- Your opinions could earn you a $100 gift card
- Spring into Fun coming soon!
- Test your air conditioning now
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- Win a free trip on Corvias!
- “Purple Up!” in Support of Military Kids
- Attention Patriot Village Residents
- The absolutely true origins of April Fools’ Day
- Green Corner
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Mock billing has started for Live Army Green
- Keep APG Beautiful
- Upcoming events and important dates
Earlier this week, you should have received an e-mail from Corvias Military Living announcing our Resident Communication Survey. This short survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to help us communicate most effectively with you.
Please take time to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communication14 and help us better serve you. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to receive one of three $100 gift cards to Amazon.com. If you did not receive an e-mail about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact your Community Office to update your contact information.
Corvias’ first 2014 community event, Spring into Fun, will be held on Friday, April 18th at the Community Office from 12 to 2 p.m. Join us for egg hunts, balloon artist, crafts, games, refreshments and photos with the spring bunny. As a reminder, please bring your camera and a basket to collect your eggs. We look forward to seeing you there!
Egg Hunt Times:
Ages 0-2 at 12:30pm
Ages 3-5 at 12:45
Ages 6-8 at 1pm
Ages 9-12 at 1:15pm
Ages 13-18 at 1:30pm
Spring is officially here, and summer is just a few months away! Test your air conditioning now before the temperatures really heat up. If your air conditioning is not functioning properly, please submit a service order in person at your Community Office, by phone, or on our website. We will be happy to take care of that for you.
Military life requires frequent moves which can make preparing your income tax return stressful, difficult and confusing. Tax Day and PCS season are both quickly approaching; the tips and resources below may help with “down to the wire” returns or make navigating through an upcoming move more knowledgeable and organized.
Organize your papers
Military families may face multiple moves during the same tax year and when tax season arrives, it reduces stress to have all of your documents in one place. Keep your documents organized.
Creating a yearly tax file can help ease the worry of filing a return. A simple pocket folder or an accordion file can help keep track of tax documents throughout the year. Our favorite is this style of folder.
The Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for spouses, features a column on the top tax deductions to consider before you begin your tax return.
Moving expense deductions
While PCS moves are paid, there may be some out-of-pocket expenses you can claim on your tax return. The IRS website outlines moving expenses that could be deducted. FrontDoor.com also outlines expenses that cannot be claimed. As always, please consult with a tax service provider for complete details.
Free tax services
The military community has several free resources available for service members, veterans, and dependents. For individuals that want to file on their own, militaryonesource.com offers a free, online service. Of course, if you have any questions, always ask a professional.
Corvias wants to hear from you! In a one-minute or less video, tell us why your Corvias community is great. One winning video entry will be selected from each Corvias Military Living installation and our Corvias Campus Living location and will receive an iPad mini! Then, one overall winner will be chosen from the top 14 videos for a grand prize - a $2,000 travel voucher! All winners will be announced mid-May. Email your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
Click here for more on submission requirements and eligibility and to sign the video release.
Corvias Foundation is inviting all residents to “Purple Up!” on April 15th to recognize and honor military children.
The “Purple Up!” initiative started only a couple of years ago and has quickly spread across the entire country. Sparked by a deep appreciation for the challenges military children face, purple is the selected color of this movement of gratitude because it symbolizes a combination of Army green, Air Force blue, Marine red, Navy blue, and Coast Guard blue.
“Military children live with unique challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments, and life transitions,” explains Corvias Foundation Executive Director, Maria Montalvo. “Children of military families serve along with their parents, and we want to recognize them for their sacrifice.”
Please wear your purple and join us at the Corvias Neighborhood Office on April 15th to celebrate military children in a short ceremony. We’re hoping to have lots of smiling faces for a photo opportunity for our local papers too! Please check your e-mail for more information coming soon. During the month, you’ll also see bulletin boards in Community Centers and offices where residents are invited to add photos to recognize those special military children in your life.
In addition, we’ve created a blog where residents can share their experiences. Check it out!
Thank you for your support of military kids!
During the month of April, the Army will be conducting physical fitness testing every Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Soldiers will be using Aberdeen Boulevard from the Aberdeen gate to the west side of Rodman Road. During the testing, Aberdeen Boulevard will be blocked off to traffic. Residents will be required to use Harford Boulevard to enter or exit housing. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our Soldiers safe.
The origins of April Fools’ Day are, perhaps appropriately, shrouded in mystery. The commonly accepted story is that when Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian version, New Year’s Day shifted from the traditional April 1 to Jan. 1. Those who adopted the Gregorian calendar made fun of people who continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1, calling them “April Fools.”
According to the InfoPlease website, though, a Boston University history professor proposed an alternative explanation in 1983: During the reign of the emperor Constantine in the 3rd and 4th centuries, he said, a group of court jesters claimed they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine finally made a clown named Kugel king for a day. One of Kugel’s edicts called for a day of absurd behavior, and the tradition continued every year after Constantine resumed the throne.
And now, the rest of the story: After being quoted by the Associated Press, though, Professor Boskin admitted he’d been playing an April Fools’ Day joke of his own: He’d made the story up.
If everyone recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
Want to know what is happening in your community? 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.
Metering of electricity and gas consumption has started as Aberdeen Proving Ground’s family housing transitions into the Live Army Green program. The first step in transitioning is mock billing.
The first mock billing cycle runs from March 20 through April 20, with the statement delivered the first week of May. Mock billing will occur for three months before live billing starts June 20.
Action is not required during the mock billing period. This time allows residents to review their gas and electricity usage and to make adjustments before actual statements are sent out.
The LAG program is mandated by the Department of Defense with the goal to reduce the overall energy consumption at military installations.
Under the program, homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a 10 percent buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you have received a “balance due” mock bill here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption:
- Use natural light whenever possible.
- Try to keep you fridge and freezer full, they will use less electricity.
- Unplug phone, lap top and other device chargers when not in use.
- 80 to 90 percent of energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. To save energy, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
- Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your community office for no additional cost.
- Set your thermostat fan to “auto” instead of “on.” This ensures your home heats or cools only when necessary.
- Use a power strip to keep electronic devices from using standby power.
- Check your monthly edition of “Corvias Community News” for more conservation tips.
If you are consistently using energy above the buffer zone we can give your home an energy assessment at your request. Please call the Community Office, at 410-305-1076, if you have any questions about mock billing, live billing or the Live Army Green program.
Please see a few friendly reminders below to keep your home and neighborhood looking great this spring.
- Cleaning up after your pet is required, thank you for being a responsible pet owner!
- Please store outdoor toys and basketball goals in the rear of your home when not in use.
- Trash and recycling cans should be pulled in from the curb by 6 p.m. on your designated collection day.
- Grills should be stored in your backyard, and should be 20 feet away from your home when in use.
- Open fire pits are not permitted.
- We are happy to provide landscaping services to all residents starting late spring. As a reminder, certain plants
and shrubs around the Chesapeake Bay should not be pruned. We would like to do your pruning for you!
However, if you plan to do your own near the waterfront areas please call the Neighborhood Office first.
April 3: Sexual Assault Awareness 5K run
April 15: “Purple Up!” initiative
April 15: Taxes are due
April 18, 12-2 p.m.: Spring into Fun, Neighborhood Office
April 25: Student Earth and Arbor Day celebration