Community Events

In America’s business world, it’s “the little engines that could” that keep our economic engine humming along strongly year after year. That’s why it’s so important to support the small businesses in our community.

Every day, these business owners offer a very personal and often unique shopping experience. From family-owned bakeries and floral shops to first-time entrepreneurs, these folks are earnestly pursuing the American Dream. And all of us can help them make that dream come true by buying from them.

Here at BankFive we can relate to small businesses, because in reality, we’re one of them. As a community bank, we’re here to serve you, your friends and your neighbors on a very personal level. We know the towns and villages and cities we’re part of because our people live and work in them. Our roots run deep, and we have a strong connection that can’t be duplicated by big banks.

We know how important small businesses are to each community, which is why we have forged hundreds of relationships with these business owners over the years. We want to see them thrive and flourish because they are key to the vitality of any local economy.

Once a year since 2010, one day brings particular attention to these stores and shops in our neighborhoods. This year, Small Business Saturday® will be celebrated on November 28, and we encourage you to get out and show your support.

But keep in mind that these businesses are open practically every day of the year and count on folks to buy from them on a regular basis. They’re there when you need a birthday present, a pick-me-up bouquet of flowers, a new dress or suit, a treat for the dog or cat.

And isn’t a great feeling to hear the owner greet you by your first name when you enter their shop, and spend some time talking to you one-on-one? They’re happy to have you there, and won’t rush you to make a purchase and be on your way. Those are the down-to-earth touches that you won’t find in the big box stores

To put it another way, we should recognize and patronize our small businesses almost every day of the year. They’re here for us, so we should be there for them!




So you think you know all there is to know about Thanksgiving, right? Think again! Check out this quiz about one of America’s favorite holidays.happy-thanks-giving-day-wallpapers_thanks-giving-day-wallpapers-15

  • Plymouth Rock can lay claim to having the first Thanksgiving.

False. Historians will tell you that Maine, Virginia, Texas, and Florida also have evidence that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in each of those states. Of course, the most well-known story recalls how a group of English colonists got together with dozens of Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth Rock to break bread (and gobble down lots of other food) following the fall harvest of 1621.

  • The first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed right after the birth of our nation.

True. The Continental Congress declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1777.

  • At least two U.S. Presidents had a hand in officially recognizing Thanksgiving as a holiday.

True. In 1863, nearly a century after the Continental Congress, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Then in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt put his stamp of approval on having the holiday officially celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

  • Only wild fowl such as turkey and duck showed up on the dinner table at the first Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth Rock?

False. Those birds were joined by seasonal fare including lobster, clams and fish, according to historians. Other tasty treats included peas, squash, nuts, and carrots.

  • Also on the Plymouth Rock dinner menu were pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes.

False. None of those were served up during the feast.

  • A New England native penned the famous Thanksgiving poem, “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” (also known as “Over the River and Through the Wood.”)

True. The author, Lydia Maria Child, was born on February, 11, 1802 in Medford, Massachusetts. The poem, which appeared in Flowers for Children, Volume 2 in 1844, recounts the author’s childhood memories of visiting her grandfather’s house. Yes, you read that correctly – grandfather’s house. That’s how it was worded in the original poem, but it was later changed “to grandmother’s house” for reasons unknown.

Some side notes: The poem later became a popular song, and a play (“Over the River and Through the Woods” published in 1998) and a children’s book (“Over the River – A Turkey’s Tale” published in 2005). It was also adapted to serve as a Christmas poem.

  • Ben Franklin thought the turkey deserved to be the official U.S. bird.

True. But Franklin’s favorite fowl lost out to the bald eagle.

  • Speaking of turkey, this traditional Thanksgiving meat lays claim to making millions of people drowsy during the holiday because of its organic protein tryptophan.

False. Experts say the real culprits are more likely to be the huge amount of food consumed, alcohol, or having a day to kick back and relax (or a combination thereof).

So how did you do? If you answered all of them correctly, you deserve an extra-large piece of pumpkin pie!

Of course, Thanksgiving is also a time to pause and reflect on all we have to be grateful for – family, friends, shelter, food, and so much more. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Fall River, Mass. (May 6, 2015) – The Fall River Housing Corporation, together with BankFive, will present two seminars to provide first-time homebuyers with information about what they need to know when purchasing a home. Topics to be discussed include budgeting and credit, the housing search process, lead paint issues, home inspections, obtaining a mortgage, legal issues and successful home ownership. Guest speakers will be on hand to discuss city and state first-time homebuyer programs and multi-family home ownership. Certificates will be awarded to those who attend the sessions, allowing them to participate in specialized first-time homebuyer programs.

The seminars will be held at the Fall River Affordable Housing Corporation, at 111 Durfee Street in Fall River, MA on Monday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 20th from 5 to 9 pm on both evenings. The cost of the seminar is $35 per person or $50 per couple. Contact Bob Landry or Alice at the Fall River Affordable Housing Corporation at 508-677-2220 to register.


About BankFive

Since 1855, BankFive has been an independent community bank dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities we serve through expertise, accountability and integrity as a trusted resource for our customers. With fifteen offices conveniently located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, BankFive is one of the top regional banks. For more information, visit us online at

Fall River, Mass. (May 4, 2015) – In celebration of its 160th anniversary, BankFive (, one of the region’s top community banks, is launching a new brand and holding numerous celebratory activities on Tuesday, May 5.

“Let’s Thrive Together” is the cornerstone of the new branding campaign, according to BankFive President & CEO William (Bill) Eccles. Jr.

“For 160 years, BankFive has served customers in our community, helping them reach their financial goals like savings, home ownership, and running a successful business,” Eccles said. “Banking has certainly changed drastically in those 160 years, but our commitment to our customers and community remains. We think this is a great time to refresh our brand and connect with the needs of today’s consumers. ‘Let’s Thrive Together’ captures the spirit of our organization – focused on solving the needs of our customers, entrenched in service to our communities, and firmly rooted in our founding principles as an institution that makes banking accessible to our community.”

BankFive will celebrate its anniversary and the rollout of the new brand with a variety of activities on Tuesday, including:

  • $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to the first 25 customers at each branch
  • 50 new logo cookies to be handed out at each branch
  • Free gas at five gas stations throughout our footprint
  • Thank you baskets to first responders at fire stations and police departments

BankFive continues to grow as a strong financial intuition and at the end of last year successfully entered into the Rhode Island market. The Bristol Branch and Cranston Lending Office were in response to a large number of Rhode Island residents and companies who have chosen BankFive as their preferred bank.  We continue to evolve and grow and make note to progress with technology to meet our consumers’ needs for their busy lives. We remain true to our beginnings as a bank which started to serve the community by making banking services accessible to everyone in it. BankFive welcomes the future which we know to be filled with opportunity to go above and beyond customers’ expectations.

About BankFive

Since 1855, BankFive has been an independent community bank dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities we serve through expertise, accountability and integrity as a trusted resource for our customers. With fifteen offices conveniently located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, BankFive is one of the top regional banks. For more information, visit us online at

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