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Provident, Lakeland banks clinch $1.3B merger agreement

Chris Martin, chairman, president and CEO of Provident Financial Services Inc., the holding company for Provident Bank, was joined by members of the financial institution’s ProvidentWomen initiative to help celebrate the bank’s 180th anniversary by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 9. Pictured front row from left, Colleen Hanley; Andrea Reid; Corinne Kison; Martin; Bernadette Macko; Darleen Gillespie; Chris Taylor, NYSE; Nancy Wynant; and back row from left, Susan Hayes; Danielle Hernandez‑Roman; Samantha Plotino; Sandra Kennedy and Josephine Moran.

“We are excited to announce this transformational combination of two amazing organizations," Provident CEO and President Anthony Labozzetta said in a prepared statement. "The scale and profitability of the combined organization will enable us to invest in the future, better compete for market share, and better serve our customers and communities."

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Unique partnership addresses teacher shortage

The Garden State produces fewer teachers per 1,000 students than any other state. Ramapo College of New Jersey is trying to tackle this issue with a unique partnership: a new, dual-certification program with the Morris-Union Jointure Commission that puts a teacher’s aide or paraprofessional on course to become a certified teacher in one year.

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