Sandra Rivera-Aponte

Sandra Rivera-Aponte was recently named mortgage consultant for the Waterbury area for Savings Bank of Danbury. Her responsibilities include educating and counseling borrowers and originating mortgages, refinances and home equity loans.

Rivera-Aponte comes from GMAC Mortgage, where she held the position of residential loan officer.

She maintains a strong commitment to the community. Rivera-Aponte is an active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish & School, where she teaches First Communion Catechism preparation classes. She is also a former PTA president of the Brooklyn Elementary School in Waterbury.

Rivera-Aponte’s office is at the bank’s full-service branch and lending center located at 357 Bank St. in Waterbury. She lives in Waterbury with her husband and two daughters.

Established in 1849, and based at 220 Main St. in Danbury, Savings Bank of Danbury is a mutual savings bank with assets in excess of $590 million and 12 branch offices located in Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown and Waterbury. The bank stresses its commitment to the communities it serves and to providing exceptional products and services to both its personal and business customers.

Nature Center Gets Funding

The Simsbury Bank recently announced a four-year, $10,000 funding commitment to the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. The gift will enable Roaring Brook to deliver interactive science programs to the schools in that town.

“We at Simsbury Bank are pleased that our long-term commitment to Roaring Brook and Canton’s schools can help ensure that the Nature Center’s wonderful educational resources touch the town’s students in many ways over several years,” said Martin J. Geitz, president and chief executive officer of The Simsbury Bank, upon announcing the funding. “We are pleased to provide both financial support and volunteers to broaden the reach of the center.”

“We are very happy to partner with The Simsbury Bank in this important outreach program,” said Jay Kaplan, director of Roaring Brook Nature Center. “The bank’s commitment to providing programs will support a variety of efforts – for example, from teaching kindergarten students how animals prepare for winter to teaching older students about animal life cycles, food chains and local geology.”

“Maintaining a solid science education is critical for our students’ future success in school and as citizens,” said Mary Tomolonius, first selectman of Canton. “We anticipate that the Roaring Brook Nature Center’s programs will enhance what we can provide to students, increasing interest and awareness in the natural world that surrounds us.”

“The Nature Center’s outreach programs will help our science curriculum in meeting the new Connecticut State Science Standards,” said Canton Board of Education Chairman Lou Daniels. “We feel this variety of experiences will engage and excite the students about science and nature.”

The Simsbury Bank & Trust Co. is a locally controlled commercial bank for businesses and consumers with approximately $215 million in assets.

The Roaring Brook Nature Center is a part of The Children’s Museum, which is based in West Hartford and is a resource for teaching children about science and nature through productive play and by stimulating their imaginations. Its programs include Roaring Brook Nature Center, the Children’s Museum Pre-School, the Gengras Planetarium and UTC Wildlife Sanctuary.

Roaring Brook Nature Center was founded in 1948 by Canton resident Una Storrs Riddle. In 1964, the adjacent 100-acre Werner Farm became available to the Nature Center as a wildlife sanctuary and outdoor classroom. A new building in 1966 provided larger exhibit space and allowed for expanded programming opportunities. In 1973, the Nature Center became affiliated with the former Science Center of Connecticut (now The Children’s Museum), providing members with a wider range of programs and services for all ages.