SOURCE: North Jersey Community Bank

August 21, 2007 13:00 ET

North Jersey Community Bank Continues Expansion With Addition of New Full-Service Location on Cliffside Park/Fort Lee, N.J. Border

Jacqueline Ramirez Named Branch Manager; Chiara Sforza to Serve as Head Teller

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ--(Marketwire - August 21, 2007) - North Jersey Community Bank (NJCB), the fastest growing bank in New Jersey, today announced the opening of its fifth branch, located on the border of Cliffside Park and Fort Lee, New Jersey. The new location builds on the overwhelming success of NJCB's personalized banking experience. The bank, located at 899 Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee, will feature NJCB's signature amenities, including a free coffee bar, customer lounge and business center complete with plasma screen TV and internet connections. The branch will also offer NJCB's exclusive free "Coin Toss" coin counting machine and a drive-thru window with extended hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Since its inception in January of 2005, NJCB has become New Jersey's fastest growing bank with more than $200 million in deposits.

"We are thrilled to expand the NJCB brand into the vibrant Cliffside Park/Fort Lee marketplace," said Frank Sorrentino III, Chairman and CEO of North Jersey Community Bank. "This area is home to a significant number of our core customers. With a strong population mix of residents and businesses, this is an ideal location for our newest NJCB branch. We look forward to bringing our unparalleled level of customer service and quality financial products to this community."

North Jersey Community Bank has promoted Jacqueline Ramirez to head the new location as branch manager, with the support of Chiara Sforza as head teller.

As branch manager, Ramirez is responsible for all daily operations, including branch sales, staff performance and overall business development. Prior to her recent promotion, Ramirez served as assistant branch manager in Englewood Cliffs. In her new role, she will report directly to Branch Administrator Laurel Merse.

In her new role as head teller, Sforza will supervise the bank's teller line and be responsible for greeting the bank's customers and new guests, along with providing information on NJCB's latest rates and services. She previously served as a teller in Englewood Cliffs. Sforza reports directly to Jacqueline Ramirez.

"Jackie and Chiara have developed the high level of service that we aim for at NJCB," said Sorrentino. "They are both longtime employees with a commitment to personal customer service and a true understanding of the local community, characteristics that make NJCB a 'Better Place to Be.'"

NJCB offers a complete range of financial services for both personal and business customers, backed by advanced technology. The bank provides a full line of banking products and services, including mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit, as well as a wide selection of commercial services. Its Simply Better Money Market Account, with one of the highest rates in the area, is available for both business and personal accounts and includes free checking and free online bill pay. The bank features signature amenities including a free coffee bar, customer lounge and business center complete with plasma screen TV and internet connections. Each branch also features NJCB's exclusive "Coin Toss" free coin counting machine as well as extended lobby hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. In addition, the Cresskill, Hackensack, and now the Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee locations offer a drive-thru window with extended hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. NJCB also provides 24-hour ATM service and free online banking at

About North Jersey Community Bank:

North Jersey Community Bank was founded by local community and business leaders to provide the highest level of personalized community banking services to Northern New Jersey. With a strong commitment to the communities it serves, the bank offers a variety of innovative deposit and loan products.

In 2006, North Jersey Community Bank was a recipient of the Forbes® Enterprise Awards -- the most esteemed and sought after small-business awards in the United States. The Forbes® Enterprise Awards honor the visionary practices and exemplary achievements of a select few small businesses, based on a rigorous evaluation of the companies' marketing activities, customer service, employee relations, community service and new product/service offerings.

NJCB is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. For more information, call 201-816-8900, or visit the bank's web site at

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