- Resident Appreciation Celebration is tomorrow!
- Open house on May 31 – all are welcome!
- $250,000 in scholarships awarded to five Fort Bragg children by Corvias Foundation
- Corvias Military Living earns top score in national resident satisfaction survey
- What you may not know about your cooling system
- Did you know…
- Tips for a less stressful move
- The Fort Bragg Victory Garden is up and running!
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Hurricane season begins June 1 – are you ready?
- Have you heard about Randolph Pointe?
- 4 ways you can have a fun and safe summer
- Green corner
- Where does the storm sewer go?
- Shhh… Fort Bragg’s quiet hours
- A recipe for safe cooking
- Upcoming events and important dates
It’s that time again to celebrate YOU –our service members and spouses! Our free resident event, Resident Appreciation Celebration, will be held on Friday, May 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Corregidor Courts/Bougainville Community Center (301 North Dougherty Drive). The event will also be held at The Clubhouse at Linden Oaks (2 Duplin Street) on Friday, June 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
The celebration will feature a Couple’s Date Night theme. Dress your best, and come ready to spend time with your spouse and other couples who live on post! Enjoy a free evening of good food, laughs, and a variety of fun activities and raffle prizes, all especially designed for adult attendees. We kindly ask that you coordinate your child care arrangements off site. Child care will not be available during the event.
If your spouse is currently deployed, come on your own or bring a friend! We just want to see you there.
Are your friends looking to move from off post to on post? Do you know anyone who is about to renew their lease off post? We have a great opportunity! Be sure to tell your off-post friends about our Open House on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to come to 305 Bernstein Street to tour the home, discuss move-in specials, enjoy light refreshments, and enter a raffle for a $100 AAFES gift card. As you know, living on Fort Bragg saves you cash and provides you with award-winning service. Don’t forget to tell your friends to ask about our move-in specials!
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Military Living, has awarded five college scholarships of up to $50,000 each to the children of five Fort Bragg Soldiers.
Jeanmary Aray Freites will graduate from Massey Hill Classical High School and plans to attend St. Lawrence University in New York. She is the daughter of Staff Sgt. Lee Smith of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and Mrs. Naryan Smith.
Megan Conroy will graduate from Jack Britt High School and plans to attend Duke University. She is the daughter of Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Conroy of the 82d Airborne Division and Mrs. Heather Conroy.
Cherrel Manley will graduate as valedictorian from E.E. Smith High School and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the daughter of Sgt. Keisue Streety of the XVIII Airborne Corps.
Katelyn Mann will graduate from Pinecrest High School and plans to attend Green Mountain College in Vermont. She is the stepdaughter of Capt. Faustino Rodriguez of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and Mrs. Rebecca Rodriguez.
Zia Matti will graduate from Pinecrest High School and plans to attend St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She is the daughter of Lt. Col. Scott Matti of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) and Mrs. Heather Matti.
A total of 11 winners were selected from the class of 2013, with five of the 11 having ties to Fort Bragg. For more information about Corvias Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website.
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.
Heat pumps are widely used across the South and other temperate climates. During the summer, a heat pump absorbs heat from inside and releases it outside, cooling the interior in the process. Heat pumps in Fort Bragg homes are designed to keep the interior temperature 15 to 20 degrees below the outside temperature. Turning the thermostat lower will not lower the interior temperature below this 20 degree threshold.
This is completely normal and doesn’t mean that your cooling system isn’t working properly. In periods of extreme heat, you may need to take active steps to help your home maintain a comfortable temperature. Setting the fan switch on your thermostat to “auto”, and changing your air filter(s) every 30 days will help your home remain a comfortable temperature regardless of the season.
The average baseline for the Live Army Green utility program is calculated monthly. Your home is grouped with similar homes based on your home’s attributes, like size, age, and location.
The monthly baseline calculation takes several factors into consideration, such as weather adjustments. Vacant homes that are similar to your home are not included in the baseline calculation.
For more information about the Live Army Green program, please visit our website’s Live Army Green page. If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact your Community Office.
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 Living 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!
As you may know, 2014 marks the inaugural year for the Fort Bragg Victory Garden. Twenty community garden applicants were randomly selected to be members of the Fort Bragg Victory Garden Association. We received nearly 50 applications from interested on-post residents. If you were not contacted for a plot this year, you have been automatically placed on the garden’s wait list. We will be sure to contact you if a plot becomes available. Happy gardening!
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.
Hurricane season is here! Be sure to review this list of Emergency Preparedness Kit Essentials recommended by the National Hurricane Center. These items will be helpful in the event of a hurricane, but they are also valuable resources to have in the event of any emergency:
- Flashlight with backup batteries
- Bottled water
- First-aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
- Toiletries, hygiene items, and wet wipes
- Telephones – fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional non-cordless telephone set
- Food – non-perishable packaged or canned foods
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools, fuel for an outdoor grill
- Paper plates
- Toys, books and games
- Important documents – in a re-sealable plastic bag
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items and food
- Emergency contact numbers
- Contact information for insurance providers
Randolph Pointe is Fort Bragg’s only on-post apartment community for single and unaccompanied Senior NCOs and Officers. It is located near the North Post Commissary and PX on the corner of Randolph and Souter Streets at 2850 Compass Court. For more information or to schedule a tour for your single or unaccompanied service members, visit randolphpointe.com or call (910) 764-5008.
After a long winter season, we are all ready to welcome warmer weather. Before running outdoors to greet the sunshine, consider these four reminders to help you have a fun and safe summer:
Sun safety - Beginning the summer season with sunburn is no fun. To minimize your opportunity of becoming the sun’s next victory, come prepared with your SPF armor. You can also protect yourself by wearing protective clothing and a brimmed hat. Loading up on H20 is another way to stay cool and safe in the summer sun.
Water safety - Never leave children unattended near any water to include: filled-buckets, bathtubs, toilets, wading or swimming pools. Wading pools should be empty and properly stored when not in use. A child can drown in 1 inch of water. Parents should stay within an arm’s length of young swimmers. Consider CPR certification to better prepare yourself in the event of an emergency.
Bike safety - Always wear a properly fitted helmet when riding bikes, scooters or skateboards. Wear bright clothes and put reflectors on the bike so that you can be seen. Be sure to check bikes tires to ensure proper inflation. Young children should stick to sidewalks and paths when bike riding.
Playground safety - Encourage your child to use the playground equipment properly. To prevent injuries don’t allow pushing or rough playing when at the playground. Always check the playground equipment in the summertime-it can get very hot. If you notice any issues with neighborhood playground equipment, please contact your community office.
Save space in the recycling cart and crush your aluminum cans. If you leave your cans uncrushed, be sure to rinse them out to avoid emitting odors and attracting bugs.
If you look along the curblines of neighborhood streets, you may notice storm sewer drains. Did you ever wonder where the stormwater goes? The storm sewer carries stormwater (rain and melting snow) to the nearest river, lake, stream, or wetland.
What can you do to help keep the stormwater as clean as possible?
- Keep your driveway and sidewalk clear of soil, leaves, and grass clippings. Sweep any grass clippings or soil off driveways and walkways onto your lawn, not a paved area.
- Do not pour motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, paints, solvents, or other materials down the storm drain..
- Don’t forget to clean up after your pet. Dispose of pet waste down the toilet or in a bag in the trash.
Fort Bragg’s quiet hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. During these hours, Fort Bragg requests that you do not create any noise in or around your home that your neighbors can hear. We and your neighbors thank you for being courteous every day!
The spring and summer pastime of grilling is upon us once again. When using your grill, please remember to use these safety precautions:
- According to NC Fire Code, grills should not be used within 10 feet of the home or any overhanging structure.
- Inspect your grilling equipment for any rust. When not addressed, rust on a grill could lead to a gas leak.
- Store gas tanks upright, outside and away from the house, and far from grease or hot surfaces. Do not store grills in a garage or in the hot sun.
- Never use cigarettes, lighters or matches near your grill.
- When not in use, cover the grill to prevent rust and corrosion.
- Keep your children away from the grill while the grill is in use.
May 30: Resident Appreciation Celebration, Corregidor Courts/Bougainville Community Center
June 1: Hurricane season officially begins
June 6: Resident Appreciation Celebration, The Clubhouse at Linden Oaks
June 23-27: Garrison Chaplain's Vacation Bible School