Bank News, First County Advisors/Wealth Management, In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

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.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

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.

Bank News, Sponsorships & Events

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.

Bank News, Sponsorships & Events

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.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

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

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Talented Teen Chefs Battle with Maple Syrup

First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend

Public to Choose Winner at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Four talented teenage 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. On Saturday, March 7, the teen chefs will compete in an exciting competition to create the best tasting recipe, as judged by the public, using maple syrup as an ingredient.

This year marks the 15th anniversary First County Bank has sponsored this family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 7, Aaron Gruen of Weston, 12, Talia Raich of Stamford, 10, Adaiah Stevens of Danbury, 13, and Sheariah Stevens of Danbury, 15, are scheduled to battle it out in the kitchen. They will present their culinary creations for the public to sample and the public will vote for their favorite creation. The winning recipe and chef will be announced at 2 p.m.

“The First County Bank Chefs Challenge has become a highlight of the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend since it’s inclusion into the festivities in 2010,” said Karen Kelly, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at First County Bank. “Last year’s teen chefs challenge was such a huge success, we are excited to again welcome other talented young chefs to the competition. Maple syrup, of course, is the key ingredient that each chef needs to incorporate into their dishes for the public to taste and judge. The Maple Sugar Festival provides an excellent opportunity to showcase local kids’ culinary talents and help them further develop their talent. We appreciate each 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
Aaron Gruen, Weston, 12
Aaron is a 6th grader at Unquowa School in Fairfield. He has been cooking and baking with his family from the time he could stand at the kitchen counter, and now often makes dinner on his own. Aaron bakes with his mom and older sisters, grills with his dad, and loves to experiment with all sorts of flavor combinations and techniques. His specialties are homemade pasta and challah. When he isn¹t cooking, Aaron loves to ski, play tennis, and read about the science of cooking. He hopes to someday be a doctor, but a chef on the side!

Talia Raich, Stamford, 10
Talia is a fifth grade student at Bi-Cultural Day School. She has been cooking with her parents from a young age. Talia enjoys making desserts and cooking other tasty treats. She also likes working on the creative presentation of the food. Talia’s family has fun in the kitchen together and has made various cooking challenges at home from soup-offs to versions of Chopped. Talia also enjoys reading, playing sports, acting, skiing, and writing.

Adaiah Stevens, Danbury, 13
Adaiah is a 13 year old with creative skills beyond her years. She started cooking and baking at the age of 4, shadowing her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. By the age of 7, she was developing her own recipes. Her creativity in the kitchen is coupled with her gift of music. Adaiah has been writing, arranging and performing music since she was 5 years old. Adaiah recently appeared on the popular reality competition show, MasterChef Jr. on FOX with Chef Gordon Ramsey. Her confidence with flavors and the ability to quickly learn a technique led her all the way to the Semi-Finals.

Sheariah Stevens, Danbury, 15
Sheariah is an all-around artist. At 15 years old, she has demonstrated her artistic gifts on large stage such as the Legendary Apollo Theater, where she was featured as a “Star of Tomorrow.” Whether she is playing her guitar and singing or cooking, her artistic flair is reflected in all she does. She is also a culinary artist. Sheariah enjoys taking elements of international cuisine to bring unique qualities to her dishes. She frequently prepares multi-course meals for family and friends

About First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend
The First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. The maple sugar season usually peaks around the first week in March. At this family festival, visitors will see maple tapping demonstrations, taste sweet maple syrup treats, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy the popular Sunday pancake brunch.

Other activities include face painting, storytelling, music and much more. A daily admission fee of $5 per person will be charged to museum members and non-members $10 per person. All children 3 and under, Family Plus and above members are allowed in free.

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Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business Presents Evening with Joe Connolly of WCBS NEWSRADIO

Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business

Connolly to speak on best practices for family-owned and small businesses in Fairfield County

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business, a foundation committed to providing resources for families in business in Stamford and Fairfield County, today announced that it will be holding an event with Joe Connolly, of the Wall Street Journal and WCBS NEWSRADIO 880, at 5:30pm on October 7, 2014 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel. If you are interested in attending, please contact an Endowment representative at (203) 353-6917 or at malendowment@lapineinc.com.

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is excited to host An Evening with Joe Connolly: Best Practices and Insights for Family and Small Businesses. Connolly will speak to a group of local family and small businesses owners on best practices for their businesses, as well as share his insights into the local and global economic climate.

“The Endowment’s coupling of family and small businesses is a great thing,” said Joe Connolly of the Wall Street Journal and WCBS NEWSRADIO 880. “I love talking about business and also hearing business owners’ stories. I’ll tell some of my favorite small business stories, share insights I’ve gained in covering business news and report on what I learned at recent conference on the new economy and entrepreneurship I covered at MIT.”

Connolly is a well-known personality on WCBS NEWSRADIO 880, as well as other broadcast outlets including CNBC, Fox Business News and NPR. His broadcasts are heard by over two million people a week in the New York Tri-State area. In addition to writing for the Wall Street Journal, Connolly has also covered the White House and Congress for the Associated Press and RKO radio. Outside of his reporting experience, Connolly has served as press secretary in the United States Congress and held multiple management positions in radio.

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is looking forward to its second major event and sharing Connolly’s expertise with the business owners of Fairfield County. 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.

“We are excited to be able to bring together family and small business owners in our community to share experiences and learn from each other,” said Mark Lapine, chairman of the board of Lapine. “Having been to an event featuring Joe Connolly before, I know he will bring an insightful perspective on the topic and share helpful knowledge with our group.”

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.

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Sponsorships & Events

The countdown to Oyster Fest is on

2014 Oyster FestivalFirst County Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival. The family-friendly fun kicks-off on Friday, September 5 and runs through Sunday, September 7 at Veteran’s Park on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk.

This year’s event is brimming with tons of activities to entertain everyone in the family. If you “love rock-n-roll” don’t miss headliners Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon you’ll no doubt be “at attention” when the U.S. Army Volunteer Band takes center stage in the group’s highly anticipated return to the Festival.

How about some big fun for your little ones? They’ll be excited to find the largest ever Kid’s Cove, featuring a Big Top circus tent by Center Ring Productions. Plus, aerial stunt artists, Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show will be dazzling visitors with a must-see high-flying acrobatics display. That’s in addition to a 65-foot Gondola Ferris Wheel where you can experience a birds-eye view of the Festival and enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Norwalk and Long Island Sound.

Avoid the lines and save
What’s even better is that as this year’s presenting sponsor, we’re selling advance tickets for general admission at a special discounted rate of $10! Full price for general admission at the gate is $12.

Don’t miss out! Be sure and stop by any one of our convenient branch locations for your tickets before the close of business on Friday, September 5.

Hope to see you there.