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U.S. Cellular Adding Customer Value with New Shared Connect Pricing Plans

U.S. Cellular is now offering new, streamlined Shared Connect plans with more data and bonus value on its high-quality network that keeps customers connected in big and small cities and rural communities. All plans with 16GB or higher now include unlimited calling and texting to Canada and Mexico plus data usage controls, all at a lower price than Verizon.

“We continue to provide the best value,” said Joe Settimi, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. “Plus, our customers can use their phones, tablets and connected devices with confidence that they are not going to exceed their data plans. These new plans are easy to understand, giving our customers the flexibility to choose the right one for them, knowing they’ll be using their device on a high-quality 4G LTE network that keeps them connected nationwide.”


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A new report by AAA shows that debris that has fallen from a vehicle, is a factor in more than 200,000 police-reported crashes. Those crashes included 500 people who died and about 39,000 injuries between the years 2011 and 2014.

According to the Traffic Safety Study, about two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle because of improper maintenance and unsecured loads. And since 2001, when the Foundation first issued its study, crashes involving vehicle related-debris have increased 40% .

  • The most common types of debris that fall onto the roadway from vehicles are:
  • Parts, such as tires, wheels or hubcaps  that become detached from the vehicle;
  • Unsecured cargo such as  furniture, appliances and other items; and
  • Tow trailers that become separated and either hit another vehicle or lands on the roadway.

“This new report shows that road debris can be extremely dangerous but all of these crashes are preventable,” said Jurek Grabowski, research director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Drivers can easily save lives and prevent injuries by securing their loads and taking other simple precautions to prevent items from falling off the vehicle.”


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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s celebrations, in honor of its 75th anniversary on June 16, will hit full-swing the week of June 13, with promotions, giveaways, performances and a special historic aircraft arrival.

Restaurants across the airport will offer a “First Class Meal Deal,” special $19.41 dishes in honor of the airport’s founding in 1941. Shoppers and diners at the airport will be able to take advantage of a ‘gift with purchase’ promotion, receiving a free, vintage travel bag with $100 in combined purchases at the airport. Many stores will also have special deals and discounts as part of the celebrations.

A full listing of performances, events and stores and restaurants offering deals, discounts and $19.41 dishes can be found below and online at flyReagan.com/reagannational75.


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Capital Region Delegation Continues to Press for Quiet Skies

Members of the National Capital Region House delegation today wrote Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta expressing concern over the din from military helicopters in their communities.

The group offered their assistance in helping Department of Defense (DOD) and FAA complete a report mandated by Rep. Beyer’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to study changes to the region’s helicopter flight routes, operating procedures, and even the types of helicopters flown in the national capital airspace to mitigate the effect of noise on the region’s neighborhoods:

“Our constituents are realistic about the noise helicopters generate and are sensitive to the operational needs of our military.  But they are correct in asking if alternatives to low altitude flyovers exist to mitigate the noise and vibrations from military helicopters, especially with the addition of large combat helicopters to the skies over Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.  We are ready and able to assist Secretary Carter and the FAA in delivering a timely report by facilitating their outreach to our communities most impacted by these low altitude flyovers.”

At an Arlington community meeting last year with the FAA and every service branch, FAA reported that 144 helicopter operations take place each day in Northern Virginia alone; they estimate 75% of those are DOD missions.

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Decorium Was Ready For Hurricane Irene

It’s back, and experts are watching this year’s hurricane season forecast closely. Do you have a hurricane preparedness plan in place to help you endure a major storm that could potentially disrupt your life for several days? Hurricane season officially began June 1 and the best time to prepare is before the forecast or the skies turn threatening— it’s easier than you think.

Dominion Virginia Power suggests using a tool you may already rely on every day to get your home or business ready for hurricane season—your mobile device.

“We use our smart phones, tablets, or mobile devices for almost everything— to help us track appointments, set reminders, and keep our shopping list up to date,” said David Vanderbloemen, director of Electric Distribution Operations.

“They can also be useful tools in helping us prepare for hurricane season and staying informed if disaster strikes. Bookmarking important mobile sites and downloading a few apps can make it easy to create an emergency plan or generate a checklist for a storm preparedness kit. When a storm hits, many of the resources you may need, from reporting your power outage to finding the nearest shelter, is right at your fingertips, if you plan ahead,” said Vanderbloemen.

Bookmark these useful Dominion web pages on your PC and mobile device today to prepare for a major storm and ensure you can stay connected and informed:

Follow Dominion Virginia Power on Facebook and Twitter and enroll in Dominion text alerts  for helpful tips, updates and news.

As you prepare, consider the following apps from our agency partners:

Consider adding solar-powered or portable device chargers to your emergency kit, which should also include a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water, first-aid supplies, battery-powered radio, any necessary medications, extra clothes and a blanket. To learn more about stocking an emergency preparedness kit, watch a video or visit this link.

WASA digs a good pipe, man

Customers urged to call 8-1-1 before starting any digging projects

Every six minutes, someone strikes and damages an underground utility line, but you can help defend your neighborhood. Practicing safe digging techniques and calling 8-1-1 before putting a shovel or backhoe into the ground can go a long way to protecting your life and your property.

“Spring is the time of year when many of our customers think about planting trees and shrubs, putting up a fence or replacing a mailbox post,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president of Distribution. “But with more than 20 million miles of underground utilities buried across the country, it’s very likely that there are telecommunications, cable, electrical or gas lines buried in your yard—in places you cannot see and may not expect.”

April is National Safe Digging Month and Dominion Virginia Power encourages customers to make a free call to VA811 before digging a hole – no matter how shallow. A professional locator will visit your property to mark the underground lines with flags or paint to help prevent you from making a costly and possibly life-threatening mistake.

VA811 and Dominion recommend that homeowners and contractors remember:

  • Plan ahead: always call 8-1-1 at least three business days before digging and allow time for marking, regardless of the depth of the dig or familiarity with the property.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made.
  • After you see paint markings or flags, but before you start to dig, confirm with the VA811 call center that all utilities have responded and marked their lines.
  • Consider moving your project if it is near utility line markings.

For more tips and information about safe digging and the one-call process, visit VA811.com or this link.

(Photo via IntangibleArts, on Flickr)


ALDI vows to remove tempting treats from checklanes,
increase organic offerings and partner with registered dietitians in 2016

Grocery shopping can be a source of frustration, temptation, even unnecessary snacking – and one national retailer is making big changes for the better. To kick off the New Year, ALDI, one of America’s top three favorite grocery stores1 , is giving customers more selections they can feel good about – all while saving up to 50 percent2 on grocery bills. From increased organics and healthier options at checkout, to exclusive brand food products free from ingredients customers worry about, ALDI has made the shopping experience easier to navigate with an eye toward better eating.


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