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Now – Oct 28 – 2016 Fort Bragg Family of the Year nominations open. Nominate a worthy family today!
Now – Dec 5 – 2017 Military Child of the Year nominations are open. Nominate a great military kid that you know!
Oct 7 – Jazz & Wine Fest at 6PM at Festival Park.
Oct 10 – Columbus Day. All Corvias Military Living offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Oct 17-18 – Alpha Warrior Military Demo/Meet & Greet. An experiential event that encompasses fitness and nutrition discussion, work outs and hands on fitness experience on the Alpha Battle Rig.
Oct 20 – Comedy All Stars at Sports USA from7:30PM.
Oct 27 – Sound Off Open Mic Night from 6:30-8:30PM at Sport USA in support of observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Join the Randolph Pointe staff for a spooky evening at our annual Monster Mashquerade, Friday, October 28th at 6:30pm. Food, door prizes, and costume contests will all be a part of this frightful event!
Talk with your community center for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!
Packages are accepted and held at the Randolph Pointe community center as a courtesy. If you are expecting a package, please make sure that you are checking your tracking information or simply contact the office to see if your package has arrived as staff is unable to call residents and let them know that a package has arrived. Oversized packages (i.e. furniture, tires) as well as perishable items should be picked up IMMEDIATELY because we do not have the appropriate area to store them in. If you prefer that the office not accept a package on your behalf, please let them know.
The only certain thing in the military is uncertainty. Throughout your military life, 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 Randolph Pointe can host parties at their community center. 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. 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, the possibilities are endless - little libraries are not just kids. 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 cooking, 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.
As we are preparing for the winter, here is something you should know: When your heat is not used for long periods of time, dust can collect on the heat exchange. When you turn on the heat for the first time, this dust will burn off and release an odor. This is normal and the smell should disappear in a few hours. If the problem persists, check your filters. If your filters are dusty, visit your local community center to pick up your free filters. If this is still happening after 24hrs, call the office at 910-764-5008 and a tech will be happy to come out and check your system. You can also turn your system on early to burn off the dust.
Please remember that when you are taking out your trash to take it straight to the dumpster instead of leaving it in the breezeways by your apartment door. Leaving it by the door is unsightly but also makes the breezeways smell and is an invitation for pests. Also, please remember to take cardboard to the dumpster – we ask that you do not leave it piled on your balcony or by your front door. Please help keep the community looking great!
Just a reminder that Randolph Pointe is a pet free community. Per your Randolph Pointe lease, residents can have only a fish bowl and/or up to 2 caged birds. If a resident as a Service Animal and/or a therapeutic animal, they must submit a Medical Exception to Policy for approval. As outlined in your lease, visiting pets and/or pet sitting is not allowed – this includes any type of pet.
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:
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Caroline Eaton is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Harford Community College. She is dedicated to becoming a nurse to work with low-income families. She’s an active volunteer, working with Make-A-Wish Foundation, a leader in her Family Readiness Group, head coach for a girl’s lacrosse team, and Pets on Wheels. Her husband is Capt. Dodger Eaton of the U.S. Army.
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Lauren Whitt is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lauren is passionate about studying genetics and plant evolution, and plans to work for an agricultural company or government conservation agency. She is active in her community, volunteering for various fundraisers and community projects. Her husband is A1C Colt R. Whitt of the U.S. Air Force.
Thalia Doty is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling at Park University. While serving in the Air Force, she experienced the impact that combat had on her fellow service members. She is dedicated to studying the field of psychology to help service members, veterans, and military families. Her husband is Tech Sgt. Steven R. Doty of the U.S. Air Force.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Tiffany Escalera-Garcia is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She plans to specialize in juvenile law and probation with the hope of creating better opportunities for troubled youth. She volunteers in her Family Readiness Group and local elementary school. Her husband is Spc. Charles Garcia Jr. of the U.S. Army.
Ramatou Kassegnin is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Fayetteville Technical Community College and she plans to continue on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She is an active volunteer with the Red Cross. Her husband is Spc. Isaac A. Awaasah of the U.S. Army.
Mahsa Lynch is pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University and is specializing in bioinstrumentation. Her husband is Sgt. David Lynch of the U.S. Army.
Isabell Perkins is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Sciences from Central Carolina Community College. She is passionate about working with animals and currently works as a kennel technician at the local animal hospital. She has volunteered at various animal shelters, nursing homes, and elementary schools. Her husband is Spc. Andrew J. Perkins of the U.S. Army.
Taylor Pinne is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. She is dedicated to creating social change. She has had experience with advocacy and upon graduation, she hopes to work as a clinical social worker primary supporting rural communities and is also passionate about advocating for service members and military families. Her husband is Spc. Kolby Pinne of the U.S. Army.
Alexandria Scandalis-Dempsey is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from California State University-Northridge. She works directly will military families and provides them with information to overcome challenges. Through this work, she has found her passion for working with military families, especially children, to have a voice. She plans to continue to work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with military children to help with the challenges they experience with military life. Her husband is Sgt. Kenneth Dempsey of the U.S. Army.
Keri Wygal is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her ultimate dream is to be a medical doctor or physician’s assistant, specializing in neuroscience. She is involved on campus in the Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her husband is Spc. Robert Stewart of the U.S. Army.
Sara Thompson is a sophomore pursing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Fayetteville Technical Community College. After serving in the U.S. Army, she has been dedicated to the field of nursing and she volunteers with her Family Readiness Group. Her husband is Spc. Michael Thompson of the U.S. Army.
Fort Meade, Maryland
Klaudia Trennepohl is a freshman with plans to begin pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Anne Arundel Community College in the fall. She volunteers in her community through fundraising runs, volunteer service for the military community, and sews items for parents of pre-term babies at the local hospital. Her husband is Senior Airman Christopher James Trennepohl of the U.S. Air Force.
Fort Riley, Kansas
Kelly Damor is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Kansas State University and her dream is to open an orphanage, school, and free medical clinic in India. Her husband is Sgt. Nerendra K. Damor of the U.S. Army.
Barbara Jovanov is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Ottawa University-Kansas City and she plans to specialize in special education working with children with special needs. She has volunteered in her military community as the leader of her Family Readiness Group and with Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Her husband is Sgt. Milorad Jovanov of the U.S. Army.
Martrisha Rodriguez is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She plans to work in an inner-city women’s crisis center or in a female correctional facility and is passionate about working with primary and secondary school-aged students to teach preventative curriculum about abuse and violence. She has volunteered many hours as an advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Her husband is Sgt. Antonio Cordero Rodriquez of the U.S. Army.
Gabrielle Tellis is pursuing a PhD in Health Services from Walden University and is passionate about working to establish and improve health care initiatives for military veterans and their families. She has volunteered many hours with her Family Readiness Group and in minority leadership and mentoring programs. Her husband is Spc. Zaid A. Adams of the U.S. Army.
Fort Rucker, Alabama
Kara Burdick is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Purdue University-Northwest and she looks forward to continuing her nursing career. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Red Cross. Her husband is 2nd Lt. Jeremiah Burdick of the U.S. Army..
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Lindsay Iserman is a sophomore pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland-University College. Upon completing her degree, she plans to begin a career helping service members and military families open small businesses. Her husband is Warrant Officer 1 Joshua Schmidt of the U.S. Army.
Hurlburt Field, Florida
Mireya Rubalcava is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Services from Northwest Florida State College to become a clinical technologist. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Phillip S. Rubalcava of the U.S. Air Force.
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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