This year, resolve to do something different
Pursue your dreams of a higher education
Coffee with a cop
Fort Meade ACS needs your assistance
Keeping resolutions on track
Holiday Trash Disposal
Hose faucet winter safety: Keys to avoiding serious water damage
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It’s January again. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe this is the year to forget the boring, routine promises you won’t keep, like going to the gym every day and calling your parents once a week. Try resolving to be more creative in 2014 with these resolutions:
• Keep a journal. Spend a few minutes every day or so writing down your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ambitions—not your daily schedule or your upcoming appointments. Let your mind wander; free-associate a little. You may be surprised at the ideas you generate.
• Read more. Vary your reading habits and explore different topics. If you usually read novels, try a biography. If you read only history, try a book on modern-day science. You’ll exercise your mind, and maybe find new connections between ideas.
• Learn something new. Take a class in something unrelated to your job or your usual hobbies—art, auto mechanics, philosophy, etc. Mastering new skills can refresh your outlook on life.
• Meet new people. Make a positive effort to make new friends this year (or professional contacts). Look for gatherings of people whose interests match yours, and network. The more people you know, the better equipped you are to learn and grow.
• Create something for the heck of it. Paint a picture, write a poem, or start a garden—not because you’ll get paid for it, but because you want to. You’ll find satisfaction in achieving personal goals and motivation to keep trying new things.
• Volunteer. Find a cause you support, and offer your time and service. You’ll meet new people and enjoy the feeling of helping out with an important cause.
Are you a high school senior or the spouse of an active-duty Service Member considering college next year, but worried how you will pay for it? Look no further - Corvias Foundation maybe able to help! Each year, the Foundation awards 10, $50,000 scholarships and 20, $5,000 grants. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about the available scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications are available on-line.
Coffee with a Cop will be held on January 8 at Midway Common Community Center from 9 to 10 a.m. This event is an opportunity for residents to meet with Community Police Officer Perkins in a relaxed environment and talk about any subject from crime trends to neighborhood nuisance issues. You can bring your questions, talk with Officer Perkins and Corvias Military Living will provide the coffee.
Each year Army Community Service is mandated to conduct a community needs assessment. ACS is looking for volunteers to participate in a survey. This survey will take a few minutes to complete. Information from the survey will not be shared. ACS will use the results to plan programs and tailor services to better meet the identified demographics and needs of the Team Meade community.
The deadline is January 10. Click to take the survey.
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2014.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647.
Bulk trash and Christmas trees will be picked up January 10. The trees will be picked up to be ground for mulch. We ask that you please break down all boxes placed in front of your home to be picked up and that you remove all inorganic decorations from the trees. Families that have a large amount of bulk items should contact their community office.
Don’t forget, our convenient bulk trash service is available every Monday and Friday. So if you have bulk trash before or after January 10, you can still place it out on the curb after 6 p.m. the night before the scheduled collection days.
To prevent damage to your home and belongings, please turn off and drain your outside hose faucets during the winter months. Failure to do so will result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water through and past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls. Always disconnect hoses from the exterior hose bib faucets. As you turn off the faucet and water pressure drops, the hose faucet will attempt to pull in any water left in the hose. This water can get trapped in your hose’s faucet. Doing this throughout the winter will ensure your family will not have this inconvenience or damage.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming events and important dates
January 1: All offices closed
January 20: All offices closed
How can you stay warm and save energy this winter? Dress for the season! If your home feels chilly, try putting on another layer of clothing, such as a sweater or jacket, before turning up the thermostat.