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* ALBANY, N.Y. (4/10/09)--Diane LaVigna-Wixted, executive director of the New York Credit Union Foundation, has been appointed to serve on the National Credit Union Foundation's (NCUF) grant committee by NCUF Chairman Allan Kemp McMorris. The committee approves or recommends for approval grant requests and oversees the grants process as well as develops and approves the annual grants portfolio. As part of her duties with the New York foundation, LaVigna-Wixted works with credit unions, schools and community organizations to improve financial literacy. The state foundation also offers financial support to credit unions through four grant-making programs: professional development grants, financial fitness grants, smart money grants and organizational grants. In 2008, it awarded 109 grants totaling $136,102. LaVigna-Wixted is also a volunteer member of the executive committee of the State Credit Union Foundation Network … * HARAHAN, La. (4/10/09)--ASI FCU celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch in Mid-City at an open house March 23. The branch provides full services to the Spanish-speaking residents of New Orleans and to ASI's overall membership (eNews April 8). The Mid-City branch offers both a full-service bilingual branch and Spanish-English materials to the community. City Councilmember Shelley Midura and State Rep. Austin Badon Jr. addressed the crowd. The branch also was welcomed by Darlene Kattan of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Martin Gutierrez of the Catholic Charities and the Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. (Photo provided by the Louisiana Credit Union League) … * SARASOTA, Fla. (4/10/09)--Sarasota (Fla.) Coastal CU and MidFlorida FCU, Lakeland, announced that they are merging. The new credit union will be called MidFlorida FCU. All Sarasota Coastal employees will be offered jobs with MidFlorida (Herald-Tribune.com April 8). Sarasota Coastal’s branches will be remodeled and staff will be increased at each office. The merger is slated to close June 30. Sarasota Coastal has $224.5 million in assets. MidFlorida has $1.28 billion in assets ... * ODESSA, Texas (4/10/09)--Southwest 66 CU has presented two members with loan forgiveness awards. James Magness of Odessa and Miranda Castilleja won the awards. Magness won $4,988.07 for a loan he’d taken out for home improvement, and Castilleja, a single mother, received $19,687.05 to pay off her auto loan (Odessa American April 8). Southwest 66 has $50 million in assets ... * ATLANTA (4/10/09)--A man who robbed CDC FCU in Atlanta Aug. 23 wearing a Dracula mask and possessing a semi automatic weapon has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Nathaniel Little Jr. of Decatur, Ga., also must pay restitution of $14,669. Little pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to the robbery (AJC.com April 9). Little is accused of robbing the $185 million asset credit union twice--once in August, and once in September ...


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