- Message from the Business Director
- Thank you for joining us for our annual Spring into Fun!
- Purple Up!
- April Fools’ Day origins
- Your opinion matters
- A checkup for your home
- Help keep your community free of trash and debris!
- 3 tips to make your PCS less taxing
- Applications for the Corvias Foundation Educational Grant for Military Spouses are due May 7!
- Green corner
- What’s happening in your community?
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.
PCS season is just around the corner. As a friendly reminder, please let the Corvias staff know when you receive your orders; it is never too early to notify us! Your fellow Airmen waiting to get on base will appreciate it - this will assist us in providing them with accurate waitlist times. Also 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
Thank you for joining Corvias at our annual Spring into Fun event! We had bouncy houses, games, food, drinks and much more. Everyone had a great time! We are dedicated to providing a great quality of life for our residents through free resident events. If you have a suggestion or any feedback for future resident events please contact us.
April is Month of the Military Child. During this month, we take time to recognize the sacrifices of our military children, and celebrate their strength, courage and resiliency. Our youngest heroes serve by adapting to frequent moves, change of schools, parental deployments, and life transitions.
In conjunction with Month of the Military Child, Purple Up! is an initiative calling the community to show support for children in military families. You can do this by wearing the color purple on April 15th. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard blue.
Corvias Military Living would like to salute our military children and show appreciation for all that they do! For more information on other Month of the Military Child events visit Edwards Air Force Base website.
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 January 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.
Late last year, families living on-base received a housing survey from SatisFacts to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from this survey, as well as the quarterly RCI surveys, helps Corvias improve your experience living on-base.
Out of a possible 5.00 score, Corvias Military Living residents gave the company a 4.29 in the 2014 survey. Corvias earned the Superior Service distinction at 32 of the military communities the company manages throughout the country with a score of 4.0 to 4.49. Eight communities earned the highest honors, Exceptional Service achievement, with a score of 4.5 or above. This award marks the seventh year in a row that Corvias has ranked first nationally in the SatisFacts Annual Resident Survey, and the eighth consecutive year it has achieved the Superior Company Score award.
"We are committed to our mission of improving the quality of life for the service members and their families living on all of Corvias' installations," said Chuck Parker, Division President of Corvias Military Living. "This award speaks volumes about how passionate Corvias employees are nationwide about their jobs and those they serve. Achieving the highest rating from our residents is a tremendous honor and we are humbled by their recognition of our efforts."
To find out more information and see the complete list of winners click here.
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.
Stay up to date on the current preventative maintenance schedule by checking your community calendar! If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment for your home, please contact your Corvias Community Office.
Corvias offers convenient, curbside trash pick-up every week. In addition to curbside collection of household refuse, residents can also place bulk trash items at the curb on collection day. Please do not place your trash bin curbside until 6:30 a.m. the day of your scheduled pickup. Containers must be promptly returned to storage locations the same day. Household and bulk trash pickups are every Thursday or Friday.
Additionally, when resident moves out of their home, we ask that you do not leave excess trash or rubbish. Please notify the community office to arrange a pick-up time for bulk trash items. For more information about disposing of bulk trash items, please contact your Corvias Community Office.
This area is known for being extremely windy. Due to the wind, we have learned in the short time we have been here, not to place trash cans out too early as the wind and or wild animals will get into it. In order to prevent trash from flying out of the bins and dirtying up the streets, Corvias encourages residents to bag the trash inside the container. Corvias also asks if you see trash lying around your neighborhood to be a good steward and pick it up. We appreciate your attention in keeping your community beautiful.
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.
80 to 90 percent of energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. To save energy, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
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
- April 5- Easter Sunday
- April 15- Wear purple in support of our military children!