they can help each other identify businesses that deserve their loyalty and referrals. To learn more, visit www.womenschoiceaward.com.

**Source: Harnessing the Power of the Purse, by the Center for Talent Innovation 2014
*** Source: Women Dominate the Global Market Place; here are 5 keys to reaching them.


First County Bank Honored as 2018 Healthy Workplace Employer

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STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 27, 2018 -- First County Bank was honored by The Business Council of Fairfield County in their 2018 Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program as a Gold category employer. The recognition awards ceremony was held on February 14, 2018 morning at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

“First County Bank is honored to be recognized among such a distinguished group of employers for promoting employee health and well-being,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “We‘re proud to be a Gold Award recipient again this year, which acknowledges our continued efforts to enhance our wellness participation and employee health initiatives.”

The 2018 Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program applauded the efforts of area employers who understand the competitive advantage of a healthy workforce and who have implemented a diverse range of programs to promote a healthy workplace and assist their employees to live healthier lives. The Healthy Workplaces Employer Recognition Program offers three categories of distinction, Platinum, Gold and Silver, awarded on the basis of program components and outcomes.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 166 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including online and mobile banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

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Teen Chefs’ Sticky Maple Syrup Challenge

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-- Public and Celebrity Judges to Choose Winner at Stamford Museum & Nature Center –

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 27, 2018 – Eight talented teen chefs will compete in First County Bank’s Teen Chefs Challenge event at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during this year’s Maple Sugar Festival Weekend held on March 3 and 4 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. rain or shine. On Saturday, March 3, the teen chefs will compete in an exciting competition to create delicious dishes featuring Stamford Museum & Nature Center maple syrup as a main ingredient. This year marks the 18th anniversary First County Bank has sponsored this family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring.

Teen chefs competing are Rio Fernandez, Molly Hertz, Makenzie Lehman, Maya Leinward, Jessica Schweizer, Helena Sushon, Amy DePaz and Isabella Giordano and will battle it out in the kitchen at the Main House, Bendel Mansion. The teen chefs will create their culinary masterpieces for the public and celebrity judges to sample. The cooking competition and voting are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the public is encouraged to cast their vote for the best dish. The winner will be declared by popular vote and by a panel of celebrity judges: Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Karen Kelly, senior vice president, chief digital banking officer, First County Bank; Silvia Baldini, chef, Chopped Champion on Food Network, founder of the creative food group Strawberry and Sage in CT and the writer of the blog Silvia’s Trays. The winning chef and recipe will be announced 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maple Sugar House.

“The First County Bank Chefs Challenge is a highlight of the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend which we are proud to sponsor,” said Robert Granata, COO and President, First County Bank. “The Maple Sugar Festival provides an excellent opportunity for these young chefs to showcase their culinary abilities and further develop their talent. Maple syrup, of course, is the key ingredient that each teen chef needs to incorporate into their dishes for the public and celebrity judges to taste and judge. We invite the public to enjoy a weekend full of great food, fun, learning and old fashioned New England traditions.”

Rio Fernandez is almost 13 years old, is from Bristol, and has been baking for one year, nonstop. He is self-taught and has his own YouTube channel and Facebook page dedicated to his baking. He is homeschooled. He plays baseball, wrestles, and is a great ballroom dancer. He has two brothers. He is Latino and fluent in Spanish. Like most kids his age, he loves watching television and playing video games. “I would like to participate in this challenge because it will help me be a better baker. It will help me be a better conversationalist. I am good at talking to my camera about my baking, but I would like to be better at talking with people face to face. It will be fun and I like to compete.”

Mollie Herz is 13 years old and is in the 8th grade at Rippowam Middle School in Stamford. She likes to swim, play the ukulele, and sing. One of her favorite things to do is bake. “My love of baking started when I would help my mom in the kitchen. We would make all sorts of things such as brownies, cinnamon rolls, and cookies for school events. I am very excited to show my skills during this challenge!”

Makenzie Lehman is 13 years old and is in the 8th grade at Weston Middle School in Weston, CT. “I love to bake and cook at my house, I get most of it from my family, and we are always cooking something! At my house, we do our own version of “Chopped” and it is a lot of fun! Also, last year my family and I went to the competition and voted, so I know what the set up looks like and I would like to be a part of this challenge.”

Maya Leinwand is a 14 year old from Bedford, N.Y. and is in the 8th grade at Fox Lane Middle School. In addition to cooking, Maya enjoys playing field hockey and lacrosse. She also loves to care for animals and to draw in her spare time. “I have loved cooking and baking since I was toddler. I watch cooking shows and create original recipes at home. I would like to go to culinary school in the future and hope to have my own restaurant or bakery one day.”

Jessica Schweizer is a 13 year old from Norwalk and a freshman at Academy of Information, Technology & Engineering (AITE) in Stamford. She likes to cook whenever she can, whether it’s breakfast or dessert. She enjoys mathematics, ballroom dancing, and gymnastics. “I love to cook and since I am a high school student, this event is a great way for me to showcase my talent by taking part in a community event. I also enjoy spending time at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and helping on the farm. Lastly, I think this is a great way to combine healthy eating and community involvement.”

Helena Sushon is a 14 year old from Old Greenwich and is in the 8th grade at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich. “I have been going to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and the Maple Sugar Festival since I was in preschool. Baking and cooking are my passions. My friends, family and fellow school students enjoy my creations. I would like to help people enjoy this year’s festival with a special, delicious dessert.”

Amy DePaz is a 14 year old from Stamford and is in the 9th grade at J.M. Wright Technical School. During the Fall I participate in the Marching Band and the rest of the year I play clarinet for the Concert Band. In my free time you will often find me sketching. “I want to participate in the Teen Chefs Challenge because I think it is a great opportunity to showcase the skills I have learned so far in my Culinary Trade Class. I also think it’s good to experience being in a competition. I have always enjoyed cooking and baking since I was young.”

Isabella Giordano is a14 year old from Norwalk and is in the 9th grade at J.M. Wright Technical School. “I want to participate in the Teen Chefs Challenge because it is a good opportunity to gain experience in my field of interest. I am enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at JM Wright Technical HS and aspire to be a Pastry Chef. For the past six years, I have been involved in Competitive Gymnastics and often find myself drawing in my sketchbook during my down time.”

About Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs and special events that enhance the visitor's experience. Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located off High Ridge Road at 39 Scofieldtown Rd. in Stamford (three-quarters of a mile north of Merritt Parkway Exit 35). For more information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

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First County Bank Announces Expansion Into the Town of Fairfield

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STAMFORD, Conn., January 22, 2018 - First County Bank is proud to announce it is expanding its footprint and opening a full service branch in the Town of Fairfield. This will allow the bank to provide more convenient full-service banking services to its customers within Lower Fairfield County. The new First County Bank branch is located in downtown Fairfield at 1312 Post Road, diagonally across from the Fairfield Library, steps away from the train station, and it provides plenty of on-site parking. It will be open for business in early February, after some renovations are completed.

“First County Bank is excited to bring our community banking to the Town of Fairfield,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “This expansion provides more convenient local banking to our customers in Fairfield and surrounding communities. We have been delivering personalized banking services to Fairfield County customers for over 165 years, and expanding our footprint into Fairfield confirms our commitment to this area. We are conveniently located in the heart of town, close to the train station.”

The new Fairfield branch will offer a full-service team of bankers. The retail branch staff will be led by Benedict “Ben” Peter, as branch manager and Iliana Nikolova, as assistant branch manager. Also on site will be bankers specializing in business banking and residential lending. Investment and trust services will be provided by First County Advisors, the wealth management division of First County Bank.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016--2018 Women’s Choice Award winner.
For additional information, please visit
https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at
http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at
http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.


Darien Indoor Sidewalk Sales Scheduled For Jan. 18-20

By Alfred Branch, Patch Staff

DARIEN, CTFrom the Darien Chamber of Commerce: This coming Thursday, Friday, Saturday-January 18th , 19th and 20th , sixteen of Darien's locally owned shops will be participating in Indoor Sidewalk Sales. This is a great time to find fabulous bargains on winter merchandise. You can find great gifts for family, friends, and yourself to fill in your wardrobe, find a Valentine's Day gift for that special person and even buy ahead for growing children!

The participating shops are browne & co., Darien Sport Shop, The Dock Shop, Everything Is Rosey, Helen Ainson, Geary Gallery and Accent Framing, Good Goods, Kirby and Company, Morley, Palmer's Darien, Pure Barre, Runner's Roost, Tina Dragone-Darien, Town House Finds +Designs, Wiggles & Giggles, and Wild Birds Unlimited. The event is coordinated by the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

The mission of the Darien Chamber is to take a leadership role in promoting the Darien Business community and working to improve the quality of life in Darien. Darien Rowayton Bank is the Elite Sponsor and First County Bank is the Select Sponsor of the Darien Chamber of Commerce.


Norwalk affordable housing project receives $1.25 million

By Kevin Zimmerman, Westfair Online

Norwalk is among six Connecticut municipalities to receive funding from The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston to create or preserve affordable housing units.
A $699,114 grant and subsidy and a $550,000 loan were awarded for a two-building project at 100 S. Main St. in Norwalk, to preserve 25 units and create 11 units for low-income and homeless individuals.

The front building, which has been vacant for four years, requires substantial rehabilitation, and will be reconfigured into 11 single-room occupancy units. The rear building, currently in use, requires upgrades to the existing units and common areas.

The planned scope of work is designed to ensure both buildings remain affordable and are sustainable for the future. The rehabilitation will include the installation of Energy Star white rubber roofing and shingles and large R-value insulation to improve the building envelope. In the interior, water-conserving fixtures, high-efficiency water heaters and furnaces, along with Energy Star-qualified windows, lighting, and appliances will improve livability and reduce operating costs.

All of the residents will benefit from on-site transportation and meal services as well as substance abuse and mental health counseling.

First County Bank will provide construction financing and provide the permanent loan. Other sources of funding include sponsor equity and energy rebates, with the balance expected to be provided by the Connecticut Department of Housing.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston also awarded funds to projects in Hartford, Jewett City, New Haven, Niantic and Norwich. All together it awarded $4.2 million to Connecticut municipalities, and more than $37.5 million throughout New England.


First County Bank Announces Winners of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

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STAMFORD, Conn., December 12, 2017 - First County Bank is pleased to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing are Anthony and Grace Aversano of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

Bob Granata, president and COO, and Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, present Grace and Anthony Aversano with their $1,000 as winners of the recent FirstPrize $avings account drawing. To encourage personal savings, the $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winners’ FirstPrize $avings account. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit
https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank.Follow us on Twitter at
http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at
http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

 


First County Bank Announces Winners of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

By NorwalkPlus


STAMFORD, CT - First County Bank is pleased to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing are Anthony and Grace Aversano of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

To encourage personal savings, the $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winners’ FirstPrize $avings account. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings. STAMFORD, CT - First County Bank is pleased to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing are Anthony and Grace Aversano of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

To encourage personal savings, the $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winners’ FirstPrize $avings account. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.