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* HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (7/8/09)--First Entertainment CU's Hollywood headquarters was closed Tuesday morning to accommodate traffic from the memorial service for pop icon Michael Jackson, said the credit union's website. Police closed Forest Lawn Drive, which is near the cemetery where the service was held. Credit union staff with identification were allowed through the barricades, but members weren't. The credit union's website had warned earlier that traffic would be heavy and urged members to go to its other branches. However, Tuesday morning, police closed off Forest Lawn Drive, blocking access to the credit union … * LANSING, Mich. (7/8/09)--The Jackson, Mich., chapter of credit unions hosted 21 credit union people at a candidates forum and legislative breakfast June 29 at CP FCU, Jackson. The forum included one candidate for a vacant District 19 seat, Mike Nofs, and a staffer of another candidate, State Rep. Marty Griffin (D-Jackson), who discussed several issues. Also attending were U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek), shown here addressing the chapter, and State Rep. Mike Simpson (D-Jackson) and staffers. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) … * HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (7/8/09)--Credit unions from the second
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congressional district in New Jersey met recently with U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo to thank him for his past support and brief him on how credit unions could help with the nation's economic recovery if Congress repealed credit unions' member business lending cap. They also noted the need to maintain an independent, dedicated credit union regulator (The Weekly Exchange June 29). From left are: Virginia Williams, CEO of Jersey Shore FCU; John DiNofrio, board director, Jersey Shore FCU; Ginny Fifer, CEO of Atlantic City Electric FCU; LoBiondo; Paul Gentile, president/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League, and Bill Kennedy, chief financial officer of Jersey Shore FCU. (Photo provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League) … * LUTHERVILLE, Md. (7/8/09)--J. Wesley Bone, director for 40 years and former chairperson for 37 years of First Financial of Maryland FCU, retired in June. He has been named chairman emeritus of the credit union, said the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) (Focus Newsletter July 6). During Bone's tenure, the credit union grew from $2 million in assets and 4,000 members to more than $700 million in assets and 55,000 members. Bone is former treasurer and board chairman of the National Association of Credit Union Chairpersons, and helped developed a local chapter of the association in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. In 2000, he was the first volunteer appointed to the MDDCCUA board, and was elected chairman from 2007 to June 2009. He was the 2008 MDDCCUA Hall of Fame Congressman Wright Patman Memorial Award recipient …


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