"Community First" 9/26/2013 e-News


Community First - 9/26/2013


Attica Woodson Scott


601 W Jefferson Street

Louisville KY 40202

502-574-1101 (office)

502-574-4201 (fax)

Donna Sanders

Legislative Assistant

502-574-1101 (office)

502-574-4201 (fax)

Kelsey Goff


502-574-1101 (office)

502-574-4201 (fax)


We are committed to building relationships, respecting and valuing our elders and our youth, taking care of our built and our natural environment, advocating for economic growth, and developing a district where residents are healthy, and where unity is felt from the southwest to the west.


District 1 is now home to three (3) large lacebark elms that were planted on 28th Street in the Parkland neighborhood this morning in the first of what we hope will be hundreds of trees in the neighborhood, which is part of Louisville’s urban heat island, in coming years.  Due to a strong business, community, government collaboration, these trees were planted through a partnership of Ecotech who paid for the trees, Denzil's Lawn and Landscaping who moved and planted the trees without charge, Reynolds Metals who provided the site and will maintain the trees, and the alliance of the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission and Brightside who organized the planting at Councilwoman Scott's request. We are excited that three (3) more lacebark elms will be planted this winter at the Reynolds site and seven (7) more will be planted in the right-of-way of this block.




The Greater Louisville Project has released a report that assesses the health of Louisville compared with the 14 cities that have long served as its competitive peers. It identifies our community's most challenging health factors, including low educational attainment, unemployment, high rates of smoking and obesity, low access to primary care and poor air quality. The report also highlights the disparity amount our neighborhoods. Download the full report here

Continue the Conversation:

We encourage you and your colleagues to offer your voice on health in our community. GLP is using Facebook and has established the Twitter hashtag #glphealth to continue the dialog around the report.  This feed is populated on our website and will be summarized later this year to provide context for how the community prioritizes opportunity for impact.  Invite others to join in!


The presentation around the Special Report on Health is very effective and insightful. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a presentation on the report with Christen Boone, Project Director and/or whom we should be adding to our of community presentations.



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WHAT:                          FORECLOSURE CLINIC

WHEN:                         Thursday, September 26, at 4:00 PM

WHERE:                       Legal Aid Society office (416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.)

PURPOSE:                   Attorneys will be on hand to answer questions about foreclosures and provide advice on alternatives to foreclosure.

RSVP:                          Call Legal Aid at (502) 584-1254 to make a reservation.

The mission of the Legal Aid Society is to pursue justice for people in poverty.  Legal Aid provides free legal services to low-income families and individuals facing serious threats to their physical and economic well-being.  For more information, visit Legal Aid’s website at http://www.laslou.org/.




What is a Community Accountability Board?


The Community Accountability Board (CAB), as other restorative justice practices, serves as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice responses and focuses on providing victims (individuals and community members) a voice in repairing the harm caused by crime.  The CAB offers an opportunity for offenders to complete activities designed to restore the victim and repair the harm done to the community.  The goal is for the offender to understand the impact their behavior had on the victim and the community, in the hopes that they will not re-offend and will be reintegrated back into the community.

Who makes up the Community Accountability Board?

The CAB will be comprised of community members who live, work or have some vested interest in the community.  The CAB members are trained in the philosophy and practice of restorative justice.  The training will be provided by RJL staff. 

CAB members may be recommended by LMPD, other members of the community or they may self-nominate.  The members of the CAB will meet the following criteria:


·         It is imperative individuals volunteering in this capacity be objective, respectful, dependable and patient.

·         They should possess the ability to establish a good rapport with offenders while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

·         They must be able to communicate with people and work in a group process.

·         They must conduct themselves in a professional manner.

·         They must be able to acquire a working knowledge of the legal aspects of the local justice system and its relationship to the Community Accountability Boards through training and other experiences provided to them.

Training, Education, Experience:

·         No prior experience in restorative justice, criminal justice or other social service area is required. 

·         Members must attend initial training provided by RJL and on-going training as scheduled. 

·         Members must be at least 24 years of age and residents of the community (geographical area) served by the CAB.

·         Members must pass a thorough background check. (Note: History of prior criminal behavior will be reviewed on a case by case basis; however, a history of crimes against children will not be considered for approval.)

·         Members must provide references regarding person’s ability to meet the skill set listed above.


·         Members must be available to attend the monthly meetings as scheduled.  It is understood that members may not be able to attend due to illness, vacations or other preplanned commitments. 

·         Members must maintain confidentiality of cases.

·         Members must be able to view and treat each case individually and without prejudice. 

·         Members must attend when scheduled and arrive at designated times to meet with facilitators to review referred cases.  

·         Members must actively participate in CAB meetings, with other CAB members, victims, (if they choose to participate) offenders and their families and negotiate agreements regarding how to repair the harm caused. 

·         Members must be available to follow through with tasks outlined in the agreement when that member agrees to a specific task. 

To assist with coordinating the necessary support services, CABs may also include representatives of government or other local agencies that provide support services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, law enforcement, justice and education and job training.

How does the CAB work? 

The CAB meets monthly on a pre-established schedule in a dedicated meeting site(s) in the community.  The meeting includes the CAB members, the victim (if they wish to participate), the offender(s) and his or her family and representatives of support agencies. 

If you are interested in participating or wish to have more information, please contact Libby Mills at 574-6869 or at LibbyMills@rjlou.org



Big Brothers Big Sisters - Humana “Legacy Program” wants YOU!


With support from the Humana Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters has launched a new across-generations mentoring program that will benefit local children while improving the overall wellbeing of adults 55 and over who participate. The goal is to match an additional 50 senior Bigs with children ages 7-16 by year’s end.  You don’t need special skills to be a Big – just the willingness to listen, offer encouragement and share what you’ve learned about life. Littles typically come from families headed by a single parent who simply wants the best for their child, but does not have the time they would like to spend with the child.  These children just need a BIG friend!

“You forget you’re in a ‘program’ cause you’re having fun,” said Big Steve in a TV-aired interview.

Volunteering a few hours a month toward your year-long relationship can provide something amazing for a child. You also receive monthly support from a “Match” Counselor as you report on your progress.

There are two ways to meet with your Little –

·        On-site at a school or community center

·        Community wide, diverse outings from home.

Activities you can do as Bigs and Littles include trips to the library,  enjoying one of our local parks, playing card games or doing craft projects.  Big Brothers Big Sisters offers monthly free events for all matches. So, have some fun, learn a few things and make a valuable difference in developing the next generation! Volunteering a few hours a month can start something amazing for a child.

Make a difference in our community of children and your life! Visit www.bbbsky.org or contact Sandy Bowen 587-0494 ext 164 or sandy.bowen@bbbsky.org.


Would you like to join Councilwoman Scott in building a Habitat for Humanity house in Shively in partnership with Shively Area Ministries and Texas Roadhouse? If so, here are the dates that we need your help:  

Sat., Oct. 12th - 4 people to Paint walls , Install Luaun (8:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m.)

Fri., Oct. 18th -5-6 people to Install laminate and doors (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Sat., Oct. 26th – 11 people to Caulk and Touch up paint (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Fri., Nov. 3-4 people to work Punch List (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)


Free Diabetes Management Classes Begin October 7 at Dover Baptist Church

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (September 24, 2013) The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes.  Classes begin Monday, October 7 at Dover Baptist located at 4323 Dover Rd.


Classes are free and attendance at the entire series of four classes is encouraged.  All classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.  Phone 574-6663 for reservations or for more information. Class size is limited so please call to make a reservation.  The class schedule is as follows:


October 7, Class 1, What is diabetes?  Checking blood sugar.  What types of food should I eat?

October 14, Class 2, What do I do when I am sick?  What kinds of problems can diabetes cause?  Learning about medications.  How do I count carbohydrates?

October 21, Class 3, How can I stay healthy with diabetes?  How do I read a label?  What do I need to know about fat and salt?

October 28, Class 4, Taking care of my feet.  Coping with diabetes.  Keeping a healthy weight and staying active.



METCO is the city’s small business lending program, to help small business owners grow or startup their business. METCO also has programs to assist commercial property owners in renovating the façade of their building, make the property handicap accessible and make it a more energy-efficient building. METCO has two major goals:

(1) create jobs and

(2) assist businesses in underserved areas to provide services that the community lacks and needs.

METCO has been providing small business loans since the late 1970’s and relies primarily on repayments to supply the necessary funding for small business owners.

For more information on the METCO program, visit:




Basic Information about Louisville Metro’s CodeRED Notification System                                                                                              

Emergency- Used in the event there is immediate danger to life or health and the citizen needs to take action such as sheltering in place for a chemical leak, evacuating or to stay indoors due to a police action.

*   If you have a cell phone or unlisted number you must register to receive Emergency Alerts

Citizens must sign up to receive General and Weather notifications

General- Information on developing issues, public announcements -i.e. mosquito fogging, a chemical release not posing an immediate threat, boil water advisories, etc.

Weather- The following warnings are sent by the National Weather Service using CodeRED

*   Tornado

*   Severe Thunderstorm

*   Flash Flood

Persons can select which weather alerts they want to receive when signing up

What Do I Need to Do?

If you have a listed home number then you should already be in the system for EMERGENCY calls only.

If you recently moved or changed your phone number, you must register.

If you would like email, text messages, General or Weather alerts you must register and select your options.

How Do I Register?

Go to www.louisvilleky.gov

*   Program your phone contact list to recognize the CodeRED alerts. The phone numbers for alerts are:

Emergency:        866-419-5000

General                : 866-969-4636

Weather:             800-566-9780

If you do not have a computer or need assistance to register contact Metro Call at 311.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put in more than one phone number?

*   Yes, you may enter two phone numbers for each address

Will my cell phone receive a message based on where I am?

*   Not unless you register for the Smartphone App.  The address you register your cell number with will determine what messages you receive.

How is the smart phone App different?

*   The App will alert you on your cell based on your location for Emergency and General Messages, if you want the App to notify you of Weather Alerts, there is a monthly charge on your cell phone.