"Community First" 4/25/2013 e-News


Community First - 4/25/2013


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.

Highland Park Community Development Corporation


Councilwoman Scott visiting Highland Park Community Development Corporation on Shanks Lane in southwest Louisville to affirm elementary S.W.A.G. (Students With Awesome Grades) and their high school and college tutors!

Parkland Community Garden

Enjoy this footage from the Parkland Community Garden project. Phase 1 is complete, and the garden opened on Tuesday, April 23rd. A complete history, documentary and Wiki archive is on its way, so stay tuned.

Check out this 3-minute video of volunteers from numerous organizations pitching in to Give-A-Day in west Louisville to start a community garden and agricultural educational hub for children in the area.



Information about the city's street closings. This covers the mini-marathon and marathon, parade and oaks and derby.





Neighborhood Place Partners to Offer Valuable Events in April

                             Teens targeting domestic violence; tax-filing assistance among programs

Mondays through end of April, PACT in Action Youth Meeting at Bridges of Hope

Neighborhood Place, 4- 6 p.m.  1411 Algonquin Pkwy. 634-6050 or www.pactinaction.org

PACT in Action, developed for teens by teens, aims to mobilize youth in the 40210 zip code to

reduce the incidence of domestic violence by 10 percent by the year 2020.  This program is an

initiative of The Center for Women and Families and KentuckyOne Health.

"CHAMPS! Camp" (Creating Healthy Adolescents through Meaningful Prevention Services).

CHAMPS! Camp is a 2-day training camp which provides youth ages 14-19 years old (males or

females) the opportunity to participate in a teen pregnancy prevention study and learn more

about healthy relationships. Youth are provided breakfast and lunch each day as well as

incentives including a $75 VISA gift card on Day 2. Sponsored by the University of Louisville Kent

School and the Office of Adolescent Health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human


  • April 27, Hosted at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for two consecutive Saturdays. Located in DuValle Education Center at 3610 Bohne Ave. Call 485-6145 for an information packet to register.

April 25, Summer Program Resource Fair at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 4 - 6 p.m.

Located at 3610 Bohne Ave. Call 485-6145 for more information.

Louisville families with children of all ages are invited to this free showcase of summer activities for children, youth, and families in West Louisville and around the community.

Officer of the month: Officer Curt Flynn


Month: March 2013

On March 21st, second division detectives sent out an e-mail containing information regarding a suspect and vehicle involved in a home invasion.   While on routine patrol on March 23rd, Officer Curt Flynn observed the vehicle described in the e-mail and conducted a traffic stop at Dixie and W. Kentucky Street.  The vehicle was occupied by three individuals and officers were able to locate two loaded handguns in the center console.  Two of the subjects in the vehicle were prior convicted felons and charged accordingly.  All three subjects were interviewed by division detectives.  One of the subjects was charged accordingly with the home invasion based on descriptions from the victim’s and photo pack identification.  Pending charges are to follow on the 2nd subject that was involved in the home invasion.

Due to the dedication and attention to detail of Officer Flynn, he was able to take a dangerous criminal off the street.  He is extremely passionate and diligently patrols his beat nightly.  If Officer Flynn is not on a dispatched run, he is usually in proactive activities, such as traffic stops or field interviews.  He continually proves that he is an asset to this department.  It is because of these facts that Officer Flynn was nominated for officer of the month for the 2nd Division.

And they're off! Parkland neighborhood leaders are already tending the Community Garden.


Public Forum to Examine Data, Progress & Challenges Regarding Vacant, Abandoned Properties Across Louisville

                       VAPStat is Monday, April 29 at downtown library

LOUISVILLE (March 29, 2013) – Leaders from across Metro Government will gather next month for a public forum to examine and measure the progress and challenges stemming from Louisville’s numerous vacant and abandoned properties.

VAPStat — short for Vacant and Abandoned Properties Statistics — will use data and metrics to assess Metro Government’s performance in tackling the complex problems associated with the city’s many vacant properties.

“This forum is a chance for the public to see and to track how the city is dealing with these properties,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “VAPStat will be held every other month — and we want the public to hold us accountable.”

VAPStat will be similar in form to LouieStat, the Louisville Statistics program that tracks and measures performance of city government departments. The city’s Office of Performance Improvement oversees LouieStat and will manage VAPStat in coordination with the Departments of Codes and Regulations and Community Services and Revitalization.

The data to be examined includes:

  • Number of foreclosures started and closed;
  •  Number of demolitions completed and the number pending;
  • Amount of property liens collected;
  • Number of cutting, boarding and cleaning requests completed and pending;
  • Number and location of vacant properties.

The first VAPStat forum is 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 at the Louisville Free Public Library, Main Downtown Branch, in the Centennial Room. All future VAPStats also will be held in the same location.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Fischer administration has set a strategic goal of reducing abandoned properties by 40 percent by 2015 and 67 percent by 2017.

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Metro Youth Advocates focused on a number of issues during their community presentation this week, including community gardens and vacant properties.






Habitat for Humanity and Manual High School student's home blessing in southwest Louisville in support of a wonderful family from Burundi as part of Give-A-Day.




Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation


Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation is again offering summer camps at its twelve community centers.  Registration begins Monday, March 4, at camp sites listed below.  Please call the camp location for registration times and documentation needed for registering campers.

Camp programs are designed for ages 6-12, with a teen camp offered at the South Louisville Community Center for ages 13-15.  Fees range from $55 to $95 per child per week, depending on camp location.  Reduced fees are available for those who qualify.

This year’s camp theme, “Fantastic Voyage”, reflects the array of daily on-site programs focusing on fitness, the arts, the environment and education.  Featured activities include:  Belle of Louisville Cruise, Youth Health Initiative Program, Reds Rookie Success League, Bike Sense program, and weekly field trips.

Summer Camp community center locations and fee information:


1600 W. St. Catherine St    574-2658       $55 per child, per week


1703 S. Thirteenth Street    637-3044        $55 per child, per week


640 N. 27th Street              776-0913        $55 per child, per week


3621 Southern Avenue        775-6598        $55 per child, per week

South Louisville

2911 Taylor Boulevard         774-3206        $55 per teen, per week

**South Louisville offers teen camp only.

Other fee information:
•    $20 Registration fee (includes camp t-shirt)
•    Registration fee and 1st week’s fee must be paid at registration.
•    Child’s/teen’s birth certificate must be presented at registration for age verification.
•    Camp fees must be paid on Monday of each week, and can be paid in advance.
•    Early Bird Drop Off Program (7:30am) is being offered this year at certain locations.  The fee is $10 per week, per child/teen.
•    Late fee charged for child/teen pick-up after 6:00pm, and must be paid at time of pick-up.
•    Out-of-county customers must pay an additional $10 per child/teen, per week.