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- Trick or Treat hours and safety tips!
- Halloween fire safety
- Resident spotlight award
- Preventative maintenance
- Lawn care updates
- Heart your community: Seven ways to build community in your neighborhood
- Corvias Foundation Announces Military Spouse Recipients of $100,000 in Educational Grant Awards
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Oct 1 – Oktobrewfest from 2-7PM at Eagles Landing Courtyard.
Oct 4 – Job Fair from 10AM-1PM Heritage Hall.
Oct 4 – Frights and Delights Bunco from 6-8PM. $5.00 to play.
Oct 6 – Mad Hatter Day at SJAFB Library.
Oct 10 – All Corvias Military Living Offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.
Oct 14 – Friday Night at the Movies at the Base Theater presents “Monster House” at 6PM.
Oct 14 – Fall Festival for Corvias Residents from 5-7PM at the field across from the Corvias Community Office
Oct 15 – Robin Hood Festival from 2-6PM at SJAFB Log Cabin.
Oct 28 – Seymour Johnson Halloween Block Party from 6-8PM at the Eagles Landing parking lot.
Trick or Treat hours on base will be from 6-8pm on Monday, October 31. While you and your kids are out enjoying the festivities please remember these safety tips to keep all of our little ghosts, super heroes, and princesses safe:
- Only Trick or Treat at homes that have their front porch light on (homes without their lights out are not participating)
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone! Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes or bags or hold a flashlight to help drivers see you.
- Examine all candy for tampering before eating them.
- Don’t eat homemade items from strangers.
- Look both ways before crossing the street! Use the sidewalks!
- Never enter homes and never accept rides from strangers!
Halloween is coming up. Ensure everyone has a safe Halloween by following a few simple precautions. Candles seem to provide a certain mystic with Halloween and therefore are most popular during this time of year, both in jack-o-lanterns and other decorations, which also leads to an increase in fires and injuries by open flames. Use of candles is strongly discouraged. There are several other products on the market that can substitute for open flamed candles such as battery operated candles and flashlights. Decorations, like cornstalks and hay bales are highly combustible and should never be brought into the home. They, along with other decorations made of crepe paper need special consideration when used. Keep them away from all heat sources like light bulbs, heaters and open flames. You also need to keep all exits clear and always keep at least 2 ways available to get out. Keep the area by your doorstep and walkways free of decorations so little ones do not trip over them.
When choosing a costume, remember ready-made ones are normally fire resistant, home-made ones are not. Be careful with long, draping and billowy fabrics that can easily be dragged across an open flame and ignite. Use make-up instead of a mask. If you are wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out. Use a flashlight or glow sticks for lighting and tell your children to stay away from open flames. Make sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if they do catch their clothes on fire. If your children are going to parties at their friends’ house, have them look for and plan ways out in case of an emergency.
For more information on this or any other fire prevention topic, contact the Seymour Fire Prevention office, (919) 722-411.
Each month, residents spotted doing the right thing or going above and beyond are recognized. If you find a Thank You note on your door from Corvias, you have been entered into a monthly drawing! This month our resident spotlight award goes to TSgt Justin and Cassandra Fellure. Thanks for being an outstanding resident and taking such great care of your home. We are happy to have you and your family living with us at Seymour Johnson!
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 set of homes we will be visiting are: 228-243 Nellis, 400-415 Nelson, 301-305 Scriven, 401-403 Scriven, 501, 601-607 Scriven, 300,302, 401-404 Selfridge, 209-231 Squire. These homes will be visited the week of: October 17th – 21st.
Your lawn will continue to be serviced every other week through October 22nd. Please check the calendar for your scheduled mow days.
Lastly, Munie will be providing a pre-emergent weed control treatment and a broadleaf application. These treatments kill existing weeds and prevent weeds from germinating in your landscape bed. These services will be provided on your normal lawn care day and small flags will be placed in your yard to designate the areas sprayed.
The only certain thing for a military family is uncertainty. Throughout your life as a military family, you live in several neighborhoods and watch neighbors come and go. Building a sense of community is an essential part of military life especially when other family members can be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Strong communities are a place where your family can feel safe, supported and thrive. Here are seven tips to help you build a sense of community in your neighborhood:
- Coordinate a neighborhood potluck or block party. It is important to know your neighbors and what better way to break the ice than the casual, laid-back setting of a party. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Check out http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ to help organize the dishes. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages and suggest everyone bring a few printouts of their recipes for a recipe swap. Don’t forget to share contact information. Oh yeah, before everyone leaves, plan the next get together! If you are looking for a party location, residents at Corvias installations can host parties at their community centers. Check with your Community Office about how long the band can play and whether you can use that turkey fryer.
- Organize a meal team. Neighbors come and go, get sick, have babies, lose loved ones and face other trying situations. One way to show community support is to provide a meal for a neighbor during those hectic or trying times. To assist with scheduling meals there are several resources available, including http://www.takethemameal.com/, to help show neighbors you care.
- Establish a Bunco or game night. Bunco is all the rage right now. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials. If Bunco is not your thing, lawn games such as pickle ball, corn hole, bocce ball and ladder golf are fun ways to get the competitive juices flowing. If childcare is a challenge, have all the parents with kids chip in for a sitter or take kid sitting shifts. Neighborhood game nights are a great way to get everyone together and you can’t beat the commute.
- Pay it forward. A great way to keep your neighbors guessing and having fun is to pay it forward. You can begin a quarterly tradition of leaving a themed basket on someone’s porch with instructions to pay it forward to another neighbor. This does not have to be an expensive act of kindness; the dollar store is a great place to start. You can find a bunch of ideas to get started on Pinterest. Don’t forget to leave some type of sign for the door showing the house has been gifted, so others are included in the fun.
- Little Free Library. Got books? If you have a great collection of books just sitting around the house, start a Little Free Library. These “boxes full of books” are popping up everywhere and it’s an awe-inspiring way for neighbors to share literature. The idea is simple: take a book and leave a book. Cookbooks, magazines, children’s books, the possibilities are endless. My kiddos and I love visiting the one in our community. We never know what we will find. Check with your Community Office to make sure it is okay to start one in your neighborhood.
- Find common ground. We all have something in common. Whether it is kids, pets, cars, hobbies or sports. Discovering what you have in common with your neighbors is a great way to start building a community.
- Attend events in your community. Local and on-post organizations are always hosting events. To stay up-to-date on events in your community, visit local area websites and Facebook pages. Check out your installations online calendar or newsletter to find out about events in your community, like our upcoming Fallapalooza and many other complimentary, resident events held throughout the year.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members. This year’s grant recipients represent 9 Army and Air Force installations across the United States. The names of the outstanding spouses who received the awards follow:
Seymour Johnson, North Carolina
Yolanda Quarles is a junior pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Barton College. Her immediate goal is to become a Registered Nurse and then after receiving experience in the field, she plans to return to school to work toward becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She volunteers through her school’s nursing club and gives back to her community in various ways. Her husband is Tech Sgt. Travis Quarles of the U.S. Air Force.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteer opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service to their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
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