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About LeFleur East

The LeFleur East Foundation is a supercommunity & business organization incorporating a vital portion of Northeast Jackson. Established in 2012, the Foundation’s basic function is to replicate and build upon the success of neighboring organizations such as the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation and Jackson Downtown Partners, among others. If you’re a resident of LE or the surrounding area, please consider donating to our annual fund or volunteering to taking part in our various projects. Our 501(c)(3) status means that any donation you make is tax deductible.

LE Newsletter October 2016

Petco to Celebrate Grand Opening Weekend in Jackson from October 28-30 Petco, a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food, supplies and services, will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Jackson at Maywood Mart (1220 E. Northside Drive) October 28th – 30th. Petco stores provide a one-stop shopping experience where pet parents can purchase anything from pet food to toys and apparel, while addressing the holistic health needs of pets via grooming salon, self-serve dog wash, dog training areas and in-store Vetco clinics. The store will offer a wide selection of private label offerings sold exclusively at Petco, including the newly released Trolls Pet Fans Collection, as well as the popular Star Wars and Dr. Seuss Pet Fans Collections. Grand opening activities include ribbon cutting ceremonies, as well as in-store adoption events and special offers for Pals Rewards customers, and people and pets are invited to attend.  A special Wellness Center celebration will be held the following weekend, where pet parents will receive a voucher for a free vaccination package for their dog or cat. For more information about the grand opening activities and Halloween costume contests, visit, petco.com/storelocator and petco.com/events. For additional information, visit www.petco.com, Facebook.com/Petco, Twitter.com/Petco and Instagram.com/Petco. Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens New Location in Jackson “Welcome to Moe’s!®” has been heard on the streets of Jackson since Moe’s Southwest Grill® opened at Maywood Mart on Thursday, October 20th. The Jackson Moe’s is owned and operated by franchisee Josh Snyder and his partner Jesse Husmann who have plans to open additional locations in Madison, Ridgeland, and Flowood. Snyder also has three additional Moe’s locations in Columbia, S.C “Moe’s is a rapidly growing brand with a loyal following across the country and we believe Jackson will also enjoy Moe’s fresh, flavorful food and family-friendly atmosphere,” said Snyder. “We’re delighted to open our doors and look forward to building long-lasting relationships with our guests and the community.” There are three things Moe’s newbies should know: the crew will say, “Welcome to Moe’s!” when you walk in the door (don’t be jolted – it’s normal), the most popular burrito is lovingly called the Homewrecker, and Moe’s Famous Queso is famous for a reason. Each meal is created-to-order in a way that is as unique as the people Moe’s serves. With honestly good ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak, organic tofu and handcrafted guacamole, Moe’s offers a wide variety of options to meet guests’ unique tastes and lifestyle. And no matter the meal, guests can always count on getting free chips and salsa. And whether you’re hosting a party, business function or wedding, or you’re tailgating before a big game, Moe’s catering has you covered. Moe’s offers one-of-a-kind caterings filled with flavorful options that please even the pickiest of eaters (vegetarian, gluten-sensitive, lower calorie). Check out www.moes.com/catering for more information. Moe’s in Jackson is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, guests may call (601) 667-4753 or visit www.moes.com. Highland Village Welcomes Jingle – A Pop-Up Shop by Turkoyz Seasonal Christmas-themed boutique will offer a wide assortment of ornaments, candles, wreaths, furniture pieces and other holiday décor accessories. JACKSON, Miss., Highland Village is pleased to announce that Jingle – A Pop-Up Shop by Turkoyz will open for the holiday season on October 7th. The 2,340 square foot seasonal Christmas-themed boutique will be located in the northeast corner of Highland Village’s beautifully renovated courtyard. “Jingle will put you in the Christmas spirit the second you walk through the door,” said Turkoyz Co-Owner Fran Weeks. “The sights, sounds and smells will project a holiday vibe guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The store will have a ‘Santa’s workshop’ feel – as our employees will wear slippers with jingle bells and monogramed aprons.” Weeks said Jingle will offer a wide assortment of ornaments, candles, trees, wreaths and foliage, Santa and reindeer figurines, furniture pieces and other holiday décor accessories. “We will have hundreds of Christmas candles and thousands of ornaments with prices starting at $6.50. We will be the one-stop shop for ornament swap parties.” Jingle will also offer pre-packaged Christmas cookies made in Mississippi, and holiday motif pillows, doormats and table settings. There will even be a ‘pet section’ with Christmas-themed toys, collars and pillows. “If you can put a jingle bell on it, we’re selling it,” Weeks said. Highland Village Jingle Coins will also be available for purchase as gift certificates for use at any of the center’s retail locations. Alan Weeks, Turkoyz Co-Owner, said the idea for a Christmas-themed pop-up boutique stemmed from increased customer demand for holiday décor merchandise at Turkoyz At Home over the last several years. “Since opening the Home store at Highland Village four years ago, we have stocked a designated Christmas section during the holidays,” he said. “Last year, when we sold over 5,000 Christmas pieces, we knew there was an opportunity to take this to the next level as a natural progression of the Turkoyz brand.” Weeks said this is the 10th anniversary of the Turkoyz jewelry store at Highland Village – the company’s flagship location and the first of seven stores around Mississippi. “Highland Village has been instrumental in our success through the years,” he said. “Jingle is just one example of their passion for helping tenants succeed. From a collaborative standpoint, they’ve been working to help us bring this concept to life since day one.” “Fran and Alan Weeks are incredibly talented and have such a knack for curating a merchandise mix that is always relevant and in-demand,” said Masa Liles, general manager at Highland Village. “They have been dream tenants for more than a decade, and we are so excited about this next step in the relationship.” Ms. Liles said Highland Village wanted to create a pop-up store area specifically for holiday shopping that activates the center’s beautifully renovated courtyard. “This will be an inviting Christmas experience like no other,” she said. “The Mississippi Children’s Museum is opening a pop-up toy store that will be amazing; we will have photographers on-site taking formal indoor and outdoor Santa photos; and our Salvation Army Angel Tree will make it easy to fulfill an underprivileged child’s Christmas wish.” Ms. Liles said Highland Village will formally kick-off the season with its Holiday Open House on October 14th. Jingle store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10a – 6p and 12p – 5p Sunday. Upcoming Bellwether Events For more information, visit bellwetherchurch.org. Where is LeFleur East Exactly? LE is easy to describe to friends and neighbors. Basically, it’s the area along I-55 from LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to Canton Mart Road, all the way back to the Pearl River. If you’re within those borders, chances are you’re in LeFleur East. So spread the word about Fondren’s neighbor to the east! Forward this email to friends & neighbors and encourage them to patronize our many great retailers, restaurants and more! Join The Conversation on Nextdoor If you’re not familiar with Nextdoor, now’s the time to check it out. Nextdoor is a social media and sharing platform designed exclusively for neighborhoods where neighbors can… Facilitate neighborhood watch activities Ask & answer neighbors’ questions Post items for sale (or FREE items!) Put the word out about lost or found pets Share interesting information and much more Interested? Simply visit Nextdoor to enter your address and sign up for your FREE account. You can also download their smartphone app form the Apple App Store or Google Play. LE’s website features an area map that corresponds with Nextdoor, and the Foundation is now working with Nextdoor to correct and refine its neighborhood designations. So watch this space for more information as we receive it. […]

LE Newsletter September 2016

HIGHLAND VILLAGE NEWS Highland Village Welcomes Upscale Nail Treatment and Personal Grooming Boutique The Nail Lounge to offer nail treatment and personal grooming services in chic, relaxing setting complete with full-service beer and wine menu JACKSON, Miss., Highland Village is excited to announce the opening of a unique, upscale nail treatment and personal grooming boutique to open early 2017. The Nail Lounge will offer a host of services in an ultra-chic, relaxing setting complete with a full-service beer and wine menu. Offerings will range from deluxe manicures and pedicures to pristine nail, cuticle and eyelash treatments to waxing services. The distinctive boutique’s 1,900 square foot open concept floor plan includes bar and bench height stations, where customers may enjoy some much needed pampering alone – or with a group of friends. The Nail Lounge will be located between Maison Weiss and Red Square near the north-facing end of the Highland Village property. “The Nail Lounge will be an upscale pampering experience like no other in this region, “ said Son and Jane Nguyen, the boutique’s owners. “Our inspiration for the concept stems from a trip to Miami, Florida, where we noticed the lengths personal grooming boutiques were willing to go in terms of delivering quality services in gorgeous settings, using only premium products. With The Nail Lounge, we are bringing that vibe to Mississippi, and we think customers are going to be blown away.” Originally from Denver, Colorado, Son and Jane moved to Jackson with their parents approximately 20 years ago. They estimate the boutique will employ between six and ten experienced grooming technicians. “The fact that Son and Jane, longtime Jackson residents, approached us first with this entirely unique and upscale concept speaks volumes for our reputation as one of Mississippi’s premier go-to destinations for ‘first-and-only’ retail locations,” said Masa Liles, Highland Village General Manager. “The Nail Lounge will be an ideal next-door neighbor, and we cannot wait for them to open their doors,” said Ken Szilasi, Maison Weiss President. “What could be better than a convenient shopping and pampering excursion? I feel certain our customers will love this new addition.” The Nail Lounge store hours will be 9a – 7p Monday – Saturday and 12p – 5p on Sunday. Both appointments and walk-ins will be accepted.   Highland Village Welcomes Deep South Pops Popular provider of handcrafted ice pops, gourmet ice cream, coffee and craft beer to open second location in southeast corner of center’s recently renovated courtyard. JACKSON, Miss., Deep South Pops, a popular provider of handcrafted ice pops, gourmet ice cream, coffee and craft beer, is opening its second location in the southeast corner of Highland Village’s recently renovated courtyard in October. Since opening its first location in June 2015 at 1800 North State Street, Deep South Pops has evolved into a popular stop for loyal customers of all ages: business professionals wanting coffee in the mornings, college students needing a place to study or relax and visit, and elementary and high school students wanting an after-school treat. Deep South Pops’ Highland Village location will serve pops made at the North State Street location and feature the same menu, including up to 16 choices of ice pops in flavors such as Creole Cream Cheesecake, Grapefruit Rosemary and Watermelon Lime Mint, and gelato and sorbet manufactured by Sweet Magnolia Gelato Co. in Clarksdale. The menu will also include coffee roasted by Mississippi Coffee Co. in Flowood, European-style pastries from La Brioche in Jackson, and craft beers from throughout the Southeast. Deep South Pops will also offer nitro coffee — cold-brewed coffee that is infused with nitrogen and served on tap. Jake Franklin, who opened the original Deep South Pops with his wife Kristy, said Highland Village was selected as a second location because it is a high-traffic area during the day, including a built-in customer base of 500+ employees between retailers and offices on-site, and a different environment from the North State Street location, which is in a more residential area. “The opportunity to be in a retail setting and a location with free WiFi and easy access to a large courtyard made Highland Village a great fit for us,” said Franklin. “The courtyard is beautiful, and a perfect setting for relaxing with friends or enjoying live music and other family friendly events, such as bingo night, which we will host on a regular basis.” “We’re delighted to welcome Deep South Pops, as gourmet pops are the rage right now,” said Masa Liles, general manager at Highland Village. “For Highland Village, this is about providing the trendiest and highest demand shopping experience possible to our customers. Deep South Pops has a feverish following of loyal customers of all ages. There are days when they have sold more than 1,000 pops. We’re so excited to bring this locally-grown merchant and their trendy vibe to the center.” Ms. Liles said Deep South Pops will be the first of several pop-up merchants coming to Highland Village in time for the holiday shopping season. They have signed a lease through January 31, 2017, and will have the option to extend at that time. Deep South Pops store hours will be 7a – 9p seven days a week, with the schedule subject to adjustment as needed. The District at Eastover Developers Acquire One Eastover Center JACKSON, Miss., Sept. 7, 2016 – OEC District, LLC – led by the development team behind The District at Eastover – has acquired One Eastover Center, the signature Class A office building and parking garage anchoring the leading-edge mixed-use development taking shape in the heart of Metro Jackson. OEC District purchased the space from Eastover Jackson, LLC, and terms of the deal were not disclosed. OEC principals Breck Hines and Ted Duckworth orchestrated the deal, and financing was provided by Origin Bank. Completed in 2015, One Eastover Center is home to the Baker Donelson law firm, Ross & Yerger insurance, and Cosmich Simmons & Brown law firm, and includes 115,000 square feet of office space on five floors, and an adjacent 400-space parking garage. It is located on the north end of The District at Eastover. “We are excited to bring One Eastover Center back into the ownership purview of The District at Eastover and our related ownership entities,” said Hines. “By doing so, we are able to ensure the long-term quality of operation and experience at One Eastover matches that of the entire development. The location and visibility of the building are unsurpassed in the Metro-Jackson marketplace, and as a result is nearly 100 percent leased by a great roster of tenants who have made long-term commitments to this building and The District at Eastover.” In addition to this acquisition, the developers and their affiliates recently opened a Residence Inn by Marriott at The District at Eastover. Other cornerstone developments under construction are The District Lofts, The BankPlus Building, and 115,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space, which will be completed in 2017. About The District at Eastover The District at Eastover represents the best of mixed-use urban revitalization in the heart of Mississippi’s capital city. Conveniently located between Jackson’s historic Eastover and Fondren neighborhoods and adjacent to the I-55 corridor and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, The District offers a transformative destination characterized by boutique shopping, acclaimed restaurants, thoughtfully planned office space and luxury residential living opportunities. Learn more about The District at www.thedistrictateastover.com Piccadilly Cafeterias in Jackson Undergo $1M Upgrade Piccadilly Cafeterias is investing $1 million in its two Jackson stores – the flagship property in Lefleur’s Gallery on the Interstate 55 North Frontage Road, along with the Robinson Road Shopping Center location in south Jackson.  The upgrade includes new décor, customer-flow enhancements and the addition of televisions, including one as part of an audio-visual system for the newly created meeting room.  Read Mississippi Business Journal story here:  http://msbusiness.com/2016/09/piccadillys-jackson-undergoing-1m-upgrade/. Where is LeFleur East Exactly? LE is easy to describe to friends and neighbors. Basically, it’s the area along I-55 from LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to Canton Mart Road, all the way back to the Pearl River. If you’re within those borders, chances are you’re in LeFleur East. So spread the word about Fondren’s neighbor to the east! Forward this email to friends & neighbors and encourage them to patronize our many great retailers, restaurants and more! Join The Conversation on Nextdoor If you’re not familiar with Nextdoor, now’s the time to check it out. Nextdoor is a social media and sharing platform designed exclusively for neighborhoods where neighbors can… Facilitate neighborhood watch activities Ask & answer neighbors’ questions Post items for sale (or FREE items!) Put the word out about lost or found pets Share interesting information and much more Interested? Simply visit Nextdoor to enter your address and sign up for your FREE account. You can also download their smartphone app form the Apple App Store or Google Play. LE’s website features an area map that corresponds with Nextdoor, and the Foundation is now working with Nextdoor to correct and refine its neighborhood designations. So watch this space for more information as we receive it. […]

LE Newsletter August 2016

HIGHLAND VILLAGE NEWS Char Restaurant Expands Into Adjacent Highland Village Space Popular steakhouse adds large private dining area for meetings and special events JACKSON, Miss. — This winter, Char restaurant will expand into an adjacent Highland Village space adding a private dining area just in time for the busy holiday season. By leasing the neighboring 3,000 square foot venue, the popular steakhouse will offer more options for meetings and special events. The $400,000 renovation project will begin on September 1st and construction on the project will not interrupt everyday operations. Char has also renewed their long-term lease on the current space so as to continue serving diners for many years to come. “We jumped at the chance to increase our special events space in Jackson,” said owner David Conn. “We look forward to hosting parties and meetings, big and small, in this expanded dining area.” JBHM Architecture will design the new private dining space to be completed by Carraway Construction before the holiday season. The new area will have its own entrance, bar and bathrooms and offer full audio-visual capabilities. Expansion of the current Char kitchen will accommodate all food and beverage needs. This addition brings Char’s total square footage to 9,300 square feet. “Char has been a signature fine dining attraction at Highland Village for many years, and we are delighted that they are making this commitment to bring an upscale special events venue to the area” said Masa Liles, Highland Village General Manager. “From our perspective, David’s eagerness to expand, coupled with his recent long-term lease renewal, speaks volumes for our passion for helping our retail partners succeed.” Ms. Liles said this announcement is one of several exciting retail developments in the works for Highland Village. “There is significant activity brewing right now, and we are putting the finishing touches on several major announcements. I look forward to sharing the details in the weeks to come.” Jackson Academy to Hold Weekly Live Radio Broadcast Events at Highland Village this Fall #JAatTheVillage will showcase athletic and other school department programs and activities in inviting social setting for students, families and alumni JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson Academy has launched a live radio broadcast event series this Fall at Highland Village.  The weekly program, JA at The Village, will be held every Tuesday through November 1st (except for October 18th) in the iconic retail center’s newly renovated courtyard.  Click HERE to see photos from the inaugural broadcast on August 23rd. The live broadcasts will air from 5:30 to 6:30pm on The Raider Network and be hosted by Brian Eubank, the Voice of the Raiders, who has hosted popular radio programming in the Jackson market for many years.  Pre-event activities (i.e., music, food vendors, games, giveaways, etc.) provided by Highland Village and sponsoring tenants will begin at 4:30pm. JA at The Village will feature JA’s 18-foot branded mobile broadcast station with projection system on-site – and serve as an inviting social platform for students, families and alumni of the school to gather and learn the latest on weekly topics ranging from athletics to performing arts and many other school department programs and activities. Shows will be themed each week to showcase a different school department, program or activity, and include live performances and demonstrations, where available. “We are always seeking opportunities to position Highland Village as a community gathering place, where friends and families can socialize, shop and dine,” said Masa Liles, Highland Village General Manager.  “With Jackson Academy and so many of its families located right in our backyard, creating a mechanism for them to gather here just makes perfect sense.”   BELLWETHER CHURCH NEWS   Bellwether Church Welcomes New Youth Leader Bellwether recently welcomed new Youth Leader, Hunter Poole, and his wife Kaylie to the church family. Hunter grew up in Ridgeland, and feels a call to friend and mentor the next generation at Bellwether. Read more about Hunter’s journey at www.bellwetherchurch.org. We hope you will make Hunter and Kaylie feel welcome as they begin investing in the lives of our youth in this community. Youth Group Schedule Announced During the regular school year, our Youth Group (open to 6th Grade and up) meets Sundays from 5-7pm in the White House. Dinner is served each week. If you would like to be added to the youth email or would like to be a youth small group leader, please contact Hunter Poole at hpoole@bellwetherchurch.org. Spann Elementary the Focus of Bellwether’s Love Your Neighbor Mission Bellwether is continuing our Love Your Neighbor mission efforts by reaching out to Spann Elementary this fall. Our presence goes a long way with these children and we have several opportunities for you to make a personal impact one block away from our church property: 3rd/4th grade Book Buddies & Math Tutors: Spann students benefit immensely from 1-on-1 attention – test scores improve, classroom behavior improves, and kids feel like they count. We need people who love books or have good numbers sense. You will be paired with 1-2 kids for 30-45 min – you can commit every week or every other week. General time slots: 10:30am-11:15am or 12:30-1:15pm. We can make a huge impact one block away. Email Linda Tate (lindatate2@me.com) to sign up. Spann Necessities Closet & Character Cash: We can help Spann staff keep a closet stocked for kids who come unprepared to school: new underwear (especially kindergarten age), K-5th socks, K-5th belts, deodorant (travel size), and sanitary napkins. Spann kids also earn Character Cash for behaving properly and being leaders in their classrooms. The kids will “cash in” their Character Cash for prizes during the year. Popular prizes are basketballs, footballs, sunglasses, hats, soccer balls, glow in the dark items, bubbles, hair bows, headbands, purses, wallets, and rubber bracelets. Email Linda Tate (lindatate2@me.com) to donate items. Where is LeFleur East Exactly? LE is easy to describe to friends and neighbors. Basically, it’s the area along I-55 from LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to Canton Mart Road, all the way back to the Pearl River. If you’re within those borders, chances are you’re in LeFleur East. So spread the word about Fondren’s neighbor to the east! Forward this email to friends & neighbors and encourage them to patronize our many great retailers, restaurants and more! Join The Conversation on Nextdoor If you’re not familiar with Nextdoor, now’s the time to check it out. Nextdoor is a social media and sharing platform designed exclusively for neighborhoods where neighbors can… Facilitate neighborhood watch activities Ask & answer neighbors’ questions Post items for sale (or FREE items!) Put the word out about lost or found pets Share interesting information and much more Interested? Simply visit Nextdoor to enter your address and sign up for your FREE account. You can also download their smartphone app form the Apple App Store or Google Play. LE’s website features an area map that corresponds with Nextdoor, and the Foundation is now working with Nextdoor to correct and refine its neighborhood designations. So watch this space for more information as we receive it. […]

LE Newsletter July 2016

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT July 29-30 All Day Mississippi Tax-Free Weekend Sale Shop our stores for big end-of-summer sales, plus pay no sales tax on select items! Highland Village July 29-30  All Day Clay Creations Create your child’s hand print and footprint in clay while shopping our tax-free weekend sale! Nursery Rhymes  July 31 5:15pm In-Store Boot Camp with Sean Cupit lululemon athletica  July 30 All Day Bi-Annual Tent Sale Save big on all your favorite gear for back-to-school! Buffalo Peak outfitters  Happening Now What To Wear Now Shop our ‘What To Wear Now’ Collection with fabrics and colors for right now and a little later. And, don’t miss our up to 70% off Annual Summer Sale! J.McLaughlin Going on now! Semi-Annual Handbag Clearance Sale Save on a large selection of handbags 50% off! Turkoyz August 5 5pm-8pm Yappy Hour Join us for half-price Pints, pizza specials and doggie treats benefiting CARA! Whole Foods Market August 11 12pm-6pm Mississippi Blood Services Blood Drive Whole Foods Market  Register now for Event September 5 The Salvation Army Kettle Bell Run Join our partner, The Salvation Army, for the annual 5K & 10K run benefiting the Emergency Assistance Program for women and children! salvationarmyjackson.org Buffalo Peak Featured in July 7th issue of Clarion Ledger Buffalo Peak Outfitters in Highland Village recently announced the opening of its Chaco store-within-a-store and distinction as the first US retailer selected to house the new retail display. Check out the story with photos on clarionledger.com: http://on.thec-l.com/29kDJWj MISSISSIPPI SPORTS HALL OF FAME BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Scheduled for July 29-30th The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate the 54th induction class with a special weekend July 29th-30th. The inductees will be formally enshrined Saturday, July 30th at the Jackson Convention Center at 105. E. Pascagoula. The reception begins at 5:30pm with the program starting at 7:00pm. Members of the Class of 2016 are Sean Brewer, a recent inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame and a Millsaps standout; Kay James, long-time winningest women’s basketball coach in USM history; Willie Heidelburg, the first African-American to play football at a Division 1 University and went on to be a successful coach; Jackie Sherrill, successful Head Coach at several universities including Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Mississippi State; Larry Smith, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player in Alcorn State’s proud hoop history and successful 13 year NBA career and Wesley Walls, another member of the College Football Hall of Fame who was an outstanding tight end and defensive end for Ole Miss and 5 times selected All-Pro in his 15 year career. Additional activities for the Weekend include the Drawdown Of Champions event ($50 per person) on Friday, July 29th beginning at 6:30pm and a Meet The Inductees event (normal Museum ticket price) on Saturday, July 30th from 10:00-11:30am. Both events will be held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum at 1152 Lakeland Drive. For additional information on the weekend’s activities, visit www.msfame.com. For ticket information, call 601-982-8264 or 800-280-FAME (3263) or email generalinfo@msfame.com. All purchases are tax deductible and 100% of your ticket cost supports our facility, which has never received any taxpayer funds to operate since opening on July 4, 1996   EYE PROTECTION TIPS EyeCare Professionals Offers Tips for Summertime Eye Protection We all use sunscreen to protect our skin, but the experts at EyeCare Professionals believe it’s just as important to protect your eyes – particularly during the sunny summer months. According to Dr. Kirk Jeffreys, Dr. Mark Kosko and Dr. Tina Sorey, summertime means more time spent outdoors – and exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer. Sunlight reflected off sand and water can cause photokeratitis, the condition responsible for snow blindness, so beach- and pool-goers take note. It’s important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect your eyes from years of ultraviolet (UV) exposure. UV radiation can damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens, but According to a national Sun Safety Survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, many people are unaware of these dangers. In fact, only about half of people who wear sunglasses say they check the UV rating before buying. The good news is that you can easily protect yourself. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following: • Wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection”: Use only glasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection. Choose wraparound styles so that the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side. If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you’ll still need sunglasses. • Wear a hat along with your sunglasses; broad-brimmed hats are best. • Remember the kids: It’s best to keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day. Make sure they wear sunglasses and hats whenever they are in the sun. • Know that clouds don’t block UV light: The sun’s rays can pass through haze and clouds. Sun damage to the eyes can occur any time of year, not just in summer. • Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions: Sunlight is strongest mid-day to early afternoon, at higher altitudes, and when reflected off of water, ice or snow. By embracing these simple tips you and your family can enjoy the summer sun safely while protecting your vision. For more information, contact EyeCare Processionals at 601-366-1085 or visit www.eyecare4ms.com. Now go have fun!  THE DISTRICT Construction of the Residence Inn at The District at Eastover nearing completion, with the hotel slated for opening mid-August. Whatever brings you to Mississippi’s Capital City, the Residence Inn by Marriott located in the heart of The District at Eastover will soon be a comfortable home-away-from-home. Featuring 95 spacious suites with separate sleeping and living areas, this Residence Inn is the most modern prototype in the country. Each suite features a sitting area, business desk with ergonomic chair, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other perks include a hot breakfast buffet, complimentary evening socials, swimming pool, exercise facility, outdoor patio with fireplace, comfortable gathering places, meeting rooms, a business center and on-site laundry. But the best feature is immediate, walking-distance access to dining, shopping and entertainment options next door at The District at Eastover. The Residence Inn at The District at Eastover is managed by InterMountain Management LLC, one of North America’s largest hotel management and development companies. InterMountain Management, LLC specializes in the select-service and extended-stay hotel segments. Where is LeFleur East Exactly? LE is easy to describe to friends and neighbors. Basically, it’s the area along I-55 from LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to Canton Mart Road, all the way back to the Pearl River. If you’re within those borders, chances are you’re in LeFleur East. So spread the word about Fondren’s neighbor to the east! Forward this email to friends & neighbors and encourage them to patronize our many great retailers, restaurants and more! Join The Conversation on Nextdoor If you’re not familiar with Nextdoor, now’s the time to check it out. Nextdoor is a social media and sharing platform designed exclusively for neighborhoods where neighbors can… Facilitate neighborhood watch activities Ask & answer neighbors’ questions Post items for sale (or FREE items!) Put the word out about lost or found pets Share interesting information and much more Interested? Simply visit Nextdoor to enter your address and sign up for your FREE account. You can also download their smartphone app form the Apple App Store or Google Play. LE’s website features an area map that corresponds with Nextdoor, and the Foundation is now working with Nextdoor to correct and refine its neighborhood designations. So watch this space for more information as we receive it. […]