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Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular

atlanticJoin us for this fun filled event as First County Bank volunteers navigate the streets of downtown Stamford handling the Paddington Bear helium balloon. Come out with the whole family and cheer us on as we hand out spin signs.

One of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, this event features everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands and fabulous floats. Fun for the whole family!

For event details or contact information, click here.

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First County Bank Presenting Sponsor of 40th Anniversary of the Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival

Photo caption L to R: Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank. As the presenting sponsor, First County Bank presents their sponsorship check to the Norwalk Seaport Association for the 2017 Oyster Festival.

Photo caption L to R: Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank. As the presenting sponsor, First County Bank presents their sponsorship check to the Norwalk Seaport Association for the 2017 Oyster Festival.

First County Bank is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the 40th Anniversary of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival being held from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. The Bank has been the event’s presenting sponsor for ten years, since 2007.

First County Bank employees and senior management will be manning a tent at the entrance to the Oyster Festival. Attendees can stop by the tent to meet the team and pick up free giveaways. The Oyster Festival offers three days of continuous family-friendly activities and entertainment. Entertainment headliners include Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, Desert Highway, an Eagles tribute band, and Eight to the Bar.

“We are excited to once again take part in the Norwalk Oyster Festival as the presenting sponsor,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “As a community bank, we see events such as these as wonderful opportunities to get involved in our community and support local nonprofit organizations.”

“To celebrate our 40th Festival, we are thrilled to be back to a full schedule for three days and three nights, from Friday and Saturday we are open until 11pm and Sunday until 8pm,” said Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman. “The Norwalk Seaport Association thanks First County Bank for supporting the Festival as Presenting Sponsor for the last ten years.”

The Oyster Festival offers other popular including the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show performing motorcycle high wire acts and other daredevil stunts (www.nervelessnocks.com). The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (www.lumberjackent.com) is returning to present their popular show. The Kids Cove area offers children and families rides, carnival games and children’s live entertainment. The Arts & Crafts Pavilion features over 100 artisans and crafters with items for sale. The Food Court offers international specialties, an oyster slurping contest and seafood, while the Craft Beer Tent features over 40 varieties of beer.

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Talented Teen Chefs Battle with Maple Syrup

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 10.47.18 AMFive 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 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, March 4, the teen chefs will compete in an exciting competition to create the best-tasting recipe, using maple syrup as an ingredient. This year marks the 17th anniversary of First County Bank sponsoring this family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring.

On Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lillian (Lilly) Roman of Easton, Isabelle Braten of Wilton, Vanessa Romano of Stamford, Shannon Lyons of Stamford and Connor Turpin of Greenwich are scheduled to battle it out in the kitchen at the Main House, Bendel Mansion.

The teen chefs will present their culinary creations for the public and celebrity judges to sample. Judging will be conducted with the winner declared by popular vote and by a panel of celebrity judges: Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Karen Kelly, Senior Vice President, First County Bank; Jim Calkins, Executive Chef and Owner, Seasonal Catering; Rylie Walker, the 2016 winner of the First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge. The winning chef and recipe will be announced at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maple Sugar House.

“The First County Bank Chefs Challenge is a highlight of the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend,” 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 appreciate each of the teen chef’s contributions to the entertainment and look forward to a weekend full of great food, fun, learning and old-fashioned New England traditions.”

About the Chefs

Lillian (Lilly) Roman, 16                                               

Joel Barlow High School, 11th grade

Easton, CT

Lilly is entering the competition because “I really enjoy baking and hope to make a career out of it. This would be a good experience for my first steps in becoming a professional baker.” Her competition recipe will be banana maple bread pudding with maple cream sauce topped with maple whipped cream and a maple glazed banana chip.

Isabelle Braten, 13

Middlebrook School, 8th grade

Wilton, CT

Isabelle has been cooking and baking with family and friends since she was 5 years old. Not only does Isabelle cook for her family every day, she is always baking special treats for friends and teachers at school. Isabelle has learned various techniques from taking cooking lessons and watching her favorite cooking shows on The Food Network. When Isabelle is not in the kitchen you can find her playing the flute, laughing with friends or ballroom dancing.

Vanessa Romano, 13

Rippowam Middle School, 8th grade

Stamford, CT

“I love to bake and cook, but baking is my favorite.  I love to try different recipes and sometimes add a little something new to a recipe for a change.  Sugar cookies are my favorite since I was a little girl. I also love the way a house smells after you’ve baked.” Vanessa plans to make maple syrup sugar cookies shaped like leaves for the competition.

Shannon Lyons, 16

J.M. Wright Technical High School, 10th grade

Stamford, CT

Shannon has been baking with her mom and dad since she was in Kindergarten, when she started baking brownies for her birthday to take to school. “I think participating in the Teen Chefs Challenge would be a wonderful opportunity to further my culinary skills.  I look forward to creating a recipe and developing it to create the best taste and flavor profile.” When Shannon is not in the kitchen baking, she loves reading, volunteering with K-2nd graders and learning American Sign Language (PSE).

Connor Turpin, 15

J.M. Wright Technical High School, 10th grade

Greenwich, CT

Connor has been cooking and baking with his dad since he was 10 years old. Now he enjoys baking many different foods. “I would like to participate in the Teen Chefs Challenge because it sounds like a fun event and will give me the opportunity to showcase my kitchen skills.” When he is not creating treats in the kitchen, he plays ice hockey and works at the ice rink in Greenwich.

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Women in Business Conference

Our own Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Banking and Sandra Greer, Vice President, First County Advisors had the pleasure of addressing attendees of Moffly Media’s Women in Business Conference on the topic of “Hidden Strategies for Business Effectiveness.”

Thank you to Moffly Media for organizing this great event, and to all the women taking time out of their busy schedules to attend.

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Chocolate Expo at The Maritime Aquarium

On Sunday, January 31st First County Bank sponsored the Chocolate Expo at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. Featuring tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines and more, the event was a huge success.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Aquarium. We hope that you enjoyed your visit and all the sweet treats!

 

 

 

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First County Bank Makes Food Donation to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Jon.Nieman-Kate Lombardo-Martin Cohen-FB donationThe holidays bring an opportunity for First County Bank employees and our customers to show their charitable spirit and care for the less fortunate in the community.

In its 6th consecutive year, more than 400 lbs. of food was collected through the branches and donated to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, a nonprofit organization with the mission to serve as an efficient and effective provider of nutritious food to nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton.

 

 

 

 

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2015 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum

It was our pleasure to sponsor, and attend, last week’s Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Business.

The annual event, which brings together women entrepreneurs from throughout Connecticut and Greater New York, provides an amazing opportunity for networking, showcasing new ventures and participating in educational workshops.

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Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business presents conversation with Governor Dannel Malloy

image020 Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, to speak on family-owned and small businesses’ impact on the Connecticut economy

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business, a foundation committed to providing resources for families in business in Stamford and Fairfield County, in partnership with First County Bank and University of New Haven’s Center for Family Business, announced today that it will be hosting an event with Governor Dannel Malloy at 8:30am on October 7, 2015 at the Italian Center of Stamford.

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is excited to host The Connecticut Economy & Its Impact on Small & Family Businesses: A Conversation with Gov. Dannel Malloy. Malloy will speak to a group of local business owners on his view on the impact that small and family-owned businesses make to the Connecticut economy. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session.

“We are so fortunate to have Governor Malloy take the time to visit with us to discuss the climate of family business in Connecticut,” said Mark Lapine, chairman of the board of Lapine. “In addition, we have Harriet Jones of WNPR to lead what will surely be an insightful discussion and truly unique experience for the small business owners of Fairfield County.”

The event will be moderated by Harriet Jones of WNPR. Jones has covered a wide array of topics unique to Connecticut since joining the WNPR team in 2000, and also offers an international perspective from her time at the BBC.

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is looking forward to its third major event and providing the unique opportunity for business owners of Fairfield County to meet and speak with the governor. Founded in 2013 as a partnership between Lapine, Inc., First County Bank and the University of New Haven Center for Family Business, the goal of the Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is to provide small and family-owned businesses with the information and resources that address the unique needs of such businesses and to help them flourish.

The event is free to attend, but space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact (203) 353-6917 or malendowment@lapineinc.com.

About University of New Haven Center for Family Business
image021The Center for Family Business at the University of New Haven is made up of family businesses from throughout Connecticut. The center offers programs and services designed to address issues unique to family enterprises. The mission of the Center for Family Business at UNH is to foster the health and continuity of family businesses by providing a variety of educational and informational services to family business owners and their advisors. They seek to balance the well-being of the business, the family and the individuals involved, to provide opportunities for their members to develop business and advisory relationships with each other, and to strengthen the economic base of Connecticut.

About Lapine
image018Lapine is an award-winning brand performance agency headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Founded in 1962 by David S. Lapine, Lapine is a family-owned business and one of the fastest-growing merchandise agencies in the U.S. Lapine’s expertise includes consumer and shopper insights, brand name and promotional merchandise, custom product development and sourcing, digital services, represented sales, distribution and fulfillment services and print, packaging and shelf design work. Lapine serves customers around the globe, including some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. For additional information, please visit www.lapineinc.com.

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First County Bank Presenting Sponsor of 2015 Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival

First County Bank announces its sponsorship of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival being held Friday, Sept. 11th through Sunday, Sept. 13th, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. The Bank has been an ongoing supporter of the festival since 2007, and is once again the event’s presenting sponsor.

The Oyster Festival offers three days of continuous family-friendly activities and entertainment. The entertainment headliners include John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Friday, September 11, Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX on Saturday, September 12, and Smash Mouth on Sunday, September 13. All these acts will take place on the Main Stage. In addition, dozens of local and regional musicians as well as those competing in the Hour’s “Breaking The Band,” will perform over the course of the weekend on The Hour/Heineken stage.

“We have another year of great national musical acts lined up,” says Oyster Festival Chairman Mike Reilly. “Dennis DeYoung who wrote seven of the eight Top Ten hits for STYX, Smash Mouth, plus John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, both of which wrote movie soundtrack hits for “Shrek” and “Eddie & The Cruisers” respectively.”

Returning after their popular debut last year will be the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, aerial stunt artists that perform motorcycle high wire acts and other daredevil stunts (www.nervelessnocks.com). This year they will be adding sway poles to their act, stunts on skyscrapingly high poles, free of wires or other safety means. Past attractions returning include the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (www.lumberjackent.com), a Craft Beer tent with more than 25 beers, an expanded food court, the largest ever Arts & Crafts Pavilion with more than 100 artisans and crafters, the oyster slurping contest, and much more.

Photo caption L to R: Vincent Scicchitano, Norwalk Seaport Association president, Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank, Irene Dixon, president of the board of trustees of the Norwalk Seaport Association, Inc., Mike Reilly, Oyster Festival chairman/trustee. As the presenting sponsor, First County Bank presents their sponsorship check to the Norwalk Seaport Association for the 2015 Oyster Festival.

Photo caption L to R: Vincent Scicchitano, Norwalk Seaport Association president, Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank, Irene Dixon, president of the board of trustees of the Norwalk Seaport Association, Inc., Mike Reilly, Oyster Festival chairman/trustee. As the presenting sponsor, First County Bank presents their sponsorship check to the Norwalk Seaport Association for the 2015 Oyster Festival.

“As a community bank, we have a commitment to support local nonprofit organizations and to help make a difference in the lives of people in our communities,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “We are proud to participate as the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Norwalk Oyster Festival and to help publicly showcase and raise awareness of the area’s maritime heritage.

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2015 Norwalk Summer Concert Series Kicks Off June 24

Music of Motown, Jimmy Buffett, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Diamond, Eagles, and Local Musicians Featured
— Sponsored by First County Bank —

The 2015 First County Bank Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach kicks off at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 24, commencing with a Classic Car Show Beach Cruise organized by The Coachmen, and continues every Wednesday through September 2. This will be the seventh consecutive year First County Bank sponsors the concert series, which typically attracts 1000 to 1500 people. The sponsorship ensures all 11 concerts are free and open to the public.

L to R: Michael Mocciae, The City of Norwalk Recreation and Parks director, Harry W. Rilling, mayor of The City of Norwalk and Reyno Giallongo, First County Bank chairman and CEO.

L to R: Michael Mocciae, The City of Norwalk Recreation and Parks director, Harry W. Rilling, mayor of The City of Norwalk and Reyno Giallongo, First County Bank chairman and CEO.

“First County Bank is pleased to once again sponsor Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department’s Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach. This year they are providing an excellent line up of bands which will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes” said Rey Giallongo, CEO and chairman of First County Bank. “We thank the City of Norwalk’s mayor, Harry W. Rilling, and their Recreation and Parks’ director, Michael Mocciae, for sharing our commitment to the communities we serve. Sponsoring this concert series is just one example of the many ways the Bank supports organizations and activities throughout lower Fairfield County. We hope many people will come out to enjoy the summer concert entertainment.”

“We are grateful to First County Bank for its continued generosity in sponsoring the summer concert series at Calf Pasture Beach and entertainment during our fireworks. First County Bank’s sponsorship, which began in 2009, has allowed Norwalk to provide fun-filled evenings for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Rilling. “I’m looking forward to another summer with great music and entertainment for all.”

Calf Pasture Beach Park is located at 69 Calf Pasture Beach Rd. in Norwalk. For updates and additional information call the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Office at 203-854-7807. All concerts (except Jimmy and The Parrots) have a rain date of the following day and except for the July 3 fireworks and concert program, which will be held on July 5 in case of inclement weather. For cancellation information call 203-854-7938. Parking at Calf Pasture Beach is free for residents with a Norwalk Resident Pass on their cars. Without a Norwalk Resident Pass the parking fee is $10 per car. For the July 3 Independence Day fireworks display which typically attracts more than 20,000 spectators, a fee of $25 is charged for cars without a Norwalk Resident Pass while cars with the pass will be allowed in free.

First County Bank Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach 2014 Entertainment Schedule

June 24 Wed.
6:00 p.m. Classic Car Show Beach Cruise by the Coachmen
7:00 p.m. Tim Currie’s Motown Band

July 3 Fri.
5:30 p.m. at Calf Pasture Beach: The Amazing Andy Show (family fun)
6:00 p.m. at Shady Beach: Dance to the Music with DJ Nuzzo (Before and after fireworks display)
Fireworks at dusk
8:00 p.m. Jimmy & The Parrots – performance continues after the fireworks.

July 8 Wed.
7:30 p.m. In My Life: An intimate tribute to John Lennon

July 15 Wed.
7:00 p.m. Johnny Cash is Alive and Kicking with Cash is King

July 22 Wed.
6:00 p.m. Classic Car Show Beach Cruise by the Coachmen
7:00 p.m. It’s not Déjà vu its “Summertime”

July 29 Wed.
6:30 p.m. Kids’ Show: TBA
7:30 p.m. The music of Crosby Stills and Nash with CSN

Aug. 5 Wed.
7:00 p.m. Back by Popular Demand It’s the Neil Diamond Tribute Band: “One Hot Night”: Featuring Tommy Lynn

Aug. 12 Wed.
6:30 p.m. Kids’ Show: TBA
7:30 p.m. The #1 Eagles Tribute Band Desert Highway is back again

Aug. 19 Wed.
6:30 p.m. Classic Car Show Beach Cruise Presented by the Coachman
7:30 p.m. Royal Kings

Aug. 26 Wed.
7:00 p.m. A Hometown Favorite: Billy Genuario & Destiny

Sept. 2 Wed.
6:00 p.m. Final Classic Car Show Beach Cruise Presented by the Coachman
7:00 p.m. The Keith Marron Band – last concert of the year

Weather Cancellation # (203) 854 -7938