Bell Atlantic Becomes Community Partner in Kensington Area of Philadelphia

Bell Atlantic Becomes Community Partner
in Kensington Area of Philadelphia

Company Gives $250,000 Grant for Economic Development

December 7, 1998


Sharon Shaffer,

PHILADELPHIA -- Bell Atlantic today awarded a $250,000 grant to help fuel a
comprehensive revitalization initiative in the lower northeast.

The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) will use
the Bell Atlantic Community Partner grant to support its economic development
programs. The grant also will assist in the group's efforts to place neighborhood
youths in jobs under the city's Youthworks project.

Established in 1985, the NKCDC is addressing many factors that influence the
quality of life in the neighborhood, from housing and recreation to economic
development. The corporation serves the area bounded by Lehigh Avenue to the
north, Girard Avenue to the south, the Delaware River to the east and the
Frankford El to the west.

"Kensington and its citizens have made great strides in the neighborhood's
revitalization efforts," said Daniel J. Whelan, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic -
Pennsylvania. "Through our grant, we're delighted to help NKCDC achieve its
goal to improve the economic vitality of one of Philadelphia's proud
neighborhoods ."

"We are extremely honored to receive Bell Atlantic's Community Partner grant,"
said Sandy Salzman, executive director of the New Kensington Community
Development Corporation. "It will allow us to continue to make a real difference
in our community."

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight million wireless
customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced
wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the
world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are
also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.