- Randolph Pointe Hosts its first Open Mic Night
- Don’t miss this exciting offer on Randolph Pointe garages
- Your opinions could win you $100 gift card
- Corvias Foundation applications are due May 8
- Community spotlight: Our fitness room
- The Randolph Pointe grills are waiting for you
- Green corner
- Friendly reminder
- Test your air conditioning now
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Win a free trip!
- "Purple Up!” in Support of Military Kids
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- The absolutely true origins of April Fools’ Day
- Upcoming events and important dates
April is National Poetry Month, so what better way to celebrate than with Randolph Pointe’s first Open Mic Night? Come to the Randolph Pointe Clubhouse on Thursday, April 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. Poetry will be performed by a team of local poets. You may also bring your latest work of poetry to perform in front of the crowd, if you’d like. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Each Randolph Pointe resident who attends the event will be eligible to win a FREE garage at Randolph Pointe! Please contact the Community Office for more details.
Do you have more than one vehicle? Would you like some extra storage close to your home? You’re in luck! Randolph Pointe is currently running a special offer for the community’s garages. If you sign a one-year lease on a Randolph Pointe garage, you will get two months FREE, for a savings of $150! Each garage is only $75 per month.
As mentioned in the above article, we will also be raffling off a free garage at Randolph Pointe’s Open Mic Night.
If you have any questions about these offers, please contact the Community Office for more details.
Earlier this week, you should have received an e-mail 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/RP_communication 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 e-mail about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact the Community Office to update your contact information.
If you have a spouse who 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.
Did you know that our fitness room has a television and DVD player? Bring your P90X and Insanity workout videos from your home to the Clubhouse, and enjoy the ample space we have provided for you to sweat.
On a nice spring day, nothing can be better than grilling some food for family and friends. Here’s the good news: You can do it at Randolph Pointe without purchasing your own grill! Two Weber gas grills are located in the Randolph Pointe Pavilion (near the mailboxes). Charcoal grills are also located throughout the community, but don’t forget to bring your charcoal! Thank you for placing your trash in the trash can and cleaning the grill after you have eaten that delicious meal.
Due to fire codes and fire safety, personal grills are not permitted on patios or balconies. Grilling is also not permitted on grassy areas or anywhere surrounding Randolph Pointe buildings.
Set your thermostat to “auto” instead of “on.” This will ensure your home heats or cools only when necessary.
Please only park motorcycles in our parking lot, not in the buildings’ breezeways. Thank you for your cooperation!
Spring is officially here, and summer is just a few months away! Test your air conditioning now before the temperatures really heat up. If your air conditioning is not functioning properly, please submit a service order in person at the Community Office, by phone, or on our website. We will be happy to take care of that for you.
Want to know what is happening in your community? Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on 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.
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 location to 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. E-mail your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
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 Pope Community Center (51 Skytrain Drive) on April 15 at 4 p.m. 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 e-mail for more information coming soon.
In addition, we’ve created a blog where residents can share their experiences. Check it out!
Thank you for your support of military kids!
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. These tips and resources may help with “down to the wire” returns, and/or with navigating through an upcoming move in a more knowledgeable and organized way.
Organize your papers
Service members 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. 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. Fort Bragg offers free assistance with tax preparation through the Fort Bragg Tax Center. 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 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.
April 1: Annual water line flushing ends
April 15: Taxes are due
April 15: Purple Up Day
April 17, 7-10 p.m.: Open Mic Night