- Message from the Business Director
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- Need money for college?
- Let’s talk turkey
- Corvias office hours for Thanksgiving holiday
- Don’t let the holidays “gobble” up your finances!
- Resident reminders
- El Nino preparedness tips
- Green Corner
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Corvias Military Living believes strongly in giving back to our military communities. One way we give back is through the Corvias Foundation, the award-winning charitable arm of our company. The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education. Since 2006, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6 million in scholarships and educational grants.
Our Future Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university and must be submitted by February 11, 2016. The scholarship is for up to $50,000. The Foundation will award 10 scholarships to children of active-duty service members stationed at 13 military bases, which includes Edwards Air Force Base.
Spouses of active-duty service members are eligible to apply for a $5,000 Educational Grant. The 2016 grant applications must be submitted by May 5, 2016. All applicants will be notified of their award status by the end of July 2015. Applications are available now at www.corviasfoundation.org. Please contact email@example.com or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
Making the homes and lives our service members better is our first priority. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us at 661-385-6060 or stop by the Community Office.
Our goal is to provide you with the best homes, community, service and value. To let us know how we are performing Corvias Military Living has contracted with ResidentSurveys.com, a division of SatisFacts Research, to conduct a brief online survey.
You will receive a survey notice via a mailed postcard and by email from “residentsurveys.com” (please verify your current email address with the office team). You have the option to include your name with your ratings and comments, or your feedback can be anonymous. As a thank you, for your time, you will be entered in a drawing and you could win a great prize. Your opinion matters and we appreciate your feedback.
Need money for college? Applications for the 2016 Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after November 1 at corviasfoundation.org.
Turkey is the traditional choice for Thanksgiving dinner (and Christmas!). As you, your family, and friends sit down to your meal, feast on these facts about this popular poultry:
- What’s in a name? Turkeys are native to North America. According to various sources, the word “turkey” comes from: its Native American name “firkee”; the word “tuka,” the Tamil word for “peacock,” coined by Christopher Columbus when he mistook the bird for a type of peacock (it’s actually a member of the pheasant family); the first birds being shipped to England through the country of Turkey (by the Spanish) and being mistaken for another bird with the same name from Africa. By any name, they’re delicious.
- Yes, turkeys can fly. Wild turkeys, that is. Domestic turkeys are bred and raised to be so heavy they can’t take flight, but wild turkeys can fly at up to 55 mph for short distances. They can also run at a top speed of 20-25 mph.
- Order your turkey early. About 45 million turkeys are consumed every Thanksgiving. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 15 pounds. Approximately 20 million turkeys are the main course at Christmas dinner.
The Corvias Community Office at Edwards Air Force Base will be closed on November 26, Thanksgiving Day and have limited office hours on November 27. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on November 28. Corvias maintenance staff will be on call throughout the holiday. Please contact 661-385-6051 for all maintenance and emergency issues. For additional information, please call 661-385-6060 or stop by the Community Office
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly “gobble” up your hard-earned money. Don’t fret – we’ve got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don’t burn a hole in your wallet.
- Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
- Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Program at 661-277-0723.
- Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
- Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
- Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
- Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, November 30.
- Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
- Don’t forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That’s really what it is all about.
Getting in the spirit
- Residents can put up holiday decorations and lighting in family housing 30 days before the holiday and up to 15 days after. As you celebrate the holidays, remember to use noncombustible decorations. Lights should be in good working condition and bear the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) label. You may attach holiday decorations to the home utilizing plastic holders. The use of nails, hooks, staples, tape or tacks are not allowed and may damage the home. No decorations of any kind can be placed on the roof of the home; this could endanger the resident and potentially damage the roof. Lights and decorations in family housing must be turned off every night at 10:00 p.m.
Help conserve water!
- As you may know, Governor Brown has implemented mandatory water restrictions to preserve the water during the historical drought. Corvias is following Governor Brown’s water conservation program to help reduce water usage. In following this program, we have reduced your irrigation watering times up to 50% from last year. Irrigation watering will occur every other day, twice a day on your scheduled watering day, for a five minute duration each watering cycle.
- Residents can assist with the drought by implementing some changes in their common household practices. Some tips include only running your dishwasher when it is full, adjusting water levels in the washing machine to match the size of the load and taking short showers rather than long showers or baths. Click here for additional information on how to conserve water and use it effectively.
- For additional information on watering dates and times, please contact your community office. Also, check your irrigation system to ensure your irrigation heads are working properly and to ensure your irrigation time doesn’t need to be adjusted. You can submit a work order by clicking him or contact your Community Office for any maintenance that needs to be done to your irrigation system.
With the anticipation of an El Nino, it is important to be prepared. Below are a few tips to help get your family ready before a disaster happens.
- Map out an evacuation plan and route from your home to a safe place. If an evacuation is advised, do so immediately.
- Prepare emergency supplies to assist your family during a disaster. Have a battery operated radio ready and listen for news, updates and any special evacuation instructions. Do not return to your home until you are advised that it is safe to do so.
- Never drive through flooded streets! Turn around and find another route. With flooded streets, the water may be much deeper than you think and can sweep a car and its occupants away quickly.
- Research and explore your options for flood insurance. Many people don’t understand their options until it is too late.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t open the oven door while you’re cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
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Important dates and events
- Nov.11- Community Office closed in observance of Veterans Day
- Nov.26- Community Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving
- Nov.27- Limited hours of operations, Community Office open 9 am-1 pm.