- RCI survey winners announced
- Save the date for “Tis the Season”
- Need money for college?
- Winter is coming
- Turkey Day cooking safety tips
- Last chance to win $500!
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
- Holiday hours
- On the web
- Time to take out the trash
- Holiday travel
Congratulations to our RCI quarterly housing survey winners! The Poston family and the McCleary family were chosen at random to receive $100 for completing and returning their RCI housing survey. Every family living in on-post housing will receive a housing satisfaction survey from RCI this year. The survey is sent to 25 percent of residents each quarter and includes questions such as “How satisfied are you with the accessibility of your maintenance staff?” and “How satisfied are you with the overall services you receive?”
The feedback you provide helps RCI and Corvias understand how we’re doing in meeting resident needs and helps shape future plans in your community. The next survey will be sent out later this month, so remember to check your mailbox for your opportunity to provide feedback and for a chance to win cash!
All residents are invited to our annual holiday celebration event in December at the Bayside Community Center. Be on the lookout for more information and details coming up in your December issue of Corvias Community News.
Applications for the 2015 Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after November 1 on the Corvias Foundation website.
Cold weather is quickly approaching, so here are some tips to get your house ready for the frigid months ahead.
Turn off and drain your outside hose faucets. Leaving a hose connected to a spigot can result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water through and past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls.
Leave cabinets open to keep pipes warm. Pipes under sinks, like the kitchen and bathroom, or may not be insulated. Opening the cabinets circulates warm air from your home and helps prevent pipe bursts. Be sure to relocate any hazardous cleaning materials out of reach from small children.
Use natural light to help heat your home. Open curtains and shades so the sun can warm your home. At night close the curtains and shades to help keep the heat in.
Layer up. Heating in the winter months accounts for about 66 percent of a home’s energy consumption. Keep the thermostat around 68 degrees and wear sweaters, sweatshirts or blankets to keep comfortable.
Rearrange your furniture so you are sitting near internal walls.
Shorten showers. Simply reducing that lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers account for 2/3 of your water heating costs. Cutting your showers in half will reduce your water heating costs by 33 percent.
Thanksgiving is a time of year when serious fires can occur. Thanksgiving Day tops the charts for home cooking fires. Cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries across the country. Cooking fires are easily preventable. Here are some tips for safer cooking this holiday:
When deep frying turkeys:
- Only use an approved turkey fryer and thermostat so proper oil temperature can be maintained. Make sure the fryer cannot tip over.
- Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep children and pets away.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry. Lower the turkey into the hot oil slowly.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
Other holiday safety tips include:
- When cooking indoors using a gas stove, make sure there is not a buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home. The stove is a common source of CO in the home, especially if you are cooking for several hours. Run the vent over the stove. Open windows/doors in the kitchen at least once each hour to allow fresh air to circulate.
- Make sure you have a properly operating smoke alarm and CO detector.
- In the case of a stove fire, shut off the stove and cover the burning pan with a lid or use a fire extinguisher. Don’t throw water, salt, flour or any other substance on the fire; this can cause the fire to flare up. Don’t try to move a burning pan outside.
- If there is a fire inside the oven, shut it off and leave the door shut. Call 911 and report the fire and leave the home until firefighters arrive.
Did you know your opinions could win you $500? Last month, you received an email from an independent research firm, SatisFacts, to complete an online survey on how Corvias Military Living is doing.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey link from “residentsurveys.com”. The email subject is titled “Corvias Military Resident Satisfaction Survey”, and the deadline to complete the survey is mid-November. Participation is voluntary, but we hope you will provide feedback as Corvias strives to improve your experience as a resident. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize. Contact your community office for more information.
Gearing up for holiday cooking? Try preparing your whole meal in the oven at the same time. Often you can simultaneously cook foods that have different cooking temperatures. Variations of 25 degrees usually produce favorable cooking results.
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
- Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
- Nov. 5 – Veteran’s Day 5K
- Nov. 12 – Veteran’s Day Observance
- Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 20 – Jazz Concert, AA Recreatoin Center 410-278-4011
- Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 28 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Fridays – Story time at the Bayside Community Center at 10:30 a.m.
All Corvias Military Living offices will close in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Offices will also be closed Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. The following day, Nov. 28, the Community Offices will be open, but with reduced hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We hope you enjoy your holidays and have safe travels.
The directory and post and community services can help you navigate your way around Aberdeen Proving Ground. If you have any questions check the FAQ, and if you can’t find an answer there click the Contact Us button. We love to hear from you.
Trash, recycling and bulk trash collection are amenities included for Corvias Military Living residents. At Aberdeen Proving Ground trash and recycling are picked up on Tuesdays and bulk trash collection is on Wednesdays. Check your recycling bin for what items may be recycled.
Items for collection may be placed curbside no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before pickup and all containers must be returned to storage the same day as collection.
The holiday season is upon us, and so is the traffic and travel that often accompany it. If you will be traveling this holiday season, please do so safely.
Take advantage of easy-to-use, real-time travel information sources. Traveling during non-peak commuting periods can reduce travel time as much as 37 percent. Check 511 telephone services and travel information websites for updates on traffic jams, road construction, lane closures, severe weather and travel times on interstates and major highways.
If you are flying be sure to check your flight status before you head to the airport. Commercial aircraft have low humidity which can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink lots of water. Airports and planes can expose you to a wide variety of new germs. Be sure to wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer to help avoid illness.
Maintain your home. Leave your thermostat at 60 degrees. Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Check weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. Submit a work order if needed.
Click here for more travel safety tips.