District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 24, 2019


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Café LOUIE 2019 – January 26


Meet your legislators at the Louisville Free Public Libraries in 2019. The purpose of Café LOUIE is to provide constituents and their elected representatives a chance to engage and “get-to-know” each other in an informal setting.

From 9:00 am to 10:00 am each Saturday morning through March 30, attendees will be able to meet and interact with their elected officials. Elected officials will be given a brief time for prepared remarks and to answer a few pre-selected questions submitted by attendees. The focus of these meetings is engagement through personal conversations.

Mark your calendars for two District 9 opportunities I will attend, including one this weekend:

  • Saturday, January 26 – St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane
  • Saturday, February 23 – Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue

For a complete listing of Café LOUIE events, please click here.

Celebrate 20 Years of Fairness on Saturday


On January 26, 1999, members of the Louisville Board of Aldermen took a historic vote on the Fairness Ordinance.

The vote approved Kentucky’s first anti-discrimination Fairness Ordinance, and it ushered in a new era of LGBTQ rights across our state. In July of the same year, Lexington activists’ hard work paid off with their city’s Fairness Ordinance, and Jefferson County later adopted its own in October.

Now, ten cities across our Commonwealth extend the same LGBTQ protections that Louisville and Lexington did in 1999, banning LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Mark your calendar for the Fairness Campaign’s 20th anniversary event this Saturday, January 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Louisville Free Public Library (301 York St., 40203). Join early Fairness Campaign leaders and members of the 1999 Louisville Board of Aldermen for a reception, history panel discussion, and the opening of the exhibit, “Fairness Still Does a City Good!”

What Are You Doing for Others?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” In D9, two area ministries are in that business every day – but they need your help. United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) serves residents in 40206; St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) serves 40207. Help them help others!


Consider Donating to UCHM

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) has been building better community in 40206 since 1974. Among its programs is emergency assistance in the form of food and other items. It is continuously accepting items for donations. Some items that they don’t get often are listed below. Please contact UCHM at 893-0346 for drop-off times and dates. Learn more about how you can donate or volunteer at https://www.uchmlouky.org.

  • Diapers (size 4,5 and 6)
  • Body wash
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Lotion
  • Combs/brushes/hair ties
  • Tissues
  • Chapstick
  • Hand & dish soap
  • Baby formula
  • Floss
  • Spices
  • Laundry items
  • Denture care items
  • Body cleansing wipes
  • Toddler food
  • Deodorant
  • Baby powder
St. Mam

Help Others at St. MAM 

I was happy to see St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) win the “Community Champion” award at the Chamber of St. Matthews Annual Meeting last week.

Like UCHM in 40206, St. Matthews Area Ministries seeks to unite the resources and people of area congregations to effectively meet community needs in 40207. Through St. MAM, area congregations collaborate and partner with government, schools, businesses, and other non-profits to meet emergency needs, to stabilize families in transitional situations, to provide a nurturing and healthy environment for children and youth, and to offer resources for the benefit of the whole community.

Learn more about how you can donate or volunteer at  http://www.stmam.com/.

Sustainability Story: Plant a Tree this Winter

Plant a Tree

While we anxiously await the fifty or so trees to be planted soon along Frankfort Avenue, here’s a reminder that it’s a good time for you to plant trees, too - and that a rebate is available from the non-profit organization Trees Louisville.

While many of us typically imagine springtime when thinking about tree planting, cold weather months are actually a great time to get a new tree in the ground! Planting a tree while it's dormant will give it the opportunity to establish in its new home before leafing out when spring rolls around.

If you're thinking about planting a tree at home, now's the perfect time to do it. Make sure to take advantage of Trees Louisville’s Shade Tree Rebate Program -- you'll save money and help our tree canopy!

Visit treeslouisville.org/rebate for eligibility requirements and to learn more.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Street Count – Jan. 31

Coalition for Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless, in partnership with Centerstone, has scheduled the 2019 Homeless Street Count for Thursday, January 31, from 4:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. Conducted each year in January, the goal of the Street Count is to verify the number of people sleeping outdoors in Metro Louisville. This year’s Street Count will also include the number of people staying at the recently opened low-barrier shelter located at Wayside Christian Mission. The Coalition and its partnering homeless service providers rely heavily on volunteers for this effort and will need hundreds of people to help conduct the count again this year.


Anyone interested in participating can sign up at www.louhomeless.org. All volunteers will need to attend a mandatory training session on Wednesday, January 30, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Hotel Louisville, located at 120 West Broadway. They will then meet at Hotel Louisville just before 4:00 a.m. on the morning of January 31 to break out into teams and conduct the survey. After searching known homeless locations all over the county, volunteers are invited back to Hotel Louisville for a warm breakfast, provided by Aetna.

Over 300 people have already signed up to participate this year and I will again be joining them. For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org or call (502) 636-9550.

2019 Empower West City-Wide Book Read

Empower West

Dr. Erica Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, will be in Louisville on February 7. There are two events in D9.

Session 1 is a “Chat With the Author” from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on February 7 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 330 North Hubbards Lane. The lunchtime event will be a conversation with the author as well as with Speed Stodghill and the Rev. Whit Stodghill about what it is like for white people to become conscious of their family’s historical connections to slavery. Tickets for this lecture are free. However, you can purchase lunch in advance for $15. Lunch will be provided by Tazki’s Mediterranean, buffet-style with beef, chicken and vegetarian options.

Session 2 is a “Conversation with the Author” from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue.

Both events are free and open to the public but registrations are required. You can register for the luncheon by clicking here and for the evening conversation by clicking here.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2019. The service is FREE if you earned $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2018 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the appointment line today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available every Friday beginning February 1 through the end of tax season between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, in Clifton. Please call the appointment line at 502-305-0005 to make an appointment or visit https://louisvillekyvita.cascheduler.com and please share this with anyone you think may be eligible. You may also call the D9 office at 574-3908. Click here to view brochure.

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $64,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

Clifton Digital Archives Now Available Online

Clifton Digital

There’s a new resource for Clifton residents and it’s worth a look. The Clifton Digital Archives (CDA) have been a long-term goal for past Clifton Community Council (CCC) boards, some current board members, and other neighborhood leaders. The effort to make it happen took the past two years. There are over 7,000 individual records (documents, photos, maps) on Clifton history, the CCC, individual streets and addresses (where land use and preservation cases will be found), the local preservation district, and general topics. CCC also added a recordings folder, which is lightly populated at the moment, with the intent of providing easier access to the visually impaired community. Do check out the recordings of historic articles on ladies of the night, the Clifton boy gang, the bear, and mysterious grave sites near the "Blind Asylum."

The CDA content came from records of Pam Vetter, past CCC board members, City of Louisville and Louisville Metro records, U of L archives, and archived newspaper articles. There's also a search feature for the entire archive that requires a simple guest log-in (instructions provided). Some of the individual records are also text-searchable.

Thanks to Leslie Barras for her work in creating the archive and Kevin McAdams, the current site administrator.

The Clifton Digital Archives can be found at http://bit.ly/CCCArchive.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of 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.

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

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.


Alcoholic Beverage Licenses (ABC) Information


When a business applies for an ABC license, it must follow a certain procedure with Louisville Metro. A summary of that process to approval or denial is below.

A business submits a complete State ABC application to Louisville Metro along with the application fees and required documentation. Then the applicant contacts Planning & Design for a zoning confirmation. Then the Revenue Commission reviews to ensure all delinquent taxes to Louisville Metro have been paid. Every ABC applicant must obtain a health certificate from the Health Department. Then the applicant must advertise their intent for a license in the Courier-Journal. (The D9 office posts these notifications for D9 locations in our weekly eNews.) Finally, if all other steps have been completed, the applicant can send to the State ABC office.

While Louisville’s Director of Codes & Regulations can initially approve or deny a license application, these decisions can be appealed to the State ABC board. In several recent cases in D9, local denials of 4:00 a.m. license applications have been reversed in Frankfort.

The State ABC office is where residents, businesses and other interested parties can send a letter objecting to the license application. The address is Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601. The public comment period is thirty (30) days from the notice in the Courier-Journal.

To view active permits on a map, you can click here. You can also sign up for electronic alerts for District 9 ABC Notifications. Please click here and enter your email address.

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, January 24: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Chris McGreal at 7:00 p.m. McGreal is the author of American Overdose The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Saturday, January 26: St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane, will host Cafe LOUIE at 9:00 a.m. Join us to meet your local legislators! Legislators include state representatives and senators along with Metro Council and suburban city elected officials.

Tuesday, January 29: Curious about being a foster parent? Plan to attend a free informational meeting from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Vint Coffee Shop, 2309 Frankfort Avenue. If you would like additional information, please call Virginia at 813-8280 or email cornettv@safy.org.

Tuesday, January 29: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host eBay for beginners at 2:00 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, January 30: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host Booked for Lunch Book Discussion at 1:00 p.m. Plan to discuss, The Dry by Jane Harper. A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Books Available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, January 30: United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) to host Lunch & Learn from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at UCHM, 150 S. State Street. Learn the history of UCHM, programs that are offered and how to get involved. Lunch will be served during the presentation. Please RSVP to Regan Kincaid at rkincaid@uchmlouky.org or call 893-0346.

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