- Message from the community manager
- Get some extra holiday money
- Resident amenities
- Guest policy reminder
- New AAFES mall is open
- New hours at MacArthur Shoppette
- Temporary Reece Road Gate Closure
- How many different reasons to celebrate this month?
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant applications now open
- Fire safety tips for the holidays
I hope all of you had a great year, especially since 2014 is rapidly coming to a close. It has been a great year for us at Reece Crossings. Our community opened in June and since then, we’ve completely constructed four residential buildings and the Clubhouse.
We’re excited to share that in 2015 Reece Crossings will continue to expand! With a bigger community, we’ll need more great residents--just like you! Keep in mind, that as a current resident at Reece Crossings, you’re eligible for any special referral rewards if you refer your friends. If you know someone who is looking for a new place to live, invite them over so they can see what Reece Crossings has to offer. Check below for the current referral reward program that is going on right now!
I wish each of you a festive 2014 holiday season. Spend some time and unwind with your family and friends. Who knows, maybe we’ll get a white Christmas on Fort Meade this year!
Thank you for choosing to live with us, but more importantly thank you for your service to our county.
Need a little extra money this holiday season? Refer a friend to live at Reece Crossings. Residents will receive $1,275 for every resident that they refer when the new residents move in by January 31. It is that easy. Take advantage of this limited-time offer and contact the Community Office for more details.
We hope you’re enjoying all of the fun-filled community amenities at Reece Crossings! We just wanted to remind you to be respectful of these amenities and to remember that alcohol is prohibited in all common areas to include the breezeways, parking lots, the Clubhouse and Game Room.
Additionally, amenities are for residents only, but guests are permitted when the resident is present.
Visitors and Guests are welcome, but are subject to the rules contained in this RRG, the ROA, and the Guest Approval Addendum if applicable.
Guest policy for residents in a two‐bedroom apartment with a roommate or awaiting a roommate to move in:
- Guests of the Resident may not occupy the apartment for more than seven nights in any month, and there may be no more than one guest at a time in any apartment, unless advance written approval is obtained from the Community Manager and Co‐Resident, if applicable.
- If the guest is 17 years or younger please contact the Community Office for assistance.
- Guest policy for residents in a one‐bedroom apartment or residents in a two‐bedroom apartment without a roommate and who are not awaiting a roommate to move in:
- Guests of the Resident shall not occupy the Apartment for more than 15 nights in any month, and there shall be no more than two overnight guests at a time unless advance approval is obtained from the Community Manager.
The new AAFES mall is now to include Military Clothing Sales, GNC, Gamestop, Barber and a Sports shop. New eats choices include Starbucks, Charley’s, Boston Market, Domino’s, Denny’s and Subway. AAFES is also in the process of hiring. Anyone interested can go to www.applymyexchange.com and search for Fort Meade for more information.
The AAFES Express, located at 4706 MacArthur Road will implement new operating hours to better reflect customer needs since the opening of the AAFES Express this past May.
New Express operating hours are Sundays through Thursdays 5 a.m. to midnight. Fridays and Saturdays, the Shoppette will maintain its current 24-hour operation.
Starting Nov. 22, the Reece Road access control point will be closed to all traffic for approximately four weeks. The closure is part of the installation's ongoing road improvement projects. During this period, the Mapes Road/Route 175 gate will be open and serve as the installation's 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access control point.
Additionally, the Llewellyn Avenue gate will be open Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for visitors, businesses and all non-DoD ID card holders. Individuals who require long-term passes will be directed to the VCC.
While Llewellyn Gate is open, DoD-ID Card holders are encouraged to use the installation's other ACPs that will be open: Mapes/175, Mapes/32 and Rockenbach Road.
Llewellyn will be closed on weekends. When the Llewellyn Gate is closed, visitors will go through the Mapes/175 Gate. Click here for more information.
December is a month of many holiday celebrations crossing a variety of cultures, nationalities, and beliefs. Here’s a quick snapshot of what people celebrate, and why:
- Hannukah. This Jewish holiday begins in 2014 on Dec. 16 (at sundown) and lasts through Dec. 24. Hannukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Maccabees in 165 B.C. Each night, families light one candle on the menorah, observing the traditional story of how the oil for the temple’s eternal flame burned for eight days.
- Christmas. Observed on Dec. 25, this Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, probably between the years 7 and 2 B.C. The 25th may have been chosen to correspond with the winter solstice or to coincide with a Roman holiday honoring the sun during the same period. Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States in 1870. Kwanzaa. A seven-day celebration of African heritage and culture, Kwanzaa is observed from
- Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Activist Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 to emphasize African-Americans’ shared history and experience. The name Kwanzaa is derived from “matunda ya kwanza,” a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits.”
The next time you reach for a paper towel, consider this - if every household in the US replaced one roll of non-recycled paper towels with a roll of 100% recycled paper towels, we would save 864,000 trees and 3.4 million cubic feet of landfill space.
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
- Dec. 3: U.S. Army Field Band Holiday Concert; 7 p.m.
- Dec. 12: Installation Tree Lighting
- Dec. 13: Army vs. Navy Football Game
- Dec. 13: Reindeer Run 5K; Murphy Field House
- Dec. 24: Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Dec. 25: All offices closed
Know a spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Please pass this information along! Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year, resulting in many losses of life as well as millions in property damage. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
- And remember to blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
Also, if the fire alarm sounds, please remember to evacuate the building. Residents should remain outside until the fire department arrives, inspects and clears the building. As we are all aware, fires can start any time of year. There is an increased risk during the holiday season. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday season.