- Your opinions could earn you a $100 gift card
- Spring into Fun coming soon!
- Applications for the Corvias Foundation Educational Grant for Military Spouses are Due May 8!
- Win a free trip on Corvias
- Celebrate all things green this month at Burba Lake
- Test your air conditioning now
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- "Purple Up!" in Support of Military Kids
- The absolutely true origins of April Fools' Day
- Do you have a green thumb?
- Green Corner
- Community happenings are on our website's calendar
- RCI Satisfaction E-Survey
- We are looking for more great residents just like you!
- Upcoming events and important dates
Earlier this week, you should have received an e-mail from Corvias Military Living announcing our Resident Communication Survey. This short survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to help us communicate most effectively with you.
Please take time to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communication14 and help us better serve you. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to receive one of three $100 gift cards to Amazon.com. If you did not receive an e-mail about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact your Community Office to update your contact information.
Corvias's first 2014 community event, Spring into Fun, will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the Potomac Place Community Center from 12 to 2 p.m. Join us for egg hunts, crafts, games, refreshments and photos with the spring bunny. As a reminder, please bring your camera and a basket to collect your eggs. We look forward to seeing you there!
Egg Hunt Times:
0-2 at 12:30pm
3-5 at 12:45
6-8 at 1pm
9-12 at 1:15pm
13-18 at 1:30pm
If you are the spouse of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available educational grants from Corvias Foundation and to apply online.
Corvias wants to hear from you! In a one-minute or less video, tell us why your Corvias community is great. One winning video entry will be selected from each Corvias Military Living installation and our Corvias Campus Living location and will receive an iPad mini! Then, one overall winner will be chosen from the top 14 videos for a grand prize - a $2,000 travel voucher! All winners will be announced mid-May. Email your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
Join Fort Meade in celebrating Earth Day at the following events…
Earth Day Celebration: Come out for food and fun at Burba Lake on April 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An event for all ages, Fort Meade welcomes participants and exhibits!
Annual Spring Clean Up: Join the Enlisted Spouses Club in volunteering your time for your community at Burba Lake April 12th from 8 to 10:30 a.m. You'll receive a raffle ticket for each bag of trash or recycling you collect. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the Post Library parking lot. Raffles will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Spring is officially here, and summer is just a few months away! Test your air conditioning now before the temperatures really heat up. If your air conditioning is not functioning properly, please submit a service order in person at your Community Office, by phone, or on our website. We will be happy to take care of that for you.
Military life requires frequent moves which can make preparing your income tax return stressful, difficult and confusing. Tax Day and PCS season are both quickly approaching, the tips and resources below may help with "down to the wire" returns or navigating through an upcoming move more knowledgeable and organized.
Organize your papers
Military families may face multiple moves during the same tax year and when tax season arrives, it reduces stress to have all of your documents in one place. Keep your documents organized.
Creating a yearly tax file can help ease the worry of filing a return. A simple pocket folder or an accordion file can help keep track of tax documents throughout the year. Our favorite is this style of folder.
The Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for spouses, features a column on the top tax deductions to consider before you begin your tax return.
Moving expense deductions
While PCS moves are paid, there may be some out-of-pocket expenses you can claim on your tax return. The IRS website outlines moving expenses that could be deducted. FrontDoor.com also outlines expenses that cannot be claimed. As always, please consult with a tax service provider for complete details.
Free tax services
The military community has several free resources available for service members, veterans, and dependents. Fort Meade offers free assistance with tax preparation through the Fort Meade Tax Center. For individuals that want to file on their own, militaryonesource.com offers a free, online service. Of course, if you have any questions, always ask a professional.
Corvias Foundation is inviting all residents to "Purple Up!" on April 15 to recognize and honor military children.
The "Purple Up!" initiative started only a couple of years ago and has quickly spread across the entire country. Sparked by a deep appreciation for the challenges military children face, purple is the selected color of this movement of gratitude because it symbolizes a combination of Army green, Air Force blue, Marine red, Navy blue, and Coast Guard blue.
"Military children live with unique challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments, and life transitions," explains Corvias Foundation Executive Director, Maria Montalvo. "Children of military families serve along with their parents, and we want to recognize them for their sacrifice."
Please wear your purple and join us at Potomac Place on April 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. to celebrate military children in a short ceremony. We're hoping to have lots of smiling faces for a photo opportunity for our local papers too! Please check your e-mail for more information coming soon. During the month, you'll also see bulletin boards in community centers and offices where residents are invited to add photos to recognize those special military children in your life.
In addition, we've created a blog where residents can share their experiences. Check it out!
Thank you for your support of military kids!
The origins of April Fools' Day are, perhaps appropriately, shrouded in mystery. The commonly accepted story is that when Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian version, New Year's Day shifted from the traditional April 1 to Jan. 1. Those who adopted the Gregorian calendar made fun of people who continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1, calling them "April Fools."
According to the InfoPlease website, though, a Boston University history professor proposed an alternative explanation in 1983: During the reign of the emperor Constantine in the 3rd and 4th centuries, he said, a group of court jesters claimed they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine finally made a clown named Kugel king for a day. One of Kugel's edicts called for a day of absurd behavior, and the tradition continued every year after Constantine resumed the throne.
And now, the rest of the story: After being quoted by the Associated Press, though, Professor Boskin admitted he'd been playing an April Fools' Day joke of his own: He'd made the story up.
Are you looking for a place to grow your own produce? Plots are now available for residents looking to plant and grow produce at the Victory Gardens located at the corner of Upton and Washington avenues in Heritage Park. Join fellow gardeners and find out more at Pot Luck event on April 9th. For more information, call the Heritage Park Community Center at 410-672-2000.
If everyone recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
Want to know what is happening in your community? 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.
Congratulations to RCI's quarterly housing survey winners! The Radgowski and Paulino families were chosen at random to receive $500 for completing and returning their RCI housing survey. Every family living on-post will receive a housing satisfaction survey from RCI this year. The survey is sent to 25 percent of residents each quarter and includes questions such as "How satisfied are you with the accessibility of your maintenance staff?" and "How satisfied are you with the overall services you receive?"
The feedback you provide helps RCI and Corvias understand how we're doing in meeting resident needs and helps shape future plans in your community. The next survey will be sent out electronically early this month, so make sure to check your inbox for an email from Survey Monkey for your opportunity to provide feedback and for a chance to win!
Did you know that you can receive a $300 reward check for referring other military families, single service members, retirees and federal Department of Defense (DoD) employees to live on post? Contact your Community Office for more information.
April 9, 9 a.m.: Coffee with a Cop, Potomac Place Community Center
April 9: Victory Garden Pot Luck, Heritage Park Community Center
April 12, 12-2 p.m.: Spring into Fun, Potomac Place Community Center
April 15, 4 p.m.: "Purple Up!" initiative, Potomac Place Community Center
April 15: Taxes are due
April 23 10a.m. to 2 p.m.: Earth Day, Burba lake
April 26: MWR Family Fun Fair
April 26: Run Series: Earth Day Run