- SatisFacts survey winner
- Looking back at 2014
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Holiday trash disposal
- Stay in the know when it snows
- Winter driving tips
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome cabin fever
- Hose disconnect reminder
- Corvias Foundation scholarships and grants
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Holiday decoration removal
- Cooking matters
Congratulations to the Fort Meade SatisFacts survey winner! Steven Schiavoni was chosen at random to receive a $500 gift card for completing and returning the SatisFacts survey.
Families living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from our residents helps Corvias improve your experience living on post.
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.
Last year marked a major milestone for Corvias Military Living and Fort Meade. The Army’s first on-post apartment community for unaccompanied service members ranks E1 to E5 opened in June, and is still under construction. Similar to family housing, the 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.
Other highlights from 2014 include:
- The Lewis family were the Fort Meade winners of the “Why is your Corvias Community the best place to live?” Read more here.
- In September Corvias Military Living partnered with the Army Wife Network to host free events for military spouses. Click here to read more.
- The Corvias Military Living Fort Meade team volunteered with Playworks Maryland to update a local playground. Read more here.
- Thank you for sharing the holidays with us at our Tis the Season event in December! Check out a few photos and a video from the event here.
- Fort Meade was featured on the Army Wife Network site here.
- And finally, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. Click here to read more.
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.
After the holidays, residents are often left with a lot of bulk trash and boxes. We have a convenient weekly bulk trash service available for residents. Please place all large boxes and Christmas trees in front of your home. We ask that you please break down all boxes and remove all inorganic decorations from the trees.
For normal bulk trash service, please follow the Monday and Friday schedule. Families that have a large amount of bulk items should contact their Community Office.
When winter weather hits, you can find the Garrison’s operating status in the upper right hand corner of the Fort Meade website. For Fort Meade adverse weather status details, check here. Also, you can keep up-to-date on the Fort Meade Facebook page, on Twitter, by calling 677-MEAD (301-677-6323) and through text alert. To be added to the text alert service, text “follow ftmeadealert” to 40404.
Winter weather creates inconveniences and hazardous conditions. Below are a few simple, winter weather driving tips:
- Decrease speed: The posted speed limits are designated for dry pavement, decrease speed when driving in hazardous road conditions.
- Refrain from using cruise control: Roads that appear clear can have isolated icy spots and the lightest touch of your brakes to deactivate cruise control can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and overpasses: Even when the rest of the road appears to be in good condition, bridges and overpasses frost over with ice first.
- Clear snow and ice from vehicles: Completely clear all windows and lights of snow and ice - even the hood and roof - before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping and brake early: It takes more time to stop when roads are wet or icy and braking suddenly may result in them locking up.
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, slept too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Georgia or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
Can you believe that winter is already here? We need your assistance and cooperation to help prevent damages and freezing pipes. During the winter months, all hoses must be disconnected from the exterior hose bib connections. Hoses must remain disconnected until the outside temperatures reach a 15-day consistent overnight temperature above 50 F. If you have not already done so, please disconnect any hoses from your exterior spigots.
This requirement helps prevent pipes from bursting and causing flooding in homes. Any expense incurred due to unauthorized reconnection during this time will be the responsibility of the resident.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Community Office.
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due February 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
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
- Jan. 1: All offices closed
- Jan 8: Cooking Matters; Commissary; 10 a.m.
- Jan 10: New York City Trip – Call 301-677-7354 for details
- Jan 19: All offices closed
- Jan 20: B.O.S.S. meeting, Freedom Center, 3 to 4 p.m.
- Jan 29: Cooking Matters; Commissary; 10 a.m.
All decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes 15 days after the holiday. This provides everyone ample time to take down their decorations and store them. If you have any questions regarding the policy on decorations please refer to the Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
Are you interested in learning how you could stretch your food budget over the holidays? How to shop smarter? How to make healthier choices? Cooking matters is a program designed to help you in all of those areas. Join MWR for their Cooking Matters events on January 8 or January 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Meade Commissary. They will be offering hands-on store tours every hour that teach participants the skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants will learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable and delicious meals for their families. Select tours will receive a $10 coupon. Open to all eligible patrons of the Commissary. To sign-up for the January events, please visit: http://cmatscommissaryfm.eventbrite.com. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.