District 9 eNews - Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday!

Responsible Recycling

The 9th District and the Energy Pros are holding a One Stop Drop Responsible Recycling Event this 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 and click on “Annual Responsible Recycling Event” photo and story. * PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE*

FREE Shakespeare Performance in Butchertown

Shakespeare in Park

The Shakespeare in the Park tour is returning to Story Avenue Park in Butchertown on Sunday, May 10! Bring your lawn chairs (and picnic foods, if you wish) at 6:00 p.m. for an abbreviated (90-minute) performance of Macbeth followed by a reception at nearby White Clay (1515 Story Avenue). Barbecued meats, vegetarian options, sides and drinks will all be provided at the 7:45 p.m. reception, which will be attended by cast and crew. The play is being performed at 20 parks in the Louisville area this spring with the full version scheduled for this summer in Central Park. The Story Avenue Park production is funded in part by your District 9 Neighborhood Development Funds.

Sustainability Story: An Edible Garden

Edible Garden 1

Derby Day is the traditional time to plant tomatoes in Louisville and we noticed that Ray Ely's are in the ground.  Ray lives at Dayton and Bauer Avenues in District 9 and has had a garden for fifteen years or more. His passions are gardening, seed saving, urban orchards, water catchment (collecting water from his house and garage), community building and food preservation.  He is an active member of the Louisville Permaculture Guild, which meets periodically to teach sustainability techniques to anyone who wants to join. http://www.meetup.com/Louisville-Permaculture-Guild/

Edible Garden 2

Ray grows heirloom tomatoes and peppers, starting seeds in February and planting outdoors around Derby.  Everything in his garden is edible.  His neighbors enjoy his gardening (and the occasional vegetable) and Ray especially likes to show it off to neighborhood  children who learn where their food comes from and how it grows.  Look for Ray's garden as you pass by Dayton and Bauer!

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.

Neighborhood Traffic Circles Being Installed on Nanz Avenue

traffic circles

Work is underway on two neighborhood traffic circles on Nanz Avenue at Iola Road and Macon Avenue and sidewalk improvements at both intersections.  The traffic circles are designed to control neighborhood traffic and improve safety by, among other things, attracting bicycle traffic away from Willis Avenue, creating a “Neighborway” for bicycle traffic.  Shared lane markings are also being placed on streets which link the Westport Road bike lane with the Seneca Park shared use path around Bowman Field.

traffic circles 2

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.  Sidewalk improvements are being funded with $1,865 in District 9 Community Infrastructure Funds. 

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 yield to traffic on the left as you enter the new circles. 

“Meet with Bill” & D9 Community Conversation in May

"meet with bill" & d9 Comm conv

We are always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with us in person more convenient, we’ll be holding office hours at various places around District 9. Join us on Wednesday, May 13, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Beargrass Creek Pumping Station near Karen Lynch Park at Brownsboro & Story Avenue. Stop by with any questions or concerns.

The next D9 Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Jessica Montgomery, Director of Animal Services, will give an update on that department’s activities and be available to answer questions. We also want to hear from you on any topics, an unscripted, open conversation about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Register for Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work

Louisville's Bike to Work Day Celebration is taking place on Friday, May 15th at 4th Street Live! from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm.  Leading up to the event, there are tons of fun things going on. If you're participating, you can register on this site to win a free bike!  And the Louisville Bicycle Club, the local bike education organization, is offering free education classes. Check it out below, join in the fun and SAVE your gas money! Register now! 

Increase your biking skills with the Louisville Bicycle Club's New Rider / Bike handling Classes: Classes start April 27 through May 25 and are on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Yellow Parking Lot, Waterfront Park.

Meet & Ride Locations on Bike to Work Day Friday, May 15th
The official Louisville Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15.  The Meet & Ride locations feature parking if you are driving and will allow you to ride with other riders and ride captains. Riders must have a helmet. You can also meet to ride home at Fourth Street Live! at 5:15pm.

In District 9, cyclists will leave from Seneca Park; meeting at the basketball court parking lot, just west of the tennis courts at 7 a.m. District 9 cyclists can also join the group at the parking lot at Lexington Road and Ledge Road at approximately 7:20 a.m., other groups leave from Iroquois Park, Shawnee Park and Southern Indiana.


Bike to Work Day Celebration
Celebration at 4th Street Live! Join Bike Louisville at noon on Friday, May 15th at 4th Street Live! to meet up with other commuters, learn more about bicycle commuting, visit with vendors and just celebrate the bicycle! And one of the lucky bike to work day registrants will win a new, fully-loaded commuting bike from Parkside Bike Shop-- no purchase necessary!  We will also be giving out Louisville's new printed bike map and drawing for other prizes!

Clifton Heights Storage Basin Public Meeting

MSD meeting post

MSD is hosting a public meeting regarding the Clifton Heights storage basin on Tuesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue. This is the second in a series of four public meetings. This meeting will provide information concerning the conceptual design of the basin and how it will benefit the area. You will have an opportunity to provide input and comments about the use and look of the area above this covered underground basin. Questions or comments may be submitted via email to commentsIOAP@msdlouky.org, or mailed to MSD IOAP Project Comments, Attn: Project WIN Program Manager, 700 W Liberty Street, 40203.

Federal Disaster Assistance by EMA


Residents of Louisville who suffered damage from the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides of April 2-17, 2015 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Emergency Services Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has been working closely with The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine damages throughout the community caused by these storms.

EMA is encouraging all members of the community who registered a preliminary damage assessment as well as all area residents possibly affected to apply for assistance. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362 (FEMA) or by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time seven days a week, until further notice.

Residents who have registered for assistance will be contact by a FEMA representative for individual housing assessment.

There will be three disaster recovery centers in the Metro Louisville area staffed by FEMA representatives.  The first center will be open at Okolona Fire Station #1, 8501 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY  40219 where individuals can go to discuss their case after they’ve registered.  Operating hours for this Friday, May 8th are 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday hours from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The following week they will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The additional two centers will open soon after and the community will be notified of these locations once they are determined by FEMA.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

FEMA representatives encourage applicants to collect the following information ahead of time to speed the process:

  • Social Security Number
  • Telephone number
  • Address of the damaged property and current address
  • Brief description of disaster-related damages and losses
  • Insurance and bank account information

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

3rd Blight Out – Brighten Up Event

Blight Out

Louisville Metro Government Department of Public Works & Codes & Regulations present the 3rd Blight Out - Brighten Up event on Saturday, May 16, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 600 Meriwether Avenue.

Volunteers will paint 8’x4’ plywood boards that secure abandoned properties.  This event began in 2012 in the Department of Codes & Regulations with an overwhelming response from citizens who just wanted to come out and be creative. If you are unable to volunteer on May 16th, please consider donating:  paint, brushes, drop cloths, coffee, donuts, snacks, water, sodas, ice, pizzas, rollers, and containers for paint distribution.


For more information contact please contact C. J. Fletcher, Administrative Specialist SWMS at 574-3584 or (502) 552-2262.

Identify Theft and Fraud

identify theft

I was recently contacted by a constituent regarding recent debit card fraud. She learned of the fraud due to an alert set up through a bank account. If you are a victim of identity theft, please place a fraud alert with the credit reporting companies, get a free credit report and create an official report complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. More information and helpful links are below.


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.

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.

Friday, May 8: Kentucky School for the Blind (KSBwill present the prestigious Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award to Mona Reid during the school’s 173nd Founder’s Day Program at 11:30 AM in Richie Auditorium, 1867 Frankfort Avenue.  The Founder’s Day Program will also include vocal and instrumental music performances by students and the presentation of class rings to juniors.  The program is open to the public. Questions please call Paula Penrod at 897-1583.

Friday, May 8: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to partner with Lifehouse Maternity Home, a community resource for women and families facing an unexpected pregnancy, for a community shopping night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. During this event members, supporters, and the general public are invited to shop and Just Creations will donate 15% of the evening's sales to the group.

Saturday, May 9: The 9th District and One Stop Drop are holding a Responsible Recycling Event at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  For more information on what is collected please visit our website at www.louisvilleky.gov/district9 and click on the "Annual Responsible Recycling Event" photo in the middle of the page.

Saturday, May 9: The Ramblers Garden Club will host its annual Mother's Day Plant Sale from 9 AM to Noon at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Road (across from Holiday Manor). Select an affordable, beautiful herb or perennial plant for your mom or your garden. Proceeds benefit Botanica and the Louisville Tree Canopy project.

Saturday, May 9: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit www.olmstedparks.org/events

Saturday, May 9: Butchertown Neighborhood Association and Franklin Street Church to host the First Annual Plants and People event from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Franklin and Wenzel. Bring a plant, leave a plant and meet your neighbors. Everyone is welcome. Free plants will be available to the first 100 people. They will be serving hot dogs from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Create a hanging basket to beautify Butchertown.

Saturday, May 9: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Saturday, May 9: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to partner with Athena's Sisters, an organization for all military women to use revolutionary expressions to grow in dignity and honor, for a community shopping night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. During this event members, supporters, and the general public are invited to shop and Just Creations will donate 15% of the evening's sales to the group.

Saturday, May 9: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:00 p.m. Schedule is subject to change - concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit iroquoisamphitheater.org. May's movie is Frozen rated PG.

Sunday, May 10: Shakespeare in the Park tour at Story Park in Butchertown. FREE performance at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs (and picnic foods, if you wish) and plan to attend an abbreviated (90-minute) performance of Macbeth followed by a reception at nearby White Clay (1515 Story Avenue). Barbecued meats, vegetarian options, sides and drinks will all be provided at the 7:45 p.m. reception, which will be attended by cast and crew. 

Tuesday, May 12: Louisville Genealogical Society program, “The Churchill Family of Jefferson County” at 1:00 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1000 S Hurstbourne Pkwy at Linn Station Road. Presented by Mike Zanone.

Tuesday, May 12: Peony Festival at Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road. Peonies will be on display - the public is welcome to tour the Whitehall gardens throughout the day from sunup to sundown and enjoy their impressive collection of over 60 peony varieties. Peonies for sale between 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. for $25 per 1 gallon size. For more information please call 897-2944 or visit www.historicwhitehall.org.

Wednesday, May 13: Louisville Water Company invites you to tour the newly restored Gatehouse at the Crescent Hill Reservoir from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Join them for an open house and light refreshments. Parking available along Reservoir Avenue. Rain date is May 20.

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