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D.C. Water issues rebate to customers

DC. Water customers will see a one-time rebate on their bill between this month and April. The utility finished fiscal 2012 with a surplus, and its board approved a customer rebate of $4.2 million to be paid on accounts billed during fiscal 2012.

The average rebate will be $9. If a customer’s rebate exceeds the bill, the remainder of the credit will be applied to the next bill.

For information, go to

‘Stand Down’ to benefit needy veterans

More than 60 federal, state and community agencies will offer services to needy and homeless veterans during the Winterhaven Homeless Stand Down, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the VA Medical Center, 50 Irving St. NW.

Cholesterol screening, Hepatitis C and HIV tests, flu shots, eye and dental exams, and other medical services will be offered. Counseling and psychiatric referrals will be available for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Advisers from the Department of Labor Employment Offices, VA Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the D.C. Coalition for the Homeless will offer employment counseling. Representatives from the Veterans Benefits Administration and veteran service organizations will assist with benefits claims.

For information, call 202-745-4037 or go to

People’s Counsel to hold town hall on Verizon reliability

The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel, the independent agency that advocates for consumers of utilities and telephone services in the District, is holding a town hall meeting on the reliability and quality of services provided by Verizon D.C. from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

On Aug. 26, the Office of the People’s Counsel petitioned the D.C. Public Service Commission to conduct an inquiry regarding complaints received from Verizon D.C. customers concerning service outages and interference on their telephone lines. At the meeting, customers can give oral or written testimony.

To RSVP or for information, call 202-727-3071 or e-mail

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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