District 9 eNews - Thursday, March 3, 2016

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KWA Wild & Scenic Film Festival - March 4

wild and scenic

The Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) hosts the 8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Friday, March 4 at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. A reception runs from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. and films will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each and include entrance to the reception, film festival and 1 year membership to KWA. Member price is $15 and includes entrance to the reception and film festival. 

KWA is dedicated to strengthening community and governmental stewardship for the restoration and preservation of Kentucky’s streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands.

For more information and to purchase tickets please click here

Sustainability Story: Solar Over Louisville Kickoff

Solar Over Louisville

Solar Over Louisville (SOL), a program of the Louisville Sustainability Council, kicks off next week with a press conference at Copper & Kings 3rd floor Rooftop, at 1111 East Washington Street. The campaign’s goal is to make Louisville a leading city in solar energy, educate the community about the benefits and cost savings potential of solar energy and advocate for solar policy in Louisville. Eight Council members, including me, made appropriations from Neighborhood Development Funds to help start the education program.

solar panels

The Kickoff Press Conference is Tuesday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m.  It will feature announcements on progress toward an ambitious 2 Million Watt goal for 2016, solar projects coming to Louisville and the introduction of the newly appointed SOL Program Manager, Paul Brooks.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with local solar installers. 

The public is invited to the press conference. Mark your calendars for March 8 at 1:30 p.m.!

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

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2016. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2015 or if you quality for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available on Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 1 between 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment. 

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $31,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $60,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

How to Order a New Recycling/Garbage Cart

recycling cart

Did you know residents and business owners in the Urban Services District (USD) can now order larger 95 gallon recycling and garbage carts from the Public Works website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/order-garbage-or-recycling-bin? Additional carts are $50 each. You may also request a smaller 68 gallon garbage cart. To see if you qualify please visit: https://forms.louisvilleky.gov/Curbside-Services.aspx

Free Naloxone Kits and Training Sessions to Be Offered in D9

Narcan training

The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will offer free Naloxone (also referred to by its brand name as Narcan®) kits and a training session on how to administer it to reverse the effects of overdose from heroin and other opioid drugs and prevent death. The free training is open to the general public including first responders and to the family and friends of those who use heroin or other opioid drugs. The training will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Barret Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive.

Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.  Naloxone is used in heroin and other opioid drug overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally.

Margaret’s Cash and Carry Sale – March 6

Margaret's sale

Margaret’s Consignment & Collections will partner with United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) for a benefit on Sunday, March 6 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Margaret’s Cash and Carry Sale will be held at UCHM, 150 S. State Street. Shop the sale and get bargains between $2 and $20 dollars. 100% of the sale proceeds will go to support UCHM.

Public Hearing for 2016 Action Plan – March 7

metro seal

Develop Louisville, a department of Louisville Metro Government, will hold a Public Hearing Monday, March 7, 2016 beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Metro Development Center, 444 S. 5th Street. The focus of the hearing will be the use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development entitlement funds for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).

Entitlement funding includes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Entitlement funds continue to be cut at the federal level, making continued prioritization of these funds of utmost importance. This public hearing will focus on the needs and priorities of the community.

Free street parking is available surrounding the Metro Development Center after 6:00 p.m. For further information, please call Sandra Bottoms at 502-574-8298.

Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center to close for repairs

Mary T Meagher

The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center will be closed from March 28 through April 10 for repairs that will include a filter replacement, painting, piping and valve work, installation of new ceramic tile in common areas and cleaning of the restrooms and locker rooms.

The $300,000 worth of repairs and renovations will be completed by contractors working for Metro Parks and Recreation and parks staff. During the closure period, patrons will have the opportunity to swim and exercise at the Jewish Community Center, located at 3600 Dutchmans Lane.  Mary T. Meagher users are asked to show their ID to JCC staff when using the facility.

Sign up for the Youth Police Advisory Council


The Louisville Metro Police Department is seeking high school students to participate in the 3rd session of Chief Conrad’s Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC).  YPAC members meet every other month with Chief Conrad to discuss crime, safety, and the LMPD.  Chief Conrad hosts the council meetings with a hot meal and agenda packed with stimulating discussion points to get input from the youth regarding their perceptions.  This information often leads to new initiatives, policy considerations, and educational outreach efforts for teens throughout the city.  Students are invited on optional tours to see how LMPD operates behind the scenes, including Churchill Downs, the Firearms Training Center, Metro Safe, and other areas.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • High school students who reside or attend school in Louisville
  • Well-mannered and respectful, with a willingness to state opinions and responsible objections in a group environment
  • Self-motivated and able to accomplish tasks without supervision
  • Community oriented
  • Able to attend at least five of the six required meetings over a 12 month period

For more information and to register please click here to download the application.

MSD Public Meeting Notice – March 10


MSD will hold a Conceptual Design Meeting concerning the I-64 & Grinstead CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Basin Project—a covered-underground basin - on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Building, 2115 Lexington Road.

At this meeting, MSD will provide information about the conceptual design phase of the project, and offer you an opportunity for input and comments. This basin will greatly lessen the occurrence of combined sewer overflows—untreated sewage—entering Beargrass Creek during rain events.

If you are unable to attend, you may take the meeting survey online at tinyurl.com/MSDI-64Grinstead2, beginning a few days after the meeting.   Questions, please contact MSD Project Manager, Brandon Flaherty at 540.6632.

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, March 3: Crescent Hill Community Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue.

Thursday, March 3: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a talking book discussion at 7:00 p.m. Plan to discuss A Likely Story: a Library Lover's Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Questions please call 574-1793.

Thursday, March 3: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Stephanie Bower to discuss her new book, Kentucky Countryside in Transition: A Streetcar Suburb and the Origins of Middle-Class Louisville at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

Thursday, March 3: Join Dom Flemons, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops for a special presentation on African-American Music Traditions of Kentucky, Louisville and Appalachia from 7:30pm-8:30pm, in the Eifler Theatre at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Sit on stage with Dom Flemons for this intimate journey into the music and history of our region, where he will explain and play examples of the important songs, musical forms, playing styles, instruments and historical context of African American music in Kentucky and Appalachia with specific examples from Louisville’s significant music history. Tickets are $5 each. For more information visit: http://www.cliftoncenter.org/?post_type=events&p=5248.

Friday, March 4: Kentucky Waterways Alliance to host the 8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Tickets are $25/each (includes entrance to the reception, film festival, and 1 year membership to KWA) and Member Price is $15 (includes entrance to the reception and film festival). For more information visit, http://kwalliance.org/8th-annual-wild-scenic-film-festival/.

Saturday, March 5: 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, March 7: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners at 3:00 p.m. Learn the basics of iPad usage including adding/removing apps, taking pictures, using Facetime and basic care taking tips. Call to register. Questions please call 574-1771.

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