- Corvias Military Living earns top score in national resident satisfaction survey
- Schools out! Now what do we do?
- Tips for a less stressful move
- Keeping cool by the pool
- Hidden Hazards: The Window Blind Cord
- Corvias Foundation Celebrates Award of $50,000 Scholarships
- Pool passes and key fobs
- Live Army Green goes live
- Lawn care reminders
- Green Corner
- Want to know what’s happening in your neighborhood?
- Story Time
- Happy Birthday U.S. Army!
- Upcoming events and important dates
In recent months, you may have received an e-mail asking for you to complete the SatisFacts national resident satisfaction e-mail survey. As a result of the feedback collected from current on-post residents, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. SatisFacts also awarded Corvias with the 2013 SatisFacts Superior Resident Satisfaction Company Award. 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.
If you’ve got children, you know what June means: summer vacation. Weeks and weeks of uninterrupted freedom, maybe a family trip or two—and lots of time for kids to grow bored because they have nothing to do. You don’t have to be a fulltime cruise director for your family. You can, however, consider these ideas for keeping children busy and happy until school starts again in the fall:
- Museums. Scout your community for offbeat little museums in addition to the major institutions of art and history that may be nearby.
- Libraries. Visit your local library often. In addition to checking out books and DVDs, look for summertime activities that many libraries offer to children.
- Volunteer work. Older children can get a lot out of volunteering for charities and other causes in your community. Look for age-appropriate opportunities that allow kids to do good for others.
- Sports programs. Find a sport your child is interested in. Many park districts and schools offer programs in baseball, soccer, and other sports during the summer months.
- Berry picking. If you live anywhere near the country, look for farms that offer the chance to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. You’ll get some healthy produce at a good price while spending a few productive hours outdoors.
- Down time. Don’t try to schedule every minute in your kids’ days. Give them some time to relax and chill out so their vacation really feels like a vacation.
Military families move throughout the year, but summer is typically known as peak PCS season. We’re here to help you!
1) Please provide written notice and a copy of your PCS orders to your Community Office at least 30 days prior to your desired move-out date.
2) If you are preparing to move, you may request a pre-inspection of your home at any time. During this pre-inspection, we will walk through your home, and let you know if there are any potential charges that you may receive upon move-out. Addressing these issues prior to move-out will help you avoid paying these charges.
3) Please leave your home in a surface clean condition upon move-out. This policy is designed to ease the moving process for our military families. If you regularly clean your home, a simple wipe down and sweep/vacuum prior to move-out would meet the surface-clean policy.
4) Be sure to check out the Corvias Military website prior to your PCS – we manage housing at seven Army bases and six Air Force installations. If you are Fort Rucker-bound, be sure to check out this column on the Army Wife Network website for more information. Headed to Fort Polk? Click here for more information about all of the fun things you can do around the area. No matter where you go, if you are PCSing, be sure to read about your next duty station. The more you know, the more you’ll enjoy your next home.
Community Center pools are open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Corvias Military Living looks forward to a great summer of serving our pool patrons. Please call your Community Office with any questions you may have regarding pool related topics.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidental strangling, is window cords. Since these blind and curtain cords are a serious risk for our children, Corvias Military Living wants to remind you and your family on the proper steps to staying safe. Be sure to keep all window cords out of the reach of children. This includes ensuring that all furniture and toys are away from windows and if possible, moved to another wall. Examine all shades and blinds in the home. If your home does not have the cordless blind style, make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords. Make loose cords inaccessible. If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut. Following these tips will help keep you and your family safe from this hidden hazard. More information can be found by visiting the Window Safety Cord Council’s website, windowcoverings.org
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 11 college scholarships of up to $50,000 to outstanding high school students, marking the ninth class of Our Future scholarship recipients. Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members.
The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to his or her academic and professional growth. Students receive scholarships in the amount of up to $12,500 per year for four years to pursue a secondary education at colleges and universities around the country.
“The caliber of students applying for our scholarships is exceptional,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation executive director. “All of the applicants are hard-working students who are active in their schools and communities and more than deserving of a college scholarship. The selection process is difficult but we look forward to welcoming these new scholars into our Foundation family.”
Corvias Foundation awarded the scholarships based on merit and need. Each student was required to respond to four questions that highlighted different aspects of their lives as students and as active-duty military family. This fall, each student will be attending the four-year institution of his or her choice to pursue their academic careers.
“The opportunity for Corvias Group to serve our military is an honor, and we wanted to further our commitment to bettering the communities in which we live and serve by creating a Foundation to promote educational opportunities for students just like these,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “We are proud of each of our scholarship recipients for what they’ve already achieved and are so happy to be a part of what they will become.”
Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring publishers, scientists, doctors, and those with social justice aspirations and business dreams. The eleven graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
Have you picked up your pool pass and key fob yet? If not, please visit your community center to obtain these passes that will provide access to the new pool and clubhouse. Passes and fobs are issued one per family. Your key fob will also provide you with access to the 24-hour fitness center in your new clubhouse. As a reminder, the red phone in the fitness center connects directly to 9-1-1. Please only use this phone for emergencies.
The three-month mock billing period of the Live Army Green Program ends this month and the first live billing cycle starts approximately June 22, with bills going out in early August.
Residents with questions or concerns about the LAG program are encouraged to attend the Corvias Military Living town hall June 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the new Bayside Community Center.
If your mock bills have exceeded the baseline average here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption:
- Air dry your dishes, do not use the dishwasher’s heat dry setting.
- Match Pans to Burners: A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch stove burner wastes more than 40 percent of the burner's heat.
- Use your window shades. Close blinds on the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.
- Increase your air conditioner temperature by one degree. Believe it or not, it could mean significant savings over the long run.
- Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your community center for no additional cost.
- Use your dryer for consecutive loads. The built-up heat means less energy spent.
- Microwaves use substantially less energy than ovens. Use one when cooking and reheating items.
- 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 live billing or the Live Army Green program.
For more information about the program visit the Live Army Green page on the Corvias website.
In order to provide the best possible service to our resident, we are asking that you remember to do the following on your scheduled mowing day.
- Pets– secure your pets in your home or in a kennel. Please remove any chains and ground anchor stakes. They are a safety issue when not visible through the grass.
- Pet waste– please remove all pet waste
- Children’s toys– please remove all toys on the lawn
- Lawn furniture or decorations– store all non-fixed furniture and décor
- Decorative solar lights– please remove if possible. Most solar lights are very fragile and can be easily damaged by weed eaters.
- Garden Hoses– please remove from the lawn to avoid damage
- Gates– please open gates prior to the start of the scheduled mowing service on your street and close them after lawn care has been completed
Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed. Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
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.
Join Corvias and the Post Library at Bayside Community Center on Friday, June 6th for a special story time event from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents and children will enjoy an hour of reading, singing and crafts.
Here are some fun facts about the United States Army and Flag Day, both celebrated on June 14! The Army will celebrate its 239th birthday this June. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the creation of the Continental Army. The new force was made of militiamen already gathered outside Boston, some 22,000 of them, plus those in New York, about 5,000. On June 14, Americans celebrate the adoption of the first national flag, also known as the "Stars and Stripes" or "Old Glory." The first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1818 after 5 more states joined the Union, Congress passed legislation fixing the number of stripes at 13 and requiring that the number of stars equal the number of states.
- Army Soldier Show: June 5
- Story Time: June 6
- Installation Town Hall: June 12
- APG Army Birthday Run & Celebration: June 12
- Army Birthday and Flag Day: June 14
- Father’s Day: June 15