By the Division of Banks
BOARD OF BANK INCORPORATION
Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (the "Petitioner"), Brookline, Massachusetts – permission to acquire Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc., Providence, Rhode Island. Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc. is the holding company for Bank Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island. The Petitioner is the holding company for Brookline Bank, Brookline and First National Bank of Ipswich, Ipswich – approved September 30, 2011.
Salem Five Bancorp ("Salem Five"), Salem, Massachusetts and Stoneham Savings Bank ("Stoneham"), Stoneham, Massachusetts - permission for various approvals in conjunction with a multi-step transaction, whereby Stoneham will reorganize into a mutual holding company under the name Stoneham Bancorp, MHC and Salem Five will become a bank holding company through a merger with Stoneham Bancorp, MHC. Comment period ended September 20, 2011.
DIVISION OF BANKS
Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield - permission to close branch offices located at (1) 700 Main Street, Great Barrington; (2) 76 Park Street, Lee; (3) 331 State Road, North Adams; and (4) 609 Merrill Road, Pittsfield – approved September 14, 2011.
Institution for Savings in Newburyport & its Vicinity, Newburyport – notice to establish a branch office within Newburyport High School, 241 High Street, Newburyport – non-objection issued September 23, 2011.
Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Lowell - permission to establish a branch office at 125 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua, New Hampshire – approved September 14, 2011.
Polish National Credit Union, Chicopee - notice to establish a branch office within Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 617 Montgomery Street, Chicopee – non-objection issued September 9, 2011.
Wellesley Bank, Wellesley – notice to establish a branch office at 29 Washington Street, Wellesley – non-objection issued September 23, 2011.
Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield – permission to relocate a branch office from 2 Holmes Road, Lenox to 489 Pittsfield Road, Lenox. Comment period ends October 6, 2011.
First Priority Credit Union, East Boston - permission to amend its by-laws to expand the associations which qualify persons for membership. The amendment relative to membership eligibility proposes to add membership to all people who live or work within Norfolk County and Middlesex County as set out in the proposed by law. Comment period ended August 25, 2011.
Haverhill Bank, Haverhill and Economy Co-operative Bank ("Economy"), Merrimac – permission to merge under the charter, by-laws and name of Haverhill Bank. The main office of Haverhill Bank would remain the main office of the continuing institution and the sole banking office of Economy would be retained as a branch office. Comment period ends October 24, 2011.
Holbrook Co-operative Bank, Holbrook – permission to close a branch office located at 60 Crescent Street, Brockton. Comment period ends October 6, 2011.
Metro Credit Union, Chelsea - permission to (1) merge with Secure Credit Union ("Secure"), Melrose; and (2) as part of this merger transaction, amend the by-laws of Metro to change membership eligibility. Under the terms of the merger, Secure 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 Secure would be retained as a branch office of Metro. Comment period ends October 18, 2011.
OneUnited Bank, Boston, Massachusetts - permission to close its branch office located at 2412 North State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Comment period ended May 5, 2011.
South Adams Savings Bank, Adams and Adams Co-operative Bank, Adams –permission to merge under the charter and by-laws of South Adams Savings Bank. The main office of South Adams Savings Bank would remain the main office of the continuing institution and the banking offices of Adams Co-operative Bank would be retained as branch offices. Comment period ends October 24, 2011.
Stoneham Savings Bank, Stoneham – permission to reorganize into a mutual holding company, Stoneham Bancorp, MHC in a multi-step transaction. Comment period ended September 20, 2011.
Webster Five Cents Savings Bank, Webster - permission to relocate a branch office from 278 Park Avenue, Worcester to 266 Chandler Street, Worcester. Comment period ended June 16, 2011.
Worcester Police Department Credit Union, Worcester – permission to relocate its main office from 400 Grove Street, Worcester to 799-805 West Boylston Street, Worcester. Filed July 14, 2011.
OCTOBER 2011 FILING DATE
Complete applications for the October Activity Report must be received by the Division or the Board on or before 5:00 P.M., Friday, October 14, 2011.
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 Union||Rating||Date of Examination|
Athol Savings Bank, Athol
Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge
North Easton Savings Bank, South Easton
|Mortgage Lender||Rating||Date of Examination|
William Raveis Mortgage, LLC
CHECK CASHER LICENSES
No public hearings scheduled
Regulation 209 CMR 55.00: REVERSE MORTGAGE LOANS was filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth on September 30, 2011 and becomes effective on October 14, 2011. The Regulation is available on the Division’s website at www.mass.gov/dob.
Regulation 209 CMR 56.00: RIGHT TO CURE A MORTGAGE DEFAULT remains pending. Additional updates will be posted on the Division’s website at www.mass.gov/dob.
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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