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May, 2011 Volume, 1, Issue 6

The Suites Times Memorial Day - A time to honor all those that served and continue to serve our country Inside this issue: Memorial Day


Rules & Regulations


Mold & You


Inside Story


Party Advice


Calendar of Events


“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him”-President Abraham Lincoln

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. It was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day often marks the start of summer vacation, and Labor Day its end. Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on Memorial Day. So on this Memorial Day, May 30th, please give your thanks, thoughts and prayers to all the men and women that served our country and that continue to serve today. They are the reason we can remain the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

Gateway’s Rules and Regulations Gateway at Seminole Suites has in place Rules and Regulations that each resident must sign prior to or upon move in. These are a set of guidelines that management is here to enforce for your protection as well as living enjoyment while you reside in our community. These guidelines cover anything from guests and grills to replacing light bulbs and batteries in your smoke detectors. Many lease violations can be avoided by carefully reading this seven page document. If you need a copy, our office staff will be more than happy to provide you with one. Should you have any questions or concerns, we are here to assist you anytime!

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Mold: The Uninvited Guest Excessive moisture, poor ventilation or poor cleaning habits can promote mold growth in your home. Typically, mold does little to hide presence, so it can generally be detected easily. Mold is found virtually everywhere in our environment - both indoors and outdoors, in both new and old structures. Without molds we would all be struggling with large amounts of dead organic matter. Preventing mold begins with YOU! You will be required to sign a “Mold Information and Prevention Addendum” if you lease with Gateway at Seminole Suites. This form details what to look for and how to prevent mold from becoming an issue. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, it is important to locate & eliminate the source of moisture, address the problems that provide the right conditions for mold growth then clean it! Do not ignore it because the problem will only get worse. One common area that apartment dwellers seem to see mold occur is around the bedroom windows. When condensation forms on the windows, if you do not wipe it off, this over time will become a black, icky mess. You need to clean the windows and all areas of your apartment like you’d clean your toilet. If you let your toilet go for weeks at a time without cleaning it, it will end up just as black as your window if cleaning isn’t kept up. Again, clean living habits can help prevent this “uninvited guest” from taking over your home! We will be more than happy to provide the Mold Information and Prevention Addendum to you. Just contact our leasing office anytime.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FAMU PHARMACY STUDENTS & RESIDENTS! “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” - Aristotle

We wanted to send a SUITE SHOUT OUT to our residents who were recently accepted into the FAMU Pharmacy Program! PAUL THOMPSON ANISE NEITA



REMINDERS ABOUT RENT PAYMENTS When dropping off rent payments in our drop box, please do not place them in envelopes because they bunch up in the drop slot. Make sure your apartment number and bedroom are clearly noted on the payment so there is no delay posting it to your account. Rent is always due on the 1st and late after midnight on the 5th. Late fee’s are $30 on the 6th of the month and accrue at $5 each additional day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office anytime!

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Hosting a Safe Party - Advice from the Tallahassee Police Department As a police department providing law enforcement services to a city with two universities and a large community college, TPD has become accustomed to the presence of noise and party related problems from its younger population. When parties compromise the personal safety of citizens and negatively impact the quality of life within neighborhoods, the Tallahassee Police Department must swing into action to improve conditions. Such was the case in 1994 when our neighborhood associations began voicing strong concerns about a growing party problem in the community. Tallahassee is a community where late night parties and noise are not acceptable. If a neighbor or any person calls to complain about a party or noise problem, the Tallahassee Police Department will respond to assist that complainant. Party hosts may also call to request assistance with shutting down an out-of-control party. The Tallahassee Police Department has a zero tolerance policy toward noise complaints and loud parties; in other words, residents who disturb others could go to jail on the first visit by TPD officers. Please read the tips below to help with a safe and successful party:

Best Advice for a Safe and Successful Party

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Ask your neighbors' permission before throwing a party. Agree to clean up after the party. Leave a telephone number where your neighbors can call you to complain (and answer the phone if they call). Keep party attendance to a reasonable number. If unruly, uninvited guests show up, call the police to have them removed. Do not disturb your neighbors. Disturbing the peace is illegal. (Breach of Peace, Florida Statute 877.03). You live in a community where late night noise and parties are not tolerated. The Tallahassee Police Department has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy when handling loud noise complaints. (Police officers no longer give 3 warnings; if the party is out of control, an arrest may occur on the first visit.) DO NOT allow underage drinking. Just one underage drinker can result in the party's host being arrested (Open House Party, Florida Statute 856.012). Underage drinking is illegal and those who do so can go to jail (Florida Statute, 562.111) Do not let drunken partygoers drive home. (DUI, Florida Statute 316.193) Illegal parking, late night visitors, outdoor loitering (smoking cigarettes or playing games), underage drinking, trash, unkempt yards, and loud noise are actions that demand police attention.

There are consequences for party hosts who do not follow the rules such as arrests, nuisance abatement action (after 3 police visits to a residence in 6 months, the city attorney can file a civil action), university sanctions, parental notifications, fines, and community service hours, and more. Please also refer to the RULES AND REGULATIONS of Gateway at Seminole Suites to make sure you will not be cited for a lease violation. If you have any questions you can call the Tallahassee Police Department or our office at the numbers listed below.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: Gateway at Seminole Suites (850) 877-6770 Tallahassee Police Dept (850) 891-4200 Leon Co. Sheriff’s Dept (850) 922-3300 Hobkirk Towing (850) 224-6456 24 hr Emergency Maintenance (850) 528-9395 Gateway’s On Site Courtesy Officers (from 5pm-6am) (850) 251-7216

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14 National Dance like a Chicken Day


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National Tap Dance Day 30

28 National Hamburger Day

Breakfast @ Billiards



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