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Bell Atlantic Mobile "Cuts Ribbon" To Dedicate New
Cranberry Township Store,
Presents $1,500 Donation and Gifts to Local Domestic Violence

Employees Reach Out To "Littlest Victims of Domestic

April 28, 1999


Patricia L. Quolke,
Howard Waterman,

PITTSBURGH, PA -- When Bell Atlantic Mobile cut the ribbon
for its new Cranberry Township Communications Store today, the
company did more than open the doors for business. At a dedication
ceremony this morning, Bell Atlantic Mobile reaffirmed its commitment
to "give back" to the communities where it does business with
a donation and employee gifts to the Volunteers Against Abuse Center of
Butler County.

"We've moved into Cranberry Township and Butler County in two
ways today," explained Roger Tang, regional vice president for Bell
Atlantic Mobile in Pittsburgh. "Our newest Communications Store
offers shoppers a full-service location for all their wireless needs. And, as
a new business resident in Cranberry Township, we are reaching out to
assist residents in the community."

Bell Atlantic Mobile presented a donation of $1,500 to the Volunteers
Against Abuse Center of Butler County to support the shelter in assisting
victims of domestic violence. To complement that corporate support, Bell
Atlantic Mobile Pittsburgh employees gave more than 1,500 diapers and
toiletry items to the shelter for the "littlest victims."

Over the last few weeks, employees conducted a "diaper
drive" to collect items needed for the infants and toddlers who, with
their mothers, seek assistance at the shelter. This is the second year the
local employees have held such a campaign. Last year's gifts were given
to victims at a Pittsburgh shelter. To celebrate the opening of the store in
Cranberry Township, employees chose to give the items to the Butler
County shelter this year.

Elizabeth Clark Smith, executive director of the Volunteers Against Abuse
Center of Butler County, Inc., said this donation and the employee gifts
will greatly enhance the assistance they can provide to the women and
their children.

"We are thrilled to have Bell Atlantic Mobile working with us to
ease the burdens these women face," Smith said. "The
diapers and toiletry items are critical to our daily operations. The
generosity of the employees in meeting the needs of these children is
greatly appreciated."

Since last fall, women residing at the shelter have been using Bell Atlantic
Mobile's HopeLine, a free wireless voice mail service, which provides the
women with a link to potential employers, housing and additional social
services. Tang said the expansion of Bell Atlantic Mobile's support for the
shelter combined the company's overall commitment to assist victims of
domestic violence with the Pittsburgh's Region's ongoing commitment to
the local communities the company serves.

Joining Tang in today's ribbon cutting were State Senator Melissa Hart,
State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, Butler County Commissioners James
Kennedy, Glenn Anderson, and William McCarrier, and Kari Ambrass,
executive director of the Cranberry Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bell Atlantic Mobile's new Cranberry Township Communications Store,
located on Route 19 at Brandt Drive, is open Monday through Saturday 8
a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The full-service store
has certified technicians on staff to install, test and repair equipment. The
telephone number is 724-742-9044.

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Editor's Note:
In the Pittsburgh market, Bell Atlantic Mobile was ranked the leader in
overall customer satisfaction among wireless users, according to the
prestigious J.D. Power and Associates 1998 U.S. Wireless Customer
Satisfaction Studysm. Study based on responses from 10,706 wireless
telephone subscribers in 22 of the top North American markets. The
Pittsburgh market covers: Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and
Westmoreland Counties. (

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 120,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets
devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Bell Atlantic
Mobile has 6.4 million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to
northern Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest.
Through its "Wireless at Work..." community relations
program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and
communities improve security and emergency communications. The
company's Pittsburgh Regional Headquarters are in Thorn Hill Industrial
Park, where the local Customer Service Department provides area
residents with personalized service. The company has 15
Communications Stores throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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