District 7 E-Newsletter - April 5, 2019

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

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...

District 7 Budget Survey


Your opinion matters a great deal to us. This is an opportunity to share yours by completing a budget survey at this link. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, April 10.  Survey results will be included in the April 12th e-Newsletter.

City of the Month - City of Plantation


The City of Plantation is located in District 7 with just under 1,000 residents. This wonderful city was established in 1960.

Mayor Becky Peak, who took office in 2002, is proud of the city. “I think Plantation is a community that has managed to remain relevant as everything around it has changed,” she said.

Planation has remained relevant over the years in a variety of ways. In 2005, the city lost the Plantation Swim Club which was home to the National Swimming and Diving Championships seen on ABC. “At the time, the people of Plantation had to figure out what would replace it, and it became part of the Louisville Indoor Racquet Club. That was a critical component in the city repurposing itself,” she said.

The city is proud of its accomplishments over the past decade as well. “We have offered grants to our residents. They are Citywide City Pride Curb Appeal Grants. When people ride through and want to purchase new homes we want them to say that this is a community where they want to live. If people need to paint their front doors, replace shutters, replace gutters, or improve landscaping, then we help them accomplish those goals by buying those items. We invest in our residents in that way,” said Mayor Peak.

Plantation is also investing in its infrastructure with one of the city’s current projects. The city is working its way toward ADA compliance. “We have a multi-year plan in place to update our sidewalks for walkability. People will be able to walk throughout the city and walk to Westport Road to have access to public transportation if that’s something they want to do,” said Mayor Peak. The first improvements were made two years ago, and the city will advance the project in the upcoming fiscal year budget.

Mayor Peak stated that she will be working on attracting a new restaurant to the city, and she acknowledges there are a number of great businesses in the area. “The Louisville Indoor Racquet Club is a place that a lot of people are familiar with. It has been around since the early 1970s and it has grown over the years. The Plantation Animal Clinic has been here for a long time too and is a great community partner,” she said.

The newest business in Plantation is O’Reilly Auto Parts at the corner of Westport Road and Hermitage Way. The store won’t open until Fall, but it already has a positive impact on the neighborhood. “What they’ve done to improve the appearance of that corner is phenomenal,” said Mayor Peak.

Residents always look forward to the annual events in Plantation. The city just had its annual recycling event that is hosted by one of Plantation’s small businesses, RE Solutions. “From 9 a.m.–11 a.m. we probably had 50 cars that came through for document shredding, electronics recycling, and medication disposal. We also collected clothes for veterans, and collected book, CDs, DVDs, and board games donated to Bookworks. Every year we try to add one more benefit to our cause,” said Mayor Peak. Residents don’t have to get out of their cars, because volunteers move the items out of their trunks or back seats for them. “We make it really easy for everybody,” she said.

On the second Saturday in October, the City of Plantation celebrates the Portland Christian School Fall Festival. "The daylong event is about people coming together. There will be artisans, vendors and food. It's a wonderful event." said Mayor Peak.

Resident of the Month - Frank Grubbs

Frank Grubbs

Mr. Frank Grubbs grew up in District 7 and lives in our wonderful district today. “I moved back here from Virginia seven years ago,” said Mr. Grubbs. "This is home."

Mr. Grubbs lives close to Westport Village and likes spending time at home, riding his bike, and eating at the Goose Creek Diner. However, he really enjoys making sure District 7 is beautiful and clean.

As the District 7 Brightside Champion, Mr. Grubbs serves as an ambassador to the Brightside program. “We have a team of neighbors who get together to perform cleanliness inspections three times a year in March, June, and September," he said.

Mr. Grubbs crisscrosses District 7 with his team of volunteers to ensure that our community is as clean as possible. “We start at Cox Park. Next, we go to Herr Lane to inspect Ballard High School and Wilder Elementary School. Then, we go up Westport Road toward Westport Middle School and Goose Creek. We also hit Washington Avenue along the way,” said Mr. Grubbs.

Mr. Grubbs and his team are able to identify areas that need to be cleaned up by Brightside. “We’re pretty fortunate, because our area generally scores well. If we rate an area low, then Brightside can send a crew out to work on it," he said.

Mr. Grubbs and his team enjoy the comradery that comes with being Brightside volunteers. “We enjoy getting together. This is where we all live so we truly enjoy the work that we do to keep the district clean," said Mr. Grubbs.

Thank you, Mr. Grubbs, for keeping District 7 clean.

Business of the Month - Thai Café

thai cafe

Although other businesses have come and gone, the Thai Café has been a mainstay in the Holiday Manor Shopping Center for almost two and a half decades. Mr. Billy Snow works at the restaurant that is owned by his wife, Mrs. Chavantee Snow. “We opened in September of 1994. The restaurant will be 25 years old in September of this year,” he said.

People come from all over the city to try the Thai Café's signature Thai cuisine. “The most popular dish on the menu is our pad thai. We sell more of that than anything else,” said Mr. Snow. Pad thai is a Thai dish consisting of stir-fried rice noodles, sauce, seasonings, tofu and bean sprouts with chicken, beef, or shrimp.

The pad thai keeps people coming back, but there are a variety of good options on the menu. “The green curry and red curry dishes are customer favorites,” said Mr. Snow.

The dishes at the Thai Café can be imitated, but never replicated. “We sell a lot of spring rolls, because they’re a little different than egg rolls. The wrapping that we use is a little thinner so it makes the roll a little crunchy, and people really like that,” said Mr. Snow.

The restaurant was all Mrs. Chavantee Snow’s idea. “I’m just here helping her out anyway I can,” said Mr. Snow. Their family also helps run the successful eatery.

The Snow family really enjoys having their restaurant in District 7. “For me it’s the people. Our customers and the people in the area are so kind,” said Mr. Snow.

The Thai Café is open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Lunch is served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. On Monday through Thursday dinner is from 5:00 p.m.–9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday dinner is from 5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Celebrate with the Woman's Club of St. Matthews

woman's club of st. matthews

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.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Dave & Buster’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, April 6 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dave & Buster's Louisville, 5000 Shelbyville Road


Breakfast Buffet includes:
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Fresh Fruit, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea.

Also included:
Coloring and Craft Tables, an Easter Egg Hunt, and most importantly: Photos with the Easter Bunny (please bring camera or phone with you).

Contact Ashley Kraus at 963-0947 for details.

Macbeth in Cox Park – This Saturday!

Shakespeare in Park

Kentucky Shakespeare announces the 2019 Shakespeare in the Parks tour. The 6-actor, 90-minute production of Macbeth will make its debut performance in District 7 on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park, 3730 River Road. (Rain Space is Saint Leonard Parish & School, 440 Zorn Avenue.)

This performance is sponsored by Councilwoman Paula McCraney (D7) and Councilman Bill Hollander (D9).  

Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics for this free, family-friendly community event.

Here are some other dates and locations in or near D7:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue. Rain space in St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane.

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue. Rain space TBD.

For more information and future dates, please visit kyshakespeare.com.

District 7 Public Notices

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Taste of Derby Festival

derby taste

What’s better than sampling some of Louisville’s best dishes and helping a worthy cause? Not much. Perhaps that’s why each year the turnout increases for the Derby Festival “Taste of Derby Festival,” which will be held this year on Tuesday, April 9. All proceeds from the event benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank (contact Dare To Care by calling 502-966-3821). Start planning NOW to attend this spectacular event at Louisville Slugger Field. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

This is the 18th year for the Taste of Derby Festival event (and 30th year as a Taste event that supports Dare to Care Food Bank), which features signature dishes from more than 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. There is also a bourbon tasting, wine tasting, and a silent auction.

The Taste of Derby Festival has the feel of an upscale cocktail party, but it’s open to the public – as long as tickets are still available. The participating restaurants will offer a selection of signature appetizers, entrees and dessert items. Some of the liquor vendors will feature small-batch brands not commonly available. A Silent Auction returns to the event offering unique items from generous donors.

All proceeds benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank.

Tickets are $85 ($50 is tax deductible).

Go to this link for more information.

They're Off! Luncheon


The official corporate kick-off of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival – the 63rd annual They’re Off! Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019. More than 1,500 Derby Festival supporters and patrons are expected to be in attendance for this community tradition, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East, site of the festive event since 1974. Notable speakers include Jay Bilas, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Terry Bradshaw as well as many others in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 61 years.

Go to this link for more information and tickets.

Give A Day: Mayor's Week of Service

mayor's give a day

Give A Day of Service will once again be part of the Kentucky Derby Festival schedule of events. Set to kick off on April 13, the Give A Day service projects will be a week long of volunteer activities around the city.

Mayor Fischer urges citizens, businesses and civic groups to join in and volunteer – and for Louisville non-profit groups, schools and churches to identify service projects to participate in. You can contact Metro United Way regarding their need for volunteers to help.

Some of the organizations that will be available for volunteers to help include Brightside, Metro United Way, Dare to Care and WaterStep.

Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online for the Give A Day service projects by going to www.mygiveaday.com. Agencies and organizations that have projects needing volunteers should use that same link.

Thunder On the Ground


Thunder Over Louisville

thunder over louisivlle

Now in its 30th year, Thunder Over Louisville continues to deliver a pyrotechnics spectacular like no other. Created as the Opening Ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival, it offers an explosive kick-off to three entire weeks of celebration in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. With an estimated average attendance of half a million people, it has become the largest annual event in its region. The show continues to be the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America thanks to the artistry of Zambelli Internationale and the production of Visual Presentations.

“It’s the kind of show you have to see to believe,” says Matt Gibson, Derby Festival Sr. Vice President of Events. “We have great television coverage of the event, but unless you are there in person, you can’t FEEL the fireworks pounding in your chest and the concrete vibrate underneath your feet. Thunder is the kind of show that needs to be felt and not just seen and heard.”

Staging the pyrotechnic spectacular of Thunder each year for the Derby Festival is the First Family of Fireworks. Zambelli Fireworks Internationale first became involved with Thunder Over Louisville in 1991. The annual show is larger than the opening and closing ceremonies of the Atlanta and Barcelona Olympics combined. According to the Zambellis, it is unchallenged as the largest annual pyrotechnic production in North America.

The magic of Thunder is in the formula of the show, says Wayne Hettinger, Show Producer and owner of Visual Presentations. “Each year, people think we make the show longer to be the largest show and that’s just not the case. The secret with Thunder has been to pack as much firepower into 28 minutes as possible and produce a series of ‘finales.'” Hettinger has it down to a science, working with the team from Zambelli to create a heart-stopping, eye-popping show.

“It all starts with the music,” continues Hettinger. “We work to lay out a soundtrack that most everyone will be able to relate to a couple of songs. This enables people to bring their own experience with these songs and project them into the show they’re watching. It’s very gratifying to see people start to move and react to their favorite cuts of the soundtrack, and it gives Zambelli the foundation on which to build the show.”

Louisville Senior Derby Dance


Measles & Chickenpox Vaccination Clinic

 Friday, April 19 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University of Louisville Vaccine and International Travel Clinic,
501 W. Broadway, Suite 110


In the wake of five current measles outbreaks throughout the United States, the University of Louisville Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Public Health and Wellness are teaming up to host two reduced-cost immunization clinics on for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and chickenpox on April 19 and April 20.

The clinics will be held at the University of Louisville Vaccine and International Travel Clinic at 501 W. Broadway, Suite 110, on Friday April 19 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday April 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Vaccines are $40.00 per dose and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. This special rate is considerably less than the regular price of $80-$120 per dose for MMR vaccine and the $100-$150 per dose for chickenpox vaccine. Because of the below-cost rate, insurance cannot be accepted at the clinic. Cash, credit card and medical spending accounts will be accepted.

Anyone who falls into one or more of the following categories should be immunized:

  • Adults who do not have evidence of receiving 2 doses of MMR vaccine in the past

  • Children and adolescents under the age of 18 years should have received MMR vaccine and chickenpox vaccine from their pediatrician or primary care provider. If not, they may come to one of the clinics for evaluation

  • Adults who do not have evidence of receiving 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine and have not had diagnosed chicken pox

  • Individuals preparing for international travel

  • Adults previously vaccinated between 1963-1967 (typically, adults now in their fifties) when the measles vaccine administered may have been ineffective

  • Adults previously vaccinated between 1963-1991 who may have received only a single dose of MMR vaccine

  • Anyone wanting to be vaccinated who is unsure of their vaccination status.


Word of the Week


Definition: A wayfarer; traveler

Used in a sentence: The viators went to Destin for Spring Break.

Quote of the Week

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed
to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is.”
--- Mandy Hale

Life Hacks Lightbulb

Removing Stubborn Stains:

stain remover

To remove yellow sweat stains, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tsp of liquid detergent. Apply the mixture to the stain and leave it for 15 - 20 minutes. Be careful with thin fabrics like linen. Don’t use this substance too often as the fabric can get ripped.

Grass and blood stains on jeans can be removed with baking soda dissolved in a small amount of warm water. Rub this mixture into the fabric using a brush and leave it for 30 minutes. Then wash and rinse the item.

Baking soda also deals well with greasy stains on down jackets made of polyamide or polyester. Before washing your clothes, moisten the stains with water and rub baking soda into them. Wait 15 minutes and then wash your down jacket as usual.

Happening in District 7

  • April 6 - 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Dave & Buster's Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - Dave and Buster's, 5000 Shelbyville Road

  • April 6 - 6:30 p.m. - Shakespeare in the Park - MACBETH - Cox Park, 3730 River Road

  • April 22 - 10:30 a.m. - Woman's Club of St. Matthews Derby Celebration and Club Birthday -
    St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Ln.