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Leecia Eve Touts Verizon’s Role as an Industry Innovator

Leecia Eve Touts Verizon’s Role as an Industry Innovator

Leecia Eve, the vice president for state government affairs for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, has launched a tour this fall of the Garden State to deliver Verizon's State of the Company address.

The tour kicked off on Sept. 23 at the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, where Eve spoke to more than 100 business executives, nonprofit representatives and other community stakeholders about Verizon’s transformation from a phone company to an innovation powerhouse. It was followed up by a second presentation on Oct. 22 in New Brunswick in conjunction with the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“We have employees in New Jersey and around the world working tirelessly to develop products that our customers need today and will need tomorrow,” said Eve, who joined Verizon in 2013.

“We are continually making investments in wireless with 4G LTE, fiber-optics with FiOS and cloud and global IP networks,” she said. “That puts us at the center of the communications transformation that is taking place.”

But she pointed out that New Jersey wireline customers have been on the decline for the last decade as they eschew landlines for cellular phones. Verizon lost more than 3.8 million landlines in New Jersey—a reduction of 261 percent—between 2003 and this year, Eve said.

Government regulators in New Jersey have lagged in keeping up with the rapid pace of change, she added.

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Verizon Joins Sustainability Summit in Jersey City

Verizon Joins Sustainability Summit in Jersey City

More than 200 small-business owners and community leaders from across northern New Jersey gathered September 18 at Saint Peter’s University for a “Sustainability and Small Business Summit,” featuring a series of panel discussions with industry experts to educate small business owners on how to make sustainability a part of their business strategy, reducing costs and increasing profits.

Verizon Partners with Red Cross, FEMA and PSEG for ‘National PrepareAthon Day’

Verizon Partners with Red Cross, FEMA and PSEG for ‘National PrepareAthon Day’

Recognizing how emergency preparedness strategies can mitigate damages and keep individuals and families safe, Verizon representatives collaborated on Sept. 30 with key organizations and public leaders to mark National PrepareAthon Day. The American Red Cross, FEMA, PSE&G, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz and other municipal, county and state officials joined with Verizon in stressing the importance of readiness, emergency communications and volunteerism.

Verizon Volunteers Visit Camden School for Day of Service

Verizon Volunteers Visit Camden School for Day of Service

More than a dozen Verizon employees volunteered their time on September 11 at Veterans Memorial Family School in Camden to teach students about solar energy.

Verizon Foundation Joins in Fight Against Opiate and Heroin Abuse

Verizon Foundation Joins in Fight Against Opiate and Heroin Abuse

John Szeliga, an external affairs manager for Verizon, presented a check for $7,500 to representatives of Prevention First on October 7 in the ongoing fight against the opiate and heroin epidemic. Prevention First is a non-profit group committed to improving the lives of Monmouth County and Ocean County children, keeping them healthy, safe and drug-free.
 

John P. Szeliga Honored by Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year

 John P. Szeliga  Honored by Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year

Verizon is pleased to announce that John P. Szeliga, External Affairs Field Director, has been named the 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Woodbridge New Jersey Metro Chamber of Commerce. Szeliga was selected for the Chamber's highest honor based on his exemplary leadership and outstanding service to the Chamber and to the community at large.

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Verizon Presents $45,000 to Essex County Family Justice Center to Help Combat Domestic Violence

Verizon Presents $45,000 to Essex County Family Justice Center to Help Combat Domestic Violence

HopeLine® from Verizon and the Verizon Foundation are supporting the Essex County Family Justice Center (ECFJC) with a $45,000 grant. Funds will be used to help the organization increase its administrative capacity so it can continue to expand and meet the complex needs of domestic violence survivors in Essex County. Verizon’s support will also help establish a VOICES Chapter in Essex County. VOICES is a national advocacy committee comprising survivors of domestic violence, now celebrating their strength and survival by helping others through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

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NJTV Honors Verizon at First Annual Benefit

NJTV Honors Verizon at First Annual Benefit

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, honored Verizon as a key corporate partner during its First Annual Benefit, on May 28 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The benefit was attended by hundreds of corporate and philanthropic leaders and co-chaired by Ralph Izzo (Chairman & CEO, PSE&G) and Josh Weston (Public Media NJ, Inc. chairman and former CEO, ADP).

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The Future is Bright for Verizon Customers in New Jersey

The Future is Bright for Verizon Customers in New Jersey

The communications industry is nothing like it was years ago. One would be hard-pressed to find another industry that has experienced such dramatic change over the last 30 years. It is mind-numbing how quickly people have embraced new technologies and how those technologies have transformed our society.

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A Lifeline a Phone Call Away

A Lifeline a Phone Call Away

In tough economic times like these, people who hover below or just above the poverty line are hurting the most. Every dollar means a lot. It’s for people like those that Verizon’s Communication Lifeline service is available in New Jersey.

Communications Lifeline offers eligible consumers a service package that includes discounted residential phone service, including Touch-Tone service, ranging from zero to $1.95 per month; opportunities to add optional features, like Caller ID, Three-Way Calling, and more; and a choice of three different local service options.

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