District 12 eNews | 03.19.14

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Councilman Rick Blackwell
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Save the Date: Coffee With Your Councilman

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 5, for the next “Coffee with your Councilman”. The meetings are a great opportunity to make your voice heard and to discuss the news and happenings in the community. There is no formal program and no need to sign up, just stop by to talk with Rick about any issue or concern you may have for District 12.

The meetings take place at Sister Beans Coffee (5225 New Cut Road) beginning at 10:00am. For more information contact the District 12 office at 574-1112. Hope to see you there! 

South Louisville Parkinson Support Group Meeting at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital

The Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana offers a free health service in the South End. The Louisville Parkinson Support Group meets every third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at Sts Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (Kyle Pratt Room, 1850 Bluegrass Ave).

No reservations are necessary and the group is open to anyone suffering from Parkinson's as well as to family, caregivers, or anyone looking to learn more about this debilitating disease. For more information about this group you can contact Jose Zegarra at 637-6894 or, even better, introduce yourself at the meeting tonight at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Brightside and Waste Management of KY Spring Compost Sale


Brightside will host a compost sale on Saturday, March 29th and April 5th at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility. Waste Management of Kentucky generously donated the compost to Brightside. Proceeds from the compost sale will benefit Brightside’s community education and beautification efforts. 

Compost is an excellent resource for protecting plants and adding organic matter to enrich the soil to enhance stronger, healthier plant material in the spring. The compost was created from leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste and was screened to eliminate debris.

Residents are encouraged to use alternatives to plastic bags for yard waste disposal this fall. Collected yard waste is used to create compost and half of the city’s compost is unusable because it has too much plastic. Other options include using a mulching lawn mower, labeling a regular trash can as “yard waste,” and using paper bags available at most hardware and grocery stores.

WHEN: Saturday, March 29 & Saturday, April 5, 8:00am- 2:00pm

WHEREOuter Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop 

Compost fees: $2.50 per bag, $30 per Bobcat scoop

Northern Overlook Restoration Begins at Iroquois Park


Progress is currently being made on the Iroquois Park Northern Overlook Restoration Project, an exciting new enhancement to Iroquois Park. For those unaware, Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation and the private nonprofit Olmsted Parks Conservancy are working together on this long-anticipated project to enhance the overlook by improving its sustainability, making it less prone to erosion, and creating a vibrant and welcoming public space.

Site clearing work has been underway for several weeks now, with Metro Parks crews removing the existing concrete, paving and stonework at the site. Soon a design team will be selected that will develop a restoration plan with input from the public. That plan is scheduled to be prepared and finalized by the end of summer, in hopes of having initial construction underway by the end of the year.

Sign up for the Metro Park eNews for project updates and photos as work progresses.

Save the Date: 40214 Party on 04/0214


An upcoming date on the spring calendar will mark an auspicious time to toast the community spirit of the 40214 area code. Some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Louisville call 40214 home, so mark your calendars for April 2 for a community celebration at Iroquois Park.

There will be food, music, and lots of activities for the whole family. Come join the fun!

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 5:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Iroquois Park

Contact Milt Tandy at 299-5637 if your business or organization is interested in having a booth at this event.

Louisville Launches Pothole Blitz


Earlier this week Mayor Greg Fischer launched this year’s Pothole Blitz, an annual event aimed at ridding the city’s streets of the many potholes left by the repeated freeze-thaw cycles of winter.

Following a winter that saw a seemingly unprecedented frequency of snow, the number of potholes left behind is also running well ahead of recent years. Metro Public Works patched 8,726 potholes from the start of the snow season on November 1, 2013 and the end of February 2014. In the same period a year ago 7,162 potholes were patched.

This February alone Public Works patched 4,297 potholes compared to only 2,975 in February of 2013.

The Blitz comes on the heels of the same crews leading the snow fighting effort through the long winter. “I can’t say enough about the job that Public Works did in clearing the roads alongside its Snow Team partners—Metro Parks and Metro Codes and Regulations,” Fischer said.

Potholes are created by a combination of water that seeps through cracks caused by normal wear and tear in asphalt, repeated freezing and thawing temperatures, and the weight of traffic. Cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, weakening the pavement. The weight of traffic on the weakened pavement then breaks the asphalt, eventually leaving a hole that grows as more traffic goes over it.

Citizens who see a pothole on a city street should report it to MetroCall, by either calling 311 or by visiting the city’s website at www.louisvilleky.gov. Potholes on interstate highways should be reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at 1-877-For-KYTC (367-5982).

Sun Valley Offers Metro Afterschool Kids Cafe

Kids ages 6-18 that are looking for some free fun and food after school lets out should check out the Sun Valley Community Center for its Metro Afterschool Kids Cafe. Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00-6:00pm, hot meals are served and students can participate in a number of arts and crafts, take advantage of study space, or shoot hoops to get some exercise. It's a positive, welcoming environment for youth to have fun and meet new friends.

No registration is required. If you have any questions, call Sun Valley at 937-8802 or visit the Community Center website here

WHEN: Tues.-Thurs., 5:00-6:00pm (closed on Metro holidays)

WHERE: Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane

Help Keep South Louisville Weird at Upcoming Workshop


Local business owners and engaged citizens should be interested in an upcoming workshop to organize and inspire the independent businesses community in South Louisville. Here are the details about the "Strength in Numbers" workshop...

WHO'S INVITED: You! If you are an independent business owner/employee, or simply a community-minded resident of South Louisville, we want you to be there.

PURPOSE: Learn how the independent businesses that keep South Louisville unique and make the neighborhood economy strong can achieve greater success.

MEETING FOCUS:  The Keep South Louisville Weird campaign has made great progress in 2013 and we are taking it to the next level in 2014! Joe Grafton (Director of Community Engagement for the American Independent Business Alliance - AMIBA) will be our facilitator. The Strength in Numbers event combines a presentation and workshop that provides participants an up-close look at how other Independent Business Alliances function and the lessons AMIBA has learned through their experience of helping more than 80 organizations through the process. Our focus will be on building a culture of support for entrepreneurship, local branding, organization, funding, and much more. Plenty of discussion time is included, and AMIBA will work with us to achieve concrete progress in furthering our work.

WHEN: Tuesday, 3/25, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Southwest Government Center Main Room (7219 Dixie Highway), Click here to RSVP or mail jennifer@keeplouisvilleweird.com with any questions.

Attendance is free, but RSVP required. Pizza and refreshments provided.

Input Sought for New Southwest Library


By the end of the summer, the Louisville Free Public Library’s new, 40,000 square foot Southwest Regional Branch will open at 9725 Dixie Highway. This new state-of-the-art facility will afford a wealth of materials, programs, and meeting spaces for the entire Southwest region. In an effort to better serve everyone in this region, the Library is conducting a survey to learn what kinds of services the citizens in your district would like to see in their library.  The information gathered will not only help shape offerings at the new Southwest location, but will be applied to other branch libraries in our area.

The brief, five-minute survey is available online at www.lfpl.org/southwestsurvey and keep up to date as progress unfolds by liking the Southwest Regional Library's on Facebook here

Night Climbing Event at Jefferson Memorial Forest


This Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Forest take advantage of a unique opportunity to challenge yourself on our 52 foot climbing tower…in the dark! Learn basic climbing and belaying techniques  and gain self-esteem, confidence and problem-solving skills while tackling this “high-altitude” obstacle course at night! This program is for ages 10 and up. (A parent or legal guardian must accompany any participant under the age of 18.) It is recommended you wear tennis shoes and long pants or shorts.

WHEN: Friday, March 21, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

WHERE: Program will meet in the Horine Section of Jefferson Memorial Forest. All participants must pre-register and pre-pay before day of course through the Welcome Center. Fee: $10/person.

Call 368-5404 or visit the Jefferson Memorial Forest website for more information. 

Help Keep Our Community Safe


Check out the LMPD web application to keep up to date with Crime Reports and trends for your neighborhood.

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