District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Volunteer this Saturday along Frankfort Avenue

volunteers needed

This Saturday, July 11, volunteer alongside nearly 500 volunteers from Northeast Christian Church as well as the Louisville Master Gardeners Association from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be working on Brightside maintenance and rose bushes along Frankfort Avenue. Questions, please contact Lorri Roberts with Brightside at 574-4167.

Thank you for your 36 Years, Sue Gentry

Sue Gentry

A big crowd gathered at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) last week to celebrate 36 years of service by Sue Gentry, who has retired as the organization’s Executive Director.  UCHM is a community ministry sponsored by 21 churches / religious institutions within Crescent Hill, Clifton, Clifton Heights and Butchertown.  Formed after the devastating tornado of 1974, UCHM serves individuals in the four neighborhoods with a range of services that includes emergency financial assistance, Dare to Care food, children and youth programming, Meals on Wheels, senior citizen nutrition program, senior citizen activities center and more.  http://www.uchmlouky.org.  

Sue led UCHM through significant growth, including moving into the community center at 150 South State Street.  Numerous speakers at last week’s reception noted her remarkable servant leadership.  I was happy to present Sue with a Ninth District Distinguished Citizen Award and a proclamation from Mayor Greg Fischer making June 30 “Sue Gentry Day” in Louisville.

Mark Howell

After an extensive search, UCHM is welcoming Rev. Mark Howell as the new Executive Director.  Since 2006, Mark has been Minister of Missions for the First Baptist Church and the Executive Director of the Mission Frankfort Clinic, a free medical and dental clinic serving uninsured persons in Franklin County, Kentucky.  With a BA from Carson Newman College in his native Tennessee, Mark went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Well done, Sue, and welcome, Mark!  

Congratulations D.D. Williamson!


D.D. Williamson (DDW) cut the ribbon this week on its new Color Emulsions Plant on Spring Street in District 9, where it also has its world headquarters.  DDW is a global, privately held company providing caramel color, burnt sugar and natural colorings for the food and beverage industry.  It is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. 

DDW now has ten manufacturing sites on five continents with customers in 100 countries. The company is a leader for natural coloring in yellow, orange and brown hues. Every day more than 2 billion servings of food and beverages containing DDW coloring are consumed around the globe.  A recent interview with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ted Nixon is here: http://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/KEY-INTERVIEW-The-Futures-Bright-for-Natural-Colors-But-Artificial-Colors-Will-Hang-On.html?article_type=News

DDW 2  

DDW is also a leader in community service, supporting many activities and organizations in its District 9 home and around the world.

Pictured are President and Chief Operating Officer Elaine Gravatte, Mayor Greg Fischer and Nixon.

Congratulations, D.D. Williamson! 

Sustainability Story: Farmers Markets

Farmers Market

A great sustainability practice is shopping and eating locally - and what better way to do that than to buy local food, direct from local suppliers.  

Back in May, the D9 eNews featured the St. Matthews Farmers Market, located at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road – at the corner of Browns Lane and Shelbyville Road – across from the “old Sears building.”  It runs every Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon through October 10. The market’s very informative and up-to-date website is here: http://smfarmersmarket.com/.  

Another great option for local produce resumed its two day a week schedule this week at the corner of Frankfort Avenue and South Peterson Avenue in the Crescent Hill United Methodist Church parking lot.  Charles Hambley has been selling produce there for many years.  In the peak growing season, starting this week, the market is open from 7 am to about 11 am every Monday and Friday.  Hambley Farms is a small family vegetable farm located in southern Indiana, which specializes in good tasting tomatoes and a large variety of fruits and vegetables.  It sells exclusively at local farmers markets, including the one in St. Mathews and now every Monday and Friday morning in Crescent Hill.  More information is here: www.hambleyfarms.com.

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

“Meet with Bill” – Wednesday, July 15

Bill Hollander

We are always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with us in person more convenient, we’ll be holding office hours at various places around District 9.  On Wednesday, July 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., we’ll be at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. 

New Rule Requires Developers to Notify Neighbors of Projects Early

metro seal

The Metro Planning Commission has approved a change to its rules to require developers to notify nearby property owners within 17 days of filing a pre-application for a new development, following the submittal deadline date. Cases that are noticed for their public meeting or neighborhood meeting less than seventeen (17) days after the submittal deadline date shall be exempt. The early notification requirement, which takes effect Aug. 1, will apply to neighbors immediately adjacent to a proposed development and those next-door to them. This early notification requirement does not apply to staff approvable cases. Click here to read the entire language related to early notification.

“The idea is to have the public know as soon as the government knows what some developer is proposing to do with a piece of land in their neighborhood,” attorney Stephen Porter, who lobbied for the rule, told Insider Louisville. While some developers have opposed the rule, the flip side, one developer said, is that early exploration and discussion might help keep a person or company from sinking too much money into a project before figuring out it’s not going to be the right fit. To read the full Insider Louisville article, please visit, http://insiderlouisville.com/business/monday-business-briefing-humanas-silence-extends-government-leaders/

ABC Notifications

ABC notifications

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, and 2 a.m. Extended Drink Hours License(s) being applied for, located at 2210 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Register Now for A Cappella Festival

A Cappella Festival

The 3rd annual A Cappella Festival of Kentuckiana is scheduled for July 25, 2015. This is a GREAT opportunity for Kentuckiana teens (ages 13-19 or grades 8-12) to sing and learn about four-part a cappella harmony! In just one full day, teens will get a big dose of vocal music education, rehearsals, and coaching from local experts.  They'll learn harmony basics, singing technique, choreography, and performance skills.  On Saturday night, they’ll star in a show with other award-winning choruses and singers--a show that is FREE for family and friends.  And, they'll meet and have fun with other young men and women who love to sing, too!  Sponsored by the Pride of Kentucky and the Thoroughbred choruses.  Location:  The Clifton Center, off Frankfort Avenue at the corner of Clifton and Payne.  Cost:  $25 per person, including all festival activities, meals, snacks, and T-shirt.  Registration deadline is July 17.  See www.prideofkentuckychorus.org/festival or email acappellakentuckiana@gmail.com for more information and registration materials.      

‘Fix-It’ Stations to Make City More Bike Friendly

bike repair station

Cyclists who need air in their tires or to make other minor repairs on the fly can now do so at two locations in District 9 and at eight other Louisville parks, thanks to a partnership between Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling and Metro Government.

The fix-it stations are intended to provide cyclists with a convenient option to make repairs should something happen while out on a ride.

Scheller’s donated the bicycle “fix-it” stations - which were installed this spring and cost $13,000. They contain an air pump and tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers and are located on concrete pads installed by Metro Parks and Recreation in the following locations:

  • D9’s Beargrass Creek Greenway, just off Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive
  • D9’s Eva Bandman Park
  • Iroquois Park (by the golf course)
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest
  • Joe Creason Park
  • Lannan Park
  • Riverside, the Farnsley-Mormen Landing
  • Riverview Park
  • Shawnee Park (by the sports complex)
  • Waverly Park

Greg Scheller, who along with his brothers Tim and Marty Scheller own and operate five Scheller’s locations in Louisville, Clarksville and Evansville, Ind. said the company plans to install even more fix-it stations in the area in upcoming months.

More information: Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling: www.schellers.com  

Donate to Beer & Brats on the Bluegrass


Eyedia, Design it Again, located at 1631 Mellwood Avenue, will host its annual fundraiser to supply backpacks and school supplies to 250+ children who live with their families at Family Scholar House. The event is called Beer & Brats on the Bluegrass and is scheduled for Friday, July 31, at 5:00 p.m. at the store on Mellwood.

They will provide the beer, brats, and entertainment to all who donate school supplies and backpacks at the event. It's a fun night that’s been going on for 6 years. The beer is donated by Apocalypse Brew Works, located across the street on Mellwood.

Questions please call the store at 540-4940 or email manager@eyediashop.com

Crescent Hill Water Plant Wins Award

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District 9 has another award-winning facility now that the Louisville Water Company’s Crescent Hill Filtration Plant has received the Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment award from the Partnership for Clean Water.  Only fourteen treatment facilities in the United States have received the award – and Louisville has two of them, with Crescent Hill joining the company’s B.E. Payne Treatment Plant. 

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The Crescent Hill Plant opened in 1909.  It underwent a $90 Million renovation from 2009-2012.  The project included rebuilding much of the filtration system with sand and coal media, replacing sand, coal and gravel filters.  The Crescent Hill Plant is the largest water treatment facility in Kentucky.  

Family Community Clinic Offers FREE Healthcare

Fam Comm Clinic

The Family Community Clinic, Inc., located at 1406 E. Washington Street, offers free healthcare to the uninsured. They are open Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to Noon and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. First come, first served. No appointments are necessary, they offer FREE access to basic healthcare services, they have on staff physicians and nurse practitioners who diagnose, treat and prescribe non-narcotic medications. They can help with cough/cold, sinus infection, allergies, ear infections/aches, fever/flu, sore throat, nausea, UTIs, rash/acne, strains/sprains, head lice, pink eye, blood pressure and more. Questions please call 384-8444 or visit www.famcomclinic.org.

D9 Community Conversation – Monday, July 27

D9 Community Conversation

The next Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27 at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. The program will include a discussion of crime and Neighborhood Watch programs in District 9. We also want to hear from you on any topics, 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!

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.

Saturday, July 11: Northeast Christian Church is host another Clifton Blitz from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. They are going to focus on helping the Clifton community do landscaping, trash clean-up, minor home repair, window washing, etc. Volunteers will meet at the church, 125 Vernon Avenue. Any questions or individuals interested in receiving help during the event should contact Joey Keck at joey.keck@necchurch.org.

Saturday, July 11: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit www.olmstedparks.org/events

Saturday, July 11: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy Passing by Nella Larsen. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. For more information please call 574-1793.

Saturday, July 11Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:00 p.m. Schedule is subject to change – concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit iroquoisamphitheater.org. July 11th’s movie is Amazing Spider-Man, rated PG-13.

Monday, July 13: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Excel 1 at 9:00 a.m. This class is an introduction to Microsoft Excel, a program used to create spreadsheets. Topics include entering data, simple formatting, and basic formulas. Call to register. For more information please call 574-1771.

Monday, July 13: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:00 p.m. Schedule is subject to change – concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit iroquoisamphitheater.org. July 13th’s movie is Monster House, rated PG.

Tuesday, July 14: Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at 3:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue. This event is presented by the Council of Agency Executives. The Council of Agency Executives is comprised of leaders from various non-profit organizations in Louisville that provide a wide array of services. The candidates will be asked questions regarding services for seniors, children, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty. All are welcome.

Wednesday, July 15: “Meet with Bill” from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue. Not everyone has the time to come downtown to meet, so we wanted to make this easy and informal with no appointment necessary to let me know if you have any concerns or questions about anything going on in the district or Metro Louisville.

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