News in Brief

MCU to Merge With Gloucester Municipal Credit Union

Metro Credit Union (MCU), Massachusetts’ largest state-chartered credit union, today announced that it will merge with Gloucester Municipal Credit Union, founded in Gloucester, Mass in 1941, on February 26. Metro, which recently surpassed $2.3 billion in assets, will absorb GMCU’s nearly 500 members and $2.3 million in assets. Metro’s newest members will have access to an expanded line of products and services as well as its 14 branch locations.

“I’m thrilled to welcome members of the Gloucester community to the Metro family,” said Robert Cashman, CEO and president. “I encourage both existing members of GMCU and others who are or were previously employed by the city of Gloucester to take advantage of the many opportunities Metro has to offer our members.”

When considering a merger, GMCU turned to Metro due to its strong reputation, digital and technological advancement, and obvious commitment to its more than 220,000 members.

“Metro will offer our members additional benefits and opportunities that we have not been able to provide, including digital access, mortgages, home equity loans, and more,” said Lawrence Ingersoll, board president, Gloucester Municipal Credit Union. “We are particularly grateful to partner with a credit union that we know will treat our members with compassion and care and offer them the security and trust they deserve.”

 For more information about Metro Credit Union, please visit or connect with us on LinkedIn.

MVES Offers Safety Tips When Walking in Snowy and Icy Conditions

Each winter, slip and fall accidents cause serious injuries. Even when surfaces do not look especially icy or slippery, it is very possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with ice or snow, always use extreme caution. Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the doorstep, on the path or while getting out of the car.

With the winter weather upon us, Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Safety Committee advises these 10 tips to make sure you are staying safe when walking around in snowy and icy conditions.

• Walk slowly and carefully. Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear.

• Use special care when getting in and out of vehicles. Use the vehicle for support if you need to do so.

• Watch for slippery floors when you enter any building or home.

• Avoid walking with your hands in your pockets; this can reduce your ability to catch yourself if you lose your balance.

• Watch out for black ice.

• Tap your foot on potentially slick areas to see if the areas are slippery.

• Walk as flat-footed as possible in very icy areas.

• Avoid uneven surfaces if possible. Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them.

• Report any untreated surfaces to your town, property owner, or work’s maintenance department to help keep you safe.

• Remember: Ice and snow mean, “take it slow!”

 If you are interested in knowing more about Mystic Valley Elder Services’ programs, please visit us here or call us at 781-324-7705.

MBTA Service Planning Team Hosts Virtual Public Meetings

The MBTA Service Planning team will be hosting virtual public meetings on Wednesday, February 17, and Wednesday, February 24, from 6-8 p.m. to share the temporary schedule changes that will go into effect in March and April of 2021.

The MBTA is implementing service changes in response to the low ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes on the bus network and subway system will begin on March 14. This will reduce frequency on some bus and subways lines and eliminate, shorten, or combine various bus routes. The Commuter Rail will also undergo additional scheduling changes, starting April 5.

During the virtual public meetings, the team will share information as to why the route changes are necessary and offer insight into the service planning process. They will also share specific information about the service changes and impacted routes.

Attendees are welcomed to ask questions and provide feedback regarding the service changes that will go into effect. For more information and to learn how to join the meetings, please visit

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