- Community Center Grand Opening and Resident Celebration
- Military spouses empowered, rejuvenated at Army Wife Network event
- Have you thanked a Military Spouse?
- New Pool opens Saturday, May 24
- Bulk trash service
- Mock billing has started for Live Army Green
- New recycling totes
- Green Corner
- Grant application deadline approaching
- Lawn Care Schedule
- Want to know what’s happening in your community?
- Wading Pool Safety
- Resources available on website
- The secret language of flowers
- Important Dates and Events
Two resident appreciation events in one great day!
Please join Team APG and Corvias to celebrate the Grand Opening of your brand new Community Center on May 22 at 10 a.m. We will commemorate the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours and refreshments for residents. Be one of the first to see and use the exciting amenities in the Ocean City, Md. themed clubhouse to include carnival-style arcade games like skee-ball, a fitness center and separate studio for activities like yoga, multipurpose room with computers and a brand new private pool exclusive to residents.
Later in the day, we will also host the annual and Resident Appreciation Celebration at the new Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. You won’t want to miss exciting activities for the whole family to include carnival-style games, face painting, complimentary food and more!
Mark your calendar for this exciting day of events. We can’t wait to spend time with you at your new community center!
Last month, we announced Corvias Military Living has partnered with Army Wife Network to bring the Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies program to three Corvias installations in 2014. Corvias and Army Wife Network held its first joint Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies networking and military spouse appreciation seminar on Fort Bragg on April 3 and 4.
Nearly 200 military spouses attended the four-hour event focused on fostering connections among spouses, sharing support and enjoying camaraderie. Participants immediately began to experience this focus during the initial moments of the seminar, when spouses completed an ice-breaker activity that encouraged comparing and contrasting their military spouse experiences.
While challenges and opportunities associated with military life were at the forefront of the events’ discussions, food and door prizes were also provided, and attendees left the event feeling empowered and rejuvenated.
Kari Schaffer, who lives on post at Fort Bragg, was especially grateful to attend the event. “This has really taught me that you can have friends from all walks of life. It’s great how the event gets people together to talk.”
Corvias will also host and sponsor Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies seminars at Fort Meade and Fort Sill later this year. The event at Fort Meade will be open to spouses at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
For more information about the Army Wife Network and its partnership with Corvias, visit Army Wife Network’s multi-media resource website.
Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan recognized the importance of military spouse contributions to the morale and readiness of our nation’s service members. In 1999, Congress designated the first Friday before Mother’s Day as National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. This year on May 9, we continue to recognize and show appreciation to the silent force, behind the force, for their steadfast support and sacrifice.
As a nation, we salute spouses for their commitment, dedication and patriotism. Military spouses wear many hats while juggling family separations, employment uncertainties and frequent relocations. Yet, they still find time and strength to volunteer in our communities and manage the home front.
Corvias Military Living salutes our military spouses for your service and commitment! Thank you for the many selfless contributions and sacrifices in supporting our service members. Corvias will be hosting a “Date with your Mate” prize drawing. Visit the neighborhood office on May 9 to enter your name for a chance to win a great prize. More information on Military Spouse Appreciation events at Aberdeen Proving Ground is available on their website.
Corvias Military Living will open your brand new community pools on Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. for Memorial Day weekend. Please see below for the hours of operation for the summer:
- 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.
The community pool is open to all residents living on post. Residents will need to provide pool passes and an ID to access the pool. Four guests are allowed per family. Residents should visit the Neighborhood Office to receive their pool pass for the 2014 season. The pool can accommodate a certain amount of people on a first come, first serve basis. At maximum capacity, the management and lifeguards on duty may ask residents to try back later.
To make a day at the pool enjoyable for all, here are some rules we ask residents to follow:
- No glass or pottery-type containers allowed in the pool area.
- All patrons must wear swimsuits that are appropriate for public appearance.
- Inflatable rafts, water wings/floaties and toys are not permitted in the pool (Guidance from CDC).
- Young children may wear Coast Guard approved life vests in the pool.
- Children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers while in the pool.
- All children under the age of 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age.
- No pets are allowed in the pool area.
- Wet bathing suits are not allowed in the Community Center.
A complete list of rules is available online at apg.corviasmilitaryliving.com and is posted at the pool. For more information on pool passes or openings, please contact your neighborhood office. We look forward to a summer of fun in the sun at the pools!
Did you know that we have a convenient weekly service to pick up your bulk trash? All you have to do is place your bulk items out by the curb for pick up on Wednesdays! Call your neighborhood office for details.
Metering of electricity and gas consumption has started as Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Bayside Neighborhood 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.
We will be replacing your current recycling bins with new 95-gallon totes with lids. We ask that all residents please place their current bins by the curb on the evening of Monday, May 5th to be replaced during your scheduled Tuesday collection on the 6th. We hope you enjoy recycling with these new larger collection totes.
Take advantage of spring weather! While the temperatures outside are comfortable, use a window or ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner. A fan only requires a tenth of the energy needed to run an air conditioner.
College grants in the amount of $5,000 are available each year for spouses of active-duty Service Members stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Polk, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Rucker, Fort Riley and Fort Sill. Grant applications for 2013 are available online at CorviasFoundation.org.
Spring has sprung and the grass is growing! That means our lawn care providers will be in your neighborhood taking care of your yard. To find out the mowing schedule for your street, please check your neighborhood calendar.
Lawn care includes a basic cut and trim to keep your yard looking well-kept.
We request that you please help us by completing the following tasks prior to the morning of your scheduled mowing service.
- Pets - secure your pets in your home or in a kennel. Remove all chains and/or ground anchors from the premises.
- Pet waste - please remove all pet waste.
- Children's toys - please remove all toys on the lawn.
- Hoses - wrap up and remove any hoses from your yard.
- Lawn furniture or decorations - store all non-fixed furniture.
- Decorative solar lights - please remove if possible. Most solar lights are very fragile and can be easily damaged by weed eaters. If your solar lights are easily removable from their bases, please do so. The lawn care technician may not trim around these items if they feel that to do so may damage them.
- Gates - please open gates on the morning of your service.
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.
Splashing around in a pool on a hot summer day is great entertainment for small children. Please remember only small, well-maintained wading pools are approved. Wading pools should be 12 inches or less in height and no more than 10 feet wide and must be emptied and stored when not in use. The resident assumes all liability for the set-up and operation of the pool and an adult must supervise filled wading pools and activity at all times.
This policy is in place to ensure the safety of our residents and maintain the curb appeal of the Communities. If you have any questions, please call or stop by your Community Office.
We encourage residents to visit our website at apg.corviasmilitaryliving.com. Important and helpful information is on the site including several features residents can utilize. Two options include viewing community resources and submitting feedback.
Additionally, routine maintenance requests can be submitted here. Residents should fill out the form with as much detail as possible so your community team can identify and complete your request. If your work order is an emergency, please call your community office immediately instead of submitting the request electronically. The online form should not be used for any emergency situations, as they require a prompt response.
Flowers are lovely to look at, but they communicate more than beauty. Some have specific meanings behind them. Here’s what you can express to a friend or loved one by choosing just the right flower:
- Carnation: constancy, joy
- Chrysanthemum: optimism, hope, happiness
- Daisy: purity, loyalty, innocence
- Freesia: trust
- Gladiola: remembrance
- Iris: faith, wisdom, promise
- Larkspur: appreciation
- Lily: devotion
- Orchid: love, beauty
- Red rose: true love, desire
- White rose: true love, purity
- Yellow rose: friendship
- Pink rose: sweetness
- Tulip: love at first sight
- Snapdragon: virtue
- May 8: Grant applications due
- May 9: Military Spouse Appreciation Day
- May 11: Mother’s Day
- May 12: Armed Forces Week Kick Off
- May 14: APG Health, Wellness and Safety Day
- May 22, 10 a.m.: Bayside Community Center Grand Opening
- May 22, 4 to 7 p.m.: Resident Appreciation Celebration, Bayside Community Center
- May 24: Resident pool opens
- May 26: APG Memorial Day Celebration