District 9 eNews - Thursday. July 30, 2015

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National Night Out Celebrations – Tues, Aug. 4


Once upon a time, we kept our porch lights on. We opened the door even if we didn’t know who rang the bell. And we could always leave the back door unlocked during the day. National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

To celebration NNO, the 1st and 5th Divisions will be hosting events on Tuesday, August 4. Join the 1st Division from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Park on the BIG 4 Bridge Lawn. There will be free food, drinks and giveaways, along with many specialized vehicles and units on display (SWAT, HNT, Bomb Squad, Air Unit flying in to land on the Waterfront etc.).  The First Division includes Portland, Russell, Downtown, NULU, Phoenix Hill and Butchertown.

Join the 5th Division from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House Lawn, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. This event is fun for all ages. Activities include free food, music, expired drug toss, door prizes, child ID cards and more!

Public Safety Committee invites public comment on Short Term Rentals ordinance

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The Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee will invite public comment on the proposed short term rentals ordinance at its meeting on Wednesday, August 5th at 3:30pm in Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street.

The following guidelines will be followed for the public hearing:

  • The public will be permitted two minutes to speak to the short term rentals ordinance.
  • Each speaker will need to sign in with the Clerk’s office on the Third Floor of City Hall beginning at 2:30 p.m.
  • Speakers will be called in the same order in which they were signed in.
  • The Committee requests that any member of the public unable to speak during this allotted time provide written materials detailing their concerns and opinions to the Clerk’s office to be distributed to all Metro Council members and be documented for the record.

I am one of the sponsors of the ordinance.

All Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 25. You can also watch the meetings online by going to the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk and click the “Watch Meetings Online” link.

Ministries Host School Supplies Drive

school supplies

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), 150 S. State Street, collects school supplies during the summer months to distribute to families before school starts in August. They are collecting pens, pencils, loose leaf paper, folders, notebooks and backpacks to distribute this fall. Call Gayle or Karen at 893-0346 if you have any questions.

St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM), 201 Biltmore Road, is hosting a “Back-to-School” supplies drive to assist children in need of school supplies. Items may be dropped off at St. MAM or for pick-up information please contact Sarah Banks at 893-5704. School supplies will be distributed to families who live in 40207 at St. MAM on August 5th from 10 a.m. - Noon.

  • Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, markers, crayons, yellow highlighters, colored pencils, red pens, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, loose leaf paper (college and wide ruled), Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, Fiskars blunt tip scissors, small pencil sharpeners, composition notebooks, steno pads, backpacks, etc.

At St. MAM there is NO GUARANTEE that everyone will receive all supplies needed. Families must bring the following to St. MAM:

  •  A photo ID
  • Current piece of mail with Name and Address
  • School supply list for each child
  • Any questions, call Sarah at 893-5704

Sustainability Story: Biking to Work

Dan Hillary

I met Dan Hillary on Louisville’s Bike to Work Day and learned that Dan bikes to work every day.  Dan and his wife live on Frankfort Avenue in Clifton and Dan bikes to his job downtown, where he works as an actuary at Humana.  He is at work in 12-15 minutes, carrying his work clothes in his backpack.   He avoids traffic jams and enjoys the ride and, of course, Dan’s commute is pollution free.  

Dan got into biking while attending graduate school in Illinois.  Since moving back to Louisville two years ago, he’s noticed more acceptance of bicycles and cars sharing the road and an improved public perception of bicycling.  During that time, Louisville has moved up in the ranking of bicycle-friendly communities, recently achieving silver status. 

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To learn more about biking in Louisville, visit the Metro Bike Louisville website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/bike-louisville

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

Lexington & Grinstead Monument Damage


If you’ve noticed damage to the concrete and stone monument on the northeast corner of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive, here’s the story.  Early on the morning of July 12, a car travelling east on Grinstead ran a red light at Lexington and crashed into a crosswalk signal pole and the monument.  There was a witness to the incident and the driver was charged with driving under the influence.  

Metro Public Works is in the process of getting estimates to repair the monument and making a claim with the driver’s insurance company to cover the cost.    

Volunteer at the Annual St. Joe’s Picnic

St. Joe's Picnic

St. Joseph Children’s Home will host the 166th Annual St. Joe’s Picnic for the Kids on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, at 2823 Frankfort Avenue. Join them for Friday Night Live from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. for the official pre-party featuring local craft beers, food trucks, happy hour (4-7 p.m.) and live music. On Saturday the picnic will begin at Noon.

Volunteers are needed for both days in game booths, serving guests in the Fried Chicken Dining Room, and for clean-up. This is the perfect time for students to earn service hours or for groups and businesses to complete community service projects.  Sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0844A8AC2EA0F85-2015 or contact Kate Biagi-Rickert at kateb@sjkids.org.

Also, volunteer by donating a cake, or more than one!  The CAKE BOOTH is the most popular booth and is 100% supported by cakes donated by the community.  IT NEEDS YOUR HELP.  It is easy to donate, just drop off a homemade cake 7 a.m. 6 p.m. the week of the Picnic, or contact one of St. Joe's sponsor bakeries that offer discounted cakes specifically for the St. Joe's Booth. They will take your order over the phone and deliver the cake for you. Call the bakeries now – Bussmann’s 893-3822; Gigi’s Cupcakes - 499-4998; Heitzman’s - 426-7736; Nord’s- 634-0931; Plehn’s - 896-4438.  

Final Brightside Cleanliness Assessment - September 5th


The results are in from the July Brightside Cleanliness Assessment!  A resounding "Thank You" to all the Brightside Champions (Jacqueline Klein for the 9th District) and their teams for volunteering their time to evaluate the community's progress.  Check out the One Bright City Map for the latest results and information about the assessment sites.

Brightside will be holding its third and final Cleanliness Assessment of the year on Saturday, September 5th. They are always looking for extra volunteers to participate.  Please let them know if you would be interested in joining the District 9 assessment team by calling 574-2613.

Volunteers Needed for the Back to School Block Party


Please join us for the 16th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Park on Friday, September 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy FREE pizza, swimming, door prizes and family fun!  We need VOLUNTEERS to make this event successful.  If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions please contact our office at 574-1109 or email kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov

Thank You & Congratulations Mark Fox

Mark Fox

After 37 years of service, Major Mark Fox will officially retire from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) at the end of July. We would like to take an opportunity to thank Mark for his dedication and service to the 9th District and Metro Louisville. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors! Look for information on Mark’s successor, Major Shara Parks, in next week’s D9 eNews.

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, July 30: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners part 2 at 2:30 p.m. There are thousands of apps available to iPad users. Come learn how to use a few of the most important apps everyone should have. Call to register. For more information please call 574-1771.

Thursday, July 30: The Chamber of St. Matthews to host after hours networking at 5:05 p.m. at Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 3900 Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews. Bring your business card and a guest. No RSVP is required. Light refreshments provided by Molly Malone's.

Thursday, July 30: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Nichole Cushing at 7:00 p.m. Shirley Jackson Award finalist Nicole Cushing is the author of the novel Mr. Suicide (published by Word Horde), the short story collection The Mirrors (published by Cycatrix Press), and multiple stand-alone novellas. Her work is noted for its use of extremely horrific, surreal, transgressive and absurd content to explore themes of alienation and loss. Please join in for a reading and book signing. For more information please call 896-6950.

Friday, July 31: eyedia, Design it Again, 1631 Mellwood Avenue, to host Beer & Brats on the Beargrass at 5:00 p.m. They will provide the beer, brats and entertainment to all who donate school supplies and backpacks. Beer is donated by Apocalypse Brew Works. Questions please contact Martha Neal Cooke at manager@eyediashop.com.

Friday, July 31:  Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the FAT Friday Trolley Hop. This is the Louisville Water "Purely Local" Hop. The Louisville Water Tower Park at 3005 River Road and the Crescent Hill Gatehouse (near 201 Reservoir Avenue) will be open to the public from 6 to 9 pm. In addition to the regular Trolleys, exclusive trolleys will run between the two spots. Free admission and tours. For more information, visit www.fatfridayhop.org.

Saturday, August 1: 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

Monday, August 3: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Word 1 at 9:00 a.m.  For more information please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, August 4: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Word 2 at 9:00 a.m.  For more information please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, August 4: Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, to host “Understand Your Grief” from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Church Parlor. The study runs August 4 – September 22. The study will go through the journey of the death or the loss of a loved one, studying Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Understanding Your Grief. Space is limited; please call the office at 896-4425 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, August 4: LMPD's National Night Out Celebration for the 5th Division from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. National Night Out celebration for the 1st Division from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park on the BIG 4 Bridge Lawn. There will be free food, drinks and giveaways, along with many of our specialized vehicles and units on display (SWAT, HNT, Bomb Squad, Air Unit flying in to land on the Waterfront etc.).  The First Division includes Portland, Russell, Downtown, NULU, Phoenix Hill and Butchertown.

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