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Save A Life This Weekend Give Trueblood

According to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can save up to three lives, and every two seconds somebody is in need of blood. In fact, 60% of Americans will need blood at some point in their lives, yet less than 5% of the population donates. That’s where we come in…

This Saturday, August 28, join the 1st Lake family for a blood drive at Sugar Mill East Apartments. The donor bus will be parked at the front entrance of Sugar Mill East Apartments from 10 a.m. to 1:00 pm & from 1:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for all to donate.

Giving Blood is Easy and Fast

If you have never given blood before, not to worry, it’s not as bad as you think. It is a painless and safe process—and most people do not feel any different after their donation. You can resume your daily activities less than 15 minutes after donating, and your body will replace all lost fluids within 24 hours.

What to Expect:

  • Registration, then a little mingling with neighbors
  • A mini-physical—which involves checking your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level in a sample of blood.
  • Your donation (which takes less than 10 minutes)
  • After donating, you can have a snack and drink and continue mingling, then enjoy the rest of your day

How to Prepare

There’s not much you have to do in order to give blood. There are a few minor eligibility requirements in order to donate blood, but a professional can let you know on-site. It is suggested that you eat well and drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before your donation. And if possible, get a good night’s rest the day before.

Giving blood takes little time; it’s convenient, and it’s an easy way to make a big difference.

If you have any questions about this Saturday’s blood drive, feel free to contact us. We hope to see you there

New Orleans Listed in Top 10

POSTED: 01:51 PM Thursday, July 8, 2010
BY: The Associated Press

NEW YORK — New Orleans is back in Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 10 cities list for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and its tourism industry.

New Orleans took the No. 7 spot in the category of top cities in United States and Canada, part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards. The 2010 awards were announced today.

New Orleans was last named to the list in the No. 10 spot in July 2005. The city has steadily rebuilt and revitalized its tourism industry in the past few years.

New York took the No. 1 spot on the U.S. and Canada cities list, followed by San Francisco; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Santa Fe, N.M.; Vancouver, British Columbia; New Orleans; Quebec City, Quebec; Victoria, British Columbia; and Washington D.C.

The full World’s Best Awards list will appear in Travel + Leisure’s August issue, which is available on newsstands July 23. It can also be seen online at

Winners for Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards were determined using results of a questionnaire made available to Travel + Leisure readers online, and through invitations in the January, February and March issues of the magazine. More than 16,000 readers participated.

40 Years In Business

1st Lake would be having its Quarterly meeting with all management & financial team members in attendance, but this occasion was special.  In attendance were the company owners, operators, onsite management and maintenance.

Employees enjoyed a 30 minute video slideshow complete with early architectural sketches, aerial views of original job sites, and apartment homes furnished with wicker to the hilt! Also included were company picnics, holiday parties, community outreach and promotions, and publications and newsletters (Lake Living and What’s Happening Lakely!) All set to jazzy tunes such as Staying Alive by the Bee Gees, Celebration by Kool and the Gang and Right Here by Jesus Jones.

The founders of the company stood and gave speeches regarding the company’s history and expressed their overwhelming gratitude in help turning a company which started out of a trailer into the over 8500 unit housing provider it is today.  For the future, the founders spoke about regional management on the horizon and stated, “The younger generation is really going to make this company grow in the coming years.”

1st Lake employees took home many awards and door prizes.  What a great 40 years and more to come.

Award Winning Resident Services

Did you know our team members never stop training? We’re not just talking about our rental offices, our maintenance staff is constantly learning and improving. Our Maintenance techs don’t just study up, they compete to prove they are the best around! In January, six 1st Lake maintenance team members competed in the local Maintenance Mania competition in order to qualify to send their time trials to the regional boards to compete nationally.

Maintenance mania is an annual event hosted by the National Apartment Association and sponsored by H.D. Supply to test the speed and accuracy of maintenance technicians all over the country! The contest consisted of seven timed maintenance-related events and a fun race car competition. Each event was sponsored by a national maintenance supply manufacturer who determined the event. All of the events in the competition were tough, fun, and very exciting.

Contestants installed a door jamb armor, replaced a Fluidmaster valve and flapper, replaced a G. E. Icemaker and Freezer door gasket, replaced a Kidde combination smoke/CO2 alarm, repined a Kwikset Smart Key deadbolt, replaced a Price Pfister Pfirst Series lavatory faucet, and installed fan blades and a light cover on a Seasons Quick Connect ceiling fan. And if that doesn’t strike you as entertaining, each contestant also built a model car from scratch and raced their newly built car down a track to compete for the fastest time. Cars ranged from tanks to sports cars and were custom decorated and made primarily from maintenance supplies.

1st Lake is proud to announce three representatives from our onsite maintenance team will have their times submitted to regional’s for national qualification. These technicians trained hard in the weeks prior, and not only took home the first, second and third place in overall time trials for the local competition, our six tech team held the top six places in overall times!

Twenty national contestants will be chosen based on their times achieved at the regional level, and those contestants will compete at the National Apartment Association Convention right here in New Orleans this coming summer!

We’re wishing the very best to our 1st Lake representatives and are confident they’ll do a great job at the competition! Here’s a look at their practice and local runs in January.

The Stuff of Life

They say blood is the stuff of life. We obviously can’t live without it. The good news is healthy adults have more than enough and can produce even more when down a pint. The better news is healthy adults can help others live by producing an extra pint and donating it to people who need it to survive.

We are all celebrating the Saints in the Superbowl, and what a better way to be a Saint than to donate blood to help someone else live. You can do so this Saturday at the 1st Lake Properties’ Citrus Creek apartment community from noon to 4:30 PM. Citrus Creek is located in River Ridge at 5245 Citrus Boulevard. Why not visit and donate before you start your weekend of Saintsational celebrations.

The blood will go to needy local hospitals like Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

But your donation will give you a doubly good feeling for your effort. The Blood Center has partnered with the American Red Cross, and every pint donated will mean a monetary donation to the Haiti Relief Fund. You sure can’t beat that for charitable giving. Give a pint. Help someone in a hospital and the thousands of needy Haitians doing without the necessities of life.

If you are a healthy adult you should have no problems donating. You have a couple of days to prepare. Get extra iron in your diet, hydrate – drink 16 ounces of liquid before and after your donation, eat a healthy low fat meal before your donation, and bring your photo ID with you.

And you’re not going to walk away empty handed. Each donor will receive a Saints Championship T-Shirt.

Now can you beat this? You’ll help someone who needs blood, you’ll help the homeless in Haiti, and you’ll proudly wear your new T-shirt as the Saints crush the Colts in the Superbowl.