Chittenden Bank’s parent ranked highest in New England by JD Power

first_imgJ.D. Power and Associates ranked People s United Bank highest in customer satisfaction for the New England region in its 2009 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. People’s United is the parent company of Vermont’s Chittenden Bank.People s United garnered the highest ranking customer satisfaction score of 751 points, which was 30 index points above the New England regional industry average of 721. The bank performed well in the Customer Satisfaction Study factors: Convenience, Transactions, Account Initiation/Product Offerings, Account Statements, and Fees. We are clearly pleased by this external recognition of our long-term commitment to providing a superior customer experience, said Philip R. Sherringham, President and Chief Executive Officer of People s United Bank. Along with being among the strongest and most stable banks in the country, we bring a concerted focus across the entire organization to consistently exceeding customer expectations. While our highest ranking from J.D. Power and Associates certainly is very gratifying, our greatest reward is clearly in being second-to-none in our customers minds every day. It is for their support and loyalty that we are most grateful.People s United serves customers from Westchester County, NY to Bangor, ME through its divisions:  Chittenden Bank, Flagship Bank, Maine Bank & Trust, Merrill Bank, Ocean Bank and The Bank of Western Massachusetts.J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors, including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of customers annually.People’s United Bank (Nasdaq: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with over $20 billion in assets, provides consumer and commercial banking services through a network of subsidiary banks with approximately 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United Financial, the parent of People s United Bank, provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.last_img read more

Recap: Once Upon a Time’s Dark Turn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sunday night’s premiere of Once Upon a Time’s fifth season transported fans from the small Maine town of Storybrooke to the thick woods of the Enchanted Forest, wherein lurked the newly dubbed Dark One: Emma Swan.These days, stories favor “grey characters”–people who weave between the boundaries of morality–like the characters of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. In this regard, Once Upon a Time challenged itself by abandoning typical family-friendly tropes and essentially asking the question, What happens when the world’s magical savior becomes its doom?Emma Swan’s (Jennifer Morrison) transformation into the Dark One–or #DarkSwan, if you prefer–has been hyped since last May’s season four finale, when Emma was literally consumed by darkness. The premiere continued to tease that buildup, playing on the idea that evil isn’t born but made.The evil within Emma was personified as an apparition of the original Dark One, Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), who served as the devil on Emma’s shoulder. He taunted Emma’s dark side by blatantly quoting Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine: “Do it. Give in to your anger.” The bow-wielding princess from Pixar’s animated film Brave, Merida (Amy Manson), debuted with a deadly accurate portrayal and devious agenda that further provoked Emma’s rage. Back in Storybrooke, Emma’s family and friends flashed their own dark sides when they resorted to questionable and perhaps extreme actions–such as Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) freeing the pregnant Wicked Witch Zelena (Rebecca Mader)–all in an effort to find and save Emma.The characters’ internal struggles, alongside Merida’s debut and the introduction of King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) and Camelot, all were weaved nicely into an hour-long setup for the real payoff: the Dark Swan. Consequently, that climax detracted from the characters’ personal stories, touched on through small snippets of dialogue. Everything revolved around finding and saving Emma, which was understandable given the circumstances, but disappointing for fans interested in the show’s many romances.Clothed in a black leather outfit, her blond hair slicked back in a bun, and her pale face greased with an ugly gloss, the once heroic Emma Swan claimed her new title as the Dark Swan–the highlight of the episode. The moment fans had anticipated for so long lasted minutes before finally fading into a magical black cloud.The problem? The good guys lost their memories–again. Six weeks’ worth of memories, actually. No one can remember how Emma became evil or what caused them to lose their memories in the first place. So, the next episode–and probably the rest of the season–will explore Emma’s transformation.While Once Upon a Time will never match the moral ambiguity of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, the Dark Swan exhibited enough potential to rival most stereotypical fantasy villains. ABC will likely enforce Emma’s eventual redemption, but Once Upon a Time’s premiere kindled an immoral hope that the Dark Swan shall remain or, at the very least, won’t be held back for the series’ darkest season yet.last_img read more

Overnight votes make it clear that Biden could still win big

first_imgTuesday might have actually been a “dark night of the soul,” and it should never have even looked close. But in the end, this thing might not actually be close. Now go have breakfast. Next door, Arizona represents the one flip that has been officially called by AP. With a 5% lead and 82% counted, it’s easy to like Biden’s position in the state. And as a rare Senate bright spot, Mark Kelly looks to have a similar edge.But it’s the states still to be called that are interesting — in a good way. A late raft of votes out of Wayne County (Detroit) has Biden right on Trump’s heels in Michigan, and there are more such votes to count. In Pennsylvania, there’s a massive 2 million block of mail in ballots that all on its own could level the field. Things in both states are likely to change sharply during the day. And perhaps the biggest remaining surprise is that Georgia remains in play … and actually looks as if the trends favor Biden.That means that while the evening may have ended looking all too much like 2016, the morning… doesn’t. Biden has already flipped Arizona. He appears set to take Wisconsin. That alone puts Biden just a single EV from clinching. Add Michigan, and that’s a win. But the more likely scenario at this point appears to be still more states flipping to blue. Biden could still sweep the Rust Belt states for a solid 305 EVs, putting the election out of any shenanigans in a single state. If Georgia comes through, Biden could end with 321, a decisive victory.- Advertisement – As of 7 AM ET, Biden holds a very narrow 0.3% edge in Wisconsin. However, the vote still outstanding appears to be early votes in urban areas that have heavily favored Biden. There may still be enough Biden votes remaining to carry him past the 1% margin that would protect against a recount.Biden’s margin in Nevada is also below 1%, but the majority of remaining votes look to be in the counties holding Reno and Las Vegas. There seems to be no reason to expect Biden’s final tally in the Silver State won’t be higher. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more