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Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/14/2013, 12:23 p.m.

To give you a clearer idea of my experience, picture this. Imagine you are trying to go from New York to New Jersey. In Verizon terms, instead of using any of the Hudson River crossings, it would be like going down to the Panama Canal, up the Pacific Ocean side of the continent, across the North Pole, down through Buffalo in a snowstorm and finally, you reach New Jersey. That is what it was like, trying to get to the right representative--or any representative for that matter--to help solve my Verizon issue. This included trying to get them to understand that NO, I don't want Fios.

While my experience and subsequent remarks may irk Verizon lovers everywhere, tempting them to write a scathing reply, to this I say "Baloney!" Whatever happened to Ma Bell? She would never let this mayhem happen. Verizon should give the consumers who are subjected to their chaos and frustrations one month of free service. How about that for justice?

On a much brighter subject, St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, known as the oldest Black Episcopal church in New York, is welcoming the gospel choir from St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the oldest Black Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, to sing at its Feast of Absalom Jones, to be held at St. John's the Divine on West 112th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. Jones was the first Black priest anywhere in the United States, or so the story goes. Every year, a celebration is given in his honor, and this year promises to be the start of something big. Festivities and praise will be held at the church on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 10 a.m.

Black history, "Straight, No Chaser," will be commemorated at the 16th annual Black History Month celebration taking place Feb. 23 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Bishop Perry Hall, 138th Street, between Lenox and Seventh avenues, hosted by the Black History Committee Local 1320. At the core of the program and event is the Letter to the Ancestors, calling all peace-loving people to show solidarity with the victims of Katrina, Sandy and Newtown School, and solidarity with "all Trayvons," young people, senior citizens, Mother Africa, Haiti, the Central Park Five, Black firefighters, Palestine, Indian and Greek people. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture; and there will be a special award presented to Corris Shepard, who is 101 years old; music by DJ Royce; a fashion show; plus prizes and other entertainment. Sounds like a party to me. For more information, call Mitch at 917-874-0736.

Speaking of Greek, have you heard what's going on in Greece these days? No, not the deficit. Seems as though many in protest and many in need have started to use their wood-burning fireplaces in lieu of buying heating oil this winter, since the government has raised the price of heating oil by 450 percent. Luckily, fireplaces are still common in Greek homes. In any event, the sight of people walking the streets with bags collecting wood has become the norm. Can you imagine? Just had to tell you this to keep you worldly, you know. P.S.: I found it interesting that it is winter there, just as it is here.