Fraud Prevention: Watch Out for Scams Targeting the Elderly

June 7, 2024 —

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. And, unfortunately, the number of scams targeting seniors is rising rapidly. That’s because scammers believe those 60 and older have more money, are more willing to trust people, and are less willing to report crimes against them. Here are some common elder scams and how you can stop them

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bankHometown Commits $150K to New Worcester Chamber Fund

Oxford, Massachusetts — June 3, 2024 —

Local businesses have always been the backbone of our local economy. That’s why it was an easy decision for us to commit $150,000 to a new fund established by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for strategic economic development and workforce initiatives in Central Massachusetts. The Worcester Regional Strategic Opportunity Fund—formally named the Linda Salem

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bankHometown Awards $28,000 in Scholarships to 14 Local Students through QVCC Foundation

Oxford, Massachusetts — May 28, 2024 —

bankHometown recently awarded $28,000 in scholarships to 14 local students through the Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds so all residents of northeastern Connecticut are provided the opportunity to attend school regardless of income. This Foundation helps support educational excellence, technological advancement, and professional development at the college, and

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Fraud Prevention: What You Should Know About Phishing, Smishing, and Vishing

May 28, 2024 —

There’s only one you, and at bankHometown, we want to help you keep it that way! Here’s what you need to know about common scams that try to steal your personal info or identity! Phishing: Watch your email With a phishing scam, you may receive an email that appears to be from a company you

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bankHometown To Host 2nd Annual MA Clothing Drive for Veterans Inc. & CT Food Drive for Veterans Base Camp

Oxford, Massachusetts — May 10, 2024 —

bankHometown supports non-profit organizations and causes throughout Worcester and Windham Counties through a bank-wide program called The Giving Tree. One of the pillars of this program is community – supporting programs that enhance the quality of life in the communities where its banks call home. bankHometown is planning its 2nd annual in-branch clothing and food

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bankHometown Promotes Dimopoulos, Ostberg and Roberts to Vice President, Branch Officer in Woodstock, Athol, and Putnam

Oxford, Massachusetts — May 10, 2024 —

bankHometown, with 16 branches across central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut, recently promoted George Dimopoulos to vice president, branch officer of its Route 171, Woodstock, Conn. office; Marc Ostberg to vice president, branch officer of its Exchange Street, Athol office; and Nancy Roberts to vice president, branch officer of its Main Street, Putnam, Conn. office. Dimopoulos,

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Hometown Mortgage to Host a Free Homebuyer Seminar

Worcester, MA — April 25, 2024 —

Hometown Mortgage, bankHometown’s mortgage division, is hosting a free homebuyer seminar on May 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at bankHometown’s Worcester office, 270 Grove Street, Worcester, MA, 01605. Join our experienced lending professional Francisco Valdes (NMLS# 1622231) in partnership with Brian Carpenter, broker and owner of 1 Worcester Homes. Whether you’re a first-time

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bankHometown Rehires Capone as Branch Officer in Lancaster

Oxford, Massachusetts — April 23, 2024 —

bankHometown recently rehired Jerry Capone as branch officer of its Main St., Lancaster office. Capone, of Leominster, has more than two decades of experience in banking. Before joining bankHometown, he was a lending specialist at Central One Federal Credit Union. Before that, he was assistant branch manager at bankHometown’s Lancaster office, as well as branch

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bankHometown Donates $10,000 to NewVue Communities Fitchburg Arts Community Housing Development Project

Oxford, Massachusetts — April 23, 2024 —

bankHometown recently donated $10,000 to Fitchburg-based NewVue Communities’ innovative housing development project. NewVue is dedicated to creating strong and healthy neighborhoods by helping families, small businesses, and communities with homeownership, housing development, community organizing, and small business technical assistance. While they provide services to the 22 towns in their footprint, they have identified Fitchburg as

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Protect Yourself from Zelle® Scams

April 11, 2024 —

Who doesn’t love a convenient and easy way to move money? That’s why Zelle, the person-to-person payment service offered by bankHometown, has become a popular way to send and receive money quickly. Unfortunately, it’s also become popular among scammers who use it to defraud unsuspecting victims. As part of our commitment to helping you protect

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bankHometown to Host Two Free Shred Days

Oxford, Massachusetts — March 22, 2024 —

bankHometown invites customers and members of the community to two free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, April 20: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., * Woodstock, CT office, 148 Route 171 Saturday, May 11: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00

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bankHometown Parent Wins 2024 Top Workplaces USA Award

Oxford, Massachusetts — March 20, 2024 —

Hometown Financial Group, parent company of bankHometown, bankESB, and Abington Bank announced today it was named a winner of the 2024 Top Workplaces USA award by Energage. Top Workplaces USA celebrates organizations with 150 or more employees that are dedicated to building an exceptional people-first culture. Winners are chosen based solely on employee feedback gathered

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Beware of Fraud This Tax Season!

March 20, 2024 —

Tax season is in full swing. For many, it’s time to get a little extra money back as a refund. Unfortunately, it’s also a time that scammers look to steal money and the identities of unsuspecting victims. At bankHometown, we want to help protect you. Here’s some info on the latest tax scams and how

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bankHometown donates $15,000 to North Star Family Services’ Journey Home Fund

Oxford, Massachusetts — March 18, 2024 —

bankHometown recently donated $15,000 to North Star Family Services’ Journey Home Fund, a capital campaign focused on the housing crisis in North Central Massachusetts. This donation, made through our charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, will assist in the building of an affordable housing project that will be the first of its kind in the

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Berkery Promoted to Assistant Branch Manager

Oxford, Massachusetts — February 13, 2024 —

Megan Berkery has been promoted to assistant branch manager of bankHometown’s Riverside Dr., Thompson office. Berkery, of Killingly, CT, has four years of banking experience, and was previously senior personal banker of bankHometown’s Thompson office. She was hired in 2020 as a float personal banker. She is currently treasurer and a member of the Quinebaug

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bankHometown Commits $25,000 to Millbury/Sutton Fuel Fund for 2024

Millbury, Massachusetts — February 5, 2024 —

In time for this winter’s home heating season, bankHometown has contributed an additional $25,000 to its fuel assistance program for Millbury and Sutton residents. The fund, which is part of the bank’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, was first established in 2005 to help low-income families pay their home energy costs. This latest commitment

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bankHometown Raises $84,400 for Local Food Pantries in 20th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Drive

Oxford, Massachusetts — February 1, 2024 —

Robert J. Morton, president and CEO of bankHometown, announced that the bank’s 20th annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising drive raised $84,400 for local food pantries. This brings the total amount raised since the program’s inception to $415,400. The annual appeal is part of bankHometown’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, which reflects the bank’s commitment

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bankHometown Donates $27,000 to United Way

Oxford, Massachusetts — January 26, 2024 —

bankHometown and its employees recently made donations of more than $27,000 to three United Way organizations in Central Massachusetts. Employees pledged over $17,000 of their own funds in the bank’s United Way workplace campaign for 2024. Combined with the bank’s donation of $10,000, the campaign total of $27,419 will be divided among the United Way

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Hometown Mortgage hires Valdés as Community Mortgage Loan Originator

Easthampton, Massachusetts — December 13, 2023 —

Hometown Mortgage recently hired Francisco Valdés as community mortgage loan originator, based in bankHometown’s 1001 Millbury St., Worcester office. Hometown Mortgage is a division of bankESB, a Hometown Financial Group company that also includes bankHometown and Abington Bank. In this newly created role at Hometown Mortgage, Valdés will be a trusted financial advisor to qualifying low-

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Friendly House receives grants from FHLBank Boston and bankHometown

Oxford, Massachusetts — December 12, 2023 —

FHLBank Boston recently recognized bankHometown for its commitment to affordable housing, awarding a $2,000 grant to Friendly House, Worcester, the nonprofit organization selected by bankHometown. bankHometown in turn matched the grant through its own charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, providing Friendly House with an additional $2,000, bringing total donations to $4,000. Through the FHLBank Boston’s Grants

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bankHometown Commits $10,000 to Millbury Parents Club

Oxford, Massachusetts — October 30, 2023 —

bankHometown and its charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, recently pledged $10,000 over three years to the Millbury Parents Club, supporting the club’s mission to fund educational activities and experiences for students in Millbury Public Schools. This brings the bank’s support over the last decade to more than $30,000. “Education is the key to a bright

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bankHometown Supports Local Food Pantries through 20th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser

Oxford, Massachusetts — October 16, 2023 —

This marks the 20th year of the bank’s annual appeal, which invites bank customers, employees, and community members to donate money between November 1 and November 30 to help fight food insecurity. All donations up to $2,500 per customer will be matched dollar for dollar by bankHometown and the total raised will be divided among

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bankHometown to Host Three Free Shred Days in Fall 2023

Oxford, Massachusetts — September 19, 2023 —

bankHometown invites customers and members of the community to three free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, October 14: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.,* Leominster office, 9 Sack Blvd. Saturday, October 28: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.,* Webster office, 4

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bankHometown Hires Sharma as Branch Manager in Lancaster

Oxford, Massachusetts — September 1, 2023 —

bankHometown recently hired Meenakshi Sharma as branch manager of its 131 Main St., Lancaster, office. Sharma, of Upton, has more than 17 years of banking experience, including her most recent roles as relationship banker at Webster Five, personal banking specialist at Santander Bank, and branch operations manager at the former Commerce Bank. She also is

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bankHometown named among most charitable companies in Massachusetts

Oxford, Massachusetts — September 1, 2023 —

bankHometown has received the 2023 Corporate Citizenship Award from Boston Business Journal, recognizing the bank as one of Massachusetts’ top corporate charitable contributors. It’s the fourth year in a row that bankHometown has received the honor. The Business Journal annually publishes this list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.

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bankHometown Awards $4,000 in Scholarships to Area Grads

Oxford, Massachusetts — August 30, 2023 —

As part of the bank’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, and its commitment to youth and education, bankHometown recently awarded $4,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of two local high schools. Five students from Millbury High School and three students from Sutton High School were each awarded $500 scholarships. The recipients demonstrated both academic

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bankHometown Parent Wins National Top Workplaces Award

Oxford, Massachusetts — July 24, 2023 —

Hometown Financial Group, parent company of bankHometown, announced today that it was named a 2023 Financial Services Industry Top Workplaces national award winner. This award is based solely on feedback from employees of participating workplaces, gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. Top Workplaces Industry

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bankHometown Hires Cruz as Assistant Vice President Branch Officer in Worcester

Oxford, Massachusetts — July 10, 2023 —

bankHometown recently hired Izzy Cruz as assistant vice president, branch officer at its Grove Street branch in Worcester. Cruz has 18 years of banking experience, including his most recent roles as market manager of Webster Five, market manager of People’s United Bank, and business banking relationship manager at Key Bank. Cruz has a degree in

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bankHometown To Host MA Clothing Drive for Veterans Inc. & CT Food Drive for Veterans Base Camp

Oxford, Massachusetts — May 17, 2023 —

bankHometown supports non-profit organizations and causes throughout Worcester and Windham Counties through a bank-wide program called The Giving Tree. One of the pillars of this program is community – supporting programs that enhance the quality of life in the communities where its banks call home. bankHometown is planning an in-branch clothing and food drive to

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bankHometown Names Retail SVP; Regional VPs

Oxford, Massachusetts — April 14, 2023 —

bankHometown recently announced that it has promoted Sharon Mahlert to senior vice president, retail banking officer, and Donna M. Daigle, Tina M. Puzo, and Maria Thomas to the newly created role of vice president, regional branch manager. Mahlert, of Putnam, Conn., joined bankHometown in 2003 and over the years has held several leadership positions in

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bankHometown to Host Three Free Shred Days in the Spring of 2023

Oxford, Massachusetts — April 12, 2023 —

bankHometown invites customers and members of the community to three free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, May 6: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Auburn office, 569 Southbridge St. Saturday, May 20: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thompson,

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Safe, Reliable, and Fully Insured

Oxford, Massachusetts — March 13, 2023 —

This past weekend, federal regulators seized the assets of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. In light of these events, we’d like to assure you that your deposits are safe, sound, and fully insured at bankHometown. As a strong local community bank, bankHometown provides our customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing that

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bankHometown Donates $22,000 to United Way

Oxford, Massachusetts — February 14, 2023 —

bankHometown and its employees recently made donations totaling more than $22,000 to three United Way organizations in Central Massachusetts. Employees pledged more than $19,000 of their own funds in support of the bank’s United Way workplace campaign. Combined with the bank’s direct contribution, the campaign total of $22,485 will be divided among the United Way

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bankHometown Promotes Three Employees

Oxford, Massachusetts — January 9, 2023 —

bankHometown recently announced the promotions of Jennifer McKenna to assistant vice president, branch officer; Kimberly Sweet to assistant vice president, branch officer; and Maria Thomas to vice president, branch officer. McKenna, of Danielson, Conn., has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch officer of bankHometown’s Brooklyn, Conn. office. McKenna has 20 years of experience in

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