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- Black Friday survival guide
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November is a time to be thankful. First, Veteran’s Day is on Nov. 11 and our team at Reece Crossings would like to thank you all for the service and sacrifice that each of you make every day. Secondly, the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner on the fourth Thursday of the month, Nov. 27. The Community Office will be closed on both holidays. Our office will re-open on Nov. 28 with modified business hours of 9a.m. to 1p.m. Of course, should you need anything just let us know.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is no pressure to spend money on all the right gifts, you just get together with family and friends to eat, and maybe you’ll watch a little football. We’ll have the Cowboys game on in the clubhouse if you are not traveling and want to watch. For those of you having a “staycation” on Fort Meade this year be sure to check out the DFAC and Club Meade Thanksgiving Feasts this year.
I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday season. Thank you again for your service and for choosing to live with us here at Reece Crossings.
If you want to put a little money in your pocket this holiday season refer a buddy to live with us at Reece Crossings. It is an easy way to get $150 for presents or travel expenses. Your friend will get one month free rent and can take advantage of our roommate option, which pays back $300 a month.
If you choose to cook a Thanksgiving meal this year here are some tips to keep in mind. Thanksgiving is a time of year when serious fires can occur. Thanksgiving Day tops the charts for home cooking fires, which is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries across the country. Cooking fires are easily preventable.
When deep frying turkeys:
- Only use an approved turkey fryer and thermostat so proper oil temperature can be maintained. Make sure the fryer cannot tip over.
- Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep pets away.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry. Lower the turkey into the hot oil slowly.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
Other holiday safety tips include:
- When cooking indoors using a gas stove, make sure there is not a buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home. The stove is a common source of CO in the home, especially if you are cooking for several hours. Run the vent over the stove. Open windows/doors in the kitchen at least once each hour to allow fresh air to circulate.
- Make sure you have a properly operating smoke alarm and CO detector.
- In the case of a stove fire, shut off the stove and cover the burning pan with a lid or use a fire extinguisher. Don’t throw water, salt, flour or any other substance on the fire; this can cause the fire to flare up. Don’t try to move a burning pan outside.
- If there is a fire inside the oven, shut it off and leave the door shut. Call 911 and report the fire and leave the home until firefighters arrive.
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 eat 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 Financial Readiness Program at 310-677-5590.
- 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 or online for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
- Look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing new appliances or electronics. Compare the energy consumption of different products to help evaluate the potential operating costs over the long term.
- 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, Dec.1.
- 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.
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.
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Storage of recycling bins and other items in breezeways is a violation of the fire code. Residents may be fined by the Fort Meade Fire Department for obstructing exits.
Pets are allowed at Reece Crossings, but there are some guidelines. All pets must meet the Fort Meade license, registration and microchip policies. Each roommate is allowed to have a pet. Certain restrictions of dogs are not allowed to live on U.S. Army posts. These include: pit bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, chows and wolf hybrids. Other dogs that "demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior" may also be prohibited.
Additionally exotic animals such as reptiles, rodents (excluding hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets and farm animals are also prohibited. Contact the Community Office if you have any questions.
Did you know your opinions could win you $500? Last month, you received an email from an independent research firm, SatisFacts, to complete an online survey on how Corvias Military Living is doing.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey link from “residentsurveys.com”. The email subject is titled “Corvias Military Resident Satisfaction Survey”, and the deadline to complete the survey is mid-November. Participation is voluntary, but we hope you will provide feedback as Corvias strives to improve your experience as a resident. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize. Contact your community office for more information.
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Gearing up for holiday cooking? Try preparing your whole meal in the oven at the same time. Often you can simultaneously cook foods that have different cooking temperatures. Variations of 25 degrees usually produce favorable cooking results.
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
- Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
- Nov. 4 – Army Navy Game at Mullins Field
- Nov. 6 – Veteran’s Day Observance
- Nov. 6 – Right Arm Night/Meade’s Gone Country
- Nov. 20 – Community Council
- Nov. 22 – Fun Run Series – Turkey Trot, register here
- Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Feast at the DFAC and Club Meade
The holiday season is upon us, and so is the traffic and travel that often accompany it. If you will be traveling this holiday season, please do so safely.
Take advantage of easy-to-use, real-time travel information sources. Traveling during non-peak commuting periods can reduce travel time as much as 37 percent. Check 511 telephone services and travel information websites for updates on traffic jams, road construction, lane closures, severe weather and travel times on interstates and major highways.
If you are flying be sure to check your flight status before you head to the airport. Commercial aircraft have low humidity which can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink lots of water. Airports and planes can expose you to a wide variety of new germs. Be sure to wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer to help avoid illness.
Maintain your home. Leave your thermostat at 60 degrees. Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Check weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. Submit a work order if needed.
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