WSSC offers water bill credits to low-income residents

The water utility WSSC recently launched a program offering water bill credits to low-income residents who receive financial assistance through the Maryland Office of Home Energy Program.

Approved customers will receive an average credit of $22 per quarter on their “ready to serve” charge — the fees that cover meters, meter readers, billing and infrastructure replacement — and will also be exempted from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, a fee the utility collects for Maryland, which is about $15 per quarter.

For information, go to To enroll in the Maryland home energy program, go to, call 301-909-6300 or visit the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, 425 Brightseat Rd., Landover.

County Board of Education seeks an at-large member

Residents interested in being part of the county’s governing agency on education are invited to apply to serve as an at-large member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. The chosen applicant will be appointed to the board by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) for a four-year term.

Qualified applicants must be county residents with knowledge and expertise on successful administration of a large business, nonprofit organization or government entity. The at-large appointee will represent the entire county and work with other board members to enact policies and legislation, manage budgets, hire personnel and set student performance standards, among other tasks.

Interested residents can download an application at or pick one up on the fifth floor of the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. Applications must be submitted in person or by e-mail to by July 27.

Deadline approaching to apply for Blue Ribbon Commission

The Prince George’s County Council seeks residents with expertise in budget, finance or public policy to serve as members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing Prince George’s County’s Structural Deficit. Residents have until July 15 to apply.

The commission will propose policies that will balance the county budget and decrease the deficit between government spending and collected tax revenues.

The commission will consist of 15 appointed members who will serve one-year terms.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and résumé by e-mail to; fax to 301-780-2097; or mail to Clerk of the Council, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.

Joe’s Movement Emporium receives matching grant

A Mount Rainier-based nonprofit group, Joe’s Movement Emporium, has received a $10,000 challenge grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

The foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all donations received through August up to $10,000, which could be a $20,000 benefit for the arts center. To date, $3,000 has been raised toward the match.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is an independent performing arts center that offers cultural enrichment and services to under-served youth through after-school, camp and workforce development programs.

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit, call 301-699-1819 or visit the center at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett