- Message from the Program Manager
- Spring into Fun with us!
- Lawn mowing services
- Corvias Foundation applications are due May 8
- Your opinions could earn you a $100 gift card
- Win a free trip!
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Preventative maintenance visits
- Green corner
- Test your air conditioning now
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- The absolutely true origins of April Fools’ Day
- Upcoming events and important dates
Dear Seymour Johnson AFB Resident,
As you know, military children live with unique challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments, and life transitions. As a result, 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.
Please wear your purple and join us at Heritage Hall’s Terrace Room (1175 Wright Brothers Ave.) on April 15 at 4 p.m. to celebrate military children in a short ceremony. We’re hoping to have lots of smiling faces for a photo opportunity for our local papers too! Please check your e-mail for more information coming soon. During the month, you’ll also see bulletin boards in the Community Office 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!
Corvias Military Living
As you may know, free resident events are one of the many ways Corvias makes living better for our military families. The first 2014 community event, Spring into Fun, will be held on Friday, April 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., in the field next to the Corvias Community Office (268 Squier Avenue). Come for free food, fun, games, prizes, and so much more! Carpooling is encouraged. Don’t forget your camera.
To improve your quality of life and overall housing experience, Corvias Military Living provides commercial lawn mowing services at no additional charge. These seasonal services are provided by Munie Greencare Professionals, an established leader in the commercial lawn mowing industry. Your home will receive its first mow during the week of March 31.
Check your community’s calendar for your mowing schedule, which is the same as last year. Inclement weather may require adjustments to your regular lawn mowing schedule. If you have questions about your lawn mowing services, please contact the Community Office.
Lawn mowing process:
First, the mowers mow your lawn. Second, a separate crew trims around fixed objects such as fences and drains. (This service will occur every other mow.) Third, another team comes through to blow the grass clippings off of your patio, sidewalk and driveway.
How to prepare your yard for mowing:
- Remove toys, decorative items, landscape lighting, trash, patio furniture, grills, and pet waste from all grassy areas on your lawn mowing day. Unprepared lawns will not be mowed.
- Park cars on paved areas to allow crews access to grassy areas.
- Keep pets indoors on your lawn mowing day
- If you have a fence, please ensure that your backyard fence is unlocked to allow crews to access your yard. After lawn mowing has been completed, verify that your fence is closed before allowing your pet to re-enter your yard.
- If you have a backyard swimming pool and/or trampoline, you will not receive mowing services in the rear of your home. You will be responsible for maintaining your fenced back-yard areas.
We understand if you prefer to maintain your own lawn. If you do, please contact the Community Office. If you choose to place your home on the no-mow list, you will be expected to cut and trim your lawn as often as - and at least to the standard of - our commercial lawn mowing service.
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.
Earlier this week, you should have received an e-mail from Corvias Military Living announcing our Resident Communication Survey. This short survey takes less than 5 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 e-mail about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact the Community Office to update your contact information.
Corvias wants to hear from you! In a one-minute or less video, tell us why your Corvias community is great. One winning video entry will be selected from each Corvias location to receive an iPad mini! Then, one overall winner will be chosen from the top 14 videos for a grand prize - a $2,000 travel voucher! All winners will be announced mid-May. E-mail your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
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.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each of the Seymour Johnson AFB homes. We will ensure that your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, mechanical system and applications, etc. are in tip-top shape.
This work does require entry into your home, so we will be sure to inform you of your preventative maintenance visit in advance. The next group of homes to be visited will be 216-318 Chandler and 102- 306 Chanute during the week of April 21.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office should you have any questions or concerns.
Set your thermosat to "auto" instead of "on." This will ensure your home heats or cools only when necessary.
Spring is officially here, and summer is just a few months away! Test your air conditioning now before the temperatures really heat up. If your air conditioning is not functioning properly, please submit a service order in person at the Community Office, by phone, or on our website. We will be happy to take care of that for you.
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. These tips and resources may help with “down to the wire” returns, and/or with navigating through an upcoming move in a more knowledgeable and organized way.
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. 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. Seymour Johnson AFB offers free assistance with tax preparation through the base’s Tax Center. Appointments are required. Please call the legal office at (919) 722-5322, or visit them at the Mission Support Group Building, 1600 Wright Brothers Avenue, to set up an appointment. 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.
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.
Week of March 31: Lawn mowing begins
April 15: Purple Up Day
April 15: Taxes are due
April 18, 3-6 p.m.: Spring into Fun
Week of April 21: Preventative maintenance visits