- Corvias Military Living earns top score in national resident satisfaction survey
- We're celebrating you!
- Schools out! Now what do we do?
- Tips for a less stressful move
- Keeping cool by the pool
- Hidden Hazards: The Window Blind Cord
- Corvias Foundation Celebrates Award of $50,000 Scholarships
- iWatch Army – If you see something, say something
- Reece Crossings Opens for Unaccompanied Service Members E1 to E5
- Lawn care reminders
- Green Corner
- Friendly community reminders
- Want to know what’s happening in your neighborhood?
- Happy Birthday U.S. Army!
- U.S. Army Field Band Concert Series
- Upcoming events and important dates
In recent months, you may have received an e-mail asking for you to complete the SatisFacts national resident satisfaction e-mail survey. As a result of the feedback collected from current on-post residents, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. SatisFacts also awarded Corvias with the 2013 SatisFacts Superior Resident Satisfaction Company Award. The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Join us for our Annual Resident Appreciation Celebration at Potomac Place on Friday, May 30th from 4-7pm. There will be face painting, balloon artist, sports challenge, free food and fun and entertainment for the entire family. Hope to see you there!
If you’ve got children, you know what June means: summer vacation. Weeks and weeks of uninterrupted freedom, maybe a family trip or two—and lots of time for kids to grow bored because they have nothing to do. You don’t have to be a fulltime cruise director for your family. You can, however, consider these ideas for keeping children busy and happy until school starts again in the fall:
- Museums. Scout your community for offbeat little museums in addition to the major institutions of art and history that may be nearby.
- Libraries. Visit your local library often. In addition to checking out books and DVDs, look for summertime activities that many libraries offer to children.
- Volunteer work. Older children can get a lot out of volunteering for charities and other causes in your community. Look for age-appropriate opportunities that allow kids to do good for others.
- Sports programs. Find a sport your child is interested in. Many park districts and schools offer programs in baseball, soccer, and other sports during the summer months.
- Berry picking. If you live anywhere near the country, look for farms that offer the chance to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. You’ll get some healthy produce at a good price while spending a few productive hours outdoors.
- Down time. Don’t try to schedule every minute in your kids’ days. Give them some time to relax and chill out so their vacation really feels like a vacation.
Military families move throughout the year, but summer is typically known as peak PCS season. We’re here to help you!
1) Please provide written notice and a copy of your PCS orders to your Community Office at least 30 days prior to your desired move-out date.
2) If you are preparing to move, you may request a pre-inspection of your home at any time. During this pre-inspection, we will walk through your home, and let you know if there are any potential charges that you may receive upon move-out. Addressing these issues prior to move-out will help you avoid paying these charges.
3) Please leave your home in a surface clean condition upon move-out. This policy is designed to ease the moving process for our military families. If you regularly clean your home, a simple wipe down and sweep/vacuum prior to move-out would meet the surface-clean policy.
4) Be sure to check out the Corvias Military website prior to your PCS – we manage housing at seven Army bases and six Air Force installations. If you are Fort Rucker-bound, be sure to check out this column on the Army Wife Network website for more information. Headed to Fort Polk? Click here for more information about all of the fun things you can do around the area. No matter where you go, if you are PCSing, be sure to read about your next duty station. The more you know, the more you’ll enjoy your next home!
Community Center pools are open with the following hours:
- 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.
Corvias Military Living looks forward to a great summer of serving our pool patrons. Please call your Community Office with any questions you may have regarding pool related topics.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidental strangling, is window cords. Since these blind and curtain cords are a serious risk for our children, Corvias Military Living wants to remind you and your family on the proper steps to staying safe. Be sure to keep all window cords out of the reach of children. This includes ensuring that all furniture and toys are away from windows and if possible, moved to another wall. Examine all shades and blinds in the home. If your home does not have the cordless blind style, make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords. Make loose cords inaccessible. If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut. Following these tips will help keep you and your family safe from this hidden hazard. More information can be found by visiting the Window Safety Cord Council’s website, windowcoverings.org.
Eleven outstanding high school students were awarded scholarships of up to $50,000 to attend college by Corvias Foundation, John Picerne’s private charitable foundation. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $5.5 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring publishers, scientists, doctors, and those with social justice aspirations and business dreams.
Student awardees from Fort Meade include:
Chris Buckley will graduate from Glenelg High School. He is a great student and has been very involved at school. As a musician, he is involved in his school band and also teaches trombone lessons. Christopher plans to pursue mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park. His father is Sgt. Maj. Michael Buckley of The United States Army Field Band.
Sara Russell will graduate from Meade Senior High School. In addition to academic achievement, she has been a very active volunteer in her community, spending time helping the homeless, elderly, and military service members and veterans. Sara will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study environmental science. Her father is Sgt. 1st Class Jared Russell of the B Co. 741st MI BN, 704th MI BDE.
Find out more about the Foundation by going to www.corviasfoundation.org.
A message from DES:
As the Spring / Summer months unfold, people naturally will engage in more outdoor activities and travel. Fort Meade is asking the community to pay attention to their surroundings and report suspicious activity to the police; not just for today, tomorrow, or the next day, but at all times. Important places to watch for suspicious activity include: Unit HQ's, Installation access control points, Rail Transport Systems, Religious facilities, Amusement parks, Sports/entertainment venues, Recreation centers, Fitness facilities, Barracks and lodging facilities, Mass-gatherings - Parades, Fairs, etc., Schools, Libraries, Day care centers, Hospitals, Commissary, PX, Gas Station, Bank, and Public Transportation.
Suspicious activities includes; Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package being left behind; Cars or trucks left in "NO" parking zones in front of buildings; Strangers asking questions about security forces or their procedures; Chemical smells or fumes that worry you; Person wearing clothes that look out of season (too big and bulky and /or too hot for the weather; purchase of supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchase uniforms without having the proper credentials.
Please reiterate to your personnel to report suspicious activity observed on the installation to the FGGM DES-Police at 301-677-6622 or at the following web-link https://iwatchftmeade.org/?site=ftmeade.
Over the last several months, you may have seen the new apartment community under construction near Mapes Avenue and Cooper Road. This project is a first-of-its-kind on-post apartment community for unaccompanied service members ranks E1 to E5. Similar to family housing, this privatized community is being constructed through the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) program and will provide unaccompanied service members the opportunity to live in on-post housing close to work, amenities and the resources here to support military members and families.
The community will be comprised of 432 apartments for unaccompanied service members and the first two buildings and clubhouse will open this month! The community offers all-inclusive living and a great value to service members. And, pets are welcome!
We are leasing apartments with immediate availability for move-in. So, if you have single friends spread the word. Family housing residents will receive a $150 referral reward check for referring a new resident to live at Reece Crossings. 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. To find out more, visit ReeceCrossings.com.
In order to provide the best possible service to our resident, we are asking that you remember to do the following on your scheduled mowing day.
- Pets– secure your pets in your home or in a kennel. Please remove any chains and ground anchor stakes. They are a safety issue when not visible through the grass.
- Pet waste– please remove all pet waste
- Children’s toys– please remove all toys on the lawn
- Lawn furniture or decorations– store all non-fixed furniture and décor
- Decorative solar lights– please remove if possible. Most solar lights are very fragile and can be easily damaged by weed eaters.
- Garden Hoses– please remove from the lawn to avoid damage
- Gates– please open gates prior to the start of the scheduled mowing service on your street and close them after lawn care has been completed
Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed. Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
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.
Please remember to share the road when you are driving. Obey all speed limits, and watch for playing children, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This is especially important during inclement weather. We appreciate your cooperation!
Being a responsible pet owner is a year-round job. With winter in full swing, be especially attentive to your pets’ needs when they are outside. If/when you keep your pets outdoors, please ensure they have access to shelter, food, and water. Please also keep your pets on a leash when taking them for walks. As always, thank you for cleaning up after your pet!
Do not pour grease, oils or other fatty substances down your sink, toilet or sewer drains. If poured down the sink, these materials can harden along pipes and may lead to clogged pipes and unpleasant sewer backups.
Please do not discard “flushable” wipes down the toilet. It will clog the toilet.
Here are some fun facts about the United States Army and Flag Day, both celebrated on June 14! The Army will celebrate its 238th birthday this June. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the creation of the Continental Army. The new force was made of militiamen already gathered outside Boston, some 22,000 of them, plus those in New York, about 5,000. On June 14, Americans celebrate the adoption of the first national flag, also known as the "Stars and Stripes" or "Old Glory." The first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1818 after 5 more states joined the Union, Congress passed legislation fixing the number of stripes at 13 and requiring that the number of stars equal the number of states.
This summer, you are invited to the U.S. Army Field Band’s 2014 Summer Concert Series at Fort Meade! Join your neighbors and community at Constitution Park on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. from June through August.The band will also host a Chamber Music Series with concerts June 1st at the Oakland Historic Mansions and June 8th at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. You won’t want to miss these amazing concerts.;Find these dates on your neighborhood calendars and learn more at ArmyFieldBand.com!
- U.S. Army Field Band Concert Series: June 5 – The Volunteers
- U.S. Army Field Band Concert Series: June 12 – Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus
- Army Birthday and Flag Day: June 14
- Father’s Day: June 15
- Farmer’s Market: June 18, Smallwood Hall
- U.S. Army Field Band Concert Series: June 19 – The Jazz Ambassadors
- Army Birthday Summer Sizzler 5K: June 21, Fort Meade Pavillion
- U.S. Army Field Band Concert Series: June 26 – Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus
- U.S. Army Field Band Concert Series: July 3 – 4th of July Celebration