- The absolutely true origins of April Fools’ Day
- “Purple Up!” in Support of Military Kids
- Summer Mowing and Grounds Care
- Get your new pool pass
- What to do when you’re ready to move
- Three tips to make a PCS less taxing
- Your opinions could earn you a $100 gift card
- Applications for the Corvias Foundation Educational Grant for Military Spouses are Due May 8!
- Spring into Fun
- Green Corner
- 2014 Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program (GEMS) at Fort Rucker
The origins of April Fools’ Day are, perhaps appropriately, shrouded in mystery. The commonly accepted story is that when Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian version, New Year’s Day shifted from the traditional April 1 to Jan. 1. Those who adopted the Gregorian calendar made fun of people who continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1, calling them “April Fools.”
According to the InfoPlease website, though, a Boston University history professor proposed an alternative explanation in 1983: During the reign of the emperor Constantine in the 3rd and 4th centuries, he said, a group of court jesters claimed they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine finally made a clown named Kugel king for a day. One of Kugel’s edicts called for a day of absurd behavior, and the tradition continued every year after Constantine resumed the throne.
And now, the rest of the story: After being quoted by the Associated Press, though, Professor Boskin admitted he’d been playing an April Fools’ Day joke of his own: He’d made the story up.
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 the Corvias Program Office from 4 to 5 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!
As the weather ramps up, so is the lawn service that’s provided. Lawns receive a commercial cut with mowing, trimming and removal of clippings from concrete areas.
To ensure your yard is cared for on its scheduled day, be sure backyards are accessible for the lawn care crews.
Ensure all toys, lawn furniture, garden tools, hoses, pet waste and/or any other debris are picked up the day prior to your scheduled lawn care day. Yards with pet feces will not be mowed due to the spreading of pet diseases and sanitary issues. The front door will be tagged and the office will be notified the yard was not mowed due to pet waste.
Backyards with trampolines and/or swimming pools are the responsibility of the resident to maintain.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your lawn care schedule, please contact your community office.
New pool passes are being issued for the upcoming swimming season. Stop by your community office in April or May to pick up your new pass. The Corvias community pools will open May 23.
Getting ready to PCS? Deploy? Retire? Make sure to stop by the housing office to provide a 30 day notice, along with a copy of your orders.
Ensure you have a smooth transition by completing the following tasks once you are ready to move:
- Complete a Notice to Vacate Form at least 30 days prior to move out and submit to the Community Office
- Schedule your pre-inspection with the Community Office team
- Contact the Community Office at least three days prior to your move-out date to schedule your move-out inspection
- All personal items should be removed from the home and the home should be left surface clean
If you have any questions about the move-out process, please stop by or call the Community Office and we’ll walk you through the process.
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.
Earlier this week, you should have received an email from Corvias Military Living announcing our Resident Communication Survey. This short survey takes less than five minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to help us communicate most effectively with you.
Please take time to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communication14 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.
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.
Corvias Military Living will hold our annual Spring Into Fun event on Apr. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the event field on Seventh Ave. and Castle (in the Bowden terrace neighborhood).
Residents will enjoy free games, giveaways, photo booth, bounce house, dunk tank and much more! For more information, please contact the Community Office.
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
The GEMS program at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL), Fort Rucker, is open to the public for rising 6th through 9th grade youth. All participants must be United States Citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents. All participants are eligible for an educational stipend.
Near-Peer Mentors and Resource Teachers
The USAARL GEMS program utilizes Near-Peer Mentors (NPM) and Resource Teachers (RT). Interested applicants must be available during all GEMS sessions and potentially for additional paid training days. The 2014 NPM and RT application is available on their website.
2014 Program Dates
Neuroscience GEMS (rising 6th & 7th grade)
• July 7-11
• July 14-18
• July 21-25
• July 28-Aug 1
Biochemistry GEMS (rising 8th & 9th grade)
• June 2-6
• June 9-13
• June 16-20
Point of Contact (POC)
Ms. Jessica Cumbee (Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org, 334-255-6067)
The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) develops, tests, and evaluates performance solutions within the military operational environment to preserve the health, safety, and performance of the air and ground warrior. Specifically, the lab’s research includes developing return-to-duty standards for soldiers suffering from neurosensory and mild traumatic brain injuries, determining the effectiveness of life support equipment, and preventing and mitigating ground- and air-crew biomechanical injuries.