News Release

Bell Atlantic Mobile and Riverside Host Project Permanency Day

Underprivileged children and families enjoy free day at the park

August 5, 1998

Heather Habelka
(203)393-1101

Shari Blackman
(413)786-9300

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Today more than 60 Springfield area parents and children working to overcome homelessness through Project Permanency will ride Riverside's Hellevator, Black Widow, and Cyclone and enjoy other amusement park attractions.

Bell Atlantic Mobile and Riverside Park are hosting a free day at the park for Project Permanency, a transitional living program run by The Children's Study Home in Springfield, Mass.

"For many of the children, this will be their first trip to an amusement park," said Chuck Murphy, Director of Marketing for Bell Atlantic Mobile. "We hope their day will be an experience they'll treasure forever."

Project Permanency currently provides 32 families with subsidized housing for a period of 18-24 months, and combines educational programming with social activities to assist families in the attainment of permanent housing. A case worker meets with the families on a weekly basis, and assists with their housing, health and educational issues.

"We are very grateful to Bell Atlantic Mobile and Riverside Park," said Mary Lou Robinson, Project Permanency Coordinator. "This is a great opportunity for our children and families to enjoy a day at Riverside that would not be possible without their support."

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.7 million customers and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work…" community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.

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