I have the same problem. I have some very urgent matters to communicate by email, and nothing is working!
I have not yet been invited to migrate to AOL, so I still use Verizon.
Had been down since about 8:59AM
Gmail refreshed from Verizon pop server.
And I was able to access webmail @ mail.verizon.com
Just waited an hour on the phone to speak with a tech and the tech said that there is an outage in the Verizon Boston market and they expect to get it back on line so you can get/send emails by 10pm tonight Monday May 8th. Probably sooner because they always give you a time that is long after the expected return of service so ppl wont keep calling after the first deadline. Good luck!!