Verizon Wireless Marks Rockville Center Store Grand Opening With Donations To Local Crossing Guards

ROCKVILLE CENTER, NY — Consumers who buy a wireless phone and sign a new two-year service contract at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Rockville Center next weekend will walk away with more than just the area's most reliable wireless communications. They'll go home with the knowledge that a wireless phone will be donated to a Nassau County crossing guard, making the streets safer for local school children.

As part of its rescheduled grand opening celebration, October 4-8, 2001, Verizon Wireless will donate one wireless phone to the County Police for every new phone sold at Rockville Center on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2001. The donated phones,specially programmed to dial 9-1-1 and the Nassau County Police, will be distributed to crossing guards enabling them to summon help quickly and easily in an emergency without leaving their posts.

"Nassau County crossing guards are a key factor in keeping our children safe on the way to and from school," said County Executive Thomas Gulotta. "These phones will provide a wireless safety net for guards stationed atsome of the county's busiest intersections where both vehicular and pedestrian traffic are heavy."

Charles Drummond, manager of the new Rockville Center Communications Store, said the phone donations arepart of the company's HopeLineSM community service program which puts wireless technology to work to help communities. Since 1995, the company has donated or recycled more than 45,000 phones in the New York Metro area including 50 phones donated to Nassau County crossing guards in 1997.

The Rockville Center Communications Store, located at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Park Avenue, is the company's fifth retail location in Nassau County and one of 12 new locations Verizon plans to open this year in the New York Metro Area. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, store grand opening festivities scheduled for Saturday, October 6, include a special appearance by New York Mets' Outfielder Benny Agbayani from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and a special remote broadcast by 106.7 Lite FM. The grand opening celebration was originally scheduled for mid-September, but postponed due to the terrorists' attack.

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