District 9 eNews - Thursday, November 12, 2015

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St. Matthews Area Ministries Pulling Together Banquet – Friday, November 13


St. Matthews Area Ministries will host their annual “Pulling Together” auction and banquet this Friday, November 13th, at The Olmsted located on the Masonic Home Campus at 3701 Frankfort Road. Doors will open at 5:30p.m. with a cocktail hour and dinner commencing at 6:30 p.m.  The evening includes a Monopoly theme with dinner & live music, silent auction, live auction, recognitions, and more! Tickets are $35.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling Julie Abbott at 893-0205. 

58th Annual Pancake Day – Saturday, November 14


Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 and Pack 1 are holding their 58th Annual Pancake Day on Saturday, November 14th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Crescent Hill United Methodist Church (Frankfort and Peterson Avenues). Cost is $7 for all the pancakes you can eat (under 5 eat free). Please also visit the yard sale, bake sale and craft sale at the church at the same time.

Community Conversation on Tuesday, November 17

small cell antennas

The next Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 17 at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Road.  I have invited Mr. Michael Prather with FiberTech and a representative from Crown Castle to speak about the small cell antennas and poles that are planned for the District, some of which have already been installed.  We have asked a number of questions about these and are working to increase regulations. A recent Insider Louisville article is here: http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/new-small-cell-towers-right-ways-installed-city-franchisee-irk-neighbors/

This is an opportunity for you to learn about the small cell antennas and poles and ask any questions regarding them. This is also an opportunity for you to visit with me about any concerns, issues or suggestions at a time and place we hope will be convenient to you.  Please mark your calendar and stop by – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Sustainability Story: Air Quality


Since the first of the year, the D9 eNews has featured a weekly “Sustainability Story”, often involving efforts that result in cleaner air. 

We were reminded of the importance of those efforts at last week’s 2015 Sustainability Summit.  Louisville’s air quality needs improvement and it is both a health and economic development issue for the community. 

It was reported at the summit that we have the fourth highest adult asthma prevalence in the United States.  Last year, we were recognized as one of the top twenty most challenging cities to live in with asthma.  Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the third and fourth leading causes of hospitalizations in Jefferson County, which has a significantly worse rate of respiratory illness than the national average.   Just this week, D9 resident and Courier-Journal reporter James Bruggers wrote about a study that links pollutants found in Louisville with heart attack deaths: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/11/10/bad-air-can-cause-heart-attacks/75471436/

Contrary to some views, we have air quality issues all over the community.  On Air Quality Alert days, the monitors near Cannons Lane in D9 (shown here), often show the highest rates of ozone in the area.  

So the health effect is clear.  What about economic development?  Summit participants noted that our employers have higher health care costs because of the poor health of their employees.  In addition, more absenteeism leads to a decrease in productivity.  If you were looking to locate a business, wouldn’t this be important to you?    

Our air is cleaner than it once was but it is still making too many of us sick and holding back our economy.    You can help by becoming a Friend of the Air, http://www.helptheair.org/ , and we’ll keep telling “Sustainability Stories”.   

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 your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Paving in D9


Repaving work continues in District 9.  Metro Public Works (MPW) plans to repave N. Hite from Brownsboro Road to Lindsay in the next few weeks.

Additional paving on Meridian near St. Matthews, Mockingbird Valley Road, and other streets has been funded and will be scheduled in the future.  Please be careful around the construction crews!   

Paving is done based on road condition ratings and Metro Council recently funded an updated rating of major roads. Metro Public Works (MPW) has selected Transmap Corporation as the most qualified consultant to perform the new evaluation of pavement conditions across Louisville. The company is now finalizing an update to the 2013 Pavement Condition Index study. In addition to evaluating pavement conditions, the $175,813 contract includes implementation of the MicroPAVER pavement management software program. MicroPAVER will facilitate evaluation, prioritization and budgeting of necessary improvements.

We have more paving needs than available funds and appreciate your patience as MPW works through the backlog of streets needing work.

Chenoweth Lane Improvements Public Meeting

Chenoweth Lane meeting

Plan to attend the Chenoweth Lane Improvements Public Meeting on Monday, November 16 anytime between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Road, 40207. This meeting is to get input from the public on potential improvements to Chenoweth Lane between Shelbyville Road and Brownsboro Road. Handouts containing information about the planning study, comment sheets and displays will be available at the meeting.

Representatives from the KY Transportation Cabinet and their consultants will be available to answer questions. 

Written and oral comments will be accepted during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted, and information made available, up to 15 days after the meeting at the District Five Office, Attn: Judi Hickerson, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 8310 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40242. 

“From War to Home” at Robley Rex VAMC

From War to Home

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day and the Mayor’s Week of Valor,  the Robley Rex VA Medical Center is featuring a display which explores the realities of military service through words and images from veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom were given cameras and asked to tell their stories of military service, deployment, and homecoming. They took pictures of their daily lives, gathered photos from their personal collections, and described the meaning behind each image.  The result bears witness to the health impacts of military service and deployment during a time of war and reveals the personal views of the men and women behind the lens. More information is here:  http://www.va.gov/fromwartohome/

The exhibit continues through December 10 and is well worth a look.  Robley Rex VAMC is located at 800 Zorn Avenue in D9.  “From War to Home” can be easily accessed through the medical center’s West Entrance.  

VA issues Notice of Intent to perform Environmental Impact Statement

VA Environmental Impact

The Veterans Administration has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the property that the VA purchased at Brownsboro Road and the Watterson Expressway. The NOI has been published in the Federal Register and the Louisville Courier Journal.  

A public scoping comment period will be open until November 30, 2015.  The public may submit comments online at www.Louisville-EIS.com , by email to

LouisvilleReplacementHospitalComments@va.gov , or by regular mail to Robley Rex VAMC, Attn: Replacement VAMC Activation Team Office, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY  40206.

Comments that were submitted during the VA's Environmental Assessment (EA) process remain in the project record and are being incorporated as identified scoping issues in the EIS.  The public does not need to submit comments that they have previously submitted.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

metro seal

For basic details for below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number.  For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

Case No. 15VARIANCE1074. You are invited to attend a review of a proposal for a variance of the required street side yard for proposed structures along Dellridge Drive at 349 Ridgeway Avenue. Case manager Joel Dock (joel.dock@louisvilleky.gov). Monday, November 16 beginning at 8:30 AM and continue until all cases are heard at the Old Jail Building, 514 W Liberty Street. For more information please follow the link above.

Case No. 15STREETS1007. You are invited to attend a review of a proposal for a partial street closure of Emery Road from Riedling Drive to its southeast terminus at Oaklawn subdivision at 2900 Riedling Drive. Case manager Brian Davis (brian.davis@louisvilleky.gov). Thursday, November 19 beginning at 100 PM and continue until all cases are heard at the Old Jail Building, 514 W Liberty Street. For more information please follow the link above.

ABC Notifications

ABC notifications

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication.

Attached please find a New Location memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package License(s) being applied for, located at 2206 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Follow Public Works on Twitter

MPW on Twitter

Metro Public Works recently established the Twitter handle @LouPubWorks to supply information on all things Metro Public Works to those on the social media platform. Street closing and snow removal information previously posted on the MetroLouStreets and LouSnowPlow handles is now posted on @LouPubWorks along with other Public Works activities. Click the photo to connect to the new account.

Motherhood is a Big Job. WIC can Help.


These are key points about WIC:

  • Motherhood is a big job. 
  • WIC helps stretch a family’s food budget.
  • WIC provides healthy nutritious foods for families.
  • WIC can help moms breastfeed successfully.
  • Families may qualify and not know it:  a family of four making less than $44,864 a year qualifies.
  • Call 574-6676 or go to www.louisvillewic.org to see if you qualify.

Be a Part of this Year’s Free Coat Exchange

Free Coat Exchange

The concept is simple:  some people have a coat they don't need, and some people need a coat they don't have.  On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Free Coat Exchange (www.freecoatexchange.org) brings the two together to make a difference in many lives.

There are two ways you can help.  Until November 25, you can bring a new or gently used coat to The Chamber of St. Matthews, which is partnering with Free Coat Exchange.   The Chamber is located in D9 at 3940 Grandview Avenue, Suite 216.  You can also drop off coats until November 25 at:

  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church - 1206 Maple Lane
  • The Fashion Post - 2420 Lime Kiln Lane Ste. F
  • The Episcopal Church Home - 7504 Westport Road
  • Gilda's Club - 633 Baxter Road
  • Highland Coffee Company - 1140 Bardstown Road
  • Mary Queen of Peace - Helen Campus 4005 Dixie Highway
  • New Earth Garden Center - 9806 Taylorsville Road

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, coats are exchanged from 10 am – 1 pm.  at any of the following locations:

  • The Green Building - 732 East Market Street
  • Save-a-Lot Food Store - 4148 Taylor Blvd.
  • Save-a-Lot Food Store - 2626 Portland Avenue
  • St. Paul Ame Church - 1518 South 28th Street
  • Westport Road Baptist Church - 9705 Westport Road
  • Family Scholar House - 1309 Catalpa Street

For more information, contact Free Coat Exchange at info@freecoatexchange.org.  

Louisville Distilled Launches

Louisville Distilled

Louisville Distilled is a new weekly online magazine focused on telling the stories of compelling people, businesses, organizations and neighborhoods throughout Louisville. As the name suggests, Louisville Distilled wants to distill the very best of Louisville for readers each week, in unexpected ways, offering a voice that captures and reflects Louisville’s culture, celebrates our diverse community and connects people in a positive way.

Check out the website at www.LouisvilleDistilled.com.

Exceptional Teens & Adults Holiday Dessert Auction

Exceptional Teens and Adults

Please join Exceptional Teens and Adults (ETA) for their annual holiday dessert auction on Monday, November 23 at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road. Viewing opens at 5:30 p.m. and bidding begins at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the renovation campaign. ETA Teen Center is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization for teens and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. For more information on ETA please visit www.exceptionalteensadults.org or call 290-1585.

FREE Mammogram Screenings in December

breast cancer

On Friday, December 11, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District office, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer FREE mammograms at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  To make an appointment please contact my office at 574-1109.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed. 

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, November 12: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Thursday, November 12: Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, to host an Anchal Holiday Trunk Show from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Shop the new living in color collection for home goods, accessories, gifts and exclusive men’s ties. For more information visit anchalproject.org or @anchalproject.

Thursday, November 12: Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Ed Hamilton for a reading and signing of newest book, The Chintz Age: Tales of Love for a New New York at 7:00 p.m. For questions please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, November 13: Nally’s Barber Shop, 305 Wallace Avenue, ribbon cutting, reception and celebration of new restored sign. All area residents and nearby business owners and employees are invited. Cake will be served. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will commence at 11:30 a.m., with the reception continuing until 12:30 p.m.

Friday, November 13: Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Dean Robertson for a reading and book signing for her book Looking for Lydia: Looking for God, a spiritual memoir of her life at 7:00 p.m. For questions please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, November 13: Shine Music & Movement Studio, 2117 Payne Street, to host Sing Out Song Circle from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. An evening of songs that you love to sing. Bring an instrument and a song to share. BRING A FOLDING CHAIR if you have one. $5 Suggested Donation. For more information visit shinelouisville.com.

Saturday, November 14: Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 and Pack 1 are holding their annual 58th Annual Pancake Day from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Crescent Hill United Methodist Church, Frankfort & Peterson Avenue. $7 for all the pancakes you can eat (under 5 eat free). They will also host a yard sale, bake sale and craft sale at the same time.

Saturday, November 14: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. The Great Santini by Pat Conroy. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Saturday, November 14: Robley Rex Veteran Administration Medical Center invites you to participate in the first Veterans Wellness Expo from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road. The purpose of the event is to showcase complementary care programs and practices provided to Veterans through Robley Rex VA Medical Center and our community partners. Information and demonstrations will be provided for activities such as: project healing, waters fly fishing, service dogs, arts in healing, yoga warriors, tai chi, dancing and more! This is a FREE event. Questions please call Rhonda Parero at 287-6898 or email rhonda.parero@va.gov.

Saturday, November 14: Shine Music & Movement Studio, 2117 Payne Street, to host A Nia Playshop: The Base of the Body from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The playshop is great for beginners who are stepping into their Nia practice and for Nia students who wish to deepen their practice. $15 for SuperStars & Nia Belts or $20 DropIn. For more information visit shinelouisville.com.

Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, November 15: FleaTiques at Mellwood Antiques, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, 2nd weekend of the month (not open during the months of December, January, February & March). Event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is rain or shine. Each month benefits a local charity. For more information visithttp://www.mellwoodantiques.com.

Monday, November 16: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners at 3:00 p.m. Learn the basics of iPad usage including adding/removing apps, taking pictures, using FaceTime and basic care taking tips. Call to register. Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Monday, November 16Chenoweth Lane Study between US 60 and US 42 informal public meeting. Stop by anytime between 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Road. Meeting is for people that live along KY 1932 (Chenoweth Lane) or drive it regularly. For more information visit http://transportation.ky.gov/District-5/Documents/Chenoweth%20Lane%20Planning%20Study%20public%20meeting%20ad%20november%202015%20(5-531).pdf 

Tuesday, November 17Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host escape the ordinary dinner at 2:00 p.m. Join us for a recipe swap and trade for new and exciting recipes from your neighbors. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Tuesday, November 17St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Plan to discuss Dog Day Afternoon. Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Tuesday, November 17: D9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Road. Most of the time and focus will be on you. We are hoping for 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!

Wednesday, November 18: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Bring your sack lunch and sample “food for the mind” as we discuss: White Truffles in Winter by N.M. Kelly. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Wednesday, November 18: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host eBay for sellers at 2:00 p.m. An introduction to the world of selling on eBay. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

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