- Celebrate autumn at Fallapalooza!
- Your lawn care schedule in October
- Post-wide yard sale
- Great news – our referral program is now extended!
- Yard-of-the-Month in fall and winter
- Courteous parking reminder
- Have you heard about Randolph Pointe?
- Corvias Foundation gathers new scholars, recent graduates and alumni to find new ways to give back
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Strengthening families and communities - “Know your resources”
- Heart your community: Seven ways to build community in your neighborhood
- Friendly community reminders
- Green corner
- You are invited… to a graduation ceremony!
- Tell us how we are doing
- Haunted Hercules returns!
- Upcoming events and important dates
Fallapalooza is here! Be sure to check out Corvias Military Living’s FREE Annual Fallapalooza on Friday, October 10 from 2-5 p.m. in the field next to the Biazza Ridge Community Office (101 Graham Place). Costumes are encouraged. Come for fun, games, hot dogs, music, the Great Pumpkin run/walk, raffles and much more! Carpooling is encouraged. Don’t forget your camera!
In the event of inclement weather, Fallapalooza will be held Friday, October 17 from 2-5 p.m. in the field next to the Biazza Ridge Community Office.
With fall officially underway, your lawn will not grow as quickly as it does in the summer. As a result, your lawn will only be mowed during the weeks of September 29, October 6, and October 20 (the final week of mowing for 2014). There will be no mow during the weeks of October 13 and 27. Please refer to your community calendar to confirm your October lawn care schedule.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office with any questions.
Saturday, October 18 is yard sale day! Not only will we be holding our post-wide yard sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., but the Bragg ‘N Barn will also be holding a yard sale on the same day and time. Everything sold at the Bragg ‘N Bran will be $3 or $4 during this time. Funds raised from the Bragg ‘N Barn sale will be used to benefit military friendly welfare and charitable programs.
If you’d like to participate in the post-wide yard sale, you may host a yard sale in your own yard. In the event of inclement weather, the post-wide yard sale will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Get rewarded for telling your friends about the benefits of living on post.
Refer a friend who meets on-post residency requirements for any home type and when he/she signs a 12-month lease and moves into a Fort Bragg home, 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.
This referral program is now applicable to all ranks and home types.
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.
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.
For the first time, the Corvias-sponsored Yard-of-the-Month program has changed to extend throughout the seasons!
The Fort Bragg Garrison will recognize the contest in October (Fall Yard-of-the-Month), and December (Winter Yard-of-the-Month). Holiday decorations will be considered, though not mandatory, when judging in October and December.
The Yard-of-the-Month Program will reward those who make a special effort to improve their yard and beautify their home, while remaining in compliance with housing and post regulations. These regulations include Fort Bragg’s lawn watering guidelines as well as the regulations outlined in Corvias Military Living’s Resident Responsibility Guide. Please contact your Community Office for a copy of this guide.
One winner will be named per community in October and December. Each Yard-of-the-Month winner will receive a recognition letter from the Fort Bragg Garrison Commander, a Yard-of-the-Month sign to be displayed in front of the home, and gift certificates.
Judging and Rules:
- Judging will be conducted on October 10 and December 10. The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) will perform the judging and select winners. No Corvias employees will take part in judging.
- To be eligible to participate, yards must be in full compliance with requirements set forth in the Corvias Military Living Resident Responsibility Guide.
- Winners will be notified in the same month as recognition. A resident may win only once during the 2014 Yard of the Month program, from summer until winter.
For the safety of our children and families, please do not park in other residents’ driveways or block access to/from driveways when parking. This is especially important to keep in mind during a high-traffic period, like when picking up children from school.
We invite you to park on the street where it is legally permitted and where you are not preventing residents from leaving their driveway.
Courteous parking will ensure that emergency vehicles can access a home at any time.
Finally, as part of the Department of Defense's Healthy Base Initiative, we encourage you to walk to your destination when possible.
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.
Every year, Corvias Foundation selects a new class of scholars from military and employee families to receive $50,000 college scholarships. As of this past May, Corvias scholars number more than 90, and their commitment to the Corvias family and to giving back are a testament to the investment made in each of them.
This year was a special year for the Foundation. In July, the Foundation marked its fifth year in Boston celebrating new scholars at Fenway Park, as well as holding an inaugural alumni summit. John Picerne, Corvias Group CEO and Founder, inspired new recipients to go out into the world and make changes in their own way, as they study and learn about themselves. He then urged recent graduates to reach for what makes them happy and fulfilled in life.
During the alumni summit, past scholarship recipients provided insight into what more Corvias can do to give back to military families. Each provided great ideas for how the Corvias Foundation can grow and evolve in the face of our changing world. The alumni also thanked the Foundation as a group for helping to provide them an education and to make them into the young people that they are.
As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The Corvias Foundation looks forward to continuing to encourage others to imagine, inspire, and reach higher.
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.
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and family – Stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups, or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– This is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face. For more information, please call (800) 342-9647.
- Army Community Service (ACS) - ACS provides a variety of programs for service members and their families, including the Exceptional Family Member Program, Relocation Readiness, and Survivor Outreach Services . For more information, please call (910) 396-8682
- Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) - The SFAC is where Warrior Transition soldiers and their families gather in a warm and friendly environment. For more information, please call (910) 643-6653
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources, contact your Resident Relations Manager at (910) 764-4500.
The only certain thing for a military family is uncertainty. Throughout your life as a military family, you live in several neighborhoods and watch neighbors come and go. Building a sense of community is an essential part of military life especially when other family members can be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Strong communities are a place where your family can feel safe, supported and thrive. Here are seven tips to help you build a sense of community in your neighborhood:
- Coordinate a neighborhood potluck or block party. It is important to know your neighbors and what better way to break the ice than the casual, laid-back setting of a party. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Check out http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ to help organize the dishes. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages and suggest everyone bring a few printouts of their recipes for a recipe swap. Don’t forget to share contact information. Oh yeah, before everyone leaves, plan the next get together! If you are looking for a party location, residents at Corvias installations can host parties at their community centers. Check with your community office or home owners association (HOA) about how long the band can play and whether you can use that turkey fryer.
- Organize a meal team. Neighbors come and go, get sick, have babies, lose loved ones and face other trying situations. One way to show community support is to provide a meal for a neighbor during those hectic or trying times. To assist with scheduling meals there are several resources available, including http://www.takethemameal.com/, to help show neighbors you care.
- Establish a Bunco or game night. Bunco is all the rage right now. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials. If Bunco is not your thing, lawn games such as pickle ball, corn hole, bocce ball and ladder golf are fun ways to get the competitive juices flowing. If childcare is a challenge, have all the parents with kids chip in for a sitter or take kid sitting shifts. Neighborhood game nights are a great way to get everyone together and you can’t beat the commute.
- Pay it forward. A great way to keep your neighbors guessing and having fun is to pay it forward. You can begin a quarterly tradition of leaving a themed basket on someone’s porch with instructions to pay it forward to another neighbor. This does not have to be an expensive act of kindness; the dollar store is a great place to start. You can find a bunch of ideas to get started on Pinterest. Don’t forget to leave some type of sign for the door showing the house has been gifted, so others are included in the fun.
- Little Free Library. Got books? If you have a great collection of books just sitting around the house, start a Little Free Library. These “boxes full of books” are popping up everywhere and it’s an awe-inspiring way for neighbors to share literature. The idea is simple: take a book and leave a book. Cookbooks, magazines, children’s books, the possibilities are endless. My kiddos and I love visiting the one in our community. We never know what we will find. Check with your community office or HOA to make sure it is okay to start one in your neighborhood.
- Find common ground. We all have something in common. Whether it is kids, pets, cars, hobbies or sports. Discovering what you have in common with your neighbors is a great way to start building a community. If you are struggling to meet new people, check to see if the Army Wife Network is having a Field Exercise: Battle Buddies event in your area. Corvias has partnered with AWN to bring these events to several Corvias installations free of charge. The events are packed with friendship and fun while providing an opportunity to connect with other military spouses in your area. You can also be a part of the Army Wife Network online community via its website, blog and social sites.
- Attend events in your community. Local and on-post organizations are always hosting events. To stay up-to-date on events in your community, visit local area websites and Facebook pages. If you live in a Corvias community check out your installations online calendar or newsletter to find out about events in your community, like our upcoming Fallapalooza and many other complimentary, resident events held throughout the year.
- Please remember to keep your dog on a leash at all times when walking or running throughout the community. Thank you for your cooperation!
- Lock your car doors, roll up windows, and secure your valuables each time you exit your car. Do not store your keys in your car, and store valuable items out of view in your car.
Eighty to ninety percent of energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. To save energy, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
Are you a service member who has completed a degree using your tuition assistance benefit? Then you and your family members are invited to the Fort Bragg Education Center’s 2013-2014 Collegiate Graduation and Recognition Ceremony! The event will take place on November 20 at 2 p.m. in the Main Post Theater. Anyone who has met sufficient degree, diploma, or certificate requirements as verified by the college or university is encouraged to participate. Please e-mail Minnie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry Long at email@example.com for more details. Deadline to submit your participant application is November 5.
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin this month and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact the Community Office for more information.
The 82d Airborne Division War Memorial Museum's annual Haunted Hercules is back. Come to see the museum's haunted house on October 11, 18, and 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume and have fun. The museum is located at 5108 Ardennes Street, Building C-6841.
- October 10: Fallapalooza
- October 10: Fall Yard of the Month judging
- October 11: FREE Darius Rucker concert
- October 13 (Columbus Day): All Community Offices open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Mid-October: September utility conservation statements are delivered to your home
- October 17: Fallapalooza rain date
- October 18: Bragg N’ Barn yard sale; Post-wide yard sale
- October 25: ASYMCA’s Trunk or Treat
- October 26: Fort Bragg Chapels' Community Choir Concert