By the Division of Banks


BOARD OF BANK INCORPORATION

Applications Pending

Commerce Bancshares Corp. (the "Petitioner"), Worcester, Massachusetts – permission to acquire Mercantile Capital Corporation ("Mercantile Capital"), Boston, Massachusetts in a multi-step transaction. The Petitioner is the holding company for Commerce Bank & Trust Company, Worcester. Mercantile Capital is the holding company for Mercantile Bank and Trust Company, Boston. Comment period ended June 8, 2012.

Decisions

First National Bank of Ipswich (The), Ipswich – permission to convert from a federal charter to a state-chartered trust company – approved June 11, 2012.

DIVISION OF BANKS

Decisions/Notices

Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield, Massachusetts – permission to relocate a branch office from 180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York to 255 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York – approved June 19, 2012.

Brookline Bank, Brookline – permission to convert from a federal charter to a state-chartered savings bank – approved June 11, 2012.

Century Bank and Trust Company, Medford – notice to establish a branch office at 75 Central Street, Wellesley – non-objection issued June 21, 2012.

Framingham Co-operative Bank ("Framingham"), Framingham and Natick Federal Savings Bank ("Natick"), Natick – permission to merge under the charter and by-laws of Framingham and the name MutualOne Bank. The main office of Framingham would remain the main office of the continuing institution and the sole banking office of Natick would be retained as a branch office – approved June 11, 2012.

Hometown Bank, A Co-operative Bank, Webster – notice to establish a branch office at 569 Southbridge Street, Auburn – non-objection issued June 21, 2012.

Metro Credit Union ("Metro"), Chelsea – permission to (1) merge with Massachusetts State Employees Credit Union, ("State Employees"), Boston; and (2) as part of this merger transaction, amend the by-laws of Metro to include State Employees’ current membership eligibility. Under the terms of the merger, State Employees will merge with and into Metro under the charter, by-laws and name of Metro Credit Union. The main office of Metro would remain the main office of the continuing credit union and the sole banking office of State Employees would be retained as a branch office of Metro - approved June 15, 2012.

Southbridge Savings Bank, Southbridge – permission to relocate a branch office from 63 North Main Street, Charlton to 2 Center Depot Road, Charlton – approved June 29, 2012.

The Co-operative Bank, Roslindale – permission to close a branch office located at 265 Washington Street, Westwood - approved June 21, 2012.

Applications/Notices Pending

Alden Credit Union, Chicopee – permission to amend its by-laws to expand the associations which qualify persons for membership. The amendment relative to membership eligibility proposes to add members of the council in Massachusetts of the American Consumer Council. Comment period ended May 29, 2012.

Century Bank and Trust Company, Medford – permission to close a branch office located at 31 Boylston Street, Newton. Comment period ends July 3, 2012.

Commonwealth Co-operative Bank, Hyde Park – notice to establish a branch office at 3803 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain. Filed June 29, 2012.

East Boston Savings Bank, East Boston – notice to establish a branch office at 177 Brighton Avenue, Allston. Filed April 30, 2012.

East Boston Savings Bank, East Boston – notice to establish a branch office at 70 Concord Avenue, Belmont. Filed May 18, 2012.

Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Lowell – notice to establish a branch office located within the Nashoba Valley Technical High School, 100 Littleton Road, Westford. Filed May 11, 2012.

Mass Bay Credit Union, South Boston – notice to establish a branch office at 181-183 Main Street, Everett. Filed May 7, 2012.

JULY 2012 FILING DATE

Complete applications for the July Activity Report must be received by the Division or the Board on or before 5:00 P.M., Monday, July 16, 2012.

COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT DESCRIPTIVE RATINGS AND EVALUATIONS
WHICH BECAME PUBLIC DURING THE MONTH

The following state-chartered banks and credit unions and licensed mortgage lenders have Community Reinvestment Act descriptive ratings and evaluations describing the basis for the rating issued by the Division of Banks. The ratings, as set out in statute, for a bank's or credit union's record of meeting community credit needs are: Outstanding ("O"); High Satisfactory ("HS"); Satisfactory ("S"); Needs to Improve ("NI"); and Substantial Noncompliance ("SNC"). Licensed mortgage lenders are also assigned one of these ratings to describe their record of meeting the mortgage credit needs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

A consolidated list of all ratings can be found at www.mass.gov/dob.

A copy of an individual CRA evaluation is available directly from the bank, credit union, or mortgage lender which is required by law to make the material available upon request, or from the Division's web site.

Bank/Credit UnionRatingDate of Examination

Canton Co-operative Bank

S

03/06/12

East Boston Savings Bank

S

11/21/11

Easthampton Savings Bank

S

02/01/12

Mansfield Co-operative Bank

S

12/14/11

The Village Bank, Auburndale

S

01/17/12


Mortgage LenderRatingDate of Examination

Broker Solutions, Inc.

S

06/02/11

Continental Home Loans, Inc.

S

03/02/12

APPLICATIONS TO SELL INSURANCE

Mechanics Co-operative Bank – pending
STCU Credit Union – approved June 15, 2012

CHECK CASHER LICENSES

Applications Pending

AAA Check Exchange Incorporated, Worcester – permission to operate a check casher office at 342 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester. Comment period ended January 31, 2012.

Rican, Inc. d/b/a Money Stop, Springfield – permission to operate a check casher office at 450 Main Street, Springfield. Comment period ended February 15, 2012.

Decisions

Jaime Ann Singhal d/b/a AANYA Check Cashing, New Bedford – permission to operate a check casher office at 1203 Church Street, New Bedford – approved June 1, 2012.


REGULATIONS

Pending

Proposed amendments to Regulation 209 CMR 50.00: PARITY WITH FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONS remain pending. The purpose of the proposed amendments to Regulation 209 CMR 50.00 et seq. was to clarify the authority of state-chartered credit unions relative to the purchase of and participation in loans based on recent statutory amendments and to make additional technical changes. The comment period ended April 25, 2012. The proposed regulations were filed with the Massachusetts Legislature on May 2, 2012 for the statutorily required 90 day review period.


BANK AND CREDIT UNION APPLICATION PROCESS TIMING

As a general rule, applications by banks and credit unions other than those that are subject to a review period set out in statute are intended to be processed and completed within the monthly cycle for which the bank and credit union applies. That review period for such processing is approximately 45 days or less from the date the application is filed with the Division. A decision on the application is generally issued within 5 business days after the review period is completed. The decision then will be reported on the monthly Activity Report for the month in which the decision was issued. The timing of the overall review process including the issuance of a decision and the listing on the monthly Activity Report will be dependent on the applicant’s compliance with all statutory, regulatory and administrative requirements. Applications before the Massachusetts Board of Bank Incorporation are subject to separate timing schedules as set out in the applications of the Board.


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