District 7 E-Newsletter - March 21, 2019

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107
Councilwoman Paula McCraney

Councilwoman McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107
Email Councilwoman McCraney


Visit the District 7 Website

Phone Numbers
of Interest

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 456-8100

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

In this issue...

Message from Councilwoman McCraney

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

The proposal to double the insurance premium tax has failed. By a vote of 15 to 11, the measure was defeated with mixed emotions on both sides of the issue. I was a “No” vote as announced to you in an earlier e-Newsletter. While 15 of us did not support this tax increase, we know that the road ahead to find $35 million in cuts and efficiencies will be rough. We shall start anew to find a comprehensive, long-term solution to the budget deficit and rising healthcare and pension costs. Rest assured, I am ready and willing to work with Mayor Fischer to devise a practical and sustainable plan for our future.

In next week’s e-Newsletter, I will share more about how the vote impacts our community and how each of you can play a role in voicing your opinions on how we move forward to identify palatable cuts in the budget. Stay tuned and prepare to roll up your sleeves with me. The Metro Council has faced difficult times in the past, much tougher than the votes that were cast on this measure Thursday night. But we have never lost our spirit; we will continue to demonstrate our resilience by remaining committed to the task before us, and the beliefs that have always sustained us.

I will keep you informed and in the loop!


Councilwoman Paula McCraney

Additional Information About the Tax Increase


Click here to read details about the tax increase.

Cafe Louie

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Rd.


Join Councilwoman McCraney at Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road and meet your local legislators! These informal meetings take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at library locations throughout Jefferson County. Legislators include state representatives and senators along with Metro Council and suburban city elected officials.

Pass it On Kids' Sale

Friday, March 22
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Rd.


The Pass it On Kids' Sale is a semi-annual, non-profit consignment sale for children's gently-used clothing, toys, furniture and equipment plus maternity clothes. All are welcome to attend. Unsold items that were donated in Fall 2018 went to KRM, JCPS elementary schools, the CAP program, Portland Promise Center, Norton Women’s and Children’s Addiction Center, and Christian Social Ministries Infant Resource Center to use and distribute to those in need. 


The Louisville Turners Circus is in District 7!

Friday, March 22 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
3125 River Rd.

See high flying acts at the Louisville Turners Circus in its 69th production! ”Spellbound" will run March 22 to 24 at 3125 River Road. Tickets will be available at door, or you may purchase them at this link.

turners circus

Water Company Educates Students at Bowen Elementary


Last week District 7 students at Bowen Elementary participated in an Earth Materials lesson. Susan Sampson with the Louisville Water Company educated the second graders on the topic.

The Earth Materials lesson taught the students the importance of the Ohio River as an amazing natural resource. The students learned about the rock and sand in the aquifer beside the river, and how those earth materials help naturally filter the river's water. Students actually built water filters out of rock and sand to demonstrate the process That process allows Louisville Water Company to start its purification process with naturally filtered water before it creates the Louisville pure tap that we all drink.

To book an earth materials program or other free education programs offered by Louisville Water, email bcrow@lwcky.com. Each year, Louisville Water educators visit over 100 schools with experiments on science, health, social studies, math, and literacy. The curriculum uses water as the foundation for a variety of real-world examples.

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lwc bowen
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lwc bowen

The Woman's Club of St. Matthews

woman's club of st. matthews

Painting Workshop
Monday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Ln.

This program is an opportunity to try something new, or just have a great time painting with friends. Each participant will produce an acrylic 12 x 12 painting of an iris. The instructor will make it as easy as possible. No prior painting experience needed. All supplies will be provided. Please call the club at 425-0903 to make a reservation to attend.

Derby Celebration and Club Birthday
Monday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Ln.

Come Celebrate Derby, the Woman's Club of St. Matthews' birthday, and the General Federation of Women's Clubs anniversary. A luncheon is planned with festive activities. Reservations and luncheon fees are required. Please Contact Diane Buddell at 895-7305 for more information.

Lyndon Recreation Spring Sports


Season begins April 29
A.B. Sawyer Park, 9310 Whipps Mill Rd.

Spring 2019 Registration is now open! Spring is here and the upcoming baseball and softball seasons are just around the corner. There are no additional fees for signing up online and no fee increases from 2018. Sign up online by clicking on this link.


Age Group


Teeball (Coed)

Boys and Girls, Ages 4-5


Peewee Baseball (Coach Pitch)

Boys, Ages 6-7


Rookie Baseball (Machine Pitch)

Boys, Ages 8-9


Junior Baseball

Boys, Ages 10-11


Intermediate Baseball

Boys, Ages 12-13


Senior Baseball

Boys, Ages 14-16


Peewee Softball (Coach Pitch)

Girls, Ages 6-7


Bantam Softball (Machine Pitch)

Girls, Ages 8-9


Junior Fastpitch Softball

Girls, Ages 10-11


Intermediate Fastpitch Softball

Girls, Ages 12-14


Women's Open Fastpitch Softball

Full Team Registrations

Mockingbird Valley Youth Spring Break Soccer Camp


April 1 - 5
Mockingbird Sports Complex, 3000 Mellwood Ave.

Mockingbird Valley is hosting another Youth Spring Break Soccer Camp for kids from 3 to 13 years-old. This is the camp for children who love to play soccer and want to improve their skills. Prices to attend the camp are below. Register now at this link.

Age Group: 3-5 year-old

  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Monday-Friday
    • 1 day attendance = $30/day
    • Full week attendance = $105

Age Group: 6-13 year-old

  • Half-Day Attendance - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • 1 day attendance = $42/day
    • Full week attendance = $195

  • Full-Day Attendance - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • 1 day attendance = $85/day
    • Full week attendance = $295


spring break

Shakespeare in the Parks Tour

First Stop - District 7!

Sunday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park

Kentucky Shakespeare will once again take the show on the road with the 2019 Shakespeare in the Parks tour. Their 6-actor, 90-minute production of Macbeth will tour to 28 parks in Louisville, Indiana, and other Kentucky cities this spring, bringing free Shakespeare to neighborhoods April 6-May 25, 2019.

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to serve so many parks and neighborhoods with this tour. We’ll again have backup rain spaces for each location too, so you can join us rain or shine. We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring this special free family event to neighborhoods across the area!” says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace.

The production is directed by Amy Attaway, Kentucky Shakespeare’s Associate Artistic Director. “We’re excited to share this accessible new adaptation of Shakespeare’s popular tragedy following a couple broken by their unchecked ambition and quest for power," she added, “Simply put, none of this would be possible without the neighborhood sponsors of this tour. Thank you to the twenty Louisville Metro Council members who’ve sponsored performances in their districts plus White Clay, Locust Grove, Norton Commons, the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association, the Mayors and cities of Lyndon, New Albany, Jeffersonville, St. Matthews, La Grange, Shively, Mt. Washington, Pewee Valley and Jeffersontown.”

Councilwoman McCraney and Councilman Bill Hollander are sponsoring the season's first showing of the classic play on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in District 7's very own Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics for this free, family-friendly community event.

There will also be a showing in District 7 on Saturday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthews Community Park, 10 Ten Pin Lane.

The production features an ensemble cast of six actors: Dathan Hooper as Macbeth, Megan Massie as Lady Macbeth, Zachary Burrell as Macduff, Owen Kresse as Duncan, Charity Means as Malcolm, and Mollie Murk as Banquo. All of the actors also play other multiple roles in the production. The production features costumes by Donna Lawrence-Downs, sound design by Laura Ellis, fight choreography by Eric Frantz, and set design by Hannah Allgeier, with Racheal Luther as the stage manager.


Please Clean Up After Your Pets

pet waste

A number of District 7 residents have voiced their frustration regarding dogs wandering neighborhoods without leashes, and owners who take their pets on walks and do not clean up after them. Please help keep our neighborhoods safe and clean, and follow the following laws:

All animals, excluding community cats, shall be kept under restraint at all times, as defined in this chapter, except as otherwise provided herein, and any deviation or violation thereof is strictly prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any owner or person in charge of a domestic animal or other four-footed mammal, poultry or other fowl to permit such animal to be on school grounds, metro parks or other public property, or on any private property other than that of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal without the permission of the owner of said property, or on any streets, sidewalks, highways, or rights-of-way of the Metro Government other than duly designated bridle paths, unless the owner or person in charge of such animals:

  • Has, in his or her possession, a suitable device for the picking up, collection
    and proper sanitary disposal of the animal feces or manure.
  • Immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal(s) and disposes of
    same in a sanitary manner.

District 7 Lenten Fish Fries

This year Lent is March 6 - April 18. In observance of Lent, many people enjoy the company of others and freshly fried fish on Fridays. If you are aware of any fish fries taking place in District 7 please share that information at this link. Here are a few locations in District 7 where you can enjoy fish during Lent: 

  • St. Albert the Great, 1395 Girard Dr., 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fridays, March 22 through April 12 (no fish fry April 5)
  • Holy Trinity Church, 501 Cherrywood Rd., 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fridays, March 22 through April 12 (no fish fry March 29 and April 5)
fish dinner

Sprucing Up for Spring


Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jefferson Community and Technical College Downtown Campus
(2nd and Broadway Parking Lot)

Jefferson County Residents can receive up to 5 trees to plant on their private property in Jefferson County while supplies last. Trees are distributed on a “first come” basis.

Additional information is located on Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry's events webpage (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/division-community-forestry/events) and Sustain Louisville Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Sustain-Louisville-371596559605367/).

Brightside Cleanup

Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Registration for the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community-Wide Cleanup is open! The cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 13th with the suggested cleanup times of 8:00am – 12:00pm. All cleanup teams will receive bags and gloves at no cost, and the first 5,000 volunteers to register will also receive a free t-shirt. Brightside welcomes groups of all sizes, big and small and if you're not sure where you would like to hold your cleanup they can help with that too, just give them a call at 574-2613 or send them an email at brightsidemail@louisvilleky.gov and they will be happy to make a suggestion. Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside's mission and without the help of your volunteer group, and many other volunteers throughout the year, they could not achieve our goals of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Louisville.

Hoops and Hobnob

Friday, March 22 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Molly Malone's, 3900 Shelbyville Rd.

Join the St. Matthews Chamber for an afternoon of basketball and networking!


Free Self - File Tax Software

If you haven't had the chance to file your taxes yet this year, you may be able to file from the comfort of your own home! Visit this website link to access Louisville Asset Building Coalition's secure self-file software, free for qualifying households.

If you made $66,000 or less in 2018, you may be eligible for this free tax software product through the Free File program. This program provides free versions of Turbo Tax Freedom Edition and My Free Taxes (H&R Block) at no cost to help you quickly, easily and securely do your own taxes. Both of these products will help E-file your federal and state income tax returns at absolutely no cost. These software products walk you through the process, making tax filing easy and ensuring a speedy refund. Most importantly, it can save you hundreds of dollars!

tax return

Knitting Bee Social Group

April 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Middletown Library, 200 Juneau Dr.

Do you enjoy knitting, crochet, and sewing? Come out and join the fun at the Fiber Art and Craft Meetup for adults and teenagers!

knitting bee


Random Word of the Week


Definition: characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; talkative

Used in a sentence: She was a voluble spokesperson for the cause.

Quote of the Week

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home."
- Confucius

Life Hack of the Week

Natural Weed Killer

Spring is here and flowerbeds will be full bloom soon. Keep your flowers safe from intruding weeds by using an effective homemade weed killer. Mix one gallon of white vinegar with, one cup of salt, and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Then, pour contents into a spray bottle and treat pesky weeds at the sunniest time of the day for best results.


Happening in District 7

  • March 22--9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pass it On Kids' Sale, Christ Church United Methodist,
    4614 Brownsboro Rd.

  • March 22--5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. St. Albert the Great Fish Fry, 1395 Girard Dr.

  • March 22--5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pass it On Kids' Sale, Christ Church United Methodist,
    4614 Brownsboro Rd.

  • March 22--5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Church Fish Fry, 501 Cherrywood Rd.

  • March 22--7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Louisville Turners Circus, 3125 River Rd.

  • March 23--9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Café Louie, Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Rd.

  • March 23--9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pass it On Kids' Sale, Christ Church United Methodist,
    4614 Brownsboro Rd.

  • March 23--2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Louisville Turners Circus, 3125 River Rd.

  • March 25--10:30 a.m. The Woman's Club of St. Matthews is hosting a painting party at the
    St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Ln. For details visit their website at www.wcsm.org/special-events.

  • March 27--10:15 a.m. Baby Storytime at the St. Matthews Community Center,
    310 Ten Pin Ln.

  • March 28--10:15 p.m. Toddler Storytime at the St. Matthews Community Center,
    310 Ten Pin Ln.