- Want to earn some quick cash? Here's how!
- One last barbecue? Keep it safe
- Have you heard about Randolph Pointe?
- Corvias Military Living celebrates 11th anniversary at Fort Bragg!
- Back to school
- Back to school bullying: Not just sticks and stones
- We want more residents just like you!
- Donate blood, and save a life
- What you may not know about your cooling system
- Green corner
- How to properly dispose of hazardous waste
- Stay in-the-know with Nixle.com
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Heart to heart: Tips for single parent service members
- Corvias shares highlights of life at Forts Bragg, Polk, Rucker and Sill
- Upcoming events and important dates
Have you ever wished you could be rewarded for telling your friends about the benefits of living on post? Now you can!
Refer a friend who meets on-post residency requirements; when he/she signs a 12-month lease and moves onto Fort Bragg, you will receive a referral reward of $150 for the first referral. A second referral will receive $200 and for a third referral you will receive $250. After the third referral, the cycle will start over.
New applicants must list the name and contact information (phone and permanent mailing address) of his or her referral source on the applicable paperwork at the time of application. He/she may also provide the name and contact information of the referral source upon first visit or call to a Corvias Community or Leasing Center.
Applicants accepting bedroom upgrades are excluded from referral program eligibility. Previous Corvias residents are not eligible to be referred at this time. Additional restrictions may apply. For more information about our Refer-A-Friend Program, please contact your Corvias Community Office.
The end of summer frequently means one last barbecue—your final chance to enjoy warm weather before school starts for kids. You don’t want to spoil the fun with an accident at the grill, though. Keep these important safety tips in mind for a good time:
• Read the instructions. Whether you’re using a gas grill or one that burns charcoal, take some time to read the owner’s manual before starting your fire. Be sure you’re following the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.
• Always grill outdoors. Your garage, carport, or tent isn’t a safe location for a grill.
• Keep the grill stable. Check the surface on which you’re placing your grill. You don’t want it to tip over unexpectedly. Also, take care to place it well away from the flow of people and pets, and especially children.
• Clean the grill first. Scrape off any grease or fat that can make a fire difficult to control.
• Stay close by. Never leave your grill alone while you’re talking, getting food, etc.
• Dispose of coals safely. Once you’re finished, douse the hot coals thoroughly, cover the grill, and wait at least 24 hours before emptying it. Never store coals in paper, wood, or plastic containers.
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.
Eleven years have passed since Corvias began a 50- year housing partnership with Fort Bragg, and it’s been almost seven years since assuming responsibility for Pope Field’s family housing. We are proud of our accomplishments during this time, and we sincerely hope that you are enjoying the benefits of these quality of life improvements!
Since 2003, we have:
- Opened nine Community Centers with pools
- Renovated more than 3,200 homes
- Constructed more than 2,200 new homes
- Completed more than 762,000 work orders
- Enrolled all Fort Bragg homes into the Live Army Green utility program
- Earned the top score for portfolios with at least 10,000 homes six times in the national Satisfacts resident satisfaction survey
One thing that will never change in our 50 years is our first priority – you and your family. If there is anything that we can do to help you while you live at Fort Bragg, do not hesitate to contact your Community Office.
Fort Bragg’s Department of Defense schools re-open on August 25! (Kindergarten will begin on August 26.) To begin the school registration process for on-post schools, please click here. For more information about on-post schools, including contact information for each school, please click here. Schools in Cumberland County will open on August 26, and Harnett County will open on August 25. For more information about registering for an off-post school, please contact that school directly.
As school starts up, be on the lookout for children walking on neighborhood streets. Remember, the Fort Bragg Child Supervision Guidelines (a.k.a. the Home Alone Policy) requires that children aged 10 and under be directly supervised by an adult at all times, including while waiting at bus stops or walking to or from school. If needed, CYSS offers a variety of supervised after-school activities. For more information, call CYSS at (910) 396-1278. Fees are based on total family income.
With summer coming to a close and the start of a new school year right around the corner, parents are preparing their children for a variety of changes. This year while tackling your normal routine of back to school shopping, we encourage you to discuss school bullying with your children.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly a third of all children report having been bullied in school. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive or covert behaviors. Bullying can occur in the form of verbal, social or physical harassment.
Research today shows bullying has significant short and long term effects that impact the education, health and safety of our children. As a parent, it is important to understand the dynamics of bullying, and the warning signs bullied children may exhibit.
Warning signs of bullying:
- Loss of interest in school
- Suddenly prefers adult company
- Sudden behavior changes
- Sleep problems
- Depression or self-harm
- Suicidal ideation
Tips for Parents:
Parents play a vital role in preventing bullying and recognizing the signs of bullying.
- Talk to your kids about bullying
- Keep open lines of communication
- Establish responsible use of technology and social media
- Model kindness and respect in the home
If you would like more information on bullying, check out the following resources:
We’re looking for more great residents like you, so we’re hosting Open Houses throughout the summer PCS season until August. We encourage you to invite your friends to attend these events and to become your new neighbors. For more information about these events and an updated list of dates, locations, and times, visit our website.
The Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center needs your help! If you are able to give blood, please stop by the center and donate. This blood will be distributed to help service members who are overseas and patients in military hospitals. The center is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Walk-in donors are accepted for all blood types. The center is located on Souter Place near the North Post Exchange. Click here to learn more.
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.
A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers, so be sure to recycle!
Help protect the environment! Check out how to properly discard your trash and recycling, including how/where to get rid of your household trash, recycling, bulk trash, and hazardous waste. Thanks for your cooperation!
Sign up today at www.nixle.com to receive important community, traffic and emergency notifications from the Fort Bragg Law Enforcement Center via text message or e-mail alerts. Receive quick updates about post closures, weather delays, special traffic announcements, Amber Alerts, or other post emergencies.
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.
If you’re a single parent and a service member, you know how difficult it can be to balance your military and parenting commitments. Check out these tips that can ease the many stresses you may face:
1) Register with CYSS. Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) can provide all service members with a list of Family Child Care (FCC) providers who are certified by Child Development Services (CDS). This is a great resource to have in the event that you unexpectedly need someone to watch your children.
2) Utilize your resources. No matter where you are based, be sure to check out the support that is available to service members who are single parents. Start by being open with your unit about being a single parent. Be sure to reach out to Military OneSource, which will connect you with childcare providers, support groups, professional counseling, and financial assistance specific to your needs, free of charge. Look to your friends as a support system and as your extended family. If you need a break for a few hours to run to the store or your child is sick, ask your friends if they can help you.
3) Don’t assume being a single parent puts your children at a disadvantage. Many successful and historic figures were raised by single parents, such as President Barack Obama. Every parent has their own unique strengths, so don’t compare your family to others. Instead, focus on your family’s strengths of independence and teamwork. The more confidence you have in yourself as a parent, the more responsive your children will be to your parenting. Check out this blog on the Army Wife Network about how competitive parenting can be harmful to your kids.
4) Laughter goes a long way! As a single parent, your time is limited and you have the added hurdle of having to be both the nurturer and disciplinarian. Look for creative ways to build strong relationships and to maximize quality time with your kids. Laundry is a must-do in every family, but folding clothes together with no TV or other distractions allows time for talking. Fix dinner together. Your children will learn a valuable skill, and you will create memories they will long remember. Pick a favorite family activity to do regularly. It can be a nightly walk after dinner, playing board games every Tuesday night, or a family round of “Guitar Hero” or “American Idol”. Take your children to the park and on play dates. Whatever it is that your family enjoys, do it together and consistently spend quality time with each other.
5) Take time for you. Children tend to mirror the temperament of their parents. When you make time to relax away from work, nurture your hobbies, and foster relationships in your life, you enhance your overall well-being. In turn, you not only boost the well-being of your child, but you also strengthen your bond with them. Click here for ways your positive behavior can be beneficial to your children.
There is no doubt that being a single parent service member has its challenges. When you feel like you’re in a jam, take a deep breath and remember these tips. Seek help, when necessary. Do not feel like you need to do everything on your own. The happier you are, the happier your children will be as well.
As the saying goes, “Home is where the Army sends you.” The summer PCS season is well underway and many Army families are exploring new installations, communities and neighborhoods. Check out the following Army Wife Network blogs to learn about the advantages of being stationed at Forts Bragg, Polk, Rucker and Sill:
1) Fort Rucker: Read more about peanuts, boll weevils and beaches.
2) Fort Polk: Read why you will call Fort Polk your Fort Beautiful.
3) Fort Sill: Read more about this hidden gem of the Army.
4) Fort Bragg: Read about adventures you and your family can take while stationed at Fort Bragg.
- August 6: Corvias offices closed from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Linden Oaks offices to close at 12:15)
- August 6, 16: Corvias Open House
- Mid-August: July utility conservation statements are delivered to your home
- August 25: First day of school
- September 1 (Labor Day): All Community Offices open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Hammond Hills pool open until 8 p.m.; all other Corvias pools open until 7 p.m.)