Verizon leaders in New Jersey joined with Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-6th Dist.) as well as other utilities, local elected officials and media outlets that cover the state, for a forum that examined the lessons learned and the progress since Superstorm Sandy struck three years ago.
The backdrop for the Sept. 2 event was the Monmouth Beach Elementary School, which was devastated in the storm and took a year of reconstruction before the children could return. Verizon used the forum to display its emergency disaster trucks and tents, designed to give storm victims immediate access to telecommunications during the worst disasters.
“We still have homes to replace. We still have businesses to restore. At the same time, we must look ahead,” Pallone told the audience. “We need to understand the lessons that Sandy taught us to make sure we are better prepared. That is why I called for the forum to focus on the services that keep us connected when we need them the most.”
Pallone, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he wants to use the broad jurisdiction of the committee, which addresses telecommunications and broadband issues, to ensure increased safety and disaster preparedness. That work, he said, includes working closely with utilities, such as Verizon.
“My committee is responsible for overseeing the industries that are most crucial during a storm,” said Pallone, who lives on the shore in Long Branch. “I pledge to use every resource at my disposal to make sure we are better prepared than we were three years ago.”
Paul Sullivan, President of Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic North region, was questioned about how Verizon was hit during Sandy, the lessons learned and what has been done to improve the system.Read more...
More than three dozen young women graduated this summer from the “Girls Who Code” program, a seven-week intensive summer program supported by the Verizon Foundation.
With an increasing number of seniors using cell phones, the Internet and social media sites like Facebook, Verizon has launched an initiative in New Jersey to educate seniors about the dangers that lurk online.
A dozen volunteers from Verizon Wireless took up picks, shovels, rakes, and hoes, hacking and scraping away at a pile of earthy-smelling compost, rotating it and preparing it for a crop of fall vegetables.
The Verizon Foundation was pleased to provide $6,000 for the South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators, a three-week program each July that helps the education community keep pace with changes in the business community.
In its ongoing support of Habitat for Humanity Newark, Verizon has accepted a seat on the organization’s advisory board, comprising business leaders, community volunteers and others working to provide home ownership for all who want it.
Stand & Deliver honored Verizon with its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award at its 16th-annual event to honor community members dedicated to positive change in the lives of youth.
The award was accepted by Leecia Eve, Vice President, State Government Affairs for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Region for Verizon, during the May 12th program in Belleville.Read more...
Officials with Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation recently presented a $65,000 HopeLine grant to the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation® at Emerson Middle School in Union City.Read more...
New Jersey native Randal Pinkett, the entrepreneur, author, and public speaker perhaps best known for being the Season 4 winner of NBC's “The Apprentice,” joined Verizon External Affairs and Foundation teams on May 20 in Hackensack. He discussed game-changing strategies to create a successful business as part of a series of events led by Verizon New Jersey.Read more...
When 85 mile-per-hour straight-line winds hit Gloucester County on June 23, power was quickly knocked out, as trees and homes throughout the area suffered heavy damage.Read more...
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.Read more...
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