District 9 eNews - Thursday, April 30, 2015


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Councilman Bill Hollander
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
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In this issue...

Plan to Attend the Responsible Recycling Event

Responsible Recycling Event

The 9th District and the Energy Pros are holding a One Stop Drop Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday, May 9th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road. This drive-thru event is FREE.  While sponsored by District 9, any citizen in Louisville may participate at this FREE event. Businesses may not drop off items at this event. We will be accepting a multitude of items to be reused or recycled. Please click here for the event flyer and a list of what will be accepted. For detailed information please visit our website at www.louisvilleky.gov/district9 * PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE*


We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and collect donations.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge

Neighborhood Traffic Circles Being Installed on Nanz Avenue

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Work will soon be underway to install two neighborhood traffic circles on Nanz Avenue at Iola Road and Macon Avenue.  Traffic circles, widely used in many communities but new to Louisville, have been shown to be effective devices for controlling neighborhood traffic and improving the safety of residential streets.  The traffic circles on Nanz are also designed to attract bicycle traffic away from Willis Avenue, creating a “Neighborway” on Nanz for bicycle traffic.  The project also includes sidewalk improvements.

Metro Louisville is funding the traffic circles at a total cost of $22,000, including $9,000 in District 9 Community Infrastructure Funds appropriated last year, $6,500 this year and the remainder from Metro Public Works.  The City of St. Matthews has agreed to maintain the landscaped circles.  Additional Metro funds will be used for sidewalk improvements and markings.


Look for more information when the traffic circles are completed. Stop signs will remain up for a short period, before they are replaced with yield signs. At that time, slow down and and yield to traffic on the left as you enter the new circles. 

Sustainability Story: Butterfly Gardening

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The Billy Goat Hill Community Garden on Payne Street in Clifton is coming to life again.  Last week, Patria Fielding was at work in her butterfly garden – Flying Graces – which is now in its third year.  

Butterfly gardening is designed to create an environment that attracts butterflies.  Because some plants are not fed upon by adult butterflies, the caterpillar host is planted for a bigger population of butterflies. Butterflies typically feed on the nectar of flowers and there are hundreds of plants which attract them.

Done correctly, butterfly gardening can increase the populations of butterflies, which are becoming less abundant as a result of habitat destruction. Butterflies also serve as flower pollinators and attracting butterflies can assist in the pollination of nearby plants.

You can learn more about the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden here:  http://www.billygoatgarden.com/ .  The University of Kentucky has a page dedicated to butterfly gardening in Kentucky: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef006.asp .


We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send you story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Carmichael’s Bookstore hosts Independent Bookstore Day

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This year, the wildly successful California Bookstore Day will expand to include independent bookstores all over the country. Join Carmichael’s on Saturday, May 2nd to celebrate local bookstores and the readers (like you!) who shop there. They will have exclusive products (at all three stores – 2720 Frankfort Avenue, 1295 & 1313 Bardstown Road) and all kinds of special activities and giveaways, some Derby themed. Keep Louisville Weird by supporting local businesses. 

Reminders about Metro Animal Ordinance

My office was recently contacted about loose animals encountered during neighborhood walks. Here are a few reminders:

  • Restraint required – all animals, excluding community cats, shall be kept under restraint at all times. (It is illegal to exclusively restrain a dog or puppy by a fixed point chain or tether between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a period exceeding one hour in any eight-hour period. Community cats are free-roaming, with no apparent owner or identification.)
  • Sanitary disposal of animal feces is required.
  • Licenses and vaccinations must be up to date.
  • No person is allowed to abandon an animal for a period in excess of 24 hours.


For more information or to read the entire animal ordinance please click here.

The Dave Armstrong Extreme Park

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Congratulations to D9 resident Dave Armstrong on the renaming of the City’s extreme park in his honor. 

The park, a portion of which closed due to Ohio River bridge construction, reopened with new features, including updated street elements and a new version of the popular “snake run”. The bowl and full pipe, which were fixtures in the original design, have been modernized.  

Since opening in 2002, the 40,000 square-foot park has been a magnet for users of all ages and abilities, including top names in the sport such as skateboarder Tony Hawk.

Creating the Extreme Park was a huge step in turning Louisville’s image around from an old-fashioned town into a vital, creative and fast-paced city,” Armstrong said. “It has since drawn people from around the world who have discovered that Louisville is a great place to live, work and play.”


Armstrong, pictured here showing the new sign for the park to his grandchildren, is a former Louisville Mayor, Jefferson County Judge/ Executive and Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney.   Congratulations! 

Congratulations to duPont Manual on WorldQuest


On Saturday, April 25, the World Affairs Councils of America hosted the Academic WorldQuest. One of the greatest challenges facing our nation and our schools across the country is preparing our youth for the globally interconnected world of the 21st century. Academic WorldQuest is a unique opportunity to expose our youth to the world outside our borders and prepare them for the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st Century. It is a team competition testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Participants come from high schools that work with the World Affairs Council network.

During the academic year preceding the National Competition in the spring, approximately 4,000 students across the country participate in local competitions hosted by over 40 local World Affairs Councils in 26 states. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the National Competition, held in the spring each year in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The topics for this year’s completion were:

  • Russia / Eurasia
  • Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest
  • Food and Water
  • Future of Energy
  • Africa Rising
  • Human Trafficking
  • Asia and the New Global Economy
  • Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond
  • Great Decisions
  • Current Events

Huge congratulations go out to duPont Manual High School for winning the 2015 National Competition! Team members were Matthew Raj, Nivedita Khandkar, Shravan Ravishankar, and Madan A. Subheeswar, pictured with Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America. duPont Manual also won the national competition in 2009 and 2010. Dr. Esther Costel was coach of all three teams.

Thanks to D9’s D.D. Williamson, the world leader in food and beverage coloring, for sponsoring the local competition and the team’s travel to Washington and the Ali Center for hosting the local competition.  

Re-Opening of the Crescent Hill Gatehouse


Please mark your calendars for the re-opening of the Crescent Hill Gatehouse on Wednesday, May 13. Louisville Water Company invite you to tour the newly restored Gatehouse at the Crescent Hill Reservoir. Join them for an open house and light refreshments from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Parking is available along Reservoir Avenue. Rain date is May 20. Click here to view the invitation. 

Thanks Robley Rex VA Medical Center Volunteers

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Ninth District Councilman Bill Hollander met with volunteers at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in District 9 last week to thank them for their work.  The group spent a day working on the Center’s landscaping as part of Mayor Fischer’s Give A Day Week of Service.


So many people worked all over District 9 in Give A Day activities but it was especially nice to see the volunteers working to make things a little brighter for the Veterans who travel these paths every day.  We are fortunate to have the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in District 9 and it was great to see volunteers honor our nation’s heroes in this way.

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Volunteers from Strategic Communications, a Louisville-based voice, data and video solutions company, Lowe’s and Service for Peace Kentucky were involved in the effort.  Mary Sullivan of Metro United Way, along with representatives of the VA Medical Center, was also on hand to thank the volunteers for their work. To check out photos from the event please click here.

The Robley Rex VA Medical Center<http://www.louisville.va.gov/> is an active, affiliated acute care and outpatient facility located on a 47-acre hilltop off Zorn Avenue in District 9. The Medical Center also operates three community based outpatient clinics in the greater Louisville area (Dupont, Newburg, and Shively), one in Grayson County, one in Fort Knox, KY, and one in Scottsburg and one in New Albany, IN.


The Robley Rex VAMC depends on the goodwill of volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes. To volunteer, call or visit the Voluntary Service Office: Robley Rex VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service, Room A008, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 or call (502) 287-6221.

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Friday, May 1: 141st Kentucky Oaks Race at Churchill Downs.

Friday, May 1: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, hosts a make your own Derby Hat event at 10:30 a.m. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Saturday, May 2: 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Saturday, May 2: Indie bookstore day - all day at every Carmichael's Bookstore locations (2720 Frankfort Avenue, 1313 Bardstown Road, and 1295 Bardstown Road). They will have exclusive products (at all three stores) and all kinds of special activities and giveaways.

Sunday, May 3: Billy Goat Hill Community Garden and Magnificent Mushrooms presents The Benefits of Growing Mushrooms from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Each class will focus on a special aspect of growing your own mushrooms. Join them at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Eric Osborne, instructor and owner of Magnificent Mushrooms, has a Masters in Education and is Indiana’s first state recognized wild mushroom expert. Classes are $10 each. To sign up please email nataliehharris@gmail.com. Additional classes on May 17.

Monday, May 4: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host baby storytime at 10:15 a.m. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Monday, May 4The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, will host a concert celebrating the work of folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax at 7:30pm. This collaboratory concert brings together some of the country's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, Old World weavers' work songs, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, game songs and ring shouts. Collaborators include Grammy-winning songwriter Tim O'Brien, among many others. Tickets are $23 and are available at Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, or online at www.cliftoncenter.org.

Tuesday, May 5: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host non-fiction book discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Book is Triple Agent by Joby Warrick. Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Tuesday, May 5: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host stroke awareness at 3:00 p.m. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Wednesday, May 6: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host plant swap social at 2:00 p.m. Bring plants to swap and share gardening tips while sipping lemonade. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Thursday, May 7: The Kentucky School for the Blind, 1867 Frankfort Avenue, invites you to a student musical performance of the Percussion Ensembles and Choir Concert at 6:30 PM. The event will be held in the Richie Auditorium. Questions please call 897-1583.


Thursday, May 7: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host talking book discussion at 7:00 p.m. The Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grant. Talking books available from NLS upon request. Open to the public. Books available at branch circulation desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

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