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Credit union informs: Top 10 credit unions in Fort Worth

 

Fort Worth Business Press has announced the top Fort Worth area credit unions, and here are the top 10:

  1. American Airlines FCU
  2. EECU
  3. Fort Worth Community CU
  4. Texas Trust CU
  5. Greater TEXAS FCU
  6. Unity One CU
  7. Fort Worth City CU
  8. Liberty One CU
  9. Allied FCU (formerly Arlington FCU)
  10. Tarrant County CU

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has seven branches to serve over 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Credit union informs: Shopping center in north Fort Worth

 

According to the Star-Telegram, Dallas-based Weber & Co. bought 70 acres in the Presidio Junction development in far north Fort Worth, to build a shopping center there. The center would be near the recently-opened Costco Wholesale warehouse across from Alliance Town Square.Fort Worth flag

Weber developed Montgomery Plaza, Cityview Towne Crossing, Watauga Towne Crossing and more. According to representatives, letters of intent have been received from "junior anchor" stores, and announcements will be made public within weeks.

"We're under contract with a lot more land out there," Weber said. "We view this as a true retail destination. We're proceeding forward."

Hillwood, the developer of Alliance Town Center, has plans to establish an outlet shopping center with about 50 stores on the east side of I-35W, just north of Cabela's.

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has seven branches to serve over 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

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Credit union informs: Create your own backyard movie theater

 

Unity One Credit Union informs you on how to create your own backyard movie theater. With its summer loan sale, you can make this dream a reality.

SummerLoan14   plasmaOne of the most enjoyable things you can do with your family, relatives and neighbors is to create a temporary or permanent backyard movie theater. With the high cost of movies, and the price of concessions and drinks, it may be well worth considering this idea, even if just for the fun of a one-time event. Here are five things to consider when planning for an outdoor theater experience.

Types of projectors 

First things first: You will need a projector of some sort. There are DLP and LCD projectors available. DLP stands for digital light processing, using mirrors for reflecting light. LCD stands for liquid crystal display, and is like the displays used for most home TV screens. What type you will choose is a matter of preference — and budget — and you will need to do a little research to decide which is best for your needs.

Screen possibilities

There are varying types of screens, from inflatable (costing $300 to $10,000 or more) to manual projection, pull-down types and screens on tripods. Doing a search engine comparison of these screens will provide you with many options to fit most budgets and lifestyles.

Sound speakers and amplifiers

What type of sound you want to provide is also a cost/quality trade-off. However, you can find many speaker systems at your local electronics store that will fit the bill. Consider whether you want to keep it simple, or whether you want full-blown surround sound. How much sound can your community handle where you live? How big will the event be? From small speaker systems — think old time drive-ins — to larger scale PA systems, there are many options to consider for any price range.

What about seating?

Are you going to provide blankets to sit on? Maybe lawn chairs? Folding chairs? Most movies are two hours or so in length; it'll be important to consider your guests' comfort.

Other things to consider

It might be wise to keep track of what the weather is going to be like on the night of your event. Weather.com is a great website for forecasting several days ahead. Also, do you live in an area where bugs are flying about? Maybe consider little handouts of bug spray, citronella candles or some other form of mosquito control. Also consider setting up a self-serve vending area for popcorn and snacks.

Outdoor theaters provide great family and community fun, and make for memorable good times for all ages.

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Credit union informs: Kautzman awarded scholarship

 

Unity One Credit Union named Alexandra Kautzman, a graduating senior of Central High School in Keller, the 2014 Bob Bennett Memorial Scholarship recipient. Her award-winning essay detailed the difference between banks and credit unions and how she would explain the difference to a peer. Scoring was based on a completed application and an essay or video entry. 137 Kautzman(1)

 

Kautzman says of credit unions, “When you deposit money, you are actually buying shares of the company. This is significant evidence that the people are not just consumers but part owners.”

 

She will receive $1,000 to aid with her college expenses at Texas A&M University, where she plans to major in kinesiology and minor in health.
 
Kautzman is the captain of the varsity soccer team, a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club and was designated All District 2nd Team in soccer.

 
To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates had to be graduating high school seniors or college students attending a two-year or four-year college or vocational/technical school. They needed to have maintained at least a 2.8 grade point average (on a four-point scale) and be a member of Unity One Credit Union.

The Bob Bennett Memorial Scholarship is a tribute to the life of Robert Bennett, a tireless champion of the credit union movement. He joined Unity One CU in 1954 and served on the Board of Directors until 2002. An advocate of growth and change, Bennett served through five name changes and three mergers. He passed away in December 2002.

 

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.

 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 28,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One partners with Mary Kay and Texas Oncology Center

 

Unity One Credit Union is partnering with Mary Kay Cosmetics and Texas Oncology Center until June 2 to purchase skincare products for ladies battling with cancer. Giving the gift of hydration is important for those going through chemotherapy.unityonefightcancer

About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
 
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 28,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Spank Free Banking at Unity One

 

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What is Spank Free Banking? It's a better way to bank. Consumers don't have to settle for being spanked or punished by their banks with higher fees and impersonal service. Unity One Credit Unionbelieves that people deserve better, and we are encouraging everyone to stand up for better.
  • We listen.
  • We don't believe in excessive fees and high pressure.
  • We believe in treating you like a neighbor, not an account number.
  • We provide the products and services you expect from a bank, but we go a step beyond.


About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
 
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 28,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Credit union informs: Minnesota Member Appreciation

 

Unity One Credit Union is hosting its Member Appreciation Day for Minnesota members Friday, May 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.

 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 28,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Credit union informs: Money skills for youth

 
Children can learn money skills as early as age 3! Here are just a few tips to help young credit union surfer savers Catch the Save Wave™:

* Have young children—preschool age—sort different types of money into piles by color and size. YM2014 FBbanner

* Play grocery store or credit union/bank. Help them use a pretend cash register.

* At the grocery store, let youth of all ages help you shop. Teach them how to comparison shop. For example, show them that for every $4.85 box of cereal, there may be similar brands on sale for half as much.

* As youth get older, let them know what things cost. Share sales receipts for items you’ve purchased for them and for bills you’ve paid.

* If you decide to pay an allowance, include youth in the decision-making process. Discuss allowance amounts and expectations. The amount is your call, but ask for their input. One idea is to have children set aside part of their allowance for spending, part for saving, and part for sharing or charity. Clarify what you'll pay for and what they are responsible for. For example, when you're at the movies, maybe you agree to pay for the ticket, but the Milk Duds are on them.

* As youth reach high-school age, reexamine the rules. Clarify what you will pay for and what your teenager is responsible for. For example, your teenager may want the newest cell phone that comes with a high price tag, so establish your spending limit. If she still wants the more expensive version, have her make up the difference. Oftentimes, once the responsibility of paying for items is on the teenager, the "latest and greatest" isn’t so important.

Get youth started on the right track financially. Bring them in to Unity One Credit Union—we have more ideas to help you raise children to be financially savvy young adults.

Copyright 2013 Credit Union National Association Inc. Information subject to change without notice. For use with members of a single credit union. All other rights reserved.

Credit union informs: youth savings accounts

 

Are your kids on the right track to financial independence?

For many of today's young adults, the weakest link lies in learning the basics. Only 35% of teens know how to balance a checking account or manage credit cards. During the past several years, a decline in overall financial knowledge is especially pronounced among 18-year-olds, and 13% fewer teens have bank accounts.*

Achieving economic prosperity is difficult, and it's especially hard for young people who've never learned how to manage money. Full Color Surfboard Logo JPEG

Your credit union is ideally positioned to respond because we believe in the power of education. We're here to help you launch the youth in your life toward financial independence, and here’s how:

Join. For starters, open a credit union savings account for each child in your family. As soon as your children can write, have them fill out deposit and withdrawal slips. Guide teenagers through using a debit card and tracking transactions.

Share. Include your children in household money discussions. Show them how you budget income and expenses. As their skills improve, give them challenges—such as finding a better cell phone plan, calculating the total monthly cost of owning a car, or sticking to a budget for back-to-school or holiday spending.

Coach. Remind your children to ask for help when they need it. And turn to your credit union when you want help. Our tradition of service and philosophy of self-help make Unity One Credit Union and all credit unions a natural partner in pursuing financial security.

We're here to help. For more information, contact Unity One Credit Union.

*2011 Teens and Money Survey, Charles Schwab

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Credit union informs: Heartbleed

 

 

PHOTO: Password changes are likely in order for many due to a bug called Heartbleed.
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An online bug called "Heartbleed" is affecting a huge chunk of the Internet, which means that a password change is likely in order for hundreds of millions of people.

More than half a million sites are vulnerable that use the security system called Open SSL, according Netcraft, and have had to install a new security patch. Before this patch, private data on websites such as Yahoo, Google and Tumblr could have been vulnerable to hackers, experts said. This bug was discovered by a team of security engineers at tech company Codenomicon and Neel Mehta of Google Security.

Joost Bijl, a product manager with the cybersecurity firm Fox IT, said that affected websites should be letting consumers know that a fix has been installed. But, so far it does not appear that any major website besides Tumblr have reached out to consumers.

Here's what you should know about "Heartbleed" and some ways to protect yourself:

1.
Tumblr

Tumblr issued a warning on Tuesday, saying the blog site has "no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue," but users should change all their passwords.

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This Is Serious

Codenomicon set up a Heartbleed info website, saying, "Considering the long exposure, ease of exploitation and attacks leaving no trace this exposure should be taken seriously."

Codenomicon CEO David Chartier said that users on impacted websites should change their passwords, but only once the site administrators have appropriately installed the patch to fix the problem. It doesn’t help to change the password if the site has not been updated, though Chartier estimated that the fix is probably already in place on most of the major websites. The problem has been around for two years and was discovered last Friday, he said.

Chartier also said their investigation shows that Open SSL is used by at least 66 percent of all servers on the Internet.

3.
Facebook

A Facebook spokesperson said the company "added protections for Facebook’s implementation of OpenSSL before this issue was publicly disclosed, and we’re continuing to monitor the situation closely."

"We haven’t detected any signs of suspicious account activity that would suggest a specific action, but we encourage people to take this opportunity to follow good practices and set up a unique password for your Facebook account that you don’t use on other sites," the Facebook spokesperson said.

4.
Google

A Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement, “The security of our users' information is a top priority. We proactively look for vulnerabilities and encourage others to report them precisely so that we are able to fix them before they are exploited. We have assessed the SSL vulnerability and applied patches to key Google services.”

They later added to their statement saying that, "The security of our users' information is a top priority. We fixed this bug early and Google users do not need to change their passwords."

Google also posted a blog today detailing the fix for the big and pointing out that Android users are not vulnerable.

5.
Yahoo

In a statement, Yahoo said, “A vulnerability, called Heartbleed, was recently identified impacting many platforms that use Open SSL, including ours."

The company said it has "successfully made the appropriate corrections across the main Yahoo properties (Yahoo Homepage, Yahoo Search, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Flickr and Tumblr) and we are working to implement the fix across the rest of our sites right now. We’re focused on providing the most secure experience possible for our users worldwide and are continuously working to protect our users’ data.”

6.
Beware

Mark McCurley, senior information security advisor at Identity Theft 911, said Lastpass.com/heartbleed can help you check to see if a site is vulnerable. You can also ask the company or website if they have fixed potential flaws, then update to a strong password, using numbers, upper case, lower case and symbols, McCurley said.

People should also be wary of phishing emails that trick you into revealing your passwords to scammers.

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Main Takeaways From an Expert

Security expert Brian Krebs, who broke the news of Target's massive security breach last year, said hundreds of millions of users are impacted by this problem. He offered three main takeaways:

• This highlights the danger of using the same password over and over again for all your sites.

• Using same username and same password on multiple sites that hold valuable information is a bad idea.

• For banking and email you should have different usernames and passwords.

8.
And Lastly ...

Krebs advised people on Tuesday to avoid logging into sites that have critical personal information. It's never a bad idea to change passwords for important services and sites, he said.

ABC News' Sandy Cannold and Susanna Kim contributed to this report.

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