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A Newsletter for the Residents of Atlantic Marine Corps Communities

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December 2010 Volume 1 Issue 22

Are you moving soon? Atlantic Marine Corps Communities is here to make your move as smooth and easy as possible. We know that you might have a lot of non-perishable food items that you would normally throw away. Instead of throwing away any unused nonperishable food items, we are asking that you simply drop-off those items at any of our Community Centers. We will take all of the items collected and distribute those to local Soup Kitchens and Food Pantry’s in our area. Examples Include Unopened: Canned Goods, Peanut Butter, Tea Bags, Coffee, Hot and Cold Cereal, Rice, Pancake Mix, Powered Milk, and Packaged Pasta.

Secure Your Upstairs With a Window Wedge! Do you have small children and live in a two story home? If both of these two situations apply to you, your welcome to call our AMCC Maintenance Department and request Window Wedges! AMCC is now offering Window Wedges FREE of charge for all AMCC residents living in two-story homes.

What are Window Wedges? The Window Wedge® is an adjustable window stop for double hung and horizontal sliding windows. When properly installed to the recommended guidelines of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the wedge will stop the window from opening more than four inches. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire, the wedge can quickly be removed from the inside of the window by an adult.

Should I Have One in My Home? Window Wedge is a recommended safety device for any two-story home where a young child lives or may visit. If installed correctly, the Window Wedge®, along with proper adult supervision, may help reduce the risk of falling from a second story window. AMCC will provide one Window Wedge® for each second story window in a two-story home. Simply contact your Community Management office or visit www.atlanticmcc.com and place a maintenance request asking for a window wedge. Once requested, the wedges will be delivered to your home free of charge for your convenience.

How Do I Install One? The Window Wedge® is made of durable ABS plastic and has a tapered groove on the bottom that holds a strip of Velcro. The wedge easily attaches to another strip of Velcro that can be added to a window frame without the use of tools. Please refer to the detailed instructions provided with your Window Wedge® packaging for correct installation. Simply contact Atlantic Marine Corps Communities Maintenance at 1-877-509-2424 and Window Wedges will be delivered to your home!


Community Information:

SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Important Information for Residents Maintenance Update

Helpful Reminders

Mold and Moisture in Your Home?

Helpful Reminders for the Holidays

Atlantic Marine Corps Communities (AMCC) would like to provide basic and general information on mold, moisture and prevention for all of our Residents. AMCC makes every effort to educate Residents on moisture in homes and how to prevent it.

As the holiday season nears we would like to provide you with a few helpful reminders:

Mold is susceptible to grow where there is a moisture source such as the bathroom, kitchen or other areas that are moisture prone. Bathroom Tips 

Increase the ventilations in your bathroom by running the fan or opening a window.

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Clean the area one to two times per week.

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Keep indoor humidity low. If you see a condensation on your windows or pipes, dry the surface and vent the area, run the bathroom fan or use a de -humidifier.

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Increase air movement by leaving your bedroom and bathroom doors open in the home.

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Cover cold surfaces such as cold water pipes with insulation.

If you feel that you have more of a moisture problem in your home, simply contact your Maintenance Department. A team will come out to identify and document any reported issues and determine the best method to solve the problem, if one exists.

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Please help us keep communities looking nice by keeping all personal belongings (i.e. grills, toys, patio furniture, camping chairs) in the back yard of your home.

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Air Filters should be changed every 30 days in your home.

Safer Trees and Decorations 1)

When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree won’t catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.

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When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.

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When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces or radiators. Heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.

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Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help keep your tree from dying out and becoming a fire hazard.

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Use only noncombustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Chose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.

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Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use nonflammable holders and place candles out of children’s reach.

AMCC now offers Air Filters in your Community Office-if in a home that allows you to change your own filter. 

Identify and call maintenance if you have any plumbing leaks.

Other Tips to Prevent Moisture 

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Keep the season merry with this list of safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and AMCC.

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While holiday decorations are encouraged, please ensure that they are not left on while you are not home or during daylight hours. If you are going to be traveling for the holidays please be sure to fill out an “I’ll be Back” form at your community office before you leave.

For the safety of your children, AMCC asks that you please instruct your children to not skateboard or play in the street. According to the AMCC Community Guidelines and Procedures it states: “For the safety of your children, please instruct them not to play in the streets, alleys, or parking lots. Speed limit signs are posted in all housing areas. Sound judgment will require those speeds to be considerably lower due to traffic conditions and children at play.”


GREEN CHRISTMAS Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, Americans throw away a million extra ton [900,000 metric tons] of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging, according to Robert Lilienfield. Lilienfield is a co-author of book Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are. So, why not recycle holiday gift wrap? Lilienfield, who has published a newsletter reducing waste since 1996, notes that if every family reused just 2 feet [0.6 meter] of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles [61,000 kilometers] of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. And not all gifts need wrapping. “Think back to your three favorite holiday memories,” Liliendfield said. “I’m willing to bet that they all involve time you spent with your family and friends.” By giving gifts that can be experienced, like tickets to a baseball game or a homemade dinner, you can minimize wrapping and still win points with the receiver. “People like these gifts just as much,” he said.

Recycle Trees Recycle fresh trees after Christmas can make a huge difference in reducing holiday waste. Instead of taking up space in the landfill, trees can be ground into wood chips, which can be used to mulch gardens or parks or to prevent erosion at a local watershed.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/

We Want Your Insite

Let us know what You Think Your feedback is important to us! In order to ensure that we are performing at our best all year long, Atlantic Marine Corps Communities (AMCC) has contracted with an online resident feedback service called ‘Insite’. Our goal at Atlantic Marine Corps Communities is to provide the best homes, community, service and value to you and your family. The SatisFacts Research Insite program is an innovative, easy to use online feedback loop that enables critical communication between residents and the property management staff. You will receive an electronic resident feedback questionnaire following different service events including after you move-in, after a service request is completed on your home and after you submit your notice to vacate. In order to receive the SatisFacts online questionnaire, the property management team must have an active email address for each resident. Typically, you have provided your email address to the community staff at the time of your lease signing; however if your email address has changed, please contact your property management representative to update our records. If you have experienced one of the service events listed above and have not received an online questionnaire, please contact your community office to verify your information.

The online questionnaire is easy to complete and only takes a few minutes. The questionnaire is voluntary and can be completed anonymously if preferred. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback to the property management team. If you were not satisfied with the service you received, please include your contact information so that a property management team member can contact you and correct the issue. Once the questionnaire is complete, your community manager will receive the results via email. Thank you for providing your ‘Insite’ and we look forward to hearing from you! Tarawa Terrace resident, Ashley Briley gives AMCC her ‘Insite’, “I lived on base housing for 5 years and I am always pleased with the strides that the AMCC staff at TT makes to provide a wonderful housing complex for residents to enjoy.”

AMCC COMMUNITY CENTERS OFFER WIFI At all AMCC Community Centers WIFI is now available for residents to enjoy. Come visit your community center and enjoy this great luxury while enjoying a cup of coffee from our Internet Café.

AMCC Supports Toys for Tots Atlantic Marine Corps Communities (AMCC) is supporting Toys for Tots this year by asking all residents and employees to donate a new, unwrapped toy! Toys for Tots boxes are on display at all of our Community Offices in MCAS New River, MCAS Cherry Point and MCB Camp Lejeune.

Toys for Tots strives to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas in communities throughout the U.S. The organization collects new, unwrapped toys and donations from the community in order to present a gift to children who might not otherwise have received one. Founded over 60

years ago, the Toys for Tots organization now collects over 6 million toys each year for distribution in over 600 communities. For more

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Coastal Events Calendar

Enjoy Fun Crafts AMCC Craft Corners are held weekly.

December Wednesday, Dec. 1st Community Watch Slocum Community Center

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 15th

Tuesdays:

Parent Child Communication Bicentennial Community Center

Story Time Bicentennial Community Center

3:30pm to 4:30pm

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Tarawa Terrace Community Center

Thursday, Dec. 23rd

Wednesdays:

Wednesday, Dec. 1st

4:15pm to 5:15pm

Story Time Bicentennial Community Center

Saturday, Dec 11th AMCC/MCCS Cookie Exchange and Gift

AMCC Offices Close at 3:00 pm in Observance of Christmas Holiday

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Wrap Station MCCS TTII TT44 Bldg

Friday, Dec. 24th

AMCC/MCCS “Home for the Holidays” with Tree Lighting Event MCCS TTII TT44 Bldg 6:00pm to 8:00pm

4:00pm to 8:00pm

AMCC Offices Closed

Monday, Dec. 6th

(More Details On AMCC Website)

Community Watch Bicentennial Community Center

CL Base Theater

for Christmas Holiday

Movie: Toy Story 3

Wednesday, Dec. 29th

Meeting:6:00pm to 6:30pm

Story Time Bicentennial Community Center

Saturday, Dec. 4th

6:00pm to 7:00pm Monday, Dec. 6th FREE MOVIE!!!! Berkeley Manor and Watkins Village Town Hall (More

Monday, Dec. 13th FREE MOVIE!!!Paradise Point, Courthouse Bay, & Hospital Point Town Hall

Movie: 6:30pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, Dec. 14th

CL Base Theater

Building a Healthy Marriage AMCC TTII Community Center

Movie: Toy Story 3 G

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Details on Website)

3:00pm to 4:00pm Bicentennial Community Center

In Observance of Christmas Holiday

Wii Tournament

Saturday, Dec. 25th

Open video game tournaments are held from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm every Saturday at the Bicentennial Community Center.

AMCC Offices Closed

2:00pm to 2:30pm Thursday, Dec. 30th AMCC Offices Close at 3:00 pm in Observance of New Year’s Holiday

Meeting:6:00pm to 6:30pm

Friday, Dec. 31st

Movie: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

AMCC Offices Closed

Atlantic Marine Corps Communities 5401 Maryland Avenue Camp Lejeune, NC 28547 866.509.2424 Www.atlanticmcc.com

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Wednesday, Dec. 8th

Mommy & Me Enjoy “Mommy and Me” playgroup every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Grant’s Landing Community Center. All events are free and open to all AMCC residents. Find out more about all our upcoming events at atlanticmcc.com.


The Coastal Gazette - December 2010