In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Oyster Festival 2018: Thank You to Our Volunteers!

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival was a success! Cloudy skies and occasional rain didn’t keep die-hard Festival-goers from attending and enjoying the many rides and food choices– from funnel cakes to gyros to lobster. Attendees enjoyed unique arts and crafts, games, rides, and attractions. The highlight of the weekend was our volunteers at the spinning wheel who encouraged visitors to spin for a chance to win a pair of sunglasses, lip balm, or a water bottle. Our booth drew big crowds, each guest hoping for a prize! Everyone was a winner.

An annual favorite, the teal bags were a hit with thousands handed out by volunteers. By the end of the weekend, we had achieved a sea of First County Bank teal bags wandering through the carnival and the other attractions.

 

We thank all of the volunteers who spent part of their Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with us to staff our tent. Visit our Facebook page for a complete photo gallery.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off Official Start of Norwalk Oyster Festival

The ribbon has been cut which kicks off the official start of the 41st Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival! We’re happy to be the Presenting Sponsor at this awesome 3-day family event which will be held on Fri., Sept. 7 – Sun., Sept. 9 at Norwalk Veteran’s Memorial Park.  

For more information, visit https://www.seaport.org/Oyster-Festival

Left to right: State Senator Bob Duff; State Rep. Terrie Wood; Robert Granata, President and COO, First County Bank; Mike Reilly, Chairman, Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival; Mayor Harry Rilling, City of Norwalk; Willard Miley, Executive VP, First County Bank; State Rep. Fred Wilms; and State Rep. Gail Lavielle.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

FirstClass Grant for Teachers

First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the annual FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2018 and are available online at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

“This is an exciting program supporting teachers to help them provide supplemental educational programs to their students, which otherwise may not have been affordable,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “It is rewarding to observe students’ joy of learning from these innovative programs. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting families, children and education in the communities we serve.”

FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, music or art. Examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers can be conveniently completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.

Photo caption: Students having fun participating in one of the many supplemental educational programs sponsored by First County Bank Foundation’s FirstClass Grant for Teachers.

Sponsorships & Events

Join Us at the Norwalk Seaport Association’s 41st Annual Oyster Festival

First County Bank is pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 41st Anniversary of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival. The festival opens on Friday, September 7 and runs through Sunday, September 9, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. We have been a sponsor of the event since 2007. Our employees and senior management will be manning a tent at the entrance to the Oyster Festival. Stop by the tent to meet the team and pick up free giveaways!

The Oyster Festival offers three days of family-friendly activities and entertainment with local and national headliners Funky Dawgz Brass Band on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by Deep Banana Blackout jazz-funk band at 9 p.m.; Steve Augeri, the former lead vocalist for Journey on Saturday, September 8 at 8 p.m.; Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, a Jimmy Buffet style tribute band on Sunday, September 9 at 4 p.m.

Children and families will enjoy the kids wristband special on Saturday and Sunday with unlimited rides from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a $25 bracelet. Stop by the Kids’ Cove for games, rides, and children’s activities under the Big Top circus tent. Thrill seekers will love the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show and the 65-foot Gondola Ferris Wheel. Attractions also include the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, more than 100 juried arts and crafts vendors in the New England Seaport Village, diverse dining choices in the Food Court, and a wide variety of vendors and exhibitions.

For tickets, hours, and more information, visit the Norwalk Seaport Association’s website. https://www.seaport.org/Oyster-Festival

Photo: Robert Granata, president and COO, First County Bank, Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Willard Miley, executive vice president, First County Bank.

In Our Community

First County Bank Foundation Announces FirstClass Grant for Teachers; Application Deadline is October 31, 2018

Stamford, Conn., September 6, 2018First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the annual FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers. The FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was established in 2016 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of First County Bank Foundation. Eligible grant recipients are Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2018 and are available online at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

“This is an exciting program supporting teachers to help them provide supplemental educational programs to their students, which otherwise may not have been affordable,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “It is rewarding to observe students’ joy of learning from these innovative programs. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting families, children and education in the communities we serve.”

FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, music or art. Examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers can be conveniently completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.

About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

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.

 

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Photo: Students having fun participating in one of the many supplemental educational programs sponsored by First County Bank Foundation’s FirstClass Grant for Teachers.

Digital Connection

#DigitalConnection: Check Your Balance Anytime, Anywhere with Fast Balances

Need to know your account balance in a hurry? With First County Bank’s Mobile Banking App, you can view your account balance without even logging in! This feature gives customers 24/7 access to their account balances anytime, anywhere and is always up to date.

Fast Balances are conveniently located under the pull-down tab on the Mobile Banking sign-in screen (as shown below). Customers can set up and manage their Fast Balances under the Banking Services page on the Mobile App. 

Bank News, First County Bank Profile, In Our Community

First County Bank Profile: Meet Maria Bivona

Maria Bivona was recently promoted to the position of Branch Manager at First County Bank’s Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering high school branch in Stamford.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Sicily, Italy, and I moved to the United States in 2000. I live in Trumbull with my husband and our 9-year-old son. I love to spend time with my family traveling, watching movies, riding bikes and listening to music.

Currently, I’m attending my last year of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management and I am looking forward to graduation. I have worked at First County Bank for 11 years. I started as a teller in the New Canaan branch.

During my career with First County Bank, I had the pleasure of volunteering for many amazing community events, but my ultimate favorite event was the benefit walk for Bennett Cancer Center’s patients called “Hope in Motion.” It’s great to see the entire community come together to support those whose lives have been impacted by such a terrible disease.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?

My favorite part of my role with First County Bank is being able to establish a strong relationship with my coworkers and customers. I love being able to assist people and help address any of their concerns. I really enjoy interacting with customers and feel a sense of accomplishment when they leave with a big smile on their face!

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?

I have many special moments with First County Bank and picking one is almost impossible. I find it extremely rewarding helping and encouraging others to achieve both their financial and personal goals. I find it very satisfying when a customer leaves my office thanking me for my assistance and support.

Bank News, Customer Profile, Smart Savings Tips

Pint-Sized Savers

Last month, our branches gave kids the opportunity to win a prize (and bragging rights) for correctly guessing the amount of coins in the money jar. Our 15 winners not only won the jar of coins as their prize, but also a small investment in their future and valuable saving tips beginning at a young age.

According to Forbes magazine, children as young as three years old can grasp financial concepts like saving and spending. A study done by the University of Cambridge showed that children’s money habits are formed by the age of seven. The sooner kids start saving, the faster their money can grow!

Congratulations to our 15 lucky prize winners and happy saving!

Darien: Brandon A.; Fairfield: Nicole C.; Greenwich: Patrick B.; New Canaan: Teagen H.; Norwalk: Nondine D., Motasem S., Corinne F.; Stamford: Arison B., Brooke R., Amber B., Dylan R., Jacob J., Chase N., Christian H. and Westport: Liliana B.