- Hurricane season
- School’s out! Now what do we do?
- Corvias Military Living earns top score in national resident satisfaction survey
- Keeping cool by the pool
- Free admission to Landmark Park
- Keeping our community tidy
- $500,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Military Children by Corvias Foundation
- Tips for a less stressful move
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
The recent severe weather lower Alabama has experienced serves as a reminder that hurricane season is here. A hurricane has not hit Fort Rucker for a few years, but it is best to be prepared. June 1 to November 30 is the prime time for hurricanes to develop. Early outlooks from the Weather Channel's 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecasts 11 named storms, including five hurricanes, two of which are predicted to attain major hurricane status.
Impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms and their remnants do not stop at the coast. Fort Rucker is about 90 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. When a hurricane or tropical storm threatens the Florida panhandle, Fort Rucker residents could receive strong winds, heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding. The intensity of the tropical weather system determines the severity of the impact to this area.
You and your family should be prepared for severe weather. When there are high winds, severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings, residents should seek shelter in an interior room away from windows. A “warning” means the condition is imminent or is already happening. A “watch” means that conditions are right for the event to happen.
Be prepared! Power is likely to go out during severe storms. Have the following on hand:
- Extra batteries
- Battery or solar powered radio
- Bottled water
- Canned and other non-perishable food
- Manual can opener
- Cans of Sterno to heat food
- First aid kit
If you’ve got children, you know what June means: summer vacation. Weeks and weeks of uninterrupted freedom, maybe a family trip or two—and lots of time for kids to grow bored because they have nothing to do. You don’t have to be a fulltime cruise director for your family. You can, however, consider these ideas for keeping children busy and happy until school starts again in the fall:
- Museums. Scout your community for offbeat little museums in addition to the major institutions of art and history that may be nearby.
- Libraries. Visit your local library often. In addition to checking out books and DVDs, look for summertime activities that many libraries offer to children.
- Volunteer work. Older children can get a lot out of volunteering for charities and other causes in your community. Look for age-appropriate opportunities that allow kids to do good for others.
- Sports programs. Find a sport your child is interested in. Many park districts and schools offer programs in baseball, soccer, and other sports during the summer months.
- Berry picking. If you live anywhere near the country, look for farms that offer the chance to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. You’ll get some healthy produce at a good price while spending a few productive hours outdoors.
- Down time. Don’t try to schedule every minute in your kids’ days. Give them some time to relax and chill out so their vacation really feels like a vacation.
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.
All Community Center pools are open with the following hours:
Mon – Sat: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tues: Munson Heights pool closed
Wed: Bowden Terrace pool closed
Thurs: Allen Heights pool closed
Corvias Military Living looks forward to a great summer of serving our pool patrons. Please call your Community Office with any questions you may have regarding pool related topics.
Landmark Park, a 130-acre natural science and history museum outside of Dothan, is participating in the Blue Star Museums network, a program for military families. From Memorial Day through Labor Day active-duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission.
Features of the park include nature trails, a planetarium, playground, picnic areas, an elevated boardwalk and a turn-of-the-century farmstead. For more information about the park visit landmarkpark.com.
Visit this site to find more participants in the Blue Star Museums network.
Common areas around our community will get more use during the summer months. Please help keep our parks, playgrounds and basketball courts clean. Parents and children should properly dispose of trash to help our community stay beautiful.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 11 college scholarships of up to $50,000 to outstanding high school students, marking the ninth class of Our Future scholarship recipients. Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members.
The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to his or her academic and professional growth. Students receive scholarships in the amount of up to $12,500 per year for four years to pursue a secondary education at colleges and universities around the country.
“The caliber of students applying for our scholarships is exceptional,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation executive director. “All of the applicants are hard-working students who are active in their schools and communities and more than deserving of a college scholarship. The selection process is difficult but we look forward to welcoming these new scholars into our Foundation family.”
Corvias Foundation awarded the scholarships based on merit and need. Each student was required to respond to four questions that highlighted different aspects of their lives as students and as active-duty military family. This fall, each student will be attending the four-year institution of his or her choice to pursue their academic careers.
“The opportunity for Corvias Group to serve our military is an honor, and we wanted to further our commitment to bettering the communities in which we live and serve by creating a Foundation to promote educational opportunities for students just like these,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “We are proud of each of our scholarship recipients for what they’ve already achieved and are so happy to be a part of what they will become.”
Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring publishers, scientists, doctors, and those with social justice aspirations and business dreams. The eleven graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
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 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!
Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed. Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
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
- Birthday Club: June 11, 3 p.m. Bowden Terrace
- Story Hour: June 12, 9:30 a.m. Munson Heights
- Army Birthday and Flag Day: June 14
- Father’s Day: June 15