District 12 eNewsletter - December 5, 2018

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Liz McQuillen
Legislative Aide
(502) 574-1112
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In this edition...

Pajama Story Time @ Southwest Regional Library - December 7th

Polar Express

As part of this FREE event, the Library will be collecting coat donations for Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Coats can be new or gently used in all sizes for children, men, and women.

Santa's Holiday Workshop @ Sun Valley - December 7th

Santa's Workshop

Picture your Pets with Santa @ Feeders Supply - December 8th, and 9th

Pets with Santa

Picture Your Pets with Santa

First Two Weekends in December

At all Feeders Supply stores, 100% of proceeds will benefit 10 local animal rescue groups.

For the 31st year in a row, Santa Claus and over 800 volunteers will take time out of their busy schedules to help local homeless animals.

The annual Picture Your Pets with Santa at all 23 Feeders Supply stores will be held the first two weekends in December on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event is expected to attract over 5,000 families and raise over $100,000 for 10 local animal charities: the Kentucky Humane Society, Floyd County Animal Rescue League, Franklin County Humane Society, Humane Society of Oldham County, Lexington Humane Society, Saving Sunny, Shamrock Pet Foundation, Barktown Rescue, Boone County Animal Control and J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter.

While dogs and cats are the most common participants, animals of all species are welcome, as well as their human families. Some of the more unusual guests have included chickens, bunnies, bearded dragons, guinea pigs and even horses.

Dec. 1-2 and 8-9 pet owners can get professional holiday portraits and help local homeless animals at the same time. Photos are offered in various packages, starting at $12. Gift items featuring the pet’s photo, including ornaments, mugs and key chains are also available, starting at $14.

Pet owners are asked to have dogs on leashes and cats and other pets in carriers. Horses can be photographed outside with Santa.

Picture Your Pets with Santa is a volunteer-driven event, and 100% of proceeds benefit the participating animal rescue organizations. Picture Your Pets with Santa is sponsored by Feeders Supply with Natural Balance Pet Food, Park Community Credit Union and PetFirst Pet Insurance.

The Dixie Highway Feeders Supply location (10948 Dixie Hwy) will support the Kentucky Humane Society. 

Bring all of your furry family members to snap a picture with Santa during this festive charitable opportunity!

Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Hodor, Dexter, and Delila!

Hodor the dog


Hodor is an energetic, young dog that needs a home for the holidays. Hodor is an approximately 1-year-old, Treeing Walker Hound-Great Dane mix. He’s friendly, sweet and very treat-motivated. Teaching this smart boy new tricks should be fairly easy. Hodor can be tested with other dogs but needs a home with no cats. He’d do best in an active family with time to take him on hikes or walks. Hodor weighs about 60 lbs. He’s already neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Take him home for free with an approved application. To meet Hodor, visit Animal House Adoption Center Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Send questions to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov.

Dexter and Delila

Dexter and Delila, CAT SIBLINGS

Dexter and Delila are bonded siblings that couldn’t bear to be separated. The five-year-old black and smoke gray cats want a  home for the holidays instead being in the shelter. Both cats are friendly but Delila is somewhat shy. The adorable siblings are free for an approved adopter thanks to the Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program. Both are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Meet Dexter and Delila at Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Rd., Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Questions? Email LMAS at animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov.

Adopt a Family Holiday Celebration - December 12th

adopt a family

Jingle Bell Adventure Camp @ Sun Valley - December 26th, 27th, 28th, and January 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Jingle Bell Camp

Public Meeting Notice - Short Term Rentals

Short Term Rentals

Public Meeting Notice - 4738/4734 Dixie Hwy

4738 Dixie Hwy

JCPS Student Assignment Plan Public Survey - Open Now Through Dec 21st


Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) today opened a survey to gather input from parents, students and community members as the district reviews and considers changes to its student assignment plan. The survey runs through Friday, Dec. 21.

Information from the survey, and from a series of community listening sessions held earlier in November, will help form a recommendation to the Jefferson County Board of Education in early 2019. Changes to the plan would begin being implemented in the 2020-21 school year.

The district reviews its student assignment plan every five to seven years and makes changes as necessary. Since the current student assignment plan was approved, multiple factors have changed, including population shifts and changing student demographics; passage of a racial equity policy; a districtwide review of JCPS facilities and magnet programs and policies; and the state audit.

The survey is available here. In addition, students, parents and community members will be selected at random to complete the survey, making sure to include respondents from specific groups and organizations to ensure an accurate report.

Help Give Hope to the Homeless

Coalition for the Homeless

As the weather gets colder, it becomes increasingly dangerous for those who are homeless.Several constituents have reached out wanting to help but don't know the best way to do so.

There are many outreach organizations who are checking on homeless individuals and distributing needed supplies. If you can, please consider donating the following items:
- Coats
- Socks
- Hats
- Blankets

Check out the Coalition for the Homeless’ website to see some of the member agencies that are working to provide these supplies to those who need it most.

MSD Leaf Message

Catch Basin

Buy a Brick of Colonial Gardens

Colonial Gardens
Colonial Gardens

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


Nominate a Beautiful Business!


Great things are happening in Southwest Louisville! The New Dixie Highway Project is underway and we are getting the word out that southwest Louisville is a great place to do business. With all of this positive momentum, it’s important that residents and businesses alike embrace our community pride by doing our part to keep our sidewalks, streets, and landscaping looking fresh and litter-free.

Please help us recognize outstanding businesses located in District 12 that contribute to our Southwest Pride by keeping their properties neat, attractive and clean. We are looking for businesses dedicated to maintaining a positive image in the community and are committed to keeping their property free of trash and cigarette butts.  

If you see a beautiful business front that gives Southwest Louisville a good name, please take a picture and contact Liz McQuillen at (502) 574-1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov

The New Dixie Highway Update

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Road Alerts & Updates


Below is a list of projects overseen by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet happening in Southwest Louisville.

US 31W (Dixie Highway): Lane closures and sidewalk closures in place between Blanton Lane and Crums Lane (mile markers 12.5 to 15.3) due to construction for access management and bus rapid transit lines. Roadway will be reduced to two lanes on southbound Dixie Highway between Blanton Lane and Upper Hunters Trace beginning Monday, Nov. 12. Roadway is reduced to one lane southbound and two lanes northbound between Herbert Avenue and Crums Lane.

Log on to goky.ky.gov for the latest in statewide traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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