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VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3

FEBRUARY 1, 2011

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: VALENTINES DAY

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UTILITY OVERAGES

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PITCHING IN

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TOWING POLICY

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & RENEWALS

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DID YOU KNOW? According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentines didn't begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap." So don’t forget your rent on February 1st and your sweeties on February 14th!

“Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart” - Author Unknown

“WHY ARE MY UTILITY OVERAGES SO HIGH?” Some residents have expressed concerns with high utility bills. Although some bills may be high, this is not the case for everyone. Personal usage & habits really determine how high or low your Conservice bills will be each month (if you even get one at all). We wanted to highlight some advice from residents who pay near to nothing in utility overages that you may follow to try & reduce your consumption. Nicole, who lives in a 4/4 says, “When you disconnect or turn off your electronics, actually pull the cord out of the wall & don’t just hit the “off button” or disconnect the cord from the laptop or video game console. If the power bar that is connected to most high-end electronics is left plugged in, it still pulls power. This tip helped us not go over our electricity cap at all this month!” Other helpful tips—check your thermostat setting! Set it no higher than 70 degrees in the winter. Put on a warm sweatshirt inside instead of turning up the heat! Put an old towel on your bedroom window sill to block out any drafts. Keep low utility overages or have none at all? Submit your low consumption ideas & you may be featured in our next newsletter!


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PITCHING IN TO KEEP US TRASH FREE! We currently have over 800 residents that live at Gateway at Seminole Suites ,which equals quite a lot of household garbage that collects in your apartments. Just a few friendly reminders that you can do to help keep our, YOUR community trash free: 1) Do not place any garbage on your balconies or patios. You will be fined. 2) Do not place any garbage outside your apartment door in the hallway. Keep it inside until you are ready to take it to the dumpster. If we see it outside, you will be fined. 3) Be respectful of your roommates and don’t let garbage pile up in your kitchen or common area. 4) If you are bringing garbage to the dumpster and are carrying it on the back of your car and it falls off, PLEASE go back and pick it up so someone else doesn't have to. 5) If you smoke, please do not throw the cigarette butts on our grounds, in the hallways or around your patio area. When people tour our property or new residents move in, it makes a really bad first impression to see garbage strewn around the grounds or on patios/balconies.

So please do your part and pitch in to help keep Gateway gorgeous!

“Friend” us at facebook.com/gatewayatseminolesuites HOW TO AVOID BEING TOWED & WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE Each resident that moves into Gateway at Seminole Suites & has registered their vehicle with the front office at move in or upon acquiring the vehicle, will be issued a PARKING PERMIT. This permit is to be displayed on the inside of your window on the drivers side. Failure to obtain a permit & display it correctly may result in your vehicle being towed. Only 1 permit per resident is given. If you need a replacement permit, it’s a $35 fee. Please make your parents or other visiting family or friends aware of where the “Visitor Parking” is so they are not the victims of a tow! Visitor parking spaces are marked throughout the property & space is also available by the front office/clubhouse area. Parking under the covered parking areas at anytime without a proper “Shelter Permit” will result in your vehicle being towed. So will improper parking, such as taking up two parking spaces. If you are towed, call Hobkirk Towing at (850) 224-6456.


Today marks the start of Black History Month, when African-American history is celebrated in the classroom, on television and in daily life. One of the running good-natured jokes about Black History Month is that it just so happens to be celebrated in February -- the shortest month of the year. How did February become Black History Month? Surge Desk presents the history of, ah, the history month. According to the Library of Congress, Black History Month has its roots in something called Negro History Week. In 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian who founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, proposed Negro History Week as a way to encourage people to learn more about black history. He selected a week in February that included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The first Negro History Week was celebrated in February 1926. "The response was overwhelming," says the Library of Congress. "Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort." In the early 1970s, Negro History Week was rechristened Black History Week to reflect the changing language used to describe African-Americans. Then, in 1976, as America observed its bicentennial, Black History Week was expanded to the full month we celebrate today. Every February since 1976, the U.S. president issues a proclamation declaring the second month of the year Black History Month or National African American History Month.


If you haven’t renewed your lease yet, there is still time before the rates go up! Now through February 15th you can renew your 3/3 at $495 or your 4/4 at $475. Anyone that renews before this tier ends will be entered into a drawing for 2 tickets to Wild Adventures in Valdosta and a digital camera! All renewals will qualify for our “FREE YEAR OF RENT” drawing to be held March 31st. So if you haven’t renewed yet, you still have time to keep an affordable rate before they increase again! Call or stop by the front office and renew today! We want you to keep “Living the Suite Life”!

February 2011 Sun

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1 RENT DUE

2 Groundhog Day

3 Build a Sub lunch

4 5 Last day to Nacho Friday pay rent before

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13 14 Speed Mingle Valentines Day

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16 RENT RATES GO UP!

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“WILD FOR RENEWALS” EVENT

Random Act of Kindness Day

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6 RENT LATE SUITES SUPER BOWL PARTY

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7 Wave all your fingers at your neighbor Day

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS FOR GATEWAY AT SEMINOLE SUITES: After Hours Emergency Maintenance (850) 528-9395 OnSite Security (from 5pm-6am) (850) 251-7216 Tallahassee Police Dept. (850) 891-4200 Leon County Sheriff’s Dept (850) 922-3300

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