- Message from the Program Manager
- The absolutely true origins of April Fools’ Day
- New pets at Edwards AFB
- Starting a business at home
- Applications for the Corvias Foundation Educational Grant for Military Spouses are Due May 8!
- “Purple Up!” in Support of Military Kids
- Your opinions could earn you a $100 gift card
- Win a free trip on Corvias!
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- A checkup for your home
- Weed treatment for Neighborhoods
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
Is it April already? I hope everyone has finished, or at least started, their taxes. April 15 will be here before you know it. If you haven’t started yet there are some great tax tips in this issue of Corvias Community News
Although spring has just started, we are already preparing for summer. We are starting preventative maintenance to identify any problems early and make sure you have a cool summer. Residents will be notified before our technicians start inspections.
To help keep you cool we are planning a Freeze Pop Friday. Another upcoming event that is in the works is Movie Night. Be on the lookout for more information about these activities.
The end of March marks the first six months of Corvias Military Living at Edwards Air Force Base. The first six months have been busy for us, but the next six months will be busier. Let us know if you are moving this summer and we can walk you through the move out process. If you know anyone coming to Edwards, we are always looking for more great residents like you.
Thank you for living with us and allowing us to serve you,
Corvias Military Living
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.
Getting a new pet can be an exciting and rewarding experience for any family. But before you adopt a new pet, some breeds of dogs and some exotic animals are not allowed at Edwards AFB. There is also a $200 refundable deposit per pet if you live on base. Each home can have a maximum of two pets per household. Please contact your Community Office with any questions or concerns about your pet.
Becoming your own boss can be a dream come true. Before you start making extra money, all home-based businesses on Edwards AFB require approval. This applies to many types of businesses, from child care to tax preparation. The Housing Management Office and Corvias Military Living review and approve all home-based businesses on the base. Each approved business will be appropriate and contribute to a family-friendly environment and follow federal, state and local laws. These businesses will not…
- Compete with AAFES
- Use or produce hazardous materials
- Breed or raise animals
- Utilize pyramid sales
Please contact your Community Office if you have any questions about starting or continuing a home-based business.
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 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 Housing Office, 402 West Forbes Avenue, at 4 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 opportunity 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!
Earlier this week, you should have received an email 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 email about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact your 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 Military Living installation and our Corvias Campus Living location and will 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. Email your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
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.
The Corvias maintenance team is offering preventative maintenance inspections for base housing.
The inspection will be conducted door-to-door and consist of a multiple-point inspection. The technicians will be inspecting HVAC systems, checking water heaters, testing smoke/carbon dioxide detectors, looking for leaks, slow running drains, and other maintenance issues.
These inspections are designed to keep your home running in tip-top performance. The entire process should take no longer than 45 minutes. The program is scheduled to run through summer.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment for your home, please contact the Corvias Community Office at 661-385-6060.
As an addition to our lawn care program, Mainscape landscaping personnel will be applying weed control to selected base neighborhoods between April 1, 2014 to April 15, 2014. The following neighborhoods are scheduled for treatment during regularly scheduled yard maintenance.
- Tamarisk Plains
- Acacia Hills
- Mesquite Meadows
- Palo Verde
The application will include only the back yards of the homes. We ask that you please remove all children’s toys, pets and pet items from the back yard. It typically takes 30 minutes for the liquid treatment to dry. Once the treatment is dry you can re-enter your back yards and return your pet to the outdoors.
We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to serve you and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, would like additional information please do not hesitate to contact the Corvias Community Office at 661-385-6060.
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
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.
April 11- Spring into Fun, 3 to 6 p.m., Community Park
April 15- Purple Up!, 4 p.m., Corvias Housing Office