Charitable Foundation awards $10,000 for ESL classes in Framingham

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the Joan Brack Adult Learning Center.

The free ESL classes are among those at the Learning Center designed to help individuals prepare to take the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam. The Foundation’s grant increased the program’s capacity in order to serve more students.

Charitable Foundation awards $3,000 to Golden Tones chorus

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Golden Tones.

A performing ensemble of over 70 members, the Golden Tones provide entertainment for senior citizen facilities, schools, faith communities, and public events. They perform over 50 concerts a year in the MetroWest area. The Charitable Foundation’s donation will help support concerts held in rehabilitation and nursing home facilities.

Welcome, Bill!

William_Eastty2Please join us in welcoming Bill Eastty, Vice President of Residential Lending, to the MutualOne Bank family! Bill has nearly three decades of lending experience, most recently at Crescent Credit Union in Brockton, where he headed up the residential and commercial lending departments for nearly a decade. Previously, he had served for 12 years as vice president of residential lending at Mayflower Cooperative Bank in Middleboro.

A New Jersey native, Bill graduated from Bryant College (now University) in Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in business administration — with a concentration in restaurant management. But it only took a few years to realize that restaurant life wasn’t the life for him, he says.

He opted instead for financial services, where his first position was negotiating secondary market loan sale transactions with private investors, first with a mortgage insurance company in New Jersey and then moving on to a Virginia bank. Bill met, and later married, his wife, Diana, in Virginia and the couple happily returned to New England. They settled in Wrentham, where they still live today, with daughters Heather and Kayla.

Bill’s outside interests include golf, skiing, and running. And, yes — he did run the Boston Marathon “once upon a time,” finishing in 2:48. This year, though, he’ll be enjoying a sidelines view of the Marathon from the vicinity of one of MutualOne’s Framingham or Natick locations!

Welcome to MutualOne and MetroWest, Bill!

$5,000 grant helps Amazing Things upgrade sound systems

zingppclogoWith its recent $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, the Amazing Things Art Center in downtown Framingham will update its sound equipment to meet today’s standards for cable TV rebroadcasts, said Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation’s donation will be used to enhance and replace a digital sound board, microphones, and other sound-related equipment.

Amazing Things produces more than 330 shows each year, attracting nearly 20,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. The Center offers a range of professional performances including musicals, classical vocals, modern dance, jazz, cabaret, big bands, and magic.

Resources to protect consumers

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While National Consumer Protection Week, will end on Saturday, the information shared through the website remains a valuable resources for consumers looking to protect their rights and make better-informed decisions about their finances.

Visitors to the site will find a wealth of information on everything from preventing identity theft, and protecting your home and business, to buying products & services, and investing your money.

For more information visit the National Consumer Protection Week website at

VIDEO: What is Identity Theft?

The Federal Trade Commission has created this informative video for consumers with 5 easy ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please visit your local branch, or contact Client Services at (508) 820-4000.

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