- Military spouses empowered, rejuvenated at Army Wife Network event
- Have you thanked a Military Spouse?
- Pools open Saturday, May 24
- We're looking for more residents like you
- New recycling totes
- Green Corner
- Grant application deadline approaching
- Lawn care schedules online
- Resident Appreciation Celebration
- Want to know what's happening in your community?
- Wading pool safety
- Resources available on website
- The secret language of flowers
- Upcoming Events
- Help Fort Meade Reach 20K Likes!
Last month, we announced Corvias Military Living has partnered with Army Wife Network to bring the Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies program to three Corvias installations in 2014. Corvias and Army Wife Network held its first joint Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies networking and military spouse appreciation seminar on Fort Bragg on April 3 and 4.
Nearly 200 military spouses attended the four-hour event focused on fostering connections among spouses, sharing support and enjoying camaraderie. Participants immediately began to experience this focus during the initial moments of the seminar, when spouses completed an ice-breaker activity that encouraged comparing and contrasting their military spouse experiences.
While challenges and opportunities associated with military life were at the forefront of the events' discussions, food and door prizes were also provided, and attendees left the event feeling empowered and rejuvenated.
Kari Schaffer, who lives on post at Fort Bragg, was especially grateful to attend the event. "This has really taught me that you can have friends from all walks of life. It's great how the event gets people together to talk."
Corvias will also host and sponsor Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies seminars at Fort Meade and Fort Sill later this year.
For more information about the Army Wife Network and its partnership with Corvias, visit Army Wife Network's multi-media resource website.
Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan recognized the importance of military spouse contributions to the morale and readiness of our nation's service members. In 1999, Congress designated the first Friday before Mother's Day as National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. This year on May 9, we continue to recognize and show appreciation to the silent force, behind the force, for their steadfast support and sacrifice.
As a nation, we salute spouses for their commitment, dedication and patriotism. Military spouses wear many hats while juggling family separations, employment uncertainties and frequent relocations. Yet, they still find time and strength to volunteer in our communities and manage the home front.
Corvias Military Living salutes our military spouses for your service and commitment! Thank you for the many selfless contributions and sacrifices in supporting our service members. Information on Military Spouse Appreciation events at Fort Meade is available on their website.
Corvias Military Living will open community pools at Potomac Place, Meuse Forest, Heritage Park and Midway Common to all on-post residents on Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. for Memorial Day weekend. Please see below for the hours of operation for the summer:
- May 24–June 18: Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Monday–Friday: 4:00–8:00p.m.
- June 19–August 24: Sunday–Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Friday–Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–8:00p.m.
- August 25–September 3: Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Monday–Friday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Community pools are open to all residents living on post. Residents will need to provide pool passes and an id to access the pool. Four guests are allowed per family. Residents who do not have a pool pass should pick one up at their Neighborhood Office. Each pool can accommodate a certain amount of people on a first come, first serve basis. At maximum capacity, the management and lifeguards on duty may ask residents to come back later or try another pool.
To make a day at the pool enjoyable for all, here are some rules we ask residents to follow:
- No glass or pottery-type containers allowed in the pool area.
- All patrons must wear swimsuits that are appropriate for public appearance.
- Inflatable rafts, water wings/floaties and toys are not permitted in the pool (Guidance from CDC).
- Young children may wear Coast Guard approved life vests in the pool.
- Children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers while in the pool.
- All children under the age of 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age.
- No pets are allowed in the pool area.
- Wet bathing suits are not allowed in the Community Center.
A complete list of rules is available online at meade.corviasmilitaryliving.com and posted at each facility.
For more information on pool passes or openings, please contact your neighborhood office. We look forward to a summer of fun in the sun at the pools!
Did you know that you can receive a $300 reward check for referring other military families, retirees and federal Department of Defense (DoD) employees to live on post in family housing? Now you can also receive another $150 for referring your single E1 to E5 friends to live at Reece Crossings – the Army's first on-post apartment community for unaccompanied junior enlisted service members. Contact your Community Office for more information and be sure to have them give us your name when they visit the Leasing center so we know where to send the money. By the way, have you heard about Reece Crossings? You can learn more about the new privatized on-post apartment community at ReeceCrossings.com.
We want to help you help the environment! Many families are passionate about recycling to keep our environment clean and preserve our planet for future generations. To assist in this effort, Corvias will be providing larger 95-gallon recycling totes with lids to residents that receive curbside collection the week of May 5th. Trash and recycling services are coordinated on your regularly scheduled collection day for homes that have curbside collection. We ask that residents please place their current bins out on the evening before their collection day to be replaced. Check your neighborhood calendar for details on trash, bulk trash and recycling collection.
Take advantage of spring weather! While the temperatures outside are comfortable, use a window or ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner. A fan only requires a tenth of the energy needed to run an air conditioner.
College grants in the amount of $5,000 are available each year for spouses of active-duty Service Members stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Polk, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Rucker, Fort Riley and Fort Sill. Grant applications for 2013 are available online at CorviasFoundation.org.
Spring has sprung and the grass is growing! That means our lawn care providers will be in your neighborhood taking care of your yard. To find out the mowing schedule for your street, please check your neighborhood calendar.
Lawn care includes a basic cut and trim to keep your yard looking well-kept.
We request that you please help us by completing the following tasks prior to the morning of your scheduled mowing service.
- Pets - secure your pets in your home or in a kennel. Remove all chains and/or ground anchors from the premises.
- Pet waste - please remove all pet waste.
- Children's toys - please remove all toys on the lawn.
- Hoses - wrap up and remove any hoses from your yard.
- Lawn furniture or decorations - store all non-fixed furniture.
- Decorative solar lights - please remove if possible. Most solar lights are very fragile and can be easily damaged by weed eaters. If your solar lights are easily removable from their bases, please do so. The lawn care technician may not trim around these items if they feel that to do so may damage them.
- Gates - please open gates on the morning of your service.
To let every resident know just how much we care and value them, Corvias will host the annual Resident Appreciation Celebration on May 30 at the Potomac Place Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Join us for exciting activities for the whole family to include a sports challenge, video game truck, face painting, complimentary food and more! The Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) will also host their annual Bike Rodeo in coordination with the event. Children need to bring their own bikes and helmets in order to participate in this year's Rodeo. Call your neighborhood office for more information.
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.
Splashing around in a pool on a hot summer day is great entertainment for small children. Please remember only small, well-maintained wading pools are approved. Wading pools should be 12 inches or less in height and no more than 10 feet wide and must be emptied and stored when not in use. The resident assumes all liability for the set-up and operation of the pool and an adult must supervise filled wading pools and activity at all times.
This policy is in place to ensure the safety of our residents and maintain the curb appeal of the Communities. If you have any questions, please call or stop by your Community Office.
We encourage residents to visit our website at meade.corviasmilitaryliving.com. Important and helpful information is on the site including several features residents can utilize. Two options include viewing community resources and submitting feedback.
Additionally, routine maintenance requests can be submitted here. Residents should fill out the form with as much detail as possible so your community team can identify and complete your request. If your work order is an emergency, please call your community office immediately instead of submitting the request electronically. The online form should not be used for any emergency situations, as they require a prompt response.
Flowers are lovely to look at, but they communicate more than beauty. Some have specific meanings behind them. Here's what you can express to a friend or loved one by choosing just the right flower:
- Carnation: constancy, joy
- Chrysanthemum: optimism, hope, happiness
- Daisy: purity, loyalty, innocence
- Freesia: trust
- Gladiola: remembrance
- Iris: faith, wisdom, promise
- Larkspur: appreciation
- Lily: devotion
- Orchid: love, beauty
- Red rose: true love, desire
- White rose: true love, purity
- Yellow rose: friendship
- Pink rose: sweetness
- Tulip: love at first sight
- Snapdragon: virtue
- May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Spouse Job Fair, McGill Training Center
- May 8 - Grant applications due
- May 11 - Mother's Day
- May 17 - USO Sesame Street Experience
- May 18 - Massing of the Colors
- May 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Farmers Market, Smallwood Hall
- May 22 - Safety Health and Wellness Fair
- May 24 - Pools open
- May 26 – Memorial Day
- May 30, 4-7 p.m.: Resident Appreciation Celebration, Potomac Place
Corvias is partnering with Fort Meade to help them reach their goal of 20,000 likes on Facebook. If you haven't already, like their Facebook page and you could win a $100 gift card. If you've already liked the page, be sure to tell your friends to do the same.