- Your opinion matters
- Solar coming soon
- Need money for college?
- Victory Garden
- Trash compactors
- Decorating contest winners
- Holiday cooking reminders
- Don't let the holidays "gobble" up your finances
- Green Corner
- Military Family appreciation month
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
Our goal is to provide you with the best homes, community, service and value. To let us know how we are performing Corvias Military Living has contracted with ResidentSurveys.com, a division of SatisFacts Research, to conduct a brief online survey. The survey will be open from Monday, November 2nd to December 2nd.
You will receive a survey notice via a mailed postcard and by email from “residentsurveys.com” (please verify your current email address with the office team). You have the option to include your name with your ratings and comments, or your feedback can be anonymous. As a thank you, for your time, you will be entered in a drawing and you could win a great prize. Your opinion matters and we appreciate your feedback.
In support of the Department of Defense (DoD) Privatized Housing Solar Challenge initiative, we are proud to announce to our residents that Fort Meade will receive solar panels as part of a portfolio-wide Corvias initiative to install solar power at partner military installations across the US at no cost to the military.
As a trusted partner, Corvias takes their responsibility to improve the quality of life and environment for the communities we serve very seriously. This project aligns with military efforts to invest in renewable energy projects, increase energy efficiencies and reduce energy consumption that will also help meet their federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation.
Residents will be notified in advance if your home has been identified to receive solar panels. This work will not require entry into your home and is non-invasive. During this time, you may notice increased noise and construction traffic in your neighborhood. If you have questions regarding the Solar Panel Project, please contact your community office.
Need money for college? Applications for the 2016 Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after November 1 at corviasfoundation.org.
The growing season for the Victory Community Garden has concluded. All garden plots must be cleared by December 1, 2015. Any items remaining will be discarded in preparation for the area to be tilled. For more information on the Community Garden visit our website.
If you have questions, please contact the Heritage Park Community Office at 410-672-2000.
We understand the frustrations shared by our residents about the common trash compactors. Please know that we hear your concerns, and are evaluating several options to address this issue. This is not a simple or quick solution, but we are committed to finding a solution. We also need your help. Residents should ensure trash is placed inside the compactor and not left on the ground. Because of the height of the compactor, small children may not be able to reach to put the trash inside. We will continue to have our maintenance team check the compactor area routinely to ensure the trash has been compacted. We thank you in advance for your help in making Fort Meade a beautiful place to live. If you have any questions, please contact your Community Office.
Congratulations to the winners of the Halloween Decorating Contest! Each winner received a gift certificate. Thank you to all residents for participating in the contest. Your creativity is very impressive.
Food is an important part of Thanksgiving festivities. But holiday meals can take a turn for the worse if safety isn’t a regular ingredient in preparing and cooking the food.
- Oven - If you do not cook frequently, test your oven at least a week before the holiday to ensure it is working properly. If repairs are needed, be sure to request a work order by contacting your Community Office as soon as possible.
- Sink - 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. These materials should be discarded with your regular trash.
- Garbage Disposal - To keep your garbage disposal working properly, do not use it to dispose of large quantities of food waste. Egg shells, potato skins, pasta, rice, bones and other vegetables and meats can cause your disposal to clog and jam.
- Turkey Fryers - Use extreme caution when operating turkey fryers as these have contributed to many home fires and accidental burns. Always keep the fryer in full view while the burner is on and do not operate fryers in, on or under a garage, carport, porch, fence, dry grass or any other structure or material that can catch fire.
- Allow 24 hours per 5 pounds to defrost a frozen turkey in the refrigerator. Don’t defrost your turkey on the kitchen counter. Also, refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation. Leaving food out too long is one of the biggest holiday food safety problems.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly “gobble” up your hard-earned money. Don’t fret – we’ve got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
- Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Financial Readiness Program at 301-677-5590.
- Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
- Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
- Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
- Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, 30 Nov.
- Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
- Don’t forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That’s really what it is all about.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t open the oven door while you’re cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
November is Military Family Appreciation Month. In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, Fort Meade MWR is hosting a week of special opportunities and programs just for the military community. Learn more here.
- November 1 – Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
- November 5 – Brass Lounge Grand Opening
- November 11 – Veteran's Day, all Corvias Offices closed
- November 17 – Army vs. Navy game; Tailgating party begins at 3 p.m. with free food and beverage! Kickoff is at 4 p.m. For more information call 301-677-3318.
- November 18 – Veterans Job Fair; 9am-2pm at Club Meade
- November 21 – Turkey Trot Run
- November 26 – Thanksgiving, all Corvias Offices closed
- November 26 – Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Club Meade
- November 27 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.