Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Yves Munyankindi, Retail Support Administrator, and Sandhya Jayarama, Compliance Specialist, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Yves was recognized for his teamwork and flexibility as he transitioned from personal banker to retail support administrator. Sandhya was selected for the analytical skills that have made her a vital asset to the Compliance Department.


Yves Munyankindi (left) and Sandhya Jayarama

MutualOne Bank Sponsors Taste of Natick

We had a great time enjoying all of the delicious treats that Natick’s local restaurants had to offer at the Taste of Natick. Everything from seafood to fondue was served while attendees bid on great prizes at the raffle. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Kiwanis Club of Natick-MetroWest.

MutualOne Bank Sponsors George Wheeler Memorial Cup

We had a great time handing out umbrellas and other fun giveaways at the George Wheeler Memorial Cup. Despite the rain, there was a great show of support from the community as they rooted for their team. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent.

MutualOne Foundation $5K grant targets childhood mental health issues

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Bethany Hill Place in Framingham in support of a new program designed to address child mental health issues.

According to Executive Director Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place will partner with Wayside Youth and Family Services to provide resident parents with educational workshops focused on children with social, emotional or behavioral issues, learning differences, and other mental health needs. The program is designed to help Bethany Hill Place resident parents raise their children to be healthy, productive, and engaged neighbors and citizens, said Appert.

“Breaking the trans-generational legacy of family poverty and homelessness through education plays a critical role in the future of our communities,” said Lamprey. “It is a goal we are pleased to support.”


Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Bethany Hill Place are (left-right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Courtney C. McSparron, Bethany Hill Place program director; Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place executive director; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.

MutualOne awards $10K to Salvation Army

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $10,000 grant from the Foundation to support Salvation Army assistance programs in the Greater Framingham area.

The award will enable the organization to enhance and increase services that currently provide local low- and moderate-income individuals and families in need with diapers, backpacks and school supplies, state ID assistance, and public transportation help.

“The Foundation realizes the value and importance of the services provided by the Salvation Army in response to the immediate needs of many in our community,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help those trying to improve their lives and become more self-sufficient.”


Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to the Salvation Army are (left-right) Jean Hoskins, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham branch manager; Major Lynnann Rivers and Major Walter Rivers of the Salvation Army; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.


MutualOne awards $5K to Big Brothers Big Sisters

A $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest will support one-to-one mentoring programs in Framingham and Natick. Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee, announced the award this week.

According to Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeffrey Chin, the Foundation’s gift will allow the organization to reach even more local children facing adversity. In the past year, 119 at-risk children in the two communities were paired with adult mentors, with others still eligible and hoping to join the program.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters experience can change lives for the better,” said Sousa. “We’re pleased to invest in the future of the communities we serve by helping to meet the needs of today’s younger generation.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest are (left-right) Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Chin, Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank; and Harold Pinkham, Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Advancement.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest are (left-right) Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Chin, Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank; and Harold Pinkham, Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Advancement.

MutualOne $10K award sends youth Back to School, grants Holiday Wishes

ProjectJustBecause-logo3A recent $10,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Project Just Because will help provide local low-income families with school supplies and holiday items, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The gift will support the Project Just Because Back to School initiative, which provides children with a backpack filled with school supplies, and its Holiday Wish List program, which distributes basic cold-weather necessities and small gift items to families in need. According to Cherylann Lambert Walsh, founder and president of Project Just Because, 2,000 students received backpacks last year and 15,000 Holiday Wish List packets were distributed.

“The need is far greater than most of us realize,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to help provide support for those in the communities we serve who are facing serious life challenges.”


MutualOne grants $5K to teen mentoring program

site_logo_w_taglineThe MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support the Mazie Mentoring Program at Framingham High School. Announcement of the award was made today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The Mazie Mentoring Program, run by the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, works with youth who face steep odds against realizing their potential. It provides the support and motivation they need to succeed in school and beyond.

According to Haranas, the Foundation’s donation is earmarked for the purchase of laptop computers awarded to student mentees who reach the program’s college research milestone.

“The mentoring program has a history of success in helping youth at risk continue their education and set and achieve their personal goals,” Haranas stated. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation is pleased to help offset the cost of the laptops and software students in the program receive as a reward for their determination to succeed.”

$5K MutualOne grant will help elders remain in their homes

Homeowner Options For Massachusetts Elders - H.O.M.E.Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.) to help aging MetroWest residents remain in their homes.

H.O.M.E. assists those in the elder homeowner population who are experiencing difficulties and facing threats to their ability to age in place in their homes and communities. The problems addressed range from mortgage and property tax foreclosures, healthcare costs, and home adaptations and repairs to debt management and resource and income budgeting.

“The number of needy elders requesting H.O.M.E. services in increasing,” said Haranas. “We are proud to play a role in providing the counseling, economic literacy, and prevention initiatives they need to maintain their living arrangements.”

Keeping Children Safe Online

Reprinted from United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team Website

What uniUS-CERT-Intel-Microsoft-Red-Hat-Oracle-Affected-by-Privilege-Escalation-Flaw-2que risks are associated with children?

When a child is using your computer, normal safeguards and security practices may not be sufficient. Children present additional challenges because of their natural characteristics: innocence, curiosity, desire for independence, and fear of punishment. You need to consider these characteristics when determining how to protect your data and the child.

You may think that because the child is only playing a game, or researching a term paper, or typing a homework assignment, he or she can’t cause any harm. But what if, when saving her paper, the child deletes a necessary program file? Or what if she unintentionally visits a malicious web page that infects your computer with a virus? These are just two possible scenarios. Mistakes happen, but the child may not realize what she’s done or may not tell you what happened because she’s afraid of getting punished.

Online predators present another significant threat, particularly to children. Because the nature of the Internet is so anonymous, it is easy for people to misrepresent themselves and manipulate or trick other users (see Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for some examples). Adults often fall victim to these ploys, and children, who are usually much more open and trusting, are even easier targets. Another growing problem is cyberbullying. These threats are even greater if a child has access to email or instant messaging programs, visits chat rooms, and/or uses social networking sites.

What can you do?

• Be involved – Consider activities you can work on together, whether it be playing a game, researching a topic you had been talking about (e.g., family vacation spots, a particular hobby, a historical figure), or putting together a family newsletter. This will allow you to supervise your child’s online activities while teaching her good computer habits.

• Keep your computer in an open area – If your computer is in a high-traffic area, you will be able to easily monitor the computer activity. Not only does this accessibility deter a child from doing something she knows she’s not allowed to do, it also gives you the opportunity to intervene if you notice a behavior that could have negative consequences.

• Set rules and warn about dangers – Make sure your child knows the boundaries of what she is allowed to do on the computer. These boundaries should be appropriate for the child’s age, knowledge, and maturity, but they may include rules about how long she is allowed to be on the computer, what sites she is allowed to visit, what software programs she can use, and what tasks or activities she is allowed to do. You should also talk to children about the dangers of the Internet so that they recognize suspicious behavior or activity. Discuss the risks of sharing certain types of information (e.g., that they’re home alone) and the benefits to only communicating and sharing information with people they know (see Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safely, Staying Safe on Social Network Sites, and the document Socializing Securely: Using Social Networking Services for more information). The goal isn’t to scare them, it’s to make them more aware. Make sure to include the topic of cyberbullying in these discussions (see Dealing with Cyberbullies for more information).

• Monitor computer activity – Be aware of what your child is doing on the computer, including which websites she is visiting. If she is using email, instant messaging, or chat rooms, try to get a sense of who she is corresponding with and whether she actually knows them.

• Keep lines of communication open – Let your child know that she can approach you with any questions or concerns about behaviors or problems she may have encountered on the computer.

• Consider partitioning your computer into separate accounts – Most operating systems give you the option of creating a different user account for each user. If you’re worried that your child may accidentally access, modify, and/or delete your files, you can give her a separate account and decrease the amount of access and number of privileges they have. If you don’t have separate accounts, you need to be especially careful about your security settings. In addition to limiting functionality within your browser (see Evaluating Your Web Browser’s Security Settings for more information), avoid letting your browser remember passwords and other personal information (see Browsing Safely: Understanding Active Content and Cookies). Also, it is always important to keep your virus definitions up to date (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software).

• Consider implementing parental controls – You may be able to set some parental controls within your browser. For example, Internet Explorer allows you to restrict or allow certain websites to be viewed on your computer, and you can protect these settings with a password. To find those options, click Tools on your menu bar, select Internet Options, choose the Content tab, and click the Enable… button under Content Advisor.There are other resources you can use to control and/or monitor your child’s online activity. Some ISPs offer services designed to protect children online. Contact your ISP to see if any of these services are available. There are also special software programs you can install on your computer. Different programs offer different features and capabilities, so you can find one that best suits your needs.

For more information about how to keep your child safe online visit us-cert.gov.