- Spring into Fun
- Win a free trip on Corvias!
- Your opinions could win you $100 gift card
- “Purple Up!” in Support of Military Kids
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- Applications for the Corvias Foundation Educational Grant for Military Spouses are Due May 8!
- Lifeguards wanted
- American Flag Etiquette
- Prevent mold in your home
- Green Corner
- Why is storm water runoff a problem?
- Upcoming Events
Corvias Military Living would like to invite all residents to our annual Spring into Fun Tuesday, April 1. The fun will begin at 4:30 p.m. where families will be able to enjoy inflatables and games. It will be held at Bell Richard Field. Bus transportation will be available starting at 4:15 p.m. from the Education Center to the event.
Be sure to come hungry as we will provide hot dogs, pickles, chips and drinks. This event is open to all Corvias residents. Children must be supervised at all time. Hope you’ll join us!
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.
Earlier this week, you should have received an email 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 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 email about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact your Community Office to update your contact information.
Corvias Foundation is inviting all residents to “Purple Up!” on April 15 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 Camellia Terrace from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on April 15 to celebrate military children in a short ceremony. We’re hoping to have lots of smiling faces for a photo op for our local papers too! Please check your email 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!
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 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. A military spouse said the best advice she could give another military spouse is to “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. Most installations offer free assistance with tax preparation through their Legal Assistance Offices. 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.
If you are the spouse of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available educational grants from Corvias Foundation and to apply online.
American Pool Service is now hiring lifeguards, head guards and managers for the summer of 2014 at the Corvias community pools. Lifeguarding is the perfect job for high school students, college students and adults with flexible summer schedules. To be a lifeguard, you must be a minimum of 15 years old, and have or obtain your Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. American Pool offers discounted lifeguard training and CPR certification courses for all employees. Apply today!
Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:
- The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
- The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
- The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
- The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
- When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
It is our goal to maintain the highest quality living environment for our residents. To help achieve this, it is key that we work together to minimize conditions that could lead to the growth of naturally occurring mold. Here are ways you can help minimize mold growth in your home:
• Open windows or run the fan on the home air-handling unit to circulate fresh air and properly ventilate.
• In damp or rainy weather conditions, keep windows and doors closed. If water enters your home as a result of inclement weather, remove it immediately.
• Regular vacuuming, mopping and use of household cleaners are important to remove dirt and debris that contribute to mold growth. Wipe down areas, such as counter tops, windows and windowsills on a regular basis that can accumulate moisture.
• Use the bathroom fan or other ventilation when bathing and allow the fan to run until moisture has vented.
• When washing clothes in warm or hot water, watch to make sure condensation does not build up within the washer and dryer closet. If it does, dry it with a fan or towel.
• Thoroughly dry any spills on carpeting.
• Do not overfill closets or storage areas. Ventilation is important in these spaces. Do not leave damp or moist stacks of clothes or other cloth materials for an extended period of time.
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.
- Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow.
- Sediment also can destroy aquatic habitats.
- Bacteria and other pathogens can wash into swimming areas and create health hazards, often making beach closures necessary.
- Debris—plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts—washed into waterbodies can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
- Household hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life. Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.
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
- April 1 – Spring into Fun, 4:30–7:30 PM, Bell Richard Field
- April 3 – Patriot Pride Day, 4:30 PM
- April 12 – The Spring Trash Bash, 8:30 AM, Liberty Park
- April 15 – Purple Up, 4-5 PM, Camellia Terrace Community Center
- April 18 – Good Friday
- April 20 – Easter Sunday
- April 26 – Dye Hard Warriors 5K Color Fun Run, 7:00 AM, Bldg. 1455 9th St.