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Upon installation of the -dev module, I did receive the error about port 25 not being open. No big deal, but then realized that I was unable to get to the error log. Receiving an error.
A little research found a similar issue in another module - http://drupal.org/node/1492898
I changed like 67 in email_verify.install from
watchdog('email_verify', $message, WATCHDOG_WARNING);
watchdog('email_verify', array(), $message, WATCHDOG_WARNING);
and had to truncate the watchdog table and all was resolved.