- Let it snow
- Tis the Season
- Holiday Decorating Contest
- Corvias employees give back
- New hours at MacArthur Shoppette
- New AAFES mall is open
- Temporary Reece Road Gate Closure
- Guest policy reminder
- How many different reasons to celebrate this month?
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant applications now open
- Winter Pet Care
- Traveling the Holidays
- Get some extra holiday money
Fort Meade’s first snow fall may be right around the corner. So when it comes, Corvias Military Living has the following snow removal procedures in place:
- Corvias provides snow removal services for all streets in the housing areas.
- Snow removal begins after two inches of snow has accumulated and will continue until the roadways are passable.
- All major thoroughfares will be cleared before the clearing of side streets.
- Main walkways, specifically school access routes, will be cleared. This does not include sidewalks leading up to resident homes or driveways.
- Many housing area roadways are marked as “Snow Emergency Routes.” Please refrain from parking along these roadways during and immediately after winter storms so that we can clear the roads as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- In the event of a weather related power outage, Corvias will work closely with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E) crews to restore power as quickly as possible. Residents should report all power outages to their Community Office.
As a reminder, Corvias has a 24-hour emergency maintenance line that residents should call with all housing-related emergencies to include power outages.
In the event a power outage affects the Community Offices, the phone lines may also be affected. If a Community phone line is inoperable, residents should call the 24-hour toll-free number at 1-866-882-8418 to report maintenance emergencies.
Residents experiencing a life-threatening emergency should always call 911 before making any other phone calls. Keep up to date with the latest information with the "News" section of the Corvias website.
Join us for our 11th annual holiday celebration with Corvias Military Living’s “Tis the Season” event Dec. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Potomac Place Community Center. Santa Claus will be available for free pictures. Don’t miss the train rides and free food, music and crafts. This event is free and open to all Fort Meade housing residents. To celebrate the giving season, we will also be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to a worthy local charity. Anyone who would like to participate can bring their canned or boxed goods to this event. Contact your community center for more information.
Corvias Military Housing invites all residents to participate in the annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Judging will take place on 18 December at 5 p.m. Winners from each neighborhood will receive a gift card and will be chosen based on creativity and the overall impression of their yard.
In partnership with Corvias Foundation, Corvias employees are the backbone of the Foundation’s Adopt-A-Charity program. It begins with employees volunteering their time and selecting a local charity to support. The charity guides the scope of work to be accomplished during one or more work days, and the volunteer committee makes it happen.
These efforts take place outside of work hours and are entirely a volunteer commitment. The Corvias volunteer team from Fort Meade joined staff from Playworks Maryland to transform the playground at Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle School. On a sunny Saturday in August, 16 volunteers (including a Foundation scholar and her father) tackled 4 large projects. They removed sod, refurbished existing equipment, constructed new wood boarders, spread 145 bags of mulch, painted new pavement game boards and installed new equipment. Team Meade gave the students a spruced up first day of school and a playground that is safe and optimal for all ages.
Corvias Foundation is proud to partner with these employees as they demonstrate Corvias Group’s commitment to generously give back to the communities in which we live and serve.
The AAFES Express, located at 4706 MacArthur Road will implement new operating hours to better reflect customer needs since the opening of the AAFES Express this past May.
New Express operating hours are Sundays through Thursdays 5 a.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays the Shoppette will maintain its current 24-hour operation.
The new AAFES mall is now to include Military Clothing Sales, GNC, Gamestop, Barber and a Sports shop. New eats choices include Starbucks, Charley’s, Boston Market, Domino’s, Denny’s and Subway. AAFES is also in the process of hiring. Anyone interested can go to www.applymyexchange.com and search for Fort Meade for more information.
Starting Nov. 22, the Reece Road access control point will be closed to all traffic for approximately four weeks. The closure is part of the installation's ongoing road improvement projects. During this period, the Mapes Road/Route 175 gate will be open and serve as the installation's 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access control point.
Additionally, the Llewellyn Avenue gate will be open Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for visitors, businesses and all non-DoD ID card holders. Individuals who require long-term passes will be directed to the VCC.
While Llewellyn Gate is open, DoD-ID Card holders are encouraged to use the installation's other ACPs that will be open: Mapes/175, Mapes/32 and Rockenbach Road.
Llewellyn will be closed on weekends. When the Llewellyn Gate is closed, visitors will go through the Mapes/175 Gate. Click here for more information.
Please remember to contact your Community Office should any house guest stay in your home for longer than seven days. You can then register them as an official house guest.
Registered guests are welcome to visit for no longer than 30 consecutive days. Guests are not allowed to stay in the home if they have been barred from the installation.
December is a month of many holiday celebrations crossing a variety of cultures, nationalities, and beliefs. Here’s a quick snapshot of what people celebrate, and why:
- Hannukah. This Jewish holiday begins in 2014 on Dec. 16 (at sundown) and lasts through Dec. 24. Hannukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Maccabees in 165 B.C. Each night, families light one candle on the menorah, observing the traditional story of how the oil for the temple’s eternal flame burned for eight days.
- Christmas. Observed on Dec. 25, this Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, probably between the years 7 and 2 B.C. The 25th may have been chosen to correspond with the winter solstice or to coincide with a Roman holiday honoring the sun during the same period. Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States in 1870.
- Kwanzaa. A seven-day celebration of African heritage and culture, Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Activist Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 to emphasize African-Americans’ shared history and experience. The name Kwanzaa is derived from “matunda ya kwanza,” a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits.”
The next time you reach for a paper towel, consider this - if every household in the US replaced one roll of non-recycled paper towels with a roll of 100% recycled paper towels, we would save 864,000 trees and 3.4 million cubic feet of landfill space.
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
- Dec. 3: U.S. Army Field Band Holiday Concert; 7 p.m.
- Dec. 6: ESC Children’s Holiday Party
- Dec. 5: “Tis the Season” Resident Event; 2 to 5 p.m.
- Dec. 12: Installation Tree Lighting
- Dec. 11: Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular Trip
- Dec. 13: Army vs. Navy Football Game ; Dec. 13: Reindeer Run 5K; Breakfast with Santa
- Dec. 24: Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Dec. 25: All offices closed
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
Cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time, thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors. This can put their pets in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
- Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure your pets don't have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.
- Keep your pets inside as much as you can when the mercury drops. If you have to take them out, stay outside with them. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding, and plenty of non-frozen water. Try leaving out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel so it won't burn your pet's skin.
- Animals that are not generally in good health shouldn't be exposed to winter weather for a long period of time. Very young and very old animals are vulnerable to the cold as well. Regardless of their health, though, no pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather. If you have any questions about how long your pet should be out this winter, ask your veterinarian.
- Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. To keep your pet's pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe her feet with a washcloth when she comes inside.
- When you're outside with your pets during the winter, you can watch them for signs of discomfort with the cold. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they're saying they want to get back someplace warm.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. If you take some precautions, you and your pet can have a fabulous time taking in the icicles, the snow banks, and the warm, glowing fire at the end of the day.
Source: American Animal Hospital Association
Remember to keep the heat on! The weather may be nice when you leave, but can quickly change while you are gone. Please leave your thermostat set between 60 and 65 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing. Also, we encourage you to consider registering your home for House Watch with your Community Office. When you register your home, the Community team will make a routine check of the property and can take appropriate actions as needed.
Need a little extra money this holiday season? Refer a friend to live on post and receive up to $300 for every referral. Fort Meade housing is open to active-duty military, retirees and Department of Defense civilians. Check with the Leasing and Relocation Office about current specials on select homes.
Tell a friend about us and when they move in to family housing or Reece Crossings you get up to $300 for every referral, it’s that simple. Contact your Community Office for more details.