Two Bell Atlantic Employees Win Black Achievers Awards from Harlem YMCA

Two Bell Atlantic Employees Win Black Achievers Awards
from Harlem YMCA

Winners Cited for Professional Achievements
and Service to the Community

March 25, 1999


Steve Marcus,

NEW YORK - Two Bell Atlantic employees are winners of the Harlem
YMCA's National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Award. Linda
Davis-Glover, a manager in Operator Services, and Dorothy Washington,
a manager in Network Services, were cited for their professional
achievements and their volunteer work with teenagers.

Davis-Glover and Washington, who both work in Manhattan, will be
honored along with award recipients from other companies at the Harlem
YMCA's National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Awards Dinner
tonight at the Sheraton New York Hotel.

"This award recognizes men and women in business who are outstanding
examples of what can be accomplished by hard work, persistence and
community service," said Elaine Edmonds, executive director of the
Harlem YMCA.

Davis-Glover supervises 140 operators who provide local directory
assistance as well as Bell Atlantic's new National 411 directory assistance
service. More than one million customers have already used the national
service since it was introduced six weeks ago in New York.

In the community, Davis-Glover developed and implemented the Rites of
Passage Program in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, where she lives.
The program teaches students aged 12 to 17 about history, family values,
leadership, etiquette and other topics. More than 30 students have
completed the program, and several are now serving as Rites of Passage
mentors and instructors.

Washington is responsible for keeping track of $200 million in
telecommunications equipment inventory that is vital to the operation of
Bell Atlantic's voice and data network. She also ensures that specialized
telecommunications software is available to meet the needs of Bell
Atlantic's largest customers.

In the community, Washington serves as a mentor to a student at Roberto
Clemente Junior High School in Harlem and is also a volunteer at the
Emmaus Housing Shelter and Soup Kitchen there. In addition, she serves
on the board of directors of 1199 Plaza, a $100 million housing
corporation in Harlem.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and 8.6 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.