- Message from the Business Director
- Getting ready to PCS? Deploy? Retire? What to do when you’re ready to move
- Housing partnership education
- Pet reminders
- Daylight savings time
- Getting your picky eater to try healthy foods
- Green corner
- Preventative maintenance visits
- Corvias Foundation Military spouse scholarship
- Air Force Aid Society scholarships
- Recent Refer-A-Friend program winners
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
With spring right around the corner, many of our families have asked when we will begin our fence project. This project consists of 452 homes in Berkeley Village East and Berkeley Village West receiving new 4’ tall galvanized chain link backyard fences. Each home’s fence will include a single pedestrian gate. Corvias Military Living is installing these fences as part of our agreement with the Air Force to improve on-base housing for Service Members and their families at Seymour Johnson AFB. Currently, we anticipate starting this project in May 2015 and estimate completing the project in November 2015.
In the coming weeks, we will finalize the details of this project, to include an installation schedule by street. Once all the details are complete, we will communicate the schedule to the families.
Getting ready to PCS? Deploy? Retire? Make sure to stop by the Community Office to provide a 30-day notice, along with a copy of your orders.
Ensure you have a smooth transition by following these steps once you are ready to move:
- Complete a Notice to Vacate Form at least 30 days prior to move out and submit to the Community Office
- Schedule your pre-inspection with the Community Office team
- Contact the Community Office prior to your move-out date to schedule your move-out inspection
- All personal items should be removed from the home and the home should be left surface clean
If you have any questions about the move-out process, please stop by or call the Community Office at 919-988-6920 and we’ll walk you through it.
Corvias eases the move out process for Service Members and their families with the surface clean policy. It is not necessary to hire a professional cleaning team to achieve the level of cleanliness considered acceptable for move-out. Surface-clean condition implies that a home is left clean throughout. The surface-clean policy is intended to reflect good day-to-day housekeeping. When a home is cleaned regularly it should only require a wipe down and sweep/vacuum at move out to deliver surface-clean condition. Please note that wear and tear plays a factor in the determination of acceptability. Contact your Community Office at 919-988-6920 for a copy of the surface-clean guidelines or for any questions.
Seymour Johnson is a pet friendly community that welcomes Military Families and their four legged family members. We also want to make sure that if a family pet gets out of the yard or house that families are able to be reunited. As a result, we would like to provide a few pet reminders to help owners locate their pets instead of pets having to be turned over to the local animal shelter if they become separated:
- All dogs and cats need to be licensed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date of the current tags. Owners must provide a copy of the license and documented shots to their community center.
- All dogs and cats must have a permanent microchip electronic identification implant.
- All dogs and cats must wear a collar with their rabies tag attached. Pets should also have identification on their collar with the owners name, address, and telephone number.
- Also as a reminder that the installation does not allow dogs that have any of the following breed lineage in the community: Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, and wolf hybrids. Exceptions to this rule can be made only for (i) a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer or (ii) a specific dog that has been approved by the Installation Commander in writing.
- As the weather warms up, dogs will want to go outside and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Please remember all dogs must either be in a fenced yard or being walked by an owner on a leash. The tethering or tying of pets to a fixed object is not allowed for the safety of the pet. The policy helps ensure that a pet does not get tangled up in tether line and become injured. As your pet is spending more time outside enjoying the nice weather, please be mindful and ensure that your pet is not disturbing neighbors with excessive whining, barking, or howling.
Sunday, March 8, 2015 starts Daylight Savings Time. Don’t forget to “spring” forward one hour at 2 a.m. on March 8. Local fire departments and FEMA recommend that, as you adjust your clocks throughout your home, you should also replace the batteries in your smoke alarms as a safety precaution.
Here are some survival tips to help adjust to the change:
- Prepare yourself! Make the time change incrementally beforehand by setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier and earlier for five days prior to daylight savings.
- On Saturday – get some vigorous exercise midday as exercise helps advance the body clock
- On Sunday Morning – get up at your regular time. Also, spend an hour or more outside in the sunshine as sunlight, just as exercise, is helpful in advancing our body clock. Experts recommend getting some moderate exercise midday.
Making sure that our children eat right is one of the biggest concerns that parents have, but with the hectic schedules that both parents and children have today, it is easy to turn to unhealthy choices out of convenience. Many experts agree on these five “tricks” to help get your favorite picky eater to try new foods:
- Don't make a big deal about it. If you announce "We're going to try something new tonight," your child will just translate that as "This is going to be disgusting; prepare to hate it." Instead, just set the plate down and let your kid explore it for herself.
- Make it fun. You've seen the cute pics: pancakes topped with smiley fruit faces, grilled cheese served in cookie-cutter shapes. Taking the time now and then to make healthy foods kid-friendly. Another winner is anything dunkable: Offer a little warmed, oozy peanut butter or yogurt to dip fruit into, or some ranch dressing to go with steamed vegetables.
- Make it familiar. Incorporate the healthy stuff into dishes you know your child likes. If your child loves pizza, try adding vegetables. Got a muffin pan? Make a batch with blueberries or grated zucchini or carrots. Chicken-nugget chomper? Bake them with whole-grain bread crumbs.
- Talk it up. A kid couldn't care less about cholesterol or heart disease, but he will take notice if you tell him that doughnut won't give him enough energy to climb the jungle gym or keep up with his friend in the swimming pool.
- Eat it yourself. If you won't touch anything green, why should they? But if they see you enjoying a big salad or a fish dish, they just may come around (well, eventually).
For more great tips and ideas visit the United States Department of Agriculture at www.choosemyplate.gov. You can also reach out to your local nutritionist via your health care provider.
Make sure your thermostat fan is set to "auto" instead of "on." This will ensure your home heats or cools only when necessary.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each Seymour Johnson AFB home. We will ensure that your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, mechanical system and appliances, 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 310-430 Bolling and 100-215 Chandler during the week of Mar. 16.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office should you have any questions or concerns.
Are you a military spouse with dreams of completing your college degree? The application period for grants is now open. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 7, 2015. Visit corviasfoundation.org for more information and to apply for a $5,000 Educational Grant.
The Air Force Aid Society also offers financial assistance for dependents of Airmen who are pursuing their college education via educational grants, merit scholarships, and loan program. For more information and /or to apply visit the Air Force Aid Society website at afas.org.
Congratulations to our recent Refer-A-Friend Program gift card recipients, who each received $150:
- SSgt Craig and Sarah George
- SSgt Roxana Goodwin
- SSgt Mike and Melanie Bobola
- 1st Lt Louis and Monica Conklin
- 2nd Lt Thomas and Samantha Lusk
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
- March 6 - All Corvias Military Living Offices will close for the day at 1:45 p.m. for an all employee meeting.
- March 6 – Free Friday Night at the Movies will show Dolphin Tale 2 at 6 p.m. at the Base Theater
- March 8 – Daylight Savings Time – Don’t forget to “spring forward”
- March 20 – Free Friday Night at the Movies will show The Box Trolls at 6 p.m. at the Base Theater