District 9 eNews - Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Waterfront Park Win!

Waterfront Park

For the last several months, I’ve been working on preventing parking charges at Waterfront Park, following a vote by the non-profit corporation that runs the park to charge for parking in all lots every day, except Mondays and Tuesday.  Because that seemed to me like a bad idea for a park which has become one of Louisville’s most beloved and diverse places,  I urged reversal of the decision, while stressing the need for an additional funding stream for the park following a veto of state appropriations by Governor Matt Bevin.

On Wednesday, it was announced that a generous group of donors had contributed $220,000 to prevent parking charges for this fiscal year and next fiscal year (through July 2019) while a more permanent solution is found.  A Courier-Journal article about the plan is here:   http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2017/10/23/business-leaders-chip-money-keep-free-parking-waterfront-park/790238001/

At the press conference where the donations were announced, I thanked both the donors and the hundreds of citizens who spoke up and said we needed to find a better solution than making the park less accessible to everyone.

Thank you to the many District 9 residents who supported this effort! 

FAT Friday

FAT Friday

Halloween is a busy time in District 9.  Hillcrest Avenue has long been Halloween Central in Louisville (see the calendar listing for October 31 and this Courier-Journal story: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/home-garden/2017/10/19/louisville-halloween-hillcrest-avenue-history/780324001/.); St. Matthews celebrates Halloween in Brown Park on Saturday (also in the calendar); and it all starts with the Halloween edition of FAT Friday on Frankfort Avenue.

Join the fun at the Frankfort Avenue Business Association’s Halloween Trolley Hop on October 27, from 6:00-10:30 pm, and check out all The Avenue has to offer. Held year-round on the final Friday of every month, the Hop attracts thousands of people to enjoy free trolley rides to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort Avenue corridor. Many of the businesses host live music and entertainment, complimentary refreshments and special sales on trolley hop nights. Trolleys run from RiverPark Place on River Road to Cannons Lane.

Join the fun Friday night and start your Halloween activities early. 

S. Hubbards Lane Closure

S Hubbards Closure

MSD has closed South Hubbards Lane to through traffic between Winchester and Alton Roads to allow a sewer line repair. Local access is permitted for residents and use of the parking lot at Waggener High School. 

After excavation was completed, it was determined that both lanes must be closed for the duration of the repair for the safety of motorists and the repair crew. 

Repairs are expected to be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27.

If you have any questions or concerns about the work taking place, please contact Sheryl Lauder with MSD at 540-6552 or Sheryl.Lauder@LouisvilleMSD.org.

2017 Sustainability Summit – October 27

Sustainability Summit

The 2017 Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Equity and Climate Change is on Friday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. This year’s Summit will focus on why climate change is a high priority issue in Louisville, how we are planning for it and what we need to do to transition to a more equitable and climate resilient Louisville.

Advance tickets to the #2017Summit are $30 ($20 for LSC members, $7 for college students with ID). Group discounts are available, as are a limited number of free community tickets. To register (or apply for community tickets), visit the LSC website: www.louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org.

Wendell Berry Documentary Screening – October 27

Look and See

Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, is hosting a Wendell Berry Documentary screening at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy “Look & See, A Portrait of Wendell Berry”. This event is free, but a ticket is required due to limited seating. Tickets available online at https://chbc-look-and-see.eventbrite.com. 

FREE Paper Shredding and Drug Toss – October 28

Shred and Drug Toss

Louisville residents are invited to bring unneeded documents and prescription drugs to be shredded and disposed of to a free event on Saturday, October 28. The Drug Toss/Shredding Event is in partnership with Louisville Metro Police.

Citizens can protect themselves from identify theft and divert unused medications from the waste stream or misuse by bringing items to:

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center
Lot W, Phillips Lane
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Businesses may not participate in this event. All paper materials will be shredded on site and recycled. Shredding donated by the Louisville Branch of Shred-It Louisville. The Drug Toss will be done as a drive-through event.

Black out all personal information on all medication containers that will be tossed. For safety reasons, sharps, needles, lances, cosmetics, personal care or hygiene items cannot be accepted. Medication products should never be flushed down the toilet or drain, burned in the open or thrown in the trash because they can contaminate the environment if they get into the drinking and ground water.

Halloween Safety Tips

trick or treat

Happy Halloween! Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while trick-or-treating on Tuesday, October 31.

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

October Halloween Activities

Happy Halloween
  • October 12 – November 5: Louisville Jack O ’Lantern Spectacular – Iroquois Park, tickets range from $9-$16. For more information call 368-5865 or visit www.jackolanternlouisville.com. $5 off weeknight vouchers are available for the event through the Metro Council offices. Please call 574-2854 to provide your address for up to four $5 off vouchers to be used Monday through Thursday.
  • Friday, October 27: Free Dive-in movie at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Movie is Monster House, rated PG.
  • Saturday, October 28: Halloween in Brown Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

The Great St. Matthews Pumpkin Caper


The Great St. Matthews Pumpkin Caper, sponsored by Troop 115 Boy Scouts of America, will run until October 31st (or until the pumpkins run out!). The pumpkin sale is the major fundraiser for the troop for each calendar year.  Proceeds help the troop pay for operating expenses as well as help fund Scouts' fees for trips, uniforms, and other expenses.

The Pumpkin Caper will be held at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Rd.  Hours will be 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Beargrass Christian has sponsored Troop 115 continuously since 1943.  The Pumpkin Caper has been the troop's major fundraising effort since the 1980's. Credit cards accepted.

Please contact Charlie Gabriel at 291-4490 if you have any questions.

Sustainability Story: Brightside Community Planting Day

Community Planting

Brightside is planting trees this fall and needs your help to do it. Their goal is to plant 135 trees in the Parkland, California and Park Hill neighborhoods.

Please join Brightside on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Pleasant View Baptist Church, 2600 Virginia Avenue.

For more information and to register, please call 574-2613 or visit www.brightsideinc.org.

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

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of 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 above 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.


Notice of Intent to Demolish – 2727 Lindsay Avenue

2727 Lindsay

The Office of Planning Permitting and Design-Construction Review has received a demolition permit application for the property at 2727 Lindsay Avenue, Case No. WR1039349.

The above referenced property is listed or potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Per Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances (LMCO) 150.110, the requested demolition permit can be issued on the following date: 11/16/17

For additional information regarding this application visit the website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review  or contact Mike Beard, Plan Review Supervisor at 574-3321 or Cynthia Johnson, Metro Historic Preservation Officer at 574-2868.

Proposed Zoning Change Meeting – 115 Fairfax Avenue

115 Fairfax

Please plan to attend a neighborhood meeting on a proposed change in zoning meeting on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Matthews-Eline branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue. Hear from representatives on a proposed change in zoning from OR3 to CN to allow a 2,146 square feet boutique clothing store on approximately 0.2 acres at 115 Fairfax Avenue located within the City of St. Matthews.

If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to share comments or concerns, please call Nicholas Pregliasco at 426-6688 or the land planning and engineering firm representative John Miller at 636-5501.

St. MAM Seeking Volunteers and Donations


The St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) is looking for volunteers in the office and in the food pantry, to help with homebound food delivery and to serve as substitutes. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Suzanne at SuzanneDeGregorio@stmam.com.

Supplies are also needed. Help to stock St. MAM’s shelves by donating any of the following: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags, canned meats/fish, canned fruits, canned tomatoes, canned chili, pasta sauce, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, razors, body wash), and infant items (baby wipes, baby wash and baby lotion).

Finally, please consider making a Thanksgiving Basket for donation to a family in need. In a re-useable grocery bag, please provide stuffing mix, 5 lbs. bag of potatoes, 2 lbs. bag of onions, 2 cans of carrots, 2 cans of cranberry sauce, 2 cans of yams, turkey gravy, pie filling mix, and pie crust (not frozen). Please delivery the bags to St. MAM, 201 Biltmore Road Monday, November 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 21 from 8:30 a.m. – Noon only. Questions, please contact Sarah Banks at 893-0205 or email SarahBanks@stmam.com

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, October 26: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host English Conversation Club at 2:30 p.m. English Conversation Club allows non-native speakers to practice English in a relaxed, informal setting with others. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Thursday, October 26: Free 90 minute Fair Housing Training for members of HOA and Condo Associations from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Jewish Family & Career, 2821 Klempner Way. Training is led by the Lexington Fair Housing Council, U.S. Department of Housing & Development and Development Certified Fair Housing. Come to this free training to learn about issues that affect your association’s by-laws and practices. Questions, please contact MHC at 584-6858 or michael@metropolitanhousing.org.

Thursday, October 26: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion of The Shining at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, October 26: Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host David Domine and Nicole Cushing at 7:00 p.m. for a double dose of weird and spooky tales.

Thursday, October 26 – Saturday, October 28: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host Chocotoberfest. Stop in for a free sample of their Fair Trade chocolate bars. You’ll also be entered to win a sample pack of some of the chocolates with every purchase during the week. Drawing will be held at the end of business on Saturday, October 28.

Friday, October 27: Louisville Sustainability Summit from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Join us at this year’s Summit as we focus on why climate change is a high priority issue in Louisville, how we are planning for it, and what we need to do to transition to a more equitable and climate resilient Louisville.  Advance tickets to the #2017Summit are $30 ($20 for LSC members, $7 for college students with ID). Group discounts are available, as are a limited number of free community tickets. To register (or apply for community tickets), visit: www.louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org

Friday, October 27: 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: http://www.frankfortave.com.

Friday, October 27: Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, to host a dive-in moving at 7:00 p.m. Plan to watch Monster House (PG) on the lawn. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be open during the event.

Friday, October 27: Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, to host a Wendell Berry Documentary screening at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Look & See, A Portrait of Wendell Barry. This event is free, but a ticket is required due to limited seating. Tickets available online at https://chbc-look-and-see.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, October 28: 2017 Neighborhood Summit hosted by the Center for Neighborhoods from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali. Experience and learn from the community development success stories happening in the historic Portland and Russell neighborhoods. Click here to register.

Saturday, October 28: Halloween in Brown Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event includes games, music, hayrides, with trick-or-treating beginning at 11:30 a.m. The trail for Trick-or-Treating runs into the woods on the shorter path, while the hayride runs on the outside longer path.

Tuesday, October 31: Halloween on Hillcrest Avenue. This time of year, Hillcrest Avenue becomes a destination where visitors can see up to fifty homes between Brownsboro Road and Frankfort Avenue all decked out for Halloween. Bring canned goods or non-perishable foods to donate to United Crescent Hill Ministries at the designated collection bins on each block.

Wednesday, November 1: 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. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Wednesday, November 1: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host meeting of the minds at 7:00 p.m. Join members of the community as they think about and discuss current topics. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

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