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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2011
Six Verizon employees were picketing Tuesday morning outside the company facility at 223 E. Memorial Blvd. in Hagerstown. Joe Brant, an engineering assistant for Verizon, said striking workers would be picketing for as long as it took for them to get a fair contract. Members of the Communications Workers of America Local 2105 have been protesting there since Aug. 8, joining employees picketing Verizon locations from Massachusetts to Virginia. They plan to picket every Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There were approximately 55 picketers the first day, according to a previous story in The Herald-Mail.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 13, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Verizon is arguing that it didn't break the law by releasing unpublished phone numbers and Maryland's Public Service Commission doesn't have authority to order remedies, according to recent filings in the case. The Maryland Office of People's Counsel, an advocate for residential utility customers, has asked the PSC for a formal hearing on the release of about 11,000 unlisted and nonpublished phone numbers in the Washington County area. Verizon, which appeared before the PSC more than three months ago, said the official hearing isn't necessary and would generate unnecessary publicity about a sensitive issue the company has tried to handle discreetly.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | January 16, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Think your property taxes are expensive? City, county and state property taxes on the typical Hagerstown home this year are estimated to be approximately $3,150 based on the average selling price of $168,000 last year, said Tim O'Rourke, supervisor of assessments for the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation's Washington County office. But, you'd have to multiply that by more than 100 just to get close to what Washington County's 10th highest corporate taxpayer bill was last fiscal year.
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by KAREN HANNA | June 14, 2006
City Hall will try to take on the phone company in an effort to save money on a Jonathan Street beautification project. According to Engineering Director Rodney Tissue, a lack of cooperation from Verizon could add 12 months and $1 million to a project that would remove lines from the front of homes on Jonathan Street. While the city would like to reroute the wires to the backs of houses, Tissue said Verizon has insisted they be buried under the street. At their work session Tuesday, Hagerstown City Council members urged staff members to pressure the phone company to accept a less expensive solution.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 12, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Verizon is arguing that it didn't break the law by releasing unpublished phone numbers and Maryland's Public Service Commission doesn't have authority to order remedies, according to recent filings in the case. The Maryland Office of People's Counsel, an advocate for residential utility customers, has asked the PSC for a formal hearing on the release of about 11,000 unlisted and nonpublished phone numbers in the Washington County area. Verizon, which appeared before the PSC more than three months ago, said the official hearing isn't necessary and would generate unnecessary publicity about a sensitive issue the company has tried to handle discreetly.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 4, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- New phone books are in the mail in Washington County, replacing copies of a directory that accidentally included thousands of private listings. Verizon spokeswoman Sandra Arnette said Wednesday that new directories were mailed about a week ago. Some people have received the new phone books. Prepaid envelopes for people to send back the original directories also were mailed last week, Arnette said. While providing names, addresses and phone numbers to Ogden Directories for a Washington County phone book, Verizon accidentally included about 11,000 unlisted and nonpublished listings, angering law enforcement officers and victims of domestic violence, among others.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | November 19, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A group of Morgan County residents held picket signs in front of the Verizon office on Wednesday to protest the company's inability to provide broadband Internet service in their area. Local resident Jennifer Carpenter-Peak organized the event that had about 15 people, including children, holding up signs along U.S. 522 asking drivers to honk their horns if they wanted better Internet service. A lot of honking was heard. Carpenter-Peak said she and her family live about 12 miles south of Berkeley Springs in the Colonial Village subdivision and cannot be connected to the high-speed service.
NEWS
June 24, 2008
If you got one of the phone books with unlisted/unpublished numbers, would you return it to Verizon in exchange for a $5 gift card? Yes 239 votes (43 percent) No 319 votes (57 percent) Results of votes received online as of Monday at 8 a.m.
NEWS
June 28, 2009
Gail Marie Brown and Lee Edward Callaway were married Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Dahlgren Chapel in Boonsboro. The bride is a physician at Smithsburg Family Medical Center practicing internal medicine and pediatrics. The bridegroom is a manager and systems analyst at Verizon in Hagerstown. They live in Hagerstown.
NEWS
February 18, 2001
Pa. Council briefs Borough approves lease with Verizon CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council approved a lease with Verizon last week to place a cellular tower on top of a smokestack at the borough power plant. Council members unanimously approved the agreement at a meeting Wednesday. Verizon will occupy one of the two stacks on Second Street and lease the portion of the stack from 135 to 144 feet high. The telecommunications company will also lease 700 square-feet of adjacent land to construct a communication facility.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 12, 2013
A Verizon spokeswoman said Tuesday that the company is conducting an investigation to review, among other things, communication between Verizon and the Washington County 911 call center in response to an incident in which the phones went down for about 15 minutes Sunday afternoon. Bardona Woods, director of communications for Washington County Emergency Services, said Tuesday that Verizon called hours before the phones went out at the 911 center to alert personnel about a circuit problem in Cumberland, Md., that had the potential to cause problems in Washington County.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
Jan Hargest's goldfish floated upside down in its aquarium Thursday morning, the day after Hargest's Donnybrook Drive home lost electric power in the wake of Wednesday's storm. She said the electronic filtration system in the fish's water needed to be operational to help it breathe. “We're losing our food in the refrigerator,” Hargest said. “I'm worried about my fish. We still don't have power.” Hargest and about 220 other Potomac Edison customers in Washington County didn't have power as Thursday at 10:40 a.m., according to Potomac Edison's website.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2012
Since 2010, when Frontier Communications assumed landline phone service from Verizon, about 96 percent of West Virginia households and businesses, including those in the Eastern Panhandle, have enjoyed broadband Internet access, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday. Manchin, D-W.Va., joined Frontier officials at a brief press conference at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown to explain how Frontier expanded broadband across the state. Paul Espinosa, area general manager for Frontier, said the company continues to bring the faster Internet service to Berkeley County areas that previously lacked it. It is now available in Martinsburg on Rock Cliff Drive, Tavern Road, Gloucester Drive, Harris Way, Artisan Way and neighboring areas, he said.
NEWS
September 13, 2011
A tractor-trailer knocked over a telephone pole Tuesday afternoon on Big Pool Road just north of I-70, CPL Jim Grinnan of the Maryland State Police said. Nobody was injured. The accident happened when the tractor-trailer was turning around in front of 11023 Big Pool Road and caught a wire on the northbound side of the road, causing the telephone pole to be knocked over, Grinnan said. Wires were down on both sides of the road. Police responded to the accident at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday and blocked off Big Pool Road at the 11000 block.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2011
Six Verizon employees were picketing Tuesday morning outside the company facility at 223 E. Memorial Blvd. in Hagerstown. Joe Brant, an engineering assistant for Verizon, said striking workers would be picketing for as long as it took for them to get a fair contract. Members of the Communications Workers of America Local 2105 have been protesting there since Aug. 8, joining employees picketing Verizon locations from Massachusetts to Virginia. They plan to picket every Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There were approximately 55 picketers the first day, according to a previous story in The Herald-Mail.
BREAKINGNEWS
June 17, 2011
A vehicle hit a wire on a utility pole at the Sharpsburg Park and Ride Friday afternoon, according to the Maryland State Police. Nobody was injured, a state trooper said. The vehicle was driveable, but Verizon had to fix the wire, according to the trooper. The incident did not affect traffic. The incident happened at 12:50 p.m., and the scene was cleared at 1:05p.m., the trooper said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 28, 2010
After months of dormancy, the former Hollywood Video space in the Waynesboro Walmart shopping complex is buzzing and ringing again. Cellular Sales, an authorized premium Verizon wireless retailer, moved into the spacious location off Washington Township Boulevard and opened its doors for business on Dec. 21, according to Tommy Lucas, regional director for the company. "We're very excited to be in the Waynesboro community," Lucas said Tuesday. The proximity to Walmart and Lowe's makes for a prime location for area shopping traffic, but the size of the store was also a big selling point for the company, Lucas said.
OBITUARIES
December 23, 2010
JUNE 6, 1934-DEC. 21, 2010 Jane Virginia Forrest, 76, of 20928 San Mar Road, Boonsboro, Md., died on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born June 6, 1934 in Benevola, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leroy E. Harshman Sr. and Evelyn L. Cole Harshman. She was retired from Verizon after 43 years of service.     She was a member of Beaver Creek Christian Church. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and Amateur Trap Shooting Association.
OPINION
December 17, 2010
Be aware of charges on your telephone bill To the editor: My residential telephone company is Verizon. On the current bill, there is a $6.10 charge for “Other Providers” in the New Charges section under the Quick Bill Summary on page 1. On the prior month’s bill, there was a $13.45 charge for “Other Providers” in the New Charges section under the Quick Bill Summary on page 1. On page...
NEWS
October 14, 2009
COLLEGE HOOPS The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team will play Harford Community College at the Verizon Center in Washington on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m., before the Washington Wizards face the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7. Upper-level tickets are on sale for $40 for both games. Tickets to see the HCC/Harford game only will not be sold. To buy tickets, visit the Web site www.verizoncenter.com/wiz/hccvshcc and use the special offer code "hccvshcc. " For more information, contact Steve Zarick at 202-661-5050, ext. 3858, or by e-mail at szarick@washsports.
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