District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Major CSX Railroad Work POSTPONED


CSX has informed my office that the railroad track work along Frankfort Avenue (tie and intersection replacement) has been postponed until this Fall. As soon as we receive notification that the project is moving forward we will post information on our blog and in the eNews.

Louder Than Life Changes

Louder Than Life

On Monday, July 25th, I hosted a meeting with neighbors who had expressed concerns about the Louder than Life music festival, held the last two years at Champions Park on River Road and scheduled for October 1 and 2, 2016.  It followed other meetings over the last several months and work by various City agencies to address the concerns.   

Several changes were announced at that meeting, including parking restrictions on Mellwood Avenue and Edith and Emily Roads, and one less stage on the concert grounds.  Parking will also be available at the Louisville Water Tower Park.  

You can read about the concerns that led to Monday's meeting and the changes this year in this article from the Courier-Journal:  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/entertainment/arts/music/2016/07/26/louder-than-life-plans-reduce-noise-traffic/87521668/

Breakout for Braille – July 29


Breakout Louisville and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host an event during Friday’s FAT Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. It will raise money for APH's early literacy program, Braille Tales, which gives free braille books to preschool children who are blind ages 5 and younger.

Breakout Louisville, famous for its exciting interactive mystery games, has created a new "pop-up" game with an Olympics theme.  It will be played for the first time at this event; all proceeds will go to Braille Tales. There will also be Pokémon Go lure modules, food trucks, games, and the APH Museum, which usually closes at 4:30, will stay open until 8:00 p.m. during the event.

The American Printing House for the Blind is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue.  For more information, please email rwilliams@aph.org.

USTA and Metro Parks to host tennis event – July 30

Seneca before

To commemorate the reinvestment of dollars into youth tennis programming and facilities throughout Louisville, the United States Tennis Association Kentucky chapter and Louisville Metro Parks will host a celebration on Saturday, July 30 at Seneca Park, featuring free, on-court tennis activities for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to noon, and a tournament afterward.

The courts at Seneca Park (shown before and after) were recently refurbished. The project was funded with D9 Capital Infrastructure Funds appropriated by my office, contributions from the Louisville tennis community and Metro Parks and Recreation funds. A brief public dedication will begin at 10 a.m.

Seneca after

Following the program, there will be fast feeds for adults, and separate activities for kids led by the Rising Stars, a group of high-school age players supported by the Newburg Tennis Association.

The USTA will be running a free tennis tournament starting at noon. Play will include singles, doubles and mixed doubles teams for adults, and singles for youths ages 8 to 18. Winners will receive free sports towels – and bragging rights. 

The tournament will be open format, and matches will consist of single elimination, 15-point matches. Signups are on July 30 starting at 10:30 a.m. and are limited to 8 entries per event. Seona Currie, a local pro, will be managing the tournament and will be assisted by the Rising Stars.  

National Night Out – Tuesday, August 2


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. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, while promoting a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

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!

Crescent Hill Mini-Silent Auction – August 4

Crescent Hill

Due to rain events during the Crescent Hill Fourth of July Celebration some of the fun items that were to be auctioned at the festival will expire soon. In order to give you the opportunity to enjoy these experiences, there will be a Silent Auction of about 15 items at the Peterson-Dumesnil House on Thursday, August 4, 4:30pm – 9pm. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation. Don't miss this chance to acquire some new treasures and benefit the P-D House!

Sustainability Story: Reynolds Grocery

Reynolds Grocery

We've written before about the sustainability practice of buying local goods from local stores.  D9 residents have that opportunity at a little blue storefront -- Reynolds Grocery - on Frankfort Ave. D9 resident Alice Adams tells us she and her husband have been shopping there for almost three years and are still thrilled to have such ready access to so many quality locally and sustainably grown products. "Our dollars spent at Reynolds sustain local meat and vegetable growers, locally made products, various local beers on tap (that rotate breweries), a local business -as well as our own health! This little blue store at 1813 Frankfort Avenue is a huge asset to our community." The Reynolds Grocery Company website tells the store's story:  

“The Reynolds Grocery Company was opened by Sean Reynolds in 2013. The RGC is devoted to working with small ecologically minded and sustainably practicing farms and producers. We are proud to source the majority of our products from within 150 miles of Louisville, KY. Over the last three years we have crafted close relationships with dozens of local growers and makers, this means that we know where our products come from, what they are produced with, and how they get to us.”  www.reynoldsgrocery.com

Thanks to Clifton resident Alice Adams for sharing her story! 

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

Sign up for LMPD’s 5th Division Weekly Crime Updates


To sign-up for LMPD’s weekly crime updates please visit: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/KYLOUISVILLE/subscriber/new?category_id=QS_CT_DIV5 and enter your email address. Read below for the updates for the week of Sunday, July 17 to Saturday, July 23. Note that the 5th Division includes more than one Council district and, as the linked maps show, most of the crimes did not occur in D9.

Auto Related Thefts -  Theft from Autos are still a real problem in the 5th.   We have seen 49 theft from autos and 11 stolen vehicles so far this week.  That is a lot but what is more shocking is that 32 of the 49 theft from auto incidents were unlocked doors and 4 of the stolen cars had the keys inside.  These three things will help. 1) Please lock your doors 2) Don't leave valuables in your vehicle. If you need to leave valuables in your vehicle, make sure they are out of sight.  3)  Report any suspicious activity.  Patrol officers did arrest two subjects this week that were responsible for 5 incidents and they also caught 3 juveniles. 

Burglary - We have also seen a spike in burglaries this week.  5 or 6 appeared to be residences or garages that were left unlocked.  Make sure you are not only locking your car but also your residence and garage.  Most of these appear to be fairly spread out and random and one looks to be related to domestic violence.  At this point it does not look like we have a real pattern.  Officers did arrest two subjects that were squatting in a vacant house; this also involved drug charges.

Robbery - Unfortunately we have seen a spike in robberies this week.  In the past week we have seen 4 robberies of individuals.  At this time it does not appear that any of these robberies were related.  Two incidents involved armed suspects and two incidents were strong arm type robberies.  The two armed incidents were in the very early morning hours and the two strong arms were early afternoon hours.  Officers saw a vehicle fleeing the area of one robbery and apprehended two suspects. At this time it does not appear these subjects were related to the robbery. 

We need your help to catch people committing crimes.  Many of these crimes occur quickly. Your call can put us in the right place at the right time.   As you see in the theft from auto, a simple phone call led to the arrest of a theft suspect.   Please make sure you report any suspicious activity you observe. 

How to Call
In an emergency always call 911.  If you don't feel it is an emergency but you would like to report it to the police you can always the non-emergency line, 574-7111. You will hear a recorded message, you can press 5 and it will go straight to a call taker. It will be entered in as a run to be dispatched and the next available officer will be sent to the area. 

Reminders to Prepare for Extreme Heat

With recent temperatures in the high 90s please remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. The most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and those with chronic medical conditions.

The Mayor and Dr. Katherine Pohlgeers, a UofL Physicians group doctor who has been serving as interim medical director for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, offered tips for staying safe, including:

       Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Contact Metro United Way at 2-1-1 or metrounitedway.org to locate a cooling center in your area, including libraries, community centers and government buildings.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Take special care of your pets in the heat, including ample shade and water and limits on exercise.

 Stay hydrated

  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

Metro seal

For basic details for below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the case number.  For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

Case No. 16VARIANCE1041
Subject Property: 3531 Hycliffe Avenue
You are invited to attend a Board of Zoning Adjustment review for a variance from the Development Code (St. Matthews) article 9.1.B.1.a to allow an existing fence to exceed the maximum height in the street side yard.
Case Manager: Ross Allen (ross.allen@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Type: Board of Zoning Adjustment
Date: Monday, August 1, 2016
Time: Meeting will begin at 8:30 AM and continue until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street 

Case No. 16DEVPLAN1145
Subject Property: 240 Masonic Home Drive
You are invited to attend a review of a Revised Detailed District Development Plan for a proposed 72 unit assisted living facility located in the Northeast section of the Masonic Homes development. No new access or changes to existing access to abutting streets is being requested with this revised plan. Revisions requested on this proposal from the most recent plan (15DEVPLAN1186) approved by the Planning Commission on February 18, 2016, are the reconfiguration of parking and vehicle use areas to reduce the overall parking on the subject site, along with increasing tree preservation.
Case Manager: Joel Dock (joel.dock@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Type: Planning Commission
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM and continue until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street 

St. Joseph Children’s Home Annual Picnic

St. Joe's Picnic

St. Joseph Children’s Home will host the 167th Annual St. Joe’s Picnic for the Kids on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, at 2823 Frankfort Avenue. Join them for Friday Night Live from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. for the official pre-party featuring food trucks, corn hole tournament, and live music. On Saturday the picnic will begin at Noon.

Volunteers are needed for both days with setup, game booths and food. This is the perfect time for students to earn service hours or for groups and businesses to complete community service projects.  Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a8ac2ea0f85-stjoes or contact Christina Miller at christinam@sjkids.org or call 893.0241.

Review the list for available Picnic volunteer opportunities and click the Sign Up button to volunteer for shifts. When you click the Submit button, you will be prompted to enter additional information. If you are signing up a group of volunteers, please be sure to indicate how many people you will have for each shift, and indicate a contact's name for your group in the Comment section. WARNING: anything you enter in the Comment section will be visible to everyone. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD TO VOLUNTEER IN A BEER BOOTH.

Back to School Block Party – September 9


Please mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Park on Friday, September 9th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy FREE Mellow Mushroom pizza, swimming, door prizes and family funMake a child ID with LMPD, and check out Fire Engine 4 from the Frankfort Avenue firehouse.

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.

Click here to view our flyer and see a list of sponsors for the event! Youth door prizes are still being accepted. If you are interested in making a donation please contact the office at 574-1109. Thank you to sponsors who have already committed door prizes: A Reader’s Corner, Blue Dog Bakery , Carmichael's Bookstore , Crescent Hill Trading Company, Fierce Salon, Heine Brothers' Coffee, Just Creations, Margaret's Consignments, McDonalds, Mellow Mushroom, Metro Parks and Red Hog Butcher.

LMAS Animal Adoption Special Extended

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) has extended the adoption specials at Animal House until August 31st. All cats and kittens are $20 and select dogs are $40, with approved applications. Animal House is located at 3516 Newburg Road and is open Tuesday-Sunday from Noon – 6:00 p.m. and Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call 473-7387.

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 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host movie discussion group at 6:30 p.m. Marvel Month. Come in and discuss your favorite Marvel film. For more information please call 574-1793.

Friday, July 29: F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on the final Friday of the month from 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. Park at one of the many convenient FREE and public parking areas and board the Frankfort Avenue Trolley at any designated stop. The trolley route runs from RiverPark Place on River Road to Cannons Lane. For more information about specific events please visit: www.frankfortave.com.

Friday, July 29: Breakout Louisville and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host an experience during the FAT Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. to raise money for APH's early literacy program, Braille Tales.  The money will be used to give free braille books to children ages 5 and younger. Breakout Louisville, famous for its exciting interactive mystery games, has created a new "popup" game that be played for the first time at this event; all proceeds will go to Braille Tales. There will be Pokemon Go lure modules, food trucks, games, and the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind will be open until 8:00 p.m. during the event.

Friday, July 29: Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, to host a FREE movie night at 9:00 p.m. on the lawn. Enjoy Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. 

Saturday, July 30: United States Tennis Association (USTA) mini-festival at 10:00 a.m. in Seneca Park to announce the receipt of a grant that will allow more tennis programs in Metro Parks.

Saturday, July 30: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child midnight release party at 10:30 p.m. Witches and Wizards of all ages are invited to celebrate with magical activities, giveaways, snacks, special guests, and a costume contest! Pre-Order your copy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by calling 896-6950 or Carmichael's Kids (502)709-4900.

Saturday, July 30: Flamenco Louisville's Noche Flamenca at Caffe Classico, 2144 Frankfort Avenue. Enjoy an evening of authentic tablao flamenco, a performance from the area's oldest professional flamenco company in an intimate setting, with food and drink available. $10.00 cover includes a glass of house red or white wine. Call 895-0076 for reservations.

Sunday, July 31: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Amanda Discoll at 2:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of Wally Does Not Want a Haircut. Questions, please call 896-6950.

Tuesday, August 2: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a non-fiction book discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Plan to discuss, What If by Randall Munroe.  For more information please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, August 2: LMPD's National Night Out Celebration for the 5th Division from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Fun for all ages, enjoy music, food, door prizes, and make a child ID card. New this year, LMPD will be collecting expired drugs for safe disposal.

Tuesday, August 2: Butchertown Neighborhood Association meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Hyland Glass Gallery, 721 E. Washington Street.

Wednesday, August 3: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a meeting of the minds at 7:00 p.m. Join members of the community as they think about and discuss current topics. Contact the branch for full details. For more information, please call 574-1793.

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